151. Run Lola Run
(1998. Tom Tykwer. Franka Potente. Moritz Bleibtreu. Herbert Knaup)
Nominated Best Non-English Film – BAFTA.
Won Best Foreign Film – Independent Spirit Awards.
Won Audience Award World Cinema – Sundance Film Festival.
(1998. Wes Anderson. Jason Schwartzman. Bill Murray. Olivia Williams. Brian Cox. Luke Wilson)
Nominated Best Supporting Actor (Murray) – Golden Globes.
Won Best Director, Best Supporting Actor (Murray) – Independent Spirit Awards.
Won Best Supporting Actor – National Society of Film Critics Awards.
Won Best Supporting Actor (Murray) – New York Film Critics Circle Awards.
153. Say Anything
(1989. Cameron Crowe. John Cusack. Ione Skye. John Mahoney)
154. The Secret of Nimh
(1982. Don Bluth)
Similar to Iron Giant in many ways, this is one of the best efforts to entertain a younger audience with an honest, non-condescending, and exciting story.
155. The Secret of Roan Inish
(1994. John Sayles. Jeni Courtney. Pat Slowey. Dave Duffy)
Won International Film Critics Award – Gerardmer Film Festival.
Nominated Best Director, Best Feature, Best Screenplay – Independent Spirit Awards.
You’ll probably find this film in the Family section, but with the general state of that section today it’s nothing less than a slap in the face to this film. A fairy tale that is not merely ‘filmed’, or ‘made into a movie’, but simply transformed into something that can be seen. Masterful direction, and Courtney gives an outstanding performance.
(2002. Steven Shainberg. Maggie Gyllenhaal. James Spader. Jeremy Davies. Lesley Ann Warren)
Won Best Actress (Gyllenhaal) – Boston Society of Film Critics Awards.
Nominated Best Actress Musical or Comedy (Gyllenhaal) – Golden Globes.
Won Best First Screenplay.
Nominated Best Feature, Best Female Lead (Gyllenhaal) – Independent Spirit Awards.
Won Best Actress. Nominated Grand Prix – Paris Film Festival.
Won Special Jury Prize. Nominated Grand Jury Prize – Sundance Film Festival.
Okay, we have possibly difficult subject-matter here. On the other hand, if you don’t appreciate this film to at least a fairly high degree, you just don’t understand movies. Gyllenhaal’s performance is among the best you’ll ever see.
157. The Seventh Seal
(1957. Ingmar Bergman. Gunnar Bjornstrand. Bengt Ekerot. Max von Sydow. Nils Poppe)
Won Jury Special Prize – Cannes Film Festival.
(1953. George Stevens. Alan Ladd. Jean Arthur. Brandon De Wilde. Jack Palance)
Won Best Cinematography Color.
Nominated Best Supporting Actor (De Wilde, Palance), Best Director, Best Picture, Best Screenplay
159. The Shawshank Redemption
(1994. Frank Darabont. Tim Robbins. Morgan Freeman. Bob Gunton)
Nominated Best Actor (Freeman), Best Cinematography, Best Film Editing, Best Music Original Score, Best Picture, Best Sound, Best Adapted Screenplay.
160. The Shining
(1980. Stanley Kubrick. Jack Nicholson. Shelly Duvall. Danny Lloyd)
161. The Singing Detective
(2003. Keith Gordon. Robert Downey Jr. Robin Wright Penn. Mel Gibson. Katie Holmes. Adrien Brody)
162. Singing in the Rain
(1952. Stanley Donen & Gene Kelly. Gene Kelly. Donald O’Connor. Debbie Reynolds. Jean Hagen. Rita Moreno)
Nominated Best Supporting Actress (Hagen), Best Music Score.
Won Best Actor Musical or Comedy (O’Connor). Nominated Best Picture Musical or Comedy – Golden Globes.
163. The Sixth Sense
(1999. M. Night Shyamalan. Bruce Willis. Haley Joel Osment. Toni Collette. Olivia Williams)
Nominated Best Supporting Actor (Osment), Best Supporting Actress (Collette), Best Director, Best Editing, Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay.
