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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. La Dolce Vita

 

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. Robots 

 

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. Dreams
 

 

56. Grand Hotel
 

 

57. Cat on a Hot Tin Roof 

 

58. 8 1/2
  

59. Double Indemnity
 

 

60. Gandhi
 

 

61. Bringing Up Baby
 

 

62. Duck Soup
 

 

63. Tom Jones
 

 

64.  Kind Hearts and Coronets
 

 

65. Psycho
 

 

66. Hamlet (Olivier)
 

 

67. The Shape of Things to Come
 

 

68. Brazil
 

 

69. Rear Window
 

 

70. Gentlemen's Agreement 
 

 

71. Breathless
 

 

72. Purple Butterfly
 

 

73. Pirates of the Carribean Dead Man's Chest 

 

74. The Day of the Jackal 

75. Network 

 

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.   The Lady Eve

 

83. On The Waterfront 

 

84. Platoon

 

85.  Bicycle Thief


86. Two for the Road
 
  
87. Advise and Consent

 

88. Jurassic Park (the series) 

 

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. Star Wars (the series)
 

  
105. Dead of Night 

 

106. My Fair Lady 

 

107. M 

 

108. Z 

 

109. Gigi

 110. A Man And A Woman  

111. Black Narcissus

 
112. Witness 

 

113. Bride of Frankenstein


114. O Lucky Man

 

115. The Birds 

 

116. Harvey 

 

117. High Society 

 

118. Indiana Jones (the series)

   
119.   Three Colors (Blue, White, Red) 

 
120. Young Frankenstein

 

121. The Misfits 

 

122. Stagecoach 

 

123. Bhowani Junction 

 

124. The China Syndrome 

 

125. Ninotchka 

 

126.  Isadora

 

127.  Midnight Cowboy



128. The Hunchback of Notre Dame
 

 

129. Attack

 

130. Tunes of Glory

 

131. The Avengers
 
  
132. Rango 
 

 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. Providence 

 

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. Blow-Up 

 

151. Sweet Smell of Success 

 

152. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington 

 

153. Le Million  

 

154. Seven Days in May 

 

155. Ran 

 

156. Seven Samurai 

 

157. Fail Safe
 

 

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. Gold Diggers of 1935 

 

166. Fantastic Voyage 

 

167. The Philadelphia Story 

 

168. Door to Door 

 

169. Picnic 

 

170. Two or Three Things I Know About Her 

 

171. Enter the Dragon 

 

172. Sabrina (Bogart)
 

173. All About My Mother


174. The Searchers 

 

175. Batman (the series) 

 

176. Big Deal on Madonna Street 

 

177. Roman Holiday 

 

178. Laura 

 

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. White Heat

 
185. Christmas Carol (with Alaistair Sim)
 

 185. Mutiny On The Bounty (Gable) 

 

186. Breaker Morant 

 

187. Ronin 

 

188. Grand Illusion 

 

189. A Place in The Sun 

 

190. Dinner at Eight 

 

191. Arsenic and Old Lace 

 

192. Jeremiah Johnson 

 

193. Seconds 

 

194.   Schindler's List

 195. The Man Who Would Be King 

 

196.  Darling

 

197. Notorious 

 

198. Patton 

 

199. Out of Africa 

 

200. Mickey One 

 

201. Crash 

 

202. A Clockwork Orange

 
203. Viva Zapata 

 

204. Silkwood 

 

205. The Sting 

 

206. Romeo and Juliet (Harvey)
 
 

 207. The Lost Weekend

 

208. The Killers (w. Lancaster) 

 

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. Wings of Desire
 

 

220. Male Hunt
 

 

222. Death Watch
 

 

223. Gate of Hell
 

 

224. La Strada
 

 

225. Giant
 

 

226. The Hill 

 

227. She Done Him Wrong 

 

228. The Scarlet Empress 

 

229. The Palm Beach Story 

 

230. Horse Feathers 

 

231. Ivan the Terrible Parts I and II 

 

232. Funny Face 

 

233. Casino Royale (Niven) 

 

234. Mephisto 

 

235. The Garden of the Finzi-Continis 

 

236. Foreign Correspondent 

 

237. Oklahoma 

 

238. Scott of the Antartic 

 

239. The Horse's Mouth 

 

240. Kingdom of Heaven 

 

241.Deliverance

  
242. Rocky (the series) 

 

243. Judgment at Nuremberg 

 

244. Two Women 

 

245. Billy Liar 

 

246. JFK 

 

247. King Kong (Jackson remake with Naomi Watts) 

 

248.  Meet Me In St. Louis

 
249. What's New, Pussycat? 

 

250. E. T. 

 

251. Divorce Italian Style 

 

252. The Fall of the Roman Empire 

 

253. Ivanhoe 

 

254. The Conformist 

 

255. Follow the Fleet 

 

256. Days of Wine and Roses 

 

257. Hiroshima Mon Amour 

 

258. The Big Sleep 

 

259. Odd Man Out 

 

260. The Rock 

 

261. Mad Max and the Thunderdome

 
262. Gervaise

 

263. The Big Easy 

 

264. Separate Tables 

 

265. Look Back In Anger 

 

266. Toy Story (The series)

 

267. Jules and Jim 

 

268. Treasure Island 

 

269. Total Recall 

 

270. The Lavender Hill Mob 

 

271. Blood Diamond 

 

272. The Easy Life 

 

273. The Night of the Hunter 

 

274. I'm Alright Jack 

 

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. Bride of Frankenstein 

 

289. Tucker 

 

290. The Last Voyage 

 

291. Brute Force 

 

292. Dead of Night 

 

293. Exodus 

 

294. Ship of Fools 

 

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. The Pink Panther (the series) 

 

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. Cleopatra (Taylor)
 

 

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. Fellini's Roma 

 

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. The Guns of Navarone 

 

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. The List Of Adrian Messenger 

 

441. Last of the Mohicans 

 

442. Queen Christina 

 

443. The Red Tent 

 

444. Belle de Jour 

 

445. Night of the Iguana 

 

446. Out Of The Past 

 

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. Mean Streets

 
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. Airplane!
 

 
 

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