Top 250 Films that Marked My Life

Adrian Țofei, December 2016

Latest Update: August 2019

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 mention when I first watched them and the main reasons why they impressed/influenced me (for top 50 only, I will soon update top 100 and top 250 as well).

I’ve also included ratings from 1 to 5 stars, which reflect the average of my opinions over time about 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 and still impressed me a lot are considered for 5 stars.

Check out as well the Top 50 Film & TV Acting Performances that marked my life and the 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.

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) – in adolescence, for the general vision, metaphysics, art, use of music and realistic space conditions, recently rewatched – 4 stars – directed, produced & visual effects by Stanley Kubrick, written by Stanley Kubrick & Arthur C. Clarke inspired from stories by Arthur C. Clarke
  2. Carrie (1976) – in childhood, for the paradoxical character, dramatic intensity, bullying theme, teen drama and Sissy Spacek’s acting, recently rewatched – 4 stars – 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) – in adolescence, for the found footage concept, realism, filmmaking method and psychological horror, rewatched – 3 stars – directed & written by Daniel Myrick & Eduardo Sanchez, produced by Gregg Hale & Robin Cowie, starring Heather Donahue
  4. Roger & Me (1989 Documentary) – years ago, for the exposure of capitalism with its social issues and for the narrative structure and filmmaking method, recently rewatched – 4 stars – directed, written & narrated by Michael Moore
  5. Pan’s Labyrinth / El laberinto del fauno (2006) – years ago, for the childhood drama, narrative structure and paradoxical ending, recently rewatched – 4 stars – directed & written by Guillermo del Toro, starring Ivana Baquero & Sergi Lopez
  6. Taxi Driver (1976) – in adolescence, for the antihero concept, paradoxical character and Robert de Niro’s acting – 4 stars – directed by Martin Scorsese, written by Paul Schrader, starring Robert De Niro & Jodie Foster
  7. The Celebration / Festen (1998) – years ago, for the realism and filmmaking method – 4 stars – directed by Thomas Vinterberg, written by Thomas Vinterberg & Mogens Rukov, starring Ulrich Thomsen & Henning Moritzen
  8. The Gold Rush (1925) – in adolescence, for the overall narrative, recently rewatched – 5 stars – directed, written by & starring Charles Chaplin
  9. The Land Before Time (1988 Animated Movie) – in childhood, for the scene with mother’s shadow, the approach on ephemerality of life, segregation and children’s universe, recently rewatched – 4 stars – directed by Don Bluth, screenplay by Stu Krieger, story by Judy Freudberg & Tony Geiss
  10. The Eye of the Storm (1970 TV Documentary) + Frontline: A Class Divided (1985 TV Documentary Episode) – years ago, for the revelatory info on the psychology and sociology of racism and discrimination – 3 stars + 4 stars – 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]

Top 50:

(in chronological order from 11th to 50th)

