Screen Shot 2021-09-25 at 7.20.43 AMThis is the 12th 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.

Films 450 through 428 are a 92.  The rest are a 93.  Both are mid ****.

#450

one_two_threeOne, Two, Three

  • Director:  Billy Wilder
  • Genre:  Comedy
  • Distributor:  United Artists
  • Year:  1961
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH, GG), Director (NH), A. Screenplay (NH, WGA), Actor (NH), S. Actress (NH, GG), Ensemble (NH)
  • N.A. Gross:  $8,720,000
  • Entry Rank:  #142
  • The Film:  Somehow overlooked when people talk about the great Billy Wilder films but this is definitely one of the greats, funny from the first line all the way down to the final shot.  Full review here.  Somehow only the third Wilder film so far in the Top 1000 but he’s got plenty more to come.

#449

pickup_on_south_streetPickup on South Street

  • Director:  Samuel Fuller
  • Genre:  Crime
  • Distributor:  20th Century-Fox
  • Year:  1953
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH), Director (NH), Screenplay (NH), S. Actress (NH, AA)
  • Entry Rank:  #100
  • TSPDT Rank:  #783
  • The Film:  This is a film, on the other hand, that’s gotten much more due over the years thanks to being directed by Fuller than it did the first time around when it had to make do with just a single Oscar nomination.  Full review here because in spite of earning just one Oscar nom, it’s actually one of the five best films of 1953.

#448

sweeney_todd_ver2Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

  • Director:  Tim Burton
  • Genre:  Musical  (Broadway Adaptation – Sondheim)
  • Distributor:  DreamWorks (through Paramount)
  • Year:  2007
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (CC, GG), Director (CC, GG, NBR), Actor (NH, AA, CC, GG), Actress (GG), Ensemble (CC)
  • N.A. Gross:  $52,898,073
  • WW Gross:  $153,383,627
  • Entry Rank:  #424
  • TSPDT Rank:  #652  (21stC)
  • The Film:  Great stage Musicals often don’t translate into great screen Musicals but Sweeney Todd brings all the fun and gore to the screen intact with a brilliant performance from Depp and magnificent technical aspects.  Full review here.

#447

topsyturvyTopsy-Turvy

  • Director:  Mike Leigh
  • Genre:  Musical  (True Story)
  • Distributor:  USA Films
  • Year:  1999
  • Country:  England
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NSFC), Director (NSFC), Screenplay (BAFTA), Actor (BAFTA), S. Actor (BAFTA)
  • N.A. Gross:  $6,208,548
  • Entry Rank:  #354
  • TSPDT Rank:  #938
  • The Film:  Reviewed here because it was the best Musical I hadn’t yet reviewed even though it’s not a typical Musical in that it’s about people who perform on stage rather than people who break into song.  But Mike Leigh goes back to the past with the story of Gilbert & Sullivan and it looks amazing.

#446

shining_ver2The Shining

  • Director:  Stanley Kubrick
  • Genre:  Horror  (Stephen King)
  • Distributor:  Warner Bros.
  • Year:  1980
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Director (NH), A. Screenplay (NH), Actor (NH)
  • N.A. Gross:  $45,332,952
  • Entry Rank:  #241
  • TSPDT Rank:  #84
  • The Film:  It wasn’t a huge hit with the critics and its only awards attention was from the Razzies (Duvall and yes, Kubrick).  Today, of course, it’s recognized as one of the great Horror films of all-time, landing in the Top 100 at both TSPDT and the IMDb.  Full review here.  Just Kubrick’s third film so far on the list.

#445

e_t_the_extra_terrestrial_ver1E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

  • Director:  Steven Spielberg
  • Genre:  Sci-Fi  (Alien Arrival)
  • Distributor:  Universal
  • Year:  1982
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (AA, BAFTA, GG, LAFC, BSFC), Director (NH, DGA, AA, BAFTA, GG, LAFC, NSFC, BSFC), Screenplay (NH, WGA, AA, BAFTA, GG)
  • N.A. Gross:  $435,110,554
  • WW Gross:  $792,910,554
  • Entry Rank:  #249
  • TSPDT Rank:  #114
  • The Film:  This film, of course, didn’t struggle for the critics or the awards or, of course, the box office, where it set a new record but it’s actually a film that it took me quite a while to really warm up to, even though I should have had a fondness just from playing Elliot when we did the Universal Studios Tour in 1983.  Full review here.  Spielberg becomes the second director to reach 7 films in the Top 1000 so far.

