Top 250 Films that Impressed & Influenced Me the Most

Adrian Țofei, December 2016

Latest Update: March 2019

Some of these films impressed and/or influenced me in my childhood and adolescence, others recently.  They’re not necessarily the ones I currently consider to be the best ever made, not that I would recommend the most (although they’re nonetheless included), it’s a personal list of the films that marked my life. Sometimes the films overall impressed/influenced me, other times only the concept or a certain scene, a strong ending, an acting performance, or just the info being revealed in some documentaries.

Check out as well the Top 50 Film & TV Acting Performances that impressed and/or influenced me the most. And also check out the film lists that aggregate opinions from thousands of critics, filmmakers, academics, publications and audiences, like Sight & Sound’s Greatest Films of All TimeTSPDT’s 1,000 Greatest Films or Flickmetrix.

I’d like to add that listing these films doesn’t mean support or acceptance of the illegal, unethical or immoral behaviour of some of the creators and stars, nor 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) – directed, produced & visual effects by Stanley Kubrick, written by Stanley Kubrick & Arthur C. Clarke inspired from stories by Arthur C. Clarke
  2. Carrie (1976) – directed by Brian De Palma, starring Sissy Spacek & Piper Laurie, screenplay by Lawrence D. Cohen based on novel by Stephen King, art direction by Jack Fisk, music by Pino Donaggio
  3. The Blair Witch Project (1999) – directed & written by Daniel Myrick & Eduardo Sanchez, starring Heather Donahue
  4. Roger & Me (1989 Documentary) – directed, written & narrated by Michael Moore
  5. Pan’s Labyrinth / El laberinto del fauno (2006) – directed & written by Guillermo del Toro
  6. Taxi Driver (1976) – directed by Martin Scorsese, written by Paul Schrader, starring Robert De Niro
  7. The Celebration / Festen (1998) – directed by Thomas Vinterberg, written by Thomas Vinterberg & Mogens Rukov
  8. The Gold Rush (1925) – directed, written by & starring Charles Chaplin
  9. The Eye of the Storm (1970 TV Documentary) + Frontline: A Class Divided (1985 TV Documentary Episode) – both with Jane Elliot & directed by William Peters [the essential in The Eye of the Storm was later included with a followup in A Class Divided]
  10. My Voyage to Italy / Il mio viaggio in Italia (1999 TV Documentary) – directed & narrated by Martin Scorsese, written by Martin Scorsese, Suso Cecchi D’Amico, Raffaele Donato & Kent Jones

Top 50:

(in chronological order from 11th to 50th)

  • 13th (2016 Documentary) – directed by Ava DuVernay, written by Ava DuVernay & Spencer Averick
  • Where to Invade Next (2015 Documentary) – directed, written & narrated by Michael Moore
  • Citizenfour (2014 Documentary) – with Edward Snowden, directed by Laura Poitras
  • Gone Girl (2014) – directed by David Fincher, screenplay by Gillian Flynn based on his own novel, starring Rosamund Pike
  • True Detective: Season 1 (2014 TV Mini-Series) – created by Nic Pizzolatto, starring Matthew McConaughey
  • The Act of Killing (2012 Documentary) – directed by Joshua Oppenheimer, with Anwar Congo
  • American Horror Story: Asylum (2012 TV Mini-Series) – created by Ryan Murphy & Brad Falchuk, starring Jessica Lange
  • Inside Job (2010 Documentary) – directed & written by Charles Ferguson
  • The Enemies of Reason (2007 TV Documentary) – written & narrated by Richard Dawkins, directed by Russell Barnes
  • Exhibit A (2007) – directed & screenplay by Dom Rotheroe, produced & story by Darren Bender, starring Brittany Ashworth
  • Kiwi! (2006 Animated Short) – directed & written by Dony Permedi
  • Earthlings (2005 Documentary) – directed & written by Shaun Monson, narrated by Joaquin Phoenix
  • Grizzly Man (2005 Documentary) – directed, written & narrated by Werner Herzog
