Screen Shot 2020-11-14 at 12.02.51 PMAll 50 films in this post earn an 89 which is low ****.  The introduction to the entire list can be found here.

#750

ourhospitaOur Hospitality

  • Director:  Buster Keaton
  • Genre:  Comedy
  • Distributor:  Metro
  • Year:  1923
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Screenplay (NH)
  • Entry Rank:  #9
  • TSPDT Rank:  #634
  • The Film:  As with all of his films, Keaton is a sweet guy who just wants to win the girl.  The problem in this particular film is that her family has sworn to wipe out his family.  Will he get the girl?  Of course.  Will it be funny along the way given the obstacles?  Of course.

#749

mina_tannenbaumMina Tannenbaum

  • Director:  Martine Dugowson
  • Genre:  Drama
  • Distributor:  New Yorker Films
  • Year:  1994  (OE: 1995)
  • Country:  France  (French)
  • Major Awards:  Screenplay (NH), Foreign (NH, BSFC)
  • N.A. Gross:
  • WW Gross:
  • Entry Rank:  #500
  • The Film:  Two very different friends grow up together.  A reminder that a film can simply be about a relationship without a lot happening and still be excellent, or at least it can be if it’s made in another country.

#748

star_wars_episode_three_ver2Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith

  • Director:  George Lucas
  • Genre:  Sci-Fi  (Franchise – Star Wars)
  • Distributor:  20th Century-Fox
  • Year:  2005
  • Country:  U.S.
  • N.A. Gross:  $380,270,577
  • WW Gross:  $868,390,560
  • Entry Rank:  #661
  • The Film:  The finale of the Star Wars saga as originally written by George Lucas has an epic scope to it.  Yes, it’s terrible in the Padme and Anakin scenes but it more than makes up for that in the way the Republic is taken down and the magnificent lightsaber battles.

#747

mighty_heartA Mighty Heart

  • Director:  Michael Winterbottom
  • Genre:  Drama  (True Story)
  • Distributor:  Paramount Vantage
  • Year:  2007
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Actress (NH, SAG, GG, BFCA)
  • N.A. Gross:  $9,176,787
  • WW Gross:  $19,008,745
  • Entry Rank:  #695
  • The Film:  One of my early pieces online about film was about how Angelina Jolie made Wanted because she wanted to be an action star and my point was that was stupid, because why go for that when you had already proven what a brilliant dramatic actress you were in a film like this.  Maybe it was the lack of an Oscar nomination for a performance that deserved it.  Devastating true story of the kidnapping and murder of Daniel Pearl.

#746

about_schmidtAbout Schmidt

  • Director:  Alexander Payne
  • Genre:  Comedy
  • Distributor:  New Line
  • Year:  2002
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (GG, BFCA, LAFC), Director (GG), A. Screenplay (WGA, GG, BFCA, LAFC), Actor (AA, SAG, BAFTA, GG, BFCA, LAFC), S. Actress (AA, SAG, GG, BFCA, NBR)
  • N.A. Gross:  $65,016,287
  • WW Gross:  $105,834,556
  • Entry Rank:  #614
  • TSPDT Rank:  #294  (21-C)
  • The Film:  Only kept out of Nighthawk nominations for Adapted Screenplay, Actress and Supporting Actress because 2002 is stacked to the gills in all of those categories.  A bittersweet Comedy that is also a heartfelt Drama.  Fully reviewed here.

#745

never_let_me_goNever Let Me Go

  • Director:  Mark Romanek
  • Genre:  Drama  (Tragedy)
  • Distributor:  Fox  (Searchlight)
  • Year:  2010
  • Country:  England
  • Major Awards:
  • N.A. Gross:  $2,304,652
  • WW Gross:  $9,918,093
  • Entry Rank:  #731
  • The Film:  Unlike the book, which has massive critical acclaim and is probably a good reason Ishiguro won the Nobel Prize, the film never quite caught on and so was completely overlooked by audiences and awards groups.  But it’s a great look at a Dystopian future that isn’t bogged down by the Sci-Fi mechanics of the various YA stories that tackle such a future.

#744

monsters_inc_ver2Monsters, Inc.

  • Director:  Pete Docter  /  Lee Unkrich
  • Genre:  Kids  (Animated – Pixar)
  • Distributor:  Disney (BV)
  • Year:  2001
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Animated (NH, AA, Annie)
  • N.A. Gross:  $290,642,256
  • WW Gross:  $579,707,070
  • Entry Rank:  #591
  • TSPDT Rank:  #514  (21-C)
  • The Film:  It didn’t win the initial Oscar for Animated Film but that didn’t set a precedent as Pixar has dominated (rightfully) since.  It’s a wonderful film with a fascinating universe, magnificent voice performances and one of my all-time favorite taglines.  Fully reviewed here.

