The Carl Canon

After hitting 4,000 movies on my insane tracking lists, I tried to make a list of 400 favorites, a top 10%. But then I reached the point where I couldn't kill anymore darlings, so here's a top 11%. Sorry for being an auterist jagoff, but great movies are great.

  • The X-Ray Fiend
  • The Wildcat
  • Battleship Potemkin
  • A Page of Madness
  • Metropolis
  • The Circus
  • The Passion of Joan of Arc
  • Un Chien Andalou
  • Dishonored
  • Frankenstein
  • M
  • Freaks
  • Vampyr
  • The Invisible Man
  • King Kong
  • Zero for Conduct
  • L'Atalante
  • The Scarlet Empress
  • The Bride of Frankenstein
  • Mad Love
  • Modern Times
  • Grand Illusion
  • Bluebeard's Eighth Wife
  • Bringing Up Baby
  • Only Angels Have Wings
  • The Rules of the Game
  • Stagecoach
  • The Wizard of Oz
  • Ball of Fire
  • Citizen Kane
  • How Green Was My Valley
  • The Lady Eve
  • Sullivan's Travels
  • Casablanca
  • Cat People
  • The Magnificent Ambersons
  • The Ox-Bow Incident
  • The Palm Beach Story
  • To Be or Not to Be
  • The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp
  • Meshes of the Afternoon
  • The Miracle of Morgan’s Creek
  • Shadow of a Doubt
  • Double Indemnity
  • Meet Me in St. Louis
  • Mildred Pierce
  • Rome, Open City
  • It's a Wonderful Life
  • My Darling Clementine
  • One Wonderful Sunday
  • Bicycle Thieves
  • The Red Shoes
  • The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
  • Puce Moment
  • She Wore a Yellow Ribbon
  • The Third Man
  • White Heat
  • Never Fear
  • Devil's Doorway
  • Gun Crazy
  • In a Lonely Place
  • Outrage
  • Sunset Boulevard
  • Wagon Master
  • Ace in the Hole
  • Miss Julie
  • The Prowler
  • The Steel Helmet
  • Ikiru
  • The Lusty Men
  • The Naked Spur
  • Pickup on South Street
  • Shane
  • Godzilla
  • Johnny Guitar
  • On the Waterfront
  • Sansho the Bailiff
  • Seven Samurai
  • Diabolique
  • Rififi
  • House of Bamboo
  • The Night of the Hunter
  • Rebel Without a Cause
  • Bigger Than Life
  • The Searchers
  • 12 Angry Men
  • The Bridge on the River Kwai
  • The Seventh Seal
  • Throne of Blood
  • The Cranes Are Flying
  • Paths of Glory
  • Wild Strawberries
  • Sweet Smell of Success
  • The Hidden Fortress
  • Mon Oncle
  • Touch of Evil
  • Vertigo
  • Anatomy of a Murder
  • A Bucket of Blood
  • North by Northwest