After I turned 30 years old I wondered, what is the best way to truly celebrate this milestone birthday?
The thought occurred to me: watch the 100 greatest American films ever made!
Excitedly, I read through the “100 Best Films” according to the American Film Institute (many lists exist categorizing the best films ever, but this particular directory is presented by a nonprofit educational arts organization dedicated to preserving American film). To my surprise, there were only a few greats that I could check off as “already seen,” films such as The Sound of Music, The Godfather and Gone With The Wind. The rest are films now on my “to-see” list:
Doctor Zhivago (1965)
Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (1967)
To be honest, I’m not exactly sure how I will accomplish this particular goal. My local library has a good selection of films, considering its size, but it certainly does not carry all of these. A few of these are available on Netflix or Amazon streaming, but the older films (films made before the 1930’s) are difficult to find.
Several of these titles are movies I have never heard of before, so this challenge will be a fascinating study into American film through the years. While watching, I am paying particular attention to script, acting talent, film scores, and camera angles.
I will be updating you, my readers, as I check these films off of my list! Keep your eyes posted for articles with the words, “100 Movies: Update” included.
Have you seen any of these films? What are your favorites from this list?