My All-Time Top 20

A tentative compilation of the movies I consider the greatest my eyes have ever met. The placement criterion is not strictly quality per se, but mainly how dear and significant it is to me, personally. Some selections may seem baffling to you, but believe me, even the most reviled films have their admirers.

I feel bad for not including any titles by David Lynch, Brian De Palma, Clint Eastwood, Woody Allen, John Ford, Fred Zinnemann, William Wyler, the Coens, M. Night Shyamalan and Robert Altman, for they are some of my favorite filmmakers.

Eligibility rule: the film must have been released at least 10 years ago.

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  • Alien

    1

  • Schindler's List

    2

  • Autumn Sonata

    3

  • Apocalypse Now

    4

  • Aliens

    5

  • Ran

    6

  • The Silence of the Lambs

    7

  • Winter Light

    8

  • Diary of a Country Priest

    9

  • The Conversation

    10

  • Full Metal Jacket

    11

  • Late Spring

    12

  • Chinatown

    13

  • Close Encounters of the Third Kind

    14

  • A Clockwork Orange

    15

  • The Piano

    16

  • Dead Poets Society

    17

  • Gods and Monsters

    18

  • Raise the Red Lantern

    19

  • The Seventh Seal

    20