So here we are now, the grand conclusion of the 50 Movies Project. These are what I deemed to be the 25 best films from the project, and it became increasingly difficult to rank these in order. Most of these could be switched in-and-out at a moment’s notice, and all are certainly worth seeing.
I am looking forward to hearing your feedback on this list. What are your favorites? What would you rank differently?
25) Mulholland Drive 
Perhaps the biggest mind-bender on my list, this is a movie I will not soon be forgetting.
24) Hotel Rwanda 
An unbelievably depressing drama about the very real Rwandan Genocide from 1994.
23) Mr. Smith Goes to Washington 
An entertaining political film that is still relevant today, some 70+ years later.
22) Once Upon a Time in the West 
An epic in every sense of the word, also has Henry Fonda cast against type as a villain.
21) Cool Hand Luke 
Proof that you don’t need guns and explosions to be a badass.
20) The Seventh Seal 
Probably the most philosophical film in the project, and one that digs deep into the touchy subject of religion.
19) The 400 Blows 
A remarkable coming-of-age drama with one of the most memorable closing shots I have ever seen.
18) The Maltese Falcon 
The grand-daddy of Film Noir remains one of the best.
17) Casablanca 
Eminently quotable, and one of the greatest love stories of all time.
16) The Graduate 
This should be mandatory viewing for every recent college graduate.
Hilarious dark comedy that ranks as one of Kubrick’s best.
14) The Prestige 
Christian Bale and Hugh Jackman in prime form as dueling magicians, with a plot twist I did not see coming.
13) The Godfather: Part II 
I still prefer the original, but this was exceptionally well made with quite possibly Al Pacino’s greatest performance.
12) Vertigo 
A twisted love story that only Hitchcock could create.
11) Schindler’s List 
Incredibly moving film, but one that is so disturbing that I don’t think I could watch it again.
10) Back to the Future 
I was pleasantly surprised at how well this holds up today; is it even possible to dislike this movie?
9) Unforgiven 
Terrific western with a slow burn that culminates into an explosive conclusion.
8) Double Indemnity 
Quintessential Film Noir with a legendary femme fatale (Barbara Stanwyck).
7) Psycho 
One of the greatest thrillers of all time, and one that still maintains suspense even if the twist is known.
6) It’s a Wonderful Life 
The ultimate holiday movie.
5) The Night of the Hunter 
A multi-genre classic that feels way ahead of its time.
4) City Lights 
Fantastic hybrid of comedy, drama and romance; it’s impossible to pick a favorite scene.
3) Grave of the Fireflies 
Easily the greatest animated feature I have ever seen, and one of the most powerful war films as well.
2) Sunset Boulevard 
A biting satire with slices of dark humor, and one of the greatest characters in cinematic history: Norma Desmond.
1) L.A. Confidential 
This took everything I loved about classic Film Noir and updated it for modern times, bringing together an amazing cast with an intricately weaved plotline. Hollywood needs more movies like this.