Dean Clancy’s Movie List

A thousand films, from great to ugh.


‘The fact is I am quite happy in a movie, even a bad movie.’

— Binx Bolling, The Moviegoer

Okay, I’m not happy in a bad movie, but I do love a good one. Movies are inherently hopeful. A great movie makes you happy to be alive. I’ve seen a lot of movies, most mediocre, a few unforgettable. The unforgettable ones keep me coming back.

Below is a list of roughly one thousand feature films I can remember having seen, arranged within tiers, from best to worst.

Regarding my tastes: I’m pretty conservative, but I am willing to like any film, regardless of style, content, or subject-matter, as long as it’s a good story well told, holds my interest from first frame to last, and doesn’t try too hard to shock, disgust, or titillate the viewer. I want to be entertained, amused, even inspired. I don’t care to be lectured, insulted, or exploited. Nor do I insist on a happy ending. But I do always look for a subtle affirmation of hope. The highest praise I can give a film is that I want to see it again. Few earn that honor.

I rate films on a six-star scale. While I try to be open-minded, I tend to take one star away from a film that has, in my opinion, gratuitous amounts of sex, nudity, language, violence, or gore. A film gets no stars from me if I find it offensive, pure and simple, or just too bleak to be satisfying. Note: Some films on my list, I’ve seen only in an edited-for-TV version. Some I fast-forwarded through or walked out of, from sheer disgust or boredom. They are included here only as a warning. Consult the parents’ guide before viewing!

I hope you find this list helpful in your own viewing.

— Dean

P.S. At the bottom of this post, I offer some commentary on particular films, and name some of my favorite directors.


My six categories:

★★★★★ Near-Perfect
★★★★ Wonderful
★★★ Good
★★ Pretty Good
★ So-So
✖ Ugh


1. ★★★★★ Near-Perfect

★★★★★ A Hard Day’s Night (1964)
★★★★★ A Man for All Seasons (1966)
★★★★★ Alien (1979)
★★★★★ Casablanca (1943)
★★★★★ Die Hard (1988)
★★★★★ Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988)
★★★★★ Double Indemnity (1944)
★★★★★ Downfall (2004)
★★★★★ Dr. Strangelove (1964)
★★★★★ Forbidden Planet (1956) *
★★★★★ Grand Illusion (1937)
★★★★★ High and Low (1963)
★★★★★ How to Steal a Million (1966)
★★★★★ Ivan’s Childhood (1962)
★★★★★ Le Samourai (1967)
★★★★★ Mary Poppins (1964)
★★★★★ Night and Fog (1955) *
★★★★★ North by Northwest (1959)
★★★★★ One Two Three (1961)
★★★★★ Paths of Glory (1957)
★★★★★ Planet of the Apes (1968)
★★★★★ Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
★★★★★ Rear Window (1954)
★★★★★ Roman Holiday (1953)
★★★★★ Safety Last! (1923)
★★★★★ Seven Samurai (1954)
★★★★★ Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
★★★★★ Star Wars (1977) *
★★★★★ The 39 Steps (1935)
★★★★★ The Battle of Algiers (1966)
★★★★★ The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)
★★★★★ The Exorcist (1973)
★★★★★ The French Connection (1971)
★★★★★ The General (1926)
★★★★★ The Godfather (1972)
★★★★★ The Incredibles (2004)
★★★★★ The Maltese Falcon (1941)
★★★★★ The Manchurian Candidate (1962)
★★★★★ The Pianist (2002)
★★★★★ The Pink Panther (1963)
★★★★★ The Rules of the Game (1939)
★★★★★ The Thing (1982)
★★★★★ Witness for the Prosecution (1957)


