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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 I'd actually seen. Almost two years later, I repeated the exercise in December 2005, again in December 2006 and yet again last December. Here we go again....
Note that the top 250 changes rapidly and the following list is today's (31/12/08), quite different to those used before.

1 The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
2 The Godfather (1972)
3 The Godfather: Part II (1974)
4 The Dark Knight (2008)
5 Buono, il brutto, il cattivo, Il (Good, the Bad and the Ugly, The) (1966)
6 Pulp Fiction (1994)
7 Schindler's List (1993)
8 One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)
9 Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
10 12 Angry Men (1957)
11 Casablanca (1942)
12 Star Wars (1977)
13 Shichinin no samurai (Seven Samurai) (1954)
14 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)
15 Goodfellas (1990)
16 Rear Window (1954)
17 Cidade de Deus (City Of God) (2002)
18 Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
19 C'era una volta il West (Once Upon a Time in the West) (1968)
20 The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
21 The Usual Suspects (1994)
22 Fight Club (1999)
23 Psycho (1960)
24 The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
25 Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)
26 Sunset Blvd. (1950)
27 North by Northwest (1959)
28 Memento (2000)
29 Citizen Kane (1941)
30 The Matrix (1999)
31 The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)
32 It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
33 Se7en (1995)
34 WALL·E (2008)
35 Léon (1994)
36 Apocalypse Now (1979)
37 Taxi Driver (1976)
38 Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
39 American Beauty (1999)
40 American History X (1998)
41 Vertigo (1958)
42 Paths of Glory (1957)
43 Fabuleux destin d'Amélie Poulain, Le (Amélie) (2001)
44 M (1931)
45 Forrest Gump (1994)
46 The Departed (2006)
47 To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
48 Alien (1979)
49 Double Indemnity (1944)
50 A Clockwork Orange (1971)
51 The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)
52 Das Leben der Anderen (The Lives Of Others) (2006)
53 The Third Man (1949)
54 Chinatown (1974)
55 The Shining (1980)
56 The Pianist (2002)
57 Saving Private Ryan (1998)
58 Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
59 Sen to Chihiro no kamikakushi (Spirited Away) (2001)
60 Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)
61 Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
62 L.A. Confidential (1997)
63 Laberinto del fauno, El (Pan's Labyrinth) (2006)
64 Aliens (1986)
65 The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)
66 Requiem for a Dream (2000)
67 Das Boot (1981)
68 Reservoir Dogs (1992)
69 The Maltese Falcon (1941)
70 Rashômon (1950)
71 City Lights (1931)
72 Raging Bull (1980)
73 Metropolis (1927)
74 Der Untergang (Downfall) (2004)
75 All About Eve (1950)
76 Modern Times (1936)
77 Rebecca (1940)
78 Singin' in the Rain (1952)
79 Some Like It Hot (1959)
80 Amadeus (1984)
81 The Prestige (2006)
82 The Elephant Man (1980)
83 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
84 Vita è bella, La (Life Is Beautiful) (1997)
85 Sin City (2005)
86 The Great Escape (1963)
87 Nuovo cinema Paradiso (Cinema Paradiso) (1988)
88 The Apartment (1960)
89 No Country for Old Men (2007)
90 Full Metal Jacket (1987)
91 The Sting (1973)
92 Once Upon a Time in America (1984)
93 Hotel Rwanda (2004)
94 Sjunde inseglet, Det (Seventh Seal, The) (1957)
95 Touch of Evil (1958)
96 On the Waterfront (1954)
97 The Great Dictator (1940)
98 Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
99 Batman Begins (2005)
100 Braveheart (1995)
101 Back to the Future (1985)
102 Jaws (1975)
103 Ladri di biciclette (Bicycle Thief, The) (1948)
104 Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)
105 Blade Runner (1982)
106 Strangers on a Train (1951)
107 There Will Be Blood (2007)
108 The Manchurian Candidate (1962)
109 Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi (1983)
110 Unforgiven (1992)
111 Notorious (1946)
112 High Noon (1952)
113 The Big Sleep (1946)
114 The Green Mile (1999)
115 Fargo (1996)
116 Oldboy (2003)
117 Cool Hand Luke (1967)
118 The Wizard of Oz (1939)
119 Per qualche dollaro in più (For a Few Dollars More) (1965)
120 Gladiator (2000)
121 Die Hard (1988)
122 Mononoke-hime (Princess Mononoke) (1997)
123 Yojimbo (1961)
124 Donnie Darko (2001)
125 Ran (1985)
126 Smultronstället (Wild Strawberries) (1957)
127 Annie Hall (1977)
128 Salaire de la peur, Le (The Wages of Fear) (1953)
129 Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)
130 The General (1927)
131 It Happened One Night (1934)
132 Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949)
133 Heat (1995)
134 The Deer Hunter (1978)
135 The Sixth Sense (1999)
136 Ben-Hur (1959)
137 Platoon (1986)
138 Witness for the Prosecution (1957)
139 Into the Wild (2007)
140 The Bourne Ultimatum (2007)
141 Million Dollar Baby (2004)
142 Notti di Cabiria, Le (Nights of Cabiria) (1957)
143 Life of Brian (1979)
144 Ratatouille (2007)
145 Diaboliques, Les (1955)
146 Judgment at Nuremberg (1961)
147 Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)
148 Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
149 (1963)
150 The Big Lebowski (1998)
151 The Killing (1956)
152 Amores perros (Love's a Bitch) (2000)
153 Finding Nemo (2003)
154 The Graduate (1967)
155 Brief Encounter (1945)
156 The Grapes of Wrath (1940)
157 Dog Day Afternoon (1975)
158 Stand by Me (1986)
159 The Night of the Hunter (1955)
160 Snatch. (2000)
161 The Wild Bunch (1969)
162 Gandhi (1982)
163 V for Vendetta (2005)
164 The Incredibles (2004)
165 The Gold Rush (1925)
166 The Princess Bride (1987)
167 Gone with the Wind (1939)
168 Shadow of a Doubt (1943)
169 Trainspotting (1996)
170 The Thing (1982)
171 Scarface (1983)
172 Children of Men (2006)
173 Battaglia di Algeri, La (The Battle of Algiers) (1966)
174 Harvey (1950)
175 The Lion King (1994)
176 Groundhog Day (1993)
177 The Wrestler (2008)
178 Toy Story (1995)
179 Sleuth (1972)
180 The Terminator (1984)
181 The Hustler (1961)
182 Letters from Iwo Jima (2006)
183 The African Queen (1951)
184 The Ox-Bow Incident (1943)
185 Twelve Monkeys (1995)
186 The Conversation (1974)
187 Umberto D. (1952)
188 Duck Soup (1933)
189 Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998)
190 The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)
191 The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)
192 Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (1927)
193 Scaphandre et le papillon, Le (The Diving Bell and the Butterfly) (2007)
194 Crash (2004)
195 The Lady Vanishes (1938)
196 Låt den rätte komma in (Let the Right One In) (2008)
197 King Kong (1933)
198 Hotaru no haka (Grave of the Fireflies) (1988)
199 Stalag 17 (1953)
200 The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)
201 Ed Wood (1994)
202 Casino (1995)
203 Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004)
204 The Kid (1921)
205 Dial M for Murder (1954)
206 The Exorcist (1973)
207 The Lost Weekend (1945)
208 A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)
209 Wo hu cang long (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) (2000)
210 All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)
211 Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
212 Patton (1970)
213 Belle et la bête, La (Beauty and the Beast) (1946)
214 Rope (1948)
215 Anatomy of a Murder (1959)
216 Glory (1989)
217 Little Miss Sunshine (2006)
218 Rosemary's Baby (1968)
219 Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens (Nosferatu) (1922)
220 Milk (2008)
221 Frankenstein (1931)
222 Magnolia (1999)
223 His Girl Friday (1940)
224 Spartacus (1960)
225 Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)
226 Big Fish (2003)
227 In the Heat of the Night (1967)
228 Roman Holiday (1953)
229 The Philadelphia Story (1940)
230 Network (1976)
231 Manhattan (1979)
232 Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
233 Strada, La (1954)
234 In Bruges (2008)
235 Sweet Smell of Success (1957)
236 Mystic River (2003)
237 Safety Last! (1923)
238 Arsenic and Old Lace (1944)
239 The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962)
240 Great Expectations (1946)
241 Dolce vita, La (1960)
242 Rocky (1976)
243 Planet of the Apes (1968)
244 Casino Royale (2006)
245 A Man for All Seasons (1966)
246 Young Frankenstein (1974)
247 Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)
248 The Searchers (1956)
249 Harold and Maude (1971)
250 A Christmas Story (1983)

