Screen Shot 2021-11-26 at 11.42.51 AMYet another part in my countdown of the Top 1000 films in the first Century of Film (1912-2011).  The introduction can be found here and be clicking here, you can scroll through the preceding parts.  Every film in this group of 50 earns a 94 which is high ****.

#350

mister_robertsMister Roberts

  • Director:  John Ford
  • Genre:  Comedy
  • Distributor:  Warner Bros.
  • Year:  1955
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH, AA), Director (DGA), A. Screenplay (NH, WGA), Actor (NH, BAFTA), S. Actor (NH, NH, AA), Ensemble (NH)
  • N.A. Gross:  $17,500,000  (@-re)
  • Entry Rank:  #89
  • The Film:  Remembered as a Comedy rather than a Tragedy because the pure unadulterated humor of the final scene overcomes the tragic circumstances that prompt it.  One of my mother’s favorite films and one of the greatest film endings of all-time.  Full review here.

#349

ghost_writerThe Ghost Writer

  • Director:  Roman Polanski
  • Genre:  Mystery
  • Distributor:  Summit Entertainment
  • Year:  2010
  • Country:  France
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH), Director (NH), A. Screenplay (NH), S. Actress (NSFC)
  • N.A. Gross:  $15,541,549
  • WW Gross:  $60,331,447
  • Entry Rank:  #344
  • TSPDT Rank:  #288  (21st)
  • The Film:  After the pushback against awards groups for the awards for The Pianist, in spite of critical acclaim, there was little awards attention for one of the best films of 2010 because of Polanski’s issues which is too bad because the film is brilliant.  It probably didn’t help that it’s not a widely respected genre.  Full review here but more on the script is coming in the next post.

#348

descendantsThe Descendants

  • Director:  Alexander Payne
  • Genre:  Drama
  • Distributor:  Fox  (Fox Searchlight)
  • Year:  2011
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH, AA, PGA, BAFTA, CC, GG, LAFC), Director (NH, DGA, AA, CC, GG), A. Screenplay (NH, WGA, AA, BAFTA, CC, GG, NBR), Actor (NH, SAG, AA, BAFTA, CC, GG, NBR), S. Actress (NH, CC, GG, NBR), Ensemble (NH, SAG, CC)
  • N.A. Gross:  $82,584,160
  • WW Gross:  $177,243,185
  • Entry Rank:  #348
  • TSPDT Rank:  #434  (21st)
  • The Film:  Like The Ghost Writer, there is a review available but also like The Ghost Writer, there will be more in a forthcoming post where I discuss the script and the book.

#347

the-miracle-of-morgans-creek-md-webThe Miracle of Morgan’s Creek

  • Director:  Preston Sturges
  • Genre:  Comedy  (Satire)
  • Distributor:  Paramount
  • Year:  1944
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH), Director (NH), Screenplay (NH, AA), S. Actor (NH), S. Actress (NH), Ensemble (NH)
  • Entry Rank:  #50
  • TSPDT Rank:  #846
  • The Film:  Even in a weak year for the Academy they couldn’t be bother to nominate more than the writing but the writing absolutely deserves it.  Also has possibly my favorite of the “smart alec younger sisters in a Screwball Comedy”.  Full review here.

#346

brazilBrazil

  • Director:  Terry Gilliam
  • Genre:  Sci-Fi  (Dystopia)
  • Distributor:  Universal
  • Year:  1985
  • Country:  England  /  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH, LAFC), Director (NH, LAFC), Screenplay (NH, AA, LAFC), S. Actor (NH, BSFC)
  • N.A. Gross:  $9,929,135
  • Entry Rank:  #207
  • TSPDT Rank:  #175
  • The Film:  Terry Gilliam had to take out a trade ad and get critics to see his film and win awards in order for it to get the proper theatrical release.  You can read all about in The Battle of Brazil.  Then you can read my review.  Then see the film if you haven’t already because Criterion released a box set with three different versions.

#345

thirteen_daysThirteen Days

  • Director:  Roger Donaldson
  • Genre:  Drama  (Historical)
  • Distributor:  New Line
  • Year:  2000
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  S. Actor (NH, NH)
  • N.A. Gross:  $34,592,089
  • WW Gross:  $66,579,890
  • Entry Rank:  #282
  • TSPDT Rank:  #2035  (21st)
  • The Film:  Unluckily stuck in 6th place in a strong year for Picture, Director and Adapted Screenplay.  But it’s fantastic with brilliant performances from Bruce Greenwood and Steven Culp as Jack and Bobby.  Full review here.

