Saturday Nov 25

Entertainment

Written by Ben Pogany
The 100 films you'd be most offended to learn your best friend hasn't yet seen.  (Nineties to present day)
  1. The Shawshank Redemption (1994)  Directed by Frank Darabont.  Screenplay by Frank Darabont, based on the novella Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption by Stephen King.  Starring Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman.
  2. Goodfellas (1990)  Directed by Martin Scorsese. Screenplay by Nicholas Pileggi and Martin Scorsese, based on the book Wiseguy by Nicholas Pileggi.  Starring Robert De Niro, Ray Liotta, Joe Pesci, Lorraine Bracco, and Paul Sorvino.
  3. Pulp Fiction (1994)  Written and directed by Quentin Tarantino.  Starring John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson, Uma Thurman, and Harvey Keitel.
  4. Schindler's List (1993)  Directed by Steven Spielberg.  Screenplay by Steven Zaillian, based on the novel Schindler's Ark by Thomas Keneally.  Starring Liam Neeson, Ben Kingsley, and Ralph Fiennes.
  5. There Will Be Blood (2007)  Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson. Screenplay by Paul Thomas Anderson, based on the novel Oil! by Upton Sinclair.  Starring Daniel Day-Lewis and Paul Dano.
  6. Boogie Nights (1997)  Written and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson.  Starring Mark Walhberg, Julianne Moore, Burt Reynolds, Don Cheadle, John C. Reily, William H. Macy, Heather Graham, Nicole Ari Parker, and Philip Seymour Hoffman.
  7. Fight Club (1999)  Directed by David Fincher.  Screenplay by Jim Uhls, based on the novel Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk.  Starring Brad Pitt, Edward Norton, Helena Bonham Carter, Meat Loaf Aday, and Jared Leto.
  8. Saving Private Ryan (1998)  Directed by Steven Spielberg.  Screenplay by Robert Rodat.  Starring Tom Hanks, Edward Burns, Matt Damon, and Tom Sizemore.
  9. Fargo (1996)  Directed by Joel Coen.  Written by Joel Coen and Ethan Coen.  Starring Frances McDormand, William H. Macy, Steve Buscemi, Harve Presnell, and Peter Stormare.
  10. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)  Directed by Jonathan Demme.  Screenplay by Ted Tally, based on the novel The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris.  Starring Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Scott Glenn and Ted Levine.
  11. Dazed and Confused (1993)  Written and directed by Richard Linklater.  Starring Matthew McConaughey, Jason London, Wiley Wiggins, Rory Cochrane, Adam Goldberg, Parker Posey, Milla Jovovich and Ben Affleck.
  12. The Big Lebowski (1998) Directed by Joel Coen.  Written by Ethan Coen and Joel Coen.  Starring Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Julianne Moore, Steve Buscemi, David Huddleston, and John Turturro.
  13. Memento (2000)  Directed by Christopher Nolan.  Screenplay by Christopher Nolan, based on the short story "Memento Mori" by Jonathan Nolan.  Starring Guy Pierce, Carrie-Anne Moss, and Joe Pantoliano.
  14. City of God (2002)  Directed by Fernando Meirelles and Katia Lund.  Screenplay by Brailio Mantovani, based on the novel City of God by Paulo Lins.  Starring Alexandre Rodrigues, Leandro Firmino da Hora, Phellipe Haagensen, and Douglas Silva.
  15. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)  Directed by Peter Jackson.  Screenplay by Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, and Peter Jackson, based of the novel The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien.
  16. Toy Story (1995)  Directed by John Lasseter.  Screenplay by Joss Whedon, Andrew Stanton, Joel Cohen, and Alec Sokolow.  Starring Tom Hanks and Tim Allen.
  17. Forrest Gump (1994)  Directed by Robert Zemeckis.  Screenplay by Eric Roth, based on the novel Forrest Gump by Winston Groom.  Starring Tom Hanks, Robin Wright, Gary Sinise, Mykelti Williamson and Sally Field.
  18. Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004)  Directed by Adam McKay.  Written by Will Ferrell and Adam McKay.  Starring Will Ferrell, Christina Applegate, Paul Rudd, Steve Carell, David Kouchner and Fred Williard.
  19. Braveheart (1995)  Directed by Mel Gibson.  Written by Randall Wallace.  Starring Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau, Patrick McGoohan and Catherine McCormack.
  20. No Country for Old Men (2007)  Directed by Joel and Ethan Coen.  Screenplay by Joel and Ethan Coen, based on the novel No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy.  Starring Tommy Lee Jones, Javier Bardem, and Josh Brolin.
  21. Children of Men (2006) Directed by Alfonso Cuaron.  Screenplay by Alfonso Cuaron, Timothy Sexton, David Arata, Mark Fergus, and Hawk Ostby.  Based on the novel Children of Men by P.D. James.  Starring Clive Owen, Julianne Moore, Michael Caine, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Charie Hunnam.
  22. Requiem for a Dream (2000) Directed by Darren Aronofsky.  Screenplay by Hubert Selby Jr and Darren Aronofsky, based on the novel Requiem for a Dream by Hubert Selby Jr.  Starring Ellen Burstyn, Jared Leto, Jennifer Connelly and Marlon Wayans.
  23. Traffic (2000) Directed by Steven Soderbergh.  Screenplay by Stephen Gaghan, based on the British television serial Traffik by Simon Moore.  Starring Benicio Del Toro, Don Cheadle, Michael Douglas, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Dennis Quaid, Luis Guzman, James Brolin, Topher Grace, and Erika Christensen.
  24. The Dark Knight (2008)  Directed by Christopher Nolan.  Screenplay by Jonathan and Christopher Nolan.  Starring Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Heath Ledger, Gary Oldman, Aaron Eckhart, Maggie Gyllenhaal, and Morgan Freeman.
  25. Se7en (1995)  Directed by David Fincher.  Written by Andrew Kevin Walker.  Starring Brad Pitt, Morgan Freeman, and Kevin Spacey.
  26. The Departed (2006)  Directed by Martin Scorsese.  Screenplay by William Monahan, based on the Hong Kong film Internal Affairs by Alan Mak and Felix Chong.  Starring Leonard DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson, Mark Wahlberg, Martin Sheen, Vera Farmiga and Alec Baldwin.
  27. Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1991)  Directed by James Cameron.  Written by James Cameron and William Wisher.  Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Edward Furlong and Robert Patrick.
  28. Billy Madison (1995)  Directed by Tamra Davis.  Written by Adam Sandler and Tim Herlihy.  Starring by Adam Sandler, Bradley Whiford, Norm McDonald, Bridgette Wilson, Josh Mostel.
  29. Jurassic Park (1993)  Directed by Steven Spielberg.  Screenplay by Michael Crichton and David Koepp, based on the novel Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton.  Starring Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, and Richard Attenborough.
  30. Heat (1995)  Written and directed by Michael Mann.  Starring Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Tom Sizemore, Val Kilmer, Ashley Judd, Diane Venora, Amy Brenneman, Ted Levine, and Jon Voight.
  31. Zodiac (2007) Directed by David Fincher.  Screenplay by James Vanderbilt.  Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Mark Ruffalo, Robert Downey Jr, and Anthony Edwards.
  32. Reservoir Dogs (1992)  Directed by Quentin Tarantino.  Written by Quentin Tarantino and Roger Avary.  Starring Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth, Chris Penn, Steve Buscemi, Lawrence Tierney, and Michael Madsen.
  33. Almost Famous (2000)  Written and directed by Cameron Crowe.  Starring Billy Crudup, Kate Hudson, Patrick Fugit, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Frances McDormand, Jason Lee, Anna Paquin, Fairuza Balk, and Noah Taylor.
  34. The Usual Suspects (1995)  Directed by Bryan Singer.  Written by Christopher McQuarrie.  Starring Kevin Spacey, Benicio Del Toro, Stephen Baldwin, Gsbriel Byrne, Kevin Pollak, Chazz Palminteri and Pete Postlethwaite.
  35. Being John Malkovich (1999)  Directed by Spike Jonze.  Written by Charlie Kaufman.  Starring John Cusack, Cameron Diaz, Catherine Keener, and John Malkovich.
  36. Zoolander (2001)  Directed by Ben Stiller.  Screenplay by Drake Sather, Ben Stiller, and John Hamburg.  Starring Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Will Ferrell, Christine Taylor, Jerry Stiller, and Jon Voight.
  37. American Beauty (1999)  Directed by Sam Mendes.  Written by Alan Ball.  Starring Kevin Spacey, Annette Bening, Thora Birch, Wes Bentley, Mena Suvari, Chris Cooper, Allison Janney, and Peter Gallagher.
  38. Casino(1995)  Directed by Martin Scorsese.  Screenplay by Nicholas Pileggi and Martin Scorsese.  Based on the non-fiction book Casino: Love and Honor in Las Vegas by Nicholas Pileggi.  Starring Robert De Niro, Sharon Stone, Joe Pesci, Don Rickles, Kevin Pollak and James Woods.
  39. Unforgiven (1992)  Directed by Clint Eastwood.  Written by David Webb Peoples.  Starring Clint Eastwood, Gene Hackman, Morgan Freeman, and Richard Harris.
  40. American History X (1998) Directed by Tony Kaye.  Written by David McKenna.  Starring Edward Norton, Edward Furlong, Fairuza Balk, Stacy Keach, Elliott Gould, Avery Brooks and Beverly D'Angelo.
  41. Good Will Hunting (1997) Directed by Gus Van Sant.  Written by Matt Damon and Ben Affleck.  Starring Robin Williams, Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Stellan Skarsgard, and Minnie Driver.
  42. Training Day (2001) Directed by Antoine Fuqua.  Written by David Ayer.  Starring Denzel Washington and Ethan Hawke.
  43. My Cousin Vinny (1992) Directed by Jonathan Lynn.  Written by Dale Launer.  Starring Joe Pesci, Ralph Macchio, Marisa Tomei, Mitchell Whitfield, and Fred Gwynne.
  44. Gladiator (2000) Directed by Ridley Scott.  Screenplay by David Franzoni, John Logan, and William Nicholson.  Starring Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Connie Nielsen, Oliver Reed, Derek Jacobi, Djimon Hounsou, and Richard Harris.
  45. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004) Directed by Michel Gondry.  Screenplay by Charlie Kaufman.  Starring Jim Carrey, Kate Winslet, Kirsten Dunst, Mark Ruffalo, Elijah Wood, and Tom Wilkinson.
  46. Ocean's Eleven (2001)  Directed by Steven Soderbergh.  Screenplay by Ted Griffin, based on the 1960 film Ocean's 11.  Starring George Clooney, Matt Damon, Andy Garcia, Brad Pitt and Julia Roberts.
  47. Gangs of New York (2002) Directed by Martin Scorsese.  Screenplay by Jay Cocks, Kenneth Lonergan, and Steven Zaillian. Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Daniel Day-Lewis, and Cameron Diaz.
  48. Leon: The Professional (1994)  Written and directed by Luc Besson.  Starring Jean Reno, Gary Oldman, Natalie Portman and Danny Aiello.
  49. Gone Baby Gone (2007)  Directed by Ben Affleck.  Screenplay by Ben Affleck and Aaron Stockard, based on the novel Gone, Baby, Gone by Dennis Lehane.  Starring Casey Affleck, Michelle Monoghan, Morgan Freeman, Ed Harris, John Ashton, Amy Ryan, Amy Madigan, Titus Welliver and Edi Gathegil
  50. LA Confidential (1997)  Directed by Curtis Hanson.  Screenplay by Brian Helgeland and Curtis Hanson, based on the L.A. Confidential by James Ellroy.  Starring Kevin Spacey, Russell Crowe, Guy Pierce, James Cromwell, Kim Basinger, David Strathairn and Danny DeVito.
