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Posted on Friday, March 18th, 2005

Dave!Well, Neil has gone and done it again... dug up another huge meme that I don't really want to spend time participating in, but feel compelled to nevertheless (and he got it from Richard, so he's equally to blame). This time it's the infamous "Internet Movie DataBase Top 250 Films" (as ranked by IMDB Voters). The idea is that you take the complete list of 250 films and then check-off the ones you've seen. Surprisingly, I've seen all but 77 of them (and only two on the list are unknown to me completely).

It's a terrific idea for a meme and, since I love movies so much, I just can't pass it up (as I have twice before). But TWO-HUNDRED FIFTY?!? Ah well. I've kept the IMDB links, so you can click to learn about the movie if you are so inclined. I've also added my personal rating to those I've seen (Bomb to 5 stars) and, like Neil, have also noted which of the films I own on DVD...

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For those of you who could care less about my movie habits, I've put the list in an extended entry.

  1. The Godfather (1972) — Five Stars! DVD Own It
  2. The Shawshank Redemption (1994) — Five Stars! DVD Own It
  3. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) — Five Stars! DVD Own It
  4. The Godfather: Part II (1974) — Five Stars! DVD Own It
  5. Shichinin no Samurai (1954) — Five Stars!
  6. Casablanca (1942) — Three Stars
  7. Schindler's List (1993) — Four Stars
  8. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) — Five Stars DVD Own It
  9. Citizen Kane (1941) — Four Stars
  10. Star Wars (1977) — Five Stars! DVD Own It
  11. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975) — Three Stars
  12. Pulp Fiction (1994) — Five Stars! DVD Own It
  13. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) — Four Stars DVD Own It
  14. Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980) — Five Stars! DVD Own It
  15. Rear Window (1954) — Four Stars
  16. Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964) — Three Stars
  17. Buono, il brutto, il cattivo, Il (1966) — Four Stars
  18. The Usual Suspects (1995) — Four Stars DVD Own It
  19. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) — Five Stars! DVD Own It
  20. Cidade de Deus (2002) — Not Seen!
  21. 12 Angry Men (1957) — Three Stars
  22. Memento (2000) — Four Stars DVD Own It
  23. Psycho (1960) — Three Stars
  24. C'era una volta il West (1968) — Not Seen!
  25. North by Northwest (1959) — Four Stars
  26. Lawrence of Arabia (1962) — Four Stars
  27. Fabuleux destin d'Amélie Poulain, Le (2001) — Five Stars! DVD Own It
  28. Goodfellas (1990) — Four Stars
  29. The Silence of the Lambs (1991) — Five Stars! DVD Own It
  30. Sunset Blvd. (1950) — Three Stars
  31. It's a Wonderful Life (1946) — Bomb!
  32. American Beauty (1999) — Five Stars! DVD Own It
  33. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004) — Four Stars
  34. Apocalypse Now (1979) — Three Stars
  35. The Matrix (1999) — Five Stars! DVD Own It
  36. Paths of Glory (1957) — Not Seen!
  37. Fight Club (1999) — Four Stars DVD Own It
  38. Vertigo (1958) — Four Stars
  39. The Third Man (1949) — Four Stars
  40. Sen to Chihiro no kamikakushi (2001) — Five Stars! DVD Own It
  41. To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) — Three Stars
  42. Singin' in the Rain (1952) — Not Seen!
  43. Double Indemnity (1944) — Four Stars
  44. Boot, Das (1981) — Four Stars
  45. Taxi Driver (1976) — Four Stars
  46. M (1931) — Not Seen!
  47. The Pianist (2002) — Four Stars
  48. Rashômon (1950) — Four Stars
  49. Se7en (1995) — Five Stars! DVD Own It
  50. All About Eve (1950) — Not Seen!
  51. The Maltese Falcon (1941) — Three Stars
  52. The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) — Three Stars
  53. Requiem for a Dream (2000) — Two Stars
  54. Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975) — Four Stars DVD Own It
  55. Chinatown (1974) — Five Stars! DVD Own It
  56. Some Like It Hot (1959) — Three Stars
  57. L.A. Confidential (1997) — Five Stars! DVD Own It
  58. Léon (1994) — Five Stars! DVD Own It
  59. Saving Private Ryan (1998) — Five Stars! DVD Own It
  60. Alien (1979) — Five Stars! DVD Own It
  61. American History X (1998) — Four Stars
  62. Modern Times (1936) — Not Seen!
  63. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939) — Three Stars
