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. 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 (father and daughter), 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.

P.P.P.S. I have never seen Godfather III.


My five categories:

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


1. Wonderful ♥♥♥♥

♥♥♥♥ A Hard Day’s Night (1964)
♥♥♥♥ A Man for All Seasons (1966)
♥♥♥♥ A Shot in the Dark (1964)
♥♥♥♥ Alien (1979)
♥♥♥♥ Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)
♥♥♥♥ Casablanca (1943)
♥♥♥♥ City Lights (1931)
♥♥♥♥ Double Indemnity (1944)
♥♥♥♥ Downfall (2004)
♥♥♥♥ Dr. Strangelove (1964)
♥♥♥♥ Duck Soup (1933)
♥♥♥♥ Forbidden Planet (1956) *
♥♥♥♥ Fort Apache (1948)
♥♥♥♥ Frankenstein (1931)
♥♥♥♥ Gojira (1954)
♥♥♥♥ Grand Hotel (1932)
♥♥♥♥ Grand Illusion (1937)
♥♥♥♥ High and Low (1963)
♥♥♥♥ How to Steal a Million (1966)
♥♥♥♥ It Happened One Night (1934)
♥♥♥♥ Ivan’s Childhood (1962)
♥♥♥♥ Lincoln (2012) *
♥♥♥♥ Lost in Translation (2003)
♥♥♥♥ M (1931)
♥♥♥♥ Mary Poppins (1964)
♥♥♥♥ Modern Times (1936)
♥♥♥♥ Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
♥♥♥♥ My Darling Clementine (1946)
♥♥♥♥ My Fair Lady (1964)
♥♥♥♥ Night and Fog (1955) *
♥♥♥♥ North by Northwest (1959)
♥♥♥♥ One Two Three (1961)
♥♥♥♥ Paths of Glory (1957)
♥♥♥♥ Patton (1970)
♥♥♥♥ Planet of the Apes (1968)
♥♥♥♥ Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
♥♥♥♥ Rashomon (1950)
♥♥♥♥ Rear Window (1954)
♥♥♥♥ Red Beard (1965)
♥♥♥♥ Red River (1948) *
♥♥♥♥ Roman Holiday (1953)
♥♥♥♥ Safety Last! (1923)
♥♥♥♥ Sanjuro (1961)
♥♥♥♥ Sanshiro Sugata (1943)
♥♥♥♥ Scarface (1932)
♥♥♥♥ Seven Samurai (1954)
♥♥♥♥ Shane (1953)
♥♥♥♥ Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
♥♥♥♥ Stagecoach (1939)
♥♥♥♥ Star Wars (1977) *
♥♥♥♥ Sweet Smell of Success (1957)
♥♥♥♥ The 39 Steps (1935)
♥♥♥♥ The Bad Sleep Well (1960)
♥♥♥♥ The Battle of Algiers (1966)
♥♥♥♥ The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)
♥♥♥♥ The Exorcist (1973)
♥♥♥♥ The French Connection (1971)
♥♥♥♥ The General (1926)
♥♥♥♥ The Godfather (1972)
♥♥♥♥ The Godfather, Part II (1974)
♥♥♥♥ The Great Dictator (1940)
♥♥♥♥ The Incredibles (2004)
♥♥♥♥ The Kid (1921)
♥♥♥♥ The Lady Vanishes (1938)
♥♥♥♥ 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)
♥♥♥♥ The Manchurian Candidate (1962)
♥♥♥♥ The Pink Panther (1963)
♥♥♥♥ The Princess Bride (1987)
♥♥♥♥ The Sound of Music (1965)
♥♥♥♥ The Sting (1973)
♥♥♥♥ The Thin Man (1934)
♥♥♥♥ The Thing (1982)
♥♥♥♥ The Thing from Another World (1951)
♥♥♥♥ The Third Man (1949)
♥♥♥♥ The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)
♥♥♥♥ The Virgin Spring (1960)
♥♥♥♥ This is Spinal Tap (1984)
♥♥♥♥ To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
♥♥♥♥ 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)
♥♥♥ A Fish Called Wanda (1988)
♥♥♥ A Night at the Opera (1935)
♥♥♥ All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)
♥♥♥ All the President’s Men (1976)
♥♥♥ American Graffiti (1973)
♥♥♥ An American in Paris (1951)
♥♥♥ Andrei Rublev (1966)
♥♥♥ Annie Hall (1977)
♥♥♥ Arrival (2016)
