The 1,000 Greatest Films (A-B)

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Beginning on this page is TSPDT's detailed look (in alphabetic order) at the 1,000 Greatest Films. Each film's current, previous (in brackets), and highest ranking is provided with each entry, along with cast lists, review quotes (with external links to full review), and a sampling of five critics/filmmakers who voted, at one time or another, for the film in question.

The official*1,000 Greatest Films listings date back to March 2006. The current edition is the sixteenth (there were two editions published in 2006, and none in 2009).

*For those that may remember (or for those that may have discovered), I did publish four versions of The 1,000 Greatest Films during 2004/2005. These, however, are not referenced on this website; mainly because, in retrospect, I remain unsatisfied with how they were compiled. In a nutshell, crudely and quickly.
A Nos Amours

À nos amours

To Our Loves (English title)
Highest Ranking: 375 (2013)

1983 / France / 102m / Col / Drama, Coming-of-Age
Sandrine Bonnaire, Dominique Besnehard, Maurice Pialat, Evelyne Ker, Anne-Sophie Maille, Maite Maille, Christophe Odent, Pierre-Loup Rajot, Cyr Boitard, Cyril Collard
"With his raw style of filmmaking, Maurice Pialat has been called the John Cassavetes of French cinema, and the scorching À nos amours is one of his greatest achievements. In a revelatory film debut, the dynamic, fresh-faced Sandrine Bonnaire plays Suzanne, a fifteen-year-old Parisian who embarks on a sexual rampage in an effort to separate herself from her overbearing, beloved father (played with astonishing magnetism by Pialat himself), ineffectual mother, and brutish brother. A tender character study that can erupt in startling violence, À nos amours is one of the high-water marks of eighties French cinema." - The Criterion Collection
Selected by Molly Haskell, Ira Sachs, Filipe Furtado, Alexei Popogrebsky, Brad Deane.
A.I. Artificial Intelligence

A.I. Artificial Intelligence

Highest Ranking: 480 (2020)

2001 / USA / 145m / Col / Science Fiction, Psychological Drama
Haley Joel Osment, Frances O'Connor, Sam Robards, Jude Law, Jake Thomas, Brendan Gleeson, William Hurt, Ken Leung, Theo Greenly, Ashley Scott
"Steven Spielberg's film, a project he inherited from Stanley Kubrick, to whom it is dedicated, is a work of brilliant artifice and profound intelligence...The movie's three distinct sections reveal an unsettlingly plausible vision of the future, and explore a rich, complex set of emotions and ideas. Mr. Spielberg accomplishes the improbable feat of melding Kubrick's chilly, analytical style with his own warmer, needier sensibility, and the result is an exquisitely layered, complex movie — the riskiest, most ambiguous, most intellectually challenging fairy tale the director has made to date." - A.O. Scott, The New York Times
Selected by Joseph McBride, Armond White, Gabriel Carneiro, Tom Charity, Bauyrzhan Nogerbek.
See also The 21st Century's Most Acclaimed Films.
Abraham's Valley

Abraham's Valley

Vale Abraão (original title); Abraham Valley (alternative title)
Highest Ranking: 629 (2015)

1993 / Portugal-France-Switzerland / 187m / Col / Psychological Drama
Leonor Silveira, Cecile Sanz de Alba, Luis Miguel Cintra, Ruy de Carvalho, Luis Lima Barreto, Micheline Larpin, Diego Doria, Jose Pinto, Filipe Cochofel, Joao Perry
"This Portuguese adaptation of Madame Bovary - or rather a poetic meditation on the novel by Augustina Bessa-Luis - is encased in a hypnotic atmosphere, both melancholic and tranquil…Subtle, elegant, enigmatic, this movie by the veteran Oliveira exercises a powerful grip. Oliveira's style is hard to categorise (the director began making films in 1931): the timelessness of the modern-day setting, where the Lotuses and Maseratis seem so incongruous, is reminiscent of Resnais, but the languorous acting echoes the satiric irony of late Buñuel and the secretive minimalism of Bresson." - Wally Hammond, Time Out
Selected by Jean Narboni, Haden Guest, Jaime N. Christley, Cid Nader, Frédéric Maire.


Accatone (alternative spelling)
Highest Ranking: 341 (2010)

1961 / Italy / 120m / BW / Urban Drama, Psychological Drama
Franco Citti, Franca Pasut, Roberto Scaringella, Silvana Corsini, Paola Guidi, Adriana Asti, Adele Cambria, Luciano Conti, Luciano Gonini, Renato Capogna
"Treating a social milieu Pasolini knew at first hand, his first film as a director was misunderstood by many critics when it was first released as a return to the canons of Italian neo-realism of the '40s and '50s. In fact, its editing style, use of close-ups, dialogue in the Romanesco vernacular - not to mention the Bach score - all betray an originality much more of a piece with Pasolini's later work than with neo-realism. And the character of Accattone himself, self-destructive and conscious of his situation within a class from which he cannot escape, embodies many of the contradictions in Pasolini's lifetime of coming to terms with Marxism and Catholicism." - Rod McShane, Time Out
Selected by Wang Bing, Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne, Ryan Gilbey, Philippe Parreno, Alberto Pezzotta.
Ace in the Hole

Ace in the Hole

The Big Carnival (alternative title)
Highest Ranking: 580 (2007-2008)

1951 / USA / 112m / BW / Drama, Media Satire
Kirk Douglas, Jan Sterling, Robert Arthur, Porter Hall, Frank Cady, Richard Benedict, Ray Teal, Lewis Martin, John Berkes, Frances Dominguez
"One of the most scathing indictments of American culture ever produced by a Hollywood filmmaker, Billy Wilder’s Ace in the Hole is legendary for both its cutting social critique and its status as a hard-to-find cult classic. Kirk Douglas gives the fiercest performance of his career as Chuck Tatum, an amoral newspaper reporter caught in dead-end Albuquerque who happens upon the story of a lifetime—and will do anything to ensure he gets the scoop. Wilder’s follow-up to Sunset Boulevard is an even darker vision, a no-holds-barred exposé that anticipated the rise of the American media circus." - The Criterion Collection
Selected by Mike Hodges, John Dahl, Errol Morris, Griffin Dunne, Elaine Paterson.
See also 1,000 Noir Films.
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The Act of Killing

Highest Ranking: Current

2012 / Denmark-Norway-UK-Finland / 115m / Col / Social History, Documentary
Anwar Congo, Herman Koto, Syamsul Arifin, Ibrahim Sinik, Yapto Soerjosoemarno, Safit Pardede, Jusuf Kalla, Adi Zulkadry, Soaduon Siregar, Suryono
"In Joshua Oppenheimer’s The Act of Killing, a pair of gangsters — responsible for murdering an untold number of suspected communists in the years following the 1965 overthrow of the Indonesian government — get the chance to recount their experiences. At first showing no visible remorse, the men boast of their achievements, and Oppenheimer capitalizes on their enthusiasm with a twisted gimmick: The men are given numerous opportunities to reenact the murders for Oppenheimer’s camera, sometimes emphasizing their brutality and occasionally delivering surreal, flamboyant takes that offer a grotesque spin on classic Hollywood musicals… The Act of Killing is unparalleled in its unsettling perspective on the dementias associated with dictatorial extremes." - Eric Kohn, Indiewire
Selected by Theo Anthony, Jonathan Romney, Molly Haskell, Dana Stevens, Ty Burr.
See also The 21st Century's Most Acclaimed Films.
The Adventures of Prince Achmed

The Adventures of Prince Achmed

Die Abenteuer des Prinzen Achmed (original title)
Highest Ranking: 789 (December 2006)

1926 / Germany / 65m / BW / Children's Fantasy, Animation
"The earliest surviving animated feature is also an example of prodigious artistry in a minimal form. Based on tales of the Arabian Nights, Lotte Reiniger’s film uses silhouette figures photographed in stop-motion against voluptuous backgrounds. A gifted designer as well as a spellbinding storyteller, Reiniger creates a cohesive visual universe through which Prince Achmed rides on his magical horse, wooing a fair princess and battling a host of demons. This silent film may seem like an art film, but it has a zest to entrance any children or adults with open eyes and minds." - Richard Corliss, TIME
Selected by Fu Hongxing, Marina Warner, Nina Menkes, Christian McCrea, Aryan Kaganof.
The Adventures of Robin Hood

The Adventures of Robin Hood

Highest Ranking: 355 (March 2006)

1938 / USA / 102m / Col / Swashbuckler, Romantic Adventure
Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, Basil Rathbone, Claude Rains, Eugene Pallette, Alan Hale, Patric Knowles, Melville Cooper, Ian Hunter, Una O'Connor
"William Keighley and Michael Curtiz's rambunctious 1938 masterpiece—and Hollywood's definitive swashbuckler... In the most engaging performance of his career, Errol Flynn is jaunty, romantic, and larger than life, but also slyly funny as the Saxon knight who takes on the nasty Normans... Robin Hood is movie pageantry at its best, done in the grand manner of silent spectacles, brimming over with the sort of primitive energy that drew people to the movies in the first place." - Elliott Stein, The Village Voice
Selected by Pupi Avati, Arnaldo Jabor, Joe Mantegna, Jerry Lewis, Robert Clampett.
An Affair to Remember

An Affair to Remember

Highest Ranking: 353 (2017)

1957 / USA / 115m / Col / Romance, Melodrama
Cary Grant, Deborah Kerr, Cathleen Nesbitt, Richard Denning, Neva Patterson, Robert Q. Lewis, Charles Watts, Fortunio Bonanova, Matt Moore, Louis Mercier
"Often regarded (or dreaded) as the ultimate chick flick, due in no small amount to its fetish-object role in Sleepless in Seattle, An Affair to Remember deserves better than to be the receptor of Meg Ryan's crocodile tears. A remake by Leo McCarey of his own 1939 classic Love Affair, the film progresses as a graceful switch from romantic comedy to weepie melodrama, reflecting the director's deep-rooted belief in the intricate bond between laughter and tears." - Fernando F. Croce, Slant Magazine
Selected by Miguel Marías, Jean-Claude Rousseau, Carlos Losilla, José Luis Garci, Catherine Gautier.
The African Queen

The African Queen

Highest Ranking: 296 (2010-2011)

1951 / USA / 105m / Col / Romance, Adventure
Katharine Hepburn, Humphrey Bogart, Robert Morley, Peter Bull, Theodore Bikel, Walter Gotell, Gerald Onn, Peter Swanwick, Richard Marner, Errol John
"Star vehicles have been a part of the Hollywood assembly line practically since its inception, but few have utilized (and literalized) the concept to such beloved effect as The African Queen. Really, what is the idea behind Huston's adventure-romance other than putting Bogart and Hepburn on a riverboat in Africa and see what happens? ...Its modesty of ambition makes The African Queen among the least complex classics of Hollywood's waning "golden age" (for a movie with a World War I setting and a colonialist context, it offers little interpretive earth to excavate), but leaves plenty of time for Huston and company to lovingly appraise the personae of two Tinseltown darlings." - Matthew Connolly, Slant Magazine
Selected by Billy Bond, Isaac León Frías, Nicholas Meyer, Ronald Neame, Morgan Freeman.
After Life

After Life

Wandâfuru raifu (original title); Wonderful Life (alternative title)
Highest Ranking: Current

1998 / Japan / 118m / Col / Fantasy, Psychological Drama
Arata, Erika Oda, Susumu Terajima, Takashi Naito, Kyoko Kagawa, Kei Tani, Taketoshi Naito, Toro Yuri, Yusuke Iseya, Sayaka Yoshino
"After Life is as much a movie about filmmaking as it is about memory. For what are movies, after all, but larger-than-life dream images projected on celluloid? In its modest attitude about the ability of movies to replicate dreams, After Life is the opposite of bombastic Hollywood kitsch like What Dreams May Come. In capturing the essence of experience, it suggests, film is as imperfect and quixotic as memory… A striking aspect of After Life is its utter lack of grandiosity." - Stephen Holden, The New York Times
Selected by Gareth Evans, Guy Maddin, Miranda July, Anne Billson, Eric Derobert.
L'Age d'or

L'Âge d'or

The Golden Age (English title)
Highest Ranking: 72 (December 2006)

1930 / France / 63m / BW / Avant-garde/Experimental, Surrealist Film
Gaston Modot, Lya Lys, Max Ernst, Pierre Prevert, Caridad de Laberdesque, Lionel Salem, Madame Noizet, Jose Artigas, Jacques Brunius, Paul Eluard
"Luis Buñuel's first and most radical feature was banned for decades, and it continues to pack a jolt. Forsaking consecutive plot, the film is more like an anarchist bomb, starting off as a documentary before assaulting church, state, and society—particularly high society—in the name of eros. Funny, blasphemous, sexy, strange, subtle, and evocative in its use of sound, it's also thoroughly Buñuelian, though without the bittersweet sense of resigned acceptance that characterizes some of his later works." - Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
Selected by Aki Kaurismäki, David Robinson, Guy Maddin, James Naremore, Jonathan Glazer.
The Age of Innocence

The Age of Innocence

Highest Ranking: 423 (2007)

1993 / USA / 133m / Col / Period Film, Romantic Drama
Daniel Day-Lewis, Michelle Pfeiffer, Winona Ryder, Alexis Smith, Geraldine Chaplin, Richard E. Grant, Alec McCowen, Mary Beth Hurt, Miriam Margolyes, Michael Gough
"The Age of Innocence is one of Scorsese's greatest films, improperly appreciated because, like Kundun (1997), it stands outside the main line of his work. Its story of a man of tradition who spends a lifetime of unrequited love resembles one of Scorsese's favorite films, Michael Powell's The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp... The film ends with a sense of loss, sadness and resignation, reminding me of the elegiac feeling in Orson Welles' The Magnificent Ambersons."- Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
Selected by Arnaud Desplechin, Isabel Coixet, Michel Sineux, Roberta Ciabarra, Heddy Honigmann.
The Age of the Earth

The Age of the Earth

A Idade da Terra (original title)
Highest Ranking: 736 (2018)

1980 / Brazil / 158m / Col / Religious Epic, Political Drama
Mauricio do Valle, Jece Valadao, Antonio Pitanga, Tarcisio Meira, Geraldo Del Rey, Ana Maria Magalhaes, Norma Bengell, Danuza Leao, Carlos Petrovicho, Mario Gusmao
"Earth is the final work by Glauber Rocha, one of the most important and controversial of all Brazilian filmmakers. It's an epic film that draws on a variety of cinematic traditions—from ethnographic documentary to experimental narrative—to consider the impact of western imperialism on indigenous Brazil. The major characters are an American imperialist named Brahms and four different Christ figures (listed in the credits as Black Christ, Indigenous Christ, Military Christ, and Guerilla Christ) who attempt to stop his destructive campaign through the Brazilian wilderness… Rocha claimed that the sequences of Earth could be screened in any order and have the same effect." - Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader
Selected by Michael Glawogger, Manuel Asín, John Gianvito, Amos Gitai, Cesar Zamberlan.
Aguirre: The Wrath of God

Aguirre: The Wrath of God

Aguirre, der Zorn Gottes (original title); Aguirre, Wrath
of God (alternative title)
Highest Ranking: 78 (December 2006)

1972 / West Germany / 94m / Col / Adventure Drama, Jungle Film
Klaus Kinski, Cecelia Rivera, Ruy Guerra, Del Negro, Helena Rojo, Peter Berling, Alejandro Repulles, Danny Ades, Armando Polanha, Edward Roland
"The marvellous heedlessness for the dreary dictates of cinematic realism, the sight of a man at the end of his rope and psyche – at this point in his career, Werner Herzog was making the kind of films that, had Richard Wagner been born a century later, he would have been compelled to realise… Aguirre remains an unremitting and overwhelming vision, not just of the colonial mindset gone insane, but of the madness that – given the opportunity – would bound from every man's breast." - Stuart Jeffries, The Guardian
Selected by Jorge Bodanzky, Andrew Kotting, Gerald Peary, Leonardo García Tsao, Lisandro Alonso.


Flying High (alternative title)
Highest Ranking: Current

1980 / USA / 86m / Col / Anarchic Comedy, Parody/Spoof
Robert Hays, Julie Hagerty, Peter Graves, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Lloyd Bridges, Robert Stack, Leslie Nielsen, Lorna Patterson, Stephen Stucker, Barbara Billingsley
"Before Airplane! came along in 1980, the anything-goes vaudeville aesthetic had more or less died off with the Marx Brothers, which might explain why much of a generation grew up thinking the disaster-movie spoof was the funniest ever made. Not the best comedy ever made, of course, but considered in bulk, nothing could really top the sheer quantity of laughs being offered, even when dozens of gags fell flat. It's impossible to overstate Airplane!'s influence on the genre, not just in the slew of gag-a-second knockoffs and Leslie Nielsen vehicles that followed, but also on the constant riffing now common to modern Disney animated features, or many of the films built around sketch comics from Saturday Night Live.” - Scott Tobias, A.V. Club
Selected by Peter Farrelly, Marcelo Hessel, Evan Mather, Dan Dunn, Scott Renshaw.