  51. The Matrix (1999)  Written and directed by the Wachowski Brothers.  Starring Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishbone, Carrie-Anne Moss, Hugo Weaving and Joe Pantoliano.
  52. A Few Good Men (1992)  Directed by Rob Reiner.  Screenplay by Aaron Sorkin, based on his play of the same name.  Starring Tom Cruise, Jack Nicholson, Demi Moore, Kevin Bacon, Kevin Pollack, James Marshall, JT Walsh, and Kiefer Sutherland.
  53. The Sixth Sense (1999)  Written and directed by M. Night Shyamalan.  Starring Bruce Willis, Toni Collette, Olivia Williams and Haley Joel Osment.
  54. American Psycho (2000) Directed by Mary Harron.  Screenplay by Mary Harron and Guinevere Turner, based on the novel American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis.  Starring Christian Bale, Willem Dafoe, Reese Witherspoon, Chloe Sevigy, Jared Leto, and Josh Lucas.
  55. Inception (2010) Written and directed by Christopher Nolan.  Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Ken Watanabe, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Marion Cotillard, Ellen Page, Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy, Tom Berenger, and Michael Caine.
  56. The Fugitive (1993) Directed by Andrew Davis.  Screenplay by David Twohy and Jeb Stuart, based on the TV series The Fugitive by Roy Huggins.  Starring Harrison Ford, Tommy Lee Jones, Sela Ward, Joe Pantoliano and Andreas Katsulas.
  57. Trainspotting (1996)  Directed by Danny Boyle.  Screenplay by John Hodge, based on the novel Trainspotting by Irvine Welsh.  Starring Ewan McMgregor, Ewen Bremner, Jonny Lee Miller, Kevin McKidd, Robert Carlyle, and Kelly McDonald.
  58. There's Something About Mary (1998)  Directed by Peter and Bobby Farrelly.  Screenplay by Ed Decter, John Strauss, Peter Farrelly, and Bobby Farrelly.  Starring Cameron Diaz, Ben Stiller, and Matt Dillon.
  59. Dunkirk (2017)  Written and directed by Christopher Nolan.  Starring Fionn Whitehead, Tom Glynn-Carney, Harry Styles, Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy, and Mark Rylance.
  60. O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000)  Written and directed by the Coen Brothers.  Starring George Clooney, John Turturro, Tim Blake Nelson, Charles Durning, Michael Badalucco, John Goodman, and Holly Hunter.
  61. Donnie Darko (2001)  Written and directed by Richard Kelley.  Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Jena Malone, Drew Barrymore, Maggie Gyllenhaal, and Mary McDonnell.
  62. The Social Network (2010)  Directed by David Fincher.  Screenplay by Aaron Sorkin, based on the book "The Accidental Billionaires" by Ben Mezrich.  Starring Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield, Justin Timberlake, and Rooney Mara.
  63. Sin City (2005)  Directed by Frank Miller, Robert Rodriguez, and Quentin Tarantino.  Written by Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez, based on the graphic novel Sin City by Frank Miller.  Starring Bruce Willis, Mickey Rourke, Clive Owen, Benicio Del Toro, Jessica Alba, Brittany Murphy, and Elijah Wood.
  64. Magnolia (1999)  Written and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson.  Starring Jeremy Blackman, Tom Cruise, Melina Dillon, Philip Baker Hall, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Ricky Jay, William H Macy, Aldred Molina, Julianne Moore, John C Reily, Jason Robards, and Melora Walters.
  65. Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1997)  Directed by Jay Roach.  Written by Mike Myers.  Starring Mike Myers, Elizabeth Hurley, Michael York, and Mimi Rodgers.
  66. Rushmore (1998)  Directed by Wes Anderson.  Written by Wes Anderson and Owen Wilson.  Starring Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray, Olivia Williams, Seymour Cassel, Brian Cox, Mason Gamble, Sara Tanaka, Stephen McCole, Connie Nielsen, and Luke Wilson.
  67. Rounders (1998)  Directed by John Dahl.  Written by David Levien and Brian Koppelman.  Starring Matt Damon, Edward Norton, John Turturro, Gretchen Mol, Famke Janssen, John Malkovich and Martin Landau.
  68. Malcolm X (1992)  Directed by Spike Lee.  Screenplay by Spike Lee and Arnold Perl, based on The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Alex Haley.  Starring Denzel Washington, Angela Bassett, Albert Hall, Al Freeman Jr, and Delroy Lindo.
  69. Mulholland Dr. (2001) Written and directed by David Lynch.  Starring Naomi Watts, Laura Harring, Justin Theroux, Ann Miller and Robert Forster.
  70. The Green Mile (1999) Directed by Frank Darabont.  Screenplay by Frank Darabont, based on the serial novel The Green Mile by Stephen King.  Starring Tom Hanks, Michael Clarke Duncan, Barry Pepper, Sam Rockwell, Doug Hutchinson, David Morse, James Cromwell, Jeffrey DeMunn, Patricia Clarkson and Harry Dean Stanton.
  71. JFK (1991)  Directed by Oliver Stone.  Screenplay by Oliver Stone and Zachary Sklar, based on On the Trail of Assassins by Jim Garrison and Crossfire: The Plot that Killed Kennedy by Jim Mars.  Starring Kevin Costner, Kevin Bacon, Tommy Lee Jones, Laurie Metcalf, Gary Oldman, Michael Rooker, Jay O Sanders and Sissy Spacek.
  72. Friday Night Lights (2004) Directed by Peter Berg.  Screenplay by David Aaron Cohen and Peter Berg, based on the non-fiction book Friday Night Lights: A Town, a Team, and a Dream by H.G. Bissinger. Starring Billy Bob Thornton, Derek Luke, Jay Hernandez, Connie Britton, and Lucas Black.
  73. The Prestige (2006)  Directed by Christopher Nolan.  Screenplay by Christopher and Jonathan Nolan, based on the novel The Prestige by Christopher Priest.  Starring Hugh Jackson, Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Scarlett Johansson, Rebecca Hall, Andy Serkis, and David Bowie.
  74. Dumb and Dumber (1994)  Directed by Peter and Bobby Farrelly.  Written by Peter Farrelly, Bennett Yelin, and Bobby Farrelly.  Starring Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels.
  75. Eyes Wide Shut (1999) Directed by Stanley Kubrick.  Screenplay by Stanley Kubrick and Frederic Raphael.  Starring Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, Sydney Pollack, and Marie Richardson.
  76. Life Is Beautiful (1997) Directed by Robert Benigni.  Written by Roberto Benigni and Vincenzo Cerami.  Starring Roberto Renigni, Nicoletta Braschi, Giorgio Cantarini, Guistino Durano, and Horst Bucholtz.
  77. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)  Directed by Terry Gilliam.  Based on the book by Hunter S. Thompson.  Starring Johnny Depp and Benicio Del Toro.
  78. Jackie Brown (1997) Written and directed by Quentin Tarantino, based on the novel Rum Punch by Elmore Leonard.  Starring Pam Grier, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Forster, Michael Keaton, Bridget Fonda, and Robert De Niro.
  79. The Boondocks Saints (1999) Written and directed by Troy Duffy.  Starring Willem Dafoe, Sean Patrick Flanery, Norman Reedus, David Della Rocco, and Billy Connolly.
  80. The Talented Mr Ripley (1999)  Directed by Anthony Minghella.  Screenplay by Anthony Minghella, based on the novel The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith.  Starring Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jude Law, Cate Blanchett, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jack Davenport, James Rebhorn, and Sergio Rubini.
  81. The Rock (1996) Directed by Michael Bay.  Screenplay by David Weinberg, Douglas Cook and Mark Rosner.  Starring Sean Connery, Nicholas Cage, Ed Harris, Michael Biehn, and William Forsythe.
  82. Step Brothers (2008) Directed by Adam McKay.  Screenplay by Will Ferrell and Adam McKay.  Starring Will Ferrell, John C. Reily, Richard Jenkins, Mary Steenburgen, Adam Scott, and Kathryn Hahn.
  83. The Sandlot (1993)  Directed by David Mickey Evans.  Written by David Mickey Evans and Robert Gunter.  Starring Tom Guiry, Mike Vitar, Patrick Renna, Chauncey Leopardi, Marty York, Shane Obedzinski, Grant Gelt, Brandon Adams, Victor DiMattia, Denis Leary, Karen Allen, and James Earl Jones.
  84. Edward Scissorhands (1990) Directed by Tim Burton.  Screenplay by Caroline Thompson.  Starring Johnny Depp, Winona Ryder, Dianne Wiest, Anthony Michael Hall, Kathy Baker, Vincent Price and Alan Arkin.
  85. Twelve Monkeys (1995)  Directed by Terry Gilliam.  Screenplay by David and Janet Peoples, based on the featurette La Jetee by Chris Marker.  Starring Bruce Willis, Madeleine Stowe, Brad Pitt and Christopher Plummer.
  86. Point Break (1991)  Directed by Kathryn Bigelow.  Screenplay by W. Peter Illiff.  Starring Keanu Reeves, Patrick Swayze, Gary Busey and Lori Petti.
  87. Kids (1995)  Directed by Larry Clark.  Screenplay by Harmony Korine.  Starring Leo Fitzpatrick, Justin Pierce, and Chloe Sevigny.
  88. Speed (1994)  Directed by Jan de Bont.  Written by Graham Yost and Joss Whedon.  Starring Keanu Reeves, Dennis Hopper, Sandra Bullock, and Jeff Daniels.
  89. Home Alone (1990) Directed by Chris Columbus.  Written by John Hughes.  Starring Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern, John Heard, and Catherine O'Hara.
  90. A Beautiful Mind (2001)  Directed by Ron Howard.  Screenplay by Akiva Goldsman, based on the biography A Beautiful Mindby Sylvia Nasar.  Starring Russell Crowe, Ed Harris, Jennifer Connelly, Paul Bethany, Adam Goldberg, Judd Hirsch, Josh Lucas, Anthony Rapp and  Christopher Plummer.
  91. Pan's Labyrinth (2006) Written and directed by Guillermo del Toro.  Starring Sergi Lopez, Maribel Verdu, Ivana Baquero, Doug Jones, Ariadna Gil, and Alex Angulo.
  92. The Blair Witch Project (1999)  Written and directed by Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sanchez.  Starring Heather Donahue, Michael Williams, and Joshua Leonard.
  93. Groundhog Day (1993) Directed by Harold Ramis.  Screenplay by Danny Rubin and Harold Ramis.  Starring Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell, and Chris Elliott.
  94. Scream (1996)  Directed by Wes Craven.  Written by Kevin Williamson.  Starring David Arquette, Neve Campbell, Courtney Cox, Matthew Littered, Rose McGowan, Skeet Ulrich, and Drew Barrymore.
  95. Office Space (1999) Written and directed by Mike Judge.  Starring Ron Livingston, Jennifer Aniston, Stephen Root, and Gary Cole.
  96. Mrs. Doubtfire (1993) Directed by Chris Columbus.  Screenplay by Randi Mayem Singer and Leslie Dixon.  Starring Robin Williams, Sally Field, Pierce Brosnan, Harvey Fierstein, and Robert Prosy.
  97. The Lion King (1994) Directed by Roger Allers and Rob Minkoff.  Screenplay by Irene Mecchi, Jonathan Roberts, and Linda Woolverton.  Starring Jonathan Taylor Thomas, Matthew Broderick, James Earl Jones, Jeremy Irons, Moira Kelly, Niketa Calame, Ernie Sabella, Nathan Lane, Robert Guillaume, Rowan Atkinson, Whoopi Goldberg, and Cheech Marin.
  98. Mystic River (2003) Directed by Clint Eastwood.  Screenplay by Brian Helgeland, based on the novel Mystic River by Dennis Lehane.  Starring Sean Penn, Tim Robins, Kevin Bacon, Laurence Fishburne, Marcia Gay Harden, and Laura Linney.
  99. Face/Off (1997)  Directed by John Woo.  Written by Mike Werb and Michael Colleary.  Starring John Travolta, Nicolas Cage, Joan Allen, Gina Gershon, and Alessandro Nivola.
  100. Love Actually (2003)  Written an directed by Richard Curtis.  Starring Hugh Grant, Liam Neeson, Colin Firth, Laura Linney, Emma Thompson, Alan Rickman, Keira Knightley, Martine McCutcheon, Bill Nighy, and Rowan Atkinson.

