Screen Shot 2022-03-06 at 7.31.14 AMGetting close to the (initial) end of the Top 1000 list.  The introduction is here and the rest of the list can be found by going here.  Films through Inglourious Basterds (#174) are a 95 which is high ****.  The rest are a 96.  A 96 is, to me, worthy of a Best Picture win.  That means any Oscar winners from that point on, even if they don’t win the Nighthawk, earn no complaints from me.  Ironically, one of those films doesn’t even earn a Nighthawk nomination (The Hours) because 2002 is just that tough.  There are also a few films that come 5th in their years while the only actual Nighthawk winners in this post are all 95 films.  Things are so even across genres and major studios that only one film in this group of 50 is in the Top 5 all-time for its genre or major studio.

#200

blood_simpleBlood Simple

  • Director:  Joel Coen
  • Genre:  Suspense
  • Distributor:  Circle Releasing
  • Year:  1984  (OE: 1985)
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH), Director (NH), Screenplay (NH), Actor (NH), Actress (NH)
  • N.A. Gross:  $3,851,855
  • Entry Rank:  #124
  • TSPDT Rank:  #815
  • The Film:  One of the all-time great debut films as the Coen Brothers start writing and directing.  Ignored by the Oscars though it did win Director and Actor at the Indie Spirits.  Never has a newspaper been more startling on-screen and it will teach you not to reach your hand into a window.  Full review here.  This is their 9th film on the list so far, joining only Allen, Spielberg, Bergman and Hitchcock.

#199

straydog野良犬
(Stray Dog; Nora inu)

  • Director:  Akira Kurosawa
  • Genre:  Suspense  (Cop)
  • Distributor:  Toho Company
  • Year:  1949  (OE: 1963)
  • Country:  Japan  (Japanese)
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH), Director (NH), Screenplay (NH), Actor (NH), S. Actor (NH), Foreign (NH), Ensemble (NH)
  • Entry Rank:  #42
  • The Film:  And now Kurosawa joins the 9 film club on the list.  It took over a decade of Kurosawa-Mifune brilliance before this film finally made its way into U.S. theaters.  The first time Mifune had the lead in a Kurosawa film and it brilliantly re-imagines a police thriller.

#198

star_is_bornA Star is Born

  • Director:  William Wellman
  • Genre:  Drama  (Tragedy)
  • Distributor:  United Artists (Selznick)
  • Year:  1937
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH, AA), Director (NH, AA), Screenplay (NH, AA, AA), Actor (NH, AA), Actress (NH, AA), Ensemble (NH)
  • Entry Rank:  #13
  • The Film:  That’s not a typo in Screenplay because this film won Best Story and lost Best Screenplay which means the Academy passed up a chance to give Dorothy Park an Oscar.  Already not very original (basically What Price Hollywood) but a model for future versions of the story and the best film released in the U.S. in 1937.  Full review here.

#197

Winter_Light-196731439-largeNattvardsgästerna
(Winter Light)

  • Director:  Ingmar Bergman
  • Genre:  Drama  (Religious)
  • Distributor:  Janus Films
  • Year:  1963
  • Country:  Sweden  (Swedish)
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH), Director (NH), Screenplay (NH), Actor (NH), Actress (NH), Foreign (NH), Ensemble (NH)
  • Entry Rank:  #72
  • TSPDT Rank:  #508
  • The Film:  In a weak year for English language film, Bergman’s meditation on faith and death is the best film of the year.  It also has the defining performance from longtime Bergman stalwart Gunnar Bjornstrand.  Full review here.  Bergman reaches 10 films on the list.

#196

all_that_jazzAll That Jazz

  • Director:  Bob Fosse
  • Genre:  Musical
  • Distributor:  20th Century-Fox
  • Year:  1979
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH, AA), Director (NH, AA), Screenplay (NH, AA), Actor (NH, AA, BAFTA, GG)
  • N.A. Gross:  $37,823,676
  • Entry Rank:   #108
  • TSPDT Rank:  #474
  • The Film:  Round 3 of Fosse-Coppola went to neither though both films are better than the actual winner.  Fosse’s third (and final) film on the list which is pretty impressive since he only directed five films.  Passed over at the Globes for 10 and Hair.  Fantastic soundtrack.  Full review here.

#195

aguirre_wrath_of_godAguirre, der Zorn Gottes
(Aguirre the Wrath of God)

  • Director:  Werner Herzog
  • Genre:  Adventure  (Historical)
  • Distributor:  New Yorker Films
  • Year:  1973  (OE: 1977)
  • Country:  West Germany  (German)
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH), Director (NH), Screenplay (NH), Actor (NH), Foreign (NH)
  • Entry Rank:  #96
  • TSPDT Rank:  #102
  • The Film:  Herzog’s masterpiece and Kinski is so perfectly over the top insane it’s no wonder they both almost killed each other on set.  I’ve seen the title with a dash, a colon and a comma after Aguirre so I’ve eliminated all of them.  Full review here.  The rare film on the list at this point that was Oscar ineligible because of coming out in the States too late after its original release (not relevant before the mid 70s).

