Screen Shot 2021-07-24 at 7.25.33 AMThis is the 11th part of the countdown of the Top 1000 Films of the first Century of Film (1912-2011).  The introduction can be found here.  Just click here to find the other parts.

All 50 of these films earns a 92 which is mid ****.

#500

three_ten_to_yuma3:10 to Yuma

  • Director:  James Mangold
  • Genre:  Western
  • Distributor:  Lionsgate
  • Year:  2007
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Ensemble (SAG)
  • N.A. Gross:  $53,606,916
  • WW Gross:  $70,016,220
  • Entry Rank:  #473
  • The Film:  A perfect example of how to do a remake correctly.  First, amp up the actors involved.  Second, make the relationships deeper and more interesting.  Third, give it a much more poignant ending.  If only every remake did that.  Full review here.

#499

ghost_worldGhost World

  • Director:  Terry Zwigoff
  • Genre:  Comedy  (Black)
  • Distributor:  United Artists
  • Year:  2001
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  A. Screenplay (NH, WGA, AA), Actress (GG), S. Actor (NH, GG, NYFC, NSFC, CFC)
  • N.A. Gross:  $6,217,849
  • WW Gross:  $8,764,007
  • Entry Rank:  #409
  • TSPDT Rank:  #176  (21stC)
  • The Film:  My brain just hit a snag when I had to remember that Buscemi was somehow not nominated for his performance in this film.  On other performance notes, after this film and American Beauty, you would have bet big money on Thora Birch being big but 20 years later, ScarJo, mostly unknown, has been one of the hottest and biggest stars in Hollywood ever since.  Full review here.

#498

whale_rider_ver4Whale Rider

  • Director:  Niki Caro
  • Genre:  Drama
  • Distributor:  NewMarket
  • Year:  2002 (OE: 2003)
  • Country:  New Zealand
  • Major Awards:  Actress (NH, AA), S. Actress (SAG)
  • N.A. Gross:  $20,779,666
  • WW Gross:  $41,062,976
  • Entry Rank:  #421
  • TSPDT Rank:  #323
  • The Film:  For once it was SAG with the brain seizure on where the performance belongs rather than the Academy.  Clearly the lead and magnificent, though Keisha Castle-Hughes sadly hasn’t ever come close to this level of performance again.  Full review here.

#497

twelve_monkeys_ver112 Monkeys

  • Director:  Terry Gilliam
  • Genre:  Sci-Fi  (Time Travel)
  • Distributor:  Universal
  • Year:  1995
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH), Director (NH), A. Screenplay (NH), S. Actor (NH, AA, GG)
  • N.A. Gross:  $57,141,459
  • WW Gross:  $168,839,459
  • Entry Rank:  #357
  • The Film:  In the same year that Braveheart won the Oscar, Terry Gilliam takes one of the most fascinating and brilliant short films ever made and re-imagines it as a Sci-Fi thriller that takes on new meanings and Brad Pitt finally comes up with a performance to match his star power.  Full review here.

#496

gone_baby_goneGone Baby Gone

  • Director:  Ben Affleck
  • Genre:  Mystery (Detective)
  • Distributor:  Miramax
  • Year:  2007
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  A. Screenplay (NH), S. Actress (NH, SAG, AA, CC, GG, NYFC, LAFC, BSFC), Ensemble (CC)
  • N.A. Gross:  $20,292,962
  • WW Gross:  $34,612,443
  • Entry Rank:  #469
  • The Film:  Ben Affleck turns to writing and directing and shows, that despite growing up in Cambridge, that he has a magnificent understanding of the dark violent undercurrent that runs through Boston.  Full review here.

#495

breaking_awayBreaking Away

  • Director:  Peter Yates
  • Genre:  Comedy
  • Distributor:  20th Century-Fox
  • Year:  1979
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (AA, GG, NSFC), Director (DGA, AA, GG), Screenplay (NH, WGA, AA, GG, NYFC, NSFC), S. Actor (NH, NBR), S. Actress (NH, AA)
  • N.A. Gross:  $16,424,918
  • Entry Rank:  #248
  • The Film:  I’ve always found it interesting that two of the best portraits of real, honest fathers who come to understand their kids are played by Paul Dooley (16 Candles is the other film).  Wonderful crowd pleaser that rose to the Oscars.  Full review here.

