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Another 100 favourite films list

by Fergus Pearson
Another 100 favourite films list by Fergus Pearson
These 100 films are sectioned into four tiers and are presented in alphabetical order. Tier One 12 Angry Men (1957) – Sidney Lumet Conformist, The (1970) – Roberto Rossellini Control (2007) – Anton Corbijn Do the Right Thing (1989) – Spike Lee Dog Day Afternoon (1976) – Sidney Lumet Draughtsman’s Contract, The (1982) – Peter Greenaway Fireworks (1947) – Kenneth Anger Hannah and Her Sister (1986) – Woody Allen Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001) – John Cameron Mitchell M (1931) – Fritz Lang Putney Swope (1969) – Robert Downey, Sr. Stalker (1979) – Andrei Tarkovsky Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (1927) – F.W. Murnau There Will Be Blood (2007) –… Read more

These 100 films are sectioned into four tiers and are presented in alphabetical order.

Tier One
12 Angry Men (1957) – Sidney Lumet
Conformist, The (1970) – Roberto Rossellini
Control (2007) – Anton Corbijn
Do the Right Thing (1989) – Spike Lee
Dog Day Afternoon (1976) – Sidney Lumet
Draughtsman’s Contract, The (1982) – Peter Greenaway
Fireworks (1947) – Kenneth Anger
Hannah and Her Sister (1986) – Woody Allen
Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001) – John Cameron Mitchell
M (1931) – Fritz Lang
Putney Swope (1969) – Robert Downey, Sr.
Stalker (1979) – Andrei Tarkovsky
Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (1927) – F.W. Murnau
There Will Be Blood (2007) – Paul Thomas Anderson
Together (2000) – Lukas Moodyson

Tier Two
A Man Escaped (1956) – Robert Bresson
Ace in the Hole (1951) – Billy Wilder
All About My Mother (1999) – Pedro Almodovar
An American In Paris (1951) – Vincente Minnelli
Annie Hall (1977) – Woody Allen
Dr. Strangelove: or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964) – Stanley Kubrick
His Girl Friday (1940) – Howard Hawks
Kramer vs. Kramer (1979) – Robert Benton
Lilya 4-Ever (2002) – Lukas Moodyson
Memories of Murder (2003) – Bong Joon-ho
Nashville (1975) – Robert Altman
Out of the Past (1947) – Jacques Tourneur
Paris, Texas (1984) – Wim Wenders
Pina (2011) – Wim Wenders
Princess Mononoke (1997) – Hayao Miyazaki
Return, The (2003) – Andrei Zvyagintsev
Rio Bravo (1959) – Howard Hawks
Roaring Twenties, The (1939) – Raoul Walsh
Rumble Fish (1983) – Francis Ford Coppola
Triplets of Belleville (2003) – Sylvian Chomet
Weekend (2011) – Andrew Haigh
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966) – Mike Nicholls

Tier Three
2001: A Space Odyssey (1967) – Stanley Kubrick
A Clockwork Orange (1971) – Stanley Kubrick
Brief Encounter (1945) – David Lean
Broken Embraces (2009) – Pedro Almodovar
Evil Dead, The (1983) – Sam Raimi
Festen (1995) – Thomas Vinterberg
Grave of the Fireflies (1988) – Isao Takahata
Kontroll (2003) – Nimrod Antal
Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, The (2004) – Wes Anderson
Miller’s Crossing (1990) – Joel Coen
My Life Without Me (2003) – Isabel Coixet
Network (1976) – Sidney Lumet
No Country for Old Men (2007) – Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
Noi the Albino (2003) – Dagur Kari
On the Town (1949) – Gene Kelly, Stanley Donen
Paris Is Burning (1990) – Jennie Livingston
Pauline at the Beach (1983) – Eric Rohmer
Robocop (1987) – Paul Verhoeven
Rope (1948) – Alfred Hitchcock
Royal Tenenbaums, The (2001) – Wes Anderson
Solaris (1972) – Andrei Tarkovsky
Squid and the Whale, The (2006) – Noah Baumbach
Taxi Driver (1976) – Martin Scorsese
Teorema (1968) – Pier Paolo Pasolini
This Is England (2006) – Shane Meadows
This Is Spinal Tap (1984) – Rob Reiner
Wizard of Oz, The (1939) – Victor Fleming
Young Girls of Rochefort, The (1967) – Jacques Demy

