My Top 100 Favorite Movies

  1. Serenity (2005, Joss Whedon)
  2. Pulp Fiction (1994, Quentin Tarantino)
  3. Citizen Kane (1941, Orson Welles)
  4. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968, Stanley Kubrick)
  5. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004, Michel Gondry)
  6. Rebecca (1940, Alfred Hitchcock)
  7. Reservoir Dogs (1992, Quentin Tarantino)
  8. Schindler's List (1993, Steven Spielberg)
  9. Persona (1966, Ingmar Bergman)
  10. 12 Angry Men (1957, Sidney Lumet)
  11. Casablanca (1942, Michael Curtiz)
  12. The Best Years of Our Lives (1946, William Wyler)
  13. The Godfather (1972, Francis Ford Coppola)
  14. Ghost Busters (1984, Ivan Reitman)
  15. The Truman Show (1998, Peter Weir)
  16. The Godfather: Part II (1974, Francis Ford Coppola)
  17. Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004, Quentin Tarantino)
  18. La Passion de Jeanne d'Arc (1928, Carl Theodor Dreyer)
  19. Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog (2008, Joss Whedon)
  20. Apocalypse Now (1979, Francis Ford Coppola)
  21. Saving Private Ryan (1998, Steven Spielberg)
  22. Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003, Quentin Tarantino)
  23. Se7en (1995, David Fincher)
  24. Singin' in the Rain (1952, Stanley Donen and Gene Kelly)
  25. The Third Man (1949, Carol Reed)
  26. Smultronstället (1957, Ingmar Bergman)
  27. Sunset Blvd. (1950, Billy Wilder)
  28. Boogie Nights (1997, Paul Thomas Anderson)
  29. The Graduate (1967, Mike Nichols)
  30. Psycho (1960, Alfred Hitchcock)
  31. To Kill a Mockingbird (1962, Robert Mulligan)
  32. The Dark Knight (2008, Christopher Nolan)
  33. Donnie Darko (2001, Richard Kelly)
  34. Mean Streets (1973, Martin Scorsese)
  35. Chinatown (1974, Roman Polanski)
  36. Cidade de Deus (2002, Fernando Meirelles and Kátia Lund)
  37. Children of Men (2006, Alfonso Cuarón)
  38. Grizzly Man (2005, Werner Herzog)
  39. Grand Hotel (1932, Edmund Goulding)
  40. The Great Dictator (1940, Charles Chaplin)
  41. Modern Times (1936, Charles Chaplin)
  42. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939, Frank Capra)
  43. United 93 (2006, Paul Greengrass)
  44. The Philadelphia Story (1940, George Cukor)
  45. Jackie Brown (1997, Quentin Tarantino)
  46. Lost in Translation (2003, Sofia Coppola)
  47. The Grapes of Wrath (1940, John Ford)
  48. All About Eve (1950, Joseph L. Mankiewicz)
  49. Shichinin no samurai (1954, Akira Kurosawa)
  50. Fanny och Alexander (1982, Ingmar Bergman)
  51. The Apartment (1960, Billy Wilder)
  52. Ran (1985, Akira Kurosawa)
  53. The Royal Tenenbaums (2001, Wes Anderson)
  54. Lakposhtha parvaz mikonand (2004, Bahman Ghobadi)
  55. The Last Picture Show (1971, Peter Bogdanovich)
  56. Fa yeung nin wa (2000, Kar Wai Wong)
  57. Höstsonaten (1978, Ingmar Bergman)
  58. It's a Wonderful Life (1946, Frank Capra)
  59. Spider-Man 2 (2004, Sam Raimi)
  60. Arsenic and Old Lace (1944, Frank Capra)
  61. Almost Famous (2000, Cameron Crowe)
  62. North by Northwest (1959, Alfred Hitchcock)
  63. Goodfellas (1990, Martin Scorsese)
  64. Adaptation. (2002, Spike Jonze)
  65. Scener ur ett äktenskap (1973, Ingmar Bergman)
  66. Dead Man Walking (1995, Tim Robbins)
  67. Kumonosu jô (1957, Akira Kurosawa)
  68. The Elephant Man (1980, David Lynch)
  69. Sideways (2004, Alexander Payne)
  70. Dreams (1990, Akira Kurosawa)
  71. A Hard Day's Night (1964, Richard Lester)
  72. The Hustler (1961, Robert Rossen)
  73. Bringing Up Baby (1938, Howard Hawks)
  74. On the Waterfront (1954, Elia Kazan)
  75. Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977, Steven Spielberg)
  76. Woodstock (1970, Michael Wadleigh)
  77. Star Wars (1977, George Lucas)
  78. This Is Spinal Tap (1984, Rob Reiner)
  79. No Country for Old Men (2007, Ethan & Joel Coen)
  80. Hotaru no haka (1988, Isao Takahata)
  81. Das Boot (1981, Wolfgang Petersen)
  82. Hud (1963, Martin Ritt)
  83. Stage Door (1937, Gregory La Cava)
  84. Le Samouraï (1967, Jean-Pierre Melville)
  85. Munich (2005, Steven Spielberg)
  86. Pleasantville (1998, Gary Ross)
  87. The Beatles Anthology (1995, Bob Smeaton, Geoff Wonfor, and Kevin Godley)
  88. Rushmore (1998, Wes Anderson)
  89. Milk (2008, Gus Van Sant)
  90. Blue Velvet (1986, David Lynch)
  91. Roger & Me (1989, Michael Moore)
  92. Amores perros (2000, Alejandro González Iñárritu)
  93. Boys Don't Cry (1999, Kimberly Peirce)
  94. Frankenstein (1931, James Whale)
  95. Band of Brothers (2001, David Frankel, Mikael Salomon, Tom Hanks, David Leland, Richard Loncraine, David Nutter, Phil Alden Robinson, and Tony To)
  96. Easy Rider (1969, Dennis Hopper)
  97. Death Proof (2007, Quentin Tarantino)
  98. Bronenosets Potyomkin (1925, Sergei M. Eisenstein)
  99. Le Salaire de la peur (1953, Henri-Georges Clouzot)
  100. Platoon (1986, Oliver Stone)
Author Comments: 