  • Twist of Faith (2004 Documentary) – directed by Kirby Dick
  • Da Ali G Show (2003 TV Series) – starring Sacha Baron Cohen
  • The Iceman and the Psychiatrist (2003 TV Documentary) – with Richard Kuklinski & Park Dietz, directed by Arthur Ginsberg
  • Zero Day (2003) – directed by Ben Coccio, written by Ben Coccio & Christopher Coccio
  • Mulholland Drive / Mulholland Dr. (2001) – directed & written by David Lynch, starring Naomi Watts
  • The Iron Giant (1999 Animated Movie) – directed by Brad Bird, screenplay by Brad Bird & Tim McCanlies based on book by Ted Hughes
  • The Straight Story (1999) – directed by David Lynch, written by Mary Sweeney & John Roach, starring Richard Farnsworth
  • Falling Down (1993) – directed by Joel Schumacher, written by Ebbe Roe Smith, starring Michael Douglas
  • The Decalogue: One / Dekalog, jeden (1988 TV Episode) – directed by Krzysztof Kieslowski, written by Krzysztof Kieslowski & Krzysztof Piesiewicz
  • The Land Before Time (1988 Animated Movie) – directed by Don Bluth, screenplay by Stu Krieger, story by Judy Freudberg & Tony Geiss
  • Blade Runner (1982) – directed by Ridley Scott, screenplay by Hampton Fancher & David Webb Peoples based on novel by Philip K. Dick, starring Rutger Hauer
  • Halloween (1978) – directed & music by John Carpenter, screenplay by John Carpenter & Debra Hill
  • Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975) – directed by Peter Weir, screenplay by Cliff Green based on novel by Joan Lindsay, cinematography by Russell Boyd
  • Hearts and Minds (1974 Documentary) – directed by Peter Davis
  • Empire (1964 Experimental Film) – directed by Andy Warhol
  • The Haunting (1963) – directed by Robert Wise, screenplay by Nelson Gidding based on novel by Shirley Jackson
  • Peeping Tom (1960) – directed by Michael Powell, written by Leo Marks
  • The 400 Blows / Les quatre cents coups (1959) – directed by Francois Truffaut, written by Francois Truffaut & Marcel Moussy
  • Paths of Glory (1957) – directed by Stanley Kubrick, screenplay by Stanley Kubrick, Calder Willingham & Jim Thompson based on novel by Humphrey Cobb, starring Kirk Douglas
  • The Seventh Seal / Det sjunde inseglet (1957) – directed & written by Ingmar Bergman
  • Forbidden Games / Jeux interdits (1952) – directed by Rene Clement, screenplay by Rene Clement, Jean Aurenche, Pierre Bost & Francois Boyer based on novel by Francois Boyer
  • Bicycle Thieves / The Bicycle Thief / Ladri di biciclette (1948) – directed by Vittorio De Sica, screenplay by Vittorio De Sica, Cesare Zavattini, Oreste Biancoli, Suso Cecchi D’Amico, Adolfo Franci & Gherardo Gheraldi based on novel by Luigi Bartolini
  • The Great Dictator (1940) – directed, written by & starring Charles Chaplin
  • Bride of Frankenstein (1935) – directed by James Whale based on novel by Mary Shelley, starring Boris Karloff
  • Freaks (1932) – directed by Tod Browning, based on story by Tod Robbins [Tod Browning’s original 90 min version no longer exists, only the abridged 64 min studio version survived with a happy ending added by the studio]
  • M (1931) – directed by Fritz Lang, written by Fritz Lang & Thea von Harbou
  • Man with a Movie Camera / Chelovek s kino-apparatom (1929 Documentary) – directed & written by Dziga Vertov

Top 250:

(in chronological order from 51st to 240th)

  • BlacKkKlansman (2018) – directed by Spike Lee, screenplay by Spike Lee, Charlie Wachtel, David Robinowitz & Kevin Willmott based on book by Ron Stallworth
  • Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) – starring Rami Malek, directed by Bryan Singer & Dexter Fletcher, screenplay by Anthony McCarten, story by Anthony McCarten & Peter Morgan
  • Sharp Objects (2018 Mini-Series) – created by Marti Noxon based on novel by Gillian Flynn, directed by Jean-Marc Vallee, starring Patricia Clarkson