#743

painted_veilThe Painted Veil

  • Director:  John Curran
  • Genre:  Drama  (Lit Adaptation – Maugham)
  • Distributor:  Warner Bros  (WiP)
  • Year:  2006
  • Country:  U.S. / China  (English / Mandarin)
  • Major Awards:  A. Screenplay (NBR)
  • N.A. Gross:  $8,060,487
  • WW Gross:  $26,910,847
  • Entry Rank:  #671
  • The Film:  This film threw me off because it has a great Naomi Watts performance in an even year.  Hollywood had been making Maugham novels into films for over 70 years and they finally made a great one.  Watts and Norton would team up again as lovers eight yers later in Birdman.  Soon to be reviewed in full in the 2006 Adapted Screenplay post.

#742

followingFollowing

  • Director:  Christopher Nolan
  • Genre:  Suspense
  • Distributor:  Zeitgeist Films
  • Year:  1998  (OE: 1999)
  • Country:  England
  • N.A. Gross:  $48,482
  • Entry Rank:  #544
  • The Film:  It wouldn’t be seen by many until after Memento made a name for Nolan (and still not be many even then) but his brilliant first film is also great, with a lot of the Nolan flourishes with cinematography and editing already visible the first time around.

#741

kinseyKinsey

  • Director:  Bill Condon
  • Genre:  Drama  (Biopic – Scientist)
  • Distributor:  Fox  (Searchlight)
  • Year:  2004
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (GG, BFCA), Screenplay (WGA, BFCA), Actor (NH, GG, LAFC), S. Actor (NH, BFCA), S. Actress (NH, AA, SAG, GG, BFCA, NBR)
  • N.A. Gross:  $10,254,979
  • WW Gross:  $17,050,017
  • Entry Rank:  #641
  • TSPDT Rank:  #664  (21-C)
  • The Film:  Biopics often don’t make for great films, especially ones about scientists but this one does, partially because it knows how to approach the subject matter, partially because it understands the man its portraying and partially because the acting is so good from the three main leads.

#740

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Harvey

  • Director:  Henry Koster
  • Genre:  Comedy  (Play Adaptation)
  • Distributor:  Universal
  • Year:  1950
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (GG), A. Screenplay (NH), Actor (NH, AA, GG), S. Actress (NH, AA, GG)
  • Entry Rank:  #135
  • The Film:  When you think about the long history of the Academy and what they’ve done right and wrong just remember this film (which I fully reviewed here) and think about what is has to say about mental health and how we treat one another and remember that it was passed over for Best Picture in favor of Father of the Bride.

#739

about_a_boyAbout a Boy

  • Director:  Weitz Brothers
  • Genre:  Comedy  (Romantic)
  • Distributor:  Universal
  • Year:  2002
  • Country:  England
  • Major Awards:  Picture (GG), A. Screenplay (WGA, AA, BAFTA), Actor (GG), S. Actress (NH, BAFTA)
  • N.A. Gross:  $41,385,278
  • WW Gross:  $130,549,455
  • Entry Rank:  #610
  • TSPDT Rank:  #771  (21-C)
  • The Film:  I write about things from the view of a heterosexual male because I am a heterosexual male but that doesn’t mean I can’t appreciate other viewpoints.  In my full review of this film, I argued that it belongs with my old article about actresses who grew up to be hot because, even as a straight male, I appreciate how good-looking Nicholas Hoult is.  Plus it’s a damn funny and even touching film.

#738

coralineCoraline

  • Director:  Henry Salick
  • Genre:  Kids  (Animated – Laika)
  • Distributor:  Universal  (Focus)
  • Year:  2009
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Animated (NH, AA, Annie, BAFTA, GG, BFCA, PGA)
  • N.A. Gross:  $75,286,229
  • WW Gross:  $124,596,837
  • Entry Rank:  #708
  • TSPDT Rank:  #435  (21-C)
  • The Film:  I don’t know what was more delightful.  Was it when Neil Gaiman, who already had shown range (comic books, television, picture books) turned to YA novels with this in 2002 or when Laika made its outstanding debut as a production studio with this wonderful adaptation?  Fully reviewed here.

