My All-Time Best Films

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1.
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
“ artistic: 10/10
entertainment value: 10/10
nostalgia factor: low

A mysterious monolith, which first appears to primitive humans during the "dawn of man" sequence which opens the film, is uncovered on the moon near an American space base. It sends out an intense radio signal to Jupiter, and 18 months later the Americans are on their way to investigate. The trip gets sidetracked by a faulty computer named HAL, who murders most of the crew before they ever arrive. The sole survivor manages to disconnect the computer, but finds more than he bargained for at Jupiter. Kubrick's best film, and my selection for the best film ever made, is an intense, open-ended exploration of the meaning of life in the universe, and beyond. Kubrick's attention to detail is amazing and reflects a strict adherence to science and technology which holds up even today. As for that ending... I've seen it dozens of times, and have a different interpretation every time. ” - atari-3
 
2.
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.)
“ artistic: 10/10
entertainment value: 10/10
nostalgia factor: low ” - atari-3
 
3.
La Strada (1954)
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A care-free girl is sold to a traveling entertainer, consequently enduring physical and emotional pain along the way. (108 mins.)
“ artistic: 10/10
entertainment value: 10/10
nostalgia factor: low ” - atari-3
 
4.
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
“ artistic: 10/10
entertainment value: 10/10
nostalgia factor: low ” - atari-3
 
5.
The Tin Drum (1979)
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Danzig in the 1920s/1930s. Oskar Matzerath, son of a local dealer, is a most unusual boy. Equipped with... (142 mins.)
“ artistic: 10/10
entertainment value: 10/10
nostalgia factor: low ” - atari-3
 
6.
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.)
“ artistic: 10/10
entertainment value: 10/10
nostalgia factor: low ” - atari-3
 
7.
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
“ artistic: 10/10
entertainment value: 10/10
nostalgia factor: low ” - atari-3
 
8.
Amarcord (1973)
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A series of comedic and nostalgic vignettes set in a 1930s Italian coastal town. (123 mins.)
“ artistic: 10/10
entertainment value: 10/10
nostalgia factor: low ” - atari-3
 
9.
Fanny and Alexander (1982)
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Two young Swedish children experience the many comedies and tragedies of their family, the Ekdahls. (188 mins.)
Director: Ingmar Bergman
“ artistic: 10/10
entertainment value: 10/10
nostalgia factor: low ” - atari-3
 
10.
Paths of Glory (1957)
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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
“ artistic: 10/10
entertainment value: 10/10
nostalgia factor: low ” - atari-3
 
11.
Andrei Rublev (1966)
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The life, times and afflictions of the fifteenth-century Russian iconographer. (205 mins.)
“ artistic: 10/10
entertainment value: 9/10
nostalgia factor: low ” - atari-3
 
12.
L'Avventura (1960)
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A woman disappears during a Mediterranean boating trip. During the search, her lover and her best friend become attracted to each other. (143 mins.)
“ artistic: 10/10
entertainment value: 9/10
nostalgia factor: low ” - atari-3
 
13.
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.)
“ artistic: 10/10
entertainment value: 9/10
nostalgia factor: low ” - atari-3
 
14.
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
“ artistic: 10/10
entertainment value: 9/10
nostalgia factor: low ” - atari-3
 
15.
Koyaanisqatsi (1982 Documentary)
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A collection of expertly photographed phenomena with no conventional plot. The footage focuses on nature, humanity and the relationship between them. (86 mins.)
Director: Godfrey Reggio
“ artistic: 10/10
entertainment value: 9/10
nostalgia factor: low ” - atari-3
 
16.
Metropolis (1927)
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In a futuristic city sharply divided between the working class and the city planners, the son of the city's mastermind falls in love with a working class prophet who predicts the coming of a savior to mediate their differences. (153 mins.)
Director: Fritz Lang
“ artistic: 10/10
entertainment value: 9/10
nostalgia factor: medium

The privileged son of the head of a futuristic city is moved by the mysterious appearance of a strange woman surrounded by poor children. His search for her leads to the underground, where hoards of workers are sacrificed to the machines which keep the above ground city running. He switches places with one of the workers to learn more about their way of life. He follows them deeper into the underground, where they worship a saint, Maria, the same girl he saw earlier, who portends of the coming of the "Mediator" who will save them from their hellish life. Meanwhile, his father consults with a mad scientist who has invented a "machine man" in the image of his dead wife. The scientist kidnaps Maria and transfers her "heart" to the machine. Maria's double returns to the underground and incites the workers to a violent revolution. Meanwhile the real Maria is held prisoner. It is up to Freder, The Mediator, to save the girl and negotiate peace between the two sides. The new "complete version" adds 25 minutes to the running time, most of it for a subplot about the "Thin Man" and his pursuit of the worker with which Freder exchanged places. It also extends scenes here and there, none of which are particularly necessary. In fact, I found the final action sequence gets a bit too long with the extra scenes and was restless for the resolution. As a result, I actually prefer the shorter cut that has been around for the last 80 years or so. ” - atari-3
 
