Jeff's Favorite Movies

As of today, I've watched and rated 2,150 movies with a number between 1 (a waste of life) to 10 (loved it). Of course, this rating took place over many many years and I can't claim that my ratings have been consistent over the long haul; I'm sure that my tastes have changed during this journey. But although I'd like to, I can't watch all 1,871 movies over again to try and be more consistent, so for what it's worth, here is the list of the 50-or-so movies I've rated 9 or 10, followed by the 200-or-so-next-best films I've rated as 8.

I generally favor movies that are heavy in the plot department; there are many movies which are highly regarded on IMDB or by critics which I don't like at all. Breathless is one such example. To me, it felt like nothing happened, and I rated it a 4. Even the almighty Citizen Kane falls into that category; I rated it a 7 since although it might have introduced lots of new film techniques and had many interesting perspectives, the plot itself was totally boring to me. I didn't ever really care what "Rosebud" meant, so the rest of the film's goodness was lost on me. (unless, of course, if they stop making movies and I've memorized all the movies I've listed below, in which case I will watch Citizen Kane again). If you strongly disagree with both of these non-recommendations, you might as well stop reading here because my tastes don't align with yours. But if you tentatively agree, you may continue on to the next paragaph.

To rate a movie highly (that is, rate it as if I'd really enjoy watching it again, which is what my rating of 8 means), it has to have at least one of the following: a great plot, gorgeous photography, be a musical, contain beautiful music such as the way Kubrick used music, be a great science-fiction movie, or include anything about Italy, or especially Rome, for which I'm a total slut. I'm not at all adverse to non-American films; many of my 200-or-so-next-best films are black-and-white subtitled films. So if you're still reading and these things also tickle your fancy, here are my favorite 300-or-so movies out of the 2,150 I've watched.

I welcome any comments on my choices, which you can send to Jeff Bondono.

My Favorite 50 or so Movies, listed alphabetically

  1. The Adventures of Robin Hood: This is a movie from my own Dad's childhood, almost 20 years before I was born. Wow, could they ever make a fun movie back then. When you think today's action movies are spectacular, sit down with this one and watch how they did it just as well back then. Plus, you get to enjoy a soundtrack by Erich Wolfgang Korngold, one of my favorite modern composers.
  2. Alien: Terrific sci-fi horror film. A distress signal brings a spacefaring crew to a planet where the horror begins. Be sure to watch this one, and at least the first sequel, Aliens
  3. Avatar: The first great non-gratuitous 3D movie. A fun plot, good morals, bad guys who are easy to hate, and pleasing graphics to boot. Watch it in 3D if you can.
  4. The Best Years of Our Lives: Three World War II veterans return home after the war with difficult adjustments to make. This movie touches a lot of people, including me, and shows a time capsule of an America long gone. Plus, geez, that musical score is just delicious.
  5. The Big Parade: In my opinion, this silent film is the best ever made demonstrating the horrors of World War I, especially after the innocence and idylism of the first two acts. Difficult to find, but if you come across it, don't miss it.
  6. The Birds: A classic Hitchcock horror flick. It'll leave a lasting impression on you that you'll contemplate whenever you see an electric power line where a flock of birds are perching. Yikes it maes me shiver just to think about it. Watch this movie!
  7. Blade Runner: The best science-fiction movie ever made. What a spectacular view of the future of Los Angeles, great accompanying sound track by Vangelis, and adaptation of a short story by one of the greatest sci-fi authors ever, Philip K. Dick. One of the last movies made with entirely in-camera effects, before CGI took over.
  8. Blade Runner 2049: The sequel.
  9. (subtitled) Das Boot: Settle down for the slow pace of this movie, with the pay-off that you'll gain an understanding about life in a submarine during wartime. A German U-Boat crew terrorizes British convoys and pays a heavy price for their actions.
  10. Brief Encounter: The story of an affair, proficiently told with beautiful photography, perfect pacing, great acting by two every-people, and accompanied by Rachmaninov's great Second Piano Concerto. Sit down and enjoy 90 minutes of well-told romantic indulgence.
