My top picks for every year since 1900

These are my top picks for works in any art medium for every year since 1900. This will include film, literature, music, visual art, architecture, and more. My "top pick" will be based both on personal opinion as well as how artistically or culturally significant the work seems to be.

Note: Since IMDb only has movies, TV shows, and video games, for other media I will choose something I believe best represents the work. Please ignore the bold titles and instead look at the description below.

Key for side markings:
+/-: + means I rated it 9+ or 10 out of 10. (blank) means I rated it 7+ thru 9 out of 10. - means I rated it 7 or below.
*/^: * means that the work is especially significant, artistically, culturally, or historically. (blank) means of comparable significance to most others on this list. ^ means relatively less importance.

Countries represented: (may not be updated)
United States (58)
United Kingdom (19)
France (9)
Russia/USSR (9)
Japan (4)
Colombia (2)
Romania (2)
Spain (2)
Australia (1)
China (1)
Germany (1)
Mexico (1)
Nigeria (1)

Genres represented: (may not be updated)
Literature/Novels/Stories (26)
Film (25)
Music Recording (14)
Music Composition (11)
Art/Sculpture (8)
Nonfiction (7)
Architecture (6)
Opera/Musical/Ballet (6)
Photography (4)
Video Games (3)
Drama/Poetry (2)
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1.
The Wizard of Oz (1939)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Dorothy Gale is swept away from a farm in Kansas to a magical land of Oz in a tornado and embarks on a quest with her new friends to see the Wizard who can help her return home in Kansas and help her friends as well. (102 mins.)
Director: Victor Fleming
“ 1900: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (L. Frank Baum)
9-/10

I read this book in elementary school and loved it. Then I remember having a discussion about how it represented the Populist movement in history back in high school ... LOL. ” - Tony1337
 
2.
Rachmaninoff (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A visual show of Rachmaninoff biography from the director's point of view. (102 mins.)
“ 1901: Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor (Sergei Rachmaninoff)
9/10

A beautifully composed piece. I wish I could play it sometime. ” - Tony1337
 
3.
Scott Joplin (1977 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Details the life story of Scott Joplin and how he became the greatest ragtime composer of all time. (96 mins.)
“ 1902: The Entertainer (Scott Joplin)
8/10

Nice, easy, fun piece from the king of ragtime. Played it a while back. ” - Tony1337
 
4.
Picasso (1985 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
(83 mins.)
Director: Didier Baussy
“ 1903: The Old Guitarist (Pablo Picasso) -
7/10

Most representative piece from his blue period. ” - Tony1337
 
5.
Madama Butterfly (1975 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A young Japanese geisha clings to the belief that her arrangement with a visiting American naval officer is a loving and permanent marriage. (146 mins.)
“ 1904: Madame Butterfly (Giacomo Puccini) -
7/10

One of Puccini's best known operas. ” - Tony1337
 
6.
The Scarlet Pimpernel (1982 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
During the French Revolution, a mysterious English nobleman known only as The Scarlet Pimpernel (a humble wayside flower)... (142 mins.)
Director: Clive Donner
“ 1905: The Scarlet Pimpernel (Baroness Emmuska Orczy)
8/10

The second best work of fiction about the French Revolution after A Tale of Two Cities. ” - Tony1337
 
7.
Stanford University, California (1897 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.7/10 X  
"The view shows an immense arch in the background through which are seen coming groups of students, some walking, others on bicycles. The ivy covered walls of the building form the background to a pleasing picture."
Director: James H. White
“ 1906: Agassiz in the Concrete (W. C. Mendenhall) -^
7-/10

A very striking photo of the aftermath of the San Francisco earthquake. ” - Tony1337
 
8.
Picasso (1985 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
(83 mins.)
Director: Didier Baussy
“ 1907: Les Demoiselles d'Avignon (Pablo Picasso) -
6+/10

Another one of Picasso's famous paintings. ” - Tony1337
 
9.
Debussy (1962 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
(18 mins.)
Director: António Campos
“ 1908: Children's Corner (Claude Debussy)
8-/10

Doctor Gradus ad Parnassum and Golliwogg's Cakewalk are the best pieces in this suite IMO. ” - Tony1337
 
10.
Rachmaninoff (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A visual show of Rachmaninoff biography from the director's point of view. (102 mins.)
“ 1909: Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor (Sergei Rachmaninoff)
8+/10

Still excellent. ” - Tony1337
 
11.
Debussy (1962 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
(18 mins.)
Director: António Campos
“ 1910: Préludes, Book 1 (Claude Debussy)
8/10

La fille aux cheveux de lin is a very beautiful Impressionist piece. ” - Tony1337
 
12.
From Russia with Love (1963)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
James Bond willingly falls into an assassination ploy involving a naive Russian beauty in order to retrieve a Soviet encryption device that was stolen by SPECTRE. (115 mins.)
Director: Terence Young
“ 1911: Portrait of Alim Khan (Sergey Prokudin-Gorsky) ^
7+/10

