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1.
Playtime (1967)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Monsieur Hulot curiously wanders around a high-tech Paris, paralleling a trip with a group of American tourists. Meanwhile, a nightclub/restaurant prepares its opening night, but it's still under construction. (115 mins.)
Director: Jacques Tati
“ The way Tati deals with the different layers of the screen and the unconventional style of telling a story full of subtle irony and dark humor is unique and unmatched until this very day. This is pure cinema - not more, not less. ” - Elektromann
 
2.
Apocalypse Now (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
During the Vietnam War, Captain Willard is sent on a dangerous mission into Cambodia to assassinate a renegade colonel who has set himself up as a god among a local tribe. (153 mins.)
Director: Francis Coppola
“ Almost everything that has to do with this film is exciting - maybe even more than the film itself (there are whole books and documentaries about the circumstances surrounding the production of this monster). Its a cinematic masterpiece of mythical proportions that cannot ever be fully explored - and thats what makes it so irresistible and worthwhile to deal with it. ” - Elektromann
 
3.
The Army of Shadows (1969)
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An account of underground resistance fighters in Nazi-occupied France. (145 mins.)
“ I was shocked by the incredible bleak and cold, pessimistic vision of the French Resistance, and the way Melville put it onto film with razor-sharp perfection. Many (disturbing) images that still remain in my head. ” - Elektromann
 
4.
The Shining (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
A family heads to an isolated hotel for the winter where an evil and spiritual presence influences the father into violence, while his psychic son sees horrific forebodings from the past and of the future. (146 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
“ The ultimate Horror film. Kubricks interpretation of Kings book is bigger than every horror film before and after ever was. Sound, Mise-en-scene, Framing, Cutting, Music, Set-Design, Acting = perfect. In fact its so great that even Stephen King didn't really get it and instead bashed it. Poor fool. ” - Elektromann
 
5.
The Godfather (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.2/10 X  
The aging patriarch of an organized crime dynasty transfers control of his clandestine empire to his reluctant son. (175 mins.)
“ Its the epitome of the new Hollywood era. Perfectly casted, perfectly shot, and perfectly sold. Narrative cinema at its best. ” - Elektromann
 
6.
Taxi Driver (1976)
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A mentally unstable Vietnam War veteran works as a night-time taxi driver in New York City where the perceived decadence and sleaze feeds his urge for violent action, attempting to save a preadolescent prostitute in the process. (113 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
“ Scorseses Masterpiece. A bleak, timeless vision of a disillusioned home coming war hero in a disturbing modern Film Noir setting. ” - Elektromann
 
7.
Le Samouraï (1967)
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After killing a night-club owner, professional hitman Jef Costello is seen by witnesses. His efforts to provide himself with an alibi fail and more and more he gets driven into a corner. (105 mins.)
“ The french interprentation of eastern-asia code and ethics. A grim portrait of a lonly man with a clear vision of his life, perfectly acted by Alain Delon. ” - Elektromann
 
8.
A Clockwork Orange (1971)
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In future Britain, charismatic delinquent Alex DeLarge is jailed and volunteers for an experimental aversion therapy developed by the government in an effort to solve society's crime problem - but not all goes according to plan. (136 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
“ The definite movie when it comes to violence on screen and the way its being dealt with. A disturbing, thought-provoking masterpiece that showed me what more movies can be - art that expands your own horizons. ” - Elektromann
 
9.
Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)
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A mysterious stranger with a harmonica joins forces with a notorious desperado to protect a beautiful widow from a ruthless assassin working for the railroad. (175 mins.)
Director: Sergio Leone
“ The most beautiful western ever made. You won't ever forget the score by Morricone and the extreme close-up of the faces. ” - Elektromann
 
10.
Brazil (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A bureaucrat in a retro-future world tries to correct an administrative error and himself becomes an enemy of the state. (132 mins.)
Director: Terry Gilliam
“ I don't like fantasy elements in movies that much - Brazil is a rare exception. Beautifully shot and rich with weird ideas. A fascinating tale of mystery and imagination. ” - Elektromann
 