  11. Charade: Cary Grant, Audrey Hepburn, and other merely great actors in a who-dunnit with plenty of twists and turns.
  12. (subtitled) Cinema Paradiso: If you're reading this you probably love movies, as I most assuredly do, so you owe it to yourself to watch this love story to the movies. Plus, a thousand bonus points for being an Italian movie.
  13. A Clockwork Orange: Every Kubrick movie is great, but a few are even greater than the others. This one's about violent youth, and society's way to deal with them, with a typically-superb Kubrick soundtrack. (if you haven't already watched every single movie that Stanley Kurbrick directed, you should stop here and watch them all. Every Kubrick movie is exceptional. After you've watched them all, please continue)
  14. Crash: I like movies which weave seamingly-disparate stories into a unified theme, and this one does it superbly, with a compelling soundtrack that builds to the climax.
  15. Donnie Darko: Wierd wierd wierd sci-fi, watch it a few times.
  16. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind: Another wierd sci-fi masterpiece. Can you erase someone from your past? Are you sure you want to?
  17. Fargo: Jeez I hate that I like this movie so much, but a lot of people do so I guess it's all right. Crime mystery, great likable cops, terrible aweful murderous criminals, the climactic scene has stuck with me for a long time now, makes me squirm in my chair as I write this. Maybe that's part of what makes a movie great?
  18. Fiddler on the Roof: This one's probably my favorite musical of all time. The songs are fantastic, Topol was born to play the part of Tevye, the other actors are also great, the photography is beautiful, and I can identify with Tevye's loss of control over his children. It's a lesson of humility many of us must learn.
  19. Fight Club: This movie is just so wacked out, so fresh and original, and so much fun to watch over and over, that I've gotta believe that once you watch it it'll become one of your favorites, too.
  20. Forrest Gump: One of the few best movies of all time. We just weave through Forrest's life, the mundane, the improbabilities, the impossibilities, and all the while we admire the plain and simple value of being good.
  21. (subtitled) The Great Beauty: You've made it to my absolute favorite movie of all time (so far). It's a love story to Rome, with gorgeous cinematography, an incredible soundtrack, and all-to-brief visits to many of the incredibly beautiful places I love in Rome. I wish I could meet Stefano, who has the keys to all the best places in Rome. And if none of this was enough, this movie has the best, most peaceful closing credits in any movie from any era. This is modern Italian cinema at its very best. Plus, a thousand bonus points just for being an Italian movie. If I've convinced one reader to watch this movie, then I'm happy, because this movie deserves to be watched over and over again.
  22. The Green Mile: A faithful adaptation of a Stephen King book about the inmates and guards on death row. One of the inmates has a special power which the guards discover.
  23. (subtitled) the Hidden Fortress: Peasants, general, princess and lots of gold travel across borders, similar plot to Star Wars (R2D2 and C3P0 help Solo and Skywalker get Princess Leah to safety). Superb comedy, superb direction, love the scene where the generals fight with spears.
  24. Hunt for Red October: A great submarine thriller filled with suspense.
  25. Inception: Top-notch sci-fi with great visuals, and plenty of mind-bending to make it worth several viewings.
  26. Interstellar: Superb sci-fi thriller depicting the search for a new home for humanity after we've finished ruining the Earth due to the poor decisions made during the Trump administration. (I hope I'm wrong about this, but truly fear that the election of this moron is the tipping point)
  27. It Happened One Night: An early romantic comedy from the 1930's that holds up pretty well 80 years later.
  28. It's A Wonderful Life: One of the two best all-time Christmas movies, along with White Christmas (see below). This one beautifully tells the story of a desperate man being shown what the world would have been like without him. Brings tears to my eyes every time I watch it.
  29. The King and I: I just love the songs in this musical. The story is cliche, the acting might not be the best, but wow I do love the music.
  30. King Kong: Great sci-fi, the way it used to be made.
  31. King Kong: A pretty darned good modern remake of the original King Kong.
  32. Koyaanisqatsi: A 90-minute-long music video of time lapse fast motion and extreme slow motion photography with themes of nature, man, and the conflict between them. Accomanied by a Philip Glass score. Highly recommended.
