List Of Best Movies Ever… It’s Not 10 Though… It’s 200… Part 3

 

101. The Last Unicorn

(1982. Jules Bass & Arthur Rankin Jr)

It’s surprising how few people have seen this. Wonderful animation, and a great rendition of the story. 1982 was pretty early for big names doing the voices of animated features, at least a whole cast of them. But, Rankin and Bass (and you’ve got to love getting them on your list) had been pulling in some of the biggest names in entertainment for years to do voices for them.

102. Last Year at Marienbad

(1961. Alain Resnais. Delphine Seyrig. Giorgio Albertazzi. Sacha Pitoeff. Francoise Bertin)

Nominated Best Original Screenplay.
Nominated Best Film Any Source – BAFTA.

103. Lawrence of Arabia

(1962. David Lean. Peter O’Toole. Alec Guinness. Anthony Quinn. Omar Shariff. Jose Ferrer)

Won Best Art Direction, Best Cinematographer, Best Director, Best Film Editing, Best Original Score, Best Picture, Best Sound.
Nominated Best Actor (O’Toole), Best Supporting Actor (Sharif), Best Adapted Screenplay.
Won Best British Actor (O’Toole), Best British Film, Best Film Any Source, Best British Screenplay – BAFTA

104. Legend of 1900

(1998. Giuseppe Tornatore. Tim Roth. Pruitt Taylor Vince)

Won Best Cinematography, Best Costume Design, Best Director, Best Music, Best Production Design – David di Donatello Awards
Won Best Original Score – Golden Globes.

105. Like Water for Chocolate

(1992. Alfonso Arau. Marco Leonardi. Lumi Cavazos. Regina Torne)

Nominated Best Non-English Film – BAFTA
Nominated Best Foreign Language Film – Golden Globes.
Nominated Best Foreign Film – Independent Spirit Awards.

106. The Lord of the Rings

Consider this the whole trilogy (2001-2003. Peter Jackson. Sean Astin. Sean Bean. Orlando Bloom. Ian Holm. Ian McKellan. Viggo Mortensen. John Rhys-Davies. Elijah Wood. Hugo Weaving)

Won Digital Effects Artist of the Year, Movie of the Year, Production Designer of the Year – AFI Awards (Fellowship).
Won Best Cinematography, Best Effects Visual Effects, Best Make Up, Best Music Original Score (Fellowship).
Won Audience Award, Best Achievement in Visual Effects, Best Film, Best Make Up, David Lean Award for Direction – BAFTA (Fellowship).
Won Best Sound Editing, Best Visual Effects (Two Towers).
Won Best Art Direction, Best Costume Design, Best Director, Best Editing, Best Make Up, Best Music Original Score, Best Music Original Song, Best Picture, Best Sound, Best Visual Effects, Best Adapted Screenplay (Return of the King)

107. Lost in Translation

(2003. Sofia Coppola. Bill Murray. Scarlet Johansson)

Won Best Original Screenplay.
Nominated Best Actor (Murray), Best Director, Best Picture.
Won Best Editing, Best Actor (Murray), Best Actress (Johansson).
Nominated Best Cinematography, Best Film, Best Original Screenplay – BAFTA.
Won Best Picture Comedy or Musical, Best Screenplay, Best Actor Musical or Comedy (Murray) – Golden Globes.

108. The Magnificent Seven

(1960. John Sturges. Yul Brynner. Steve McQueen. Eli Wallach. Charles Bronson. James Coburn)

109. The Maltese Falcon

(1941. John Huston. Humphrey Bogart. Mary Astor. Sydney Greenstreet. Peter Lorre)

Nominated Best Supporting Actor (Greenstreet), Best Picture, Best Screenplay.

The Maltese Falcon and Citizen Kane, both on this list, as well as several others lose Best Picture to How Green Was My Valley.

110. A Man and a Woman

(1966. Claude Lelouch. Anouk Aimee. Jean-Louis Trintignant)

Won Best Foreign Language Film, Best Original Screenplay.
Nominated Best Actress (Aimee), Best Director.
Won Best Foreign Actress (Aimee). Nominated Best Film Any Source – BAFTA.
Won Golden Palm (in a tie), OCIC Award – Cannes Film Festival.
Won Best Foreign Language Film, Best Actress Drama (Aimee) – Golden Globes.

