What follows is twenty movies chosen by Mubi forum board members over just over two months of voting, strategy, and no lack of controversy. Users were asked to submit a top 20 list of their own, at which point the movies were collected and organized by amount submitted with a point valuation; the users were then compelled to vote titles up and down while titles dropped from the bottom. The original list had over 1200 titles; this list reflects what survived the devastation.
It is in the nature of lists such as these that someone not involved with the process comes along and sez, “BUT HEY WHAT ABOUT HOW COULD YOU FORGET IS THIS REALLY BETTER THAN WHAT THE HECK?!” So for those critics, here’s a wall of text of the movies that dropped. Please peruse at your pleasure to find if your movie is really missing, and if it’s really missing, then be sure to keep an eye out if we do something like this again to submit some more titles for next time!
Yeelen, La Cienaga, A Time to Live and a Time to Die (Hsiao-Hsien), Come and See, The Passion of Joan of Arc, Seduction (1929), Stone Wedding, Kings of the Road, Andrei Rublev, Tale of Tales, Veredas, Train of Shadows, Satantango, The Sound of the Mountain, Ride Lonesome, Los Olvidados, A Moment of Innocence, The Human Condition, Love Affair, or the Case of the Missing Switchboard Operator, Chimes at Midnight, In a Lonely Place, The House is Black, Les Vampires, I Fidanzati, The Mother and the Whore, A Canterbury Tale (Powell & Pressburger), The Mirror (Tarkovsky), Evolution of a Filipino Family, The Dupes, Edvard Munch, The Travelling Players, Lucky Star (Borzage), Heartbeat Detector (aka The Human Question), The Corridor, Sans Soleil, The Green Ray, Eden and After, Alice in the Cities, A Spring for the Thirsty, Eros Plus Massacre, Pandora’s Box, The Golden Thread, The Parallel Street, Insiang, Fanny and Alexander, Pastoral: To Die in the Country, Men on the Mountain, Eureka (Aoyama), Death by Hanging, The Gospel According to St. Matthew, Black God, White Devil, L’Eclisse, La Jetee, The Man without a Past, People on Sunday, Pyaasa, Follow Me Quietly, My Night at Maud’s, Wanda, The Mirror (Panahi), Close-Up (Kiarostami), Humanity and Paper Balloons, Manoel on the Island of Miracles, Early Summer, My Friend Ivan Lapshin, Kaagaz Ke Phool, Beauty and the Beast (Cocteau), The Browning Version (Asquith), Ace in the Hole, Marketa Lazarova, Out of the Past, Judex (Franju), The Charles Bukowski Tapes, Scenes from a Marriage, The Name of a River, Aparajito, The Goddess (Mu), Donkey in a Brahmin Village, Manila in the Claws of Neon, The Battle of Algiers, The Hole (Tsai), Ornamental Hairpin, The Only Son, The Criminal Life of Archibaldo de la Cruz, Pale Flower, My Neighbor Totoro, Frames of Reference, The Leopard, Medium Cool, Maborosi, A City of Sadness, The Road to the Racetrack, The Hour of the Furnaces, The Story of the Late Chrysanthemums, Playtime, El Sur, Gamperaliya, Sherlock Jr., Berlin Alexanderplatz, The Boys from Fengkuei, Il Posto, Khrustalyov, My Car!, Shadows, The Ladykillers (Mackendrick), Stars in My Crown, The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp, Yearning (Naruse), When the Tenth Month Comes, Gertrud, Memories of Underdevelopment, Street of Crocodiles, Floating Clouds, The Suspended Vocation, Ordet, Veronika Voss, The Lady Eve, Ugetsu, In the Mood for Love, London (Keiller), The Ogre of Athens, The Wind (Sjostrom), Gun Crazy, Mr. Thank You, Invasion (Santiago), Wagon