Saturday, June 20, 2009

The Complete List In One Installment

As previously discussed, my dear friend and unconditionally supportive colleague Richard Dickson has been chronicling our journey in bullet-list form. Here, then, is the complete list from 100 to 1, all together in one column. (Thanks, Richard!)

100. Bottle Rocket (1996). Wes Anderson.

99. The Sweet Hereafter (1997). Atom Egoyan.

98. Three Days of the Condor (1975). Sydney Pollack.

97. Ben Hur (1959). William Wyler.

96. Dirty Pretty Things (2002). Stephen Frears.

95. Rocky (1976). John Avildsen.

94. Sling Blade (1996). Billy Bob Thornton.

93. The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (1966). Sergio Leone.

92. The Station Agent (2003). Thomas McCarthy.

91. The Silence of the Lambs (1991). Jonathan Demme.

90. Das Boot (1981). Wolfgang Petersen.

89. The Verdict (1982). Sidney Lumet.

88. Citizen Kane (1941). Orson Welles.

87. Sex, Lies and Videotape (1989) Steven Soderburgh.

86. Mystic River (2003). Clint Eastwood.

85. McCabe and Mrs. Miller (1971). Robert Altman.

84. Punch-Drunk Love (2002). Paul Thomas Anderson.

83. The Hunt for Red October (1990). John McTiernan.

82. Gozu (2003).Takashi Miike.

81. Good Will Hunting (1997). Gus Van Sandt.

80. Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989). Woody Allen.

79. Casino (1995). Martin Scorsese.

78. Scent of a Woman (1992). Martin Brest.

77. Trois Couleurs: Rouge (1994).Krzysztof Kieslowski.

76. Breaking the Waves (1996). Lars Von Trier.

75. Miller's Crossing (1990). Joel and Ethan Cohen.

74. Koyaanisqatsi (1982). Godfrey Reggio.

73. Crash (2004). Paul Haggis.

72. The Usual Suspects (1995). Bryan Singer.

71. Buffalo '66 (1998). Vincent Gallo.

70. Noi (2003). Dagur Kári.

69. High Noon (1952). Fred Zinnemann.

68. Mulholland Drive (2001). David Lynch.

67. Gone With the Wind (1939). Victor Fleming.

66. The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962). John Ford.

65. Gettysburg (1993). Ronald F. Maxwell.

64. The French Connection (1971). William Friedkin.

63. Lawrence of Arabia (1962). David Lean.

62. Casablanca (1942). Michael Curtiz.

61. Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (1980). Irvin Kirshner.

60. Apocalypse Now (1979). Francis Ford Coppola. (Edit: Corrected editor's previous typo "Coppolapa." Argh.)

59. Last King of Scotland (2006). Kevin Macdonald.

58. Apollo 13 (1995). Ron Howard.

57. American Beauty (1999). Sam Mendes.

56. The 400 Blows (1959). Francois Truffaut.

55. Princess Mononoke (1997). Hayao Miazaki.

54. Airplane (1980). Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, Jerry Zucker.

53. 8-1/2 (1963). Frederico Felini.

52. To Kill a Mockingbid (1962). Robert Mulligan.

51. LA Confidential (1997). Curtis Hanson.

50. When We Were Kings (1996). Leon Gast.

49. Alien (1979). Ridley Scott.

48. Empire of the Sun (1987). Steven Spielberg.

47. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975). Milos Forman.

