From Atlantis to Interzone

Top 10s (Updated Oct. 30)

Only five films are listed for years where I have not seen at least ten very good or great films.


1. Baby Doll (Elia Kazan)
2. A Man Escaped (Robert Bresson)
3. Attack (Robert Aldrich)
4. The Searchers (John Ford)
5. The Girl Can’t Help It (Frank Tashlin)

Honourable Mention: Bigger Than Life (Nicholas Ray), Forbidden Planet (Fred M. Wilcox)


1. The 400 Blows (François Truffaut)
2. Hiroshima mon amour (Alain Resnais)
3. Some Like It Hot (Billy Wilder)
4. The Crimson Kimono (Samuel Fuller)
5. Rio Bravo (Howard Hawks)


1. Shoot the Piano Player (François Truffaut)
2. La Dolce vita (Federico Fellini)
3. Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (Karel Reisz)
4. The Apartment (Billy Wilder)
5. Psycho (Alfred Hitchcock)


1. My Life to Live (Jean-Luc Godard)
2. Winter Light (Ingmar Bergman)
3. Cleo from 5 to 7 (Agnès Varda)
4. Le Doulos (Jean-Pierre Melville)
5. Ride the High Country (Sam Peckinpah)


1. Youth of the Beast (Seijun Suzuki)
2. The Fire Within (Louis Malle)
3. High and Low (Akira Kurosawa)
4. 8½ (Federico Fellini)
5. From Russia with Love (Terence Young)


1. Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (Stanley Kubrick)
2. A Hard Day’s Night (Richard Lester)
3. The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (Jacques Demy)
4. Bande à part (Jean-Luc Godard)
5. A Fistful of Dollars (Sergio Leone)

Honourable Mention: A Shot in the Dark (Blake Edwards)


1. Branded to Kill (Seijun Suzuki)
2. The Young Girls of Rochefort (Jacques Demy, Agnès Varda)
3. Point Blank (John Boorman)
4. The Fearless Vampire Killers (Roman Polanski)
5. The Graduate (Mike Nichols)


1. 2001: A Space Odyssey (Stanley Kubrick)
2. Once Upon a Time in the West (Sergio Leone)
3. Night of the Living Dead (George A. Romero)
4. If…. (Lindsay Anderson)
5. Planet of the Apes (Franklin J. Schaffner)


1. Beyond the Valley of the Dolls (Russ Meyer)
2. Le Cercle rouge (Jean-Pierre Melville)
3. Hi, Mom! (Brian De Palma)
4. M*A*S*H (Robert Altman)
5. The Ballad of Cable Hogue (Sam Peckinpah)


1. Badlands (Terence Malick)
2. The Long Goodbye (Robert Altman)
3. The Exorcist (William Friedkin)
4. The Legend of Hell House (John Hough)
5. Robin Hood (Wolfgang Reitherman)


1. Lenny (Bob Fosse)
2. Ali: Fear Eats the Soul (Rainer Werner Fassbinder)
3. The Phantom of Liberty (Luis Buñuel)
4. The Godfather : Part II (Francis Ford Coppola)
5. Phantom of the Paradise (Brian De Palma)
6. Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore (Martin Scorsese)
7. F for Fake (Orson Welles)
8. Alice in the Cities (Wim Wenders)
9. Chinatown (Roman Polanski)
10. A Woman Under the Influence (John Cassavetes)


1. Blade Runner (Ridley Scott)
2. The Thing (John Carpenter)
3. One from the Heart (Francis Ford Coppola)
4. The Draughtsman’s Contract (Peter Greenaway)
5. Poltergeist (Tobe Hooper)
6. Diner (Barry Levinson)
7. A Good Marriage (Eric Rohmer)
8. Cat People (Paul Schrader)
9. The Secret of NIMH (Don Bluth)
10. Shoot the Moon (Alan Parker)


1. Paris, Texas (Wim Wenders)
2. This Is Spinal Tap (Rob Reiner)
3. Amadeus (Milos Forman)
4. Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (Hayao Miyazaki)
5. Ghostbusters (Ivan Reitman)
6. Stop Making Sense (Jonathan Demme)
7. Gremlins (Joe Dante)
8. The Killing Fields (Roland Joffé)
9. The Terminator (James Cameron)
10. The NeverEnding Story (Wolfgang Petersen)


1. After Hours (Martin Scorsese)
2. Back to the Future (Robert Zemeckis)
3. The Return of the Living Dead (Dan O’Bannon)
4. The Purple Rose of Cairo (Woody Allen)
5. Day of the Dead (George A. Romero)
6. Brazil (Terry Gilliam)
7. 28 Up (Michael Apted)
8. Re-Animator (Stuart Gordon)
9. Smooth Talk (Joyce Chopra)
10. Ran (Akira Kurosawa)


1. Hannah and Her Sisters (Woody Allen)
2. Laputa: Castle in the Sky (Hayao Miyazaki)
3. Betty Blue (Jean-Jacques Beineix)
4. Blue Velvet (David Lynch)
5. Down by Law (Jim Jarmusch)
6. Manon des sources (Claude Berri)
7. Jean de Florette (Claude Berri)
8. Aliens (James Cameron)
9. Pretty in Pink (Howard Deutch)
10. Mona Lisa (Neil Jordan)


