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Top 100 Films – Full List & Stats

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Top 100 Films – Full List

100. Rope (1948) (dir. Alfred Hitchcock)
99. The Jerk (1979) (dir. Carl Reiner)
98. Office Space (1999) (dir. Mike Judge)
97. American Movie (1999) (dir. Chris Smith)
96. Touch of Evil (1958) (dir. Orson Welles)
95. Zero Dark Thirty (2012) (dir. Kathryn Bigelow)
94. The Wrestler (2008) (dir. Darren Aronofsky)
93. The Virgin Spring (1960) (dir. Ingmar Bergman)
92. United 93 (2006) (dir. Paul Greengrass)
91. Brokeback Mountain (2003) (dir. Ang Lee)
90. Election (1999) (dir. Alexander Payne)
89. Close-Up (1990) (dir. Abbas Kiarostami)
88. Minnie and Moskowitz (1971) (dir. John Cassavetes)
87. Chungking Express (1994) (dir. Wong Kar-wai)
86. Stand By Me (1986) (dir. Rob Reiner)
85. Blazing Saddles (1974) (dir. Mel Brooks)
84. Metropolis (1927) (dir. Fritz Lang)
83. Boyz n the Hood (1991) (dir. John Singleton)
82. A Man Escaped (1956) (dir. Robert Bresson)
81. Manhattan (1979) (dir. Woody Allen)
80. Sunset Boulevard (1950) (dir. Billy Wilder)
79. All That Heaven Allows (1955) (dir. Douglas Sirk)
78. Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (1927) (dir. F.W. Murnau)
77. No Country for Old Men (2007) (dir. Joel Coen, Ethan Coen)
76. The King of Comedy (1982) (dir. Martin Scorsese)
75. Short Term 12 (2013) (dir. Destin Daniel Cretton)
74. The Fighter (2010) (dir. David O. Russell)
73. Ben-Hur (1956) (dir. William Wyler)
72. There Will Be Blood (2007) (dir. Paul Thomas Anderson)
71. Playtime (1967) (dir. Jacques Tati)
70. My Darling Clementine (1946) (dir. John Ford)
69. The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007) (dir. Andrew Dominik)
68. The Sting (1973) (dir. George Roy Hill)
67. Sherlock Jr. (1924) (dir. Buster Keaton)
66. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004) (dir. Michel Gondry)
65. Kagemusha (1980) (dir. Akira Kurosawa)
64. Citizen Kane (1941) (dir. Orson Welles)
63. Raging Bull (1980) (dir. Martin Scorsese)
62. Dog Day Afternoon (1975) (dir. Sidney Lumet)
61. The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004) (dir. Wes Anderson)
60. Some Like it Hot (1959) (dir. Billy Wilder)
59. Pulp Fiction (1994) (dir. Quentin Tarantino)
58. The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964) (dir. Jacques Demy)
57. It’s a Wonderful Life (1946) (dir. Frank Capra)
56. This is Spinal Tap (1984) (dir. Carl Reiner)
55. M (1931) (dir. Fritz Lang)
54. When We Were Kings (1996) (dir. Leon Gast)
53. The Gold Rush (1926) (dir. Charlie Chaplin)
52. Rosemary’s Baby (1968) (dir. Roman Polanski)
51. The Wages of Fear (1953) (dir. Henri-Georges Clouzot)
50. The Great White Silence (1924) (dir. Herbert Ponting)
49. Autumn Sonata (1978) (dir. Ingmar Bergman)
48. Withnail and I (1987) (dir. Bruce Robinson)
47. The Royal Tenenbaums (2001) (dir. Wes Anderson)
46. Before Sunrise (1995) (dir. Richard Linklater)
45. True Romance (1993) (dir. Tony Scott)
44. Before Sunset (2004) (dir. Richard Linklater)
43. Inglourious Basterds (2009) (dir. Quentin Tarantino)
42. 4 Months, 3 Weeks, and 2 Days (2007) (dir. Cristian Mungiu)
41. The African Queen (1951) (dir. John Huston)
40. A Matter of Life and Death (1946) (dir. Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger)
39. Days of Heaven (1978) (dir. Terrence Malick)
38. Rushmore (1998) (dir. Wes Anderson)
37. What We Do in the Shadows (2014) (dir. Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi)
36. 12 Angry Men (1957) (dir. Sidney Lumet)
35. It’s Such a Beautiful Day (2012) (dir. Don Hertzfeldt)
34. Casablanca (1942) (dir. Michael Curtiz)
33. Scenes from a Marriage (1973) (dir. Ingmar Bergman)
32. A Woman Under the Influence (1974) (dir. John Cassavetes)
31. Brief Encounter (1945) (dir. David Lean)
30. The Godfather Part II (1974) (dir. Francis Ford Coppola)
29. Do the Right Thing (1989) (dir. Spike Lee)
28. Meet Me in St. Louis (1944) (dir. Vincente Minnelli)
27. The Godfather (1972) (dir. Francis Ford Coppola)
26. Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954) (dir. Stanley Donen)
25. Wild Strawberries (1957) (dir. Ingmar Bergman)
24. Seven Samurai (1954) (dir. Akira Kurosawa)
23. All That Jazz (1979) (dir. Bob Fosse)
22. Fargo (1996) (dir. Joel Coen)
21. Dersu Uzala (1975) (dir. Akira Kurosawa)
20. Grizzly Man (2005) (dir. Werner Herzog)
19. The Thing (1982) (dir. John Carpenter)
18. A Serious Man (2009) (dir. Joel Coen, Ethan Coen)
17. The Searchers (1956) (dir. John Ford)
16. Dazed and Confused (1993) (dir. Richard Linklater)
15. The Social Network (2010) (dir. David Fincher)
14. The Apartment (1960) (dir. Billy Wilder)
13. Rear Window (1954) (dir. Alfred Hitchcock)
12. Winter Light (1963) (dir. Ingmar Bergman)
11. The Graduate (1967) (dir. Mike Nichols)
10. Harakiri (1962) (dir. Masaki Kobayashi)
9. The Night of the Hunter (1955) (dir. Charles Laughton)
8. Paris, Texas (1984) (dir. Wim Wenders)
7. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939) (dir. Frank Capra)
6. Rocky (1976) (dir. John G. Avildsen)
5. Harold and Maude (1971) (dir. Hal Ashby)
4. The Exorcist (1973) (dir. William Friedkin)
3. Annie Hall (1977) (dir. Woody Allen)
2. City Lights (1931) (dir. Charlie Chaplin)
1. Punch-Drunk Love (2002) (dir. Paul Thomas Anderson)


