A few of the blogs I follow with a level of due obsession that if I applied it to my life or career I would have been living in that house on the headland at Whale Beach years ago are doing a movie meme which is kinda like that book one from ages ago. It’s a long and arduous list and while I heart those blogs sometimes more than my own offspring even I was skimming in parts.

So here is 1 – 100. The next 150 is coming. I should confess I got bored with this around the 70s…
For the full list in one hit visit Joke or Poppy.

  1. The Godfather (1972) M’eh
  2. The Shawshank Redemption (1994) Apparently neither Joke nor Poppy have seen this, which I find astouding as I am just waiting for it to appear on Stuff White People Like. I have never interviewed anyone who did not include this as one of their all time favourite movies.
  3. The Godfather: Part II (1974) M’eh
  4. The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (1966) Something I’m sure I’ve tried to watch as part of the whole era I wanted to be a film critic and or movie director and was trying to get my head around all the classics in all the different genres. I have no time for Westerns. No.time.
  5. Pulp Fiction (1994) I hadn’t seen this for years – probably about a decade – and then watched it the other week. God it’s good.
  6. Schindler’s List (1993) YOu know, every now and then I love a movie that will trigger a good couple of dark days for my brain, but this I just couldn’t come at. I’m still bleak from seeing The Diary of Anne Frank in 1988.
  7. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975) Started to and then either forgot I was watching it or fell asleep.
  8. The Empire Strikes Back (1980) OMG I could watch any of the Star Wars movie any or indeed every day and never tire of it. No wonder I have only bred boys.
  9. Casablanca (1942) Yes but can’t really remember it. I do remember, on watching it feeling a bit, ‘is that it?’.
  10. Seven Samurai (1954) Nope.
  11. Star Wars (1977) See 8. My Dad took my brother to see this and I begged to go with them. I was four and a half. I cried at the start because it was so loud and the cinema so cold and then fell asleep.
  12. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) Why aren’t these (or the Star Wars ones) listed in order? Loved all of these and haven’t read the books. Never will. Made me want to be a cinematographer.
  13. 12 Angry Men (1957) Nope.
  14. Rear Window (1954) The whole Alfred Hitchcock thing leaves me a little cold, but I think I liked this, it was a long time ago.
  15. Goodfellas (1990) Yep Ray Liotta is scary
  16. Cidade de Deus (2002) Two cicadas? Sounds noisy.
  17. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) Of course, OMG, the crush I had on Harrison Ford from this was only compounded by him in that movie about the Amish.
  18. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) See 12.
  19. Once Upon a Time in the West (1968) And again I say, I don’t do Westerns. See 4.
  20. The Usual Suspects (1995) Awesome.
  21. Psycho (1960) I think I watched this and was far more creeped out by him than the murder scene.
  22. Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964) Nuh.
  23. Fight Club (1999) Well this movie triggered my absolute allconsuming obsession with Chuck Palahnuick. One of the reasons I haven’t even started trying to write a book is because I know it won’t come marginally close to his brilliance.
  24. Citizen Kane (1941) I think I saw this and loved it.
  25. The Silence of the Lambs (1991) Fabulous although would probably not need to watch it for at least another decade or so
  26. North by Northwest (1959) OMG, love this movie. Oh, and it’s a Hitchcock, maybe my Hitchcock apathy is misplaced…
  27. Memento (2000) I’m sorry, Guy Pearce will always be Daphne’s husband Mike Young.
  28. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) Of course, see 12. and 18.
  29. Sunset Blvd. (1950) Gloria Swanson is very creepy and unhinged and wide-eyed as you had to be in 1950
  30. It’s a Wonderful Life (1946) For the first time a few months ago and did I Oh yessiree I did.
  31. The Matrix (1999) Awesome – although I still don’t get it.
  32. Lawrence of Arabia (1962) a long time ago now…
  33. There Will Be Blood (2007) Nope.
  34. Se7en (1995)
  35. Apocalypse Now (1979) I believe so – in my early 20s when I was at the height of my righteous indignation on behalf of Vietnam Vets.
  36. Taxi Driver (1976) Creeped me right out.
  37. American Beauty (1999) Seriously I would watch Kevin Spacey cut his toenails and be captivated.
  38. Léon (1994) Who?
  39. Vertigo (1958) Wow, for someone not into Hitchcock films I seem to have seen quite a few of them…
  40. Amelie (2001) Tried to. It just annoyed me in its Frenchness.
  41. American History X (1998) I think I tried to watch this because I was meant to.
  42. No Country for Old Men (2007) Not yet, dying to.
  43. The Departed (2006) See 42.
  44. Paths of Glory (1957) Nope.
  45. M (1931) Is after L but before N
  46. To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) Watched this at school and just adored it. Still do. About the only reason I wish I’d had a girl was to call her Scout.