2. ★★★★ Wonderful

★★★★ A Fish Called Wanda (1988)
★★★★ A New Leaf (1971)
★★★★ A Shot in the Dark (1964)
★★★★ Airplane! (1980)
★★★★ Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)
★★★★ City Lights (1931
★★★★ Duck Soup (1933)
★★★★ Fort Apache (1948)
★★★★ Frankenstein (1931)
★★★★ Galaxy Quest (1999)
★★★★ Girl Shy (1924)
★★★★ Gojira (1954)
★★★★ Grand Hotel (1932)
★★★★ Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)
★★★★ It Happened One Night (1934)
★★★★ Lincoln (2012) *
★★★★ Lost in Translation (2003)
★★★★ M (1931)
★★★★ Modern Times (1936)
★★★★ Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1974)
★★★★ Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
★★★★ My Darling Clementine (1946)
★★★★ My Fair Lady (1964)
★★★★ Patton (1970)
★★★★ Rashomon (1950)
★★★★ Red Beard (1965)
★★★★ Red River (1948) *
★★★★ Sanjuro (1961)
★★★★ Sanshiro Sugata (1943)
★★★★ Scarface (1932)
★★★★ Shane (1953)
★★★★ Stagecoach (1939)
★★★★ Sweet Smell of Success (1957)
★★★★ Taxi Driver (1976)
★★★★ The Bad Sleep Well (1960)
★★★★ The Godfather, Part II (1974)
★★★★ The Great Dictator (1940)
★★★★ The Kid (1921)
★★★★ The Lady Vanishes (1938)
★★★★ The Long Goodbye (1973)
★★★★ The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
★★★★ The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)
★★★★ The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)
★★★★ The Princess Bride (1987)
★★★★ The Sound of Music (1965)
★★★★ The Sting (1973)
★★★★ The Thin Man (1934)
★★★★ The Thing from Another World (1951)
★★★★ The Third Man (1949)
★★★★ The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)
★★★★ The Virgin Spring (1960)
★★★★ This is Spinal Tap (1984)
★★★★ To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
★★★★ What About Bob? (1991)
★★★★ What’s Up, Doc? (1972)
★★★★ Wild Strawberries (1957)
★★★★ Yojimbo (1961)
★★★★ Young Frankenstein (1974)


