Thursday, September 15, 2011

33 Most Creative Films of All Time

Film Piracy is Robbing American Workers! Didn't you know that?

I wouldn't bother reading the linked article, if I were you. It's kind of long and boring. The gist of it is that people in film lose out when you copy movies, and that the entertainment industry's "creativity and innovation have made American entertainment one of [their] greatest exports for generations."

It's all quite doom and gloom, so I really feel for them. I also don't think that these problems are limited to the United States.

This is why I've put together my list of the 33 most creative films of all time, in chronological order, in order to celebrate how creative and innovative the film industry has proven itself to be:

  1. The Prisoner of Zenda (1913) 
  2. The Prisoner of Zenda (1915)
  3. The Prisoner of Zenda (1922)
  4. Monte Carlo (1930)
  5. The Prisoner of Zenda (1937)
  6. The Prisoner of Zenda (1952)
  7. The Parent Trap (1961)
  8. Freaky Friday (1976)
  9. The Prisoner of Zenda (1979)
  10. Turnabout (1979 - TV Series)
  11. The Prisoner of Zenda (1984 - TV miniseries)
  12. Like Father Like Son (1987)
  13. Prisoner of Zenda (1988)
  14. Vice Versa (1988)
  15. 18 Again! (1988)
  16. Dave (1993)
  17. Freaky Friday (1995 - TV)
  18. Farligt venskab (1995)
  19. Prisoner of Zenda, Inc (1996)
  20. Wish Upon a Star (1996 - TV)
  21. The Parent Trap (1998)
  22. A Saintly Switch (1999 - TV)
  23. Model Behavior (2000 - TV)
  24. Soowitch (2001)
  25. Help, I'm a Boy! (2002)
  26. The Lizzy McGuire Movie (2003)
  27. Freaky Friday (2003)
  28. Holiday Wishes (2006 - TV)
  29. Just Follow Law (2007)
  30. Identity Theft (2009) 
  31. All Screwed Up (2009)
  32. The Change-Up (2011)
  33. Monte Carlo (2011)
As I'm sure you can see, it is a real testament to the creativity and innovation that is still alive today that the same basic premise for a film has only been reused around once every 3 years for the past century. This is the level of creativity that must be protected. We should each be going to see these movies at the cinema (or watch them on TV) and then also buy the DVD. Otherwise, how can we expect them to keep up such a high rate of innovation?

1 comment:

  1. Mind you this is just one genre of movie - there are so many remakes of old noir films and thrillers too. The industry really is not creative at all. Perhaps European cinema can still be called creative and innovative, but Hollywood cannot. I don't think that alone is a good enough reason to allow downloading and piracy. But it is an interesting point.