2019/02/14

a list of memorable films

Photo by @y.jae.k

I love movies. I have a lot of fond memories connected to watching movies with family and friends, and one of my teenage dreams was to become a film director. I think it's where my love for shooting short videos here and there stems from. I put the director dreams on the back burner a while ago, but I've never stopped loving the art of film. My favorite way to wind down after a long day is to turn on a movie on my laptop with a can of beer and my cats nestled by my side.

Below is a very comprehensive list encompassing every memorable film that I've seen in chronological order by release year—from Academy Award nominees and animations from childhood that brought me to tears, to Wong Kar-wai classics and pieces that I was assigned to watch in CIMS 102. This precious list will be continuously updated as my life goes on. :)

Note: Italicized titles are ones that I particularly loved (and would rewatch in a heartbeat). For any series, I listed my ultimate favorite film from each.

  1. The Wizard of Oz (1939)
  2. Pinocchio (1940)
  3. Dumbo (1941)
  4. Peter Pan (1953)
  5. Vertigo (1958)
  6. Sleeping Beauty (1959)
  7. Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961)
  8. The Sound of Music (1965)
  9. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)
  10. The Fox and the Hound (1981)
  11. Mickey's Christmas Carol (1983)
  12. The Outsiders (1983)
  13. The Breakfast Club (1985)
  14. Top Gun (1986)
  15. Grave of the Fireflies (1988)
  16. My Neighbor Totoro (1988)
  17. Mystic Pizza (1988)
  18. Dead Poets Society (1989)
  19. Do the Right Thing (1989)
  20. Kiki's Delivery Service (1989)
  21. When Harry Met Sally (1989)
  22. Home Alone (1990)
  23. Beauty and the Beast (1991)
  24. Porco Rosso (1992)
  25. Sleepless in Seattle (1993)
  26. What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993)
  27. Chungking Express (1994)
  28. Eat Drink Man Woman (1994)
  29. Little Women (1994)
  30. Clueless (1995)
  31. Pocahontas (1995)
  32. Whisper of the Heart (1995)
  33. As Good As It Gets (1997)
  34. Good Will Hunting (1997)
  35. Mulan (1998)
  36. Patch Adams (1998)
  37. The Prince of Egypt (1998)
  38. The Truman Show (1998)
  39. 10 Things I Hate About You (1999)
  40. Notting Hill (1999)
  41. In the Mood for Love (2000)
  42. A Beautiful Mind (2001)
  43. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (2001)
  44. My Sassy Girl (2001)
  45. The Princess Diaries (2001)
  46. Catch Me If You Can (2002)
  47. Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones (2002)
  48. A Walk to Remember (2002)
  49. The Lizzie McGuire Movie (2003)
  50. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)
  51. Lost in Translation (2003)
  52. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)
  53. School of Rock (2003)
  54. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
  55. Howl's Moving Castle (2004)
  56. The Sea Inside (2004)
  57. Temptation of Wolves (2004)
  58. Memoirs of a Geisha (2005)
  59. Pride and Prejudice (2005)
  60. Julie & Julia (2006)
  61. Little Miss Sunshine (2006)
  62. The Prestige (2006)
  63. The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)
  64. Atonement (2007)
  65. Bridge to Terabithia (2007)
  66. Antique (2008)
  67. The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (2008)
  68. The Dark Knight (2008)
  69. Iron Man (2008)
  70. Mamma Mia! (2008)
  71. Scandal Makers (2008)
  72. 500 Days of Summer (2009)
  73. Avatar (2009)
  74. The Blind Side (2009)
  75. The Devil Wears Prada (2009)
  76. An Education (2009)
  77. Sherlock Holmes (2009)
  78. Take Off (2009)
  79. Black Swan (2010)
  80. Blue Valentine (2010)
  81. Eat Pray Love (2010)
  82. How to Train Your Dragon (2010)
  83. Inception (2010)
  84. It's Kind of a Funny Story (2010)
  85. The King's Speech (2010)
  86. Never Let Me Go (2010)
  87. Tangled (2010)
  88. Bridesmaids (2011)
  89. Hugo (2011)
  90. The Intouchables (2011)
  91. Midnight in Paris (2011)
  92. One Day (2011)
  93. Punch (2011)
  94. Silenced (2011)
  95. Sunny (2011)
  96. Winnie the Pooh (2011)
  97. 21 Jump Street (2012)
  98. Anna Karenina (2012)
  99. Architecture 101 (2012)
  100. Argo (2012)
  101. The Avengers (2012)
  102. Les Misérables (2012)
  103. Looper (2012)
  104. The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)
  105. Pitch Perfect (2012)
  106. Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (2012)
  107. Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
  108. The Thieves (2012)
  109. A Werewolf Boy (2012)
