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.

26 thoughts on “501 Must-See Movies, by Ann Lloyd, et al.

  1. Bumble says:

    Back. Up. The. Bus.

    You have never seen The Sting?!?!?!?!

    Dude. Get on that ASAP.

    Other than that glaring omission and your propensity for the romance genre (I’m generally a fuddy duddy in that regard), I think you and I could be an excellent movie viewing team!

    What a fun book :0)

    • stacybuckeye says:

      So, you think I’m missing something? 😉 The Sting also being added to my library list. I bet we’d make a great movie viewing team. Bring on the popcorn!

  2. Margot says:

    This looks like the perfect book for you – the all-time movie buff. I’m with Molly – you MUST see The Sting. Super fun and even interesting movie.

  3. Caspette says:

    Sounds like a great book. Wonder what my number would be. Probably not high I dont watch a lot of classic movies and these sorts of lists like those. Still 188 is an impressive achievement.

    • stacybuckeye says:

      There were lots of 80’s movies and a few current ones as well. I’m not sure I’d call it an achivement. More like time I could have been using to do more productive things 🙂

  4. jennygirl says:

    Quite an interesting book. I finally watched Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? and was blown away. Besides the two legendary actresses, the premise of the movie is disturbing. Great, great movie.

  5. Nise' says:

    The Sting has been one of my all time favorite movies! Before the day of hundreds/thousands of channels, I used to watch old movies because it was all that was on. I miss those days!’o)

  6. Heather says:

    I think I saw the Sting once…Robert Redford, right? The Mission is definitely a must-see. But it is horribly depressing and tragic, but powerful and the music is amazing as well. So be prepared for lots of tissues with this one!

    I’m not a huge old-movie fan so when I looked through the book at Costco, I noticed I hadn’t watched too many either. But I should pick it up anyway!

    Thanks for sharing this.

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