In Feb. '04, I'd seen 102 of that 250, 109 of the updated list in 2005, 129 of the 2006 list and 165 last December. At the end of 2008, it's 197/250 (79%), which can be divided as 97 from the top 100 and 100 from the remaining 150. That's quite a jump, but as I mentioned last time, I'd deliberately added as many of my omissions from the 2006 list to my Amazon DVD Rental queue as were available. Most of the remaining omissions were already in that queue (now at LOVEFiLM), yet to be despatched, and I've added all but one of the remaining films.

As always, the lower rankings are more volatile than the 'core' top 100 which changes little year-to-year (though two of the top 50 are brand new). I was disappointed to see some of my favourites drop out....
Using the 2004-2007 lists, I've now seen 96 (43 more), 98 (39 more), 99 (29 more) and 99 (8 more) of their top 100s, but 102 (48 more), 109 (60 more), 107 (75 more) and 106 (32 more) of their lower ranges; overall, that's 198/250, 207/250, 206/250 and 205/250 respectively.

As I said last time (though it's worth repeating): I'm a little uneasy about this exercise as renting films I don't expect to enjoy, simply to tick them off a list, would be pointless, trainspotter-type completism. It's about enjoying films and broadening my knowledge, which has certainly succeeded. The extra prompt of films being on a 'hit list' has meant I've seen some good films I'd already planned to see but hadn't 'got round to', some I hadn't even heard of, and yes, some I enjoyed despite negative expectations. There have also been some I haven't enjoyed, but surprisingly few.

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