For the Sake of Film

The number of films I’ve seen is laughable.

There, I said it.

I’ve never been much of a movie or film person, in all honesty. I like them fine, I guess, but always gravitate to the shorter television mediums – 42 minute episodes seem to be the perfect length, in my opinion. (Even though, more often than not, I watch several of them strung together… and definitely could’ve just watched a movie in that time.)

BUT, in the spirit of personal growth and development, as I’ve written about extensively in this corner of the internet thus far, one of my 18 things in 2018 is to watch 100 influential films from the IMDB Top 250 this year.

100 films. WOAH. That feels like a bit of an overwhelming number, but I’m also excited to explore this side of culture – I think it’ll be good for me, and also… I can’t wait to understand all of the references thrown around in pop culture.

I won’t be counting the films I’ve already seen in my 100 (surprisingly, there are a few – marked in italics!), but here’s the list I’ll be working from over the next 362 days.

IMDB Top 250

The Shawshank Redemption

The Godfather

The Godfather: Part II

The Dark Knight

12 Angry Men

Schindler’s List

 

Pulp Fiction

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Fight Club

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back

Forrest Gump

Inception

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

Goodfellas

The Matrix

Seven Samurai

Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope

City of God

Se7en

The Silence of the Lambs

 

It’s A Wonderful Life

The Usual Suspects

Life Is Beautiful

Leon: The Professional

Spirited Away

Saving Private Ryan

Once Upon a Time in the West

American History X

Intersteller

Casablanca

Psycho

City Lights

The Green Mile

Raiders of the Lost Ark

The Intouchables

Modern Times

Rear Window

The Pianist

Terminator 2

The Departed

Back to the Future

Whiplash

Gladiator

Memento

Apocalypse Now

The Prestige

 

The Lion King

Alien

Dr. Strangelove or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

Sunset Boulevard

The Great Dictator

The Lives of Others

Cinema Paradiso

Paths of Glory

Grave of the Fireflies

Django Unchained

The Shining

WALL-E

 

The Dark Knight Rises

American Beauty

Princess Mononoke

Aliens

Oldboy

Once Upon a Time in America

Citizen Kane

Das Boot

Witness for the Prosecution

North by Northwest

Vertigo

Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi

M

Reservoir Dogs

Braveheart

Amelie

Requiem for a Dream

A Clockwork Orange

Taxi Driver

Lawrence of Arabia

Double Indemnity

Like Stars on Earth

To Kill a Mockingbird

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

 

Toy Story 3

My Father and My Son

Amadeus

Full Metal Jacket

Hacksaw Ridge

The Sting

2001: A Space Odyssey

Bicycle Thieves

 

Toy Story

Singin’ in the Rain

Snatch

Inglorious Basterds

The Kid

Monty Python and the Holy Grail

L.A. Confidential

For a Few DOllars More

3 Idiots

Scarface

Rashomon

The Apartment

The Hunt

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

A Separation

 

Good Will Hunting

Arrival

Metropolis

Yojimbo

All About Eve

Batman Begins

Some Like It Hot

 

Up

The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

Unforgiven

Downfall

Raging Bull

The Third Man

Die Hard

Children of Heaven

The Great Escape

Heat

Chinatown

 

Inside Out

Pan’s Labyrinth

Ikiru

My Neighbor Totoro

On the Waterfront

Room

Ran

The Gold Rush

The Secret in Their Eyes

The Bridge on the River Kwai

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

Blade Runner

The Seventh Seal

Howl’s Moving Castle

Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels

The Bandit

A Wednesday

Casino

Judgment at Nuremberg

A Beautiful Mind

Incendies

Wild Strawberries

The General

The Elephant Man

Warrior

V for Vendetta

The Wolf of Wall Street

Andaz Apna Apna

Sunrise

The Passion of Joan of Arc

Hera Pheri

Gran Torino

Rang De Basanti

The Big Lebowski

Dial M for Murder

Trainspotting

The Deer Hunter

Tokyo Story

Gone with the Wind

Fargo

Sholay

Munna Bhai M.B.B.S.

 

Finding Nemo

The Sixth Sense

Cool Hand Luke

Rebecca

The Thing

No Country for Old Men

How to Train Your Dragon

Into the Wild

Kill Bill: Vol. 1

Mary and Max

Gone Girl

Come and See

There Will Be Blood

It Happened One Night

Life of Brian

Rush

Hotel Rwanda

Platoon

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Shutter Island

Network

The Wages of Fear

The Nights of Cabiria

 

Spotlight

Stand By Me

In the Name of the Father

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

Wild Tales

Mad Max: Fury Road

The 400 Blows

The Maltese Falcon

12 Years a Slave

Ben-Hur

The Grand Budapest Hotel

Drishyam

Million Dollar Baby

Persona

Amores Perros

The Princess Bride

Jurassic Park

Hachi: A Dog’s Tale

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Memories of Murder

Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind

Stalker

The Truman Show

The Grapes of Wrath

The Message

Touch of Evil

Before Sunrise

Annie Hall

Gandhi

Rocky

The Bourne Ultimatum

Diabolique

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II

Donnie Darko

Udaan

Monsters, Inc

Zootopia

The Wizard of Oz

 

The Terminator

Prisoners

Groundhog Day

Twelve Monkeys

Catch Me If You Can

Jaws

La Haine

Barry Lyndon

Chak de! India

The Best Years of Our Lives

Infernal Affairs

Strangers on a Train

Kind Hearts and Coronets

Sin City

The Battle of Algiers

Dog Day Afternoon

The Help

The Imitation Game

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

Ip Man

 

13 films down. 237 to go, with 99 to go in 2018.

YEP, I’ve already watched one (well, three, but two aren’t on this list). My roommate and I watched the Bourne Trilogy last weekend, which includes the Bourne Ultimatum. I loved them – way more than I thought I would. And now I’m always analyzing different situations and locations in my day-to-day life, thinking about how Jason Bourne would handle them.  

There were a few that I’ve seen loosely in the past (Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Some Like It Hot, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, to name a few), but I’d like to see again since it was definitely pre-college. Anything I’ve seen in college or post-college counts in the italics, in my opinion. And it’s my blog and my resolution, so it’s my opinion that counts. Right? Right.

I won’t necessarily be watching them in order, but come December 31, 2018 – 100 of these will be checked off. Any recommendations on ones I should watch next?