Bubble: Apollo 13
(1996), Oldboy (2003), 10 Things I Hate About You (1999), The Last of the Mohicans (1992), Michael Clayton (2007), Mad Max: Fury Road (2015),  Jerry Maguire (1996), The Mighty Ducks (1992), Clueless (1995), Cruel Intentions (1999), Black Hawk Down (2001), Everybody Wants Some!! (2016), Lord of War (2005), Aladdin (1992), Rudy (1993), Boyhood (2015), The Insider (1999), Dances With Wolves (1990), Moonlight (2016), The Hunt For Red October (1990), White Men Can't Jump (1992), Three Kings (1999), Collateral (2004), The Wrestler (2008), 25th Hour (2002), Before Sunset (2004), Munich (2005), 28 Days Later...(2002), Sicario (2015), Moneyball (2011), Inglourious Basterds (2009), The Intouchables (2011).



Top 5 Movie Years
1) 1994 (3 in top 20, 7 in top 100)
2) 1999 (5 in top 50, 13 in top 100)
3) 1995 (6 in top 35, 9 in top 100)
4) 1993 (3 in top 30, 7 in top 100)
5) 2000 (5 in top 50, 7 in top 100)

 
Written by Ben Pogany
  1. Roger Deakins: The Shawshank Redemption, Fargo, No Country For Old Men, Sicario, Prisoners, The Assassination of Jesse James, O Brother Where Art Thou?, Nineteen Eighty-Four, Doubt, True Grit.
  2. Emmanuel Lubezki: The Revenant, Gravity, Children of Men, Birdman, The Tree of Life, Sleepy Hollow, Y Tu Mama Tambien, A Little Princess, Ali, The New World.
  3. Haskell Wexler: One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, American Graffiti, In The Heat of The Night, Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolf?Bound For Glory, Days of Heaven, The Thomas Crown Affair, Coming Home, 61*, Colors.
  4. Vittorio Storaro: Apocalypse Now, Reds, The Last Emperor, The Conformist, Dick Tracy, Last Tango in Paris, Dune, The Sheltering Sky, Ishtar, Goya en Burdeos.
  5. Robert Elswit: There Will Be Blood, Good Night and Good Luck, Punch Drunk Love, Boogie Nights, Nightcrawler, Salt, The Town, Magnolia, 8mm, Inherent Vice.
  6. Conrad Hall: Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, American Beauty, Cool Hand Luke, Road to Perdition, In Cold Blood, Searching For Bobby Fischer, A Civil Action, Marathon Man, The Day of the Locust, Tequila Sunrise.
  7. Janusz Kamiński: Saving Private Ryan, Schindler's List, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, War of the Worlds, Lincoln.
  8. Robert Richardson: JFK, The Aviator, Hugo, Platoon, Salvador, The Hateful Eight, Born of the Fourth of July, Inglorious Basterds, Snow Falling On Cedars, Django Unchained.
  9. John Toll: Braveheart, Legends of the Fall, The Thin Red Line, Almost Famous, Gone Baby Gone, Vanilla Sky, The Last Samurai, Tropic Thunder, The Rainmaker, Breaking Bad pilot.
  10. Wally Pfister: Inception, The Dark Knight, Memento, The Italian Job, Moneyball.
Honorable Mentions: Chris Menges, Rodrigo Prieto, Michael Ballhuas, Claduio Miranda, Mauro Fiore, Anthony Dod Mantle, Andrew Lesnie, John Seale, Dean Semler, Jeff Cronenweth, Dante Spinotti

*Academy Award winners for Best Cinematography in italics.  Must have worked on at least one 21st century film to be considered "modern."
Written by Ben Pogany
Couple ground rules.  For starters, we'll be using 1990 as the demarcation line for what should be considered modern.  This seemed like a natural cutoff point, as the Cheers generation was giving way to the Seinfeld generation and cable channels were beginning to gain some footing.  When we say 1990, we mean that the first season of a show had to, at its earliest, at least span the turn of the decade.  This means The Simpsons is still good as its first season started in the latter half of 1989 and ended in 1990.  However, this disqualifies still active shows that started any earlier; as great as SNL and 60 Minutes are, you won't see them on this list.  Tough call but we ultimately decided that we didn't want to be handing out too many greatness points for longevity alone.  Furthermore, with all apologies to Freaks and Geeks, miniseries or single-season programs will not eligible.  Though we don't want to over award for longevity, there's something to be said for sustaining greatness across multiple years.  Beyond that it's wide open--dramas, sitcoms, talk shows, sketch comedy, British shows--if it comes on the small screen and could be considered essential viewing, it has a spot on this list.
  1. The Wire (2002-2008, 60 episodes over 5 seasons)  HBO  Created by David Simon
  2. The Simpsons (1989-Present, 618 episodes over 28 seasons)  FOX  Created by Matt Groening
  3. Seinfeld (1989-1998, 180 episodes over 9 seasons)  NBC  Created  by Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld
  4. Breaking Bad (2008-2013, 62 episodes over 5 seasons)  AMC  Created by Vince Gilligan
  5. The Daily Show (1996-Present, 3000+ episodes)  COMEDY CENTRAL  Created by Madeleine Smithberg and Lizz Winstead
  6. Game of Thrones (2011-Present, 60 episodes over 6 seasons)  HBO  Created by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss
  7. The Sopranos (1999-2007, 86 episodes over 6 seasons)  HBO  Created by David Chase
  8. Mad Men (2007-2015, 92 episodes over 7 seasons) AMC Created by Matthew Weiner
  9. South Park (1997-Present, 277 episodes over 20 seasons)  COMEDY CENTRAL  Created by Trey Parker and Matt Stone
  10. The Larry Sanders Show (1992-1998, 89 episodes over 6 seasons)  HBO  Created by Garry Shandling and Dennis Klein
  11. Curb Your Enthusiasm (2000-Present, 80 episodes over 8 seasons) HBO  Created by Larry David
  12. The Colbert Report (2005-2014, 1447 episodes over 10 seasons.  COMEDY CENTRAL  Created by Stephen Colbert, Ben Karlin, and Jon Stewart
  13. Family Guy (1999-Present, 289 episodes over 15 seasons)  FOX  Created by Seth McFarlane
  14. Law and Order (1990-2010, 496 episodes over 20 seasons) NBC Created by Dick Wolf
  15. The West Wing (1999-2006) NBC Created by Aaron Sorkin
  16. Arrested Development (2003-Present, 68 episodes over 4 seasons)  FOX/NETFLIX  Created by Mitchell Hurwitz
  17. The Leftovers (2014-2017, 28 episodes over 3 seasons)  HBO  Created by Damon Lindelof and Tom Perrotta and based on the novel The Leftovers by Tom Perrotta
  18. Louie (2010-Present, 61 episodes over 5 seasons)  FX  Created by Louie CK
  19. Friends (1994-2004, 236 episodes over 10 seasons)  NBC  Created by David Crane and Marta Kauffman
  20. Chappelle's Show (2003-2006, 28 episodes over 3 seasons)  Comedy Central.  Created by Dave Chappelle and Neal Brennan
  21. Twin Peaks (1990-1991, 2017 48 episodes over 3 seasons)  ABC  Created by Mark Frost and David Lynch
  22. 30 Rock (2006-2013, 138 episodes over 7 seasons)  NBC  Created by Tina Fey
  23. Lost (2004-2010, 121 episodes over 6 seasons)  ABC  Created by JJ Abrams
  24. NYPD Blue (1993-2005, 261 episodes over 12 seasons) ABC  Created by Steven Bochco and David Milch
  25. The X-Files (1993-2002, 208 episodes over 10 seasons) FOX Created by Chris Carter
  26. Deadwood (2004-2006, 36 episodes over 3 seasons)  HBO  Created by David Milch
  27. It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia (2005-Present, 134 episodes over 12 seasons)  FX  Created by Rob McElhenney
  28. The Shield (2002-2008, 88 episodes over 7 seasons)  FX  Created by Shawn Ryan
  29. Friday Night Lights (2006-2011, 76 episodes over 5 seasons)  NBC  Based on the book Friday Night Lights: A Town, a Team, and a Dream by H.G. Bissinger
  30. Parks and Recreation (2009-2015, 125 episodes over 7 seasons)  NBC  Created by Greg Daniels and Michael Shur
  31. Key and Peele (2012-2015, 53 episodes over 5 seasons)  COMEDY CENTRAL  Created by Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele
  32. Six Feet Under (2001-2005, 63 episodes over 5 seasons)  HBO  Created by Alan Ball
  33. SpongeBob SquarePants (1999-Present, 213 episodes over 10 seasons)  NICKELODEON  Created by Stephen Hillenburg
