Feb 9, 2010


Among Cinema aficionados the current thing to do is to blog about your 100 top films of the last century. Never one to miss out on a trend – especially one that involves compiling geeky film lists – here is my bandwagon entry. Also seems like a good time as any to re-brand the blog…so welcome to the new Wix Pix which is now CINEMA-SCOPE.

I believe this originated on THIS BLOG, and then was carried on by CITIZEN ROBOT and both lists should definitely be checked out (there's another one HERE). I, like Citizen Robot, also was a video store employee for many years (7 to be exact) including being employed at DAVE'S VIDEO: THE LASER PLACE, a very popular laserdisc store located in Studio City, CA that closed its doors in 2002 (I worked there from 1995 – 1996). Their main competition was LASER BLAZER (Citizen Robot's alma mater) in West L.A. which has managed to stay in business - miraculous given there is a Best Buy only a few blocks away and NETFLIX has pretty much cornered the market on rentals.

I missed a few films in the fourth quarter of 2009 thanks to a relocation, so haven't been able to fully compile a 2009 Best of list as of yet (it will come), nor have I done a best of the 00's which is also on the way. This list however is a lot more comprehensive not to mention, a heck of a lot more fun.

Thanks to Home Video (Blu-Ray marks my 4th format - preceded by VHS, Laserdisc and DVD), I have all of these titles in my collection. I am sure I will leave out something that someone will find appalling – one for instance is a particular 1994 film that seems to be on every other list but mine.

As the other lists did, I have included the director of each film however I have added the original distributor/studio as well. Some may differ from the video labels that these films have been released through today. For instance Warner Bros. now distributes much of the MGM, United Artists and RKO catalogs and Paramount was the original studio that released PSYCHO and VERTIGO but the video rights were later purchased by Lew Wasserman during his Universal reign.

Films are listed by decade, and then in order of release year.

One thing I do want to make clear right up front is that CITIZEN KANE is listed here not just because it is CITIZEN KANE. I happen to love CITIZEN KANE. I have had people say that I include it on lists merely because of its notoriety…completely UNTRUE. Now that that's out of the way…

The Big Parade (1925)

1920s (8)

THE KID (Charles Chaplin, First National Pictures, 1921)

SAFETY LAST! (Fred C. Newmeyer & S am Taylor, Pathé Exchange, 1923)

BEN-HUR: A TALE OF THE CHRIST (Fred Niblo, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1925)

THE BIG PARADE (King Vidor, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1925)

THE GENERAL (Clyde Bruckman & Bu ster Keaton, United Artists, 1927)

NAPOLÉON (Abel Gance, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1927)

SUNRISE (F.W. Murnau, Fox Film Corporation, 1927)

STEAMBOAT BILL, JR. (Charles Reisner, United Artists, 1928)

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)

1930s (10)

M (Fritz Lang, Vereinigte Star-Film GmbH, 1931)

IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT (Frank Capra, Columbia, 1934)

THE THIN MAN (W.S. Van Dyke, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1934)

BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN (James Whale, Universal, 1935)

MODERN TIMES (Charles Chaplin, United Artists, 1936)

LE GRANDE ILLUSION [GRAND ILLUSION] (Jean Renoir, Réalisation d'art cinématographique, 1937)

BRINGING UP BABY (Howard Hawks, RKO Radio Pictures, 1938)

GONE WITH THE WIND (Victor Fleming, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1939)

MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON (Frank Capra, Columbia, 1939)

STAGECOACH (John Ford, United Artists, 1939)

The Maltese Falcon (1941)

1940s (12)

THE GRAPES OF WRATH (John Ford, 20th Century Fox, 1940)

THE GREAT DICTATOR (Charles Chaplin, United Artists, 1940)

CITIZEN KANE (Orson Welles, RKO Radio Pictures, 1941)

THE MALTESE FALCON (John Huston, Warner Bros., 1941)

LA BELLE ET LA BÊTE [BEAUTY AND THE BEAST] (Jean Cocteau, DisCina, 1946)

THE LADY FROM SHANGHAI (Orson Welles, Columbia, 1947)

OUT OF THE PAST (Jacques Tourneur, RKO Radio Pictures, 1947)

LADRI DI BICICLETTE [THE BICYCLE THIEF] (Vittorio De Sica, Ente Nazionale Industrie Cinematografiche, 1948)

THE RED SHOES (Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger, General Film Distributers, 1948)

THE TREASURE OF THE SIERRA MADRE (John Huston, Warner Bros., 1948)

THE SET-UP (Robert Wise, RKO Radio Pictures, 1949)

THE THIRD MAN (Carol Reed, British Lion Corporation, 1949)

Vertigo (1958)


RASHÔMON (Akira Kurosawa, Daiei, 1950)

SUNSET BOULEVARD (Billy Wilder, Paramount, 1950)

A PLACE IN THE SUN (George Stevens, Paramount, 1951)

IKIRU (Akira Kurosawa, Toho, 1952)

LE SALAIRE DE LA PEUR [THE WAGES OF FEAR] (Henri-Georges Clouzot, Cinédis, 1953)

LA STRADA (Federico Fellini, Ponti-De Laurentiis Cinematografica, 1954)

KISS ME DEADLY (Robert Aldrich, United Artists, 1955)

20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA (Richard Fleischer, Walt Disney, 1954)

THE NIGHT OF THE HUNTER (Charles Laughton, United Artists, 1955)

THE SEARCHERS (John Ford, Warner Bros., 1956)

