Monday, August 31, 2009

Top Ranked Religion, Sports, Art Films

These are the last remaining other genres before we get to all the drama films, which is the largest set of films mentioned with over 700 titles.

Religion has 9 in the top 1000, sports has 6, and art (or experimental) films 7.

Religion
1. Passion of Joan of Arc, The [Dreyer, Carl Theodor, 1928] #51 - France (silent)
2. Gospel According to St. Matthew, The [Pasolini, Pier Paolo, 1964] #103 - France-Italy [photo rt]
3. Ben-Hur [Wyler, William, 1959] #137 - US
4. Gandhi [Attenborough, Richard, 1982] #286 - UK
5. Black Narcissus [Powell, Michael/Emeric Pressburger, 1946] #412 - UK
6. Nostalghia [Tarkovsky, Andrei, 1983] #623 - Italy
7. Winter Light [Bergman, Ingmar, 1962] #673 - Sweden
8. Flowers of St. Francis, The [Rossellini, Roberto, 1950] #867 - Italy
9. Last Temptation of Christ, The [Scorsese, Martin, 1988] #912 - US
10. Burmese Harp [Ichikawa, Kon, 1956] #1044 - Japan
11. Nazarín [Buñuel, Luis, 1959] #1082 - Mexico
12. Bells of St. Mary's, The [McCarey, Leo, 1945] #1256 - US

[It could also be argued that religion is an important theme in the science fiction films 2001 and Solaris] Passion is a bit melodramatic, being a silent film. Pasolini's Gospel manages to avoid that and tried to present one gospel as written. Black Narcissus is simply beautiful, a work of art. Where is Zefferelli's appealing story of St. Francis, Brother Sun and Sister Moon?

Sports
1. Raging Bull [Scorsese, Martin, 1980] #24 - US
2. Rocky [Avildsen, John G., 1976] #225 - US
3. Million Dollar Baby [Eastwood, Clint, 2004] #265 - US [photo rt]
4. Olympia [Riefenstahl, Leni, 1938] #532 - Germany
5. Chariots of Fire [Hudson, Hugh, 1981] #928 - UK
6. Offside [Panahi, Jafar, 2006] #974 - Iran
7. Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner, The [Richardson, Tony, 1962] #1033 - UK
8. Breaking Away [Yates, Peter, 1979] #1219 - US
9. Hoop Dreams [James, Steve, 1994] #1263 - US

The surprise here is the omission of Pride of the Yankees, the Lou Gehrig story starring Gary Cooper. Also Field of Dreams - and the romantic comedy Bull Durham - so do critics just hate baseball movies?

Art or experimental films (no, not films about artists)
1. Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles [Akerman, Chantal, 1975] #146 – Belgium-France (3:20 long) - this film is very painful to sit through
2. La Jetee [Marker, Chris, 1961] #185 - France (short)
3. Un Chien Andalou [Buñuel, Luis, 1928] #256 - France (short)
4. Wavelength [Snow, Michael, 1967] #263 - Canada
5. Sans soleil [Marker, Chris, 1983] #465 - France
6. Werckmeister Harmonies [Tarr, Bela & Hranitzky, Agnes, 2000] #613 – Hungary-Ity-Gy-France
7. Tom, Tom the Piper's Son [Jacobs, Ken, 1969] #832 - US
8. Zorn's Lemma [Frampton, Hollis, 1970] #1093 - US
9. Too Early, Too Late [Straub, Jean-Marie & Danièle Huillet, 1982] #1146 - France-Egypt

These are an acquired taste, be warned. Un Chien Andalou is famous due to the collabaration of surrealist Salvador Dali, and some unforgettable images. La Jetee was paid homage in a David Bowie video; it is a short SciFi film made up of still images with a narrator reciting the story of a time traveler. Jeanne Dielman is 3 hrs, 20 minutes of a woman peeling potatoes, making meat loaf, taking a bath - a student could make better decisions when editing; they could use this one to make prisoners talk.

Top Ranked Political Films on the Net

Films about politicians, like JFK and All the King’s Men, or people who were caught up in the politics of their time, like The Conformist, To Be or Not To Be, and All the President’s Men. In some, the politics is just the background for the main story, such as Doctor Zhivago, Once Upon a Time in America or American History X, or may dominate the lives of all the characters like Brazil, The Lives of Others, and Gandhi. We even included propaganda like Triumph of the Will.

1. Citizen Kane [Welles, Orson , 1941] #5 US [photo top]
2. Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb [Kubrick, Stanley , 1964] #17 - UK
3. City Lights [Chaplin, Charles , 1931] #21 - US
4. Metropolis [Lang, Fritz , 1927] #23 - Germany
5. Manchurian Candidate, The [Frankenheimer, John , 1962] #43 - US
6. Birth of a Nation, The [Griffith, D.W. , 1915] #68 - US
7. Magnificent Ambersons, The [Welles, Orson , 1942] #75 - US
8. Conformist, The [Bertolucci, Bernardo , 1970] #76 - Italy-France-Germany
9. Great Dictator, The [Chaplin, Charles , 1940] #138 - US
10. Once Upon a Time in America [Leone, Sergio , 1984] #162 - US
11. Lives of Others, The [von Donnersmarck, Florian Henckel , 2006] #163 - Germany
12. Killer of Sheep [Burnett, Charles , 1977] #174 - US
13. Les Enfants du paradis [Carné, Marcel , 1945] #184 - France
14. Brazil [Gilliam, Terry , 1985] #189 - UK [photo rt]
15. Berlin Alexanderplatz [Fassbinder, Rainer Werner , 1980] #197 - Germany
16. Sansho the Bailiff [Mizoguchi, Kenji, 1954] #204 - Japan
17. To Be or Not to Be [Lubitsch, Ernst , 1942] #257 - US
18. Rise to Power of Louis XIV, The [Rossellini, Roberto , 1966] #279 - France
19. Gandhi [Attenborough, Richard , 1982] #286 - UK
20. Day the Earth Stood Still, The [Wise, Robert , 1951] #323 - US
21. Strike [Eisenstein, Sergei , 1924] #328 - USSR
22. 39 Steps, The [Hitchcock, Alfred , 1935] #346 - UK
23. 1900 [Bertolucci, Bernardo , 1976] #367 - France-Germany-Italy
24. Voyage in Italy [Rossellini, Roberto , 1953] #387 - Italy
25. Doctor Zhivago [Lean, David , 1965] #401 - US
26. American History X [Kaye, Tony , 1998] #428 - US
27. Reds [Beatty, Warren , 1981] #429 - US [photo rt]
28. All the President's Men [Pakula, Alan J. , 1972] #432 - US
29. Triumph of the Will [Riefenstahl, Leni , 1935] #455 - Germany [photo btm rt]
30. Queen, The [Frears, Stephen , 2006] #481 - UK-Fr-Italy
31. Hotel Rwanda [George, Terry , 2004] #514 - US
32. Memories of Underdevelopment [Alea, Tomás Gutiérrez , 1968] #573 - Cuba
33. Moolaadé [Sembene, Ousmane , 2004] #616 - Senegal-France
34. Terra em Transe [Rocha, Glauber , 1967] #618 - Brazil
35. Young Mr. Lincoln [Ford, John , 1939] #653 - US
36. JFK [Stone, Oliver , 1991] #690 - US
37. Man for All Seasons, A [Zinnemann, Fred , 1966] #715 - UK
38. No End in Sight [Ferguson, Charles , 2007] #731 - US
39. Fog of War, The [Morris, Errol , 2003] #809 - US
40. Quiz Show [Redford, Robert , 1994] #811 - US
41. Tin Drum, The [Schlöndorff, Volker , 1979] #854 - Germany
42. Hitler: A Film from Germany [Syberberg, Hans-Jürgen , 1977] #858 - West Germany
43. Ten [Kiarostami, Abbas , 2002] #892 - Iran
44. Z [Costa-Gavras, Constantin , 1969] #903 - France
45. Shame (Skammen) [Bergman, Ingmar , 1968] #913 - Sweden
46. Shoeshine [De Sica, Vittorio , 1947] #915 - Italy
47. Mephisto [Szabó, István , 1981] #999 - Hungary
48. Street Fight [Curry, Marshall , 2005] #1001 - US
49. Lamerica [Amelio, Gianni , 1994] #1015 - Italy
50. Johnny Got His Gun [Trumbo, Dalton , 1971] #1022 - US
51. Trial, The [Welles, Orson , 1962] #1055 - Fr-Gy-Yugo-Italy
52. The Last Emperor [Bertolucci, Bernardo , 1987] #1056 - UK-Italy-China-France
53. Circle, The (Dayereh) [Panahi, Jafar , 2000] #1070 - Iran-Switz-Italy
54. Life of Emile Zola [Dieterle, William , 1937] #1096 - US
55. All the King's Men [Rossen, Robert , 1949] #1132 - US
56. Year of Living Dangerously, The [Weir, Peter , 1982] #1139 - Australia
57. Burnt by the Sun [Mikhalkov, Nikita , 1994] #1149 - Russia-France
58. My Friend Ivan Lapshin [Gherman, Alexei , 1984] #1203 - USSR
59. Good Night, and Good Luck. [Clooney, George , 2005] #1231 - US
60. A Face in the Crowd [Kazan, Elia , 1957] #1237 - US
61. One, Two, Three [Wilder, Billy , 1961] #1248 - US

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Top Ranked History and Bio Films on the Net

Biopics
Film biographies that either tell the person’s entire life, such as The Last Emperor, or the most important years, like Lawrence of Arabia, Raging Bull, and Reds.

1. Raging Bull [Scorsese, Martin, 1980] #24 - US
2. Goodfellas [Scorsese, Martin, 1990] #31 - US
3. Lawrence of Arabia [Lean, David, 1962] #50 - UK
4. Spartacus [Kubrick, Stanley, 1960] #178 - US
5. Elephant Man, The [Lynch, David, 1980] #194 - US
6. Pianist, The [Polanski, Roman, 2002] #200 - Fr-Gy-UK-Poland
7. Patton [Shaffner, Frank, 1970] #203 - US
8. Napoléon [Gance, Abel, 1927] #232 - France
9. Gandhi [Attenborough, Richard, 1982] #286 - UK
10. Alexander Nevsky [Eisenstein, Sergei, 1938] #374 - USSR
11. Reds [Beatty, Warren, 1981] #429 - US
12. Diving Bell and the Butterfly, The [Schnabel, Julian, 2008] #443 - France-US
13. Downfall [Hirschbiegel, Oliver, 2004] #484 - Germany
14. Braveheart [Gibson, Mel, 1995] #508 - US
15. Shine [Hicks, Scott, 1996] #574 - Australia
16. Crumb [Zwigoff, Terry, 1994] #610 - US
17. Topsy-Turvy [Leigh, Mike, 1999] #662 - UK
18. Man on Wire [Marsh, James, 2008] #712 - UK-US
19. A Man for All Seasons [Zinnemann, Fred, 1966] #715 - UK
20. Ed Wood [Burton, Tim, 1994] #724 - US
21. Ludwig [Visconti, Luchino, 1972] #750 - France-Germany-Italy
22. Hôtel Terminus [Ophüls, Marcel, 1988] #760 - US
23. Puppetmaster, The [Hou Hsiao-Hsien, 1993] #818 - Taiwan
24. Seraphine [Provost, Martin, 2008] #896 - France-Belg
25. Before Night Falls [Schnabel, Julian, 2000] #949 - US
26. The Last Emperor [Bertolucci, Bernardo, 1987] #1056 - UK-Italy-China-France
27. 24 Hour Party People [Winterbottom, Michael, 2002] #1063 - US
28. Life of Emile Zola [Dieterle, William, 1937] #1096 - US
29. Childhood of Maxim Gorky, The [Donskoi, Mark, 1938] #1123 - Russia
30. The Killing Fields [Joffé, Roland, 1984] #1141 - US
31. Wings of Eagles, The [Ford, John, 1957] #1174 - US
32. My Apprenticeship (Gorky Trilogy II) [Donskoi, Mark, 1939] #1176 - USSR
33. Sheltering Sky, The [Bertolucci, Bernardo, 1990] #1265 - UK-Italy
34. Testament of Orpheus [Cocteau, Jean, 1960] #1277 - France

History
Films about a historical event, such as Battleship Potemkin, era, or culture, such as Barry Lyndon. This includes biopics of people important in history, such as T.E. Lawrence, or George S. Patton. We also included films about events that were based on eyewitness accounts so they are believed to be accurate, like A Man Escaped and United 93.

