So Jen posted about movies recently and one of the things she said was preferring movies like Pollyanna and The Sound of Music to Oscar movies (ETA: This is more of a content thing than a quality thing and, to be fair, I am more likely to watch a Judd Apatow movie than I am, say, Schindler’s List). And I did a big huge response (most of which ended up deleted, ’cause I figured I’d blog about it here, which I did) and I went on imdb.com and was sort of amazed at all the wonderful, amazing movies I’ve seen that have won Oscars.
And then I thought, well, I haven’t seen all of them. I haven’t seen most of them, and many of the ones I have seen, I haven’t seen in years.
And THEN I thought, I bet it’d be a lot of fun to watch them all.
(This will take a long time, understand, because I’m still reading a lot and because I have some Mad Men and Battlestar Galactica to get through.)
But, in random order, I hope to get through*: (25/89)
Wings, The Broadway Melody, All Quiet on the Western Front, Cimarron, Grand Hotel, Cavalcade, It Happened One Night, Mutiny on the Bounty, The Great Ziegfeld, The Life of Emile Zola, You Can’t Take It With You, Gone With The Wind, Rebecca, How Green Was My Valley, Mrs. Miniver, Casablanca, Going My Way, The Lost Weekend, The Best Years Of Our Lives, Gentlemen’s Agreement, Hamlet, All the King’s Men, All About Eve, An American in Paris, The Greatest Show on Earth, From Here to Eternity, On the Waterfront, Marty, Around the World in 80 Days, The Bridge on the River Kwai, Gigi, Ben-Hur, The Apartment, West Side Story, Lawrence of Arabia, Tom Jones, My Fair Lady, The Sound of Music, A Man For All Seasons, In the Heat of the Night, Oliver, Midnight Cowboy, Patton, The French Connection, The Godfather, The Sting, The Godfather Part 2, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Rocky, Annie Hall, The Deer Hunter, Kramer vs. Kramer, Ordinary People, Chariots of Fire, Gandhi, Terms of Endearment, Amadeus, Out of Africa, Platoon, The Last Emperor, Rain Man, Driving Miss Daisy, Dances With Wolves, The Silence of the Lambs, Unforgiven, Schindler’s List, Forrest Gump, Braveheart, The English Patient, Titanic, Shakespeare in Love, American Beauty, Gladiator, A Beautiful Mind, Chicago, Lord of the Rings: Return of the King, Million Dollar Baby, Crash, The Departed, No Country For Old Men, Slumdog Millionaire, The Hurt Locker, The King’s Speech, The Artist, Argo, 12 Years a Slave, Birdman, Spotlight and Moonlight.
And then my best friend Jen reminded me of my (still unfinished) AFI quest, which I am starting over because a lot of them I don’t remember. (38/125, counting everything on the first and 10th anniversary lists)
Citizen Kane, Casablanca, The Godfather, Gone With the Wind, Lawrence of Arabia, The Wizard of Oz, The Graduate, On the Waterfront, Schindler’s List, Singin’ in the Rain, It’s a Wonderful Life, Sunset Boulevard, The Bridge on the River Kwai, Some Like it Hot, Star Wars, All About Eve, The African Queen, Psycho, Chinatown, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, The Grapes of Wrath, 2001: A Space Odyssey, The Maltese Falcon, Raging Bull, ET, Dr. Strangelove, Bonnie and Clyde, Apocalypse Now, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, Annie Hall, The Godfather Part II, High Noon, To Kill a Mockingbird, It Happened One Night, Midnight Cowboy, The Best Years of Our Lives, Double Indemnity, Doctor Zhivago, North By Northwest, West Side Story, Rear Window, King Kong, The Birth of a Nation, A Streetcar Named Desire, A Clockwork Orange, Taxi Driver, Jaws, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, The Philadelphia Story, From Here to Eternity, Amadeus, All Quiet on the Western Front, The Sound of Music, MASH, The Third Man, Fantasia, Rebel Without a Cause, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Vertigo, Tootsie, Stagecoach, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, The Silence of the Lambs, Network, The Manchurian Candidate, An American in Paris, Shane, The French Connection, Forrest Gump, Ben-Hur, Wuthering Heights, The Gold Rush, Dances With Wolves, City Lights, American Graffiti, Rocky, The Deer Hunter, The Wild Bunch, Modern Times, Giant, Platoon, Fargo, Duck Soup, Mutiny on the Bounty, Frankenstein, Easy Rider, Patton, The Jazz Singer, My Fair Lady, A Place in the Sun, The Apartment, Goodfellas, Pulp Fiction, The Searchers, Bringing Up Baby, Unforgiven, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, Yankee Doodle Dandy, The General, Intolerance, The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring, Nashville, Cabaret, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Saving Private Ryan, Sullivan’s Travels, The Shawshank Redemption, In the Heat of the Night, All the President’s Men, Spartacus, Sunrise, Titanic, A Night at the Opera, 12 Angry Men, The Sixth Sense, Swing Time, Sophie’s Choice, The Last Picture Show, Do The Right Thing, Blade Runner, Toy Story.
