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Top 60 Films

Updated Fri May 21 2021

This list is a congregation of several countries, a dozen languages, and many directors' worth of material. With this list, I am hoping to express my personal favorites as well as acknowledge the greatest films of all time. See also my Top Albums List.

# 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 Josh Safdie & Benny Safdie 2014
8. The Passion of Joan of Arc Carl Theodor Dreyer 1928
9. Kings of the Road Wim Wenders 1976
10. Naked Lunch David Cronenberg 1991
11. Inland Empire David Lynch 2006
12. Stardust Memories Woody Allen 1980
13. The Connection Shirley Clarke 1962
14. The Color of Pomegranates Sergei Parajanov 1968
15. The Phantom Carriage Victor Sjöstrom 1921
16. The Seventh Seal Ingmar Bergman 1957
17. Stalker Andrei Tarkovsky 1979
18. Federico Fellini 1963
19. Mulholland Dr. David Lynch 2001
20. Dancer in the Dark Lars von Trier 2000
21. Until the End of the World Wim Wenders 1991
22. The Bicycle Thief Vittorio de Sica 1948
23. Amour Michael Haneke 2012
24. Network Sidney Lumet 1976
25. Nymphomaniac Lars von Trier 2014
26. The Holy Mountain Alejandro Jodorowsky 1973
27. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind Michel Gondry 2004
28. Solaris Andrei Tarkovsky 1972
29. Chinatown Roman Polanski 1974
30. City of Life and Death Lu Chuan 2009
31. Last Year at Marienbad Alain Resnais 1961
32. Threads Mick Jackson 1984
33. M Fritz Lang 1931
34. Tangerine Sean Baker 2015
35. The Face of Another Hiroshi Teshigahara 1966
36. The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser Werner Herzog 1974
37. Decoder Muscha 1984
38. Red Desert Michelangelo Antonioni 1964
39. The Fire Within Louis Malle 1963
40. The Life of Oharu Kenji Mizoguchi 1952
41. Synecdoche, New York Charlie Kaufman 2008
42. The Rules of the Game Jean Renoir 1939
43. Brazil Terry Gilliam 1985
44. Love Streams John Cassavetes 1984
45. La Haine Matthieu Kassovitz 1996
46. A Raisin in the Sun Daniel Petrie 1961
47. Funny Games Michael Haneke 1997
48. Fox and His Friends Rainer Werner Fassbinder 1975
49. The 400 Blows François Truffaut 1959
50. Fail-Safe Sidney Lumet 1964
51. We Need to Talk About Kevin Lynne Ramsay 2011
52. Leviathan Andrey Zvyagintsev 2014
53. Troubled Water Erik Poppe 2008
54. Santa sangre Alejandro Jodorowsky 1989
55. Orpheus Jean Cocteau 1950
56. Funeral Parade of Roses Toshio Matsumoto 1969
57. The Celebration Thomas Vinterberg 1998
58. Do the Right Thing Spkie Lee 1989
59. Paper Moon Peter Bogdanovich 1973
60. The Trial Orson Welles 1962