♥♥♥ Babe (1995)
♥♥♥ Baby Face (1933)
♥♥♥ Back to the Future (1985)
♥♥♥ Bambi (1942)
♥♥♥ Battleship Potemkin (1925)
♥♥♥ Belle du Jour (1967)
♥♥♥ Blade Runner (1982) *
♥♥♥ Blow Up (1966)
♥♥♥ Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
♥♥♥ Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)
♥♥♥ Bridge of Spies (2015)
♥♥♥ Captains Courageous (1937)
♥♥♥ Chariots of Fire (1981)
♥♥♥ Chinatown (1974)
♥♥♥ Citizen Kane (1941)
♥♥♥ Contempt (1963)
♥♥♥ D.O.A. (1950)
♥♥♥ Danton (1983)
♥♥♥ Death Wish (1974)
♥♥♥ Deliverance (1972)
♥♥♥ Dial M for Murder (1954)
♥♥♥ Die Hard (1988)
♥♥♥ Dunkirk (2017)
♥♥♥ E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
♥♥♥ Easy Rider (1969)
♥♥♥ Escape from New York (1981)
♥♥♥ Fail Safe (1964)
♥♥♥ Fargo (1996)
♥♥♥ Five Easy Pieces (1970)
♥♥♥ Get Carter (1971)
♥♥♥ Ghostbusters (1984)
♥♥♥ Gilda (1946)
♥♥♥ Gladiator (2000)
♥♥♥ Gravity (2013)
♥♥♥ Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (1967)
♥♥♥ Harold and Maude (1971)
♥♥♥ Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (2001)
♥♥♥ Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)
♥♥♥ Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)
♥♥♥ Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005)
♥♥♥ Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007)
♥♥♥ Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009)
♥♥♥ Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows—Part 1 (2010)
♥♥♥ Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows—Part 2 (2011)
♥♥♥ His Girl Friday (1940)
♥♥♥ Hud (1963)
♥♥♥ 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)
♥♥♥ Jurassic Park (1993)
♥♥♥ Kagemusha (1980)
♥♥♥ Kes (1969)
♥♥♥ Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949)
♥♥♥ La Dolce Vita (1960)
♥♥♥ La Strada (1954)
♥♥♥ Little Caesar (1931)
♥♥♥ Look Who’s Back (2015)
♥♥♥ Memento (2000)
♥♥♥ Metropolis (1927)
♥♥♥ Minority Report (2002)
♥♥♥ Mirror (1975)
♥♥♥ Monsters, Inc. (2001)
♥♥♥ Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1974)
♥♥♥ Mouchette (1967)
♥♥♥ Murder on the Orient Express (1974)
♥♥♥ Night of the Living Dead (1968)
♥♥♥ On the Waterfront (1954)
♥♥♥ Paper Moon (1973)
♥♥♥ Rocky (1976)
♥♥♥ Sabrina (1954)
♥♥♥ Schindler’s List (1993)
♥♥♥ Seven Days in May (1964)
♥♥♥ She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949)
♥♥♥ Shoot the Piano Player (1960)
♥♥♥ Smiles of a Summer Night (1955)
♥♥♥ Solaris (1972)
♥♥♥ Song of the South (1946)
♥♥♥ Sophie’s Choice (1982)
♥♥♥ Sopie Scholl: The Final Days (2005)
♥♥♥ Soylent Green (1972)
♥♥♥ Stalag 17 (1953)
♥♥♥ Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
♥♥♥ State of the Union (1948)
♥♥♥ Tangled (2010)
♥♥♥ The Absent-Minded Professor (1961)
♥♥♥ The Apartment (1964)
♥♥♥ The Awful Truth (1937)
♥♥♥ The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer (1947)
♥♥♥ The Bank Dick (1940)
♥♥♥ The Bicycle Thief (1948)
♥♥♥ The Big Short (2015)
♥♥♥ The Big Sleep (1946)
♥♥♥ The Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
♥♥♥ The Conversation (1974)
♥♥♥ 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)
