Alamo Drafthouse Unveils Their List of the 100 Best Films of All-Time

December 13, 2013

Alamo 100 List

For a movie lover to list their 100 favorite films is a daunting task. Choosing 100 films to live with for the rest of your life and no others? Most couldn't even be certain of their favorite film. But that very task was set on the programmers at Austin's Alamo Drafthouse, the theater chain notorious for its collective passion of cinema. Those programmers, as well as Drafthouse CEO and founder Tim League, put their individual lists of 100 films together, and from that list, the "Alamo 100" was born. That's 100 films, listed in no particular order, that League and his crew of programmers feel are essentials, the best in motion pictures.

"In preparing my own list, I imagined that I was on a desert island (a really improbably desert island equipped with a TV, DVD player and electricity) and could only have 100 movies to rewatch for the rest of my life," says League. "There are plenty of lists out there that rank based on popularity or cinematic importance. We wanted the Alamo 100 list to get to the heart of why we really love movies."

And the eclectic mix of the Alamo 100 shows how diverse the art can be. League and his programming team - RJ LaForce, Greg MacLennan, Sarah Pitre, Tommy Swenson, and Joe Ziemba - selected from the wide range of genres and eras. Titles that would appear on any Top 100 Films list appear here, as well, classics like Coppola's The Godfather I + II, Scorsese's Raging Bull, Some Like It Hot and Star Wars: A New Hope. The Empire Strikes Back also makes an appearance, as do The Dark Knight and Step Up 2: The Streets, since we're talking sequels. Yes, Step Up 2: The Streets. Here's a list of films via

Alamo 100

That's the beauty of the Alamo 100, though. There's something on this list for every movie fan. Girlie Night rom-coms like 10 Things I Hate About You, Clueless and Mean Girls fit right in with titles more suited for the Terror Tuesday crowd, with horror classics like Alien, Evil Dead 2, and The Texas Chain Saw Massacre.

"We're incredibly proud of the fact that our passions encompass 1960s French films and modern day rom coms, Kubrick masterpieces and epic action flicks, obscure trash-horror and feel-go0d classics," says Pitre. "There is simply no classification that can contain our devotion to the silver screen."

Here's a quick video introducing and discussing the Alamo 100 list and the screening series, via SlashFilm.

You can look through the entire Alamo 100 list as well as the lists each programmer made up on a special website the Drafthouse has created honoring the list. Likewise, the Alamo 100 will be kicking the new year off with screenings of seven of the titles from the list at Alamo Drafthouse theaters across the country: Brazil, City Lights, The Goonies, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Raging Bull, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and Sixteen Candles. For tickets, check out the Alamo Drafthouse website. Who's already seen all 100?

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  • Alex Williams
    great list. although i would've thrown in more scorsese films (i,e, goodfellas, casino, departed, hugo, gangs of new york, taxi driver)
    Haha, Alien is better than Aliens! For a few dollars more is better than A Fistful of Dollars! Like that Meangirls is on the list, one of the best screenplays ever written.
  • Guest
    No Inception? List is crap
    • Pablo
      I guess the little Nolan fan is a tiny bit butthurt.
      • PinkTaco
        I guess not everyone is a moron like you and accepts this idiotic list
    • conradthegreat
      Motion carried!
    • PinkTaco
      The people who downvoted you are complete morons
  • Dingo
    Big Trouble in Little China almost makes up for the EGREGIOUS omissions
  • javamon
    The Great Escape. Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid. The Sting. Jaws. Annie Hall.
  • conradthegreat
    Fast Times at Ridgemont High, The Sandlot, Boogie Nights, Eyes Wide Shut (I know they've already got 3 Kubrick titles). But, seriously with UHF, Step Up 2 and You've Got Mail?
    • PinkTaco
      List is idiotic. Inception should have been on's better than at least half of the movies.
  • Nielsen700
    Some random people I don't care about wrote a list of films they like in no particular order. Cool.
    • PinkTaco might get downvoted by morons
  • Jarrod300
    • PinkTaco'll get downvoted by morons
    • El_MUERkO
      No Aliens? No Die Hard? Pft!
  • PinkTaco
    Inception is a glaring omission. Anyone who thinks crap like Uncle Buck is better than Inception is literally too stupid to insult.
  • lattimore
    The Goonies? really? wasn't even good when It first came out! It's a classic example of overt sentimentality of a by-gone era in film making. (still doesn't make the plot, structure or storyline any better)
  • conradthegreat
    hard on for Wes Anderson
  • Brian
    Where is High Noon? Reds? The Right Stuff? Sorry, this list is mediocre at best.
  • DavideCoppola
    Chillax people. it's a FAVORITES list. They're not saying these are the best films of all time or anything (at least I hope). It's personal.
  • S freud
    worst list I've ever seen in my life
  • Bo
    Well, to each his own. This list has so many silly movies on them one has to question this devotion to the silver screen so professed. Look, this list is childish and immature and quite frankly pretty ignorant. Let's left out Paul Newman's The Hustler, one of the greatest of American films, also Cool Hand Luke and Hombre. Also Lion in Winter which is unbelievable. Lawrence of Arabia. Streetcar Named Desire or any number of Brando films...On the Waterfront for example, and especially Burn. Not to mention my own kind of quirky but still great films like Days of Heaven, Runaway Train with Voight mean as hell, The Hours, Once Upon A Time In America or any of Leone's films like Once Upon A Time In The West, the Coen brothers Miller's Crossing and No Country For Old Men. Look, I could go on and on about many intelligent great films not mentioned above. But why bother. One man's another man's ceiling. Just re-think and perhaps cultivate a more intelligent take on films would be a friendly suggestion.
    • Greg MacLennan
      You should really read the programmers individual picks. We all had our own taste. This is the way the math shook out. We weren't trying to tell you your favorites, just share ours.
  • Wafffles
    The definition of "favorite" is woefully lost on most people in these comments. If you feel the need to lash out at someone over the list, aim for Jeremy Kirk for calling this article Alamo's 100 Best Films, when Alamo themselves make it abundantly clear it is their favorite films, guilty pleasures and trashy cult-classics included.
    • lattimore
      Well put sir!! the editorial craftsmanship here here is about as schlocky as FOX News!!!
  • Mike
    Folks this list is designed for a desert island so I assume some of these movies like UHF for example would be meant to be burned in a fire to keep warm.
  • RobotProphet
    That's so cool! This really is a great example of the love for film because they don't just include the "good" movies, they include movies that aren't so good.




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