  47. Chinatown (1974) Did that have Jane Fonda in it and involve some atomic meltdown? Maybe.
  48. The Third Man (1949) Is that like being a third wheel?
  49. Leben der Anderen, Das (2006) The Lives of Others I struggle with foreign films at the best of times
  50. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004) Awesome
  51. A Clockwork Orange (1971) Nope. The only Stanley Kubrick film I’ve seen is Eyes Wide Shut and what a motherlode of tripe that was.
  52. Alien (1979) Love a good space horror movie
  53. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948) Noe
  54. Laberinto del fauno, El (2006) Who?
  55. The Shining (1980) Maybe? I went through a horror phase many years ago and since having kids just can’t do it. I watched the remake of Texas Chainsaw Massacre and that family and that house still haunt my mind. Stupid.
  56. Sen to Chihiro no kamikakushi (2001) Spirited Away This was meant to be brilliant. I started to watch it but got distracted by life.
  57. The Pianist (2002) Can Holly Hunter or Sam Neill do anything wrong? I have some thoughts about Harvery Keitel – a man who seems to love playing men who hate women while simultaneously being able to get his kit off. I saw him in full frontal nudity flight in something and now struggle to come at anything with him in it for that nubby little penis he owns.
  58. Double Indemnity (1944)
  59. Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975) Of course. Many times. Hilarious.
  60. Forrest Gump (1994) While the personification of white bread on white bread shits me to tears, I tend to have a soft spot for many of his films. Like I do for plastic white bread.
  61. Saving Private Ryan (1998) The best thing about this movie is the final battle.
  62. The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) One of the few ‘old’ war movies I have seen, remembered and loved.
  63. L.A. Confidential (1997) I think I started to watch it but found it trying so hard to be an indie film. Also see 27.
  64. Boot, Das (1981) Nope.
  65. Requiem for a Dream (2000) GOD – is sounds like when a workmate you don’t particularly like strikes up a conversation with you that starts with, ‘I had this dream last night…’
  66. Reservoir Dogs (1992) Of course. My ear still hurts in sympathy. So.much.blood. But again, See 57.
  67. Untergang, Der (2004) Understudy to the Der Ubergang perhaps?
  68. Aliens (1986) I have a feeling this was better than the original?
  69. The Maltese Falcon (1941) Maybe
  70. Raging Bull (1980) Did that star Robert de Niro or Al Pacino? I get those two confused all.the.time
  71. Metropolis (1927) It was made in 1927. Did they have penicillin then?
  72. Rashômon (1950) Who?
  73. Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) Again what’s with the order? I think so. Is that the one with the guy made from mercury?
  74. Modern Times (1936) Nope
  75. Hotel Rwanda (2004) Tried to
  76. Singin’ in the Rain (1952) Of course – and I heart MGM musicals. HEART them. And I hate that saying.
  77. Sin City (2005) OMG – tried to watch this and my eyes were bleeding within minutes
  78. Rebecca (1940) Yep – OH the ANGST
  79. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) Is that the one with the apes and the big stone thingy?
  80. Sjunde inseglet, Det (1957) What?
  81. All About Eve (1950) Nope
  82. Some Like It Hot (1959) Loved it
  83. City Lights (1931) Nope
  84. Amadeus (1984) Of course – at the height of me wanting to be an orchestra conductor
  85. Vita è bella, La (1997) Nope. Just a heads up on me and foreign films – I ‘did’ them from about 1994 to 1996.
  86. On the Waterfront (1954) As opposed to Down the mine
  87. The Great Escape (1963) Sort of missed the Steve McQueen thing and James Garner shits me beyond tears
  88. Touch of Evil (1958) nope
  89. The Prestige (2006) nope – For a moment I thought this was The Presidio…
  90. The Elephant Man (1980) I don’t think I saw this version – the b&W one with him covered in a hessian sack I’ve seen. Still damaged from it.
  91. Jaws (1975)
  92. Full Metal Jacket (1987) Maybe, although I could be thinking of the other big Vietnam movie with Charlie Sheen.
  93. The Sting (1973) Maybe.
  94. Nuovo cinema Paradiso (1988) Was that called Cinema Paradiso on Australian release? If so, yes and I loved it – one of the few foreign films I adore and would watch again and again
  95. Once Upon a Time in America (1984) I’ve never even heard of this
  96. The Manchurian Candidate (1962) Nope
  97. The Apartment (1960)
  98. Braveheart (1995) OMG – what woman has not watched this and had very impure thoughts about Mel Gibson. One of my favourite films of all time.
