Favourite Films

I feel as if any reviewer should set out their stall right up front and let people know what their favourite films are. It’s a difficult question, though. Choices can change over time. The film I loved unconditionally when I was 20 may be a film I have great reservations about 10 or 15 years later.

Some of these films below I may not have seen for quite some time, but all of them are films I’ve seen more than once with a good gap between viewings so I feel that my assessment of them is pretty solid. This does however mean that recent films are unlikely to make it in here very quickly. My judgement is based on how much I enjoyed them, but they also have to be films I want to watch again (which cuts out at least some of my more film student-y choices). I suppose, too, that the types of films that make these kinds of list tend towards the monolithic, and I apologise for that. There should be more action films, is what I’m saying ;)

Anyway, someday I hope to write a post about them, and if I do, I will link it here.

The Thin Red Line (1998)
The Thin Red Line (1998)

Choices are presented in alphabetical order within headings, not by order of preference.

TOP FIVE

Barry Lyndon (Stanley Kubrick, UK/USA, 1975)
Gertrud (Carl Theodor Dreyer, Denmark, 1964)
Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (F.W. Murnau, USA, 1928)
The Thin Red Line (Terrence Malick, USA, 1998)
The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (Les Parapluies de Cherbourg) (Jacques Demy, France, 1964)

RUNNERS-UP

All That Heaven Allows (Douglas Sirk, USA, 1956)
Anatahan (Josef von Sternberg, USA, 1954)
L’Argent (Robert Bresson, France, 1983)
Beau travail (Claire Denis, France, 1999)
Before Sunset (Richard Linklater, USA, 2004)
Bigger Than Life (Nicholas Ray, USA, 1956)
Carol (Todd Haynes, USA/UK, 2015)
Certain Women (Kelly Reichardt, USA, 2016)
A City of Sadness (Beiqing chengshi) (Hou Hsiao-hsien, Taiwan, 1989)
Cléo de 5 à 7 (Cléo from 5 to 7) (Agnès Varda, France, 1962)
Clueless (Amy Heckerling, USA, 1995)
Dead Man (Jim Jarmusch, USA, 1995)
Distant Voices Still Lives (Terence Davies, UK, 1988)
Down with Love (Peyton Reed, USA, 2003)
Dreams of a Life (Carol Morley, UK, 2011)
Fear Eats the Soul (Angst essen Seele auf) (Rainer Werner Fassbinder, West Germany, 1974)
Ghost World (Terry Zwigoff, USA, 2002)
Jeanne Dielman, 23, quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles (Chantal Akerman, Belgium/France, 1975)
Johnny Guitar (Nicholas Ray, USA, 1954)
Lancelot du Lac (Robert Bresson, France, 1974)
The Last of the Mohicans (Michael Mann, USA, 1992)
Losing Ground (Kathleen Collins, USA, 1982)
Mouchette (Robert Bresson, France, 1966)
Ordet (aka The Word) (Carl Theodor Dreyer, Denmark, 1955)
Out of Sight (Steven Soderbergh, USA, 1998)
The Passion of Joan of Arc (La Passion de Jeanne d’Arc) (Carl Theodor Dreyer, France, 1928)
Play Time (aka PlayTime) (Jacques Tati, France, 1967)
The Red and the White (Csillagosok, katonák) (Miklós Jancsó, Hungary, 1966)
Rio Bravo (Howard Hawks, USA, 1959)
RoboCop (Paul Verhoeven, USA, 1987)
The Royal Tenenbaums (Wes Anderson, USA, 2001)
Scum [TV] (Alan Clarke, UK, 1977)
Seven Men from Now (Budd Boetticher, USA, 1956)
Sherlock Jr. (Buster Keaton, USA, 1925)
Spirited Away (Sen to Chihiro no kamikakushi) (Hayao Miyazaki, Japan, 2001)
Stalker (Andrei Tarkovsky, USSR, 1979)
Starship Troopers (Paul Verhoeven, USA, 1997)
Stray Dogs (Jiao you) (Tsai Ming-liang, Taiwan/France, 2013)
Taste of Cherry (Ta’ame gilas…) (Abbas Kiarostami, Iran, 1997)
The Terrorizers (Kongbu fenzi) (Edward Yang, Taiwan, 1986)
35 Shots of Rum (35 rhums) (Claire Denis, France/Germany, 2008)
Touch of Evil (Orson Welles, USA, 1958)
Vertigo (Alfred Hitchcock, USA, 1958)
Vivre sa vie: film en douze tableaux (aka My Life to Live) (Jean-Luc Godard, France, 1962)
The Wind (Victor Sjöström, USA, 1928)
Written on the Wind (Douglas Sirk, USA, 1956)
The Young Women of Rochefort (Les Demoiselles de Rochefort) (Jacques Demy, France, 1967)
Zabriskie Point (Michelangelo Antonioni, USA, 1970)

BY YEAR
Favourite Films of 2017
Favourite Films of 2016
Favourite Films of 2015
Favourite Films of 2014
Favourite Films of 2013
Favourite Films of 1997

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