Top 250 Films that Impressed & Influenced Me the Most [September 2019 Update]

Adrian Țofei, December 2016

Latest Update: November 9, 2019

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These are the films that impressed and/or influenced me the most from childhood till recently, but not always the films overall, sometimes only the concept or a certain scene, the ending, an acting performance, or just the info revealed in some documentaries. I tried to indicate the period when I first watched every film and the main reasons why they impressed/influenced me. They’re not necessarily the ones I currently consider to be the greatest ever made (although they’re nonetheless included), it’s a personal list of the films that marked my life.

I’ve recently included ratings from 1 to 5 stars, which reflect the average of my opinions over time on how good the films are, but not always following a full rewatch for films I watched in the distant past, sometimes only after rewatching some scenes or from memories (which is why I marked the films I rewatched in full). Only films I watched at least two times are considered for 5 or 4.5 stars. I’m also writing short reviews when time allows me. Here’s what the star ratings mean to me:

  • 5 stars – perfect film / masterpiece
  • 4 stars – very good film / exceptional quality
  • 3 stars – good film / average quality
  • 2 stars – not so good film / below average quality
  • 1 star – bad film / low quality

I’ve also added colors to mark the changes at the latest update: colored in red are the new additions to the top, colored in green are the films that climbed in the top, and colored in blue are the newly-added reviews.

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 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, 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.

Check out as well my Top 100 Film & TV Acting Performances and the IMDb list I created combining TSPDT’s 2000 Greatest Films of All Time, the 1001 Movies You Need to See Before You Die, AllMovie.com’s 5 Star Films, Metacritic’s Best Movies (90 & above metascore), IMDb’s Top 100 Movies and TSPDT’s 250 Most Acclaimed Films of the 21st Century (an aggregate of opinions from thousands of critics, filmmakers, academics, publications and audiences).

Top 10:

  1. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968, Stanley Kubrick) – in adolescence, for the general vision, metaphysics, art, use of music, realistic space conditions, the scene with the primate crushing the bones, the scene with the monolith in the room, rewatched years ago and recently – 4.5 stars
  2. Carrie (1976, Brian De Palma) – in childhood, for the paradoxical character, dramatic intensity, approach on bullying, teen drama, Sissy Spacek’s acting, prom scene and mom scene at the end, rewatched years ago and recently – 3.5 stars
  3. The Blair Witch Project (1999, Daniel Myrick & Eduardo Sanchez) – in adolescence, for the found footage concept, realism, filmmaking method and psychological horror, rewatched years ago – 3 stars
  4. Taxi Driver (1976, Martin Scorsese) – in adolescence, for the antihero concept, paradoxical character and Robert de Niro’s acting – 4 stars
  5. The Celebration / Festen (1998, Thomas Vinterberg) – years ago, for the realism and filmmaking method – 4 stars
  6. Roger & Me (1989 Documentary, Michael Moore) – years ago, for the exposure of capitalism with its social issues and for the narrative structure and filmmaking method, rewatched years ago and recently – 4 stars
  7. Pan’s Labyrinth / El laberinto del fauno (2006, Guillermo del Toro) – years ago, for the childhood drama, narrative structure and paradoxical ending, rewatched years ago and recently – 4 stars
  8. The Gold Rush (1925, Charles Chaplin) – in adolescence, for the overall narrative, rewatched years ago and recently – 5 stars
  9. The Eye of the Storm (1970 TV Documentary, William Peters) + Frontline: A Class Divided (1985 TV Documentary Episode, William Peters) – years ago, for the revelatory info on the psychology and sociology of racism and discrimination – 3.5 stars / 4 stars
  10. The Land Before Time (1988 Animated Feature, Don Bluth) – in childhood, for the scene with mother’s shadow, the approach on ephemerality of life, circle of life, segregation and children’s universe, recently rewatched – 4 stars

Top 50:

(in chronological order from 11th to 50th)