There’s the AFI 100 Years, 100 Thrills (36/100).
Psycho, Jaws, The Exorcist, North by Northwest, The Silence of the Lambs, Alien, The Birds, The French Connection, Rosemary’s Baby, Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Godfather, King Kong, Bonnie and Clyde, Rear Window, Deliverance, Chinatown, The Manchurian Candidate, Vertigo, The Great Escape, High Noon, A Clockwork Orange, Taxi Driver, Lawrence of Arabia, Double Indemnity, Titanic, The Maltese Falcon, Star Wars, Fatal Attraction, The Shining, The Deer Hunter, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Strangers on a Train, The Fugitive, The Night of the Hunter, Jurassic Park, Bullitt, Casablanca, Notorious, Die Hard, 2001, Dirty Harry, The Terminator, The Wizard of Oz, ET, Saving Private Ryan, Carrie, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Dial M For Murder, Ben-Hur, Marathon Man, Raging Bull, Rocky, Pulp Fiction, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Wait Until Dark, Frankenstein, All the President’s Men, The Bridge on the River Kwai, Planet of the Apes, The Sixth Sense, Cape Fear, Spartacus, What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?, Touch of Evil, The Dirty Dozen, The Matrix, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, Halloween, The Wild Bunch, Dog Day Afternoon, Goldfinger, Platoon, Laura, Blade Runner, The Third Man, Thelma & Louise, Terminator 2, Gaslight, The Magnificent Seven, Rebecca, The Omen, The Day the Earth Stood Still, The Phantom of the Opera, Poltergeist, Dracula, The Picture of Dorian Gray, The Thing From Another World, 12 Angry Men, The Guns of Navarone, The Poseidon Adventure, Braveheart, Body Heat, Night of the Living Dead, The China Syndrome, Full Metal Jacket, Blue Velvet, Safety Last, Blood Simple, Speed, The Adventures of Robin Hood.
There’s the 100 Years, 100 Passions (21/100).
