All-Time Favorite Movies

In chronological order:

TROUBLE IN PARADISE (1932, Ernst Lubitsch)

TROUBLE IN PARADISE (1932, Ernst Lubitsch)

KING KONG (1933, Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack)

KING KONG (1933, Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack)

IT'S A GIFT (1934, Norman Z. McLeod)

IT’S A GIFT (1934, Norman Z. McLeod)

THE BLACK CAT (1934, Edgar G. Ulmer)

THE BLACK CAT (1934, Edgar G. Ulmer)

THE BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN (1935, James Whale)

THE BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN (1935, James Whale)

MY MAN GODFREY (1936, Gregory La Cava)

MY MAN GODFREY (1936, Gregory La Cava)

DODSWORTH (1936, William Wyler)

DODSWORTH (1936, William Wyler)

THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD (1938, Michael Curtiz)

THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD (1938, Michael Curtiz)

MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON (1939, Frank Capra)

MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON (1939, Frank Capra)

 GONE WITH THE WIND (1939, Victor Fleming, George Cukor, Sam Wood)

GONE WITH THE WIND (1939, Victor Fleming, George Cukor, Sam Wood)

WUTHERING HEIGHTS (1939, William Wyler)

WUTHERING HEIGHTS (1939, William Wyler)

THE WIZARD OF OZ (1939, Victor Fleming, King Vidor, Norman Taurog, George Cukor, Mervyn LeRoy)

THE WIZARD OF OZ (1939, Victor Fleming, King Vidor, Norman Taurog, George Cukor, Mervyn LeRoy)

THE SEA HAWK (1940, Michael Curtiz)

THE SEA HAWK (1940, Michael Curtiz)

REBECCA (1940, Alfred Hitchcock)

REBECCA (1940, Alfred Hitchcock)

THE LITTLE FOXES (1941, William Wyler)

THE LITTLE FOXES (1941, William Wyler)

THE MALTESE FALCON (1941, John Huston)

THE MALTESE FALCON (1941, John Huston)

CITIZEN KANE (1941, Orson Welles)

CITIZEN KANE (1941, Orson Welles)

CASABLANCA (1942, Michael Curtiz)

CASABLANCA (1942, Michael Curtiz)

FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS (1943, Sam Wood)

FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS (1943, Sam Wood)

THE SHADOW OF A DOUBT (1943, Alfred Hitchcock)

THE SHADOW OF A DOUBT (1943, Alfred Hitchcock)

DOUBLE INDEMNITY (1944, Billy Wilder)

DOUBLE INDEMNITY (1944, Billy Wilder)

LAURA (1944, Otto Preminger)

LAURA (1944, Otto Preminger)

HAIL THE CONQUERING HERO (1944, Preston Sturges)

HAIL THE CONQUERING HERO (1944, Preston Sturges)

SCARLET STREET (1945, Fritz Lang)

SCARLET STREET (1945, Fritz Lang)

THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES (1946, William Wyler)

THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES (1946, William Wyler)

NOTORIOUS (1946, Alfred Hitchcock)

NOTORIOUS (1946, Alfred Hitchcock)

IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE (1946, Frank Capra)

IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE (1946, Frank Capra)

BLACK NARCISSUS (1947, Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger)

BLACK NARCISSUS (1947, Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger)

RED RIVER (1948, Howard Hawks)

RED RIVER (1948, Howard Hawks)

THE BICYCLE THIEVES (1948, Vittorio De Sica)

THE BICYCLE THIEVES (1948, Vittorio De Sica)

THE RED SHOES (1948, Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger)

THE RED SHOES (1948, Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger)

THE HEIRESS (1949, William Wyler)

THE HEIRESS (1949, William Wyler)

ALL ABOUT EVE (1950, Joseph L. Mankiewicz)

ALL ABOUT EVE (1950, Joseph L. Mankiewicz)

SUNSET BOULEVARD (1950, Billy Wilder)

