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    Recommendations and suggestions welcome. For my criteria and ratings scale, go here: https://www.besteveralbums.com/phpBB...=463672#463672

    Note that this is not a complete list of films I’d recommend, just those that I consider among the “Greatest of All Time”. In other words, this is a list of films I rate 7.3/10 or higher – which is a high rating on my (rather strict) scale. There’d be hundreds more to list, if I were to include those in the 7/10 (or 6.8-7.2) range, all of which are very recommendable, excellent films.

    GREATEST FILMS OF ALL TIME

    9.3/10
    1. Citizen Kane - Orson Welles (1941)

    9.1/10
    2. Metropolis - Fritz Lang (1927) ["The Complete Metropolis", 147 minutes]

    8.9/10
    3. Nostalghia - Andrei Tarkovsky (1983)
    4. Brazil - Terry Gilliam (1985) [The Final Cut, 142 minutes]

    8.8/10
    5. The Kingdom - Lars Von Trier (1995)
    6. Underground - Emir Kusturica (1995)

    8.7/10
    7. Touch of Evil - Orson Welles (1958) [Restored Welles' Cut, 108 minutes]

    8.6/10
    8. The Wild Bunch - Sam Peckinpah (1969) [Director's Cut, 145 minutes]
    9. Persona - Ingmar Bergman (1966)

    8.5/10
    10. Werckmeister Harmonies - Bela Tarr (2000)

    8.4/10
    11. Conspirators of Pleasure - Jan Svankmajer (1996)
    12. North By Northwest - Alfred Hitchcock (1959)
    13. Chinatown - Roman Polanski (1974)
    14. Nashville - Robert Altman (1975)

    8.3/10
    15. Mirror - Andrei Tarkovsky (1974)
    16. The Passion of Joan of Arc - Carl Theodor Dreyer (1928)
    17. The Traveling Players - Theo Angelopoulos (1975)
    18. Landscape in the Mist - Theo Angelopoulos (1988)
    19. Three Colors: Red - Krzysztof Kieslowski (1994)

    8.2/10
    20. Lost Highway - David Lynch (1997)
    21. Satantango - Bela Tarr (1994)
    22. Love Exposure - Sion Sono (2008)

    8.1/10
    23. Apocalypse Now - Francis Ford Coppola (1979) [Original Theatrical Release, 153 minutes]
    24. Inland Empire - David Lynch (2006)
    25. Possession - Andrzej Zulawski (1981) [Original Cut, 123 minutes]
    26. Ikiru - Akira Kurosawa (1952)

    8.0/10
    27. The Godfather - Francis Ford Coppola (1972)
    28. Stalker - Andrei Tarkovsky (1979)
    29. Andrei Rublev - Andrei Tarkovsky (1966)
    30. Marketa Lazarova - Frantisek Vlacil (1967)
    31. Rosemary's Baby - Roman Polanski (1968)
    32. The Color of Paradise - Mahid Majidi (1998)

    7.9/10
    33. The Dance of Reality - Alejandro Jodorowsky (2013)
    34. Pulp Fiction - Quentin Tarantino (1994)
    35. Memento - Christopher Nolan (2001)
    36. Cries and Whispers - Ingmar Bergman (1973)
    37. Hush... Hush Sweet Charlotte - Robert Aldrich (1965)
    38. Taxi Driver - Martin Scorsese (1976)
    39. Funny Games - Michael Haneke (1997)
    40. Wings of Desire - Wim Wenders (1987)
    41. Old Boy - Chan-wook Park (2003)
    42. Limelight - Charlie Chaplin (1952)

    7.8/10
    43. The Sacrifice - Andrei Tarkovsky (1986)
    44. Cache - Michael Haneke (2005)
    45. 21 Grams - Alejandro Gonzales Inarritu (2003)
    46. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind - Michel Gondry (2004)
    47. Peppermint Candy - Lee Chang-dong (1999)
    48. Vertigo - Alfred Hitchcock (1958)
    49. Time - Kim Ki-duk (2006)
    50. Blow Up - Michelangelo Antonioni (1966)
    51. What Ever Happened To Baby Jane? - Robert Aldrich (1962)
    52. The Willow Tree - Mahid Majidi (2005)
    53. My Joy - Sergei Loznitsa (2010)