3. ★★★ Good

★★★ 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
★★★ 3:10 to Yuma (1957)
★★★ 8 1/2 (1963)
★★★ A Night at the Opera (1935)
★★★ A Quiet Place (2018)
★★★ All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)
★★★ All the President’s Men (1976)
★★★ American Graffiti (1973)
★★★ An American in Paris (1951)
★★★ Anatomy of a Murder (1959)
★★★ Andrei Rublev (1966)
★★★ Annie Hall (1977)
★★★ Arthur (1981)
★★★ Babe (1995)
★★★ Baby Driver (2017)
★★★ Baby Face (1933)
★★★ Back to the Future (1985)
★★★ Bambi (1942)
★★★ Battleship Potemkin (1925)
★★★ Belle du Jour (1967)
★★★ Blade Runner (1982) *
★★★ Blow Up (1966)
★★★ Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
★★★ Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)
★★★ Bridge of Spies (2015)
★★★ Captains Courageous (1937)
★★★ Catch-22 (1970)
★★★ Chariots of Fire (1981)
★★★ Chimes at Midnight (1965)
★★★ Chinatown (1974)
★★★ Citizen Kane (1941)
★★★ Collateral (2004)
★★★ Contempt (1963)
★★★ D.O.A. (1950)
★★★ Danton (1983)
★★★ Darkest Hour (2017)
★★★ Death Wish (1974)
★★★ Deliverance (1972)
★★★ Dial M for Murder (1954)
★★★ Dunkirk (2017)
★★★ E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
★★★ Easy Rider (1969)
★★★ Eat Drink Man Woman (1994)
★★★ Escape from New York (1981)
★★★ Fail Safe (1964)
★★★ Fargo (1996)
★★★ Five Easy Pieces (1970)
★★★ Get Carter (1971)
★★★ Ghostbusters (1984)
★★★ Gilda (1946)
★★★ Gladiator (2000)
★★★ Gosford Park (2001)
★★★ Gravity (2013)
★★★ Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (1967)
★★★ Hacksaw Ridge (2016)
★★★ Harold and Maude (1971)
★★★ Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)
★★★ Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005)
★★★ Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009)
★★★ Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007)
★★★ Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (2001)
★★★ His Girl Friday (1940)
★★★ Hitchcock/Truffaut (2015)
★★★ Hud (1963)
★★★ I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang (1932)
★★★ Ikiru (1952)
★★★ In Cold Blood (1967)
★★★ Incredibles 2 (2018)
★★★ Is Paris Burning? (1966)
★★★ It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963)
★★★ It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)
★★★ Jackie Brown (1997)
★★★ Jaws (1975)
★★★ Judgment at Nuremberg (1961)
★★★ Jurassic Park (1993)
★★★ Kagemusha (1980)
★★★ Kes (1969)
★★★ Key Largo (1948)
★★★ Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949)
★★★ La Dolce Vita (1960)
★★★ La Strada (1954)
★★★ Little Caesar (1931)
★★★ Look Who’s Back (2015)
★★★ McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971)
★★★ Memento (2000)
★★★ Midnight Run (1988)
★★★ Minority Report (2002)
★★★ Mirror (1975)
★★★ Mission Impossible: Fallout (2018)
★★★ Monsters, Inc. (2001)
★★★ Moon (2009)
★★★ Mouchette (1967)
★★★ Murder on the Orient Express (1974)
★★★ Night of the Living Dead (1968)
★★★ Nights of Cabiria (1957)
★★★ On the Waterfront (1954)
★★★ Operation Petticoat (1959)
★★★ Out of the Past (1947)
★★★ Pan’s Labyrinth (2006)
★★★ Paper Moon (1973)
★★★ Radio Days (1987)
★★★ Rocky (1976)
★★★ Roma (2018)
★★★ Rosemary’s Baby (1968)
★★★ Sabrina (1954)
★★★ Schindler’s List (1993)
★★★ Seven Days in May (1964)
★★★ She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949)
★★★ Shoot the Piano Player (1960)
★★★ Sicario (2015)
★★★ Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018)
★★★ Smiles of a Summer Night (1955)
★★★ Solaris (1972)
★★★ Song of the South (1946) *
★★★ Sophie’s Choice (1982)
★★★ Sopie Scholl: The Final Days (2005)
★★★ Soylent Green (1972)
★★★ Speed (1994)
★★★ Stalag 17 (1953)
★★★ Star Trek II: The Wrath of Kahn (1982)
★★★ Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
★★★ State and Main (2001)
★★★ State of the Union (1948)
★★★ Tangled (2010)
★★★ Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
★★★ The Absent-Minded Professor (1961)
★★★ The Apartment (1964)
★★★ The Asphalt Jungle (1950)
★★★ The Awful Truth (1937)
★★★ The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer (1947)
★★★ The Bank Dick (1940)
★★★ The Bicycle Thief (1948)
★★★ The Big Short (2015)
★★★ The Big Sleep (1946)
★★★ The Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
★★★ The Conversation (1974)
★★★ The Death of Stalin (2017)
★★★ The Disaster Artist (2017)
★★★ The Emperor’s New Groove (2000)
★★★ The Florida Project (2017)
★★★ The Freshman (1925)
★★★ The Gods Must Be Crazy (1980)
★★★ The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (1966)
★★★ The Graduate (1967)
★★★ The Grapes of Wrath (1940)
★★★ The Great Escape (1963)
★★★ The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society (2018)
★★★ The Hidden Fortress (1958)
★★★ The Hunt for Red October (1990)
★★★ The Hurt Locker (2009)
★★★ The Ice Storm (1997)
★★★ The Jungle Book (1967)
★★★ The Kid Brother (1927)
★★★ The Killing (1956)
★★★ The King’s Speech (2010)
★★★ The Ladykillers (1955)
★★★ The Last King of Scotland (2006)
★★★ The Last Picture Show (1971)
★★★ The Lavender Hill Mob (1951)
★★★ The Longest Day (1962)
★★★ The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962)
★★★ The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (1977)
★★★ The Matrix (1999)
★★★ The Misfits (1961)
★★★ The More the Merrier (1943)
★★★ The Mouse That Roared (1959)
★★★ The Night Porter (1974)
★★★ The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976)
★★★ The Pawnbroker (1964)
★★★ The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes (1970)
★★★ The Producers (1968)
★★★ The Quiet American (2002)
★★★ The Revenant (2015)
★★★ The Searchers (1956)
★★★ The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013)
★★★ The Shining (1980)
★★★ The Sixth Sense (1999)
★★★ The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (1965)
★★★ The Terminator (1984)
★★★ The Thomas Crown Affair (1968)
★★★ The Trial of Joan of Arc (1962)
★★★ The Unforgiven (1960)
★★★ The Usual Suspects (1995)
★★★ The Wizard of Oz (1939)
★★★ The Women (1939)
★★★ Thief (1981)
★★★ Throne of Blood (1957)
★★★ Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)
★★★ Tristana (1970)
★★★ Triumph of the Will (1934)
★★★ Tucker: The Man and His Dream (1988)
★★★ Twelve O’Clock High (1949)
★★★ Vertigo (1958)
★★★ Wait Until Dark (1967)
★★★ War of the Worlds (2005)
★★★ Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971)
★★★ Wings (1927)
★★★ You Can’t Take It With You (1938)
★★★ Young Mr. Lincoln (1939)
★★★ Zodiac (2007)
★★★ Zulu (1964)


