Screen Shot 2022-04-23 at 6.22.30 AMLists are not a new thing for me.  Lists of the best films are not a new thing for me.  I have been doing this for so long that some of my old lists look like the work of a different person.

When cleaning up stuff at my mother’s house, I took her old Macintosh to be recycled.  But it wasn’t just her old computer.  It was the family computer that we bought in 1990.  It had old homework of mine from high school and among other things, what is possibly the first (certainly the oldest in existence) list of the Top 100 Movies of All-Time made by me.  As I prepare to dive into the Top 100 (through 2011), here’s a look back at a list I can’t really explain.  I’ll add a few notes at the bottom, but suffice to say, tastes change over time.

Films in blue were nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars while films in red won.  That is relevant to the bit at the bottom.

Erik’s Top 100 Films of All-Time: January 28, 1993

  • 100:  Presumed Innocent
  • 99:  Ordinary People
  • 98:  A Room with a View
  • 97:  Network
  • 96:  Children of a Lesser God
  • 95:  Awakenings
  • 94:  Taxi Driver
  • 93:  Midnight Cowboy
  • 92:  Chariots of Fire
  • 91:  Kiss of the Spider Woman
  • 90:  The Right Stuff
  • 89:  Dead Poets Society
  • 88:  sex, lies and videotape
  • 87:  Full Metal Jacket
  • 86:  Cry Freedom
  • 85:  The Great Escape
  • 84:  Mister Roberts
  • 83:  Psycho
  • 82:  My Left Foot
  • 81:  Born on the Fourth of July
  • 80:  The Hustler
  • 79:  Henry V  (Olivier)
  • 78:  Mississippi Burning
  • 77:  Moonstruck
  • 76:  The Untouchables
  • 75:  Dangerous Liaisons
  • 74:  The Last Picture Show
  • 73:  Easy Rider
  • 72:  Jaws
  • 71:  All the President’s Men
  • 70:  The Godfather Part II
  • 69:  The Sting
  • 68:  Unforgiven
  • 67:  The Power of One
  • 66:  Blue Velvet
  • 65:  Henry V  (Branagh)
  • 64:  Who Framed Roger Rabbit
  • 63:  Rain Man
  • 62:  North by Northwest
  • 61:  When Harry Met Sally…
  • 60:  Casablanca
  • 59:  Miller’s Crossing
  • 58:  Stalag 17
  • 57:  It’s a Wonderful Life
  • 56:  West Side Story
  • 55:  High Noon
  • 54:  Dead Again
  • 53:  Grand Canyon
  • 52:  Raiders of the Lost Ark
  • 51:  Missing
  • 50:  The Grapes of Wrath
  • 49:  The Philadelphia Story
  • 48:  The French Connection
  • 47:  The Conversation
  • 46:  Rebel without a Cause
  • 45:  The African Queen
  • 44:  Gandhi
  • 43:  The Elephant Man
  • 42:  Rebecca
  • 41:  One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest
  • 40:  Fantasia
  • 39:  The Wizard of Oz
  • 38:  The Killing Fields
  • 37:  Amadeus
  • 36:  M*A*S*H
  • 35:  From Here to Eternity
  • 34:  Field of Dreams
  • 33:  A Few Good Men
  • 32:  Tom Jones
  • 31:  Boyz N the Hood
  • 30:  JFK
  • 29:  The Deer Hunter
  • 28:  Dances with Wolves
  • 27:  A Clockwork Orange
  • 26:  Rear Window
  • 25:  GoodFellas
  • 24:  The Graduate
  • 23:  Paths of Glory
  • 22:  The Maltese Falcon
  • 21:  Apocalypse Now
  • 20:  The Godfather
  • 19:  Witness
  • 18:  Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
  • 17:  The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
  • 16:  Close Encounters of the Third Kind
  • 15:  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • 14:  Glory
  • 13:  The Silence of the Lambs
  • 12:  Sunset Blvd.
  • 11:  Chinatown
  • 10:  Ben-Hur
  • 9:  The Bridge on the River Kwai
  • 8:  Platoon
  • 7:  On the Waterfront
  • 6:  2001: A Space Odyssey
  • 5:  Dr. Strangelove
  • 4:  Lawrence of Arabia
  • 3:  The Third Man
  • 2:  Citizen Kane
  • 1:  Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope

Most inexplicable omissions:  Bonnie and Clyde, The Princess Bride, The Music Man, Alien

I know I had seen those four but as added proof, I added them at the end with a list of 7 genres (yes, just seven) and two films worth seeing in each one and they were all listed.  So they were add-ons to my Top 100.

Actually still in My Current Top 100 Through the End of 1992:  42

Hell, Children of a Lesser God, Chariots of Fire, Awakenings, Cry Freedom and The Power of One aren’t even in my Top 1000 through the end of 1992 anymore.

Foreign Films:  0

Foreign Films in My Current Top 100 Through the End of 1992:  20

In fact, looking through my entire Top 1000 (through 2011), of the 220 Foreign language films on the list, I think the only ones I had seen by January 28, 1993 are Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, Yojimbo and Cinema Paradiso.  It was in college (which I had just finished my first semester as of the date of this list) that I really dove into Foreign films.  Had this list been from late 1996 it would have included quite a bit of Bergman, Kurosawa, Truffaut and Fellini.

Best Picture Nominees:  72

It’s worth noting that of the 28 films not nominated for Best Picture, half of them are from 1987 or later (so, movies I saw as they came out as opposed to movies I went back to find).  Of the remaining 14, 9 of them were nominated for Best Director at the Oscars, leaving as the very small list of pre-1987 films not nominated for Director or Picture that I had seen and made my Top 100 list at this time being The Great Escape, Fantasia, North by Northwest, Rebel without a Cause and Paths of Glory; all of those are films you should see early in a career of watching film, so it’s no surprise (and it’s worth noting I saw Fantasia in the theater during its 1990 re-release).

Best Picture Winners:  25

Best Picture Winners I Had Seen By the End of 1992 Not Listed (in current rank order):  Terms of Endearment, In the Heat of the Night, Kramer vs. Kramer, Patton, Rocky, The Sound of Music

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