100 Things I Love About The Movies

Original credit for the idea goes to Beau Kaelin, who’s directive read:

Rather than posting your 100 favorite films (which has been done and overdone), you simply post your favorite things about movies. I dig the concept, because instead of obsessing over whether the films you put on a list are “objectively good enough” to put on said list, you simply jot down 100 moments/lines/visuals that have made a lasting impression on you or sneak their way into running gags between you and your friends.

At first I thought this would be excruciating to compile. Then I decided that I would just do the first 100 things that came to mind, because really what I love about the movies is everything. So here’s the list.

1. Ray Harryhausen’s monsters
2. Femme fatales
3. Cecil B. DeMille’s voice overs
4. Tara’s Theme

5. Woody Allen’s neurosis
6. Orson Welles

7. Shirtless William Holden
8. Bogart’s voice
9. Paul & Joanne

10. Jack Nicholson’s eyebrows
11. swashbuckling Errol Flynn

12. Lon Chaney’s many faces
13. Vivien Leigh as Scarlet O’Hara
14. Bette Davis

15. Paul Henreid’s double cigarettes in Now, Voyager
16. Cary Grant
17. Lew Ayres as Ned in Holiday
18. Hattie McDaniel’s red petticoat
19. Yann Tiersen’s Amélie score
20. Steve McQueen’s car in Bullitt
21. Clark Gable’s mustache
22. Jimmy Stewart’s height

23. the shower scene in Pyscho
24. Jack Nicholson as Melvyn Udall
25. Cameron Crowe soundtracks
26. Anton Krasas’s score for The Third Man
27. Renée Zellweger as Bridget Jones

28. The “big mistake” shopping scene in Pretty Woman
29. Terence Malick’s voice overs
30. Cedric Gibbon’s art direction
31. Hans Zimmer
32. Meryl Streep’s wedding dress in Out of Africa
33. the final scene in Love With The Proper Stranger

34. Jack Lemmon’s face at the end of Days of Wine and Roses
35. Humphrey Bogart in Film Noir
36. François Truffaut’s essays
37. the last twenty minutes of It’s A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World
38. Abbie Cornish and Ben Whishaw in Bright Star
39. Griffin Dunne in After Hours
40. “Where’s your spark now”
41. The umbrella scene from Little Women

42. Duckie singing Try A Little Tenderness
43. Nick and Nora Charles
44. The green dress from Atonement
45. John Wayne’s eye-patch
46. Robin Williams as the Genie
47. “Do you like apples? I got her number. How do you like them apples?”
48. Steve Buscemi as Mr. Pink
49. The final scene in True Romance
50. the close-up on Moira Shearer’s distressed face in The Red Shoes
51. Buster Keaton’s face
52. Ray Milland yelling
53. Jack Warden’s voice
54. the art direction in the airport/heaven scene in Heaven Can Wait
55. The train scene in Reds

56. Ralph Fiennes crying while carrying Kristin Scott Thomas up to the Cave of the Swimmers
57. “You can’t handle the truth!”
58. Lee Remick in Anatomy of a Murder
59. The curtain dress
60. “Who better than me, the marked man?”
61. Rufus from Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure
62. Verdell the dog
63. “You had me at hello”

64. Penélope Cruz’s face at the funeral scene in Vanilla Sky
65. The Tiny Dancer sing-a-long in Almost Famous
66. Jeff Bridges as The Dude
67. “Strange things are afoot at the Circle-K”
68. Every time Joseph Cotten says “but who was the third man?”
69. Charles Foster Kane’s Xanadu
70. Johnny Depp as Ichabod Crane
71. “Attica! Attica! Attica!”
72. John Cazale
73. Jean Harlow and Robert Taylor in Personal Property
74. The entire cast of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

75. The Ecstasy of Gold sequence in The Good, The Bad and the Ugly
76. “You think you got enough dynamite there, Butch?”
77. Audrey Hepburn’s transformation in Sabrina

78. The telephone scene in It’s A Wonderful Life
79. “I vant to be alone.”
80. Spielberg’s sci-fi

81. the art direction in Blade Runner
82. The close-up on half of Nicole Kidman’s face right after the big finale scene in Moulin Rouge!

83. The opening scene in Touch of Evil
84. The opening credits to the 2006 version of The Painted Veil

85. The long tracking-shot in Children of Men
86. Gregory Peck
87. Burt Lancaster’s face
88. “Forget it Jake, it’s Chinatown”
89. Faye Dunaway in Bonnie & Clyde

90. Ewoks
91. John Williams’s theme to Jaws

92. Peter Sellers in Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
93. Peter O’Toole in The Ruling Class

94. The “married life” sequence in Up
95. Marilyn Monroe’s purple dress in How To Marry A Millionaire
96. Clint Eastwood squinting
97. Leslie Howard’s voice

98. Marlon Brando
99. James Caan as Sonny
100. “I am big, it’s the pictures that got small.”


About Marya E. Gates

Cinephile to the max.

Posted on April 22, 2011, in Top List. Bookmark the permalink. 25 Comments.

  1. Love the list!
    I was waiting for Brando to appear! 🙂

  2. Nice list! 5, 8, 19, 31, 74, 75… 80, 88, 98, 100!


    I love so many of these.

    But, really, “Ray Milland yelling,” ALWAYS. haha

  4. Love this! We have eerily similar tastes, like 41 through 45 😀

  5. Amen to #7. Can never get enough of that.

  6. this is glorious! truly wonderful. my favorites would have to be: 2, 6, 19, 23, 38, 41, 42, 44, 50, 51, 65, 68, 69, 76, 77, 78, 82, 89, 92, 94, 98, 99, 100
    I enjoy others but those are my favorites
    seriously amen to this list. brilliant. for example, duckie is golden. that umbrella scene in little women is beyond romantic goodness gracious. I read that book twice within the span of two years or something like that in elementary school and saw both film adaptations. it’s so great. jo was always my favorite character. and marlon brando! I have a similar photograph in postcard form on my wall. he is phenomenal. what an actor. he had such a presence and such talent

  7. oh and I cannot and will not ever get over the it’s a wonderful life telephone scene. so romantic and beautiful. they had amazing chemistry and that film is moving and magical. I expect to watch it over and over again in the years to come

  8. Great list

    Honorable mention: “You’re killing me smalls”

  9. “There’s something strange afoot at the Circle K!” FAVORITE EVER!

  10. Oh, I love your list! It’s amazing and I agree with you, just absolutely perfect (:

  11. What a great list. I’m inspired to work on one of my own. Love that you mention Griffin Dunne in After Hours – I still think After Hours and King of Comedy are Scorsese’s best films (well, maybe Taxi Driver just edges them but still…After Hours is criminally underrated).

  12. I really enjoyed your list — several made me smile and nod in agreement, especially the telephone scene in It’s a Wonderful Life, the score of The Third Man, Lew Ayres as Ned in Holiday, and the entire cast of Virginia Woolf. Very enjoyable.

  13. this list is sweet! did you go running across Manhattan streets after writing it?
    hehe, i love woody allen films.

  14. Very interesting list,makes me want to have one on my blog!!

  15. Absolutely perfect! There are some that I haven’t seen that I will have to add to my to-watch list now.

  16. Do you still love Woody Allen and his neurosis?

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