My 50 Favorite Movies


I didn’t really need to think about what my first post should be. As a movie lover and a compulsive list-maker, I always have a top/favorite movie list available. And as this blog will be used, not just for movies, but primarily to showcase my thoughts on art (of which movies play a huge part) this seemed like the only good way to start.

The following list is subject to change, pretty much daily, based on nothing more concrete than my ever-shifting mood. There is no set criteria for inclusion. Some of the films entertain me, while others have impacted me personally. Some are in line with what I would like to make some day, and others couldn’t be farther from my ambition but are just too awesome to ignore. I thought about only allowing one film per director (my blatant Hitchcock fanboyism kind of shines through otherwise), but that would go against the whimsy that drives this list. I think it’s a good display of my film tastes.

I hope to complete write ups for all the films involved. Until then, this is just a list of names and numbers, but if you’ve seen many of these movies, you’ll still get the point.

Without further ado, my top 50…

(in descending order, just to add a little suspense.)

50. Casablanca (Michael Curtiz, 1942)

49. The Hudsucker Proxy (Joel and Ethan Coen, 1994)

48. Modern Times (Charlie Chaplin, 1936)

47. Steamboat Bill Jr. (Buster Keaton, 1928)

46. Die Hard (John McTeirnan, 1988)

45. Rules of the Game (Jean Renoir, 1939)

44. Nosferatu (Friedrick Wilhelm Murnau, 1922)

43. The Bicycle Thief (Vittorio De Sica, 1949)

42. Shadow of a Doubt (Alfred Hitchcock, 1946)

41. Duck Soup (Leo McCarey, 1933)

40. Blade Runner (Riddley Scott, 1982)

39. Synecdoche, New York (Charlie Kaufman, 2008)

38. Ed Wood (Tim Burton, 1994)

37. Vertigo (Alfred Hitchcock, 1958)

36. Rio Bravo (Howard Hawks, 1959)

35. Sullivan’s Travels (Preston Sturges, 1941)

34. The Shining (Stanley Kubrick, 1980)

33. The 400 Blows (Francois Truffaut, 1959)

32. His Girl Friday (Howard Hawks, 1940)

31. The Man Who Shot Liberty Valence (John Ford, 1962)

30. Alphaville (Jean Luc Godard, 1961)

29. Where the Wild Things Are (Spike Jonze, 2009)

28. The General (Buster Keaton, 1927)

27. The Lady Vanishes (Alfred Hitchcock, 1938)

26. Ikiru (Akira Kurosawa, 1952)

25. 8 1/2 (Federico Fellini, 1961)

24. Army of Shadows (Jean Pierre Melville, 1969)

23. Vampyr (Carl Theodore Dreyer, 1931)

22. Toy Story (John Lasseter, 1995)

21. Rififi (Jules Dassin, 1954)

20. The Trial (Orson Welles, 1960)

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

18. Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (Friedrick Wilhelm Murnau, 1927)

17. The Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn (Raimi, 1987)

16. Night of the Hunter (Charles Laughton, 1955)

15. The 39 Steps (Alfred Hitchcock, 1935)

14. Le Circle Rouge (Jean Pierre Melville, 1970)

13. The Palm Beach Story (Preston Sturges, 1942)

12. Sunset Boulevard (Billy Wilder, 1950)

11. Wall-E (Andrew Stanton, 2008)

10. The Empire Strikes Back (Ervin Kershner, 1980)

9. No Country for Old Men (Joel and Ethan Coen, 2007)

8. M (Fritz Lang, 1933)

7. 2001: A Space Odyssey (Stanley Kubrick, 1968)

6. The Lord of the Rings (Peter Jackson, 2001-2003)

5. Out of the Past (Jaques Tourneur, 1946)

4. Make Way for Tomorrow (Leo McCarey, 1937)

3. Rear Window (Alfred Hitchcock, 1954)

2. The Passion of Joan of Arc (Carl Theodore Dreyer, 1928)

1. Sherlock Jr. (Buster Keaton, 1924


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