People often ask me my favorite films.  The following is a list of my favorite films of all time, a list that is constantly evolving and changing.  It was extremely difficult to narrow down the list to one hundred titles.  These films show my wide variety of tastes and some will probably not appeal to the average viewer.  However, I encourage you to look up any films that you do not know.  These films will appear in my continuing series, Short Review of a Favorite Film.  I have listed them in the order of the year in which they were released and have listed the filmmaker(s), or director(s) of each film next to the year along with the country of origin.

The 1920s:

The Gold Rush (1925) Charles Chaplin, U.S.

Sunrise (1927) F. W. Murnau, U.S.

The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928) Carl Theodor Dreyer, France

The 1930s:

Trouble in Paradise (1932) Ernst Lubitsch, U.S.

It Happened One Night (1934) Frank Capra, U.S.

Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936) Frank Capra, U.S.

The Awful Truth (1937) Leo McCarey, U.S.

The Rules of the Game (1939) Jean Renoir, France

The 1940s:

The Letter (1940) William Wyler, U.S.

The Maltese Falcon (1941) John Huston, U.S.

Citizen Kane (1941) Orson Welles, U.S.

Casablanca (1942) Michael Curtiz, U.S.

Mildred Pierce (1945) Michael Curtiz, U.S.

Children of Paradise (1945) Marcel Carne, France

Rome, Open City (1945) Roberto Rossellini, Italy

Notorious (1946) Alfred Hitchcock, U.S.

Black Narcissus (1947) Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, Britain

The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948) John Huston, U.S.

Late Spring (1949) Yasujiro Ozu, Japan

The 1950s:

All About Eve (1950) Joseph L. Mankiewicz, U.S.

Night and the City (1950) Jules Dassin, Britain

Ace in the Hole (1951) Billy Wilder, U.S.

Strangers on a Train (1951) Alfred Hitchcock, U.S.

Singin’ in the Rain (1952) Stanley Donen and Gene Kelly, U.S.

The Wages of Fear (1953) Henri Georges Clouzot, France

Monsieur Hulot’s Holiday (1953) Jacques Tati, France

Rear Window (1954) Alfred Hitchcock, U.S.

The Night of the Hunter (1955) Charles Laughton, U.S.

Pather Panchali (1955) Satyajit Ray, India

Sweet Smell of Success (1957) Alexander Mackendrick, U.S.

Mon Oncle (1958) Jacques Tati, France

Vertigo (1958) Alfred Hitchcock, U.S.

The 1960s (my favorite decade of cinema):

L’avventura (1960) Michelangelo Antonioni, Italy

La Dolce Vita (1960) Federico Fellini, Italy

Psycho (1960) Alfred Hitchcock, U.S.

Purple Noon (1960) Rene Clement, France

What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962) Robert Aldrich, U.S.

High and Low (1962) Akira Kurosawa, Japan

Lawrence of Arabia (1962) David Lean, Britain

Ivan’s Childhood (1962) Andrei Tarkovsky, Russia

Knife in the Water (1962) Roman Polanski, Poland

The Birds (1963) Alfred Hitchcock, U.S.

8 1/2 (1963) Federico Fellini, Italy

Goldfinger (1964) Guy Hamilton, Britain

Woman in the Dunes (1964) Hiroshi Teshigahara, Japan

Onibaba (1964) Kaneto Shindo, Japan

Red Desert (1964) Michelangelo Antonioni, Italy

Repulsion (1965) Roman Polanski, Britain

Blowup (1966) Michelangelo Antonioni, Britain

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (1966) Sergio Leone, Italy

Persona (1966) Ingmar Bergman, Sweden

Marketa Lazarová (1967) František Vláčil, Czechoslovakia

The Graduate (1967) Mike Nichols, U.S.

Playtime (1967) Jacques Tati, France

Once Upon a Time in the West (1968) Sergio Leone, Italy

Planet of the Apes (1968) Franklin J. Schaffner, U.S.

Rosemary’s Baby (1968) Roman Polanski, U.S.

Midnight Cowboy (1969) John Schlesinger, U.S.

The 1970s:

Five Easy Pieces (1970) Bob Rafelson, U.S.

The Last Picture Show (1971) Peter Bogdanovich, U.S.

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971) Mel Stuart, U.S.

Walkabout (1971) Nicholas Roeg, Australia

The Godfather (1972) Francis Ford Coppola, U.S.

The Conversation (1974) Francis Ford Coppola, U.S.

Chinatown (1974) Roman Polanski, U.S.

Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975) Peter Weir, Australia

Jaws (1975) Steven Spielberg, U.S.

Taxi Driver (1976) Martin Scorcese, U.S.

Star Wars (1977) George Lucas, U.S.

Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) Steven Spielberg, U.S.

Days of Heaven (1978) Terrence Malick, U.S.

Halloween (1978) John Carpenter, U.S.

The Black Stallion (1979) Carroll Ballard, U.S.

Apocalypse Now (1979) Francis Ford Coppola, U.S.

The 1980s:

The Empire Strikes Back (1980) Irvin Kerhsner, U.S.

The Shining (1980) Stanley Kubrick, U.S.

Pixote (1981) Hector Babenco, Brazil

Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) Steven Spielberg, U.S.

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984) Steven Spielberg, U.S.

The Neverending Story (1984) Wolfgang Peterson, Germany/U.S./U.K.

Back to the Future (1985) Robert Zemeckis, U.S.

The Breakfast Club (1985) John Hughes, U.S.

Aliens (1986) James Cameron, U.S.

Blue Velvet (1986) David Lynch, U.S.

Stand By Me (1986) Rob Reiner, U.S.

The Vanishing (1988) George Sluizer, Netherlands

Do the Right Thing (1989) Spike Lee, U.S.

The 1990s:

My Own Private Idaho (1991) Gus Van Sant, U.S.

Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1991) James Cameron, U.S.

Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (1992) David Lynch, U.S.

Aladdin (1992) Ron Clements and John Musker, U.S.

The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) Henry Selick, U.S.

Pulp Fiction (1994) Quentin Tarantino, U.S.

Chungking Express (1994) Kar Wai Wong, Hong Kong

Toy Story (1995) John Lasseter, U.S.

The Big Lebowski (1998) Joel and Ethan Coen, U.S.

The 2000s:

Memento (2000) Christopher Nolan, U.S.

Mulholland Dr. (2001) David Lynch, U.S.

Into the Wild (2007) Sean Penn, U.S.

There Will Be Blood (2007) Paul Thomas Anderson, U.S.

The Dark Knight (2008) Christopher Nolan, U.S.

WALL E (2008) Andrew Stanton, U.S.

The 2010s:

Inception (2010) Christopher Nolan, U.S.

Boyhood (2014) Richard Linklater, U.S.

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