My Top 250 Films

Based on two general criteria:
1. Personal impact of the film
2. Admiration for the film

201-250 are listed alphabetically.
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1.
Seven Samurai (1954)
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A poor village under attack by bandits recruits seven unemployed samurai to help them defend themselves. (207 mins.)
Director: Akira Kurosawa
“ Japan | Seven Samurai serves as a reference of quality to generations of filmmakers, actors, and movie watchers alike. Quality in acting, storytelling, musical score, action, mise-en-scène, cinematography, and characterization. The cast's unique cohesion and Akira Kurosawa's skilled attention to every technicality together produced the most remarkable film ever made. ” - DjMethod
 
2.
Modern Times (1936)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
The Tramp struggles to live in modern industrial society with the help of a young homeless woman. (87 mins.)
Director: Charlie Chaplin
“ USA | A brilliant satire and timeless comedy that holds universal truths for the working class. ” - DjMethod
 
3.
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
“ USA | 2001: A Space Odyssey is more of an experience than it is a film. It is a thick and unshakable mood that overcomes the viewer, creating an intense journey from the first frame to the last... a true space odyssey. ” - DjMethod
 
4.
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.)
“ USA | Superbly acted, intricately filmed, and a technical marvel on every front. ” - DjMethod
 
5.
Bicycle Thieves (1948)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
In post-war Italy, a working-class man's bicycle is stolen. He and his son set out to find it. (89 mins.)
“ Italy | Never has cinema felt so real, personal, and intimate. Brilliance found through simplicity. ” - DjMethod
 
6.
Life Is Beautiful (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
When an open-minded Jewish librarian and his son become victims of the Holocaust, he uses a perfect mixture of will, humor and imagination to protect his son from the dangers around their camp. (116 mins.)
Director: Roberto Benigni
“ Italy | A film about the lengths to which one man will go in an attempt to protect his family from the hatred in the world around them. ” - DjMethod
 
7.
City of God (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
Two boys growing up in a violent neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro take different paths: one becomes a photographer, the other a drug dealer. (130 mins.)
“ Brazil | City of God takes us to another realm, where the gritty streets of Rio are unforgiving. It hides nothing and consequentially, presents a brutally raw and unique experience. ” - DjMethod
 
8.
Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
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. (164 mins.)
Director: Sergio Leone
“ Italy | With great direction, music, and an extraordinary cast, Sergio Leone produced the ultimate western. ” - DjMethod
 
9.
Amélie (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
Amélie is an innocent and naive girl in Paris with her own sense of justice. She decides to help those around her and, along the way, discovers love. (122 mins.)
“ France | Perfectly capturing the essence of a feel-good movie, Amélie reminds us that life should not go unappreciated. ” - DjMethod
 
10.
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.)
“ USA | Tarantino's masterpiece gives us a little bit of everything, and then some, achieving a brilliant balance between violence/suspense and comic situations. The dialogue will glue any viewer to the screen... whether it's your first viewing or your hundredth. ” - DjMethod
 
11.
Psycho (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
A Phoenix secretary embezzles $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.)
“ USA | Psycho succeeds as a masterfully-crafted horror film at every angle. Tightly scripted, a haunting score, and a prime example of excellent directing. ” - DjMethod
 
12.
Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
The story of T.E. Lawrence, the English officer who successfully united and led the diverse, often warring, Arab tribes during World War I in order to fight the Turks. (216 mins.)
Director: David Lean
“ UK | Lawrence of Arabia's magnificence lies in its range--from an up-close and complex character study to a sweeping war epic with some of the most breathtaking cinematography ever filmed. ” - DjMethod
 
13.
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
The true story of Elle editor Jean-Dominique Bauby who suffers a stroke and has to live with an almost totally paralyzed body; only his left eye isn't paralyzed. (112 mins.)
Director: Julian Schnabel
“ France | An experience that communicates a perspective that could only be imagined or dreamed in a nightmare. The poetically filmed venture from suffocating confinement to weightless freedom is all the more resonant as a true story. ” - DjMethod
 
14.
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.)
“ USA | A brilliantly ironic testament to the self-destructive nature of man. ” - DjMethod
 