17.
Slaughterhouse-Five (1972)
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A man tells his story of how he became unstuck in time and abducted by aliens. (104 mins.)
Director: George Roy Hill
“ artistic: 9/10
entertainment value: 10/10
nostalgia factor: low ” - atari-3
 
18.
Being There (1979)
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A simple, sheltered gardener becomes an unlikely trusted advisor to a powerful businessman and an insider in Washington politics. (130 mins.)
Director: Hal Ashby
“ artistic: 9/10
entertainment value: 10/10
nostalgia factor: low ” - atari-3
 
19.
Five Easy Pieces (1970)
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A drop-out from upper-class America picks up work along the way on oil-rigs when his life isn't spent in a squalid succession of bars, motels, and other points of interest. (98 mins.)
Director: Bob Rafelson
“ artistic: 9/10
entertainment value: 10/10
nostalgia factor: low

Jack Nicholson is a trained pianist from a cultured background who chucks it all to work in the California oil fields while living with girlfriend Karen Black. He despises everyone around him, including Black, but doesn't have the courage to do anything about it. Instead, he drinks, has affairs and tries to hide his boredom. While visiting his sister in LA, he learns about his dying father and takes a road trip to an isolated island where he lives with family members. The trip provides the opportunity for some comedy, including the famous chicken salad sandwich routine and hilarious remarks on the nature of man by Helena Kallianiotes. At their destination, he's just as bored in the cultured atmosphere, and soon seeks out his brother's wife for an affair. It ends badly of course, and things get even worse when Karen shows up. Nicholson has several outbursts and always seems one step away from erupting into violence. He finally reveals his true feelings to his father, who is debilitated by a stroke and cannot understand or respond. The final scene is one of the best in all of American cinema. ” - atari-3
 
20.
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
“ artistic: 9/10
entertainment value: 10/10
nostalgia factor: low

A disturbing descent into the mind of loner and social outcast Travis Bickle, a career-defining role for Robert De Niro. He drives a taxi on the overnight shift in NYC, going places other drivers avoid. His encounters with pimps, prostitutes, drug dealers and other low life instill a deep-seated hatred which comes to fruition when he is rejected by pretty campaign worker Cybill Shepherd. He buys a small arsenal of weapons with which he intends to assassinate the presidential candidate for which she works, but when the secret service intervenes his vendetta is redirected towards the men exploiting an underage prostitute he befriends. Scorsese and cinematographer Michael Chapman capture breathtaking views of the underbelly of New York City, Bernard Herrmann's final work is one of his finest and Paul Schrader's screenplay builds palpable dread. ” - atari-3
 
21.
Badlands (1973)
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An impressionable teenage girl from a dead-end town and her older greaser boyfriend embark on a killing spree in the South Dakota badlands. (94 mins.)
Director: Terrence Malick
“ artistic: 9/10
entertainment value: 10/10
nostalgia factor: low ” - atari-3
 
22.
The Godfather (1972)
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The aging patriarch of an organized crime dynasty transfers control of his clandestine empire to his reluctant son. (175 mins.)
“ artistic: 9/10
entertainment value: 10/10
nostalgia factor: low

Marlon Brando is the head of one of New York's five mafia "families". He grants requests from family members during his daughter's wedding, ranging from jobs to murder, in return for "favors" when he needs them. He triggers a gang war between the families when he refuses to get involved with narcotics. Barely surviving an assassination attempt himself, he grooms his son to replace him. Al Pacino as Michael undergoes a remarkable transformation: from reluctant war hero to ruthless Don, and his story anchors the film. A relentlessly violent yet fascinating portrait of a family that demands loyalty at any cost, seemingly at odds with their deeply religious Italian heritage. The ensemble cast assembled by Coppola is one of the best in cinema history, while Gordon Willis' cinematography reflects the dark, somber mood. ” - atari-3
 
