Top 10 On Crack

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I’m not a huge fan of lists and don’t do many on this site, but the other night I had an urge to do some and then I went crazy! All the top tens I could think of, some serious, some fun, all conveniently placed in this post for your reading pleasure. There’s a lot here, so browse around and learn about my tastes, or have even more fun and read them all!

A note before we begin: all my entries are in chronological order, although I did star the #1 entries. The rest in each category, numbers two through ten, are equal (there are too many nuances, not to mention my own changing tastes, to rank them).

Lastly, I obviously am only including movies I’ve seen. So if you’re upset about a film that is missing, I might not have seen it (recommend it to me in the comments!). These lists are current as of November 30th, 2015.

And now, without further ado: My Top 10:

FILMS

Films of all time
The General (1926)
It Happened One Night (1934)
Citizen Kane (1941)*
Bicycle Thieves (1948)
The 400 Blows (1959)
2001: A Space Odyssey (1960)
Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
Chinatown (1974)
Taxi Driver (1976)
Social Network (2010)

Additional films that should be in the above list
The Battleship Potemkin (1925)
Casablanca (1942)
Sunset Blvd (1950)
Seven Samurai (1954)
Singin In The Rain (1955)
Psycho (1960)
The Godfather (1972)*
Raging Bull (1980)
Die Hard (1988)
Pulp Fiction (1994)

Favorite films of all time
It Happened One Night (1934)*
Singin’ In The Rain (1952)
The 400 Blows (1959)
Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
Taxi Driver (1976)
Die Hard (1988)
Three Colors: Blue (1993)
500 Days of Summer (2009)
Social Network (2010)
Drive (2011)

Silent Films
The Birth of a Nation (1915)
Safety Last! (1923)
Sherlock Jr (1924)
The Battleship Potemkin (1925)
Nosferatu (1925)
The General (1926)*
Metropolis (1927)
The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928)
The Man With A Movie Camera (1929)
City Lights (1931)

Classic Hollywood Films
It Happened One Night (1934)
Citizen Kane (1941)*
Casablanca (1942)
Sunset Blvd (1950)
Singin’ In The Rain (1952)
Rear Window (1954)
The Night of the Hunter (1955)
Some Like It Hot (1959)
Psycho (1960)
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

New Hollywood Films
Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
The Graduate (1967)
The Godfather (1972)
Chinatown (1974)
One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest (1975)
Dog Day Afternoon (1975)
Taxi Driver (1976)*
Network (1976)
Annie Hall (1977)
Raging Bull (1980)

Modern Era Films (US)
Jaws (1975)
ET (1982)
Die Hard (1988)
Pulp Fiction (1994)
Hoop Dreams (1994)
LA Confidential (1997)
American Beauty (1999)
Children of Men (2006)
The Hurt Locker (2008)
Social Network (2010)*

Foreign Language Films
The Battleship Potemkin, Soviet Union (1925)
M, Germany (1931)
Bicycle Thieves, Italy (1948)*
Tokyo Story, Japan (1953)
The Seven Samurai, Japan (1954)
The 400 Blows, France (1959)
Cleo From 5 to 7, France (1962)
Three Colors: Blue, France/Poland (1993)
City of God, Brazil (2002)
Four Months Three Weeks and Two Days, Romania (2007)

Most Influential Films
The Birth of a Nation (1915)*
The Battleship Potemkin (1925)
Snow White and the Seven Dwarves (1939)
Citizen Kane (1941)
Breathless (1960)
Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
Jaws (1975)
Star Wars (1977)
Pulp Fiction (1994)
Toy Story (1995)

Prophetic Films (I’m looking at the film itself, not things in the film, ie not future technology in science fiction)
Metropolis (1927)
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
Carrie (1976)
Network (1976)*
They Live (1988)
The Truman Show (1998)
Enemy of the State (1998)
The Siege (1998)
Fight Club (1999)

Most Controversial Films
The Birth of a Nation (1915)
The Public Enemy (1931)
Freaks (1932)
Peeping Tom (1960)
Straw Dogs (1971)
A Clockwork Orange (1971)
The Last House on the Left (1972)
Salo: Or The 120 Days of Sodom (1975)*
Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1986)
Irreversible (2002)

Prequels/Sequels
The Good the Bad and the Ugly (1966)*
The Godfather Part II (1974)
The Road Warrior (1981)
The Empire Strikes Back (1981)
Return of the Jedi (1983)
Aliens (1986)
Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1991)
Toy Story 2 (1999)
Before Sunset (2004)
The Dark Knight (2008)

