Screen Shot 2022-01-08 at 6.50.30 AMAnother part of my countdown of the 1000 greatest films through 2011.  Through Pinocchio, these are all a 94 and after that, they are all a 95.  So, high ****.  The introduction can be found here.  Previous entries can be found here.

#300

saving_private_ryan_ver1Saving Private Ryan

  • Director:  Steven Spielberg
  • Genre:  War (WWII)
  • Distributor:  DreamWorks SKG
  • Year:  1998
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH, AA, BAFTA, CC, PGA, GG, NYFC, LAFC, CFC), Director (NH, DGA, AA, BAFTA, CC, GG, LAFC), Screenplay (WGA, AA, GG), Actor (NH, SAG, AA, BAFTA, GG), Ensemble (SAG)
  • N.A. Gross:  $217,049,603
  • WW Gross:  $482,349,603
  • Entry Rank:  #238
  • TSPDT Rank:  #686
  • The Film:  Even if the rest of the film can’t match up to the first 30 minutes, what a first 30 minutes that depicts war in some of the most relentless moments every put on film.  An easy choice for the Oscar to give Spielberg his second Oscar.  Full review here.  His 10th film in the Top 1000.

#299

house_of_flying_daggers_ver2十面埋伏
(House of Flying Daggers; Shi mian mai fu)

  • Director:  Zhang Yimou
  • Genre:  Action  (Martial Arts)
  • Distributor:  Sony Pictures Classics
  • Year:  2004
  • Country:  China (Mandarin)
  • Major Awards:  Director (NH, NSFC, BSFC), Actress (BAFTA), Foreign (NH, CC, GG, LAFC, BSFC)
  • N.A. Gross:  $11,050,094
  • WW Gross:  $92,863,945
  • Entry Rank:  #269
  • TSPDT Rank:  #296  (21stC)
  • The Film:  From some of the most brutal moments on film to some of the most beautiful.  What to pick?  The bamboo grove?  The fight across the seasons?  The trial scene?  Full review here.  The 5th in the Top 1000 from Zhang Yimou.  Oscar submitted but not nominated.

#298

being_there_ver1Being There

  • Director:  Hal Ashby
  • Genre:  Comedy  (Satire)
  • Distributor:  United Artists
  • Year:  1979
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (BAFTA, GG), Director (GG), A. Screenplay (NH, WGA, BAFTA, GG), Actor (NH, AA, BAFTA, GG), Actress (BAFTA, GG), S. Actor (NH, AA, GG, NYFC, LAFC), S. Actress (NH), Ensemble (NH)
  • N.A. Gross:  $30,177,511
  • Entry Rank:  #166
  • TSPDT Rank:  #590
  • The Film:  A bit of a messiah tale, as if the ending didn’t clue you in.  But also a lot of brilliant satire on both the media and politics and a great adaptation of a short, snappy, smart novel.  Full review here.  Hal Ashby’s 3rd Top 1000 film.  The 15th best film not to earn a Nighthawk nomination for Best Picture (tough year).

#297

trois_couleurs_rougeTrois couleurs: Rouge
(Three Colors: Red; Red)

  • Director:  Krzysztof Kieslowski
  • Genre:  Drama
  • Distributor:  Miramax
  • Year:  1994
  • Country:  Switzerland  (French)
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH), Director (NH, AA, BAFTA), Screenplay (NH, AA, BAFTA), Actress (BAFTA), Foreign (NH, BAFTA, GG, NYFC, NSFC, BSFC, CFC)
  • N.A. Gross:  $3,581,969
  • Entry Rank:  #223
  • TSPDT Rank:  #273
  • The Film:  There was a lot of discussion back in 1994 / 1995 over which was the best of the trilogy but the consensus pick was always Red and I’ve always agreed with that.  Full review here.  Oscar submitted but rejected by the Academy.

#296

man_who_shot_liberty_valanceThe Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

  • Director:  John Ford
  • Genre:  Western  (Post-Modern)
  • Distributor:  Paramount
  • Year:  1962
  • Country:  U.S.
  • N.A. Gross:  $8,000,000  (N)
  • Entry Rank:  #109
  • TSPDT Rank:  #93
  • The Film:  One of the greatest Westerns ever made but in one of the hardest years it comes in 7th (it’s the 4th best film ever to come in 7th at the Nighthawks) and doesn’t manage any Nighthawk noms (and only managed one Oscar nom).  But that doesn’t mean you should skip it.  Read why here.  Surprisingly, just the 4th John Ford film so far in the Top 1000.