#737

lilo_and_stitch_ver2Lilo & Stitch

  • Director:  Dean DeBlois  /  Chris Sanders
  • Genre:  Kids  (Animated – Disney)
  • Distributor:  Disney  (BV)
  • Year:  2002
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Animated (NH, AA, Annie, BFCA)
  • N.A. Gross:  $145,794,338
  • WW Gross:  $273,144,151
  • Entry Rank:  #609
  • The Film:  It shows how slow the Animated Film category was to grow among groups that the only differences between this film’s nominations and Coraline’s are that the other groups that nominated Coraline hadn’t started the category yet.  Disney’s best animated film between 1992 and 2010 and one of their funniest.  Fully reviewed here.

#736

darjeeling_limitedThe Darjeeling Limited

  • Director:  Wes Anderson
  • Genre:  Comedy
  • Distributor:  Fox  (Searchlight)
  • Year:  2007
  • Country:  U.S.
  • N.A. Gross:  $11,902,715
  • WW Gross:  $35,307,949
  • Entry Rank:  #686
  • TSPDT Rank:  #579  (21-C)
  • The Film:  Best seen with “Hotel Chevalier” as a prologue, this wonderful story of three brothers didn’t make a dent with any of the awards groups, partially because it was 2007 and the list of films was incredible and partially because it worked really well for some people (myself included – I chose it as my representative film for Anderson) and really badly for others.  One of those films where I instantly went out and brought the soundtrack.

#735

another_year_ver2Another Year

  • Director:  Mike Leigh
  • Genre:  Drama
  • Distributor:  Sony Pictures Classics
  • Year:  2010
  • Country:  England
  • Major Awards:  Screenplay (NH, AA, BFCA), Actress (NBR), S. Actress (NH, BAFTA)
  • N.A. Gross:  $3,205,706
  • WW Gross:  $19,722,766
  • Entry Rank:  #721
  • TSPDT Rank:  #261  (21-C)
  • The Film:  Just another of those typical Mike Leigh films with a lot of his regular cast members where the characters all feel real because of how the process brings them to life, except this is one is actually better than almost all of his others.  This actually makes Leigh the first director to reach five films in the Top 1000 although his sixth won’t come until the Top 500.

#734

harry_potter_and_the_sorcerers_stone_ver1Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

  • Director:  Chris Columbus
  • Genre:  Fantasy  (Franchise – Wizarding World)
  • Distributor:  Warner Bros
  • Year:  2001
  • Country:  England  /  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  S. Actor (BAFTA)
  • N.A. Gross:  $318,087,620
  • WW Gross:  $1,006,917,662
  • Entry Rank:  #588
  • The Film:  The film that kick-started the franchise and shows the importance of casting directors because they got the three young stars (and several others as well) so very right.  Hampered a bit by Columbus’ direction but the supporting stars, the production values and the music all are exactly right.  Fully reviewed here.

#733

germanyGermania anno zero
(Germany, Year Zero)

  • Director:  Roberto Rossellini
  • Genre:  Drama  (Social)
  • Distributor:  Superfilm
  • Year:  1948  /  OE: 1949
  • Country:  Italy / France / Germany  (Italian / French / German)
  • Major Awards:  Director (NH), Screenplay (NH), Foreign (NH)
  • Entry Rank:  #120
  • TSPDT Rank:  #232
  • The Film:  Rossellini is rightfully hailed as one of the most important of the neo-realist directors to come out of Italy after the war and this film is the best evidence for that.  A haunting tale of a young German boy coping in Berlin after the war ends.

#732

circusThe Circus

  • Director:  Charles Chaplin
  • Genre:  Comedy  (Romantic)
  • Distributor:  United Artists  (Chaplin)
  • Year:  1928
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH), Director (NH), Screenplay (NH), Actor (NH)
  • WW Gross:  $26,916  (ri)
  • Entry Rank:  #20
  • TSPDT Rank:  #700
  • The Film:  “The tramp finds work and the girl of his dreams at a circus.”  That’s the one-line description at the IMDb and it’s a good measure of how much Chaplin is able to do with a simple storyline that this film is such a treasure and yet that perfectly sums up the film.  Fully reviewed here.

