100 Essential Films (ranked as subjectively as possible)

As I've now hit 1,000 films, I thought I'd pull together my list for 100 Essential Films.

The list is ranked (more loosely beyond the top 25), though certain films have been omitted - either because they are obvious picks or because they are represented by other works of similar genre in the list. I have also sought to represent a wide variety of genres, eras and countries.

Omitted entries which are essential include: Alien, 8 1/2, Psycho, Halloween, La Grande Illusion, M, Mean Streets and many others that I can't remember.

Please note that trilogies have all been included, and entries The Act of Killing and The Look of Silence have been included as one - this being the case the list has 100 entries, but splitting them has totaled 105. I have also included Dekalog, which while officially a collected TV series is now often regarded as a film.

  • Mulholland Drive

    1

  • Taxi Driver

    2

  • La Dolce Vita

    3

  • The Evil Dead

    4

  • Modern Times

    5

  • Vertigo

    6

  • 2001: A Space Odyssey

    7

  • Kes

    8

  • Chungking Express

    9

  • Fallen Angels

    10

  • The Vanishing

    11

  • Pulse

    12

  • The Gold Rush

    13

  • Harakiri

    14

  • The Godfather

    15

  • Crash

    16

  • Blue Velvet

    17

  • Diabolique

    18

  • Before Sunrise

    19

  • Before Sunset

    20

  • Before Midnight

    21

  • Burning

    22

  • City Lights

    23

  • Nights of Cabiria

    24

  • Rashomon

    25

  • Come and See

    26

  • The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

    27

  • Raging Bull

    28

  • Dekalog

    29

  • L'Atalante

    30

  • Cure

    31

  • A Woman Under the Influence

    32

  • Society

    33

  • The 400 Blows

    34

  • In the Mood for Love

    35

  • The Night of the Hunter

    36

  • Naked

    37

  • Peeping Tom

    38

  • Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me

    39

  • The Human Condition I: No Greater Love

    40

  • The Human Condition II: Road to Eternity

    41

  • The Human Condition III: A Soldier's Prayer

    42

  • Body Double

    43

  • The Act of Killing

    44

  • The Look of Silence

    45

  • Breaking the Waves

    46

  • The Conformist

    47

  • Evil Dead II

    48

  • Sherlock, Jr.

    49

  • Paris, Texas

    50

  • Barry Lyndon

    51

  • Phantom Thread

    52

  • Ran

    53

  • All About My Mother

    54

  • Parasite

    55

  • I Am Cuba

    56

  • GoodFellas

    57

  • Children of Paradise

    58

  • Blade Runner

    59

  • Rear Window

    60

  • There Will Be Blood

    61

  • Persona

    62

  • Distant Voices, Still Lives

    63

  • Tokyo Story

    64

  • Ghost World

    65

  • Citizen Kane

    66

  • A Man Escaped

    67

  • Under the Silver Lake

    68

  • Caché

    69

  • Safe

    70

  • The Rules of the Game

    71

  • Eighth Grade

    72

  • Eastern Promises

    73

  • Showgirls

    74

  • Sex, Lies, and Videotape

    75

  • On the Waterfront

    76

  • Irma Vep

    77

  • Ferris Bueller's Day Off

    78

  • Shadow of a Doubt

    79

  • Fargo

    80

  • RoboCop

    81

  • Ugetsu

    82

  • Babylon

    83

  • Gone Girl

    84

  • Sunset Boulevard

    85

  • The Wicker Man

    86

  • Man with a Movie Camera

    87

  • Carlito's Way

    88

  • The Last House on the Left

    89

  • Do the Right Thing

    90

  • Deep Red

    91

  • I Killed My Mother

    92

  • Dead Ringers

    93

  • It Follows

    94

  • Ordet

    95

  • Clueless

    96

  • Metropolis

    97

  • A Room for Romeo Brass

    98

  • The Naked Kiss

    99

  • Zodiac

    100