SUNSET BOULEVARD (1950, Billy Wilder)

RASHOMON (1950, Akira Kurosawa)

RASHOMON (1950, Akira Kurosawa)

NIGHT AND CITY (1950, Jules Dassin)

NIGHT AND CITY (1950, Jules Dassin)

MISS JULIE (1951, Alf Sjöberg)

MISS JULIE (1951, Alf Sjöberg)

THE QUIET MAN (1952, John Ford)

THE QUIET MAN (1952, John Ford)

THE CRIMSON PIRATE (1952, Robert Siodmak)

THE CRIMSON PIRATE (1952, Robert Siodmak)

REAR WINDOW (1954, Alfred Hitchcock)

REAR WINDOW (1954, Alfred Hitchcock)

ON THE WATERFRONT (1954, Elia Kazan)

ON THE WATERFRONT (1954, Elia Kazan)

EAST OF EDEN (1955, Elia Kazan)

EAST OF EDEN (1955, Elia Kazan)

THE NIGHT OF THE HUNTER (1955, Chales Laughton)

THE NIGHT OF THE HUNTER (1955, Chales Laughton)

THE SEARCHERS (1956, John Ford)

THE SEARCHERS (1956, John Ford)

TWELVE ANGRY MEN (1957, Sidney Lumet)

TWELVE ANGRY MEN (1957, Sidney Lumet)

PATHS OF GLORY (1957, Stanley Kubrick)

PATHS OF GLORY (1957, Stanley Kubrick)

VERTIGO (1958, Alfred Hitchcock)

VERTIGO (1958, Alfred Hitchcock)

THE BIG COUNTRY (1958, William Wyler)

THE BIG COUNTRY (1958, William Wyler)

BEN-HUR (1959, William Wyler)

BEN-HUR (1959, William Wyler)

SOME LIKE HOT (1959, Billy Wilder)

SOME LIKE HOT (1959, Billy Wilder)

RIO BRAVO (1959, Howard Hawks)

RIO BRAVO (1959, Howard Hawks)

ODD OBSESSION (1959, Kon Ichikawa)

ODD OBSESSION (1959, Kon Ichikawa)

PSYCHO (1960, Alfred Hitchcock)

PSYCHO (1960, Alfred Hitchcock)

WEST SIDE STORY (1961, Robert Wise, Jerome Robbins)

WEST SIDE STORY (1961, Robert Wise, Jerome Robbins)

THE INNOCENTS (1961, Jack Clayton)

THE INNOCENTS (1961, Jack Clayton)

DIVORCE - ITALIAN STYLE (1961, Pietro Germi)

DIVORCE – ITALIAN STYLE (1961, Pietro Germi)

LAWRENCE OF ARABIA (1962, David Lean)

LAWRENCE OF ARABIA (1962, David Lean)

TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD (1962, Robert Mulligan)

TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD (1962, Robert Mulligan)

WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO BABY JANE? (1962, Robert Aldrich)

WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO BABY JANE? (1962, Robert Aldrich)

HARAKIRI (1962, Masaki Kobayashi)

HARAKIRI (1962, Masaki Kobayashi)

THE BIRDS (1963, Alfred Hitchcock)

THE BIRDS (1963, Alfred Hitchcock)

HIGH AND LOW (1963, Akira Kurosawa)

HIGH AND LOW (1963, Akira Kurosawa)

THE LEOPARD (1963, Luchino Visconti)

THE LEOPARD (1963, Luchino Visconti)

WOMAN IN THE DUNES (1964, Hiroshi Teshigahara)

WOMAN IN THE DUNES (1964, Hiroshi Teshigahara)

MANJI (1964, Yasuzo Masumura)

MANJI (1964, Yasuzo Masumura)

THE SOUND OF MUSIC (1965, Robert Wise)

THE SOUND OF MUSIC (1965, Robert Wise)

THE BATTLE OF ALGIERS (1966, Gillo Pontecorvo)

