Top 500 filmsby tobias_681 | created - 28 May 2013 | updated - 23 Apr 2018 | Public
Shorts in general are excluded from this list cause there is such a big difference between feature films and shorts. I currently draw the line between short and feature at 40 minutes.
As of now the list has become quite long. In general the rankings are vague and my liking of films shifts from time to time. However the further the list progresses, the more vague the rankings become. Sometimes I reconsider a little on a movie in the lower ranks and it might leap 100 ranks ahead. I mostly use the lower ranks as a backfield i.e. potential contenders for higher ranks. The list helps me remembering movies that are exceptional (for me) that's why I created it. If you want to look at it as more of an ordinary favorites list: I do put the most consideration into the top 250 or 300. That's roughly the movies I'm truly passionate about.
Oldest Movie: Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari - 1920 Newest Movie: Toni Erdmann - 2016
Shortest movie: Partie de campagne - 40 min. Longest movie: Berlin Alexanderplatz - 930 min
Highest rating on Imdb: The Shawshank Redemption - 9,3 Lowest rating on Imdb: Knight of Cups - 5,7
Amount of movies from the different decades:
• 10's: 0 • 20's: 25 • 30's: 32 • 40's: 42 • 50's: 61 • 60's: 89 • 70's: 73 • 80's: 64 • 90's: 65 • 2000's: 44 • 2010's: 31
Films by director: 16: Ingmar Bergman 14: Eric Rohmer 12: Luis Buñuel, Alfred Hitchcock 11: Stanley Kubrick 8: Werner Herzog 7: Terrence Malick, Max Ophüls, Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger, Fritz Lang, Pier Paolo Pasolini 6: Andrei Tarkovsky, Krzysztof Kieslowski, Brian De Palma, Michelangelo Antonioni, Lars von Trier, Steven Spielberg, Wim Wenders, David Cronenberg, Raul Ruiz 5: Ernst Lubitsch, Jean-Luc Godard, Carl Theodor Dreyer, David Lean, Woody Allen, Buster Keaton, Akira Kurosawa, Richard Linklater, Orson Welles, Roman Polanski, Sergio Leone 4: F.W. Murnau, Mario Bava, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Guy Maddin, Louis Malle, Martin Scorsese, Jean-Pierre Melville, Federico Fellini, David Lynch, Nicholas Ray, Charles Chaplin, Billy Wilder, Howard Hawks, Francis Ford Coppola, John Huston, Jacques Rivette, Jean Renoir 3: Jacques Tourneur, Robert Bresson, Claude Chabrol, Douglas Sirk, Paul Thomas Anderson, Samuel Fuller, Jean Cocteau, Peter Weir, François Truffaut, Elia Kazan, The Coen Brothers, Christopher Nolan, Sam Raimi, Hayao Miyazaki, Kenneth Branagh, Bernardo Bertolucci, Luchino Visconti, Roberto Rossellini
Recently Added: -Mildred Pierce (1945) -Elephant (2003) -Genuine (1920) -Stromboli (1950) -Mujeres al borde de un ataque de nervios (1988) -Francesco, giullare di Dio (1950) -Potomok Chingis-Khana (1928) -The River (1951)
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1. Summer (1986)
R | 99 min | Drama, Romance
It's July, and Delphine has nowhere to go for the summer. She feels very bored and "empty", but this won't last; one day she accidently meets someone who seems to be totally made for her...
Votes: 5,348 | Gross: $0.04M
2. Vertigo (1958)
PG | 128 min | Mystery, Romance, Thriller
A former police detective juggles wrestling with his personal demons and becoming obsessed with a hauntingly beautiful woman.
