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Five-Star Favorites

Some of these are classics that you'd expect to find on many film buff's list. Others are just films I loved or delighted in. And a few are idiosyncratic to my particular tastes. But these are all films that I was captivated by. Grateful for the many directors, actors, screenwriters and photographers that create memorable art.

  • Schindler's List
  • O.J. Made in America
  • The Shawshank Redemption
  • The Young Girls of Rochefort
  • The Second Mother
  • The Night Of
  • All About Eve
  • Children of Paradise
  • The Umbrellas of Cherbourg
  • Won't You Be My Neighbor?
  • Double Indemnity
  • Room
  • The Piano Teacher
  • Show Me a Hero
  • Lady Bird
  • American Beauty
  • La Strada
  • The Deer Hunter
  • Capernaum
  • Mildred Pierce
  • The Bride of Frankenstein
  • Strangers on a Train
  • Manchester by the Sea
  • Brokeback Mountain
  • La La Land
  • Gone with the Wind
  • Le Pont des Arts
  • The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
  • Like Father, Like Son
  • Le Bonheur
  • Purple Noon
  • Hell or High Water
  • Birds of Passage
  • Diary of a Lost Girl
  • You Can Count on Me
  • Nightmare Alley
  • The Witch
  • Victim
  • Caged
  • Summer with Monika
  • Lean on Pete
  • Brooklyn
  • Masculin Féminin
  • Gilda
  • A Heart in Winter
  • Good bye, Lenin!
  • Three Identical Strangers
  • Terms of Endearment
  • Wild Reeds
  • Polytechnique
  • Moonrise
  • La Chinoise
  • Frantz
  • Can You Ever Forgive Me?
  • Ladybird Ladybird
  • The Story of Adele H.
  • Room at the Top
  • The Razor's Edge
  • Psycho
  • BUtterfield 8
  • Hush... Hush, Sweet Charlotte
  • 99 Homes
  • I Want to Live!
  • Snow Trail
  • Abacus: Small Enough to Jail
  • The Strange Love of Martha Ivers
  • The Namesake
  • Close to Leo
  • Shall We Kiss?
  • Time to Leave
  • Dinner at Eight
  • Serial Mom
  • Places in the Heart
  • In the Name of...
  • Back Roads
  • On Dangerous Ground
  • Blue and Not So Pink
  • West of Memphis
  • Late Autumn
  • When They See Us
  • Ida
  • Finding Vivian Maier
  • Criminal Lovers
  • Transit
  • Midnight Cowboy
  • Alexander's Ragtime Band
  • Our Children
  • The Way Way Back
  • Hannah Arendt
  • In the Fog
  • Behind the Candelabra
  • Lord of the Flies
  • Le Havre
  • A Very English Scandal
  • The Central Park Five
  • Flight
  • The Skin I Live In
  • Gates of the Night
  • In This Our Life
  • Running on Empty