Lost Best Picture to the Hip-to-be-Square, Hollow, and Soon-to-be-utterly-forgotten American Beauty alongside unworthy nominees The Green Mile, The Insider, and The Cider House Rules.
Collette loses Supporting Actress to Angelina Jolie.
Best Director is lost to Sam Mendes and American Beauty among similar competition.
Original Screenplay likewise goes to American Beauty which, among nominees, might at least have gone to Mike Leigh and Topsy-Turvy.
(1972. Joseph L. Mankiewicz. Laurence Olivier. Michael Caine)
Nominated Best Actor (Olivier, Caine), Best Director, Best Music Score.
Did you guess Makiewicz’ other film?
165. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
(1937. Ted Sears. Richard Creedon)
Honorary Award in 1939 as significant screen innovation. Nominated Best Music Score.
(whichever and both) (1972. 2002. Andrei Tarkovsky. Donatas Banionis. Natalya Bondarchuk. Juri Jarvet / Steven Soderbergh. George Clooney. Natasha McElhone. Viola Davis. Jeremy Davies)
Won FIPRESCI Prize, Grand Prize of the Jury. Nominated Golden Palm – Cannes Film Festival (1972)
167. Somewhere in Time
(1980. Jeannot Szwarc. Christopher Reeve. Jane Seymour. Christopher Plummer. William H. Macy)
Nominated Best Costume Design.
Nominated Best Original Score – Golden Globes
168. Spirited Away
(2001. Hayao Miyazaki)
Won Best Animated Feature.
169. Stalag 17
(1953. Billy Wilder. William Holden. Don Taylor. Otto Preminger. Robert Strauss. Harvey Lembeck)
Won Best Actor (Holden).
Nominated Best Supporting Actor (Strauss), Best Director.
170. Star Wars
(1977. George Lucas. Mark Hamill. Harrison Ford. Carrie Fisher. Alec Guinness. James Earl Jones) (1978. Irvin Kershner) (1983. Richard Marquand)
Won Best Art Direction, Best Costume Design, Best Effects Visual Effects, Best Film Editing, Best Music Original Score, Best Sound.
Nominated Best Supporting Actor (Guinness), Best Director, Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay. (Star Wars)
Won Best Sound. Nominated Best Art Direction. Best Music. (Empire)
Annie Hall? Come on. The Goodbye Girl? Does anyone even remember Julia or The Turning Point?
This is really the first three movies as one entity. If I had to choose one movie it would naturally be The Empire Strikes Back, and the ‘new’ movies should not be considered included here, as they are absolute garbage.
171. The Sting
(1973. George Roy Hill. Paul Newman. Robert Redford. Robert Shaw. Ray Walston)
Won Best Art Direction, Best Costume Design, Best Director, Best Film Editing, Best Music Score, Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay.
Nominated Best Actor (Redford), Best Cinematography, Best Sound.
172. Strange Brew
(1983. Rick Moranis & Dave Thomas. Rick Moranis, Dave Thomas, Max von Sydow)
Won Golden Reel Award – Genie Awards.
(1981. Ivan Reitman. Bill Murray. Harold Ramis. Warren Oates. Sean Young. John Candy. John Larroquette)
174. Sullivan’s Travels
(1941. Preston Sturges. Joel McCrea. Veronica Lake. Robert Warwick. William Demarest)
175. The Sweet Hereafter
(1997. Atom Egoyan. Ian Holm. Caerthan Banks. Sarah Polley. Tom McCamus)
Nominated Best Director, Best Original Screenplay.
Won FIPRESCI Prize, Grand Prize of the Jury, Prize of the Ecumenical Jury. Nominated Golden Palm – Cannes Film Festival.
Won and Nominated for a tremendous number of Genies.
Won Best Foreign Film – Independent Spirit Awards.
