My Favourite Films (Extended List)

by Miquel-Angel | created - 11 Apr 2013 | updated - 1 month ago | Public

Basically, these films, which I rated 8.5 or above based on my own personal criteria and have had the greatest impact on me, are the reason why I love cinema and being a cinephile. This is not the typical blockbuster-based nor English-based list, this is a very eclectic list, but not random. This list is in order and I took special care of selecting each film listed below. There are several countries and several languages, old films and contemporary films, and different genres. Feature films, short films, documentaries and mini-series. Finally, I decided to exclude music dramas and concerts.

A couple of examples of the kind of films you will find here: · Art-house films · Avant-garde films · Bizarre films · Cinéma-vérité films · Coming-of-age films · Crime/Mob/Gangster films (not only the American ones) · Dark Comedies · Existential films · Experimental films · Horror films (j-horror, k-horror, psychological...) · Image/Visual driven films · Indie films · Iranian New Wave films · Japanese films · Korean films · Magical realist films · Metafilms · Mind-blowing films · Mind-twisting films · Music/Musical films · Nouvelle vague films · Psychedelic films · Samurai films · Slice-of-life films · Space films · Spiritual films · Social realist films · Subtle Comedies · Subversive films · Surreal films · Time Travel films · Unconventional Love Stories · Zombie films (including parodies & social criticism) P.S. Questions, comments and suggestions are welcomed.

Note: My previous list was blacklisted because I added one non-adult Polish film (Żuławski's Szamanka) that is considered, incorrectly, as an adult film by IMDb. So, I decided, to create a new IMDb list, which was quite annoying. Be very careful if you add that film to your list, because it might be banned.

Top Directors

1. Satyajit Ray (19 films) 2. Luis Buñuel (16 films) 3. Akira Kurosawa (15 films) 4. Andrzej Żuławski, Robert Bresson (11 films) 5. Jean-Luc Godard, Lars von Trier (10 films) 6. Alfred Hitchcock (9 films) 7. Ingmar Bergman, Terrence Malick (8 films) 8. Andrey Tarkovskiy, Carlos Saura, John Cassavetes, Kar-wai Wong, Kenji Mizoguchi, Kenneth Anger, Philippe Garrel, Todd Solondz (7 films) 9. Hayao Miyazaki, Hideo Gosha, Krzysztof Kieślowski, Martin Scorsese, Masaki KobayashiNico, Stan Brakhage (6 films)

Top Actors/Actresses

1. Tatsuya Nakadai (19 films) 2. Takashi Shimura (12 films) 3. Toshirô Mifune (11 films) 4. Chloë Sevigny, Daisuke Katô (10 films) 5. Al Pacino, Fernando Rey, Jean-Pierre Léaud, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Robert De Niro, Soumitra Chatterjee, Tetsurô Tanba, Tony Chiu Wai Leung (9 films) 6. Agustín González, Chishû Ryû, Fernando Fernán Gómez, José Luis López Vázquez (8 films) 7. Kyôko Kagawa (7 films) 8. Anna Karina, Ben Gazzara, Catherine Deneuve, Geraldine Chaplin, Haruko Sugimura, Jeanne Moreau, John Cassavetes, Manuel Alexandre, Michiyo Aratama, Orson Welles (6 films) 9. Anne Wiazemsky, Bill Paxton, Choi Min-shik, Christian Bale, Gena Rowlands, Harvey Keitel, Jérémie Renier, Juliet Berto, Maggie Cheung, María Luisa Ponte, Masayuki Mori, Max von Sydow, Pierre Clémenti, Ryan Gosling, Sean Penn, Stan Brakhage, Willem Dafoe (5 films) 10. Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bill Murray, Carey Mulligan, Jack Nicholson, Julianne Moore, Kang-ho Song, Klaus Kinski, Matthew McConaughey, Michael Fassbender, Naomi Watts, Nico, Nicole Kidman, Robert Duvall, Samantha Morton, Toni Servillo, Zooey Deschanel (4 films)

Top Languages

1. English (401 films) 2. French (112 films) 3. Japanese (108 films) 4. Spanish (80 films) 5. German (27 films) 6. Korean (24 films) 7. Bengali, Russian (23 films) 8. Italian (21 films) 9. Polish (19 films) 10. Mandarin (18 films)

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1. Lucifer Rising (1972)

29 min | Short, Fantasy

Egyptian gods summons the angel Lucifer - in order to usher in a new occult age.

