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Top 100 (2014 revision)

Posted by martinteller on August 7, 2014

1. Fanny and Alexander (1982, Ingmar Bergman)

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2. Mahanagar a.k.a. The Big City (1963, Satyajit Ray)

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3. The Hole (1998, Ming-liang Tsai)

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4. A Woman Under the Influence (1974, John Cassavetes)

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5. Linda Linda Linda (2005, Nobuhiro Yamashita)

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6. Charulata (1964, Satyajit Ray)

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7. Scenes From a Marriage (1973, Ingmar Bergman)

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8. Casablanca (1942, Michael Curtiz)

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9. Time of the Gypsies (1988, Emir Kusturica)

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10. An Angel at My Table (1990, Jane Campion)

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11. Goodfellas (1990, Martin Scorsese)

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12. Eraserhead (1977, David Lynch)

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13. Rear Window (1954, Alfred Hitchcock)

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14. Taxi Driver (1976, Martin Scorsese)

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15. Aguirre: The Wrath of God (1972, Werner Herzog)

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16. The Shining (1980, Stanley Kubrick)

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17. Jules and Jim (1962, Francois Truffaut)

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18. Double Indemnity (1944, Billy Wilder)

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19. All That Jazz (1979, Bob Fosse)

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20. The Vertical Ray of the Sun (2000, Anh Hung Tran)

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21. Seven Samurai (1954, Akira Kurosawa)

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22. Revenge of a Kabuki Actor (1963, Kon Ichikawa)

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23. What Time Is It There? (2001, Ming-liang Tsai)

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24. The Trial (1962, Orson Welles)

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25. The Blues Brothers (1980, John Landis)

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

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27. The Exterminating Angel (1962, Luis Bunuel)

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28. Nights of Cabiria (1957, Federico Fellini)

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

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30. Stop Making Sense (1984, Jonathan Demme)

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31. Pather Panchali (1955, Satyajit Ray)

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32. Apocalypse Now (1979, Francis Ford Coppola)

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33. Hausu a.k.a. House (1977, Nobuhiko Obayashi)

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34. Once (2006, John Varney)

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35. 8½ (1963, Federico Fellini)

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36. All About My Mother (1999, Pedro Almodovar)

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37. El Norte (1983, Gregory Nava)

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38. The Scent of Green Papaya (1993, Anh Hung Tran)

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39. Innocence (2004, Lucile Hadzihalilovic)

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40. The Tree of Life (2011, Terrence Malick)

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41. Airplane! (1980, Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, Jerry Zucker)

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42. Drugstore Cowboy (1989, Gus Van Sant)

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43. The Wicker Man (1973, Robin Hardy)

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44. Vertigo (1958, Alfred Hitchcock)

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45. Winter Light (1962, Ingmar Bergman)

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46. Do the Right Thing (1989, Spike Lee)

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47. The Turin Horse (2011, Bela Tarr)

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48. High and Low (1963, Akira Kurosawa)

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49. Mulholland Drive (2001, David Lynch)

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50. Last Year at Marienbad (1961, Alain Resnais)

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51. Werckmeister Harmonies (2000, Bela Tarr)

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52. Sweet Smell of Success (1957, Alexander Mackendrick)

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53. Play Time (1967, Jacques Tati)

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

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55. Woman in the Dunes (1964, Hiroshi Teshigahara)

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56. The Long Day Closes (1992, Terence Davies)

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57. American Movie (1999, Chris Smith)

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58. Red Beard (1965, Akira Kurosawa)

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59. The Wayward Cloud (2005, Ming-liang Tsai)

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60. Songs from the Second Floor (2000, Roy Andersson)

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61. Syndromes and a Century (2006, Apichatpong Weerasethakul)

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62. Secrets & Lies (1996, Mike Leigh)

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63. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968, Stanley Kubrick)

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64. Girl Walk//All Day (2011, Jacob Krupnick)

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65. Devils on the Doorstep (2000, Wen Jiang)

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66. Blue Velvet (1986, David Lynch)

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67. Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966, Mike Nichols)

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68. The Dead (1987, John Huston)

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69. Meet Me in St. Louis (1944, Vincente Minnelli)

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70. Safe (1995, Todd Haynes)

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71. The Story of Qiu Ju (1992, Zhang Yimou)

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72. Devi (1960, Satyajit Ray)

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73. A Moment of Innocence (1996, Mohsen Makhmalbaf)

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74. The Lineup (1958, Don Siegel)

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75. The New World (2005, Terrence Malick)

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76. Three Colors: Blue (1993, Krzysztof Kieslowski)

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77. In the Loop (2009, Armando Iannucci)

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78. The Burglar (1957, Paul Wendkos)

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79. I Fidanzati (1963, Ermanno Olmi)

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80. The Royal Tenenbaums (2001, Wes Anderson)

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81. Hairspray (1988, John Waters)

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82. Shame (1968, Ingmar Bergman)

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83. Cairo Station (1958, Youssef Chahine)

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84. Blade Runner (1982, Ridley Scott)

