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AMF'S FIRST OFFICIAL MOVIE POLL
100. ERASERHEAD (David Lynch, 1977)
Wide releases: pop elton, netjade
99. LE SAMOURAÏ/THE SAMOURAI (Jean-Pierre Melville, 1967)
Wide releases: pop elton, Greg
98. 8½ (Federico Fellini, 1962)
Wide releases: Greg, netjade
97. REQUIEM FOR A DREAM (Darren Aronofsky, 2000)
Wide release: pop elton
96. BARRY LYNDON (Stanley Kubrick, 1975)
Wide releases: Harold Wexler, Michael
95. SUNRISE: A SONG OF TWO HUMANS (F.W. Murnau, 1927)
Wide releases: sonofsamiam, Charlie Driggs
94. LA DOLCE VITA (Federico Fellini, 1959)
Wide releases: nicolas, Greg
93. LES ENFANTS DU PARADIS/CHILDREN OF PARADISE (Marcel Carné, 1945)
Wide releases: Greg, Stephan, Matt Schroeder
92. BOOGIE NIGHTS (Paul Thomas Anderson, 1997)
Wide releases: Rune, Harold Wexler
91. NOSFERATU, EINE SYMPHONIE DES GRAUENS (F.W. Murnau, 1922)
Wide release: Moonbeam
90. DAZED AND CONFUSED (Richard Linklater, 1993)
Wide releases: Rune, Beef Supreme
89. 12 ANGRY MEN (Sidney Lumet, 1957)
Wide release: Matt Schroeder
88. THE GREAT DICTATOR (Charles Chaplin, 1940)
Wide releases: Henrik, Michael, nicolas
87. THE SEARCHERS (John Ford, 1956)
Wide release: Greg
86. THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE (John Frankenheimer, 1962)
Wide releases: Harold Wexler, sonofsamiam, Matt Schroeder
85. DET SJUNDE INSEGLET/THE SEVENTH SEAL (Ingmar Bergman, 1957)
Wide releases: Matt Schroeder, Greg, John
84. DER HIMMEL ÜBER BERLIN/WINGS OF DESIRE (Wim Wenders, 1987)
Wide releases: Michel, Greg
83. SHORT CUTS (Robert Altman, 1993)
Wide release: John
82. MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON (Frank Capra, 1939)
Wide releases: Matt Schroeder, Michael
81. HOOP DREAMS (Steve James, 1994)
Wide releases: Matt Schroeder, sonofsamiam
Right away there is a movie I don't know. Hoop Dreams a three hour long sport documentary. Wow.
Hope there are surprises like that in top 50. I also voted DER HIMMEL ÜBER BERLIN but wasn't among the biggest fans it seems.
80. DELIVERANCE (John Boorman, 1972)
Wide release: Moonbeam
79. YI YI: A ONE AND A TWO (Edward Yang, 2000)
Wide releases: Charlie Driggs, nicolas
78. GHOST WORLD (Terry Zwigoff, 2001)
Wide releases: John, Rune
77. MEMENTO (Christopher Nolan, 2000)
Wide releases: John, Stephan, BillAdama
76. LADRI DI BICICLETTE/BICYCLE THIEVES (Vittorio De Sica, 1948)
Wide releases: Greg, Michael
75. FIGHT CLUB (David Fincher, 1999)
Wide releases: Stephan, Michael
74. FREAKS (Tod Browning, 1932)
Wide release: Michel
73. RAGING BULL (Martin Scorsese, 1980)
Wide release: Harold Wexler
72. THE DEER HUNTER (Michael Cimino, 1978)
Wide releases: nicolas, Stephan, Michel
71. ROSEMARY’S BABY (Roman Polanski, 1968)
Wide releases: Rune, Moonbeam
70. NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN (Joel & Ethan Coen, 2007)
Wide releases: nicolas, Rune
69. M (Fritz Lang, 1931)
Wide releases: pop elton, Charlie Driggs
68. DAWN OF THE DEAD (George A. Romero, 1978)
Wide release: Georgie
67. SEN TO CHIHIRO NO KAMIKAKUSHI/SPIRITED AWAY (Hayao Miyazaki, 2001)
Wide releases: John, Henrik
66. THE EXORCIST (William Friedkin, 1973)
Wide releases: Georgie, Moonbeam
65. NETWORK (Sidney Lumet, 1976)
Wide releases: Matt Schroeder, pop elton
64. NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD (George A. Romero, 1968)
Wide releases: Georgie, Moonbeam, Charlie Driggs