Highest Ranking: 696 (2016)

1988 / Japan / 124m / Col / Science Fiction, Anime
Mitsuo Iwara, Nozomu Sasaki, Mami Koyama, Taro Ishida, Jimmy Flanders, Drew Thomas, Barbara Larsen, Lewis Lemay, Stanley Gurd Jr., Takeshi Kusao
“In spite of its increasingly daring and experimental visual stylings, the Japanese animation industry has yet to produce a film that truly rivals Katsuhiro Otomo's much-heralded animated film adaptation of his 2,000-page comic book Akira. The 1988 cyberpunk extravaganza—in which a weak, put-upon biker punk named Tetsuo is suddenly endowed with phenomenal psychic powers, and uses them to exact violent retribution on any and all perceived authority figures—certainly has its problems…. But the imagery remains incomparable among animated films… Otomo's masterful and creepy use of sound, music, and silence creates a variety of powerful moods without forcing them.” - Tasha Robinson, A.V. Club
Selected by Taika Waititi, Chris Chang, Bill Plympton, Richard Vine, Céline Sciamma.
Alexander Nevsky

Alexander Nevsky

Aleksandr Nevskiy (original title)
Highest Ranking: 174 (March 2006)

1938 / USSR / 107m / BW / Historical Epic, Biography
Nikolai Cherkasov, Nikolai Okhlopkov, Andrei Abrikosov, Dmitri Orlov, Vasili Novikov, Nicolai Arsky, Varvara Massalitinova, Vera Ivashova, Aleksandra Danilova, Vladimir Yershov
"Eisenstein drew on history, Russian folk narratives, and the techniques of Walt Disney to create this broadly painted epic of Russian resilience. This story of Teutonic knights vanquished by Prince Alexander Nevsky’s tactical brilliance resonated deeply with a Soviet Union concerned with the rise of Nazi Germany. Widely imitated—most notably by Laurence Olivier’s Battle of Agincourt re-creation for Henry V—the Battle on the Ice scene remains one of the most famous audio-visual experiments in film history, perfectly blending action with the rousing score of Sergei Prokofiev."- The Criterion Collection
Selected by Béla Tarr, Mariano Llinás, Gary Indiana, Martin Tudor Caranfil, Charles Burnett.
Ali: Fear Eats teh Soul

Ali: Fear Eats the Soul

Angst essen Seele auf (original title); Fear Eats the Soul (alternative title)
Highest Ranking: 122 (2013-2014)

1974 / West Germany / 94m / Col / Melodrama, Psychological Drama
Brigitte Mira, El Hedi ben Salem, Barbara Valentin, Irm Hermann, Elma Karlowa, Anita Bucher, Gusti Kreissl, Doris Mattes, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Karl Scheydt
"Rainer Werner Fassbinder, already the director of almost twenty films by the age of twenty-nine, paid homage to his cinematic hero, Douglas Sirk, with this updated version of Sirk’s All That Heaven Allows. Lonely widow Emmi Kurowski (Brigitte Mira) meets Arab worker Ali (El Hedi ben Salem) in a bar during a rainstorm. They fall in love––to their own surprise––and to the shock of family, colleagues, and drinking buddies. In Ali: Fear Eats the Soul, Fassbinder expertly uses the emotional power of the melodrama to underscore the racial tensions threatening German culture." - The Criterion Collection
Selected by Karim Aïnouz, Pirjo Honkasalo, James Quandt, Lodge Kerrigan, Tsai Ming-liang.
Alice in the Cities

Alice in the Cities

Alice in den Städten (original title)
Highest Ranking: 384 (2008)

1974 / West Germany / 110m / BW / Drama, Road Movie
Rudiger Vogler, Yella Rottlander, Lisa Kreuzer, Edda Kochl, Ernest Boehm, Sam Presti, Lois Moran, Didi Petrikat, Hans Hirschmuller, Sibylle Baier
"This bittersweet gem from 1974 delivers an ambling tale of loss and estrangement which rings as true today as it would have more than 30 years ago… The film is full of love/hate relationships, an idea that is physically represented by the prickly bond between Philip (Vogler) and Alice (Rottlander), but who also symbolise Wenders’ own bewilderment (and wide-eyed fascination) with the architecture, advertising, music, photography and inescapable cultural-sprawl of the US." - David Jenkins, Time Out
Selected by Alex Ross Perry, Lodge Kerrigan, Andrés Di Tella, Isabel Stevens, Nick Hasted.


Highest Ranking: Current

1979 / USA / 117m / Col / Horror, Science Fiction
Tom Skerritt, Sigourney Weaver, Veronica Cartwright, Harry Dean Stanton, John Hurt, Yaphet Kotto, Ian Holm, Bolaji Badejo, Helen Horton, Eddie Powell
"Alien has been called the most influential of modern action pictures, and so it is, although Halloween also belongs on the list. Unfortunately, the films it influenced studied its thrills but not its thinking. We have now descended into a bog of Gotcha! movies in which various horrible beings spring on a series of victims, usually teenagers… A few more ambitious and serious sci-fi films have also followed in the footsteps of Alien, notably the well-made Aliens (1986) and Dark City (1998). But the original still vibrates with a dark and frightening intensity." - Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
Selected by Alex Garland, Neill Blomkamp, Shinya Tsukamoto, Jan Sverák, David Michôd.


Highest Ranking: 302 (2007)

1986 / USA / 137m / Col / Horror, Sci-Fi Action
Sigourney Weaver, Carrie Henn, Michael Biehn, Paul Reiser, Lance Henriksen, Bill Paxton, William Hope, Jenette Goldstein, Al Matthews, Mark Rolston
"One sequel that surpasses the original. Director James Cameron dumps the decorative effects of Ridley Scott's 1979 Alien in favor of some daring narrative strategies and a tight thematic focus… At 137 minutes the film is a bit long, and Cameron does overplay his hand here and there, pushing things just a shade further than he should to maintain audience credibility. But unlike the original, the action is used to develop character, and the central image—the alien spores as a monstrous parody of human birth—finds an effective resonance in the plotline." - Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
Selected by Paul W.S. Anderson, Taika Waititi, Christopher McQuarrie, Joss Whedon, Jason Anderson.
All About Eve

All About Eve

Highest Ranking: 68 (2011)

1950 / USA / 138m / BW / Satire, Showbiz Drama
Bette Davis, Anne Baxter, George Sanders, Celeste Holm, Thelma Ritter, Marilyn Monroe, Gary Merrill, Hugh Marlowe, Gregory Ratoff, Barbara Bates
"In 1950, the movies recognised stardom as a pathological disorder. Exhibit A was Sunset Blvd, exhibit B All About Eve. Set in the Broadway jungle rather than among the ‘sun-burnt eager beavers’ of Hollywood, Joseph L Mankiewicz’s film dissects the narcissism and hypocrisy of the spotlight as sharply as Wilder’s, but pays equal attention to the challenges of enacting womanhood. All About My Mother (not to mention Showgirls) would be unimaginable without it." - Ben Walters, Time Out
Selected by Pedro Almodóvar, Isabel Coixet, Gunnar Almer, Hannah Patterson, Irina-Margareta Nistor.
All About My Mother

All About My Mother

Todo sobre mi madre (original title)
Highest Ranking: 292 (2018)

1999 / Spain-France / 101m / Col / Comedy Drama, Ensemble Film
Cecilia Roth, Marisa Paredes, Penelope Cruz, Candela Pena, Antonia San Juan, Rosa Maria Sarda, Toni Canto, Eloy Azorin, Fernando Fernan Gomez, Fernando Guillen
"In All About My Mother the world of acting becomes a source of inspiration to women as they improvise their way through their own lives, with the kind of strength, passion and humor this filmmaker has always celebrated. Mr. Almodóvar has expressed the idea of life as a divine form of acting before, but never with the kind of clarity and beauty that glitter here. All About My Mother, his best film by far, is all about how tragedies of the flesh can yield renewal and hope despite the pain they leave behind, which is as clear an understanding of what makes movies tick as Mr. Almodóvar will ever need." - Janet Maslin, The New York Times
Selected by Andrei Plakhov, Ann Hui, Ben Gibson, Emma Wilson, Gráinne Humphreys.
All Quiet on the Western Front

All Quiet on the Western Front

Highest Ranking: 274 (2007)

1930 / USA / 133m / BW / War Drama, Anti-War Film
Lew Ayres, Louis Wolheim, John Wray, Slim Summerville, Russell Gleason, Ben Alexander, William Bakewell, Scott Kolk, Walter Rogers, Owen Davis Jr.
"Anti-war statements of the cinema in the subsequent 80 years have occasionally surpassed Milestone's technically and artistically groundbreaking film, but few can match it for relentless despair or elemental fury… Through both the refreshingly unsubtle rendering of its anti-war themes and a pre-Searchers doorway motif that suggests that we view these events as if from naïve, domesticated eyes, Milestone's film eschews the typically visceral nature of on-screen action, instead supplanting it with a sickening monotony that borders on nauseating, the camera often down in the dirt and mud with the men and every thunderous explosion as shuddering and final as the last." - Rob Humanick, Slant Magazine
Selected by Ronald Neame, Fred Zinnemann, Jurandyr Passos Noronha, David Robinson, Vittorio De Seta.
All That Heaven Allows

All That Heaven Allows

Highest Ranking: 245 (December 2006)

1955 / USA / 89m / Col / Melodrama, Romantic Drama
Jane Wyman, Rock Hudson, Agnes Moorehead, Conrad Nagel, Virginia Grey, Charles Drake, Gloria Talbott, William Reynolds, Jacqueline de Wit, Leigh Snowden
"Jane Wyman is a repressed wealthy widow and Rock Hudson is the hunky Thoreau-following gardener who loves her in Douglas Sirk’s heartbreakingly beautiful indictment of 1950s small-town America. Sirk utilizes expressionist colors, reflective surfaces, and frames-within-frames to convey the loneliness and isolation of a matriarch trapped by the snobbery of her children and the gossip of her social-climbing country club chums." - The Criterion Collection
Selected by Boris Nelepo, John David Rhodes, Jon Robertson, Luke Gibbons, Peter Matthews.
Directors with at least five films in The 1,000 Greatest Films listing (in alphabetical order): Woody Allen 6 (-1), Robert Altman 6, Paul Thomas Anderson 5, Michelangelo Antonioni 8, Ingmar Bergman 14 (+1), Robert Bresson 9, Luis Buñuel 15, James Cameron 5, John Cassavetes 7, Charles Chaplin 9, Joel & Ethan Coen 7, David Cronenberg 5, Carl Theodor Dreyer 5, Sergei Eisenstein 6 (including October, co-directed by Grigori Aleksandrov), Rainer Werner Fassbinder 6, Federico Fellini 10, John Ford 14, Jean-Luc Godard 15, Michael Haneke 6, Howard Hawks 11 (-1) (including The Thing from Another World, credited to Christian Nyby), Werner Herzog 6 (-1), Alfred Hitchcock 13, Hou Hsiao-hsien 6 (+1), John Huston 8, Elia Kazan 5 (+1), Buster Keaton 7 (including 5 films credited to and/or co-directed by Charles Reisner, Clyde Bruckman, Donald Crisp, Edward Sedgwick, and John G. Blystone), Abbas Kiarostami 8 (+1), Krzysztof Kieslowski 5, Stanley Kubrick 11, Akira Kurosawa 11, Fritz Lang 8, David Lean 5, Ernst Lubitsch 5, David Lynch 9 (+1), Terrence Malick 5, Vincente Minnelli 5, Kenji Mizoguchi 6 (-1), F.W. Murnau 5, Max Ophüls 5, Yasujiro Ozu 8, Pier Paolo Pasolini 6 (-1), Roman Polanski 6, Michael Powell 8 (including 6 films co-directed by Emeric Pressburger, and The Thief of Bagdad, co-directed by Ludwig Berger and Tim Whelan), Nicholas Ray 6, Satyajit Ray 5, Jean Renoir 11, Alain Resnais 6, Roberto Rossellini 8, Martin Scorsese 9, Steven Spielberg 8, Andrei Tarkovsky 7, François Truffaut 7, Luchino Visconti 8, Lars von Trier 5, Orson Welles 8, Billy Wilder 6 (+1), Wong Kar-wai 5.
All That Jazz

All That Jazz

Highest Ranking: 399 (2011)

1979 / USA / 123m / Col / Musical, Showbiz Drama
Roy Scheider, Jessica Lange, Ann Reinking, Leland Palmer, Cliff Gorman, Ben Vereen, Erzsebet Foldi, Michael Tolan, Max Wright, William LeMassena
"Fosse might owe a lot to Fellini's plunge into self-obsession, but the pungent texture of showbiz grime and sweaty, thrusting body geometry are completely his own. In powerhouse numbers like "Take Off With Us" and the infamous "Bye-Bye Love", Fosse brings his own unique style of rhythmic, dance-like film editing that he initiated with Cabaret to its apotheosis. Never content to cut on a beat, instead he makes razor-sharp edits at the change of a dancer's direction, or as an extension of his combination moves. In essence, he turns the art of the edit into its own form of choreography. All That Jazz may be Fosse's finest cinematic achievement.." - Eric Henderson, Slant Magazine
Selected by Jan Svěrák, Juan José Campanella, Nae Caranfil, Sofia Coppola, Janicza Bravo.
All the President's Men

All the President's Men

Highest Ranking: 325 (2012)

1976 / USA / 138m / Col / Political Drama, Paranoid Thriller
Dustin Hoffman, Robert Redford, Jack Warden, Martin Balsam, Hal Holbrook, Jason Robards, Jane (1) Alexander, Meredith Baxter Birney, Ned Beatty, Stephen Collins
"Inevitably softened by hints of self-congratulation concerning the success of Woodward and Bernstein's uncovering of the Watergate affair, Pakula's film is nevertheless remarkably intelligent, working both as an effective thriller (even though we know the outcome of their investigations) and as a virtually abstract charting of the dark corridors of corruption and power. Pakula's visual set-ups are often extraordinary, contrasting the light of the Washington Post newsroom with the shadows in which hides star informant Deep Throat, and dramatically engulfing Hoffman and Redford in monumental buildings to stress the enormity of their task." - Geoff Andrew, Time Out
Selected by Robert Redford, Bruce Robinson, George Clooney, Rod Lurie, Morgan Neville.


Alphaville, une étrange aventure de Lemmy Caution (original title)
Highest Ranking: 391 (2014)

1965 / France / 95m / BW / Psychological Sci-Fi, Tech Noir
Eddie Constantine, Anna Karina, Howard Vernon, Akim Tamiroff, Laszlo Szabo, Jean-Louis Comolli, Michel Delahaye, Jean-Andre Fieschi, Christa Lang, Jean-Pierre Leaud
"Alphaville is science fiction without special effects. Godard couldn’t afford them in 1965 or ever, but he probably wouldn’t have wanted them even if he’d had unlimited financing. His whole theme, imagination versus logic, is consistent with his deployment of Paris as it was in the ’60s—or at least, those portions of Paris which struck Godard as architectural nightmares of impersonality… You don’t have to be French to enjoy Alphaville. But you have to love movies with high-minded seriousness." - Andrew Sarris, The Criterion Collection
Selected by John McNaughton, Lisandro Alonso, Peter Whitehead, Bruce LaBruce, Ken Hollings.
See also 1,000 Noir Films.


Highest Ranking: 309 (2017)

1984 / USA / 158m / Col / Musical Drama, Biography
F. Murray Abraham, Tom Hulce, Elizabeth Berridge, Simon Callow, Roy Dotrice, Christine Ebersole, Jeffrey Jones, Charles Kay, Kenny Baker, Lisabeth Bartlett
"Milos Forman's Amadeus is one of the riskiest gambles a filmmaker has taken in a long time -- a lavish movie about Mozart that dares to be anarchic and saucy, and yet still earns the importance of tragedy. This movie is nothing like the dreary educational portraits we're used to seeing about the Great Composers, who come across as cobwebbed profundities weighed down with the burden of genius. This is Mozart as an eighteenth-century Bruce Springsteen, and yet (here is the genius of the movie) there is nothing cheap or unworthy about the approach." - Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
Selected by Li Shaohong, Dorian Branea, Milcho Manchevski, Youngmee Hwang, Tullio Solenghi.
Les Amants du Pont-Neuf

Les Amants du Pont-Neuf

The Lovers on the Bridge (English title)
Highest Ranking: Current

1991 / France / 126m / Col / Romantic Drama, Urban Drama
Juliette Binoche, Denis Lavant, Klaus-Michael Gruber, Daniel Buain, Marion Statens, Edith Scob, Chrichan Larsson, Paulette Berthonnier, Georges Apperighis, Roger Berthonnier
"Set against the extravagant backdrop of France's bicentennial shenanigans, Carax's tale of amour fou is even bolder than Boy Meets Girl and Mauvais Sang. It's filled with ecstatic imagery which manages not to jar after the gritty realism of the early scenes, and constitutes a heady anthem to abstracted, mad passion: at once a modern fairy tale and a cinephile's folie de grandeur, frequently exhilarating but never wholly free of pretentiousness." - Geoff Andrew, Time Out
Selected by Tetsuya Nakashima, Chris Chang, Duane Hopkins, Pedro Aguilera, Sandi Tan.


Top 100 Film Ranking 70 (71) Orange Up-Arrow
Highest Ranking: Current

1973 / Italy / 127m / Col / Comedy Drama, Ensemble Film
Pupella Maggio, Magali Noel, Armando Brancia, Ciccio Ingrassia, Nando Orfei, Luigi Rossi, Bruno Zanin, Gianflippo Carcano, Josiane Tanzilli, Maria Antonietta Beluzzi
"If ever there was a movie made entirely out of nostalgia and joy, by a filmmaker at the heedless height of his powers, that movie is Federico Fellini’s Amarcord. The title means “I remember” in the dialect of Rimini, the seaside town of his youth, but these are memories of memories, transformed by affection and fantasy and much improved in the telling. Here he gathers the legends of his youth, where all of the characters are at once larger and smaller than life -- flamboyant players on their own stages… Amarcord is Fellini’s final great film." - Roger Ebert, Roger
Selected by Andrzej Zulawski, Jan Sverák, Jiří Menzel, Roy Andersson, Woody Allen.


