You know that book, “1001 movies you must watch before you die”?  When I was reading through the lists, I was thinking that if I were going to die in say, a year, I wouldn’t actually spend 2 hours out of my last 365 days on some of these movies.  So, I’m going through and deciding whether I think the movies on this list are all that great.  Fine morbid fun.

Movies 1-60 ::  Movies 61-100 ::  Movies 101-160 :: Movies 162-220

Movies 221-260 ::  Movies 261-300

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


163. Shadow of a Doubt 1943
Type: mystery
Rating: worth once
Comments: This is worth watching but it’s not a necessity. See my full comments.

165. Meet Me in St. Louis 1944
Type: period
Rating: repeat viewing
Comments: I think this is like Little Women – a kind of all-American must-see for girls. I don’t know about the boys.  It’s my favorite Judy Garland musical – even better than Wizard of Oz. Fav moments: the Trolley song and the heartbreaking scene with the snowmen.

167. Laura 1944
Type: mystery
Rating: historical significance
Comments: This did not work for me.  But you could watch if your life is that meaningless.  See my full comments.

168. Gaslight 1944
Type: suspense
Rating: worth once
Comments:Fun woman-in-jeopardy film but not a must see.  It’s also amusing to see Angela Lansbury as a very young woman.

171. Double Indemnity 1944
Type: crime
Rating: repeat value
Comments: YES YES YES – I don’t really like film noir that much and I LOVED this one.  The storytelling is still razor-sharp, and the characters are fascinating.

182. Brief Encounter 1945
Type: romance
Rating: historical significance
Comments: This one made me gag.  Everyone appears to love it.  They’re probably right.  But…the only character I liked was the cuckolded husband.  I don’t think he deserved his stupid wife.

187. Beauty and the Beast 1946
Type: fantasy
Rating: repeat viewing
YES. This should be seen by anyone who enjoys fairy tales or fantasy.

188. Big Sleep 1946
Type: mystery
Rating: repeat viewing
Comments: This one is my favorite Humphrey Bogart movie.  It’s perfect for him, which makes it perfect for watching.  I prefer watching movies in groups but this one is best watched alone on a rainy evening.

194. It’s a Wonderful Life 1946
Type: fantasy
Rating: repeat viewing
Comments: Yeah – I know it was running each Christmas for years.  But it’s still quite good.

195. Gilda 1946
Type: crime
Rating: worth once
Comments: I haven’t seen this one in a while.  As I recall, it was a well done piece of drama.

197. Out of the Past 1947
Type: crime
Rating: worth once
Comments: Solid movie.  See my full comments.

198. Ghost and Mrs. Muir 1947
Type: fantasy
Rating: worth once
Comments: This one drags in the last half hour but charming enough at the beginning.  A nice contribution to the Gothic/Paranormal romance with a couple of well-drawn characters.

206. Rope 1948
Type: crime
Rating: historical significance
Comments: Dull. Dull. Dull.  I can believe that some incredibly sensitive and thoughtful people have had their life changed by this movie.  Didn’t work for me.

220. The Third Man 1949
Type: spy
Rating: worth once
Comments: In a humanity-is-worthless kind of way, this is very much worth seeing.  My full comments.

After the break is the full list from 162 to 221:

    1. The Seventh Victim (1943)
    2. The Ox-Bow Incident (1943)
    3. Shadow of a Doubt (1943)
    4. Ossessione (1943)
    5. Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)
    6. To Have and Have Not (1944)
    7. Laura (1944)
    8. Gaslight (1944)
    9. Henry V (1944)
    10. Ivan the Terrible, Parts One and Two (1944)
    11. Double Indemnity (1944)
    12. Murder, My Sweet (1944)
    13. The Battle of San Pietro (1945)
    14. Spellbound (1945)
    15. Mildred Pierce (1945)
    16. The Children of Paradise (1945)
    17. Open City (1945)
    18. The Lost Weekend (1945)
    19. Detour (1945)
    20. I Know Where I’m Going! (1945)
    21. The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)
    22. Brief Encounter (1946)
    23. Paisan (1946)
    24. The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946)
    25. My Darling Clementine (1946)
    26. The Stranger (1946)
    27. Beauty and the Beast (1946)
    28. The Big Sleep (1946)
    29. The Killers (1946)
    30. A Matter of Life and Death (1946)
    31. Great Expectations (1946)
    32. Notorious (1946)
    33. Black Narcissus (1946)
    34. It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)
    35. Gilda (1946)
    36. Monsieur Verdoux (1947)
    37. Out of the Past (1947)
    38. The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1947)
    39. Odd Man Out (1947)
    40. The Bicycle Thief (1948)
    41. Letter from an Unknown Woman (1948)
    42. Secret Beyond the Door (1948)
    43. Force of Evil (1948)
    44. Spring in a Small Town (1948)
    45. Red River (1948)
    46. Rope (1948)
    47. The Snake Pit (1948)
    48. The Lady from Shanghai (1948)
    49. The Paleface (1948)
    50. The Red Shoes (1948)
    51. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)
    52. Louisiana Story (1948)
    53. The Heiress (1949)
    54. Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949)
    55. Gun Crazy (1949)
    56. Adam’s Rib (1949)
    57. Whiskey Galore! (1949)
    58. White Heat (1949)
    59. The Reckless Moment (1949)
    60. The Third Man (1949)
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