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  • Writer's pictureEmil Tiedemann

50x50 Challenge #37: Finish My '100 Movies' Lists

Updated: Jan 16, 2023

Movies offer a glimpse into other worlds, real or imaginary, which allows us an escape from whatever it is we're trying to escape from. They inspire, they evoke, they entice, and they make us laugh, cry, and cringe in fear ... sometimes all from the same film. A good movie can be an asset to one's own life, if they allow it to be.



That's why I love film and why I proudly consider myself a movie buff, destined to take in as many great titles as possible before I no longer exist. Because I am so enthusiastic, I wanted to share my passion for exceptional cinema, via my "diary books" The 100 Greatest Movies Challenge and the upcoming The 100 Greatest Horror Movies Challenge. Instead of copying somebody else's "best of" list, I assembled the "Top 100" compilations of numerous publications, websites, and organizations, amalgamated their rankings, and came up with lists to end all lists when it comes to the best of the best of cinema.


Despite producing these books myself, I have yet to complete the actual challenges myself, although that's what this particular goal is dedicated to. Follow along and take on the challenge yourself, because these movies will almost certainly influence you in one way or another. That is their mission, after all. I have listed the 200 films below and have linked each one that I have seen to my Letterboxd review and/or rating of each particular title.




94% DONE


1. The Godfather (1972)

2. Citizen Kane (1941)

3. Casablanca (1942)

6. Psycho (1960)

7. Star Wars (1977)

9. Pulp Fiction (1994)

10. Apocalypse Now (1979)

11. Schindler's List (1993)

12. Vertigo (1958)

13. GoodFellas (1990)

15. The Dark Knight (2008)

18. City Lights (1931)

19. The Wizard of Oz (1939)

21. Jaws (1975)

22. Rear Window (1954)

23. Forrest Gump (1994)

28. Taxi Driver (1976)

32. Alien (1979)

33. Blade Runner (1982)

34. Some Like It Hot (1959)

35. Seven Samurai (1954)

36. Fight Club (1999)

37. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)

39. All About Eve (1950)

40. The Matrix (1999)

41. The Searchers (1956)

44. 12 Angry Men (1957)

45. Modern Times (1936)

46. Inception (2010)

48. Chinatown (1974)

49. Toy Story (1995)

50. Gladiator (2000)

51. Rashomon (1950)

53. Sunset Blvd. (1950)

54. The Lion King (1994)

55. Spirited Away (2001)

57. Jurassic Park (1993)

58. The Shining (1980)

60. Titanic (1997)

62. Annie Hall (1977)

63. Raging Bull (1980)

64. Moonlight (2016)

65. Die Hard (1988)

67. Double Indemnity (1944)

69. Se7en (1995)

70. The Third Man (1949)

71. Mulholland Dr. (2001)

72. The General (1926)

73. The Departed (2006)

76. Bicycle Thieves (1948)

78. American Beauty (1999)

81. Tokyo Story (1953)

82. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)

84. Persona (1966)

86. Interstellar (2014)

87. Grand Illusion (1937)

88. The Graduate (1967)

89. La Dolce Vita (1960)

90. Aliens (1986)

91. Roma (2018)

95. Boyhood (2014)

96. Touch of Evil (1958)

97. The Big Lebowski (1998)

98. The Green Mile (1999)

99. Rocky (1976)




83% DONE


1. The Shining (1980)

2. The Exorcist (1973)

3. Psycho (1960)

4. Alien (1979)

5. The Thing (1982)

7. Halloween (1978)

8. Rosemary's Baby (1968)

11. Jaws (1975)

12. The Fly (1986)

13. Suspiria (1977)

15. Evil Dead II (1987)

18. Nosferatu (1922)

20. Get Out (2017)

21. Carrie (1976)

22. Poltergeist (1982)

23. The Wicker Man (1973)

24. The Innocents (1961)

25. 28 Days Later (2002)

26. The Omen (1976)

28. Repulsion (1965)

29. Scream (1996)

30. The Birds (1963)

31. The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920)

32. Don't Look Now (1973)

33. Freaks (1932)

34. Audition (1999)

37. The Evil Dead (1981)

38. The Descent (2005)

39. The Haunting (1963)

40. The Babadook (2014)

41. Videodrome (1983)

43. Frankenstein (1931)

44. Peeping Tom (1960)

45. The Witch (2015)

47. Hereditary (2018)

48. Hellraiser (1987)

49. Black Christmas (1974)

50. [REC] (2007)

51. Cat People (1942)

52. It Follows (2014)

53. Re-Animator (1985)

54. Ringu (1998)

56. Pan's Labyrinth (2006)

57. Martyrs (2008)

58. Eraserhead (1977)

59. Possession (1981)

60. Dracula (1931)

61. Dead of Night (1945)

62. Misery (1990)

63. Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)

64. The Sixth Sense (1999)

66. Deep Red (1975)

67. Black Sunday (1960)

68. King Kong (1933)

69. Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979)

70. I Walked with a Zombie (1943)

71. The Vanishing (1988)

72. Kwaidan (1965)

73. The Fog (1980)

74. The Changeling (1980)

75. The Others (2001)

76. The Orphanage (2007)

77. Godzilla (1954)

78. What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)

79. Pulse (2001)

80. Candyman (1992)

82. Vampyr (1932)

83. The Conjuring (2013)

84. It (2017)

85. Hour of the Wolf (1968)

86. Jacob's Ladder (1990)

87. Near Dark (1987)

88. Under the Skin (2013)

90. A Quiet Place (2018)

91. They Live (1988)

92. The Ring (2002)

93. The Night of the Hunter (1955)

94. Curse of the Demon (1957)

95. Drag Me to Hell (2009)

96. Cannibal Holocaust (1980)

97. The Wolf Man (1941)

98. You're Next (2011)

99. Train to Busan (2016)

100. Saw (2004)

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