63. THE EVIL DEAD (Sam Raimi, 1981)
Wide releases: Moonbeam, Beef Supreme, Georgie
62. THE GRADUATE (Mike Nichols, 1967)
Wide releases: Rune, BillAdama, Michael
61. SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN (Gene Kelly/Stanley Donen, 1952)
Wide releases: Henrik, Harold Wexler, Michael
60. ALIEN (Ridley Scott, 1979)
Wide releases: Matt Schroeder, Beef Supreme
59. THE WIZARD OF OZ (Victor Fleming et al., 1939)
Wide releases: Georgie, Matt Schroeder, John
58. HIGH FIDELITY (Stephen Frears, 2000)
Wide releases: Stephan, Beef Supreme
57. GOODFELLAS (Martin Scorsese, 1990)
Wide releases: Harold Wexler, Stephan, sonofsamiam
56. NORTH BY NORTHWEST (Alfred Hitchcock, 1959)
Wide releases: Harold Wexler, Charlie Driggs, Matt Schroeder, sonofsamiam
55. A CLOCKWORK ORANGE (Stanley Kubrick, 1971)
Wide releases: Rune, Michael
54. THIS IS SPINAL TAP (Rob Reiner, 1984)
Wide releases: sonofsamiam, Georgie, Henrik
53. SOME LIKE IT HOT (Billy Wilder, 1959)
Wide releases: Georgie, Henrik
52. PERSONA (Ingmar Bergman, 1966)
Wide releases: Michel, sonofsamiam
51. BONNIE AND CLYDE (Arthur Penn, 1967)
Wide releases: Harold Wexler, Matt Schroeder, Michael, Michel
50. HALLOWEEN (John Carpenter, 1978)
Wide releases: Moonbeam, Rune, Beef Supreme
49. MAGNOLIA (Paul Thomas Anderson, 1999)
Wide releases: Harold Wexler, pop elton, sonofsamiam, John
48. RUSHMORE (Wes Anderson, 1998)
Wide releases: John, Beef Supreme
47. BLOW-UP (Michelangelo Antonioni, 1966)
Wide releases: netjade, nicolas, Charlie Driggs
46. CIDADE DE DEUS/CITY OF GOD (Fernando Meirelles/Kátia Lund, 2002)
Wide releases: sonofsamiam, BillAdama, Stephan, Charlie Driggs
45. ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND (Michel Gondry, 2004)
Wide releases: Harold Wexler, Beef Supreme, Stephan
44. THE NIGHT OF THE HUNTER (Charles Laughton, 1955)
Wide releases: sonofsamiam, Michel, Harold Wexler, nicolas
43. THE USUAL SUSPECTS (Bryan Singer, 1995)
Wide releases: Stephan, BillAdama, pop elton, Michel
42. AMADEUS (Miloš Forman, 1984)
Wide releases: Rune, John, Moonbeam
41. LAWRENCE OF ARABIA (David Lean, 1962)
Wide releases: Matt Schroeder, Stephan
40. IL BUONO, IL BRUTTO, IL CATTIVO/THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY
(Sergio Leone, 1966)
Wide releases: Michael, Henrik, Matt Schroeder, Stephan
39. SHICHININ NO SAMURAI/SEVEN SAMURAI (Akira Kurosawa, 1954)
Wide releases: Matt Schroeder, Stephan, sonofsamiam, Harold Wexler
38. ANNIE HALL (Woody Allen, 1977)
Wide releases: BillAdama, Michael, Georgie
37. RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK (Steven Spielberg, 1981)
Wide releases: BillAdama, Matt Schroeder, Michael
36. TOUCH OF EVIL (Orson Welles, 1958)
Wide releases: Harold Wexler, netjade, Greg
35. BLUE VELVET (David Lynch, 1986)
Wide releases: BillAdama, Harold Wexler, Michel, John
34. PSYCHO (Alfred Hitchcock, 1960)
Wide releases: Henrik, Harold Wexler, pop elton, John, nicolas
33. MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL (Terry Gilliam/Terry Jones, 1975)
Wide releases: Michael, BillAdama, sonofsamiam, Rune
32. REAR WINDOW (Alfred Hitchcock, 1953)
Wide releases: sonofsamiam, Henrik, BillAdama, Matt Schroeder
31. BREAKING THE WAVES (Lars von Trier, 1996)
Wide releases: Michel, pop elton, nicolas
Had I submitted a list City of God would have been my number 1. Funny to see Monty Python end up so high.
