Dean Clancy’s Movie List


“The fact is I am quite happy in a movie, even a bad movie.”—Binx Bolling, The Moviegoer

I’m not happy in a bad movie, but I do love a good one. I’ve seen a lot of movies, most of them mediocre, a few unforgettable.

Below is a list of more than five hundred movies I can remember having seen, arranged within tiers, from best to worst.

Although I’m pretty conservative in my tastes, I am willing to like any film, regardless of style, content, or subject-matter, provided it’s “a good story well told,” holds my interest from first frame to last, and doesn’t try too hard to shock, disgust, titillate, or edify me—especially edify. The highest praise I can give a film is that I want to see it again. Few earn that honor.

Note: A number of these titles I walked out of mid-film or fast-forwarded through in disgust or boredom; they are included here only as a warning. Many I’ve only seen in an “edited for TV” version. Your mileage may vary. Consult the parents’ guide before viewing!

I hope you find this list helpful in your own viewing.

— Dean

P.S. For what it’s worth, my favorite directors are Kurosawa, Chaplin, and Wilder. I’ve also enjoyed films by Antonioni, Bergman, Buñuel, Capra, Coppola, Fellini, Ford, Frankenheimer, Hawks, Hill, Hitchcock, Kubrick, Lang, Lester, Lumet, and Scott. And then there’s Tarkovsky, in a class all by himself.

P.P.S. For the record, I abhor sequels. Mediocre films don’t deserve them. Great films don’t need them. But yes, I did enjoy Godfather II and Empire Strikes Back.


My five categories:

♥♥♥♥   Wonderful
♥♥♥      Good
♥♥         Pretty good
♥           So-so
✖          Ugh


1. Wonderful ♥♥♥♥

♥♥♥♥ Alien (1979)
♥♥♥♥ The Bad Sleep Well (1960)
♥♥♥♥ The Battle of Algiers (1966)
♥♥♥♥ Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)
♥♥♥♥ Casablanca (1943)
♥♥♥♥ City Lights (1931)
♥♥♥♥ The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)
♥♥♥♥ Dr. Strangelove (1964)
♥♥♥♥ Double Indemnity (1944)
♥♥♥♥ Downfall (2004)
♥♥♥♥ Duck Soup (1933)
♥♥♥♥ Forbidden Planet (1956)*
♥♥♥♥ Fort Apache (1948)
♥♥♥♥ Frankenstein (1931)
♥♥♥♥ The French Connection (1971)
♥♥♥♥ The General (1926)
♥♥♥♥ The Godfather (1972)
♥♥♥♥ The Godfather, Part II (1974)
♥♥♥♥ Gojira (1954)
♥♥♥♥ Grand Hotel (1932)
♥♥♥♥ Grand Illusion (1937)
♥♥♥♥ The Great Dictator (1940)
♥♥♥♥ A Hard Day’s Night (1964)
♥♥♥♥ High and Low (1963)
♥♥♥♥ How to Steal a Million (1966)
♥♥♥♥ The Incredibles (2004)
♥♥♥♥ Ivan’s Childhood (1962)
♥♥♥♥ It Happened One Night (1934)
♥♥♥♥ The Kid (1921)
♥♥♥♥ To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
♥♥♥♥ The Lady Vanishes (1938)
♥♥♥♥ Lincoln (2012) *
♥♥♥♥ The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
♥♥♥♥ The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)
♥♥♥♥ The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)
♥♥♥♥ The Maltese Falcon (1941)
♥♥♥♥ A Man for All Seasons (1966)
♥♥♥♥ Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
♥♥♥♥ Modern Times (1936)
♥♥♥♥ My Darling Clementine (1946)
♥♥♥♥ My Fair Lady (1964)
♥♥♥♥ The Manchurian Candidate (1962)
♥♥♥♥ M (1931)
♥♥♥♥ Mary Poppins (1964)
♥♥♥♥ Night and Fog (1955) *
♥♥♥♥ North by Northwest (1959)
♥♥♥♥ One Two Three (1961)
♥♥♥♥ Paths of Glory (1957)
♥♥♥♥ Patton (1970)
♥♥♥♥ The Pink Panther (1963)
♥♥♥♥ Planet of the Apes (1968)
♥♥♥♥ Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
♥♥♥♥ Rashomon (1950)
♥♥♥♥ Rear Window (1954)
♥♥♥♥ Red Beard (1965)
♥♥♥♥ Red River (1948)
♥♥♥♥ Safety Last! (1923)
♥♥♥♥ Sanjuro (1961)
♥♥♥♥ Sanshiro Sugata (1943)
♥♥♥♥ Scarface (1932)
♥♥♥♥ Seven Samurai (1954)
♥♥♥♥ A Shot in the Dark (1964)
♥♥♥♥ Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
♥♥♥♥ The Sound of Music (1965)
♥♥♥♥ Stagecoach (1939)
♥♥♥♥ Star Wars (1977) *
♥♥♥♥ The Sting (1973)
♥♥♥♥ Sweet Smell of Success (1957)
♥♥♥♥ The Thing (1982)
♥♥♥♥ The Thing from Another World (1951)
♥♥♥♥ The Thin Man (1934)
♥♥♥♥ The Third Man (1949)
♥♥♥♥ The 39 Steps (1935)
♥♥♥♥ The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)
♥♥♥♥ The Virgin Spring (1960)
♥♥♥♥ What’s Up, Doc? (1972)
♥♥♥♥ Witness for the Prosecution (1957)
♥♥♥♥ Yojimbo (1961)


