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George Clooney's 100 Favourite Films

Post by Katiedot on Sat Oct 01 2011, 12:08

I know this was already listed in an interview he did about three years ago, but I thought it might be nice to have it here as a separate section:


From Hitfix

George Clooney lists 100 of his favorite films

'All the President's Men' cracks politically-minded star's top five

Friday, Sep 30, 2011 8:56 PM

George Clooney is the rare kind of star whose magnetism is such that people might actually care what his favorite films are -- I rather like the idea of devout fans frantically updating their Netflix queues in response to this list he's shared with Parade magazine. (Their infomercial-like instructions: "See the films George Clooney loves!"

He's certainly been generous with his advice. Rather than reeling a couple of titles off the top of his head, he's recommended 100; before you go assuming these are his 100 all-time favorites, however, bear in mind that he's limited to focus to films made between 1964 and 1976, the period he believes to be the most exciting in film history.

His taste, rather like his filmmaking, is admirably classical if not terribly radical: most of the expected canon titles are present and correct, while guiltier pleaures seem largely to have been filtered out. Somewhat annoyingly, Parade have presented the list as a 100-panel slideshow; if you have the time to wade through it all, knock yourself out here.

For everyone else, Clooney has instead singled out his more-than-respectable top five: "All the President's Men," "Carnal Knowledge," "Dr. Strangelove," "Harold and Maude" and "Network." (For the sake of contrast, Taylor Lautner recently shared his all-time top five with Rotten Tomatoes. They include "Man on Fire" and "The Notebook." I don't think I'm on Team Jacob here.)

"All the President's Men really is a perfect film. And the reason it's a perfect film is you start the movie knowing how it ends. We know that Woodward and Bernstein get the scoop and Nixon gets got and you're chewing your fingernails off through the whole movie. There are those moments when Robert Redford goes to meet Deep Throat and we know he's not going to get killed 'cause we know the characters don't die. But you're nervous for him the whole time. Alan J. Pakula was a great director. It's a really well made film."

Anyway, this feels as apt a moment as any to plug the list we're planning for next week: to tie in with Clooney's upcoming "The Ides of March," I'll be counting down the Top 10 political films ever made. Given my review, it's no spoiler to say Clooney's own film won't be on it, but maybe some of his favorites will.

