The Next Movie List – Decision Made

Well… I was originally planning to post my thoughts on my number five movie: The Matrix. But plans change.

Honestly, I just haven’t had enough time to watch it and put down some thoughts while watching. So this is a fill in post so I can properly watch the movie for next Monday. If you were really looking forward to my thoughts on The Matrix, I apologize for making you wait another week.

Recently, I started thinking about what I would do with my Monday posts once I was finished with my Top 100 Favorite Movies. In a previous post, I put it to a vote with four potential options:

  1. Top 100 Best Movies I’ve Never Seen
  2. Top 100 Worst Movies I’ve Ever Seen
  3. Top 100 Worst Movies I’ve Never Seen
  4. Stop It With The Lame Movies Already!

Okay, so the fourth option was more a joke than anything else.

It later occurred to me that I never explained how I’d be able to figure out what any of those lists actually are. How could I possibly know what the best movies I’ve never seen are? How could I know what the worst movies I’ve seen or haven’t seen could be?

The answer is the same as when I determined my 100 favorites… Flickchart

They have this handy algorithm that determines, based on all the people who use the site, what the best and worst movies of all time are. So I can easily make up a list of movies I’ve never seen and look at the 100 best or skip to the bottom and look at what movies are the 100 worst, based on other people’s votes.

And since Flickchart already keeps track of all the movies I’ve seen and ranked, it has a pretty good idea about what 100 movies are the worst ones I’ve personally seen. These, however, would only be based on my personal choices and not the decisions made by people around the world.

I did get several votes saying I should do the 100 Worst Movies I’ve Never Seen… but then I started thinking about the reality of doing that…

See, if I do the 100 Worst Movies I’ve Never Seen, then they would possibly become a part of the 100 Worst Movies I’ve Ever Seen… and if I should ever decide to do that list, I’d be hitting a lot of potential repeats. And who wants to deal with that?

I also put it to a vote on Twitter and it came out that the winner was the 100 Worst Movies I’ve Ever Seen. So I was planning to with that…

But then I started looking at the bottom of my list on Flickchart and I was appalled at more than a few of the movies that were showing up in my bottom 100. For example… How on earth did Good Will Hunting wind up there? I’m not saying it’s the best movie ever made, but it certainly doesn’t deserve to be that low on a list of over 2,000 movies (I’ve seen 2,225 according to the site). Robin Williams’ performance alone should throw it a lot closer to the top.

Anyway, before I can do the Top 100 Worst Movies I’ve Ever Seen, I need to seriously reassess the bottom of my Flickchart list. I’m guessing those movies wound up at the bottom because I only voted on them once or twice and they went up against movies that were obvious top picks for me.

So, instead, let’s go with the 100 Best Movies I’ve Never Seen. I’m sure there are some shiny gems in there that I’ll wind up loving and a few that I’ll probably not like so much. That’s how it works. Take my opinion on Citizen Kane… please. You can stop reading here if you want. The rest of this post will be those 100 movies that Flickchart says are the best I’ve never seen. If you’re sticking around, here we go…

  1. Ikiru
  2. Seven Samurai
  3. High and Low
  4. Harakiri
  5. The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
  6. M
  7. The Night of the Hunter
  8. The Third Man
  9. Yojimbo
  10. Rashomon
  11. The Wages of Fear
  12. Paths of Glory
  13. Le Samourai
  14. Persona
  15. Touch of Evil
  16. Bicycle Thieves
  17. The General
  18. The Red Shoes
  19. The Passion of Joan of Arc
  20. The 400 Blows
  21. Tokyo Story
  22. Notorious
  23. Wild Strawberries
  24. The Seventh Seal
  25. Strangers on a Train
  26. 8 1/2
  27. Grand Illusion
  28. Ace in the Hole
  29. The Professional
  30. Cool Hand Luke
  31. The Conversation
  32. The Rules of the Game
  33. Throne of Blood
  34. Shadow of a Doubt
  35. The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
  36. His Girl Friday
  37. Stalker
  38. Sweet Smell of Success
  39. La Dolce Vita
  40. Badlands
  41. The Big Sleep
  42. Aguirre: The Wrath of God
  43. In a Lonely Place
  44. Rope
  45. Sherlock, Jr.
  46. The Thin Man
  47. Days of Heaven
  48. Anatomy of a Murder
  49. The Thing (1982)
  50. American History X
  51. My Neighbor Totoro
  52. Out of the Past
  53. A Fistful of Dollars
  54. Diabolique
  55. Rififi
  56. The Kid
  57. Rio Bravo
  58. A Matter of Life and Death
  59. Once Upon a Time in the West
  60. Breathless
  61. The Killing
  62. Rebecca
  63. For a Few Dollars More
  64. The Sting
  65. Laura
  66. Stalag 17
  67. Metropolis
  68. Fanny and Alexander
  69. Dog Day Afternoon
  70. The Great Escape
  71. In the Mood for Love
  72. Ran
  73. Charade
  74. The Hustler
  75. Brief Encounter
  76. Dial M for Murder
  77. Parasite
  78. Scarface
  79. Come and See
  80. The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp
  81. The Hidden Fortress
  82. Manhattan
  83. City of God
  84. Bride of Frankenstein
  85. The Battle of Algiers
  86. To Be or Not to Be
  87. The Lady Vanishes
  88. Witness for the Prosecution
  89. Life of Brian
  90. Paris, Texas
  91. The King of Comedy
  92. Miller’s Crossing
  93. The Long Goodbye
  94. My Man Godfrey
  95. Sanjuro
  96. Grave of the Fireflies
  97. Roman Holiday
  98. Arsenic and Old Lace
  99. Chungking Express
  100. Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind

And there you have it. The best movies I’ve never seen. Supposedly… I’ll be starting with number 100, as I have in the past, and work my way up to number one. Some of these films may be hard to track down, so if I wind up needing to skip something, I’ll be sure to come back to it when I get my hands on it.

Wish me luck…


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