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Never Mind the AFI... Here's My Top 100

Combustible Celluloid's 100 Great Movies

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

This is an update of the list I made in 1997, though many of the films are the same. I disregarded some of my previous rules about number of films per director and just tried to go with my gut. The trouble with these lists is that, by next week, I'll want to add another film and I'll have to figure out which one will get deleted to make room for it. This time, however, I'm leaving a list of previous entries at the bottom. In any case, this is what I finsished up with, on January 13, 2015.

100. While the City Sleeps (1956)
  99. Touch of Evil (1958)
  98. Johnny Guitar (1954)
  97. Psycho (1960)
  96. The Conversation (1974)
  95. Fantasia (1940)
  94. The Quiet Man (1952)
  93. The Hurt Locker (2009)
  92. Gravity (2013)
  91. Dawn of the Dead (1978)
90. The Warriors (1979)
89. Kill, Baby... Kill! (1966)
88. Ride Lonesome (1959)
87. The Long Goodbye (1973)
86. Fargo (1996)
85. Vampyr (1932)
84. La Dolce Vita (1960)
83. A Clockwork Orange (1971)
82. The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
81. Les Vampires (1915)
80. F for Fake (1973)
79. Le Samourai (1967)
78. Eraserhead (1977)
77. The Shooting (1966)
76. Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)
75. Broken Blossoms (1919)
74. Brief Encounter (1945)
73. Once Upon a Time in the West (1969)
72. Near Dark (1987)
71. Winchester '73 (1950)
70. Au Hasard Balthazar (1966)
69. Taxi Driver (1976)
68. Day of Wrath (1943)
67. My Neighbor Totoro (1988)
66. Monsieur Verdoux (1947)
65. Cat People (1942)
64. Manhattan (1979)
63. Tokyo Story (1953)
62. Lost in Translation (2003)
61. L'Atalante (1934)
60. The Exterminating Angel (1962)
59. Do the Right Thing (1989)
58. La Belle noiseuse (1991)
57. Werckmeister Harmonies (2000)
56. Pulp Fiction (1994)
55. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
54. Stranger than Paradise (1984)
53. Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
52. I Was Born, But... (1932)
51. Ed Wood (1994)
50. The Evil Dead (1983)
49. The Trouble with Harry (1955)
48. Celine and Julie Go Boating (1974)
47. The Passenger (1975)
46. Blue Velvet (1986)
45. Diary of a Country Priest (1950)
44. Late Spring (1949)
43. Casablanca (1942)
42. Only Angels Have Wings (1939)
41. The General (1927)
40. Duck Soup (1933)
39. Hannah and Her Sisters (1986)
38. Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
37. Persona (1966)
36. Wagon Master (1950)
35. Playtime (1967)
34. Rashomon (1950)
33. Vertigo (1958)
32. Breathless (1960)
31. Citizen Kane (1941)
30. The Old Dark House (1932)
29. Sátántangó (1994)
28. Sunrise (1927)
27. Chimes at Midnight (1966)
26. The Great Dictator (1940)
25. Wild Strawberries (1957)
24. Detour (1945)
23. Crumb (1995)
22. L'Avventura (1960)
21. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
20. Viridiana (1961)
19. Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)
18. Modern Times (1936)
17. Blade Runner (1982)
16. Dead Ringers (1988)
15. Unforgiven (1992)
14. Yi Yi (2000)
13. The Black Cat (1934)
12. Close-Up (1990)
11. Repo Man (1984)
10. Eyes Wide Shut (1999)
  9. The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962)
  8. Night of the Living Dead (1968)
  7. Bringing Up Baby (1938)
  6. L'eclisse (1961)
  5. The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972)
  4. Rio Bravo (1959)
  3. City Lights (1931)
  2. Sherlock, Jr. (1924)
  1. The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928)

Also Considered...
  • L'Age d'Or (1930)
  • Aguirre, the Wrath of God (1972)
  • Amarcord (1974)
  • An American in Paris (1951)
  • Apocalypse Now (1979)
  • The Bellboy (1960)
  • A Better Tomorrow II (1987)
  • The Birds (1963)
  • Black Sunday (1960)
  • Blow Out (1981)
  • Boyhood (2014)
  • Brazil (1985)
  • Casino (1995)
  • Catch Me If You Can (2002)
  • Charade (1963)
  • Chinatown (1974)
  • Contempt (1963)
  • A Day in the Country (1936)
  • Days of Heaven (1978)
  • The Dead (1987)
  • The Decalogue (1988)
  • Earth (1930)
  • Evil Dead II (1987)
  • The Exorcist (1973)
  • Fallen Angels (1995)
  • Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)
  • Foolish Wives (1922)
  • Ghost World (2001)
  • The Godfather (1972)
  • The Godfather Part II (1974)
  • Gohatto (1999)
  • The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)
  • The Great Silence (1968)
  • Gun Crazy (1950)
  • Halloween (1978)
  • The Horse Thief (1987)
  • I Know Where I'm Going! (1945)
  • In a Lonely Place (1951)
  • Inland Empire (2006)
  • The Intruder (2005)
  • It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
  • I Walked with a Zombie (1943)
  • Jackie Brown (1997)
  • The Killer (1989)
  • Limelight (1952)
  • Kundun (1997)
  • M (1931)
  • The Magnificent Ambersons (1942)
  • The Maltese Falcon (1941)
  • A Man Escaped (1956)
  • McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971)
  • Mother and Son (1997)
  • Naked Lunch (1991)
  • Nosferatu (1922)
  • The Night of the Hunter (1955)
  • Ordet (1955)
  • Pandora's Box (1929)
  • Park Row (1952)
  • Pan's Labyrinth (2006)
  • Pickup on South Street (1953)
  • Raging Bull (1980)
  • Re-Animator (1985)
  • Rebecca (1940)
  • The Red Shoes (1948)
  • La Ronde (1950)
  • Seven Men from Now (1956)
  • The Shining (1980)
  • Sid & Nancy (1986)
  • Singin' in the Rain (1952)
  • Sisters (1973)
  • Spider Baby (1964)
  • Spies (1928)
  • Stalker (1979)
  • Star Wars (1977)
  • The Steel Helmet (1951)
  • Sullivan's Travels (1941)
  • Sweet Smell of Success (1957)
  • The Thief of Bagdad (1924)
  • The Thin Man (1934)
  • Through the Olive Trees (1994)
  • Trouble in Paradise (1932)
  • Two-Lane Blacktop (1971)
  • Ugetsu (1953)
  • The Unknown (1927)
  • Vanya on 42nd Street (1994)
  • Videodrome (1983)
  • Vivre sa vie (1962)
  • Voyage to the Beginning of the World (1997)
  • Where Is the Friend's Home? (1987)
  • The White Diamond (2005)
  • White Hunter, Black Heart (1990)
  • The Wildcat (1921)
  • The Wind Will Carry Us (1999)
  • Young Mr. Lincoln (1939)
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