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A few months before we got married in 2013, my husband and I decided to take on a project. We wanted to watch some of the best movies of all times, and in order to do so, began following the American Film Institute’s Top 100 movies list. We are using the 10 year anniversary addition, which updated the list with movies made between 1997 and 2007, but plan to watch the eliminated movies at the end of the main 100. Ideally, when it is updated again in 2017, we will have finished and will be able to watch the additions as well.

It has been very slow going, with periods of watching a bunch of movies and periods of watching none at all. Now that we’ve moved back to the Cincinnati area, we have access to an extremely wide library network, where we can have anything delivered to our local library. As a result, we’ve begun to pick it back up again, and now we are exactly halfway through. So I figured I would share my top and bottom 5 movies from the first half of the main list.

The List on Wikipedia

Kate’s Top 5 (in no particular order):

1. Singin’ in the Rain (1952)

2. The Wizard of Oz (1939)

3. Psycho (1960)

4. To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)

5. The Sound of Music (1965)


Kate’s Bottom 5 (in no particular order):

1. Intolerance (1916): Oh my god, kill me now. 3+ hours of a black and white silent historical film.

2. Lawrence of Arabia (1962): Soooo long, and not very interesting.

3. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968): So weird.

4. Raging Bull (1980): Hate sports movies.

5. Dr Strangelove (1964): This was also really weird.


So far, this has been a pretty cool project. We’ve discovered that I like the dramas that are people and character based, and James likes the action movies. I also understand SO many more pop culture references now that I’ve seen these!