Remakes/Reboots/Reimaginings
Some Like It Hot (1959)*
A Fistful of Dollars (1964)
The Thing (1982)
The Fly (1986)
12 Monkeys (1995)
Ocean’s Eleven (2001)
Batman Begins (2005)
The Departed (2006)
Casino Royale (2006)
Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)

Trilogies (its not a trilogy if they made a fourth film, unless the fourth film is a reboot or part of a second trilogy. Unofficial trilogies count)
Strangler Trilogy (1943-1951)
Dollar Trilogy (1964-1966)
Apartment Trilogy (1965-1976)
America/Once Upon A Time… Trilogy (1968-1984)
The Godfather Trilogy (1972-1990)
Star Wars Trilogy (1977-1983)*
BRD Trilogy (1979-1982)
The Colour Trilogy (1993-1994)
Lord of the Rings Trilogy (2001-2003)
Three Flavors Cornetto/Blood and Ice Cream Trilogy (2004-2013)

Literary Adaptions
All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)
The Godfather (1972)*
Jaws (1975)
One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)
Carrie (1976)
The Shining (1980)
Children of Men (2006)
No Country For Old Men (2007)
Drive (2011)
Silver Linings Playbook (2012)

Spin-offs from other media
Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)*
Life of Brian (1979)
The Blues Brothers (1980)
Wayne’s World (1992)
The Fugitive (1993)
Office Space (1999)
South Park: Bigger, Longer, and Uncut (1999)
Serenity (2005)
Wallace and Grommit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2006)
Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (2006)

Best Films Everybody Hates
Titanic (1997)
Lost in Translation (2003)
Spring Breakers (2012)*
Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)

GENRE/SUBJECT MATTER

Action
The General (1926)
Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
The Terminator (1984)
Aliens (1986)
Die Hard (1988)*
Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1991)
Run Lola Run (1998)
The Matrix (1999)
Casino Royale (2006)
The Dark Knight (2008)

Blockbusters
King Kong (1933)
Ben-Hur (1959)
Jaws (1975)*
Star Wars (1977)
The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
ET (1982)
Independence Day (1996)
The Matrix (1999)
The Dark Knight (2008)

Comedies
The General (1926)
It Happened One Night (1934)
Some Like It Hot (1959)*
Dr Strangelove (1964)
The Graduate (1967)
Harold and Maude (1971)
Annie Hall (1977)
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)
When Harry Met Sally… (1989)
There’s Something About Mary (1998)

Crime/Gangster
The Public Enemy (1931)
I Am A Fugitive From A Chain Gang (1932)
White Heat (1949)
Bonnie and Clyde (1967)*
Chinatown (1974)
The Godfather (1972)
Goodfellas (1990)
Pulp Fiction (1994)
City of God (2003)
The Departed (2006)

Exploitation
Psycho (1960)
Peeping Tom (1960)
Night of the Living Dead (1968)
Deliverance (1972)
Mad Max (1979/1981/1985/2015)
El Mariachi (1992)
Pulp Fiction (1994)*
Kill Bill (2003/2004)
Drive (2011)
Spring Breakers (2012)

Noir
The Maltese Falcon (1941)
Double Indemnity (1944)
Sunset Blvd (1950)
In A Lonely Place (1950)
Touch of Evil (1958)
Chinatown (1974)*
LA Confidential (1997)
Memento (2000)
Brick (2005)
Drive (2011)

Horror
Psycho (1960)
Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)
Night of the Living Dead (1968)*
Rosemary’s Baby (1968)
The Exorcist (1973)
Carrie (1976)
Alien (1979)
The Shining (1980)
The Thing (1982)
It Follows (2014)

Musicals
The Wizard of Oz (1939)
Snow White and the Seven Dwarves (1939)
Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)
Singin’ In The Rain (1952)*
West Side Story (1961)
Beauty and the Beast (1991)
The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
Moulin Rouge! (2001)
Chicago (2002)
Frozen (2013)

Romance/Rom Com
City Lights (1931)
It Happened One Night (1934)*
Roman Holiday (1953)
Annie Hall (1977)
The Princess Bride (1987)
When Harry Met Sally… (1989)
Before Sunrise (1995)
Before Sunset (2004)
Once (2006)
500 Days of Summer (2009)

Screwball Comedies
It Happened One Night (1934)*
My Man Godfried (1936)
His Girl Friday (1940)
Sullivan’s Travels (1941)
Arsenic and Old Lace (1944)
Some Like It Hot (1959)
O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000)
Silver Linings Playbook (2012)

