Top 250 Films that Impressed & Influenced Me the Most [2021 Update]

Adrian Țofei, December 2016

Latest Update: March 2021

These are the films that impressed and/or influenced me the most from childhood till recently – the films that marked my life. The list includes feature films, short films, documentaries, TV series, episodes, even a couple of trailers, music videos and TV commercials. Check out also the Top 100 Film & TV Acting Performances that Impressed & Inspired Me the Most.

I marked which films I’d recommend the most with “highly recommended“. I also marked the films I consider to be greatest ever made with “great film“. Colored in green are the newly-added films and those that climbed in the top at the latest update.

I only mentioned the director(s) of each film in between brackets, but that doesn’t always mean that they are the main creative voices. For example, Thelma & Louise bears more the signature of its female writer Callie Khouri than of its director Ridley Scott.

Listing these films doesn’t mean support or acceptance of the illegal, unethical or immoral behaviour of some of the creators and stars, neither that I agree with their opinions on any subject matter. It also doesn’t mean approval of all the ideas contained in the films, or of the ways they were made.

Top 10:

  1. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968, Stanley Kubrick) – great film, highly recommended
  2. Carrie (1976, Brian De Palma) – great film, highly recommended
  3. The Blair Witch Project (1999, Daniel Myrick & Eduardo Sanchez)
  4. The Celebration / Festen (1998, Thomas Vinterberg) – great film, highly recommended 
  5. Roger & Me (1989 Documentary, Michael Moore) – great film
  6. The Untold History of the United States (2012-2013 TV Documentary Mini-Series including the 2 prequels/prologues, Oliver Stone) – highly recommended
  7. The Eye of the Storm (1970 TV Documentary, William Peters) & Frontline: A Class Divided (1985 TV Documentary Episode, William Peters) – highly recommended
  8. Pan’s Labyrinth / El laberinto del fauno (2006, Guillermo del Toro) – great film
  9. The Gold Rush (1925, Charles Chaplin) – great film
  10. Empire (1964 Experimental Film, Andy Warhol) – great film

Top 50:

(in chronological order from 11th to 50th)

  • 13th (2016 Documentary, Ava DuVernay)
  • Where to Invade Next (2015 Documentary, Michael Moore) – highly recommended
  • The Witch (2015, Robert Eggers) – great film
  • Citizenfour (2014 Documentary, Laura Poitras)
  • Gone Girl (2014, David Fincher) – great film
  • True Detective: Season 1 (2014 TV Mini-Series, Cary Joji Fukunaga) – great film
  • American Horror Story: Asylum (2012 TV Mini-Series created by Ryan Murphy & Brad Falchuk)
  • The Act of Killing (2012 Documentary, Joshua Oppenheimer)
  • Exhibit A (2007, Dom Rotheroe)
  • Kiwi! (2006 Animated Short, Dony Permedi) – great film
  • Earthlings (2005 Documentary, Shaun Monson) – highly recommended
  • Grizzly Man (2005 Documentary, Werner Herzog) – years ago, for the art and dark metaphysics, recently rewatched – great film
  • Twist of Faith (2004 Documentary, Kirby Dick)
  • Da Ali G Show: Seasons 2 & 3 (2003-2004 TV Series created by Sacha Baron Cohen)
  • The Iceman and the Psychiatrist (2003 TV Documentary, Arthur Ginsberg)
  • Mulholland Drive / Mulholland Dr. (2001, David Lynch)
  • My Voyage to Italy / Il mio viaggio in Italia (1999 TV Documentary, Martin Scorsese) – highly recommended 
  • The Iron Giant (1999 Animated Feature, Brad Bird)
  • The Straight Story (1999, David Lynch) – great film
  • Falling Down (1993, Joel Schumacher)
  • Mr. Bean (1990-1995 TV Series created by Rowan Atkinson & Richard Curtis) & Bean (1997, Mel Smith)
  • The Decalogue: One / Dekalog, jeden (1989 TV Episode, Krzysztof Kieslowski)
  • Isle of Flowers / Ilha das Flores (1989 Documentary Short, Jorge Furtado) – highly recommended
  • The Land Before Time (1988 Animated Feature, Don Bluth)
  • Blade Runner (1982, Ridley Scott) – great film
  • Halloween (1978, John Carpenter)
  • Taxi Driver (1976, Martin Scorsese) – great film
  • Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975, Peter Weir)
  • Hearts and Minds (1974 Documentary, Peter Davis)
  • The Haunting (1963, Robert Wise)
  • Peeping Tom (1960, Michael Powell) – great film
  • The 400 Blows / Les quatre cents coups (1959, Francois Truffaut) – great film
  • Paths of Glory (1957, Stanley Kubrick) – great film
  • The Seventh Seal / Det sjunde inseglet (1957, Ingmar Bergman) – great film
  • Forbidden Games / Jeux interdits (1952, Rene Clement) – We are all running through life endlessly searching for Michel
  • The Great Dictator (1940, Charles Chaplin) – great film
  • Bride of Frankenstein (1935, James Whale)
  • Freaks (1932, Tod Browning) – great film, highly recommended
  • M (1931, Fritz Lang) – great film
  • Man with a Movie Camera / Chelovek s kino-apparatom (1929 Experimental Documentary, Dziga Vertov)

