Monday, July 26, 2010

Top 100 Films (1900-1959)

In 2002, I began a project that took me through a chronological journey (or, as I've dubbed it, 'adventure') beginning in 1900 and working its way forward. Now that I'm 'adventure'ing through 1960, I thought I'd take a moment to create a 'master' list of the movies that have really made an impression.

Arranged chronologically, I had to sort through 1300 movies that I'd watched over an eight-year period to find my top 100. I'd very much like to revisit the majority of them, which makes them all the more impressive to me. A curious lack of silents indicates my urgent need to see more of them. That will be another project.

The Sheik (1921)
Nosferatu (1922)
The Thief of Bagdad (1924)
The Gold Rush (1925)
Metropolis (1927)
Un Chien Andalou (1929)
All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)
City Lights (1931)
Dracula (1931)
Frankenstein (1931)
Freaks (1932)
Grand Hotel (1932)
Duck Soup (1933)
King Kong (1933)
It Happened One Night (1934)
March of the Wooden Soldiers (1934)
The Thin Man (1934)
The Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
Modern Times (1936)
My Man Godfrey (1936)
The Awful Truth (1937)
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1938)
A Christmas Carol (1938)
Grand Illusion (1938)
Gone With the Wind (1939)
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
Only Angels Have Wings (1939)
Stagecoach (1939)
The Wizard of Oz (1939)
The Ghost Breakers (1940)
The Grapes of Wrath (1940)
The Philadelphia Story (1940)
Pinocchio (1940)
Pride and Prejudice (1940)
Rebecca (1940)
Citizen Kane (1941)
Dumbo (1941)
Hold That Ghost (1941)
How Green Was My Valley (1941)
The Maltese Falcon (1941)
The Wolf Man (1941)
Saboteur (1941)
Yankee Doodle Dandy (1941)
Casablanca (1943)
Double Indemnity (1944)
Going My Way (1944)
Laura (1944)
Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)
Leave Her to Heaven (1945)
The Lost Weekend (1945)
The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)
The Big Sleep (1946)
Children of Paradise (1946)
It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
Ivan the Terrible: Part I (1947)
Ivan the Terrible: Part II (1947)
Miracle on 34th Street (1948)
Rope (1948)
Stray Dog (1949)
All About Eve (1950)
Sunset Boulevard (1950)
The Third Man (1950)
Alice in Wonderland (1951)
A Place in the Sun (1951)
A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)
The White Sheik (1951)
High Noon (1952)
Singin' in the Rain (1952)
From Here to Eternity (1953)
I Vitelloni (1953)
Julius Caesar (1953)
On the Waterfront (1954)
Rear Window (1954)
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954)
Diabolique (1955)
East of Eden (1955)
Pather Panchali (1955)
Picnic (1955)
Rebel Without a Cause (1955)
Giant (1956)
The Killing (1956)
The Searchers (1956)
Aparajito (1957)
The Bridge on the River Kwai (1956)
The Seventh Seal (1957)
Throne of Blood (1957)
12 Angry Men (1957)
Witness for the Prosecution (1957)
Ashes and Diamonds (1958)
The Hidden Fortress (1958)
Mon Oncle (1958)
Touch of Evil (1958)
Vertigo (1958)
The 400 Blows (1959)
The Lovers (1959)
North by Northwest (1959)
Rio Bravo (1959)
Sleeping Beauty (1959)
Some Like it Hot (1959)
Wild Strawberries (1959)

How many have you seen?  I'm curious to hear what you think of these films. If you'd like to know what films were left out, visit my massive archive. 1960 is taking longer than usual, but it also offers the most titles than ever before.

Consider this a personal suggestion of movies to see, as well as a foundation for my blog. I'd like to write more about these movies and their place in culture. Of course, I'd like to focus on the present as well, and am ready to put more energy toward writing about it and discussing it.

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