♥♥♥ The Hidden Fortress (1958)
♥♥♥ The Hunt for Red October (1990)
♥♥♥ The Hurt Locker (2009)
♥♥♥ The Ice Storm (1997)
♥♥♥ The Jungle Book (1967)
♥♥♥ The Killing (1956)
♥♥♥ The Ladykillers (1955)
♥♥♥ The Last King of Scotland (2006)
♥♥♥ The Last Picture Show (1971)
♥♥♥ The Lavender Hill Mob (1951)
♥♥♥ The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962)
♥♥♥ The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (1977)
♥♥♥ The Matrix (1999)
♥♥♥ The Mouse That Roared (1959)
♥♥♥ The Night Porter (1974)
♥♥♥ The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976)
♥♥♥ The Pawnbroker (1964)
♥♥♥ The Producers (1968)
♥♥♥ The Revenant (2015)
♥♥♥ The Searchers (1956)
♥♥♥ The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013)
♥♥♥ The Shining (1980)
♥♥♥ The Sixth Sense (1999)
♥♥♥ The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (1965)
♥♥♥ The Thomas Crown Affair (1968)
♥♥♥ The Trial of Joan of Arc (1962)
♥♥♥ The Unforgiven (1960)
♥♥♥ The Wizard of Oz (1039)
♥♥♥ Throne of Blood (1957)
♥♥♥ Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)
♥♥♥ Tristana (1970)
♥♥♥ Triumph of the Will (1934)
♥♥♥ Twelve O’Clock High (1949)
♥♥♥ Vertigo (1958)
♥♥♥ Viridiana (1961)
♥♥♥ Wait Until Dark (1967)
♥♥♥ What About Bob? (1991)
♥♥♥ Wild Strawberries (1957)
♥♥♥ Willy Wonk & the Chocolate Factory (1971)
♥♥♥ 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 Few Good Men (1992)
♥♥ A Fistful of Dollars (1964)
♥♥ A.I.: Artificial Intelligence (2001)
♥♥ Adam’s Rib (1949)
♥♥ Air Force One (1997)
♥♥ Airplane! (1980)
♥♥ All About Eve (1950)
♥♥ Amélie (2001)
♥♥ American Hustle (2013)
♥♥ American Sniper (2014)
♥♥ An Affair to Remember (1957)
♥♥ Argo (2012)
♥♥ Arsenic and Old Lace (1944)
♥♥ Bad Day at Black Rock (1955)
♥♥ Bagdad Cafe (1987)
♥♥ Ball of Fire (1941)
♥♥ Batman Begins (2005)
♥♥ Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971)
♥♥ Being There (1979)
♥♥ Ben-Hur (1959)
♥♥ Black Hawk Down (2001)
♥♥ Black Mass (2015)
♥♥ Body Heat (1981)
♥♥ Boys Town (1938)
♥♥ Braveheart (1995)
♥♥ Breathless (1960)
♥♥ Bringing Up Baby (1938)
♥♥ Broadway Danny Rose (1984)
♥♥ Cactus Flower (1969)
♥♥ Call Northside 777 (1948)
♥♥ Captain America: Winter Soldier (2014)
♥♥ Captain Blood (1935)
♥♥ Captain Phillips (2013)
♥♥ Casino Royale (1967)
♥♥ Catch Me If You Can (2002)
♥♥ Charade (1963)
♥♥ Chocolat (2000)
♥♥ Cinderella (1950)
♥♥ Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
♥♥ Crocodile Dundee (1986)
♥♥ Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)
♥♥ Day of the Jackal (1973)
♥♥ Deathtrap (1982)
♥♥ Defiance (2008)
♥♥ Diehard (1988)
♥♥ Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988)
♥♥ District 9 (2009)
♥♥ Django, Unchanged (2012)
♥♥ Doctor Zhivago (1965)
♥♥ 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)
♥♥ For a Few Dollars More (1965)
♥♥ Foreign Correspondent (1940)
♥♥ Fury (2014)
♥♥ Gattaca (1997)
♥♥ Giant (1956)
♥♥ Gigi (1958)
♥♥ Glory (1989)
♥♥ Gone with the Wind (1939)
♥♥ 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)
♥♥ Hot Saturday (1932)
