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In February 2004, I participated in the top 250 films meme, which involved copying the list of the IMDB's top 250 films (as voted by users) and highlighting those one has actually seen. Almost two years later, I might as well repeat the exercise. Rather than reuse the same list from 22 months ago, the following is based on today's (17/12/05):

1 The Godfather (1972)
2 The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
3 The Godfather: Part II (1974)
4 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)
5 Shichinin no samurai (Seven Samurai) (1954)
6 Schindler's List (1993)
7 Casablanca (1942)
8 Star Wars (1977)
9 Pulp Fiction (1994)
10 Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
11 Buono, il brutto, il cattivo, Il (Good, the Bad and the Ugly, The) (1966)
12 One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)
13 The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
14 Rear Window (1954)
15 The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)
16 The Usual Suspects (1995)
17 Cidade de Deus (City Of God) (2002)
18 Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)
19 Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
20 12 Angry Men (1957)
21 Citizen Kane (1941)
22 Memento (2000)
23 C'era una volta il West (Once Upon a Time in the West) (1968)
24 Psycho (1960)
25 Goodfellas (1990)
26 North by Northwest (1959)
27 Fabuleux destin d'Amélie Poulain, Le (Amélie) (2001)
28 The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
29 Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
30 It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
31 Sunset Blvd. (1950)
32 American Beauty (1999)
33 Fight Club (1999)
34 Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
35 The Matrix (1999)
36 Vertigo (1958)
37 Apocalypse Now (1979)
38 Paths of Glory (1957)
39 Taxi Driver (1976)
40 To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
41 Sen to Chihiro no kamikakushi (Spirited Away) (2001)
42 The Pianist (2002)
43 Se7en (1995)
44 The Third Man (1949)
45 Léon (1994)
46 Boot, Das (1981)
47 Requiem for a Dream (2000)
48 Chinatown (1974)
49 Hotel Rwanda (2004)
50 Million Dollar Baby (2004)
51 Untergang, Der (Downfall) (2004)
52 Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)
53 M (1931)
54 American History X (1998)
55 The Maltese Falcon (1941)
56 Rashômon (1950)
57 L.A. Confidential (1997)
58 Singin' in the Rain (1952)
59 The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)
60 All About Eve (1950)
61 Modern Times (1936)
62 Crash (2004)
63 Alien (1979)
64 The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)
65 Double Indemnity (1944)
66 Some Like It Hot (1959)
67 Raging Bull (1980)
68 Saving Private Ryan (1998)
69 A Clockwork Orange (1971)
70 Reservoir Dogs (1992)
71 Vita è bella, La (Life Is Beautiful) (1997)
72 The Manchurian Candidate (1962)
73 The Incredibles (2004)
74 Metropolis (1927)
75 The Shining (1980)
76 Sin City (2005)
77 City Lights (1931)
78 Amadeus (1984)
79 On the Waterfront (1954)
80 The Great Escape (1963)
81 The Sting (1973)
82 Aliens (1986)
83 Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)
84 Touch of Evil (1958)
85 Sjunde inseglet, Det (Seventh Seal, The) (1957)
86 Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
87 Ran (1985)
88 Rebecca (1940)
89 The Apartment (1960)
90 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
91 The Wizard of Oz (1939)
92 The Great Dictator (1940)
93 Jaws (1975)
94 Strangers on a Train (1951)
95 Donnie Darko (2001)
96 Nuovo cinema Paradiso (Cinema Paradiso) (1989)
97 Braveheart (1995)
98 Finding Nemo (2003)
99 Fargo (1996)
100 Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004)

101 Forrest Gump (1994)
102 Blade Runner (1982)
103 Mononoke-hime (Princess Mononoke) (1997)
104 Full Metal Jacket (1987)
105 Yojimbo (1961)
106 The Big Sleep (1946)
107 Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
108 Wo hu cang long (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) (2000)
109 Ladri di biciclette (Bicycle Thief, The) (1948)
110 Notorious (1946)
111 High Noon (1952)
112 The General (1927)
113 Batman Begins (2005)
114 Annie Hall (1977)
115 The Elephant Man (1980)
116 Once Upon a Time in America (1984)
117 The Sixth Sense (1999)
118 Oldboy (2003)
119 Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi (1983)
120 The Princess Bride (1987)
121 It Happened One Night (1934)
122 Cool Hand Luke (1967)
123 Smultronstället (Wild Strawberries) (1957)
124 Duck Soup (1933)
125 The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)
126 Unforgiven (1992)
127 The Deer Hunter (1978)
128 Amores perros (Love's a Bitch) (2000)
129 Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)
130 The Graduate (1967)
131 Ben-Hur (1959)
132 The Green Mile (1999)
133 Lola rennt (Run Lola Run) (1998)
134 Toy Story 2 (1999)
135 Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)
136 Before Sunset (2004)
137 Back to the Future (1985)
138 Life of Brian (1979)
139 Platoon (1986)
140 The Philadelphia Story (1940)
141 Finding Neverland (2004)
142 The Killing (1956)
143 Glory (1989)
144 The Gold Rush (1925)
145 Salaire de la peur, Le (The Wages of Fear) (1953)
146 The African Queen (1951)
147 Patton (1970)
148 Ying xiong (Hero) (2002)
149 A Christmas Story (1983)
150 Kumonosu jô (Throne of Blood) (1957)
151 The Grapes of Wrath (1940)
152 Gladiator (2000)
153 Witness for the Prosecution (1957)
154 The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)
155 Festen (Dogme 1/ Celebration, The) (1998)
156 The Night of the Hunter (1955)
157 Shadow of a Doubt (1943)
158 Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949)
159 Quatre cents coups, Les (400 Blows, The) (1959)
160 Die Hard (1988)
161 Shrek (2001)
162 Gone with the Wind (1939)
163 Mystic River (2003)
164 Hable con ella (Talk To Her) (2002)
165 Per qualche dollaro in più (For a Few Dollars More) (1965)
166 Stalag 17 (1953)
167 The Wild Bunch (1969)
168 The Conversation (1974)
169 The Hustler (1961)
170 Big Fish (2003)
171 The Straight Story (1999)
172 All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)
173 Manhattan (1979)
174 Bringing Up Baby (1938)
175 Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens (Nosferatu) (1922)