2. Good ♥♥♥

♥♥♥ 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
♥♥♥ 3:10 to Yuma (1957)
♥♥♥ 8 1/2 (1963)
♥♥♥ The Absent-Minded Professor (1961)
♥♥♥ All the President’s Men (1976)
♥♥♥ All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)
♥♥♥ American Graffiti (1973)
♥♥♥ A Night at the Opera (1935)
♥♥♥ Andrei Rublev (1966)
♥♥♥ Annie Hall (1977)
♥♥♥ The Apartment (1964)
♥♥♥ Arrival (2016)
♥♥♥ Baby Face (1933)
♥♥♥ The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer (1947)
♥♥♥ Bambi (1942)
♥♥♥ The Bank Dick (1940)
♥♥♥ Battleship Potemkin (1925)
♥♥♥ Belle du Jour (1967)
♥♥♥ The Bicycle Thief (1948)
♥♥♥ The Big Sleep (1946)
♥♥♥ Blade Runner (1982) *
♥♥♥ Blow Up (1966)
♥♥♥ Bridge of Spies (2015)
♥♥♥ Captains Courageous (1937)
♥♥♥ Chinatown (1974)
♥♥♥ Contempt (1963)
♥♥♥ The Conversation (1974)
♥♥♥ D.O.A. (1950)
♥♥♥ Death Wish (1974)
♥♥♥ Deliverance (1972)
♥♥♥ Dial M for Murder (1954)
♥♥♥ Die Hard (1988)
♥♥♥ Easy Rider (1969)
♥♥♥ Fail Safe (1964)
♥♥♥ Fargo (1996)
♥♥♥ A Fish Called Wanda (1988)
♥♥♥ Five Easy Pieces (1970)
♥♥♥ The Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
♥♥♥ Get Carter (1971)
♥♥♥ Gilda (1946)
♥♥♥ The Gods Must Be Crazy (1980)
♥♥♥ The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (1966)
♥♥♥ The Graduate (1967)
♥♥♥ The Grapes of Wrath (1940)
♥♥♥ The Great Escape (1963)
♥♥♥ Gravity (2013)
♥♥♥ Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (1967)
♥♥♥ Harold and Maude (1971)
♥♥♥ Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)
♥♥♥ Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 (2010)
♥♥♥ Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 (2011)
♥♥♥ Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005)
♥♥♥ Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009)
♥♥♥ Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007)
♥♥♥ Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (2001)
♥♥♥ Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)
♥♥♥ The Hidden Fortress (1958)
♥♥♥ His Girl Friday (1940)
♥♥♥ Hud (1963)
♥♥♥ The Hunt for Red October (1990)
♥♥♥ The Hurt Locker (2009)
♥♥♥ The Ice Storm (1997)
♥♥♥ Ikiru (1952)
♥♥♥ In Cold Blood (1967)
♥♥♥ It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963)
♥♥♥ It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)
♥♥♥ Jaws (1975)
♥♥♥ Judgment at Nuremberg (1961)
♥♥♥ The Jungle Book (1967)
♥♥♥ Kagemusha (1980)
♥♥♥ Kes (1969)
♥♥♥ The Killing (1956)
♥♥♥ Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949)
♥♥♥ La Dolce Vita (1960)
♥♥♥ La Strada (1954)
♥♥♥ The Last King of Scotland (2006)
♥♥♥ The Last Picture Show (1971)
♥♥♥ The Lavender Hill Mob (1951)
♥♥♥ Look Who’s Back (2015)
♥♥♥ The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962)
♥♥♥ The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (1977)
♥♥♥ The Matrix (1999)
♥♥♥ Metropolis (1927)
♥♥♥ Minority Report (2002)
♥♥♥ Mirror (1975)
♥♥♥ Monsters, Inc. (2001)
♥♥♥ Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1974)
♥♥♥ Mouchette (1967)
♥♥♥ The Mouse That Roared (1959)
♥♥♥ Murder on the Orient Express (1974)
♥♥♥ Night of the Living Dead (1968)
♥♥♥ The Night Porter (1974)
♥♥♥ On the Waterfront (1954)
♥♥♥ The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976)
♥♥♥ Paper Moon (1973)
♥♥♥ The Pawnbroker (1964)
♥♥♥ The Revenant (2015)
♥♥♥ Sabrina (1954)
♥♥♥ Scarface: The Shame of a Nation (1932)
♥♥♥ The Searchers (1956)
♥♥♥ The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013)
♥♥♥ Seven Days in May (1964)
♥♥♥ She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949)
♥♥♥ Stalag 17 (1953)
♥♥♥ The Shining (1980)
♥♥♥ Shoot the Piano Player (1960)
♥♥♥ Smiles of a Summer Night (1955)
♥♥♥ Solaris (1972)
♥♥♥ Song of the South (1946)
♥♥♥ Sopie Scholl: The Final Days (2005)
♥♥♥ The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (1965)
♥♥♥ Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
♥♥♥ State of the Union (1948)
♥♥♥ Soylent Green (1972)
♥♥♥ The Thomas Crown Affair (1968)
♥♥♥ Throne of Blood (1957)
♥♥♥ Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)
♥♥♥ The Trial of Joan of Arc (1962)
♥♥♥ Tristana (1970)
♥♥♥ Twelve O’Clock High (1949)
♥♥♥ The Unforgiven (1960)
♥♥♥ Vertigo (1958)
♥♥♥ Wait Until Dark (1967)
♥♥♥ What About Bob? (1991)
♥♥♥ Wild Strawberries (1957)
♥♥♥ Willy Wonka (1971)
♥♥♥ The Wizard of Oz (1039)
♥♥♥ You Can’t Take It With You (1938)
♥♥♥ Young Frankenstein (1974)
♥♥♥ Young Mr. Lincoln (1939)
♥♥♥ Zulu (1964)


