Popular movies I might have seen

Popular movies I might have seen

This morning I stumbled upon this fantastic post by Marco Arment titled “Popular movies I haven’t seen in the last 15 years” where the first paragraph reads:

Whenever anyone asks me about a popular movie, they’re flabbergasted that I haven’t seen it. You’d think they’d learn to just assume I’ve seen nothing, but they haven’t yet.

My first thought was something like “Wow, really? There have been a lot of good movies in the last 15 years.” and although I’ve absolutely noticed that I’m watching less and less movies I was kind of shocked when I scrolled through the list and counted.

TLDR: I don’t watch many mainstream movies. For the definition of mainstream that reads “Academy Award Best Picture nominees and top 10 highest-grossing films”. So thanks Marco and I hope he doesn’t mind that I copy his list verbatim.

Key: Seen it, Haven’t seen it

### 2000 - **Gladiator** - **Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon** - **Traffic** - **Mission: Impossible II** - **X-Men** - What Women Want - Meet the Parents - Chocolat - Erin Brockovich - Cast Away - Dinosaur - How the Grinch Stole Christmas - The Perfect Storm - What Lies Beneath ### 2001 - **Monsters, Inc.** - **Ocean’s Eleven** - **The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring** - **Moulin Rouge** - **Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone** - **Shrek** - **The Mummy Returns** - A Beautiful Mind - Gosford Park - In the Bedroom - Pearl Harbor - Jurassic Park III - Planet of the Apes - Hannibal ### 2002 - **Spider-Man** - **Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones** - **Men in Black II** - **The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers** - **Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets** - **Ice Age** - Die Another Day - Minority Report - Chicago - Gangs of New York - The Hours - The Pianist - Signs - My Big Fat Greek Wedding ### 2003 - **Finding Nemo** - **The Matrix Reloaded** - **The Matrix Revolutions** - **The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King** - **Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl** - **X2** - Lost in Translation - Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World - Mystic River - Seabiscuit - Bruce Almighty - The Last Samurai - Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines - Bad Boys II ### 2004 - **Shrek 2** - **Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban** - The Incredibles - Ocean’s Twelve - Million Dollar Baby - The Aviator - Finding Neverland - Ray - Sideways - Spider-Man 2 - The Passion of the Christ - The Day After Tomorrow - Meet the Fockers - Troy - Shark Tale ### 2005 - **Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith** - **Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire** - **The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe** - **Madagascar** - **Charlie and the Chocolate Factory** - **Batman Begins** - Crash - Brokeback Mountain - Capote - Good Night, and Good Luck - Munich - War of the Worlds - King Kong - Mr. and Mrs. Smith - Hitch ### 2006 - **The Departed** - **Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest** - **Ice Age: The Meltdown** - **X-Men: The Last Stand** - Little Miss Sunshine - Casino Royale - Cars - Babel - Letters from Iwo Jima - The Queen - The Da Vinci Code - Night at the Museum - Mission: Impossible III - Superman Returns - Happy Feet ### 2007 - **Ratatouille** - **Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End** - **Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix** - **Transformers** - **The Simpsons Movie** - **300** - No Country for Old Men - Juno - I Am Legend - Atonement - Michael Clayton - There Will Be Blood - Spider-Man 3 - Shrek the Third - National Treasure: Book of Secrets ### 2008 - **The Dark Knight** - **Iron Man** - Quantum of Solace - WALL-E - Slumdog Millionaire - The Curious Case of Benjamin Button - Frost/Nixon - Milk - The Reader - Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull - Kung Fu Panda - Hancock - Mamma Mia! - Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa - The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian ### 2009 - **Inglourious Basterds** - **Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince** - The Hurt Locker - Avatar - The Blind Side - District 9 - An Education - Precious - A Serious Man - Up - Up in the Air - Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs - Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen - 2012 - The Twilight Saga: New Moon - Sherlock Holmes - Angels & Demons - The Hangover ### 2010 - **Alice in Wonderland** - **Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1** - **Iron Man 2** - **Despicable Me** - **How to Train Your Dragon** - The Social Network - Toy Story 3 - The Kings’ Speech - 127 Hours - Black Swan - The Fighter - Inception - The Kids Are All Right - True Grit - Winter’s Bone - Shrek Forever After - The Twilight Saga: Eclipse - Tangled ### 2011 - **Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2** - **Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides** - The Artist - The Descendants - Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close - The Help - Hugo - Midnight in Paris - Moneyball - The Tree of Life - War Horse - Transformers: Dark of the Moon - The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 1 - Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol - Kung Fu Panda 2 - Fast Five - The Hangover Part II - The Smurfs - Cars 2 ### 2012 - **Beasts of the Southern Wild** - **Les Misérables** - **The Avengers** - **The Dark Knight Rises** - **The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey** - **The Hunger Games** - Skyfall - Argo - Amour - Django Unchained - Life of Pi - Lincoln - Silver Linings Playbook - Zero Dark Thirty - Ice Age: Continental Drift - The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 2 - The Amazing Spider-Man - Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted - Men in Black 3 ### 2013 - **Iron Man 3** - **The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug** - **Thor: The Dark World** - Monsters University - 12 Years a Slave - American Hustle - Captain Phillips - Dallas Buyers Club - Gravity - Her - Nebraska - Philomena - The Wolf of Wall Street - Frozen - Despicable Me 2 - The Hunger Games: Catching Fire - Fast & Furious 6 - Man of Steel ### 2014 - **Guardians of the Galaxy** - **X-Men: Days of Future Past** - **Captain America: The Winter Soldier** - Birdman - American Sniper - Boyhood - The Grand Budapest Hotel - The Imitation Game - Selma - The Theory of Everything - Whiplash - Transformers: Age of Extinction - The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies - Maleficent - The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 - The Amazing Spider-Man 2 - Dawn of the Planet of the Apes - Interstellar

For the record: He has watched 33, I have 65 out of 234 (if I counted correctly). I find my numbers quite interesting, although misleading. If I subtract the 12 Marvel movies, 8 Harry Potter movies and 5 Tolkien movies, there goes a good third.