New York Times: Best 1,000 Movies Ever Made

Here’s the link to the list of 1,000 Best Movies Ever Made according to New York Times movie critics. The list is based on the book The New York Times Guide to the Best 1,000 Movies Ever Made, second edition, published 2004.

Do you find your favorites here? If not, which movies do you think should be on the list? Which should not be? A list of 1,000 movies spanning almost a century, you might think there should be a lot of choices, right?

My view:

  • I agree maybe Bambi (1942) should be there, but no Out of Africa (1985) or Shawshank Redemption (1994)?
  • Ok, so Bull Durham (1988 ) is in, but where are Field of Dreams (1989) and Dances With Wolves (1990)?
  • I regret to see The Last Temptation of Christ (1988 ) is on the list but not The Passion of the Christ (2004).
  • So they have The Pianist (2002) but ignore Sophie’s Choice (1982) and Life is Beautiful (1997).
  • I see that Chicken Run (2000) gets to rub shoulders with Ben-Hur (1959)….ookay….and, if Working Girl (1988 ) can get a nod, then where’s my Bridget Jones’ Diary?

… and so on and so forth…

Your view?

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If she’s not birding by the Pond, Arti’s likely watching a movie, reading, or writing a review. Creator of Ripple Effects, bylines in Asian American Press, Vague Visages, Curator Magazine.

5 thoughts on “New York Times: Best 1,000 Movies Ever Made”

  1. we can see “best” and ‘classics” are not mutually exclusive here. Given the missing big names missing:

    Shawshank Redemption
    Forrest Gump
    Life is Beautiful
    Dances with Wolves…

    And what happened to heart warming films?

    Nuovo Cinema Paradiso (Italy)
    Kolya (Czech Republic)
    Central Station (Brazil)

    Oh, and yea! to Mulholland Dr (David Lynch) in the list!


  2. Well, I’m surprised a few Academy “Best Pictures” didn’t appear in the list.

    “Titanic”, “Gladiators”, “A Beautiful Mind”, “Lord of the Rings”.


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