3. Pretty good ♥♥

♥♥ 12 Angry Men (1957)
♥♥ 1776 (1972)
♥♥ 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954)
♥♥ A.I.: Artificial Intelligence (2001)
♥♥ A Few Good Men (1992)
♥♥ The African Queen (1951)
♥♥ Air Force One (1997)
♥♥ Airplane! (1980)
♥♥ The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)
♥♥ Amelie (2001)
♥♥ American Hustle (2013)
♥♥ Argo (2012)
♥♥ The Aristocats (1970)
♥♥ Arsenic and Old Lace (1944)
♥♥ Bad Day at Black Rock (1955)
♥♥ Bagdad Cafe (1987)
♥♥ Ball of Fire (1941)
♥♥ The Bank Dick (1940)
♥♥ Batman Begins (2005)
♥♥ Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971)
♥♥ Being There (1979)
♥♥ The Birth of a Nation (1915)
♥♥ Black Hawk Down (2001)
♥♥ Black Mass (2015)
♥♥ Body Heat (1981)
♥♥ The Bourne Identity (2002)
♥♥ The Bourne Supremacy (2004)
♥♥ Boys Town (1938)
♥♥ Braveheart (1995)
♥♥ Breathless (1960)
♥♥ Bringing Up Baby (1938)
♥♥ Broadway Danny Rose (1984)
♥♥ The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1921)*
♥♥ Cactus Flower (1969)
♥♥ Captain America: Winter Soldier (2014)
♥♥ Captain Blood (1935)
♥♥ Captain Phillips (2013)
♥♥ Casino Royale (1967)
♥♥ Catch Me If You Can (2002)
♥♥ Charade (1963)
♥♥ Cinderella (1950)
♥♥ Citizen Kane (1941)
♥♥ The Court Jester (1955)
♥♥ Crocodile Dundee (1986)
♥♥ Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)
♥♥ Day of the Jackal (1973)
♥♥ Deathtrap (1982)
♥♥ Defiance (2008)
♥♥ The Defiant Ones (1958)
♥♥ The Desert Fox: The Story of Rommel (1951)
♥♥ Diehard (1988)
♥♥ Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988)
♥♥ The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972)
♥♥ District 9 (2009)
♥♥ Django, Unchanged (2012)
♥♥ Don’t Drink the Water (1969)
♥♥ Dr. Mabuse, The Gambler (1922)*
♥♥ Drums Along the Mohawk (1939)
♥♥ Drunken Angel (1948)
♥♥ Dumbo (1941)
♥♥ Eastern Promises (2007)
♥♥ Ecstasy (1933)
♥♥ Enemies at the Gate (2001)
♥♥ Enter the Dragon (1973)
♥♥ Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
♥♥ Fanny and Alexander (1982) *
♥♥ Finian’s Rainbow (1968)
♥♥ A Fistful of Dollars (1964)
♥♥ For a Few Dollars More (1965)
♥♥ Foreign Correspondent (1940)
♥♥ The Fugitive (1993)
♥♥ Fury (2014)
♥♥ Gattaca (1997)
♥♥ Glory (1989)
♥♥ Gone with the Wind (1939)
♥♥ The Great Train Robbery (1979)
♥♥ Groundhog Day (1993)
♥♥ Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
♥♥ Gunga Din (1939)
♥♥ Hail, Caesar! (2016)
♥♥ Happy Gilmore (1996)
♥♥ Hell or Highwater (2016)
♥♥ Hello, Dolly! (1969)
♥♥ Henry V (1989)
♥♥ High Plains Drifter (1973)
♥♥ Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (2005)
♥♥ Hobson’s Choice (1954)
♥♥ Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (1989)
♥♥ The Hospital (1971)
♥♥ Hot Saturday (1932)
♥♥ The Imitation Game (2014)
♥♥ Inherit the Wind (1960)
♥♥ Interstellar (2014)
♥♥ Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons (2013)
♥♥ Killer’s Kiss (1955)
♥♥ King of Hearts (1966)
♥♥ King Kong (1933)
♥♥ Lady and the Tramp (1955)
♥♥ The Lady from Shanghai (1947)
♥♥ Laura (1944)
♥♥ Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