30. DOWN BY LAW (Jim Jarmusch, 1986)
Wide releases: nicolas, John, Greg, Michel
29. BRAZIL (Terry Gilliam, 1985)
Wide releases: netjade, Charlie Driggs, nicolas, Michel
28. STAR WARS (George Lucas, 1977)
Wide releases: BillAdama, Matt Schroeder, Georgie
27. DO THE RIGHT THING (Spike Lee, 1989)
Wide releases: Charlie Driggs, Michael, sonofsamiam
26. SCHINDLER’S LIST (Steven Spielberg, 1993)
Wide releases: Matt Schroeder, Stephan, sonofsamiam, Harold Wexler
25. RESERVOIR DOGS (Quentin Tarantino, 1992)
Wide releases: Michael, nicolas, Michel
24. THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS (Jonathan Demme, 1991)
Wide releases: BillAdama, John, sonofsamiam
23. THE THIRD MAN (Carol Reed, 1949)
Wide releases: Matt Schroeder, Stephan, Charlie Driggs, Greg, sonofsamiam
22. THE BIG LEBOWSKI (Joel & Ethan Coen, 1998)
Wide releases: Beef Supreme, pop elton, John, Michael
21. IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE (Frank Capra, 1946)
Wide releases: Michel, Stephan, Michael
Schindler's List at 26 and Big Lebowski at 22? Son, I am disappoint.
(And I can't believe I forgot to do the right thing!! Facepalm.)
netjade, are you going to be posting individual lists?
20. MULHOLLAND DRIVE (David Lynch, 2001)
Wide releases: John, pop elton, nicolas, BillAdama
19. THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK (Irvin Kershner, 1980)
Wide releases: BillAdama, sonofsamiam, nicolas, netjade
18. BLADE RUNNER (Ridley Scott, 1982)
Wide releases: Greg, pop elton, Beef Supreme
17. CHINATOWN (Roman Polanski, 1974)
Wide releases: Michael, sonofsamiam, Harold Wexler, nicolas, Matt Schroeder
16. FARGO (Joel & Ethan Coen, 1996)
Wide releases: Michael, Beef Supreme, John, sonofsamiam
15. C’ERA UNA VOLTA IL WEST/ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST
(Sergio Leone, 1968)
Wide releases: Greg, Henrik, Charlie Driggs, Harold Wexler
14. MODERN TIMES (Charles Chaplin, 1936)
Wide releases: BillAdama, Greg, nicolas, Michel, Henrik
13. ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST (Miloš Forman, 1975)
Wide releases: Henrik, pop elton, Stephan, Michel, Matt Schroeder
12. THE SHINING (Stanley Kubrick, 1980)
Wide releases: Henrik, nicolas, sonofsamiam, Moonbeam, Michael
11. 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY (Stanley Kubrick, 1968)
Wide releases: pop elton, Michael, Matt Schroeder, Henrik , Michel
A friend of mine who saw Do The Right Thing said it had a pretty negative portrayal of both white and black people. Have I been misled?
Awesome, awesome, awesome!
It appears none of my top 5 may make the list, though.