23.
The Godfather: Part II (1974)
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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.)
“ artistic: 9/10
entertainment value: 10/10
nostalgia factor: low

Michael Corleone, now firmly in control of the family after his father's death, survives an assassination attempt in his home. He vows revenge on those responsible, first to Florida and Cuba where he suspects a corrupt Jewish business partner, but then within his inner circle. The story of his father's early days as an immigrant in New York City is seamlessly interwoven with the more modern one, mirroring his own rise to power and subsequent betrayals. More or less a continuation of the first film, although the violence this time around is less jarring, but no less effective. ” - atari-3
 
24.
Citizen Kane (1941)
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Following the death of a publishing tycoon, news reporters scramble to discover the meaning of his final utterance. (119 mins.)
Director: Orson Welles
“ artistic: 9/10
entertainment value: 10/10
nostalgia factor: low ” - atari-3
 
25.
The Conversation (1974)
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A paranoid, secretive surveillance expert has a crisis of conscience when he suspects that a couple he is spying on will be murdered. (113 mins.)
“ artistic: 9/10
entertainment value: 10/10
nostalgia factor: low

Security expert Gene Hackman makes his living by secretly recording conversations. He is hired by a mysterious "director" to record conversations between a man and a woman at a park in San Francisco. He does not know what they are suspected of doing or why he has been hired, however when he overhears them saying they might be killed he begins to fear for their safety. A brilliant character study of a lonely man unable to connect with people despite a job in which he listens to their most intimate conversations. It is also a shocking thriller with a clever plot twist that revolves around the inflection of just one spoken word. ” - atari-3
 
26.
12 Angry Men (1957)
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A jury holdout attempts to prevent a miscarriage of justice by forcing his colleagues to reconsider the evidence. (96 mins.)
Director: Sidney Lumet
“ artistic: 9/10
entertainment value: 10/10
nostalgia factor: low ” - atari-3
 
27.
La Dolce Vita (1960)
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A series of stories following a week in the life of a philandering paparazzo journalist living in Rome. (174 mins.)
“ artistic: 9/10
entertainment value: 10/10
nostalgia factor: low ” - atari-3
 
28.
Ali: Fear Eats the Soul (1974)
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An almost accidental romance is kindled between a German woman in her mid-sixties and a Moroccan migrant worker around twenty-five years younger. They abruptly decide to marry, appalling everyone around them. (94 mins.)
“ artistic: 9/10
entertainment value: 10/10
nostalgia factor: low ” - atari-3
 
29.
Cries & Whispers (1972)
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When a woman dying of cancer in early twentieth-century Sweden is visited by her two sisters, long-repressed feelings between the siblings rise to the surface. (91 mins.)
Director: Ingmar Bergman
“ artistic: 10/10
entertainment value: 8/10
nostalgia factor: low ” - atari-3
 
30.
Wild Strawberries (1957)
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After living a life marked by coldness, an aging professor is forced to confront the emptiness of his existence. (91 mins.)
Director: Ingmar Bergman
“ artistic: 10/10
entertainment value: 8/10
nostalgia factor: low ” - atari-3
 
31.
Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
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The story of T.E. Lawrence, the English officer who successfully united and lead the diverse, often warring, Arab tribes during World War I in order to fight the Turks. (216 mins.)
Director: David Lean
“ artistic: 10/10
entertainment value: 8/10
nostalgia factor: low

Misfit British officer O'Toole is sent to unify the Arabs in their conflict against Turkey in the early days of WWI. He leads them in an epic desert crossing for a surprise attack on a key coastal city. Along the way, he risks his life to save a man that others want to leave behind, and earns not only their respect but becomes a sort of prophet. At first he relishes the attention, but when he also begins to relish the bloodshed of war he begins to doubt himself. It all takes place against bigger-than-life, windswept desert locations, beautifully captured by director Lean and cinematographer Freddie Young. ” - atari-3
 
32.
(1963)
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A harried movie director retreats into his memories and fantasies. (138 mins.)
“ artistic: 10/10
entertainment value: 8/10
nostalgia factor: low ” - atari-3
 
33.
Days of Heaven (1978)
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A hot-tempered farm laborer convinces the woman he loves to marry their rich but dying boss so that they can have a claim to his fortune. (94 mins.)
Director: Terrence Malick
“ artistic: 10/10
entertainment value: 8/10
nostalgia factor: low ” - atari-3
 
