100 Modern Day Must-See Movies

Okay, this is more to my liking.  A while ago I had this post which showed my unbeknownst lack of movie knowledge.  The following is another list of the top 100 by Entertainment Weekly, with the caveat that it had to be released after 1983.  MUCH more to my style, as thus far I have a 63% viewing rate.  Not so big on some of the action/guns-‘n-gore movies, so that puts a bit of a damper on it..  Again, those I’ve seen have been marked.  I’m not sure how much I agree with the list, though.   I do find it interesting that there are quite a few Oscar winners not on here, and I’m not so sure that I would have put some of these on the list, but who am I to sit and contemplate the top 100.  Let someone else do the work, and I’ll make my own snarky comments!  Oh, and again, anything that has a year ending in an 8 will probably show up as 8) .  Anyone know how to get around that?

100 New Movie Classics:

100. South Park: Bigger Longer & Uncut (1999)  [Yeah, just no interest in seeing this one.]
99. The Blair Witch Project (1999)
98. The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)
97. Glory (1989)
96. Far From Heaven (2002)
95. In the Mood for Love (2001)
94. Full Metal Jacket (1987)
93. Ed Wood (1994)
92. Menace II Society (1993)
91. Back to the Future (1985)
90. Napoleon Dynamite (2004)
89. Breaking the Waves (1996)
[FABULOUS movie.  First time I remember seeing the extremely talented Emily Watson.  Stupendous!]
88. Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997)
87. Swingers (1996)
[First time I ever saw Jon Favreau in anything.  I heart him!  And yes, I even saw Zathura.  Liked it better than Jumanji even.  So sue me.]
86. Y Tu Mamá También (2002)
85. The 40 Year-Old Virgin (2005)
84. Sideways (2004)
83. Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn (1987)
82. Lost in Translation (2003) [Didn’t really care for this one that much.  Think it was more hype than substance.]
81. Moonstruck (1987)
80. Michael Clayton (2007)
79. Waiting for Guffman (1996)  [I keep thinking I’ve seen this, but I guess not!]
78. Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
77. Sid and Nancy (1986)
76. The Departed (2006)
75. Out of Africa (1985)
74. Drugstore Cowboy (1989)
73. Office Space (1999) [I think of that wonderful parting gift he gives his two friends DAILY and wish I could do the same!  Can’t believe how low this one is in the list.  Should be top 20, really it should.]
72. Thelma & Louise (1991)
71. Unforgiven (1992)
70. Broadcast News (1987) [The scenes where Holly Hunter makes herself cry to relieve stress crack me up every time I see them.  Well, that and the ‘Nixon wasn’t this bad’ comment!]
69. All About My Mother (1999) [Just saw this a few weeks ago.  Brilliant!]
68. Witness (1985)
67. Donnie Brasco (1997)
66. Natural Born Killers (1994)
65. Dirty Dancing (1987) [So years ago movies actually stayed in the theater for longer than six weeks.  I remember this movie.  I remember seeing this movie many times.  Better yet, I remember seeing this movie in the theater, going home and seeing it on HBO and then seeing it on VHS at a slumber party (her parent’s didn’t have HBO!).  It was the first movie I know of that was the number one rental while still in the theater AND playing on cable.  With the way things are rushed out of the theater and sent to the store nowadays that wouldn’t happen.]
64. No Country For Old Men (2007)
63. Big (1988)
62. sex, lies and videotape (1989)
61. Beverly Hills Cop (1984)
60. Scream (1996)
[Okay I sorta saw it.  Thought it was incredibly stupid and only made it through 30 minutes.  I think I have seen the whole thing over time, just not in one sitting]
59. L.A. Confidential (1997)
58. Ghostbusters (1984)
57. There’s Something About Mary (1998)
56. The Lives of Others (2006)
55. Risky Business (1983)
54. Fatal Attraction (1987)
