IMDb Top 250 Challenge 2010

At the start of 2010 I decided to attempt the IMDb Top 250 Challenge. Here’s my original post on the subject:

2009 was quite a roller-coster year over in the land of turtles called SiD. The year drifted past and I’m not quite sure what happened to it, even though it was quite eventful. Thus time flies past and blogs become neglected. So, on to a new year, a new decade, same old decline in posting as the years goes by? Let’s see!

So, stealing an idea that Nokkon Wud had at the start of 2009, I am going to attempt the IMDb Top 250 Challenge. This involves watching the Top 250 films as rated by IMDb’s user population in one year. That’s, well, that’s a lot of film, but it’s at least a more original and probably more attainable New Year’s Resolution than say exercising more! The rules I’ve set myself are to watch all of the top 250, including those I’ve seen already. If you want to give it a go but 250 is too much for one year try say the top 100. If you’re not a fan of older movies, try the top 50 lists from each decade.

IMDb’s Top 250 can be found here: http://www.imdb.com/chart/top, though of course it’s always moving so a static list as of January the 1st, 2010 can be found in this Google Doc I put together: (link).

I’ll post mini-reviews of each one as I go, though some other thoughts will often show up in these forum threads:

The IMDb Top 250 Challenge @ Boat Drinks
The IMDb Top 250 Challenge @ OcUK

Below is a table of the films I’m intending to watch, along with the date I watched it and the rating I gave it.  Click the rating to jump to the review post.