111. The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

(1962. John Ford. John Wayne. James Stewart. Vera Miles. Lee Marvin. John Carradine)

112. The Man Who Wasn’t There

(2001. Joel Coen. Billy Bob Thornton. Frances McDormand. James Gandolfini. Scarlet Johansson)

Nominated Best Cinematography. Won Best Cinematography – BAFTA.
Won Best Director – Cannes Film Festival.
Won Best Foreign Film – David di Donatello Awards.
Nominated Best Picture, Best Actor Drama (Thornton), Best Screenplay – Golden Globes.

113. MASH

(1970. Robert Altman. Donald Sutherland. Elliot Gould. Tom Skerritt. Sally Kellerman. Rene Auberjonois)

Won Best Adapted Screenplay.
Nominated Best Supporting Actress (Kellerman), Best Director, Best Film Editing, Best Picture.
Won Golden Palm – Cannes Film Festival.
Won Best Motion Picture Musical or Comedy – Golden Globes.

114. The Matrix

This should absolutely NOT be considered to include the entire series

(1999. Andy & Larry Wachowski. Keanu Reeves. Laurence Fishburne. Carie-Anne Moss. Hugo Weaving. Joe Pantoliano)

Won Best Editing, Best Effects Sound Effects Editing, Best Effects Visual Effects, Best Sound.

115. McCabe & Mrs. Miller

(1971. Robert Altman. Warren Beatty. Julie Christie. Rene Auberjonois. Keith Carradine)

Nominated Best Actress (Christie).
Nominated Best Cinematography – BAFTA.

116. Meatballs

(1979. Ivan Reitman. Bill Murray. Harvey Atkin. Kate Lynch. Chris Makepeace)

Won Best Original Screenplay, Best Actress (Lynch), Golden Reel Award – Genie Awards.

117. Memento

(2000. Christopher Nolan. Guy Pearce. Joe Pantoliano. Carrie-Anne Moss)

Nominated Best Editing, Best Original Screenplay.
Won Best Screenplay – Boston Society of Film Critics Awards.
Won Best Screenplay – Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards.
Won Best Screenplay – Chicago Film Critics Association Awards.
Won Best Picture – Edgar Allen Poe Awards.
Won Best Screenplay – Florida Film Critics Circle Awards.
Nominated Best Screenplay – Golden Globes.
Won Best Actor, Best Editing, Best Picture, Best Screenplay – Las Vegas Film Critics Society Awards.
Won Best Screenwriter of the Year – London Critics Circle Film Awards.
Won Best Screenplay – Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards.
Won Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay – Southeastern Film Critics Association Awards.
Won Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award – Sundance Film Festival.
Won Best Picture, Best Screenplay – Toronto Film Critics Association Awards.

118. Metropolitan

(1990. Whit Stillman. Chris Eigeman. Carolyn Farina. Edward Clements)

Nominated Best Original Screenplay.
Won Best First Feature – Independent Spirit Awards.
Won Best New Director – New York Film Critics Circle Awards.
Nominated Grand Jury Prize – Sundance Film Festival

Lost Original Screenplay Oscar to Ghost.

119. Miller’s Crossing

(1990. Joel Coen. Gabriel Byrne. John Turturro. Marcia Gay Harden. Albert Finney)

120. Monty Python and the Holy Grail

(1975. Terry Gilliam & Terry Jones. Graham Chapman. John Cleese. Eric Idle. Terry Gilliam. Terry Jones. Michael Palin)

121. Mother Night

(1996. Keith Gordon. Nick Nolte. Alan Arkin. Sheryl Lee. Kirsten Dunst)

122. Mulholland Drive

(2001. David Lynch. Naomi Watts. Laura Harring)

Nominated Best Director.
Won Best Director. Nominated Golden Palm – Cannes Film Festival.
Won Best Film – New York Film Critics Circle Awards.

