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My quasi-annual list of my favorite films. 250 films, or, ~5% of all of the films I've ever seen. Ranked to perfection, by whim, mood, memory, and circumstance. The ranking will be different before I even click "publish."

When you strip away the preconceptions of canons, peer pressure, AFI Sigh & Sound Top 1,001 You Ought to See Before You Sell-Out Lists, you get a bizarre mix of childhood favorites, films that mean something to you personally, oddities that surprised you, critically acclaimed classics that you can't shake, porn, movies you only remember a feeling from, problematic faves, comfort food movies, popcorn and feminism, movies that stir your blood, movies that make you feel seen, quiet films, bright films, night films, neon films, queer films, the handful of movies that get communism right, half-decolonized tastes, and underdogs you feel it necessary to root for in this fucked up capitalist hellscape.

Or, in other words, my favorite movies.

  • Funeral Parade of Roses

    1

  • No Home Movie

    2

  • Daughter Rite

    3

  • Sink or Swim

    4

  • The Body Beautiful

    5

  • The Company of Strangers

    6

  • The Watermelon Woman

    7

  • Mädchen in Uniform

    8

  • The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

    9

  • Losing Ground

    10

  • The House Is Black

    11

  • Desert Hearts

    12

  • Muriel's Wedding

    13

  • Measures of Distance

    14

  • The Day I Became a Woman

    15

  • Waitress

    16

  • The Night of the Hunter

    17

  • The Angel

    18

  • The Passion of Joan of Arc

    19

  • I Am Cuba

    20

  • 35 Shots of Rum

    21

  • Four Women

    22

  • The Long Day Closes

    23

  • Empire Records

    24

  • Killer of Sheep

    25

  • The Little Girl of Hanoi

    26

  • Two Days, One Night

    27

  • Sleeping Beauty

    28

  • Sambizanga

    29

  • Something Must Break

    30

  • One Sings, the Other Doesn't

    31

  • House

    32

  • Emitaï

    33

  • Four Days in July

    34

  • West Side Story

    35

  • Still Life

    36

  • Shirin

    37

  • Wendy and Lucy

    38

  • Crime Wave

    39

  • Daughters of the Dust

    40

  • Ginger Snaps

    41

  • Flaming Creatures

    42

  • Looking for Langston

    43

  • Mermaids

    44

  • But I'm a Cheerleader

    45

  • Sweethearts

    46

  • Special Bulletin

    47

  • Drunktown's Finest

    48

  • Desperately Seeking Susan

    49

  • Chain

    50

  • Harlan County U.S.A.

    51

  • Je, Tu, Il, Elle

    52

  • Bless Their Little Hearts

    53

  • Cecil B. Demented

    54

  • Stage Fright

    55

  • A Moment of Innocence

    56

  • Suspiria

    57

  • The Trouble with Angels

    58

  • Moonlight

    59

  • Blue

    60

  • Black Girl

    61

  • Torso

    62

  • Dracula

    63

  • Céline and Julie Go Boating

    64

  • Son of the White Mare

    65

  • Pariah

    66

  • Saving Face

    67

  • The Wind Will Carry Us

    68

  • Forever Fever

    69

  • God's Gift

    70

  • Nostalgia

    71

  • When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts

    72

  • Within Our Gates

    73

  • Sound of the Mountain

    74

  • Distant Voices, Still Lives

    75

  • Style Wars

    76

  • Moolaadé

    77

  • Goodbye, Dragon Inn

    78

  • One Wonderful Sunday

    79

  • Mossane

    80

  • This Little Light

    81

  • The Odds of Recovery

    82

  • Folies meurtrières

    83

  • A Question of Silence

    84

  • Come and See

    85

  • Witch's Cradle

    86

  • The Night of Truth

    87

  • The Dark Crystal

    88

  • Fat Girl

    89

  • A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors

    90

  • Kissed

    91

  • The Seventh Victim

    92

  • Bush Mama

    93

  • The Muppet Movie

    94

  • Satantango

    95

  • The Private Life of a Cat

    96

  • Late Spring

    97

  • La Commune (Paris, 1871)

    98

  • Ivan's Childhood

    99

  • Jeanne Dielman, 23, Quai du Commerce 1080 Bruxelles

    100