It's really impressive how this Russian pioneer managed to shoot color photos before color film was even invented. His strategy? Use color filters and make separate exposures, once with each filter. This particular photo isn't his best, but I just happened to have an open spot in 1911. ” - Tony1337
 
13.
Prokofiev: His Life and Music (1961 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
“ 1912: Toccata in D minor (Sergei Prokofiev) +
10/10

I love this toccata. It's technically demanding and just sounds awesome when played fast. Listen to the Martha Argerich recording of this; she's the best. ” - Tony1337
 
14.
Leonard Bernstein: 'The Rite of Spring' in Rehearsal (1987 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
(60 mins.)
“ 1913: The Rite of Spring (Igor Stravinsky) -*
7-/10

A nice ballet from Stravinsky. ” - Tony1337
 
15.
Paris, je t'aime (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Through the neighborhoods of Paris, love is veiled, revealed, imitated, sucked dry, reinvented and awakened. (120 mins.)
“ 1914: Basilique du Sacré-Cœur (Paul Abadie)
7+/10

A beautiful landmark in Paris, built on top of a hill that gives an excellent view of the city below. ” - Tony1337
 
16.
Bartók Béla: Az éjszaka zenéje (1970 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
(6 mins.)
Director: István Gaál
“ 1915: Romanian Folk Dances (Béla Bartók) ^
7+/10

Many interesting pieces in this collection. ” - Tony1337
 
17.
Claude Monet (1976 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Director: John Read
“ 1916: Water Lilies (Claude Monet)
8+/10

What Monet is most famous for. 'Nuff said. ” - Tony1337
 
18.
Il canto d'amore di Prufrock (1967 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
(20 mins.)
“ 1917: Prufrock and Other Observations (T. S. Eliot) -
7-/10

Poetry collection from one of the most respected poets in the 20th century. ” - Tony1337
 
19.
Schoolhouse Rock! (1973 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A series of shorts illustrating various songs that teach multiplication tables, grammar, science, American history, computers, economics, and environmentalism. (3 mins.)
Director: Tom Warburton
“ 1918: The Elements of Style (William Strunk, E. B. White)
7+/10

Sorry for the picture, I could find absolutely nothing good related to the book so I chose something marginally related to grammar. Anyways, this is the quintessential style guide. ” - Tony1337
 
20.
The Da Vinci Code (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A murder inside the Louvre, and clues in Da Vinci paintings, lead to the discovery of a religious mystery protected by a secret society for two thousand years, which could shake the foundations of Christianity. (149 mins.)
Director: Ron Howard
“ 1919: L.H.O.O.Q. (Marcel Duchamp) -^
6+/10

A rather interesting take on the Mona Lisa. ” - Tony1337
 
21.
Abraham Lincoln (1930)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
An episodic biography of the 16th President of the United States. (96 mins.)
Director: D.W. Griffith
“ 1920: Statue of Abraham Lincoln (Daniel Chester French) -
7/10

Found in the Lincoln Memorial. ” - Tony1337
 
22.
History of the World According to a Lesbian (1988 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
(22 mins.)
Director: Barbara Hammer
“ 1921: The Story of Mankind (Hendrik Willem van Loon)
7+/10

The first winner of the Newbery Medal. ” - Tony1337
 
23.
The Velveteen Rabbit (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A lonely boy wins over his distant father and strict grandmother with help from a brave velveteen rabbit whose one wish is to become a real rabbit someday. (97 mins.)
“ 1922: The Velveteen Rabbit (Margery Williams) -
7/10

A children's classic. ” - Tony1337
 
24.
Sculpture (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.5/10 X  
An aspiring artist is commissioned to create a life-size sculpture of some perfect men, but soon finds herself spiraling down a path of unspeakable psychopathic terror and murder as she frantically tries to complete her masterpiece. (88 mins.)
Director: Pete Jacelone
“ 1923: Statue of Robert Morris (Paul Wayland Bartlett) -^
6-/10

Sorry, I found absolutely nothing from 1923 that excites me. ” - Tony1337
 
25.
The Most Dangerous Game (1932)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
An insane hunter arranges for a ship to be wrecked on an island where he can indulge in some sort of hunting and killing of the passengers. (63 mins.)
“ 1924: The Most Dangerous Game (Richard Connell)
8/10

Very interesting short story about hunting. A great read! ” - Tony1337
 
26.
The Great Gatsby (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A writer and wall street trader, Nick, finds himself drawn to the past and lifestyle of his millionaire neighbor, Jay Gatsby. (143 mins.)
Director: Baz Luhrmann
“ 1925: The Great Gatsby (F. Scott Fitzgerald) *
8+/10

This novel is a commentary on the reckless profligacy of the 1920s. And who hasn't read this book? ” - Tony1337
 