1. Goodfellas (Martin Scorsese)
2. Miller’s Crossing (Joel Coen)
3. Pump Up the Volume (Allan Moyle)
4. Gremlins 2: The New Batch (Joe Dante)
5. Edward Scissorhands (Tim Burton)

Honourable Mention: Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead (Tom Stoppard), Metropolitan (Whit Stillman)


1. The Double Life of Veronique (Krzysztof Kieslowski)
2. La belle noiseuse (Jacques Rivette)
3. Delicatessen (Jean-Pierre Jeunet)
4. The Commitments (Alan Parker)
5. Only Yesterday (Isao Takahata)


1. The Sweet Hereafter (Atom Egoyan)
2. Princess Mononoke (Hayao Miyazaki)
3. Jackie Brown (Quentin Tarantino)
4. Boogie Nights (Paul Thomas Anderson)
5. Grosse Pointe Blank (George Armitage)
6. Hana-bi (Takeshi Kitano)
7. Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion (Hideaki Anno, Kazuya Tsurumaki)
8. Regeneration (Gillies MacKinnon)
9. Insomnia (Erik Skjoldbjærg)
10. Gattaca (Andrew Niccol)

Honourable Mention: The Ice Storm (Ang Lee)


1. The Son (Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne)
2. Minority Report (Steven Spielberg)
3. Roger Dodger (Dylan Kidd)
4. Ping Pong (Fumihiko Sori)
5. Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance (Chan-wook Park)
6. Narc (Joe Carnahan)
7. The Magdalene Sisters (Peter Mullan)
8. City of God (Fernando Meirelles)
9. Day of the Wacko (Marek Koterski)
10. Punch-Drunk Love (Paul Thomas Anderson)


1. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (Michel Gondry)
2. The Incredibles (Brad Bird)
3. In My Father’s Den (Brad McGann)
4. The Place Promised in Our Early Days (Makoto Shinkai)
5. Dead Man’s Shoes (Shane Meadows)
6. The Motorcycle Diaries (Walter Salles)
7. Land of Plenty (Wim Wenders)
8. Shaun of the Dead (Edgar Wright)
9. The Bourne Supremacy (Paul Greengrass)
10. Howl’s Moving Castle (Hayao Miyazaki)

Honourable Mention: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Alfonso Cuarón); Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (Quentin Tarantino); Turtles Can Fly (Bahman Ghobadi); The Village (M. Night Shyamalan)


1. Zodiac (David Fincher)
2. There Will Be Blood (Paul Thomas Anderson)
3. The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (Andrew Dominik)
4. Ratatouille (Brad Bird)
5. Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (Tim Burton)
6. No Country for Old Men (Joel Coen, Ethan Coen)
7. 5 Centimetres per Second (Makoto Shinkai)
8. Atonement (Joe Wright)
9. I’m Not There. (Todd Haynes)
10. Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten (Julien Temple)

Honourable Mention: Sunshine (Danny Boyle); The Mist (Frank Darabont); The Bourne Ultimatum (Paul Greengrass); Heima (Dean DeBlois)


1. Rachel Getting Married (Jonathan Demme)
2. WALL•E (Andrew Stanton)
3. A Christmas Tale (Arnaud Desplechin)
4. Hunger (Steve McQueen)
5. Milk (Gus Van Sant)
6. Speed Racer (Andy Wachowski, Larry Wachowski)
7. Vicky Cristina Barcelona (Woody Allen)
8. Let the Right One In (Tomas Alfredson)
9. Synecdoche, New York (Charlie Kaufman)
10. The Class (Laurent Cantet)

Honourable Mention: Wendy and Lucy (Kelly Reichardt); The Wrestler (Darren Aronofsky); Hellboy II: The Golden Army (Guillermo del Toro); In Bruges (Martin McDonagh)


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I hope you know, I’m totally ripping this idea off. 1956 is a really good year for film, I need to get around to seeing the ones on your list I’ve missed so far, namely Attack and The Wrong Man. I was actually watching some clips from Baby Doll on youtube a few days ago, that movie is absurdly good.

Comment by mrsemmapeel

You’re welcome to rip it off, my dear. :D
I should really update this with a lot more lists.

I need to actually get myself a copy of Baby Doll of my own. I want to see it again.

Comment by spengo

I was just thinking that I would like to buy a copy myself. It’s one of VERY few films, that immediately after seeing, I popped in and watched all over again.

Comment by mrsemmapeel

It’s not even out on DVD here. grumble grumble

Comment by spengo

Hell yeah, End of Eva. That’s my number one for 97, though.

Comment by Ocelot

I stumbled upon your page. Liked your format and the Benevolence theme. I’m glad you’re encouraging ripoffs because I’ve done my lists in the same style and format. I’ve seen an ungodly number of movies, so my top 10s are unwieldy and massive and not limited to 10 by any means. Thanks for the idea.

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