My Top Films

My favourite films. In only a vague order.
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1.
It's Such a Beautiful Day (2012)
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Bill struggles to put together his shattered psyche, in this new feature film version of Don Hertzfeldt's animated short film trilogy. (62 mins.)
“ An achingly profound and beautiful film about the ordinary and extraordinary. If you are a human being, you owe it to yourself to watch this film. If you are a robot, then you might enjoy it anyway. ” - tartanllama
 
2.
Stalker (1979)
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A guide leads two men through an area known as the Zone to find a room that grants wishes. (163 mins.)
“ The cinematography is near-perfect and the imagery is surreal and affecting. The amazing style is complemented by incredibly profound substance, exploring faith, art and science in a fragmented world. ” - tartanllama
 
3.
Andrei Rublev (1966)
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The life, times and afflictions of the fifteenth-century Russian iconographer. (205 mins.)
“ Art and faith are explored very deeply with the most wonderful eye for beauty. The historical setting is perfectly realised and adds to the dark, oppressive nature of the film, which requires the wonder of art and faith to truly escape. ” - tartanllama
 
4.
The House Is Black (1963 Documentary)
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Set in a leper colony in the north of Iran, The House is Black juxtaposes "ugliness," of which there is much in the world as stated in the opening scenes, with religion and gratitude. (20 mins.)
“ This is poetry in film version. The disturbing images of a leper colony are offset by such an intense humanism and joy of life. At this length, it should be required viewing for anyone who says they enjoy art. ” - tartanllama
 
5.
Come and See (1985)
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After finding an old rifle, a young boy joins the Soviet resistance movement against ruthless German forces and experiences the horrors of World War II. (142 mins.)
Director: E. Klimov
“ A brutal, but totally engrossing journey which is the best war film I've seen. I will remember a number of the scenes for the rest of my life, but the masterful execution keeps me watching the film again and again. Hypnotic and disturbing. ” - tartanllama
 
6.
Persona (1966)
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A nurse is put in charge of a mute actress and finds that their personas are melding together. (85 mins.)
Director: Ingmar Bergman
“ This is the film which really got me in to art cinema and it is still one of my favourites. The haunting imagery, fractured narrative, surrealistic tendencies and amazing cinematography go together to create a true masterpiece. ” - tartanllama
 
7.
Out 1 (1971)
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"Out 1" is a very precise picture of post May '68 malaise - when Utopian dreams of a new society had crashed and burned... (729 mins.)
“ Completely dispenses with the idea of efficiency in storytelling, resulting in a languid, sprawling masterpiece which will never have an analogue. ” - tartanllama
 
8.
Angel's Egg (1985)
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A mysterious young girl wanders a desolate, otherworldly landscape, carrying a large egg. (71 mins.)
Director: Mamoru Oshii
 
9.
Mother and Son (1997)
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A slow and poignant story of love and patience told via a dying mother nursed by her devoted son. The... (73 mins.)
“ The most beautiful film I've seen. The exploration of the relationship between mother and son is incredibly tender and poetic. The visual style is unique and very painterly, helping pile on the amazement. ” - tartanllama
 
10.
Pastoral Hide and Seek (1974)
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A young boys' coming of age tale set in a strange, carnivalesque village becomes the recreation of a memory that the director has twenty years later. (104 mins.)
Director: Shûji Terayama
“ It's a crime that this film is not more readily available. It is a brutally honest study of film-making and viewing life through rose-tinted glasses of nostalgia. It is also delightfully strange and visually stunning. ” - tartanllama
 
11.
The Hourglass Sanatorium (1973)
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The film depicts its protagonist, Joseph (Jan Nowicki), traveling through a dream-like world, taking... (124 mins.)
Director: Wojciech J. Has
“ The best depiction of a dream on film I have seen, easily. Not only that, it is also very funny, profound and contemplative. A totally singular experience. ” - tartanllama
 
