//A 20 Year-Old’s Top 100 Movies of All Time

A 20 Year-Old’s Top 100 Movies of All Time

I have taken a hiatus this week from the DVD posts in order to deliver this. It is my birthday today and I was far too lazy to supply images for each film. Instead I have typed out useless sentence fragments that aren’t really informative about the film’s at all. But I had fun writing them to myself and it is my birthday. And it will load faster for those of you who like me suffer from awful internet.

You will notice that Billy Wilder is my favorite filmmaker, with six features on the top 100. Sidney Lumet is in second place with five films present. Several directors including Woody Allen, Federico Fellini, and Stanley Kubrick have four on the board. It is a wide variety. Without further ado, these are my top 100 films.

All-Time Top 100

 

Rank Comments Movie

100

As an avid rom-com fan, this classic had to make the cut somewhere. When Harry Met Sally (1986)

Directed By: Rob Reiner

99

Wilder’s light-hearted POW classic inspired many future films, including Shawshank. Stalag 17 (1953)

Directed By: Billy Wilder

98

Mel Brooks’s debut is his masterpiece. Period. The Producers (1967)

Directed By: Mel Brooks

97

The moon-filled landscapes of New York City in this film are some of the most romantic in film history. Moonstruck (1987)

Directed By: Philip Kaufman

96

This little-known masterpiece of silent cinema is the most obscure film on this list, and one that I hope I get a few people to check out. Controversial and brilliant Soviet cinema. Bed and Sofa (1924)

Directed By: Abram Room

95

One of the great works of the French New Wave. The fluid visual style makes it one of a kind. Last Year at Marienbad (1959)

Directed By: Alain Renais

94

Billy Wilder’s underrated slaptick comedy is one of the funniest and cleverest of his films. The Fortune Cookie (1965)

Directed By: Billy Wilder

93

Bunuel’s blatant assault on the Catholic Church rightfully evokes serious works of Christian art without condemning the morality of it. Viridiana (1953)

Directed By: Luis Bunuel

92

Forget Nosferatu and check out this romantic fable, it is Murnau’s masterwork. Sunrise: A Song for Two Humans (1927)

Directed By: F. W. Murnau

91

I’m not a fan of Clark Gable, but this quick comedy gets me every time. His Girl Friday (1940)

Directed By: Howard Hawks

90

One of the most empathetic films of all-time, and a must-see for James Dean fans. Rebel Without a Cause (1955)

Directed By: Nicolas Ray

89

I don’t even like documentaries or sports movies, but this one is both riveting and moving. Hoop Dreams (1994)

Directed By: Steve James

88

Reaching levels only hit by Psycho, this film scared the first lady into walking out of the theater. Awesome. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

Directed By: Johnathan Demme

87

This is the underrated masterpiece of Sidney Lumet. It has a bit of a Departed feel to it. Prince of the City (1980)

Directed By: Sidney Lumet

86

The great surrealist, Luis Bunuel, brilliantly analyzes societal norms in a bizarrely comedic manner. I love it. The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972)

Directed By: Luis Bunuel

85

Harrison Ford is about as good at being angry and depressed as Clint Eastwood, but he has a softer spot. I think this is his definitive performance. The Verdict (1982)

Directed By: Sidney Lumet

84

Early Fellini. ‘Nuff said. La Strada (1954)

Directed By: Federico Fellini

83

One of the most daringly improvisational films of all time. Brilliant work from Pacino as well. Best heist film ever. Dog Day Afternoon (1975)

Directed By: Sidney Lumet

82

The Coen’s comeback masterpiece is hands down my favorite Best Picture winner of the past decade. But more than that, it is a great film. No Country for Old Men (2007)

Directed By: Joel and Ethan Coen

81

This film is so richly complex, that I find myself having to track with the plot every time I re-watch it because there is way too much to remember. L. A. Confidential (1997)

Directed By: Curtis Lee

80

 Can I really put this in my top 100? Am I really that much of a mainstream, unclassy youth? Apparently. I love this film. The Dark Knight (2008)

