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In the tradition of Jonathan Rosenbaum's alternate list to the AFI 100, I sorted the 350 films by the per-film standard deviation to find the 100 most divisive films, then I re-sorted by weighted score. I didn't take the time to eliminate multiple films by a director.

This list has its merits, I think, but then again I gave six points to a lot of these movies. :)  I think it's an interesting illustration of how, even in a small sample size like our forum, consensus opinion shapes the canon. I won't say it's a better list, but it might make for more interesting conversations.

  1. The Tree of Life (2011)
  2. The Miracle Maker (2000)
  3. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
  4. A Man for All Seasons (1966)
  5. The Mirror (1975)
  6. The Grapes of Wrath (1940)
  7. The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)
  8. Certified Copy (2010)
  9. Dead Man Walking (1995)
  10. Winter Light (1963)
  11. Lourdes (2009)
  12. The Mill and the Cross (2011)
  13. Stop Making Sense (1984)
  14. Embrace of the Serpent (2015)
  15. In Praise of Love (2001)
  16. Summer (1986)
  17. The Music Room (1958)
  18. Mass Appeal (1984)
  19. The Banishment (2007)
  20. Calvary (2014)
  21. Vertigo (1958)
  22. Amadeus (1984)
  23. Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989)
  24. Magnolia (1999)
  25. 7th Heaven (1927)
  26. Silent Light (2007)
  27. Selma (2014)
  28. Places in the Heart (1984)
  29. From the East (1993)
  30. Journey to Italy (1954)
  31. Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (2010)
  32. Fearless (1993)
  33. Mothlight (1963)
  34. The Assassin (2015)
  35. The Island (2006)
  36. By the Grace of God (2019)
  37. Wadjda (2012)
  38. Endless Poetry (2016)
  39. WALL-E (2008)
  40. The Double Life of Veronique (1991)
  41. Fireworks Wednesday (2006)
  42. Only Angels Have Wings (1939)
  43. Blue Velvet (1986)
  44. Moonrise Kingdom (2012)
  45. Singin’ in the Rain (1952)
  46. Kagemusha (1980)
  47. World of Tomorrow (2015)
  48. Dekalog III (1989)
  49. Under the Sun of Satan (1987)
  50. Where Are My Children? (1916)
  51. Walker (2012)
  52. The Exorcist (1973)
  53. Dead Man (1995)
  54. Stories We Tell (2012)
  55. Chimes at Midnight (1965)
  56. Cries and Whispers (1972)
  57. This Transient Life (1970)
  58. Noah (2014)
  59. Adam's Apples (2005)
  60. Yella (2007)
  61. The Celluloid Closet (1995)
  62. AI Artificial Intelligence (2001)
  63. Wavelength (1967)
  64. Wanda (1970)
  65. There Will Be Blood (2007)
  66. The Shop on Main Street (1965)
  67. Meshes of the Afternoon (1943)
  68. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
  69. The Fountain (2006)
  70. Voyage to the End of the Universe (1963)
  71. The Last Temptation of Christ (1988)
  72. The Witch (2015)
  73. Museum Hours (2012)
  74. Samurai Rebellion (1967)
  75. A River Runs Through It (1992)
  76. Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (1992)
  77. Beyond the Hills (2012)
  78. Daughters of the Dust (1991)
  79. Tuesday, After Christmas (2010)
  80. Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019)
  81. Boyhood (2014)
  82. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
  83. The Way (2010)
  84. All That Jazz (1979)
  85. It’s Such A Beautiful Day (2012)
  86. Breaking the Waves (1996)
  87. The Wicker Man (1973)
  88. Personal Shopper (2016)
  89. The Dark Crystal (1982)
  90. Upstream Color (2013)
  91. Smoke Signals (1998)
  92. Harriet (2019)
  93. The Year of Living Dangerously (1982)
  94. Interstellar (2014)
  95. Harold and Maude (1971)
  96. Cloud Atlas (2012)
  97. Dancer in the Dark (2000)
  98. Carol (2015)
  99. Fever Pitch (1997)
  100. Funny Games (1997)
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Interesting. It's missing too many essential A&F favorites for me to really prefer this list to the regular one (apparently Dreyer isn't too divisive around here, who knew?), but there are some choices here that would have been fascinatingly provocative. Admittedly, this list also has most of the choices that I thought were bad, including the only nominated film I outright hate.

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A lot of my 6s are on this list (although still not Lady Bird), but many of my 1s are on it as well. This is certainly a more interesting and discussion provoking list though.

17 minutes ago, Rushmore said:

Admittedly, this list also has most of the choices that I thought were bad, including the only nominated film I outright hate.

Do tell, either here or in a message if you don't want to state it publicly.

"Anyway, in general I love tragic artists, especially classical ones."

"Even the forms for expressing truth can be multiform, and this is indeed necessary for the transmission of the Gospel in its timeless meaning."

- Pope Francis, August 2013 interview with Antonio Spadaro

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