Top 65 Favorite Films

A work in progress. The most definitive part of this list is the top 10 section, although everything is subjecting to being changed.
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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
 
2.
Why Has Bodhi-Dharma Left for the East? (1989)
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Three people live in a remote Buddhist monastery near Mount Chonan: Hyegok, the old master; Yong Nan... (137 mins.)
Director: Yong-Kyun Bae
 
3.
Lost Horizon (1937)
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A plane crash delivers a group of people to the secluded land of Shangri-La -- but is it the miraculous utopia it appears to be? (97 mins.)
Director: Frank Capra
 
4.
Miracle in Milan (1951)
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An old woman finds a baby among the cauliflowers in her garden. She takes care of the orphan, and calls him Totò... (100 mins.)
 
5.
The Razor's Edge (1946)
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An adventuresome young man goes off to find himself and loses his socialite fiancée in the process. But when he returns 10 years later, she will stop at nothing to get him back, even though she is already married. (145 mins.)
Director: Edmund Goulding
 
6.
Stairway to Heaven (1946)
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A British wartime aviator who cheats death must argue for his life before a celestial court. (104 mins.)
 
7.
Simon, the Magician (1999)
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In this surrealistic movie from the director of My 20th Century, the French police seek help from Simon... (100 mins.)
Director: Ildikó Enyedi
 
8.
The Suns of Easter Island (1972)
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Six people find a mysterious mark in the center of their left hand and all independently go to Easter Island in hopes to uncover the mystery.
Director: Pierre Kast
 
9.
Arrival (2016)
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When twelve mysterious spacecraft appear around the world, linguistics professor Louise Banks is tasked with interpreting the language of the apparent alien visitors. (116 mins.)
 
10.
Dream Window: Reflections on the Japanese Garden (1992 Documentary)
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Director: John Junkerman
 
11.
Meetings with Remarkable Men (1979)
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G.I. Gurdjieff is a spiritual teacher and mystic who, after a lifetime study, developed a form of meditation incorporating modern dance. (108 mins.)
Director: Peter Brook
 
12.
The Bishop's Wife (1947)
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An angel in human form enters the life of a bishop in order to help him build a new cathedral and repair his fractured marriage. (109 mins.)
Director: Henry Koster
 
13.
A Midsummer Night's Dream (1959)
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The first puppet kinescope in the world. It is based on the famous poetic comedy by William Shakespeare... (76 mins.)
Director: Jirí Trnka
 
14.
Chronopolis (1982)
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Weary immortals inhabit a metropolis in the sky and amuse themselves with constructions as they kill time and await whatever comes next. (52 mins.)
Director: Piotr Kamler
 
15.
THX 1138 (1971)
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Set in the 25th century, the story centers around a man and a woman who rebel against their rigidly controlled society. (86 mins.)
Director: George Lucas
 
16.
Chariots of the Gods (1970 Documentary)
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Documentary based on the book by Erich Von Daniken concerning the ancient mysteries of the world, such as the pyramids of Egypt and Mexico... (92 mins.)
 
17.
The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1943)
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This lavish, impudent, adult fairy tale takes the viewer from 18th-century Braunschweig to St. Petersburg, Constantinople, Venice, and then to the moon using ingenious special effects, stunning location shooting. (110 mins.)
Director: Josef von Báky
 
18.
A Touch of Zen (1971)
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A lady fugitive on the run from corrupt government officials is joined in her endeavors by an unambitious painter and skilled Buddhist monks. (200 mins.)
Director: King Hu
 
19.
Mothlight (1963 Short Film)
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A "found foliage" film composed of insects, leaves, and other detritus sandwiched between two strips of perforated tape. (4 mins.)
Director: Stan Brakhage
 
20.
Stellar (1993 Short Film)
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Stan Brakhage's artistic view of the cosmos. (3 mins.)
Director: Stan Brakhage
 
21.
H Is for House (1973 Short Film)
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Experimental short film set in the English countryside, with strange narration which has a particular focus on objects beginning with the letter 'H'. (10 mins.)
Director: Peter Greenaway
 
22.
Alternative 3 (1977 TV Movie)
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World ecological collapse; the next ice-age has already begun! Lucky for us, governments know what to do... (56 mins.)
 
23.
Magic Hoop (1908 Short Film)
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A magician gives a young girl a magic hoop which, when mounted on a wall, displays fantastic images. (5 mins.)
Director: Émile Cohl
 
24.
Filmstudie (1926 Short Film)
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Entertaining Dadaist experimental short, similar to Man Ray's work, full of shifting geometric shapes, stock footage of seagulls, flying eyeballs, and glaring floating heads. (7 mins.)
Director: Hans Richter
 
25.
The Double Life of Veronique (1991)
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Two parallel stories about two identical women; one living in Poland, the other in France. They don't know each other, but their lives are nevertheless profoundly connected. (98 mins.)
 
26.
The Spirit of the Beehive (1973)
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In 1940, after watching and being traumatized by the movie Frankenstein, a sensitive seven year-old girl living in a small Spanish village drifts into her own fantasy world. (97 mins.)
Director: Víctor Erice
 
27.
Cagliostro (1975)
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The mysterious Conte di Cagliostro holds supernatural powers he uses to heal the poor, but his activity is considered dangerous by the 18th century's establishment... (103 mins.)
 
28.
The People (1972 TV Movie)
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A young woman is assigned to teach school in a secluded valley whose inhabitants appear stern, secretive and anti-pleasure... (74 mins.)
Director: John Korty
 
29.
Escape to Witch Mountain (1975)
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Two mysterious orphan children have extraordinary powers and are chased by a scheming millionaire. But where do these kids really call home? (97 mins.)
Director: John Hough
 
30.
The Last Mimzy (2007)
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Two siblings begin to develop special talents after they find a mysterious box of toys. Soon the kids, their parents, and even their teacher are drawn into a strange new world and find a task ahead of them that is far more important than any of them could imagine! (90 mins.)
Director: Bob Shaye
 
31.
Milagro en Roma (1989)
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A man's seven-year-old daughter dies and his grief is overwhelming. After twelve years he finds the... (90 mins.)
 