  33. (subtitled) La Dolce Vita: Just a great glimpse of 1960's Rome, the story of a stale reporter attempting to enjoy 'the sweet life', but not really enjoying anything at all. Great Italian music, plus, a thousand bonus points just for being an Italian movie.
  34. Memento: Wow, I've finally found a guy with a worse memory than mine. Q: What happens if you can't remember a thing, and you tell the story backward? A: You get a great movie!
  35. Metropolis: Silent sci-fi film which wrote the book on science fiction in the movies. Watch this film and consider how many of its scenes have been copied over and over again, even still in modern sci-fi movies.
  36. North by Northwest: Wow, Hitchcock sure knew how to create a thriller! This one will keep you enthralled from start to finish. If you've never seen it, you're in for a treat!
  37. Once Upon a Time in the West: A spaghetti western with gorgeous photography, beautiful music and soundtrack, and a good-enough story line to keep it interesting. Clear your mind and enjoy the craftsmanship on this this often-slow-paced film.
  38. The Pianist: A terrific holocaust movie that will leave you a changed person. Beware that this will be depressing and disturbing, but it's a film you won't forget.
  39. The Prestige: Watch carefully to this rivalty between two magicians.
  40. (subtitled) Rashomon: Conflicting testimony of crimes of rape, murder and robbery are told by the three participants in these actions. Then they are recalled during a pounding rainstorm by three people taking refuge under the Rashomon Gate in 12th-century Kyoto, Japan. They seek to figure out the truth, but are frustrated in this effort. Perhaps each testimony is the truth that each witness would have been proud of? This 1950 Japanese movie, directed by Akira Kurosawa and featuring Toshiro Mifune and Takashi Shimura is a true classic, along with The Seven Samurai. So influential worldwide that the term 'the Rashomon Effect' has come to mean occurs when an event is given contradictory interpretations by the individuals involved.
  41. Roman Holiday: This one's just the ultimate feel-good romantic comedy for me. I love the scenery, I think I've been everywhere except the police station and inside Joe's apartment, and wow, Audrey Hepburn's first movie! Gregory Peck and her enjoy a romantic weekend in my favorite city.
  42. (subtitled) Run Lola Run: Lola run through Berlin to help her criminal boyfriend, and you gotta love it. Rinse & Repeat. All with fast-paced nearly non-stop action. My favorite non-war-related German movie.
  43. Schindler's List: The very best holocaust movie ever made. You will never forget this one.
  44. (subtitled) A Separation: Superb story of a married Iranian couple in which the wife decides to separate, setting off a chain of events that might destroy her husband. Prepare for intense drama from start to finish.
  45. Se7en: Detectives chase a serial killer who picks his victims according to the seven deadly sins. Terrific thriller. Shocker of an ending.
  46. (subtitled) The Seven Samurai: This is another superb Japanese film directed by Akira Kurosawa and featuring Toshiro Mifune, as is Rashomon. In this one, seven unemployed samurai soldiers are hired by a small village to defend the village from impending attack. As an American who doesn't understand Japanese culture as a native would, this film will take a few viewings to understand and make sense out of, but it's worth it. The DVD commentary tracks are very helpful.
  47. The Shawshank Redemption: This is one of the very best movies of all time. Based on a Stephen King short story, a man is wrongly convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison. The characters he meets and friends he makes there will pull at your heartstrings. Perhaps it's all a bit contrived and unrealistic, but it's a terrific way to spend 2 hours or your life. Or 4, or 6, or...
  48. The Shining: The ultimate horror movie, based on a book by the master of horror, Stephen King.
  49. A Simple Plan: Three guys happen upon a stash of lost cash and decide on a simple plan to keep it for themselves. Things unravel and become less and less simple as time goes on.
  50. Star Wars IV: A New Hope: This, the first movie released in the Star Wars series, will alway be the best Star Wars film of all time. Period. It was such a shock to see when it came out; we'd never seen anything like this before. Later we learned that much of this was put together in a computer, and that CGI just continued to improve and get more complex and overwhelming with each new movie; that trend continues today. For the story and the characters and the action in this Star Wars series, this original movie has stood the test of time quite nicely. They even tried copying the story, essentially word for word, in 2015's The Force Awakens, but BB8 is no R2D2, and there wasn't even a Wookie. Watch the original again.
