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Top 500 Sound Films

  

By Carter B. Horsley

 
This is a personal list that mixes all genres. These are the classics that document the potential of the art of film. Some are masterpieces. Others are important for their innovation and vision. Some merely have brilliant, unforgettable performances. Others define their genre. A list of only the top 100, or even 250 movies, is too limited given how many different genres exist. Those films in hypertext link to my reviews, whose number will grow to include all of these movies eventually. The list will be updated as oversights are discovered, films are seen again, and convincing arguments are unearthed in my e-mail (CarterBH@thecityreview.com).

 

1. The Red Shoes
 
2. The Seventh Seal

3. 2001
 
4. Shoot The Piano Player
 
5. The Battle of Algiers

6. Last Year at Marienbad

7. 8 1/2
 
8. Singin' In The Rain
 
9. Lawrence of Arabia
 
10. Rashomon
 
11. Swing Time
 
12. North by Northwest
  
13. The Man In The White Suit

 14. Saving Private Ryan
 
15. The Wizard of Oz

16. Citizen Kane

 
17. Bladerunner
 
18. House of Flying Daggers
 
19. King Kong
 
20. Spartacus
 
21. Casablanca
 
22. Sunset Boulevard
 
23. Jaws
 
24. The Spy Who Loved Me
 
25. The Third Man
 
26. Frankenstein
  
27. The Manchurian Candidate
 
28. The Hustler
 
29. Fail-Safe
 
30. Lust for Life
 
31. Alien
 
32. The Kite Runner
 
33. Modern Times
 
34. Paths of Glory
 
35. From Russia With Love
 
36. The Maltese Falcon 
 
37. Koyaanisqati
 
38. Terminator 2
 
39. Great Expectations 

 40. Heat  

41. A Bridge Too Far
 
42. Gone With the Wind
 
43. King Solomon's Mines (1950 version)
 
44. Some Like It Hot
  
45. Black Sunday
 
46. Dick Tracy
 
47. Hero
 
48. Meet John Doe
 
49. My Man Godfrey
 
50. Saturday Night Fever
 
51. Red River
 
52. An American in Paris
 
53. Reds
 
54. The Treasure of The Sierra Madre
 
55. La Dolce Vita

56. Grand Hotel
 
57. Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
 
58. Duck Soup
 
59. Double Indemnity
 
60. Gandhi
 
61. Bringing Up Baby
 
62. White Heat

63. Tom Jones
 
64.  Kind Hearts and Coronets
 
65. Psycho
 
66. Dreams
 
67. The Shape of Things to Come
 
68. Brazil
 
69. Rear Window
 
70. The Day of the Jackal
 
71. Breathless
 
72. Purple Butterfly
 
73. Gravity
 
74.  Gentlemen's Agreement 

75. Star Wars (the series)
 
76. Beauty and the Beast
 
77. The Curse of the Golden Flower
 
78. Rebel Without a Cause
   
79. A Hard Day's Night
 
80. Duel at Diablo
 
81. The King's Speech
  
82.   Jurassic Park (the series)
 
83. Bicycle Thief
 
84. Platoon
 
85.  On The Waterfront 

86. Two for the Road
  
87. Advise and Consent
 
88. The Lady Eve
 
89. Henry V
 
90. 2046
 
91. Angels & Demons
 
92. Ben Hur (Heston, Boyd)
 
93. The Deer Hunter
 
94. The Lady From Shanghai
 
95. The Best Years of Our Lives
 
96. On The Town
 
97. 13 Days
 
98.  The Russian Ark
 
99. Avatar
 
100. The Band Wagon
 
101. Invisible Man
 
102. Fantasia
 
103. Gunga Din
 
104. Gigi
  
105. A Man And A Woman 
 
106. My Fair Lady
 
107. M
 
108. Z
 
109.  Network

 110. Blow-Up

111. Hamlet (Olivier)
 
112. Witness
 
113. Bride of Frankenstein