#344

badlandsBadlands

  • Director:  Terrence Malick
  • Genre:  Crime  (True Crime)
  • Distributor:  Warner Bros.
  • Year:  1973  (OE: 1974)
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Director (NH), Actress (NH)
  • Entry Rank:  #163
  • TSPDT Rank:  #136
  • The Film:  I actually have reviewed this twice because when you’ve reviewed over a thousand films sometimes you forget what you’ve already reviewed.  So you can read the original one from 2009 or the much later one from 2018.  It inspired one Springsteen song and then a few years later, an entire Springsteen album.

#343

lesmis-35Les Miserables

  • Director:  Richard Boleslawski
  • Genre:  Drama  (Lit Adaptation – Hugo)
  • Distributor:  United Artists
  • Year:  1935
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH, AA), A. Screenplay (NH), Actor (NH), S. Actor (NH), S. Actress (NH), Ensemble (NH)
  • Entry Rank:  #18
  • The Film:  Setting aside that they rightly nominated it for Best Picture, the Academy kind of missed the boat on this one, passing it over for acting and writing.  A classic example of how to make a great studio film from a 1400 page book.  Full review here.

#342

perfect_worldA Perfect World

  • Director:  Clint Eastwood
  • Genre:  Drama  (Tragedy)
  • Distributor:  Warner Bros.
  • Year:  1993
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH), Director (NH), Screenplay (NH), Actor (NH)
  • N.A. Gross:  $31,130,999
  • WW Gross:  $135,130,999
  • Entry Rank:  #244
  • The Film:  Twenty years after Badlands you have another film about a criminal on the run in the midwest that would fail to earn any awards attention in spite of being one of the best films of the year.  Winning Picture and Director usually keeps you getting Oscar attention.  I can’t remember any follow-up to a Best Picture winner that was this good and this ignored.  Full review here.  Interesting that the international gross was over three times the domestic gross.

#341

three_kingsThree Kings

  • Director:  David O. Russell
  • Genre:  War  (Gulf War)
  • Distributor:  Warner Bros.
  • Year:  1999
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (CC, BSFC), Director (BSFC), Screenplay (NH, WGA), Actor (NH)
  • N.A. Gross:  $60,652,036
  • WW Gross:  $107,752,036
  • Entry Rank:  #272
  • The Film:  Dropped down to 6th place in my 1999 rankings when I did them for the Nighthawk Awards and since David O. Russell just missed out on the Top 100 last time, I didn’t cover it for him either.  So this brilliant film which the Academy failed to nominate for anything is one of the best films that I have never written a review of.  See it anyway.  Russell’s only Top 1000 film prior to 2011.

#340

upUp

  • Director:  Pete Docter
  • Genre:  Kids  (Animated – Pixar)
  • Distributor:  Disney  (Walt Disney Studios)
  • Year:  2009
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH, AA, PGA, CC), Screenplay (NH, AA, BAFTA, CC), Animated (NH, AA, BAFTA, Annie, PGA, CC, GG, BSFC, CFC, NBR)
  • N.A. Gross:  $293,004,164
  • WW Gross:  $735,099,102
  • Entry Rank:  #332
  • TSPDT Rank:  #119  (21st)
  • The Film:  If the rest of the film never quite lives up to the first 10 minutes that’s because the first 10 minutes are about as beautiful a love story as has ever been put on film.  Plus this film gave me my favorite film dog and I love my plush Dug.  Full review here.

#339

running_on_emptyRunning on Empty

  • Director:  Sidney Lumet
  • Genre:  Drama
  • Distributor:  Warner Bros.
  • Year:  1988
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH, GG), Director (NH, GG), Screenplay (NH, AA, GG), Actress (NH, GG, LAFC), S. Actor (NH, AA, GG, NBR), Ensemble (NH)
  • N.A. Gross:  $2,835,116
  • Entry Rank:  #217
  • The Film:  One of those times where the Globes have a better measure of a film than the Oscars do.  Still can’t fathom how Lahti didn’t earn an Oscar nom.  The first film I ever remember crying during.  Full review here.  Only the second Sidney Lumet film in the Top 1000 so far but as you can probably guess from the picture at the top of the post, the first of four Lumet films in this group of 50 alone.

#338

this_is_spinal_tapThis is Spinal Tap

  • Director:  Rob Reiner
  • Genre:  Musical  (Mockumentary)
  • Distributor:  AEP  (Embassy Pictures)
  • Year:  1984
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH), Screenplay (NH)
  • N.A. Gross:  $4,736,202
  • Entry Rank:  #201
  • TSPDT Rank:  #303
  • The Film:  Did they know they were writing one of the funniest lines of all-time, one destined to be a classic, one destined to be part of culture?  Or was it just a line?  Either way it works, the Comedy is turned up to 11.  Full review here.

