The Top 100 Films You've Ever Seen

My All-Time Favorite Movies:


The Adventures of Milo and Otis
AI Artificial Intelligence
Back To The Future
Batman Begins
Beauty And The Beast
Being John Malkovich
The Blair Witch Project
Blue Velvet
Bonnie And Clyde
Bride of Frankenstein
a bug's life
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
Cape Fear
Casino Royale
Children Of Men
Chungking Express
Clerks II
A Clockwork Orange
Close Encounters Of The Third Kind
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Dave Chappelle's Block Party
Dawn of the Dead
Die Hard
Do the Right Thing
Drag Me To Hell
Edward Scissorhands
The Empire Strikes Back
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial
Evil Dead II
Fast Times at Ridgemont High
Ferris Bueller's Day Off
50 First Dates
Finding Nemo
Forgetting Sarah Marshall
The 40 Year Old Virgin
The Fox and the Hound
The Goonies
The Great Escape
Grizzly Man
Groundhog Day
Hannah and Her Sisters
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Hellboy II: The Golden Army
A History of Violence
The Incredibles
The Iron Giant
Jurassic Park
Kill Bill
The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters
Knocked Up
Kung Fu Hustle
Kung Fu Panda
Let the Right One In
The Lion King
Little Children
The Lord of the Rings
Man on Wire
Minority Report
The Mist
Monster House
Monsters, Inc.
Moulin Rouge!
Muppet Treasure Island


(coming soon)
As Project reminded me, I still need to finish my list. I will start from the beginning with a revised edition in August when the new Maltin movie book comes out. (That's how I compiled the first draft.) My list will definitely come to over 100, though, so think of it as ultimatedjf's 1,001 Movies To See Before You Die. Even though it will probably be closer to 301 or 401.
I'm still trying to compile a list. It's so hard.
I would like to point out that I am posting this exactly four years after I first compiled a list of 100 movies. Almost to the day... I think I'm a little early. I was going to wait until after midnight to make it exact, but I have work in the morning. July 12th, 2007... If I waited up past 3AM it would be dead on.

This isn't definitive by any means, and reflects how I feel right this moment. Watching some of these films again might knock them down or pull them up the list... And I'm sure a handful of my all-time favorites have simply slipped my mind entirely.

But here we go:

1. The Rules of the Game
2. The Silence of the Lambs
3. Chinatown
4. The Godfather: Parts I & II
5. Close Encounters of the Third Kind
6. Almost Famous
7. My Life as a Dog
8. Alien
9. Goodfellas
10. Adaptation
11. Brazil
12. The Iron Giant
13. Miller's Crossing
14. The Royal Tenenbaums
15. Pulp Fiction
16. Kill Bill
17. Sunset Boulevard
18. The Shining
19. Edward Scissorhands
20. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
21. Blade Runner
22. Zodiac
23. Citizen Kane
24. High Fidelity
25. JFK
26. The Big Lebowski
27. Ghostbusters
28. Annie Hall
29. Psycho
30. Minority Report
31. No Country For Old Men
32. Young Frankenstein
33. Dr. Strangelove
34. Beauty and the Beast
35. Spirited Away
36. The Shawshank Redemption
37. The Empire Strikes Back
38. The Dark Knight
39. Some Like It Hot
40. The Exorcist
41. Schindler's List
42. The Good, The Bad and the Ugly
43. Princess Mononoke
44. Before Sunrise
45. Raising Arizona
46. 12 Monkeys
47. Unforgiven
48. Inglourious Basterds
49. Grand Illusion
50. The Thing
51. Groundhog Day
52. Airplane!
53. Halloween
54. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
55. Michael Clayton
56. Vertigo
57. The Incredibles
58. The Lord of the Rings
59. Hannah and Her Sisters
60. It's a Wonderful Life
61. Raiders of the Lost Ark
62. The Spirit of the Beehive
63. Star Wars
64. Stand By Me
65. Catch Me if you Can
66. Up in the Air
67. Manhattan
68. Clueless
69. Re-Animator
70. The Queen
71. Aliens
72. Fargo
73. Wall-E
74. The Social Network
75. Back to the Future
76. How to Train Your Dragon
77. Heathers
78. Pan's Labyrinth
79. Fast Times at Ridgemont High
80. Singing in the Rain
81. My Neighbor Totoro
82. Dead Poets Society
83. The Toy Story Trilogy
84. Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
85. The Nightmare Before Christmas
86. Jurassic Park
87. Bride of Frankenstein
88. The Breakfast Club
89. Donnie Darko
90. Peter Pan
91. Seven
92. American History X
93. Being John Malkovich
94. Let The Right One In
95. Fight Club
96. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
97. Near Dark
98. Full Metal Jacket
99. Ratatouille
100. The Invisible Man
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I have seen 73 out of your 105 films (you cheater!) but the rest are on my to-watch list. Nice list.
Just realized I left "The Thing" off that list, and dropped it in at #50, knocking off "Finding Nemo" (decided to keep "The Invisible Man" on there)... Not sure if that helps or hurts you. Heh.
I have seen The Thing but I do need to watch a lot of John Carpenter films again.
I think these are my 100 favourite films:

