‘Lists’ are undoubtedly an essential part of our film culture. Whenever a cinephile meets another cinephile, the dreaded question always arrives at some point: “what are your top 5, 10, 20 films?” It’s certainly a question that I have been asked numerous times, and as I’m sure that many film lovers share this predicament, my list is subject to constant change and revision. One day, I revere Jean Renoir and John Ford as the supreme masters of Cinema; the next day, this changes to Alfred Hitchcock and Howard Hawks, and I ultimately conclude that selecting only two ‘supreme masters of Cinema’ is a plain travesty. Few hours later, yet again, I become devastated by such deplorable omissions as Carl Theodor Dreyer, Robert Bresson, Yasujiro Ozu and Hou Hsiao-Hsien. The glaring impossibility of compiling any list in regards to a medium that is so modern and ever-changing like film.

Yet, this doesn’t prevent me from attempting to do so. For some reasons unknown, the idea of a ‘definitive’ list of one’s favorite films or films that he or she deems ‘the greatest’ is simply irresistible. Hence, after much waiting, hesitation, and a number of downright failures, I have finally gotten around to compile my own 100 favorite films list. While I have not seen too many films, I don’t think I have seen a little amount, either. For some people, 100 may sound like a generous number, giving me enough space to fill it with the films I love to satisfaction. I’ll tell you—it was an utter struggle. Even as I am writing this sentence, my brain keeps churning out few possible alternatives to replace the one below. Hence, I name this “My 100 Favorite Films (as of 06/07/2016)” in order to make some room for future change and revision; it is my plan to come back to this list every year, and make some necessary changes.

Few notes on the nature of this list. Oftentimes, ‘favorite’ is too vague a word. Of course, one has to like something a great deal before it is considered his or her ‘favorite.’ Yet, what is the criteria for his or her liking? In the case of the list below, not only did these films entertain me a great deal, but also had significant impacts on how I see films. So, these are some of my most ‘liked,’ as well as ‘influential’ films. The list is in chronological order in an attempt to reflect my vast interest in Cinema history.