Science Fiction
Metropolis (1927)
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)*
Star Wars (1977)
Alien (1979)
The Empire Strikes Back (1981)
The Thing (1982)
The Terminator (1984)
Aliens (1986)
Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1991)
The Matrix (1999)

Sports
Rocky (1976)
Raging Bull (1980)
Hoosiers (1986)
Field of Dreams (1987)
Rudy (1993)
The Sandlot (1993)
Hoop Dreams (1994)*
Million Dollar Baby (2004)
Murderball (2005)
Moneyball (2011)

War
The General (1926)
All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)
Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)
Paths of Glory (1957)
Dr Strangelove (1964)
Apocalypse Now (1979)
Das Boot (1981)*
Platoon (1986)
Saving Private Ryan (1998)
The Hurt Locker (2008)

Anti-War
All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)
Paths of Glory (1957)*
Kanal (1957)
Dr Strangelove (1964)
Apocalypse Now (1979)
Das Boot (1981)
Come and See (1985)
Platoon (1986)
Full Metal Jacket (1987)
Grave of the Fireflies (1988)

Westerns
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)
The Searchers (1956)
The Good the Bad and the Ugly (1966)*
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)
McCabe and Mrs Miller (1974)
Blazing Saddles (1974)
Unforgiven (1992)
No Country For Old Men (2007)
There Will Be Blood (2007)
Drive (2011)

Animal Films (live action only)
White Dog (1982)
Babe (1995)*

Breaking In/Breaking Out (Heist/Prison Break)
Rififi (1955)
The Killing (1956)
Le Trou (1960)*
The Great Escape (1963)
Cool Hand Luke (1967)
Dog Day Afternoon (1975)
The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
Snatch (2000)
Sexy Beast (2000)
Ocean’s Eleven (2001)

Spoofs/Deconstructions
Blazing Saddles (1974)
Young Frankenstein (1974)
Scream (1996)
Austin Powers (1997)
Galaxy Quest (1999)
Punch Drunk Love (2002)
Shaun of the Dead (2004)*
Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (2006)
Hot Fuzz (2007)
Cabin in the Woods (2012)

Films for math/science people
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)*
Powers of 10 (1977)
The Right Stuff (1983)
Apollo 13 (1995)
Pi (1998)
Primer (2004)
Moon (2009)
Gravity (2013)
Interstellar (2014)
The Martian (2015)

Films about music (musicals don’t count)
Gimme Shelter (1970)
Cabaret (1972)
This Is Spinal Tap (1984)*
Amadeus (1984)
Shine (1996)
Almost Famous (2000)
School of Rock (2003)
Once (2006)
Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)
Whiplash (2014)

Films about filmmaking
Sunset Blvd (1950)
Singin’ In The Rain (1955)
Contempt (1963)
8 1/2 (1963)
Day For Night (1974)*
Camera Buff (1979)
Barton Fink (1991)
The Player (1992)
Ed Wood (1994)
Adaptation (2002)

Films about race
The Searchers (1956)
West Side Story (1961)
In The Heat Of The Night (1967)
Blazing Saddles (1974)
Do The Right Thing (1989)*
Dances With Wolves (1990)
Boyz N the Hood (1991)
Malcolm X (1992)
American History X (1998)
12 Years A Slave (2013)

Films about race/ethnicity other than black/African American
The Searchers (1956)*
West Side Story (1961)
Dances With Wolves (1990)
The Wedding Banquet (1993)
My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002)
Better Luck Tomorrow (2002)

Courtroom Dramas
12 Angry Men (1957)
Anatomy of a Murder (1959)
Inherent the Wind (1960)
Judgement at Nuremberg (1961)
To Kill A Mockingbird (1962)
In Cold Blood (1967)
Kramer Vs Kramer (1979)
My Cousin Vinny (1992)
Philadelphia (1993)
Paradise Lost (1996)*

Political Films
Mr Smith Goes To Washington (1939)
The Great Dictator (1940)
On The Waterfront (1954)
The Manchurian Candidate (1962)
Dr. Strangelove (1964)
The Battle Of Algiers (1966)
Z (1969)
All The President’s Men (1976)
JFK (1991)*
In The Loop (2009)

Superhero Movies
Batman (1989)
Unbreakable (2000)
The Incredibles (2004)*
Batman Begins (2005)
The Dark Knight (2008)
Iron Man (2008)
Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

