My Five-Star Films

I’ve never been a big fan of “Top 100” film lists.  It makes more sense to me to rate all the films I’ve seen and make a list of the top-rated films.  Here are the 266 films that I rated 5 out of 5 stars, in chronological order.

  1. Intolerance (US, 1916) Dir: D.W. Griffith
  2. The Pawnshop (US, 1916) Dir. Charles Chaplin
  3. One A.M. (US, 1916) Dir: Charles Chaplin
  4. The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (Germany, 1920) Dir: Robert Weine
  5. Greed (US, 1924) Dir: Erich von Stroheim
  6. Sherlock Jr. (US, 1924) Dir: Buster Keaton
  7. The Gold Rush (US, 1925) Dir: Charles Chaplin
  8. Battleship Potemkin (USSR, 1925) Dir: Sergei Eisenstein
  9. The General (US, 1926) Dir: Buster Keaton & Clyde Bruckman
  10. Napoleon (France, 1927) Dir: Abel Gance
  11. Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (US, 1927) Dir: F.W. Murnau
  12. The Passion of Joan of Arc (France, 1928) Dir: Carl Theodor Dreyer
  13. Man with a Movie Camera (USSR 1929) Dir: Dziga Vertov
  14. Un Chien Andalou (France, 1929) Dir: Luis Buñuel & Salvador Dali
  15. L’Âge d’Or (France, 1930) Dir: Luis Buñuel
  16. City Lights (US, 1931) Dir: Charles Chaplin
  17. Trouble in Paradise (US, 1932) Dir: Ernst Lubitsch
  18. King Kong (US, 1933) Dir: Ernest Schoedsack & Merian Cooper
  19. Zéro de Conduite (France, 1933) Dir: Jean Vigo
  20. L’Atalante (France, 1934) Dir: Jean Vigo
  21. Bride of Frankenstein (US, 1935) Dir: James Whale
  22. Swing Time (US, 1936) Dir: George Stevens
  23. Modern Times (US, 1936) Dir: Charles Chaplin
  24. Grand Illusion (France, 1937) Dir: Jean Renoir
  25. Bringing Up Baby (US, 1938) Dir: Howard Hawks
  26. Stagecoach (US, 1939) Dir: John Ford
  27. The Rules of the Game (France, 1939) Dir: Jean Renoir
  28. The Wizard of Oz (US, 1939) Dir: Victor Fleming
  29. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (US, 1939) Dir: Frank Capra
  30. Gone With the Wind (US, 1939) Dir: Victor Fleming
  31. His Girl Friday (US, 1940) Dir: Howard Hawks
  32. The Philadelphia Story (US, 1940) Dir: George Cukor
  33. The Lady Eve (US, 1941) Dir: Preston Sturges
  34. Citizen Kane (US, 1941) Dir: Orson Welles
  35. The Maltese Falcon (US, 1941) Dir: John Huston
  36. The Magnificent Ambersons (US, 1942) Dir: Orson Welles
  37. Casablanca (US, 1942) Dir: Michael Curtiz
  38. Shadow of a Doubt (US, 1943) Dir: Alfred Hitchcock
  39. Double Indemnity (US, 1944) Dir: Billy Wilder
  40. Meet Me in St. Louis (US, 1944) Dir: Vincente Minnelli
  41. Ivan the Terrible, Part I (USSR, 1944) Dir: Sergei Eisenstein
  42. Children of Paradise (France, 1945) Dir: Marcel Carne
  43. Mildred Pierce (US, 1945) Dir: Michael Curtiz
  44. Rome, Open City (Italy, 1945) Dir: Roberto Rossellini
  45. Brief Encounter  (UK, 1945) Dir: David Lean
  46. Shoe Shine (Italy, 1946) Dir: Vittorio De Sica
  47. Notorious (US, 1946) Dir: Alfred Hitchcock
  48. The Big Sleep  (US, 1946) Dir: Howard Hawks
  49. Beauty and the Beast (France, 1946) Dir: Jean Cocteau
  50. The Best Years of Our Lives (US, 1946) Dir: William Wyler
  51. My Darling Clementine (US, 1946) Dir: John Ford
  52. It’s a Wonderful Life (US, 1946) Dir: Frank Capra
  53. Great Expectations (UK, 1946) Dir: David Lean
  54. Out of the Past (US, 1947) Dir: Jacques Tourneur
  55. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (US, 1948) Dir: John Huston