Le Fabuleux destin d'Amélie Poulain (original title)
Highest Ranking: Current

2001 / France-Germany / 122m / Col / Romance, Comedy
Audrey Tautou, Mathieu Kassovitz, Rufus, Lorella Cravotta, Serge Merlin, Jamel Debbouze, Claire Maurier, Clotilde Mollet, Yolande Moreau, Flora Guiet
"Basically a faux new-wave romp, Amélie achieves a high-tech remix of the playful narrative digressions in François Truffaut's Shoot the Piano Player and the prolix sight gags of Louis Malle's Zazie Dans le Metro. Jeunet loves nothing better than a pell-mell, wide-angle track into an open screaming mouth. Although there's a surfeit of business—thunderous cuts, convulsive white-outs, split screens, interpolated newsreels, X-ray shots, annotated frames, exaggerated sound effects—much of it is funny. Indeed, the manic pace serves to mitigate the movie's cloying sentimentality." - J. Hoberman, The Village Voice
Selected by Gareth Evans, Jean-Marc Vallée, Rachel Perkins, Hind Mezaina, Richard Woolley.
See also The 21st Century's Most Acclaimed Films.
America, America

America, America

The Anatolian Smile (UK title)
Highest Ranking: 562 (2010)

1963 / USA / 168m / BW / Drama, Americana
Stathis Giallelis, Frank Wolff, Harry Davis, Elena Karam, Lou Antonio, John Marley, Estelle Hemsley, Katharine Balfour, Giorgos Foundas, Gregory Rozakis
"America, America has a sweep and heart that transcends its many shortcomings: Over the sprawling runtime, Kazan conveys the grueling scope of Giallelis’ wayward journey, which only moves forward after going sideways and backward first. But the real hero of America, America is cinematographer Haskell Wexler, whose dramatic lighting and striking black-and-white compositions suggest a better movie might have been made without sound. Giallelis’ story is the story of America writ large, and while it isn’t always convincing in its particulars, it’s stirring in sentiment." - Scott Tobias, A.V. Club
Selected by Alice Rohrwacher, Fabio Troncarelli, Pascal Merigeau, Bill Pullman, Christian Ramirez.
American Beauty

American Beauty

Highest Ranking: 785 (2020)

1999 / USA / 121m / Col / Comedy Drama, Family Drama
Kevin Spacey, Annette Bening, Thora Birch, Wes Bentley, Mena Suvari, Peter Gallagher, Chris Cooper, Allison Janney, Scott Bakula, Sam Robards
"American Beauty is a triumph of acting, writing and directing that defies glib description. Is the film farce, tragedy, thriller, fantasy, sitcom, skin flick or moral fable? Yes to all of the above… It's the life behind things that American Beauty catches as Mendes whips the audience around from humor to horror to something poetic and humane. The result is the kind of artful defiance that Hollywood is usually too timid to deliver: a jolting comedy that makes you laugh till it hurts." - Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
Selected by Farai Sevenzo, Jean-Marc Vallée, Carlo Verdone, Kseniya Zueva, Leste Chen.
American Graffiti

American Graffiti

Highest Ranking: 401 (2007)

1973 / USA / 110m / Col / Comedy Drama, Teen Movie
Richard Dreyfuss, Candy Clark, Ron Howard, Paul Le Mat, Cindy Williams, Harrison Ford, Charles Martin Smith, Mackenzie Phillips, Wolfman Jack, Bo Hopkins
"Because it's been imitated so often, it's almost impossible to see what an innovative film Graffiti is, from its near-constant rock 'n' roll soundtrack to the closing-credits summation of each protagonist's fate. It's more important, however, to see it as the great film it is, a funny, touching, nearly cliché-free, and thoroughly considered evocation of a time, place, and state of mind. Released just 11 years after the events it depicts (it usually takes about 20 years for nostalgia to set in), the film both captures the enormous societal changes between the early '60s and early '70s and winningly dramatizes the lives of its characters." - Keith Phipps, A.V. Club
Selected by Milos Forman, David Pirie, David Fincher, Kerry Prior, Kiyoshi Sasabe.
An American in Paris

An American in Paris

Highest Ranking: 601 (2008)

1951 / USA / 115m / Col / Musical, Romance
Gene Kelly, Leslie Caron, Oscar Levant, Georges Guetary, Nina Foch, Eugene Borden, Martha Bamattre, Mary Jones, Ann Codee, George Davis
"The great things remain great – Kelly’s effortless grace, Leslie Caron’s extraordinary face, Gershwin’s style-splicing score and Minnelli’s eye-ravishing colour palette. But time has not been wholly kind to An American in Paris: some of the early scenes can be a little self-satisfied and boys’-clubbish, while the love triangle between 39-year-old Kelly, his older rival Georges Guetary and the impossibly youthful 19-year-old Caron feels a mite creepy… Imperfect, then, but intermittently awe-inspiring." - Tom Huddleston, Time Out
Selected by Lars-Olav Beier, Sue Harris, Sergio Staino, Norifumi Suzuki, Raquel Abad.
An American Werewolf in London

An American Werewolf in London

Highest Ranking: Current

1981 / USA / 97m / Col / Horror Comedy, Creature Film
David Naughton, Jenny Agutter, Griffin Dunne, John Woodvine, Brian Glover, Lila Kaye, David Schofield, Paul Kember, Don McKillop, Frank Oz
"Blending horror and comedy is tantamount to walking a tightrope. In the wrong hands, the disparate elements tend to undercut—thereby nullifying—each other. On the heels of the ticklesome trifecta of Kentucky Fried Movie, Animal House, and The Blues Brothers, no one would have doubted that writer-director John Landis could bring the funny. But that he could also terrify audiences with a canny updating of Universal’s 1940s monster movies would be demonstrated definitively by An American Werewolf in London… Though the film’s interspersed with subdued moments of humor, the predominant mood throughout is one of impending doom and lingering melancholy." - Budd Wilkins, Slant Magazine
Selected by Edgar Wright, Joe Bob Briggs, Dan Dunn, Yann Gonzalez, Kleber Mendonça Filho.
Amores perros

Amores perros

Highest Ranking: 805 (2020)

2000 / Mexico / 153m / Col / Ensemble Film, Urban Drama
Emilio Echeverria, Gael Garcia Bernal, Goya Toledo, Alvaro Guerrero, Vanessa Bauche, Jorge Salinas, Marco Perez, Rodrigo Murray, Humberto Busto, Gerardo Campbell
"Amores Perros at 154 minutes is heavy on story--too heavy, some will say--and rich with character and atmosphere. It is the work of a born filmmaker, and you can sense Gonzalez Inarritu's passion as he plunges into melodrama, coincidence, sensation and violence. His characters are not the bland, amoral totems of so much modern Hollywood violence, but people with feelings and motives. They want love, money and revenge. They not only love their dogs but desperately depend on them. And it is clear that the lower classes are better at survival than the wealthy, whose confidence comes from their possessions, not their mettle." - Roger Ebert, Roger
Selected by Paul Julian Smith, Guy Désiré Yameogo, Teresa Ciabatti, Oscar Hillerstrøm, Klaus Lemke.
See also The 21st Century's Most Acclaimed Films.


Love (English title)
Highest Ranking: Current

2012 / Austria-France-Germany / 127m / Col / Drama, Romantic Drama
Jean-Louis Trintignant, Emmanuelle Riva, Isabelle Huppert, Alexandre Tharaud, William Shimell, Ramon Agirre, Rita Blanco, Carole Franck, Dinara Drukarova, Laurent Capelluto
"Cinema feeds on stories of love and death, but how often do filmmakers really offer new or challenging perspectives on either? Michael Haneke’s Amour is devastatingly original and unflinching in the way it examines the effect of love on death, and vice versa. It’s a staggering, intensely moving look at old age and life’s end, which at its heart offers two performances of incredible skill and wisdom from French veteran actors Jean-Louis Trintignant and Emmanuelle Riva." - Dave Calhoun, Time Out
Selected by Gaspar Noé, Ludmila Cvikova, Kseniya Zueva, Helvécio Ratton, Ari Aster.
See also The 21st Century's Most Acclaimed Films.
L'Amour fou

L'Amour fou

Mad Love (English title)
Highest Ranking: 890 (2008)

1968 / France / 252m / BW / Showbiz Drama, Psychological Drama
Bulle Ogier, Jean-Pierre Kalfon, Maddly Bamy, Etienne Becker, Yves Beneyton, Denis Berry, Liliane Bordoni, Celia, Michel Delahaye, Josee Destoop
"Though its four-hour running time might scare some off, Rivette's tale of a deteriorating marriage between a theater director (Kalfon) and his actress wife (Ogier) doesn't start to show its length until its last quarter, when the two hole up in their apartment for one last lunatic binge and the movie's intricate structure dissolves. Rivette blends the couple's struggles with scenes from his rehearsals for a production of Racine's Andromache and 16mm documentary footage of the rehearsals ostensibly shot by a TV crew… The question isn't really whether four hours is too much, but whether you ever wish there was less. The answer is a resounding no." - Sam Adams, Philadelphia City Paper
Selected by Antony Fiant, Dmitry Martov, Violeta Kovacsics, Milton do Prado, Leo Berkeley.


The Saga of Anatahan (alternative title); Ana-ta-han (alternative title)
Highest Ranking: 594 (2007)

1953 / Japan / 90m / BW / Drama, Adventure
Akemi Negishi, Suganume, Ikio Sawamura, Shoji Najayama, Jun Fujikawa, Kondo, Miyashita, Tsuruemon, Kikuji, Kokuriro
"A more extreme degree of stylization is impossible to imagine: the Pacific island setting was re-created entirely in a Japanese studio out of cellophane and paper (Sternberg complained that he was forced to use real water), and the actors who perform this tale of shipwrecked sailors are Kabuki-trained Japanese. Distance is built into every aspect of the production, from the shadowed, filtered images to Sternberg's own voice-over narration, yet the feelings that emerge are incredibly pure and immediate: Sternberg seems to be photographing the absolute essence of human emotion." - Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
Selected by Stephane Delorme, Heinz Emigholz, Patrice Rollet, Ken Mogg, Victor Erice.
Anatomy of a Murder

Anatomy of a Murder

Highest Ranking: 582 (2013)

1959 / USA / 160m / BW / Drama, Courtroom Drama
James Stewart, Ben Gazzara, Lee Remick, Arthur O'Connell, Eve Arden, George C. Scott, Kathryn Grant, Joseph N. Welch, Brooks West, Murray Hamilton
"This gripping envelope-pusher, the most popular film by Hollywood provocateur Otto Preminger, was groundbreaking for the frankness of its discussion of sex—but more than anything else, it is a striking depiction of the power of words. Featuring an outstanding supporting cast—with a young George C. Scott as a fiery prosecutor and the legendary attorney Joseph N. Welch as the judge—and an influential score by Duke Ellington, Anatomy of a Murder is an American movie landmark, nominated for seven Oscars, including best picture." - The Criterion Collection
Selected by V.F. Perkins, Christian Keathley, Glenn Kenny, Patrick Fahy, Barbet Schroeder.
And Life Goes On...

And Life Goes On...

Zendegi va digar hich (original title); Life and Nothing More… (USA title)
Highest Ranking: 480 (March 2006)

1992 / Iran / 108m / Col / Drama, Docudrama
Farhad Kheradmand, Buba Bayour, Hocine Rifahi, Ferhendeh Feydi, Mahrem Feydi, Bahrovz Aydini, Ziya Babai, Mohamed Hocinerouhi, Hocine Khadem, Maassouma Berouana
"Despite its narrative simplicity, this is more complex than Abbas Kiarostami's earlier film, Where Is My Friend's House? (1987). Learning that the region in which he shot Where Is... has been devastated by an earthquake, the director (played by an actor) leaves Tehran, along with his son, to see whether his actors, especially the boy who played Ahmed, have survived… Straddling the divide between fiction and documentary with graceful ease, this is both a subtle study in the ethics of film-making, and a compassionate (but never mawkish or depressing) portrait of courage and determination in the face of overwhelming grief and hardship." - Geoff Andrew, Time Out
Selected by Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Li Cheuk-to, Heddy Honigmann, Peter von Bagh, Anchalee Chaiworaporn.
Andrei Rublev

Andrei Rublev

Andrey Rublyov (original title)
Top 100 Film Ranking 23 (27) Orange Up-Arrow
Highest Ranking: 22 (2013)

1966 / USSR / 185m / Col-BW / Historical Film, Biography
Anatoli Solonitsyn, Ivan Lapikov, Nikolai Grinko, Nikolai Sergueiev, Irma Raouch, Nikolai Bourliaiev, Youn Nasarov, Yuri Nikulin, Rolan Bykov, Nikolai Grabbe
"Its greatness as moviemaking immediately evident, Andrei Rublev was the most historically audacious production in the twenty-odd years since Sergei Eisenstein’s Ivan the Terrible. Tarkovsky’s epic—and largely invented—biography of Russia’s greatest icon painter, Andrei Rublev (c. 1360–1430), was a superproduction gone ideologically berserk. Violent, even gory, for a Soviet film, Andrei Rublev is set against the carnage of the Tatar invasions and takes the form of a chronologically discontinuous pageant." - J. Hoberman, The Criterion Collection
Selected by David Lowery, Nick James, Robert Eggers, Márta Mészáros, Vitaliy Manskiy.
An Angel at My Table

An Angel at My Table

Highest Ranking: 490 (2011)

1990 / New Zealand-Australia-UK-USA / 158m / Col / Biography, Psychological Drama
Kerry Fox, Karen Fergusson, Alexia Keogh, K.J. Wilson, Colin McColl, Martyn Sanderson, William Brandt, Peter Dennett, Iris Churn, Melina Bernecker
"With An Angel at My Table, Academy Award–winning filmmaker Jane Campion brings to the screen the harrowing true-life story of Janet Frame, New Zealand’s most distinguished author. The film follows Frame along her inspiring journey, from a poverty-stricken childhood to a misdiagnosis of schizophrenia and electroshock therapy to, finally, international literary fame. Beautifully capturing the color and power of the New Zealand landscape, the film earned Campion a sweep of her country’s film awards and the Special Jury Prize at the Venice Film Festival." - The Criterion Collection
Selected by Lizzie Francke, Lee Unkrich, Emmanuel Carrère, Miranda July, Dominique Martinez.
Annie Hall

Annie Hall

Top 100 Film Ranking 86 (88) Orange Up-Arrow
Highest Ranking: 83 (2016)

1977 / USA / 94m / Col / Romantic Comedy, Urban Comedy
Woody Allen, Diane Keaton, Tony Roberts, Carol Kane, Paul Simon, Shelley Duvall, Janet Margolin, Colleen Dewhurst, Christopher Walken, Donald Symington
"As the story toggles between punch lines involving Marshall McLuhan and The Sorrow and the Pity and gut punches like Annie’s heartrending rendition of “Seems Like Old Times” or some half-recalled joke about eggs, you delight in the seeming effortlessness of a movie born out of turmoil. This is the link between Allen’s “earlier, funnier” stuff and more probing works like Interiors and Manhattan. Would that we all could build such masterful bridges." - Keith Uhlich, Time Out New York
Selected by Richard Curtis, Lodge Kerrigan, Peter Bradshaw, Patrick McGilligan, Joachim Trier.
Antonio das Mortes

Antonio das Mortes

O Dragão da Maldade contra o Santo Guerreiro (original title)
Highest Ranking: 401 (December 2006)

1969 / Brazil / 95m / Col / Adventure Drama, Political Drama
Mauricio do Valle, Odete Lara, Hugo Carvana, Lorival Pariz, Othon Bastos, Jofre Soares, Rosa Maria Penna, Emmanuel Cavalcanti, Vinicius Salvatori, Mario Gusmao
"Rocha's sequel to his own Black God, White Devil returns to the Brazilian Sertao in the period after 1940, the key year in which the last of the cangaceiro bandits was killed… This time, though, Rocha completely rejects the elements of realism that made his earlier films particularly obscure: the movie is styled and paced like a Leone Western, and is as flamboyantly operatic as a Jancsó parable. Interestingly, the lack of direct historical references makes the result all the more venomously agitational." - Tony Rayns, Time Out
Selected by David Sterritt, Okubo Ken, Rolando Caputo, Jonathan Demme, Aruna Vasudev.


Highest Ranking: 277 (December 2006)

1956 / India / 108m / BW / Drama, Coming-of-Age
Pinaki Sengupta, Smaran Ghosal, Karuna Banerji, Kanu Banerji, Ramani Sen Gupta, Charu Ghosh, Subodh Ganguly, Kali Charan Ray, Santi Gupta, K.S. Pandey
"Satyajit Ray creates a sublime and deeply affecting portrait of the struggle between tradition and progress in Aparajito, the second film of the monumental Apu Trilogy. Embodied through the maturation of Apu at the turn of the century, Ray creates an insightful social commentary on a profoundly changing culture, reflected through Apu's dilemma between traditional and modern education; his decision to leave home in order to further his studies; his part-time job at a printing press." - Acquarello, Strictly Film School
Selected by Moinak Biswas, Riri Riza, Mrinal Sen, K.P. Kumaran, Ray Loriga.
The Apartment

The Apartment

Top 100 Film Ranking 59 (56)
Highest Ranking: 52 (2018)

1960 / USA / 125m / BW / Comedy Drama, Workplace Comedy
Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine, Fred MacMurray, Ray Walston, Jack Kruschen, Edie Adams, David Lewis, Joan Shawlee, Hope Holiday, Johnny Seven
"The Apartment, is one of Billy Wilder's funniest, most uncompromisingly bleak comedies, his second collaboration with Jack Lemmon, who plays a variation on that recurrent Wilder character, the weak guy who becomes a pimp or a gigolo to advance his career… Alexander Trauner's sets are unforgettable and Shirley MacLaine is deeply moving as the exploited lift attendant Lemmon comes to care for. She has a great final line, nearly as good as the unforgettable payoff in the preceding Wilder movie, Some Like it Hot." - Philip French, The Observe
Selected by James Mangold, Cameron Crowe, Asghar Farhadi, Lone Scherfig, Fernando Trueba.
Apocalypse Now

Apocalypse Now

Top 100 Film Ranking 11 (11)
Highest Ranking: Current

1979 / USA / 150m / Col / Anti-War Film, Jungle Film
Martin Sheen, Robert Duvall, Marlon Brando, Frederic Forrest, Albert Hall, Dennis Hopper, Laurence Fishburne, Sam Bottoms, G.D. Spradlin, Harrison Ford
"In contrast to Coppola’s earlier The Godfather Part II and The Conversation, Apocalypse Now isn’t a conspicuously ‘smart’ film: literary references aside, there are no intellectual pretensions here. Instead, as befits both its tortuous hand-to-mouth genesis and the devastating conflict it reflects, this is a film of pure sensation, dazzling audiences with light and noise, laying bare the stark horror – and unimaginable thrill – of combat. And therein lies the true heart of darkness: if war is hell and heaven intertwined, where does morality fit in? And, in the final apocalyptic analysis, will any of it matter?" - Tom Huddleston, Time Out
Selected by Gilles Ciment, Paul W.S. Anderson, Scott Derrickson, Denis Villeneuve, Tetsuya Nakashima.
Arabian Nights

Arabian Nights

Il Fiore delle mille e una notte (original title)
Highest Ranking: 560 (2007)

1974 / Italy-France / 130m / Col / Adventure, Romantic Fantasy
Ninetto Davoli, Franco Citti, Tessa Bouche, Margaret Clementi, Ines Pellegrini, Franco Merli, Francelise Noel, Ali Abdulla, Christian Aligny, Jeanne Gauffin Mathieu
"Pier Paolo Pasolini traveled to Africa, Nepal, and the Middle East to realize this ambitious cinematic treatment of a selection of stories from the legendary The Thousand and One Nights. This is not the fairy-tale world of Scheherazade or Aladdin, though. Instead, the director focuses on the book’s more erotic tales, framed by the story of a young man’s quest to reconnect with his beloved slave girl. Full of lustrous sets and costumes and stunning location photography, Arabian Nights is a fierce and joyous exploration of human sexuality." - The Criterion Collection
Selected by Fernando Meirelles, Mia Hansen-Løve, Roger Clarke, Tony Rayns, Sandra Kogut.


