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Riley’s Essential 271 Movies

So I guess maybe you’re wondering what my Greatest Movies of All Time list would look like.

Well, first I must say that it wouldn’t be ranked unless of course someone was going to kill me unless I ranked it.

But here it is at this moment, and it changes constantly FYI. Keep in mind many of these movies I saw at earlier ages. But as much as you might like me to, it’s not realistic for me to rewatch of them to reconfirm or change my opinions. I don’t have the time.

And in no way am I trying to suggest that my individual list is better than the above list. It clearly isn’t if only because I am only one man, and haven’t seen remotely as many films as the collective that participated in the above list. Well, and because there are so many more movies.

[Editor’s Note: Finally please note that Riley Haas has seen a lot more movies since he published this list, so it is totally wrong.]

  • The Age of Innocence, Martin Scorses
  • Aguire: the Wrath of God, Werner Herzog
  • Alien, Ridley Scot
  • All the President’s Men, Alan Pakul
  • Alphaville, Jean-Luc Godar
  • American Beauty, Sam Mendes
  • Anatomy of a Murder, Otto Preminger
  • Apocalypse Now, Francis Ford Coppola
  • Bad Day at Black Rock, John Sturges
  • Bande a Part, Jean-Luc Godar
  • The Battle of Algiers, Gillo Pontecov
  • Battleship Potemkin, Sergei Eisenstei
  • Beat the Devil, John Husto
  • Being John Malkovich, Spike Jonz
  • Best of Youth, Marco Tullio Giordana
  • The Blair Witch Project, Daniel Mynick, Eudardo Sanchez
  • Blazing Saddles, Mel Brooks
  • Blowup, Michelangelo Antonioni
  • Blue Velvet, David Lync
  • Bob le flembeur, Jean-Pierre Melvill
  • Bob Roberts, Tim Robbins
  • Body Heat, Lawrence Kasdan
  • Bonnie and Clyde, Arthur Penn
  • Brazil, Terry Gillia
  • Burden of Dreams, Les Blank
  • The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, Robert Wien
  • Capturing the Friedmans, Andrew Jarecki
  • Chinatown, Roman Polansk
  • A Christmas Story, Bob Clar
  • Citizen Kane, Orson Welle
  • A Clockwork Orange, Stanley Kubrick
  • Closely Watched Trains, Jiri Menzel
  • Cobra Verde, Werner Herzo
  • The Conversation, Francis Ford Coppol
  • Crimes and Misdemeanors, Woody Alle
  • Criss Cross, Robert Siodmak
  • Crossfire, Edward Dmytryk
  • Days of Heaven, Terrence Mallic
  • Dead Alive, Peter Jackso
  • Dead Man, Jim Jarmusch
  • Dead Ringers, David Cronenber
  • Delicatessen, Marc Caro, Jean-Pierre Jeunet
  • Dr. Strangelove, Stanley Kubrick
  • Don’t Look Back, D.J. Pennebacke
  • Do the Right Thing, Spike Lee
  • Double Indemnity, Billy Wilde
  • The Earrings of Madame de…, Max Ophuls
  • Effi Briest, Rainer Werner Fassbinde
  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Michel Gondry
  • The Exorcist, William Friedkin
  • Fanny and Alexander, Ingmar Bergma
  • Fantasia, Various
  • Fargo, Joel and Ethan Coe
  • Faust, F.W. Murna
  • Fitzcarraldo, Werner Herzo
  • The French Connection, William Friedkin
  • Full Metal Jacket, Stanley Kubric
  • The General, Clyde Bruckman, Buster Keaton
  • The Godfather Parts I and II, Francis Ford Coppol
  • The Gold Rush, Charlie Chaplin
  • Goodfellas, Martin Scorsese
  • The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, Sergio Leone
  • The Graduate, Mike Nichols
  • Grand Illusion, Jean Renoi
  • Grindhouse, Quentin Tarantino, Robert Rodriguez et al
  • Grizzly Man, Werner Herzog
  • Haxan, Benjamin Christensen
  • Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer: John McNaughto
  • Herod’s Law, Luis Estrad
  • Hidden Agenda, Ken Loac
  • High Noon, Fred Zinnerman
  • Hiroshima mon amour, Alain Resnai