15.
Grave of the Fireflies (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
A young boy and his little sister struggle to survive in Japan during World War II. (89 mins.)
Director: Isao Takahata
“ Japan | Transcends the animation genre as an unforgettable, emotionally-wrecking drama. ” - DjMethod
 
16.
Requiem for a Dream (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
The drug-induced utopias of four Coney Island people are shattered when their addictions run deep. (102 mins.)
“ USA | Bottomless abyss; Psychological trip; Relentless disturbia--Some of the many ways to sum up Darren Aronofsky's masterpiece. ” - DjMethod
 
17.
The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
A chronicle of the trial of Jeanne d'Arc on charges of heresy, and the efforts of her ecclesiastical jurists to force Jeanne to recant her claims of holy visions. (110 mins.)
Director: Carl Th. Dreyer
“ France | Hauntingly filmed and emotionally resonant, The Passion of Joan of Arc relentlessly instills empathy into the viewer. There is no other film like it. ” - DjMethod
 
18.
Hiroshima Mon Amour (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A French actress filming an anti-war film in Hiroshima has an affair with a married Japanese architect as they share their differing perspectives on war. (90 mins.)
Director: Alain Resnais
“ France | Entrancing images and repetitive dialogue jointly create a poetically romantic atmosphere on the backdrop of a tragedy-stricken city. ” - DjMethod
 
19.
Persona (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A nurse is put in charge of a mute actress and finds that their personas are melding together. (85 mins.)
Director: Ingmar Bergman
“ Sweden | As two personalities are expressed, they intertwine through intense reflection and isolation. Disorienting and erotic, Persona is Ingmar Bergman's masterpiece. ” - DjMethod
 
20.
Ghost in the Shell (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A cyborg policewoman and her partner hunt a mysterious and powerful hacker called the Puppet Master. (83 mins.)
Director: Mamoru Oshii
“ Japan | Culturally the face of Japanese animation, Ghost in the Shell is a brilliant film with profound philosophy and innovative animation. ” - DjMethod
 
21.
Oldboy (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
After being kidnapped and imprisoned for fifteen years, Oh Dae-Su is released, only to find that he must find his captor in five days. (120 mins.)
Director: Chan-wook Park
“ South Korea | An expertly crafted revenge thriller that will drop your jaw to the ground more than once. ” - DjMethod
 
22.
Princess Mononoke (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
On a journey to find the cure for a Tatarigami's curse, Ashitaka finds himself in the middle of a war between the forest gods and Tatara, a mining colony. In this quest he also meets San, the Mononoke Hime. (134 mins.)
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
“ Japan | Princess Mononoke features organic animation, an enveloping story, and a mature and refined atmosphere. Hayao Miyazaki's masterpiece. ” - DjMethod
 
23.
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
“ USA | 12 Angry Men feels like a classic as you are watching it. It demonstrates the power of swaying opinions vs. independent logic in a roller coaster of deliberations towards objective truth. ” - DjMethod
 
24.
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 a distress call, its landing on the source moon finds one of the crew attacked by a mysterious life-form, and they soon realize that its life cycle has merely begun. (117 mins.)
Director: Ridley Scott
“ USA | A masterpiece of atmospheric horror and science fiction that stands head and shoulders above any similar works. ” - DjMethod
 
25.
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
“ USA | A wonderful film that will make you laugh, cry, and then laugh until you cry. ” - DjMethod
 
26.
Last Year at Marienbad (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
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
“ France | A strikingly beautiful and complex film with mesmerizing cinematography and dialogue. Its genius lies in the intimate blend of reality and fiction. ” - DjMethod
 
27.
The Lion King (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
Lion cub and future king Simba searches for his identity. His eagerness to please others and penchant for testing his boundaries sometimes gets him into trouble. (88 mins.)
“ USA | A resonant film about emotional strength and family legacy. Beautifully animated and one of the greatest soundtracks in the Disney canon. ” - DjMethod
 
28.
The Fountain (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
As a modern-day scientist, Tommy is struggling with mortality, desperately searching for the medical breakthrough that will save the life of his cancer-stricken wife, Izzi. (96 mins.)
“ USA | A fascinating and thought-provoking experience that takes us on one man's journey toward the comprehension of our existence in life and death. ” - DjMethod
 
