Celluloid Diaries: 126 Best Movies of All Time

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

126 Best Movies of All Time

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Earlier this year, my friend Wim Castermans passed away after a short battle with cancer. Some of you will know him as the skilled programmer of the Offscreen Film Festival and as one of the writers of When Animals Attack (he wrote the essay on The Killer Snakes).

Today would have been his 45th birthday. For the occasion, I'm sharing with you his favorite movies of all time.

2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY (Stanley Kubrick, 1968)
3 WOMEN (Robert Altman, 1977)
ADAPTATION (Spike Jonze, 2002)
AFTER HOURS (Martin Scorsese, 1985)
AMARCORD (Federico Fellini, 1973)
ANOMALISA (Charlie Kaufman, 2015)
BAD TIMING (Nicolas Roeg, 1980)
BARTON FINK (Coen Brothers, 1991)
BELL FROM HELL (Claudio Guerin, 1973)
BETTER TOMORROW, A (John Woo, 1986)
BIG LEBOWSKI, THE (Coen Brothers, 1998)
BLOW OUT (Brian de Palma, 1981)
BLOWUP (Michelangelo Antonioni, 1966)
BLUE VELVET (David Lynch, 1986)
BODY DOUBLE (Brian de Palma, 1984)
CASINO (Martin Scorsese, 1995)
CASTLE KEEP (Sydney Pollack, 1969)
CERCLE ROUGE, LE (Jean-Pierre Melville, 1970)
CISCO PIKE (Bill Norton, 1972)
CHARLEY VARRICK (Don Siegel, 1973)
CLEAN, SHAVEN (Lodge Kerrigan, 1993)
CLOCKWORK ORANGE, A (Stanley Kubrick, 1971)
COCKFIGHTER (Monte Hellman, 1974)
CRAZY LOVE (Dominique Deruddere, 1987)
DANGER: DIABOLIK (Mario Bava, 1968)
DAY OF THE LOCUST, THE (John Schlesinger, 1974)
DEEP END (Jerzy Skolimowski, 1970)
DELIVERANCE (John Boorman, 1972)
DEMON, THE (Yoshitaro Nomura, 1978)
DETOUR (Edgar G. Ulmer, 1945)
DEVIL FETUS (Lau Hung-Cheun, 1983)
DON (Chandra Barot, 1978)
DON'T LOOK NOW (Nicolas Roeg, 1973)
DR. STRANGELOVE (Stanley Kubrick, 1964)
DRESSED TO KILL (Brian de Palma, 1980)
DRIVE (Nicolas Winding Refn, 2011)
DUKE OF BURGUNDY, THE (Peter Strickland, 2014)
ELECTRA GLIDE IN BLUE (James William Guercio, 1973)
ELECTRIC DRAGON 80,000V (Sogo Ishii, 2001)
ERASERHEAD (David Lynch, 1977)
FANNY AND ALEXANDER (Ingmar Bergman, 1982)
FAT CITY (John Huston, 1972)
FEMME INFIDELE, LA (Claude Chabrol, 1969)
FEU FOLLET, LE (Louis Malle, 1963)
FIVE EASY PIECES (Bob Rafelson, 1970)
GETAWAY, THE (Sam Peckinpah, 1972)
GIANTS & TOYS (Yasuzo Masumura, 1958)
HANZO THE RAZOR: THE SNARE (Yasuzo Masumura, 1973)
HARD TO BE A GOD (Aleksey German, 2013)
HELL IN THE PACIFIC (John Boorman, 1968)
IN A LONELY PLACE (Nicholas Ray, 1950)
IN COLD BLOOD (Richard Brooks, 1967)
JAWS (Steven Spielberg, 1975)
JOE (John G. Avildsen, 1970)
JUSTE AVANT LA NUIT (Claude Chabrol, 1971)
KISS ME DEADLY (Robert Aldrich, 1955)
LAWRENCE OF ARABIA (David Lean, 1962)