12.
Red Desert (1964)
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In a bleak rundown industrial area a young woman, Giuliana, tries to cope with life. She's married to... (117 mins.)
“ Although most people prefer the films in his alienation trilogy, I believe this to be Antonioni's masterpiece. Colour is used in a very original way and the exploration of mental instability is subtle and deep. The seaside story is one of my favourite film scenes. ” - tartanllama
 
13.
The Double Life of Veronique (1991)
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Two parallel stories about two identical women; one living in Poland, the other in France. They don't know each other, but their lives are nevertheless profoundly connected. (98 mins.)
“ My favourite film score. Kieslowski was a master at using music and colour to their full potential and both are on magnificent display here. Add in some very interesting themes on identity and relational bonds and you have one of the best films ever made. ” - tartanllama
 
14.
Last Year at Marienbad (1961)
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In a strange and isolated chateau, a man becomes acquainted with a woman and insists that they have met before. (94 mins.)
Director: Alain Resnais
“ Sacha Vierny is undoubtedly one of the best cinematographers to live and this is not only his best work, but one of the best-shot films ever. The content is deliberately opaque, but if one lets oneself get carried away in the atmosphere, none of that matters. ” - tartanllama
 
15.
The Satin Slipper (1985)
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During the century of the Spanish Gold, Doña Prouhèze, wife of a nobleman, deeply loves Don Rodrigo... (410 mins.)
“ A 7-hour-long film has no business being this philosophically dense, but somehow it maintains an incredibly deep level of insight while telling a suitably epic story. ” - tartanllama
 
16.
Institute Benjamenta, or This Dream That One Calls Human Life (1995)
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Jakob arrives at the Institute Benjamenta (run by brother and sister Johannes and Lisa Benjamenta) to learn to become a servant... (104 mins.)
“ An incredibly oneiric and immersive experience which defies categorisation. The imagery is unsettling, but strangely beautiful, and the material is incredibly dense and intelligent. ” - tartanllama
 
17.
The Human Condition I: No Greater Love (1959)
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A Japanese pacifist, unable to face the dire consequences of conscientious objection, is transformed by his attempts to compromise with the demands of war-time Japan. (208 mins.)
“ Sweeping, beautiful, ugly and masterful. 10 hours of pure cinematic excellence and a vicious attack against war. ” - tartanllama
 
18.
The Human Condition II: Road to Eternity (1959)
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As a conscript in war-time Japan's military, a pacifist struggles to maintain his determination to keep his ideals. (181 mins.)
 
19.
The Human Condition III: A Soldier's Prayer (1961)
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His ideals challenged by life as a conscript in war-time Japan's military, a pacifist faces ever greater tests in his fight for survival. (190 mins.)
 
20.
I Am Cuba (1964)
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Four vignettes about the lives of the Cuban people set during the pre-revolutionary era. (108 mins.)
“ Although the cinematography in other films may be more beautiful, that in Soy Cuba is undoubtedly the most technically impressive I have seen by a long shot. ” - tartanllama
 
21.
O-Bi, O-Ba - The End of Civilization (1985)
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Set in an underground dungeon inhabited by bundled, ragged human beings, after the nuclear holocaust... (88 mins.)
Director: Piotr Szulkin
“ Gah, why don't more people know about this film? It's one of the best Science Fiction films I've seen, containing an incredibly believable vision of the future and great parallels about authority and human needs. ” - tartanllama
 
22.
Solaris (1972)
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A psychologist is sent to a station orbiting a distant planet in order to discover what has caused the crew to go insane. (167 mins.)
“ The best film I have seen about memory. It also carries all the Tarkovsky trademarks, such as the visual style, honesty and being one of the best films ever made. ” - tartanllama
 
23.
Juliet of the Spirits (1965)
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Visions, memories, and mysticism all help a 40-something woman to find the strength to leave her cheating husband. (137 mins.)
 
24.
Fellini Satyricon (1969)
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A series of disjointed mythical tales set in first century Rome. (128 mins.)
 