(1996. Doug Liman. Jon Favreau. Vince Vaugn. Ron Livingston. Patrick Van Horn. Heather Graham)
177. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
(1974. Tobe Hooper. Marilyn Burns. Allen Danziger. Gunnar Hansen)
178. This is Spinal Tap
(1984. Rob Reiner. Christopher Guest. Michael McKean. Harry Shearer. Bruno Kirby)
179. The Thomas Crown Affair
(1968. Norman Jewison. Steve McQueen. Faye Dunaway. Paul Burke)
Won Best Music Original Song.
Nominated Best Music Original Score.
Here’s one not even nominated for Best Picture, because after all, we had to give it to Oliver!
180. Three Kings
(1999. David O. Russell. George Clooney. Mark Wahlberg. Ice Cube. Spike Jonze)
Won Best Director, Best Film – Boston Society of Film Critics Awards.
Not even recognized by the 2000 Academy Awards which were dominated by American Beauty, The Cider House Rules, The Green Mile, and The Insider.
181. Tom Jones
(1963. Tony Richardson. Albert Finney. Susannah York. Diane Cilento. Joyce Redman. Edith Evans. Hugh Griffith)
Won Best Director, Best Music Original Score, Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay.
Nominated Best Actor (Finney), Best Supporting Actor (Griffith), Best Supporting Actress (Cilento, Redman, Evans), Best Art Direction.
Won Best British Film, Best Film Any Source, Best British Screenplay – BAFTA.
Won Best English-Language Foreign Film, Best Picture Musical or Comedy, Most Promising Newcomer Male (Finney) – Golden Globes
182. Tora! Tora! Tora!
(1970. Richard Fleisher. Jason Robards. Joseph Cotten. Martin Balsam. So Yamamura. Tatsuya Mihashi. E.G. Marshall. James Whitmore)
Won Best Effects Visual Effects.
Nominated Best Art Direction, Best Cinematography, Best Film Editing, Best Sound.
This one even surmounts the War movie obstacle, and mostly because it’s a lot more than a War movie. Of course, a lot of movies play at being more than just a War movie, but deep down inside you know they’re just playing.
183. Toy Story
(1995. John Lasseter)
Nominated Best Music Score Musical or Comedy, Best Music Original Song, Best Original Screenplay.
Special Achievement Award for development and application of techniques making the first entirely computer animated film possible.
184. Trouble in Paradise
(1932. Ernst Lubitsch. Miriam Hopkins. Kay Francis. Herbert Marshall. Charles Ruggles)
185. The Truman Show
(1998. Peter Weir. Jim Carrey. Laura Linney. Natasha McElhone. Ed Harris)
Nominated Best Supporting Actor (Harris), Best Director, Best Original Screenplay.
Won Best Production Design, Best Original Screenplay, David Lean Award for Direction. Nominated Best Cinematography, Best Film, Best Supporting Actor (Harris) – BAFTA.
(1968. Stanley Kubrick. Keir Dullea. William Sylvester. Daniel Richter. Gary Lockwood)
Won Best Effects Special Visual Effects.
Nominated Best Art Direction, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay.
Ummm… have I mentioned Oliver!
187. Umbrellas of Cherbourg
(1964. Jacques Demy. Catherine Deneuve. Nino Castelnuovo. Anne Vernon)
Nominated Best Music Original Song, Best Music Original Score, Best Original Screenplay.
Won Golden Palm, OCIC Award – Cannes Film Festival.
Jacques Demy makes me sad more than probably anyone else in the world of film who died at a relatively young age.
188. Valley Girl
(1983. Martha Coolidge. Nicolas Cage. Deborah Foreman)
Now, you’re laughing at me again. I’ll give you that you couldn’t put together a synopsis of the movie that didn’t make it sound incredibly stupid. I’ll even give you that parts of it are pretty stupid. (I feel like I’m giving you a lot here) Still, there’s a good deal of intelligence behind this bit-of-a-laugh movie. It’s the same old story, but with a plastic pan flute, spiky hair, and a role perfectly designed for Cage. Plus, once the no-brainer choice for the best soundtrack of all-time that didn’t exist.
