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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 March 10, 2013.

  1. Les Vampires (1915-16, Louis Feuillade)
  2. Broken Blossoms (1919, D.W. Griffith)
  3. Sherlock, Jr. (1924, Buster Keaton)
  4. The General (1927, Buster Keaton)
  5. Sunrise (1927, F.W. Murnau)
  6. The Unknown (1927, Tod Browning)
  7. The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928, Carl Theodor Dreyer)
  8. Pandora's Box (1929, G.W. Pabst)
  9. I Was Born, But... (1932, Yasujiro Ozu)
  10. The Old Dark House (1932, James Whale)
  11. Duck Soup (1933, Leo McCarey)
  12. L'Atalante (1934, Jean Vigo)
  13. The Black Cat (1934, Edgar G. Ulmer)
  14. The Thin Man (1934, W.S. Van Dyke II)
  15. Bride of Frankenstein (1935, James Whale)
  16. Modern Times (1936, Charles Chaplin)
  17. Bringing Up Baby (1938, Howard Hawks)
  18. Only Angels Have Wings (1939, Howard Hawks)
  19. The Great Dictator (1940, Charles Chaplin)
  20. Citizen Kane (1941, Orson Welles)
  21. Casablanca (1942, Michael Curtiz)
  22. Cat People (1942, Jacques Tourneur)
  23. Day of Wrath (1943, Carl Theodor Dreyer)
  24. I Walked with a Zombie (1943, Jacques Tourneur)
  25. Meet Me in St. Louis (1944, Vincente Minnelli)
  26. Brief Encounter (1945, David Lean)
  27. Detour (1945, Edgar G. Ulmer)
  28. Monsieur Verdoux (1947, Charles Chaplin)
  29. The Red Shoes (1948, Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger)
  30. Late Spring (1949, Yasujiro Ozu)
  31. Diary of a Country Priest (1950, Robert Bresson)
  32. Rashomon (1950, Akira Kurosawa)
  33. Wagon Master (1950, John Ford)
  34. Winchester '73 (1950, Anthony Mann)
  35. In a Lonely Place (1951, Nicholas Ray)
  36. The Steel Helmet (1951, Samuel Fuller)
  37. Tokyo Story (1953, Yasujiro Ozu)
  38. The Trouble with Harry (1955, Alfred Hitchcock)
  39. Wild Strawberries (1957, Ingmar Bergman)
  40. Vertigo (1958, Alfred Hitchcock)
  41. Ride Lonesome (1959, Budd Boetticher)
  42. Rio Bravo (1959, Howard Hawks)
  43. L'Avventura (1960, Michelangelo Antonioni)
  44. Breathless (1960, Jean-Luc Godard)
  45. Viridiana (1961, Luis Bunuel)
  46. The Exterminating Angel (1962, Luis Bunuel)
  47. Lawrence of Arabia (1962, David Lean)
  48. The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962, John Ford)
  49. Au Hasard Balthazar (1966, Robert Bresson)
  50. Chimes at Midnight (1966, Orson Welles)
  51. Kill, Baby... Kill! (1966, Mario Bava)
  52. Persona (1966, Ingmar Bergman)
  53. The Shooting (1966, Monte Hellman)
  54. Playtime (1967, Jacques Tati)
  55. Le Samourai (1967, Jean-Pierre Melville)
  56. The Great Silence (1968, Sergio Corbucci)
  57. Night of the Living Dead (1968, George A. Romero)
  58. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968, Stanley Kubrick)
  59. Once Upon a Time in the West (1969, Sergio Leone)
  60. A Clockwork Orange (1971, Stanley Kubrick)
  61. Aguirre, the Wrath of God (1972, Werner Herzog)
  62. The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972, Luis Bunuel)
  63. The Exorcist (1973, William Friedkin)
  64. F for Fake (1973, Orson Welles)
  65. Amarcord (1974, Federico Fellini)
  66. Celine and Julie Go Boating (1974, Jacques Rivette)
  67. The Passenger (1975, Michelangelo Antonioni)
  68. Taxi Driver (1976, Martin Scorsese)
  69. Eraserhead (1977, David Lynch)
  70. Halloween (1978, John Carpenter)
  71. Dawn of the Dead (1978, George A. Romero)
  72. The Warriors (1979, Walter Hill)
  73. Manhattan (1979, Woody Allen)
  74. The Empire Strikes Back (1980, Irvin Kershner)
  75. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981, Steven Spielberg)
  76. Blade Runner (1982, Ridley Scott)
  77. The Evil Dead (1983, Sam Raimi)
  78. Repo Man (1984, Alex Cox)
  79. Stranger than Paradise (1984, Jim Jarmusch)
  80. Hannah and Her Sisters (1986, Woody Allen)
  81. Blue Velvet (1986, David Lynch)
  82. A Better Tomorrow II (1987, John Woo)
  83. Near Dark (1987, Kathryn Bigelow)
  84. Dead Ringers (1988, David Cronenberg)
  85. My Neighbor Totoro (1988, Hayao Miyazaki)
  86. Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988, Robert Zemeckis)
  87. Do the Right Thing (1989, Spike Lee)
  88. Close-Up (1990, Abbas Kiarostami)
  89. La Belle noiseuse (1991, Jacques Rivette)
  90. Unforgiven (1992, Clint Eastwood)
  91. Ed Wood (1994, Tim Burton)
  92. Pulp Fiction (1994, Quentin Tarantino)
  93. Sátántangó (1994, Bela Tarr)
  94. Crumb (1995, Terry Zwigoff)
  95. Fargo (1996, Joel Coen)
  96. Eyes Wide Shut (1999, Stanley Kubrick)
  97. Werckmeister Harmonies (2000, Bela Tarr)
  98. Yi Yi (2000, Edward Yang)
  99. Lost in Translation (2003, Sofia Coppola)
  100. The Hurt Locker (2009, Kathryn Bigelow)

