Top 50

If you compare my ratings to my top fifty list, you will probably notice that I have 5/5 scores much lower than some films that are 4.5/5 or even 4/5. 

For me, the 5/5 is both a rating of perceived merit and enjoyment of a film; it’s an all encompassing score of a movie for me. That being said, when I look at, for example, a movie like Christopher Robin: I love this movie, it’s pretty good, but my inclusion of it in this list comes much less from its merit OR my enjoyment of it so much as it does from nostalgia and the way it makes me feel. 

I will never tell you HWY: An American Pastoral is one of the best films of all time. I’ll never tell you Christopher Robin is either, I won’t even tell you Cinema Paradiso is — but I sure do love them.

  • Dead Man

    1

  • The Holy Mountain

    2

  • Stalker

    3

  • The Twentieth Century

    4

  • The Lighthouse

    5

  • Wings of Desire

    6

  • Cinema Paradiso

    7

  • Paris, Texas

    8

  • Mirror

    9

  • Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai

    10

  • Come and See

    11

  • Persona

    12

  • Koyaanisqatsi

    13

  • Call Me by Your Name

    14

  • Titane

    15

  • The Man Who Sleeps

    16

  • First Reformed

    17

  • Santa Sangre

    18

  • HWY: An American Pastoral

    19

  • Portrait of a Lady on Fire

    20

  • Synecdoche, New York

    21

  • It's Such a Beautiful Day

    22

  • Raw

    23

  • La Haine

    24

  • The Tragedy of Macbeth

    25

  • Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters

    26

  • Harakiri

    27

  • The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

    28

  • A Page of Madness

    29

  • The Secret World of Arrietty

    30

  • Häxan

    31

  • Rocky

    32

  • My Life as a Zucchini

    33

  • Powwow Highway

    34

  • Do the Right Thing

    35

  • Mommy

    36

  • Climax

    37

  • Antichrist

    38

  • The Grand Budapest Hotel

    39

  • The Point

    40

  • The Witch

    41

  • Diabolique

    42

  • The Sweet Hereafter

    43

  • Andrei Rublev

    44

  • Eternity and a Day

    45

  • The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover

    46

  • Akira

    47

  • Little Miss Sunshine

    48

  • In the Mood for Love

    49

  • Christopher Robin

    50