    7.7/10
    54. Mulholland Drive - David Lynch (2001)
    55. After Life - Hirokazu Kore-eda (1998)
    56. City of Lost Children - Jean-Marie Jeunet (1995)
    57. La Dolce Vita - Federico Fellini (1960)
    58. 8 1/2 - Federico Fellini (1963)
    59. The Magnificent Ambersons - Orson Welles (1942)
    60. The Blue Angel - Josef Von Sternberg (1930)

    7.6/10
    61. Eternity and a Day - Theo Angelopoulos (1998)
    62. The Weeping Meadow - Theo Angelopoulos (2004)
    63. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia - Sam Peckinpah (1974)
    64. Blade Runner - Ridley Scott (1982) [The Final Cut, 117 minutes]
    65. The Cook, The Thief, His Wife & Her Lover - Peter Greenaway (1989)
    66. Holy Motors - Leos Carax (2012)
    67. The Birds - Alfred Hitchcock (1963)
    68. Play Time - Jacques Tati (1967)
    69. 2001: A Space Odyssey - Stanley Kubrick (1968)
    70. Greed - Erich von Stroheim (1924) [Studio Cut, 140 minutes]
    71. Zardoz - John Boorman (1972)
    72. A Zed & Two Noughts - Peter Greenaway (1985)
    73. Why Has Bodhi-Dharma Left for the East? - Bae Yong-kyun (1989)
    74. Ballad of Narayama - Shohei Imamura (1983)
    75. Maborosi - Hirokazu Kore-eda (1995)
    76. Dr. Akagi - Shohei Imamura (1998)
    77. Black Cat, White Cat - Emir Kusturica (1998)
    78. Leaving Las Vegas - Mike Figgis (1995)
    79. The Lady from Shanghai - Orson Welles (1948)
    80. The Killer - John Woo (1989)
    81. Blue Velvet - David Lynch (1986)
    82. Psycho - Alfred Hitchcock (1960)
    83. Dead Man - Jim Jarmusch (1995)
    84. Face/Off - John Woo (1997)
    85. LA Confidential - Curtis Hanson (1998)
    86. Europa - Lars Von Trier (1991)
    87. Marnie - Alfred Hitchcock (1964)
    88. The Conversation - Francis Ford Coppola (1974)
    89. The Deer Hunter - Michael Cimino (1978)
    90. Belle de Jour - Luis Bunuel (1967)
    91. Hero - Zhang Yimou (2002)
    92. Once Upon a Time in the West - Sergio Leone (1968)
    93. Point Blank - John Boorman (1967)
    94. Sunset Boulevard - Billy Wilder (1950)
    95. The Seventh Seal - Ingmar Bergman (1957)
    96. Mr. Arkadin - Orson Welles (1955) [Comprehensive Version, 105 minutes]
    97. On the Waterfront - Elia Kazan (1954)
    98. Battleship Potemkin - Sergei Eisenstein (1925)

