This is the next batch of 50 in my countdown of the Top 1000 films through 2011 (the first century of film).  Down through Last Year at Marienbad, they all earn an 87, which is the highest ***.5, or just short of being a great film.  From #829 on to the end of this list they all earn an 88 which is the lowest rating which earns **** (and thus gets called a great film).  You should probably look at the introduction first.  Your best bet for finding previous groups of 50 is to click here.

#850

喜宴
(The Wedding Banquet)

  • Director:  Ang Lee
  • Genre:  Comedy (Romantic)
  • Distributor:  Samuel Goldwyn Company
  • Year:  1993
  • Country:  Taiwan  (Mandarin)
  • Major Awards:  Foreign (NH, AA, GG)
  • N.A. Gross:  $6,933,459
  • Entry Rank:  #553
  • The Film:  If you’re gay and you decide to have a sham marriage just to please your parents you better hope they don’t travel from China to be part of it.  The second film from Ang Lee and one of two (along with Eat Drink Man Woman) that made him internationally acclaimed almost right out of the gate.  The first of seven Lee films on the list.

#849

Body Heat

  • Director:  Lawrence Kasdan
  • Genre:  Suspense
  • Distributor:  Warner Bros
  • Year:  1981
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Screenplay (WGA), Actress (NH)
  • N.A. Gross:  $24,058,838
  • Entry Rank:  #422
  • The Film:  Kasdan earned acclaim even faster than Lee since this was his first film (though he had already been a writer) as did star Kathleen Turner in her first film role in a performance almost universally described as sultry.  Kasdan will have another film in this group of 50 but his next one will have to wait for a while after that.

#848

Jeder für sich und Gott gegen alle
(The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser)

  • Director:  Werner Herzog
  • Genre:  Drama
  • Distributor:  Cinema V
  • Year:  1975 (OE: 1976)
  • Country:  West Germany  (German)
  • Major Awards:  Foreign (NH)
  • WW Gross:  $2,874  (ri)
  • Entry Rank:  #375
  • TSPDT Rank:  #537
  • The Film:  The reason the year isn’t accurate is the same reason it wasn’t Oscar Eligible; it was submitted for Best Foreign Film in 1975 (which is the year I use in that column in the spreadsheet).  It wasn’t nominated as you may notice and that’s because, well, how do I put this delicately, the Oscar voters are fucking morons.  Fascinating Herzog film based on a real story.

#847

L’Avventura

  • Director:  Michelangelo Antonioni
  • Genre:  Mystery
  • Distributor:  Janus Films
  • Year:  1960  (OE: 1961)
  • Country:  Italy  (Italian)
  • Major Awards:  Picture (BAFTA), Screenplay (NH), Actress (NH, BAFTA), Foreign (NH)
  • Entry Rank:  #252
  • TSPDT Rank:  #38
  • The Film:  Films like this are difficult to write about, between balancing me commenting on how good they are (Antonioni’s best film with its balance of mystery and sensuality in the story of a woman who disappears and the relationship between her husband and best friend as they search for her) and noting that the world of critics have pushed it way too high as evidence by the TSPDT rank.

#846

Rushmore

  • Director:  Wes Anderson
  • Genre:  Comedy
  • Distributor:  Disney (TS)
  • Year:  1998
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Screenplay (NH), S. Actor (NH, GG, NYFC, LAFC, NSFC)
  • N.A. Gross:  $17,105,219
  • WW Gross:  $17,195,500
  • Entry Rank:  #613
  • The Film:  Bill Murray finally got a role fully worthy of showing off his comedic and dramatic talents and of course the Oscars didn’t even nominate him (see comment in Kaspar Hauser).  I wouldn’t see Bottle Rocket until years after this but this instantly made me a huge fan of Wes Anderson.  When I sort the sheet by directors, this is still right above L’Avventura, one of only two times that oddity occurs (two Woody Allen films are consecutive).

#845

Nobody’s Fool

  • Director:  Robert Benton
  • Genre:  Comedy  (Lit Adaptation)
  • Distributor:  Paramount
  • Year:  1994
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  A Screenplay (NH, AA), Actor (NH, AA, GG, NYFC, NSFC)
  • N.A. Gross:  $39,491,975
  • Entry Rank:  #566
  • The Film:  Fully reviewed here because the script is brilliant.  But when you read that you may also notice that the novel is also fantastic.  If you haven’t read Richard Russo, you really have some catching up to do.

