Top 100 Movies (2017 Edition): The Index

As long-time followers of mine might remember, I used to make really complicated plans for unveiling my yearly revisions of my Top 100 Movies lists. Those kinda went out the window recently thanks to a very busy grad-student schedule. But I’m on a temporary (fingers crossed!) break from that for the moment and so I can take a little bit of time to do up something fun for this year’s list. I’ve made the list already, and for the first time ever, it’s longer than 100 films. When it came right down to it, I just couldn’t justify cutting any of the films to make it an even hundred. That’s kind of exciting!

This year I want to do a mix of things I’ve done in the past. Since this is one big list, I thought breaking it down into mini-lists would be a fun way of exploring a topic or director or technique that features in 5 films from my list. These Top 5 posts won’t be crossing over with each other and they’re totally arbitrary, but that’s part of the fun, I think. Anyways, since I won’t be spending a whole ton of my time on this project (I hope to do one list per week), I’m also including the full list here for your immediate perusal. It’s not super different from past lists in that you’ll see quite a few movies return, but the spots are all different.

Some people like to be mathematical in their calculations on lists like this but I think the best method is to embrace the arbitrary subjectivity of it all. So like, I really loved The Sound of Music when I revisited it two years ago, so much so that I rewatched the first half while reviewing student papers this past semester and avoided the second half which just isn’t as fun as those amazing first half scenes and songs. So this year it rocketed up to the third spot on my list. And I just watched Stalker a month ago but loved it so much that it’s now occupying the second spot on my list. It’s likely to move down in subsequent lists, but I’ll leave that to future-Alex to decide.

Ok, here’s the list in full. I’ll indicate new films with an asterisk (*) and put their previous position if they had one on last year’s list for comparison’s sake.

  1. Fanny and Alexander (1)
  2. Stalker *
  3. The Sound of Music (6)
  4. City Lights (20)
  5. Jaws (52)
  6. West Side Story (42)
  7. Hoop Dreams (24)
  8. High and Low (16)
  9. The Long Day Closes (18)
  10. Alien (22)USA Charlie Chaplin
  11. On the Waterfront (21)
  12. Moonlight *
  13. The Red Shoes (2)
  14. Night and Fog *
  15. Moonrise Kingdom (3)
  16. Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb *
  17. Black Swan (17)
  18. Halloween (26)
  19. Lucky Star (5)
  20. Sing Street *Moonlight
  21. Hot Fuzz (53)
  22. The Night of the Hunter (19)
  23. The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (23)
  24. The Quiet Man (36)
  25. Zodiac (13)
  26. The Cranes are Flying *
  27. Jurassic Park (68)
  28. The Tree of Life (Took a year off)
  29. Inside Llewyn Davis (9)
  30. The Thing (41)The Quiet Man
  31. Planes, Trains and Automobiles *
  32. Inglourious Basterds (15)
  33. Modern Times (25)
  34. An American in Paris (54)
  35. The Shining (10)
  36. A.I. Artificial Intelligence *
  37. The Royal Tenenbaums (43)
  38. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (77)
  39. United 93 *
  40. The VVitch *The-Texas-Chain-Saw-Massacre-1
  41. The Best Years of Our Lives (31)
  42. The Act of Killing (60)
  43. Repulsion (61)
  44. The Shop Around the Corner (27)
  45. The Man who Shot Liberty Valance (66)
  46. The Innocents (14)
  47. The Mortal Storm (85)
  48. World of Tomorrow (48)
  49. The Fly (55)
  50. The Grapes of Wrath (71)World of Tomorrow
  51. The Exorcist (34)
  52. Before Midnight (51)
  53. The Lion in Winter (59)
  54. Do the Right Thing (40)
  55. Haxan: Witchcraft Through the Ages (Took a year off)
  56. Days of Heaven (Took a year off)
  57. The Young Girls of Rochefort (11)
  58. All that Jazz (38)
  59. An American Werewolf in London (Took a year off)
  60. Paths of Glory (Took a year off)an-american-werewolf-in-london
  61. The Sixth Sense (44)
  62. Miller’s Crossing (32)
  63. The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (33)
  64. Arrival *
  65. Boyhood (62)
  66. The Rules of the Game (47)
  67. Girl Walk//All Day (8)
  68. Chinatown (Took a year off)
  69. Sunshine (74)
  70. Inside Out (12)Arrival
  71. Blade Runner (30)
  72. Raiders of the Lost Ark (Took a year off)
  73. Los Angeles Plays Itself (83)
  74. Three Comrades (49)
  75. There Will Be Blood (4)
  76. Catch Me If You Can (Took a year off)
  77. This Is Spinal Tap (Took a year off)
  78. The 400 Blows *
  79. Top Hat *
  80. The Wicker Man (Took a year off)400 Blows
  81. The Handmaiden *
  82. The Apartment *
  83. How Green Was My Valley (Took a year off)
  84. Invasion of the Body Snatchers (93)
  85. Fargo (Took a year off)
  86. Singin’ in the Rain (50)
  87. 2001: A Space Odyssey (91)
  88. Funny Games (Took a year off)
  89. The Conversation (87)
  90. Pan’s Labyrinth (75)The Handmaiden.png
  91. The Searchers (56)
  92. The General (29)
  93. Blazing Saddles *
  94. The Wind Rises (35)
  95. Rear Window (45)
  96. All the President’s Men (Took a year off)
  97. His Girl Friday (69)
  98. Mulholland Drive (Took a year off)
  99. Sleuth *
  100. Get Out *Blazing Saddles.png
  101. The Prestige (90)
  102. They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? *
  103. Poltergeist (Took a year off)
  104. Suspiria (84)
  105. Contact (76)
  106. Scream (99)
  107. Aguirre: The Wrath of God (Took a year off)
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