DAILY FILM DOSE: A Daily Film Appreciation and Review Blog: AFI RELOADED: THE FANBOY 100 - #51-100

Tuesday, 9 October 2007

AFI RELOADED: THE FANBOY 100 - #51-100

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51. On The Waterfront (1954) dir. Elia Kazan

So far the 40’s and 50’s studio classics are getting shunned for more recent and director-driven films. This Brando-method classic still is the defining film for actors. “I coulda had class…” After a higher #8 and then a #19 placement on the AFI Lists, the fans seem to disagree. Placement on the AFI List #19.

52. L.A. Confidential (1997) dir. Curtis Hanson

Few thought anyone could come close to meeting “Chinatown’s” standard for period noir films. But Curtis Hanson’s film indeed meets the mark. This is clearly a special film that will stand the test of time. Placement on the AFI List – nil.

53. Memento (2001) dir. Christopher Nolan

Another AFI no-show turns out to be one of the favourite films of the fans. This backwards brain-twister received many popular top5 votes. Placement on the AFI List – nil.

54. The Exorcist (1973) dir. William Friedkin

This film was a phenomenon in its day. It seems a little dated now, but the fans have obviously given the film respect for its cultural impact. Placement on the AFI List – nil.

55. Die Hard (1988) dir. John McTiernan

There was little chance this film would ever make the AFI list, but it comes as no surprise that it makes the Fanboy’s list. Perhaps the greatest pure action film of all time. Placement on the AFI List – nil

56. Unforgiven (1992) dir. Clint Eastwood

Though Clint had been making films since 1971, it took almost 20 years for him to deliver his first masterpiece, and he’s delivered 2 or 3 more since then. A remarkable late bloomer. Placement on the AFI List #68.

57. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) dir. George Roy Hill

Apart from the extended Burt Bacharach sequence “Butch Cassidy” is invisible to its age. The dialogue, look, and action all seem as modern as it did almost 30 years ago. Placement on the AFI List #73.

58. Rocky (1976) dir. John G. Alvidson

Ok, so what if “Rocky” beat out “Taxi Driver” for the major awards of 1976. The film is still so much fun to watch and as culturally significant as “Taxi Driver.” Another very close call between AFI and the fans. Placement on the AFI List #57.

59. The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) dir. David Lean

Alec Guinness is fantastic in this film – David Lean’s first on location epic. It’s a grand spectacle, if a bit soft on the war realism. It’s a great character film too. Placement on the AFI List #36.

60. King Kong (1933) dir. Merian C. Cooper, Ernest B. Schoedsack

Two remakes still don’t compare to the power of the original film. How these two independent filmmakers managed to create life out of a 12-inch-tall clay figurine is still a miracle. Placement on the AFI List #41.

61. The Usual Suspects (1995) dir. Bryan Singer

I can still remember the theatre-audience's reaction to the famous cut-to-black at the end of “The Usual Suspects”. There was a collective gasp, and then spontaneous applause. It’s no surprise the love fans still show for this gem of a film. Placement on the AFI List – nil.

62. The Maltese Falcon (1941) dir. John Huston

The title alone can cut glass. The film, too, is a sharp, mean and tough gumshoe noir, with some of the all-time best Hollywood baddies all after the big maguffin – the Maltese Falcon. Placement on the AFI List # 31.

63. Double Indemnity (1944) dir. Billy Wilder

Perhaps the greatest of all of the black and white noir films. It’s a steaming plot twister that established many of the rules of the noir genre. Placement on the AFI List #29.

64. Groundhog Day (1993) dir. Harold Ramis

An ingenious concept executed to comic perfection, and one of the best star vehicle comedies for Bill Murray. If this film wasn’t on the AFI 400 shortlist, it may not have made this list. Cudos to them. Placement on the AFI List – nil.

65. Jurassic Park (1993) dir. Steven Spielberg

"Jurassic Park” doesn’t have the wonderful actors or characters “Jaws” had, and so the film cannot even be compared to that film. But the milestone in CG effects and the tremendous action sequences seems to have warranted inclusion. Placement on the AFI List – nil.