#494

wallace_and_gromit_the_curse_of_the_were_rabbit_ver3Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit

  • Director:  Nick Park  /  Steve Box
  • Genre:  Kids  (Animated – Aardman)
  • Distributor:  DreamWorks SKG
  • Year:  2005
  • Country:  England
  • Major Awards:  Animated (NH, AA, BAFTA, PGA, Annie, CC, NYFC, LAFC)
  • N.A. Gross:  $56,110,897
  • WW Gross:  $194,137,091
  • Entry Rank:  #448
  • TSPDT Rank:  #312  (21stC)
  • The Film:  In spite of Corpse Bride and Howl’s Moving Castle, pretty much everyone’s pick as the Best Animated Film of 2005 and with good reason.  After some of the most entertaining short films ever made, Wallace & Gromit finally get a full-length feature film and they come through.  Full review here.

#493

stardust_memoriesStardust Memories

  • Director:  Woody Allen
  • Genre:  Comedy  (Surreal)
  • Distributor:  United Artists
  • Year:  1980
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Screenplay (NH, WGA)
  • N.A. Gross:  $10,389,003
  • Entry Rank:  #256
  • The Film:  After winning big for Annie Hall, the plaudits for Allen’s films shrank over the next three films until most everyone ignored this film.  But few of his films get so much better upon repeated viewings as this one does, full of a mix of comedy and anger.  Full review here.  Woody Allen becomes the first director to 8 films in the Top 1000.

#492

grand_canyonGrand Canyon

  • Director:  Lawrence Kasdan
  • Genre:  Drama
  • Distributor:  20th Century-Fox
  • Year:  1991
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Screenplay (NH, WGA, AA, GG), S. Actor (NH), Ensemble (NH)
  • N.A. Gross:  $33,243,020
  • WW Gross:  $40,991,329
  • Entry Rank:  #327
  • The Film:  One of those true ensemble films where no one earns nominations because no one is sure which member of the ensemble to pick (but I think Martin is the best – his best dramatic performance).  Kasdan’s filmography as a director through this film (his sixth) is magnificent but quite bad after this one.

#491

away_from_herAway from Her

  • Director:  Sarah Polley
  • Genre:  Drama
  • Distributor:  Lionsgate
  • Year:  2007
  • Country:  Canada
  • Major Awards:  A. Screenplay (NH), Actress (NH)
  • N.A. Gross:  $4,571,521
  • WW Gross:  $9,194,283
  • Entry Rank:  #464
  • TSPDT Rank:  #530  (21stC)
  • The Film:  Over 40 years after winning the Oscar, Julie Christie reminds us why she won that Oscar in the first place with this poignant tale of a wife slipping away into dementia and the husband who struggles with how to cope without her.  Full review here.  Clearly 2007 had some strong adapted scripts as this the third film reviewed in the Best Adapted Screenplay post for 2007 in the first 10 films of this post.

#490

sarabandSaraband

  • Director:  Ingmar Bergman
  • Genre:  Drama
  • Distributor:  Sony Pictures Classics
  • Year:  2003  (OE: 2005)
  • Country:  Sweden  (Swedish)
  • Major Awards:  Foreign (NH)
  • N.A. Gross:  $645,634
  • WW Gross:  $975,181
  • Entry Rank:  #424
  • TSPDT Rank:  #164  (21stC)
  • The Film:  Some 30 years after making Scenes from a Marriage and 20 years after retiring from filmmaking, Ingmar Bergman returns to the lives of his characters for one final fantastic film.  This is the kind of sequel we don’t get enough – a return to the lives of interesting characters to find out what happens afterwards.  Bergman’s 6th film so far on the list.

#489

high_fidelity_ver7High Fidelity

  • Director:  Stephen Frears
  • Genre:  Comedy  (Romantic)
  • Distributor:  Disney  (Touchstone)
  • Year:  2000
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  A. Screenplay (NH, WGA, BAFTA), Actor (NH, GG)
  • N.A. Gross:  $27,287,137
  • WW Gross:  $47,126,295
  • Entry Rank:  #392
  • TSPDT Rank:  #508  (21stC)
  • The Film:  This movie isn’t technically about me, but at the time it was made, yeah, it was kind of about me.  A fantastic film that didn’t get the awards acclaim it deserved based on a wonderful book that felt like it was written about me.  Full review here.

#488

hero英雄
(Hero; Ying xiong)

  • Director:  Yimou Zhang
  • Genre:  Action  (Martial Arts)
  • Distributor:  Miramax
  • Year:  2002  (OE: 2004)
  • Country:  China  (Mandarin)
  • Major Awards:  Foreign (NH, AA, GG)
  • N.A. Gross:  $53,710,019
  • WW Gross:  $177,395,557
  • Entry Rank:  #415
  • TSPDT Rank:  #170  (21stC)
  • The Film:  It kind of got lost, getting an Oscar nomination two years before it got a U.S. release, where it was a little bit overlooked because Yimou’s House of Flying Daggers hit at the same time.  But it’s an amazing Action film with gorgeous costumes and cinematography and one of the best films from a Top 100 director.