♥♥ The Legend of Drunken Master (1994)
♥♥ Life is Beautiful (1997)
♥♥ Lillies of the Field (1963)
♥♥ The Lion in Winter (1968)
♥♥ Lolita (1962)
♥♥ Mad Max (1979)
♥♥ Mad Max: Road Warrior (1981)
♥♥ Madadayo (1993)
♥♥ Manhattan (1979)
♥♥ Manhattan Murder Mystery (1993)
♥♥ Marathon Man (1976)
♥♥ The Martian (2015)
♥♥ MASH (1970)
♥♥ Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)
♥♥ Meet the Robinsons (2007)
♥♥ Mighty Aphrodite (1995)
♥♥ Miracle on 34th Street (1947)
♥♥ Mr. & Mrs. Smith (1941)
♥♥ Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol (2011)
♥♥ Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation (2015)
♥♥ The Monuments Men (2014)
♥♥ The Mummy (1999)
♥♥ The Muppet Movie (1979)
♥♥ Muppet Treasure Island (1996)
♥♥ Murder by Death (1976)
♥♥ My Favorite Year (1982)
♥♥ My Man Godfrey (1936)
♥♥ National Treasure (2004)
♥♥ Network (1976)
♥♥ The Night of the Iguana (1964)
♥♥ Ninotchka (1939)
♥♥ No Country for Old Men (2007)
♥♥ Nostalghia (1983)
♥♥ Notorious (1946)
♥♥ O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000)
♥♥ Ocean’s Eleven (2001)
♥♥ The Old Man and the Sea (1958)
♥♥ On the Beach (1959)
♥♥ One Hundred and One Dalmatians (1961)
♥♥ Our Man in Havana (1960)
♥♥ Pale Rider (1985)
♥♥ The Parallax View (1974)
♥♥ The Parent Trap (1961)
♥♥ The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928)
♥♥ Pat and Mike (1952)
♥♥ Peter Pan (1953)
♥♥ The Philadelphia Story (1939)
♥♥ Pinocchio (1940)
♥♥ Play It Again, Sam (1972)
♥♥ The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946)
♥♥ Psycho (1960)
♥♥ The Red Balloon (1956)
♥♥ Rio Grande (1950)
♥♥ Ran (1985)
♥♥ Rio Bravo (1959)
♥♥ Robin Hood (1973)
♥♥ Rosemary’s Baby (1968)
♥♥ Saboteur (1942)
♥♥ The Santa Clause (1994)
♥♥ Saving Mr. Banks (2014)
♥♥ Saving Private Ryan (1998)
♥♥ Scandal (1950)
♥♥ Separate Tables (1958)
♥♥ The Seventh Seal (1957)
♥♥ Silence of the Lambs (1991)
♥♥ The Simpsons Movie (2007)
♥♥ Singin’ in the Rain (1952)
♥♥ Sleeper (1973)
♥♥ Some Like It Hot (1959)
♥♥ Son of Flubber (1963)
♥♥ Spartacus (1960)
♥♥ Spider Man (2002)
♥♥ Spider Man 2 (2004)
♥♥ Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures (2001)
♥♥ Start Trek Into Darkness (2013)
♥♥ Star Trek II: The Wrath of Kahn (1982)
♥♥ Star Wars Rogue One (2016)
♥♥ Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi (1983)
♥♥ Strangers on a Train (1951)
♥♥ Stray Dog (1949)
♥♥ Suspicion (1941)
♥♥ Sword in the Stone (1963)
♥♥ Take the Money and Run (1969)
♥♥ The Last Hurrah (1958)
♥♥ The Testament of Dr. Mabuse (1933)
♥♥ Things to Come (1936)
♥♥ The Three Musketeers (1973)
♥♥ The Four Musketeers (1974)
♥♥ To Be or Not to Be (1942)
♥♥ To Catch a Thief (1955)
♥♥ Touch of Evil (1958)
♥♥ Toy Story (1995)
♥♥ Toy Story 2 (1999)
♥♥ The Terminator (1984)
♥♥ Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
♥♥ True Grit (1969)
♥♥ Two for the Road (1967)
♥♥ WALL-E (2008)
♥♥ Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)
♥♥ Who’s Minding the Mint? (1967)
♥♥ Winchester ’73 (1950)
♥♥ Zelig (1983)
♥♥ Zero Dark Thirty (2012)
♥♥ Zootopia (2016)