Top 100:

(in chronological order from 51st to 100th)

  • Interstellar (2014, Christopher Nolan)
  • Byzantium (2012, Neil Jordan)
  • The Invisible War (2012 Documentary, Kirby Dick)
  • Absentia (2011, Mike Flanegan)
  • A Separation / Jodaeiye Nader az Simin (2011, Asghfar Farhadi)
  • The Tree of Life (2011, Terrence Malick) & The Tree of Life Official Trailer (2011 Trailer)
  • Inside Job (2010 Documentary, Charles Ferguson)
  • The Walking Dead: Season 1 (2010 TV Series created by Frank Darabont)
  • Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father (2008 Documentary, Kurt Kuenne) – great film
  • The Enemies of Reason (2007 TV Documentary, Russell Barnes) – highly recommended
  • The Mist (2007, Frank Darabont)
  • Death Note (2006 Animated TV Mini-Series, Tetsuro Araki)
  • Brokeback Mountain (2005, Ang Lee)
  • A Decade Under the Influence (2003 Documentary, Ted Demme & Richard LeGravenese)
  • Memories of Murder (2003, Joon-ho Bong)
  • Zero Day (2002, Ben Coccio)
  • American Beauty (1999, Sam Mendes) – great film
  • The Truman Show (1998, Peter Weir) – great film
  • Life Is Beautiful / La vita e bella (1997, Roberto Benigni) – great film
  • Titanic (1997, James Cameron)
  • American Experience: The Battle Over Citizen Kane (1996 TV Documentary Episode, Michael Epstein & Thomas Lennon)
  • Secrets & Lies (1996, Mike Leigh)
  • The Bridges of Madison County (1995, Clint Eastwood)
  • Forrest Gump (1994, Robert Zemeckis)
  • The Good Son (1993, Joseph Ruben)
  • Dead Alive / Braindead (1992, Peter Jackson)
  • Candyman (1992, Bernard Rose)
  • Slacker (1991, Richard Linklater)
  • Thelma & Louise (1991, Ridley Scott)
  • GoodFellas (1990, Martin Scorsese)
  • Misery (1990, Rob Reiner)
  • Dead Poets Society (1989, Peter Weir)
  • Time of the Gypsies / Dom za vesanje (1988, Emir Kusturica) – great film
  • The Moromete Family / Moromeții (1987, Stere Gulea) – great film
  • Deadly Friend (1986, Wes Craven)
  • The NeverEnding Story (1984, Wolfgang Petersen)
  • Koyaanisqatsi (1982 Experimental Documentary, Godfrey Reggio)
  • Jesus of Nazareth (1977 TV Mini-Series, Franco Zeffirelli)
  • Assault on Precinct 13 (1976, John Carpenter)
  • Barry Lyndon (1975, Stanley Kubrick) – great film
  • Cries and Whispers / Viskningar och rop (1972, Ingmar Bergman)
  • Love Story (1970, Arthur Hiller)
  • Bonnie and Clyde (1967, Arthur Penn) – great film, highly recommended
  • Scorpio Rising (1963 Experimental Short, Kenneth Anger) – highly recommended
  • Ben-Hur (1959, William Wyler)
  • One Froggy Evening (1955 Animated Short, Chuck Jones) – great film, highly recommended
  • For Scent-imental Reasons (1949 Animated Short, Chuck Jones)
  • Bicycle Thieves / The Bicycle Thief / Ladri di biciclette (1948, Vittoria De Sica) – great film
  • It’s A Wonderful Life (1946, Frank Capra) – great film
  • King Kong (1933, Merian C. Cooper & Ernest B. Schoedsack)
  • Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (1927, F.W. Murnau) – great film

Top 250:

(in chronological order from 101st to 250th)