1. Lawrence of Arabia [Lean, David, 1962] #50 - UK
2. Passion of Joan of Arc, The [Dreyer, Carl Theodor, 1928] #51 - France
3. Intolerance [Griffith, D.W., 1916] #64 - US
4. Battleship Potemkin [Eisenstein, Sergei, 1925] #100 - France
5. Barry Lyndon [Kubrick, Stanley, 1975] #101 - UK
6. The Battle of Algiers [Pontecorvo, Gillo, 1966] #132 - Italy-Algiers
7. A Man Escaped [Bresson, Robert, 1956] #151 - France
8. Spartacus [Kubrick, Stanley, 1960] #178 - US
9. The Pianist [Polanski, Roman, 2002] #200 - Fr-Gy-UK-Poland
10. Patton [Shaffner, Frank, 1970] #203 - US 11. October [Eisenstein, Sergei, 1927] #222 - USSR
12. Napoléon [Gance, Abel, 1927] #232 - France
13. Andrei Rublev [Tarkovsky, Andrei, 1966] #282 - Russia
14. Gandhi [Attenborough, Richard, 1982] #286 - UK
15. Letters from Iwo Jima [Eastwood, Clint, 2006] #339 - US
16. Ivan the Terrible, Part One [Eisenstein, Sergei, 1944] #357 - Russia
17. Alexander Nevsky [Eisenstein, Sergei, 1938] #374 - USSR
18. Tree of Wooden Clogs, The [Olmi, Ermanno, 1978] #404 - Italy
19. Henry V [Olivier, Laurence, 1944] #409 - UK
20. Ivan the Terrible, Part Two [Eisenstein, Sergei, 1946] #416 - USSR
21. All the President's Men [Pakula, Alan J., 1972] #432 - US
22. Downfall [Hirschbiegel, Oliver, 2004] #484 - Germany
23. Salvatore Giuliano [Rosi, Francesco, 1961] #495 - Italy
24. Scarlet Empress, The [von Sternberg, Josef, 1934] #504 - US
25. A City of Sadness [Hou Hsiao-Hsien, 1989] #510 - Taiwan
26. Don't Look Back [Pennebaker, D.A., 1967] #545 - US
27. The Right Stuff [Kaufman, Philip, 1983] #549 - US
28. Judgment at Nuremberg [Kramer, Stanley, 1961] #582 - US
29. Young Mr. Lincoln [Ford, John, 1939] #653 - US
30. Bloody Sunday [Greengrass, Paul, 2002] #658 - US
31. United 93 [Greengrass, Paul, 2006] #687 - US
32. House of Flying Daggers [Zhang Yimou, 2004] #711 - China
33. A Man for All Seasons [Zinnemann, Fred, 1966] #715 - UK
34. Ludwig [Visconti, Luchino, 1972] #750 - France-Germany-Italy
35. Storm Over Asia [Pudovkin, Vsevolod, 1928] #754 - Russia
36. Overlord [Cooper, Stuart, 1975] #764 - UK
37. Glory [Zwick, Edward, 1989] #788 - US
38. Heimat (Homeland) [Reitz, Edgar, 1984] #824 - Germany
39. Princess Yang Kwei Fei (Yokihi) [Mizoguchi, Kenji, 1955] #829 - Japan-Hong Kong
40. Mother (Mat) [Pudovkin, Vsevolod, 1926] #856 - USSR
41. Seraphine [Provost, Martin, 2008] #896 - France-Belg
42. Z [Costa-Gavras, Constantin, 1969] #903 - France
43. Carnival in Flanders [Feyder, Jacques, 1935] #970 - France
44. Endurance: Shackleton's Legendary Antarctic Expedition, The [Butler, George, 2000] #971 - Sw-UK-Gy-US
45. Festival Express [Smeaton & Cvitanovich, 2003] #987 - UK-Neth
46. The Last Emperor [Bertolucci, Bernardo, 1987] #1056 - UK-Italy-China-France
47. Apollo 13: The IMAX Experience [Howard, Ron, 1995] #1057 - US
48. The Marquise of O [Rohmer, Eric, 1976] #1085 - France
49. In the Shadow of the Moon [Sington, David, 2007] #1094 - US
50. Mutiny on the Bounty [Lloyd, Frank, 1935] #1116 - US
51. The Killing Fields [Joffé, Roland, 1984] #1141 - US
52. Samson and Delilah [DeMille, Cecil B., 1949] #1210 - US
53. Simon of the Desert [Buñuel, Luis, 1965] #1217 - Mexico
54. Good Night, and Good Luck. [Clooney, George, 2005] #1231 - US
55. Woodstock [Wadleigh, Michael, 1970] #1233 - US
56. Cyrano de Bergerac [Rappeneau, Jean-Paul, 1990] #1242 - France
57. Queen Christina [Mamoulian, Rouben, 1933] #1269 - US

Docudrama
True events were the basis for a drama, which may or may not have remained accurate, such as French Connection or Scarface, or which we know to have been a fiction based real events, such as Amadeus or The Queen, or even based on theory (JFK, Missing).

1. Amadeus [Forman, Milos, 1984] #63 - US
2. Dog Day Afternoon [Lumet, Sidney, 1975] #175 - US
3. Close-Up [Kiarostami, Abbas, 1990] #190 - Iran
4. Million Dollar Baby [Eastwood, Clint, 2004] #265 - US
5. Badlands [Malick, Terrence, 1973] #271 - US
6. Rise to Power of Louis XIV, The [Rossellini, Roberto, 1966] #279 - France
7. Scarface [Hawks, Howard, 1932] #440 - US
8. The French Connection [Friedkin, William, 1971] #441 - US
9. Queen, The [Frears, Stephen, 2006] #481 - UK-Fr-Italy
10. Braveheart [Gibson, Mel, 1995] #508 - US
11. Hotel Rwanda [George, Terry, 2004] #514 - US
12. The Right Stuff [Kaufman, Philip, 1983] #549 - US
13. The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser [Herzog, Werner, 1974] #572 - West Germany
14. Into the Wild [Penn, Sean, 2007] #588 - US
15. Class, The [Cantet, Laurent, 2008] #597 - France
16. Waltz with Bashir [Folman, Ari, 2008] #633 - Israel
17. Devils, The (of Loudun) [Russell, Ken, 1971] #685 - UK
18. JFK [Stone, Oliver, 1991] #690 - US
19. Changeling [Eastwood, Clint, 2008] #739 - US
20. Capote [Miller, Bennett, 2005] #761 - Canada-Us
21. Quiz Show [Redford, Robert, 1994] #811 - US
22. Boys Don't Cry [Pierce, Kimberly, 1999] #877 - US
23. Chariots of Fire [Hudson, Hugh, 1981] #928 - UK
24. Thin Blue Line, The [Morris, Errol, 1988] #979 - US
25. Forbidden Lie$ [Broinowski, Anna, 2007] #1031 - Australia
26. My Winnipeg [Maddin, Guy, 2007] #1098 - Canada
27. Missing [Costa-Gavras, Constantin, 1982] #1099 - US
28. Insider [Mann, Michael, 1999] #1104 - US
29. Louisiana Story [Flaherty, Robert, 1948] #1230 - US

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Top Ranked Film Noir


Film noir, for initiates, is a French term meaning literally "night film". The style is generally credited to American filmmakers creating this style for soldiers returning from WW2 around 1943-45 who expected more realistic, less optimistic subjects than traditional upbeat 'Hollywood ending' films. Some academics say it began with Billy Wilders Double Indemnity in 1944, some point to even earlier examples from the thirties.

The initial films did take place mostly at night, or in dimly lit interiors; the characters usually smoked and drank whenever possible; and the genre is usually classified by having a lead character with questionable ethics, and often low self-esteem if not downright self-loathing.

The genre caught on worldwide, especially in Europe where the French seemed to have made nothing but noir films for awhile, but even Kurosawa paid tribute himself in Japan. The "true" film noir movie should be in black and white, and made before 1960, but sometimes more modern noir still emulates this style, such as Chinatown, Pulp Fiction, Sin City, and The Departed. I'm using the IMDB genre designation for these.

1. Sunset Boulevard [Wilder, Billy, 1950] #14 - US [photo top]
2. Third Man, The [Reed, Carol, 1948] #15 - UK
3. Touch of Evil [Welles, Orson, 1958] #30 - US
4. Night of The Hunter, The [Laughton, Charles, 1955] #35 - US
5. Notorious [Hitchcock, Alfred, 1946] #42 - US
6. Double Indemnity [Wilder, Billy, 1944] #56 - US [photo rt]
7. Maltese Falcon, The [Huston, John, 1941] #71 - US
8. Shadow of a Doubt [Hitchcock, Alfred, 1943] #104 - US
9. Strangers on a Train [Hitchcock, Alfred, 1951] #121 - US
10. Big Sleep, The [Hawks, Howard, 1946] #123 - US

11. Sweet Smell of Success [Mackendrick, Alexander, 1957] #133 - US
12. Wages of Fear, The [Clouzot, Henri-Georges, 1952] #134 - France-Italy
13. Laura [Preminger, Otto, 1944] #169 - US
14. Blue Velvet [Lynch, David, 1986] #231 - US
15. Out of the Past [Tourneur, Jacques, 1947] #238 - US [photo rt]
16. Rocco and His Brothers [Visconti, Luchino, 1964] #239 - Italy-France
17. White Heat [Walsh, Raoul, 1949] #327 - US
18. Killing, The [Kubrick, Stanley, 1956] #329 - US
19. Kiss Me Deadly [Aldrich, Robert, 1955] #341 - US
20. Asphalt Jungle, The [Huston, John, 1950] #350 - US