27.
Rachmaninoff (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A visual show of Rachmaninoff biography from the director's point of view. (102 mins.)
“ 1926: Piano Concerto No. 4 in G minor (Sergei Rachmaninoff)
8-/10

Again, a wonderful concerto from Rachmaninoff. ” - Tony1337
 
28.
Bartók Béla: Az éjszaka zenéje (1970 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
(6 mins.)
Director: István Gaál
“ 1927: Piano Concerto No. 1 (Béla Bartók)
7+/10

Rachmaninoff isn't the only one composing great piano concertos. ” - Tony1337
 
29.
Steamboat Willie (1928 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Mickey Mouse, piloting a steamboat, delights his passenger, Minnie, by making musical instruments out of the menagerie on deck. (8 mins.)
Director: Ub Iwerks
“ 1928: Steamboat Willie (Walt Disney, Ub Iwerks) -*
7/10

A landmark in animation, this is the first cartoon to feature a fully post-produced soundtrack. It's also the first film to appear on my list. ” - Tony1337
 
30.
The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
When a bored Holmes eagerly takes the case of Gabrielle Valladon after an attempt on her life, the search for her missing husband leads to Loch Ness and the legendary monster. (125 mins.)
Director: Billy Wilder
“ 1929: The Treachery of Images (René Magritte) -
7/10

For the image, I basically picked anything I could find with a pipe. This painting raises an interesting philosophical point. ” - Tony1337
 
31.
New York, New York (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
An egotistical saxophonist and a young singer meet on V-J Day and embark upon a strained and rocky romance, even as their careers begin a long, up-hill climb. (155 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
“ 1930: Chrysler Building (William Van Alen) -
7/10

The paragon of the Art Deco style. ” - Tony1337
 
32.
City Lights (1931)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
With the aid of a wealthy erratic tippler, a dewy-eyed tramp who has fallen in love with a sightless flower girl accumulates money to be able to help her medically. (87 mins.)
Director: Charles Chaplin
“ 1931: City Lights (Charlie Chaplin)
8+/10

A splendid mixture of comedy, romance, and drama, this silent film is truly an endearing portrayal of the human condition.

HONORABLE MENTION:
The Persistence of Memory (Salvador Dalí)

One of my favorite 20th-century paintings. A surreal masterpiece. ” - Tony1337
 
33.
Brave New World (1980 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A man who grew up in a primitive society educating himself by reading Shakespeare is allowed to join the futuristic society where his parents are from. However, he can not adapt to their repressive ways. (180 mins.)
“ 1932: Brave New World (Aldous Huxley) +*
10/10

Huxley shares his futuristic vision of a trivialized society. When an outsider arrives, he struggles to find his place in this brave new world.

HONORABLE MENTION:
Toccata (Aram Khachaturian)

I love this piano toccata, and probably would have chosen it if it weren't up against such a great novel. ” - Tony1337
 
34.
Mexico City (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
A woman's desperate search for her brother in the capital of Mexico. (90 mins.)
Director: Richard Shepard
“ 1933: Man at the Crossroads (Diego Rivera) -
7/10

This mural symbolizes the world being at the crossroads of technological innovation and continued strife. It was rather controversial because its commissioner, Nelson Rockefeller, did not appreciate the presence of Lenin in the mural and ordered it destroyed. Fortunately, a photograph was taken of the mural before destruction and Rivera was able to complete it elsewhere. ” - Tony1337
 
35.
Rachmaninoff (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A visual show of Rachmaninoff biography from the director's point of view. (102 mins.)
“ 1934: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini (Sergei Rachmaninoff)
8-/10

An interesting piece for piano and orchestra. ” - Tony1337
 
36.
History of the World According to a Lesbian (1988 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
(22 mins.)
Director: Barbara Hammer
“ 1935: Our Oriental Heritage (Will Durant)
8-/10

Thus begins Durant's 11-volume series The Story of Civilization chronicling the history of the world up to the mid-19th century. ” - Tony1337
 
37.
Gone with the Wind (1939)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A manipulative woman and a roguish man conduct a turbulent romance during the American Civil War and Reconstruction periods. (238 mins.)
Director: Victor Fleming
“ 1936: Gone with the Wind (Margaret Mitchell)
7+/10

A nice romance novel. Not as good as the movie though IMO.

