2014 CHALLENGE: 150 Films in 365 Days

After  a few months of pondering, I realized that there are a lot of films that I have never seen or even given an opportunity to see that would be a terrible crime or foul.  When you see the list, there will be movies where one would ask how has anyone NOT seen this?  And as a lover of cinema and all things movies, I cannot justify this anymore.  So I created a list of 150 films that I have never seen, I can’t remember at all, or I have seen in a few bits but never got a legitimate impression.  How did I choose this list?  Most likely the least scientific method, but I used perceived classics, AFI 100, Empire 500 Movies of All-Time, Award winners, and pop culture classics that I should have seen at least once.

There are still tons of other films that I have not seen and must, but this is a list that I think I can do in one calendar year.  By the end of 2014, I hope that I can cross of every one on this list.  I have already seen the first three in DO THE RIGHT THING, BOYZ N’ THE HOOD, and MENACE II SOCIETY.  Granted, I watched these three for research for a screenplay I’m working on right now, but I must say, that was the peak of urban black cinema.  Fruitvale Station got back its roots, but to think these three films came at a time it did… it’s shocking.  I laud filmmakers and producers for having the courage and audacity to create something as profound and prolific as these three films.


Here is the list of 150 film challenge.  And if you have other films that you think should be part of this list, please, feel free to comment below.

  1. Do The Right Thing
  2. Menace II Society
  3. Boyz N The Hood
  4. Schindler’s List
  5. 12 Angry Men
  6. One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest
  7. Goodfellas
  8. Casablanca
  9. Psycho
  10. Vertigo
  11. Apocalypse Now
  12. North By Northwest
  13. Taxi Driver
  14. Raging Bull
  15. A Clockwork Orange
  16. Reservoir Dogs
  17. Lawrence of Arabia
  18. Full Metal Jacket
  19. All About Eve
  20. Snatch
  21. 2001: A Space Odyssey
  22. Unforgiven
  23. Chinatown
  24. On The Waterfront
  25. Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels
  26. Casino
  27. The Deer Hunter
  28. Annie Hall
  29. Platoon
  30. Network
  31. Dog Day Afternoon
  32. The Graduate
  33. Singin’ In The Rain
  34. Some Like It Hot
  35. The Grapes of Wrath
  36. Bonnie and Clyde
  37. Midnight Cowboy
  38. Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
  39. The Apartment
  40. The French Connection
  41. Taxi to the Dark Side
  42. Mary Poppins
  43. 4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days
  44. It’s A Wonderful Life
  45. Days of Heaven
  46. Jaws
  47. A Streetcar Named Desire
  48. Double Indemnity
  49. The Big Lebowski
  50. Hoop Dreams
  51. The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Frost
  52. O Brother, Where Art Thou?
  53. Manhattan
  54. Muholland Drive
  55. Dr. Strangelove
  56. Monty Python and the Holy Grail
  57. National Lampoon’s Animal House
  58. Seven Samurai
  59. Spirited Away
  60. Sixteen Candles
  61. Gandhi
  62. Dazed and Confused
  63. A Separation
  64. Fight Club
  65. Groundhog Day
  66. Rudy
  67. Election
  68. The 400 Blows
  69. Being John Malkovich
  70. Three Colors: Blue
  71. Three Colors: White
  72. Three Colors: Red
  73. The Squid and the Whale
  74. Sense & Sensibility
  75. Synecdoche, New York
  76. Sex, Lies, and Videotape
  77. Sideways
  78. The Fog of War
  79. The Sting
  80. The Lives of Others
  81. Amelie
  82. The Seventh Seal
  83. The Class
  84. The Fountain
  85. Swingers
  86. 12 Monkeys
  87. Top Gun
  88. The Secret In Their Eyes
  89. High Fidelity
  90. Batman (Tim Burton’s Original)
  91. Garden State
  92. Four Weddings & A Funeral
  93. Shaun of the Dead
  94. Clerks
  95. Layer Cake
  96. Scarface
  97. The Virgin Suicides
  98. Field of Dreams
  99. The Blues Brothers
  100. The Verdict
  101. Out of Sight
  102. Downfall
  103. Cinema Paradiso
  104. Brokeback Mountain
  105. Ghostbusters
  106. United 93
  107. Dirty Harry
  108. Sophie’s Choice
  109. Dances With Wolves
  110. The Princess Bride
  111. When Harry Met Sally
  112. Donnie Darko
  113. 8 1/2
  114. Blade Runner
  115. Back To The Future
  116. Once Upon A Time In The West
  117. Raiders of the Lost Ark
  118. Animal Kingdom
  119. The Intouchables
  120. The Fighter
  121. Behind The Candelabra
  122. The Guard
  123. In Bruges
  124. I Saw The Devil
  125. Capote
  126. Upstream Colour
  127. Primer
  128. Kramer vs. Kramer
  129. The Insider
  130. Wag The Dog
  131. The People vs. Larry Flynt
  132. Adaptation
  133. The Color Purple
  134. Planes, Trains, & Automobiles
  135. The English Patient
  136. The Imposter
  137. Searching for Sugar Man
  138. Aguirre: The Wrath of God
  139. Memories of Murder
  140. La Dolce Vita
  141. A Prophet
  142. Hunger
  143. Incendies
  144. The White Ribbon
  145. Amores Perros
  146. Infernal Affairs
  147. Punch-Drunk Love
  148. Malcolm X
  149. Stand By Me
  150. M*A*S*H

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