2007, Movies

My own attempt at a list of great movies as of 2007

Since the AFI list has come out, I have been thinking that I should at least put forward my suggestions. What I have done is come up with an incomplete list of directors and their films. My intention is to suggest them, this is by no means definitive. It is not definitive because

  • some of these films I haven’t seen for a long time,
  • my mind changes a lot,
  • I’m sure I have forgotten somebody or many movies,
  • it is very difficult to pick movies by country when various people involved are from different countries,
  • I have not seen everything, so some things won’t be on here.

There are no movies by David Lean or Carol Reed on this list, for example. There are other ones that you may say: “that’s not an American movie!”
Looking over it, I already have problems. But at least I am trying.
Under “1)” are musts, under “2)” are hopefuls

Robert Aldrich:

1) Kiss Me Deadly
2) none

Robert Altman:

1) MASH, The Long Goodbye, Nashville, A Wedding, the Player
2) McCabe and Mrs. Miller, Short Cuts

Woody Allen:

1) Crimes and Misdemeanors
2) Interiors, Hannah and her Sisters

P.T. Anderson:

1) Punch-Drunk Love
2) Magnolia

Wes Anderson:

1) none
2) Rushmore

Peter Bogdanovich:

1) The Last Picture Show
2) none

John Boorman:

1) Point Blank
2) Deliverance
(note: my favourite Boorman film, the General, is in no way American)

Antonia Bird:

1) none
2) Ravenous

Tim Burton:

1) Ed Woood
2) none

John Carpenter:

1) The Thing
2) Big Trouble in Little China

Charlie Chaplin:

1) The Gold Rush, Modern Times
2) none

Bob Clark:

1) A Christmas Story
2) none

The Coen Brothers:

1) Rasing Arizona, Fargo
2) Blood Simple, Barton Fink, The Big Lebowski, O Brother Where Art Thou?

Francis Coppola:

1) The Godfather, The Conversation, The Godfather Part II, Apocalypse Now Redux
2) Rumble Fish


1) Missing
2) none

Alex Cox:

1) Repo Man
2) none

Joe Dante:

1) none
2) Gremlins, Gremlins 2: the New Batch

Johnathan Demme:

1) The Silence of the Lambs
2) none

Clint Eastwood:

1) Unforgiven
2) White Hunter Black Heart, Mystic River, Million Dollar Baby

Blake Edwards:

1) none
2) A Shot in the Dark

David Fincher:

1) Se7en
2) Fight Club

John Ford:
1) Stagecoach, The Searchers
2) none

John Frankenheimer:

1) The Manchurian Candidate, Seconds
2) Seven Days in May

William Friedkin:

1) The French Connection, The Exorcist
2) none

Samuel Fuller:

1) none
2) The Big Red One: a Reconstruction

Terry Gilliam:
1) Brazil
2) 12 Monkeys

Todd Haynes:

1) none
2) Safe

George Roy Hill
1) The Sting
2) Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

Alfred Hitchcock
1) Strangers on a Train, Vertigo, North by Northwest, Psycho
2) Rear Window, Rope

Tobe Hooper:

1) The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
2) none

John Huston:
1) The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, Beat the Devil
2) The Asphalt Jungle

Andrew Jarecki:

1) Capturing the Friedmans
2) none

Jim Jarmusch:

1) Dead Man
2) none

Roland Joffe:

1) The Killing Fields
2) none

Elia Kazan:

1) On the Waterfront
2) Panic in the Streets

Stanley Kubrick

1) Dr. Strangelove, 2001, A Clockwork Orange, Full Metal Jacket
2) The Killing, Paths of Glory, Barry Lyndon, The Shinning

Fritz Lang:

1) none
2) The Big Heat

Charles Laughton:

1) Night of the Hunter
2) none

Spike Lee:

1) Do the Right Thing
2) none

Sydney Lumet:

1) The Pawnbroker, Network
2) Dog Day Afternoon

David Lynch:
1) Eraserhead, Blue Velvet
2) Lost Highway, Mullholand Drive

Terrence Mallick:

1) Days of Heaven
2) Badlands, The Thin Red Line

Michael Mann:
1) none
2) The Last of the Mohicans

John McNaughton:
1) Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer
2) none

Sam Mendes:

1) none
2) American Beauty, Jarhead

Errol Morris:

1) none
2) The Thin Blue Line, the Fog of War

Mike Nichols:

1) The Graduate
2) none

Christopher Nolan:

1) none
2) Memento

Alan Pakula
1) The Parallax View, All the President’s Men
2) none

Trey Parker:

1) South Park, Team America
2) none

Sam Peckinpah:

1) Ride the High Country, the Wild Bunch
2) The Ballad of Cable Hogue, Straw Dogs, Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia, Cross of Iron

Arthur Penn:

1) Bonnie and Clyde, the Missouri Breaks
2) The Chase

Roman Polanski:

1) Chinatown
2) Rosemary’s Baby

Otto Preminger:

1) Anatomy of a Murder
2) Bunny Lake is Missing

Nicholas Ray:

1) none
2) Rebel Without a Cause

Rob Reiner:

1) This is Spinal Tap
2) Stand by Me, the Princess Bride

Robert Rodriguez:

1) none
2) Sin City, Grindhouse

George Romero:

1) none
2) Night of the Living Dead

Martin Scorsese:
1) Mean Streets, Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, Goodfellas, the Age of Innocence
2) Alice Doesn’t Live Here Any More, the Last Waltz

Don Siegel:

1) Invasion of the Body Snatchers
2) Dirty Harry

Bryan Singer:

1) none
2) The Usual Suspects

Robert Siodmak:

1) none
2) The Killers

Steven Soderbergh:

1) none
2) Kafka, The Limey

Steven Spielberg:

1) none
2) Raiders of the Lost Arc

Oliver Stone:

1) Platoon, JFK
2) Salvador

John Sturges:

1) Bad Day at Black Rock
2) none

Quentin Tarantino:

1) Pulp Fiction
2) Reservoir Dogs, Kill Bill, Grindhouse

Peter Weir:

1) The Mosquito Coast
2) Witness

Orson Welles:

1) Citizen Kane, The Lady From Shanghai, Touch of Evil
2) none

William Wellman:

1) The Ox-Bow Incident
2) none

James Whale:

1) none
2) The Bride of Frankenstein

Billy Wilder:

1) Double Indemnity, Sunset Blvd.
2) none

William Wyler:

1) none
2) The Best Years of Our Lives

Peter Yates:

1) none
2) Bullit

Fred Zinnerman:

1) High Noon
2) From Here to Eternity

I really don’t know if I like that list. One problem is that it is just American movies. I don’t like limiting things. I have excluded a couple recent films I really liked just for the sake of time…

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