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The Alamo 100: Our Favorite Films of All Time

Read about our favorite films, and see many of them in 2014.

The Alamo 100: Our Favorite Films of All Time

Last month, Alamo programmers across the country were taksed with listing their 100 favorite movies.

When we first had the idea of compiling a list of our most cherished films, we spent a considerable amount of time discussing the criteria, and not just because we wanted to put off this Sophie's Choice for a while longer. There are plenty of lists, based on everything from cinematic achievement to popularity, floating around the celluloid landscape, and we wished to avoid redundancy in adding our own voice to the pile.

In the end, it all boiled down to the fact that we just love movies. And so this list is defined, not by filmmaking genius or cultural impact, but by the space reserved in our hearts. The Alamo 100 encompasses the movies that we wore out on VHS, the films our friends are sick of hearing us rave about, the cinematic gems that feel like living, breathing members of our family. This is a list that reminds us why we fell in love with cinema in the first place, and why the magic of that romance will never fade.

A quick glance at the Alamo 100 reveals the incredible diversity of taste on the programming team across the county. We're incredibly proud of the fact that our passions encompass 1960s French films and modern day rom coms, Kubrick masterpieces and epic action flicks, obscure trash-horror and feel-good classics. There is simply no classification that can contain our devotion to the silver screen.

In order to generate the Alamo 100, each programmer first created his or her own list of 100 favorites, a Herculean task that caused a fair amount of heartache in the office. These titles were then compiled and ranked based on two factors: 1. their rank on each programmer's list 2. the number of times the title appeared on more than one list. The results are an eclectic mix of shoe-ins and surprises, and we hope that this wildly divergent collection leads to many conversations within the Alamo community. You can explore the full list at  


In January, we're launching the Alamo 100 with seven titles that capture the spirit of this list, including BRAZIL, RAGING BULL, CITY LIGHTS, RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK, THE GOONIES, MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL and SIXTEEN CANDLES.  Throughout the year, we'll be screening many more. Because we can't live without these movies, and we can't let you live without seeing them.


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