#194

stairwayA Matter of Life and Death
(Stairway to Heaven)

  • Director:  Michael Powell  /  Emeric Pressburger
  • Genre:  Fantasy  (Romance)
  • Distributor:  Universal
  • Year:  1946  (OE: 1947)
  • Country:  England
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH), Director (NH), Screenplay (NH), Actress (NH), Ensemble (NH)
  • Entry Rank:  #37
  • TSPDT Rank:  #154
  • The Film:  Box Office Mojo lists nothing for its 1995 re-release in theaters which is when I first sat it in all its black-and-white and color glory.  A wonderful film that is also one of the most romantic ever made.  Full review here.  The fifth and final Powell film on the list and like many of his best, ignored by the Academy and too early for the BAFTAs.

#193

lion_in_winterThe Lion in Winter

  • Director:  Anthony Harvey
  • Genre:  Drama  (Historical – British Crown)
  • Distributor:  Avco Embassy Pictures
  • Year:  1968
  • Country:  England  /  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH, AA, GG, NYFC), Director (NH, DGA, AA, GG), A Screenplay (NH, WGA, AA, BAFTA, GG), Actor (NH, AA, GG), Actress (NH, AA, BAFTA, GG), S. Actor (NH, BAFTA), S. Actress (NH, GG), Ensemble (NH)
  • N.A. Gross:  $22,295,024
  • Entry Rank:  #80
  • The Film:  The Oscars best chance to give O’Toole the award he deserved and they gave it to Cliff Robertson of all people.  A brilliant play never feels like a play on-screen because of the acting and the direction and writing.  Full review here.

#192

rear_windowRear Window

  • Director:  Alfred Hitchcock
  • Genre:  Suspense
  • Distributor:  Paramount
  • Year:  1954
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH, BAFTA), Director (NH, DGA, AA), A. Screenplay (WGA, AA), Actress (NYFC, NBR), S. Actress (NH)
  • N.A. Gross:  $36,764,313
  • Entry Rank:  #51
  • TSPDT Rank:  #41
  • The Film:  First, I should point out the Actress awards are really more for The Country Girl.  Second, I don’t understand those who flock to Vertigo when this film is available.  The second of three times the Academy nominated Hitchcock but passed over his film for weak, lame Hollywood fare (Three Coins of the Fountain).  Full review here.

#191

rebel_without_a_causeRebel without a Cause

  • Director:  Nicholas Ray
  • Genre:  Drama  (Teen)
  • Distributor:  Warner Bros
  • Year:  1955
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH, BAFTA), Director (NH), Screenplay (NH, AA), Actor (NH, BAFTA), S. Actor (NH, AA), S. Actress (NH, AA), Ensemble (NH)
  • Entry Rank:  #52
  • TSPDT Rank:  #587
  • The Film:  Dean was nominated for East of Eden instead (though he’s better here) but that’s no excuse for passing the film over when you nominate crap like Love is a Many-Splendored Thing.  Almost instantly iconic given his death and the relationship between the three leads resonates every time you watch it.  Full review here.

#190

rules-of-the-game-movie-poster_u-L-F5FDRA0La règle du jeu
(The Rules of the Game)

  • Director:  Jean Renoir
  • Genre:  Comedy
  • Distributor:  Janus Films
  • Year:  1939  (OE: 1950)
  • Country:  France  (French)
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH), Screenplay (NH), Foreign (NH)
  • Entry Rank:  #16
  • TSPDT Rank:  #4
  • The Film:  One of the most brilliant human comedies ever put on film, released in France in 1939 but because of the war, it didn’t make it to the states until 1950 and then almost immediately started making it on Sight and Sound‘s all-time list.  Full review here.

#189

networkNetwork

  • Director:  Sidney Lumet
  • Genre:  Drama  (Social)
  • Distributor:  MGM
  • Year:  1976
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH, AA, BAFTA, GG, LAFC), Director (NH, DGA, AA, BAFTA, GG, LAFC), Screenplay (NH, WGA, AA, BAFTA, GG, NYFC, LAFC), Actor (NH, NH, AA, AA, BAFTA, BAFTA, GG), Actress (NH, AA, BAFTA, GG), S Actor (NH, AA, BAFTA), S Actress (NH, AA), Ensemble (NH)
  • N.A. Gross:  $23,689,877
  • Entry Rank:  #96
  • TSPDT Rank:  #406
  • The Film:  A masterpiece of writing and acting (the very rare film to win three acting Oscars) and a cultural milestone as soon as Peter Finch uttered the words “I’m as mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore.”  Yet, it lost to Rocky.  The 7th Lumet film so far in the Top 1000.  Full review here.

#188

milkMilk

  • Director:  Gus Van Sant
  • Genre:  Drama  (Biopic – Politician)
  • Distributor:  Universal  (Focus Features)
  • Year:  2008
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH, AA, PGA, BAFTA, CC, NYFC), Director (NH, DGA, AA, CC, BSFC), Screenplay (NH, WGA, AA, BAFTA, CC, BSFC), Actor (NH, SAG, AA, BAFTA, CC, GG, NYFC, LAFC, NSFC, BSFC), S Actor (NH, NH, SAG, AA, CC, CC, NYFC, NBR), Ensemble (NH, SAG, CC)
  • N.A. Gross:  $31,841,299
  • WW Gross:  $54,589,558
  • Entry Rank:  #185
  • TSPDT Rank:  #457  (21stC)
  • The Film:  If you think this battle has now been won you haven’t been paying attention to what’s happening in Florida.  A biography that lived up to Milk’s ideas: you’ve gotta give ’em hope.  Bizarrely almost entirely passed over at the Globes.  Full review here.