21. Shoot the Piano Player [Truffaut, François, 1960] #393 - France
22. To Have and Have Not [Hawks, Howard, 1944] #410 - US
23. Big Heat, The [Lang, Fritz, 1953] #466 - US
24. Mulholland Dr. [Lynch, David, 2001] #477 - France-US
25. Odd Man Out [Reed, Carol, 1947] #478 - UK
26. Detour [Ulmer, Edgar G. 1945] #493US
27. High and Low [Kurosawa, Akira, 1963] #515 -Japan

28. Gun Crazy (Deadly is the Female) [Lewis, Joseph H. , 1950] #583 -US [photo rt]
29. Ace in the Hole [Wilder, Billy, 1951] #604 -US
30. Lady from Shanghai, The [Welles, Orson, 1947] #615 -US
31. Bob le flambeur [Melville, Jean-Pierre, 1956] #767 -France
32. Woman in the Window, The [Lang, Fritz, 1944] #775 -US
33. They Live by Night [Ray, Nicholas, 1948] #785 -US
34. Pickup on South Street [Fuller, Sam, 1953] #823 -US
35. I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang [LeRoy, Mervyn, 1932] #830 -US
36. Big Deal on Madonna Street [Monicelli, Mario, 1958] #911 -Italy
37. While the City Sleeps [Lang, Fritz, 1956] #951 -US
38. Beyond a Reasonable Doubt [Lang, Fritz, 1956] #1005 -US
39. Shanghai Gesture, The [von Sternberg, Josef, 1941] #1024 -US
40. Force of Evil [Polonsky, Abraham, 1948] #1160 -US
41. Killers [Siodmak, Robert, 1946] #1163 -US
42. Leave Her to Heaven [Stahl, John M. , 1945] #1165 -US
43. Moonrise [Borzage, Frank, 1948] #1215 -US
44. Angel Face [Preminger, Otto, 1952] #1254 -US
45. Rififi [Dassin, Jules, 1955] #1260 -France

Here is the IMDB top fifty film-noir as voted by users, such as myself (I'm a regular voter there). For some reason, they actually include the western The Ox-Bow Incident, but not me, that's a bit of a stretch.

I would also add: D.O.A. (the original bw one), Panic in the Streets
Modern Noir: Chinatown, Blue Velvet, Pulp Fiction, L.A. Confidential, The Conformist, The Departed, Sin City, Diva, La Femme Nikita, Shanghai Triad, The Long Goodbye

No film noir movie has ever won the best picture Oscar®, but these have been nominated: Double Indemnity, The Maltese Falcon, and Sunset Boulevard (which probably came the closest to winning). Modern noir films that were nominated were Pulp Fiction, L.A. Confidential, and Chinatown.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Top Ranked Crime Films on the Net

These are all the crime films from our survey of internet film polls. Similar to comedy there are 232 mentioned, with 191 making the top 1000. Our next post will show just the FILM NOIR sub-genre. Francis Ford Coppola [photo rt] has two of the top four here.

Top Ranked Crime Films

1. The Godfather [Coppola, Francis, 1972] #1 - US [photo rt] [AA]
2. Chinatown [Polanski, Roman, 1974] #3 - US
3. Vertigo [Hitchcock, Alfred, 1958] #6 - US
4. The Godfather: Part II [Coppola, Francis, 1974] #9 - US [AA]
5. M [Lang, Fritz, 1931] #11 - Germany
6. Taxi Driver [Scorsese, Martin, 1976] #12 - US
7. Sunset Boulevard [Wilder, Billy, 1950] #14 - US
8. Third Man, The [Reed, Carol, 1948] #15 - UK [photo below rt]
9. Bicycle Thief, The [De Sica, Vittorio, 1949] #16 - Italy
10. North by Northwest [Hitchcock, Alfred, 1959] #19 - US

11. Pulp Fiction [Tarantino, Quentin, 1995] #20 - US
12. Rashomon [Kurosawa, Akira, 1950] #22 - Japan
13. Touch of Evil [Welles, Orson, 1958] #30 - US
14. Goodfellas [Scorsese, Martin, 1990] #31 - US
15. Night of The Hunter, The [Laughton, Charles, 1955] #35 - US [photo btm]
16. Notorious [Hitchcock, Alfred, 1946] #42 - US
17. Manchurian Candidate, The [Frankenheimer, John, 1962] #43 - US 18. L.A. Confidential [Hanson, Curtis, 1997] #45 - US
19. Rear Window [Hitchcock, Alfred, 1954] #52 - US
20. Double Indemnity [Wilder, Billy, 1944] #56 - US
21. 400 Blows, The [Truffaut, François, 1959] #60 - France
22. Fargo [Coen, Joel and Ethan Coen, 1996] #61 - US
23. On the Waterfront [Kazan, Elia, 1954] #67 - US [AA]
24. Maltese Falcon, The [Huston, John, 1941] #71 - US
25. Conformist, The [Bertolucci, Bernardo, 1970] #76 - Italy-France-Germany

26. The Silence of the Lambs [Demme, Jonathan, 1991] #90 - US [AA]
27. Shadow of a Doubt [Hitchcock, Alfred, 1943] #104 - US
28. Bonnie and Clyde [Penn, Arthur, 1967] #105 - US
29. Do The Right Thing [Lee, Spike, 1989] #112 - US
30. Casino [Scorsese, Martin, 1995] #115 - US
31. The Conversation [Coppola, Francis, 1974] #120 - US [Grand Prize, Cannes]
32. Strangers on a Train [Hitchcock, Alfred, 1951] #121 - US
33. Big Sleep, The [Hawks, Howard, 1946] #123 - US
34. 12 Angry Men [Lumet, Sidney, 1957] #124 - US
35. Wages of Fear, The [Clouzot, Henri-Georges, 1952] #134 - France-Italy
36. Nights of Cabiria [Fellini, Federico, 1957] #136 - Italy-France
37. American Beauty [Mendes, Sam, 1999] #139 - US [AA]
38. Mean Streets [Scorsese, Martin, 1973] #142 - US
39. Hustler, The [Rossen, Robert, 1961] #153 - US
40. Shawshank Redemption, The [Darabont, Frank, 1994] #155 - US











41. Network [Lumet, Sidney, 1976] #157 - US [photo above]
42. Once Upon a Time in America [Leone, Sergio, 1984] #162 - US
43. Lives of Others, The [von Donnersmarck, Florian Henckel, 2006] #163 - Germany
44. Diaboliques, Les [Clouzot, Henri-Georges, 1955] #164 - France
45. No Country for Old Men [Coen Ethan and Joel, 2007] #166 - US [AA]
46. Laura [Preminger, Otto, 1944] #169 - US
47. Usual Suspects, The [Singer, Bryan, 1995] #170 - US
48. Yojimbo [Kurosawa, Akira, 1961] #172 - Japan
49. Dog Day Afternoon [Lumet, Sidney, 1975] #175 - US
50. Breathless [Godard, Jean-Luc, 1959] #179 - France

51. There Will Be Blood [Anderson, Paul Thomas, 2007] #181 - US
52. Easy Rider [Hopper, Dennis, 1969] #191 - US
53. City of God [Meirelles, Fernando, 2002] #192 - Brazil-Germany-France
54. Reservoir Dogs [Tarantino, Quentin, 1991] #201 - US
55. Performance [Roeg, Nicolas/Donald Cammell, 1970] #202 - UK
56. Thelma & Louise [Scott, Ridley, 1991] #208 - US
57. Scarface [De Palma, Brian, 1982] #211 - US
58. Heat [Mann, Michael, 1995] #229 - US
59. Blue Velvet [Lynch, David, 1986] #231 - US
60. Slumdog Millionaire [Boyle, Danny, 2008] #234 - US [AA]
61. Out of the Past [Tourneur, Jacques, 1947] #238 - US
62. Rocco and His Brothers [Visconti, Luchino, 1964] #239 - Italy-France
63. Die Hard [McTiernan, John, 1988] #243 - US
64. Blow-Up [Antonioni, Michelangelo, 1966] #244 - Italy-UK
65. Le Jour se lève [Carné, Marcel, 1939] #255 - France
66. Badlands [Malick, Terrence, 1973] #271 - US
67. Fight Club [Fincher, David, 1999] #275 - US-Germany
68. Rebel Without a Cause [Ray, Nicholas, 1955] #285 - US
69. The Departed [Scorsese, Martin, 2007] #292 - US [AA]
70. Midnight Cowboy [Schlesinger, John, 1969] #294 - US [AA]
71. Lady Vanishes, The [Hitchcock, Alfred, 1938] #295 - UK
72. Anatomy of a Murder [Preminger, Otto, 1959] #297 - US
73. Don't Look Now [Roeg, Nicolas, 1973] #306 - UK
74. Deliverance [Boorman, John, 1972] #314 - US
75. In the Heat of the Night [Jewison, Norman, 1967] #325 - US

76. White Heat [Walsh, Raoul, 1949] #327 - US
77. Killing, The [Kubrick, Stanley, 1956] #329 - US
78. Player, The [Altman, Robert, 1992] #338 - US
79. Kiss Me Deadly [Aldrich, Robert, 1955] #341 - US
80. 39 Steps, The [Hitchcock, Alfred, 1935] #346 - UK
81. Boogie Nights [Anderson, Paul Thomas, 1997] #349 - US
82. Asphalt Jungle, The [Huston, John, 1950] #350 - US
83. Dead Ringers [Cronenberg, David, 1988] #355 - Canada
84. Le Samouraï [Melville, Jean-Pierre, 1967] #358 - France
85. Trainspotting [Boyle, Danny, 1995] #360 - UK
86. Memento [Nolan, Christopher, 2000] #361 - US [photo rt]
87. In a Lonely Place [Ray, Nicholas, 1950] #366 - US
88. Peeping Tom [Powell, Michael, 1960] #368 - UK
89. Los Olvidados [Buñuel, Luis, 1950] #371 - Mexico
90. Band of Outsiders [Godard, Jean-Luc, 1964] #375 - France
91. King of Comedy, The [Scorsese, Martin, 1982] #377 - US
92. Paris, Texas [Wenders, Wim, 1984] #390 - US
93. Shoot the Piano Player [Truffaut, François, 1960] #393 - France
94. Cool Hand Luke [Rosenberg, Stuart, 1967] #399 - US
95. To Have and Have Not [Hawks, Howard, 1944] #410 - US
96. Crying Game, The [Jordan, Neil, 1992] #414 - UK
97. Se7en [Fincher, David, 1995] #420 - US
98. Léon [Besson, Luc, 1994] #421 - France
99. American History X [Kaye, Tony, 1998] #428 - US
100. Place in the Sun, A [Stevens, George, 1951] #431 - US

101. All the President's Men [Pakula, Alan J., 1972] #432 - US
102. Scarface [Hawks, Howard, 1932] #440 - US
103. The French Connection [Friedkin, William, 1971] #441 - US [AA]
104. L'Argent [Bresson, Robert, 1983] #442 - France-Switzerland