    7.5/10
    99. Splendor in the Grass - Elia Kazan (1961)
    100. Raiders of the Lost Ark - Steven Spielberg (1981)
    101. Ran - Akira Kurosawa (1985)
    102. Miracle in Milan - Vittorio de Sica (1951)
    103. Rear Window - Alfred Hitchcock (1954)
    104. Wild Strawberries - Ingmar Bergman (1957)
    105. A Face in the Crowd - Elia Kazan (1957)
    106. The Seven Samurai - Akira Kurosawa (1954)
    107. Rashomon - Akira Kurosawa (1950)
    108. Hiroshima, Mon Amour - Alain Resnais (1959)
    109. Mean Streets - Martin Scorsese (1973)
    110. The Tree of Life - Terrence Malick (2011)
    111. Secret Ceremony - Joseph Losey (1968)
    112. Dirty Harry - Don Siegel (1971)
    113. Erasherhead - David Lynch (1978)
    114. Deliverance - John Boorman (1972)
    115. Last Tango in Paris - Bernardo Bertolucci (1972)
    116. The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari - Robert Wiene (1920)
    117. Close Encounters of the Third Kind - Steven Spielberg (1977)
    118. Weekend - Jean-Luc Godard (1967)
    119. Head On - Fatih Akin (2004)
    120. Amores Perros - Inarritu (2000)
    121. A Woman Under the Influence - John Cassavetes (1974)
    122. Prefab People - Bela Tarr (1987)
    123. The Terminator - James Cameron (1984)
    124. Ulysses' Gaze - Theo Angelopoulos (1995)
    125. Reservoir Dogs - Quentin Tarantino (1992)
    126. Paris, Texas - Win Wenders (1983)
    127. Sunrise - F.W. Murnau (1927)
    128. M - Fritz Lang (1931)
    129. The Big Sleep - Howard Hawks (1946)
    130. Grand Illusion - Jean Renoir (1937)
    131. Children of Paradise - Marcel Carne (1945)
    132. The Red Shoes - Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger (1948)
    133. Petulia - Richard Lester (1968)
    134. Faust - F.W. Murnau (1926)
    135. The Man With A Movie Camera - Dziga Vertov (1928)
    136. Dr. Strangelove - Stanley Kubrick (1964)
    137. Viridiana - Luis Bunuel (1961)
    138. Dressed to Kill - Brian De Palma (1980)
    139. It's a Wonderful Life - Frank Capra (1946)
    140. King of New York - Abel Ferrara (1990)
    141. Mr. Smith Goes To Washington - Frank Capra (1939)
    142. Ordet - Carl Theodor Dreyer (1955)
    143. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre - John Huston (1948)
    144. The Phantom Carriage - Victor Sjostrom (1921)
    145. Invasion of the Body Snatchers - Don Siegel (1956)
    146. The Ballad of Cable Hogue - Sam Peckinpah (1970)
    147. Soylent Green - Richard Fleischer (1973)
    148. Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter ...and Spring - Kim ki-duk (2003)
    149. Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors - Sergei Parajanov (1968)