#337

heavenly_creatures_ver1Heavenly Creatures

  • Director:  Peter Jackson
  • Genre:  Fantasy  (True Story)
  • Distributor:  Miramax
  • Year:  1994
  • Country:  New Zealand
  • Major Awards:  Director (NH), Screenplay (AA, WGA)
  • N.A. Gross:  $3,049,135
  • Entry Rank:  #248
  • The Film:  What Peter and Fran did in creating this film, in creating a world for these two girls to exist in while escaping to their imaginations, should have shown everyone what they could do with Tolkien.  Not appreciated enough for how great it is, partially because it’s in such a magnificent year (which is why it is so skimpy with Nighthawk Awards).  Full review here.

#336

chicago_ver1Chicago

  • Director:  Rob Marshall
  • Genre:  Musical  (Broadway Adaptation)
  • Distributor:  Miramax
  • Year:  2002
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (AA, BAFTA, PGA, CC, GG), Director (DGA, AA, BAFTA, GG), A. Screenplay (WGA, AA, GG), Actor (SAG, GG), Actress (NH, SAG, AA, BAFTA, GG), S. Actor (AA, GG), S. Actress (NH, NH, SAG, SAG, AA, AA, BAFTA, BAFTA, CC, GG, GG), Ensemble (NH, SAG, CC)
  • N.A. Gross:  $170,687,518
  • WW Gross:  $306,776,732
  • Entry Rank:  #292
  • TSPDT Rank:  #670  (21st)
  • The Film:  Has a bizarre reputation as one of the weaker Oscar winners which is absurd.  Yes, it was weaker than the other four nominees, but let’s look at those nominees and see where this film ends up on the all-time list.  It ends up #10 on my list for 2002 but it’s the best #10 film in any year ever by a very long way (the next film to only be #10 in its year is Pride and Prejudice which was way down at #421).  Full review here.

#335

kings_speech_ver2The King’s Speech

  • Director:  Tom Hooper
  • Genre:  Drama  (Historical)
  • Distributor:  TWC
  • Year:  2010
  • Country:  England
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH, AA, PGA, BAFTA, CC), Director (NH, DGA, AA, BAFTA, CC), Screenplay (NH, AA, BAFTA, CC), Actor (NH, SAG, AA, BAFTA, CC, GG, NYFC, LAFC, CFC), S. Actor (NH, SAG, AA, BAFTA, CC, NSFC), S. Actress (NH, SAG, AA, BAFTA, CC), Ensemble (NH, SAG, CC)
  • N.A. Gross:  $138,797,449
  • WW Gross:  $427,374,317
  • Entry Rank:  #331
  • TSPDT Rank:  #426  (21st)
  • The Film:  Not the critics choice for Best Picture, not in a year with Social Network and Inception, but a great film and not a bad choice for Best Picture.  Part of a dying breed, the high-grossing Drama that wins Picture.  Full review here.

#334

sidewaysSideways

  • Director:  Alexander Payne
  • Genre:  Comedy
  • Distributor:  Fox  (Fox Searchlight)
  • Year:  2004
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH, AA, CC, GG, NYFC, LAFC, BSFC, CFC), Director (DGA, AA, CC, GG, LAFC), A. Screenplay (NH, WGA, AA, BAFTA, CC, GG, NYFC, LAFC, NSFC, BSFC, CFC, NBR), Actor (NH, SAG, CC, GG, NYFC, CFC), S. Actor (NH, SAG, AA, CC, GG, LAFC, NSFC, BSFC, CFC, NBR), S. Actress (NH, SAG, AA, CC, GG, NYFC, LAFC, NSFC, CFC), Ensemble (NH, SAG, CC, BSFC)
  • N.A. Gross:  $71,503,593
  • WW Gross:  $109,706,931
  • Entry Rank:  #302
  • TSPDT Rank:  #780
  • The Film:  This, on the other hand, is the critics film, the one that earned more points than any film in critics history (later beaten out by Social Network) but didn’t win Best Picture at the Oscars.  Full review here.

#333

wonder_boys_ver2Wonder Boys

  • Director:  Curtis Hanson
  • Genre:  Comedy  (Lit Adaptation)
  • Distributor:  Paramount
  • Year:  2000
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH, CC, GG), A. Screenplay (NH, WGA, AA, BAFTA, CC, GG, BSFC), Actor (NH, BAFTA, GG, LAFC), S. Actor (NH), S. Actress (NH, CC, LAFC, BSFC), Ensemble (NH)
  • N.A. Gross:  $19,393,557
  • WW Gross:  $33,426,588
  • Entry Rank:  #274
  • TSPDT Rank:  #416  (21st)
  • The Film:  The trailer for this film opened my eyes to an author I was unfamiliar with and a book I hadn’t read but I could tell how much I wanted to see the film and by now the author is one of my favorites, that I have met multiple times, I love the book and love the film.  See why here.

