79. Lost in Translation (2003)
The Coppola’s don’t go completely unrepresented on my list. Sofia Coppola might not have her father’s impressive track record (What is “Jack”?) but she knocked it out of the park with her sophomore film. Of course, a lot of that has to do with Bill Murray’s spectacular performance that rightfully put him back on the list of all time great comedic actors. And then there’s that opening shot. And the closing whisper. Fantastic filmmaking.
78. The Game (1997)
You’re going to be seeing a lot of David Fincher’s films on this list, especially as we get closer to the end. “The Game” is probably Fincher’s most underrated film, but with a resume as powerful as his, that’s understandable. Regardless, if you’re a fan of Fincher’s work, there’s no reason not to check this film out. It’s a creepy and atmospheric thriller with a twist of very, very dry comedy. Plus it has a fantastic ending.
77. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
Spielberg’s first entry on my list comes in at number 77. It’s absolutely impossible not to love this film. While watching it you get taken in by every set piece and one liner that Harrison Ford expertly navigates his way through. Nazi’s are easily the most overused of cinematic foes throughout the last fifty years, but it’s never been as much fun watching them get offed as it is in this film. Long before Rodriguez and Tarantino tried to capture the distinctive magic of Grindhouse features, Spielberg did the same thing for the serial-adventure film. The only difference is that Spielberg ended up with a classic film that far surpassed its influences.
76. The Dark Knight (2008)
This entire post is made up of directors who we’ll be seeing a lot more of down the road, Chris Nolan maybe the most of all. He has yet to make a single movie that I have not extremely enjoyed. And while not all of his films are going to make this list, far more do than don’t. “The Dark Knight” will forever be recognized as Nolan’s calling card for the big leagues. He nearly broke every box office record with the film, and in between all that money-making also managed to craft one of the best superhero films of all time. The film certainly has its flaws, but everything that it does right far out weighs the little things that it might do wrong. Heath Ledger’s performance is the stuff that movies were made for in the first place. But there’s really not anymore point in talking about this film, after all, numbers suggest you’ve seen it already.
75. The Thing (1982)
One of the best horror films of all time. Seriously. Though the creature effects might not have aged as gracefully as the rest of the film, the sheer level of paranoia and the possibility that absolutely anything could be waiting for you right around the corner make this film as powerful today as it was when it came out over 20 years ago. Very few horror films are as entertaining and engaging as “The Thing”.