  56. Bicycle Thieves (Italy, 1948) Dir: Vittorio de Sica
  57. Kind Hearts and Coronets (UK, 1949) Dir: Robert Hamer
  58. The Third Man (UK, 1949) Dir: Carol Reed
  59. White Heat (US, 1949) Dir: Raoul Walsh
  60. Sunset Blvd. (US, 1950) Dir: Billy Wilder
  61. Rashomon (Japan, 1950) Dir: Akira Kurosawa
  62. All About Eve (US, 1950) Dir: Joseph L. Mankiewicz
  63. Diary of a Country Priest (France, 1951) Dir: Robert Bresson
  64. A Streetcar Named Desire (US, 1951) Dir: Elia Kazan
  65. The African Queen (US, 1951) Dir: John Huston
  66. Singin’ in the Rain (US, 1952) Dir: Stanley Donen & Gene Kelly
  67. Ikiru (Japan, 1952) Dir: Akira Kurosawa
  68. Forbidden Games (France, 1952) Dir: René Clément
  69. The Life of Oharu (Japan, 1952) Dir: Kenji Mizoguchi
  70. The Naked Spur (US, 1953) Dir: Anthony Mann
  71. Mr. Hulot’s Holiday (France, 1953) Dir: Jacques Tati
  72. Ugetsu (Japan, 1953) Dir: Kenzo Mizoguchi
  73. The Band Wagon (US, 1953) Dir: Vincente Minnelli
  74. The Earrings of Madame de… (France, 1953) Dir: Max Ophüls
  75. Tokyo Story (Japan, 1953) Dir: Yasujiro Ozu
  76. Seven Samurai (Japan, 1954) Dir: Akira Kurosawa
  77. On the Waterfront (US, 1954) Dir: Elia Kazan
  78. La Strada (Italy, 1954) Dir: Federico Fellini
  79. A Star Is Born  (US, 1954) Dir: George Cukor
  80. Night and Fog (France, 1955) Dir: Alain Resnais
  81. Kiss Me Deadly (US, 1955) Dir: Robert Aldrich
  82. The Night of the Hunter (US, 1955) Dir: Charles Laughton
  83. Pather Panchali  (India, 1955) Dir: Satyajit Ray
  84. Ordet (Denmark, 1955) Dir: Carl Theodor Dreyer
  85. One Froggy Evening (US, 1955) Dir: Chuck Jones
  86. Aparajito (The Unvanquished) (India, 1956) Dir: Satyajit Ray
  87. The Searchers (US, 1956) Dir: John Ford
  88. A Man Escaped (France, 1956) Dir: Robert Bresson
  89. The Seventh Seal (Sweden, 1957) Dir: Ingmar Bergman
  90. Nights of Cabiria (Italy, 1957) Dir: Federico Fellini
  91. Sweet Smell of Success (US, 1957) Dir: Alexander Mackendrick
  92. The Bridge on the River Kwai (UK, 1957) Dir: David Lean
  93. Wild Strawberries (Sweden, 1957) Dir: Ingmar Bergman
  94. What’s Opera, Doc? (US, 1957) Dir: Chuck Jones
  95. Touch of Evil (US, 1958) Dir: Orson Welles
  96. Vertigo (US, 1958) Dir: Alfred Hitchcock
  97. Ivan the Terrible, Part II (USSR, 1958) Dir: Sergei Eisenstein
  98. Some Like It Hot (US, 1959) Dir: Billy Wilder
  99. The World of Apu (India, 1959) Dir: Satyajit Ray
  100. The 400 Blows (France, 1959) Dir: Francois Truffaut
  101. Hiroshima Mon Amour (France, 1959) Dir: Alain Resnais
  102. Anatomy of a Murder (US, 1959) Dir: Otto Preminger
  103. La Dolce Vita (Italy, 1960) Dir: Federico Fellini
  104. Breathless (France, 1960) Dir: Jean-Luc Godard
  105. Peeping Tom (UK, 1960) Dir: Michael Powell
  106. The Virgin Spring (Sweden, 1960) Dir: Ingmar Bergman
  107. L’Avventura (Italy, 1960) Dir: Michelangelo Antonioni
  108. The Apartment (US, 1960) Dir: Billy Wilder
  109. Viridiana (Spain/Mexico, 1961) Dir: Luis Buñuel
  110. Jules and Jim (France, 1962) Dir: Francois Truffaut
  111. La Jetée (France, 1962) Dir: Chris Marker
  112. Cosmic Ray (US, 1962) Dir: Bruce Conner
  113. Knife in the Water (Poland, 1962) Dir: Roman Polanski
  114. The Exterminating Angel (Mexico, 1962) Dir: Luis Buñuel
  115. Vivre Sa Vie (My Life to Live) (France, 1962) Dir: Jean-Luc Godard