#844

Pather Panchali
(Song of the Road)

  • Director:  Satyajit Ray
  • Genre:  Drama
  • Distributor:  Edward Harrison
  • Year:  1955  (OE: 1959)
  • Country:  India  (Bengali)
  • Major Awards:  Picture (BAFTA), Foreign (NH, NBR)
  • N.A. Gross:  $134,241  (ri)
  • WW Gross:  $135,342  (ri)
  • Entry Rank:  #206
  • TSPDT Rank:  #55
  • The Film:  Another film like L’Avventura that others rank higher than I do.  This is the start of the Apu Trilogy (the final film is by far the best in my opinion) and fully reviewed here.  And yes, back when the Academy has less stringent rules, it was really eligible four years after it came out in India.

#843

Napoleon

  • Director:  Abel Gance
  • Genre:  Drama (Biopic – Politician)
  • Distributor:  MGM
  • Year:  1927  (OE: 1929)
  • Country:  France  (French)
  • Major Awards:  Director (NH), Actor (NH), Foreign (NH)
  • WW Gross:  $39,448  (ri)
  • Entry Rank:  #23
  • TSPDT Rank:  #176
  • The Film:  Gance’s very good biopic of one of history’s most interesting men has never been equaled which isn’t for lack of trying but for lack of success.  Perhaps it’s that they didn’t have Albert Dieudonné whose film career was short but was perfect for this role.  This film was lost for years and exists in numerous versions so I’m glad I’m not including length as one of the listed categories.

#842

Peeping Tom

  • Director:  Michael Powell
  • Genre:  Horror (Urban Horror)
  • Distributor:  Astor Pictures
  • Year:  1960  (OE: 1962)
  • Country:  U.K.
  • Major Awards:  Screenplay (NH)
  • WW Gross:  $24,640  (ri)
  • Entry Rank:  #249
  • TSPDT Rank:  #279
  • The Film:  Yeah, definitely no awards other than my nomination.  Critics and audiences alike hated this film when it first came out and it was devastating to Powell’s career.  Just the poster alone gives you the idea of how the film was treated but time has been kind to it and it is now very highly regarded.

#841

Babel

  • Director:  Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu
  • Genre:  Drama (Social)
  • Distributor:  Paramount Vantage
  • Year:  2006
  • Country:  U.S. (among others, with many languages)
  • Major Awards:  Picture (AA, PGA, BAFTA, GG, BFCA), Director (DGA, AA, BAFTA, GG), Screenplay (WGA, AA, BAFTA, GG, BFCA), S. Actor (GG), S. Actress (NH, NH, NH, SAG, SAG, AA, AA, GG, GG, BFCA, BFCA, CFC)
  • N.A. Gross:  $34,302,837
  • WW Gross:  $135,330,182
  • Entry Rank:  #757
  • TSPDT Rank:  #517 (21st)
  • The Film:  Fully reviewed here because it was a Best Picture nominee in 2006.  This was the start of the Academy really appreciating a director who had already proven himself to be brilliant (of the two films he made before this one has already appeared in the Top 1000 and the other will appear much later).

#840

Алекса́ндр Не́вский
(Alexander Nevsky)

  • Director:  Sergei Eisenstein
  • Genre:  War (Historical)
  • Distributor:  Amkino
  • Year:  1938  (OE: 1939)
  • Country:  USSR (Russian)
  • Major Awards:  Foreign (NH)
  • WW Gross:  $2,226  (ri)
  • Entry Rank:  #78
  • TSPDT Rank:  #492
  • The Film:  Because of politics, because of distractions (going to Mexico), because of the way his life turned out, Eisenstein didn’t make many films.  But of his seven films, five of them make the Top 1000 starting with this story of one of Russia’s greatest heroes.