  51. Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans: This silent film tells the story of a farmer and his girlfriend who plan to murder the farmer's wife. Be careful what you wish for! This is a great example of a well-done silent film: the musical soundtrack is perfect, and the story is so well told visually that very few intertitles are needed.
  52. Titanic: Spectacular disaster film meets love story meets standing on the bow of a ship and flying through the air. What could be better? If you're the person who hasn't seen this yet, you should watch it.
  53. To Kill a Mockingbird: A father teaches tolerance to his children by example. If only this lesson had been learned back in 1962 instead of still not yet...
  54. Twelve Angry Men: No color, no special effects, almost completely one setting, but superb acting and great storytelling combine to show how a great movie was made back in the day.
  55. 2001: A Space Odyssey: Stanley Kubrick brought us the ultimate sci-fi movie, filled with spectacular pre-CGI graphics accompanied by a beautiful soundtrack of classical music. This movie above all others gives me a sense of what it might be like to travel through space: breakneck speed in a slow motion reality of what it's really like to fly through the aether. Sit down in your recliner for this one, slow down your heartrate, turn up the volume, and let the beautiful images and sound wash over you as you figure out the storyline.
  56. Wait Until Dark: This thriller about a blind lady (Audrey Hepburn) and a band of thugs builds ever so slowly into one of the best horror climaxes of all time.
  57. West Side Story: Everybody knows the musical about the Jets against the Sharks, right? Romeo and Juliet in 1960's New York. Great music by Leonard Bernstein, great dancing, great singing.
  58. White Christmas: One of the two greatest Christmas movies of all time, with "It's a Wonderful Life". But the advantage has to go to White Christmas, since it's an upbeat musical. And wow, what a great set of songs (and dances) are in this movie. Two army buddies team up to give their old General a great Christmas, and to find romance and snow in the meantime.
  59. Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?: Wow, if there was an opposite of White Christmas, it's this one. A bitter married couple tear each other apart during a night of drinking. Be prepared to be depressed and to hate the characters, but Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton do a heck of a job of acting in this one.

In case you agree with my list of favorite movies, here are my 200-or-so-next-best films that you might also enjoy, again listed alphabetically
(The best 34 in this bunch are in bold font)

  1. Ace in the Hole
  2. Advise and Consent
  3. After the Wedding: The owner of a poor orphanage in India tries to obtain funding from a wealthy man in Denmark, and after the wedding of that man's son, everything changes bit by bit.
  4. Airplane!: A slapstick comedy about the happenings on an airplane flight
  5. Aliens: A sequel that's as good as the original!
  6. All Quiet on the Western Front: World War I disillusionment.
  7. All the President's Men: The Watergate scandal
  8. (subtitled) Alphaville: A mix of sci-fi, film-noir, comedy, and over-the-top music
  9. Amadeus: Mozart's life story
  10. American Beauty: Disturbing drama of suburban America
  11. American History X
  12. (subtitled) Amores perros: A Spanish film similar to Crash; Three interwoven stories: a young man who wants to make enough money from dogfighting to steal his brother's wife away, a model who gets in a car accident and falls apart from her husband, and a hired murderer who wants to avoid his last assignment.
  13. Angels & Demons: A thriller at the Vatican
  14. Annie Hall
  15. The Apartment
  16. (subtitled) Apocalypto: I enjoyed the heart-pounding action from minute one through minute 139. There's very little dialog, so the subtitles are pretty easy to keep up with.
  17. Arlington Road: A spy thriller
  18. Arsenic and Old Lace
  19. (subtitled) Ashes and Diamonds
  20. Atonement: The 5-minute steady-cam scene of the British retreat from the Germans at Dunkirk is spectacular, but the entire movie is a beautiful masterpiece. Maybe that's why it won an Oscar and was nominated for 6 others?
  21. Awakenings
  22. Back to the Future: The classic comedy/sci-fi in which Michael J Fox travels through time in the DeLorean Time Machine that Christopher Lloyd built.
  23. Baraka: Second installment of the art-film trilogy of Chronos and Baraka and Samsara (below), successors to Koyaanisqatsi (one of my top-50). Baraka and Samsara are very similar; Baraka has perhaps more incredibly beautiful scenes; Samsara has perhaps more of a message and is technically better.
