Favorite Films

For films that didn’t make the cut see my list of all other films seen.

NOTE: Films in black are only space-savers for years where I’ve seen less than 10 “list-worthy” films.


L’Intrus (Claire Denis)
The Death of Mr. Lazarescu (Christi Puiu)
The Queen (Stephen Frears)
Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (Larry Charles)
The Child (Luc & Jean-Pierre Dardenne)
Mutual Appreciation (Andrew Bujalski)
The Proposition (John Hillcoat)
Three Times (Hsiao-hsien Hou)
Half Nelson (Ryan Fleck)
10 Brick (Rian Johnson)
11 Children of Men (Alfonso Cuarón)
11 The Devil and Daniel Johnston (Jeff Feuerzeig)
12 Pan’s Labyrinth (Guillermo Del Toro)
13 Tristram Shandy: A Cock & Bull Story (Michael Winterbottom)
14 A Prairie Home Companion (Robert Altman)
15 The Good Shepherd (Robert De Niro)


The New World (Terrence Malick)
Last Days (Gus Van Sant)
Kings and Queen (Arnaud Desplechin)
The World (Jia Zhang-ke)
Grizzly Man (Werner Herzog)
2046 (Wong Kar-Wai)
Funny Ha Ha (Andrew Bujalski)
8 The Squid and the Whale (Noah Baumbach)
9  Mysterious Skin (Gregg Araki)
10 Tale of Cinema (Hong Sang-soo)
11 Pulse (Kiyoshi Kurosawa)
12 Head-On (Fatih Akin)
13 A History of Violence (David Cronenberg)
14 Kung Fu Hustle (Stephen Chow)
15 Howl’s Moving Castle (Hayao Miyazaki)
16 Best of Youth (Marco Tullio Giordana)
17 Nobody Knows (Hirokazu Kore-eda)
18 Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang (Shane Black)
19 Good Night and Good Luck (George Clooney)
20 Rize (David LaChapelle)
21 Downfall (Oliver Hirschbeigel)
22 Me and You and Everyone We Know (Miranda July)
23 Oldboy (Chan-wook Park)
24 The 40 Year Old Virgin (Judd Apatow)
25 Junebug (Phil Morrison)
26 Brokeback Mountain (Ang Lee)
27 Café Lumière (Hsiao-hsien Hou)


Dogville (Lars von Trier)
Millennium Mambo (Hsiao-hsien Hou)
I Huckabees (David O. Russell)
The Corporation (Jennifer Abbott & Mark Achbar)
Before Sunset (Richard Linklater)
Oasis (Lee Chang-dong)
Kill Bill: Volume 2 (Quentin Tarantino)
Secret Things (Jean-Claude Brisseau)
The Manchurian Candidate (Jonathan Demme)
10 We Don’t Live Here Anymore (John Curran)
11 The Aviator (Martin Scorsese)
12 Vera Drake (Mike Leigh)
13 The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (Wes Anderson)
14 The Saddest Music in the World (Guy Maddin)
15 Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (Michael Gondry)
16 Intimate Strangers (Patrice Leconte)
17 Million Dollar Baby (Clint Eastwood)
18 Tropical Malady (Apitchatpong Weerasethakul)
19 Bad Education (Pedro Almodovar)
20 Spartan (David Mamet)
21 Father and Son (Aleksandr Sokurov)
22 Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgandy (Adam McKay)
23 Control Room (Jehane Noujaim)
24 Hero (Yimou Zhang)
25 Tarnation (Jonathan Caouette)
26 Notre Musique (Jean-Luc Godard)
27 The Time of the Wolf (Michael Haneke)
28 Primer (Shane Carruth)


Cremaster 3 (Matthew Barney)
Elephant (Gus Van Sant)
Mystic River (Clint Eastwood)
Spider (David Cronenberg)
The Company (Robert Altman)
Kill Bill, Volume 1 (Quentin Tarantino)
The Triplet’s of Belleville (Sylvain Chomet)
All the Real Girls (David Gordon Green)
Capturing the Friedman’s (Andrew Jarecki)
10 The School of Rock (Richard Linklater)
11 Lost in Translation (Sophia Coppola)
12 The Station Agent (Thomas McCarthy)
13 Raising Victor Vargas (Peter Sollett)
14 Stuck On You (Peter & Bobby Farrelly)
15 American Splendor (Shari Springer Berman & Robert Pulcini)
16 Master & Commander: The Far Side of the World (Peter Weir)
17 Friday Night (Claire Denis)
18 Gerry (Gus Van Sant)
19 Open Range (Kevin Costner)
20 The Fog of War (Errol Morris)
21 A Certain Kind of Death (Grover Babcock & Blue Hadaegh)
22 The Man on the Train (Patrice Leconte)