THE BATTLE OF ALGIERS (1966, Gillo Pontecorvo)

THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY (1966, Sergio Leone)

THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY (1966, Sergio Leone)

THE FACE OF ANOTHER (1966, Hiroshi Teshigahara)

THE FACE OF ANOTHER (1966, Hiroshi Teshigahara)

PERSONA (1966, Ingmar Bergman)

PERSONA (1966, Ingmar Bergman)

THE GRADUATE (1967, Mike Nichols)

THE GRADUATE (1967, Mike Nichols)

SAMURAI REBELLION (1967, Masaki Kobayashi)

SAMURAI REBELLION (1967, Masaki Kobayashi)

REFLECTIONS IN A GOLDEN EYE (1967, John Huston)

REFLECTIONS IN A GOLDEN EYE (1967, John Huston)

2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY (1968, Stanley Kubrick)

2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY (1968, Stanley Kubrick)

OLIVER! (1968, Carol Reed)

OLIVER! (1968, Carol Reed)

ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST (1968, Sergio Leone)

ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST (1968, Sergio Leone)

ROSEMARY'S BABY (1968, Roman Polanski)

ROSEMARY’S BABY (1968, Roman Polanski)

MISSISSIPPI MERMAID (1969, François Truffaut)

MISSISSIPPI MERMAID (1969, François Truffaut)

STRAW DOGS (1971, Sam Peckinpah)

STRAW DOGS (1971, Sam Peckinpah)

THE GODFATHER (1972, Francis Ford Coppola)

THE GODFATHER (1972, Francis Ford Coppola)

CABARET (1972, Bob Fosse)

CABARET (1972, Bob Fosse)

SISTERS (1973, Brian De Palma)

SISTERS (1973, Brian De Palma)

THE EXORCIST (1971, William Friedkin)

THE EXORCIST (1971, William Friedkin)

O LUCKY MAN! (1973, Lindsay Anderson)

O LUCKY MAN! (1973, Lindsay Anderson)

THE LONG GOODBYE (1973, Robert Altman)

THE LONG GOODBYE (1973, Robert Altman)

THE GODFATHER PART II (1974, Francis Ford Coppola)

THE GODFATHER PART II (1974, Francis Ford Coppola)

THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE (1974, Tobe Hooper)

THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE (1974, Tobe Hooper)

ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST (1975, Milos Forman)

ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST (1975, Milos Forman)

JAWS (1975, Steven Spielberg)

JAWS (1975, Steven Spielberg)

BARRY LYNDON (1975, Stanley Kubrick)

BARRY LYNDON (1975, Stanley Kubrick)

1900 (1976, Bernardo Bertolucci)

1900 (1976, Bernardo Bertolucci)

BUFFALO BILL AND THE INDIANS, OR SITTING BULL'S HISTORY LESSON (1976, Robert Altman)

BUFFALO BILL AND THE INDIANS, OR SITTING BULL’S HISTORY LESSON (1976, Robert Altman)

OBSESSION (1976, Brian De Palma)

OBSESSION (1976, Brian De Palma)

THREE WOMEN (1977, Robert Altman)

THREE WOMEN (1977, Robert Altman)

STAR WARS (1977, George Lucas)

STAR WARS (1977, George Lucas)

SUSPIRIA (1977, DARIO ARGENTO)

SUSPIRIA (1977, DARIO ARGENTO)

SUPERMAN (1978, Richard Donner)

SUPERMAN (1978, Richard Donner)

HALLOWEEN (1978, John Carpenter)

HALLOWEEN (1978, John Carpenter)

ALL THAT JAZZ (1979, Bob Fosse)

ALL THAT JAZZ (1979, Bob Fosse)

ORDINARY PEOPLE (1980, Robert Redford)

ORDINARY PEOPLE (1980, Robert Redford)

THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK (1980, Irvin Kershner)

THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK (1980, Irvin Kershner)

THE SHINING (1980, Stanley Kubrick)

THE SHINING (1980, Stanley Kubrick)

THE ELEPHANT MAN (1980, David Lynch)

THE ELEPHANT MAN (1980, David Lynch)

DRESSED TO KILL (1980, Brian De Palma)

DRESSED TO KILL (1980, Brian De Palma)

THE STUNTMAN (1980, Richard Rush)

THE STUNTMAN (1980, Richard Rush)

THE ROAD WARRIOR (1981, George Miller)

THE ROAD WARRIOR (1981, George Miller)

BLOW OUT (1981, Brian De Palma)

BLOW OUT (1981, Brian De Palma)

RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK (1981, Steven Spielberg)

RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK (1981, Steven Spielberg)

EXCALIBUR (1981, John Boorman)

EXCALIBUR (1981, John Boorman)

TOOTSIE (1982, Sidney Pollack)

TOOTSIE (1982, Sidney Pollack)

E. T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL (1982, Steven Spielberg)

E. T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL (1982, Steven Spielberg)

THE FOURTH MAN (1983, Paul Verhoeven)

THE FOURTH MAN (1983, Paul Verhoeven)

THE RIGHT STUFF (1983, Philip Kaufman)

THE RIGHT STUFF (1983, Philip Kaufman)

TERMS OF ENDEARMENT (1983, James L. Brooks)

TERMS OF ENDEARMENT (1983, James L. Brooks)

THE TERMINATOR (1984, James Cameron)

THE TERMINATOR (1984, James Cameron)

MISHIMA: A LIFE IN FOUR CHAPTERS (1985, Paul Schrader)

MISHIMA: A LIFE IN FOUR CHAPTERS (1985, Paul Schrader)

BLUE VELVET (1986, David Lynch)

BLUE VELVET (1986, David Lynch)

CINEMA PARADISO (1989, Giuseppe Tornatore)

CINEMA PARADISO (1989, Giuseppe Tornatore)

THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS (1991, Jonathan Demme)

THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS (1991, Jonathan Demme)

STRICTLY BALLROOM (1992, Baz Luhrmann)

STRICTLY BALLROOM (1992, Baz Luhrmann)

ED WOOD (1994, Tim Burton)

ED WOOD (1994, Tim Burton)

SENSE AND SENSIBILITY (1995, Ang Lee)

SENSE AND SENSIBILITY (1995, Ang Lee)

CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON (2000, Ang Lee)

CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON (2000, Ang Lee)

DONNIE DARKO (2001, Richard Kelly)

DONNIE DARKO (2001, Richard Kelly)

CACHE (2005, Michael Haneke)

CACHE (2005, Michael Haneke)

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5 responses to “All-Time Favorite Movies

  1. I like the idea of arranging the films chronologically. It saves the mess of having to figure out an exact order, which is where I always fail. Is “M”, “Ben-Hur”, or “Ran” my favorite movie ever? I don’t know, I just love all three of them.

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  2. Hi Eric,
    my compliments on your great film site. It looks like we share quite a few favorites – I appreciate that there are still people out there that enjoy W.C. Fields!
    I’ve just started a film blog at
    https://goldenageofcinemasite.wordpress.com/
    that I noticed you’ve followed – thanks very much for that. I’ve been writing about cult and offbeat films at
    http://www.girlsgunsandghouls.com/ for about 15 years now but I feel it;s time to start on the classics. II hope you enjoy it as it unfolds.
    Please keep up the good work – I hope mine can approach yours in terms of quality!
    take care out there,
    Tony Parsons

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    • Thanks for your kind words. I’m a huge fan of cult films — Corman, AIP, Hammer, Amicus, etc. — so I’m going to check out your site. I hope to hear from you again!

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      • You’re welcome, I hope you enjoy. But I must admit, those studios are respectable compared to some of the stuff I’ve covered. Take care out there!

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