11.
Dead Man (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
On the run after murdering a man, accountant William Blake encounters a strange North American man named Nobody who prepares him for his journey into the spiritual world. (121 mins.)
Director: Jim Jarmusch
“ The second western in this list that is pure art. Neil Youngs score is haunting, and so are the grim black&white pictures of the godforsaken western town and landscape. ” - Elektromann
 
12.
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
Humanity finds a mysterious, obviously artificial object buried beneath the Lunar surface and, with the intelligent computer H.A.L. 9000, sets off on a quest. (149 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
“ Another Kubrick masterpiece. I don't like Sci-Fi movies, but this is so much more than just that. Its film-making in perfection that was way ahead of its time and, over 40 years later, still is. ” - Elektromann
 
13.
Rear Window (1954)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
A wheelchair-bound photographer spies on his neighbours from his apartment window and becomes convinced one of them has committed murder. (112 mins.)
“ Hitchcocks Masterpiece is a lesson in suspense and efficiency. The set-design is phenomenal. ” - Elektromann
 
14.
Once Upon a Time in America (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
A former Prohibition-era Jewish gangster returns to the Lower East Side of Manhattan over thirty years later, where he once again must confront the ghosts and regrets of his old life. (229 mins.)
Director: Sergio Leone
“ Sergio Leone is telling a tragic story of a lifetime in four hours. It achieves a kind of vicinity with the unlikable characters that I haven't experienced before in any other film. ” - Elektromann
 
15.
The Godfather: Part II (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.0/10 X  
The early life and career of Vito Corleone in 1920s New York is portrayed while his son, Michael, expands and tightens his grip on his crime syndicate stretching from Lake Tahoe, Nevada to pre-revolution 1958 Cuba. (202 mins.)
“ The second part of a masterpiece is also a masterpiece in itself, that shines through the superb acting performances and the way the tragic story unfolds through various flashbacks. The best sequel in cinematic history. ” - Elektromann
 
16.
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  
A bounty hunting scam joins two men in an uneasy alliance against a third in a race to find a fortune in gold buried in a remote cemetery. (161 mins.)
Director: Sergio Leone
“ The most amusing western of all time, with one of the best endings in movie history: Tuco (The Ugly) running around the graveyard to Morricones Ecstasy for Gold - mind-blowing. ” - Elektromann
 
17.
Miller's Crossing (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Tom Regan, an advisor to a Prohibition-era crime boss, tries to keep the peace between warring mobs but gets caught in divided loyalties. (115 mins.)
Director: Joel Coen
“ The overlooked masterpiece by the Coen-Brothers. The cinematography, the sharp dialogues, the music, the historical details - they create a mood and atmosphere that you cannot withdraw from. ” - Elektromann
 
18.
Pulp Fiction (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  
The lives of two mob hit men, a boxer, a gangster's wife, and a pair of diner bandits intertwine in four tales of violence and redemption. (154 mins.)
“ A film nerds pop cultural interpretation and homage to long forgotten movie decades - Film Noir, Nouvelle Vague, its all in there hidden between what others see as just as a funny and weird film on the surface. ” - Elektromann
 
19.
Scarface (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
In Miami in 1980, a determined Cuban immigrant takes over a drug cartel and succumbs to greed. (170 mins.)
Director: Brian De Palma
“ The most notable movie about the rise and the downfall of a gangster who was searching for the American dream, and Al Pacino's most impressive representation of a character by today. ” - Elektromann
 
20.
Barton Fink (1991)
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A renowned New York playwright is enticed to California to write for the movies and discovers the hellish truth of Hollywood. (116 mins.)
Director: Joel Coen
“ The Coen Brothers take on the Hollywood system. The dark humor and the supreme acting skills of John Goodman and John Torturro makes this an unforgettable experience that literally burns the pictures inside your head for a long time. ” - Elektromann
 