DET SJUNDE INSEGLT [THE SEVENTH SEAL] (Ingmar Bergman, Svensk Filmindustri, 1957)

SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS (Alexander Mackendrick, United Artists, 1957)

VERTIGO (Alfred Hitchcock, Paramount, 1958)

LES QUATRE CENTS COUPS [THE 400 BLOWS] (Francois Truffaut, Cocinor, 1959)

RIO BRAVO (Howard Hawks, Warner Bros., 1959)

8 1/2 (1963)

1960s (15)

LA DOLCE VITA (Federico Fellini, Cineriz, 1960)

PSYCHO (Alfred Hitchcock, Paramount, 1960)

THE HUSTLER (Robert Rossen, 20th Century Fox, 1961)

EL ÁNGEL EXTERMINADOR [THE EXTERMINATING ANGEL ] (Luis Buñuel, Producciones Gustavo Alatriste, 1962)

8 ½ (Federico Fellini, Cineriz, 1963)

HUD (Martin Ritt, Paramount, 1963)


MARY POPPINS (Robert Stevenson, Walt Disney, 1964)

WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF? (Mike Nichols, Warner Bros., 1966)

BELLE DE JOUR (Luis Buñuel, Alta Films, 1967)

BONNIE AND CLYDE (Arthur Penn, Warner Bros., 1967)

THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY (Sergio Leone, United Artists, 1967)

POINT BLANK (John Boorman, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1967)

ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST (Sergio Leone, Paramount, 1968)

PLANET OF THE APES (Franklin J. Schaffner, 20th Century Fox, 1968)

Chinatown (1974)

1970s (12)

IL CONFORMISTA [THE CONFORMIST] (Bernardo Bertolucci, Paramount, 1970)

BADLANDS (Terrence Malick, Warner Bros., 1973)

CHINATOWN (Roman Polanski, Paramount, 1974)

THE CONVERSATION (Francis Ford Coppola, Paramount, 1974)

THE GODFATHER PART II (Francis Ford Coppola, Paramount, 1974)

BARRY LYNDON (Stanley Kubrick, Warner Bros., 1975)

ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST (Milos Forman, United Artists, 1975)

TAXI DRIVER (Martin Scorsese, Columbia,1976)

THE DEER HUNTER (Michael Cimino, Universal, 1978)

ALL THAT JAZZ (Bob Fosse, 20th Century Fox, 1979)

APOCALYPSE NOW (Francis Ford Coppola, United Artists, 1979)

MANHATTAN (Woody Allen, United Artists, 1979)

Raging Bull (1980)

1980s (15)

THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK (Irvin Kershner, 20th Century Fox, 1980)

RAGING BULL (Martin Scorsese, United Artists, 1980)

THE SHINING (Stanley Kubrick, Warner Bros., 1980)

RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK (Steven Spielberg, Paramount, 1981)

BLADE RUNNER (Ridley Scott, The Ladd Company/Warner Bros., 1982)

POLTERGEIST (Tobe Hooper, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1982)

STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KHAN (Nicholas Meyer, Paramount, 1982)

THE THING (John Carpenter, Universal, 1982)

THIS IS SPINAL TAP (Rob Reiner, Embassy Pictures, 1984)

BACK TO THE FUTURE (Robert Zemeckis, Universal, 1985)

RAN (Akira Kurosawa, Toho, 1985)

ALIENS (James Cameron, 20th Century Fox, 1986)

WALL STREET (Oliver Stone, 20th Century Fox, 1987)

DIE HARD (John McTiernan, 20th Century Fox, 1988)

DO THE RIGHT THING (Spike Lee, Universal, Universal, 1989)

JFK (1991)

1990s (13)

EDWARD SCISSORHANDS (Tim Burton, 20th Century Fox, 1990)

GOODFELLAS (Martin Scorsese, Warner Bros., 1990)

JFK (Oliver Stone, Warner Bros., 1991)

TERMINATOR 2: JUDGMENT DAY (James Cameron, TriStar/Carolco, 1991)

THE PLAYER (Robert Altman, Fine Line Features, 1992)

QUIZ SHOW (Robert Redford, Hollywood Pictures [Disney], 1994)

THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION (Frank Darabont, Columbia/Castle Rock, 1994)

SE7EN (David Fincher, New Line Cinema, 1995)

THE USUAL SUSPECTS (Bryan Singer, PolyGram, 1995)

THIN RED LINE (Terrence Malick, Fox 2000, 1998)

FIGHT CLUB (David Fincher, 20th Century Fox, 1999)

THE MATRIX (Larry Wachowski & Andy Wachowski, Warner Bros., 1999)

TOY STORY 2 (John Lasseter & Ash Brannon & Lee Unkrich, Walt Disney-Pixar, 1999)

A few statistics:

Number of films by Studio:











TOHO – 2

OTHER – 20

Directors with multiple films:

Nobody stood out alone with the greatest number of films. Charlie Chaplin, John Ford, Akira Kurosawa, Federico Fellini, Stanley Kubrick, Francis Ford Coppola and Martin Scorsese all had 3 films each. Frank Capra, Howard Hawks, Orson Welles, John Huston, Alfred Hitchcock, Luis Buñuel, Sergio Leone, Terrence Malick, James Cameron, Oliver Stone and David Fincher were all represented with 2.

Color barely edges out Black-and-White 51 – 49, and only 1 animated film made the cut (TOY STORY 2).

Stay tuned…there may be a best SCORE list coming soon.