Tier Four
400 Blows, The (1959) – Francois Truffaut
A Separation (2011) – Asghar Farhadi
A Short Film About Killing (1988) – Krzysztof Kieslowski
Angels with Dirty Faces (1938) – Michael Curtiz
Bad Taste (1987) – Peter Jackson
Bambi (1942) – David Hand, et al
Beau Travail (1998) – Clare Denis
Bicycle Thieves, The (1948) – Vittorio De Sica
Bigger Than Life (1956) – Nicholas Ray
Blood Simple (1984) – Joel Coen
Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover, The (1989) – Peter Greenaway
Departed, The (2006) – Martin Scorsese
Dogtooth (2009) – Giorgos Lanthimos
Easy Rider (1969) – Dennis Hopper
Fantastic Planet (1973) – Rene Laloux
French Connection, The (1971) – William Friedkin
I’ve Loved You So Long (2008) – Philippe Claudel
In Bruges (2008) – Martin McDonagh
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956) – Don Siegel
Kamikaze Girls (2004) – Tetsuya Nakashima
Let the Right One In (2008) – Tomas Alfredson
Life Is Sweet (1990) – Mike Leigh
Love In the Afternoon (1972) – Eric Rohmer
Naked (1993) – Mike Leigh
Nights of Cabiria (1957) – Federico Fellini
North by Northwest (1959) – Alfred Hitchcock
Pan’s Labyrinth (2006) – Guillermo Del Toro
Paths of Glory (1957) – Stanley Kubrick
Philadelphia Story, The (1940) – George Cukor
Songs from the Second Floor (2000) – Roy Andersson
Thing from Another World, The (1951) – Christian Nyby, Howard Hawks
Touch of Evil (1958) – Orson Welles
Umbrellas of Cherbourg, The (1964) – Jacques Demy
Unfaithfully Yours (1948) – Preston Sturges
Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (1988) – Pedro Almodovar

Honourable Mentions: 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (2007), A Zed and Two Noughts (1985), Alice in the Cities (1974), Alice in Wonderland (1951), The Aviator’s Wife (1981), Bad Lieutenant (1992), Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans (2009), The Ballad of Jack and Rose (2005), Beauty and the Beast (1991), The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (1982), Blow-Up (1966), Bottle Rocket (1996), Braindead (1992), Bringing Up Baby (1938), Brother (1997), Buffalo 66 (1998), Cape Fear (1962), The Celluloid Closet (1995), Close-Up (1990), The Conversation (1974), Cul-De-Sac (1966), The Deer Hunter (1978), Downfall (2004), The Descendants (2011), Dial M for Murder (1954), Don’t Look Back (1967), Double Indemnity (1944), Eraserhead (1977), Exit Through the Gift Shop (2010), Fail-Safe (1964), Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986), Finding Nemo (2003), Forbidden Planet (1956), Full Metal Jacket (1986), Funny Face (1957), George Harrison: Living in the Material World (2011), The Graduate (1967), The Great Train Robbery (1903), Hoop Dreams (1994), In the Mood for Love (2000), The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957), It Happened One Night (1934), Juno (2007), It’s Always Fair Weather (1955), Kids Return (1996), Kin-Dza-Dza (1986), The King of Comedy (1983), L. I. E. (2001), La Haine (1995), La Jetée (1962), Labyrinth (1986), Last Tango in Paris (1972), Live Flesh (1997), Life of Pi (2012), Love and Death (1975), The Man from Earth (2007), Meet Me in St. Louis (1944), Meshes of the Afternoon (1943), The Ox-Bow Incident (1943), Perfect Blue (1998), Pi (1998), The Public Enemy (1931), Ran (1985), Rififi (1955), Rosemary’s Baby (1968), School Daze (1988), Scorpio Rising (1964), Seven Psychopaths (2012), The Shining (1980), Show Me Love (1998), Singin’ in the Rain (1952), Strangers on a Train (1951), Swing Time (1936), Syndrome and a Century (2006), Taste of Cherry (1997), Tetsuo: The Iron Man (1989), The Third Man (1949), The Time Machine (1960), The Time That Remains (2009), Top Hat (1935), The War Game (1962), West Side Story (1961), White Heat (1949), Wings of Desire (1987) Wild Combinations: A Portrait of Arthur Russell (2008) and Withnail and I (1986).

Tier One

12 Angry Men (1957) – Sidney Lumet


Conformist, The (1970) – Roberto Rossellini


Control (2007) – Anton Corbijn


Do the Right Thing (1989) – Spike Lee


Dog Day Afternoon (1976) – Sidney Lumet


Draughtsman’s Contract, The (1982) – Peter Greenaway


Fireworks (1947) – Kenneth Anger


Hannah and Her Sister (1986) – Woody Allen


Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001) – John Cameron Mitchell


M (1931) – Fritz Lang


Putney Swope (1969) – Robert Downey, Sr.


