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your Top 100 American films

Postby A » Wed Aug 24, 2005 11:57 am

After wpqx posting on his alternative arrangement of the AFIs infamous Top 100 american films list, we decided to do our own. All films listed are imo mainly american productions, thats why the country of production isnt listed beside each title (even if there were foreign co-producers).
So heres my five cents worth.

PS: I judge films always as a whole, so if youre surprised (and Im sure you are), to find some films in the list you think are a bit weird (or total crap), let me assure you, I think they are masterpieces, or else I wouldnt have listed them. I didnt just like certain aspects, while others were bullshit - no, while the films might have some (minor) flaws, they are nevertheless works of art that will imo stand the test of time.
But of course Im open for discussion.

Now let the lists begin.

1. Dead Man (1995 / Jim Jarmusch)
2. 2001 - A Space Odyssey (1968 / Stanley Kubrick)
3. Vertigo (1958 / Alfred Hitchcock)
4. Arizona Dream (1993 / Emir Kusturica)
5. City Lights (1931 / Charles Chaplin)
6. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004 / Michel Gondry)
7. Fingers (1978 / James Toback)
8. Zabriskie Point (1970 / Michelangelo Antonioni)
9. Leaving Las Vegas (1995 / Mike Figgis)
10. The Thin Red Line (1998 / Terrence Malick)
11. Stranger than Paradise (1983 / Jim Jarmusch)
12. Bonnie and Clyde (1967 / Arthur Penn)
13. Being John Malkovich (1999 / Spike Jonze)
14. Groundhog Day (1993 / Harold Ramis)
15. Mad Dog and Glory (1993 / John McNaughton)
16. Twelve Monkeys (1995 / Terry Gilliam)
17. The Royal Tenenbaums (2001 / Wes Anderson)
18. Notorious (1946 / Alfred Hitchcock)
19. The Birds (1963 / Alfred Hitchcock)
20. Fearless (1993 / Peter Weir)
21. Bringing up Baby (1938 / Howard Hawks)
22. The Gold Rush (1925 / Charles Chaplin )
23. The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1988 / Philip Kaufman)
24. The Wind (1928 / Victor Sjstrm)
25. Shoulder Arms (1918 / Charles Chaplin)
26. Permanent Vacation (1980 / Jim Jarmusch)
27. Monsieur Verdoux (1947 / Charles Chaplin)
28. Back to the Future Part II (1989 / Robert Zemeckis)
29. City of Angels (1998 / Brad Silberling)
30. Flesh and Bone (1993 / Steve Kloves)
31. Paris Trout (1991 / Stephen Gyllenhaal)
32. Glengarry Glen Ross (1992 / James Foley)
33. Sweet and Lowdown (1999 / Woody Allen)
34. Batman Returns (1992 / Tim Burton)
35. The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993 / Henry Selick)
36. The Shawshank Redemption (1994 / Frank Darabont)
37. The Big Lebowski (1998 / Joel & Ethan Coen)
38. Punch-Drunk Love (2002 / Paul Thomas Anderson)
39. Paths of Glory (1956 / Stanley Kubrick)
40. King Kong (1933 / Ernest B. Schoedsack, Merian C. Cooper)
41. The Princess Bride (1987 / Rob Reiner)
42. Dishonored (1931 / Josef von Sternberg)
43. The Big Sleep (1946 / Howard Hawks)
44. A Perfect World (1993 / Clint Eastwood)
45. Adaptation. (2002 / Spike Jonze)
46. Gerry (2002 / Gus Van Sant)
47. Intolerance: Love's Struggle Through the Ages (1916 / David Wark Griffith)
48. The Elephant Man (1980 / David Lynch)
49. Chinatown (1974 / Roman Polanski)
50. Psycho (1960 / Alfred Hitchcock)
51. Cast Away (2000 / Robert Zemeckis)
52. Monster's Ball (2001 / Marc Forster)
53. 25th Hour (2002 / Spike Lee)
54. The Wizard of Oz (1939 / Victor Fleming)
55. Now, Voyager (1942 / Irving Rapper)
56. Casablanca (1942 / Michael Curtiz)
57. Forrest Gump (1994 / Robert Zemeckis)
58. Maverick (1994 / Richard Donner)
59. Steamboat Bill, Jr. (1928 / Buster Keaton, Charles Reisner)
60. Lost Highway (1997 / David Lynch)
61. Buffalo '66 (1998 / Vincent Gallo)
62. JFK (1991 / Oliver Stone)
63. American Beauty (1999 / Sam Mendes)
64. Ben-Hur (1959 / William Wyler)
65. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937 / ?)
66. Rope (1948 / Alfred Hitchcock)
67. Design for Living (1933 / Ernst Lubitsch)
68. Magnolia (1999 / Paul Thomas Anderson)
69. Five Easy Pieces (1970 / Bob Rafelson)
70. Gattaca (1997 / Mike Niccol)
71. Bringing Out the Dead (1999 / Martin Scorsese)
72. Don Juan DeMarco (1995 / Jeremy Leven)
73. The Accidental Tourist (1988 / Lawrence Kasdan)
74. Judgement at Nuremberg (1962 / Stanley Kramer)
75. Rebel Without a Cause (1955 / Nicholas Ray)
76. Eyes Wide Shut (1999 / Stanley Kubrick)
77. Sunset Blvd. (1950 / Billy Wilder)
78. Pi (1998 / Darren Aronofsky)
79. Before Night Falls (2000 / Julian Schnabel)
80. Catch Me If You Can (2002 / Steven Spielberg)
81. The Hours (2002 / Stephen Daldry)
82. 21 Grams (2003 / Alejandro Gonzlez Irritu)
83. Dances with Wolves (1990 / Kevin Costner)
84. Before Sunset (2004 / Richard Linklater)
85. I Married a Strange Person! (1997 / Bill Plympton)
86. Smoke (1995 / Wayne Wang, Paul Auster)
87. Pulp Fiction (1994 / Quentin Tarantino)
88. Greed (1924 / Erich von Stroheim)
89. The Night of the Hunter (1955 / Charles Laughton)
90. East of Eden (1955 / Elia Kazan)
91. Five Graves to Cairo (1943 / Billy Wilder)
92. Changing Lanes (2002 / Roger Michell)
93. Apocalypse Now (1979 / Francis Ford Coppola)
94. Dark City (1998 / Alex Proyas)
95. King of the Hill (1993 / Steven Soderbergh)
96. Sign 'o' the Times (1987 / Prince, Albert Magnoli)
97. Blue Velvet (1986 / David Lynch)
98. Heat (1995 / Michael Mann)
99. The Kid (1921 / Charles Chaplin)
100. Magnificent Obsession (1954 / Douglas Sirk)