Directed By: Christopher Nolan

79

Vastly superior to the Sergio Leone work that it inspired, what I love about this Kurosawa is the sharp sense of humor that alters the tone. Yojimbo (1957)

Directed By: Akira Kurosawa

78

My favorite Chaplin and an excellent example of the power of sacrifice for the one you love. City Lights (1932)

Directed By: Charlie Chaplin

77

This is the most Woody Allen of all Woody Allen films. His character is his most neurotic, the drama is the most dramatic, and there are a lot of women. Hannah and Her Sisters (1986)

Directed By: Woody Allen

76

Oddly the only Tarkovsky film on this list. But here is a shout out to Stalker, Ivan’s Childhood, Nostalgia,and his biggest work, Andrei Rublev. WATCH THESE MOVIES! Solaris (1972)

Directed By: Andrei Tarkovsky

75

My family discovered this by accident on T.V. just before it exploded. I’d like to believe we started it all through our recommendations. There is no way that’s actually true. But I can dream. A Christmas Story (1983)

Directed By: Bob Clark

74

Despite what my sister’s fiance has to say about this film, it is a much better work than The Lives of Others and it covers some similar territory. The Conversation (1974)

Directed By: Francis Ford Coppola

73

Yep. That’s right. I’m not done screaming my praise of this film. Is this really one of the 100 best films ever? I have no idea. But I’d be lying if I didn’t have it on here. The Social Network (2010)

Directed By: David Fincher

72

This is Spielberg and Lucas having fun. Fun is good. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

Directed By: Steven Spielberg

71

I have to admit that I never cared for There Will Be Blood. Where is the Paul Thomas Anderson of the 90s? Boogie Nights (1997)

Directed By: Paul Thomas Anderson

70

I’m from the midwest. Fargo (1996)

Directed By: Joel and Ethan Coen

69

Hitchcock’s great work opened the door for serial killer films. That is no small feat. But it is not his best work. Psycho (1960)

Directed By: Alfred Hitchcock

68

Classic surrealist Bergman. For once, he is not attacking the church and bitching about death. What a novel concept? (Sorry Alex, I’ll apologize in advance for that) Wild Strawberries (1957)

Directed By: Ingmar Bergman

67

David Lean can do more than Arabia. It is also the only one of his films ever to appear on Sight and Sound’s top 10. Brief Encounter (1953)

Directed By: David Lean

66

It’s no Vertigo, but it still gets inside your head and messes with you in delightful ways. Diabolique (1954)

Directed By: Henry Cluozot

65

I don’t think anyone will ever know for sure which film is better between this one and Raging Bull. Taxi Driver (1976)

Directed By: Martin Scorsese

64

Underrated Wilder classic could be considered Network before Network. Ace in the Hole (1957)

Directed By: Billy Wilder

63

The only film ever to win Best Picture out of Hitchcock’s filmography is an expertly crafted twisty adaptation of Daphne Du Maurier’s novel. Rebecca (1940)

Directed By: Alfred Hitchcock

62

Better than Psycho. Peeping Tom (1960)

Directed By: Michael Powell

61

It amazes me that this famous radio play is basically only considered of literary value because of this film. That is just really impressive. And totally deserving. 12 Angry Men (1957)

Directed By: Sidney Lumet

60

Better than Rebel Without a Cause. And my favorite Bogart performance. In a Lonely Place (1957)

Directed By: Nicolas Ray

59

I grew up on this film and my Grandfather telling me that the Pythagorean theorem is incorrectly recited at the end. The Wizard of Oz (1939)

Directed By: Victor Fleming

58

HEEERE’S JOHNNY! The Shining (1980)

 

Directed By: Stanley Kubrick

57

Few films have aged as well as this one. Originally a box office flop, now considered a classic. Originally considered a simpleton action movie, now interpreted many different ways. Fight Club (1997)

Directed By: David Fincher

56

The greatest noir film ever? Chinatown (1974)

Directed By: Roman Polanski

55

Renoir’s beautiful war film ends on one the best depictions of grace in film history. The Grand Illusion (1939)

