100 Favourite Movies

My 100 favourite fims, arranged by year of release.

  • A Ghost Story

    1.A Ghost Story

    ★★★★★

    Casey Affleck wears a sheet, Rooney Mara eats a pie; somehow this becomes a strange and sad and incredible movie about death, and everything else.

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  • Arrival

    2.Arrival

    ★★★★★

    'Time, is not the same for them. It's non-linear...' The ending of this movie, when you finally understand what all those "flashbacks" mean? Boy.

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  • Cameraperson

    3.Cameraperson

    ★★★★★

    The newest addition to this list, and probably the greatest documentary I've ever seen. A film about what's it like to be alive, in this era.

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  • Our Little Sister

    4.Our Little Sister

    ★★★★★

    Three older sisters discover a new sister; the daughter their estranged father had with his new wife. A perfect film about absent parents, lifelong friends, and whitefish on toast.

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  • Song of the Sea

    5.Song of the Sea

    ★★★★★

    A hand drawn animated film about mythical creatures in Ireland, hiding in plain sight. And the 'upside down' crying at the end? Boy.

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  • The Grand Budapest Hotel

    6.The Grand Budapest Hotel

    A reminder that 'there are still faint glimmers of civilization left in this barbaric slaughterhouse that was once known as humanity...'

  • Tracks

    7.Tracks

    Mia Wasikowska walks a bunch of camels across the Australian outback, just because she wants to: 'Camel journeys never begin or end, they just change shape.'

  • The World's End

    8.The World's End

    ★★★★

    Picking just one Edgar Wright is very difficult, they all RULE. But no one said this would be easy.

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  • Frances Ha

    9.Frances Ha

    ★★★★★

    Frances has finished college and has no idea what to do next. She also needs a place to live, if you know anyone.

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  • It's Such a Beautiful Day

    10.It's Such a Beautiful Day

    ★★★★★

    It's kindof a really nice day. I think I'll go for a walk around the block.

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  • The Tree of Life

    11.The Tree of Life

    ★★★★★

    The origin and fate of the universe, what happens when we die, the rise and evolution of life: the BIG questions, with dinosaurs.

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  • Somewhere

    12.Somewhere

    ★★★★★

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  • Wendy and Lucy

    13.Wendy and Lucy

    Wendy is down on her luck, and living in her car. Lucy is her dog. Then Wendy gets arrested, Lucy disappears, and your heart, may break.

  • There Will Be Blood

    14.There Will Be Blood

    Modern America was founded by lunatics; people determined to make money at any cost, and not afraid to drink your milkshake either.

  • Into the Wild

    15.Into the Wild

    ★★★★★

    Burn your money, abandon your car, destroy your ID, buy a book on edible plants. You are now ready to walk... into the wild.

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  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

    16.Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

    ★★★★★

    A recently separated couple go to a company that can erase painful memories, to erase each other; but nothing, in break ups, is easy.

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  • Adaptation.

    17.Adaptation.

    Charlie (Nicholas Cage) and Donald (Nicholas Cage) team up to write the greatest movie ever made about flowers.

  • Spirited Away

    18.Spirited Away

    ★★★★★

    This is the first Miyazaki film I saw. When it was over, I immediately watched ALL of the others.

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  • Mulholland Drive

    19.Mulholland Drive

    My DVD cover lists '10 Clues to Help You Understand Mulholland Drive'. None of them help. But you don't have to understand something, to love it.

  • Amélie

    20.Amélie

    ★★★★★

    'September 28th, 1997. It is exactly 11am. At the funfair, near the ghost train, the marshmallow twister is twisting. Meanwhile, on a bench in Villette Square, Félix Lerbier learns there are more links in his brain than atoms in the universe (gasps)...'

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  • Waking Life

    21.Waking Life

    'The trick is to combine your waking rational abilities with the infinite possibilities of your dreams. Because, if you can do that, you can do anything.'

  • Hedwig and the Angry Inch

    22.Hedwig and the Angry Inch

    After a botched sex change operation, Hedwig starts a rock band and embarks on a hostile tour of small town America. Wild that a film this wild can also be so touching. KILLER soundtrack.

  • Fight Club

    23.Fight Club

    Mischief... mayhem... soap.

  • Limbo

    24.Limbo

    ★★★★★

    I have thought about the ending of this movie for twenty years. I realise, now, I will be thinking about it for the rest of my life.