Kicked out The Pallbearer at 97. and put in Frankenstein.
Kicked out Philadelphia Story at 100. and put in Magnificent Obsession.
Kicked out Frankenstein at 97. and put in Blue Velvet from 10. (Quita a fall, I know, but I hadn't seen it for over 4 years, and tastes change :-)) Put "The Thin Red Line" at 10. instead, after having seen it for the 4th time. A phenomenal film, it's in my personal overall Top 100 now.
Ok, just realised I had it already on 53., but oh lucky me, I discovered that I had forgotten to put Spike Lee's "25th Hour" on the list. So there it is now.
A
 


Re: your Top 100 American films

Postby arsaib4 » Wed Aug 24, 2005 10:56 pm

This is a damn good list. I can't come up too many names I strongly disagree with.

You guys are good at making lists. I'm not.
arsaib4
 

Re: your Top 100 American films

Postby A » Thu Aug 25, 2005 12:44 pm

Hey, hey, thats not the spirit! I wanna see yours!
I think we all come from an american "background" (film-wise speaking), so this shouldn`t be too difficult (?)...
A
 

Re: your Top 100 American films

Postby wpqx » Thu Aug 25, 2005 11:01 pm

Well I did it, as soon as I post it I'll realize something major that I forgot. I did choose to leave out A Clockwork Orange for two reasons (it was a British film, and the other was that I just wanted to fit more movies). Not entirely pleased with this list, but well it's the best I can do for now.

