Top 125: Honorable Mention

Greetings! I am excited to announce that over the coming days I will begin to reveal my newly updated Top 125 Films of All Time list (because 100 just wasn’t enough). And as though 125 was not enough, today I will reveal the list of honorable mentions. These are films which I listed out when originally formulating my new Top 125, but which just did miss the cut. I will list each film, of which there are 62!, in chronological order, so don’t read too much into what just did miss the cut; these are all films worth checking out, and worthy of mention in my personal Top Films of All Time list.

As I consider films for inclusion and ranking in my list, I like to consider not only important films to the advancement of cinema, and groundbreaking features in the industry, but also films which will give my list a distinct personal flair, allowing myself to mix in a number of films I personally get a great amount of entertainment and enjoyment from, which otherwise may go unmentioned in the most technically and/or socially important films of all time. Rankings are typically arbitrary, and there is usually not much to separate these great films, and all are obviously worth mentioning when putting together such a list.


The Grand Illusion (Jean Renoir, 1937)
The Lady Vanishes (Alfred Hitchcock, 1938)
Gone with the Wind (Victor Fleming, 1939)
The Shop Around the Corner (Ernst Lubitsch, 1940)
The Pride of the Yankees (Sam Wood, 1942)
A Matter of Life and Death (Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger, 1946)
The Naked City (Jules Dassin, 1948)
In a Lonely Place (Nicolas Ray, 1950)
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (Stanley Donen, 1954)
Paths of Glory (Stanley Kubrick, 1957)
The Sound of Music (Robert Wise, 1965)
The Last Picture Show (Peter Bogdanovich, 1971)
The Godfather (Francis Ford Coppola, 1972)
Manhattan (Woody Allen, 1979)
First Blood (Ted Kotcheff, 1982)
The Breakfast Club (John Hughes, 1985)
Top Gun (Tony Scott, 1986)
The Princess Bride (Rob Reiner, 1987)
Dead Poets Society (Peter Weir, 1989)
Christmas Vacation (Jeremiah S. Chechik, 1989)
Home Alone (Chris Columbus, 1990)
Glengarry Glen Ross (James Foley, 1992)
Schindler’s List (Steven Spielberg, 1993)
Philadelphia (Jonathan Demme, 1993)
Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (Tom Shadyac, 1994)
Four Weddings and a Funeral (Mike Newell, 1994)
The Lion King (Roger Allers & Rob Minkoff, 1994)
Quiz Show (Robert Redford, 1994)
Toy Story (John Lasseter, 1995)
The Rock (Michael Bay, 1996)
Toy Story 2 (John Lasseter, 1999)
Magnolia (Paul Thomas Anderson, 1999)
Traffic (Steven Soderbergh, 2000)
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (Peter Jackson, 2001)
Punch-Drunk Love (Paul Thomas Anderson, 2002)
Good Bye Lenin! (Wolfgang Becker, 2003)
The Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (Gore Verbinski, 2003)
The Terminal (Steven Spielberg, 2004)
Friday Night Lights (Peter Berg, 2004)
Brick (Rian Johnson, 2005)
Grizzly Man (Werner Herzog, 2005)
After the Wedding (Susanne Bier, 2006)
Children of Men (Alfonso Cuaron, 2006)
Superbad (Greg Mottola, 2007)
Juno (Jason Reitman, 2007)
Forgetting Sarah Marshall (Nicholas Stoller, 2008)
Slumdog Millionaire (Danny Boyle, 2008)
The Dark Knight (Christopher Nolan, 2008)
Pineapple Express (David Gordon Green, 2008)
Inglourious Basterds (Quentin Tarantino, 2009)
Exit Through the Gift Shop (Banksy, 2010)
Inception (Christopher Nolan, 2010)
Toy Story 3 (Lee Unkrich, 2010)
Pina (Wim Wenders, 2011)
Bridesmaids (Paul Feig, 2011)
Lore (Cate Shortland, 2012)
Gravity (Alfonso Cuaron, 2013)
Birdman (or the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (Alejandro G. Inarritu, 2014)
Selma (Ava DuVernay, 2014)
The Look of Silence (Joshua Oppenheimer, 2015)
Room (Lenny Abrahamson, 2015)
Mad Max: Fury Road (George Miller, 2015)


#1-10   #11-20   #21-30   #31-40   #41-50   #51-60   #61-70   #71-80   #81-90   #91-100   #101-125   HM


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