  116. The Manchurian Candidate  (US, 1962) Dir: John Frankenheimer
  117. Lawrence of Arabia (UK, 1962) Dir: David Lean
  118. The Trial (France, 1962) Dir: Orson Welles
  119. Cléo From 5 to 7 (France, 1962) Dir: Agnès Varda
  120. 8 ½ (Italy, 1963) Dir: Federico Fellini
  121. The Servant (UK, 1963) Dir: Joseph Losey
  122. The Leopard (Italy, 1963) Dir: Luchino Visconti
  123. Dr. Strangelove, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying & Love the Bomb (UK, 1964) Dir: Stanley Kubrick
  124. Band of Outsiders (France, 1964) Dir: Jean-Luc Godard
  125. The Gospel According to St. Matthew (Italy, 1964) Dir: Pier Paolo Pasolini
  126. Repulsion (UK, 1965) Dir: Roman Polanski
  127. Darling (UK, 1965) Dir: John Schlesinger
  128. Chimes at Midnight (Spain, 1965) Dir: Orson Welles
  129. Ruka (The Hand) (Czechoslovakia, 1965) Dir: Jiří Trnka
  130. Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (US, 1966) Dir: Mike Nichols
  131. Blow-Up (Italy/UK, 1966) Dir: Michelangelo Antonioni
  132. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (Italy, 1966) Dir: Sergio Leone
  133. Belle de Jour (France, 1967) Dir: Luis Buñuel
  134. Bonnie and Clyde (US, 1967) Dir: Arthur Penn
  135. Play Time (France, 1967) Dir: Jacques Tati
  136. The Graduate (US, 1967) Dir: Mike Nichols
  137. Weekend (France, 1967) Dir: Jean-Luc Godard
  138. De Düva: The Dove (US, 1968) Dir: George Coe & Anthony Lover
  139. Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take One (US, 1968) Dir: William Greaves
  140. 2001: A Space Odyssey (UK/US, 1968) Dir: Stanley Kubrick
  141. Faces  (US, 1968) Dir: John Cassavetes
  142. Night of the Living Dead (1968) Dir: George Romero
  143. Midnight Cowboy (US, 1969) Dir: John Schlesinger
  144. Women in Love (UK, 1969) Dir: Ken Russell
  145. Kes (UK, 1969) Dir: Ken Loach
  146. My Night at Maud’s (France, 1969) Dir: Eric Rohmer
  147. M*A*S*H  (US, 1970) Dir: Robert Altman
  148. Five Easy Pieces (US, 1970) Dir: Bob Rafelson
  149. The Garden of the Finzi-Continis (Italy, 1970) Dir: Vittorio de Sica
  150. The Last Picture Show (US, 1971) Dir: Peter Bogdanovich
  151. A Clockwork Orange (UK, 1971) Dir: Stanley Kubrick
  152. Harold and Maude (US, 1971) Dir: Hal Ashby
  153. The Godfather (US, 1972) Dir: Francis Ford Coppola
  154. The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (France, 1972) Dir: Luis Buñuel
  155. Last Tango in Paris (France/Italy, 1972) Dir: Bernardo Bertolucci
  156. Cries and Whispers (Sweden, 1972) Dir: Ingmar Bergman
  157. Aguirre, the Wrath of God (West Germany, 1972) Dir: Werner Herzog
  158. Badlands (US, 1973) Dir: Terence Malick
  159. The Conversation (US, 1974) Dir: Francis Ford Coppola
  160. Chinatown (US, 1974) Dir: Roman Polanski
  161. The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser (West Germany, 1974) Dir: Werner Herzog
  162. A Woman Under the Influence (US, 1974) Dir: John Cassavetes
  163. Swept Away… (Italy, 1974) Dir: Lina Wertmüller
  164. The Godfather: Part II (US, 1974) Dir: Francis Ford Coppola
  165. The Mirror (USSR, 1975) Dir: Andrei Tarkovsky
  166. Nashville (US, 1975) Dir: Robert Altman
  167. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (US, 1975) Dir: Milos Forman
  168. Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles (Belgium/France, 1975) Dir: Chantal Akerman
