Sunday, September 11, 2011

My top 100 movies of all time

A film is - or should be - more like music than like fiction. It should be a progression of moods and feelings. The theme, what's behind the emotion, the meaning, all that comes later.”

                                              ~ Stanley Kubrick

The all-time classics!

I am the quintessential movie buff. I can watch movies in any language provided they have a good story line (along with sub-titles of course!) I have a tendency to write movie reviews on the movies that leave an impact on me. Off late, I have been trying to expand my movie repertoire by watching movies of different genres from the IMDb top 250 list ( Although I enjoyed most of the movies, there were a few that stunned me for making it to the top 250 list (Case in point: Monty Python and the Holy Grail/ Sin City/ The Bog Lebowski. I mean, seriously, is it just me??!). Also, there are quite a few movies that in my opinion are fabulous but failed to make the cut. So, I decided to make my own list! I must admit that I haven't watched all the movies on the top 250 list so I compiled my list with the movies from the list I've seen till now, the ones I think deserve to be on it and the ones I just simply like (for no particular reason). Just for your information, the highlighted movies are the ones which are not on the IMDb top 250 list as of today. 

Let me know what you think of my picks...

1.  The Shawshank Redemption
2.  The Godfather
3.  The Godfather Part 2
4.  12 Angry Men
5.  City of God
6.  The Bourne Ultimatum
7.  The Usual Suspects
8.  Psycho
9.  Se7en
10. The Green Mile
11. Ratatouille
12. Kill Bill: Vol 1
13. Avatar
14. Rear Window
15. Forrest Gump
16. Schindler's List
17. Shutter Island
18. The Pianist
19. Batman Begins
20. The Departed
21. Strangers on a Train
22. Groundhog Day
23. Gran Torino
24. Inglourious Basterds
25. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
26. Some Like it Hot
27. E.T – Extra Terrestrial
28. American Gangster
29. Rush
30. The Lion King
31. The Sound of Music
32. Roman Holiday
33. Slumdog Millionaire
34. The Bourne Identity
35. The Bourne Supremacy
36. Kill Bill: Vol 2
37. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1
38. Mission Impossible III
39. Kung Fu Panda 1 
40. A Beautiful Mind
41. Mission Impossible
42. Kung Fu Panda 2
43. Ice Age
44. Gandhi
45. The Dark Knight
46. American history X
47. The Matrix
48. The Shining
49. The Sixth Sense
50. The Dark Knight Rises
51. Fargo
52. Leon: The Professional
53. The Silence of the Lambs
54. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
55. Finding Nemo
56. Good Will Hunting
57. The Truman Show
58. American Beauty
59. Rain Man
60. Jurassic Park
61. Inception
62. The King's Speech
63. Black Swan
64. Goodfellas
65. Gladiator
66. Django Unchained
67. Collateral
68. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
69. Men of Honor
70. Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels
71. Driving Miss Daisy
72. The Parent Trap
73. Vicky Christina Barcelona
74. Match Point
75. Inside Man
76. Up in the Air
77. A Simple Plan
78. The Princess Dairies
79. My Fair Lady
80. Shrek Part 1
81. Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
82. V for Vendetta
83. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
84. Catch Me If You Can
85. Awakenings
86. Primal Fear
87. 21 grams
88. Chicago
89. Mystic River
90. Annie Hall
91. The Social Network
92. The Prestige
93. The Devil Wears Prada
94. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
95. Children of Men
96. Jaws
97. Taxi Driver
98. Twelve Monkeys
99. WALL-E


  1. i mustve watched jus 10/100 of them! i wud add 'baby's day out' and 'eight below' on that list :)

  2. As nice as those movies are, you can't put them on a top-100 movies of all time list! Not with all those terrific movies out there. These movies I have rated based on story, direction, performances and overall impact.

  3. Namaskaara
    Nice list I must say, IMDb's list is based on the popularity of the movies with respect to story, direction etc, but your list is pretty interesting, few movies caught my eyes like ET, schindler's list, butterfly effect, one flew over the cuckoo's nest, good will hunting and many more, i mean like not most of them are aware of the magic of these movies and was surprised when i saw it in your list, it was fantastic reading this blog...
    Keep writing...

  4. I'm embarrassed to admit that I've not watched Pulp Fiction yet. My husband keeps telling me to but not got around to it yet.

  5. Its a very good movie technically, but there are parts of it that are unwatchable - so be warned :)

    Memento is another technically brilliant movie which has been copied and ripped apart in India in the form of Ghajini and the other dubbed-lot. A MUST-watch.


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