189. Vincent & Theo
(1990. Robert Altman. Tim Roth. Paul Rhys)
If you don’t take Tim Roth’s performance here into account when deciding on your choice for best performance ever (and you end up having to give up by picking The Legend of 1900 as his entry anyway), you aren’t making a serious, reasonably informed decision. But, don’t put much stock in that statement, because no one seems to agree with me.
190. Waiting for Guffman
(1996. Christopher Guest. Christopher Guest. Fred Willard. Parker Posey. Eugene Levy. Bob Balaban. Catherine O’Hara.
Guffman reinvented mockumentary, something Guest already helped reinvent (or possibly invent) several years earlier with This is Spinal Tap!. Not only did we reinvent the mockumentary, the pseudo-series which includes Best in Show and A Mighty Wind also reinvented the idea of displaying comedic talents in movies by being filmed largely as improv pieces.
191. Waking Ned Devine
(1998. Kirk Jones. Ian Bannen. David Kelly. Fionnula Flanagan. James Nesbitt)
I truly love this movie, and appreciate its crafting from several angles, but it gets on this list in much the same way as several movies were left off, because I could watch it almost every day.
192. Waking the Dead
(2000. Keith Gordon. Billy Crudup. Jennifer Connelly. Molly Parker. Hal Holbrook. Ed Harris)
Though I love this film as well, and often feel that I can safely describe watching it actually as ‘an experience’ (a phrase that is bandied about a lot, but rarely has any real meaning), this is another one that I have to mention has one of the best scenes ever. Crudup is wonderful in a film that he has to carry almost completely. Come back in thirty years, and leaving Crudup off a list of all-time actors will be as odd as including this film here.
193. When Harry Met Sally
(1989. Rob Reiner. Billy Crystal. Meg Ryan. Carrie Fisher. Bruno Kirby)
Nominated Best Original Screenplay.
Won Best Original Screenplay. Nominated Best Film – BAFTA.
Lost Best Original Screenplay to another film on this list Dead Poet’s Society.
194. Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
(1971. Mel Stuart. Gene Wilder. Jack Albertson. Peter Ostrum)
Nominated Best Music Original Score.
Nominated Best Actor (Wilder) – Golden Globes.
195. Wings of Desire
(1987. Wim Wenders. Bruno Ganz. Solveig Dommartin. Otto Sander. Peter Falk. Curt Bois)
Nominated Best Non-English Film – BAFTA.
Won Best Director. Nominated Golden Palm – Cannes.
Won Best Director, Best Supporting Actor (Bois) – European Film Awards.
Won Best Foreign Film – Independent Spirit Awards.
This movie is as good as the ‘remake’ City of Angels is bad.
196. With Six You Get Eggroll
(1968. Howard Morris. Doris Day. Brian Keith. Pat Carroll. Barbara Hershey. George Carlin. Jamie Farr)
I know. Another possibly strange choice. I mean, if you’re going to pick a Doris Day movie… I find this one far more interesting than anything else that might be chosen. Might somehow be that generational thing. This is not to say that any other movies you might think of aren’t good, because I like most of them quite a bit.
197. Withnail & I
(1987. Bruce Robinson. Richard E. Grant. Paul McGann. Richard Griffiths)
Won Best Screenplay – Evening Standard British Film Awards
(1961. Akira Kurosawa. Toshiro Mifune. Tatsuya Nakadi. Yoko Tsukasa. Isuzu Yamada)
Nominated Best Costume Design (B&W).
This should count as just about every Kurosawa film there is. I had several of them on the list at one point, but I figured why bother. If I were going to make some ‘ranking’ attempt… of say 100…(which I never will), at least three of his films would be on the list, but for our purposes here why not just say all his films should be counted (except Dreams)? I picked this one, by the way, because of the fairly random and meaningless fact that it happens to be the one I’ve watched most recently.
199. You Can Count on Me
(2000. Kenneth Lonergan. Laura Linney. Mark Ruffalo. Matthew Broderick)
Nominated Best Actress (Linney), Best Original Screenplay.
