I have narrowed my favorite films of all time down to 75 titles and have added some new ones to the list.  It is a list that evolves and changes over time.  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:

Our Hospitality (1923) John G. Blystone and Buster Keaton, U.S.

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:

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

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

Casablanca (1942) Michael Curtiz, U.S.

Rome, Open City (1945) Roberto Rossellini, Italy

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

The 1950s:

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

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

Strangers on a Train (1951) Alfred Hitchcock, 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.

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

Mon Oncle (1958) Jacques Tati, France.

The 1960s (my favorite decade of cinema):

L’avventura (1960) Michelangelo Antonioni, 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

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

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.

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

The Conversation (1974) Francis Ford Coppola, 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.

Halloween (1978) John Carpenter, U.S.

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

The 1980s:

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.

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

Aliens (1986) James Cameron, U.S.

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

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

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.

Toy Story (1995) John Lasseter, 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.

The 2010s:

Inception (2010) Christopher Nolan, U.S.

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