  • A Star is Born (2018) – directed by Bradley Cooper, starring Lady Gaga & Sam Elliott, screenplay by Bradley Cooper, Eric Roth & Will Fetters, based on the 1954 & 1976 screenplays and a story by William Wellman & Robert Carson
  • The Tale (2018) – directed & written by Jennifer Fox
  • Coco (2017 Animated Movie) – directed by Lee Unkrich, co-directed by Adrian Molina, screenplay by Adrian Molina & Matthew Aldrich, original story by Lee Unkrich, Adrian Molina, Matthew Aldrich & Jason Katz
  • Feud: Betty and Joan (2017 TV Mini-Series) – created by Ryan Murphy, Jaffe Cohen & Michael Zam, starring Susan Sarandon
  • After Hitler / Apres Hitler (2016 TV Documentary) – directed by David Korn Brzoza, written by David Korn Brzoza & Olivier Wieviorka
  • Planet Earth II: Islands + Cities (2016 TV Documentary Episodes) – Islands directed by Elizabeth White, Cities directed by Fredi Devas, both narrated by David Attenborough
  • Westworld: Season 1 (2016 TV Series) – created by Jonathan Nolan & Lisa Joy
  • Inside Out (2015 Animated Movie) – directed by Pete Docter, co-directed by Ronnie Del Carmen, screenplay by Pete Docter, Meg LeFauve & Josh Cooley, original story by Pete Docter & Ronnie Del Carmen
  • Mustang (2015) – directed by Deniz Gamze Erguven, written by Deniz Gamze Erguven & Alice Winocour
  • The Witch (2015) – directed & written by Robert Eggers
  • The Imitation Game (2014) – directed by Morten Tyldum, screenplay by Graham Moore based on book by Andrew Hodges, starring Benedict Cumberbatch
  • Interstellar (2014) – directed by Christopher Nolan, written by Christopher Nolan & Jonathan Nolan
  • Starry Eyes (2014) – directed & written by Kevin Kolsch & Dennis Widmyer, starring Alex Essoe
  • Still Alice (2014) – starring Julianne Moore, directed & screenplay by Richard Glatzer & Wash Westmoreland based on novel by Lisa Genova
  • Whiplash (2014) – directed & written by Damien Chazelle, starring J. K. Simmons
  • Fruitvale Station (2013) – directed & written by Ryan Coogler, starring Octavia Spencer
  • Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012) – directed by Benh Zeitlin, screenplay by Benh Zeitlin & Lucy Alibar based on play by Lucy Alibar
  • Byzantium (2012) – directed by Neil Jordan, screenplay by Moira Buffini based on play by Moira Buffini, starring Saoirse Ronan
  • The Imposter (2012 Documentary) – directed by Bart Layton
  • The Invisible War (2012 Documentary) – directed & written by Kirby Dick
  • Life of Pi (2012) – directed by Ang Lee, screenplay by David Magee, novel by Yann Martel
  • Les Miserables (2012) – directed by Tom Hooper, based on novel by Victor Hugo, starring Anne Hathaway & Hugh Jackman
  • Searching for Sugar Man (2012 Documentary) – directed & written by Malik Bendjelloul
  • Wadjda (2012) – directed & written by Haifaa Al-Mansour
  • Absentia (2011) – directed & written by Mike Flanegan
  • American Horror Story: Murder House (2011 TV Mini-Series) – created by Ryan Murphy & Brad Falchuk
  • Black Mirror: The National Anthem (2011 TV Episode) – directed by Otto Bathurst, written by Charlie Brooker, series created by Charlie Brooker
  • Happy (2011 Documentary) – directed & written by Roko Belic
  • În premieră / Premiere (2011 TV Documentary Series) – created by Carmen Avram
  • Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory (2011 Documentary) – directed by Joe Berlinger & Bruce Sinofsky
  • A Separation / Jodaeiye Nader az Simin (2011) – directed & written by Asghar Farhadi
  • The Tree of Life (2011) – directed & written by Terrence Malick
  • The Turin Horse / A torinoi lo (2011) – directed by Bela Tarr, co-directed by Agnes Hranitzky, screenplay by Bela Tarr & Laszlo Krasznahorkai
  • Buried (2010) – directed by Rodrigo Cortes, written by Chris Sparling
  • Frozen (2010) – directed & written by Adam Green
  • The Last Exorcism (2010) – starring Ashley Bell, directed by Daniel Stamm, written by Huck Botko & Andrew Gurland