#731

broadway_danny_roseBroadway Danny Rose

  • Director:  Woody Allen
  • Genre:  Comedy  (Satire)
  • Distributor:  Orion
  • Year:  1984
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Director (AA), Screenplay (NH, WGA, AA, BAFTA), Actress (NH, GG)
  • N.A. Gross:  $10,600,497
  • Entry Rank:  #389
  • The Film:  A Nighthawk nominee for Picture for a long time until a re-watching of Under the Volcano before my 1984 awards bumped that film ahead, this film also has the best performance by Mia Farrow in any of Allen’s films.  Allen becomes the second director 5 films, though from here on out he’ll be the first to almost every amount.  People often look to 77-80 as Allen’s peak (Annie Hall, Interiors, Manhattan, Stardust Memories) but 83-86 (Zelig, Broadway Danny Rose, Purple Rose of Cairo, Hannah and her Sisters) might be even better.

#730

menace_ii_societyMenace II Society

  • Director:  Hughes Brothers
  • Genre:  Crime
  • Distributor:  New Line
  • Year:  1993
  • Country:  U.S.
  • N.A. Gross:  $27,912,072
  • Entry Rank:  #483
  • The Film:  Without the star power of Fishburne, Bassett and Ice Cube, and being two years later, this film got passed over in ways that Boyz N the Hood didn’t but in some ways, it’s just as powerful.  The incredible debut of the Hughes brothers, even if they haven’t lived up to it.

#729

chasing_amy_ver1Chasing Amy

  • Director:  Kevin Smith
  • Genre:  Comedy  (Romantic)
  • Distributor:  Miramax
  • Year:  1997
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Actress (GG)
  • N.A. Gross:  $12,021,272
  • Entry Rank:  #529
  • The Film:  While overall it’s not as funny as Clerks, it does have one of the funniest scenes Smith has ever written.  What’s more, it has one of the scenes ever put on film by Smith with the wonderful shot between Holden and Banky followed by the ending and the great use of Soul Asylum’s “We 3”.

#728

harry_potter_and_the_goblet_of_fireHarry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

  • Director:  Mike Newell
  • Genre:  Fantasy  (Franchise – Wizarding World)
  • Distributor:  Warner Bros
  • Year:  2005
  • Country:  England  /  U.S.
  • N.A. Gross:  $290,417,905
  • WW Gross:  $896,420,762
  • Entry Rank:  #647
  • The Film:  Hurt a bit by being the first of the books that really had too much plot for it all to be included in the film which probably meant certain things didn’t make sense to viewers who hadn’t read the books.  But who hadn’t read the books?  More great character actors are brought in and we get Ralph Fiennes as Voldemort.  Fully reviewed here.

#727

heavenHeaven

  • Director:  Tom Tykwer
  • Genre:  Drama
  • Distributor:  Miramax
  • Year:  2002
  • Country:  England  /  Italy  /  Germany
  • Major Awards:  Actress (NH)
  • N.A. Gross:  $784,399
  • WW Gross:  $4,247,089
  • Entry Rank:  #602
  • The Film:  So well made that I can forgive the obvious ludicrousness that Cate Blanchett would ever fall in love with Giovanni Ribisi.  Tykwer’s first film in English (after a couple of fantastic German films both of which rank higher) uses a script by the late Krzysztof Kieslowski.  Blanchett is great as a woman trying to find justice after her husband is killed.

#726

intolerance_ver2Intolerance: Love’s Struggle Throughout the Ages

  • Director:  D.W. Griffith
  • Genre:  Drama  (Social)
  • Distributor:  Triangle Distributing
  • Year:  1916
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Entry Rank:  #2
  • TSPDT Rank:  #106
  • The Film:  After making a film that proved he was racist, Griffith made this film (which isn’t quite as good) to try and prove either that he wasn’t a racist or that people should be more tolerant of his racism, you pick.  But it’s a great look at a story through the ages and proved that, for all his faults, Griffith was a born filmmaker.

#725

black_hawk_down_ver1Black Hawk Down

  • Director:  Ridley Scott
  • Genre:  War  (Random War)
  • Distributor:  Columbia
  • Year:  2001
  • Country:  U.S.  (English  /  Somali  /  Arabic)
  • Major Awards:  Director (DGA, AA); A. Screenplay (WGA)
  • N.A. Gross:  $108,638,745
  • WW Gross:  $172,989,651
  • Entry Rank:  #581
  • TSPDT Rank:  #463
  • The Film:  Fully reviewed here because of the WGA nomination, this is a hard film to get through, not because it broadcasts an American failure but because it’s hard to watch these men go in and die under these messed up circumstances.  But Scott does a brilliant job in telling it.  The second of five of his films on the list.