25.
Ordet (1955)
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Follows the lives of the Brogen family, as they deal with inner conflict, as well as religious conflict with one and other, and the rest of the town. The various events that unfold throughout the film tests all of their faith and beliefs. (126 mins.)
“ One of the most affecting explorations of faith I have seen. It is also deeply humanistic, beautifully composed and delicately paced. ” - tartanllama
 
26.
Through a Glass Darkly (1961)
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Recently released from a mental hospital; Karin rejoins her emotionally disconnected family and their island home, only to slip from reality as she begins to believe she is being visited by God. (89 mins.)
Director: Ingmar Bergman
“ I find this to be one of Bergman's most optimistic films. It is also one of his most accomplished, thematically and visually. The final scene is one which I recall frequently and is forever etched onto my memory. ” - tartanllama
 
27.
Fireworks (1997)
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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
“ One of my favourite film scores. The whole work just oozes with aching beauty, I almost forget how violent it is. The sense of distance and longing is, in my mind, unparalleled. ” - tartanllama
 
28.
The Red Shoes (1948)
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A young ballet dancer is torn between the man she loves and her pursuit to become a prima ballerina. (134 mins.)
“ Just thinking about the ballet scene in this makes me want to watch the film again. It's easily one of the most magical and visually stunning scenes I've seen. If that weren't enough, the rest of the film is also full of eye candy and intelligent musings on obsession. ” - tartanllama
 
29.
Black Narcissus (1947)
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After opening a convent in the Himalayas, five nuns encounter conflict and tension - both with the natives and also within their own group - as they attempt to adapt to their remote, exotic surroundings. (100 mins.)
“ Powell & Pressburger and Jack Cardiff really work wonders together. The themes on nature, repression and temptation are very well explored and the technicolour images are simply beautiful. The "I couldn't hide the mountain" speech is one of my favourite in cinema history. ” - tartanllama
 
30.
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
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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
“ Strauss, Space, Stanley and Supercomputers. Still one of the most visually impressive films ever made, with an interesting story and intelligent themes to boot. ” - tartanllama
 
31.
The Holy Mountain (1973)
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In a corrupt, greed-fueled world, a powerful alchemist leads a Christ-like character and seven materialistic figures to the Holy Mountain, where they hope to achieve enlightenment. (114 mins.)
“ I believe this to be far superior to the intriguing, but fairly empty El Topo (I realise I'm in the minority here). The combination of the intense colour palate, great photography and plain craziness make this truly a one-of-a-kind film. ” - tartanllama
 
32.
A Clockwork Orange (1971)
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In future Britain, Alex DeLarge, a charismatic and psycopath delinquent, who likes to practice crimes and ultra-violence with his gang, 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
“ One of the films which was responsible for my delving further into cinema. Not much to be said that hasn't been already. Kubrick and McDowell are both phenomenal. ” - tartanllama
 
33.
Samurai Rebellion (1967)
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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.)
“ Kobayashi is one of the most underrated classical Japanese directors in my mind. I would go so far as to put him above Kurosawa, Ozu and Mizoguchi. Don't let the title put you off, instead of a generic Chanbara romp, this is an incredibly effective examination of family, love and authority. The ending is one of the best I've seen. ” - tartanllama
 
34.
Kwaidan (1964)
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A collection of four Japanese folk tales with supernatural themes. (183 mins.)
“ More Kobayashi. This is the film which really got me into Japanese cinema and remains one of my favourites. The imagery and hand-drawn backdrops are stunningly beautiful. I love the slow pacing and atmospheric music, which help you drift along, caught up in the dreamlike nature of the film. ” - tartanllama
 
35.
Nostalgia (1983)
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The Russian poet Andrei Gorchakov, accompanied by guide and translator Eugenia, is traveling through... (125 mins.)
“ Great performances and lots of thought-provoking musings on poetry, art, faith, belonging and more. Of course, this being a Tarkovsky film it also has some of the most achingly beautiful and meaningful images committed to film. The final shot in particular is one of the best I've seen. ” - tartanllama
 