66. Bonnie and Clyde (1967) dir. Arthur Penn

Another milestone film for depiction of violence on screen. The violence shocks us because the film is, for the most part, a happy-go-lucky bank-robbing romp across the United States. Dunaway and Beatty are having so much fun during the film, we can hardly believe our eyes when they are eventually cut down with such violent force. Placement on the AFI List #42.

67. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939) dir. Frank Capra

This film is such a classic – and a film with so much optimism that it could only have been made in the United States and by one man, Frank Capra. All his films are a treat to watch and to rediscover. - Placement on the AFI List #26.

68. Amadeus (1984) dir. Milos Forman

This is the second film on the list for Milos Forman. It’s one of the most unique portraits of an artist. F. Murray Abraham won a richly-deserved Best Actor Oscar. Placement on the AFI List – nil.

69. Toy Story (1995) dir. John Lasseter

"Toy Story” set the benchmark for all other CG animated films – the animation bristles with kinetic life, but the character and comic situations jump out of the screen as much as the scenery. Placement on the AFI List #99.

70. A Streetcar Named Desire (1951) dir. Elia Kazan

This is my favourite Brando role. It was certainly his breakout performance. It revolutionized acting – it’s one of the top 10 film performances of all time. Placement on the AFI List #47.

71. Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) dir. James Cameron

A surprise entry, and a hell of a lot of fun to revisit. Back in the day, I can still remember the gigantic hype surrounding the film. It didn’t disappoint. In hindsight, was it better than the first film? Placement on the AFI List – nil.

72. Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948) dir. John Huston

“Sierre Madre” is a morality tale about greed and another early classic from the multi-talented John Huston whose career spanned five decades. Placement on the AFI List #38.

73. The Third Man (1949) dir. Carol Reed

The exclusion of this film from the AFI list is a shock to me. But the fans have brought it back to the list where it belongs. Though the Fanboy list leans more toward recent films, the inclusion of this timeless classic Euro-noir speaks volumes. Placement on the AFI List – nil.

74. Rebel Without A Cause (1955) dir. Nicholas Ray

Another old classic left out by AFI and rescued by the fans. James Dean pours his heart out on the screen in this melodramatic classic. Placement on the AFI List – nil.

75. Stand By Me (1988) dir. Rob Reiner

This is another fan favourite that stands the test of time. It’s a rare mature film that appeals to young boys and girls and adults and for the same reasons. Placement on the AFI List – nil.

76. Touch of Evil (1957) dir. Orson Welles

Often referred to as the last of the studio noir films, “Touch of Evil” was considered Welles’ comeback film. In fact, his Brando-esque weight gain was just one of the shocking elements of the film. Placement on the AFI List – nil.

77. Dog Day Afternoon (1975) dir. Sidney Lumet

"Dog Day Afternoon” is one of a string of classic performances from Al Pacino. It’s a remarkable film about a gay man who robs a bank in order to pay for his lover’s sex change operation. Believe it or not, despite the risqué logline, the film is played straight as an arrow and was a critical and commercial success. Placement on the AFI List – nil.

78. Ben-Hur (1959) dir. William Wyler

I’m pretty sure “Ben Hur” gets the vote based mainly on one key scene in the film – the monumental chariot race scene. It’s arguably the greatest action scene ever filmed. By the way, the chariot scene in the original 1925 silent version is just as impressive. Check it out as well. Placement on the AFI List #100.

79. Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) dir. Peter Jackson

So that makes all three LOTR films in the top 100. I can’t disagree that all three are powerful films in their own right. Placement on the AFI List – nil.

80. The Deer Hunter (1978) dir. Michael Cimino

“The Deer Hunter”, other than being very long, is still a powerful film. It’s not just about war, it’s about community, friendship and loyalty. And the Russian roulette scenes are still some of the most intense moments ever put to film. Placement on the AFI List #53.

