Top 100 (May 2014)

1. Days of Heaven [Commentary] (1978)

2. Three Colors: Blue (1993)

3. The New World (2005)

4. Certified Copy (2010)

5. Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (1927)

6. Notorious (1946)

7. The Double Life of Veronique (1991)

8. Wings of Desire (1987)

9. Play Time (1967)

10. Blade Runner (1982)

11. Au Hasard Balthazar (1966)

12. Citizen Kane (1941)

13. Ordet (1955)

14. Paris, Texas (1984)

15. Black Narcissus (1947)

16. Amadeus (1984)

17. Babette’s Feast (1987)

18. Diary of a Country Priest (1951)

19. The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928)

20. A Short Film About Love (1988)

21. The Thin Red Line (1998)

22. Spirited Away (2001)

23. Lost in Translation (2003)

24. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)

25. Close-Up (1990)

26. A Man Escaped (1956)

27. Syndromes and a Century (2006)

28. Night and Fog (1955)

29. Groundhog Day (1993)

30. Intolerance: Love’s Struggle Throughout the Ages (1916)

31. A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

32. Chinatown (1974)

33. Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)

34. Apocalypse Now (1979)

35. My Neighbor Totoro (1988)

36. A Serious Man (2009)

37. Safe (1995)

38. Camera Buff (1979)

39. Vivre Sa Vie (1962)

40. Mon Oncle (1958)

41. Metropolis (1927)

42. Hiroshima mon amour (1959)

43. Koyaanisquatsi (1982)

44. Beauty and the Beast (1991)

45. Scenes from a Marriage (1973)

46. A Clockwork Orange (1971)

47. The House is Black (1963)

48. One Week (1920)

49. Metropolitan (1990)

50. The Son (2002)

51. Buffalo ‘66 (1998)

52. 7th Heaven (1927)

53. The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)

54. Late Spring (1949)

55. Taste of Cherry (1997)

56. Stalker (1979)

57. Pan’s Labyrinth (2006)

58. Vertigo (1958)

59. Last Year At Marienbad (1961)

60. Wise Blood (1979)

61. The Big Lebowski (1998)

62. City Girl (1930)

63. A Propos de Nice (1930)

64. The Shop Around the Corner (1940)

65. Brazil (1985)

66. Olympia (1938)

67. Alien (1979)

68. The Red Balloon (1956)

69. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

70. Alphaville (1965)

71. L’Atalante (1934)

72. Rashomon (1950)

73. The Godfather: Part II (1974)

74. La Promesse (1996)

75. Whisper of the Heart (1995)

76. The Kid with a Bike (2011)

77. Carrie (1976)

78. Perfect Blue (1997)

79. Two Lovers (2008)

80. Go West (1925)

81. Rear Window (1954)

82. Scream (1996)

83. Only Angels Have Wings (1939)

84. Children of Heaven (1997)

85. The Godfather (1972)

86. Phantom of the Paradise (1974)

87. The Last Days of Disco (1998)

88. Napoleon (1927)

89. The Man Who Planted Trees (1987)

90. Three Comrades (1938)

91. That Obscure Object of Desire (1977)

92. Shirin (2008)

93. Nights of Cabiria (1957)

94. Shotgun Stories (2007)

95. Punch-Drunk Love (2002)

96. To the Wonder (2012)

97. The Shining (1980)

98. Lady Vengeance (2005)

99. Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008)

100. Funny Games (1997)

# of Films by Decade
1910s 1
1920s 7
1930s 7
1940s 5
1950s 11
1960s 8
1970s 14
1980s 14
1990s 18
2000s 15
2010s 3

Previous Versions:

Dec 2012
May 2012
Sep 2011
Aug 2010
Jan 2010

  • Great list! I’m especially gratified to see The Man Who Plants Trees and The House is Black. The latter appeared on my own top 100, along with Au Hasard Balthazar, Citizen Kane, Passion of Joan of Arc, Lost in Translation, Syndromes and a Century, Chinatown, Apocalypse Now, The Adventures of Robin Hood, Late Spring, Vertigo, The Big Lebowski, the Godfathers, Rear Window, and Nights of Cabiria:

    http://thedancingimage.blogspot.com/2011/12/100-of-my-favorite-movies.html

    From a few years ago. Stalker should have been on there too, don’t know what I was thinking.

    Great blog – can’t wait to read your write-up on Twin Peaks’ finale as I’m on a big Peaks/Lynch bender right now. That episode is probably the best of the series.

    • James Blake Ewing

      Stalker is one that I’ve accidentally left off of previous versions of this list before and regretted. Also, always glad to hear from another fan of Syndromes and a Century. Such a supremely underseen film from the last decade.

      Hope you enjoy my Twin Peaks content. It was a blast to write and quite an interesting show to watch.

      • I’ve noticed Tropical Malady seems to get more mentions, but while that’s excellent the weirdly symmetrical structure of Syndromes & a Century really affects me. I love when a film can invest a potentially gimmicky approach like that with emotional an aesthetic resonance.

        • James Blake Ewing

          Tropical Malady didn’t grip me. I found both the content and structure of Syndromes far more compelling.