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29 January, 2007

Another top 250(ish)

Halliwell's Film, DVD and Video Guide, 'widely recognised as the biggest and the best film guide available' (says Amazon) uses a famously stringent rating system.  A film needs to be noteworthy in order to receive even one star; the vast majority of films earn the indifference of no rating at all.  The highest rating, four stars, is only applied to about 1% of the 23,000 films listed.

Chewing Pixels has compiled those 247* top-rated films into an alphabetised summary list, linked to the appropriate pages at Amazon UK for those interested in buying or renting them.
I've taken a slightly different angle: the following is merely a summary of the summary, indicating those films I've seen (in bold), plus those currently in my Amazon Rental queue (in italics).

À Bout de Souffle (Breathless) (1959)
The Adventures Of Robin Hood (1938)
After Life (1999)
Aguirre: The Wrath Of God (1972)
Aladdin (1993)
Alexander Nevsky (1938)
Alien (1979)
All Quiet On The Western Front (1930)
All That Money Can Buy (1941)
All the Presidentís Men (1976)
American Beauty (1999)
An American In Paris (1951)
And Then There Were None (1945)
Andrei Rublev (1965)
Angels With Dirty Faces (1938)
Annie Hall (1977)
Aparajito (1956)
Ashes And Diamonds (1961)
Au Revoir Les Enfants (1987)
Bad Day At Black Rock (1955)
Badlands (1973)
Bambi (1942)
The Band Wagon (1953)
The Barbarian Invasions (2004)
The Battle Of Algiers (1966)
Battleship Potemkin (1924)
Begone Dull Care (1949)
Belle De Jour (1967)
La Belle Noiseuse (1991)
The Best Years Of Our Lives (1945)
Big Business (1929)
The Birth Of A Nation (1915)
The Blue Angel (1930)
Bonnie And Clyde (1967)
Breaking The Waves (1996)
The Bride Of Frankenstein (1931)
The Bridge On The River Kwai (1957)
Brief Encounter (1945)
Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid (1969)
Cabaret (1972)
The Cabinet Of Dr Caligari (1921)
Capote (2005)
Casablanca (1942)
The Chant Of Jimmy Blacksmith (1978)
Chinatown (1974)
Cinema Paradiso (1989)
Citizen Kane (1941)
Crossfire (1947)
The Cure (1917)
David Copperfield (1969)
A Day At The Races (1937)
Day For Night (1973)
Days Of Heaven (1979)
The Dead (1987)
Dead Of Night (1945)
Deliverance (1972)
Destry Rides Again (1939)
The Discreet Charm Of The Bourgeoisie (1972)
Doctor Jekyll And Mr Hyde (1920)
Dr Strangelove; Or; How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Bomb (1963)
La Dolce Vita (1960)
Donít Look Now (1973)
Double Indemnity (1944)
Downfall (2004)
The Driver (1978)
Duck Soup (1933)
Dumbo (1941)
E. T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
Easy Rider (1969)
Easy Street (1917)
(1963)
Les Enfants du Paradis (1945)
The Enigma Of Kaspar Hauser (1974)
Face To Face (Ansikte Mot Ansikte) (1976)
Fanny And Alexander (1982)
Fantasia (1941)
Fargo (1996)
Festen (The Celebration) (1999)
Fitzcarraldo (1982)
Foreign Correspondent (1940)
The Four Feathers (1939)
Frankenstein (1931)
The French Connection (1971)
Gaslight (1944)
The Gay Divorcee (1934)
The General (1927)
Genevieve (1953)
The Godfather (1972)
The Godfather Part II (1974)
The Golden Age Of Comedy (1957)
Gone With The Wind (1939)
GoodFellas (1990)
Gosford Park (2002)
The Graduate (1967)
The Grapes Of Wrath (1939)
Great Expectations (1946)
A Hard Dayís Night (1964)
World Of Comedy (1962)
Henry V (1944)
High Noon (1952)
His Girl Friday (1940)
Hud (1962)
The Hunchback Of Notre Dame (1923)
The Hustler (1961)
I Am A Fugitive From A Chain Gang (1932)
IfÖ (1968)
In the Heat Of The Night (1966)
In Which We Serve (1942)
Intolerance (1916)
Invasion Of The Body Snatchers (1978)
The Invisible Man (1933)
Itís A Wonderful Life (1946)
The Jazz Singer (1927)
The Jolson Story (1946)
Jules et Jim (1960)
Kes (1968)
The Kid Brother (1988)
A Kind Of Loving (1962)
King Kong (1933)
King Of Comedy (1982)