81. Do the Right Thing (1989) dir. Spike Lee

Spike Lee’s brilliantly constructed and stylized masterpiece is the defining film about racism in urban America. It’s a simmering pot of a rage that boils over in a brilliant third act. It’s one of the great American auteur films of all time. Placement on the AFI List #96.

82. Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) dir. Steven Spielberg

Steven Spielberg’s skills are best showcased in this film. It’s a film about adults made with childlike innocence. It bristles with lively pace and has that heavenly awe-inspiring quality that only Spielberg can create. Placement on the AFI List – nil.

83. This Is Spinal Tap (1984) dir. Rob Reiner

A landmark film that continues to influence film and television today. The fans clearly know how important and brilliantly funny this film is. Placement on the AFI List – nil.

84. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)

It’s remarkable to think this film was made in 1937 – before colour film was even widely established. The hand-drawn cell animation has that “Disney” quality that can never be recreated. Other than in short films, it’s an art form that’s sadly losing life fast. Placement on the AFI List #34.

85. Platoon (1986) dir. Oliver Stone

Oliver Stone has as many haters as fans. I’m surprised to see “Platoon” as his only entry on this list., because most Stone fans would say it’s not his best film, but it’s certainly his most important and most significant. Placement on the AFI List #86.

86. Braveheart (1995) dir. Mel Gibson

Before 1995, who would ever have thought Mel Gibson could have directed such a passionate and exhilarating epic film such as this. For me the battle scenes are still the best of its kind and have yet to be topped. Placement on the AFI List – nil.

87. Network (1976) dir. Sidney Lumet

“Network” is a fabulous film, written by one of the great writers for film, TV or theatre –Paddy Chayefsky. A terrific cast round out this American classic. Placement on the AFI List #64.

88. Duck Soup (1933) dir. Leo McCarey

The dialogue in this film zings. The pace and rhythm are fast and furious, punchlines are flung at us a mile minute. The comedy is situational, absurd, and slapstick piled on top of each other. Watch for similarities with the Zucker Bros best work 50 years later. Placement on the AFI List #60.

89. The Sixth Sense (1999) dir. M. Night Shyamalan

Though I didn’t see the twist coming, I personally didn’t think much of it, and so I was very surprised when the film’s popularity built up to astronomical proportions. But I’m obviously in the minority. Placement on the AFI List #89.

90. The Sound Of Music (1965) dir. Robert Wise

This film is a guilty pleasure for many fans. From 1965 to 1970 it was the highest grossing film of all time – and when adjusted for inflation it currently sits at #3. Placement on the AFI List #40.

91. Blazing Saddles (1974) dir. Mel Brooks

Fans chose Brooks’ western-comedy over “The Producers” and “Young Frankenstein”. Please go and check out all three of these great films. Placement on the AFI List #40 – nil.

92. Requiem for a Dream (2000) dir. Darren Aronofsky

Like “Fight Club” “Requiem” has grown to become a major influence on young people and young filmmakers. “Requiem” is tough, brutal and emotionally exhausting, but a piece of cinematic art. Placement on the AFI List - nil.

93. Ghostbusters (1984) dir. Ivan Reitman

“Ghostbusters” is such a fun and satisfying film on all levels of entertainment. It’s hard to believe “Ghostbusters” and “Citizen Kane” are on the same list. Wait to go fans! Placement on the AFI List – nil.

94. The Manchurian Candidate (1962) dir. John Frankenheimer

The original political paranoia film. Frankenheimer was one of the best and most innovative American directors of the 60’s and “The Manchurian Candidate” was his best. Placement on the AFI List – nil.

95. All About Eve (1950) dir. Joseph L. Mankiewicz

“All About Eve” was nominated for all the majors Oscars in 1951. It won 6 including Best Picture. And remember Bette Davis’ memorable line, “Fasten your seatbelts, it's going to be a bumpy night". Placement on the AFI List #28.