#295

big_heatThe Big Heat

  • Director:  Fritz Lang
  • Genre:  Suspense  (Cop)
  • Distributor:  Columbia
  • Year:  1953
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH), Director (NH), A. Screenplay (NH), Actor (NH), S. Actor (NH), S. Actress (NH), Ensemble (NH)
  • Entry Rank:  #76
  • TSPDT Rank:  #563
  • The Film:  Even more surprising, just the 3rd Fritz Lang film so far and one that was completely blanked at the Oscars which such popular fluff as The Robe was in the Best Picture race.  Full review here.

#294

tom_jonesTom Jones

  • Director:  Tony Richardson
  • Genre:  Comedy  (Lit Adaptation)
  • Distributor:  United Artists
  • Year:  1963
  • Country:  England
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH, AA, BAFTA, GG, NYFC, NBR), Director (DGA, AA, GG, NYFC), A. Screenplay (NH, AA, BAFTA), Actor (NH, AA, BAFTA, BAFTA, GG, NYFC), Actress (BAFTA), S. Actor (NH, AA, GG), S. Actress (NH, NH, NH, AA, AA, AA, GG), Ensemble (NH)
  • N.A. Gross:  $37,600,000  (N)
  • Entry Rank:  #110
  • The Film:  A truly popular Best Picture winner, not only winning the Oscar but landing at the time in the Top 15 all-time at the U.S. box office.  Great sexy fun in the best possible while the Production Code was still in effect.  Full review here.

#293

europa_europaEuropa Europa

  • Director:  Agnieszka Holland
  • Genre:  War  (WWII)
  • Distributor:  Orion Classics
  • Year:  1990  (OE: 1991)
  • Country:  Germany  (German)
  • Major Awards:  Director (NH), A. Screenplay (NH, AA), Foreign (NH, BAFTA, GG, NYFC, BSFC)
  • N.A. Gross:  $5,575,738
  • Entry Rank:  #207
  • The Film:  Not even Oscar submitted but the Academy made up for it with the deserved Adapted Screenplay nomination.  Contains one of the most harrowing scenes I’ve ever seen on film (the river) and one of the most heart-wrenching (the revelation to the mother).  Full review here.

#292

batman_beginsBatman Begins

  • Director:  Christopher Nolan
  • Genre:  Action  (Comic Book – Batman)
  • Distributor:  Warner Brothers
  • Year:  2005
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Ensemble (NH)
  • N.A. Gross:  $206,852,432
  • WW Gross:  $373,661,946
  • Entry Rank:  #269
  • TSPDT Rank:  #872  (21stC)
  • The Film:  After the disaster of the Schumacher films, the box office was low and then everyone discovered it was brilliant and turned out for the sequels (Dark Knight alone made far more money domestically than this film did worldwide).  As I write this, the new Batman trailer with Robert Pattinson has dropped and what’s the point if you’re a pale retread of what Nolan has already done?  Just watch this again.  Full review here.  3rd best #7 film in its respective year.  The 4th Nolan film in the Top 1000.

#291

harry_potter_and_the_prisoner_of_azkabanHarry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

  • Director:  Alfonso Cuarón
  • Genre:  Fantasy  (Wizarding World)
  • Distributor:  Warner Brothers
  • Year:  2004
  • Country:  England
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH), Director (NH), A. Screenplay (NH)
  • N.A. Gross:  $249,975,996
  • WW Gross:  $797,361,618
  • Entry Rank:  #262
  • TSPDT Rank:  #668  (21stC)
  • The Film:  Easily the best of the Harry Potter films, so of course it’s one of the lowest grossing ones.  But Cuarón showed what you could do if you put a real director in charge of the franchise and it paid off across the board.  Full review here.  His 1st film in the Top 1000 but not his last.

#290

last_of_the_mohicans_ver2The Last of the Mohicans

  • Director:  Michael Mann
  • Genre:  Adventure  (Lit Adaptation – Cooper)
  • Distributor:  Fox (20th Century-Fox)
  • Year:  1992
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH), Director (NH), A. Screenplay (NH), Actor (NH, BAFTA)
  • N.A. Gross:  $75,505,856
  • Entry Rank:  #210
  • The Film:  Taking dry literature and making it thrilling and exciting, not to mention providing one of the all-time great film scenes in its use of editing, cinematography and score.  Full review here.

#289

place_in_the_sunA Place in the Sun

  • Director:  George Stevens
  • Genre:  Drama  (Lit Adaptation)
  • Distributor:  Paramount
  • Year:  1951
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH, AA), Director (NH, AA), A. Screenplay (NH, AA), Actor (AA), Actress (NH, AA)
  • Entry Rank:  #69
  • TSPDT Rank:  #702
  • The Film:  The book should have been shorter but the film fits it just right.  Winner of a whopping 6 Oscars including Director and Adapted Screenplay then it somehow lost Picture to An American in Paris.  Full review here.