21.
12 Angry Men (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  
A jury holdout attempts to prevent a miscarriage of justice by forcing his colleagues to reconsider the evidence. (96 mins.)
Director: Sidney Lumet
“ Still the most astonishing intimate play in cinematic history, superbly directed by Sidney Lumet. ” - Elektromann
 
22.
Aguirre, the Wrath of God (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
In the 16th century, the ruthless and insane Don Lope de Aguirre leads a Spanish expedition in search of El Dorado. (93 mins.)
Director: Werner Herzog
“ A hauntingly beautiful journey into madness and the force of nature. Werner Herzogs masterpiece is carried by the stunning performance of Klaus Kinski and the spherical score. ” - Elektromann
 
23.
Alien (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
After a space merchant vessel perceives an unknown transmission as distress call, their landing on the source moon finds one of the crew attacked by a mysterious lifeform. Continuing their journey back to Earth with the attacked crew having recovered and the critter deceased, they soon realize that its life cycle has merely begun. (117 mins.)
Director: Ridley Scott
“ One of the most efficient and pioneering horror films ever made. The set-design is unmatched in this genre until the very day. ” - Elektromann
 
24.
Amer (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Three key moments, all of them sensual, define Ana's life. Her carnal search sways between reality and... (90 mins.)
“ One of the most unique films I ever experienced on the big screen. Pure art with a fantastic, enthralling score, incredible visual design and a beguiling story told almost entirely through its audiovisual power. ” - Elektromann
 
25.
Bad Lieutenant (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
While investigating a young nun's rape, a corrupt New York City police detective, with a serious drug and gambling addiction, tries to change his ways and find forgiveness. (96 mins.)
Director: Abel Ferrara
“ A dirty, disturbing masterpiece by Abel Ferrara with an outstanding Harvey Keitel and his best career performance. ” - Elektromann
 
26.
Blade Runner (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A blade runner must pursue and try to terminate four replicants who stole a ship in space and have returned to Earth to find their creator. (117 mins.)
Director: Ridley Scott
“ A visionary Sci-Fi Noir with a superbly set-design, beautiful cinematography and a thought-provoking story that hasn't lost any of its appeal until today. ” - Elektromann
 
27.
Blast of Silence (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A hired killer from Cleveland has a job to do on a second-string mob boss in New York. But a special girl from his past, and a fat gun dealer with pet rats, each gets in his way. (77 mins.)
Director: Allen Baron
“ A late masterpiece of Noir-photography and Noir-plot produced with an ridiculously low budet in the streets of New York. An overlooked gem. ” - Elektromann
 
28.
Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A recently laid off factory worker kidnaps his former boss' daughter, hoping to use the ransom money to pay for his sister's kidney transplant. (129 mins.)
Director: Chan-wook Park
“ The definitive movie that describes what revenge is about and that everyone can be a part of its force, just depending on the tragic circumstances surrounding you. ” - Elektromann
 
29.
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A young and truth seeking boy travels to an isolated lake, where an old Buddhist master lives on a small floating temple. (103 mins.)
Director: Ki-duk Kim
“ A stunningly beautiful meditation about life and death that is told almost without any words, set in a wonderful landscape and backed up by great performances. ” - Elektromann
 
30.
Bubba Ho-Tep (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Elvis and JFK, both alive and in nursing homes, fight for the souls of their fellow residents as they battle an ancient Egyptian Mummy. (92 mins.)
Director: Don Coscarelli
“ One of the most heart-warming and funny films on this list. The weird story is brilliant, and so is the directing and the acting. ” - Elektromann
 
31.
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Hypnotist Dr. Caligari uses a somnambulist, Cesare, to commit murders. (78 mins.)
Director: Robert Wiene
“ A masterpiece of German expressionism. The set-design is stunning and the influence on later cinematically movements is almost unmeasurable. ” - Elektromann
 
32.
Dawn of the Dead (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Following an ever-growing epidemic of zombies that have risen from the dead, two Philadelphia S.W.A.T. team members, a traffic reporter, and his television executive girlfriend seek refuge in a secluded shopping mall. (127 mins.)
“ The definite zombie-movie that jumps right into the action and never lets you off the hook until the ending credits. Superb score by the Goblins. ” - Elektromann
 
