100 Favorite Films

Updated 7/31/15

100. Do the Right Thing (dir. Spike Lee)

99. Chungking Express (dir. Wong Kar-Wai)

98. Amélie (dir. Jean-Pierre Jeunet)

97. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (dir. Steven Spielberg)

96. The Awful Truth (dir. Leo McCarey)

95. Hugo (dir. Martin Scorsese)

94. The Talented Mr. Ripley (dir. Anthony Minghella)

93. A Swedish Love Story (dir. Roy Andersson)

92. A.I. Artificial Intelligence (dir. Steven Spielberg)

91. 42nd Street (dir. Lloyd Bacon)

90. Caché (dir. Michael Haneke)

89. Great Expectations (dir. Alfonso Cuarón)

88. Hannah and Her Sisters (dir. Woody Allen)

87. M (dir. Fritz Lang)

86. Gattaca (dir. Andrew Niccol)

85. The Rules of the Game (dir. Jean Renoir)

84. The Crying Game (dir. Neil Jordan)

83. Once (dir. John Carney)

82. The Killing of a Chinese Bookie (dir. John Cassavetes)

81. The Wages of Fear (dir. Henri-Georges Clouzot)

80. A Short Film About Love (dir. Krzysztof Kieslowski)

79. Casino (dir. Martin Scorsese)

78. Arsenic and Old Lace (dir. Frank Capra)

77. Festen (dir. Thomas Vinterberg)

76. Sense and Sensibility (dir. Ang Lee)

75. A Woman Is a Woman (dir. Jean-Luc Godard)

74. Meet John Doe (dir. Frank Capra)

73. Peeping Tom (dir. Michael Powell)

72. Lost in Translation (dir. Sofia Coppola)

71. The General (dir. Clyde Bruckman and Buster Keaton)

70. A Short Film About Killing (dir. Krzysztof Kieslowski)

69. Jackie Brown (dir. Quentin Tarantino)

68. The Graduate (dir. Mike Nichols)

67. 2001: A Space Odyssey (dir. Stanley Kubrick)

66. Wild Strawberries (dir. Ingmar Bergman)

65. A Fish Called Wanda (dir. Charles Crichton)

64. Schindler's List (dir. Steven Spielberg)

63. The Double Life of Veronique (dir. Krzysztof Kieslowski)

62. A Clockwork Orange (dir. Stanley Kubrick)

61. Rosetta (dir. Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne)

60. The Birds (dir. Alfred Hitchcock)

59. Apocalypse Now (dir. Francis Ford Coppola)

58. On the Waterfront (dir. Elia Kazan)

57. Raiders of the Lost Ark (dir. Steven Spielberg)

56. Close-Up (dir. Abbas Kiarostami)

55. L.A. Confidential (dir. Curtis Hanson)

54. Manhattan (dir. Woody Allen)

53. Holy Motors (dir. Leos Carax)

52. Sunset Blvd. (dir. Billy Wilder)

51. Notorious (dir. Alfred Hitchcock)

50. 12 Angry Men (dir. Sidney Lumet)

49. Taxi Driver (dir. Martin Scorsese)

48. Naked (dir. Mike Leigh)

47. The Red Shoes (dir. Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger)

46. American Graffiti (dir. George Lucas)

45. Psycho (dir. Alfred Hitchcock)

44. Once Upon a Time in America (dir. Sergio Leone)

43. 8 1/2 (dir. Federico Fellini)

42. Cries and Whispers (dir. Ingmar Bergman)

41. Lawrence of Arabia (dir. David Lean)

40. The Godfather (dir. Francis Ford Coppola)

39. The Deer Hunter (dir. Michael Cimino)

38. Once Upon a Time in the West (dir. Sergio Leone)

37. Winter Light (dir. Ingmar Bergman)

36. The Thin Red Line (dir. Terrence Malick)

35. Rio Bravo (dir. Howard Hawks)

34. Double Indemnity (dir. Billy Wilder)

33. Before Sunset (dir. Richard Linklater)

32. Citizen Kane (dir. Orson Welles)

31. The Shop Around the Corner (dir. Ernst Lubitsch)

30. Three Colors: White (dir. Krzysztof Kieslowski)

29. The Great Escape (dir. John Sturges)

28. In Bruges (dir. Martin McDonagh)

27. His Girl Friday (dir. Howard Hawks)

26. All the President's Men (dir. Alan J. Pakula)

25. Close Encounters of the Third Kind (dir. Steven Spielberg)

24. Seven Samurai (dir. Akira Kurosawa)

23. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (dir. Julian Schnabel)

22. Singin' in the Rain (dir. Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen)

21. West Side Story (dir. Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins)

20. The Maltese Falcon (dir. John Huston)

19. Dial M for Murder (dir. Alfred Hitchcock)

18. The French Connection (dir. William Friedkin)

17. Metropolis (dir. Fritz Lang)

16. The Decalogue (dir. Krzysztof Kieslowski)

15. The Lovers on the Bridge (dir. Leos Carax)

14. Blade Runner (Director's Cut) (dir. Ridley Scott)

13. The Philadelphia Story (dir. George Cukor)

12. Rear Window (dir. Alfred Hitchcock)

11. La Notte (dir. Michelangelo Antonioni)

10. Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (dir. Mike Nichols)

9. Eyes Wide Shut (dir. Stanley Kubrick)

8. City Lights (dir. Charles Chaplin)

7. Persona (dir. Ingmar Bergman)

6. Three Colors: Red (dir. Krzysztof Kieslowski)

5. Casablanca (dir. Michael Curtiz)

4. The Apartment (dir. Billy Wilder)

3. Vertigo (dir. Alfred Hitchcock)

2. The Seventh Seal (dir. Ingmar Bergman)

1. Three Colors: Blue (dir. Krzysztof Kieslowski)


  1. So I watched the Three Colors movies in one day last month, and tbh, I felt kinda underwhelmed by them :/

    (I think my expectations of them were raised to high by how much you adore them lol)

    They were subtle and I like subtlety, but it was the kind of subtlety where things start bordering on uninteresting, so... Yeah.

    Also is it weird that What was most yet least favorite out of the three? xD

    1. I can understand that. I wouldn't exactly call the trilogy riveting, but I'm fascinated by those little films.

      White is my least favorite, though I could honestly list all 3 films as a tie for my favorite film.

    2. What about them do you really like tho? Honestly I think my favorite part of all of them was the music... Um, if I had to throw together a "trilogy" of films that would say are my favorites I'd have to say atm, Tree of Life, Cries and Whispers, and The Double Life of Veronica. I think about those all on a near daily basis now haha :)

    3. I love the intimate nature of the films and the subtle storytelling of Kieslowski's work. The films also feature haunting music, beautiful cinematography, and stellar, nuanced performances. They're some of the first films that cross my mind when I think of cinema. I was floored when I saw Blue. Then I watched (and had the same reaction to) White the next day and Red the day after that. I've never watched one film without watching the trilogy back-to-back. It's hard to explain, but I just think they're a stunning achievement by Kieslowski.

    4. I think I had a stronger reaction to The Double Life, but that's just me. I did like how he subverted all the expectations of the different generas they were from tho. (weather that works or not is hard to say however xD)

    5. I think I had a stronger reaction to The Double Life but that's just me. I did like how he subverted all the expectations from the different generas tho. (weather that works or not however is gard to say xD)

    6. I might've had a stronger reaction to The Double Life if I'd seen it first, but I went into Blue cold. I'd never even heard of Kieslowski at that point. LOVE The Double Life, though.