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  • The Master The Master
  • Moonrise Kingdom Moonrise Kingdom
  • Argo Argo
  • Bernie Bernie
  • Jiro Dreams of Sushi Jiro Dreams of Sushi

Top Fives by Year

70 films 3 1

Thanks to Jandy for the great idea. A work in progress.

  • Criss Cross Criss Cross
  • The Big Sleep The Big Sleep
  • The Big Heat The Big Heat
  • Sweet Smell of Success Sweet Smell of Success
  • The Third Man The Third Man

Essential Noir

10 films 5

Half classic noir, half neo-noir. Films I'm considering suggesting for Dirk's list.

  • Ant-Man Ant-Man
  • The Fantastic Four The Fantastic Four
  • The Amazing Spider-Man 2 The Amazing Spider-Man 2
  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier Captain America: The Winter Soldier
  • The Wolverine The Wolverine

Marvel Adaptations

34 films 3

These are recent adaptations (mostly 21st century).

  • Chinatown Chinatown
  • Patton Patton
  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
  • Local Hero Local Hero
  • Rear Window Rear Window

My Favorite Films

21 films

  • The Master The Master
  • Sweet Smell of Success Sweet Smell of Success
  • Out of the Past Out of the Past
  • Moonrise Kingdom Moonrise Kingdom
  • The Avengers The Avengers

Best Films Viewed in 2012

23 films

The best films I saw for the first time in 2012 (four stars and above).

  • The Master The Master
  • Moonrise Kingdom Moonrise Kingdom
  • Argo Argo
  • Bernie Bernie
  • Jiro Dreams of Sushi Jiro Dreams of Sushi

Favorite Films of 2012

9 films

My favorite films of 2012 (that I've seen so far).

  • Chinatown Chinatown
  • Body Heat Body Heat
  • The Driver The Driver
  • Blood Simple Blood Simple
  • L.A. Confidential L.A. Confidential

Neo-Noir

43 films 9 13

An attempt to catalog all noir films that followed the classic noir period (post 1958 or so).

  • The Exorcist The Exorcist
  • Alien Alien
  • The Thing The Thing
  • The Shining The Shining
  • Scream Scream

Favorite Horror Films

26 films 1 1

In an effort to narrow down my picks for Dirk's The Essentials: Horror list, I thought I'd start listing off…

  • Amadeus Amadeus
  • Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World Master and Commander: The Far Side of the…
  • There Will Be Blood There Will Be Blood
  • The Last of the Mohicans The Last of the Mohicans
  • The Lion in Winter The Lion in Winter

Essential Historical

10 films 7

Films I'm considering suggesting for Dirk's upcoming list. (War films not included)

  • Rashomon Rashomon
  • The Big Heat The Big Heat
  • On the Waterfront On the Waterfront
  • Bonnie and Clyde Bonnie and Clyde
  • Point Blank Point Blank

Essential Crime

10 films 5

Films I'm considering suggesting for Dirk's upcoming list.

  • The Third Man The Third Man
  • Criss Cross Criss Cross
  • Double Indemnity Double Indemnity
  • Sweet Smell of Success Sweet Smell of Success
  • The Big Sleep The Big Sleep

Classic Film Noir

15 films 1

  • Lost Highway Lost Highway
  • Blue Velvet Blue Velvet
  • Mulholland Drive Mulholland Drive
  • Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me
  • The Elephant Man The Elephant Man

Lynch Ranked

10 films

This was really hard, and I go back and forth on many of the positions.