After much deliberation, I have decided to continue the 50 Movies Project. These projects are very much what this site is all about, and I hate to break tradition. This year, I am switching things up a bit. The focus will be on contemporary films, meaning anything from 1980 to present day. It was surprisingly easy to put together a list of modern films that I missed — my first draft had nearly 170 titles! It took a while to whittle this down to 50, but I’m pleased with the end result. I tried to make a mix of popular and critically-acclaimed movies this time around, so there’s everything from Top Gun to Amour. I would love to hear your thoughts on these. Any particular titles you would recommend watching first?
Fast Times at Ridgemont High [1982, Amy Heckerling] First Blood [1982, Ted Kotcheff] The King of Comedy [1982, Martin Scorsese] A Christmas Story [1983, Bob Clark] The Karate Kid [1984, John G. Avildsen] Stand By Me [1986, Rob Reiner] Top Gun [1986, Tony Scott] Dirty Dancing [1987, Emile Ardolino] The Untouchables [1987, Brian De Palma] Big [1988, Penny Marshall] Who Framed Roger Rabbit [1988, Robert Zemeckis] Driving Miss Daisy [1989, Bruce Beresford] Major League [1989, David S. Ward] Road House [1989, Rowdy Herrington] Say Anything… [1989, Cameron Crowe] When Harry Met Sally… [1989, Rob Reiner] Dances With Wolves [1990, Kevin Costner] The Godfather Part III [1990, Francis Ford Coppola] Miller’s Crossing [1990, Joel Coen, Ethan Coen] Misery [1990, Rob Reiner] Pretty Woman [1990, Garry Marshall] Boyz N The Hood [1991, John Singleton] JFK [1991, Oliver Stone] Thelma & Louise [1991, Ridley Scott] Philadelphia [1993, Jonathan Demme] Rudy [1993, David Anspaugh] Apollo 13 [1995, Ron Howard] Face/Off [1997, John Woo] Armageddon [1998, Michael Bay] Out of Sight [1998, Steven Soderbergh] Run Lola Run [1998, Tom Tykwer] Being John Malkovich [1999, Spike Jonze] The Insider [1999, Michael Mann] The Iron Giant [1999, Brad Bird] Unbreakable [2000, M. Night Shyamalan] About Schmidt [2002, Alexander Payne] Catch Me If You Can [2002, Steven Spielberg] Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World [2003, Peter Weir] Mystic River [2003, Clint Eastwood] Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl [2003, Gore Verbinski] The Aviator [2004, Martin Scorsese] Sideways [2004, Alexander Payne] Good Night, and Good Luck [2005, George Clooney] 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days [2007, Cristian Mungiu] The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford [2007, Andrew Dominik] The Orphanage [2007, Juan Antonio Bayona] Gomorrah [2008, Matteo Garrone] A Prophet [2009, Jacques Audiard] Incendies [2010, Denis Villeneuve] Amour [2012, Michael Haneke]