It’s time to partake in one of my favorite aspects of the 50 Movies Project: the final countdown! Last year’s project was full of stimulating films, all of which I am glad I finally watched, even if I have little to no desire to see some of them again (I’m looking at you, #50). I am dividing my rankings into two posts simply because they are going to be so image-heavy. Today’s rankings include the bottom half of the project, and I will link to every full-length post individually. For reference sake, you can also view the full project here. Let’s begin!
50) Pink Flamingos 
Yeah, this is trash alright. I get the cult appeal, I guess, but it’s not for me.
49) Dead Man 
This psychedelic western has an amazing ensemble cast. Too bad it started to lose me during the surreal spiritual journey.
48) Gilda 
Rita Hayworth is as stunning as I imagined, but without her this is a middling noir.
47) Chicago 
Not much substance, just a lot of glitz and glamour in this musical.
46) The Nightmare Before Christmas 
The stop-motion animation and Tim Burton’s visual style are still remarkable, yet I wasn’t as enamored with this as most.
45) Shadows 
A landmark in independent filmmaking. Unfortunately, it doesn’t have as much bite today.
44) All About Eve 
This film’s dialogue is razor sharp — has there ever been a screenplay this catty?
43) Ringu 
Ringu‘s payoff makes the slow buildup worthwhile. Still not sure if I prefer this or the American remake.
42) Some Like It Hot 
Not even close to being my favorite Billy Wilder film, but this is still good fun with one of the greatest closing lines in cinema.
41) Lady Vengeance 
The weakest of Park Chan-wook’s Vengeance trilogy, but this is easily the most stylish of the three.
40) The Bourne Identity 
This is a damn fun ride (still need to see the sequels though!). Easy to see why it spawned a successful franchise.
39) Rushmore 
I’m glad I gave Wes Anderson another chance — this is a close second behind Moonrise Kingdom for my favorite from him.
38) The Philadelphia Story 
Katharine Hepburn, Jimmy Stewart and Cary Grant. Need I say more?
37) Aguirre, the Wrath of God 
This Werner Herzog film is batshit insane. Even more so if you know the story behind it.
36) Enter the Dragon 
Wildly entertaining (and influential) martial arts romp. Had a lot of fun with this one.
35) Kiss Kiss Bang Bang 
A satirical spin on film noir that also manages to be a hilarious dark comedy.
34) The Pianist 
Painfully hard to watch, but Roman Polanski’s attention to detail here is nothing short of phenomenal.
33) The Blues Brothers 
A rambunctious ode to my favorite city. Impossible to pick a favorite scene.
32) The Searchers 
Beautiful Western with more depth than I expected.
31) The Fly 
My new favorite David Cronenberg film. The special effects look just as good today as they did back then.
30) The Treasure of the Sierra Madre 
I can’t think of a better film that portrays greed, and the mental and physical deteriorations caused by this.
29) Paris, Texas 
A slow, brooding film that culminates with one of the most heartbreaking scenes I have ever seen. Harry Dean Stanton gives the performance of a lifetime.
28) Cinema Paradiso 
A wonderful love letter to cinema, even if it gets a bit melodramatic at times.
27) The Truman Show 
Let’s get some more dramatic performances out of Jim Carrey, please.
26) All About My Mother 
Can’t say I have ever seen a film like this. A dedication to women that also proves that we are all human, regardless of gender or race.
Keep an eye out tomorrow for numbers 25-1!