Stalker (1979) – Andrei Tarkovsky


Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (1927) – F.W. Murnau


There Will Be Blood (2007) – Paul Thomas Anderson


Together (2000) – Lukas Moodyson

Tier Two

A Man Escaped (1956) – Robert Bresson


Ace in the Hole (1951) – Billy Wilder


All About My Mother (1999) – Pedro Almodovar


An American In Paris (1951) – Vincente Minnelli


Annie Hall (1977) – Woody Allen
Dr. Strangelove: or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964) – Stanley Kubrick


His Girl Friday (1940) – Howard Hawks


Kramer vs. Kramer (1979) – Robert Benton


Lilya 4-Ever (2002) – Lukas Moodyson


Memories of Murder (2003) – Bong Joon-ho


Nashville (1975) – Robert Altman


Out of the Past (1947) – Jacques Tourneur


Paris, Texas (1984) – Wim Wenders


Pina (2011) – Wim Wenders


Princess Mononoke (1997) – Hayao Miyazaki


Return, The (2003) – Andrei Zvyagintsev


Rio Bravo (1959) – Howard Hawks


Roaring Twenties, The (1939) – Raoul Walsh


Rumble Fish (1983) – Francis Ford Coppola


Triplets of Belleville (2003) – Sylvian Chomet


Weekend (2011) – Andrew Haigh


Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966) – Mike Nicholls

Tier Three

2001: A Space Odyssey (1967) – Stanley Kubrick


A Clockwork Orange (1971) – Stanley Kubrick


Brief Encounter (1945) – David Lean


Broken Embraces (2009) – Pedro Almodovar


Evil Dead, The (1983) – Sam Raimi


Festen (1995) – Thomas Vinterberg


Grave of the Fireflies (1988) – Isao Takahata


Kontroll (2003) – Nimrod Antal


Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, The (2004) – Wes Anderson


Miller’s Crossing (1990) – Joel Coen


My Life Without Me (2003) – Isabel Coixet


Network (1976) – Sidney Lumet


No Country for Old Men (2007) – Joel Coen, Ethan Coen


Noi the Albino (2003) – Dagur Kari


On the Town (1949) – Gene Kelly, Stanley Donen


Paris Is Burning (1990) – Jennie Livingston


Pauline at the Beach (1983) – Eric Rohmer


Robocop (1987) – Paul Verhoeven


Rope (1948) – Alfred Hitchcock


Royal Tenenbaums, The (2001) – Wes Anderson


Solaris (1972) – Andrei Tarkovsky


Squid and the Whale, The (2006) – Noah Baumbach


Taxi Driver (1976) – Martin Scorsese


Teorema (1968) – Pier Paolo Pasolini


This Is England (2006) – Shane Meadows


This Is Spinal Tap (1984) – Rob Reiner


Wizard of Oz, The (1939) – Victor Fleming


Young Girls of Rochefort, The (1967) – Jacques Demy

Tier Four

400 Blows, The (1959) – Francois Truffaut


A Separation (2011) – Asghar Farhadi


A Short Film About Killing (1988) – Krzysztof Kieslowski


Angels with Dirty Faces (1938) – Michael Curtiz


Bad Taste (1987) – Peter Jackson


Bambi (1942) – David Hand, et al


Beau Travail (1998) – Clare Denis


Bicycle Thieves, The (1948) – Vittorio De Sica


Bigger Than Life (1956) – Nicholas Ray


Blood Simple (1984) – Joel Coen


Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover, The (1989) – Peter Greenaway


Departed, The (2006) – Martin Scorsese


Dogtooth (2009) – Giorgos Lanthimos


Easy Rider (1969) – Dennis Hopper


Fantastic Planet (1973) – Rene Laloux


French Connection, The (1971) – William Friedkin


I’ve Loved You So Long (2008) – Philippe Claudel


In Bruges (2008) – Martin McDonagh


Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956) – Don Siegel


Kamikaze Girls (2004) – Tetsuya Nakashima


Let the Right One In (2008) – Tomas Alfredson


Life Is Sweet (1990) – Mike Leigh


Love In the Afternoon / Chloe In the Afternoon (1972) – Eric Rohmer


Naked (1993) – Mike Leigh


Nights of Cabiria (1957) – Federico Fellini


North by Northwest (1959) – Alfred Hitchcock


Pan’s Labyrinth (2006) – Guillermo Del Toro


Paths of Glory (1957) – Stanley Kubrick


Philadelphia Story, The (1940) – George Cukor


Songs from the Second Floor (2000) – Roy Andersson


Thing from Another World, The (1951) – Christian Nyby, Howard Hawks


Touch of Evil (1958) – Orson Welles


Umbrellas of Cherbourg, The (1964) – Jacques Demy


Unfaithfully Yours (1948) – Preston Sturges


Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (1988) – Pedro Almodovar

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