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This is the 9th part of the Top 1000 list.  The introduction can be found here.  Films #600-571 are a 90 and the rest are a 91 which are both low level ****.

#600

cinema_paradisoCinema Paradiso

  • Director:  Giuseppe Tornatore
  • Genre:  Drama
  • Distributor:  Miramax
  • Year:  1989  (OE: 1990)
  • Country:  Italy (Italian)
  • Major Awards:  Director (DGA, BAFTA), Screenplay (NH, BAFTA), Actor (BAFTA), S. Actor (BAFTA), Foreign (NH, AA, BAFTA, GG)
  • N.A. Gross:  $12,397,210
  • WW Gross:  $13,019,063  (ic)
  • Entry Rank:  #374
  • TSPDT Rank:  #267
  • The Film:  A film the really plays into the joy of going to the movies as a young Italian boy grows up, mostly in the cinema.  Many would argue that I rank this film too low as the TSPDT and the IMDb (#50 all-time) ranks show.  I’d have to check to be certain but it might be the only DGA nominated film ineligible for the Oscars because of rules about Foreign Film nominees.

#599

barry_lyndon_ver1Barry Lyndon

  • Director:  Stanley Kubrick
  • Genre:  Drama  (Lit Adaptation)
  • Distributor:  Warner Bros
  • Year:  1975
  • Country:  England  /  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (AA, BAFTA, GG, NBR), Director (NH, DGA, AA, BAFTA, GG, NBR), A. Screenplay (NH, WGA, AA), S. Actress (NH)
  • N.A. Gross:  $20,020,000  (@-re)
  • Entry Rank:  #278
  • TSPDT Rank:  #48
  • The Film:  I rate it considerably lower than TSPDT or IMDb voters but I’ve continually moved it up over the years so this might not be a final spot.  For a slow moving film, a surprisingly solid box office return.  One of the most beautifully shot films ever made between the Costume Design, Art Direction and Cinematography.  Full review here.  Just the second Kubrick so far in the Top 1000.

#598

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(Lust, Caution; Se, jie)

  • Director:  Ang Lee
  • Genre:  Drama  (Tragedy)
  • Distributor:  Universal  (Focus Features)
  • Year:  2007
  • Country:  Taiwan  (Mandarin)
  • Major Awards:  Foreign (NH, BAFTA, CC, GG)
  • N.A. Gross:  $4,604,982
  • WW Gross:  $67,091,915
  • Entry Rank:  #561
  • The Film:  The rare film that was released with an NC-17 rating and it proves the point of the rating.  It’s got great eroticism but it is also a moving and powerful film from a major director (and the indie branch of a major studio).  No full review as of yet because it just missed out on the Adapted Screenplay Top 10 in 2007, a very strong year.  Lee’s third film in the Top 1000.

#597

presumed_innocentPresumed Innocent

  • Director:  Alan J. Pakula
  • Genre:  Suspense  (Courtroom)
  • Distributor:  Warner Bros
  • Year:  1990
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH), Director (NH), A. Screenplay (NH), S. Actor (NH, NH), S. Actress (NH, NH), Ensemble (NH)
  • N.A. Gross:  $86,303,188
  • WW Gross:  $221,303,188
  • Entry Rank:  #377
  • The Film:  Because it was a Suspense film with a star (not often thought of as an actor) it was ignored by awards groups but it’s a great film in a weak year.  I saw it opening day with my mother who had read the book (I wouldn’t read it until afterwards) and I was stunned by an ending I didn’t see coming.  A fantastic ensemble cast which shouldn’t make you overlook Ford’s performance.  Full review here.  Pakula’s third film so far in the Top 1000.

#596

hud_ver3Hud

  • Director:  Martin Ritt
  • Genre:  Drama
  • Distributor:  Paramount
  • Year:  1963
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (BAFTA, GG), Director (DGA, AA, GG), A. Screenplay (NH, WGA, AA, GG, NYFC), Actor (NH, AA, BAFTA, GG), Actress (NH, AA, BAFTA, NYFC, NBR), S. Actor (NH, AA, GG, NBR), S. Actress (GG), Ensemble (NH)
  • N.A. Gross:  $10,000,000
  • Entry Rank:  #207
  • The Film:  One of the oddest Oscar snubs ever, passed over in favor of three films not nominated for Director.  One of the most notable taglines ever (“The man with the barbed wire soul.”).  Brilliant performances all around.  Fully reviewed here.