#444

battleLa battaglia di Algeri
(The Battle of Algiers)

  • Director:  Gillo Pontecorvo
  • Genre:  War  (Random War)
  • Distributor:  Rizzoli
  • Year:  1966  (OE: 1968)
  • Country:  Italy  (Arabic / French / English)
  • Major Awards:  Director (AA), Screenplay (NH, AA), Foreign (NH, AA)
  • Entry Rank:  #166
  • TSPDT Rank:  #75
  • The Film:  For all the later stringent rules at the Oscars let’s remember this film was nominated as the film from Italy even though Italian is not one of the three languages used in the film.  Let’s also remember that in spite of its high rank today it lost the Oscar and received no other noms for Foreign Film.  A brilliant documentary like feel.  Fully reviewed here.

#443

young_frankensteinYoung Frankenstein

  • Director:  Mel Brooks
  • Genre:  Comedy  (Parody)
  • Distributor:  20th Century-Fox
  • Year:  1974
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  A. Screenplay (NH, WGA, AA), Actress (GG), S. Actress (GG)
  • N.A. Gross:  $86,273,333
  • Entry Rank:  #209
  • TSPDT Rank:  #583
  • The Film:  The Globes nominated Burt Reynolds for The Longest Yard but not Wilder and The Longest Yard won Picture while this wasn’t nominated.  Mel Brooks double whammy of 1974 (along with Blazing Saddles) may have been passed over for lesser fare but it’s his films that are remembered.  Full review here.

#442

anatomy_of_a_murder_ver2Anatomy of a Murder

  • Director:  Otto Preminger
  • Genre:  Mystery  (Courtroom)
  • Distributor:  Columbia
  • Year:  1959
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (AA, BAFTA, GG), Director (DGA, GG), A. Screenplay (NH, WGA, AA, BAFTA, NYFC), Actor (NH, AA, NYFC), Actress (GG), S. Actor (NH, AA, AA, GG), S. Actress (NH), Ensemble (NH)
  • N.A. Gross:  $11,900,000
  • Entry Rank:  #131
  • TSPDT Rank:  #864
  • The Film:  This is one of those films like Kramer vs. Kramer or Ordinary People that I knew was great when I first saw it but only later realized how great it was.  A first-rate Courtroom Drama that takes us through the Mystery with a slow burn.  Full review here.

#441

tess_ver2Tess

  • Director:  Roman Polanski
  • Genre:  Drama  (Lit Adaptation – Hardy)
  • Distributor:  Columbia
  • Year:  1979  (OE: 1980)
  • Country:  England / France
  • Major Awards:  Picture (AA), Director (AA, GG, LAFC, BSFC), Actress (GG), Foreign (GG)
  • N.A. Gross:  $20,093,330
  • Entry Rank:  #230
  • The Film:  Yes, even in the Top 450 it fails to earn a major nom at the Nighthawks because 1980 is quite packed with great films but it’s a great adaptation of a great book as you can read here and here.

#440

army-of-shadows-larmee-des-ombres-vintage-movie-poster-original-french-1-panel-47x63-1766L’armee des ombres
(Army of Shadows)

  • Director:  Jean-Pierre Melville
  • Genre:  War  (WWII)
  • Distributor:  Rialto Pictures
  • Year:  1969  (OE: 2006)
  • Country:  France  (French)
  • Major Awards:  Foreign (NH, NYFC)
  • N.A. Gross:  $771,956
  • WW Gross:  $840,830
  • Entry Rank:  #179
  • TSPDT Rank:  #350
  • The Film:  Over 30 years after it originally played in France (in a truncated run due to French politics at the time), Melville’s brilliant film about the Resistance finally made it to the States and it turned out to have been worth the wait.  Fully reviewed here.

#439

la_dolce_vita_ver2La Dolce Vita

  • Director:  Federico Fellini
  • Genre:  Comedy
  • Distributor:  Astor Pictures
  • Year:  1960  (OE: 1961)
  • Country:  Italy  (Italian)
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH, BAFTA), Director (NH, AA), Screenplay (NH, AA), Actor (NH), S. Actress (NH), Foreign (NH, NYFC)
  • Entry Rank:  #136
  • TSPDT Rank:  #30
  • The Film:  Fellini’s 4th and final film in the Top 1000, this is his best film, Roger Ebert’s favorite film and the first of Fellini’s four Oscar nominations for Best Director.  It’s also one of the best films released in the U.S. in 1961 so you can find a full review here.

