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1. The Matrix (1999)
R | 136 min | Action, Sci-Fi
A computer hacker learns from mysterious rebels about the true nature of his reality and his role in the war against its controllers.
Votes: 1,368,295 | Gross: $171.48M
Philosophical topics like skepticism, ethics, belief mixed with revolutionary action scenes. Great performances by Laurence Fishburne and Hugo Weaving. Beautiful cinematography by Bill Pope. Action scenes following each other beautifully, always different angels, it's like watching a comic book. Why no. 1? (As it was asked, comments below.) Firstly, since I saw "The Matrix" in the theater in 1999, this film had invaded my soul and my mind for a long time. I chatted about it endlessly; when I got the DVD, I watched it over and over again; wrote two essays and numerous notes on both this film and the sequels.
Secondly, I do love philosophy and I have been mostly interested in epistemology. For me, The Matrix is pretty unique. There are many philosophical films but they are mostly existentialist pieces. The Matrix, in addition to existentialism, picks a very different field of philosophy i.e. epistemology which philosophers like Plato, Descartes, Berkeley, Hume and Kant had worked on. Any field of philosophy can be used in a film of course but the main difference of The Matrix is, in an interesting way, epistemological arguments are part of the plot.
2. Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors (1965)
97 min | Drama, Music, Romance
A timeless Carpathian story - the young Ivan falls in love with the daughter of his father's killer among the Hutsul people of Ukraine.
I can say that if you haven't seen anything by Parajanov, you haven't seen cinema yet. Those images, compositions, colors. Also we can say that Russian and Eastern European cinema have the most interesting camera work.
3. Stalker (1979)
Not Rated | 162 min | Drama, Sci-Fi
A guide leads two men through an area known as the Zone to find a room that grants wishes.
Votes: 81,884 | Gross: $0.23M
Brave enough to examine the most sensitive aspects of human nature. I saw "Stalker" back in 1999 and I don't know why but the scene in which writer said "You're just a God's fool" to Stalker engraved in my mind.
4. War and Peace (1966)
Unrated | 427 min | Drama, History, Romance
A Russian Prince experiences battle against Napoleon and a troubled relationship with his father and wife. Finds acceptance of her death and eventually his chance of true love. A spoiled, ... See full summary »
5. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
G | 149 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi
Humanity finds a mysterious, obviously artificial object buried beneath the Lunar surface and, with the intelligent computer H.A.L. 9000, sets off on a quest.
Votes: 485,623 | Gross: $56.95M
I saw "2001: A Space Odyssey" on TV when I was a kid and I guess my love for sci-fi began with this film.
6. The Mirror (1975)
G | 107 min | Biography, Drama
A dying man in his forties remembers his past. His childhood, his mother, the war, personal moments and things that tell of the recent history of all the Russian nation.
Very complex scenes filmed in single shots, images, compositions and the nature of mind which usually doesn't follow a direction.
7. Napoleon (1927)
240 min | Biography, Drama, History
A film about the French general's youth and early military career.
8. The Master (2012)
R | 138 min | Drama
A Naval veteran arrives home from war unsettled and uncertain of his future - until he is tantalized by The Cause and its charismatic leader.
Votes: 118,646 | Gross: $16.38M
A film I am in love with. Can not stop rewatching.
9. Three Colors: Blue (1993)
R | 98 min | Drama, Music, Mystery
A woman struggles to find a way to live her life after the death of her husband and child.
Votes: 70,192 | Gross: $1.32M
From the trilogy, I like "Blue" best. Moreover, for me "Blue" is in a different league than "Red" and "White"; you truly get lost with Julie. Beautiful film. So far the best piece about isolation and loneliness I have ever seen.
10. Sleuth (1972)
PG | 138 min | Mystery, Thriller
A man who loves games and theater invites his wife's lover to meet him, setting up a battle of wits with potentially deadly results.
"Tell them it was a bloody game."
11. Barton Fink (1991)
R | 116 min | Comedy, Drama, Thriller
A renowned New York playwright is enticed to California to write for the movies and discovers the hellish truth of Hollywood.