Top 100 Films – Statistics

Movies by Decade:
2010’s: 6
2000’s: 15
1990’s: 13
1980’s: 9
1970’s: 18
1960’s: 8
1950’s: 15
1940’s: 8
1930’s: 3
1920’s: 5

Best Year:
2007 – 4 (No Country for Old Men, There Will Be Blood, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, 4 Months, 3 Weeks, and 2 Days)

Most Popular Actors/Directors/Writers:
Ingmar Bergman5
Diane Keaton – 4
Wes Anderson – 3
John Cassavetes – 3
Seymour Cassel – 3
John Cazale – 3
Joel & Ethan Coen – 3
Robert De Niro – 3
Akira Kurosawa – 3
Richard Linklater – 3
Bill Murray – 3
Al Pacino – 3
Brad Pitt – 3
Talia Shire – 3
James Stewart – 3
Max von Sydow – 3
Quentin Tarantino – 3
Billy Wilder – 3
Owen Wilson – 3


Counting down 100 films in just 50 days was one heck of an adventure, and something I was fully prepared to give up on halfway through. The list got me through some tough times recently, and provided a nice goal and distraction for me to build towards. I’ve never been more proud of myself as a writer, and seeing #1 finally pop into my feed has been the most rewarding experience yet here at Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Film Club! Thanks to everybody who joined me in the journey, liking, sharing, and commenting on posts, and to all those who read them in their spare time. Your support means the world to me, and I couldn’t have done it without you. Here’s to another great year of films and writing for everybody!