36.
Eraserhead (1977)
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Henry Spencer tries to survive his industrial environment, his angry girlfriend, and the unbearable screams of his newly born mutant child. (89 mins.)
Director: David Lynch
“ The combination of great sound design, unsettling imagery and plain Lynchian weirdness make this his best film IMHO. Creepy, funny and dreamlike. ” - tartanllama
 
37.
The Seventh Seal (1957)
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A man seeks answers about life, death, and the existence of God as he plays chess against the Grim Reaper during the Black Plague. (96 mins.)
Director: Ingmar Bergman
“ Classic Bergman. Near flawless acting, direction, cinematography, emotion and meaning. I find it not quite as impactful as some of his other films, however. ” - tartanllama
 
38.
Diamonds of the Night (1964)
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Diamonds in the night is the tense, brutal story of two Jewish boys who escape from a train transporting them from one concentration camp to another... (63 mins.)
Director: Jan Nemec
“ Contains some of the best editing work I have seen. One of the rare films which instead of telling a story, expresses the fears, hopes, thoughts and anguishes of the characters in a raw, direct fashion. ” - tartanllama
 
39.
Cremator (1969)
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Set in World War II, a demented cremator believes cremation relieves earthly suffering and sets out to save the world. (95 mins.)
Director: Juraj Herz
“ One of the best films in the wonderful output of Czech(oslovak) cinema. It manages to be both very funny and deeply chilling without sacrificing impact on either side. The central performance is pitch-perfect and the cinematography is a joy to watch. ” - tartanllama
 
40.
Sacrifice (1986)
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At the dawn of World War III, a man searches for a way to restore peace to the world and finds he must give something in return. (149 mins.)
“ Can't go wrong with Tarkovsky. As usual, it's a stunningly shot examination of faith and humanity. The scene where Alexander tells about his mother's garden is one of the most perfect I have seen. ” - tartanllama
 
41.
Happy End (1967)
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A dark comedy about a murder and its consequences presented in a backwards manner, where death is actually a rebirth... (71 mins.)
Director: Oldrich Lipský
“ It's a crime that this film isn't better known; it's undoubtedly one of the most clever and funniest comedies around. The whole film is played backwards with a narration over it which pretends this is how things happened. ” - tartanllama
 
42.
Amer (2009)
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Three key moments, all of them sensual, define Ana's life. Her carnal search sways between reality and... (90 mins.)
 
43.
The Ascent (1977)
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In a freezing cold World War II winter, two pro-Soviet partisans - Sotnikov and Rybak - head off to find food for themselves and their compatriots... (111 mins.)
Director: Larisa Shepitko
“ War film by the wife of Elem Klimov of Idi I Smotri fame. This one is almost as good; it is a very detailed, harrowing, but beautiful study of brotherhood, honour and war. ” - tartanllama
 
44.
Woman in the Dunes (1964)
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An entomologist on vacation is trapped by local villagers into living with a woman whose life task is shoveling sand for them. (123 mins.)
“ One of the most visually beautiful films around. It is also a wonderfully enigmatic, surreal and sensual view into existence and the human condition. ” - tartanllama
 
45.
Brand Upon the Brain! (2006)
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Guy Maddin reluctantly returns to his childhood home, an abandoned Canadian island, where his parents ran an orphanage... (95 mins.)
Director: Guy Maddin
“ A perfect combination of style and substance. Maddin's wildly experimental and silent-film-influenced signature is perfected alongside some very interesting ideas on childhood, repression and memory. ” - tartanllama
 
46.
The Face of Another (1966)
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A businessman with a disfigured face obtains a lifelike mask from his doctor, but the mask starts altering his personality. (124 mins.)
“ A phenomenal exploration of identity with masterful cinematography, direction and music. ” - tartanllama
 
47.
City of Pirates (1983)
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A surreal odyssey in which a melancholic maidservant crosses paths with a homicidal little boy, travels to a tiny island of pirates and encounters a man with multiple personalities. (111 mins.)
Director: Raoul Ruiz
 