Directed By: Jean Renoir

54

I like Cameron, even Avatar and Titanic. But this is the real demonstration of his talent. Aliens (1987)

Directed By: James Cameron

53

Tarantino has a near-perfect career, but he has yet to match this subtly brilliant screenplay. Pulp Fiction (1994)

Directed By: Quentin Tarantino

52

Zither. The Third Man (1954)

Directed By: Hal Ashby

51

This rare Cinematic gem is not only my favorite of its year, but one of the great Christmas films and a great ensemble piece. A Christmas Tale (2008)

Directed By: Arnaud Deschlepin

50

Speaking of that 90s Paul Thomas Anderson… Magnolia (1999)

Directed By: Paul Thomas Anderson

49

This is an excellent and under appreciated Hitchcockian war film. Highly recommend it to any suspense or war fans. Groundbreaking cinematography. The Cranes are Flying (1957)

Directed By: Mikhail Kalatozov

48

John Huston’s best with excellent performances from both his father and Humphrey Bogart. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1947)

Directed By: John Huston

47

People tend to be a bit harsh on Orson Welles’ post Kane career. It wasn’t his only great work. Touch of Evil (1957)

Directed By: Orson Welles

46

You can’t argue with a big 5 winner! Well you could, but I won’t. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)

Directed By: Milos Forman

45

Awkward but brilliant, the concluding scene of this film is the scene I discussed and argued about more than any other. The Graduate (1968)

Directed By: Mike Nichols

44

And underrated nostalgic gem that introduces Seth Green as a mini Woody Allen. Radio Days (1987)

Directed By: Woody Allen

43

I don’t think anyone will ever know for sure which film is better between this one and Taxi Driver. Raging Bull (1980)

 

Directed By: Martin Scorsese

42

My favorite of Bunuel’s work and possibly his most emotional. Belle de Jour (1967)

Directed By: Luis Bunuel

41

Alex and I definitely agree on this one: pessimistic and serious, this film is still hilarious and poignant. Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989)

Directed By: Woody Allen

40

More Wilder. Tootsie befre Tootsie? Some Like it Hot (1959)

Directed By: Billy Wilder

39

I hope you’ve at least heard of this film. Technically, this is probably the most important film ever. Cielings! Ooooh! Citizen Kane (1941)

Directed By: Orson Welles

38

Just to make things clear: I like part 2 better, but I like to look at it as a single film. The Godfather: Part I and II (1972-74)

Directed By: Francis Ford Coppola

37

One of the boldest films ever made. I find it controversial today, I can’t even imagine during its own time. Dr. Strangelove: Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)

Directed By: Stanley Kubrick

36

Fritz Lang is a great filmmaker who we covered in a marathon last year. This is one of his masterpieces. Too bad he seemed to give up on his career in America. (1932)

Directed By: Fritz Lang

35

The moment the darkest samurai leaves in the mist to return with one of the three of the opposition’s rifles is one of the most chilling moments I have ever seen. Great film. Seven Samurai (1955)

Directed By: Akira Kurosawa

34

The first and best Godard is an excellent treatise on American culture through very subtle progressive film making techniques. Breathless (1960)

Directed By: Jean-Luc Godard

33

I just saw this for the first time. It walks a fine line between the later surrealist Fellini and the earlier La Strada story arcs. Nights of Cabiria (1957)

Directed By: Federico Fellini

32

The best Spielberg seems to me the basis for Pixar tradition. E. T. The Extra Terrestrial (1982)

Directed By: Steven Spielberg

31

Review of this coming soon for the fantasy marathon. the best of Terry Gilliam Brazil (1986)

Directed By: Terry Gilliam

30

My favorite Coen brothers work earned them the Palme D’Or at Cannes. Surreal trip through hell combined with World War II in the mind of a blocked artist in Hollywood. Glorious. Barton Fink (1993)

Directed By: Joel Coen

29

The greatest serial killer film ever and David Fincher’s best to date. Zodiac (2007)