#724

picnicPicnic

  • Director:  Joshua Logan
  • Genre:  Drama  (Play Adaptation)
  • Distributor:  Columbia
  • Year:  1955
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (AA, BAFTA), Director (DGA, AA, GG), A. Screenplay (NH, WGA), Actor (BAFTA), Actress (BAFTA), S. Actor (NH, AA), S. Actress (NH, NH)
  • N.A. Gross:  $13,800,000  (@-re)
  • Entry Rank:  #175
  • The Film:  When I first saw this film, some 25 years ago or so now, I thought this was a great film and nothing has changed since then.  Fully reviewed here for its script.  It might not be Holden’s best performance but he has the animal magnetism and the supporting roles all come through in fine form.

#723

tokyo_godfathers_ver2東京ゴッドファーザーズ
(Tokyo Godfathers; Tôkyô goddofâzâzu)

  • Director:  Satoshi Kon
  • Genre:  Drama  (Animated – Anime)
  • Distributor:  Samuel Goldwyn Films
  • Year:  2003
  • Country:  Japan  (Japanese)
  • Major Awards:  Animated (NH)
  • N.A. Gross:  $367,131
  • WW Gross:  $453,133
  • Entry Rank:  #611
  • The Film:  Any Oscar voter who voted for Brother Bear over this film should have his voting rights revoked.  But then again, very few people saw this film.  Three homeless people find a baby in the trash on Christmas Eve.  From the brilliant mind of Satoshi Kon who gave us far too few films before his untimely death (at the same age that I am now).

#722

get_shortyGet Shorty

  • Director:  Barry Sonnenfeld
  • Genre:  Crime  (Comedy)
  • Distributor:  MGM
  • Year:  1995
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (GG), A. Screenplay (WGA, GG), Actor (GG)
  • N.A. Gross:  $72,101,622
  • WW Gross:  $115,101,622
  • Entry Rank:  #505
  • The Film:  For such a prolific and fascinating Crime writer, Elmore Leonard’s books hadn’t done well on-screen until this film proved that fidelity was the way to really tackle one of his books, which was ironically proved wrong in 1997 and 1998.  A great ensemble piece with tons of good supporting performances and a great lead one from Travolta.  Fully reviewed here.

#721

truly_madly_deeply_ver2Truly, Madly, Deeply

  • Director:  Anthony Minghella
  • Genre:  Comedy  (Romantic)
  • Distributor:  Samuel Goldwyn Company
  • Year:  1991
  • Country:  England
  • Major Awards:  Screenplay (BAFTA), Actor (BAFTA), Actress (NH, BAFTA)
  • N.A. Gross:  $1,554,742
  • Entry Rank:  #461
  • The Film:  It’s hard to move on when your love has died.  It’s even harder when your love comes back as a ghost and interrupts the relationship that is just starting to bloom in your life, especially when the ghost wants to sit around and watch old movies.  This wonderful Romantic Comedy has one of my favorite romantic scenes as two potential lovers hop along the banks of the Thames telling each other about their lives.  Fully reviewed here.  Minghella died without having made that many films but this is the first of three in the Top 1000.

#720

akira_kurosawas_dreams
(Akira Kurosawa’s Dreams; Dreams; Yume)

  • Director:  Akira Kurosawa
  • Genre:  Drama  (Anthology)
  • Distributor:  Warner Bros
  • Year:  1990
  • Country:  Japan  (Japanese)
  • Major Awards:  Foreign (NH, GG)
  • N.A. Gross:  $1,963,207
  • WW Gross:  $2,970,161
  • Entry Rank:  #446
  • The Film:  I generally try to get rid of possessive titles but this is one case where I think it’s warranted because it is telling us something about who the dreams belong to.  A wonderful anthology film that covers ten different vignettes and includes the rare time when Martin Scorsese is just the right actor for the job.  Just the third Kurosawa film on the list so far but once we reach the Top 500 he’ll start to pick up.

#719

chicken_run_ver2Chicken Run

  • Director:  Nick Park  /  Peter Lord
  • Genre:  Kids  (Animated – Aardman)
  • Distributor:  DreamWorks SKG
  • Year:  2000
  • Country:  England
  • Major Awards:  Picture (GG), Animated (NH, BFCA, LAFC, NBR, NYFC, Annie)
  • N.A. Gross:  $106,834,564
  • WW Gross:  $224,834,564
  • Entry Rank:  #559
  • TSPDT Rank:  #464  (21-C)
  • The Film:  This commercial for the film is still one of my all-time favorites.  After all the great shorts and tv shows, Aardman finally made a feature film and they hit out of the park on the first try and proved that the Academy desperately needed a Best Animated Film category.  It didn’t win the Annie because the bizarre calendar for the Annies pushed Toy Story 2 into the same year.

