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Top 60 Films

Last updated: January 9, 2019

This list, much like my top albums list, will never be "complete" or "finished". It is just a snapshot of my most admired films at the present moment. These films are in order by how personally significant they are to me. I know much more about music than I know about film. But I have my films I attach to, like I have my albums I attach to.

# Title Director Year
1. Manhattan Woody Allen 1979
2. Persona Ingmar Bergman 1966
3. The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari Robert Wiene 1920
4. 2001: A Space Odyssey Stanley Kubrick 1968
5. A Woman Under the Influence John Cassavetes 1974
6. Woman in the Dunes Hiroshi Teshigahara 1964
7. Heaven Knows What Benny Safdie & Josh Safdie 2014
8. Naked Lunch David Cronenberg 1991
9. The Passion of Joan of Arc Carl Theodor Dreyer 1928
10. Inland Empire David Lynch 2006
11. Stardust Memories Woody Allen 1980
12. The Connection Shirley Clarke 1962
13. The Color of Pomegranates Sergei Parajanov 1968
14. The Phantom Carriage Victor Sjöstrom 1921
15. Federico Fellini 1963
16. The Seventh Seal Ingmar Bergman 1957
17. Solaris Andrei Tarkovsky 1972
18. Mulholland Dr. David Lynch 2001
19. Nymphomaniac Lars von Trier 2013
20. Amour Michael Haneke 2012
21. Chinatown Roman Polanski 1974
22. A Clockwork Orange Stanley Kubrick 1971
23. Network Sidney Lumet 1976
24. Dancer in the Dark Lars von Trier 2000
25. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind Michel Gondry 2004
26. The Holy Mountain Alejandro Jodorowsky 1973
27. Fox and His Friends Rainer Werner Fassbinder 1975
28. The 400 Blows François Truffaut 1959
29. Brazil Terry Gilliam 1985
30. The Fire Within Louis Malle 1963
31. Red Desert Michelangelo Antonioni 1964
32. We Need to Talk About Kevin Lynne Ramsay 2011
33. Come and See Elem Klimov 1985
34. Three Colors: White Krzysztof Kieślowski 1994
35. The Face of Another Hiroshi Teshigahara 1966
36. Synecdoche, New York Charlie Kaufman 2008
37. Interiors Woody Allen 1978
38. Troubled Water Erik Poppe 2008
39. The Bicycle Thief Vittorio de Sica 1948
40. Autumn Sonata Ingmar Bergman 1978
41. The Rules of the Game Jean Renoir 1939
42. Stalker Andrei Tarkovsky 1979
43. Paper Moon Peter Bogdanovich 1973
44. The Seventh Continent Michael Haneke 1989
45. Santa sangre Alejandro Jodorowsky 1989
46. Orpheus Jean Cocteau 1950
47. Fires on the Plain Kon Ichikawa 1959
48. The Celebration Thomas Vinterberg 1998
49. Paris, Texas Wim Wenders 1984
50. Crimes and Misdemeanors Woody Allen 1989
51. L'argent Robert Bresson 1983
52. L'humanité Bruno Dumont 1999
53. La Haine Mathieu Kassovitz 1995
54. Sansho the Bailiff Kenji Mizoguchi 1954
55. Love Streams John Cassavetes 1984
56. Fail-Safe Sidney Lumet 1964
57. That Obscure Object of Desire Luis Buñuel 1977
58. Blow Out Brian de Palma 1981
59. Close-Up Abbas Kiarostami 1990
60. Z Costa-Gavras 1969