Top 100 films our patrons watch

Been a while since I’ve posted the latest film news, so let’s go with a new list:  The top 100 films (view the updated top 100 films) checked out at Alden Library as of the end of the year.  Movie choices provide a fascinating snapshot of what our patrons like to watch, and this list is fairly impressive.

First up, Taxi Driver directed by Martin Scorsese with Robert DeNiro, a must see.  “You talkin’ to me? You talkin’ to me? You talkin’ to me? Then who the hell else are you talking… you talking to me? Well I’m the only one here.” Taxi Driver checked out? Try searching for films by Scorsese or search for work by Robert DeNiro, you won’t be disappointed.

It looks like Wes Anderson, with Rushmore and The Royal Tenenbaums is in the top 20; another director worth checking out.  He also directed Bottle Rocket, Darjeeling Limited, Life Aquatic and Fantastic Mr. Fox; I recommend them all.

In the TV series category we have Sex and the City, Curb Your Enthusiasm and Friends with Sex and the City in the lead with all seasons being viewed!  Now that’s a research topic (the librarian in me)!  Why is Sex and the City so popular?  Searching Academic Search Complete (ASC) for “Sex and the City” and television, I found quite a few articles referring to SATC as Postfeminism.   Interested in this topic, jump into ASC or ASK A LIBRARIAN.

Oldies but goodies include Hitchcock’s Rear Window, Billy Wilder’s Some Like it Hot (with Marilyn) and Gene Kelly in Singin’ in the Rain – really, you can’t go wrong with any of these films or filmmakers.  The complete list can be found on the Research Guide “Finding Films in the Library”

  1. Taxi Driver
  2. Rushmore
  3. Good Will Hunting
  4. Sex and the City : The Complete Fourth Season
  5. The Bourne Identity
  6. Trainspotting
  7. Training Day
  8. Notting Hill
  9. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
  10. The Silence of the Lambs
  11. Chinatown
  12. Waking Life
  13. The Talented Mr. Ripley
  14. The Royal Tenenbaums
  15. There’s Something About Mary
  16. Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window
  17. Erin Brockovich
  18. Casino
  19. Boondock Saints
  20. Y Tu Mamá También