#438

stagecoachStagecoach

  • Director:  John Ford
  • Genre:  Western
  • Distributor:  United Artists
  • Year:  1939
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH, AA), Director (NH, AA, NYFC), A. Screenplay (NH), S. Actor (NH, AA)
  • Entry Rank:  #37
  • TSPDT Rank:  #143
  • The Film:  Bizarrely, just the second John Ford film so far in the Top 1000 but there are plenty still to come.  One of the first great Westerns and the film that helped make John Wayne a star showing that star power and acting aren’t necessarily that connected.  Fully reviewed here.

#437

to_catch_a_thief_ver2To Catch a Thief

  • Director:  Alfred Hitchcock
  • Genre:  Mystery  (Heist)
  • Distributor:  Paramount
  • Year:  1955
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH), Director (NH), A. Screenplay (NH, WGA), Actress (NH)
  • N.A. Gross:  $8,750,000
  • Entry Rank:  #110
  • The Film:  Hitchcock becomes the third director reach 7 films in the Top 1000 with this stylish Mystery that has the greatest double-entendre line in history (“Would you like a leg or a breast?”).  Though several Hitchcock films will rank above it, due to circumstances, this is the only film where Hitchcock wins a Nighthawk.  Fully reviewed here.

#436

grave火垂るの墓
(Grave of the Fireflies; Hotaru no haka)

  • Director:  Isao Takahata
  • Genre:  Drama  (Animated – Anime)
  • Distributor:  Toho
  • Year:  1988  (OE: 1994)
  • Country:  Japan  (Japanese)
  • Major Awards:  A. Screenplay (NH), Animated (NH), Foreign (NH)
  • N.A. Gross:  $516,962
  • Entry Rank:  #276
  • TSPDT Rank:  #750
  • The Film:  One of the most depressing films ever made was also one that proved beyond a doubt that Studio Ghibli, in spite of being an animation studio, was not making films just for kids.  Bleak but also beautiful and poignant.  Fully reviewed here.

#435

gateof地獄門
(Gate of Hell; Jigokumon)

  • Director:  Teinosuke  Kinugasa
  • Genre:  Action  (Samurai)
  • Distributor:  Edward Harrison
  • Year:  1954
  • Country:  Japan  (Japanese)
  • Major Awards:  Picture (BAFTA), Director (NH), Foreign (NH, AA, NYFC)
  • Entry Rank:  #104
  • The Film:  The dark side of a life of honor is presented in this gorgeous looking film that comes to life with bright and vivid colors (it was the first Foreign Film to win Costume Design and the only one during the split years to ever win Color Costume Design).  Fully reviewed here.

#434

cacheCaché
(Hidden)

  • Director:  Michael Haneke
  • Genre:  Mystery
  • Distributor:  Sony Pictures Classics
  • Year:  2005
  • Country:  Austria  (French)
  • Major Awards:  Screenplay (NH), Foreign (NH, CC, LAFC, CFC)
  • N.A. Gross:  $3,647,381
  • WW Gross:  $16,197,824
  • Entry Rank:  #394
  • TSPDT Rank:  #216
  • The Film:  Almost 40 years after Battle of Algiers, this film was rejected by the Academy as the Austrian submission because it’s in French, prompting changes to the Academy’s rules.  A fascinating Mystery that shows what damage people can do to each other, even years after an event has been laid to rest.  Fully reviewed here.

#433

jean_de_florette_ver1Jean de Florette

  • Director:  Claude Berri
  • Genre:  Drama  (Tragedy)
  • Distributor:  Orion Classics
  • Year:  1986  (OE: 1987)
  • Country:  France  (French)
  • Major Awards:  Picture (BAFTA), Director (BAFTA), A. Screenplay (BAFTA), Actor (BAFTA, BAFTA), S. Actor (BAFTA), Foreign (NH, BAFTA, GG, NBR)
  • N.A. Gross:  $4,940,939
  • Entry Rank:  #262
  • The Film:  The first of two brilliant films (the second is actually higher) adapted from Pagnol’s brilliant tragedy of decades in the life of a small town in southern France.  Fully reviewed here.

#432

dont_look_nowDon’t Look Now

  • Director:  Nicolas Roeg
  • Genre:  Horror  (Supernatural)
  • Distributor:  Paramount
  • Year:  1973
  • Country:  England / Italy  (English / Italian)
  • Major Awards:  Director (NH), A. Screenplay (NH), Actor (NH)
  • N.A. Gross:  $979,337
  • Entry Rank:  #199
  • TSPDT Rank:  #128
  • The Film:  A fascinating Horror film that finally showed Nicolas Roeg living up to his potential as a director.  It has what might be the finest sex scene put on film (because of the way it’s edited), complete with “were they really?” attached to it.  Fully reviewed here.

