my top 100!

I've been having a lot of fun lately with movie lists. First I posted the IMDB 250, then the AFI 100. For me, both these lists had a few flaws in common... For one thing, the number of films on each list which I had actually viewed was... pathetic. Secondly, neither list was complete: the IMDB 250 is arbitrary, driven by the Roland Emmerich/Michael Bay-loving masses; and the AFI 100, being an American list, eliminates all foreign language films (some of which are truly great).

So I decided to sit down and come up with the only top movie list that will ever be perfect. Of course, I'm talking about my list. (Hang on, while I pry my tongue out of my cheek. OK, that's better.) Seriously, it was a lot harder than I expected, especially putting all these movies in order. Frankly, if I compiled this list daily, it would probably look different every single time.

I've included movies from nearly every genre: sci-fi, comedy, fantasy, drama, animated, musicals, foreign films... there are even some short films and a documentary included. You'll certainly notice an abundance of "chick flicks". (Hey, I'm a chick.) All my favorite filmmakers are represented: Peter Jackson, the Coen brothers, Baz Luhrmann. You'll see my favorite actors here, too: Cate Blanchett, Edward Norton, Ryan Gosling, and Audrey Hepburn.

...And, yes, the Britney Spears movie makes the list. Say what you want, but Crossroads has a hold on me like The One Ring had on Gollum. The karaoke scene rocks. I adore that scruffy guy who drives the car. I want to go on a road trip with those girls. I like what I like, people.

And you know you love me anyway.

So here's Nayana's Top 100 as of April 2008.
  1. The Lord of the Rings - The Return of the King IMDB
  2. The Lord of the Rings - The Fellowship of the Ring IMDB
  3. The Lord of the Rings - The Two Towers IMDB
  4. Moulin Rouge! IMDB
  5. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe IMDB
  6. Love Actually IMDB
  7. Schindler's List IMDB
  8. The Passion of the Christ IMDB
  9. Juno IMDB
  10. Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi IMDB
  11. Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back IMDB
  12. Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope IMDB
  13. William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet IMDB
  14. Pan's Labyrinth IMDB
  15. Breakfast at Tiffany's IMDB
  16. Ever After - A Cinderella Story IMDB
  17. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly IMDB
  18. The Little Matchgirl IMDB
  19. Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut IMDB
  20. The Princess Bride IMDB
  21. The Matrix IMDB
  22. Somewhere In Time IMDB
  23. Persepolis IMDB
  24. Once IMDB
  25. Across the Universe IMDB
  26. Casablanca IMDB
  27. Into the Wild IMDB
  28. My Big Fat Greek Wedding IMDB
  29. Sweet Land IMDB
  30. Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith IMDB
  31. Forrest Gump IMDB
  32. The Graduate IMDB
  33. 50 First Dates IMDB
  34. Fargo IMDB
  35. Notes on a Scandal IMDB
  36. Walk the Line IMDB
  37. Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home IMDB
  38. Pride and Prejudice IMDB
  39. An American Tail IMDB
  40. Edward Scissorhands IMDB
  41. No Country for Old Men IMDB
  42. Amélie IMDB
  43. From Here to Eternity IMDB
  44. Sleeping Beauty IMDB
  45. Elf IMDB
  46. The Wizard of Oz IMDB
  47. The Truth About Cats & Dogs IMDB
  48. Fiddler on the Roof IMDB
  49. Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan IMDB
  50. Wayne's World 2 IMDB
  51. Wayne's World IMDB
  52. The Shawshank Redemption IMDB
  53. Shakespeare in Love IMDB
  54. Knocked Up IMDB
  55. Happy Gilmore IMDB
  56. Paris, Je T'aime IMDB
  57. Lars and the Real Girl IMDB
  58. Volver IMDB
  59. Clueless IMDB
  60. Michael Clayton IMDB
  61. West Bank Story IMDB
  62. Vertigo IMDB
  63. The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford IMDB
  64. Enchanted IMDB
  65. The American President IMDB
  66. Fried Green Tomatoes IMDB
  67. Dan in Real Life IMDB
  68. It's a Wonderful Life IMDB
  69. I Met the Walrus IMDB
  70. O Brother, Where Art Thou? IMDB
  71. The Italian Job IMDB
  72. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind IMDB
  73. Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street IMDB
  74. Batman Begins IMDB
  75. Tommy Boy IMDB
  76. Finding Nemo IMDB
  77. Titanic IMDB
  78. The Painted Veil IMDB
  79. Waitress IMDB
  80. The Notebook IMDB
  81. Napoleon Dynamite IMDB
  82. Babel IMDB
  83. V for Vendetta IMDB
  84. Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day IMDB
  85. Big Fish IMDB
  86. Rain Man IMDB
  87. Sabrina IMDB
  88. The Sound of Music IMDB
  89. Gandhi IMDB
  90. Life is Beautiful IMDB
  91. Chicago IMDB
  92. Crossroads IMDB
  93. Sleepless in Seattle IMDB
  94. Ratatouille IMDB
  95. Dead Poets Society IMDB
  96. A Christmas Story IMDB
  97. My Fair Lady IMDB
  98. The Wedding Singer IMDB
  99. City of Angels IMDB
  100. This Film is Not Yet Rated IMDB
So there it is. Please do comment... I'm dying to know what you all think. ;-)
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11 Response to "my top 100!"