  99. Blade Runner (1982) Loved it from recollection
  100. The Great Dictator (1940) That seems a bit pre-emptory in 1940
  101. 101. Strangers on a Train (1951) Phew, an Alfred Hitchcock I haven’t heard of let alone seen
  102. Batman Begins (2005) I avoid these with a level of dedication that some would say is impressive
  103. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939) Maybe
  104. Ladri di biciclette (1948) Bicycle Thieves – Surely they could have aimed a little higher.
  105. Salaire de la peur, Le (1953) Wages of Fear – Sounds like my reaction to my pay packet every fortnight
  106. High Noon (1952) Again with the Western.
  107. Ran (1985) Sequel to Walk?
  108. Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi (1983) See 8. and 11.
  109. The Big Sleep (1946) doesn’t sound promising
  110. The Wizard of Oz (1939) Only about a hundred times
  111. Notorious (1946)
  112. Back to the Future (1985) Natch
  113. Fargo (1996) One of my all time favourite movies. I am one of the many very predictable female bloggers who would turn for Frances McDormand
  114. Oldboy (2003)
  115. Unforgiven (1992)
  116. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989) I must have – from recollection this one was a bit of a dud
  117. Donnie Darko (2001) – SO GOOD. SO GOOD. SO GOOD. Seriously, if you haven’t seen it, go, watch it. The start of my moderate obsession with Jake Gyllenhaal
  118. Ratatouille (2007) This week. It was OK but I mean, at the end of the day, it’s about a rat. Ack.
  119. Mononoke-hime (1997) I really should have indicated my apathy to foreign films a long time ago shouldn’t I…
  120. Cool Hand Luke (1967) I tried. See 87.
  121. Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003) Yep. Awesome
  122. Yojimbo (1961)
  123. Per qualche dollaro in più (1965)
  124. The Green Mile (1999) That’s the electric chair one with White Bread on White Bread?
  125. Million Dollar Baby (2004) Nope – started to and the first ‘thud’ of fist hitting flesh I almost lost my breakfast. I don’t do boxing films.
  126. The Bourne Ultimatum (2007) Would like to
  127. Notti di Cabiria, Le (1957)
  128. Gladiator (2000) I have weird mixed emotions about Russell Crowe. But I liked this.
  129. Battaglia di Algeri, La (1966) The Battle of Algiers.
  130. Annie Hall (1977) Wow, we’re at 130 and this is the first Woody Allen film and I still haven’t seen this
  131. Die Hard (1988) I lust badly after Bruce Willis and love all the Die Hard films. All of them.
  132. Into the Wild (2007)
  133. Ben-Hur (1959) I went through my epic phase in the late 80s, so it’s been a while.
  134. The Deer Hunter (1978)
  135. The Sixth Sense (1999) It still freaks me out a bit – particularly that dead girl who appears in the tent.
  136. It Happened One Night (1934)
  137. The General (1927)
  138. Platoon (1986) OH this is the one, not Full Metal Jacket.
  139. Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949)
  140. Life of Brian (1979) Natch
  141. The Killing (1956)
  142. Smultronstället (1957) Wild Strawberries
  143. Amores perros (2000) Love’s a B’tch
  144. Finding Nemo (2003) Only about eleventy gagillion times
  145. Diaboliques, Les (1955)
  146. The Incredibles (2004) See 144.
  147. V for Vendetta (2005)
  148. The Wild Bunch (1969)
  149. Heat (1995)
  150. Children of Men (2006)
  151. Brief Encounter (1945)
  152. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)
  153. Juno (2007) I kinda don’t want to because of how much everyone is loving it. It sounds to me like a movie of Dawson’s Creek, where teenagers are far too coherent and pithy.
  154. The Princess Bride (1987) Always to be confused with The Never-Ending Story but yes, a good one
  155. 8½ (1963) the precursor to 91/2weeks?
  156. The Graduate (1967) I got bored
  157. Judgment at Nuremberg (1961)
  158. Letters from Iwo Jima (2006) On my list
  159. The Night of the Hunter (1955)
  160. The Big Lebowski (1998) What is not to love in a Coen Brothers movie?
  161. Crash (2004/I)
  162. Dog Day Afternoon (1975)
  163. Stand by Me (1986) I thought it was compulsory to watch this?
  164. Gandhi (1982) I only just re-watched this the other day.
  165. Shadow of a Doubt (1943)
  166. The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938) one of the first ‘old’ movies I ever saw. Delicious.
  167. Snatch. (2000)
  168. Harvey (1950)
  169. Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004) From recollection it’s even more brutal than the first
  170. The African Queen (1951) A long time ago
  171. Witness for the Prosecution (1957)
  172. The Thing (1982)
  173. Trainspotting (1996) Probably should be compulsory viewing in schools to dissuade children from illicit drug-taking. Am still horrified from the shitting-the-sheets and damaged from the dead baby
  174. Gone with the Wind (1939) Yeah but you know what? Didn’t like it much. Vivien Leigh shits me.
  175. The Grapes of Wrath (1940)
  176. Wo hu cang long (2000) Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon Watched this with some relos, one of which we came to learn had always watched foreign films with the voices dubbed into English rather than with subtitles.