114. Young Frankenstein
 
115. The Birds
 
116. Harvey
 
117. High Society
 
118. Bhowani Junction
   
119.   Three Colors (Blue, White, Red)
 
120. The Misfits
 
121. Trouble in Paradise
 
122. Stagecoach
 
123. O Lucky Man
 
124. The China Syndrome
 
125. Indiana Jones (the series) 

126.  Isadora
 
127.  Midnight Cowboy

128. The Hunchback of Notre Dame

 
129. Attack
 
130. Tunes of Glory
 
131. The Avengers
  
132. Pan's Labyrinth

 133. Dog Day Afternoon
 
134. You Can't Take It With You
 
135. The Last Emperor
 
136. Richard III
 
137. Zorba
 
138. Pinocchio
 
139. Godfather (the series)
 
140. Black Narcissus
 
141. East of Eden
 
142.  All About Eve
 
143. The Wages of Fear
 
142.  Robin Hood (Crowe and Blanchett)
 
143. Oliver Twist (w. Guiness)
 
144. La Guerre Est Finie
 
145. Saboteur
 
146. The Man Who Fell to Earth
 
147.  3 Women
 
148. Dr. No
 
149. The Andromeda Strain
 
150. Dead of Night
 
151. Seven Days in May
 
152. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
 
153. Le Million 
 
154.  Sweet Smell of Success
 
155. Ran
 
156. Seven Samurai
 
157. Robots
 
158. The 39 Steps
 
159. All Quiet on the Western Front
 
160. Shoeshine
 
161. L. A. Confidential
   
162. Bridges At Toko-Ri
 
163. Forbidden Planet
 
164. Strangers on a Train
 
165. The Philadelphia Story
 
166. Fantastic Voyage
 
167. The Great Ziegfield
 
168. Door to Door
 
169. Picnic
 
170. Ninotchka

171. Enter the Dragon

172. Laura 

173. Two or Three Things I Know About Her

174. The Searchers
 
175. Batman (the series)
 
176. Big Deal on Madonna Street
 
177. Roman Holiday
 
178. Sabrina (Bogart)
 
179. The Great Dictator
 
180. The Mummy (2001 version with Brendon Fraser and Rachel Weisz)
 
181. Down and Out in Beverly Hills
 
182. Quest For Fire
 
183. Hunger
 
184. Dinner at Eight
 
185. Christmas Carol (with Alaistair Sim) 

 185. Mutiny On The Bounty (Gable)
 
186. Breaker Morant
 
187. Ronin
 
188. Grand Illusion
 
189. Schindler's List

190. The Martian

 191. Arsenic and Old Lace
 
192. Jeremiah Johnson
 
193. Seconds
 
194.   A Place in The Sun 

195. The Man Who Would Be King

196.  Darling
 
197. Notorious

198. Patton
 
199. The Killers (w. Lancaster)
 
200. Mickey One
 
201. Crash
 
202. Out of Africa

203. Viva Zapata
 
204. Silkwood
 
205. The Sting
 
206. Foreign Correspondent
 207. The Lost Weekend
 
208. Clockwork Orange
 
209. Berlin Alexanderplatz
 
210. Morocco
   
211. Fahrenheit 451
 
212. Four Feathers 

 213. Touch of Evil   

214. The Year Of Living Dangerously 

 215. Lethal Weapon (the series)   

216. Kill Bill vols. 1 & 2
 
217. The Public Enemy
 
218. Die Hard (the series)
 
219. Romeo and Juliet (Harvey)
 
220. Male Hunt
 
222. Death Watch
 
223. Gate of Hell
 
224. Meet Me In St. Louis
 
225. Giant
 
226. The Hill

227. She Done Him Wrong
 
228. Wings of Desire 
 
229. The Palm Beach Story
 
230. Horse Feathers
 
231.   La Strada

232. Funny Face
 
233. Casino Royale (Niven)
 
234. Mephisto
 
235. The Garden of the Finzi-Continis
 
236. Shanghai Express 
 
237. Oklahoma
 
238. Ivan the Terrible Parts I and II
 
239. The Horse's Mouth
 
240. Kingdom of Heaven
 
241. Deliverance
  
242. Rocky (the series)
 
243. The Lavender Hill Mob
 
