Monday, March 24, 2014

A shining achievement - my top 200 favorite movies and/or animes

Since I have received several requests to name my favorite films, and since I have by now reviewed close to 2600 films, I think it is about time to disclose my favorite list, movie or anime. It is entirely my subjective opinion, so arguing here is redundant for once. Naturally, I haven't seen every film ever made, so it can happen that this list might change as unknown classics are reviewed.

Naturally, there are many more great films, but if I had to draw the line, this is the list I choose. If your favorite film isn't there, well, what can i say? Maybe it really is great, but simply isn't close enough to my heart or taste to pass the threshold to be here.

There are some exceptions. "Daria", for instance, is a TV show, not a movie or an anime, but was so extraordinary it just had to be included. Today I'm also glad I've checked out some obscure, unknown titles. For instance, I've never, ever heard of "Maison Ikkoku" or "Legend of the Galactic Heroes" before I've seen them, and had there not been a recommendation that mentioned them, I wouldn't have bothered watching them. Turns out "Maison" is the greatest love story of the 20th century, while "Legend" is the greatest essay on political ploy and intruiges there is. A single recommendation assured their spot on the list, and there are definitely more gems that rarely someone heard off.

If we look at the statistics, the most number of movies or animes is from the 80s with a total of 44 films (22%), followed by the 90s with 37 films (18%). The 70s take the 3rd place with a total of 26 films on the list, and the 60s with 25 (13%), whereas the 30s have 16 films (8%). I was surprised myself when I did the math, I thought the 70s would take the cake. If we look the directors with the highest contributions of films, then S. Spielberg would take the top spot with seven films, followed by W. Allen and B. Wilder with five films, J. Carpenter, H. Miyazaki and B. Keaton with four films and A. Hitchcock, F. Capra, F. Lang, O. Welles with three films. By country (which is problematic, since some films were co-produced by two or more countries. I just went by the first country listed on IMDb to avoid two countries overlapping, though I am aware this can be challenged), the distribution goes like this: 120 are from the USA (60%), 16 from Japan (8%), 13 from France (6%), 9 from Russia (4.5%), 8 are from Italy and UK each (4%), 7 from Germany (4%), 6 from Yugoslavia (3%) etc. [updated in January 2017].

Top 200 favorite films:

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Inferno / L'Inferno
Intolerance

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The Battleship Potemkin / Bronenosec Potyomkin
Faust / Faust - eine deutsche Volkssage
The General
Help! / Au secours!
The Nibelungs: Siegfried / Die Nibelungen: Sigfried
Safety Last!
Sherlock, Jr.
Steamboat Bill, Jr.
One Week

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All Quiet on the Western Front
Animal Crackers
City Lights
Duck Soup
Fury
Gulliver's Travels
It Happened One Night
King Kong
M
Mr. Deeds Goes to Town
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
Ninotchka
The Public Enemy
Scarface
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
The Wizard of Oz

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Casablanca
Citizen Kane
Fantasia
Gaslight
The Grapes of Wrath
The Great Dictator
His Girl Friday
The Magnificent Ambersons
Munchausen
Paisa
Shadow of a Doubt
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
To Be or Not to Be

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All About Eve
Bad Day at Black Rock
The Cranes are Flying / Letyat zhuravli
H-8
The King and the Mockingbird / Le roi et le o'iseau
Love in the Afternoon
Nights of Cabiria / Le notti di Cabiria
On the Waterfront
Rear Window
The Road / La strada
Shane
The Subject / Der Untertan
Touch of Evil
The Wages of Fear / La salaire de la peur
Witness of the Prosecution

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2001: A Space Odyssey
Alphaville
The Apartment
Au Hasard Balthazar
Daisies / Sedmikrasky
The Graduate
Happy End
The Hawks and the Sparrows / Uccellacci e uccellini
I Am Cuba / Soy Cuba
Lawrence of Arabia
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
My Night at Maud's / My nuit chez Maud
The Ninth Circle / Deveti krug
Once Upon a Time in the West
One, Two, Three
Persona
Psycho
Sayat Nova
Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors / Tini zabutykh predkiv
Two or Three Things I Know About Her / 2 ou 3 choses que je sai d'elle
Ulysses
War and Peace / Voyna i mir
Whose Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Yellow Submarine
Z