Casablanca, Gone With the Wind, West Side Story, Roman Holiday, An Affair to Remember, The Way We Were, Doctor Zhivago, It’s a Wonderful Life, Love Story, City Lights, Annie Hall, My Fair Lady, Out of Africa, The African Queen, Wuthering Heights, Singin’ in the Rain, Moonstruck, Vertigo, Ghost, From Here to Eternity, Pretty Woman, On Golden Pond, Now Voyager, King Kong, When Harry Met Sally, The Lady Eve, The Sound of Music, The Shop Around the Corner, An Officer and a Gentleman, Swing Time, The King and I, Dark Victory, Camille, Beauty and the Beast, Gigi, Random Harvest, Titanic, It Happened One Night, An American in Paris, Ninotchka, Funny Girl, Anna Karenina, A Star Is Born, The Philadelphia Story, To Catch a Thief, Splendor in the Grass, Last Tango in Paris, The Postman Always Rings Twice, Shakespeare in Love, Bringing Up Baby, The Graduate, A Place in the Sun, Sabrina, Reds, The English Patient, Two For the Road, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, Picnic, To Have and Have Not, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, The Apartment, Sunrise, Marty, Bonnie and Clyde, Manhattan, A Streetcar Named Desire, What’s Up Doc?, Harold and Maude, Sense and Sensibility, Way Down East, Roxanne, The Ghost and Mrs. Muir, Woman of the Year, The American President, The Quiet Man, The Awful Truth, Coming Home, Jezebel, The Shiek, The Goodbye Girl, Witness, Morocco, Double Indemnity, Love is a Many-Splendored Thing, Notorious, The Unbearable Lightness of Being, The Princess Bride, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, The Bridges of Madison County, Working Girl, Porgy and Bess, Dirty Dancing, Body Heat, Lady and the Tramp, Barefoot in the Park, Grease, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Pillow Talk, Jerry Maguire.
100 Years, 100 Laughs (19/100):
Some Like It Hot, Tootsie, Dr. Strangelove, Annie Hall, Duck Soup, Blazing Saddles, MASH, It Happened One Night, The Graduate, Airplane, The Producers, A Night at the Opera, Young Frankenstein, Bringing Up Baby, The Philadelphia Story, Singin’ in the Rain, The Odd Couple, The General, His Girl Friday, The Apartment, A Fish Called Wanda, Adam’s Rib, When Harry Met Sally, Born Yesterday, The Gold Rush, Being There, There’s Something About Mary, Ghostbusters, This is Spinal Tap, Arsenic and Old Lace, Raising Arizona, The Thin Man, Modern Times, Groundhog Day, Harvey, National Lampoon’s Animal House, The Great Dictator, City Lights, Sullivan’s Travels, It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, Moonstruck, Big, American Graffiti, My Man Godfrey, Harold and Maude, Manhattan, Shampoo, A Shot in the Dark, To Be or Not to Be, Cat Ballou, The Seven Year Itch, Ninotchka, Arthur, The Miracle of Morgan’s Creek, The Lady Eve, Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein, Diner, It’s a Gift, A Day at the Races, Topper, What’s Up, Doc?, Sherlock, Jr., Beverly Hills Cop, Broadcast News, Horse Feathers, Take the Money and Run, Mrs. Doubtfire, The Awful Truth, Bananas, Mr. Deeds Goes to Town, Caddyshack, Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House, Monkey Business, Nine to Five, She Done Him Wrong, Victor Victoria, The Palm Beach Story, Road to Morocco, The Freshman, Sleeper, The Navigator, Private Benjamin, Father of the Bride, Lost in America, Dinner at Eight, City Slickers, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Beetlejuice, The Jerk, Woman of the Year, The Heartbreak Kid, Ball of Fire, Fargo, Auntie Mame, Silver Streak, Sons of the Desert, Bull Durham, The Court Jester, The Nutty Professor, Good Morning, Vietnam
There’s the 10 Top 10:
Western (1/10): The Searchers, High Noon, Shane, Unforgiven, Red River, The Wild Bunch, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, McCabe & Mrs. Miller, Stagecoach, Cat Ballou
Fantasy (3/10): The Wizard of Oz, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, It’s a Wonderful Life, King Kong, Miracle on 34th Street, Field of Dreams, Harvey, Groundhog Day, The Thief of Bagdad, Big
Science Fiction (1/10): 2001, Star Wars, ET, A Clockwork Orange, The Day the Earth Stood Still, Blade Runner, Alien, Terminator 2, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Back to the Future
Courtroom Drama (2/10): To Kill a Mockingbird, 12 Angry Men, Kramer vs. Kramer, The Verdict, A Few Good Men, Witness For the Prosecution, Anatomy of a Murder, In Cold Blood, A Cry in the Dark, Judgment at Nuremberg
Epic (1/10): Lawrence of Arabia, Ben-Hur, Schindler’s List, Gone With the Wind, Spartacus, Titanic, All Quiet on the Western Front, Saving Private Ryan, Reds, The Ten Commandments
And there’s the 25 Greatest Musicals (8/25).