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  • Rushmore

    25.Rushmore

    My introduction to Wes; another point where my life was immeasurably better after.

  • Pi

    26.Pi

    A maths genius develops a formula that allows him to predict the stock market; religious fanatics think it will let them decode the bible.

  • Black Cat, White Cat

    27.Black Cat, White Cat

    ★★★★½

    On the banks of the Danube River, two rival gypsy families double cross each other, while a stray pig eats a rusty car.

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  • The Big Lebowski

    28.The Big Lebowski

    'I'm not Mr Lebowski, YOU'RE Mr Lebowski. I'm The Dude, so that's what you call me! Or Dude, Duder, or El Duderino, if you're not into the whole brevity, thing.'

  • Princess Mononoke

    29.Princess Mononoke

    Princess Mononoke was raised by a giant wolf. Think about that! She also has the coolest mask in the history of cinema.

  • Trainspotting

    30.Trainspotting

    A movie about hanging out with your mates, getting into trouble, and moving on from all that.

  • Idiot Box

    31.Idiot Box

    ★★★★½

    A couple of suburban Aussie nitwits decide to rob the local bank, in a killer black comedy about being bored in the 'burbs.

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  • Dead Man

    32.Dead Man

    Before Johnny Depp turned into an evil wine vampire, he was a great actor. Here he is at his peak, a dead man walking through a very unconventional western.

  • Heavenly Creatures

    33.Heavenly Creatures

    ★★★★★

    Before Peter Jackson did Lord of the Rings, he made this; a brilliant, surreal movie about two young misfits, plotting a murder. Kate Winslet's first film.

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  • Naked

    34.Naked

    Johnny wanders the streets of London, reading his book, and thinking his weird thoughts.

  • Naked Lunch

    35.Naked Lunch

    ★★★★★

    Talking typewriters, sentient bugs, and the black meat of the giant aquatic centipede.

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  • The Fisher King

    36.The Fisher King

    Have you ever heard the story of The Fisher King?

  • Only Yesterday

    37.Only Yesterday

    ★★★★★

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  • Barton Fink

    38.Barton Fink

    ★★★★★

    The question is: what happens after the camera, goes down the bathroom sink? And the other question is: what's in the box?

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  • The Silence of the Lambs

    39.The Silence of the Lambs

    Jodie Foster telling her story, the 'lambs screaming' bit is...incredible. Has not lost any of its power. Stunning lead acting, in a super intesne psychological thriller.

  • GoodFellas

    40.GoodFellas

    ★★★★★

    'We used to say, you'll like him, he's one of us, he's a goodfella'. The definitive crime movie.

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  • When Harry Met Sally...

    41.When Harry Met Sally...

    'Are we becoming friends now?' 'I thought you said men and women can't be friends'. They don't make rom coms much anymore, this is a shame.

  • UHF

    42.UHF

    ★★★★★

    Weird Al Yankovic takes over a TV station, and starts programming the strangest shows in the history of television: 'And now it's time for... WHEEL... OF... FISH!'

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  • Do the Right Thing

    43.Do the Right Thing

    You can do nothing; you can do anything; or you can do... the right thing.

  • Midnight Run

    44.Midnight Run

    It's a Midnight Run for chrissakes!

  • Die Hard

    45.Die Hard

    Alan Rickman is Hanz Gruber, one of the all time great villains. Also: Bruce Willis!

  • My Neighbor Totoro

    46.My Neighbor Totoro

    While her mother recovers in hospital, a young girl makes friends with Totoro, a fluffy spirit who lives in the forest. I am so into this, I made my own Totoro, which sits on my bookshelf.

  • Beetlejuice

    47.Beetlejuice

    Beetlejuice! Beetlejuice! Beetlejuice! Putting the 'life', in the afterlife.

  • Raising Arizona

    48.Raising Arizona

    A young couple, who can't have kids, steal one from the local furniture mogul. This was my introduction to the Coen Brothers, and my life has been immeasurably better since.

  • Blue Velvet

    49.Blue Velvet

    Weird goings on, behind closed doors, in small town America. Frank Booth is, maybe, the most menacing character in film history.

  • Aliens

    50.Aliens

    ★★★★★

    One of the greatest sequels, one of the greatest action films, and one of the greatest lead characters, all in the one great movie.