  • Third Reich: The Rise & Fall (2010 TV Documentary Mini-Series) – directed by Seth Skundrick & Nicole Rittenmeyer, written by Nicole Rittenmeyer
  • The Walking Dead: Season 1 (2010 TV Series) – created by Frank Darabont
  • Drag Me to Hell (2009) – directed by Sam Raimi, written by Sam Raimi & Ivan Raimi
  • Inglourious Basterds (2009) – starring Christoph Waltz, directed & written by Quentin Tarantino
  • Modern Family (2009-2018 TV Series) – created by Steven Levitan & Christopher Lloyd
  • Precious (2009) – starring Mo’Nique, directed by Lee Daniels, screenplay by Geoffrey Fletcher based on novel by Sapphire
  • Talhotblond (2009 Documentary) – directed & written by Barbara Schroeder
  • Up (2009 Animated Movie) – directed by Pete Docter, co-directed by Bob Peterson, screenplay by Pete Docter & Bob Peterson, story by Pete Docter, Bob Peterson & Tom McCarthy
  • Changeling (2008) – starring Angelina Jolie, directed by Clint Eastwood, written by J. Michael Straczynski
  • Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father (2008 Documentary) – directed & written by Kurt Kuenne
  • Home Movie (2008) – directed & written by Christopher Denham
  • The Horribly Slow Murderer with the Extremely Inefficient Weapon (2008 Short) – directed & written by Richard Gale
  • Snuff: A Documentary about Killing on Camera (2008 Documentary) – directed by Paul von Stoetzel
  • The Soviet Story (2008 Documentary) – directed & written by Edvins Snore
  • Eastern Promises (2007) – directed by David Cronenberg, written by Steven Knight, starring Viggo Mortensen
  • In the Shadow of the Moon (2007 Documentary) – directed by David Sington
  • The Man from Earth (2007) – directed by Richard Schenkman, written by Jerome Bixby
  • The Mist (2007) – directed by Frank Darabont, screenplay by Frank Darabont based on novel by Stephen King
  • No Country for Old Men (2007) – starring Javier Bardem, directed & screenplay by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen based on novel by Corman McCarthy
  • Sicko (2007 Documentary) – directed, written & narrated by Michael Moore
  • Zeitgeist (2007 Documentary) – directed & written by Peter Joseph [the film mixes real revelatory info with extremely unlikely irrational conspiracy theories, which is why I do not recommend it]
  • God Grew Tired of Us (2006 Documentary) – directed & written by Christopher Dillon Quinn
  • Going to Pieces: The Rise and Fall of the Slasher Film (2006 Documentary) – adapted from book by Adam Rockoff
  • Death Note (2006 Animated TV Mini-Series) – directed by Tetsuro Araki
  • Marilena from P7 / Marilena de la P7 (2006 Short) – directed by Cristian Nemescu, written by Cristian Nemescu & Tudor Voican
  • The Secret (2006 Documentary) – original concept by Rhonda Byrne, directed by Drew Heriot [the film presents a lot of irrational unscientific ideas and promotes blaming the victim, therefore I do not recommend it]
  • Lifted (2006 Animated Short) – directed & written by Gary Rydstrom, story by Jeff Pidgeon & Max Brace
  • Brokeback Mountain (2005) – directed by Ang Lee, screenplay by Larry McMurtry & Diana Ossana based on short story by Annie Proulx, starring Heath Ledger
  • Midnight Movies: From the Margin to the Mainstream (2005 Documentary) – directed & written by Stuart Samuels
  • Noroi: The Curse (2005) – directed by Koji Shiraishi, written by Koji Shiraishi & Naoyuki Yokota
  • Wolf Creek (2005) – directed & written by Greg McLean, starring John Jarratt
  • Crash (2004) – directed & story by Paul Haggis, screenplay by Paul Haggis & Bobby Moresco, starring Matt Dillon
  • Hotel Rwanda (2004) – directed by Terry George, written by Terry George & Keir Pearson
  • The Village (2004) – directed & written by M. Night Shyamalan
  • A Decade Under the Influence (2003 Documentary) – directed by Ted Demme & Richard LeGravenese
  • Memories of Murder (2003) – directed by Joon-ho Bong, screenplay by Joon-ho Bong  & Sung-bo Shim based on play by Kwang-rim Kim