Master, The House (Bartas), Chungking Express, The Red and the White, News from Home, The Third Man, Killer of Sheep, Hawks and Sparrows, Days of 36, Possession, A Page of Madness, Ikiru, Letter from an Unknown Woman, Viridiana, The Treasure, Black Narcissus, A Woman under the Influence, Tropical Malady, Au hasard Balthazar, The Big Heat, Duck Soup, The Man with a Movie Camera, Vampyr, I Walked with a Zombie, Claire’s Knee, The Flowers of St. Francis, Subida al Cielo, Teorema, Screen Tests, Pickpocket, Bicycle Thieves, The End of Evangelion, The Long Goodbye, Aguirre, the Wrath of God, Abraham Valley, A Day in the Country, The Conformist, His Girl Friday, L’important c’est d’aimer, Hiroshima mon amour, Le Samourai, The Steel Helmet, The Trial, Pather Panchali, My 20th Century, Why Has Bodhi-Dharma Left for the East?, The Color of Pomegranates, Once before I Die, Nights of Cabiria, Late Spring, Spirit of the Beehive, Titicut Follies, The Cremator, Husbands, Weekend (Godard), The General, The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes, Boudu Saved from Drowning, Brand upon the Brain!, Throne of Blood, The Music Room, Pierrot le Fou, Goodbye, Dragon Inn, The Wild Child, Holy Mountain (Jodorowsky), All about Lily Chou-Chou, The Apartment, Syndromes and a Century, The Shop around the Corner, Red Psalm, This Transient Life, Paisan, The Red Balloon, Paris, Texas, Nostalgia for Countryside, The Saragossa Manuscript, Badlands, Dead Ringers, Tokyo Story, Days and Nights in the Forest, Stranger than Paradise, Io Island, Noite Vazia, Stalker, M, The Act of Seeing with One’s Own Eyes, Children of Paradise, Barry Lyndon, The Rules of the Game, Seven Up!, Hana-bi (aka Fireworks), Solaris (Solyaris), Koyaanisqatsi, The Little Girl Who Sold the Sun 4Ali: Fear Eats the Soul, The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, Yi Yi, Daisies, Wings of Desire, Life of Oharu, The Red Shoes, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Videodrome, Make Way for Tomorrow, Trouble in Paradise, Blue (Jarman), The Cranes are Flying, Vengeance is Mine, Apocalypse Now, Le Trou, The Night of the Hunter, Vagabond, The Round-Up (Jancso), The Wayward Cloud, Stromboli, Blissfully Yours, Werckmeister Harmonies, La ronde, A Place in the Sun, Funeral Parade of Roses, God’s Comedy, Underworld (von Sternberg), Blood (Costa), Born in Flames, Paths of Glory, O Megalexandros (Alexander the Great), Peeping Tom, Red Angel, Arrebato (aka Rapture), Through the Olive Trees, The River (Renoir), 400 Blows, The Great Dictator, Winter Light, Our Hospitality, The Wages of Fear, Fists in the Pocket, Last Year at Marienbad, Caravaggio, Dog Star Man, Cul-de-Sac, Branded to Kill, Wild Strawberries, World on a Wire, Prenom Carmen, Phenomena (Argento), Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives, Sweet Movie, The Passenger (Antonioni), L’Atalante, 2 or 3 Things I Know about Her, Raise the Red Lantern, Manhattan, Suspiria, Strangers on a Train, The Earrings of Madame de…, La Dolce Vita, Demons (O’Hara), Chinatown, Army of Shadows, Seven Samurai, Notorious (Hitchcock), My Darling Clementine, Detour, Refrains Happen like Revolutions in a Song, Distant Voices, Still Lives, Tales of the Taira Clan, Sunrise, City Lights, Lonesome, The Man Who Sleeps, Onibaba, Only Yesterday, Dog Day Afternoon, McCabe & Mrs. Miller, Ran, Samurai Rebellion, India: Matri Bhumi, Umberto D, Ride the High Country, Spring in a Small Town (Mu), High and Low, Rosemary’s Baby, The Seventh