Director: Kenneth Anger | Stars: Kenneth Anger, Bobby Beausoleil, Donald Cammell, Haydn Couts

Votes: 2,422

2. Cousin Angelica (1974)

107 min | Drama

When the single middle-aged Luis travels from Barcelona to bury the remains of his mother in the vault of his family in Segovia, he is lodged by his aunt Pilar in her old house where he ... See full summary »

Director: Carlos Saura | Stars: José Luis López Vázquez, Lina Canalejas, Fernando Delgado, María Clara Fernández de Loaysa

Votes: 706

3. The Cranes Are Flying (1957)

Not Rated | 95 min | Drama, Romance, War

Veronica plans a rendezvous with her lover, Boris, at the bank of river, only for him to be drafted into World War II shortly thereafter.

Director: Mikhail Kalatozov | Stars: Tatyana Samoylova, Aleksey Batalov, Vasiliy Merkurev, Aleksandr Shvorin

Votes: 12,957

4. Chungking Express (1994)

PG-13 | 102 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

77 Metascore

Two melancholy Hong Kong policemen fall in love: one with a mysterious female underworld figure, the other with a beautiful and ethereal server at a late-night restaurant he frequents.

Director: Kar-Wai Wong | Stars: Brigitte Lin, Takeshi Kaneshiro, Tony Chiu-Wai Leung, Faye Wong

Votes: 53,127 | Gross: $0.60M

5. The Seventh Seal (1957)

Not Rated | 96 min | Drama, Fantasy

A man seeks answers about life, death, and the existence of God as he plays chess against the Grim Reaper during the Black Plague.

Director: Ingmar Bergman | Stars: Max von Sydow, Gunnar Björnstrand, Bengt Ekerot, Nils Poppe

Votes: 143,767

6. Marketa Lazarová (1967)

Not Rated | 162 min | Drama, History, Romance

A grim portrayal of the shift from Paganism to Christianity in medieval Czechoslovakia - as a young virgin promised to God is kidnapped and raped by a marauder who her religious father seeks to kill in return.

Director: Frantisek Vlácil | Stars: Josef Kemr, Magda Vásáryová, Nada Hejna, Jaroslav Moucka

Votes: 3,769

7. Parsifal (1982)

PG | 255 min | Drama, Music

Richard Wagner's last opera has remained controversial since its first performance for its unique, and, for some, unsavory blending of religious and erotic themes and imagery. Based on one ... See full summary »

Director: Hans-Jürgen Syberberg | Stars: Armin Jordan, Martin Sperr, Robert Lloyd, Michael Kutter

Votes: 224

8. Cremator (1969)

95 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

Set in World War II, a demented cremator believes cremation relieves earthly suffering and sets out to save the world.

Director: Juraj Herz | Stars: Rudolf Hrusínský, Vlasta Chramostová, Jana Stehnová, Milos Vognic

Votes: 5,843

9. Au Hasard Balthazar (1966)

Not Rated | 95 min | Drama

100 Metascore

The story of a mistreated donkey and the people around him. A study on saintliness and a sister piece to Bresson's Mouchette.

Director: Robert Bresson | Stars: Anne Wiazemsky, Walter Green, François Lafarge, Jean-Claude Guilbert

Votes: 15,321 | Gross: $0.04M

10. Ashes and Diamonds (1958)

Not Rated | 103 min | Drama, Romance, War

As WWII and the German occupation ends, the Polish resistance and the Russian forces turn on each other in an attempt to take over leadership in Communist Poland.

