Popular Movies I Haven’t Seen

Or trends in movie viewing habits

27 Sep 2018

The other day I stumbled across Marco Arment’s 2015 blog post titled “Popular movies I haven’t seen in the last 15 years”, where he listed just how few Academy Award Best Picture nominated, or top grossing, films he had seen. I went through the list and realised I have seen a lot of them.

(Aside, I also maintain—well, it’s a little out of date—a list of every movie I’ve seen at watched.patmurray.co)

I also concluded that I have seen far more Best Picture films than top grossing, and as I get older that ratio is becoming stronger and stronger. I do also see fewer “popular” films than I did during school (see the late 2000’s). Anyway, here’s the list but including the films since 2014 1

Key: Seen it, Haven’t seen it

2000

  • Meet the Parents
  • Cast Away
  • Chocolat
  • Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
  • Dinosaur
  • Erin Brockovich
  • Gladiator
  • How the Grinch Stole Christmas
  • Mission: Impossible II
  • The Perfect Storm
  • Traffic
  • What Lies Beneath
  • What Women Want
  • X-Men

2001

  • Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
  • Monsters, Inc.
  • Shrek
  • A Beautiful Mind
  • Gosford Park
  • Hannibal
  • In the Bedroom
  • Jurassic Park III
  • Moulin Rouge
  • Ocean’s Eleven
  • Pearl Harbor
  • Planet of the Apes
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
  • The Mummy Returns

2002

  • Die Another Day
  • Chicago
  • Gangs of New York
  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  • Ice Age
  • Men in Black II
  • Minority Report
  • My Big Fat Greek Wedding
  • Signs
  • Spider-Man
  • Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones
  • The Hours
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
  • The Pianist

2003

  • Bruce Almighty
  • Finding Nemo
  • Bad Boys II
  • Lost in Translation
  • Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World
  • Mystic River
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
  • Seabiscuit
  • Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines
  • The Last Samurai
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
  • The Matrix Reloaded
  • The Matrix Revolutions
  • X2

2004

  • Meet the Fockers
  • The Incredibles
  • Finding Neverland
  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
  • Million Dollar Baby
  • Ocean’s Twelve
  • Ray
  • Shark Tale
  • Shrek 2
  • Sideways
  • Spider-Man 2
  • The Aviator
  • The Day After Tomorrow
  • The Passion of the Christ
  • Troy

2005

  • Batman Begins
  • Brokeback Mountain
  • Capote
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
  • Crash
  • Good Night, and Good Luck
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • Hitch
  • King Kong
  • Madagascar
  • Mr. and Mrs. Smith
  • Munich
  • Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
  • The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
  • War of the Worlds

2006

  • Casino Royale
  • Cars
  • Babel
  • Happy Feet
  • Ice Age: The Meltdown
  • Letters from Iwo Jima
  • Little Miss Sunshine
  • Mission: Impossible III
  • Night at the Museum
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest
  • Superman Returns
  • The Da Vinci Code
  • The Departed
  • The Queen
  • X-Men: The Last Stand

2007

  • I Am Legend
  • Juno
  • Ratatouille
  • The Simpsons Movie
  • There Will Be Blood
  • Transformers
  • 300
  • Atonement
  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • Michael Clayton
  • National Treasure: Book of Secrets
  • No Country for Old Men
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End
  • Shrek the Third
  • Spider-Man 3

2008

  • The Dark Knight
  • Quantum of Solace
  • WALL-E
  • Slumdog Millionaire
  • Milk
  • Hancock
  • Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
  • Frost/Nixon
  • Iron Man
  • Kung Fu Panda
  • Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa
  • Mamma Mia!
  • The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian
  • The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
  • The Reader

2009

  • Inglorious Bastards
  • Up
  • Up in the Air
  • 2012
  • A Serious Man
  • An Education
  • Angels & Demons
  • Avatar
  • District 9
  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  • Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs
  • Precious
  • Sherlock Holmes
  • The Blind Side
  • The Hangover
  • The Hurt Locker
  • The Twilight Saga: New Moon
  • Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

2010

  • Inception
  • The Social Network
  • Toy Story 3
  • 127 Hours
  • Alice in Wonderland
  • Black Swan
  • Despicable Me
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1
  • How to Train Your Dragon
  • Iron Man 2
  • Shrek Forever After
  • Tangled
  • The Fighter
  • The Kids Are All Right
  • The Kings’ Speech
  • The Twilight Saga: Eclipse
  • True Grit
  • Winter’s Bone

2011

  • Cars 2
  • Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
  • Fast Five
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
  • Hugo
  • Kung Fu Panda 2
  • Midnight in Paris
  • Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol
  • Moneyball
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
  • The Artist
  • The Descendants
  • The Hangover Part II
  • The Help
  • The Smurfs
  • The Tree of Life
  • The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 1
  • Transformers: Dark of the Moon
  • War Horse

2012

  • Skyfall
  • The Avengers
  • The Dark Knight Rises
  • The Hunger Games
  • Amour
  • Argo
  • Beasts of the Southern Wild
  • Django Unchained
  • Ice Age: Continental Drift
  • Les Misérables
  • Life of Pi
  • Lincoln
  • Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted
  • Men in Black 3
  • Silver Linings Playbook
  • The Amazing Spider-Man
  • The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
  • The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 2
  • Zero Dark Thirty

2013

  • Frozen
  • Gravity
  • Her
  • Monsters University
  • 12 Years a Slave
  • American Hustle
  • Captain Phillip
  • Dallas Buyers Club
  • Despicable Me 2
  • Fast & Furious 6
  • Iron Man 3
  • Man of Steel
  • Nebraska
  • Philomena
  • The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
  • The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
  • The Wolf of Wall Street
  • Thor: The Dark World

2014

  • The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1
  • Interstellar
  • American Sniper
  • Birdman
  • Boyhood
  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier
  • Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
  • Guardians of the Galaxy
  • Maleficent
  • Selma
  • The Amazing Spider-Man 2
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
  • The Imitation Game
  • The Theory of Everything
  • Transformers: Age of Extinction
  • Whiplash
  • X-Men: Days of Future Past

2015

  • Spotlight
  • The Big Short
  • Bridge of Spies
  • Brooklyn
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • The Martian
  • The Revenant
  • Room
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  • Jurassic World
  • Furious 7
  • Avengers: Age of Ultron
  • Minions
  • Spectre
  • Inside Out
  • Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation
  • The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2

2016

  • Moonlight
  • Arrival
  • Fences
  • Hacksaw Ridge
  • Hell or High Water
  • Hidden Figures
  • La La Land
  • Lion
  • Manchester by the Sea
  • Captain America: Civil War
  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
  • Finding Dory
  • Zootopia
  • The Jungle Book
  • The Secret Life of Pets
  • Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
  • Deadpool
  • Suicide Squad

2017

  • The Shape of Water
  • Call Me by Your Name
  • Darkest Hour
  • Dunkirk
  • Get Out
  • Lady Bird
  • Phantom Thread
  • The Post
  • Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi
  • Beauty and the Beast
  • The Fate of the Furious
  • Despicable Me 3
  • Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle
  • Spider-Man: Homecoming
  • Cars 3
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
  • Thor: Ragnarok
  • Wonder Woman

  1. The list is taken from Marco up to 2014, and then I created it using Wikipedia for the subsequent years 

This post was last updated on 14 Nov 2018