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Now, I'm not claiming that these are all necessarily great cinematic achievements (though I do think that some of them are), but they're all -- for one reason or another -- favorites of mine. I've listed them in chronological order (by release date according to IMDB), since I like them for so many different reasons and in so many different ways that I don't want to measure them against each other to try to rank by how much I like them or anything like that.
  1. It Happened One Night (1934)
  2. Casablanca (1942)
  3. The Big Sleep (1946)
  4. It's A Wonderful Life (1946)
  5. Rear Window (1954)
  6. Sabrina (1954)
  7. Mister Roberts (1955)
  8. To Catch a Thief (1955)
  9. 12 Angry Men (1957)
  10. Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961)
  11. Charade (1963)
  12. The Sound of Music (musical, 1965)
  13. Romeo & Juliet (UK, Franco Zeffirelli, 1968)
  14. Fiddler on the Roof (musical, 1971)
  15. Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
  16. Star Wars (first 3 movies, 1977, 1980, 1983)
  17. Gallipoli (Australia, 1981)
  18. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
  19. Blade Runner (1982)
  20. The Dark Crystal (1982)
  21. E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
  22. The Big Chill (1983)
  23. Local Hero (UK, 1983)
  24. Risky Business (1983)
  25. Amadeus (1984)
  26. Sixteen Candles (1984)
  27. Real Genius (1985)
  28. Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)
  29. A Room With A View (UK, 1986)
  30. Stand By Me (1986)
  31. Empire of the Sun (1987)
  32. Maurice (UK, 1987)
  33. The Princess Bride (1987)
  34. Wings of Desire (France/Germany, 1987)
  35. Bull Durham (1988)
  36. Dangerous Liaisons (USA/UK, 1988)
  37. A Fish Called Wanda (UK, 1988)
  38. My Neighbor Totoro (animated, Japan, 1988)
  39. The Abyss (director's cut, 1989)
  40. Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (1989)
  41. Do the Right Thing (1989)
  42. Field of Dreams (1989)
  43. Henry V (UK, 1989)
  44. When Harry Met Sally (1989)
  45. Cyrano de Bergerac (France, 1990)
  46. Dances with Wolves (1990)
  47. La Femme Nikita (France, 1990)
  48. Dead Again (1991)
  49. Thelma & Louise (1991)
  50. Truly, Madly, Deeply (UK, 1991)
  51. Like Water for Chocolate (Mexico, 1992)
  52. Strictly Ballroom (Australia, 1992)
  53. The Nightmare Before Christmas (animated, 1993)
  54. So I Married An Axe-Murderer (1993)
  55. Once Were Warriors (New Zealand, 1994)
  56. Pulp Fiction (1994)
  57. Reality Bites (1994)
  58. The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
  59. Apollo 13 (1995)
  60. Empire Records (1995)
  61. Persuasion (UK, 1995)
  62. Pride & Prejudice (miniseries, UK, 1995)
  63. The Usual Suspects (USA/UK/Germany, 1995)
  64. Jerry Maguire (1996)
  65. Lone Star (1996)
  66. Sling Blade (1996)
  67. Swingers (1996)
  68. Twelfth Night (UK, 1996)
  69. Walking and Talking (USA/UK, 1996)
  70. Chasing Amy (1997)
  71. The Full Monty (UK, 1997)
  72. Life Is Beautiful (Italy, 1997)
  73. Oscar and Lucinda (USA/Australia, 1997)
  74. The Sweet Hereafter (Canada, 1997)
  75. Gods and Monsters (UK/USA, 1998)
  76. Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels (UK, 1998)
  77. The Red Violin (Canada/USA/Italy, 1998)
  78. Run Lola Run (Germany, 1998)
  79. Rushmore (1998)
  80. Shakespeare in Love (USA/UK, 1998)
  81. Sliding Doors (UK, 1998)
  82. Slums of Beverly Hills (1998)
  83. Smoke Signals (1998)
  84. The Truman Show (1998)
  85. The Wedding Singer (1998)
  86. American Beauty (1999)
  87. Go (1999)
  88. Magnolia (1999)
  89. The Matrix (1999)
  90. October Sky (1999)
  91. Shower (China, 1999)
  92. The Sixth Sense (1999)
  93. Memento (2000)
  94. The Princess and the Warrior (Germany, 2000)
  95. Waking the Dead (2000)
  96. Amelie (France, 2001)
  97. Donnie Darko (2001)
  98. Lord of the Rings trilogy (not yet completed, New Zealand/USA, 2001/2002)
  99. Moulin Rouge (2001)
  100. Spirited Away (animated, USA/Japan, 2001)



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Apr. 16th, 2003 02:05 pm (UTC)
Interesting list
A lot of my own favorites on there, too, including what is still probably my favorite movie, ever, When Harry Met Sally. It's like the I Ching for me, or something. I quote it all the time (although a bit less since Buffy quotage took over my life).

Random trivia note: a friend's mom was in To Catch A Thief. She's the elegant lady in the casino, if I remember rightly Cary Grant drops a poker chip down her cleavage. Heh. If you have the video, she's also right on the box, which is especially cool.

That's my one link to celebrity. Well, that, and I once had a smoke break (back when I still smoked) and lovely chitchat with Isabella Rossellini's (American) nephew. That's it.
Apr. 16th, 2003 06:46 pm (UTC)
Re: Interesting list
Oooooh! If we're talking about links to celebrity ... I've hung out with Jane Weidlin (of Go Go's fame), because my husband is related to her by marriage. Shannon's mom remarried when he was a very small child, and her husband is Jane Weidlin's brother.

So I've been to a number of Go Go's concerts, been hugged by Jane Weidlin, received a wedding present from Jane Weidlin, and kicked Jane Weidlin's ass at Win Lose or Draw one Thanksgiving. Hee!

