Jaime’s Favourite Films

A self-confession from me, this isn’t always going to remain a permanent list. I was wondering whether I could really whittle down this list to a top 100 or a top 250 in response to IMDb’s Top 250, but truthfully the amount of films that I watch over the years only keeps this list fluctuating over time. So, I’ve updated this list accordingly to represent my favourite films right this moment. I also do want to give special shoutouts to certain films and miniseries that I initially thought about listing (SatantangoThe Decalogue, and Berlin Alexanderplatz) among many, because the lengthy experience that they provide ultimately does not make it seem fair for me to rank these among these.

In the event that there is a film reviewed with a ✯✯✯✯½  or lower rating at the time of the review, I’ll still post the link here! The score at the time is reflective of how I felt then, whereas its listing now (or as you can find on my Letterboxd profile) is reflective of my current standing.

You can already say that this is my personal canon – the films that speak the most to me as I am right now. This is never a permanent list, for as I keep watching more films, titles are to fall and come in at any point. At some point, maybe the limit may increase for as I see more films and my attachment to them grows, the selection can be quite restricting. Because what’s the point in trying to pride yourself a film lover if you always hold yourself at great limits to something you love so greatly?

Without further ado, you can see a list of my favourite movies starting from here:

  1. Ikiru
  2. Mulholland Drive
  3. A Brighter Summer Day
  4. Persona
  5. Taxi Driver
  6. Vertigo
  7. Nashville
  8. Don’t Look Now
  9. The Graduate
  10. Hiroshima Mon Amour
  11. Magnolia
  12. Tokyo Story
  13. Only Angels Have Wings
  14. Yi Yi
  15. Solaris
  16. Seven Samurai
  17. Paris, Texas
  18. In a Lonely Place
  19. Barry Lyndon
  20. Spirited Away
  21. The Human Condition
  22. A Woman Under the Influence
  23. The 400 Blows
  24. Brazil
  25. 2001: A Space Odyssey
  26. McCabe & Mrs. Miller
  27. On the Waterfront
  28. Casablanca
  29. The Story of the Last Chrysanthemums
  30. Singin’ in the Rain
  31. The Apartment
  32. The Double Life of Veronique
  33. Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
  34. Do the Right Thing
  35. Princess Mononoke
  36. Lawrence of Arabia
  37. Anatomy of a Murder
  38. Blade Runner
  39. In the Mood for Love
  40. Three Colors Trilogy (Blue, White, Red)
  41. Woman in the Dunes
  42. Repulsion
  43. Short Cuts
  44. Le Samouraï
  45. The Passion of Joan of Arc
  46. High and Low
  47. All That Jazz
  48. Chinatown
  49. The Leopard
  50. A Touch of Zen
  51. Army of Shadows
  52. My Neighbor Totoro
  53. Raging Bull
  54. Blue Velvet
  55. Sullivan’s Travels
  56. Fanny & Alexander
  57. Make Way for Tomorrow
  58. La Dolce Vita
  59. It’s a Wonderful Life
  60. Apocalypse Now
  61. Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind
  62. The Big Sleep
  63. Umberto D.
  64. His Girl Friday
  65. Wild Strawberries
  66. West Side Story
  67. Tess
  68. Psycho
  69. The Battle of Algiers
  70. The Red Shoes
  71. City Lights
  72. Stalker
  73. Paths of Glory
  74. Sweet Smell of Success
  75. The Big Lebowski
  76. Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles
  77. The Night of the Hunter
  78. The Thin Red Line
  79. Suspiria
  80. Eraserhead
  81. Chungking Express
  82. Cries and Whispers
  83. The Piano
  84. Blow Out
  85. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
  86. Once Upon a Time in America
  87. Eyes Wide Shut
  88. Harakiri
  89. Sansho the Bailiff
  90. The Searchers
  91. The Shining
  92. The Third Man
  93. Network
  94. Rashomon
  95. The Godfather
  96. Rear Window
  97. The Apu Trilogy (Pather Panchali, Aparajito, Apur Sansar)
  98. There Will Be Blood
  99. Mikey and Nicky
  100. Children of Men
  101. Castle in the Sky
  102. Beau Travail
  103. The Last Picture Show
  104. Mirror
  105. Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown
  106. Out of the Past
  107. Late Spring
  108. Kiss Me Deadly
  109. Boogie Nights
  110. The Young Girls of Rochefort
  111. Vagabond
  112. Rosemary’s Baby
  113. Throne of Blood
  114. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
  115. Last Year at Marienbad
  116. GoodFellas
  117. Bicycle Thieves
  118. The Matrix
  119. Day for Night
  120. Sunset Boulevard
  121. Being There
  122. Malcolm X
  123. Johnny Guitar
  124. Brief Encounter