#332

personaKinematografi
(Persona)

  • Director:  Ingmar Bergman
  • Genre:  Drama
  • Distributor:  Lopert Films
  • Year:  1966  (OE: 1967)
  • Country:  Sweden  (Swedish)
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH, NSFC), Director (NH, NSFC), Screenplay (NH), Actress (NH, NH, BAFTA, NSFC), Foreign (NH)
  • Entry Rank:  #130
  • TSPDT Rank:  #19
  • The Film:  It’s one of the hardest Bergman films to sink into on first viewing but one that continually rewards you the more you watch it and you feel it unwinding around you.  Full review here.

#331

oh_what_a_lovely_warOh! What a Lovely War

  • Director:  Richard Attenborough
  • Genre:  Musical  (WWI)
  • Distributor:  Paramount
  • Year:  1969
  • Country:  England
  • Major Awards:  Picture (BAFTA), Director (DGA, BAFTA), A. Screenplay (NH), S. Actor (BAFTA), S. Actress (NH, BAFTA), Ensemble (NH)
  • Entry Rank:  #142
  • The Film:  I searched for years for it because it was so well loved at the BAFTAs and it finally came out on DVD around the time I first got Netflix back in 2006.  Well worth the wait, a fascinating Musical look at the first world war.  Full review here.

#330

MASTER &COMMANDER ¥ ONE SHEET COMP _  H.2 ¥ 6/04/03.psdMaster and Commander: The Far Side of the World

  • Director:  Peter Weir
  • Genre:  Adventure  (Lit Adaptation)
  • Distributor:  Fox  (20th Century-Fox)
  • Year:  2003
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (AA, PGA, BAFTA, CC, GG), Director (NH, DGA, AA, BAFTA, GG), A. Screenplay (NH), Actor (CC, GG), S. Actor (BAFTA, CC)
  • N.A. Gross:  $93,927,920
  • WW Gross:  $211,622,535
  • Entry Rank:  #292
  • TSPDT Rank:  #306  (21st)
  • The Film:  It was the previous Crowe-Bettany collaboration that won Best Picture but I’ll take this over A Beautiful Mind any day of the week.  The greatest David Lean film that David Lean didn’t live to make.  Full review here.

#329

big_lebowski_ver1The Big Lebowski

  • Director:  Joel and Ethan Coen
  • Genre:  Comedy  (Surreal)
  • Distributor:  Universal  (Gramercy)
  • Year:  1998
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH), Director (NH), Screenplay (NH), Actor (NH), S. Actress (NH), Ensemble (NH)
  • N.A. Gross:  $18,034,458
  • WW Gross:  $46,748,721
  • Entry Rank:  #261
  • TSPDT Rank:  #212
  • The Film:  I bet I’m the only person who at Thanksgiving dinner last night referenced this film because I saw a rock with ashes from my nephew’s grandmother in it and commented what a beautiful thing it was to do with ashes and then leaned over and whispered to Veronica “the worst is to end up in Lebowski’s face.”  Full review here.  Surprisingly just the 4th Coen film to this point.

#328

little_mermaid_ver1The Little Mermaid

  • Director:  Ron Clements  /  John Musker
  • Genre:  Kids  (Animated – Disney)
  • Distributor:  Disney  (Buena Vista)
  • Year:  1989
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (GG), Animated (NH, LAFC)
  • N.A. Gross:  $111,543,479
  • WW Gross:  $211,343,479
  • Entry Rank:  #221
  • The Film:  This film means so much to me on a personal level (missed it in the theater but loved it so much on video I watched it four times before we returned the tape) but on a historical level, kicking off the Disney renaissance, bringing new box office highs and eventually leading to such a resurgence in animated films that other groups aside from the LAFC would finally start giving out awards in the category as well.  Full review here.

#327

stalag_seventeenStalag 17

  • Director:  Billy Wilder
  • Genre:  War  (WWII)
  • Distributor:  Paramount
  • Year:  1953
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH), Director (NH, DGA, AA), A. Screenplay (NH, WGA), Actor (NH, AA), S. Actor (NH, AA), Ensemble (NH)
  • Entry Rank:  #80
  • The Film:  Just the fifth Wilder film to this point but he is far from done.  I first saw this around the time I first saw Sunset Blvd and it made me a massive fan of Holden for life.  Full review here.

#326

stingThe Sting

  • Director:  George Roy Hill
  • Genre:  Comedy
  • Distributor:  Universal
  • Year:  1973
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (AA, NBR), Director (AA, DGA), Screenplay (NH, WGA, AA, GG), Actor (AA)
  • N.A. Gross:  $156,000,000
  • Entry Rank:  #158
  • The Film:  Unlike Wilder and the Coens, George Roy Hill only directed a couple of great films which both just happened to star Newman and Redford and make a crapload of money (historical amounts for the time).  This is the Best Picture winner of the two but also the weaker of the two.  Full review here.