105. Requiem for a Dream [Aronofsky, Darren, 2000] #463 - US [photo above, one of the best post-2000 films]
106. Big Heat, The [Lang, Fritz, 1953] #466 - US
107. Crime of Monsieur Lange, The [Renoir, Jean, 1936] #469 - France 108. Point Blank [Boorman, John, 1967] #473 - US 109. Gran Torino [Eastwood, Clint, 2008] #474 - US
110. Mulholland Dr. [Lynch, David, 2001] #477 - France-US
111. Odd Man Out [Reed, Carol, 1947] #478 - UK
112. Dr. Mabuse, The Gambler [Lang, Fritz, 1922] #487 - Germany
113. Amores perros [Inarritu, Alejandro Gonzalez, 2000] #489 - Mexico
114. Atlantic City [Malle, Louis, 1980] #490 - Canada-France
115. Detour [Ulmer, Edgar G., 1945] #493 - US
116. Salvatore Giuliano [Rosi, Francesco, 1961] #495 - Italy
117. Sin City [Rodgriguez, Robert, 2005] #503 - US
118. Rope [Hitchcock, Alfred, 1948] #505 - US
119. High and Low [Kurosawa, Akira, 1963] #515 - Japan
120. Green Mile, The [Darabont, Frank, 1999] #528 - US
121. Chungking Express [Wong Kar-Wai, 1994] #533 - Hong Kong [photo rt]
122. Casque d'or [Becker, Jacques, 1952] #543 - France
123. Long Goodbye, The [Altman, Robert, 1973] #544 - US
124. Dirty Harry [Siegel, Don, 1971] #546 - US
125. Accattone [Pasolini, Pier Paolo, 1961] #551 - Italy

126. Witness for the Prosecution [Wilder, Billy, 1957] #558 - US
127. Killing of a Chinese Bookie, The [Cassavetes, John, 1976] #567 - US
128. Gun Crazy (Deadly is the Female) [Lewis, Joseph H., 1950] #583 - US
129. Reversal of Fortune [Schroeder, Barbet, 1990] #587 - US
130. Ace in the Hole [Wilder, Billy, 1951] #604 - US
131. Le Boucher [Chabrol, Claude, 1970] #611 - France
132. Mystic River [Eastwood, Clint, 2003] #612 - US [photo rt]
133. The Lady from Shanghai [Welles, Orson, 1947] #615 - US
134. Foolish Wives [von Stroheim, Erich, 1922] #634 - US
135. Blow Out [De Palma, Brian, 1981] #646 - US
136. Sleuth [Mankiewicz, Joseph L., 1972] #647 - US
137. Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels [Ritchie, Guy, 1998] #672 - UK
138. JFK [Stone, Oliver, 1991] #690 - US
139. Ossessione [Visconti, Luchino, 1943] #696 - Italy
140. Dial M for Murder [Hitchcock, Alfred, 1954] #701 - US
141. Fox and His Friends [Fassbinder, Rainer Werner, 1975] #708 - Germany
142. In Bruges [McDonagh, Martin, 2008] #709 - UK
143. Killer, The [Woo, John, 1989] #710 - Hong Kong
144. Pépé le Moko [Duvivier, Julien, 1937] #719 - France
145. Picnic at Hanging Rock [Weir, Peter, 1975] #732 - Australia
146. Changeling [Eastwood, Clint, 2008] #739 - US
147. Crash [Haggis, Paul, 2004] #752 - US
148. Capote [Miller, Bennett, 2005] #761 - Canada-Us
149. Bob le flambeur [Melville, Jean-Pierre, 1956] #767 - France
150. Time of the Gypsies [Kusturica, Emir, 1988] #769 - Yugoslavia

151. Woman in the Window, The [Lang, Fritz, 1944] #775 - US
152. Get Carter [Hodges, Mike, 1971] #777 - UK
153. They Live by Night [Ray, Nicholas, 1948] #785 - US
154. L'Enfant (The Child) [Dardenne, Jean-Pierre & Luc, 2005] #795 - France
155. Traffic [Soderbergh, Steve, 2000] #798 - US [four Oscars, incl director]
156. Gomorra [Garrone, Matteo, 2008] #806 - Italy
157. Quiz Show [Redford, Robert, 1994] #811 - US
158. Fat City [Huston, John, 1972] #819 - US
159. Hana-Bi [Kitano, Takeshi, 1997] #820 - Japan
160. Maria Full of Grace [Marston, Joshua, 2004] #821 - Columbia-US
161. I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang [LeRoy, Mervyn, 1932] #830 - US
162. Short Film About Killing, A [Kieslowski, Krszystof, 1988] #845 - Poland
163. Verdict, The [Lumet, Sidney, 1982] #849 - US
164. 47 Ronin, The [Mizoguchi, Kenji, 1962] #869 - Japan
165. You Only Live Once [Lang, Fritz, 1937] #870 - US
166. Boys Don't Cry [Pierce, Kimberly, 1999] #877 - US
167. Bad Timing [Roeg, Nicolas, 1980] #881 - UK
168. Safe [Haynes, Todd, 1995] #885 - US
169. Z [Costa-Gavras, Constantin, 1969] #903 - France
170. Straw Dogs [Peckinpah, Sam, 1971] #906 - US
171. Witness [Weir, Peter, 1985] #907 - US
172. Grifters, The [Frears, Stephen, 1990] #917 - US
173. Informer, The [Ford, John, 1935] #918 - US [four Oscars, incl actor, director]
174. Down by Law [Jarmusch, Jim, 1986] #931 - US
175. Branded to Kill [Suzuki, Seijun, 1967] #934 - Japan

176. Port of Shadows [Carné, Marcel, 1938] #936 - France
177. Fugitive, The [Davis, Andrew, 1993] #937 - US
178. Le Trou [Becker, Jacques, 1960] #938 - France-Italy
179. Murder by Contract [Lerner, Irving, 1958] #945 - US
180. Assault on Precinct 13 [Carpenter, John, 1976] #947 - US
181. Black Sunday [Bava, Mario, 1977] #950 - Italy
182. While the City Sleeps [Lang, Fritz, 1956] #951 - US
183. Public Enemy [Wellman, William A., 1931] #952 - US
184. Reckless Moment, The [Ophüls, Max, 1949] #953 - US
185. Il Bidone [Fellini, Federico, 1955] #954 - Italy
186. Red Circle, The [Melville, Jean-Pierre, 1970] #956 - France-Italy
187. Edge of Heaven, The [Akin, Fatih, 2007] #965 - Gy-Tky-Italy
188. Thin Blue Line, The [Morris, Errol, 1988] #979 - US
189. The Thin Man [Van Dyke, W.S., 1934] #986 - US [photo rt, Powell and Asta] 190. La Bête humaine [Renoir, Jean, 1938] #989 - France
191. Miller's Crossing [Coen, Joel and Ethan Coen, 1990] #993 - US
192. Beyond a Reasonable Doubt [Lang, Fritz, 1956] #1005 - US
193. Last Letter, The [Gannon, Russell, 2004] #1006 - US
194. Last Seduction, The [Dahl, John, 1993] #1018 - US
195. Shanghai Gesture, The [von Sternberg, Josef, 1941] #1024 - US
196. American Friend, The [Wenders, Wim, 1977] #1025 - Germany-France
197. Wrong Man, The [Hitchcock, Alfred, 1956] #1026 - US
198. Duel [Spielberg, Steven, 1971] #1030 - US
199. Forbidden Lie$ [Broinowski, Anna, 2007] #1031 - Australia
200. Klute [Pakula, Alan J., 1971] #1037 - US

201. Sonatine [Kitano, Takeshi, 1993] #1067 - Japan
202. Lone Star [Sayles, John, 1996] #1074 - US
203. Sling Blade [Thornton, Billy Bob, 1996] #1081 - US
204. Docks of New York, The [von Sternberg, Josef, 1928] #1097 - US
205. Fury [Lang, Fritz, 1936] #1103 - US
206. Plein soleil (Purple Noon) [Clément, René, 1960] #1119 - France
207. La Femme Infidèle [Chabrol, Claude, 1969] #1122 - France
208. Touki Bouki [Mambéty, Djibril Diop, 1973] #1124 - Senegal
209. Judex [Franju, Georges, 1963] #1126 - France-Italy
210. Getaway, The [Peckinpah, Sam, 1972] #1129 - US
211. Rocker [Lemke, Klaus, 1972] #1130 - Germany
212. Cook, The Thief, His Wife & Her Lover, The [Greenaway, Peter, 1989] #1131 - UK
213. Night Moves [Penn, Arthur, 1975] #1137 - US
214. Fallen Angels [Wong Kar-Wai, 1995] #1150 - Hong Kong [the sequel to Chungking Express, was intended as one long film]
215. Virgin Spring, The [Bergman, Ingmar, 1960] #1155 - Sweden
216. Force of Evil [Polonsky, Abraham, 1948] #1160 - US
217. Killers [Siodmak, Robert, 1946] #1163 - US
218. Leave Her to Heaven [Stahl, John M., 1945] #1165 - US
219. Criminal Life of Archibaldo de la Cruz, The [Buñuel, Luis, 1955] #1175 - Mexico 220. Little Caesar [LeRoy, Mervyn, 1931] #1180 - US
221. Variety [Dupont, E.A., 1925] #1184 - Germany
222. Cutter's Way [Passer, Ivan, 1981] #1190 - US
223. Second Breath [Melville, Jean-Pierre, 1966] #1195 - France
224. Spione [Lang, Fritz, 1928] #1208 - Germany
225. Moonrise [Borzage, Frank, 1948] #1215 - US
226. Scarlet Street [Lang, Fritz, 1945] #1223 - US
227. Accident [Losey, Joseph, 1967] #1229 - UK
228. Pixote [Babenco, Hector, 1981] #1238 - Brazil
229. Blast of Silence [Baron, Allen, 1961] #1239 - US
230. Defiant Ones [Kramer, Stanley, 1958] #1240 - US
231. Angel Face [Preminger, Otto, 1952] #1254 - US
232. Rififi [Dassin, Jules, 1955] #1260 - France

Oscar-winning actor Charles Laughton's only direction, Night of the Hunter, a brilliantly chilling noir in which Robert Mitchum terrorizes a family, as a preacher with 'love' and 'hate' tattoed on his fingers; ranked 35th on our internet survey of all film polls. Note the religious imagery in the composition above, in which the lighting forms an imaginary church.

I would add: The Yakuza, Inside Man, The Thief, The Long Good Friday, Blood Simple, Gangs of New York, Another Country, Diva, Run Lola Run, La Femme Nikita, Citizen X

Note: the post just after this one has just the foreign crime films, 61 total

Top Ranked Foreign Crime Films

These are from our complete list of all crime films from our internet survey. Either foreign language (non-English) films or foreign silent films, all three of which were German. There were 61 mentioned, with 47 making the top 1000.