  169. Taxi Driver  (US, 1976) Dir: Martin Scorsese
  170. Eraserhead (US, 1977) Dir: David Lynch
  171. 3 Women (US, 1977) Dir: Robert Altman
  172. Annie Hall (US, 1977) Dir: Woody Allen
  173. The Marriage of Maria Braun (West Germany, 1979) Dir: Rainer Maria Fassbinder
  174. Apocalypse Now (US, 1979) Dir: Francis Ford Coppola
  175. Being There (US, 1979) Dir: Hal Ashby
  176. Return of the Secaucus Seven (US, 1980) Dir: John Sayles
  177. Atlantic City (US/Canada 1980) Dir: Louis Malle
  178. Stardust Memories (US, 1980) Dir: Woody Allen
  179. Raging Bull (US, 1980) Dir: Martin Scorsese
  180. My Dinner with Andre (US, 1981) Dir: Louis Malle
  181. Fanny and Alexander (Sweden, 1982) Dir: Ingmar Bergman
  182. Local Hero (UK, 1983) Dir: Bill Forsyth
  183. The King of Comedy (US, 1983) Dir: Martin Scorsese
  184. Baby It’s You (US, 1983) Dir: John Sayles
  185. This Is Spinal Tap (US, 1984) Dir: Rob Reiner
  186. Jumping (Japan, 1984) Dir: Osamu Tezuka
  187. Brazil (US, 1985) Dir: Terry Gilliam
  188. Hannah and Her Sisters (US, 1986) Dir: Woody Allen
  189. The Sacrifice (USSR/(Sweden, 1986) Dir: Andrei Tarkovsky
  190. Blue Velvet (US, 1986) Dir: David Lynch
  191. The Singing Detective (UK, 1986) Dir: John Amiel (TV)
  192. Raising Arizona  (US, 1987) Dir: Joel & Ethan Coen
  193. Wings of Desire (West Germany, 1987) Dir: Wim Wenders
  194. The Thin Blue Line (US, 1988) Dir: Errol Morris
  195. The Vanishing (The Netherlands, 1988) Dir: George Sluizer
  196. sex, lies, and videotape (US, 1989) Dir: Steve Soderbergh
  197. Say Anything… (US, 1989) Dir: Cameron Crowe
  198. Do the Right Thing (US, 1989) Dir: Spike Lee
  199. Crimes and Misdemeanors (US, 1989) Dir: Woody Allen
  200. The Decalogue (Poland, 1989) Dir: Krzysztof Kieślowski (TV)
  201. Unforgiven (US, 1992) Dir: Clint Eastwood
  202. Groundhog Day (US, 1993) Dir: Harold Ramis
  203. Naked (UK, 1993) Dir: Mike Leigh
  204. Short Cuts (US, 1993) Dir: Robert Altman
  205. The Wrong Trousers (UK, 1993) Dir: Nick Park
  206. Schindler’s List (US, 1993) Dir: Steven Spielberg
  207. Pulp Fiction (US, 1994) Dir: Quentin Tarantino
  208. Ed Wood (US, 1994) Dir: Tim Burton
  209. Before Sunrise (US, 1995) Dir: Richard Linklater
  210. Pride and Prejudice (UK, 1995) Dir: Simon Langton (TV)
  211. Fargo (US, 1996) Dir: Joel & Ethan Coen
  212. Secrets & Lies (UK, 1996) Dir: Mike Leigh
  213. Lone Star (US, 1996) Dir: John Sayles
  214. Microcosmos (France, 1996) Dir: Claude Nuridsany & Marie Pérennou
  215. The Sweet Hereafter (Canada, 1997) Dir: Atom Egoyan
  216. Fast, Cheap and Out of Control (US, 1997) Dir: Errol Morris
  217. Boogie Nights (US, 1997) Dir: Paul Thomas Anderson
  218. Happiness (US, 1998) Dir: Todd Solondz
  219. The Celebration (Denmark, 1998) Dir: Thomas Vinterberg
  220. Rushmore (US, 1998) Dir: Wes Anderson
  221. All About My Mother (Spain, 1999) Dir: Pedro Almodóvar
  222. Being John Malkovich (US, 1999) Dir: Spike Jonze
  223. Magnolia (US, 1999) Dir: Paul Thomas Anderson
  224. Yi Yi: A One and a Two (Taiwan, 2000) Dir: Edward Yang
  225. In the Mood for Love (China, 2000) Dir: Wong Kar-Wai
  226. Requiem for a Dream (US, 2000) Dir: Darren Aronofsky
  227. Songs from the Second Floor (Sweden, 2000) Dir: Roy Andersson
  228. Traffic (US, 2000) Dir: Steven Soderbergh
  229. Waking Life (US, 2001) Dir: Richard Linklater