  34. Oz (1997-2003, 56 episodes over 6 seasons) HBO Created by Tom Fontana
  35. Frasier (1993-2004, 264 episodes over 11 seasons)  NBC  Created by David Angell, Peter Casey, and David Lee
  36. Black Mirror (2011-Present, 13 episodes over 3 seasons)  CHANNEL 4/NETFLIX  Created by Charlie Brooker
  37. Homicide: Life on the Street (1993-1999, 122 episodes over 7 seasons)  NBC  Created by Paul Attanasio and based on the book Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets by David Simon
  38. 24 (2001-2014, 204 episodes over 9 seasons) FOX Created by Joel Surnow and Robert Cochran
  39. ER (1994-2009, 331 episodes over 15 seasons) NBC Created by Michael Crichton
  40. Late Night with Conan O'Brien (1993-2009, 2,725 episodes over 14 seasons)  NBC  Created by Conan O'Brien
  41. Fargo (2014-Present, 30 episodes over 3 seasons)  FX  Created by Noah Hawley
  42. Atlanta (2016-Present, 10 episodes over 1 season)  FX  Created by Donald Glover
  43. Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997-2003, 144 episodes over 7 seasons)  THE WB/UPN  Created by Joss Whedon
  44. The Office (British) (2001-2003, 12 episodes over 2 seasons)  BBC  Created by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant
  45. Battlestar Galactica (2004-2009, 75 episodes over 4 seasons)  SCI-FI  Based on TV series Battlestar Galactica by Glen A. Larson and developed by Ronald D. Moore
  46. Real Time with Bill Maher (2003-Present, 400+ episodes over 14 seasons  HBO  Presented by Bill Maher
  47. The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1990-1996, 148 episodes over 6 seasons) NBC  Created by Andy and Susan Borowitz
  48. Sex and the City (1998-2004, 94 episodes over 6 seasons)  HBO  Created by Darren Star
  49. 30 for 30 (2009-Present, 93 episodes)  ESPN  Created by Bill Simmons and Connor Schell
  50. Mr. Robot (2015-Present, 20 episodes over 2 seasons)  USA  Created by Sam Esmail
  51. The Americans (2013-Present, 65 episodes over 5 seasons)  FX  Created by Joe Weisberg
  52. American Crime Story (2015-Present, 10 episodes over 1 season)  FX  Developed by Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski
  53. Pardon the Interruption (2001-Present, 3500+ episodes)  ESPN  Starring Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon
  54. The Office (American) (2005-2013, 201 episodes over 9 seasons)  NBC  Developed by Greg Daniels and based on The Office by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant
  55. Veep (2012-Present, 55 episodes over 6 seasons)  HBO  Created by Armando Iannucci
  56. Beverly Hills, 90210 (1990-2000, 293 episodes over 10 seasons)  FOX  Created by Darren Star, Aaron Spelling, and E. Duke Vincent
  57. The Tonight Show With Jay Leno (1992-2014, 4,610 episodes over 22 seasons)  NBC  Presented by Jay Leno
  58. Justified (2010-2015, 78 episodes over 6 seasons)  FX  Developed by Graham Yost and based on the short story "Fire in the Hole" by Elmore Leonard
  59. Modern Family (2009-Present, 188 episodes over 8 seasons)  ABC  Created by Christopher Lloyd and Steven Levitan
  60. CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2000-2015, 337 episodes over 15 seasons)  CBS  Created by Anthony E. Zulker
  61. In Living Color (1990-1994, 127 episodes over 5 seasons)  FOX  Created by Keenan Ivory Wayans
  62. Master of None (2015-Present, 20 episodes over two seasons)  NETFLIX  Created by Aziz Ansari and Alan Yang
  63. Beavis and Butthead (1993-1997, 2011, 222 episodes over 8 seasons.  MTV  Created by Mike Judge
  64. Sherlock (2010-present, 13 episodes over 4 seasons)  BBC  Created by Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat
  65. Hannibal (2013-2015, 39 episodes over 3 seasons)  NBC  Developed by Bryant Fuller
  66. Chicago Hope (1994-2000, 141 episodes over 6 seasons)  CBS  Created by David E. Kelley
  67. The Knick (2014-2015, 20 episodes over 2 seasons)  CINEMAX Created by Jack Ariel and Michael Begler
  68. The Real World (1992-Present, 602 episodes over 32 seasons)  MTV  Created by Mary-Ellis Bunim and Jonathan Murray
  69. Last Week Tonight (2014-Present, 103 episodes over 4 seasons)  HBO  Presented by John Oliver
  70. Dexter (2006-2013, 96 episodes over 8 seasons)  SHOWTIME  Based on the novel Darkly Dreaming Dexter by Jeff Lindsay an developed by James Manos Jr.
  71. Northern Exposure (1990-1995, 110 episodes over 6 seasons)  CBS  Created by Joshua Brand and John Falsey
  72. Orange is the New Black (2013-Present, 65 episodes over 5 seasons)  NETFLIX  Created by Jenji Kohan
  73. Broad City (2014-Present, 30 episodes over 3 seasons)  COMEDY CENTRAL  Created by Illana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson
  74. Malcolm in the Middle (2000-2006, 151 episodes over 7 seasons)  FOX  Created by Linwood Boomer
  75. Better Call Saul (2015-Present, 30 episodes over 3 seasons)  AMC  Created by Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould
  76. Vice (2013-Present) 58 episodes over 4 seasons HBO  Created by Shane Smith
  77. Rick and Morty (2013-Present, 21 episodes over 2 seasons)  ADULT SWIM  Created by Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon
  78. Transparent (2014-Present, 30 episodes over 3 seasons)  AMAZON  Created by Jill Soloway
  79. The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (2014-Present, 700+ episodes over 4 seasons  Presented by Jimmy Fallon
  80. That 70's Show (1998-2006, 200 episodes over 8 seasons)  FOX  Created by Bonnie Turner, Terry Turner, and Mark Brazill.
  81. Boardwalk Empire (2010-2014, 56 episodes over 5 seasons)  HBO  Created by Terence Winter
  82. Community (2009-2015, 110 episodes over 6 seasons)  HBO/YAHOO  Created by Dan Harmon
  83. The Walking Dead (2010-Present,  99 episodes over 7 seasons)  AMC  Developed by Frank Darabont and based on the comic book series The Walking Dead by Robert Kirkman
  84. Everybody Loves Raymond (1996-2005, 210 episodes over 9 seasons)  CBS  Created by Phillip Rosenthal
  85. King of the Hill (1997-2010, 259 episodes over 13 seasons)  FOX  Created by Mike Judge and Greg Daniels
  86. Brooklyn Nine-Nine (2013-Present, 90 episodes over 4 seasons)  FOX  Created by Dan Goor and Michael Shur
  87. Futurama (1999-2013, 140 episodes over 7 seasons)  FOX/COMEDY CENTRAL  Created by Matt Groening
  88. Homeland (2011-Present, 72 episodes over 6 seasons)  SHOWTIME  Based on the Israeli drama Prisoners of War by Gideon Raff and developed by Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa
  89. House of Cards (2013-Present, 52 episodes over 4 seasons)  NETFLIX  Created by Beau Willimon and based on British series and novel of same name
  90. In Treatment (2008-2010, 106 episodes over 3 seasons)  HBO  Developed by Rodrigo Garcia and based on the Israeli series BeTipul
  91. Sons of Anarchy (2008-2014, 92 episodes over 7 seasons)  FX  Created by Kurt Sutter
  92. Jackass (2000-2002, 25 episodes over 3 seasons)  MTV  Created by Johnny Knoxville, Spike Jonze, and Jeff Tremaine
  93. Silicon Valley (2014-Present, 35 episodes over 4 seasons)  HBO  Created by Mike Judge, John Altschuler, and Dave Krinsky
  94. Newsradio (1995-1999, 98 episodes over 5 seasons)  NBC  Created by Paul Simms
  95. Picket Fences (1992-1996, 88 episodes over 4 seasons)  CBS  Created by David E Kelley
  96. Animaniacs (1993-1998, 99 episodes over 5 seasons)  FOX/THE WB  Created by Tom Reugger
  97. The Ren & Stimpy Show (1991-1995, 52 episodes over 5 seasons)  NICKELODEON  Created by John Kricfalusi
  98. Eastbound & Down (2009-2013, 29 episodes over 4 seasons)  HBO  Created by Ben Best, Jody Hill, and Danny McBride
  99. Party Down (2009-2010, 20 episodes over 2 seasons)  HBO  Created by John Enborn, Rob Thomas, Dan Etheridge, and Paul Rudd.
  100. How I Met Your Mother (2005-2014, 208 episodes over 9 seasons)  CBS  Created by Carter Bays and Craig Thomas