Odes to a City
Mr Smith Goes To Washington, Washington DC (1939)
Roman Holiday, Rome (1953)
Vertigo, San Francisco (1958)
Bullitt, San Francisco (1968)
Taxi Driver, New York City (1976)
Manhattan, New York City (1979)
Lost in Translation, Tokyo (2003)
Collateral, Los Angeles (2004)
500 Days of Summer, Los Angeles (2009)
Midnight in Paris, Paris (2011)*

ASPECTS OF FILMS

Scenes
Odessa Steps, Battleship Potempkin (1925)
Cropdusting, North by Northwest (1959)
Shower scene, Psycho (1960)*
Practice singing, Cleo From 5 to 7 (1962)
The ambush, Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
Disabling HAL, 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
Chest burster, Alien (1979)
D-Day, Saving Private Ryan (1998)
Dodging bullets, The Matrix (1999)
Soldiers hearing baby’s cries, Children of Men (2006)

Quotes
“Frankly my dear I don’t give a damn.”, Gone With The Wind (1939)*
“There’s no place like home.”, The Wizard of Oz (1939)
“Here’s looking at you, kid.”, Casablanca (1942)
“Badges? We ain’t got no badges! We don’t need no badges! I don’t have to show you any stinkin’ badges!”, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)
“I coulda been a contender.”, On the Waterfront (1954)
“You’ve got to ask yourself one question: do I feel lucky. Well do ya, punk?”, Dirty Harry, (1971)
“I’m going to make him an offer he can’t refuse.”, The Godfather (1972)
“You talkin’ to me?”, Taxi Driver (1976)
“I love the smell of napalm in the morning.”, Apocalypse Now (1979)
“I’ll be back.” The Terminator/Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1984/1991)

Iconic Moments
The falling baby carriage, The Battleship Potemkin (1925)
On the Empire State Building, King Kong (1933)
“Here’s looking at you, kid.”, Casablanca (1942)
Dress billowing above subway grate, The Seven Year Itch (1955)*
Through the legs, The Graduate (1967)
“You talkin’ to me?”, Taxi Driver (1976)
“Heeeerrrrrreeeee’sss Johnny!”, The Shining (1980)
Outrunning the giant bolder, Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
Flying past the moon, ET (1982)
Faking an orgasm, When Harry Met Sally (1989)
“I’m the king of the world!”, Titanic (1997)

Iconic Characters
The Tramp (1914-1941)
James Bond (1962-present)
Mrs Robinson, The Graduate (1967)
Travis Bickle, Taxi Driver (1976)
Darth Vader, Star Wars (1977-1983)*
Indiana Jones (1981-1989)
The Terminator (1984-1991)
Doc Brown, Back to the Future (1985-1990)
John McClaine, Die Hard (1988)
Hannibal Lector, Silence of the Lambs (1991)

Bad Guys
Harry Powell, Night of the Hunter (1955)
Nurse Ratched, One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)
Darth Vader, Star Wars (1977-1983)
T-800, The Terminator (1984)
Hans Gruber, Die Hard (1988)*
Hannibal Lector, Silence of the Lambs (1991)
T-1000, Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1991)
John Doe, Seven (1995)
Anton Chigurh, No Country For Old Men (2007)
The Joker, The Dark Knight (2008)

Sexiest Moments
“You know how to whistle don’t you? You just put your lips together and blow.”, To Have and Have Not (1944)
The phone kiss, Notorious (1946)
The white bikini, Dr No (1962)
The screenwriter’s wife, Contempt (1963)
Photo shoot, Blow Up (1966)
Crossing legs, Basic Instinct (1992)*
An older lady, Y tu Mama Tambien (2001)
Exotic dancing, Sin City (2005)
Lesbian fantasy, Black Swan (2010)
Naked seduction, The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

Sexiest Moments for women, to make up for the male dominated entry above (I’m not so good at this one)
Changing into pajamas, It Happened One Night (1934)
Kissing on the beach, From Here to Eternity (1953)
The best baseball player in the world, The Natural (1984)
Dancing, Dirty Dancing (1987)
Roadtrip fling, Thelma and Louise (1991)
The steamy window, Titanic (1997)
The bad-boy, 10 Things I Hate About You (1999)
Kissing in the rain, The Notebook (2004)
Emerging from the water, Casino Royale (2006)
The whole film, Magic Mike (2012)