Votes: 97,524 | Gross: $6.15M
12. The Ascent (1977)
111 min | Drama, War
In a freezing cold World War II winter, two pro-Soviet partisans - Sotnikov and Rybak - head off to find food for themselves and their compatriots. They find a goat at the home of a German ... See full summary »
17. Blade Runner (1982)
R | 117 min | Sci-Fi, Thriller
A blade runner must pursue and try to terminate four replicants who stole a ship in space and have returned to Earth to find their creator.
Votes: 559,735 | Gross: $27.00M
18. Solaris (1972)
PG | 167 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
A psychologist is sent to a station orbiting a distant planet in order to discover what has caused the crew to go insane.
19. Come and See (1985)
Not Rated | 142 min | Drama, War
After finding an old rifle, a young boy joins the Soviet resistance movement against ruthless German forces and experiences the horrors of World War II.
20. On the Silver Globe (1988)
Unrated | 166 min | Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
A small group of cosmic explorers, including a woman, leaves Earth to find freedom and start a new civilization. They do not realize that within themselves they carry the end of their own ... See full summary »
22. Jamilya (1969)
76 min | Drama, Romance, War
Dzhamiliya lives in a kirghizian village. She follows their parents' orders when she marries a man without loving him. Then World War II breaks out and her new husband has to leave the ... See full summary »
23. Dyadya Vanya (1971)
104 min | Drama
A retired professor has returned to his estate to live with his beautiful young wife, Yelena. The estate originally belonged to his first wife, now deceased; her mother and brother still ... See full summary »
Tarkovsky and Konchalovsky met each other in 1960 and they wrote the script for ANDREI RUBLEV together. (Also IVAN'S CHILDHOOD.) It seems this film highly influenced Tarkovksy on making ZERKALO (though as a project, ZERKALO's birth date is 1964, similarity in style can be observed easily).
24. Proshchanie (1983)
121 min | Drama
Matyora is a small village on a beautiful island with the same name. The existence of the village is threatened with flooding by the construction of a dam. This is the story of the ... See full summary »
25. Stray Dogs (2013)
138 min | Drama
An alcoholic man and his two young children barely survive in Taipei. They cross path with a lonely grocery clerk who might help them make a better life.
26. Melancholia (2011)
R | 135 min | Drama
Two sisters find their already strained relationship challenged as a mysterious new planet threatens to collide with Earth.
Votes: 142,624 | Gross: $3.03M
I discovered this film thanks to Miquel-Angel's list. Some films manage to influence you on an emotional level. After seeing "Melancholia" I couldn't sleep for hours, although I needed some sleep desperately and I walked on the beach with a feeling I couldn't easily define.
27. Under the Skin (I) (2013)
R | 108 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
A mysterious young woman seduces lonely men in the evening hours in Scotland. However, events lead her to begin a process of self-discovery.
Votes: 100,827 | Gross: $2.61M
Breathtaking film. Scenes where we see random people reminded me of Arthur Lipsett's shorts. Some critics interpreted Lipsett's vision as "misanthropic." So those scenes merging with eerie music perfectly reflect the misanthropy of an alien. We got everything in this film. Minimalist sci-fi (compare with "Beyond The Black Rainbow") and that beautiful obscurity (compare with "Upstream Color").
28. Aguirre, the Wrath of God (1972)
Not Rated | 95 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama
In the 16th century, the ruthless and insane Don Lope de Aguirre leads a Spanish expedition in search of El Dorado.
Can't find the appropriate words for the things Herzog and Kinski accomplished! Still wondering what was written on the script which was ruined by vomit.
30. Brazil (1985)
R | 132 min | Drama, Sci-Fi
A bureaucrat, in a retro-future world, tries to correct an administrative error, and becomes an enemy of the state.
Votes: 165,287 | Gross: $9.93M
31. Satantango (1994)
450 min | Drama
Plotting on a payment they are about to receive, residents of a collapsing collective farm see their plans turn into desolation when they discover that Irimiás, a former co-worker who they thought was dead, is coming back to the village.
