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 few years, the first ten spots on the list comprise a hypothetical Sight & Sound-style ballot. We had an on-going project related to this on The George Sanders Show, that will now be based at Seattle Screen Scene. This top ten is presented here in chronological order. The remaining 90 films were randomly selected from a consideration set of 734 films, which excluded films that made my Top Tens in 201220132014201520162017, and 2018.

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1. Spring in a Small Town (Fei Mu, 1948)
2. The Quiet Man (John Ford, 1952)
3. Kiss Me Kate (George Sidney, 1953)
4. Airplane! (David Zucker, Jim Abrahams & Jerry Zucker, 1980)
5. Excalibur (John Boorman, 1981)
6. City on Fire (Ringo Lam, 1987)
7. Platform (Jia Zhangke, 2000)
8. Los Angeles Plays Itself (Thom Andersen, 2003)
9. The New World (Terrence Malick, 2005)
10. Baahubali (SS Rajamouli, 2015/2017)

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11. Cure (Kiyoshi Kurosawa, 1997)
12. Shock Corridor (Samuel Fuller, 1963)
13. Rosemary’s Baby (Roman Polanski, 1968)
14. Rear Window (Alfred Hitchcock, 1954)
15. Fitzcarraldo (Werner Herzog, 1982)
16. The Long Day Closes (Terence Davies, 1992)
17. The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger, 1943)
18. High School (Frederick Wiseman, 1968)
19. Hanagatami (Nobuhiko Obayashi, 2017)
20. The Bellboy (Jerry Lewis, 1960)

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21. Pauline at the Beach (Eric Rohmer, 1983)
22. Romancing in Thin Air (Johnnie To, 2012)
23. My Winnipeg (Guy Maddin, 2007)
24. The TAMI Show (Steve Binder, 1964)
25. McCabe & Mrs. Miller (Robert Altman, 1971)
26. The River (Jean Renoir, 1951)
27. Time and Tide (Tsui Hark, 2000)
28. Yi yi (Edward Yang, 2000)
29. The Story of Woo Viet (Ann Hui, 1981)
30. They Live by Night (Nicholas Ray, 1948)

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31. Scarlet Street (Fritz Lang, 1945)
32. Elle (Paul Verhoeven, 2016)
33. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (Ang Lee, 2000)
34. One Week (Buster Keaton & Edward Cline, 1920)
35. The Forbidden Room (Guy Maddin, 2015)
36. Let It Be (Michael Lindsay-Hogg, 1970)
37. Awaara (Raj Kapoor, 1951)
38. The Nutty Professor (Jerry Lewis, 1963)
39. Sansho the Bailiff (Kenji Mizoguchi, 1953)
40. The Thin Red Line (Terrence Malick, 1998)

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41. Run of the Arrow (Samuel Fuller, 1957)
42. Punch-Drunk Love (Paul Thomas Anderson, 2002)
43. Romeo + Juliet (Baz Luhrman, 1996)
44. Woodstock (Michael Wadleigh, 1970)
45. Flowing (Mikio Naruse, 1956)
46. Die Hard (John McTiernan, 1988)
47. Stranger than Paradise (Jim Jarmusch, 1984)
48. Days of Being Wild (Wong Kar-wai, 1990)
49. It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (Bill Melendez, 1966)
50. Broken Blossoms (DW Griffith, 1919)

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51. Yojimbo (Akira Kurosawa, 1961)
52. Pulp Fiction (Quentin Tarantino, 1994)
53. The Eight-Diagram Pole Fighter (Lau Kar-leung, 1984)
54. Three Colors: Red (Krzysztof Kieślowski, 1994)
55. Body Double (Brian De Palma, 1984)
56. The Heartbreak Kid (Elaine May, 1972)
57. Eyes Wide Shut (Stanley Kubrick, 1999)
58. The Lady from Shanghai (Orson Welles, 1947)
59. Oxhide (Liu Jiayin, 2005)
60. The Fate of Lee Khan (King Hu, 1973)

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61. Rebel Without a Cause (Nicholas Ray, 1955)
62. Ashes of Time (Wong Kar-wai, 1994)
63. Romance Joe (Lee Kwangkuk, 2011)
64. Hill of Freedom (Hong Sangsoo, 2014)
65. Last Life in the Universe (Pen-Ek Ratanaruang, 2003)
66. Bitter Victory (Nicholas Ray, 1957)
67. Contempt (Jean-Luc Godard, 1963)
68. Dream of a Rarebit Fiend (Edwin S. Porter, 1906)
69. Louisiana Story (Robert Flaherty, 1948)
70. Red River (Howard Hawks, 1948)

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71. Intolerance (DW Griffith, 1915)
72. The Other Side of the Wind (Orson Welles, 2018)
73. Isn’t Life Wonderful (DW Griffith, 1924)
74. Hana and Alice (Shunji Iwai, 2004)
75. Virgin Stripped Bare By Her Bachelors (Hong Sangsoo, 2000)
76. Unfaithfully Yours (Preston Sturges, 1948)
77. Arabian Nights (Miguel Gomes, 2015)
78. Pather Panchali (Satyajit Ray, 1955)
79. Twentieth Century (Howard Hawks, 1934)
80. Trouble in Mind (Alan Rudolph, 1985)

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81. Ivan the Terrible Part II (Sergei Eisenstein, 1958)
82. Alien (Ridley Scott, 1979)
83. All About Lily Chou-chou (Shunji Iwai, 2001)
84. Happy Hour (Ryūsuke Hamaguchi, 2015)
85. Gone in 60 Seconds (HB Halicki, 1974)
86. In the Mood for Love (Wong Kar-wai, 2000)
87. Pom Poko (Isao Takahata, 1994)
88. A Home with a View (Herman Yau, 2019)
89. Office Space (Mike Judge, 1999)
90. Sergeant Rutledge (John Ford, 1960)

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91. A Woman Under the Influence (John Cassavetes, 1974)
92. School on Fire (Ringo Lam, 1988)
93. Ed Wood (Tim Burton, 1994)
94. Bend of the River (Anthony Mann, 1952)
95. The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (Wes Anderson, 2004)
96. The Wizard of Oz (Victor Fleming, 1939)
97. Fantastic Mr. Fox (Wes Anderson, 2009)
98. Do the Right Thing (Spike Lee, 1989)
99. My Neighbors the Yamadas (Isao Takahata, 1999)
100. Young Mr. Lincoln (John Ford, 1939)

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