The Ultimate Rankatron!

In the next few weeks, I will be embarking on completing something that I’ve always wanted to do in my life: watch the top 25 movies of all time and decide if the critics say are correct. This may make me Nick Cage crazy by the end of it (no there’s no Cage pics on this list) but we all need to make sacrifices.

But what are the top 25 movies of all time? Who’s the judge of this? AFI? Time Magazine? The Box Office profits? Rottentomatoes.com? Roger Ebert? Ed the Sock…

Sounds incredibly subjective.

I decided instead of just relying on one list, I took all of them and scored them based on how many times a movie appears on their individual top 25 movies.

I also gave extra points for the #1 on each list. Y’know the Citizen Kanes, the Avatars, the Casablancas. Afterall, it’s an achievement to get to be number one on any list.

A total of 113 movies (yes…there were that many…including “Beavis and Butthead Do America” coming in at #25 on one list) that boiled down to 28 because of ties. I couldn’t legitimately eliminate 3 of them without actually watching them.

From this final 28, I will devise the Ultimate Rankatron of movies. A list to end all lists (until I do another ranking).

Without further ado, here are the top 28 movies in alphabetical order…yes I will watch them all…(click on them for their trailers)

  1. 12 Angry Men (1957)(Review)
  2. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
  3. Avatar (2009) (Pre-Review) (Review)
  4. Casablanca (1942)
  5. Chinatown (1974)(Pre-Review) –  (Review)
  6. Citizen Kane (1941)(Pre-Review) (Review)
  7. City Lights (1931) (Review)
  8. Dark Knight, The (2008)
  9. E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial (1982) (Review)
  10. Godfather, The (1972)
  11. Godfather Part 2, The (1974)
  12. Gone With The Wind (1939)
  13. Graduate, The (1967)
  14. Independence Day (1996)(Pre-Review) –  (Review)
  15. It’s a Wonderful Life (1946) (Review)
  16. Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
  17. Lord of the Rings: Return of the King (2003)
  18. On The Waterfront (1954)
  19. Pulp Fiction (1994)
  20. Schindler’s List (1993)
  21. Shawshank Redemption, The (1994)(Pre-Review) –  (Review)
  22. Singing in the Rain (1952)
  23. Star Wars: A New Hope (1977)(Pre-Review) (Review)
  24. Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (1980) (Review)
  25. Raging Bull (1980)
  26. Toy Story 2 (1999) (Review)
  27. Vertigo (1958)
  28. Wizard of Oz, The (1939) (Review)

I won’t reveal who placed where in my scoring system until after my reviews have been completed. But you can probably guess from checking out your own lists which ones might’ve earned the top points.

And I’m as shocked as you with Independence Day making the list…but it’s legit based on the consensus of the lists I used.

I won’t be doing the list in order…basically it comes down to ones I can get access to the easiest first.

I’ll be posting which movies I’ll be watching a few days before hand in case you’d like to partake in a long distance movie reviewing banter of your own. Maybe I’m waaay off! (And I probably am!)

So…just so you all get your Nick Cage fill before we get started (and the fact that he’s not going to appear again in any of these posts)…here’s a little something:

And so begins THE ULTIMATE RANKATRON!!!!

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