#288

thirty_nine_stepsThe 39 Steps

  • Director:  Alfred Hitchcock
  • Genre:  Suspense
  • Distributor:  Gaumont
  • Year:  1935
  • Country:  England
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH), Director (NH), A. Screenplay (NH), S. Actress (NH), Ensemble (NH)
  • Entry Rank:  #15
  • TSPDT Rank:  #576
  • The Film:  The Oscars would take a few more years to notice him (only after he came to America) but this is the film that really established Hitchcock as the Master of Suspense.  Full review here.  The 8th Hitchcock film in the list so far.

#287

inwhichweserveIn Which We Serve

  • Director:  David Lean  /  Noël Coward
  • Genre:  War  (WWII)
  • Distributor:  United Artists
  • Year:  1942  (OE: 1943)
  • Country:  England
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH, AA, NYFC, NBR), Director (NH), Screenplay (NH), S. Actress (NH)
  • Entry Rank:  #39
  • The Film:  David Lean moves from editor to director (co-director actually) and immediately establishes himself as one of the greats.  One of my grandmother’s favorite films.  Insanely, not in the Top 1000 at TSPDT.  Full review here.  Only the 3rd Lean film so far but his best is very much yet to come.

#286

detective_storyDetective Story

  • Director:  William Wyler
  • Genre:  Drama  (Tragedy)
  • Distributor:  Paramount
  • Year:  1951
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH, BAFTA, GG), Director (NH, DGA, AA), A. Screenplay (NH, WGA, AA), Actor (NH, GG), Actress (NH, AA), S. Actor (NH, AA), S. Actress (NH, GG), Ensemble (NH)
  • Entry Rank:  #66
  • The Film:  In the bizarre year of 1951, nominated for four major Oscars but not Picture or Actor (and Douglas wasn’t nominated for Ace in the Hole either).  A masterful ensemble work that used to be hard to find and thankfully is not anymore.  Full review here.

#285

graduateThe Graduate

  • Director:  Mike Nichols
  • Genre:  Comedy  (Satire)
  • Distributor:  Avco Embassy
  • Year:  1967
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH, AA, BAFTA, GG), Director (NH, DGA, AA, BAFTA, GG, NYFC), A. Screenplay (NH, WGA, AA, BAFTA, GG), Actor (NH, AA, GG), Actress (NH, AA, BAFTA, GG), S. Actress (NH, AA), Ensemble (NH)
  • N.A. Gross:  $104,945,305
  • Entry Rank:  #116
  • TSPDT Rank:  #217
  • The Film:  A true cultural milestone (see the Mark Harris book) and a massive box office smash (the 3rd highest grossing film ever upon its initial release) and even if “Mrs. Robinson” wasn’t complete and thus not Oscar eligible, it gave us the single best song of the decade.  Full review here.  Dustin Hoffman losing the Globe to Richard Harris is one of the dumbest choices those idiots ever made.

#284

african_queen_ver3The African Queen

  • Director:  John Huston
  • Genre:  Adventure
  • Distributor:  United Artists
  • Year:  1951
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH, BAFTA), Director (NH, AA), A. Screenplay (NH, AA), Actor (NH, AA, BAFTA), Actress (NH, AA), Ensemble (NH)
  • N.A. Gross:  $10,750,000  (N)
  • Entry Rank:  #65
  • TSPDT Rank:  #737
  • The Film:  More strangeness from the 1951 Oscars with yet another film nominated for four major Oscars but not Picture.  And then as much as I love Bogie and that he won an Oscar, Brando should have won, so they couldn’t get that right either.  Full review here.  The 8th John Huston film so far.

#283

monty_python_and_the_holy_grail_ver1Monty Python and the Holy Grail

  • Director:  Terry Gilliam  /  Terry Jones
  • Genre:  Comedy  (Parody)
  • Distributor:  Cinema V
  • Year:  1975
  • Country:  England
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH), A. Screenplay (NH)
  • Entry Rank:  #146
  • TSPDT Rank:  #656
  • The Film:  For my money (and quite a lot of other people as well), the funniest film ever made and I’m so glad to have been introduced to it so early (9th grade English class).  “Build a bridge out of her” might be the funniest out-of-context line in the history of film.  Full review here.

#282

through-a-glass-darkly-md-webSåsom i en spegel
(Through a Glass Darkly)

  • Director:  Ingmar Bergman
  • Genre:  Drama  (Tragedy)
  • Distributor:  Janus Films
  • Year:  1961  (OE: 1962)
  • Country:  Sweden  (Swedish)
  • Major Awards:  Picture (BAFTA), Screenplay (NH, AA), Actor (NH), Actress (NH, BAFTA), Foreign (NH, AA), Ensemble (NH)
  • Entry Rank:  #97
  • The Film:  If I’ve calculated correctly, this is the best film through 2011 that I have never written a review of, combining as it does an original screenplay with a near miss for Best Picture (the 9th best #6 film of all-time).  A dark meditation on faith and reason with a brilliant performance from Harriet Andersson.  The 9th Bergman film so far.