#839

Nosferatu: Phantom der Nacht
(Nosferatu the Vampyre)

  • Director:  Werner Herzog
  • Genre:  Horror (Vampire – Dracula)
  • Distributor:  20th Century-Fox
  • Year:  1979
  • Country:  West Germany (German)
  • Major Awards:  S. Actor (NH), Foreign (NH)
  • WW Gross:  $2,874  (ri)
  • Entry Rank:  #397
  • The Film:  The second of three Herzog films within the space of 20 films on this list (his one other film in the Top 1000 won’t appear for over 600 more spots).  It’s got the same listed box office as the other two because they all come from a Herzog retrospective in 2006.  This is Herzog’s very interesting remake of the classic Murnau film.  Fully reviewed here.

#838

The Crow

  • Director:  Alex Proyas
  • Genre:  Action (Comic Book)
  • Distributor:  Miramax
  • Year:  1994
  • Country:  U.S.
  • N.A. Gross:  $50,693,129
  • Entry Rank:  #560
  • The Film:  It was already kind of cursed to be under-appreciated since it’s a comic book adaptation (which is I originally reviewed it as my under-appreciated film of 1994 years before I did my 1994 project).  But then star Brandon Lee died during filming and it was just doubly cursed.  That didn’t stop how fantastic it was (as was the soundtrack).  It made too much when it was released to really be a cult film but I always felt like those of us who loved it from the start were kind of cultish about it.

#837

Zodiac

  • Director:  David Fincher
  • Genre:  Crime (True Crime)
  • Distributor:  Paramount
  • Year:  2007
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  A Screenplay (WGA)
  • N.A. Gross:  $33,080,084
  • WW Gross:  $84,785,914
  • Entry Rank:  #778
  • TSPDT Rank:  #593
  • The Film:  Before they were Avengers, Mark Ruffalo was a cop and Robert Downey was a reporter and both of them were trying to unravel the Zodiac killings.  This is a film that critics love but that awards groups were more lukewarm about.  I was more on the awards groups with this originally but I have been moving it gradually up over the years.  Like Herzog, we have a couple of Fincher films close together then a big jump before his last one.

#836

Ragtime

  • Director:  Milos Forman
  • Genre:  Drama  (Lit Adaptation)
  • Distributor:  Paramount
  • Year:  1981
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (GG), Director (GG), A Screenplay (NH, WGA, AA), S. Actor (NH, AA, GG), S. Actress (NH, AA, GG)
  • N.A. Gross:  $14,920,781
  • Entry Rank:  #414
  • The Film:  A novel that, in spite of its brilliance, might not have seemed to have enough story to make a film, becomes a fantastic ensemble work from Milos Forman.  There’s no real lead but all the supporting players are brilliant, there’s great music and the film looks magnificent.  Fully reviewed here.

#835

Cinderella

  • Director:  Clyde Geronomi / Hamilton Laske
  • Genre:  Kids (Animated – Disney)
  • Distributor:  Disney (RKO)
  • Year:  1950
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Animated (NH)
  • N.A. Gross:  $93,141,149
  • WW Gross:  $95,126,722  (ic)
  • Entry Rank:  #155
  • The Film:  For the first time in eight years, Disney finally is able to put together a full feature film (after several clip films) and if it’s not a complete return to greatness, it’s close, with one of their most memorable songs (“Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo”).  Fully reviewed here.

#834

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

  • Director:  David Fincher
  • Genre:  Mystery (Detective – Salander)
  • Distributor:  Columbia
  • Year:  2011
  • Country:  U.S.  /  Sweden
  • Major Awards:  Picture (PGA), Director (DGA), A Screenplay (WGA), Actress (NH, AA, GG)
  • N.A. Gross:  $102,515,793
  • WW Gross:  $232,617,430
  • Entry Rank:  #834
  • The Film:  I gave consideration to using the “truth in advertising” version of the poster (where it’s titled “All of the Rape, None of the Subtitles”) but the film stands up on its own and is actually far superior to the Swedish version (because it doesn’t just rely on the strong lead female performance).  The odd film in the expanded BP Era to earn PGA-DGA-WGA noms but none of those at the Oscars.

