Great Films

This list is completely opinion-based.  Titles are listed in alphabetical order, with the country of origin and the director in parentheses.

  1. 2 Days in Paris (France/Germany, Julie Delpy)
  2. The 400 Blows (France, François Truffaut)
  3. 2001: A Space Odyssey (Britain/America, Stanley Kubrick)
  4. About Schmidt (America, Alexander Payne)
  5. Adaptation (America, Spike Jonze)
  6. After Hours (America, Martin Scorsese)
  7. Alien (Britain/America, Ridley Scott)
  8. Amadeus (America, Milos Forman)
  9. Amélie (France/Germany, Jean-Pierre Jeunet)
  10. American Beauty (America, Sam Mendes)
  11. Amour (France/Germany/Austria, Michael Haneke)
  12. Annie Hall (America, Woody Allen)
  13. Apocalypse Now (America, Francis Ford Coppola)
  14. Au revoir les enfants (France/West Germany, Louis Malle)
  15. Autumn Sonata (Sweden, Ingmar Bergman)
  16. Back to the Future (America, Robert Zemeckis)
  17. Badlands (America, Terrence Malick)
  18. Battleship Potemkin (Soviet Union, Sergei Eisenstein)
  19. Before Midnight (America, Richard Linklater)
  20. Before Sunrise (America, Richard Linklater)
  21. Before Sunset (America, Richard Linklater)
  22. Being John Malkovich (America, Spike Jonze)
  23. The Big Lebowski (America, the Coen brothers)
  24. The Birth of a Nation (America, D. W. Griffith)
  25. Black Swan (America, Darren Aronofsky)
  26. Blade Runner (America/Hong Kong/Britain, Ridley Scott)
  27. Blazing Saddles (America, Mel Brooks)
  28. Blue Is the Warmest Color (France, Abdellatif Kechiche)
  29. The Blues Brothers (America, John Landis)
  30. Blue Velvet (America, David Lynch)
  31. Bonnie and Clyde (America, Arthur Penn)
  32. Boogie Nights (America, Paul Thomas Anderson)
  33. Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (Britain/America, Larry Charles)
  34. Bowling for Columbine (America, Michael Moore, documentary)
  35. The Breakfast Club (America, John Hughes)
  36. Breathless (France, Jean-Luc Godard)
  37. Brokeback Mountain (America, Ang Lee)
  38. Broken Flowers (France/America, Jim Jarmusch)
  39. Casablanca (America, Michael Curtiz)
  40. Casino Royale (Britain/America/Czech Republic/Germany, Martin Campbell)
  41. Chicago (America, Rob Marshall)
  42. Chinatown (America, Roman Polanski)
  43. Cinema Paradiso (Italy, Giuseppe Tornatore)
  44. Citizen Kane (America, Orson Welles)
  45. City Lights (America, Charlie Chaplin)
  46. A Clockwork Orange (Britain/America, Stanley Kubrick)
  47. Coming to America (America, John Landis)
  48. The Dark Knight (Britain/America, Christopher Nolan)
  49. Dazed and Confused (America, Richard Linklater)
  50. Dead Poets Society (America, Peter Weir)
  51. Doctor Zhivago (Britain/America, David Lean)
  52. Dr. Strangelove, or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (Britain/America, Stanley Kubrick)
  53. The Elephant Man (America/Britain, David Lynch)
  54. The Empire Strikes Back (America, Irvin Kershner)
  55. The English Patient (Britain/America, Anthony Minghella)
  56. Erin Brockovich (America, Steven Soderbergh)
  57. E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (America, Steven Spielberg)
  58. The Exorcist (America, William Friedkin)
  59. Eyes Wide Shut (Britain/America, Stanley Kubrick)
  60. Fantasia (America, various)
  61. Fantastic Mr. Fox (America, Wes Anderson)
  62. Fargo (America, the Coen brothers)
  63. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (America, John Hughes)
  64. Fight Club (America/Germany, David Fincher)
  65. Forrest Gump (America, Robert Zemeckis)
  66. Full Metal Jacket (Britain/America, Stanley Kubrick)
  67. Funny Games (Austria, Michael Haneke)
  68. Gandhi (Britain/India/America, Richard Attenborough)
  69. Giant (America, George Stevens)
  70. Gimme Shelter (America, David & Albert Maysles & Charlotte Zwerin, documentary)
  71. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Sweden/America, David Fincher)
  72. The Godfather (America, Francis Ford Coppola)
  73. The Godfather Part II (America, Francis Ford Coppola)
