Friday, December 19, 2014

Top 100 Favorite Films List Updated


Instead of a CinSpec-related post this week, I've updated my personal top 100 films of all time list. I hadn't updated it since April, so my latest selections are viewable on the 100 Favorite Films page.

Note: My *OLD* list is below for archival purposes.

100. Black Narcissus (dir. Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger)

99Once (dir. John Carney)

98Pierrot le Fou (dir. Jean-Luc Godard)

972001: A Space Odyssey (dir. Stanley Kubrick)

96Rocco and His Brothers (dir. Luchino Visconti)

95. Sunset Blvd. (dir. Billy Wilder)

94. The Passion of Anna (dir. Ingmar Bergman)

93. The Awful Truth (dir. Leo McCarey)

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

91A.I. Artificial Intelligence (dir. Steven Spielberg)

90Spirited Away (dir. Hayao Miyazaki)

89American Graffiti (dir. George Lucas)

88Chungking Express (dir. Wong Kar-Wai)

87Day for Night (dir. François Truffaut)

86. Lost in Translation (dir. Sofia Coppola)

85Pickup on South Street (dir. Samuel Fuller)

84Code Unknown (dir. Michael Haneke)

83Raiders of the Lost Ark (dir. Steven Spielberg)

82Festen (dir. Thomas Vinterberg)

81Blow-Up (dir. Michelangelo Antonioni)

80. Summer Hours (dir. Olivier Assayas)

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

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

77Amélie (dir. Jean-Pierre Jeunet)

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

75Arsenic and Old Lace (dir. Frank Capra)

74Modern Times (dir. Charles Chaplin)

73The Cranes are Flying (dir. Mikhail Kalatozov)

72. Naked (dir. Mike Leigh)

71. Wild Strawberries (dir. Ingmar Bergman)

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

69Doctor Zhivago (dir. David Lean)

68The General (dir. Buster Keaton)

67Apocalypse Now (dir. Francis Ford Coppola)

66Masculin Féminin (dir. Jean-Luc Godard)

65. Caché (dir. Michael Haneke)

64A Short Film About Killing (dir. Krzysztof Kieslowski)

63A Clockwork Orange (dir. Stanley Kubrick)

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

61Cries and Whispers (dir. Ingmar Bergman)

60Notorious (dir. Alfred Hitchcock)

59. 8 1/2 (dir. Federico Fellini)

58. Johnny Guitar (dir. Nicholas Ray)

57The Birds (dir. Alfred Hitchcock)

56. Jackie Brown (dir. Quentin Tarantino)

55Manhattan (dir. Woody Allen)

54L.A. Confidential (dir. Curtis Hanson)

53Mona Lisa (dir. Neil Jordan)

52. Taxi Driver (dir. Martin Scorsese)

51Citizen Kane (dir. Orson Welles)

50The Red Shoes (dir. Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger)

49Paris, Texas (dir. Wim Wenders)

48Rosetta (dir. Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne)

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

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

45The Godfather (dir. Francis Ford Coppola)

44Lawrence of Arabia (dir. David Lean)

43. The Maltese Falcon (dir. John Huston)

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

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

40. Casino (dir. Martin Scorsese)

39Seven Samurai (dir. Akira Kurosawa)

38M (dir. Fritz Lang)

37Double Indemnity (dir. Billy Wilder)

36All the President's Men (dir. Alan J. Pakula)

35Once Upon a Time in America (dir. Sergio Leone)

3442nd Street (dir. Lloyd Bacon)

33. Rio Bravo (dir. Howard Hawks)

32. The Great Escape (dir. John Sturges)

31. His Girl Friday (dir. Howard Hawks)

30The Deer Hunter (dir. Michael Cimino)

29Holy Motors (dir. Leos Carax)

28Through a Glass Darkly (dir. Ingmar Bergman)

27Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (dir. Mike Nichols)

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

25The Bridge on the River Kwai (dir. David Lean)

24Singin' in the Rain (dir. Gene Kelly & Stanley Donen)

23. Metropolis (dir. Fritz Lang)

22. Before Sunset (dir. Richard Linklater)

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

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

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

18. In Bruges (dir. Martin McDonagh)

17. Winter Light (dir. Ingmar Bergman)

16Rear Window (dir. Alfred Hitchcock)

15The French Connection (dir. William Friedkin)

14The Decalogue (dir. Krzysztof Kieslowski)

13. Eyes Wide Shut (dir. Stanley Kubrick)

12. City Lights (dir. Charles Chaplin)

11. The Philadelphia Story (dir. George Cukor)

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

9. The Apartment (dir. Billy Wilder)

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

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

6. Persona (dir. Ingmar Bergman)

5. Casablanca (dir. Michael Curtiz)

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

3. Vertigo (dir. Alfred Hitchcock)

2. The Seventh Seal (dir. Ingmar Bergman)

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


  1. The Apartment has fallen so far...well, not that far, but almost out of the top ten!!!

    I find it funny how my #1 has been my #1 for about ten years now...and I don't see it ever changing.

    1. The placement of The Apartment varies from day to day. On some days it'd be #5 or 6. :)

      LOL, I've never had a #1 for that long, but Blue still looks good right now.

  2. Impressive. Some great titles but haven't seen about a quarter of these. I'll be watching The Seventh Seal sometime this week and just watched Wild Strawberries, I liked it very much. Once I finally get through all the CiniSpecs I may try to compile my own list but it seems an onerous, if fun, task!

    1. Thanks! Hope you like The Seventh Seal, which is what turned me on to classic foreign cinema. I'd love to see your list if you put one together.

    2. Joel, you need a blog!

  3. It's impressive how often you keep changing your top 100. It's been several years since I last tried this and that attempt was five or six years after my only other attempt. One of these days, I'll get around to doing it again, just to see how much it has changed, if at all.

    As for your list, like most of your site, it's a constant reminder that I've got a lot to catch up on. I've only seen about 40 of these titles. The Three Colours trilogy might be the most glaring of what I've missed because everyone just raves about them. I'm almost afraid to watch them now because I don't know if it's possible to live up to my expectations. Great work, Josh.

    1. Thanks so much, Wendell.

      Ha, I love lists, but my rankings change a lot, even only slightly.

      Glad I can plug several films you haven't watched. I always think my list is full of stuff most movie lovers have seen. The Three Colors trilogy could honestly tie for my favorite film of all time. (I hate ties like that, though.) Whenever I give them another look, I always watch all three in order, and they're fascinating. Hopefully, they won't be overhyped for you. They're small films, just very good ones. Granted, I managed to discover them before I knew of all the praise they'd received, so that might've endeared me to them even more.