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The Definitive, Never Snobby, Unpretentious, Ridiclule-Ready ASV 100 Movies of All Time list

In reference to the post below.

Also: Subject to change as I may delete some to make room for sudden, inspiring choices.

  1. Empire Strikes Back
  2. The Big Lebowski
  3. Spirited Away
  4. Shaun of the Dead
  5. Fantasia
  6. The Phantom Tollbooth
  7. Army of Darkness
  8. Cemetery Man
  9. Battle Royale
  10. 12 Monkeys
  11. Se7en
  12. Fifth Element
  13. True Romance
  14. Suicide Kings
  15. Leon
  16. Monty Python and the Holy Grail
  17. The Sting
  18. River's Edge
  19. Legend of Billie Jean
  20. Star Wars
  21. The Godfather
  22. The Fly (original!)
  23. Road Warrior
  24. Aladdin
  25. West Side Story
  26. Airplane!
  27. Slapshot
  28. Apocalypse Now
  29. Back to the Future
  30. Winged Migration
  31. Fog of War
  32. Lost in LaMancha
  33. Serpico
  34. Akira
  35. Guys and Dolls
  36. Snoopy, Come Home
  37. Lord of the Rings, Fellowship of the Ring
  38. Bad News Bears
  39. Interstate 60
  40. Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure
  41. Jaws
  42. Boondock Saints
  43. The Last Waltz
  44. Hedwig and the Angry Inch
  45. Super Troopers
  46. Ghost Dog
  47. Raising Arizona
  48. Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie
  49. Toy Story
  50. A Christmas Story
  1. Nightmare Before Christmas
  2. Edward Scissorhands
  3. Dog Day Afternoon
  4. And Justice For All
  5. Spider-Man 2
  6. The Untouchables
  7. Real Genius
  8. Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
  9. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
  10. Chocolat
  11. Three Kings
  12. Dawn of the Dead
  13. From Dusk til Dawn
  14. National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
  15. Prophecy
  16. Nothing to Lose
  17. The Last Boy Scout
  18. Happy Gilmore
  19. Ghostbusters
  20. Sixteen Candles
  21. The Longest Yard
  22. Legends of the Fall
  23. The Outsiders
  24. Office Space
  25. Napoleon Dynamite
  26. Blazing Saddles
  27. Young Frankenstein
  28. The Muppet Movie
  29. Quick Change
  30. Dead Alive
  31. Mallrats
  32. Session 9
  33. Heathers
  34. My Life as a Dog
  35. Clerks
  36. X-Men
  37. Princess Bride
  38. The Sandlot
  39. Breakfast Club
  40. Close Encounters of the Third Kind
  41. Boiler Room
  42. The Hills Have Eyes
  43. Evil Dead
  44. Heavenly Creatures
  45. Spartacus
  46. Titus
  47. Mary Poppins
  48. The Omen
  49. Smokey and the Bandit
  50. Revenge of the Sith

No one will ever accuse me of being high-brow or a film snob, that's for sure.

Coming up: Overrated movies. Because Monday is ALWAYS list day at ASV.

Update: I need to keep a running list of movies I have to find room for (or just make a longer list)

  • The Good, The Bad and the Ugly
  • Lost Boys
  • This is Spinal Tap
  • Strange Brew
  • South Park, Bigger, Longer and Uncut
  • Dead Again
  • The Ref
  • Goonies
  • Better off Dead
  • Good Burger
  • Starship Troopers
  • Bladerunner
  • Fast Times
  • Say Anything
  • Crowhaven Farm


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Airplane is there, but I don't see Top Secret. Otherwise, ok list.

What!? no John Wayne?

I hate westerns. With the exception of The Good, The Bad and the Ugly (which I need to find room for) and Blazing Saddles.

c'mon he was brilliant in "The Quiet Man" and it's not even a western! Gotta agree with you, most westerns do tend to suck, but for some reason The Duke usually sucks me in.

I'd say The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly is much better than Dusk 'till Dawn, at least plot wise, but then again it did have Salma Hayek in a Bikini... tough call

I'd suggest removing "mighty morphin power rangers: the movie" to make room for the above, which definitely need to be included.

