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All-Time Favorite Films

by Kilgore Trout
Fresh update after a couple years. In alphabetical order. Italics indicates top 25, bold indicates top 10. There are 11 bolded films because I have a tie I couldn’t break. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) Stanley Kubrick 8 1/2 (1963) Federico Fellini Aguirre: The Wrath of God (1972) Werner Herzog Andrei Rublev (1966) Andrei Tarkovsky The Apartment (1960) Billy Wilder Apocalypse Now (1979) Francis Ford Coppola The Apu Trilogy (1955, 1957, 1959) Satyajit Ray Barry Lyndon (1975) Stanley Kubrick The Battle of Algiers (1966) Gillo Pontecorvo Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) David Lean A Brighter Summer Day (1993) Edward Yang Butch Cassidy & the… Read more

Fresh update after a couple years.

In alphabetical order. Italics indicates top 25, bold indicates top 10. There are 11 bolded films because I have a tie I couldn’t break.

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) Stanley Kubrick
8 1/2 (1963) Federico Fellini
Aguirre: The Wrath of God (1972) Werner Herzog
Andrei Rublev (1966) Andrei Tarkovsky
The Apartment (1960) Billy Wilder
Apocalypse Now (1979) Francis Ford Coppola
The Apu Trilogy (1955, 1957, 1959) Satyajit Ray
Barry Lyndon (1975) Stanley Kubrick
The Battle of Algiers (1966) Gillo Pontecorvo
Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) David Lean
A Brighter Summer Day (1993) Edward Yang
Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid (1969) George Roy Hill
Che (2008) Steven Soderbergh
Children of Men (2006) Alfonso Cuaron
Children of Paradise (1945) Marcel Carne
Citizenfour (2014) Laura Poitras
Citizen Kane (1941) Orson Welles
City Lights (1931) Charlie Chaplin

The Conformist (1970) Bernardo Bertolucci
Day for Night (1974) Francois Truffaut
Days of Heaven (1978) Terrence Malick
The Decalogue (1989) Krzysztof Kieslowski
The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972) Luis Bunuel
Do the Right Thing (1989) Spike Lee
Europa (1992) Lars Von Trier
The Exterminating Angel (1961) Luis Bunuel
Fargo (1996) The Coen Brothers
Fresh (1994) Boaz Yakin
Gates of Heaven (1978) Errol Morris
George Washington (2000) David Gordon Green
The Godfather (1972) Francis Ford Coppola
Gomorrah (2008) Matteo Garrone
GoodFellas (1990) Martin Scorsese
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (1966) Sergio Leone
Good Will Hunting (1997) Gus Van Sant
The Grapes of Wrath (1940) John Ford
Harlan County, USA (1976) Barbara Kopple
Heat (1995) Michael Mann
High Fidelity (2000) Stephen Frears
Hospital (1970) Frederick Wiseman
Hour of the Furnaces (1968) Fernando E. Solanas
Hud (1963) Martin Ritt
Ice (1970) Robert Kramer
Ikiru (1952) Akira Kurosawa
Jackie Brown (1997) Quentin Tarantino
JFK (1991) Oliver Stone
Juvenile Court (1973) Frederick Wiseman
Killer of Sheep (1977) Charles Burnett
Kings of the Road (1976) Wim Wenders
The Last Picture Show (1971) Peter Bogdanovich
Last Tango in Paris (1973) Bernardo Bertolucci
Last Year at Marienbad (1961) Alain Resnais
Lawrence of Arabia (1962) David Lean
Magnolia (1999) Paul Thomas Anderson
Malcolm X (1992) Spike Lee

Man with a Movie Camera (1929) Dziga Vertov
Manhattan (1979) Woody Allen
Medium Cool (1969) Haskell Wexler
Memories of Underdevelopment (1968) Tomás Gutiérrez Alea
The Mirror (1975) Andrei Tarkovsky
Mother and Son (1998) Aleksandr Sokurov
Nashville (1975) Robert Altman
Paris, Texas (1984) Wim Wenders
The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928) Carl Theodor Dreyer

Persona (1966) Ingmar Bergman
Pierrot le Fou (1965) Jean-Luc Godard
Playtime (1967) Jacques Tati
Pulp Fiction (1994) Quentin Tarantino
Punishment Park (1971) Peter Watkins
Raging Bull (1980) Martin Scorsese
The Red and The White (1967) Miklos Jansco
The Red Shoes (1948) Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger
The Rules of The Game (1939) Jean Renoir
The Sacrifice (1986) Andrei Tarkovsky
Salesman (1969) The Maysles Brothers
Sansho The Bailiff (1954) Kenji Mizoguchi
Scenes From A Marriage (1974) Ingmar Bergman
Se7en (1995) David Fincher
Seven Samurai (1954) Akira Kurosawa
Sherlock, Jr. (1924) Buster Keaton
Singin’ in The Rain (1952) Gene Kelly & Stanley Donen
The Son (2002) Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne
Songs from the Second Floor (2000) Roy Andersson
Streetwise (1985) Martin Bell
Sunrise (1927) F.W. Murnau
Sunset Boulevard (1950) Billy Wilder
Taxi Driver (1976) Martin Scorsese
There Will Be Blood (2007) Paul Thomas Anderson
The Third Man (1949) Carol Reed
A Time to Live and A Time to Die (1986) Hou Hsiao-Hsien
Tokyo Story (1953) Yasujiro Ozu
Umberto D (1952) Vittorio De Sica
The Up Series (1964-) Michael Apted
Vertigo (1958) Alfred Hitchcock
Welfare (1975) Frederick Wiseman
Wild Strawberries (1957) Ingmar Bergman
Woodstock (1970) Michael Wadleigh
Yeelen (1987) Souleymane Cisse
Z (1969) Costa-Gavras

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