Listaholic at the movies

I love lists.  I live by lists.  Do this, buy that, go there, get this.  Clean that, see this, do that, call there.  It’s a process, you see.  A way to feel like you have accomplished something.  Nothing gives me greater pleasure than to CROSS something OFF one of the lists.

There are lists of chores, lists of people, lists of errands to run, lists of books to read, lists of lists, and (my favorite) lists of movies to see.  The Yahoo! Movies editorial staff has released the top 100 modern-era movies that are a must-see for all movie buffs, and all movies have been released 1990 and later.  For once! A list that doesn’t make me feel guilty for never having seen Casablanca or The Godfather!  (Yes, I know, I am lacking in my movie history.  I will watch them.  Someday.  I swear.)

Here, then, are those movies, with the ones I have seen earmarked. It’s not too bad–I’ve seen over half.  There are some I disagree with–like Boogie Nights or Anchorman, and of course there are some that I feel were unfairly left off.  What are your favorites?

  • Goodfellas
  • Misery


  • Beauty and the Beast
  • The Silence of the Lambs
  • Terminator 2: Judgment Day
  • Thelma & Louise

1992 [Wow, I must have actually been studying in college!  None of these.]

  • Hard Boiled (Lat sau san taam)
  • Malcolm X
  • The Player
  • Raise the Red Lantern (Da hong deng long gao gao gua)
  • Supercop (Ging chat goo si 3: Chiu kup ging chat)
  • Unforgiven


  • Dazed and Confused
  • Groundhog Day
  • Schindler’s List


  • Chungking Express (Chung Hing sam lam)
  • Ed Wood
  • Forrest Gump
  • Four Weddings and a Funeral
  • Pulp Fiction
  • The Shawshank Redemption
  • Red (Trois couleurs: Rouge)


  • Babe
  • Before Sunrise
  • Clueless
  • Heat
  • Living in Oblivion
  • Sense and Sensibility
  • Toy Story
  • The Usual Suspects


  • Big Night
  • Dead Man
  • Fargo
  • Ghost in the Shell (Kokaku kidotai)
  • Lone Star
  • Scream
  • Secrets & Lies
  • Sling Blade
  • Swingers
  • Trainspotting


  • Boogie Nights
  • Eve’s Bayou
  • L.A. Confidential
  • The Sweet Hereafter
  • Titanic


  • The Big Lebowski
  • Fireworks (Hana-bi)
  • Out of Sight [does it count if I’ve had this one for ages and just never watched it?]
  • Saving Private Ryan
  • There’s Something About Mary


  • All About My Mother (Todo sobre mi madre)
  • American Beauty
  • Being John Malkovich
  • Election
  • Fight Club
  • The Matrix
  • Princess Mononoke (Mononoke-hime)
  • Run Lola Run (Lola rennt)
  • The Sixth Sense
  • Three Kings


  • Almost Famous
  • Best in Show
  • Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (Wo hu cang long)
  • Yi Yi


  • Amelie (Le fabuleux destin d’Amelie Poulain)
  • Donnie Darko
  • In the Mood For Love (Fa yeung nin wa)
  • The Lord of the Rings
  • Memento
  • Mulholland Drive
  • The Royal Tenenbaums


  • The Pianist
  • Y Tu Mama Tambien


  • City of God (Cidade de Deus)
  • Elephant
  • Finding Nemo


  • Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy
  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
  • Shaun of the Dead
  • Sideways


  • The 40-Year-Old Virgin
  • Brokeback Mountain
  • A History of Violence
  • Oldboy

2006 [another off year!  the year I started grad school…..  i.e., no time for flicks!]

  • Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan
  • Children of Men
  • The Lives of Others (Das Leben der Anderen)
  • Pan’s Labyrinth (El laberinto del fauno)


  • 4 Months, 3 Weeks, and 2 Days (4 luni, 3 saptamani si 2 zile)
  • The Bourne Ultimatum
  • The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (Le scaphandre et le papillon)
  • Michael Clayton
  • No Country for Old Men
  • There Will Be Blood


  • The Dark Knight
  • Slumdog Millionaire
  • WALL-E


  • Avatar
  • The Hurt Locker
  • Inglourious Basterds

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