Seal, If…, Vive L’Amour, The Godfather, The Taking of Power by Louis XIV, The Pearl (d’Ursel), Platform, A Summer at Grandpa’s, The Crowd, The White Ribbon, The Phantom of Liberty, It Happened One Night, La Chinoise, Landscape in the Mist, Rififi, To Be or Not to Be (Lubitsch), The Sacrifice, The Young Girls of Rochefort, Le Cercle Rouge, Tabu, The Thing (Carpenter), The Ox-Bow Incident, Meet Me in St. Louis, A Hard Day’s Night, The Pear Tree, Lodz Symphony, Days of Heaven, Boy, Taxi Driver, Senso, Les Vacances de M. Hulot (M. Hulot’s Holiday), Land of Silence and Darkness, Sullivan’s Travels, Three Days (Bartas), Juvenile Court, The Decalogue, The Best of Youth, Birdsong, Cleo from 5 to 7, Monty Python’s Life of Brian, A Snake of June, Sunset Boulevard, The Killing of a Chinese Bookie, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, Dr. Mabuse: The Gambler, Vivre sa vie, Annie Hall, Tetsuo: the Iron Man, Batang West Side, Touch of Evil, The Conversation, The King of Comedy, The Double Life of Veronique, Citizen Kane, I Can’t Sleep, Songs from the Second Floor, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, Grand Illusion, Kontroll, Window Water Baby Moving, The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie, Fallen Angels, The Lady Vanishes, I am Cuba, Cria Cuervos, Brief Encounter, The Crucified Woman, Cries and Whispers, Kind Hearts and Coronets, Last Exit to Brooklyn, Nosferatu (Murnau), Canyon Passage, The Story of Marie and Julien, Casque d’or, Still Life (Saless), Day of Wrath, Meditation on Violence, Love Streams, The Shiinomi School, Bigger than Life, The Last Picture Show, Blue Velvet, Thieves’ Highway, Commingled Containers, The World of Apu, La Plaisir, Avetik, Late Autumn (1960), Awaara, Cool Hand Luke, Meshes of the Afternoon, Out 1, The Godfather Part II, Histoire(s) du cinema, Gabbeh, Amarcord, A nos amours, Rio Bravo, Modern Times, The Hustler, The Shining, White Heat, Harvest: 3000 Years, Picnic at Hanging Rock, Faces, Je vous salue Sarajevo, Virgin Spring, Tale of the Wind, Warsaw Bridge, Once upon a Time in the West, An Autumn Afternoon, Don’t Look Now, Farewell to the Ark, Leave Her to Heaven, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, Rebel without a Cause, Sweet Smell of Success, Night and Fog, Ajantrik, The Gold Rush, La Commune, Elephant (Clarke), Notre musique, Water Lilies, The Killer (Woo), The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, Rear Window, Casablanca, Dersu Uzala, The Bitter Tears of Petra Von Kant, Providence, Once upon a Time in America, Battleship Potemkin, Three Colors: Blue, Lawrence of Arabia, F for Fake, 39 Steps, Kiss Me Deadly, Mean Streets, Macbeth (Welles), The Big Combo, Diary of a Country Priest, Masculin feminin, Groundhog Day, Warrendale, Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!, Clean, Shaven, Akira, Rebecca, Do the Right Thing, Red Desert, Splendor in the Grass, Cat People (Tourneur), The Thin Red Line, Happy Together, The Last Laugh, Assault on Precinct 13 (Carpenter), That Obscure Object of Desire, Double Indemnity, Fitzcarraldo, Stroszek, The Whole Shootin’ Match, Vera Cruz, A Matter of Life and Death, La Notte, Orpheus, The Roaring Twenties, Un chant d’amour, Out of the Blue, Coeur Fidele, Seven Chances, A Short Film about Love, The Best Years of Our Lives, 7th Heaven (1927), Sopyonje, The Man Who Wasn’t There, Nashville, Four Nights of a Dreamer, Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia, Blade Runner, In