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)
Cléo de 5 à 7 (Cléo from 5 to 7) (Agnès Varda, France, 1962)
Clueless (Amy Heckerling, USA, 1995)
The Conversation (Francis Ford Coppola, USA, 1974)
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)
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 (Jacques Tati, France, 1967)
Point Blank (John Boorman, USA, 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)
Sans soleil (aka Sun Less) (Chris Marker, France, 1983)
Scum [TV] (Alan Clarke, UK, 1977)
Seven Men from Now (Budd Boetticher, USA, 1956)
Sherlock Jr. (Buster Keaton, USA, 1925)
The Shining (Stanley Kubrick, UK/USA, 1980)
Stalker (Andrei Tarkovsky, USSR, 1979)
Starship Troopers (Paul Verhoeven, USA, 1997)
Taste of Cherry (Ta’ame gilas…) (Abbas Kiarostami, Iran, 1997)
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)
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 2015
Favourite Films of 2014
Favourite Films of 2013
Favourite Films of 1997

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