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

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

Written by dorrk
01 October 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:

  1. Sanjuro (1962) / My Flickchart Rank: #48/3194
  2. Bicycle Thieves (1948) / My Flickchart Rank: #125/3194
  3. Rififi (1955) / My Flickchart Rank: #130/3194
  4. Stand By Me (1986) / My Flickchart Rank: #249/3194
  5. Repulsion (1965) / My Flickchart Rank: #328/3194
  6. Diabolique (1955) / My Flickchart Rank: #463/3194
  7. My Man Godfrey (1936) / My Flickchart Rank: #548/3194
  8. The Long Goodbye (1973) / My Flickchart Rank: #744/3194
  9. Grave Of The Fireflies (1988) / My Flickchart Rank: #789/3194
  10. A Matter Of Life And Death (1946) / My Flickchart Rank: #796/3194
  11. Nausicaä Of The Valley Of The Wind (1984) / My Flickchart Rank: #870/3194
  12. The Hidden Fortress (1958) / My Flickchart Rank: #999/3194
  13. The Life And Death Of Colonel Blimp (1943) / My Flickchart Rank: #1043/3194
  14. A Night At The Opera (1935) / My Flickchart Rank: #1048/3194
  15. Stalag 17 (1953) / My Flickchart Rank: #1110/3194
  16. The Kid (1921) / My Flickchart Rank: #1340/3194
  17. Rio Bravo (1959) / My Flickchart Rank: #2114/3194
  18. In The Mood For Love (2000) / My Flickchart Rank: #2157/3194
  19. The Lion King (1994) / My Flickchart: #2398/3194
  20. Arsenic And Old Lace (1944) / My Flickchart Rank: #3016/3194

 

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!