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Re: your Top 100 American films

Postby A » Tue Aug 30, 2005 3:51 pm

A warm welcome, from me too. Every new person is much needed in this forum, and with so few of us your posts will be very relevant.
And thanks to Sara, of course, for providing a new member - though there won`t be any advertising gift.

Re: your Top 100 American films

Postby mcdan » Thu Sep 01, 2005 7:15 pm

First of all, thanks for the welcome! This is a great forum.

I apologize for not following the format but when I began trying to date each movie using movie guides - well I began changing my mind as I saw more and more movies I wanted to add. So I stuck with the first list and if I need to go back and add dates/directors I will - looks like everyone will know these movies anyway. I only added dates to clarify remakes.

I just went with my personal favorites. Not some of the greats (City Lights, 2001, Citizen Kane.)

There is no order - just the list as it came to mind

1. Pulp Fiction
2. Apocalypse Now (ReDux)
3. The Godfather 1 and 2
4. A Touch of Evil
5. American Splendor
6. The Conversation
7. Monsieur Verdoux
8. Reservior Dogs
9. Requiem for a Dream
10. Days of Wine and Roses
11. Annie Hall
12. Magnolia
13. Georgia
14. To Kill a Mockingbird
15. Pi
16. The Right Stuff
17. Runaway Train
18. Chinatown
19. Glengarry Glen Ross
20. Bringing Up Baby
21. The Philadelphia Story
22. Gone With the Wind
23. Ordinary People
24. American Psycho
25. Witness for the Prosecution
26. Five Easy Pieces
27. Whos Afraid of Virginia Woolf
28. Fight Club
29. Kill Bill 1& 2
30. It Happened One Night
31. Meet John Doe
32. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
33. Bambi
34. Midnight Cowboy
35. Leaving Los Vegas
36. The Wizard of Oz
37. Goodfellas
38. Rebecca
39. Some Like it Hot
40. Tom Sawyer- 1932
41. Paris, Texas
42. T2
43. Fargo
44. E.T.
45. Point Blank
46. The Spiral Staircase
47. Dog Day Afternoon
48. The Apartment
49. The Stunt Man
50. LOTR trilogy
51. The Thin Man
52. Paths of Glory
53. The Clock
54. Cool Hand Luke
55. Sergeant York
56. The Trip to Bountiful
57. The Postman Always Rings Twice 1946
58. Tootsie
59. Saturday Night Fever
60. The Beguiled
61. Rear Window
62. Sling Blade
63. Notorious
64. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
65. Lawrence of Arabia
66. Night of the Hunter
67. Big
68. The Manchurian Candidate
69. Dark City
70. Adaption
71. Freaks
72. A Woman Under the Influence
73. Memento
74. Mulholland Drive
75. The Three Faces of Eve
76. Back to the Future
77. Sex, Lies, and Videotapes
78. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
79. Fat City
80. On the Waterfront
81. Strangers on a Train
82. All About Eve
83. Unforgiven
84. 21 Grams
85. The House of Mirth (UK, USA and France?)
86. Election
87. Heathers
88. High Art
89. Ulees Gold
90. Richard III - 1995 UK/USA
91. Mean Streets
92. Schindler's List
93. The Searchers
94. Master and Commander
95. Quiz Show
96. Dark Victory
97. Psycho
98. Raging Bull
99. Casablanca

and just for fun...

100. Used Cars

Re: your Top 100 American films

Postby wpqx » Fri Sep 02, 2005 1:36 am

I was honestly a little pissed at myself for leaving out T2, as well as Die Hard. I didn't adhere to your structure of picking favorites. I let my elitist nonsense get the best of me. Still good enough list, but I'll have to say no Kane is a crime, it really is the greatest movie ever.

I wish there was an Apocalypse Now hybrid. I liked the smaller sequences thrown in Redux, but that whole French Colony sequence was horrible and through the movie way off, I'm glad it was originally cut.

Re: your Top 100 American films

Postby mcdan » Fri Sep 02, 2005 4:04 am

For wpqx- You are of course right about Citizen Kane - but I think I have seen it so many times and studied it that I just thought - put it above the list.

But thanks for admitting to T2 - I was a little embarrassed to put that on the list but wanted to be honest. (Along with several others...)

I noticed I made the mistake of Paris, Texas. Not US. Sorry.

Thanks to what you call your "elitist nonsense" I have a huge list of great films to rent on Netflix - many thanks for opening my eyes to new films. I have 5 new films coming tomorrow. A and your lists have really inspired me.

I just finished- not on this list - but the Foreign list - The Mirror, Apu Tri., and Diary of a Young Priest. I am speechless.