♥♥ Inherit the Wind (1960)
♥♥ Interstellar (2014)
♥♥ John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017)
♥♥ Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons (2013)
♥♥ Killer’s Kiss (1955)
♥♥ King Kong (1933)
♥♥ King of Hearts (1966)
♥♥ Lady and the Tramp (1955)
♥♥ Laura (1944)
♥♥ Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
♥♥ Life is Beautiful (1997)
♥♥ Lillies of the Field (1963)
♥♥ Local Hero (1983)
♥♥ Lolita (1962)
♥♥ Mad Max (1979)
♥♥ Mad Max: Road Warrior (1981)
♥♥ Madadayo (1993)
♥♥ Manhattan (1979)
♥♥ Manhattan Murder Mystery (1993)
♥♥ Marathon Man (1976)
♥♥ MASH (1970)
♥♥ Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)
♥♥ Meet the Robinsons (2007)
♥♥ Mighty Aphrodite (1995)
♥♥ Miracle on 34th Street (1947)
♥♥ Mission: Impossible—Ghost Protocol (2011)
♥♥ Mission: Impossible—Rogue Nation (2015)
♥♥ Mr. & Mrs. Smith (1941)
♥♥ Muppet Treasure Island (1996)
♥♥ Murder by Death (1976)
♥♥ My Favorite Year (1982)
♥♥ My Man Godfrey (1936)
♥♥ National Treasure (2004)
♥♥ Network (1976)
♥♥ Ninotchka (1939)
♥♥ No Country for Old Men (2007)
♥♥ Nostalghia (1983)
♥♥ Notorious (1946)
♥♥ O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000)
♥♥ Ocean’s Eleven (2001)
♥♥ On the Beach (1959)
♥♥ One Hundred and One Dalmatians (1961)
♥♥ Our Man in Havana (1960)
♥♥ Pale Rider (1985)
♥♥ Pat and Mike (1952)
♥♥ Peter Pan (1953)
♥♥ Pinocchio (1940)
♥♥ Play It Again, Sam (1972)
♥♥ Psycho (1960)
♥♥ Ran (1985)
♥♥ Remains of the Day (1993)
♥♥ Rio Bravo (1959)
♥♥ Rio Grande (1950)
♥♥ Robin Hood (1973)
♥♥ Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016)
♥♥ Rosemary’s Baby (1968)
♥♥ Run Silent, Run Deep (1958)
♥♥ Saboteur (1942)
♥♥ Saving Mr. Banks (2014)
♥♥ Saving Private Ryan (1998)
♥♥ Scandal (1950)
♥♥ Seems Like Old Times (1980)
♥♥ Separate Tables (1958)
♥♥ Silence of the Lambs (1991)
♥♥ 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)
♥♥ Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)
♥♥ Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures (2001)
♥♥ Star Trek II: The Wrath of Kahn (1982)
♥♥ Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi (1983)
♥♥ Start Trek Into Darkness (2013)
♥♥ Strangers on a Train (1951)
♥♥ Stray Dog (1949)
♥♥ Suspicion (1941)
♥♥ Take the Money and Run (1969)
♥♥ Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
♥♥ The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)
♥♥ The African Queen (1951)
♥♥ The Aristocats (1970)
♥♥ The Bank Dick (1940)
♥♥ The Birth of a Nation (1915)
♥♥ The Bourne Identity (2002)
♥♥ The Bourne Supremacy (2004)
♥♥ The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1921) *
♥♥ The Court Jester (1955)
♥♥ The Defiant Ones (1958)
♥♥ The Desert Fox: The Story of Rommel (1951)
♥♥ The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972)
♥♥ The Four Musketeers (1974)
♥♥ The Fugitive (1993)
♥♥ The Great Train Robbery (1979)
♥♥ The Hospital (1971)
♥♥ The Imitation Game (2014)
♥♥ The Lady from Shanghai (1947)
♥♥ The Last Hurrah (1958)
♥♥ The Legend of Drunken Master (1994)
