100 Days, 100 Movies: The Beginning

As some of you may know my newest career ambition is to do screenplays (in addition to novels). One thing they tell aspiring screenwriters is to watch a fuckton of movies. Now, I’m already pretty well versed in my movie-lore. You should see my DVD collection…But I do have a few glaring gaps. For instance?

I’d never seen Casablanca before.

I know, I know. I have no excuses. I’d been told it was boring. I don’t really enjoy bittersweet endings. I’m not a huge Bogart fan…OK, maybe I do have some excuses. Anyway, I’d never seen the movie before. One day recently I was looking over this list of the AFI Top 100 American movies of all time, and I realized I’d only seen about half the movies there. And I hadn’t seen any of the top 5 movies of all time at all! And some movies I haven’t seen since I was little, too little to really get the nuances in these cinematic masterpieces.

Since Netflix makes it so easy to burn through movies nowadays, I thought it was time to rectify that. I am going to try to watch all 100+ movies on the list (they revised the list in 2007 and added 23 new films). So in the coming weeks I shall attempt to watch (and blog about) all 123 films on the AFI list. I’m aiming for a movie/blog a day. We’ll see if I make it. ;P

Tomorrow we start with Casablanca. Play along at home if you like. 🙂

UPDATED: I’ve copied the list below. I will bold movies and add the link as I complete them. Many of these I’ve already seen but for the purposes of this I will be re-watching everything with my screenwriter eye turned on. Movies will not be bolded until they have been re-watched and blogged about. Whee!!!

1. Citizen Kane

2. Casablanca

3. The Godfather

4. Gone with the Wind

5. Lawrence of Arabia

6. The Wizard of Oz

7. The Graduate

8. On the Waterfront

9. Schindler’s List

10. Singin’ in the Rain

11. It’s a Wonderful Life

12. Sunset Blvd.

13. The Bridge on the River Kwai

14. Some Like It Hot

15. Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope

16. All About Eve

17. The African Queen

18. Psycho

19. Chinatown

20. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

21. The Grapes of Wrath

22. 2001: A Space Odyssey

23. The Maltese Falcon

24. Raging Bull

25. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

26. Dr. Strangelove

27. Bonnie and Clyde

28. Apocalypse Now

29. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

30. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

31. Annie Hall

32. The Godfather Part II

33. High Noon

34. To Kill a Mockingbird

35. It Happened One Night

36. Midnight Cowboy

37. The Best Years of Our Lives

38. Double Indemnity

39. Doctor Zhivago

40. North by Northwest

41. West Side Story

42. Rear Window

43. King Kong

44. The Birth of a Nation

45. A Streetcar Named Desire

46. A Clockwork Orange

47. Taxi Driver

48. Jaws

49. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

50. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

51. The Philadelphia Story

52. From Here to Eternity

53. Amadeus

54. All Quiet on the Western Front

55. The Sound of Music

56. MASH

57. The Third Man

58. Fantasia

59. Rebel Without a Cause

60. Raiders of the Lost Ark

61. Vertigo

62. Tootsie

63. Stagecoach

64. Close Encounters of the Third Kind

65. The Silence of the Lambs

66. Network

67. The Manchurian Candidate

68. An American in Paris

69. Shane

70. The French Connection

71. Forrest Gump

72. Ben-Hur

73. Wuthering Heights

74. The Gold Rush

75. Dances with Wolves

76. City Lights

77. American Graffiti

78. Rocky

79. The Deer Hunter

80. The Wild Bunch

81. Modern Times

82. Giant

83. Platoon

84. Fargo

85. Duck Soup

86. Mutiny on the Bounty

87. Frankenstein

88. Easy Rider

89. Patton

90. The Jazz Singer

91. My Fair Lady

92. A Place in the Sun

93. The Apartment

94. Goodfellas

95. Pulp Fiction

96. The Searchers

97. Bringing Up Baby

98. Unforgiven

99. Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner

100. Yankee Doodle Dandy

These are the replacements from the 2007 list:

50. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)

71. Saving Private Ryan (1998)

83. Titanic (1997)

89. The Sixth Sense (1999)

18. The General (1927)

49. Intolerance (1916)

59. Nashville (1975)

61. Sullivan’s Travels (1941)

63. Cabaret (1972)

67. Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf? (1966)

72. The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

75. In the Heat of the Night (1967)

77. All the President’s Men (1976)

81. Spartacus (1960)

82. Sunrise (1927)

85. A Night at the Opera (1935)

87. 12 Angry Men (1957)

90. Swing Time (1936)

91. Sophie’s Choice (1982)

95. The Last Picture Show (1971)

96. Do the Right Thing (1989)

97. Blade Runner (1982)

99. Toy Story (1995)

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17 thoughts on “100 Days, 100 Movies: The Beginning

  1. You are legitimately going to HATE some of these. I’d play along, but it would mean eventually sitting through Gone With the Wind, and… no. Just no.

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