  • Ad Astra (2019, James Gray) – recently, for the metaphysical drama, suspense, life lessons and Brad Pitt’s acting – 4 stars
  • 13th (2016 Documentary, Ava DuVernay) – recently, for the exposure of institutionalised racism – 3 stars
  • Where to Invade Next (2015 Documentary, Michael Moore) – recently, for presenting revelatory solutions to social issues, recently rewatched – 2.5 stars
  • Citizenfour (2014 Documentary, Laura Poitras) – recently, for the exposure of global surveillance – 3 stars
  • Gone Girl (2014, David Fincher) – recently, for the approach on interpersonal relationships and manipulation – 4 stars
  • True Detective: Season 1 (2014 TV Mini-Series, Cary Joji Fukunaga) – years ago, for the dark metaphysics and Matthew McConaughey’s acting – 4 stars
  • The Act of Killing (2012 Documentary, Joshua Oppenheimer) – years ago, for the exploration of human psychology in connection to film and acting – 3 stars
  • American Horror Story: Asylum (2012 TV Mini-Series created by Ryan Murphy & Brad Falchuk) – years ago, for the dramatic intensity, Jessica Lange’s acting and horror tributes – 3.5 stars
  • The Enemies of Reason (2007 TV Documentary, Russell Barnes) – years ago, for the revelatory scientific info – 2.5 stars
  • Exhibit A (2007, Dom Rotheroe) – years ago, for the ending and intense found footage drama, recently rewatched – 3 stars
  • Kiwi! (2006 Animated Short, Dony Permedi) – years ago, for the inventive structure and metaphysical drama, rewatched years ago and recently – 4 stars
  • Earthlings (2005 Documentary, Shaun Monson) – years ago, for the exposure of animal abuse – 3 stars
  • Grizzly Man (2005 Documentary, Werner Herzog) – years ago, for the art and dark metaphysics, recently rewatched – 4 stars
  • Twist of Faith (2004 Documentary, Kirby Dick) – years ago, for the approach on the psychology and sociology of child abuse – 3.5 stars
  • Da Ali G Show: Seasons 2 & 3 (2003-2004 TV Series created by Sacha Baron Cohen) – recently, for the realistic comedy, recently rewatched – 3 stars
  • The Iceman and the Psychiatrist (2003 TV Documentary, Arthur Ginsberg) – years ago, for the lessons on human psychology, recently rewatched – 3 stars
  • Zero Day (2003, Ben Coccio) – years ago, for the found footage concept – 3 stars
  • Mulholland Drive / Mulholland Dr. (2001, David Lynch) – years ago, for the lessons on film conventions and acting, rewatched twice recently – 3.5 stars
  • The Iron Giant (1999 Animated Feature, Brad Bird) – years ago, for the ending, the paradoxical character and the approach on prejudice, recently rewatched – 4 stars
  • My Voyage to Italy / Il mio viaggio in Italia (1999 TV Documentary, Martin Scorsese) – in adolescence (partially), for the revelatory info on film history, watched years ago in full and recently rewatched – 3.5 stars
  • The Straight Story (1999, David Lynch) – years ago, for the approach to life in general and for Richard Farnsworth’s acting, recently rewatched – 4 stars
  • Falling Down (1993, Joel Schumacher) – in adolescence, for the paradoxical character, antihero and rampage concepts, rewatched years ago and recently – 3 stars
  • The Decalogue: One / Dekalog, jeden (1989 TV Episode, Krzysztof Kieslowski) – in adolescence, for the metaphysical drama and European art, recently rewatched – 3.5 stars
  • Time of the Gypsies / Dom za vesanje (1988, Emir Kusturica) – recently, for the complex drama and use of magical realism – 4 stars
  • Blade Runner (1982, Ridley Scott) – years ago, for the paradoxical ending/character and the metaphysics of artificial intelligence, rewatched years ago and recently – 4 stars
  • Halloween (1978, John Carpenter) – in adolescence, for the shape/bogeyman slasher concept, atmospherical horror and ending, rewatched years ago and recently – 3.5 stars
  • Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975, Peter Weir) – in adolescence (partially), for the atmospheric horror and teen drama, watched in full years ago and recently rewatched – 3.5 stars
  • Hearts and Minds (1974 Documentary, Peter Davis) – years ago, for the exposure of manipulation, war, and for the narrative structure and exploration of human psychology – 4 stars
  • Empire (1964 Experimental Film, Andy Warhol) – in adolescence, for the experimental concept breaking the limits of cinema, recently reconsidered – 4 stars
  • The Haunting (1963, Robert Wise) – in adolescence, for the psychological and atmospherical horror, rewatched years ago and recently – 3.5 stars
  • Peeping Tom (1960, Michael Powell) – years ago, for being bold and ahead of its times and for the paradoxical character, recently rewatched – 4 stars
  • The 400 Blows / Les quatre cents coups (1959, Francois Truffaut) – years ago, for the childhood drama and the ending – 4 stars
  • Paths of Glory (1957, Stanley Kubrick) – in adolescence, for the approach on idealism and the ending with the German girl, rewatched years ago and recently – 4 stars
  • The Seventh Seal / Det sjunde inseglet (1957, Ingmar Bergman) – in adolescence, for the metaphysics and the dark European art, rewatched years ago and recently – 4.5 stars
  • Forbidden Games / Jeux interdits (1952, Rene Clement) – years ago, for the childhood drama, children’s universe, the ending and Brigitte Fossey’s acting, recently rewatched – 4 stars – We are all running through life endlessly searching for Michel…
  • The Great Dictator (1940, Charles Chaplin) – in adolescence, for the comedy, rewatched years ago and recently – 4 stars
  • Bride of Frankenstein (1935, James Whale) – years ago, for the paradoxical character, the exploration of human nature and prejudice, the scene with the blind man and Boris Karloff’s acting, rewatched twice recently – 4 stars
  • Freaks (1932, Tod Browning) – years ago, for being so much ahead of its times and for the lessons on human nature and morality via both casting choices and story, rewatched twice recently – 4.5 starsIn this masterpiece, Tod Browning is initially telling us that we are the real freaks, we who consider ourselves superior and look down on his disabled performers. So much that we and not them need to be accepted (the famous “we accept her, one of us” scene). But does he try to idealise their morals in order to awaken our sympathy? No. In the end he shows them to also be brutally vengeful, so that we can see our own paradoxical human nature reflected in theirs. That’s how we truly learn that we’re all the same, regardless of our physical differences. Unfortunately, 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, Fritz Lang) – years ago, for the film language – 4 stars
  • Man with a Movie Camera / Chelovek s kino-apparatom (1929 Experimental Documentary, Dziga Vertov) – in adolescence, for the metaphysics in the ending scenes – 4 stars

Top 100:

(in chronological order from 51st to 100th)