  • The Invisible Man (2020, Leigh Whannell)
  • Ad Astra (2019, James Gray)
  • Better Brain Health: We Are What We Eat (2019 TV Documentary, Raphael Hitier)
  • A Star is Born (2018, Bradley Cooper)
  • Big Little Lies: Season 1 (2017 TV Mini-Series, Jean-Mark Vallee)
  • Feud: Betty and Joan (2017 TV Mini-Series created by Ryan Murphy, Jaffe Cohen & Michael Zam)
  • Mudbound (2017, Dee Rees) 
  • After Hitler / Apres Hitler (2016 TV Documentary, David Korn Brzoza)
  • Planet Earth II: Islands & Cities (2016 TV Documentary Episodes, Elizabeth White / Fredi Devas)
  • Train to Busan / Busanhaeng (2016, Sang-ho Yeon)
  • Westworld: Season 1 (2016 TV Series created by Jonathan Nolan & Lisa Joy)
  • Under the Shadow (2016, Babak Anvari)
  • Bone Tomahawk (2015, S. Craig Zahler)
  • Inside Out (2015 Animated Feature, Pete Docter)
  • Mustang (2015, Deniz Gamze Erguven)
  • Starry Eyes (2014, Kevin Kolsch & Dennis Widmyer)
  • Still Alice (2014, Richard Glatzer & Wash Westmoreland)
  • The Imitation Game (2014, Morten Tyldum)
  • Whiplash (2014, Damien Chazelle)
  • Fruitvale Station (2013, Ryan Coogler)
  • Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012, Benh Zeitlin)
  • The Imposter (2012 Documentary, Bart Layton)
  • Life of Pi (2012, Ang Lee)
  • Les Miserables (2012, Tom Hooper)
  • Searching for Sugar Man (2012 Documentary, Malik Bendjelloul)
  • Thanksgiving (2012 Micro-Short, Mark Ares)
  • Wadjda (2012, Haifaa Al-Mansour)
  • American Horror Story: Murder House (2011 TV Mini-Series created by Ryan Murphy & Brad Falchuk)
  • Superman, Spiderman or Batman (2011 Short, Tudor Giurgiu)
  • Buried (2010, Rodrigo Cortes)
  • Embrace Life (2010 Social Awareness Commercial Short, Daniel Cox)
  • Frozen (2010, Adam Green)
  • Drag Me to Hell (2009, Sam Raimi)
  • Inglourious Basterds (2009, Quentin Tarantino)
  • Medal of Honor / Medalia de onoare (2009, Calin Peter Netzer)
  • Precious (2009, Lee Daniels)
  • Talhotblond (2009 Documentary, Barbara Schroeder)
  • Up (2009 Animated Feature, Pete Docter)
  • Changeling (2008, Clint Eastwood)
  • Home Movie (2008, Christopher Denham)
  • The Horribly Slow Murderer with the Extremely Inefficient Weapon (2008 Short, Richard Gale)
  • Eastern Promises (2007, David Cronenberg)
  • In the Shadow of the Moon (2007 Documentary, David Sington)
  • Sicko (2007 Documentary, Michael Moore)
  • The Man from Earth (2007, Richard Schenkman)
  • No Country for Old Men (2007, Joel Coen & Ethan Coen)
  • Zeitgeist (2007 Documentary, Peter Joseph)
  • Going to Pieces: The Rise and Fall of the Slasher Film (2006 Documentary)
  • Lifted (2006 Animated Short, Gary Rydstrom)
  • The Secret (2006 Documentary, Drew Heriot)
  • Hostel (2005, Eli Roth)
  • Noroi: The Curse (2005, Koji Shiraishi)
  • Wolf Creek (2005, Greg McLean)
  • Crash (2004, Paul Haggis)
  • Hotel Rwanda (2004, Terry George)
  • The Village (2004, M. Night Shyamalan)
  • High Tension / Haute tension (2003, Alexandre Aja)
  • Tarnation (2003 Experimental Documentary, Jonathan Caouette)
  • About Schmidt (2002, Alexander Payne)
  • Bloody Sunday (2002, Paul Greengrass)
  • Happy Tree Friends: Eye Candy (2002 Animated Short, Rhode Montijo)
  • The Magdalene Sisters (2002, Peter Mullan)
  • A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001, Steven Spielberg)
  • Children Underground (2001 Documentary, Edet Belzberg)
  • Frailty (2001, Bill Paxton)
  • In the Bedroom (2001, Todd Field)
  • The Pledge (2001, Sean Penn)
  • A Christmas Carol (1999 TV Movie, David Hugh Jones)
  • Eyes Wide Shut (1999, Stanley Kubrick)
  • Antz (1998 Animated Feature, Eric Darnell & Tim Johnson)
  • Britney Spears: …Baby One More Time (1998 Music Video, Nigel Dick)
  • Merlin (1998 TV Mini-Series, Steve Barron)
  • Contact (1997, Robert Zemeckis)
  • Breaking the Waves (1996, Lars von Trier)
  • The Dentist (1996, Brian Yuzna) & The Dentist 2 (1998, Brian Yuzna)
  • Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills (1996 Documentary, Joe Berlinger & Bruce Sinofsky) & Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory (2011 Documentary, Joe Berlinger & Bruce Sinofsky)
  • Babe (1995, Chris Noonan) – great film
  • Mute Witness (1995, Anthony Waller)
  • The Celluloid Closet (1995 Documentary, Rob Epstein & Jeffrey Friedman)
  • Various TV Documentaries on Discovery Channel & Animal Planet (1995-2005)
  • A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies (1995 TV Documentary, Martin Scorsese & Michael Henry Wilson)
