Deep Focus Review's Top 100 Films

by Brian Eggert
05/20/2010

The enduring problem of ‘Top’ film lists is that over time opinions change. As viewers discover or rediscover films, perspectives develop and transform, hopefully for the better. A film you previously dismissed may improve upon rewatching it, or maybe you decide that suddenly you don’t understand what you ever saw in an old favorite.  All lists, and to a degree all film criticism, are fleeting. And while going back and re-writing my reviews for which the assessments have changed (such as Hellboy II, which improved, or Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull, which worsened) might be considered backtracking, it’s rather easy to produce a list of new favorites.

The last Top 100 list from Deep Focus Review was published in 2008, and before that 2007. 2008's list contained “The Next 50” which allowed me a spill-over, or buffer for films that couldn’t be included in the ordered list. That buffer has been removed on the new selection, perhaps to repress an indulgence of my favorites, forcing me to adhere to the principle of a carefully selected list. Painfully created (and by no means complete in the sense that it’s not rounded out by genre, nor does it contain an even amount of films from various countries and dates), the below list contains Deep Focus Review’s Top 100 Films. Consider it more just a reference for you to use when looking for important films to discover, or even reconsider. Enjoy it or complain about it as you will.

     

1. Casablanca (1942) 51. Harakiri (1962)
2. Seven Samurai (1954) 52. The Fly (1986)
3. Brazil (1986) 53. Fitzcarraldo (1982)
4. The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938) 54. Bob le flambeur (1956)
5. Vertigo (1958) 55. My Darling Clementine (1946)
6. The Third Man (1949) 56. 8 ½ (1963)
7. Notorious (1946) 57. Alien (1979)
8. The Rules of the Game (1939) 58. My Neighbor Totoro (1989)
9. The Searchers (1956) 59. The Grapes of Wrath (1940)
10. The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) 60. Amadeus (1984)
11. Sullivan's Travels (1941) 61. Dawn of the Dead (1978)
12. Grand Illusion (1937) 62. Goodfellas (1990)
13. Citizen Kane (1941) 63. The Thing (1982)
14. Touch of Evil (1958) 64. Umberto D. (1952)
15. Lawrence of Arabia (1962) 65. Annie Hall (1977)
16. Trouble in Paradise (1932) 66. Blade Runner (1982)
17. The Manchurian Candidate (1962) 67. Network (1976)
18. North by Northwest (1959) 68. Sweet Smell of Success (1957)
19. Paths of Glory (1957) 69. Minority Report (2002)
20. Double Indemnity (1944) 70. Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989)
21. The Lady Eve (1941) 71. His Girl Friday (1940)
22. Ikiru (1952) 72. Raging Bull (1980)
23. Barry Lyndon (1975) 73. Ben-Hur (1959)
24. City Lights (1931) 74. Red River (1948)
25. Written on the Wind (1956) 75. Schindler's List (1993)
26. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) 76. Taxi Driver (1976)
27. Dr. Strangelove (1964) 77. Mon Oncle (1958)
28. Yojimbo (1961) & Sanjuro (1962) 78. Rushmore (1998)
29. Modern Times (1936) 79. Rosemary's Baby (1968)
30. King Kong (1933) 80. The Magnificent Ambersons (1942)
31. The Thin Man (1934) 81. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy (2001-2003)
32. The Wages of Fear (1953) 82. House of Games (1987)
33. The Seventh Seal (1957) 83. A Serious Man (2010)
34. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) 84. WALL•E (2008)
35. M. Hulot's Holiday (1953) 85. Rififi (1955)
36. Sunset Blvd. (1950) 86. The Great Dictator (1940)
37. Rashomon (1950) 87. There Will Be Blood (2007)
38. Fanny and Alexander (1982) 88. Sansho the Bailiff (1954)
39. Ace in the Hole (1951) 89. Die Hard (1988)
40. To Be or Not to Be (1942) 90. Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)
41. Brief Encounter (1945) 91. Toy Story (1995)
42. Ran (1985) 92. The Big Red One (1980)
43. The Night of the Hunter (1955) 93. Pulp Fiction (1994)
44. The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943) 94. El laberinto del fauno (2006)
45. A Clockwork Orange (1971) 95. Batman Begins (2004) & The Dark Knight (2008)
46. Man of the West (1958) 96. The English Patient (1996)
47. The Godfather (1972) 97. Jaws (1975)
48. The Red Shoes (1947) 98. The Earrings of Madame de... (1953)
49. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948) 99. Oldboy (2003)
50. Gone With the Wind (1939) 100. Woman in the Dunes (1964)