123. Moulin Rouge!

(2001. Baz Luhrmann. Nicole Kidman. Ewan McGregor. Jim Broadbent. Richard Roxburgh)

Won Best Art Direction, Best Costume Design.
Nominated Best Actress (Kidman), Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Best Make Up, Best Picture, Best Sound

124. Muriel’s Wedding

(1994. P.J. Hogan. Toni Collette. Rachel Griffiths)

Nominated Best Screenplay – BAFTA.
Nominated Best Actress Musical or Comedy (Collette) – Golden Globes.

125. My Beautiful Laundrette

(1985. Stephen Frears. Daniel Day-Lewis. Roshan Seth. Saeed Jaffrey)

Nominated Best Original Screenplay.
Nominated Best Screenplay, Best Supporting Actor (Jaffrey) – BAFTA.
Won Best Screenplay – National Society of Film Critics Awards.
Won Best Screenplay, Best Supporting Actor (Lewis) – New York Film Critics Circle Awards.

126. My Dinner with Andre

(1981. Louis Malle. Wallace Shawn. Andre Gregory)

Won Best American Film, Best Screenplay – Boston Society of Film Critic Awards.

127. My Fair Lady

(1964. George Cukor. Audrey Hepburn. Rex Harrison. Stanley Holloway. Gladys Cooper)

Won Best Actor (Harrison), Best Art Direction, Best Cinematography, Best Costume Design, Best Director, Best Music Score, Best Picture, Best Sound.
Nominated Best Supporting Actor (Holloway), Best Supporting Actress (Cooper), Best Film Editing, Best Adapted Screenplay.
Won Best Film Any Source – BAFTA
Won Best Picture Comedy or Musical, Best Actor Comedy or Musical (Harrison), Best Director – Golden Globes.

128. Naked

(1993. Mike Leigh. David Thewlis. Lesley Sharp)

Won Best Actor (Thewlis), Best Director – Cannes Film Festival.
Won British Actor of the Year (Thewlis) – London Critics Circle Film Awards.
Won Best Actor (Thewlis) – National Society of Film Critics.
Won Best Actor (Thewlis) – New York Film Critics Circle Awards.

They’re right too. This is an amazing performance.

129. Nashville

(1975. Robert Altman. Ned Beatty. Keith Carradine. Henry Gibson. Shelley Duvall. Lily Tomlin. Ronee Blakley. Scott Glenn. Jeff Goldblum)

Won Best Music Original Song.
Nominated Best Supporting Actress (Blakley, Tomlin), Best Director, Best Picture.
Won Best Director, Best Film, Best Supporting Actor (Gibson), Best Supporting Actress (Tomlin) – National Society of Film Critics.
Won Best Director, Best Film, Best Supporting Actress (Tomlin) – New York Film Critics Circle Awards.

130. North by Northwest

(1959. Alfred Hitchcock. Cary Grant. Eva Marie Saint. James Mason)

Nominated Best Art Direction, Best Film Editing, Best Original Screenplay.

131. The Odd Couple

(1968. Gene Saks. Jack Lemmon. Walter Matthau. Herb Edelman)

Nominated Best Film Editing, Best Adapted Screenplay.
Won Best Written American Comedy – Writers Guild of America

132. The Outlaw Josey Wales

(1976. Clint Eastwood. Clint Eastwood. Chief Dan George. Sondra Locke)

Nominated Best Music Original Score.

133. The Paper Chase

(1973. James Bridges. John Houseman. Timothy Bottoms. Lindsay Wagner)

Won Best Supporting Actor (Houseman).
Nominated Best Sound, Best Adapted Screenplay.
Won Best Supporting Actor (Houseman) – Golden Globes.

134. Papillon

(1973. Franklin J. Schaffner. Steve McQueen. Dustin Hoffman. Victor Jory. Don Gordon)

I know…, Schaffner, and not Patton. Not only that, but he’s about to show up again, and it’s still not going to be Patton.

135. The Philadelphia Story

(1940. George Cukor. Cary Grant. Katharine Hepburn. James Stewart. Ruth Hussey. John Howard)

Won Best Actor (Stewart), Best Screenplay.
Nominated Best Actress (Hepburn), Best Supporting Actress (Hussey), Best Director, Best Picture.

136. The Pink Panther

Ummm… you know, the whole series.

