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100 Movies

Updated: Mar 15

My friend Bill sent me a list of his 100 favorite movies.

I love lists and I love movies and I’m very fond of Bill.



I figured I hadn’t made a list like that in a while and times change and movies continually get made and an activity is always a good idea during a pandemic, so I thought, what would my 100 look like now? It’s a wonderful way to spend a Saturday morning while drinking a half a pot of coffee, let me tell ya, and I highly recommend it!


It’s like visiting old friends, some of whom you forgot you had. You find yourself smiling every now and then because you remember a specific scene, a beautiful moment. You wander every now and then, trying to remember how old you were when you first saw it…and where and with whom? You pause every now and then, failing to remember the name of the supporting actor who’s always so good (it’s usually Charles Durning).


Movies are visual accents that fill out our life stories. They take us to places we would otherwise never go, They show us staggering beauty and haunting ugliness. They expose feelings that are often hidden in real life. And they have soundtracks – soundtracks that stay with us in the back of our minds for the rest of time, so that every time we hear “that song”, we’re immediately transported back to Cinema Paradiso, or Out of Africa, or Bridge on the River Kwai or Moulin Rouge. And what could be better than that?


So, here is my list shared with you. Agree. Disagree. Makes no never mind to me, because it’s my list, based on my experiences and memories. And I’d love to know what your list looks like. Enjoy the journey. And thanks in advance for the recommendations.

Everything I learned I learned from the movies. – Audrey Hepburn

1. All About Eve - "Margo, you were an unforgettable Peter Pan. You must play it again soon."

2. Citizen Kane - "People will think..." "What I tell them to think!"

3. Chinatown - "She's my sister...she's my daughter...she's my sister and my daughter!"

4. Singing in the Rain - "I make more money than Calvin Coolidge! Put together!"

5. Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? - "Hate it! You married me for it!"

6. Vertigo - “Only one is a wanderer; two together are always going somewhere.”

7. Auntie Mame - "She's not English, darling...she's from Pittsburgh."

8. Two for the Road - "Bitch." "Bastard."

9. The Philadelphia Story - “The time to make up your mind about people is never.”

10. The Manchurian Candidate - "I keep telling you not to think! You're very, very good at a great many things, but thinking, hon', just simply isn't one of them."



11. Sunset Boulevard

12. Gone With the Wind

13. The Apartment

14. A Star is Born (Judy Garland/James Mason)

15. Suddenly Last Summer

16. Fantasia

17. Swingtime

18. Black Panther

19. Blade Runner

20. Remains of the Day



21.Double Indemnity

22. Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?

23. An American in Paris

24. Howard’s End

25. Shadow of a Doubt

26. The Godfather 1

27. The Godfather 2

28. Schindler’s List

29. Moulin Rouge

30. The Age of Innocence



31. Raiders of the Lost Ark

32. Amadeus

33. Sense and Sensibility

34. The Dark Knight

35. Close Encounters of the Third Kind

36. Cabaret

37. Reds

38. Shampoo

39. Manhattan

40. Raging Bull



41. Hannah and Her Sisters

42. To Kill a Mockingbird

43. Funny Girl

44. Jezebel

45. Black Narcissus

46. Great Expectations

47. Doctor Zhivago

48. Cinema Paradiso

49. Camille Claudel

50. Tootsie



51. The Wizard of Oz

52. The Graduate

53. Network

54. Silence of the Lambs

55. Ordinary People

56. Rebecca

57. Dr. Strangelove

58. A Place in the Sun

59. A Streetcar Named Desire

60. The African Queen



61. Some Like it Hot

62. Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

63. Bonnie and Clyde

64. The Fountainhead

65. The Best Years of Our Lives

66. The Three Musketeers

67. The Magnificent Ambersons

68. A Clockwork Orange

69. The Piano

70. Darling



71. Bringing Up Baby

72. The Taming of the Shrew

73. Charade

74. The Last Emperor

75. The Little Foxes

76. The Garden of the Finzi-Continis

77. Fahrenheit 451

78. Cries and Whispers

79. Pennies from Heaven

80. The Bad and the Beautiful



81. The Ice Storm

82. Dog Day Afternoon

83. The Prince of Tides

84. Nashville

85. Shakespeare in Love

86. The Talented Mr. Ripley

87. Separate Tables

88. Atonement

89. The Matrix

90. Shawshank Redemption



91. The Usual Suspects

92. The Princess Bride

93. Father of the Bride

94. Witness for the Prosecution

95. Touch of Evil

96. Rear Window

97. Amarcord

98. Carnal Knowledge

99. Judgement at Nuremberg

100. The French Lieutenant’s Woman

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