501 Must-See Movies, by Ann Lloyd, et al.

501 Must-See Movies by Ann Lloyd: Book CoverFinished 8-12-10, rating 4/5, film, first pub. 2005

It’s no secret that I love lists and Audrey Hepburn, so I considered it a real accomplishment when I was able to walk by this book on a few different bookstore visits without buying it.  But, then I had a weak moment and snatched it up.  I had a blast going through this fun book with its beautiful movie stills and information.  The movies are broken into 10 different genres and I have watched a total if 188.  For as many movies as I watch I was surprised the number wasn’t higher.  Here’s my take on each of the categories.

Action/Adventure-I watched 20 from this category.  My top rated movie, Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring (A+).  The one I most want to see, The Mission (1986).  5 are on my Top 100 list.

Comedy– I’ve watched 18 here.  A tie for my top rated comedy, There’s Something About Mary (A+) and Meet the Parents (A+).  The ones I most want to see, Harold & Maude (1971) and Born Yesterday (1950).  7 are on my Top 100 list.

Drama– I’ve watched 28 dramas.  There is a 5 way tie, all with A grades, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Grapes of Wrath, 12 Angry Men, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Shawshank Redemption..  The ones I most want to see, Sweet Smell of Success (1957) & The Player (1992).  11 are on my Top 100 List.

Horror– I’ve watched 16. A 3 way tie, all with A’s, Psycho, Rosemary’s Baby, The Silence of the Lambs.  The one I most want to see, Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962).  Only the 3 listed are on my Top 100 List.

Musical– I’ve watched 16 of these.  My favorite, The Sound of Music (A+).  The one I’d most like to see, New York, New York (1977). 5 of these are on my Top 100 List.

Romance– I’ve watched 22 romances.  My two favorites, The Philadelphia Story (A+) and Breakfast at Tiffany’s (A+). The ones I’d most like to see, Adam’s Rib (1949) and The Long, Hot Summer (1958).  9 of these are on my Top 100 List.

Science Fiction & Fantasy– I’ve watched 26 of these.  The only F’s I gave in the entire book came in this category and I gave 3.  My favorite was Alien (A).  The one I’d most like to see is Brazil (1985).  Only 2 made it on my Top 100 List.

Mystery & Thriller– I’ve watched 23 of these.  My favorites are The Godfather & Se7en.  The ones I’d most like to see, Strangers on a Train (1951) and The Sting (1973).  Only 3 are on my Top 100 List.

War– I’ve seen 11 of these movies.  I gave 3 A’s in this category. The Bridge on the River Kwai, Platoon, Schindler’s List.  The one I’d most like to see, Catch-22.  2 of these are on my Top 100 List.

Western– I’ve only seen 8 westerns, obviously my least favorite category.  My favorite was High Noon (A).  The one I’d most like to see, The Magnificent Seven (1960).

If you are a movie lover this is a fun book.  Now I have a great resource for times when I need some movies for my Netflix queue.  This is from my personal library.