HONORABLE MENTION:
Guernica (Pablo Picasso)

A painting depicting the horrors of the Spanish Civil War. ” - Tony1337
 
38.
Of Mice and Men (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Two drifters, one a gentle but slow giant, try to make money working the fields during the Depression so they can fulfill their dreams. (115 mins.)
Director: Gary Sinise
“ 1937: Of Mice and Men (John Steinbeck) +
9+/10

A beautiful novella, and a real tearjerker. Steinbeck is able to accomplish so much in just 100 pages. ” - Tony1337
 
39.
The Bolshoi Ballet: Romeo and Juliet (1976 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A broadcast in honor of the 200th anniversary of the renowned Bolshoi Ballet. The company revives one of the most acclaimed triumphs in its history... (120 mins.)
Director: John Vernon
“ 1938: Romeo and Juliet (Sergei Prokofiev) -
7-/10

Another great ballet, this time from Prokofiev. ” - Tony1337
 
40.
The Grapes of Wrath (1940)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A poor Midwest family is forced off their land. They travel to California, suffering the misfortunes of the homeless in the Great Depression. (129 mins.)
Director: John Ford
“ 1939: The Grapes of Wrath (John Steinbeck) +*
10/10

Others might beg to differ and say Huck Finn or something like that, but for me this is THE great American novel. It is a tragic, moving tale of a family that struggles to survive during the Dust Bowl.

HONORABLE MENTION:
Gone with the Wind (Victor Fleming)
The Wizard of Oz (Victor Fleming)
Abraham Lincoln: The War Years (Carl Sandburg)

Wow, what a year! Not only is this the best year in film history, but this year also produced so much great literature. Sorry film buffs, but I have to go with Steinbeck's masterpiece here. ” - Tony1337
 
41.
The Grapes of Wrath (1940)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A poor Midwest family is forced off their land. They travel to California, suffering the misfortunes of the homeless in the Great Depression. (129 mins.)
Director: John Ford
“ 1940: The Grapes of Wrath (John Ford)
7+/10

The Grapes of Wrath again, now as a film! ” - Tony1337
 
42.
Ansel Adams: A Documentary Film (2002 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
An in depth study of Adams's life and work. (100 mins.)
Director: Ric Burns
“ 1941: Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico (Ansel Adams) +
9+/10

There is a story behind this. Ansel Adams was driving along the highway when he saw this amazing light around sunset. He quickly checked and realized he had only 2 minutes to take the picture, so he quickly set up his view camera, guessed the exposure, and took the shot with seconds to spare. This is in my opinion the greatest black-and-white landscape photo ever taken.

HONORABLE MENTION:
Citizen Kane (Orson Welles)

For some reason, I didn't like Citizen Kane as much as I thought I would. Still, it's got a reputation behind it, so I'm mentioning it here. Also, I love photography and just wanted to give a shout-out to the all-time master of landscape photography, Ansel Adams. ” - Tony1337
 
43.
Casablanca (1942)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
In Casablanca in December 1941, a cynical American expatriate encounters a former lover, with unforeseen complications. (102 mins.)
Director: Michael Curtiz
“ 1942: Casablanca (Michael Curtiz) +*
9+/10

A classic film with so many memorable lines. ” - Tony1337
 
44.
Thomas Jefferson (1997 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A biographical film about The United States' influential and profoundly enigmatic Founding Father. (180 mins.)
Director: Ken Burns
“ 1943: Jefferson Memorial (John Russell Pope) -
7-/10

A landmark in Washington, D.C. ” - Tony1337
 
45.
From Russia with Love (1963)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
James Bond willingly falls into an assassination ploy involving a naive Russian beauty in order to retrieve a Soviet encryption device that was stolen by SPECTRE. (115 mins.)
Director: Terence Young
“ 1944: National Anthem of the Soviet Union (Alexander Alexandrov, Sergey Mikhalkov)
9-/10

This is such a beautiful, rousing anthem. It's one of my favorites as far as national anthems go. ” - Tony1337
 
46.
Letters from Iwo Jima (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
The story of the battle of Iwo Jima between the United States and Imperial Japan during World War II, as told from the perspective of the Japanese who fought it. (141 mins.)
Director: Clint Eastwood
“ 1945: Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima (Joe Rosenthal)
9-/10

One of the most iconic and powerful photos of World War II. It's even been made into a statue.

HONORABLE MENTION:
V-J Day in Times Square (Alfred Eisenstaedt)

Another great WWII photo. Shows the more domestic side of things. ” - Tony1337
 
47.
It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
An angel is sent from Heaven to help a desperately frustrated businessman by showing him what life would have been like if he had never existed. (130 mins.)
Director: Frank Capra
“ 1946: It's a Wonderful Life (Frank Capra) *
8+/10

A great, heartwarming film. Initially I was a little bored, but the last twenty minutes were some of the most captivating film scenes I've ever seen.

