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My Top 100 Films

by wpqx
I’ve been posting this all on my blog for the last week or so. It’s been a long time coming. I first decided to write down a few movies for suggestion back sometime in 2006 or early 2007. Granted I haven’t been diligently working on this list for six years but it’s been an idea. For a certified list-a-holic like myself it is a bit of a surprise for me that I went a whole decade between making a top 100. So after some years of watching and re-watching films, crossing things off, adding things on I finally got around to making the whole top 100. Now a few things to know first hand. 1. What counts? To make matters work I decided to count… Read more

I’ve been posting this all on my blog for the last week or so. It’s been a long time coming. I first decided to write down a few movies for suggestion back sometime in 2006 or early 2007. Granted I haven’t been diligently working on this list for six years but it’s been an idea. For a certified list-a-holic like myself it is a bit of a surprise for me that I went a whole decade between making a top 100. So after some years of watching and re-watching films, crossing things off, adding things on I finally got around to making the whole top 100. Now a few things to know first hand.

1. What counts?
To make matters work I decided to count film series that were plot related as one entry. This could apply to The Godfather, Star Wars, Kill Bill, etc. What I didn’t count were trilogies that were linked by theme like The Man with No Name Trilogy or Andrzej Wajda’s WWII trilogy. Also just because something was part of a series doesn’t mean that the entire series needs to be included. So this might make the list awkward here, so I’ll post a text version of the list so you can see which film(s) I grouped together then just select one for the top 100 so the numbering doesn’t get all jacked up.

I also pretty much opened the door to any film I felt like regardless of type. Now documentaries were eligible but I can’t think of any “pure” documentaries that made the cut.

All films are at least feature length long and range from about an hour to over 15 hours in length.

2. Greatest/Favorite/Top, what’s the difference?
You’ll notice there are some stupid films on my list, like I know they’re stupid and would be considered pretty damn bad by many people’s standards. Never you mind that’s why I went with the title “Top”. They’re all favorites of a kind but I suppose that calling it my 100 favorite films would imply that all of them had to be a personal favorite of some kind. I could have taken the Sight and Sound approach and just defined Greatest however I saw fit, but well top is where I’m going with this.

3. It’s about what’s on the list not about what isn’t
All of these films are great to me, they’re all favorites of mine, and truth be told so are a shitload of other films that didn’t make the list. In some cases I went with one film to represent a particular director or country. In some cases I left off a very worthy film from a director because they were already represented. These things happen, so keep in mind there are only 100 spots on this list, so feel free to complain up a storm over what is on there, but try not to get too bent out of shape over what isn’t.

4. By all means read the blog
Here’s the blog address http://myworldoffilm.blogspot.com/ you can follow the list from there, read my individual entries on each film, etc. To start at the beginning just go to the side bar and find the title for My Top 100 Films – Introduction. Also check out some older entries, etc. It’s a good time and I worked real hard and stuff on it and I’ll be your friend if you read it, so yeah do it.

Here’s the top 100 in descending order text only:

100. Au Hasard Balthazar (1966)
99. Early Summer (1951)
98. Modern Times (1936)
97. Children of Paradise (1945)
96. The Cremator (1968)
95. Rocky/Rocky II/Rocky III/Rocky IV (1976-1985)
94. Ordet (1955)
93. The Incredible (2004)
92. Aguirre the Wrath of God (1972)
91. Marriage of the Blessed (1989)

90. Andrei Rublev (1966)
89. The Grand Illusion (1937)
88. The Third Man (1949)
87. Our Hospitality (1923)
86. Romeo and Juliet (1968)
85. Natural Born Killers (1994)
84. Carlos (2009)
83. Talk to Her (2002)
82. The Bicycle Thief (1948)
81. Glen or Glenda? (1953)

80. I Am a Fugitive From a Chain-Gang (1932)
79. Husbands (1970)
78. Major League (1989)
77. A Clockwork Orange (1971)
76. Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
75. Last Tango in Paris (1972)
74. Ace in the Hole (1951)
73. Seven Samurai (1954)
72. 71 Fragments of a Chronology of Chance (1994)
71. Tango and Cash (1989)

70. Pierrot le Fou (1965)
69. The Life of Oharu (1952)
68. M (1931)
67. Magnolia (1999)
66. Chinatown (1974)
65. The Conformist (1970)
64. Ben-Hur (1959)
63. Taxi Driver (1976)
62. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
61. The Battle of Algiers (1966)

60. Ulysses Gaze (1995)
59. On the Waterfront (1954)
58. Seventh Seal (1957)
57. Fight Club (1999)
56. Kill Bill (2003-2004)
55. LA Confidential (1997)
54. Touch of Evil (1958)
53. The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)
52. Duck Soup (1933)
51. The Grapes of Wrath (1940)

50. Corn’s-a-Poppin’ (1956)*
49. The Mother and the Whore (1973)
48. The Dark Knight (2008)
47. Weekend (1967)
46. Rocco and His Brothers (1960)
45. Predator (1987)
44. Gone with the Wind (1939)
43. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
42. Maltese Falcon (1941)
41. The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928)

40. The Shining (1980)
39. Before Sunrise (1995)
38. City of God (2002)
37. The Manchurian Candidate (1962)
36. They Live by Night (1949)
35. Sunset Boulevard (1950)
34. Ashes and Diamonds (1958)
33. Raging Bull (1980)
32. Schindler’s List (1993)
31. Blue Velvet (1986)

30. Ordinary People (1980)
29. Psycho (1960)
28. The Searchers (1956)
27. Casablanca (1942)
26. Napoleon (1927)
25. Mulholland Drive (2001)
24. All that Jazz (1979)
23. The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (1966)
22. Goodfellas (1990)
21. Los Olvidados (1950)

20. Berlin Alexanderplatz (1980)
19. The Big Lebowski (1998)
18. Annie Hall (1977)
17. The Man With a Movie Camera (1929)
16. Intolerance (1916)
15. La Dolce Vita (1960)
14. Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
13. Monty Python and the Quest for the Holy Grail (1974)
12. Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (1927)
11. Singin’ in the Rain (1952)

10. Pulp Fiction (1994)
9. Tree of Life (2011)
8. 8 ½ (1963)
7. Apocalypse Now (1979)
6. Star Wars/The Empire Strikes Back/Return of the Jedi (1977/1980/1983)
5. Persona (1966)
4. The Godfather/Godfather II (1972/1974)
3. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
2. All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)
1. Citizen Kane (1941)

Apparently Corn’s-a-Poppin’ isn’t on MUBI, so that messes things up

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