#833

L’Age d’or

  • Director:  Luis Buñuel
  • Genre:  Comedy  (Surreal)
  • Distributor:  Corinth Films
  • Year:  1930  (OE: 1980)
  • Country:  France  (French)
  • Major Awards:  Foreign (NH)
  • N.A. Gross:  $32,712  (ri)
  • Entry Rank:  #31
  • TSPDT Rank:  #140
  • The Film:  Films like this (filmed in French) and his late films (also in French) confused me to as Buñuel’s nationality (he’s Spanish).  His surrealist brilliance wouldn’t actually play in the States until 1979 (and not in L.A. until 1980).  This is Buñuel’s third film in the Top 1000 but it’ll be over 300 spots before we see him again.

#832

Aparajito

  • Director:  Satyajit Ray
  • Genre:  Drama
  • Distributor:  Edward Harrison
  • Year:  1957  (OE: 1959)
  • Country:  India  (Bengali)
  • Major Awards:  Picture (BAFTA), Actress (BAFTA)
  • N.A. Gross:  $134,241  (ri)
  • Entry Rank:  #219
  • TSPDT Rank:  #581
  • The Film:  The second part of the Apu Trilogy which landed in the States the same year as the first and is fully reviewed here.  I am in a distinct minority in viewing each film in the trilogy as better than the one before.

#831

Fitzcarraldo

  • Director:  Werner Herzog
  • Genre:  Adventure
  • Distributor:  New World
  • Year:  1982
  • Country:  West Germany  (German)
  • Major Awards:  Foreign (NH, BAFTA, GG)
  • WW Gross:  $2,874  (ri)
  • Entry Rank:  #418
  • TSPDT Rank:  #413
  • The Film:  As promised, the third Herzog film in this post and it’s the second with his greatest collaborator, Klaus Kinski.  The madness of Kinski’s character (pulling a boat over a mountain to get to a river) makes for the perfect metaphor for their working relationship.  Another example of the best Foreign Film of the year being submitted to the Oscars and not even getting a nomination.

#830

L’année dernière à Marienbad
(Last Year at Marienbad)

  • Director:  Alain Resnais
  • Genre:  Drama  (Surreal)
  • Distributor:  Astor Pictures
  • Year:  1961  (OE: 1962)
  • Country:  France  (French)
  • Major Awards:  Picture (BAFTA), Screenplay (NH, AA), Foreign (NH)
  • N.A. Gross:  $207,917  (ri)
  • WW Gross:  $220,009  (ri)
  • Entry Rank:  #251
  • TSPDT Rank:  #98
  • The Film:  They’ve already met before, no, maybe, they haven’t, oh, but he’s certain they have, wait, what’s going on?  This film is like a hypnotic dream which makes it the perfect film to top out at an 87 rating and almost straddle the line into **** but not quite.

#829

Crainquebille

  • Director:  Jacques Feyder
  • Genre:  Drama (Social)
  • Distributor:  Red Seal
  • Year:  1922
  • Country:  France  (French but silent)
  • Entry Rank:  #8
  • The Film:  This lovely little early French masterpiece (it’s the earliest French film on the list by five years and it’s the first great feature length film in French history) is mostly over-looked these days (less than 350 votes on the IMDb) but shouldn’t be.  It’s the story of a vegetable peddler who gets tied up in the French judicial system.

#828

Die Liebe der Jeanne Ney
(The Love of Jeanne Ney)

  • Director:  Georg Wilhelm Pabst
  • Genre:  Drama (Romance)
  • Distributor:  UFA
  • Year:  1927 (OE: 1928)
  • Country:  Germany  (German but silent)
  • Major Awards:  A. Screenplay (NH), S. Actor (NH, NH), S. Actress (NH), Foreign (NH)
  • Entry Rank:  #21
  • The Film:  Not that much more known these days than Crainquebille but I found it because it has the magnificent Brigitte Helm, possibly the best actress of the 20s.  A full review is here.

#827

Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones

  • Director:  George Lucas
  • Genre:  Sci-Fi  (Star Wars)
  • Distributor:  20th Century-Fox
  • Year:  2002
  • Country:  U.S.
  • N.A. Gross:  $310,676,740
  • WW Gross:  $653,779,970
  • Entry Rank:  #671
  • The Film:  Yes, I am alone in having this here (though many others had higher views when it came out) and I don’t care.  There are some clunky moments but it’s story-telling on a grand, magnificent scale with good characters, a great story and fantastic visuals.

