As a confessed list junkie, one of my regular web haunts is They Shoot Pictures, Don't They?, which collects all kinds of movie lists and, using some kind of complex mathematical formula, sorts them into an all-time, weighted, ranked consensus of the 1,000 greatest films. The list is available in a google document, which visitors can sort by year, director, country, title or even running time. Each year, after collecting the new batch of ten best lists, the big list is updated, and the results are in. Most of the movies were top contenders on many recent "best of the decade" lists, but where some of the others came from we can only guess.

New films on the top 1,000 include Peter Weir's The Truman Show, Woody Allen's Husbands and Wives, Orson Welles' Mr. Arkadin, Kathryn Bigelow's Near Dark, Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill - Vol. 1, Jean-Luc Godard's In Praise of Love, Gus Van Sant's Elephant, William Wellman's The Ox-Bow Incident, Raoul Walsh's The Roaring Twenties, Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings, Clint Eastwood's Million Dollar Baby, Jean-Pierre Jeunet's Amelie, Cristi Puiu's The Death of Mr. Lazarescu, Jacques Tati's Jour de Fete, Todd Haynes' Poison, Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight, Tim Burton's Ed Wood, John Frankenheimer's Seconds, Paul Thomas Anderson's There Will Be Blood, Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck's The Lives of Others, Gus Van Sant's My Own Private Idaho, Robert Redford's Ordinary People (!), Guillermo Del Toro's Pan's Labyrinth, Paul Verhoven's Robocop, David Croneberg's The Fly, Michel Gondry's Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Albert Lamorisse's The Red Balloon.

Jaws and On the Waterfront moved up to the top 100, and M and Ugetsu moved into the top 50. La Dolce Vita moved into the top 25, and Singin' in the Rain moved into the top 10 (displacing Tokyo Story). Even though the big list incorporates new movies, the site keeps a separate list of 21st century films only. The update on that list is coming later this month.

What do you think of the most recent additions?
categories Cinematical