Funniest Moments
“Nobody’s perfect.”, Some Like It Hot (1959)
Fighting in the war room, Dr Strangelove (1964)
The killer rabbit, Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)
Sneezing into cocaine, Annie Hall (1977)
Shooting the sword wielder, Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
The amp to eleven, This Is Spinal Tap (1984)
Faking an orgasm, When Harry Met Sally (1989)
Fucking a dead guy, Clerks (1994)
Marvin’s death, Pulp Fiction (1994)
Getting the zipper stuck, There’s Something About Mary (1998)*

Scariest Moments
The attack, Freaks (1932)
Hands in the walls, Repulsion (1965)
Full swivel, The Exorcist (1973)
Spider crawl, The Exorcist (1973)
The last nightmare, Carrie (1976)
Chest burster, Alien (1979)
Twin girls, The Shining (1980)
Chest attack, The Thing (1982)
Diner figure emerges, Mulholland Drive (2001)*
Crawling out of the TV, The Ring (2002)

Most Disturbing Moments
Revenge, Freaks (1932)
“Squeal like a pig!”, Deliverance (1972)
Family dinner, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)
Everything, Salo; or The 120 Days of Sodom (1975)*
Matricide, Night of the Living Dead (1968)
Hobbling, Misery (1990)
Family attack, Man Bites Dog (1992)
Sloth, Seven (1995)
Curb stomp, American History X (1998)
In the subway, Irreversible (2002)

Action Scenes/Sequences
The Odessa Steps, The Battleship Potemkin (1925)
Chariot race, Ben-Hur (1959)
Cropdusting, North by Northwest (1959)
The Battle of Yavin, Star Wars (1977)
Hostages on the roof, Die Hard (1988)
Helicopters and gattling guns, Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1991)
The hospital long take, Hard Boiled (1992)
D-Day, Saving Private Ryan (1998)*
The lobby shootout, The Matrix (1999)
The family coming together, The Incredibles (2004)
War zone long take, Children of Men (2006)

Chase Scenes
Almost the whole film, The General (1926)
The Alkali Flats, Stagecoach, (1939)
Speeding through San Francisco, Bullitt (1968)*
Beneath the elevated train, The French Connection (1971)
The whole film, Duel (1971)
The final escape, The Road Warrior (1981)
Into the wash, Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1991)
Parkour, Casino Royale (2006)
Crashing through windows, The Bourne Ultimatum (2007)
Almost the whole film, Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)

Fight Scenes
The first karate fight in Hollywood, The Manchurian Candidate (1962)
Breakfast, The Miracle Worker (1962)
Everything Bruce Lee did (1971-1973)*
Jake LaMotta vs Sugar Ray Robinson, Raging Bull (1980)
Everything Jackie Chan did (~1980-2010)
Neo vs Morpheus, The Matrix (1999)
Girl fight, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)
The Crazy 88s, Kill Bill Volume 1 (2003)
Hallway brawl, Oldboy (2003)
The two-on-one finale, The Raid: Redemption (2011)

Twist Endings
Les Diaboliques (1955)
Psycho (1960)
Planet of the Apes (1968)
The Empire Strikes Back (1981)
The Usual Suspects (1995)
Seven (1995)
The Sixth Sense (1999)*
Memento (2000)
The Others (2001)
Oldboy (2003)

Good films ruined by bad endings
Strangers on a Train (1951)
Grease (1978)
Superman (1978)
A League Of Their Own (1992)
Signs (2002)
Buried (2010)

Shots
Tracking through the swamp, Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (1927)
Dolly through the table, Citizen Kane (1941)
Crane to the key, Notorious (1946)
Approaching through shimmering heat, Lawrence of Arabia (1962)*
Following the trunk, Touch of Evil (1958)
Running tracking shot, The 400 Blows (1959)
Dolly-zoom, Jaws (1975)
Can’t watch the phone conversation, Taxi Driver (1976)
Flying across the moon, ET (1982)
Dodging bullets, The Matrix (1999)

Opening Shots
The Searchers (1956)
Touch of Evil (1958)
The Sound of Music (1965)
The Godfather (1972)
Star Wars (1977)*
Apocalypse Now (1979)
Raging Bull (1980)
The Player (1992)
Boogie Nights (1996)
Lost in Translation (2003)

Final Shots
City Lights (1931)
The Searchers (1956)
The 400 Blows (1959)*
Psycho (1960)
North by Northwest (1959)
Dr Strangelove (1964)
Planet of the Apes (1968)
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)
The Blair Witch Project (1999)
Before Sunset (2004)

