100 Movies. 100 Facts.

03 November 2017
100 facts about 100 movies.
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Here they are: 100 movies to see before you die, plus 100 fun facts. Well, 90 of them for now. The top 10 are top secret, so stay tuned to M-Net Movies Bucket List pop-up channel 109 to find out what they are. 

In the meantime, enjoy these 90 fun facts from the top 90 movies and come back to find out more about the top 10 as they're revealed.

<p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>100. My Best Friend&#39;s Wedding</strong></p><p style="text-align: justify;">A Chinese remake was made&nbsp;in 2016.</p>
<p><strong>99. Men in Black</strong></p><p>Some people believe the men in black really exist. For all we know, they do...</p>
<p><strong>98. Shakespeare in Love</strong></p><p>Judi Dench has portrayed many of Shakespeare&#39;s most famous characters, on stage.</p>
<p><strong>97. Speed</strong></p><p>Tom Cruise, Tom Hanks, Wesley Snipes, Woody Harrelson, and Stephen Baldwain were all considered for the role of Jack.</p>
<p><strong>96. 300</strong></p><p>Thermopylae, where the movie&#39;s battle takes place, means &quot;hot gates&quot;.</p>
<p><strong>95. Scream</strong></p><p>The movie&#39;s original title was&nbsp;<em>Scary Movie.&nbsp;</em>How&#39;s that for irony?</p>
<p><strong>94. The Bourne Identity</strong></p><p>Director Doug Liman did not allow&nbsp;smoking in the movie, because there had been too much in his movie&nbsp;<em>Swingers</em>.</p>
<p><strong>93. Boyz n the Hood</strong></p><p>Director John Singleton was offered $100 000 to walk away from the project. Luckily, he refused.</p>
<p><strong>92. Risky Business</strong></p><p>At one stage, it was called <em>White Boys off the Lake</em>. Now that&#39;s a descriptive title!</p>
<p><strong>91. Grease</strong></p><p>Andy Warhol was almost cast in the movie.</p>
<p><strong>90. WarGames</strong></p><p>Google hosted a screening for the movie&#39;s 25th anniversary.</p>
<p><strong>89. Gremlins</strong></p><p>The gremlin gore was cut down - an earlier scene included Billy&#39;s mom being decapitated and her head thrown down the stairs.</p>
<p><strong>88. The Blair Witch Project</strong></p><p>Actors had to say &quot;taco&quot; when they wanted to break out of character.</p>
<p><strong>87. Flashdance</strong></p><p>There is an Alex Owens Baribe doll.</p>
<p><strong>86. Saw</strong></p><p>Director James Wan created the Jigsaw puppet.</p>
<p><strong>85. The Birdcage</strong></p><p>Robin Williams&#39; panicked slip in the kitchen scene was&nbsp;unintentional.</p>
<p><strong>84. Pretty in Pink</strong></p><p>Director John Hughes chose the title, because Molly Ringwald liked the song of the same name.</p>
<p><strong>83. The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert</strong></p><p>The costume budget was just $20 000.</p>
<p><strong>82. Meet Joe Black</strong></p><p>It&#39;s based on a 1934 movie which is based on a play.</p>
<p><strong>81. Footloose</strong></p><p>The story is based on Elmore City in Oklahoma where public dancing was forbidden.</p>
<p><strong>80. Beetlejuice</strong></p><p><em>Beetlejuice</em> was almost called, wait for it...<em>Scared Sheetless.</em></p>
<p><strong>79. Blue Velvet</strong></p><p style="text-align: justify;">One hour into the two-hour movie Jeffrey says, &quot;I&#39;m in the middle of a mystery.&quot;</p>
<p><strong>78. Lawrence of Arabia</strong></p><p>One of the movie&#39;s screenwriters, Robert Bolt, was imprisoned for protesting against nuclear proliferation.&nbsp;</p>
<p><strong>77. Notting Hill</strong></p><p>The exterior of Will&#39;s apartment, including the bue door, belonged to screenwriter&nbsp;Richard Curtis.</p>
<p><strong>76. Juno</strong></p><p>The movie features Jason Bateman and Michael Cera, who played father and son in&nbsp;<em>Arrested Development.</em>&nbsp;However, they share no scenes in <em>Juno</em>.</p>
<p><strong>75. Boogie Nights</strong></p><p>Director P.T. Anderson thinks a good porn name should have two &#39;g&#39;s and a &#39;k&#39; in it - hence, Dirk Diggler.</p>
<p><strong>74. The Big Lebowski</strong></p><p>Raymond Chandler&#39;s&nbsp;<em>The Big Sleep</em>&nbsp;formed part of the film&#39;s inspiration.</p>