#187

discreet_charm_of_the_bourgeoisie_ver2Le charme discret de la bourgeoisie
(The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie)

  • Director:  Luis Buñuel
  • Genre:  Comedy  (Surreal)
  • Distributor:  20th Century-Fox
  • Year:  1972
  • Country:  France  (French)
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH, BAFTA, NSFC), Director (NH, BAFTA, NSFC), Screenplay (NH, AA, BAFTA), Actress (BAFTA), Foreign (NH, AA, GG)
  • Entry Rank:  #86
  • TSPDT Rank:  #165
  • The Film:  I will point out that this runs up against Cries and Whispers for Foreign Film.  Buñuel’s funniest film and a nice companion piece to The Exterminating Angel, a film in which the dinner guests finish and can never leave because in this film they continually sit down to dinner and never get to eat.  Full review here.  Buñuel’s sixth film on the list.

#186

yankee_doodle_dandyYankee Doodle Dandy

  • Director:  Michael Curtiz
  • Genre:  Musical  (Biopic – Musician)
  • Distributor:  Warner Bros
  • Year:  1942
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH, AA), Director (NH, AA), Screenplay (NH, AA), Actor (NH, AA, NYFC), S. Actor (NH, AA), Ensemble (NH)
  • Entry Rank:  #26
  • The Film:  The awards list is only small because of the era in which it was released.  Long my mother’s favorite film and with good reason.  There are few moments on film as joyous as Cagney going down the steps in the White House and there are few films that have as poignant an ending.  Full review here.

#185

henryvHenry V

  • Director:  Laurence Olivier
  • Genre:  Drama  (Shakespeare – History)
  • Distributor:  United Artists
  • Year:  1944  (OE: 1946)
  • Country:  England
  • Major Awards:  Picture (AA), A Screenplay (NH), Actor (NH, AA, NYFC, NBR)
  • Entry Rank:  #27
  • The Film:  Had it landed in the States in 1944 (ironically the film was made to help with the war effort as an inspirational call to arms but the war kept it out of the States until 1946) it would have been the second best film of the year.  Instead, like Brief Encounter and Children of Paradise, it’s makes 1946 a powerhouse year and this becomes the second best film ever not to earn a Nighthawk nomination for Picture (better than 10 Nighthawk winners).  The first great Shakespeare film.  Full review here.

#184

good_the_bad_and_the_uglyIl buono, il brutto, il cattivo
(The Good, the Bad and the Ugly)

  • Director:  Sergio Leone
  • Genre:  Western  (Spaghetti)
  • Distributor:  United Artists
  • Year:  1966  (OE: 1968)
  • Country:  Italy  (Italian)
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH), Director (NH)
  • N.A. Gross:  $6,100,000
  • Entry Rank:  #71
  • TSPDT Rank:  #138
  • The Film:  I could, technically, I suppose list it as a Foreign Film (where it would win the Nighthawk over Persona) but the three main actors are all actually speaking English (everyone else in the film spoke their own language and was later dubbed).  Not on Veronica’s list because she’s never forgotten sitting through all 161 minutes in the uncomfortable chairs of Cinema 21.  One of the greatest scores ever recorded for a motion picture.  Because the IMDb voters skew so heavily male, #10 all-time on the IMDb.  Full review here.

#183

north_by_northwestNorth by Northwest

  • Director:  Alfred Hitchcock
  • Genre:  Suspense
  • Distributor:  MGM
  • Year:  1959
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH), Director (NH, DGA), Screenplay (NH, WGA, AA)
  • N.A. Gross:  $13,275,000
  • Entry Rank:  #59
  • TSPDT Rank:  #58
  • The Film:  Because Cary Grant is my mother’s favorite actor, this was the first Hitchcock film I ever saw and I immediately became a big fan.  It’s the 13th Hitchcock film on the list and I still only rank it as his 3rd best film.  Full review here.

#182

adventures_of_robin_hoodThe Adventures of Robin Hood

  • Director:  Michael Curtiz
  • Genre:  Adventure  (Swashbuckler – Robin Hood)
  • Distributor:  Warner Bros
  • Year:  1938
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH, AA), Director (NH), A Screenplay (NH)
  • Entry Rank:  #13
  • TSPDT Rank:  #804
  • The Film:  Still one of the all-time fun films and the film that made me an Errol Flynn fan when I first saw it at age 14.  The best film released in 1938 (it’s beaten at the Nighthawks by Grand Illusion, a 1937 film) and the very deserving winner of three Tech Oscars.  Full review here.

