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My Top 1000 Films of All-Time: 1-100




This is part five, the Top 100 of my Top 1000 films of all time.  Other entries: 101-200, 201-500, 501-750, 751-1000, honorable mentions.  Disclaimer: list-making like this is completely ridiculous for many reasons.  It’s arbitrary, dependent on personal whims and whatever mood I might be in at the time of ranking, the imperfections of my memory (growing more imperfect by the year), the limitations of what movies I have and haven’t seen, the vagueness of the criteria I use to rank them (there really aren’t any), and simply because the very idea of saying one film is 10 (or 50 or 200) better than another is completely absurd.  But lists are fun and can occasionally be useful.




1 Seven Samurai (Akira Kurosawa, 1954)



2 Chungking Express (Wong Kar-wai, 1994)



3 Casablanca (Michael Curtiz, 1942)


4 Annie Hall (Woody Allen, 1977)



5 Singin’ in the Rain (Stanley Donen & Gene Kelly, 1952)



6 Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (FW Murnau, 1927)



7 Duck Soup (Leo McCarey, 1933)



8 Night of the Hunter (Charles Laughton, 1955)



9 The Rules of the Game (Jean Renoir, 1939)



10 The Searchers (John Ford, 1956)



11 Days of Heaven (Terrence Malick, 1978)


12 Playtime (Jacques Tati, 1967)



13 Vertigo (Alfred Hitchcock, 1958)



14 The Red Shoes (Powell & Pressburger, 1948)



15 Touch of Evil (Orson Welles, 1958)



16 Rear Window (Alfred Hitchcock, 1954)



17 Manhattan (Woody Allen, 1979)



18 All About Eve (Joseph L. Mankiewicz, 1950)



19 The Big Lebowski (The Coen Brothers, 1998)



20 Pierrot le fou (Jean-Luc Godard, 1965)



21 The Docks of New York (Josef von Sternberg, 1928)



22 Chimes at Midnight (Orson Welles, 1965)



23 The New World (Terrence Malick, 2005)



24 Children of Paradise (Marcel Carné, 1945)



25 La Commune (Paris, 1871) (Peter Watkins, 2000)



26 A Canterbury Tale (Powell & Pressburger, 1944)



27 Bringing Up Baby (Howard Hawks, 1938)



28 North By Northwest (Alfred Hitchcock, 1959)



29 Miller’s Crossing (The Coen Brothers, 1990)



30 Sherlock, Jr (Buster Keaton, 1924)



31 I Am Cuba (Mikhail Kalatozov, 1964)



32 City Lights (Charles Chaplin, 1931)



33 It’s a Wonderful Life (Frank Capra, 1946)



34 Dazed and Confused (Rochard Linklater, 1993)



35 Fitzcarraldo (Werner Herzog, 1982)



36 Millennium Mambo (Hou Hsiao-hsien, 2001)



37 Ugetsu (Kenji Mizoguchi, 1953)



38 Citizen Kane (Orson Welles, 1941)



39 Black Narcissus (Powell & Pressburger, 1947)



40 The Shop Around the Corner (Ernst Lubitsch, 1940)



41 Out of the Past (Jacques Tourneur, 1947)



42 Rio Bravo (Howard Hawks, 1959)



43 Dead Man (Jim Jarmusch, 1995)



44 2001: A Space Odyssey (Stanley Kubrick, 1968)



45 Funny Face (Stanley Donen, 1957)



46 A Matter of Life and Death (Powell & Pressburger, 1946) 



47 Late Spring (Yasujirô Ozu,1949) 



48 The Philadelphia Story (George Cukor, 1940)



49 All That Jazz (Bob Fosse, 1979)



50 M. Hulot’s Holiday (Jacques Tati, 1953)



51 A Woman is a Woman (Jean-Luc Godard, 1961)



52 F For Fake (Orson Welles, 1973)



53 The Thin Red Line (Terrence Malick, 1998)



54 Mulholland Dr. (David Lynch, 2001)



55 Hard-Boiled (John Woo, 1992)



56 Once Upon a Time in the West (Sergio Leone, 1968)



57 The General (Buster Keaton & Clyde Bruckman, 1926)



58 Celine and Julie Go Boating (Jacques Rivette, 1974)



59 Stagecoach (John Ford, 1939)



60 The Third Man (Carol Reed, 1949)



61 The 36th Chamber of Shaolin (Lau Kar-leung, 1978)



62 Stranger than Paradise (Jim Jarmusch, 1984)



63 Two-Lane Blacktop (Monte Hellman, 1971)



64 Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (Frank Capra, 1939)

