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One hundred of my favorite movies. Though not necessarily my favorite hundred (if that makes sense). When I originally made this I would essentially think up movies and add them as I went. This filled my list up pretty quick and upon deeper reflection would most likely be noticeably different (micromanaging ranks isn't my strong suit). Though several of them are pretty much a sure thing to always make my top list. They are generally in order but some are so close that the difference which is seemingly made significant in list form is actually quite arbitrary. Of course, new movies (or older ones I finally see) might come along and change things up, but while I do update periodically, the list would be incredibly hard to maintain.

If you're disappointed by the omission of something, look to some of my 9-10 rated movies (and even a couple 8s) with the knowledge that many of them actually have a good chance of ranking among some of these depending on my mood. As is I had to limit myself to a maximum of only 5 movies per director. A decision made when I realized a handful of directors would be all it'd take to fill this list (namely Lynch, Kubrick, Scorsese, Kurosawa, Hitchcock, etc).
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Consider this a tie with Part 1. Both are masterpieces of arguably equal quality. Part 1 has the benefit of being first and thus more iconic but personally I find Part 2 to actually benefit in its continuation. Due to personally feeling the story (slightly) more and its recognition being less than it's deserved I chose it to represent The Godfather spot on my list.
My slightly preferred movie of the trilogy. Blue could just as easily share this spot.
This rank goes to the trilogy as a whole, extended editions especially. As I see them as essentially one movie, of which it's hard to pick a favorite. It's represented by the first part as it seems fitting.


This one is a bit tricky. I don't know if I'd call it Kurosawa's best movie. It's definitely not his most approachable and not everyone who is of the type this movie is for is going to have it resonate with them on the same level. But there are a few things that can universally be agreed on. It's strikingly beautiful, it quite brilliantly adapts King Lear (a play which itself has been quite divisive but I personally love), the action and scale is impressive and engaging... and it has a masterful central performance (in my opinion really only rivaled by Rashomon). But the thing is, it just works for me. Seven Samurai is arguably and quite likely the better movie when dissected but I ultimately find this more enjoyable. Of course several of his movies are so good that they're pretty neck in neck. My preference between the movies of his I have on my list and the likes of Ikiru, Yojimbo, High and Low, Throne of Blood, and Dersu Uzala is mostly marginal.
The whole trilogy could make it on my list but I opted to chose one. Sympathy For Mr Vengeance I find slightly better in some ways (as an experience) but Oldboy is the better watch.
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