Wednesday, 30 April 2014

My 100 favourite films

Updated. Originally published on 23/4/2013.

A list, not a ranking.
This is a list of films which: 
- are excellent, perfect or almost perfect
- I like very much 
- have made a strong impression on me and given me inspiration 
- have stayed with me since I watched them and perhaps will continue, for another long while 
(Note: some films in the original list have been removed, for various reasons) 

1/ Taxi driver (Martin Scorsese)
2/ Raging bull (Martin Scorsese)
3/ Dog day afternoon (Sidney Lumet)
4/ A streetcar named Desire (Elia Kazan)
5/ The aviator (Martin Scorsese)
6/ Infernal affairs (Andrew Lau, Alan Mak)
7/ Gone with the wind (Victor Fleming, George Cukor, Sam Wood)
8/ Goodfellas (Martin Scorsese)
9/ Chungking Express (Wong Kar-wai)
10/ Happy together (Wong Kar-wai)
11/ Raise the red lanterns (Zhang Yimou)
12/ To live (Zhang Yimou)
13/ There will be blood (Paul Thomas Anderson)
14/ Casablanca (Michael Curtiz)
15/ À la folie... pas du tout (Laetitia Colombani)
16/ L'appartement (Gilles Mimouni)
17/ The Godfather (Francis Ford Coppola)
18/ Spring, summer, fall, winter... and spring (Kim Ki Duk)
19/ Titanic (James Cameron)
20/ 2046 (Wong Kar-wai)
21/ The artist (Michel Hazanavicius)
22/ Million dollar baby (Clint Eastwood)
23/ My left foot (Jim Sheridan)
24/ Gangs of New York (Martin Scorsese)
25/ Modern times (Charlie Chaplin)
26/ The great dictator (Charlie Chaplin)
27/ Edward scissorhands (Tim Burton)
28/ The curious case of Benjamin Button (David Fincher)
29/ The trouble with Harry (Alfred Hitchcock)
30/ The pianist (Roman Polanski)
31/ The piano (Jane Campion)
32/ La nuit Américaine (Francois Truffaut)
33/ Silver linings playbook (David O. Russell)
34/ It's a wonderful life (Frank Capra)
35/ Anatomy of a murder (Otto Preminger)
36/ All about Eve (Joseph L. Mankiewicz)
37/ Ladri di biciclette (Vittorio De Sica)
38/ Irréversible (Gaspar Noé)
39/ Before the devil knows you're dead (Sidney Lumet)
40/ Gaslight (George Cukor) 
41/ Intouchables (Olivier Nakache, Éric Toledano)
42/ The English patient (Anthony Minghella)
43/ Sophie's choice (Alan J. Pakula)
44/ The house of the spirits (Bille August)
45/ Notes on a scandal (Richard Eyre)
46/ Perfume: the story of a murderer (Tom Tykwer) 
47/ A short film about love (Krzysztof Kieslowski)
48/ Happiness (Todd Solondz)
49/ The man in the iron mask (Randall Wallace)
50/ Of mice and men (Gary Sinise)
51/ The quick and the dead (Sam Raimi)
52/ The king's speech (Tom Hooper)
53/ Erin Brockovich (Steven Soderbergh)
54/ The green mile (Frank Darabont)
55/ American beauty (Sam Mendes)
56/ The 6th sense (M. Night Shyamalan)
57/ La vita è bella (Roberto Benigni)
58/ The shawshank redemption (Frank Darabont)
59/ Forrest Gump (Robert Zemeckis)
60/ Philadelphia (Jonathan Demme)
61/ Rain man (Barry Levinson)
62/ I am Sam (Jessie Nelson)
63/ The gods must be crazy 1& 2 (Jamie Uys)
64/ The lives of others (Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck)
65/ A clockwork orange (Stanley Kubrick)
66/ Scarface (Brian de Palma)
67/ The silence of the lambs (Jonathan Demme)
68/ Girl, interrupted (James Mangold)
69/ Dr Strangelove or: How I learned to stop worrying and love the bomb (Stanley Kubrick)
70/ Slumdog millionnaire (Danny Boyle)
71/ Mother (Bong Joon-ho)
72/ 4 months, 3 weeks and 2 days (Cristian Mungiu)
73/ Vivre sa vie (Jean- Luc Godard)
74/ Tetro (Francis Ford Coppola)
75/ Memento (Christopher Nolan)
76/ Eyes wide shut (Stanley Kubrick)
77/ Together (Chen Kaige)
78/ Magnolia (Paul Thomas Anderson)
79/ No country for old men (Joel and Ethan Coen)
80/ Ran (Akira Kurosawa)
81/ Fracture (Gregory Hoblit)
82/ Departures (Yōjirō Takita)
83/ 8½ (Federico Fellini)
84/ Vertigo (Alfred Hitchcock)
85/ The accused (Jonathan Kaplan)
86/ Autumn sonata (Ingmar Bergman)
87/ The big Lebowski (Joel and Ethan Coen)
88/ My fair lady (George Cukor)
89/ The apartment (Billy Wilder)

The list, as you can see, is incomplete. I probably have missed a few, due to my poor memory, the ones I can think of don't really meet the conditions mentioned above (such conditions are required since I can't imagine how long a list may be if I mention all of the films I like for 1 reason or another). 
Will be updated. 

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