#281

harakiri

切腹
(Harakiri; Seppuku)

  • Director:  Masaki Kobayashi
  • Genre:  Action  (Samurai)
  • Distributor:  Shochiku Eiga
  • Year:  1962  (OE: 1964)
  • Country:  Japan  (Japanese)
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH), Director (NH), A. Screenplay (NH), Actor (NH), Foreign (NH)
  • Entry Rank:  #101
  • TSPDT Rank:  #706
  • The Film:  One of the best films that I saw for the first time because I was working my way through the Criterion releases because it received no awards attention and Kobayashi’s not up at the top director level.  Just a devastating film to watch as you see what this family has gone through and yet it manages to combine it with top-notch action as well.  Full review here.

#280

mutiny_on_the_bountyMutiny on the Bounty

  • Director:  Frank Lloyd
  • Genre:  Adventure  (Historical)
  • Distributor:  MGM
  • Year:  1935
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH, AA), Director (NH, AA), A. Screenplay (NH, AA), Actor (NH, NH, AA, AA, AA, NYFC), Ensemble (NH)
  • Entry Rank:  #14
  • The Film:  The last film to win Best Picture at the Oscars without winning any other awards, which was ironic since Charles Laughton absolutely deserved Best Actor (he had just won two years before).  Still easily the best version of this story.  Full review here.

#279

one_flew_over_the_cuckoos_nest_ver1One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest

  • Director:  Milos Forman
  • Genre:  Drama  (Social)
  • Distributor:  United Artists
  • Year:  1975
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH, AA, BAFTA, GG, LAFC), Director (NH, DGA, AA, BAFTA, GG), A. Screenplay (NH, WGA, AA, BAFTA, GG), Actor (NH, AA, BAFTA, GG, NYFC, NSFC, NBR), Actress (NH, AA, BAFTA, GG), S. Actor (NH, AA, BAFTA), Ensemble (NH)
  • N.A. Gross:  $108,981,275
  • Entry Rank:  #142
  • TSPDT Rank:  #113
  • The Film:  Another massively popular Best Picture, sweeping the big 5 awards and landing in the Top 10 all-time at the box office.  It’s also the surprising Best Picture winner to still feature high among audiences (Top 20 at the IMDb) and critics (Top 125 at TSPDT).  Full review here.

#278

blue_velvet_ver3Blue Velvet

  • Director:  David Lynch
  • Genre:  Mystery  (Surreal)
  • Distributor:  DEG
  • Year:  1986
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH, NSFC, BSFC), Director (NH, AA, LAFC, NSFC, BSFC), Screenplay (NH, WGA, GG), S. Actor (NH, GG, LAFC, NSFC, BSFC)
  • N.A. Gross:  $8,551,228
  • Entry Rank:  #173
  • TSPDT Rank:  #89
  • The Film:  “I saw that this was listed on a bunch of lists as one of the best films of the decade,” I was told and then I sat down and watched Blue Velvet as a 15 year old with my mother.  Not recommended and if you don’t know why, read my review.  Just the first Lynch film in my Top 1000 so far.

#277

player_ver1The Player

  • Director:  Robert Altman
  • Genre:  Comedy  (Satire)
  • Distributor:  New Line  (Fine Line)
  • Year:  1992
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH, BAFTA, GG, NYFC), Director (NH, DGA, AA, BAFTA, GG, NYFC, BSFC, CFC), A. Screenplay (NH, WGA, AA, BAFTA, GG, CFC), Actor (NH, BAFTA, GG)
  • N.A. Gross:  $21,706,101
  • Entry Rank:  #197
  • The Film:  It ruined the ending of Bicycle Thieves for me because I hadn’t yet seen it (Get Shorty would do the same a few years later for Touch of Evil) but it was such a brilliant spot-on satire of Hollywood that I forgave it.  Full review here.  Only the second Altman film in the Top 1000.

#276

cabaretCabaret

  • Director:  Bob Fosse
  • Genre:  Musical  (Broadway Adaptation)
  • Distributor:  Allied Artists
  • Year:  1972
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH, AA, BAFTA, GG, NBR), Director (NH, DGA, AA, BAFTA, GG, NBR), A. Screenplay (NH, WGA, AA, BAFTA, GG), Actress (NH, AA, BAFTA, GG), S. Actor (NH, AA, GG, NSFC, NBR), S. Actress (BAFTA, GG, NBR), Ensemble (NH)
  • N.A. Gross:  $44,550,000  (@-re)
  • Entry Rank:  #129
  • TSPDT Rank:  #342
  • The Film:  I originally saw this in 8th grade History class and it wasn’t until years later that I realized what a brilliant film I saw.  At first, it was just the film that won Best Director (and Supporting Actor) over The Godfather.  It would again be years after that before I saw a stage production in college and realized how much they had changed for the film.  Full review here.