Bela Tarr is one of the film-makers who give me what I exactly demand from cinema. It's quiet rare a desire is satisfied perfectly and I'm grateful.
32. Electra, My Love (1974)
70 min | Drama
It has been fifteen years since the death of her father, Agamemnon, and Elektra still burns with hatred for Aegisztosz, who conspired with Elektra's mother to kill him.
33. Playtime (1967)
Not Rated | 115 min | Comedy
Monsieur Hulot curiously wanders around a high-tech Paris, paralleling a trip with a group of American tourists. Meanwhile, a nightclub/restaurant prepares its opening night, but it's still under construction.
Hypnotising. Do not watch it alone; you'll need someone to slap you after you watch it.
34. The Story of the Last Chrysanthemum (1939)
Not Rated | 148 min | Drama, Romance
The adopted son of a legendary actor, and an aspiring star himself, turns to his infant brother's wet nurse for support and affection - only for her to give up everything for her beloved's glory.
Life becomes a play thanks to the angles Mizoguchi uses. In some scenes Mizoguchi gives the audience the seat in the front row and the view is very much like it is in the theatre.
35. Ivan's Childhood (1962)
Not Rated | 84 min | Drama, War
In WW2, twelve year old Soviet orphan Ivan Bondarev works for the Soviet army as a scout behind the German lines and strikes a friendship with three sympathetic Soviet officers.
36. Sånger från andra våningen (2000)
Not Rated | 98 min | Comedy, Drama
Where are we humans going? A film poem inspired by the Peruvian poet César Vallejo. We meet people in the city. People trying to communicate, searching compassion and get the connection of small and large things.
Votes: 14,416 | Gross: $0.00M
37. Harakiri (1962)
Not Rated | 133 min | Action, Drama, History
An elder ronin samurai arrives at a feudal lord's home and requests an honorable place to commit suicide. But when the ronin inquires about a younger samurai who arrived before him things take an unexpected turn.
38. La Jetée (1962)
Not Rated | 28 min | Short, Drama, Romance
The story of a man forced to explore his memories in the wake of World War III's devastation, told through still images.
The art of photography, the finest source to make a film about time and memory. (Weerasethakul also uses photographs to show us the future in Loong Boonmee Raleuk Chat). Again I'm grateful to Miquel-Angel (comments below) for the recommendation.
39. The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928)
Not Rated | 114 min | Biography, Drama, History
In 1431, Jeanne d'Arc is placed on trial on charges of heresy. The ecclesiastical jurists attempt to force Jeanne to recant her claims of holy visions.
Votes: 31,683 | Gross: $0.02M
40. Rashômon (1950)
Not Rated | 88 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
A heinous crime and its aftermath are recalled from differing points of view.
A cinematic inquiry into the human nature.
41. Bicycle Thieves (1948)
Not Rated | 89 min | Drama
In post-war Italy, a working-class man's bicycle is stolen. He and his son set out to find it.
Votes: 109,766 | Gross: $0.33M
We the audience have - what I may call - an "artistic-sadomasochist" relationship with De Sica; he hurts us and we enjoy it. I'm so glad that I've finally seen this film; I was missing a lot.
42. The Night of the Hunter (1955)
Not Rated | 92 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
A religious fanatic marries a gullible widow whose young children are reluctant to tell him where their real daddy hid $10,000 he'd stolen in a robbery.
43. Locke (2013)
R | 85 min | Drama
Ivan Locke, a dedicated family man and successful construction manager, receives a phone call on the eve of the biggest challenge of his career that sets in motion a series of events that threaten his carefully cultivated existence.
Votes: 107,570 | Gross: $1.36M
44. Carlito's Way (1993)
R | 144 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
A Puerto Rican former convict, just released from prison, pledges to stay away from drugs and violence despite the pressure around him and lead on to a better life outside of N.Y.C.
Votes: 175,583 | Gross: $36.95M
Now, what we got here is a perfect film. Acting, script, direction. The final 25 minutes - including a fantastic long take - is one of the best cinematic experiences I have ever had.