Curses! Damn you all for denying it a place in the top 100! Haha.
10. DR. STRANGELOVE OR: HOW I LEARNED TO STOP WORRYING
AND LOVE THE BOMB (Stanley Kubrick, 1964)
Wide releases: BillAdama, netjade, sonofsamiam, Michael, Michel
9. CITIZEN KANE (Orson Welles, 1941)
Wide releases: Matt Schroeder, sonofsamiam, BillAdama, Harold Wexler, Michel
Wow, I wasn't expecting Down By Law to finish in the top 100. I'm so used to my albums and songs in polls not showing up on lists so it's awesome to see a lot of people agreeing with some of my favorites! Although, I think good film isn't as subjective as music. It still is but not anywhere near as much as music.
Great show, netjade!
I hope you have included my votes for "Mulholland Drive" and "Dr. Strangelove". They were my #19 and #16, so shouldn't they be wide releases then?
Twenty films I haven't seen. Something to work on!
Wonderful list so far, boys. And brilliant presentation, nj.
No having time enough to participate in this poll almost makes me wanna cry
Citizen Kane at 9? Son, I am disappoint.
I haven't seen a lot of these, so it will be a great reference point for me! I'll be sure to check out georgie's individual list too, as he clearly has a sick and twisted horror fascination like me.
Great list. I'm listening to Isao Tomita's Planets. Great soundtrack of reading this list.
I'm little disappointed that only three movies from Asia are on the list.
Down by Low, Breaking the Waves and Brazil were pleasant surprises (among the many others). Jarmusch is one of those directors who have so many great films that is hard to pick the best (and his films are so similar also). Down by Low is maybe bit different than the rest. I voted it too.
12 movies I haven't seen (well actually 13 because I missed some minutes of Nosferatu).
Seems that those movies which was praised before are all in the list (Night of the Hunter, Eternal Sunshine, Do the Right Thing, 8½...). I should have tout Totoro and Sånger från andra våningen.
Great list. I'm a little surprised by the number of old films, as most people don't bother about them anymore. But I guess we aren't like most people here.
This list could easily be used as a reference for me. I've seen quite a lot already, and I own some of these on DVD, and also I've copied some from TV. The ones I don't have I can buy. Could be fun.
8. AMERICAN BEAUTY (Sam Mendes, 1999)
Wide releases: Michael, Stephan, Henrik, Moonbeam, pop elton
7. THE GODFATHER PART II (Francis Ford Coppola, 1974)
Wide releases: Harold Wexler, Stephan, sonofsamiam, John, BillAdama
6. VERTIGO (Alfred Hitchcock, 1958)
Wide releases: BillAdama, Matt Schroeder, Harold Wexler, Stephan, Charlie Driggs
5. TAXI DRIVER (Martin Scorsese, 1976)
Wide releases: Michel, nicolas, Michael, netjade, Harold Wexler
4. CASABLANCA (Michael Curtiz, 1942)
Wide releases: Charlie Driggs, Matt Schroeder, Henrik, Stephan, Moonbeam
3. THE GODFATHER (Francis Ford Coppola, 1972)
Wide releases: Stephan, Harold Wexler, Matt Schroeder, BillAdama, John
2. APOCALYPSE NOW (Francis Ford Coppola, 1979)
Wide releases: Michel, nicolas, pop elton, Matt Schroeder, Harold Wexler
And there goes the movie I thought will win this poll.
Only two movies left and I'm not 100% sure what they are. My guess is that those movies are my #6 and #9 but I might be wrong.
edit. Apocalypse Now was my #9 so I guess I know the winner of the game.
1. PULP FICTION (Quentin Tarantino, 1994)
Wide releases: Michael, John, Harold Wexler, pop elton, Henrik, Matt Schroeder
What?!? #1 isn't "The Care Bears Movie"?
I DEMAND A RECOUNT
fxxk!! forgot to include jonmarck's list!
ok, sorry for that dumb joke. here we go...