33.
Double Indemnity (1944)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
An insurance representative lets himself be talked into a murder/insurance fraud scheme that arouses an insurance investigator's suspicions. (107 mins.)
Director: Billy Wilder
“ An archetype for the classical Film Noir of the 40ies, with stunning performances and elegant direction. ” - Elektromann
 
34.
Ace in the Hole (1951)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A frustrated former big-city journalist now stuck working for an Albuquerque newspaper exploits a story about a man trapped in a cave to re-jump start his career, but the situation quickly escalates into an out-of-control circus. (111 mins.)
Director: Billy Wilder
“ Billy Wilder's grim statement about the power of the media and the exploitation of an emergency acts still fresh and unconsumed to the very day. ” - Elektromann
 
35.
Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
An insane general triggers a path to nuclear holocaust that a war room full of politicians and generals frantically try to stop. (95 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
“ Kubricks most humorous film is a dark, satirical observation about the negative spin offs of the cold war. Peter Sellers is priceless. ” - Elektromann
 
36.
Ed Wood (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
An ambitious but troubled movie director tries his best to fulfill his dream, despite his lack of support. (127 mins.)
Director: Tim Burton
 
37.
Faust (1926)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
The demon Mephisto wagers with God that he can corrupt a mortal man's soul. (85 mins.)
Director: F.W. Murnau
 
38.
Fight Club (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
An insomniac office worker, looking for a way to change his life, crosses paths with a devil-may-care soap maker, forming an underground fight club that evolves into something much, much more. (139 mins.)
Director: David Fincher
“ The definite movie of the 90ies. A deeply disturbing journey into the state of mind of a whole generation that grew up with consumer products and full blown marketing, and its inevitable decline shown by a stunning end sequence full of destructive beauty. ” - Elektromann
 
39.
Exiled (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A friendship is formed between an ex-gangster, and two groups of hitmen - those who want to protect him and those who were sent to kill him. (110 mins.)
Director: Johnnie To
“ Exiled has the most beautifully shot action sequences I ever experienced. Slow-motion violence as an art form and in pure perfection. Thaw-dropping. ” - Elektromann
 
40.
Get Carter (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
When his brother dies under mysterious circumstances in a car accident, London gangster Jack Carter travels to Newcastle to investigate. (112 mins.)
Director: Mike Hodges
 
41.
Gomorrah (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
An inside look at Italy's modern crime families. (137 mins.)
Director: Matteo Garrone
“ A gritty, realistic crime drama that is gruesomely shocking and disturbing at the same time. ” - Elektromann
 
42.
Devils on the Doorstep (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
During the Japanese occupation of China, two prisoners are dumped in a peasant's home in a small town... (139 mins.)
Director: Wen Jiang
“ A war movie that masks its cruel story under a coat of dark humor and a sense of irony. But the nightmare-ish scenario unfolds piece by piece until the shocking ending, that makes unmistakably clear that it is still a movie about crimes against humanity. ” - Elektromann
 
43.
Fireworks (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Nishi leaves the police in the face of harrowing personal and professional difficulties. Spiraling into depression, he makes questionable decisions. (103 mins.)
Director: Takeshi Kitano
“ The score is one of the most beautiful ever made, and the film one of the saddest I ever experienced. ” - Elektromann
 
44.
Halloween (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
On Halloween night of 1963, six-year-old Michael Myers stabbed his sister to death. After sitting in a mental hospital for 15 years, Myers escapes and returns to Haddonfield to kill. (91 mins.)
Director: John Carpenter
“ The minimalistic Carpenter score is an experience not to miss, and combined with the supremely efficient directing makes for a extraordinary low budget movie that's an exemplary exercise in cinematic suspense, that all other horror films that followed have to compete with. ” - Elektromann
 
45.
Heat (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A group of professional bank robbers start to feel the heat from police when they unknowingly leave a clue at their latest heist. (170 mins.)
Director: Michael Mann
“ Michael Manns most impressive work still shines with two of the best actors still alive, and an impressive handmade action scene that feels incredibly real is unmatched until today. ” - Elektromann
 