♥♥ The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004)
♥♥ The Lion in Winter (1968)
♥♥ The Martian (2015)
♥♥ The Monuments Men (2014)
♥♥ The Mummy (1999)
♥♥ The Muppet Movie (1979)
♥♥ The Night of the Iguana (1964)
♥♥ The Old Man and the Sea (1958)
♥♥ The Parallax View (1974)
♥♥ The Parent Trap (1961)
♥♥ The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928)
♥♥ The Philadelphia Story (1939)
♥♥ The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946)
♥♥ The Queen (2006)
♥♥ The Red Balloon (1956)
♥♥ The Santa Clause (1994)
♥♥ The Seventh Seal (1957)
♥♥ The Simpsons Movie (2007)
♥♥ The Sword in the Stone (1963)
♥♥ The Talk of the Town (1942)
♥♥ The Ten Commandments (1956)
♥♥ The Terminator (1984)
♥♥ The Testament of Dr. Mabuse (1933)
♥♥ The Three Musketeers (1973)
♥♥ The Untouchables (1987)
♥♥ Things to Come (1936)
♥♥ Three Days of the Condor (1975)
♥♥ Titanic (1997)
♥♥ To Be or Not to Be (1942)
♥♥ To Catch a Thief (1955)
♥♥ Top Gun (1986)
♥♥ Touch of Evil (1958)
♥♥ Toy Story (1995)
♥♥ Toy Story 2 (1999)
♥♥ Toy Story 3 (2010)
♥♥ 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)
♥ A Brief History of Time (1991)
♥ A History of Violence (2005)
♥ A Most Wanted Man (2014)
♥ A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)
♥ Affair in Trinidad (1952)
♥ Airplane! 2: The Sequel (1982)
♥ Alice in Wonderland (1951)
♥ Alladin (1992)
♥ And God Created Woman (1956)
♥ Apocalypse Now (1979)
♥ Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
♥ Bananas (1971)
♥ Barbershop (2002)
♥ Barry Lyndon (1974)
♥ Batman (1966)
♥ Batman (1989)
♥ Beauty and the Beast (1991)
♥ Becket (1964)
♥ Bedazzled (1967)
♥ Big Hero 6 (2014)
♥ Boom Town (1940)
♥ Brazil (1985)
♥ Bullitt (1968)
♥ Cabaret (1972)
♥ Caddyshack (1980)
♥ Cars (2006)
♥ Cheaper by the Dozen (1950)
♥ Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968)
♥ Cinema Paradiso (1988)
♥ Cool Hand Luke (1967)
♥ Cowboys & Aliens (2011)
♥ Dante’s Peak (1997)
♥ Das Boot (1981)
♥ Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014)
♥ Desk Set (1957)
♥ Dirty Harry (1971)
♥ Dog Day Afternoon (1975)
♥ Dr. No (1963)
♥ Empire of the Sun (1987)
♥ Enchanted (2007)
♥ Ender’s Game (2013)
♥ Equilibrium (2002)
♥ Escape from L.A. (1996)
♥ Fahrenheit 451 (1966)
♥ Fantasia (1940)
♥ Father of the Bride (1950)
♥ Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)
♥ Finding Nemo (2003)
♥ Fist of Legend (1994)
♥ For Pete’s Sake (1974)
♥ Forrest Gump (1994)
♥ Foul Play (1978)
♥ From Here to Eternity (1953)
♥ From Russia with Love (1963)
♥ Full Metal Jacket (1987)
♥ Funny Face (1957)
♥ Funny Girl (1968)
♥ Gallipoli (1981)
♥ Gandhi (1982)
♥ Gaslight (1944)
♥ Gentleman’s Agreement (1948)
♥ Goldfinger (1964)
♥ The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)
♥ Hanover Place (1979)
♥ Hawaii (1966)
♥ Heartbreak Ridge (1986)
♥ Her (2014)
♥ High Noon (1952)
♥ 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)
♥ In Bruges (2008)
♥ Inception (2010)
♥ Independence Day (1996)
♥ Inglourious Basterds (2009)
♥ Inside Out (2015)