  • 13th (2016 Documentary) – recently, for the exposure of institutionalised racism – 3 stars – directed by Ava DuVernay, written by Ava DuVernay & Spencer Averick
  • Where to Invade Next (2015 Documentary) – recently, for presenting revelatory solutions to social issues, recently rewatched – 3 stars – directed, written & narrated by Michael Moore
  • Citizenfour (2014 Documentary) – recently, for the exposure of global surveillance – 3 stars – with Edward Snowden, directed by Laura Poitras
  • Gone Girl (2014) – recently, for the approach on interpersonal relationships and manipulation – 4  stars – directed by David Fincher, screenplay by Gillian Flynn based on his own novel, starring Rosamund Pike
  • True Detective: Season 1 (2014 TV Mini-Series) – years ago, for the dark metaphysics and Matthew McConaughey’s acting – 4 stars – created by Nic Pizzolatto, starring Matthew McConaughey
  • The Act of Killing (2012 Documentary) – years ago, for the exploration of human psychology in connection to film and acting – 3 stars – directed by Joshua Oppenheimer, with Anwar Congo
  • American Horror Story: Asylum (2012 TV Mini-Series) – years ago, for the dramatic intensity, Jessica Lange’s acting and horror tributes – 3 stars – created by Ryan Murphy & Brad Falchuk, starring Jessica Lange
  • Inside Job (2010 Documentary) – years ago, for the exposure of corruption at the top – 3 stars – directed & written by Charles Ferguson
  • The Enemies of Reason (2007 TV Documentary) – years ago, for the revelatory scientific info – 3 stars – written & narrated by Richard Dawkins, directed by Russell Barnes
  • Exhibit A (2007) – years ago, for the ending and the intense found footage drama, recently rewatched – 3 stars – directed & screenplay by Dom Rotheroe, produced & story by Darren Bender, starring Brittany Ashworth
  • Kiwi! (2006 Animated Short) – years ago, for the inventive structure and metaphysical drama, recently rewatched – 4 stars – directed & written by Dony Permedi
  • Earthlings (2005 Documentary) – years ago, for the exposure of animal abuse – 3 stars – directed & written by Shaun Monson, narrated by Joaquin Phoenix
  • Grizzly Man (2005 Documentary) – years ago, for the art and dark metaphysics, recently rewatched – 4 stars – directed, written & narrated by Werner Herzog
  • Twist of Faith (2004 Documentary) – years ago, for the approach on the psychology and sociology of child abuse – 3 stars – directed by Kirby Dick
  • Da Ali G Show (2003 TV Series) – recently, for the realistic comedy – 3 stars – starring Sacha Baron Cohen
  • The Iceman and the Psychiatrist (2003 TV Documentary) – years ago, for the lessons on human psychology, recently rewatched – 3 stars – with Richard Kuklinski & Park Dietz, directed by Arthur Ginsberg
  • Zero Day (2003) – years ago, for the found footage concept – 3 stars – directed by Ben Coccio, written by Ben Coccio & Christopher Coccio
  • Mulholland Drive / Mulholland Dr. (2001) – years ago, for the lessons on film conventions and acting, recently rewatched – 4 stars – directed & written by David Lynch, starring Naomi Watts
  • The Iron Giant (1999 Animated Movie) – in adolescence, for the ending, the paradoxical character and the approach on prejudice, recently rewatched – 4 stars – directed by Brad Bird, screenplay by Brad Bird & Tim McCanlies based on book by Ted Hughes
  • My Voyage to Italy / Il mio viaggio in Italia (1999 TV Documentary) – years ago, for the revelatory info on film history, recently rewatched – 4 stars – directed & narrated by Martin Scorsese, written by Martin Scorsese, Suso Cecchi D’Amico, Raffaele Donato & Kent Jones
  • The Straight Story (1999) – years ago, for the approach to life in general and for Richard Farnsworth’s acting, recently rewatched – 4 stars – directed by David Lynch, written by Mary Sweeney & John Roach, starring Richard Farnsworth
  • Falling Down (1993) – in adolescence, for the paradoxical character, antihero and rampage concepts, recently rewatched – 3 stars – directed by Joel Schumacher, written by Ebbe Roe Smith, starring Michael Douglas
  • The Decalogue: One / Dekalog, jeden (1988 TV Episode) – in adolescence, for the metaphysical drama and European art, recently rewatched – 3 stars – directed by Krzysztof Kieslowski, written by Krzysztof Kieslowski & Krzysztof Piesiewicz
  • Time of the Gypsies / Dom za vesanje (1988) – recently, for the complex drama and use of magical realism – 4 stars – directed by Emir Kusturica, written by Emir Kusturica & Gordan Mihic, music by Goran Bregovic
  • Blade Runner (1982) – years ago, for the paradoxical ending/character and the metaphysics of artificial intelligence, recently rewatched – 4 stars – directed by Ridley Scott, screenplay by Hampton Fancher & David Webb Peoples based on novel by Philip K. Dick, starring Rutger Hauer
  • Halloween (1978) – in adolescence, for the shape/bogeyman slasher concept, atmospherical horror and ending, recently rewatched – 3 stars – directed & music by John Carpenter, screenplay by John Carpenter & Debra Hill
  • Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975) – years ago, for the atmospheric horror and teen drama, recently rewatched – 3 stars – directed by Peter Weir, screenplay by Cliff Green based on novel by Joan Lindsay
  • Hearts and Minds (1974 Documentary) – years ago, for the exposure of manipulation, war, and for the narrative structure and exploration of human psychology – 4 stars – directed by Peter Davis
  • Empire (1964 Experimental Film) – in adolescence, for the experimental concept breaking the limits of cinema, recently reconsidered – 4 stars – directed by Andy Warhol
  • The Haunting (1963) – in adolescence, for the psychological and atmospherical horror, recently rewatched – 3 stars – directed by Robert Wise, screenplay by Nelson Gidding based on novel by Shirley Jackson
  • Peeping Tom (1960) – years ago, for being bold and ahead of its times and for the paradoxical character, recently rewatched – 4 stars – directed by Michael Powell, written by Leo Marks
  • The 400 Blows / Les quatre cents coups (1959) – years ago, for the childhood drama and the ending – 4 stars – directed by Francois Truffaut, written by Francois Truffaut & Marcel Moussy
  • Paths of Glory (1957) – in adolescence, for the idealism and the ending with the German girl, recently rewatched – 4 stars – 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) – in adolescence, for the metaphysics and the dark European art, recently rewatched – 4 stars – directed & written by Ingmar Bergman
  • Forbidden Games / Jeux interdits (1952) – years ago, for the childhood drama – 4 stars – directed by Rene Clement, screenplay by Rene Clement, Jean Aurenche, Pierre Bost & Francois Boyer based on novel by Francois Boyer
  • The Great Dictator (1940) – years ago, for the comedy, recently rewatched – 4 stars – directed, written by & starring Charles Chaplin
  • Bride of Frankenstein (1935) – years ago, for the exploration of human nature, prejudice, and for the scene with the blind man, recently rewatched – 4 stars – directed by James Whale based on novel by Mary Shelley, starring Boris Karloff
  • Freaks (1932) – 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, recently rewatched – 4 stars – 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) – years ago, for the film language – 4 stars – directed by Fritz Lang, written by Fritz Lang & Thea von Harbou, starring Peter Lorre
  • Man with a Movie Camera / Chelovek s kino-apparatom (1929 Documentary) – in adolescence (partially), for the metaphysics in the ending scenes – x stars – directed & written by Dziga Vertov