4. ★★ Pretty Good

★★ 7 Boxes (2012)
★★ 12 Angry Men (1957)
★★ 1776 (1972)
★★ 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954)
★★ 3:10 to Yuma (2007)
★★ A Few Good Men (1992)
★★ A Fistful of Dollars (1964)
★★ A.I.: Artificial Intelligence (2001)
★★ Abe Lincoln in Illinois (1940)
★★ Adam’s Rib (1949)
★★ Aguirre, the Wrath of God (1972)
★★ Air Force One (1997)
★★ Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore (1974)
★★ All About Eve (1950)
★★ Amélie (2001)
★★ American Hustle (2013)
★★ American Sniper (2014)
★★ An Affair to Remember (1957)
★★ Ant-Man (2015)
★★ Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018)
★★ Argo (2012)
★★ Arrival (2016)
★★ Arsenic and Old Lace (1944)
★★ Bad Day at Black Rock (1955)
★★ Bagdad Cafe (1987)
★★ Ball of Fire (1941)
★★ Batman Begins (2005)
★★ Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971)
★★ Being There (1979)
★★ Ben-Hur (1959)
★★ Birdman (2014)
★★ Black Hawk Down (2001)
★★ Black Mass (2015)
★★ Black Panther (2018)
★★ Blade Runner 2049 (2017)
★★ Body Heat (1981)
★★ Boys Town (1938)
★★ Braveheart (1995)
★★ Breathless (1960)
★★ Bringing Up Baby (1938)
★★ Broadway Danny Rose (1984)
★★ Cabiria (1914)
★★ Cactus Flower (1969)
★★ Caddyshack (1980)
★★ Call Northside 777 (1948)
★★ Cape Fear (1991)
★★ Captain America: Winter Soldier (2014)
★★ Captain Blood (1935)
★★ Captain Phillips (2013)
★★ Carnal Knowledge (1971)
★★ Casino Royale (2006)
★★ Catch Me If You Can (2002)
★★ Charade (1963)
★★ Children of Men (2006)
★★ Chocolat (2000)
★★ Cinderella (1950)
★★ Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
★★ Contagion (2011)
★★ Crocodile Dundee (1986)
★★ Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)
★★ Curse of the Demon (1958) *
★★ Dark Passage (1947)
★★ Day of the Jackal (1973)
★★ Deathtrap (1982)
★★ Defiance (2008)
★★ Detour (1945)
★★ Diehard (1988)
★★ District 9 (2009)
★★ Django, Unchanged (2012)
★★ Doctor Zhivago (1965)
★★ Don’t Drink the Water (1969)
★★ Dr. Mabuse, The Gambler (1922) *
★★ Drums Along the Mohawk (1939)
★★ Drunken Angel (1948)
★★ Dumbo (1941)
★★ Eastern Promises (2007)
★★ Ecstasy (1933)
★★ Enemies at the Gate (2001)
★★ Enter the Dragon (1973)
★★ Eraser (1996)
★★ Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
★★ Ex Machina (2014)
★★ Fanny and Alexander (1982) *
★★ Finian’s Rainbow (1968)
★★ First Man (2018)
★★ For a Few Dollars More (1965)
★★ Foreign Correspondent (1940)
★★ Fury (2014)
★★ Gattaca (1997)
★★ Get Shorty (1995)
★★ Get Smart (2008)
★★ Giant (1956)
★★ Gigi (1958)
★★ Glory (1989)
★★ Gone with the Wind (1939)
★★ Good Night, and Good Luck (2005)
★★ Groundhog Day (1993)
★★ Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
★★ Gunga Din (1939)
★★ Hail, Caesar! (2016)
★★ Happy Gilmore (1996)
★★ Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows—Part 1 (2010)
★★ Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows—Part 2 (2011)
★★ Heat (1995)
★★ Hell or Highwater (2016)
★★ Hello, Dolly! (1969)
★★ Henry V (1989)
★★ High Plains Drifter (1973)
★★ Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (2005)
★★ Hobson’s Choice (1954)
★★ Holiday Inn (1942)
★★ Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (1989)
★★ Hot Saturday (1932)
★★ House of Games (1987)
★★ Inherit the Wind (1960)
★★ Interstellar (2014)
★★ Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)
★★ Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion (1970)
★★ John Wick (2014)
★★ John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017)
★★ John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum (2019)
★★ Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons (2013)
★★ Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017)
★★ Killer’s Kiss (1955)
★★ King Kong (1933)
★★ King of Hearts (1966)
★★ Lady and the Tramp (1955)
★★ Laura (1944)
★★ Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
★★ Lethal Weapon (1987)
★★ Life is Beautiful (1997)
★★ Lillies of the Field (1963)
★★ Local Hero (1983)
★★ Lolita (1962)
★★ Love in the Afternoon (1957)
★★ Mad Max (1979)
★★ Mad Max: Road Warrior (1981)
★★ Madadayo (1993)
★★ Mamma Mia! (2008)
★★ Man of the West (1958)
★★ El Dorado (1966)
★★ Man Hunt (1941)
★★ Manhattan (1979)
★★ Manhattan Murder Mystery (1993)
★★ Marathon Man (1976)
★★ MASH (1970)
★★ Mean Streets (1973)
★★ Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)
★★ Meet the Robinsons (2007)
★★ Metropolis (1927) *
★★ Midnight in Paris (2011)
★★ Mighty Aphrodite (1995)