Long Takes
All of Rope (1948)
Following the trunk, Touch of Evil (1958)
Meeting the gangsters, Goodfellas (1990)
Shootout in the hospital, Hard Boiled (1992)
Around the studio, The Player (1992)
Into the disco bar, Boogie Nights (1996)
Car ambush, Children of Men (2006)
Retrieving the baby, Children of Men (2006)*
Through the soccer stadium, The Secret In Their Eyes (2009)
Most of Gravity (2013)

Cuts (single cuts, not sequences)
Any cut in the film-within-a-film dream sequence, Sherlock Jr (1924)
The rising lion, The Battleship Potemkin (1925)
Fade out, I Am A Fugitive From A Chain Gang (1932)
Hopping into bed to train entering a tunnel, North by Northwest (1959)
Any of its numerous jump cuts, Breathless (1960)
Blowing out a match to sunrise in the desert, Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
The dawn of man to space exploration, 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)*
Endless flowers to endless graves, Harold and Maude (1971)
The end to the beginning, City of God (2002)
Playing to getting married, There Will Be Blood (2007)

Edited Sequences
KKK to the rescue, The Birth of a Nation (1915)
The film-within-a-film dream sequence, Sherlock Jr (1924)
The Odessa steps, The Battleship Potemkin (1925)*
Chariot race, Ben-Hur (1959)
The shower scene, Psycho (1960)
Driving through the city, Breathless (1960)
The three way duel, The Good the Bad and the Ugly (1966)
The ambush, Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
The baptism massacre, The Godfather (1972)
Their life story, Up (2009)

Fucking with technique moments
Jump cuts, Breathless (1960)*
More interested in the girl on the beach, The Long Goodbye (1973)
Fighting through the backlot, Blazing Saddles (1974)
Repeating yourself, Taxi Driver (1976)
Dollying to an empty hallway, Taxi Driver (1976)
Addressing the audience, Annie Hall (1977)
Runners in front of the camera, The Player (1992)
The ending, Barton Fink (1992)
Subliminal penis shots, Fight Club (1999)
Everything, Mulholland Drive (2001)

Moments that capture the theme of the film
Fade out, I Am A Fugitive From A Chain Gang (1932)
Riding down the river, Night of the Hunter (1955)
Running tracking shot, The 400 Blows (1959)
Blowing out a match to sunrise in the desert, Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
Match cutting the dawn of man to space exploration, 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
Cutting from endless flowers to endless graves, Harold and Maude (1971)*
Can’t watch the phone conversation, Taxi Driver (1976)
The alien coming out of the chest, Alien (1979)
Jules’s interpretation of his bible quote, Pulp Fiction (1994)
The machines of war silenced by the cries of a baby, Children of Men (2006)

Moments I became aware I was watching a masterpiece
The improv argument, It Happened One Night (1934)
Descending the staircase, Notorious (1946)
The second bicycle thief, Bicycle Thieves (1948)
The Singin’ In The Rain song and dance sequence, Singin’ In The Rain (1952)
Riding down the river, Night of the Hunter (1955)
Using a cross to jam church doors shut, The Graduate (1967)
Composing music, Three Colors: Blue (1993)
Jules’s interpretation of his bible quote, Pulp Fiction (1994)
Soldiers hearing baby’s cries, Children of Men (2006)
The failed dance lift, Silver Linings Playbook (2012)

ASPECTS OF FILMMAKING

Acting Performance
Claudette Colbert, It Happened One Night (1934)
Humphrey Bogart, Casablanca (1942)
Marlon Brando, A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)*
Al Pacino, The Godfather (1972)
Gena Rowlands, A Woman Under The Influence (1974)
Jack Nicholson, One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)
Robert De Niro, Raging Bull (1980)
Meryl Streep, Sophie’s Choice (1982)
Daniel Day Lewis, My Left Foot (1989)
Heath Ledger, The Dark Knight (2008)

Child Performance
Enzo Staiola, Bicycle Thieves (1948)*
Jean Pierre Leaud, The 400 Blows (1959)
Linda Blair, The Exorcist (1973)
Jodi Foster, Taxi Driver (1976)
Danny Lloyd, The Shining (1980)
Wojciech Klata, Decalogue I (1989)
Natalie Portman, Leon: The Professional (1994)
Haley Joel Osment, The Sixth Sense (1999)
Abigail Breslin, Little Miss Sunshine (2006)
Elle Fanning, Super 8 (2011)

