Monday, August 1, 2016

The Literal A-List

Blogging about bad films, I get asked what I think is a good film quite often. Here's what I think are the 100 best films starting with the letter "A." One can argue some of the choices (there are a couple I don't particularly like, but others do, such as "Aladdin") and even my alphabetizing (foreign articles especially), but the list looks to be fairly comprehensive. By accident, there are no silent films, horror or westerns and there are more documentaries and television movies than I would have predicted. I expect the casual film watcher will have seen 25 of these, film fanatics about 50 and not even professional reviewers are likely to have seen more than 75; I have seen all of them, many in the past two weeks while making the list. Some film titles can be confusing: "Alice" is the Jan Svankmajer film, not the Woody Allen film, for example.

Abe Lincoln in Illinois 1940
About Schmidt 2002
Absolutely Positive 1991
Accattone 1961
An Act of Murder 1948
An Actor's Revenge 1963
Adam's Rib 1949
Adaptation 2002
The Adventures of Robin Hood 1938
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes 1939
The Adversary 2002
Affliction 1997
The African Queen 1951
After the Thin Man 1936
Afterburn: The Limits of Thermal Travelling 1995
The Agronomist 2003
Aguirre, the Wrath of God 1972
Ah, Wilderness! 1935
Aileen Wuornos: The Selling of a Serial Killer 1992
Ajami 2009
Akira Kurosawa's Dreams 1990
Aladdin 1992
Alexander Nevsky 1938
Alfie 1966
Ali: Fear Eats the Soul 1974
Alice 1988
Alice Doesn't Live Here Any More 1974
Alien 1979
Aliens 1986
All About Eve 1950
All About My Mother 1999
All Quiet on the Western Front 1930
All the King's Men 1949
All the President's Men 1976
All the Real Girls 2003
All Things Fair 1995
Allonsafan 1974
Almanac of Fall 1984
Almost Famous 2000
Along the Ridge 2006
Always Outnumbered 1998
Amadeus 1984
Amarcord 1973
Amelie 2001
American Beauty 1999
The American Friend 1977
American Graffiti 1973
American History X 1998
An American in Paris 1951
American Me 1992
American Movie 1999
American Splendor 2003
Amores Perros 2000
Anastasia 1956
Anatomy of a Murder 1959
And a Nightingale Sang 1984
And the Band Played On 1993
And Then There Were None 1945
The Andersonville Trial 1970
Andrei Rublev 1966
An Angel at My Table 1990
Angels with Dirty Faces 1938
Angi Vera 1979
Angry Harvest 1985
Anna and the King of Siam 1946
Anne Frank Remembered 1995
Anne of Green Gables 1985
Annie Hall 1977
Another Year 2010
Aparajito 1956
The Apartment 1960
Apocalypse Now 1979
Apocalypto 2006
Apollo 13 1995
Apur Sansar 1959
Argo 2012
Arsenic and Old Lace 1944
Arthur Christmas 2011
The Artist 2011
As Good As It Gets 1997
The Ascent 1977
Ashes and Diamonds 1958
The Asphalt Jungle 1950
The Asthenic Syndrome 1990
Atlantic City 1980
Atonement 2007
Attack! 1956
Au Hasard Balthasar 1966
Au Revoir, Les Enfants 1957
Auntie Mame 1958
The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman 1977
An Autumn Afternoon 1962
Autumn Sonata 1978
Autumn Tale 1998
Avalon 1990
The Avengers 2012
The Aviator 2004
The Aviator's Wife 1981
Awakenings 1990
Ay, Carmela! 1990

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