Laura Linney loses Best Actress to Julia Roberts in Erin Brokovich. Other nominees include Juliette Binoche in Chocolat and Ellen Burstyn in Requiem for a Dream. This fact soon goes on to become known in certain circles as ‘AaaaaHaaHaaaHaHa’.
Lonergan loses Best Original Screenplay to Cameron Crowe and Almost Famous.
200. Young Frankenstein
(1974. Mel Brooks. Gene Wilder. Peter Boyle. Marty Feldman. Madeline Kahn. Terri Garr)
Nominated Best Sound, Best Adapted Screenplay.
That’s the list. Here are a few stats.
There are 34 ‘Foreign’ Films. I put it in quotes because there’s a lot of room for play insofar as counting things as foreign. Non-English language? Some people don’t think of Canadian or British films as ‘Foreign’. You could come up with a lot of different numbers here.
There are 8 Animated Films, and that’s probably the most surprising thing about this list to me.
People who are on this list more than once. Keep in mind, directing and starring in the same film only gets you counted once. Being in all the Star Wars films only counts as once. You get the idea.
On the list twice-
Alan Arkin, Rene Auberjonois, Bob Balaban, Sean Bean, Ned Beatty, Warren Beatty, Juliette Binoche, Humphrey Bogart, Jim Broadbent, Charles Bronson, Gabriel Byrne, Nicolas Cage, Michael Caine, Frank Capra, Keith Carradine, George Clooney, James Coburn, Kevin Costner, Joseph Cotten, George Cukor, Jeremy Davies, Julie Delpy, Catherine Deneuve, Gerard Depardieu, Richard Dreyfus, Minnie Driver, Faye Dunaway, Shelly Duvall, Clint Eastwood, Jose Ferrer, Albert Finney, Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, Jean-Luc Godard, Cary Grant, Alec Guinness, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Ed Harris, Richard Harris, Rex Harrison, Barbara Hershey, George Roy Hill, Alfred Hitchcock, Dustin Hoffman, John Hughes, Jim Jarmusch, Norman Jewison, Scarlet Johannson, Madeline Kahn, Bruno Kirby, Burt Lancaster, Jack Lemmon, Laura Linney, Kyle MacLachlan, Shirley MacLaine, Fred MacMurray, Louis Malle, Joseph L. Mankiewicz, Lee Marvin, Walter Matthau, Mary McDonnell, Frances McDormand, Andie McDowell, Natasha McElhone, Ian McKellen, Carrie-Anne Moss, Mike Nichols, Jack Nicholson, Gary Oldman, Jack Palance, Joe Pantoliano, Robin Wright Penn, Ivan Reitman, John Rhys-Davies, Stuart Rosenberg, Isabella Rosellini, Katherine Ross, Franklin J. Schaffner, Rufus Sewell, Wallace Shawn, Robert Shaw, Stellan Skarsgard, Steven Spielberg, Giuseppe Tornatore, Francois Truffaut, John Turturro, Jon Voight, Emily Watson, Hugo Weaving, Peter Weir, Olivia Williams
On the list thrice-
Danny Aiello, Matthew Broderick, Mel Brooks, Joel Coen, Toni Collette, Jennifer Connelly, Terry Gilliam, Keith Gordon, Richard E. Grant, Christopher Guest, Ethan Hawke, Ian Holm, James Earl Jones, David Lynch, Paul Newman, Harold Ramis, Robert Redford, Rob Reiner, Tim Roth, Peter Sellers, James Stewart, John Sturges, Max von Sydow, Billy Wilder, Robin Williams, Bruce Willis
On the list…errr… four times
Stanley Kubrick, Steve McQueen, Gene Wilder
On the list five times
On the list six times
Krzysztof Kieslowski is on the list twice or thirteen times depending on how you look at things.
Films on this list by decade. Of course, you have to keep in mind the way the list was put together. That is, Kurusawa only gets counted once, the Star Wars films only count once (and as the 70s), etc. On the other hand, I counted the decades of both Solaris films. Sue me.
2000 + 21 films
90s 45 films
80s 48 films
70s 28 films
60s 31 films
50s 11 films
40s 11 films
earlier 6 films