Having finally watched Das Boot recently, I'm now a step closer to having seen the top 75 of the IMDB's Top 250 movies.
I'm not sure it's a good goal. After all, I've now seen 66 of those 75, and didn't think much of quite a few of them. The list is determined by IMDB user ratings, so perhaps I'm just out of step with the average IMDB user, but only one of their top 10 would make my own top 20 list, and only a few others in their top 10 would make my top 100 list.
But the completist in me doesn't want to give up when I'm so close.
I've seen all of the top 39. The first one I'm missing is currently at #40: American History X. Nothing I've heard about it makes me at all interested in seeing it, except that I sometimes like Edward Norton. So the project may founder right there; I've got better things to do with my time than watch a movie I don't want to see just 'cause 140,000 IMDB users liked it.
There are three others I'm missing in the top 50: The Departed, There Will Be Blood, and The Lives of Others (a.k.a. Das Leben der Anderen). All three were released in the past two years, which makes me a little skeptical; newish movies sometimes rocket high onto the list and then gradually subside over time. (Note, for example, that Memento and Amélie were in the top 25 when I wrote about the list in 2003; both have slipped down since then, supplanted by older movies.) Currently, the most recent movie in the top 40 was released in 2003.
So if you count only movies released before 2006, I've seen all of the top 50 except for American History X. But the list is the list, even if it changes later, so I won't pretend the more recent ones aren't on it.
In the top 75, the only other ones I'm missing are No Country for Old Men (2007) (which I was planning to see anyway), Double Indemnity (1944) (which I can't remember whether I saw or not), Requiem for a Dream (2000), Downfall (a.k.a. Der Untergang) (2004), and Raging Bull (1980).
Don't know if I have any interest in most of those. It may be time to give up on this project.
Of course, even if I persevere, I may never be entirely done, 'cause the list changes over time. A year ago, I finished seeing all of the top 40, and was only missing five from the top 60, of which I've now seen two more; but I'm now missing one from the top 40 and six from the top 60. If watching two movies on the list leaves me further behind than when I started, that's another sign that I should probably give up.