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Old 06-21-08, 05:26 PM
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Entertainment Weekly's Best 100 Films from the Last 25 Years

Don't know if anybody's posted this yet, but this week, I came across EW's top 100 films of the last 25 years. They clearly focused mainly on popular American films, which doesn't necessarily mean it's a bad list, but leaves a lot of room for discussion. For instance, the inclusion of Beverly Hills Cop and Pretty Woman. I've seen 83 of the films.

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100. South Park: Bigger, Longer, and Uncut
99. The Blair Witch Project
98. The Talented Mr. Ripley
97. Glory
96. Far From Heaven
95. In the Mood for Love
94. Full Metal Jacket
93. Ed Wood
92. Menace II Society
91. Back to the Future
90. Napoleon Dynamite
89. Breaking the Waves
88. Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery
87. Swingers
86. Y Tu Mama Tambien
85. The 40 Year Old Virgin
84. Sideways
83. Evil Dead 2
82. Lost in Translation
81. Moonstruck
80. Michael Clayton
79. Waiting for Guffman
78. Terminator 2: Judgement Day
77. Sid and Nancy
76. The Departed
75. Out of Africa
74. Drugstore Cowboy
73. Office Space
72. Thelma & Louise
71. Unforgiven
70. Broadcast News
69. All About My Mother
68. Witness
67. Donnie Brasco
66. Natural Born Killers
65. Dirty Dancing
64. No Country for Old Men
63. Big
62. Sex, Lies and Videotape
61. Beverly Hills Cop
60. Scream
59. L.A. Confidential
58. Ghostbusters
57. There's Something About Mary
56. The Lives of Others
55. Risky Business
54. Fatal Attraction
53. The Truman Show
52. The Naked Gun
51. There Will Be Blood
50. The Piano
49. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
48. Scarface
47. Men in Black
46. Children of Men
45. Rain Man
44. The Player
43. Gladiator
42. Clueless
41. Dazed and Confused
40. Speed
39. The Sixth Sense
38. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
37. Pretty Woman
36. Spider-Man 2
35. The Incredibles
34. Fargo
33. The Breakfast Club
32. Fight Club
31. Brokeback Mountain
30. When Harry Met Sally…
29. The Bourne Supremacy
28. Wings of Desire
27. Aliens
26. Hoop Dreams
25. Shrek
24. A Room With A View
23. Memento
22. Rushmore
21. Schindler's List
20. The Lion King
19. Casino Royale
18. Do the Right Thing
17. Jerry Maguire
16. Boogie Nights
15. Edward Scissorhands
14. Crumb
13. Goodfellas
12. The Matrix
11. This is Spinal Tap
10. Moulin Rouge
9. Die Hard
8. The Silence of the Lambs
7. Hannah and Her Sisters
6. Saving Private Ryan
5. Toy Story
4. Blue Velvet
3. Titanic
2. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy
1. Pulp Fiction

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Old 06-21-08, 05:30 PM
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No Shawshank Redemption?

No Open Range?



Not to mention that their #1 pick is probably about 50 or 60 places too high, and much of the rest of the order is pretty jacked up, too.

No wonder almost no one takes these lists seriously...
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Michael Clayton seriously? That wouldn't even make my Best 100 of 2007.
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No Shawshank and no Forrest Gump automatically invalidates that list.
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Originally Posted by cupcake jesus

Here's the list:

100. South Park: Bigger, Longer, and Uncut
99. The Blair Witch Project
98. The Talented Mr. Ripley
97. Glory
96. Far From Heaven
95. In the Mood for Love
94. Full Metal Jacket
93. Ed Wood
92. Menace II Society
91. Back to the Future
90. Napoleon Dynamite
89. Breaking the Waves
88. Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery
87. Swingers
86. Y Tu Mama Tambien
85. The 40 Year Old Virgin
84. Sideways
83. Evil Dead 2
82. Lost in Translation
81. Moonstruck
80. Michael Clayton
79. Waiting for Guffman
78. Terminator 2: Judgement Day
77. Sid and Nancy
76. The Departed
75. Out of Africa
74. Drugstore Cowboy
73. Office Space
72. Thelma & Louise
71. Unforgiven
70. Broadcast News
69. All About My Mother
68. Witness
67. Donnie Brasco
66. Natural Born Killers
65. Dirty Dancing
64. No Country for Old Men
63. Big
62. Sex, Lies and Videotape
61. Beverly Hills Cop
60. Scream
59. L.A. Confidential
58. Ghostbusters
57. There's Something About Mary
56. The Lives of Others
55. Risky Business
54. Fatal Attraction
53. The Truman Show
52. The Naked Gun
51. There Will Be Blood
50. The Piano
49. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
48. Scarface
47. Men in Black
46. Children of Men
45. Rain Man
44. The Player
43. Gladiator
42. Clueless
41. Dazed and Confused
40. Speed
39. The Sixth Sense
38. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
37. Pretty Woman
36. Spider-Man 2
35. The Incredibles
34. Fargo
33. The Breakfast Club
32. Fight Club
31. Brokeback Mountain
30. When Harry Met Sally…
29. The Bourne Supremacy
28. Wings of Desire
27. Aliens
26. Hoop Dreams
25. Shrek
24. A Room With A View
23. Memento
22. Rushmore
21. Schindler's List
20. The Lion King
19. Casino Royale
18. Do the Right Thing
17. Jerry Maguire
16. Boogie Nights
15. Edward Scissorhands
14. Crumb
13. Goodfellas
12. The Matrix
11. This is Spinal Tap
10. Moulin Rouge
9. Die Hard
8. The Silence of the Lambs
7. Hannah and Her Sisters
6. Saving Private Ryan
5. Toy Story
4. Blue Velvet
3. Titanic
2. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy
1. Pulp Fiction

FAIL.
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That's awful. There's a lot that deserve to be in the top 100, but the order is way off. I should sit down and do my own list.
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It makes more sense if you remove "Best" from the title.
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Finally hard proof that The Matrix is a better film than No Country for Old Men, There Will be Blood, AND Schindler's List...
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Originally Posted by William Fuld
It makes more sense if you remove "Best" from the title.
I was just entering this thread to post the same but you beat me to it.
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OK, let's get serious here for a minute. As much fun as films like "Men in Black", "The Naked Gun", "Pretty Woman", "Beverly Hills Cop", "Clueless" and "Fatal Attraction" are, they do NOT belong on any "Best" list. Especially when "Shawshank" is grossly overlooked. What the fuck is up with THAT!?? Not to mention...."Leon", "Kill Bill", "Donnie Darko", "Braveheart", "Elizabeth". To name a countless few.
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Okay, I just did my own list:

1. Pulp Fiction
2. Goodfellas
3. The Shawshank Redemption
4. There Will Be Blood
5. No Country for Old Men
6. Schindler’s List
7. Fight Club
8. Fargo
9. American Beauty
10. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy
11. Silence of the Lambs
12. Boogie Nights
13. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
14. The Sixth Sense
15. Oldboy
16. Children of Men
17. Mulholland Dr.
18. Zodiac
19. Seven
20. Saving Private Ryan
21. The Matrix
22. Memento
23. Magnolia
24. Unbreakable
25. City of God
26. Aliens
27. Adaptation.
28. Being John Malkovich
29. Ed Wood
30. Lost in Translation
31. L.A. Confidential
32. The Assassination of Jesse James
33. Heat
34. JFK
35. Reservoir Dogs
36. The Insider
37. Rushmore
38. The Incredibles
39. Brazil
40. Full Metal Jacket
41. Collateral
42. Requiem for a Dream
43. Pan’s Labyrinth
44. The Big Lebowski
45. Barton Fink
46. The Truman Show
47. Election
48. Heavenly Creatures
49. Traffic
50. 12 Monkeys
51. Almost Famous
52. American Psycho
53. Trainspotting
54. Forrest Gump
55. Jurassic Park
56. Casino
57. Chasing Amy
58. Miller’s Crossing
59. True Romance
60. Jackie Brown
61. Amélie
62. Sideways
63. Edward Scissorhands
64. The Departed
65. Monsters, Inc.
66. The Pianist
67. Blue Velvet
68. Amadeus
69. Glengarry Glen Ross
70. Good Will Hunting
71. Toy Story
72. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
73. Terminator 2
74. Back to the Future
75. Kill Bill
76. Out of Sight
77. Gattaca
78. Finding Nemo
79. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
80. Happiness
81. The Fly
82. 28 Days Later
83. Punch-Drunk Love
84. Gone Baby Gone
85. Spider-Man 2
86. Ghost World
87. Into the Wild
88. Donnie Darko
89. Shattered Glass
90. Once
91. Dancer in the Dark
92. Shaun of the Dead
93. Leon
94. The 40 Year Old Virgin
95. Evil Dead II
96. This is Spinal Tap
97. Die Hard
98. Before Sunset
99. Eyes Wide Shut
100. Breaking the Waves

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Originally Posted by Daytripper
What the fuck is up with THAT!?? Not to mention...."Leon", "Kill Bill", "Donnie Brasco", "Braveheart", "Elizabeth". To name a countless few.
Fixed.
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i smell a thread brewing, "Your 100 Best Films...
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Out of Africa and Napoleon Dynamite make the list (to name just two), but City of God and Miller's Crossing don't?!
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Last 25 years...

1. City of God
2. There Will Be Blood
3. Leon
4. True Romance
5. The New World
6. Children of Men
7. Snatch
8. Back to the Future
9. Chungking Express
10. Lord of War
11. Boogie Nights
12. The Pianist
13. Paris, Texas
14. Miller's Crossing
15. Master & Commander
16. Pulp Fiction
17. Bottle Rocket
18. Memento
19. Out of Sight
20. The 25th Hour
21. Ghostbusters
22. United 93
23. Terminator 2
24. Almost Famous
25. Dazed & Confused
26. The Big Lebowski
27. Eyes Wide Shut
28. Lord of the Rings Trilogy
29. The Matrix
30. Traffic
31. Unbreakable
32. Punch Drunk Love
33. Ed Wood
34. Gattaca
35. Swingers
36. Cache
37. No Country for Old Men
38. Seven
39. American Psycho
40. Lost in Translation
41. Spider-Man 2
42. Do the Right Thing
43. The Limey
44. Blue
45. The Departed
46. 21 Grams
47. Nightmare Before Christmas
48. Die Hard
49. The Shawshank Redemption
50. O Brother Where Art Thou?
51. Magnolia
52. Platoon
53. Sin City
54. Batman
55. Glory
56. The Insider
57. Gone Baby Gone
58. The Silence of the Lambs
59. Kill Bill 1 & 2
60. The Royal Tenenbaums
61. Undertow
62. Edward Scissorhands
63. Ran
64. Full Metal Jacket
65. Walk the Line
66. Short Cuts
67. La Haine
68. Finding Nemo
69. Black Hawk Down
70. Donnie Brasco
71. Collateral
72. The Girl on the Bridge
73. Casino
74. RoboCop
75. Reservoir Dogs
76. The Incredibles
77. Quiz Show
78. Superbad
79. American Beauty
80. Before Sunrise
81. Malcolm X
82. From Dusk Till Dawn
83. Rain Man
84. Closer
85. The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
86. Morvern Callar
87. A History of Violence
88. Sid & Nancy
89. The Usual Suspects
90. Casino
91. Jacob's Ladder
92. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
93. The Truman Show
94. Gladiator
95. The Lion King
96. Pirates of the Caribbean Curse of the Black Pearl
97. The Machinist
98. Scarface
99. The Thin Red Line
100. Kingdom of Heaven: Director's Cut

And remember it's just like, my opinion, man.
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Yeah, it's a crappy list. I'd remove Shrek, Pretty Woman, Napoleon Dynamite, Dirty Dancing, and Jerry Maguire for starters.