    7.4/10
    150. La Femme Nikita - Luc Besson (1990)
    151. Twelve Monkeys - Terry Gilliam (1995)
    152. Breaking the Waves - Lars Von Trier (1996)
    153. Pi - Darren Aronofsky (1998)
    154. Being John Malkovich - Spike Jonze (1999)
    155. Schindler's List - Steven Spielberg (1993)
    156. The Godfather, Part 2 - Francis Ford Coppola (1974)
    157. Fargo - Joel Coen (1996)
    158. The Sweet Hereafter - Atom Egoyan (1997)
    159. Come and See - Elim Klimov (1985)
    160. The Manchurian Candidate - John Frankenheimer (1962)
    161. Hard Boiled - John Woo (1992)
    162. Star Wars - George Lucas (1977)
    163. Dogma - Kevin Smith (1999)
    164. The Last Laugh - F.W. Murnau (1924)
    165. Forrest Gump - Robert Zemeckis (1994)
    166. Shock Corridor - Sam Fuller (1963)
    167. Delicatessen - Jean-Marie Jeunet (1991)
    168. Hour of the Wolf - Ingmar Bergman (1968)
    169. Repulsion - Roman Polanski (1965)
    170. Sansho the Bailiff - Kenji Mizoguchi (1954)
    171. Insignificance - Nicolas Roeg (1985)
    172. After Hours - Martin Scorsese (1985)
    173. Belly of an Architect - Peter Greenaway (1987)
    174. Raging Bull - Martin Scorsese (1980)
    175. Walkabout - Nicolas Roeg (1971)
    176. World on a Wire - Rainer Fassbinder (1973)
    177. Miller's Crossing - Joel Coen (1990)
    178. Bonnie & Clyde - Arthur Penn (1967)
    179. The Graduate - Mike Nichols (1967)
    180. A Clockwork Orange - Stanley Kubrick (1971)
    181. Othello - Orson Welles (1952)
    182. The Last Picture Show - Peter Bogdanovich (1971)
    183. Naked - Mike Leigh (1993)
    184. Shallow Grave - Danny Boyle (1994)
    185. Silence of the Lambs - Jonathan Demme (1991)
    186. Amateur - Hal Hartley (1994)
    187. The Truman Show - Peter Weir (1998)
    188. Duel - Steven Spielberg (1971)
    189. McCabe & Mrs. Miller - Robert Altman (1971)
    190. Black Rain - Shohei Imamura (1988)
    191. The King of Comedy - Martin Scorsese (1983)
    192. Natural Born Killers - Oliver Stone (1994) [Director's Cut, 123 minutes]
    193. American Beauty - Sam Mendes (1999)
    194. Modern Times - Charlie Chaplin (1936)
    195. The Great Dictator - Charlie Chaplin (1940)
    196. To Be or Not To Be - Ernst Lubitsch (1942)
    197. The Duchess of Langeais - Jacques Rivette (2007)
    198. Sullivan's Travels - Preston Sturges (1941)
    199. His Girl Friday - Howard Hawks (1940)
    200. City Lights - Charlie Chaplin (1931)
    201. Some Like it Hot - Billy Wilder (1959)
    202. Earth - Alexander Dovzhenko (1930)
    203. Alien - Ridley Scott (1979)
    204. Body Double - Brian De Palma (1984)
    205. Wild at Heart - David Lynch (1990)
    206. Something Wild - Jonathan Demme (1986)
    207. The Rules of the Game - Jean Renoir (1939)
    208. Scarface - Howard Hawks (1932)
    209. The General - Buster Keaton (1926)
    210. Synecdoche, New York - Charlie Kaufman (2008)
    211. The Exterminating Angel - Luis Bunuel (1962)
    212. One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest - Milos Forman (1975)
    213. The Lives of Others - Donnersmark (2007)
    214. Amelie - Jean Jeunet (2001)
    215. Batman Returns - Tim Burton (1992)
    216. The Scarlet Empress - Josef Von Sternberg (1934)
    217. Last Year at Marienbad - Alain Resnais (1961)
    218. Days of Heaven - Terrence Malick (1978)
    219. Manhattan - Woody Allen (1979)
    220. Blue - Krzysztov Kieslowski (1993)
    221. Stagecoach - John Ford (1939)
    222. Life is Beautiful - Roberto Benigni (1997)
    223. Badlands - Terrence Malick (1973)
    224. All About Eve - Joseph Mankiewicz (1950)
    225. Exotica - Atom Egoyan (1994)
    226. High Noon - Fred Zinneman (1952)
    227. The Road Warrior - George Miller (1981)
    228. Blow Out - Brian De Palma (1981)
    229. Melancholia - Lars Von Trier (2011)
    230. Giant - George Stevens (1955)
    231. Southland Tales - Richard Kelly (2003)
    232. Birth of a Nation - D.W. Griffith (1915)
    233. Damnation - Bela Tarr (1989)
    234. Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (2010)
    235. Das Boot - Wolfgang Petersen (1981)