#431

The Dead

  • Director:  John Huston
  • Genre:  Drama  (Lit Adaptation)
  • Distributor:  Vestron
  • Year:  1987
  • Country:  Ireland
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NSFC), A. Screenplay (NH, AA), S. Actress (NH)
  • N.A. Gross:  $4,370,078
  • Entry Rank:  #266
  • The Film:  For his final film, John Huston went back to Ireland and adapted the greatest short story ever written into a poignant farewell to his medium.  It’s the sixth Huston film already on the list but there will be plenty more.  Fully reviewed here but also look at my piece on the book.

#430

hunchback_of_notre_dameThe Hunchback of Notre Dame

  • Director:  Wallace Worsley
  • Genre:  Horror  (Lit Adaptation – Hugo)
  • Distributor:  Universal
  • Year:  1923
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  A. Screenplay (NH), Actor (NH)
  • Entry Rank:  #3
  • The Film:  One of the most criminally under-rated films of the Silent Era.  It has Chaney’s best performance and his best makeup and helped set the stage for what Universal would do with Horror films but it’s not anywhere on the TSPDT list.  Full review here.

#429

frankenstein_ver2Frankenstein

  • Director:  James Whale
  • Genre:  Horror  (Monster – Frankenstein)
  • Distributor:  Universal
  • Year:  1931  (OE: 1932)
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH), Director (NH), A. Screenplay (NH), S. Actor (NH)
  • Entry Rank:  #12
  • TSPDT Rank:  #489
  • The Film:  The original Universal version would set the stage, when it came to Art Direction, for dozens if not hundreds of films that would come afterwards, almost all of them vastly inferior.  Full review here.

#428

raise_the_red_lantern大红灯笼高高挂
(Raise the Red Lantern; Dà hóng denglong gaogao guà)

  • Director:  Zhang Yimou
  • Genre:  Drama
  • Distributor:  Orion Classics
  • Year:  1991  (OE: 1992)
  • Country:  Hong Kong  (Mandarin)
  • Major Awards:  Director (NH), Actress (NH), Foreign (NH, AA, BAFTA, NYFC, NSFC, BSFC)
  • N.A. Gross:  $2,603,061
  • Entry Rank:  #289
  • TSPDT Rank:  #435
  • The Film:  This gorgeous film that helped establish both Zhang Yimou and Gong Li on the world film stage would have won the Nighthawk for Foreign Film if it had been in 1992 like with the critics awards.  Full review here.  Yimou’s 4th film on the list.

#427

princess-mononoke-movie-poster-1997-1020773672もののけ姫
(Princess Mononoke; Mononoke-hime)

  • Director:  Hayao Miyazaki
  • Genre:  Fantasy  (Animated – Anime)
  • Distributor:  Miramax
  • Year:  1997  (OE: 1999)
  • Country:  Japan  (Japanese)
  • Major Awards:  Animated (NH), Foreign (NH)
  • N.A. Gross:  $4,845,631
  • WW Gross:  $169,785,704
  • Entry Rank:  #324
  • TSPDT Rank:  #862
  • The Film:  In spite of easily winning the Nighthawk in two categories, ignored by other awards groups.  The film that dominated the box office in Japan and helped really establish Miyazaki’s worldwide reputation years after he should have already been better known.  Fully reviewed here.  Just the second Miyazaki film so far but there’s more to come.

#426

canterburyA Canterbury Tale

  • Director:  Michael Powell
  • Genre:  Drama
  • Distributor:  Eagle-Lion Films
  • Year:  1944  (OE: 1949)
  • Country:  England
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH), Director (NH), Screenplay (NH), Actress (NH)
  • Entry Rank:  #58
  • TSPDT Rank:  #345
  • The Film:  This is what Criterion is for.  A film I would have passed over far longer because of a total lack of awards attention (hell, it took five years just to make it to the States) but Criterion released it and I saw it and knew it deserved its release.  Full review here.  The 4th Michael Powell on the list.

#425

oliverOliver Twist

  • Director:  David Lean
  • Genre:  Drama  (Lit Adaptation – Dickens)
  • Distributor:  United Artists
  • Year:  1948  (OE: 1951)
  • Country:  England
  • Major Awards:  Picture (BAFTA), S. Actor (NH, NH), S. Actress (NH), Ensemble (NH)
  • Entry Rank:  #72
  • The Film:  Ironically, I think this film gets less problematic as time goes on because the stereotype that Guinness plays into is becoming less and less known.  Even aside from the problematic aspect, it’s a great Dickens film and those just don’t come along as often as they should.  Full review here.