(1963. Blake Edwards. Peter Sellers. David Niven. Robert Wagner)

Nominated Best British Actor (Sellers) – BAFTA. Best Actor Musical or Comedy (Sellers).

137. Planet of the Apes

(1968. Franklin J. Schaffner. Charlton Heston. Roddy McDowall)

Nominated Best Costume Design, Best Music Original Score. Honorary Award for Outstanding Make-Up Achievement (John Chambers)

138. The Princess Bride

(1987. Rob Reiner. Cary Elwes. Robin Wright Penn. Wallace Shawn. Mandy Patinkin. Christopher Guest)

Nominated Best Music Original Song.

139. The Producers

(1968. Mel Brooks. Zero Mostel. Gene Wilder)

Won Best Original Screenplay.
Nominated Best Supporting Actor (Wilder).
Nominated Best Actor Comedy or Musical (Mostel), Best Screenplay – Golden Globes.

Not even nominated for Best Picture, the winner of which was… Pfff… Oliver!

140. The Professional/Leon

(1994. Luc Besson. Jean Reno. Gary Oldman. Natalie Portman. Danny Aiello)

141. Psycho

(1960. Alfred Hitchcock. Anthony Perkins. Janet Leigh. Vera Miles)

Nominated Best Supporting Actress (Leigh), Best Art Direction, Best Cinematography (B&W), Best Director.

142. Punch-Drunk Love

(2002. P.T. Anderson. Adam Sandler. Philip Seymour Hoffman. Emily Watson. Luis Guzman)

Won Best Director. Nominted Golden Palm – Cannes Film Festival.

143. The Purple Rose of Cairo

(1985. Woody Allen. Mia Farrow. Jeff Daniels. Danny Aiello)

Nominated Best Original Screenplay.
Won Best Film, Best Original Screenplay. Nominated Best Actress (Farrow), Best Visual Effects – BAFTA.
Won FIPRESCI Prize – Cannes Film Festival.
Won Best Screenplay – Golden Globes.
Won Film of the Year – London Critics Circle Film Awards.
Won Best Screenplay – New York Film Critics Circle.

144. Quiz Show

(1994. Robert Redford. Ralph Fiennes. John Turturro. Paul Scofield. Rob Morrow. Mira Sorvino)

Nominated Best Supporting Actor (Scofield), Best Director, Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay. Won Best Adapted Screenplay.
Nominated Best Supporting Actor (Scofield), Best Film – BAFTA.
Won Best Film – New York Film Critics Circle.

Quiz Show and The Shawshank Redemption (also on this list) lost the Best Picture Oscar to Forrest Gump

145. Raising Arizona

(1987. Joel Coen. Nicolas Cage. Holly Hunter. John Goodman. Frances McDormand.)

146. Raiders of the Lost Ark

(1981. Steven Spielberg. Harrison Ford. Karen Allen. John Rhys-Davies)

Won Best Art Direction, Best Effects Visual Effects, Best Film Editing, Best Sound.
Nominated Best Cinematography, Best Director, Best Music Original Score, Best Picture.

147. Reality Bites

(1994. Ben Stiller. Winona Ryder. Ethan Hawke. Ben Stiller. Janeane Garofalo. Steve Zahn)

There is an I.Q. prerequisite. And, you might need a sense of humor. Quick… define irony.

148. The Return of Martin Guerre

(1982. Daniel Vigne. Gerard Depardieu. Bernard-Pierre Donnadieu. Nathalie Baye)

Nominated Best Foreign Language Film – BAFTA
Won Best Actor (Depardieu) – National Society of Film Critics Awards.

149. Repulsion

(1965. Roman Polanski. Catherine Deneuve. Ian Hendry. John Fraser)

Nominated Best Cinematography – BAFTA.
Won FIPRESCI Prize, Silver Berlin Bear Special Prize of the Jury – Berlin International Film Festival.

Yes, and not Chinatown or even The Pianist. Possibly lot’s of people will think this is a strange choice if someone is going to pick a Polanski film, but I think this one was the most meaningful, ‘useful’ effort.

150. Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead

(1990. Tom Stoppard. Gary Oldman. Tim Roth. Richard Dreyfus)

Won Golden Lion – Venice Film Festival

 

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