best movies of the best directorsby django_1983 | created - 28 Oct 2012 | updated - 28 Oct 2012 | Public
the movie that, in my opinion, is each director's best
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1. The Man Without a Past (2002)
PG-13 | 97 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
The second part of Aki Kaurismäki's "Finland" trilogy, the film follows a man who arrives in Helsinki and gets beaten up so severely he develops amnesia. Unable to remember his name or ... See full summary »
Votes: 19,168 | Gross: $0.92M
Kaurismaki's top film.
2. Padre Padrone (1977)
Not Rated | 114 min | Biography, Drama
The true story of the life of Gavino Ledda, the son of a Sardinian shepherd, and how he managed to escape his harsh, almost barbaric existence by slowly educating himself, despite violent ... See full summary »
Taviani brothers at their best.
R | 103 min | Drama, Romance
A boy is raised by a Buddhist monk on an isolated floating temple where the years pass like the seasons.
Votes: 67,616 | Gross: $2.38M
Kim Ki-duk's most poetic movie.
4. Kikujiro (1999)
PG-13 | 122 min | Drama, Comedy
A young, naive boy sets out alone on the road to find his wayward mother. Soon he finds an unlikely protector in a crotchety man and the two have a series of unexpected adventures along the way.
Votes: 15,838 | Gross: $0.20M
Beat Takeshi's best film.
5. Rashômon (1950)
Not Rated | 88 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
A heinous crime and its aftermath are recalled from differing points of view.
Although it is very difficult to choose one, Rashomon is my pick!
6. The Human Condition I: No Greater Love (I) (1959)
Not Rated | 208 min | Drama, War
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.
Masaki Kobayashi and Tatsuya Nakadai unite their forces and create one of the best movies in the history of cinema. Must-see.
7. La Haine (1995)
Not Rated | 98 min | Crime, Drama
24 hours in the lives of three young men in the French suburbs the day after a violent riot.
Votes: 118,174 | Gross: $0.31M
Mathieu Kassovitz's debut as a director.
8. Moonrise Kingdom (2012)
PG-13 | 94 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama
A pair of young lovers flee their New England town, which causes a local search party to fan out to find them.
Votes: 266,875 | Gross: $45.51M
I hope the roof flies off and I get sucked up into space.
9. Pierrot le Fou (1965)
Not Rated | 110 min | Crime, Drama, Romance
Pierrot escapes his boring society and travels from Paris to the Mediterranean Sea with Marianne, a girl chased by hit-men from Algeria. They lead an unorthodox life, always on the run.
it is not really a film, it's an attempt at cinema.
10. Taxi Driver (1976)
R | 114 min | Crime, Drama
A mentally unstable veteran works as a nighttime taxi driver in New York City, where the perceived decadence and sleaze fuels his urge for violent action, while attempting to liberate a twelve-year-old prostitute.
Votes: 575,528 | Gross: $28.26M
Are you talking to me?
11. The Elephant Man (1980)
PG | 124 min | Biography, Drama
A Victorian surgeon rescues a heavily disfigured man who is mistreated while scraping a living as a side-show freak. Behind his monstrous facade, there is revealed a person of intelligence and sensitivity.
I am not an elephant! I am not an animal! I am a human being! I am a man!
12. Ying xiong (2002)
PG-13 | 107 min | Action, Adventure, History
A defense officer, Nameless, was summoned by the King of Qin regarding his success of terminating three warriors.
Votes: 159,017 | Gross: $53.71M
Zhang Yimou's masterpiece.
13. Stalker (1979)
Not Rated | 162 min | Drama, Sci-Fi
A guide leads two men through an area known as the Zone to find a room that grants wishes.
Votes: 81,858 | Gross: $0.23M
Along with Andrei Rublev and The Sacrifice, Tarkovskiy's masterpieces.
14. The Return (2003)
Not Rated | 105 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller
In the Russian wilderness, two brothers face a range of new, conflicting emotions when their father - a man they know only through a single photograph - resurfaces.
Votes: 34,872 | Gross: $0.50M
One of the best movies ever.
15. Fanny and Alexander (1982)
R | 188 min | Drama
Two young Swedish children experience the many comedies and tragedies of their family, the Ekdahls.
Votes: 47,494 | Gross: $4.97M
Fanny and Alexander, Persona and The Passion of Anna my best three.
