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My Top 101-250

Posted by martinteller on August 17, 2012

Here’s 150 movies that were either cut from my previous top 100 list, movies that almost made it, or movies that are just really special to me in some way.

The 400 Blows (1959, Francois Truffaut)
Alien (1979, Ridley Scott)
All That Heaven Allows (1955, Douglas Sirk)
Amadeus (1984, Milos Forman)
Amélie (2001, Jean-Pierre Jeunet)
The Americanization of Emily (1964, Arthur Hiller)
Annie Hall (1977, Woody Allen)
Aparajito (1956, Satyajit Ray)
The Apartment (1960, Billy Wilder)
The Asphalt Jungle (1950, John Huston)
Autumn Sonata (1978, Ingmar Bergman)
Band of Outsiders (1964, Jean-Luc Godard)
The Beautiful Washing Machine (2004, James Lee)
Betrayed/When Strangers Marry (1944, William Castle)
Beyond the Forest (1949, King Vidor)
The Black Stallion (1979, Carroll Ballard)
Blast of Silence (1961, Allen Baron)
Boogie Nights (1997, Paul Thomas Anderson)
Brazil (1985, Terry Gilliam)
The Browning Version (1951, Anthony Asquith)
Carmen (1983, Carlos Saura)
Carrie (1976, Brian De Palma)
Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977, Steven Spielberg)
Close-Up (1990, Abbas Kiarostami)
The Conformist (1970, Bernardo Bertolucci)
The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover (1989, Peter Greenaway)
The Cranes Are Flying (1957, Mikhail Kalatozov)
Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989, Woody Allen)
Cruel Gun Story (1964, Takumi Furukawa)
Cry of the City (1948, Robert Siodmak)
Days of Heaven (1978, Terrence Malick)
The Decalogue (1989, Krzysztof Kieslowski)
Dial M for Murder (1954, Alfred Hitchcock)
Dillinger Is Dead (1969, Marco Ferreri)
Le Doulos (1962, Jean-Pierre Melville)
Drowning By Numbers (1988, Peter Greenaway)
Dying at Grace (2003, Allan King)
El (1953, Luis Buñuel)
Elevator to the Gallows (1958, Louis Malle)
The Exorcist (1973, William Friedkin)
F for Fake (1973, Orson Welles)
The Face of Another (1966, Hiroshi Teshigahara)
Faces (1968, John Cassavetes)
Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009, Wes Anderson)
Fargo (1996, Joel and Ethan Coen)
Force of Evil (1948, Abraham Polonsky)
Funeral Parade of Roses (1969, Toshio Matsumoto)
The Furies (1950, Anthony Mann)
Gaslight (1944, George Cukor)
Gimme the Loot (2012, Adam Leon)
The Girl Can’t Help It (1956, Frank Tashlin)
Glengarry Glen Ross (1992, James Foley)
The Godfather (1972, Francis Ford Coppola)
Goodbye Solo (2008, Ramin Bahrani)
The Graduate (1967, Mike Nichols)
Grizzly Man (2005, Werner Herzog)
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004, Alfonso Cuaron)
The Heiress (1949, William Wyler)
Holiday (1938, George Cukor)
Un homme qui dort (1974, Bernard Queysanne)
Hoop Dreams (1994, Steve James)
House Party (1990, Reginald Hudlin)
I Don’t Want to Sleep Alone (2006, Ming-liang Tsai)
I Stand Alone (1998, Gaspar Noe)
Inland Empire (2006, David Lynch)
It’s a Wonderful Life (1946, Frank Capra)
Jalsaghar (1958, Satyajit Ray)
Jana Aranya (1976, Satyajit Ray)
Jazz on a Summer’s Day (1959, Bert Stern)
Jellyfish (2007, Shira Geffen and Etgar Keret)
Kanal (1957, Andrzej Wajda)
Kiki’s Delivery Service (1989, Hayao Miyazaki)
Kill Bill (2003, Quentin Tarantino)
The Killing (1956, Stanley Kubrick)
The Lady Vanishes (1938, Alfred Hitchcock)
Lady Vengeance (2005, Chan-wook Park)
Lawrence of Arabia (1962, David Lean)
Leningrad Cowboys Go America (1989, Akl Kaurismaki)
The Letter Never Sent (1959, Mikhail Kalatozov)
Limite (1931, Mario Peixoto)
Lola (1961, Jacques Demy)
Love and Death (1975, Woody Allen)
Love Streams (1984, John Cassavetes)
The Man With A Movie Camera (1929, Dziga Vertov)
A Matter of Life and Death (1946, Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger)
Metropolis (1927, Fritz Lang)
Midnight Run (1988, Martin Brest)
Murder By Contract (1958, Irving Lerner)
Mysteries of Lisbon (2010, Raoul Ruiz)
Naked (1993, Mike Leigh)
Napoleon (1927, Abel Gance)
Network (1976, Sidney Lumet)
Night and the City (1950, Jules Dassin)
Nightmare Alley (1947, Edmund Goulding)
Not One Less (1999, Zhang Yimou)
Notorious (1946, Alfred Hitchcock)
O Brother Where Art Thou? (2000, Joel and Ethan Coen)
Odds Against Tomorrow (1959, Robert Wise)
Offside (2006, Jafar Panahi)
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975, Milos Forman)
Orlando (1992, Sally Potter)
Paths of Glory (1957, Stanley Kubrick)
Peacock (2005, Changwei Gu)
The Phenix City Story (1955, Phil Karlson)
Pink Floyd: The Wall (1982, Alan Parker)
Play Time (1967, Jacques Tati)
Pratidwandi (1972, Satyajit Ray)
Psycho (1960, Alfred Hitchcock)
Ran (1985, Akira Kurosawa)
Remember the Night (1940, Mitchell Leisen)
Rio Bravo (1959, Howard Hawks)
Sansho the Bailiff (1954, Kenji Mizoguchi)
Saraband (2003, Ingmar Bergman)
Sátántangó (1994, Bela Tarr)
Sawdust and Tinsel (1953, Ingmar Bergman)
Sepet (2004, Yasmin Ahmad)