53. The Truman Show (1998) [Given all the crap reality shows we have on TV now this is better than ever.  I’m not a big Jim Carrey fan, but Ed Harris was awesome.  Then again, he always is.  Even if it’s in fluff like The Firm.]
52. The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad (1988)
51. There Will Be Blood (2007)
50. The Piano (1993) [First time I saw this movie I had taken five finals in 32 hours.  Didn’t appreciate it then like I do now.]
49. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)
48. Scarface (1983)
47. Men in Black (1997)
46. Children of Men (2006)
45. Rain Man (1988)
44. The Player (1992)
43. Gladiator (2000)
42. Clueless (1995)
[One of my all time favorites.  Don’t know why, just is.]
41. Dazed and Confused (1993)
40. Speed (1994)
39. The Sixth Sense (1999)
38. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
37. Pretty Woman (1990)
36. Spider-Man 2 (2004)
[Really, this makes the list over the first one?  Um, okay.]
35. The Incredibles (2004) [Two things crack me up about this entry.  First, that it is only one of two Pixar films.  And second, that it actually beat out Finding Nemo–which isn’t even ON the list.  I mean, Seriously???]
34. Fargo (1996)
33. The Breakfast Club (1985) [The movie that my generation quoted non stop in school.  “It was a flare gun”.  Hee!  My high school even tried Saturday detention for awhile.  Didn’t last very long, but still we made incessant fun of the concept.]
32. Fight Club (1999)
31. Brokeback Mountain (2005)
30. When Harry Met Sally… (1989) [We had a friend’s son living with us for awhile when I was in high school.  This came out my junior year.  He cracked me up–went out with six different girls, and took each one to see this movie.  Which points out two things: One, he can’t commit.  Two, knows how to suck it up and see a chick flick on the first date.  I saw it for the first time with my stepmom and her best friend–her friend had seen it the day before and made us go just so we could laugh at the Chinese woman who looks like Frankenstein’s Bride.]
29. The Bourne Supremacy (2004)
28. Wings of Desire (1988)
27. Aliens (1986)
26. Hoop Dreams (1994)
25. Shrek (2001)
24. A Room With a View (1986)
23. Memento (2001)
22. Rushmore (1998)
21. Schindler’s List (1993)
[This movie just breaks your heart.  SO good, and yet something you will probably watch once, maybe twice in your life.  But you will never forget it.]
20. The Lion King (1994) [Can’t believe that this is the highest–and ONLY–Disney (non Pixar) movie on the list.  I would have put The Little Mermaid at least on the list, not so sure that I’d have it in the top 20 though.]
19. Casino Royale (2006)
18. Do the Right Thing (1989)
17. Jerry Maguire (1996)
16. Boogie Nights (1997)
[Really?  It made the list?  And it made the top 20?  What kind of knucklehead put this together???]
15. Edward Scissorhands (1990)
14. Crumb (1995)
13. GoodFellas (1990)
12. The Matrix (1999)
11. This Is Spinal Tap (1984)
10. Moulin Rouge (2001)
[Okay, I’m sorry.  I object.  This is like putting Howard the Duck in your top ten.  This movie was HORRIBLE.  Granted, visually it was stunning, but the movie was ATROCIOUS!  I totally demanded my money back, which I did not get, but dammit the $0.99 I spent to see this cinematic schlock was totally wasted!  I could have spent a penny more and had a Diet Coke!]
9. Die Hard (1988)
8. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
7. Hannah and Her Sisters (1986)
6. Saving Private Ryan (1998)
5. Toy Story (1995) [The guy I was dating at the time, had only been seeing a few weeks actually, said to me as we walked out of the theater: “A Buzz Lightyear Toy!  I want that for Christmas!!”  Never has a man been so easy to shop for!!]
4. Blue Velvet (1986)
3. Titanic (1997)
2. The Lord of the Rings trilogy (2001-03)
[No fair!  Lumping the three together is cheating!]
1. Pulp Fiction (1994) [Hey, each to his own.  I realize this is the movie for my generation to adore, but not one of my all time faves, that’s for sure.]

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