<p><strong>73. Snatch</strong></p><p>Brad Pitt was cast in the movie because he was a fan of&nbsp;<em>Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels</em>, and phoned Guy Ritchie for a part.</p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>72.&nbsp;Full Metal Jacket</strong></p><p style="text-align: justify;">Stanley Kubrick had never heard of The Rolling Stones before filming. Their song&nbsp;<em>Paint it Black</em>&nbsp;plays in the end credits.</p>
<p><strong>71. Chariots of Fire</strong></p><p>This movie was South African actress Alice Krige&#39;s international feature film debut.</p>
<p><strong>70. Bridesmaids</strong></p><p>Rebel Wilson and Matt Lucas decided to live together after playing roommates in the movie.</p>
<p><strong>69. Reservoir Dogs</strong></p><p style="text-align: justify;">Tom Waits auditioned for the movie.</p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>68. Ghostbusters</strong></p><p style="text-align: justify;">Slimer was called Onion Head by the cast and crew, because the prop smelled so bad.</p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>67. Groundhog Day</strong></p><p style="text-align: justify;">When Bill Murray realised residents on location watching filming looked hungry, he bought a bakery&#39;s entire supply of Danishes and fed them to the crowd.</p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>66. A Nightmare on Elm Street</strong></p><p style="text-align: justify;">Johnny Depp made his acting debut in a role intended for Charlie Sheen.</p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>65. Back to the Future</strong></p><p style="text-align: justify;">The script was rejected more than 40 times.</p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>64. Dirty Harry</strong></p><p style="text-align: justify;">The movie was originally set in New York City.</p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>63. Heaven&#39;s Gate</strong></p><p style="text-align: justify;">After the cast spent&nbsp;about&nbsp;six weeks learning to roller skate, the scene was snipped from the 149-minute director&#39;s cut.</p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>62. The Matrix</strong></p><p style="text-align: justify;">The numbers one and three appear throughout the film.</p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>61. A Few Good Men</strong></p><p style="text-align: justify;">The movie is based on Aaron Sorkin&#39;s play which he wrote on serviettes while bartending.</p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>60. Pretty Woman</strong></p><p style="text-align: justify;">The necklace Julia Roberts wore was worth $250 000, and was guarded during filming.</p>
<p><strong>59. Jerry Maguire</strong></p><p><em>My So-Called Life&nbsp;</em>and&nbsp;<em>The Apartment&nbsp;</em>inspired Cameron Crowe&nbsp;while writing and directing the movie.</p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>58. The Fifth Element</strong></p><p style="text-align: justify;">The original cast linep consisted of Mel Gibson, Julia Roberts, and Prince.</p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>57. Sleepless in Seattle</strong></p><p style="text-align: justify;">The movie would have been Parker Posey&#39;s debut feature, but unfortunately her scene had to be&nbsp;cut.</p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><b>56. Lethal Weapon</b></p><p style="text-align: justify;">Leonard Nimoy was asked to direct.</p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>55. Brokeback Mountain</strong></p><p style="text-align: justify;">The movie&#39;s poster was inspired by <em>Titanic&#39;s</em>.</p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>54. Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon&nbsp;</strong></p><p style="text-align: justify;">The title is a Chinese proverb, which refers to hiding your strength from others.</p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>53. Stand By Me</strong></p><p style="text-align: justify;">Jerry O&#39;Connell was frightened of Kiefer Sutherland during filming.</p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>52. Bonnie and Clyde</strong></p><p style="text-align: justify;">Because the studio had no&nbsp;faith in the film, they offered Warren Beatty a $200 000 salary, plus 40% of the gross. The movie made more than $50 million.&nbsp;</p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>51. Top Gun</strong></p><p style="text-align: justify;">The movie was used as a recruting tool by the U.S. Navy.</p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>50. Good Morning Vietnam&nbsp;</strong></p><p style="text-align: justify;">Robin Williams improvised most of his radio broadcasts.