Votes: 319,122 | Gross: $3.20M
So much has been written about this film. In many ways it is like a mirror of our own desire. Here is something I wrote a while back:
"The slightly ironic thing about the film is that it would never work without the somewhat silly story as an offset because it's actually about how silly the story is and how silly we are for wanting that story. Or perhaps I should switch silly for the word Hitchcock used: Perverted. He himself was bugged by how Scotty does not manage to ascend the stairs in the church the first time around. However I must say that it actually works perfectly because we have a morbid desire for the forbidden, the elusive, the violent (particularly if it seemingly serves no reason). It's a far fetched plot but it's indicative of humanity that we would make that up and indeed make up a non-existent person (which is just what Scotty does in the 2nd part), just to please ourselves. But I think despite this we do still feel a lot of sympathy for Scotty (or at least I do) as the film is actually about redemption. Scotty is thrown down the rabbit hole through some elaborative scheme that guides his every step and he fails to ascend from there (even with a nice church-tower metaphor) which is what really leads him to that violence, it's protest against some higher authority controlling his life and for freedom. The film illustrates this in a very overwrought manner but is the scheme Scotty is subjected to so different from life where we also have frightingly little control about what happens to us if you consider how big an impact external factors have; is him slowly being thrown down the rabbit hole to ultimately serve some nasty scheme so different from birth and adolescence? To make it even more clear, it's really the fear of not having free will, being nothing but an animal that lives to further and expands its own species, are we perhaps really living dead people with a forespelled doom (like the wife who the husbands plots and succeeds to kill)."
3. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
G | 149 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi
After discovering a mysterious artifact buried beneath the lunar surface, mankind sets off on a quest to find its origins with help from intelligent supercomputer HAL 9000.
Votes: 540,405 | Gross: $56.95M
A spiritual marvel of a movie.
4. Barry Lyndon (1975)
PG | 185 min | Adventure, Drama, History
An Irish rogue wins the heart of a rich widow and assumes her dead husband's aristocratic position in 18th-century England.
Beautiful movie. The life of Barry Lyndon tells us alot about humans and their lifes and how the environment shapes the people. I love the dark comedic undertone that Kubrick put into this.
5. Sunrise (1927)
Passed | 94 min | Drama, Romance
An allegorical tale about a man fighting the good and evil within him. Both sides are made flesh - one a sophisticated woman he is attracted to and the other his wife.
Yeah that's what I did. The most beautiful movie I've ever seen along with Barry Lyndon.
6. A Clockwork Orange (1971)
R | 136 min | Crime, Drama, Sci-Fi
In the future, a sadistic gang leader is imprisoned and volunteers for a conduct-aversion experiment, but it doesn't go as planned.
I love how over the top it is (but it surly has to be). There is probably no better movie about freedom.
PG | 124 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
After the Rebels are brutally overpowered by the Empire on the ice planet Hoth, Luke Skywalker begins Jedi training with Yoda, while his friends are pursued by Darth Vader.
Votes: 1,048,626 | Gross: $290.48M
This stands out as the best Star Wars movie for me. The visuals, the narrative, the themes, the characters, everything comes together.
8. Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
Approved | 216 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama
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.
Votes: 241,201 | Gross: $44.82M
All that sand.
9. Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)
PG | 121 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
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 mysterious Darth Vader.
Votes: 1,117,920 | Gross: $322.74M
It's a hell of an adventure
10. Mysteries of Lisbon (2010)
Not Rated | 272 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance
Follows a jealous countess, a wealthy businessman, and a young orphaned boy across Portugal, France, Italy and Brazil where they connect with a variety of mysterious individuals.
Votes: 2,922 | Gross: $0.11M
A grand multilayered sweeping epic, about interconnected personal stories in a historical Europe, that are gradually unwrapped through stories within stories, dreams within dreams. Mysteries of Lisbon is narrative cinema that doesn't shy away from abstraction, Mysteries of Lisbon is crafted following classic tradition, yet it breaks new ground in cinematic storytelling, Mysteries of Lisbon is bold, grand and epic, it examines society on a macrolevel and still it's an incredibly personal and deeply moving tale about regret, possibilites that never came into fruition and coming of age in a world that is so full so ripe with sadness and happiness, bitterness and hope, hate and love already, all intervowen and all secret, hidden behind masks. It oozes with bittersweet melancholy wherever it threads and evokes a penetrative romantic spirit. It's a dreamplay constantly weaving new connections, constantly reframing the past, yet hinting at the future. It's cyclical and dense, yet completely immersive and incredibly engaging.
Mysteries of Lisbon is cinema goddamn and you should watch it now! It's the best movie of the century.
11. Eyes Wide Shut (1999)
R | 159 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller
A New York City doctor embarks on a harrowing, night-long odyssey of sexual and moral discovery after his wife reveals a painful secret to him.
Votes: 271,776 | Gross: $55.69M
Sadly, what is depicted in this movie is not over the top. It depics modern society exactly as it is.