96. Being John Malkovich (1999) dir. Spike Jonze

It looks like 1999 is one of the most popular years for film fans. Already “Fight Club”, “The Matrix, “The Sixth Sense” and “American Beauty” make the list. That’s 2 more than the storied year of 1939. Placement on the AFI List – nil.

97. Titanic (1997) dir. James Cameron

Though it’s still monumentally ‘uncool’ to like this film, it still gets some closeted love from the fans. Fanboys definitely aren’t cynical. Placement on the AFI List – #83.

98. West Side Story (1960) dir. Robert Wise

I personally prefer this film to “The Sound of Music”, but I’m not complaining. “West Side Story” has so many wonderful and energetic cinematic moments. My personal favourite is the underground dance sequence. Placement on the AFI List – #51

99. Airplane (1980) dir. Jim Abrahams, David Zucker and Jerry Zucker

No surprise the fans love “Airplane”. It’s no doubt one of the funniest films of all time. AFI voters didn’t have the courage to vote for this one. Watch for it's similiaries to the Marx Bros films. Placement on the AFI List – nil.


100. It Happened One Night (1934) dir. Frank Capra

And last but not least, Frank Capra's third film on this list - a classic romantic comedy infamous in it's day for Clark Gable taking off his shirt. Placement on the AFI List #46.

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60 comments :

Josh said...

A great update, and I'm so glad "Eternal Sunshine" is finally getting love. This really should have been what the new AFI list resembled. I'm a little miffed at the lack of Wes Anderson but I've been learning that being a fan of his films isn't as popular as I thought it was.

Anonymous said...

I'm wondering, how many total people voted on this?

Shannon Patrick Sullivan said...

A very good list. Yes, it's clearly weighted towards more recent films -- the absence of any silent movies whatsoever is telling, for example -- but in a sense that just serves to balance out the AFI lists' bias against films made after 1979. Put this list together with the AFI's version, and you've got one helluva guide to the best of Hollywood.

Anonymous said...

There are some great movies here, that have been snubbed by AFI. But also a lot of movies, I think are terribly overrated and shouldn't be included (Am I really the only one, who thinks, that Saving Private Ryan isn't that good?). But you can't have everything I guess.

Anonymous said...

Great job on this post and great work on gathering this info...film is supposed to be fun and engaging and I think you have done both here.

Anonymous said...

Fanboy 100 actually managed to sneak on a few classics, which was more than I expected. Overall I still have to say I'm a bit disappointed with this list, since it's blatantly obvious that 90% of the voters are guys under 30, and a lot of classics from the 40s and 50s were left off in favor of much lesser recent films. The optimal list would be somewhere between this list and AFI's, though if I had to choose one as more accurate, I'd have to go with AFI's.

pasukaru said...

Wow, that sure was fun to read. Very emotional - a few exclusions broke my heart, but a few inclusions had me cheering. It's great to see how cool (and uncool) Fanboys are; I think it's a great representation of how modern filmgoers appreciate their cinema. Great job with the list!

Melville22000 said...

This is a pretty mainstream list, not many surprises (which disappointed me.) No Chaplin or Keaton, no silent films at all, which I guess is to be expected. But no Preston Sturges? No Sam Peckinpah or Robert Altman? No JOHN FORD?? But I was glad that enough people voted for Duck Soup and remembered The Manchurian Candidate.

Anonymous said...

HOW MANY TOTAL PEOPLE VOTED FOR THIS LIST?

Alan Bacchus said...

Hey Anonymous. Sorry for the delay in responding. About 550 people voted.

A Guy Who Voted said...

It's not as bad as I expected back when I filled out the ballot, but this list still reeks of illiteracy. Interestingly, I suspect that most of those who voted probably got their concept of what's "good" from scanning the old AFI list!Aside from garbage like 'The Usual Suspects' and 'Fight Club,' there's nothing particularly far out.

And, FYI, 'The Third Man,' perhaps my favorite movie, is NOT an American film according to the AFI's own rules. Neither is 'Lawrence of Arabia.'

Anonymous said...