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85. Sita Sings the Blues (2008, Nina Paley)

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86. Wendy and Lucy (2008, Kelly Reichardt)

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87. A Page of Madness (1926, Teinosuke Kinugasa)

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88. A Man Escaped (1956, Robert Bresson)

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89. As I Was Moving Ahead Occasionally I Saw Brief Glimpses of Beauty (2000, Jonas Mekas)

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90. The Seventh Victim (1943, Mark Robson)

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91. The Cloud-Capped Star (1960, Ritwik Ghatak)

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92. Thirst for Love (1966, Koreyoshi Kurahara)

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93. Stalker (1979, Andrei Tarkovsky)

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94. Imitation of Life (1959, Douglas Sirk)

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95. Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975, Peter Weir)

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96. Rat-Trap (1982, Adoor Gopalakrishnan)

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97. Rosetta (1999, Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne)

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98. Malcolm X (1992, Spike Lee)

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99. The Match Factory Girl (1990, Aki Kaurismaki)

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100. Xanadu (1980, Robert Greenwald)

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Well, I didn’t shake things up this year as much as I wanted to, but there are a few pretty big changes.  While I try not to fret too much over the order, there was some shuffling of titles around… notably dropping Casablanca from #3 to #8, and bumping both Linda Linda Linda and An Angel at My Table into the top 10.  It’s safe to say that I still adore Casablanca but it isn’t quite close enough to my heart to be top 5.

There were 11 substitutions this year.  Sadly, none of the new entries were movies that I saw for the first time in the past year, although I did add Remember the Night to my top 250 (which has, of course, also received a few other revisions).  The new additions are:

Once (#34)
Girl Walk//All Day (#64)
Meet Me in St. Louis (#69)
Hairspray (#81)
Wendy and Lucy (#86)
Imitation of Life (#94)
Rat-Trap (#96)
Rosetta (#97)
Malcolm X (#98)
The Match Factory Girl (#99)
Xanadu (#100)

With the exception of Rat-Trap, these are all films I revisited in the past year and felt a strong connection to, or affection for.  Rat-Trap is kind of a spur of the moment pick, but it seemed right.  I hope to rewatch it soon and see if it still feels top 100-worthy.  Match Factory Girl one of the lowest-rated entries on the list (in fact, 7 of my new entries got less than a 95) but I think of it as a representative of Kaurismaki’s work as a whole.  The lowest is Imitation of Life (90) but it’s a film I have a lot of love for, despite some flaws.

The removals:

The Seventh Seal (#21)
Network (#23)
Yojimbo (#52)
Underground (#57)
Amelie (#67)
Visage (#74)
Pratidwandi (#85)
Satantango (#87)
The Graduate (#88)
Drowning by Numbers (#92)
Pink Floyd: The Wall (#96)

Some high numbers falling off the list there.  My recent review of Seventh Seal should give an indication of why I no longer hold it so close to my heart.  Yojimbo, Underground, Visage and Pratidwandi were essentially removed because I felt the directors were represented well enough elsewhere on the list, although each is also one I’m not quite as enthusiastic about as I used to be.  In the case of Satantango, it’s been 6 years since my first viewing and I still haven’t worked up the whatever it takes to sit through the 7.5 hours again.  I loved it the first time, and a few scenes still ring strong in my memory, but it’s on probation until I finally get around to that second viewing.  Drowning by Numbers honestly never really felt right for the list, and I’m kind of tired of The WallNetwork and The Graduate were just feeling sorta stale.  The former doesn’t seem as relevant as it used to, and the latter I’m just not that jazzed about any more (keep in mind, we’re talking about small degrees here… both are still in my top 250).  As for Amelie, I don’t really know what compelled me to pull it out of the 100.  It was a gut feeling.

Hopefully the next 12 months will bring some great new discoveries and give me a chance to agonize more over this list.

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6 Responses to “Top 100 (2014 revision)”

  1. mountanto said

    I’ve seen 42. I own another 8 that I haven’t watched yet. My lack of Bergman and Raysperience hurts a lot (to say nothing of Tsai).

    I get why you bumped Network (I’m not a big fan), I’m just curious as to why you put Malcolm X on. Not that it doesn’t make sense, I’m just curious as to your rationale.

    • It’s just a consistently great movie, from start to finish it’s utterly absorbing. Denzel is amazing in it, and Dickerson’s photography is grand. Love that dance scene, too.

  2. Skumbo said

    Great list, with great screenshots – there are a fair few on here I have been meaning to catch for ages. I must get round to watching Charulata and Mahanagar soon – they have been lurking in an Artificial Eye boxset in my room for too long. The Hole seems resolutely unavailable in the UK; although I have seen copies for sale on Ebay from Korea, I’m not convinced that they are the real deal.

    • Thanks Skumbo! There is a French DVD of The Hole in region 2 released by mk2, but I don’t know if it has English subtitles. The Korean eBay one may your best bet, legit or not.

  3. steve shuttleworth said

    I understand and concur with your choice of “Hairspray,” but omitting “Polyester” and “Desperate Living?” Astonishing!

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