Find the list here: The Top 250 Films List Total Films Watched: 250/250

Saturday, 26 January 2013

So it begins...

Hello there!

What's all this then? Well, I was looking through the IMDb Top 250 Films list, as voted for by IMDb users, and I counted a total of sixty films I had seen. To be honest, this didn't seem like that many. I perused the list and noticed there were a lot of films on there that I want to see but have just never got round to it. There's also a few I hadn't heard of. So I thought, why not work my way through the list and watch them all? Any excuse to watch films and broaden my film knowledge! I do watch a lot of films but normally fall into the habit of re-watching films I like rather than trying something a bit different. So here goes. There's a wide variety of genres on the list and I'm looking forward to seeing some of the 'classics' I've not seen before. I will keep track of my progress on this blog. (There's a special prize for the first person to guess all of the films featured in the blog background - clue: They're all on the list. But you knew that already. Answers on a postcard please).

Here's the list that I will be using (as of 26/01/2013). My target is to watch all 250 films before the end of 2013. I own a few on DVD, some I have recorded, some are on Netflix and most will be rented from Lovefilm. (There are a couple not on Netflix or Lovefilm so I'll have to buy them).

IMDb Top 250

Rank Rating Title Votes
Medium
1 9.2 The Shawshank Redemption (1994) 901,563
DVD
2 9.2 The Godfather (1972) 650,793
Netflix
3 9 The Godfather: Part II (1974) 418,457
Lovefilm DVD
4 8.9 Pulp Fiction (1994) 702,852
DVD
5 8.9 The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966) 276,059
Netflix
6 8.9 12 Angry Men (1957) 222,061
Lovefilm DVD
7 8.9 The Dark Knight (2008) 883,272
DVD
8 8.9 Schindler's List (1993) 465,068
DVD
9 8.8 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King(2003) 646,455
DVD
10 8.8 Fight Club (1999) 688,403
DVD
11 8.8 Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back(1980) 447,842
DVD
12 8.8 The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring(2001) 671,801
DVD
13 8.8 One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975) 377,384
Lovefilm DVD
14 8.7 Inception (2010) 698,737
DVD
15 8.7 Goodfellas (1990) 396,094
Lovefilm Instant
16 8.7 Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) 502,274
DVD
17 8.7 Seven Samurai (1954) 142,967
Lovefilm Instant
18 8.7 Forrest Gump (1994) 588,916
Lovefilm DVD
19 8.7 The Matrix (1999) 655,839
DVD
20 8.7 The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) 580,183
DVD
21 8.7 City of God (2002) 296,235
Lovefilm DVD
22 8.6 Once Upon a Time in the West (1968) 125,539
Lovefilm DVD
23 8.6 Se7en (1995) 525,296
DVD
24 8.6 The Silence of the Lambs (1991) 440,240
Lovefilm DVD
25 8.6 Casablanca (1942) 245,362
Rach
26 8.6 The Usual Suspects (1995) 417,834
Netflix
27 8.6 Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) 383,364
DVD
28 8.6 Rear Window (1954) 184,466
Lovefilm DVD
29 8.6 Psycho (1960) 230,647
Lovefilm DVD
30 8.6 It's a Wonderful Life (1946) 159,089
Lovefilm DVD
31 8.6 Leon (1994) 384,358
Lovefilm DVD
32 8.5 Sunset Boulevard (1950) 83,521
Lovefilm DVD
33 8.5 Memento (2000) 477,831
DVD
34 8.5 American History X (1998) 415,986
DVD
35 8.5 Apocalypse Now (1979) 268,116
DVD
36 8.5 Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) 412,123
Lovefilm DVD
37 8.5 Django Unchained (2012) 129,297
Not Out Yet
38 8.5 Saving Private Ryan (1998) 464,199
Netflix
39 8.5 Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964) 221,617
Lovefilm Instant