  64. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948) — Four Stars
  65. The Wizard of Oz (1939) — Bomb!
  66. The Manchurian Candidate (1962) — Four Stars
  67. The Sting (1973) — Four Stars
  68. On the Waterfront (1954) — Not Seen!
  69. Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003) — Five Stars! DVD Own It
  70. Raging Bull (1980) — Four Stars
  71. Ran (1985) — Five Stars!
  72. Amadeus (1984) — Three Stars
  73. Vita è bella, La (1997) — Bomb!
  74. Touch of Evil (1958) — Four Stars
  75. The Great Escape (1963) — Five Stars!
  76. A Clockwork Orange (1971) — Three Stars
  77. City Lights (1931) — Not Seen!
  78. Reservoir Dogs (1992) — Four Stars DVD Own It
  79. The Apartment (1960) — Four Stars
  80. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) — Five Stars! DVD Own It
  81. Metropolis (1927) — Three Stars
  82. The Shining (1980) — Three Stars
  83. High Noon (1952) — Three Stars
  84. Jaws (1975) — Three Stars
  85. Aliens (1986) — Five Stars! DVD Own It
  86. Finding Nemo (2003) — Four Stars DVD Own It
  87. Annie Hall (1977) — Three Stars
  88. Braveheart (1995) — Four Stars DVD Own It
  89. Million Dollar Baby (2004) — Not Seen!
  90. Wo hu cang long (2000) — Five Stars! DVD Own It
  91. Fargo (1996) — Four Stars DVD Own It
  92. Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004) — Five Stars! DVD Own It
  93. Oldboy (2003) — Not Seen!
  94. Yojimbo (1961) — Four Stars
  95. The Incredibles (2004) — Five Stars! DVD Own It
  96. Blade Runner (1982) — Five Stars! DVD Own It
  97. Strangers on a Train (1951) — Not Seen!
  98. Donnie Darko (2001) — Four Stars DVD Own It
  99. The Sixth Sense (1999) — Five Stars! DVD Own It
  100. The Princess Bride (1987) — Four Stars DVD Own It
  101. Sjunde inseglet, Det (1957) — Not Seen!
  102. The Great Dictator (1940) — Not Seen!
  103. It Happened One Night (1934) — Not Seen!
  104. Full Metal Jacket (1987) — Three Stars
  105. Forrest Gump (1994) — Four Stars DVD Own It
  106. Before Sunset (2004) — Three Stars
  107. Nuovo cinema Paradiso (1989) — Five Stars! DVD Own It
  108. The General (1927) — Not Seen!
  109. Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) — Five Stars! DVD Own It
  110. Mononoke-hime (1997) — Five Stars! DVD Own It
  111. Rebecca (1940) — Not Seen!
  112. Duck Soup (1933) — Two Stars
  113. The Philadelphia Story (1940) — Not Seen!
  114. Ladri di biciclette (1948) — Not Seen!
  115. The Best Years of Our Lives (1946) — Not Seen!
  116. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) — Three Stars
  117. The Big Sleep (1946) — Not Seen!
  118. Notorious (1946) — Not Seen!
  119. Smultronstället (1957) — Not Seen!
  120. The Graduate (1967) — Two Stars
  121. Ying xiong (2002) — Four Stars DVD Own It
  122. Unforgiven (1992) — Four Stars
  123. Once Upon a Time in America (1984) — Not Seen!
  124. The Deer Hunter (1978) — Three Stars
  125. Patton (1970) — Three Stars
  126. Lola rennt (1998) — Four Stars DVD Own It
  127. Toy Story 2 (1999) — Four Stars DVD Own It
  128. The Night of the Hunter (1955) — Not Seen!
  129. Hotel Rwanda (2004) — Four Stars
  130. The Gold Rush (1925) — Not Seen!
  131. Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983) — Two Stars DVD Own It
  132. Cool Hand Luke (1967) — Four Stars
  133. The Elephant Man (1980) — Two Stars
  134. Back to the Future (1985) — Five Stars! DVD Own It
  135. All Quiet on the Western Front (1930) — Four Stars
  136. Glory (1989) — Four Stars
  137. The Green Mile (1999) — Three Stars DVD Own It
  138. Ben-Hur (1959) — Three Stars
  139. Quatre cents coups, Les (1959) — Not Seen!
  140. Grande illusion, La (1937) — Not Seen!
  141. Manhattan (1979) — Not Seen!
  142. Bronenosets Potyomkin (1925) — Not Seen!
  143. Platoon (1986) — Three Stars
  144. The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962) — Not Seen!
  145. Gone with the Wind (1939) — Bomb!
  146. Witness for the Prosecution (1957) — Not Seen!
  147. The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938) — Not Seen!
  148. Shrek (2001) — Two Stars DVD Own It
  149. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989) — Four Stars DVD Own It
  150. The African Queen (1951) — Four Stars
  151. His Girl Friday (1940) — Not Seen!
  152. Ikiru (1952) — Not Seen!
  153. The Grapes of Wrath (1940) — Two Stars
