Screen Shot 2022-05-08 at 3.34.23 PMThe penultimate grouping of 50 has films that earn a 97 down through 2001.  After that, they are a 98.  The intro is here.  Other parts can be found here.

#100

trafficTraffic

  • Director:  Steven Soderbergh
  • Genre:  Crime
  • Distributor:  USA Films
  • Year:  2000
  • Country:  U.S.  (English  /  Spanish)
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH, AA, CC, GG, NYFC), Director (NH, DGA, AA, BAFTA, CC, GG, NYFC, LAFC, NSFC, CFC, NBR), A. Screenplay (NH, WGA, AA, BAFTA, CC, GG), Actor (SAG), S. Actor (NH, AA, BAFTA, CC, GG, NYFC, NSFC, CFC), S. Actress (GG), Ensemble (NH, SAG)
  • N.A. Gross:  $124,115,725
  • WW Gross:  $207,515,725
  • Entry Rank:  #88
  • TSPDT Rank:  #341  (21stC)
  • The Film:  One of the oddest films in Oscar history; it was the first film in 25 years to win everything it was nominated for except Picture and it was the first film in almost 50 years to win Director and Screenplay but lose Picture and it is one of just five films to win Director, Screenplay an acting award and lose Picture.  I’m also honestly surprised how low it ranks at TSPDT given the massive critical acclaim at the time.  Full review here.  Soderbergh’s 6th film on the list.

#99

killing_fieldsThe Killing Fields

  • Director:  Roland Joffe
  • Genre:  War  (Vietnam)
  • Distributor:  Warner Bros
  • Year:  1984
  • Country:  England
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH, AA, BAFTA, GG, BSFC), Director (NH, DGA, AA, BAFTA, GG), A. Screenplay (NH, WGA, AA, BAFTA, GG), Actor (NH, AA, BAFTA, BAFTA, GG, BSFC), S. Actor (NH, AA, GG, NSFC, BSFC), Ensemble (NH)
  • N.A. Gross:  $34,700,291
  • Entry Rank:  #61
  • The Film:  For Traffic, del Toro won SAG in lead but the Oscar and Globe in supporting.  Here, Haing S. Ngor won the BAFTA and BSFC in lead and won the Oscar and Globe in supporting (the BSFC for supporting is for Malkovich).  Stuck behind Amadeus and Passage to India, this is the 9th best #3 film for a year.  This is one of just four films in this grouping of 50 not to have any other Top 1000 films.  Full review here.

#98

shawshank_redemption_ver1The Shawshank Redemption

  • Director:  Frank Darabont
  • Genre:  Drama  (Prison)
  • Distributor:  Columbia
  • Year:  1994
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH, AA), Director (NH, DGA), A. Screenplay (NH, WGA, AA, GG), Actor (NH, SAG, SAG, AA, GG)
  • N.A. Gross:  $28,767,189
  • Entry Rank:  #76
  • TSPDT Rank:  #473
  • The Film:  Only 8th in awards points for its year and didn’t even make the Top 50 in box office (though I saw it because I always loved the book) but today embraced by all, ranked #1 at the IMDb with the most total votes as well.  In fact, just since I did my 1994 posts in late 2019, as many new votes have been added to Shawshank as have been added to the 2019 Lion King and Toy Story 4 combined even though they made almost $1 billion domestically.  More people give a ranking vote on this film every year than The Wild Bunch, M*A*S*H or Rebel without a Cause have received in total.  The second of the four films with no other Top 1000 films by the director.  Full review here.  Like Killing Fields, #3 in a very tough year.

#97

sense_and_sensibilitySense and Sensibility

  • Director:  Ang Lee
  • Genre:  Drama  (Lit Adaptation – Austen)
  • Distributor:  Columbia
  • Year:  1995
  • Country:  England
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH, AA, BAFTA, GG, BSFC, NBR), Director (NH, DGA, BAFTA, GG, NYFC, BSFC, NBR), A. Screenplay (NH, AA, BAFTA, GG, NYFC, LAFC, BSFC), Actress (NH, SAG, AA, BAFTA, GG, NBR), S. Actor (NH, BAFTA), S. Actress (NH, SAG, AA, BAFTA, BAFTA, GG), Ensemble (NH, SAG)
  • N.A. Gross:  $43,182,776
  • WW Gross:  $134,582,776
  • Entry Rank:  #77
  • The Film:  Not only the film after Shawshank on my list but also in actual time (and from the same studio, Columbia, which wouldn’t earn another Picture nom at the Oscars for 15 years).  While Shawshank had to scramble to earn an Oscar nom (no Globe nom, completed snubbed at the BAFTAs) and its Director miss wasn’t a big surprise, this film’s Oscar hopes were torpedoed by the sudden surprise snub of Ang Lee (far and away the most Consensus points up to that time to be snubbed and later passed only by Kathryn Bigelow and Todd Haynes).  Full review here.  Ang Lee’s 5th Top 1000 film.

#96

butch_cassidy_and_the_sundance_kid_ver2Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

  • Director:  George Roy Hill
  • Genre:  Western  (Historical)
  • Distributor:  20th Century-Fox
  • Year:  1969
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH, AA, BAFTA, GG), Director (NH, DGA, AA, BAFTA), Screenplay (NH, WGA, AA, BAFTA, GG), Actor (BAFTA, BAFTA), Actress (BAFTA), S. Actress (NH)
  • N.A. Gross:  $102,308,889
  • Entry Rank:  #45
  • TSPDT Rank:  #418
  • The Film:  Inexplicably given a poor review by Roger Ebert but loved by just about everybody else.  Because Newman and Redford were so perfectly matched in this and The Sting people link them together more than that.  When my cashier didn’t recognize Paul Newman back in 2007, this was the film I had her watch.  Full review here.  Another #3 film in a tough year.