34.
Diary of a Country Priest (1951)
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A young priest taking over the parish at Ambricourt tries to fulfill his duties even as he fights a mysterious stomach ailment. (115 mins.)
Director: Robert Bresson
“ artistic: 10/10
entertainment value: 8/10
nostalgia factor: low ” - atari-3
 
35.
Dersu Uzala (1975)
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The Russian army sends an explorer on an expedition to the snowy Siberian wilderness where he makes friends with a seasoned local hunter. (144 mins.)
Director: Akira Kurosava
“ artistic: 10/10
entertainment value: 8/10
nostalgia factor: low ” - atari-3
 
36.
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.)
“ artistic: 10/10
entertainment value: 8/10
nostalgia factor: low ” - atari-3
 
37.
The Mirror (1975)
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A dying man in his forties remembers his past. His childhood, his mother, the war, personal moments and things that tell of the recent history of all the Russian nation. (108 mins.)
“ artistic: 10/10
entertainment value: 8/10
nostalgia factor: low ” - atari-3
 
38.
Children of Paradise (1945)
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The theatrical life of a beautiful courtesan and the four men who love her. (190 mins.)
Director: Marcel Carné
“ artistic: 10/10
entertainment value: 8/10
nostalgia factor: low ” - atari-3
 
39.
Bambi (1942)
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The story of a young deer growing up in the forest. (70 mins.)
“ artistic: 10/10
entertainment value: 8/10
nostalgia factor: high ” - atari-3
 
40.
The River (1951)
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Three adolescent girls growing up in Bengal, India, learn their lessons in life after falling for an older American soldier. (99 mins.)
Director: Jean Renoir
“ artistic: 10/10
entertainment value: 8/10
nostalgia factor: low ” - atari-3
 
41.
Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975)
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During a rural picnic, a few students and a teacher from an Australian girls' school vanish without a trace. Their absence frustrates and haunts the people left behind. (115 mins.)
Director: Peter Weir
“ artistic: 10/10
entertainment value: 8/10
nostalgia factor: low ” - atari-3
 
42.
The Passenger (1975)
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A frustrated war correspondent, unable to find the war he's been asked to cover, takes the risky path of co-opting the I.D. of a dead arms dealer acquaintance. (119 mins.)
“ artistic: 10/10
entertainment value: 8/10
nostalgia factor: low ” - atari-3
 
43.
Apocalypse Now (1979)
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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
“ artistic: 8/10
entertainment value: 10/10
nostalgia factor: low ” - atari-3
 
44.
The Killing Fields (1984)
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A journalist is trapped in Cambodia during tyrant Pol Pot's bloody "Year Zero" cleansing campaign, which claimed the lives of two million "undesirable" civilians. (141 mins.)
Director: Roland Joffé
“ artistic: 8/10
entertainment value: 10/10
nostalgia factor: low ” - atari-3
 
45.
Midnight Cowboy (1969)
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A naive hustler travels from Texas to New York to seek personal fortune but, in the process, finds himself a new friend. (113 mins.)
“ artistic: 8/10
entertainment value: 10/10
nostalgia factor: low ” - atari-3
 
46.
Barry Lyndon (1975)
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An Irish rogue wins the heart of a rich widow and assumes her dead husband's aristocratic position in 18th-century England. (184 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
“ artistic: 8/10
entertainment value: 10/10
nostalgia factor: low ” - atari-3
 
47.
Vertigo (1958)
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A San Francisco detective suffering from acrophobia investigates the strange activities of an old friend's wife, all the while becoming dangerously obsessed with her. (128 mins.)
“ artistic: 8/10
entertainment value: 10/10
nostalgia factor: low ” - atari-3
 
48.
Raging Bull (1980)
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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
“ artistic: 8/10
entertainment value: 10/10
nostalgia factor: low ” - atari-3
 
49.
Brazil (1985)
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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
“ artistic: 8/10
entertainment value: 10/10
nostalgia factor: medium ” - atari-3
 
50.
Requiem for a Dream (2000)
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The drug-induced utopias of four Coney Island people are shattered when their addictions run deep. (102 mins.)
“ artistic: 8/10
entertainment value: 10/10
nostalgia factor: low ” - atari-3
 
51.
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.)
“ artistic: 8/10
entertainment value: 10/10
nostalgia factor: low ” - atari-3
 
52.
Greaser's Palace (1972)
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A parable based on the life of Christ. This ain't your father's Bible story, full of references about... (91 mins.)
Director: Robert Downey
“ artistic: 8/10
entertainment value: 10/10
nostalgia factor: low ” - atari-3
 