  • A Star is Born (2018, Bradley Cooper) – recently, for Lady Gaga’s acting – 3.5 stars
  • Feud: Betty and Joan (2017 TV Mini-Series created by Ryan Murphy, Jaffe Cohen & Michael Zam) – recently, for the exposure of the film industry – 3.5 stars
  • The Witch (2015, Robert Eggers) – recently, for the production design, metaphysical ending and approach on beliefs and superstitions, recently rewatched – 4 stars
  • The Invisible War (2012 Documentary, Kirby Dick) – years ago, for the exposure of abuses in the military – 3.5 stars
  • Les Miserables (2012, Tom Hooper) – years ago, for Anne Hathaway’s and Hugh Jackman’s acting and the use of live voice recording – 3 stars
  • Absentia (2011, Mike Flanegan) – years ago, for the metaphorical drama – 3.5 stars
  • A Separation / Jodaeiye Nader az Simin (2011, Asghar Farhadi) – years ago, for the approach on principles, honesty and Iranian culture, recently rewatched – 3.5 stars
  • The Tree of Life (2011, Terrence Malick) – years ago, for the metaphysics, rewatched years ago and recently – 3.5 stars
  • Inside Job (2010 Documentary, Charles Ferguson) – years ago, for the exposure of corruption at the top – 3.5 stars
  • The Walking Dead: Season 1 (2010 TV Series created by Frank Darabont) – years ago, for metaphorical commentary on society – 3.5 stars
  • Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father (2008 Documentary, Kurt Kuenne) – years ago, for the film language – 4 stars
  • Death Note (2006 Animated TV Mini-Series, Tetsuro Araki) – years ago, for the psychological complexity – 3.5 stars
  • Brokeback Mountain (2005, Ang Lee) – years ago, for the approach on LGBT – 3.5 stars
  • A Decade Under the Influence (2003 Documentary, Ted Demme & Richard LeGravenese) – years ago, for the info on film history, recently rewatched – 3 stars
  • Memories of Murder (2003, Joon-ho Bong) – years ago, for the ending – 4 stars
  • American Beauty (1999, Sam Mendes) – in adolescence, for the overall narrative, the art and Kevin Spacey’s acting, rewatched years ago and recently – 4 stars
  • Life Is Beautiful / La vita e bella (1997, Roberto Benigni) – in adolescence, for the comedy-drama, rewatched years ago – 4 stars
  • Titanic (1997, James Cameron) – in adolescence for the grandiosity and recently for the apocalyptic and social metaphors, rewatched years ago and recently – 3.5 stars Titanic is an apocalyptic film disguised as romance/disaster drama. That’s where its true value lies. The ship is a metaphor for the entire world, our little planet floating in a vast and dark universe, encompassing both humankind’s greatest ambitions/achievements and worst morals, with people divided into classes of rich, middle and poor. This way the social conflicts on Titanic transcend into a commentary on world issues, and when the Titanic sinks, the world ends. If only James Cameron made the metaphor more clear – he kept it too much in the background, probably for commercial purposes.
  • Breaking the Waves (1996, Lars von Trier) – years ago, for the ending and Emily Watson’s acting, recently rewatched – 2.5 stars
  • Secrets & Lies (1996, Mike Leigh) – years ago, for the realism – 3.5 stars
  • The Bridges of Madison County (1995, Clint Eastwood) – years ago – 3.5 stars
  • Forrest Gump (1994, Robert Zemeckis) – in childhood, for Tom Hanks’ acting, narrative structure and approach on the circle of life, rewatched years ago and recently – 3.5 stars
  • Dead Alive / Braindead (1992, Peter Jackson) – in childhood, rewatched years ago and recently – 3 stars
  • Slacker (1991, Richard Linklater) – years ago, for the structure and style, recently rewatched – 3 stars
  • Thelma & Louise (1991, Ridley Scott) – recently, for the approach on feminism – 3.5 stars
  • University Square: Romania / Piața Universității – România (1991 Documentary, Stere Gulea, Sorin Iliesu & Vivi Dragan Vasile) – years ago, for the exposure of the abusive taking of power by Ion Iliescu after the Romanian revolution – 3 stars
  • Mr. Bean (1990-1995 TV Series created by Rowan Atkinson & Richard Curtis) + Bean (1997, Mel Smith) – in childhood and adolescence, for the comedy, recently rewatched – 3 / 2.5 stars
  • GoodFellas (1990, Martin Scorsese) – in adolescence, for Joe Pesci’s acting and the “funny how?” scene, rewatched years ago and recently – 2.5 stars
  • Dead Poets Society (1989, Peter Weir) – in childhood, for the teen drama, rewatched years ago – 3.5 stars
  • The Brave Little Toaster (1987 Animated Feature, Jerry Rees) – in childhood, for the road adventure, rewatched years ago – 3 stars
  • The Moromete Family / Moromeții (1987, Stere Gulea) – in adolescence, for Victor Rebengiuc’s acting, the art and the ending, rewatched years ago – 4 stars
  • Deadly Friend (1986, Wes Craven) – in childhood, rewatched years ago and recently – 1.5 stars
  • The NeverEnding Story (1984, Wolfgang Petersen) – in childhood, for the children’s adventure, recently rewatched – 3.5 stars
  • Koyaanisqatsi (1982 Experimental Documentary, Godfrey Reggio) – years ago, for the visual spectacle and metaphysics in the second half – 3 stars
  • Jesus of Nazareth (1977 TV Mini-Series, Franco Zeffirelli) – in childhood, for the religious drama and Robert Powell’s acting, rewatched in adolescence, years ago and recently – 3.5 stars
  • Assault on Precinct 13 (1976, John Carpenter) – in adolescence, for the tense atmosphere – 3.5 stars
  • Barry Lyndon (1975, Stanley Kubrick) – in adolescence (partially), for the cinematography, rhythm and attention to details, watched years ago in full – 4 stars
  • Cries and Whispers / Viskningar och rop (1972, Ingmar Bergman) – years ago, for the use of colours, art and dramatic intensity, rewatched years ago – 3 stars
  • Love Story (1970, Arthur Hiller) – in adolescence, for the romance drama, rewatched years ago – 3.5 stars
  • Bonnie and Clyde (1967, Arthur Penn) – recently, for the antihero concept and dark romance – 4 stars
  • Scorpio Rising (1963 Experimental Short, Kenneth Anger) – years ago, for rebellious art, recently rewatched – 3.5 stars
  • Psycho (1960, Alfred Hitchcock) + Psycho IV: The Beginning (1990 TV Movie, Mick Garris) – in childhood, for the psycho concept and paradoxical character, rewatched years ago – 2 stars + 1.5 stars
  • Ben-Hur (1959, William Wyler) – in adolescence (partially), for the grandiosity and inspirational drama, rewatched years ago and recently – 3 stars
  • One Froggy Evening (1955 Animated Short, Chuck Jones) – years ago, for greed satire, rewatched years ago and recently – 4 stars
  • Strangers on a Train (1951, Alfred Hitchcock) – years ago, for the psychological thriller – 4 stars
  • For Scent-imental Reasons (1949 Animated Short, Chuck Jones) – in childhood, for the expressions of romance, rewatched years ago and recently – 3.5 stars
  • Bicycle Thieves / The Bicycle Thief / Ladri di biciclette (1948, Vittoria De Sica) – years ago, for the neorealism – 4 stars
  • It’s A Wonderful Life (1946, Frank Capra) – recently, for the fantastic drama – 4 stars
  • King Kong (1933, Merian C. Cooper & Ernest B. Schoedsack) – years ago, for the paradoxical character and social commentary, recently rewatched – 3 stars
  • Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (1927, F.W. Murnau) – years ago, for the overall narrative and the ending – 4 stars