46.
The Devil's Rejects (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
The murderous, backwoods Firefly family take to the road to escape a vengeful police force which is not afraid of being as ruthless as their target. (107 mins.)
Director: Rob Zombie
“ Never before did I care so much for the bad guys in a film (hint: there are no good guys in this film). The Ending, where the gang is riding into their doom in full consciousness, accompanied by Lynrd Skynrds "Free Bird", is just heartbreakingly sad and beautiful at the same time. ” - Elektromann
 
47.
Samurai Rebellion (1967)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
The mother of a feudal lord's only heir is kidnapped away from her husband by the lord. The husband and his samurai father must decide whether to accept the unjust decision, or risk death to get her back. (128 mins.)
“ Similar to Seppuku this film also deals with the conflict between tradition and emotion in the samurai era. A perfectly orchestrated tragedy about two lovers that struggle with a rigid feudal system. ” - Elektromann
 
48.
Jackie Brown (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A middle-aged woman finds herself in the middle of a huge conflict that will either make her a profit or cost her life. (154 mins.)
“ Still Tarantinos most under-appreciated film. The Rashomon-like narrative structure, combined with the homage to the 70ies Blaxploitation-era with Pam Grier as its poster child, and some very weird but likable characters make for a incredible amusing film with lots of style AND substance. ” - Elektromann
 
49.
A Tale of Two Sisters (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A family is haunted by the tragedies of deaths within the family. (115 mins.)
Director: Kim Jee-woon
“ One the most frightening films I ever experienced, that I even couldn't sit through for the first time. The epitome of Asian horror dramas. A complex, masterfully shot and directed film with many layers that have to be explored one at a time. ” - Elektromann
 
50.
The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Herzog's film is based upon the true and mysterious story of Kaspar Hauser, a young man who suddenly appeared in Nuremberg in 1828, barely able to speak or walk, and bearing a strange note. (110 mins.)
Director: Werner Herzog
“ A rare cinematic experience about a human being that is denied to be one in the first place. Tought-provokingly critical take on human rights and social standards and what we make of it. ” - Elektromann
 
51.
Save the Green Planet! (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Byeong-gu believes that the world is on the verge of an alien invasion, and sets out to save the world. (118 mins.)
Director: Joon-Hwan Jang
“ A dark, funny and disturbing genre-mix. ” - Elektromann
 
52.
Last Year at Marienbad (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
In a strange chateau, a man insists to a woman that they have met before. (94 mins.)
Director: Alain Resnais
“ A very stylish and narration-wise ambitious film with a story that diverges between dreams and reality. The stunningly beautiful setting in a baroque french palace makes for a great background to a nested riddle that is not fully explored and leaves the viewer with questions, but also with very unique impressions. ” - Elektromann
 
53.
The Iron Rose (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
A young couple out for a walk decide to take a stroll through a large cemetery. As darkness begins to fall they realize they can't find their way out, and soon their fears begin to overtake them. (86 mins.)
Director: Jean Rollin
“ This almost unknown little horror movie features the most beautiful graveyard ever put on film, along with some very memorable, haunting scenes. An overlooked gem. ” - Elektromann
 
54.
Bicycle Thieves (1948)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
Set in Post-WWII Italy, a working class man's bicycle is stolen. He and his son set out to find it. (89 mins.)
“ The first and best Neorealistic movie that made me interested in this movement in the first place. A very sad tale without kitsch, beautifully directed by de Sica. ” - Elektromann
 
55.
Le Cercle Rouge (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
After leaving prison, master thief Corey crosses paths with a notorious escapee and an alcoholic former policeman. The trio proceed to plot an elaborate heist. (140 mins.)
“ Another masterpiece from Melville is one of the most intriguing crime dramas shown on screen. ” - Elektromann
 