48.
3-Iron (2004)
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A transient young man breaks into empty homes to partake of the vacationing residents' lives for a few days. (88 mins.)
Director: Ki-duk Kim
 
49.
Blade Runner (1982)
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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
“ One of the more standard films on my list, but that doesn't make it any less amazing. The exploration of existentialist themes is up there with Teshigahara in terms of effectiveness and the world is incredibly well thought out. Also, the Tears in Rain monologue is still unsurpassed in my book. ” - tartanllama
 
50.
The Color of Pomegranates (1969)
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A super-stylized, surreal biography of Armenian troubadour Sayat Nova, whose life is depicted through non-narrative amalgamations of poetic images. (79 mins.)
“ I can't pretend to understand most of it, but it's easily one of the most beautiful films I've seen. The mise en scène and compositions are striking, unique and masterful. ” - tartanllama
 
51.
Sherlock Jr. (1924)
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A film projectionist longs to be a detective, and puts his meagre skills to work when he is framed by a rival for stealing his girlfriend's father's pocketwatch. (45 mins.)
Director: Buster Keaton
“ I'm not sure I've laughed as hard during a film as when Keaton jumps through that window. The stunts are incredible and everything is designed with startling imagination. ” - tartanllama
 
52.
Nuit noire (2005)
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(90 mins.)
“ Like a modern day Eraserhead; incredibly strange, but somehow hypnotic and extremely unnerving. ” - tartanllama
 
53.
Mother Joan of the Angels (1961)
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A priest is sent to a small parish in the Polish countryside which is believed to be under demonic possession and there he finds his own temptations awaiting. (110 mins.)
“ A sadly overlooked masterpiece which is wonderfully shot, dark and has some very profound ideas on love and religion. ” - tartanllama
 
54.
Satantango (1994)
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Plotting on a payment they are about to receive, residents of a collapsing collective farm see their plans turn into desolation when they discover that Irimiás, a former co-worker who they thought was dead, is coming back to the village. (450 mins.)
Director: Béla Tarr
“ Incredibly atmospheric, well shot and immersive. The fact that it can hold one's attention for 7 hours with barely anything happening is a feat in itself. ” - tartanllama
 
55.
Love Exposure (2008)
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A bizarre love triangle forms between a young Catholic upskirt photographer, a misandric girl and a manipulative cultist. (237 mins.)
Director: Sion Sono
“ Mixes comedy, drama, poingancy, kung-fu up-skirt photography, cultists with budgies and much more in a way that somehow comes off as effortless. ” - tartanllama
 
56.
Mysteries of Lisbon (2010)
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Follows a jealous countess, a wealthy businessman, and a young orphaned boy across Portugal, France, Italy and Brazil where they connect with a variety of mysterious individuals. (272 mins.)
Director: Raúl Ruiz
 
57.
Manuel on the Island of Wonders (1984 Mini-Series)
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Manuel's fantasy travel through Time goes from Long Ago (Episode 1 - O jardim proibido / Le Jardin interdit) through Now (Episode 2... (130 mins.)
 
58.
The Man Who Sleeps (1974)
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A 25-year-old male student in Paris becomes indifferent to the world around him, and subsequently feels a strong sense of alienation and hopelessness. (77 mins.)
 
59.
Faces (1968)
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An old married man leaves his wife for a younger woman. Shortly after, his ex-wife also begins a relationship with a younger partner. The film follows their struggles to find love amongst each other. (130 mins.)
Director: John Cassavetes
 
60.
Scenes from a Marriage (1973 Mini-Series)
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Ten years of Marianne and Johan's relationship are presented. We first meet them ten years into their marriage... (283 mins.)
“ Very dense and depressing, but contains moments of real beauty and an incredibly deep insight into relationships. I think that the ending is one of Bergman's best and most optimistic. ” - tartanllama
 