244. Two Women
 
245. Juliet of the Spirits

246. JFK
 
247. King Kong (Jackson remake with Naomi Watts)
 
248.  Scott of the Antartic
 
249. What's New, Pussycat?
 
250. E. T.
 
251. Days of Wine and Roses
 
252. The Fall of the Roman Empire
 
253. My Darling Clementine
 
254. The Conformist
 
255. Follow the Fleet
 
256. Divorce Italian Style
 
257. Hiroshima Mon Amour
 
258. The Big Sleep
 
259. Odd Man Out
 
260. Judgment at Nuremberg 
 
261. Mad Max and the Thunderdome
 
262. Gervaise
 
263. The Big Easy
 
264. Separate Tables
 
265. The Rock

266. Toy Story (The series)
 
267. Jules and Jim
 
268. Treasure Island
 
269. Total Recall
 
270. Look Back In Anger

 271. Blood Diamond 

272. The Easy Life
 
273. The Night of the Hunter
 
274. Gaslight
 
275. The French Connection
 
276.  Solaris (original)
 
277. Alexander Nevsky
 
278. Room at the Top
 
279. Robin & Marianne
 
280. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
 
281. East of Eden
 
282. Last Tango In Paris
 
283. All The President's Men
 
284. Billy Budd
 
285. Altered States
 
286. War Games
 
287. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
 
288. Cleopatra (Taylor)
 
289. Tucker
 
290. The Last Voyage
 
291. Brute Force
 
292. Dead of Night
 
293. Exodus
 
294. The Guns of Navarone
 
295. Coming Home
 
296. Blood and Sand
 
297. Zulu
 
298. Bananas
 
299. Topkapi
 
300. Seven Days to Noon
 
301. The Leopard
 
302. In Which We Serve
 
303. Sundays and Cybele
 
304. Dr. Zhivago
 
305. Black Narcissus
 
306. Nightmare Alley
 
307. The Producers
 
308. The Naked and the Dead
 
309. War of the Worlds (original)
 
310. The Postman Always Rings Twice
 
311. Persona
 
312. Rocco and his Brothers 

313. Out of the Past
 
314. Lonely are the Brave
 
315. No Way Out (Costner)
 
316. Munich
 
317. Irma La Douce
 
318. Carousel
 
319. Born Yesterday
 
320. She Dances Alone
 
321. Suddenly Last Summer
 
322. Annie Hall
 
323. Intruder In The Dust
 
324. Atlantic City
 
325. The Pink Panther (the series)
 
326. Bonnie And Clyde
 
327. Looking For Mr. Goodbar
 
328. Dr. Strangelove
 
329. McCabe and Mrs. Miller
 
330. Moulin Rouge (Ferrer)
 
331. Full Metal Jacket
 
332. D.O.A. (O'Brien)
 
333. Seconds
 
334. The Thin Red Line (Dullea)
 
335. The Parallax View
 
336. The Bank Dick
 
337. The Thing (remake)
 
338. The Private Lives of Henry VIII
 
339. Farewell My Lovely
 
340. Cabaret
 
341. Beckett 

342. Freud

343. Hannibal
 
344. Weekend
 
345. Shane
 
346. The Adventures of Robin Hood (Flynn)
 
347. Home Of The Brave
 
348. The Return of the Man Called Horse

349. Charlie Varrick
 
350. 12 Angry Men
 
351. The Red Badge of Courage
 
352. Don't Look Now
 
353. Sayonara
 
354. King of Hearts
 
355. Bullitt
 
356. Heat and Dust
 
357. The Nun's Story
 
358. Orpheus
 
359. Anne of the Thousand Days
 
360. Howard's End
 
361. 1900
 
362. A View To A Kill
 
363. Dracula
 
364. The Eagle Has Landed
 
365. MASH
 
366. Year of the Dragon
 
367. Little Caesar
 
368. Smiles Of A Summer Night
 
369. The Nutty Professor
 
370. A Star Is Born (Judy Garland)
 
371. Bridge Over The River Kwai
 
372. The Snake Pit

373. The Detective Story
 
374. Marathon Man
 