♥ Irma la Douce (1963)
♥ Iron Man 2 (2010)
♥ Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2013)
♥ Jeremiah Johnson (1972)
♥ Joe Kidd (1972)
♥ Juno (2007)
♥ K-19: The Widowmaker (2002)
♥ Khartoum (1966)
♥ Klute (1971)
♥ La La Land (2016)
♥ Ladyhawke (1985)
♥ Life of Pi (2013)
♥ Lost Horizon (1937)
♥ Marooned (1969)
♥ McClintock! (1963)
♥ Meet John Doe (1941)
♥ Megamind (2010)
♥ Mission: Impossible (1996)
♥ Moonrise Kingdom (2012)
♥ Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House (1948)
♥ Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936)
♥ National Treasure: Book of Secrets (2007)
♥ Neptune’s Daughter (1949)
♥ Nineteen Eighty-Four (1984)
♥ Ocean’s Thirteen (2007)
♥ Ocean’s Twelve (2004)
♥ Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)
♥ One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)
♥ Play Misty For Me (1971)
♥ Predator (1987)
♥ Prometheus (2012)
♥ Ragtime (1981)
♥ Rain Man (1988)
♥ Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011)
♥ Romancing the Stone (1984)
♥ Sabrina (1995)
♥ San Andreas (2015)
♥ Shenandoah (1965)
♥ Skyfall (2012)
♥ Sleeping Beauty (1959)
♥ Spectre (2015)
♥ 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)
♥ The Age of Innocence (1993)
♥ The Big Chill (1983)
♥ The Big Heat (1953)
♥ The Big Red One (1980)
♥ The Birds (1963)
♥ The Bourne Ultimatum (2007)
♥ The China Syndrome (1979)
♥ The Dark Knight (2008)
♥ The Devil’s Brigade (1968)
♥ The Dirty Dozen (1967)
♥ The Great Gatsby (2013)
♥ The Inspector General (1949)
♥ The Italian Job (1969)
♥ The Last of the Mohicans (1992)
♥ The Little Mermaid (1989)
♥ The Long Riders (1980)
♥ The Lower Depths (1957)
♥ The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956)
♥ The Muppets Most Wanted (2014)
♥ The ODESSA File (1974)
♥ The Party (1968)
♥ The Passion of the Christ (2004)
♥ The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985)
♥ The Quiet Man (1952)
♥ The Rescuers (1977)
♥ The Return of the Pink Panther (1975)
♥ The Right Stuff (1983)
♥ The Russia House (1990)
♥ The Saint (1997)
♥ The Seven Year Itch (1955)
♥ The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
♥ The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)
♥ The Thomas Crown Affair (1999)
♥ The Year of Living Dangerously (1982)
♥ Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (1974)
♥ Time Bandits (1980)
♥ Tombstone (1993)
♥ True Grit (2010)
♥ Twentieth Century (1934)
♥ Unknown (2011)
♥ V for Vendetta (2005)
♥ Viridiana (1961)
♥ War for the Planet of the Apes (2017)
♥ What’s New Pussycat? (1965)
♥ Where Eagles Dare (1968)
♥ Who Framed Roger Rabbit? (1988)
♥ Wonder Woman (2017)
♥ Wyatt Earp (1994)
♥ You Only Live Twice (1967)


5. Ugh

✖ $ (1971)
✖ A Clockwork Orange (1971)
✖ A Passage to India (1984)
✖ A Room with a View (1985)
✖ A View to a Kill (1985)
✖ A Woman Under the Influence (1974)
✖ Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (2012)
✖ Alien: Resurrection (1997)
✖ Aliens (1986)
✖ All That Jazz (1979)
✖ Amadeus (1984)
✖ American Gangster (2007)
✖ Antz (1996)
