Favourite Movies - The Films That Have Inspired Me

This is a list of 250 flicks - features and documentaries - that I embrace as my favourites.

My favourite movies are films that in numerous ways have inspired me at different times of my life; as an impressionable pre-teen, adolescent, student, writer, filmmaker, and as a person. They are films that I cherish because they represent the diverse facets that make cinema such a powerful and singular art form.

I don't believe in lists that declare "The Greatest Movies Ever Made". There are only lists of "favourites", because the art of filmmaking and the aesthetics of the individual viewer are so entirely subjective. One person's treasure is another's trash.

Many of the films listed here I have only seen…

  • 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • 8½
  • A Serbian Film
  • A Short Film About Killing
  • Airplane!
  • Alien
  • An American Werewolf in London
  • Angel Dust
  • Angel Heart
  • Apocalypse Now
  • Bad Lieutenant
  • Badlands
  • Baraka
  • Begotten
  • Being There
  • Bellflower
  • Betty Blue
  • Birdman
  • Birdy
  • Bitter Moon
  • Black Cat, White Cat
  • Black Swan
  • Blade Runner
  • Blood Simple
  • Blow Out
  • Braindead
  • Brazil
  • Breaking Away
  • Breaking the Waves
  • Buffalo '66
  • Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
  • Caligula
  • Carry Me Back
  • Cat People
  • Cat People
  • Cheap Thrills
  • Chocolat
  • Chopper
  • City of God
  • Clean, Shaven
  • Come and See
  • Crumb
  • Cul-de-sac
  • Damage
  • Dark Star
  • Daughters of Darkness
  • Dawn of the Dead
  • Day of the Dead
  • Dead Man
  • Dead Man's Shoes
  • Dead Ringers
  • Deep Red
  • Delicatessen
  • Deliverance
  • Demons
  • Diva
  • Dog Day Afternoon
  • Don't Look Now
  • Down by Law
  • Dressed to Kill
  • Drowning by Numbers
  • Duel
  • Easy Rider
  • El Topo
  • Enemy
  • Eraserhead
  • Escape from New York
  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
  • Excalibur
  • Exotica
  • Fallen Angels
  • Fargo
  • Fight Club
  • Frontier(s)
  • Gimme Shelter
  • Ginger Snaps
  • Goldfinger
  • GoodFellas
  • Grey Gardens
  • Halloween
  • Hannibal
  • Happy Together
  • Häxan
  • Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse
  • Hellions
  • I Am Cuba
  • I'll Never Die Alone
  • Inferno
  • Innocent Blood
  • Into the Night
  • Invasion of the Body Snatchers
  • Invasion of the Body Snatchers
  • Irreversible
  • Island of Lost Souls
  • Jacob's Ladder
  • Jaws
  • Johnny Suede
  • Julia
  • Killing Zoe
  • La Haine