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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Theatrical Viewings:

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Home Viewings:

  1. THE MAN WHO KNEW TOO MUCH (Alfred Hitchcock, 1934)
  2. THE 39 STEPS (Alfred Hitchcock, 1935)
  3. KING KONG (Merian C. Cooper & Ernest B. Schoedsack, 1933)
  4. LEPRECHAUN (Mark Jones, 1993)
  5. LEPRECHAUN 2 (Rodman Flender, 1994)
  6. LEPRECHAUN 3 (Brian Trenchard-Smith, 1995)
  7. NIGHT OF THE GHOULS (Edward D. Wood, Jr., 1959)
  8. MANOS: THE HANDS OF FATE (Harold P. Warren, 1966)
  9. THE SIXTH SENSE (M. Night Shyamalan, 1999)
  10. SCOOBY-DOO! WRESTLEMANIA MYSTERY (Brandon Vietti, 2014)
  11. CITIZEN KANE (Orson Welles, 1941)
  12. THE MALTESE FALCON (John Huston, 1941)
  13. CASABLANCA (Michael Curtiz, 1942)
  14. DOUBLE INDEMNITY (Billy Wilder, 1944)
  15. THE NIGHT OF THE HUNTER (Charles Laughton, 1955)
  16. TOUCH OF EVIL (Orson Welles, 1958)
  17. THE KILLING (Stanley Kubrick, 1956)
  18. GHOST IN THE SHELL (Mamoru Oshii, 1995)

Television:

  1. THAT ‘70s SHOW, 5×14-5×25, 6×01-6×25, 7×01-7×25, 8×01-8×22
  2. AMERICAN DAD, 3×01-3×19, 4×01-4×16, 5×01-5×20

Theatrical Viewings:

  1. MOONLIGHT (Barry Jenkins, 2016)
  2. CONTAMINATION (Luigi Cozzi, 1980)
  3. INVASION U.S.A. (Joseph Zito, 1985)
  4. 7 DOORS OF DEATH (Lucio Fulci, 1981, 35mm)
  5. JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 2 (Chad Stahelski, 2017)

Home Viewings:

  1. LOST HIGHWAY (David Lynch, 1997)
  2. ED WOOD (Tim Burton, 1994)
  3. GLEN OR GLENDA? (Edward D. Wood, Jr., 1953)
  4. BRIDE OF THE MONSTER (Edward D. Wood, Jr., 1955)
  5. PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE (Edward D. Wood Jr., 1959)
  6. ROBOT MONSTER (Phil Tucker, 1953)
  7. ASSAULT ON PRECINCT 13 (John Carpenter, 1976)
  8. ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK (John Carpenter, 1981)
  9. BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA (John Carpenter, 1986)
  10. THE FLY (David Cronenberg, 1986)
  11. ALIENS (James Cameron, 1986)
  12. BERBERIAN SOUND STUDIO (David Strickland, 2012)
  13. SHOGUN ASSASSIN (Robert Houston & Kenji Misumi, 1980)
  14. THE ‘BURBS (Joe Dante, 1989)
  15. THE SENTINEL (Michael Winner, 1977)

Television:

  1. THAT ‘70s SHOW, 1×01-1×25, 2×01-2×27, 3×01-3×25, 4×01-4×27, 5×01-5×13
  2. FAMILY GUY, 7×01-7×16, 8×01-8×21, 9×01-9×18
  3. AMERICAN DAD, 1×01-1×07, 2×01-2×16

Theatrical Viewings:

  1. LA LA LAND (Damien Chazelle, 2016)
  2. MANCHESTER BY THE SEA (Kenneth Lonergan, 2016)

Home Viewings:

  1. PRIVATE HOUSE OF THE SS (Bruno Mattei, 1977)
  2. STRIP NUDE FOR YOUR KILLER (Andrea Bianchi, 1975)
  3. THE EXECUTIONER (Teruo Ishii, 1974)
  4. DRIVE (Nicolas Winding Refn, 2011)
  5. THE WEDDING SINGER (Frank Coraci, 1998)
  6. THE CABLE GUY (Ben Stiller, 1996)
  7. CRUEL INTENTIONS (Roger Kumble, 1999)
  8. GOOD WILL HUNTING (Gus Van Sant, 1997)
  9. GODZILLA (Roland Emmerich, 1998)
  10. MARS ATTACKS! (Tim Burton, 1996)
  11. THE MASK (Chuck Russell, 1994)
  12. CLERKS II (Kevin Smith, 2006)
  13. THE FLINTSTONES (Brian Levant, 1994)
  14. FREAKY FRIDAY (Mark Waters, 2003)
  15. MITT (Greg Whiteley, 2014)
  16. THE GOOD SON (Joseph Ruben, 1993)
  17. THE GREAT OUTDOORS (Howard Deutch, 1988)
  18. TALK RADIO (Oliver Stone, 1988)
  19. WHILE WE’RE YOUNG (Noah Baumbach, 2015)
  20. MISTRESS AMERICA (Noah Baumbach, 2015)
  21. ZOOTOPIA (Byron Howard & Rich Moore & Jared Bush, 2016)
  22. THE MIGHTY DUCKS (Stephen Herek, 1992)
  23. MEAN GIRLS (Mark Waters, 2004)
  24. SWISS ARMY MAN (Dan Kwan & Daniel Scheinert, 2016)
  25. PROMETHEUS (Ridley Scott, 2012)
  26. PLANET OF THE APES (Franklin J. Schaffner, 1968)
  27. BENEATH THE PLANET OF THE APES (Ted Post, 1970)
  28. ESCAPE FROM THE PLANET OF THE APES (Don Taylor, 1971)
  29. CONQUEST OF THE PLANET OF THE APES (J. Lee Thompson, 1972)
  30. BATTLE FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES (J. Lee Thompson, 1973)
  31. 12 MONKEYS (Terry Gilliam, 1995)
  32. THE FOG (John Carpenter, 1980)
  33. HOMEWARD BOUND: THE INCREDIBLE JOURNEY (Duwayne Dunham, 1993)
  34. THE LADY IN THE CAR WITH GLASSES AND A GUN (Joann Sfar, 2015)
  35. UNDER THE SUN (Vitaly Mansky, 2015)
  36. CASPER (Brad Siberling, 1995)
  37. NINETEEN EIGHTY-FOUR (Michael Radford, 1984)

Television:

  1. FAMILY GUY, 1×01-1×07, 2×01-2×21, 3×01-3×22, 4×01-4×30, 5×01-5×18, 6×01-6×12
  2. BLACK MIRROR, 1×01-1×03
  3. BREAKING BAD, 1×01-1×05

Theatrical Viewings:

  1. ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY (Gareth Edwards, 2016)

Home Viewings:

  1. THE BLACK GESTAPO (Lee Frost, 1975)
  2. THE BLACK 6 (Matt Cimber, 1973)
  3. IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE (Frank Capra, 1946)
  4. GREMLINS (Joe Dante, 1984)
  5. SILENT NIGHT, DEADLY NIGHT (Charles E. Sellier, Jr., 1984)
  6. ERNEST SAVES CHRISTMAS (John R. Cherry III, 1988)
  7. DIE HARD (John McTiernan, 1988)
  8. NATIONAL LAMPOON’S CHRISTMAS VACATION (Jeremiah S. Chechik, 1989)
  9. UNDER THE CHERRY MOON (Prince, 1986)
  10. HOME ALONE (Chris Columbus, 1990)
  11. HOME ALONE 2: LOST IN NEW YORK (Chris Columbus, 1992)
  12. GOODFELLAS (Martin Scorsese, 1990)
  13. THE MUPPET CHRISTMAS CAROL (Brian Henson, 1992)
  14. PRINCESS MONONOKE (Hayao Miyazaki, 1997)
  15. ALTERED STATES (Ken Russell, 1980)
  16. THE SIMPSONS MOVIE (David Silverman, 2007)
  17. CLERKS (Kevin Smith, 1994)
  18. MALLRATS (Kevin Smith, 1995)
  19. CHASING AMY (Kevin Smith, 1997)
  20. DOGMA (Kevin Smith, 1999)
  21. THE VANISHING (George Sluizer, 1993)
  22. STAR WARS: EPISODE I – THE PHANTOM MENACE (George Lucas, 1999)
  23. STAR WARS: EPISODE II – ATTACK OF THE CLONES (George Lucas, 2002)
  24. STAR WARS: EPISODE III – REVENGE OF THE SITH (George Lucas, 2005)
  25. JOHN WICK (Chad Stahelski, 2014)
  26. DEADPOOL (Tim Miller, 2016)
  27. GREEN ROOM (Jeremy Saulnier, 2015)
  28. RED LIGHTS (Rodrigo Cortés, 2012)
  29. THE LOBSTER (Giorgos Lanthimos, 2015)
  30. ELF (Jon Favreau, 2003)
  31. THE WAILING (Hong-jin Na, 2016)
  32. THE RESURRECTION OF JAKE THE SNAKE (Steve Yu, 2015)
  33. LUCHA MEXICO (Alex Hammond & Ian Markiewicz, 2016)
  34. STAR WARS: EPISODE IV – A NEW HOPE (George Lucas, 1977)
  35. STAR WARS: EPISODE V – THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK (Irvin Kershner, 1980)
  36. SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN (Gene Kelly & Stanley Donen, 1952)

Television:

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Theatrical Viewings:

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Home Viewings:

  1. WATERSHIP DOWN (Martin Rosen, 1978)
  2. THE PLAGUE DOGS (Martin Rosen, 1982)
  3. BEST OF THE BEST (Robert Radler, 1989)
  4. LADY SNOWBLOOD (Toshiya Fujita, 1973)
  5. LADY SNOWBLOOD 2: LOVE SONG OF VENGEANCE (Toshiya Fujita, 1974)
  6. ROBO VAMPIRE (Godfrey Ho, 1988)
  7. GAMERA: GUARDIAN OF THE UNIVERSE (Shûsuke Kaneko, 1995)
  8. GHOULIES (Luca Bercovici, 1984)
  9. PURPLE RAIN (Albert Magnoli, 1984)
  10. GRAFFITI BRIDGE (Prince, 1990)
  11. BAREFOOT GEN (Mori Masaki, 1983)
  12. VAMPIRE HUNTER D (Toyoo Ashida, 1985)
  13. ROYAL SPACE FORCE: WINGS OF HONNEAMISE (Hiroyuki Yamaga, 1987)
  14. MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO (Hayao Miyazaki, 1988)
  15. AKIRA (Katsuhiro Ôtomo, 1988)
  16. PATLABOR 1 (Mamoru Oshii, 1989)
  17. BATTLE ANGEL (Hiroshi Fukutomi, 1993)
  18. NINJA SCROLL (Yoshiaki Kawajiri, 1993)
  19. STREET FIGHTER II: THE ANIMATED MOVIE (Gisaburo Sugii, 1994)
  20. GHOST IN THE SHELL (Mamoru Oshii, 1995)
  21. WOLFEN (Michael Wadleigh, 1981)
  22. PLANES, TRAINS AND AUTOMOBILES (John Hughes, 1987)
  23. UNCLE BUCK (John Hughes, 1989)
  24. X (Rintaro, 1996)
  25. WHAT ABOUT BOB? (Frank Oz, 1991)
  26. NATIONAL LAMPOON’S VACATION (Harold Ramis, 1983)
  27. NATIONAL LAMPOON’S EUROPEAN VACATION (Amy Heckerling, 1985)
  28. MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000: THE MOVIE (Jim Mallon, 1996)
  29. YAKUZA APOCALYPSE (Takashi Miike, 2015)
  30. ANNIE HALL (Woody Allen, 1977)

Television:

  1. GAME OF THRONES, 5×01-5×10, 6×01-6×10

 

Theatrical Viewings:

  1. SHIN GODZILLA (Hideaki Anno & Shinji Higuchi, 2016)

Home Viewings:

  1. NEKROMANTIK (Jörg Buttgereit, 1987)
  2. NEKROMANTIK 2 ((Jörg Buttgereit, 1991)
  3. DER TODESKING: THE DEATH KING ((Jörg Buttgereit, 1990)
  4. DEATH BED: THE BED THAT EATS (George Barry, 1977)
  5. LAST HOUSE ON DEAD END STREET (Roger Watkins, 1977)
  6. EYES WITHOUT A FACE (Georges Franju, 1960)
  7. VAMPYR (Carl Theodor Dreyer, 1932)
  8. COUNTESS DRACULA (Peter Sasdy, 1971)
  9. THE BLOOD SPATTERED BRIDE (Vicente Aranda, 1972)
  10. VAMPYRES (José Ramón Larraz, 1974)
  11. THE STRANGE VICE OF MRS. WARDH (Sergio Martino, 1971)
  12. THE CASE OF THE SCORPION’S TAIL (Sergio Martino, 1971)
  13. ALL THE COLORS OF THE DARK (Sergio Martino, 1972)
  14. YOUR VICE IS A LOCKED ROOM AND ONLY I HAVE THE KEY (Sergio Martino, 1972)
  15. TORSO (Sergio Martino, 1973)
  16. WHAT HAVE YOU DONE TO SOLANGE? (Massimo Dallamano, 1972)
  17. SEVEN BLOOD-STAINED ORCHIDS (Umberto Lenzi, 1972)
  18. SPASMO (Umberto Lenzi, 1974)
  19. BLOOD FEAST (Herschell Gordon Lewis, 1963)
  20. BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER (Fran Rubel Kuzui, 1992)
  21. CRITTERS (Stephen Herek, 1986)
  22. THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE 2 (Tobe Hooper, 1986)
  23. LEATHERFACE: TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE III (Jeff Burr, 1990)
  24. FROM BEYOND (Stuart Gordon, 1986)
  25. A VIRGIN AMONG THE LIVING DEAD (Jess Franco, 1973)
  26. FEMALE VAMPIRE (Jess Franco, 1975)
  27. STRANGELAND (John Pieplow, 1998)
  28. WAXWORK (Anthony Hickox, 1988)
  29. HORROR OF DRACULA (Terence Fisher, 1958)
  30. DRACULA: PRINCE OF DARKNESS (Terence Fisher, 1966)
  31. THE RETURN OF GODZILLA (Koji Hashimoto, 1984)

Television:

  1. BOB’S BURGERS, 6×13-6×19
  2. FAMILY GUY, 14×01-14×20
  3. GAME OF THRONES, 1×01-1×10, 2×01-2×10, 3×01-3×10, 4×01-4×10