My List of Shame, According to IMDB Top 250

So I’m a weird blogger/critic (I’ve resigned myself to that title if you happen to use it). I love movies, but at the same there are a LOT of movies out there that I’ve yet to see. Every so often, like right now, I take a moment to note for my own personal, for lack of a better word, growth take a look at which film those are to try and remind myself where I need to focus most of my attention.

While I don’t consider it the greatest resource for what makes a movie great, currently they have The Avengers┬áin the top 50 on the list, I do use the IMDB Top 250 as a fuzzy measuring stick so as for me to see what I have and have not seen so far. I did however exclude any films released within the last five years that happened to fall in the list because those I either skipped on purpose or know I will be getting to. I just feel like a certain amount of time should pass before any movie begins to get the 100% serious “greatest movie of all time” treatment.

Anyways here’s the Top 25 of My List:

  1. Schindler’s List (1993) (#7)
  2. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975) (#10)
  3. City of God (2002) (#18)
  4. City Lights (1931) (#43)
  5. M (1931) (#50)
  6. Modern Times (1936) (#53)
  7. Double Indemnity (1944) (#56)
  8. L.A. Confidential (1997) (#76)
  9. The Great Dictator (1940) (#77)
  10. Amadeus (1984) (#85)
  11. All About Eve (1950) (#87)
  12. Metropolis (1927) (#89)
  13. The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) (#93)
  14. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939) (#105)
  15. The Great Escape (1963) (#112)
  16. Witness for the Prosecution (1957) (#118)
  17. Wild Strawberries (1957) (#125)
  18. Touch of Evil (1958) (#129)
  19. The Deer Hunter (1978) (#132)
  20. It All Happened One Night (1934) (#138)
  21. Strangers on a Train (1951) (#144)
  22. The Kid (1921) (#145)
  23. The Wages of Fear (1953) (#146)
  24. The Gold Rush (1925) (#149)
  25. Sunrise (1927) (#157)

Which film should I watch first? What’s on your list of shame?

  • SJHoneywell

    Aside from The Avengers, my only two misses in the top 50 are City of God (#18) and Once Upon a Time in the West (#21).

    For the list as a whole, I've seen about 220, and many of my misses are from the last three years. Not too bad.Of yours, Double Indemnity, Touch of Evil, and Wages of Fear are all incredible.

    • Andrew Robinson

       Once Upon a Time in the West is one of my all-time fav westerns… that movie rules. I'd almost go so far as to say it's better than The Good, The Bad and The Ugly.

      I think I'm going to try and make my Top 5 (those of the Top 50 I've yet to see) into a little marathon watch over the weekend. I'll see how far I get into it.

  • TheElusiveAlexT

    M is quite possibly my favorite movie of all time.  Criminal Existentialism 101 – Why killers kill, examining human morality, Freudianism in action.  The film was released when serial killers were terrorizing Germany too. There is also the whole pre-nazi theme (the film was then strangely used as Nazi propaganda).  German cinema is probably my favorite thing that the Criterion collection introduced me to.  I also noticed Metropolis is on that list.  You should check out Fritz Lang, I should watch more of his films as well.

    • Andrew Robinson

       I have some knowledge of the expressionistic German cinema of the 30s, but I haven't delved into Fritz Lang's work just yet… I realize Chaplin is another blindspot of myself here. I've never seen a Chaplin film… i'm sure that's punishable by death somewhere in the world.

  • Lesya

    Well, all those movies are so good that I don't even know what to recommend to see first. So I'll name the films that I personally love most: City Lights, Double Indemnity and It Happened One Night. But really they all are amazing, except for Strangers on a Train, it's the only Hitchcock movie that I disliked.

    • Andrew Robinson

      I've been meaning to do a Chaplin marathon for a long time… City Lights being the #1 film I've been looking towards seeing, just never seem to hit play on them. I've yet to see one of his films.

  • Steven Flores

    Of that 25, there's 14 in that list I haven't seen.  I would totally recommend watching Metropolis, The Wages of Fear, Wild Strawberries, and those Charlie Chaplin films.

    • Andrew Robinson

      Aren't Chaplin films short? I bet I can knock them out in a day…

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  • Steven Flores

     Some are but some range around over 90 to 120-minutes.  Depending on what film you're seeing.