Director: Andrzej Wajda | Stars: Zbigniew Cybulski, Ewa Krzyzewska, Waclaw Zastrzezynski, Adam Pawlikowski

Votes: 9,257

11. Harakiri (1962)

Not Rated | 133 min | Action, Drama, History

85 Metascore

An elder ronin samurai arrives at a feudal lord's home and requests an honorable place to commit suicide. But when the ronin inquires about a younger samurai who arrived before him things take an unexpected turn.

Director: Masaki Kobayashi | Stars: Tatsuya Nakadai, Akira Ishihama, Shima Iwashita, Tetsurô Tanba

Votes: 24,517

12. Mes Petites Amoureuses (1974)

123 min | Drama

A study of minor events in the adolescence of a boy growing up in small towns. Daniel lives with his grandmother and, after one year of high school, has to go to live with his mother in the... See full summary »

Director: Jean Eustache | Stars: Martin Loeb, Jacqueline Dufranne, Jacques Romain, Ingrid Caven

Votes: 758

13. A Single Girl (1995)

TV-MA | 90 min | Drama

Early one morning Valerie has to tell her unemployed boyfriend Remi that she is pregnant. She has decided to keep the child, but they argue whether they should break up or not. That same ... See full summary »

Director: Benoît Jacquot | Stars: Virginie Ledoyen, Benoît Magimel, Dominique Valadié, Michel Bompoil

Votes: 1,381 | Gross: $0.14M

14. Pickpocket (1959)

Not Rated | 76 min | Crime, Drama

Michel is released from jail after serving a sentence for thievery. His mother dies and he resorts to pickpocketing as a means of survival.

Director: Robert Bresson | Stars: Martin LaSalle, Marika Green, Jean Pélégri, Dolly Scal

Votes: 17,083

15. Mouchette (1967)

Not Rated | 81 min | Drama

A young girl living in the French countryside suffers constant indignities at the hand of alcoholism and her fellow man.

Director: Robert Bresson | Stars: Nadine Nortier, Jean-Claude Guilbert, Marie Cardinal, Paul Hébert

Votes: 8,917

16. Rashomon (1950)

Not Rated | 88 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

The rape of a bride and the murder of her samurai husband are recalled from the perspectives of a bandit, the bride, the samurai's ghost and a woodcutter.

Director: Akira Kurosawa | Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Machiko Kyô, Masayuki Mori, Takashi Shimura

Votes: 135,749 | Gross: $0.10M

17. The Young Girls of Rochefort (1967)

G | 125 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

Two sisters leave their small seaside town of Rochefort in search of romance. Hired as carnival singers, one falls for an American musician, while the other must search for her ideal partner.

Director: Jacques Demy | Stars: Catherine Deneuve, George Chakiris, Françoise Dorléac, Jacques Perrin

Votes: 7,046 | Gross: $0.09M

18. 2046 (2004)

R | 129 min | Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi

78 Metascore

Several women enter a science fiction author's life over the course of a few years, after the author has lost the woman he considers his one true love.

Director: Kar-Wai Wong | Stars: Tony Chiu-Wai Leung, Ziyi Zhang, Faye Wong, Li Gong

Votes: 47,073 | Gross: $0.26M

19. Cría Cuervos (1976)

PG | 105 min | Drama

Three orphaned sisters under the custody of their stern aunt and their handicapped grandmother will have to acclimatise to the new conditions of their shared life, overcome life's constant impediments, and in the process, grow up.

Director: Carlos Saura | Stars: Ana Torrent, Conchita Pérez, Mayte Sanchez, Geraldine Chaplin

Votes: 8,034

20. Walkabout (1971)

GP | 100 min | Adventure, Drama

Two city-bred siblings are stranded in the Australian Outback, where they learn to survive with the aid of an Aboriginal boy on his "walkabout": a ritual separation from his tribe.

Director: Nicolas Roeg | Stars: Jenny Agutter, David Gulpilil, Luc Roeg, John Meillon

Votes: 20,827

21. The Sword of Doom (1966)

Not Rated | 120 min | Action, Drama

Through his unconscionable actions against others, a sociopath samurai builds a trail of vendettas that follow him closely.