HONORABLE MENTION:
Hiroshima (John Hersey)

Follows the story of six Japanese survivors of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. ” - Tony1337
 
48.
Famous Authors: John Steinbeck (1996 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Born in Salinas, California, novelist John Steinbeck was best noted for his portrayal of the proletariat... (30 mins.)
“ 1947: The Pearl (John Steinbeck)
8-/10

Steinbeck has done it again with this fine novella. ” - Tony1337
 
49.
Spring in a Small Town (1948)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A lonely housewife finds her monotonous life altered when her childhood sweetheart returns to town. (98 mins.)
Director: Mu Fei
“ 1948: Spring in a Small Town (Mu Fei)
7+/10

A classic Chinese film about love and duty. ” - Tony1337
 
50.
1984 (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
In a totalitarian future society, a man, whose daily work is re-writing history, tries to rebel by falling in love. (113 mins.)
Director: Michael Radford
“ 1949: 1984 (George Orwell) +*
9+/10

To quote the back cover of a modern printing of this novel, "1984 has come and gone, but George Orwell's prophetic, nightmare vision in 1949 of the world we were becoming is timelier than ever." Orwell's work is one of the finest of the 20th century.

HONORABLE MENTION:
Death of a Salesman (Arthur Miller)

A play about the failure of the American dream. ” - Tony1337
 
51.
The Martian Chronicles (1980 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
In the 21st century, Earth begins the colonization of Mars. However, things do not go as planned, at first due to the hostile Martian natives and later because of the self-destructive Earthmen. (360 mins.)
“ 1950: The Martian Chronicles (Ray Bradbury)
8/10

One of the most prolific science fiction writers, Ray Bradbury never fails to amaze you with his excellent short stories. ” - Tony1337
 
52.
J D Salinger Doesn't Want to Talk (1999 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Famous recluse J D Salinger has hidden from the world since "The Catcher in the Rye" took the world by storm...
Director: Sarah Aspinall
“ 1951: The Catcher in the Rye (J. D. Salinger) *
7+/10

Salinger's classic coming-of-age tale. A staple in most American classrooms. ” - Tony1337
 
53.
Invisible Man (2008 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Revolves around a day in the life of a homeless man in Washington, D.C. Through a series of encounters... (35 mins.)
Director: Mark Rogers
“ 1952: Invisible Man (Ralph Ellison)
8-/10

No, this is not sci-fi. It's about a black man who is "invisible ... because people refuse to see me." ” - Tony1337
 
54.
The Electric Company (1971 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A comedy variety show that teaches basic phonetic and grammar concepts using live-action sketches, cartoons, songs, and Spider-Man episodes. (28 mins.)
“ 1953: Songs by Tom Lehrer (Tom Lehrer) +^
9+/10

Sorry for the picture, I couldn't find anything so I just slapped on a show he wrote songs for. Tom Lehrer is a Harvard-educated mathematician and professor as well as a singer-songwriter and satirist; he is truly a Renaissance man. He often writes satirical pieces about math, death, and other topics and is considered the forefather of artists like Weird Al. My top picks from this album are "Lobachevsky" and "Be Prepared." ” - Tony1337
 
55.
Lord of the Flies (1963)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Lost on an island, young survivors of a plane crash eventually revert to savagery despite the few rational boys' attempts to prevent that. (92 mins.)
Director: Peter Brook
“ 1954: Lord of the Flies (William Golding) -
7/10

A social commentary on anarchy. ” - Tony1337
 
56.
“ 1955: The Guinness Book of World Records -^
6+/10

Sorry, I found absolutely nothing from 1955 that excites me. ” - Tony1337
 
57.
Elvis (1979 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Biographical movie about the famous rock singer Elvis Presley. (150 mins.)
Director: John Carpenter
“ 1956: Elvis Presley (Elvis Presley) *
8+/10

Elvis' debut album is among his best. You have his classic cover of Carl Perkins' "Blue Suede Shoes." ” - Tony1337
 
58.
History of the World According to a Lesbian (1988 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
(22 mins.)
Director: Barbara Hammer
“ 1957: The Reformation (Will Durant) -
7/10

Another volume in The Story of Civilization. ” - Tony1337
 
59.
Things Fall Apart (1987 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
(50 mins.)
Director: David Orere
“ 1958: Things Fall Apart (Chinua Achebe)
7+/10

One of the best examples of modern African literature. ” - Tony1337
 
60.
Flowers for Algernon (2000 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Charlie Gordon is mentally handicapped and all he wants in life is to be a genius. When he gets picked... (120 mins.)
Director: Jeff Bleckner
“ 1959: Flowers for Algernon (Daniel Keyes)
9/10

Such a beautiful and tragic story. ” - Tony1337
 
61.
To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
Atticus Finch, a lawyer in the Depression-era South, defends a black man against an undeserved rape charge, and his children against prejudice. (129 mins.)
Director: Robert Mulligan
“ 1960: To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee) +*
9+/10

Written by a young Southern white woman at the brink of the civil rights movement, it is heartwarming and enduring tale set during the Great Depression. ” - Tony1337
 
62.
Catch-22 (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A man is trying desperately to be certified insane during World War II, so he can stop flying missions. (122 mins.)
Director: Mike Nichols
“ 1961: Catch-22 (Joseph Heller) +*
9+/10

One of the finest examples of postmodern literature. Many parts of it are tragically hilarious. ” - Tony1337
 
63.
To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
Atticus Finch, a lawyer in the Depression-era South, defends a black man against an undeserved rape charge, and his children against prejudice. (129 mins.)
Director: Robert Mulligan
“ 1962: To Kill a Mockingbird (Robert Mulligan)
8/10

Gregory Peck does a fantastic job of representing the persona of Atticus Finch.