</p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>49. Casino</strong></p><p style="text-align: justify;">The movie was filmed in a real, operating casino.</p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>48. When Harry Met Sally</strong></p><p style="text-align: justify;">Harry and Sally are modelled on Rob Reiner and Nora Ephron.</p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>47. A Fish Called Wanda</strong></p><p style="text-align: justify;">John Cleese&#39;s character, Archie Leach, was named after Cary Grant who was born Archibald Leach.</p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>46. Inglorious Basterds</strong></p><p style="text-align: justify;">Samuel L. Jackson is heard but not seen, as he narrates Hugo Stiglitz&#39;s backstory.</p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>45. Four Weddings and a Funeral</strong></p><p style="text-align: justify;">Two hundred people at the London&nbsp;premiere wore wedding dresses.</p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>44. Misery</strong></p><p style="text-align: justify;">James Caan had to stay in bed for fifteen weeks of shooting.</p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>43. Unforgiven</strong></p><p style="text-align: justify;">To maintain the feel of the Old West, Clint Eastwood did not allow cars on set.</p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><b>42. Avatar</b></p><p style="text-align: justify;">Its running time is shorter than <em>Titanic&#39;s</em>.</p>
<p><b>41. Scarface</b></p><p>Tony Montana is only referred to as Scarface once, and it&#39;s in Spanish.</p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>40. Basic Instinct</strong></p><p style="text-align: justify;">The script was written in 13 days and sold for $3 million.</p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>39. Taxi Driver</strong></p><p style="text-align: justify;">The line &quot;You talkin&#39; to me?&quot; was inspired by Bruce Springsteen, who said it at a concert Robert De Niro attended.</p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>38. Rain Man</strong></p><p style="text-align: justify;">Tom Cruise wearing Ray Bans boosted sales of that particular style by 15%.</p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>37. Little Miss Sunshine</strong></p><p style="text-align: justify;">Michael Arndt, who won an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay for the movie, used to be Matthew Broderick&#39;s assistant.</p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>36. Fargo</strong></p><p style="text-align: justify;">All of&nbsp;Jerry Lundegaard&#39;s stutters were scripted.</p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>35.&nbsp;L&eacute;on: The Professional​</strong></p><p style="text-align: justify;">Luc Besson&#39;s classic&nbsp;marked Natalie Portman&#39;s feature film debut.</p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>34. E.T the Extra Terrestrial</strong></p><p style="text-align: justify;">The lovable alien&#39;s face was modelled after&nbsp;Carl Sandburg,&nbsp;Albert Einstein, and&nbsp;a pug.</p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>33. The Breakfast Club</strong></p><p style="text-align: justify;">Anthony Michael Hall&#39;s mother and sister play his character&#39;s mother and sister in the&nbsp;movie.</p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>32. Raging Bull</strong></p><p style="text-align: justify;">Martin Scorsese shot all the boxing scenes in Los Angeles, and all the non-boxing scenes in New York City.</p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>31. The Godfather</strong></p><p style="text-align: justify;">Francis Ford Coppola held improvisational family dinners with the cast in character.</p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>30. Inception&nbsp;</strong></p><p style="text-align: justify;">The staircases are inspired by the art of&nbsp;M.C. Escher.</p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>29. Romeo + Juliet&nbsp;</strong></p><p style="text-align: justify;">All the guns are named after swords.</p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>28. Saving Private Ryan&nbsp;</strong></p><p style="text-align: justify;">The actors&#39; went through boot camp to prepare for the movie.