I just don't understand peoples love of the Godfather. I've always found it to be so tedious and boring. And there are alot of long and "slow" films that I love like Deer Hunter for example. And I just don't see why Pacino's performance in it is so celebrated. I know I'm totally in the minority here but whatever.

A.S. said...

As someone mentioned, THE THIRD MAN is a British film, and therefore not in consideration for the AFI 100. However, if LAWRENCE OF ARABIA wasn't in contention...how did it make the AFI list?

Anonymous said...

Kurosawa?
Leone?
Hello???

Alan Bacchus said...

Dear all,

Thanks for all your comments.

For the record, this list used the same guidelines as the AFI. The AFI sent to their voters a 400 film shortlist from which to choose their films. Both "The Third Man" and "Lawrence of Arabia" were on that list. Fanboy voters were given this same list for their ballots.

It looks like the AFI will have to argue with the BFI as to who claims the film. For me, it doesn't really matter, they're both great films.

Mike said...

Terminator 2... finally getting some love. As is Requiem and Eternal Sunshine. Great list kids.

Anton said...

If we're talking about recent cinema I'm definitely missing "Magnolia" and "Lost in Translation", but all in all a very good list. Congrats!

Mike said...

That's literally one of the most boring, predictable lists I've ever seen. I don't care for the AFI list very much and I still prefer it to this "update".

Anonymous said...

This list is definitely leaned towards newer films and the "internet generation". And I love it! I squealed with delight to see my two favorite movies on here (Eternal Sunshine and American Beauty) and was also thrilled to see some other ones I love on the list (Fight Club, The Usual Suspects, etc). The only movie I was sad to see wasn't on the list was "Edward Scissorhands". I'm not familiar with the AFI list or the AFI 400 Short List, but that's just my two cents.

Matt said...

Kurosawa?
Leone?


I wanted to know why a couple movies weren't on the ballot too. I suppose since this list is for American movies and not for movies the world over we can find our answer pretty much right there. A quick look over at www.imdb.com shows that A Fistful of Dollars is an Italy/Spain/West Germany production while The Seven Samurai is solely a Japanese product.

Though to be perfectly honest I'm not entirely sure if the listing for country means the country it was filmed in or the country it was produced in though I am leaning towards produced in.

Anonymous said...

Three Lord of the Rings movies and no Robert Altman films? Pass!

Anonymous said...

no Searchers!?!?!?!?

I guess my write in vote for blues brothers didn't amount to much either

Chad said...

This list is fantastic. Nearly every film in the top 50 is one I love and almost every second film in the final 50 I adore much the same. This list is like someone read my mind. I'm really impressed with the top 25. Going through this list made me giddy again. I'm going to e-mail it to all my film friends. True magic!

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Eric said...

how is it possible to leave off Altman classics like NASHVILLE, McCABE & MRS. MILLER, THE PLAYER and GOSFORD PARK? What about PT Anderson (BOOGIE NIGHTS, MAGNOLIA)!?!

How about simply including more Scorsese (CASINO, MEAN STREETS, GANGS OF NEW YORK, THE DEPARTED) or Oliver Stone (JFK, NATURAL BORN KILLERS)!?!

Raine said...

I'm amazed by two kind of opposite things--that there weren't many old, silent fan favorites (Cabie of Dr. Caligari, etc.) and that there weren't more cult favorites (Boondock Saints).

I can still agree with this list a lot more entertaining than the standard, after seeing the same things said about the same movies for years, you want something fresh.

Alan Bacchus said...

Hi Eric,
Obviously, since it's a voted ballot, the Altman films weren't left off by me or any one person specific.

Anonymous said...