  110. 12 Years a Slave (2013)
  111. About Time (2013)
  112. The Attorney (2013)
  113. The Berlin File (2013)
  114. Blue Jasmine (2013)
  115. The Call (2013)
  116. Dallas Buyers Club (2013)
  117. Gravity (2013)
  118. The Great Gatsby (2013)
  119. The Heat (2013)
  120. Her (2013)
  121. Like Father, Like Son (2013)
  122. Lincoln (2013)
  123. Miracle in Cell No. 7 (2013)
  124. Now You See Me (2013)
  125. Secretly, Greatly (2013)
  126. The Spectacular Now (2013)
  127. The Wind Rises (2013)
  128. The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
  129. Big Hero 6 (2014)
  130. Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (2014)
  131. Fashion King (2014)
  132. The Fault in Our Stars (2014)
  133. The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)
  134. Hot Young Bloods (2014)
  135. The Imitation Game (2014)
  136. Interstellar (2014)
  137. Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014)
  138. Kundo: Age of the Rampant (2014)
  139. Les Héritiers (2014)
  140. Love, Rosie (2014)
  141. Miss Granny (2014)
  142. My Brilliant Life (2014)
  143. Ode to My Father (2014)
  144. Whiplash (2014)
  145. Gone Girl (2014)
  146. The Theory of Everything (2014)
  147. The Age of Adaline (2015)
  148. Ant-Man (2015)
  149. The Beauty Inside (2015)
  150. The Big Short (2015)
  151. Burnt (2015)
  152. Cinderella (2015)
  153. Joy (2015)
  154. Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)
  155. Our Little Sister (2015)
  156. Room (2015)
  157. Spotlight (2015)
  158. Twenty (2015)
  159. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016)
  160. Hacksaw Ridge (2016)
  161. The Handmaiden (2016)
  162. Hidden Figures (2016)
  163. La La Land (2016)
  164. Manchester by the Sea (2016)
  165. A Melody to Remember (2016)
  166. Mood of the Day (2016)
  167. Moonlight (2016)
  168. My Annoying Brother (2016)
  169. The Edge of Seventeen (2016)
  170. Silence (2016)
  171. Sing Street (2016)
  172. Train to Busan (2016)
  173. A Violent Prosecutor (2016)
  174. Zootopia (2016)
  175. 1987: When the Day Comes (2017)
  176. Anarchist from Colony (2017)
  177. The Battleship Island (2017)
  178. The Big Sick (2017)
  179. Butterfly Sleep (2017)
  180. Call Me By Your Name (2017)
  181. Coco (2017)
  182. Dunkirk (2017)
  183. The Greatest Showman (2017)
  184. Lady Bird (2017)
  185. The Merciless (2017)
  186. Okja (2017)
  187. One-Line (2017)
  188. A Taxi Driver (2017)
  189. To the Bone (2017)
  190. Wonder (2017)
  191. Wonder Woman (2017)
  192. Black Panther (2018)
  193. Bohemian Rhapsody (2018)
  194. Burning (2018)
  195. Colette (2018)
  196. Crazy Rich Asians (2018)
  197. Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot (2018)
  198. Dumplin' (2018)
  199. Green Book (2018)
  200. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (2018)
  201. Isle of Dogs (2018)
  202. Little Forest (2018)
  203. Love, Simon (2018)
  204. On Your Wedding Day (2018)
  205. Searching (2018)
  206. Shoplifters (2018)
  207. A Star is Born (2018)
  208. Spider Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018)
  209. Vice (2018)
  210. The Dude in Me (2019)
  211. Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019)
  212. The Farewell (2019)
  213. I Lost My Body (2019)
  214. Joker (2019)
  215. Just Mercy (2019)
  216. Knives Out (2019)
  217. Little Women (2019)
  218. Marriage Story (2019)
  219. Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood (2019)
  220. Parasite (2019)
  221. The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019)
  222. Tune in for Love (2019)
  223. Emma (2020)
  224. Enola Holmes (2020)
  225. The Half of It (2020)
  226. Over the Moon (2020)
  227. Pieces of a Woman (2020)
  228. Promising Young Woman (2020)
  229. The Social Dilemma (2020)
  230. Soul (2020)
  231. The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020)
  232. American Girl (2021)
  233. CODA (2021)
  234. Don't Look Up (2021)
  235. Drive My Car (2021)
  236. Escape from Mogadishu (2021)
  237. The Lost Daughter (2021)
  238. Love Hard (2021)
  239. Malcolm & Marie (2021)
  240. Minari (2021)
  241. Night in Paradise (2021)
  242. The Power of the Dog (2021)
  243. Space Sweepers (2021)
  244. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2021)
  245. Spencer (2021)
  246. Tick, Tick... Boom! (2021)
  247. We Couldn't Become Adults (2021)
  248. Wish Dragon (2021)
  249. After Yang (2022)
  250. Everything Everywhere All at Once (2022)
  251. Hustle (2022)
  252. Top Gun: Maverick (2022)
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