My Top 1000 Films of All-Time: Honorable Mentions

It’s the time of the year once again for all-time movie list-making.  After making a Top 150 in 2008, a Top 250 in 2009 and a Top 600 last year, I decided to go ahead and make it an even 1000 this year.  That will be unveiled in the near future. Meanwhile, here are the 383 movies that didn’t quite make the cut.

As always, list-making like this is completely ridiculous for many reasons.  It’s arbitrary, dependent on personal whims and whatever mood I might be in at the time of ranking, the imperfections of my memory (growing more imperfect by the year), the limitations of what movies I have and haven’t seen, the vagueness of the criteria I use to rank them (there really aren’t any), and simply because the very idea of saying one film is 10 (or 50 or 200) better than another is completely absurd.  But lists are fun and can occasionally be useful.

1001 Faust
1002 The Story of a Cheat
1003 Invasion of the Body Snatchers
1004 The Train
1005 The Lavender Hill Mob
1006 Romeo + Juliet
1007 Beau Geste
1008 The Iron Giant
1009 The Death of Mr. Lazarescu
1010 Princess Mononoke
1011 The Actress
1012 Waking Life
1013 The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes
1014 The World of Henry Orient
1015 All Men Are Brothers
1016 Ride the High Country
1017 Hell is for Heroes
1018 King of Kings (1961)
1019 Five Fingers of Death
1020 Mamma Roma
1021 Gates of Heaven
1022 Strictly Ballroom
1023 You Think You’re the Prettiest but You Are the Sluttiest
1024 Marnie
1025 The Friends of Eddie Coyle





1026 The Wild Child
1027 Unknown Pleasures
1028 WarGames
1029 The Incredibles
1030 The Moon is Blue
1031 Sixteen Candles
1032 The Trial (1962)
1033 Party Girl (1958)
1034 Thunderball
1035 Reality Bites
1036 The Importance of Being Earnest
1037 The Quick and the Dead
1038 Angels with Dirty Faces
1039 The Black Swan
1040 Sleuth (1972)
1041 Edvard Munch
1042 Smoke
1043 Kill!
1044 Monkey Business (1931)
1045 Early Spring
1046 Quiz Show
1047 Drag Me to Hell
1048 The Shawshank Redemption
1049 Cartesius
1050 Sweet and Lowdown





1051 If I Should Fall from Grace
1052 Beautiful Girls
1053 Happy Gilmore
1054 T-Men
1055 Shutter Island
1056 La Dolce Vita
1057 Day for Night
1058 Drunken Master
1059 Crumb
1060 Black Hawk Down
1061 The Quiet American
1062 Cabin Boy
1063 Street of Shame
1064 My Young Auntie
1065 October
1066 Menace II Society
1067 O Brother, Where Art Thou?
1068 Play it Again, Sam
1069 The Hustler
1070 Silverado
1071 Ministry of Fear
1072 All About Lily Chou-chou
1073 Ball of Fire
1074 Clueless
1075 24 Hour Party People





1076 City of God
1077 Good Night and Good Luck
1078 I Married a Witch
1079 Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
1080 The Last Picture Show
1081 The Hunt for Red October
1082 Susan Slept Here
1083 Four Weddings and a Funeral
1084 Conan the Barbarian
1085 Blood Simple
1086 Love Affair (1939)
1087 Babette’s Feast
1088 All for the Winner
1089 The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
1090 The Life of Oharu
1091 Akira
1092 The 40 Year Old Virgin
1093 Paprika
1094 Around a Small Mountain
1095 The Merry Widow (1934)
1096 After Life
1097 The Jerk
1098 The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939)
1099 Wallace & Grommit: A Grand Day Out
1100 Safety Last





