Wednesday, June 14, 2006

AFI's 100 Years 100 Cheers

AFI has released its list of the 100 most inspirational movies, and I'm watching the special on it on CBS right now. I've bolded the movies I've seen, and underlined the ones I love. I have issues with the rankings (Twelve Angry Men and Glory should be in the top 10), but I think they've got a lot of great movies on this list. (My mom just called and mentioned that she voted--she's an AFI member--so now we're bitching about Glory not being in the top 10. I love her.)

1. IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE
2. TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD
3. SCHINDLER'S LIST
4. ROCKY
5. MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON
6. E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL
7. THE GRAPES OF WRATH
8. BREAKING AWAY
9. MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET
10. SAVING PRIVATE RYAN
11. THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES
12. APOLLO 13
13. HOOSIERS
14. THE BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI
15. THE MIRACLE WORKER
16. NORMA RAE
17. ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST
18. THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK
19. THE RIGHT STUFF
20. PHILADELPHIA
21. IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT
22. THE PRIDE OF THE YANKEES
23. THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION
24. NATIONAL VELVET
25. SULLIVAN'S TRAVELS
26. THE WIZARD OF OZ
27. HIGH NOON
28. FIELD OF DREAMS
29. GANDHI
30. LAWRENCE OF ARABIA
31. GLORY
32. CASABLANCA
33. CITY LIGHTS
34. ALL THE PRESIDENT'S MEN
35. GUESS WHO'S COMING TO DINNER
36. ON THE WATERFRONT
37. FORREST GUMP
38. PINOCCHIO
39. STAR WARS
40. MRS. MINIVER
41. THE SOUND OF MUSIC
42. 12 ANGRY MEN
43. GONE WITH THE WIND
44. SPARTACUS
45. ON GOLDEN POND
46. LILIES OF THE FIELD
47. 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY
48. THE AFRICAN QUEEN
49. MEET JOHN DOE
50. SEABISCUIT
51. THE COLOR PURPLE
52. DEAD POET'S SOCIETY
53. SHANE
54. RUDY
55. THE DEFIANT ONES
56. BEN-HUR
57. SERGEANT YORK
58. CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND
59. DANCES WITH WOLVES
60. THE KILLING FIELDS (I really, really need to see this movie.)
61. SOUNDER
62. BRAVEHEART
63. RAIN MAN
64. THE BLACK STALLION
65. A RAISIN IN THE SUN
66. SILKWOOD
67. THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL
68. AN OFFICER AND A GENTLEMAN
69. THE SPIRIT OF ST. LOUIS
70. COAL MINER'S DAUGHTER
71. COOL HAND LUKE
72. DARK VICTORY
73. ERIN BROCKOVICH
74. GUNGA DIN
75. THE VERDICT
76. BIRDMAN OF ALCATRAZ
77. DRIVING MISS DAISY
78. THELMA & LOUISE
79. THE TEN COMMANDMENTS
80. BABE
81. BOYS TOWN
82. FIDDLER ON THE ROOF
83. MR. DEEDS GOES TO TOWN
84. SERPICO
85. WHAT'S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT
86. STAND AND DELIVER
87. WORKING GIRL
88. YANKEE DOODLE DANDY
89. HAROLD AND MAUDE
90. HOTEL RWANDA (I really, really need to see this, too. Cheadle rules.)
91. THE PAPER CHASE Blech, inspirational how?
92. FAME
93. A BEAUTIFUL MIND
94. CAPTAINS COURAGEOUS
95. PLACES IN THE HEART
96. SEARCHING FOR BOBBY FISCHER (This should be in the top 50, at least.)
97. MADAME CURIE
98. THE KARATE KID
99. RAY
100. CHARIOTS OF FIRE

NSAH asked, "Where's Better Off Dead?" I've thought about it, and I agree that that is a very inspirational movie. At least as inspirational as The Karate Kid.

21 Comments:

Blogger BernieRA said...

I'm watching it too. I think it's well done, although I agree with you on "Glory".

10:26 PM, June 14, 2006  
Anonymous Genevieve said...

Harold and Maude? Seriously? I loved that movie in college, and could see it being on some "best" lists, but -- inspirational? (well, I guess Maude's life force is inspirational - for a while, anyway.)

I have Searching for Bobby Fischer on my giant (completely full) Netflix queue somewhere - I take it I should move it up near the top? (Especially since J. wants to do chess next year)

Go rent Mr. Smith Goes to Washington immediately!! Or come here and watch our copy!!

10:45 PM, June 14, 2006  
Anonymous Kelly said...

You MUST see Hotel Rwanda. And it was far too low on the list. It was an amazing, amazing movie.

11:13 PM, June 14, 2006  
Anonymous Maura said...

You haven't seen The Color Purple? Oh, man, you're missing out.

Totally agree on Shawshank Redemption, though I think it should be in the top 5!

11:45 PM, June 14, 2006  
Blogger Phantom Scribbler said...

I'm totally with NSAH on this one. How frequently I think of that sage, sage advice: "Go that way, really fast. If something gets in your way, turn."

11:53 PM, June 14, 2006  
Blogger TSC Girl said...

The Paper Chase inspires me every time I see it. Seriously. Maybe I'm just a dork, I don't know.

11:55 PM, June 14, 2006  
Blogger Neel Mehta said...

"Say hi to your Mom for me."

As some may recall, I'm also an AFI member, and picked about 60 films I deemed worthy.