Top 100:

(in chronological order from 51st to 100th)

  • A Star is Born (2018) – recently, for Lady Gaga’s acting – 3 stars – 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
  • Feud: Betty and Joan (2017 TV Mini-Series) – recently, for the exposure of the film industry – 3 stars – created by Ryan Murphy, Jaffe Cohen & Michael Zam, starring Susan Sarandon
  • The Witch (2015) – recently, for the production design, metaphysical ending and approach on beliefs and superstitions, recently rewatched – 4 stars – directed & written by Robert Eggers
  • The Invisible War (2012 Documentary) – years ago, for the exposure of abuses in the military – 3 stars – directed & written by Kirby Dick
  • Les Miserables (2012) – years ago – 3 stars – directed by Tom Hooper, based on novel by Victor Hugo, starring Anne Hathaway & Hugh Jackman
  • Absentia (2011) – years ago – 3 stars – directed & written by Mike Flanegan
  • A Separation / Jodaeiye Nader az Simin (2011) – years ago – 4 stars – directed & written by Asghar Farhadi
  • The Tree of Life (2011) – years ago, recently rewatched – 3 stars – directed & written by Terrence Malick
  • The Walking Dead: Season 1 (2010 TV Series) – years ago – 3 stars – created by Frank Darabont
  • Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father (2008 Documentary) – years ago – 4 stars – directed & written by Kurt Kuenne
  • No Country for Old Men (2007) – years ago – 3 stars – starring Javier Bardem, directed & screenplay by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen based on novel by Corman McCarthy
  • Death Note (2006 Animated TV Mini-Series) – years ago – 3 stars – directed by Tetsuro Araki
  • Brokeback Mountain (2005) – years ago – 3 stars – directed by Ang Lee, screenplay by Larry McMurtry & Diana Ossana based on short story by Annie Proulx, starring Heath Ledger
  • A Decade Under the Influence (2003 Documentary) – years ago, recently rewatched – 3 stars – directed by Ted Demme & Richard LeGravenese
  • Memories of Murder (2003) – years ago – 4 stars – directed by Joon-ho Bong, screenplay by Joon-ho Bong  & Sung-bo Shim based on play by Kwang-rim Kim
  • American Beauty (1999) – in adolescence, recently rewatched – 4 stars – directed by Sam Mendes, written by Alan Ball, starring Kevin Spacey
  • Titanic (1997) – in adolescence for the grandiosity and recently for the apocalyptic and social metaphors, recently rewatched – 4 stars – directed & written by James Cameron, starring Leonardo DiCaprio & Kate Winslet, music by James Horner
  • Life Is Beautiful / La vita e bella (1997) – in adolescence – 4 stars – directed by & starring Roberto Benigni, written by Roberto Benigni & Vincenzo Cerami
  • Breaking the Waves (1996) – years ago, recently rewatched – 3 stars – directed by Lars von Trier, written by Lars von Trier & Peter Asmussen, starring Emily Watson
  • Secrets & Lies (1996) – years ago, for the realism – 3 stars – directed & written by Mike Leigh
  • A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies (1995 TV Documentary) – recently – 3 stars – directed & written by Martin Scorsese & Michael Henry Wilson, narrated by Martin Scorsese
  • Forrest Gump (1994) – in childhood, recently rewatched – 4 stars – directed by Robert Zemeckis, screenplay by Eric Roth based on novel by Winston Groom, starring Tom Hanks & Mykelti Williamson
  • Slacker (1991) – years ago, recently rewatched – 3 stars – directed & written by Richard Linklater
  • Thelma & Louise (1991) – recently – 3 stars – written by Callie Khouri, directed by Ridley Scott, starring Susan Sarandon & Geena Davis
  • University Square: Romania / Piața Universității – România (1991 Documentary) – years ago – 3 stars – directed by Stere Gulea, Sorin Iliesu, Vivi Dragan Vasile
  • Mr. Bean (1990-1995 TV Series) + Bean (1997) – in childhood and adolescence, recently rewatched – 3 stars + 2 stars – 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