Rank Name Watched Rating
1 The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
2 The Godfather (1972)
3 The Godfather: Part II (1974)
4 “Il buono, il brutto, il cattivo. (1966)”
5 Pulp Fiction (1994)
6 Schindler’s List (1993)
7 One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)
8 12 Angry Men (1957)
9 The Dark Knight (2008)
10 Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
11 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)
12 Star Wars (1977)
13 Casablanca (1942)
14 Goodfellas (1990)
15 Shichinin no samurai (1954)
16 Cidade de Deus (2002)
17 Fight Club (1999)
18 Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
19 Rear Window (1954)
20 The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
21 The Usual Suspects (1995)
22 Psycho (1960) 10/01/2010
23 C’era una volta il West (1968)
24 The Silence of the Lambs (1991) 04/03/2010
25 The Matrix (1999)
26 Avatar (2009)
27 Memento (2000)
28 Se7en (1995)
29 It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)
30 The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)
31 Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)
32 Sunset Blvd. (1950)
33 North by Northwest (1959)
34 Citizen Kane (1941)
35 Léon (1994)
36 Apocalypse Now (1979)
37 American Beauty (1999)
38 American History X (1998)
39 Forrest Gump (1994)
40 Taxi Driver (1976)
41 Vertigo (1958)
42 Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
43 WALL·E (2008) 09/01/2010 8/10
44 Le fabuleux destin d’Amélie Poulain (2001)
45 Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
46 Alien (1979)
47 Saving Private Ryan (1998)
48 A Clockwork Orange (1971)
49 The Shining (1980)
50 Paths of Glory (1957)
51 The Departed (2006) 12/02/2010
52 To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
53 The Pianist (2002)
54 Aliens (1986)
55 Sen to Chihiro no kamikakushi (2001)
56 Das Leben der Anderen (2006)
57 M (1931)
58 Double Indemnity (1944)
59 Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004) 05/01/2010 8/10
60 Chinatown (1974) 07/03/2010
61 Requiem for a Dream (2000)
62 The Third Man (1949)
63 L.A. Confidential (1997) 12/01/2010
64 Reservoir Dogs (1992) 01/01/2010 7/10
65 The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)
66 Das Boot (1981)
67 Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)
68 Inglourious Basterds (2009)
69 El laberinto del fauno (2006)
70 Up (2009)
71 City Lights (1931)
72 The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)
73 Raging Bull (1980) 19/01/2010
74 The Prestige (2006)
75 Singin’ in the Rain (1952)
76 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
77 Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
78 La vita è bella (1997)
79 Some Like It Hot (1959)
80 Back to the Future (1985)
81 Der Untergang (2004)
82 The Maltese Falcon (1941)
83 Modern Times (1936)
84 Gran Torino (2008)
85 Amadeus (1984)
86 Rashômon (1950)
87 Full Metal Jacket (1987)
88 Nuovo cinema Paradiso (1988)
89 All About Eve (1950)
90 Once Upon a Time in America (1984)
91 Braveheart (1995)
92 The Elephant Man (1980)
93 Sin City (2005)
94 Metropolis (1927)
95 Rebecca (1940)
96 The Green Mile (1999) 02/01/2010
97 The Great Dictator (1940)
98 The Apartment (1960)
99 The Sting (1973)
100 District 9 (2009) 06/02/2010
101 The Great Escape (1963)
102 Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)
103 Batman Begins (2005) 07/03/2010
104 Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi (1983)
105 Gladiator (2000) 08/03/2010
106 Jaws (1975) 10/02/2010
107 Ladri di biciclette (1948)
108 Unforgiven (1992)
109 Blade Runner (1982)
110 Hotel Rwanda (2004) 05/03/2010
111 No Country for Old Men (2007) 04/02/2010
112 Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
113 On the Waterfront (1954)
114 Die Hard (1988)
115 Touch of Evil (1958)
116 Oldboy (2003) 06/01/2010 7/10
117 Det sjunde inseglet (The Seventh Seal) (1957) 18/03/2010
118 Fargo (1996) 03/03/2010
119 The Wizard of Oz (1939)
120 Mononoke-hime (1997)
121 Strangers on a Train (1951)
122 Per qualche dollaro in più (1965)
123 Heat (1995)
124 Donnie Darko (2001)
125 Cool Hand Luke (1967)
126 The Wrestler (2008)
127 High Noon (1952)
128 There Will Be Blood (2007) 20/01/2010
129 The Manchurian Candidate (1962)
130 Notorious (1946)
131 The Sixth Sense (1999)
132 Annie Hall (1977)
133 The Deer Hunter (1978)
134 Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)
135 Platoon (1986)
136 The Big Sleep (1946)
137 The General (1926)
138 Snatch. (2000)
139 Ben-Hur (1959)
140 Into the Wild (2007)
141 Million Dollar Baby (2004)
142 The Big Lebowski (1998)
143 Yojimbo (1961)
144 Star Trek (2009)
145 Ran (1985)
146 It Happened One Night (1934)
147 The Bourne Ultimatum (2007) 16/01/2010
148 Life of Brian (1979)
149 Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)
150 The Lion King (1994)
151 Finding Nemo (2003)
152 Smultronstället (1957)
153 Witness for the Prosecution (1957)
154 The Graduate (1967)
155 Trainspotting (1996)
156 Stand by Me (1986)
157 Gone with the Wind (1939)
158 Toy Story (1995)
159 The Terminator (1984)
160 Ratatouille (2007)
161 Groundhog Day (1993)
162 Scarface (1983)
163 Amores perros (2000)
164 The Thing (1982) 04/02/2010
165 8½ (1963)
166 Gandhi (1982)
167 Dog Day Afternoon (1975)
168 V for Vendetta (2005)
169 The Grapes of Wrath (1940)
170 The Gold Rush (1925)
171 Twelve Monkeys (1995)
172 The Night of the Hunter (1955)
173 Les diaboliques (1955)
174 “Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998)”
175 The Princess Bride (1987)
176 The Incredibles (2004)
177 Le salaire de la peur (1953)
178 Casino (1995)
179 Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949)
180 Children of Men (2006)
181 The Wild Bunch (1969)
182 The Killing (1956)
183 Judgment at Nuremberg (1961)
184 Hotaru no haka (1988)
185 In Bruges (2008) 15/03/2010
186 The Exorcist (1973)
187 Le notti di Cabiria (1957)
188 The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)
189 The Hustler (1961)
190 Harvey (1950)
191 Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (1927)
192 Ed Wood (1994)
193 The Kid (1921)
194 King Kong (1933)
195 The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)
196 Good Will Hunting (1997)
197 Letters from Iwo Jima (2006)
198 Rosemary’s Baby (1968) 13/03/2010 6/10
199 Shadow of a Doubt (1943)
200 Big Fish (2003)
201 Dial M for Murder (1954)
202 Låt den rätte komma in (2008)
203 A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)
204 Brief Encounter (1945)
205 Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004)
206 Stalag 17 (1953)
207 Crash (2004/I)
208 Sleuth (1972)
209 Duck Soup (1933)
210 The African Queen (1951)
211 Magnolia (1999)
212 Rocky (1976)
213 Mystic River (2003)
214 Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
215 Le scaphandre et le papillon (2007)
216 Manhattan (1979)
217 Rope (1948)
218 Network (1976)
219 Little Miss Sunshine (2006)
220 Wo hu cang long (2000)
221 Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)
222 La strada (1954)
223 Patton (1970)
224 Changeling (2008)
225 The Conversation (1974)
226 The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)
227 (500) Days of Summer (2009) 03/01/2010 5/10
228 Planet of the Apes (1968)
229 The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
230 Shaun of the Dead (2004)
231 Glory (1989)
232 Spartacus (1960)
233 The Lady Vanishes (1938)
234 The Philadelphia Story (1940)
235 All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)
236 La battaglia di Algeri (1966)
237 Mulholland Dr. (2001)
238 Barry Lyndon (1975)
239 “Monsters, Inc. (2001)”
240 Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)
241 His Girl Friday (1940)
242 Toy Story 2 (1999)
243 Anatomy of a Murder (1959)
244 Casino Royale (2006) 08/02/2010
245 Brazil (1985)
246 Arsenic and Old Lace (1944)
247 Tonari no Totoro (My Neighbour Totoro) (1988) 04/01/2010 9/10
248 Blood Diamond (2006) 13/01/2010
249 Mou gaan dou (Infernal Affairs) (2002) 13/01/2010
250 The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)