I couldn't live without these movies. To me, they are the very best of the best.

Very original, and considering films like Citizen Kane or 2001: A Space Odyssey, Serenity (which I haven't seen though) shows up a little surprisingly on the top spot.

Oh well, and of course the overrated Pulp Fiction on #2...

But it's good to see 2 Scorsese-movies on here. (Still the absence of Taxi Driver and Raging Bull hurts.)

Well, I am the world's biggest Joss Whedon fanatic, and a hardcore Firefly fan, so Serenity was like geek Mecca for me. Most people aren't going to love it as much as I do, but I still recommend it, because it's very entertaining with memorable characters and great dialogue.

As for Pulp Fiction, I am a sucker for dialogue. Also one of the reasons I'm such a huge Joss Whedon fan.

I like Scorsese--as my inclusion of Mean Streets and Goodfellas shows--but I don't love him. Taxi Driver is an excellent movie, and on my extended list, shows up at #185. I thought Raging Bull was pretty good, but didn't think it was great.

Joss is boss...

And that's Joss the way I like it!


...and I'm at a loss.

I'm guessing you don't frequent

That was a little in-joke...

Shawshank's no-show disappoints, but this is otherwise an excellent list - Serenity being a nice, unique #1 choice; and it's always nice to see another Eternal Sunshine fan. Great stuff!


I think that Shawshank is an excellent film, but not great (some may ask what's the difference, for them I have no answer :-P).

And, yes, always great to see another Eternal Sunshine fan!

I'm glad to see the wonderful Fanny and Alexander getting in here, and the awful Passion of the Christ being popped out.

Agreed on Fanny and Alexander being wonderful (which is, yeah, kinda obvious since this is my list), but gotta disagree about The Passion of the Christ. I can completely understand why you and many others hated it, but I found it very stunning and emotional. It was one of the few movies I've found myself crying at in the cinema.

Ah, I never spotted Forrest Gump here before. That's my second-favourite movie!

Yep, great movie! :-D

I am a big fan of this list. I like your taste. That's all. Sorry for the pretentious comment.

Thanks! :-D

I'm so glad to see the dark knight make this list, Batman returns was my favourite comic book movie for ages, but i think we have a new favourite, what a great movie it was. In fact i'm seeing it tonight for the 3rd time, on IMAX (3rd overall, 1st on IMAX) and i can't be more excited

do you have a favourite moment? mine would be i loved the scene where joker kills off the commish' and judge, the build up of that droning tone then boom straight into the party crash scene was awesome

Oh man, yeah, that is a sterling sequence.