Punch-Drunk Love (Paul Thomas Anderson)
In Praise of Love (Jean-Luc Godard)
25th Hour (Spike Lee)
Spirited Away (Hayao Miyazaki)
The Piano Teacher (Michael Haneke)
Far From Heaven (Todd Haynes)
Russian Ark (Aleksandr Sokurov)
Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner (Zacharias Kunuk)
Changing Lanes (Roger Michell)
10 Adaptation (Spike Jonze)
11 Y tu Mama Tambien (Alfonso Cuaron)
12 Lilya 4-Ever (Lukas Moodysson)
13 Ten (Abbas Kiarostami)
14 Read My Lips (Jacques Audiard)
15 Bowling for Columbine (Michael Moore)
16 Catch Me if You Can (Steven Spielberg)
17 Talk to Her (Pedro Almodovar)
18 About a Boy (Chris & Paul Weitz)
19 Happy Here and Now (Michael Almereyda)
20 In This World (Michael Winterbottom)
21 Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (Peter Jackson)
22 Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones (George Lucas)
23 Morvern Callar (Lynne Ramsay)
24 Kung Pow: Enter the Fist (Steve Oedekerk)


Mulholland Dr. (David Lynch)
The Royal Tenenbaums (Wes Anderson)
Waking Life (Richard Linklater)
A.I. Artificial Intelligence (Steven Spielberg)
Amelie (Jean-Pierre Jeunet)
Ghost World (Terry Zwigoff)
What Time is it There? (Tsai Ming-Liang)
Tape (Richard Linklater)
Wet Hot American Summer (David Wain)
10 Memento (Christopher Nolan)
11 Monster’s Inc. (Peter Doctor/David Silverman/Lee Unkrich)
12 Monster’s Ball (Marc Forster)
13 Storytelling (Todd Solondz)
14 Trouble Every Day (Claire Denis)
15 Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring (Peter Jackson)
16 In the Bedroom (Todd Field)
17 Shrek (Andrew Adamson, Vicky Jenson, & Scott Marshall)


Code Unknown (Michael Haneke)
Werckmeister Harmonies (Béla Tarr)
Yi Yi (Edward Yang)
In the Mood for Love (Wong Kar-Wai)
Eureka (Shinji Aoyama)
Hamlet (Michael Almereyda)
7  Vertical Ray of the Sun (Anh Hung Tran)
Wonder Boys (Curtis Hanson)
The Heart of the World (Guy Maddin)
10 Almost Famous (Cameron Crowe)
11 Virgin Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors (Hong Sang-soo)
12 Dark Days (Marc Singer)
13 High Fidelity (Stephen Frears)
14 You Can Count on Me (Kenneth Lonergan)
15 Songs from the Second Floor (Roy Andersson)
16 Esther Kahn (Arnaud Desplechin)
17 O Brother, Where Art Thou? (Joel Coen)
18 Best in Show (Christopher Guest)
19 Requiem for a Dream (Darren Aronofsky)
20 Traffic (Steven Soderbergh)
21 Peppermint Candy (Lee Chang-dong)
22 Dancer in the Dark (Lars von Trier)
23 George Washington (David Gordon Green)
24 American Psycho (Mary Harron)
25 Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (Ang Lee)


Magnolia (Paul Thomas Anderson)
Fight Club (David Fincher)
Eyes Wide Shut (Stanley Kubrick)
Rosetta (Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne)
American Beauty (Sam Mendes)
The Wind Will Carry Us (Abbas Kiarostami)
The Straight Story (David Lynch)
The Insider (Michael Mann)
Being John Malkovich (Spike Jonze)
10 Sweet and Lowdown (Woody Allen)
11 Election (Alexander Payne)
12 eXistenZ (David Cronenberg)
13 Bringing Out the Dead (Martin Scorsese)
14 Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai (Jim Jarmusch)
15 South Park: Bigger Longer & Uncut (Trey Parker and Matt Stone)
16 American Movie (Chris Smith)
17 The Virgin Suicides (Sophia Coppola)
18 Toy Story 2 (Ash Brannon, John Lasseter & Lee Unkrich)
19 Beau Travail (Claire Denis)
20 Topsy-Turvy (Mike Leigh)


Rushmore (Wes Anderson)
Histoire(s) du Cinéma (Jean-Luc Godard)
Black Cat, White Cat (Emir Kusturica)
The Thin Red Line (Terrence Malick)
The Big Lebowski (Joel Coen)
Saving Private Ryan (Steven Spielberg)
He Got Game (Spike Lee)
Pi (Darren Aronofsky)
The Silence (Mohsen Makhmalbaf)
10 The Celebration (Thomas Vinterberg)
11 Pleasantville (Gary Ross)
12 The Truman Show (Peter Weir)
13 There’s Something About Mary (Peter and Bobby Farrelly)
14 American History X (Tony Kaye)
15 Shakespeare in Love (John Madden)
16 Gods and Monsters (Bill Condon)
17 Waking Ned Divine (Kirk Jones)
18 Snake Eyes (Brian De Palma)
19 Out of Sight (Steven Soderbergh)
20 Fucking Åmål (Lukas Moodysson)
21 Rounders (John Dahl)
22 Buffalo ’66 (Vincent Gallo)


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