Thursday, February 19, 2015

15 Movies That Changed American Cinema

So did you catch this special on Tuesday night?  It made me really miss the American Film Institute's countdown shows.  I've almost made my way through their 100 greatest American films of all time list.  And then I think about how much I like lists...and ranking things...and debating the best books or movies or TV shows or 80s songs.  Anytime you want to challenge me to a list I'm game :)

Anyway, Robin Roberts counted down the 15 movies that changed American cinema on Tuesday night in full Oscar hype, and I was pretty pumped that a few of the movies were included.  In case you missed it...

15) Toy Story
14) Sixteen Candles
13) Hard Days Night
12) Jaws
11) Lilies of the Field
10) The Godfather pt 2
9) I'm No Angel
8) Easy Rider
7) Birth of a Nation
6) A Streetcar Named Desire
5) 2001: A Space Odyssey
4) Psycho
3) Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
2) Gone With the Wind
1) Star Wars caught #14, didn't you?  Oh the joy!  John Hughes definitely deserved a place on the list, but I thought they'd go with The Breakfast Club...which is great and all, but it's not Sixteen Candles :)

Are these the best movies ever made?  No.  Probably not.  But I agree with the argument that many of them changed the landscape of American cinema.  Especially Star Wars, a true cultural phenomenon.

From the epicness of Gone With the Wind, to the groundbreaking animation of Toy Story and Snow White, and the birth of modern horror with Psycho, the list does a pretty good job of covering all the basis.

I was a little surprised The Wizard of Oz didn't make the list. What do you think?  Anything they missed?

Excuse me while I plan out an evening of movie viewing :)  Looks like I've got a few new once to see!

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