Published Updated

Sort by

#MovieBowl

The Movie Bowl is a single-elimination movie tournament created by yours truly to determine the best movie of a given year. The field of 16 films is selected using a deliberately obtuse college football-style selection process that uses "a mix of box office performance, awards performance, critical reception, long-term popularity, and a vague secret sauce [we're] calling 'canonization'." Match winners are determined using day-long polls on a super-secret Mastodon instance I run. These are the movies that have competed.

Here is our hall of champions:
1980: The Shining
2001: Spirited Away
1987: The Princess Bride
1975: Jaws
1996: Fargo
1999: The Matrix
2017: Get Out
1967: The Producers
2008: WALL-E
1993: Jurassic Park
1984: The Terminator
1973: The Exorcist
2019:…

  • 1917
  • The 40 Year Old Virgin
  • 7th Heaven
  • A.I. Artificial Intelligence
  • The Age of Innocence
  • Airplane!
  • Aladdin
  • Alien
  • All That Jazz
  • Almost Famous
  • Altered States
  • Amadeus
  • Amarcord
  • American Beauty
  • American Graffiti
  • American Psycho
  • An American Werewolf in London
  • Amélie
  • Apocalypse Now
  • Army of Darkness
  • Atlantic City
  • Au Revoir les Enfants
  • Avengers: Endgame
  • Baby Driver
  • Badlands
  • Barry Lyndon
  • Batman Begins
  • Batman Returns
  • Battle Royale
  • A Beautiful Mind
  • Beetlejuice
  • Being John Malkovich
  • Belle de Jour
  • Berlin: Symphony of a Great City
  • Beverly Hills Cop
  • Beverly Hills Cop II
  • Big
  • The Big Short
  • Black Hawk Down
  • Blade Runner
  • Blade Runner 2049
  • Blood Simple
  • Blow Out
  • The Blues Brothers
  • Bonnie and Clyde
  • Boogie Nights
  • Branded to Kill
  • Breaking Away
  • Breaking the Waves
  • Broadcast News
  • Brokeback Mountain
  • The Brood
  • Bull Durham
  • Burn After Reading
  • Caddyshack
  • Call Me by Your Name
  • Candyman
  • Capote
  • Carol
  • Cast Away
  • The Cat and the Canary
  • Changeling
  • Chariots of Fire
  • The China Syndrome
  • Chungking Express
  • Clerks
  • Coal Miner's Daughter
  • Coco
  • CODA
  • College
  • Coming to America
  • Con Air
  • Cool Hand Luke
  • Corpse Bride
  • Crash
  • Crash
  • Creed
  • Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
  • The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
  • Dancer in the Dark
  • The Dark Crystal
  • The Dark Knight
  • Das Boot
  • Day for Night
  • The Day of the Locust
  • Dazed and Confused
  • The Dead
  • Dead Ringers
  • Death Becomes Her
  • The Descent
  • Die Hard
  • Dirty Dancing
  • The Dirty Dozen
  • Dog Day Afternoon
  • Don't Look Now
  • Dracula
  • Dressed to Kill
  • Drive My Car
  • Dune
  • Dunkirk