  • GoodFellas (1990) – in adolescence, recently rewatched – 3 stars – directed by Martin Scorsese, screenplay by Martin Scorsese & Nicholas Pileggi based on book by Nicholas Pileggi, starring Joe Pesci
  • Twin Peaks: Pilot (1990 TV Episode) – yeas ago, recently rewatched – 3 stars – directed by David Lynch, written by David Lynch & Mark Frost
  • Dead Poets Society (1989) – in adolescence, rewatched – 3 stars – directed by Peter Weir, written by Tom Schulman
  • The Brave Little Toaster (1987 Animated Movie) – in childhood, rewatched – 3 stars – directed by Jerry Rees, screenplay by Jerry Rees & Joe Ranft based on novella by Thomas M. Disch
  • The Moromete Family / Moromeții (1987) – in adolescence, rewatched – 4 stars – directed & screenplay by Stere Gulea based on novel by Marin Preda, starring Victor Rebengiuc
  • The Neverending Story (1984) – in childhood, recently rewatched – 4 stars – directed by Wolfgang Petersen, screenplay by Wolfgang Petersen & Herman Weigel based on novel by Michael Ende
  • E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982) – in childhood, recently rewatched – 3 stars – directed by Steven Spielberg, written by Melissa Mathison
  • Koyaanisqatsi (1982 Documentary) – years ago, for the visual spectacle and metaphysics in the second half – 3 stars – directed by Godfrey Reggio, written by Godfrey Reggio, Ron Fricke, Michael Hoenig, Alton Walpole, music by Philip Glass
  • Jesus of Nazareth (1977 TV Mini-Series) – in childhood, recently rewatched – 3 stars – directed by Franco Zeffirelli, screenplay by Franco Zeffirelli, Anthony Burgess & Suso Cecchi D’Amico based on the gospels, starring Robert Powell, music by Maurice Jarre
  • Assault on Precinct 13 (1976) – in adolescence – 3 stars – directed, written & music by John Carpenter
  • Barry Lyndon (1975) – years ago – 4 stars – directed by Stanley Kubrick, screenplay by Stanley Kubrick based on novel by William Makepeace Thackeray, cinematography by John Alcott
  • Cries and Whispers / Viskningar och rop (1972) – years ago, rewatched – 3 stars – directed & written by Ingmar Bergman, starring Harriet Andersson
  • Love Story (1970) – in adolescence, rewatched – 3 stars – directed by Arthur Hiller, written by Erich Segal, starring Ali MacGraw, Ryan O’Neal & John Marley
  • Bonnie and Clyde (1967) – recently – 4 stars – directed by Arthur Penn, written by David Newman & Robert Benton, starring Faye Dunaway & Warren Beatty
  • What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962) – recently – 3 stars – directed by Robert Aldrich, screenplay by Lukas Heller based on novel by Henry Farrell, starring Bette Davis
  • Psycho (1960) + Psycho IV: The Beginning (1990 TV Movie) – in childhood, for the psycho concept and paradoxical character, rewatched – 2 stars + 1 star – 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) – years ago, recently rewatched – 3 stars – directed by William Wyler, screenplay by Karl Tunberg based on novel by Lee Wallace, starring Charlton Heston
  • One Froggy Evening (1955 Animated Short) – years ago, recently rewatched – 4 stars – directed by Chuck Jones, story by Michael Maltese
  • Strangers on a Train (1951) – years ago – 4 stars – 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) – in childhood, recently rewatched – 3 stars – directed by Chuck Jones, story by Michael Maltese
  • Bicycle Thieves / The Bicycle Thief / Ladri di biciclette (1948) – years ago – 4 stars – 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
  • It’s A Wonderful Life (1946) – recently – 4 stars – directed by Frank Capra, screenplay by Frank Capra, Frances Goodrich & Albert Hackett, story by Philip Van Doren Stern
  • King Kong (1933) – years ago, recently rewatched – 3 stars – 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
  • Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (1927) – years ago – 4 stars – directed by F. W. Murnau, screenplay by Carl Mayer, original theme by Hermann Sudermann