#718

kung_fu_hustle_ver13功夫
(Kung Fu Hustle)

  • Director:  Stephen Chow
  • Genre:  Comedy  (Martial Arts)
  • Distributor:  Sony Pictures Classics
  • Year:  2004  (OE: 2005)
  • Country:  Hong Kong  /  China  (Cantonese  /  Mandarin)
  • Major Awards:  Foreign (NH, BAFTA, GG, BSFC)
  • N.A. Gross:  $17,108,591
  • WW Gross:  $104,882,445
  • Entry Rank:  #622
  • TSPDT Rank:  #172  (21-C)
  • The Film:  Because I have so many film posters, I always make certain that in every place we live our Kung Fu Hustle poster goes up because it’s really Veronica’s poster.  From the second she saw those dancing members of the Axe Gang she knew she would love this film and she was right.

#717

dead_poets_societyDead Poets Society

  • Director:  Peter Weir
  • Genre:  Drama  (Teen)
  • Distributor:  Disney  (TS)
  • Year:  1989
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (AA, BAFTA, GG), Director (DGA, AA, BAFTA, GG), Screenplay (AA, WGA, BAFTA, GG), Actor (AA, BAFTA, GG)
  • N.A. Gross:  $95,860,116
  • WW Gross:  $235,860,116
  • Entry Rank:  #438
  • The Film:  On the other hand, it’s not an exaggeration to say that when this film was released it was one of my absolute favorite films.  I later had a more measured response to it (and it suffers from being released in the greatest year in film history) but the ending still stirs me unlike almost any other film.  Fully reviewed here as a Best Picture nominee, just the second in Disney’s long history.

#716

airplaneAirplane!

  • Director:   Zucker Brothers  /  Jim Abrahams
  • Genre:  Comedy  (Parody)
  • Distributor:  Paramount
  • Year:  1980
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (GG), A. Screenplay (WGA, BAFTA)
  • N.A. Gross:  $83,453,539
  • Entry Rank:  #360
  • TSPDT Rank:  #683
  • The Film:  On the short-list with A Fish Called Wanda and Monty Python and the Holy Grail as the funniest film ever made.  It’s all the more funny when you watch the film Zero Hour that it’s based on and realize how often they turned a straight line into a funny line without even changing a word or even the inflection.  Fully reviewed here.  If it doesn’t make you laugh, don’t worry, there’s nothing wrong with you.  It just means you have the same sense of humor as my parents who are 77 and 78.

#715

clockersClockers

  • Director:  Spike Lee
  • Genre:  Crime
  • Distributor:  Universal
  • Year:  1995
  • Country:  U.S.
  • N.A. Gross:  $13,071,518
  • Entry Rank:  #500
  • The Film:  It didn’t earn much at the box office, it didn’t earn anything from any of the awards groups (even getting shut out of mine, though it was close for Adapted Screenplay and Supporting Actor) but it’s one of Spike Lee’s best films as I explain here.  One of only two films from Spike to make the Top 1000.

#714

onceOnce

  • Director:  John Carney
  • Genre:  Musical
  • Distributor:  Fox  (Searchlight)
  • Year:  2007
  • Country:  Ireland
  • N.A. Gross:  $9,439,923
  • WW Gross:  $20,936,722
  • Entry Rank:  #665
  • TSPDT Rank:  #398  (21-C)
  • The Film:  Remembered at least somewhat for Jon Stewart treating its co-star properly by having her come back on to give her acceptance speech, but also because it has one of the most beautiful songs of the decade (which rightfully won the Oscar).  It’s remembered less for being a great film, a beautiful not-quite romance that feels real.

#713

wings_of_the_dove_ver1The Wings of the Dove

  • Director:  Ian Softley
  • Genre:  Drama  (Lit Adaptation – James)
  • Distributor:  Miramax
  • Year:  1997
  • Country:  U.S.  /  England
  • Major Awards:  Picture (BFCA), A. Screenplay (WGA, AA, BAFTA), Actress (NH, SAG, AA, BAFTA, GG, BFCA, LAFC, BSFC, NBR), S. Actress (SAG)
  • N.A. Gross:  $13,692,848
  • Entry Rank:  #520
  • The Film:  Overall, Jane Austen’s books might make better films, but I hate Henry James writing much more, so it’s more incredible when they become really good films.  Mostly remembered for Helena Bonham Carter’s fantastic performance but as my review makes clear, deserves to be remembered for more than just that.

