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The top 100 movies, with commentary

First of all: Where the hell is Rushmore?


1 The Godfather (1972) One of my all-time favorites. And I prefer the original to Part II.
2 The Shawshank Redemption (1994) One of the most emotional movies I've ever seen; a movie I can show just about anyone, even my dad, and know they'll like it. It really needs a special edition DVD with all the trimmings.
3 The Godfather: Part II (1974) I need to watch this again soon.
4 The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
5 Schindler's List (1993) This one really works as a movie as well as an important statement.
6 Citizen Kane (1941) yeah, I know... need to see it
7 Casablanca (1942) I adore this movie. It works on so many levels: love story, propaganda, parable for the end of American isolationism ("It's December 1941 in Casablanca..."). That said, don't ever watch it with someone unless you want to end up making out with them by the end of the night.
8 Seven Samurai (1954)
9 Star Wars (1977) Seeing the rerelease in theaters was a blast!
10 Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)
11 Memento (2000)
12 One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)
13 Rear Window (1954)
14 The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)
15 Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980) Still my favorite of the Star Wars flicks.
16 Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) I was a kid... all I remember is, the melting people scared the shit out of me.
17 The Usual Suspects (1995) Not a huge favorite, but Kevin Spacey's a genius.
18 Amelie (2001)
19 Pulp Fiction (1994) Has anybody seen Quentin Tarentino lately?
20 North by Northwest (1959) Saw this recently... what a treat. Love that phallic train.
21 Psycho (1960)
22 The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
23 12 Angry Men (1957)
24 Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
25 It's a Wonderful Life (1946) Darker than anyone ever gives it credit for.
26 The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)
27 Goodfellas (1990) Maybe the best mob movie. I just read the book it was based on, Wiseguy.
28 American Beauty (1999) Mom and I both thought this was overrated.
29 Vertigo (1958)
30 The Pianist (2002)
31 Sunset Blvd. (1950)
32 Apocalypse Now (1979)
33 Some Like It Hot (1959)
34 The Matrix (1999) Liked it but didn't love it.
35 To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) Total classic.
36 Taxi Driver (1976)
37 The Third Man (1949)
38 Paths of Glory (1957)
39 Fight Club (1999)
40 Das Boot (1981) Gave me claustrophobia, plus a need to pee. We gave up on the director's cut and played shoot-'em-up video games instead.
41 L.A. Confidential (1997) LOVE this movie... though it changes a lot of the book, it retains the spirit.
42 Double Indemnity (1944)
43 Chinatown (1974)
44 Requiem for a Dream (2000)
45 The Maltese Falcon (1941) Saw this on a double bill with Casablanca at the Belmont in Nashville. Those wuz the days...
46 Singin' in the Rain (1952)
47 The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)
48 Sen to Chihiro no kamikakushi (2001)
49 Saving Private Ryan (1998) Very powerful, should've won the Oscar, but I doubt I could watch it again.
50 All About Eve (1950)
51 M (1931)
52 Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975) Get me a shrubbery!!
53 Raging Bull (1980)
54 Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)
55 Se7en (1995) Geeky teen that I was, I was more excited about Morgan Freeman than Brad Pitt.
56 Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon (2000) Probably my pick for best action flick.
57 The Wizard of Oz (1939)
58 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
59 La Vita e bella (1997)
60 American History X (1998)
61 The Sting (1973) Gotta love Redford and Newman.
62 Touch of Evil (1958)
63 The Manchurian Candidate (1962)
64 Alien (1979)
65 Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
66 Rashomon (1950)
67 Leon (1994)
68 Annie Hall (1977)
69 The Great Escape (1963)
70 A Clockwork Orange (1971)
71 The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)
72 Reservoir Dogs (1992) Doesn't hold up so well on a repeat viewing.
73 The Sixth Sense (1999) I hope Haley Joel Osment has a brilliant career.
74 Jaws (1975)
75 Amadeus (1984) Poor Mozart. Poor Salieri...
76 On the Waterfront (1954)
77 Ran (1985)
78 Braveheart (1995)
79 High Noon (1952)
80 Fargo (1996) A great piece, but I'll take The Big Lebowski as my favorite Coen brothers film.
81 Blade Runner (1982) Saw the director's cut on the big screen, but it just didn't grab me.
82 The Apartment (1960)
83 Aliens (1986)
84 Toy Story 2 (1999) Better than the original.
85 Strangers on a Train (1951)
86 Modern Times (1936)
87 The Shining (1980) This movie annoyed the piss out of me.
88 Donnie Darko (2001)
89 Duck Soup (1933)
90 The Princess Bride (1987) Has two of the best scenes in movie history -- "My name is Inigo Montoya" and "to the pain" -- back to back.
91 Lola rennt (1998) The one I saw most recently. Liked it a lot.
92 City Lights (1931)
93 The General (1927)
94 Metropolis (1927) Saw it on the big screen at Vandy. Do I have geek cred yet?
95 The Searchers (1956)
96 Full Metal Jacket (1987)
97 Notorious (1946)
98 Manhattan (1979)
99 Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) Again, gotta love Redford and Newman.
100 Graduate, The (1967)
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