45. Cat's Play (1974)
98 min | Drama, Music
The story of two elderly sisters who exchange letters, and through brief flashbacks we see glimpses of their younger years.
A cinematical reply to the question "What would we see, if we could monitor our thought process?"
47. Kis Uykusu (2014)
Not Rated | 196 min | Drama
Aydin, a former actor, runs a small hotel in central Anatolia with his young wife Nihal with whom he has a stormy relationship and his sister Necla who is suffering from her recent divorce.... See full summary »
48. The Celebration (1998)
R | 105 min | Drama
At Helge's 60th birthday party, some unpleasant family truths are revealed.
Votes: 70,183 | Gross: $1.65M
Methodically one of the most innovative films ever. Camera work gives the viewer a "part time job" to work in a birthday party as a cameraman. Vinterberg's technique is not unique of course; for example two years before Festen, Refn's Pusher has the same style. Some angles he uses also remind me of Cranes Are Flying - especially the stairs scene. However, camera work still provides various fresh executions such as there is a scene where camera changes its position quickly (pulled from its place in a harsh way so it can be put in its new position) to follow the car which enters the garden behind a wall or there is a scene where camera behaves like a fly, after a flight, resting on a bed for a short time. Dynamic editing also gives the viewer a great pleasure. Brilliant film-making.
49. Happiness (1935)
Not Rated | 95 min | Comedy, Drama
A hapless loser (with the surname of Loser) undergoes misadventures with avaracious clergy, a tired horse, and a walking granary (among other things) on his road to collectivized happiness.
50. Cleo from 5 to 7 (1962)
Not Rated | 90 min | Comedy, Drama, Music
Cleo, a singer and hypochondriac, becomes increasingly worried that she might have cancer while awaiting test results from her doctor.
51. Apocalypse Now (1979)
R | 147 min | Drama, War
During the Vietnam War, Captain Willard is sent on a dangerous mission into Cambodia to assassinate a renegade Colonel who has set himself up as a god among a local tribe.
Votes: 500,964 | Gross: $83.47M
Seen the Redux version. Brilliant. Will sound cliché but this film is like poetry.
52. Der siebente Kontinent (1989)
Unrated | 104 min | Drama
A European family who plan on escaping to Australia, seem caught up in their daily routine, only troubled by minor incidents. However, behind their apparent calm and repetitive existence, they are actually planning something sinister.
Haneke's film must be one of the biggest influences for independent film-makers.
54. Dogville (2003)
R | 178 min | Crime, Drama
A woman on the run from the mob is reluctantly accepted in a small Colorado town. In exchange, she agrees to work for them. As a search visits the town, she finds out that their support has a price. Yet her dangerous secret is never far away.
Votes: 117,569 | Gross: $1.53M
55. Taxi Driver (1976)
R | 114 min | Crime, Drama
A mentally unstable veteran works as a nighttime taxi driver in New York City, where the perceived decadence and sleaze fuels his urge for violent action, while attempting to liberate a twelve-year-old prostitute.
Votes: 575,652 | Gross: $28.26M
"You Talkin' to Me?"
56. Last Year at Marienbad (1961)
Not Rated | 94 min | Drama, Mystery
In a strange and isolated chateau, a man becomes acquainted with a woman and insists that they have met before.
Votes: 16,172 | Gross: $0.14M
57. Sansho the Bailiff (1954)
Not Rated | 124 min | Drama
In medieval Japan, a compassionate governor is sent into exile. His wife and children try to join him, but are separated, and the children grow up amid suffering and oppression.
This is not a film, this is the fire itself.
58. Breaking the Waves (1996)
R | 159 min | Drama
Oilman Jan is paralyzed in an accident. His wife, who prayed for his return, feels guilty; even more, when Jan urges her to have sex with another.
Votes: 53,242 | Gross: $4.04M
Story of love and sacrifice. A true tearjerker.
59. Greed (1924)
Not Rated | 140 min | Drama, Thriller, Western
The sudden fortune won from a lottery fans such destructive greed that it ruins the lives of the three people involved.
