I started this project to track a large and growing list of films I am watching. I guess I am now on my way toward becoming a cinephile, so here is a photo of Ingmar Bergman in his element:
And here is my list:
This rating system is not intended to reduce classic films to a mere number, just to organize them by those with the most enduring qualities.
A poor film that does not meet the criteria for being labeled a classic film. Sub par acting, unimpressive cinematography, or weak screen writing can all be examples of a film that falls into this category.
A decent film that is certainly worth watching, but perhaps just for its historical significance and nothing else. For example, a film might fall in this category if it is the first film to achieve something, but its acting or directorship is lackluster, at best. This film is typically a novelty and nothing more.
A good film that comes with a recommendation to watch. It is typically well put together, but is without a quality of excellence that leaves it not entirely unforgettable, but also not as remarkable as a classic film worth watching again and again.
A great film that is both enduring and highly remarkable. It is recommended that all lovers of classic films view this film at least once, if not multiple times.
A sublime film that displays a quintessential quality of perfection. It is a film that is spectacular in its unique ability to capture a story and also a complete whole composed of parts. This film has an inspiring score (if applicable), mesmerizing acting, and a visionary director who knows no parallel. It is a rare brand of enduring craftsmanship that is purely timeless.