#487

breakfast_at_tiffanys_ver2Breakfast at Tiffany’s

  • Director:  Blake Edwards
  • Genre:  Comedy  (Romantic)
  • Distributor:  Paramount
  • Year:  1961
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (GG), Director (DGA), A. Screenplay (NH, WGA, AA), Actress (NH, AA, GG), S. Actor (NH), Ensemble (NH)
  • N.A. Gross:  $14,000,000
  • Entry Rank:  #153
  • TSPDT Rank:  #690
  • The Film:  Unlike the last several directors, Edwards, while treated as one of the greats of Hollywood, rarely lived up to that and this is his only Top 1000 film.  But it provides us with one of the greatest songs ever written for a film and the Audrey Hepburn performance that is more memorable than her Oscar winning one.  Full review here.

#486

sixth_sense_ver3The Sixth Sense

  • Director:  M. Night Shyamalan
  • Genre:  Horror  (Supernatural)
  • Distributor:  Disney  (Hollywood)
  • Year:  1999
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (AA, BAFTA, CC), Director (DGA, AA, BAFTA), Screenplay (WGA, AA, BAFTA, GG), S. Actor (NH, SAG, AA, GG), S. Actress (NH, AA)
  • N.A. Gross:  $293,506,292
  • WW Gross:  $672,806,292
  • Entry Rank:  #381
  • The Film:  This was a fresh, fascinating Horror film that looked like a good sign for a young director.  Turned out he couldn’t even remotely live up and thought the twist ending was the key thing to a film.  But don’t let his later films or even the knowledge of the twist here detract from how great a film this is.  Full review here.

#485

syrianaSyriana

  • Director:  Stephen Gaghan
  • Genre:  Drama
  • Distributor:  Warner Bros.
  • Year:  2005
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  A. Screenplay (WGA, NBR), Screenplay (NH, AA), S. Actor (NH, SAG, AA, BAFTA, CC, GG), Ensemble (NH, CC)
  • N.A. Gross:  $50,824,620
  • WW Gross:  $93,974,620
  • Entry Rank:  #440
  • TSPDT Rank:  #701  (21stC)
  • The Film:  I place it in original only because the Oscars did but you’ll notice it was also awarded as an adapted script.  Great ensemble work that tells a socially relevant story to the time playing off many of the themes that Gaghan had written about in Traffic.  Bizarrely, the last film he would write until Dolittle and what a disaster that was.

#484

harry_potter_and_the_deathly_hallows_part_iHarry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1

  • Director:  David Yates
  • Genre:  Fantasy  (Wizarding World)
  • Distributor:  Warner Bros.
  • Year:  2010
  • Country:  England
  • N.A. Gross:  $296,347,721
  • WW Gross:  $977,043,483
  • Entry Rank:  #477
  • The Film:  Warners made the right move, splitting the last Harry Potter book into two parts.  That allowed for the more plot driven stuff to happen here and the final book to focus on the character aspects as well as the final battle.  Like so many HP film, it didn’t get the awards acclaim it really deserved.  Full review here.

#483

bull_durham_ver2Bull Durham

  • Director:  Ron Shelton
  • Genre:  Comedy  (Sports)
  • Distributor:  Orion
  • Year:  1988
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (WGA, NYFC, LAFC, NSFC, BSFC), Screenplay (NH, AA, BSFC), Actor (NH), Actress (GG)
  • N.A. Gross:  $50,888,729
  • Entry Rank:  #305
  • The Film:  One of the greatest baseball films ever made (basically topped by the following year’s Costner baseball outing), a fantastic, witty comedy that knows how to balance the sports with the romance and have the wit over it all.  Somehow, I have never written a full review of it.

#482

diary_of_anne_frankThe Diary of Anne Frank

  • Director:  George Stevens
  • Genre:  Drama  (True Story)
  • Distributor:  20th Century-Fox
  • Year:  1959
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (AA, GG), Director (AA, DGA, GG), A. Screenplay (NH, WGA), Actor (GG), S. Actor (AA), S. Actress (NH, AA, GG), Ensemble (NH)
  • N.A. Gross:  $4,800,000  (@-re)
  • Entry Rank:  #140
  • The Film:  For the most part, I’ll just let my review speak for itself because that review cost me as much to write emotionally as any review I’ve ever written and I had to write it twice because the computer crashed during the first one.  Full review here.