12 Angry Men (1957, Sidney Lumet)
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968, Stanley Kubrick)
25th Hour (2002, Spike Lee)
A Clockwork Orange (1971, Stanley Kubrick)
Adaptation (2002, Spike Jonze)
Alien (1979, Ridley Scott)
Aliens (1986, James Cameron)
American Beauty (1999, Sam Mendes)
American History X (1998, Tony Kaye)
American Psycho (2000, Mary Harron)
Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004, Adam McKay)
Apocalypse Now (1979, Francis Ford Coppola)
Back to the Future (1985, Robert Zemeckis)
Batman Begins (2005, Christopher Nolan)
Batman: Mask of the Phantasm (1993, Eric Radomski and Bruce Timm)
Beetlejuice (1988, Tim Burton)
Big Lebowski, The (1998, Joel and Ethan Coen)
Blade Runner (1982, Ridley Scott)
Boogie Nights (1997, Paul Thomas Anderson)
Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazkahstan (2006, Larry Charles)
Casino Royale (2006, Martin Campbell)
Cast Away (2000, Robert Zemeckis)
Catch Me If You Can (2002, Steven Spielberg)
Children of Men (2006, Alfonso Cuaron)
Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977, Steven Spielberg)
Conversation, The (1973, Francis Ford Coppola)
Crank (2006, Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor)
Dark Knight, The (2008, Christopher Nolan)
Departed, The (2006, Martin Scorsese)
Die Hard (1988, John McTiernan)
Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964, Stanley Kubrick)
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004, Michel Gondry)
Evil Dead II (1987, Sam Raimi)
Exorcist, The (1973, William Friedkin)
Eyes Wide Shut (1999, Stanley Kubrick)
Fight Club (1999, David Fincher)
Forrest Gump (1994, Robert Zemeckis)
Gone Baby Gone (2007, Ben Affleck)
Goodfellas (1990, Martin Scorsese)
Gremlins (1984, Joe Dante)
Heat (1995, Michael Mann)
Hot Fuzz (2007, Edgar Wright)
Inception (2010, Christopher Nolan)
Incredibles, The (2004, Brad Bird)
Inglourious Basterds (2009, Quentin Tarantino)
Iron Giant, The (1999, Brad Bird)
Irreversible (2002, Gaspar Noe)
Jaws (1975, Steven Spielberg)
Jurassic Park (1993, Steven Spielberg)
Kill Bill (2003/2004, Quentin Tarantino)
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005, Shane Black)
Lion King, The (1994, Roger Allers and Rob Minkoff)
Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998, Guy Ritchie)
Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001, Peter Jackson)
Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003, Peter Jackson)
Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002, Peter Jackson)
Lost in Translation (2003, Sofia Coppola)
Magnolia (1999, Paul Thomas Anderson)
Matrix, The (1999, Andy and Lana Wachowski)
Memento (2000, Christopher Nolan)
Michael Clayton (2007, Tony Gilroy)
Minority Report (2002, Steven Spielberg)
Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1974, Terry Gilliam and Terry Jones)
Mystic River (2003, Clint Eastwood)
Nightmare Before Christmas, The (1993, Henry Selick)
No Country For Old Men (2007, Joel and Ethan Coen)
Ocean's Eleven (2001, Steven Soderbergh)
Office Space (1999, Mike Judge)
Oldboy (2003, Park Chan-wook)
Pianist, The (2002, Roman Polanski)
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003, Gore Verbinski)
Prestige, The (2006, Christopher Nolan)
Proposition, The (2005, John Hillcoat)
Psycho (1960, Alfred Hitchcock)
Pulp Fiction (1994, Quentin Tarantino)
Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981, Steven Spielberg)
Rear Window (1954, Alfred Hitchcock)
Requiem for a Dream (2000, Darren Aronofsky)
Reservoir Dogs (1992, Quentin Tarantino)
RoboCop (1987, Paul Verhoeven)
Royal Tenenbaums, The (2001, Wes Anderson)
Saving Private Ryan (1998, Steven Spielberg)
Seven (1995, David Fincher)
Shaun of the Dead (2004, Edgar Wright)
Shawshank Redemption, The (1994, Frank Darabont)
Shining, The (1980, Stanley Kubrick)
Silence of the Lambs, The (1991, Jonathan Demme)
Sin City (2005, Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller)
Social Network, The (2010, David Fincher)
Spirited Away (2001, Hayao Miyazaki)
Squid and the Whale, The (2005, Noah Baumbach)
Sunshine (2007, Danny Boyle)
Taxi Driver (1976, Martin Scorsese)
Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991, James Cameron)
There Will Be Blood (2007, Paul Thomas Anderson)
Toy Story (1995, John Lasseter)
Unforgiven (1992, Clint Eastwood)
Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988, Robert Zemeckis)
Wrestler, The (2008, Darren Aronofsky)
Zodiac (2007, David Fincher)
I have seen 77 of those. Also, since the last time we talked personal Top 100s, how did you go about determining these?

As for me, I'm going through the Maltin 2012 book of almost every movie. I've written down all the ones I've seen in the A through Ms, and have a total of about 700 so far. Unfortunately the ones I have asterisked, meaning they are favorites of mine, are already well over 100. I'm going to do N through Z and then start on the whittling down process. If I get lazy I'll just post a Top 250.

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