Oh, and I went to high school with both Jeff Buckley and Gwen Stefani, though I was so shy that neither of them ever noticed my existence.
Apr. 16th, 2003 10:42 pm (UTC)
Re: Interesting list
Oh my god.

You went to high school with Jeff Buckley?!

[holds hand out tentatively] Touch me?
Apr. 16th, 2003 11:08 pm (UTC)
Re: Interesting list
Well, he never touched me, seein' as how he was a senior when I was a lowly freshman, but I'll still touch you if you want. :)
Apr. 17th, 2003 02:59 am (UTC)
Re: Interesting list
You have Buckley mojo, I'm certain of it!

I knew some of the guys who did search and rescue when he went missing.
Apr. 16th, 2003 02:26 pm (UTC)
Wow, that's a heck of a list! I think it would take me about three years to compile my hundred favorite movies!

But...no Ladyhawke?? No Labyrinth?? No Gone With the Wind?? Ahhh, alas! :D
Apr. 16th, 2003 06:49 pm (UTC)
Nope. And while I consider "Gone With the Wind" a great cinematic achievement, it is far from being one of my favorite movies. Yeah, I'm a heretic.
Apr. 16th, 2003 03:24 pm (UTC)
That's a great list!

You've seen Gallipoli? I've never thought that it was shown over seas. We used to have to watch it at school all the time. (Shows excellent choice though *g*)
Apr. 16th, 2003 06:47 pm (UTC)
I saw Gallipoli on VHS when I was a kid, and have seen it a few times since then. Amazing movie. Makes me sob every single time.
Apr. 16th, 2003 04:14 pm (UTC)
Wow. We REALLY do have a lot of things in common.
Apr. 16th, 2003 04:36 pm (UTC)
Like just about everyone else who has already commented... great list! And so many of those are my favorites too. Big Audrey Hepburn fan. And I also LOVE The Red Violin... it's possibly my all time favorite (which has been Enemy Mine since high school). Good good list!
Apr. 16th, 2003 06:56 pm (UTC)
Oh, I love Enemy Mine! I thought I was the only one!
Apr. 16th, 2003 07:45 pm (UTC)
Oh heck no. In fact, no one ever _talks_ about it, but if you bring it up, see how many people oooh and aaah about it. Surprises me all the time.

You have good taste my friend!!!
Apr. 16th, 2003 04:36 pm (UTC)
I am sure I will refer to your list many times. I should print it out and take it with me to the video store.. :) I think we have a lot of similar interests in movies. Have you seen "Chicago" yet? Since you listed "Moulin Rouge" I am betting you will really like Chicago ;)
Apr. 16th, 2003 06:57 pm (UTC)
Have you seen "Chicago" yet?

Nope. Waiting to watch it on DVD. We're such cheapskates.
Apr. 16th, 2003 06:10 pm (UTC)
This, comrade, is cool beyond cool. I'd comment on individual selections, but, well, Angel's starting. You understand. (Of course, now I'm gonna have to spend a good deal of personal time making my own list. Dammit.)
Apr. 16th, 2003 07:02 pm (UTC)
Hee! I'd love to see your list! Errrr ... and that's not intended as a euphemism or anything. Hee!
Apr. 25th, 2003 08:17 am (UTC)
*grin* Well, euphemism or not, my list is
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*grin* Well, euphemism or not, my list is <a href="http://www.livejournal.com/users/slipjig/47078.html#cutid1"right here now</a>. Hope it's up to par...
Apr. 25th, 2003 12:51 pm (UTC)
That was fun!
Apr. 16th, 2003 08:27 pm (UTC)
Your list
So many great movies on your list -- mine would overlap with yours quite a bit :-)
I noticed you listed Rushmore (I love that movie too). Have you seen Bottle Rocket? It was made a few years earlier by the same creative team. It's a wonderfully offbeat comedy-crime caper. And you listed Shower! I saw that at the Seattle Film Festival a few years ago and really enjoyed it.
Apr. 16th, 2003 11:04 pm (UTC)
Re: Your list
Oh my god! I love your icon! "Some Kind of Wonderful" should be on my list! It's such a great unrequited love story!

Strangely enough, I tried to watch "Bottle Rocket" once and couldn't get into it. The characters just didn't engage me for some reason. But I luuuuuurve "Rushmore". Hee!

And yeah, "Shower" is wonderful. I would love to own it on DVD. I don't know very many people who've seen it, which is a shame.
Apr. 17th, 2003 05:30 am (UTC)
Re: Your list
Oh my god! I love your icon!
mpoetess made a ton of these lovelies and posted them here.

"Some Kind of Wonderful" should be on my list! It's such a great unrequited love story!
True! And then the best friends get together in the end, and he gives her the earrings, and I melt every time :-)
Apr. 16th, 2003 09:53 pm (UTC)
Re: My 100 Favorite Movies of All Time (as of today)
It's funny. I don't think I like movies well enough to have a list of my top 100 movies.
I like looking at your list but there are so many that I don't know. Possibly next time you're hypomanic, you could write down why each of these are your favorite movies.
Apr. 16th, 2003 11:06 pm (UTC)
Re: My 100 Favorite Movies of All Time (as of today)
It's funny. I don't think I like movies well enough to have a list of my top 100 movies.

Heh. Whereas I have tremendous difficulty narrowing it down to 100. Because there are just so many incredibly wonderful movies that aren't on this list!

Possibly next time you're hypomanic, you could write down why each of these are your favorite movies.

Hmmm ... perhaps I could do 5 or 10 at a time, and make it a long-term project, because it would take me a very long time. :)
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