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Movie Roundup: It’s Showtime, Folks! Edition

Here’s a quick rundown of what I’ve seen lately. If you want to read some of my actual writing, check out the Metro Classics website. I’m afraid that’s where I’ve had to spend most of my energy the last few weeks. Anyway, I’ve seen a lot of good stuff: a whole bunch of Bette Davis movies, some good 70s films in Killer Of Sheep and Mirror, Gene Tierney in The Ghost & Mrs. Muir, Vivian Leigh in Waterloo Bridge and Janet Gaynor in Seventh Heaven. I reached my goal of seeing every Jean-Luc Godard film from Breathless to Week End by finally watching Made In USA and managed to be both amazed and very very disappointed by Wim Wenders’s Paris, Texas. But the best of all the films I’ve seen has got to be Bob Fosse’s lunatic ode to art, life and self-obsession All That Jazz. Had I seen it a week earlier, it most certainly would have made my Top 250 list; it’s sure to find a home high up on next year’s list.

Made In USA: 13, 1966
The Old Maid: 22, 1939
NY, NY: 26, 1957
King Solomon’s Mines: 19, 1937
Seventh Heaven: 3, 1927
Now, Voyager: 4, 1942
The Little Foxes: 14, 1941
Watchmen: 2009
Killer Of Sheep: 5, 1977
The Most Dangerous Game: 11, 1932
The Hunchback Of Notre-Dame: 14, 1939
Waterloo Bridge: 7, 1940
The Ghost & Mrs. Muir: 5, 1947
My Favorite Wife: 20, 1940
Paris, Texas: 7, 1984
Mirror: 6, 1975
Deception: 9, 1946
The Private Lives Of Elizabeth And Essex: 24, 1939
All That Jazz: 3, 1979
Watch On The Rhine: 15, 1943

My Top 250 Movies Of All-Time


Last year I had a Top 150 list. Things have expanded this year.

250. The 39 Steps
249. Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid
248. The Awful Truth
247. Ivan The Terrible Part II
246. Three Times
245. Anatomy Of A Murder
244. Fort Apache
243. Earth
242. The Thing From Another World
241. The Fellowship Of The Ring
240. Early Summer
239. The World
238. Last Life In The Universe
237. The Maltese Falcon
236. Suspicion
235. The Palm Beach Story
234. The Thin Man
233. What Time Is It There?
232. Amadeus
231. Ghostbusters
230. Still Life
229. A Story Of Floating Weeds
228. The Exterminating Angel
227. Goodbye, Dragon Inn
226. No Country For Old Men


225. Come Drink With Me
224. Alien
223. Brief Encounter
222. Miami Vice
221. The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou
220. Dangerous Liaisons
219. Breakfast At Tiffany’s
218. I’m Not There
217. The Last Of The Mohicans
216. Masculin feminin
215. Sita Sings The Blues
214. Muriel
213. The River
212. Monty Python & The Life Of Brian
211. City Girl
210. The Princess Bride
209. Hero
208. The Grand Illusion
207. Nights Of Cabiria
206. Star Wars
205. The 400 Blows
204. L’Atalante
203. Hell In The Pacific
202. Madame de. . .
201. Mogambo


200. Some Like It Hot
199. Big Night
198. The Last Laugh
197. Cleo From 5 To 7
196. Fantasia
195. Night Of The Living Dead
194. Ivan The Terrible Part I
193. The Immigrant
192. Shanghai Express
191. Cranes Are Flying
190. 7 Women
189. The Purple Rose Of Cairo
188. Yi yi
187. Double Indemnity
186. Night Of The Hunter
185. The Man With A Movie Camera
184. The Spy Who Came In From The Cold
183. Only Angels Have Wings
182. Fitzcarraldo
181. The Quiet Man
180. Children Of Paradise
179. M
178. Letter From An Unknown Woman
177. Taxi Driver
176. Nosferatu: A Symphony Of Horror


175. Alexander Nevsky
174. Hannah And Her Sisters
173. The Shining
172. Top Hat
171. Lola
170. The Passion Of Joan Of Arc
169. Sleeping Beauty
168. The Gang’s All Here
167. Mean Streets
166. Blow Up
165. Tropical Malady
164. The Lady Vanishes
163. Vampyr
162. Paths Of Glory
161. Cat People
160. Boogie Nights
159. Don’t Look Back
158. The Great Escape
157. Days Of Being Wild
156. In A Lonely Place
155. Contempt
154. The Steel Helmet
153. Monty Python & The Holy Grail
152. Taste Of Cherry
151. 2046


150. My Darling Clementine
149. Sansho The Bailiff
148. His Girl Friday
147. Unfaithfully Yours
146. The Good, The Bad & The Ugly
145. LA Story
144. Harvey
143. The Royal Tenenbaums
142. The Young Girls Of Rochefort
141. McCabe & Mrs. Miller
140. The General
139. There Will Be Blood
138. The Life And Death Of Colonel Blimp
137. Ikiru
136. The Godfather
135. Eyes Wide Shut
134. Kill Bill, Vol. 1
133. The Double Life Of Veronique
132. Swing Time
131. Sherlock, Jr
130. Satantango
129. The Lady Eve
128. Pennies From Heaven
127. Rebecca
126. Slacker


