100 Movies for my 30th Year!

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 MusicThe Godfather and Gone With The Wind.  The rest are films now on my “to-see” list:

Citizen Kane (1941)
The Wizard of Oz (1939)
On the Waterfront (1954)
Schindler’s List (1993)
The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)
Some Like It Hot (1959)
 Star Wars (1977)
The African Queen (1951)
Psycho (1960)
Chinatown (1974)
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)
The Grapes of Wrath (1940)
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
The Maltese Falcon (1941)
Raging Bull (1980)
Dr. Strangelove (1964)
 Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
Apocalypse Now (1979)
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)
It Happened One Night (1934)
Midnight Cowboy (1969)
The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)
Double Indemnity (1944)
Doctor Zhivago (1965)
North By Northwest (1959)
King Kong (1933)
The Birth of a Nation (1915)
A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)
A Clockwork Orange (1971)
Taxi Driver (1976)
Jaws (1975)
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)
The Philadelphia Story (1940)
From Here to Eternity (1953)
Amadeus (1984)
All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)
M*A*S*H (1970)
 The Third Man (1949)
Vertigo (1958)
Stagecoach (1939)
Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
Network (1976)
The Manchurian Candidate (1962)
Shane (1953)
The French Connection (1971)
The Gold Rush (1925)
City Lights (1931)
American Graffiti (1973)
The Deer Hunter (1978)
The Wild Bunch (1969)
Modern Times (1936)
Giant (1956)
Platoon (1986)
Fargo (1996)
Duck Soup (1933)
Mutiny on the Bounty (1935)
Frankenstein (1931)
Easy Rider (1969)
Patton (1970)
The Jazz Singer (1927)

The Apartment 
A Place in the Sun (1951)
The Searchers (1956)
Bringing Up Baby (1938)
Unforgiven (1992)
Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)
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 scriptacting talentfilm 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?



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