My Five-Star Films

My top-rated films, in chronological order.

Title          Director       Country    Year
One A.M. Charles Chaplin US 1916

Intolerance D.W. Griffith US 1916
The Pawnshop Charles Chaplin US 1916
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari Robert Weine Germany 1920
Greed Erich von Stroheim US 1924
Sherlock Jr. Buster Keaton US 1924

The Gold Rush Charles Chaplin US 1925
Battleship Potemkin Sergei Eisenstein USSR 1925
The General Buster Keaton US 1926
Napoleon Abel Gance France 1927
Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans F.W. Murnau US 1927
The Passion of Joan of Arc Carl Theodor Dreyer France 1928
Man with a Movie Camera Dziga Vertov USSR 1929
Un chien andalou Luis Buñuel & Salvador Dali France 1929
L’âge d’or Luis Buñuel France 1930
City Lights Charles Chaplin US 1931
Trouble in Paradise Ernst Lubitsch US 1932
King Kong Ernest Schoedsack & Merian Cooper US 1933
Zéro de conduite Jean Vigo France 1933
L’Atalante Jean Vigo France 1934
Bride of Frankenstein James Whale US 1935
Swing Time George Stevens US 1936
Grand Illusion Jean Renoir France 1937
Bringing Up Baby Howard Hawks US 1938
Stagecoach John Ford US 1939
The Rules of the Game Jean Renoir France 1939
The Wizard of Oz Victor Fleming US 1939
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington Frank Capra US 1939
Gone With the Wind Victor Fleming US 1939
His Girl Friday Howard Hawks US 1940
The Philadelphia Story George Cukor US 1940
The Lady Eve Preston Sturges US 1941
Citizen Kane Orson Welles US 1941
The Maltese Falcon John Huston US 1941
The Magnificent Ambersons Orson Welles US 1942
Casablanca Michael Curtiz US 1942
Shadow of a Doubt Alfred Hitchcock US 1943
Double Indemnity Billy Wilder US 1944
Meet Me in St. Louis Vincente Minnelli US 1944
Ivan the Terrible, Part 1 Sergei Eisenstein USSR 1944
Children of Paradise Marcel Carne France 1945
Mildred Pierce Michael Curtiz US 1945
Rome, Open City Roberto Rossellini Italy 1945
Brief Encounter David Lean UK 1945
Shoe Shine Vittorio De Sica Italy 1946

Notorious Alfred Hitchcock US 1946
The Big Sleep Howard Hawks US 1946
Beauty and the Beast Jean Cocteau France 1946
The Best Years of Our Lives William Wyler US 1946
My Darling Clementine John Ford US 1946
It’s a Wonderful Life Frank Capra US 1946
Great Expectations David Lean UK 1946
Out of the Past Jacques Tourneur US 1947
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre John Huston US 1948
Bicycle Thieves Vittorio de Sica Italy 1948
Kind Hearts and Coronets Robert Hamer UK 1949
The Third Man Carol Reed UK 1949
White Heat Raoul Walsh US 1949
Sunset Blvd. Billy Wilder US 1950
Rashomon Akira Kurosawa Japan 1950
All About Eve Joseph L. Mankiewicz US 1950
Diary of a Country Priest Robert Bresson France 1951
A Streetcar Named Desire Elia Kazan US 1951
The African Queen John Huston US 1951
Singin’ in the Rain Stanley Donen & Gene Kelly US 1952
Ikiru Akira Kurosawa Japan 1952
Forbidden Games René Clément France 1952
The Naked Spur Anthony Mann US 1953
Mr. Hulot’s Holiday Jacques Tati France 1953
Ugetsu Kenzo Mizoguchi Japan 1953
The Band Wagon Vincente Minnelli US 1953
The Earrings of Madame de… Max Ophüls France 1953
Tokyo Story Yasujiro Ozu Japan 1953
Seven Samurai Akira Kurosawa Japan 1954
On the Waterfront Elia Kazan US 1954
La Strada Federico Fellini Italy 1954
A Star Is Born George Cukor US 1954
Night and Fog Alain Resnais France 1955
Kiss Me Deadly Robert Aldrich US 1955
The Night of the Hunter Charles Laughton US 1955
Pather Panchali Satyajit Ray India 1955
One Froggy Evening Chuck Jones US 1955
Aparajito (The Unvanquished) Satyajit Ray India 1956
The Searchers John Ford US 1956
The Seventh Seal Ingmar Bergman Sweden 1957
Nights of Cabiria Federico Fellini Italy 1957
Sweet Smell of Success Alexander Mackendrick US 1957
The Bridge on the River Kwai David Lean UK 1957
Wild Strawberries Ingmar Bergman Sweden 1957
Touch of Evil Orson Welles US 1958
Vertigo Alfred Hitchcock US 1958
Ivan the Terrible, Part 2 Sergei Eisenstein USSR 1958
Some Like It Hot Billy Wilder US 1959
The World of Apu Satyajit Ray India 1959
The 400 Blows Francois Truffaut France 1959
Hiroshima mon amour Alain Resnais France 1959
Anatomy of a Murder Otto Preminger US 1959
La Dolce Vita Federico Fellini Italy 1960
Breathless Jean-Luc Godard France 1960
Peeping Tom Michael Powell UK 1960
The Virgin Spring Ingmar Bergman Sweden 1960
L’Avventura Michelangelo Antonioni Italy 1960
The Apartment Billy Wilder US 1960
Jules and Jim Francois Truffaut France 1962
La Jetée Chris Marker France 1962
Cosmic Ray Bruce Conner US 1962
Knife in the Water Roman Polanski Poland 1962
The Exterminating Angel Luis Buñuel Spain 1962