#95

platoonPlatoon

  • Director:  Oliver Stone
  • Genre:  War  (Vietnam)
  • Distributor:  Orion
  • Year:  1986
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH, AA, GG), Director (NH, DGA, AA, BAFTA, GG, BSFC), Screenplay (NH, WGA, AA, GG), S. Actor (NH, AA, AA, GG)
  • N.A. Gross:  $138,530,565
  • Entry Rank:  #62
  • The Film:  For a long time my #1 film of 1986 (just see how high it was in my initial Top 100) but Hannah eventually pushed its way up past it.  Winner of Picture at the 2nd Indie Spirit Awards; it would be another 8 years before an Indie win would even earn an Oscar nom and it would take until 2011 for a second film to win both (since then 5 more films have done it).  Stone’s 4th Top 1000 film.  Full review here.

#94

mystic_riverMystic River

  • Director:  Clint Eastwood
  • Genre:  Mystery
  • Distributor:  Warner Bros
  • Year:  2003
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH, AA, PGA, CC, GG, BSFC, NBR), Director (NH, DGA, AA, CC, GG, NSFC), A. Screenplay (NH, WGA, AA, BAFTA, CC, GG), Actor (NH, SAG, AA, BAFTA, CC, GG, NBR), S. Actor (NH, SAG, AA, BAFTA, CC, GG, CFC), S. Actress (NH, AA, BAFTA, CC), Ensemble (NH, SAG, CC, BSFC)
  • N.A. Gross:  $90,135,191
  • WW Gross:  $156,595,191
  • Entry Rank:  #88
  • TSPDT Rank:  #123  (21stC)
  • The Film:  If this hadn’t come up against the juggernaut of Return of the King might it have won the Oscar, sparing the Academy from choosing Eastwood the next year and Marty winning an Oscar two years earlier?  We’ll never know.  A brilliant film that pretty much settled for 2nd place for everybody.  Full review here.

#93

atonement_ver2Atonement

  • Director:  Joe Wright
  • Genre:  Drama  (Lit Adaptation)
  • Distributor:  Universal  (Focus Features)
  • Year:  2007
  • Country:  England
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH, AA, BAFTA, CC, GG), Director (NH, BAFTA, CC, GG), A. Screenplay (NH, AA, BAFTA, GG), Actor (NH, BAFTA, GG), Actress (NH, BAFTA, GG), S. Actress (NH, AA, BAFTA, CC, GG), Ensemble (NH)
  • N.A. Gross:  $50,927,067
  • WW Gross:  $131,016,624
  • Entry Rank:  #93
  • TSPDT Rank:  #550  (21stC)
  • The Film:  Another film unjustly (though not unsurprisingly given the paucity of guild noms) snubbed for Director at the Oscars.  The poster I used is the same one I got at the theater on opening night.  The Dunkirk scene is still one of the most amazing five minutes ever put on film.  Full review here.  Wright’s second Top 1000 film though he has multiple films landing on the list in the update.

#92

gangs_of_new_york_ver4Gangs of New York

  • Director:  Martin Scorsese
  • Genre:  Drama  (Epic)
  • Distributor:  Miramax
  • Year:  2002
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH, AA, PGA, BAFTA, CC, GG), Director (NH, DGA, AA, BAFTA, GG, CC), Screenplay (NH, WGA, AA, BAFTA), Actor (NH, SAG, AA, BAFTA, CC, GG, NYFC, LAFC, CFC), S. Actress (GG)
  • N.A. Gross:  $77,812,000
  • WW Gross:  $193,772,504
  • Entry Rank:  #86
  • TSPDT Rank:  #363  (21stC)
  • The Film:  Completely snubbed on Oscar night by voters who apparently have no use for U2 (“The Hands That Built America” would be the last Globe winner to earn an Oscar nom but lose the Oscar until “Ordinary Love” in 2013 by, you guessed it, U2).  The Globes on the other hand were in real starfucker mode with that Cameron Diaz nom.  Full review here.

#91

crying_game_ver1The Crying Game

  • Director:  Neil Jordan
  • Genre:  Suspense
  • Distributor:  Miramax
  • Year:  1992
  • Country:  Ireland
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH, AA, PGA, BAFTA, GG), Director (NH, DGA, AA, BAFTA), Screenplay (NH, WGA, AA, BAFTA, NYFC, BSFC), Actor (AA, BAFTA, NSFC), S. Actor (NH, AA, BAFTA), S. Actress (NH, BAFTA, NYFC), Ensemble (NH), Foreign (LAFC, CFC)
  • N.A. Gross:  $62,548,947
  • Entry Rank:  #69
  • The Film:  You can tell him hard it is for me to choose my best film of 1992 when my top two films of the year finish back-to-back on my all-time list.  The NBR gave Jaye Davidson a special award of “most auspicious debut” and they weren’t kidding although Stargate would be his only other film.  Probably would still rank among my Top 10 all-time endings.  Full review here.  Jordan’s 4th Top 1000 film.

#90

unforgiven_ver1Unforgiven

  • Director:  Clint Eastwood
  • Genre:  Western  (Post-Modern)
  • Distributor:  Warner Bros
  • Year:  1992
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH, AA, PGA, BAFTA, GG, LAFC, NSFC, BSFC), Director (NH, DGA, AA, BAFTA, GG, LAFC, NSFC), Screenplay (NH, WGA, AA, BAFTA, GG, LAFC, NSFC), Actor (NH, AA, LAFC), S. Actor (NH, AA, BAFTA, GG, NYFC, LAFC, NSFC, BSFC), Ensemble (NH)
  • N.A. Gross:  $101,167,799
  • WW Gross:  $159,167,799
  • Entry Rank:  #68
  • TSPDT Rank:  #209
  • The Film:  Eastwood’s 6th Top 1000 film.  Don’t ever forget that this lost the Globe to Scent of a Woman.  The third best Western of all-time and the best performance of Clint Eastwood’s career.  Full review here.