Top 250:

(in chronological order from 101st to 250th)

  • Sharp Objects (2018 Mini-Series) – recently – 3 stars – created by Marti Noxon based on novel by Gillian Flynn, directed by Jean-Marc Vallee, starring Patricia Clarkson
  • Big Little Lies: Season 1 (2017 Mini-Series) – recently – 3 stars – created by David E. Kelley based on novel novel by Liana Moriarty, directed by Jean-Marc Vallee, starring Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Laura Dern, Shailene Woodley, Alexander Skarsgard
  • Genius: Einstein (2017 TV Mini-Series) – recently – 2 stars – created by Kenneth Biller & Noah Pink
  • After Hitler / Apres Hitler (2016 TV Documentary) – recently – 2 stars – directed by David Korn Brzoza, written by David Korn Brzoza & Olivier Wieviorka
  • Planet Earth II: Islands + Cities (2016 TV Documentary Episodes) – recently – 4 stars + 3 stars – Islands directed by Elizabeth White, Cities directed by Fredi Devas, both narrated by David Attenborough
  • Under the Shadow (2016) – recently – 3 stars  – directed & written by Babak Anvari
  • Westworld: Season 1 (2016 TV Series) – recently – 3 stars – created by Jonathan Nolan & Lisa Joy
  • Inside Out (2015 Animated Movie) – recently – 3 stars – 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) – recently – 3 stars – directed by Deniz Gamze Erguven, written by Deniz Gamze Erguven & Alice Winocour
  • Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey (2014 TV Documentary Mini-Series) – recently, for the scientific info – 2 stars – written by Ann Druyan, Carl Segan, Steven Soter & Johnny Otto, narrated by Neil deGrasse Tyson
  • The Imitation Game (2014) – recently – 3 stars – directed by Morten Tyldum, screenplay by Graham Moore based on book by Andrew Hodges, starring Benedict Cumberbatch
  • Interstellar (2014) – years ago, recently rewatched – 3 stars – directed by Christopher Nolan, written by Christopher Nolan & Jonathan Nolan, music by Hans Zimmer
  • Starry Eyes (2014) – years ago, recently rewatched – 2 stars – directed & written by Kevin Kolsch & Dennis Widmyer, starring Alex Essoe
  • Still Alice (2014) – recently – 3 stars – starring Julianne Moore, directed & screenplay by Richard Glatzer & Wash Westmoreland based on novel by Lisa Genova
  • Whiplash (2014) – years ago – 3 stars – directed & written by Damien Chazelle, starring J. K. Simmons
  • Fruitvale Station (2013) – years ago – 4 stars – directed & written by Ryan Coogler, starring Octavia Spencer
  • Locke (2013) – recently – 3 stars – directed & written by Steven Knight, starring Tom Hardy
  • Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012) – recently – 3 stars – directed by Benh Zeitlin, screenplay by Benh Zeitlin & Lucy Alibar based on play by Lucy Alibar
  • Byzantium (2012) – years ago – 3 stars – directed by Neil Jordan, screenplay by Moira Buffini based on play by Moira Buffini, starring Saoirse Ronan
  • The Imposter (2012 Documentary) – years ago, recently rewatched – 3 stars – directed by Bart Layton
  • Life of Pi (2012) – years ago and recently reconsidered for the coming-of-age metaphor – 3 stars – directed by Ang Lee, screenplay by David Magee, novel by Yann Martel
  • Wadjda (2012) – recently – 3 stars – directed & written by Haifaa Al-Mansour
  • American Horror Story: Murder House (2011 TV Mini-Series) – years ago – 2 stars – created by Ryan Murphy & Brad Falchuk
  • Happy (2011 Documentary) – years ago, recently rewatched – 2 stars – directed & written by Roko Belic
  • Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory (2011 Documentary) – years ago – 3 stars – directed by Joe Berlinger & Bruce Sinofsky
  • The Turin Horse / A torinoi lo (2011) – years ago – 3 stars – directed by Bela Tarr, co-directed by Agnes Hranitzky, screenplay by Bela Tarr & Laszlo Krasznahorkai
  • Buried (2010) – years ago, rewatched – 3 stars – directed by Rodrigo Cortes, written by Chris Sparling
  • Embrace Life (2010 Short Commercial) – years ago, rewatched – 3 stars – directed & written by Daniel Cox
  • Frozen (2010) – years ago, rewatched – 2 stars – directed & written by Adam Green
  • The Last Exorcism (2010) – years ago, for Ashley Bell’s acting – 2 stars – starring Ashley Bell, directed by Daniel Stamm, written by Huck Botko & Andrew Gurland
  • Third Reich: The Rise & Fall (2010 TV Documentary Mini-Series) – recently – 2 stars – directed by Seth Skundrick & Nicole Rittenmeyer, written by Nicole Rittenmeyer
  • Drag Me to Hell (2009) – years ago – 3 stars – directed by Sam Raimi, written by Sam Raimi & Ivan Raimi
  • Inglourious Basterds (2009) – years ago, for Christoph Waltz’s acting – 2 stars – starring Christoph Waltz, directed & written by Quentin Tarantino
  • Medal of Honor / Medalia de onoare (2009) – years ago – 3 stars – directed by Calin Peter Netzer, written by Tudor Voican, starring Victor Rebengiuc
  • Precious (2009) – years ago, for Mo’Nique’s acting, recently rewatched – 2 stars – starring Mo’Nique, directed by Lee Daniels, screenplay by Geoffrey Fletcher based on novel by Sapphire
  • Talhotblond (2009 Documentary) – years ago – 3 stars – directed & written by Barbara Schroeder
  • Up (2009 Animated Movie) – years ago, for the part with their relationship through time – 3 stars – directed by Pete Docter, co-directed by Bob Peterson, screenplay by Pete Docter & Bob Peterson, story by Pete Docter, Bob Peterson & Tom McCarthy