#275

belle_de_jourBelle de jour

  • Director:  Luis Buñuel
  • Genre:  Drama  (Surreal)
  • Distributor:  Allied Artists
  • Year:  1967  (OE: 1968)
  • Country:  France  (French)
  • Major Awards:  Director (NH), A. Screenplay (NH), Actress (NH, BAFTA), Foreign (NH)
  • Entry Rank:  #111
  • TSPDT Rank:  #201
  • The Film:  One of the few classic foreign films that I was actually able to see first in the theater (because it wasn’t available on video when it played a revival in 1995) and thus one of the first films I ever saw at Cinema 21 in Portland.  Also my introduction to Buñuel but I followed it up quickly because I was so impressed.  The 5th Buñuel film in the Top 1000 and the 8th highest 6th place film.

#274

forbidden-games-md-webJeux interdits
(Forbidden Games)

  • Director:  Rene Clement
  • Genre:  Drama
  • Distributor:  Times Film Corp
  • Year:  1952  (OE: 1954)
  • Country:  France  (French)
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH, BAFTA), Director (NH), A. Screenplay (NH, AA), Foreign (NH, AA, NYFC)
  • Entry Rank:  #68
  • TSPDT Rank:  #847
  • The Film:  Kids at war when they don’t realize they’re at war; a model for several films that would follow including one down at the bottom of this post.  One of the first films to be nominated by the Oscars in different years.  Full review here.

#273

hamletHamlet

  • Director:  Laurence Olivier
  • Genre:  Drama  (Shakespeare – Tragedy)
  • Distributor:  Universal
  • Year:  1948
  • Country:  England
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH, AA, BAFTA), Director (NH, AA), A. Screenplay (NH), Actor (NH, AA, GG, NYFC), S. Actress (NH, AA), Foreign (GG), Ensemble (NH)
  • Entry Rank:  #54
  • The Film:  Hollywood didn’t love that a British production came in and won Best Picture and Actor (making Olivier the first to direct himself to an Oscar) but they’re the ones who voted for it.  Full review here.

#272

informerThe Informer

  • Director:  John Ford
  • Genre:  Drama
  • Distributor:  RKO Radio
  • Year:  1935
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH, AA, NYFC, NBR), Director (NH, AA, NYFC), A. Screenplay (NH, AA), Actor (NH, AA), S. Actress (NH), Ensemble (NH)
  • Entry Rank:  #13
  • The Film:  It deservedly won Director and Screenplay but lost Picture to Mutiny when it shouldn’t have and beat Mutiny in Actor when it shouldn’t have.  Along with The Deer Hunter and The Thin Man (both in the previous post), the only Nighthawk winner to fail to make my initial Top 250.  Full review here.

#271

magnificentambersonsThe Magnificent Ambersons

  • Director:  Orson Welles
  • Genre:  Drama  (Lit Adaptation)
  • Distributor:  RKO Radio
  • Year:  1942
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH, AA), Director (NH), A. Screenplay (NH), Actress (NYFC), S. Actress (NH, AA)
  • Entry Rank:  #36
  • TSPDT Rank:  #78
  • The Film:  The first case of category confusion (the NYFC voted Agnes Moorehead Best Actress but the Oscars placed her in supporting).  The brilliance of Welles’ adaptation shines through over the studio directed re-edit that massively cut the time.  Full review here.  Just the second Welles film in the countdown but there will be a few more and he only made 10 films.

#270

shadow_of_a_doubtShadow of a Doubt

  • Director:  Alfred Hitchcock
  • Genre:  Suspense
  • Distributor:  Universal
  • Year:  1943
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH), Director (NH), Screenplay (NH, AA), Actor (NH), Actress (NH, NBR)
  • Entry Rank:  #37
  • TSPDT Rank:  #521
  • The Film:  Hitchcock mixes the idea of a quiet town with the paranoia of harboring a murderer (who is also a loved one).  Great performances from the two leads went unnoticed by the Academy.  The ninth Hitchcock film in the Top 1000 so far.  Full review here.

#269

pinocchioPinocchio

  • Director:  Ben Sharpsteen  /  Hamilton Luske
  • Genre:  Kids  (Animated – Disney)
  • Distributor:  Disney  (RKO)
  • Year:  1940
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  A. Screenplay (NH), Animated (NH)
  • N.A. Gross:  $84,254,167
  • WW Gross:  $121,892,045
  • Entry Rank:  #28
  • TSPDT Rank:  #459
  • The Film:  Just two years after Snow White, Disney actually surpasses it by a considerable margin and caps that off by having one of the greatest songs ever written to become the anchor for the film and the company.  The 7th best #6 film of its year.  Full review here.

