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Flickchart (2009)



Flickchart is a new movie site thats pretty addictive.  In beta stage, the site goes about ranking films using a head to head match-up approach, e.g. which is better, Citizen Kane or Ghostbusters.  It allows you to change one or both of the films in a given match-up if you haven’t viewed them and also allows various filters so you may refine your rankings by year, decade, genre, or within your already established Top 20, Top 50, and so on.  One significant fix required is the removal a film that ends up too high on your ranking.  As it stands the only way to do so (other than the various filtering devices) is to delete it outright or let it match-up independently.  The problem with the latter is the user is given only three consecutive matchups between that film and three already in your “library” which is not effective.

One very fun element of the exercise is the various international movie posters that are displayed.

I spent enough time to rank 500 different movies using the standard tool and filters.  Here is my Top 50 so far, which is pretty off in places, but pretty interesting nonetheless (at least from my standpoint):


1 The Shining 1980 Stanley Kubrick Rated R
2 Lolita 1962 Stanley Kubrick Rated NR
3 Dr. Strangelove 1964 Stanley Kubrick Rated PG
4 Pulp Fiction 1994 Quentin Tarantino Rated R
5 No Country for Old Men 2007 Ethan Coen Rated R
6 Heavenly Creatures 1994 Peter Jackson Rated R
7 Taxi Driver 1976 Martin Scorsese Rated R
8 Magnolia 2000 Paul Thomas Anderson Rated R
9 The Last Temptation of Christ 1988 Martin Scorsese Rated R
10 Say Anything… 1989 Cameron Crowe Rated PG13
11 The Exorcist 1973 William Friedkin Rated R
12 Fargo 1996 Joel Coen Rated R
13 Wild at Heart 1990 David Lynch Rated R
14 Memento 2001 Christopher Nolan Rated R
15 2001: A Space Odyssey 1968 Stanley Kubrick Rated NR
16 Paths of Glory 1957 Stanley Kubrick Rated NR
17 Chinatown 1974 Roman Polanski Rated R
18 Blade Runner 1982 Ridley Scott Rated R
19 Ghost World 2001 Terry Zwigoff Rated R
20 Rear Window 1955 Alfred Hitchcock Rated PG
21 Tootsie 1982 Sydney Pollack Rated PG
22 The Aviator 2004 Martin Scorsese Rated PG13
23 Glengarry Glen Ross 1992 James Foley Rated R
24 The Elephant Man 1980 David Lynch Rated PG
25 Mulholland Dr. 2001 David Lynch Rated R
26 Eyes Wide Shut 1999 Stanley Kubrick Rated R
27 Psycho 1960 Alfred Hitchcock Rated NR
28 Lost Highway 1997 David Lynch Rated R
29 The Truman Show 1998 Peter Weir Rated PG
30 Raging Bull 1980 Martin Scorsese Rated R
31 Amadeus 1984 Milos Forman Rated PG
32 Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind 2004 Michel Gondry Rated R
33 This Is Spinal Tap 1984 Rob Reiner Rated R
34 Citizen Kane 1941 Orson Welles Rated NR
35 There Will Be Blood 2008 Paul Thomas Anderson Rated R
36 Catch Me If You Can 2002 Steven Spielberg Rated PG13
37 The Wizard of Oz 1939 Victor Fleming Rated NR
38 The Sound of Music 1965 Robert Wise Rated NR
39 Wall Street 1987 Oliver Stone Rated R
40 The Empire Strikes Back 1980 Irvin Kershner Rated PG
41 Full Metal Jacket 1987 Stanley Kubrick Rated R
42 Blue Velvet 1986 David Lynch Rated R
43 Lost in Translation 2003 Sofia Coppola Rated R
44 The Godfather 1972 Francis Ford Coppola Rated R
45 Born on the Fourth of July 1989 Oliver Stone Rated R
46 Beauty and the Beast 1991 Gary Trousdale Rated NR
47 Jackie Brown 1997 Quentin Tarantino Rated R
48 Matchstick Men 2003 Ridley Scott Rated PG13
49 Punch-Drunk Love 2002 Paul Thomas Anderson Rated R
50 North by Northwest 1959 Alfred Hitchcock Rated NR