★★ Miracle on 34th Street (1947)
★★ Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol (2011)
★★ Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation (2015)
★★ Mr. & Mrs. Smith (1941)
★★ Much Ado About Nothing (1993)
★★ Muppet Treasure Island (1996)
★★ Murder by Death (1976)
★★ My Favorite Year (1982)
★★ My Man Godfrey (1936)
★★ National Lampoon’s Vacation (1983)
★★ National Treasure (2004)
★★ Network (1976)
★★ Ninotchka (1939)
★★ No Country for Old Men (2007)
★★ Nostalghia (1983)
★★ Notorious (1946)
★★ O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000)
★★ Ocean’s Eleven (2001)
★★ On the Beach (1959)
★★ One Hundred and One Dalmatians (1961)
★★ Our Man in Havana (1960)
★★ Pale Rider (1985)
★★ Pat and Mike (1952)
★★ Peter Pan (1953)
★★ Pinocchio (1940)
★★ Play It Again, Sam (1972)
★★ Pretty Poison (1968)
★★ Psycho (1960)
★★ Ran (1985)
★★ Ready Player One (2018)
★★ Remains of the Day (1993)
★★ Rio Bravo (1959)
★★ Rio Grande (1950)
★★ Robin Hood (1973)
★★ Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016)
★★ Run Silent, Run Deep (1958)
★★ Rushmore (1998)
★★ Saboteur (1942)
★★ Saving Mr. Banks (2014)
★★ Saving Private Ryan (1998)
★★ Scandal (1950)
★★ Seems Like Old Times (1980)
★★ Separate Tables (1958)
★★ Serenity (2005)
★★ She Done Him Wrong (1933)
★★ Silence of the Lambs (1991)
★★ Singin’ in the Rain (1952)
★★ Sleeper (1973)
★★ Some Like It Hot (1959)
★★ Son of Flubber (1963)
★★ Spartacus (1960)
★★ Spider-Man (2002)
★★ Spider-Man 2 (2004)
★★ Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)
★★ Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi (1983)
★★ Strangers on a Train (1951)
★★ Stray Dog (1949)
★★ Suspicion (1941)
★★ Take the Money and Run (1969)
★★ The 12th Man (2017)
★★ The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)
★★ The African Queen (1951)
★★ The Aristocats (1970)
★★ The Army of Crime (2009)
★★ The Bank Dick (1940)
★★ The Birth of a Nation (1915)
★★ The Bourne Identity (2002)
★★ The Bourne Supremacy (2004)
★★ The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1921) *
★★ The Constant Gardener (2005)
★★ The Court Jester (1955)
★★ The Deer Hunter (1978)
★★ The Defiant Ones (1958)
★★ The Departed (2006)
★★ The Desert Fox: The Story of Rommel (1951)
★★ The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972)
★★ The Eagle Has Landed (1977)
★★ The Fifth Element (1997)
★★ The Four Musketeers (1974)
★★ The Fugitive (1993)
★★ The Great Train Robbery (1979)
★★ The Guns of Navarone (1961)
★★ The Hospital (1971)
★★ The Imitation Game (2014)
★★ The Informant! (2009)
★★ The King’s Choice (2017)
★★ The Lady from Shanghai (1947)
★★ The Last Hurrah (1958)
★★ The Legend of Drunken Master (1994)
★★ The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004)
★★ The Lion in Winter (1968)
★★ The Magnificent Ambersons (1942)
★★ The Man Who Would Be King (1975)
★★ The Martian (2015)
★★ The Men Who Stare at Goats (2009)
★★ The Monuments Men (2014)
★★ The Mummy (1999)
★★ The Muppet Movie (1979)
★★ The Negotiator (1998
★★ The Night of the Iguana (1964)
★★ The Odd Couple (1968)
★★ The Old Man and the Sea (1958)
★★ The Other Side of the Wind (2018)
★★ The Parallax View (1974)
★★ The Parent Trap (1961)
★★ The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928)
★★ The Philadelphia Story (1939)
★★ The Photographer of Mauthausen (2018)
★★ The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946)
★★ The Queen (2006)
★★ The Red Balloon (1956)
★★ The Resistance Banker (2018)
★★ The Santa Clause (1994)
★★ The Seventh Seal (1957)
★★ The Simpsons Movie (2007)
★★ The Stranger (1946)
★★ The Sword in the Stone (1963)
★★ The Talk of the Town (1942)
★★ The Ten Commandments (1956)
★★ The Testament of Dr. Mabuse (1933)
★★ The Theory of Everything (2014)
★★ The Three Musketeers (1973)
★★ The Untouchables (1987)
★★ Thelma & Louise (1991)
★★ Things to Come (1936)
★★ Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017)
★★ Three Days of the Condor (1975)
★★ Tintin (2011)
★★ Titanic (1997)
★★ To Be or Not to Be (1942)
★★ To Catch a Thief (1955)
★★ Top Gun (1986)
★★ Touch of Evil (1958)
★★ Toy Story (1995)
★★ Toy Story 2 (1999)
★★ Toy Story 3 (2010)
★★ True Grit (1969)
★★ Tu dors Nicole (2015)
★★ Two for the Road (1967)
★★ Von Ryan’s Express (1965)
★★ WALL-E (2008)
★★ Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)
★★ Who’s Minding the Mint? (1967)
★★ Winchester ’73 (1950)
★★ Zelig (1983)
★★ Zero Dark Thirty (2012)
★★ Zootopia (2016)