  • Dumb and Dumber (1994, Peter Farrelly & Bobby Farrelly)
  • Quiz Show (1994, Robert Redford)
  • Groundhog Day (1993, Harold Ramis)
  • FernGully: The Last Rainforest (1992 Animated Feature, Bill Kroyer)
  • The Lawnmower Man (1992, Brett Leonard)
  • The Man in the Moon (1991, Robert Mulligan)
  • University Square: Romania / Piața Universității – România (1991 Documentary, Stere Gulea, Sorin Iliesu & Vivi Dragan Vasile)
  • Edward Scissorhands (1990, Tim Burton)
  • Tremors (1990, Ron Underwood)
  • Twin Peaks: Pilot (1990 TV Episode, David Lynch)
  • A film I saw in my childhood (possibly from the 80s or the 90s) with a boy (teenage or young adult) saving a cute blonde girl from a kind of fire inferno in an industrial construction (probably sci-fi horror). The girl had this type of hair (the image is from Cherry 2000, but that’s not the film) and black shiny leggings. Please contact me if you think you might know the title. It doesn’t have to necessarily be a theatrical feature, maybe it was a tv film or the episode of a series (although the scale of the effects I remember seems too much for a tv production in those times).
  • Casualties of War (1989, Brian De Palma)
  • Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989, Woody Allen)
  • The Decalogue / Dekalog (1989-1990 TV Mini-Series, Krzysztof Kieslowski)
  • Big (1988, Penny Marshall)
  • Monsters: Pillow TalkThe Hole (1988-1990 TV Episodes, series created by Richard P. Rubinstein)
  • The Brave Little Toaster (1987 Animated Feature, Jerry Rees)
  • Escape from Sobibor (1987 TV Movie, Jack Gold)
  • Stand by Me (1986, Rob Reiner)
  • The Color Purple (1985, Steven Spielberg)
  • Starman (1984, John Carpenter)
  • Stranger than Paradise (1984, Jim Jarmusch)
  • The Terminator (1984, James Cameron) & Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991, James Cameron)
  • Silkwood (1983, Mike Nichols)
  • E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982, Steven Spielberg)
  • Poltergeist (1982, Tobe Hooper & Steven Spielberg)
  • Sequences / Secvențe (1982, Alexandru Tatos)
  • Autumn Sonata / Hostsonaten (1978, Ingmar Bergman)
  • Piranha (1978, Joe Dante)
  • Dog Day Afternoon (1975, Sidney Lumet)
  • The Mirror / Zerkalo (1975 Experimental Film, Andrei Tarkovsky)
  • Chinatown (1974, Roman Polanski)
  • The Phantom of Liberty / Le fantome de la liberte (1974 Experimental Film, Luis Bunuel)
  • Frenzy (1972, Alfred Hitchcock)
  • The Last House on the Left (1972, Wes Craven)
  • Z (1969, Costa-Gavras)
  • Columbo (1968-1990 TV Series created by Richard Levinson & William Link)
  • In the Heat of the Night (1967, Norman Jewison)
  • Africa Addio (1966 Documentary, Gualtiero Jacopetti & Franco Prosperi)
  • For a Few Dollars More / Per qualche dollaro in piu (1965, Sergio Leone)
  • The Sound of Music (1965, Robert Wise)
  • The Birds (1963, Alfred Hitchcock)
  • L’Eclisse (1962, Michelangelo Antonioni)
  • What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962, Robert Aldrich)
  • Judgment at Nuremberg (1961, Stanley Kramer)
  • The Apartment (1960, Billy Wilder)
  • Psycho (1960, Alfred Hitchcock) & Psycho IV: The Beginning (1990 TV Movie, Mick Garris)
  • Vertigo (1958, Alfred Hitchcock)
  • 12 Angry Men (1957, Sidney Lumet) – great film
  • Journey to Italy / Viaggio in Italia (1954, Roberto Rossellini)
  • On the Waterfront (1954, Elia Kazan)
  • I Vitelloni (1953, Federico Fellini)
  • Umberto D. (1952, Vittoria De Sica)
  • Strangers on a Train (1951, Alfred Hitchcock)
  • Miracle on 34th Street (1947, George Seaton)
  • Notorious (1946, Alfred Hitchcock)
  • Bambi (1942 Animated Feature)
  • The Night Before Christmas (1941 Animated Short, William Hanna & Joseph Barbera)
  • Rebecca (1940, Alfred Hitchcock)
  • The Shop Around the Corner (1940, Ernst Lubitsch)
  • Tom and Jerry (1940-1958 / 1961-1962 / 1963-1967 Series of Animated Shorts, William Hanna & Joseph Barbera / Gene Deitch / Chuck Jones)
  • Gone with the Wind (1939, Victor Fleming, Geoge Cukor & Sam Wood)
  • The Little Princess (1939, Walter Lang)
  • The Wizard of Oz (1939, Victor Fleming, King Vidor & George Cukor) – great film
  • Olympia (1938 Documentary, Leni Riefenstahl)
  • Modern Times (1936, Charles Chaplin)
  • Looney Tunes & Merry Melodies (1930-1969 Series of Animated Shorts produced by Warner Bros.)
  • Morocco (1930, Joseph von Sternberg)
  • Napoleon (1927, Abel Gance)