HONORABLE MENTION:
Lawrence of Arabia (David Lean)
Silent Spring (Rachel Carson)
I guess I just didn't enjoy Lawrence of Arabia as much as this one. Carson's environmentalist classic is also quite good. ” - Tony1337
 
64.
Unplugged (1989 TV Series)
Episode: Bob Dylan (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
Major pop music stars play their songs with only acoustic instruments. (60 mins.)
“ 1963: The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan (Bob Dylan) -
7/10

Classic Dylan. ” - Tony1337
 
65.
Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
An insane general triggers a path to nuclear holocaust that a war room full of politicians and generals frantically tries to stop. (95 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
“ 1964: Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (Stanley Kubrick)
8/10

Great black comedy film. My second favorite war satire after Catch-22. ” - Tony1337
 
66.
The Electric Company (1971 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A comedy variety show that teaches basic phonetic and grammar concepts using live-action sketches, cartoons, songs, and Spider-Man episodes. (28 mins.)
“ 1965: That Was the Year That Was (Tom Lehrer) ^
9-/10

My picks: "So Long, Mom (A Song for World War III)," "Send the Marines," "New Math," and "Pollution." ” - Tony1337
 
67.
Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Two minor characters from the play 'Hamlet' stumble around unaware of their scripted lives and unable to deviate from them. (117 mins.)
Director: Tom Stoppard
“ 1966: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (Tom Stoppard) -
7/10

Tom Stoppard's play takes a look at Shakespeare's Hamlet from an alternate point of view. ” - Tony1337
 
68.
Colombiana (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A young woman, after witnessing her parents' murder as a child in Bogota, grows up to be a stone-cold assassin. (108 mins.)
Director: Olivier Megaton
“ 1967: One Hundred Years of Solitude (Gabriel García Márquez) *
9-/10

Magical realism at its finest.

HONORABLE MENTION:
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (The Beatles)

It's one of the greatest rock albums ever, so it's a shame it had to go against the greatest Spanish novel since Don Quixote. My picks are "With a Little Help from My Friends," "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band," and "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds." ” - Tony1337
 
69.
The Beatles Anthology (1995 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.4/10 X  
An autobiographical documentary of the greatest of the rock bands. (600 mins.)
“ 1968: The Beatles (The Beatles)
8/10

The White Album has so many good songs on it. ” - Tony1337
 
70.
The Godfather (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.2/10 X  
The aging patriarch of an organized crime dynasty transfers control of his clandestine empire to his reluctant son. (175 mins.)
“ 1969: The Godfather (Mario Puzo) +
10/10

Once I picked up this novel, I just couldn't put it down. With scene after scene of exciting action, I couldn't wait to find out what happened to each character, especially Michael Corleone, at the end. Interestingly, I read this book before seeing the movie.

HONORABLE MENTION:
Abbey Road (The Beatles)

Again it's a shame, but I love Godfather too much. "Octopus's Garden" is fantastic as well as "Maxwell's Silver Hammer." ” - Tony1337
 
71.
Let It Be (1970 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
The filmed account of the Beatles's attempt to recapture their old group spirit by making a back to basics album, which instead drove them further apart. (81 mins.)
“ 1970: Let It Be (The Beatles)
8-/10

This is The Beatles' last studio album ... sigh. ” - Tony1337
 
72.
The Song Remains the Same (1976 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A documentary of a Led Zeppelin tour mixed with live concert footage, a unique fantasy, and interviews with those involved with the band. (137 mins.)
“ 1971: Led Zeppelin IV (Led Zeppelin)
8/10

"Black Dog," "Stairway to Heaven," 'nuff said. ” - Tony1337
 
73.
The Godfather (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.2/10 X  
The aging patriarch of an organized crime dynasty transfers control of his clandestine empire to his reluctant son. (175 mins.)
“ 1972: The Godfather (Francis Ford Coppola) +*
9+/10

Ahhh ... we get to what is considered by many the greatest film of all time. I probably would have given it a 10 if I hadn't read the book and known the whole plot beforehand. ” - Tony1337
 
74.
“ 1973: Sydney Opera House (Jørn Utzon)
8/10

A really beautiful masterpiece of architecture. ” - Tony1337
 
75.
The Godfather: Part II (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.0/10 X  
The early life and career of Vito Corleone in 1920s New York is portrayed while his son, Michael, expands and tightens his grip on the family crime syndicate. (202 mins.)
“ 1974: The Godfather: Part II (Francis Ford Coppola)
8+/10

Not quite as good as the original, but this is as good as sequels get. ” - Tony1337
 