I agree about Ap. Now Redux - but I must say my husband is so moved by the French Colony scene that I wonder what others think. (I know critics hated it for the most part.) I just like the small turns that the film took and could cut the French Colony completely- thought it ruined the film - but because of the small changes I chose the Redux over the original.

We do need the hybrid.

Re: your Top 100 American films

Postby Sara » Fri Sep 02, 2005 3:44 pm

I am preparing now to submit my top 100 US films. These are not the greatest films. They are films I really enjoyed and appreciated.

I purposely have not looked at the other members lists here as I am sure it would influence me - and make me change a few of mine.

Before I start typing, I wonder how you all have done your lists - that is, do you type it in Word and save and paste here? Or do you just plunge in and type it here.


Re: your Top 100 American films

Postby A » Fri Sep 02, 2005 4:30 pm

I just plunge in, but I also use several websites for this

Re: your Top 100 American films

Postby Sara » Fri Sep 02, 2005 4:51 pm

Here goes. These are not ranked. I just put them down as I thought of them. (Also used Word so I hope it will "paste" here all right) - Sara

The Wizard of Oz - 39
Its a Wonderful Life - 46
Some Like it Hot - 59
Psycho - 60
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington 39
Double Indemnity 41
Rear Window 54
Birth of a Nation 15
Streetcar Named Desire - 51
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs 37
Kramer Vs Kramer 79
Marty 55
Nashville 75
The Sound of Music 65
Fantasia 40
Tootsie - 82
East of Eden 55
Rebel Without a Cause 55
Citizen Kane 41
Schindlers List 93
All About Eve 50
Casablanca 42
Amadeus 84
The Godfather 1 & 2 72 & 74
Gone With the Wind 39
Star Wars 77
One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest 75
ET 82
High Noon 52
Midnight Cowboy 69
The Apartment 60
Taxi Driver 76
Unforgiven 82
Silence of the Lambs 91
Lili 53
Raging Bull 80
The Apostle 97
Apocalypse Now - 79
Wall Street - 87
A River Runs Through It 92
Grapes of Wrath 40
Magnolia 2000
Being There 79
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof 58
As Good as it Gets 97
Dead Man Walking 95
Manhattan 79
Requiem for a Dream 2000
Fargo 96
Rain Man 88
Witness 85
Sophies Choice 82
On Golden Pond 81
Ordinary People 80
All the Presidents Men 76
The Conversation 74
The Last Picture Show 71
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid 69
Oliver 68
Cool Hand Luke 67
Whos Afraid of Virginia Wolfe? 66
What Ever Happened to Baby Jane 62
To Kill a Mockingbird 62
The Manchurian Candidate 62
12 Angry Men 57
The Bridge of the River Kwai 57
The Night of the Hunter 55
The Caine Mutiny 54
Strangers on a Train 51
Sunset Boulevard 50
The Third Man 49
Yankee Doodle Dandy 42
Sergeant York 41
How Green Was My Valley 41
David Copperfield 35
Bride of Frankenstein 35
Phantom of the Opera 25
Three Faces of Eve - '57
Rebecca 40
Lady for a Day 33
Member of the Wedding 53
Shane 53
Dont Look Now 73
Dressed to Kill 80
The Snake Pit 48
Anatomy of a Murder 59
Meet Me in St. Louis 44
Spellbound 45
I Confess 53
The Great Escape 63
Mary Poppins 64
Young Frankenstein 74
The Verdict 82
The Long Hot Summer 58
Mulholland Drive 2001
The Shining 80
The Elephant Man 80
The Train 64
Seven 96
A Simple Plan 98

Re: your Top 100 American films

Postby Sara » Fri Sep 02, 2005 5:12 pm

Ahhhhkkkk. I just looked at mcdan's list. How could I have omitted the Trip to Bountiful which is almost my favorite movie - and the LOTR trilogy? And the Stunt Man?

Another I thought of that is not great but it sure was fun for me: "Murder By Death." (You noticed I had "Young Frankenstein" on my list. It is not "great" but I loved it.)

And yes, mcdan, I loved "Used Cars," too. So much fun.


Re: your Top 100 American films

Postby wpqx » Sat Sep 03, 2005 1:21 am

Young Frankenstein is great.

You can add one film, because you listed Birth of a Nation twice.

Re: your Top 100 American films

Postby Sara » Sat Sep 03, 2005 11:53 am

I'm glad you caught that. Now I get to add one more. What a dilemma. I'm torn between The Trip to Bountiful (with such a beautiful performance by Geraldine Page) and The Three Faces of Eve with Joanne Woodward.

I'll go with The Three Faces of Eve - '57

Since I pasted my list from Word, I'm not sure I can edit it. (I had a typo and it would not let me change it from the forum.)

Shall I just write my 100th in at the end?



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