Search of Famine, Sao Paolo S/A, Climates, Performance, Bamako, Limite, Lost Highway, Napoleon (Gance), Kageroza, The Peach Thief, City of Contrasts, Le Quattro Volte, Brazil, 8 ½, Talk to Her, Les amants du pont-neuf, Love and Death, The New World, Le Boucher, Face of Another, La Vie Boheme, Skagafjordur, A Dedicated Life, This is Spinal Tap, Election (Payne), Unfaithfully Yours, Halloween (Carpenter), Mon oncle, Contempt, Destry Rides Again, Film, Der Fall (Fruh), Europa ’51, Faust (Murnau), The Immortal Story, Messiah of Evil, Parallax View, Outlaw and His Wife, Gentleman Jim, Sing a Song of Sex, Fox and His Friends, Vassilisa the Beautiful, Frankenstein (1931), Terrorism Considered as One of the Fine Arts, A Walk through H: The Reincarnation of an Ornithologist, Melancholia (Diaz), The Small Back Room, Porn Theatre, A Man there Was, Leon Morin, pretre, Nightfall, Scorpio Rising, Belle du jour, Ratcatcher, Beau Travail, The Elephant Man, M/Other, The Tenant, Dr. Strangelove; or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, Until the End of the World, Metropolis (Lang), Top Hat, The Man Who Laughs, The Killers (1946), Coming Apart (Ginsberg), Trouble Every Day, The Tall T, All that Heaven Allows, After Hours, Mulholland Drive, Raging Bull, Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, Three Godless Years, Vertigo, Yojimbo, The Band Wagon, Singin’ in the Rain, Afterlife, The Sand Pebbles, For All Mankind, Hannah and Her Sisters, Barton Fink, I Know where I’m Going!, The World (2004), Go, Go Second Time Virgin, Horse Feathers, Fires on the Plain, Bad Lieutenant, Dawn of the Dead (Romero), White Hell of Pitz Palu, A Bittersweet Life, Point Blank, Our Beloved Month of August, Bad Day at Black Rock, Bride of Frankenstein, Psycho, Bonnie & Clyde, Murmur of the Heart, Ninotchka, The Dead (Huston), Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter, and Spring, Gosford Park, My Dinner with Andre, Young Frankenstein, Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid, Night of the Living Dead (Romero), Two-Lane Blacktop, The Naked Kiss, Written on the Wind, Don’t Look Back, Siegfried, Ucho (The Ear), Crimes and Misdemeanors, The Purple Rose of Cairo, Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters, Some Came Running, Shadows in Paradise, A Night at the Opera, Lucifer Rising, Sherman’s March, Irma Vep, The Maltese Falcon (Huston), The Searchers, Suspicion, La Strada, Drunken Angel, Jules and Jim, The Wind that Shakes the Barley, Marat/Sade, American Graffiti, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Even Dwarfs Started Small, Last Life in the Universe, The Lady from Shanghai, Through a Glass Darkly, It’s a Wonderful Life, Naked, Now Showing, Limelight (Chaplin), The Kid, Diabolique, Head-On, Black Sunday, The Bear, Bad Timing, Romance for Bugle, A Time to Live and a Time to Die (Sirk), Audition (Forman), Lola (Demy), The Talking Heads’ Stop Making Sense, Symbiopsychotaxiplasm, The Big Lebowski, Some Like it Hot, Rushmore, The Iron Giant, Leon: the Professional, Ditirambo, Silvestre, A Story Written with Water, Now!, Africa I Will Fleece You, Dancing in the Rain, Le Peau Trouee, Fuck Off Images of Finland, O Homem Do Pau Brasil, Baby, Crabbe’s Last Summer, Mosaferan, Siberiade, Haircut, Forbidden Games, The Free Will, Rope, Heavenly Creatures, Dogville, Heathers, Face to Face, As I was Moving ahead Occasionally I Saw Brief Glimpses of Beauty, Carnival of Souls, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, GoodFellas, Gates