100 great movies

I don’t expect to do any posting for the next few weeks, so rather than leave “The Lights of Zetar” at the top of my blog that whole time, here’s this.

Starting in on Roger Ebert’s first book of great movies has got me thinking, what 100 titles would I have picked as a collection of “The Great Movies” – trying to make a list that’s objective and well-rounded, but still represents my favorites and my taste, all the while not putting too much thought into it.  It’s an interesting exercise, and I recommend it for anyone trying to put off doing housework.

12 Angry Men, 1957
25th Hour, 2002
The Adventures of Robin Hood, 1938
Alien, 1979
All About Eve, 1950
Amélie, 2001
American Beauty, 1999
Anatomy of a Murder, 1959
Another Year, 2010
Back to the Future, 1985
The Big Lebowski, 1998
The Blues Brothers, 1980
Breakfast at Tiffany’s, 1961
The Bridge on the River Kwai, 1957
Brief Encounter, 1945
Casablanca, 1942
Children of Men, 2006
A Christmas Story, 1983
The Circus, 1928
The Conversation, 1974
Cool Hand Luke, 1967
Dark City, 1998
The Dark Crystal, 1982
The Dark Knight, 2008
The Departed, 2006
Dog Day Afternoon, 1975
Dr. Strangelove, 1964
Dumbo, 1941
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, 2004
The Exorcist, 1973
Fargo, 1996
Finding Nemo, 2003
First Blood, 1982
Frankenstein, 1931
The Godfather, 1972
The Grapes of Wrath, 1940
Harold and Maude, 1971
In Bruges, 2008
In the Heat of the Night, 1967
The Incredibles, 2004
Inglourious Basterds, 2009
Kill Bill, 2003-2004
King Kong, 1933
Labyrinth, 1986
The Last Temptation of Christ, 1988
Leone’s Dollars trilogy, 1964-1966
M, 1931
Magnolia, 1999
The Maltese Falcon, 1941
The Manchurian Candidate, 1962
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, 1977
Mary and Max, 2009
Monty Python and the Holy Grail, 1975
Moon, 2009
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, 1939
The Muppet Movie, 1979
My Neighbor Totoro, 1988
Network, 1976
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, 1975
Planet of the Apes, 1968
The Princess Bride, 1987
Pulp Fiction, 1994
Raiders of the Lost Ark, 1981
Rear Window, 1954
Rebecca, 1940
The Red Shoes, 1948
Reservoir Dogs, 1992
Rocky, 1976
Roshomon, 1950
Seven Samurai, 1954
Shadow of a Doubt, 1943
Sherlock Jr., 1924
The Shining, 1980
The Shop Around the Corner, 1940
The Silence of the Lambs, 1991
The Sixth Sense, 1999
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, 1937
Stalag 17, 1953
Star Wars, 1977
Stangers on a Train, 1951
La Strada, 1954
Taxi Driver, 1976
The Thin Man, 1934
The Third Man, 1949
Time Bandits, 1981
To Kill a Mockingbird, 1962
Touch of Evil, 1958
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, 1948
True Grit, 2010
Twelve Monkeys, 1995
Up, 2009
Vertigo, 1958
Wall-E, 2008
Where the Wild Things Are, 2009
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, 1966
Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, 1971
Winter’s Bone, 2010
Witness for the Prosecution, 1957
The Wizard of Oz, 1939
Yojimbo, 1961

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