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2009 Top 100 Rewatch

During the summer of 2009, when I was about to start my senior year of college, I made a list of my top 100 favorite films.

Suffice it to say my taste in cinema has shifted a lot since then… But many of these remain core favorites.

I decided to rewatch all 100 movies (actually 99… I accidentally included Garden State in two different slots when I made the list), starting with #100 and working my way up to #1.

The goal is to figure out how I feel about these movies more than a decade later, and establish a new personal “canon” of favorite movies, including some but not all of these. (New Top 100 coming sometime soon!) (Edit: Here’s my new Top 100!)

See: 2009 Top 100 – original Ranking
Update: 2009 Top 100 Rewatch is complete!
TitleDateFilm YearDirectorIs It GoodTags
The Prestige (2006)08/01/20222006Nolan, Christopher7
The Usual Suspects (1996)07/30/20221996Singer, Bryan7
Rudy (1993)07/25/20221993Anspagh, David8
The Dark Knight (2008)07/24/20222008Nolan, Christopher8
Aladdin (1992)07/23/20221992Clements, Ron / Musker, John7
Spider-Man 2 (2004)07/18/20222004Raimi, Sam8
Jurassic Park (1993)07/11/20221993Spielberg, Steven7
The Shawshank Redemption (1994)06/15/20221994Darabont, Frank8
Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008)06/04/20222008Stoller, Nicholas8
Dumb and Dumber (1994)05/27/20221994Farrelly, Peter6
Batman Begins (2005)05/25/20222005Nolan, Christopher7
Transporter 2 (2005)05/23/20222005Leterrier, Louis6
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)05/21/20221975Forman, Miloš7
Office Space (1999)05/21/20221999Judge, Mike7
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007)05/05/20222007Yates, David6
Pulp Fiction (1994)05/02/20221994Tarantino, Quentin8
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)04/28/20221989Spielberg, Steven7
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984)04/25/20221984Spielberg, Steven7,
Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)04/19/20221981Spielberg, Steven8
Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)04/13/20221991Cameron, James7
Finding Nemo (2003)04/11/20222003Stanton, Andrew8
Thank You for Smoking (2005)03/28/20222005Reitman, Jason6
The Sandlot (1993)03/27/20221993Evans, David Mickey6
Funny People (2009)03/26/20222009Apatow, Judd7
Forrest Gump (1994)03/22/20221994Zemeckis, Robert5,
Knocked Up (2007)03/20/20222007Apatow, Judd7
My Cousin Vinny (1992)03/17/20221992Lynn, Jonathan7
Lost in Translation (2003)03/17/20222003Coppola, Sofia7
A Few Good Men (1992)03/15/20221992Reiner, Rob7
The Darjeeling Limited (2007)03/11/20222007Anderson, Wes7
The Big Lebowski (1998)03/08/20221998Coen, Joel7
Garden State (2004)03/07/20222004Braff, Zach6
Casablanca (1942)03/06/20221942Curtiz, Michael8
The Truman Show (1998)03/04/20221998Weir, Peter8
12 Angry Men (1957)03/02/20221957Lumet, Sidney7
Up (2009)02/27/20222009Docter, Pete7
Saving Private Ryan (1998)02/23/20221998Spielberg, Steven7,
Shrek (2001)02/18/20222001Adamson, Andrew / Jenson, Vicky6
WALL·E (2008)02/14/20222008Stanton, Andrew8,
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)02/07/20222003Verbinski, Gore6
Watchmen (2009)02/02/20222009Snyder, Zack5
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)01/30/20222004Cuarón, Alfonso7