Top 250:

(in chronological order from 101st to 250th)

  • Big Little Lies: Season 1 (2017 TV Mini-Series, Jean-Mark Vallee) – recently, for the complex psychology and approach on feminism – 3.5 stars
  • Coco (2017 Animated Feature, Lee Unkrich) – recently – 3.5 stars
  • Planet Earth II: Islands + Cities (2016 TV Documentary Episodes, Elizabeth White / Fredi Devas) – recently – 4 / 3.5 stars
  • Westworld: Season 1 (2016 TV Series created by Jonathan Nolan & Lisa Joy) – recently – 3 stars
  • Inside Out (2015 Animated Feature, Pete Docter) – recently – 3.5 stars
  • Mustang (2015, Deniz Gamze Erguven) – recently – 3.5 stars
  • Big Eyes (2014, Tim Burton) – recently – 3 stars
  • The Imitation Game (2014, Morten Tyldum) – recently – 3 stars
  • Interstellar (2014, Christopher Nolan) – years ago, for the scene with Cooper leaving, approach to time relativity and time travel, realistic space conditions and music, recently rewatched – 3 stars
  • Starry Eyes (2014, Kevin Kolsch & Dennis Widmyer) – years ago, recently rewatched – 2.5 stars
  • Still Alice (2014, Richard Glatzer & Wash Westmoreland) – recently, for the approach on Alzheimers’ and Julianne Moore’s acting – 3 stars
  • Whiplash (2014, Damien Chazelle) – years ago, for J.K. Simmons’ acting – 3 stars
  • Fruitvale Station (2013, Ryan Coogler) – years ago – 4 stars
  • Locke (2013, Steven Knight) – recently – 3 stars
  • Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012, Benh Zeitlin) – recently – 3 stars
  • Byzantium (2012, Neil Jordan) – years ago – 3 stars
  • The Imposter (2012 Documentary, Bart Layton) – years ago, recently rewatched – 2.5 stars
  • Life of Pi (2012, Ang Lee) – years ago, recently reconsidered for the coming-of-age metaphor – 3.5 stars
  • Moonrise Kingdom (2012, Wes Anderson) – years ago – 3.5 stars
  • Thanksgiving (2012 Micro-Short, Mark Ares) – years ago, recently rewatched – 3 stars
  • Wadjda (2012, Haifaa Al-Mansour) – recently – 3.5 stars
  • American Horror Story: Murder House (2011 TV Mini-Series created by Ryan Murphy & Brad Falchuk) – years ago – 3 stars
  • Happy (2011 Documentary, Roko Belic) – years ago, recently rewatched – 2.5 stars
  • Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory (2011 Documentary, Joe Berlinger & Bruce Sinofsky) – years ago – 3.5 stars
  • Buried (2010, Rodrigo Cortes) – years ago, rewatched years ago – 3.5 stars
  • Embrace Life (2010 Commercial Short, Daniel Cox) – years ago, recently rewatched – 3.5 stars
  • Frozen (2010, Adam Green) – years ago, rewatched years ago – 2.5 stars
  • The Last Exorcism (2010, Daniel Stamm) – years ago, for Ashley Bell’s acting – 2 stars
  • Toy Story 3 (2010 Animated Feature, Lee Unkrich) – recently – 3.5 stars
  • Drag Me to Hell (2009, Sam Raimi) – years ago, for the ending – 3 stars
  • Inglourious Basterds (2009, Quentin Tarantino) – years ago, for Christoph Waltz’s acting – 2 stars
  • Medal of Honor / Medalia de onoare (2009, Calin Peter Netzer) – years ago, for the ending and Victor Rebengiuc’s acting – 3.5 stars
  • Precious (2009, Lee Daniels) – years ago, for Mo’Nique’s acting, recently rewatched – 2 stars
  • Talhotblond (2009 Documentary, Barbara Schroeder) – years ago – 3 stars
  • Up (2009 Animated Feature, Pete Docter) – years ago, for the sequence with the couple’s relationship through time – 3 stars
  • Changeling (2008, Clint Eastwood) – years ago, for Angelina Jolie’s acting – 3 stars
  • Home Movie (2008, Christopher Denham) – years ago, for the found footage realism – 2.5 stars
  • The Horribly Slow Murderer with the Extremely Inefficient Weapon (2008 Short, Richard Gale) – years ago, for the concept and the ending, rewatched years ago and recently – 3 stars
  • Snuff: A Documentary about Killing on Camera (2008 Documentary, Paul von Stoetzel) – years ago – 2 stars
  • The Soviet Story (2008 Documentary, Edvins Snore) – years ago – 3 stars
  • In the Shadow of the Moon (2007 Documentary, David Sington) – years ago – 3.5 stars
  • The Man from Earth (2007, Richard Schenkman) – years ago – 3.5 stars
  • The Mist (2007, Frank Darabont) – years ago, rewatched years ago – 3 stars
  • No Country for Old Men (2007, Joel Coen & Ethan Coen) – years ago, for Javier Bardem’s acting – 3 stars
  • Sicko (2007 Documentary, Michael Moore) – years ago – 3 stars
  • Zeitgeist (2007 Documentary, Peter Joseph) – years ago – 1.5 stars
  • Going to Pieces: The Rise and Fall of the Slasher Film (2006 Documentary) – years ago, for the info on the slasher concept – 2.5 stars
  • The Secret (2006 Documentary, Drew Heriot) – years ago, rewatched years ago and recently – 1.5 stars
  • Auschwitz: The Nazis and “The Final Solution” (2005 TV Documentary Mini-Series) – years ago – 2 stars
  • Midnight Movies: From the Margin to the Mainstream (2005 Documentary, Stuart Samuels) – years ago – 2.5 stars
