Your Weekly Waste of Blog Space

OK, I just saw this over on The Gamer’s Nook. It’s a list of one hundred movies, with the ones I have seen in bold. I’m sure this will open me to uncomfortable amounts of ridicule from certain quarters that are more cinematically-literate than I, but hey, if you can’t stand the nasty comments, get out of Blogistan and go back to Usenet.

1. Godfather, The (1972)

2. Shawshank Redemption, The (1994)

3. Godfather: Part II, The (1974)

4. Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, The (2003)

5. Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, The (2002)

6. Casablanca (1942)

7. Schindler’s List (1993)

8. Shichinin no samurai (1954)

9. Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The (2001)

10. Citizen Kane (1941)

11. Star Wars (1977)

12. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)

13. Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)

14. Rear Window (1954)

15. Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

16. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

17. Memento (2000)

18. Usual Suspects, The (1995)

19. Pulp Fiction (1994)

20. North by Northwest (1959)

21. Fabuleux destin d’Amelie Poulain, Le (2001)

22. Psycho (1960)

23. 12 Angry Men (1957)

24. Lawrence of Arabia (1962)

25. Silence of the Lambs, The (1991)

26. Buono, il brutto, il cattivo, Il (1966)

27. It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)

28. Goodfellas (1990)

29. American Beauty (1999)

30. Vertigo (1958)

31. Sunset Blvd. (1950)

32. Pianist, The (2002)

33. Matrix, The (1999)

34. Apocalypse Now (1979)

35. To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)

36. Some Like It Hot (1959)

37. Taxi Driver (1976)

38. Paths of Glory (1957)

39. Third Man, The (1949)

40. C’era una volta il West (1968)

41. Fight Club (1999)

42. Boot, Das (1981)

43. Sen to Chihiro no kamikakushi (2001) (Spirited Away)

44. Double Indemnity (1944)

45. L.A. Confidential (1997)

46. Chinatown (1974)

47. Singin’ in the Rain (1952)

48. Requiem for a Dream (2000)

49. Maltese Falcon, The (1941)

50. M (1931)

51. All About Eve (1950)

52. Bridge on the River Kwai, The (1957)

53. Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)

54. Se7en (1995)

55. Saving Private Ryan (1998)

56. Cidade de Deus (2002)

57. Raging Bull (1980)

58. Wizard of Oz, The (1939)

59. Rashemon (1950)

60. Sting, The (1973)

61. American History X (1998)

62. Alien (1979)

63. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)

64. Leon (The Professional) (1994)

65. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

66. Vita bella, La (1997) (Life Is Beautiful)

67. Touch of Evil (1958)

68. Manchurian Candidate, The (1962)

69. Wo hu cang long (2000) (Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon)

70. Treasure of the Sierra Madre, The (1948)

71. Great Escape, The (1963)

72. Clockwork Orange, A (1971)

73. Reservoir Dogs (1992)

74. Annie Hall (1977)

75. Amadeus (1984)

76. Jaws (1975)

77. Ran (1985)

78. On the Waterfront (1954)

79. Modern Times (1936)

80. High Noon (1952)

81. Braveheart (1995)

82. Apartment, The (1960)

83. Sixth Sense, The (1999)

84. Fargo (1996)

85. Aliens (1986)

86. Shining, The (1980)

87. Blade Runner (1982)

88. Strangers on a Train (1951)

89. Duck Soup (1933)

90. Metropolis (1927)

91. Finding Nemo (2003)

92. Donnie Darko (2001)

93. Toy Story 2 (1999)

94. Princess Bride, The (1987)

95. General, The (1927)

96. City Lights (1931)

97. Lola rennt (1998) (Run Lola Run)

98. Full Metal Jacket (1987)

99. Notorious (1946)

100. Sjunde inseglet, Det (1957)

Not a very good percentage, I’m sorry to say — 53 percent, if I counted right. The one I feel most embarrassed about is Lawrence of Arabia, which I really gotta get around to seeing one of these days. And despite my admission that I probably should watch the first two Godfather movies, I find it hard to get beyond my complete lack of interest in stories about the Mob. And some of these I haven’t seen in so long that I can’t be said to have any kind of reliable opinion about them (I caught Annie Hall, for instance, by virtue of being in the same room while my sister watched it, when I was in eighth grade or so).

I’m also a bit befuddled by this list’s almost total lack of musicals, with the singular exception of Singin’ In the Rain and The Wizard of Oz. Has that genre so totally fallen by the wayside that only these two titles suffice? I have no idea where this list started, and I guess it’s not meant to be anything more than, well, 100 notable movies. But still, just two musicals? Sheesh!

EDIT: Like Scott, I didn’t recognize the Italian title of #26, The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. Thus my score goes up by one. Huzzah!

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