Film Queue

These are the movies in my must see list.  Many will move to my favorite or suspension of belief films posts.

Some sites these are pulled from:

  1. Focus Features
  2. Wikipedia
  3. IMDB
  4. 100-movies-to-see-before-you-die
  5. Empire’s top 500
I would include the AFI list but I believe I’ve seen almost all:  American Film Institute Top 100


Here we go:
  1. Rashomon
  2. Army Of Shadows
  3. The Long Goodbye
  4. Sunshine
  5. Out Of Sight
  6. The Lives Of Others
  7. The Last Seduction
  8. American History X
  9. Transformers
  10. Together
  11. Love And Death
  12. Brick
  13. Flesh
  14. Rebel Without A Cause
  15. Into The Wild
  16. Le Doulos
  17. Dead Man’s Shoes
  18. Ten
  19. Atonement
  20. Danger: Diabolik
  21. Electra Glide In Blue
  22. To Have And Have Not
  23. A Man Escaped
  24. Days Of Heave
  25. The Double Life Of Véronique
  26. The Battleship Potemkin
  27. Cross of Iron
  28. Raise the Red Lantern
  29. Spirited Away
  30. My Neighbor Totoro
  31. Tale of Tales
  32. Hedgehog in the Fog
  33. Some Like It Hot
  34. City Lights
  35. Persepolis
  36. Lawrence of Arabi
  37. Triumph of the Will
  38. The Searchers
  39. Once Upon a Time in the West
  40. Picnic at Hanging Rock
  41. Wavelength
  42. Infernal Affairs
  43. The Third Man
  44. Lawrence of Arabia
  45. Brief Encounter
  46. Get Carter
  47. Spirit Of The Beehive
  48. The King Of Comedy
  49. The Treasure Of The Sierra Madre
  50. The Night Of The Hunter
  51. Three Colours Red
  52. Come And See
  53. La Dolce Vita
  54. On The Waterfront
  55. Kind Hearts And Coronets
  56. The 400 Blows
  57. Andrei Rublev
  58. Heat
  59. Some Like It Hot
  60. Chinatown
  61. The Apartment
  62. Paths Of Glory
  63. Le Samourai
  64. La Haine
  65. Being There
  66. Betty Blue
  67. Badlands
  68. The Innocents
  69. The Red Shoes
  70. Sophie’s Choice
  71. Z
  72. Notorious
  73. Cyrano De Bergerac
  74. The Man Who Would Be King
  75. Harvey
  76. Pat Garrett And Billy The Kid
  77. A Bout De Souffle
  78. Los Olvidados
  79. Withnail And I
  80. Anchorman: The Legend Of Ron Burgundy
  81. Fitzcarraldo
  82. The Rules Of The Game
  83. Touch Of Evil
  84. La Maman Et La Putain
  85. La Belle Et La Bête
  86. Rocco And His Brothers
  87. Who Framed Roger Rabbit
  88. L’Avventura
  89. Solaris
  90. Ran
  91. The Bird With The Crystal Plumage
  92. The Death Of Mr. Lazarescu
  93. The Lady Vanishes
  94. Das Boot
  95. Roman Holiday
  96. M
  97. The Addiction
  98. The Killer
  99. 2 Days In Paris
  100. Cabaret


Favorite Christmas Films

My all-time favorite holiday movies.  I know I’m missing some classics.  I need to see Miracle and maybe rescreen A Christmas Carol.  These are my current picks.

  1. It’s a Wonderful Life
  2. The Grinch That Stole Christmas
  3. Elf
  4. Love Actually
  5. Christmas Vacation
  6. A Christmas Story
  7. Trading Places
  8. Scrooged
  9. Die Hard
  10. Bad Santa
  11. The Nightmare Before Christmas

Suspension of Belief

Melissa forwarded me this article by Matthew Baldwin. He follows up with additional considerations for the list and also references a meta list of movies which is a brain film free for all thread. Many more still here.

One of the common questions in the threads above is: What qualifies a film to be in this list? I tend to enjoy most all of this genre so that question is particularly interesting to me. My answer is: The film’s context of reality is questioned and as such so is our own. A “suspension of belief” occurs and we become more a part of the film itself. You should be able to ask yourself, “Wait, could that actually have happened? To me? How would I even know?”. As one poster above put it, these films”… physically and viscerally divorce you from the underpinnings of reality”.

The original list from the first link above is reordered in MFR (Mark’s Favorite Ranking):

  1. Primer
  2. 2001: A Space Odyssey
  3. Memento
  4. The Game
  5. Donnie Darko
  6. Jacob’s Ladder
  7. Dark City
  8. Mulholland Dr.
  9. Abre los ojos

Still in the queue:

  • Videodrome
  • The Quiet Earth
  • Solyaris
  • La Jetée
  • Rashômon
  • Spellbound

Here are some additions:

  • Ringhu / The Ring
  • Stranger Than Fiction
  • The Fountain
  • The Village
  • Brazil
  • The Ninth Configuration
  • Kafka
  • City of Lost Children
  • Pink Floyd’s The Wall
  • Requiem for a Dream
  • 12 Monkeys
  • Altered States
  • Pleasantville
  • Fight Club
  • The Truman Show
  • Bladerunner
  • Total Recall
  • The Butterfly Effect

My Favorite Films

My Top 10 picks of all time:

1. Goodfellas
2. Citizen Kane
3. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy
4. The Godfather Part II
5. The Godfather
6. American Beauty
7. Serenity
8. L.A. Confidential
9. Slumdog Millionaire
10. Primer

My other all time favorites, not in a particular order:

Moulin Rouge
Stalag 17
Saving Private Ryan
It’s a Wonderful Life
Fight Club
The Truman Show
Joe vs. The Volcano
True Romance
Life Is Beautiful
Apocalypse Now
Star Wars
Shindler’s List
This Is Spinal Tap
Dr. Strangelove
Pulp Fiction
The Matrix
The Seven Samurai
12 Angry Men
An Officer and a Gentleman
Lost in Translation
The Outlaw, Jose Wales
La Femme Nikita
Watch It!
The Name of the Rose
Monty Python’s Life of Brian
A Few Good Men
The Color of Money
2001: A Space Odyssey
Raiders of the Lost Ark
The Terminator
A Boy and His Dog
Blue Velvet
Wild at Heart
The Big Chill
Love, Actually
Broadcast News
The Wall
Heavy Metal
The Shining
Nosvaratu, The Vampire
Body Heat
Minority Report
Sunset Boulevard
The Empire Strikes Back
Salem’s Lot
King Rat
Dangerous Liaison
Terminator T2
Mad Max
The Year of Living Dangerously