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I recently saw (and reviewed) Disney Animation’s latest film, Zootopia. Like many animated films, it derives a fair amount of humor from the pop culture zeitgeist of its era, as well as a few parodies of the story’s genre. Being that Zootopia is a crime drama, naturally it featured a wonderful nod to Don Vito Corleone of The Godfather in the form of an arctic shrew.

MR. BIG — The most fearsome crime boss in Tundratown, Mr. Big commands respect—and when he feels disrespected, bad things happen. A small mammal with a big personality, Mr. Big is voiced by Maurice La Marche. Walt Disney Animation Studios' "Zootopia" opens in U.S. theaters on March 4, 2016. ©2016 Disney. All Rights Reserved.

Naturally, the entire audience, children and adults alike, laughed hysterically at the reference. However, I am willing to bet that most adults in the audience haven’t seen The Godfather for themselves. I don’t fault anyone for it. After all, the film is 3 hours long and not exactly a breeze to watch, or so I’ve been told (I’m just like you, haven’t seen it).

In addition to Francis Coppola’s masterpiece, there are hundreds of classic films I’m embarrassed to admit have never found their way into my Blu-Ray player. Let’s fix this, shall we? With this updated Top 100 Movies list prepped and ready to go, I commit to watching every classic film on this list in one year’s time. How many have you already seen?

RankMovieYearDirector
1The Godfather1972Francis Ford Coppola
2Citizen Kane1941Orson Welles
3Vertigo1958Alfred Hitchcock
4E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial1982Steven Spielberg
5Sunset Blvd.1950Billy Wilder
6North By Northwest1959Alfred Hitchcock
7Dr Strangelove1964Stanley Kubrick
8Forrest Gump1994Robert Zemeckis
9Modern Times1936Charlie Chaplin
10The Best Years of Our Lives1946William Wyler
11Raiders of the Lost Ark1981Steven Spielberg
12Lawrence of Arabia1962David Lean
13Rear Window1954Alfred Hitchcock
14Apocalypse Now1979Francis Ford Coppola
15Taxi Driver1976Martin Scorsese
16Casablanca1942Michael Curtiz
17The Godfather Part II1974Francis Ford Coppola
18The Wizard Of Oz1939Victor Fleming
19Star Wars1977George Lucas
20Psycho1960Alfred Hitchcock
21City Lights1931Charlie Chaplin
22Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs1937Multiple
23Annie Hall1977Woody Allen
24The Searchers1956John Ford
25The Graduate1967Mike Nichols
26Chinatown1974Roman Polanski
27Jaws1975Steven Spielberg
28Gone with the Wind1939Victor Fleming
29Singin' In The Rain1952Stanley Donen
302001: A Space Odyssey1968Stanley Kubrick
31Raging Bull1980Martin Scorsese
32Pulp Fiction1994Quentin Tarantino
33Goodfellas1990Martin Scorsese
34All About Eve1950Joseph L. Mankiewicz
35One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest1975Milos Forman
3612 Angry Men1957Sidney Lumet
37Double Indemnity1944Billy Wilder
38The Gold Rush1925Charlie Chaplin
39The Lion King1994Roger Allers
40Back to the Future1985Robert Zemeckis
41West Side Story1961Jerome Robbins
42The Wild Bunch1969Sam Peckinpah
43Schindler's List1993Steven Spielberg
44The Sound of Music1965Robert Wise
45It's A Wonderful Life1946Frank Capra
46Some Like It Hot1959Billy Wilder
47The Maltese Falcon1941John Huston
48On The Waterfront1954Elia Kazan
49Seven Samurai1954Akira Kurosawa
50King Kong1933Merian C. Cooper
51It Happened One Night1934Frank Capra
52LOTR: The Return of the King2003Peter Jackson
53The Philadelphia Story1940George Cukor
54The Treasure Of The Sierra Madre1948John Huston
55Nashville1975Robert Altman
56The Shawshank Redemption1994Frank Darabont
57The Grapes Of Wrath1940John Ford
58LOTR: The Two Towers2002Peter Jackson
59Sunrise1927F.W. Murnau
60The Empire Strikes Back1980Irvin Kershner
61Titanic1997James Cameron
62A Streetcar Named Desire1951Elia Kazan
63The Silence Of The Lambs1991Jonathan Demme
64Pinocchio1940Multiple
65Mary Poppins1964Robert Stevenson
66Saving Private Ryan1998Steven Spielberg
67The Apartment1960Billy Wilder
68M1931Fritz Lang
69American Graffiti1973George Lucas
70Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid1969George Roy Hill
71The Sting1973George Roy Hill
72Finding Nemo2003Andrew Stanton
73To Kill A Mockingbird1962Robert Mulligan
74Ben-Hur1959William Wyler
75The Bridge on the River Kwai1957David Lean
76The Shining1980Stanley Kubrick
77Do The Right Thing1989Spike Lee
78Once Upon a Time in the West1968Sergio Leone
79The Bicycle Thief1948Vittorio De Sica
80LOTR: The Fellowship of the Ring2001Peter Jackson
81The Conversation1974Francis Ford Coppola
82Rocky1976John G. Avildsen
83The Night of the Hunter1955Charles Laughton
84Tootsie1982Sydney Pollack
85Network1976Sydney Lumet
86Close Encounters of the Third Kind1977Steven Spielberg
87The Last Picture Show1971Peter Bogdanovich
88A Clockwork Orange1971Stanley Kubrick
89Aliens1986James Cameron
90The Sixth Sense1999M. Night Shymalan
91Duck Soup1933Leo McCarey
92Toy Story1995John Lasseter
93Bringing Up Baby1938Howard Hawks
94Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind2004Michael Gondry
95The French Connection1971William Friedkin
96Mean Streets1973Martin Scorsese
97The Third Man1949Carol Reed
98A Hard Day's Night1964Richard Lester
99Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari.1920Robert Wiene
100The Ten Commandments1956Cecil B. DeMille

Ranking Methodology

There are countless Top 100 movie lists out there, many from reputable sources. Rather than picking one at random, I decided to compile these five lists and pull from them only the films that appear on at least two of them:

Once I crossed-referenced all five lists to find the films that appeared on at least two separate lists, I used to following methodology to place them in a meaningful order:

  1. Films that appeared on more lists were automatically granted a higher position in the final ranking. I reasoned that a film on more lists has made a greater impression on the world and thus is regarded higher on my list.
  2. Once films were sorted according to their frequency on my source lists, I took an average of their individual ranking on said lists.
  3. For example, 2001: A Space Odyssey appears on three source lists: AFI (15), IMDb (95), and BBC (4). The average score (38) dictates where the movie ranks against the other three-list films.

As a final screening measure, any films released within the past ten years have been removed. Only time can tell if they deserve to be among the classics.

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