#89

lord_of_the_rings_the_two_towers_ver4The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

  • Director:  Peter Jackson
  • Genre:  Fantasy  (Franchise – Tolkien)
  • Distributor:  New Line
  • Year:  2002
  • Country:  New Zealand
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH, AA, PGA, BAFTA, CC, GG), Director (NH, DGA, BAFTA, GG), A. Screenplay (NH), S. Actor (NH), Ensemble (NH, BAFTA)
  • N.A. Gross:  $342,952,511
  • WW Gross:  $947,896,241
  • Entry Rank:  #83
  • TSPDT Rank:  #192  (21stC)
  • The Film:  Passed over for Director at the Oscars with the expectation that Jackson would win the following year anyway though all the awards groups still nominated it for Picture, even in such a stacked year as 2002.  Jackson’s third Top 1000 film but his last two will make the Top 50.

#88

fargoFargo

  • Director:  Joel and Ethan Coen
  • Genre:  Crime  (Black Comedy)
  • Distributor:  Universal  (Gramercy)
  • Year:  1996
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH, AA, BAFTA, CC, GG, NYFC, CFC), Director (NH, DGA, AA, BAFTA, CC, GG, CFC, NBR), Screenplay (NH, WGA, AA, BAFTA, CC, GG, LAFC, CFC), Actress (NH, SAG, AA, BAFTA, CC, GG, CFC, NBR), S. Actor (NH, SAG, AA), Ensemble (NH)
  • N.A. Gross:  $24,611,975
  • WW Gross:  $60,611,975
  • Entry Rank:  #75
  • TSPDT Rank:  #196
  • The Film:  Another Globe jaw-dropping starfucker moment as Fran lost to Madonna.  Even though I rate English Patient higher, I suspect if the Academy voted over again this would win.  The best #4 of all-time (so many spots higher than the next #4 film that the film below this one on the list was the #1 film for that year).  Full review here.

#87

apartmentThe Apartment

  • Director:  Billy Wilder
  • Genre:  Comedy  (Romantic)
  • Distributor:  United Artists
  • Year:  1960
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH, AA, BAFTA, GG, NYFC), Director (NH, DGA, AA, GG, NYFC), Screenplay (NH, WGA, AA, NYFC), Actor (NH, AA, BAFTA, GG), Actress (NH, AA, BAFTA, GG), S. Actor (NH, AA), Ensemble (NH)
  • N.A. Gross:  $20,000,000  (@-re)
  • Entry Rank:  #36
  • TSPDT Rank:  #59
  • The Film:  Like Platoon, an Oscar winner and longtime Nighthawk winner that finally got passed up by another film moving up my all-time list (in this case Ikiru).  One of three Wilder films in this group of 50 and his 7th film so far on the list.  Full review here.

#86

all_the_presidents_menAll the President’s Men

  • Director:  Alan J. Pakula
  • Genre:  Drama  (True Story)
  • Distributor:  Warner Bros
  • Year:  1976
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH, AA, BAFTA, GG, NYFC, NSFC, NBR), Director (NH, DGA, AA, BAFTA, GG, NYFC, NBR), A. Screenplay (NH, WGA, AA, BAFTA, GG), Actor (BAFTA), S. Actor (NH, NH, AA, BAFTA, BAFTA, GG, NYFC, NSFC, NBR), S. Actress (NH, AA), Ensemble (NH)
  • N.A. Gross:  $70,600,000
  • Entry Rank:  #50
  • TSPDT Rank:  #487
  • The Film:  How to take a story about politics as filtered through journalism and turn it into a mystery thriller without ever losing the truth of it.  The Gangs of New York of the BAFTAs, going 0 for 10.  Full review here.  For those of you who don’t really know Pakula‘s work, this is his 5th film in my Top 1000.  With three of the four critics awards at the time, the Consensus winner of Best Picture in a year that included Network and Taxi Driver.

#85

smilesSommarnattens leende
(Smiles of Summer Night)

  • Director:  Ingmar Bergman
  • Genre:  Comedy  (Romantic)
  • Distributor:  Rank
  • Year:  1955  (OE: 1958)
  • Country:  Sweden  (Swedish)
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH, BAFTA), Director (NH), Screenplay (NH), Actor (BAFTA), Actress (NH, BAFTA), S. Actress (NH), Foreign (NH), Ensemble (NH)
  • Entry Rank:  #29
  • TSPDT Rank:  #711
  • The Film:  Bergman’s wonderful Comedy (words that don’t get said about many films) is the inspiration for one of my favorite stage musicals (butchered as a film musical as noted here).  Just outside the list of the Top 5 all-time Romantic Comedies.  Full review here.

#84

double_indemnityDouble Indemnity

  • Director:  Billy Wilder
  • Genre:  Suspense
  • Distributor:  Paramount
  • Year:  1944
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH, AA), Director (NH, AA), A. Screenplay (NH, AA), Actor (NH), Actress (NH, AA), S. Actor (NH), Ensemble (NH)
  • Entry Rank:  #13
  • TSPDT Rank:  #155
  • The Film:  Billy Wilder starts to make serious films and immediately begins with the best film of 1944, getting a career best out of Fred MacMurray and turning Barbara Stanwyck into a platinum blonde femme fatale.  Full review here.