  24. Before the Devil Knows You're Dead
  25. Ben-Hur
  26. (subtitled) The Bicycle Thieves: Great story of the desperation of a man struggling against society in post-war Rome.
  27. Big Fish
  28. (subtitled) Black Book
  29. Black Hawk Down: Intense modern war movie about a helicopter shot down during fighting in Somalia
  30. The Box: Married couple receives the Box with a button inside. Push it and someone dies, you get a million dollars, and by the way your life will become hell.
  31. Breach: an aide in the Pentagon is charged with exposing his boss as a spy
  32. Breakfast at Tiffany's: Audrey Hepburn falls in love with George Peppard in the New York of 1960
  33. Bridge of Spies: Spies in cold-war Berlin
  34. The Bridges of Madison County: all right, maybe it's a glorified soap opera, but it sure did leave a silky milk chocolate taste in my throat.
  35. The Bridge on the River Kwai: epic tale of rebellion and sabotage by prisoners of war charged with building a bridge for the enemy
  36. Brigadoon
  37. Bronco Billy: Clint Eastwood leads his ragtag circus ensemble from town to town and crisis to crisis
  38. The Butterfly Effect
  39. (subtitled) The Captain (Der Hauptmann): In the last days of WWII, a German soldier who is deserting finds an abandoned Captain's uniform. He puts it on to save himself from pursuit, other solders see him and follow him as a leader, and we watch as he commits a series of atrocities as more and more people follow him and no one steps forward strongly enough to stop him.
  40. (subtitled) Carmen
  41. Carnage
  42. Cinderella Man
  43. Cloud Atlas
  44. Collosus: The Forbin Project: Those damned computers! Give them superior intelligence and ultimate power -- what could go wrong?
  45. Conspiracy Theory
  46. Contact: The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence finally detects a signal; one with a difficult message to decode that leads to the journey of a lifetime
  47. Countdown to Zero: A sensible and sobering documentary urging the reduction in nuclear weapons.
  48. (subtitled) Cranes are Flying
  49. Crimson Tide
  50. Curious Case of Benjamin Button
  51. Dancer in the Dark: Wow, I watched this for the first time in December of 2016, and it's the most unique musical I've ever seen (and I've seen a lot of them). I recommend this one very highly if you want a unique instance of the genre, along with some superb music and dancing.
  52. Dark City
  53. The Dark Knight
  54. The Day the Earth Stood Still: One of the great sci-fi films of all time. A space traveler has important news for Earth, but a hostile greeting from humans makes it difficult to deliver.
  55. Deadfall
  56. Deceived
  57. (subtitled) Les Diaboliques
  58. The Disappearance of Alice Creed
  59. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly: two hours in the life of a newly-paralyzed man
  60. (subtitled) Divorce Italian Style
  61. Dodsworth
  62. Dog Day Afternoon
  63. Dogville: This one offers a fresh way of storytelling, and is worthy of a watch if only to enjoy great art expressed through creative filmmaking. If you have the attention span for this one, there is a nice pay-off.
  64. Don't Breathe: an intense suspenseful thriller / horror movie set in an abandoned neighborhood of Detroit
  65. (subtitled) Downfall (Der Untergang): Powerful story of Hitler's last days in the bunker, and the surrender of Germany
  66. Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
  67. Dunkirk
  68. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
  69. Edge of Tomorrow
  70. (subtitled) The Edukators: Political activists vandalize rich people's houses, until they are caught by a victim and have to kidnap him
  71. The 11th hour: A documentary about global warming.
  72. Ender's Game: Children are taught to be battle-ready through game-playing in order to defeat the alien Formics.
  73. The Escapist
  74. The Exorcist: That kid's got the devil in her
  75. Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close: A search for closure after 9/11
  76. Eye in the Sky: How to deal with civilians during wartime?
  77. Eyes Wide Shut: Kubrick's last film, a married couple plays with fire when they reveal temptation and jealousy
  78. Failsafe: 1960's tale of nuclear weapons controls gone wrong.
  79. Falling Down: Michael Douglas, a successful engineer, suddenly snaps
  80. Femme Fatale: Erotic thriller
  81. (subtitled) Fermat's Room
  82. (subtitled) A Film Unfinished
  83. Finding Vivial Maier
  84. Firewall
  85. Forbidden Planet
  86. Forks Over Knives: Meat, Dairy and Heart Disease
  87. Full Metal Jacket: Kubrick's tribute to the harshness of boot camp, the horror of combat, and the effect they can have on their pawns.