I love Dusk til Dawn because of the surprise. I had NO IDEA it was a vampire movie. In fact, the first part of the movie is kind of sucky, in that Tarantino/Clooney kind of way, but after the bats, it's awesome.

No Road House?


Good list.

For some reason, a couple of movies with Kevin Spacey popped into my head: L.A. Confidential and The Usual Suspects.

Unforgiven would be my Western.

I'd probably have have A Fish Called Wanda and This Is Spinal Tap in my comedies.

Of course, I'm watching Road House to make fun of it, but I really love it in a bizarre way. Sam Elliot, in particular, is perfect.

Just the first few that I didn't see on the list, this is a fun thing to think about all day.

By the way, you get bonus points for including Super Troopers.

"The Phantom Tollbooth"

One of my favorite books as a child, and a delight as a movie. Good choice, and I don't believe many others would have chosen it.

Grosse Point Blank? Stripes? Groundhog Day?

Thanks to #19, I've got Pat Benatar stuck in my head.

Can you please explain the Power Rangers choice. I'm curious, is it the actual movie that you like or does it remind of something (time/place)?


Explanation here.

You forgot Shawshank Redemption!

One of my favorite movies: The Outlaw Josie Wales

err, Josey Wales that is

Michelle, even if you hate westerns, and even if you find room on your list for TGTBATU, but no others... let me recommend Once Upon A Time in the West.

Oh, and to match your choice of Blazing Saddles, I offer Rustlers' Rhapsody. Maybe not Top-100 material, but I'd have it in my permanent collection.

(Btw, instead of a Top 100 list, perhaps you should have a Permanent Collection list?)

The Lion in Winter
Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolf?
Dead Calm
The Big Liebowski

The Outlaw Josie Wales still remains Eastwood's finest Western.

I was surprised to find not a single Hitchcock film on the list. On the other hand, I am glad to learn the The Sandlot has not been totally forgotten by all but me; best my-life-as-a-boy movie ever.

I guess it isn't exactly a "Guilty Pleasures" list, but still, the omission of both "Bigger, Longer and Uncut" and "Team America" baffles me.

I like almost all of the movies on your list (almost the exact opposite of the situation with the excruciating compilation of 200 movies from the 70's over at Protein Wisdom), but am just curious as to why it is so heavily weighted towards recent releases. Is it just a current "top of mind" top 100, or is this the definitive deal? There appear to be a couple of older films, but to all intents and purposes your list seems to start in the 70's and go on from there.

There are a few movies from the 40's (I know this not because I'm a cinema expert, but because they're in black and white), more from the 50's, and a lot from the 60's (almost all comedies) that my wife and I enjoy enough to put into the steady "what shall we watch tonight" rotation. It's OK that they're not on your list, but I'm interested to know why.

You forgot Shawshank Redemption!

No, that's an intentional omission.

Any list that includes Real Genius and The Ref is good with me. Both classics.

How about Better Off Dead?

I completely agree with 63 of them. The other 37, however, are definitely wrong. What were you thinking?

Blues Brothers?

Super Troopers? Are you insane?

I couldn't finish that movie. It was so bad. I liked the bit in the hamburger joint, but the rest of it just drove me to tears.

Broken Lizard must die.

Any such list that omits The Thing is lacking. Please replace the Legend of Billie Jean with John Carpenter's finest work.

Thank you.

That is all.

i know it's a guilty pleasure, but shouldn't Starship Troopers be in there somewhere?

#67. The Last Boy Scout


other movie suggestions that you may have forgotten:
There's Something About Mary
Harold and Kumar go to White Castle
Say Anything...
Fast Times at Ridgemont High

What? No Blade Runner?

Rutger and Harrison?

You wnat me to tell you about my mother? Sure, let me tell you about my mother!

It's too bad she won't live...but then again, who does?

Sean Young...those shoudamapads! Do you like my owl?


Guilty pleasures:
Reservoir Dogs
French Connection
Il Postini
Three Women (Oh Sophia!)
Le Mans
The Great Escape
Fight Club

Super Troopers? Are you insane?


The Last Boy Scout is one of my favorite movies ever. It goes on my TOP TEN.

The Thing? Eh.

Spd, maybe Fight Club and Resevoir Dogs, but none of the others.

Something About Mary was ok. I hate Ben Stiller.