29.
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
“ USA | A benchmark in fantasy film ” - DjMethod
 
30.
Babel (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Tragedy strikes a married couple on vacation in the Moroccan desert, touching off an interlocking story involving four different families. (143 mins.)
“ USA | Ultimately about communication, Babel gives a fascinating and intimate look at culture. ” - DjMethod
 
31.
Cinema Paradiso (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
A filmmaker recalls his childhood, when he fell in love with the movies at his village's theater and formed a deep friendship with the theater's projectionist. (155 mins.)
“ Italy | Cinema Paradiso is the timeless manifestation of our love of cinema. A true ode to the audience. ” - DjMethod
 
32.
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.)
“ USA | Supremely gripping and suspenseful, Rear Window echoes the desire of the audience to dictate what they see onscreen. ” - DjMethod
 
33.
Viridiana (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
Viridiana, a young nun about to take her final vows, pays a visit to her widowed uncle at the request of her Mother Superior. (90 mins.)
Director: Luis Buñuel
“ Spain | If a saint were living among us, could there be enough evil in society to corrupt her? Bunuel's masterpiece is a testament that immorality is not necessarily a choice, but an inevitability. ” - DjMethod
 
34.
Mulholland Dr. (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
After a car wreck on the winding Mulholland Drive renders a woman amnesiac, she and a perky Hollywood-hopeful search for clues and answers across Los Angeles in a twisting venture beyond dreams and reality. (147 mins.)
Director: David Lynch
“ USA | A surreal puzzle and work of genius that provokes the viewer to piece it together like recollecting a dream upon waking up. ” - DjMethod
 
35.
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 the family crime syndicate. (202 mins.)
“ USA | A cinematic marvel with some of the best acting to grace the screen and a captivating pair of character studies. ” - DjMethod
 
36.
Jaws (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A giant great white shark arrives on the shores of a New England beach resort and wreaks havoc with bloody attacks on swimmers, until a local sheriff teams up with a marine biologist and an old seafarer to hunt the monster down. (124 mins.)
“ USA | The suspense in Jaws is so perfectly staged that it is not a shark we are afraid of, but an idea. ” - DjMethod
 
37.
Amour (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Georges and Anne are an octogenarian couple. They are cultivated, retired music teachers. Their daughter, also a musician, lives in Britain with her family. One day, Anne has a stroke, and the couple's bond of love is severely tested. (127 mins.)
Director: Michael Haneke
“ Austria | A tedious and emotional journey through the inherent inescapability of life itself. ” - DjMethod
 
38.
Rashomon (1950)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
A heinous crime and its aftermath are recalled from differing points of view. (88 mins.)
Director: Akira Kurosawa
“ Japan | Kurosawa transforms an interesting idea into a masterful film through clever storytelling and an exploration of the psychology of perception. ” - DjMethod
 
39.
Schindler's List (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  
In German-occupied Poland during World War II, Oskar Schindler gradually becomes concerned for his Jewish workforce after witnessing their persecution by the Nazi Germans. (195 mins.)
“ USA | A powerful, moving, and aesthetic historical piece. ” - DjMethod
 
40.
Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Ted Kramer's wife leaves her husband, allowing for a lost bond to be rediscovered between Ted and his son, Billy. But a heated custody battle ensues over the divorced couple's son, deepening the wounds left by the separation. (105 mins.)
Director: Robert Benton
“ USA | A film so unbelievably real to life, it speaks and relates to the hardships many endure when a marriage or child may not be enough to secure a sincere emotional bond. ” - DjMethod
 
41.
The Artist (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A silent movie star meets a young dancer, but the arrival of talking pictures sends their careers in opposite directions. (100 mins.)
“ France | A graceful, endearing, and potent portrait of a silent actor at the end of his era. ” - DjMethod
 
42.
Vertigo (1958)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
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.)
“ USA | Vertigo has so much mystery, with which Hitchcock skillfully pulls us in, peaking our curiosity and interest up until the very end. ” - DjMethod
 
43.
Children of Heaven (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
After a boy loses his sister's pair of shoes, he goes on a series of adventures in order to find them. When he can't, he tries a new way to "win" a new pair. (89 mins.)
Director: Majid Majidi
“ Iran | A beautiful, genuine, and universal story of the purity of love at its core. ” - DjMethod
 