12. Wings of Desire (1987)
PG-13 | 128 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance
An angel tires of overseeing human activity and wishes to become human when he falls in love with a mortal.
Votes: 57,714 | Gross: $3.21M
and this is certainly the best german movie I've seen up to date.
13. Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983)
PG | 131 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
After a daring mission to rescue Han Solo from Jabba the Hutt, the Rebels dispatch to Endor to destroy the second Death Star. Meanwhile, Luke struggles to help Darth Vader back from the dark side without falling into the Emperor's trap.
Votes: 858,846 | Gross: $309.13M
Is there still any doubt, that I love Star Wars?
14. It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
PG | 130 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy
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.
It's just as touching on every rewatch.
15. Badlands (1973)
PG | 94 min | Crime, Drama
An impressionable teenage girl from a dead-end town and her older greaser boyfriend embark on a killing spree in the South Dakota badlands.
There is something magic about the colors and the grain in this movie.
PG-13 | 178 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
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.
Votes: 1,504,665 | Gross: $315.54M
It's amazing how they reconstructed a fantasy world like that.
This entry counts for the entire trilogy as I can't distinguish much between how much I like the movies and as they are basicly back-to-back productions of one book (yes, Tolkien only split it into 3 after finishing it to make one part more affordable to the people back then). I don't like to watch a particular part of the story but rather the whole story.
17. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
PG | 115 min | Action, Adventure
In 1936, archaeologist and adventurer Indiana Jones is hired by the U.S. government to find the Ark of the Covenant before Adolf Hitler's Nazis can obtain its awesome powers.
Votes: 809,109 | Gross: $248.16M
Lovely adventure film.
18. The Shining (1980)
R | 146 min | Drama, Horror
A family heads to an isolated hotel for the winter where a sinister presence influences the father into violence, while his psychic son sees horrific forebodings from both past and future.
Votes: 777,955 | Gross: $44.02M
19. Ordet (1955)
Not Rated | 126 min | Drama, Fantasy
Follows the lives of the Borgen family, as they deal with inner conflict, as well as religious conflict with each other, and the rest of the town.
"And the rest of us, all the rest of us, we go straight down to hell to eternal torments, don't we? Yes, that's what you think, isn't it?"
"Yes. Words, words, you have them all right."
20. Possession (1981)
R | 124 min | Drama, Horror
A woman starts exhibiting increasingly disturbing behavior after asking her husband for a divorce. Suspicions of infidelity soon give way to something much more sinister.
Votes: 20,196 | Gross: $1.11M
Possession is fun, possession is life, Possession is something you should watch together with the people who are dear to you and let it absorb you.
It's a film that develops freely and tears down all walls in the process. It's also the perfect break-up film.
21. Nosferatu (1922)
Not Rated | 81 min | Fantasy, Horror
Vampire Count Orlok expresses interest in a new residence and real estate agent Hutter's wife.
22. The Tree of Life (2011)
PG-13 | 139 min | Drama, Fantasy
The story of a family in Waco, Texas in 1956. The eldest son witnesses the loss of innocence and struggles with his parents' conflicting teachings.
Votes: 155,992 | Gross: $13.30M
"Where were you when I laid the foundations of the Earth, when the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?" Job 38:4,7
23. The Earrings of Madame De... (1953)
Not Rated | 105 min | Drama, Romance
The diamond earrings of a French aristocrat, a wedding gift from her husband, cause a series of conflicts as they change hands repeatedly.
Here Ophüls takes his favorite themes and turns them into a visual tour de force. Ophüls knows that real satire requires full comitment to and an understanding of what you satirize. With this film he goes all the way: He creates extravagant settings, dazzling camerawork, pompous and selfcentered characters. The world he creates is intruiging and repulsive at the same time, the characters are emphatic and disgusting. It makes for an ever so compelling drama in between the lines.
24. Andrei Rublev (1966)
R | 205 min | Biography, Drama, History
The life, times and afflictions of the fifteenth-century Russian iconographer.
Votes: 38,696 | Gross: $0.10M
It's probably the most spiritual experience I ever had with a movie. After watching the first half I stood up and opened the window... It was a wonderful night.
25. Winter Light (1963)
Not Rated | 81 min | Drama
A small town priest struggles with his faith.