  88. Galaxy Quest: Very funny spoof of Star Trek, with a good story line and a nice strong message.
  89. The Game
  90. Gattaca
  91. The General: Very funny silent film, with lots of action, lots of outright humor, and tons of subtle humor in Buster Keaton's acting
  92. Ghost World: Interesting story about a punk rocker and an older lonely dork
  93. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  94. Gladiator
  95. The Godfather: The life of a New York mafia boss and his sons
  96. Gone Girl
  97. The Good Earth
  98. Good Will Hunting
  99. Grand Canyon: A study in friendships, especially an unlikely one that lasts
  100. Gravity: An accident on the space station threatens the lives of the astronauts
  101. Guess Who's Coming to Dinner
  102. Harvey
  103. (subtitled) Headhunters
  104. (subtitled) High and Low
  105. His Girl Friday
  106. The History of the World, Part 1
  107. A History of Violence: A small-town family man is visited by people claiming to be from his criminal past
  108. Hotel Rwanda: Compelling story about genocide in Rwanda
  109. The Hurt Locker
  110. I Am a Fugitive From a Chain Gang: Returning vet looking for a career falls in with bad friends and participates (at gunpoint) in a $5 robbery. He's sentenced to a chain gang, and we follow his life as he tries to rehabilitate himself.
  111. (subtitled) Ikiru: A worker in the bureaucracy of the Tokyo city hall with terminal cancer decides to make a contribution to society that will outlast him
  112. In Bruges: Can murder in a picturesque city be high comedy? Yup.
  113. In Cold Blood: Two drifters murder a rural family because they think that family has a stash of cash in their home, then the police try to catch them.
  114. In the Heat of the Night: A talented black homicide policeman passes through a southern town during the 1960s and is arrested for a murder. He clears himself with the good-old-boy sheriff and goes on to lead the murder investigation, proving the worth of a black man to this town of bigots.
  115. An Inconvenient Truth: The facts of climate change, and what we don't want to do to repair it.
  116. Inside Man: Can the bank robber walk right out the front door of the bank and get away with it all?
  117. Into the Wild
  118. (subtitled) La Jetee: The precursor to Twelve Monkeys
  119. (subtitled) Kapo: Superb story of a Jewish girl who, with the help of a kind man, outsmarts the Nazis to survive WWII in a work camp.
  120. The Killing: A superb early-Kubrick movie about a heist at a racetrack, what can go right, and what can go wrong.
  121. The King of Kings
  122. Kramer vs. Kramer
  123. La La Land: Music and aspiring performers in today's Los Angeles
  124. (subtitled) Last Year at Marienbad: A real brain-twister. Sit back, enjoy the photography, the sounds, the mirrors, the talking, the circles that don't quite return to their starting point, sit forward, hear the sights, fuggetabout figuring it out, ovals. This one's a blast!
  125. The Life of David Gale
  126. Life of Pi
  127. Little Children: Sarah & Brad and their small children, and their spouses and friends, and the town pervert and an ex-town-cop intersect and build to a crashing climax.
  128. The Lives of Others: The East German habit of spying on each other
  129. Lolita: An early Kubrick movie about an old guy's crush on a teenage girl
  130. Looper
  131. The Lost Room, the
  132. (subtitled) Love Me If You Dare: Childhood friends taunt each other through life. The final 15 minutes will leave you reeling.
  133. (subtitled) M
  134. Magnolia
  135. The Maltese Falcon
  136. Man on a Ledge
  137. The Man Who Wasn't There: Superb black-and-white film-noir about barber who bumbles his way into setting off a chain of events which has tragic consequences for everyone involved. Great cast, great acting, great photography. Didn't like the ending, but still, its a great movie.