#595

midnight_cowboy_ver2Midnight Cowboy

  • Director:  John Schlesinger
  • Genre:  Drama  (Tragedy)
  • Distributor:  United Artists
  • Year:  1969
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (AA, BAFTA, GG), Director (DGA, AA, BAFTA, GG), A. Screenplay (NH, WGA, AA, BAFTA, GG), Actor (NH, NH, AA, AA, BAFTA, GG, GG, NYFC, NSFC), S. Actress (NH, AA, GG), Ensemble (NH)
  • N.A. Gross:  $44,785,053
  • Entry Rank:  #237
  • TSPDT Rank:  #336
  • The Film:  A strong Oscar winner (wins the main trifecta, something less than half of Picture winners do) but also a strange one (the only film aside from Casablanca to win the trifecta but no other awards).  A great film that really paved the way for a new, seedier side of storytelling and helped set the stage for the 70s.  Full review here.

#594

othello_ver2Othello

  • Director:  Orson Welles
  • Genre:  Drama  (Shakespeare – Tragedy)
  • Distributor:  United Artists
  • Year:  1952  (OE: 1955)
  • Country:  Italy  /  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Director (NH), Actor (NH)
  • Entry Rank:  #129
  • TSPDT Rank:  #794
  • The Film:  I’ve actually never had cause to review the film so far but if you haven’t seen it, it’s the stepping stone between his solid Macbeth and his brilliant Chimes at Midnight.  Surprisingly, the first Welles film so far in the Top 1000 but he’ll show up more frequently in the Top 500.  Made over several years and then it took more years before it played in the States.

#593

last_emperorThe Last Emperor

  • Director:  Bernardo Bertolucci
  • Genre:  Drama  (Biopic – Politician)
  • Distributor:  Columbia
  • Year:  1987
  • Country:  England  /  Italy  /  France  (English / Mandarin / Japanese)
  • Major Awards:  Picture (AA, BAFTA, GG), Director (NH, DGA, AA, BAFTA, GG), A. Screenplay (AA, GG), Screenplay (WGA), Actor (GG), S. Actor (BAFTA)
  • N.A. Gross:  $43,984,230
  • WW Gross:  $43,993,508  (ic)
  • Entry Rank:  #350
  • TSPDT Rank:  #895
  • The Film:  Like the other two films to sweep the Oscars, it failed to earn any acting nominations.  A film that took a while for me to see how great it was, although the visual sumptuousness was obvious on the first go around.  Fully reviewed here.

#592

perfume_ver3Perfume – The Story of a Murderer

  • Director:  Tom Tykwer
  • Genre:  Drama
  • Distributor:  DreamWorks  (Paramount)
  • Year:  2006
  • Country:  Germany
  • Major Awards:  A. Screenplay (NH)
  • N.A. Gross:  $2,223,293
  • WW Gross:  $135,039,924
  • Entry Rank:  #540
  • The Film:  Tykwer’s third and final film in the Top 1000 and the awards groups ignored it in spite of the amazing sets, costumes, makeup and cinematography.  In my review I not only fully recommend the film but also recommend the original novel if you’ve never read it.

#591

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  • Director:  Karel Reisz
  • Genre:  Drama  (Lit Adaptation)
  • Distributor:  United Artists
  • Year:  1981
  • Country:  England
  • Major Awards:  Picture (BAFTA, GG), A. Screenplay (NH, AA, BAFTA, GG), Actor (NH, BAFTA), Actress (NH, AA, BAFTA, GG, LAFC), Ensemble (NH)
  • N.A. Gross:  $26,890,068
  • Entry Rank:  #310
  • The Film:  Long listed as a high ***.5 film and then when I rewatched it to write my review, I ended up bumping it up to a solid ****.  Streep’s third Oscar nomination but her first as a lead but it would take Irons almost a decade before he earned one.  Also a great novel, as you can see from reading the review (a Top 100 novel).  By making it a movie within a movie, they managed to address many of the post-modern aspects of the original novel.

#590

brokenblossomsBroken Blossoms

  • Director:  D.W. Griffith
  • Genre:  Drama  (Tragedy)
  • Distributor:  United Artists
  • Year:  1919
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Actress (NH), S. Actor (NH), Ensemble (NH)
  • Entry Rank:  #3
  • TSPDT Rank:  #275
  • The Film:  The third of Griffith’s great films (chronologically – one of them is still to come on the list).  Of course it well predates the Oscars.  It, sadly, has less than 10,000 votes on the IMDb as of this writing, so if you haven’t seen it, get on it.  I, apparently, have not written a review of it yet but I’ve seen it numerous times since I first saw it back in film class in 1995.