  • Noroi: The Curse (2005, Koji Shiraishi) – years ago – 3 stars
  • Wolf Creek (2005, Greg McLean) – years ago – 3 stars
  • Crash (2004, Paul Haggis) – years ago – 3.5 stars
  • Hotel Rwanda (2004, Terry George) – years ago – 4 stars
  • Bloody Sunday (2002, Paul Greengrass) – years ago, for the realism – 2.5 stars
  • Happy Tree Friends: Eye Candy (2002 Animated Short, Rhode Montijo) – years ago, recently rewatched – 3 stars
  • The Magdalene Sisters (2002, Peter Mullan) – in adolescence – 3 stars
  • A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001, Steven Spielberg) – in adolescence – 3.5 stars
  • Children Underground (2001 Documentary, Edet Belzberg) – years ago – 2.5 stars
  • Frailty (2001, Bill Paxton) – years ago – 3 stars
  • The Pledge (2001, Sean Penn) – in adolescence – 3 stars
  • Shallow Hal (2001, Bobby Farrelly & Peter Farrelly) – years ago – 2.5 stars
  • My Dog Skip (2000, Joy Russell) – in adolescence, for the ending – 2.5 stars
  • A Christmas Carol (1999 TV Movie, David Hugh Jones) – in adolescence, rewatched years ago – 3 stars
  • Eyes Wide Shut (1999, Stanley Kubrick) – in adolescence, rewatched years ago – 3.5 stars
  • Antz (1998 Animated Feature, Eric Darnell & Tim Johnson) – in adolescence or years ago, for the ending – 2.5 stars
  • The Big Lebowski (1998, Joel Coen & Ethan Coen) – years ago, recently rewatched – 2.5 stars
  • The Truman Show (1998, Peter Weir) – years ago – 4 stars
  • Contact (1997, Robert Zemeckis) – in adolescence – 3 stars
  • Open Your Eyes / Abre los ojos (1997, Alejandro Amenabar) – recently – 3 stars
  • The Chicken from Outer Space (1996 Animated Short, John Dilworth) – in childhood, rewatched years ago – 2.5 stars
  • The Dentist (1996, Brian Yuzna) + The Dentist 2 (1998, Brian Yuzna) – in adolescence – 1.5 / 1 star(s)
  • Babe (1995, Chris Noonan) – in adolescence, recently rewatched – 4 stars
  • The Celluloid Closet (1995 Documentary, Rob Epstein & Jeffrey Friedman) – years ago – 3 stars
  • Mute Witness (1995, Anthony Waller) – in childhood or adolescence – 3 stars
  • A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies (1995 TV Documentary, Martin Scorsese & Michael Henry Wilson) – recently, for the info on film history – 3 stars
  • Various TV Documentaries on Discovery Channel & Animal Planet (1995-2005) – in childhood and adolescence – 1 to 3 stars
  • Dumb and Dumber (1994, Peter Farrelly & and Bobby Farrelly) – in childhood or adolescence, recently rewatched – 2 stars
  • Quiz Show (1994, Robert Redford) – years ago – 3.5 stars
  • Groundhog Day (1993, Harold Ramis) – in childhood or adolescence, for the concept and the comedy, recently rewatched – 3.5 stars
  • A Perfect World (1993, Clint Eastwood) – in childhood, for the ending – 3 stars
  • Candyman (1992, Bernard Rose) – in childhood or adolescence, rewatched years ago – 3 stars
  • FernGully: The Last Rainforest (1992 Animated Feature, Bill Kroyer) – in childhood, for the environmental message – 2.5 stars
  • The Lawnmower Man (1992, Brett Leonard) – in childhood – 2 stars
  • The Man in the Moon (1991, Robert Mulligan) – in adolescence or years ago – 3 stars
  • Edward Scissorhands (1990, Tim Burton) – in childhood or adolescence, rewatched years ago – 3.5 stars
  • Misery (1990, Rob Reiner) – in adolescence, for Kathy Bate’s acting and the psycho concept, rewatched years ago and recently – 2.5 stars
  • Twin Peaks: Pilot (1990 TV Episode, David Lynch) – yeas ago, for the surreal mystery, recently rewatched – 3 stars
  • 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, Brian De Palma) – in childhood or adolescence – 3 stars
  • Crimes & Misdemeanors (1989, Woody Allen) – recently – 4 stars
  • Dead Calm (1989, Phillip Noyce) – in childhood or adolescence – 3 stars
  • Big (1988, Penny Marshall) – years ago, recently rewatched – 3 stars
  • Die Hard (1988, John McTiernan) – in childhood, rewatched years ago and recently – 3.5 stars
  • Monsters: Pillow Talk (1988 TV Episode, Carl Stine) + The Hole (1990 TV Episode, David Seveid) – in childhood, recently rewatched – 1.5 / 2 stars
  • Escape from Sobibor (1987 TV Movie, Jack Gold) – in childhood, for the ending and the scene with the dog – 3.5 stars
  • Stand by Me (1986, Rob Reiner) – years ago – 3 stars
  • The Color Purple (1985, Steven Spielberg) – recently, for Oprah Winfrey’s acting – 3 stars
  • Starman (1984, John Carpenter) – in childhood, for the music and the ending, rewatched years ago – 3 stars
  • Stranger than Paradise (1984, Jim Jarmusch) – years ago – 3.5 stars
  • The Terminator (1984, James Cameron) + Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991, James Cameron) – in childhood, rewatched years ago – 2.5 / 3 stars
  • Silkwood (1983, Mike Nichols) – years ago, for the idealism – 3 stars