  • Tarnation (2003 Documentary) – directed, written by & with Jonathan Caouette
  • Bloody Sunday (2002) – directed & written by Paul Greengrass
  • Happy Tree Friends: Eye Candy (2002 Animated Short) – directed by Rhode Montijo, written by Rhode Montijo, Warren Graff & Kenn Navarro
  • The Tramp and the Dictator (2002 Documentary) – directed by Kevin Brownlow & Michael Kloft
  • A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001) – directed & screenplay by Steven Spielberg, screen story by Ian Watson, short story by Brian Aldiss, developed by Stanley Kubrick
  • Children Underground (2001 Documentary) – directed by Edet Belzberg
  • The Pledge (2001) – directed by Sean Penn, screenplay by Jerzy Kromolowski & Mary Olson-Kromolowski based on book by Friedrich Durrenmatt
  • Shallow Hal (2001) – directed by Bobby Farrelly & Peter Farrelly, written by Bobby Farrelly, Peter Farrelly & Sean Moynihan
  • Erin Brockovich (2000) – starring Julia Roberts, directed by Steven Soderbergh, written by Susannah Grant
  • American Beauty (1999) – directed by Sam Mendes, written by Alan Ball, starring Kevin Spacey
  • A Christmas Carol (1999 TV Movie) – directed by David Hugh Jones, screenplay by Peter Barnes based on novel by Charles Dickens
  • Eyes Wide Shut (1999) – directed by Stanley Kubrick, screenplay by Stanley Kubrick & Frederic Raphael inspired from novel by Arthur Schnitzler
  • The Big Lebowski (1998) – directed & written by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen, starring Jeff Bridges
  • Contact (1997) – directed by Robert Zemeckis, screenplay by James V. Hart & Michael Goldenberg based on story by Carl Segan, Ann Druyan & Francis Ford Coppola, and on novel by Carl Segan
  • Titanic (1997) – directed & written by James Cameron, starring Leonardo DiCaprio & Kate Winslet
  • Life Is Beautiful / La vita e bella (1997) – directed by & starring Roberto Benigni, written by Roberto Benigni & Vincenzo Cerami
  • Breaking the Waves (1996) – directed by Lars von Trier, written by Lars von Trier & Peter Asmussen, starring Emily Watson
  • The Chicken from Outer Space (1996 Animated Short) – directed & written by John Dilworth
  • The Dentist (1996) – directed by Brian Yuzna, written by Stuart Gordon, Dennis Paoli & Charles Finch
  • Secrets & Lies (1996) – directed & written by Mike Leigh
  • The Bridges of Madison County (1995) – directed by Clint Eastwood, screenplay by Richard LeGravenesse based on novel by Robert James Waller, starring Meryl Streep
  • Casino (1995) – directed by Martin Scorsese, screenplay by Nicholas Pileggi & Martin Scorsese based on book by Nicholas Pileggi
  • The Celluloid Closet (1995 Documentary) – directed by Rob Epstein & Jeffrey Friedman, story by Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman & Sharon Wood, book by Vito Russo
  • Various TV Documentaries on Discovery Channel & Animal Planet (1995-2005)
  • A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies (1995 TV Documentary) – directed & written by Martin Scorsese & Michael Henry Wilson, narrated by Martin Scorsese
  • Dumb and Dumber (1994) – directed by Peter Farrelli & and Bobby Farrelli, written by Peter Farrelli, Bobby Farrelli & Bennett Yellin
  • Forrest Gump (1994) – directed by Robert Zemeckis, screenplay by Eric Roth based on novel by Winston Groom, starring Tom Hanks & Mykelti Williamson
  • Quiz Show (1994) – directed by Robert Redford, screenplay by Paul Attanasio based on book by Richard N. Goodwin
  • Groundhog Day (1993) – directed by Harold Ramis, screenplay by Harold Ramis & Danny Rubin
  • A Perfect World (1993) – directed by Clint Eastwood, written by John Lee Hancock
  • Candyman (1992) – directed & screenplay by Bernard Rose, story by Clive Barker
  • Dead Alive / Braindead (1992) – directed by Peter Jackson, written by Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh & Stephen Sinclair, story by Stephen Sinclair