Bladerunner, Fast Times, Say Anything, Starship Troopers added.

In no particular order.

1 Starship Troopers
2 The Wind and the Lion
3 Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
4 Breaker Morant
5 The Blue Max
6 Jaws
7 The Godfather Part I & II (taken together)
8 Close Encounters of the Third Kind
9 The Duellists
10 A Bridge Too Far
11 1984 (John Hurt)
12 Excalibur
13 Lord of the Rings (taken together)
14 Last of the Mohicans
15 The Adventures of Robin Hood (the real one)
16 The Longest Day
17 The Princess Bride
18 The Matrix (the original only)
19 Dragonslayer
20 Gladiator
21 Breaveheart
22 The Terminator
23 Pink Floyd's: The Wall
24 Conan the Barbarian
25 12 o'Clock High
26 Gettysburg
27 Casablanca
28 South Park: Bigger, Longer, Uncut
29 Das Boot
30 Tora! Tora! Tora!
31 Patton
32 Pork Chop Hill
33 Planet of the Apes (Heston)
34 Monty Python and the Holy Grail
35 Cross of Iron
36 Deep Impact
37 The Birdcage
38 The Producers
39 Henry V (Branagh)
40 The Passion
41 Wizards
42 Raiders of the Lost Ark
43 Crimson Tide
44 A Clockwork Orange
45 Dr. Strangelove
46 American Beauty
47 Army of Darkness
48 The Road Warrior
49 Cyrano De Bergerac (Gerard Depardieu)
50 Godzilla vs. The Smog Monster
51 The Prophecy
52 Fantastic Planet
53 Dawn of the Dead (Romero)
54 Young Frankenstein
55 Animal House
56 Die Hard
57 The Long Riders
58 Empire of the Sun
59 The Pink Panther Strikes Again
60 The Three and Four Musketeers (taken together)
61 Unforgiven
62 Apocalypse Now (not Redux)
63 Dark City
64 The Usual Suspects
65 Star Wars
66 Empire Strikes Back
67 55 Days at Peking
68 Sparticus (particularly the Roman parts)
69 Angel Heart
70 Ran
71 Scarface (Al)
72 Alien
73 Aliens
74 The Spy Who Loved Me
75 Princess Mononoke
76 Highlander
77 Forbidden Planet
78 An American Werewolf in London
79 Lawrence of Arabia
80 The Lion in Winter
81 Broadcast News
82 Ghost (okay, okay)
83 Fargo
84 Pulp Fiction
85 Tombstone
86 War of the Worlds (with Real Martians)
87 She Wore a Yellow Ribbon
88 Zulu
89 The Man Who Would Be King
90 Invasion of the Bodysnatchers (Sutherland)
91 The Incredibles
92 The Emperor's New Groove
93 Them!
94 The Sixth Sense
95 Boogie Nights
96 The Light Horsemen
97 Naked Lunch
98 Robocop
99 The Great Waldo Pepper
100 Risky Business

A lot of my movie watching experience was informed by the "The 4:30 Movie" after school.

Kansas City Bomber, a B movie classic with Raquel Welch as the queen of the roller derby (finally released on DVD!)

Westerns?... Silverado, it's every western you ever saw, rolled up into one.

I love almost all your choices, but JEEZUZ KERIST, what's with all the Kevin Smith movies? Clerks was funny, but he's been coasting on those fumes for a looonnngg time. And he's a fat load.

There are only a few westerns I really like:
The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly.
Bite the Bullet (My favorite Gene Hackman flick).
A Fistful of Dollars (though the Japanese original, Jojimbo, is better).

Otherwise I tend to dislike em.

Got to add A Fish Called Wanda and Animal House. Classics, both.

I can't believe no one's mentioned Dr. Strangelove. It is superlative on so many levels, I don't even want to go into it here. Suffice it to say it's one of the funniest damn movies ever made.

"Fallen" Denzel in a supernatural/cop/drama/thriller.

"Young Frankenstein" Marty Feldman as "Eye-gor".

"Little Big Man" Dustin Hoffman before his head swelled to gigantic proportions.

"The Verdict" and "Absence of Malice". In "Absence", watch as Wilford Brimley nearly steals the whole film in one scene.

That's all I got.