#268

king_kongKing Kong

  • Director:  Ernest B. Schoedsack
  • Genre:  Horror  (Monster – Kong)
  • Distributor:  RKO Radio
  • Year:  1933
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH), Director (NH), Screenplay (NH)
  • Entry Rank:  #12
  • TSPDT Rank:  #169
  • The Film:  The Academy left it completely unnominated and the beginning of COVID robbed me of my chance to finally see it on the big screen but I’ve more than made up for it with how many times I have watched it on DVD.  One of the most impactful films in history.  Full review here.

#267

bringing_up_babyBringing Up Baby

  • Director:  Howard Hawks
  • Genre:  Comedy  (Screwball)
  • Distributor:  RKO Radio
  • Year:  1938
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH), Director (NH), A. Screenplay (NH), Actor (NH), Actress (NH), Ensemble (NH)
  • Entry Rank:  #17
  • TSPDT Rank:  #125
  • The Film:  Two RKO classics in a row that earned a combined zero Oscar nominations.  Hepburn may have been box office poison but her performance is pure comedic genius as Howard Hawks proves that Screwball Comedy is well within his range.  The 4th Hawks film in the countdown.  Full review here.

#266

stand_by_me_ver2Stand by Me

  • Director:  Rob Reiner
  • Genre:  Drama  (Teen)
  • Distributor:  Columbia
  • Year:  1986
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH, GG), Director (DGA, GG), A. Screenplay (NH, WGA, AA)
  • N.A. Gross:  $52,287,414
  • Entry Rank:  #162
  • TSPDT Rank:  #930
  • The Film:  Because of this film, everyone in my generation ended up reading Different Seasons and realizing we were underestimating Stephen King (and we also all failed to finish the final story in the book).  The film that helped paved the way for the stardom of River Phoenix before his untimely death.  Full review here.  According to Inside Oscar, then-future TCM legend Robert Osborne almost started to cry when it only received a single Oscar nomination.  Reiner’s 4th film in the Top 1000 which is why he still manages to stay in the Top 100 Directors in spite of constantly appearing on my “Worst Film Directed by a Top 100 Director” list at the Nighthawk Notables each year.

#265

ladyeveThe Lady Eve

  • Director:  Preston Sturges
  • Genre:  Comedy  (Screwball)
  • Distributor:  Paramount
  • Year:  1941
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH), Director (NH), Screenplay (NH, AA), Actress (NH), Ensemble (NH)
  • Entry Rank:  #29
  • TSPDT Rank:  #140
  • The Film:  Screwball comedic brilliance just wasn’t something the actor’s branch of the Academy grasped and “Sexiest Performance” just isn’t an Oscar category so Barbara Stanwyck went unrecognized.  It’s a stretch for 4th films because this is Sturges’ 4th in the countdown.  Full review here.

#264

broadcast_newsBroadcast News

  • Director:  James L. Brooks
  • Genre:  Comedy
  • Distributor:  Fox  (20th Century-Fox)
  • Year:  1987
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH, AA, GG, NYFC), Director (NH, DGA, GG, NYFC), Screenplay (NH, WGA, AA, GG, NYFC, BSFC), Actor (NH, AA, GG, NYFC, BSFC), Actress (NH, AA, GG, NYFC, LAFC, BSFC, NBR), S. Actor (NH, AA), Ensemble (NH)
  • N.A. Gross:  $51,249,404
  • WW Gross:  $67,331,309
  • Entry Rank:  #164
  • TSPDT Rank:  #958
  • The Film:  Four years after winning the Oscar, Brooks is passed over for an Oscar nomination.  Worse, they awarded Moonstruck the Oscars for Screenplay and Actress this film deserved.  Full review here.

#263

queen_ver2The Queen

  • Director:  Stephen Frears
  • Genre:  Drama  (True Story)
  • Distributor:  Miramax
  • Year:  2006
  • Country:  England
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH, AA, PGA, BAFTA, CC, GG), Director (DGA, AA, BAFTA, CC, GG), Screenplay (NH, WGA, AA, BAFTA, CC, GG, NYFC, LAFC, NSFC, CFC), Actress (NH, SAG, AA, BAFTA, CC, GG, NYFC, LAFC, NSFC, BSFC, CFC, NBR), S. Actor (NH, BAFTA, LAFC), Ensemble (NH)
  • N.A. Gross:  $56,441,711
  • WW Gross:  $123,384,128
  • Entry Rank:  #245
  • TSPDT Rank:  #243  (21stC)
  • The Film:  A clean sweep across the board for Mirren (and a full sweep of noms for the other nominees in the easiest year ever for Actress) but Michael Sheen didn’t get nearly the acclaim he deserved for the film that put him on my map.  Full review here.  Perhaps not surprisingly, the 4th Frears film in the Top 1000.