Honorable Mentions: Gilmore Girls, Enlightened, True Detective, Scrubs, Girls, Mr. Show, Downton Abbey, The Good Wife, Sports Night, House, The Practice, Veronica Mars, Black-ish, Portlandia, Rescue Me, Saved by the Bell, 3rd Rock From the Sun, Home Improvement, Family Matters, Flight of the Conchords, Nathan For You, Bojack Horseman, American Crime, Jessica Jones, Melrose Place, Nurse Jackie, The Man Show, Rectify, Da Ali G Show, You're the Worst, Grey's Anatomy, Prime Suspect, Survivor
Written by Ben Pogany
  1. Superman (first appearance: 1938)  Created by Jerry Siegal and Joe Shuster for Action Comics #1 (DC Comics).
  2. Mickey Mouse (1928)  Created by Walt Disney and Ub Iworks for Steamboat Willie.
  3. James Bond (1953)  Created by Ian Fleming for novel Casino Royale.
  4. Bugs Bunny (1940)  Created by Warner Bros and originally voiced by Mel Blanc.
  5. Batman (1939) Created by Bill Finger and Bob Kane for Detective Comics #27 (DC Comics).
  6. Dorothy Gale (1900)  Created by L. Frank Baum for novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Later portrayed by Judy Garland in the 1939 film adaptation.
  7. Darth Vader (1977) Created by George Lucas for Star Wars IV: A New Hope.
  8. The Tramp (1914)  Created and portrayed by Charlie Chaplin for Kid Auto Races at Venice.
  9. Peter Pan (1902)  Created by J.M. Barrie for novel The Little White Bird.
  10. Indiana Jones (1981)  Created by George Lucas for Raiders of the Lost Ark. Portrayed by Harrison Ford.
  11. Rocky Balboa (1976)  Created and portrayed by Sylvester Stallone for Rocky.
  12. Vito Corleone (1969) Created by Mario Puzo for novel The Godfather. Later portrayed by Marlon Brando and Robert DeNiro in Coppola's film adaptation.
  13. Han Solo (1977) Created by George Lucas for Star Wars IV: A New Hope. Portrayed most famously by Harrison Ford.
  14. Homer Simpson (1987)  Created by Matt Groening for The Tracey Ullman Show, later The Simpsons as voiced by Dan Castellaneta.
  15. Archie Bunker (1971) Created by Norman Lear for All in the Family. Portrayed by Carroll O'Connor.
  16. Norman Bates (1959) Created by Robert Bloch for novel Psycho.  Later portrayed by Anthony Perkins in Hitchcock's film adaptation.
  17. King Kong (1933)  Created by Edgar Wallace and Merian C Cooper for the film King Kong.
  18. Lucy Ricardo (1951) Portrayed by Lucille Ball for I Love Lucy.
  19. Spiderman (1962)  Created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko for Amazing Fantasy #15 (Marvel Comics).
  20. Spock (1964)  Created by Gene Roddenberry for Star Trek. Portrayed most famously by Leonard Nimoy.
  21. Godzilla (1954) Created by Tomoyuki Tanaka, Ishiro Honda, and Eiji Tsubaraya for the film Godzilla.
  22. Winnie-the-Pooh (1924)  Created by A.A. Milne for verse book When We Were Young.
  23. Popeye (1929)  Created by E.C. Segar for comic strip Thimble Theater (King Features).
  24. Forrest Gump (1986)  Created by Winston Groom for novel Forrest Gump.  Later portrayed by Tom Hanks in Zemeckis' film adaptation.
  25. Hannibal Lector (1981)  Created by Thomas Harris for the novel Red Dragon. Portrayed most famously by Anthony Hopkins in the 1991 Jonathan Demme film The Silence of the Lambs.
  26. Big Bird (1969) Created by Jim Henson and portrayed by Carroll Spinney for Sesame Street.
  27. Tony Montana (1983)  Created by Oliver Stone for film Scarface.  Portrayed by Al Pacino.
  28. Tony Soprano (1999)  Created by David Chase for The Sopranos. Portrayed by James Gandolfini.
  29. The Terminator (1984)  Created by James Cameron and Gale Anne Hurd for The Terminator. Portrayed by Arnold Schwarzenegger.
  30. Charles Foster Kane (1941)  Created and portrayed by Orson Welles for Citizen Kane.
  31. Scarlett O'Hara (1936)  Created by Margaret Mitchell for the novel Gone With the Wind. Portrayed most famously by Vivien Leigh for the 1939 Victor Fleming film adaptation.
  32. Marty McFly (1985) Created by Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale for Back to the Future. Portrayed by Michael J. Fox.
  33. Rick Blaine (1940)  Created by Murray Burnett and Joan Alison for the unproduced stage play Everybody Comes to Rick's. Later portrayed by Humphrey Bogart in Michael Curtiz's film adaptation Casablanca.
  34. Man With No Name (1964)  Created by Sergio Leone for A Fistful of Dollars, which was adapted from a ronin character in Kurosawa's Yojimbo (1961).  Portrayed by Clint Eastwood.
  35. Charlie Brown (1948)  Created by Charles M. Shultz for the comic strip L'il Folks; popularized two years later in Peanuts.
  36. E.T. (1982)  Created by Melissa Mathison for the film E.T.: the Extra-Terrestrial.
  37. Arthur Fonzarelli (1974)  Created by Bob Brunner for the show Happy Days. Portrayed by Henry Winkler.
  38. Holden Caulfield (1945) Created by J.D. Salinger for the Collier's story "I'm Crazy."  Reworked into the novel The Catcher in the Rye in 1951.
  39. Phillip Marlowe (1939)  Created by Raymond Chandler for the novel The Big Sleep.
  40. Jay Gatsby (1925)  Created by F. Scott Fitzgerald for the novel The Great Gatsby.
  41. Lassie (1938) Created by Eric Knight for a Saturday Evening Post story, later turned into the novel Lassie Come-Home in 1940, film adaptation in 1943, and long-running television show in 1954.  Most famously portrayed by the dog Pal.
  42. Fred Flintstone (1959)  Created by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera for The Flintstones. Voiced most notably by Alan Reed.
  43. Rooster Cogburn (1968)  Created by Charles Portis for the novel True Grit. Most famously portrayed by John Wayne in the 196
    9 film adaptation.
  44. Atticus Finch (1960)  Created by Harper Lee for the novel To Kill a Mockingbird.  (Appeared in the earlier work Go Set A Watchman, though this was not published until 2015)  Portrayed most famously by Gregory Peck in the Robert Mulligan film adaptation.
  45. Kermit the Frog (1955)  Created and performed by Jim Henson for the show Sam and Friends. Later popularized in Sesame Street (1969) and The Muppet Show (1976)
  46. George Bailey (1943)  Created by Phillip Van Doren Stern (then as George Pratt) for the short story The Greatest Gift. Later adapted into Capra's It's A Wonderful Life, starring James Stewart as the renamed George Bailey.
  47. Yoda (1980) Created by George Lucas for The Empire Strikes Back.
  48. Sam Malone (1982)  Created by Glen and Les Charles for the show Cheers.  Portrayed by Ted Danson.
  49. Harry Callahan (1971)  Created by Harry Julian Fink and R.M. Fink for the movie Dirty Harry.  Portrayed by Clint Eastwood.
  50. Tarzan (1912)  Created by Edgar Rice Burroughs for the novel Tarzan of the Apes.
  51. Zorro (1919)  Created by Johnston McCulley for the All-Story Weekly pulp magazine story The Curse of Capistrano. Later adapted to the Douglas Fairbanks' film The Mark of Zorro (1920).
  52. Moe, Larry, and Curly (1928)  Created by Ted Healy for the vaudeville act Ted Healy and his Stooges.
  53. Mary Poppins (1934)  Created by P.L. Travers for the children's book Mary Poppins.
  54. Ron Burgundy (2004)  Created by Will Ferrell and Adam McKay for the film Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy.  Portrayed by Will Ferrell.
  55. Mario (1981)  Created by Shigeru Miyamoto for the video game Donkey Kong.
  56. The Dude (1998)  Created by Ethan and Joel Coen for the film The Big Lebowski. Portrayed by Jeff Bridges.
  57. Gandalf (1937)  Created by J.R.R. Tolkien for the novel The Hobbit.
  58. The Joker (1940)  Created by Jerry Robinson, Bill Finger, and Bob Kane for Batman #1 (DC Comics)
  59. The Grinch (1957)  Created by Dr. Seuss for the story How the Grinch Stole Christmas!
