Tuesday, July 25, 2006

If you don't see these movies before you die you will spend the rest of eternity burning

(Originally written Monday, April 03, 2006)

In one of my first columns here, I started a list of movies that nobody should see. Either because they're too pretentious, too stupid or too overrated.

In this column I also wrote about how I was long ago inspired to create my own list of movies that everybody should see before they die. Movies that are good, movies that are bad, movies that are completely insane. All these movies should be seen in order to have a more all-encompassing view of the world, and a better understanding of the society in which you live.

I've decided to recreate this list here. I used to be the top 100 movies, but additions and modifications have resulted in a somewhat longer list. There is no order, I just randomly wrote film titles as I thought about them. It's totally subjective, (but then again, what in Eighty-Four Glyde isn't?) which means there might be some you don't believe in, or others that you think should be added. I'm open to suggestions.

Read and enjoy, won't you? (p.s. spelling doesn't count. not this time)

1. Blues Brothers
2. Bubba Hotep
3. Do the Right Thing
4. The Professional
5. The Adventures of Milo & Otis
6. Ghost in the Shell
7. Fist of the Northstar (the cartoon, not live action)
8. Shawshank Redemption
9. Memento
10. Yellow Submarine
11. Labyrinth
12. Dazed & Confused
13. Time Bandits
14. Brazil
15. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
16. Ghostdog
17. Requiem for a Dream
18. Trading Places
19. Hear no Evil, See no Evil
20. Toxic Avenger
21. Lucas
22. Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels
23. Snatch
24. Trainspotting
25. Warriors
26. Dogma
27. What Dreams May Come
28. Bicentennial Man
29. Neverending Story
30. Volcano High
31. Thursday
32. Event Horizon
33. Arthur
34. Summer School
35. Adventures in Babysitting
36. Solar Babies
37. Story of Ricky (Ricky-Oh)
38. Tron
39. Kentucky Fried Movie
40. Big Trouble in Little China
41. Half Baked
42. History of the World Part 1
43. Strange Brew
44. Brother
45. Frailty
46. The Last Dragon
47. Who Am I?
48. Rumble in the Bronx
49. Fist of Legend
50. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
51. Hero (the Jet Li version)
52. City of God
53. Mall Rats
54. Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back
55. The Big Lebowski
56. Weird Science
57. Breakfast Club
58. Ace Ventura
59. Tommy
60. Jesus Christ Superstar
61. Bing Long's Traveling All-stars and Motor Kings
62. The Good Son
63. Mother, Juggs and Speed
64. Sandlot
65. Kung Pow
66. Christmas Story
67. "Manos" the Hands of Fate
68. The Empire Strikes Back
69. The Matrix
70. Death to Smoochy
71. Candyman
72. Evil Dead
73. Evil Dead II
74. Army of Darkness
75. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
76. Darkman
77. Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
78. Goonies
79. Flight of the Navigator
80. Karate Kid
81. The Usual Suspects
82. Monty Python and the Holy Grail
83. The General
84. The Wiz
85. Stalag 17
86. The Great Escape
87. Animal House
88. Hard Boiled
89. Young Frankenstein
90. Die Hard
91. Cool Hand Luke
92. The Princess Bride
93. Seven
94. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
95. Brewster's Millions
96. Animal Crackers
97. The Fish that Saved Pittsburgh
98. Brain Donors
99. Kids
100. 12 Monkeys
101. Fletch
102. Stripes
103. Tougher than Leather
104. UHF
105. Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome
106. Robocop
107. Texas Chainsaw Massacre (the original)
108. Fight Club
109. D.A.R.Y.L.
110. American Psycho
111. Dark Crystal
112. Super Troopers
113. Band of the Hand
114. PCU
115. Predator 2
116. Court Jester
117. The Sting
118. Rocky Horror Picture Show
119. The Adventures of Buckaroo Bonzai in the 8th Dimension
120. What's Up Tiger Lily?
121. In Like Flint
122. Our Man Flint
123. Boondock Saints
124. American History X

What do you think of that?


brenda said...

i don't see Bridges of Madison County up there??

ggbg said...

I've only seen about 50 of the ones you listed. But it's hard - my top 10 movies would change every single time you asked me. The only constants would probably be Citizen Kane (trite, but true, its amazing) and Godfathers 1 & 2.