  • FernGully: The Last Rainforest (1992 Animated Movie) – directed by Bill Kroyer, screenplay by Jim Cox, original stories by Diana Yeung
  • The Lawnmower Man (1992) – directed by Brett Leonard, written by Brett Leonard & Gimel Everett
  • The Man in the Moon (1991) – directed by Robert Mulligan, written by Jenny Wingfield
  • Slacker (1991) – directed & written by Richard Linklater
  • Thelma & Louise (1991) – written by Callie Khouri, directed by Ridley Scott, starring Susan Sarandon & Geena Davis
  • University Square: Romania / Piața Universității – România (1991 Documentary) – directed by Stere Gulea, Sorin Iliesu, Vivi Dragan Vasile
  • GoodFellas (1990) – directed by Martin Scorsese, screenplay by Martin Scorsese & Nicholas Pileggi based on book by Nicholas Pileggi, starring Joe Pesci
  • Misery (1990) – starring Kathy Bates, directed by Rob Reiner, screenplay by William Goldman based on novel by Stephen King
  • Mr. Bean (1990-1995 TV Series) + Bean (1997) – both starring Rowan Atkinson, series written by Rowan Atkinson, Robin Driscoll & Richard Curtis, feature film directed by Mel Smith & written by Richard Curtis & Robin Driscoll
  • Twin Peaks: Pilot (1990 TV Episode) – directed by David Lynch, written by David Lynch & Mark Frost
  • 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 happened that made me laugh so much, in the style of Death at a Funeral (the body fell, or it was someone else inside, or it wasn’t actually dead, I don’t remember exactly). Something connected to a woman, either inside the coffin or among the guests (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 the episode of a series or a tv movie.
  • 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 the episode of a series or a tv movie (although the scale of the effects I remember seems too much for a tv production in those times).
  • Casualties of War (1989) – directed by Brian De Palma, screenplay by David Rabe, book by Daniel Lang
  • Crimes & Misdemeanors (1989) – directed & written by Woody Allen
  • Dead Poets Society (1989) – directed by Peter Weir, written by Tom Schulman
  • The Decalogue / Dekalog (1988-1990 TV Mini-Series) – directed by Krzysztof Kieslowski, written by Krzysztof Kieslowski & Krzysztof Piesiewicz
  • Monsters: Pillow Talk (1988 TV Episode) + The Hole (1990 TV Episode) – series created by Richard P. Rubinstein
  • Time of the Gypsies / Dom za vesanje (1988) – directed by Emir Kusturica, written by Emir Kusturica & Gordan Mihic
  • The Brave Little Toaster (1987 Animated Movie) – directed by Jerry Rees, screenplay by Jerry Rees & Joe Ranft based on novella by Thomas M. Disch
  • Escape from Sobibor (1987 TV Movie) – directed by Jack Gold
  • Fatal Attraction (1987) – directed by Adrian Lyne, screenplay by James Dearden based on his short film, starring Glenn Close
  • The Moromete Family / Moromeții (1987) – directed & screenplay by Stere Gulea based on novel by Marin Preda, starring Victor Rebengiuc
  • Deadly Friend (1986) – directed by Wes Craven, written by Bruce Joel Robin based on novel by Diana Henstell
  • The Name of the Rose (1986) – directed Jean-Jacques Annaud, written by Andrew Birkin, Gerard Brach, Howard Franklin & Alain Godard based on novel by Umberto Eco
  • Stand by Me (1986) – directed by Rob Reiner, screenplay Raynold Gideon & Bruce A. Evans based on novel by Stephen King
  • The Color Purple (1985) – starring Oprah Winfrey, directed by Steven Spielberg, screenplay by Menno Meyjes based on novel by Alice Walker
  • My Life as a Dog / Mitt liv som hund (1985) – directed by Lasse Hallstrom, screenplay by Lasse Hallstrom, Brasse Brannstrom, Per Berglund & Reidar Jonsson based on novel by Reidar Jonsson
  • The Neverending Story (1984) – directed by Wolfgang Petersen, screenplay by Wolfgang Petersen & Herman Weigel based on novel by Michael Ende
  • Stranger than Paradise (1984) – directed & written by Jim Jarmusch