#481

before_the_devil_knows_youre_dead_ver2Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead

  • Director:  Sidney Lumet
  • Genre:  Suspense
  • Distributor:  THINKfilm
  • Year:  2007
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Director (CC), Screenplay (NH), S. Actor (NH), S. Actress (LAFC), Ensemble (NH, CC, BSFC)
  • N.A. Gross:  $7,084,227
  • WW Gross:  $25,038,466
  • Entry Rank:  #455
  • TSPDT Rank:  #711  (21stC)
  • The Film:  What would turn out to be Sidney Lumet’s final film and like his first one (12 Angry Men), it would be a masterpiece.  Amazingly, this is actually Lumet’s first film in the Top 1000 so far which means all 8 of his films managed to land in the Top 500.  An ensemble piece that deals with a robbery, adultery and some very serious family issues.

#480

harry_potter_and_the_deathly_hallows_part_twoHarry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2

  • Director:  David Yates
  • Genre:  Fantasy  (Wizarding World)
  • Distributor:  Warner Bros.
  • Year:  2011
  • Country:  England
  • N.A. Gross:  $381,409,310
  • WW Gross:  $1,342,321,665
  • Entry Rank:  #480
  • The Film:  International audiences grasped the importance of this more as it finished with the-then 14th highest grossing U.S. total but the-then 3rd highest grossing worldwide total.  A few years later there would be much talk over Boyhood filming over a decade but this series did the same thing and we watched the kids grow up onscreen and the series never failed to be great and the finale did not let us down.  Full review here.

#479

others_ver1The Others

  • Director:  Alejandro Amenabar
  • Genre:  Horror  (Supernatural)
  • Distributor:  Miramax  (Dimension)
  • Year:  2001
  • Country:  Spain / U.S. / England
  • Major Awards:  Screenplay (BAFTA), Actress (NH, BAFTA, GG)
  • N.A. Gross:  $96,522,687
  • WW Gross:  $209,947,037
  • Entry Rank:  #399
  • TSPDT Rank:  #472  (21stC)
  • The Film:  The only film that bothered me so much while watching it that I stepped out of the theater to calm myself down.  Kept out of the Nighthawks for Screenplay because of being in one of the best years ever in that category but this was actually better than Kidman’s Oscar nominated performance that same year for Moulin Rouge.  Full review here.

#478

nightmare_before_christmas_ver2The Nightmare Before Christmas
(Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas)

  • Director:  Henry Selick
  • Genre:  Fantasy  (Animated)
  • Distributor:  Disney  (Touchstone)
  • Year:  1993
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Animated (NH, Annie)
  • N.A. Gross:  $77,368,668
  • WW Gross:  $91,491,247
  • Entry Rank:  #337
  • TSPDT Rank:  #945
  • The Film:  Amazingly not a huge success when released (over 1/3 of its N.A. gross comes from 3D re-releases over the last 15 years).  This film, along with the success of Aardman in short films, would help lead to a revival of stop motion films and deservedly so.  Full review here.

#477

missingMissing

  • Director:  Costa-Gavras
  • Genre:  Drama  (True Story)
  • Distributor:  Universal
  • Year:  1982
  • Country:  U.S.  /  Mexico  (English  /  Spanish)
  • Major Awards:  Picture (AA, BAFTA, GG), Director (BAFTA, GG), A. Screenplay (NH, WGA, AA, BAFTA, GG), Actor (NH, AA, BAFTA, GG), Actress (NH, AA, BAFTA, GG)
  • N.A. Gross:  $14,000,000
  • Entry Rank:  #263
  • The Film:  Not surprising that it took a non-American director to take a look at what the U.S. government has failed to do for its own citizens at times, not to mention the damage it has done by supporting right-wing governments around the world.  It doesn’t mention a country because it’s more powerful that way, though it’s about Chile.  Full review here.

#476

les_miserablesLes Misérables

  • Director:  Claude Lelouch
  • Genre:  Drama  (Lit Adaptation – Hugo)
  • Distributor:  Warner Bros.
  • Year:  1995
  • Country:  France  (French)
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH), Director (NH), A. Screenplay (NH), Actor (NH), Foreign (NH, BAFTA, GG)
  • N.A. Gross:  $740,048
  • Entry Rank:  #348
  • The Film:  There aren’t many novels that have been made into multiple great films but this one has such a great story it’s very malleable.  That’s proven here where it’s moved to World War II and we get a very original take on a very old book.  Full review here.

