A while back, I wrote an entry called “Countdown to 2500 movies”. Back then, the list of movies I’ve seen was about to reach 2500 entries. Since I hadn’t been writing here, the 2500 came and went. But now I’m back, and because I know that some movie buffs like statistics and lists as much as I do, I will share some data about the movies I’ve seen.
To kick off, the distribution of movies by decade:
|Decade||Number of movies||Percentage over the total|
The older movies on the list include the earliest and most rudimentary attempts at presenting moving images, among them Sallie Gardner at a Gallop (also known as A Horse in Motion), first exhibition of moving images, and Roundhay Garden Scene, first actual recording on film. The most recent movie I’ve seen is Here Comes the Boom, which opened recently here in Australia.
A source I often check is the extended version of the books “1001 Movies to Watch Before You Die”. By extended list, I mean the group of all the movies that were added to each new edition of the book, without discarding the ones they excluded in order to keep the 1001. This list counts 1079 films, out of which I’ve seen 381, equivalent to 35.31%.
From the Internet Movie Database (IMDb)’s “Top 250”, I’ve watched 224. Among the winners for the Academy Award for best movie, I’ve seen 60 out of 84 (71.43%). From the 100 biggest box office releases worldwide, I count 79. What’s interesting is that, out of the 21 I haven’t seen, almost all of them are sequels (particularly third or fourth installments of worn-out franchises) and the Twilight Saga (I have seen none, and have no particular desire to).
What really drags me dows is the list from the British Film Institute (BFI). Out of the 250 films in question, I’ve watched no more than 102 (40.80%). Among the first 80 movies, I was getting a good average, because their list focuses on those movies which usually show up in best of compilations, and which – by extension – are known to most cinephiles. From there on, a lot stayed out of my list.
Well, there you go. Whoever likes statistics can have some fun (and probably compare this to their own numbers).