Money (English title)
Highest Ranking: 159 (2018)

1983 / France-Switzerland / 90m / Col / Drama, Crime
Christian Patey, Sylvie Van den Elsen, Michel Briguet, Vincent Risterucci, Caroline Lang, Beatrice Tabourin, Didier Baussy, Marc Ernest Fourneau, Bruno Lapeyre, Francois-Marie Banier
"Robert Bresson's final film—made when he was 81—is a harrowing scour of ideological cinema, based on a sermonic Tolstoy story about greed but turned by Bresson into a pantomime stations of the cross, so completely focused on sensuous minutiae, moral interrogation, and the fastidious lasering away of movie bullshit (like acting and action) that it comes as close as any movie has to 15th-century Christian icons. Except the film's not expressly Christian—Bresson is far less a spiritualist than a precision pragmatist—and it is totally modern." - Michael Atkinson, The Village Voice
Selected by Amos Gitai, Fred Camper, Andrei Ujica, Hirokazu Koreeda, James Quandt.
Army of Shadows

Army of Shadows

L'Armée des ombres (original title); Army in the Shadows (alternative title)
Highest Ranking: 289 (2013)

1969 / France-Italy / 140m / Col / Resistance Film, War Drama
Lino Ventura, Paul Meurisse, Simone Signoret, Jean-Pierre Cassel, Claude Mann, Paul Crauchet, Christian Barbier, Serge Reggiani, Andre Dewavrin, Alain Dekok
"This masterpiece by Jean-Pierre Melville about the French Resistance went unreleased in the United States for thirty-seven years, until its triumphant theatrical debut in 2006. Atmospheric and gripping, Army of Shadows is Melville’s most personal film, featuring Lino Ventura, Paul Meurisse, Jean-Pierre Cassel, and the incomparable Simone Signoret as intrepid underground fighters who must grapple with their conception of honor in their battle against Hitler’s regime." - The Criterion Collection
Selected by Nick James, Philippe Rouyer, Rupert Wyatt, Lawrence Kasdan, Adrian Danks.


Rapture (English title)
Highest Ranking: 595 (2018)

1979 / Spain / 105m / Col / Drama, Horror
Eusebio Poncela, Cecilia Roth, Will More, Marta Fernandez Muro, Helena Fernan-Gomez, Carmen Giralt, Max Madera, Javier Ulacia, Rosa Crespo, Luis Ciges
"A genuine cult title, Zulueta's deeply eccentric, brooding and mysterious underground oddity was a significant early influence on Almodóvar while remaining barely known outside Spain. A hallucinatory, claustrophobic examination of the secret potency of film itself, it enters the disorienting world of a young film-maker who discovers his camera has a feature he'd never imagined. Taking one right back to those great '70s mood movies, it's a singular treat." - Gareth Evans, Time Out
Selected by Guillermo del Toro, Antonio Delgado, Gerardo Naranjo, José Luis Cienfuegos, Mar Diestro-Dópido.
As I Was Moving Ahead Occasionally I Saw Brief Glimpses of Beauty

As I Was Moving Ahead Occasionally I Saw Brief Glimpses of Beauty

Highest Ranking: 738 (2016)

2000 / USA / 288m / Col / Biography, Documentary
Jonas Mekas, Oona Mekas
"As I Was Moving Ahead focuses on the domestic world of the Mekas family proper, shot on jittery, mellow 16mm color-reversal stock during the last three decades of the 20th century… As I Was Moving Ahead serves not just as a meditation on the nature of cinema, beauty, and time, but also as a monument to the bonds of family and friends. Mekas's diaries have always quivered with the tensions between past and present. This one, created by an artist soon to enter his eighth decade, finds a secret paradise in the rich harvests of a lifetime's memories." - Ed Halter, The Village Voice
Selected by Eduardo Coutinho, Flavia de la Fuente, Javier Packer-Comyn, Matías Piñeiro, Radu Jude.
See also The 21st Century's Most Acclaimed Films.
The Ascent

The Ascent

Voskhozhdeniye (original title)
Highest Ranking: Current

1976 / USSR / 111m / BW / War Drama, Resistance Film
Boris Plotnikov, Vladimir Gostyukhin, Sergei Yakovlev, Lyudmila Polyakova, Viktoriya Goldentul, Anatoli Solonitsyn, Mariya Vinogradova, Nikolai Sektimenko
"Shepitko’s emotionally overwhelming final film won the Golden Bear at the 1977 Berlin Film Festival and has been hailed around the world as the finest Soviet film of its decade. Set during World War II’s darkest days, The Ascent follows the path of two peasant soldiers, cut off from their troop, who trudge through the snowy backwoods of Belarus seeking refuge among villagers. Their harrowing trek leads them on a journey of betrayal, heroism, and ultimate transcendence." - The Criterion Collection
Selected by Kelly Reichardt, Kevin MacDonald, Ben Wheatley, Pietro Marcello, Fred Kelemen.
Ashes and Diamonds

Ashes and Diamonds

Popiól i diament (original title)
Highest Ranking: 118 (2008)

1958 / Poland / 96m / BW / Political Drama, War Drama
Zbigniew Cybulski, Ewa Krzyzewska, Adam Pawlikowski, Waclaw Zastrzezynski, Bogumil Kobiela, Jan Ciecierski, Stanislaw Milski, Zbigniew Skowronski, Barbara Krafftowna, Irena Orzecka
"On the last day of World War II in a small town somewhere in Poland, Polish exiles of war and the occupying Soviet forces confront the beginning of a new day and a new Poland. In this incendiary environment we find Home Army soldier Maciek Chelmicki (Cybulski), who has been ordered to assassinate an incoming commissar… Gorgeously photographed and brilliantly performed, Ashes and Diamonds masterfully interweaves the fate of a nation with that of one man, resulting in one of the most important Polish films of all time." - The Criterion Collection
Selected by Eldar Ryazanov, Andrei Plakhov, Francis Ford Coppola, Roy Andersson, Nikita Mikhalkov.
The Asphalt Jungle

The Asphalt Jungle

Highest Ranking: 277 (2012)

1950 / USA / 112m / BW / Crime Thriller, Film Noir
Sterling Hayden, Louis Calhern, Jean Hagen, James Whitmore, Sam Jaffe, John McIntire, Marilyn Monroe, Marc Lawrence, Barry Kelley, Anthony Caruso
"An early masterclass in the art of the caper movie, John Huston's 1950 thriller stands up wonderfully well, even if we've got used to far more convoluted scheming by movie robbers in the intervening period. One of The Asphalt Jungle's strengths is that the crims seem about as thick as you suspect they would be in real life: no Cruise or Clooney-style braniac super-athletes here… It all looks fabulous too, a Brechtian ode to the urban wasteland." - Andrew Pulver, The Guardian
Selected by Mike Hodges, Monte Hellman, Alejandro Agresti, Dusan Makavejev, Philip Kaufman.
See also 1,000 Noir Films.
Assault on Precinct 13

Assault on Precinct 13

Highest Ranking: 727 (2008)

1976 / USA / 90m / Col / Action Thriller, Police Drama
Austin Stoker, Darwin Joston, Laurie Zimmer, Martin West, Tony Burton, Charles Cyphers, Nancy Loomis, Peter Bruni, John J. Fox, Kim Richards
"Because Assault on Precinct 13 is among one of the most remarkably composed films of all time, it's easy to look at Carpenter's rigorous framing techniques as their own acts of political resistance. The film's tight medium-shots position the characters in constant defiance of each other: blacks against whites, women against men, prisoners against officers… Despite the tragic but inevitable human losses, no one group comes out on top because only their capacity for kindness reigns supreme in Carpenter's democratic kingdom." - Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
Selected by Bertrand Bonello, Darrell Roodt, Kleber Mendonça Filho, Mike D'Angelo, Rob Humanick.


Top 100 Film Ranking 17 (18) Orange Up-Arrow
Highest Ranking: 14 (2007)

1934 / France / 89m / BW / Romantic Drama, Marriage Drama
Michel Simon, Jean Daste, Dita Parlo, Gilles Margaritis, Louis Lefevre, Fanny Clar, Raphael Diligent, Maurice Gilles, Rene Bleck, Charles Goldblatt
"In Jean Vigo’s hands, an unassuming tale of conjugal love becomes an achingly romantic reverie of desire and hope. Jean (Dasté), a barge captain, marries Juliette (Parlo), an innocent country girl, and the two climb aboard Jean’s boat, the L’Atalante—otherwise populated by an earthy first mate (Simon) and a multitude of mangy cats—and embark on their new life together. Both a surprisingly erotic idyll and a clear-eyed meditation on love, L’Atalante, Vigo’s only feature-length work, is a film like no other." - The Criterion Collection
Selected by Pietro Marcello, Mariano Llinás, Hong Sang-soo, Josh Safdie, Luca Guadagnino.
Au hasard Balthazar

Au hasard Balthazar

Balthazar (alternative title)
Top 100 Film Ranking 34 (34)
Highest Ranking: 32 (2019)

1966 / France / 95m / BW / Rural Drama, Animal Picture
Anne Wiazemsky, Francois Lafarge, Philippe Asselin, Natalie Joyaut, Walter Green, J-C Guilbert, Pierre Klossowski, Francois Sullerot, M.C. Fremont, Jean Remignard
"A profound masterpiece from one of the most revered filmmakers in the history of cinema, director Robert Bresson’s Au hasard Balthazar follows the donkey Balthazar as he is passed from owner to owner, some kind and some cruel but all with motivations beyond his understanding. Balthazar, whose life parallels that of his first keeper, Marie, is truly a beast of burden, suffering the sins of man. But despite his powerlessness, he accepts his fate nobly. Through Bresson’s unconventional approach to composition, sound, and narrative, this seemingly simple story becomes a moving parable of purity and transcendence." - The Criterion Collection
Selected by Antony Fiant, Noël Herpe, Lisandro Alonso, Michael Haneke, Wim Wenders.
Au revoir les enfants

Au revoir les enfants

Highest Ranking: 544 (2013)

1987 / France / 103m / Col / War Drama, Childhood Drama
Gaspard Manesse, Raphael Fejto, Francine Racette, Stanislas Carre de Malberg, Philippe Morier-Genoud, Francois Berleand, Francois Negret, Peter Fitz, Pascal Rivet, Benoit Henriet
"Traces of war inevitably linger in people's minds long after the gunfire and explosions subside… Louis Malle understood this pattern of degeneration well, having witnessed the unflinchingly heinous Nazi occupation of France as a child. The master director recollects the subtle nuances of everyday life in a landscape gripped by terror in his semi-autobiographical Au Revoir les Enfants, a carefully measured examination of wistful youth tainted by burgeoning human weaknesses found in regular people verging on moral collapse. Malle's young namesake is Julien (Manesse), a well-read and inquisitive lad obviously conflicted about the surrounding tenor of his environment." - Glenn Heath Jr., Slant Magazine
Selected by Michel Cieutat, Kenneth Branagh, Philip French, Danny Boyle, Arild Andresen.


Ôdishon (original title)
Highest Ranking: Current

1999 / Japan-South Korea / 115m / Col / Thriller, Sadistic Horror
Ryo Ishibashi, Eihi Shiina, Miyuki Matsuda, Tetsu Sawaki, Jun Kunimura, Renji Ishibashi, Toshie Negishi, Ren Osugi, Shigeru Saiki, Ken Teruishi
"Whatever else it may be—a cold-sweat nightmare of male sexual anxiety, a mocking explication of Eros and Thanatos, the best-disguised psychotronic splatter flick in recent memory—Takashi Miike's Audition is first and foremost a lethally poised Venus flytrap of a movie. (If you wish to preserve the purity of the trauma, read no further.) Audition opens as a placid, mournful romantic drama. Rivulets of dread seep in on cue, and the film seems to be heading for a boo-gotcha Grand Guignol pileup. But it doesn't merely morph; after simmering for an eternity, it derails, with spectacular, psychotic force, bulldozing its way toward an almost unwatchable theater of cruelty." - Dennis Lim, The Village Voice
Selected by Eli Roth, Antony Burns, James Gunn, Joe Bob Briggs, Danny Boyle.
An Autumn Afternoon

An Autumn Afternoon

Sanma no aji (original title)
Highest Ranking: 237 (2016)

1962 / Japan / 115m / Col / Family Drama, Romantic Drama
Chishu Ryu, Shima Iwashita, Keiji Sada, Shinichiro Mikami, Mariko Okada, Nobuo Nakamura, Ryuji Kita, Eijiro Tono, Teruo Yoshida, Noriko Maki
"Co-scripted with long-term collaborator Kogo Noda, as is usual with Ozu, plot is reduced to a bare minimum. Though the story revolves around the central axis of Hirayama, a good deal of the film is given over to the other characters, charting the ups and downs of their daily existence the film almost existing entirely in the form of a series of vignettes. This apparent lack of focus and purpose may seem off-putting at first, but by avoiding the contrivances of traditional dramatic narratives whilst sketching out a touching portrait of everyday family life, Ozu creates a world that gives the impression of stretching far beyond the limiting vista of the cinema screen." - Jasper Sharp, Midnight Eye
Selected by Alain Masson, Girish Kasaravalli, Casper Tybjerg, Frédéric Maire, Jean-Claude Rousseau.


Highest Ranking: 717 (2020)

2009 / USA-UK / 161m / Col / Science Fiction, Sci-Fi Action
Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Michelle Rodriguez, Giovanni Ribisi, Laz Alonso, Wes Studi, Joel Moore, C.C.H. Pounder, Stephen Lang
"Avatar is not simply a sensational entertainment, although it is that. It's a technical breakthrough. It has a flat-out Green and anti-war message. It is predestined to launch a cult. It contains such visual detailing that it would reward repeating viewings. It invents a new language, Na'vi, as Lord of the Rings did, although mercifully I doubt this one can be spoken by humans, even teenage humans. It creates new movie stars. It is an Event, one of those films you feel you must see to keep up with the conversation." - Roger Ebert, Roger
Selected by Cyrus Frisch, Michael Mann, Roger Corman, Ching Siu-Tung, Scott MacDonald.
See also The 21st Century's Most Acclaimed Films.


The Adventure (English title)
Top 100 Film Ranking 37 (38) Orange Up-Arrow
Highest Ranking: 28 (2014)

1960 / Italy-France / 145m / BW / Drama, Psychological Drama
Monica Vitti, Gabriele Ferzetti, Lea Massari, Dominique Blanchar, James Addams, Lelio Luttazi, Esmeralda Ruspoli, Renzo Ricci, Dorothy De Poliolo, Giovanni Petrucci
"More than any other film L’Avventura seems to define the spirit of a time in cinema when anything seemed possible and there was no territory into which it could not venture. Above all what it seeks to capture is the world of fleeting emotion, feelings which are unstable and crystallize only momentarily in the camera’s gaze. After L’Avventura, Antonioni did not look back. He made three further films with Vitti each time pushing further back the frontiers of what cinema could explore… But L’Avventura is the one that started Antonioni on his quest, and remains the one that most clearly represents the unique nature of his art." - Geoffrey Nowell-Smith, The Criterion Collection
Selected by Antony Fiant, Silvio Soldini, Andrzej Zulawski, Armond White, David Denby.
The Awful Truth

The Awful Truth

Highest Ranking: 236 (December 2006)

1937 / USA / 92m / BW / Romantic Comedy, Screwball Comedy
Cary Grant, Irene Dunne, Ralph Bellamy, Alex D'Arcy, Cecil Cunningham, Molly Lamont, Esther Dale, Joyce Compton, Robert Allen, Robert Warwick
"Leo McCarey's largely improvised 1937 film is one of the funniest of the screwball comedies, and also one of the most serious at heart. Cary Grant and Irene Dunne are a pair of world-weary socialites who decide to drop the pretense of their wide-open marriage, but fate and Ralph Bellamy draw them together again. The awful truth is that they need each other, and McCarey, with his profound faith in monogamy, leads them gradually and hilariously to that crucial discovery. The issues deepen in a subtle, natural way: the film begins as a trifle and ends as something beautiful and affirmative. A classic." - Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
Selected by Peter Bogdanovich, Molly Haskell, Whit Stillman, Jean-Philippe Tessé, Robbie Collin.


Highest Ranking: 908 (2012)

1995 / Australia / 94m / Col / Animal Picture, Children's Fantasy
James Cromwell, Magda Szubanski, Zoe Burton, Roscoe Lee Browne, Christine Cavanaugh, Paul Goddard, Miriam Margolyes, Ken Takakura, Danny Mann, Hugo Weaving
"Degree of difficulty apart - and difficulty involved making an entire farmyard of real animals talk - the merits of Babe are those of Dick King-Smith's classic, The Sheep-Pig. Piglet Babe beats the slaughterhouse and is adopted by a sheepdog who coaches him in the art of rounding up sheep. Taciturn farmer Hoggett (Cromwell) wonderingly goes along with this apprenticeship, and is gratified when Babe wins the rosette at the trials. Babe's secret is politeness which gets better results than barking, and raises lots of laughs. Charming, eccentric and very amusing." - Brian Case, Time Out
Selected by James Gunn, Josephine Decker, Shion Sono, Trey Parker, Jeffrey Westhoff.
Back to th Future

Back to the Future

Highest Ranking: Current

1985 / USA / 116m / Col / Teen Movie, Sci-Fi Comedy
Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Crispin Glover, Thomas F. Wilson, Claudia Wells, Marc McClure, Wendie Jo Sperber, George DiCenzo, James Tolkan
"Back to the Future stands up on its own as a well-oiled, brilliantly-edited example of new-school, Spielberg-cultivated thrill-craft, one that endures even now that its visual effects and haw-haw references to Pepsi Free and reruns seem as dated as full-service gas stations apparently did in 1985. Its schematic organization of what Marty and Doc need to accomplish and its steadily mounting series of mishaps demonstrating how they can go wrong represent probably the most carefully-scripted blockbuster in Hollywood history, but the movie's real coup is in how it subtly mocks the political pretensions of the era—not the 1950s, but rather the 1980s." - Eric Henderson, Slant Magazine
Selected by James Gunn, Anna Smith, Matthew Vaughn, Robbie Collin, Destin Daniel Cretton.
The Bad and the Beautiful

The Bad and the Beautiful

Highest Ranking: 580 (2010)

1952 / USA / 118m / BW / Drama, Showbiz Drama
Kirk Douglas, Lana Turner, Barry Sullivan, Walter Pidgeon, Dick Powell, Gloria Grahame, Gilbert Roland, Leo G. Carroll, Vanessa Brown, Paul Stewart
"Rivalling Sunset Boulevard for its caustic take on Hollywood, Vincente Minnelli’s rip-roaring 1952 melodrama charts the fall of a ruthless, all-powerful producer (Douglas on top form) via flashbacks recalled by a writer (Powell), an actress (Turner) and a director (Sullivan) – all of whom he made, and who now disown him when he’s down. It’s packed with in-jokes and lightly disguised portraits of real-life Tinseltown figures; Douglas’ character is reckoned to be across between David O.Selznick and Val Lewton. But even without a knowledge of the background, this is sharp, cynical fun." - Philip Kemp, Total Film
Selected by Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Martin Koerber, Nicolas Bauche, Joss Whedon, Adolfo Aristarain.
Bad Lieutenant

Bad Lieutenant

Highest Ranking: 848 (March 2006)

1992 / USA / 98m / Col / Police Drama, Crime Drama
Harvey Keitel, Victor Argo, Paul Calderon, Leonard Thomas, Robin Burrows, Frankie Thorn, Victoria Bastel, Paul Hipp, Brian McElroy, Frankie Acciarito
"Ferrara’s tale of sin and redemption has a raw, unvarnished power that’s embodied by Keitel’s performance, and the years have preserved it as an equally potent street-level look at a city… Though Ferrara has a well-earned reputation as New York’s chief provocateur, his secret weapon is a style that’s surprisingly austere and darkly funny, with a lot of long takes that play out from a set distance. Had Ferrara attempted to complement the behavior onscreen with self-consciously “edgy” technique, Bad Lieutenant would have been distractingly over-the-top, but instead it’s a more studied, serious film than its reputation might suggest." - Scott Tobias, The A.V. Club
Selected by Sean Baker, Park Chan-wook, Frederico Machado, Shane Lyons, Wolfgang Nierlin.
See also 1,000 Noir Films.
Decade breakdown: 1900s = 1 film (no change), 1910s = 5 films (+1), 1920s = 38 films (no change), 1930s = 67 films (-2), 1940s = 82 films (-3), 1950s = 139 films (-1), 1960s = 170 films (no change), 1970s = 159 films (-5), 1980s = 119 films (-1), 1990s = 120 films (+4), 2000s = 83 films, (no change), 2010s = 17 films (+7).
Bad Timing

Bad Timing

Bad Timing: A Sensual Obsession (alternative title)
Highest Ranking: 900 (2013)

1980 / UK / 129m / Col / Mystery, Psychological Drama
Art Garfunkel, Theresa Russell, Harvey Keitel, Denholm Elliott, Daniel Massey, Dana Gillespie, William Hootkins, Eugene Lipinski, George Roubicek, Stefan Gryff
"Amid the decaying elegance of cold-war Vienna, psychoanalyst Dr. Alex Linden (Garfunkel) becomes mired in an erotically charged affair with the elusive Milena Flaherty (Russell). When their all-consuming passion takes a life-threatening turn, Inspector Netusil (Keitel) is assigned to piece together the sordid details. Acclaimed for its innovative editing, raw performances, and stirring musical score—featuring Tom Waits, the Who, and Billie Holiday—Nicolas Roeg’s Bad Timing is a masterful, deeply disturbing foray into the dark world of sexual obsession." - The Criterion Collection
Selected by Dominik Graf, Ian Wild, Isabelle Stever, Sam Dunn, Simon Ward.


