The List of Shame: 100 Movies That Will Shatter My Credibility

The List of Shame: 100 Movies That Will Shatter My Credibility - A Movie Challenge

The List of Shame is a feature I created way back inMay 2011 so, pretty close to when I started blogging! At that point I had never seen a classic film, and there were a lot of recent cult movies that were sitting on my watchlist, unwatched. When you’re a movie blogger, you feel like you have to watch all these great movies in order to do your job right – and indeed the more you watch, the more you learn about film. But regardless of that growth, going into classic films was the best thing I could’ve done for myself, as I came out of Sweet Smell of Success a bona fide Old Hollywood fanatic.

As I needed to keep things organised and manageable for myself (when you haven’t seen Pulp Fiction or Casablanca the list can get overwhelming!), I decided to make a list of 100 movies and call it The List of Shame. The name was really a playful irony because I believed – and still do – that there is absolutely nothing to be ashamed of, here. We tend to hide and even lie about the films we’ve seen, or the books we’ve read, as if lacking that experience makes us less passionate, or our taste and opinion less valuable.

And yet I’ve always thought that’s snobby rubbish thinking, so why not come out and share those gems you haven’t seen but are dying to watch, and document your progress in a way that’s fun and inspires other to do the same? Well here we are, 7+ years later, and I still haven’t seen all the movies, oops. So the feature soldiers on. Every now and then I write about another shameful cinematic omission I’ve crossed off the list, but there’s no set schedule. Here’s where you can find all the posts so far.

If you have a lot of essential movies, tv shows, or even books that you’re also missing, and wish to make amends, feel free to join me! I will certainly make another list as soon as I’m done with this one… 84 years from now. Alright enough chit-chat, I know what you came here for:

The List of Shame: 100 Movies
That Will Shatter My Credibility

watched movies marked with color
1. Nosferatu (1922)
2. Metropolis (1927)
3. Dracula (1931)

4. M. (1931)
5. It Happened One Night (1934)
6. Top Hat (1935)
7. Bringing Up Baby (1938)
8. Gone with the Wind (1939)
9. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
10. Ninotchka (1939)
11. The Wizard of Oz (1939)

12. Wuthering Heights (1939)
13. The Philadelphia Story (1940)
14. Citizen Kane (1941)
15. The Lady Eve (1941)
16. The Maltese Falcon (1941)
17. Casablanca (1942)
18. Brief Encounter (1945)
19. Gilda (1946)
20. It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)
21. Notorious (1946)
22. The Big Sleep (1946)

23. Bicycle Thieves (1948)
24. The Third Man (1949)
25. All About Eve (1950)
26. In a Lonely Place (1950)
27. Sunset Boulevard (1950)
28. A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)
29. Singin’ in the Rain (1952)
30. From Here to Eternity (1953)
31. Roman Holiday (1953)

32. La Strada (1954)
33. Rear Window (1954)
34. Sabrina (1954)
35. 12 Angry Men (1957)
36. Sweet Smell of Success (1957)

37. The Seventh Seal (1957)
38. Wild Strawberries (1957)
39. Vertigo (1958)
40. North by Northwest (1959)
41. Some Like It Hot (1959)

42. The 400 Blows (1959)
43. Breathless (1960)
44. La Dolce Vita (1960)
45. Peeping Tom (1960)
46. Psycho (1960)
47. The Apartment (1960)
48. Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)

49. Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
50. Lolita (1962)
51. To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
52. 8½ (1963)
53. Band of Outsiders (1964)
54. Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)
55. Pierrot le Fou (1965)
56. The Sound of Music (1965)

57. Blow-Up (1966)
58. Persona (1966)
59. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)
60. Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)
61. Belle de Jour (1967)

62. Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
63. The Graduate (1967)
64. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
65. Rosemary’s Baby (1968)
66. A Clockwork Orange (1971)
67. Cabaret (1972)
68. The Godfather (1972)
69. Mean Streets (1973)

70. Chinatown (1974)
71. Jaws (1975)
72. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)
73. Carrie (1976)
74. Rocky (1976)
75. Annie Hall (1977)
76. Alien (1979)
77. Manhattan (1979)
78. Apocalypse Now (1979)
79. The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

80. The Elephant Man 1980)
81. The Shining (1980)
82. Scarface (1983)
83. Back to the Future (1985)
84. The Breakfast Club (1985)

85. Blue Velvet (1986)
86. The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1988)
87. GoodFellas (1990)
88. My Own Private Idaho (1991)
89. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
90. Reservoir Dogs (1992)
91. Carlito’s Way (1993)
92. Schindler’s List (1993)

93. Leon: The Professional (1994)
94. Pulp Fiction (1994)
95. La Haine (1995)
96. The Usual Suspects (1995)
97. Fargo (1996)
98. Trainspotting (1996)
99. The Big Lebowski (1998)
100. American Beauty (1999)
Progress: 79/100 | See it on Letterboxd

The List of Shame:
100 Movies That Will Shatter My Credibility
As mentioned, feel free to join me in this challenge and use any of the banners I made! There are really no rules except you must have a list and make it your mission to go through it, at your own pace. If you share your viewings, on your blog or social media, let me know! You can contact me or tag me @rvtblog on twitter / @returning.videotapes on instagram, or use #TheListOfShame