  154. The Searchers (1956) — Not Seen!
  155. Mystic River (2003) — Two Stars
  156. Die Hard (1988) — Four Stars DVD Own It
  157. Amores perros (2000) — Not Seen!
  158. Bringing Up Baby (1938) — Not Seen!
  159. Hotaru no haka (1988) — Four Stars
  160. A Christmas Story (1983) — Not Seen!
  161. The Wild Bunch (1969) — Not Seen!
  162. Life of Brian (1979) — Four Stars DVD Own It
  163. Stalag 17 (1953) — Not Seen!
  164. Big Fish (2003) — Three Stars
  165. The Hustler (1961) — Not Seen!
  166. Charade (1963) — Not Seen!
  167. Gladiator (2000) — Five Stars! DVD Own It
  168. Young Frankenstein (1974) — Four Stars
  169. Sideways (2004) — Three Stars
  170. Arsenic and Old Lace (1944) — Four Stars
  171. The Straight Story (1999) — Two Stars
  172. Hable con ella (2002) — Not Seen!
  173. To Be or Not to Be (1942) — Not Seen!
  174. The Killing (1956) — Not Seen!
  175. Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (1927) — Not Seen!
  176. A Night at the Opera (1935) — Not Seen!
  177. Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens (1922) — Two Stars
  178. Passion de Jeanne d'Arc, La (1928) — Not Seen!
  179. Shadow of a Doubt (1943) — Not Seen!
  180. Spartacus (1960) — Three Stars
  181. Lost in Translation (2003) — Five Stars! DVD Own It
  182. Monsters, Inc. (2001) — Five Stars! DVD Own It
  183. Magnolia (1999) — Two Stars
  184. Harvey (1950) — Two Stars
  185. Strada, La (1954) — Not Seen!
  186. Ed Wood (1994) — Three Stars
  187. Sling Blade (1996) — Three Stars
  188. The Terminator (1984) — Five Stars! DVD Own It
  189. Toy Story (1995) — Five Stars! DVD Own It
  190. Groundhog Day (1993) — Five Stars! DVD Own It
  191. Untergang, Der (2004) — Not Seen!
  192. All the President's Men (1976) — Three Stars
  193. The Lion in Winter (1968) — Not Seen!
  194. The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951) — Five Stars! DVD Own It
  195. Roman Holiday (1953) — Not Seen!
  196. Festen (1998) — Not Seen!
  197. Twelve Monkeys (1995) — Four Stars DVD Own It
  198. A Streetcar Named Desire (1951) — Not Seen!
  199. Trainspotting (1996) — Four Stars
  200. (1963) — Not Seen!
  201. Finding Neverland (2004) — Not Seen!
  202. Laura (1944) — Not Seen!
  203. Brazil (1985) — Three Stars
  204. The Conversation (1974) — Three Stars
  205. Trois couleurs: Rouge (1994) — Three Stars
  206. The Insider (1999) — Three Stars
  207. Almost Famous (2000) — Four Stars
  208. Dogville (2003) — Not Seen!
  209. The Station Agent (2003) — Four Stars
  210. Gandhi (1982) — Three Stars
  211. Stand by Me (1986) — Three Stars
  212. Dog Day Afternoon (1975) — Not Seen!
  213. Persona (1966) — Not Seen!
  214. King Kong (1933) — Three Stars
  215. Fanny och Alexander (1982) — Not Seen!
  216. The Exorcist (1973) — Three Stars
  217. The 39 Steps (1935) — Not Seen!
  218. Rain Man (1988) — Two Stars
  219. Mulholland Dr. (2001) — Three Stars
  220. Stagecoach (1939) — Not Seen!
  221. Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966) — Not Seen!
  222. Being John Malkovich (1999) — Four Stars DVD Own It
  223. The Big Lebowski (1998) — Two Stars
  224. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003) — Four Stars DVD Own It
  225. Rio Bravo (1959) — Three Stars
  226. Judgment at Nuremberg (1961) — Not Seen!
  227. Network (1976) — Not Seen!
  228. Snatch. (2000) — Four Stars
  229. 21 Grams (2003) — Four Stars
  230. The Thin Man (1934) — Not Seen!
  231. Per qualche dollaro in più (1965) — Four Stars
  232. Bride of Frankenstein (1935) — Not Seen!
  233. Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998) — Four Stars
  234. Sullivan's Travels (1941) — Not Seen!
  235. Bonnie and Clyde (1967) — Two Stars
  236. Midnight Cowboy (1969) — Two Stars
  237. Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949) — Not Seen!
  238. The Right Stuff (1983) — Three Stars
  239. Barry Lyndon (1975) — Not Seen!
  240. In the Heat of the Night (1967) — Not Seen!
  241. This Is Spinal Tap (1984) — Five Stars! DVD Own It
  242. Miller's Crossing (1990) — Not Seen!
  243. Garden State (2004) — Three Stars
  244. Diarios de motocicleta (2004) — Not Seen!
  245. Spider-Man 2 (2004) — Five Stars! DVD Own It
  246. The Untouchables (1987) — Four Stars DVD Own It
  247. Heat (1995) — Three Stars
  248. The Last Picture Show (1971) — Not Seen!
  249. Fa yeung nin wa (2000) — Not Seen!
  250. Kumonosu jô (1957) — Not Seen!

