As part of my 50 Movies Project wrap-up, I have decided to go through and rank all 50 movies from top to bottom. These rankings are mostly based on my enjoyment of the films and not meant to be a representation of what is “better” than the others. It was very challenging to rank these, and ultimately it probably was an utterly pointless exercise, but I love ranking/rating movies. Here are numbers 50-26:
50) Crash 
The only film I truly did not like in the project, and it’s a Best Picture winner, no less.
49) 8 ½ 
Exceptional style, but the stream-of-consciousness narrative did not appeal to me.
48) Last Tango in Paris 
Controversial with a fantastic performance from Marlon Brando, but not much substance overall.
47) Akira 
Slick looking anime that was difficult to keep up with.
46) Army of Darkness 
Good, campy fun, but a cut below Evil Dead 1&2.
45) Dark City 
Intriguing neo-noir setting and sci-fi plot kept me entertained despite some questionable acting.
44) Annie Hall 
Pretty groundbreaking for its time, but doesn’t hold up as well today. Some terrific lines though.
43) Tokyo Story 
A sad tale set in post-war Japan that demands attention (and patience).
42) Zodiac 
David Fincher’s exhaustive piece is true to the period and boasts a stellar cast.
41) Million Dollar Baby 
Strong boxing film that takes on a more depressing agenda in its final act.
40) Night of the Living Dead 
The godfather of all zombie films is still startling today.
39) The Thin Red Line 
Beautifully-shot film that offers an entirely different war perspective than its peers.
38) Airplane! 
The classic one-liners still bring the laughs, and who doesn’t love Dr. Rumack?
37) Wild Strawberries 
A unique look at one man’s life, and a film that seems to reward multiple viewings.
36) The Big Sleep 
Bogart and Bacall are in splendid form in this Hawks/Chandler Film Noir.
35) Dancer in the Dark 
Bleak and disturbing, but one hell of a unique musical.
34) The Exorcist 
Not just a great horror movie, but a great film, period.
33) Rome, Open City 
My first Italian neorealist film; a surprising twist halfway through shocked the hell out of me.
32) The Hustler 
The movie that made me stand up and say “Paul Newman was the fucking man!”
31) Jaws 
The ultimate summer blockbuster.
30) Blade Runner 
One of the coolest environments I have seen in a movie.
29) The Magnificent Seven 
An American adaptation of a Japanese film that is a classic in its own right.
28) The Bicycle Thief 
An incredibly simplistic story, but a powerful one with an ending I will never forget.
27) The Asphalt Jungle 
Tough Film Noir with an epic heist scene.
26) Breathless 
My first French New Wave film and first Godard; still feels fresh today.
Keep an eye out tomorrow for numbers 25-1!