Here are some of my pics that were left off the list:
My number 1 pick:
Once Upon A Time in the West
My number 5 pick:
Night of the Hunter

The Apartment
Blue Velvet
BRAZIL
Bringing Up Baby
City Lights
The COnversation
Cool Hand Luke
Days of Heaven
East of Eden
Harold and Maude
High Noon
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
My Fair Lady
Night of the Living Dead
Planet of the Apes
Reservoir Dogs
Roman Holiday
The Searchers
Sherlock Jr.
Stagecoach
Stalag 17
The Sting
Sunrise
White Heat

Movies on the list I would boot?
All three Lord of the RIngs
Die Hard
Unforgien
Usual Suspects
TOy Story
Close Encounters
Braveheart
SnowWhite
Sixth Sense
Network
Duck Soup
The Manchurian Candidate
Ghostbusters
Requiem for a Dream
Airplane!
Not that these aren't great movies...

Anonymous said...

Great list! Enjoyed it a lot, both the choices I agree with and those that I don't. One pedantic comment: the animation model(s) of King Kong were about 18 inches tall, and contained no clay whatsoever.

BLG said...

Where the FUCK is American History X?

Anonymous said...

No Se7en? Aliens? Brazil? The Road Warrior? The Wild Bunch? Just who are these "fanboys" anyway?

Anonymous said...

this is by far the best top 100 list I've ever seen. 4 films which I am so glad got recognition that are stunningly overlooked by the AFI are:
The Usual Suspects
Braveheart
The Exorcist
Back to the Future

Great list!

Anonymous said...

Few foreign films, this is just an english film industry selection

Anonymous said...

I voted in this; I think it's a lot of fun and would love to do it again for all movies, not just American. Obviously certain recent fan faves getting a lot of love are expected although I was pretty surprised to see Jurassic Park listed at all. Would have liked to see some more animated and silent films on there of course. But I have to admit that seeing Empire Strikes Back and Back to the Future so high made me feel good. Whether or not they belong that high is up for debate of course, but it still made me happy. Empire in my mind is a no-doubter, but I remember filling out this list and deciding I would make one sentimental vote -- the last film I entered -- and it was Back to the Future. I thought to myself that it would probably never make it on the list, but bam -- there it is. :)

Anonymous said...

This is a good list because of, or I think rather DESPITE the fact that it only includes films that are universally liked. Films that everyone thinks are pretty good, and that no one hates, are not necessarily the BEST films ever made. For instance, who doesn't enjoy "Back to the Future"? No one - every one who sees it says its good but that doesn't make it the BEST.

Anonymous said...

RE: The Sixth Sense... Any movie that has both Donnie Wahlberg and Mischa Barton in it just can't be considered a classic ;)

Anonymous said...

Full Metal Jacket??

Brian said...

Where the hell is Gladiator?!

Anil said...

I can't seem to understand the idiotic comments starting with "where the hell is ..." followed by films the sender thinks is better than those 100. I have lots of films that I would take out of the list and would definitely add to the list, but I'm not coming here blabbering meaninglessly about it. It's simply inconceivable that there people out there too stupid to understand what the list above is all about.

I'll still ambitiously take the chance to enlighten you once more - the whole reason behind the creation of a 'Fanboy 100' list was to emphasize the bigotry of the members of AFI against recently-made masterpieces. And it succeeds well at that; if the price to pay was the lack of silent films or some older films of 40s and 50s (which I don't think the list is excessively short of) so be it. No one should claim that these were the best 100 movies ever made anyway.

Having said that, while I think the list successfully achieves what it was set to achieve, I still trust the IMDb Top 250 list more than any other list around. Not only because of its dynamic nature but also because I believe the balance between 'fanboy' films and 'arthouse' films are much more accurate in that list than anywhere else around.

(On top of all this, should I expect comments like : "What about ..., it's great but not in Top 250!"?)

Anonymous said...

What's the imdb best film of all time? You guessed it. Same as here.

Anonymous said...

Magnolia?

one of those great films from 1999 (if Sixth sense and the Matrix made it, then magnolia should have.)

also, a lot of people bring up Eyes Wide Shut in the tlak about 1999, but probably just bc it was Kubricks last.

Anonymous said...

my only question is
where is donnie darko?

Anonymous said...

Why isn't "Superman" on this list? WTF? Are you kidding me?

Robert said...

