My Updated Top 100 Movie List

Happy New Year and New Decade!!

(Scroll down for the list after commentary)

Five years ago today, I completed by Top 100 and posted the list here. Its time now to post the list again, with some shuffling and changes. Some movies haven’t aged as well, some have gotten better and some new additions.

“The Dark Knight” is now in my Top 20. I have seen it more than a dozen times and it gets better each time.

“Inglorious Basterds” just outside the Top 20.

Added two “Multi-Movie Entries”:

Toy Story 1-4 added at #34. A remarkable achievement with almost the same core cast and characters that have become part of the public concious.

Richard Linklater’s “Before” movies, the trilogy of Celine and Jessie. Wonderful films that tell the story of an impossible love.

Added Hitchcock’s “North by Northwest”, wondering how I excluded it the first go around.

Added Adam Egoyan’s “The Sweet Hereafter”, an exceptional guy wrenching movie and the best Canadian film ever made.

Added three new from this Decade’s Top 10, “Spotlight”, “Arrival” and “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri.”

As a result six movies (Avatar, Planet of the Apes (68), When Harry Met Sally…, Wall Street, Bell Epoque and Say Anything) fall off the list.

I am often asked for movie recommendations and this list is a great place to start.

My Top 10 Movies.

Dan’s Top 100 Movies (Jan 1 2020)

  1. The Godfather Part II (1974 – Coppola)
  2. Goodfellas (1991 – Scorsese)
  3. The Godfather (1972 – Coppola)
  4. Amadeus (1984 – Forman)
  5. Singing in the Rain (1952 – Donen)
  6. Pulp Fiction (1994 – Tarantino)
  7. Raging Bull (1980 – Scorsese)
  8. West Side Story (1961 – Wise & Robbins)
  9. A Fish Called Wanda (1985 -Chricton )
  10. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy (2001,2002,2003 – Jackson)
  11. This is Spinal Tap (Reiner – 1983)
  12. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1983 – Spielberg)
  13. Citizen Kane (Welles – 1941)
  14. Fargo (1996 – Coen)
  15. Platoon (1986 – Stone)
  16. Casablanca (1943 – Curtiz)
  17. Vertigo (Hitchcock – 1958)
  18. Schindler’s List (1993 – Spielberg)
  19. The Dark Knight (2008 – Nolan)
  20. WALL-E (2008 – Stanton))
  21. Inglorious Bastards (2009 – Tarantino)
  22. Taxi Driver (1976 – Scorsese)
  23. The Empire Strikes Back (1980 – Lucas)
  24. Apocalypse Now (1979 – Coppola)
  25. Tootsie (1982 -Pollack)
  26. Monty Python and The Holy Grail (1974 – Gilliam)
  27. Moonstruck (1987 – Jewison)
  28. All The President’s Men (1976 – Pakula)
  29. Spotlight (2016 – McCarthy
  30. The Silence of the Lambs (1991 – Demme)
  31. A Clockwork Orange (1970 – Kubrick)
  32. Patton (1970 – Schaffner)
  33. Mississippi Burning (1988 – Parker)
  34. Toy Story 1,2,3 & 4 (1995, 1999, 2010 & 2019 – Pixar)
  35. The Color Purple (1985 – Speilberg)
  36. Midnight Express (1976 – Parker)
  37. Being There (1979 – Ashby)
  38. The Searchers (1956 – Ford)
  39. Dog Day Afternoon (1975 – Lumet)
  40. Breaking Away (1979 – Yates)
  41. Some Like it Hot (1959 – Wilder)
  42. Stop Making Sense (1984 – Demme)
  43. Nashville (1975 – Altman)
  44. Before Sunrise (1995) Before Sunset (2004) Before Midnight (2013) (Linkater)
  45. Smith Goes to Washington (1939 – Capra)
  46. Arrival (2016 – Villeneuve)
  47. Pan’s Labyrinth (2006 – del Toro)
  48. To Kill A Mockingbird (1962 – Mulligan)
  49. Robocop (1987 – Verhoven)
  50. Young Frankenstein (1974 – Brooks)
  51. High Noon (1952 – Zimmerman)
  52. Jaws (1975 – Spielberg)
  53. Bladerunner (1982 – Scott))
  54. Saving Private Ryan (1998 – Spielberg)
  55. The Third Man (1947 – Reed)
  56. Scarface (1983 – DePalma)
  57. The Up Documentaries (1966 to present – Apted)
  58. Do the Right Thing (1989 – Lee)
  59. Strangelove: Or, How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love the Bomb (1964 – Kubrick)
  60. North by Northwest (1959 – Hitchcock)
  61. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017 – McDonagh)
  62. Alien (Scott – 1979)
  63. Aliens (1986 – Cameron))
  64. Duck Soup (1933 – McCarey)
  65. On The Waterfront (1954 – Kazan)
  66. The Departed (2006 – Scorsese)
  67. Glengarry Glen Ross (1992 – Foley)
  68. Die Hard 1988 – McTiernan)
  69. E. T. The Extra Terrestrial (1983 – Spielberg)
  70. City Lights (1931 – Chaplin)
  71. The Shawshank Redemption (1993 – Darabont)
  72. Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1985 – Zemeckis)
  73. 2001 A Space Odyssey (1969 – Kubrick)
  74. The Little Mermaid (1992 – Clements/Musker)
  75. Psycho (1690 – Hitchcock)
  76. The Producers (1968 – Brooks)
  77. Hannah and Her Sisters (1986 – Allen)
  78. Hoop Dreams 1994 – James)
  79. Army of Darkness (1992 – Raimi)
  80. The Sweet Hereafter (1997 – Egoyan)
  81. The Big Lebowski (1998 – Cohen)
  82. The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993 – Sellick)
  83. Bride of Frankenstein (1935 – Whale)
  84. Letters from Iwo Jima (2006 – Eastwood)
  85. Gravity (2013 – Cauron)
  86. The Wizard of Oz (1939 – Fleming)
  87. The Fog of War (2003 – Morris)
  88. Moulin Rouge 2001 – Luhrmann)
  89. Terminator 2 – Judgment Day (1991 – Cameron)
  90. Millers Crossing (1990 – Coen Brothers)
  91. 12 Angry Men (1957 – Lumet)
  92. 21 Grams (2003 – Innaratu)
  93. The Princess Bride (1989 – Reiner)
  94. The Philadelphia Story (1940 – Cuckor)
  95. Ghostbusters (1983 – Reitman)
  96. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004 – Gondry)
  97. Juno (2007 – Jason Reitman)
  98. Star Trek: First Contact (1996 – Frakes)
  99. The Breakfast Club (1983 – Hughes)
  100. The Blues Brothers (1980 – Landis)

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