#83

no_country_for_old_menNo Country for Old Men

  • Director:  Joel and Ethan Coen
  • Genre:  Crime  (Lit Adaptation)
  • Distributor:  Miramax
  • Year:  2007
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH, AA, PGA, BAFTA, CC, GG, NYFC, BSFC, CFC, NBR), Director (NH, DGA, AA, BAFTA, CC, GG, NYFC, CFC), A. Screenplay (NH, WGA, AA, BAFTA, CC, GG, NYFC, CFC, NBR), S. Actor (NH, NH, SAG, SAG, AA, BAFTA, BAFTA, CC, GG, NYFC, BSFC, CFC), S. Actress (BAFTA), Ensemble (NH, SAG, CC, NBR)
  • N.A. Gross:  $74,283,625
  • WW Gross:  $171,627,166
  • Entry Rank:  #83
  • TSPDT Rank:  #433
  • The Film:  The Oscars come through for the Coen Brothers as do all the other groups as it lands (through 2011) at #7 all-time in Awards Points and Awards Wins.  Full review here.

#82

henry_vHenry V

  • Director:  Kenneth Branagh
  • Genre:  War  (Shakespeare – History)
  • Distributor:  Samuel Goldwyn Company
  • Year:  1989
  • Country:  England
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH), Director (NH, AA, BAFTA, NBR), A. Screenplay (NH), Actor (NH, AA, BAFTA), Foreign (CFC)
  • N.A. Gross:  $10,161,099
  • Entry Rank:  #61
  • The Film:  Short of the age of 30, Branagh dares to go where Olivier had already gone and actually bested him as a filmmaker and the Oscars rewarded him with surprise (but very deserving) nominations for Actor and Director.  It would take him another 32 years to win an Oscar and it would be in neither of those two categories.  Full review here.

#81

field_of_dreamsField of Dreams

  • Director:  Phil Alden Robinson
  • Genre:  Drama  (Sports)
  • Distributor:  Universal
  • Year:  1989
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH, AA), Director (NH, DGA), A. Screenplay (NH, WGA, AA), Actor (NH), S. Actor (NH), Ensemble (NH)
  • N.A. Gross:  $64,431,625
  • WW Gross:  $84,431,625
  • Entry Rank:  #60
  • The Film:  It’s hard to get people to understand how much this film meant to me at the time because of how deep my passion for baseball was and that Costner had gone to my high school (and I was just finishing my Freshman year when this film came out).  Full review here.

#80

magnolia_ver2Magnolia

  • Director:  Paul Thomas Anderson
  • Genre:  Drama
  • Distributor:  New Line
  • Year:  1999
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH, CC), Director (NH), Screenplay (NH, WGA, AA), S. Actor (NH, SAG, AA, GG, CFC, NBR), S. Actress (NH, SAG, NBR), Ensemble (NH, SAG, NBR)
  • N.A. Gross:  $22,455,976
  • WW Gross:  $48,451,803
  • Entry Rank:  #72
  • TSPDT Rank:  #252
  • The Film:  People look up.  Things fall down.  And when it rains it pours.  Never more true than in this film because when it rains it really pours but as I explain in my review that’s part of why the film works so well.

#79

aviatorThe Aviator

  • Director:  Martin Scorsese
  • Genre:  Drama  (Biopic)
  • Distributor:  Miramax
  • Year:  2004
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH, AA, PGA, BAFTA, CC, GG), Director (NH, DGA, AA, BAFTA, CC, GG), Screenplay (NH, WGA, AA, BAFTA, CC, GG), Actor (NH, SAG, AA, BAFTA CC, GG), S. Actor (AA, BAFTA), S. Actress (NH, SAG, AA, BAFTA, CC, GG), Ensemble (NH, SAG)
  • N.A. Gross:  $102,610,330
  • WW Gross:  $213,719,942
  • Entry Rank:  #76
  • TSPDT Rank:  #393  (21stC)
  • The Film:  Marty tackles Hollywood in the Studio Era by looking at a man who worked outside of it then went ahead and simply bought one and that wasn’t even the main thing he did for a living.  A big jump up in the Leo side of the Marty-Leo partnership.  Full review here.

#78

some_like_it_hotSome Like It Hot

  • Director:  Billy Wilder
  • Genre:  Comedy  (Romantic)
  • Distributor:  United Artists
  • Year:  1959
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH, BAFTA, GG), Director (NH, DGA, AA), A. Screenplay (NH, WGA, AA), Actor (NH, AA, BAFTA, GG), Actress (NH, GG), S. Actor (NH), Ensemble (NH)
  • N.A. Gross:  $25,000,000
  • Entry Rank:  #33
  • TSPDT Rank:  #28
  • The Film:  One of the great all-time Romantic Comedies, complete with one of the half-dozen best ending lines swept the Globes and then somehow couldn’t even manage a Best Picture nomination at the Oscars.  Full review here.  Yet another # 3 film in its year.  Wilder’s 9th film in the Top 1000.

#77

alienAlien

  • Director:  Ridley Scott
  • Genre:  Sci-Fi  (Franchise – Alien)
  • Distributor:  20th Century-Fox
  • Year:  1979
  • Country:  U.S.  /  England
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH), Director (NH), Screenplay (NH), Actress (NH), S. Actor (NH, BAFTA)
  • N.A. Gross:  $81,900,459
  • WW Gross:  $106,285,522
  • Entry Rank:  #49
  • TSPDT Rank:  #111
  • The Film:  Acclaimed for the look and sound of the film but the awards groups didn’t recognize that it was also one of the most original, brilliant films of the year, one which I actually rank above Apocalypse Now.  Full review here.  Ridley Scott’s 5th film in the Top 1000.