#826

The Visitor

  • Director:  Tom McCarthy
  • Genre:  Drama
  • Distributor:  Overture Films
  • Year:  2008
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Screenplay (WGA), Actor (NH, AA, SAG, BFCA), S. Actress (NH)
  • N.A. Gross:  $9,427,089
  • WW Gross:  $18,197,518
  • Entry Rank:  #779
  • The Film:  Honestly a little surprised this isn’t on the Top 1000 for the 21st Century over at TSPDT.  Wonderful little story about a professor who discovers a couple in his apartment that finally gave an overdue lead role to Richard Jenkins.

#825

May Fools

  • Director:  Louis Malle
  • Genre:  Comedy
  • Distributor:  Orion Classics
  • Year:  1990
  • Country:  France  (French)
  • Major Awards:  Screenplay (NH), Foreign (NH, BAFTA)
  • N.A. Gross:  $1,576,702
  • Entry Rank:  #499
  • The Film:  I originally saw this because of the BAFTA nom (before I covered Malle in my Top 100) and was always surprised it wasn’t more well-known.  Fully reviewed here.

#824

Cinderella Man

  • Director:  Ron Howard
  • Genre:  Drama  (Sports – True Story)
  • Distributor:  Universal
  • Year:  2005
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Screenplay (WGA, BAFTA), Actor (SAG, GG), S. Actor (AA, SAG, GG, BFCA, BSFC)
  • N.A. Gross:  $61,649,911
  • WW Gross:  $108,539,911
  • Entry Rank:  #728
  • The Film:  The Oscars heaped Oscars on the over-rated A Beautiful Mind and noms on the over-rated Frost/Nixon but mostly ignored Ron Howard’s only great film, the story of Gentleman Jim Braddock.  Why does boxing, a sport I loathe, make for such good films?

#823

Non ti muovere
(Don’t Move)

  • Director:  Sergio Castellitto
  • Genre:  Drama  (Romance)
  • Distributor:  Northern Arts
  • Year:  2004  (OE: 2005)
  • Country:  Italy  (Italian)
  • N.A. Gross:  $337,265
  • WW Gross:  $12,071,007
  • Entry Rank:  #706
  • The Film:  I guess there’s something to be said for the Satellite Awards because they nominated this great film for Foreign Film when no one else did (not even me – even at **** it comes in 7th in the stacked year of 2004) and that’s how I first came to see this stark Drama with Penelope Cruz showing how great she can be, no matter the country.

#822

Mùi du du xanh
(The Scent of Green Papaya)

  • Director:  Anh Hung Tran
  • Genre:  Drama  (Romance)
  • Distributor:  First Look Pictures
  • Year:  1993  (OE: 1994)
  • Country:  Vietnam  (Vietnamese)
  • Major Awards:  Foreign (NH, AA)
  • N.A. Gross:  $1,700,992
  • Entry Rank:  #535
  • The Film:  You can also find a blurb here from when I covered this film as part of the amazing year of 1994.  Excellent Oscar nominee from Vietnam.

#821

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

  • Director:  Chris Columbus
  • Genre:  Fantasy  (Wizarding World)
  • Distributor:  Warner Bros
  • Year:  2002
  • Country:  U.K.
  • N.A. Gross:  $262,450,136
  • WW Gross:  $879,594,254
  • Entry Rank:  #668
  • The Film:  Yes, even a great film can be flawed and this film definitely has a flawed ending as you can read about in my full review of it here.  But it does so many other things well and that makes it appropriate to be just a little higher than the film from the same year with some of the same problems.

#820

Les invasions barbares
(The Barbarian Invasions)

  • Director:  Denys Arcand
  • Genre:  Comedy
  • Distributor:  Miramax
  • Year:  2003
  • Country:  Canada  (French)
  • Major Awards:  Screenplay (AA, BAFTA), Foreign (NH, AA, GG, BAFTA, BFCA, NBR)
  • N.A. Gross:  $8,544,975
  • WW Gross:  $34,883,010
  • Entry Rank:  #682
  • TSPDT Rank:  #510
  • The Film:  This film managed to earn an Oscar nomination for Original Screenplay in spite of being a sequel.  While the original had earned an Oscar nomination for Foreign Film this one managed to actually win the award.  Sharp comedic sequel that’s better than the original (Decline of the American Empire).

