The Top Project

Being a fanatic of lists, especially rated lists, and a fanatic of books and films, I decided to devote some spare time to combining the fanaticisms. The Modern Library’s 100 Best Novels of the English language in the 20th century is an excellent list and I decided to task myself with reading or rereading them all. They Shoot Pictures, Don’t They? published a truly astounding list of the 1,000 greatest films, based on a staggering compilation of thousands of lists from critics, historians, and film experts. I decided to saddle myself with watching all 1,000. Obviously these projects will take a long damn time to complete, especially the films list. I wanted to chronicle my experience here. This page will feature updates as I crawl toward the finish lines of these lists. Please check to see if I have died from exhaustion along the way.

Note: the lists will be maintained on The Top Project page.

Modern Library’s 100 Best Novels of the 20th Century

I will rank the books as I read them and leave links to reviews in this space. A couple of the books I read slightly before deciding to tackle the list, so they are fresh enough to avoid the reread. I decided to start with all the books I read in high school, since nearly all of them I loved even through the fog of memory. See the Modern Library’s list for reference.


Mith Rankings

1. Catch-22 – Joseph Heller
2. The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald
3. The Catcher in the Rye – J.D. Salinger
4. Tender is the Night – F. Scott Fitzgerald
5. A Clockwork Orange – Anthony Burgess
6. As I Lay Dying – William Faulkner
7. The Sheltering Sky – Paul Bowles

TSPDT’s The 1,000 Great Films

Not sure how many years this project will entail or if I will ever get anywhere near completion, but it’s worth a shot, eh? I’ll try to compile rankings here until the list becomes too unwieldy. No rhyme or reason for the watching order. Unless I truly do not remember a film because I watched it when I was 10, I won’t review what I’ve already seen.

PROGRESS: ??/100

Mith Rankings

Coming soon!

About the Author

Kyle is a writer and editor from Ohio. He has written for Major League Gaming, Pitchfork,, and He enjoys long walks on various landscapes, including beaches, mountains, steppes, and taigas. He likes cats and thunderstorms, too.