of Heaven, Running on Empty, Man of the West, Duelle (Rivette), Wide Angle Saxon, The Assault of the Present on the Rest of Time, The Big Sky, The Death Mills, The World’s Greatest Sinner, Inferno (Clouzot), Earth (Dvozhenko), X (Hewitt), You Won’t Miss Me, Absentia, Burning Palms, 5up 2down, Live!, Is-Slottet, Angela (Miller), A Short Film about Killing, Sicilia!, Faithful Heart, Gang of Four, Partner, Poison, Three Bewildered People in the Night, Sebastiane, Last Night, Blood is Dry, This Life of Mine, The Aimless Bullet, Jeanne la Pucelle, Power and the Land, La Nuit du Carrefour, The Devil Strikes at Night, The Lacemaker (Goretta), Tea and Sympathy, Force of Evil, Adelheid, Man Bites Dog, Five Easy Pieces, Marty, Xala, Un chien andalou, City of God, Millennium Actress, Chop Shop, L’Avventura, Audition (Miike), Merci pour le chocolat, Streetwise, High School II, Amar Akbar Anthony, La Libertad, Summer’s Tale, Take Care of My Cat, The Outcry, Farewell, Home Sweet Home!, Trust, Masquerade in Vienna, Ala-Arriba!, Great Freedom No. 7, Under the Bridges, Path of Hope, Ballad of a Soldier, Night Train, Strange Voyage, Time to Love, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Dieterle & Reinhardt), Calendar, Woman Times Seven, Madhumati, Way Out West, Body and Soul, This Gun for Hire, Seven Men from Now, The Fourth Dimension, Robinson in Ruins, Rosaura at Ten O’Clock, On the Bowery, By the Bluest of Seas, Volcano (Dieterle), Strangers When We Meet, Quicksand, The Congress Dances, A Zed and Two Noughts, The Silence, Eternity and a Day, 2001: A Space Odyssey, See You in Hell, My Darling, Carrie, Breathless (Godard), Chloe in the Afternoon, Crimson Gold, Zorro, the Gay Blade, Friday Night, Christmas in July, Bunny Lake is Missing, Eyes Wide Shut, North by Northwest, Closely Watched Trains, The Big Sleep, Rome, Open City, Fucking Amal, Fahrmann Maria, The Great War, Man of Aran, Germany Year 90 Nine Zero, The All-Around Reduced Personality, Chronicle of a Disappearance, The Last Detail, The New Babylon, The Good Lad, Does Your Heart Beat Faster?, Death of a Bureaucrat, La belle equipe, Silver Lode, A Chinese Ghost Story, Parrish, Rashomon, Route One USA, Belfast, Maine, Waking Life, Divorce Italian Style, Road to Nowhere, The Exiles, Beeswax, Persona, Suzhou River, Burn!, The Adjuster, Blood Simple, Wild Boys of the Road, 40 Guns, High Sierra, Extreme Prejudice, Down by Law, Red Beard, Shadow of a Doubt, The Wind Will Carry Us, La bête humaine, Anticipation of the Night, Beautiful Girls, Vernon, Florida, The Spider’s Stratagem, Times Square, Amadeus, Salo: or, 120 Days of Sodom, Diaries, Notes, and Sketches (aka Walden), Last Tango in Paris, Kanal, The Wizard of Oz, The Butcher Boy, The Girl with the Hat Box, Cache, Touchez pas au grisbi, Turumba, The Naked Spur, Promised Land, The Last Wave, The Black Stallion (Ballard), Gozu, Sleeper, Klute, Spirited Away, Thirst, The Birds (Hitchcock), Pink Flamingos, Valhalla Rising, La Grande bouffe, L’Intrus, The Invisible Man, Charade, The Cook, the Thief, His Wife, and Her Lover, Dazed and Confused, La belle noiseuse, Hard Boiled, Nekromantik, Kisses, Unknown Pleasures, Picnic, Damnation (Tarr), Europa Europa, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Shock Corridor, Eraserhead, The Fly (Cronenberg), The Reckless Moment, The Company (Altman), The Wrong Man, Kwaidan, Blast of Silence, Ice Storm, The 25th Hour, Darby O’Gill and the Little People, All