#424

zeligZelig

  • Director:  Woody Allen
  • Genre:  Comedy  (Mockumentary)
  • Distributor:  Orion
  • Year:  1983
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH, GG), Director (NH), Screenplay (NH, WGA, BAFTA), Actor (GG)
  • N.A. Gross:  $11,798,616
  • Entry Rank:  #239
  • TSPDT Rank:  #698
  • The Film:  Although the script was passed over in a weak year, the Oscars surprisingly made this the first Oscar nomination for Gordon Willis.  One of two brilliant films that would become the basis for the notion of Forrest Gump.  Fully reviewed here.

#423

education_ver2An Education

  • Director:  Lone Scherfig
  • Genre:  Drama  (True Story)
  • Distributor:  Sony Pictures Classics
  • Year:  2009
  • Country:  England
  • Major Awards:  Picture (AA, PGA, BAFTA, CC), Director (BAFTA), A. Screenplay (NH, AA, BAFTA, CC), Actress (NH, SAG, AA, BAFTA, CC, GG, CFC, NBR), S. Actor (NH, BAFTA, CC), Ensemble (NH, SAG)
  • N.A. Gross:  $12,574,914
  • WW Gross:  $26,096,852
  • Entry Rank:  #412
  • TSPDT Rank:  #829  (21stC)
  • The Film:  It’s worth noting that if I had 10 nominees like the Oscars, PGA and CC, this would have easily earned a Picture nomination from the Nighthawks as well.  I wrote a full review of it once already but I’ll also deal with it as an adaptation in the next post.

#422

juno_ver2Juno

  • Director:  Jason Reitman
  • Genre:  Comedy  (Teen)
  • Distributor:  Fox  (Fox Searchlight)
  • Year:  2007
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (AA, CC, GG), Director (AA), Screenplay (NH, WGA, AA, BAFTA, CC, GG, CFC, NBR), Actress (NH, SAG, AA, BAFTA, CC, GG, CFC), Ensemble (NH, CC)
  • N.A. Gross:  $143,495,265
  • WW Gross:  $232,372,681
  • Entry Rank:  #399
  • TSPDT Rank:  #505  (21stC)
  • The Film:  There was talk at the time as to whether the film was too hip to really endure but it’s been over a decade and it still endures.  It’s still as fresh and funny as ever and the soundtrack is still magnificent.  Full review here.

#421

pride_and_prejudice_ver2Pride & Prejudice

  • Director:  Joe Wright
  • Genre:  Comedy  (Lit Adaptation – Austen)
  • Distributor:  Universal  (Focus Features)
  • Year:  2005
  • Country:  England
  • Major Awards:  Picture (GG), A. Screenplay (NH, BAFTA), Actress (NH, AA, CC, GG), S. Actress (BAFTA)
  • N.A. Gross:  $38,405,088
  • WW Gross:  $121,616,555
  • Entry Rank:  #383
  • The Film:  Not only did Joe Wright hit it out of the park on his first try but he established a great rapport with star Keira Knightley, finding the talent underneath and bringing it back again and again in later films.  Full review here.

#420

good_will_hunting_ver3Good Will Hunting

  • Director:  Gus Van Sant
  • Genre:  Drama
  • Distributor:  Miramax
  • Year:  1997
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (AA, PGA, CC, GG), Director (DGA, AA), Screenplay (NH, WGA, AA, CC, GG), Actor (NH, SAG, AA, GG), S. Actor (NH, SAG, AA, GG), S. Actress (SAG, AA), Ensemble (NH, SAG)
  • N.A. Gross:  $138,433,435
  • WW Gross:  $225,933,435
  • Entry Rank:  #320
  • The Film:  An interesting story in the nature vs nurture debate because Will Hunting sure didn’t arrive at MIT working on math equations thanks to nurture.  It’s been 24 years since this film made stars and Oscar winners of Ben and Matt and next month we’ll finally get a second film written by them.  Full review here.

#419

interiors_ver2Interiors

  • Director:  Woody Allen
  • Genre:  Drama  (Tragedy)
  • Distributor:  United Artists
  • Year:  1978
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH), Director (NH, AA, GG), Screenplay (NH, WGA, AA, GG), Actress (NH, AA, GG), S. Actress (NH, AA, BAFTA, GG, NYFC, LAFC), Ensemble (NH)
  • N.A. Gross:  $10,432,366
  • Entry Rank:  #213
  • The Film:  One of just two films in history to earn Director and Screenplay noms but not Picture noms from both the Oscars and the Globes.  My book People Magazine’s Guide to Films on Video bizarrely lists it as one of the 10 Worst Dramas ever alongside Cruising and Heaven’s Gate.  Allen does Bergman and he does it brilliantly.  Full review here.  Allen is the first of 10 directors to actually reach 10 films on the list.