56.
Monsieur Hulot's Holiday (1953)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Monsieur Hulot comes to a beachside hotel for a vacation, where he accidentally (but good-naturedly) causes havoc. (114 mins.)
Director: Jacques Tati
“ A very amusing and timeless film from and with Tati about the joy and pain of holidays. Some of the most hilarious scenes of Tatis euvre can be found in this masterpiece. ” - Elektromann
 
57.
The Wages of Fear (1953)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
In a decrepit South American village, men are hired to transport an urgent nitroglycerine shipment without the equipment that would make it safe. (131 mins.)
“ A unmatched exercise in cinematic suspense. One straight storyline that builds up an supspenseful dramaturgical arch. ” - Elektromann
 
58.
Le Trou (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
In prison four long-sentence inmates planning an elaborate escape cautiously induct a new inmate to join in their scheme which leads to distrust and uncertainty. (132 mins.)
Director: Jacques Becker
“ The most grueling escape film that's only hard to bear. The sound effects are nerve-wrecking, and the pessimistic ending a nasty shock. ” - Elektromann
 
59.
Harakiri (1962)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
An elder ronin samurai arrives at a feudal lord's home and requests an honorable place to commit suicide. But when the ronin inquires about a younger samurai who arrived before him things take an unexpected turn. (133 mins.)
“ The most wonderful film about the samurai era that deals with the term of honor and the feudal structures of that time period in its own, critical way. In addition, the perfect framing of the black&white pictures, the symmetrical architecture of the sets, and the vivid sounds create a stunningly unique atmosphere. ” - Elektromann
 
60.
Mafioso (1962)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
When a good-natured factory supervisor living in Milan with his Northern wife returns to his native Sicily, a decades' old oath forces him to fulfill a nightmarish obligation. (105 mins.)
“ A very insightful and amusing film about the subtlety of criminal structures and the infiltration of Italian everyday life by the mafia. ” - Elektromann
 
61.
Mean Streets (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A small-time hood struggles with a moral crisis regarding his friends, family, business, and his conflicting religious beliefs. (112 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
“ A raw and gritty early masterpiece by Scorsese. ” - Elektromann
 
62.
Mon Oncle (1958)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Monsieur Hulot visits the technology-driven world of his sister, brother-in-law, and nephew, but he can't quite fit into the surroundings. (117 mins.)
Director: Jacques Tati
“ Tatis take on form and function of modern architecture. A hilarious movie about the struggles of a everday couple. ” - Elektromann
 
63.
Murder, My Sweet (1944)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
After being hired to find an ex-con's former girlfriend, Philip Marlowe is drawn into a deeply complex web of mystery and deceit. (95 mins.)
Director: Edward Dmytryk
“ My favorite movie from Hollywoods classical dark series. It has it all: nice low-key photography, great lines etc. ” - Elektromann
 
64.
No Country for Old Men (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Violence and mayhem ensue after a hunter stumbles upon a drug deal gone wrong and more than two million dollars in cash near the Rio Grande. (122 mins.)
“ The Coen Brothers, Carter Burwell and Roger Deakins are the most powerful Hollywood team in this decade. This movie proves what they are capable of when they are all firing on all cylinders. A suspenseful masterpiece with minimalistic yet highly efficient score and cinematography, and outstanding acting performances. ” - Elektromann
 
65.
North by Northwest (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
A hapless New York advertising executive is mistaken for a government agent by a group of foreign spies, and is pursued across the country while he looks for a way to survive. (136 mins.)
“ A fine study in suspense and storytelling and one of the most impressive wild chases in movie history. ” - Elektromann
 
66.
Nosferatu (1922)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Vampire Count Orlok expresses interest in a new residence and real estate agent Hutter's wife. (94 mins.)
Director: F.W. Murnau
 
67.
Oasis (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
An irresponsible and childish ex-con befriends a girl with cerebral palsy and develops a progressively stronger bond with her. (133 mins.)
Director: Chang-dong Lee
“ The most truthful film about handicapped people. ” - Elektromann
 