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  • Labyrinth

    51.Labyrinth

    ★★★★★

    David Bowie dons one of the great wigs, leads a goblin army, and sings 'Dance Magic Dance'. What more, could you possibly ask for?

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  • Ferris Bueller's Day Off

    52.Ferris Bueller's Day Off

    How I navigated high school.

  • Back to the Future

    53.Back to the Future

    ★★★★★

    A movie that I have seen, approximately 1 000 000 times.

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  • Brazil

    54.Brazil

    Orwell's '1984', remade as a comedy, and directed by Monty Python.

  • Amadeus

    55.Amadeus

    Mozart was a musical genius, but a lousy person. Salieri was a good person, but a mediocre musician. Together, they almost make one, fully functional person! Too bad one has to drive the other insane.

  • This Is Spinal Tap

    56.This Is Spinal Tap

    The film that made the 'mockumentary' a genre; Rob Reiner follows the world's most inept heavy metal band, on a hilarious tour of the US.

  • Beverly Hills Cop

    57.Beverly Hills Cop

    'Oh, you're not going to fall for the banana in the tail pipe?'

  • The Right Stuff

    58.The Right Stuff

    ★★★★★

    Epic re-telling of the birth of the space age; satellites, rockets, astronauts, and some very smart chimps.

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  • The Meaning of Life
  • The Thing

    60.The Thing

    ★★★★★

    On a remote Antartic base, a shape shifting alien gets loose and gets LOOSE. 5 extra stars for Kurt Russell's wonderful hat.

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  • Raiders of the Lost Ark

    61.Raiders of the Lost Ark

    ★★★★★

    A renegade archeologist battles Nazi's while seeking the Lost Ark of the Covenant, and avoiding all snakes. One of the great popcorn movies.

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  • Stardust Memories

    62.Stardust Memories

    Dreams, movies, and reality all blur, in a way that is often happening inside my own head.

  • Airplane!

    63.Airplane!

    Frequently touted as the funniest movie ever made; hard to mount a counter argument.

  • The Blues Brothers

    64.The Blues Brothers

    A couple of blues musicians, on a mission from God, putting the band back together and trashing Chicago in the process. Orange Whip?

  • The Empire Strikes Back

    65.The Empire Strikes Back

    I like the gag in The Simpsons, when Homer and Marge are on a date, it's a flashback episode, and they walk out of this movie and Homer goes, 'Who knew Darth Vader was Luke Skywalker's father!' And the million people lined up for the next session all groan, 'Way to ruin the ovie for us jerk!' Hahaha!

  • Manhattan
  • Mad Max

    67.Mad Max

    The first 'Max' movie includes scenes that were shot at what is now Scienceworks, and the underground carpark at Melbourne Uni. A hugley influential movie, endlessly imitated.

  • Suspiria

    68.Suspiria

    Sinister goings on at a European dance academy, that is secretly the front for a witch's coven. The 2018 remake is tops too.

  • Network

    69.Network

    A struggling TV network puts a suicidal nutjob on the air; his crazed rantings become the hottest thing on TV, in this wild satire that looks more like real life every year.

  • Jaws

    70.Jaws

    I first saw this on a black and white, portable TV at a sleepover party when I was about 12. Even then, it was awesome.

  • The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

    71.The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

    THE cult horror movie; stylish, influential, wild.

  • Chinatown

    72.Chinatown

    Jack Nicholson investigate a labyrinthine mystery; a missing person case, a government corruption scandal, and a fight over the LA water supply. And Faye Dunaway, who is a labyrinthine mystery herself.

  • The Sting

    73.The Sting

    Paul Newman and Robert Redford together; the ultimate star paring in the ultimate caper film, fleecing a nasty gangster out of some big bucks.

  • The Spirit of the Beehive

    74.The Spirit of the Beehive

    A young girl in rural Spain sees the 1931 version of 'Frankenstein', and runs away, thinking the monster is after her. A strange, allegorical film about the power of film itself.

  • Sleuth

    75.Sleuth

    A petty criminal and a crime novelist fight over the same girl, and try to frame each other for different crimes. But who, is playing who? (Legit query, I have no idea).

  • Le Cercle Rouge

    76.Le Cercle Rouge

    “When men, even unknowingly, are to meet one day, whatever may befall each, whatever their diverging paths, on the said day, they will inevitably come together... in the red circle.”

