The Top 250 Movies (2015)

PopGap #09: Flickchart's Top 250 - Complete!

By dorrk, October 1st 2015
Close to seeing every movie ever made (if there were only 250 movies)

I found a handful of new favorites this month while knocking down what remained of the Flickchart Top 250. Sanjuro, Riffifi and Stand By Me all entered my own Top 250, while Bicycle Thieves held onto to its exalted position upon re-watching it for the first time in decades. Diabolique and Repulsion also moved into the upper echelons of my chart. 

Here's how all 20 of the movies I watched this month ranked for me:

Sanjuro (1962)

Sanjuro (1962)

My Flickchart Rank: #48/3194
Global Rank: #241
Bicycle Thieves (1948)

Bicycle Thieves (1948)

My Flickchart Rank: #125/3194
Global Rank: #58
Rififi (1955)

Rififi (1955)

My Flickchart Rank: #130/3194
Global Rank: #214
Stand By Me (1986)

Stand By Me (1986)

My Flickchart Rank: #249/3194
Global Rank: #112
Repulsion (1965)

Repulsion (1965)

My Flickchart Rank: #328/3194
Global Rank: #245
Diabolique (1955)

Diabolique (1955)

My Flickchart Rank: #463/3194
Global Rank: #194
My Man Godfrey (1936)

My Man Godfrey (1936)

My Flickchart Rank: #548/3194
Global Rank: #235
The Long Goodbye (1973)

The Long Goodbye (1973)

My Flickchart Rank: #744/3194
Global Rank: #206
Grave Of The Fireflies (1988)

Grave Of The Fireflies (1988)

My Flickchart Rank: #789/3194
Global Rank: #236
A Matter Of Life And Death 1946

A Matter Of Life And Death 1946

My Flickchart Rank: #796/3194
Global Rank: #196
Nausicaä Of The Valley Of The Wind (1984)

Nausicaä Of The Valley Of The Wind (1984)

My Flickchart Rank: #870/3194
Global Rank: #227
The Hidden Fortress (1958)

The Hidden Fortress (1958)

My Flickchart Rank: #999/3194
Global Rank: #232
The Life And Death Of Colonel Blimp (1943)

The Life And Death Of Colonel Blimp (1943)

My Flickchart Rank: #1043/3194
Global Rank: #248
A Night At The Opera (1935)

A Night At The Opera (1935)

My Flickchart Rank: #1048/3194
Global Rank: #198
Stalag 17 (1953)

Stalag 17 (1953)

My Flickchart Rank: #1110/3194
Global Rank: #164
The Kid (1921)

The Kid (1921)

My Flickchart Rank: #1340/3194
Global Rank: #191
Rio Bravo (1959)

Rio Bravo (1959)

Dir.: Howard Hawks
My Flickchart Rank: #2114/3194
Global Rank: #149
In The Mood For Love (2000)

In The Mood For Love (2000)

My Flickchart Rank: #2157/3194
Global Rank: #251
The Lion King (1994)

The Lion King (1994)

My Flickchart: #2398/3194
Global Rank: #154
Arsenic And Old Lace (1944)

Arsenic And Old Lace (1944)

My Flickchart Rank: #3016/3194
Global Rank: #209

Closing Thoughts

  • It's no surprise that a Kurosawa movie ended up being one of my favorites of the month, but I was taken aback by how little The Hidden Fortress impressed me.
  • I ended up liking Wong Kar Wai's In the Mood For Love more than I've liked his other movies, but it didn't change my opinion of him as a stylist bored by his own ideas.
  • Thrillers did particularly well this month.
  • The question nagging at me as I wrap up this month's project is: what do I have against Howard Hawks? I've never really considered Hawks' filmography in any meaningful way, but I'm beginning to suspect that I have a problem with something he does, as I like very few of his most popular movies. I'll have to start searching for a commonality as more of his movies come up in the future.

What is Flickchart?

Flickchart is a movie-ranking website that helps users generate a list of their favorite movies by forcing them to choose favorites from random pairings. 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, but we like it when you click on our Amazon links. Some of these maybe be available through Hulu's Criterion Collection.

My Flickchart 250...

Media Life Crisis recommendations!
  • Sanjuro (1962)

    If you liked Sanjuro, we recommend:

    13 Assassins (2010)

    13 Assassins (2010)

    Dragons Forever (1988)

    Dragons Forever (1988)

    Shogun Assassin (1980)

    Shogun Assassin (1980)

    Three Kings (1999)

    Three Kings (1999)

  • Bicycle Thieves (1948)

    If you liked Bicycle Thieves (1948), we recommend:

    Hardcore (1979)

    Hardcore (1979)

    Little Fugitive (1953)

    Little Fugitive (1953)

    Not One Less (1999)

    Not One Less (1999)

    The Story Of Qiu Ju (1993)

    The Story Of Qiu Ju (1993)

  • Rififi (1955)

    If you liked Rififi, we recommend:

    Going In Style (1979)

    Going In Style (1979)

    Heist (2001)

    Heist (2001)

    Red Rock West (1993)

    Red Rock West (1993)

    The Underneath (1995)

    The Underneath (1995)

  • Stand by Me (1986)

    If you liked Stand by Me, we recommend:

    Rivers Edge (1986)

    Rivers Edge (1986)

    Somers Town (2008)

    Somers Town (2008)

    Son Of Rambow (2008)

    Son Of Rambow (2008)

    This Boys Life (1993)

    This Boys Life (1993)

  • Repulsion (1965)

    If you liked Repulsion, we recommend:

    Experiment In Terror (1962)

    Experiment In Terror (1962)

    Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011)

    Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011)

    Starry Eyes (2014)

    Starry Eyes (2014)

    A Tale Of Two Sisters (2003)

    A Tale Of Two Sisters (2003)

  • Diabolique (1955)

    If you liked Diabolique, we recommend:

    The Guest (2014)

    The Guest (2014)

    The Talented Mr Ripley (1998)

    The Talented Mr Ripley (1998)

    Spoorloos (aka The Vanishing, 1988)

    Spoorloos (aka The Vanishing, 1988)

    Wait Until Dark (1967)

    Wait Until Dark (1967)

  • My Man Godfrey (1936)

    If you liked My Man Godfrey, we recommend:

    Barcelona (1994)

    Barcelona (1994)

    Junebug (2005)

    Junebug (2005)

    Pauline At The Beach (1983)

    Pauline At The Beach (1983)

    Six Degrees Of Separation (1993)

    Six Degrees Of Separation (1993)

  • The Long Goodbye (1973)

    If you liked The Long Goodbye (1973), we recommend:

    Devil in a Blue Dress (1995)

    Devil in a Blue Dress (1995)

    The Silent Partner (1978)

    The Silent Partner (1978)

    The Naked Kiss (1964)

    The Naked Kiss (1964)

    Quick Change (1990)

    Quick Change (1990)

  • Grave of the Fireflies (1988)

    If you liked Grave of the Fireflies, we recommend:

    Hope And Glory (1987)

    Hope And Glory (1987)

    In This World (2003)

    In This World (2003)

    Pans Labyrinth (2006)

    Pans Labyrinth (2006)

    The Tin Drum (1979)

    The Tin Drum (1979)

  • A Matter of Life and Death (1946)

    If you liked A Matter of Life and Death, we recommend:

    Final Destination 3 (2006)

    Final Destination 3 (2006)

    Les Misérables (1995)

    Les Misérables (1995)

    This Is the End (2013)

    This Is the End (2013)

    Truly, Madly, Deeply (1991)

    Truly, Madly, Deeply (1991)

  • Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984)

    If you liked Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984), we recommend:

    Hanna (2011)

    Hanna (2011)

    Song Of The Sea (2014)

    Song Of The Sea (2014)

    The Tale of Princess Kaguya (2013)

    The Tale of Princess Kaguya (2013)

    The Wolf Children (Ame and Yuki) (2012)

    The Wolf Children (Ame and Yuki) (2012)

  • The Hidden Fortress (1958)

    If you liked The Hidden Fortress (1958), we recommend:

    Quest for Fire (1981)

    Quest for Fire (1981)

    The Professionals (1966)

    The Professionals (1966)

    Lone Wolf And Cub: Sword Of Vengeance (1972)

    Lone Wolf And Cub: Sword Of Vengeance (1972)

    Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart at the River Styx (1972)

    Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart at the River Styx (1972)

  • The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943)

    If you liked The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp, we recommend:

    Avalon (1990)

    Avalon (1990)

    The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button (2008)

    The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button (2008)

    The King And I (1956)

    The King And I (1956)

    Map Of The Human Heart (1992)

    Map Of The Human Heart (1992)

  • A Night at the Opera (1935)

    If you liked A Night at the Opera, we recommend:

    Love Me Tonight (1932)

    Love Me Tonight (1932)

    The Man Who Came To Dinner (1942)

    The Man Who Came To Dinner (1942)

    The Pirate (1948)

    The Pirate (1948)

    Rock 'n' Roll High School (1979)

    Rock 'n' Roll High School (1979)

  • Stalag 17

    If you liked Stalag 17, we recommend:

    Born American (1986)

    Born American (1986)

    Get the Gringo (2012)

    Get the Gringo (2012)

    Mediterraneo (1991)

    Mediterraneo (1991)

    Valkyrie (2008)

    Valkyrie (2008)

  • The Kid (1921)

    If you liked The Kid, we recommend:

    Bright Eyes (1934)

    Bright Eyes (1934)

    The 5000 Fingers of Dr T. (1953)

    The 5000 Fingers of Dr T. (1953)

    It (1927)

    It (1927)

    Frozen River (2008)

    Frozen River (2008)

  • Rio Bravo (1959)

    Alternatives to Rio Bravo:

    Cop Land (1997)

    Cop Land (1997)

    Lonesome Dove (1989)

    Lonesome Dove (1989)

    Nacho Libre (2006)

    Nacho Libre (2006)

    The Heat (2013)

    The Heat (2013)

  • In the Mood for Love (2000)

    Alternatives to In the Mood for Love:

    Bright Star (2009)

    Bright Star (2009)

    Lady Chatterley (2006)

    Lady Chatterley (2006)

    The Unbearable Lightness Of Being (1988)

    The Unbearable Lightness Of Being (1988)

    Tuesday After Christmas (2010)

    Tuesday After Christmas (2010)

  • The Lion King (1994)

    Alternatives to The Lion King:

    Curious George (2006)

    Curious George (2006)

    Out of Africa (1985)

    Out of Africa (1985)

    The Princess and the Frog (2009)

    The Princess and the Frog (2009)

    Roar (1981)

    Roar (1981)

  • Arsenic and Old Lace (1944)

    Alternatives to Arsenic and Old Lace:

    Bernie (2011)

    Bernie (2011)

    The Loved One (1965)

    The Loved One (1965)

    Nine To Five (1980)

    Nine To Five (1980)

    Spider Baby (1968)

    Spider Baby (1968)

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