#325

midnight_expressMidnight Express

  • Director:  Alan Parker
  • Genre:  Drama  (Prison)
  • Distributor:  Columbia
  • Year:  1978
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH, AA, BAFTA, GG), Director (NH, DGA, AA, BAFTA, GG), A. Screenplay (NH, WGA, AA, GG), Actor (BAFTA, GG), S. Actor (NH, AA, BAFTA, GG)
  • N.A. Gross:  $35,000,000
  • Entry Rank:  #173
  • The Film:  Didn’t win Best Picture but had a much larger overall awards haul than The Sting.  It’s also much more depressing though it at least has something of a “happy” ending.  Makes Oliver Stone, like Coppola, a director who won an Oscar for writing a movie they didn’t direct before winning their directing Oscar.  Full review here.

#324

crimes_and_misdemeanorsCrimes and Misdemeanors

  • Director:  Woody Allen
  • Genre:  Drama
  • Distributor:  Orion
  • Year:  1989
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (BAFTA, BSFC), Director (DGA, AA, BAFTA, BSFC), Screenplay (NH, WGA, AA, BAFTA, BSFC), S. Actor (NH, AA, BAFTA, NYFC, NBR), S. Actress (BAFTA)
  • N.A. Gross:  $18,254,702
  • Entry Rank:  #217
  • TSPDT Rank:  #298
  • The Film:  The first Woody Allen film I ever saw and it took me a while to fully appreciate it.  The 12th Allen film on the countdown so far.  Only ranks at #7 in 1989 because of how great that year is.  Full review here.

#323

adaptationAdaptation.

  • Director:  Spike Jonze
  • Genre:  Comedy
  • Distributor:  Columbia
  • Year:  2002
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (PGA, CC, GG), Director (GG), A. Screenplay (NH, WGA, AA, BAFTA, CC, GG, NYFC, BSFC, CFC, NBR), Actor (NH, SAG, AA, BAFTA, GG), S. Actor (NH, SAG, AA, BAFTA, CC, GG, LAFC, NBR), S. Actress (NH, AA, BAFTA, CC, GG, CFC), Ensemble (NH, SAG)
  • N.A. Gross:  $22,498,520
  • WW Gross:  $32,801,173
  • Entry Rank:  #282
  • TSPDT Rank:  #141  (21st)
  • The Film:  As great as 1989 is, it’s got nothing on 2002.  Adaptation ranks as just the #9 film of the year (the best #9 but over 40 spots over Tunes of Glory).  I wrote a quasi-review here that I really enjoyed writing (much more so than getting through the book).

#322

redsReds

  • Director:  Warren Beatty
  • Genre:  Drama  (Historical)
  • Distributor:  Paramount
  • Year:  1981
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH, AA, GG, NYFC, NBR), Director (NH, DGA, AA, GG, LAFC, NBR), Screenplay (NH, WGA, AA, GG), Actor (NH, AA, BAFTA, GG), Actress (NH, AA, BAFTA, GG), S. Actor (NH, AA, BAFTA, GG, BSFC, NBR), S. Actress (NH, AA, BAFTA, GG, LAFC, NSFC), Ensemble (NH)
  • N.A. Gross:  $40,382,659
  • Entry Rank:  #186
  • TSPDT Rank:  #980
  • The Film:  Not only did it (deservedly) take home quite a large haul of awards (though more nominations than wins) but for a three hour film about the Russian Revolution in the year after Reagan was elected also managed to bring in $40 million, good for #13 in the year, just ahead of Disney’s latest (Fox and the Hound) and more than two big cult films (Escape from New York, Scanners) made combined.  Full review here.

#321

deer_hunterThe Deer Hunter

  • Director:  Michael Cimino
  • Genre:  War  (Vietnam)
  • Distributor:  Universal
  • Year:  1978
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH, AA, BAFTA, GG, NYFC), Director (NH, DGA, AA, BAFTA, GG, LAFC), Screenplay (NH, WGA, AA, BAFTA, GG), Actor (NH, AA, BAFTA, GG), Actress (BAFTA), S. Actor (NH, AA, BAFTA, GG, NYFC), S. Actress (NH, AA, GG, NSFC), Ensemble (NH)
  • N.A. Gross:  $48,979,328
  • Entry Rank:  #172
  • TSPDT Rank:  #160
  • The Film:  This just shows how weak a year 1978 is.  There are 28 years where The Deer Hunter wouldn’t even earn a Nighthawk nom for Picture and 7 years where it wouldn’t even make the Top 7.  But in 1978 it rightly wins Best Picture at the Nighthawks and Oscars.  It’s the lowest ranked Best Picture ever at the Nighthawks.  Read why here.

