Friday, February 1, 2013

The Best 100 Movies According to Karen

The other day, Nathan Bransford posted his list of the 100 Best Movies EVER.

And then he challenged his readers to do the same.

Challenge accepted.

Except that it turned out to be REALLY FREAKING HARD. Because I love movies. And I've seen a lot of them. I've rated nearly 2000 on Netflix, and I'm quite certain I haven't rated every single movie I've ever seen in my life.

But, I did it anyway. And I KNOW this is a list that is going to generate some controversy.

To which I say, bring it on.

  1. It's a Wonderful Life
  2. The Empire Strikes Back
  3. Psycho
  4. The Princess Bride
  5. Star Wars
  6. Top Gun
  7. When Harry Met Sally
  8. Beauty and the Beast
  9. The Lord of the Rings
  10. The Breakfast Club
  11. Raiders of the Lost Ark
  12. The Dark Knight
  13. The Goonies
  14. E.T.
  15. Sleepless in Seattle
  16. Close Encounters of the Third Kind
  17. Good Will Hunting
  18. Rebel Without a Cause
  19. The Sound of Music
  20. Clue
  21. Ferris Bueller's Day Off
  22. The Shawshank Redemption
  23. Jurassic Park
  24. Moulin Rouge
  25. Up
  26. Sunshine
  27. Zoolander
  28. Elf
  29. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
  30. Back to the Future
  31. While You Were Sleeping
  32. Toy Story
  33. Batman Begins
  34. My Big Fat Greek Wedding
  35. Edward Scissorhands
  36. So I Married an Axe Murderer
  37. The Notebook
  38. Memento
  39. Titanic
  40. Cloverfield
  41. The King's Speech
  42. Dead Poets Society
  43. Lars and the Real Girl
  44. Little Miss Sunshine
  45. Before Sunrise
  46. Best in Show
  47. Inception
  48. Gone with the Wind
  49. Jaws
  50. Diabolique
  51. Rudy
  52. Big
  53. Stand By Me
  54. The Royal Tenenbaums
  55. A Few Good Men
  56. The Matrix
  57. Pee-Wee's Big Adventure
  58. (500) Days of Summer
  59. Young Guns
  60. Office Space
  61. The Sixth Sense
  62. True Grit
  63. Splash
  64. The Wedding Singer
  65. Pretty in Pink
  66. Die Hard
  67. The English Patient
  68. Casablanca
  69. Shakespeare in Love
  70. The Color Purple
  71. Love Actually
  72. The Terminator
  73. 12 Monkeys
  74. Tootsie
  75. The Artist
  76. Dances with Wolves
  77. Monty Python and the Holy Grail
  78. The Departed
  79. Charade
  80. Thelma & Louise
  81. Footloose
  82. Seducing Doctor Lewis
  83. Fargo
  84. Vertigo
  85. The Wizard of Oz
  86. The Odd Couple
  87. Mission: Impossible 3
  88. 28 Days Later
  89. Deliverance
  90. Crash
  91. The Quiet Man
  92. The Man Who Knew Too Much
  93. Hoosiers
  94. The NeverEnding Story
  95. I Heart Huckabees
  96. The Lives of Others
  97. An Affair to Remember
  98. The New World
  99. Manhattan Murder Mystery
  100. Superman II

Where did I go right? Where did I go wrong? What movie is missing and which is so terrible you can't believe it made it to this list?

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  1. *gasp* No 'Wuthering Heights'? Love that one! Of the ones I've seen, I either love or hate the movies on your list. lol!

    1. Sorry. I can't STAND Wuthering Heights!

    2. Haha! And I can't stand Gone With the Wind. : D

  2. I love that Die Hard and Casablanca are on the same list. That's awesome.

    Now I want to make a list of my top 100 movies.

    1. You totally should make a list! I think everyone should do it.

  3. I'm so glad Monty Python and the Holy Grail made the list! It's one of my favorite! You're brave to take on that challenge! I don't think I could have done it. I think I would have gotten to 40 and had an anxiety attack.

