Last Sunday, July 22, I celebrated my 26th birthday and as tradition I have spent the last week revising my top 200 movies of all-time. Since my last Birthday I have seen well over 100 movies that I had never seen before and revisited numerous others that I had forgotten about. Our Wong Kar Wai and Wes Anderson marathons exposed me to filmmakers I had not been paying close attention to and 2011 offered several films that I considered so good, they deserved to be on my list.
As is the case with any all-time best movies list, the rankings are greatly influenced by my memory and how recently I have seen a movie. Oftentimes a film is buzzed about for long enough that my own opinion of it tends to blend with the critical consensus until I re-watch it and discover my own feelings are stronger or weaker than that of everyone else. Sometimes I worry that nostalgia for a film makes me feel more positively about it than the actually quality of that film merits. That is why I must clarify that this list reflects my opinions as of today and if I were to delete it all and start from scratch tomorrow it would be decidedly different.
Along with Wong Kar Wai and Wes Anderson, Andrei Tarkovsky makes his debut on the list for the first time with two films. The highest premiere is In the Mood for Love at number 13. There are 22 new films on the list with some of the new additions reflecting discoveries since my last birthday and others were movies I had simply forgotten about in previous years. Here are some other quick facts about my 4th Annual Top 200:
Directors to Appear Most:
- Stanley Kubrick – 7 Films (Highest is 2001: A Space Odyssey at #2)
- Alfred Hitchcock – 7 Films (Highest is Vertigo at #16)
- Ingmar Bergman – 6 Films (Highest is Fanny and Alexander at #3)
- Woody Allen – 5 Films (Highest is Annie Hall at #4)
- Charlie Chaplin – 5 Films (Highest is Modern Times at #10)
- Steven Spielberg – 5 Films (Highest is Raiders of the Lost Ark at #39)
- The Coen Brothers – 4 Films (Highest is Fargo at #44)
- Federico Felline – 4 Films (Highest is La Dolce Vita at #7)
- Martin Scorcese – 4 Films (Highest is Raging Bull at #31)
- Robert Wise – 4 Films (Highest is West Side Story at #11)
Years to Appear Most:
- 1962 has the most with 6 films.
- 1954, 1957, 1975, 1980, 1999, 2000, and 2003 all have 5 films.
Other Random Facts:
- The oldest film is The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari from 1920.
- The newest films are Certified Copy and Drive, both from 2011.
- The highest ranked film from last year’s list to fall off this year is American Beauty.
- Kill Bill Vol. 1 and Kill Bill Vol. 2 are now listed as one entry: Kill Bill Vol. 1 and 2 at #110.
Take a look at the entire list by clicking on the pages below and be sure to share your thoughts in the comments. Also, this year I am allowing you to download the Excel file where you can see how the list has changed in four years.