#819

Beetlejuice

  • Director:  Tim Burton
  • Genre:  Comedy  (Black)
  • Distributor:  Warner Bros
  • Year:  1988
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Actor (NSFC), S. Actor (NH)
  • N.A. Gross:  $74,220,408
  • WW Gross:  $74,270,074  (ic)
  • Entry Rank:  #473
  • The Film:  Tim Burton’s bizarre creative juices find their first really great outlet as he also begins his work with Michael Keaton in a vastly under-rated performance that should have allowed people to envision him as Batman.  Also, extra points for brilliant use of “Jump in the Line”.

#818

Revanche

  • Director:  Gotz Spielmann
  • Genre:  Crime
  • Distributor:  Janus Films
  • Year:  2008  (OE: 2009)
  • Country:  Austria  (German)
  • Major Awards:  Foreign (NH, AA)
  • N.A. Gross:  $258,388
  • WW Gross:  $886,407
  • Entry Rank:  #771
  • The Film:  It made barely any money and it didn’t even get much awards attention, though the Oscars came through this time with a deserved nomination for this dark Austrian Crime film.

#817

Brick

  • Director:  Rian Johnson
  • Genre:  Mystery
  • Distributor:  Universal (Focus Features)
  • Year:  2005  (OE: 2006)
  • Country:  U.S.
  • N.A. Gross:  $2,075,743
  • WW Gross:  $3,947,579
  • Entry Rank:  #737
  • TSPDT Rank:  #566  (21st)
  • The Film:  Film noir meets high school in this dark Mystery.  More important, it heralds the arrival of two talents with 32 year old writer-director Rian Johnson and the adult turn of acting for 24 year old star Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

#816

The Country Girl

  • Director:  George Seaton
  • Genre:  Drama
  • Distributor:  Paramount
  • Year:  1954
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture, (AA), Director (DGA, AA), A Screenplay (NH, WGA, AA), Actor (NH, AA, NBR), Actress (NH, AA, BAFTA, GG, NYFC, NBR), S. Actor (NH)
  • N.A. Gross:  $14,300,000  (@-re)
  • Entry Rank:  #184
  • The Film:  People talk about A Star is Born like Judy Garland was going to win the Oscar and somehow stumbled when Grace Kelly had already won everything (the BAFTA loss was after the Oscars).  Not to take away from Garland but don’t take away from Kelly’s fantastic performance, not to mention Crosby’s best ever performance (much better than his own Oscar win) and the strong performance from William Holden not to mention the strong writing.

#815

American Splendor

  • Director:  Shari Springer Berman  /  Robert Pulcini
  • Genre:  Comedy  (True Story)
  • Distributor:  New Line  (Fine Line)
  • Year:  2003
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (LAFC, NSFC), A. Screenplay (NH, WGA, AA, LAFC, NSFC, BSFC), Actress (NYFC), S. Actress (NH, GG)
  • N.A. Gross:  $6,010,990
  • WW Gross:  $7,986,084
  • Entry Rank:  #679
  • TSPDT Rank:  #197  (21st)
  • The Film:  If this link is live, it means the 2003 post made it up before this one and you can read the full review.  If it’s not, wait until that’s live.  A very different “comic book movie”.

#814

Enter the Dragon

  • Director:  Robert Clouse
  • Genre:  Action  (Martial Arts)
  • Distributor:  Warner Bros
  • Year:  1973
  • Country:  Hong Kong  /  U.S.
  • NA Gross:  $9,300,000  (@-re)
  • WW Gross:  $40,821  (ri)
  • Entry Rank:  #344
  • TSPDT Rank:  #880
  • The Film:  This is one of my example films when I talk about how any film can rise above its genre and become a great film if it’s made right.  A great action film that makes the best use of star Bruce Lee.

#813

Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi

  • Director:  Richard Marquand
  • Genre:  Sci-Fi  (Star Wars)
  • Distributor:  20th Century-Fox
  • Year:  1983
  • Country:  U.S.
  • N.A. Gross:  $309,306,177
  • WW Gross:  $475,546,459
  • Entry Rank:  #419
  • The Film:  Fully reviewed here when I wrote about its Adapted Screenplay.  The Star Wars films rarely get credit for their writing but this film pretty a satisfying conclusion to the original trilogy with heartfelt purpose.