Beyond Top 250:

(films that barely missed the top or have been recently removed from the top to make place for new additions, in chronological order)

  • Crime Scene: The Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel (2021 TV Documentary Mini-Series, Joe Berlinger)
  • Hollywood (2020 Mini-Series created by Ryan Murphy & Ian Brennan)
  • Meander (2020, Mathieu Turi)
  • Promising Young Woman (2020, Emerald Fennell)
  • Worth the Price? Joe Biden and the Launch of the Iraq War (2020 Documentary Short, Mark Weisbrot)
  • Apollo 11 (2019 Documentary, Todd Douglas Miller)
  • The God of Acquisitions / Dumnezeul achizițiilor (2019 Documentary Special, Alex Nedea & David Muntean)
  • A Hidden Life (2019, Terrence Malick) & A Hidden Life Official Trailer (2019 Trailer)
  • Collective (2019 Documentary, Alexander Nanau)
  • The Van (2019 Short, Erenik Beqiri)
  • Us (2019, Jordan Peele)
  • BlacKkKlansman (2018, Spike Lee)
  • Childish Gambino: This Is America (2018 Music Video, Hiro Murai)
  • Fahrenheit 11/9 (2018, Michael Moore)
  • Fallowed (2018, Antoine Le)
  • Sharp Objects (2018 TV Mini-Series, Jean-Marc Vallee)
  • The Tale (2018, Jennifer Fox)
  • Vice (2018, Adam McKay)
  • Coco (2017 Animated Feature, Lee Unkrich)
  • Genius: Einstein (2017 TV Mini-Series created by Kenneth Biller & Noah Pink)
  • Happiness (2017 Animated Short, Steve Cutts) 
  • Happy Death Day (2017, Christopher Landon)
  • The Oscars (2017 TV Special, Glenn Weiss)
  • Found Footage 3D (2016, Steven DeGennaro) 
  • Hush (2016, Mike Flanegan)
  • Piper (2016 Animated Short, Alan Barillaro)
  • Snowden (2016, Oliver Stone)
  • Casting Call (2015 Short, Conrad Mericoffer)
  • Project Almanac (2015, Dean Israelite)
  • Ramona (2015 Short, Andrei Cretulescu)
  • Selfie from Hell (2015 Short, Erdal Ceylan)
  • The Hunting Ground (2015 Documentary, Kirby Dick)
  • Trumbo (2015, Jay Roach)
  • As Above, So Below (2014, John Erick Dowdle) 
  • American Horror Story: Freak Show (2014 TV Mini-Series created by Ryan Murphy & Brad Falchuk)
  • Appearance and Reality (2014 Animated Short, Elena Rogova) 
  • Boyhood (2014, Richard Linklater)
  • Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey (2014 TV Documentary Mini-Series written by Ann Druyan, Carl Segan, Steven Soter & Johnny Otto)
  • Nightcrawler (2014, Dan Gilroy)
  • Locke (2013, Steven Knight)
  • Man of Steel Official Trailer #2 (2013 Trailer)
  • The Call (2013, Brad Anderson)
  • The Purge (2013, James DeMonaco)
  • Compliance (2012, Craig Zobel)
  • The Hunt (2012, Thomas Vinterberg)
  • London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony: Isles of Wonder (2012 TV Special, Danny Boyle)
  • Moonrise Kingdom (2012, Wes Anderson)
  • The Possession (2012, Ole Bornedal) 
  • Sinister (2012, Scott Derrickson)
  • The Dark Knight Rises (2012, Christopher Nolan)
  • Black Mirror: The National Anthem (2011 TV Episode, Otto Bathurst)
  • 60 Minutes Australia: Exposing Nigerian Online Love Scammers (2011 TV Episode)
  • Happy (2011 Documentary, Roko Belic)
  • Hollow (2011, Michael Axelgaard)
  • Into the Abyss (2011 Documentary, Werner Herzog) 
  • Source Code (2011, Duncan Jones)
  • The Turin Horse / A torinoi lo (2011, Bela Tarr)
  • X-Men: First Class (2011, Matthew Vaughn)
  • 7 Days (2010, Daniel Grou)
  • Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark (2010, Troy Nixey)
  • I Saw the Devil / Ang-ma-reul bo-at-da (2010, Kim Jee-woon)
  • The Last Exorcism (2010, Daniel Stamm)
