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Like most Americans (and, for that matter, most people in Western nations with some affluence) I love the movies. I envy Roger Ebert and others who make their living out of watching and reporting on them. So, it seems fitting -- heck, it's almost a requirement! -- to put on my web site one page that reflects that love. But, rather than just being totally egocentric and posting movies I like, I wanted this to be a bit more useful and meaningful to the average surfer, so here is Siskel & Ebert's Top 10 Lists for 1969 - 1998 ... which happens to coincide nicely with my prime viewing years (I was 16 in 1969).

 

In memory of Gene Siskel (d. Feb 20, 1999)

"Farewell, My Friend" by Roger Ebert

Chicago Tribune article

Chicago Sun-Times article

CNN article

One movie (I'm sure I'll think of others as time goes by) that isn't on this list that I really, really enjoy is "Educating Rita" with Michael Caine.

Movies that have colored backgrounds are ones that I remember seeing. There are two colors used, one to indicate that I strongly agree with Siskel and Ebert The other indicates that I somewhat agree.
 

Agree Strongly

 
 

Somewhat Agree

 

 

Gene Siskel

Roger Ebert

   1998  

 1

Babe -- Pig In The City Dark City

 2

The Thin Red Line Pleasantville

3

Pleasantville Saving Private Ryan

4

Saving Private Ryan A Simple Plan

5

Shakespeare In Love Happiness

6

The Truman Show Elizabeth

7

Antz Babe -- Pig In The City

8

Simon Birch Shakespeare In Love

9

There's Something About Mary Life Is Beautiful

10

Waking Ned Devine Primary Colors

 

 1997  

The Ice Storm Eve's Bayou

L.A. Confidential The Sweet Hereafter

Wag the Dog Boogie Nights

In the Company of Men Maborosi

The End of Violence Jackie Brown

The Full Monty Fast, Cheap & Out of Control

The Sweet Hereafter L.A. Confidential

Good Will Hunting In the Company of Men

9

Mrs. Brown Titanic

10 

As Good As It Gets Wag the Dog

 

1996  

1

Fargo Fargo

2

Secrets and Lies Breaking the Waves

3

Breaking the Waves Secrets and Lies

4

The English Patient Lone Star

5

Lone Star Welcome to the Dollhouse

6

Looking For Richard Bound

7

Paradise Lost Hamlet

8

Welcome to the Dollhouse Everyone Says I Love You

9

Kingpin Heidi Fleiss

10

Bound Big Night

 

1995  

1

Crumb Leaving Las Vegas

2

Toy Story Crumb

3

Nixon Dead Man Walking

4

Babe Nixon

5

Dead Man Walking Casino

6

Leaving Las Vegas Apollo 13

7

The American President Exotica

8

Exotica My Family

9

Apollo 13 Carrington

10

Les Miserables A Walk in the Clouds

 

1994  

1

Hoop Dreams Hoop Dreams

2

Pulp Fiction Three Colors: Blue, White, Red

3

Ed Wood Pulp Fiction

4

32 Short Films About Glenn Gould Forrest Gump

5

Quiz Show The Last Seduction

6

Forrest Gump Fresh

7

Vanya on 42nd Street The Blue Kite

8

The Shawshank Redemption Natural Born Killers

9

Red Rock West The New Age

10

Little Women Quiz Show

 

1993  

1

Schindler's List Schindler's List

2

Short Cuts The Age of Innocence

3

The Piano The Piano

4

Farewell My Concubine The Fugitive

5

Menace II Society The Joy Luck Club

6

The Fugitive Kalifornia

7

The Age of Innocence Like Water for Chocolate

8

The Joy Luck Club Menace II Society

9

King of the Hill What's Love Got to Do With It

10

Map of the Human Heart Ruby in Paradise

 

1992  

1

One False Move Malcolm X

2

The Player One False Move

3

Howards End Howards End

4

The Crying Game Flirting

5

Malcolm X The Crying Game

6

The Hairdresser's Husband Damage

7

Damage The Hairdresser's Husband

8

Wayne's World The Player

9

Mississippi Masala Unforgiven

10

Under Seige Bad Lieutenant

 

1991  

1

Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse JFK

2

An Angel at My Table Boyz N the Hood

3

Boyz N the Hood Beauty and the Beast

4

La Belle Noiseuse Grand Canyon

5

Beauty and the Beast My Father's Glory/My Mother's Castle

6

Grand Canyon A Woman's Tale

7

JFK Life Is Sweet

8

Ju Dou The Man in the Moon

9

Daddy Nostalgia Thelma & Louise

10

Once Around The Rapture

 

1990  

1

Goodfellas Goodfellas

2

After Dark, My Sweet Monsieur Hire

3

Avalon Dances With Wolves

4

The Plot Against Harry The Grifters

5

Too Beautiful for You Reversal of Fortune

6

Die Hard 2 Santa Sangre

7

Dances With Wolves Last Exit to Brooklyn

8

Reversal of Fortune Awakenings

9

The Freshman The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover

10

The Godfather Part III Mountains of the Moon

 

