Top 100 Movies: The _0’s

What kind of crazy title is that? A good question. It’s that time of year again. The time to stress over which movies will and will not make the cut when it comes to making the definitive list of movies you really like. But I’ve done it three times before! It’s getting a little boring, right? WRONG! In addition to whatever new movies might end up on the list I’ve devised a clever (stupid) way to present them to you, my adoring public. Instead of giving you them all in one or two or three goes and counting down from 100 to 1 as you would expect, I’ll be giving you the list in groups of ten, based on which digit is in what we in called the “ones spot” in kindergarten. This means that today you’ll get numbers 100, 90, 80, 70, 60, 50, 40, 30, 20, and 10.

Why present them this way, you might ask. First, I’ll refer you to the previous paragraph where I said I was bored. But it’s also a bit of a commentary on the arbitrary nature of this whole excercise. Why not, that’s the real answer. And it’s more suspenseful. Or whatever. Here goes nothing.

100. Kingdom of Heaven (2005)

Directed by Ridley Scott. Starring Orlando Bloom and Brendan Gleeson

It is a kingdom of conscience, or nothing

Good enough in the Director’s Cut to make this list, this mostly forgotten epic is both big and small. It also contains one of the only good Edward Norton performances in an uncredited role as King Baldwin IV.

90. I’m Not There (2007)

Directed by Todd Haynes. Starring Cate Blanchett and Christian Bale

Yes, it’s chaos, clocks, and watermelons – you know, it’s – it’s everything.

Perhaps a gimmick to show all the “sides” of Bob Dylan as different characters, but it’s done with a crazy electricity that elevates it above criticism towards transcendence.

80. To Kill A Mockingbird (1962)

Directed by Robert Mulligan. Starring Gregory Peck and Mary Badham

There’s a lot of ugly things in this world, son. I wish I could keep ’em all away from you. That’s never possible.

One of the best adaptations of one of the best books of all time. Gregory Peck is Atticus Finch and the man every boy wants to grow up to be.

70. The Shop Around the Corner (1940)

Directed by Ernst Lubitsch. Starring Margaret Sullavan and James Stewart

There might be a lot we don’t know about each other. You know, people seldom go through the trouble of scratching the surface of things to find the inner truth.

Sullavan and Stewart are one of the great screen couples of all time and this wonderful Christmastime romance plays to their strengths. Later remade as You’ve Got Mail, AOL ain’t got nothing on good old fashioned mail boxes.

60. The Mortal Storm (1940)

Directed by Frank Borzage. Starring Margaret Sullavan and James Stewart

I’ve never prized safety, Erich, either for myself or my children. I prized courage.

Famously the movie that made Hitler stop Hollywood films from being shown in Germany, this coincidentally placed film has all the heightened romance and beautiful photography that you expect from a Borzage movie.

50. The Incredibles (2004)

Directed by Brad Bird. Starring Craig T. Nelson and Holly Hunter

We’re dead! We’re dead! We survived but we’re dead!

Simultaneously one of the better super hero films and one of the best kid’s movies ever. The style is astounding and the score gives everything that 60’s spy sheen.

40. Where the Wild Things Are (2009)

Directed by Spike Jonze. Starring Max Records and James Gandolfini

Well, look: thsi used to be all rock, and now it’s sand, and then, one day, it’s going to be dust, and then the whole island will be dust and then… well I don’t even know what comes after dust.

A movie about childhood that is more for those remembering it than those experiencing it. Sometimes you make friends and sometimes they hurt you and sometimes you hurt them.

30. The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962)

Directed by John Ford. Starring John Wayne and James Stewart

I know those Law books mean a lot to you, but not out here. Out here a man settles his own problems.

Perhaps the beginning of the revisionist western. But what a swan song! The film starts with John Wayne as the presiding force in town but ends with bookish James Stewart the only one left alive.

20. Toy Story 3 (2010)

Directed by Lee Unkrich. Starring Tom Hanks and Tim Allen

Now, you gotta promise to take good care of these guys. They mean a lot to me.

The end, for now, of the franchise that grew up with me. Though I was out of college by the time Andy was just leaving for it I still empathized completely with his situation. The good news is that there’s always another generation waiting to play with your old toys.

10. The Searchers (1956)

Directed by John Ford. Starring John Wayne and Jeffrey Hunter

From now on, you stay out of this. All of ya. I don’t want you with me. I don’t need ya for what I got to do.

Ok, maybe this is the beginning of the revisionist western. Anyways. It’s about a man whose ways are outdated and must leave the community in order to make it stronger. Sounds like John Ford to me.

The other parts of the list:

The _0’s section

The _9’s section

The _8’s section

The _7’s section

The _6’s section

The _5’s section

The _4’s section

The _3’s section

The _2’s section

The _1’s section

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24 thoughts on “Top 100 Movies: The _0’s

  1. Wonderful list, and I love the method of delivery. I really need to see The Mortal Storm.

    And you’re also making me think that The Searchers should get bumped into my Top 20.

    1. Thanks. I was maybe a little too proud of myself when I thought of the idea.

      And The Searchers is super amazing. It should be in everybody’s top 20.

  2. I enjoy all of those picks and the two I haven’t seen I really want to see. Curious style of presentation; I think I like it for now. I can’t remember if I put The Searchers on my list, but if I didn’t it is a crime.

    1. Which one’s haven’t you seen? The Shop Around the Corner and The Mortal Storm, I’d wager. They’re fantastic.

      And you know me, curiouser and curiouser.

  3. Beutiful presentation! I’m afraid the only one I’ve seen though is I’m not there, and it’s not on my top 100 list, even though I loved the usage of different actors to represent Dylan. It felt like a fresh breathe of air.

    There are a few movies there that would be on my List of Shame if I had one. Such as To kill a mockingbird, The Searchers and The Shop around the corner. I need to check if they have those at my library.

    They DO have Toy Story 3, and I’ve put myself in the queue for it. Looking forward to see your next part!

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