32.
7 Faces of Dr. Lao (1964)
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A mysterious circus comes to a western town bearing wonders and characters that entertain the inhabitants and teach valuable lessons. (100 mins.)
Director: George Pal
 
33.
A Walk Through H: The Reincarnation of an Ornithologist (1979 Short Film)
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An anonymous narrator outlines a bizarre journey taken through "H", aided by a series of extraordinary maps... (41 mins.)
Director: Peter Greenaway
 
34.
Zardoz (1974)
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In the distant future, a savage trained only to kill finds a way into the community of bored immortals that alone preserves humanity's achievements. (105 mins.)
Director: John Boorman
 
35.
The Illusionist (2006)
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In turn-of-the-century Vienna, a magician uses his abilities to secure the love of a woman far above his social standing. (110 mins.)
Director: Neil Burger
 
36.
Limitless (2011)
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With the help of a mysterious pill that enables the user to access 100 percent of his brain abilities, a struggling writer becomes a financial wizard, but it also puts him in a new world with lots of dangers. (105 mins.)
Director: Neil Burger
 
37.
The Man from Earth (2007)
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An impromptu goodbye party for Professor John Oldman becomes a mysterious interrogation after the retiring scholar reveals to his colleagues he has a longer and stranger past than they can imagine. (87 mins.)
 
38.
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
 
39.
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.)
 
40.
The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976)
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Thomas Jerome Newton is a humanoid alien who comes to Earth to get water for his dying planet. He starts... (139 mins.)
Director: Nicolas Roeg
 
41.
I Lived, But... (1983 Documentary)
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A documentary about Ozu's life and career. (123 mins.)
Director: Kazuo Inoue
 
42.
The Celestine Prophecy (2006)
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An adaptation of James Redfield's novel about the search for a sacred manuscript in the Peruvian rain forest. (99 mins.)
 
43.
Tuck Everlasting (1981)
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In turn-of-the-20th-century upstate New York, Winnie Foster, a 12-year-old girl, discovers a family... (90 mins.)
 
44.
The Secret Garden (1975 TV Series)
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In 19th-century India, little Mary Lennox is suddenly orphaned by cholera. Her only living relative is her crook-backed uncle... (210 mins.)
 
45.
La voix du rossignol (1925 Short Film)
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A partly-animated short film, a fairy-tale-like telling of why the nightingale only sings at night.... (13 mins.)
Stars: Nina Star
 
46.
La belle verte (1996)
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The "Green Planet" belongs to another solar system. Through the simplicity of their lifestyle those... (99 mins.)
Director: Coline Serreau
 
47.
Youth Without Youth (2007)
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A love story wrapped in a mystery. Set in World War II Europe, a professor is changed by a cataclysmic event and explores the mysteries of life. (124 mins.)
 
48.
World on a Wire (1973 TV Movie)
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Somewhere in the future there is a computer project called Simulacron one of which is able to simulate a full featured reality... (212 mins.)
 
49.
The Truman Show (1998)
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An insurance salesman/adjuster discovers his entire life is actually a television show. (103 mins.)
Director: Peter Weir
 
50.
Beauty and the Beast (1946)
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A beautiful young woman takes her father's place as the prisoner of a mysterious beast, who wishes to marry her. (96 mins.)
Director: Jean Cocteau
 
51.
Winter Light (1963)
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A small town priest struggles with his faith. (81 mins.)
Director: Ingmar Bergman
 
52.
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
 
53.
The Magus (1968)
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A teacher on a Greek island becomes involved in bizarre mind-games with the island's magus (magician) and a beautiful young woman. (117 mins.)
Director: Guy Green
 
54.
Sinbad (1971)
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An old man is recollecting all the women he met in his youth. An old woman wants them to commit suicide together but changes her mind... (90 mins.)
 
55.
Vertical Features Remake (1978 Short Film)
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Tongue-in-cheek, early Greenaway short reflects the incredibly meticulous encyclopedic nature of his early films... (44 mins.)
Director: Peter Greenaway
 
56.
A Journey to Avebury (1971 Short Film)
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(10 mins.)
Director: Derek Jarman
 
57.
The Lathe of Heaven (1980 TV Movie)
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George Orr, a man whose dreams can change waking reality, tries to suppress this unpredictable gift with drugs... (105 mins.)
 
58.
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.)
 
59.
Ordet (1955)
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Follows the lives of the Borgen family, as they deal with inner conflict, as well as religious conflict with one and other, and the rest of the town. The various events that unfold throughout the film tests all of their faith and beliefs. (126 mins.)
 
60.
Banshun (1949)
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Noriko is twenty-seven years old and still living with her widowed father. Everybody tries to talk her into marrying, but Noriko wants to stay at home caring for her father. (108 mins.)
Director: Yasujirô Ozu
 
61.
The White Dove (1960)
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A poetic film about a dove getting lost on its way to Prague getting shot down by a paralyzed boy. An artist who finds the dove becomes friends with the boy. Together they take care of it bringing it back to recovery. (76 mins.)
 
62.
The Color of Pomegranates (1969)
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A super-stylized, surreal biography of Armenian troubadour Sayat Nova, whose life is depicted through non-narrative amalgamations of poetic images. (79 mins.)
 
63.
Intervals (1969 Short Film)
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A short film which has its emphasis on back street walls with peeling posters and the constant pedestrian traffic in the foreground... (7 mins.)
Director: Peter Greenaway