40 8.5 Alien (1979) 309,201
DVD
41 8.5 City Lights (1931) 52,670
Lovefilm DVD
42 8.5 North by Northwest (1959) 135,623
Lovefilm Instant
43 8.5 The Dark Knight Rises (2012) 527,415
DVD
44 8.5 Spirited Away (2001) 201,909
Lovefilm DVD
45 8.5 Modern Times (1936) 66,482
Lovefilm DVD
46 8.5 Citizen Kane (1941) 193,232
Lovefilm DVD
47 8.5 The Shining (1980) 320,231
Loveflm DVD
48 8.5 Back to the Future (1985) 363,481
DVD
49 8.4 The Pianist (2002) 248,002
Lovefilm DVD
50 8.4 Vertigo (1958) 140,598
Lovefilm DVD
51 8.4 The Departed (2006) 459,774
DVD
52 8.4 M (1931) 60,471
TO BUY
53 8.4 American Beauty (1999) 477,870
DVD
54 8.4 Taxi Driver (1976) 274,932
Lovefilm DVD
55 8.4 Life Is Beautiful (1997) 196,921
Lovefilm DVD
56 8.4 Paths of Glory (1957) 68,590
Lovefilm DVD
57 8.4 Double Indemnity (1944) 57,599
Netflix
58 8.4 Toy Story 3 (2010) 265,425
Rach
59 8.4 Aliens (1986) 280,626
DVD
60 8.4 WALL·E (2008) 360,899
Rach
61 8.4 The Lives of Others (2006) 141,454
Netflix
62 8.4 A Clockwork Orange (1971) 308,039
Lovefilm DVD
63 8.4 Untouchable (2011) 139,144
TO BUY
64 8.4 Gladiator (2000) 507,983
DVD
65 8.4 The Green Mile (1999) 373,749
DVD
66 8.4 Amelie (2001) 303,508
Netflix
67 8.4 Lawrence of Arabia (1962) 114,878
Lovefilm Instant
68 8.4 The Prestige (2006) 414,193
DVD
69 8.4 The Great Dictator (1940) 65,529
Lovefilm DVD
70 8.4 To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) 125,116
Lovefilm DVD
71 8.4 Reservoir Dogs (1992) 354,556
Lovefilm DVD
72 8.4 Das Boot (1981) 103,580
Lovefilm DVD
73 8.4 Requiem for a Dream (2000) 324,365
Netflix
74 8.4 The Third Man (1949) 71,923
Lovefilm DVD
75 8.4 The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948) 48,597
TO BUY
76 8.4 Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004) 375,127
Netflix
77 8.3 Cinema Paradiso (1988) 78,309
Rach
78 8.3 Once Upon a Time in America (1984) 124,657
Lovefilm DVD
79 8.3 The Lion King (1994) 299,450
Rach
80 8.3 Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983) 349,696
DVD
81 8.3 Chinatown (1974) 126,857
Lovefilm DVD
82 8.3 L.A. Confidential (1997) 256,177
Lovefilm DVD
83 8.3 Full Metal Jacket (1987) 261,671
Lovefilm DVD
84 8.3 Braveheart (1995) 411,448
Sky+
85 8.3 Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975) 233,353
DVD
86 8.3 Oldboy (2003) 181,736
Netflix
87 8.3 Singin' in the Rain (1952) 86,262
Rach
88 8.3 Some Like It Hot (1959) 104,546
Netflix
89 8.3 Amadeus (1984) 157,393
Lovefilm DVD
90 8.3 Metropolis (1927) 64,763
Lovefilm Instant
91 8.3 Rashomon (1950) 60,340
Lovefilm DVD
92 8.3 Bicycle Thieves (1948) 48,450
Netflix
93 8.3 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) 239,481
Lovefilm DVD
94 8.3 Princess Mononoke (1997) 114,813
Lovefilm DVD
95 8.3 Unforgiven (1992) 164,109
Lovefilm DVD
96 8.3 All About Eve (1950) 50,502
Lovefilm DVD
97 8.3 The Apartment (1960) 60,616
Rach
98 8.3 The Sting (1973) 101,879
Lovefilm DVD
99 8.3 Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989) 289,141
DVD
100 8.3 Raging Bull (1980) 140,105
Lovefilm DVD
101 8.3 The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) 89,682
Lovefilm DVD
102 8.3 Witness for the Prosecution (1957) 30,441
DVD Ordered
103 8.3 Die Hard (1988) 334,611
Lovefilm DVD
104 8.3 Grave of the Fireflies (1988) 62,816
Lovefilm DVD
105 8.3 Batman Begins (2005) 515,980
DVD
106 8.3 A Separation (2011) 74,319
Lovefilm DVD
107 8.3 Pan's Labyrinth (2006) 268,366
Rach
108 8.3 Downfall (2004) 143,813
Netflix
109 8.3 Yojimbo (1961) 43,808
Lovefilm DVD
110 8.3 Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939) 48,284
Lovefilm DVD
111 8.3 For a Few Dollars More (1965) 80,620