44.
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.)
“ Japan | Strong acting, a massively absorbing story, and an intricately layered exploration of values. ” - DjMethod
 
45.
Downfall (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
Traudl Junge, the final secretary for Adolf Hitler, tells of the Nazi dictator's final days in his Berlin bunker at the end of WWII. (156 mins.)
“ Germany | An impeccably acted portrait of Adolf Hitler that gives a personal look into his final days. ” - DjMethod
 
46.
The Deer Hunter (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
An in-depth examination of the ways in which the U.S. Vietnam War impacts and disrupts the lives of people in a small industrial town in Pennsylvania. (183 mins.)
Director: Michael Cimino
“ USA | A masterful study of the trauma and psychological destruction of war. ” - DjMethod
 
47.
Ikiru (1952)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
A bureaucrat tries to find a meaning in his life after he discovers he has terminal cancer. (143 mins.)
Director: Akira Kurosawa
“ Japan | This portrait of the victimization of an honest soul speaks volumes of how we should lead our lives. ” - DjMethod
 
48.
Chungking Express (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Two melancholy Hong Kong policemen fall in love: one with a mysterious female underworld figure, the other with a beautiful and ethereal server at a late-night restaurant he frequents. (102 mins.)
Director: Kar Wai Wong
“ Hong Kong | Wong Kar Wai presents us with three interconnected stories, while using the visuals and sound to tell a story of their own. ” - DjMethod
 
49.
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  
Gandalf and Aragorn lead the World of Men against Sauron's army to draw his gaze from Frodo and Sam as they approach Mount Doom with the One Ring. (201 mins.)
Director: Peter Jackson
“ USA | Jackson's realization of the epic conclusion to the trilogy delivers on all fronts. ” - DjMethod
 
50.
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
While Frodo and Sam edge closer to Mordor with the help of the shifty Gollum, the divided fellowship makes a stand against Sauron's new ally, Saruman, and his hordes of Isengard. (179 mins.)
Director: Peter Jackson
“ USA | Among the cinematic achievements found in the middle chapter of Peter Jackson's Tolkien adaptation is the Battle of Helms Deep--the single greatest action sequence ever filmed. ” - DjMethod
 
51.
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
A meek Hobbit from the Shire and eight companions set out on a journey to destroy the powerful One Ring and save Middle Earth from the Dark Lord Sauron. (178 mins.)
Director: Peter Jackson
“ USA | Peter Jackson captures the magic of Tolkien's introduction, bringing the wondrous mood of the Shire and Rivendell to life. ” - DjMethod
 
52.
Spirited Away (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
During her family's move to the suburbs, a sullen 10-year-old girl wanders into a world ruled by gods, witches, and spirits, and where humans are changed into beasts. (125 mins.)
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
“ Japan | The seemingly infinite imaginative world of Hayao Miyazaki as explored through the eyes of a little girl. Spirited Away is pure escapism from start to finish. ” - DjMethod
 
53.
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
“ USA | The horrors of war are captured at the constant edge of sanity in Apocalypse Now--the behemoth of war films. ” - DjMethod
 
54.
The Truman Show (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
An insurance salesman/adjuster discovers his entire life is actually a television show. (103 mins.)
Director: Peter Weir
“ USA | What if a lie was the only truth that you knew? Every last detail has a purpose in this superbly-crafted, thought-provoking drama about the illusion of perfection. ” - DjMethod
 
55.
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A young Chinese warrior steals a sword from a famed swordsman and then escapes into a world of romantic adventure with a mysterious man in the frontier of the nation. (120 mins.)
Director: Ang Lee
“ Hong Kong | A thoroughly involving story enhanced by superb acting, cinematography, and action sequences. ” - DjMethod
 
56.
Ran (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
In Medieval Japan, an elderly warlord retires, handing over his empire to his three sons. However, he vastly underestimates how the new-found power will corrupt them and cause them to turn on each other...and him. (162 mins.)
Director: Akira Kurosawa
“ Japan | An epic tale of family, betrayal, and the depths of humanity. Kurosawa's vision of King Lear packs a strong punch. ” - DjMethod
 