  • Hoop Dreams, Steve James
  • Hunger, Steve McQueen
  • Ikiru, Akira Kurosawa
  • In Praise of Love, Jean-Luc Godar
  • Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Don Siegel
  • JFK, Oliver Stone
  • Jules et Jim, Francois Truffau
  • Kill Bill, Quentin Tarantin
  • The Killing, Stanley Kubric
  • The Killing Fields, Roland Joffe
  • The Killing of a Chinese Bookie, John Cassavette
  • Kind Hearts and Coronets, Robert Hame
  • Kiss Me Deadly, Robert Aldric
  • The Lady from Shanghai, Orson Welle
  • The Lady Vanishes, Alfred Hitchock
  • Lake of Fire, Tony Kay
  • The Last Picture Show, Peter Bogdanovich
  • The Last Waltz, Martin Scorsese
  • Lawrence of Arabia, David Lean
  • The Last Laugh, F.W. Murnau
  • The Long Goodbye, Robert Altman
  • The Lost Weekend, Billy Wilder
  • M., Fritz Lang
  • The Manchurian Candidate, John Frankenheimer
  • A Man of Flowers, Paul Cox
  • The Man with a Movie Camera, Dziga Verto
  • M.A.S.H., Robert Altma
  • Marat/Sade, Peter Brook
  • Memento, Christopher Nolan
  • Metropolis, Fritz Lang
  • Million Dollar Baby, Clint Eastwoo
  • Missing, Costa-Gavra
  • The Missouri Breaks, Arthur Penn
  • Modern Times, Charlie Chaplin
  • Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Terry Gilliam, Terry Jone
  • The Mosquito Coast, Peter Wei
  • Mountain Patrol: Kekexili, Lu Chua
  • Mystic River, Clint Eastwoo
  • Nashville, Robert Altma
  • Network, Sidney Lume
  • The Night of the Hunter, Charles Laughton, Robert Mitchu
  • Night of the Living Dead, George Romer
  • No Country for Old Men, Joel and Ethan Coe
  • North by Northwest, Alfred Hitchcock
  • Night and Fog, Alain Resnais
  • Once Upon a Time in America, Sergio Leon
  • Once Upon a Time in the West, Sergio Leon
  • On the Waterfront, Elia Kaza
  • The Ox-Bow Incident, William Wellman
  • The Parallax View, Alan Pakula
  • Paths of Glory, Stanley Kubric
  • The Pawnbroker, Sidney Lumet
  • The Phantom of the Opera, Rupert Julian, et al
  • Platoon, Oliver Stone
  • The Player, Robert Altma
  • Point Blank, John Boorma
  • Psycho, Alfred Hitchcoc
  • Pulp Fiction, Quentin Tarantin
  • Punch-Drunk Love, Paul Thomas Anderson
  • Raging Bull, Martin Scorses
  • Raiders of the Lost Ark, Steven Spielber
  • Raising Arizona, Joel and Ethan Coe
  • Ran, Akira Kurosawa
  • The Raven, Henri-Georges Clouzo
  • Rear Window, Alfred Hitchcoc
  • Repo Man, Alex Cox
  • Reservoir Dogs, Quentin Tarantino
  • Ride the High Country, Sam Peckinpa
  • Sans Soleil, Chris Marke
  • Seconds, John Frankenheime
  • Se7en, David Finche
  • Seven Samurai, Akira Kurosaw
  • The Shining, Stanley Kubric
  • Sin City, Robert Rodriguez, Frank Mille
  • South Park, Trey Parker
  • Stagecoach, John Ford
  • The Sting, George Roy Hill
  • Strangers on a Train, Alfred Hitchcock
  • Sunset Blvd., Billy Wilder
  • Syriana, Stephen Gahan
  • Taxi Driver, Martin Scorsese
  • Team America: World Police, Trey Parker
  • The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Tobe Hoope
  • The Third Man, Carol Reed
  • The 39 Steps, Alfred Hitchcock
  • This is Spinal Tap, Rob Reiner
  • Three Colours: Blue and Red, Krzysztof Kieslowski
  • Touch of Evil, Orson Welles
  • The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, John Husto
  • 2001, a Space Odyssey, Stanley Kubrick
  • Last Tango in Paris, Bernardo Bertolucci
  • Unforgiven, Clint Eastwood
  • The Usual Suspects, Bryan Singer
  • Vertigo, Alfred Hitchcoc
  • A Wedding, Robert Altma
  • Week End, Jean-Luc Godar
  • The White Ribbon, Michael Haneke
  • The Wild Bunch, Sam Peckinpa
  • Z, Costa-Gavras
  • Zodiac, David Fincher

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