5. So-So

★ 12 Years a Slave (2013)
★ A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1966)
★ A History of Violence (2005)
★ A Most Wanted Man (2014)
★ A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)
★ Affair in Trinidad (1952)
★ Airplane! 2: The Sequel (1982)
★ Alice in Wonderland (1951)
★ Alladin (1992)
★ And God Created Woman (1956)
★ Annihilation (2018)
★ Apocalypse Now (1979)
★ Armageddon (1998)
★ Around the World in 80 Days (1956)
★ Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
★ Avengers: Infinity War (2018)
★ Bananas (1971)
★ Barbershop (2002)
★ Barry Lyndon (1974)
★ Batman (1966)
★ Batman (1989)
★ Beauty and the Beast (1991)
★ Beauty and the Beast (2017)
★ Becket (1964)
★ Bedazzled (1967)
★ Big Hero 6 (2014)
★ Blue Jasmine (2013)
★ Body of Lies (2008)
★ Boom Town (1940)
★ Bottle Rocket (1996)
★ Brazil (1985)
★ Bugsy (1991)
★ Bullitt (1968)
★ Burn After Reading (2008)
★ Cabaret (1972)
★ Captain America: Civil War (2016)
★ Captain Marvel (2019)
★ Cars (2006)
★ Casino Royale (1967)
★ Cheaper by the Dozen (1950)
★ Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968)
★ Cinema Paradiso (1988)
★ Clear and Present Danger (1994)
★ Cool Hand Luke (1967)
★ Cowboys & Aliens (2011)
★ Crazy Rich Asians (2018)
★ Dante’s Peak (1997)
★ Dead Again (1991)
★ Das Boot (1981)
★ Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014)
★ Desk Set (1957)
★ Dirty Harry (1971)
★ Dog Day Afternoon (1975)
★ Dr. No (1963)
★ Empire of the Sun (1987)
★ Enchanted (2007)
★ Ender’s Game (2013)
★ Equilibrium (2002)
★ Escape from L.A. (1996)
★ Europa Report (2013)
★ Fahrenheit 451 (1966)
★ Fantasia (1940)
★ Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016)
★ Father of the Bride (1950)
★ Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)
★ Fierce Creatures (1997)
★ Finding Nemo (2003)
★ Fist of Legend (1994)
★ For Pete’s Sake (1974)
★ Forrest Gump (1994)
★ Foul Play (1978)
★ Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994)
★ From Here to Eternity (1953)
★ From Russia with Love (1963)
★ Full Metal Jacket (1987)t
★ Funny Face (1957)
★ Funny Girl (1968)
★ Gallipoli (1981)
★ Game Night (2018)
★ Gandhi (1982)
★ Gaslight (1944)
★ Gentleman’s Agreement (1948)
★ Goldfinger (1964)
★ The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)
★ Hanover Place (1979)
★ Hawaii (1966)
★ Heartbreak Ridge (1986)
★ Her (2014)
★ High Noon (1952)
★ Hondo (1953)
★ Hot Fuzz (2007)
★ How Green Was My Valley (1941)
★ How to Murder Your Wife (1965)
★ I Am Legend (2007)
★ I Live in Fear (1955)
★ I Love You Again (1940)
★ Ice Station Zebra (1968)
★ In Bruges (2008)
★ Inception (2010)
★ Independence Day (1996)
★ Inglourious Basterds (2009)
★ Inside Man (2006)
★ Inside Out (2015)
★ Irma la Douce (1963)
★ Iron Man (2008)
★ Iron Man 2 (2010)
★ ‘IT’ (1927)
★ It (2017)
★ Ivanhoe (1952)
★ Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2013)
★ Jeremiah Johnson (1972)
★ Joe Kidd (1972)
★ Juno (2007)
★ K-19: The Widowmaker (2002)
★ Khartoum (1966)
★ Klute (1971)
★ Knowing (2009)
★ La La Land (2016)
★ Ladyhawke (1985)
★ Life of Pi (2013)
★ Lone Star (1996)
★ Lost Horizon (1937)
★ Magnum Force (1973)
★ Marooned (1969)
★ McClintock! (1963)
★ Meet John Doe (1941)
★ Megamind (2010)
★ MI-5 (2015)
★ Mission Impossible (1996)
★ Moonrise Kingdom (2012)
★ Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House (1948)
★ Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936)
★ Murder, My Sweet (1944)
★ National Treasure: Book of Secrets (2007)
★ Neptune’s Daughter (1949)
★ Nineteen Eighty-Four (1984)
★ No Way Out (1987)
★ Ocean’s Twelve (2004)
