Top 100 (May 2012)

1. Days of Heaven [Commentary] (1978)
2. Three Colors: Blue (1993)
3. The New World (2006)
4. Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (1927)
5. Notorious (1946)
6. The Double Life of Veronique (1991)
7. Play Time (1967)
8. Blade Runner (1982)
9. Paris, Texas
10. Au Hasard Balthazar (1966)
11. Citizen Kane (1941)
12. Wings of Desire (1987)
13. Ordet (1955)
14. A Short Film About Love (1988)
15. Lost in Translation (2003)
16. All About Eve (1950)
17. Certified Copy (2011)
18. Aliens (1986)
19. The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928)
20. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
21. Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)
22. Apocalypse Now (1979)
23. Spirited Away (2001)
24. Night and Fog (1955)
25. Amadeus (1984)
26. Casablanca (1942)
27. Chinatown (1974)
28. Black Narcissus (1947)
29. Babette’s Feast (1987)
30. Diary of a Country Priest (1951)
31. Punch-Drunk Love (2002)
32. Vivre Sa Vie (1962)
33. My Neighbor Totoro (1988)
34. Mon Oncle (1958)
35. A Clockwork Orange (1971)
36. Intolerance (1916)
37. The Thin Red Line (1998)
38. A Serious Man (2009)
39. Metropolis (1927)
40. Wise Blood (1979)
41. Olympia (1938)
42. Alien (1979)
43. Beauty and the Beast (1991)
44. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)
45. Brazil (1985)
46. Koyaanisqatsi (1982)
47. The Big Lebowski (1998)
48. Vertigo (1958)
49. The Kid With a Bike (2012)
50. Buffalo ’66 (1998)
51. Hiroshima, Mon Amour (1959)
52. Taste of Cherry (1997)
53. Whisper of the Heart (1995)
54. Friday Night (2002)
55. Pan’s Labyrinth (2006)
56. Three Comrades (1938)
57. Camera Buff (1979)
58. Alphaville (1965)
59. Nights of Cabiria (1957)
60. Groundhog Day (1993)
61. Carrie (1976)
62. Syndromes and a Century (2006)
63. That Obscure Object of Desire (1977)
64. The Truman Show (1998)
65. A propos de Nice (1930)
66. Last Year at Marienbad (1961)
67. The Godfather: Part II (1974)
68. The Shining (1980)
69. The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)
70. City Girl (1930)
71. The Godfather (1972)
72. A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
73. Two Lovers (2008)
74. The Child (2005)
75. The Graduate (1967)
76. 7th Heaven (1927)
77. Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)
78. A Man Escaped (1956)
79. Stalker (1979)
80. The Last Days of Disco (1998)
81. The Red Balloon (1956)
82. Into the Wild (2007)
83. Funny Games (1997)
84. Only Angels Have Wings (1939)
85. Lady Vengeance (2005)
86. Safe (1995)
87. The Man Who Planted Trees (1988)
88. Scream (1996)
89. Where is the Friend’s Home? (1987)
90. eXistenZ (1999)
91. Rashomon (1950)
92. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)
93. Southland Tales (2006)
94. Metropolitan (1990)
95. Shotgun Stories (2007)
96. Aguirre: The Wrath of God (1972)
97. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
98. Go West (1925)
99. Shirin (2008)
100. Rio Bravo (1959)

# of Films by Decade
1910s 1
1920s 5
1930s 6
1940s 4
1950s 12
1960s 10
1970s 13
1980s 15
1990s 16
2000s 16
2010s 2

  • So are you still going to continue your dissection on Days of Heaven scene-by-scene?

    I plan on doing on next year on my favorite film to celebrate its 10th anniversary. You know what that is…

    • James Blake Ewing

      I hope to get back to it at some point, but I’ve got a large backlog of reviews I’ve written as well as a few reviews to write.

  • Wow. Great, great list. A lot of my favourites here, too many to mention. I will however say it is nice to see A Propos de Nice on someone’s list. Very underrated film.

    • James Blake Ewing

      It’s such a cheeky little film. I knew it would have to be on here as soon as I saw it.

  • Wow! Lots of changes. Mostly bringing in films I have not seen – which is inspiring. Always an intriguing list, James. I am about to unveil my new list. Stalker was one I unfortunately dropped off, but great to see it here.

    • James Blake Ewing

      I feel like this list is probably the most personal one I made so far, so I made a lot of choices of films that are a little more specific, off the beaten track and have stuck with me longer over some of the films I think are great, but didn’t resonate with me as much as these films.

  • How do you make your Top 100, James? Is it your favorite movies? The ones you think are the best? (because you know there’s a difference!) Or do you take the ones you think are the best and then order them as favorites?

    • James Blake Ewing

      It’s been a mix of both, but this is probably the most close to favorites as opposed to the “best” I’ve seen. A lot of films I thought were both enjoyable and great films have fallen off this list for films that mean a lot more to me specifically. So yea, mostly favorites on this list ordered by how much each stuck with me.

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  • I hope to see number 13 on your list, Ordet (1955), this month! You can see what I thought in my next monthly recap

    • James Blake Ewing

      Look forward to seeing what you have to say about it.