BACK TALK’S TOP 500 FILMS

We eagerly awaited the completion of this list for many different reasons. Not only did we want to see if our favorite films were on there, but we were also curious to find out which director was on there the most. Surprisingly, it was a tie for the number one spot. Actually, it was a tie for many of the spots. In fact, there were too many ties. We had to change the list from a Top Ten, to a Top Eleven. Here is the list complete with the director’s name and appearances on the list (that is what the little number next to the name is).

TOP ELEVEN DIRECTORS:

1. Akira Kurosawa (9)

2. Steven Spielberg (9)

3. Stanley Kubrick (7)

4. Terry Gilliam (7: 5 by himself, 2 co-directed with Terry Jones)

5. Martin Scorsese (6)

6. The Coen Brothers (6)

7. David Cronenberg (5)

8. Brian De Palma (5)

9. Alfred Hitchcock (5)

10. Peter Jackson (5)

11. Sergio Leone (5)

How about years? Someone in the forum claimed there would be, “a definite bias towards movies made within the past 20 years.” Could they be right?

TOP FIVE DECADES:

1. 1990’s (122)

2. 1980’s (94)

3. 1970’s (87)

4. 1960’s (57)

5. 2000’s (55)

So maybe we did have some kind of bias over the films made in the past few decades. But let’s face it; newer films are a lot more accessible to people than cinema of old. There are many classic films that are still nowhere to be seen, both on video and DVD.

Well, you may be asking yourself, “How about the year that appears most?” It was a terrific year in cinema history. It was the year that brought “Magnolia” and “Being John Malkovich.” And that year was 1999, which brought 22 films to our list, making it The Beatles of Film Threat’s Top 500 Films.

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Posted on February 22, 2005 in Features by
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