Barry Norman: 100 Greatest Films

Barry Norman

I’m sure many of my fellow film critics heard of the passing of Barry Norman in June 2017. He is probably the most well-known critic in the UK, having hosted the BBCs film programme from 1972 until 1998.

In 2012, Norman compiled a list of his 100 Greatest Films in alphabetical order. In bold are all the films which I have seen – a total of 37 out of 100. I know there are a lot of classics that I need to see from this list!

How many have you seen? What are your favourites? Let me know!

  1. The Adventures Of Robin Hood, 1938 – My introduction to Errol Flynn
  2. Airplane!, 1980
  3. Alien, 1979
  4. All About Eve, 1950
  5. Annie Hall, 1977 – One of Woody Allen’s best films
  6. Apocalypse Now, 1979
  7. Bad Day At Black Rock, 1955
  8. Bambi, 1942 – A childhood classic
  9. The Big Sleep, 1946
  10. Blade Runner, 1982
  11. Blazing Saddles, 1974
  12. The Bridge On The River Kwai, 1957
  13. Brief Encounter, 1945 – A British classic
  14. Bringing Up Baby, 1938 – My introduction to Katharine Hepburn
  15. Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid, 1969
  16. Cabaret, 1972
  17. Casablanca, 1942 – My introduction to Ingrid Bergman
  18. Chicago, 2002 – A great modern musical
  19. Chinatown, 1974
  20. Citizen Kane, 1941 – My introduction to Orson Welles
  21. Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, 2000
  22. The Cruel Sea, 1953
  23. The Dark Knight, 2008 – *whispers* overrated
  24. Deliverance, 1972
  25. Dirty Harry, 1971
  26. Dr Strangelove or How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Bomb, 1963
  27. Duck Soup, 1933
  28. ET The Extra-Terrestrial, 1982
  29. The Exorcist, 1973
  30. Frankenstein, 1931
  31. Gladiator, 2000 – A beautiful soundtrack
  32. The Godfather, 1972
  33. Gone With The Wind, 1939
  34. GoodFellas, 1990
  35. The Graduate, 1967 – An American classic
  36. The Great Escape, 1963
  37. Great Expectations, 1946
  38. Gregory’s Girl, 1980
  39. Groundhog Day, 1993 – My introduction to Bill Murray
  40. Halloween, 1978
  41. Harry Potter, 2001-2011 – Reminds me of my teen years
  42. High Noon, 1952
  43. High Society, 1956 – My introduction to Grace Kelly
  44. The Hurt Locker, 2008
  45. I Know Where I’m Going!, 1945
  46. Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade, 1989
  47. Invasion Of The Body Snatchers, 1956
  48. It Happened One Night, 1934
  49. It’s A Wonderful Life, 1946 – An all-time favourite
  50. Jaws, 1975 – Thought I wouldn’t like, but turns out I love this film
  51. The Jungle Book, 1967 – A childhood classic
  52. Kind Hearts And Coronets, 1949
  53. Kiss Me Kate, 1953
  54. LA Confidential, 1997
  55. Lawrence Of Arabia, 1962 – My introduction to Peter O’Toole
  56. The Magnificent Seven, 1960
  57. Mary Poppins, 1964 – A childhood classic with fabulous songs
  58. Master And Commander: The Far Side Of The World, 2003
  59. A Matter Of Life And Death, 1946 – A British classic
  60. Monty Python And The Holy Grail, 1975 – I will always love the Pythons
  61. Moulin Rouge!, 2001 – My Favourite Film!
  62. My Fair Lady, 1964 My introduction to Audrey Hepburn
  63. Night Of The Living Dead, 1968
  64. Ninotchka, 1939
  65. No Country For Old Men, 2007
  66. North By Northwest, 1959
  67. One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, 1975 – My introduction to Jack Nicholson
  68. The Outlaw Josey Wales, 1976
  69. Paths Of Glory, 1957
  70. Psycho, 1960
  71. Raging Bull, 1980
  72. The Railway Children, 1970 – A childhood classic
  73. Red River, 1948
  74. The Red Shoes, 1948
  75. Rosemary’s Baby, 1968
  76. Saturday Night Fever, 1977
  77. Schindler’s List, 1993 – Makes for emotional viewing
  78. The Searchers, 1956
  79. Seven Samurai, 1954
  80. Shane, 1953
  81. The Shawshank Redemption, 1994 – *whispers* overrated
  82. Shoah, 1985
  83. Shrek, 2001 – Both funny and sentimental
  84. The Silence Of The Lambs, 1991
  85. Singin’ In The Rain, 1952 – One of my favourite musicals
  86. Some Like It Hot, 1959 – My introduction to Marilyn Monroe
  87. Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, 1977
  88. Sunset Blvd, 1950
  89. The Third Man, 1949
  90. To Be Or Not To Be, 1942
  91. To Kill A Mockingbird, 1962 – An American classic
  92. Toy Story, 1995 – A childhood classic
  93. Unforgiven, 1992
  94. West Side Story, 1961 – Not a favourite of mine
  95. When Harry Met Sally, 1989 – Has some very memorable lines
  96. The Wild Bunch, 1969
  97. William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet, 1996 – My introduction to Baz Luhrmann
  98. The Wizard Of Oz, 1939 – An American classic
  99. 12 Angry Men, 1957 – An all-time favourite
  100. 2001: A Space Odyssey, 1968

Barry Norman (1933 – 2017)

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8 Responses to Barry Norman: 100 Greatest Films

  1. bobmann447 says:

    I’ve seen 75 of these! But then I am a lot older than you! Interesting that he tagged Indiana Jones and Last Crusade above Raiders of the Lost Ark….

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  2. Luke Thorne says:

    I have seen 96 of these. The only ones that I have not seen are The Cruel Sea (1953), Shoah (1985), No Country for Old Men (2007) and Duck Soup (1933).

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