  • Third Reich: The Rise & Fall (2010 TV Documentary Mini-Series, Seth Skundrick & Nicole Rittenmeyer)
  • Toy Story 3 (2010 Animated Feature, Lee Unkrich)
  • Trust (2010, David Schwimmer)
  • The House of the Devil (2009, Ti West)
  • The Cove (2009 Documentary, Louie Psihoyos)
  • Crazy Heart (2009, Scott Cooper)
  • The Human Centipede (First Sequence) (2009, Tom Six)
  • Mary and Max (2009 Animated Feature, Adam Elliot)
  • A Serious Man (2009, Joel Coen & Ethan Coen)
  • Up in the Air (2009, Jason Reitman)
  • The Children (2008, Tom Shankland)
  • Cloverfield (2008, Matt Reeves)
  • The Curious Case of Banjamin Button (2008, David Fincher)
  • Doubt (2008, John Patrick Shanley)
  • Lake Mungo (2008, Joel Anderson)
  • Nights and Weekends (2008, Greta Gerwig & Joe Swanberg)
  • Religulous (2008 Documentary, Larry Charles) 
  • The Ruins (2008, Carter Smith)
  • Snuff: A Documentary about Killing on Camera (2008 Documentary, Paul von Stoetzel)
  • Treevenge (2008 Short, Jason Eisener)
  • The Soviet Story (2008 Documentary, Edvins Snore)
  • Vodafone: Make the Most of Now / Mayfly (2008 TV Commercial)
  • The Girl Next Door (2007, Gregory Wilson)
  • Zodiac (2007, David Fincher)
  • 12:08 East of Bucharest / A fost sau n-a fost (2006, Corneliu Porumboiu)
  • Alone with Her (2006, Eric Nicholas)
  • Apocalypto (2006, Mel Gibson)
  • Babel (2006, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu)
  • God Grew Tired of Us (2006 Documentary, Christopher Dillon Quinn)
  • The Illusionist (2006, Neil Burger)
  • The Lives of Others / Das Leben der Anderen (2006, Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck)
  • Marilena from P7 / Marilena de la P7 (2006 Short, Cristian Nemescu)
  • This Film Is Not Yet Rated (2006 Documentary, Kirby Dick)
  • United 93 (2006, Paul Greengrass) 
  • 13 Tzameti (2005, Gela Babluani)
  • A History of Violence (2005, David Cronenberg)
  • Auschwitz: The Nazis and “The Final Solution” (2005 TV Documentary Mini-Series)
  • Joyeux Noel (2005, Christian Carion)
  • Midnight Movies: From the Margin to the Mainstream (2005 Documentary, Stuart Samuels)
  • Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004 Documentary, Michael Moore)
  • The Polar Express (2004 Animated Feature, Robert Zemeckis)
  • Chernobyl Heart (2003 Documentary Short, Maryann DeLeo)
  • Identity (2003, Charles Mangold)
  • Johnny Cash: Hurt (2003 Music Video, Mark Romanek)
  • Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003, Quentin Tarantino) & Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004, Quentin Tarantino)
  • Open Water (2003, Chris Kentis)
  • Bowling for Columbine (2002 Documentary, Michael Moore)
  • Dirty Pretty Things (2002, Stephen Frears)
  • Hero / Ying xiong (2002, Zhang Yimou)
  • The Ring (2002, Gore Verbinski) 
  • Signs (2002, M. Night Shyamalan)
  • The Son / Le fils (2002, Jean-Pierre Dardenne & Luc Dardenne)
  • Spider-Man (2002, Sam Raimi)
  • The Tramp and the Dictator (2002 Documentary, Kevin Brownlow & Michael Kloft)
  • Anne Frank: The Whole Story (2001 TV Mini-Series, Robert Dornhelm)
  • A Beautiful Mind (2001, Ron Howard) 
  • Samurai Jack (2001-2004 Animated TV Series created by Genndy Tartakovsky)
  • Session 9 (2001, Brad Anderson)
  • Shallow Hal (2001, Bobby Farrelly & Peter Farrelly)
  • As I Was Moving Ahead Occasionally I Saw Brief Glimpses of Beauty (2000 Experimental Documentary, Jonas Mekas)
  • Chuck Jones: Extremes & Inbetweens – A Life in Animation (2000 TV Documentary, Margaret Selby)
  • My Dog Skip (2000, Joy Russell)