Foreign Crime Films
1. M [Lang, Fritz, 1931] #11 - Germany [photo top]
2. Bicycle Thief, The [De Sica, Vittorio, 1949] #16 -Italy
3. Rashomon [Kurosawa, Akira, 1950] #22 -Japan
4. 400 Blows, The [Truffaut, François, 1959] #60 -France
5. Conformist, The [Bertolucci, Bernardo, 1970] #76 -Italy-France-Germany
6. Wages of Fear, The [Clouzot, Henri-Georges, 1952] #134 -France-Italy
7. Nights of Cabiria [Fellini, Federico, 1957] #136 -Italy-France
8. Lives of Others, The [von Donnersmarck, Florian Henckel, 2006] #163 -Germany [photo rt]
9. Diaboliques, Les [Clouzot, Henri-Georges, 1955] #164 -France
10. Yojimbo [Kurosawa, Akira, 1961] #172 -Japan
11. Breathless [Godard, Jean-Luc, 1959] #179 -France
12. City of God [Meirelles, Fernando, 2002] #192 -Brazil-Germany-France 13. Rocco and His Brothers [Visconti, Luchino, 1964] #239 -Italy-France
14. Le Jour se lève [Carné, Marcel, 1939] #255 -France
15. Le Samouraï [Melville, Jean-Pierre, 1967] #358 -France
16. Los Olvidados [Buñuel, Luis, 1950] #371 -Mexico
17. Band of Outsiders [Godard, Jean-Luc, 1964] #375 -France
18. Shoot the Piano Player [Truffaut, François, 1960] #393 -France
19. L'Argent [Bresson, Robert, 1983] #442 -France-Switzerland
20. Crime of Monsieur Lange, The [Renoir, Jean, 1936] #469 -France
21. Dr. Mabuse, The Gambler [Lang, Fritz, 1922] #487 -Germany (silent)
22. Amores perros [Inarritu, Alejandro Gonzalez, 2000] #489 -Mexico
23. Salvatore Giuliano [Rosi, Francesco, 1961] #495 -Italy
24. High and Low [Kurosawa, Akira, 1963] #515 -Japan
25. Chungking Express [Wong Kar-Wai, 1994] #533 -Hong Kong
26. Casque d'or [Becker, Jacques, 1952] #543 -France
27. Accattone [Pasolini, Pier Paolo, 1961] #551 -Italy
28. Le Boucher [Chabrol, Claude, 1970] #611 -France
29. Fox and His Friends [Fassbinder, Rainer Werner, 1975] #708 -Germany
30. Killer, The [Woo, John, 1989] #710 -Hong Kong
31. Pépé le Moko [Duvivier, Julien, 1937] #719 -France
32. Bob le flambeur [Melville, Jean-Pierre, 1956] #767 -France
33. Time of the Gypsies [Kusturica, Emir, 1988] #769 -Yugoslavia
34. L'Enfant (The Child) [Dardenne, Jean-Pierre & Luc, 2005] #795 -France
35. Gomorra [Garrone, Matteo, 2008] #806 -Italy
36. Hana-Bi [Kitano, Takeshi, 1997] #820 -Japan
37. Maria Full of Grace [Marston, Joshua, 2004] #821 -Columbia-US
38. Short Film About Killing, A [Kieslowski, Krszystof, 1988] #845 -Poland
39. 47 Ronin, The [Mizoguchi, Kenji, 1962] #869 -Japan
40. Z [Costa-Gavras, Constantin, 1969] #903 -France
41. Branded to Kill [Suzuki, Seijun, 1967] #934 -Japan
42. Port of Shadows [Carné, Marcel, 1938] #936 -France
43. Le Trou [Becker, Jacques, 1960] #938 -France-Italy
44. Il Bidone [Fellini, Federico, 1955] #954 -Italy
45. Red Circle, The [Melville, Jean-Pierre, 1970] #956 -France-Italy
46. Edge of Heaven, The [Akin, Fatih, 2007] #965 -Gy-Tky-Italy
47. La Bête humaine [Renoir, Jean, 1938] #989 -France
48. Sonatine [Kitano, Takeshi, 1993] #1067 -Japan
49. Plein soleil (Purple Noon) [Clément, René, 1960] #1119 -France
50. La Femme Infidèle [Chabrol, Claude, 1969] #1122 -France
51. Touki Bouki [Mambéty, Djibril Diop, 1973] #1124 -Senegal
52. Judex [Franju, Georges, 1963] #1126 -France-Italy
53. Rocker [Lemke, Klaus, 1972] #1130 -Germany
54. Fallen Angels [Wong Kar-Wai, 1995] #1150 -Hong Kong
55. Virgin Spring, The [Bergman, Ingmar, 1960] #1155 -Sweden
56. Criminal Life of Archibaldo de la Cruz, The [Buñuel, Luis, 1955] #1175 -Mexico
57. Variety [Dupont, E. A. , 1925] #1184 -Germany (silent)
58. Second Breath [Melville, Jean-Pierre, 1966] #1195 -France
59. Spione [Lang, Fritz, 1928] #1208 -Germany (silent)
60. Pixote [Babenco, Hector, 1981] #1238 -Brazil
61. Rififi [Dassin, Jules, 1955] #1260 -France

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Top Ranked Foreign Language Comedy Films

These are just the foreign language (non-English) films from the previously posted list of all ranked comedy films.

Top Ranked Foreign Language Comedy Films

1. Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie, The [Buñuel, Luis, 1972 - France] #88 [photo top]
2. Cinema Paradiso [Tornatore, Giuseppe, 1988 - Italy-France] #158 [photo rt] far better than #1 for my money
3. Fanny and Alexander [Bergman, Ingmar, 1982 - Sweden] #196
4. Playtime [Tati, Jacques, 1967 - France] #210
5. Golden Coach, The [Renoir, Jean, 1952 - Italy-France] #220
6. Amarcord [Fellini, Federico, 1973 - Italy] #274
7. Day for Night [Truffaut, François, 1973 - France] #291
8. Le Million [Clair, René, 1931 - France] #318
9. Mr. Hulot's Holiday [Tati, Jacques, 1953 - France] #330
10. Amélie [Jeunet, Jean-Pierre, 2001 - France] #345

11. À nous la liberté [Clair, René, 1931 - France] #383 [the producer sued Charlie Chaplin, who stole the plot for his Modern Times, to the embarrassment of Clair, who admired Chaplin]
12. Mon oncle [Tati, Jacques, 1958 - France] #413
13. Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown [Almodóvar, Pedro, 1988 - Spain] #462
14. Life is Beautiful [Begnini, Roberto, 1997 - Italy] #495
15. El Verdugo [Berlanga, Luis García, 1963 - Spain-Italy] #497
16. Boudu Saved from Drowning [Renoir, Jean, 1932 - France] #513
17. Loves of a Blonde [Forman, Milos, 1965 - Czechoslovakia] #553
18. Le Plaisir [Ophüls, Max, 1951 - France] #571
19. Young Girls of Rochefort, The [Demy, Jacques, 1967 - France] #613
20. My Life as a Dog [Hallström, Lasse, 1985 - Sweden] #618

21. French Cancan [Renoir, Jean, 1954 - France] #623
22. Triplets of Belleville, The [Chomet, Sylvain, 2003 - France-Belg-Can-UK] #624
23. Claire's Knee [Rohmer, Eric, 1970 - France] #643
24. Goodbye Solo [Bahrani, Ramin, 2008 - US] #717
25. Daisies [Chytilová, Vera, 1966 - Czechoslovakia] #756
26. Underground [Kusturica, Emir, 1995 - France-Germany-Hungary] #757
27. Tulpan [Dvortsevoy, Sergei, 2008 - Russia-Kaz] #758
28. Xala [Sembene, Ousmane, 1975 - Senegal] #761
29. Firemen's Ball, The [Forman, Milos, 1967 - Czechoslovakia] #804
30. Mon oncle d'Amérique [Resnais, Alain, 1980 - France] #814

31. Phantom of Liberty, The [Buñuel, Luis, 1974 - France] #835
32. Under the Roofs of Paris [Clair, René, 1930 - France] #842
33. I'm Going Home [de Oliveira, Manoel, 2001 - France-Portugal] #882
34. Big Deal on Madonna Street [Monicelli, Mario, 1958 - Italy] #908
35. Une Femme est une femme [Godard, Jean-Luc, 1961 - France] #945
36. Three Colours: White [Kieslowski, Krszystof, 1994 - France-Poland] #956
37. Carnival in Flanders [Feyder, Jacques, 1935 - France] #967
38. Out 1: Spectre [Rivette, Jacques, 1974 - France] #973
39. La Collectionneuse [Rohmer, Eric, 1967 - France] #983
40. Plácido [Berlanga, Luis García, 1961 - Spain] #1035

41. Léolo [Lauzon, Jean-Claude, 1992 - France] #1051
42. Happiness [Medvedkin, Aleksandr, 1934 - USSR] #1056
43. Sorpasso, Il [Risi, Dino, 1962 - Italy] #1075
44. Christmas Tale, A [Desplechin, Arnaud, 2008 - France] #1088
45. Man Without a Past, The [Kaurismaki, Aki, 2002 - Finland] #1104
46. Caro diario [Moretti, Nanni, 1993 - Italy-France] #1133
47. Ceremony, The [Oshima, Nagisa, 1971 - Japan] #1150
48. Yesterday Girl [Kluge, Alexander, 1966 - Germany] #1159
49. And the Ship Sails On [Fellini, Federico, 1983 - Italy] #1175
50. Late Autumn [Ozu, Yasujiro, 1960 - Japan] #1180
51. Bienvenido Mister Marshall [Berlanga, Luis García, 1953 - Spain] #1182
52. Maskerade [Forst, Willi, 1934 - Austria] #1223
53. Dark Eyes [Mikhalkov, Nikita, 1987 - Italy-USSR-USA] #1234
54. Cyrano de Bergerac [Rappeneau, Jean-Paul, 1990 - France] #1240

The only film I can think of to add, so good they made a crummy remake with Tom Hanks: The Tall Blond Man With One Black Shoe [Yves Robert, France] - comedy of a bumbling orchestral musician (played by Pierre Richard) mistaken for a secret agent due to unmatching shoes (that was the signal!), then is hounded by both sides in a spy game. Both a sequel and the Hanks remake were forgettable, but the original is hilarious. I believe this was based on a Hitchcock spy film

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Top Ranked Comedy Films

These are all the comedy films mentioned in our survey of top ranked films on the net. We also included films of other genres if comedy is a strong element as well, but not just occasional humor, such as Star Wars or James Bond films. There were 230 mentioned in all (18%), with 175 making the top 1000 - and some of these aren't pure comedy, these came from all genres.

1. Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb [Kubrick, Stanley, 1964] #17 -UK
2. Singin' in the Rain [Donen, Stanley/Gene Kelly, 1952] #26 -US
3. General, The [Keaton, Buster/Clyde Bruckman, 1927] #28 -US
4. Modern Times [Chaplin, Charles, 1936] #36 -US
5. Gold Rush, The [Chaplin, Charles, 1925] #39 -US
6. Duck Soup [McCarey, Leo, 1933] #41 -US
7. L'Atalante [Vigo, Jean, 1934] #49 -France
8. Some Like it Hot [Wilder, Billy, 1959] #55 -US
9. Annie Hall [Allen, Woody, 1977] #77 -US [AA]
10. Toy Story [Lasseter, John, 1995] #82 -US

11. Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie, The [Buñuel, Luis, 1972] #88 -France [photo rt]
12. Sherlock Jr. [Keaton, Buster, 1924] #89 -US
13. Lady Eve, The [Sturges, Preston, 1941] #92 -US
14. It Happened One Night [Capra, Frank, 1934] #94 -US [AA]
15. Graduate, The [Nichols, Mike, 1967] #107 -US
16. Kind Hearts and Coronets [Hamer, Robert, 1949] #117 -UK
17. Bringing Up Baby [Hawks, Howard, 1938] #118 -US
18. His Girl Friday [Hawks, Howard, 1940] #130 -US
19. Manhattan [Allen, Woody, 1979] #131 -US
20. Great Dictator, The [Chaplin, Charles, 1940] #138 -US

21. Palm Beach Story, The [Sturges, Preston, 1942] #145 -US
22. Philadelphia Story, The [Cukor, George, 1940] #148 -US
23. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid [Hill, George Roy, 1969] #149 -US
24. Cinema Paradiso [Tornatore, Giuseppe, 1988] #158 -Italy-France
25. Back to the Future [Zemeckis, Robert, 1985] #176 -US
26. WALL-E [Stanton, Andrew, 2008] #182 -US
27. Groundhog Day [Ramis, Harold, 1993] #183 -US
28. Fanny and Alexander [Bergman, Ingmar, 1982] #196 -Sweden [photo rt]
29. Forrest Gump [Zemeckis, Robert, 1994] #206 -US [AA]
30. Steamboat Bill, Jr. [Keaton, Buster/Charles F. Reisner, 1928] #209 -US

31. Playtime [Tati, Jacques, 1967] #210 -France
32. Tootsie [Pollack, Sydney, 1982] #213 -US
33. Golden Coach, The [Renoir, Jean, 1952] #220 -Italy-France
34. Monty Python and the Holy Grail [Gilliam, Terry/Terry Jones, 1975] #224 -UK
35. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind [Gondry, Michael, 2004] #227 -US
36. Kid, The [Chaplin, Charles, 1921] #230 -US
37. Trouble in Paradise [Lubitsch, Ernst, 1932] #236 -US
38. Ratatouille [Bird, Brad & Pinkava, Jan, 2007] #241 -US
39. Sullivan's Travels [Sturges, Preston, 1941] #246 -US
40. Hannah and Her Sisters [Allen, Woody, 1986] #254 -US
41. To Be or Not to Be [Lubitsch, Ernst, 1942] #257 -US
42. Spirited Away [Miyazaki, Hayao, 2001] #259 -Japan
43. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs [Hand, David, 1937] #260 -US
44. Zero for Conduct [Vigo, Jean, 1933] #262 -France
45. Amarcord [Fellini, Federico, 1973] #274 -Italy
46. Top Hat [Sandrich, Mark, 1935] #290 -US
47. Day for Night [Truffaut, François, 1973] #291 -France
48. Finding Nemo [Stanton, Andrew & Unkrich, Lee, 2003] #298 -US [photo rt]
49. Incredibles, The [Bird, Brad, 2004] #300 -US
50. Le Million [Clair, René, 1931] #318 -France

51. Beyond the Valley of the Dolls [Meyer, Russ, 1970] #320 -US [the screenplay was written by film critic Roger Ebert]
52. Mr. Hulot's Holiday [Tati, Jacques, 1953] #330 -France
53. Hard Day's Night, A [Lester, Richard, 1964] #332 -UK
54. Night at the Opera, A [Wood, Sam, 1935] #342 -US
55. Pinocchio [Sharpsteen, Ben & Hamilton Luske, 1940] #343 -US
56. Ninotchka [Lubitsch, Ernst, 1939] #344 -US
57. Amélie [Jeunet, Jean-Pierre, 2001] #345 -France
58. Diner [Levinson, Barry, 1982] #347 -US
59. Harold and Maude [Ashby, Hal, 1971] #352 -US
60. American Graffiti [Lucas, George, 1973] #356 -US
61. Sideways [Payne, Alexander, 2004] #359 -US
62. Crimes and Misdemeanors [Allen, Woody, 1989] #372 -US
63. The Sting [Hill, George Roy, 1973] #376 -US [AA]
64. Awful Truth, The [McCarey, Leo, 1937] #379 -US
65. Princess Bride, The [Reiner, Rob, 1987] #381 -US
66. À nous la liberté [Clair, René, 1931] #383 -France
67. Big Lebowski, The [Coen, Ethan and Joel, 1998] #386 -US-UK
68. M*A*S*H [Altman, Robert, 1970] #389 -US
69. Lost in Translation [Coppola, Sofia, 2003] #396 -US-Japan
70. The Producers [Brooks, Mel, 1968] #406 -US
71. Being John Malkovich [Jonze, Spike, 1999] #408 -US
72. Mon oncle [Tati, Jacques, 1958] #413 -France
73. Monsieur Verdoux [Chaplin, Charles, 1947] #423 -UK
74. My Fair Lady [Cukor, George, 1964] #439 -US [AA]
75. Swing Time [Stevens, George, 1936] #448 -US [photo rt]

76. Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown [Almodóvar, Pedro, 1988] #462 -Spain
77. The Shop Around the Corner [Lubitsch, Ernst, 1940] #468 -US
78. This is Spinal Tap [Reiner, Rob, 1984] #471 -US
79. Life is Beautiful [Begnini, Roberto, 1997] #494 -Italy
80. El Verdugo [Berlanga, Luis García, 1963] #497 -Spain-Italy
81. Boudu Saved from Drowning [Renoir, Jean, 1932] #513 -France
82. Navigator, The [Keaton, Buster/Donald Crisp, 1924] #522 -US
83. It's a Gift [McLeod, Norman Z., 1934] #523 -US
84. Local Hero [Forsyth, Bill, 1983] #535 -UK
85. Arsenic and Old Lace [Capra, Frank, 1944] #536 -US
86. Rushmore [Anderson, Wes, 1998] #539 -US
87. Cameraman, The [Keaton, Buster/Edward Sedgwick, 1928] #542 -US
88. My Man Godfrey [La Cava, Gregory, 1936] #552 -US
89. Loves of a Blonde [Forman, Milos, 1965] #553 -Czechoslovakia
90. Mononoke-hime (anime) [Miyazaki, Hayao, 1997] #554 -UK
91. Hold Me While I'm Naked [Kuchar, George, 1966] #557 -US
92. Shakespeare in Love [Madden, John, 1998] #562 -UK [AA]
93. Our Hospitality [Keaton, Buster/John Blystone, 1923] #568 -US
94. Le Plaisir [Ophüls, Max, 1951] #571 -France
95. Tom Jones [Richardson, Tony, 1963] #581 -UK [AA]
96. My Neighbour Totoro [Miyazaki, Hayao, 1988] #591 -Japan
97. Breakfast at Tiffany's [Edwards, Blake, 1961] #595 -US
98. Love Me Tonight [Mamoulian, Rouben, 1932] #598 -US
99. Life of Brian [Gilliam, Terry/Terry Jones, 1979] #599 -UK
100. Snatch [Ritchie, Guy, 2000] #606 -UK

101. Young Girls of Rochefort, The [Demy, Jacques, 1967] #614 -France
102. My Life as a Dog [Hallström, Lasse, 1985] #619 -Sweden
103. Stand by Me [Reiner, Rob, 1986] #620 -US
104. Triplets of Belleville, The [Chomet, Sylvain, 2003] #624 -France-Belg-Can-UK
105. French Cancan [Renoir, Jean, 1954] #625 -France
106. I Was Born, But… [Ozu, Yasujiro, 1932] #626 -Japan
107. Stranger Than Paradise [Jarmusch, Jim, 1984] #627 -US
108. Seven Chances [Keaton, Buster, 1925] #628 -US
109. Claire's Knee [Rohmer, Eric, 1970] #644 -France
110. Harvey [Coster, Henry, 1950] #649 -US
111. When Harry Met Sally [Reiner, Rob, 1989] #652 -US [photo rt]
112. Miracle of Morgan's Creek, The [Sturges, Preston, 1944] #656 -US
113. Topsy-Turvy [Leigh, Mike, 1999] #662 -UK
114. Circus, The [Chaplin, Charles, 1928] #666 -US
115. Almost Famous [Crowe, Cameron, 2000] #676 -US
116. Monty Python's Life of Brian [Jones, Terry, 1979] #677 -UK
117. American Splendor [Berman, Shari, and Pulcini, Robert, 2003] #681 -US
118. Gosford Park [Altman, Robert, 2001] #684 -US
119. Truman Show, The [Weir, Peter, 1998] #688 -US
120. Dumbo [Sharpsteen, Ben, 1941] #692 -US
121. Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan [Cohen, Sasha Baron, 2006] #714 -France-Italy [photo rt]
122. Goodbye Solo [Bahrani, Ramin, 2008] #717 -US
123. Party, The [Edwards, Blake, 1968] #723 -US
124. Funny Face [Donen, Stanley, 1957] #733 -US
125. Barton Fink [Coen, Joel and Ethan Coen, 1991] #735 -US

126. Safety Last! [Newmeyer, Fred C. & Taylor, Sam, 1923] #749 -US
127. Daisies [Chytilová, Vera, 1966] #757 -Czechoslovakia
128. Underground [Kusturica, Emir, 1995] #758 -France-Germany-Hungary
129. Tulpan [Dvortsevoy, Sergei, 2008] #759 -Russia-Kaz
130. Xala [Sembene, Ousmane, 1975] #762 -Senegal
131. Ferris Bueller's Day Off [Hughes, John, 1986] #766 -US
132. Being There [Ashby, Hal, 1979] #771 -US
133. Big Fish [Burton, Tim, 2003] #772 -US
134. Gentlemen Prefer Blondes [Hawks, Howard, 1953] #773 -US
135. Hellzapoppin' [Potter, H.C., 1941] #780 -US
136. Chicken Run [Park, Nick & Lord, Peter, 2000] #782 -UK
137. Little Miss Sunshine [Dayton, Jonathan & Faris, Valerie, 2006] #784 -US
138. Toy Story 2 [Lasseter, John & Brannon, Ash, 1999] #789 -US
139. Design for Living [Lubitsch, Ernst, 1933] #793 -US
140. Firemen's Ball, The [Forman, Milos, 1967] #805 -Czechoslovakia
141. Raising Arizona [Coen, Joel and Ethan Coen, 1987] #814 -US
142. Mon oncle d'Amérique [Resnais, Alain, 1980] #815 -France
143. Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit [Park, Nick & Box, Steve, 2005] #816 -UK
144. Holiday [Cukor, George, 1938] #822 -US
145. Midnight Run [Brest, Martin, 1988] #828 -US
146. Phantom of Liberty, The [Buñuel, Luis, 1974] #836 -France
147. Unfaithfully Yours [Sturges, Preston, 1948] #840 -US
148. Under the Roofs of Paris [Clair, René, 1930] #843 -France
149. Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! [Meyer, Russ, 1965] #850 -US
150. To Die For [Van Sant, Gus, 1995] #853 -US

