Commentary – The Almost List – The Films that Didn’t Quite Make It

The Almost List – The Films that Didn’t Quite Make It

Rear Window

 And now, the easiest part of any coach’s job. The cuts.”   Homer Simpson

Before I get into my 30 favourite films, I want to take a moment to give honourable mention to the last 30 that didn’t make it. The Almost List.

The most common question I asked when I discuss this blog is “Is this movie on your list” quickly followed by “Oh man, why not”. When a movie is not here, it doesn’t mean I don’t like it. It means of the 1600 or so films I have seen it’s not in my 100 favourite.


Placing the final 30 and leaving off these 30 for me was the hardest task. They are all films I love and value greatly. I had the list down to 130 films and had to make some ‘cuts’ for lack of a better term.

Here, alphabetically, is my Almost List. The Runners-Up up if you will: the last 30 films to get crossed off the top 100. All films that I love but didn’t quite make the final list. The five marked with an asterisk were the last five off the list.


A Streetcar Named Desire


Beauty and the Beast

Being John Malkovich *

Ben Hur



Decline of the American Empire


Finding Nemo

Fight Club

Groundhog Day

It’s a Wonderful Life

Minority Report *.

Minority Report

Nosferatu (1922)


Rear Window *


Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan *

Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope


The Conversation *

The Deer Hunter

The Hunt for Red October

The Last Detail

The Maltese Falcon

The Right Stuff

The Sweet Hereafter


War Games


It would seem that “The Usual Suspects” is the most common film people cannot believe is on my list. I liked it, but I saw the major plot twist coming a mile away. And I hate Stephen Baldwin.

One thought on “Commentary – The Almost List – The Films that Didn’t Quite Make It

  1. Being John Malkovich is inexcusable. I have never seen anything like it! Nosferatu haunts me to this day. It is right up there with “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari” for me. I am amazed how these old films can have such a lasting impact! Thanks for sharing, Dan!!

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