57.
Casablanca (1942)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
In Casablanca in December 1941, a cynical American expatriate encounters a former lover, with unforeseen complications. (102 mins.)
Director: Michael Curtiz
“ USA | The definitive Hollywood movie: a romance war-time epic made timeless through strong performances and the right chemistry. ” - DjMethod
 
58.
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
“ USA | Watching Jack Nicholson's descent is a twisted, demented, and mind-boggling experience. ” - DjMethod
 
59.
Pinocchio (1940)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A living puppet, with the help of a cricket as his conscience, must prove himself worthy to become a real boy. (88 mins.)
“ USA | A Disney masterpiece that has taught generations the importance of honesty and following one's dreams. ” - DjMethod
 
60.
Breathless (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A small-time thief steals a car and impulsively murders a motorcycle policeman. Wanted by the authorities, he reunites with a hip American journalism student and attempts to persuade her to run away with him to Italy. (90 mins.)
Director: Jean-Luc Godard
“ France | One of the most ambitious attempts at redefining cinema, Breathless used film as an aesthetic mode of expression and set a foundation for the French New Wave. ” - DjMethod
 
61.
Metropolis (1927)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
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
“ Germany | Fritz Lang's bold vision of the future is both a feast to the eyes and historically groundbreaking. ” - DjMethod
 
62.
In the Mood for Love (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Two neighbors, a woman and a man, form a strong bond after both suspect extramarital activities of their spouses. However, they agree to keep their bond platonic so as not to commit similar wrongs. (98 mins.)
Director: Kar Wai Wong
“ Hong Kong | Although the final part of a trilogy, In the Mood for Love stands just as strong on its own and remains one of the most poetic and stunningly beautiful films ever produced. ” - DjMethod
 
63.
Reservoir Dogs (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 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.)
“ USA | Reservoir Dogs rides on the strength of the script and the conviction of the actors in their lines. Tarantino's directorial debut creates a benchmark in dialogue effectiveness. ” - DjMethod
 
64.
Gladiator (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
When a Roman general is betrayed and his family murdered by an emperor's corrupt son, he comes to Rome as a gladiator to seek revenge. (155 mins.)
Director: Ridley Scott
“ USA | A grand film following a man born to lead regardless of circumstances. And we get an engaging look at the deadly form of entertainment as if in the Coliseum stands ourselves. ” - DjMethod
 
65.
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
“ USA | Jack Nicholson in his best performance drives a strong cast and highlights the humanity in insanity. ” - DjMethod
 
66.
A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Disturbed Blanche DuBois moves in with her sister in New Orleans and is tormented by her brutish brother-in-law while her reality crumbles around her. (122 mins.)
Director: Elia Kazan
“ USA | A distinguished classic among film lovers and playwrights alike, Marlon Brando and the rest of the cast bring Broadway passion to the silver screen. ” - DjMethod
 
67.
Talk to Her (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Two men share an odd friendship while they care for two women who are both in deep comas. (112 mins.)
“ Spain | With a moving story, beautiful set design, and complexly challenging characters, Talk to Her explores unfamiliar territory... and it is supremely captivating. This is Almodóvar at his very best. ” - DjMethod
 
68.
La Strada (1954)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A care-free girl is sold to a traveling entertainer, consequently enduring physical and emotional pain along the way. (108 mins.)
“ Italy | Giulietta Masina breathes life into a magnetic, compassionate character caught against an unforgiving world. ” - DjMethod
 
69.
The Matrix (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
A computer hacker learns from mysterious rebels about the true nature of his reality and his role in the war against its controllers. (136 mins.)
“ USA | Philosophically dense, visually striking, and a benchmark in action film. ” - DjMethod
 
70.
Departures (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A newly unemployed cellist takes a job preparing the dead for funerals. (130 mins.)
Director: Yôjirô Takita
“ Japan | Death is so often overshadowed by grief and despair, that it is the last place we would expect to find beauty. Departures gives us a profoundly rewarding perspective that demands reflection. ” - DjMethod
 
