50 Movies by the Numbers

Moon and Astronaut Teapot

Moon and Astronaut Teapot

A couple of weeks ago, there was an article on Slate, where the author had assembled a list of books that sequentially counted up to 101. Since then, I’ve tried to go back to Slate and find that article again, but to no avail. Instead, I decided to replicate that feat, substituting movies and an occasional TV show for the original book list. I’m not as ambitious as the original author, so I only counted up to fifty. Like the other list, I chose One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest to start with. The other author was also strict in adhering to the rule that each iteration’s number be at the beginning of the tittle. I started off that way, but decided to eventually deviate from this rule, choosing more notable titles over less well-known ones that happened to conform better. The black text movies are ones that I’ve seen, while the grey text ones are just fillers. Apollo 13 relates to the teapot photo above, from the Science Center and also Anne’s day today.

  1. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
  2. 2 Seconds
  3. Three Musketeers
  4. Four Weddings and a Funeral
  5. Five Easy Pieces
  6. Six Degrees of Separation
  7. Seven Year Itch
  8. Eight Men Out
  9. Nine to Five
  10. 10
  11. Ocean’s Eleven
  12. Twelve Angry Men
  13. Apollo 13
  14. Fourteen Hours
  15. 15 Minutes
  16. Sixteen Candles
  17. Stalag 17
  18. Eighteen and Anxious
  19. Nineteen Eighty-Four
  20. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
  21. 21 Jump Street
  22.  Catch-22
  23. 23 Minutes to Sunrise
  24. 24
  25. Buck Rogers in the 25th Century
  26. Special 26
  27. 27 Dresses
  28. 28 Days Later…
  29. 29 Palms
  30. 30 Rock
  31. 31 North 62 East
  32. West 32nd
  33. Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult
  34. Miracle on 34th Street
  35. 35 Shots of Rum
  36. 36th Precinct
  37. To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday
  38. Colt 38 Special Squad
  39. 39 Steps
  40. 40 Year Old Virgin
  41. 41
  42. Summer of ’42
  43. Movie 43
  44. Class of ’44
  45. Colt .45
  46. Code 46
  47. 47 Ronin
  48. 48 Hours
  49. 49th Parallel
  50. Attack of the 50 Foot Woman

Anne and Joanie went to the circus today, Circus Flora, which is based here in Saint Louis. Every year, Circus Flora has a story that ties together its various circus acts. This works much like with musicals, whose threadbare plots are only just strong enough to tie together the shows various musical numbers. This year’s story is based on of the 1902 Georges Méliès film, A Trip to the Moon. Its most memorable sequence is a shot of the Man in the Moon, or at least a man in a coconut creme pie, getting socked in the eye, by a spaceship from Earth. Sorry Georges, I couldn’t include your title in the list, because there were no numbers in it. So, I substituted Ron Howard’s Apollo 13 instead.

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