An actual list of my ‘favorite’ films, in no particular order (other than the tiers)




first tier


Woman in the Dunes – Hiroshi Teshigahara


Stalker, Solaris, Andrei Rublev, The Sacrifice – Andrei Tarkovsky


The Seventh Seal, Wild Strawberries, Face to Face – Ingmar Bergman


La Dolce Vita, 8 ½ – Federico Fellini


Pather Panchali (Song of the Little Road) – Satyajit Ray


Fitzcarraldo, The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser – Werner Herzog


Red Desert – Michelangelo Antonioni


the best of Woody Allen’s oeuvre collectively (especially Take the Money and Run, Annie Hall, Crimes and Misdemeanors, and Deconstructing Harry)


Terrence Malick’s oeuvre collectively from Badlands to The New World 


The Passion of Joan of Arc, Vampyr – Carl Dreyer


The Trial – Orson Welles


That Obscure Object of Desire – Luis Bunuel


The Grand Illusion – Jean Renoir


The Blue Angel – Josef von Sternberg


Faces – John Cassavetes


Ikiru – Akira Kurosawa


Brother Sun, Sister Moon – Franco Zefirelli


A Zed and Two Noughts – Peter Greenaway


Last Tango in Paris – Bernardo Bertolucci


The Holy Mountain – Alejandro Jodorowsky



second tier


Casablanca – Michael Curtiz


Gattaca – Andrew Niccol


Midnight Cowboy – John Schlesigner


The Graduate – Mike Nichols


Defending Your Life – Albert Brooks


Groundhog Day – Harold Ramis


The Wall – Alan Parker


Interview with the Vampire – Neil Jordan


Lolita – Adrian Lyne


The Abyss – James Cameron


Phantom of the Paradise – Brian De Palma

Freddy Got Fingered – Tom Green

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