#76

mashM*A*S*H

  • Director:  Robert Altman
  • Genre:  Comedy  (Black Comedy)
  • Distributor:  20th Century-Fox
  • Year:  1970
  • 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, GG), S. Actress (NH, AA, GG), Ensemble (NH)
  • N.A. Gross:  $81,600,000
  • Entry Rank:  #41
  • TSPDT Rank:  #911
  • The Film:  Altman’s 5th film in the Top 1000.  An irreverent look at war at a time when America was waist deep in Vietnam and released not only in the same year but by the same studio as Patton.  Bitterly funny with an end credit sequence that should be mandatory for all films.  Full review here.

#75

from_here_to_eternityFrom Here to Eternity

  • Director:  Fred Zinnemann
  • Genre:  Drama  (Romance)
  • Distributor:  Columbia
  • Year:  1953
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH, AA, BAFTA, NYFC), Director (NH, DGA, AA, GG, NYFC), A. Screenplay (NH, WGA, AA), Actor (NH, NH, AA, AA, NYFC), Actress (NH, AA), S. Actor (NH, AA, GG), S. Actress (NH, AA), Ensemble (NH)
  • N.A. Gross:  $26,000,000  (@-re)
  • Entry Rank:  #25
  • The Film:  It says something about the lists that TSPDT uses that this doesn’t appear anywhere in its Top 1000.  One of the times where the Academy absolutely got it right.  The filmmakers had to tone down the profanity from the book but they also brilliantly turned and 800+ page book into a fantastic film.  Full review here.  Zinnemann’s 4th Top 1000 film.

#74

fanny_and_alexanderFanny och Alexander
(Fanny & Alexander)

  • Director:  Ingmar Bergman
  • Genre:  Drama
  • Distributor:  AEP  (Embassy Pictures)
  • Year:  1983
  • Country:  Sweden  (Swedish)
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH), Director (NH, DGA, AA, GG), Screenplay (NH, AA), S. Actress (NH), Foreign (NH, AA, BAFTA, GG, NYFC, LAFC, NBR)
  • N.A. Gross:  $6,783,304
  • Entry Rank:  #49
  • TSPDT Rank:  #53
  • The Film:  Bergman’s sort-of farewell to film directing is a look back at his own past.  Ineligible for Picture at the Oscars due to bizarre rules at the time disallowing Foreign Film nominees.  Full review here.

#73

boogie_nights_ver1Boogie Nights

  • Director:  Paul Thomas Anderson
  • Genre:  Drama  (Sex)
  • Distributor:  New Line
  • Year:  1997
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH, CC), Director (NH), Screenplay (NH, WGA, AA, BAFTA), S. Actor (NH, SAG, AA, BAFTA, GG, NYFC, LAFC, NSFC, CFC), S. Actress (NH, SAG, AA, GG, LAFC, NSFC), Ensemble (NH, SAG)
  • N.A. Gross:  $26,416,349
  • WW Gross:  $43,117,303
  • Entry Rank:  #65
  • TSPDT Rank:  #423
  • The Film:  I still can’t fathom how Julianne Moore lost to Kim Basinger at the Oscars.  That’s just insane.  P.T. Anderson shows that he’s ready to pick up the ensemble mantle from Altman but does it revolving around magnificent writing.  Full review here.  Anderson’s 3rd film in the Top 1000 but he’ll add multiple films in the update.

#72

american_beautyAmerican Beauty

  • Director:  Sam Mends
  • Genre:  Drama
  • Distributor:  DreamWorks SKG
  • Year:  1999
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH, AA, PGA, BAFTA, CC, GG, CFC, NBR), Director (NH, DGA, AA, BAFTA, CC, GG, LAFC, CFC), Screenplay (NH, WGA, AA, BAFTA, CC, GG), Actor (NH, SAG, AA, BAFTA, GG, CFC), Actress (NH, SAG, AA, BAFTA, GG), S. Actor (SAG, BAFTA), S. Actress (BAFTA, BAFTA), Ensemble (NH, SAG)
  • N.A. Gross:  $130,096,601
  • WW Gross:  $356,296,601
  • Entry Rank:  #65
  • TSPDT Rank:  #811
  • The Film:  One of those rare films that was #1 for its year from the minute I saw it (on opening day) and has never changed or even come close to changing.  The third film from Mendes in the Top 1000 and one hell of a directing debut.  Full review here.

#71

english_patient_ver1The English Patient

  • Director:  Anthony Minghella
  • Genre:  Drama  (Epic)
  • Distributor:  Miramax
  • Year:  1996
  • Country:  U.S.  /  England
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH, PGA, AA, BAFTA, CC, GG), Director (NH, DGA, AA, BAFTA, CC, GG), A. Screenplay (NH, WGA, AA, BAFTA, CC, GG), Actor (NH, SAG, AA, BAFTA, GG), Actress (SAG, AA, BAFTA, GG), S. Actress (NH, SAG, AA, BAFTA, GG, NBR, NBR), Ensemble (NH, SAG)
  • N.A. Gross:  $78,676,425
  • WW Gross:  $231,976,425
  • Entry Rank:  #63
  • The Film:  The 4th best film #3 film in a year and the best choice in a year where most people who write about film think it was the wrong choice.  It’s just that the two better films (both in the final post) weren’t nominated.  Great Lean style epic with romance.  Full review here.