#181

close_encounters_of_the_third_kindClose Encounters of the Third Kind

  • Director:  Steven Spielberg
  • Genre:  Sci-Fi  (Alien Arrival)
  • Distributor:  Columbia
  • Year:  1977
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH, BAFTA, GG), Director (NH, DGA, AA, BAFTA, GG), Screenplay (NH, WGA, BAFTA, GG), S. Actor (BAFTA), S Actress (NH, AA)
  • N.A. Gross:  $135,189,114
  • WW Gross:  $306,889,114
  • Entry Rank:  #92
  • TSPDT Rank:  #198
  • The Film:  Even though it made less than half of what Star Wars had made, it still landed in the Top 10 all-time when first released and made studios realize that Star Wars wasn’t an exception and that Sci-Fi was now a bankable genre.  Earlier this year when David Lynch was announced as an actor in Spielberg’s upcoming The Fablemans, my first thought was: a director acting in a film Spielberg is writing and directing?  If it’s anything like Truffaut in Close Encounters, I’m totally in.  The 12th Spielberg film on the list.

#180

gold_rush_ver4The Gold Rush

  • Director:  Charlie Chaplin
  • Genre:  Comedy
  • Distributor:  United Artists  (Chaplin)
  • Year:  1925  (OE: 1942)
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH), Director (NH), Screenplay (NH), Actor (NH), Ensemble (NH)
  • Entry Rank:  #4
  • TSPDT Rank:  #76
  • The Film:  Just the second Chaplin film so far but there will be three more.  Easily one of the greatest American Silent films.  It was Oscar Eligible only for its Sound and Score because they had been added in for the 1942 re-release.  Full review here.

#179

les_quatre_cents_coupsLes quatre cents coups
(The 400 Blows)

  • Director:  Francois Truffaut
  • Genre:  Drama
  • Distributor:  Zenith
  • Year:  1959
  • Country:  France  (French)
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH, BAFTA), Director (NH), Screenplay (NH, AA), Actor (NH), Foreign (NH, NYFC)
  • Entry Rank:  #56
  • TSPDT Rank:  #24
  • The Film:  Truffaut begins his film career with one of the greatest directing debuts of all-time and the start of a magnificent saga that will last his entire career.  The New Wave has arrived and it’s brilliant.  Full review here.  His sixth film on the list.

#178

kingdom_of_heavenKingdom of Heaven

  • Director:  Ridley Scott
  • Genre:  Adventure  (Epic)
  • Distributor:  20th Century-Fox
  • Year:  2005
  • Country:  England / Germany / Spain  (English / Arabic)
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH), Director (NH), Screenplay (NH)
  • N.A. Gross:  $47,398,413
  • WW Gross:  $218,122,627
  • Entry Rank:  #166
  • The Film:  It got mixed reviews and not enough box office (domestically) given its cost but it has risen in my estimation every time I have seen it, both in the original and in the director’s cut.  Scott’s fourth film on the list so far.

#177

nosferatuNosferatu

  • Director:  F.W. Murnau
  • Genre:  Horror  (Vampire – Dracula)
  • Distributor:  Film Arts Guild
  • Year:  1922  (OE: 1929)
  • Country:  Germany  (German)
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH), Director (NH), A Screenplay (NH), S. Actor (NH), Foreign (NH)
  • Entry Rank:  #2
  • TSPDT Rank:  #116
  • The Film:  The original version of Dracula on film and still the best, a silent masterpiece that continues to haunt today.  So great that a fictionalized version of the making of it was made to show how it got to be so great.  Full review here.

#176

there_will_be_blood_ver2There Will Be Blood

  • Director:  Paul Thomas Anderson
  • Genre:  Drama
  • Distributor:  Paramount Vantage
  • Year:  2007
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH, AA, PGA, BAFTA, CC, GG, LAFC, NSFC), Director (NH, DGA, AA, BAFTA, LAFC, NSFC), A. Screenplay (NH, WGA, AA, BAFTA), Actor (NH, SAG, AA, BAFTA, CC, GG, NYFC, LAFC, NSFC, CFC), S. Actor (BAFTA)
  • N.A. Gross:  $40,222,514
  • WW Gross:  $76,182,388
  • Entry Rank:  #170
  • TSPDT Rank:  #163
  • The Film:  Daniel Day-Lewis drinks your milkshake (and turns an art film into a cultural milestone) on the way to winning all the awards (or close enough to all).  Stunned to realize PTA wasn’t nominated at the Globes and then looked and was more stunned to realize that in spite of 26 combined nominations from the Oscars (11), BAFTAs (8), DGA (2) and WGA (5) his only Globe nom is for writing Licorice Pizza.  Full review here.  His first film on the list, surprisingly.

#175

mulholland_drive_ver1Mulholland Dr.

  • Director:  David Lynch
  • Genre:  Mystery  (Surreal)
  • Distributor:  Universal
  • Year:  2001
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH, GG, NYFC, NSFC, BSFC, CFC), Director (NH, AA, GG, LAFC, BSFC, CFC), Screenplay (GG), Actress (NH, NSFC, CFC)
  • N.A. Gross:  $7,220,243
  • WW Gross:  $20,271,129
  • Entry Rank:  #148
  • TSPDT Rank:  #50
  • The Film:  One of my all-time favorite film reactions is my best friend coming out of the theater with V and I and saying “But, no, it HAS to make sense.”  He still insists that it does.  I insist it doesn’t and is brilliant anyway, in part, thanks to the sexiest performance of all-time.  Full review here.