151. Zelig [Allen, Woody, 1983] #859 -US
152. Say Anything… [Crowe, Cameron, 1989] #864 -US
153. Arabian Nights [Pasolini, Pier Paolo, 1974] #866 -France-Italy
154. Naked [Leigh, Mike, 1993] #872 -UK
155. I'm Going Home [de Oliveira, Manoel, 2001] #884 -France-Portugal
156. Gregory's Girl [Forsyth, Bill, 1981] #909 -UK
157. Big Deal on Madonna Street [Monicelli, Mario, 1958] #911 -Italy
158. Ghost and Mrs. Muir, The [Mankiewicz, Joseph L., 1947] #925 -US
159. Sun Shines Bright, The [Ford, John, 1953] #926 -US
160. Une Femme est une femme [Godard, Jean-Luc, 1961] #948 -France
161. You Can Count On Me [Lonergan, Kenneth, 2000] #955 -US
162. Three Colours: White [Kieslowski, Krszystof, 1994] #959 -France-Poland
163. Purple Rose of Cairo, The [Allen, Woody, 1985] #962 -US
164. Midnight [Leisen, Mitchell, 1939] #967 -US
165. The Bank Dick [Cline, Edward F., 1940] #968 -US
166. Savages, The [Jenkins, Tamara, 2007] #969 -US
167. Carnival in Flanders [Feyder, Jacques, 1935] #970 -France
168. Fish Called Wanda, A [Crichton, Charles, 1988] #972 -UK
169. Seven Brides for Seven Brothers [Donen, Stanley, 1954] #973 -US
170. O Lucky Man! [Anderson, Lindsay, 1973] #975 -UK
171. Out 1: Spectre [Rivette, Jacques, 1974] #976 -France
172. Knocked Up [Apatow, Judd, 2007] #980 -US
173. Dazed and Confused [Linklater, Richard, 1993] #982 -US
174. La Collectionneuse [Rohmer, Eric, 1967] #985 -France
175. Thin Man, The [Van Dyke, W.S., 1934] #986 - US [photo lt] Asta is the greatest dog in film history

176. About Schmidt [Payne, Alexander, 2002] #1003 -US
177. Pilgrim, The [Chaplin, Charles, 1923] #1008 -US
178. Hedwig and the Angry Inch [Mitchell, John Cameron, 2001] #1023 -US
179. Private Life of Sherlock Holmes, The [Wilder, Billy, 1970] #1034 -US
180. Iron Giant, The [Bird, Brad, 1999] #1035 -US
181. Plácido [Berlanga, Luis García, 1961] #1038 -Spain
182. Nutty Professor, The [Lewis, Jerry, 1963] #1041 -US
183. Avanti! [Wilder, Billy, 1972] #1050 -US-Italy
184. Léolo [Lauzon, Jean-Claude, 1992] #1054 -France
185. Happiness [Medvedkin, Aleksandr, 1934] #1059 -USSR
186. 24 Hour Party People [Winterbottom, Michael, 2002] #1063 -US
187. Room with a View [Ivory, James, 1985] #1071 -UK
188. Broadway Danny Rose [Allen, Woody, 1984] #1077 -US
189. Sorpasso, Il [Risi, Dino, 1962] #1078 -Italy
190. Airplane! [Abrahams, Jim, 1980] #1083 -US
191. Charade [Donen, Stanley, 1963] #1090 -US
192. Christmas Tale, A [Desplechin, Arnaud, 2008] #1091 -France
193. The World According to Garp [Hill, George Roy, 1982] #1102 -US
194. Man Without a Past, The [Kaurismaki, Aki, 2002] #1106 -Finland
195. Who Framed Roger Rabbit [Zemeckis, Robert, 1988] #1108 -US
196. Mr. Deeds Goes to Town [Capra, Frank, 1936] #1112 -US
197. Pink Flamingos [Waters, John, 1972] #1113 -US
198. The Man in the White Suit [Mackendrick, Alexander, 1951] #1125 -US
199. Royal Tenenbaums, The [Anderson, Wes, 2001] #1135 -US
200. Caro diario [Moretti, Nanni, 1993] #1136 -Italy-France

201. Beauty and the Beast [Trousdale, Gary, 1991] #1142 -US
202. Radio Days [Allen, Woody, 1987] #1143 -US
203. Gold Diggers of 1933 [LeRoy, Mervyn, 1933] #1145 -US
204. Ceremony, The [Oshima, Nagisa, 1971] #1153 -Japan
205. Yesterday Girl [Kluge, Alexander, 1966] #1162 -Germany
206. And the Ship Sails On [Fellini, Federico, 1983] #1178 -Italy
207. Late Autumn [Ozu, Yasujiro, 1960] #1183 -Japan
208. Bienvenido Mister Marshall [Berlanga, Luis García, 1953] #1185 -Spain
209. Lavender Hill Mob [Crichton, Charles, 1951] #1188 -UK
210. Female Trouble [Waters, John, 1974] #1193 -US
211. Wild at Heart [Lynch, David, 1990] #1194 -US
212. Italian Straw Hat, The [Clair, René, 1928] #1200 -France
213. Punch-Drunk Love [Anderson, Paul Thomas, 2002] #1201 -US
214. Full Monty [Cattaneo, Peter, 1997] #1202 -UK
215. Bellboy, The [Lewis, Jerry, 1960] #1212 -US
216. Heaven Can Wait [Lubitsch, Ernst, 1943] #1214 -US
217. Breaking Away [Yates, Peter, 1979] #1219 -US
218. Big Chill, The [Kasdan, Lawrence, 1983] #1221 -US
219. Maskerade [Forst, Willi, 1934] #1226 -Austria
220. Dark Eyes [Mikhalkov, Nikita, 1987] #1236 -Italy-USSR-USA
221. Cyrano de Bergerac [Rappeneau, Jean-Paul, 1990] #1242 -France
222. California Split [Altman, Robert, 1974] #1244 -US
223. Ladies' Man, The [Lewis, Jerry, 1961] #1247 -US
224. One, Two, Three [Wilder, Billy, 1961] #1248 -US
225. Young Frankenstein [Brooks, Mel, 1974] #1258 -US
226. Ballad of Cable Hogue, The [Peckinpah, Sam, 1970] #1259 -US
227. Adam's Rib [Cukor, George, 1949] #1266 -US
228. Adaptation [Jonze, Spike, 2002] #1268 -US
229. You Can't Take it with You [Capra, Frank, 1938] #1274 -US [AA]
230. Destry Rides Again [Marshall, George, 1939] #1282 -US

Best Picture Winners Listed:
Annie Hall (9), It Happened One Night (14), Forrest Gump (29), The Sting (63), My Fair Lady (74), Shakespeare in Love (92), Tom Jones (95), You Can't Take It With You (229)

Notable Omissions:
50 First Dates, After the Thin Man, Alice, Animal House, As Good As It Gets, Babe, Beautiful Girls, Big, Blast From the Past, Born Yesterday, Bull Durham, Bullets Over Broadway, Cars, A Christmas Story, Defending Your Life, Driving Miss Daisy, Emma, The Gay Divorcee, Ghostbusters, Going in Style, Goodbye Lenin, A Great Wall, Heathers, Heaven Can Wait (the Beatty/Henry one), Here Comes Mr. Jordan, The Ladykillers, The Loved One, Meet the Parents, Metropolitan, Mister Roberts, Morgan!, My Favorite Wife, Never Give a Sucker an Even Break, The Odd Couple, Parenthood, Paper Moon, Play It Again Sam, Pleasantville, The Solid Gold Cadillac, The Sunshine Boys, Time Bandits, The Wrong Box - and The Russians are Coming, the Russians are Coming

Comedies generally don't get the respect of dramatic films, or even crime films (which will have around this many listed from fewer titles available). Just look: best picture winner You Can't Take It With You, from Capra no less, is ranked 1274th, and Adam's Rib (the best Tracy-Hepburn comedy), is 1266th. Meanwhile, best picture winner Driving Miss Daisy and nominees As Good As It Gets, Babe, Heaven Can Wait, Russians are Coming, and Parenthood aren't even mentioned.

Very few have won major awards by comparison, and with only 18% of all films mentioned in all the polls I consulted (which represent about 100,000 voters), one could easily make an argument for adding perhaps another 50-100 comedy titles to the all-time top 1000 so that they represent at least 25-33% of all films listed.

Feel free to leave comments with more classic comedy omissions.. maybe we can compile 500 ourselves!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Top Ranked Comedy Films from Other Genres

These are the top-ranked comedies from miscellaneous genres that we haven't covered yet, so not romantic, society, war, or crime comedies. These came from childrens, SciFi, fantasy, horror, westerns, music (not musicals, but think Spinal Tap), shorts, and 'dramedy' or combination drama/comedy films, both a bad word invention and usually a bad film idea. We'll later post a ranking of ALL COMEDIES in one big list.

Top Ranked Comedies from Other Genres

1. Toy Story [Lasseter, John, 1995] #82 -Childrens
2. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid [Hill, George Roy, 1969] #149 -Western
3. Back to the Future [Zemeckis, Robert, 1985] #176 -SciFi [photo rt]
4. Wall-E [Stanton, Andrew, 2008] #182 -SF/Childrens/Animated
5. Kid, The [Chaplin, Charles, 1921] #230 -Family
6. Ratatouille [Bird, Brad & Pinkava, Jan, 2007] #241 -Childrens
7. Zero for Conduct [Vigo, Jean, 1933] #262 -Short
8. Finding Nemo [Stanton, Andrew & Unkrich, Lee, 2003] #298 -Childrens
9. Night at the Opera, A [Wood, Sam, 1935] #342 -Musical
10. Pinocchio [Sharpsteen, Ben & Hamilton Luske, 1940] #343 -Childrens

11. Princess Bride, The [Reiner, Rob, 1987] #381 -Fantasy
12. This is Spinal Tap [Reiner, Rob, 1984] #471 -Music
13. El Verdugo [Berlanga, Luis García, 1963] #497 -Drama
14. Hold Me While I'm Naked [Kuchar, George, 1966] #557 -Short
15. Our Hospitality [Keaton, Buster/John Blystone, 1923] #568 -Family
16. Le Plaisir [Ophüls, Max, 1951] #571 -Drama
17. My Life as a Dog [Hallström, Lasse, 1985] #619 -Family
18. Triplets of Belleville, The [Chomet, Sylvain, 2003] #624 -Animated/Musical
19. I Was Born, But… [Ozu, Yasujiro, 1932] #626 -Drama
20. Stranger Than Paradise [Jarmusch, Jim, 1984] #627 -Drama

21. Almost Famous [Crowe, Cameron, 2000] #676 -Music/Bio
22. American Splendor [Berman, Shari, and Pulcini, Robert, 2003] #681 -Bio
23. Goodbye Solo [Bahrani, Ramin, 2008] #717 -Drama
24. Underground [Kusturica, Emir, 1995] #758 -Drama
25. Tulpan [Dvortsevoy, Sergei, 2008] #759 -Drama
26. Big Fish [Burton, Tim, 2003] #772 -Fantasy
27. Little Miss Sunshine [Dayton, Jonathan & Faris, Valerie, 2006] #784 -Family
28. Toy Story 2 [Lasseter, John & Brannon, Ash, 1999] #789 -Childrens
29. Firemen's Ball, The [Forman, Milos, 1967] #805 -Drama
30. Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit [Park, Nick & Box, Steve, 2005] #816 -Childrens
31. Phantom of Liberty, The [Buñuel, Luis, 1974] #836 -Drama
32. Arabian Nights [Pasolini, Pier Paolo, 1974] #866 -Fantasy
33. Naked [Leigh, Mike, 1993] #872 -Drama
34. I'm Going Home [de Oliveira, Manoel, 2001] #884 -Drama
35. Sun Shines Bright, The [Ford, John, 1953] #926 -Drama
36. You Can Count On Me [Lonergan, Kenneth, 2000] #955 -Drama
37. Three Colours: White [Kieslowski, Krszystof, 1994] #959 -Drama
38. Savages, The [Jenkins, Tamara, 2007] #969 -Drama
39. Out 1: Spectre [Rivette, Jacques, 1974] #976 -Drama
40. La Collectionneuse [Rohmer, Eric, 1967] #985 -Drama
41. Pilgrim, The [Chaplin, Charles, 1923] #1008 -Short
42. Private Life of Sherlock Holmes, The [Wilder, Billy, 1970] #1034 -Mystery
43. Léolo [Lauzon, Jean-Claude, 1992] #1054 -Drama
44. Happiness [Medvedkin, Aleksandr, 1934] #1059 -Drama
45. 24 Hour Party People [Winterbottom, Michael, 2002] #1063 -Music
46. Sorpasso, Il [Risi, Dino, 1962] #1078 -Drama
47. Christmas Tale, A [Desplechin, Arnaud, 2008] #1091 -Drama
48. Man Without a Past, The [Kaurismaki, Aki, 2002] #1106 -Drama
49. Pink Flamingos [Waters, John, 1972] #1113 -Horror
50. Caro diario [Moretti, Nanni, 1993] #1136 -Bio

