The Top 50 Films

The Goal

Watch the top 50 films, as voted on IMDb‘s Top 250 films chart.


I really like getting lost in a movie, especially when sick, tired or on a rainy day. I really like good movies; interesting plots, good acting, good sets and good music.

The more movies I watch, the more picky I become. This makes it hard to enjoy new movies, particularly when a few similar ones come out at the same time.

The movies that got in the top 50 on the above-mentioned IMDb chart have had millions of votes, so they must be good.

Progress so far…

I printed off the list and ticked off the ones I’ve already seen. Here’s the edited chart:

  1. The Shawshank Redemption (see below)
  2. The Godfather – WATCHED ALREADY
  3. The Godfather: Part II – WATCHED
  4. Pulp Fiction – WATCHED
  5. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly – WATCHED
  6. 12 Angry Men – WATCHED
  7. Schindler’s List – WATCHED ALREADY (see below)
  8. The Dark Knight – WATCHED ALREADY
  9. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King – WATCHED ALREADY
  10. Fight Club – WATCHED ALREADY (see below)
  11. Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back – WATCHED ALREADY
  12. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest – WATCHED ALREADY
  13. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring – WATCHED ALREADY
  14. Inception – WATCHED ALREADY
  15. Goodfellas – WATCHED
  16. Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope – WATCHED ALREADY
  17. Seven Samurai – WATCHED
  18. The Matrix – WATCHED ALREADY
  19. City of God – WATCHED
  20. Forrest Gump – WATCHED ALREADY
  21. Once Upon a Time in the West – WATCHED (partly)
  22. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers – WATCHED ALREADY
  23. Insert Disney Movie Here – WATCHED ALREADY
  24. Se7en – WATCHED
  25. The Silence of the Lambs – WATCHED ALREADY
  26. Raiders of the Lost Ark – WATCHED ALREADY
  27. The Dark Knight Rises – WATCHED ALREADY
  28. Life is Beautiful – WATCHED ALREADY
  29. Rear Window. Replaced by Close Encounters of the Third Kind – WATCHED
  30. Psycho – WATCHED
  31. It’s a Wonderful Life – WATCHED ALREADY
  32. Leon: The Professional. Replaced by The Pianist – WATCHED ALREADY
  33. Back to the Future – WATCHED ALREADY
  34. Memento – WATCHED
  35. American History X – WATCHED ALREADY
  36. Apocalypse Now. Replaced by Amelie – WATCHED ALREADY
  37. Terminator 2: Judgement Day – WATCHED ALREADY
  38. Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb. Replaced by Monty Python and the Holy Grail – WATCHED ALREADY
  39. Saving Private Ryan. Replaced by 2001: A Space Odyssey – WATCHED
  40. North By Northwest. Replaced by Star Trek: The Motion Picture – WATCHED
  42. The Castle – WATCHED ALREADY
  43. Spirited Away. Replaced by Tales from Earthsea – WATCHED
  44. Citizen Kane – WATCHED
  45. The Shining – WATCHED
  46. The Great Dictator – WATCHED
  47. American Beauty – WATCHED ALREADY
  48. Taxi Driver – WATCHED
  49. Vertigo – WATCHED
  50. Toy Story 3 – WATCHED ALREADY

So that’s about half left to watch, after my recent efforts described later in the post. I’ll write a mini review after watching, and link it on the above edited chart. I’ll probably also take the opportunity to rewatch a few favourites I’ve already seen, but I may not blog about those.

I’ve already started by watching two films from the Top 50: Schindlers List and The Shawshank Redemption. I picked these by going into the local movie store, chart printoff in hand, and renting the first two that I found.

I had already watched and apprecited Schindlers List in high school English. I really liked how Schindler reformed, and the risks and efforts of Itzhak Stern until Schindler came around. If I had not studied Nazi Germany in high school modern history, I would find the contrast between the characters a little strong. Unfortunately, too much of what happened in the film was true.

On a slightly happier note: The Shawshank Redemption. The movie seemed a bit more authentic, and less touched up than recent movies. Maybe I just like it because it’s more like the first movies I watched when younger… the first sign of old age, perhaps? I’m also a big fan of Morgan Freeman and liked the ending of the story.

Another watch from the top list was Fight Club. It’s a bit odd, but the ending was a surprise the first time I watched it.

I’m writing this while at a work conference, and have a couple of movies borrowed/rented and ready for watching this weekend. Based on the reports from friends and family, they should be good.

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