  • On the Beach (2000, Russell Mulcahy)
  • American Movie (1999 Documentary, Chris Smith)
  • The Green Mile (1999, Frank Darabont)
  • Idle Hands (1999, Rodman Flender)
  • Man on the Moon (1999, Milos Forman)
  • The Big Lebowski (1998, Joel Coen & Ethan Coen)
  • Small Soldiers (1998, Joe Dante)
  • There’s Something About Mary (1998, Peter Farrelly & and Bobby Farrelly)
  • The Thin Red Line (1998, Terrence Malick)
  • You’ve Got Mail (1998, Nora Ephron) 
  • Mother and Son / Mat i syn (1997, Aleksandr Sokurov)
  • Open Your Eyes / Abre los ojos (1997, Alejandro Amenabar)
  • The Chicken from Outer Space (1996 Animated Short, John Dilworth)
  • Thesis (1996, Alejandro Amenabar)
  • The Ultimate Guide: Sharks (1996 TV Documentary, Clarita Berger & Nick Caloyianis)
  • Braveheart (1995, Mel Gibson)
  • The Last Supper (1995, Stacy Title) 
  • The Outer Limits (1995-2002 TV Series created by Leslie Stevens)
  • Farinelli (1994, Gerard Corbiau)
  • Leon: The Professional (1994, Luc Besson)
  • The Lion King (1994 Animated Feature, Roger Allers & Rob Minkoff)
  • Speed (1994, Jan de Bont) 
  • Trapped in Paradise (1994, George Gallo)
  • Dennis the Menace (1994, Nick Castle)
  • A Perfect World (1993, Clint Eastwood)
  • Last Action Hero (1993, John McTiernan)
  • Philadelphia (1993, Jonathan Demme)
  • Sliver (1993, Phillip Noyce)
  • The Fugitive (1993, Andrew Davis)
  • The Secret Garden (1993, Agnieszka Holland)
  • Aladdin (1992, Ron Clements & John Musker)
  • Guns N’ Roses: November Rain (1992 Music Video, Andrew Morahan)
  • Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992, Chris Columbus)
  • The Last of the Mohicans (1992, Michael Mann)
  • Toys (1992, Barry Levinson)
  • Beauty and the Beast (1991 Animated Feature, Gray Trousdale & Kirk Wise)
  • Scissors (1991, Frank De Felitta)
  • The Silence of the Lambs (1991, Jonathan Demme) 
  • Predator 2 (1990, Stephen Hopkins)
  • A dark comedy film from the 90s with a scene at a funeral – people around the coffin saying goodbye to the deceased (indoors location), and all of a sudden something happens that made me laugh so much, in the style of Death at a Funeral (the body falls, or it’s someone else inside, or they’re not actually dead, or the women around start a fight, I don’t remember exactly). Something connected to a certain woman – Kathy Bates’ figure comes to my mind, but it was not her. Please contact me if you think you might know the title. It doesn’t have to necessarily be a theatrical feature, maybe it was tv film or the episode of a series.
  • A film I saw in my childhood (possibly from the 90s) about sisters (or maybe just friends) being left at home alone, they play, some mistake is being made and one drowns in a lake or pool, and the rest have to deal with guilt and agree to not tell anyone about what happened. Please contact me if you think you might know the title.
  • A film (or maybe series) from my childhood that was translated on TV in Romanian as Fetele clanului Santangelo (The Girls of the Santangelo Clan). I tried to find out the title, but without success. It must have been a translation that differed a lot from the original.
  • All Dogs Go to Heaven (1989, Don Bluth)
  • Blackadder Goes Forth: Goodbye (1989 TV Episode, Richard Boden)
  • Dead Calm (1989, Phillip Noyce)
  • The Abyss (1989, James Cameron)
  • Madonna: Like a Prayer (1989 Music Video, Mary Lambert) 
  • The Simpsons: Lisa Gets an ‘A’ (1989 TV Episode, Bob Anderson)
  • Child’s Play (1988, Tom Holland)
  • Die Hard (1988, John McTiernan)