65 An American in Paris (Vincente Minnelli, 1951)



66 Slacker (Richard Linklater, 1991)



67 The Royal Tenenbaums (Wes Anderson, 2001)



68 Voyage in Italy (Roberto Rossellini, 1954)



69 The Big Sleep (Howard Hawks, 1946)



70 Last Year at Marienbad (Alain Resnais, 1961)



71 The Lady Eve (Preston Sturges, 1941)



72 Swing Time (George Stevens, 1936)



73 Psycho (Alfred HItchcock, 1960)



74 The Adventures of Robin Hood (Michael Curtiz, 1938)



75 Only Angels Have Wings (Howard Hawks, 1939)



76 Punch-Drunk Love (Paul Thomas Anderson, 2002)



77 Histoire(s) du cinéma (Jean-Luc Godard, 1998)



78 L’Eclisse (Michelangelo Antonioni, 1962)



79 Ran (Akira Kurosawa, 1985)



80 Dr. Strangelove (Stanley Kubrick, 1964)



81 The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (Jacques Demy, 1964)



82 Zulu (Cy Endfield, 1964)



83 The Tree of Life (Terrence Malick, 2011)



84 The Green Ray (Eric Rohmer, 1986)



85 Certified Copy (Abbas Kiarostami, 2010)



86 The Lion in Winter (Anthony Harvey, 1968)



87 2046 (Wong Kar-wai, 2004)



88 The Quiet Man (John Ford, 1952)



89 The Birds (Alfred Hitchcock, 1963)



90 Airplane! (Zucker/Abrahams/Zucker, 1980)



91 The Band Wagon (Vincente Minnelli, 1953)



92 Au hasard Balthazar (Robert Bresson, 1966)



93 Morocco (Josef von Sternberg, 1930)



94 Miami Vice (Michael Mann, 2006)



95 The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (John Ford, 1962)



96 Los Angeles Plays Itself (Thom Anderson, 2003)



97 Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (Ang Lee, 2000)



98 Johnny Guitar (Nicholas Ray, 1954)



99 Tabu: A Story of the South Seas (FW Murnau, 1931)

100 Gone with the Wind (Victor Fleming, 1939)

My Top 1000 Films of All-Time: 101-200



This is part four.  Previous entires can be found here: 201-500, 501-750751-1000 and honorable mentions, along with the usual equivocations.




101 Young Mr. Lincoln
102 Andrei Rublev
103 The Wind That Shakes the Barley
104 Dragon Inn
105 The Good, the Bad & the Ugly
106 Intolerance
107 Rushmore
108 Three Colors: Blue
109 In the Mood for Love
110 Hiroshima, mon amour





111 Modern Times
112 Tokyo Story
113 Fantasia
114 Last Life in the Universe
115 Hannah and Her Sisters
116 Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles
117 The Life of Brian
118 Charade
119 Irma Vep
120 Fallen Angels





121 Big Night
122 L’Atalante
123 Sans soleil
124 The Awful Truth
125 Shanghai Express
126 LA Story
127 The Strawberry Blonde
128 Lola (1961)
129 Ghost Dog
130 Anatomy of a Murder





131 Raiders of the Lost Ark
132 Make Way for Tomorrow
133 Rashomon
134 The Manchurian Candidate
135 Pulp Fiction
136 A Touch of Zen
137 Don’t Look Back
138 My Night at Maud’s
139 Les amants du Pont-Neuf
140 Jaws





141 House of Flying Daggers
142 Do the Right Thing
143 Steamboat Bill Jr.
144 Chinatown
145 Sleeping Beauty
146 Cat People
147 Double Indemnity
148 8 1/2
149 Tropical Malady
150 Eyes Wide Shut





151 L’Avventura
152 Letter from an Unknown Woman
153 Monty Python and the Holy Grail
154 Apocalypse Now
155 The Empire Strikes Back
156 Brief Encounter
157 Lawrence of Arabia
158 Red River
159 Cops
160 Japanese Girls at the Harbor





161 Goodbye, Dragon Inn
162 The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp
163 Meet Me in St. Louis
164 Crippled Avengers
165 The Battle of Algiers
166 WALL-E
167 Kiss Me Kate
168 The Outlaw Josey Wales
169 People On Sunday
170 The Pirate