Now, without further ado…

  1. An Unseen Enemy (D. W. Griffith / 1912)
  2. Les vampires (Louis Feuillade / 1915-16)
  3. Broken Blossoms or The Yellow Man and the Girl (D. W. Griffith / 1919)
  4. Nanook of the North (Robert J. Flaherty / 1922)
  5. Sherlock Jr. (Buster Keaton / 1924)
  6. Battleship Potemkin (Sergei Eisenstein / 1925)
  7. Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (F. W. Murnau / 1927)
  8. Cameraman (Buster Keaton / 1928)
  9. The Wind (Victor Sjöström / 1928)
  10. The Man with a Movie Camera (Dziga Vertov / 1929)
  11. City Lights (Charlie Chaplin / 1931)
  12. M (Fritz Lang / 1931)
  13. Boudu Saved from Drowning (Jean Renoir / 1932)
  14. Bringing Up Baby (Howard Hawks / 1938)
  15. Young Mr. Lincoln (John Ford / 1939)
  16. The Rules of the Game (Jean Renoir / 1939)
  17. The Great Dictator (Charlie Chaplin / 1940)
  18. The Magnificent Ambersons (Orson Welles / 1942)
  19. Day of Wrath (Carl Theodor Dreyer / 1943)
  20. Notorious (Alfred Hitchcock / 1946)
  21. Late Spring (Yasujiro Ozu / 1949)
  22. The River (Jean Renoir / 1951)
  23. The Life of Oharu (Kenji Mizoguchi / 1952)
  24. Les vacances de Monsieur Hulot (Jacques Tati / 1953)
  25. Journey to Italy (Roberto Rossellini / 1954)
  26. Rear Window (Alfred Hitchcock / 1954)
  27. Night and Fog (Alain Resnais / 1955)
  28. The Night of the Hunter (Charles Laughton / 1955)
  29. Ordet (Carl Theodor Dreyer / 1955)
  30. Bigger Than Life (Nicholas Ray / 1956)
  31. The Wrong Man (Alfred Hitchcock / 1956)
  32. Jalsaghar (Satyajit Ray / 1958)
  33. Pickpocket (Robert Bresson / 1959)
  34. India: Matri Bhumi (Roberto Rossellini / 1959)
  35. Last Year at Marienbad (Alain Resnais / 1961)
  36. The End of Summer (Yasujiro Ozu / 1961)
  37. Vivre sa vie (Jean-Luc Godard / 1962)
  38. L’Eclisse (Michelangelo Antonioni / 1962)
  39. Shock Corridor (Samuel Fuller / 1963)
  40. Yearning (Mikio Naruse / 1964)
  41. Gertrud (Carl Theodor Dreyer / 1964)
  42. Pierrot le fou (Jean-Luc Godard / 1965)
  43. Au hasard Balthazar (Robert Bresson / 1966)
  44. Chimes at Midnight (Orson Welles / 1966)
  45. The Taking of Power by Louis XIV (Roberto Rossellini / 1966)
  46. Violence at Noon (Nagisa Oshima / 1966)
  47. Playtime (Jacques Tati / 1967)
  48. Branded to Kill (Seijun Suzuki / 1967)
  49. Faces (John Cassavetes / 1968)
  50. L’Enfant sauvage (François Truffaut / 1970)
  51. Out 1: Noli me tangere (Jacques Rivette / 1971)
  52. A Touch of Zen (King Hu / 1971)
  53. The Discrete Charm of Bourgeoisie (Luis Buñuel / 1972)
  54. The Canterbury Tales (Pier Paolo Pasolini / 1972)
  55. The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant (Rainer Werner Fassbinder / 1972)
  56. La maman et la putain (Jean Eustache / 1973)
  57. Mes petites amoureuses (Jean Eustache / 1974)
  58. Celine and Julie Go Boating (Jacques Rivette / 1974)
  59. Alice in the Cities (Wim Wenders / 1974)
  60. The Mirror (Andrei Tarkovsky / 1975)
  61. Jeanne Dielman, 23 quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles (Chantal Akerman / 1975)
  62. The Battle of Chile (Patricio Guzmán / 1975-79)
  63. The Killing of a Chinese Bookie (John Cassavetes / 1976)
  64. That Obscure Object of Desire (Luis Buñuel / 1977)
  65. News from Home (Chantal Akerman / 1977)
  66. The Green Room (François Truffaut / 1978)
  67. Berlin Alexanderplatz (Rainer Werner Fassbinder / 1980)
  68. Passion (Jean-Luc Godard / 1982)
  69. L’argent (Robert Bresson / 1983)
  70. Vagabond (Agnès Varda / 1985)
  71. Le livre de Marie (Anne-Marie Miéville / 1985) – Je vous salue, Marie! (Jean-Luc Godard / 1985)
  72. Maine-Oceane (Jacques Rozier / 1985)
  73. The Green Ray (Éric Rohmer / 1986)
  74. A Short Film About Killing (Krzysztof Kieślowski / 1988)
  75. My Neighbor Totoro (Hayao Miyazaki / 1988)
  76. A City of Sadness (Hou Hsiao-Hsien / 1989)
  77. Close-Up (Abbas Kiarostami / 1990)
  78. Jungle Fever (Spike Lee / 1991)
  79. A Brighter Summer Day (Edward Yang / 1991)
  80. La belle noiseuse (Jacques Rivette / 1991)
  81. Smoking/No Smoking (Alain Resnais / 1993)
  82. Chungking Express (Wong Kar-wai / 1994)
  83. Three Colors: Red (Krzysztof Kieślowski / 1994)
  84. Sátántangó (Bela Tarr / 1994)
  85. Goodbye South, Goodbye (Hou Hsiao-Hsien / 1996)
  86. Taste of Cherry (Abbas Kiarostami / 1997)
  87. A Tale of Autumn (Éric Rohmer / 1998)
  88. Histoire(s) du cinéma – Chapter 3(a): La Monnaie de l’absolu (Jean-Luc Godard / 1998)
  89. Beau travail (Claire Denis / 1999)
  90. Millennium Mambo (Hou Hsiao-Hsien / 2001)
  91. The Man Without a Past (Aki Kaurismäki / 2002)
  92. Far from Heaven (Todd Haynes / 2002)
  93. Goodbye, Dragon Inn (Tsai Ming-liang / 2003)
  94. Elephant (Gus van Sant / 2003)
  95. Tropical Malady (Apichatpong Weerasethakul / 2004)
  96. Les amants réguliers (Philippe Garrel / 2005)
  97. Mother (Bong Joon-ho / 2009)
  98. Oki’s Movie (Hong Sang-soo / 2010)
  99. The Strange Case of Angelica (Manoel de Oliveira / 2010)
  100. From What is Before (Lav Diaz / 2014)
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