53.
Kundun (1997)
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From childhood to adulthood, Tibet's fourteenth Dalai Lama deals with Chinese oppression and other problems. (134 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
“ artistic: 8/10
entertainment value: 10/10
nostalgia factor: low ” - atari-3
 
54.
Where the Green Ants Dream (1984)
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The geologist Lance Hackett is employed by an Australian mining company to map the subsoil of a desert... (100 mins.)
Director: Werner Herzog
“ artistic: 8/10
entertainment value: 10/10
nostalgia factor: low ” - atari-3
 
55.
Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom (1975)
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Four fascist libertines round up nine adolescent boys and girls and subject them to one hundred and twenty days of physical, mental and sexual torture. (116 mins.)
“ artistic: 8/10
entertainment value: 10/10
nostalgia factor: low ” - atari-3
 
56.
Maborosi (1995)
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A young woman's husband apparently commits suicide without warning or reason, leaving behind his wife and infant. (110 mins.)
“ artistic: 8/10
entertainment value: 10/10
nostalgia factor: low ” - atari-3
 
57.
Rollerball (1975)
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In a corporate-controlled future, an ultra-violent sport known as Rollerball represents the world, and one of its powerful athletes is out to defy those who want him out of the game. (125 mins.)
Director: Norman Jewison
“ artistic: 8/10
entertainment value: 10/10
nostalgia factor: medium ” - atari-3
 
58.
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
“ artistic: 8/10
entertainment value: 10/10
nostalgia factor: low ” - atari-3
 
59.
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
“ artistic: 8/10
entertainment value: 10/10
nostalgia factor: low ” - atari-3
 
60.
Stroszek (1977)
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In Berlin, an alcoholic man, recently released from prison, joins his elderly friend and a prostitute in a determined dream to leave Germany and seek a better life in Wisconsin. (115 mins.)
Director: Werner Herzog
“ artistic: 8/10
entertainment value: 10/10
nostalgia factor: low ” - atari-3
 
61.
The Exorcist (1973)
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When a teenage girl is possessed by a mysterious entity, her mother seeks the help of two priests to save her daughter. (122 mins.)
“ artistic: 8/10
entertainment value: 10/10
nostalgia factor: medium

Actress Ellen Burstyn concludes that her young teenage daughter is possessed after medical doctors cannot find a reason for her increasingly bizarre behavior. She resorts to asking for an exorcism by a Catholic priest struggling with his faith after the death of his mother. The priest enlists help from an elderly yet experienced Max von Sydow. Together they face an onslaught of profanity, sacrilege and vomit in their epic confrontation with the devil himself. Intelligent, and most of all convincing, portrayal of possession that gets my vote as the best horror movie of all time. ” - atari-3
 
62.
Night of the Living Dead (1968)
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There is panic throughout the nation as the dead suddenly come back to life. The film follows a group of characters who barricade themselves in an old farmhouse in an attempt the remain safe from these flesh eating monsters. (96 mins.)
“ artistic: 8/10
entertainment value: 10/10
nostalgia factor: high ” - atari-3
 
63.
The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Two siblings visit their grandfather's grave in Texas along with three of their friends and are attacked by a family of cannibalistic psychopaths. (83 mins.)
Director: Tobe Hooper
“ artistic: 8/10
entertainment value: 10/10
nostalgia factor: medium

Two young couples and their wheelchair-bound friend travel to a remote Texas town where someone is vandalizing the local cemetery. They unwisely pick up a hitchhiker who briefly taunts them with a knife. They ditch him just in time, but soon run out of gas. They decide to explore a nearby old house and stumble on the rest of the hitchhiker's family. They are mentally deranged ex-slaughterhouse workers who keep a house full of bones and body parts, albeit artfully arranged. "Leatherface" is the worst of the bunch who wears a mask of human skin while terrorizing the group with a chainsaw. The chase scene between him and the girl, which takes up a good part of the final act, is one of the best ever put on film. Moody electronic music by the director and Wayne Bell perfectly complements the setting. ” - atari-3
 
64.
Rosemary's Baby (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A young couple move into an apartment, only to be surrounded by peculiar neighbors and occurrences. When the wife becomes mysteriously pregnant, paranoia over the safety of her unborn child begins to control her life. (136 mins.)
Director: Roman Polanski
“ artistic: 8/10
entertainment value: 10/10
nostalgia factor: medium ” - atari-3
 
