Friday, May 11, 2012

They Shoot Pictures Don’t They

The They Shoot Pictures Don’t They Top 1,000 movies list is the one on this site that is most heavily weighted towards “critics’ films”.  (For the other end of the spectrum see some of the entries in the Miscellaneous post.)  Like the 1,001 Movies You Must See Before You Die list, this one has also spurred people to see if they can complete the entire thing.

This list is comprised by weighting many critics “best of” lists and combining them all together to get the Top 1,000.  It has been recalculated several times since it was first issued in 2006.  This has resulted in a more volatile list than the 1,001 Movies one.

Since there is almost no way someone could see the entire list in a single year, I have added a list of the 435 films (as of this posting) that were on the list at one time, but are not on the most recent one.  There is also a list of the "next 1,000" films.  These are not ranked, but have tabs for alphabetical and chronological order.

In the main tracking sheet I have tabs that contain the current Top 1,000 in ranked order, alphabetical order, chronological order, descending runtime order, and alphabetical by director order. 

For all of these, by placing a “1” in the “Seen?” column to indicate you have seen the film you will get a running total and percentage at the bottom of the sheet.

Here are the 435 entries that were formerly on the TSPDT list:

Here are the next 1,000 films that follow after the 1,000 in the main TSPDT list:

If you see any mistakes, typos, etc., or have suggestions on how to improve these tracking sheets, please let me know in the comments.


  1. I'd not heard of this list until now! Awesome!

    1. Now that I've been actively working on it (I passed 800 of the current 1,000 last month) I can definitely say that there are films on here that only a professional critic can love. If your tastes run towards that end of the spectrum, too, then you should definitely tackle this one after finishing the 1,001 Movies list.