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Gareth’s Top 100 Films of All Time

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By: Gareth Jones

After the Sight and Sound all time best list came out a few weeks ago, many folks asked me if I had such a list. After seeing the astonishing list by dear friend Gregory Lowry, I decided to jot one down. I do have to say that this list is very different from how it would have looked 10 years ago. It does mirror and was influenced by the Sight and Sound list as well as the aforementioned Mr. Lowry. It is hard not to be. That being said, I did add my own touch with some Gilliam, Winterbottom, Ramsay, and Kent. I have ordered it by year. Make what you will of it. It most likely will change again tomorrow.

A Trip to the MoonGeorge Melies

1902

France
The ImmigrantCharlie Chaplin

1917

USA
The Phantom CarriageVictor Sjostrom

1921

Sweden
NosferatuF. W. Murnau

1922

Germany
Sherlock Jr.Buster Keaton

1924

USA
Battleship PotemkinSergei Eisenstein

1925

Russia
Sunrise: A Song of Two HumansF. W. Murnau

1927

Germany
Passion of Joan of ArcCarl Theodor Dreyer

1928

Denmark
Man With a Movie CameraDziga Vertov

1929

Russia
EarthAlexander Dovzhenko

1930

Russia
MFritz Lang

1931

Germany
Madchen in UniformLeontine Sagan

1931

Germany
City LightsCharlie Chaplin

1931

USA
VampyrCarl Theodor Dreyer

1932

Denmark
ScarfaceHoward Hawks

1932

USA
Rules of the GameJean Renoir

1939

France
The Wizard of OzVictor Fleming

1939

USA
Shop Around the CornerErnst Lubitsch

1940

USA
The Maltese FalconJohn Huston

1941

USA
Citizen KaneOrson Welles

1941

USA
Sullivan’s TravelsPreston Sturges

1941

USA
Double IndemnityBilly Wilder

1944

USA
My Darling ClementineJohn Ford

1946

USA
The Red ShoesEmeric Pressberger, Michael Powell

1948

England
Bicycle ThievesVittorio De Sica

1948

Italy
The Third ManCarol Reed

1949

England
Late SpringYasajuro Ozu

1949

Japan
Sunset BoulevardBilly Wilder

1950

USA
IkuruAkira Kurosawa

1952

Japan
Singing in the RainGene Kelley, Stanley Donan

1952

USA
Tokyo StoryYasajuro Ozu

1953

Japan
The HitchhikerIda Lupino

1953

USA
UgetsuKenji Mizoguchi

1953

Japan
Seven SamuraiAkira Kurosawa

1954

Japan
Rear WindowAlfred Hitchcock

1954

USA
On the WaterfrontElia Kazan

1954

USA
OrdetCarl Theodor Dreyer

1955

Denmark
Pather PanchaliSatiajit Ray

1955

India
Night of the HunterCharles Laughton

1955

USA
Throne of BloodAkira Kurosawa

1957

Japan
Seventh SealIngmar Bergman

1957

Sweden
Cairo StationYoussef Chahine

1958

Egypt
VertigoAlfred Hitchcock

1958

USA
PickpocketRobert Bresson

1959

France
400 BlowsFrancois Truffaut

1959

France
BreathlessJean-Luc Godard

1960

France
The ApartmentBilly Wilder

1960

USA
Cleo From 5 to 7Agnes Varda

1962

France
8 !/2Federico Fellini

1963

Italy
Winter LightIngmar Bergman

1963

Sweden
DaisiesVera Chytilova

1966

Czechoslovakia
Au Hasard BalthazarRobert Bresson

1966

France
PersonaIngmar Bergman

1966

Sweden
PlaytimeJacques Tati

1967

France
WeekendJean-Luc Godard

1967

France
2001: A Space OdysseyStanley Kubrick

1968

USA
WandaBarbara Loden

1970

USA
WalkaboutNicholas Roeg

1971

England
A New LeafElaine May

1971

USA
SolarisAndrei Tarkovsky

1972

Russia
The GodfatherFrances Ford Coppola

1972

USA
Touki BoukiDjribil Diop Mambety

1973

Senegal
The Godfather IIFrances Ford Coppola

1974

USA
The Texas Chainsaw MassacreToby Hooper

1974

USA
Jeanne Dielman, 23 quai du Commence, 1800 BuxellesChantal Akerman

1975

France
NashvilleRobert Altman

1975

USA
Harlan County USABarbara Kopple

1976

USA
Taxi DriverMartin Scosese

1976

USA
StroszekWerner Herzog

1977

Germany
The American FriendWim Wenders

1977

Germany
The AscentLarisa Shepitko

1977

Russia
Days of HeavenTerrence Malick

1978

USA
StalkerAndrei Tarkovsky

1979

Russia
AlienRidley Scott

1979

USA
The Draughtman’s ContractPeter Greenaway

1982

England
BrazilTerry Gilliam

1985

USA
The FlyDavid Cronenberg

1986

Canada
Where is the Friend’s House?Abbas Kiarostami

1987

Iran
Do the Right ThingSpike Lee

1989

USA
Daughters of the DustJulie Dash

1991

USA
Breaking the WavesLars Von Trier

1996

Denmark
Princess MonanokeHayao Miyazaki

1997

Japan
RatcatcherLynne Ramsay

1999

England
Eyes Wide ShutStanley Kubrick

1999

USA
In the Mood for LoveWong Kar-Wai

2000

Hong Kong
Y tu mama tambienAlfonso Curon

2001

Mexico
Mulholland DriveDavid Lynch

2001

USA
Monsoon WeddingMira Nair

2001

India
OldboyPark Chan-Wook

2003

South Korea
House of Flying DaggersZhang Yimou

2004

China
Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull StoryMichael Winterbottom

2005

England
Pan’s LabyrinthGuillermo del Toro

2006

Mexico
PersepolisMarjane Satrapi

2007

Iran
There Will Be BloodPaul Thomas Anderson

2007

USA
Bright StarJane Campion

2009

Australia
GirlhoodCeline Sciamma

2014

France
MoonlightBarry Jenkins

2016

USA
The RiderChloe Zhou

2017

China
The NightingaleJennifer Kent

2018

Australia
ParasiteBong Joon-ho

2019

South Korea

Written by: Gareth Jones

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