A favorite part? Hmm...not sure, but there are two candidates: One is the interrogation scene, where the lights are off and the Joker's face glows out from the dark obscuring the rest of the frame. It's just eerie and totally evil. Then, of course, the lights come on and Batman's behind him. Everything that follows in that scene is just fucking intense. The other candidate is near the end, after the boats don't blow each other up, and the Joker is hanging upside down talking to Batman. The way the camera tilts so that he's still upside down yet appears right side up to the audience...I just love that so much. Heath Ledger brought manic inspiration to that role, and everyone around him really stepped up.

IMAX?! You lucky bastard, you. I'd kill to see it in IMAX, but there are no theaters nearby.

And yeah, The Dark Knight is the best comic book movie ever. It would also be the best superhero movie ever, if not for Dr. Horrible and my damn undying Joss Whedon love. ;-)

oh yes great moments indeed i got chills when Joker said "look at you go!" yes that camera trick was very well excuted, gave it a really weird fantasy feel, odd but brilliant

hah not so lucky! i traveled up there today, 45min train journey, with my brother, and it was SOLD OUT!! i should of known but i thought "well its friday, one week after release at 2 30pm, can't be that much of a demand" but i forgot it was school holidays so all the kids were seeing it (not a film i think young kids should see, jokers story about his scars is very dark and grim) the line for people waiting was huge. so i missed out :( ended up seeing it at a normal theatre though cus my brother wanted to see it. I've heard its immense on IMAX.

Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog is a suprthero movie? i never knew. how can i watch it? is it Itunes exclusive, DVD, cus its not in theatres right?

Sucks that you didn't get to see it in IMAX. When I saw Batman Begins for the second time back in '05, I went to an IMAX theater a couple states away, and built a mini vacation out of it. Lots of fun, though of course there were no sequences in that one which were actually filmed in IMAX.

As for Dr. Horrible, it's only like 42 minutes and it's really low-budget so there aren't any superhero battles or anything, but it's the story of a low-rent supervillain who is in love with the girl at the laundromat. Then his smarmy jackass of a superhero arch-nemesis, Captain Hammer, gets the girl instead of him, and things go from there. It's a clever little bit of genre deconstruction, and also a pretty mean social satire to boot. Plus it's a musical! You can buy the whole thing on iTunes for $3.99, or you can watch it for free on HULU:

When I went to the San Diego Comic-Con last week, I met Felicia Day, who plays Penny, the aforementioned laundromat girl, and got her autograph. She is super nice and super pretty.

haha Dr Horribble sounds like a blast. i'll try to check it out but i always find it hard to watch stuff online, i get distracted and end up searching youtube or checking emails lol but sounds funny. Musical elements sounds good, south park the movie is the greatest comedy musical in my opinion, so i'll have to compare the two :)thx for the info mate.

oh awesome, comic con sounds like something i would enjoy. I've never really met anyone famous :(

i've seen it now, thx again for the link , i made some comments about it on my seen in 2008 list, i liked it !

just quick hey to say after a lot of work i have posted a top 100 movies list (or in other words added 50 more onto my existing top 50 list :)

Awesome Le Samouraï placement.


I also totally didn't expect Milk to crack my top 100 before we sat down to watch it. What a great film.

Great list. Its a good mix of popular favorites, film classics, underrated gems, and personal picks. While I may not agree with all the choices, I respect them, and very much appreciate a more well rounded list, as opposed to a generic (but credible) list with all the usual suspects.

... my main reason for commenting, however, is to say how jealous I am you got to meet Felicia Day! She blew me away in Dr. Horrible. Its great that you keep pushing that mini-flick as it showcases Joss' brilliance, and without the commitment of an entire series.

I still can't believe I got to meet her. It happened pretty much by accident. I was standing around at the Browncoats booth on the main floor and I noticed a line forming. I was like, "What's going on?" Then I see a sign that says, "Stand here for Felicia Day autographs!" I was gobsmacked and immediately jumped in line. I was like the third or fourth person back. It was crazy and awesome.

I was in the right place at the right time. For once in my life, haha.