1. THE CARE BEARS MOVIE (Arna Selznick, 1985)
Wide releases: pop elton, Matt Schroeder, jonmarck, netjade, Greg, sonofsamiam, nicolas, Harold Wexler, Henrik, basically everyone..
and many, many thanks to everyone who participated in this very interesting and pleasantly surprising poll. cheers..
there is a severe lack of schwarzenegger on this list
I guess I'll just have to see the movie. Add it to my list of about 200 classic movies I've missed out on thus far.
I was hoping that more post-1970 European films would make the list. There is no Dogma film and directors Jeunet, Haneke, Kusturica, Benigni, Moodysson, Kieslowski, Kaurismäki, Almodovar, Herzog and Tarkovsky are all missing. No fans here?
Awesome job as always, netjade!
nj, are you planning to post individual lists ?
if you're not, we could post them ourselves ?
Great job nj.
That The Shawshank Redemption was missing was the best positive surprise for me. I doubt anything has ever been as overrated as that movie.
Wow, what a GREAT list! I'm not much of a Pulp Fiction fan, so I'm sad it's at #1, though I fully expected in Top 5.
But on positive notes...it's just fantastic to see Hoop Dreams, Sunrise, and Persona all in there! (Though no Wild Strawberries, sniff.)
For those curious about Hoop Dreams -- it's a sport documentary in name only. It's utterly amazing the twists and turns the story takes...if someone wrote it as fiction it would be tossed aside as unbelievable. I'm from the Chicago area, and remember reading about the 2 kids in the paper, so that added to my appreciation, but again, you don't have to be any sort of basketball fan to love this. Both my wife and mom could care less about basketball, and both were moved to tears by Hoop Dreams.
Ooh, just noticed that Kubrick landed at 10, 11, 12. Crazy how things like that work out.
Great list, and great work, netjade.
I'm happy to have done my part to boost BARRY LYNDON into the top 100; it's by far the most underrated Kubrick and my personal favorite (made my top 5). My #1 film, Scorsese's MEAN STREETS, didn't make the cut, though - I must be the only person who voted for it. Oh, well. At least Marty made his presence known here.
I, too, am surprised that SHAWSHANK and THE LORD OF THE RINGS aren't here (the former wasn't on my list, the latter was). I'm also a little surprised that, given the large number of established critical-canon classics that made our list (e.g., BICYCLE THIEVES, LES ENFANTS DU PARADIS, SUNRISE, the Bergman films), there's no Renoir - a top 100 list without either THE RULES OF THE GAME or GRAND ILLUSION? Sacre bleu!
Henrik's mention of Kieslowski triggers my most immediate regret about my own list: the fact that I didn't include DEKALOG is inexcusable. I once devoted an entire weekend to watching Kieslowski's 10-part examination of the Ten Commandments in a contemporary context, and it was a transcendent experience. (But I still haven't seen Three Colours.)
For those wondering if I'm as compulsive about movies as I am about music, I've seen 95 of these films. So now I need to see the rest.
I know this movie didn't make the cut, but I nominate this as the best scene from a movie ever.
With the inclusion of the awesome Riz Ortolani song "Much More", it's a perfect synthesis of cinematic and musical glory and hence is perfect for a movie thread on a music forum.
Behold the wonder!
Great list netjade! Thanks for that!
If you guys wanna delve deeper into cinematic territory, I recommend you two other sites similar to the TSPDT recommended in the links section: phi-phenomenon.org and films101.com! The guys have done quite the same for the movies to what Henrik has done for pop music!
phi-phenomenon's list is crap. there's only about a dozen non-english movies in the top 100. also, braveheart is somehow in the top 100.
films101 is a good list and site.
i'd recommend www.sensesofcinema.com (check out the list of "great directors.") good articles.
and www.filmref.com which groups directors by genre, themes and imagery. also has good articles on lots of movies.
Sounds awesome Harold! That would be super interesting to see the rank that both sites give to any movie! If you can include that in your spreadsheet! But weren't you tempted to include the 1000 movies from THEY SHOOT PICTURES, DON'T THEY? That might avoid to have too many ties; I mean if 3 different lists are thrown in the mix! I can't wait to see the result!