the President’s Men, Not One Less, Desperate Living, Pola X, Day for Night, Showgirls, You the Living, Dillinger is Dead, The Seventh Continent, The Marriage of Maria Braun, Othello (Welles), All about Eve, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me, Le jour se leve, Princess Mononoke, Day of the Dead (Romero), Mr. Roberts, Sabotage, The Browning Version (Finney/Scaachi), The Leopard Man, It’s Always Fair Weather, High Hopes, Summertime, The Tin Drum, Two for the Seesaw, Foreign Correspondent, Rich and Strange, Simon of the Desert, The Threepenny Opera, Pinocchio (Disney), The One-Armed Swordsman, Searching for Bobby Fischer, Sabrina, Lilya 4-Ever, King Kong (1933), Brain Dead (aka Dead Alive), Alien, Betty Blue, Of Mice and Men, Few of Us, Fireworks (Anger), To Live (1994), 12 Angry Men, Port of Shadows, Excalibur, What Time is it there?, The Scarlet Empress, Inferno (Argento), Flesh, Children of Men, The Curse of the Jade Scorpion, Raising Arizona, Zelig, Unforgiven, The Graduate, The Piano Teacher, The Vikings, Blow-up, Cinema Paradiso, L’Age d’or, Revanche, Titus, The Exorcist, Yeast, The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog, George Washington, My Own Private Idaho, Jackie Brown, Broadway Danny Rose, Cold Fish, Straw Dogs, O Brother, Where Art Thou?, Lying, L’Argent (Bresson), Electra Glide in Blue, The Incredibles, Synecdoche, New York, Jaws, A Fistful of Dynamite (aka Duck, You Sucker), Punch-Drunk Love, Wendy and Lucy, A Clockwork Orange, The Tiger of Eschnapur & the Indian Tomb, Modern Romance, Grown-Ups (Leigh), Nanook of the North, Tony Manero, Mysterious Skin, To Kill a Mockingbird, Zorba the Greek, Theatre of Blood, Support Your Local Sheriff, Au revoir les enfants, Tokyo Drifter, Shit Year, Blood for Dracula, From the East, Teacher’s Pet, Le pont des Arts, Une Femme mariee, Young and Innocent, Z, Thief (Mann), Passion, Ashes and Diamonds, Walkabout, An American in Paris, Mister Lonely, The Royal Tenenbaums, The Blackout, Le Dernier Metro, Roman Holiday, Light Sleeper, I am Curious: Yellow, The Asphalt Jungle, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Rocco and His Brothers, Magnolia, Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind, Frownland, Timecode, The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951), There Will Be Blood, O Lucky Man!, The Way We Were, Planet of the Apes (original), Gimme Shelter, I Vitelloni, Phantom of the Paradise, Blood of a Poet, Accident, Wallace & Gromit in The Wrong Trousers, Beware of the Holy Whore, Exotica, The Producers (Brooks), One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Inland Empire, The Funeral (1996), Stagecoach, Safe, El Filibusterismo, Mr. Arkadin, The Empire Strikes Back, Network, The Blue Angel, Submarine, The Myth of the American Sleepover, Blazing Saddles, Fargo, Kikujiro, Matinee, Back to the Future, Eastern Promises, Blow Out, Bringing up Baby, 4 Months, 3 Weeks, and 2 Days, Lancelot of the Lake, Taxidermia, The Knack… and how to get it, Grave of the Fireflies, No Country for Old Men, Miller’s Crossing, Silent Light, Monterey Pop, To Live and Die in LA, Mauvais sang, La haine, Ed Wood, Robocop, Heat (Mann), Sex and Lucia, Forbidden Planet, Evil Dead, The Fury (DePalma), 2046, Star Wars, Tenebrae, Bottle Rocket, Midnight Cowboy, Reds, Pale Rider, Mad Max, Midnight Run, Trash Humpers, Evil Dead 2, Bulworth, Coraline, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Into the Wild, Amores Perros, Requiem