Top 100 Films that Impressed & Influenced Me the Most

Latest update: September 2021 | Adrian Țofei

These are the films that impressed and/or influenced me the most from childhood till recently. They’re not necessarily the ones I consider to be the greatest or best ever made, it’s a highly subjective list of the films that marked my life. Colored green are the newly-added films and those that climbed in the top at the latest updates. Check out my other film lists as well!

Top 10:

  1. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968, Stanley Kubrick)
  2. Carrie (1976, Brian De Palma)
  3. The Blair Witch Project (1999, Daniel Myrick & Eduardo Sanchez) – review
  4. The Celebration (1998, Thomas Vinterberg)
  5. Roger & Me (1989 documentary, Michael Moore)
  6. Taxi Driver (1976, Martin Scorsese)
  7. Pan’s Labyrinth (2006, Guillermo del Toro)
  8. The Gold Rush (1925, Charles Chaplin)
  9. Freaks (1932, Tod Browning) – review
  10. The Eye of the Storm (1970 tv documentary, William Peters) + Frontline: A Class Divided (1985 tv documentary episode, William Peters)

Top 25:

(in chronological order from 11th to 25th)

  • Where to Invade Next (2015 documentary, Michael Moore)
  • The Untold History of the United States (2012-2013 tv documentary mini-series, Oliver Stone)
  • American Horror Story: Asylum (2012 tv mini-series, Ryan Murphy & Brad Falchuk) – review
  • My Voyage to Italy (1999 tv documentary, Martin Scorsese)
  • The Iron Giant (1999 animated feature, Brad Bird)
  • The Land Before Time (1988 animated feature, Don Bluth)
  • Hearts and Minds (1974 documentary, Peter Davis)
  • Empire (1964 experimental film, Andy Warhol)
  • The Haunting (1963, Robert Wise)
  • Peeping Tom (1960, Michael Powell)
  • Paths of Glory (1957, Stanley Kubrick)
  • The Seventh Seal (1957, Ingmar Bergman)
  • Forbidden Games (1952, Rene Clement) – review
  • Bride of Frankenstein (1935, James Whale)
  • M (1931, Fritz Lang)

Top 50:

(in chronological order from 26th to 50th)

  • 13th (2016 documentary, Ava DuVernay)
  • The Witch (2015, Robert Eggers) – review
  • Gone Girl (2014, David Fincher)
  • True Detective: Season 1 (2014 tv mini-series, Cary Joji Fukunaga)
  • The Tree of Life (2011, Terrence Malick) + The Tree of Life Trailerreview
  • Up opening sequence “Married Life” (2009 animated short, Pete Docter)
  • Exhibit A (2007, Dom Rotheroe) – review
  • Kiwi! (2006 animated short, Dony Permedi)
  • Earthlings (2005 documentary, Shaun Monson)
  • Grizzly Man (2005 documentary, Werner Herzog)
  • The Iceman and the Psychiatrist (2003 tv documentary, Arthur Ginsberg)
  • The Straight Story (1999, David Lynch)
  • Falling Down (1993, Joel Schumacher)
  • Mr. Bean (1990-1995 tv series, Rowan Atkinson & Richard Curtis) + Bean (1997, Mel Smith)
  • The Decalogue: One (1989 tv episode, Krzysztof Kieslowski)
  • Blade Runner (1982, Ridley Scott)
  • Halloween (1978, John Carpenter)
  • Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975, Peter Weir)
  • Cries and Whispers (1972, Ingmar Bergman)
  • Psycho (1960, Alfred Hitchcock) + Psycho IV: The Beginning (1990 tv movie, Mick Garris)
  • The 400 Blows (1959, Francois Truffaut)
  • One Froggy Evening (1955 animated short, Chuck Jones)
  • The Great Dictator (1940, Charles Chaplin)
  • Man with a Movie Camera (1929 experimental documentary, Dziga Vertov)
  • Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (1927, F.W. Murnau)

Top 100:

(in chronological order from 51st to 100th)

  • Better Brain Health / A Healthy Diet for a Healthy Brain (2019 tv documentary, Raphael Hitier) 
  • Collective (2019 documentary, Alexander Nanau) – review
  • Citizenfour (2014 documentary, Laura Poitras)
  • The Act of Killing (2012 documentary, Joshua Oppenheimer)
  • Byzantium (2012, Neil Jordan) – review
  • Absentia (2011, Mike Flanegan)
  • A Separation (2011, Asghfar Farhadi)
  • Buried (2010, Rodrigo Cortes)
  • The Walking Dead: Season 1 (2010 tv series, Frank Darabont)
  • Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father (2008 documentary, Kurt Kuenne)
  • The Horribly Slow Murderer with the Extremely Inefficient Weapon (2008 short, Richard Gale)
  • The Enemies of Reason (2007 tv documentary, Russell Barnes)
  • No Country for Old Men (2007, Joel Coen & Ethan Coen)
  • Brokeback Mountain (2005, Ang Lee)
  • Wolf Creek (2005, Greg McLean)
  • Twist of Faith (2004 documentary, Kirby Dick)
  • Da Ali G Show: Seasons 2 & 3 (2003-2004 tv series, Sacha Baron Cohen)
  • Memories of Murder (2003, Joon-ho Bong)
  • Zero Day (2002, Ben Coccio) – review
  • Mulholland Drive / Mulholland Dr. (2001 experimental film, David Lynch) – review
  • American Beauty (1999, Sam Mendes)
  • Life Is Beautiful (1997, Roberto Benigni)
  • Breaking the Waves (1996, Lars von Trier)
  • Secrets & Lies (1996, Mike Leigh)
  • Forrest Gump (1994, Robert Zemeckis)
  • Dead Alive / Braindead (1992, Peter Jackson)
  • Candyman (1992, Bernard Rose)
  • Slacker (1991, Richard Linklater)
  • Time of the Gypsies (1988, Emir Kusturica)
  • The Brave Little Toaster (1987 animated feature, Jerry Rees)
  • The Moromete Family (1987, Stere Gulea)
  • Deadly Friend (1986, Wes Craven)
  • The NeverEnding Story (1984, Wolfgang Petersen)
  • E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982, Steven Spielberg)
  • Koyaanisqatsi (1982 experimental documentary, Godfrey Reggio)
  • Poltergeist (1982, Tobe Hooper & Steven Spielberg)
  • Sequences (1982, Alexandru Tatos)
  • Jesus of Nazareth (1977 tv mini-series, Franco Zeffirelli)
  • Assault on Precinct 13 (1976, John Carpenter)
  • Barry Lyndon (1975, Stanley Kubrick)
  • The Last House on the Left (1972, Wes Craven)
  • Bonnie and Clyde (1967, Arthur Penn)
  • Scorpio Rising (1963 experimental short, Kenneth Anger)
  • Ben-Hur (1959, William Wyler)
  • Strangers on a Train (1951, Alfred Hitchcock)
  • Bicycle Thieves / The Bicycle Thief (1948, Vittoria De Sica)
  • It’s A Wonderful Life (1946, Frank Capra)
  • For Scent-imental Reasons (1949 animated short, Chuck Jones)
  • King Kong (1933, Merian C. Cooper & Ernest B. Schoedsack)
  • Napoleon (1927, Abel Gance)

Listing these films doesn’t mean acceptance of the potentially illegal, unethical or immoral behaviour of any creator or star, neither that I agree with their opinions on any subject matter. It also doesn’t mean approval of the ideas expressed in the films or of the ways they were made.