#589

awfultruthThe Awful Truth

  • Director:  Leo McCarey
  • Genre:  Comedy  (Screwball)
  • Distributor:  Columbia
  • Year:  1937
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH, AA), Director (NH, AA), A. Screenplay (NH, AA), Actor (NH), Actress (NH, AA), S. Actor (NH, AA), Ensemble (NH)
  • Entry Rank:  #50
  • TSPDT Rank:  #410
  • The Film:  Nominated for all the key Oscars except Actor because Cary Grant just couldn’t win them over with his Comedies.  A great Screwball classic with Grant and Dunne playing a divorcing couple who aren’t through with each other yet.  Fully reviewed here.

#588

sleeping_beauty_ver3Sleeping Beauty

  • Director:  Clyde Geronimi  /  Les Clark
  • Genre:  Kids  (Animated – Disney)
  • Distributor:  Disney  (Buena Vista)
  • Year:  1959
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Animated (NH)
  • N.A. Gross:  $51,600,000
  • Entry Rank:  #174
  • The Film:  A massive triumph, not only in terms of art (the Maleficent scenes are magnificent, especially when she becomes a dragon) but also box office (though sadly trumped by Ben Hur).  Fully reviewed here.

#587

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(4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days)

  • Director:  Cristian Mungiu
  • Genre:  Drama  (Social)
  • Distributor:  IFC Films
  • Year:  2007
  • Country:  Romania (Romanian)
  • Major Awards:  S. Actor (LAFC), Foreign (NH, CC, GG, NYFC, NSFC, LAFC, CFC)
  • N.A. Gross:  $1,198,208
  • WW Gross:  $10,174,839
  • Entry Rank:  #550
  • TSPDT Rank:  #553
  • The Film:  There’s no guarantee but it’s likely the inability of this film, the Consensus winner (and Nighthawk winner) of Best Foreign Film in 2007 (and the most Consensus points between 2001 and 2011) to even make the shortlist for the Oscar caused the revamp of the system that allowed for the committee to place films on the short-list.  A harrowing, brilliantly told tale that deals with what you will do to help a friend in need.

#586

adventures_of_tintin_the_secret_of_the_unicorn_ver5The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn

  • Director:  Steven Spielberg
  • Genre:  Adventure  (Animated – Tintin)
  • Distributor:  Paramount
  • Year:  2011
  • Country:  U.S.  /  New Zealand
  • Major Awards:  Animated (NH, PGA, GG, Annie, BAFTA, CC)
  • N.A. Gross:  $77,591,831
  • WW Gross:  $373,993,951
  • Entry Rank:  #586
  • The Film:  Surprisingly, Spielberg is just the fourth director to reach five films in the Top 1000 to this point, but he’ll be the second to hit six later in this post.  A film I was pre-made to love given my massive love for the books.  Read this whole post and then dive into the books and the film.  Like the previous film, idiotically passed over by the Oscars.

#585

la_stradaLa Strada

  • Director:  Federico Fellini
  • Genre:  Drama
  • Distributor:  Trans-Lux Distributing
  • Year:  1956
  • Country:  Italy  (Italian)
  • Major Awards:  Picture (BAFTA), Screenplay (NH, AA), Actress (BAFTA), Foreign (NH, AA, NYFC)
  • Entry Rank:  #151
  • TSPDT Rank:  #67
  • The Film:  Not actually a 1954 film but I list it like that because of the Oscar nomination for Foreign Film, the first film to win when it became a regular competitive category in 1956 and rightfully so.  A wonderful film about the emotional machinations of a traveling circus.  Worth remembering that before he did empty blockbusters, Dino de Laurentiis produced films like this.  The first of four Fellini films on the list.

#584

adventures_of_colonel_blimpThe Life and Death of Colonel Blimp
(The Adventures of Colonel Blimp)

  • Director:  Michael Powell  /  Emeric Pressburger
  • Genre:  Drama
  • Distributor:  United Artists
  • Year:  1943  (OE: 1945)
  • Country:  England
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH), Director (NH), Screenplay (NH), Actor (NH), S. Actress (NH), Ensemble (NH)
  • Entry Rank:  #79
  • TSPDT Rank:  #200
  • The Film:  I first learned about this film by reading Ebert’s Great Movies review of it.  It was this film, as much as Stairway to Heaven that won me over when it came to Michael Powell (already his third film on the list).  A story of two soldiers through several decades and the woman that entrances them (a magnificent early performance from Deborah Kerr that wins her the Nighthawk).  Fully reviewed here.

#583

betrayalBetrayal

  • Director:  David Hugh Jones
  • Genre:  Drama  (Play Adaptation)
  • Distributor:  Fox  (20th Century-Fox)
  • Year:  1983
  • Country:  England
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NBR), A. Screenplay (NH, AA, BAFTA), Actor (NH), Actress (NH), Ensemble (NH)
  • Entry Rank:  #316
  • The Film:  Still hard to find after all this time and I doubt there are many films in my Top 1000 with as few IMDb votes (less than 1500).  It has a little known director and a female star who is much less known than her two Oscar winning co-stars (though one wouldn’t win until several years later).  But it’s a dark tale, told in reverse, of an unhappy love affair.  Fully reviewed here.