Kings Row (1942)
The Knack (1965)
Kwaidan (1965)
LA Confidential (1997)
Lacombe Lucian (1974)
The Lady Vanishes (1938)
The Last Metro (1979)
The Last Picture Show (1971)
The Lavender Hill Mob (1951)
Lawrence Of Arabia (1962)
The Leopard (1963)
The Letter (1940)
Listen To Britain (1942)
Little Caesar (1931)
London Can Take It (1940)
Lost Horizon (1937)
The Lost Weekend (1945)
Love Me Tonight (1932)
The Magnificent Ambersons (1942)
The Maltese Falcon (1941)
A Man For All Seasons (1966)
The Man In The White Suit (1951)
The Manchurian Candidate (1962)
Manhattan (1979)
Marty (1955)
M*A*S*H (1969)
A Matter Of Life And Death (1946)
Mean Streets (1973)
Mephisto (1981)
Midnight Cowboy (1969)
Le Million (1930)
Les Misérables (1935)
Mr Smith Goes To Washington (1939)
Monsieur Hulotís Holiday (1953)
The Music Box (1989)
The Naked City (1948)
Napoleon (1927)
Network (1976)
A Night At The Opera (1935)
North By Northwest (1959)
Oh Mr Porter (1937)
The Old Dark House (1932)
Oliver Twist (1948)
On The Town (1949)
On The Waterfront (1954)
Once Upon A Time in America (1984)
One Flew Over The Cuckooís Nest (1975)
The Passion Of Joan Of Arc (1927)
Passport To Pimlico (1949)
Pather Panchali (1954)
Paths Of Glory (1957)
Pelle The Conquerer (1988)
Persona (1966)
The Philadelphia Story (1940)
The Piano (1993)
Picnic At Hanging Rock (1976)
Pinocchio (1940)
The Player (1991)
The Prisoner Of Zenda (1937)
Psycho (1960)
Pygmalion (1938)
Raging Bull (1980)
Ran (1985)
Rashômon (1950)
Rear Window (1953)
Rebecca (1940)
The Red Balloon (1955)
The Red Shoes (1947)
Rembrandt (1936)
San Francisco (1936)
Saturday Night And Sunday Morning (1960)
A Short Film About Killing (1988)
Singingí In The Rain (1951)
Snow White And The Seven Dwarves (1937)
Some Like It Hot (1952)
Sons Of The Desert (1935)
Southern Comfort (1981)
Stagecoach (1939)
Star Wars (1977)
Sullivanís Travels (1941)
Sweet Smell Of Success (1957)
Target for Tonight (1940)
Taxi Driver (1976)
The Thief Of Baghdad (1940)
Things To Come (1935)
The Third Man (1949)
The 39 Steps (1935)
This Is Spinal Tap (1984)
Throne Of Blood (1957)
The Tin Drum (1980)
To Be Or Not To Be (1942)
Tokyo Story (1949)
Tom Jones (1963)
Tootsie (1982)
Top Hat (1935)
Touch Of Evil (1958)
Toy Story (1985)
Tristana (1969)
Triumph Of The Will (1934)
Trouble In Paradise (1932)
The True Glory (1945)
Twelve Angry Men (1957)
Two Tars (1928)
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
Unforgiven (1992)
United 93 (2006)
Vertigo (1958)
Viridiana (1962)
Viskningar Och Rop (Cries And Whispers) (1972)
Walkabout (1971)
Way Out West (1937)
The Way To The Stars (1945)
Weekend (1967)
West Side Story (1961)
When Harry Met Sally (1989)
Whisky Galore (1949)
Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)
Whoís Afraid Of Virginia Woolf? (1966)
Why We Fight (1943-5)
The Wild Bunch (1969)
Wild Strawberries (1957)
Wings Of Desire (1987)
Witness (1985)
Woodstock (1969)
The World Of Apu (1960)
Yojimbo (1961)
Z (1969)

As Simon says at Chewing Pixels, one might agree or disagree with the specific films chosen and omitted, and the list largely reflects the opinions of one editor (pre-1945 films seem to be favoured disproportionately), but it's still a useful starting point for one's own choice of viewing.
I've seen 62 of the films, with a further 21 booked for rental. You?

*: Simon says there are 257, but I calculate it as 247.

Comments

Seen 23 of them...(American Beauty, Annie Hall, Chinatown, Citizen Kane, Double Indemnity, Fargo, The Godfather, The Godfather Part II, GoodFellas, Gosford Park, His Girl Friday, Itís a Wonderful Life, LA Confidential, Mean Streets, North by Northwest, The Philadelphia Story, The Piano, Raging Bull, Rear Window, Some Like It Hot, Taxi Driver, The Third Man, This is Spinal Tap)

Posted by Jan B at January 29, 2007 06:42 PM
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