All-Time Favorite Films

I often avoid any list of favorite movies.  For one thing, my opinions change over time.  I’m pretty sure that for a long time as a kid, Godzilla (1955) was my favorite movie.  Then Star Wars (1977), of course.  Later in life, maybe the list included things like Jean Cocteau’s Beauty and the Beast (1946), Lasse Hallström’s My Life as a Dog (1985), and Wim Wenders’ Paris, Texas (1984).

And then, there are a couple that make my current list that I haven’t even seen recently enough to know if they would still merit it.

But anyhoo, here it is, such as it is.  My list of all-time favorite films.  In no order.

Hayao Miyazaki’s Spirited Away (2001)

Spirited Away (2001) movie poster

Henry Selick’s Coraline (2009)

Coraline (2009) movie poster

Martha Coolidge’s Valley Girl (1983)

Valley Girl (1983) movie poster

Sergio Leone’s The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (1966)

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (1966) movie poster

Billy Wilder’s Some Like it Hot (1959)

Some Like it Hot (1959) movie poster

Dziga Vertov’s Man with a Movie Camera (1929)

Man with a Movie Camera (1929) movie poster

Jacques Tourneur’s I Walked with a Zombie (1943)

I Walked with a Zombie (1943) movie poster

The Coen Brothers’ Raising Arizona (1987)

Raising Arizona (1987) movie poster

Edgar G. Ulmer’s Detour (1945)

Detour (1945) movie poster

F. W. Murnau’s Sunrise (1927)

Sunrise (1927) movie poster

John Ford’s The Searchers (1950)

The Searchers (1956) movie poster

Lotte Reiniger’s The Adventures of Prince Achmed (1926)

The Adventures of Prince Achmed (1926)

Wes Anderson’s The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004)

The Life Aquatic (2004) movie poster

Steven Spielberg’s Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)


Raiders of the Lost Ark (1982) movie poster

Fred M. Wilcox’s Forbidden Planet (1956)

Forbidden Planet (1956) movie poster

Jim Jarmusch’s Dead Man (1996)

Dead Man (1996) movie poster

Billy Wilder’s The Seven Year Itch (1955)

The Seven Year Itch (1955) movie poster

Tsui Hark’s Zu: Warriors of Magic Mountain (1983)

Zu: Warriors of Magic Mountain (1983) movie poster