  1. Ross Horsley says:
    April 3, 2008 at 5:46 PM

    I love that Crossroads makes your list... Not because I like it too (I haven't even seen it) but because everyone has a handful of movies they adore whether or not they consider them "worthy". There's something about these personal treasures that says a lot about why movies are important to us - and we definitely shouldn't be ashamed of them! Great blog.

  2. Linda says:
    April 3, 2008 at 7:09 PM

    Nice list, I've seen 84! Love the variety of genres. I'd have trouble putting my faves in order, nice job!

  3. Anonymous Says:
    April 3, 2008 at 8:37 PM

    I've seen 74 of the movies on the list... many of them with you.

    Captain Crash

  4. Fletch says:
    April 3, 2008 at 11:45 PM

    Ha - yeah, I've been working on a list like this myself, what with you and all your lists lately (and everyone else's, too). Also, Shea put up his top 50 awhile back.

    It's damn impossible to do, though, so huzzah to you for doing it. Though Ross would like that I put Roadhouse and Point Break on mine. No, these aren't "the best" films ever, but they're some of my favorites that I could watch again and again, and that's what counts, right?

  5. David Bishop says:
    April 4, 2008 at 1:30 AM

    Have you seen Strictly Ballroom? I always seem to wedge it between Moulin Rouge and Romeo + Juliet when I list Baz Luhrmann's works because. Did you know I share a birthday with Baz?

  6. David Bishop says:
    April 4, 2008 at 1:31 AM

    'Luhrmann's works because' that's the order of favoritism. Sorry, I was typing like I think.

  7. Patricia Perry says:
    April 4, 2008 at 10:22 AM

    I love your list! I love that "Love Actually" and "Juno" made it into your top ten. (I am so tired of the "Juno" backlash".) This was indeed quite an undertaking. I'd love to come up with my own top 100.

  8. Anonymous Says:
    April 4, 2008 at 12:57 PM

    Great list! I've seen 68 of the films listed. Although I'm curious, why did Crossroads make your list?

  9. Nayana Anthony says:
    April 7, 2008 at 11:03 AM

    Ross... I like your blog too! And thanks for the comment. I think that's the best part about being indviduals... we can be ok with our movie choices, even if no one else is.

    Linda... Thanks!

    Captain Crash... I'd love to see your list. I'm sure it would be very horror-heavy.

    Fletch... I'm eagerly anticipating your list. I'm guessing there wouldn't be a whole lot of classics included... am I right?

    Chris... That's all you needed to say... it's on the Netflix. I'm thinking I should just give you my password and let you load my queue. ;-)

    Pat... thanks! A lot of "Great Film" lists are light on the chick flicks, aren't they? Not my list!

    Faded... Reread the fourth paragraph. That's actually the only film on the list I felt like I needed to explain. The short answer is: Because it makes me happy.

    Thanks all for your comments. I am loving this community!!!

  10. Lee says:
    April 7, 2008 at 11:20 AM

    Nice job with a difficult task...I often have a hard time putting together a top 10, so to do 100. Wow. I just found your site, and look forward to exploring it more, as I am always excited to find another passionate movie fan.

    Keep it up,


  11. Daniel says:
    April 9, 2008 at 7:41 PM

    Gosh, I do NOT think I could do this. Such hard decisions to make. But like you said, it can change any time. Oh, and I think I've seen 90 of yours. Great taste!

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