    7.3/10
    236. The 39 Steps - Alfred Hitchcock (1935)
    237. Airplane! - David Abrahams, David Zucker, Jerry Zucker (1980)
    238. The Crowd - King Vidor (1928)
    239. Ivan the Terrible, Part 1 - Sergei Eisenstein (1944)
    240. Black Narcissus - Michael Powell (1947)
    241. Peeping Tom - Michael Powell (1960)
    242. Duck Soup - Leo McCarey/The Marx Brothers (1933)
    243. Bringing Up Baby - Howard Hawks (1938)
    244. The Empire Strikes Back - Irvin Kershner (1980)
    245. Night of the Living Dead - George Romero (1968)
    246. The Circus - Charlie Chaplin (1928)
    247. Mad Max - George Miller (1980)
    248. A Fish Called Wanda - Charles Crichton (1988)
    249. The Getaway - Sam Peckinpah (1972)
    250. If... - Lindsay Anderson (1968)
    251. The Game - David Fincher (1998)
    252. The Exorcist - William Friedkin (1973)
    253. The Thin Red Line - Terrence Malick (1998)
    254. Leon: The Professional - Luc Besson (1994)
    255. Trainspotting - Danny Boyle (1996)
    256. The Fifth Element - Luc Besson (1996)
    257. Strange Days - Kathryn Bigelow (1995)
    258. L'Age D'Or - Luis Bunuel (1930)
    259. Videodrome - David Cronenberg (1983)
    260. The Conformist - Bernardo Bertolucci (1971)
    261. The Trial - Orson Welles (1962)
    262. La Strada - Federico Fellini (1954)
    263. Annie Hall - Woody Allen (1977)
    264. Under the Skin - Jonathan Glazer (2014)
    265. Antichrist - Lars Von Trier (2009)
    266. The Magician - Ingmar Bergman (1958)
    267. Late Spring - Ozu (1949)
    268. Network - Sidney Lumet (1976)
    269. The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance - John Ford (1962)
    270. The Shanghai Gesture - Von Sternberg (1941)
    271. All Quiet on the Western Front - Lewis Milestone (1930)
    272. Fatal Attraction - Adrian Lyne (1987)
    273. Raising Arizona - Joel Coen (1987)
    274. The French Connection - William Friedkin (1971)
    275. Nosferatu - F.W. Murnau (1922)
    276. Jaws - Steven Spielberg (1975)
    277. The Searchers - John Ford (1956)
    278. The Pillow Book - Peter Greenaway (1996)
    279. The Piano - Jane Campion (1993)
    280. Aguirre, the Wrath of God - Werner Herzog (1972)
    281. Once Were Warriors - Lee Tamahori (1994)
    282. To Die For - Gus Van Sant (1995)
    283. Shame - Ingmar Bergman (1968)
    284. Alexander Nevsky - Sergei Eisenstein (1938)
    285. Europa Europa - Agnieszka Holland (1990)
    286. The White Ribbon - Michael Haneke (2009)
    287. Chungking Express - Wong Kar-wai (1994)
    288. Drugstore Cowboy - Gus Van Sant (1989)
    289. Yeelen - Souleyman Cisse (1987)
    290. The Beat That My Heart Skipped - Jacques Audiard (2005)
    291. Cat Ballou - Silverstein (1965)
    292. American Graffiti - George Lucas (1973)
    293. Blues Brothers - John Landis (1980)
    294. Waltz With Bashir - Ari Folman (2008)
    295. Dogville - Lars Von Trier (2003)
    296. 2046 - Wong Kar-wai (2004)
    297. Platoon - Oliver Stone (1986)
    298. Funny Bones - Peter Chelsom (1995)
    299. The State I Am In - Christian Petzold (2000)
    300. Rebecca - Alfred Hitchcock (1940)
    301. Barton Fink - Joel & Ethan Coen (1991)
    302. Spellbound - Alfred Hitchcock (1945)
    303. The Big Heat - Fritz Lang (1953)
    304. Tokyo Story - Yasujiro Ozu (1953)
    305. Kiss Me Deadly - Robert Aldrich (1955)
    306. The Usual Suspects - Bryan Singer (1995)
    307. Monty Python and the Holy Grail - Terry Gilliam (1975)
    308. The Draughtman's Contract - Peter Greenaway (1982)
    309. Ghostbusters - Ivan Reitman (1984)
    310. Eyes Wide Shut - Stanley Kubrick (1999)
    311. Double Indemnity - Billy Wilder (1944)
    312. Valerie and Her Week of Wonders - Jaromil Jires (1970)
    313. Breathless - Jean-Luc Godard (1959)
    314. Notorious - Alfred Hitchcock (1946)
    315. Paths of Glory - Stanley Kubrick (1957)
    316. The Seventh Continent - Michael Haneke (1989)
    317. To Catch a Thief - Alfred Hitchcock (1955)
    318. Smiles of a Summer Night - Ingmar Bergman (1955)
    319. The Gold Rush - Charlie Chaplin (1925)
    320. Emperor of the North - Robert Aldrich (1973)
    321. Simon of the Desert - Luis Bunuel (1965)
    322. Vampyr - Carl Theodor Dreyer (1931)
    323. Meshes of the Afternoon - Maya Deren (1943)
    324. Pepe Le Moko - Julien Duvivier (1937)
    325. Full Metal Jacket - Stanley Kubrick (1987)
    326. Irma La Douce - Billy Wilder (1963)
    327. Bicycle Thieves - Vittorio DeSica (1948)
    328. Thelma & Louise - Ridley Scott (1991)
    329. King Kong - Ernest Schoedsack (1933)
    330. Planet of the Apes - Franklin Schaffner (1968)
    331. The Bride of Frankenstein - James Whale (1935)
    332. Shane - George Stevens (1953)
    333. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid - George Roy Hill (1969)
    334. Frantic - Roman Polanski (1988)
    335. Freaks - Tod Browning (1932)
    336. Zero for Conduct - Jean Vigo (1933)
    337. La Jetee - Chris Marker (1962)
    338. The African Queen - John Huston (1951)
    339. The Apartment - Billy Wilder (1960)
    340. The Purple Rose of Cairo - Woody Allen (1985)
    341. The Outlaw and His Wife - Victor Sjostrom (1917)
    342. Laura - Otto Preminger (1944)
    343. The Andromeda Strain - Robert Wise (1971)
    344. Rebels of the Neon God - Tsai Ming-liang (1992)
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    Wow!

