Wednesday, January 22, 2014

100 Films That I Would Consider to be My Favourites

Vertigo.  Singin' in the Rain.  The Rules of the Game.  2001: A Space Odyssey.  Seven Samurai.  More modern films such as Taxi Driver.  Star Wars, Pulp Fiction, and Brazil.  Perennial list-topper, Citizen Kane.  What do these films have in common?  Well, duh.  All ya have to do is read the title of this post to know what that particular commonality happens to be.  So, let's move on, shall we?  Ya see, since I'm what one might call an expert (well, sorta) on the subject of cinema and film history, and all that so-called jazz, people often ask me to count off my favourite films, or sometimes, more arrogantly, the ten best or greatest films.  And, like a trained seal (though I'm guessing a seal, trained or not, could not actually do such a thing) I spout 'em out.  Most people look at me with a strange sort of expression.  Sure, they've heard of some of them (who hasn't heard of Citizen Fucking Kane!?), but others just go right past their supposed wheelhouse of know-how, and these people (obviously the less cinematically-inclined - my fellow critical compatriots are never bewildered by such antics) end up walking away in total bumfuzzlement.  Ah well, their loss.  But I digress.

As I wanted to say before I was so rudely distracted by my own ever-wandering mind (and surprisingly fast-typing hunt-n-peck fingertips), is that I have finally compiled a list of these aforementioned favourite films, just for your friendly (or not-so-friendly - all up to you) perusal.  This list has been painstakingly compiled by yours truly (arranged and rearranged and rearranged again ad infinitum) and represents my eclectic taste in cinema - or in all things really.  Sure, there are the standard bearers, such canonical doo-dads as the aforementioned Kane, or Kurosawa's Seven Samurai, Chaplin's City Lights, Hitchcock's Vertigo, et cetera, but there are also some more unique (some may say questionable, but who cares about those people!) choices.  How many lists such as this, include the likes of Bogdanovich's Targets, or Wellman's pre-code doozy, Safe in Hell?  Not as many as should, dammit!  There are some other unique/questionable choices in here as well, but I'll let you peruse the list to find those.  And peruse you shall.  I built this damn thing, so you now need to read it.  If you build it... (and no, the film referenced there is most certainly not on this list).  So, without any further ado, I give you the link to my very special page of faves.  Enjoy the crap out of it.  And, as always, see ya 'round the web.

What a list, right?  I know.  What can I say, I have great taste.  Who am I to argue?  As for future additions to the list, instead of replacing, I will probably just add to the list a la 101 Favourites, 105 Favourites, 117 Faves, and so on and so on.  You get the picture.  Basically this is due to the fact that it took me a lot of hair-pulling (metaphorically, of course), and damn if I'm gonna change it!  But anyway, there ya have it.  Let me know whatchya think - either here or (more preferably) in the comments section of the list page itself.  Hey, why not give me your lists as well.  Just post 'em in the comments section of the list.  Well, that's it...for now.  Below is a collage piece, showing the top 25 on my list.  Enjoy.  And (once more), see ya 'round the web.


  1. Nice blend of pretentious film snobbery and cooler-than-thou hipsterdom.

    Seriously though, this is a good list. A list with which I can agree. A list for which one should be proud. That being said, I must take umbrage at the inexplicable omission of such films as Lawrence of Arabia, Umberto D., Last Year at Marienbad, and Birth of a Nation. Indeed.

  2. Dex - I appreciate your kudos, and your sarcasm. Birth of a Nation almost made the list. It was one of the final ten or so cut from the list at the very very end. Umberto D. and Marienbad are both great films in my mind, just not great enough to make such a list. Lawrence? Ugh, how boring.

    Thanx for stoppin' by.

  3. Too much Bergman, and what is with this love for The Searchers? Highly highly overrated. Don't worry, I'll post a better list, aka MY LIST, sometime soon.

  4. There's never too much Bergman!! And I don't get your hatred for The Searchers. Your loss buddy-boy. Can't wait to see the list of someone who hates The Searchers and Bergman. Didjya notice the sarcasm in my typing?

  5. Great list. I would have put some more 30's and 40's films in. Some Ida Lupino maybe. Out of the Past. Laura. Maybe some more Nicholas Ray. All About Eve. so on and so on. But that's just me. I'm a noir kinda girl after all.