Saturday, October 28, 2006

Cinevistaramascope's Top 40

1. 2001: A Space Odyssey (Stanley Kubrick, 1968)
2. Blue Velvet (David Lynch, 1986)
3. Harold and Maude (Hal Ashby, 1971)
4. Rosemary's Baby (Roman Polanski, 1968)
5. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (Michel Gondry, 2004)
6. Bringing Out the Dead (Martin Scorsese, 1999)
7. Videodrome (David Cronenberg, 1983)
8. Alien (Ridley Scott, 1979)
9. Dazed and Confused (Richard Linklater, 1993)
10. Apocalypse Now (Francis Ford Coppola, 1979)
11. Carrie (Brian De Palma, 1976)
12. Mulholland Drive (David Lynch, 2001)
13. Blade Runner (Ridley Scott, 1982)
14. It's a Wonderful Life (Frank Capra, 1946)
15. Yojimbo (Akira Kurosawa, 1961)
16. Aliens (James Cameron, 1986)
17. The Wicker Man (Robin Hardy, 1973)
18. The Good, The Bad and The Ugly (Sergio Leone, 1966)
19. Ikiru (Akira Kurosawa, 1952)
20. Vertigo (Alfred Hitchcock, 1958)
21. Raging Bull (Martin Scorsese, 1980)
22. Night of the Hunter (Charles Laughton, 1955)
23. The Shining (Stanley Kubrick, 1980)
24. Nashville (Robert Altman, 1975)
25. Stop Making Sense (Jonathan Demme, 1984)
26. Before Sunrise (Richard Linklater, 1995)
27. Akira (Katsuhiro Ôtomo, 1988)
28. King Kong (Merian C. Cooper & Ernest B. Schoedsack, 1933)
29. Ed Wood (Tim Burton, 1994)
30. Punch-Drunk Love (Paul Thomas Anderson, 2002)
31. Oldboy (Chan-wook Park, 2003)
32. Eyes Wide Shut (Stanley Kubrick, 1980)
33. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (Steven Spielberg, 1982)
34. Brazil (Terry Gilliam, 1985)
35. Psycho (Alfred Hitchcock, 1960)
36. My Own Private Idaho (Gus Van Sant, 1991)
37. Kill Bill vol. 2 (Quentin Tarantino, 2004)
38. Enter the Dragon (Robert Clouse, 1973)
39. The Wild Bunch (Sam Peckinpah, 1969)
40. El Topo (Alejandro Jodorowsky, 1970)


Dr. Criddle said...

What a great list. I'm really happy to see 2001: A Space Odyssey at the top, as it's easily the most spiritual film I've ever seen. The other 39 are terrific too... unlike almost every other movie list compiled by many voters, including the AFI 100 greatest (Yankee Doodle Dandy? Wuuuh?) it's a list I can find almost no fault with the selections. Each film is terrific in its own way.

As for future polls, if you should ever decide to do them, I'd certainly up for doing an all-time worst list, or maybe even a series of mini best-ofs according to decade. I'm kind of interested in which films from the 30's, 40's and 50's all us Cinevisatramascope readers favor, since this list tends to lead more towards recent films.

Andrew Bemis said...

I sort of like that this list tends towards more recent films (the average release year is 1978, incidentally). The one thing I didn't like about the most recent Sight and Sound poll was that it gives the impression that film has been going downhill since Raging Bull in 1980. I don't think that's true, so I appreciate that films like Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Bringing Out the Dead made strong showings. But a 40's (or 60's or even 70's) list could be fun.