#475

shootTirez sur le pianiste
(Shoot the Piano Player)

  • Director:  Francois Truffaut
  • Genre:  Crime
  • Distributor:  Astor Pictures
  • Year:  1960  (OE: 1963)
  • Country:  France  (French)
  • Major Awards:  A. Screenplay (NH), Foreign (NH)
  • Entry Rank:  #147
  • TSPDT Rank:  #429
  • The Film:  Given how much he was a fan of film noir, it’s only appropriate that for his second film, Truffaut would turn to the Crime genre and use a pulp novel to make a film that would take years to get its proper due for how great it is.  Full review here.

#474

forbidden_planet_ver2Forbidden Planet

  • Director:  Fred M. Wilcox
  • Genre:  Sci-Fi  (Shakespeare – Romance)
  • Distributor:  MGM
  • Year:  1956
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Screenplay (NH)
  • N.A. Gross:  $3,000,000
  • Entry Rank:  #119
  • TSPDT Rank:  #908
  • The Film:  Takes what the 1995 Les Miserables did and goes a step further, taking Shakespeare and marrying it to the 1950s Sci-Fi.  The single best Sci-Fi film made between 1926 (Metropolis) and 1968 (2001) overcomes some weak acting with truly some original concepts and great (for the time) effects.  Full review here.

#473

virgin_suicides_ver2The Virgin Suicides

  • Director:  Sofia Coppola
  • Genre:  Drama  (Tragedy)
  • Distributor:  Paramount Classics
  • Year:  2000
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Director (NH)
  • N.A. Gross:  $4,906,229
  • WW Gross:  $10,410,044
  • Entry Rank:  #382
  • The Film:  Right from the start, Sofia Coppola proves that she’s a very different director than her father but that she is also remarkably talented.  Completely overlooked by all the awards (it didn’t earn a single mention from any group I track) in spite of being one of the best films of its year.  Full review here.

#472

badsleepwell悪い奴ほどよく眠る
(The Bad Sleep Well; Warui yatsu hodo yoku nemuru)

  • Director:  Akira Kurosawa
  • Genre:  Drama  (Tragedy)
  • Distributor:  Toho
  • Year:  1960  (OE: 1963)
  • Country:  Japan  (Japanese)
  • Major Awards:  Director (NH), A. Screenplay (NH), Foreign (NH)
  • Entry Rank:  #145
  • The Film:  Less obvious than Forbidden Planet, The Bad Sleep Well takes concepts from Hamlet and moves them to modern day Japan and instead of a crown, it’s a business that is the ultimate prize.  One of the films that helped mark the Kurosawa / Mifune transition back out of Samurai films.  The rare film in the Top 500 without a review from me.

#471

mississippi_burningMississippi Burning

  • Director:  Alan Parker
  • Genre:  Drama  (Social)
  • Distributor:  Orion
  • Year:  1988
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (AA, GG, CFC, NBR), Director (DGA, AA, BAFTA, GG, NBR), Screenplay (GG), Actor (NH, AA, GG, NBR), S. Actress (NH, AA, CFC, NBR)
  • N.A. Gross:  $34,603,943
  • Entry Rank:  #299
  • The Film:  The script isn’t as solid and it suffers from the white savior trope (although that’s because that’s who was in the FBI at the time) but this is a powerful film that resonates every time I see it with a powerhouse performance from Hackman.  Full review here.

#470

man_who_wasnt_there_ver2The Man Who Wasn’t There

  • Director:  Joel and Ethan Coen
  • Genre:  Drama
  • Distributor:  USA Films
  • Year:  2001
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (CC, GG), Screenplay (WGA, CC, GG), Actor (NH, GG, NBR)
  • N.A. Gross:  $7,504,257
  • WW Gross:  $18,916,623
  • Entry Rank:  #390
  • TSPDT Rank:  #494  (21stC)
  • The Film:  He didn’t end up earning an Oscar nomination for either but Billy Bob Thornton was never better than he was in 2001 in the double combo of Monster’s Ball and The Man Who Wasn’t There.  The Coen Brothers go full noir (including black and white) for this story of a barber who wants to be rid of his two-timing wife but it falls just short of the Nighthawks in lots of categories because of how stacked 2001 is.

