New Classics: The Best Films Since 1983

So most of you by now have seen the New Classics movie list at Entertainment Weekly. Needless to say, I have my own opinions on the matter. I’ve been mulling these over for some time now, and I can’t commit to anything past a 50-movie list. These are my 50 best films since 1983. Are they simply my favorites, or do I find them to be the highest quality films? It’s too difficult to separate the two– although I’m sure The Pianist is probably a “better film” than a Norm MacDonald comedy, but there must be some logical reason why I’m compelled to leave it off in favor of Norm. There’s no analysis here unfortunately, just my list. Agree, disagree, tell me how it compares to EW’s list, give me feedback.

50. Dirty Work
49. Purple Rain
48. School of Rock
47. High Fidelity
46. A Mighty Wind
45. The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
44. Iron Man
43. Ratatouille
42. Return of the Jedi
41. Superbad
40. King Kong
39. South Park: Bigger, Longer, and Uncut
38. This is Spinal Tap
37. Jackie Brown
36. The Big Lebowski
35. The Princess Bride
34. The Truman Show
33. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
32. There Will Be Blood
31. No Country For Old Men
30. Men In Black
29. Hoop Dreams
28. Finding Nemo
27. Full Metal Jacket
26. 25th Hour
25. Malcolm X
24. Wall-E
23. X2: X-Men United
22. Children of Men
21. Hannah and her Sisters
20. Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life
19. Pee Wee’s Big Adventure
18. Murderball
17. Barton Fink
16. The Incredibles
15. Waiting For Guffman
14. Being John Malkovich
13. Brazil
12. Rushmore
11. Jerry Maguire
10. Toy Story
9. Boogie Nights
8. Ran
7. Almost Famous
6. Die Hard
5. Back to the Future
4. Fargo
3. Groundhog Day
2. Goodfellas
1. Do the Right Thing

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~ by russellhainline on July 31, 2008.

6 Responses to “New Classics: The Best Films Since 1983”

  1. hey #3 and #7 are the same.

  2. This list definitely falls under the “my favorite” genre of lists, as opposed to “best.” However, I agree with you on most of them. Great films, all, and certainly a lot of my top favorites from the given time span, just not what I would consider “best.” That being said, my “favorite” movie of the last 25 years is O Brother Where Art Thou. Not many, if any, would agree, but I love that film.

  3. Julie– thanks for pointing that out. Oddly enough, the deja vu repeat was taking the place of Groundhog Day.

    And Eric– I’ll agree that 50 and 49 don’t belong, but they’re so damn good. But I would say 1-45 all qualify as “best.” And you should read the Entertainment Weekly of O Brother Where Art Thou. Not only did they give it an F, but they called it the Worst Film of the Year. Food for thought.

  4. Nothing in 40-50 is better than Forrest Gump. Should be Top Ten, IMO.

  5. Solid list.

    Would have liked to have participated at PTP, but I can barely remember 50 movies i’ve watched.

  6. I always hate seeing these lists a year later, lol. There’s so much I’d change! The Top 5 would remain the same though.

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