Netflix
112 8.3 Snatch. (2000) 330,266
Lovefilm Instant
113 8.3 The Great Escape (1963) 96,163
DVD
114 8.3 Inglourious Basterds (2009) 410,968
DVD
115 8.2 Up (2009) 302,078
Sky+
116 8.2 On the Waterfront (1954) 60,411
Lovefilm DVD
117 8.2 The Elephant Man (1980) 95,950
Lovefilm Instant
118 8.2 Toy Story (1995) 306,409
Rach
119 8.2 The Seventh Seal (1957) 64,064
Lovefilm Instant
120 8.2 Heat (1995) 251,663
Lovefilm DVD
121 8.2 The General (1926) 30,253
Internet Archive
122 8.2 The Maltese Falcon (1941) 71,935
Lovefilm DVD
123 8.2 Blade Runner (1982) 285,915
DVD
124 8.2 Rebecca (1940) 53,035
Lovefilm DVD
125 8.2 Gran Torino (2008) 299,392
Lovefilm DVD
126 8.2 Wild Strawberries (1957) 35,652
Lovefilm Instant
127 8.2 Fargo (1996) 249,376
Netflix
128 8.2 The Kid (1921) 28,906
Lovefilm DVD
129 8.2 Scarface (1983) 289,182
Lovefilm DVD
130 8.2 The Big Lebowski (1998) 297,173
Lovefilm DVD
131 8.2 Touch of Evil (1958) 46,591
Lovefilm DVD
132 8.2 Ran (1985) 48,903
Lovefilm DVD
133 8.2 The Deer Hunter (1978) 140,860
Lovefilm DVD
134 8.2 Cool Hand Luke (1967) 73,439
Lovefilm DVD
135 8.2 Avengers Assemble (2012) 445,207
DVD
136 8.2 The Gold Rush (1925) 35,497
Lovefilm DVD
137 8.2 Sin City (2005) 403,312
Netflix
138 8.2 Strangers on a Train (1951) 55,034
Lovefilm Instant
139 8.1 It Happened One Night (1934) 37,707
Lovefilm DVD
140 8.1 No Country for Old Men (2007) 341,025
DVD
141 8.1 Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998) 235,394
Lovefilm DVD
142 8.1 Jaws (1975) 228,035
Sky+
143 8.1 The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012) 207,066
Not Out Yet
144 8.1 The Sixth Sense (1999) 407,499
Sky+
145 8.1 Platoon (1986) 175,745
Sky+
146 8.1 The Thing (1982) 150,624
Lovefilm DVD
147 8.1 Hotel Rwanda (2004) 155,520
Lovefilm DVD
148 8.1 High Noon (1952) 49,824
Lovefilm DVD
149 8.1 Casino (1995) 185,616
Lovefilm DVD
150 8.1 Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) 89,408
Lovefilm DVD
151 8.1 Trainspotting (1996) 262,188
Sky+
152 8.1 The Wizard of Oz (1939) 163,675
Rach
153 8.1 Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003) 402,838
Netflix
154 8.1 Warrior (2011) 148,826
Netflix
155 8.1 Annie Hall (1977) 108,620
Netflix
156 8.1 Good Will Hunting (1997) 295,495
DVD
157 8.1 The Secret in Their Eyes (2009) 60,385
Lovefilm DVD
158 8.1 Notorious (1946) 45,863
Lovefilm DVD
159 8.1 Gone with the Wind (1939) 128,856
Lovefilm DVD
160 8.1 The Grapes of Wrath (1940) 36,434
Netflix
161 8.1 Into the Wild (2007) 215,422
Netflix
162 8.1 The King's Speech (2010) 232,154
Lovefilm DVD
163 8.1 Life of Brian (1979) 158,114
DVD
164 8.1 My Neighbour Totoro (1988) 70,462
Lovefilm DVD
165 8.1 V for Vendetta (2005) 428,023
DVD
166 8.1 Finding Nemo (2003) 337,047
Rach
167 8.1 How to Train Your Dragon (2010) 195,297
Lovefilm DVD
168 8.1 Dial M for Murder (1954) 54,798
Lovefilm Instant
169 8.1 The Big Sleep (1946) 41,506
Lovefilm DVD
170 8.1 Network (1976) 59,760
Netflix
171 8.1 The Terminator (1984) 322,574
Lovefilm DVD
172 8.1 Ben-Hur (1959) 92,250
Lovefilm DVD
173 8.1 Million Dollar Baby (2004) 257,270
Lovefilm DVD
174 8.1 There Will Be Blood (2007) 215,891
Netflix
175 8.1 The Night of the Hunter (1955) 38,932
Lovefilm DVD
176 8.1 Stand by Me (1986) 154,198
Lovefilm Instant
177 8.1 Donnie Darko (2001) 346,978
DVD
178 8.1 Black Swan (2010) 308,850
Lovefilm DVD
179 8.1 Groundhog Day (1993) 241,543
Netflix
180 8.1 Life of Pi (2012) 82,864
Not Out Yet
181 8.1 Dog Day Afternoon (1975) 107,597
Lovefilm DVD
182 8.1 Twelve Monkeys (1995) 273,198
DVD
183 8.1 Amores Perros (2000) 104,771
Lovefilm DVD
184 8.1 Mary and Max (2009) 53,978
Lovefilm DVD