#469

ladykillersThe Ladykillers

  • Director:  Alexander MacKendrick
  • Genre:  Crime  (Heist)
  • Distributor:  Continental (for an Ealing film)
  • Year:  1956
  • Country:  England
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH, BAFTA), Screenplay (NH, AA, BAFTA), Actor (NH), Actress (BAFTA), S. Actor (NH), S. Actress (NH), Ensemble (NH)
  • Entry Rank:  #116
  • TSPDT Rank:  #825
  • The Film:  The last of the truly great Ealing Comedies is also one of the very best.  Alec Guinness leads what would later be deemed an all-star cast of misfits and rogues trying to pull off a heist and then make it out alive.  Full review here.

#468

you_only_live_once_ver2You Only Live Once

  • Director:  Fritz Lang
  • Genre:  Crime
  • Distributor:  United Artists
  • Year:  1937
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH), Director (NH), Screenplay (NH), Actor (NH)
  • Entry Rank:  #33
  • The Film:  So absurdly under-rated that it literally doesn’t have an awards page on the IMDb.  Yet, it’s one of the best films of 1937, a dark Crime drama that shows Henry Fonda at his most desperate before he was such a nice guy on screen and one of the best things Fritz Lang did after coming to the States.  Full review here.

#467

yojimbo用心棒
(Yojimbo;
Yōjinbō)

  • Director:  Akira Kurosawa
  • Genre:  Action  (Samurai)
  • Distributor:  Toho
  • Year:  1961
  • Country:  Japan  (Japanese)
  • Major Awards:  Director (NH), Screenplay (NH), Foreign (NH)
  • Entry Rank:  #147
  • TSPDT Rank:  #421
  • The Film:  This was actually the first Kurosawa film I ever saw, shown to me in a World Literature class in high school.  I had no idea at the time that I was being introduced to one of the greatest directors who ever lived or that this film would be remade multiple times in the States because of how influential it was.

#466

back_to_the_futureBack to the Future

  • Director:  Robert Zemeckis
  • Genre:  Sci-Fi  (Comedy)
  • Distributor:  Universal
  • Year:  1985
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (BAFTA, GG), Screenplay (NH, WGA, AA, BAFTA, GG), Actor (GG)
  • N.A. Gross:  $211,406,762
  • WW Gross:  $381,906,762
  • Entry Rank:  #272
  • TSPDT Rank:  #290
  • The Film:  How much does this film mean to me?  Until 1989 when I could start heading to the movies by myself, it was the only non-Star Wars film I saw multiple times in the theater (three).  Brilliantly original with one of my favorite all-time scores (not to mention the other great music), easily the biggest film of the year (only two films made half, only six made 1/3) and I somehow have never written a full review.

#465

ringu-1998-posterリング
(Ringu; The Ring)

  • Director:  Hideo Nakata
  • Genre:  Horror  (Supernatural)
  • Distributor:  Ace Pictures
  • Year:  1998
  • Country:  Japan  (Japanese)
  • Major Awards:  Foreign (NH)
  • Entry Rank:  #359
  • The Film:  The original film version and still, by a long way, the best.  This is a film that doesn’t try for cheap scares but is genuinely terrifying.  One of the most effective Horror films ever made.  A full review can be found here.

#464

mighty_windA Mighty Wind

  • Director:  Christopher Guest
  • Genre:  Musical  (Mockumentary)
  • Distributor:  Warner Bros.
  • Year:  2003
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Screenplay (NH), S. Actor (NYFC), Ensemble (NH, CC)
  • N.A. Gross:  $17,781,006
  • WW Gross:  $18,750,246
  • Entry Rank:  #402
  • The Film:  Ironically, I’m part of the lack of box office because I saw it at an advance screening and didn’t have to pay.  But I’ve made up for it by buying the soundtrack, the film (on DVD) and even the sheet music.  Funny from start to finish and so overflowing with brilliant original music that the soundtrack actually has a lot of great songs not in the film.  I want a whole Mitch and Mickey album damn it!

#463

few_good_men_ver2A Few Good Men

  • Director:  Rob Reiner
  • Genre:  Drama  (Courtroom)
  • Distributor:  Columbia
  • Year:  1992
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (AA, GG), Director (DGA, GG), A. Screenplay (NH, GG), Actor (GG), S. Actor (NH, AA, GG, CFC, NBR)
  • N.A. Gross:  $141,340,178
  • WW Gross:  $243,240,178
  • Entry Rank:  #321
  • The Film:  Just remember that the Academy (among others) thought that Scent of a Woman was a better written film than this.  My own feelings on this film have been moving steadily up over the last several years and the last couple of times I rewatched it and you can see them reflected in my full review here.