#174

inglourious_basterdsInglourious Basterds

  • Director:  Quentin Tarantino
  • Genre:  War  (WWII)
  • Distributor:  The Weinstein Company
  • Year:  2009
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH, AA, PGA, CC, GG), Director (NH, DGA, AA, BAFTA, CC, GG), Screenplay (NH, AA, BAFTA, CC, GG), Actress (NH), S Actor (NH, SAG, AA, BAFTA, CC, GG, LAFC, NYFC, NSFC, BSFC, CFC), S Actress (NH, SAG), Ensemble (NH, SAG, CC)
  • N.A. Gross:  $120,540,719
  • WW Gross:  $321,457,747
  • Entry Rank:  #172
  • TSPDT Rank:  #814
  • The Film:  When we first saw this, V would tell anybody who would listen how brilliant it was and how it made use of Spaghetti Western tropes to bring us a World War II Action film in spite of the fact that she doesn’t even like Spaghetti Westerns.  Full review here.  Tarantino’s fifth film on the list so far.

#173

room_with_a_viewA Room with a View

  • Director:  James Ivory
  • Genre:  Drama  (Lit Adaptation – Forster)
  • Distributor:  CineCom Pictures
  • Year:  1986
  • Country:  England
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH, AA, BAFTA, GG, NBR), Director (NH, DGA, AA, BAFTA, GG), A. Screenplay (NH, WGA, AA, BAFTA), Actress (BAFTA), S Actor (NH, NH, AA, BAFTA, BAFTA, NYFC, NBR), S Actress (NH, NH, AA, BAFTA, BAFTA, GG), Ensemble (NH)
  • N.A. Gross:  $20,966,644
  • Entry Rank:  #106
  • The Film:  A beautifully written romantic novel becomes a beautifully filmed (and written and directed and especially acted) romantic Drama.  Full review here.

#172

big_chill_ver1The Big Chill

  • Director:  Lawrence Kasdan
  • Genre:  Comedy
  • Distributor:  Columbia
  • Year:  1983
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH, AA, GG), Director (NH, DGA), Screenplay (NH, WGA, AA, BAFTA, GG), S Actor (NH), S Actress (NH, AA), Ensemble (NH)
  • N.A. Gross:  $56,399,659
  • Entry Rank:  #99
  • The Film:  Kasdan proves what a wonderful touch he has with an ensemble cast and puts together one of the great soundtracks of all-time.  Mostly lesser known stars at the time, almost all of whom would have quite good film careers after this film.  Full review here.

#171

elephant_manThe Elephant Man

  • Director:  David Lynch
  • Genre:  Drama  (Biopic)
  • Distributor:  Paramount
  • Year:  1980
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH, AA, BAFTA, GG), Director (NH, DGA, AA, BAFTA, GG), A. Screenplay (NH, WGA, AA, BAFTA, GG), Actor (NH, AA, BAFTA, GG)
  • N.A. Gross:  $26,010,864
  • Entry Rank:  #99
  • TSPDT Rank:  #364
  • The Film:  Another Lynch film, this one actually making sense, which is why this film did so much better with the awards groups.  John Hurt may be unrecognizable under the makeup but the pathos in his performance comes through quite clearly (and the Academy failing to have an award for the makeup lead to the instatement of the category the following year).  Full review here.

#170

great_dictator_ver2The Great Dictator

  • Director:  Charlie Chaplin
  • Genre:  Comedy  (Satire)
  • Distributor:  United Artists  (Chaplin)
  • Year:  1940
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH, AA), Director (NH), Screenplay (NH, AA), Actor (NH, AA, NYFC), S. Actor (NH, AA)
  • Entry Rank:  #17
  • TSPDT Rank:  #181
  • The Film:  After his previous two (even better) films failed to earn so much as a single Oscar nomination, the Academy finally puts Chaplin where he belongs in the Picture, Actor and Screenplay categories (though still failing in Director).  Brilliant satire at a time when the world desperately needed a laugh.  Full review here.

#169

sweet_hereafter_ver2The Sweet Hereafter

  • Director:  Atom Egoyan
  • Genre:  Drama  (Tragedy)
  • Distributor:  New Line  (Fine Line)
  • Year:  1997
  • Country:  Canada
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH), Director (NH, AA), A. Screenplay (NH, AA), Actor (NH), S Actress (NH, BSFC)
  • N.A. Gross:  $3,263,585
  • Entry Rank:  #132
  • TSPDT Rank:  #808
  • The Film:  It was a big surprise when Egoyan leapt out of nowhere and into the Director and Screenplay categories at the Oscars but the film definitely belonged there.  Brilliant adaptation of a great novel that deals with a tragedy in a small town and its aftermath.  Full review here.

#168

city_of_god_ver2Cidade de deus
(City of God)

  • Director:  Fernando Meirelles
  • Genre:  Crime  (True Crime)
  • Distributor:  Miramax
  • Year:  2002  (OE: 2003)
  • Country:  Brazil  (Portuguese)
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH), Director (NH, AA), A. Screenplay (NH, AA), Foreign (NH, CC, GG, NYFC, CFC)
  • N.A. Gross:  $7,564,459
  • WW Gross:  $30,680,793
  • Entry Rank:  #149
  • TSPDT Rank:  #279
  • The Film:  The irony of failure.  The Academy didn’t nominate it for Foreign Film in 2002 (which is ridiculous) but that allowed it to be eligible for other awards the following year and it managed to leap, like Sweet Hereafter, into the Director and Screenplay categories without precursors but like Sweet Hereafter it deserved it.  Full review here.