Highest Ranking: 125 (2018)

1973 / USA / 95m / Col / Crime Drama, Americana
Martin Sheen, Sissy Spacek, Warren Oates, Ramon Bieri, Alan Vint, Gary Littlejohn, John Carter, Bryan Montgomery, Gail Threlkeld, Charles Fitzpatrick
"The movie is brilliantly composed with a loose, directionless swing that looks easy (but isn't), and a superbly delicate, literate voiceover from Spacek that conveys the bizarre babes-in-the-wood quality of their life together on the run. There are unforgettable sequences, especially at the very end when the captured Kit answers questions from fascinated state troopers as if at a press conference. An unmissable, transcendentally beautiful classic." - Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
Selected by
Taika Waititi, Andrew Dominik, Gregg Araki, Jeff Nichols, Nadav Lapid.
See also 1,000 Noir Films.
Ballad of Narayama

The Ballad of Narayama

Narayama bushiko (original title)
Highest Ranking: 758 (2013)

1983 / Japan / 130m / Col / Rural Drama, Family Drama
Ken Ogata, Sumiko Sakamoto, Takejo Aki, Tonpei Hidari, Seiji Kurasaki, Kaoru Shimamori, Ryutaro Tatsumi, Junko Takada, Nijiko Kiyokawa, Mitsuko Baisho
"This harsh and beautiful 1983 film by Shohei Imamura marks a turning point in his career, away from the violence and confrontationalism of his earlier films and toward an almost Ozu-like acceptance of human fate. The story is set in an impoverished mountain village, where the law of survival requires that every citizen over 70 be put to death to make room for new mouths at the table… Imamura's rough sexual humor is still in evidence, but now it has taken on a dark tone: to make love is to flirt with death." - Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
Selected by Isamu Hirabayashi, Jasper Sharp, Li Yu, Tim Robey, Nick Davis.


Highest Ranking: 561 (2011)

1942 / USA / 69m / Col / Children's Fantasy, Animated Musical
Bobby Stewart, Peter Behn, Stan Alexander, Cammie King, Donnie Dunagan, Hardie Albright, Helen Freeman, Morgan Wallace, Wilson Benge, Hans Schumm
"From Disney's richest period, interleaving splendid animation with vulgar Americana. Babycham images occupy only a fraction of the running time in this tale of the adventures of a fawn; the rest is a strikingly impressionistic version of life in the forest and the meadow. Silhouette, panorama, and the cod use of classical music recall the best moments of Fantasia, while the animals are all given irresistible human traits: Bambi, Flower the skunk, and Thumper the rabbit ('Watchya doin' hibernatin'?') are like members of one of Mickey Rooney's gangs." - Andrew Nickolds, Time Out
Selected by Yuriy Norshteyn, Andrew Osmond, Manuel Mozos, Michael Dudok de Wit, Fernando Meirelles.
The Band Wagon

The Band Wagon

Highest Ranking: 150 (2011-2012)

1953 / USA / 112m / Col / Musical, Comedy
Fred Astaire, Jack Buchanan, Cyd Charisse, Oscar Levant, Nanette Fabray, James Mitchell, Robert Gist, Thurston Hall, Ava Gardner, LeRoy Daniels
"The Band Wagon is the most frequent rival of Singin' in the Rain for honors as producer Arthur Freed's best musical. In some ways, the pictures are mirror images of each other. Both are about song-and-dance men whose careers are jeopardized. Both feature a production that starts out as a disaster and becomes a hit. And in both films, saving the production and the leading character's career parallels the personal salvation he finds through love. The Band Wagon, however, is the darker of the two films, set on a fading Broadway with a focus on old age and retirement to add to the leading character's professional and personal problems." - Brian Cady and Frank Miller, TCM
Selected by Gilles Ciment, Stuart Klawans, Albert Serra, José Luis Garci, Fernando Mendez-Leite.
Bande a part

Bande à part

Band of Outsiders (English title)
Highest Ranking: 408 (December 2006)

1964 / France / 97m / BW / Drama, Crime Drama
Anna Karina, Claude Brasseur, Sami Frey, Louisa Colpeyn, Chantal Darget, Michel Delahaye, Daniele Girard, Jean-Luc Godard, Claude Makovski, Ernest Menzer
"Band of Outsiders is the Godard film for people who don't much care for Godard: a proto-slacker mood piece about two nondescript guys trying to persuade a beautiful girl to help them commit a robbery. Adapted from Dolores Hitchens's Fools' Gold, an American '50s crime novel published in France as part of the pulp Série Noire, it's more Renoir than Fuller—the least preoccupied with American culture of any of Godard's '60s films." - Amy Taubin, The Village Voice
Selected by Jonathan Levine, Billy Chainsaw, Joshua Clover, Kaleem Aftab, John Powers.
O Bandido da Luz Vermelha

O Bandido da Luz Vermelha

The Red Light Bandit (English title)
Highest Ranking: Current

1968 / Brazil / 92m / BW / Biopic
Paulo Villaca, Helena Ignez, Jose Marinho, Pagano Sobrinho, Luiz Linhares, Helio Aguiar, Luis Alberto, Armando Barreto, Lenoir Bittencourt, Sonia Braga, Lola Brah
"Rogerio Sganzerla, a 23-year-old film critic and champion of the Cinema Novo movement, directed this 1968 Brazilian feature about a small-time thug's rise to notoriety, and its strident, absurdist tone is heavily informed by the radicalism of the times. Sganzerla has little regard for dramatic niceties, employing guerrilla-style acting and very little dialogue; he's far more interested in bombarding the viewer with topsy-turvy visuals and neo-Marxist commentary on the sound track. His indictment of all ranks of Brazilian society is nearly incoherent, but the film has a scuzzy lyricism that's oddly engrossing." - Ted Shen, Chicago Reader
Selected by Tata Amaral, Lírio Ferreira, Cid Nader, Lúcia Murat, Fernando Oriente.
Barren Lives

Barren Lives

Vidas Secas (original title)
Highest Ranking: 383 (2019)

1963 / Brazil / 103m / BW / Drama, Rural Drama
Atila Iorio, Maria Ribeiro, Orlando Macedo, Jofre Soares, Gilvan Lima, Genivaldo Lima
"If the main aim of Brazil’s Cinema Nôvo movement was the decolonization of the medium, then its two main firebrands, Glauber Rocha and Nelson Pereira dos Santos, could be viewed respectively as its bedeviled bulldozer and its humanist architect… Widely considered a landmark of the nation's cinema, Santos's Vidas Secas is no less radical a cultural examination than Rocha's Black God, White Devil the following year, yet where Rocha gets Godard-medieval on the camera's ass, Santos keeps his lenses squarely focused on the barren lives of his characters, the gaze as concentrated as the sun blasting the arid expanses of Brazil's northeast." - Fernando F. Croce, Slant Magazine
Selected by Fernando Meirelles, Walter Salles, Carlos Reichenbach, Jean-Michel Frodon, José Carlos Avellar.
Barry Lyndon

Barry Lyndon

Top 100 Film Ranking 48 (53) Orange Up-Arrow
Highest Ranking: 49 (2016)

1975 / UK / 183m / Col / Drama, Period Film
Ryan O'Neal, Marisa Berenson, Patrick Magee, Hardy Kruger, Steven Berkoff, Gay Hamilton, Marie Kean, Leonard Rossiter, Godfrey Quigley, Arthur O'Sullivan
"Stanley Kubrick's Barry Lyndon, received indifferently in 1975, has grown in stature in the years since and is now widely regarded as one of the master's best. It is certainly in every frame a Kubrick film: technically awesome, emotionally distant, remorseless in its doubt of human goodness… Some people find Barry Lyndon a fascinating, if cold, exercise in masterful filmmaking; others find it a terrific bore. I have little sympathy for the second opinion; how can anyone be bored by such an audacious film?" - Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
Selected by Adrien Gombeaud, Trey Edward Shults, James Mangold, Geoffrey Macnab, Andrei Ujica.
Bartin Fink

Barton Fink

Highest Ranking: 434 (2013)

1991 / USA / 117m / Col / Comedy Drama, Black Comedy
John Turturro, John Goodman, Judy Davis, Michael Lerner, John Mahoney, Tony Shalhoub, Jon Polito, Steve Buscemi, David Warrilow, Richard Portnow
"What Raising Arizona was to baby lust, Barton Fink is to writer's block -- a rapturously funny, strangely bittersweet, moderately horrifying and, yes, truly apt description of the condition and its symptoms… Though it defies genre, it seems to work best as a tart self-portrait, a screwball film noir that expresses the Coens' own alienation from Hollywood. A cineaste's landmark on a par with Blue Velvet, this is an experience to savor over and over." - Rita Kempley, Washington Post
Selected by Ari Folman, Alexei Balabanov, David O. Mahony, Mehmet Açar, Warwick Thornton.
The Battle of Algiers

The Battle of Algiers

La Battaglia di Algeri (original title)
Top 100 Film Ranking 75 (73)
Highest Ranking: 56 (2013)

1966 / Italy-Algeria / 123m / BW / Docudrama, Political Drama
Jean Martin, Yacef Saadi, Brahim Haggiag, Samia Kerbash, Tommaso Neri, Michele Kerbash, Ugo Paletti, Fusia El Kader, Franco Morici, Omar
"The Battle of Algiers has often been compared to Potemkin as an example of incendiary, documentary-style political filmmaking. But Eisenstein’s classic was a flurry of highly theatrical techniques; there was a formality to the revolutionary chaos he unleashed, with carefully patterned crowds surging on cue. Pontecorvo’s approach is much looser and more caught-in-the-moment, although everything is carefully choreographed." - Peter Rainer, New York Magazine
Selected by Paul Greengrass, Rupert Wyatt, Antoine Fuqua, Sarah Polley, Penny Woolcock.
Battleship Potemkin

Battleship Potemkin

Bronenosets Potyomkin (original title); Potemkin (alternative title)
Top 100 Film Ranking 14 (15) Orange Up-Arrow
Highest Ranking: 8 (2008)

1925 / USSR / 71m / BW / Political Drama, Propaganda Film
Alexander Antonov, Vladimir Barsky, Grigori Alexandrov, Mikhail Goronorov, Levchenko, Repnikova, Marusov, I. Bobrov, A. Fait, Sergei Eisenstein
"The Battleship Potemkin has been so famous for so long that it is almost impossible to come to it with a fresh eye. It is one of the fundamental landmarks of cinema. Its famous massacre on the Odessa Steps has been quoted so many times in other films (notably in The Untouchables) that it's likely many viewers will have seen the parody before they see the original… Battleship Potemkin is no longer considered the greatest film ever made, but it is obligatory for anyone interested in film history." - Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
Selected by Vitaliy Manskiy, Christopher Frayling, Joan Mellen, Manoel de Oliveira, Michael Mann.
Beau Travail

Beau travail

Highest Ranking: Current

1999 / France / 92m / Col / Drama, Psychological Drama
Denis Lavant, Michel Subor, Gregoire Colin, Richard Courcet, Nicolas Duvauchelle, Adiatou Massidi, Mickael Rakovski, Dan Herzberg, Giuseppe Molino, Marta Tafesse Kassa
"Claire Denis's film is a mesmeric, masculine ballet whose beauty and confident power, manifested in lugubrious scenes which suspend the normal rules of narrative procedure, simply go beyond conventional ideas of transgression or homoeroticism… What is really remarkable about Denis's film is the way she succeeds in fusing the real and the dreamlike, the naturalistic and the figurative, into one visual conceit. Never for one moment does this shimmering, simmering emotional desert storm of a film relax its grip on your senses." - Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
Selected by Lynne Ramsay, Steve McQueen, Joanna Hogg, Ira Sachs, Valeska Grisebach.
Before Sunrise

Before Sunrise

Highest Ranking: 914 (2018)

1995 / USA / 101m / Col / Romance, Comedy Drama
Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy, Andrea Eckert, Hanno Poschl, Erni Mangold, Dominik Castell, Karl Bruckschwaiger, Tex Rubinowitz, Haymon Maria Buttinger, Harold Waiglein
"An American man and a French woman in their early 20s meet on a train heading through Europe. They alight in Vienna, amble around for 14 hours and shoot the breeze. Yes, the plot of Before Sunrise could be written on the back of a Eurail ticket, but it's what Celine (Julie Delpy) and Jesse (Ethan Hawke) say and don't say during their Austrian walkabout that makes the film what it is: a gentle but canny Gen-X fusion of My Dinner with Andre and the Judy Garland shore-leave romance, The Clock." - Ryan Gilbey, The Guardian
Selected by Ji Zhi, Siu Heng, Benjamin Spacek, Anna Duggan, Erik Syngle.
Before Sunset

Before Sunset

Highest Ranking: 598 (2020)

2004 / USA / 80m / Col / Romance, Comedy Drama
Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy, Louise Lemoine Torres, Vernon Dobtcheff, Rodolphe Pauly, Mariane Plasteig, Diabolo, Albert Delpy, Marie Pillet, Denis Evrard
"Before Sunrise was a remarkable celebration of the fascination of good dialogue. But Before Sunset is better, perhaps because the characters are older and wiser, perhaps because they have more to lose (or win), and perhaps because Hawke and Delpy wrote the dialogue themselves. The film has the materials for a lifetime project; like the 7-Up series, this is a conversation that could be returned to every 10 years or so, as Celine and Jesse grow older." - Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
Selected by Sukhdev Sandhu, Diane Negra, Josh Radnor, Ji Zhi, Sakura Yang.
See also The 21st Century's Most Acclaimed Films.
Being There

Being There

Highest Ranking: 447 (2010)

1979 / USA / 130m / Col / Comedy, Satire
Peter Sellers, Shirley MacLaine, Melvyn Douglas, Jack Warden, Richard Dysart, Richard Basehart, Ruth Attaway, David Clennon, Fran Brill, Denise DuBarry
"Most movies don't benefit from an inability to make up their minds, but Being There glides on its own contradictions. Closing out a decade of great, too-often-overlooked work, Hal Ashby directed this 1979 feature with a straight face that could hide a wicked grin, a beatific glow, or both. It ends with what looks like a miracle, but Ashby's ability to make the peculiar story as moving as it is opaque is kind of miraculous in itself. He had help, of course. In his next-to-last role, Peter Sellers plays Chance, a sheltered Washington D.C. gardener who's known only one home since childhood. But when his benefactor dies, he's forced to leave." - Keith Phipps, A.V. Club
Selected by M. Night Shyamalan, Judd Apatow, Gary Tarn, Matthew Vaughn, Brett Ratner.
Belle de jour

Belle de jour

Highest Ranking: 126 (2007)

1967 / France-Italy / 100m / Col / Satire, Psychological Drama
Catherine Deneuve, Jean Sorel, Michel Piccoli, Genevieve Page, Pierre Clementi, Francisco Rabal, Georges Marchal, Francoise Fabian, Maria Latour, Macha Meril
"Catherine Deneuve’s porcelain perfection hides a cracked interior in one of the actress’s most iconic roles: Séverine, a Paris housewife who begins secretly spending her after­noon hours working in a bordello. This surreal and erotic late-sixties daydream from provocateur for the ages Luis Buñuel is an examination of desire and fetishistic pleasure (its characters’ and its viewers’), as well as a gently absurdist take on contemporary social mores and class divisions. Fantasy and reality commingle in this burst of cinematic transgression, which was one of Buñuel’s biggest hits." - The Criterion Collection
Selected by Paul Verhoeven, José Mojica Marins, Andrew Sarris, Glenn Kenny, Klaus Kreimeier.
La Belle et la bete

La Belle et la bête

Beauty and the Beast (English title)
Highest Ranking: 175 (2010)

1946 / France / 95m / BW / Fairy Tale, Romantic Fantasy
Jean Marais, Josette Day, Marcel Andre, Mila Parely, Nane Germon, Michel Auclair, Raoul Marco, Noel Blin, Jean Cocteau, Christian Marquand
"I'm prepared to entertain the argument that Beauty and the Beast is not Cocteau's most "important" film and that it does have some creaky moments. But it is probably his most perfect, because it speaks to so wide an audience with its intensity of vision and the emotions that it inspires in us… Cocteau was almost 60 when he made Beauty and the Beast, his first full-length feature. But the astonishing fact is that this elderly poet had, and still has, a huge influence on the avant-garde of American film. In worshipping the new in Cocteau, some of them had little idea of the traditions from which his art sprang. But he affected them just the same." - Derek Malcolm, The Guardian
Selected by Carrie Rickey, Guillermo Del Toro, Ken Russell, Dennis Doros, Xavier Dolan.
La Belle noiseuse

La Belle noiseuse

Highest Ranking: 563 (2020)

1991 / France / 240m / Col / Drama, Psychological Drama
Michel Piccoli, Jane Birkin, Emmanuelle Beart, Marianne Denicourt, David Bursztein, Gilles Arbona, Marie-Claude Roger, Bernard Dufour, Marie Belluc, Leila Remili
"Jacques Rivette's La Belle Noiseuse is the best film I have ever seen about the physical creation of art, and about the painful bond between an artist and his muse. Winner of the Palme d'Or prize at Cannes that year, it ran to a full four hours, and so its theatrical life was limited. Rivette edited a 125-minute version titled Divertimento, but why bother with it? The greatness of La Belle Noiseuse is in the time it spends on the creation of art, and the creation and destruction of passion." - Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
Selected by Adrian Danks, Martha Otte, Paul Buck, M.K. Raghavendra, Cătălin Olaru.


