Me vs IMDB

Okay, this one’s cute, but it’s a little

The idea in a nutshell: Print out an up-to-date copy of IMDB’s top 250 films by user rating. For the sake of brevity, chop it down to 100. Then note which ones you’ve seen. Discuss.

1 The Godfather (1972)
2 The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
3 The Godfather: Part II (1974)
4 The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
5 Schindler’s List (1993)
6 Citizen Kane (1941)
7 Casablanca (1942)
8 Seven Samurai (1954)
9 Star Wars (1977)
10 Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)
11 Memento (2000)
12 One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)
13 Rear Window (1954)
14 The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)
15 Star Wars: Episode V — The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
16 Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
17 The Usual Suspects (1995)

18 Amelie (2001)
19 Pulp Fiction (1994)
20 North by Northwest (1959)

21 Psycho (1960)
22 The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
23 12 Angry Men (1957)
24 Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
25 It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)

26 The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)
27 Goodfellas (1990)
28 American Beauty (1999)
29 Vertigo (1958)
30 The Pianist (2002)

31 Sunset Blvd. (1950)
32 Apocalypse Now (1979)
33 Some Like It Hot (1959)
34 The Matrix (1999)
35 To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
36 Taxi Driver (1976)

37 The Third Man (1949)
38 Paths of Glory (1957)
39 Fight Club (1999)
40 Das Boot (1981)
41 L.A. Confidential (1997)
42 Double Indemnity (1944)
43 Chinatown (1974)

44 Requiem for a Dream (2000)
45 The Maltese Falcon (1941)
46 Singin’ in the Rain (1952)
47 The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)
48 Sen to Chihiro no kamikakushi (2001)
49 Saving Private Ryan (1998)
50 All About Eve (1950)
51 M (1931)
52 Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)
53 Raging Bull (1980)
54 Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)
55 Se7en (1995)
56 Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon (2000)
57 The Wizard of Oz (1939)
58 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

59 La Vita e bella (1997)
60 American History X (1998)
61 The Sting (1973)
62 Touch of Evil (1958)
63 The Manchurian Candidate (1962)
64 Alien (1979)

65 Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
66 Rashomon (1950)
67 Leon (1994)
68 Annie Hall (1977)

69 The Great Escape (1963)
70 A Clockwork Orange (1971)
71 The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)
72 Reservoir Dogs (1992)
73 The Sixth Sense (1999)
74 Jaws (1975)
75 Amadeus (1984)

76 On the Waterfront (1954)
77 Ran (1985)
78 Braveheart (1995)

79 High Noon (1952)
80 Fargo (1996)
81 Blade Runner (1982)

82 The Apartment (1960)
83 Aliens (1986)
84 Toy Story 2 (1999
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85 Strangers on a Train (1951)
86 Modern Times (1936)
87 The Shining (1980)
88 Donnie Darko (2001)
89 Duck Soup (1933)
90 The Princess Bride (1987)
91 Lola rennt (AKA Run Lola Run) (1998)

92 City Lights (1931)
93 The General (1927)
94 Metropolis (1927)
95 The Searchers (1956)
96 Full Metal Jacket (1987)
97 Notorious (1946)
98 Manhattan (1979)
99 Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)
100 Graduate, The (1967)

Impressions:

Holy self-selection bias, Batman! The AFI Top 100 this is not. Matrixes, Aliens, Hobbits and Jedi, oh my! (But given that, why did “Brazil” fall past the cut at #162?)

Also, a pretty strong bias toward the contemporary: of the top Ten, six were made in my lifetime, and three in this decade.

What the hell is “The Shawshank Redemption” doing there?

Of all the ones I haven’t seen, “Rashomon” is by far the most embarrassing, especially since I own it. I think I’ll be fixing that tonight.

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