  230. Fat Girl (France, 2001) Dir: Catherine Breillat
  231. Mulholland Dr. (US, 2001) Dir: David Lynch
  232. Moulin Rouge! (US, 2001) Dir: Baz Luhrmann
  233. The Royal Tenenbaums (US, 2001) Dir: Wes Anderson
  234. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (US/NZ 2001) Dir: Peter Jackson
  235. Talk to Her (Spain, 2002) Dir: Pedro Almodóvar
  236. Dogville (Denmark, 2003) Dir: Lars von Trier
  237. Capturing the Friedmans (US, 2003) Dir: Andrew Jarecki
  238. American Splendor (US, 2003) Dir: Shari Springer Berman & Robert Pulcini
  239. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (US/NZ 2003) Dir: Peter Jackson
  240. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (US, 2004) Dir: Michel Gondry
  241. Fahrenheit 9/11 (US, 2004) Dir: Michael Moore
  242. Downfall (Germany, 2004) Dir: Oliver Hirschbiegel
  243. Tarnation (US, 2004) Dir: Jonathan Caouette
  244. Born Into Brothels: Calcutta’s Red Light Kids (US/India) Dir: Zana Briski & Ross Kauffman
  245. Grizzly Man (US, 2005) Dir: Werner Herzog
  246. The Lives of Others (Germany, 2006) Dir: Florian Henckel von Donnersmark
  247. Once (Ireland, 2006) Dir: John Carney
  248. 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (Romania, 2007) Dir: Cristian Mungiu
  249. Encounters at the End of the World (US, 2007) Dir: Werner Herzog
  250. Juno (US, 2007) Dir: Jason Reitman
  251. No Country for Old Men (US, 2007) Dir: Joel & Ethan Coen
  252. Slumdog Millionaire (UK, 2008) Dir: Danny Boyle
  253. Food, Inc. (US, 2008) Dir: Robert Kenner
  254. The White Ribbon (Germany/Austria 2009) Dir: Michael Haneke
  255. Cave of Forgotten Dreams (US, 2010) Dir: Werner Herzog
  256. The Tree of Life (US, 2011) Dir: Terence Malick
  257. Moonrise Kingdom (US, 2012) Dir: Wes Anderson
  258. The Act of Killing (Denmark, 2012) Dir: Joshua Oppenheimer
  259. Boyhood (US, 2014) Dir: Richard Linklater
  260. Anomalisa (US, 2015) Dir: Charlie Kaufman & Duke Johnson
  261. Moonlight (US, 2016) Dir: Barry Jenkins
  262. The Florida Project (US, 2017) Dir: Sean Baker
  263. The Favourite (Ireland/UK/US, 2018) Dir: Yorgos Lanthimos
  264. The Souvenir (UK, 2019) Dir: Joanna Hogg
  265. The Irishman (US, 2019) Dir: Martin Scorsese
  266. I’m Thinking of Ending Things (US, 2020) Dir: Charlie Kaufman

4 thoughts on “My Five-Star Films

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  2. Arch Stanton

    Not sure if you have seen these or they just didn’t make your ‘5 star’ list
    Cool Hand Luke
    Good Fellas
    Miller’s Crossing
    Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
    Once Upon a time in the West
    The Usual Suspects

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    1. beckchris

      Thanks for the list, Arch. Some great films there. The only one I haven’t seen yet is Miller’s Crossing, but I have it in my queue.

      The other films I’ve rated as follows:
      Cool Hand Luke: 4.0
      Good Fellas: 4.5
      Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid: 4.0
      Once Upon a time in the West: 4.0
      The Usual Suspects: 4.0

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  3. Arch Stanton

    Also,
    Chariots of Fire [1981]
    Amadeus [1984]

    and my favorite ‘whodunit’ of all-time … little known movie ‘The last of Sheila’ [1973]

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