72. Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)
Logline: It’s Medieval times and King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table (that includes legends John Cleese and Eric Idle) are in for one gut-busting, knee-slappin’ mocking as he and his Knights set off on one of the goofiest quests ever for the Holy Grail.
Memorable Moments: While there are far too many moments of hilarity that qualify, the Bridge of Death—where King Arthur and his men must answer 5, err 3, questions to pass is gut-busting funny.
Why People Love It: With its wickedly irreverent and random comedy, it might be impossible to claim that Monty Python and the Holy Grail isn’t truly one of the Holy Grails of comedy.
Best Quote: French Soldier/Guard (John Cleese): “I don’t want to talk to you no more, you empty headed animal food trough wiper. I fart in your general direction. Your mother was a hamster and your father smelt of elderberries.”
71. Some Like It Hot (1959)
Logline: Two fledgling musicians are at the wrong place, at the wrong time–witnessing the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre mob hit. Hilarity ensues when, in order to escape unnoticed, the men turn turn to drag and join an all-girl band led by Sugar Kane (Marilyn Monroe) .
Memorable Moments: The morning after Jerry (Jack Lemmon) dances with rich playboy Osgood (Joe E. Brown), he admits to Joe (Tony Curtis) that “He (speaking of Osgood) wants to go to the Riviera, but I kinda lean toward Niagara Falls.”
Why People Love It: Many people consider it the funniest movie of both Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis’s (playing the lady duo Jerry and Joe) careers.
Best Quote: Osgood Fielding, III (Joe E. Brown): “Well, nobody’s perfect.”
70. The Wizard of Oz (1939)
Logline: Dorothy and her dog Toto are swept away by a freak tornado to the land of OZ–a bright, colorful new world with the likes of wicked witches, talking scarecrows, lions, tigers, and of course, bears. To get home, she must trek to Emerald City—but not without the company of fantastical characters.
Memorable Moments: The scene where the Wicked Witch of the West (Margaret Hamilton) burns a house down, plus torches poor Scarecrow.
Why People Love It: The Wizard of Oz has the same “reminiscence”-effect of E.T. and Stand By Me, especially on Generation Y’ers.
Best Quote: Dorothy (Judy Garland): “Toto, I’ve got a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore.”
69. 8 1/2 (1963)
Logline: Guido (who portrays the man (Fellini) who actually directs 8 1/2) is an accomplished director who’s trying to finally settle down. However, in addition to being badgered by former colleagues for more work/new ideas, Guido becomes engrossed in reflection of his career.
Memorable Moments: Near the introduction, Guido manifests a dream where he magically floats into the sky. However, he’s pulled back to Earth with a rope by fellow crew members.
Why People Love It: Besides being Fellini’s last black and white flick, it’s nothing less than a magnum opus on the art of self-examination and making a radical switch from realism to personal fantasy, and boasts a colorful cast with more depth than the Grand Canyon.
Best Quote: Guido (Marcello Mastroianni): “The truth is: I do not know… I seek… I have not yet found. Only with this in mind can I feel alive and look at you without shame.”