#582

lady_and_the_tramp_ver3Lady and the Tramp

  • Director:  Clyde Geronimi  /  Hamilton Luske
  • Genre:  Kids  (Animated – Disney)
  • Distributor:  Disney  (Buena Vista)
  • Year:  1955
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Animated (NH)
  • N.A. Gross:  $93,602,326
  • Entry Rank:  #146
  • The Film:  As mentioned in the full review, I was willing to put a lot of money on the line to see this originally so I’m thankful for Disney+ where all the classic Disney films can be watched all the time.  A wonderful romantic story that just happens to be about two dogs.  Fully reviewed here.

#581

Kind-Hearts-And-Coronets-posterKind Hearts and Coronets

  • Director:  Robert Hamer
  • Genre:  Comedy  (Satire)
  • Distributor:  Eagle-Lion Films
  • Year:  1949  (OE: 1950)
  • Country:  England
  • Major Awards:  Picture (BAFTA), A. Screenplay (NH), S. Actor (NH)
  • Entry Rank:  #107
  • TSPDT Rank:  #234
  • The Film:  Alec Guinness sets the standard for playing multiple roles in a film by playing eight different roles and getting killed in all of them (not to mention being hilarious in all of them).  One of the classic Ealing Comedies.  Fully reviewed here.

#580

public_enemyThe Public Enemy

  • Director:  William Wellman
  • Genre:  Crime  (Gangster)
  • Distributor:  Warner Bros
  • Year:  1931
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH), Director (NH), Screenplay (NH, AA), Actor (NH)
  • Entry Rank:  #24
  • The Film:  Personally I would have smashed Jean Harlow with a grapefruit and gone with Mae Clarke but that’s a personal choice.  Cagney takes on the role that will mold him into the premiere gangster actor and lights up the screen.  Fully reviewed here.

#579

contagionContagion

  • Director:  Steven Soderbergh
  • Genre:  Horror  (Urban Horror)
  • Distributor:  Warner Bros
  • Year:  2011
  • Country:  U.S.
  • N.A. Gross:  $75,658,097
  • WW Gross:  $136,515,867
  • Entry Rank:  #579
  • The Film:  Completely ignored by awards groups and under-appreciated enough that I wrote about it as my film for 2011.  At the time, the Jude Law sub-plot was criticized but it turned out in 2020 that was one of the most accurate things about the film.  A lot more people watched this film in 2020 than had been watching it over the previous decade.

#578

volverVolver

  • Director:  Pedro Almodóvar
  • Genre:  Comedy
  • Distributor:  Sony Pictures Classics
  • Year:  2006
  • Country:  Spain  (Spanish)
  • Major Awards:  Screenplay (NH), Actress (NH, SAG, AA, BAFTA, CC, GG), Foreign (NH, BAFTA, CC, GG, NBR)
  • N.A. Gross:  $12,899,867
  • WW Gross:  $85,585,177
  • Entry Rank:  #529
  • The Film:  At least the Oscars short-listed this one for Foreign Film even if they made their typical idiot mistake of not nominating it.  But everyone saw what a great performance Penelope Cruz gave as a woman who didn’t deal with her mother while she was alive and now that her mother is dead, she has a chance to rectify that.  Just the second Almodóvar film to this point.

#577

JekyllAndHyde1931PosterDr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

  • Director:  Rouben Mamoulian
  • Genre:  Horror  (Monster – Jekyll)
  • Distributor:  Paramount
  • Year:  1931  (OE: 1932)
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH), Director (NH), A. Screenplay (NH, AA), Actor (NH, AA), S. Actress (NH), Ensemble (NH)
  • Entry Rank:  #23
  • The Film:  Paramount proved that Universal wasn’t the only studio that could make a great Horror film and unlike the Universal films, it was nominated for an actually won a major Oscar.  Fully reviewed here.

#576

letterThe Letter

  • Director:  William Wyler
  • Genre:  Suspense
  • Distributor:  Warner Bros
  • Year:  1940
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (AA), Director (AA), Actress (NH, AA), S. Actor (NH, AA), Ensemble (NH)
  • Entry Rank:  #64
  • The Film:  Kept from rising too high at the Nighthawk because 1940 is so stacked.  But Bette Davis is magnificent and the film has one hell of an opening: with her shooting a man and then coming down the steps continuing to shoot him until she’s out of bullets.  Fully reviewed here.