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Annie Hall
The Apple Game / Hra o jablko
Assault on Precint 13
Avanti!
Being There
Breaking Away
The Castle of Cagliostro
Close Encounters of the Third Kind
Dark Star
Decameron / Il Decameron
Dersu Uzala
Duel
The Godfather
Jaws
Klute
Lenny
The Marriage of Maria Braun / Die Ehe der Maria Braun
McCabe & Mrs. Miller
Monty Python and the Holy Grail
Paper Moon
Providence
The Rose of Versailles / Versailles no Bara
The Rutles: All You Need is Cash
Stroszek
There Grows a Green Pine in the Woods / U gori raste zelen bor
They Call Me Trinity / Lo chiamavano Trinita

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Aliens
An American Werewolf in London
Asterix Versus Caesar / Asterix et la surprise de Cesar
Back to the Future
Balkan Spy / Balkanski špijun
Barefoot Gen / Hadashi no Gen
Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure
Blade Runner
Blood Simple
The Blues Brothers
The Brother from Another Planet
Castle in the Sky
A Chinese Ghost Story / Sien nui yau wan
Come and See / Idi i smotri
Conan the Barbarian
Crimes and Misdemeanors
Dark Eyes / Oci ciorne
Drowning by Numbers
The Elm-Chanted Forest / Čudesna šuma
Evil Dead II
Ghostbusters
Hannah and Her Sisters
Heaven Help Us
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
Kiki's Delivery Service / Majo na Takkyubin
Kimagure Orange Road: I Want to Return to That Day / Kimagure Orange Road: Ano hi ni Kaeritai
The Land Before Time
The Last Temptation of Christ
Legend of the Galactic Heroes / Ginga Eiyu Densetsu
Maison Ikkoku
Manhunter
My Dinner with Andre
Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind / Kaze no tani no Naushika
Queen Millennia / Shin taketori monogatori: Sen-nen joo
Royal Space Force: The Wings of Honneamise / Oritsu Uchugun: Oneamisu no Tsubasa
The Secret of the Sword
Terms of Endearment
They Live
Tootsie
Top Secret!
Witness
Who's That Singing Over There? / Ko to tamo peva
The World According to Garp
Zelig

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Armitage III
Boogie Nights
Bram Stoker's Dracula
The Celebration / Festen
Chasing Amy
Cowboy Bebop
Dances with Wolves
Daria
Dead Man
Forrest Gump
Groundhog Day
Grosse Pointe Blank
JFK
Jerry Maguire
Jurassic Park
Love and Death on Long Island
Lovers of the Arctic Circle / Los amantes del circulo polar
Memoirs of an Invisible Man
Mighty Aphrodite 
Miller's Crossing
Neon Genesis Evangelion / Shin Seiki Evangelion
Only Yesterday / Omohide poro poro
Pepper Ann
Quick Change
Rushmore
Sailor Moon
Saving Private Ryan
Schindler's List
Singles
Taste of Cherry / Ta'm e guilass
The Thin Red Line
Three Colors: Red / Trois couleurs: Rouge
The Truman Show
Underground / Podzemlje
Unforgiven
We're No Angels / Mi nismo anđeli
The Wrong Trousers

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(500) Days of Summer
Amelie
American Splendor
Death Note
Doel Belang
The Host / Gwoemul
The Laramie Project
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Millennium Actress / Sennen joyu
Persepolis
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... And Spring / Bom, yeoreum, gaeul, gyeoul...geurigo bom
Tropical Malady / Sud pralad
Voices of a Distant Star
Waltz with Bashir / Vals im Bashir
What Iva Recorded on October 21st, 2003 / Što je Iva snimila 21. listopada 2003.

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2 comments:

Mario500 said...

Why did you use initials for the first names of the directors referenced in the article instead of their entire first names?

Marin Mandir said...

The reason is that this way this post will not show up when you search for a certain director on the blog.