for a Dream, Zodiac, A Prophet, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Harold and Maude, Soylent Green, Planes, Trains, and Automobiles, A Tale of Two Sisters, Bamboozled, Downfall, Dressed to Kill, Dead Man’s Shoes, Pink Floyd’s The Wall, Dial M for Murder, L’Histoire d’Adele H., Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs, Buffalo 66, Dancer in the Dark, The Lives of Others, East of Eden, National Lampoon’s Animal House, Little Cigars, Wavelength (Snow), Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Before Sunrise, Tree of Life, Nights and Weekends, Antichrist, The Trouble with Harry, The Quiet Man, Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai, The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956), Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead, Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, Myra Breckinridge, The Room, Full Metal Jacket, The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, Macbeth (Tarr), Ghosts Can’t Do It, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, AI: Artificial Intelligence, Oldboy, Aliens, The House with Laughing Windows, The Party, Irreversible, Ginger Snaps, Funny Ha Ha, The English Patient, Bitter Moon, Inglourious Basterds, The Ten Commandments (1956), Ichi the Killer, Fantastic Mr. Fox, 3-Iron, Withnail and I, Bad Education, Ishtar, A Serious Man, Wise Blood, Kill Bill Vol. 1, Clerks., Shortbus, Trainspotting, Being John Malkovich , Starship Troopers, Spartacus, LOL (Swanberg), The Usual Suspects, Bram Stokers Dracula (Coppola), Body Double, Dogtooth, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, The Terminator, Commando, Lost in Translation, Breaking the Waves, Enter the Void, Up in the Air, ET: Extra Terrestrial, Marnie, Die Hard, Se7en, The Shawshank Redemption, Boogie Nights, Almost Famous, Elephant (Van Sant), Birdemic: Shock and Terror, Alphaville, Traffic (Soderbergh), Muriel’s Wedding, Drive, The Host, Fight Club, Save the Green Planet, Pan’s Labyrinth, Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory, American Beauty, Chasing Amy, Zabriskie Point, The Village (Shyamalan), Certified Copy, L.A. Confidential, Triumph of the Will, Shakespeare in Love, Toy Story, Happy Gilmore, Deep Red, Rocky, The Matrix, Gone with the Wind, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, Amelie, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, Big Fish, Toy Story 3, Millennium Mambo, JFK, The Fountain, Moulin Rouge!, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, Lolita, Saving Private Ryan, United 93, Gummo, Garden State, Donnie Darko, The Social Network, India Song, Braveheart , Inception, CQ, The Doom Generation, The Dark Knight, Atonement, Black Swan
These movies are organized in the order they dropped off; the top titles are the ones that held on to the bitter end, the bottom ones were eliminated rather quickly. From here you can sort of recreate a sense of what a “top 25”, “top 50”, “top 100” and so on may have looked like. However, don’t think that just because it’s lower it was hated more: some movies stuck around because not enough people had seen them to vote them off, and some movies were targeted specifically to make the list more interesting than a typical Sight and Sound or Metacritic or They Shoot Pictures, Don’t They? list.
But enough of all that. The winners are below.
A Note on Logistics: Tie Xi Qu: West of the Tracks – Part 1: Rust stands in for the entire Tie Xi Qu parts 1-3.Réduire