#418

kill_bill_vol_twoKill Bill Vol. 2

  • Director:  Quentin Tarantino
  • Genre:  Action  (Martial Arts)
  • Distributor:  Miramax
  • Year:  2004
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Actress (CC, GG), S. Actor (GG)
  • N.A. Gross:  $66,208,183
  • WW Gross:  $154,118,820
  • Entry Rank:  #372
  • TSPDT Rank:  #215  (21stC)
  • The Film:  Coming in about 30 spots lower than the first film this is a fantastic finale to the story, finishing off with a brilliant (but rather short) fight scene that is powerful both in its visuals and its emotions.  Fully reviewed here.  Just Tarantino’s second film on the list so far.

#417

road_to_perditionRoad to Perdition

  • Director:  Sam Mendes
  • Genre:  Crime  (Gangster)
  • Distributor:  DreamWorks SKG
  • Year:  2002
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (PGA, CC), Actor (NH), S. Actor (NH, AA, BAFTA, CC, GG)
  • N.A. Gross:  $104,454,762
  • WW Gross:  $181,001,478
  • Entry Rank:  #356
  • The Film:  In feeling that most people missed the boat on this film even in as good a year as 2002, I’m the only one who has Tom Hanks nominated and my nominee for Supporting Actor is Jude Law who no one else went with.  Mendes’ brilliant follow-up to American Beauty should be better appreciated.  My full appreciation can be found here.

#416

last_tango_in_parisLast Tango in Paris

  • Director:  Bernardo Bertolucci
  • Genre:  Drama  (Sex)
  • Distributor:  United Artists
  • Year:  1972  (OE: 1973)
  • Country:  Italy / France  (English / French)
  • Major Awards:  Picture (GG), Director (NH, DGA, AA, GG), Actor (NH, AA, BAFTA, NYFC, NSFC)
  • N.A. Gross:  $36,144,000
  • Entry Rank:  #185
  • TSPDT Rank:  #371
  • The Film:  Almost certainly the Oscar winner for Actor had Brando not won the year before.  A problematic film but that’s precisely what makes it so fascinating as a film.  It’s a shame that no one tries to make adult films with sex anymore.  Brando’s performance is one for the ages.  Given the way the Globes treated films not made in America back then, stunned it wasn’t considered a Foreign Film.

#415

secrets_and_liesSecrets & Lies

  • Director:  Mike Leigh
  • Genre:  Drama
  • Distributor:  October Films
  • Year:  1996
  • Country:  England
  • Major Awards:  Picture (AA, BAFTA, GG, LAFC), Director (DGA, AA, BAFTA, LAFC, BSFC), Screenplay (NH, WGA, AA, BAFTA), Actor (BAFTA), Actress (SAG, AA, BAFTA, GG, LAFC, BSFC), S. Actress (AA, BAFTA, GG)
  • N.A. Gross:  $13,417,292
  • Entry Rank:  #311
  • TSPDT Rank:  #571
  • The Film:  After years of critical acclaim (and BAFTA support), Mike Leigh suddenly breaks through at the Oscars with this heart-felt drama about a family dealing with its past.  Full review here.  Leigh’s seventh film on the list and his last.

#414

up_in_the_airUp in the Air

  • Director:  Jason Reitman
  • Genre:  Comedy  (Romantic)
  • Distributor:  DreamWorks  (through Paramount)
  • Year:  2009
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (AA, BAFTA, CC, GG, NBR), Director (DGA, AA, CC, GG), A. Screenplay (NH, WGA, AA, BAFTA, CC, GG, LAFC, CFC, NBR), Actor (NH, SAG, AA, BAFTA, CC, GG, NYFC, NBR), S. Actress (NH, NH, SAG, SAG, AA, AA, BAFTA, BAFTA, CC, CC, GG, GG, NBR), Ensemble (NH, CC)
  • N.A. Gross:  $83,823,381
  • WW Gross:  $166,842,739
  • Entry Rank:  #403
  • TSPDT Rank:  #704  (21stC)
  • The Film:  This film does a great job of taking a very unlikable character in a novel and making him more interesting and likable in the film even if he’s years away from me.  Full review here but there will be more in the next post.  Back-to-back films where all of the Oscar nominations were in major categories.

