Forget Zagat: 200 Movies You Really Ought to See

by Benjamin Domenech on 11:17 am October 22, 2010

The folks at Zagat have made a list of the top 1,000 movies. What cheats. 1,000 movies?!? There aren’t a thousand films worth your time unless you’re an absolute addict — and even then, there aren’t. But I’d been meaning for some time to expand my 150 movies list to a more appealing 200 and I felt bad for a cheat of my own (by lumping trilogies into one listing).

As an aside to the now five different people who’ve been emailing me about making their way through most of the 150 movies list — there should be only about thirty additional films here for you, given that I’ve just expanded the sequels to separate entries, etc.

So here’s a revised and expanded list of 200 movies you really ought to see. Again, it is very light on Kubrick, Fellini, Herzog, Malick and a great many others. It includes several entries from Hitchcock, but not Vertigo. There is no Woody Allen. But I hope this fills out your Netflix queue for the time being.

1.                  Citizen Kane

2.                  North by Northwest

3.                  Miller’s Crossing

4.                  Patton

5.                  Charade

6.                  Chinatown

7.                  Last of the Mohicans (1992)

8.                  To Kill a Mockingbird

9.                  Bullitt

10.              The Sting

11.              Ben Hur

12.              Ronin

13.              Blade Runner

14.              The Godfather

15.              The Godfather Part II

16.              The Fellowship of the Ring

17.              The Two Towers

18.              The Return of the King

19.              Star Wars

20.              The Empire Strikes Back

21.              Return of the Jedi

22.              Braveheart

23.              Apocalypto

24.              The Right Stuff

25.              City of God

26.              Before the Rain

27.              Bridge on the River Kwai

28.              The Untouchables

29.              Sexy Beast

30.              Kagemusha

31.              Rashomon

32.              Yojimbo

33.              Empire of the Sun

34.              The Mosquito Coast

35.              The Year of Living Dangerously

36.              Thief

37.              Heat

38.              Rocky

39.              Apocalypse Now

40.              The Getaway (1972)

41.              The Natural

42.              The Big Sleep

43.              Unforgiven

44.              The Searchers

45.              The French Connection

46.              Gone With the Wind

47.              Psycho

48.              The Exorcist

49.              Taxi Driver

50.              Spartacus

51.              The Manchurian Candidate

52.              Paths of Glory

53.              Dr. Strangelove

54.              Walk the Line

55.              The Killing

56.              The Killers (1964)

57.              Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

58.              Anatomy of a Murder

59.              Twelve Angry Men

60.              The Third Man

61.              The Maltese Falcon

62.              Casablanca

63.              Metropolis (1927)

64.              The Great Escape

65.              All the Presidents’ Men

66.              The Apartment

67.              How to Murder Your Wife

68.              Lethal Weapon 2

69.              The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

70.              The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

71.              The Magnificent Seven

72.              Planet of the Apes (1968)

73.              Terminator

74.              Terminator 2

75.              Jaws

76.              Alien

77.              Aliens

78.              The Thing (1982)

79.              Goldfinger

80.              Goldeneye

81.              Raiders of the Lost Ark

82.              Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

83.              Monty Python and the Holy Grail

84.              The Blues Brothers

85.              Groundhog Day

86.              Caddyshack

87.              Happy Gilmore

88.              Ghostbusters

89.              Stand By Me

90.              It’s a Wonderful Life

91.              Henry V (1989)

92.              The Silence of the Lambs

93.              Reservoir Dogs

94.              Pulp Fiction

95.              Kill Bill (combined)

96.              Spider Man 2

97.              Batman (1989)

98.              The Dark Knight

99.              Die Hard

100.          Die Hard With a Vengeance

101.          L.A. Confidential

102.          Gladiator

103.          300

104.          Schindler’s List

105.          Saving Private Ryan

106.          A Few Good Men

107.          Goodfellas

108.          The Departed

109.          The Usual Suspects

110.          The Prestige

111.          The Hustler

112.          Hud

113.          Cool Hand Luke

114.          The Wild Bunch

115.          Cinderella Man

116.          Master and Commander

117.          There Will Be Blood

118.          Snatch

119.          Seven

120.          Fight Club

121.          Leon (The Professional)

122.          The Matrix

123.          Memento

124.          Heist

125.          Spartan

126.          Touch of Evil

127.          The Shawshank Redemption

128.          The Wizard of Oz

129.          O Brother Where Art Thou

130.          The Hudsucker Proxy

131.          The Big Lebowski

132.          Midnight Run

133.          The Brothers Bloom

134.          American History X

135.          In the Name of the Father

136.          The Apostle

137.          Rear Window

138.          The Omen (1966)

139.          The New World

140.          A Very Long Engagement

141.          The Last Picture Show

142.          The Painted Veil

143.          To Catch a Thief

144.          Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

145.          The Life Aquatic

146.          His Girl Friday

147.          The Princess Bride

148.          Sense and Sensibility (1995)

149.          Searching for Bobby Fischer

150.          Shaun of the Dead

151.          Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy

152.          Dazed and Confused

153.          Blazing Saddles

154.          Predator

155.          Cop Land

156.          Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior

157.          Dune

158.          Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

159.          Star Trek (2009)

160.          The Count of Monte Cristo (2002)

161.          Starship Troopers

162.          Juno

163.          Rushmore

164.          Lost in Translation

165.          On the Waterfront

166.          Double Indemnity

167.          Tombstone

168.          Once Upon a Time in the West

169.          No Country for Old Men

170.          A History of Violence

171.          Michael Clayton

172.          Breaker Morant

173.          The Game

174.          Wall Street

175.          American Psycho

176.          Glengarry Glen Ross

177.          Manhattan

178.          All About Eve

179.          Arsenic and Old Lace

180.          Philadelphia Story

181.          Hoosiers

182.          Crimson Tide

183.          The Hunt For Red October

184.          Out of Sight

185.          Taken

186.          The Fugitive

187.          Poltergeist

188.          The Orphanage

189.          Drag Me to Hell

190.          Army of Darkness

191.          South Park: Bigger Longer and Uncut

192.          Team America: World Police

193.          Nightmare Before Christmas

194.          Pan’s Labyrinth

195.          The Incredibles

196.          Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

197.          The Goonies

198.          Toy Story 2

199.          Wall-E

200.          Primer

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