#167

dog_day_afternoon_ver2Dog Day Afternoon

  • Director:  Sidney Lumet
  • Genre:  Crime  (True Crime)
  • Distributor:  Warner Bros
  • Year:  1975
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH, AA, BAFTA, GG, LAFC), Director (NH, DGA, AA, BAFTA, GG, LAFC), Screenplay (NH, WGA, AA, BAFTA, GG), Actor (NH, AA, BAFTA, GG, LAFC), S Actor (NH, NH, AA, GG, GG), Ensemble (NH)
  • N.A. Gross:  $50,000,000
  • Entry Rank:  #84
  • TSPDT Rank:  #286
  • The Film:  Never forget Lumet was a master which is why this is his 8th film on the list.  This was Pacino’s fourth straight Oscar nomination but he ran up against Jack.  Mostly passed over for awards except from the initial LAFC awards.  Full review here.

#166

when_harry_met_sallyWhen Harry Met Sally…

  • Director:  Rob Reiner
  • Genre:  Comedy  (Romantic)
  • Distributor:  Columbia
  • Year:  1989
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH, BAFTA, GG), Director (NH, DGA, GG), Screenplay (NH, WGA, AA, BAFTA, GG), Actor (GG), Actress (NH, GG)
  • N.A. Gross:  $93,075,866
  • Entry Rank:  #108
  • TSPDT Rank:  #746
  • The Film:  One of the great all-time Romantic Comedies, with classic moments from “A man and a woman can never be friends.  The sex part always gets in the way.” to “You made a woman meow?” to, of course, the greatest diner scene in the history of film.  Full review here.  Even in a year as stacked as 1989 (this is the 5th best film of the year – the 5th greatest 5th best of a year in history) it makes my Top 5.

#165

born_on_the_fourth_of_julyBorn on the Fourth of July

  • Director:  Oliver Stone
  • Genre:  War  (Vietnam)
  • Distributor:  Universal
  • Year:  1989
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH, AA, GG), Director (NH, DGA, AA, GG), A. Screenplay (NH, WGA, AA, BAFTA, GG), Actor (NH, AA, BAFTA, GG, CFC)
  • N.A. Gross:  $70,001,698
  • WW Gross:  $161,001,698
  • Entry Rank:  #107
  • The Film:  Though it only comes in 4th at the Nighthawks, I still can’t fathom how it lost the Oscar to Driving Miss Daisy.  Searing War film from Oliver Stone (his 4th film on the list so far) that finally made people look at Cruise not just as a star but as an actor.  Full review here.

#164

usual_suspects_ver1The Usual Suspects

  • Director:  Bryan Singer
  • Genre:  Crime  (Heist)
  • Distributor:  Universal  (Gramercy Pictures)
  • Year:  1995
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH, BAFTA), Director (NH), Screenplay (NH, AA, BAFTA, CFC), S Actor (NH, SAG, AA, CC, GG, NYFC, BSFC, CFC, NBR), Ensemble (NH, NBR)
  • N.A. Gross:  $23,341,568
  • Entry Rank:  #121
  • TSPDT Rank:  #914
  • The Film:  The, at the time, odd film to win the Oscar for Screenplay (among other awards for the brilliant script) without a Picture or Director nomination (the first film to do it in over 20 years) but it set an annoying trend (four others would do it in the following decade, three of which, like this film, are in the Top 1000 and two of which are just below and definitely deserved to be Picture nominees).  I’ve never done a list of the top film quotes but this film would have three contenders for my Top 100: “How do you shoot the devil in the back?  What if you miss?” “Keaton used to say, I don’t believe in God but I’m afraid of him.  Well I believe in God and the only thing that scares me is Keyser Soze.” and of course “The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn’t exist.”  Full review here.

#163

hoursThe Hours

  • Director:  Stephen Daldry
  • Genre:  Drama  (Lit Adaptation)
  • Distributor:  Paramount
  • Year:  2002
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (AA, BAFTA, CC, GG), Director (AA, DGA, BAFTA, GG), A. Screenplay (NH, WGA, AA, BAFTA, GG), Actress (NH, NH, SAG, AA, BAFTA, BAFTA, CC, GG, GG, LAFC), S Actor (NH, SAG, AA, BAFTA, GG), S Actress (NH, SAG, AA, BAFTA, BSFC), Ensemble (NH, SAG, CC)
  • N.A. Gross:  $41,675,994
  • WW Gross:  $108,846,072
  • Entry Rank:  #144
  • TSPDT Rank:  #281  (21stC)
  • The Film:  The unluckiest film in terms of Picture at the Nighthawk Awards.  Good enough to be the winner in 12 years (14 if we go through 2021), would be at least 3rd in most years (including all post-2011 years except 2018) and it doesn’t even earn a nomination.  The greatness of 2002 doesn’t get talked up enough.  Full review here.