Cinematography
Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (1927)
Citizen Kane (1941)*
The Cranes Are Flying (1957)
Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
The Godfather (1972)
Days of Heaven (1978)
Apocalypse Now (1979)
Raging Bull (1980)
Children of Men (2006)
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007)

Editing
The Battleship Potemkin (1925)*
Citizen Kane (1941)
Psycho (1960)
Breathless (1960)
Z (1969)
Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
Apocalypse Now (1979)
JFK (1991)
Memento (2000)
Social Network (2010)

Sound Design
M (1931)
Rififi (1955)
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
Bullitt (1968)
The Godfather (1972)
The Conversation (1974)
Apocalypse Now (1979)*
Stalker (1979)
Das Boot (1981)
WALL-E (2008)

Soundtracks (not counting musicals or film scores)
The Graduate (1967)
Harold and Maude (1971)
American Graffiti (1973)
Goodfellas (1990)
Pulp Fiction (1994)
Boogie Nights (1996)
Kill Bill (2003/2004)*
500 Days of Summer (2009)
Drive (2011)

Scores
Gone With The Wind (1939)
Vertigo (1958)
Psycho (1960)
The Magnificent Seven (1960)
The Good the Bad and the Ugly (1966)
Star Wars (1977)*
Chariots of Fire (1981)
ET (1982)
Cinema Paradiso (1988)
Social Network (2010)

Songs (not counting scores or theme songs)
As Time Goes By, Casablanca (1942)
Singin’ In The Rain, Singin’ In The Rain (1952)*
America, West Side Story (1961)
Mrs Robinson, The Graduate (1967)
Singin’ In The Rain, A Clockwork Orange (1971)
Dueling Banjos, Deliverance (1972)
Fight The Power, Do The Right Thing (1989)
Bohemian Rhapsody, Wayne’s World (1992)
Ironside, Kill Bill (2003/2004)
Let It Go, Frozen (2013) – yeah, I’m putting it

Use of Classical Music (in the score, not as part of the plot)
Fantasia (1940)
Also sprach Zarathustra, 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)*
Beethoven’s 9th: 4th Movement (Ode to Joy), A Clockwork Orange (1971)
Sarabande, Barry Lyndon (1975)
Rhapsody in Blue, Manhattan (1979)
Ride of the Valkyries, Apocalypse Now (1979)
Adiago for Strings, Platoon (1986)
Cello Suite Number 1, Before Sunrise (1995)
Clair de Lune, Ocean’s Eleven (2001)
Beethoven’s 7th: 2nd Movement, The King’s Speech (2010)

Costumes
No undershirt, It Happened One Night (1934)
White t-shirt and denim, Rebel Without A Cause (1955)
The billowy dress, The Seven Year Itch (1955)*
Diamonds on black, Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)
The white bikini, Dr No (1962)
The poncho, The Good the Bad and the Ugly (1966)
White tuxedo, Saturday Night Fever (1977)
Tie and vest, Annie Hall (1977)
Leather and trenchcoats, The Matrix (1999)
Yellow jumpsuit, Kill Bill (2003/2004)

Hair
Pigtails, The Wizard Of Oz (1939)
Covering one eye, Sullivan’s Travels (1944)
Pixie cut, Rosemary’s Baby (1968)
Black fro, Foxy Brown (1974)
Mohawk, Taxi Driver (1976)
Cinnamon buns, Star Wars (1977)*
Greasy, Grease (1978)
Black bob, Pulp Fiction (1994)
Cum as hair gel, There’s Something About Mary (1998)
Red hair, Run Lola Run (1998)

SFX Makeup
The Phantom, The Phantom of the Opera (1925)*
The Hunchback, The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939)
Aging, Citizen Kane (1941)
Take your pick, The Exorcist (1973)
Deformations, The Elephant Man (1980)
The Werewolf, An American Werewolf in London (1981)
Shapeshifting, The Thing (1982)
Crossdressing, Mrs Doubtfire (1993)
Lots of heavy people, The Nutty Professor (1996)
Mystique, X-Men (2000/2003/2006)
Charlize Theron ugly, Monster (2003)

Stunts
Clock dangling, Safety Last! (1923)
Airplane stuff, Wings (1927)
Wall fall, Steamboat Bill Jr (1928)*
Jumping horses, Stagecoach (1939)
Chariot race, Ben-Hur (1959)
Car jump, The Man With The Golden Gun (1974)
Truck chase, Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
Everything, Police Story (1985)
Rotating hallway, Inception (2010)
Skyscraper climb, Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol (2011)