#575

out_of_the_past_ver2Out of the Past

  • Director:  Jacques Tourneur
  • Genre:  Suspense
  • Distributor:  RKO Radio
  • Year:  1947
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH), Director (NH), A. Screenplay (NH), S. Actor (NH)
  • Entry Rank:  #95
  • TSPDT Rank:  #188
  • The Film:  A film that has a special place in my heart because the daughter of the screenwriter (and original novelist) is a family friend (which is why I have two copies of the novel which is well worth reading).  And of course, I have mentioned it before but will mention it again, this film prompted my favorite Roger Ebert line: “There were guns in Out of the Past, but the real hostility came when Robert Mitchum and Kirk Douglas smoked at each other”.  Fully reviewed here.

#574

for_whom_the_bell_tolls_ver2For Whom the Bell Tolls

  • Director:  Sam Wood
  • Genre:  War  (Random War)
  • Distributor:  Paramount
  • Year:  1943
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH, AA), Director (NH), A. Screenplay (NH), Actor (NH, AA), Actress (NH, AA, NBR), S. Actor (NH, AA, GG), S. Actress (NH, AA, GG), Ensemble (NH)
  • N.A. Gross:  $17,800,000
  • Entry Rank:  #75
  • The Film:  Hemingway was a great writer but his novels don’t often turn into great films.  This is the exception, his grand story of the Spanish Civil War with a tragic ending, the film that conveniently kept them from re-shooting the ending of Casablanca (Bergman had already cut her hair) and the film Bergman earned an Oscar nomination for instead of Casablanca.  Fully reviewed here.

#573

The_Wind_(1928_film_poster_-_alt)The Wind

  • Director:  Victor Sjostrom
  • Genre:  Drama
  • Distributor:  MGM
  • Year:  1928  (OE: 1929)
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH), Director (NH), A. Screenplay (NH), Actress (NH), S. Actor (NH), Ensemble (NH)
  • Entry Rank:  #16
  • TSPDT Rank:  #493
  • The Film:  A masterpiece of paranoia and desperation.  This is the film that really proved how great an actress Lillian Gish was and its to the Academy’s discredit that she didn’t earn an Oscar nomination (she should have won).  The original novel is also well worth diving into.  Fully reviewed here.  Perhaps the last truly great silent film not made by Chaplin.

#572

east_of_eden_ver2East of Eden

  • Director:  Elia Kazan
  • Genre:  Drama  (Lit Adaptation – Steinbeck)
  • Distributor:  Warner Bros
  • Year:  1955
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH, BAFTA, GG), Director (NH, DGA, AA, GG), A. Screenplay (NH, WGA, AA), Actor (NH, AA, BAFTA), S. Actress (NH)
  • N.A. Gross:  $11,000,000  (@-re)
  • Entry Rank:  #138
  • TSPDT Rank:  #547
  • The Film:  Along with Hud, perhaps the strangest Oscar omission ever, earning multiple major nominations and having won the Globe.  A film that manages to be both faithful and unfaithful to its source material at the same time while using less than 1/4 of it.  The first of the three iconic Dean performances.  Fully reviewed here.  Kazan becomes yet another director to reach five films in the Top 1000.

#571

snow_white_and_the_seven_dwarfs_ver3Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

  • Director:  David Hand
  • Genre:  Kids  (Animated – Disney)
  • Distributor:  Disney  (RKO Radio)
  • Year:  1937
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH), A. Screenplay (NH), Animated (NH)
  • N.A. Gross:  $184,925,486
  • Entry Rank:  #46
  • TSPDT Rank:  #315
  • The Film:  The box office numbers are dubious as I have mentioned in other places but that doesn’t change the fact that it was a hit when first released (as late as 1949 still in the Top for rentals all-time) with successful re-releases in 1953, 1963, 1967, 1976 and very successful ones in 1983, 1987 and 1993 (over $30 million every time).  That just shows how its popularity has endured.  For a lot more on it, read my full review.

#570

matewanMatewan

  • Director:  John Syales
  • Genre:  Drama  (Historical)
  • Distributor:  CineCom Pictures
  • Year:  1987
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Screenplay (NH)
  • N.A. Gross:  $1,680,358
  • Entry Rank:  #332
  • The Film:  Another under-appreciated (basically no awards attention except the Indies) and under-seen (less than $2 million gross, less than 10,000 votes at the IMDb) film that deserves more.  A stark social historical Drama from John Sayles that has a great ensemble cast.  The fifth Sayles film to make the Top 1000.

