ReelThoughts: June 25, 2009

"Berardinelli's Top 100"

Commentary by James Berardinelli


From time-to-time, I receive e-mail requests about where to find the Top 100, so I thought this was as good a time as any to create a special page devoted to the list, which I originally generated in late 2001 and posted over 100 weeks during 2002 and 2003. It hasn't changed much since it originated. In the span between 2004-2008, five titles have fallen out of the Top 100, replaced by either new movies or films I subsequently re-watched and decided merited inclusion. Now, it's time for two more changes.

Entering the Top 100 in position #31 is Michael Apted's The Up Series, which somehow managed to escape my attention in 2002. If I remember correctly, that's because I had not seen the first three or four installments at the time. The box set came out on DVD in 2005 and I was able to correct the oversight. It deserves a place - and a fairly high one - on the list. Also being added is 2008's #1 movie, The Dark Knight, entering the list at #85. With two entering, two must fall out. They are When Harry Met Sally and The Big Sleep.

Here's the entire list, with links to the reviews:

#1: Patton (1970)
#2: Decalogue (1988)
#3: Rear Window (1954)
#4: City Lights (1931)
#5: Schindler's List (1993)
#6: The Godfather (1972)
#7: Casablanca (1942)
#8: Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
#9: It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
#10: A Fish Called Wanda (1988)
#11: Citizen Kane (1941)
#12: Monty Python's the Life of Brian (1979)
#13: Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)
#14: 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
#15: Jean de Florette (1986)
#15: Manon des Sources (1986)
#16: Raging Bull (1980)
#17: Dr. Strangelove (1964)
#18: Three Colors: Red (1994)
#19: Cinema Paradiso (1988)
#20: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
#20: The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)
#20: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)
#21 The Sweet Hereafter (1997)
#22: Amadeus (1984)
#23: Raise the Red Lantern (1991)
#24: My Fair Lady (1964)
#25: The War Zone (1999)
#26: The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)
#27: Wages of Fear (1953)
#28: High Noon (1952)
#29: Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
#30: The Princess Bride (1987)
#31: The Up Series (1964-2006)
#32: Seven Samurai (1954)
#33: Chinatown (1974)
#34: Das Boot (1981)
#35: Rashomon (1950)
#36: Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
#37: Diabolique (1955)
#38: Do the Right Thing (1989)
#39: Goodfellas (1990)
#40: Sunset Blvd. (1950)
#41: The Hidden Fortress (1958)
#42: The World of Apu (Apur Sansar) (1959)
#43: Dances with Wolves (1990)
#44: Singin' in the Rain (1952)
#45: Aliens (1986)
#46: All about Eve (1950)
#47: The Godfather Part II (1974)
#48: Platoon (1986)
#49: Taxi Driver (1976)
#50: Glory (1989)
#51: Requiem for a Dream (2000)
#52: The Apartment (1960)
#53: The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962)
#54: Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (1977)
#55: Blue Velvet (1986)
#56: Jaws (1975)
#57: Beauty and the Beast (1991)
#58: The Untouchables (1987)
#59: Die Hard (1988)
#60: Glengarry Glen Ross (1992)
#61: Time Bandits (1981)
#62: Gettysburg (1993)
#63: Nashville (1975)
#64: Memento (2000)
#65: Before Sunrise (1995)
#66: Yojimbo (1961)
#67: Nosferatu (1922)
#68: Before Midnight (2013)
#69: The Hustler (1961)
#70: Cries and Whispers (1972)
#71: Un Coeur en Hiver (A Heart in Winter) (1992)
#72: The Third Man (1949)
#73: The Wizard of Oz (1939)
#74: This Is Spinal Tap (1984)
#75: Halloween (1978)
#76: The 400 Blows (1959)
#77: The Wild Bunch (1969)
#78: Crumb (1994)
#79: Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
#80: Hamlet (1996)
#81: Pulp Fiction (1994)
#82: To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
#83: Like Father, Like Son (2013)
#84: The Departed (2006)
#85: Boyfriends and Girlfriends (1987)
#86: Say Anything
#87: The Dark Knight (2008)
#88: Swept Away (1974)
#89: Stop Making Sense (1984)
#90: Purple Noon (Plein Soleil) (1960)
#91: The Natural (1984)
#92: Psycho (1960)
#93: Munich (2005)
#94: On the Waterfront (1954)
#95: Magnolia (1999)
#96: The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover (1989)
#97: King Kong (1933)
#98: Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
#99: The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964)
#100: Manhattan (1979)

Honorable Mention: (In the original Top 100 but have since fallen out)

#101: Vertigo (1958)
#102: Dead Again (1991)
#103: When Harry Met Sally (1989)
#104: The Big Sleep (1946)
#105: Lost in Translation (2003)
#106: Once Were Warriors (1994)
#107: From Russia with Love (1963)
#108: Gone with the Wind (1939)
#109: Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)

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