ByMohammad Murtaza Ali, writer at Creators.co
Mohammad Murtaza Ali

Here is compilation of my all time favorite films (in no particular order) that I have chosen from the thousands of films watched over the last half a decade or so. However, I believe that I have just reached the tip of the iceberg as far as exploring the realm of cinema is concerned. And, so, if you find one or more of your favorite films missing from the list then it's highly likely that I may not have watched the particular film(s) yet.


Ran (1985), Directed by Akira Kurosawa

Stalker (1979), Directed by Andrei Tarkovsky

Solyaris (1972), Directed by Andrei Tarkovsky

Citizen Kane (1941), Directed by Orson Welles

Dersu Uzala (1975), Directed by Akira Kurosawa

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), Directed by Stanley Kubrick

8½ (1963), Directed by Federico Fellini

Eyes Wide Shut (1999), Directed by Stanley Kubrick

Rashomon (1950), Directed by Akira Kurosawa

Lawrence of Arabia (1962), Directed by David Lean

Bicycle Thieves (1948), Directed by Vittorio De Sica

Metropolis (1927), Directed by Fritz Lang

Belle de Jour (1967), Directed by Luis Buñuel

Andrei Rublev (1966), Directed by Andrei Tarkovsky

The Seventh Seal (1957), Directed by Ingmar Bergman

Aguirre, Wrath of God (1972), Directed by Werner Herzog

Once Upon a Time in America (1984), Directed by Sergio Leone

The Three Colors Trilogy [Blue (1993), White (1994), Red (1994)], Directed by Krzysztof Kieslowski

Dekalog (Ten-Episode TV Series, 1988), Directed by Krzysztof Kieslowski

A Passage to India (1984), Directed by David Lean

The Conversation (1974), Directed by Francis Ford Coppola

McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971), Directed by Robert Altman

The Night of the Iguana (1964), Directed by John Huston

Ivan the Terrible [Part I (1944) & Part II (1958)], Directed by Sergei M. Eisenstein

Le Samouraï (1967), Directed by Jean-Pierre Melville

Duck, You Sucker (1971), Directed by Sergio Leone

The Apu Trilogy [Pather Panchali (1955), Aparajito (1956), Apu Sansar (1959)], Directed by Satyajit Ray

Mysteries of Lisbon (2010), Directed by Raúl Ruiz

The Damned (1969), Directed by Luchino Visconti

Touch of Evil (1958), Directed by Orson Welles

Night Moves (1975), Directed by Arthur Penn

Apocalypse Now (1979), Directed by Francis Ford Coppola

Force of Evil (1948), Directed by Abraham Polonsky

Get Carter (1971), Directed by Mike Hodges

Last Tango in Paris (1972), Directed by Bernardo Bertolucci

Le cercle rouge (1970), Directed by Jean-Pierre Melville

Heat (1995), Directed by Michael Mann

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966), Directed by Sergio Leone

Harakiri (1962), Directed by Masaki Kobayashi

A Clockwork Orange (1971), Directed by Stanley Kubrick

The Godfather Trilogy [Part I (1972), Part II (1974), Part III (1990)], Directed by Francis Ford Coppola

Gone With the Wind (1939), Directed by Victor Fleming

Yojimbo (1961), Directed by Akira Kurosawa

North By Northwest (1959), Directed by Alfred Hitchcock

The Kid (1921), Directed by Charles Chaplin

The Europe Trilogy [The Element of Crime (1984), Epidemic (1987), Europa (1991)], Directed by Lars von Trier

The Turin Horse (2011), Directed by Béla Tarr

The Tree of Life (2011), Directed by Terrence Malick

Paths of Glory (1957), Directed by Stanley Kubrick

High and Low (1963), Directed by Akira Kurosawa

Korol Lir (1971), Directed by Grigori Kozintsev

Full Metal Jacket (1987), Directed by Stanley Kubrick

Kiss Me Deadly (1955), Directed by Robert Aldrich

Queimada (1969), Directed by Gillo Pontecorvo

Dead Man (1995), Directed by Jim Jarmusch

Viridiana (1961), Directed by Luis Buñuel

La Strada (1954), Directed by Federico Fellini

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000), Directed by Ang Lee

Scarface (1983), Directed by Brian De Palma

Hannibal (2001), Directed by Ridley Scott

Magic (1978), Directed by Richard Attenborough

Amadeus (1984), Directed by Milos Forman

Crash (1996), Directed by David Cronenberg

Mr. Klein (1976), Directed by Joseph Losey

Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (2011), Directed by Nuri Bilge Ceylan

The Return (2003), Directed by Andrey Zvyagintsev

The Mission (1986), Directed by Roland Joffé

The Great Beauty (2013), Directed by Paolo Sorrentino

Guide (1965), Directed by Vijay Anand

F for Fake (1973), Directed by Orson Welles

Frenzy (1972), Directed by Alfred Hitchcock

Barry Lyndon (1975), Directed by Stanley Kubrick

Shoot the Piano Player (1960), Directed by François Truffaut

Chinatown (1974), Directed by Roman Polanski

Sunset Blvd. (1950), Directed by Billy Wilder

Jalsaghar (1958), Directed by Satyajit Ray

Pyaasa (1957), Directed by Guru Dutt

Mirror (1975), Directed by Andrei Tarkovsky

Blood Simple (1984), Directed by Joel Coen

L'Eclisse (1962), Directed by Michelangelo Antonioni

The Duellists (1977), Directed by Ridley Scott

Blue Velvet (1986), Directed by David Lynch

Hey Ram (2000), Directed by Kamal Hassan

Magnolia (1999), Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson

The Wild Bunch (1969), Directed by Sam Peckinpah

There Will Be Blood (2007), Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson

A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001), Directed by Steven Spielberg

12 Angry Men (1957), Directed by Sidney Lumet

The Raging Bull (1980), Directed by Martin Scorsese

El (1953), Directed by Luis Buñuel

The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007), Directed by Andrew Dominik

Lust, Caution (2007), Directed by Ang Lee

Live Flesh (1997), Directed by Pedro Almodovar

The Last Temptation of Christ (1988), Directed by Martin Scorsese

No Country for Old Men (2005), Directed by Joel and Ethan Coen

The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (1965), Directed by Martin Ritt

Match Point (2005), Directed by Woody Allen

Yusuf Trilogy [Egg (2007), Milk (2008), Honey (2010)], Directed by Semih Kaplanoglu

Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro (1983), Directed by Kundan Shah


P.S. Instead of listing those works which constitute the same polyptych separately, I have tried to feature them as one so as to add variety to my Top 100.

Note: This article was first published at my movie blog "A Potpourri of Vestiges".

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