My Top 100 Favourite Films of All-Time!

Posted: April 23, 2017 in Film Commentary

After much thought and careful deliberation, I have compiled what I believe to be my definitive Top 100 Favorite Films of All-Time. These films are listed alphabetically (I went nuts as it is putting this list together period, let alone ranking them in any kind of objective order) and I restricted myself to one film per filmmaker, otherwise this list would have easily been filled with the works of a handful of directors. My mental well-being may disagree, but I actually enjoyed the challenge of putting together an eclectic reel of films in this manner. By pouring through my DVD collection and asking myself to honestly assess what are the “bare essentials” and what could conceivably be sold off down the road, I was actually grateful for the “one film per filmmaker” rule because if I did, in fact, sell off the rest of my library, I would be left with the ultimate “all killer no filler” collection. Enjoy!

  1. “2001: A Space Odyssey”(Stanley Kubrick, 1968)
  2. “Alien”(Ridley Scott, 1979)
  3. “Altered States”(Ken Russell, 1980)
  4. “American Movie”(Chris Smith, 1999)
  5. “Amityville II: The Possession”(Damiano Damiani, 1982)
  6. “Annie Hall”(Woody Allen, 1977)
  7. “Back to the Future”(Robert Zemeckis, 1985)
  8. “Batman Begins”(Christopher Nolan, 2005)
  9. “The Beyond”(Lucio Fulci, 1981)
  10. “Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey”(Peter Hewitt, 1991)
  11. “The Brady Bunch Movie”(Betty Thomas, 1995)
  12. “The Burbs”(Joe Dante, 1989)
  13. “Candyman”(Bernard Rose, 1992)
  14. “Cannibal Man”(Eloy de la Iglesia, 1973)
  15. “Carnival of Souls”(Herk Harvey, 1962)
  16. “Casablanca”(Michael Curtiz, 1942)
  17. “Chuck and Buck”(Miguel Arteta, 2000)
  18. “The Clonus Horror”(Robert S. Fiveson, 1979)
  19. “Dawn of the Dead”(George A. Romero, 1978)
  20. “The Day The Earth Stood Still”(Robert Wise, 1951)
  21. “Donnie Darko”(Richard Kelly, 2001)
  22. “Double Indemnity”(Billy Wilder, 1944)
  23. “Dracula”(Tod Browning, 1931)
  24. “The Duke of Burgundy”(Peter Strickland, 2014)
  25. “Ed Wood”(Tim Burton, 1994)
  26. “Event Horizon”(Paul W.S. Anderson, 1997)
  27. “The Exorcist”(William Friedkin, 1973)
  28. “Fallen Angels”(Wong Kar-Wai, 1995)
  29. “Ghostbusters” (Ivan Reitman, 1984)
  30. “Ghost World”(Terry Zwigoff, 2001)
  31. “The Godfather”(Francis Ford Coppola, 1972)
  32. “Godzilla”(Ishiro Honda, 1954)
  33. “The Good, The Bad and The Ugly”(Sergio Leone, 1966)
  34. “Happiness”(Todd Solondz, 1998)
  35. “Hedwig and the Angry Inch”(John Cameron Mitchell, 2001)
  36. “Hobgoblins”(Rick Sloane, 1988)
  37. “House II: The Second Story”(Ethan Wiley, 1987)
  38. “Ichi the Killer”(Takashi Miike, 2001)
  39. “The Image”(Radley Metzger, 1975)
  40. “Independence Day”(Roland Emmerich, 1996)
  41. “It’s a Wonderful Life”(Frank Capra, 1946)
  42. “Jackie Brown”(Quentin Tarantino, 1997)
  43. “Jacob’s Ladder”(Adrian Lyne, 1990)
  44. “Jason Lives: Friday the 13th Part VI”(Tom McLoughlin, 1986)
  45. “The Karate Kid”(John G. Avildsen, 1984)
  46. “King Kong”(Merian C. Cooper & Ernest B. Schoedsack, 1933)
  47. “Labyrinth”(Jim Henson, 1986)
  48. “The Land Before Time”(Don Bluth, 1988)
  49. “The Land That Time Forgot”(Kevin Connor, 1974)
  50. “Last House on Dead End Street”(Roger Watkins, 1977)
  51. “Lord of Illusions”(Clive Barker, 1994)
  52. “Lost Highway”(David Lynch, 1997)
  53. “Manos: The Hands of Fate”(Harold P. Warren, 1966)
  54. “The Matrix”(The Wachowski Sisters, 1999)
  55. “May”(Lucky McKee, 2002)
  56. “The Neverending Story”(Wolfgang Petersen, 1984)
  57. “Nekromantik 2”(Jörg Buttgereit, 1991)
  58. “The Night of the Hunter” (Charles Laughton, 1955)
  59. “A Nightmare on Elm Street”(Wes Craven, 1984)
  60. “Nymphomaniac”(Lars von Trier, 2013)
  61. “The Omen”(Richard Donner, 1976)
  62. “Phantasm”(Don Coscarelli, 1979)
  63. “Pieces”(Juan Piquer Simon, 1982)
  64. “Pin”(Sandor Stern, 1988)
  65. “Plan 9 From Outer Space”(Edward D. Wood Jr., 1959)
  66. “Planes, Trains and Automobiles”(John Hughes, 1987)
  67. “Planet of Dinosaurs”(James K. Shea, 1977)
  68. “Planet of the Apes”(Franklin J. Schaffner, 1968)
  69. “Prince of Darkness”(John Carpenter, 1987)
  70. “Pumpkinhead”(Stan Winston, 1989)
  71. “Requiem For a Dream”(Darren Aronofsky, 2000)
  72. “Return to Oz”(Walter Murch, 1985)
  73. “Rosemary’s Baby”(Roman Polanski, 1968)
  74. “The Sandlot”(David M. Evans, 1993)
  75. “Secretary”(Steven Shainberg, 2002)
  76. “The Seventh Continent”(Michael Haneke, 1989)
  77. “The Shawshank Redemption” (Frank Darabont, 1994)
  78. “Silver Bullet”(Dan Attias, 1985)
  79. “Singin’ in the Rain”(Stanley Donen & Gene Kelly, 1952)
  80. “Solaris”(Andrei Tarkovsky, 1972)
  81. “Somewhere in Time”(Jeannot Szwarc, 1980)
  82. “The Spanish Prisoner”(David Mamet, 1997)
  83. “SS Girls”(Bruno Mattei, 1977)
  84. “Star Wars: A New Hope”(George Lucas, 1977)
  85. “The Stepfather”(Joseph Ruben, 1987)
  86. “Suspiria”(Dario Argento, 1977)
  87. “Taxi Driver”(Martin Scorsese, 1976)
  88. “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”(Steve Barron, 1990)
  89. “Terminator 2: Judgment Day”(James Cameron, 1991)
  90. “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre”(Tobe Hooper, 1974)
  91. “There Will Be Blood”(Paul Thomas Anderson, 2007)
  92. “Torso”(Sergio Martino, 1973)
  93. “The Transformers: The Movie” (Nelson Shin, 1986)
  94. “Troll 2”(Claudio Fragasso, 1990)
  95. “Under the Skin”(Jonathan Glazer, 2013)
  96. “Vampyros Lesbos”(Jess Franco, 1971)
  97. “Vertigo”(Alfred Hitchcock, 1958)
  98. “Viva”(Anna Biller, 2007)
  99. “Wayne’s World”(Penelope Spheeris, 1992)
  100. “Yor, The Hunter From The Future”(Antonio Margheriti, 1983)
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