Jeffrey Overstreet's Favorite Films

This is not a list of the films that I think are the "greatest works of art." That would be a different list, and one far more challenging to create. This is, rather, a list of the films I most enjoy watching again and again. Sure, great artistry has a lot to do with my enjoyment in most cases. But the movies I choose to revisit also have a lot to with personal experiences, and the times, places, and relationships that I associate with certain films. So, your mileage may vary. I wouldn't call these the movies I "recommend" the most. But they're certainly the movies I watch the most, the movies I want in my home library, the movies that fill me with gratitude.

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  • Wings of Desire

    1

  • Three Colors: Blue

    2

  • Raiders of the Lost Ark

    3

  • The Muppet Movie

    4

  • The New World

    5

  • The Empire Strikes Back

    6

  • Code Unknown

    7

  • Babette's Feast

    8

  • Blade Runner

    9

  • Raising Arizona

    10

  • The Son

    11

  • Midnight Run

    12

  • Ordet

    13

  • Star Wars

    14

  • Certified Copy

    15

  • Watership Down

    16

  • Apocalypse Now

    17

  • The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

    18

  • Fast, Cheap & Out of Control

    19

  • The Fisher King

    20

  • Die Hard

    21

  • Mirror

    22

  • Close Encounters of the Third Kind

    23

  • Tokyo Story

    24

  • Au Hasard Balthazar

    25

  • Monty Python and the Holy Grail

    26

  • The Iron Giant

    27

  • The Double Life of Veronique

    28

  • A Room with a View

    29

  • My Neighbor Totoro

    30

  • The Station Agent

    31

  • The Decalogue

    32

  • Finding Nemo

    33

  • 2001: A Space Odyssey

    34

  • The Long Day Closes

    35

  • Toy Story 2

    36

  • Chariots of Fire

    37

  • Beauty and the Beast

    38

  • Top Secret!

    39

  • Punch-Drunk Love

    40

  • Gosford Park

    41

  • The Tree of Life

    42

  • Taxi Driver

    43

  • The Passion of Joan of Arc

    44

  • The Secret of Kells

    45

  • In the Mood for Love

    46

  • A River Runs Through It

    47

  • Empire of the Sun

    48

  • Days of Heaven

    49

  • Almost Famous

    50

  • Ikiru

    51

  • Andrei Rublev

    52

  • Barton Fink

    53

  • Alien

    54

  • Yi Yi

    55

  • The Insider

    56

  • The Princess Bride

    57

  • Amadeus

    58

  • The Gleaners & I

    59

  • The Hobbit

    60

  • Pinocchio

    61

  • Stevie

    62

  • Down by Law

    63

  • Spirited Away

    64

  • Three Colors: Red

    65

  • The Red Shoes

    66

  • Pina

    67

  • Heat

    68

  • The Dark Crystal

    69

  • La Jetée

    70

  • Out of Sight

    71

  • Into Great Silence

    72

  • There Will Be Blood

    73

  • Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

    74

  • The Thin Red Line

    75

  • Stalker

    76

  • The Apostle

    77

  • Brazil

    78

  • Hannah and Her Sisters

    79

  • Magnolia

    80

  • The Royal Tenenbaums

    81

  • Make Way for Tomorrow

    82

  • Secrets & Lies

    83

  • Vertigo

    84

  • The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh

    85

  • Zelig

    86

  • Fargo

    87

  • Lost in Translation

    88

  • Life of Brian

    89

  • Pulp Fiction

    90

  • Paris, Texas

    91

  • Unforgiven

    92

  • Distant Voices, Still Lives

    93

  • Shotgun Stories

    94

  • In the City of Sylvia

    95

  • Close-Up

    96

  • The Incredibles

    97

  • Delicatessen

    98

  • Millions

    99

  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

    100