Previous Entries:

  • The Wildcat (1921, Ernst Lubitsch)
  • Foolish Wives (1922, Erich von Stroheim)
  • Spies (1928, Fritz Lang)
  • L'Age d'Or (1930, Luis Bunuel)
  • Earth (1930, Alexander Dovzhenko)
  • Une partie de campagne/A Day in the Country (1936, Jean Renoir)
  • Young Mr. Lincoln (1939, John Ford)
  • Rebecca (1940, Alfred Hitchcock)
  • The Maltese Falcon (1941, John Huston)
  • The Magnificent Ambersons (1942, Orson Welles)
  • I Know Where I'm Going! (1945, Michael Powell/Emeric Pressburger)
  • Gun Crazy (1950, Joseph H. Lewis)
  • La Ronde (1950, Max Ophuls)
  • Park Row (1952, Samuel Fuller)
  • Pickup on South Street (1953, Samuel Fuller)
  • Ugetsu (1953, Kenji Mizoguchi)
  • Johnny Guitar (1954, Nicholas Ray)
  • Ordet (1955, Carl Theodor Dreyer)
  • Seven Men from Now (1956, Budd Boetticher)
  • Sweet Smell of Success (1957, Alexander Mackendrick)
  • The Bellboy (1960, Jerry Lewis)
  • Black Sunday (1960, Mario Bava)
  • La Dolce Vita (1960, Federico Fellini)
  • Vivre sa vie (1962, Jean-Luc Godard)
  • Charade (1963, Stanley Donen)
  • Contempt (1963, Jean-Luc Godard)
  • Spider Baby (1964, Jack Hill)
  • The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966, Sergio Leone)
  • McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971, Robert Altman)
  • Two-Lane Blacktop (1971, Monte Hellman)
  • Sisters (1973, Brian De Palma)
  • Chinatown (1974, Roman Polanski)
  • The Conversation (1974, Francis Ford Coppola)
  • Star Wars (1977, George Lucas)
  • Days of Heaven (1978, Terrence Malick)
  • Stalker (1979, Andrei Tarkovsky)
  • The Shining (1980, Stanley Kubrick)
  • Blow Out (1981, Brian De Palma)
  • Videodrome (1983, David Cronenberg)
  • Re-Animator (1985, Stuart Gordon)
  • The Dead (1987, John Huston)
  • Evil Dead II (1987, Sam Raimi)
  • The Horse Thief (1987, Tian Zhuangzhuang)
  • Where Is the Friend's Home? (1987, Abbas Kiarostami)
  • The Decalogue (1988, Krzysztof Kieslowski)
  • The Killer (1989, John Woo)
  • White Hunter, Black Heart (1990, Clint Eastwood)
  • Vanya on 42nd Street (1994, Louis Malle)
  • Casino (1995, Martin Scorsese)
  • Fallen Angels (1995, Wong Kar-wai)
  • Jackie Brown (1997, Quentin Tarantino)
  • Mother and Son (1997, Alexander Sokurov)
  • Voyage to the Beginning of the World (1997, Manoel de Oliveira)
  • Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998, Terry Gilliam)
  • The Wind Will Carry Us (1999, Abbas Kiarostami)
  • Gohatto (1999, Nagisa Oshima)
  • Ghost World (2001, Terry Zwigoff)
  • The Intruder (2005, Claire Denis)
  • The White Diamond (2005, Werner Herzog)
  • Inland Empire (2006, David Lynch)
  • Pan's Labyrinth (2006, Guillermo Del Toro)
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