Top 200 Films that Impressed and Influenced Me the Most

2001 a space odyssey

Adrian Țofei, April 27, 2017

I included features, shorts, documentaries, animations, tv series, tv episodes and experimental films from all genres. Some impressed and influenced me in my childhood and adolescence, others in recent years. Only the first 10 are ranked, the rest in top 50 and top 200 are in chronological order. Enjoy!

Top 10

  1. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) – directed by Stanley Kubrick, written by Stanley Kubrick & Arthur C. Clarke
  2. The Blair Witch Project (1999) – directed & written by Daniel Myrick & Eduardo Sanchez, starring Heather Donahue
  3. Carrie (1976) – directed by Brian De Palma, screenplay by Lawrence D. Cohen, starring Sissy Spacek, based on novel by Stephen King
  4. Taxi Driver (1976) – directed by Martin Scorsese, written by Paul Schrader, starring Robert De Niro
  5. The Gold Rush (1925) – directed & written by Charles Chaplin, starring Charles Chaplin
  6. The Celebration / Festen (1998) – directed by Thomas Vinterberg, written by Thomas Vinterberg & Mogens Rukov
  7. Freaks (1932) – directed by Tod Browning, based on story by Tod Robbins
  8. Bride of Frankenstein (1935) – directed by James Whale, starring Boris Karloff, based on novel by Mary Shelley
  9. Roger & Me (1989 Documentary) – directed & written by Michael Moore
  10. Pan’s Labyrinth / El laberinto del fauno (2006) – directed & written by Guillermo del Toro

Top 50

(from 11 to 50, in chronological order)
  • 2016 – Planet Earth II: Islands (Documentary TV Episode)
  • 2016 – Westworld: Season 1 (TV Series)
  • 2015 – Where to Invade Next (Documentary)
  • 2014 – True Detective: Season 1 (TV Mini-Series)
  • 2012 – American Horror Story: Asylum (TV Mini-Series)
  • 2007 – Exhibit A
  • 2005 – Earthlings (Documentary)
  • 2005 – Grizzly Man (Documentary)
  • 2004 – Twist of Faith (Documentary)
  • 2001 – Mulholland Drive / Mulholland Dr. (Experimental)
  • 1999 – The Iron Giant (Animated)
  • 1999 – My Voyage to Italy / Il mio viaggio in Italia (Documentary)
  • 1997 – Titanic
  • 1996 – Breaking the Waves
  • 1990 – GoodFellas
  • 1989 – Dekalog: One / The Decalogue 1 / Dekalog, jeden (TV Episode)
  • 1987 – Moromeții / The Moromete Family 
  • 1982 – Blade Runner
  • 1985 – Frontline: A Class Divided (Documentary TV Episode)
  • 1978 – Halloween
  • 1976 – Assault on Precinct 13
  • 1975 – Barry Lyndon
  • 1975 – Picnic at Hanging Rock
  • 1974 – Hearts and Minds (Documentary)
  • 1972 – Cries and Whispers / Viskningar och rop 
  • 1964 – Empire (Experimental Documentary)
  • 1963 – The Haunting
  • 1960 – The Apartment
  • 1960 – Peeping Tom
  • 1959 – The 400 Blows / Les quatre cents coups
  • 1957 – Paths of Glory
  • 1957 – The Seventh Seal / Det sjunde inseglet
  • 1955 – One Froggy Evening (Animated Short)
  • 1952 – Forbidden Games / Jeux interdits 
  • 1951 – Strangers on a Train
  • 1948 – Bicycle Thieves / The Bicycle Thief / Ladri di biciclette 
  • 1940 – The Great Dictator
  • 1931 – M
  • 1927 – Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
  • 1929 – Man with a Movie Camera / Chelovek s kino-apparatom (Experimental Documentary)