Vivre sa vie Jean-Luc Godard France 1962
The Manchurian Candidate John Frankenheimer US 1962
Lawrence of Arabia David Lean UK 1962
The Trial Orson Welles France 1962
Federico Fellini Italy 1963
The Servant Joseph Losey UK 1963
Dr. Strangelove, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying & Love the Bomb  Stanley Kubrick UK 1964
Band of Outsiders Jean-Luc Godard France 1964
The Gospel According to St. Matthew Pier Paolo Pasolini Italy 1964
Repulsion Roman Polanski UK 1965
Darling John Schlesinger UK 1965
Chimes at Midnight Orson Welles Spain 1965
Ruka (The Hand) Jiří Trnka Czechoslovakia 1965
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Mike Nichols US 1966
Blow-Up Michelangelo Antonioni Italy/UK 1966
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly Sergio Leone Italy 1966
Belle de jour Luis Buñuel France 1967
Bonnie and Clyde Arthur Penn US 1967
Play Time Jacques Tati France 1967
The Graduate Mike Nichols US 1967
De Düva: The Dove George Coe & Anthony Lover US 1968
Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take One William Greaves US 1968
2001: A Space Odyssey Stanley Kubrick UK/US 1968
Faces John Cassavetes US 1968
Midnight Cowboy John Schlesinger US 1969
Women in Love Ken Russell UK 1969
Kes Ken Loach UK 1969
MASH Robert Altman US 1970
Five Easy Pieces Bob Rafelson US 1970
The Garden of the Finzi-Continis Vittorio de Sica Italy 1970
The Last Picture Show Peter Bogdanovich US 1971
A Clockwork Orange Stanley Kubrick UK 1971
Harold and Maude Hal Ashby US 1971
The Godfather Francis Ford Coppola US 1972
The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie Luis Buñuel France 1972
Last Tango in Paris Bernardo Bertolucci France/Italy 1972
Cries and Whispers Ingmar Bergman Sweden 1972
Aguirre, the Wrath of God Werner Herzog Germany 1972
Badlands Terence Malick US 1973
The Conversation Francis Ford Coppola US 1974
Chinatown Roman Polanski US 1974
The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser Werner Herzog Germany 1974
A Woman Under the Influence John Cassavetes US 1974
Swept Away… Lina Wertmüller Italy 1974