1101 A Life Less Ordinary
1102 Field of Dreams
1103 E. T. The Extra-Terrestrial
1104 The Three Ages
1105 Scandal Sheet
1106 The Longest Day
1107 Torn Curtain
1108 Before the Rain
1109 Munich
1110 Top Gun
1111 Red Rock West
1112 Topaz
1113 Armageddon
1114 Toy Story
1115 A Clockwork Orange
1116 Indian Jones and the Temple of Doom
1117 Fallen Angel
1118 Bound for Glory
1119 Closely Watched Trains
1120 A Fistful of Dollars
1121 Blue Velvet
1122 Footloose
1123 Once Were Warriors
1124 The Man Who Wasn’t There
1125 China Girl





1126 Rope
1127 The Crying Game
1128 The Roaring Twenties
1129 What Price Hollywood?
1130 The Narrow Margin
1131 The Big Sky
1132 Dersu Uzala
1133 Clue
1134 Up
1135 Marathon Man
1136 Escape from New York
1137 Dr. Zhivago
1138 Häxan
1139 A Few Good Men
1140 Meet Joe Black
1141 Dick Tracy
1142 The Stranger
1143 Executive Suite
1144 Gimme Shelter
1145 High Plains Drifter
1146 The Blair Witch Project
1147 Zoolander
1148 Night Train to Minuch
1149 Bananas
1150 La Chinoise





1151 Boarding Gate
1152 Moonstruck
1153 An Occurance at Owl Creek Bridge
1154 Edward Scissorhands
1155 The ‘High Sign’
1156 Serenity
1157 Bowling for Columbine
1158 The Big Clock
1159 Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
1160 The Bank Dick
1161 Sanshiro Sugata
1162 The Darjeeling Limited
1163 Fast Times at Ridgemont High
1164 The Water Margin
1165 Come and See
1166 Down with Love
1167 Purple Rain
1168 Red-Headed Woman
1169 Ladyhawke
1170 Kundun
1171 On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
1172 There’s Something About Mary
1173 Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia
1174 Rio Grande
1175 This Gun for Hire





1176 Wait Until Dark
1177 The Bad Sleep Well
1178 The Milagro Beanfield War
1179 The Name of the Rose
1180 Catch-22
1181 Some Kind of Wonderful
1182 Hard Eight
1183 Shogun Assassin
1184 Paranoid Park
1185 The Graduate
1186 Deception
1187 Howard’s End
1188 Ronin
1189 Shadowlands
1190 The Blue Dahlia
1191 Born Yesterday
1192 The Nightmare Before Christmas
1193 Beverly Hills Cop
1194 Signs
1195 The Eagle Shooting Heroes
1196 The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad
1197 Pump Up the Volume
1198 Bad Lieutenant
1199 Tarzan, the Ape Man
1200 Zéro de conduite





1201 The Navigator
1202 The Thing
1203 Election (1999)
1204 Midnight Mary
1205 God of Gamblers 2
1206 Carrie
1207 Cries and Whispers
1208 West Side Story
1209 King Kong (2005)
1210 Cheyenne Autumn
1211 Russian Ark
1212 The Day the Earth Stood Still
1213 You Only Live Once
1214 Silence of the Lambs
1215 The Secret Beyond the Door
1216 Paris, Texas
1217 No Way Out
1218 The Others
1219 Brothers Five
1220 Sneakers
1221 Stand and Deliver
1222 The Man from Laramie
1223 Vengeance
1224 The Zero Effect
1225 Toy Story 3





1226 Underworld, USA
1227 The Color of Money
1228 The Last Emperor
1229 Yolanda and the Thief
1230 Chikamatsu monogatari
1231 Ace in the Hole
1232 Meshes of the Afternoon
1233 Desperado
1234 Fixed Bayonets!
1235 Grosse Point Blank
1236 Mystery Train
1237 Tight Spot
1238 Pretty in Pink
1239 Rescue Dawn
1240 The Protector
1241 The Tall Target
1242 Mars Attacks!
1243 Wild Strawberries
1244 The Cameraman
1245 La Notte
1246 Judgement at Nuremburg
1247 The Cowboys
1248 Wake Island
1249 Sin City
1250 Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!