#569

homicideHomicide

  • Director:  David Mamet
  • Genre:  Drama  (Cop)
  • Distributor:  Triumph Films
  • Year:  1991
  • Country:  U.S.
  • N.A. Gross:  $2,971,661
  • Entry Rank:  #366
  • The Film:  I have an old Ebert yearbook in which I listed certain films at the front that the reviews made me want to see and this was one that stayed there for a long time because it was really hard to track down (I found it on video through ILL in about 2007 or 2008).  A great Mamet drama with a lot of layers to it.  Like Matewan, mostly ignored except by the Indie Spirits.

#568

general_ver2The General

  • Director:  Buster Keaton
  • Genre:  Comedy
  • Distributor:  United Artists
  • Year:  1926
  • Country:  U.S.
  • N.A. Gross:  $1,033,895
  • WW Gross:  $2,180,000
  • Entry Rank:  #14
  • TSPDT Rank:  #39
  • The Film:  A film that complicates my feelings because on one level it’s so much fun and goofy and charming but on the other hand, it is about a Confederate soldier without so much as a notion as to what he’s fighting for.  Fully reviewed here.

#567

adventures_of_priscilla_queen_of_the_desert_ver3The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert

  • Director:  Stephan Elliot
  • Genre:  Comedy
  • Distributor:  Universal  (Gramercy Pictures)
  • Year:  1994
  • Country:  Australia
  • Major Awards:  Picture (GG), Screenplay (BAFTA), Actor (NH, BAFTA, GG)
  • N.A. Gross:  $11,220,670
  • Entry Rank:  #393
  • The Film:  It was funny to go back after Memento, The Matrix, L.A. Confidential and Lord of the Rings and watch Pearce and Weaving in this.  It was also funny to just go back and watch it at all because it’s funny and charming and moving and just a great film that isn’t often appreciated for just how good it is.

#566

insider_ver1The Insider

  • Director:  Michael Mann
  • Genre:  Drama  (True Story)
  • Distributor:  Disney  (Touchstone)
  • Year:  1999
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (AA, PGA, CC, GG, LAFC), Director (DGA, AA, GG), A. Screenplay (NH, WGA, AA, GG), Actor (NH, SAG, AA, BAFTA, CC, GG, LAFC, NSFC), S. Actor (NH, LAFC, NSFC, BSFC)
  • N.A. Gross:  $29,089,912
  • WW Gross:  $60,289,912
  • Entry Rank:  #433
  • The Film:  A 2 hour 40 minute Drama dealing with a social issue was never going to be a box office winner but with Russell Crowe’s magnificent performance, the start of the Christopher Plummer late renaissance and great work from Michael Mann they did turn out a great film that the awards groups noticed.  Fully reviewed here.

#565

jerry_maguireJerry Maguire

  • Director:  Cameron Crowe
  • Genre:  Comedy  (Romantic)
  • Distributor:  TriStar Pictures
  • Year:  1996
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (AA, CC, GG), Director (DGA), Screenplay (NH, WGA, AA), Actor (SAG, AA, CC, GG, NBR), S. Actor (SAG, AA, CC, GG, CFC), S. Actress (SAG)
  • N.A. Gross:  $153,952,592
  • WW Gross:  $273,552,592
  • Entry Rank:  #406
  • The Film:  One of those rare Romantic Comedies that is a huge box office hit, actually earns an Oscar nomination for Best Picture and is deserving of its praise (even if it can’t make my Top 5 in one of the most top-loaded years in film history).  Not to mention that the screenplay was notable enough to prompt a catch-phrase and a romantic line that has been endlessly referenced.  Fully reviewed here.

#564

ai_artificial_intelligenceA.I.

  • Director:  Steven Spielberg
  • Genre:  Sci-Fi  (Technology)
  • Distributor:  Warner Bros
  • Year:  2001
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Director (GG), S. Actor (NH, GG)
  • N.A. Gross:  $78,616,689
  • WW Gross:  $235,926,552
  • Entry Rank:  #459
  • TSPDT Rank:  #486
  • The Film:  The tide has really swung on this one.  When it was first released it was mostly attacked as Spielberg being unworthy of riding on Kubrick’s coattails but now it sits in the Top 500 at TSPDT.  And if you dare say anything negative about Teddy, who has made my wife cry every time she’s seen the film, there will be consequences.  Fully reviewed here.

#563

rachel_getting_marriedRachel Getting Married

  • Director:  Jonathan Demme
  • Genre:  Drama
  • Distributor:  Sony Pictures Classics
  • Year:  2008
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Screenplay (NH, NYFC), Actress (NH, SAG, AA, CC, GG, CFC, NBR), S. Actress (NH), Ensemble (NH)
  • N.A. Gross:  $12,796,841
  • WW Gross:  $16,937,968
  • Entry Rank:  #534
  • TSPDT Rank:  #608  (21-C)
  • The Film:  The last great film from Jonathan Demme, a touching and funny look at how the black sheep of the family must cope when faced with a family wedding.  Having been the black sheep, I can relate to that.  It also broke Hathaway through with awards groups (which should have happened with Brokeback).