4. So-so

♥ 12 Years a Slave (2013)
♥ Affair in Trinidad (1952)
♥ Airplane! 2: The Sequel (1982)
♥ Alice in Wonderland (1951)
♥ Alladin (1992)
♥ And God Created Woman (1956)
♥ Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
♥ Bananas (1971)
♥ Barbershop (2002)
♥ Barry Lyndon (1974)
♥ Batman (1989)
♥ Beauty and the Beast (1991)
♥ Becket (1964)
♥ Bedazzled (1967)
♥ Big Hero 6 (2014)
♥ The Big Red One (1980)
♥ The Birds (1963)
♥ Boom Town (1940)
♥ Brazil (1985)
♥ A Brief History of Time (1991)
♥ Bullitt (1968)
♥ Cabaret (1972)
♥ Caddyshack (1980)
♥ Cars (2006)
♥ Cheaper by the Dozen (1950)
♥ The China Syndrome (1979)
♥ Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968)
♥ Cool Hand Luke (1967)
♥ Cowboys & Aliens (2011)
♥ Dante’s Peak (1997)
♥ The Dark Knight (2008)
♥ Das Boot (1981)
♥ Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014)
♥ Desk Set (1957)
♥ The Devil’s Brigade (1968)
♥ The Dirty Dozen (1967)
♥ Dirty Harry (1971)
♥ Dr. No (1963)
♥ Empire of the Sun (1987)
♥ Enchanted (2007)
♥ Ender’s Game (2013)
♥ Equilibrium (2002)
♥ Fahrenheit 451 (1966)
♥ Fantasia (1940)
♥ Father of the Bride (1950)
♥ Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)
♥ Finding Nemo (2003)
♥ For Pete’s Sake (1974)
♥ From Russia with Love (1963)
♥ Full Metal Jacket (1987)
♥ Funny Face (1957)
♥ Gentleman’s Agreement (1948)
♥ Gandhi (1982)
♥ Goldfinger (1964)
♥ Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)
♥ Hanover Place (1979)
♥ Hawaii (1966)
♥ Heartbreak Ridge (1986)
♥ Her (2014)
♥ A History of Violence (2005)
♥ Hondo (1953)
♥ How Green Was My Valley (1941)
♥ How to Murder Your Wife (1965)
♥ I Am Legend (2007)
♥ I Live in Fear (1955)
♥ Ice Station Zebra (1968)
♥ Inglourious Basterds (2009)
♥ Inside Out (2015)
♥ The Italian Job (1969)
♥ Irma la Douce (1963)
♥ Iron Man 2 (2010)
♥ The Inspector General (1949)
♥ Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2013)
♥ Jeremiah Johnson (1972)
♥ Joe Kidd (1972)
♥ Juno (2007)
♥ K-19: The Widowmaker (2002)
♥ Klute (1971)
♥ La La Land (2016)
♥ Ladyhawke (1985)
♥ The Last of the Mohicans (1992)
♥ Life of Pi (2013)
♥ The Little Mermaid (1989)
♥ The Long Riders (1980)
♥ Lost Horizon (1937)
♥ The Lower Depths (1957)
♥ McClintock! (1963)
♥ Megamind (2010)
♥ Marooned (1969)
♥ Meet John Doe (1941)
♥ Mission: Impossible (1996)
♥ Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House (1948)
♥ A Most Wanted Man (2014)
♥ The Muppets Most Wanted (2014)
♥ National Treasure: Book of Secrets (2007)
♥ Neptune’s Daughter (1949)
♥ Nineteen Eighty-Four (1984)
♥ Ocean’s Twelve (2004)
♥ Ocean’s Thirteen (2007)
♥ The ODESSA File (1974)
♥ The Party (1968)
♥ The Passion of the Christ (2004)
♥ Play Misty For Me (1971)
♥ Predator (1987)
♥ Prometheus (2012)
♥ The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985)
♥ The Quiet Man (1952)
♥ Ragtime (1981)
♥ Rain Man (1988)
♥ The Rescuers (1977)
♥ The Return of the Pink Panther (1975)
♥ Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011)
♥ The Russia House (1990)
♥ Sabrina (1995)
♥ The Saint (1997)
♥ San Andreas (2015)
♥ The Seven Year Itch (1955)
♥ Shenandoah (1965)
♥ Skyfall (2012)
♥ Sleeping Beauty (1959)
♥ Spectre (2015)
♥ The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)
♥ Star 80 (1983)
♥ Star Trek (2009)
♥ Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986)
♥ Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991)
♥ Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace (1999)
♥ Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones (2002)
♥ Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (2005)
♥ Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens (2015)
♥ The Thomas Crown Affair (1999)
♥ Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (1974)
♥ Tombstone (1993)
♥ True Grit (2010)
♥ Twentieth Century (1934)
♥ Unknown (2011)
♥ V for Vendetta (2005)
♥ Viridiana (1961)
♥ What’s New Pussycat? (1965)
♥ Where Eagles Dare (1968)
♥ Who Framed Roger Rabbit? (1988)
♥ Wyatt Earp (1994)
♥ You Only Live Twice (1967)
♥ The Year of Living Dangerously (1982)