#262

in_the_name_of_the_father_ver1In the Name of the Father

  • Director:  Jim Sheridan
  • Genre:  Drama  (Prison)
  • Distributor:  Universal
  • Year:  1993
  • Country:  Ireland
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH, AA, PGA, GG), Director (NH, AA), A. Screenplay (NH, WGA, AA, BAFTA), Actor (NH, AA, BAFTA, GG, BSFC), S. Actor (NH, AA), S. Actress (NH, AA, GG), Ensemble (NH)
  • N.A. Gross:  $25,096,862
  • WW Gross:  $65,796,862
  • Entry Rank:  #187
  • The Film:  The rare example of the positive influence of the Golden Globes because this wasn’t much on the awards map until the Globes put it there and then the Oscars deservedly followed suit.  Plus the Globes deservedly nominated it for Song which the Oscars didn’t.  Full review here.

#261

end_of_the_affairThe End of the Affair

  • Director:  Neil Jordan
  • Genre:  Drama  (Lit Adaptation – Greene)
  • Distributor:  Columbia
  • Year:  1999
  • Country:  England
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH, BAFTA, GG), Director (NH, BAFTA, GG), A. Screenplay (NH, BAFTA), Actor (NH, BAFTA), Actress (NH, SAG, AA, BAFTA, GG), Ensemble (NH)
  • N.A. Gross:  410,827,816
  • Entry Rank:  #207
  • The Film:  Also from an Irish director, also nominated for Picture at the Globes, but the Academy sadly didn’t follow suit this time.  Not a typical first date movie but Veronica and I have now been married almost 20 years so who’s going to argue that point with me?  Full review here.

#260

conversationThe Conversation

  • Director:  Francis Ford Coppola
  • Genre:  Suspense
  • Distributor:  Paramount
  • Year:  1974
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH, AA, GG, NBR), Director (NH, DGA, BAFTA, GG, NSFC, NBR), Screenplay (NH, WGA, AA, BAFTA, GG), Actor (NH, BAFTA, GG, NBR)
  • N.A. Gross:  $4,420,000
  • Entry Rank:  #127
  • TSPDT Rank:  #151
  • The Film:  The little film from Coppola that could and did in the same year as his epic masterpiece sequel.  Academy rules at the time prevented him from being nominated twice but no such rule exists at the Nighthawks.  Full review here.  This is actually the first Coppola film in the countdown so far but he’s got a few more to come.

#259

killingThe Killing

  • Director:  Stanley Kubrick
  • Genre:  Crime (Heist)
  • Distributor:  United Artists
  • Year:  1956
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH, BAFTA), Director (NH), A. Screenplay (NH)
  • Entry Rank:  #67
  • TSPDT Rank:  #603
  • The Film:  In the year of over-bloated epics at the Oscars, this little brilliant film noir heist film managed to get completely blanked.  The first masterpiece from Kubrick and it’s already his 5th film in the Top 1000 with several more to come even though he only directed 13 films.  Full review here.

#258

cat_on_a_hot_tin_roofCat on a Hot Tin Roof

  • Director:  Richard Brooks
  • Genre:  Drama  (Play Adaptation – Williams)
  • Distributor:  MGM
  • Year:  1958
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH, AA, BAFTA, GG), Director (NH, DGA, AA, GG), A. Screenplay (NH, WGA, AA), Actor (NH, AA, BAFTA), Actress (NH, AA, BAFTA), S. Actor (NH), Ensemble (NH)
  • N.A. Gross:  $21,450,000  (@-re)
  • Entry Rank:  #76
  • The Film:  The Oscars didn’t reward Liz Taylor but then again the Globes didn’t even nominate her while the awards groups awarded Ives for the wrong film.  Yes, the gay context is missing but that also shows how universal the themes are that Williams was writing about.  Full review here.

#257

tinker_tailor_soldier_spyTinker Tailor Soldier Spy

  • Director:  Tomas Alfredson
  • Genre:  Mystery  (Spy – Le Carre)
  • Distributor:  Universal  (Focus Features)
  • Year:  2011
  • Country:  England
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH, BAFTA), Director (NH, BAFTA), A. Screenplay (NH, AA, BAFTA), Actor (NH, AA, BAFTA), Ensemble (NH)
  • N.A. Gross:  $24,149,393
  • WW Gross:  $81,515,369
  • Entry Rank:  #257
  • TSPDT Rank:  #370  (21stC)
  • The Film:  Some three decades after the BBC did a magnificent full-length job of bringing the novel to life, we get a more stripped down version that can fit into feature film length and its simply masterful.  Full review here which also covers the original mini-series.

