Top 20 Favorite Films Ever

My ballot for the big Skandies/Muriels Greatest Films In History project. When in doubt over which films qualified as truly "great" on a comparative basis, I went for the ones that make me happiest or have left me the most shaken, especially when those qualities endure on repeat viewings. Bottom line: if my desert-island cinematheque only had room to store 20 feature films, I'd be pretty damned stoked if they were these 20.

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  • Sherlock, Jr.
  • The Passion of Joan of Arc
  • King Kong
  • Citizen Kane
  • The Maltese Falcon
  • Sullivan's Travels
  • Out of the Past
  • Singin' in the Rain
  • Vertigo
  • Persona
  • The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
  • Dawn of the Dead
  • Manhattan
  • Alien
  • Stop Making Sense
  • Brazil
  • Dead Ringers
  • The Double Life of Veronique
  • Chungking Express
  • Mulholland Drive