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.
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)
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)
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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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 »
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.
4. Chungking Express (1994)
PG-13 | 102 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
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.
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.
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.
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 »
9. Au Hasard Balthazar (1966)
Not Rated | 95 min | Drama
The story of a mistreated donkey and the people around him. A study on saintliness and a sister piece to Bresson's Mouchette.
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.
11. Harakiri (1962)
Not Rated | 133 min | Action, Drama, History
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.
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 »
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 »
Votes: 1,381 | Gross: $0.14M
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.
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.
Votes: 7,046 | Gross: $0.09M
18. 2046 (2004)
R | 129 min | Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi
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.
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.
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.
22. Samurai Rebellion (1967)
Not Rated | 128 min | Drama
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.
24. Dogville (2003)
R | 178 min | Crime, Drama
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.
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.
27. Solaris (1972)
PG | 167 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
A psychologist is sent to a station orbiting a distant planet in order to discover what has caused the crew to go insane.
28. The Tree of Life (2011)
PG-13 | 139 min | Drama, Fantasy
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.
Votes: 156,391 | Gross: $13.30M
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 »
Votes: 4,353 | Gross: $0.08M
31. The New World (2005)
PG-13 | 135 min | Biography, Drama, History
The story of the English exploration of Virginia, and of the changing world and loves of Pocahontas.
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.
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 »
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 »
36. A Moment of Innocence (1996)
78 min | Comedy, Drama
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.
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.
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.
Votes: 1,640 | Gross: $0.09M
43. Christiane F. (1981)
R | 138 min | Biography, Drama