100 essential films
as of 3-9-08
(in order as they came to me)
dad's list
1. Die Hard
2. Matrix
3. Citizen Kane
4. Graduate
5. Hoop Dreams
6. Paths Of Glory
7. 2001: A Space Odyssey
8. Wild Bunch
9. Godfather I And II
10. Man With A Movie Camera
11. Seven Samurai
12. Rashomon
13. Taxi Driver
14. Casablanca
15. Wizard Of Oz
16. I Am A Fugitive From A Chain Gang
17. Grapes Of Wrath
18. Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
19. Far Country
20. Shane
21. Night Of The Living Dead
22. Evil Dead
23. Princess Bride
24. North By Northwest
25. Vertigo
26. It's A Wonderful Life
27. Good, Bad, Ugly
28. It Happened One Night
29. One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest
30. Duck Soup
31. Modern Times
32. In The Heat Of The Night
33. Cool Hand Luke
34. Ikiru
35. Sunset Blvd.
36. Uncle Buck
37. Exorcist
38. Koyaanisqatsi
39. Battleship Potemkin
40. Rio Bravo
41. Dr. Strangelove
42. Magnolia
43. Star Wars
44. Texas Chainsaw Massacre
45. Annie Hall
46. Nanook Of The North
47. Taste Of Cherry
48. Terminator
49. Road Warrior
50. Double Indemnity
51. To Have And Have Not
52. Big Sleep
53. Fargo
54. Planes, Trains, Automobiles
55. Pi
56. La Strada
57. Fog Of War
58. M
59. Metropolis
60. Master Of The Flying Guillotine
61. Battle Of Algiers
62. Rififi
63. Band Of Outsiders
64. Network
65. Bonnie And Clyde
66. White Heat
67. Ben-Hur
68. Great Escape
69. Day The Earth Stood Still
70. Night Of The Hunter
71. Hunchback Of Notre Dame (Charles Laughton version)
72. On The Waterfront
73. Crimes And Misdemeanors
74. Mr. Deeds Goes To Town
75. Grave Of The Fireflies
76. Pulp Fiction
77. Easy Rider
78. Blair Witch Project
79. Heat
80. Saving Private Ryan
81. Rocky
82. Los Olvidados
83. Bloodsucking Freaks
84. Do The Right Thing
85. Music Man
86. Intolerance
87. Schindler's List
88. Apu Trilogy
89. Das Boot
90. Best Years Of Our Lives
91. Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory
92. A Christmas Story
93. Wild Strawberries
94. Dark Days
95. Menace II Society
96. Malcolm X
97. Imitation Of Life
98. Unforgiven
99. Boogie Nights
100. Killing

others for future consideration:
kanto wanderer
sunrise
my dinner with andre

my dad's list. compiled off the top of his head within a 24 hour period, with the exception of the last two
1. Rio Bravo
2. Grapes Of Wrath
3. Pulp Fiction
4. Alexander Nevsky
5. Best Years Of Our Livs
6. General
7. Star Wars
8. Beau Geste
9. Saving Private Ryan
10. His Girl Friday
11. Wages Of Fear
12. Roma
13. Birth Of A Nation
14. Manchurian Candidate
15. Citizen Kane
16. Imitation Of Life
17. Casablanca
18. M
19. Ben-Hur
20. Touch Of Evil
21. Lady From Shanghai
22. Jaws
23. Raiders Of Lost Ark
24. Magnolia
25. Producers
26. Metropolis
27. Apocalypse Now
28. Red Shoes
29. Grand Hotel
30. Nashville
31. There Will Be Blood
32. Do The Right Thing
33. Right Stuff
34. Jurassic Park
35. Steel Helment
36. All About Eve
37. Deer Hunter
38. Die Hard
39. Rashomon
40. Sweet Smell Of Success
41. From Here To Eternity
42. Written On The Wind
43. Battle Of Algiers
44. Los Olvidados
45. Bride Of Frankenstein
46. My Fair Lady
47. Good, The Bad, And The Ugly
48. Anatomy Of A Murder
49. Raging Bull
50. No Country For Old Men
51. Hustler
52. Bank Dick
53. I Am A Fugitive From A Chain Gang
54. On The Waterfront
55. Seven Samurai
56. Heat
57. Eraserhead
58. Back To The Future
59. 2001: A Space Odyssey
60. Beauty And The Beast
61. Psycho
62. Wild Bunch
63. Sunrise
64. Modern Times
65. Lawrence Of Arabia
66. Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
67. Unforgiven
68. Searchers
69. Shane
70. Stagecoach
71. Winchester ‘73
72. Stalag 17
73. El Dorado
74. 12 O’Clock High
75. Night Of The Living Dead
76. Detour
77. Third Man
78. Big Sleep
79. To Be Or Not To Be
80. Heaven Can Wait (Original)
81. Wizard Of Oz
82. Music Man
83. Vertigo
84. Singin’ In The Rain
85. Shadow Of A Doubt
86. American Graffiti
87. Dr. Strangelove
88. Great Escape
89. White Heat
90. Taxi Driver
91. Goodfellas
92. Godfather I And II
93. Sunset Blvd.
94. Red River
95. Sullivan’s Travels
96. Killing
97. Midnight Cowboy
98. Graduate
99. Untouchables
100. Little Children