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Top 100 Films #88 – Minnie and Moskowitz (1971)

 

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Directed by: John Cassavetes
Written by: John Cassavetes
Starring: Gena Rowlands, Seymour Cassel, Val Avery, Timothy Carey, Katherine Cassavetes, Lady Rowlands, John Cassavetes

Minnie and Moskowitz is the film that inspired me to relaunch and rebrand Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Film Club, and for that alone it holds a very special place in my heart.  The quirky romantic comedy from writer-director-actor triple threat John Cassavetes is without a doubt one of the most charming and revelatory films I’ve seen.  This is largely owed to its creator Cassavetes, and its stars Gena Rowlands and Seymour Cassel, both of whom deliver incredibly memorable performances as a pair of lovers who couldn’t be more different, but who love each other all the same.  The romance is one of the most explosive in modern film history, seeming at times both genuinely loving and horribly toxic. Seymour Moskowitz is an extremely compelling character, with Cassel delivering a passionate, pleading, desperate performance as a man yearning for acceptance.  Rowlands’ Minnie Moore is Moskowitz’s antithesis – a meek, mild-mannered woman who stumbles into a passionate affair with the man.  Cassevetes’ veteran work behind the camera delivers memorable scene after memorable scene, weaving an intimate, odd, and chaotic romance you can’t take your eyes off of. Minnie and Moskowitz is a lovely little film, the kind that is rarely made anymore.  You can read my full review of the film here.

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Minnie and Moskowitz (1971)

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Minnie and Moskowitz (1971)
Directed by: John Cassavetes
Written by: John Cassavetes
Starring: Seymour Cassel, Gena Rowlands

After seeing John Cassavetes’ A Woman Under the Influence and Opening Night earlier this year, I instantly became a fan.  His films are visceral, real, and raw – in the best sense of the word.  His collaborations with wife Gena Rowlands work incredibly well, and the pair have gone down in history as one of the all-time great director-actor teams.

1971’s Minnie and Moskowitz is no different from the two other Cassavetes films mentioned previously, and succeeds in exactly the same way those pictures do.  The film stars Gena Rowlands and Seymour Cassel (another long-time collaborator) as Minnie Moore and Seymour Moskowitz respectively.  The pair – who couldn’t possibly be more different – fall into an aggressive, chaotic romantic affair of sorts, much to the chagrin of all those around them.  Make no mistake though, as passionate and intense as the relationship can be throughout the latter parts of the film, there’s no doubt in my mind that it’s a loving one.  Even though you as a viewer sometimes want to see these two characters miles away from each other, by the end of the film you’ll no doubt be cautiously rooting for their success, to prove to the naysayers that they can and will be together forever, despite their many differences.

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Minnie and Moskowitz (1971) Directed by John Cassavetes Shown: Seymour Cassel (as Seymour Moskowitz)

Seymour Moskowitz (Cassel) is one of the most compelling on-screen characters I’ve seen in a film since Gena Rowlands’ turn in A Woman Under the Influence.  Moskowitz comes off as insane, loving, romantic, passionate, thoughtful, and aggressive throughout the film, keeping the viewer (and Rowlands’ Minnie) guessing.  His relationship with his mother, his apparent yearning for acceptance and intimacy with strangers, and his immediate (and unpredictable) reactions to different situations help make Moskowitz an incredibly well-rounded character, and Cassel plays him perfectly.  Cassel’s performance is complimented by Rowlands’ turn as Minnie Moore, whose performance isn’t nearly as demanding or as flashy as some of her later roles, but still comes off as impressive.  Minnie is a relatively meek, sweet woman who somehow falls for a man like Moskowitz (and his glorious mustache).

Aside from his incredible performance direction, Cassavetes’ film is every bit as intimate and close as the rest of his great works, and yet still has the grainy, independent – almost guerrilla feel – that I adore about his films.  The dinner scene with Minnie and Seymour’s mothers is an absolute knock out, simultaneously throwing the viewer into doubt about the relationship, and also helping them empathize with these star-crossed lovers.  The writing in the film is on point, not a single minute feels wasted.  Although the film does take a little while for the characters to finally meet, our time getting to know Minnie Moore and Seymour Moskowitz is nevertheless captivating.

Minnie and Moskowitz is a film I thought I would like, and ended up loving.  John Cassavetes definitely earned his reputation as a Hollywood  great, and I can’t wait to delve into the rest of his catalog.  There are very few directors who are better at pulling incredible performances our of their actors in nearly all their films.  Minnie and Moskowitz is a high recommendation.

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