65.
Psycho (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
A Phoenix secretary steals $40,000 from her employer's client, goes on the run and checks into a remote motel run by a young man under the domination of his mother. (109 mins.)
“ artistic: 8/10
entertainment value: 10/10
nostalgia factor: medium ” - atari-3
 
66.
The Changeling (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A man staying at a secluded historical mansion finds himself being haunted by the presence of a spectre. (107 mins.)
Director: Peter Medak
“ artistic: 8/10
entertainment value: 10/10
nostalgia factor: medium

Distraught after the accidental death of his wife and child, composer George C. Scott moves to Seattle to resume his career in academics. He rents an opulent mansion from the local historical society at a bargain. He soon finds out it has sat vacant for a dozen years for a reason when strange sounds and occurrences draw him to a walled-up attic room. This leads him to uncover a hundred-year old mystery involving a powerful politician. A nearly perfect horror film pulled off with a minimum of blood or gore, just good, old fashioned scary with a compelling story. Turn off the lights and turn up the sound... ” - atari-3
 
67.
The Devils (1971)
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In 17th-century France, Father Urbain Grandier seeks to protect the city of Loudun from the corrupt establishment of Cardinal Richelieu. Hysteria occurs within the city when he is accused of witchcraft by a sexually repressed nun. (111 mins.)
Director: Ken Russell
“ artistic: 8/10
entertainment value: 10/10
nostalgia factor: low ” - atari-3
 
68.
Carnival of Souls (1962)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
After a traumatic accident, a woman becomes drawn to a mysterious abandoned carnival. (78 mins.)
Director: Herk Harvey
“ artistic: 10/10
entertainment value: 7/10
nostalgia factor: medium ” - atari-3
 
69.
Black Orpheus (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A retelling of the Orpheus and Eurydice myth, set during the time of the Carnaval in Rio de Janeiro. (100 mins.)
Director: Marcel Camus
“ artistic: 10/10
entertainment value: 7/10
nostalgia factor: low ” - atari-3
 
70.
The Man Who Laughs (1928)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
When a proud noble refuses to kiss the hand of the despotic King James in 1690, he is cruelly executed and his son surgically disfigured. (110 mins.)
Director: Paul Leni
“ artistic: 10/10
entertainment value: 7/10
nostalgia factor: low ” - atari-3
 
71.
Tokyo Story (1953)
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An old couple visit their children and grandchildren in the city; but the children have little time for them. (136 mins.)
Director: Yasujirô Ozu
“ artistic: 10/10
entertainment value: 7/10
nostalgia factor: low ” - atari-3
 
72.
October (Ten Days that Shook the World) (1928)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
In documentary style, events in Petrograd are re-enacted from the end of the monarchy in February of... (142 mins.)
“ artistic: 10/10
entertainment value: 7/10
nostalgia factor: low ” - atari-3
 
73.
I Am Cuba (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Four vignettes about the lives of the Cuban people set during the pre-revolutionary era. (108 mins.)
“ artistic: 10/10
entertainment value: 7/10
nostalgia factor: low ” - atari-3
 
74.
Testament of Orpheus (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
The Poet looks back over his life and work, recalling his inspirations and obsessions. (77 mins.)
Director: Jean Cocteau
“ artistic: 10/10
entertainment value: 7/10
nostalgia factor: low ” - atari-3
 
75.
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
“ artistic: 10/10
entertainment value: 7/10
nostalgia factor: low ” - atari-3
 
76.
The Exterminating Angel (1962)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
The guests at an upper-class dinner party find themselves unable to leave. (95 mins.)
Director: Luis Buñuel
“ artistic: 10/10
entertainment value: 7/10
nostalgia factor: low ” - atari-3
 
77.
L'Age d'Or (1930)
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A surrealist tale of a man and a woman passionately in love with one another, but their attempts to consummate that passion are constantly thwarted by their families, the Church, and bourgeois society. (60 mins.)
Director: Luis Buñuel
“ artistic: 10/10
entertainment value: 7/10
nostalgia factor: low ” - atari-3
 
78.
The Spirit of the Beehive (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A sensitive seven-year-old girl living in 1940 in a small Spanish village is traumatized after viewing the movie "Frankenstein" and drifts into her own fantasy world. (97 mins.)
Director: Víctor Erice
“ artistic: 10/10
entertainment value: 7/10
nostalgia factor: low ” - atari-3
 
79.
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.)
“ artistic: 10/10
entertainment value: 7/10
nostalgia factor: low ” - atari-3
 