Highest Ranking: 321 (2008)

1959 / USA / 212m / Col / Religious Epic, Sword-and-Sandal
Charlton Heston, Jack Hawkins, Haya Harareet, Stephen Boyd, Hugh Griffith, Martha Scott, Sam Jaffe, Finlay Currie, Cathy O'Donnell, Frank Thring
"Although a bit like a four-hour Sunday school lesson, Ben-Hur is not without its compensations, above all, of course, the chariot race (which was directed not by Wyler but by Andrew Marton, and it shows). The rest is made interesting by the most sexually ambivalent characters sporting togas this side of Satyricon. When not fondling phallic substitutes, Heston and Boyd gaze admiringly into each other's eyes, but when they fall out - well, hell hath no fury like a closet queen scorned." - Scott Meek, Time Out
Selected by Camille Paglia, Dieter Kosslick, Gaston Kaboré, Mikel Olaciregui, Gabriel Carneiro.
Leading Years:
22 films = 1962, 1975
21 films = 1973
19 films = 1966, 1971
18 films = 1953, 1955, 1967, 1974, 1987
Berlin Alexanderplatz

Berlin Alexanderplatz

Highest Ranking: 192 (2007)

1980 / West Germany-Italy / 894m / Col / Epic, Political Drama
Gunter Lamprecht, Elisabeth Trissenaar, Karin Baal, Franz Buchrieser, Peter Kollek, Brigitte Mira, Mechthild Grossmann, Barbara Valentin, Hans Zander, Yaak Karsunke
"Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s controversial, fifteen-hour-plus Berlin Alexanderplatz, based on Alfred Döblin’s great modernist novel, was the crowning achievement of a prolific director who, at age thirty-four, had already made forty films. Fassbinder’s immersive epic follows the hulking, childlike ex-convict Franz Biberkopf (Lamprecht) as he attempts to “become an honest soul” amid the corrosive urban landscape of Weimar-era Germany. With equal parts cynicism and humanity, Fassbinder details a mammoth portrait of a common man struggling to survive in a viciously uncommon time." - The Criterion Collection
Selected by Béla Tarr, Jonathan Glazer, Chung Sung-ill, David Hudson, Gerwin Tamsma.
Berlin: Symphony of a Great City

Berlin: Symphony of a Great City

Berlin: DieSymphonie der Großstadt (original title)
Highest Ranking: 718 (December 2006)

1927 / Germany / 65m / BW / Avant-garde-Experimental, Documentary
Paul von Hindenburg
"This classic German documentary is a valentine to the "new" Berlin of the late 1920s, enjoying a renaissance after the dregs of the Depression. Director Walter Ruttman's five-reel symphony begins at dawn and ends at midnight, showing Berliners at hard work by day and enjoying the city's boisterous nightlife. Essentially a feature-length montage, the film was heavily influenced by the earlier works of Russian filmmaker Dziga Vertov… Though many current prints of Berlin: Symphony of a Great City carry a musical track, this silent documentary creates its own music by virtue of its rhythmic editing." - Hal Erickson, All Movie
Selected by Adam Hyman, Amir Labaki, Manuel Gutiérrez Aragon, Cao Guimarães, Jurandyr Passos Noronha.
The Best Years of Our Lives

The Best Years of Our Lives

Highest Ranking: 109 (March 2006)

1946 / US / 172m / BW / Family Drama, Ensemble Film
Fredric March, Myrna Loy, Dana Andrews, Teresa Wright, Virginia Mayo, Harold Russell, Hoagy Carmichael, Cathy O'Donnell, Gladys George, Roman Bohnen
"I’d call this the best American movie about returning soldiers I’ve ever seen — the most moving and the most deeply felt. It bears witness to its times and contemporaries like few other Hollywood features, and Gregg Toland’s deep-focus cinematography is one of the best things he ever did. The rest of the cast — including Dana Andrews, Myrna Loy, Teresa Wright, Fredric March, Cathy O’Donnell, Virginia Mayo, Hoagy Carmichael, and Ray Collins — is strong too." - Jonathan Rosenbaum
Selected by Kent Jones, Steve Buscemi, Bruce La Bruce, Francis Ford Coppola, Genevieve Sellier.
La Bete humaine

La Bête humaine

Highest Ranking: 708 (2007)

1938 / France / 99m / BW / Crime Drama, Psychological Drama
Jean Gabin, Simone Simon, Fernand Ledoux, Julien Carette, Blanchette Brunoy, Jean Renoir, Gerard Landry, Jenny Helia, Colette Regis, Jacques Berlioz
"Between his twin Elvis years of 1937 (Grand Illusion) and 1939 (The Rules of the Game), master artiste Jean Renoir crafted this brooding, fluid adaptation of Émile Zola's doctrinaire novel, expanding the palette of pre-noir 'poetic realism' to include the hardscrabble locomotion of proletariat desperation and fashioning a national icon of working-class struggle in the process… If Fritz Lang used the same tale to tell a grim story about low-class American impulses 16 years later in Human Desire, Renoir characteristically saw to it that Zola's prejudicial class attack gave way to a sense of sympathy, bruised victimhood, and communal meaning." - Michael Atkinson, The Village Voice
Selected by Allan Sekula, Francine Stock, Martha P. Nochimson, Claire Denis, Gerardo Vera.
See also 1,000 Noir Films.
A Better Tomorrow

A Better Tomorrow

Ying hung boon sik (original title)
Highest Ranking: 877 (2015)

1986 / Hong Kong / 95m / Col / Crime, Action Thriller
Chow Yun-Fat, Leslie Cheung, Lung Ti, Emily Chu, Waise Lee, Fui-On Shing, Kenneth Tsang, Tsui Hark, John Woo, Feng Tien
"To understand how this particular John Woo-Chow Yun-fat collaboration captured the imaginations of a generation is perhaps to chart the history of cinephilia in Hong Kong. With a Chinese title that translates as ‘the true nature of heroes’, Woo’s seminal heroic bloodshed movie has indeed combined the best of several (movie) worlds: as a relatively faithful remake of Patrick Lung Kong’s The Story of a Discharged Prisoner (1967), it is further spiced up by the principle of brotherhood and the honourable code of yi stemming from martial arts epics of yesteryears – especially those by his mentor Chang Cheh.” - Edmund Lee, Time Out Hong Kong
Selected by Anupama Chopra, Kazuyoshi Kumakiri, Lee Cheuk-lun, Manfred Wong, Ning Hao.
Bicycle Thieves

Bicycle Thieves

Ladri di biciclette (original title); The Bicycle Thief (alternative title)
Top 100 Film Ranking 13 (13)
Highest Ranking: 12 (2016)

1948 / Italy / 90m / BW / Family Drama, Urban Drama
Lamberto Maggiorani, Enzo Staiola, Lianella Carell, Gino Saltamerenda, Vittorio Antonucci, Giulio Chiari, Elena Altieri, Carlo Jachino, Michele Sakara, Emma Druetti
"Hailed around the world as one of the greatest movies ever made, Vittorio De Sica’s Academy Award–winning Bicycle Thieves defined an era in cinema. In postwar, poverty-stricken Rome, a man, hoping to support his desperate family with a new job, loses his bicycle, his main means of transportation for work. With his wide-eyed young son in tow, he sets off to track down the thief. Simple in construction and dazzlingly rich in human insight, Bicycle Thieves embodied all the greatest strengths of the neorealist film movement in Italy: emotional clarity, social righteousness, and brutal honesty." - The Criterion Collection
Selected by Josh Safdie, Stéphane Goudet, Carlos Manga, Walter Lima Jr., Jia Zhangke.
Big Deal on Madonna Street

Big Deal on Madonna Street

I Soliti ignoti (original title)
Highest Ranking: 641 (2011)

1958 / Italy / 91m / BW / Crime Comedy, Caper
Vittorio Gassman, Renato Salvatori, Marcello Mastroianni, Memmo Carotenuto, Rosanna Rory, Carla Gravina, Claudia Cardinale, Carlo Pisacane, Tiberio Murgia, Toto
"Mario Monicelli’s Big Deal on Madonna Street is that genuine rarity in popular culture: a satire that not only helped kill off one movie genre, but started a whole new subgenre in the process. The film, released in Italy in 1958 as I Soliti ignoti, was a veritable treasure trove of cinematic influences, from Italian neorealism to Hollywood postwar film noir and its 1950s French cousin, all tied together in one neat 90-minute package." - Bruce Eder, The Criterion Collection
Selected by Whit Stillman, Juan José Campanella, Riccardo Milani, Fernando León de Aranoa, Sergio Staino.
The Big Heat

The Big Heat

Highest Ranking: 362 (2011)

1953 / USA / 90m / BW / Crime, Film Noir
Glenn Ford, Gloria Grahame, Jocelyn Brando, Alexander Scourby, Lee Marvin, Carolyn Jones, Jeanette Nolan, Peter Whitney, Willis Bouchey, Robert Burton
"Lang strips down William P. McGivern's novel to essentials, giving the story a narrative drive as efficient and powerful as a handgun. The dialogue is functional. Every shot is composed with economy and exactitude, no act gratuitous. The most celebrated scene, where Marvin's psychopathic gangster mutilates his moll Grahame's face with scalding coffee, is remarkable in that you never see him do it; the contract killings are also sex murders, but again unseen." - Wally Hammond, Time Out
Selected by Jean Narboni, Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne, José Luis Borau, José Luis Rebordinos, Lloyd Kaufman.
See also 1,000 Noir Films.
The Big Lebowski

The Big Lebowski

Highest Ranking: Current

1998 / USA-UK / 113m / Col / Crime Comedy, Screwball Comedy
Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Julianne Moore, Steve Buscemi, David Huddleston, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Tara Reid, Peter Stormare, John Turturro, David Thewlis
"Maybe it's the way the Coen brothers tie everything together with bowling that makes this Los Angeles-based tale of burnouts, gun buffs, doobies, tumbleweeds, art, nihilism, porn, pissed-on rugs, severed toes, Saddam Hussein, attack marmots, Teutonic technopop and Bob Dylan — not to mention extortion, kidnapping and death — such a hilarious pop-culture hash. The Big Lebowski is the best movie ever set mostly in a bowling alley." - Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
Selected by Richard Kelly, Sam Raimi, Athina Rachel Tsangari, Nobuhiro Yamashita, Ben Walters.
See also 1,000 Noir Films.
The Big Sleep

The Big Sleep

Highest Ranking: 241 (December 2006)

1946 / USA / 114m / BW / Mystery, Film Noir
Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, John Ridgely, Elisha Cook Jr., Martha Vickers, Dorothy Malone, Regis Toomey, Louis Jean Heydt, Sonia Darrin, Bob Steele
"Howard Hawks’s movie is a film noir touchstone, and features one of Bogart’s best good-man-in-a-tough-spot performances, alongside the irresistible Lauren Bacall… Don’t try too hard to follow the story, just get swept away by the mood of the film. Revel in watching Bogie and Bacall (married by the time the additional scenes were shot) interact. Enjoy the stunning costumes, the crisp cinematography, the snappy script, the brilliant Max Steiner score." - Eric Brace, Washington Post
Selected by Patrick Keiller, Antonio Santamarina, Brian Dillon, Andrés Di Tella, Geoff Dyer.
See also 1,000 Noir Films.
Bigger Than Life

Bigger Than Life

Highest Ranking: 338 (March 2006)

1956 / USA / 95m / Col / Psychological Drama, Family Drama
James Mason, Barbara Rush, Walter Matthau, Robert F. Simon, Roland Winters, Christopher Olsen, Rusty Lane, Rachel Stephens, Kipp Hamilton, Betty Caulfield
"Though ignored at the time of its release, Nicholas Ray’s Bigger Than Life is now recognized as one of the great American films of the 1950s. When a friendly, successful suburban teacher and father (James Mason, in one of his most indelible roles) is prescribed cortisone for a painful, possibly fatal affliction, he grows dangerously addicted to the experimental drug… This Eisenhower-era throat-grabber, shot in expressive CinemaScope, is an excoriating take on the nuclear family. That it came in the day of Father Knows Best makes it all the more shocking—and wildly entertaining." - The Criterion Collection
Selected by Quim Casas, Dennis Lim, Chris Fujiwara, Violeta Kovacsics, Joe Lawlor.
The Birds

The Birds

Highest Ranking: Current

1963 / USA / 120m / Col / Horror, Natural Horror
Tippi Hedren, Rod Taylor, Suzanne Pleshette, Jessica Tandy, Veronica Cartwright, Ruth McDevitt, Ethel Griffies, Charles McGraw, Joe Mantell, Doodles Weaver
"The Birds is Coming' the advance posters twittered ungrammatically but with justifiable excitement. With death dropping blandly out of a clear sky - its menace magnified into apocalypse from the crop-dusting scene in North by Northwest - this is Hitchcock at his best. Full of subterranean hints as to the ways in which people cage each other, it's fierce and Freudian as well as great cinematic fun, with ample fodder for the amateur psychologist following up on Hitch's tortuous involvement with his leading ladies." - Tom Milne, Time Out
Selected by Sergei Loznitsa, Leonardo García Tsao, Raymond Bellour, Sean Durkin, Bigas Luna.
The Birth of a Nation

The Birth of a Nation

The Clansman (première title)
Highest Ranking: 111 (December 2006)

1915 / USA / 187m / BW / Epic, Historical Film
Lillian Gish, Mae Marsh, Henry B. Walthall, Miriam Cooper, Mary Alden, Ralph Lewis, George Siegmann, Walter Long, Robert Harron, Raoul Walsh
"Based on the Rev. Thomas Dixon Jr's deliriously racist The Clansman, a melodramatic novel about the American Civil War and its aftermath, Griffith's film is remarkable for its technical innovations and for the truly epic feel created by the carefully orchestrated, swirling masses of figures in the battle scenes… The biggest challenge the film provided for its audiences is perhaps to decide when 'ground-breaking, dedicated, serious cinematic art' must be reviled as politically reprehensible. The film's explicit glorification of the Ku Klux Klan has never tempered with time." - Martin Sutton, Time Out
Selected by Bernard Eisenschitz, Antonio Rodrigues, Manuel Asín, Marcos Ortega, Thomas Doherty.
The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant

The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant

Die Bitteren Tränen der Petra von Kant (original title)
Highest Ranking: 503 (2008)

1972 / West Germany / 124m / Col / Drama, Melodrama
Margit Carstensen, Hanna Schygulla, Irm Hermann, Katrin Schaake, Eva Mattes, Gisela Fackeldey
"Adapted from Fassbinder's own play, the film hardly hides its theatrical origins, turning them instead to its advantage. Rather than camouflage the proscenium, Petra makes it a prison, a gilded cage of suffocating aestheticism… Cinematographer Michael Ballhaus (who went on, of course, to a long career collaborating with Martin Scorsese) composes every frame within an inch of its life, trapping the figures with their own beauty… An incredible confluence of human insight and artistic expression, Petra is Fassbinder at his most over-the-top, but also his most exacting." - Sam Adams, Philadelphia City Paper
Selected by Nicolas Winding Refn, Nick Pinkerton, Richard Woolley, Tim Highsted, Michael Sicinski.
Black Girl

Black Girl

La Noire de… (original title)
Highest Ranking: 601 (2013)

1966 / Senegal-France / 65m / BW / Drama, Social Problem Film
Mbissine Therese Diop, Anne-Marie Jelinek, Robert Fontaine, Momar Nar Sene, Ibrahima Boy, Bernard Delbard, Nicole Donati, Raymond Lemeri, Suzanne Lemeri, Philippe
"Ousmane Sembène was one of the greatest and most groundbreaking filmmakers who ever lived, as well as the most renowned African director of the twentieth century—and yet his name still deserves to be better known in the rest of the world. He made his feature debut in 1966 with the brilliant and stirring Black Girl. Sembène, who was also an acclaimed novelist in his native Senegal, transforms a deceptively simple plot—about a young Senegalese woman who moves to France to work for a wealthy white family and finds that life in their small apartment becomes a prison, both figuratively and literally—into a complexly layered critique of the lingering colonialist mind-set of a supposedly postcolonial world." - The Criterion Collection
Selected by June Givanni, Allan Sekula, Guy Désiré Yameogo, Horace Ove, May Adadol Ingawanij.
Black God, White Devil

Black God, White Devil

Deus e o Diabo na Terra do Sol (original title)
Highest Ranking: Current

1964 / Brazil / 110m / BW / Road Movie, Crime Drama
Yona Magalhaes, Geraldo Del Rey, Othon Bastos, Sonia Dos Humildes, Mauricio do Valle, Joao Gama, Marrom, Antonio Pinto, Milton Rosa, Lidio Silva
"Rocha's first major film introduced most of the methods, themes and even characters that were developed five years later in his Antonio das Mortes. Set in the drought-plagued Brazilian Sertao in 1940, it explores the climate of superstition, physical and spiritual terrorism and fear that gripped the country… Rocha's project is fundamentally political, and completely unambiguous: he faces up to the contradictions of his country in an effort to understand, to crush mystiques, and to improve." - Tony Rayns, Time Out
Selected by Walter Salles, Garin Nugroho, Michael Chanan, Pere Portabella, Arturo Ripstein.
Black Narcissus

Black Narcissus

Highest Ranking: 123 (2006-2007)

