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The final post of ‘Top 100 Movie Countdown’.

10 ) It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)

It’s such a wonderful movie. Its one of the best movies I have seen. A movie that makes me cry but in the end makes me feel good and makes me grateful for everything. A movies that tells us how important each and every person is and how precious life is. It’s a beautiful story that’s crafted very well. The direction and acting are brilliant and there is nothing… absolutely nothing bad about this movie. It’s a must watch for sure.

9 ) Cast Away (2000)

I was awestruck by Tom Hank’s performance in this movie. It’s his performance that makes me watch the movie again and again. The movie is a brilliant too. The story is very gripping and has a sense of realism in it. I m so thankful that the director made the movie simple instead of having Tom Cruise battle with animals or something like it. The character of Wilson was so sweet… even I felt dejected when he was gone.

8 ) The Wizard of OZ (1939)

A children’s movie that I saw only after growing up. Yet, I loved the movie from point go. The movie is so blissful… not once do you get bored. The reason this movie works is because of the beautiful and simple story, a great cast, good songs and brilliant acting. And adding cherry on top is the Technicolor. To make a colored movie in 1939 isn’t a joke… that’s real talent. This is an ever green movie which I m sure I will enjoy even when I m 60 and watching with my Grand Kids (hopefully).

7 ) E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial (1982)

Steven Spielberg is a genius and E.T is one of the prime examples for that. One of the best science fiction movies ever made. The scene in which ET says goodbye is such a tear jerker. I cried and cried, unwilling to say bye to him… as I fell in love with him. The story is beautiful and it unfolds more beautifully. The acting, direction and music score are top notch. It’s a sweet movie in which Drew Barrymore is so so cute.

6 ) Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind (2004)

I never knew Jim Carrey was capable of this… I mean to act so brilliantly in a character that’s so out of this character. Or at least I thought so. But after watching this movie I will never ever bracket him into Comedian again. He is just amazing in this movie that it proves that he is a great actor. Kate Winslet as usual is great and beautiful (yes, even in weird blue and orange hair she looks breath taking). The story though is my favorite part… Its unique, its brilliant and its so my kinds (the whole soul mates find each other no matter what).

5 ) Forrest Gump (1994)

There is nothing left to be said about Tom Hanks and his acting. I have already said so much about him that I would just be repeating myself. In this movie too as usual he is brilliant. Many people have a problem with the story but I think otherwise. This movie has one of the best stories. The innocence and purity of Forrest character entices you and assures you that ‘The world isn’t so bad after all’.

4 )  The Departed (2006)

The best Crime movie I have seen. Such an astonishing story and the screenplay of this movie is… just BRILLIANT! The acting is very strong with likes of Jack Nicholson, Leonardo Dicaprio, Matt Damon, Mark Wahlberg and even Alec Baldwin in this very tiny role is brilliant. This movie definitely deserved the Best Movie Award at the Academy’s because it really is a breath taking movie that shouldn’t be missed.

3 ) Avatar (2009)

Ah… the visuals. The beautiful land of Pandora, the ferocious yet lovely Toruk, the spiritual Eywa… all are so appealing that I would love to go and live there. This movie just showed of what our earth might have been like before we destroyed it and polluted it. The beauty of Pandora is mesmerizing. The story, acting everything is good but it’s the visuals which take your breath away.

2 ) Titanic (1997)

The movie that was my number 1 movie for 7 years. It was only after the seventh year that I had a seven year itch and replaced it. A movie that is so heart warming and touching that I cry every time. This is my most favorite romantic movie and I don’t think any other movie even comes close to this one for me. This movie is beautiful, heart- wrenching and charming. The chemistry between Leo and Kate is awesome. The scenes in the 2nd half are touching. The song ‘My heart will go on’ is mesmerizing. This movie is just magical and it always has me spellbinded.

1 ) The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

You will never find a person who has seen this movie and dint like it. It’s impossible to find anything wrong with this movie. Why you ask? Because it’s flawless… a pure masterpiece. It’s not every time that movies like this are made but when they are made they please you and stick with you forever. Shawshank Redemption is a movie like that. A movie that has everything… acting, story, direction, execution, screenplay going in that right direction making this a perfect and flawless and my number uno movie.

PS – Sorry for being absent from your blogs for sometime now. I have been very busy for the last week or so. I will catch up soon :).

PPS – I will make a page of all the movies together for easy reading soon too :).

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40 Comments

  1. hmmm well i still think the previous list shud be top 10..

    but this one has some classics

    shawshank redemption another christmasy-new year movie that comes every year on tele during the days :)

    what about the great escape and escape to victory..