LEAVE HER TO HEAVEN (John M. Stahl, 1945)
LICKERISH QUARTET, THE (Radley Metzger, 1970)
LONG GOODBYE, THE (Robert Altman, 1973)
LORD LOVE A DUCK (George Axelrod, 1966)
LOST HIGHWAY (David Lynch, 1997)
MACON COUNTY LINE (Richard Compton, 1974)
MANHUNTER (Michael Mann, 1986)
MARKETA LAZAROVA (Franticek Vlacil, 1967)
MCCABE & MRS MILLER (Robert Altman, 1971)
MEDIUM COOL (Haskell Wexler, 1969)
MIRACLE OF MORGAN'S CREEK, THE (Preston Sturges, 1944)
MISSOURI BREAKS, THE (Arthur Penn, 1976)
MR VAMPIRE (Ricky Lau, 1985)
MULHOLLAND DR. (David Lynch, 2001)
NETWORK (Sidney Lumet, 1976)
NIGHT MOVES (Arthur Penn, 1975)
NIGHT OF THE HUNTER (Charles Laughton, 1955)
OFFENCE, THE (Sidney Lumet, 1973)
OUT OF THE BLUE (Dennis Hopper, 1980)
PAT GARRETT & BILLY THE KID (Sam Peckinpah, 1973)
PERFORMANCE (Nicolas Roeg, 1970)
PHANTOM OF THE PARADISE (Brian de Palma, 1974)
PLAYER, THE (Robert Altman, 1992)
POINT BLANK (John Boorman, 1967)
PRETTY POISON (Noel Black, 1968)
PUNISHMENT PARK (Peter Watkins, 1971)
RAGING BULL (Martin Scorsese, 1980)
RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK (Steven Spielberg, 1981)
RAISING ARIZONA (Coen Brothers, 1987)
RANCHO NOTORIOUS (Fritz Lang, 1952)
RED RIVER (Howard Hawks, 1948)
RUPTURE, LA (Claude Chabrol, 1970)
SCARECROW (Jerry Schatzberg, 1973)
SCARFACE (Brian de Palma, 1983)
SCARLET STREET (Fritz Lang, 1945)
SHINING, THE (Stanley Kubrick, 1980)
SHOOTING, THE (Monte Hellman, 1967)
SHOWGIRLS (Paul Verhoeven, 1995)
SOUFFLE AU COEUR, LE (Louis Malle, 1971)
SPOOKY ENCOUNTERS (Sammo Hung, 1980)
STARSHIP TROOPERS (Paul Verhoeven, 1997)
STRAIGHT TIME (Ulu Grosbard, 1978)
STRANGERS ON A TRAIN (Alfred Hitchcock, 1951)
STRAW DOGS (Sam Peckinpah, 1971)
STREET MOBSTER (Kinji Fukasaku, 1972)
STUNTMAN, THE (Richard Rush, 1980)
SWIMMER, THE (Frank Perry, 1968)
TAXI DRIVER (Martin Scorsese, 1976)
THEY LIVE BY NIGHT (Nicholas Ray, 1948)
THIEF (Michael Mann, 1981)
TIME OF THE WOLF (Michael Haneke, 2003)
TOUCH OF EVIL (Orson Welles, 1958)
VANISHING POINT (Richard C. Sarafian, 1971)
VERTIGO (Alfred Hitchcock, 1954)
WALKABOUT (Nicolas Roeg, 1971)
WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN (Lynne Ramsay, 2011)
WILD AT HEART (David Lynch, 1990)
WILD STRAWBERRIES (Ingmar Bergman, 1957)
WINCHESTER '73 (Anthony Mann, 1950)
WINTER KILLS (William Richert, 1979)
WRITTEN ON THE WIND (Douglas Sirk, 1956)


  1. Dear Vanessa - my thoughts to his family ... so young and obviously so talented ... you must be missing him - thanks for this amazing list ...I haven't looked all the way through ... but can see "We Need to Talk about Kevin" - excellent film ... have a very happy Christmas and New Year ... and so sad re Peter - Hilary

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