51. Die Hard
(1988. John McTiernan. Bruce Willis. Alan Rickman.)
Nominated Best Effects Sound Effects Editing, Best Effects Visual Effects, Best Film Editing, Best Sound.
52. Dog Day Afternoon
(1975. Sidney Lumet. Al Pacino. John Cazale. Chris Sarandon)
Won Best Original Screenplay.
Nominated Best Actor (Pacino), Best Supporting Actor (Sarandon), Best Director, Best Film Editing, Best Picture.
Really. If you think this movie is even remotely about a failed robbery (well, okay, I suppose it is… a tiny bit) see it again.
53. Donnie Darko
(2001. Richard Kelly. Jake Gyllenhaal. Maggie Gyllenhaal. Mary McDonnell)
Won Best Foreign Film – Film Critics Circle of Australia Awards.
Won Best Original Screenplay – San Diego Film Critics Society Awards.
Nominated Grand Jury Prize – Sundance Film Festival.
Yes, but, mixed in with all the rest of the films on this list it starts to seem so much more plausible. Maybe.
54. Double Indemnity
(1944. Billy Wilder. Fred MacMurray. Barbara Stanwyck. Edward G. Robinson)
Nominated Best Actress (Stanwyck), Best Cinematography (B&W), Best Director, Best Music Scoring, Best Picture, Best Sound Recording, Best Screenplay.
Seriously, Going My Way. Come on people.
55. Down by Law
(1986. Jim Jarmusch. Tom Waits. John Lurie. Roberto Benigni. Ellen Barkin)
There’s no point in making any effort here.
56. Dr. No
(1962. Terence Young. Sean Connery)
Consider this an inclusion of all the Bond films as a single entity.
57. Dr. Strangelove
(1964. Stanley Kubrick. Peter Sellers. George C. Scott. James Earl Jones. Sterling Hayden. Keenan Wynn)
Nominated Best Actor (Peter Sellers), Best Director, Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay.
Won Best British Art Direction, Best British Film, Best Film Any Source.
Nominated Best British Actor (Sellers), Best British Screenplay, Best Foreign Actor (Hayden) – BAFTA
Won Best Director – New York Film Critics Circle Awards.
58. Duck Soup
(1933. Leo McCarey. The Marx Brothers)
Call this the Marx Brothers films as a single entity. I’m not sure why, but I’ve always liked this one best.
(1941. Ben Sharpsteen)
Won Best Music Scoring of a Musical Picture.
Nominated Best Music Original Song.
Won Best Animation Design – Cannes Film Festival.
(1984. David Lynch. Kyle MacLachlan. Francesca Annis. Jose Ferrer)
Nominated Best Sound.
61. Educating Rita
(1983. Lewis Gilbert.Michael Caine. Julie Walters. Maureen Lippman)
Nominated Best Actor (Caine), Best Actress (Walters), Best Adapted Screenplay.
Won Best Actor (Caine), Best Actress (Walters), Best Film.
Nominated Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Newcomer (Walters), Best Supporting Actress (Lippman) – BAFTA
Won Best Actor Musical or Comedy (Caine), Best Actress Musical or Comedy (Walters) – Golden Globes.
Two of the best written characters you’ll find, and both of them brought to life extraordinarily well.
(1999. Alexander Payne. Matthew Broderick. Reese Witherspoon)
Nominated Best Adapted Screenplay.
Nominated Best Actress Comedy or Musical (Witherspoon) – Golden Globes.
Won Best Director, Best Feature, Best Screenplay – Independent Spirit Awards.
Won Best Screenplay – New York Film Critics Circle Awards.
(2001. Michael Apted. Kate Winslet. Dougray Scott)
(2002. Kurt Wimmer. Christian Bale. Sean Bean. Taye Diggs. Emily Watson)
65. The Exorcist
(1973. William Friedkin. Ellen Burstyn. Max von Sydow. Linda Blair. Jason Miller)
Won Best Sound, Best Adapted Screenplay.
Nominated Best Supporting Actor (Miller), Best Actress (Burstyn), Best Supporting Actress (Blair), Best Art Direction, Best Cinematography, Best Director, Best Film Editing, Best Picture.
(1940. James Algar. Samuel Armstrong)
67. Fast Time at Ridgemont High
(1982. Amy Heckerling. Sean Penn. Jennifer Jason Leigh. Judge Reinhold. Forest Whitaker)
(1986. John Hughes. Matthew Broderick. Jennifer Grey. Alan Ruck)
Nominated Best Actor Comedy or Musical (Broderick).
69. The Fiddler on the Roof
(1971. Norman Jewison. Topol. Norma Crane. Leonard Frey. Paul Mann. Paul Michael Glaser)
Won Best Cinematography. Best Music Scoring Adaptation and Original Song Score, Best Sound. Nominated Best Actor (Topol), Best Supporting Actor (Frey), Best Art Direction, Best Director, Best Picture.
