100 Greater Movies

Rank Title Director Acting Year Comments
1 Badlands Terrence Malick Martin Sheen 1973  
2 Cool Hand Luke Stuart Rosenberg Paul Newman 1965  
3 Five Easy Pieces Bob Rafelson Jack Nicholson 1970  
4 The Conversation Francis Ford Coppola Gene Hackman
1974
 
5 The Tenant Roman Polanski   1976 DP: Sven Nykvist
6 Rear Window Alfred Hitchcock Jimmy Stewart 1954  
7 Miller's Crossing the Coen Brothers   1990  
8 Star Wars George Lucas Sir Alec Guiness 1977  
9 Sante Sangre Alejandro Jodorowsky   1990 Spain
10 Solaris Andrei Tarkovsky   1972 Russia
11 Blade Runner Ridley Scott Harrison Ford 1982 Director's Cut
12 Seven Samurai Akira Kurosawa Toshiro Mifune 1954 Japan
13 Richard III   Ian McKellan 1995  
14 Faster Pussycat! Kill! Kill! Russ Meyer Tura Satana 1966  
15 Killing Zoe Roger Avary Julie Delpy    
16 Amateur Hal Hartley Damian Young 1994  
17 Swimming with Sharks George Huang Frank Whaley jr. 1994  
18 True Romance Tony Scott   1993 Tarantino Script
19 Brazil Terry Gilliam Michael Price 1985 Director's Cut
20 Romeo and Juliet Baz Luhrman   1997  
21 Videodrome David Cronenberg Deborah Harry 1983  
22 The Muppet Movie   Jim Henson 1979  
23 And the Ship Sails On Federico Fellini   1983  
24 Putney Swope Robert Downey Sr.   1969  
25 Vernon, Florida Errol Morris   1985 Documentary
26 Jungle Book Wolfgang Reitherman Louis Prima 1967  
27 Matador Pedro Almodovar Antonio Banderas 1986 Spain
28 Bashu Bahram Bazai   1985 Iran
29 Belly of an Architect Peter Greenaway Brian Dennehy 1991  
30 Dracula Tod Browning Bela Lugosi 1931  
31 Near Dark Kathryn Bigelow Bill Paxton 1985  
32 Wings of Desire Wim Wenders   1988 Germany
33 Memories of
Underdevelopment
T.G. Alea   1968 Cuba
34 Company Limited Satyajit Ray   1970 India
35 Down By Law Jim Jarmusch Tom Waits 1986  
36 Red Sorghum Zhang Yimou Gong Li 1987 China
37 The Maltese Falcon John Huston Humphrey Bogart 1931  
38 The Devils Ken Russell Oliver Reed 1971  
39 Arsenic and Old Lace Frank Capra Jimmy Stewart 1944  
40 Local Hero Bill Forsythe Burt Lancaster 1983 Scotland + Texas
41 White Krystof Kieslowski Julie Delpy 1994 Poland
42 Ravenous Antonia Bird Jeffrey Jones 1999 Michael Nyman's best work
43 The Year My Voice Broke John Duigan Noah Taylor 1987  
44 Metropolis Fritz Lang   1926 Silent
45 Big Penny Marshall Tom Hanks 1988  
46 Sixteen Candles John Hughes Molly Ringwald 1984  
47 Walkabout Nicholas Roeg   1975 Australia
48 Hairspray Jon Waters Divine 1988  
49 Adv. of Robin Hood   Errol Flynn 1940  
50 Rosencrantz and
Guildernstern are Dead
  Gary Oldman 1990  
51 Witness Peter Weir Harrison Ford 1985  
52 On Golden Pond   Henry Fonda 1981  
53 Fire and Ice Ralph Bakshi   1983 Frank Frazetta Art
54 Better Off Dead Steve Holland John Cusack 1985  
55 Beetlejuice Tim Burton   1988  
56 Passion Fish John Sayles Alfre Woodard 1992  
57 Sling Blade   Billy Bob Thornton 1997  
58 Animal House John Landis John Belushi 1978  
59 Young Frankenstein Mel Brooks Gene Wilder 1974  
60 Mishima Paul Schrader   1985  
61 One Flew Over
the Cuckoo's Nest
Milos Forman Jack Nicholson 1975  
62 Lawrence of Arabia David Lean Peter O'Toole 1962  
63 Heavy James Mangold Liv Tyler 1997  
64 Midnight Cowboy John Schlesinger Jon Voight 1969 Rated X
65 Runaway Train Andrei Konchalovsky Eric Roberts 1985  
66 Star 80 Bob Fosse Mariel Hemingway 1983 DP: Sven Nykvist
67 My Favorite Year Richard Benjamin Peter O'Toole 1982  
68 Caddyshack Harold Ramis Rodney Dangerfield 1980  
69 Dark Crystal Frank Oz Jim Henson 1982  
70 20,000 Leagues
Under the Sea
Stuart Patton Kirk Douglas 1954  
71 Three Musketeers George Sidney Gene Kelly 1948 GK faster than Jackie Chan
72 Creator Ivan Passer Peter O'Toole 1985  
73 Metropolitan Whit Stillman Chris Eigeman 1990  
74 Cinema Paradiso Giuseppe Tornatore   1988  
75 Exotica Atom Egoyan Elias Koteas 1994  
76 A Little Romance George Hill Sir Laurence Olivier 1979  
77 Totoro Hayao Miyazaki   1993 Japan + subtitled
78 Missouri Breaks Arthur Penn Marlon Brando 1976  
79 Deliverance John Boorman Burt Reynolds 1972  
80 Spartacus Stanley Kubrick Kirk Douglas 1960  
81 One False Move Carl Franklin Bill Paxton 1991  
82 Aliens James Cameron Sigourney Weaver 1986  
83 Straight to Hell Alex Cox   1987 The Pogues
84 Drugstore Cowboy Gus Van Sant   1989 William S. Burroughs
85 Fresh Boaz Yakin Sean Nelson 1994 Lawrence Bender
86 Blue Velvet David Lynch Dennis Hopper 1986  
87 Menace II Society Hughes Brothers   1993  
88 Once Were Warriors Lee Tamahori   1994 New Zealand + Maori
89 The Untouchables Brian DePalma Sean Connery 1987  
90 The 13th Warrior John McTiernan Antonio Banderas 1999 high score for repeat viewing
91 Mighty Joe Young Ernest B. Schoedsack   1949 Ray Harryhausen
92 Grosse Point Blank   Minnie Driver 1996  
93 Little Odessa James Gray Vanessa Redgrave 1994  
94 The Killer John Woo Chow Yun Fat 1990 Hong Kong
95 City of Lost Children Jeunet and Caro Ron Perlman 1995 France
96 The Professional Luc Besson Jean Reno 1994 aka Leon
97 Underground Emir Kusturica   1995 Yugoslavia
98 Babe Chris Noonan Brian Henson 1995 FAR better than Braveheart
99 Army of Darkness Sam Raimi   1992 aka Medieval Dead
100 Return of the King Peter Jackson   2003 WETA

B A C K to the I N D E X

 

© 2000 J.R.Kerr