#256

gosford_park_ver1Gosford Park

  • Director:  Robert Altman
  • Genre:  Comedy
  • Distributor:  USA Films
  • Year:  2001
  • Country:  England  /  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (AA, GG), Director (AA, BAFTA, GG, NYFC, NSFC), Screenplay (NH, WGA, AA, BAFTA, GG, NYFC, NSFC), S. Actress (NH, NH, SAG, AA, AA, BAFTA, BAFTA, GG, GG, NYFC, NSFC), Ensemble (NH, SAG, CC)
  • N.A. Gross:  $41,308,615
  • WW Gross:  $87,754,044
  • Entry Rank:  #215
  • TSPDT Rank:  #334  (21stC)
  • The Film:  Altman’s ensemble masterpiece showed how he continued to be relevant as he aged.  Only the third Altman film so far and kept out of the Best Picture race at the Nighthawks by being the 6th best #6 film ever.  Full review here.

#255

Ordinary People

  • Director:  Robert Redford
  • Genre:  Drama
  • Distributor:  Paramount
  • Year:  1980
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH, AA, GG, NYFC, NBR), Director (DGA, AA, GG, NBR), A. Screenplay (NH, WGA, AA, GG), Actor (GG), Actress (NH, AA, BAFTA, GG), S. Actor (NH, NH, AA, AA, GG, GG, LAFC), Ensemble (NH)
  • N.A. Gross:  $54,766,923
  • Entry Rank:  #142
  • The Film:  Its reputation has taken a hit as the film that beat Raging Bull at the Oscars (notice no TSPDT ranking) but the emotional power of this film should not be overlooked.  Full review here.

#254

manhattanManhattan

  • Director:  Woody Allen
  • Genre:  Comedy  (Romantic)
  • Distributor:  United Artists
  • Year:  1979
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH, BAFTA, GG, NBR), Director (NH, DGA, BAFTA, NYFC, NSFC), Screenplay (NH, WGA, AA, BAFTA), Actor (BAFTA), Actress (BAFTA), S. Actress (NH, AA, BAFTA, LAFC, NSFC, NBR), Ensemble (NH, NH)
  • N.A. Gross:  $39,946,780
  • Entry Rank:  #137
  • TSPDT Rank:  #123
  • The Film:  After taking home Picture, Director and Screenplay at the Oscars in 1977, Allen failed to earn a Picture nom in 1978 and failed to earn anything more than Screenplay for this film, which many people feel is his best.  I don’t hold it that high but it is magnificent and far more deserving to be in the Oscar race than Norma Rae.  Full review here.  His 15th film in the Top 1000.  In typical Globes idiocy they nominated it as a Drama.

#253

hope_and_gloryHope and Glory

  • Director:  John Boorman
  • Genre:  War  (WWII)
  • Distributor:  Columbia
  • Year:  1987
  • Country:  England
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH, AA, BAFTA, GG, LAFC, BSFC), Director (NH, AA, BAFTA, GG, LAFC, NSFC), Screenplay (NH, WGA, AA, BAFTA, GG, LAFC, NSFC), Actress (BAFTA), S. Actor (BAFTA), S. Actress (BAFTA)
  • N.A. Gross:  $10,021,120
  • Entry Rank:  #158
  • The Film:  One of two children during World War II films that were among the best of 1987, this is the comedic one that takes place during the Blitz.  Full review here.  The 5th Boorman film so far.

#252

fountainThe Fountain

  • Director:  Darren Aronofsky
  • Genre:  Sci-Fi
  • Distributor:  Warner Brothers
  • Year:  2006
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH), Director (NH), Screenplay (NH), Actor (NH)
  • N.A. Gross:  $10,144,010
  • WW Gross:  $16,468,343
  • Entry Rank:  #235
  • TSPDT Rank:  #647  (21stC)
  • The Film:  Very much a love it or hate it type of film and enough critics love it to push it on the century list and enough awards groups didn’t that it was almost completely blanked, not just in major categories, but in almost every category that I track.  But I think it’s brilliant.

#251

serious_manA Serious Man

  • Director:  Joel and Ethan Coen
  • Genre:  2009
  • Distributor:  Universal  (Focus Features)
  • Year:  2009
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH, AA, CC), Director (NH), Screenplay (NH, WGA, AA, BAFTA, CC, NSFC, BSFC, NBR), Actor (NH, GG)
  • N.A. Gross:  $9,228,768
  • WW Gross:  $31,430,334
  • Entry Rank:  #246
  • TSPDT Rank:  #182  (21stC)
  • The Film:  The exact kind of brilliant film-making that makes the expanded Best Picture category at the Oscars worthwhile.  Of course, the Globes had an easier time but passed it over in favor of Nine, Julie & Julia and It’s Complicated.  Full review here.  The 5th Coen Brothers film in the Top 1000 so far but they’re not even close to finished.