The Top 150 Movies of All-Time (2015)

PopGap #07 Recap: Closing out Flickchart's Top 150

By dorrk, August 2nd 2015
Movies so great, that we’ve missed or forgotten them.

I have good news and bad news. the good news is that I've watched all of the 17 movies on my list to have seen all of the Top 150 movies according to Flickchart at the start of July 2015. the bad news is that a quantum anomaly has somehow moved Jacques Tourneur's 1947 film noir Out of the Past up several places to #150. So, as August begins, I still haven't seen all of Flickchart's Top 150, which is making me contemplate the capriciousness of the universe and the meaninglessness of the human experience.

Nevertheless, here's how the 17 movies from July's watchlist ultimately ranked for me. Only one made into my personal Top 150, but I enjoyed almost all of them to some extent, with only four of them eliciting mostly negative feelings. I currently have 3123 movies ranked on my chart.

What did I learn?

I learned that there was reason why I kept avoiding re-watching the Good, the Bad and the Ugly; it can't hold a candle to Leone's masterpiece, Once Upon a Time in the West. I learned that Akira Kurosawa was really good at his job, even when his characters are wearing suits. I learned that the five minutes I saw of The Passion of Joan of Arc 15 years ago was all I needed to see. I learned that the appeal of "classic" screwball comedies is a foreign language to me. And, I learned to not save posting half of my reviews on the final day of the month.

What is Flickchart?

Flickchart is a movie-ranking website that help users generate a list of their favorite movies by forcing the user to choose their favorite from random pairings of movies. It's free to join, and a fun way for list-obsessed data-junkies to feel like they are doing something while actually accomplishing nothing!

Where I can I see these movies?

You can search for them on CanIStream.it or JustWatch.com, but we like it when you click on our Amazon links:

Ikiru (1952)

Ikiru (1952)

Dir.: Akira Kurosawa
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)

Dir.: Sergio Leone
Paths of Glory (1957)

Paths of Glory (1957)

Dir.: Stanley Kubrick
High and Low (1963)

High and Low (1963)

Dir.: Akira Kurosawa
Le samourai (1967)

Le samourai (1967)

Dir.: Jean-Pierre Melville
Cool Hand Luke (1967)

Cool Hand Luke (1967)

Dir.: Stuart Rosenberg
The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928)

The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928)

Dir.: Carl Theodor Dreyer
His Girl Friday (1940)

His Girl Friday (1940)

Dir.: Howard Hawks
The Rules of the Game (1939)

The Rules of the Game (1939)

Dir.: Jean Renoir
A Fistful of Dollars (1964)

A Fistful of Dollars (1964)

Dir.: Sergio Leone
Grand Illusion (1937)

Grand Illusion (1937)

Dir.: Jean Renoir
Aguirre: The Wrath of God (1972)

Aguirre: The Wrath of God (1972)

Dir.: Werner Herzog
The Great Escape (1963)

The Great Escape (1963)

Dir.: John Sturges
My Neighbor Totoro (1988)

My Neighbor Totoro (1988)

Dir.: Hayao Miyazaki
For a Few Dollars More (1965)

For a Few Dollars More (1965)

Dir.: Sergio Leone
Throne of Blood (1957)

Throne of Blood (1957)

Dir.: Akira Kurosawa
Sherlock Jr. (1924)

Sherlock Jr. (1924)

Dir.: Buster Keaton

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The Top 20 Movies of All-Time

#1: The Godfather Part II (1974)

#1: The Godfather Part II (1974)

Dir: Francis Ford Coppola
#2: The Godfather (1972)

#2: The Godfather (1972)

Dir: Francis Ford Coppola
#3: West Side Story (1961)

#3: West Side Story (1961)

Dir: Jerome Robbins, Robert Wise
#4: Manhattan (1979)

#4: Manhattan (1979)

Dir: Woody Allen
#5: The Graduate (1967)

#5: The Graduate (1967)

Dir: Mike Nichols
#6: Tootsie (1982)

#6: Tootsie (1982)

Dir: Sydney Pollack
#7: Apocalypse Now (1979)

#7: Apocalypse Now (1979)

Dir: Francis Ford Coppola
#8: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

#8: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

Dir: Irvin Kershner
#9: Star Wars (1977)

#9: Star Wars (1977)

Dir: George Lucas
#10: The Exorcist (1973)

#10: The Exorcist (1973)

Dir: William Friedkin
#11: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)

#11: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)

Dir: Peter Jackson
#12: Taxi Driver (1976)

#12: Taxi Driver (1976)

Dir: Martin Scorsese
#13: Annie Hall (1977)

#13: Annie Hall (1977)

Dir: Woody Allen
#14: Vertigo (1958)

#14: Vertigo (1958)

Dir: Alfred Hitchcock
#15: Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

#15: Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

Dir: Steven Spielberg
#16: Boogie Nights (1997)

#16: Boogie Nights (1997)

Dir: Paul Thomas Anderson
#17: The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)

#17: The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)

Dir: Tobe Hooper
#18: It's a Wonderful Life (1944)

#18: It's a Wonderful Life (1944)

Dir: Frank Capra
#19: Singin' in the Rain (1952)

#19: Singin' in the Rain (1952)

Dir: Stanley Donen, Gene Kelly
#20: Zodiac (2007)

#20: Zodiac (2007)

Dir: David Fincher