I was reading “1001 movies you must watch before you die” and I wasn’t as convinced as the author that these were such great movies.  I mean they often had technical or historical significance.  But I didn’t think all of them were necessarily artistic or entertaining. I took it upon myself to comment on which ones were worth watching and which were not.

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

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

Based on 2004 edition.

No. 225. Rashomon (1950)
Type: crime
Rating: historical significance
Comments:  Not necessary. It has great historical value and is well done.   On the other hand, you’ve seen this technique and this story redone many, many, many times.

No. 229. Sunset Blvd. (1950)
Type: drama
Rating: worth once
Comments: Yes.  It’s one of those movies that make you glad you’re not that messed up.

No. 233. A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)
Type: drama
Rating: worth once
Comments: Yes.  They fudged some of Williams’ play but still, you have to see Marlon Brando yelling “Stella” in context.

No. 234. Strangers on a Train (1951)
Type: crime
Rating: repeat viewing
Comments: Yes.  Some people say that Frenzy is Hitchcock’s best squicky movie but I think this one is more disturbing in places.

No. 237. The African Queen (1951)
Type: adventure
Rating: watch anytime
Comments: Yes! Yes! Yes!  This character-driven adventure tale is so good that I forgive the cheesy ending.

No. 239. An American in Paris (1951)
Type: musical
Rating: historical significance
Comments: No.  This is dull.  It’s a classic and Gene Kelly is an artist, and blah blah blah.  It’s still dull.

No. 241. The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)
Type: science fiction
Rating: historical significance
Comments: No.  It’s not that I think the alien is unbelievable, it’s the humans I don’t get.  It gets props for a serious science fiction back in the day.

No. 242. The Quiet Man (1952)
Type: drama
Rating: repeat viewing
Yes.  John Wayne fisticuffs in Ireland and Maureen O’Hara is all spitfire loveliness.  I love this movie, non-PC elements and all.

No. 245. Singin’ in the Rain (1952)
Type: musical
Rating: watch anytime
YES. There’s a lot more to enjoy beyond the ‘singing in the rain’ number.  It’s a light hearted satire – odd and good.

No. 250. High Noon (1952)
Type: western
Rating: historical significance
Comments: No.  However,  I watched this when I was too young to appreciate the philosophical nuances.  All I remember is watching a guy walk around an Old West set for at least a thousand hours.

After the break  is the full list from 222 to 261:

    1. On the Town (1949)
    2. Orpheus (1949)
    3. The Asphalt Jungle (1950)
    4. Rashomon (1950)
    5. Winchester ’73 (1950)
    6. Rio Grande (1950)
    7. All About Eve (1950)
    8. Sunset Blvd. (1950)
    9. Los Olvidados (1950)
    10. In a Lonely Place (1950)
    11. The Big Carnival (1951)
    12. A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)
    13. Strangers on a Train (1951)
    14. The Lavender Hill Mob (1951)
    15. Pandora and the Flying Dutchman (1951)
    16. The African Queen (1951)
    17. Diary of a Country Priest (1951)
    18. An American in Paris (1951)
    19. A Place in the Sun (1951)
    20. The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)
    21. The Quiet Man (1952)
    22. Forbidden Games (1952)
    23. Angel Face (1952)
    24. Singin’ in the Rain (1952)
    25. To Live (1952)
    26. Europa ’51 (1952)
    27. The Bad and the Beautiful (1952)
    28. The Big Sky (1952)
    29. High Noon (1952)
    30. Umberto D (1952)
    31. The Golden Coach (1952)
    32. The Bigamist (1953)
    33. The Band Wagon (1953)
    34. Madame De… (1953)
    35. From Here to Eternity (1953)
    36. Tokyo Story (1953)
    37. Roman Holiday (1953)
    38. Wages of Fear (1953)
    39. The Naked Spur (1953)
    40. Pickup on South Street (1953)
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