A Top 100 Films of All-Time

It is time once again for a Top 100 Films of All-Time list. As I’ve done for the last couple of years, the first ten spots are a hypothetical Sight & Sound-style ballot, which we discuss on this week’s episode of The George Sanders Show. They’re ordered here reverse-chronologically. The remaining 90 films were randomly selected from a consideration set of 858 films, which excluded films that made my Top Tens in 2012 and 2013.
1. Oki’s Movie (Hong Sangsoo, 2010)
2. Oxhide II (Liu Jiayin, 2009)
3. Beau travail (Claire Denis, 1999)

4. Only Yesterday (Isao Takahata, 1991)
5. The 36th Chamber of Shaolin (Lau Kar-leung, 1978)
6. Touch of Evil (Orson Welles, 1958)
7. The Searchers (John Ford, 1956)

8. Duck Amuck (Chuck Jones, 1953)

9. The Band Wagon (Vincente Minnelli, 1953)
10. The Shop Around the Corner (Ernst Lubitsch, 1940)
11. Like Someone in Love (Abbas Kiarostami, 2012)
12. True Romance (Tony Scott, 1993)
13. The Philadelphia Story (George Cukor, 1940)
14. Blind Detective (Johnnie To, 2013)
15. Legend of the Mountain (King Hu, 1979)
16. Japanese Girls at the Harbor (Hiroshi Shimizu, 1933)
17. Pandora and the Flying Dutchman (Albert Lewin, 1951)
18. WALL-E (Andrew Stanton, 2008)
19. The Life of Brian (Terry Jones, 1979)
20. Ratatouille (Brad Bird, 2007)
21. 7 Women (John Ford, 1966)
22. Metropolis (Fritz Lang, 1927)
23. Fantômas (Louis Feuillade, 1913)
24. Body Double (Brian DePalma, 1984)
25. Damsels in Distress (Whit Stillman, 2011)
26. Mahanagar (Satyajit Ray, 1963)
27. Close Encounters of the Third Kind (Steven Spielberg, 1977)
28. The Play House (Buster Keaton & Edward Cline, 1921)
29. Claire’s Knee (Eric Rohmer, 1970)
30. There Will Be Blood (Paul Thomas Anderson, 2007)

31. Applause (Rouben Mamoulian, 1929)

32. Throne of Blood (Akira Kurosawa, 1957)

33. Obsession (Brian DePalma, 1976)

34. LA Story (Mick Jackson, 1991)

35. The Saga of Anatahan (Josef von Sternberg, 1953)

36. The Blue Angel (Josef von Sternberg, 1930)

37. Petulia (Richard Lester, 1968)

38. The Grapes of Wrath (John Ford, 1940)

39. Exiled (Johnnie To, 2006)

40. The Romance of Astrea and Celadon (Eric Rohmer, 2007)

41. The Last Temptation of Christ (Martin Scorsese, 1988)

42. The Heart of the World (Guy Maddin, 2000)

43. Blissfully Yours (Apichatpong Weerasethakul, 2002)

44. A Canterbury Tale (Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger, 1944)

45. The Strawberry Blonde (Raoul Walsh, 1941)

46. The Affairs of Dobie Gillis (Don Weis, 1953)

47. Tropical Malady (Apichatpong Weerasethakul, 2004)

48. Climates (Nuri Bilge Ceylan, 2006)

49. The Lineup (Don Siegel, 1958)

50. Assault on Precinct 13 (John Carpenter, 1976)

51. Un chien andalou (Luis Buñuel, 1929)

52. Cops (Buster Keaton & Edward Cline, 1922)

53. The French Connection (William Friedkin, 1971)

54. Running Out of Time 2 (Johnnie To & Law Wing-cheong, 2001)

55. Rouge (Stanley Kwan, 1987)

56. The Grand Illusion (Jean Renoir, 1937)

57. Cleo from 5 to 7 (Agnès Varda, 1962)

58. They Live (John Carpenter, 1988)

59. As Tears Go By (Wong Kar-wai, 1988)

60. Top Hat (Mark Sandrich, 1935)

61. Eastern Condors (Sammo Hung, 1987)

62. Dragon Gate Inn (King Hu, 1967)

63. Tokyo Story (Yasujiro Ozu, 1953)

64. American Graffiti (George Lucas, 1973)

65. Shadow of a Doubt (Alfred Hitchcock, 1943)

66. The Three Musketeers (Richard Lester, 1973)

67. Force of Evil (Abraham Polonsky, 1948)

68. Rebecca (Alfred Hitchcock, 1940)

69. The Matrix (The Wachowskis, 1999)

70. Leaves from Satan’s Book (Carl Theodor Dreyer, 1920)

71. Moonrise Kingdom (Wes Anderson, 2012)

72. The Lady Eve (Preston Sturges, 1941)

73. L’Avventura (Michelangelo Antonioni, 1960)

74. The Victim (Sammo Hung, 1980)

75. In a Lonely Place (Nicholas Ray, 1950)

76. I Know Where I’m Going! (Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger, 1945)

77. Ninotchka (Ernst Lubitsch, 1939)

78. Mon Oncle (Jacques Tati, 1958)

79. Barton Fink (The Coen Brothers, 1991)

80. The Black Cat (Edgar G. Ulmer, 1934)

81. Orphans of the Storm (DW Griffith, 1921)

82. The Grand Budapest Hotel (Wes Anderson, 2014)

83. My Darling Clementine (John Ford, 1946)

84. Kid Auto Races at Venice (Henry Lehrman, 1914)

85. Wild Boys of the Road (William Wellman, 1933)

86. The Heroic Ones (Chang Cheh, 1970)

87. Stromboli (Roberto Rossellini, 1950)

88. The Grandmaster (Wong Kar-wai, 2013)

89. Love and Death (Woody Allen, 1975)

90. My Neighbor Totoro (Hayao Miyazaki, 1988)

91. The Love Eterne (Li Han-hsiang, 1963)

92. Limelight (Charles Chaplin, 1952)

93. El Dorado (Howard Hawks, 1966)

94. Days of Being Wild (Wong Kar-wai, 1990)

95. Humanity and Paper Balloons (Sadao Yamanaka, 1937)

96. Bye Bye Birdie (George Sidney, 1963)

97. Wee Willie Winkie (John Ford, 1937)

98. The Man with a Movie Camera (Dziga Vertov, 1929)

99. Alice in Wonderland (Walt Disney, 1951)

100. Lincoln (Steven Spielberg, 2012)
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4 thoughts on “A Top 100 Films of All-Time

  1. Great list. I should look into Hong Sang-Soo more. I've only seen Woman is the Future of Man and was a bit put off tbh.

    Great frame selection in particular from Metropolis, The Play House, and Un Chien Andalou (that match cut!).

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  2. Thanks, it's hard for some of these to find good, not-too-obvious pictures.

    Woman is the Future of Man is probably my least favorite of all of Hong's films. I'd recommend starting with his more recent stuff like Hahaha or In Another Country.

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