Sunday Showdown: AFI vs IMDb #84

Continuing my comparison of the American Film Institute’s and Internet Movie Database’s Top 100 films.

#83: Titanic (AFI) vs. Once Upon A Time in America (IMDb)

Fitting that these two were up against each other seeing as they are both the longest movies EVER.

once-upon-a-time-in-americaI didn’t really enjoy Once Upon A Time In America, but I made it through. Barely.  That phone ringing… I thought I might have to shoot my television (if you’ve ever seen it, you know what I mean). Mob/gangster epics are definitely my least favorite movies. The graphically personal violence and the subconscious knowledge the film is not going to end well for anyone make them difficult for me to watch. Unfortunately, I must be in the minority because both lists are fairly littered with them.

I definitely enjoyed Titanic much more.  Although, [spoiler alert] the ship sinks. I was not an over-the-top fan of this film when it came out (meaning, I only saw it once, not 27 times), but I liked it.  Although honestly, if I was Jack, I would’ve dragged Rose’s ass off that floating wood and left her to die. But, whatever – true love and all that. My 13-year-old absolutely adores  this movie, so I guess it does have lasting value, considering she was -3 years old when it came out in theatres.

I definitely pick Titanic over Once Upon a Time in America. Not a difficult choice. That means AFI leads 12-6.  A recap of the winners (in red) thus far:

AFI’s Top 100 IMDb’s Top 100 (as of 1/1/12)
#83 Titanic (1997) Once Upon A Time in America (1984)
#84 Easy Rider (1969) The Green Mile (1999)
#85 A Night at the Opera (1935) Full Metal Jacket (1987)
#86 Platoon (1986) 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
#87 12 Angry Men (1957) Inglorious Basterds (2009)
#88 Bringing Up Baby (1938) The Great Dictator (1940)
#89 Sixth Sense (1999) Braveheart (1995)
#90 Swing Time (1936) The Bicycle Thief (1948)
#91 Sophie’s Choice (1982) The Apartment (1960)
#92 Up (2009) Goodfellas (1990)
#93 The French Connection (1971) Downfall (2004)
#94 Pulp Fiction (1994) Gran Torino (2008)
#95 The Last Picture Show (1971) Metropolis (1927)
#96 Do The Right Thing (1989) The Sting (1973)
#97 Blade Runner (1982) Gladiator (2000)
#98 Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942) The Maltese Falcon (1941)
#99 Toy Story (1995) Unforgiven (1992)
#100 Ben Hur (1959) The Elephant Man (1980)

Next week: Murnau’s silent classic Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (AFI) and Amadeus (IMDb). I haven’t seen the first and don’t remember the second well, so I’m looking forward to both.


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