#320

closerCloser

  • Director:  Mike Nichols
  • Genre:  Drama
  • Distributor:  Columbia
  • Year:  2004
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (GG), Director (GG), A. Screenplay (NH, BAFTA, GG), Actress (NH), S. Actor (NH, AA, BAFTA, CC, GG, NYFC), S. Actress (NH, AA, BAFTA, CC, GG), Ensemble (NH, CC, NBR)
  • N.A. Gross:  $33,987,757
  • WW Gross:  $115,505,027
  • Entry Rank:  #288
  • TSPDT Rank:  #1764  (21st)
  • The Film:  From the bookend with the song to Julia Roberts’ most under-rated performance to the pure vile that Clive Owen spews on-screen, it’s a tough but rewarding film to watch and one that couldn’t get the right awards attention (not a single SAG nom?).  A full review is here.

#319

midnight_in_parisMidnight in Paris

  • Director:  Woody Allen
  • Genre:  Comedy
  • Distributor:  Sony Pictures Classics
  • Year:  2011
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH, AA, PGA, CC, GG), Director (NH, DGA, AA, GG), Screenplay (NH, WGA, AA, BAFTA, CC, GG), Actor (GG), S. Actor (NH), Ensemble (NH, SAG)
  • N.A. Gross:  $56,817,045
  • WW Gross:  $151,672,318
  • Entry Rank:  #319
  • TSPDT Rank:  #645  (21st)
  • The Film:  Without adjusting for inflation, Woody Allen’s biggest hit by a long way and the first film to earn him a Picture nom in 25 years.  Veronica’s favorite of Allen’s films (except for maybe Bullets over Broadway) and one that made great use of a cast that was in a lot of franchises at the same time.  Full review here.

#318

quiz_show_ver1Quiz Show

  • Director:  Robert Redford
  • Genre:  Drama  (Historical)
  • Distributor:  Disney  (Hollywood)
  • Year:  1994
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (AA, BAFTA, GG, NYFC), Director (DGA, AA, GG), A. Screenplay (NH, WGA, AA, BAFTA, GG), Actor (NH), S. Actor (NH, NH, SAG, AA, BAFTA, GG), Ensemble (NH)
  • N.A. Gross:  $24,822,619
  • Entry Rank:  #238
  • The Film:  It was bad enough when Ralph Fiennes didn’t win the Oscar for Schindler’s List but a year later he was brilliant again and didn’t even earn a nomination.  Given that I saw this in the theater on opening day I was glad when the lack of other people seeing it didn’t hurt it at the Oscars.

#317

repulsionRepulsion

  • Director:  Roman Polanski
  • Genre:  Horror
  • Distributor:  Royal Films International
  • Year:  1965
  • Country:  England
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH), Director (NH), Screenplay (NH), Actress (NH)
  • Entry Rank:  #125
  • TSPDT Rank:  #441
  • The Film:  Given that it has a French star (and not a lot of dialogue) I always have to remind myself that this was Polanski’s first film in English.  It’s his fifth film in the Top 1000 so far though.  A brilliant depiction of a descent into insanity.  Full review here.

#316

serpicoSerpico

  • Director:  Sidney Lumet
  • Genre:  Drama  (True Story)
  • Distributor:  Paramount
  • Year:  1973
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH, GG), Director (DGA, BAFTA), A. Screenplay (NH, WGA, AA), Actor (NH, AA, BAFTA, GG, NBR)
  • N.A. Gross:  $29,800,000
  • Entry Rank:  #156
  • The Film:  I only now just realized that in ranking this ahead of The Sting, I pushed it back into the 5th spot in 1973 and pushed The Sting back down to 6th.  Those two have been trading spots for years because they are so close in overall quality.  They could switch again the next time I look at 1973.  Full review here.  One of the streak of four straight Oscar noms for Pacino without winning.

#315

kramer_vs_kramerKramer vs. Kramer

  • Director:  Robert Benton
  • Genre:  Drama  (Social)
  • Distributor:  Columbia
  • Year:  1979
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (AA, BAFTA, GG, NYFC, LAFC), Director (DGA, AA, BAFTA, GG, LAFC, NSFC), A. Screenplay (NH, WGA, AA, BAFTA, GG, LAFC), Actor (NH, AA, BAFTA, GG, NYFC, LAFC, NSFC), Actress (BAFTA), S. Actor (AA, GG), S. Actress (NH, NH, AA, AA, GG, GG, NYFC, LAFC, NSFC, NBR), Ensemble (NH)
  • N.A. Gross:  $106,260,000
  • Entry Rank:  #175
  • The Film:  A big crowd-pleasing Drama (at least based on the grosses – the only film between Rocky and Rain Man to win the Oscar and be #1 at the box office).  The first of three of five films on this list to be #7 at the Nighthawks showing how strong a year they come from (along with In the Bedroom and World of Apu).  Full review here.