The most depressing movie I've ever watched.
26. The Seventh Seal (1957)
Not Rated | 96 min | Drama, Fantasy
A man seeks answers about life, death, and the existence of God as he plays chess against the Grim Reaper during the Black Plague.
"Is it so terribly inconceivable to comprehend God with one's senses? Why does he hide in a cloud of half-promises and unseen miracles? How can we believe in the faithful when we lack faith? What will happen to us who want to believe, but can not? What about those who neither want to nor can believe? Why can't I kill God in me? Why does He live on in me in a humiliating way - despite my wanting to evict Him from my heart? Why is He, despite all, a mocking reality I can't be rid of?"
As a sidenote: I love the medieval setting.
27. The Leopard (1963)
PG | 186 min | Drama, History
The Prince of Salina, a noble aristocrat of impeccable integrity, tries to preserve his family and class amid the tumultuous social upheavals of 1860's Sicily.
"Sleep, my dear Chevalley, eternal sleep, that is what Sicilians want. And they will always resent anyone who tries to awaken them, even to bring them the most wonderful of gifts. And, between ourselves, I doubt very strongly whether this new Kingdom has very many gifts for us in its luggage. All Sicilian expression, even the most violent, is really a wish for death. Our sensuality, wish for oblivion. Our knifings and shootings, a hankering after extinction. Our laziness, our spiced and drugged sherbets, a desire for voluptuous immobility, that is... for death again."
28. Belle de Jour (1967)
R | 100 min | Drama
A frigid young housewife decides to spend her midweek afternoons as a prostitute.
Votes: 35,727 | Gross: $0.03M
The evasiveness of beauty, total and utter detachment. This film is a lot and I love the title but it's also very fun.
29. Citizen Kane (1941)
PG | 119 min | Drama, Mystery
Following the death of a publishing tycoon, news reporters scramble to discover the meaning of his final utterance.
Votes: 362,286 | Gross: $1.59M
The pacing of Citizen Kane is something truly incredibly. It races rapidly fast through different time periods, themes and perspectives and every time you think Welles has run out of tricks, he's one step ahead of you, already setting up the next.
30. Persona (1966)
Not Rated | 83 min | Drama, Thriller
A nurse is put in charge of a mute actress and finds that their personae are melding together.
"I understand, all right. The hopeless dream of being - not seeming, but being. At every waking moment, alert. The gulf between what you are with others and what you are alone. The vertigo and the constant hunger to be exposed, to be seen through, perhaps even wiped out. Every inflection and every gesture a lie, every smile a grimace. Suicide? No, too vulgar. But you can refuse to move, refuse to talk, so that you don't have to lie. You can shut yourself in. Then you needn't play any parts or make wrong gestures. Or so you thought. But reality is diabolical. Your hiding place isn't watertight. Life trickles in from the outside, and you're forced to react. No one asks if it is true or false, if you're genuine or just a sham. Such things matter only in the theatre, and hardly there either. I understand why you don't speak, why you don't move, why you've created a part for yourself out of apathy. I understand. I admire. You should go on with this part until it is played out, until it loses interest for you. Then you can leave it, just as you've left your other parts one by one."
-Maybe I ought to visit a swedish course as I understand big parts of swedish but not everything. That's why I'm afraid to turn of the subtitles.
31. Days of Heaven (1978)
PG | 94 min | Drama, Romance
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.
It's all filmed during magic hour (which is only about 30 minutes long). Thats why it looks so godman amazing. Whenever you google cinematography this is the poster-boy film.
32. The Thin Red Line (1998)
R | 170 min | Drama, War
Adaptation of James Jones' autobiographical 1962 novel, focusing on the conflict at Guadalcanal during the second World War.
Votes: 160,244 | Gross: $36.40M
Life could be beautiful, but then...war.
33. The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972)
PG | 102 min | Comedy
A surreal, virtually plotless series of dreams centered around six middle-class people and their consistently interrupted attempts to have a meal together.
Votes: 33,568 | Gross: $0.20M
If you've already found The Exterminating Angel on this list you know that Bunuel made a movie about the struggle to leave a room. So now he made a movie about the struggle to have dinner.
34. Viridiana (1961)
Not Rated | 90 min | Comedy, Drama
Viridiana, a young nun about to take her final vows, pays a visit to her widowed uncle at the request of her Mother Superior.