#812

Mar adentro
(The Sea Inside)

  • Director:  Alejandro Amenábar
  • Genre:  Drama  (True Story)
  • Distributor:  New Line  (Fine Line)
  • Year:  2004
  • Country:  Spain  (Spanish)
  • Major Awards:  Actor (GG, BFCA), Foreign (AA, GG, BFCA, NBR)
  • N.A. Gross:  $2,104,923
  • WW Gross:  $43,731,621
  • Entry Rank:  #697
  • TSPDT Rank:  #892  (21st)
  • The Film:  It beats out Don’t Move and still can’t manage a Foreign Film Nighthawk nom so yes there are five more Foreign films from 2004 above this spot.  Bardem is also brilliant but again 2004 is a very tough year to earn nominations even for a great film like this true story about a man who has decided to end his life.  The second of three Amenábar films on the list but it’ll be a while before the third.

#811

Batman

  • Director:  Tim Burton
  • Genre:  Action  (Comic Book – DC-  Batman)
  • Distributor:  Warner Bros
  • Year:  1989
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Actor (GG), S. Actor (BAFTA)
  • N.A. Gross:  $251,348,343
  • WW Gross:  $411,556,825
  • Entry Rank:  #486
  • The Film:  This is the third Burton film on the list but it will be over 150 spots before we get to the fourth.  I wrote a really long review of this film here that talks about how much it meant, not just to me, but comic book fans in general when it first came out.

#810

Sin City

  • Director:  Robert Rodriguez
  • Genre:  Crime  (Comic Book)
  • Distributor:  Miramax  (Dimension)
  • Year:  2005
  • Country:  U.S.
  • N.A. Gross:  $74,103,820
  • WW Gross:  $158,733,820
  • Entry Rank:  #716
  • TSPDT Rank:  #637  (21st)
  • The Film:  Very different, yet also similar because of the Frank Miller influence on Batman and the Frank Miller adaptation (and even collaboration) here.  This film doesn’t so much overcome its pulp roots as completely embrace it and use that to make it an even better experience.

#809

The Trouble with Harry

  • Director:  Alfred Hitchcock
  • Genre:  Comedy  (Black)
  • Distributor:  Paramount
  • Year:  1955  (OE: 1956)
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (BAFTA), Director (DGA), A Screenplay (NH), Actress (BAFTA), S. Actress (NH)
  • Entry Rank:  #198
  • The Film:  I’m near the end of the fourth group of 50 and I’m just now getting to the first Hitchcock film.  Don’t worry, he’ll be a regular before long.  He does a very black Comey here showing how funny death can be with an adorable Shirley MacLaine.  Fully reviewed here.

#808

Sunshine State

  • Director:  John Sayles
  • Genre:  Drama
  • Distributor:  Sony Pictures Classics
  • Year:  2002
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Screenplay (NH), S. Actress (LAFC)
  • N.A. Gross:  $3,065,921
  • WW Gross:  $3,369,654
  • Entry Rank:  #661
  • The Film:  Oh, Florida.  What a fucked up state you are and I would be glad to be rid of you.  But John Sayles makes the characters come alive as only he can.  Edie Falco is great but can’t break through in one of the toughest years for the Nighthawk Awards.

#807

Jane Eyre

  • Director:  Cary Fukunaga
  • Genre:  Drama  (Lit Adaptation – Bronte)
  • Distributor:  Universal  (Focus Features)
  • Year:  2011
  • Country:  England  /  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Actor (LAFC, NBR)
  • N.A. Gross:  $11,242,660
  • WW Gross:  $34,710,627
  • Entry Rank:  #807
  • The Film:  By far the best version of one of the world’s great novels as fully reviewed here (both novel and film).  It’s only got major awards because of the fantastic overall year for Fassbender.  This speaks so well for its then 34 year old director that his second film makes the Top 1000 but his first film is even better as you will see two posts from now.

