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100 Essential Favorite Movies chosen by
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"Asking an Alamo programmer to name his or her favorite movie is like asking a mother to name her favorite child. Wait, no, that makes it sound too easy.

Asking an Alamo programmer to name his or her favorite movie is like asking a mother to name her favorite child, knowing that the rest of her kids will be taken away. Nope, that still makes it sound too easy.

Asking an Alamo programmer to name his or her favorite movie is like asking a mother to name her favorite child, knowing that the rest of her kids will be killed. Okay yes, that's exactly how it feels.

And that, ladies and gentleman, is why we are presenting the Alamo 100, and not the Alamo 10 or the Alamo 50.

When we first had the idea of compiling a list of our most cherished films, we spent a considerable amount of time discussing the criteria, and not just because we wanted to put off this Sophie's Choice for a while longer. There are plenty of lists, based on everything from cinematic achievement to popularity, floating around the celluloid landscape, and we wished to avoid redundancy in adding our own voice to the pile.

In the end, it all boiled down to the fact that we just love the hell out of movies. And so this list is defined, not by filmmaking genius or cultural impact, but by the space reserved in our hearts. The Alamo 100 encompasses the movies that we wore out on VHS, the films our friends are sick of hearing us rave about, the cinematic gems that feel like living, breathing members of our family. This is a list that reminds us why we fell in love with cinema in the first place, and why the magic of that romance will never fade.

A quick glance at the Alamo 100 reveals the incredible diversity of taste on the national programming team, which consists of Tim League, RJ LaForce, Greg MacLennan, Tommy Swenson, Joe Ziemba and myself. 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-good classics. There is simply no classification that can contain our devotion to the silver screen.

In order to generate the Alamo 100, each programmer first created his or her own list of 100 favorites, a Herculean task that caused a fair amount of heartache in the office. These titles were then compiled and ranked based on two factors: 1. their rank on each programmer's list 2. the number of times the title appeared on more than one list. The results are an eclectic mix of shoe-ins and surprises, and we hope that this wildly divergent collection leads to many conversations within the Alamo community. You can explore the full list at Alamo100.com, where you can see which titles drew the most votes and also check out each programmer's individual favorites to find out with whom your tastes most align.

In January, we're launching the Alamo 100 in all of our theaters with seven titles that capture the spirit of this list, and throughout the year, we'll be screening many more. Because we can't live without these movies, and we can't let you live without seeing them."

(Note: the list counts The Lord of the Rings Trilogy as one entry.)

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    10 Things I Hate About You

    1999, in 1 top list Check
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    2001: A Space Odyssey

    1968, in 42 top lists Check
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    Les quatre cents coups

    1959 — a.k.a. The 400 Blows, in 26 top lists Check
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    The Adventures of Baron Munchausen

    1988, in 1 top list Check
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    Alien

    1979, in 27 top lists Check
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    The Apartment

    1960, in 26 top lists Check
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    Apocalypse Now

    1979, in 36 top lists Check
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    Back to the Future

    1985, in 23 top lists Check
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    Les plages d'Agnès

    2008 — a.k.a. The Beaches of Agnès, in 3 top lists Check
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    The Best Years of Our Lives

    1946, in 27 top lists Check
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    Big

    1988, in 5 top lists Check
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    Big Trouble in Little China

    1986, in 3 top lists Check
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    Kuro tokage

    1968 — a.k.a. Black Lizard, in 1 top list Check
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    Blade Runner

    1982, in 30 top lists Check
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    Bottle Rocket

    1996, in 3 top lists Check
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    Brazil

    1985, in 22 top lists Check
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    Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari

    1920 — a.k.a. The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, in 27 top lists Check
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    Carnival of Souls

    1962, in 5 top lists Check
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    Casablanca

    1942, in 36 top lists Check
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    A Christmas Story

    1983, in 6 top lists Check
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    City Lights

    1931, in 31 top lists Check
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    A Clockwork Orange

    1971, in 33 top lists Check
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    Clueless

    1995, in 4 top lists Check
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    Sedmikrásky

    1966 — a.k.a. Daisies, in 15 top lists Check
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    Diabolik

    1968 — a.k.a. Danger: Diabolik, in 3 top lists Check
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    The Dark Knight

    2008, in 23 top lists Check
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    Dazed and Confused

    1993, in 7 top lists Check
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    Delicatessen

    1991, in 12 top lists Check
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    Dirty Harry

    1971, in 14 top lists Check
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    Double Indemnity

    1944, in 31 top lists Check
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    Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop...

    1964, in 33 top lists Check
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    Duck Soup

    1933, in 23 top lists Check
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    E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

    1982, in 27 top lists Check
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    Ed Wood

    1994, in 7 top lists Check
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    Escape from New York

    1981, in 4 top lists Check
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    Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

    2004, in 25 top lists Check
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    Evil Dead II

    1987, in 8 top lists Check
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    Fantastic Mr. Fox

    2009, in 7 top lists Check
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    Per qualche dollaro in più

    1965 — a.k.a. For a Few Dollars More, in 9 top lists Check
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    The General

    1926, in 32 top lists Check
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    Ghost Busters

    1984 — a.k.a. Ghostbusters, in 13 top lists Check
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    The Godfather: Part II

    1974, in 27 top lists Check
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    The Godfather

    1972, in 38 top lists Check
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    The Gold Rush

    1925, in 28 top lists Check
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    Il buono, il brutto, il cattivo

    1966 — a.k.a. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, in 23 top lists Check
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    The Goonies

    1985, in 2 top lists Check
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    Hannah and Her Sisters

    1986, in 8 top lists Check
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    Hausu

    1977 — a.k.a. House, in 6 top lists Check
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    Home Alone

    1990, in 5 top lists Check
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    Joe Versus the Volcano

    1990, in 0 top lists Check
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