1947 / UK / 99m / Col / Melodrama, Religious Drama
Deborah Kerr, Sabu, David Farrar, Flora Robson, Jean Simmons, Kathleen Byron, Jenny Laird, Esmond Knight, Judith Furse, May Hallatt
"Run, don't walk to see this 1947 classic from Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger… With each fade to black, you can see Deborah Kerr's eyes become, subliminally, twin gimlet gleams in the dark. The co-directors created from Rumer Godden's novel an extraordinary melodrama of repressed love and Forsterian Englishness - or rather Irishness - coming unglued in the vertiginous landscape of South Asia… The studio sets and backdrops are superbly and still convincingly rendered, and the film looks more beautiful than ever." - Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
Selected by James Mangold, Kenneth Branagh, Peter Bradshaw, Andrew Haigh, Carol Morley.
Black Orpheus

Black Orpheus

Orfeu Negro (original title)
Highest Ranking: 655 (2015)

1959 / Brazil-France / 103m / Col / Fantasy, Romance
Breno Mello, Marpessa Dawn, Ademar Da Silva, Lourdes de Oliveira, Lea Garcia, Alexandro Constantino, Waldemar De Souza, Jorge Dos Santos, Aurino Cassiano, Maria Alice
"Winner of both the Academy Award for best foreign-language film and the Cannes Film Festival’s Palme d’Or, Marcel Camus’ Black Orpheus brings the ancient Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice to the twentieth-century madness of Carnival in Rio de Janeiro. With its eye-popping photography and ravishing, epochal soundtrack, Black Orpheus was an international cultural event, and it kicked off the bossa nova craze that set hi-fis across America spinning." - The Criterion Collection
Selected by Mario Van Peebles, Karl Markovics, Tibor Bíró, Jonathan Demme, Wanuri Kahiu.
IMDBRanking 976 (921)
Blade Runner

Blade Runner

Top 100 Film Ranking 38 (37)
Highest Ranking: 34 (2016)

1982 / USA / 118m / Col / Science Fiction, Tech Noir
Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young, Edward James Olmos, M. Emmet Walsh, Daryl Hannah, William Sanderson, Brion James, Joseph Turkel, Joanna Cassidy
"Whether it be its narrative fatalism or its haunting evocation of its urban setting, a multicultural techno-grunge hellhole drenched in rain, infested with advertising and shrouded in mist, the film continues to be the mother of modern sci-fi, blending disparate genres with philosophical queries to produce a work that remains, 25 years and reams of critical analysis later, the style-over-substance Scott's only substantive text." - Nick Schager, Slant Magazine
Selected by Scott Derrickson, Shinya Tsukamoto, Ben Wheatley, Denis Villeneuve, Ari Folman.
See also 1,000 Noir Films.
Blissfully Yours

Blissfully Yours

Sud sanaeha (original title)
Highest Ranking: 406 (2013)

2002 / Thailand-France / 125m / Col / Avant-garde-Experimental, Drama
Kanokporn Tongaram, Min Oo, Jenjira Jansuda, Sa-gnad Chaiyapan, Kanitpat Premkij, Jaruwan Techasatiern
"This uncompromising film can feel shapeless until you discover the simplicity of its form, obscure until you realize that a large part of its meaning is, quite literally, clear as day. In plainest terms, it is the story of three stressed-out people taking the afternoon off and driving into the jungle for a picnic and sex. The first hour is angular, urban, socio-political, gently oblique; the second is liquid, primal, sensual, strange. The movement from city to country, geometry to flux, politics to sex, is a kind of happy entropy. Blissfully Yours doesn't resolve a story, it deliquesces into states of feeling." - Nathan Lee, New York Sun
Selected by Corneliu Porumboiu, Athina Rachel Tsangari, Florence Almozini, Christine Dollhofer, George Clark.
See also The 21st Century's Most Acclaimed Films.
Blood Simple

Blood Simple

Highest Ranking: 592 (December 2006)

1984 / USA / 97m / Col / Post-Noir (Modern Noir), Crime Thriller
John Getz, Frances McDormand, Dan Hedaya, M. Emmet Walsh, Samm-Art Williams, Deborah Neumann, Raquel Gavia, Van Brooks, Senor Marco, William Creamer
"Taking its title from Dashiell Hammett and borrowing a situation from James M. Cain, the Coen's 1984 debut was arguably the most influential noir since Chinatown (and until Reservoir Dogs)… From the initial storyboard to the final sound design, Blood Simple is a supremely calculated intellectual exercise. The super-studied, neon-colored compositions are stippled by perfectly arranged shadows. In addition to its cast, Blood Simple boasts some distinguished credits—it was the first feature shot by cinematographer-turned-director Barry Sonnenfeld and the first scored by the prolific composer Carter Burwell." - J. Hoberman, The Village Voice
Selected by Mike D'Angelo, Danny Boyle, Harun Farocki, Javier Fesser, Bryn Tilly.
See also 1,000 Noir Films.
Blow Out

Blow Out

Highest Ranking: 452 (2008)

1981 / USA / 107m / Col / Political Thriller, Paranoid Thriller
John Travolta, Nancy Allen, John Lithgow, Dennis Franz, Peter Boyden, John Aquino, Curt May, Ernest McClure, Dave Roberts, Maurice Copeland
"In the enthralling Blow Out, brilliantly crafted by Brian De Palma, John Travolta gives one of his greatest performances, as a movie sound-effects man who believes he has accidentally recorded a political assassination. He enlists the help of a possible eyewitness to the crime (Allen), who may be in danger herself, to uncover the truth. With its jolting stylistic flourishes, intricate plot, profoundly felt characterizations, and gritty evocation of early-1980s Philadelphia, Blow Out is an American paranoia thriller unlike any other, as well as a devilish reflection on moviemaking." - The Criterion Collection
Selected by James Gunn, Quentin Tarantino, Ignatiy Vishnevetsky, Harun Farocki, Chico Fireman.


Blowup (original title); Blow Up (alternative title)
Top 100 Film Ranking 98 (99) Orange Up-Arrow
Highest Ranking: Current

1966 / Italy-UK / 111m / Col / Mystery, Psychological Thriller
David Hemmings, Vanessa Redgrave, Peter Bowles, Sarah Miles, Jane Birkin, Gillian Hills, John Castle, Julian Chagrin, Harry Hutchinson, Susan Broderick
"Antonioni creates a film that questions the politics of its protagonist and, at the same time, challenges the way we watch movies. In many ways, this is the best film ever made about movies, because Antonioni recognizes the fragile nature of celluloid and the need to preserve great images. Which is why the film is to profoundly moving—by film's end, Antonioni sadly suggests that one day Blowup won't exist (or mean anything to anyone) if it doesn't continue to be seen, or if its meaning isn't blown-up." - Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
Selected by Nicolas Klotz, Quim Casas, Charles Burnett, Corneliu Porumboiu, Eugène Green.


Highest Ranking: 733 (2017)

1993 / UK / 76m / Col / Avant-garde/Experimental, Gay & Lesbian Film
John Quentin, Nigel Terry, Derek Jarman, Tilda Swinton
"The screen is a perfect blue throughout as Derek Jarman faces up to AIDS, the loss of loved ones, the breakdown of the body, blindness, his own approaching fall into the void. The film embodies the spiritual transcendence which Cyril Collard sought to convey in the last reel of his anguished melodrama Savage Nights, crucially in the serene contemplation of the screen itself, but also in Jarman's beautiful poetry. Extracts from the film-maker's diary supply an ironic commentary on the 'progress' of his illness so that the movie becomes a juxtaposition between the finite and the infinite, the sublime and the ridiculous. Greatly helped by Simon Fisher Turner's soundtrack. Moving beyond words." - Tom Charity, Time Out
Selected by Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Ron Peck, Sarah Turner, Sophie Mayer, Li Yang.
Print colour: Black & White = 392 films (-6), Colour films = 583 films (+7), Colour/BW films = 25 films (-1).
The Blue Angel

The Blue Angel

Der Blaue Engel (original title)
Highest Ranking: 255 (2008)

1930 / Germany / 103m / BW / Melodrama, Psychological Drama
Emil Jannings, Marlene Dietrich, Kurt Gerron, Rosa Valetti, Hans Albers, Eduard von Winterstein, Reinhold Bernt, Hans Roth, Rolf Muller, Robert Klein-Lork
"Lola, star at the sleaziest nightclub in screen history, meets, seduces and ultimately destroys the upright bourgeois schoolteacher, Professor Rath. A tragedy? A comedy? It's actually a surprisingly complex morality play: a celebration of Lola's sexuality (it was Dietrich's first major role) and an ironic observation of Rath's repression and masochism (Jannings never suffered more or better). The film looks and sounds its age, but remains enthralling." - Tony Rayns, Time Out
Selected by François Thomas, Anjelika Artyukh, Joan Salvany, Yoshino Sakumi, Seijun Suzuki.
Blue Velvet

Blue Velvet

Top 100 Film Ranking 89 (85)
Highest Ranking: 75 (2016)

1986 / USA / 120m / Col / Mystery, Crime Thriller
Kyle MacLachlan, Isabella Rossellini, Dennis Hopper, Laura Dern, Hope Lange, Dean Stockwell, George Dickerson, Priscilla Pointer, Frances Bay, Jack Harvey
"The last real earthquake to hit cinema was David Lynch's Blue Velvet —I'm sure directors throughout the film world felt the earth move beneath their feet and couldn't sleep the night of their first encounter with it back in 1986—and screens trembled again and again with diminishing aftershocks over the next decade as these picture makers attempted to mount their own exhilarating psychic cataclysms. But no one could quite match the traumatizing combination of horrific, comedic, aural, and subliminal effects Lynch rumbled out in this masterpiece—not even Lynch himself in the fun-filled years that followed before he recombined with himself to invent The Straight Story and Mulholland Drive." - Guy Maddin, The Village Voice
Selected by Quim Casas, Andrew Dominik, David Thomson, James Marsh, John Powers.
See also 1,000 Noir Films.
The Blues Brothers

The Blues Brothers

Highest Ranking: 623 (2012)

1980 / USA / 130m / Col / Action Comedy, Rock Musical
John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, Kathleen Freeman, James Brown, Henry Gibson, John Landis, Frank Oz, Cab Calloway, Ray Charles, Carrie Fisher
"Soul-stirring celebration or crass cultural exploitation? Truth is, The Blues Brothers is a bit of both, lending exposure to rhythm and blues legends who might otherwise have faded into silence while at the same time treating black culture as a colourful pantomime backdrop for the antics of two white comedians… Still, the film retains a huge nostalgic kick, thanks in large part to Aykroyd and Belushi’s easy rapport, a smattering of daft, shaggy humour and some truly iconic musical sequences." - Tom Huddleston, Time Out
Selected by Paul Feig, Craig Brewer, Jon Favreau, Sarah Daggar-Nickson, Stefano Benni.
Le Bonheur

Le Bonheur

Happiness (English title)
Highest Ranking: Current

1965 / France / 79m / Col / Romance, Marriage Drama
Jean-Claude Drouot, Claire Drouot, Sandrine Drouot, Olivier Drouot, Marie-France Boyer, Marcelle Faure Bertin, Manon Lanclos, Sylvie Saurel, Marc Eyraud, Christian Riehl
"A beautiful and disturbing 1965 feature by Agnes Varda about family happiness, full of lingering and creepy ambiguities. A happily married carpenter (Jean-Claude Drouot) with a beautiful wife (Claire Drouot) and two small children (Sandrine and Oliver Drouot) falls in love with a beautiful postal clerk (Boyer), who becomes his mistress… Provocative and lovely to look at, this is one of Varda's best and most interesting features." - Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
Selected by Annette Melville, Chantal Akerman, Kim Young-jin, Ksenia Gapchenko, Agnieszka Holland.
Bonnie and Clyde

Bonnie and Clyde

Highest Ranking: 136 (December 2006)

1967 / USA / 111m / Col / Gangster Film, Crime Drama
Warren Beatty, Faye Dunaway, Michael J. Pollard, Gene Hackman, Estelle Parsons, Denver Pyle, Dub Taylor, Gene Wilder, Evans Evans, James Stiver
"Bonnie And Clyde was the Natural Born Killers of the '60s, criticized as too violent, too campy, and above all, too affectionate toward its reprehensible protagonists... It was simultaneously praised as stylish and modern, leading the American charge toward the French New Wave with its swerves between existential angst and comedy, and its pugnacious, fast-cut editing... It now comes across as a little ramshackle in its attempts to merge American and French cinematic innovations into something fresh, but the playful performances haven't aged, and it still finds all the carefree thrills of being young, dumb, in love with life, and ready for death." - Tasha Robinson, A.V. Club
Selected by Mike Figgis, Larry Clark, Lee Daniels, Annemarie Jacir, P.J. Hogan.
See also 1,000 Noir Films.
Boogie Nights

Boogie Nights

Highest Ranking: Current

1997 / USA / 155m / Col / Comedy Drama, Ensemble Film
Mark Wahlberg, Burt Reynolds, Julianne Moore, Don Cheadle, Heather Graham, Alfred Molina, Philip Baker Hall, Nicole Ari Parker, Luis Guzman, William H. Macy
"Paul Thomas Anderson's Boogie Nights is an epic of the low road, a classic Hollywood story set in the shadows instead of the spotlights but containing the same ingredients: Fame, envy, greed, talent, sex, money. The movie follows a large, colorful and curiously touching cast of characters as they live through a crucial turning point in the adult film industry… Boogie Nights has the quality of many great films, in that it always seems alive." - Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
Selected by Edgar Wright, Todd Phillips, Andrew Birkin, Joseph Cedar, Mélanie Laurent.
Das Boot

Das Boot

The Boat (English title)
Highest Ranking: 703 (2011)

1981 / West Germany / 149m / Col / War Drama, Sea Adventure
Jurgen Prochnow, Herbert Gronemeyer, Klaus Wennemann, Hubertus Bengsch, Martin Semmelrogge, Bernd Tauber, Erwin Leder, Martin May, Heinz Hoenig, Claude-Oliver Rudolph
"Peterson's film, which stars Jurgen Prochnow as a stoic German U-boat captain, is a visually spectacular film, distinguished by strong performances and brilliant Steadicam photography that snakes through the U-boat as its patrols the North Atlantic during World War II. It's suspenseful when it needs to be and intelligent in its depiction of the horrors of war and the sweaty claustrophobia of submarine life. On occasion, it's even -- pardon the pun -- deep." - Edward Guthmann, San Francisco Chronicle
Selected by Lukas Moodysson, Christopher McQuarrie, Ralph Ziman, Wael Khairy, Kenneth Turan.
Le Boucher

Le Boucher

The Butcher (English title)
Highest Ranking: 813 (2007)

1970 / France-Italy / 94m / Col / Thriller, Psychological Thriller
Stephane Audran, Jean Yanne, Antonio Passalia, Pascal Ferone, Mario Beccara, William Guerault, Roger Rudel
"Classically simple but relentlessly probing thriller, set in a French village shadowed by the presence of a compulsive killer. Some lovely Hitchcockian games, like the strange ketchup that drips onto a picnic hamburger from a clifftop where the latest victim has been claimed… With this film Chabrol came full circle back to his first, echoing not only the minutely detailed provincial landscape of Le Beau Serge but its theme of redemption." - Tom Milne, Time Out
Selected by Arild Andresen, Louise Dumas, Josefina Molina, Christian Cargnelli, Christian Petzold.
Boudu Saved from Drowning

Boudu Saved from Drowning

Boudu sauvé des eaux (original title)
Highest Ranking: 438 (2013)

1932 / France / 87m / BW / Comedy, Satire
Michel Simon, Charles Granval, Marcelle Hania, Severine Lerczynska, Jean Daste, Max Dalban, Jacques Becker, Jean Gehret, Jane Pierson, Georges St. Saens
"The movie dramatises the old adage about no good deed going unpunished, or perhaps it demonstrates how inscrutable fate may find a way to punish a wrongdoer through his one, atypical, altruistic act. The anarchic Boudu sweeps through this bourgeois home, upsetting and exposing all its complacent arrangements and concealments. There is a startling contrast between the drawing-room comedy of the interior scenes and Renoir's superbly dynamic documentary-style realism in the Paris streets outside: crowded, bustling, cosmopolitan. Almost 80 years on, it still has a superb energy." - Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
Selected by Aki Kaurismäki, Hong Sang-soo, Dina Iordanova, Shinji Aoyama, Glenn Kenny.


Highest Ranking: Current

2014 / USA / 165m / Col / Childhood Drama, Coming-of-Age
Ellar Coltrane, Patricia Arquette, Ethan Hawke, Elijah Smith, Lorelei Linklater, Steven Chester Prince, Bonnie Cross, Libby Villari, Marco Perella, Jamie Howard
"What an astonishing achievement; what a beautiful movie. Linklater shot Boyhood in sequence, at regular intervals, over a 12-year period, painstakingly toiling away in solitude to produce a kind of cinematic Book of Kells. To leaf through its illuminated pages is to watch the child grow to manhood… It's lovingly assembled and acted with such grace and ease that it scarcely looks like acting at all. Midway through the film, I found myself wondering whether I'd ever seen anything remotely resembling it before. Except that of course I have; we all have. Simply look at your own family; it's happening all over. People screw up and make good. They grow bum-fluff beards and fall in love and there's never any resolution, just more full-speed forward motion." - Xan Brooks, The Guardian
Selected by Cheuk Cheung, Adrien Gombeaud, Amy Taubin, Molly Haskell, Paul Schrader.
See also The 21st Century's Most Acclaimed Films.
Branded to Kill

Branded to Kill

Koroshi no rakuin (original title)
Highest Ranking: 571 (December 2006)

1967 / Japan / 91m / BW / Gangster Film, Crime Thriller
Jo Shishido, Nanbara Koji, Ogawa Mariko, Annu Mari, Isao Tamagawa, Hiroshi Minami
"Seijun Suzuki’s Branded to Kill is a cinematic masterpiece that transcends its genre. It is about as close to traditional Yakuza pictures as Godard’s Alphaville is to science fiction. Suzuki paid a price for his brilliance, however. Fired for “incomprehensibility” after making Branded to Kill, he was unable to work in film for ten years. This film is his seminal work; a genre film from a major Japanese studio by a team of creative geniuses who made no compromises." - John Zorn, The Criterion Collection
Selected by Ari Folman, Dmitry Martov, Pimpaka Towira, Tara Brady, Lalitha Gopalan.
See also 1,000 Noir Films.