80.
Die Nibelungen: Siegfried (1924)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Siegfried, son of King Sigmund, hears of the beautiful sister of Gunter, King of Worms, Kriemhild. On his way to Worms... (97 mins.)
Director: Fritz Lang
“ artistic: 10/10
entertainment value: 7/10
nostalgia factor: low ” - atari-3
 
81.
Die Nibelungen: Kriemhild's Revenge (1924)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
After Siegfried's dead, Kriemhild marries Etzel, the King of the Huns. She gives birth to a child, and invites her brothers for a party... (129 mins.)
Director: Fritz Lang
“ artistic: 10/10
entertainment value: 7/10
nostalgia factor: low ” - atari-3
 
82.
Hamlet (1948)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Prince Hamlet struggles over whether or not he should kill his uncle, whom he suspects has murdered his father, the former king. (155 mins.)
“ artistic: 10/10
entertainment value: 7/10
nostalgia factor: low ” - atari-3
 
83.
Man with a Movie Camera (1929 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
A man travels around a city with a camera slung over his shoulder, documenting urban life with dazzling invention. (68 mins.)
Director: Dziga Vertov
“ artistic: 10/10
entertainment value: 7/10
nostalgia factor: low ” - atari-3
 
84.
The Adventures of Prince Achmed (1926)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A handsome prince rides a flying horse to far-away lands and embarks on magical adventures, which include befriending a witch, meeting Aladdin, battling demons and falling in love with a princess. (81 mins.)
Director: Lotte Reiniger
“ artistic: 10/10
entertainment value: 7/10
nostalgia factor: low ” - atari-3
 
85.
Black and White in Color (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
French colonists in Africa, several months behind in the news, find themselves at war with their German neighbors... (90 mins.)
“ artistic: 10/10
entertainment value: 7/10
nostalgia factor: low ” - atari-3
 
86.
Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
Luke Skywalker joins forces with a Jedi Knight, a cocky pilot, a wookiee and two droids to save the galaxy from the Empire's world-destroying battle-station, while also attempting to rescue Princess Leia from the evil Darth Vader. (121 mins.)
Director: George Lucas
“ artistic: 7/10
entertainment value: 10/10
nostalgia factor: high ” - atari-3
 
87.
Planet of the Apes (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
An astronaut crew crash-lands on a planet in the distant future where intelligent talking apes are the dominant species, and humans are the oppressed and enslaved. (112 mins.)
“ artistic: 7/10
entertainment value: 10/10
nostalgia factor: high

Charlton Heston is the leader of a group of astronauts whose spaceship crashes on an unknown planet in the future. After a trek through the desert, they stumble upon a tribe of primitive humans, but are soon captured by the real rulers of the planet, apes. Heston finds himself at the center of a controversial theory by one of their leading scientists: that apes evolved from man. The intellectual orangutans, who apparently control both religion and science, try to suppress the theory, while the pure scientists, chimps, are accused of heresy. Rod Serling and Michael Wilson's screenplay brilliantly turns the evolution debate on its head to expose its fallacies. They also manage to work in an anti-nuclear message in one of the best endings of all time. Incredibly, both topics are still as relevant today as they were in 1968 and the film has not aged at all. ” - atari-3
 
88.
Deliverance (1972)
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Intent on seeing the Cahulawassee River before it's turned into one huge lake, outdoor fanatic Lewis Medlock takes his friends on a river-rafting trip they'll never forget into the dangerous American back-country. (110 mins.)
Director: John Boorman
“ artistic: 7/10
entertainment value: 10/10
nostalgia factor: low ” - atari-3
 
89.
Midnight Express (1978)
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Billy Hayes, an American college student, is caught smuggling drugs out of Turkey and thrown into prison. (121 mins.)
Director: Alan Parker
“ artistic: 7/10
entertainment value: 10/10
nostalgia factor: low ” - atari-3
 
90.
Network (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A television network cynically exploits a deranged former anchor's ravings and revelations about the news media for its own profit. (121 mins.)
Director: Sidney Lumet
“ artistic: 7/10
entertainment value: 10/10
nostalgia factor: low ” - atari-3
 
91.
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
A criminal pleads insanity after getting into trouble again and once in the mental institution rebels against the oppressive nurse and rallies up the scared patients. (133 mins.)
Director: Milos Forman
“ artistic: 7/10
entertainment value: 10/10
nostalgia factor: low

