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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 Moon George Melies

1902

France
The Immigrant Charlie Chaplin

1917

USA
The Phantom Carriage Victor Sjostrom

1921

Sweden
Nosferatu F. W. Murnau

1922

Germany
Sherlock Jr. Buster Keaton

1924

USA
Battleship Potemkin Sergei Eisenstein

1925

Russia
Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans F. W. Murnau

1927

Germany
Passion of Joan of Arc Carl Theodor Dreyer

1928

Denmark
Man With a Movie Camera Dziga Vertov

1929

Russia
Earth Alexander Dovzhenko

1930

Russia
M Fritz Lang

1931

Germany
Madchen in Uniform Leontine Sagan

1931

Germany
City Lights Charlie Chaplin

1931

USA
Vampyr Carl Theodor Dreyer

1932

Denmark
Scarface Howard Hawks

1932

USA
Rules of the Game Jean Renoir

1939

France
The Wizard of Oz Victor Fleming

1939

USA
Shop Around the Corner Ernst Lubitsch

1940

USA
The Maltese Falcon John Huston

1941

USA
Citizen Kane Orson Welles

1941

USA
Sullivan’s Travels Preston Sturges

1941

USA
Double Indemnity Billy Wilder

1944

USA
My Darling Clementine John Ford

1946

USA
The Red Shoes Emeric Pressberger, Michael Powell

1948

England
Bicycle Thieves Vittorio De Sica

1948

Italy
The Third Man Carol Reed

1949

England
Late Spring Yasajuro Ozu

1949

Japan
Sunset Boulevard Billy Wilder

1950

USA
Ikuru Akira Kurosawa

1952

Japan
Singing in the Rain Gene Kelley, Stanley Donan

1952

USA
Tokyo Story Yasajuro Ozu

1953

Japan
The Hitchhiker Ida Lupino

1953

USA
Ugetsu Kenji Mizoguchi

1953

Japan
Seven Samurai Akira Kurosawa

1954

Japan
Rear Window Alfred Hitchcock

1954

USA
On the Waterfront Elia Kazan

1954

USA
Ordet Carl Theodor Dreyer

1955

Denmark
Pather Panchali Satiajit Ray

1955

India
Night of the Hunter Charles Laughton

1955

USA
Throne of Blood Akira Kurosawa

1957

Japan
Seventh Seal Ingmar Bergman

1957

Sweden
Cairo Station Youssef Chahine

1958

Egypt
Vertigo Alfred Hitchcock

1958

USA
Pickpocket Robert Bresson

1959

France
400 Blows Francois Truffaut

1959

France
Breathless Jean-Luc Godard

1960

France
The Apartment Billy Wilder

1960

USA
Cleo From 5 to 7 Agnes Varda

1962

France
8 !/2 Federico Fellini

1963

Italy
Winter Light Ingmar Bergman

1963

Sweden
Daisies Vera Chytilova

1966

Czechoslovakia
Au Hasard Balthazar Robert Bresson

1966

France
Persona Ingmar Bergman

1966

Sweden
Playtime Jacques Tati

1967

France
Weekend Jean-Luc Godard

1967

France
2001: A Space Odyssey Stanley Kubrick

1968

USA
Wanda Barbara Loden

1970

USA
Walkabout Nicholas Roeg

1971

England
A New Leaf Elaine May

1971

USA
Solaris Andrei Tarkovsky

1972

Russia
The Godfather Frances Ford Coppola

1972

USA
Touki Bouki Djribil Diop Mambety

1973

Senegal
The Godfather II Frances Ford Coppola

1974

USA
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Toby Hooper

1974

USA
Jeanne Dielman, 23 quai du Commence, 1800 Buxelles Chantal Akerman

1975

France
Nashville Robert Altman

1975

USA
Harlan County USA Barbara Kopple

1976

USA
Taxi Driver Martin Scosese

1976

USA
Stroszek Werner Herzog

1977

Germany
The American Friend Wim Wenders

1977

Germany
The Ascent Larisa Shepitko

1977

Russia
Days of Heaven Terrence Malick

1978

USA
Stalker Andrei Tarkovsky

1979

Russia
Alien Ridley Scott

1979

USA
The Draughtman’s Contract Peter Greenaway

1982

England
Brazil Terry Gilliam

1985

USA
The Fly David Cronenberg

1986

Canada
Where is the Friend’s House? Abbas Kiarostami

1987

Iran
Do the Right Thing Spike Lee

1989

USA
Daughters of the Dust Julie Dash

1991

USA
Breaking the Waves Lars Von Trier

1996

Denmark
Princess Monanoke Hayao Miyazaki

1997

Japan
Ratcatcher Lynne Ramsay

1999

England
Eyes Wide Shut Stanley Kubrick

1999

USA
In the Mood for Love Wong Kar-Wai

2000

Hong Kong
Y tu mama tambien Alfonso Curon

2001

Mexico
Mulholland Drive David Lynch

2001

USA
Monsoon Wedding Mira Nair

2001

India
Oldboy Park Chan-Wook

2003

South Korea
House of Flying Daggers Zhang Yimou

2004

China
Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story Michael Winterbottom

2005

England
Pan’s Labyrinth Guillermo del Toro

2006

Mexico
Persepolis Marjane Satrapi

2007

Iran
There Will Be Blood Paul Thomas Anderson

2007

USA
Bright Star Jane Campion

2009

Australia
Girlhood Celine Sciamma

2014

France
Moonlight Barry Jenkins

2016

USA
The Rider Chloe Zhou

2017

China
The Nightingale Jennifer Kent

2018

Australia
Parasite Bong Joon-ho

2019

South Korea

Written by: Gareth Jones

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