  • Home Movie (2008) – years ago – 2 stars – directed & written by Christopher Denham
  • The Horribly Slow Murderer with the Extremely Inefficient Weapon (2008 Short) – years ago, recently rewatched – 4 stars – directed & written by Richard Gale
  • Snuff: A Documentary about Killing on Camera (2008 Documentary) – years ago, 2 stars – directed by Paul von Stoetzel
  • The Soviet Story (2008 Documentary) – years ago, 3 stars – directed & written by Edvins Snore
  • Eastern Promises (2007) – years ago, recently rewatched – 3 stars – directed by David Cronenberg, written by Steven Knight, starring Viggo Mortensen
  • In the Shadow of the Moon (2007 Documentary) – years ago – 3 stars – directed by David Sington
  • The Man from Earth (2007) – years ago – 4 stars – directed by Richard Schenkman, written by Jerome Bixby
  • The Mist (2007) – years ago, rewatched – 3 stars – directed by Frank Darabont, screenplay by Frank Darabont based on novel by Stephen King
  • Sicko (2007 Documentary) – years ago – 3 stars – directed, written & narrated by Michael Moore
  • Zeitgeist (2007 Documentary) – years ago – 1 star – 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]
  • Going to Pieces: The Rise and Fall of the Slasher Film (2006 Documentary) – years ago, for the info on the slasher concept – 2 star – adapted from book by Adam Rockoff
  • The Secret (2006 Documentary) – years ago, rewatched – 1 star – 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 currently recommend it]
  • Auschwitz: The Nazis and “The Final Solution” (2005 TV Mini-Series) – years ago, 2 stars – produced by BBC
  • Midnight Movies: From the Margin to the Mainstream (2005 Documentary) – years ago – 2 stars – directed & written by Stuart Samuels
  • Noroi: The Curse (2005) – years ago – 3 stars – directed by Koji Shiraishi, written by Koji Shiraishi & Naoyuki Yokota
  • Wolf Creek (2005) – years ago – 3 stars – directed & written by Greg McLean, starring John Jarratt
  • Crash (2004) – years ago – 3 stars – directed & story by Paul Haggis, screenplay by Paul Haggis & Bobby Moresco, starring Matt Dillon
  • Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004) (Documentary) – years ago – 3 stars – directed & written by Michael Moore
  • Hotel Rwanda (2004) – years ago – 4 stars – directed by Terry George, written by Terry George & Keir Pearson
  • The Village (2004) – years ago – 3 stars – directed & written by M. Night Shyamalan
  • Chernobyl Heart (2003 Documentary Short) – years ago – 2 stars – directed by Maryann DeLeo
  • Tarnation (2003 Documentary) – years ago – 2 stars – directed, written by & with Jonathan Caouette
  • About Schmidt (2002) – years ago, for the ending and Jack Nicholson’s acting – 3 stars – directed by Alexander Payne, screenplay by Alexander Payne & Jim Taylor based on novel by Louis Begley, staring Jack Nicholson
  • Bloody Sunday (2002) – years ago, for the realism – 2 stars – directed & written by Paul Greengrass
  • Happy Tree Friends: Eye Candy (2002 Animated Short) – years ago, recently rewatched – 3 stars – directed by Rhode Montijo, written by Rhode Montijo, Warren Graff & Kenn Navarro
  • A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001) – in adolescence – 3 stars – directed & screenplay by Steven Spielberg, screen story by Ian Watson, short story by Brian Aldiss, developed by Stanley Kubrick
  • Children Underground (2001 Documentary) – years ago – 2 stars – directed by Edet Belzberg
  • The Pledge (2001) – in adolescence – 3 stars – directed by Sean Penn, screenplay by Jerzy Kromolowski & Mary Olson-Kromolowski based on book by Friedrich Durrenmatt
  • Shallow Hal (2001) – years ago – 3 stars – directed by Bobby Farrelly & Peter Farrelly, written by Bobby Farrelly, Peter Farrelly & Sean Moynihan
  • Erin Brockovich (2000) – years ago – 3 stars – starring Julia Roberts, directed by Steven Soderbergh, written by Susannah Grant
  • A Christmas Carol (1999 TV Movie) – in adolescence, rewatched – 2 stars – directed by David Hugh Jones, screenplay by Peter Barnes based on novel by Charles Dickens
  • Eyes Wide Shut (1999) – in adolescence, rewatched – 4 stars – directed by Stanley Kubrick, screenplay by Stanley Kubrick & Frederic Raphael inspired from novel by Arthur Schnitzler
  • The Big Lebowski (1998) – years ago, recently rewatched – 2 stars – directed & written by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen, starring Jeff Bridges
  • The Truman Show (1998) – years ago – 4 stars – directed by Peter Weir, written by Andrew Niccol, starring Jim Carrey
  • Contact (1997) – in adolescence – 3 stars – 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
  • The Chicken from Outer Space (1996 Animated Short) – in childhood, rewatched – 2 stars – directed & written by John Dilworth
  • The Dentist (1996) – in adolescence – 1 star – directed by Brian Yuzna, written by Stuart Gordon, Dennis Paoli & Charles Finch
  • Babe (1995) – in adolescence, recently rewatched – 4 stars – directed by Chris Noonan, screenplay by Chris Noonan & George Miller based on novel by Dick King-Smith
  • Braveheart (1995) – in childhood – 3 stars – directed by & starring Mel Gibson, written by Randall Wallace