  74. The Godfather Part III (America, Francis Ford Coppola)
  75. Goldfinger (British, Guy Hamilton)
  76. Gone with the Wind (America, Victor Fleming)
  77. Goodbye to Language (France/Switzerland, Jean-Luc Godard)
  78. GoodFellas (America, Martin Scorsese)
  79. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (Italy, Sergio Leone)
  80. The Graduate (America, Mike Nichols)
  81. Groundhog Day (America, Harold Ramis)
  82. Halloween (America, John Carpenter)
  83. It Happened One Night (America, Frank Capra)
  84. It’s a Wonderful Life (America, Frank Capra)
  85. Jaws (America, Steven Spielberg)
  86. JFK (America, Oliver Stone)
  87. La Dolce Vita (Italy, Federico Fellini)
  88. La Haine (France, Mathieu Kassovich)
  89. The Last Picture Show (America, Peter Bogdanovich)
  90. La Strada (Italy, Federico Fellini)
  91. Lawrence of Arabia (Britain, David Lean)
  92. The Lion King (America, Roger Allers & Rob Minkoff)
  93. Lolita (Britain/America, Stanley Kubrick)
  94. Lost in Translation (America, Sofia Coppola)
  95. Malcolm X (America, Spike Lee)
  96. Manhattan (America, Woody Allen)
  97. Match Point (Britain/Luxembourg, Woody Allen)
  98. Memento (America, Christopher Nolan)
  99. Mommy (Canada, Xavier Dolan)
  100. Monty Python and the Holy Grail (Britain, Terry Gilliam & Terry Jones)
  101. Monty Python’s Life of Brian (Britain, Terry Jones)
  102. National Lampoon’s Animal House (America, John Landis)
  103. National Lampoon’s Vacation (America, Harold Ramis)
  104. Network (America, Sidney Lumet)
  105. A Nightmare on Elm Street (America, Wes Craven)
  106. Office Space (America, Mike Judge)
  107. Oldboy (South Korea, Park Chan-wook)
  108. One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest (America, Milos Forman)
  109. On the Waterfront (America, Elia Kazan)
  110. Ordinary People (America, Robert Redford)
  111. Pan’s Labyrinth (Spain/Mexico, Guillermo del Toro)
  112. The Pianist (France/Germany/Poland/Britain, Roman Polanski)
  113. The Piano Teacher (France/Austria, Michael Haneke)
  114. The Princess Bride (America, Rob Reiner)
  115. Psycho (America, Alfred Hitchcock)
  116. Pulp Fiction (America, Quentin Tarantino)
  117. Raging Bull (America, Martin Scorsese)
  118. Raiders of the Lost Ark (America, Steven Spielberg)
  119. Requiem for a Dream (America, Darren Aronofsky)
  120. Reservoir Dogs (America, Quentin Tarantino)
  121. Rocky (America, John G. Avildsen)
  122. Rosemary’s Baby (America, Roman Polanski)
  123. The Royal Tenenbaums (America, Wes Anderson)
  124. Saw (America, James Wan)
  125. Schindler’s List (America, Steven Spielberg)
  126. Scream (America, Wes Craven)
  127. Se7en (America, David Fincher)
  128. Sex, Lies, and Videotape (America, Steven Soderbergh)
  129. The Shawshank Redemption (America, Frank Darabont)
  130. The Shining (Britain/America, Stanley Kubrick)
  131. The Silence of the Lambs (America, Jonathan Demme)
  132. The Simpsons Movie (America, David Silverman)
  133. The Social Network (America, David Fincher)
  134. Sophie’s Choice (America, Alan J. Pakula)
  135. South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut (America, Trey Parker)
  136. Spirited Away (Japan, Hayao Miyazaki)
  137. Star Wars (America, George Lucas)
  138. Team America: World Police (America, Trey Parker)
  139. The Terminator (America, James Cameron)
  140. The Third Man (Britain/America, Carol Reed)
  141. This Is Spinal Tap (America, Rob Reiner)
  142. Three Colors: Blue (France, Krzysztof Kieslowski)
  143. Titanic (America, James Cameron)
  144. The Truman Show (America, Peter Weir)
  145. Two Days, One Night (Belgium/France/Italy, the Dardenne brothers)
  146. The Usual Suspects (America, Bryan Singer)
  147. Videodrome (Canada, David Cronenberg)
  148. Volver (Spain, Pedro Almodóvar)
  149. Wild at Heart (America, David Lynch)
  150. The Wild Bunch (America, Sam Peckinpah)
  151. The Wizard of Oz (America, Victor Fleming)

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