  60. Willy Wonka (1964)  Created by Roald Dahl for the children's novel Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
  61. The Hulk (1962)  Created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby for The Incredible Hulk #1 (Marvel Comics)
  62. Scooby-Doo (1969)  Created by Joe Ruby and Ken Spears for the show Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!
  63. George Costanza (1989)  Created by Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld for the show Seinfeld.  Portrayed by Jason Alexander.
  64. Jules Winfield (1994)  Created by Quentin Tarantino for the film Pulp Fiction. Portrayed by Samuel L. Jackson.
  65. Harry Potter (1997)  Created by J.K. Rowling for the novel Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone.
  66. Travis Bickle (1976)  Created by Paul Schrader for the film Taxi Driver. Portrayed by Robert De Niro.
  67. John McClane (1988)  Based on the character Detective Joe Leland, who was created by Roderick Thorp for the novel Nothing Lasts Forever. Later adapted into the John McTernan film Die Hard, starring Bruce Willis as McClane.
  68. Ellen Ripley (1979)  Created by Don O'cannon and Ronald Shusett for the film Alien.  Portrayed by Sigourney Weaver.
  69. Ralph Kramden (1951)  Created and portrayed by Jackie Gleason for "The Honeymooners," which became its own show in 1955.
  70. Edward Scissorhands (1990)  Created by Tim Burton for the film Edward Scissorhands.  Portrayed by Johnny Depp.
  71. Eric Cartman (1992)  Created by Trey Parker and Matt Stone for the animated short Jesus vs Frosty.  Later developed into the show South Park, which premiered in 1997.  Voiced by Trey Parker.
  72. Walter White (2008)  Created by Vince Gilligan for Breaking Bad.  Portrayed by Bryan Cranston.
  73. Cosmo Kramer (1989)  Created by Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld for Seinfeld.  Portrayed by Michael Richards.
  74. Freddy Krueger (1984)  Created by Wes Craven for the film A Nightmare on Elm Street. Most famously portrayed by Robert Englund.
  75. Shrek (1990)  Created by William Steig for the children's book Shrek! Later adapted into the 2001 film starring Mike Myers as the titular character.
  76. Captain America (1941)  Created by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby for Captain America Comics #1 (Marvel Comics)
  77. Bambi (1923)  Created by Felix Salten for the children's book Bambi, a Life in the Woods. Later adapted into the Disney film Bambi in 1942.
  78. Ronald McDonald (1963) Created by Williard Scott for a series of television spots.
  79. Waldo/Wally (1987) Created by Martin Hanford for the children's book Where's Wally? (Waldo in US edition)
  80. Frasier Crane (1984)  Created by Glen and Les Charles for Cheers.  Portrayed by Kelsey Grammar.
  81. Omar Little (2002)  Created by David Simon for The Wire. Portrayed by Michael K. Williams.
  82. Cliff Huxtable (1984)  Created and portrayed by Bill Cosby for The Cosby Show.
  83. Wolverine (1974)  Created by Roy Thomas, Len Wein, and John Romita Sr for The Incredible Hulk #180 (Marvel Comics)
  84. Jason Voorhees (1980)  Created by Victor Miller for the film Friday the 13th.
  85. Betty Boop (1930)  Created by Max Fleischer and the Grim Network for the cartoon Dizzy Dishes.
  86. Bilbo Baggins (1937)  Created by J.R.R. Tolkien for the novel The Hobbit.
  87. Tom Joad (1939)  Created by John Steinbeck for the novel The Grapes of Wrath. Later adapted into the 1940 John Ford film and portrayed by Henry Fonda.
  88. Tony Stark (Iron Man) (1963)  Created by Stan Lee, Larry Lieber, Don Heck and Jack Kirby for Tales of Suspense #39 (Marvel Comics)
  89. Porky Pig (1935)  Created by Friz Freleng for the animated short film I Haven't Got a Hat. Voiced most famously by Mel Blanc.
  90. Hawkeye Pierce (1968)  Created by Richard Hooker for the novel MASH: A Novel About Three Army Doctors. Famously portrayed by both Alan Alda and Donald Sutherland.
  91. Don Draper (2007)  Created by Matthew Weiner for the show Mad Men.  Portrayed by Jon Hamm.
  92. Jack Torrance (1977)  Created by Stephen King for the novel The Shining. Later adapted into the 1980 Stanley Kubrick film and portrayed by Jack Nicholson.
  93. Terry Malloy (1954)  Created by Budd Schulberg for the film On the Waterfront. Portrayed by Marlon Brando.
  94. Axel Foley (1984)  Created by Danilo Bach for the film Beverly Hills Cop.  Portrayed by Eddie Murphy.
  95. Tyler Durden (1996) Created by Chuck Palahniuk for the novel Fight Club.  Later adapted into the David Fincher film and portrayed by Brad Pitt.
  96. Holly Golightly (1958)  Created by Truman Capote for the novella Breakfast at Tiffany's.  Later adapted into the 1961 Blake Edwards films starring Audrey Hepburn as Holly.
  97. Patrick Bateman (1987)  Created by Bret Easton Ellis for the novel The Rules of Attraction. Most famously portrayed by Christian Bale in the 2000 film adaption of American Psycho.
  98. J.R. Ewing (1978)  Created by David Jacobs for the show Dallas.  Portrayed by Larry Hagman.
  99. Optimus Prime (1984)  Created by Dennis O'Neil for the Transformers toy line.
  100. Keyser Soze (1995)  Created by Christopher McQuarrie for the film The Usual Suspects.
Pre-20th Century: Santa Claus, Dracula, Robin Hood, Cinderella, Huckleberry Finn, Odysseus, Sherlock Holmes, Romeo and Juliet, Frankenstein, Prince Hamlet, Uncle Sam, Paul Bunyan, Tom Sawyer, Pinocchio, Oliver Twist, Snow White, Don Quixote, Rip Van Winkle, Ebenezer Scrooge, Anna Karenina, Ichabod Crane, John Henry, The Tooth Fairy, Br'er Rabbit, Long John Silver, The Mad Hatter
Written by Ben Pogany
  1. Joel and Ethan Coen: Fargo, The Big Lebowski, No Country For Old Men, Miller's Crossing, Barton Fink, O Brother Where Art Thou?, Inside Llewyn Davis, Bridge of Spies, Raising Arizona, Blood Simple.
  2. Woody Allen: Midnight in Paris, Hannah and Her Sisters, Annie Hall, Manhattan, The Purple Rose of Cairo, Crimes and Misdemeanors, Blue Jasmine, Deconstructing Harry, Broadway Danny Rose, Husbands and Wives.
  3. Quentin Tarantino: Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs, Jackie Brown, Django Unchained, True Romance, Natural Born Killers, From Dusk Till Dawn, Kill Bill, Inglorious Basterds, The Hateful Eight.
  4. Charlie Kaufman: Being John Malkovich, Adaptation, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Synecdoche New York, Anomalisa, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, Human Nature.
  5. P.T. Anderson: Boogie Nights, There Will Be Blood, Magnolia, Punch Drunk Love, The Master, Hard Eight, Inherent Vice.
  6. Wes Anderson: Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums, Moonrise Kingdom, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Fantastic Mr. Fox.
  7. Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu: Birdman, 21 Grams, Amores perros, Babel, The Revenant.
  8. Oliver Stone: Platoon, Wall Street, JFK, Salvador, Talk Radio.
  9. Christopher Nolan: Memento, The Prestige, Inception, The Dark Knight, Dunkirk, Following, Interstellar.
  10. David O. Russell: American Hustle, Three Kings, Silver Linings Playbook, Joy, Flirting With Disaster.
*Academy Award winning screenplays in italics.
Must have at least one 21st century writing credit to be considered "modern"
Only writing credits are listed above.  For a look at their films ranked by direction, see The 50 Greatest Modern Directors
Written by Ben Pogany
1) HBO: Launched in 1972
Top currently-running properties: Game of Thrones, The Leftovers, Last Week Tonight, Veep, Silicon Valley, True Detective, Girls, Togetherness
Top formerly-running properties: The Wire, The Sopranos, Curb Your Enthusiasm, The Larry Sanders Show, Deadwood, Six Feet Under, Sex in the City, Oz, Boardwalk Empire, Band of Brothers