#70

whos_afraid_of_virginia_woolfWho’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf

  • Director:  Mike Nichols
  • Genre:  Drama  (Play Adaptation)
  • Distributor:  Warner Bros
  • Year:  1966
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH, AA, BAFTA, GG), Director (NH, DGA, AA, GG), A. Screenplay (NH, WGA, AA, GG), Actor (NH, AA, BAFTA, GG), Actress (NH, AA, BAFTA, GG, NYFC), S. Actor (NH, AA, GG), S. Actress (NH, AA, GG), Ensemble (NH)
  • N.A. Gross:  $31,000,000  (@-re)
  • Entry Rank:  #36
  • TSPDT Rank:  #838
  • The Film:  The film that was nominated for all seven major categories at the Globes and lost them all, all 7 at the Oscars and it won two and all 7 at the Nighthawks and it’s a clean sweep.  Has any married couple been so good playing a married couple?  Hell of a film debut for Nichols and his 5th film in the Top 1000.  The film that helped end the Production Code.  Full review here.

#69

amelie_ver1Le fabuleux destin d’Amélie Poulain
(The Fabulous Destiny of
Amélie Poulain; Amélie)

  • Director:  Jean-Pierre Jeunet
  • Genre:  Comedy  (Romantic)
  • Distributor:  Miramax
  • Year:  2001
  • Country:  France  (French)
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH), Director (NH), Screenplay (NH, AA), Actress (NH), Foreign (NH, AA)
  • N.A. Gross:  $33,225,499
  • WW Gross:  $174,118,254
  • Entry Rank:  #65
  • TSPDT Rank:  #524
  • The Film:  One of the greatest Foreign Films ever made so of course the Academy nominated it and then didn’t give it the Oscar.  At the time, the fourth highest grossing Foreign film of all-time in the States.  It’s too bad the Paris of Amelie doesn’t really exist because it would be a place to go and live and be happy.  Full review here.  Jeunet’s second film on the list.

#68

all_about_eveAll About Eve

  • Director:  Joseph L. Mankiewicz
  • Genre:  Drama
  • Distributor:  20th Century-Fox
  • Year:  1950
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH, AA, BAFTA, GG, NYFC), Director (NH, DGA, AA, GG, NYFC), A. Screenplay (NH, WGA, WGA, AA, GG), Actress (NH, NH, AA, AA, GG, NYFC), S. Actor (NH, AA, GG), S. Actress (NH, NH, AA, AA, GG), Ensemble (NH)
  • N.A. Gross:  $8,389,823
  • Entry Rank:  #20
  • TSPDT Rank:  #129
  • The Film:  For almost 50 years it sat alone with the most Oscar nominations all-time.  It won the WGA for Comedy (which most people don’t think of it as one) but lost for Drama.  Yet, in a year where Sunset Blvd sweeps my acting awards, this film takes the Nighthawk for Ensemble.  Full review here.  This is the start of wrapping up the films that come in 3rd in their respective years.  This is the 3rd best and it beats out 36 Nighthawk winners.

#67

its_a_wonderful_life_ver2It’s a Wonderful Life

  • Director:  Frank Capra
  • Genre:  Drama
  • Distributor:  RKO Radio
  • Year:  1946
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH, AA), Director (NH, AA, GG), A. Screenplay (NH), Actor (NH, AA), Ensemble (NH)
  • Entry Rank:  #16
  • TSPDT Rank:  #83
  • The Film:  The heart-warming tale for the holidays that’s actually really dark, that wasn’t a big hit when it came out (in spite of the Oscar noms) and which in some ways is the opposite of Capracorn before embracing it at the end.  We have to admit, it’s a wonderful life at all.  Full review here.  Capra’s 6th film on the list.  The second best #3 film.

#66

munichMunich

  • Director:  Steven Spielberg
  • Genre:  Drama  (True Story)
  • Distributor:  DreamWorks SKG  (Universal)
  • Year:  2005
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH, AA, CC), Director (NH, DGA, AA, CC, GG), A. Screenplay (NH, AA, GG)
  • N.A. Gross:  $47,403,685
  • WW Gross:  $130,982,129
  • Entry Rank:  #66
  • TSPDT Rank:  #297  (21stC)
  • The Film:  The first of the Spielberg-Kushner collaborations and it might, in spite of being in the Top 75 of all-time through 2011, be the weakest of the three.  The best film to ever come in #3 at the Nighthawk Awards thanks to the two films just farther down; above this spot there are 16 2nd place finishers and 49 winners.  Full review here.  The 14th Spielberg film on the list.

#65

Ikiru_-_Akira_Kurosawa_1952_Japanese_Cinema_Masterpiece_-_Classic_Movie_Vintage_Poster_08d1a78c-f20c-436a-8e35-1be7af986609生きる
(Ikiru)

  • Director:  Akira Kurosawa
  • Genre:  Drama
  • Distributor:  Toho Company
  • Year:  1952  (OE: 1960)
  • Country:  Japan  (Japanese)
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH), Director (NH), Screenplay (NH), Actor (NH, BAFTA), S. Actress (NH), Foreign (NH)
  • Entry Rank:  #22
  • TSPDT Rank:  #119
  • The Film:  A brilliant meditation on what the worth of a life is, a film that I first saw in high school and knew I had seen something great but it would take years before I would realize just how great.  Full review here.  The 11th Kurosawa film so far on the list.

#64

godfather_part_ii_ver4The Godfather Part II

  • Director:  Francis Ford Coppola
  • Genre:  Crime  (Gangster)
  • Distributor:  Paramount
  • Year:  1974
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH, AA, GG), Director (NH, DGA, AA, GG, NSFC), A. Screenplay (NH, WGA, AA, GG), Actor (NH, AA, BAFTA, GG), S. Actor (NH, NH, NH, AA, AA, AA), S. Actress (NH, AA), Ensemble (NH)
  • N.A. Gross:  $47,834,595
  • Entry Rank:  #40
  • TSPDT Rank:  #26
  • The Film:  Thankfully the idea that this film is better than the first seems to be fading which is good because a film this great doesn’t need that kind of baggage.  Just Coppola’s third film on the list so far.  Full review here.

