The Real Top 100 Movies (and not a gangster to be found!)

The Real Top 100 Movies (and not a gangster to be found!)

After watching more than half of the Top 100 movies (as voted by imdb users), I have come to the conclusion that it really is a terrible list… to the point where I have lost just a smidgen of my faith in humanity.

I am committed to completing the list of course, but you will notice that my momentum has slowed in recent times. This may have something to do with the fact that we used most of this month’s download allowance on ‘Day Z’, but it’s also fair to say that it’s becoming less and less of an appealing prospect as the number of movies I expect to enjoy dwindles.

I have therefore taken it upon myself to prepare a competing list.

Bear in mind that I have not seen all the movies ever made, and I certainly possess my own bias. To keep matters fair, I have broken my Top 100 into 11 rough categories, each to contain 10 movies each except for 2 categories, which only contain 5 movies each. I have not ranked them in order of preference, I have merely nominated the 10 movies for each genre that I believe belong in the top 10. Some of these are  not personal favourites, but acknowledged for their contribution to cinema. I note that most of these movies did not make it to the imdb Top 100 List (at at 1 July 2012). Let’s see which list you prefer!

Amanda’s Top 100 Movies of All Time

Action / Adventure / Western

  1. Terminator 2
  2. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
  3. Cliffhanger
  4. Superman
  5. Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark
  6. Batman Returns
  7. Die Hard
  8. Desperado
  9. Lethal Weapon
  10. Spider-Man

 Alternative / Foreign

  1. Garden State
  2. Chocolat
  3. Amelie
  4. Slumdog Millionnaire
  5. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind


  1. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (The biggest glaring omission of them all!)
  2. Monty Python and the Holy Grail
  3. Wayne’s World
  4. Planes, Trains and Automobiles
  5. Zoolander
  6. Ace Ventura: Pet Detective
  7. Grease
  8. Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy
  9. National Lampoon’s Vacation
  10. Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure

Crime / Mystery

  1. The Sixth Sense
  2. Fight Club
  3. Double Jeopardy
  4. Inception
  5. Thelma & Louise
  6. Rear Window
  7. The Shawshank Redemption
  8. To Kill a Mockingbird
  9. 12 Angry Men
  10. The Elephant Man

History / War / Biography

  1. The Great Escape
  2. Gallipoli
  3. Saving Private Ryan
  4. Good Morning Vietnam
  5. Braveheart


  1. It’s a Wonderful Life
  2. Good Will Hunting
  3. Stand by Me
  4. The Graduate
  5. Edward Scissorhands
  6. Forrest Gump
  7. Breakfast at Tiffany’s
  8. The Crying Game
  9. What’s Eating Gilbert Grape
  10. The Breakfast Club


  1. Home Alone
  2. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
  3. Mary Poppins
  4. The Sound of Music
  5. The Princess Bride
  6. The Goonies
  7. The Wizard of Oz
  8. Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory
  9. Miracle on 34th Street
  10. The Wizard

Animation / Puppets

  1. The Labyrinth
  2. Toy Story 3
  3. The Lion King
  4. Up
  5. Alice in Wonderland
  6. Dumbo
  7. Pinocchio
  8. Bambi
  9. The Simpsons Movie
  10. Who Framed Roger Rabbit

Horror / Thriller

  1. Scream
  2. Psycho
  3. Jaws
  4. The Exorcist
  5. The Shining
  6. The Blair Witch Project
  7. The Silence of the Lambs
  8. The Ring
  9. Fatal Attraction
  10. Basic Instinct


  1. Ghost
  2. Dirty Dancing
  3. When Harry Met Sally
  4. Casablanca
  5. Some Like it Hot
  6. Baz Luhrman’s Romeo and Juliet
  7. Gone with the Wind
  8. Sleepless in Seattle
  9. Pretty Woman
  10. Love Actually

Sci-Fi / Fantasy

  1. Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope
  2. Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
  3. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
  4. Jurassic Park
  5. Gremlins
  6. Alien
  7. The Matrix
  8. Ghostbusters
  9. E.T.
  10. Back to the Future

*Movies in RED did not make it to the imdb Top 100 list. Sacrilege!

What would you change about the above list/s? Which movies would you keep?


9 responses »

  1. “Gallipoli” definitely belongs in any list. This format actually resembles one in a coffee table book that Lynne was recently gifted. But have you changed your mind about “Lord of The Rings”?!

  2. There’s not enough space here to post a full critique of your list, but here’s some highlights;

    Cliffhanger – crap.
    Batman Returns – Christopher Nolan’s latest trilogy is in every way it is possible to be, infinitely better than these original crap ones. And all 3 (I believe) are top 10 material.
    Spider-Man – crap, one of the worst superhero franchises going around with one of the worst superhero actors of all time

    Comedy – I disagree with pretty much all of it, but that’s just taste. There are very few comedies (if any) that would make a general Top 100 list IMO. And whilst Grease in amusing in retrospect, it’s not a comedy. ‘Musical’ would be a more apt categorisation.

    Double Jeopardy – good lord… utter crap. Watchable utter crap, but crap nonetheless.

    Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl – your “family” obiviously doesn’t include small children. There’s some scary scenes in there!

    And here’s some movies in no particualr order) that, IMO, knock off at least 50% of your selections (some of which I was reminded of by scanning various google’d lists);
    – Last of the Mohicans
    – Babel
    – Aliens (#2 that is)
    – Terminator (#1 that is)
    – The Departed (sorry, but it’s a good, albeit gruesome, movie)
    – As previously noted – The Dark Knght (I, II, III)
    – Cidade de Deus (a great film which I think’s on your IMdB list?) Maybe you need more Brasilian connection to appreciate it fully). Also, see the TV series Cidade dos Homens (City of Men). Same same, but different.
    – Young Guns
    – Se7en. Crime, horror, thriller and Kevin Spacey all in one package. Add in Morgan Freeman and Brad Pitt, and it has to feature…
    – American Beauty
    – Apocalypse Now
    – Crash
    – 21 Grams
    – Requiem for a Dream
    – Downfall. Classic.
    – Wall Street
    – Snatch – Best. Gyppo. Ever.
    – The Running Man
    – Kill Bill. Messed up, but awesome.
    – Finding Nemo
    – Donnie Darko
    – Legends of the Fall
    – Big Fish
    – The Butterfly Effect (I’ve seen this movie with different endings and different soundtracks, and I can’t remember which I like more…)
    – The last Harry Potter movie. Snape’s dying scene is probably the best part of the whole series.
    – In the Name of the Father
    – Inglorious Basterds
    – The Road
    – The Blind Side
    – Invictus
    – Star Trek (the new one)
    – Ocean’s 11
    – Saw (if you can stomach it)

    and last but certainly not least;
    – Baraka – for when you’re not in the mood for dialogue

    I do note that there is a theme of ‘moving endings’ in alot of these movies. Obviously I subconsciously feel that is important. Or perhaps, that’s why I remember them in the first place…

    • Love your input Ryan and in hindsight Cliffhanger and Double Jeopardy were bad choices 😛 as for Star Wars, Harry Potter and LOTR, I should have just said “Entire series” for each, as they’re all pretty similar.

      Comedies are always going to be controversial, but at least my list has more than 1!

      As for Batman, I’m afraid I’m going to have to keep living in the 90s on that one. The new ones are good, but the Penguin will always be in my heart!

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