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Comments

  1. Dave2 says:

    Now, before everybody starts tearing me apart for my choices, I realize that my ratings are a bit unusual considering that these movies are the “best of the best” as ranked by IMDB.

    I am not a big war movie fan, so most of those are not rated highly. I don’t enjoy musicals even a little bit (“Grease” being a rare exception) so those go unseen. Jimmy Stewart annoys the heck out of me, so his films are low (I LOATHE “It’s a Wonderful Life”). Older films where everybody is “over-acting” the drama are also low because I can’t “get into” them. Anything dramatic for the sake of being dramatic just seems cheesy and stupid to me (i.e. “Magnolia,” “Rain Man,” and “The Straight Story”).

    And yes, I gave some bombs. “Gone With the Wind” was utter crap… overblown, overacted, and too bloody long. I did not enjoy a single minute. “It’s a Wonderful Life” is so cheesy-annoying that it makes me want to shoot myself. I loathed “Wizard of Oz” as a kid, and have only grown to loathe it more over time… the acting is SO bad. And don’t get me started on “The Piano,” which was so awful I could do nothing but laugh.

    Ooog. I see too many movies!

  2. Chris says:

    You DON’T like “It’s A Wonderful Life”? I’m shocked. I know it’s cheesy but it makes you feel SO good.

    I’ll do that meme tomorrow if I have time.