171 Ruggles of Red Gap
172 Kill Bill Vol. 1
173 Sita Sings the Blues
174 Trouble in Paradise
175 The Double Life of Veronique
176 Louisiana Story
177 Notorious
178 Amadeus
179 The Wizard of Oz
180 Satantango





181 Harvey
182 Rome, Open City
183 Cleo from 5 To 7
184 Ikiru
185 Gunga Din
186 In a Lonely Place
187 Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence
188 Inglourious Basterds
189 True Heart Susie
190 Breakfast at Tiffany’s





191 McCabe & Mrs. Miller
192 7 Women
193 My Winnipeg
194 All That Heaven Allows
195 Day of Wrath
196 Star Wars
197 The Music Room
198 Oki’s Movie
199 I’m Not There
200 PTU


My Top 1000 Films of All-Time: 201-500

This is part three.  Previous entires can be found here: 501-750, 751-1000 and honorable mentions.  

201 Spirited Away
202 The Purple Rose of Cairo
203 La Danse
204 Some Came Running
205 Oxhide II
206 Blow-Up
207 The Shining
208 Three Times
209 Gone in 60 Seconds (1974)
210 Three Colors: Red
211 Throne of Blood
212 Hallelujah, I’m a Bum
213 The Big Red One
214 Exiled
215 El Dorado
216 His Girl Friday
217 The Lady from Shanghai
218 Boogie Nights
219 Gun Crazy
220 Mahanagar
221 Cabaret
222 Killer of Sheep
223 Unforgiven
224 Advise and Consent
225 Kicking and Screaming
226 Contempt
227 Heaven’s Gate
228 The Blues Brothers
229 One Week
230 Madame de. . .
231 The Lady Vanishes
232 Wild Grass
233 Charulata
234 42nd Street
235 Barton Fink
236 Limelight
237 Mean Streets
238 No Greater Glory
239 What Time is it There?
240 Petulia
241 Cranes are Flying
242 The Godfather Part II
243 Sunset Blvd.
244 The Princess Bride
245 The French Connection
246 Park Row
247 My Darling Clementine
248 Night of the Living Dead
249 Pauline at the Beach
250 Murder By Contract
251 Top Hat
252 The Musketeers of Pig Alley
253 Police Story
254 The Seventh Seal
255 Claire’s Knee
256 Pennies from Heaven
257 The Mission (1999)
258 Paths of Glory
259 There’s Always Tomorrow
260 Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives
261 The Dawn Patrol
262 An Autumn Afternoon
263 The Steel Helmet
264 Seventh Heaven
265 Vampyr
266 On the Waterfront
267 Mon oncle d’Amérique
268 To Have and Have Not
269 Carlos
270 Trainspotting
271 Drunken Master II
272 The Last Waltz
273 Scarlet Street
274 Fantastic Mr. Fox
275 Written on the Wind
276 Shall We Dance
277 Frankenstein
278 The Last Temptation of Christ
279 Broadcast News
280 Days of Being Wild
281 The 400 Blows
282 Laura
283 The Young Girls of Rochefort
284 Before Sunrise
285 Exit Through the Gift Shop
286 Henry V (1989)
287 Age of Consent
288 Alien
289 The Gold Rush
290 The Road Warrior
291 City Girl
292 Dangerous Liaisons
293 Archangel
294 Fort Apache
295 Taxi Driver
296 Unfaithfully Yours
297 The Last of the Mohicans
298 The Man with a Movie Camera
299 Kiss Me Deadly
300 Dodsworth
301 There Will Be Blood
302 Now, Voyager
303 The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
304 Glengarry Glen Ross
305 Ed Wood
306 Fucking Åmål
307 A Christmas Tale
308 Taste of Cherry
309 Rebecca
310 Golddiggers of 1933
311 The Godfather
312 Dawn of the Dead
313 Fight Club
314 The Scarlet Empress
315 Stromboli
316 The Puppetmaster
317 The Exterminating Angel
318 When a Woman Ascends the Stairs
319 Happy Together
320 Don’t Look Now
321 The Immigrant
322 Alice in Wonderland (1951)
323 Baby Face
324 The Gang’s All Here
325 Run of the Arrow
326 The Gay Divorcee
327 The Palm Beach Story
328 Leave Her to Heaven
329 Six Degrees of Separation
330 The Sword of Doom
331 Under Capricorn
332 Ivan the Terrible Part 1
333 Assault on Precinct 13 (1976)