  • The Terminator (1984) + Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) – both directed by James Cameron, first written by James Cameron & Gale Anne Hurd, second written by James Cameron & William Wisher
  • Silkwood (1983) – directed by Mike Nichols, written by Nora Ephron & Alice Arlen
  • E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982) – directed by Steven Spielberg, written by Melissa Mathison
  • Koyaanisqatsi (1982 Documentary) – directed by Godfrey Reggio, written by Godfrey Reggio, Ron Fricke, Michael Hoenig, Alton Walpole
  • Poltergeist (1982) – directed by Tobe Hooper & Steven Spielberg, screenplay by Steven Spielberg, Michael Grais & Mark Victor, story by Steven Spielberg
  • Sequences / Secvențe (1982) – directed & written by Alexandru Tatos
  • The Snowman (1982 Animated Short) – directed by Dianne Jackson, written by Raymond Briggs
  • Tenebre (1982) – directed & written by Dario Argento
  • Autumn Sonata / Hostsonaten (1978) – directed & written by Ingmar Bergman, starring Ingrid Bergman
  • Jesus of Nazareth (1977 TV Mini-Series) – directed by Franco Zeffirelli, screenplay by Franco Zeffirelli, Anthony Burgess & Suso Cecchi D’Amico based on the gospels, starring Robert Powell
  • Assault on Precinct 13 (1976) – directed, written & music by John Carpenter
  • Barry Lyndon (1975) – directed by Stanley Kubrick, screenplay by Stanley Kubrick based on novel by William Makepeace Thackeray, cinematography by John Alcott
  • The Mirror / Zerkalo (1975) – directed by Andrei Tarkovsky, written by Andrei Tarkovsky & Aleksandr Misharin
  • Chinatown (1974) – directed by Roman Polanski, written by Robert Towne
  • The Phantom of Liberty / Le fantome de la liberte (1974) – directed by Luis Bunuel, written by Luis Bunuel & Jean-Claude Carriere
  • Cries and Whispers / Viskningar och rop (1972) – directed & written by Ingmar Bergman, starring Harriet Andersson
  • Frenzy (1972) – directed by Alfred Hitchcock, screenplay by Anthony Shaffer based on novel by Arthur La Bern
  • The Last House on the Left (1972) – directed by Wes Craven, written by Wes Craven inspired from screenplay by Ulla Isaksson
  • Willowbrook: The Last Great Disgrace (1972 TV News) – by Geraldo Rivera
  • A Bay of Blood / Reazione a catena (1971) – directed & written by Mario Bava, screenplay by Marion Bava, Guiseppe Zaccariello & Fillippo Ottoni, story by Dardano Sacchetti & Franco Barberi
  • Columbo (1971-2003 TV Series) – starring Peter Falk, created by Richard Levinson & William Link
  • Love Story (1970) – directed by Arthur Hiller, written by Erich Segal, starring Ali MacGraw & Ryan O’Neal
  • Z (1969) – directed by Costa-Gavras, based on novel by Vasilis Vasilikos, starring Jean-Louis Trintignant
  • Bonnie and Clyde (1967) – directed by Arthur Penn, written by David Newman & Robert Benton, starring Faye Dunaway & Warren Beatty
  • In the Heat of the Night (1967) – directed by Normal Jewison, starring Rod Steiger, screenplay by Stirling Silliphant based on novel by John Ball
  • Africa Addio (1966 Documentary) – directed & written by Gualtiero Jacopetti & Franco Prosperi
  • War and Peace / Voyna i mir (1966) – directed by Sergey Bondarchuk, screenplay by Sergey Bondarchuk & Vasiliy Solovyov based on novel by Lev Tolstoy
  • Alphaville (1965) – directed & written by Jean-Luc Godard
  • For a Few Dollars More / Per qualche dollaro in piu (1965) – directed by Sergio Leone, screenplay by Sergio Leone, Fulvio Morsella & Luciano Vincenzoni
  • The Sound of Music (1965) – directed by Robert Wise, screenplay by Ernest Lehman based on various sources
  • Scorpio Rising (1963 Short) – directed by Kenneth Anger, written by Ernest D. Glucksman & Kenneth Anger
  • L’Eclisse (1962) – directed by Michelangelo Antonioni, written by Michelangelo Antonioni & Tonino Guerra