16. Rumble Fish (1983)
R | 94 min | Drama
Rusty James, an absent-minded street thug struggles to live up to his legendary older brother's reputation, and longs for the days when gang warfare was going on.
Votes: 26,667 | Gross: $2.49M
Biff Wilcox is looking for you, Rusty James. He's gonna kill you, Rusty James
17. Sweet Sixteen (I) (2002)
R | 106 min | Crime, Drama
Determined to have a normal family life once his mother gets out of prison, a Scottish teenager from a tough background sets out to raise the money for a home.
Votes: 11,559 | Gross: $0.03M
The great Ken Loach.
18. Z (1969)
PG | 127 min | Crime, Drama, History
Following the murder of a prominent leftist, an investigator tries to uncover the truth while government officials attempt to cover up their roles.
Votes: 19,659 | Gross: $0.08M
Z and Le couperet are Gavras' best.
19. O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000)
PG-13 | 107 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime
In the deep south during the 1930s, three escaped convicts search for hidden treasure while a relentless lawman pursues them.
Votes: 245,851 | Gross: $45.51M
Brothers' most poetic moment.
20. The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser (1974)
Not Rated | 110 min | Biography, Drama, History
Herzog's film is based upon the true and mysterious story of Kaspar Hauser, a young man who suddenly appeared in Nuremberg in 1828, barely able to talk or walk, and bearing a strange note.
Herzog's best by far!
21. Mystic River (2003)
R | 138 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
The lives of three men who were childhood friends are shattered when one of them has a family tragedy.
Votes: 366,639 | Gross: $90.14M
This part... you do alone.
22. Punch-Drunk Love (2002)
R | 95 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
A psychologically troubled novelty supplier is nudged towards a romance with an English woman, all the while being extorted by a phone-sex line run by a crooked mattress salesman, and purchasing stunning amounts of pudding.
Votes: 121,377 | Gross: $17.84M
23. Oldeuboi (2003)
R | 120 min | Mystery, Thriller
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.
Votes: 410,790 | Gross: $0.71M
Laugh and the world laughs with you. Weep and you weep alone.
24. Memento (2000)
R | 113 min | Mystery, Thriller
A man juggles searching for his wife's murderer and keeping his short-term memory loss from being an obstacle.
Votes: 948,543 | Gross: $25.54M
You don't want the truth. You make up your own truth.
25. Pi (1998)
R | 84 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery
A paranoid mathematician searches for a key number that will unlock the universal patterns found in nature.
Votes: 153,694 | Gross: $3.22M
As soon as you discard scientific rigor, you're no longer a mathematician, you're a numerologist.
26. Se7en (1995)
R | 127 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
Two detectives, a rookie and a veteran, hunt a serial killer who uses the seven deadly sins as his motives.
Votes: 1,160,244 | Gross: $100.13M
I visited your home this morning after you'd left. I tried to play husband. I tried to taste the life of a simple man. It didn't work out, so I took a souvenir... her pretty head.
28. The White Ribbon (2009)
R | 144 min | Drama, History, Mystery
Strange events happen in a small village in the north of Germany during the years before World War I, which seem to be ritual punishment. Who is responsible?
Votes: 58,736 | Gross: $2.22M
29. Jude (1996)
R | 123 min | Drama, Romance
A stonemason steadfastly pursues a cousin he loves. However their love is troubled as he is married to a woman who tricked him into marriage and she is married to a man she does not love.
Votes: 9,144 | Gross: $0.41M
30. Jarhead (2005)
R | 125 min | Biography, Drama, War
A psychological study of operations desert shield and desert storm during the gulf war; through the eyes of a U.S marine sniper who struggles to cope with the possibility his girlfriend may be cheating on him back home.
Votes: 154,307 | Gross: $62.66M
Sir, I got lost on the way to college, sir.
31. Europa (1991)
R | 112 min | Drama, Thriller
Just after W.W.II, an American takes a railway job in Germany, but finds his position politically sensitive with various people trying to use him.
Votes: 17,121 | Gross: $1.01M
32. Submarino (2010)
Not Rated | 105 min | Drama
Two brothers meet at their mother's funeral, each in his way on a path of self-destruction, both haunted by a tragedy in their youth.
34. Le fils (2002)
99 min | Drama, Mystery
A joinery instructor at a rehab center refuses to take a new teen as his apprentice, but then begins to follow the boy through the hallways and streets.
Votes: 7,726 | Gross: $0.07M