#314

jackie_brown_ver3Jackie Brown

  • Director:  Quentin Tarantino
  • Genre:  Crime  (Heist)
  • Distributor:  Miramax
  • Year:  1997
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH), Director (NH), A. Screenplay (NH), Actor (GG), Actress (SAG, GG), S. Actor (NH, AA), Ensemble (NH)
  • N.A. Gross:  $39,673,162
  • Entry Rank:  #246
  • The Film:  It shows how much audiences weren’t ready for the change of pace from Pulp Fiction in that this film, after 16 years of inflation, grossed less than Reds.  The awards groups likewise missed the boat.  But Tarantino and Elmore Leonard make for a potent combination as I point out here.

#313

in_the_bedroom_ver1In the Bedroom

  • Director:  Todd Field
  • Genre:  Drama  (Tragedy)
  • Distributor:  Miramax
  • Year:  2001
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (AA, CC, GG, LAFC), Director (NBR), A. Screenplay (NH, AA, NBR), Actor (NH, SAG, AA, BAFTA, NYFC), Actress (NH, SAG, AA, BAFTA, CC, GG, NYFC, LAFC), S. Actress (NH, AA, CC, GG), Ensemble (NH, SAG)
  • N.A. Gross:  $35,930,604
  • WW Gross:  $44,763,181
  • Entry Rank:  #266
  • TSPDT Rank:  #380  (21st)
  • The Film:  Roger Ebert once said that no great film is depressing but I’m telling you right now this film is great and depressing, especially if it feels like you’re watching your parents fight.  A full review here.

#312

pawnbroker_ver2The Pawnbroker

  • Director:  Sidney Lumet
  • Genre:  Drama  (Tragedy)
  • Distributor:  Landau Releasing
  • Year:  1964  (OE: 1965)
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH), Director (NH, DGA), A. Screenplay (NH, WGA), Actor (NH, AA, BAFTA, GG), S. Actress (NH)
  • Entry Rank:  #122
  • The Film:  Following up on the depressing aspects of In the Bedroom, I give you The Pawnbroker, the film about the Holocaust that helped break the ban on nudity and make the push towards more adult films.  Full review here.  I still can’t fathom how Lee Marvin won the Oscar over Steiger especially when Marvin himself said Steiger would win.

#311

the-world-of-apu-md-webঅপুর সংসার
(The World of Apu; Apur Sansar)

  • Director:  Satyajit Ray
  • Genre:  Drama
  • Distributor:  Harrison Pictures
  • Year:  1959  (OE: 1960)
  • Country:  India  (Bengali)
  • Major Awards:  Picture (BAFTA), A. Screenplay (NH), Foreign (NH, NBR)
  • Entry Rank:  #101
  • TSPDT Rank:  #319
  • The Film:  The finale of the Apu trilogy and the great triumph of Ray’s career as a writer and director.  A moving conclusion to a magnificent story.  Full review here.  The fifth best film to only finish 7th at the Nighthawks.

#310

iamafugitiveI am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang

  • Director:  Mervyn LeRoy
  • Genre:  Drama  (True Crime)
  • Distributor:  Warner Bros.
  • Year:  1932  (OE: 1933)
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH, AA, NBR), Director (NH), A. Screenplay (NH), Actor (NH, AA), S. Actress (NH), Ensemble (NH)
  • Entry Rank:  #12
  • The Film:  Mervyn LeRoy was a highly respected director during the Studio Era but this is his only appearance in the Top 1000 (his next best film, Five Star Final, came in at #1049).  Harrowing true story that was actually dangerous to make at the time.  Full review here.

#309

high-and-low-vintage-movie-poster-original-japanese-1-panel-20x29-7676天国と地獄
(High and Low; Tengoku to jigoku)

  • Director:  Akira Kurosawa
  • Genre:  Suspense
  • Distributor:  Continental
  • Year:  1963  (OE: 1964)
  • Country:  Japan  (Japanese)
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH), Director (NH), Screenplay (NH), S. Actor (NH, NH), Foreign (NH, GG)
  • Entry Rank:  #116
  • TSPDT Rank:  #392
  • The Film:  From a director with no other Top 1000 films to the 8th Kurosawa film with a lot more still to go.  Kurosawa takes a pulp Crime novel from the U.S. and turns it into high art that only the Globes recognized.

#308

in_the_heat_of_the_nightIn the Heat of the Night

  • Director:  Norman Jewison
  • Genre:  Mystery  (Cop)
  • Distributor:  United Artists
  • Year:  1967
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH, AA, BAFTA, GG, NYFC), Director (NH, DGA, AA, GG), A. Screenplay (NH, WGA, AA, GG), Actor (NH, NH, AA, BAFTA, BAFTA, GG, GG, NYFC, NSFC), S. Actress (GG, GG), Ensemble (NH)
  • N.A. Gross:  $23,200,000  (@-re)
  • Entry Rank:  #127
  • The Film:  Like Kramer, a Best Picture winner that I didn’t realize at first just how good it was, partially because there were better nominees that year.  Also, there’s the absurdity that Poitier wasn’t nominated when his was the better performance.  Full review here.

