My Personal Top Fifty


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Desert Island films, done quickly and with as little regard to the film canon. An attempt to make a more 'true' list.

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1
Raging Bull 1980,  R)
Raging Bull
Beautifully Tragic. A near perfect film.
2
The Apple (Sib) 1999,  Unrated)
The Apple (Sib)
A highly underrated film by Samira Makmalbaf. A strong emotional punch, and a powerful film about Muslim culture.
3
Psycho 1960,  R)
Psycho
A movie to be analyzed and dissected like one of Norman's birds.
4
Mulholland Drive 2001,  R)
Mulholland Drive
A surreal, funny, sexy, scary puzzle.
5
The Searchers 1956,  PG)
The Searchers
Dark and Beautiful.
6
Vertigo 1958,  PG)
Vertigo
A mindf-k swirl or romantic obsession.
7
GoodFellas 1990,  R)
GoodFellas
The greatest gangster film ever.
8
Down by Law 1986,  R)
Down by Law
An Americana punk-pulp classic.
9
Pather Panchali (Song of the Little Road) 1955,  Unrated)
Pather Panchali (Song of the Little Road)
Pretty much the whole Apu Trilogy, but especially this one. You will cry.
10
Close-up 1999,  R)
Close-up
One of the greatest hybrids of documentary and drama. A powerful emotional portrait.
11
Shadow of a Doubt 1943,  PG)
Shadow of a Doubt
Norton Wilder and Hitchcock, a small town family gothic.
12
Double Indemnity 1944,  Unrated)
Double Indemnity
One of the great film noirs.
13
Bringing Up Baby 1938,  Unrated)
Bringing Up Baby
The story of a man whose lost his bone and a woman whose pussy has gone wild.
14
Aranyer Din Ratri (Days and Nights in the Forest) 2003,  Unrated)
Aranyer Din Ratri (Days and Nights in the Forest)
A cool, modern, Indian new-wave film.
15
Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives 2011,  Unrated)
Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives
A mix-genre meditation on life and death. One of the best films of the millennium.
16
Ugetsu monogatari 1954,  Unrated)
Ugetsu monogatari
Samurais, ghosts, sex and the ravages of war. Has it ever been treated so humanely?
17
Bonnie and Clyde 1967,  R)
Bonnie and Clyde
The great American New Wave film.
18
Persona 1966,  Unrated)
Persona
The documenting of a psychic wound.
19
Pickpocket 1959,  Unrated)
Pickpocket
A film of hands, fate and the movement towards grace.
20
Chilly Scenes of Winter (Head Over Heels) 1979,  PG)
Chilly Scenes of Winter (Head Over Heels)
A very very underrated film by the great Joan Michelin Silver.
21
Annie Hall 1977,  PG)
Annie Hall
Seminal film. Adored and watched over and over from childhood to now.
22
The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou 2004,  R)
The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
Underrated and misunderstood. A high adventure, full of melancholy and emotional vulnerability.
23
Something Wild 1986,  R)
Something Wild
Just as the title promises. A punk Preston Sturges/Samuel Fuller mash up.
24
The 400 Blows (Les Quatre cents coups) 1959,  Unrated)
The 400 Blows (Les Quatre cents coups)
One of the most heartbreaking and gripping films of childhood.
25
Young Frankenstein 1974,  PG)
Young Frankenstein
The best Frankenstein film.
26
Lost Highway 1997,  R)
Lost Highway
Dick Laurent is dead. A great Moebus strip of a film.
27
Sammy and Rosie Get Laid 1987,  R)
Sammy and Rosie Get Laid
British Pakistani's are so cool.
28
Sweet Smell of Success 1957,  Unrated)
Sweet Smell of Success
A jazzy, sleazy underworld noir full of corruption and snappy one-liners. A cookie laced with arsenic.
29
Grey Gardens 2009,  Unrated)
Grey Gardens
One of the best documentary portraits ever.
30
Stairway to Heaven (A Matter of Life and Death) (Stairway to Heaven) 1946,  PG)
Stairway to Heaven (A Matter of Life and Death) (Stairway to Heaven)
An Amazing film about the state between life and death.
31
Alien 1979,  R)
Alien
After feeling somewhat disappointed with Prometheus, I re-watched and am now fully convinced that this movie should never have had any sequels. It achieved perfection, everything else clutters this perfect original.
32
The Night of the Hunter 1955,  PG)
The Night of the Hunter
The darkest cinematic fairy tale.
33
City Lights 1931,  G)
City Lights
Masterful storytelling. A pinnacle of silent film.
34
The Lady Eve 1941,  Unrated)
The Lady Eve
Barbara Stanwyck is one of the coolest women ever. Great crackling witty dialogue, hilarity and romance. Made my valentine's day.
35
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid 1969,  PG)
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
The template of the buddy film and the revisionist western.
36
Stalker 1979,  Unrated)
Stalker
A Wizard of Oz tale, told with meditative slow existential dread.
37
A Serious Man 2009,  R)
A Serious Man
My personal fav amonst the Coen's great works. This is hilarious, spiritual and daring all at once.
38
In the Realm of the Senses 1976,  NC-17)
In the Realm of the Senses
A seriously sexual film about erotic fixation, and the only truly great one I've ever seen.
39
In the Mood for Love 2001,  PG)
In the Mood for Love
Just what the title promises. A dreamy film.
40
Rushmore 1998,  R)
Rushmore
The modern template.
41
Fast, Cheap & Out of Control 1997,  PG)
Fast, Cheap & Out of Control
poetry in documentary
42
High Fidelity 2000,  R)
High Fidelity
The bible for music obsessives.
43
Do the Right Thing 1989,  R)
Do the Right Thing
it was a toss between this and Chameleon Street, but this problematic film has undeniable cinematic pleasures and riches.
44
Inglourious Basterds 2009,  R)
Inglourious Basterds
The greatest film theory action film ever.
45
2 ou 3 Choses que je Sais d'Elle (Two or Three Things I Know About Her) 1967,  Unrated)
2 ou 3 Choses que je Sais d'Elle (Two or Three Things I Know About Her)
The greatest film theory essay film ever.
46
Naked 1993,  R)
Naked
One of the most rivetting performance pieces ever.
47
Dead Man 1995,  R)
Dead Man
Possibly the greatest revisionist western yet.
48
Zodiac 2007,  R)
Zodiac
A moody, slow, brooding procedural. A study of psychotic obsessions.
49
His Girl Friday 1940,  PG)
His Girl Friday
A super fast film, full of one-line zingers and brimming with sexual tension.

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    fb526107533 posted 2 years ago

    The only film missing on this list is Brian De Palma's BLOW OUT - which I could not add due to a hitch in the program. Please consider it number 50 on this list.