Opening Credit Sequences
The Man With The Golden Arm (1955)
Vertigo (1958)
Saturday Night Fever (1977)
Alien (1979)
Raging Bull (1980)
Reservoir Dogs (1992)
Seven (1995)*
Catch Me If You Can (2002)
Lord of War (2005)
Godzilla (2014)

American films directed by a filmmaking-minority (filmmaking-minority = not white male)
Do The Right Thing (1989)
Menace II Society (1993)
Lost in Translation (2003)
Brokeback Mountain (2005)
Children of Men (2006)
Old Joy (2006)
The Hurt Locker (2008)*
Wendy and Lucy (2008)
Shame (2011)
12 Years A Slave (2013)

No Budget Films
El Mariachi (1992)
Clerks (1994)
In The Company Of Men (1997)
Following (1998)
Pi (1998)
The Blair Witch Project (1999)
Primer (2004)
Old Joy (2006)
Paranormal Activities (2007)
Bellflower (2011)*

How’d-they-do-that-on-that-budget films
Night of the Living Dead (1968)
El Mariachi (1992)
28 Days Later… (2002)
Primer (2004)
Brick (2005)
Black Swan (2010)
Bellflower (2011)
Like Crazy (2011)
Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)*
Monsters (2010)

First Features
Citizen Kane (1941)*
The Maltese Falcon (1941)
The Night of the Hunter (1955)
12 Angry Men (1957)
The 400 Blows (1959)
The Last Picture Show (1971)
Badlands (1973)
American Beauty (1999)
Being John Malcovich (1999)
Brick (2005)

Last Features
The Night of the Hunter (1955)*
Imitation of Life (1959)
Sleuth (1972)
F for Fake (1974)
White Dog (1982)
Once Upon A Time In America (1984)
Three Colors: Red (1994)
Eyes Wide Shut (1999)
Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead (2007)

Animation
Snow White and the Seven Dwarves (1939)
Beauty and the Beast (1991)
The Lion King (1994)
Toy Story (1995)
Spirited Away (2001)
Finding Nemo (2003)
The Incredibles (2004)*
WALL-E (2008)
Frozen (2013)
Inside Out (2015)

FILMMAKERS (in no particular order)

Directors (of all time)
Buster Keaton
Orson Welles
Billy Wilder
Alfred Hitchcock
Akira Kurosawa
Stanley Kubrick
Francis Ford Coppola
Martin Scorcese
Steven Spielberg
David Fincher

Directors (for film snobs)
Orson Welles
Robert Bresson
Jean-Luc Godard
Federico Fellini
Ingmar Bergman
Andrey Tarkovskiy
David Lean
Robert Altman
Krzysztof Kieslowski
Paul Thomas Anderson

Directors (working today)
Martin Scorcese
Paul Thomas Anderson
David Fincher
The Coen Brothers
Steve McQueen
Quentin Tarantino
Joon Ho Bong
Kelly Riechardt
Alfonso Cuaron
Roman Polanski

Screenwriters 
Ernest Lehman
Dalton Trumbo
Paddy Chayefsky
Robert Towne
Aaron Sorkin
The Coen Brothers
Woody Allen
Billy Wilder
Quentin Tarantino
Paul Thomas Anderson

Stars (Male)
Clark Gable
Humphrey Bogart
Cary Grant
James Stewart
Robert Redford
Clint Eastwood
Al Pacino
Robert De Niro
Jack Nicholson
Tom Cruise
Brad Pitt
George Clooney

Stars (Female)
Lillian Gish
Kathryn Hepburn
Grace Kelly
Ingrid Bergman
Elizabeth Taylor
Marilyn Monroe
Audrey Hepburn
Bette Davis
Julia Roberts
Meryl Streep
Angelina Jolie
Jennifer Lawrence

Multi-position talents (writer/director and producer/anything alone do not count)
Buster Keaton (writer/director/actor/stuntman)
Charlie Chaplin (writer/director/actor)
Orson Welles (writer/director/actor)
David Lean (writer/director/editor)
Robert Wise (director/editor)
Stanley Kubrick (writer/director/producer/cinematographer)
Clint Eastwood (director/actor/composer)
Woody Allen (writer/director/actor)
John Carpenter (writer/director/composer)
The Coen Brothers (writer/director/producer/editor)
James Cameron (writer/director/producer/editor)

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About Gabriel Bruskoff
I make movies! See gabrielbruskoff.com for more information.

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