68.
Oldboy (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
After being kidnapped and imprisoned for 15 years, Oh Dae-Su is released, only to find that he must find his captor in 5 days. (120 mins.)
Director: Chan-wook Park
“ The reason why I started watching more movies from South Korea. An overwhelming emotional journey put on film and backed up by a great score. ” - Elektromann
 
69.
One, Two, Three (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
In West Berlin during the Cold War, a Coca-Cola executive is given the task of taking care of his boss' socialite daughter. (115 mins.)
Director: Billy Wilder
“ One of the funniest films ever with a manical gag-rate. ” - Elektromann
 
70.
Onibaba (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Two women kill samurai and sell their belongings for a living. While one of them is having an affair with their neighbor, the other woman meets a mysterious samurai wearing a bizarre mask. (103 mins.)
Director: Kaneto Shindô
 
71.
Paths of Glory (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
After refusing to attack an enemy position, a general accuses the soldiers of cowardice and their commanding officer must defend them. (88 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
 
72.
Pierrot le Fou (1965)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Pierrot escapes his boring society and travels from Paris to the Mediterranean Sea with Marianne, a girl chased by hit-men from Algeria. They lead an unorthodox life, always on the run. (110 mins.)
Director: Jean-Luc Godard
“ Godards finest. ” - Elektromann
 
73.
Point Blank (1967)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
After being double-crossed and left for dead, a mysterious man named Walker single-mindedly tries to retrieve the rather inconsequential sum of money that was stolen from him. (92 mins.)
Director: John Boorman
 
74.
Prince of the City (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A New York City narcotics detective reluctantly agrees to cooperate with a special commission investigating police corruption. However, he soon discovers that he's in over his head, and nobody can be trusted. (167 mins.)
Director: Sidney Lumet
 
75.
Raging Bull (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
An emotionally self-destructive boxer's journey through life, as the violence and temper that leads him to the top in the ring destroys his life outside it. (129 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
 
76.
Raw Deal (1948)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Joe Sullivan has taken the rap for Rick who double-crosses him with a flawed escape plan and other means intended to get rid of him. (79 mins.)
Director: Anthony Mann
“ Visually one of the most inspiring and interesting films of the film Noir movement. John Altons camerawork is sensational, and so is the lighting. ” - Elektromann
 
77.
Repulsion (1965)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A sex-repulsed woman who disapproves of her sister's boyfriend sinks into depression and has horrific visions of rape and violence. (105 mins.)
Director: Roman Polanski
 
78.
Reservoir Dogs (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
After a simple jewelry heist goes terribly wrong, the surviving criminals begin to suspect that one of them is a police informant. (99 mins.)
 
79.
Seconds (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
An unhappy middle-aged banker agrees to a procedure that will fake his death and give him a completely new look and identity - one that comes with its own price. (106 mins.)
“ John Frankenheimers masterpiece is a deeply disturbing film about the search and loss of identity. An overlooked gem. ” - Elektromann
 
80.
Stalker (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A guide leads two men through an area known as the Zone to find a room that grants wishes. (163 mins.)
“ A bleak journey into the human mind and condition. The monotonous ride with the tipper truck is one the most memorable scenes in cinematic history. ” - Elektromann
 
81.
Straw Dogs (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A young American and his English wife come to rural England and face increasingly vicious local harassment. (113 mins.)
Director: Sam Peckinpah
“ Maybe second most important film that deals with violence on screen, and another Peckinpah Masterpiece. ” - Elektromann
 
82.
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A small-town doctor learns that the population of his community is being replaced by emotionless alien duplicates. (80 mins.)
Director: Don Siegel
“ The Body Snatcher theme is one of the most disturbing horror themes ever, and the first installment that used this theme is still the best to this very day, although there have been numerous remakes and impersonators over the past 55 years. ” - Elektromann
 
83.
Suspiria (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A newcomer to a fancy ballet academy gradually comes to realize that the school is a front for something far more sinister and supernatural amidst a series of grisly murders. (98 mins.)
Director: Dario Argento
“ Argentos Masterpiece explores the color-palette to its fullest, which is superbly backed up by the haunting score of Goblin. A beguiling nightmare put on celluloid. ” - Elektromann
 
