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Edgar Wright’s 1,000 Favorite Movies

This list of personal favorites was originally assembled by Edgar Wright and Sam DiSalle in July 2016, and is semi-regularly updated. Films are in chronological order.

Note from Edgar, August 2016:

“This is a personal and subjective list of 1,000 favourite movies from 100 years of cinema. It’s not a set text or intended as any bible of ‘greatest’ films. I decided to put this together as a fluid list for my own enjoyment, amusement and reference. I hope it’s fun for you to pore over and dive into some of the films you haven’t seen or haven’t heard of.

Don’t get all riled up about omissions or which movies you think should be favourites of mine, the truth is…

  • The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
  • Nosferatu
  • Safety Last!
  • The Gold Rush
  • The General
  • Metropolis
  • Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
  • Steamboat Bill, Jr.
  • The Passion of Joan of Arc
  • The Cameraman
  • Un Chien Andalou
  • Blackmail
  • Animal Crackers
  • L'Âge d'Or
  • Little Caesar
  • City Lights
  • Dracula
  • The Public Enemy
  • M
  • Monkey Business
  • Frankenstein
  • Freaks
  • Scarface
  • The Music Box
  • Love Me Tonight
  • The Old Dark House
  • The Mummy
  • Island of Lost Souls
  • 42nd Street
  • King Kong
  • Gold Diggers of 1933
  • Footlight Parade
  • The Invisible Man
  • Duck Soup
  • Sons of the Desert
  • Twentieth Century
  • The Scarlet Empress
  • The Thin Man
  • Dames
  • The Man Who Knew Too Much
  • The Bride of Frankenstein
  • Top Hat
  • A Night at the Opera
  • Modern Times
  • You Only Live Once
  • The Awful Truth
  • Bringing Up Baby
  • The Adventures of Robin Hood
  • The Lady Vanishes
  • Angels with Dirty Faces
  • The Wizard of Oz
  • The Roaring Twenties
  • His Girl Friday
  • Pinocchio
  • The Grapes of Wrath
  • Dance, Girl, Dance
  • Fantasia
  • The Bank Dick
  • Citizen Kane
  • The Maltese Falcon
  • Dumbo
  • Suspicion
  • Sullivan's Travels
  • To Be or Not to Be
  • Road to Morocco
  • Cat People
  • Went the Day Well?
  • Shadow of a Doubt
  • I Walked with a Zombie
  • The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp
  • Double Indemnity
  • Arsenic and Old Lace
  • Murder, My Sweet
  • Dead of Night
  • Detour
  • I Know Where I'm Going!
  • Brief Encounter
  • The Lost Weekend
  • Notorious
  • The Big Sleep
  • The Killers
  • Beauty and the Beast
  • A Matter of Life and Death
  • Odd Man Out
  • Black Narcissus
  • They Made Me a Fugitive
  • Crossfire
  • Nightmare Alley
  • Out of the Past
  • Brighton Rock
  • The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
  • The Naked City
  • Oliver Twist
  • The Red Shoes
  • They Live by Night
  • Rope
  • The Fallen Idol
  • Bicycle Thieves
  • Portrait of Jennie
  • Criss Cross