    1. How could Monty Python NOT be on a best movie list??

      You should try your top 40. That would still be a fun list!

  4. I had a lot of "Hmmm... I haven't seen that" moments, and a couple of "heck yeah" moments.

    For some reason the inclusion of Pretty in Pink in particular tickled me.

    But I have to say I much perfered Last Crusade over Raiders of the Lost Ark.

    My list would have been very different, and I wish I had time to do one! I would include Dogma, and probably a whole lot of others...

  5. These lists are so hard. Your list is little chick-flick heavy for my taste. I just finished watching the original 3 Star Wars movies with the family and we loved them, but it amazes me at just how bad an actor Mark Hamill is, and Carrie Fisher for that matter and even Harrison Ford is a few years away from his best. Love Bogey so I woulda included Casablanca, The Caine Mutiny and the Maltese Falcon. Oh and Clint Eastwood movies...well, I could go on, but I won't...(Glad you put So I married an axe murderer - Love MIke meyers (and only partly because he's Canadian - he's one of the funniest writers/actors around)

    1. Actually, I take back my chick-flick comment - there are a few I wouldn't have on my list (substitute Dirty Harry for Sleepless in Seattle, for example), but in a list of 100, you don't have a lot. Oh. Schindler's List remains one of my favourites...Okay, I gotta stop. Maybe I will do my own list...

  6. Maybe I am a weirdo, I liked UP....but only kind of. I am sure it would make a lot of people's list, but not mine.

    I also hated the artist.

    I am glad you included a lot of fun films, mine would for sure have NACHO Libre and Bridget Jones Diary.

    ♥ theMRS.

  7. I think The Princess Bride topped the other two lists I saw.

  8. Well I am glad that t's a Wonderful Life was number one as I love that I liked a number of the movies on your list but another real favourite is Ferris Bueller's Day Off but I also love all the Die Hard Movies........just saying

  9. You did a great job. I am not a big movie girl but of the ones I've seen on here, I agree. Elf especially made me smile. But what about Garden State and Annie? :) And my new favorite, Silver Lining Playbook?

  10. Hey Karen, love the list! No God father, Apocalypse now? Happy to see The empire strikes back, I love the whole trilogy. Thanks for a fun post, looking forward to more.

  11. Of all the lists I think yours is closest to mine! I might have a few more sci fi movies though.

    And I'm rethinking maybe putting It's A wonderful life at the top of my list too.

  12. All I know is that I clearly have some movie watching to do!

  13. Yay, Hoosiers! I forgot about that one. Haven't seen it in ages, will have to pop it in soon!

  14. This is a great list. I'll be honest - I haven't seen every movie on the list, but I loved nearly every movie on there. Except Goonies: I think I enjoy Goonies for sentimental reasons, but when I watched it again, I actually thought it was terrible.

  15. I love Tom Cruise, but MI3? Really?

  16. This is a good list. I mean, you have Princess Bride, Holy Grail and Star Wars on it, so we are good to go. I am partial to Spaceballs though...

  17. I'm copying this list down, along with AFI's, list and getting to work! I only have a few off your list to see so I'll start there. With Top Gun! :)

  18. That's impressive. I only maintain a top five and a bottom five. Of course, I can't really remember what is in my top 5 or bottom 5 at any given moment. Sigh. I know that among my top 5 are:

    1. Lucky Number Slevin
    2. Legends of the Fall
    3. Primal Fear

    I think Titanic is up there and the first Godfather. Maybe I should write that down somewhere more permanent!

  19. Awesome list, Karen. And a great reminder that I need to watch more movies :) Just started the King's Speech the other night and really loved it. Hope to finish it tonight!

  20. I applaud the inclusion of Clue. I cannot express how much I love that movie. I kind of can't believe that Splash is on there, but not Singin' in the Rain. I mean...SINGIN' IN THE RAIN, Karen! How is it not on this list?!?


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