✖ 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)
✖ Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure (1989)
✖ Blazing Saddles (1974)
✖ Blue Velvet (1986)
✖ Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice (1969)
✖ Bob Roberts (1992)
✖ Boogie Nights (1997)
✖ Brave (2012)
✖ Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)
✖ Clash of the Titans (1981)
✖ Conan the Barbarian (1982)
✖ Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989)
✖ Crimson Peak (2015)
✖ Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny (2016)
✖ Cujo (1983)
✖ Dances with Wolves (1990)
✖ Dodes’ka-Den (1970)
✖ Dr. Strange (2016)
✖ Dune (1984)
✖ Eagle Eye (2009)
✖ Every Girl Should Be Married (1948)
✖ Excalibur (1981)
✖ Eyes Wide Shut (1999)
✖ Family Plot (1976)
✖ Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982)
✖ Frenzy (1972)
✖ Futureworld (1976)
✖ GoldenEye (1995)
✖ Gone Girl (2014)
✖ Goodbye Children (1987)
✖ Gremlins (1984)
✖ Grindhouse (2007)
✖ Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 (2017)
✖ Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones (1980)
✖ Hang ‘Em High (1968)
✖ Hannah and Her Sisters (1986)
✖ Hell Boy (2004)
✖ Hercules (1997)
✖ Hidalgo (2004)
✖ Highlander (1986)
✖ Howard the Duck (1986)
✖ Howards End (1992)
✖ I Am Curious—Yellow (1967)
✖ Independence Day: Resurgence (2016)
✖ Into the Woods (2014)
✖ Iron Man 3 (2013)
✖ Jackass (2002)
✖ Jason Bourne (2016)
✖ JFK (1991)
✖ Journey to the Center of the Earth (1959)
✖ Journey to the Center of the Earth (2008)
✖ Kindergarten Cop (1990)
✖ King Kong (2005)
✖ Kingdom of Heaven (2005)
✖ Kiss Me, Stupid (1964)
✖ Kong: Skull Island (2017)
✖ Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)
✖ Kubo and the Two Strings (2016)
✖ Kung Fu Killer (2014)
✖ Kung Fu Panda (2008)
✖ Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011)
✖ Kung Fu Panda 3 (2016)
✖ L.A. Confidential (1997)
✖ Last House on the Left (1972)
✖ Last Tango in Paris (1972)
✖ Logan (2017)
✖ Lost in Space (1998)
✖ Love and Death (1975)
✖ Lust, Caution (2007)
✖ Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)
✖ Man of Steel (2013)
✖ Marnie (1964)
✖ Midnight Cowboy (1969)
✖ Mission: Impossible 2 (2000)
✖ Moana (2016)
✖ Monsieur Verdoux (1947)
✖ Moonraker (1979)
✖ Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium (2007)
✖ National Lampoon’s Vacation (1983)
✖ Night Train to Paris (1964)
✖ Northmen: A Viking Saga (2014)
✖ Oliver & Company (1988)
✖ On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969)
✖ Ordinary People (1980)
✖ Out of Africa (1985)
✖ Papillon (1973)
✖ Patriot Games (1992)
✖ Peeping Tom (1960)
✖ Persona (1966)
✖ Peyton Place (1957)
✖ Please Don’t Eat the Daisies (1960)
✖ Pocahontas (1995)
✖ Poltergeist (1982)
✖ Pulp Fiction (1994)
✖ Rebel Without a Cause (1955)
✖ Reds (1981)
✖ Reservoir Dogs (1992)
✖ Revenge of the Pink Panther (1978)
✖ Rio Lobo (1970)
✖ Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991)
✖ Rope (1948)
✖ Ruthless People (1986)
✖ Salt 2010
✖ Scarface (1983)
✖ Shampoo (1975)
✖ Shrek (2001)