    First of all, your knowledge of cinema is clearly extensive. I'm not sure many people here can make you recommendations that you are not aware already!

    Second, also your taste seems to be extensive. I notice films from many periods, from many genres, from many styles, and from many parts of the world. That is another matter that makes it harder to recommend something to you.

    On the other hand, if I notice that something that I like is not to be found on your list, it's perhaps safe to recommend that one to you, since your taste is so broad!

    So, where does that lead us? Let's see.

    I notice Howard Hawks films on your list - great! I also see some westerns on your list, but not by Hawks. So, why not try Red River and Rio Bravo, his best westerns, and some of the best westerns of all time IMHO? You might also like Only Angels Have Wings and I Was A Male War Bride by Hawks.

    I see some screwball comedies on your list, but nothing by the great George Cukor. So I'll recommend Holiday and The Philadelphia Story, very funny affairs!

    Some film noirs on your list. Why not try The Maltese Falcon, Out of the Past and Murder, My Sweet?

    A lot of Asian and Japanese cinema on your list. I see one by Mizoguchi. Mizoguchi is superb, have you seen O-Haru or Ugetsu Monogatari?

    Three brilliant John Ford films on your list. Have you seen Young Mr. Lincoln, My Darling Clementine, Fort Apache, She Wore a Yellow Ribbon, How Green Was My Valley?

    Two mighty Victor Sjöström silents on your list, have you seen the one he made in the USA, The Wind?

    Three Dreyers - have you seen more? All Dreyers are wonderful. The Day of Wrath?

    No Bresson? Robert Bresson is more or less my favourite director of all time. Some spiritual family resemblence to Dreyer and Tarkovsky, whom you already like. Not everyone will like Bresson, though. Recommending Les Dames du Bois de Boulogne, Diary of a Country Priest, A Man Escaped, Trial of Joan of Arc, Pickpocket.

    You have some Italian neorealism, so expand on that. Of course that too is not for everyone, but it might well be for someone with as broad tastes as you. Try Rossellini (Stromboli, Viaggio in Italia, Francesco giuliare de Dio), Visconti (La Terra Trema, Ossessione, Rocco e i suoi Fratelli, Il Gattopardo, Senso, Ludwig II) and Pasolini (Il Vangelo Secondo Matteo).

    One more coming. Try Douglas Sirk. Deceptively simple films, on the surface they seem like "weepies"... but in reality they are profound melodramas with an incredible eye for psychology. Sirk was a specialist of classic Greek tragedy and it shows. Try Written on the Wind, All that Heaven Allows.