Won Best Picture Comedy or Musical, Best Actor Comedy or Musical (Topol).
Nominated Best Director, Best Supporting Actor (Mann) – Golden Globes
70. Field of Dreams
(1989. Phil Alden Robinson. Kevin Costner. Amy Madigan. Ray Liotta. James Earl Jones. Burt Lancaster)
Nominated Best Music Original Score, Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay
71. The Fisher King
(1991. Terry Gilliam. Robin Williams. Jeff Bridges. Mercedes Ruehl. David Hyde Pierce)
Won Best Supporting Actress (Ruehl).
Nominated Best Actor Robin Williams, Best Art Direction, Best Music Original Score, Best Original Screenplay.
Won Best Actor Musical or Comedy (Williams), Best Supporting Actress (Ruehl).
Nominated Best Director, Best Motion Picture Comedy or Musical, Best Actor Comedy or Musical (Bridges) – Golden Globes
72. The 400 Blows
(1959. Francois Truffaut. Jean-Pierre Leaud. Claire Maurier. Albert Remy)
Nominated Best Original Screenplay.
Nominated Best Film Any Source, Most Promising Newcomer to Leading Film Roles (Leaud) – BAFTA.
Won Best Director, OCIC Award – Cannes Film Festival.
73. The Full Monty
(1997. Peter Catteneo. Robert Carlyle. Mark Addy. Tom Wilkinson. Lesley Sharp)
Won Best Music Original Musical or Comedy Score.
Nominated Best Director, Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay.
Won Audience Award, Best Film, Best Actor (Carlyle), Best Supporting Actor (Wilkinson). Nominated Best Editing, Best Supporting Actor (Addy), Best Supporting Actress (Sharp), Best Original Screenplay, Best Sound – BAFTA
Won Outstanding Performance by a Cast – Screen Actors Guild Awards.
The Full Monty and Good Will Hunting (also on this list) lose Best Picture along with other nominees As Good As It Gets and L.A. Confidential (neither on this list, but fine films) to one of the most deplorable movies (I’ll call it a movie, but not a film) ever, Titanic.
Peter Catteneo here loses Best Director along with nominees Gus Van Sant with Good Will Hunting, Atom Egoyan with The Sweet Hereafter (also on this list), and Curtis Hanson with L.A. Confidential to James Cameron and his destined-to-be-the-butt-of-jokes-for-years-to-come Titanic. This will later become known as “Just hire enough votes.”
74. The Ghost and Mrs. Muir
(1947. Joseph L. Mankiewicz. Gene Tierney. Rex Harrison. George Sanders. Natalie Wood)
Nominated Best Cinematography (B&W).
Mankiewicz is on the list, and not for The Quiet American, Guys and Dolls, All About Eve, or even Cleopatra. And, he’s going to be on again, and still not for any of those.
(1958. Vincente Minnelli. Leslie Caron. Maurice Chevalier. Louis Jordan. Eva Gabor)
Won Best Art Direction, Best Cinematography, Best Costume Design, Best Director, Best Film Editing, Best Music Original Song, Best Music Score, Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay.
(2000. Ridley Scott. Russell Crowe. Joaquin Phoenix. Richard Harris)
Won Best Actor (Crowe), Best Costume Design, Best Effects Visual Effects, Best Picture, Best Sound.
Nominated Best Supporting Actor (Phoenix), Best Art Direction, Best Cinematography, Best Director, Best Editing, Best Score, Best Original Screenplay.
77. The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly
(1966. Sergio Leone. Clint Eastwood. Lee Van Cleef)
78. Good Will Hunting
(1997. Gus Van Sant. Matt Damon. Ben Affleck. Robin Williams. Minnie Driver. Stellan Skarsgard)
Won Best Supporting Actor (Williams), Best Original Screenplay.
Nominated Best Actor (Damon), Best Supporting Actress (Driver), Best Director, Best Film Editing, Best Music Original Dramatic Score, Best Music Original Song, Best Picture.
79. Goodbye Mr. Chips
(1939. Sam Wood. Robert Donat. Greer Garson. Terry Kilburn)
Won Best Actor (Donat).
Nominated Best Actress (Garson), Best Director, Best Film Editing, Best Picture, Best Sound Recording, Best Screenplay
80. Gosford Park
(2001. Robert Altman. Maggie Smith. Michael Gambon. Helen Mirren. Bob Balaban. Jeremy Northam)
Won Best Original Screenplay.
Nominated Best Supporting Actress (Mirren), Best Actress (Smith), Best Art Direction, Best Costume Design, Best Director, Best Picture.
81. The Graduate
(1967. Mike Nichols. Dustin Hoffman. Anne Bancroft. Katherine Ross)
Won Best Director.
