The Alamo Drafthouse 100 Essential Favorite Films

Alamo Drafthouse 100 Essential Favorite FilmsThe programmers at the Alamo Drafthouse have compiled a list of their 100 favorite movies and beginning in January they'll be launching the Alamo 100 in all of their theaters with seven titles that capture the spirit of the list, with many more screening throughout the year.

The list was compiled by R.J. LaForce, Tommy Swenson, Tim League, Joe Ziemba, Greg MacLennan and Sarah Pitre with information on each title, why it's on the list and which one of the names above selected it for their list available right here.

Personally, I love this and am actually in the middle of developing something very similar for this very site, a way of writing about films that aren't necessarily the best ever, but my favorites. I actually hoped to have the new section ready this month, but I just couldn't get it finished. For now, however, check out the Alamo 100 and leave your thoughts in the comments.

How many of them have you seen?

  • 10 Things I Hate About You
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • The 400 Blows
  • The Adventures of Baron Munchausen
  • Alien
  • The Apartment
  • Apocalypse Now
  • Back to the Future
  • Beaches of Agnes
  • The Best Years of Our Lives
  • Big
  • Big Trouble In Little China
  • Black Lizard
  • Blade Runner
  • Bottle Rocket
  • Brazil
  • The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920)
  • Carnival of Souls
  • Casablanca
  • A Christmas Story
  • City Lights
  • A Clockwork Orange
  • Clueless
  • Daisies
  • Danger: Diabolik
  • The Dark Knight
  • Dazed and Confused
  • Delicatessen
  • Dirty Harry
  • Double Indemnity
  • Dr. Strangelove Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
  • Duck Soup
  • E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
  • Ed Wood
  • Escape From New York
  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
  • Evil Dead II
  • Fantastic Mr. Fox
  • For a Few Dollars More
  • The General (1926)
  • Ghostbusters
  • The Godfather Part II
  • The Godfather
  • The Gold Rush
  • The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
  • The Goonies
  • Hannah and Her Sisters
  • Hausu
  • Home Alone
  • Joe vs. the Volcano
  • Johnny Guitar
  • Jules and Jim
  • Ladies and Gentlemen, the Fabulous Stains
  • Leon: The Professional
  • The Lord of the Rings
  • Love Actually
  • Mean Girls
  • Modern Times
  • Monty Python and the Holy Grail
  • Napoleon
  • The Night of the Hunter
  • A Night to Dismember
  • Ninotchka
  • Notorious
  • One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest
  • Pee-Wee's Big Adventure
  • Plan 9 From Outer Space
  • Playtime
  • Pride & Prejudice (2005)
  • The Princess Bride
  • Pulp Fiction
  • Raging Bull
  • Raiders of the Lost Ark
  • Raising Arizona
  • The Road Warrior
  • Robocop
  • The Royal Tenenbaums
  • Rushmore
  • Singin' In the Rain
  • Sixteen Candles
  • Some Like It Hot
  • Sons of the Desert
  • Star Wars: A New Hope
  • Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back
  • Step Up 2: The Streets
  • Streets of Fire
  • Succubus
  • Testament of Dr. Mabuse
  • The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)
  • Tommy Boy
  • UHF
  • Uncle Buck
  • Les Vampires
  • Vertigo
  • Waiting For Guffman
  • The Warriors
  • Wayne's World
  • Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory
  • Woman is a Woman
  • You've Got Mail

  • Shane O’Neal

    Severe lack of animated stuff, like Beauty and the Beast for instance. Or the Toy Story films.

    • Winchester

      I guess to each their own but yeah, if I was doing a Top 100 of my own personal favourites it would look different to the list above. And some Disney animation would definitely be in there.

    • jinjuriki187

      lion king

  • Winchester

    I've seen 35 of that particular list but actually have a 36th (The Testament of Dr Mabuse) sitting waiting to be watched once I can catch Dr Mabuse: The Gambler. Although some of them only once and many years ago.

  • Corbin

    I've seen 30, far more than I was expecting. But really? Step Up 2: The Streets?

    • JN Films

      I've seen 30 too! And Step Up 2 is bs along with Uncle Buck. How are those films on there?

    • Ian

      That stuck out like a sore thumb to me.

  • Disco Paco

    This crippling nostalgia for American films of 80's is lucrative, I'm sure, but creates a narrow discourse. Alamo Drafthouse is one of the lone proponents for national wide revival movie theaters but it skews too comfortable. Almost pandering. GOONIES? Really?
    For what it's worth, BRAZIL is one of my all time favorites though. Anyways, that was all rather soap boxy. My apologies.

    • Brad Brevet

      It is definitely a thing of the '80s, as is most everything list-based on the Internet.

  • Israel Valencia

    Some amazing selections, but really Step Up 2???

    • Brad Brevet

      Step Up 2 is a lot of fun. Remember, these are favorites, not "best".

      • Israel Valencia

        Understandable and that's fine that's why I don't say why Psycho or Gone with the Wind is in there but Step Up 2 isn't even my favorite of the franchise, but that's my opinion.

  • Shaun Heenan

    I've seen 65 of them. Step Up 2 stuck out for me, as well.

  • G-Man

    I love that Home Alone is on this list!

    I've seen 36.

  • Dim McRemnant

    I've seen 75. And yeah, this is definitely a favorites list, not a "Best" list, considering Plan 9 From Outer Space is on the list.

  • Matt Taylor

    What a great list. It's refreshing to see films that are unanimously considered the "best" with some films you'd almost never find on a Top 100 list.

    In particular, I love the shootouts to "Hannah & Her Sisters" (my favorite Woody Allen film), "The Royal Tenenbaums", "The Apartment" and "Clueless", which is one of my favorite comedies.

  • Jimmy R

    It surprised me that I'd seen some point in my long life. For me, some great choices but a number of selections just strike me as odd. Perhaps a generational thing. So, so many terrific movies perfect for the Alamo environment that didn't make this particular list.

  • Mikey

    Such a solid list. I've seen 43 of them. I don't "agree" with a lot of these, but you can tell these are legitimate favorites, not just the ones you're supposed to pick.

  • Xarnis

    There is a gaping hole in this list, in the shape of Lawrence of Arabia.

  • Beautifulm

    Okay list, but kind of disturbing the lack of racial diversity.

    • Swedgin

      It's a favorites list, not a best movie list.

      • Beautifulm

        Exactly and out of five people at that which makes it even worse.

  • andyluvsfilms

    I've seen 59 of the list, the one i've seen the most times is The Warriors, i grew up with that one and still enjoy it today.

  • SmartFilm

    49 but many are strange picks. Still, I like the idea and, hell, that's the idea of a favorites list after all.

  • Newbourne

    Yeah this just isn't my cup of tea. I can't stand ANYTHING about Step Up 2. There is literally nothing redeemable about that movie. I give Transformers and Twilight shít a lot but that's because they are terrible movies that have massive followings. But Step Up 2, I don't think I've ever even thought about it again after seeing it in theaters. It's a terrible movie without a following. I thought it died once it sucked itself off the screen. But here we go, it's back and with a vengeance, calling itself one of their 100 favorite movies. That's just crazy.

  • Newbourne

    Did they seriously cheat and combine all three LotR into 1 spot??

  • Burt Mizaki

    Oh Gee, Step Up? that movie is a joke.