84.
Woman in the Dunes (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
An entomologist on vacation is trapped by local villagers into living with a woman whose life task is shoveling sand for them. (123 mins.)
“ A delirious, feverish masterpiece of Japanese cinema. ” - Elektromann
 
85.
Tabu: A Story of the South Seas (1931)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
On the South Pacific island of Bora Bora, a young couple's love is threatened when the tribal chief declares the girl a sacred virgin. (86 mins.)
Director: F.W. Murnau
“ The most beautiful but also most depressing silent movie ever made. ” - Elektromann
 
86.
Castle in the Sky (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A young boy and a girl with a magic crystal must race against pirates and foreign agents in a search for a legendary floating castle. (125 mins.)
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
“ The only animated movie in this list. Its Myazakis masterpiece about humans dealing with nature and technological progress. ” - Elektromann
 
87.
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Robert Ford, who's idolized Jesse James since childhood, tries hard to join the reforming gang of the Missouri outlaw, but gradually becomes resentful of the bandit leader. (160 mins.)
Director: Andrew Dominik
“ Roger Deakins pictures are unforgettable, as is the beautiful score of Nick Cave and Warren Ellis. ” - Elektromann
 
88.
The Killers (1946)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Hit men kill an unresisting victim, and investigator Reardon uncovers his past involvement with beautiful, deadly Kitty Collins. (97 mins.)
Director: Robert Siodmak
 
89.
The Ballad of Cable Hogue (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A hobo accidentally stumbles onto a water spring, and creates a profitable way station in the middle of the desert. (121 mins.)
Director: Sam Peckinpah
“ The most personal of Peckinpahs western is also his best - a humorous and romantic take on the industrial progress and the decline of the western archetypes. ” - Elektromann
 
90.
The Killing (1956)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Crooks plan and execute a daring race-track robbery. (85 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
“ Kubricks first masterpiece is a thrilling Rashomon-remake in a Film Noir setting. ” - Elektromann
 
91.
The Straight Story (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
An old man makes a long journey by lawn-mover tractor to mend his relationship with an ill brother. (112 mins.)
Director: David Lynch
“ Lych is best known for his own film language, but its this film that I like most. The straightest story ever told. Truthful, heartwarming, emotional, just beautiful. ” - Elektromann
 
92.
The Wild Bunch (1969)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
An aging group of outlaws look for one last big score as the "traditional" American West is disappearing around them. (145 mins.)
Director: Sam Peckinpah
 
93.
Thief (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Becoming closer to his dream of leading a normal life, a professional safecracker agrees to do a job for the mafia, who have other plans for him. (122 mins.)
Director: Michael Mann
 
94.
Touch of Evil (1958)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A stark, perverse story of murder, kidnapping, and police corruption in a Mexican border town. (95 mins.)
Director: Orson Welles
 
95.
Umberto D. (1952)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A elderly man and his dog struggle to survive on his government pension in Rome. (89 mins.)
 
96.
What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A former child star torments her paraplegic sister in their decaying Hollywood mansion. (134 mins.)
Director: Robert Aldrich
 
97.
Youth of the Beast (1963)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A violent thug plays opposing yakuza bosses against each other. (92 mins.)
Director: Seijun Suzuki
 
98.
The Gambler (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Axel Freed is a literature professor. He has the gambling vice. When he has lost all his money, he borrows from his girlfriend, then his mother and finally some bad guys that chase him. Despite all of this he cannot stop gambling. (111 mins.)
Director: Karel Reisz
“ The most intriguing and precise portrait of a gambling addict. An overlooked gem. ” - Elektromann
 
99.
El Topo (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A mysterious black-clad gunfighter wanders a mystical Western landscape encountering multiple bizarre characters. (125 mins.)
“ Jodorowskys surrealistic masterpiece. ” - Elektromann
 
100.
Long Weekend (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
When a suburban couple go camping for the weekend at a remote beach, they discover that nature isn't in an accommodating mood. (97 mins.)
Director: Colin Eggleston