1251 He Got Game
1252 The Cheat
1253 Spartacus
1254 The Player
1255 Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore
1256 Sands of Iwo Jima
1257 El Mariachi
1258 The Invisble Man
1259 Salvador
1260 Inland Empire
1261 Round Midnight
1262 The Woman in the Window
1263 The Miracle of Morgan’s Creek
1264 Family Plot
1265 Who’s that Knocking at My Door?
1266 Love in the Afternoon
1267 Vera Cruz
1268 Police Story 2
1269 The 25th Hour
1270 The Last Detail
1271 DOA
1272 Cruel Intentions
1273 Scream
1274 White Heat
1275 Superman Returns





1276 Dead Poets Society
1277 That Hamilton Woman
1278 MASH
1279 Cool Hand Luke
1280 All the President’s Men
1281 Say Anything. . .
1282 Pleasantville
1283 Harry Potter and the Sorceror’s Stone
1284 No Man of Her Own
1285 The Leopard Man
1286 Withnail & I
1287 Vanilla Sky
1288 Persona
1289 Made in USA
1290 Pandora’s Box
1291 Batman
1292 Monkey Business (1952)
1293 Bicycle Thieves
1294 Mutual Appreciation
1295 Peeping Tom
1296 Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
1297 The One-Armed Swordsman
1298 Zhou Yu’s Train
1299 Alien 3
1300 A Bucket of Blood





1301 The China Syndrome
1302 Jules and Jim
1303 Minority Report
1304 PCU
1305 Legendary Weapons of China
1306 The Power of Kangwon Province
1307 Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
1308 The Karate Kid Part II
1309 Holiday Affair
1310 Less than Zero
1311 Raging Bull
1312 12 Monkeys
1313 Kung Fu Cult Master
1314 Mildred Pierce
1315 Three Amigos
1316 Mother Joan of the Angels
1317 The Parallax View
1318 Heavenly Creatures
1319 The Insider
1320 Fantastic Planet
1321 Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
1322 Wayne’s World
1323 Presumed Innocent
1324 Me & You & Everyone We Know
1325 Total Recall





1326 The Godfather Part III
1327 Stand By Me
1328 On the Town
1329 Madame Bovary
1330 RoboCop
1331 Throw Mamma from the Train
1332 Lolita
1333 Hunger
1334 Roxanne
1335 Radio Days
1336 Talk to Her
1337 The Phantom Carriage
1338 The Five Deadly Venoms
1339 The Untouchables
1340 The Tale of Zatoichi
1341 Mudhoney
1342 The Mummy (1932)
1343 Reversal of Fortune
1344 The King and I
1345 The Talented Mr. Ripley
1346 Being There
1347 Planes, Trains and Automobiles
1348 Deliverance
1349 Land of the Pharaohs
1350 Rounders





1351 In the Name of the Father
1352 Wall Street
1353 The Breakfast Club
1354 Samson and Delilah
1355 Horror of Dracula
1356 Batman Returns
1357 Manhunter
1358 Southland Tales
1359 The Living Daylights
1360 Y tu mama tambien
1361 The River’s Edge
1362 Shampoo
1363 The Deer Hunter
1364 The Pit and the Pendulum
1365 You Only Live Twice
1366 One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
1367 Adam’s Rib
1368 A Better Tomorrow 2
1369 Serpico
1370 Lethal Weapon
1371 The Proposition
1372 City on Fire
1373 Sword of the Beast
1374 Dog Day Afternoon
1375 3 Godfathers
1376 Three Kings
1377 She’s Gotta Have It
1378 Roger & Me
1379 Frenzy
1380 Spite Marriage
1381 Dirty Dancing
1382 Repulsion
1383 A Fish Called Wanda




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2 thoughts on “My Top 1000 Films of All-Time: Honorable Mentions

  1. Fun list – so glad you've posted these that didn't quite make the cut but you still appreciate. Seeing Strictly Ballroom, War Games, Happy Gilmore, The Jerk, Clue, Moonstruck, Ladyhawke, and Throw Mama from the Train on there especially made me smile.

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