  • E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982, Steven Spielberg) – in childhood, for the sci-fi adventure, rewatched years ago and recently – 3 stars
  • Poltergeist (1982, Tobe Hooper & Steven Spielberg) – in childhood, rewatched years ago and recently – 2.5 stars
  • Sequences / Secvențe (1982, Alexandru Tatos) – years ago – 3.5 stars
  • Tenebrae / Tenebre (1982, Dario Argento) – years ago, for the dog pursuit scene – 2.5 stars
  • The Howling (1981, Joe Dante) – years ago, for the ending – 3 stars
  • Autumn Sonata / Hostsonaten (1978, Ingmar Bergman) – in adolescence or years ago – 3.5 stars
  • Piranha (1978, Joe Dante) – in childhood, rewatched years ago – 2.5 stars
  • Dog Day Afternoon (1975, Sidney Lumet) – in childhood or adolescence, recently rewatched – 3.5 stars
  • The Mirror / Zerkalo (1975 Experimental Film, Andrei Tarkovsky) – years ago (partially), for the poetic images, recently watched in full – 2.5 stars
  • Chinatown (1974, Roman Polanski) – years ago, for the ending – 3.5 stars
  • The Phantom of Liberty / Le fantome de la liberte (1974 Experimental Film, Luis Bunuel) – in adolescence – 3 stars
  • Frenzy (1972, Alfred Hitchcock) – years ago, for the “camera leaving the scene” shot – 3 stars
  • The Last House on the Left (1972, Wes Craven) – years ago – 3 stars
  • Willowbrook: The Last Great Disgrace (1972 TV Special, Geraldo Rivera) – years ago – 2.5 stars
  • A Bay of Blood / Reazione a catena (1971, Mario Bava) – years ago – 2.5 stars
  • Z (1969, Costa-Gavras) – in adolescence – 3 stars
  • Columbo (1968-1990 TV Series created by Richard Levinson & William Link) – in childhood – 2.5 stars
  • In the Heat of the Night (1967, Norman Jewison) – in adolescence, for Rod Steiger’s acting – 3 stars
  • Africa Addio (1966 Documentary, Gualtiero Jacopetti & Franco Prosperi) – years ago – 2.5 stars
  • War and Peace / Voyna i mir (1966, Sergey Bondarchuk) – in adolescence, for the art and the war sequence – 2.5 stars
  • Alphaville (1965 Experimental Film, Jean-Luc Godard) – years ago, for the “explanation of love” scene – 2 stars
  • For a Few Dollars More / Per qualche dollaro in piu (1965, Sergio Leone) – in childhood, for the final duel scene – 2.5 stars
  • The Sound of Music (1965, Robert Wise) – in adolescence – 3.5 stars
  • The Birds (1963, Alfred Hitchcock) – in childhood, rewatched years ago – 2 stars
  • L’Eclisse (1962 Experimental Film, Michelangelo Antonioni) – in adolescence – 3 stars
  • What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962, Robert Aldrich) – recently, for Bette Davis’ acting – 3 stars
  • Judgment at Nuremberg (1961, Stanley Kramer) – in adolescence or years ago – 3.5 stars
  • The Apartment (1960, Billy Wilder) – in adolescence, recently rewatched – 3 stars
  • Vertigo (1958, Alfred Hitchcock) – years ago, rewatched years ago and recently – 3.5 stars
  • 12 Angry Men (1957, Sidney Lumet) – in adolescence or years ago, rewatched years ago – 4 stars
  • On the Waterfront (1954, Elia Kazan) – years ago – 4 stars
  • I Vitelloni (1953, Federico Fellini) – in adolescence or years ago – 3.5 stars
  • Miracle on 34th Street (1947, George Seaton) – recently – 3.5 stars
  • Notorious (1946, Alfred Hitchcock) – in adolescence – 4 stars
  • Bambi (1942 Animated Feature) – recently, for the circle of life drama – 3.5 stars
  • Rebecca (1940, Alfred Hitchcock) – in adolescence – 4 stars
  • The Shop Around the Corner (1940, Ernst Lubitsch) – recently – 3.5 stars
  • Tom and Jerry (1940-1958 / 1961-1962 / 1963-1967 Series of Animated Shorts, William Hanna & Joseph Barbera / Gene Deitch / Chuck Jones) – in childhood – 1.5 to 3 stars for individual shorts
  • Gone with the Wind (1939, Victor Fleming, Geoge Cukor & Sam Wood) – in adolescence, recently rewatched – 3 stars
  • The Wizard of Oz (1939, Victor Fleming, King Vidor & George Cukor) – in adolescence – 3.5 stars
  • The Little Princess (1939, Walter Lang) – in childhood, rewatched years ago – 3 stars
  • Olympia (1938 Documentary, Leni Riefenstahl) – in adolescence or years ago, for the diving sequence – 2.5 stars
  • Modern Times (1936, Charles Chaplin) – in adolescence – 3.5 stars
  • Don Quixote (1933, G.W. Pabst) – in adolescence, for the wind mill charging scene – 2.5 stars
  • Looney Tunes & Merry Melodies (1930-1969 Series of Animated Shorts produced by Warner Bros.) – in childhood, for the comedy and the overall concepts – 1.5 to 4 stars
  • Morocco (1930, Joseph von Sternberg) – in adolescence, for the ending – 2.5 stars
  • Laurel and Hardy (1927-1935 Series of Shorts starring Stan Laurel & Oliver Hardy) – in childhood, for the comedy – 1.5 to 2.5 stars
  • Napoleon (1927, Abel Gance) – years ago, for the visual style and camera movements ahead of it’s time – 3.5 stars