</p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>27. Jaws</strong></p><p style="text-align: justify;">Peter Benchley, the author of the book on which the movie is base, makes a cameo in the movie.</p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>26. Thelma &amp;&nbsp;Louise</strong></p><p style="text-align: justify;">George Clooney auditioned for the role of J.D., which eventaully went to Brad Pitt.</p><p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><b>25. Blade Runner</b></p><p style="text-align: justify;">The movie is based on the novel by Philip K. Dick called&nbsp;<i>Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?</i></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>24. The Princess Bride</strong></p><p style="text-align: justify;">Cary Elwes filmed many of his scenes with a broken toe.</p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>23. The Deer Hunter</strong></p><p style="text-align: justify;">John Wayne made his&nbsp;final public appearance when he&nbsp;presented the Best Picture Oscar to <em>The Deer Hunter</em>.</p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>22. Platoon</strong></p><p style="text-align: justify;">When Johnny Depp filmed Platoon, it was the first time he had ever left the U.S. He was 22 at the time.</p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>21. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring</strong></p><p style="text-align: justify;">Jake Gyllenhaal auditioned for the role of Frodo.</p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>20. The Notebook</strong></p><p style="text-align: justify;">Rachel McAdams was in tears when she first read the script.</p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>19. Goodfellas</strong></p><p style="text-align: justify;">The &quot;funny how?&quot; scene was not in the script.</p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>18. Rocky</strong></p><p style="text-align: justify;">Sylvester Stallone&nbsp;wrote the first draft of the script in three days.</p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>17. Raiders of the Lost Ark&nbsp;</strong></p><p style="text-align: justify;">The tent scene between Belloq and Marion was improvised.</p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>16. Se7en</strong></p><p style="text-align: justify;">The movie inspired a comic&nbsp;book, which was produced in 2006.</p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>15. Aliens</strong></p><p style="text-align: justify;">This was the only movie that Carrie Henn, who plays Newt, ever made.</p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>14. Alien</strong></p><p style="text-align: justify;">It was originally titled&nbsp;<em>Starbeast</em>.</p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>13. Jurassic Park</strong></p><p style="text-align: justify;">Richard Attenborough&nbsp;came out of a 15-year acting hiatus to make the movie.</p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>12. The Shining</strong></p><p style="text-align: justify;">Stephen King wrote the book on which the movie is based and did not like Stanley Kubrick&#39;s adaptation of his work.</p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>11. Bad Boys</strong></p><p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>The&nbsp;</strong>Shelby Cobra 427&nbsp;crashed off camera.</p>
<p><strong>10. The Lion King</strong></p><p>James Earl Jones&nbsp;and Madge Sinclair, who voice Mufasa and Sarabi played a&nbsp;king and queen together in&nbsp;<em>Coming to America</em>.</p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>9. The Dark Knight</strong></p><p style="text-align: justify;">The guest at the crashed party who says &quot;we&rsquo;re not intimidated by thugs&quot; was played by&nbsp;Patrick Leahy, the Democratic U.S. Senator from Vermont.</p>
<p><strong>8. Dead Poets Society</strong></p><p>Robin Williams improvised a lot of his lines.</p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>7. Titanic</strong></p><p style="text-align: justify;">Jack&nbsp;and Rose were almost played by&nbsp;Matthew McConaughey and Gwyneth Paltrow.</p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>6. Pulp Fiction</strong></p><p style="text-align: justify;">the movie cost $8.5 million to make. It make $9.3 million in its opening weekend.</p>
100. My Best Friend&#39;s WeddingA Chinese remake was made&nbsp;in 2016.

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