Jordan’s Top 100

8.5 dance

Extensive lists about subjective preferences are the only real way to evaluate art, don’t you know?

Per my own nonsensical rule, there’s a three year waiting period for new additions, meaning the most recently released movies on this list would have made their US debut in 2013.

  1. 8 1/2 [Fellini]
  2. Amadeus [Forman]
  3. The Third Man [Reed]
  4. Au Revoir Les Enfants [Malle]
  5. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy [Jackson]
  6. To Die For [Van Sant]
  7. Barton Fink [Coen]
  8. The Three Colors Trilogy [Kieslowski]
  9. Pan’s Labyrinth [Del Toro]
  10. Orlando [Potter]
  11. 2001: A Space Odyssey [Kubrick]
  12. Alien [Scott]
  13. Ugetsu [Mizoguchi]
  14. The Apu Trilogy [Ray]
  15. Beau Travail [Denis]
  16. Under the Sand [Ozon]
  17. Dogville [von Trier]
  18. Cries & Whispers [Bergman]
  19. Notorious [Hitchcock]
  20. LA Confidential [Curtis]
  21. Seven Beauties [Wertmuller]
  22. High & Low [Kurosawa]
  23. Z [Gavras]
  24. The Godfather Part II [Coppola]
  25. No Country for Old Men [Coen]
  26. The Talented Mr. Ripley [Minghella]
  27. The Thin Red Line [Malick]
  28. Moulin Rouge! [Luhrmann]
  29. Army of Shadows [Melville]
  30. La Dolce Vita [Fellini]
  31. The White Ribbon [Haneke]
  32. Zodiac [Fincher]
  33. Manhattan [Allen]
  34. The Hurt Locker [Bigelow]
  35. All That Jazz [Fosse]
  36. Apocalypse Now [Coppola]
  37. Do the Right Thing [Lee]
  38. Werckmeister Harmonies [Tarr]
  39. Sunset Blvd [Wilder]
  40. Before Sunrise/Before Sunset/Before Midnight [Linklater]
  41. The Manchurian Candidate [Frankenheimer]
  42. Fargo [Coen]
  43. Throne of Blood [Kurosawa]
  44. The Best of Youth [Giordana]
  45. Dancer in the Dark [von Trier]
  46. There Will be Blood [Anderson]
  47. The Insider [Mann]
  48. Life is Beautiful [Benigni]
  49. Nashville [Altman]
  50. Persona [Bergman]
  51. The Conformist [Bertolucci]
  52. Chicago [Marshall]
  53. Birth [Glazer]
  54. Chinatown [Polanski]
  55. Sweeney Todd [Burton]
  56. Autumn Sonata [Bergman]
  57. Dr. Strangelove [Kubrick]
  58. Nights of Cabiria [Fellini]
  59. In the Loop [Ianucci]
  60. In Bruges [McDonagh]
  61. Requiem for a Dream [Aronofsky]
  62. Hedwig and the Angry Inch [Mitchell]
  63. 2046 [Kar-wai]
  64. A Serious Man [Coen]
  65. Annie Hall [Allen]
  66. Oldboy [Chan-wook]
  67. The Shining [Kubrick]
  68. La Ceremonie [Chabrol]
  69. Network [Lumet]
  70. Cache [Haneke]
  71. White Material [Denis]
  72. The Double Life of Veronique [Kieslowski]
  73. Being John Malkovich [Jonze]
  74. Badlands [Malick]
  75. Suspiria [Argento]
  76. Close Up [Kiarostami]
  77. The Assassination of Jesse James [Dominik]
  78. Edward Scissorhands [Burton]
  79. Black Swan [Aronofsky]
  80. Finding Nemo [Stanton]
  81. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl [Verbinski]
  82. Cat on a Hot Tin Roof [Brooks]
  83. The Devil’s Backbone [Del Toro]
  84. Thelma & Louise [Scott]
  85. The Man Who Wasn’t There [Coen]
  86. Amarcord [Fellini]
  87. Love & Anarchy [Wertmuller]
  88. Dog Day Afternoon [Lumet]
  89. Through a Glass Darkly [Bergman]
  90. Far From Heaven [Haynes]
  91. The Tree of Life [Malick]
  92. Cabaret [Fosse]
  93. Pulp Fiction [Tarantino]
  94. Il Divo [Sorrentino]
  95. A Separation [Farhadi]
  96. Waltz With Bashir [Folman]
  97. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy [Alfredson]
  98. Quills [Kaufman]
  99. The Conversation [Coppola]
  100. Full Metal Jacket [Kubrick]
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