My Top 250 in chronological order

These are mostly movies I rank 5/5 with some 4.5 favorites added in for good measure.

This is, by no means, a Best film list, but I would argue, rather passionately, that many of these are amongst the greatest films ever made.

Best years for film with number of films from the year:

1953: 6
1962: 6
1974: 7 (takes the lead)


Number of films per decade:
1900s: 1
20s: 7
30s: 22
40s: 33
50s: 31
60s: 26
70s: 32
80s: 27
90s: 31
2000s: 21
10s: 19

I always say the 40s and the 70s are my favorites, and it's interesting to find out I meant it. *grin* (Though the 50s and 90s are closing in!)

I counted 74 foreign films but some were silents, but probably less than there should be. Still so much I haven't seen.

  • A Trip to the Moon

    1

  • The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari

    2

  • Nosferatu

    3

  • Metropolis

    4

  • Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans

    5

  • The Passion of Joan of Arc

    6

  • Man with a Movie Camera

    7

  • Un Chien Andalou

    8

  • City Lights

    9

  • M

    10

  • Trouble in Paradise

    11

  • I'm No Angel

    12

  • Duck Soup

    13

  • It Happened One Night

    14

  • L'Atalante

    15

  • The Thin Man

    16

  • The Merry Widow

    17

  • The Bride of Frankenstein

    18

  • Top Hat

    19

  • A Night at the Opera

    20

  • Modern Times

    21

  • My Man Godfrey

    22

  • Dodsworth

    23

  • Grand Illusion

    24

  • The Awful Truth

    25

  • Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

    26

  • The Adventures of Robin Hood

    27

  • Holiday

    28

  • The Wizard of Oz

    29

  • Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

    30

  • The Shop Around the Corner

    31

  • His Girl Friday

    32

  • The Grapes of Wrath

    33

  • The Great Dictator

    34

  • The Lady Eve

    35

  • Citizen Kane

    36

  • The Maltese Falcon

    37

  • Sullivan's Travels

    38

  • Casablanca

    39

  • To Be or Not to Be

    40

  • The Magnificent Ambersons

    41

  • The Palm Beach Story

    42

  • The Ox-Bow Incident

    43

  • Meshes of the Afternoon

    44

  • Shadow of a Doubt

    45

  • The More the Merrier

    46

  • Double Indemnity

    47

  • Children of Paradise

    48

  • I Know Where I'm Going!

    49

  • Brief Encounter

    50

  • Gilda

    51

  • The Big Sleep

    52

  • Beauty and the Beast

    53

  • The Best Years of Our Lives

    54

  • It's a Wonderful Life

    55

  • Out of the Past

    56

  • The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

    57

  • The Red Shoes

    58

  • Red River

    59

  • Bicycle Thieves

    60

  • The Third Man

    61

  • The Heiress

    62

  • Adam's Rib

    63

  • Sunset Boulevard

    64

  • All About Eve

    65

  • The River

    66

  • A Streetcar Named Desire

    67

  • The African Queen

    68

  • Umberto D.

    69

  • Singin' in the Rain

    70

  • High Noon

    71

  • Ikiru

    72

  • Ugetsu

    73

  • The Wages of Fear

    74

  • Pickup on South Street

    75

  • From Here to Eternity

    76

  • The Earrings of Madame de...

    77

  • Tokyo Story

    78

  • Seven Samurai

    79

  • On the Waterfront

    80

  • Rear Window

    81

  • The Night of the Hunter

    82

  • Pather Panchali

    83

  • The Red Balloon

    84

  • Aparajito

    85

  • A Man Escaped

    86

  • 12 Angry Men

    87

  • Paths of Glory

    88

  • Nights of Cabiria

    89

  • Wild Strawberries

    90

  • Elevator to the Gallows

    91

  • Some Like It Hot

    92

  • The World of Apu

    93

  • The 400 Blows

    94

  • La Dolce Vita

    95

  • Peeping Tom

    96

  • The Apartment

    97

  • Rocco and His Brothers

    98

  • Ivan's Childhood

    99

  • Cléo from 5 to 7

    100