Psycho, Chinatown, Goodfellas.
There are a lot of movies I love but still feel flawed. The Searchers for example:the poor casting of Jeffrey Hunter-bland actor.
I have a lot of films to view yet, but two I have found no flaws in were " Le Cercle Rouge" and “Mon Oncle”. Not saying these are the greatest films ever made, but they were done flawlessly to my knowledge.
Throne of Blood
Terms of Endearment.
I would have laughed at myself for that choice before I’ve seen this film. Now I’ve seen it three times in one week, and I gotta say it comes closest to being a perfect movie.
Also, I’d throw in Singing in the Rain, The Searchers, Chinatown, West Side Story as other candidates from the Hollywood tradition. Outside of that, how about Ladri die Biciclette, almost every Truffaut film, Kurosawa’s Hidden Fortress, La dolce vita. Oh well, there’s tons of others.
oh, and Murnau’s Sunrise, of course. Casino. In my opinion that one even tops Goodfellas! Someone also mentioned The Apartment. Agreed!
8 1/2 by Fellini
La Dolce Vita
2001: A Space Odyssey
Lawrence of Arabia
THE RULES OF THE GAME and GRAND ILLUSION—and not just some renoir bias, they’re just the best.
I have to say Chinatown. For me the perfect film is the sum of its parts, which all happen to be fantastic.
Late Spring dir. Ozu, 1949. I almost fell asleep when I first saw it but now every time I think about it the emotional power is just overwhelming. You can’t look at the world the same way after watching Ozu’s canonical family films. They dig into one of our deepest and least probed experiences—family relationships. The director’s eye looks where we dare not look and shows us what we thought we could never see. I don’t mean to disrespect Tokyo Story but for some reason Late Spring resonates more deeply for me.
shunji iwai’s SWALLOWTAIL BUTTERFLY (aka yentown). there’s no film quite like it…
A Man Escaped. Bresson.
An imperfect dozen, but there are dozens more:
Au Hasard Balthazar
Anatomy of a Murder
The 400 Blows
Lawrence of Arabia
5, La Jetee and Hiroshima Mon Amour yes!
Man with the Movie Camera
Keaton’s THE GENERAL
Fellini’s 8 1/2
Kurosawa’s SEVEN SAMURAI
Bergman’s FANNY AND ALEXANDER
Coppola’s THE GODFATHER
Jones’ THE RABBIT OF SEVILLE
A Woman Under The Influence (John Cassavetes)
Pierrot Le Fou (Godard)
Jubilee (Derek Jarman)
No Country for Old Men
Eyes Wide Shut
" Candy " for sure