61.
On the Silver Globe (1988)
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A small group of cosmic explorers, including a woman, leaves Earth to find freedom and start a new civilization... (166 mins.)
“ Equal doses of insanity, existentialism, philosophy, beauty and incomprehensibility. The visuals in themselves are worth the 2.5 hour runtime. ” - tartanllama
 
62.
Farewell to the Summer Light (1968)
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A spontaneous romance blooms between Kawamura, a professor touring Europe, and Naoko, a married woman living in Paris, scarred by the Nagasaki atomic bombings. The two protagonists travel around Europe trying to find themselves. (96 mins.)
“ Some of the best colour photography I have seen coupled with a huge thematic range and scope. Yoshida is Japan's most criminally underseen director for my money. ” - tartanllama
 
63.
Songs from the Second Floor (2000)
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Where are we humans going? A film poem inspired by the Peruvian poet César Vallejo. We meet people in the city. People trying to communicate, searching compassion and get the connection of small and large things. (98 mins.)
Director: Roy Andersson
“ Cuts right to the core of the human condition. Amazing image composition and attention to detail. Manages to be quite funny despite the incredibly sterile environments and characters. ” - tartanllama
 
64.
Whisper of the Heart (1995)
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A love story between a girl who loves reading books, and the boy who has previously checked out all of the library books she chooses. (111 mins.)
“ Very poetic and touching with a ton of complex themes about childhood, growing up and confusion in a strange world. ” - tartanllama
 
65.
Magnolia (1999)
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An epic mosaic of interrelated characters in search of love, forgiveness, and meaning in the San Fernando Valley. (188 mins.)
“ Gets straight to the core of the human condition in a way which few films manage. The direction and acting performances are both stellar. ” - tartanllama
 
66.
Upstream Color (2013)
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A man and woman are drawn together, entangled in the life cycle of an ageless organism. Identity becomes an illusion as they struggle to assemble the loose fragments of wrecked lives. (96 mins.)
Director: Shane Carruth
 
67.
Holy Motors (2012)
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From dawn to dusk, a few hours in the shadowy life of a mystic man named Monsieur Oscar. (115 mins.)
Director: Leos Carax
 
68.
The Princess Bride (1987)
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While home sick in bed, a young boy's grandfather reads him a story called The Princess Bride. (98 mins.)
Director: Rob Reiner
 
69.
Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai (1999)
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An African American mafia hit man who models himself after the samurai of old finds himself targeted for death by the mob. (116 mins.)
Director: Jim Jarmusch
 
70.
The Big Lebowski (1998)
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"The Dude" Lebowski, mistaken for a millionaire Lebowski, seeks restitution for his ruined rug and enlists his bowling buddies to help get it. (117 mins.)
Director: Joel Coen
 
71.
The Duke of Burgundy (2014)
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A woman who studies butterflies and moths tests the limits of her relationship with her lesbian lover. (104 mins.)
 
72.
The Strange Color of Your Body's Tears (2013)
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Following the disappearance of his wife, a man finds himself on a dark and twisted trail of discovery... (102 mins.)
 
73.
Silent Light (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
In a Mennonite community in Mexico, a father's faith is tested when he falls in love with a new woman. (145 mins.)
Director: Carlos Reygadas
“ Incredibly real emotions with a meditative and metaphysical atmosphere. Loved the references to Ordet. The cinematography is standard Reygadas, i.e. out of this world. ” - tartanllama
 
74.
City Lights (1931)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
With the aid of a wealthy erratic tippler, a dewy-eyed tramp who has fallen in love with a sightless flower girl accumulates money to be able to help her medically. (87 mins.)
Director: Charles Chaplin
“ It may be somewhat overly sentimental, but it's a touching story and the comedic elements are near-perfect. ” - tartanllama
 
75.
Some Like It Hot (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
When two male musicians witness a mob hit, they flee the state in an all-female band disguised as women, but further complications set in. (120 mins.)
Director: Billy Wilder
“ It's just so damn funny. The ending especially is one of the best comedic moments in film history. ” - tartanllama