1. 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY
2. ALFIE (1966)
3. ALICE DOESN’T LIVE HERE ANYMORE
4. ALL THE PRESIDENT’S MEN
5. ALPHAVILLE
6. AMERICAN GRAFFITI
7. THE BAD NEWS BEARS (1976)
8. BADLANDS
9. BANG THE DRUM SLOWLY
10. BLAZING SADDLES
11. BLOW UP
12. BONNIE & CLYDE
13. BOUND FOR GLORY
14. BUTCH CASSIDY & THE SUNDANCE KID
15. CABARET
16. THE CANDIDATE
17. CARNAL KNOWLEDGE
18. CAT BALLOU
19. CATCH 22
20. CHINATOWN
21. A CLOCKWORK ORANGE
22. THE CONVERSATION
23. COOL HAND LUKE
24. THE DAY OF THE JACKAL (1973)
25. DELIVERANCE
26. DOG DAY AFTERNOON
27. DON’T LOOK BACK
28. DON’T LOOK NOW
29. DR. STRANGELOVE
30. EASY RIDER
31. THE EXORCIST
32. EVERYTHING YOU ALWAYS WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT SEX
33. FAIL SAFE
34. FIVE EASY PIECES
35. THE FRENCH CONNECTION
36. THE FRONT
37. THE GODFATHER
38. THE GODFATHER PART II
39. THE GRADUATE
40. THE GREAT GATSBY (1974)
41. A HARD DAY’S NIGHT
42. HAROLD & MAUDE
43. THE HEARTBREAK KID
44. HIGH PLAINS DRIFTER
45. THE HOT ROCK
46. I AM CUBA
47. IN COLD BLOOD (1967)
48. IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT
49. JAWS
50. JEREMIAH JOHNSON
51. THE KING OF MARVIN GARDENS
52. KLUTE
53. THE LADYKILLERS (1955)
54. THE LAST DETAIL
55. THE LAST PICTURE SHOW
56. LAST TANGO IN PARIS
57. LENNY
58. THE LIFE & TIMES OF JUDGE ROY BEAN
59. LITTLE MURDERS
60. THE LONG GOODBYE (1973)
61. THE LONGEST YARD (1974)
62. A MAN & A WOMAN
63. MARATHON MAN
64. MASH
65. McCABE & MRS. MILLER
66. MEAN STREETS
67. MIDNIGHT COWBOY
68. MONTY PYTHON & THE HOLY GRAIL
69. MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS
70. MY FAIR LADY
71. NASHVILLE
72. NETWORK
73. THE ODD COUPLE
74. THE OMEN
75. ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST
76. PAPER MOON
77. THE PARALLAX VIEW
78. THE PARTY
79. THE PASSENGER
80. PATTON
81. THE PAWNBROKER
82. THE PRODUCERS (1968)
83. ROSEMARY’S BABY
84. SERPICO
85. SEVEN DAYS IN MAY
86. SHAMPOO
87. SLEEPER
88. SMILE
89. THE SPY WHO CAME IN FROM THE COLD
90. THE STING
91. STRAW DOGS (1971)
92. THE TAKING OF PELHAM ONE TWO THREE (1974)
93. TAXI DRIVER
94. THE WAY WE WERE
95. THE THOMAS CROWN AFFAIR (1968)
96. THREE DAYS OF THE CONDOR
97. WAIT UNTIL DARK
98. WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF
99. YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN
100. Z

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Re: George Clooney's 100 Favourite Films

Post by Dexterdidit on Sat Oct 01 2011, 12:14

The Bad News Bears really?

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Re: George Clooney's 100 Favourite Films

Post by it's me on Sat Oct 01 2011, 14:19

wot is this film?

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Re: George Clooney's 100 Favourite Films

Post by cindigirl on Sat Oct 01 2011, 14:34

The Exorcist - really? Godfather I and II were great. Actually I think Godfather II with Robert Deniro was better
than 1.

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Re: George Clooney's 100 Favourite Films

Post by hathaross on Sat Oct 01 2011, 14:40

I thinks I only watch two of those movies!! lol!

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Re: George Clooney's 100 Favourite Films

Post by Jazz After Dark on Sat Oct 01 2011, 14:46

I thought he liked The Verdict too.
One of my favorites. I remember reading so once.
Or maybe it was Paul Newman's performance that he praised.


Last edited by Jazz After Dark on Sat Oct 01 2011, 15:48; edited 1 time in total (Reason for editing : je n'avais pas fini.)

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Re: George Clooney's 100 Favourite Films

Post by pattygirl on Sat Oct 01 2011, 15:00

Don't forget girls, these are George's personal choices. We may not agree with them, but have to accept them as such. In his opinion, these are the best. I personally never saw Bad News Bears, so no comment there, and I'm with you, Cindi, on The Exorcist. Ran down the list quickly and haven't finalized my opinions yet. Just got on COH and this was first on list. Have to think on it. I know that some of you girls are a little young to have seen most of them, but most I have seen (advanced age) and have to think on my opinion.

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Re: George Clooney's 100 Favourite Films

Post by fava on Sat Oct 01 2011, 15:09

If you haven't seen Wait Until Dark-- see it. One of my favorite movies.

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Re: George Clooney's 100 Favourite Films

Post by Katiedot on Sat Oct 01 2011, 15:29

These aren't the only films he likes, just his top 100 from the 60s and 70s.

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Re: George Clooney's 100 Favourite Films

Post by Jazz After Dark on Sat Oct 01 2011, 15:52

Oh, I see. The Verdict was from 1982. Didn't notice the period for this selection.
Right, Cat Ballou it is tonight then.... super cool

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