#413

michael_claytonMichael Clayton

  • Director:  Tony Gilroy
  • Genre:  Drama  (Courtroom)
  • Distributor:  Warner Bros.
  • Year:  2007
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (AA, PGA, CC, GG), Director (DGA, AA), Screenplay (NH, WGA, AA, BAFTA, CC), Actor (NH, SAG, AA, BAFTA, CC, GG, NBR), S. Actor (NH, SAG, AA, BAFTA, CC, GG), S. Actress (NH, SAG, AA, BAFTA, CC, GG), Ensemble (NH)
  • N.A. Gross:  $49,033,882
  • WW Gross:  $92,991,835
  • Entry Rank:  #391
  • TSPDT Rank:  #642  (21stC)
  • The Film:  What would seem on one level to be a Courtroom Drama (it is how I list it) turns out to also be nothing of the sort in the 2007 entry for odd-year great performances from Clooney.  Full review here.

#412

amistad_ver2Amistad

  • Director:  Steven Spielberg
  • Genre:  Drama  (Historical)
  • Distributor:  DreamWorks SKG
  • Year:  1997
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (PGA, CC, GG), Director (DGA, GG), Actor (GG), S. Actor (NH, SAG, AA, CC, GG)
  • N.A. Gross:  $44,229,441
  • Entry Rank:  #316
  • The Film:  Spielberg’s DreamWorks debut wasn’t what he or the company hoped for in terms of box office or awards but it’s a great Historical Drama with one of Williams’ most stirring scores and a breakout performance from Djimon Hounsou.  Full review here.  The 8th Spielberg film, snuggled up against Allen’s 11th and between two films with directors who have no other films on the list.

#411

bullets_over_broadway_ver1Bullets over Broadway

  • Director:  Woody Allen
  • Genre:  Comedy  (Satire)
  • Distributor:  Miramax
  • Year:  1994
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Director (AA), Screenplay (NH, WGA, AA, BAFTA), S. Actor (NH, SAG, AA), S. Actress (NH, SAG, AA, AA, GG, NYFC, LAFC, NSFC, CFC)
  • N.A. Gross:  $13,383,747
  • Entry Rank:  #302
  • The Film:  Woody Allen wised up and didn’t cast himself, instead giving John Cusack the Woody Allen role but it was Dianne Wiest with the greatest Supporting Actress performance in history who would steal the show anyway.  Fully reviewed here.

#410

downfallDer untergang
(Downfall)

  • Director:  Oliver Hirschbiegel
  • Genre:  Drama  (Historical)
  • Distributor:  NewMarket
  • Year:  2004  (OE: 2005)
  • Country:  Germany  (German)
  • Major Awards:  Foreign (NH, AA)
  • N.A. Gross:  $5,509,040
  • WW Gross:  $92,181,574
  • Entry Rank:  #366
  • TSPDT Rank:  #409  (21stC)
  • The Film:  A brilliant look at the last few days in the bunker with Hitler with a performance from Bruno Ganz that will make you forget that he ever played an angel.  Full review here.

#409

unbearable_lightness_of_beingThe Unbearable Lightness of Being

  • Director:  Philip Kaufman
  • Genre:  Drama  (Lit Adaptation)
  • Distributor:  Orion
  • Year:  1988
  • Country:  Sweden / U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH, GG, NSFC), Director (NH, NSFC), A. Screenplay (NH, WGA, AA, BAFTA), Actor (BSFC), S. Actress (NH, GG)
  • N.A. Gross:  $10,006,806
  • Entry Rank:  #264
  • The Film:  There are few films that rank this high on the countdown and have the novel rank that high in my Top 100 novels.  There are no films that make as good of a use of a bowler hat.  Full review here.

#408

roman_holiday_ver3Roman Holiday

  • Director:  William Wyler
  • Genre:  Comedy  (Romantic)
  • Distributor:  Paramount
  • Year:  1953
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH, AA, BAFTA), Director (NH, DGA, AA), Screenplay (NH, WGA, AA, AA), Actor (BAFTA, BAFTA), Actress (NH, AA, BAFTA, GG, NYFC), S. Actor (NH, AA), Ensemble (NH)
  • Entry Rank:  #94
  • TSPDT Rank:  #833
  • The Film:  Audrey Hepburn immediately transforms from bit player into international star that everyone wants to marry and sweeps all the awards on the way.  Full review here.

#407

baddayBad Day at Black Rock

  • Director:  John Sturges
  • Genre:  Suspense
  • Distributor:  MGM
  • Year:  1955
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH, BAFTA), Director (NH, DGA, AA), A. Screenplay (NH, WGA, AA), Actor (AA)
  • Entry Rank:  #103
  • The Film:  Spencer Tracy gives what may be the best performance of his career and he still doesn’t earn a Nighthawk nom which says a lot about what I think of the Oscars nominating him so often.  A great thriller about a man trying to do right by his son’s friend.  Full review here.