76.
Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
King Arthur and his knights embark on a low-budget search for the Grail, encountering many, very silly obstacles. (91 mins.)
“ 1975: Monty Python and the Holy Grail (Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones) +
10/10

Monty Python is the greatest comedy troupe of all time, and this film showcases them at their best. ” - Tony1337
 
77.
California Suite (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Misadventures of four groups of guests at the Beverly Hills Hotel. (103 mins.)
Director: Herbert Ross
“ 1976: Hotel California (Eagles)
8/10

I could listen to the title track forever without getting bored. ” - Tony1337
 
78.
Architectures (2001 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Who: Renzo Piano, Richard Rogers and Gianfranco Franchini What: Centre Georges Pompidou, cultural complex Where: Paris, France (28 mins.)
“ 1977: Centre Georges Pompidou (Renzo Piano, Richard Rogers) -
7/10

A very interesting design for this museum of modern art. ” - Tony1337
 
79.
Space Invaders (1978 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
The object of the game is to shoot the alien invaders and keep them off the ground.
“ 1978: Space Invaders (Taito) -^
7/10

This classic video games has spawned a slew of imitators. Also, I typically find that Roger Ebert's tastes match mine perfectly regarding films, but I have to say here: video games CAN be art. ” - Tony1337
 
80.
Kurt Gödel - Ein mathematischer Mythos (1986 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
(80 mins.)
“ 1979: Gödel, Escher, Bach (Douglas Hofstadter)
8-/10

A most interesting philosophical work. ” - Tony1337
 
81.
Les Misérables in Concert: The 25th Anniversary (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
A celebratory 25th anniversary concert performance of the hit musical at The O2 in London. (178 mins.)
Director: Nick Morris
“ 1980: Les Misérables (Claude-Michel Schönberg) +
9+/10

My favorite musical of all time. I was watching Susan Boyle on BGT, and then started watching other singers sing "A Dreamed a Dream" on Youtube, and then was like: why not watch the whole thing? ” - Tony1337
 
82.
The Cat Returns (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
After helping a cat, a young girl finds herself involuntarily engaged to a cat prince in a magical world where her only hope of freedom lies with a dapper cat statuette come to life. (75 mins.)
Director: Hiroyuki Morita
“ 1981: Cats (Andrew Lloyd Webber) -
7/10

Another fine musical. ” - Tony1337
 
83.
Michael Jackson: Thriller (1983 Video)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
A night at the movies turns into a nightmare when Michael and his date are attacked by a hoard of bloodthirsty zombies - only a "Thriller" can save them now. (13 mins.)
Director: John Landis
“ 1983: Thriller (Michael Jackson) *
9-/10

Just beat it! ” - Tony1337
 
84.
Amadeus (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
The incredible story of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, told by his peer and secret rival Antonio Salieri - now confined to an insane asylum. (160 mins.)
Director: Milos Forman
“ 1984: Amadeus (Milos Forman)
7+/10

An well-done dramatization of the lives of two musicians.

HONORABLE MENTION:
The Terminator (James Cameron)
Tetris (Alexey Pajitnov)

Terminator's awesome, but I prefer Amadeus just a hair more this year. Also wanted to give a nod to this classic video game. ” - Tony1337
 
85.
Super Mario Bros. (1985 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.1/10 X  
A plumber named Mario and his brother Luigi travel through the Mushroom Kingdom to save the princess from evil Bowser.
“ 1985: Super Mario Bros. (Nintendo) ^
8+/10

The classic platform game. ” - Tony1337
 
86.
The Legend of Zelda (1986 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  
This is the story of a young boy named Link that must save Princess Zelda from the evil, demonic Ganon...
Director: S. Miyahon, Ten Ten
“ 1986: The Legend of Zelda (Nintendo) ^
8-/10

Another great game from Nintendo, with a great back-story. ” - Tony1337
 
87.
Michael Jackson: Life of a Superstar (2009 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
The story of the "king of pop" Michael Jackson. (49 mins.)
Director: Sonia Anderson
“ 1987: Bad (Michael Jackson)
8/10

Track picks: "I Just Can't Stop Loving You," "Bad," The Way You Make Me Feel." If you buy the special edition, you get to hear him sing "I Just Can't Stop Loving You" in Spanish ("Todo mi amor eres tu"). No kidding! ” - Tony1337
 
88.
Rain Man (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Selfish yuppie Charlie Babbitt's father left a fortune to his savant brother Raymond and a pittance to Charlie; they travel cross-country. (133 mins.)
Director: Barry Levinson
“ 1988: Rain Man (Barry Levinson)
8/10

A wonderful film about brothers and their struggles due to the younger's autism.