#63

wild-strawberries-movie-poster-1957-1020460669Smultronstället
(Wild Strawberries)

  • Director:  Ingmar Bergman
  • Genre:  Drama
  • Distributor:  Janus Films
  • Year:  1957  (OE: 1959)
  • Country:  Sweden  (Swedish)
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH, BAFTA), Director (NH), Screenplay (NH, AA), Actor (NH, BAFTA, NBR), Actress (NH), S. Actress (NH), Ensemble (NH), Foreign (NH, GG, NBR)
  • Entry Rank:  #27
  • TSPDT Rank:  #61
  • The Film:  Bergman takes the greatest director in Swedish history before he arrived and gets an epic acting performance out of him while also making great use of the actresses who were already used to working with him.  Full review here.  Bergman’s 15th film in the Top 1000.

#62

brokeback_mountainBrokeback Mountain

  • Director:  Ang Lee
  • Genre:  Drama  (Romance)
  • Distributor:  Universal  (Focus Features)
  • Year:  2005
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH, AA, PGA, BAFTA, CC, GG, NYFC, LAFC, BSFC), Director (NH, DGA, AA, BAFTA, CC, GG, NYFC, LAFC, BSFC, NBR), A. Screenplay (NH, WGA, AA, BAFTA, CC, GG), Actor (NH, SAG, AA, CC, GG, NYFC), S. Actor (NH, SAG, AA, BAFTA, CC, NBR), S. Actress (NH, NH, SAG, AA, CC, GG), Ensemble (NH, SAG)
  • N.A. Gross:  $83,043,761
  • WW Gross:  $178,062,759
  • Entry Rank:  #62
  • TSPDT Rank:  #360
  • The Film:  Still probably the biggest Oscar stunner unless you want count Moonlight winning after La La Land was already announced as winning.  The only film to win the PGA, BAFTA, CC and Globe and then lose the Oscar.  Not my #1 but far, far better than Crash. and really, so close to my #1 that they’re almost indistinguishable.  Full review here.  Ang Lee’s 6th film in the Top 1000.

#61

good_night_and_good_luckGood Night and Good Luck

  • Director:  George Clooney
  • Genre:  Drama  (True Story)
  • Distributor:  Warner Bros  (Warner Independent)
  • Year:  2005
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH, AA, PGA, BAFTA, CC, GG, NBR), Director (NH, DGA, AA, BAFTA, CC, GG), Screenplay (NH, WGA, AA, BAFTA, CC, GG), Actor (NH, SAG, AA, BAFTA, CC, GG), S. Actor (NH, BAFTA), Ensemble (NH, SAG, CC)
  • N.A. Gross:  $31,558,003
  • WW Gross:  $54,641,191
  • Entry Rank:  #61
  • TSPDT Rank:  #349  (21stC)
  • The Film:  George Clooney proves himself such a great political filmmaker it’s a wonder he hasn’t done more of that.  In a year with Brokeback and Munich, this is the film that just barely eeks out a win at the Nighthawks.  Full review here.

#60

falstaff-chimes-at-midnight-md-webChimes at Midnight
(Falstaff)

  • Director:  Orson Welles
  • Genre:  Drama  (Shakespeare – History)
  • Distributor:  U-M Film Distributors
  • Year:  1965  (OE: 1969)
  • Country:  Switzerland  /  Spain
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH), Director (NH), A. Screenplay (NH), Actor (NH, AA), Ensemble (NH)
  • Entry Rank:  #31
  • TSPDT Rank:  #164
  • The Film:  After the last couple of films the awards list here is pretty bare thanks to the way the film was made and eventually distributed and because there were fewer awards back then.  Still the best pure Shakespeare film ever made.  Just the third Welles film so far but he has a couple left and he made less than a dozen.  Full review here.

#59

passage_to_indiaA Passage to India

  • Director:  David Lean
  • Genre:  Drama  (Lit Adaptation – Forster)
  • Distributor:  Columbia
  • Year:  1984
  • Country:  England
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH, AA, BAFTA, NYFC, NBR), Director (NH, DGA, AA, GG, NYFC, NBR), A. Screenplay (NH, WGA, AA, BAFTA, GG), Actor (NH, BAFTA, NBR), Actress (NH, AA, BAFTA, NYFC, BSFC, NBR), S. Actor (NH, BAFTA), S. Actress (NH, AA, GG, LAFC, BSFC), Ensemble (NH), Foreign (GG)
  • N.A. Gross:  $27,187,653
  • Entry Rank:  #43
  • The Film:  The BAFTAs wouldn’t nominate Lean for his final film in the category that would later be named after him.  Lean didn’t intend this to be his final film but it’s hard to find many directors who had a better film to go out with.  Another of those cases where two films are so close together in my rankings that you can basically consider them co-Nighthawk winners.  Full review here.  Lean’s 7th film on the list.

#58

amadeus_ver1Amadeus

  • Director:  Milos Forman
  • Genre:  Musical  (Biopic – Musician)
  • Distributor:  Orion
  • Year:  1984
  • Country:  U.S.  /  France
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH, AA, BAFTA, GG, LAFC), Director (NH, DGA, AA, GG, LAFC), A. Screenplay (NH, AA, BAFTA, GG, LAFC), Actor (NH, NH, AA, AA, BAFTA, GG, LAFC), S. Actress (NH), Ensemble (NH)
  • N.A. Gross:  $51,973,029
  • Entry Rank:  #42
  • TSPDT Rank:  #353
  • The Film:  First, I feel I should note that the Academy and I don’t agree on which of the two performances is the winner.  Second, this film might have the greatest soundtrack ever simply because it fills three discs with the music of Mozart.  Full review here.  The 4th Forman film on the list.

