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my personal canon

75 films

top 75, not ranked, one film per director.

subject to change at my arbitrary whims.

[1/21/23] update: expanded the list…

  • Annabelle Serpentine Dance
  • The Pillar of Fire
  • The Kingdom of the Fairies
  • The Infernal Cauldron
  • The Mermaid


1,918 films

  • Exiled
  • Romancing in Thin Air
  • Throw Down
  • Election
  • Election 2

johnnie to : best to worst

48 films

"In fact, I prefer not to have a very concrete script before I start to shoot a movie. The reason…

  • Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
  • Raiders of the Lost Ark
  • Jaws
  • Minority Report
  • Jurassic Park

steven spielberg : best to worst

36 films

"All this stuff that’s imprinted when you’re very young, you don’t want to divest yourself of it. I think one…

  • Aliens
  • The Terminator
  • Terminator 2: Judgment Day
  • True Lies
  • Avatar: The Way of Water

james cameron : best to worst

13 films

“I look for things that haven’t been done. I like finding that gap between everything that hasn’t been done and…

  • American Psycho
  • Morocco
  • Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie Part III: Rebellion
  • Chimes at Midnight
  • Heat

retired favorites

12 films

the closest i'll get to a top 10 (or so); films i love and have seen so much that it…

  • Only Angels Have Wings
  • Rio Bravo
  • The Big Sleep
  • Hatari!
  • To Have and Have Not

howard hawks : best to worst

33 films

“The type of woman who I’ve used on the screen has been a rather straightforward, honest person. It isn’t the…

  • Morocco
  • La Notte
  • Harakiri
  • My Night at Maud's
  • Alien
  • Million Dollar Baby
  • The Outlaw Josey Wales
  • Bronco Billy
  • Unforgiven
  • The Bridges of Madison County

clint eastwood : best to worst

39 films

"In my career as a director, there’s always been some point where you get halfway through it, or three-quarters, and…

  • Alien
  • Kingdom of Heaven
  • The Duellists
  • The Counselor
  • Black Hawk Down

ridley scott : best to worst

27 films

"Art's like a shark. If it stops swimming, it drowns. So I like to put myself in places of insecurity.…

  • Hard Eight
  • Magnolia
  • There Will Be Blood
  • Boogie Nights
  • Inherent Vice

paul thomas anderson : best to worst

9 films

"I guess what I like in my movies is where you see a character change by maybe two degrees as…

  • Death Proof
  • The Hateful Eight
  • Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood
  • Pulp Fiction
  • Inglourious Basterds

quentin tarantino : best to worst

11 films

"Movies are my religion and God is my patron. I'm lucky enough to be in the position where I don't…