  • Fatal Attraction (1987, Adrian Lyne)
  • Raising Arizona (1987, Joel Coen & Ethan Coen)
  • The Untouchables (1987, Brian De Palma)
  • The Whales of August (1987, Lindsay Anderson)
  • The Name of the Rose (1986, Jean-Jacques Annaud)
  • A-ha: The Sun Always Shines on TV (1985 Music Video, Steve Barron)
  • Back to the Future (1985, Robert Zemeckis)
  • My Life as a Dog / Mitt liv som hund (1985, Lasse Hallstrom)
  • The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985, Woody Allen)
  • Gremlins (1984, Joe Dante)
  • Christine (1983, John Carpenter)
  • Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life (1983, Terry Jones & Terry Gilliam)
  • Rambo: First Blood (1982, Ted Kotcheff)
  • Tenebrae / Tenebre (1982, Dario Argento)
  • TRON (1982, Steven Lisberger) 
  • The Snowman (1982 Animated Short, Diane Jackson)
  • The Year of Living Dangerously (1982, Peter Weir)
  • Videodrome (1982, David Cronenberg)
  • The Howling (1981, Joe Dante)
  • Cannibal Holocaust (1980, Ruggero Deodato)
  • The House Between the Fields / Casa dintre cîmpuri (1980, Alexandru Tatos)
  • Alien (1979, Ridley Scott) & Aliens (1986, James Cameron) & Alien: Resurrection (1997, Jean-Pierre Jeunet)
  • Stalker (1979, Andrei Tarkovsky)
  • Superman (1978, Richard Donner)
  • Annie Hall (1977, Woody Allen)
  • Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977, Steven Spielberg) 
  • Eraserhead (1977, David Lynch)
  • Network (1976, Sidney Lumet)
  • Operation ‘The Monster’ / Operatiunea ‘Monstrul’ (1976, Manole Marcus)
  • Jaws (1975, Steven Spielberg)
  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975, Milos Forman)
  • The Golden Voyage of Sinbad (1973, Gordon Hessler)
  • The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie / Le charme discret de la bourgeoisie (1972 Experimental Film, Luis Bunuel)
  • The Telephone Box / La cabina (1972, Antonio Mercero)
  • Willowbrook: The Last Great Disgrace (1972 TV News Special, Geraldo Rivera)
  • A Bay of Blood / Reazione a catena (1971, Mario Bava)
  • Duel (1971 TV Movie, Steven Spielberg)
  • Playtime (1967, Jacques Tati)
  • War and Peace / Voyna i mir (1966, Sergey Bondarchuk)
  • Alphaville (1965, Jean-Luc Godard)
  • Captain Sindbad (1963, Byron Haskin)
  • Mondo Cane (1962 Documentary, Paolo Cavara, Gualtiero Jacopetti & Franco Prosperi)
  • The Twilight Zone: Time Enough at Last (1959 TV Episode, John Brahm)
  • Weddings and Babies (1958, Morris Engel)
  • Night and Fog / Nuit et brouillard (1956 Documentary Short, Alain Resnais)
  • The Big Heat (1953, Fritz Lang)
  • Duck Amuck (1953 Animated Short, Chuck Jones)
  • Feed the Kitty (1952 Animated Short, Chuck Jones)
  • High Noon (1952, Fred Zinnemann)
  • Stromboli / Stromboli, terra di Dio (1950, Roberto Rossellini)
  • Blood of the Beasts / Le sang des betes (1949 Documentary Short, Georges Franju)
  • Heavenly Puss (1949 Animated Short, William Hanna & Joseph Barbera)
  • The Cat Concerto (1947 Animated Short, William Hanna & Joseph Barbera)
  • King-Size Canary (1947 Animated Short, Tex Avery)
  • Monsieur Verdoux (1947, Charles Chaplin)
  • Hair-Raising Hare (1946 Animated Short, Chuck Jones)
  • Northwest Hounded Police (1946 Animated Short, Tex Avery)
  • Cat People (1942, Jacques Tourneur)
  • Don Quixote (1933, G.W. Pabst)
  • The Circus (1928, Charles Chaplin)
  • Laurel and Hardy (1927-1935 Series of Shorts starring Stan Laurel & Oliver Hardy)
  • Seven Chances (1925 Short, Buster Keaton)
  • Antract / Entr’acte (1924 Experimental Short, Rene Clair)