Director: Kihachi Okamoto | Stars: Tatsuya Nakadai, Michiyo Aratama, Yûzô Kayama, Yôko Naitô

Votes: 8,391

22. Samurai Rebellion (1967)

Not Rated | 128 min | Drama

90 Metascore

The mother of a feudal lord's only heir is kidnapped away from her husband by the lord. The husband and his samurai father must decide whether to accept the unjust decision, or risk death to get her back.

Director: Masaki Kobayashi | Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Yôko Tsukasa, Gô Katô, Tatsuyoshi Ehara

Votes: 9,153

23. The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964)

Not Rated | 91 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

86 Metascore

A young woman separated from her lover by war faces a life-altering decision.

Director: Jacques Demy | Stars: Catherine Deneuve, Nino Castelnuovo, Anne Vernon, Marc Michel

Votes: 20,583 | Gross: $0.02M

24. Dogville (2003)

R | 178 min | Crime, Drama

60 Metascore

A woman on the run from the mob is reluctantly accepted in a small Colorado town. In exchange, she agrees to work for them. As a search visits the town, she finds out that their support has a price. Yet her dangerous secret is never far away.

Director: Lars von Trier | Stars: Nicole Kidman, Paul Bettany, Lauren Bacall, Harriet Andersson

Votes: 126,558 | Gross: $1.53M

25. L'Avventura (1960)

Not Rated | 144 min | Drama, Mystery

A woman disappears during a Mediterranean boating trip. During the search, her lover and her best friend become attracted to each other.

Director: Michelangelo Antonioni | Stars: Gabriele Ferzetti, Monica Vitti, Lea Massari, Dominique Blanchar

Votes: 22,976

26. Days of Being Wild (1990)

Not Rated | 94 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

96 Metascore

A man tries to find out who his real mother is after the woman who raised him tells him the truth.

Director: Kar-Wai Wong | Stars: Leslie Cheung, Maggie Cheung, Andy Lau, Carina Lau

Votes: 15,631 | Gross: $0.14M

27. Solaris (1972)

PG | 167 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

90 Metascore

A psychologist is sent to a station orbiting a distant planet in order to discover what has caused the crew to go insane.

Director: Andrei Tarkovsky | Stars: Natalya Bondarchuk, Donatas Banionis, Jüri Järvet, Vladislav Dvorzhetskiy

Votes: 69,715

28. The Tree of Life (2011)

PG-13 | 139 min | Drama, Fantasy

85 Metascore

The story of a family in Waco, Texas in 1956. The eldest son witnesses the loss of innocence and struggles with his parents' conflicting teachings.

Director: Terrence Malick | Stars: Brad Pitt, Sean Penn, Jessica Chastain, Hunter McCracken

Votes: 156,391 | Gross: $13.30M

29. A City of Sadness (1989)

157 min | Drama

A beautiful, historical film based upon the complex lives of four brothers.

Director: Hsiao-Hsien Hou | Stars: Tony Chiu-Wai Leung, Shu-Fen Hsin, Sung Young Chen, Jack Kao

Votes: 3,611

30. Cyclo (1995)

123 min | Crime, Drama

A young man who struggles through life by earning some money with his bicycle-taxi in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh city) gets contact to a group of criminals. They introduce him to the mafia-world ... See full summary »

Director: Anh Hung Tran | Stars: Le Van Loc, Tony Chiu-Wai Leung, Nu Yên-Khê Tran, Nhu Quynh Nguyen

Votes: 4,353 | Gross: $0.08M

31. The New World (2005)

PG-13 | 135 min | Biography, Drama, History

69 Metascore

The story of the English exploration of Virginia, and of the changing world and loves of Pocahontas.

Director: Terrence Malick | Stars: Colin Farrell, Q'orianka Kilcher, Christopher Plummer, Christian Bale

Votes: 78,674 | Gross: $12.71M

32. El Sur (1983)

Not Rated | 95 min | Drama, Romance

A woman reflects on her childhood relationship with her father, attempting to understand the depths of his despair and the truth of his myths.

