Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Top 10 of the Top 10

I've said here before how hard it is for me to choose favorites and that must be why favorite lists fascinate me. I envy the ability to make a firm decision. AFI has chosen the top 10 of various genres.


As usual, it's hard for me to say the number one choice is correct but surely they're in the ballpark. I haven't seen the Romantic Comedy choice, City Lights or the Western top choice, The Searchers but the other choices seem pretty reasonable to me so I am compelled to believe the number one choices are reasonable.

I've added the list below. I've X'd the ones I haven't seen. Looks like I have some viewing to do in the Epic area. And I'm completely surprised at how many of the Westerns I haven't seen. I swear I spent every Saturday of my 12th year watching Westerns on TV.

The list follows:



ANIMATION
1. “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” 1937.
2. “Pinocchio,” 1940.
3. “Bambi,” 1942.
4. “The Lion King,” 1994.
5. “Fantasia,” 1940.
6. “Toy Story,” 1995.
7. “Beauty and the Beast,” 1991.
8. “Shrek,” 2001.
9. “Cinderella,” 1950.
10. “Finding Nemo,” 2003.


FANTASY
1. “The Wizard of Oz,” 1939.
2. “The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring,” 2001.
3. “It’s a Wonderful Life,” 1946.
4. “King Kong,” 1933.
5. “Miracle on 34th Street, 1947.
6. “Field of Dreams,” 1989.
7. “Harvey,” 1950.
8. “Groundhog Day,” 1993.
9. “The Thief of Bagdad,” 1924. X
10. “Big,” 1988.


GANGSTER
1. “The Godfather,” 1972.
2. “Goodfellas,” 1990.
3. “The Godfather Part II,” 1974.
4. “White Heat,” 1949. X
5. “Bonnie and Clyde,” 1967.
6. “Scarface: The Shame of a Nation,” 1932.
7. “Pulp Fiction,” 1994.
8. “The Public Enemy,” 1931.
9. “Little Caesar,” 1930. X
10. “Scarface,” 1983.

SCIENCE FICTION
1. “2001: A Space Odyssey,” 1968.
2. “Star Wars: Episode IV — A New Hope,” 1977.
3. “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial,” 1982.
4. “A Clockwork Orange,” 1971.
5. “The Day The Earth Stood Still,” 1951. X
6. “Blade Runner,” 1982.
7. “Alien,” 1979. X
8. “Terminator 2: Judgment Day,” 1991. X
9. “Invasion of the Body Snatchers,” 1956.
10. “Back to the Future,” 1985.

WESTERN
1. “The Searchers,” 1956. X
2. “High Noon,” 1952.
3. “Shane,” 1953.
4. “Unforgiven,” 1992. X
5. “Red River,” 1948. X
6. “The Wild Bunch,” 1969.
7. “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,” 1969.
8. “McCabe & Mrs. Miller,” 1971. X
9. “Stagecoach,” 1939. X
10. “Cat Ballou,” 1965.

SPORTS
1. “Raging Bull,” 1980.
2. “Rocky,” 1976.
3. “The Pride of the Yankees,” 1942. X
4. “Hoosiers,” 1986. X
5. “Bull Durham,” 1988.
6. “The Hustler,” 1961.
7. “Caddyshack,” 1980.
8. “Breaking Away,” 1979. X
9. “National Velvet,” 1944.
10. “Jerry Maguire,” 1996.

MYSTERY
1. “Vertigo,” 1958.
2. “Chinatown,” 1974.
3. “Rear Window,” 1954.
4. “Laura,” 1944. X
5. “The Third Man,” 1949.
6. “The Maltese Falcon,” 1941.
7. “North By Northwest,” 1959.
8. “Blue Velvet,” 1986. X
9. “Dial M for Murder,” 1954.
10. “The Usual Suspects,” 1995.

ROMANTIC COMEDY
1. “City Lights,” 1931.
2. “Annie Hall,” 1977.
3. “It Happened One Night,” 1934.
4. “Roman Holiday,” 1953.
5. “The Philadelphia Story,” 1940.
6. “When Harry Met Sally ...,” 1989.
7. “Adam’s Rib,” 1949.
8. “Moonstruck,” 1987.
9. “Harold and Maude,” 1971.
10. “Sleepless in Seattle,” 1993.

COURTROOM DRAMA
1. “To Kill a Mockingbird,” 1962.
2. “12 Angry Men,” 1957.
3. “Kramer Vs. Kramer,” 1979.
4. “The Verdict,” 1982. X
5. “A Few Good Men,” 1992.
6. “Witness for the Prosecution,” 1957. X
7. “Anatomy of a Murder,” 1959.
8. “In Cold Blood,” 1967.
9. “A Cry in the Dark,” 1988. X
10. “Judgment at Nuremberg,” 1961. X


EPIC
1. “Lawrence of Arabia,” 1962.
2. “Ben-Hur,” 1959. X
3. “Schindler’s List,” 1993. X
4. “Gone With the Wind,” 1939.
5. “Spartacus,” 1960. X
6. “Titanic,” 1997.
7. “All Quiet on the Western Front,” 1930.
8. “Saving Private Ryan,” 1998.
9. “Reds,” 1981. X
10. “The Ten Commandments,” 1956. X


3 comments:

Jenny said...

I, too, envy the ability to make a firm decision. That quality is simply not in me!

JohnnyB said...

My top ten list of movies I can NOT believe you haven't seen
1. Witness for the Prosecution
2. The Ten Commandments (read the book?)
3. The Pride of the Yankees
4. Breaking Away
5. Hoosiers
6. Unforgiven
7. Schindler's List
8, 9, 10 any 3 other movies - I thought you'd seen them all.

Susan said...

But I've seen Fight Club 10 times. Does that count?