Determining the Best Film of All Time

I have a desire to figure out what my favorite film of all time is. To do this, I am going to take a look at each year (Working backwards from 2015) and determine the best film of that year. My apologies to movies before around 1950 and those that will be released afterwards, but I need to have a top 64 and this is the only way that I can think to narrow them down without rating every movie made and just picking my top rated.

I’m sure there will be some years that I struggle to pick an overwhelming favorite, so I will be open to the possibility of carrying two films from a single year no more than 4 times throughout this process. I say 4 so they can have a runoff at the end to determine who will make it into the top 64. I’m going to attempt to do a year every other day or so, so this could take a while.

But once I have the top from each year, I will put them in a bracket. I think I will use IMDb ratings or Metacritic scores to determine seeding. Then I will have a tournament to determine the best. We will have vs. matchups which will be fun because I will get to compare and contrast some likely very different films and have to determine a winner. It should be fun.

I’m going to work my way backwards from newer to older. Obviously, there are gaps in my watching habits and films that I have not yet seen. This will of course only be the top 64 films that I have seen. I will be looking ahead to try and watch some films that others have chosen as their best of a year that i have missed, but I’m sure I’m going to leave some out. If you’d like, I’d encourage you to play along with me. I’m going to keep my list here on a page and then I will convert the list into a bracket.

Right off the bat, I’m having conflicting thoughts about the whole process, because I feel like I am going to be leaving out some incredible films in my goal to pick the best of each year. Let me also say that I am seeking to find the overall best film of all time. There are a lot of different types of films from documentaries to musicals, Drama to blockbuster, independent to big budget, and I really like all types of film.

My only limitations are the fact that I only have 2 eyes and 24 hours in a day. So my list will reflect some big Box Office smashes, to which my indie film friends may turn their noses up, and some Oscar contenders which probably slid under many people’s radar. I am a normal guy and generally don’t attend a lot of indie or private screenings so most of what I watch has to have at least a moderate release or availability on streaming services or Blu Ray.

What do you think about this goal? Anyone want to play along with me? What should I call this?


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