Hordes or endless Orks, but only one Disney animation?! Fun list anyway, but Jeremiah Johnson still rules for sparsest dialogue in a terrific movie & shoulda been there as well.

Michael Ellis said...

Only 57 that I would have cut off. That's better than I thought it would be.

Would anyone care to explain to me what's so great about The Shawshank Redemption?! There are plenty of crappy movies on this list, like Fight Club, The Matrix, The Usual Suspects, and Titanic, and Shawshank is better than they are, I guess, but it's still so middle of the road and shallow and dull. Yet I've never seen a cogent defense of it as a "great film."

And Stanley Kubrick only ever made ONE film worth watching.

Anonymous said...

Thanks to the guy who compiled all the results. Just thinking about that makes me tired! Obviously lists like these are not going to please everyone, but when I voted I had hoped that smaller cult favorites would make the list.

This would obviously be a much larger project to tackle, but I'm wondering if a shortlist was compiled from voter suggestions first (say their favorite 100 movies), instead of using the AFI shortlist, if the top 100 would have included more "overlooked" movies. Of course, that wasn't the point of the Fanboy 100 though. Kudos again.

Anonymous said...

good list for sure, but I expected Sandlot to be on there somewhere.

Me said...

Good list just for Alien, but where is Aliens?

and what about Evil Dead III - Army of Darkness?

me again said...

I should also add that you left off The Good, The Bad & The Ugly. Quite possibly the best movie ever made.

Anonymous said...

what?!? not a single bond movie, shame on you, shame shame

Turch said...

I'm sorry, but Snow White is not a better film than The Sixth Sense. Forest Gump is much better than number 50. Most of these title belong, but some are simply here because they were popular or are popular to consider great. I know people who say "Yes, the Godfather is a great movie" and they've never seen it. Not saying it isn't, but it's that mentality that put The Wizard of OZ above North by Northwest which was clearly written, acted, directed and produced with greater talent than The Wizard of OZ.

KVachon said...

what about The Big Lebowski?

Timm said...

I cannot believe that the 5th Element didn't make this list or even any of the previous comments.

This film sits right below the DC of Blade Runner as the go to movie to watch on any random evening with two hours to kill and no good ideas how to kill it.

Anonymous said...

Michael Ellis: "And Stanley Kubrick only ever made ONE film worth watching."

Oh? And what would that be smartypants?

Anonymous said...

no Donnie Darko??!?!?

Anonymous said...

seriously people, Duck Soup? Titanic? West Side Story? The Sound of Music? These films are horrible!!! How could a supposedly "updated" list from younger voters not include Seven and American History X? Those two movies have to be on there!

bob said...

Well you managed to do what AFI managed to do. Keep off one of the greatest if not the greatest screen actors. Guess Who's Coming To Dinner.....The Old Man and The Sea.....Inherit The Wind.....amazing that not one of these Spencer Tracy gems made either list but 3 Charlie Chaplin's and Ghostbusters did??? Well at least you picked Back To the Future>>>>what no Harry Potter or Spiderman????

bob said...

Here are some movies left off either list to consider or even watch if need be. Philadelphia...Inherit The Wind...Chariots of Fire....Young Frankenstien.....Mutiny on The Bounty.....A Few Good Men....As Good As It Gets.....Enemy At The Gates....The King and I....Stagecoach....Tora,Tora Tora....The Hunt For Red October....Full Metal Jacket...Rain Man....Papillon....The Right Stuff....Sergent York....Good Will Hunting and the two that were unbelievably left off.....Moonstruck and The Magnificent Seven. New films to make it in 2017....Apocolypto...300....The Departed....Ray.....and maybe the Fanboy will pick X-Men the Last Stand or The Incredibles or maybe if we really studies hard......Borat!!! AHHHHH now we are talking cinema.

Alan Bacchus said...

Thanks for your comments Bob. Indeed lots of great films were off the list. BTW: I didn't pick them, they were a vote

Anonymous said...

It seems to me there were not that many people who voted on this pole! Oh, wait....maybe they were all over 50!!!