★ Ocean’s Thirteen (2007)
★ Olympus Has Fallen (2013)
★ Once Upon a Time in America (1984) *
★ Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)
★ One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)
★ Play Misty For Me (1971)
★ Predator (1987)
★ Prometheus (2012)
★ Ragtime (1981)
★ Rain Man (1988)
★ Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2 (2018)
★ Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011)
★ Romancing the Stone (1984)
★ Sabrina (1995)
★ San Andreas (2015)
★ Shaun of the Dead (2004)
★ Shenandoah (1965)
★ Sherlock Holmes (2009)
★ Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011)
★ Silent Running (1972)
★ Skyfall (2012)
★ Sleeping Beauty (1959)
★ Sobibor (2018)
★ Space Cowboys (2000)
★ Spectre (2015)
★ Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018)
★ Spy Kids (2001)
★ Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)
★ Star 80 (1983)
★ Stardust (2007)
★ Star Trek (2009)
★ Start Trek Into Darkness (2013)
★ Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986)
★ Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991)
★ Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace (1999)
★ Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones (2002)
★ Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (2005)
★ Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens (2015)
★ Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi (2017)
★ Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) [anticipated]
★ Survivor (2015)
★ That Touch of Mink (1962)
★ The Age of Innocence (1993)
★ The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018)
★ The Big Chill (1983)
★ The Big Easy (1986)
★ The Big Heat (1953)
★ The Big Red One (1980)
★ The Birds (1963)
★ The Bourne Ultimatum (2007)
★ The China Syndrome (1979)
★ The Dark Knight (2008)
★ The Devil’s Brigade (1968)
★ The Dirty Dozen (1967)
★ The Eye of the Needle (1981)
★ The Golden Compass (2007)
★ The Great Gatsby (2013)
★ The Hot Rock (1972)
★ The Inspector General (1949)
★ The Italian Job (1969)
★ The Last of the Mohicans (1992)
★ The Late Show (1977)
★ The Little Mermaid (1989)
★ The Long Riders (1980)
★ The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997)
★ The Lower Depths (1957)
★ The Man Who Knew Too Little (1997)
★ The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956)
★ The Muppets Most Wanted (2014)
★ The Nice Guys (2016)
★ The ODESSA File (1974)
★ The Party (1968)
★ The Passion of the Christ (2004)
★ The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985)
★ The Quiet Man (1952)
★ The Rescuers (1977)
★ The Return of the Pink Panther (1975)
★ The Right Stuff (1983)
★ The Russia House (1990)
★ The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming (1966)
★ The Score (2001)
★ The Seven Year Itch (1955)
★ The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
★ The Spy Next Door (2010)
★ The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)
★ The Thomas Crown Affair (1999)
★ The Tuxedo (2002)
★ The Year of Living Dangerously (1982)
★ The Young Girls of Rochefort (1967)
★ Thor (2011)
★ Thor: Ragnarok (2017)
★ Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (1974)
★ Time Bandits (1980)
★ Tombstone (1993)
★ Too Hot to Handle (1938)
★ True Grit (2010)
★ Twentieth Century (1934)
★ Unknown (2011)
★ Unlocked (2017)
★ V for Vendetta (2005)
★ Viridiana (1961)
★ War for the Planet of the Apes (2017)
★ West Side Story (1961)
★ What’s New Pussycat? (1965)
★ When Harry Met Sally (1989)
★ Where Eagles Dare (1968)
★ Who Framed Roger Rabbit? (1988)
★ Wonder Woman (2017)
★ Wyatt Earp (1994)
★ You Only Live Twice (1967)


