Top 50

A list of my favourite films, in alphabetical order, from America to Japan and back again.

Akira     Katsuhiro Otomo     1988

Alice in the Cities     Wim Wenders     1974

Autumn Sonata     Ingmar Bergman     1978

Braindead     Peter Jackson     1992

Breathless     Jean-Luc Godard     1960

Brighton Rock     John Boulting     1947

Chinatown     Roman Polanski     1974

Cinema Paradiso     Giuseppe Tornatore     1988

Cries and Whispers     Ingmar Bergman     1972

Dekalog     Krzysztof Kieślowski     1989

Dead of Night     CavalcantiCharles CrichtonBasil DeardenRobert Hamer     1945

Øyenstikker (Dragonfly)     Marius Holst     2001

Faust     Jan Švankmajer     1994

Ghost World     Terry Zwigoff     2001



Grave of the Fireflies     Isao Takahata     1988

I Vitelloni     Federico Fellini     1953

L’Argent     Robert Bresson     1983

Le Doulos     Jean-Pierre Melville     1962

La Regle de jeu (the Rules of the Game)     Jean Renoir     1939

Le Diaboliques (The Devils)     Henri-Georges Clouzot     1955

Le Fils (The Son)     Jean-Pierre Dardenne & Luc Dardenne     2002

Love Liza     Todd Louiso     2002

In a Lonely Place     Nicholas Ray     1950

Oh! What a Lovely War     Richard Attenborough      1969

Princess Mononoke     Hayao Miyazaki      1997

Rashomon      Akira Kurosawa      1950

Rosetta     Jean-Pierre Dardenne & Luc Dardenne     2000

Santa Sangre      Alejandro Jodorowsky      1989

Sex, Lies and Videotape     Steven Soderbergh      1989

Silent Light     Carlos Reygadas      2007

Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter…and Spring     Kim Ki-duk     2003

Stalker     Andrei Tarkovsky      1979

Susperia      Dario Argento     1977

Taxi Driver     Martin Scorsese      1976


The 400 Blows     François Truffaut     1959

The Ballad of Narayama      Keisuke Kinoshita      1958

The Babadook     Jennifer Kent      2014

The Bed You Sleep In      Jon Jost      1993

The Double Life of Veronique     Krzysztof Kieślowski      1991

The End of Summer     Yasujirō Ozu     1961

The Evil Dead 2     Sam Raimi      1987

The Gold Rush      Charlie Chaplin      1925

El Topo     Alejandro Jodorowsky     1970

The Red Shoes      Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger      1948

The Adventures of Prince Achmed      Lotte Reiniger      1926

This Sporting Life     Lindsay Anderson      1963

Three Colours: Red      Krzysztof Kieślowski     1994

Underground      Emir Kusturica     1995

Withnail & I      Bruce Robinson     1987

2001: A Space Odyssey      Stanley Kubrick     1968


How many have you seen? Have I missed one of your favourites off the list? Do you think any of my choices are simply terrible? Which ones are your favourites?

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