Movies 1-60 ::  Movies 61-100 ::  Movies 101-160 :: Movies 161-220

Movies 221-260 ::  Movies 261-300

You know that book, 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die by Stephen Jay Schneider? I don’t know if I would watch some of these if I only had a little time left. I mean I’m sure they all have cinematic significance but not all of them are fun. If I were about to shuffle off the mortal coil, I wouldn’t want to watch a bunch of lame movies just beforehand.

So, I went through the ones I’d seen to check.

Note on the rating system:
Watch anytime:  Superb entertainment
Repeat viewing: Good entertainment
Worth once: if you’ve nothing better to do
Historical significance: not for pleasure

No. 6 on the list: The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920).
Type: suspense
Rating: historical significance
Comments: The sets are great and if you really like sets, I encourage you to watch for it for them. They are amazing and I rewound it for a couple of them. The story has been done much better and much worse by every filmmaker ever since. Also, the villain in it reminds me of Edward Scissorhands, especially the bit where he’s stalking the girl. I’d rather re-watch Suspicion.

No. 7 on the list: Broken Blossoms (1919).
Type: drama
Rating: historical significance
Comments: The racist characterization of the protagonist Cheng Huan (Richard Barthelmess) is painful and disturbing. Other than that, you’ve a got a physically (and possibly sexually) abusive father terrorizing his teenage daughter till she runs away. I’d rather watch Night of the Hunter again.

No. 15 on the list: Nosferatu (1922). Now this is pretty good. In a way, I thought it much creepier than the 1930s Dracula. Good stuff, a little more robust than horror movies were for a long time. Cool ending too.

No. 16 on the list: Haxen (1923).
Type: historical drama
Rating: Worth viewing once
Comments: Other people watching this one with me liked it. But I was repulsed by the torturing of the elderly woman, and didn’t finish it. Can’t say it was dull though.

Anna May WongNo. 20 on the list: The Thief of Bagdad (1924).
Type: Fantasy Adventure
Rating: repeat viewing
Comments: This is a great movie. You can tell it was an inspiration for the Disney artists on Aladdin. Just a fun, fast-paced movie (and that’s a lot to say, considering it’s a silent film). Plus, Anna May Wong is it, and thus the movie earns many bonus points.

No. 26 on the list: The Phantom of the Opera (1925).
Type: suspense
Rating: Worth watching once
Comments: I thought this phantom’s real threats and real deformity makes the story a lot more interesting. Closer to the book too.

No. 28 on the list: The Gold Rush (1925).
Type: comedy
Rating: repeat viewing
Comments: This is genuinely funny and the pathos doesn’t overwhelm it. Those shoes do look tasty.

No. 30 on the list: Metropolis (1927).
Type: Science Fiction
Rating: worth viewing once
Comments: The end is marred by an endless chase scene. Otherwise, it’s got an evil robot and mad scientists and a befuddled hero and a noble heroine and a nice futuristic city scape. Just start fast-forwarding when they start the running parts.

No. 51 on the list: All Quiet on the Western Front (1930).
Type: war drama, social conscience movie
Rating: historical significance
Comments: This is a well-meaning movie and it’s not meant to be a diversion but still it’s kind of dry. If I want to watch an anti-war movie, I’d prefer Grave of the Fireflies.

No. 55 on the list: Dracula (1931).
Type: horror
Rating: historical significance
Comments: The first half is pretty good. I especially liked Dracula’s brides stalking the camera. (heh.) But once Dracula gets to London, the movie pretty much dies and not in the fun way. I enjoyed Coppola’s Dracula much more.

No. 56. on the list: Frankenstein (1931).
Type: horror
Rating: historical significance
Comments: This is a well-made movie but it took pains to exonerate Dr. Frankenstein at every turn. I’m not sure what was going on. But the sequel – Bride of Frankenstein – is worth watching, especially the prologue with Mary Shelley. Also, ‘we belong dead’ makes me start to tear up.

No. 58 on the list: Public Enemy (1931).
Type: Crime
Rating: worth watching once
Comments: Gangster movies don’t really do much for me. But this was good drama and surprisingly violent in places. I should really watch more Cagney movies…

After the break is the full list from 1 to 60:

  1. A Trip to the Moon (1902)
  2. The Great Train Robbery (1903)
  3. The Birth of a Nation (1915)
  4. Les Vampires (1915)
  5. Intolerance (1916)
  6. The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1919)
  7. Broken Blossoms (1919)
  8. Way Down East (1920)
  9. Within Our Gates (1920)
  10. The Phantom Carriage (1921)
  11. Orphans of the Storm (1921)
  12. The Smiling Madame Beudet (1922)
  13. Dr. Mabuse, Parts 1 and 2 (1922)
  14. Nanook of the North (1922)
  15. Nosferatu, A Symphony of Terror (1922)
  16. Haxan (1923)
  17. Foolish Wives (1922)
  18. Our Hospitality (1923)
  19. The Wheel (1923)
  20. The Thief of Bagdad (1924)
  21. Strike (1924)
  22. Greed (1924)
  23. Sherlock, Jr. (1924)
  24. The Last Laugh (1924)
  25. Seven Chances (1925)
  26. The Phantom of the Opera (1925)
  27. The Battleship Potemkin (1925)
  28. The Gold Rush (1925)
  29. The Big Parade (1925)
  30. Metropolis (1927)
  31. Sunrise (1927)
  32. The General (1927)
  33. The Unknown (1927)
  34. October (1927)
  35. The Jazz Singer (1927)
  36. Napoleon (1927)
  37. The Kid Brother (1927)
  38. The Crowd (1928 )
  39. The Docks of New York (1928 )
  40. An Andalusian Dog (1928 )
  41. The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928 )
  42. Steamboat Bill, Jr. (1928 )
  43. Storm over Asia (1928 )
  44. Blackmail (1929)
  45. The Man with the Movie Camera (1929)
  46. Pandora’s Box (1929)
  47. The Blue Angel (1930)
  48. The Age Of Gold (1930)
  49. Earth (1930)
  50. Little Caesar (1930)
  51. All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)
  52. Freedom For Us (1931)
  53. The Million (1931)
  54. Tabu (1931)
  55. Dracula (1931)
  56. Frankenstein (1931)
  57. City Lights (1931)
  58. The Public Enemy (1931)
  59. M (1931)
  60. The Bitch (1931)
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