#712

sin_nombreSin nombre

  • Director:  Cary Joji Fukunaga
  • Genre:  Drama  (Social)
  • Distributor:  Universal  (Focus)
  • Year:  2009
  • Country:  Mexico  (Spanish)
  • Major Awards:  Foreign (NH, BFCA)
  • N.A. Gross:  $2,536,665
  • WW Gross:  $2,566,040
  • Entry Rank:  #683
  • The Film:  Given how badly immigrants are treated in this country, it’s astounding that so many of them work so hard, risking their lives, just to get here.  This film makes it clear not only why they come but what they have to go through.  Not many directors go from a Mexican social Drama to a lit adaptation like Fukunaga would but then again not many American directors make a Spanish language film as their directorial debut.

#711

reversal_of_fortuneReversal of Fortune

  • Director:  Barbet Schroeder
  • Genre:  Drama  (True Crime)
  • Distributor:  Warner Bros
  • Year:  1990
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (GG), Director (AA, GG), A. Screenplay (WGA, AA, GG, LAFC, BSFC), Actor (NH, AA, GG, LAFC, NSFC, BSFC, CFC)
  • N.A. Gross:  $15,445,131
  • Entry Rank:  #442
  • The Film:  Irons gives a performance that is a reminder that lots of people are fascinated, not only by power and money, but also by the total absence of any kind of human emotion.  Almost everyone involved here is scum (including the lawyer, of course, given his connections to Epstein and Trump) but it’s a fascinating story about how the legal process works it way.  Full review here.

#710

shampooShampoo

  • Director:  Hal Ashby
  • Genre:  Comedy
  • Distributor:  Columbia
  • Year:  1975
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (GG), Screenplay (NH, AA, WGA, NSFC), Actor (NH, GG), Actress (GG, GG), S. Actor (NH, AA, BAFTA), S. Actress (NH, AA, GG)
  • N.A. Gross:  $49,407,734
  • Entry Rank:  #322
  • The Film:  When people talk about the great films of the 70s they often mention off-beat films like Nashville that are over-rated.  But the 70s also showed that you could make intelligent, well-acted, funny comedies that dealt frankly with sex.  Hal Ashby wasn’t a great director but this is the first of the three great films on the list that he made in the 70s.

#709

emmaEmma

  • Director:  Douglas McGrath
  • Genre:  Comedy  (Lit Adaptation – Austen)
  • Distributor:  Miramax
  • Year:  1996
  • Country:  England  /  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  A. Screenplay (NH, WGA), Actress (NH), S. Actor (NH)
  • N.A. Gross:  $22,231,658
  • Entry Rank:  #506
  • The Film:  As mentioned above, Austen films make for great films and thanks to 2020, this is no longer even the best version of this novel.  It is, however, a charming and witty adaptation with great performances from Paltrow and Northam.  Fully reviewed here.

#708

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(Run Lola Run)

  • Director:  Tom Tykwer
  • Genre:  Suspense
  • Distributor:  Sony Pictures Classics
  • Year:  1998  (OE: 1999)
  • Country:  Germany  (German)
  • Major Awards:  Foreign (NH, BAFTA)
  • N.A. Gross:  $7,267,585
  • Entry Rank:  #525
  • The Film:  An invigorating burst of energy bursts Tom Tykwer and star Franka Potente onto the international film scene.  The film was submitted for Oscar consideration, but in spite of being one of the most talked about films of the year, didn’t manage to score a nomination.

#707

barton_fink_ver2Barton Fink

  • Director:  Coen Brothers
  • Genre:  Comedy  (Surreal)
  • Distributor:  20th Century-Fox
  • Year:  1991
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Screenplay (NH), S. Actor (NH, AA, GG, LAFC), S. Actress (NH, NYFC)
  • N.A. Gross:  $6,153,939
  • Entry Rank:  #454
  • TSPDT Rank:  #525
  • The Film:  If you didn’t recognize John Goodman in the picture at the top of the post, then you have some catching up to do.  The Coen Brothers take on Hollywood (years before they would do it again with Hail Caesar, even reprising their fictional studio) with pastiches of both Clifford Odets and William Faulkner.  A treasure trove of great supporting performances.  It’s not many filmmakers that can make wallpaper a vibrant part of the cast.  The second Coen Brothers film on the list but like Kurosawa we won’t see them again until the Top 500.