  138. Manhattan: A Woody Allen romantic comedy about friends in New York and a midlife crisis
  139. Marnie: Hitchcock thriller about a man who gets involved with a disturbed woman
  140. The Martian: an astronaut stranded on Mars tries to survive
  141. The Matrix
  142. Men in Black
  143. Minority Report
  144. Mission: Impossible - Fallout
  145. Modern Times: Silent Charlie Chaplin comedy
  146. Moulin Rouge!
  147. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington: The nice-guy (Jimmy Stewart) finishes first for once.
  148. The Music Man
  149. My First Mister
  150. My Man Godfrey
  151. My Voyage to Italy, an exposition by Martin Scorsese to the Italian films which influenced him and which he loves.
  152. The Next Three Days
  153. Nightcrawler
  154. Ninotchka
  155. No Country for Old Men: Horror chase thriller about a man who discovers a drug transaction gone bad and tries to steal the money he finds on the scene.
  156. Nocturnal Animals
  157. The Notebook: An old man reads his demented wife the notebook that detailed their love.
  158. (subtitled) Nuit et brouillard (Night and Fog): Half-hour holocaust documentary with high impact photos
  159. Olive Kitteridge, a great character study that grabbed my interest at the start and held on through the 4 one-hour episodes.
  160. On Golden Pond
  161. On the Waterfront: Good story about bad boy Marlin Brando rebelling against the crooked shipping bosses. He gets the babe, too.
  162. (subtitled) Open Your Eyes
  163. Ordinary People
  164. The Painted Veil < li>(subtitled) Pan's Labyrinth (Laberinto del Fauno)
  165. Paranormal Activity
  166. Particle Fever
  167. (subtitled) The Passion of the Christ
  168. (subtitled) The Past: A man returns from Tehran to Paris at his wife's request for divorce finalization, and walks into a complicated family situation from events of the past year or so.
  169. (subtitled) Pather Panchali tells the story of an impoverished family in India at a time of great crisis.
  170. Paths of Glory: Early Kubrick film about WWI warfare in the trenches
  171. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of Black Pearl
  172. the Place Beyond the Pines: Relationship between a cop and a robber transfers 15 years later into a relationship between their children
  173. A Place in the Sun
  174. Planet of the Apes
  175. Platoon
  176. (subtitled) Il Postino: The Postman gets an education about poetry, love and friendship
  177. Prince and the Pauper
  178. Prisoners
  179. Project Nim
  180. (subtitled) Purple Noon: The original French version of "The Talented Mr Ripley", interesting to see the differences in interpretation of the story. I like both, but probably the American version better.
  181. Raiders of the Lost Ark
  182. The Railway Man
  183. A Raisin in the Sun
  184. Rear Window: Jimmy Stewart witnesses a murder but has a difficult time proving it
  185. Red River
  186. Red Sparrow: The masochist in me loves the training of this Russian agent.
  187. Reign Over Me
  188. Rendition
  189. Requiem for a Dream
  190. The Revenant
  191. (subtitled) Rififi: The perfect heist.
  192. The Right Stuff: The heroic story of the 7 original astronauts for NASA
  193. Rocky
  194. The Russians are Coming, the Russians are Coming: A New-England town easily convinces themselves that the Russian sailors who ran aground are actually a deadly invasion force in this excellent comedy
  195. Russian Ark: a single-scene steadycam walk through The Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg, Russia
  196. (subtitled) Le Samourai: A hitman evades capture despite the police suspecting his alabis are faked
  197. Samsara: Beautiful third installment of the art-film trilogy of Chronos and Baraka (above) and Samsara, successors to Koyaanisqatsi (one of my top-50). Baraka and Samsara are very similar; Baraka has perhaps more incredibly beautiful scenes; Samsara has perhaps more of a message and is technically better.
  198. (subtitled) The Sea Inside
  199. Seance on a Wet Afternoon
  200. The Searchers: Macho John Wayne hunts down the commanches that captured his niece through Monument Valley
  201. (subtitled) The Secret in their Eyes
  202. Seems Like Old Times
  203. Seven Pounds: Will Smith's character donates his organs to seven deserving people
  204. (subtitled) The Seventh Seal: Crusaders return home, but death is never far behind. The knight valiantly tries to figure things out.