    ET a timeless classic

    forest gump, titanic indeed class movies…
    though personally departed against such great movies doesnot do justice :)

    excellent list , I have made a note of all the hundred and will watch each one :)

    Bikram’s

  2. Wow…You made it! Few movies that I expected to be in top 10 sure is – E.T, Avatar, The Wizard of Oz, Forrest Gump, Titanic, Cast Away…

    I was sure mesmerized with these movies for one reason or the other. Tom Hanks especially in Cast Away and Forrest Gump. Sad the countdown comes to an end

  3. Cast away was so beautiful..

    always makes me cry

    finally the countdown is over! now what! hehehe

  4. I really like “Forrest Gump” and talking abt “The Shawshank Redemption” I have watched it soo many times that I’ve memorised each and every dialogue of this movie, and it is an excellent piece of film making.
    But, one of the movies that I thought would have been featured here is “Fight Club” which is also a gr8 movie.

  5. The Shawshank Redemption..that really is one perfect movie..

    Loved you list..loved reading and re-visiting all the movies..loved getting a list of new movies to watch.. :)

  6. The final list is up.. wooohoo!! :) And what a list! all of them are my favs except for “the departed”.. dint like the movie much, especially the ending.. I am yet to watch “It’s a wonderful life”. Rest all of them are masterpieces for sure.. Shawshank Redemption has to be #1 and I just looooove Eternal Sunshine of spotless minds too, especially the last scene, the whole things about soul mates just made me fall in love with the movie :) Avatar, Titanic and E.T – amazing :)
    Time for Bollywood top 100 list 😀

  7. Avatar, Titanic and ET wouldn’t be on my list of top 10. But hey, this is your Top 100 list.

    Good series of post and some great picks. Thanks.

  8. The Shawshank Redemption, Titanic, Avatar, The Wizard of Oz are amongst my favs….. :) Loved the list… :) So when are you coming up with the top 100 for Bollywood movies…???

  9. Eternal sunshine is like my all time fav….even forrest gump was amazing….Titanic no doubt :) and shawshank is one i have waiting for time to be able to watch :)

  10. finally the complete list is out .. Shawshank is one amazing movie .u can watch again and again and again .. Avatar too ..
    I wont rate titanic this ahead . i would have matrix ahead and the dark knight too /. .//.
    I should probably go and kill myself as i am afraid to say i have not seen cast away yet :( ..

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    Terminator 2 should have been on TOP! 👿

  12. Many movies in this list to be seen :) – Never thought avatar was so good, I thought it was just hype! Missed it in the theaters! yeah Matrix is THE MATRIX ( I mean Part 1, the other two parts were hopeless). It should have easily made it in the top ten! We protest.

    Destination Infinity

  13. my all time favorite movie is life is beautiful..i was expecting it to be somewhere 😛

    I didn’t like Avatar! weird na 😀

    like Avada asked, bollywood 100 coming up kya? :)

  14. I am SOOOOOOOOOOOOOO happy that Shashank has come out tops! 😀 😀
    Lovel list, but I have to revisit the earlier ones, because I think you missed all my fave Mush flicks
    :(

  15. Lovely list. But my fav list of the entire countdown is still the one before this one :)

  16. Cast Away – One of the movie which kept me amazed on how one can write screenplay with one person and how a person can pull it off with some great performance.. Tom Hanks just rocked this one… the conversations of him with that ball were good.

    E.T. – Hmmm.. Loved it when I saw it.. very adorable movie.. :) Spielberg has this knack of stirring human emotions..

    Forrest Gump – Really an uplifting movie.. whenever I feel down and think that I can’t get a thing done I remember Forrest Gump.. I love the conversation between him and sergeant

    “GUMP, why did you put that weapon together so fast?”
    “Because you told me to Sir”

    He never thinks for a second.. but he does his work with utmost determination and dedication which is required to get success in life…

    The Departed – I liked this crime movie.. but I didn’t think it will make to my top 10.. but I love the dialogue spoken by Jack Nicholson – “The environment must be the product of me” :)

    Avatar – Its a classic in its own right. Stunning visuals and grandeur at its highest. I have never seen such a spectacle on screen. And the message it has given.. Its got something :)

    Titanic – Its Cameron’s genius mind. Only he can make such a lovely romantic story in an incident happened in history and then bring out that destruction amazingly. Other thing about Cameron is, his movies heroines were always stronger and they will make the key moves.. have you noticed it Harini???

    This is a mamooth task and YOU HAVE DONE IT. A big pat on your back. Its really difficult to remember so many movies and you have re-view it to actually write it.. Kudos to you..

    I ask you to keep a separate page in your blog for this top 100 so that it will easy for us to access and also keep on update it which will help us to check new movies.. :)

  17. there are many movies I haven’t watched yet in thsi list.. let me start with Shawshank Redemption :)

  18. I’m like this huge movie freak and I believe Shawshank is way too over hyped. It’s awesome alright but there are far more superior movies. To each his own, Loved the way you’ve put in efforts!!

  19. I expected Shawshank Redemption to top your list and yes it had :) Eternal Sunshine, it gave me a headache, require multiple viewing 😛 Following is missing

  20. So glad Shawshank is at the top! Loved your analysis, Harini! Now I have to watch some of the movies from your list which I have missed!

  21. thank yu sooo much… I suggest yu shud make a book nd release…so much patience….. after a brief break i made to the blogsville and boy i cud not wait to see wat was the 1 spot:) nd like a grt buff yu gave the award to the best movie

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