2)  FX/FXX: Launched in 1994
Top currently-running properties: Fargo, Atlanta, American Crime Story, The Americans, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, American Horror Story, You're the Worst, Baskets, Tyrant, The Strain
Top formerly-running properties: Louie, The Shield, Justified, Sons of Anarchy, Rescue Me, Nip/Tuck

3)  Netflix: Launched in 1997
Top currently-running properties: Master of None, Black Mirror, Making a Murderer, Narcos, Orange is the New Black, House of Cards, Bojack Horseman, Bloodline, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Jessica Jones

4)  Comedy Central: Launched in 1991
Top currently-running properties: The Daily Show, Inside Amy Schumer, South Park, Nathan For You, Broad City, The Nightly Show, Drunk History, Workaholics, Review, Tosh.0
Top formerly-running properties: Chappelle's Show, The Colbert Report, Key and Peele, The Man Show, Upright Citizen's Brigade

5)  AMC: Launched in 1984
Top currently-running properties: Better Call Saul, The Walking Dead, Halt and Catch Fire, Fear the Walking Dead, Hell on Wheels.
Top formerly-running properties: Breaking Bad, Mad Men

6)  Amazon Studios: Launched in 2013
Top currently-running properties: Transparent, The Man in the High Castle, Mozart in the Jungle

7)  Showtime: Launched in 1976
Top currently-running properties: Homeland, Ray Donovan, Episodes, Shameless, The Affair, Penny Dreadful, Masters of Sex, Billions
Top formerly-running properties: Dexter, Nurse Jackie, Californication, Weeds, The Tudors.

8) FOX: Launched in 1986
Top currently-running properties: Brooklyn Nine Nine, Family Guy, The Simpsons, Empire, The X-Files
Top formerly-running properties: Arrested Development, 24, That 70's Show, 90210, Melrose Place, In Living Color, Prison Break, House, Married...with Children, Party of Five, Undeclared.