51. Ceremony, The [Oshima, Nagisa, 1971] #1153 -Family
52. Late Autumn [Ozu, Yasujiro, 1960] #1183 -Drama
53. Full Monty [Cattaneo, Peter, 1997] #1202 -Musical
54. Young Frankenstein [Brooks, Mel, 1974] #1258 -Horror
55. Ballad of Cable Hogue, The [Peckinpah, Sam, 1970] #1259 -Western
56. Adaptation [Jonze, Spike, 2002] #1268 -Drama
57. Destry Rides Again [Marshall, George, 1939] #1282 -Western

I can't think of anything to add here, because it's such a mixed group. I will say that I love the kids and SF/fantasy comedies (Toy Story, Wall-E, Back to the Future, Princess Bride, Big Fish), but I usually hate westerns being made into comedies, like Cat Ballou and Butch Cassidy - could any self-respecting western include B.J. Thomas' "Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head"? yikes.. it's a western, not a high school comedy.


OK, Add These:
Time Bandits [Terry Gilliam, 1981] - terrific, crazy fantasy, one of Gilliam's most accessible, as a gang of God's midget helpers steal his map of the time gates in the universe and frolic through time, bringing a wide-eyed kid along for the ride, whose bedroom held one time gate. Features Sean Connery, Shelly Duvall, David Warner as "pure evil", and James Mason as God.

The Loved One [Tony Richardson, 1965] - brilliant, offbeat bw comedy about a fancy L.A. funeral parlor, from the Evelyn Waugh novel; this one is not like anything else. A black comedy, really belongs with society comedies, I believe.

Top Ranked Crime Comedy Films

Crime comedies, another comedy genre from our top ranked films on the net survey. Once again, many of these overlap genres, most also being romantic comedies, like The Lady Eve. The next, and last comedy group, will feature all the other miscellaneous genres: western, family, horror, fantasy, children's, music. Notice that three of the top five are con-artist stories.

Top Ranked Crime Comedy

1. Lady Eve, The [Sturges, Preston, 1941] #92 [photo top]
2. Kind Hearts and Coronets [Hamer, Robert, 1949] #117 [photo rt]
3. Trouble in Paradise [Lubitsch, Ernst, 1932] #236
4. Crimes and Misdemeanors [Allen, Woody, 1989] #372
5. The Sting [Hill, George Roy, 1973] #376 [AA]
6. The Big Lebowski [Coen, Ethan and Joel, 1998] #386
7. Arsenic and Old Lace [Capra, Frank, 1944] #536
8. Snatch [Ritchie, Guy, 2000] #606
9. Raising Arizona [Coen, Joel and Ethan Coen, 1987] #814
10. Midnight Run [Brest, Martin, 1988] #828

11. Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! [Meyer, Russ, 1965] #850
12. To Die For [Van Sant, Gus, 1995] #853
13. Big Deal on Madonna Street [Monicelli, Mario, 1958] #911
14. The Bank Dick [Cline, Edward F., 1940] #968
15. A Fish Called Wanda [Crichton, Charles, 1988] #972
16. The Thin Man [Van Dyke, W.S., 1934] #986
17. Who Framed Roger Rabbit? [Zemeckis, Robert, 1988] #1108
18. Lavender Hill Mob, The [Crichton, Charles, 1951] #1188
19. Female Trouble [Waters, John, 1974] #1193
20. Wild at Heart [Lynch, David1990] #1194

To these I would add
The Ladykillers [Alexander MacKendrick, 1955] - another in the golden era of British comedy, with Alec Guinness and Peter Sellers; stick with the original, the Tom Hanks remake pales in comparison; from the same studio as Kind Hearts (#2) and Lavender Hill Mob (#17), also Man in the White Suit (see Misc Comedy)

Bullets Over Broadway [Woody Allen, 1994] - for me, funnier than Crimes (#4 above); Dianne Wiest won an Oscar for supporting actress, and Jennifer Tilly was also nominated from this, as gangsters invade the Broadway theatrical world

After the Thin Man [Van Dyke, W.S., 1936] - add James Stewart to the cast and I actually think this one is slightly better than the original; 2nd in the series of five, all are well worth seeing; just get the box set. By the way, the thin man was a suspect, not detective Nick Charles (William Powell), but the name stuck

Those are classics at the top and also among my favorites, but I think my favorite comedy overall (for rewatching anyway) is Raising Arizona, ("Boy, did you know you got a panty on yer head?"), which combines the pace of the Keystone cops with the bent minds of the Coen Brothers and bent acting of Nick Cage and Holly Hunter - it also won a poll of stand-up comics as best comedy of all time. Compare the pace of Arizona with that of The Sting, which ironically won Best Picture..

Monday, August 24, 2009

Top Ranked Society Comedy Films

We're designating "society comedies" those whose humor comes from society, social classes, culture, history, life in general - anything but romance (see previous post), crime (to follow), and some other miscellaneous genres, such as children's comedies, fantasy and horror comedies; those we'll group in one list to catch all the missing genres. We're listing war comedies below these, as war is a condition of society, but I separated them since there aren't very many and they're definitely a rare breed in critics lists. 38 society comedies made the top 1000, 51 were mentioned; only 6 war comedies made the top 1000.

Top Ranked Society Comedies
1. Modern Times [Chaplin, Charles, 1936] #36
2. Gold Rush, The [Chaplin, Charles, 1925] #39
3. His Girl Friday [Hawks, Howard, 1940] #130 [photo top]
4. Forrest Gump [Zemeckis, Robert, 1994] #206
5. Playtime [Tati, Jacques, 1967] #210
6. Monty Python and the Holy Grail [Gilliam, Terry/Terry Jones, 1975] #224
7. Sullivan's Travels [Sturges, Preston, 1941] #246 [photo rt]
8. To Be or Not to Be [Lubitsch, Ernst, 1942] #257
9. Amarcord [Fellini, Federico, 1973] #274 [photo below rt]
10. Beyond the Valley of the Dolls [Meyer, Russ, 1970] #320

11. Mr. Hulot's Holiday [Tati, Jacques, 1953] #330
12. Ninotchka [Lubitsch, Ernst, 1939] #344
13. Diner [Levinson, Barry, 1982] #347
14. À nous la liberté [Clair, René, 1931] #383
15. Producers, The [Brooks, Mel, 1968] #406
16. Mon oncle [Tati, Jacques, 1958] #413
17. Monsieur Verdoux [Chaplin, Charles, 1947] #423
18. Boudu Saved from Drowning [Renoir, Jean, 1932] #513
19. It's a Gift [McLeod, Norman Z., 1934] #523
20. Local Hero [Forsyth, Bill, 1983] #535

21. My Man Godfrey [La Cava, Gregory, 1936] #552
22. Tom Jones [Richardson, Tony, 1963] #581
23. Breakfast at Tiffany's [Edwards, Blake, 1961] #595
24. Life of Brian [Gilliam, Terry/Terry Jones, 1979] #599
25. Stand by Me [Reiner, Rob, 1986] #620
26. Harvey [Coster, Henry, 1950] #649
27. Miracle of Morgan's Creek, The [Sturges, Preston, 1944] #656
28. Monty Python's Life of Brian [Jones, Terry, 1979] #677
29. Gosford Park [Altman, Robert, 2001] #684
30. Truman Show, The [Weir, Peter, 1998] #688

31. Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan [Cohen, Sasha Baron, 2006] #714
32. Party, The [Edwards, Blake, 1968] #723
33. Barton Fink [Coen, Joel and Ethan Coen, 1991] #735
34. Safety Last! [Newmeyer, Fred C. & Taylor, Sam, 1923] #749
35. Chicken Run [Park, Nick & Lord, Peter, 2000] #782
36. Zelig [Allen, Woody, 1983] #859
37. Dazed and Confused [Linklater, Richard, 1993] #982
38. Plácido [Berlanga, Luis García, 1961] #1038
39. Broadway Danny Rose [Allen, Woody, 1984] #1077
40. Airplane! [Abrahams, Jim, 1980] #1083 [Based on the drama Zero Hour, which is hilarious as well if you've seen this, as the doctor tells the stewardess: "We need someone with experience flying a plane who didn't have fish for dinner!" - they find Stryker, played by Dana Andrews]

41. World According to Garp, The [Hill, George Roy, 1982] #1102
42. Mr. Deeds Goes to Town [Capra, Frank, 1936] #1112
43. Man in the White Suit, The [Mackendrick, Alexander1951] #1125
44. Radio Days [Allen, Woody, 1987] #1143
45. Bienvenido Mister Marshall [Berlanga, Luis García, 1953] #1185
46. Bellboy, The [Lewis, Jerry, 1960] #1212
47. Breaking Away [Yates, Peter, 1979] #1219
48. Cyrano de Bergerac [Rappeneau, Jean-Paul, 1990] #1242
49. One, Two, Three [Wilder, Billy, 1961] #1248
50. You Can't Take it with You [Capra, Frank, 1938] #1274

Some of these obviously cross several genres. Man in the White Suit is actually a science fiction comedy romance, yet it's humor came from society's reaction to Guinness' invention of indestructible cloth. All of these could also be called romantic comedies: His Girl Friday (could also be a crime comedy), You Can’t Take It With You, The World According to Garp, The Truman Show, Miracle of Morgan's Creek, Tom Jones, and others – I just felt that their humor as a whole was more about life or culture in general than one particular romance. If you haven't seen a particular comedy listed yet, to follow in the next post are: crime comedy, and those from various genres, such as family, childrens, horror, fantasy.

Top Ranked War Comedies
1. Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb [Kubrick, Stanley, 1964] #17
2. General, The [Keaton, Buster/Clyde Bruckman, 1927] #28
3. Duck Soup [McCarey, Leo, 1933] #41 [photo rt]
4. Great Dictator, The [Chaplin, Charles, 1940] #138
5. M*A*S*H [Altman, Robert, 1970] #389
6. Life is Beautiful [Begnini, Roberto, 1997] #494
7. And the Ship Sails On[Fellini, Federico, 1983] #1178