#406

five_easy_piecesFive Easy Pieces

  • Director:  Bob Rafelson
  • Genre:  Drama
  • Distributor:  Columbia
  • Year:  1970
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH, AA, GG, NYFC), Director (NH, WGA, GG, NYFC), Screenplay (NH, WGA, AA, GG), Actor (NH, AA, GG), S. Actress (NH, NH, AA, GG, NYFC, NBR)
  • N.A. Gross:  $19,402,000
  • Entry Rank:  #170
  • TSPDT Rank:  #430
  • The Film:  Originally this rose in a weak year but the more I have watched the film over the years the more I have admired it, to the point where Nicholson has snuck away with what used to easily be George C. Scott’s Nighthawk.  Full review here.

#405

amores_perrosAmores perros
(Love’s a Bitch)

  • Director:  Alejandro González Iñárritu
  • Genre:  Drama  (Tragedy)
  • Distributor:  Lionsgate
  • Year:  2000  (OE: 2001)
  • Country:  Mexico  (Spanish)
  • Major Awards:  Foreign (NH, AA, BAFTA, GG, BSFC, NBR)
  • N.A. Gross:  $5,408,467
  • WW Gross:  $20,908,467
  • Entry Rank:  #329
  • TSPDT Rank:  #835
  • The Film:  I remember the first time I watched this (on a weekend I also watched Y tu mama tambien and Talk to Her which meant this was the weak film) and knew this was a director to keep an eye on.  The amazing debut film from a director who would, within 20 years, win back-to-back Oscars.

#404

right_stuff_ver2The Right Stuff

  • Director:  Philip Kaufman
  • Genre:  Drama  (Historical)
  • Distributor:  Warner Bros.
  • Year:  1983
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH, AA, GG), Director (NH, DGA), A. Screenplay (NH, WGA), S. Actor (NH, AA), Ensemble (NH)
  • N.A. Gross:  $21,192,102
  • Entry Rank:  #233
  • TSPDT Rank:  #860
  • The Film:  It couldn’t help John Glenn in the presidential race and somehow the Oscars and the Globes bypassed it for director but this film brings American mythopoetics to life with the story of the space race.  Full review here.

#403

hail-the-conquering-hero-md-webHail the Conquering Hero

  • Director:  Preston Sturges
  • Genre:  Comedy  (Satire)
  • Distributor:  Paramount
  • Year:  1944
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH), Director (NH), Screenplay (NH, AA), Actor (NH)
  • Entry Rank:  #57
  • The Film:  The last film in Preston Sturges’ absolutely brilliant five year peak provides laughs all the way through while also bringing in some brilliant satirical points about American society.  Full review here.

#402

1Sheet_Master.qxdEastern Promises

  • Director:  David Cronenberg
  • Genre:  Crime  (Gangster)
  • Distributor:  Universal  (Focus Features)
  • Year:  2007
  • Country:  U.S. / England / Canada  (English / Russian)
  • Major Awards:  Picture (GG), Director (NH), Actor (NH, SAG, AA, BAFTA, CC, GG)
  • N.A. Gross:  $17,266,000
  • WW Gross:  $56,107,312
  • Entry Rank:  #380
  • TSPDT Rank:  #324  (21stC)
  • The Film:  Anticipating Clooney, Naomi Watts gives her fourth fantastic odd-numbered year performance following Mulholland Drive, 21 Grams and King Kong while Viggo lands himself an Oscar nomination for the first time.  Come for the story and acting, stay for Viggo’s nude fight scene in a Turkish bath.

#401

winters_boneWinter’s Bone

  • Director:  Debra Granik
  • Genre:  Drama
  • Distributor:  Roadside Attractions
  • Year:  2010
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (AA, CC), A. Screenplay (NH, AA, CC), Actress (NH, SAG, AA, CC, GG), S. Actor (NH, SAG, AA)
  • N.A. Gross:  $6,531,503
  • WW Gross:  $13,796,834
  • Entry Rank:  #396
  • TSPDT Rank:  #122  (21stC)
  • The Film:  Jennifer Lawrence didn’t catapult straight to an Oscar like Audrey Hepburn but it wouldn’t take her long to win one or to become a perennial nominee.  Here she’s just trying to do right by her siblings and find out the truth of her father.  Full review here but more coming when the 2010 Adapted Screenplay post is ready.