9) CBS: Launched in 1941
Top currently-running properties: Big Bang Theory, NCIS, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, 60 Minutes, The Good Wife
Top formerly-running properties: CSI, Chicago Hope, Picket Fences, Everybody Loves Raymond, Murphy Brown
10) NBC: Launched in 1939
Top currently-running properties: Saturday Night Live, The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, The Blacklist, Meet the Press, Law & Order: SVU
Top formerly-running properties: Seinfeld, The West Wing, Cheers, Law and Order, Friends, Parks and Rec, ER, Friday Night Lights, The Office, Frasier, Freaks and Geeks, The Cosby Show, Homicide: Life on the Street, 30 Rock, L.A. Law
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1) Stephen Colbert (1997-2005)
Even Stephven, This Week In God, The Jobbing of America
Extracurriculars: The Colbert Report, The Late Show

2) Steve Carell (1999-2005)
Even Stephven, Produce Pete, Dollars and "Cents, We Love Showbiz, Slimmin' Down With Steve, Ad Nauseam
Extracurriculars: The Office, Anchorman, Foxcatcher, The 40 Year Old Virgin

3) Jon Oliver (2006-2013)
Senior British Person; Wilmore-Oliver Investigates, Interim host
Extracurriculars: Last Week Tonight

4) Samantha Bee (2003-2015)
Extracurriculars: Full Frontal

5) Larry Wilmore (2006-2014)
Senior Black Correspondent, Wilmore-Oliver Investigates
Extracurriculars: The Nightly Show

6) Ed Helms (2002-2006)
Digital Watch, Ad Nauseam, Mark Your Calendar, We Love Showbiz
Extracurriculars: The Hangover, The Office

7) Jason Jones (2005-2015)

8) Jessica Williams (2012-2016)

9) Lewis Black (1996-2015)
Back in Black
Extracurriculars: Standup, Root of all Evil, Inside Out

10) John Hodgeman (2006-2015)
Resident Expert, Deranged Millionaire, You're Welcome, Exper-teasers ; Money Talks
Extracurriculars: Author, Mac Commercials, The Knick

11) Aasif Mandvi (2006-2015)
Senior Middle East Correspondent

12) Wyatt Cenac (2008-2012)
Extracurriculars: Standup

13) Rob Riggle (2006-2008)
Senior Military Affairs Correspondent
Extracurriculars: Step Brothers, 21 Jump Street

14) Rob Corddry (2002-2006)
Extracurriculars: Anchorman, Hot Tub Time Machine

15) Mo Rocca (1998-2003)
Dollars and "Cents, Mark Your Calendar, Mopinion.
Extracurriculars: CBS Sunday Morning, I Love the 70's/80's, My Grandmother's Ravioli

16) Demetri Martin (2005-2008)
Trendspotting
Extracurriculars: Standup, Important Things with Demetri Martin

17) Al Madrigal (2011-2015)
Senior Latino Correspondent

18) Jordan Klepper (2014-Present)

19) Kristen Schaal (2008-2015)
Women's Issues Correspondent
Extracurriculars: Flight of the Conchords

20) Beth Littleford (1996-2000)
The Beth Littleford Interview
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Definitive Dose presents the 50 best directors working in Hollywood today.
  1. Martin Scorsese: Goodfellas, Raging Bull, Taxi Driver, The Departed, Mean Streets, Gangs of New York, Casino, Shutter Island, The Last Waltz, The Wolf of Wall Street, Cape Fear, The Color of Money, The Last Temptation of Christ, The Aviator, The Age of Innocence.
  2. Steven Spielberg: Schindler's List, Saving Private Ryan, Raiders of the Lost Ark, E:T: The Extra Terrestrial, Jaws, Lincoln, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Jurassic Park, Poltergeist, Catch Me if You Can, Minority Report, The Color Purple, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Amistad, Munich.
  3. Francis Ford Coppola: The Godfather, The Godfather II, Apocalypse Now, The Conversation, You're A Big Boy Now.
  4. Christopher Nolan: Dunkirk, Memento, The Dark Knight, The Prestige, Inception, Interstellar, Batman Begins, Insomnia.
  5. Joel/Ethan Cohen: No Country For Old Men, The Big Lebowski, Fargo, O Brother Where Art Thou?, Barton Fink, Miller's Crossing, Raising Arizona, True Grit, The Man Who Wasn't There, Blood Simple, A Serious Man, The Hudsucker Proxy.
  6. P.T. Anderson: There Will Be Blood, Boogie Nights, Magnolia, The Master, Punch-Drunk Love.
  7. Quentin Tarantino: Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs, Jackie Brown, Django Unchained, Kill Bill, Inglourious Basterds.
  8. James Cameron: Terminator 2, Avatar, Titanic, Aliens, The Abyss.
  9. David Fincher: Se7en, Fight Club, Zodiac, The Social Network, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.
  10. Alejandro González Iñárritu: The Revenant, 21 Grams, Birdman, Amores Perros, Babel.
  11. Roman Polanski: Chinatown, Rosemary's Baby, The Pianist, Tess, Pirates.
  12. Darren Aronofsky: Requiem For a Dream, The Wrestler, Black Swan, Pi, The Fountain.
  13. Woody Allen: Annie Hall, Bullets Over Broadway, Crimes and Misdemeanors, Hannah and Her Sisters, The Purple Rose of Cairo.
  14. Oliver Stone: Platoon, Wall Street, JFK, Born on the Fourth of July, Natural Born Killers.
  15. Clint Eastwood: Unforgiven, Million Dollar Baby, The Outlaw Josey Wales, Mystic River, The Bridges of Madison County.
  16. Ridley Scott: Alien, Gladiator, Blade Runner, Black Hawk Down, The Martian, Thelma and Louise, American Gangster.
  17. Robert Zemeckis: Forrest Gump, Back to the Future, Cast Away, Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, Romancing the Stone.
  18. Peter Jackson: The Return of the King, The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, King Kong, The Lovely Bones.
  19. David Lynch: Blue Velvet, Mulholland Drive, The Elephant Man, Wild at Heart, The Straight Story.
  20. Milos Forman: One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Amadeus, The People vs. Larry Flynt, Ragtime, Man on the Moon.
  21. Terrence Malick: The Thin Red Line, Badlands, The Tree of Life, Days of Heaven.
  22. Steven Soderbergh: Traffic, Ocean's Eleven, Erin Brockovich, Che, Out of Sight.
  23. Brian De Palma: Scarface, Carlito's Way, Mission: Impossible, The Untouchables, Carrie.
  24. Ang Lee: Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, Brokeback Mountain, Life of Pi, Sense and Sensibility, The Ice Storm.
  25. David Cronenberg: A History of Violence, The Fly, Eastern Promises, Dead Ringers, Videodrome.
  26. Tim Burton: Edward Scissorhands, Beetlejuice, Ed Wood, Batman, Big Fish.
  27. Wes Anderson: The Royal Tenenbaums, Rushmore, Moonrise Kingdom, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Fantastic Mr. Fox.
  28. George Lucas: Star Wars: A New Hope, American Graffiti, TXH 1138, The Phantom Menace, Revenge of the Sith.
  29. Terry Giliam: Monty Python and the Holy Grail, 12 Monkeys, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Brazil, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus.
  30. Michael Mann: Heat, The Insider, The Last of the Mohicans, Collateral, Manhunter.
  31. Gus Van Sant: Good Will Hunting, Milk, Finding Forrester, Drugstore Cowboy, Elephant.
  32. David O. Russell: American Hustle, The Fighter, Three Kings, Silver Linings Playbook, Flirting With Disaster.
  33. Edward Zwick: Glory, Blood Diamond, Courage Under Fire, The Last Samurai, The Siege.
  34. Sam Mendes: American Beauty, Road to Perdition, Revolutionary Road, Skyfall, Jarhead.
  35. John Carpenter: Halloween, The Thing, Assault on Precinct 13, The Fog, Big Trouble in Little China.
  36. Sydney Pollack: Out of Africa, Tootsie, Jeremiah Johnson, They Shoot Horses Don't They?, The Way We Were.
  37. Barry Levinson: Rain Man, Good Morning Vietnam, The Natural, Sleepers, Bugsy.
  38. Ron Howard: A Beautiful Mind, Cinderella Man, Frost/Nixon, Cocoon, Apollo 13.
  39. Alfonso Cuaron: Children of Men, Gravity, Y Tu Mama Tambien, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, A Little Princess.
  40. Danny Boyle: Slumdog Millionaire, Trainspotting, Steve Jobs, 127 Hours, 28 Weeks Later.
  41. Richard Linklater: Boyhood, Dazed and Confused, Slacker, Before Sunset, Everybody Wants Some!!.
  42. Steve McQueen: 12 Years a Slave, Hunger, Shame.
  43. Peter Weir: Witness, Master and Commander, The Truman Show, Dead Poets Society, Green Card.
  44. Curtis Hanson: L.A. Confidential, The Hand That Rocks the Cradle, 8 Mile, Wonder Boys, Too Big To Fail.
  45. Kathryn Bigelow: The Hurt Locker, Zero Dark Thirty, Strange Days.
  46. Ben Affleck: Argo, Gone Baby Gone, The Town.
  47. Spike Lee: Malcolm X, Clockers, Do the Right Thing, Inside Man, 25th Hour.
  48. Rob Reiner: A Few Good Men, This is Spinal Tap, Stand By Me, The Princess Bride, Misery.
  49. Alexander Payne: The Descendants, Election, Nebraska, Sideways, About Schmidt.
  50. Bennet Miller: Foxcatcher, Capote, Moneyball.

*Best Director Academy Award winners in italics

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