176 Gandhi (1982)
177 Magnolia (1999)
178 Brief Encounter (1945)
179 Arsenic and Old Lace (1944)
180 His Girl Friday (1940)
181 Stand by Me (1986)
182 Grande illusion, La (1937)
183 Ikiru (1952)
184 Kabinett des Doktor Caligari, Das (The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari) (1920)
185 Harvey (1950)
186 Spartacus (1960)
187 Dog Day Afternoon (1975)
188 Hotaru no haka (Grave of the Fireflies) (1988)
189 The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)
190 The Searchers (1956)
191 Trainspotting (1996)
192 Monsters, Inc. (2001)
193 Trois couleurs: Rouge (Three Colors: Red) (1994)
194 Young Frankenstein (1974)
195 Sling Blade (1996)
196 Toy Story (1995)
197 Ed Wood (1994)
198 Groundhog Day (1993)
199 The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962)
200 Diaboliques, Les (1955)
201 Roman Holiday (1953)
202 Twelve Monkeys (1995)
203 Brazil (1985)
204 Belle et la bête, La (Beauty and the Beast) (1946)
205 Strada, La (1954)
206 The Exorcist (1973)
207 The Big Lebowski (1998)
208 A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)
209 Sideways (2004)
210 Notti di Cabiria, Le (Nights of Cabiria) (1957)
211 8½ (1963)
212 Charade (1963)
213 Snatch. (2000)
214 Yeopgijeogin geunyeo (2001)
215 A Night at the Opera (1935)
216 Bronenosets Potyomkin (Battleship Potemkin) (1925)
217 Almost Famous (2000)
218 Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998)
219 The Terminator (1984)
220 Aguirre, der Zorn Gottes (Aguirre: The Wrath of God) (1972)
221 Heat (1995)
222 Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
223 The Insider (1999)
224 Lost in Translation (2003)
225 Tokyo monogatari (Tokyo Story) (1953)
226 Mar adentro (The Sea Inside) (2004/I)
227 Laura (1944)
228 Passion de Jeanne d'Arc, La (Passion of Joan of Arc, The) (1928)
229 All the President's Men (1976)
230 Règle du jeu, La (The Rules of the Game) (1939)
231 Dersu Uzala (1975)
232 King Kong (1933)
233 In the Heat of the Night (1967)
234 Mulholland Dr. (2001)
235 Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)
236 Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith (2005)
237 This Is Spinal Tap (1984)
238 Scarface (1983)
239 Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
240 In America (2002)
241 Garden State (2004)
242 Fanny och Alexander (Fanny and Alexander) (1982)
243 Rain Man (1988)
244 Miller's Crossing (1990)
245 Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)
246 Sleuth (1972)
247 Being John Malkovich (1999)
248 Rosemary's Baby (1968)
249 Frankenstein (1931)
250 The Lady Vanishes (1938)

In Feb. '04, I'd seen 102 of the 250. Now it's 109, but to restate: I used the Feb. '04 list then, and the Dec. '05 list now. Different films have entered the list, at the expense of others. Using the 2004 list, I've seen 17 more of those films than I had then, but ten that I had seen are no longer in the top 250. There seems to have been greater volatility in the lower rankings, as one would expect, so I've actually seen no more in the range 101-250 than in 2004. That obviously means I've seen seven more top-100 films (59 of them).

I've added several of the omissions to my Amazon Rental queue, but a surprising number of highly-rated films are unavailable i.e. not included in the rental scheme. Maybe that's deliberate, and Amazon wish to force people to buy the big-name classics.

However, other gaps in my viewing are likely to remain. For example, 'Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King' is at no.4, but I have no interest in seeing it, and films like 'It's a Wonderful Life', 'Singin' In The Rain' or 'Some Like It Hot' really aren't my thing.

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