Beyond Top 100:

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

  • BlacKkKlansman (2018, Spike Lee) – recently – 3 stars
  • Sharp Objects (2018 TV Mini-Series, Jean-Marc Vallee) – recently – 3 stars
  • The Tale (2018, Jennifer Fox) – recently – 3 stars
  • Ferdinand (2017 Animated Feature, Carlos Saldanha) – recently – 3 stars
  • Genius: Einstein (2017 TV Mini-Series created by Kenneth Biller & Noah Pink) – recently – 2.5 stars
  • The Greatest Showman (2017, Michael Gracey) – recently – 2.5 stars
  • The Oscars (2017 TV Special, Glenn Weiss) – recently – 2.5 stars
  • The Post (2017, Steven Spielberg) – recently, for the tense suspenseful sequence – 3 stars
  • After Hitler / Apres Hitler (2016 TV Documentary, David Korn Brzoza) – recently – 2.5 stars
  • Hush (2016, Mike Flanegan) – recently – 3 stars
  • Moana (2016 Animated Feature, Ron Clements & John Musker) – recently – 2.5 stars
  • Piper (2016 Animated Short, Alan Barillaro) – recently – 3.5 stars
  • Under the Shadow (2016, Babak Anvari) – recently – 2.5 stars
  • Bone Tomahawk (2015, S. Craig Zahler) – recently – 3.5 stars
  • Project Almanac (2015, Dean Israelite) – years ago – 2 stars
  • Ramona (2015 Short, Andrei Cretulescu) – years ago – 3 stars
  • Selfie from Hell (2015 Short, Erdal Ceylan) – recently, recently rewatched – 2.5 stars
  • Boyhood (2014, Richard Linklater) – recently – 3 stars
  • Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey (2014 TV Documentary Mini-Series written by Ann Druyan, Carl Segan, Steven Soter & Johnny Otto) – recently, for the scientific info – 2 stars
  • Nightcrawler (2014, Dan Gilroy) – years ago – 3 stars
  • London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony: Isles of Wonder (2012 TV Special, Danny Boyle) – years ago – 2.5 stars
  • Searching for Sugar Man (2012 Documentary, Malik Bendjelloul) – years ago – 3 stars
  • The Untold History of the United States (2012-2013 TV Documentary Mini-Series, Oliver Stone) – recently – 2.5 stars
  • Black Mirror: The National Anthem (2011 TV Episode, Otto Bathurst) – recently – 3 stars
  • Superman, Spiderman or Batman (2011 Short, Tudor Giurgiu) – years ago, recently rewatched – 3 stars
  • Source Code (2011, Duncan Jones) – years ago – 3 stars
  • The Turin Horse / A torinoi lo (2011 Experimental Film, Bela Tarr) – years ago – 2.5 stars
  • X-Men: First Class (2011, Matthew Vaughn) – years ago – 3 stars
  • Catfish (2010 Documentary, Henry Joost & Ariel Schulman) – years ago – 2.5 stars
  • Third Reich: The Rise & Fall (2010 TV Documentary Mini-Series, Seth Skundrick & Nicole Rittenmeyer) – recently – 2.5 stars
  • Trust (2010, David Schwimmer) – years ago – 3 stars
  • The Cove (2009 Documentary, Louie Psihoyos) – years ago – 3 stars
  • Crazy Heart (2009, Scott Cooper) – years ago, for Jeff Bridges’ acting – 3 stars
  • Burma VJ: Reporting from a Closed Country (2008 Documentary, Anders Ostergaard) – years ago – 3 stars
  • The Children (2008, Tom Shankland) – years ago – 2.5 stars
  • Cloverfield (2008, Matt Reeves) – years ago – 2.5 stars
  • The Curious Case of Banjamin Button (2008, David Fincher) – years ago – 3 stars
  • Lake Mungo (2008, Joel Anderson) – years ago – 3 stars
  • The Ruins (2008, Carter Smith) – years ago – 2 stars
  • Slumdog Millionaire (2008, Danny Boyle) – years ago – 3.5 stars
  • Eastern Promises (2007, David Cronenberg) – years ago, recently rewatched – 3 stars
  • The Girl Next Door (2007, Gregory Wilson) – years ago – 2.5 stars
  • 12:08 East of Bucharest / A fost sau n-a fost (2006, Corneliu Porumboiu) – years ago – 3 stars
  • Apocalypto (2006, Mel Gibson) – years ago – 3 stars
  • This Film Is Not Yet Rated (2006 Documentary, Kirby Dick) – years ago – 3 stars
  • God Grew Tired of Us (2006 Documentary, Christopher Dillon Quinn) – years ago – 2.5 stars
  • Lifted (2006 Animated Short, Gary Rydstrom) – years ago, rewatched years ago and recently – 3 stars
  • The Lives of Others / Das Leben der Anderen (2006, Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck) – years ago – 3 stars
  • Marilena from P7 / Marilena de la P7 (2006 short, Cristian Nemescu) – years ago – 3 stars
  • 13 Tzameti (2005, Gela Babluani) – years ago – 3 stars
  • Hostel (2005, Eli Roth) – years ago, rewatched years ago – 2 stars
  • Joyeux Noel (2005, Christian Carion) – years ago – 3 stars
  • The Village (2004, M. Night Shyamalan) – years ago, for the ending – 3 stars
  • Chernobyl Heart (2003 Documentary Short, Maryann DeLeo) – years ago – 2 stars
  • High Tension / Haute tension (2003, Alexandre Aja) – years ago, for the atmosphere and use of music – 3 stars
  • Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003, Quentin Tarantino) + Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004, Quentin Tarantino) – in adolescence – 3 / 3 stars
  • Open Water (2003, Chris Kentis) – recently – 3 stars
  • Tarnation (2003 Experimental Documentary, Jonathan Caouette) – years ago – 2.5 stars
  • About Schmidt (2002, Alexander Payne) – years ago, for the ending – 3 stars
  • Dirty Pretty Things (2002, Stephen Frears) – years ago – 3 stars
  • Phone Booth (2002, Joe Schumacher) – years ago, recently rewatched – 2.5 stars
  • The Ring (2002, Gore Verbinski) – years ago – 2.5 stars
  • Spider-Man (2002, Sam Raimi) – years ago – 3 stars
