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Top 100 Films on Taste of Cinema

15 December 2012 | Features, Film Lists | by David Zou

I made a top 100 favorite film list back in March this year to mark my 50th post. Now nine months have passed, and the posts on Taste of Cinema have reached 200,it is the time to adjust this “ever-changing” epic list.

Ten changes have been made from the old list, that’s ten films dropped from the list and another ten which I just watched since March 2012 made it into the top 100, I will highlight these ten in bold.

I’m gonna change the way of presenting the list this time, the top 20 will have images with them and the rest will still be ordered in country. I’m gonna break down this list to ten segments, with 10 films in each,and write about them with capsule review next year.

Here goes the top 20:

1. 2001: A Space Odyssey (Stanley Kubrick, 1968)

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2. A Brighter Summer Day (Edward Yang, 1991)

a-brighter-summer-day

 

3. The Rules of the Game (Jean Renoir, 1950)

Rules-of-the-Game

 

4. The Phantom of Liberty (Luis Bunuel, 1974)

the phantom of liberty

 

5. Tokyo Story (Yasujiro Ozu, 1953)

tokyo story

 

6. Rear Window (Alfred Hitchcock, 1954)

Rear-Window_grace-Kelly

 

7. The Phamtom Carriage (Victor Sjöström, 1921)

phantom_carriage

 

8. Once Upon a Time in the West (Sergio Leone, 1969)

once-upon-a-time-in-the-west

 

9. Dragon Gate Inn (King Hu, 1966)

dragon gate inn

 

10. Three Colors: Blue (Krzysztof Kieslowski, 1993)

three colors blue ghostly light

 

 

11. The Leopard (Luchino Visconti, 1963)

leopard

 

12. Pickpocket (Zhangke Jia, 1997)

xiao_wu

 

13. The Conformist (Bernado Bertolucci, 1970)

Conformist

 

14. Sansho the Bailiff (Kenji Mizoguchi, 1954)

sansho the bailiff

 

15. The Third Man (Carol Reed, 1949)

the-third-man_harry-lime-first-view

 

16. Chungking Express (Karwai Wong, 1994)

chungking express

 

17. Paris,Texas (Wim Wenders, 1984)

paris-texas-1986

 

18. Children of Paradise (Marcel Carne, 1945)

children-of-paradise

 

19. Dogville (Las Von Tier, 2003)

dogville

 

20. The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (Robert Wiene ,1920)

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari

 

The rest 80 (ordered in country):

China 

Spring Fever(Lou)

Farewell,My Concubine(Chen)

Raise the Red Lantern(Zhang)

A Better Tomorrow(Woo)

Mad Detective( To)

Lust & Caution(Lee)

Three Times (Hou)

Goodbye,Dragon Inn(Tsai)

 

Japan 

Ran(A. Kurosawa)

Floating Clouds(Naruse)

Harakiri(Kobayashi)

Empire of Passion(Oshima)

The Insect Woman(Imamura)

Silence(Shinoda)

House(Obayashi)

The Woman in the Dunes(Tashigahara)

 

Korea 

Oasis(Lee)

Iran 

Taste of Cherry(Kiarostami)

 

India 

The Music Room(Ray)

 

France 

Pierrot Le Fou(Gordard)

Day for Night(Truffaut)

The Earrings of Madame de…(Ophuls)

Orpheus(Cocteau)

Diabolique(Clouzot)

Army of Shadows(Melvile)

Pickpocket(Bresson)

My Night at Maud’s(Rohmer)

Last Year at Marienbad(Resnais)

My Uncle(Tati)

Amelie(Jeunet)

Bitter Moon(Polanski)

Rosetta(Darne Brothers)

 

Germany 

Sunrise(Murnau)

M(Lang)

The Marriage of Marian Braun(Fasbinder)

 

Italy  

Nights of Cabiria(Fellini)

Bicycle Thieves(De Sica)

Salo(Pasollini)

L’avventura(Antonioni)

Divorce Italian Style(Germi)

The Battle of Algiers(Pontecorvo)

Deep Red(Argento)

Cinema Paradiso(Tornatore)

 

Greece 

Landscape in the Mist(Angelopoulos)

 

Yugoslovia 

Black Cat,White Cat(Kusturica)

 

Soviet Union 

The Mirror(Tarkovsky)

 

Spain 

Laws of Desire(Armodovar)
The Holy Mountain(Jodorowsky)

 

Sweden 

Sawdust and Tinsel(Bergman)

 

UK 

The Red Shoes(P&P)

Naked(Leigh)

Brazil(Gillam)

Monty Python and the Holy Grail(Gillam,Jones)

Kind Hearts and Coronets(Harmer)

Don’t Look Now(Roeg)

 

US 

Citizen Kane(Wells)

The Silence of the Lambs(Demme)

Apocalypse Now(Coppola)

Schindler’s List(Spielberg)

Taxi Driver(Scorsese)

Dressed to Kill(De Palma)

Casablanca(Curtis)

Double Indemnity(Wilder)

It’s a Wonderful Life(Capra)

City Lights(Chaplin)

Our Hospitality(Keaton)

To Be or Not To Be(Lubitsch)

Rio Bravo(Hawks)

All About Eve(Mankiewicz)

Fight Club(Fincher)

There’s Always Tomorrow(Sirk)

Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters(Schrader)

The Big Lebowski(Coen Brothers)

Sex,Lies and Videotape(Soderbergh)

The Player(Altman)

Zelig(Allen)

Night on Earth(Jamusch)

Before Sunset(Linklater)

12 Angry Men(Lumet)

Magnolia(Anderson)

The Dark Knight(Nolan)

Pulp Fiction(Tarantino)

 

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  • What a list. I’ve seen half of those films in that top 20. I hope to watch the rest for next year.

    • I suppose you haven’t seen those Chinese films and some of the early cinema,Steven,I hope you watch them sooner than later.

  • Love the top 20! Call me crazy but I only see 11 after that . . .

  • I’ve seen 17 of your top 20. Missing the two Phantoms and Pickpocket. That one really sounds intriguing, how are the other two films in the trilogy?

    • The Hometown Trilogy are the best movies about the dramatic changes after Chinese Reform and Opening Up. Platform is more about the culture change and Unknown Pleasures is more about the changes among Chinese young people. I strongly recommend the box-set.

  • basuperstar

    watched Paris, Texas for the first time a couple weeks ago, blew my mind