Highest Ranking: 139 (2012)

1985 / UK / 131m / Col / Science Fiction, Satire
Jonathan Pryce, Robert De Niro, Katharine Helmond, Ian Holm, Bob Hoskins, Michael Palin, Ian Richardson, Peter Vaughan, Kim Greist, Jim Broadbent
"Marc Caro and Jean-Pierre Jeunet called it "retro-futurism," and that's as good a label as any to slap on Terry Gilliam's Brazil, a willfully absurdist dystopian fable about an impossible future that feels more like an antiquated past, a Romantic pretzel- twisting of Orwell and a nursery-rhyme-inflected sci-fi dream epic that appropriates equal parts Fritz Lang, Hellzapoppin', Orson Welles, and illustrator Brian Froud. It remains a stunning achievement, if nearly as exhausting and frustrating as the Tex Avery bureaucracy it roasts, but Gilliam's stylistic dysfunctionalities, art-directed out of junkyards, are what still percolate in the forebrain." - Michael Atkinson, The Village Voice
Selected by Alexei Balabanov, Mark Kermode, Ari Folman, Nadia Tass, Ben Wheatley.
Breakfast at Tiffany's

Breakfast at Tiffany's

Highest Ranking: 401 (2008)

1961 / USA / 115m / Col / Comedy Drama, Romantic Comedy
Audrey Hepburn, George Peppard, Patricia Neal, Buddy Ebsen, Martin Balsam, Mickey Rooney, John McGiver, Jose-Luis de Villalonga, Dorothy Whitney, Stanley Adams
"Blake Edwards may have directed Breakfast at Tiffany's, and screenwriter George Axelrod certainly did a splendid job of adjusting Truman Capote's novel for the screen, but from the first moment Audrey Hepburn steps out of a cab with her coffee and danish and window shops at Tiffany's after a night on the town, this is her movie, and it's all but impossible to imagine another actress in the role… Between Edwards' frothy pacing, Franz F. Planer's lovely location camerawork, and Henry Mancini's memorable score, Breakfast at Tiffany's is a thoroughly charming and witty valentine to one special woman and the city she loves that still enchants more than 40 years after it first hit the screen." - Mark Deming, Allmovie
Selected by Jean-Loup Bourget, Fernando Lara, Irina-Margareta Nistor, Fernando Mendez-Leite, David Robert Mitchell.
The Breakfast Club

The Breakfast Club

Highest Ranking: 706 (2016)

1985 / USA / 97m / Col / Comedy Drama, Teen Movie
Emilio Estevez, Paul Gleason, Anthony Michael Hall, John Kapelos, Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald, Ally Sheedy, Perry Crawford, Mary Christian, Ron Dean
"For the late John Hughes, this was perhaps the definitive statement of ‘80s Midwestern teen angst. It is often cited as his most beloved, most insightful, and most iconic work. Sure, some of the characterization is as pat as the actors hired to realize it (Really? Molly Ringwald AND Anthony Michael Hall again???) and there is some unrealistic wish fulfillment in an afternoon rap session that somehow renders all school social cliques irrelevant. But in the end, this is one Club that has continued to endure… Perhaps the most amazing aspect of the film is that, some 25 years after its initial release, it still feels contemporary and up to date." - Bill Gibron, PopMatters
Selected by Sanam Hasan, Will Brooker, Toni Junyent, Chris Butler & Sam Fell, Joshua Leonard.
Breaking the Waves

Breaking the Waves

Highest Ranking: Current

1996 / Denmark-Sweden-France-Netherlands-Norway-Iceland-Spain / 156m / Col / Psychological Drama, Romantic Drama
Emily Watson, Stellan Skarsgard, Katrin Cartlidge, Jean-Marc Barr, Adrian Rawlins, Jonathan Hackett, Sandra Voe, Udo Kier, Mikkel Gaup, Roef Ragas
"Courting and sometimes winning ridicule, daring to fuse true love with lurid exploitation and pure religious faith, the Danish director Lars von Trier has created a fierce, wrenchingly passionate film about the struggles of a shy young woman who is goodness personified… With a plot that owes as much to the Marquis de Sade as it does to higher-minded sources, von Trier begins his film as a powerfully carnal love story and eventually leaves it, by his own description, "treading on the verge of kitsch." A narrative path leading from the sincere to the ludicrous, and culminating in a final image of flabbergasting transcendance, gives Breaking the Waves its surprising power." - Janet Maslin, The New York Times
Selected by Sebastián Lelio, Jonathan Caouette, Lone Scherfig, Pawel Pawlikowski, Sukhdev Sandhu.


À bout de souffle (original title)
Top 100 Film Ranking 16 (16)
Highest Ranking: 14 (2014-2016)

1960 / France / 89m / BW / Crime Drama, Urban Drama
Jean-Paul Belmondo, Jean Seberg, Daniel Boulanger, Jean-Pierre Melville, Van Doude, Liliane Robin, Henri-Jacques Huet, Claude Mansard, Michel Fabre, Jean-Luc Godard
"There was before Breathless, and there was after Breathless. Jean-Luc Godard burst onto the film scene in 1960 with this jazzy, free-form, and sexy homage to the American film genres that inspired him as a writer for Cahiers du cinéma. With its lack of polish, surplus of attitude, anything-goes crime narrative, and effervescent young stars Jean-Paul Belmondo and Jean Seberg, Breathless helped launch the French New Wave and ensured cinema would never be the same." - The Criterion Collection
Selected by Carlos Diegues, Atom Egoyan, Lone Scherfig, Paul Greengrass, Michael Apted.
See also 1,000 Noir Films.
Bride of Frankenstein

Bride of Frankenstein

Highest Ranking: 196 (December 2006)

1935 / USA / 75m / BW / Monster Film, Sci-Fi Horror
Boris Karloff, Colin Clive, Valerie Hobson, Elsa Lanchester, Ernest Thesiger, Una O'Connor, Dwight Frye, O.P. Heggie, Gavin Gordon, Douglas Walton
"The best of the Frankenstein movies--a sly, subversive work that smuggled shocking material past the censors by disguising it in the trappings of horror. Some movies age; others ripen. Seen today, Whale's masterpiece is more surprising than when it was made because today's audiences are more alert to its buried hints of homosexuality, necrophilia and sacrilege. But you don't have to deconstruct it to enjoy it; it's satirical, exciting, funny, and an influential masterpiece of art direction." - Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
Selected by Joe Dante, Guillermo del Toro, David Rooney, Donald Clarke, Robert Cashill.
The Bridge on the River Kwai

The Bridge on the River Kwai

Highest Ranking: 176 (March 2006)

1957 / UK / 161m / Col / War, Drama
William Holden, Alec Guinness, Jack Hawkins, Sessue Hayakawa, James Donald, Andre Morell, Geoffrey Horne, Peter Williams, John Boxer, Percy Herbert
"The Bridge on the River Kwai is David Lean's last film not to succumb to bloat. Despite its grand, Oscar-bait stature, the 1957 epic subtly develops its themes about the irrationality of honor and the hypocrisy of Britain's class system without ever compromising its thrilling war narrative. Whereas Lawrence of Arabia and Doctor Zhivago feel more pictorial than cinematic, The Bridge on the River Kwai carefully builds its psychological tension until it erupts in a blinding flash of sulfur and flame." - Christian Blauvelt, Slant Magazine
Selected by Marc Webb, Craig Brewer, Herschell Gordon Lewis, Nicholas Meyer, Norman Jewison.
Breakdown by Country (Top 10): United States = 428 films (+3), France = 153 films (no change), United Kingdom = 64 films (-1), Italy = 60 films (-1), Japan = 43 films (-1), Germany/West Germany = 37 films (-2), China/Hong Kong/Taiwan = 32 films (no change), Russia/USSR = 29 films (+1), Sweden = 20 films (+1), Spain = 14 films (-1).
The Rest: Brazil (13), India (11), Denmark, Mexico (10), Canada, Iran (8), Australia (6), Czechoslovakia (5), New Zealand, Poland, Hungary, Belgium, Thailand, South Korea (4), Yugoslavia, Turkey, Austria, Argentina, Senegal (3), Romania, Portugal, Greece (2), Cuba, Mali, Israel, Finland (1).
The Bridges of Madison County

The Bridges of Madison County

Highest Ranking: 855 (2018)

1995 / USA / 135m / Col / Romance, Drama
Clint Eastwood, Meryl Streep, Annie Corley, Victor Slezak, Jim Haynie, Sarah Kathryn Schmitt, Christopher Kroon, Phyllis Lyons, Debra Monk, Richard Lage
"When the daughter and son of the late Francesca Johnson (Streep) return home to Madison County to oversee the funeral arrangements, they're shocked to learn that their mother wished to have her ashes scattered from the Roseman Bridge, not buried beside their father… Immaculately performed, and assembled with wit and sensitivity, this is one of the most satisfying weepies in years. Indeed, it's hard to imagine anyone but Eastwood doing such a fine job of adapting Robert James Waller's best-seller for the screen. Typically, his clean, pared direction, coupled with Richard LaGravenese's mostly no-frills script, ensures that the film avoids sentimentality even as the two lovers rush to embrace it." - Geoff Andrew, Time Out
Selected by Juan Antonio Bayona, Sue Harris, Pierre Eisenreich, Fábio Kawano, Ricardo Darín.
Brief Encounter

Brief Encounter

Highest Ranking: 132 (March 2006)

1945 / UK / 85m / BW / Drama, Romance
Celia Johnson, Trevor Howard, Stanley Holloway, Cyril Raymond, Joyce Carey, Valentine Dyall, Everley Gregg, Margaret Barton, Dennis Harkin, Marjorie Mars
"After a chance meeting on a train platform, a married doctor (Howard) and a suburban housewife (Johnson) enter into a muted but passionate, ultimately doomed, love affair. With its evocatively fog-enshrouded setting, swooning Rachmaninoff score, and pair of remarkable performances (Johnson was nominated for an Oscar for her role), David Lean’s film of Noel Coward’s play Still Life deftly explores the thrill, pain, and tenderness of an illicit romance, and has influenced many a cinematic brief encounter since its release." - The Criterion Collection
Selected by Juan Antonio Bayona, Richard Curtis, Kenneth Branagh, Nick Roddick, Joe Wright.
A Brighter Summer Day

A Brighter Summer Day

Gu ling jie shao nian sha ren shi jian (original title)
Highest Ranking: 89 (2015)

1991 / Taiwan / 237m / Col / Drama, Coming-of-Age
Guozhu Zhang, Elaine Jin, Wang Juan, Zhang Han, Jiang Xiuqiong, Lai Fanyun, Chen Chang, Shiang-chyi Chen, Lisa Yang
"In every aspect of technique — from the smoky colors and the bustling, off-center compositions to the architecture of the story and the emotional precision of the performances — this film is a work of absolute mastery. Its imaginative authority and the scale of its achieved ambition make it not just a wonderful movie but also an essential piece of modern cinema. It is also — fair warning — four hours long. But they are not difficult hours, given Mr. Yang’s novelistic interest in character and his skill as a choreographer of dramatic incidents." - A.O. Scott, The New York Times
Selected by Nick James, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Stanley Kwan, Li Cheuk-to, Adam Nayman.
Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia

Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia

Highest Ranking: 346 (March 2006)

1974 / USA / 112m / Col / Black Comedy, Action Thriller
Warren Oates, Isela Vega, Gig Young, Kris Kristofferson, Emilio Fernandez, Robert Webber, Helmut Dantine, Jorge Russek, Chano Urueta, Don Levy
"For something so bleak, so purposely revolting and unsentimental, there are reservoirs of profound poetry in Alfredo Garcia, the only film that Peckinpah ever considered completely his own… Peckinpah was known for his hard drinking, stubbornness, and eccentricity; indeed, his life would eventually be decimated by the strain brought about by both his constant battles with the studios who funded (and frequently butchered) his work, and by his uncontrollable thirst for alcohol. Yet for one brief moment in 1974, Peckinpah enjoyed complete creative control, and the result was this magnificently depraved piece d'resistance." - Nick Schager, Slant Magazine
Selected by Park Chan-wook, Mark Duguid, Tsui Hark, Shunichi Nagasaki, Hugh Sullivan.
Bringing Up Baby

Bringing Up Baby

Highest Ranking: 79 (2008)

1938 / USA / 102m / BW / Screwball Comedy, Romantic Comedy
Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn, Charlie Ruggles, May Robson, Barry Fitzgerald, Walter Catlett, Fritz Feld, Leona Roberts, George Irving, Virginia Walker
"Though it's almost impossible, try to sit back sometime and enjoy this 1938 Howard Hawks masterpiece not only for its gags, but for the grace of its construction, the assurance of its style, and the richness of its themes. Cary Grant's adventures with Katharine Hepburn lead from day into night, tameness into wildness, order into chaos; needless to say, it's a deeply pessimistic film, though it draws its grim conclusions in a searingly bright and chipper way. Amazingly, the film was a failure when first released, but time has revealed its brilliance, as well as the apparent impossibility of its like ever being seen again (What's Up, Doc? notwithstanding)." - Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
Selected by Paul Feig, Philip Kemp, V.F. Perkins, Doug Liman, Dan Callahan.
Broadcast News

Broadcast News

Highest Ranking: 932 (2020)

1987 / USA / 133m / Col / Workplace Comedy, Media Satire
William Hurt, Albert Brooks, Holly Hunter, Robert Prosky, Lois Chiles, Jack Nicholson, Joan Cusack, Peter Hackes, Christina Clemenson, Robert Katims
"Writer/director Brooks is knowing about the wisecracks, back-stabbings, political shifts, and innate decencies of the media game, and underpinning what is a charming, protean love-triangle is a serious statement about the function, value, and direction of television news… Brooks' script has some superb set pieces, crackles with furious one-liners, and mirrors fact. Though a little soft-centred, and closing with a too open-ended postscript, it confirms all the camaraderies and care beyond and behind the pressures and pratfalls, and manages to knock rivals in Yuppie-tography like Wall Street and Fatal Attraction sideways." - Steve Grant, Time Out
Selected by Peter Kosminsky, Josh Radnor, Mike Birbiglia, Rob Hunter, Gina Prince-Bythewood.
Brokeback Mountain

Brokeback Mountain

Highest Ranking: 359 (2020)

2005 / USA-Canada / 134m / Col / Romantic Drama, Modern Western
Heath Ledger, Jake Gyllenhaal, Randy Quaid, Anne Hathaway, Michelle Williams, Graham Beckel, Roberta Maxwell, Anna Faris, Linda Cardellini, Peter McRobbie
"The lonesome chill that seeps through Ang Lee's epic western is as bone deep as the movie's heartbreaking story of two cowboys who fall in love almost by accident. One night, when their campfire dies, and the biting cold drives them to huddle together in a bedroll, a sudden spark between Ennis Del Mar (Ledger) and Jack Twist (Gyllenhaal) flares into an undying flame. Both Mr. Ledger and Mr. Gyllenhaal make this anguished love story physically palpable… Brokeback Mountain is ultimately not about sex (there is very little of it in the film) but about love: love stumbled into, love thwarted, love held sorrowfully in the heart." - Stephen Holden, The New York Times
Selected by Hirokazu Koreeda, Jaime Chávarri, Peter Machen, Patricia Rozema, Jane Yu.
Broken Blossoms

Broken Blossoms

Broken Blossoms or The Yellow Man and the Girl (alternative title)
Highest Ranking: 100 (2007)

1919 / USA / 90m / BW / Melodrama, Romantic Drama
Lillian Gish, Richard Barthelmess, Donald Crisp, Arthur Howard, Edward Peil Sr., George Andre Beranger, Norman Selby, Ernest Butterworth, Fred Hamer, Wilbur Higby
"One of D.W. Griffith's most beautiful films, about the chaste love of a Chinese man (Barthelmess) for the frail daughter (Gish) of a loutish boxer. It perfectly fuses all the elements of Griffith's style: tender drama played off against scenes of violence; a rich, operatic sense of character and emotion; and a dreamlike acting style, given particular force by the subtlety of Gish's performance and the strength of Barthelmess's. Not to be missed." - Don Druker, Chicago Reader
Selected by Fernando F. Croce, Bahman Motamedian, Erica Gregor, Filipe Furtado, Jesús Piquero.
Burnt by the Sun

Burnt by the Sun

Utomlyonnye solntsem (original title)
Highest Ranking: 748 (2017)

1994 / Russia-France / 152m / Col / Political Drama, Family Drama
Nikita Mikhalkov, Ingeborga Dapkounaite, Nadia Mikhalkov, Oleg Menchikov, Andre Oumansky, Vyacheslav Tikhonov, Svetlana Krioutchkova, Vladimir Ilyine, Alla Kazanskaia, Nina Arkhipova
"This is a careful, telling portrait of a community blinded by its illusions. For most of its running time, the film seems to follow suit: it's a placid, languorous country-house comedy far removed from the realities of the Stalinist terror… Mikhalkov is a quintessentially Russian director: awkwardly, theatrically expansive, somewhat lugubrious even in the midst of an idyll, but unafraid of ideas and complexity. His own performance is impeccable, and the scenes with his daughter Nadia achieve a rare poignancy." - Tom Charity, Time Out
Selected by Jiří Barta, Fernando León de Aranoa, Nadia Tass, Tian Zhuangzhuang, Florentina Ciuverca.
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

Highest Ranking: 369 (2018)

1969 / USA / 112m / Col / Western, Buddy Film
Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Katharine Ross, Strother Martin, Henry Jones, Jeff Corey, Cloris Leachman, Ted Cassidy, George Furth, Kenneth Mars
"Though Conrad Hall's stunning vistas and gorgeous exploration of wide-open spaces hearken back to John Ford, Butch Cassidy otherwise radiates the youthful energy, manic pop playfulness, and antic clowning of the French New Wave. The film's subversive attitude toward genres and genre-mashing echoes the pioneering work of Jean-Luc Godard, and Newman and Redford deliver an extended master class on the uses of old-school, twinkly-eyed movie-star charisma." - Nathan Rabin, A.V. Club
Selected by Chris Columbus, Robert Redford, Bobby Farrelly, Jeff Nichols, Baltasar Komákur.
By the Bluest of Seas

By the Bluest of Seas

U samogo sinyego morya (original title)
Highest Ranking: 493 (March 2006)

1936 / USSR / 71m / BW / Comedy, Romantic Comedy
Yelena Kuzmina, Lev Sverdlin, Nikolai Kryuchkov, Andrei Dolinin, Sergey Komarov, Lyalya Sateyeva, Semyon Svashenko, Aleksandr Zhukov
"One of the very best features of the neglected Russian filmmaker Boris Barnet, this 1936 feature is, like some of his other talkies, a glorious musical of sorts. Codirected by S. Mardanov, it's about two buddies, a sailor and a mechanic, who, shipwrecked on an island in Soviet Azerbaijan, both try to woo the same young woman, who runs a fishing co-op. Though seemingly light, it's as intensely physical as Barnet's preceding masterpiece, Okraina, and its melancholic undertow makes it distinctly different from the early sound comedies of Raoul Walsh that it sometimes resembles." - Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
Selected by Adrian Martin, Bernard Eisenschitz, Nicole Brenez, Otar Iosseliani, Cristina Fernandes.