#806

The Bourne Ultimatum

  • Director:  Paul Greengrass
  • Genre:  Suspense  (Spy – Bourne)
  • Distributor:  Universal
  • Year:  2007
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Director (BAFTA)
  • N.A. Gross:  $227,471,070
  • WW Gross:  $444,100,035
  • Entry Rank:  #751
  • TSPDT Rank:  #405  (21st)
  • The Film:  After stepping away to make an even better film (in the Top 400), Greengrass returns to the Bourne films with more purpose and a singular vision of how to make it riveting.  It’s not often that the third film in a franchise is by far the best.

#805

Rabbit Hole

  • Director:  John Cameron Mitchell
  • Genre:  Drama
  • Distributor:  Lionsgate
  • Year:  2010
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Actress (AA, SAG, GG, BFCA)
  • N.A. Gross:  $2,229,058
  • WW Gross:  $5,144,717
  • Entry Rank:  #791
  • The Film:  The poster kind of says it all, the way the relationship is fractured for a couple after their son dies.  A harrowing Drama with powerhouse performances (Kidman is my #6 in a strong year).

#804

The Sunshine Boys

  • Director:  Herbert Ross
  • Genre:  Comedy  (Play Adaptation – Simon)
  • Distributor:  MGM
  • Year:  1975
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (GG), A. Screenplay (AA, WGA, BAFTA, GG), Actor (NH, AA, BAFTA, GG, GG), S. Actor (NH, AA, GG)
  • N.A. Gross:  $15,400,000  (@-re)
  • Entry Rank:  #360
  • The Film:  I’m not a big fan of Neil Simon and I’m not a fan at all of Herbert Ross but this time (with possibly Simon’s best play) they really come through.  A full review is here and discuses what’s so funny about this film (much of it).

#803

Finding Neverland

  • Director:  Marc Forster
  • Genre:  Fantasy  (True Story – Writer)
  • Distributor:  Miramax
  • Year:  2004
  • Country:  U.S.  /  England
  • Major Awards:  Picture (AA, BAFTA, GG, BFCA, NBR), Director (DGA, BAFTA, GG, BFCA), A. Screenplay (NH, AA, BAFTA, GG, BFCA), Actor (SAG, AA, BAFTA, GG, BFCA), Actress (BAFTA), S. Actor (SAG), S. Actress (BAFTA, BFCA)
  • N.A. Gross:  $51,680,613
  • WW Gross:  $116,650,613
  • Entry Rank:  #691
  • The Film:  After finally breaking through with a very Johnny role at the Oscars, he returns with a very unlike Johnny role, showing that he can just be a great dramatic actor as well, playing J.M. Barrie and exploring his life as he wrote Peter Pan.  Fully reviewed here.

#802

The Accidental Tourist

  • Director:  Lawrence Kasdan
  • Genre:  Comedy  (Romantic)
  • Distributor:  Warner Bros
  • Year:  1988
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (AA, GG, NYFC), A Screenplay (NH, WGA, AA, BAFTA), S. Actress (NH, AA)
  • N.A. Gross:  $32,632,093
  • Entry Rank:  #467
  • The Film:  One of the most under-appreciated Best Picture nominees among IMDb voters (just a 6.8), this quirky comedy is Kasdan at his best and the rare Kasdan adaptation of someone else’s writing.  Fully reviewed here.

#801

Le scaphandre et le papillon
(The Diving Bell and the Butterfly)

  • Director:  Julian Schnabel
  • Genre:  Drama  (True Story)
  • Distributor:  Miramax
  • Year:  2007
  • Country:  France  (French)
  • Major Awards:  Picture (PGA, BFCA), Director (DGA, AA, GG, BFCA, BSFC), A. Screenplay (WGA, AA, BAFTA, GG), Foreign (NH, BAFTA, GG, BFCA, BSFC, NBR)
  • N.A. Gross:  $6,003,227
  • WW Gross:  $19,780,116
  • Entry Rank:  #747
  • TSPDT Rank:  #905
  • The Film:  One of the most critically acclaimed films of 2007 (the rare 21st Century film to make the regular TSPDT Top 1000), the one that knocked Atonement out of the Director’s race at the Oscars.  A true story of a French editor who was almost entirely paralyzed by a stroke (except for one eye).