Serenity (2005, Joss Whedon)
The Set-Up (1949, Robert Wise)
Silent Hill (2006, Christophe Gans)
Singin’ in the Rain (1952, Stanley Donen)
Sita Sings the Blues (2008, Nina Paley)
The Skin I Live In (2011, Pedro Almodovar)
The Spirit of the Beehive (1973, Victor Erice)
Storm Fear (1955, Cornel Wilde)
Subarnarekha (1965, Ritwik Ghatak)
Sudden Fear (1952, David Miller)
A Tale of the Wind (1988, Joris Ivens)
Talk to Her (2002, Pedro Almodovar)
They Made Me a Fugitive (1947, Alberto Cavalcanti)
Thief (1981, Michael Mann)
Thieves’ Highway (1949, Jules Dassin)
The Third Man (1949, Carol Reed)
Three Colors: Red (1994, Krzysztof Kieslowski)
Through a Glass Darkly (1961, Ingmar Bergman)
Touki Bouki (1973, Djibril Dip Mambety)
Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (2010, Apichatpong Weerasethakul)
Underground (1995, Emir Kusturica)
Viridiana (1961, Luis Buñuel)
Visage (2009, Ming-liang Tsai)
Waiting for Happiness (2002, Abderrahmane Sissako)
Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005, Nick Park)
War and Peace (1966, Sergey Bondarchuk)
What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962, Robert Aldrich)
Who’s Camus Anyway? (2005, Mitsuo Yanagimachi)
Wild Strawberries (1957, Ingmar Bergman)
The Wizard of Oz (1939, Victor Fleming)
Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (1988, Pedro Almodovar)
Yojimbo (1961, Akira Kurosawa)
You, the Living (2007, Roy Andersson)
The Young Girls of Rochefort (1967, Jacques Demy)

11 Responses to “My Top 101-250”

  1. Evan Staats said

    It is always fun to pour over other people’s greatest films lists, and it’s especially true in your case because of the huge quantity of films you have seen. I’ve only seen 80 of these 150, but almost all of them are ones I would also list as favorites. Now I’m looking forward to your top 100 even more. I also wanted to ask whether you’re going to do a post on your thoughts on the new Sight & Sound poll (I thought you might be waiting for August 22nd when the website is going to post all of the individual top ten lists for the directors polled). I, for one, would be curious to read your reaction. Also, I got a kick out of being alluded to in your “Woolf” review.

    • I’ve been thinking about doing a post on the S&S poll, I might do it, I might not. I kind of feel like everyone’s done one now and I don’t know if I’d have much new to add to the conversation. But we’ll see.

      Thanks as always for reading!

  2. JamDenTel said

    Hmm. I’ve only seen 49 of these (although I just rented ODDS AGAINST TOMORROW)…good stuff, though.

  3. Anonymous said

    An excellent list, Martin…I expected no less from you:)!

    Still, the fact that there are several titles there which I can’t imagine myself leaving out of my own Top 100, I’m looking forward to yours:

    The Lady Vanishes
    A Man Escaped
    A Matter of Life and Death
    Metropolis (Lang)
    Paths of Glory
    Psycho (Hitchcock)
    Rio Bravo
    Sansho the Bailiff
    The Third Man
    Un Chien Andalou

    Besides, the following are new ones on me:

    The Bothersome Man
    Cruel Gun Story
    Dying at Grace
    Goodbye Solo
    I Don’t Want to Sleep Alone
    Jana Aranya
    Once (Carney)
    Tale of Tales
    Wendy and Lucy
    Who’s Camus Anyway?

    • Anonymous said

      Martin, “Anonymous” in this case is ex-HTFer Mario Gauci…:)!

    • Mario! Nice of you to stop by 🙂 Yes, I would have figured that the Bunuels would be very special to you. Most of the films you singled out are ones that were very close to making my list. As for the ones you haven’t seen (and I’m surprised there are ANY movies left you haven’t seen!!) I hope you check some of them out one day.

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  5. steve shuttleworth said

    “Lola” but not “Umbrellas of Cherbourg?” Really?
    “Crying Game” doesn’t make your top 250?
    Were it my list, I might have included “Dodsworth,” “Tall Target” (you seem to favor noir) “Little Murders,” “Bagdad Cafe,” “Umberto D,” “Rosalie Goes Shopping” and “Two for the Road.” But, then again, every time one chooses one film, another pops into memory and makes each choice that much more difficult.

    • Thanks for commenting! Different strokes for different folks and all that… I wouldn’t expect anyone else’s tastes to precisely match mine. I haven’t seen “Little Murders” or “Rosalie Goes Shopping”, but I have reviews of the others on this blog. “Crying Game” and “Two for the Road” are both strong contenders, especially the latter. There are four Demy features I hold in higher regard than “Cherbourg”. Considerably higher regard, actually, but I know that puts me in a very small minority.

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