  • Midnight Cowboy

    77.Midnight Cowboy

    The only 'X' rated film to ever win an Oscar; confronting in its day, but really just a warm hearted movie about a couple of besties, living in an abandoned building.

  • if....

    78.if....

    Rebellious kids stage a coup and take over their high school... or, maybe not?

  • 2001: A Space Odyssey

    79.2001: A Space Odyssey

    The evolution of human intelligence; from apes using the first tools, to spacecraft, to an interdimensional stargate that leads to a nice hotel.

  • The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

    80.The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

    Clint Eastwood and friends run wild in the old west, chasing a bag of Confederate gold, and double crossing the heck out of each other.

  • Blow-Up

    81.Blow-Up

    A swinging sixties fashion photographer witnesses a murder... or was it, a game of tennis? I mean, he definitely saw... nothing?

  • Persona

    82.Persona

    The nature of personality, the meaning of identity, and a very weird, spider.

  • Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

    83.Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

    A crazy US general orders a nuclear attack on Russia; the US President weighs up whether to try and stop it, or just roll with it, in this classic cold war comedy.

  • The Manchurian Candidate

    84.The Manchurian Candidate

    Political paranoia thriller where Communist agents try to install a brainwashed double agent as US President, decades before they succeeded with Trump.

  • Cléo from 5 to 7

    85.Cléo from 5 to 7

    ★★★★★

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  • The Hustler

    86.The Hustler

    Paul Newman smokes a cigratte while shooting pool; a pose I wasted most of my twenties trying to replicate.

  • The Apartment

    87.The Apartment

    A rom-com where the couple don't get together until THE FINAL SCENE! Astounding. Jack Lemmon also cooks spagehetti with his tennis racket.

  • North by Northwest

    88.North by Northwest

    Cary Grant dons a cool pair of shades and goes on the run, after he is mistaken for a secret agent, in this classic Hitchock thriller.

  • Anatomy of a Murder

    89.Anatomy of a Murder

    ★★★★★

    Jimmy Stewart is a simple country lawyer, defending a soldier accused of murdering the man who raped his wife. I have the poster, on a t shirt!

  • Vertigo

    90.Vertigo

    Jimmy Stewart (again!) is a PI who becomes obsessed with the woman he is investigating. Come to think of it, I have this poster on a t shirt as well!

  • Diabolique

    91.Diabolique

    A genuinely bad guy cheats on his wife; but the wife and the mistress team up and bump him off. Only... the body has gone missing?

  • La Strada

    92.La Strada

    A selfish circus strongman treats his adoring wife abominably... and that's it really. Sometimes life just sucks.

  • From Here to Eternity

    93.From Here to Eternity

    The pleasant idyll of Hawaii, right before Pearl Harbour; girls, drinks, knife fights, and military prison. Hmmm, did I say 'idyll'?

  • Singin' in the Rain

    94.Singin' in the Rain

    ★★★★★

    A wild technicolour spectacular with splashy (woo!) musical numbers and giddy satire. Watching Donald Connor sing 'Make 'Em Laugh' is one of the greatest things ever.

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  • The Third Man

    95.The Third Man

    'In Italy, for thirty years under the Borgias, they had warfare, terror, murder and bloodshed, but they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and the Renaissance. In Switzerland, they had five hundred years of democracy and peace – and what did that produce? The cuckoo clock.'

  • The Big Sleep

    96.The Big Sleep

    Humphrey Bogart is a PI, searching for a missing girl, and trying to solve an ever increasing number of murders. One of the greastest, and certainly the most convoluted, film noirs.

  • Casablanca

    97.Casablanca

    This time Bogart runs a bar in Morocco in World War II, being cynical until his ex shows up. About as good as it gets.

  • Citizen Kane

    98.Citizen Kane

    The alltime champ of 'Greatest Movie of All Time' lists. A journalist investigates the dying words of a wealthy newspaper tycoon; just what is 'Rosebud'?

  • L'Atalante

    99.L'Atalante

    A young married couple live and work on a barge, cruising the canals of France, with an eccentric crew and an endless number of cats. The title of the movie is also fun to say: Latta-Lant-Ay!

  • It Happened One Night

    100.It Happened One Night

    A spoiled heiress and a down on his luck newspaperman go on the road for a few days. It is incredible that a film 85 years old, can still be so charming and fun.