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Best 100 Movies Challenge

Happy Sunday, Friends!

While reading through some of the blogs I follow, I saw a post by Catherine Howard listing her top 100 films as a challenge from a Nathan Bransford post. It sounded like a lot of fun so I thought I would take the challenge, too, since it fits well into the subject matter of this blog.

I mulled over this list for a few days now, and while thinking about it, I wasn’t entirely sure I would be able to list 100 films. That particular problem is the whole reason I took on the AFI 100 Films of 100 Years list in the first place: for someone that claims to love movies as much as I do, it is stunning how many I *have not* seen. This exercise is more proof that I haven’t seen nearly as many films as I thought. This list will likely change in the next year or so as I start watching more films from AFI list – as well as a companion list I was given by friends.

This is a list of my favorite 100 – some have personal meaning, some were just stories I really liked, some had camera work that impressed me. Some have been on this list for years, and some are recent discoveries. I tend to lean a little more toward the black comedy and the ridiculous so you’re likely to find a lot of those on this list, but I like a variety of genres, and think there is a decent mix here. Some have been on the AFI Top 100 Films of 100 Years (10th Anniversary List) that I’ve already blogged about. Some are on the list, but I just have not watched them yet, so it might be fun to revisit this list in a few months to see if the AFI watching has moved and shifted a few things around.

For this year, however, here is the list. These are in no particular order other than what fist came to mind. Feel free to add yours to comments – I loved seeing these lists!

1. Raising Arizona

2. Pulp Fiction – My Post about this film

3. Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (Episode V)

4. The Wizard of Oz – My Post about this film

5. Goodfellas

6.  The Princess Bride

7. A Christmas Story

8. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

9. High Fidelity

10. Citizen Kane

11. Waking Ned Devine

12. Blazing Saddles

13. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

14. The Godfather Part II

15. Apocalypse Now

16. The Jerk

17. Rushmore

18. The Usual Suspects

19. American Beauty

20. Office Space

21. To Kill a Mockingbird

22. This is Spinal Tap

23. Best in Show

24. Waiting for Guffman

25. Toy StoryMy Post About This Film

26. The Shawshank Redemption

27. Star Wars: A New Hope (episode IV)

28. E.T. – the Extra Terrestrial

29. Dr. Strangelove

30. M*A*S*H

31. Tootsie

32. Mr. Mom

33. Do the Right ThingMy Post about this film

34. Big Fish

35. October Sky

36. There’s Something about Mary

37. Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

38. Juno

39. Sixteen Candles

40. Napoleon Dynamite

41. Being There

42. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom

43. A Beautiful Mind

44. Spaceballs

45. Terms of Endearment

46. Like Water for Chocolate

47. Clerks

48. The Goodbye Girl

49. My Cousin Vinny

50. Better Off Dead

51. Caddyshack

52. Rear Window

53. Little Miss Sunshine

54. A Fish Called Wanda

55. Monty Python and The Holy Grail

56. The Incredibles

57. O Brother Where Art Thou?

58. Nine to Five

59. Lost in Translation

60. Memento

61. Rain Man

62. Empire Records

63. Yellow Submarine

64. American Splendor

65. Wreck-it Ralph

66. Clueless

67. Happy Accidents

68. National Lampoon’s Vacation

69. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

70. National Lampoon’s Animal House

71. All the President’s Men

72. Big

73. Heathers

74. Beetlejuice

75. Stand By Me

76. 10 Things I Hate About You

77. Love Actually

78. Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner

79. Breakfast at Tiffany’s

80. Auntie Mame

81. Young Frankenstien

82. The Blues Brothers

83. The Sting

84. Hairspray (1988)

85. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

86. Roxanne

87. Groundhog Day

88. The Little Mermaid

89. Pleasantville

90. House of Yes

91. War of the Roses

92. So I Married an Axe Murderer

93. Steel Magnolias (1989)

94. The Great Gatsby (1974)

95. The World’s Fastest Indian

96. Election

97. The Pink Panther (1963)

98. Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

99. Parenthood

100. Ben-Hur – My Post on this Film

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Posted by on February 10, 2013 in Non-AFI Movies