Thursday, 29 January 2009

The List?

1.CITIZEN KANE (1941)
2.CASABLANCA (1942)
3.GODFATHER, THE (1972)
4.GONE WITH THE WIND (1939)
5.LAWRENCE OF ARABIA (1962)
6.WIZARD OF OZ, THE (1939)
7.GRADUATE, THE (1967)
8.ON THE WATERFRONT (1954)
9.SCHINDLER'S LIST (1993)
10.SINGIN' IN THE RAIN (1952)
11.IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE (1946)
12.SUNSET BOULEVARD (1950)
13.BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI, THE (1957)
14.SOME LIKE IT HOT (1959)
15.STAR WARS (1977)
16.ALL ABOUT EVE (1950)
17.AFRICAN QUEEN, THE (1951)
18.PSYCHO (1960)
19.CHINATOWN (1974)
20.ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST (1975)
21.GRAPES OF WRATH, THE (1940)
22.2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY (1968)
23.MALTESE FALCON, THE (1941)
24.RAGING BULL (1980)
25.E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL (1982)


I always considered myself a bit of a movie buff but this list has put me to shame. This is the top 25 films taken from the American Film Institute's list of the 100 Greatest Movies. I have only seen 7 of the top 25. I haven't even heard of a few. I think it just shows I am still relatively young. The 7 I have seen were made between 1972 and 1993. The only one between that time that made the cut that I havent seen is Chinatown. Im a big fan of Nicholson and sometimes wonder why these films are rarely if ever on tv. I have the complete Sky Package and National Treasure has been on every night for the last two weeks on the movie channel.

If I can get my hands or find them online I am going to watch all these films by the end of February. Bit of task 25 films in a month but sleeping is for the weak! Films I am really looking forward to seeing on this list are Chinatown, Psycho and The Graduate.

4 comments:

Damien Obama said...

Lists like this are almost meaningless. They almost always consist of the old classics, immortalise the great old classic actors, and directors - most of whom are now dead. And most are compiled (or edited) by movie buffs, who've been in the industry since the silent movie era (for whom these films probably represent the great films of their youth). So The Film Insitute reckons that NOT ONE SINGLE film has been made in the last 27 years (!) which warrants a place on this list. Drivel! Nonsense! What they need is a large cup of ShutTheFuckUp?

To list only classic films on the list of greatest-ever movies is the same as not including any modern cars on a list of Top Motors of the Century. Just because some of these films were undoubtedly put together with spit, dust and sellotape - and in which the stunts were done by the lighting man, after several bottles of bourbon and a week on the lash - does not make them any better than films that use modern tecknowledgie, does not make them more gripping, better acted, or any more relevant. Great list though...wouldn't change a thing on it. (Might swap The Deer Hunter for Singin' In The Rain, coz I fcuking HATE musicals!).

The above are the facts...and there's no point in arguing with the facts.

Shop Girl said...

I've seen 2 of them...Gone with the Wind, and It's A Wonderful Life...no interest in the others tbh..

Darren said...

I'm going to try put together my list of top 100 movies. It could be tough.

Out of those 25, I've seen 19. Not bad, I think.

PaddyInEngland said...

@damien obama - im confused now as I thought you were Darren

@Darren - good idea might try something similar eventually