Nominated Best Actor (Hoffman), Best Actress (Bancroft), Best Supporting Actress (Ross), Best Cinematography, Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay.
82. The Great Escape
(1963. John Sturges. Steve McQueen. James Garner. Charles Bronson. Richard Attenborough)
Nominated Best Motion Picture Drama – Golden Globes.
83. Gregory’s Girl
(1981. Bill Forsyth. John Gordon Sinclair. Dee Hepburn)
Won Best Screenplay.
Nominated Best Direction, Best Film – BAFTA.
84. Groundhog Day
(1993. Harold Ramis. Bill Murray. Andie McDowell. Chris Elliot)
Won Best Original Screenplay – BAFTA.
85. The Horseman on the Roof
(1995. Jean-Paul Rappeneau. Juliette Binoche. Olivier Martinez)
86. Hudson Hawk
(1991. Michael Lehmann. Bruce Willis. Danny Aiello. Andie McDowell. James Coburn. Richard E. Grant)
Won Worst Picture, Worst Director, Worst Screenplay – Razzie Awards
Now listen. Nah. Nevermind.
87. If You Could See What I Hear
(1982. Eric Till. Marc Singer. R.H. Thomson. Shari Belafonte)
Curiously sharp. The only movie about a blind person (probably anyone with a disability), that really made a legitimate statement, and wasn’t just a sappy piece of garbage. Also, an absolutely brilliant supporting role by R.H. Thomson who has enjoyed a great deal of success on Canadian television, and should by rights be a huge star. A movie so quote worthy you’d like a copy of the script.
(1997. Erik Skjoldbjaerg. Stellan Skarsgard. Maria Mathiesen)
89. Into the West
(1992. Mike Newell. Gabriel Byrne. Ellen Barkin. Colm Meaney. Brendan Gleeson)
Won Best European Film – Nederlands Film Festival.
Won Best Film – Cleveland Film Festival.
90. The Iron Giant
(1999. Brad Bird)
Numerous Annie Awards, as well as a very large helping of other awards.
Suppose we didn’t act like kids were stupid. We might make a movie like this.
91. It Happened One Night
(1934. Frank Capra. Clark Gable. Claudette Colbert)
Won Best Actor (Gable), Best Actress (Colbert), Best Director, Best Picture, Best Writing Adaptation.
92. It’s a Wonderful Life
(1946. Frank Capra. James Stewart. Donna Reed. Lionel Barrymore)
Nominated Best Actor (Stewart), Best Director, Best Film Editing, Best Picture, Best Sound Recording.
Won Best Director – Golden Globes
Lost Best Picture and others to The Best Years of Our Lives… Pfff, who’s even seen that? Okay, I’m kidding.
(1952. Richard Thorpe. Robert Taylor. Elizabeth Taylor. Joan Fontaine)
Nominated Best Cinematography Color, Best Music Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture, Best Picture.
(1975. Steven Spielberg. Roy Scheider. Richard Dreyfus. Robert Shaw)
Won Best Film Editing, Best Music Original Score, Best Sound.
Nominated Best Picture.
You know, it really doesn’t stand the test of time though. If you watch it now it’s just pretty stupid. It was a hell of a thing while it lasted though.
95. Jean de Florette
(1986. Claude Berri. Gerard Depardieu. Yves Montand. Daniel Auteuil. Elisabeth Depardieu)
Won Best Supporting Actress, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Film. Nominated Best Actor (Depardieu), Best Actor (Montand), Best Direction, Best Foreign Language Film, Best Make Up Artist, Best Production Design – BAFTA
96. Jesus of Montreal
(1989. Denys Arcand. Lothaire Bluteau)
Nominated Best Foreign Language Film.
Nominated Best Foreign Film – BAFTA.
Won Jury Prize, Prize of the Ecumenical Jury.
Nominated Golden Palm – Cannes Film Festival.
Winner of nearly every Genie Award and nominated for the rest.
Nominated Best Foreign Language Film – Golden Globes.
Unfortunately up against Cinema Paradiso for Foreign Film Nominations.
One of the best, tightest scripts ever. Bluteau’s performance is amazing.
97. Jules and Jim
(1962. Francois Truffaut. Oskar Werner. Henri Serre. Jeanne Moreau)
Nominated Best Film Any Source, Best Foreign Actress (Moreau) – BAFTA.
98. L.A. Story
(1991. Mick Jackson. Steve Martin. Richard E. Grant. Sarah Jessica Parker)
See, now I was 20.
(1986. Jim Henson. Jennifer Connelly. David Bowie)
100. The Last Temptation of Christ
(1988. Martin Scorsese. Willem Dafoe. Harvey Keitel. Barbara Hershey)
Nominated Best Director.
Seeing this film and going to a performance of Jesus Christ Superstar are the TWO times I’ve had to muscle my way through a picket line of nuns who were trying to convince me not to go.