    OK, one more as a bonus. Have you seen Frank Borzage's Seventh Heaven? A gem of a silent film.
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    Impressive list indeed, I do miss Dead Poets Society, unless I am mistaking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pugg View Post
    Impressive list indeed, I do miss Dead Poets Society, unless I am mistaking.
    Thank you, it's been a long time since I've seen it so I am not sure if I would include it or not. Regardless, it would still be an excellent film to me even if I might rank it below this list.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Xaltotun View Post
    Wow!

    First of all, your knowledge of cinema is clearly extensive. I'm not sure many people here can make you recommendations that you are not aware already!

    Second, also your taste seems to be extensive. I notice films from many periods, from many genres, from many styles, and from many parts of the world. That is another matter that makes it harder to recommend something to you.

    On the other hand, if I notice that something that I like is not to be found on your list, it's perhaps safe to recommend that one to you, since your taste is so broad!

    So, where does that lead us? Let's see.

    I notice Howard Hawks films on your list - great! I also see some westerns on your list, but not by Hawks. So, why not try Red River and Rio Bravo, his best westerns, and some of the best westerns of all time IMHO? You might also like Only Angels Have Wings and I Was A Male War Bride by Hawks.
    Thank you -- wow -- lots to cover here!

    Of the Hawks, I haven't seen Only Angels Have Wings yet. Red River, I Was a Male War Bride and Rio Bravo are all superb and very possibly should be included -- I just haven't seen them in years so am not sure right now.

    Quote Originally Posted by Xaltotun View Post
    I see some screwball comedies on your list, but nothing by the great George Cukor. So I'll recommend Holiday and The Philadelphia Story, very funny affairs!
    I like Cukor's work, quite funny, but I don't think either of those would quite make the cut. Strict list, sorry Sylvia Scarlett, however, will probably have to be added at some point, when I get back around to watching films.

    Quote Originally Posted by Xaltotun View Post
    Some film noirs on your list. Why not try The Maltese Falcon, Out of the Past and Murder, My Sweet?
    Thank you. Out of the Past would very likely make it if I revisited it. Maltese Falcon is excellent but, imo, is somewhat overrated and didn't quite make the cut. I haven't seen Murder, My Sweet yet.

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    A lot of Asian and Japanese cinema on your list. I see one by Mizoguchi. Mizoguchi is superb, have you seen O-Haru or Ugetsu Monogatari?
    Thank you, Ugetsu has been returning and falling from my list (several times) over the years, and my current stance is that it ranks just below. Surprisingly, I haven't seen Oharu yet, not sure why...

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    Three brilliant John Ford films on your list. Have you seen Young Mr. Lincoln, My Darling Clementine, Fort Apache, She Wore a Yellow Ribbon, How Green Was My Valley?
    I haven't seen Young Mr Lincoln yet. The rest didn't quite make the cut, though How Green Was My Valley, Fort Apache, and My Darling Clementine each came awfully close and may need to be revisited.


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    Two mighty Victor Sjöström silents on your list, have you seen the one he made in the USA, The Wind?
    Yes, the Wind is excellent and in all likelihood should be added. I'll have to revisit it to be sure.


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    Three Dreyers - have you seen more? All Dreyers are wonderful. The Day of Wrath?
    You're right, The Day of Wrath likely should be added, just need to revisit it, thank you


    Quote Originally Posted by Xaltotun View Post
    No Bresson? Robert Bresson is more or less my favourite director of all time. Some spiritual family resemblence to Dreyer and Tarkovsky, whom you already like. Not everyone will like Bresson, though. Recommending Les Dames du Bois de Boulogne, Diary of a Country Priest, A Man Escaped, Trial of Joan of Arc, Pickpocket.
    Yes! Also Au Hasard Balthazar. I simply need to revisit his works (Also I haven't seen Diary of a Country Priest or Les Dames du Bois de Boulogne so I need to check those out)

    Quote Originally Posted by Xaltotun View Post
    You have some Italian neorealism, so expand on that. Of course that too is not for everyone, but it might well be for someone with as broad tastes as you. Try Rossellini (Stromboli, Viaggio in Italia, Francesco giuliare de Dio), Visconti (La Terra Trema, Ossessione, Rocco e i suoi Fratelli, Il Gattopardo, Senso, Ludwig II) and Pasolini (Il Vangelo Secondo Matteo).
    This is a sub-genre I am fairly slim on. Thank you, I will look into those you've mentioned here! I think I've seen La Terra Trema and Viaggio in Italia, but I'll double check.