46. Remains of the Day (1993). Ruth Prawer Jhabvala (screenplay). James Ivory.

45. Time Out (2001). Laurent Catent.

44. M (1931). Fritz Lang.

43. Distant (2002). Nuri Bilge Ceylan.

42. The Godfather (1972). Francis Ford Coppola.

41. Songs From the Second Floor (2000). Roy Andersson.

40. The English Patient (1996). Anthony Minghella.

39. A Bridge Too Far (1977). Richard Attenborough.

38. Elephant (2003). Gus Van Sant.

37. Me and You and Everyone We Know (2005). Miranda July.

36. O Brother Where Art Thou? (2000). Joel and Ethan Coen.

35. Lost in Translation (2003). Sophia Coppola.

34. Ran (1985). Akira Kurosawa.

33. Stalker (1979). Andrei Tarkovsky.

32. Chinatown (1974). Roman Polanski.

31. Brazil (1985). Terry Gilliam.

30. The Lives of Others (2006). Florian Henckel Von Donnersmarck.

29. The Conversation (1974). Francis Ford Coppola.

28. Saving Private Ryan (1998). Steven Spielberg.

27. Scenes From a Marriage (1973). Ingmar Bergman.

26. Michael Clayton (2007). Tony Gilroy.

25. Y Tu Mama Tambien (2001). Alfonso Cuaron.

24. Kitchen Stories (2003). Brent Hamer.

23. Forrest Gump (1994). Robert Zemeckis.

22. Catch Me if You Can (2002). Steven Spielberg.

21. Broken Flowers (2005). Jim Jarmusch.

20. Dr. Strangelove (Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb) (1964). Stanley Kubrick.

19. Yi Yi (A One and a Two) (2000). Edward Yang.

18. The Wind Will Carry Us (1999). Abbas Kiarostami.

17. Layer Cake (2005). Matthew Vaughn.

16. Le Fabuleux Destin d’Amelie Poulin de Montmartre (2001). Jean-Pierre Jeunet.

15. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000). Ang Lee.

14. Trois Couleurs: Bleu (1993). Krzysztof Kieslowski.

13. Gerry (2002). Gus Van Sant.

12. City of God (2002). Fernando Mierelles.

11. Cast Away (2000). Robert Zemeckis.

10. Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (2002). George Clooney.

9. What Time is it There? (2001). Tsai Ming-Liang.

8. Oldboy (2003). Chan-wook Park.

7. Fight Club (1999). David Fincher.

6. Snatch (2000). Guy Ritchie.

5. The Five Obstructions (2003). Lars Von Trier.

4. Unforgiven (1993). Clint Eastwood.

3. Pulp Fiction (1994). Quentin Tarantino.

2. The Return (2003). Andrei Zvyagintsev.

1. The Godfather, Part II (1974). Francis Ford Coppola.

Stay tuned for a guest column featuring someone else's complete (if un-numbered) list -- and some fresh reporting on a host of additional titles that your intrepid author has taken-in since the commencement of this project.

-The Key Grip.


Anonymous said...

60. Coppolapa?

C'mon, Dickson, you got your Wakarusa crossed with your Copacabana. Been sniffing too much napalm in the morning?

Just asking.

The Key Grip said...

Don't blame Dickson! I had to re-type large portions of his compilation because of all the junk text that gets added when I try to copy and paste a Microsoft Word file in here. My (*enormous*) mistake!

Riley said...

An outstanding list overall, with one major exception. How on earth Cast Away ended up on any list except maybe Longest Commercials or Worst Movies Ever Made I don't know. I'd love to hear your logic on that one.

I know that putting together such a list is putting a target on your back and it's very easy to take pot shots, and I only mention this because it seems *so* out of sync with the rest of the movies.

The Key Grip said...

Interesting thoughts re Cast Away, and the target was hung on my back precisely so that someone would level a gun-barrel at it, so no worries on that score.

I love foreign flicks with really long takes and very little dialogue, so it struck me as unusually daring for Mainstream Hollywood to green-light Cast Away. I was also stirred by the story of how it came into existence, a sort of "love child" of the long-standing friendship between Hanks and Zmeckis.

Maybe, Riley, you should write me a review of the movie that didn't make it into my list because Cast Away pushed its way in there instead? I'd love to run it.

Anonymous said...

elephant man, The Birdcage, eternal sunshine--amelie is a feelgood film but leaves you feeling shorted--Delicatessen is waaay better, (glad you had Strangelove) Japanese version of The Grudge, Full Metal Jacket(?) Jurassic Park(cheesy ya, but fun) The Jerk, tim burton's Batman(with Danny Elfman) Schindler's list? Easy Rider, The Dark Crystal, i liked Lebowski a little better than o brother. not that my opinion amounts to a hill of beans in this crazy world...