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Favourite films 1957-2021

65 films

My favourite film from each year. This isn't going to be as clean as I'd like. There are some years…

  • Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me
  • Eraserhead
  • The Elephant Man
  • Twin Peaks
  • Blue Velvet
  • The Father
  • Last Night in Soho
  • Sound of Metal
  • Bo Burnham: Inside
  • Pig

2021 Ranked

20 films

Including films from last year that only came to Ireland this year

  • Ikiru
  • Ran
  • Seven Samurai
  • Kagemusha
  • Rashomon
  • Spirited Away
  • My Neighbor Totoro
  • Princess Mononoke
  • Harakiri
  • The Human Condition I: No Greater Love

10 favourite directors

31 films

My favourite directors and favourite films from them. Not in any particular order because I love them all equally.

  • Spirited Away
  • My Neighbor Totoro
  • Princess Mononoke
  • Grave of the Fireflies
  • Whisper of the Heart

Studio Ghibli ranked

11 films

Considering how many of these are among my favourite films I should have done this a lot sooner.

  • The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover
  • Grave of the Fireflies
  • When the Wind Blows
  • Martyrs
  • Mysterious Skin

Dark films

36 films

Films that are either depressing, explore darker themes or both. Not ranked.

  • The Lighthouse
  • The Shining
  • The Thing
  • Halloween
  • The Fly

Horror

25 films

This isn't in any particular order, these are just my favourite horror movies

  • Samurai Cop
  • Harakiri
  • Ran
  • Seven Samurai
  • Sansho the Bailiff

Samurai films

12 films

  • The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover
  • Princess Mononoke
  • The Deer Hunter
  • The Holy Mountain
  • Harakiri

Favourite films

54 films

Everything after the top ten is pretty interchangeable

  • Climax
  • Thunder Road
  • Suspiria
  • The Favourite
  • The Sisters Brothers

2018 ranked

24 films

  • The Lighthouse
  • Parasite
  • Jojo Rabbit
  • Midsommar
  • Uncut Gems

2019 ranked

19 films