5. Ugh

✖ $ (1971)
✖ A View to a Kill (1985)
✖ Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (2012)
✖ Alien: Resurrection (1997)
✖ Aliens (1986)
✖ Antz (1996)
✖ Amadeus (1984)
✖ American Gangster (2007)
✖ Apocalypto (2006)
✖ Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997)
✖ Avatar (2009)
✖ Barbarella (1968)
✖ Batman v. Superman (2016)
✖ Battle in Heaven (2005)
✖ Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970)
✖ The Big Lebowski (1998)
✖ Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure (1989)
✖ The Black Dahlia (2006)
✖ Blazing Saddles (1974)
✖ Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice (1969)
✖ Bob Roberts (1992)
✖ Boogie Nights (1997)
✖ Brave (2012)
✖ Blue Velvet (1986)
✖ The Brown Bunny (2003)
✖ Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)
✖ Clash of the Titans (1981)
✖ A Clockwork Orange (1971)
✖ Conan the Barbarian (1982)
✖ Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989)
✖ Crimson Peak (2015)
✖ Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny (2016)
✖ Cujo (1983)
✖ Dr. Strange (2016)
✖ The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008)
✖ Dodes’ka-Den (1970)
✖ The Dreamers (2003)
✖ Dune (1984)
✖ Eagle Eye (2009)
✖ The Emperor’s New Groove (2000)
✖ The English Patient (1996)
✖ Every Girl Should Be Married (1948)
✖ Excalibur (1981)
✖ Eyes Wide Shut (1999)
✖ Family Plot (1976)
✖ Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982)
✖ The 400 Blows (1959)
✖ Frenzy (1972)
✖ Futureworld (1976)
✖ The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)
✖ GoldenEye (1995)
✖ Gone Girl (2014)
✖ The Great Mouse Detective (1986)
✖ Grindhouse (2007)
✖ Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones (1980)
✖ Hannah and Her Sisters (1986)
✖ Hang ‘Em High (1968)
✖ The Hateful Eight (2015)
✖ Hercules (1997)
✖ Hidalgo (2004)
✖ Highlander (1986)
✖ The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013)
✖ The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)
✖ The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014)
✖ Howard the Duck (1986)
✖ The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996)
✖ The Hunger Games (2012)
✖ I Am Curious—Yellow (1967)
✖ Into the Woods (2014)
✖ Iron Man 3 (2013)
✖ Jackass (2002)
✖ The Jerk (1979)
✖ Journey to the Center of the Earth (1959)
✖ Journey to the Center of the Earth (2008)
✖ The Kentucky Fried Movie (1977)
✖ Kindergarten Cop (1990)
✖ King Kong (2005)
✖ Kingdom of Heaven (2005)
✖ Kiss Me, Stupid (1964)
✖ Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)
✖ Kubo and the Two Strings (2016)
✖ The Last Action Hero (1993)
✖ The Last Emperor (1987)