#706

bad_education_ver1La mala educación
(Bad Education)

  • Director:  Pedro Almodóvar
  • Genre:  Mystery
  • Distributor:  Sony Pictures Classics
  • Year:  2004
  • Country:  Spain  (Spanish)
  • Major Awards:  Foreign (NH, BAFTA, NYFC)
  • N.A. Gross:  $5,284,284
  • WW Gross:  $40,423,279
  • Entry Rank:  #612
  • TSPDT Rank:  #284  (21-C)
  • The Film:  A fascinating story that indicts both the Catholic Church and Franco-era Spain.  It was the highest grossing NC-17 film in almost a decade and no NC-17 film has made as much since which just shows how rarely filmmakers will take on the rating (not that it was deserved anyway).  The first Almodóvar on the list but there will be plenty more.

#705

three_days_of_the_condorThree Days of the Condor

  • Director:  Sydney Pollack
  • Genre:  Suspense  (Spy)
  • Distributor:  Paramount
  • Year:  1975
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  A. Screenplay (NH), Actress (GG)
  • N.A. Gross:  $27,476,252
  • Entry Rank:  #321
  • The Film:  In a long and distinguished career, Sydney Pollack only made three great films but we’re about to get two of them real close to each other.  Like many of his films, this one stars Redford, but it makes his best use of Redford as the bookish CIA agent on the run from his own people.  Fully reviewed here.

#704

devils_backboneEl espinazo del diablo
(The Devil’s Backbone)

  • Director:  Guillermo del Toro
  • Genre:  Horror  (Supernatural)
  • Distributor:  Sony Pictures Classics
  • Year:  2001
  • Country:  Mexico  /  Spain  (Spanish)
  • Major Awards:  Foreign (NH)
  • N.A. Gross:  $755,249
  • WW Gross:  $6,582,065
  • Entry Rank:  #565
  • TSPDT Rank:  #302 (21-C)
  • The Film:  Guillermo del Toro is a Mexican filmmaker so it’s interesting that two of his best films deal with the Spanish Civil War and what it did to the people living in Spain at the time.  Both of them, like the best of del Toro’s work, deal with Fantasy and Horror at the same time.  Fully reviewed here.  When I say this is the first of two of his films, I’ll also remind you the list only goes up through 2011.

#703

rain_manRain Man

  • Director:  Barry Levinson
  • Genre:  Drama
  • Distributor:  United Artists
  • Year:  1988
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (AA, GG), Director (DGA, AA, GG), Screenplay (WGA, AA, BAFTA, GG), Actor (NH, AA, BAFTA, GG)
  • N.A. Gross:  $172,825,435
  • WW Gross:  $354,825,435
  • Entry Rank:  #420
  • The Film:  I’m glad this film was original so I don’t ever have to watch it again because it’s enough to live with an autistic child without watching films about autism.  The first Best Picture winner I ever saw in the theater and the first film I deliberately went to see because of its awards.  It shouldn’t have won Best Picture but it is a great film.  Fully reviewed here.  The second of three Levinson films on the list.

#702

color_purple_ver1The Color Purple

  • Director:  Steven Spielberg
  • Genre:  Drama  (Lit Adaptation)
  • Distributor:  Warner Bros
  • Year:  1985
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (AA, GG, NBR), Director (DGA, GG), A. Screenplay (NH, WGA, AA, BAFTA), Actress (AA, GG, NBR), S. Actress (NH, AA, AA, GG)
  • N.A. Gross:  $98,467,863
  • Entry Rank:  #390
  • The Film:  Whether or not you think Spielberg should have directed it, he did and he did a magnificent job.  It’s still the only film in Oscar history to earn three acting nominations for Black actors.  A great adaptation of Alice Walker’s Pulitzer winning novel.  Fully reviewed here.

#701

they_shoot_horses_dont_theyThey Shoot Horses, Don’t They?

  • Director:  Sydney Pollack
  • Genre:  Drama  (Tragedy)
  • Distributor:  Cinerama
  • Year:  1969
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (GG, NBR), Director (DGA, AA, GG), A. Screenplay (WGA, AA, BAFTA), Actress (NH, AA, BAFTA, GG, NYFC), S. Actor (NH, AA, BAFTA, GG, GG), S. Actress (NH, AA, BAFTA, GG)
  • N.A. Gross:  @14,300,000
  • Entry Rank:  #273
  • The Film:  Not only Sydney Pollack’s first great film but also the film that really shepherded the transformation of Jane Fonda from the most desirable sex kitten alive to one of the greatest actresses ever.  Bizarrely passed over by the Oscars in place of Hello Dolly, most likely because of the dark subject matter which is just as dark in the original novel (which is first-rate).  Both the novel and the film are fully reviewed here.