✖ Silver Streak (1976)
✖ Simon of the Desert (1965)
✖ Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger (1977)
✖ Spider Man 3 (2007)
✖ Stargate (1994)
✖ Starship Troopers (1997)
✖ Star Trek Generations (1994)
✖ Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984)
✖ Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989)
✖ Star Trek: First Contact (1996)
✖ Star Trek: Insurrection (1998)
✖ Star Trek: Nemesis (2002)
✖ Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979)
✖ Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens (2015)
✖ Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist (2014)
✖ Stripes (1981)
✖ Suicide Squad (2016)
✖ Terminator 3 (2003)
✖ Thank You for Smoking (2005)
✖ The 400 Blows (1959)
✖ The Big Lebowski (1998)
✖ The Black Dahlia (2006)
✖ The Brown Bunny (2003)
✖ The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008)
✖ The Dead (1987)
✖ The Dreamers (2003)
✖ The Emperor’s New Groove (2000)
✖ The English Patient (1996)
✖ The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)
✖ The Great Mouse Detective (1986)
✖ The Hateful Eight (2015)
✖ The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)
✖ The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014)
✖ The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013)
✖ The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996)
✖ The Hunger Games (2012)
✖ The Jerk (1979)
✖ The Kentucky Fried Movie (1977)
✖ The Last Action Hero (1993)
✖ The Last Emperor (1987)
✖ The Left Hand of God (1947)
✖ The Lion King (1994)
✖ The Long Ships (1964)
✖ The Matrix Reloaded (2003)
✖ The Matrix Revolutions (2003)
✖ The Pink Panther Strikes Again (1976)
✖ The Rescuers Down Under (1990)
✖ The Rock (1996)
✖ The Running Man (1987)
✖ The Spiderwick Chronicles (2008)
✖ The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1971)
✖ The Three Caballeros (1944)
✖ The Tourist (2011)
✖ The Towering Inferno (1974)
✖ The Wild Bunch (1969)
✖ There’s a Girl in My Soup (1970)
✖ There’s Something About Mary (1998)
✖ Three Amigos (1986)
✖ Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! (1990)
✖ Tin Men (1987)
✖ Tootsie (1982)
✖ Topaz (1969)
✖ Torn Curtain (1966)
✖ Total Recall (1990)
✖ Total Recall (2012)
✖ Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011)
✖ Treasure Planet (2002)
✖ Twins (1988)
✖ Ultraviolet (2006)
✖ Unforgiven (1992)
✖ Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning (2012)
✖ Valley of the Dolls (1967)
✖ Waterworld (1995)
✖ What’s Up, Tiger Lily? (1966)
✖ Wild Things (1998)
✖ Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)
✖ Winter Light (1962)
✖ Zardoz (1974)


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 a sequel.

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 film. 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, which is based on Welles’s notes. Either way, everyone should see the famous long opening shot.


Revised: July 17, 2017.

Published: December 27, 2010.

Author: Dean Clancy.

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