✖ Last House on the Left (1972)
✖ Last Tango in Paris (1972)
✖ The Left Hand of God (1947)
✖ The Lion King (1994)
✖ Logan (2017)
✖ The Long Ships (1964)
✖ Love and Death (1975)
✖ Lust, Caution (2007)
✖ National Lampoon’s Vacation (1983)
✖ Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)
✖ Man of Steel (2013)
✖ Marnie (1964)
✖ The Matrix Reloaded (2003)
✖ The Matrix Revolutions (2003)
✖ Mission: Impossible 2 (2000)
✖ Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium (2007)
✖ Monsieur Verdoux (1947)
✖ Night Train to Paris (1964)
✖ Northmen: A Viking Saga (2014)
✖ Oliver & Company (1988)
✖ On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969)
✖ Patriot Games (1992)
✖ Persona (1966)
✖ Peeping Tom (1960)
✖ Peyton Place (1957)
✖ The Pink Panther Strikes Again (1976)
✖ Please Don’t Eat the Daisies (1960)
✖ Pocahontas (1995)
✖ Pulp Fiction (1994)
✖ Reds (1981)
✖ The Rescuers Down Under (1990)
✖ Reservoir Dogs (1992)
✖ Revenge of the Pink Panther (1978)
✖ Rio Lobo (1970)
✖ Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991)
✖ The Rock (1996)
✖ A Room with a View (1985)
✖ Rope (1948)
✖ The Running Man (1987)
✖ Ruthless People (1986)
✖ Scarface (1983)
✖ Shampoo (1975)
✖ Shrek (2001)
✖ Simon of the Desert (1965)
✖ Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger (1977)
✖ Spider Man 3 (2007)
✖ The Spiderwick Chronicles (2008)
✖ Stargate (1994)
✖ Starship Troopers (1997)
✖ Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979)
✖ Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984)
✖ Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989)
✖ Star Trek Generations (1994)
✖ Star Trek: First Contact (1996)
✖ Star Trek: Insurrection (1998)
✖ Star Trek: Nemesis (2002)
✖ Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist (2014)
✖ Stripes (1981)
✖ The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1971)
✖ Terminator 3 (2003)
✖ Thank You for Smoking (2005)
✖ There’s a Girl in My Soup (1970)
✖ There’s Something About Mary (1998)
✖ Three Amigos (1986)
✖ The Three Caballeros (1944)
✖ Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! (1990)
✖ Tin Men (1987)
✖ Tootsie (1982)
✖ Topaz (1969)
✖ Torn Curtain (1966)
✖ Total Recall (1990)
✖ Total Recall (2012)
✖ The Tourist (2011)
✖ The Towering Inferno (1974)
✖ Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011)
✖ Treasure Planet (2002)
✖ Twins (1988)
✖ Ultraviolet (2006)
✖ Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning (2012)
✖ Valley of the Dolls (1967)
✖ Waterworld (1995)
✖ What’s Up, Tiger Lily? (1966)
✖ The Wild Bunch (1969)
✖ Wild Things (1998)
✖ Winter Light (1962)
✖ A Woman Under the Influence (1974)
✖ Zardoz (1974)