71.
It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
An angel is sent from Heaven to help a desperately frustrated businessman by showing him what life would have been like if he had never existed. (130 mins.)
Director: Frank Capra
“ USA | The quintessential Christmas movie, It's a Wonderful Life has a timeless spirit and a heartwarming message to appreciate what we have. ” - DjMethod
 
72.
Perfect Blue (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A retired pop singer turned actress' sense of reality is shaken when she is stalked by an obsessed fan and seemingly a ghost of her past. (81 mins.)
Director: Satoshi Kon
“ Japan | Satoshi Kon's greatest achievement, Perfect Blue, is a masterful, mind-bending identity thriller that presents its sanity with less and less focus as the film unwinds. ” - DjMethod
 
73.
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
“ Mexico | Buñuel's extraordinary vision of inexplicable lethargy leaves us in a state of bewildering intoxication. ” - DjMethod
 
74.
Notorious (1946)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A woman is asked to spy on a group of Nazi friends in South America. How far will she have to go to ingratiate herself with them? (101 mins.)
“ USA | Superb acting, climbing suspense, and effective cinematography make Notorious one of Hitchcock's greatest. ” - DjMethod
 
75.
The 400 Blows (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Moving story of a young boy who, left without attention, delves into a life of petty crime. (99 mins.)
“ France | A compelling and timeless portrait of adolescence itself, Truffaut's The 400 Blows offers depth, innovation, and emotional resonance. ” - DjMethod
 
76.
The Wrestler (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A faded professional wrestler must retire, but finds his quest for a new life outside the ring a dispiriting struggle. (109 mins.)
“ USA | The film's ability to focus so powerfully on the broken soul beyond the ring produces an incredibly raw feel that is rare in cinema. ” - DjMethod
 
77.
Everlasting Moments (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
In a time of social change and unrest, war and poverty, a young working class woman, Maria, wins a camera in a lottery. The decision to keep it alters her whole life. (131 mins.)
Director: Jan Troell
“ Sweden | In the midst of struggle, a change of lens can evoke endless beauty. ” - DjMethod
 
78.
The Exorcist (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
When a teenage girl is possessed by a mysterious entity, her mother seeks the help of two priests to save her daughter. (122 mins.)
“ USA | The downright most terrifying film ever made. Religious or not, this film makes you believe. ” - DjMethod
 
79.
Blue Valentine (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
The relationship of a contemporary married couple, charting their evolution over a span of years by cross-cutting between time periods. (112 mins.)
 
80.
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.)
“ USA | No Country for Old Men achieves a very specific mood that is difficult to describe. And with Javier Bardem's chilling performance in the mix, there is no other experience like it. ” - DjMethod
 
81.
The Nights of Cabiria (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A waifish prostitute wanders the streets of Rome looking for true love but finds only heartbreak. (110 mins.)
“ Italy | A remarkably human portrait of a victim of loneliness whose heart and pride persist without being acknowledged. An unforgettable final act. ” - DjMethod
 
82.
Grizzly Man (2005 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A devastating and heartrending take on grizzly bear activists Timothy Treadwell and Amie Huguenard, who were killed in October of 2003 while living among grizzlies in Alaska. (103 mins.)
Director: Werner Herzog
“ USA | The study of a man so passionate about something, the viewer may begin to question his state of mind. An intriguing documentary with a powerful statement on nature. ” - DjMethod
 
83.
Monsters, Inc. (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
In order to power the city, monsters have to scare children so that they scream. However, the children are toxic to the monsters, and after a child gets through, 2 monsters realize things may not be what they think. (92 mins.)
“ USA | Among the many things great about Monsters, Inc. is the undeniable charm at the core of a vibrant family comedy. ” - DjMethod
 
84.
The Double Life of Veronique (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
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.)
“ France | A brilliant portrayal of duality told through a unique and beautiful vision. ” - DjMethod
 
85.
Howl's Moving Castle (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
When an unconfident young woman is cursed with an old body by a spiteful witch, her only chance of breaking the spell lies with a self-indulgent yet insecure young wizard and his companions in his legged, walking castle. (119 mins.)
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
“ Japan | Animation quality that rivals the Disney canon in story, character and imagination; yet distinct through its maturity for bold and haunting designs. It also endears us to the elderly, which has since only been paralleled by Up. ” - DjMethod
 