Director: Víctor Erice | Stars: Omero Antonutti, Sonsoles Aranguren, Icíar Bollaín, Lola Cardona

Votes: 3,800

33. Opening Night (1977)

PG-13 | 144 min | Drama

69 Metascore

An actress suffers an emotional uproar in her personal life after a fan dies trying to see her.

Director: John Cassavetes | Stars: Gena Rowlands, John Cassavetes, Ben Gazzara, Joan Blondell

Votes: 7,722

34. She Spent So Many Hours Under the Sun Lamps (1985)

130 min | Drama, Fantasy

A young film director is turning a movie with his friend Christa (reminds us of the real-life relationship between Garrel and Nico). In the film-within-the-film there are two couples, one ... See full summary »

Director: Philippe Garrel | Stars: Mireille Perrier, Jacques Bonnaffé, Anne Wiazemsky, Lou Castel

Votes: 195

35. L'enfant secret (1979)

92 min | Drama

Four chapters based on the birth of a 'secret child', or a film, with chapter titles: "La séction Césarienne" (Caesarian section: a descriptive detail introducing the mother); "Le dernier ... See full summary »

Director: Philippe Garrel | Stars: Anne Wiazemsky, Henri de Maublanc, Xuan Lindenmeyer, Cécile Le Bailly

Votes: 294

36. A Moment of Innocence (1996)

78 min | Comedy, Drama

70 Metascore

A semi-autobiographical account of Makmahlbaf's experience as a teenager when, as a 17-year-old, he stabbed a policeman at a protest rally. Two decades later, he tracks down the policeman he injured in an attempt to make amends.

Director: Mohsen Makhmalbaf | Stars: Mirhadi Tayebi, Mohsen Makhmalbaf, Ali Bakhsi, Ammar Tafti Dehghan

Votes: 2,665 | Gross: $0.04M

37. Satantango (1994)

450 min | Drama

Plotting on a payment they are about to receive, residents of a collapsing collective farm see their plans turn into desolation when they discover that Irimiás, a former co-worker who they thought was dead, is coming back to the village.

Director: Béla Tarr | Stars: Mihály Vig, Putyi Horváth, László feLugossy, Éva Almássy Albert

Votes: 7,745

38. L'Eclisse (1962)

Not Rated | 126 min | Drama, Romance

A young woman meets a vital young man, but their love affair is doomed because of the man's materialistic nature.

Director: Michelangelo Antonioni | Stars: Monica Vitti, Alain Delon, Francisco Rabal, Lilla Brignone

Votes: 14,909

39. The Goddess (1960)

93 min | Drama

A young woman is deemed a goddess when her father-in-law, a rich feudal land-lord, has a dream envisioning her as an avatar of Kali.

Director: Satyajit Ray | Stars: Sharmila Tagore, Soumitra Chatterjee, Chhabi Biswas, Karuna Bannerjee

Votes: 1,640 | Gross: $0.09M

40. Woman in the Dunes (1964)

Not Rated | 123 min | Drama, Thriller

An entomologist on vacation is trapped by local villagers into living with a woman whose life task is shoveling sand for them.

Director: Hiroshi Teshigahara | Stars: Eiji Okada, Kyôko Kishida, Hiroko Itô, Kôji Mitsui

Votes: 14,853

41. Love Streams (1984)

PG-13 | 141 min | Drama

Two closely bound, emotionally wounded souls reunite after years apart.

Director: John Cassavetes | Stars: Gena Rowlands, John Cassavetes, Diahnne Abbott, Seymour Cassel

Votes: 4,352

42. Stalker (1979)

Not Rated | 162 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

A guide leads two men through an area known as the Zone to find a room that grants wishes.

Director: Andrei Tarkovsky | Stars: Alisa Freyndlikh, Aleksandr Kaydanovskiy, Anatoliy Solonitsyn, Nikolay Grinko

Votes: 98,195 | Gross: $0.23M