1989  

1

Do the Right Thing * Do the Right Thing *

2

Roger & Me Drugstore Cowboy

3

Drugstore Cowboy My Left Foot

4

Enemies: A Love Story Born on the Fourth of July

5

Born on the Fourth of July Roger & Me

6

The Little Mermaid The Mighty Quinn

7

Crimes and Misdemeanors Field of Dreams

8

The Fabulous Baker Boys Crimes and Misdemeanors

9

Say Anything Driving Miss Daisy

10

The War of the Roses Say Anything

 

1988  

1

The Last Temptation of Christ Mississippi Burning *

2

Who Framed Roger Rabbit * The Accidental Tourist

3

Bull Durham The Unbearable Lightness of Being

4

Little Dorritt Shy People

5

Midnight Run Salaam Bombay!

6

The Thin Blue Line A Fish Called Wanda

7

Hotel Terminus: The Life and Times of Klaus Barbie Wings of Desire

8

The Unbearable Lightness of Being Who Framed Roger Rabbit

9

Working Girl Dear America: Letters Home From Vietnam

10

Funny Farm Running on Empty

 

1987  

1

The Last Emperor House of Games *

2

Full Metal Jacket The Big Easy

3

House of Games * Barfly

4

Jean de Florette/Manon of the Spring The Last Emperor

5

Broadcast News Moonstruck

6

Radio Days Prick Up Your Ears

7

River's Edge Radio Days

8

Prick Up Your Ears Broadcast News

9

Roxanne Lethal Weapon

10

The Big Easy Housekeeping

 

1986  

1

Shoah * Platoon *

2

Hannah and Her Sisters Round Midnight

3

Vagabond Hannah and Her Sisters

4

A Room With a View Sid & Nancy *

5

Mona Lisa Lucas

6

Peggy Sue Got Married Vagabond

7

Blue Velvet Trouble in Mind

8

Children of a Lesser God Down and Out in Beverly Hills

9

Round Midnight Peggy Sue Got Married

10

The Fly Hard Choices

 

1985  

1

Ran * The Color Purple

2

The Color Purple After Hours

3

Streetwise The Falcon and the Snowman

4

Prizzi's Honor Prizzi's Honor

5

The Official Story Ran

6

Mishima Witness

7

The Falcon and the Snowman Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome

8

Back to the Future Lost in America

9

The Purple Rose of Cairo Streetwise

10

Wetherby Blood Simple

 

1984  

1

Once Upon a Time in America * Amadeus

2

Amadeus Paris, Texas

3

The Cotton Club Love Streams

4

Entre Nous This Is Spinal Tap

5

Purple Rain The Cotton Club

6

The Killing Fields Secret Honor

7

Secret Honor The Killing Fields

8

A Passge to India Stranger Than Paradise

9

Micki & Maude Choose Me

10

The Natural Purple Rain

 

1983  

1

The Right Stuff * The Right Stuff *

2

Terms of Endearment Terms of Endearment

3

Betrayal The Year of Living Dangerously

4

Fanny and Alexander Fanny and Alexander

5

Star 80 Gandhi

6

The Year of Living Dangerously El Norte

7

Silkwood Testament

8

Pauline at the Beach Silkwood

9

Risky Business Say Amen, Somebody

10

The Big Chill Risky Business

 

1982  

1

Moonlighting * Sophie's Choice

2

Tootsie Diva

3

E.T. * E.T. *

4

Diva Fitzcarraldo/The Burden of Dreams

5

Mephisto Personal Best

6

Lola Das Boot

7

Personal Best Mephisto

8

Das Boot Moonlighting

9

Three Brothers The Verdict

10

An Officer and a Gentleman Wasn't That a Time

 

1981  

1

Ragtime My Dinner With Andre *

2

My Dinner With Andre Chariots of Fire

3

Raiders of the Lost Ark * Gates of Heaven

4

Mon Oncle d'Amerique Raiders of the Lost Ark *

5

Gates of Heaven Heartland

6

Bye Bye Brazil Atlantic City

7

Prince of the City Thief

8

Melvin and Howard Body Heat

9

Body Heat Tess

10

The French Lieutenant's Woman Reds

 

1980  

1

Raging Bull * The Black Stallion

2

Ordinary People Raging Bull *

3

Coal Miner's Daughter Kagemusha *

4

The Tree of Wooden Clogs Being There

5

Kagemusha * Ordinary People

6

Being There The Great Santini

7

The Black Stallion The Empire Strikes Back

8

The Blues Brothers Coal Miner's Daughter

9

The Great Santini American Gigolo

10

The Stunt Man Best Boy

 