However, I'm not even sure they were trying to make this a definitive list of the best. They seemed to choose a mix of lesser-known (to the general public at least) movies and popular favorites.

Still, no Shawshank is a real head-scratcher. They must have just forgotten about it.
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The Shawshank Redemption is not that great of a movie, people.
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Originally Posted by Arpeggi
The Shawshank Redemption is not that great of a movie, people.

ummm...yes it is
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Originally Posted by Arpeggi
The Shawshank Redemption is not that great of a movie, people.
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It's hard to come up with 100 films on your own and list them. Here are the ones that I would pick as the top ten list for the last 25 years.
1. Pulp Fiction
2. Schindler’s List
3. Goodfellas
4. Ran
6. Platoon
7. Fargo
8. The Silence of the Lambs
9. Almost Famous
10. Saving Private Ryan
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Other notables left off this pathetic list:

Apollo 13
Heat
Shawshank Redemption
The Fugitive
Field of Dreams
A Few Good Men
Hoosiers


and Back to the Future at #91?
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No Shawshank and no Forrest Gump automatically invalidates that list.
Amen brother!

What is up with "Evil Dead 2" (and many other strange ones on the list)?
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Originally Posted by mcnabb
Other notables left off this pathetic list:

Apollo 13
Heat
Shawshank Redemption
The Fugitive
Field of Dreams
A Few Good Men
Hoosiers


and Back to the Future at #91?
Wow, did not even think about The Fugitive, Field of Dreams, A Few Good Men and Hoosiers (one of my all time favorite movies!).

What a stupid list, I think they just want to get people mad so they will look at their website? (Which I will not do)
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Originally Posted by DonTHX1378
It's hard to come up with 100 films on your own and list them.
Agreed. Just looking over my DVD collection, I'd pick (in no particular order).

"The Shawshank Redemption"
"No Country For Old Men"
"There Will Be Blood"
"The Professional"
"Elizabeth"
"The Illusionist"
"Pulp Fiction"
"Goodfellas"
"Donnie Darko"
"About a Boy"
"In America"
"L.A. Confidential"
"Ghost World"
"Kill Bill Vol. 1"
"Cinderella Man"
"Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind"
"The Ice Storm"
"Amelie"
"Zodiac"
"Kingdom of Heaven" (Director's Cut) <== Good call whoever thought of this
"Unforgiven"
"The Sixth Sense"
"Whale Rider"
"A.I."
"Finding Nemo"
"25th Hour"
"In Bruges"
"Seven"
"Cop Land"
"Lord of the Rings" (trilogy)
"The Red Violin"
"Million Dollar Baby"
"Hot Fuzz"
"The Departed"
"American Beauty"
"Schindler's List"
"The Grifters"
"Shaun of the Dead"
"Children of Men"
"Once"
"All About My Mother"
"Toy Story 2"
"Pan's Labyrinth"
"Little Miss Sunshine"
"Gattaca"
"Sunshine" (1999)
"Bugsy"
"Lost in Translation"
"Cold Mountain"
"One False Move"
"Stranger Than Fiction"
"American History X"
"Brokeback Mountain"
"Election"
"Cape Fear"
"Fargo"
"Three Kings"
"Donnie Brasco"
"The Green Mile"
"Ratatouille"
"Saving Private Ryan"
"The Devil's Backbone"
"A Simple Plan"
"Red"
"The Others"
"Master and Commander"
"The Last of the Mohicans"
"Sleepy Hollow"
"The Rapture"
"Volver"
"Hedwig and the Angry Inch"

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