Votes: 7,667 | Gross: $0.16M
Seen the "restored" version (239 min.) A masterpiece with one of the most powerful endings. I can see how the modern filmmakers have drawn inspiration from "Greed".
61. Blow-Up (1966)
Not Rated | 111 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller
A mod London photographer finds something very suspicious in the shots he has taken of a mysterious beauty in a desolate park.
63. Mauvais Sang (1986)
Unrated | 105 min | Crime, Drama, Romance
Marc (Michel Piccoli) recruits Alex (Denis Lavant), son of his former, now dead colleague. Alex is a card shark with a big dream to go out to the world and leave his own mark. His ... See full summary »
Votes: 5,068 | Gross: $0.02M
Another innovative piece of art.
64. Angst (I) (1983)
Not Rated | 87 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller
A troubled man gets released from prison and starts taking out his sadistic fantasies on an unsuspecting family living in a secluded house.
A disturbing masterpiece with tremendous camera work.
66. Letter from an Unknown Woman (1948)
Not Rated | 87 min | Drama, Romance
A pianist about to flee from a duel receives a letter from a woman he cannot remember, who may hold the key to his downfall.
67. Medea (1988 TV Movie)
76 min | Drama
Medea is in Corinth with Jason and their two young sons. King Kreon wants to reward Jason for his exploits: he gives the hand of his daughter, Glauce, to Jason as well as the promise of the... See full summary »
Votes: 2,628 | Gross: $0.02M
69. The Hourglass Sanatorium (1973)
124 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror
Józef visits his dying father at a remote mental institution, where time itself doesn't seem to exist, and the line between dreams and memories becomes indistinguishable.
With its beautifully crafted sets, it fascinates the viewer. The way the colors were used is simply charming. It's like watching surreal paintings coming to life.
70. Celine and Julie Go Boating (1974)
Unrated | 193 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
A mysteriously linked pair of young women find their daily lives preempted by a strange boudoir melodrama that plays itself out in a hallucinatory parallel reality.
Votes: 3,716 | Gross: $0.03M
Rivette is simply showing what cinema is truly capable of.
71. Pather Panchali (1955)
Not Rated | 125 min | Drama
Impoverished priest Harihar Ray, dreaming of a better life for himself and his family, leaves his rural Bengal village in search of work.
Votes: 16,640 | Gross: $0.54M
"Have you ever seen a train?"
74. Through the Olive Trees (1994)
G | 103 min | Drama
The movie focuses on one of the events in Zendegi Edame Darad (1992), and explores the relationship between the movie director, and the actors. The local actors play a couple who got ... See full summary »
Votes: 4,345 | Gross: $0.04M
Love has never been told cinematically this beautiful before. The best ending to a film ever.
76. The Shooting Party (1978)
105 min | Drama, History, Romance
You can't make a heart love somebody. This gospel is well known to the young Olenka. Born in a poor family, she has to marry a rich man to escape poverty. Three men fight for her heart, the... See full summary »
78. A Woman Is a Woman (1961)
Not Rated | 84 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
A French striptease artist is desperate to become a mother. When her reluctant boyfriend suggests his best friend to impregnate her, feelings become complicated when she accepts.
Votes: 11,939 | Gross: $0.10M
I like to compare these two Godard films with Joyce's "Ulysses". The most creative films - without being too experimental - I have ever seen.
79. Pierrot le Fou (1965)
Not Rated | 110 min | Crime, Drama, Romance
Pierrot escapes his boring society and travels from Paris to the Mediterranean Sea with Marianne, a girl chased by hit-men from Algeria. They lead an unorthodox life, always on the run.
"My name is Ferdinand."
80. Nattvardsgästerna (1963)
Not Rated | 81 min | Drama
A small town priest struggles with his faith.
What Bergman accomplished is beyond script-writing or film-making. A philosophical piece and a very strong one.
83. Dreams That Money Can Buy (1947)
Approved | 99 min
After learning how to look inside himself, a poetic bum sells people vivid dreams.
Ever wondered what it would be like if we had MTV in the 40s?