  125. Once Upon a Time in the West
  126. The Player
  127. A Matter of Life and Death
  128. Alien
  129. The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
  130. Exotica
  131. 12 Angry Men
  132. The General
  133. All About Eve
  134. Marketa Lazarová
  135. Dead Ringers
  136. The Conformist
  137. Paris is Burning
  138. Time of the Gypsies
  139. Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters
  140. Harold and Maude
  141. Cléo from 5 to 7
  142. Napoleon
  143. 3 Women
  144. The Emigrants, The New Land
  145. Picnic at Hanging Rock
  146. Weekend
  147. Funeral Parade of Roses
  148. Days of Heaven
  149. Pierrot le Fou
  150. A Clockwork Orange
  151. Ran
  152. Heat
  153. The Virgin Suicides
  154. The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp
  155. Daisies
  156. Bergman’s Reduction Trilogy (Winter Light, Through a Glass Darkly, The Silence)
  157. Tampopo
  158. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
  159. Memories of Murder
  160. The Umbrellas of Cherbourg
  161. The Cranes Are Flying
  162. The Before Trilogy (Before Sunrise, Before Sunset, Before Midnight)
  163. Safe
  164. Elevator to the Gallows
  165. Broadcast News
  166. Videodrome
  167. Opening Night
  168. Pan’s Labyrinth
  169. Kwaidan
  170. Toy Story
  171. Rio Bravo
  172. Perfect Blue
  173. Band of Outsiders
  174. The Thing
  175. Kiki’s Delivery Service
  176. Annie Hall
  177. Vivre sa vie
  178. Double Indemnity
  179. M
  180. Los Olvidados
  181. The Seventh Seal
  182. The Long Day Closes
  183. Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
  184. The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover
  185. My Dinner with André
  186. The Rules of the Game
  187. Pulp Fiction
  188. Fargo
  189. Naked
  190. The Exterminating Angel
  191. Rififi
  192. Hedwig and the Angry Inch
  193. The Long Goodbye
  194. My Darling Clementine
  195. Mildred Pierce
  196. RoboCop
  197. All That Heaven Allows
  198. Some Like It Hot
  199. The Godfather Part II
  200. Ghost in the Shell
  201. Belle de Jour
  202. Raiders of the Lost Ark
  203. Manila in the Claws of Light
  204. The Philadelphia Story
  205. Stop Making Sense
  206. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
  207. Betty Blue
  208. The Texas Chain Saw Massacre
  209. The Sweet Hereafter
  210. Amadeus
  211. The Hidden Fortress
  212. Punch-Drunk Love
  213. Jules and Jim
  214. It Happened One Night
  215. Z
  216. Manhattan
  217. Canoa: A Shameful Memory
  218. In the Realm of the Senses
  219. The Saragossa Manuscript
  220. Grave of the Fireflies
  221. Antonioni’s Alienation Trilogy (L’avventura, La notte, L’eclisse)
  222. Au Revoir Les Enfants
  223. Halloween
  224. sex, lies, and videotape
  225. Oasis
  226. Farewell My Concubine
  227. The Piano Teacher
  228. Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
  229. The Silence of the Lambs
  230. Dog Day Afternoon
  231. Close-Up
  232. The Tree of Life
  233. Old Joy
  234. Love Streams
  235. Jaws
  236. Red River
  237. Aguirre, the Wrath of God
  238. The Fisher King
  239. Yojimbo
  240. The Deer Hunter
  241. The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie
  242. The Truman Show
  243. Bigger Than Life
  244. Beauty and the Beast
  245. Autumn Sonata
  246. Millennium Actress
  247. The Exorcist
  248. Rebel Without a Cause
  249. Y Tu Mamá También
  250. The Wild Bunch
  251. Valerie and Her Week of Wonders
  252. The Great Silence
  253. Drifting Clouds
  254. The Devils
  255. Pickup on South Street
  256. Metropolis
  257. Pauline at the Beach
  258. The Shop Around the Corner
  259. After Life
  260. Rushmore
  261. Election
  262. Possession
  263. Raise the Red Lantern
  264. The Best Years of Our Lives
  265. The Insider
  266. The Innocents
  267. The Hustler
  268. Close Encounters of the Third Kind
  269. All About My Mother
  270. Roman Holiday
  271. Hannah and Her Sisters
  272. The Ascent
  273. The French Connection
  274. Seconds
  275. Wings of Desire
  276. The Palm Beach Story
  277. Sans Soleil
  278. El sur
  279. Onibaba
  280. Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me
  281. To Be or Not to Be
  282. The Earrings of Madame de…
  283. Ugetsu
  284. La Haine
  285. Wild at Heart
  286. Out of Sight
  287. My Own Private Idaho
  288. An Autumn Afternoon
  289. A Star is Born
  290. The King of Comedy
  291. The Fly
  292. Trust
  293. Boyfriends and Girlfriends
  294. The Master
  295. Cure
  296. Parasite
  297. Ratcatcher
  298. Klute
  299. Le Cercle Rouge