  3. Dave2 says:

    Sorry, but no. It’s from that era of film where everybody over-acted every line. I just can’t get into a film where the actors are not “acting” like normal people. Jimmy Stewart is normally a little difficult for me to take… except in Hitchcock films, because Hitch totally knew how to reign him in. I also liked “The Glenn Miller Story”.

  4. Dave2 says:

    I got an email asking me “what films that you like are missing from the list?”

    Many, many films. Off the top of my head… The Big Blue, Clerks, Chasing Amy, Creator, A Fish Called Wanda, Foul Play, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Kahn, Beverly Hills Cop, Galaxy Quest, Akira, The Iron Giant, Woonder Boys, Office Space, Men in Black, Jackie Brown, Highlander, True Lies, and my favorite film of all time: Field of Dreams.

    There are probably dozens more.

  5. ssp says:

    Cool thing. Too much work for me to do it though… While I naturally wouldn’t agree with all of your ratings, I don’t think your ratings are too harsh or anything.

    If I may recommend things: Cidade de Deus was surprisingly good — although I hesitated to watch it at firs because I’m not really a fan of South America. And I’d also recommend seeing Festen.

  6. mrjerz says:

    Just when I thought you couldn’t be any more like me, you drop a bomb on “It’s a Wonderful Life.” Good God that movie is horrific. My wife just made us watch another of Stewart’s hideous flicks, “The Shop Around the Corner.” What was even better than the overacting was that it was set in Budapest and there was absolutely no reason for it to be, other than what I’m guessing is the 1950’s idiot mentality that anywhere but the US is exotic.

  7. Dave2 says:

    At least “It’s a Wonderful Life” has the excuse of having been made in the 1940’s to explain why it’s an overly-acted pile of sappy manipulation… this makes a movie like “Life is Beautiful” AKA “Vita e Bella” (made in 1997) all that much worse to me.

    I’m really not the best movie reviewer because I rarely have a middle ground. A movie either kicks ass or sucks ass. Those in the middle are films which are probably great, but don’t blow my mind (“Casablanca” is a good example of an amazing film that falls into that category for me).

  8. Dennis says:

    I’m loving that you gave the Pianist a bomb! I hated that movie

  9. Dave2 says:

    REALLY? In all honesty, I think I enjoyed the second Toy Story better than the first. Much more involving story, and no wasted time introducing the characters.

  10. ssp says:

    Just tried to abuse your list to decide on which film to see… and seeing your first comment you say The Piano is a bad film. While in the list you give a bomb to The Pianist (when The Piano isn’t in).

    Any chance you mixed those two up? I thought The Pianist was a rather good film. Topic-wise it’s similar to Schindler’s List (which you seem to like) but IMHO much better because there’s less kitsch.

  11. Dave2 says:

    Uh oh… you are CORRECT! My loathing for “The Piano” blinded me to the fact that the film in question was “The Pianist!”

    Thanks for pointing that out… you’re absolutely right, “The Pianist” was an excellent film, easily deserving four stars. I’ve gone ahead and corrected it.

  12. adena says:

    I LOVE that you bombed “It’s a Wonderful Life”.

    Whenever I was forced to watch that film, do you know how mortified I was to share the last name of Bailey with that character??

    “Apocalypse Now”. Ugh. People love that movie to death, but I found it really sloooow. That and I HATED “Heart of Darkness”. HATED IT! Almost as much as “Walden 2”, which is the worst book on the planet, in my opinion.

    However, you need to see “Shadow of a Doubt (1943)” I think it’s my favorite Hitchcock film. But, bear in mind that I haven’t seen it since I was a kid/teenager, so maybe it’s horribly bad, and I’m talking out of memory as a kid….but, I thought it was a good story. And it’s HITCHCOCK…so, how bad can it be?

    (I’ve seen most of the old movies that you haven’t seen. I grew up w/o cable, and have extremely older parents, so I spent a lot of afternoons watching the classic movies playing on PBS…and I think Portland used to have a classic movie station that was on basic television, back in the day. So….yeah. God, I had a happening life as a teenager, huh??)

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