#562

manwhoknewThe Man Who Knew Too Much

  • Director:  Alfred Hitchcock
  • Genre:  Suspense
  • Distributor:  Gaumont
  • Year:  1934  (OE: 1935)
  • Country:  England
  • Major Awards:  Screenplay (NH)
  • Entry Rank:  #31
  • The Film:  The problem with Hitchcock having remade his own film is that the remake had big stars and a massive hit song and people forget that the remake is really one of Hitchcock’s bigger duds of the 50s and this is one of the original great films that Hitchcock made before leaving England in the first place.  In fact, this is Hitchcock’s first great film and it has a wonderful Peter Lorre performance that should not be missed.  Hitchcock joins Allen and Spielberg with 6 films in the Top 1000 to this point.

#561

biutiful_ver2Biutiful

  • Director:  Alejandro González Iñárritu
  • Genre:  Crime
  • Distributor:  Roadside Attractions
  • Year:  2010
  • Country:  Mexico  (Spanish)
  • Major Awards:  Screenplay (NH), Actor (NH, AA, BAFTA), Foreign (NH, AA, BAFTA, CC, GG)
  • N.A. Gross:  $5,101,237
  • WW Gross:  $25,147,786
  • Entry Rank:  #554
  • The Film:  This was the film that initially tipped Iñárritu into the Top 100 Directors before he started winning Oscars and cemented his place there.  Javier Bardem plays a man dying of cancer trying to deal with things in life before he’s gone.  At least the Oscars nominated it for Foreign Film even if it lost to In a Better World.

#560

in_the_line_of_fire_ver2In the Line of Fire

  • Director:  Wolfgang Petersen
  • Genre:  Suspense
  • Distributor:  Columbia
  • Year:  1993
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Screenplay (NH, WGA, AA, BAFTA), S. Actor (AA, BAFTA, GG)
  • N.A. Gross:  $102,314,823
  • WW Gross:  $176,997,168
  • Entry Rank:  #381
  • The Film:  The irony in the summer of 1993 was that two different thrillers proved that a Suspense film aimed at adults (rather than just a thrill ride) could be great, could be a box office hit and it was the one that was better that wasn’t nominated for Best Picture (unlike The Fugitive).  One of the rare times since he became a director that Eastwood has given a really good performance with someone else behind the director’s chair.  Fully reviewed here.

#559

leaving_las_vegas_ver1Leaving Las Vegas

  • Director:  Mike Figgis
  • Genre:  Drama  (Tragedy)
  • Distributor:  MGM
  • Year:  1995
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (GG, NYFC, LAFC), Director (DGA, AA, GG, LAFC, NSFC), A. Screenplay (NH, WGA, AA, BAFTA), Actor (NH, SAG, AA, BAFTA, CC, GG, NYFC, LAFC, NSFC, BSFC, CFC, NBR), Actress (NH, SAG, AA, BAFTA, GG, LAFC, NSFC, CFC)
  • N.A. Gross:  $32,029,928
  • Entry Rank:  #398
  • The Film:  It’s hard to find a bleaker film which is probably why it wasn’t nominated for Best Picture and the film about a pig was.  One of my first film pieces that wasn’t a straight review was an article I wrote for an underground newspaper in college about the Academy’s idiocy for doing that.  Remembered because Nicolas Cage gives a performance for the ages but Cage has been great before and since while Elisabeth Shue’s performance is one of the great once-off performances in history.  Fully reviewed here.

#558

missjulieFröken Julie
(Miss Julie)

  • Director:  Alf Sjoberg
  • Genre:  Drama  (Tragedy)
  • Distributor:  Trans Global
  • Year:  1951  (OE: 1952)
  • Country:  Sweden  (Swedish)
  • Major Awards:  A. Screenplay (NH), Actress (NH), Foreign (NH)
  • Entry Rank:  #110
  • The Film:  Well, I wasn’t deliberately placing two bleak films back to back.  It’s also a coincidence that this is a stretch of three directors with only the one film in the Top 1000.  But the play has always been a major downer, even if it provides great fodder for Bjork’s performance (in, albiet, a weak year).  Fully reviewed here.