86.
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
“ USA | A twisted, layered, and provocative psychological-thriller that delivers as both a philosophical drama and surreal popcorn entertainment. ” - DjMethod
 
87.
Pan's Labyrinth (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
In the falangist Spain of 1944, the bookish young stepdaughter of a sadistic army officer escapes into an eerie but captivating fantasy world. (118 mins.)
“ Mexico | Guillermo Del Toro's beautifully haunting fairy tale for adults captivates us like children to a lullaby. ” - DjMethod
 
88.
There Will Be Blood (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A story of family, religion, hatred, oil and madness, focusing on a turn-of-the-century prospector in the early days of the business. (158 mins.)
“ USA ” - DjMethod
 
89.
Blood Diamond (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A fisherman, a smuggler, and a syndicate of businessmen match wits over the possession of a priceless diamond. (143 mins.)
Director: Edward Zwick
“ USA | Blood Diamond has interesting subject matter, but it is the deeply moving performances that makes this film stand out as simply one of the best. ” - DjMethod
 
90.
Saving Private Ryan (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
Following the Normandy Landings, a group of U.S. soldiers go behind enemy lines to retrieve a paratrooper whose brothers have been killed in action. (169 mins.)
“ USA | A compelling vision of WWII, which includes classic scenes that will stay with the viewer long after the movie is over. ” - DjMethod
 
91.
Closely Watched Trains (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
An apprentice train dispatcher at a village station seeks his first sexual encounter and becomes despondent when he is unable to perform. (93 mins.)
Director: Jirí Menzel
“ Czechoslovakia | A brilliant comedy composed with purpose, symbolism, and compelling cinematography. ” - DjMethod
 
92.
Poltergeist (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A family's home is haunted by a host of ghosts. (114 mins.)
Director: Tobe Hooper
“ USA | The most nightmare-inducing film of my childhood, Poltergeist gives a whole new meaning to the PG rating. ” - DjMethod
 
93.
Double Indemnity (1944)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 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
“ USA | Sharp acting, witty dialogue, and an absorbing story come together to produce one of the best of the film noir canon. ” - DjMethod
 
94.
Diabolique (1955)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
The wife and mistress of a cruel headmaster conspire to kill him; after the murder is committed, his corpse disappears, and strange events begin to plague the two women. (117 mins.)
Director: H.G. Clouzot
“ France | Suspense is through the roof in this atmospheric horror great. ” - DjMethod
 
95.
Léon: The Professional (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
Mathilda, a 12-year-old girl, is reluctantly taken in by Léon, a professional assassin, after her family is murdered. Léon and Mathilda form an unusual relationship, as she becomes his protégée and learns the assassin's trade. (110 mins.)
Director: Luc Besson
“ France | Leon masterfully transcends the action film genre with depth, quality, and mood. ” - DjMethod
 
96.
Ratatouille (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A rat who can cook makes an unusual alliance with a young kitchen worker at a famous restaurant. (111 mins.)
“ USA | Ratatouille mixes all the right ingredients to produce the most intimate Pixar film. ” - DjMethod
 
97.
The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
A young F.B.I. cadet must confide in an incarcerated and manipulative killer to receive his help on catching another serial killer who skins his victims. (118 mins.)
Director: Jonathan Demme
“ USA | A well-executed psychological horror film that dives into the mind of a serial killer... it does not get much more fascinating than that. ” - DjMethod
 
98.
Full Metal Jacket (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
A pragmatic U.S. Marine observes the dehumanizing effects the Vietnam War has on his fellow recruits from their brutal boot camp training to the bloody street fighting in Hue. (116 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
“ USA | A personable film on the Vietnam war presenting the terrors of war on and off the battlefield. ” - DjMethod
 
99.
Eraserhead (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
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
“ USA | As far as incomprehensible films go, there are those that simply take things too far, and then there is Eraserhead. It is a beast of its own with no comfort zone in sight. ” - DjMethod
 
100.
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A troubled child summons the courage to help a friendly alien escape Earth and return to his home world. (115 mins.)
“ USA | Spielberg channels the wonder and excitement of an alien invasion into an emotional bond with this googly-eyed extra-terrestrial. ” - DjMethod