85. Le Samouraï (1967)
GP | 101 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
After Professional hitman Jef Costello is seen by witnesses his efforts to provide himself an alibi drive him further into a corner.
Votes: 35,696 | Gross: $0.04M
"What do you want?" - "To kill you."
86. The Killing of a Chinese Bookie (1976)
R | 135 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
A proud strip club owner is forced to come to terms with himself as a man, when his gambling addiction gets him in hot water with the mob, who offer him only one alternative.
87. Jagten (2012)
R | 115 min | Drama
A teacher lives a lonely life, all the while struggling over his son's custody. His life slowly gets better as he finds love and receives good news from his son, but his new luck is about to be brutally shattered by an innocent little lie.
Votes: 208,269 | Gross: $0.69M
88. Rope (1948)
PG | 80 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
Two young men strangle their "inferior" classmate, hide his body in their apartment, and invite his friends and family to a dinner party as a means to challenge the "perfection" of their crime.
A technical wonder which consists of 11 long takes masterfully linked to each other (by a "rope") from Hitchcock, the mentor of all, from Godard to Tarkovsky. In 1947 Ophüls with "The Exile" offered some long takes but Hitchcock's idea was quiet unique. Later we see Tarkovsky followed this example with his "Offret". And finally what Hitchcock couldn't do due to technical incapabilities of his time was done by Sokurov, next entry.
89. Russkiy kovcheg (2002)
Not Rated | 99 min | Drama, Fantasy, History
A 19th century French aristocrat, notorious for his scathing memoirs about life in Russia, travels through the Russian State Hermitage Museum and encounters historical figures from the last 200+ years.
Votes: 15,928 | Gross: $0.04M
Nice editing, because there is none. Welles', Tarkovskiy's or Wajda's long takes may impress you but Sokurov's film is something beyond that. The film is actually one single long take which runs 96 minutes.
90. Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
PG | 216 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama
The story of T.E. Lawrence, the English officer who successfully united and led the diverse, often warring, Arab tribes during World War I in order to fight the Turks.
Votes: 217,325 | Gross: $44.82M
Though for the first time I saw it when I was a kid, I couldn't forget O'Toole's portrayal of Lawrence.
91. 1900 (1976)
Unrated | 317 min | Crime, Drama, History
The epic tale of a class struggle in twentieth century Italy, as seen through the eyes of two childhood friends on opposing sides.
Now this is perfect film-making; though it runs 5 hours, in my first viewing, I have never got bored and never checked the time. A historical materialist view on class struggle; memorable performances from Robert De Niro, Gérard Depardieu, Burt Lancaster and Donald Sutherland; pain; joy and celebration.
92. Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)
PG-13 | 164 min | Western
A mysterious stranger with a harmonica joins forces with a notorious desperado to protect a beautiful widow from a ruthless assassin working for the railroad.
Votes: 244,645 | Gross: $5.32M
94. The Color of Pomegranates (1969)
Not Rated | 79 min | Biography, Drama, History
A super-stylized, surreal biography of Armenian troubadour Sayat Nova, whose life is depicted through non-narrative amalgamations of poetic images.
A series of beautiful compositions by Parajanov.
95. Post Tenebras Lux (2012)
Not Rated | 115 min | Drama
Juan and his urban family live in the Mexican countryside, where they enjoy and suffer a world apart. And nobody knows if these two worlds are complementary or if they strive to eliminate one another.
Votes: 3,917 | Gross: $0.04M
"In the past, my existence was enough, now it's Eleazar and Rut's turn." A film about nature and man, innocence and wickedness, life and death, happiness and tragedy, ordinary and disordinary, reality and the myth. The best opening sequence I have ever seen.
96. Seven Samurai (1954)
Not Rated | 207 min | Adventure, Drama
A poor village under attack by bandits recruits seven unemployed samurai to help them defend themselves.
Votes: 256,099 | Gross: $0.27M
Epic story of the samurai defending a village "just for rice".
98. The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943)
Not Rated | 163 min | Drama, Romance, War
From the Boer War through World War II, a soldier rises through the ranks in the British military.