#57

city_lightsCity Lights

  • Director:  Charlie Chaplin
  • Genre:  Comedy  (Romantic)
  • Distributor:  United Artists
  • Year:  1931
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH), Director (NH), Screenplay (NH), Actor (NH), S. Actor (NH), S. Actress (NH), Ensemble (NH)
  • Entry Rank:  #5
  • TSPDT Rank:  #27
  • The Film:  Like Welles, he doesn’t have a lot of films on the list so far (this is his 4th) but like Welles, he’s not done and like Welles he had a much smaller body of work so a much higher percentage of his films make the list than most great directors.

#56

two_thousand_and_one_a_space_odyssey_ver22001: A Space Odyssey

  • Director:  Stanley Kubrick
  • Genre:  Sci-Fi  (Space Travel)
  • Distributor:  MGM
  • Year:  1968
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH, BAFTA), Director (NH, DGA, AA), Screenplay (NH, AA)
  • N.A. Gross:  $60,481,243
  • Entry Rank:  #31
  • TSPDT Rank:  #3
  • The Film:  To some, it’s way too slow (including my wife) while to others it is consistently rewarding with every journey.  That a thinking Sci-Fi film could make $60 million in 1968 is staggering.  The 7th Kubrick film on the list but again, he’s not done.  Full review here.

#55

age_of_innocenceThe Age of Innocence

  • Director:  Martin Scorsese
  • Genre:  Drama  (Lit Adaptation)
  • Distributor:  Columbia
  • Year:  1993
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH, GG), Director (NH, DGA, GG, NBR), A. Screenplay (NH, AA), Actor (NH), Actress (NH, GG), S. Actress (NH, AA, BAFTA, BAFTA, GG, NBR), Ensemble (NH)
  • N.A. Gross:  $32,255,440
  • Entry Rank:  #47
  • TSPDT Rank:  #586
  • The Film:  One of those rare times when the Golden Globes have the better measure of a film than the Oscars do.  Marty proves that he can tackle 19th Century romantic drama as well as he can a boxing ring.  Full review here.

#54

wild_bunchThe Wild Bunch

  • Director:  Sam Peckinpah
  • Genre:  Western  (Post-Modern)
  • Distributor:  Warner Bros
  • Year:  1969
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH), Director (NH, DGA), Screenplay (NH, AA), Actor (NH), S. Actor (NH), Ensemble (NH)
  • Entry Rank:  #31
  • TSPDT Rank:  #69
  • The Film:  A new level of violence comes into the film world and nothing will ever be the same.  The second greatest Western only because I consider Treasure of the Sierra Madre a Western (which some don’t).  Peckinpah’s 4th film on the list.  Full review here.

#53

raging_bullRaging Bull

  • Director:  Martin Scorsese
  • Genre:  Drama  (Sports – Biopic)
  • Distributor:  United Artists
  • Year:  1980
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH, AA, GG, LAFC, BSFC), Director (NH, DGA, AA, GG, NSFC), A. Screenplay (GG), Actor (NH, AA, BAFTA, GG, NYFC, LAFC, BSFC, NBR), S. Actor (NH, AA, GG, NYFC, NSFC, NBR), S. Actress (NH, AA, GG), Ensemble (NH)
  • N.A. Gross:  $23,383,987
  • Entry Rank:  #37
  • TSPDT Rank:  #25
  • The Film:  I first saw it in late 1989 when it was being widely acclaimed as the best film of the decade that was ending.  It’s worth noting that Ordinary People was easily the Consensus Best Picture of 1980 and the true acclaim for this film came later.  Full review here.  The 4th Marty film already in the Top 100 (and he’s not done) and his 11th overall in the Top 1000.

#52

all_quiet_on_the_western_frontAll Quiet on the Western Front

  • Director:  Lewis Milestone
  • Genre:  War  (WWI)
  • Distributor:  Universal
  • Year:  1930
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH, AA), Director (NH, AA), A. Screenplay (NH, AA), Actor (NH), S. Actor (NH), S. Actress (NH), Ensemble (NH)
  • Entry Rank:  #3
  • TSPDT Rank:  #769
  • The Film:  If we count Wings as the Picture winner, this is the only Oscar winner until 1943 where they really got it right.  It was also the only one of the first five winners to also win Director.  One of the all-time great anti-war films.  One of just four films in this group of 50 where the director has no other Top 1000 films.  Full review here.

#51

annie_hallAnnie Hall

  • Director:  Woody Allen
  • Genre:  Comedy  (Romantic)
  • Distributor:  United Artists
  • Year:  1977
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH, AA, BAFTA, GG, NYFC, NSFC), Director (NH, DGA, AA, BAFTA, GG, NYFC), Screenplay (NH, WGA, AA, BAFTA, GG, NYFC, LAFC, NSFC), Actor (NH, AA, BAFTA, GG), Actress (NH, AA, BAFTA, GG, NYFC, NSFC), S. Actor (NH), S. Actress (NBR), Ensemble (NH)
  • N.A. Gross:  $38,251,425
  • Entry Rank:  #35
  • TSPDT Rank:  #86
  • The Film:  Definitely one the Globes didn’t get right as they didn’t even give it Best Picture – Comedy.  Interesting choice from the NBR, placing Keaton in supporting.  One of the funniest films ever made.  The 16th Woody Allen film in the Top 1000 but he’s got one more left in the Top 50.  Full review here.