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Almost all the films on this list have received less than 10,000 votes, the majority less than 5,000. Feel free to recommend any I may have overlooked myself.
Note: I have also included some of my favorite films from The Criterion Collection that have received less than 10,000 ratings. These films are available, so check 'em out!
Expansion: I have recently decided to expand this list from 250 films to 500. I wanted to give myself a definite limit and then try not to exceed it so as to discipline myself when choosing which films to add, and 500 was as good of a number as any.
I must say, this augmentation was a lot harder than I thought that it was going to be. I have not viewed some of these films in such a long time, so there will certainly be an impreciseness about it. I've had to go from memory for the most part. I will leave a few slots open for now until I can find a little free time to revisit or reconsider a few of the titles on the shortlist. I don't know when that will be.
In addition to the expansion, I have also included many additional lists in the comment sections that are pertinent to that particular film, like my favorite films from the director of that film, or from a selected actor or actress, etc. **Also, in an effort to include the films of a director or actor/actress that I have otherwise not had the opportunity to but would like to, I have occasionally included lists completely unrelated to the film that they are listed under. They have been marked so: [UNRELATED] - 11/17/13.
Note: Inevitably, there will be some titles pushed off this list as I endeavor to make it as accurate as possible, so I will keep any spillover titles, however many there may be, included upon the list's completion, along with the occasional addition of a film that is just on the edge of my top 500. They will be marked so: [500+]. So, after much deliberation ...
I've seen thousands, but here are some of my favorites.
I have capped the running time @ 50 mins., with the exception of one "ABC Stage 67" Episode: 'A Christmas Memory' (51 mins.).