A 27-Year Old’s Top 200 Movies of All Time

Fanny and Alexander - Top 200 Films of All Time

Today is my 27th birthday and for the fifth year in a row I have revamped my top 200 movies of all-time list. This year I went about things a bit differently than I have in the past. Usually I go through the movies I have seen in the past year and insert any new additions, while shifting things around just slightly. This year I started from scratch by copying all the movies that populate my “best of lists” into their own document, alphabetizing them, and ranking them one by one. This accounts for some major shifting around from some of the films that have long remained near the top or bottom.

For the first time in the five year history of the list, there is a new film at number one. The rest of the top ten also looks more different than usual with a few major additions that had been placed lower in year’s past. As always, I wish I had more time to do a full write-up for each entry, but for now just enjoy the list and I will try to respond to all questions or thoughts in the comments below.

Here are some other quick facts about the 2013 list:

3 Movies That Have Been in the Top 10 Every Year:

  • Fanny and Alexander
  • The Godfather
  • Pulp Fiction

Top 3 Most Represented Directors:

  • Alfred Hitchcock – 8 Films
  • Woody Allen – 7 Films
  • Stanley Kubrick – 7 Films

Top 3 Most Represented Release Years:

  • 1962 – 7 Films
  • 1954 – 6 Films
  • 1957, 1974, 1975, 1979, 1980, 2000, 2003 – 5 Films

Highest New Film on the List:

  • The Conversation at #40

Biggest Increase:

  • Brazil – Up 100 Spots to #31

Biggest Decline:

  • Persona – Down 111 Spots to #125

Here is the list:

200 – 151 | 150 – 101 | 100 – 51 | 50 – 1

Download the Full Excel File

What are your thoughts on the list? What is the highest ranking movie that you HAVEN’T seen? Which would YOUR personal top 10 look like?

Share your thoughts and questions in the comments and I will try to respond!

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  • Yet again, a delight to go through your list.

    I have seen 137 movies out of your 200.

    Surprised with the position of Persona. Love your love for In the Mood for Love. Certified Copy in your top 10… wow!

    Lawrence of Arabia and Wages of Fear are two of the highest ranked movies that i have yet to see. I am a big fan of Bergman, Kubrick, Fellini, Kurosawa, Ozu, Tarkovsky, Scorsese, Allen, Lynch, Malick etc.

    I change my top 100 after every 3 or 4 months. My top 10 for now looks something like this:

    1. 2001: A Space Odyssey
    2. Rashomon
    3. 8 1/2
    4. Fanny and Alexander
    5. The Godfather
    6. Tokyo Story
    7. Seven Samurai
    8. La Dolce Vita
    9. Persona
    10.Bicycle Thieves

  • Jake L

    I noticed several children’s movies made big jumps. Has fatherhood given you new appreciation for those films?

    • I’m not gonna lie, I heard the clip from FINDING NEMO on the radio where Marlin tells Nemo he will always protect him after his mom and siblings get eaten. That definitely raised the film in my esteem as I was balling my eyes out on the way to work.

  • Good to see some great new films on the list this year, especially “The Conversation” (what a great movie), “Bullets Over Broadway” (glad you finally got around to seeing this one, as I know you’re a huge Allen fan, and I think it’s one of his finest), and “Children of Men” (one of the finest films of this century so far), and the tremendous “Chinatown”.

    On the other hand, I saw “High Noon” for the first time in years this past spring, and I just don’t think it holds up very well. Beautifully directed and acted, but the dialogue is just dreadful. “The Departed”, meanwhile, is so good for most of its running time, but kind of falls apart at the end. Not a huge fan.

    Regarding shifts, lots of really interesting ones. As usual, liked some, didn’t like others. Huge leap for “Barton Fink”, which is great to see, as it’s one of my favorite Coen Brothers films. (Though I’m troubled, as always, by the absence of “Blood Simple”. And I didn’t see “Miller’s Crossing on the list, either. I recall you being a big fan of it, so did I just miss it, or did it get squeezed out by the new movies?) Same goes for “Being John Malkovich”, which might make my personal top 20. On the other hand, “Spartacus” and “The Big Lebowski”? The latter has a lot of passionate fans, and I guess you’re one of them. I think it’s a decent movie (Bridges is great), but it wouldn’t be anywhere near my top 200. “Spartacus”, meanwhile, is so much weaker than a lot of Kubrick’s other stuff, “Paths of Glory” especially (which never gets the same amount of love as “The Shining” or “A Clockwork Orange”, for reasons I cannot fathom).

    Regarding films that dropped substantially, disappointed to see “Eternal Sunshine” plummet so far. On the plus side, “Persona” fell over a hundred spots! Maybe next year I can persuade you to leave it off the list entirely and replace it with far better Bergman works (“Cries and Whispers”, for one). Speaking of Bergman, I guess really I should probably see “Fanny and Alexander”, huh? It’s a huge time commitment, but I really just need to make time to watch it. Probably will before the year is over.

    Don’t have much else to add. I don’t share most people’s awe over “2001”, but I’ve mentioned that before. Also not a big fan of “Apocalypse Now”, but I recognize I’m in the minority on that one as well. And I just don’t see eye to eye with you (or Justin) about “Certified Copy”. Two stellar halves that don’t coalesce into a meaningful whole.

    Only other thing I’m wondering is where the “Three Colors” films are. Could have sworn you mentioning you watched them this past year. Did they not impress you enough to make the cut?

  • Paul

    Great list! Now I NEED to finally see Fanny and Alexander, one of the many classics I need to watch. So far for me, only 16 years old, me top 20 goes something like this:
    20. Magnolia
    19. The Battle of Algiers
    18. The Shawshank Redemption
    17. Annie Hall
    16. Unforgiven
    15. La Dolce Vita
    14. The Third Man
    13. Wages of Fear
    12. Singin’ in the Rain
    11. There Will Be Blood
    10. Fargo
    9. Ichi the Killer
    8. Oldboy
    7. The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
    6. The Conformist
    5. Rashoman
    4. Amadeus
    3. The Bridge on the River Kwai
    2. Taxi Driver
    1. Seven Samurai

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