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Cinema’s 101 Greatest


My fellow citizens in Cambridge, UK are trying to save the only cinema we have left for our ‘indie’ and international films. Petition here:

In light of this petition, as with my previous post, I have decided to compile a list of what I would consider the greatest films of all-time. Once again, although these are numbered, I consider them all to be on an equal footing.

In the quiet I wrote of something, something that broke the higher I spoke and my voice choked on letters unwritten.

As before, all non-English films were watched in the langue originale, with subtitles in the case of those I could not understand. The only rule I had when making this list was that I could not choose a film that I had not watched. The film highlighted in bold is what I consider to be the greatest work of cinema ever recorded; whilst that in italics is my favourite film:-

  1. 4 Months, 3 Weeks & 2 Days by Cristian Mungiu, Romania
  2. 8½ by Federico Fellini, Italy
  3. Alphaville by Jean-Luc Godard, France
  4. Amélie by Jean-Pierre Jeunet, France
  5. Annie Hall by Woody Allen, United States
  6. Apocalypse Now by Francis Ford Coppola, United States
  7. Bande à Part by Jean-Luc Godard, France
  8. The Battleship Potemkin by Sergei Eisenstein, Russia
  9. Berlin Alexanderplatz by Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Germany
  10. The Bicycle Thief by Vittorio de Sica, Italy
  11. Black God, White Devil by Glauber Rocha, Brazil
  12. Blade Runner by Ridley Scott, United States
  13. Bonnie & Clyde by Arthur Penn, United States
  14. Bowling for Columbine by Michael Moore, United States
  15. Breathless by Jean-Luc Godard, France
  16. Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Blake Edwards, United States
  17. Brief Encounter by David Lean, England
  18. Brother Sun, Sister Moon by Franco Zeffirelli, Italy
  19. Casablanca by Michael Curtiz, United States
  20. The Children of Paradise by Marcel Carné, France
  21. Citizen Cane by Orson Welles, United States
  22. City of God by Fernando Meirelles, Brazil
  23. The Count of Monte Cristo by Rowland Lee, United States
  24. Chungking Express by Wong Kar-wai, Hong Kong
  25. Cyrano de Bergerac by Jean-Paul Rappeneau, France
  26. The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie by Luis Buñuel, France
  27. La Dolce Vita by Federico Fellini, Italy
  28. Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying & Love the Bomb by Stanley Kubrick, United States
  29. Drunken Master II by Lau Kar-Leung, Hong Kong
  30. Eternity and A Day by Theodoros Angelopoulos, Greece
  31. Gandhi by Richard Attenborough, India / England
  32. Gilda by Charles Vidor, United States
  33. The Godfather, Parts 1 & 2 by Francis Ford Coppola, United States
  34. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly by Sergio Leone, Italy
  35. Gone with the Wind by Victor Fleming, United States
  36. Grand Illusion by Jean Renoir, France
  37. Hamlet by Grigori Kozintsev, Russia
  38. A Hard Day’s Night by Richard Lester, England
  39. Henry V by Laurence Olivier, England
  40. Hiroshima, mon Amour by Alain Resnais, France
  41. Hotel Chevalier & The Darjeeling Limited by Wes Anderson, United States
  42. The Iron Giant by Brad Bird, United States
  43. It’s A Wonderful Life by Frank Capra, United States
  44. Kind Hearts and Coronets by Robert Hamer, England
  45. The Last Emperor by Bernardo Bertolucci, Italy
  46. Last Year at Marienbad by Alain Resnais, France
  47. Lawrence of Arabia by David Lean, England
  48. The Leopard by Luchino Visconti, Italy
  49. Life is Beautiful by Roberto Benigni, Italy
  50. The Long Absence by Henri Colpi, United States
  51. The Lord of the Rings by Peter Jackson, New Zealand
  52. The Maltese Falcon by John Huston, United States
  53. Melancholia by Lars von Trier, Denmark
  54. Metropolis by Fritz Lang, Germany
  55. Midaq Alley by Jorge Fons, Mexico
  56. Mon oncle d’Amérique by Alain Resnais, France
  57. Monty Python’s Life of Brian by Terry Jones, England
  58. Notorious by Alfred Hitchcock, United States
  59. Nuovo Cinema Paradiso by Giuseppe Tornatore, Italy
  60. Obaltan by Yu Hyun-mok, Korea
  61. Olympia, Parts 1 & 2 by Leni Riefenstah, Germany
  62. One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest by Milos Forman, United States
  63. Out of Africa by Sydney Pollack, United States
  64. Out of the Past by Jacques Tourneur, United States
  65. The Passion of Joan of Arc by Carl Theodor Dreyer, France
  66. Pather Panchali by Satyajit Ray, Bengal
  67. Perfect Blue by Satoshi Kon, Japan
  68. Persona by Ingmar Bergman, Sweden
  69. The Philadelphia Story by George Cukor, United States
  70. The Pianist by Roman Polanski, Poland
  71. The Piano by Jane Campion, New Zealand
  72. Pulp Fiction by Quentin Tarantino, United States
  73. Psycho by Alfred Hitchcock, United States
  74. Rebecca by Alfred Hitchcock, United States
  75. The Red Shoes by Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger, England
  76. Rocky by John Avildsen, United States
  77. Romeo & Juliet by Franco Zeffirelli, Italy
  78. A Room with A View by James Ivory, England
  79. The Rules of the Game by Jean Renoir, France
  80. Schindler’s List by Steven Spielberg, United States
  81. Scream by Wes Craven, United States
  82. The Shooting Party by Alan Bridges, England
  83. Spartacus by Stanley Kubrick, United States
  84. Spirited Away by Hayao Miyazaki, Japan
  85. Star Wars, Episodes IV & V by George Lucas, United States
  86. A Street Car Named Desire by Elia Kazan, United States
  87. Sunset Boulevard by Billy Wilder, United States
  88. Szerelem by Károly Makk, Hungary
  89. Talk to Her by Pedro Almodóvar, Spain
  90. Taxi Driver by Martin Scorsese, United States
  91. The Third Man by Carol Reed, England
  92. To Kill a Mockingbird by Robert Mulligan, United States
  93. Tokyo Story by Yasujiro Ozu, Japan
  94. Ugetsu by Kenji Mizoguchi, Japan
  95. The Umbrellas of Cherbourg by Jacques Demy, France
  96. Vertigo by Alfred Hitchcock, United States
  97. La Vie en Rose by Olivier Dahan, France
  98. Wings of Desire by Wim Wenders, Germany
  99. Withnail & I by Bruce Robinson, England
  100. Wuthering Heights by William Wyler, United States
  101. Yojimbo by Akira Kurosawa, Japan

Once again, what’s on your list?

L'Année dernière à Marienbad

L’Année dernière à Marienbad


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