185 8.1 The Bourne Ultimatum (2007) 276,212
DVD
186 8.1 The 400 Blows (1959) 39,385
Lovefilm DVD
187 8.1 Persona (1966) 30,498
Lovefilm Instant
188 8.1 Gandhi (1982) 91,920
Lovefilm DVD
189 8.1 The Graduate (1967) 128,747
Sky+
190 8.1 The Killing (1956) 38,655
Lovefilm DVD
191 8.1 Howl's Moving Castle (2004) 99,359
Lovefilm DVD
192 8 The Princess Bride (1987) 181,222
Rach
193 8 8½ (1963) 47,393
DVD
194 8 Slumdog Millionaire (2008) 357,304
DVD
195 8 A Beautiful Mind (2001) 281,098
Lovefilm DVD
196 8 The Artist (2011/I) 104,911
Rach
197 8 The Hustler (1961) 38,003
Lovefilm Instant
198 8 Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966) 32,624
Sky+
199 8 La strada (1954) 27,965
Lovefilm DVD
200 8 The Manchurian Candidate (1962) 47,941
Lovefilm DVD
201 8 Rocky (1976) 185,490
Lovefilm DVD
202 8 Anatomy of a Murder (1959) 27,063
Lovefilm DVD
203 8 The Wild Bunch (1969) 45,029
Lovefilm Instant
204 8 The Exorcist (1973) 183,175
Lovefilm DVD
205 8 Stalag 17 (1953) 29,341
Lovefilm DVD
206 8 Rope (1948) 55,309
Lovefilm DVD
207 8 Sleuth (1972) 26,120
Lovefilm DVD
208 8 The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962) 34,354
Netflix
209 8 Barry Lyndon (1975) 60,425
Lovefilm DVD
210 8 The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012) 47,857
Lovefilm DVD
211 8 Memories of Murder (2003) 25,490
Lovefilm DVD
212 8 District 9 (2009) 320,087
DVD
213 8 Infernal Affairs (2002) 55,378
Lovefilm Instant
214 8 Stalker (1979) 37,087
Lovefilm DVD
215 8 Argo (2012) 75,391
Not Out Yet
216 8 Roman Holiday (1953) 53,498
Lovefilm Instant
217 8 The Truman Show (1998) 326,543
DVD
218 8 Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003) 439,776
DVD
219 8 In the Name of the Father (1993) 51,193
Lovefilm DVD
220 8 The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007) 58,886
Lovefilm DVD
221 8 Ip Man (2008) 65,937
Lovefilm DVD
222 8 Ratatouille (2007) 262,434
DVD
223 8 Monsters, Inc. (2001) 264,440
DVD
224 8 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011) 243,178
DVD
225 8 A Fistful of Dollars (1964) 67,860
Netflix
226 8 A Streetcar Named Desire (1951) 52,762
Lovefilm DVD
227 8 Star Trek (2009) 279,384
DVD
228 8 Beauty and the Beast (1991) 156,117
Rach
229 8 Rosemary's Baby (1968) 88,475
Lovefilm DVD
230 8 Harvey (1950) 32,718
Lovefilm DVD
231 8 Like Stars on Earth (2007) 25,166
Lovefilm DVD
232 8 NausicaƤ of the Valley of the Wind (1984) 43,654
DVD
233 8 La Haine (1995) 52,332
Lovefilm DVD
234 8 All Quiet on the Western Front (1930) 33,253
Lovefilm DVD
235 8 Silver Linings Playbook (2012) 52,040
Not Out Yet
236 8 Incendies (2010) 26,391
Lovefilm DVD
237 8 Shutter Island (2010) 350,844
DVD
238 8 Rain Man (1988) 221,991
Lovefilm DVD
239 8 The Wrestler (2008) 180,665
Lovefilm Instant
240 8 Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter... and Spring(2003) 35,263
Lovefilm Instant
241 8 Nosferatu (1922) 46,145
Lovefilm Instant
242 8 Mystic River (2003) 216,909
Lovefilm DVD
243 8 Manhattan (1979) 65,935
Lovefilm DVD
244 8 3 Idiots (2009) 56,182
Lovefilm DVD
245 8 Jurassic Park (1993) 276,661
DVD
246 8 Papillon (1973) 50,503
DVD Ordered
247 8 Big Fish (2003) 243,683
Rach
248 8 Castle in the Sky (1986) 45,244
Lovefilm DVD
249 8 The Untouchables (1987) 139,927
Netflix
250 8 Shadow of a Doubt (1943) 31,157
Lovefilm Instant


Wow. Two hundred and fifty is quite a lot isn't it?! Well I've come this far, so no backing out now!

Alrighty then, first up #250:

1 comment:

  1. Hi mate good luck for the challenge. Ben Hur is a loooooong film..make sure u dont fall asleep. all the best :)

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