#307

purple_rose_of_cairoThe Purple Rose of Cairo

  • Director:  Woody Allen
  • Genre:  Comedy  (Surreal)
  • Distributor:  Orion
  • Year:  1985
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH, BAFTA, GG), Director (NH), Screenplay (NH, WGA, AA, BAFTA, GG, NYFC, BSFC), Actor (GG), Actress (BAFTA, GG)
  • N.A. Gross:  $10,631,333
  • Entry Rank:  #188
  • TSPDT Rank:  #671
  • The Film:  Astoundingly, the 14th Woody Allen film in the Top 1000 so far while no one else has yet to pass 9.  But others will eventually catch up as Allen is almost done and a few others aren’t even close to done.  Just remember that this film received just one Oscar nom while the mediocre Out of Africa won Picture and Director.  Full review here.

#306

verdictThe Verdict

  • Director:  Sidney Lumet
  • Genre:  Drama  (Courtroom)
  • Distributor:  Fox  (20th Century-Fox)
  • Year:  1982
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH, AA, GG), Director (NH, AA, GG, NBR), A. Screenplay (NH, WGA, AA, GG), Actor (NH, AA, GG), S. Actor (NH, AA, GG), Ensemble (NH)
  • N.A. Gross:  $53,977,250
  • Entry Rank:  #178
  • The Film:  First-rate Courtroom Drama that also gives us what actually be Paul Newman’s best performance.  A Boston film that deals with the Church protecting its own that actually doesn’t have to do with child abuse.  The fourth Lumet film in the post and fifth so far in the Top 1000.  Full review here.

#305

star_is_bornA Star is Born

  • Director:  George Cukor
  • Genre:  Musical
  • Distributor:  Warner Bros.
  • Year:  1954
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH), Director (DGA), A. Screenplay (NH, WGA), Actor (NH, AA, GG), Actress (NH, AA, GG, GG), Ensemble (NH)
  • Entry Rank:  #82
  • TSPDT Rank:  #439
  • The Film:  Judy Garland is great and it’s too bad she goes up against Grace Kelly.  And it’s not just me that thinks that because there is a large contingent that feels she was robbed even though Kelly swept all the awards.  Full review here.  Almost in the Top 300 and only the third best film of this title.

#304

thinmanThe Thin Man

  • Director:  W.S. Van Dyke
  • Genre:  Mystery  (Detective)
  • Distributor:  MGM
  • Year:  1934
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH, AA), Director (NH, AA), A. Screenplay (NH), Actor (NH, AA), Actress (NH), Ensemble (NH)
  • Entry Rank:  #13
  • The Film:  The second weakest Nighthawk winner for Best Picture with 15 films above it in the countdown that didn’t even manage Best Picture nominations in stronger years.  But still a great, witty classic.  Full review here.

#303

wuthering_heightsWuthering Heights

  • Director:  William Wyler
  • Genre:  Drama  (Lit Adaptation – Bronte)
  • Distributor:  United Artists
  • Year:  1939
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH, AA, NYFC), Director (NH, AA), A. Screenplay (NH, AA), Actor (NH, AA), S. Actress (NH, AA), Ensemble (NH)
  • Entry Rank:  #25
  • The Film:  In spite of the changes to the book, this is still the best film version by a long way, namely because of the sheer talent involved with Olivier and Wyler.  Full review here.

#302

eyes_wide_shut_ver2Eyes Wide Shut

  • Director:  Stanley Kubrick
  • Genre:  Drama  (Sex)
  • Distributor:  Warner Bros.
  • Year:  1999
  • Country:  England  /  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH), Director (NH), A. Screenplay (NH)
  • N.A. Gross:  $55,691,208
  • WW Gross:  $162,242,684
  • Entry Rank:  #243
  • TSPDT Rank:  #281
  • The Film:  With 60 added years of awards, it still manages far fewer than the previous two films.  Kubrick’s final film was yet another masterpiece but the Oscars couldn’t bother to give it a single nomination.  Full review here.

#301

ratatouilleRatatouille

  • Director:  Brad Bird
  • Genre:  Kids  (Animated – Pixar)
  • Distributor:  Disney  (Walt Disney Studios)
  • Year:  2007
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH), Screenplay (NH, AA, BSFC), Animated (NH, AA, PGA, BAFTA, Annie, GG, LAFC, CFC, NBR)
  • N.A. Gross:  $206,445,654
  • WW Gross:  $623,726,085
  • Entry Rank:  #287
  • TSPDT Rank:  #256  (21st)
  • The Film:  Even in a year as tough as 2007, Ratatouille is great enough to make the Top 5 even if I’m the only one who realized that.  Not the best Pixar film but probably my favorite.  Full review here.