  177. Belle et la bête, La (1946)
  178. The Gold Rush (1925)
  179. Little Miss Sunshine (2006) Adored this movie
  180. Groundhog Day (1993) I believe I peed my pants the first time I saw the groundhog and Bill Murray in the ute scene. I love this movie. I have almost forgiven Bill Murray for Lost in Translation.
  181. The Conversation (1974)
  182. American Gangster (2007)
  183. Scarface (1983) Saw this for the first time a few months ago.
  184. Patton (1970)
  185. Duck Soup (1933)
  186. Toy Story (1995) See 144. and 146. I would say that this fights with Monsters Inc for being my favourite Pixar movie
  187. Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens (1922)
  188. The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)
  189. Twelve Monkeys (1995) Weird and good all rolled into one
  190. The Terminator (1984) Yup
  191. Cabinet des Dr. Caligari., Das (1920)
  192. Sleuth (1972)
  193. The Hustler (1961)
  194. Umberto D. (1952)
  195. The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)
  196. Stalker (1979)
  197. Glory (1989)
  198. Ed Wood (1994) Is Johnny Depp not the acting master of our generation?
  199. King Kong (1933)
  200. Grindhouse (2007)
  201. Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998) This is one of those films I think I’ve seen but am not entirely sure.
  202. The Exorcist (1973) It is just as scary every time you see it
  203. The Lion King (1994) See 144., 146. and 186.
  204. Hotaru no haka (1988)
  205. Bride of Frankenstein (1935) I tried
  206. Spartacus (1960) See 133
  207. All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)
  208. The Ox-Bow Incident (1943)
  209. The Lost Weekend (1945)
  210. Stalag 17 (1953)
  211. Magnolia (1999) – OMG possibly the worst film I have ever seen. Seriously.
  212. The Lady Vanishes (1938)
  213. Lola rennt (1998) Run Lola Run One of the last foreign films I watched
  214. In the Heat of the Night (1967) Maybe, but at least 15 years ago.
  215. The Philadelphia Story (1940) One of my favourite films of all time.
  216. Frankenstein (1931) A long time ago
  217. Out of the Past (1947)
  218. Big Fish (2003) I’ve always wanted to see this.
  219. Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (1927)
  220. Anatomy of a Murder (1959)
  221. Casino (1995) Fabulous
  222. Rosemary’s Baby (1968) Scary and weird
  223. Toy Story 2 (1999) See 144., 146., 186. and 203.
  224. Mystic River (2003) How upsetting is this movie?
  225. Du rififi chez les hommes (1955)
  226. Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
  227. 3:10 to Yuma (2007)
  228. Hot Fuzz (2007)
  229. A Christmas Story (1983)
  230. Ikiru (1952)
  231. Mou gaan dou (2002)
  232. Manhattan (1979)
  233. A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)
  234. Young Frankenstein (1974)
  235. Dial M for Murder (1954) Again with the Hitchcock
  236. The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962)
  237. Rope (1948)
  238. Once (2006) One of my favourite movies of all time
  239. Roman Holiday (1953) Adore it
  240. Quatre cents coups, Les (1959) The 400 Blows
  241. The Searchers (1956)
  242. In Cold Blood (1967)
  243. Ying xiong (2002)
  244. His Girl Friday (1940)
  245. Shaun of the Dead (2004) Can’t really be bothered with zombies
  246. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003) You know how I’d watch Kevin Space clip his toenails? I’d let Johnny Depp clip them and abandon the dead nails on the floor.
  247. Samouraï, Le (1967)
  248. Strada, La (1954)
  249. Harold and Maude (1971)
  250. Aguirre, der Zorn Gottes (1972) Aguire, The Wrath of God

No Dirty Dancing? No Grease? No Saturday Night Live?
No What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, Titanic, When Harry Met Sally, You’ve Got Mail?
No Leathal Weapon, Tequila Sunrise?
No Diamonds are a Girls Best Friend, My Fair Lady, Mary Poppins, The Nun’s Story, Funny Face, Sabrina, Breakfast at Tiffany’s?
No Barefoot in the Park? Barbarella? No The Way We Were, Funny Girl, Yentl?
No Fatal Attraction? Good Morning Vietnam?
No Driving Miss Daisy? Nine t0 Five? Mrs Doubtfire?
No Boogie Nights?
No Easter Parade, Meet me in St Louis, Little Women?
No Towering Inferno, The Poseidon Adventure?

What would you have included?

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