#162

eternal_sunshine_of_the_spotless_mind_ver2Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

  • Director:  Michel Gondry
  • Genre:  Fantasy  (Surreal)
  • Distributor:  Universal  (Focus Features)
  • Year:  2004
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH, BAFTA, CC, GG), Director (BAFTA), Screenplay (NH, WGA, AA, BAFTA, CC, GG, NBR), Actor (NH, BAFTA, GG), Actress (NH, SAG, AA, BAFTA, CC, GG), Ensemble (NH)
  • N.A. Gross:  $34,400,301
  • WW Gross:  $74,036,715
  • Entry Rank:  #149
  • TSPDT Rank:  #197
  • The Film:  A brilliantly original script that only lost awards from groups that do a single award and gave it to Sideways.  A surreal Fantasy but also a Romantic Comedy like no other.  An odd start to a stretch of three out of four films and five out of eleven in which the director has no other Top 1000 films.  Full review here.

#161

social_networkThe Social Network

  • Director:  David Fincher
  • Genre:  Drama  (True Story)
  • Distributor:  Columbia
  • Year:  2010
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH, AA, PGA, BAFTA, CC, GG, NYFC, LAFC, NSFC, BSFC, CFC, NBR), Director (NH, DGA, AA, BAFTA, CC, GG, NYFC, LAFC, NSFC, BSFC, CFC, NBR), A. Screenplay (NH, WGA, AA, BAFTA, CC, GG, LAFC, NSFC, BSFC, CFC, NBR), Actor (NH, SAG, AA, BAFTA, CC, GG, NSFC, BSFC, NBR), S Actor (NH, BAFTA, CC, GG), Ensemble (NH, SAG, CC)
  • N.A. Gross:  $96,962,694
  • WW Gross:  $224,920,375
  • Entry Rank:  #161
  • TSPDT Rank:  #535
  • The Film:  After GoodFellas, Pulp Fiction and L.A. Confidential lost the Globe on the way to the Oscar, the Globes gave Social Network hope before the Oscar failure.  Still the most awards points (that I track) all-time through 2022 by a long way, 4th in noms and 5th in wins (the noms were a record at the time).  Formerly my #1 film in 2010 but passed now by Inception.  Full review here.

#160

music_manThe Music Man

  • Director:  Morton Da Costa
  • Genre:  Musical  (Broadway Adaptation)
  • Distributor:  Warner Bros
  • Year:  1962
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH, AA, GG), Director (DGA, GG), A. Screenplay (WGA), Actor (NH, GG), Actress (NH, GG), S Actor (NH), S Actress (NH, GG), Ensemble (NH)
  • N.A. Gross:  $14,953,846
  • Entry Rank:  #59
  • The Film:  One of my favorite Musicals.  One of my mother’s favorite movies, to the extent that once when I was a kid we were allowed to eat dinner in the living room because it was on television.  TCM shows it every 4th of July and I watch it every time.  Full review here.

#159

dances_with_wolves_ver2Dances with Wolves

  • Director:  Kevin Costner
  • Genre:  Western  (Post-Modern)
  • Distributor:  Orion
  • Year:  1990
  • Country:  U.S.  (English / Lakota / Pawnee)
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH, AA, PGA, BAFTA, GG, NBR), Director (NH, DGA, AA, BAFTA, GG, NBR), A. Screenplay (NH, WGA, AA, BAFTA, GG), Actor (AA, BAFTA, GG), S. Actor (AA), S Actress (NH, AA, GG), Ensemble (NH)
  • N.A. Gross:  $184,208,848
  • WW Gross:  $424,208,848
  • Entry Rank:  #107
  • The Film:  The first example of a popular film beating the critics favorite at the Globes then going on to win the Oscar (see also Forrest Gump, Titanic, Gladiator).  The difference here is that this film is at least good enough to deserve a win even if it’s not better than GoodFellas.  Let’s not forget that in an era where no Western had grossed over $50 million in over 15 years, this three hour long film with a lot of Native American dialogue grossed over $180 million.  Only two Westerns since have even come within $50 million of that (True Grit, Django Unchained).  Full review here.

#158

to_kill_a_mockingbirdTo Kill a Mockingbird

  • Director:  Robert Mulligan
  • Genre:  Drama  (Social)
  • Distributor:  Universal
  • Year:  1962
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH, AA, BAFTA, GG), Director (NH, DGA, AA, GG), A Screenplay (NH, WGA, AA), Actor (NH, AA, BAFTA, GG), S. Actress (NH, AA)
  • N.A. Gross:  $13,129,846
  • Entry Rank:  #58
  • TSPDT Rank:  #356
  • The Film:  The book that is now loved by several generations and a film version that absolutely does it justice, winning Gregory Peck the Oscar for being the father that everybody wished for even if O’Toole deserved the award.  Full review here.

#157

ice_stormThe Ice Storm

  • Director:  Ang Lee
  • Genre:  Drama  (Tragedy)
  • Distributor:  Fox  (Fox Searchlight)
  • Year:  1997
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH), Director (NH), A. Screenplay (NH, WGA, BAFTA), Actress (NH), S Actress (NH, BAFTA, GG)
  • N.A. Gross:  $8,038,061
  • Entry Rank:  #124
  • The Film:  Hearkening back to one of my earliest posts (14 years ago!), a brilliant film from an unreadable novel.  In the year that the overrated Titanic won 11 Oscars this far superior film failed to earn a single nomination.  Full review here.