1. Citizen Kane (1941 Orson Welles)
2. The Godfather and Godfather Part 2 (1972, 1974 Francis Ford Coppola)
3. All Quiet on the Western Front (1930 Lewis Milestone)
4. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968 Stanley Kubrick)
5. Lawrence of Arabia (1962 David Lean)
6. Star Wars (1977 George Lucas)
7. Apocalypse Now (1979 Francis Ford Coppola)
8. Pulp Fiction (1994 Quentin Tarantino)
9. Singin in the Rain (1952 Stanley Donen and Gene Kelly)
10. Intolerance (1916 D. W. Griffith)

11. Ordinary People (1980 Robert Redford)
12. Goodfellas (1990 Martin Scorsese)
13. Schindlers List (1993 Steven Spielberg)
14. Psycho (1960 Alfred Hitchcock)
15. The Maltese Falcon (1941 John Huston)
16. Annie Hall (1977 Woody Allen)
17. The Manchurian Candidate (1962 John Frankenheimer)
18. The Searchers (1956 John Ford)
19. Sunrise (1927 F. W. Murnau)
20. All That Jazz (1979 Bob Fosse)

21. Mulholland Drive (2001 David Lynch)
22. Dances With Wolves (1990 Kevin Costner)
23. On the Waterfront (1954 Elia Kazan)
24. America, America (1963 Elia Kazan)
25. Raging Bull (1980 Martin Scorsese)
26. Days of Wine and Roses (1962 Blake Edwards)
27. Casablanca (1942 Michael Curtiz)
28. Magnolia (1999 Paul Thomas Anderson)
29. Ben-Hur (1959 William Wyler)
30. Steamboat Bill Jr. (1928 Buster Keaton)

31. Gone With the Wind (1939 Victor Fleming, George Cukor, Sam Wood)
32. Mean Streets (1973 Martin Scorsese)
33. The Best Years of Our Lives (1946 William Wyler)
34. City Lights (1931 Charles Chaplin)
35. The Shining (1980 Stanley Kubrick)
36. Airplane (1980 Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, Jerry Zucker)
37. Duck Soup (1933 Leo McCarey)
38. They Live By Night (1949 Nicholas Ray)
39. To Have and Have Not (1944 Howard Hawks)
40. Some Like it Hot (1959 Billy Wilder)

41. Whos Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966 Mike Nichols)
42. Malcolm X (1992 Spike Lee)
43. Natural Born Killers (1994 Oliver Stone)
44. Fight Club (1999 David Fincher)
45. White Heat (1949 Raoul Walsh)
46. Meet John Doe (1941 Frank Capra)
47. Before Sunrise (1995 Richard Linklater)
48. East of Eden (1955 Elia Kazan)
49. Top Hat (1935 Mark Sandrich)
50. Kiss Me Deadly (1955 Robert Aldrich)

51. Chinatown (1974 Roman Polanski)
52. LA Confidential (1997 Curtis Hansen)
53. Witness for the Prosecution (1957 Billy Wilder)
54. It Happened One Night (1934 Frank Capra)
55. The Deer Hunter (1978 Michael Cimino)
56. Interiors (1978 Woody Allen)
57. Eraserhead (1977 David Lynch)
58. 42nd Street (1933 Lloyd Bacon)
59. The Graduate (1967 Mike Nichols)
60. Last Temptation of Christ (1988 Martin Scorsese)

61. Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956 Don Spiegel)
62. Saving Private Ryan (1998 Steven Spielberg)
63. Kill Bill (2003, 2004 - Quentin Tarantino)
64. Pink Floyds The Wall (1982 Alan Parker)
65. Paths of Glory (1957 Stanley Kubrick)
66. Ace in the Hole/The Big Carnival (1951 Billy Wilder)
67. Requiem for a Dream (2000 Darren Aronofsky)
68. Toy Story and Toy Story 2 (1995, 1999 - John Lasseter)
69. The Wild Bunch (1969 Sam Peckinpah)
70. Nashville (1975 Robert Altman)

