My Top 100 Movies

Author Nathan Bransford posted a challenge on his blog: List your 100 favorite movies of all time. Challenge is the appropriate word here. How can a movie lover narrow it down to 100?

This is actually something my husband and I do every four or five years. We’ve even gotten our girls to get in on the action—although their lists don’t reach 100 just yet. (Their top picks: Super 8 and Clue.)  The lists change every time we do them. Movies are added or deleted; some move up or down the list. It’s always a challenge. Always fun.

What are your favorites? How many do we share? Leave me a comment and let me know.

Here goes (I like to start at 100 and work my way to #1):

100. Big Night

99. True Grit (2010)

98. Alien

97. Meet Me in St. Louis

96. Pulp Fiction

95. The Lives of Others

94. Mrs. Miniver

93. The Talented Mr. Ripley

92. Psycho

91. The Fugitive

90. Speed

89. Seven

88. The Exorcist

87. Il Postino

86. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

85. The Birds

84. Chocolat

83. Edward Scissorhands

82. Miracle on 34th Street

81. The Silence of the Lambs

80. Tropic Thunder

79. Fargo

78. Rocky

77. Thelma and Louise

76. E.T.

75. Love, Actually

74. Waking Ned Devine

73. An Officer and a Gentleman

72. Groundhog Day

71. Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

70. Saturday Night Fever

69. Inception

68. The Sixth Sense

67. Only You

66. High Noon

65. Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison

64. Adam’s Rib

63. Bull Durham

62. Airplane!

61. Grease

60. The Simpsons Movie

59. Big

58. Dances With Wolves

57.Jurassic Park

56.Ocean’s Eleven

55. Shaun of the Dead

54. Glory

53. The King’s Speech

52. All About Eve

51. The Full Monty

50. Harvey

49. L.A. Confidential

48. Inglourious Basterds

47. Gosford Park

46. Singing in the Rain

45. Witness

44. The Pianist

43. Sense and Sensibility

42. The African Queen

41. Toy Story

40. The Breakfast Club

39. Swimming With Sharks

38. Crash

37. Life is Beautiful

36. Rebecca

35. Bringing Up Baby

34. Valley Girl

33. The Sound of Music

32. Jaws

31. Stand By Me

30. Young Frankenstein

29. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

28. Saving Private Ryan

27. The Philadelphia Story

26. American Graffiti

25. A Christmas Story

24. The Great Escape

23. The English Patient

22. You Can’t Take It With You

21. Rain Man

20. It Happened One Night

19. The Usual Suspects

18. The Princess Bride

17. Titanic

16. Schindler’s List

15. The Others

14. It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad World

13. Say Anything

12. Raiders of the Lost Ark

11. Shakespeare in Love

10. Finding Nemo

9. Star Wars (IV: A New Hope)

8. Forrest Gump

7. Gone With the Wind

6. Roman Holiday

5. Cinema Paradiso

4. The Shawshank Redemption

3. Casablanca

2. The Wizard of Oz

1. It’s a Wonderful Life


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2 thoughts on “My Top 100 Movies

  1. Wow! 100 is just an amazing effort. We do this too but try to keep it to our favorite top 10 and that’s hard enough. I admit I skipped down to see your #1 and was surprised. We are all different! My top 5 are:, Silverado, Victor Victoria, Sound of Music, Love Actually and Notting Hill. The next 5 are always in flux.
    Love the blog!

    • Silverado! Love that one. That was when I first had a crush on a young (ish) Kevin Costner. Everyday I could think of a new movie to add to the list…

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