  • The Bridges of Madison County (1995) – years ago – 4 stars – directed by Clint Eastwood, screenplay by Richard LeGravenesse based on novel by Robert James Waller, starring Meryl Streep
  • Various TV Documentaries on Discovery Channel & Animal Planet (1995-2005) – in childhood and adolescence – 1 to 3 stars
  • Dumb and Dumber (1994) – in adolescence, recently rewatched – 2 stars – directed by Peter Farrelli & and Bobby Farrelli, written by Peter Farrelli, Bobby Farrelli & Bennett Yellin
  • Quiz Show (1994) – years ago – 3 stars – directed by Robert Redford, screenplay by Paul Attanasio based on book by Richard N. Goodwin
  • Groundhog Day (1993) – in adolescence, recently rewatched – 4 stars – directed by Harold Ramis, screenplay by Harold Ramis & Danny Rubin
  • A Perfect World (1993) – in childhood, for the ending – 3 stars – directed by Clint Eastwood, written by John Lee Hancock
  • Candyman (1992) – in adolescence, rewatched – 3 stars – directed & screenplay by Bernard Rose, story by Clive Barker
  • Dead Alive / Braindead (1992) – in childhood, recently rewatched – 3 stars – directed by Peter Jackson, written by Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh & Stephen Sinclair, story by Stephen Sinclair
  • FernGully: The Last Rainforest (1992 Animated Movie) – in childhood, for the environmental message – 2 stars – directed by Bill Kroyer, screenplay by Jim Cox, original stories by Diana Yeung
  • The Lawnmower Man (1992) – in childhood – 2 stars – directed by Brett Leonard, written by Brett Leonard & Gimel Everett
  • The Man in the Moon (1991) – years ago – 3 stars – directed by Robert Mulligan, written by Jenny Wingfield
  • Edward Scissorhands (1990) – in childhood – 3 stars – directed by Tim Burton, written by Caroline Thompson, story by Tim Burton & Caroline Thompson, starring Winona Ryder
  • Misery (1990) – in adolescence, for Kathy Bate’s acting and the psycho theme, recently rewatched – 2 stars – starring Kathy Bates, directed by Rob Reiner, screenplay by William Goldman based on novel by Stephen King
  • 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).
  • 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
  • Casualties of War (1989) – in adolescence – 3 stars – directed by Brian De Palma, screenplay by David Rabe, book by Daniel Lang
  • Crimes & Misdemeanors (1989) – recently – 4 stars – directed & written by Woody Allen
  • Big (1988) – years ago, recently rewatched – 3 stars – directed by Penny Marshall, written by Gary Ross & Anne Spielberg, starring Tom Hanks
  • Monsters: Pillow Talk (1988 TV Episode) + The Hole (1990 TV Episode) – in childhood, recently rewatched – 1 star + 1 star – series created by Richard P. Rubinstein
  • Escape from Sobibor (1987 TV Movie) – in childhood, for the ending and the scene with the dog – 3 stars – directed by Jack Gold
  • Deadly Friend (1986) – in childhood, recently rewatched – 1 star – directed by Wes Craven, written by Bruce Joel Robin based on novel by Diana Henstell
  • The Name of the Rose (1986) – in adolescence – 3 stars – directed Jean-Jacques Annaud, written by Andrew Birkin, Gerard Brach, Howard Franklin & Alain Godard based on novel by Umberto Eco
  • Stand by Me (1986) – years ago – 3 stars – directed by Rob Reiner, screenplay Raynold Gideon & Bruce A. Evans based on novel by Stephen King
  • The Color Purple (1985) – recently, for Oprah Winfrey’s acting – 3 stars – 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) – years ago – 3 stars – directed by Lasse Hallstrom, screenplay by Lasse Hallstrom, Brasse Brannstrom, Per Berglund & Reidar Jonsson based on novel by Reidar Jonsson
  • Starman (1984) – in childhood, rewatched – 3 stars – music by Jack Nitzsche, directed by John Carpenter, written by Bruce A. Evans & Raynold Gideon
  • Stranger than Paradise (1984) – years ago – 3 stars – directed & written by Jim Jarmusch
  • The Terminator (1984) + Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) – in childhood, rewatched – 2 stars + 3 stars – both directed by James Cameron, first written by James Cameron & Gale Anne Hurd, second written by James Cameron & William Wisher, music by Brad Fiedel
  • Silkwood (1983) – years ago, for the idealism – 3 stars – directed by Mike Nichols, written by Nora Ephron & Alice Arlen, starring Meryl Streep
  • Poltergeist (1982) – in childhood, recently rewatched – 2 stars – directed by Tobe Hooper & Steven Spielberg, screenplay by Steven Spielberg, Michael Grais & Mark Victor, story by Steven Spielberg
  • Sequences / Secvențe (1982) – years ago – 3 stars – directed & written by Alexandru Tatos
  • The Snowman (1982 Animated Short) – years ago (partially), for the flight scene and the ending, recently watched in full – 2 stars – directed by Dianne Jackson, written by Raymond Briggs
  • Tenebre (1982) – years ago (partially), for the dog pursuit scene – x stars – directed & written by Dario Argento
  • The Howling (1981) – years ago, for the ending – 3 stars – directed by Joe Dante, screenplay by John Sayles & Terence H. Winkless based on novel by Gary Brandner
  • Autumn Sonata / Hostsonaten (1978) – years ago – 3 stars – directed & written by Ingmar Bergman, starring Ingrid Bergman
  • Dog Day Afternoon (1975) – in adolescence, recently rewatched – 3 stars – directed by Sidney Lumet, starring Al Pacino