Directed By: David Fincher

28

One of the great films about filmmaking. And I like this one much better than La Dolce Vita. 8 1/2 (1963)

Directed By: Federico Fellini

27

Spaghetti westerns are art. And this is the best of the best. The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (1965)

Directed By: Sergio Leone

26

My favorite musical. Great performances, great music, great Hollywood story. Singin’ in the Rain (1952)

Directed By: Gene Kelly

25

One of the greatest screenplays ever written and a beautiful, mature turn for Bette Davis. All About Eve (1950)

Directed By: Joseph Mankiewicz

24

The audacious effort that inspired Steven Spielberg’s underrated The Terminal. Play Time (1962)

Directed By: Jacques Tati

23

Kurosawa’s best. Ikiru (1954)

Directed By: Akira Kurosawa

22

I feel that this one speaks for itself. Although it is certainly up for debate as to what it says. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1969)

Directed By: Stanley Kubrick

21

Fritz Lang’s recently fully unveiled masterpiece is a mosaic of future chaos that is at once horrifying, beautiful, and charming. Metropolis (1927)

Directed By: Fritz Lang

20

It’s just so big and epic… and yet so detailed and refined. Gone with the Wind (1939)

Directed By: Victor Fleming

19

This beautiful story has kind of the same story as The Night of the Hunter but is beautiful in an entirely separate way. Fanny and Alexander (1980)

Directed By: Ingmar Bergman

18

This story, though not obvious, has become a staple in the very best sense of the word. Casablanca (1942)

Directed By: Michael Curtiz

17

My favorite Kubrick is an epic three hour analysis on social culture in the 1700s.  The best character study of all time. Barry Lyndon (1975)

Directed By: Stanley Kubrick

16

Truffaut’s brilliant classic examines what happens when you try to defy matrimony. I’d like to believe that Woody Allen loves this film, although I have never researched any such information. Jules and Jim (1962)

Directed By: Francois Truffaut

15

My favorite Fellini by a long shot. It is a glorious nostalgic montage of childhood insanity. Amarcord (1974)

Directed By: Federico Fellini

14

Coppola’s epic adaptation transcends Conrad’s bleak writing. Apocalypse Now (1979)

Directed By: Francis Ford Coppola

13

I just reviewed this masterpiece. I’ve spoken my piece about it. See it. Now. Beauty and the Beast (1946)

Directed By: Jean Cocteau

12

An epic mosaic, if that is such a thing. If not, then Altman invented it. Nashville (1975)

Directed By: Robert Altman

11

Simply beautiful. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)

Directed By: Michel Gondry

10

The best film ever made about film making. Sunset Boulevard (1950)

Directed By: Billy Wilder

9

Beautiful and quaint, this is my favorite film of the french new wave. The 400 Blows (1959)

Directed By: Francois Truffaut

8

Charles Laughton’s only directoral effort is an under appreciated family gem and moral fable. The Night of the Hunter (1954)

Directed By: Charles Laughton

7

Even better than Beauty and the Beast, this narrative yet surreal masterpiece is captivating and brilliantly shot. Orpheus (1949)

Directed By: Jean Cocteau

6

Allen’s best. Annie Hall (1977)

Directed By: Woody Allen

5

People can debate all day about whether they like Raging Bull or Taxi Driver better. This is the one I go for. Even the love story is wonderful. True Scorsese mixed with some bold moves. Goodfellas (1990)

Directed By: Martin Scorsese

4

Simple movie magic and optimism as only Capra can emit it. It’s a Wonderful Life (1947)

Directed By: Frank Capra

3

The greatest screenplay ever written. Hands down. Network (1976)

Directed By: Sidney Lumet

2

Hitchcock’s most dramatic, unpredictable and socially impressive film. Also the most enjoyable and sophisticated work from James Stewart. Vertigo (1958)

Directed By: Alfred Hitchcock

1

Is it lame melodrama that has not aged very well? A middle brow effort from a well-established director? Many think so. But not me. I think it is poignant, romantic, beautiful, sweet, and most importantly: profound. The Apartment (1960)

Directed By: Billy Wilder

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