HONORABLE MENTION:
My Neighbor Totoro (Hayao Miyazaki)

I normally would find a movie with no plot completely boring (wouldn't you?) ... I just don't know how Miyazaki manages to pull it off! ” - Tony1337
 
89.
Paris, je t'aime (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Through the neighborhoods of Paris, love is veiled, revealed, imitated, sucked dry, reinvented and awakened. (120 mins.)
“ 1989: Louvre Pyramid (I. M. Pei) ^
8-/10

A beautiful glass structure that juxtaposes old and new. ” - Tony1337
 
90.
Carreras Domingo Pavarotti in Concert (1990 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  
(86 mins.)
Director: Brian Large
“ 1990: Carreras Domingo Pavarotti in Concert (Zubin Mehta)
9/10

Three of the greatest operatic singers in the world join for this magnificent production. This is the best-selling classical album of all time. ” - Tony1337
 
91.
Terminator 2 (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
A cyborg, identical to the one who failed to kill Sarah Connor, must now protect her ten year old son, John Connor, from a more advanced cyborg. (137 mins.)
Director: James Cameron
“ 1991: Terminator 2: Judgment Day (James Cameron)
9/10

This is not just a action film packed with cool special effects; in his interactions with John Connor and his mother, the Terminator learns the meaning of humanity. ” - Tony1337
 
92.
Instinct (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
When a noted anthropologist who left society to live in the jungle is imprisoned for murder, it's up to a young psychiatrist to get through to him. (126 mins.)
Director: Jon Turteltaub
“ 1992: Ishmael (Daniel Quinn)
8+/10

Join the narrator as he goes on a philosophical journey about man and nature with a telepathic gorilla. ” - Tony1337
 
93.
Groundhog Day (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A weatherman finds himself inexplicably living the same day over and over again. (101 mins.)
Director: Harold Ramis
“ 1993: Groundhog Day (Harold Ramis)
8+/10

A wonderful romantic comedy, this film also has deep messages about existentialism. ” - Tony1337
 
94.
Pulp Fiction (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  
The lives of two mob hit men, a boxer, a gangster's wife, and a pair of diner bandits intertwine in four tales of violence and redemption. (154 mins.)
“ 1994: Pulp Fiction (Quentin Tarantino) +*
9+/10

A truly original film. Its clever dialogue and unconventional structure are really able to keep viewers on their toes.

HONORABLE MENTION:
The Lion King (x2) (Roger Allers, Rob Minkoff; Hans Zimmer, Elton John, Tim Rice)
Forrest Gump (Robert Zemeckis)

This decision was really, really close. 1994 is simply, without a doubt, the best recent year for movies. ” - Tony1337
 
95.
Toy Story (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
A cowboy doll is profoundly threatened and jealous when a new spaceman figure supplants him as top toy in a boy's room. (81 mins.)
Director: John Lasseter
“ 1995: Toy Story (John Lasseter) *
8+/10

Significant for being the first CGI animated feature film. Also it's simply a great story with great characters. ” - Tony1337
 
96.
Creation (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Torn between faith and science, and suffering hallucinations, English naturalist Charles Darwin struggles to complete 'On the Origin of Species' and maintain his relationship with his wife. (108 mins.)
Director: Jon Amiel
“ 1996: The Song of the Dodo (David Quammen) ^
8-/10

Covers in great detail the stories of extinction and survival and various theories on island biogeography. The prose is excellent for nonfiction writing. ” - Tony1337
 
97.
Titanic (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A seventeen-year-old aristocrat falls in love with a kind but poor artist aboard the luxurious, ill-fated R.M.S. Titanic. (194 mins.)
Director: James Cameron
“ 1997: Titanic (x2) (James Cameron; James Horner) *
9-/10

Another film/soundtrack combo. This mega-blockbuster epic romance will go on and on.

HONORABLE MENTION:
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (J. K. Rowling)
Life Is Beautiful (Roberto Benigni)
Good Will Hunting (Gus Van Sant)

A really good year again. Now, I liked Harry Potter, but I didn't drool over it or anything. Life Is Beautiful and Good Will Hunting are both good films, but again it's the soundtrack that makes the difference. ” - Tony1337
 
98.
Pleasantville (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Two 1990s teenage siblings find themselves in a 1950s sitcom where their influence begins to profoundly change that complacent world. (124 mins.)
Director: Gary Ross
“ 1998: Pleasantville (Gary Ross)
8+/10

A very interesting fantasy film with great special effects. It also serves as a commentary on 1990s life. ” - Tony1337
 
99.
South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
When Cartman and his friends go see an R rated movie, they start swearing and their parents think that Canada is to blame. (81 mins.)
Director: Trey Parker
“ 1999: South Park: Bigger Longer & Uncut (Trey Parker)
10/10

The funniest and crassest film of all time. ” - Tony1337
 
100.
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A young wizard finds himself competing in a hazardous tournament between rival schools of magic, but he is distracted by recurring nightmares. (157 mins.)
Director: Mike Newell
“ 2000: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (J. K. Rowling) -
7/10

Rowling does it again! ” - Tony1337