  • The Mirror / Zerkalo (1975) – years ago (partially), for the poetic images, recently watched in full – 2 stars – directed by Andrei Tarkovsky, written by Andrei Tarkovsky & Aleksandr Misharin, cinematography by Georgi Rerberg
  • Chinatown (1974) – recently, for the ending – 4 stars – directed by Roman Polanski, written by Robert Towne
  • The Phantom of Liberty / Le fantome de la liberte (1974) – in adolescence – 3 stars – directed by Luis Bunuel, written by Luis Bunuel & Jean-Claude Carriere
  • Frenzy (1972) – years ago, for the “camera leaving the scene” moment – 3 stars – directed by Alfred Hitchcock, screenplay by Anthony Shaffer based on novel by Arthur La Bern
  • The Last House on the Left (1972) – years ago – 3 stars – directed by Wes Craven, written by Wes Craven inspired from screenplay by Ulla Isaksson
  • Willowbrook: The Last Great Disgrace (1972 TV News) – years ago – 2 stars – by Geraldo Rivera
  • A Bay of Blood / Reazione a catena (1971) – years ago (partially) – x stars – directed & written by Mario Bava, screenplay by Marion Bava, Guiseppe Zaccariello & Fillippo Ottoni, story by Dardano Sacchetti & Franco Barberi
  • Columbo (1971-2003 TV Series) – in childhood – 3 stars – starring Peter Falk, created by Richard Levinson & William Link
  • Z (1969) – in adolescence – 3 stars – directed by Costa-Gavras, based on novel by Vasilis Vasilikos, starring Jean-Louis Trintignant
  • In the Heat of the Night (1967) – in adolescence – 3 stars – directed by Normal Jewison, starring Rod Steiger, screenplay by Stirling Silliphant based on novel by John Ball
  • Africa Addio (1966 Documentary) – years ago – 2 stars – directed & written by Gualtiero Jacopetti & Franco Prosperi
  • War and Peace / Voyna i mir (1966) – in adolescence / years ago, for the art and the war scene – 3 stars – directed by Sergey Bondarchuk, screenplay by Sergey Bondarchuk & Vasiliy Solovyov based on novel by Lev Tolstoy
  • Alphaville (1965) – years ago, for the “explanation of love” scene – 2 stars – directed & written by Jean-Luc Godard
  • For a Few Dollars More / Per qualche dollaro in piu (1965) – in childhood, for the final duel – 2 stars – directed by Sergio Leone, screenplay by Sergio Leone, Fulvio Morsella & Luciano Vincenzoni
  • The Sound of Music (1965) – in adolescence – 4 stars – directed by Robert Wise, screenplay by Ernest Lehman based on various sources
  • Scorpio Rising (1963 Short) – years ago, recently rewatched – 3 stars – directed by Kenneth Anger, written by Ernest D. Glucksman & Kenneth Anger
  • L’Eclisse (1962) – in adolescence – 3 stars – directed by Michelangelo Antonioni, written by Michelangelo Antonioni & Tonino Guerra
  • Judgment at Nuremberg (1961) – years ago – 3 stars – directed by Stanley Kramer, written by Abby Mann, starring Maximilian Schell
  • The Apartment (1960) – years ago, recently rewatched – 3 stars – directed by Billy Wilder, written by Billy Wilder & I. A. L. Diamond
  • The Twilight Zone: Time Enough at Last (1959 TV Episode) – years ago, recently rewatched – 3 stars – directed by John Brahm, teleplay by Rod Serling based on short story by Lynn Venable, series created by Rod Serling
  • 12 Angry Men (1957) – years ago, rewatched – 4 stars – directed by Sidney Lumet, screenplay by Reginald Rose based on teleplay by Reginald Rose
  • On the Waterfront (1954) – years ago – 4 stars – directed by Elia Kazan, written by Budd Schulberg, starring Marlon Brando
  • I Vitelloni (1953) – years ago – 3 stars – directed by Federico Fellini, screenplay by Federico Fellini & Ennio Flaiano, story by Federico Fellini, Ennio Flaiano & Tullio Pinelli
  • Notorious (1946) – in adolescence – 4 stars – directed by Alfred Hitchcock, written by Ben Hecht, starring Ingrid Bergman & Cary Grant
  • Bambi (1942 Animated Movie) – recently, for the circle of life drama – 3 stars – produced by Walt Disney
  • Rebecca (1940) – in adolescence – 4 stars – 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) – recently – 3 stars – 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) – in childhood – 2 to 3 stars – 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) – in adolescence, recently rewatched – 3 stars – 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) – in adolescence – 4 stars – directed by Victor Fleming, George Cukor & King Vidor, based on book by L. Frank Baum, produced by Mervyn LeRoy
  • The Little Princess (1939) – in childhood, rewatched – 2 stars – directed by Walter Lang, screenplay by Walter Ferris & Ethel Hill based on novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • Modern Times (1936) – in adolescence – 3 stars – directed & written by Charles Chaplin, starring Charles Chaplin & Paulette Goddard
  • Don Quixote (1933) – in adolescence – 2 stars – directed by G. W. Pabst, based on novel by Miguel de Cervantes
  • Looney Tunes & Merry Melodies (1930-1969 Series of Animated Shorts) – in childhood – 2 to 3 stars – produced by Warner Bros.
  • Morocco (1930) – in adolescence, for the ending – 2 stars – directed by Joseph von Sternberg, screenplay by Jules Furthman based on play by Benno Vigny
  • Laurel and Hardy (1927-1935 Series of Shorts) – in childhood – 2 to 3 stars – starring Stan Laurel & Oliver Hardy
  • Napoleon (1927) – years ago – 3 stars – directed & written by Abel Gance
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