#557

single_manA Single Man

  • Director:  Tom Ford
  • Genre:  Drama  (Lit Adaptation)
  • Distributor:  TWC
  • Year:  2009
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  A. Screenplay (NH), Actor (NH, SAG, AA, BAFTA, CC, GG), S. Actress (NH, CC, GG)
  • N.A. Gross:  $9,176,000
  • WW Gross:  $24,964,890
  • Entry Rank:  #540
  • TSPDT Rank:  #754  (21-C)
  • The Film:  I always had Firth’s performance ranked above Bridges even though the latter won the Oscar but the film was originally lower than Crazy Heart and leapt over it and has moved up every time I’ve seen it.  The measure of what one day can mean to a man’s life.  The full review will land in about a month or so with the Adapted Screenplay: 2009 post.

#556

nightiguanaThe Night of the Iguana

  • Director:  John Huston
  • Genre:  Drama  (Play Adaptation – Williams)
  • Distributor:  MGM
  • Year:  1964
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (GG), Director (NH, DGA, GG), A. Screenplay (WGA), Actor (NH), Actress (NH, NH, BAFTA, GG), S. Actress (NH, AA, GG), Ensemble (NH)
  • N.A. Gross:  $8,800,000  (@-re)
  • Entry Rank:  #193
  • The Film:  This is already Huston’s 4th film on the list (with several still to go) and it’s one that hasn’t gotten the reputation it deserves.  It’s a great adaptation of Williams’ play with several really strong performances, including a career best one from Ava Gardner.  Fully reviewed here.

#555

31371z5-P1.tiffThe Quiet American

  • Director:  Phillip Noyce
  • Genre:  War  (Lit Adaptation – Greene)
  • Distributor:  Miramax
  • Year:  2001  (OE: 2002)
  • Country:  England  /  U.S.  (English  /  French  /  Vietnamese)
  • Major Awards:  Director (NBR), Actor (NH, AA, BAFTA, GG)
  • N.A. Gross:  $12,988,801
  • WW Gross:  $27,674,124
  • Entry Rank:  #453
  • TSPDT Rank:  #1000  (21-C)
  • The Film:  Along with The End of the Affair, films that had been made under the Production Code to their detriment then were re-made around the same time and the new versions are so much better it’s not even funny.  Michael Caine is fantastic as a man who’s trying to deal with losing his love at the same time that he’s watching a country start to fall apart.  Fully reviewed here which links to the book review.

#554

dead_againDead Again

  • Director:  Kenneth Branagh
  • Genre:  Suspense
  • Distributor:  Paramount
  • Year:  1991
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Actress (NH), S. Actor (BAFTA)
  • N.A. Gross:  $38,016,380
  • Entry Rank:  #361
  • The Film:  After his first film turn with Shakespeare, Branagh decided to show that he could embrace an old stylish Hollywood film with this fascinating Suspense film set in both the 90s and the 40s that moved Emma from supporting player to leading lady, something she would embrace the next year with an Oscar win.

#553

toy_story_twoToy Story 2

  • Director:  John Lassetter  /  Lee Unkrich
  • Genre:  Kids  (Animated – Pixar)
  • Distributor:  Disney  (Buena Vista)
  • Year:  1999
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (GG), A. Screenplay (NH), Animated (NH, Annie, CC)
  • N.A. Gross:  $245,852,179
  • WW Gross:  $497,375,381
  • Entry Rank:  #425
  • The Film:  The only franchise in history with more than two films in which every film so far has been better than the one before.  The second one proved that Pixar could do it right, even when they were doing a sequel.  Fully reviewed here.

#552

harry_potter_and_the_order_of_the_phoenix_ver2Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

  • Director:  David Yates
  • Genre:  Fantasy  (Franchise – Wizarding World)
  • Distributor:  Warner Bros
  • Year:  2007
  • Country:  England
  • N.A. Gross:  $292,353,413
  • WW Gross:  $942,172,396
  • Entry Rank:  #520
  • The Film:  It was a step up from the fourth one if for other reason than that they cut their hair.  But it’s got some of the best visual effects of the series (were they Oscar nominated? no they were not because the Academy is made up of fucking idiots) and it introduced Helen Bonham Carter’s deranged Bellatrix to the series (among others).  Fully reviewed here.

#551

townThe Town

  • Director:  Ben Affleck
  • Genre:  Crime  (Heist)
  • Distributor:  Warner Bros
  • Year:  2010
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (CC), A. Screenplay (WGA, CC), S. Actor  (AA, BAFTA, CC, GG), Ensemble (NBR)
  • N.A. Gross:  $92,186,262
  • WW Gross:  $154,026,136
  • Entry Rank:  #544
  • The Film:  After his directorial debut, Affleck continues to prove that he understands the undercurrent of violence that runs through Boston.  In spite of a light list of major noms, it was a likely contender for Best Picture at the Oscars right up until the nominations.  A full review is coming when the 2010 Adapted Screenplay post hits in a few months.