Are the individual lists coming, or should we post our own lists?
Here's a list of all the movies I've seen for the first time in the last week:
The Rules Of The Game
Being John Malkovitch
Here's the pile of DVDs on my desk:
You guys rock.
I really want 8 1/2 and a couple Bergman films, but I find they're all wrapped up in the 'Criterion collection' and not available for a reasonable price. Why should I pay $40 for one movie? What am I paying, $15 for the movie, $25 for the commentary?
My current 'top priority' list of movies to get is:
Battleship Potempkin (1925) (ne)
The General (1926)
The Passion Of Joan Of Arc (1928) (ne)
City Lights (1931)
L'Atalante (1934) (ne)
Gone With The Wind (1939)
Bicycle Thieves (1948) (ne)
The Third Man (1949)
Sunset Blvd (1950)
Tokyo Story (1953) (ne)
Night Of The Hunter (1955)
The Searchers (1957)
Touch Of Evil (1958)
North By Northwest (1959)
Some Like It Hot (1959)
Breathless (1959) (ne)
Rio Bravo (1959)
8 1/2 (1963) (ne)
Persona (1966) (ne)
Schindler's List (1993)
Spirited Away (2001) (ne)
Any thoughts on additions/subtractions from that list?
If you can get Netflix do it for the Criterion Collection. It's not about the commentary, it's about the mastering of the films. There's a huge difference between the Criterion versions of old films and previous releases. Netflix has almost every Criterion release the only ones I've ever purchased is Rushmore and Royal Tennenbaums, but I've probably seen about 1/4 of the collection.
The problem with that of course is if I end up liking it I'll want to buy it anyway.
I'm a big Criterion collector; that's where all my money goes. And while their titles are definitely pricy, it's all a matter of if you think it's worth it. Like John said, with Criterion it's all about the mastering of the film. With the exception of only a few titles (the Samurai trilogy immediately springs to mind), the picture and audio quality is top-notch. If you want to see and hear the movie the way the filmmakers wanted the movie to be seen and heard, Criterion is the way to go.
Supplements are the other area where Criterion shines. Commentaries are by people who know what they're talking about, and there are usually a lot of extras that provide a lot of insight into the film. Sometimes Criterion will even go overboard and provide some things you wouldn't expect from a DVD. Their release of Short Cuts contains a book of the however-many Raymond Carver short stories that the movie is based on. Their releases of The Furies and The Man Who Fell to Earth both contain the book that the movie is based on.
Of course, if supplements aren't your cup of tea, then I guess that would probably be wasted on you. But like you said, there are a lot of movies in the Collection that I bought simply because it's a Criterion, and they turned out to be real gems (Symbiopsychotaxiplasm, Fishing with John, The Bank Dick, Mr. Arkadin, Green for Danger, Robinson Crusoe on Mars, Twenty-Four Eyes, and The Hit, to name a few). And unfortunately, some titles are only available from Criterion, so if you like the movie, you'll have to bite the bullet with the price.
What? There is no Norbit on this list? This list fails.
Anyways, only seen 40 of the movies on this list. Need to do some more watching...
I was pleasantly surprised to see both Dawn of the Dead and Night of the Living Dead on the list.
I've been finding a few cheaper versions of a few films on Amazon. Like 8 1/2 and Persona. I don't mind a slight deficit in video or audio quality so long as there aren't hack translations or anything. Commentaries and extras are nice but they aren't worth a doubling of the price when you make $12.50/hour. Maybe after I'm done with my degree and get a programming job it'll be worth it.
My biggest surprise on the list was Evil Dead.
I would not have been surprised to see Evil Dead II or Army of Darkness because those are deliberately silly and over the top. The first one though seemed like they were actually trying to make a serious horror flick. The second seemed like a parody of the first and then Army of Darkness was like them going all in with the silliness.
Amazon, Borders and Barnes and Noble have 50% sales on a selection of Criterions pretty often which drops them down to the price of a normal DVD or less.
Hey Harold,the guy at PHI-PHENOMENON has finally updated all the sections on his site!