  205. Shadow of a Doubt
  206. The Shape of Water: A cleaning lady at a top-secret government facility falls in love with the sea monster being studied.
  207. (subtitled)Shoah 9-hour documentary about the Holocaust, told through interviews with witnesses, survivors and perpetrators.
  208. Shop Around the Corner: Jimmy Stewart is a clerk in store in Budapest, and falls in love with a pen pal he writes to, who he learns is a fellow clerk in the store. Lots of good comedy in this feel-good Christmas movie.
  209. Shutter Island
  210. The Silence: Crime thriller about the killing of 2 teenage girls, 23 years apart, in which the wrong man is blamed in the end
  211. The Sixth Sense
  212. (subtitled)Sleep Tight
  213. Some Like It Hot
  214. Something the Lord Made
  215. Sophie's Choice
  216. The Sound of Music
  217. Source Code
  218. Spartacus
  219. A Special Day
  220. Speed
  221. Splendor in the Grass
  222. Spring: A young man, down on his luck, visits Italy and has an intense love affair, but then it seems like she changes...
  223. Stagecoach
  224. Stalag 17
  225. Star Trek II: The Wrath of Kahn
  226. Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home
  227. Star Trek: Superb reboot with tons of action and great humor. Vulcan destroyed by Romulans, Kirk prevents them from destroying Earth too.
  228. Star Trek Into Darkness
  229. Star Trek Beyond
  230. Star Wars V: The Empire Strikes Back
  231. Star Wars VI: Return of the Jedi
  232. Stonehearst Asylum
  233. Strangers on a Train: a Hitchcock thriller – can you be coerced into a murder?
  234. Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
  235. Synecdoche, New York: Psychotic director of plays has many unusual illnesses and directs a play to end all plays with a cast of thousands in a huge warehouse, rehearsing for several decades while working out the script.
  236. Taking of Pelham 1 2 3
  237. The Talented Mr. Ripley: Tom Ripley is hired by Dickie Greenleaf's father to convince Dickie Greenleaf to come back home from Rome to New York. Things in Italy get complicated.
  238. 10 Cloverfield Lane: A woman is held in a basement without her consent, for her own good (?), and then escapes into a totally different genre of a movie.
  239. Terminator 2: Judgment Day
  240. 3:10 to Yuma (2007)
  241. 3:10 to Yuma (1957)
  242. (subtitled) Timecrimes
  243. (subtitled) Tristan und Isolde: If you'd like to try out opera, but have always been afraid, then this opera by Wagner, or 1984's Carmen by Bizet would be a great way to dip your toes into the water. Tristan und Isolde if your a bleeding Romantic like me, Carmen if you're not. This particular version of Tristan und Isolde is in great sound, unlike other DVDs of great performances you might find.
  244. True Grit: Feisty girl hires federal marshal to hunt down the man who killed her father.
  245. The Truman Show
  246. Twelve Monkeys: an edge-of-your-seat sci-fi thriller, based upon and greatly expanding La Jetee
  247. 12 years a slave: A free black man is sold into slavery.
  248. 25th Hour
  249. (subtitled) Umberto D
  250. (subtitled) Umbrellas of Cherbourg: This is a non-hollywood musical about a girl and her boyfriend who goes to war. There is no dialog, every word is sung, which makes this an opera in disguise, right? This one's a favorite, like Dancer in the Dark, because it's just so original.
  251. United 93
  252. The Usual Suspects
  253. V for Vendetta
  254. Valkyrie
  255. Vertigo
  256. (subtitled) A Very Long Engagement
  257. Water for Elephants
  258. What Dreams May Come
  259. (subtitled) The White Sheik: An early Fellini comedy, in which a newlywed wife leaves her husband for an hour to meet a movie star she admires, until it turns into much more than an hour.
  260. (subtitled) Wild Tales: An excellent Argentinian movie made of 6 unrelated short stories about people under extreme stress.
  261. Witness for the Prosecution: Beautifully made crime/courtroom mystery with great acting and a few real twists at the end
  262. The Wizard of Oz
  263. (subtitled) Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

And finally, a few TV series which I've especially enjoyed, again in alphabetical order


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