  • Signs (2002, M. Night Shyamalan) – years ago, for the suspense and the TV scene – 6 stars
  • The Son / Le fils (2002, Jean-Pierre Dardenne & Luc Dardenne) – years ago – 2.5 stars
  • The Tramp and the Dictator (2002 Documentary, Kevin Brownlow & Michael Kloft) – years ago – 3 stars
  • In the Bedroom (2001, Todd Field) – years ago, for the ending – 3 stars
  • Erin Brockovich (2000, Steven Soderbergh) – years ago, for Julia Roberts’ acting – 3 stars
  • Memento (2000, Christopher Nolan) – years ago, recently rewatched – 3 stars
  • Man on the Moon (1999, Milos Forman) – in adolescence or years ago – 3 stars
  • Merlin (1998 TV Mini-Series, Steve Barron) – in adolescence, for the ending – 3 stars
  • There’s Something About Mary (1998, Peter Farrelly & and Bobby Farrelly) – in adolescence – 2.5 stars
  • You’ve Got Mail (1998, Nora Ephron) – in adolescence – 2.5 stars
  • Cube (1997, Vincenzo Natali) – in adolescence (partially), watched years ago in full – 3 stars
  • Mother and Son / Mat i syn (1997, Aleksandr Sokurov) – years ago – 2.5 stars
  • Thesis (1996, Alejandro Amenabar) – years ago – 3 stars
  • The Ultimate Guide: Sharks (1996 TV Documentary, Clarita Berger & Nick Caloyianis) – in childhood – 2 stars
  • Braveheart (1995, Mel Gibson) – in childhood, rewatched years ago – 3 stars
  • The Lion King (1994, Roger Allers & Rob Minkoff) – years ago – 3.5 stars
  • Speed (1994, Jan de Bont) – in childhood, rewatched in adolescence – 3 stars
  • The Fugitive (1993, Andrew Davis) – in childhood – 3 stars
  • Last Action Hero (1993, John McTiernan) – in childhood, recently rewatched – 1.5 stars
  • Sliver (1993, Phillip Noyce) – in childhood, for the pillar sex scene – 1 star
  • The Last of the Mohicans (1992, Michael Mann) – in adolescence – 3 stars
  • Toys (1992, Barry Levinson) – in childhood, for the toys attacking – 1 star
  • Scissors (1991, Frank De Felitta) – in childhood – 1 star
  • Tremors (1990, Ron Underwood) – in childhood or adolescence – 2 stars
  • 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 the episode of a series or a tv movie.
  • 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 Daughters 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.
  • The Abyss (1989, James Cameron) – in childhood (partially), watched in full in adolescence – 3 stars
  • All Dogs Go to Heaven (1989, Don Bluth) – in childhood, rewatched in adolescence – 3 stars
  • The Decalogue / Dekalog (1989-1990 TV Mini-Series, Krzysztof Kieslowski) – in adolescence – 2.5 stars
  • Fatal Attraction (1987, Adrian Lyne) – in childhood or adolescence (partially), recently watched in full – 3 stars
  • The Untouchables (1987, Brian De Palma) – in childhood – 3.5 stars
  • The Whales of August (1987, Lindsay Anderson) – in adolescence – 3 stars
  • The Name of the Rose (1986, Jean-Jacques Annaud) – in childhood or adolescence, rewatched years ago – 3 stars
  • Back to the Future (1985, Robert Zemeckis) – in childhood, recently rewatched – 3 stars
  • My Life as a Dog / Mitt liv som hund (1985, Lasse Hallstrom) – years ago – 3 stars
  • The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985, Woody Allen) – in childhood, recently rewatched – 2.5 stars
  • Christine (1983, John Carpenter) – in childhood, rewatched years ago – 2.5 stars
  • The Snowman (1982 Animated Short, Diane Jackson) – years ago (partially), for the flight scene and the ending, recently watched in full – 2 stars
  • Videodrome (1982, David Cronenberg) – years ago – 3 stars
  • The Year of Living Dangerously (1998, Peter Weir) – in adolescence – 2 stars
  • Cannibal Holocaust (1980, Ruggero Deodato) – years ago – 2 stars
  • Alien (1979, Ridley Scott) + Aliens (1986, James Cameron) + Alien: Resurrection (1997, Jean-Pierre Jeunet) – in childhood (Alien & Aliens) and adolescence (Alien: Resurrection), recently rewatched (Alien & Aliens) – 2.5 / 1.5 / 2 stars
  • Superman (1978, Richard Donner) – in childhood, rewatched in adolescence or years ago – 3.5 stars
  • Eraserhead (1977, David Lynch) – recently – 3.5 stars
  • Jaws (1975, Steven Spielberg) – in childhood, rewatched years ago and recently – 2 stars
  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975, Milos Forman) – years ago, for the ending – 2 stars
  • The Telephone Box / La cabina (1972, Antonio Mercero) – years ago – 3 stars
  • Duel (1971 TV Movie, Steven Spielberg) – in adolescence – 3 stars
  • The Twilight Zone: Time Enough at Last (1959 TV Episode, John Brahm) – years ago, recently rewatched – 2.5 stars
  • Night and Fog / Nuit et brouillard (1956 Documentary Short, Alain Resnais) – 2.5 stars
  • Duck Amuck (1953 Animated Short, Chuck Jones) – in childhood, rewatched years ago and recently – 3 stars
  • Umberto D. (1952, Vittoria De Sica) – years ago, for the begging scene – 2.5 stars
  • Blood of the Beasts / Le sang des betes (1949 Documentary Short, Georges Franju) – years ago – 2.5 stars
  • Hair-Raising Hare (1946 Animated Short, Chuck Jones) – in childhood, rewatched years ago – 2.5 stars
  • To Be or Not to Be (1942, Ernst Lubitsch) – recently – 3 stars
  • The Night Before Christmas (1941 Animated Short, William Hanna & Joseph Barbera) – in childhood, for the ending, rewatched years ago and recently – 3 stars
  • The Circus (1928, Charles Chaplin) – years ago – 3 stars