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Movie Hall of Fame-Class of 2020!

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List by-Jarrett Leahy

As we approach Oscar night, it is time to reveal the 7th annual AmateurCinephile.com Hall of Fame class of 2020. This year’s class of honored films includes one 1st ballot film (movies from 2010 became eligible for selection this year), two National Film Registry selections, three Best Picture nominees, three foreign films, a musical drama, a romantic comedy, and the first animated inductee. These six films bring our Hall of Fame total to 48.


The Social Network (2010) An eight-time Oscar nominated film, The Social Network won three Academy awards including Best Adapted Screenplay. This year’s only first-ballot film, The Social Network was selected to 78 critics’ Top 10 lists back in 2010, including 22 #1 spots as well as the National Board of Review Best Film of 2010.  This tense drama perfectly encapsulates the time when the new guard abruptly pushed aside the corporate ruling class and presciently foreshadows social media’s cultural revolution. The Social Network becomes the first film from the 2010’s to be inducted into the AmateurCinephile.com Hall of fame.

Cabaret (1972) Directed by Bob Fosse and starring Liza Minnelli in her seminal role as nightclub singer, Sally Bowles, Cabaret was the National Board of Review Best Film of 1972. A 1995 National Film Registry selection, Cabaret holds the distinction of being the film awarded the most Academy awards (eight) without winning the Oscar for Best Picture (losing to Class of 2014 honoree, The Godfather). Cabaret is the sixth 1970’s Hall of Fame film.
Cabaret pic

In the Mood for Love (2000) A sultry and hypnotic story of betrayal, In the Mood for Love was ranked the 24th greatest movie of all-time in the 2012 BFI Sight & Sound poll, making it the highest-rated movie of the 21st century. In The Mood for Love becomes the fourteenth film from the 2000’s and the 2nd movie from the year 2000 to be inducted, joining inaugural Class of 2014 honoree Almost Famous.

Metropolis (1927) Arguably the most influential early science fiction film, Metropolis was voted as the 35th greatest film in the 2012 BFI Sight & Sound poll. Directed by famed Austrian filmmaker, Fritz Lang, Metropolis is the second silent film to be inducted, joining Class of 2018 City Lights, and the first Hall of Famer to represent the decade of the 1920’s.

Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind (1984) The breakout film of legendary Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki, Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind is a post-apocalyptic drama based on a Miyazaki-created manga of the same name. Praised for its anti-war and environmental subject matter, Nausicaa’s reputation as one of the greatest animated films only grows as its themes and style continue to influence the anime genre today. Nausicaa is the first animated film to be inducted in the AmateurCinephile.com Hall of Fame and the fifth film from the 1980’s.

The Philadelphia Story (1940) One of the most beloved screwball comedies of the 1940’s, The Philadelphia Story was nominated for six Academy awards, winning two for Best Actor (James Stewart) and Best Screenplay. A 1995 National Film Registry selection, The Philadelphia Story’s critical and financial success helped resurrect screen legend Katharine Hepburn’s floundering career as a string of flops had her labeled as “box office poison.” The Philadelphia Story becomes the fifth 1940’s inductee and the third film starring Cary Grant joining Bringing Up Baby and Notorious.

So there you have it, the AmateurCinephile.com Hall of Fame Class of 2020. Make sure you come back next Oscar weekend when another six films are chosen for inclusion.-JL

Edited by-Michelle Zenor


-1920’s (1):
Metropolis, 1927
(Class of 2020)

-1930’s (3):
Bringing Up Baby, 1938
(Class of 2018)
City Lights, 1931 (Class of 2018)
Wizard of Oz, 1939 (Class of 2014)

-1940’s (5):
The Philadelphia Story, 1940
(Class of 2020)
Casablanca, 1942 (Class of 2014)
Notorious, 1946 (Class of 2015)
The Red Shoes, 1948 (Class of 2019)
The Third Man, 1949 (Class of 2015)

-1950’s (2):
Anatomy of a Murder, 1959
(Class of 2014)
Singin’ in the Rain, 1952 (Class of 2019)

-1960’s (3):
Belle de Jour, 1967
(Class of 2017)
The Leopard, 1963 (Class of 2016)
2001: A Space Odyssey, 1968 (Class of 2014)

-1970’s (6):
Cabaret, 1972
(Class of 2020)
Chinatown, 1974 (Class of 2015)
The Deer Hunter, 1978 (Class of 2017)
The Godfather, 1972 (Class of 2014)
The Godfather Part 2, 1974 (Class of 2014)
Harold and Maude, 1971 (Class of 2019)

-1980’s (5):
A Christmas Story, 1983 (Class of 2017)
Field of Dreams, 1989 (Class of 2018)
Hannah and her Sisters, 1986 (Class of 2014)
Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind, 1984 (Class of 2020)
Tender Mercies, 1983 (Class of 2015)

-1990’s (8):
Before Sunrise, 1995 (Class of 2014)
Boogie Nights, 1997 (Class of 2015)
Casino, 1995 (Class of 2015)
Dazed & Confused, 1993 (Class of 2016)
Goodfellas, 1990 (Class of 2016)
Heat, 1995 (Class of 2018)
Pulp Fiction, 1994 (Class of 2014)
Rushmore, 1998 (Class of 2017)

-2000’s (14):
Almost Famous, 2000 (Class of 2014)
Before Sunset, 2004 (Class of 2014)
Brokeback Mountain, 2005 (Class of 2016
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, 2004 (Class of 2015)
(500) Days of Summer, 2009 (Class of 2019)
In The Mood For Love, 2000 (Class of 2020)
Inglourious Basterds, 2009 (Class of 2019)
Lost in Translation, 2003 (Class of 2014)
No Country For Old Men, 2007 (Class of 2017)
Rachel Getting Married, 2008 (Class of 2018)
Road to Perdition, 2002 (Class of 2018)
Sideways, 2004 (Class of 2016)
There Will Be Blood, 2007 (Class of 2017)
Up in the Air, 2009 (Class of 2019)

-2010’s (1):
The Social Network, 2010 (Class of 2020)

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