Additional Movies, Not Yet Rated or Alphabetized

(some duplicates)

An Affair to Remember (1957)
Argo (2012)
Batman (1966)
Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
Call Northside 777 (1948)
Contempt (1963)
Cool Hand Luke (1967)
Danton (1983)
Desk Set (1957)
Dog Day Afternoon (1975
Escape from LA (1996)
Fanny and Alexander (1982)
Fist of Legend 1994
Foul Play (1978)
Gilda (1946)
Hell Boy (2004)
High Noon (1952)
Jason Bourne (2016)
Kung Fu Killer (2014)
Kung Fu Panda 3 2016
Little Caesar (1931)
Local Hero (1983)
MASH (1970)
Moonraker (1979)
Moonrise Kingdom (2012)
Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936)
Papillon (1973)
Rio Bravo (1959)
Salt 2010
Skyfall (2012)
Sophie’s Choice (1982)
Tangled (2010)
The 39 Steps (1935)
The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)
The Awful Truth (1937)
The Big Short (2015)
The Grapes of Wrath (1940)
The Kid (1921)
The Lady Vanishes (1938)
The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956)
The Philadelphia Story (1940)
The Quiet Man (1952)
The Seventh Seal (1957)
Three Days of the Condor 1975
Tootsie (1982)


NOTES

Blade Runner (1982). I’ve only seen the original 1982 theatrical version and a 1990s version labeled a “director’s cut” that Ridley Scott did not embrace. I look forward to seeing his 2007 “final cut” version. I see no reason for anyone to make a Blade Runner 2, which would be like trying to paint a Mona Lisa 2.

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1921). There are many versions of this film, which differ from each other in various ways, including print quality, color washes, title card language, title card font, even the musical score. Some are damaged or missing certain scenes or individual frames. Several restorations have been done over the years. I give the gold medal to the 2014 digital restoration by the Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau Foundation, distributed by Kino Lorber. Painstakingly remastered from a rare, nearly complete original negative, this version includes optional English subtitles and a choice of two alternative musical scores, one spare, the other richer.

Dr. Mabuse, The Gambler (1922). Four hours long. I watched the Murnau Foundation restoration distributed by Kino Lorber.

Fanny and Alexander (1982). I’ve only seen the original 188-minute theatrical version. There’s also a 312-minute television miniseries version.

Forbidden Planet (1956). I never tire of this gem. There is occasionally talk of a remake, but you cannot remake a gem. That said, I would hope someone, in a future remastered version, would polish it up gently, by eliminating three small flaws: 1) the glaring jump cut in the final scene, 2) the unintentionally detectable body suit worn by Ann Francis in the innocent nude bathing scene, and 3) the distracting “electronic tonalities” background music in a few scenes where silence would work better. All of these flaws are the result of MGM executives’ decision to rush the rough cut directly to theaters, in the wake of extremely positive test screenings. Also welcome would be a tightening up of a few scenes that feel draggy, and a gentle cleaning up and updating of the matte paintings and planet-from-space shots, to make their flaws less obvious. But only gentle. Never over-polish a gem.

Lincoln (2012). This film would be a true masterpiece if it simply began with Lincoln’s dream and ended with his departure for Ford’s Theater and omitted the hagiographical material at the beginning and end. Dear Steven Spielberg, please release such a version!

Metropolis (1927). Prefer the 2010 restored version, which includes material long thought to have been lost.

Night and Fog (1955). Francois Truffaut called this harrowing documentary about the Holocaust “the greatest movie ever made.” I agree.

Red River (1948). I am eager to view the original but now rarely seen theatrical release version, which in lieu of inter-titles has narration by Walter Brennan.

Star Wars (1977). Han shot first!

Touch of Evil (1958). I’ve only seen the original 1958 version. I also hope to see the “restored” version, based on Welles’s notes. Either way, everyone should see the famous long opening shot.


Revised: April 29, 2016.

Published: December 27, 2010.

Author: Dean Clancy.

 

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