1979  

1

Hair Apocalypse Now

2

Kramer vs. Kramer Breaking Away

3

The Deer Hunter The Deer Hunter

4

Breaking Away The Marriage of Maria Braun

5

Manhattan Hair

6

The Marriage of Maria Braun Saint Jack

7

Nosferatu, the Vampyre Kramer vs. Kramer

8

The Onion Field The China Syndrome

9

Time After Time Nosferatu, the Vampyre

10

The China Syndrome 10

 

1978  

1

Straight Time An Unmarried Woman

2

Pretty Baby Days of Heaven

3

Days of Heaven Heart of Glass

4

Blue Collar Stroszek

5

Autumn Sonata Autumn Sonata

6

The Buddy Holly Story Interiors

7

Coming Home Halloween

8

Halloween National Lampoon's Animal House

9

Magic Kings of the Road

10

Stoszek Superman

 

1977  

1

Annie Hall 3 Women

2

The Late Show Providence

3

In the Realm of the Senses The Late Show

4

Close Encounters of the Third Kind A Woman's Decision

5

Saturday Night Fever Jail Bait

6

Harlan County, U.S.A. Close Encounters of the Third Kind

7

Star Wars Aguirre: Wrath of God

8

Oh, God! Annie Hall

9

Pumping Iron Sorcerer

10

Rolling Thunder Star Wars

 

1976  

1

All the President's Men Small Change

2

Network Taxi Driver

3

Brothel No. 8 The Magic Flute

4

Small Change The Clockmaker

5

Stay Hungry Network

6

Cousin, Cousine Swept Away...by an unusual destiny in the blue sea of August

7

Taxi Driver Rocky

8

Buffalo Bill and the Indians, or Sitting Bull's History Lesson All the President's Men

9

The Seven-Per-Cent Solution Silent Movie

10

The Man Who Would Be King The Shootist

 

1975  

1

Nashville Nashville

2

The Passenger Night Moves

3

Love and Death Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore

4

Dog Day Afternoon Farewell, My Lovely

5

Barry Lyndon The Phantom of Liberty

6

And Now My Love A Brief Vacation

7

Dodes'ka-den And Now My Love

8

The Homecoming A Woman Under the Influence

9

Antonia: Portrait of a Women In Celebration

10

Hustle Dog Day Afternoon

 

1974  

1

Day for Night Scenes from a Marriage

2

The Last Detail Chinatown

3

Amarcord The Mother and the Whore

4

The Conversation Amarcord

5

Mean Streets The Last Detail

6

Scenes from a Marriage The Mirages

7

Lacombe, Lucien Day for Night

8

Harry and Tonto Mean Streets

9

The Mother and the Whore My Uncle Antoine

10

Wedding in Blood The Conversation

 

1973  

1

The Emigrants/The New Land Cries and Whispers

2

Last Tango in Paris Last Tango in Paris

3

The Exorcist The Emigrants/The New Land

4

Cries and Whispers Blume in Love

5

The Day of the Jackal The Iceman Cometh

6

The Last of Sheila The Exorcist

7

The Day of the Dolphin The Day of the Jackal

8

American Graffiti American Graffiti

9

Sisters Fellini's Roma

10

The Long Goodbye The Friends of Eddie Coyle

 

1972  

1

The Godfather The Godfather

2

The Sorrow and the Pity Chole in the Afternoon

3

Le Boucher Le Boucher

4

Cabaret Murmur of the Heart

5

Two English Girls The Green Wall

6

A Clockwork Orange The Sorrow and the Pity

7

Chloe in the Afternoon The Garden of Finzi-Continis

8

Frenzy Minnie and Moskowitz

9

Sounder Sounder

10

Ulzana's Raid The Great Northfield, Minnesota Raid

 

1971  

1

Claire's Knee The Last Picture Show

2

A New Leaf McCabe and Mrs. Miller

3

McCabe and Mrs. Miller Claire's Knee

4

Little Big Man The French Connection

5

The Last Picture Show Sunday, Bloody Sunday

6

Sunday, Bloody Sunday Taking Off

7

Bed and Board Carnal Knowledge

8

Dirty Harry Tristana

9

Husbands Goin' Down the Road

10

Taking Off Bed and Board

 

1970  

1

My Night at Maud's Five Easy Pieces

2

M*A*S*H M*A*S*H

3

Women in Love The Revolutionary

4

Five Easy Pieces Patton

5

The Passion of Anna Woodstock

6

Adalen 31 My Night at Maud's

7

Salesman Adalen 31

8

Woodstock The Passion of Anna

9

Triolgy The Wild Child

10

The Wild Child Fellini Satyricon

 

1969  

1

Z Z

2

Midnight Cowboy Medium Cool

3

Alice's Restaurant Weekend

4

Simon of the Desert if....

5

The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter

6

Oh! What a Lovely War The Wild Bunch

7

The Wild Bunch Easy Rider

8

...if True Grit

9

Pretty Poison Downhill Racer

10

Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice War and Peace

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