71. The Incredibles (2004 Brad Bird)
72. Rocky (1976 John G. Avilsden)
73. Taxi Driver (1976 Martin Scorsese)
74. Bride of Frankenstein (1935 James Whale)
75. Point Blank (1967 John Boorman)
76. The Philadelphia Story (1940 George Cukor)
77. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939 Frank Capra)
78. Planet of the Apes (1968 Franklin J. Schaffner)
79. Once Upon a Time in America (1984 Sergio Leone)
80. Raising Arizona (1987 Joel and Ethan Coen)

81. Platoon (1986 Oliver Stone)
82. Sin City (2005 Robert Rodriguez, Frank Miller, Quentin Tarantino)
83. The Princess Bride (1987 Rob Reiner)
84. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004 Michel Gondry)
85. Salvador (1986 Oliver Stone)
86. Reservoir Dogs (1992 Quentin Tarantino)
87. Brazil (1985 Terry Gilliam)
88. Touch of Evil (1958 Orson Welles)
89. Who Framed Roger Rabbit? (1988 Robert Zemeckis)
90. Do the Right Thing (1989 Spike Lee)

91. Rebecca (1940 Alfred Hitchcock)
92. Unforgiven (1992 Clint Eastwood)
93. I am a Fugitive From a Chain Gang (1932 Mervyn LeRoy)
94. Bringing Up Baby (1938 Howard Hawks)
95. Dumbo (1941 Wilfred Jackson and company)
96. Design For Living (1933 Ernst Lubitsch)
97. The Midnight Cowboy (1969 John Schlessinger)
98. Blade Runner (1982 Ridley Scott)
99. Unfaithfully Yours (1948 Preston Sturges)
100. From Here to Eternity (1953 Fred Zinnemann)
wpqx
 

Re: your Top 100 American films

Postby A » Fri Aug 26, 2005 9:53 am

Haven`t seen 35 films from your list. But it`s a nice one. Almost all classics as far as I know.
Btw. I also counted The Shining as a UK production. If Kubrick had stayed in the states I probably would have three more of his films listed. I know I`m biased.
A
 

Re: your Top 100 American films

Postby wpqx » Fri Aug 26, 2005 2:16 pm

Well you had 22 on yours that I haven't seen (and I thought I knew everything about American movies), you do realize that you have some very odd favorites, but well I'm sure I've pointed that out before. I checked on Clockwork and Shining, and The Shining was listed as a US and UK coproduction, wheras Clockwork was strictly British.

You know what this means though, time for a top 100 foreign films list (wonder if we could get British films in there, seeing how they couldn't make this ranking).

That's another day however.
wpqx
 

Re: your Top 100 American films

Postby A » Sat Aug 27, 2005 11:37 am

Yeah, i actually wondered about a UK Top 100, but then I realised, that the only country I could do a satisfying Top 100 on was The US, and maybe France (would have to check), but with the others, I just can`t come up with 100 titles that I think would deserve such a status.
Top 100 Foreign films should be OK. I think thAT would represent our member`s tastes quite well.
But you`re right, that`s another day.
A
 

Re: your Top 100 American films

Postby wpqx » Sat Aug 27, 2005 11:40 am

I got a strange feeling that there'd be more than 22 titles I haven't seen on a list like that, especially if arsaib actually did one, I've never heard of half the films he watches.
wpqx
 

Re: your Top 100 American films

Postby mcdan » Mon Aug 29, 2005 1:59 am

Planning to post soon. I was amazed that A and wpqx selected so many of my same films (and now I want to rent some more that I did not see - thank you!) - but then I now am thinking of readjusting my list. Some films I was concerned about dual citizenship for producers/directors so forgive me if I have a few "off."

I envy that so many on the forum have kept movie journals - I just grabbed a piece of paper and started listing. So am rethinking tonight and hope to add my humble list tomorrow.

I am new to the forum, Sara, another poster, told me about this - and I have been focus on the #11 film quiz by Mik. There again, have rented more movies - only to find I still cannot get the quiz correct - but what a great way to see films I now treasure.

Many thanks,

mcdan
mcdan
 

Re: your Top 100 American films

Postby wpqx » Mon Aug 29, 2005 7:31 pm

Welcome aboard, us moderators are getting bored talking to ourselves.
wpqx
 

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