334 Early Summer
335 Metropolitan
336 Shoot the Piano Player
337 Centre Stage
338 Lola Montes
339 The River (1951)
340 The Goat
341 She Wore a Yellow Ribbon
342 Mon Oncle
343 Under the Roofs of Paris
344 The Story of the Late Chrysanthemums
345 Winchester ’73
346 Empire of the Sun
347 Godzilla (1954)
348 Sleeper
349 The Atomic Café
350 The Matrix
351 Curse of the Cat People
352 Bitter Victory
353 Yojimbo
354 Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown
355 Spring in a Small Town
356 Alexander Nevsky
357 Bottle Rocket
358 The Big Heat 
359 Ninotchka
360 Remember the Night
361 Culloden
362 April Story
363 King Kong (1933)
364 The Spy Who Came in from the Cold
365 Jour de fete
366 The Set-Up
367 The Circus
368 Diary of a Country Priest
369 Lost Highway
370 To Live and Die in LA
371 A Corner in Wheat
372 Aguirre: The Wrath of God
373 Fist of Legend
374 The Leopard
375 Seven Men From Now
376 Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror
377 Once Upon a Time in China
378 Suspicion
379 Going My Way
380 Harakiri
381 Footlight Parade
382 Masculin feminin
383 Orlando
384 Morvern Callar
385 Masque of the Red Death
386 Sanjuro
387 The Wind
388 Hero
389 Portrait of Jennie
390 Midnight
391 A Trip to the Moon
392 Groundhog Day
393 High and Low
394 Sansho the Bailiff
395 Ratatouille
396 The Flowers of Shanghai
397 Breathless
398 Pickpocket
399 Pandora and the Flying Dutchman
400 The Age of the Medici
401 Street Angel (1928)
402 Eccentricities of a Blonde-Haired Girl
403 Scarface (1932)
404 Ashes of Time
405 Badlands
406 New Rose Hotel
407 Some Like it Hot
408 I Walked with a Zombie
409 The Grand Illusion
410 The Maltese Falcon
411 The Magnificent Ambersons
412 Mogambo
413 The World
414 Design for Living
415 Anchorman
416 Bull Durham
417 Bend of the River
418 The Mortal Storm
419 Nights of Cabiria
420 Still Life
421 Pinocchio
422 The Killing
423 The Shanghai Gesture
424 The Best Years of Our Lives
425 The Last Days of Disco
426 Army of Shadows
427 Three Comrades
428 The English Patient
429 Paisan
430 The Right Stuff
431 Clerks
432 Mr. Arkadin
433 Force of Evil
434 Europa ’51
435 Les bonnes femmes
436 Bad Day at Black Rock
437 Give a Girl a Break
438 Socrates
439 History is Made at Night
440 The Passenger
441 Kind Hearts and Coronets
442 The Romance of Astrea and Celadon
443 Picnic at Hanging Rock
444 The Men Who Tread on the Tiger’s Tail
445 Love Me Tonight
446 Meek’s Cutoff
447 Hell in the Pacific
448 Bullitt
449 One, Two, Three
450 My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend
451 The Long Goodbye
452 It Happened One Night
453 Ivan the Terrible Part 2
454 Pi
455 All Quiet on the Western Front
456 Magnificent Obsession
457 Sparrow
458 Band of Outsiders
459 The Passion of Joan of Arc
460 Barry Lyndon
461 Air Force
462 The African Queen
463 Man of the West
464 Stalker
465 Bonjour Tristesse
466 On Dangerous Ground
467 True Romance
468 The Killer
469 The Thin Man
470 Aliens
471 My Life to Live
472 Night and Fog
473 Judge Priest
474 Moonrise
475 Tokyo Chorus
476 The Indian Epic
477 Evil Dead II
478 Last Hurrah for Chivalry
479 Matinee
480 Simple Men
481 The Tarnished Angels
482 The Last Command
483 Searching for Bobby Fischer
484 Wings of Desire
485 Zelig
486 Private Fears in Public Places
487 Lancelot du lac
488 Cabin in the Sky
489 The Letter
490 Shadow of a Doubt
491 Alphaville
492 The Last Laugh
493 The Naked Spur
494 Bigger than Life
495 Goodfellas
496 Heaven Can Wait (1943)
497 A Star is Born (1954)
498 Sullivan’s Travels
499 The Black Book
500 The 39 Steps