#156

in_america_ver2In America

  • Director:  Jim Sheridan
  • Genre:  Drama
  • Distributor:  Fox  (Fox Searchlight)
  • Year:  2002  (OE: 2003)
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH, CC), Director (CC), Screenplay (NH, WGA, AA, CC, GG, NBR), Actress (NH, AA, CC), S. Actor (AA), S Actress (NH), Ensemble (NH, SAG)
  • N.A. Gross:  $15,539,656
  • WW Gross:  $25,382,911
  • Entry Rank:  #139
  • TSPDT Rank:  #571  (21stC)
  • The Film:  In the 45 years that I have been going to the movies, I have never felt as emotionally shattered sitting in a theatre as I did when I heard the words “Say goodbye to Frankie.”  Sarah Bolger’s performance is the best I’ve ever seen from a pre-teen.  Full review here.

#155

beauty_and_the_beast_ver1Beauty and the Beast

  • Director:  Gary Trousdale  /  Kirk Wise
  • Genre:  Kids  (Animated – Disney)
  • Distributor:  Disney  (Buena Vista)
  • Year:  1991
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH, AA, GG), A Screenplay (NH), Animated (NH, Annie, LAFC)
  • N.A. Gross:  $218,967,620
  • WW Gross:  $424,967,620
  • Entry Rank:  #108
  • The Film:  Not the greatest Animated film of all-time (I rank it 5th or 6th depending on whether I count Roger Rabbit) but more than worthy of having been the first to earn a Best Picture nomination at the Academy.  My first date with my first girlfriend and then I bought the soundtrack for both myself and her for Christmas.  Full review here.

#154

moulin_rougeMoulin Rouge!

  • Director:  Baz Luhrmann
  • Genre:  Musical  (Romance)
  • Distributor:  20th Century-Fox
  • Year:  2001
  • Country:  Australia
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH, AA, PGA, BAFTA, CC, GG, NBR), Director (NH, DGA, BAFTA, CC, GG), Screenplay (WGA), Actor (GG), Actress (AA, CC, GG), S. Actor (BAFTA, LAFC, NBR), Ensemble (SAG)
  • N.A. Gross:  $57,386,607
  • WW Gross:  $184,935,320
  • Entry Rank:  #133
  • TSPDT Rank:  #766
  • The Film:  This one, however, I didn’t see in the theater because in spite of the acknowledged brilliance of Romeo + Juliet I couldn’t convince anyone to go with me to see it.  V made up for it by buying me the DVD the day the Globe noms came out when all the rental copies were in use.  Full review here.

#153

almost_famousAlmost Famous

  • Director:  Cameron Crowe
  • Genre:  Musical  (Rock and Roll)
  • Distributor:  DreamWorks SKG
  • Year:  2000
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH, PGA, BAFTA, CC, GG, BSFC, CFC), Director (NH, DGA, BSFC), Screenplay (NH, WGA, AA, BAFTA, CC, GG, BSFC, CFC), Actress (BAFTA), S Actor (NH), S Actress (NH, NH, SAG, SAG, AA, AA, BAFTA, CC, CC, GG, GG, LAFC, BSFC, CFC), Ensemble (NH, SAG)
  • N.A. Gross:  $32,534,850
  • WW Gross:  $47,386,287
  • Entry Rank:  #129
  • TSPDT Rank:  #266  (21stC)
  • The Film:  A truly bizarre Oscar snub (the only film in history to win the Globe, earn BAFTA, CC and PGA noms and not earn an Oscar nom) that then joined Usual Suspects in winning Screenplay without a Picture nom.  The only film with more Picture points without an Oscar nom is Mulholland Dr..  Another great reaction from John (“Can you imagine being the Rolling Stone fact check girl?  ‘Hunter!  What is this shit!?!'”).  Full review here.  The fifth Cameron Crowe film on the list.  Because I classify this as a Musical, we finally break into the Top 5 of a genre with this being #5 among all Musicals.

#152

Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back

  • Director:  Irvin Kershner
  • Genre:  Sci-Fi  (Star Wars)
  • Distributor:  20th Century-Fox
  • Year:  1980
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH), A Screenplay (NH, WGA), Actress (NH)
  • N.A. Gross:  $292,753,960
  • WW Gross:  $538,375,067
  • Entry Rank:  #89
  • TSPDT Rank:  #283
  • The Film:  It’s worth remembering that Randall’s dismissal of Dante’s preference for Empire in Clerks (“Blasphemy!”) wasn’t that odd back then.  Empire’s reputation has really moved up considerably in the last 30 years as the recognition for the dialogue (thank you Lawrence Kasdan) has soared.  Full review here.

#151

very_long_engagementUn long dimanche de fiançailles
(A Very Long Engagement)

  • Director:  Jean-Pierre Jeunet
  • Genre:  Drama  (Romance)
  • Distributor:  Warner Bros  (Warner Independent)
  • Year:  2004
  • Country:  France  (French)
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH), Director (NH), A Screenplay (NH), Actress (NH), Foreign (NH, BAFTA, CC, GG, CFC)
  • N.A. Gross:  $6,524,389
  • WW Gross:  $69,424,389
  • Entry Rank:  #139
  • The Film:  Jeunet becomes the rare (but not yet unique) to have his first film in the Top 1000 appear so high and yet still have another one to come.  Most awards groups missed the boat on how great this film is across the board, especially Tautou’s performance.  Full review here.