Hercules (1997)01/15/20221997Clements, Ron / Musker, John7
Training Day (2001)01/13/20222001Fuqua, Antoine6,
The Godfather (1972)01/11/20221972Coppola, Francis Ford8,
The Departed (2006)01/09/20222006Scorsese, Martin6,
Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)01/06/20221968Leone, Sergio7
A Goofy Movie (1995)12/31/20211995Brizzi, Paul / Lima, Kevin8
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)12/30/20212004Gondry, Michel8,
It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)12/24/20211946Capra, Frank8
To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)12/19/20211962Mulligan, Robert7,
Ocean’s Eleven (2004)12/15/20212004Soderbergh, Steven6,
Return of the Jedi (1983)12/10/20211983Marquand, Richard6
The Empire Strikes Back (1980)12/02/20211980Kershner, Irvin8
Star Wars (1977)11/14/20211977Lucas, George8
Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)11/05/20211975Gilliam, Terry / Jones, Terry7
Little Miss Sunshine (2006)10/30/20212006Dayton, Jonathan / Faris, Valerie7
Toy Story 2 (1999)10/27/20211999Lasseter, John8,
Spider-Man (2002)10/22/20212002Raimi, Sam7
Sin City (2005)10/18/20212005Miller, Frank / Rodriguez, Robert5
Men in Black (1997)10/16/20211997Sonnenfeld, Barry6
Menace II Society (1993)10/15/20211993Hughes Brothers7
GoodFellas (1990)10/13/20211990Scorsese, Martin8
Toy Story (1995)10/07/20211995Lasseter, John8,
Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure (1989)10/04/20211989Herek, Stephen6,
Juno (2007)09/24/20212007Reitman, Jason7
Monsters, Inc. (2001)09/24/20212001Docter, Pete7
Reservoir Dogs (1992)09/23/20211992Tarantino, Quentin7,
Shaun of the Dead (2004)09/23/20212004Wright, Edgar7
Beauty and the Beast (1991)09/22/20211991Trousdale, Gary / Wise, Kirk8
Quantum of Solace (2008)09/21/20212008Forster, Marc3
Casino Royale (2006)09/17/20212006Campbell, Martin7
Do the Right Thing (1989)09/15/20211989Lee, Spike8,
The Silence of the Lambs (1991)09/12/20211991Demme, Jonathan8,
The Matrix (1999)09/06/20211999Wachowski, Lana / Wachowski, Lilly6
Memento (2000)08/31/20212000Nolan, Christopher6,
Psycho (1960)08/17/20211960Hitchcock, Alfred8,
There’s Something About Mary (1998)08/14/20211998Farrelly, Bobby / Farrelly, Peter6
Stagecoach (1939)08/10/20211939Ford, John7
The Graduate (1967)08/07/20211967Nichols, Mike7
Live Free or Die Hard (2007)08/03/20212007Wiseman, Len6
Fargo (1996)07/09/20211996Coen, Joel8
Ong Bak: Muay Thai Warrior (2003)07/07/20212003Pinkaew, Prachya6
The Iron Giant (1999)06/12/20211999Bird, Brad8
The Incredibles (2004)05/11/20212004Bird, Brad8
The 40 Year Old Virgin (2005)04/23/20212005Apatow, Judd7
Bonnie and Clyde (1967)04/18/20211967Penn, Arthur7
I Am Legend (2007)04/16/20212007Lawrence, Francis5
That Thing You Do! (1996)04/14/20211996Hanks, Tom8,
Before Sunset (2004)04/09/20212004Linklater, Richard8
Back to the Future Part II (1989)04/01/20211989Zemeckis, Robert6
Enchanted (2007)03/26/20212007Lima, Kevin7
Gates of Heaven (1978)03/07/20211978Morris, Errol8
The Lion King (1994)03/05/20211994Allers, Roger / Minkoff, Rob7
Independence Day (1996)03/04/20211996Emmerich, Roland4
Superbad (2007)02/11/20212007Mottola, Greg7
Groundhog Day (1993)02/02/20211993Ramis, Harold8
Back to the Future (1985)09/03/20201985Zemeckis, Robert8
Ratatouille (2007)08/28/20202007Bird, Brad8

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