The Godfather: Part II Francis Ford Coppola US 1974
The Mirror Andrei Tarkovsky USSR 1975
Nashville Robert Altman US 1975
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest Milos Forman US 1975
Taxi Driver Martin Scorcese US 1976
Eraserhead David Lynch US 1977
3 Women Robert Altman US 1977
Annie Hall Woody Allen US 1977
The Marriage of Maria Braun Rainer Maria Fassbinder Germany 1979
Apocalypse Now Francis Ford Coppola US 1979
Being There Hal Ashby US 1979
Return of the Secaucus Seven John Sayles US 1980
Atlantic City Louis Malle US/Canada 1980
Stardust Memories Woody Allen US 1980
Raging Bull Martin Scorcese US 1980
My Dinner with Andre Louis Malle US 1981
Fanny and Alexander Ingmar Bergman Sweden 1982
Local Hero Bill Forsyth UK 1983
The King of Comedy Martin Scorcese US 1983
Baby It’s You John Sayles US 1983
This Is Spinal Tap Rob Reiner US 1984
Brazil Terry Gilliam US 1985
Hannah and Her Sisters Woody Allen US 1986
The Sacrifice Andrei Tarkovsky USSR/Sweden 1986
Blue Velvet David Lynch US 1986
The Singing Detective John Amiel UK 1986
Raising Arizona Joel & Ethan Coen US 1987
Wings of Desire Wim Wenders Germany 1987
The Thin Blue Line Errol Morris US 1988
The Vanishing George Sluizer Netherlands 1988
sex, lies, and videotape Steve Soderbergh US 1989
Say Anything… Cameron Crowe US 1989
Do the Right Thing Spike Lee US 1989
Crimes and Misdemeanors Woody Allen US 1989
The Decalogue Krzysztof Kieślowski Poland 1989
Unforgiven Clint Eastwood US 1992
Groundhog Day Harold Ramis US 1993
Naked Mike Leigh UK 1993
Short Cuts Robert Altman US 1993
The Wrong Trousers Nick Park UK 1993
Schindler’s List Steven Spielberg US 1993
Pulp Fiction Quentin Tarantino US 1994
Ed Wood Tim Burton US 1994
Before Sunrise Richard Linklater US 1995
Pride and Prejudice Simon Langton UK 1995
Fargo Joel & Ethan Coen US 1996
Secrets & Lies Mike Leigh UK 1996
Lone Star John Sayles US 1996
Microcosmos Claude Nuridsany & Marie Pérennou France 1996
The Sweet Hereafter Atom Egoyan Canada 1997
Fast, Cheap and Out of Control Errol Morris US 1997
Boogie Nights Paul Thomas Anderson US 1997
Happiness Todd Solondz US 1998
The Celebration Thomas Vinterberg Denmark 1998
Rushmore Wes Anderson US 1998
All About My Mother Pedro Almodóvar Spain 1999
Being John Malkovich Spike Jonze US 1999
Magnolia Paul Thomas Anderson US 1999
Yi Yi Edward Yang Taiwan 2000
In the Mood for Love Wong Kar-Wai China 2000
Requiem for a Dream Darren Aronofsky US 2000
Traffic Steven Soderbergh US 2000
Waking Life Richard Linklater US 2001
Fat Girl Catherine Breillat France 2001
Mulholland Dr. David Lynch US 2001
Moulin Rouge! Baz Luhrmann US 2001
The Royal Tenenbaums Wes Anderson US 2001
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Peter Jackson US/N.Z. 2001
Talk to Her Pedro Almodóvar Spain 2002
Dogville Lars von Trier Denmark 2003
Capturing the Friedmans Andrew Jarecki US 2003
American Splendor Shari Springer Berman & Robert Pulcini US 2003
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Peter Jackson US/N.Z. 2003
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind Michel Gondry US 2004
Fahrenheit 9/11 Michael Moore US 2004
Downfall Oliver Hirschbiegel Germany 2004
Tarnation Jonathan Caouette US 2004
Grizzly Man Werner Herzog US 2005
The Lives of Others Florian Henckel von Donnersmark Germany 2006
Once John Carney Ireland 2006
4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days Cristian Mungiu Romania 2007
Encounters at the End of the World Werner Herzog US 2007
Juno Jason Reitman US 2007
No Country for Old Men Joel & Ethan Coen US 2007
Slumdog Millionaire Danny Boyle UK/India 2008
The White Ribbon Michael Haneke Austria 2009
Cave of Forgotten Dreams Werner Herzog US 2010
The Tree of Life Terence Malick US 2011
Moonrise Kingdom Wes Anderson US 2012
The Act of Killing Joshua Oppenheimer Denmark 2012
Boyhood Richard Linklater US 2014
Anomalisa Charlie Kaufman & Duke Johnson US 2015

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