125. WALL-E
124. Chimes At Midnight
123. Jaws
122. Tabu: A Story Of The South Seas
121. Punch-Drunk Love
120. Reservoir Dogs
119. Yojimbo
118. A Touch Of Zen
117. In the Mood For Love
116. Battleship Potemkin
115. Rushmore
114. Dazed And Confused
113. L’Avventura
112. The Thin Red Line
111. Tokyo Story
110. Laura
109. Fallen Angels
108. Magnolia
107. The Godfather Part II
106. On The Waterfront
105. Notorious
104. Kiss Me Deadly
103. Trainspotting
102. Throne Of Blood
101. Raiders Of The Lost Ark


100. Morocco
99. To Have And Have Not
98. Last Year At Marienbad
97. The Band Wagon
96. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
95. F For Fake
94. The Pirate
93. The Battle Of Algiers
92. House Of Flying Daggers
91. Zulu
90. Written On The Wind
89. Three Colors: Blue
88. Glengarry Glen Ross
87. Hiroshima mon amour
86. Day Of Wrath
85. Celine & Julie Go Boating
84. The Wind That Shakes The Barley
83. Johnny Guitar
82. The Lady From Shanghai
81. Young Mr. Lincoln
80. Kiss Me Kate
79. Hard-Boiled
78. An American In Paris
77. Sans soleil
76. Do The Right Thing


75. Chinatown
74. Red River
73. Lawrence Of Arabia
72. Au hasard Balthazar
71. The New World
70. The 36th Chamber Of Shaolin
69. A Matter Of Life And Death
68. The Lion In Winter
67. City Lights
66. Rio Bravo
65. 2001: A Space Odyssey
64. Late Spring
63. Unforgiven
62. Histoire(s) du cinema
61. The Empire Strikes Back
60. Out Of The Past
59. Steamboat Bill, Jr
58. The Adventures Of Robin Hood
57. Rashomon
56. The Big Sleep
55. L’Eclisse
54. A Woman Is A Woman
53. Dr. Strangelove
52. Andrei Rublev
51. Once Upon A Tme In The West


50. Ugetsu
49. Apocalypse Now
48. The Seventh Seal
47. The Manchurian Candidate
46. Pulp Fiction
45. The Birds
44. The Philadelphia Story
43. Miller’s Crossing
42. A Canterbury Tale
41. I Am Cuba
40. Stranger Than Paradise
39. Two-Lane Blacktop
38. Voyage In Italy
37. Millennium Mambo
36. M. Hulot’s Holiday
35. Funny Face
34. Citizen Kane
33. The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
32. 8 1/2
31. The Umbrellas Of Cherbourg
30. Black Narcissus
29. Bringing Up Baby
28. Dead Man
27. It’s A Wonderful Life
26. Psycho


25. Stagecoach
24. Playtime
23. The Shop Around The Corner
22. Vertigo
21. The Rules Of the Game
20. Ran
19. North By Northwest
18. The Third Man
17. Manhattan
16. Mr. Smith Goes To Washington
15. Days Of Heaven
14. Duck Soup
13. The Big Lebowski
12. Pierrot le fou
11. Rear Window
10. All About Eve
9. The Red Shoes
8. Touch Of Evil
7. Sunrise
6. The Searchers
5. Singin’ In The Rain
4. Annie Hall
3. Casablanca
2. Chungking Express
1. Seven Samurai

Movies Of The 10s & 20s


So I haven’t actually seen enough movies from these two decades to have a proper Top 50 list for each of them, so I’m just going to mix them together, despite the grave disservice it does to film history.

1. Sunrise: A Song Of Two Humans
2. Steamboat Bill, Jr
3. The Passion Of Joan Of Arc
4. Nosferatu: A Symphony Of Horror
5. Sherlock Jr.
6. Battleship Potemkin
7. The Immigrant
8. The Man With A Movie Camera
9. The Last Laugh
10. The General
11. Nanook Of The North
12. The Cabinet Of Dr. Caligari
13. The Adventure Of Prince Achmed
14. Broken Blossoms
15. 3 Bad Men
16. The Gold Rush
17. Cops
18. The Iron Horse
19. Häxan
20. Greed
21. Wings
22. Our Hospitality
23. Blackmail
24. The Circus
25. Faust


26. Seven Chances
27. Pandora’s Box
28. Metropolis
29. The Cheat
30. One Week
31. The Kid
32. Dr. Mabuse: The Gambler
33. The Three Ages
34. The Phantom Of The Opera
35. Birth Of A Nation
36. Dr. Jeckyll & Mr. Hyde
37. It
38. The Love Parade
39. The Play House
40. When The Clouds Roll By
41. Sunnyside
42. The ‘High Sign’
43. A Fool There Was
44. The Balloonatic
45. Cocoanuts
46. Manhatta
47. The Sheik
48. Speedy
49. The Mark Of Zorro
50. Tillie’s Punctured Romance