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    One more coming. Try Douglas Sirk. Deceptively simple films, on the surface they seem like "weepies"... but in reality they are profound melodramas with an incredible eye for psychology. Sirk was a specialist of classic Greek tragedy and it shows. Try Written on the Wind, All that Heaven Allows.

    OK, one more as a bonus. Have you seen Frank Borzage's Seventh Heaven? A gem of a silent film.
    I've seen All that Heaven Allows, which is excellent but not Written on the Wind or (surprisingly) Seventh Heaven yet. Thanks again!
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    An impressive, fascinating list. Lots of great choices.

    I have to say, though, much as I like David Lynch (even including Fire Walk With Me) . . . Inland Empire lost me. Do I dare devote another three hours to it?
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    Great list! I'd like to suggest that you might want to add something by Almodóvar. I love pretty all his films, but my favorite is probably Hable con ella (Talk to Her) about a woman in a coma and a man who falls in love with her. The film explores the nature of consciousness, and it draws attention to the fine line between awareness and unconsciousness - and how these various states of awareness play into the experience of romantic attraction. Profound and yet funny (in a surrealist way).
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    I have no suggestions; I'm just happy Wild Strawberries made the cut and am glad Fritz Lang is well represented.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amfortas View Post
    An impressive, fascinating list. Lots of great choices.

    I have to say, though, much as I like David Lynch (even including Fire Walk With Me) . . . Inland Empire lost me. Do I dare devote another three hours to it?
    Yes but it would probably be more worth it if you've assimilated Sunset Boulevard (Wilder), Mulholland Drive and Lost Hwy (maybe you already have). These are each key prerequisites to Lynch's art and themes in Inland Empire.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bettina View Post
    Great list! I'd like to suggest that you might want to add something by Almodóvar. I love pretty all his films, but my favorite is probably Hable con ella (Talk to Her) about a woman in a coma and a man who falls in love with her. The film explores the nature of consciousness, and it draws attention to the fine line between awareness and unconsciousness - and how these various states of awareness play into the experience of romantic attraction. Profound and yet funny (in a surrealist way).
    Yes, thank you, I haven't seen it since shortly after its release! That one surrealist scene where he imagines, ahem ... Well, you know the one ... is quite hilarious (and imaginitive!) ... Its a charming film that I really liked and could certainly deserve inclusion among these. All About My Mother is excellent too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Manxfeeder View Post
    I have no suggestions; I'm just happy Wild Strawberries made the cut and am glad Fritz Lang is well represented.
    No question, glad you liked it! 2 of the greatest directors. My top 5 would probably be something on the order of: (1) Welles (2) Tarkovsky (3) Lang (4) Bergman (5) Hitchcock
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    Whoops, it seems you missed no. 1: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

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    Quote Originally Posted by DeepR View Post
    Whoops, it seems you missed no. 1: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly
    No, its not nearly on such an exalted level as that (to me), but it is a great film! I do need to revisit it to see if it deserves a spot (probably) and to decide where to rank it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DeepR View Post
    Whoops, it seems you missed no. 1: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly
    If we're going Leone, I'd opt for Once Upon a Time in the West.

    We may have to shoot this out (after some extended extreme closeups).
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    Quote Originally Posted by AfterHours View Post
    Yes but it would probably be more worth it if you've assimilated Sunset Boulevard (Wilder), Mulholland Drive and Lost Hwy (maybe you already have). These are each key prerequisites to Lynch's art and themes in Inland Empire.
    I do know and enjoy those works, but still had trouble with Inland Empire. On the plus side, it was good to see that Lynch hadn't gone commercial!
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