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)

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