375. Mrs. Skeffington

376. Wall Street
 
377. Stagecoach
 
378. The Silence Of The Lambs
 
379. Ship of Fools

380. Broadway Danny Rose
 
381. The Wind And The Lion
 
382. The Sheep Has Five Legs 

383. The Mouse That Roared
 
384. Blazing Saddles
 
385. Ruthless People
 
386. Fellini's Roma
 
387. Pierrot The Fool
 
388. Of Human Bondage
 
389. It's A Wonderful Life

390. Khartoum
 
391. Flight of the Phoenix (Stewart)
 
392. The Fifth Element
 
393. Elmer Gantry
 
394. Executive Action
 
395. The Battle of Britain
 
396. The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp
 
397. Braveheart
 
398. Ryan's Daughter
 
399. The Ugly American
 
400. Gremlins
 
401. The Verdict
 
402. The Patriot
 
403. Nothing But The Best
 
404.  L'Avventura
 
405. Three Days of the Condor
 
406. The Great Race
 
407. Murder on the Orient Express (Finney)

408. Now Voyager
 
409. Cries and Whispers
 
410. Born on the Fourth of July
 
411. Cesar & Rosalie
 
412. Boys of Brazil
 
413. The Story of G. I. Joe
 
414. One Summer of Happiness
 
415. The Crimson Pirate
 
416. The Belly of an Architect
 
417. Purple Noon
 
418. La Chinoise
 
419. Key Largo
 
420. Grapes of Wrath
 
421. Rembrandt
 
422. Little Shop of Horrors (Moranis)
 
423. A. I.
 
424. Executive Suite
 
425. Superman (the series)
 
426. True Lies
 
427. My Darling Clementine
 
428. Day For Night
 
429. The Pawnbroker 

430. Gorky Park 

431. Island of Lost Souls
 
432. All The King's Men (Crawford)
 
433. The Conjugal Bed
 
434. Cat Ballou

435. That Obscure Object of Desire
 
436. Under Fire
 
437. Taxi Driver
 
438. Avanti
 
439. It Happened One Night
 
440. Spectre

441. Last of the Mohicans
 
442. Queen Christina
 
443. The Red Tent
 
444. Belle de Jour
 
445. Night of the Iguana
 
446. The List Of Adrian Messenger
 
447. High Noon
 
448. Apocalypse Now Redux
 
449. Alexander The Great (Burton)
 
450. Tron
 
451. Algiers 

452. The Unforgiven

453. The Hudsucker Proxy
 
454. We Were Soldiers
 
455. Boccaccio '70
 
456. Basic Instinct
 
457. The Magnificent Seven
 
458. Sands Of The Kalahari
 
459. Dances With Wolves
 
460. Best Seller
 
461. The Last Samurai
 
462. My Left Foot
 
463. Julius Caesar
 
464. The Trial
 
465. Forrest Gump
 
466. The Sand Pebbles

467. Syriana
 
468. The Entertainer
 
469. The Sporting Life
 
470. Sands Of Iwo Jima
 
471. Lolita (Mason)
 
472. Saturday Night Sunday Morning
 
473. The Servant
 
474. Salvador
 
475. The Country Girl
 
476. Gold Diggers of 1933
 
477. Stalag 17
 
478. Close Encounters of the Third Kind

479. Fatal Attraction
 
480. Short Circuit
 
481. Raging Bull
 
482. The Asphalt Jungle
 
483. Witness for the Prosecution
 
484. Beat The Devil
 
485. Ghostbusters
 
486. Theater Of Blood
 
487. Billy Liar
 
488. One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest

  489. Flying Down to Rio

   490. Far From The Madding Crowd
 
491. 42nd Street
 
492. The Mummy (with Boris Karloff)
 
493.  Nashville

494. A Man For All Seasons
 
495. The Towering Inferno
 
496. 15 Minutes
 
497. Lord of the Rings (the series)
 
498.  I Want to Live 

 499. Who Killed Roger Rabbit?  

500. Staircase
 

 
 

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