Jack Nicholson may or may not be faking mental illness to get out of jail and into a psychiatric hospital. He ends up in a ward run by the stoic Louise Fletcher, with whom he immediately clashes. He tries to inject some normalcy into the otherwise depressing routine by stealing a bus and taking the other patients on a joyride or watching a baseball game on tv. However, he takes things too far when he sneaks in alcohol and women one night. Hilarious and well-acted, but also a scathing indictment of the mental health system, as it is clear Nicholson is the only sane person yet receives the ultimate corrective treatment. ” - atari-3
 
92.
Chinatown (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A private detective hired to expose an adulterer finds himself caught up in a web of deceit, corruption and murder. (130 mins.)
Director: Roman Polanski
“ artistic: 7/10
entertainment value: 10/10
nostalgia factor: low ” - atari-3
 
93.
The French Connection (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A pair of NYC cops in the Narcotics Bureau stumble onto a drug smuggling job with a French connection. (104 mins.)
“ artistic: 7/10
entertainment value: 10/10
nostalgia factor: low ” - atari-3
 
94.
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.)
“ artistic: 7/10
entertainment value: 10/10
nostalgia factor: low ” - atari-3
 
95.
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A bitter, aging couple, with the help of alcohol, use a young couple to fuel anguish and emotional pain towards each other. (131 mins.)
Director: Mike Nichols
“ artistic: 7/10
entertainment value: 10/10
nostalgia factor: low ” - atari-3
 
96.
The Wizard of Oz (1939)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Dorothy Gale is swept away to a magical land in a tornado and embarks on a quest to see the Wizard who can help her return home. (102 mins.)
Director: Victor Fleming
“ artistic: 7/10
entertainment value: 10/10
nostalgia factor: high

Farm girl Dorothy is knocked unconscious during a tornado and wakes up in Technicolor. She is greeted by Munchkins who proclaim her a heroine after landing on a witch and killing her. However, Dorothy can only think about getting back home to Auntie Em, but must travel to a distant city and its great Wizard to ask for help. She picks up a trio of friends along the way, each hoping to fulfill their own desires. They overcome great obstacles to reach the wizard, but he demands they kill another witch before granting their wishes. The wizard is revealed to be a fraud, but a resourceful one who still finds a way to satisfy everyone. Dorothy wakes up back in dreary black and white Kansas where she recognizes the characters of Oz as people in her every day life. The enduring classic works on multiple levels: everything from escapist musical to psychological symbolism, each viewing seems to reveal something new. ” - atari-3
 
97.
Easy Rider (1969)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Two counterculture bikers travel from Los Angeles to New Orleans in search of America. (95 mins.)
Director: Dennis Hopper
“ artistic: 7/10
entertainment value: 10/10
nostalgia factor: medium

Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper are long-haired hippies who complete a drug deal for a large sum of cash and then travel across the desert southwest to New Orleans for Mardi Gras. Along the way, they encounter discrimination based on their appearance and lifestyle. A prophetic statement comes from Jack Nicholson, an alcoholic lawyer they meet in jail along the way and who tags along, when he says one night in front of the camp fire: "don't ever tell anybody that they're not free, 'cause then they're gonna get real busy killin' and maimin' to prove to you that they are". It's the definitive cinematic treatment of the late 60s counterculture, moodily photographed by Laszlo Kovacs and set to a soundtrack by The Byrds, Steppenwolf and others. ” - atari-3
 
98.
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
“ artistic: 7/10
entertainment value: 10/10
nostalgia factor: medium ” - atari-3
 
99.
Effi Briest (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
In the nineteenth century, seventeen year old Effi Briest is married to the older Baron von Instetten and moves into a house... (140 mins.)
“ artistic: 7/10
entertainment value: 10/10
nostalgia factor: low ” - atari-3
 
100.
The Young and the Damned (1950)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
A group of juvenile delinquents live a violent and crime-filled life in the festering slums of Mexico City... (85 mins.)
Director: Luis Buñuel
“ artistic: 7/10
entertainment value: 10/10
nostalgia factor: low

Street urchins in Mexico survive, rather than live, in the streets. One of the older boys bullies the others into helping him rob and steal, even from the blind and crippled. Just out of reform school, he takes revenge on the boy he believes turned him in, killing him in the process. He bribes a younger boy who witnessed the murder. He stays quiet but is racked with guilt which festers inside him and threatens to take over his life. Framed for theft by the same boy, he is sent to reform school himself where a kindly director almost manages to turn him around. However, the streets are unforgiving leading to the unforgettable final scene. A brutal, hopelessly pessimistic film with occasional touches of Bunuel's surrealism. ” - atari-3