Here's the list.
Bold letters signify the 88 films I've seen. Underline signififes a film I recommend.
If you check back in a few days, I'll add some commentary in red on various films I fancy.
1. IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE Shows how we can touch others' lives in positive ways, even though we seldom realise.
2. TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD Harper Lee's great novel of the American south brought to screen life with Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch, a lawyer who tries to right a dreadful wrong. Big themes in a relatively low budget film.
3. SCHINDLER'S LIST
5. MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON
6. E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL
7. THE GRAPES OF WRATH
8. BREAKING AWAY
9. MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET
10. SAVING PRIVATE RYAN
11. THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES 3 men, played by Frederic March, Dana Andrews and Harold Russell, return to their small town from WWII service. Each broken in a different way. They find civvie street and their various relationships hard going. Russell was awarded Best Supporting Actor Oscar.
12. APOLLO 13
13. HOOSIERS High school basketball championship and more. Gene hackman as the coach. Good to compare this with The Great Santini, and the book Friday Night Lights.
14. THE BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI
15. THE MIRACLE WORKER
16. NORMA RAE
17. ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST Jack Nicholson is outstanding in this movie of Ken Kesey's book. What's the borderline between insanity and being an anarchist?
18. THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK
19. THE RIGHT STUFF I thought Tom Wolfe's original book was far better than the flick.
21. IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT The theme is racial tolerance. Won Best Pic oscar against Bonnie and Clyde and The Graduate. Top Script. Score by Quincy Jones. Career peak acting from Steiger and Poitier.
22. THE PRIDE OF THE YANKEES
23. THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION
24. NATIONAL VELVET
25. SULLIVAN'S TRAVELS
26. THE WIZARD OF OZ
27. HIGH NOON
28. FIELD OF DREAMS I just liked this film a lot more than I expected to. It's a gentle film really.
30. LAWRENCE OF ARABIA There are so many good and great things about this film. To me, the cinematography is the thing here. Freddie Young took the oscar for that.
32. CASABLANCA "Round up the usual suspects!" Bogart. Bergman. Raines. Henreid. Lorre. Greenstreet. More quotable quotes than you can poke a stick at.
33. CITY LIGHTS
34. ALL THE PRESIDENT'S MEN
35. GUESS WHO'S COMING TO DINNER Sidney Poitier again. Here with Spencer Tracey and Katherine Hepburn.
36. ON THE WATERFRONT
37. FORREST GUMP I found this one immensely entertaining. Special effects make it.
39. STAR WARS
40. MRS. MINIVER
41. THE SOUND OF MUSIC
42. 12 ANGRY MEN Justice is done, and seen to be done in this look behind the veil of the jury room. But Henry Fonda certainly has a battle on his hands doing it.
43. GONE WITH THE WIND
44. SPARTACUS Entertaining toga dress-up.
45. ON GOLDEN POND
46. LILIES OF THE FIELD
47. 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY
48. THE AFRICAN QUEEN Bogart. Hepburn. Huston directs.
49. MEET JOHN DOE
51. THE COLOR PURPLE
52. DEAD POET'S SOCIETY Uplifting in parts, but mainly saddening.
53. SHANE A western. A damned good one.
55. THE DEFIANT ONES
56. BEN-HUR When I think of Norma Desmond's quote, "I am big, it's the pictures that got small." I think of this pic. Because this film is big in every way.
57. SERGEANT YORK
58. CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND
59. DANCES WITH WOLVES
60. THE KILLING FIELDS
63. RAIN MAN Tom Cruise is a good actor. Here's proof.
64. THE BLACK STALLION
65. A RAISIN IN THE SUN
67. THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL
68. AN OFFICER AND A GENTLEMAN
69. THE SPIRIT OF ST. LOUIS
70. COAL MINER'S DAUGHTER
71. COOL HAND LUKE Picks up on the anti-establishment ideals of the '60's.
72. DARK VICTORY
73. ERIN BROCKOVICH
74. GUNGA DIN So creaky now, but a good tale by Kipling brought to life.
75. THE VERDICT
76. BIRDMAN OF ALCATRAZ I'm a big fan of Burt Lancaster. A big fan.
77. DRIVING MISS DAISY Morgan Freeman - he's a great actor.
78. THELMA & LOUISE
79. THE TEN COMMANDMENTS
81. BOYS TOWN
82. FIDDLER ON THE ROOF Topol as Tevye.
83. MR. DEEDS GOES TO TOWN
85. WHAT'S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT
86. STAND AND DELIVER
87. WORKING GIRL
88. YANKEE DOODLE DANDY Cagney in his beloved song and dance role.
89. HAROLD AND MAUDE
90. HOTEL RWANDA
91. THE PAPER CHASE I loved Houseman in this, and the TV series that followed.
93. A BEAUTIFUL MIND
94. CAPTAINS COURAGEOUS
95. PLACES IN THE HEART
96. SEARCHING FOR BOBBY FISCHER
97. MADAME CURIE
98. THE KARATE KID
100. CHARIOTS OF FIRE
For mine, I can't see how Mister Roberts didn't make it onto the list.