Sunday, June 20, 2010

A Top 100 Films List!

This is a list compiled by my good friend for many years, Morgan. Morgan is the person who introduced me to some of the best movies I've ever seen. For example, he's the person who showed me "Waiting for Guffman." (If you haven't seen it, you're crazy. Watch it immediately.) When Morgan and I were in high school, there was a Top 100 list taped to the wall of his bedroom, with an ever-revolving number 1 and number 2. I think 1 and 2 switched between "Star Wars" and "Short Cuts." Correct me if I'm wrong, Morgan!

We used to go to the movie rental place where we could get 3 movies for 3 dollars for 3 nights, but we would watch all 3 in one night. This was also when Pizza Hut was making their Sicilian pizza. What happened to that? It was amazingly delicious. Anyway, we made our way through some classics, as well as some B movies, and had lots of good marathons, like watching all of the "Friday the 13th" movies. Over the years, I've had many movie milestones with Morgan. (Check out that alliteration!) Some of the films we got to experience together were American Beauty, The English Patient, Magnolia, Reanimator, Good Will Hunting, and even Titanic (though the best thing that came from that was the development of our interpretive dance to "My Heart Will Go On"). We also had a many-years-long tradition of watching the Oscars together. Needless to say, Morgan's opinions on movies really matter to me.

Recently, Morgan went public with his Top 100 list, over a decade in the making, though this time it's not a countdown, but listed in alphabetical order. It is my mission to make it all the way through this list, as there are a few (just a few!) I haven't seen. I'm posting it here because Morgan has the best taste in films of anyone I know and he's more knowledgeable about films than anyone I've ever met.  So here is Morgan's list.
Happy viewing!

by Morgan:

The following is a list of my Top 100 Favorite Movies, in alphabetical order. I've been working on this since college, and it is constantly evolving. Please post comments.

21 Grams
12 Angry Men
2001: A Space Odyssey
A Clockwork Orange
A Streetcar Named Desire
All About Eve
American Beauty
American Graffiti
Amores Perros
Annie Hall
Apocalypse Now
Boogie Nights
Breaking the Waves
Citizen Kane
Close Encounters of the Third Kind
Dancer in the Dark
Das Boot
Do the Right Thing
Dog Day Afternoon
Double Indemnity
Dr. Strangelove
E.T. - The Extra-Terrestrial
Ed Wood
Forrest Gump
Glengarry Glen Ross
Gone with the Wind
Grave of the Fireflies
Hannah and Her Sisters
Harold and Maude
Hoop Dreams
It's a Wonderful Life
Kramer vs. Kramer
Lawrence of Arabia
Mary Poppins
Million Dollar Baby
Monster's Ball
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
Mulholland Drive
On the Waterfront
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
Ordinary People
Pulp Fiction
Raging Bull
Raiders of the Lost Ark
Rain Man
Rear Window
Requiem for a Dream
Return of the Jedi
Rosemary's Baby
Saving Private Ryan
Schindler's List
Secrets and Lies
Short Cuts
Singin' in the Rain
Sling Blade
Slumdog Millionaire
Star Wars
Stop Making Sense
Taxi Driver
The African Queen
The Best Years of Our Lives
The Bridge on the River Kwai
The Deer Hunter
The Empire Strikes Back
The Exorcist
The Godfather
The Graduate
The Grapes of Wrath
The Last Picture Show
The Lord of the Rings
The Shawshank Redemption
The Silence of the Lambs
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
The Wizard of Oz
The Wrestler
There Will Be Blood
This is Spinal Tap
To Kill a Mockingbird
West Side Story
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?


  1. Nice list. Most of my favorites are here, as well as quite of few I've been meaning to see. I have to say, though, that the list does ignore a lot of great animated films. The closest thing to an animated film I noticed was Mary Poppins, unless I overlooked something.

  2. Yeah, there isn't anything animated on it. Morgan has seen every movie ever made, it seems like, so I guess none made his cut. I'll tell him to come over and give a better reply to that. Also, Jennifer, if you ever want to, I'd love you to write a guest post on here! Just let me know.

  3. I would love to hear if he just doesn't care for animated films (which is a perfectly valid reason for excluding them, since it's a personal list), or if he honestly feels that none of them matched up to the films he did include.

    And sure, I would love to do a guest post sometime. B.J. may kick my butt, though, since I don't do nearly as many guest posts for him as he'd like :P Well, actually, he just wants me to start my own blog, which I'll probably do eventually.

    But back to topic-yes I will. Let me know if you ever have a particular topic you'd like me to cover.

  4. Great! I'd love for you to guest post something. Would you like to write something about the Harry Potter exhibit, maybe? I know nothing about Harry Potter, so that would be great to include here.

    Morgan told me the other day that the film "Grave of the Fireflies" is animated, though it's not for children. I'll tell him to come over and comment here on your questions.

  5. There is one animated film on my list - Grave of the Fireflies. Devastating film set during the end of WWII in Japan. Hardly Disney. I have many favorite animated films, mainly the Pixar releases. They just didn't make the cut. At one point, I did have Wall-E and The Incredibles on the list.

  6. Thanks for your response. I'll have to check out Grave of the Fireflies sometime. The Incredibles is one of my favorite films (would probably make a top ten list for me), so it's nice to see you mention it. But again, great list. The amount of time and care put into it is obvious.