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Saturday, February 9, 2013

Top 100 Movies

So another meme is making its way around the blogosphere, and in the absence of anything compelling of my own to publish, I thought I'd jump on this bandwagon too.

As the title of this post suggests, this is a list of my favorite 100 movies.

Only I couldn't quite come up with 100 movies I can call my favorite.  Sure, there are more than 100 movies that I've enjoyed, but for a movie to make my list, it needs to be  a) something that I still want to watch today,  b) something that I'm badgering my husband to watch with me, or  c) something that will be built into my kids' homeschooling curriculum.  So to all those childhood and adolescent favorites--if I haven't spent the money to include you in my personal collection and I haven't put you in my Netflix queue, then thanks for the memories, but I've moved on, and I hope you will too.

Since my eyes tend to glaze over when confronted by a long list, I've broken it up by genre.  Other than that, they're in alphabetical order (not because I'm really that anal, but because I accidentally sorted by the wrong column on the Excel spreadsheet where I prepared this.  Because, yes, I am that anal).  Trilogies are listed as a single entry, even when I'm omitting one of the installments.

I've begun with the movies that tend to show up on a lot of people's top 100 lists.

1. Back to the Future Trilogy
2. Casablanca
3. Contact
4. Gone With the Wind
5. Indiana Jones (Original Trilogy - NOT the latest travesty from 2008)
6. It's a Wonderful Life
7. Lord of the Rings Trilogy
8. Monty Python and the Holy Grail
9. Star Wars (Original Trilogy)
10. The Princess Bride
11. The Sixth Sense
12. Wizard of Oz

13. A Chorus Line
14. Annie (1982)
15. Fiddler on the Roof
16. Labyrinth
17. Little Shop of Horrors
18. Mary Poppins
19. Oliver!
20. Sound of Music
21. Sweeney Todd (1982)
22. West Side Story
23. Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971)

CHICK FLICKS (I can't believe I have so many in this category!)
24. A Room With a View
25. Bridget Jones' Diary
26. Far and Away
27. Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
28. Romancing the Stone (first one only)
29. Shakespeare in Love
30. Terms of Endearment
31. Titanic
32. Under the Tuscan Sun
33. While You Were Sleeping

34. 28 Days
35. A Beautiful Mind
36. Forrest Gump
37. Out of Africa
38. Sleeping with the Enemy
39. The Color Purple
40. The Shawshank Redemption
41. White Nights

42. Clue
43. Foul Play (1978)
44. Much Ado about Nothing
45. My Cousin Vinny
46. The Court Jester
47. Victor / Victoria

KIDS (only half of these have been added since I had kids of my own; the rest have stood the test of time!)
48. A Christmas Story
49. Freaky Friday (1976)
50. The Incredibles
51. The Parent Trap (1961)
52. Toy Story 3
53. Wall-E

DIFFICULT (these aren't movies to be 'enjoyed' per se, but are important and should be watched at least once; some of them I've seen only once, and hope to never see again)
54. A Time to Kill
55. American History X
56. Batman Begins and The Dark Knight
57. Platoon
58. Saving Private Ryan
59. Schindler's List

CLASSICS (not already listed under another category)
60. Auntie Mame
61. Yours, Mine and Ours (1968)

62. Hunt for Red October
63. Matrix (just the first one)
64. Terminator (1 and 2 only)
65. True Lies

HUBBY'S LIST (movies my husband thinks should be on this list even though I haven't actually seen them yet)
66. 1984
67. A Clockwork Orange
68. Blade Runner
69. Citizen Kane
70. Dr. Strangelove
71. Enemy Mine
72. Farenheit 451
73. Rollerball
74. Soylent Green
75. Westworld

76 - 100.

You can tell a lot about a person by the movies they watch.  I’m not sure I want to know what this list says about me.

I'm really more of a book person than a movie person anyway, so I'll be putting together a list of my top 100 books soon.  I won't have any trouble coming up with 100 of those, though I promise to keep it down to 100 for your sake!


  1. I've tried on various occasions to get through A Clockwork Orange and I can't bring myself to get past one very disturbing scene. I'm sure its an amazing movie but it was just way too much for me to handle. Cannot believe Titanic didn't make my list, what a gross oversight on my part eek!

    Can't wait to see your book list. I'd love to do that but could never come up with more than maybe 10. I read a book and its my favorite...until the next book I read. There have been around 10 that I can still recall every single scene to this day, gave me chills, and/or I own & have read multiple times but it would essentially just be a list of my favorite Stephen King books.

    Thanks for playing along! Oh & PS, love the new look of the blog.

  2. Thanks Jenn! I probably shouldn't have included A Clockwork Orange, even on Tom's list, since from what I've heard about it I don't ever intend to watch it. However I also understand it to be one of those 'difficult' movies that people should see once, so maybe I'll force myself to do so. Sometime. Later. Maybe.

    Glad you like the new look! Big changes are on the way, though, so don't get too used to it!