#462

wings_of_desire_ver3Der himmel über Berlin
(Wings of Desire)

  • Director:  Wim Wenders
  • Genre:  Fantasy
  • Distributor:  Orion Classics
  • Year:  1987  (OE: 1988)
  • Country:  West Germany  (German)
  • Major Awards:  Screenplay (NH), Foreign (NH, BAFTA, LAFC)
  • N.A. Gross:  $3,333,969
  • Entry Rank:  #286
  • TSPDT Rank:  #218
  • The Film:  The American version isn’t a complete disaster (thanks namely to a great soundtrack) but the original is a masterpiece of originality, vision, pain and desire.  An angel yearns to discover what it is to be human and sets out to find a core of humanity.  A later sequel, like the remake, would be a big letdown but would be offset by a magnificent soundtrack.

#461

being_john_malkovich_ver3Being John Malkovich

  • Director:  Spike Jonze
  • Genre:  Comedy  (Surreal)
  • Distributor:  USA Films
  • Year:  1999
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (PGA, CC, GG, NSFC), Director (DGA, AA), Screenplay (NH, WGA, AA, BAFTA, GG, LAFC, NSFC, BSFC, CFC), S. Actor (NH, NYFC), S. Actress (NH, NH, SAG, SAG, AA, BAFTA, GG, GG, NYFC), Ensemble (SAG)
  • N.A. Gross:  $22,863,596
  • WW Gross:  $23,106,667
  • Entry Rank:  #364
  • The Film:  It’s always interesting how some films just don’t travel well at all, as we can see from the ridiculously small difference in the North America and worldwide grosses.  Perhaps it’s the startling originality of this film, surely one of the most bizarre films to ever come out of Hollywood.

#460

vanilla_skyVanilla Sky

  • Director:  Cameron Crowe
  • Genre:  Fantasy
  • Distributor:  Paramount
  • Year:  2001
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  A. Screenplay (NH), Actor (NH), S. Actress (NH, SAG, CC, GG, BSFC, CFC)
  • N.A. Gross:  $100,618,344
  • WW Gross:  $203,388,341
  • Entry Rank:  #381
  • The Film:  Well this is an odd coincidence that maybe doesn’t happen again – two films in a row with the same person nominated for a Nighthawk (Cameron Diaz) and in neither year is she nominated for an Oscar.  Which is interesting because I’m not much of a fan but she deserves those nominations.  Also ironic to have a remake of an Amenabar film a bit above an actual Amenabar film.  Full review here.

#459

faustFaust: Eine deutsche Volkssage
(Faust)

  • Director:  F.W. Murnau
  • Genre:  Fantasy  (Play Adaptation)
  • Distributor:  MGM
  • Year:  1926
  • Country:  Germany  (German)
  • Major Awards:  A. Screenplay (NH), Actor (NH), S. Actress (NH), Foreign (NH)
  • Entry Rank:  #9
  • TSPDT Rank:  #534
  • The Film:  The last Murnau film made in Germany before he left and came to the States and became the best filmmaker working in America.  It’s been almost a century and there still hasn’t been another version of Germany’s greatest play that even remotely compares.  Full review here.

#458

witness_for_the_prosecutionWitness for the Prosecution

  • Director:  Billy Wilder
  • Genre:  Mystery  (Courtroom)
  • Distributor:  United Artists
  • Year:  1957
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH, AA, GG), Director (NH, DGA, AA, GG), A. Screenplay (NH), Actor (NH, AA, BAFTA, GG), Actress (NH, GG), S. Actress (NH, AA, GG), Ensemble (NH)
  • N.A. Gross:  $8,175,000
  • Entry Rank:  #125
  • The Film:  Neither the Oscars nor WGA nominated it for the screenplay (which does a lot with the original source material as can be seen in the full review here) and yet they both nominated the piece of crap Peyton Place.  Billy Wilder’s been saving up all his work because we’re in the Top 500 already and this is only his second film on the list so far.

#457

bridgeDie brücke
(The Bridge)

  • Director:  Bernhard Wicki
  • Genre:  War  (World War II)
  • Distributor:  Allied Artists
  • Year:  1959  (OE: 1961)
  • Country:  West Germany  (German)
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH), A. Screenplay (NH), Foreign (NH, AA, GG, NBR)
  • Entry Rank:  #134
  • The Film:  In some ways, a World War II version of All Quiet on the Western Front, except instead of jingoism prompting the boys off to die in war it’s sheer desperation.  The real cost of what a war does to the people.  Full review here.