Singin’ in the Rain, West Side Story, The Wizard of Oz, The Sound of Music, Cabaret, Mary Poppins, A Star is Born, My Fair Lady, An American in Paris, Meet Me In St. Louis, The King and I, Chicago, 42nd Street, All That Jazz, Top Hat, Funny Girl, The Band Wagon, Yankee Doodle Dandy, On the Town, Grease, Seven Brides For Seven Brothers, Beauty and the Beast, Guys and Dolls, Show Boat, Moulin Rouge.
Turns out they also released the 10 best films for each year from 2001 on.
2001 (1/10): A Beautiful Mind, Black Hawk Down, In the Bedroom, Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring, The Man Who Wasn’t There, Memento, Monster’s Ball, Moulin Rouge, Mulholland Drive, Shrek.
Best TV (11/12): Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Six Feet Under, The Sopranos, The West Wing, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Everybody Loves Raymond, Malcolm in the Middle, Sex and the City, Anne Frank, Band of Brothers, Boycott, Conspiracy
2003 (1/10): American Splendor, Finding Nemo, The Human Stain, In America, The Last Samurai, Lord of the Rings: Return of the King, Lost in Translation, Master and Commander, Monster, Mystic River
2004 (1/10): The Aviator, Collateral, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Friday Night Lights, The Incredibles, Kinsey, Maria Full of Grace, Million Dollar Baby, Sideways, Spiderman 2
2007 (3/10): Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, Into the Wild, Juno, Knocked Up, Michael Clayton, No County For Old Men, Ratatouille, The Savages, There Will Be Blood
2016 (0/10): Arrival, Fences, Hacksaw Ridge, Hell or High Water, La La Land, Manchester by the Sea, Moonlight, Silence, Sully, Zootopia
Best TV (5/11) The Americans, Atlanta, Better Call Saul, The Crown, Game of Thrones, The Night Of, The People v. OJ Simpson: American Crime Story, Stranger Things, This is Us, Veep, OJ: Made in America
There’s the Independent Spirit Awards (11/32): After Hours, Platoon, River’s Edge, Stand and Deliver, sex, lies and videotape, The Grifters, Rambling Rose, The Player, Short Cuts, Pulp Fiction, Leaving Las Vegas, Fargo, The Apostle, Gods and Monsters, Election, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Memento, Far From Heaven, Lost in Translation, Sideways, Brokeback Mountain, Little Miss Sunshine, Juno, The Wrestler, Precious, Black Swan, The Artist, The Silver Linings Playbook 12 Years a Slave, Birdman , Spotlight and Moonlight
And finally, I’d like to watch all of Hitchcock’s movies (11/60):
Number 13, Always Tell Your Wife, The Pleasure Garden, The Mountain Eagle, The Lodger, The Ring, Downhill, The Farmer’s Wife, Easy Virtue, Champagne, The Manxman, Blackmail, Elstree Calling, An Elastic Affair, Juno and the Paycock, Murder!, The Skin Game, Mary, Rich and Strange, Number 17, Waltzes from Vienna, The Man Who Knew Too Much, The 39 Steps, Secret Agent, Sabotage, Young and Innocent, The Lady Vanishes, Jamaica Inn, Rebecca, Foreign Correspondent, Mr. and Mrs. Smith, Suspicion, Saboteur, Shadow of a Doubt, Aventure Malgache, Bon Voyage, Lifeboat, Spellbound, Notorious, The Paradine Case, Rope, Under Capricorn, Stage Fright, Strangers on a Train, I Confess, Dial M For Murder, Rear Window, To Catch a Thief, The Trouble With Harry, The Man Who Knew Too Much, The Wrong Man, Vertigo, North by Northwest, Psycho, The Birds, Marnie, Torn Curtain, Topaz, Frenzy, Family Plot