  • What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962) – directed by Robert Aldrich, screenplay by Lukas Heller based on novel by Henry Farrell, starring Bette Davis
  • Judgment at Nuremberg (1961) – directed by Stanley Kramer, written by Abby Mann
  • The Apartment (1960) – directed by Billy Wilder, written by Billy Wilder & I. A. L. Diamond
  • Psycho (1960) + Psycho IV: The Beginning (1990 TV Movie) – original directed by Alfred Hitchcock, sequel directed by Mick Garris, both screenplays by Joseph Stefano based on novel by Robert Bloch, both starring Anthony Perkins
  • Ben-Hur (1959) – directed by William Wyler, screenplay by Karl Tunberg based on novel by Lee Wallace, starring Charlton Heston
  • The Twilight Zone: Time Enough at Last (1959 TV Episode) – directed by John Brahm, teleplay by Rod Serling based on short story by Lynn Venable, series created by Rod Serling
  • 12 Angry Men (1957) – directed by Sidney Lumet, screenplay by Reginald Rose based on teleplay by Reginald Rose
  • One Froggy Evening (1955 Animated Short) – directed by Chuck Jones, story by Michael Maltese
  • On the Waterfront (1954) – directed by Elia Kazan, written by Budd Schulberg, starring Marlon Brando
  • I Vitelloni (1953) – directed by Federico Fellini, screenplay by Federico Fellini & Ennio Flaiano, story by Federico Fellini, Ennio Flaiano & Tullio Pinelli
  • Strangers on a Train (1951) – directed by Alfred Hitchcock, screenplay by Raymond Chandler, Czenzi Ormonde & Whitfield Cook based on novel by Patricia Highsmith
  • For Scent-imental Reasons (1949 Animated Short) – directed by Chuck Jones, story by Michael Maltese
  • It’s A Wonderful Life (1946) – directed by Frank Capra, screenplay by Frank Capra, Frances Goodrich & Albert Hackett, story by Philip Van Doren Stern
  • Notorious (1946) – directed by Alfred Hitchcock, written by Ben Hecht, starring Ingrid Bergman & Cary Grant
  • Bambi (1942 Animated Movie) – produced by Walt Disney
  • Rebecca (1940) – directed by Alfred Hitchcock, screenplay by Robert E. Sherwood & Joan Harrison based on novel by Daphne Du Maurier, produced by David O. Selznick
  • The Shop Around the Corner (1940) – directed by Ernst Lubitsch, screenplay by Samson Raphaelson based on play by Miklos Laszlo
  • Tom and Jerry (1940-1958, 1961-1962 & 1963-1967 Series of Animated Shorts) – original series created & directed by William Hanna & Joseph Barbera, second series directed by Gene Deitch, third series directed by Chuck Jones
  • Gone with the Wind (1939) – directed by Victor Fleming, Geoge Cukor & Sam Wood, screenplay by Sidney Howard based on novel by Margaret Mitchell, produced by David O. Selznick, starring Vivien Leigh, Clark Gable & Hattie McDaniel
  • The Wizard of Oz (1939) – directed by Victor Fleming, George Cukor & King Vidor, based on book by L. Frank Baum, produced by Mervyn LeRoy
  • The Little Princess (1939) – directed by Walter Lang, screenplay by Walter Ferris & Ethel Hill based on novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • Modern Times (1936) – directed & written by Charles Chaplin, starring Charles Chaplin & Paulette Goddard
  • Don Quixote (1933) – directed by G. W. Pabst, based on novel by Miguel de Cervantes
  • King Kong (1933) – directed by Merian C. Cooper & Ernest B. Schoedsack, screenplay by James Creelman & Ruth Rose, story by Merian C. Cooper & Edgar Wallace, visual effects by Willis H. O’Brien
  • Looney Tunes & Merry Melodies (1930-1969 Series of Animated Shorts) – produced by Warner Bros.
  • Morocco (1930) – directed by Joseph von Sternberg, screenplay by Jules Furthman based on play by Benno Vigny
  • Laurel and Hardy (1927-1935 Series of Shorts) – starring Stan Laurel & Oliver Hardy
  • Napoleon (1927) – directed & written by Abel Gance
  • Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (1927) – directed by F. W. Murnau, screenplay by Carl Mayer, original theme by Hermann Sudermann
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