#456

downloadÀ nous la liberté

  • Director:  René Clair
  • Genre:  Musical  (Satire)
  • Distributor:  Films Sonores Tobis
  • Year:  1931  (OE: 1932)
  • Country:  France  (French)
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH), Director (NH), Screenplay (NH), Foreign (NH)
  • Entry Rank:  #14
  • The Film:  With a Chaplin influence (and an influence on Chaplin) thrown together with a dash of Les Miserables we get this wonderful Musical that showed that René Clair understood how to make people enjoy their time in the cinema.  Full review here.

#455

nader_and_siminJodaeiye Nader az Simin
(A Separation; Nader and Simin: A Separation)

  • Director:  Asghar Farhadi
  • Genre:  Drama
  • Distributor:  Sony Pictures Classics
  • Year:  2011
  • Country:  Iran  (Persian)
  • Major Awards:  Screenplay (NH, AA, LAFC, NSFC), Foreign (NH, AA, BAFTA, CC, GG, NYFC, NSFC, CFC, NBR)
  • N.A. Gross:  $7,099,055
  • WW Gross:  $22,926,076
  • Entry Rank:  #455
  • TSPDT Rank:  #340
  • The Film:  The dominating Consensus winner for Best Foreign Film in 2011 is this Iranian story that asks the question of what you owe to different generations.  What do you owe to your parents?  What do you owe to your children?  How does that affect what you might think you owe to your own happiness?

#454

reservoir_dogs_ver3Reservoir Dogs

  • Director:  Quentin Tarantino
  • Genre:  Crime  (Heist)
  • Distributor:  Miramax
  • Year:  1992
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Screenplay (NH), Ensemble (NH)
  • N.A. Gross:  $2,832,029
  • WW Gross:  $2,913,644
  • Entry Rank:  #315
  • TSPDT Rank:  #337
  • The Film:  You might actually have to go back all the way to Orson Welles to find someone who arrived in Hollywood with such obvious talent as both a director and screenwriter in their feature debut and, collaborations aside (Four Rooms, Grindhouse), Tarantino has proved it again and again ever since.  And let’s not forget what he did to “Stuck in the Middle with You”.  The first Tarantino film in the Top 1000.

#453

truman_show_ver1The Truman Show

  • Director:  Peter Weir
  • Genre:  Comedy  (Satire)
  • Distributor:  Paramount
  • Year:  1998
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (BAFTA, CC, GG), Director (NH, DGA, AA, BAFTA, GG), Screenplay (NH, WGA, AA, BAFTA, GG), Actor (NH, GG), S. Actor (NH, AA, BAFTA, GG, NBR)
  • N.A. Gross:  $125,618,201
  • WW Gross:  $264,118,201
  • Entry Rank:  #351
  • The Film:  While I hadn’t liked his films before this, unlike the Academy, I instantly recognized that this was a performance from Jim Carrey that deserved to be among the nominations.  A film that very much seemed to be ahead of its time in the way that television would start looking at the individual real life.

#452

royal_tenenbaumsThe Royal Tenenbaums

  • Director:  Wes Anderson
  • Genre:  Comedy
  • Distributor:  Disney  (Touchstone)
  • Year:  2001
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Screenplay (NH, WGA, AA, BAFTA), Actor (GG, NSFC, CFC), Ensemble (NH, CC)
  • N.A. Gross:  $52,364,010
  • WW Gross:  $71,444,482
  • Entry Rank:  #374
  • TSPDT Rank:  #536
  • The Film:  The tagline has it right: “Family isn’t a word.  It’s a sentence.”  I saw this as a sneak preview in the theater, having loved Rushmore, and was floored at how much I could love a film that had such prominent roles for Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson (and yes, I realize Wilson co-wrote it).  Somehow I have never written a full review even though it’s among my favorite films.

#451

women_on_the_verge_of_a_nervous_breakdown_ver1Mujeres al borde de un ataque de nervios
(Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown)

  • Director:  Pedro Almodóvar
  • Genre:  Comedy  (Surreal)
  • Distributor:  Orion Classics
  • Year:  1988
  • Country:  Spain  (Spanish)
  • Major Awards:  Screenplay (NH), Actress (NH), Foreign (NH, AA, BAFTA, GG, NYFC, NBR)
  • N.A. Gross:  $7,251,740
  • Entry Rank:   #289
  • TSPDT Rank:  #858
  • The Film:  Even though this brilliant bit of satire was the first Almodóvar film I ever saw it would take another decade and the double whammy of All About My Mother and Talk to Her for him to become one of my favorite directors.  It would also take my brain years to acknowledge that the young, funny Antonio Banderas of this film was the same as the Banderas of crappy American films in the mid 90s.