Top 200

(from 51 to 200, in chronological order)
  • 2016 – I, Daniel Blake
  • 2015 – Inside Out (Animated)
  • 2015 – Cobain: Montage of Heck (Documentary)
  • 2015 – Mustang
  • 2015 – The Witch
  • 2014 – Boyhood
  • 2014 – The Imitation Game
  • 2014 – Interstellar
  • 2014 – Whiplash
  • 2013 – Fruitvale Station
  • 2012 – The Act of Killing (Documentary)
  • 2012 – The Imposter (Documentary)
  • 2012 – The Invisible War (Documentary)
  • 2012 – Les Miserables
  • 2012 – Moonrise Kingdom
  • 2012 – Searching for Sugar Man (Documentary)
  • 2011 – Absentia
  • 2011 – American Horror Story: Murder House (TV Mini-Series)
  • 2011 – Into the Abyss (Documentary)
  • 2011 – Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory (Documentary)
  • 2011 – A Separation
  • 2011 – Superman, Spiderman or Batman (Short)
  • 2011 – The Tree of Life
  • 2011 – The Turin Horse
  • 2010 – Buried
  • 2010 – Catfish (Documentary)
  • 2010 – The Social Network
  • 2010 – The Walking Dead: Season 1 (TV Series)
  • 2009 – The Cove (Documentary)
  • 2009 – talhotblond: (Documentary)
  • 2008 – Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father (Documentary)
  • 2008 – Doubt
  • 2008 – The Horribly Slow Murderer with the Extremely Inefficient Weapon (Short)
  • 2008 – The Soviet Story (Documentary)
  • 2008 – Slumdog Millionaire
  • 2007 – Eastern Promises
  • 2007 – The Enemies of Reason (TV Documentary)
  • 2007 – The Man from Earth
  • 2007 – No Country for Old Men
  • 2007 – In the Shadow of the Moon (Documentary)
  • 2007 – Sicko (Documentary)
  • 2006 – 12:08 East of Bucharest / A fost sau n-a fost?
  • 2006 – Babel
  • 2006 – Death Note (TV Mini-Series)
  • 2006 – Kiwi! (Animated Short)
  • 2006 – Lifted (Animated Short)
  • 2006 – The Lives of Others
  • 2006 – Marilena from P7 / Marilena de la P7 (Short)
  • 2005 – Brokeback Mountain
  • 2004 – Crash
  • 2004 – Hotel Rwanda
  • 2003 – Chernobyl Heart (Documentary Short)
  • 2003 – Da Ali G Show (TV Series)
  • 2003 – The Iceman and the Psychiatrist (Documentary)
  • 2003 – Memories of Murder
  • 2003 – Tarnation (Experimental Documentary)
  • 2003 – Zero Day
  • 2002 – Bloody Sunday
  • 2002 – Dirty Pretty Things
  • 2002 – Hero / Ying xiong
  • 2002 – The Son
  • 2001 – Children Underground (Documentary)
  • 2001 – The Pledge
  • 1999 – American Beauty
  • 1999 – Boys Don’t Cry
  • 1999 – A Christmas Carol (TV Movie)
  • 1999 – Eyes Wide Shut
  • 1999 – The Green Mile
  • 1999 – The Straight Story
  • 1998 – The Thin Red Line
  • 1998 – The Truman Show
  • 1997 – Contact
  • 1997 – Life Is Beautiful
  • 1996 – Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills (Documentary)
  • 1996 – Secrets & Lies
  • 1995 – Apollo 13
  • 1995 – Babe
  • 1995 – Braveheart
  • 1995 – The Bridges of Madison County
  • 1994 – Dumb & Dumber
  • 1994 – Forrest Gump
  • 1993 – Falling Down
  • 1992 – Candyman
  • 1992 – Dead Alive / Braindead
  • 1992 – The Last of the Mohicans
  • 1991 – Beauty and the Beast (Animated)
  • 1991 – The Man in the Moon – directed by Robert Mulligan
  • 1991 – Piața Universității – România (Documentary)
  • 1991 – Slacker
  • 1990 – Edward Scissorhands
  • 1990 – Mr. Bean (TV Series)
  • 1989 – Casualties of War
  • 1989 – Dead Poets Society
  • 1989 – Dekalog / The Decalogue (TV Mini-Series)
  • 1989 – Twin Peaks: Pilot (TV Episode)
  • 1988 – Big
  • 1988 – The Land Before Time (Animated)
  • 1987 – Escape from Sobibor (TV Movie)
  • 1986 – Deadly Friend
  • 1986 – The Name of the Rose
  • 1986 – Stand by Me
  • 1985 – My Life as a Dog
  • 1985 – The Purple Rose of Cairo
  • 1984 – The Neverending Story
  • 1984 – Starman
  • 1984 – Stranger than Paradise
  • 1983 – Silkwood
  • 1982 – E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
  • 1982 – Koyaanisqatsi (Experimental Documentary)
  • 1982 – Poltergeist
  • 1982 – Secvențe / Sequences
  • 1978 – Autumn Sonata
  • 1977 – Jesus of Nazareth (TV Mini-Series)
  • 1975 – Dog Day Afternoon
  • 1975 – The Mirror (Experimental)
  • 1974 – Chinatown
  • 1974 – The Phantom of Liberty
  • 1972 – The Last House on the Left
  • 1971 – La region centrale (Experimental Documentary)
  • 1970 – The Eye of the Storm (TV Documentary)
  • 1970 – Love Story
  • 1969 – Z
  • 1967 – Bonnie and Clyde
  • 1967 – The Graduate
  • 1967 – In the Heat of the Night
  • 1966 – War and Peace
  • 1965 – Scorpio Rising (Experimental Short)
  • 1965 – The Sound of Music
  • 1962 – L’Eclisse
  • 1962 – To Kill a Mockingbird
  • 1961 – Judgment at Nuremberg
  • 1960 – Psycho
  • 1960 – Rocco and His Brothers
  • 1959 – Ben-Hur
  • 1957 – 12 Angry Men
  • 1957 – Wild Strawberries
  • 1956 – Night and Fog
  • 1954 – On the Waterfront
  • 1953 – I Vitelloni
  • 1949 – For Scent-imental Reasons (Animated Short)
  • 1946 – It’s A Wonderful Life
  • 1946 – Notorious
  • 1942 – Bambi (Animated)
  • 1941 – The Night Before Christmass (Animated Short)
  • 1940 – Rebecca
  • 1939 – The Little Princess
  • 1939 – The Wizard of Oz
  • 1936 – Modern Times
  • 1933 – King Kong
  • 1927 – Napoleon