100 Movies Bucket List

I mentioned how my 100 Books Bucket List poster is part of a trio decorating my office, including a similar scratch-off bucket list poster for movies. The methodology for choosing movies for this poster is as haphazard as with the books one, but there’s a smaller-enough canon of films—both those artistically revered and those that expressed their particular zeitgeist—that there’s a much closer overlap between the poster’s list of titles and the films I’ve actually seen.*

Since I started out way ahead in my movies tally, as compared to books and albums, I haven’t been paying all that much attention to this particular “bucket list.” Still, every month or two, I try to check the next new-to-me title out of the library in order to continue building my film knowledge. So, assuming that those titles will now-and-again bleed into me posting film reviews here on JALC, it seems worth capturing the list for posterity.

(I will admit in passing that this also works as a sneaky way for me to come up with another post during this stretch of time where I don’t seem to have much else worth writing about.)

fullsizeoutput_1aa4Again, the titles are arranged pretty much randomly, but I’m going to number them in the order in which they appear. (It’s better and easier than trying to create some new organizational logic.)

  1. Shawshank Redemption, directed by Frank Darabont √
  2. Dark Knight, directed by Christopher Nolan √
  3. City of God, directed by Fernando Meirelles & Kátia Lund √
  4. Pulp Fiction, directed by Quentin Tarantino √
  5. Amélie, directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet √
  6. 12 Angry Men, directed by Sydney Lumet √
  7. Blade Runner, directed by Ridley Scott √
  8. A Clockwork Orange, directed by Stanley Kubrick √
  9. The Deer Hunter, directed by Michael Cimino √
  10. Casablanca, directed by Michael Curtiz √
  11. E.T., directed by Steven Spielberg √
  12. Up, directed by Pete Doctor & Bob Peterson √
  13. The Rocky Horror Picture Show, directed by Jim Sharman √
  14. The Big Lebowski, directed by The Coen Brothers √
  15. Office Space, directed by Mike Judge √
  16. Fight Club, directed by David Fincher √
  17. Snatch, directed by Guy Richie
  18. Oldboy, directed by Park Chan-wook
  19. Leon: The Professional, directed by Luc Besson
  20. Scarface, directed by Brian de Palma √
  21. Raiders of the Lost Ark, directed by Steven Spielberg √
  22. The Lord of the Rings trilogy, directed by Peter Jackson √
  23. Moonlight, directed by Barry Jenkins
  24. The Matrix, directed by The Wachowskis √
  25. Apocalypse Now, directed by Francis Ford Coppola √
  26. The Grand Budapest Hotel, directed by Wes Anderson
  27. Monty Python’s Life of Brian, directed by Terry Jones √
  28. In Bruges, directed by Martin McDonagh
  29. 3 Idiots, directed by Rajkumar Hirani
  30. The Godfather, directed by Francis Ford Coppola √
  31. The Notebook, directed by Nick Cassavetes √
  32. The Lion King, directed by Roger Allers & Rob Minkoff √
  33. Stand by Me, directed by Rob Reiner √
  34. Dirty Dancing, directed by Emile Ardolino √
  35. Jurassic Park, directed by Steven Spielberg √
  36. 2001: A Space Odyssey, directed by Stanley Kubrick √
  37. The Goonies, directed by Richard Donner
  38. Wall-E, directed by Andrew Stanton
  39. Groundhog Day, directed by Harold Ramis √
  40. Star Wars, original trilogy, directed by George Lucas et al. √
  41. Schindler’s List, directed by Steven Spielberg √
  42. Breakfast at Tiffany’s, directed by Blake Edwards √
  43. Shaun of the Dead, directed by Edgar Wright √
  44. Back to the Future, directed by Robert Zemeckis √
  45. Forrest Gump, directed by Robert Zemeckis √
  46. Silence of the Lambs, directed by Jonathan Demme √
  47. The Shining, directed by Stanley Kubrick
  48. Alien, directed by Ridley Scott √
  49. Memento, directed by Christopher Nolan √
  50. Se7en, directed by David Fincher √
  51. Halloween, directed by John Carpenter √
  52. Jaws, directed by Steven Spielberg √
  53. Evil Dead, directed by Sam Raimi √
  54. Airplane!, directed by Zucker, Abrahams & Zucker √
  55. Mean Girls, directed by Mark Waters √
  56. Lawrence of Arabia, directed by David Lean √
  57. Drive, directed by Nicholas Winding Refn
  58. Casino Royale, directed by Martin Campbell √
  59. Ghostbusters, directed by Ivan Reitman √
  60. Rosemary’s Baby, directed by Roman Polanski √
  61. Mary & Max, directed by Adam Elliot
  62. The Terminator, directed by James Cameron √
  63. The Green Mile, directed by Frank Darabont √
  64. Rocky, directed by John C. Avildsen √
  65. This is Spinal Tap, directed by Rob Reiner √
  66. American Psycho, directed by Mary Harron
  67. Citizen Kane, directed by Orson Welles √
  68. The Untouchables, directed by Olivier Nakache & Eric Toledano
  69. American History X, directed by Tony Kaye √
  70. Seven Samurai, directed by Akira Kurosawa
  71. Gladiator, directed by Ridley Scott √
  72. The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, directed by Sergio Leone
  73. Brokeback Mountain, directed by Ang Lee √
  74. The Great Dictator, directed by Charlie Chaplin
  75. Toy Story, directed by John Lasseter √
  76. The Prestige, directed by Christopher Nolan
  77. Titanic, directed by James Cameron √
  78. Her, directed by Spike Jonze
  79. Boyz in the Hood**, directed by John Singleton √
  80. Four Weddings and a Funeral, directed by Mike Newell √
  81. Little Miss Sunshine, directed by Jonathan Dayton & Valerie Faris
  82. Trainspotting, directed by Danny Boyle √
  83. The Departed, directed by Martin Scorsese
  84. Saving Private Ryan, directed by Steven Spielberg √
  85. No Country for Old Men, directed by The Coen Brothers
  86. The Pianist, directed by Roman Polanski √
  87. Dr. Strangelove, directed by Stanley Kubrick √
  88. Lagaan, directed by Ashutosh Gowariker
  89. Baahubali, directed by S.S. Rajamouli
  90. Psycho, directed by Alfred Hitchcock √
  91. Vertigo, directed by Alfred Hitchcock √
  92. The Truman Show, directed by Peter Weir √
  93. Reservoir Dogs, directed by Quentin Tarantino √
  94. Amadeus, directed by Milos Forman
  95. Enter the Dragon, directed by Robert Clouse
  96. The Wizard of Oz, directed by Victor Fleming et al. √
  97. Gangs of New York, directed by Martin Scorsese
  98. The Usual Suspects, directed by Bryan Singer √
  99. Spirited Away, directed by Hayao Miyazaki √
  100. Good Will Hunting, directed by Gus Van Sant √

Obviously, since my primary media focus for 2019 is reading, I don’t have any sort of clear goal for how many of these movies I’ll be collecting during this year. Especially since I’m sort of trying to work my way down the list in order, and I anticipate a loooooong stretch where I’ll be staring at that open entry for Oldboy and trying to work up the courage to watch it.

If nothing else, I already have Snatch out of the library, so that’ll be one movie review I link back here in the near-ash future.


* This tighter Venn diagram is also, likely, aided, by the ways that I was very deliberate in viewing many of the essential titles in the Hollywood canon, back when I was in grad school and trying to learn film scholarship.

** As with the books list, this is one title I know I saw, but which I remember incredibly poorly. So, I’ll probably rewatch it in order to “re-earn” this particular credit.


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