NSAH: I don't think Better Off Dead was on the list. I would've ranked it high.

And I agree about The Paper Chase. Not inspirational. I mean, Legally Blonde is way more inspirational. Now my resumes are always pink... and scented.

3:53 AM, June 15, 2006  
Blogger Lex said...

"Better Off Dead" was robbed.

And "Shawshank" definitely = Top 5. I can forgive Stephen King all his excesses because he wrote that novella (and for those who haven't seen the film, the screenplay, particularly the dialogue, is almost verbatim from the novella).

6:28 AM, June 15, 2006  
Blogger Angry Pregnant Lawyer said...

Genevieve: MOVE IT UP! One of the most underrated movies of all time. It's perfect. And yes, I definitely need to see Mr. Smith...

Maura: I haven't seen The Color Purple, but I read the book. I figure I get points for that.

Neel: Right after I signed off last night, I told NSAH, "I think Neel is a member. I hope he'll chime in." Glad you did. Sucks that Better Off Dead wasn't one of the 300 nominees. What's up with that?

8:40 AM, June 15, 2006  
Blogger Neel Mehta said...

I didn't realize that Maura Tierney read your blog and posted comments. Shouldn't surprise me, though, the way you talk about her.

Scroll down to the bottom of this page to see the 300 nominees. It's a .pdf file.

No Better Off Dead. Speaking of teenage suicide, also no Heathers. How is Shannen Doherty getting bitch slapped not inspirational?

12:14 PM, June 15, 2006  
Blogger Quinn said...

What does the AFI have against suicidal ski racing movies? Also, while I do like the movie, I fail to see how Gone with the Wind is inspirational.

Also not on the list: Amistad, Contact, Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure.

12:27 PM, June 15, 2006  
Blogger Jessica said...

Very interesting...

I just saw One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest for the first time and neither my husband nor I were that impressed with it.

12:30 PM, June 15, 2006  
Anonymous nutso-ranter said...

APL - Here are three movies you've gotta see:

National Velvet
Ghandi
Hotel Rwanda

Personally, I don't think of Hotel Rwanda "inspiring" in the same way as some other movies. I love Don Cheadle... who is freakin awesome. But you have to be prepared when you see this movie. I actually had to turn it off halfway through, because I just couldn't bear seeing any more of the atrocities. I almost didn't go back, but I did watch the second half. And while its inspiring in its own way, the reality of what happened there keeps you from being anywhere close to a "feel good" movie at the end. Its one of those great movies everyone should see... but which I will never watch again.

Ghandi (with Ben Kingsley) is a great documentary... really good.

National Velvet is totally G-rated sappy movie (with a very young Elizabeth Taylor and Mickey Rooney in it)... but its one of my all-time favorites. Kind of the Black Stallion of that generation... but with all sorts of good feminism themes. You'd like it.

And how did Thelma and Louise make this list? I've never understood this movie. Sure, watching Brad Pitt's abs might be "inspirational"... but driving your convertible into the Grand Canyon? inspirational? huh?

12:51 PM, June 15, 2006  
Blogger KLee said...

I agree with the assessment from multiple sources that "Better Off Dead" needs to be on this list -- "Gee, Ricky. I'm sorry your Mom blew up." "And, to drink -- Peru!" Classic.

I also agree with APL and Mom of APL that Glory got stiffed. Of course, I would feel this way since I'm *in* Glory. :) (For all of about 3 seconds, but still....)

1:03 PM, June 15, 2006  
Anonymous NSAH said...

Maura Tierney just checks out the site to find out if she's pregnant.

From the nominees -- Braveheart was too historically inaccurate and homophobic to be inspiring and it's a shame there wasn't more support for Dave and The American President. But ... Dirty Freaking Dancing? Yeah, if you want to inspire me to change the channel.

The more I think about it, the more Ferris Bueller's Day Off seems like a good choice.

Godspell? Hey, I enjoyed playing the guitar solos in college as much as the next guy, but in terms of "inspiration," that's about it.

Cameron Crowe, naturally, gets nominated for Jerry Maguire rather than Almost Famous or Singles.

Love Story???!! Because it inspired people not to say they're sorry? Saturday Night Fever??!! Inspiration for bridge-jumpers everywhere?

Magnificent Seven is a good one -- funny how I didn't realize until I was older how many old Westerns paid tribute to brave men while wishing that we needed fewer of them. It's a lovely sentiment.

9 to 5 deserved more votes. So did The Truman Show.

But the one that really needed more support is Miracle. I get goose bumps just thinking of Kurt Russell's calm resolve and the kids' look of determination when they're rolling the lines in the third period.

9:34 PM, June 15, 2006  
Blogger liz said...

APL, I'll loan you my copies of Nat'l Velvet, Bridge on the River Kwai, & High Noon if you'd like.

I'm shocked, SHOCKED that Casablanca isn't higher on the list.

10:16 PM, June 15, 2006  
Blogger Neel Mehta said...

NSAH: I was thinking the same thing about Ferris Bueller's Day Off. And I believe I put Miracle in my top 5.

11:10 PM, June 15, 2006  
Blogger Yankee T said...

I LOVED Lilies of the Field when I was a young thing. I haven't seen it as an adult, but it was totally inspiring to me when I saw it. Great list and I am a huge Shawshank fan. I never tire of it.

10:44 AM, June 16, 2006  
Anonymous Anne Glamore said...

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9:24 PM, June 16, 2006  
Blogger Chus said...

This is what I think: Better Off Dead (film)

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