I always liked how this could be described as the sisterpiece to the film Buñuel did 2 years earlier: Nazarin.
That being said this one takes the thematic to another level with it's extreme depictions of cruelty and with it's great symbolism.
35. The Third Man (1949)
Not Rated | 93 min | Film-Noir, Mystery, Thriller
Pulp novelist Holly Martins travels to shadowy, postwar Vienna, only to find himself investigating the mysterious death of an old friend, Harry Lime.
Votes: 143,636 | Gross: $0.45M
"You know, I never feel comfortable on these sort of things. Victims? Don't be melodramatic. Look down there. Tell me. Would you really feel any pity if one of those dots stopped moving forever? If I offered you twenty thousand pounds for every dot that stopped, would you really, old man, tell me to keep my money, or would you calculate how many dots you could afford to spare? Free of income tax, old man. Free of income tax - the only way you can save money nowadays."
36. Fitzcarraldo (1982)
PG | 158 min | Adventure, Drama
The story of Brian Sweeney Fitzgerald, an extremely determined man who intends to build an opera house in the middle of a jungle.
Here Herzog made a movie about going to insane lengths to fulfill ones dreams. With this entire project Herzog did just that. In the process of making this movie, he drove a ship through rapids, dragged it up a hill, got in life danger in the process and worked with Kinski in the jungle. It's a movie I have tremendous respect for.
37. Three Colors: Red (1994)
R | 99 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance
A model discovers her neighbor is keen on invading people's privacy.
Votes: 79,859 | Gross: $4.04M
"Perhaps you're the woman I never met."
I would wish that I could write something but I can't. It's great that it exists.
38. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)
PG-13 | 127 min | Action, Adventure
In 1938, after his father Professor Henry Jones, Sr. goes missing while pursuing the Holy Grail, Professor Henry "Indiana" Jones, Jr. finds himself up against Adolf Hitler's Nazis again to stop them from obtaining its powers.
Votes: 631,678 | Gross: $197.17M
The adventure continues...
Notice: That chemistry between Connery and Ford - they really fool you into thinking they're father and son.
39. Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)
PG | 113 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
With the assistance of the Enterprise crew, Admiral Kirk must stop an old nemesis, Khan Noonien Singh, from using the life-generating Genesis Device as the ultimate weapon.
Votes: 104,916 | Gross: $78.91M
"He tasks me. He tasks me and I shall have him! I'll chase him 'round the moons of Nibia and 'round the Antares Maelstrom and 'round perdition's flames before I give him up!"
This always felt like Shakespeare in space for me (screw you The Forbidden Planet).
40. Mulholland Drive (2001)
R | 147 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller
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.
Votes: 290,133 | Gross: $7.22M
I love how this movie kind of describes itself. The narrative truly resembles the winding road that Mulholland Drive is.
41. Once Upon a Time in America (1984)
R | 229 min | Crime, Drama
A former Prohibition-era Jewish gangster returns to the Lower East Side of Manhattan over thirty years later, where he once again must confront the ghosts and regrets of his old life.
Votes: 276,249 | Gross: $5.32M
A four hour long epic caught between fantasy and realism, the past and the now.
42. La Dolce Vita (1960)
Not Rated | 174 min | Comedy, Drama
A series of stories following a week in the life of a philandering paparazzo journalist living in Rome.
Votes: 58,818 | Gross: $19.52M
I found it to be so exciting that I had to wait more than half an hour to find 20 seconds to get something to drink (I watched it on TV without comercials).
It's a remarkable film. It delivers the atmosphere just perfectly.
43. Monsters, Inc. (2001)
G | 92 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
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.
Votes: 736,571 | Gross: $289.92M
It tackles alot of interresting subjects. As a kid I always found the idea to be a little strange, but this made me love it even more, because there is nothing quite like it.
44. Aguirre, the Wrath of God (1972)
Not Rated | 95 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama
In the 16th century, the ruthless and insane Don Lope de Aguirre leads a Spanish expedition in search of El Dorado.
"Ich bin der Zorn Gottes!"
-Oh and the monkeys were stolen.
45. A Canterbury Tale (1944)
Not Rated | 124 min | Comedy, Drama, Mystery