A Cinematic Alphabet

This was going around all the blogs last week and I resisted doing it, mostly because I found it too difficult to pick just one title for some of the letters (for A alone I had at least ten viable choices!), but I finally got over my own neurosis and forced myself to choose. I think this list is a pretty accurate portrait of my taste in movies. A little bit classic, a little bit modern. A lot of romance, a little sci-fi.

A is for Amélie, 2001 (dir. Jean-Pierre Jeunet)

B is for Bright Star, 2009 (dir. Jane Campion)

C is for Children of Men, 2006 (dir. Alfonso Cuarón)

D is for Days of Wine and Roses, 1962 (dir. Blake Edwards)

E is for (The) English Patient, 1996 (dir. Anthony Minghella)

F is for Fahrenheit 451, 1966 (dir. François Truffaut)

G is for Gone With The Wind, 1939 (dir. Victor Fleming)

H is for Holiday, 1938 (dir. George Cukor)

I is for It’s A Wonderful Life, 1946 (dir. Frank Capra)

J is for Jerry Maguire, 1996 (dir. Cameron Crowe)

K is for Kramer vs. Kramer, 1979 (dir. Robert Benton)

L is for Little Women, 1994 (dir. Gillian Armstrong)

M is for Moulin Rouge!, 2001 (dir. Baz Luhrmann)

N is for Now, Voyager, 1942 (dir. Irving Rapper)

O is for One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, 1975 (dir. Miloš Forman)

P is for Pretty In Pink, 1986 (dir. Howard Deutch)

Q is for (Les) quatre cent coups, 1959 (dir. François Truffaut)

R is for Reality Bites, 1994 (dir. Ben Stiller)

S is for Sabrina, 1954 (dir. Billy Wilder)

T is for (The) Thin Red Line, 1998 (dir. Terrence Malick)

U is for  (The) Untouchables, 1987 (dir. Brian De Palma)

V is for Valley Girl, 1983 (dir. Martha Coolidge)

W is for Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, 1966 (dir. Mike Nichols)

X is for (The) X-Files: Fight The Future, 1998 (dir. Rob Bowman)

Y is for You’ve Got Mail, 1998 (dir. Nora Ephron)

Z is for Zodiac, 2007 (dir. David Fincher)


About Marya E. Gates

Cinephile to the max.

Posted on April 6, 2011, in Top List and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 17 Comments.

  1. outstanding! these are all great!

  2. Awesome choices!

    I totally want to do this now– but I’m afraid I might have heart attack (I once almost hyperventilated trying to list my 20 favorite Hitchcock’s, so….;-D).

  3. What a great list! Wonderful.

  4. That’s awesome! So hard to choose though. ‘Amelie’ is my all time fav movie! I like the mix of genres too! Thanks!

  5. OKI!
    I give u the 3 extra vowels of the Swedish alphabet: Å Ä Ö
    Loved the list I have seen all the movies minus some of the older ones!

  6. Good stuff on the list. I’m pretty sure, considering all the films you watch in a month, that you’d be able to pick over 10 films per letter xD

  7. I love your choice for U and L great stuff!

  8. I love that you put Jerry Maguire and Reality Bites, I love them too 🙂 I enjoy reading your list, nice choices

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