6. Ugh

✖ $ (1971)
✖ A Clockwork Orange (1971)
✖ A Passage to India (1984)
✖ A Room with a View (1985)
✖ Avanti! (1972)
✖ A View to a Kill (1985)
✖ A Woman Under the Influence (1974)
✖ Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (2012)
✖ Age of Consent (1969)
✖ Alien: Resurrection (1997)
✖ Aliens (1986)
✖ All That Jazz (1979)
✖ All Through the Night (1942)
✖ Alphaville (1965)
✖ Amadeus (1984)
✖ American Gangster (2007)
✖ Antz (1996)
✖ Apocalypto (2006)
✖ Around the World in 80 Days (2004)
✖ Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997)
✖ Avanti! (1972)
✖ Avatar (2009)
✖ Barbarella (1968)
✖ Basic Instinct (1992)
✖ Battlefield Earth (2000)
✖ Batman v. Superman (2016)
✖ Battle in Heaven (2005)
✖ Bean: The Ultimate Disaster Movie (1997)
✖ Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970)
✖ Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure (1989)
✖ Blazing Saddles (1974)
✖ Blue Velvet (1986)
✖ Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice (1969)
✖ Bob Roberts (1992)
✖ Boogie Nights (1997)
✖ Brave (2012)
✖ Boy Meets Girl (1984)
✖ Bubba Ho-Tep (2002)
✖ Bull Durham (1988)
✖ BUtterfield 8 (1960)
✖ Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)
✖ Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)
✖ Clash of the Titans (1981)
✖ Cloud Atlas (2012)
✖ Conan the Barbarian (1982)
✖ Constantine (2005)
✖ Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989)
✖ Crimson Peak (2015)
✖ Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny (2016)
✖ Cujo (1983)
✖ Dances with Wolves (1990)
✖ Django (1966)
✖ Dodes’ka-Den (1970)
✖ Dr. Strange (2016)
✖ Dune (1984)
✖ Eagle Eye (2009)
✖ Every Girl Should Be Married (1948)
✖ Excalibur (1981)
✖ Eyes Wide Shut (1999)
✖ Falling Down (1993)
✖ Family Plot (1976)
✖ Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018)
✖ Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982)
✖ Flash Gordon (1980)
✖ Frenzy (1972)
✖ Futureworld (1976)
✖ GoldenEye (1995)
✖ Gone Girl (2014)
✖ Goodbye Children (1987)
✖ Gremlins (1984)
✖ Grindhouse (2007)
✖ Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 (2017)
✖ Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones (1980)
✖ Hang ‘Em High (1968)
✖ Hannah and Her Sisters (1986)
✖ Haywire (2011)
✖ Heavy Metal (1981)
✖ Hell Boy (2004)
✖ Hercules (1997)
✖ Hidalgo (2004)
✖ Highlander (1986)
✖ Howard the Duck (1986)
✖ Howards End (1992)
✖ I Am Curious—Yellow (1967)
✖ I Am Mother (2019)
✖ In Like Flint (1967)
✖ Independence Day: Resurgence (2016)
✖ Into the Woods (2014)
✖ Iron Man 3 (2013)
✖ JFK (1991)
✖ Jackass (2002)
✖ Jason Bourne (2016)
✖ Joker (2019)
✖ Journey to the Center of the Earth (1959)
✖ Journey to the Center of the Earth (2008)
✖ Jupiter Ascending (2015)
✖ Justice League (2017)
✖ Kindergarten Cop (1990)
✖ King Kong (2005)
✖ Kingdom of Heaven (2005)
✖ Kiss Me, Stupid (1964)
✖ Kong: Skull Island (2017)
✖ Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)
✖ Kubo and the Two Strings (2016)
✖ Kung Fu Hustle (2004)
✖ Kung Fu Killer (2014)
✖ Kung Fu Panda (2008)
✖ Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011)
✖ Kung Fu Panda 3 (2016)
✖ L.A. Confidential (1997)
✖ Last House on the Left (1972)
✖ Last Tango in Paris (1972)
✖ Live Free or Die Hard (2007)
✖ Logan (2017)
✖ Lost in Space (1998)
✖ Love Actually (2003)
✖ Love and Death (1975)
✖ Lust, Caution (2007)
✖ Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)
✖ Man of Steel (2013)
✖ Marnie (1964)
✖ Mary Poppins Returns (2018)
✖ Midnight Cowboy (1969)
✖ Mission Impossible 2 (2000)
✖ Moana (2016)
✖ Monsieur Verdoux (1947)
✖ Monty Python’s Life of Brian (1979)
✖ Moonraker (1979)
✖ Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium (2007)
✖ Murder Mystery (2019)
✖ Night Train to Paris (1964)
✖ Northmen: A Viking Saga (2014)
✖ Oliver & Company (1988)
✖ On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969)
✖ Ordinary People (1980)
✖ 2036 Origin Unknown (2018)
✖ Out of Africa (1985)
✖ Over the Edge (1979) *
✖ Papillon (1973)
✖ Patriot Games (1992)
✖ Pearl Harbor (2001)
✖ Peeping Tom (1960)
✖ Persona (1966)
✖ Peyton Place (1957)
✖ Please Don’t Eat the Daisies (1960)
✖ Pocahontas (1995)
✖ Poltergeist (1982)
✖ Pulp Fiction (1994)
✖ Raise the Titanic (1980)
✖ Rebel Without a Cause (1955)
✖ Reds (1981)
✖ Reservoir Dogs (1992)
✖ Return of the Living Dead (1985)
✖ Revenge of the Pink Panther (1978)
✖ Rim of the World (2019)
✖ Rio Lobo (1970)
✖ Road to Utopia (1946)
✖ Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991)
✖ Rope (1948)
✖ Ruthless People (1986)
✖ Salt 2010
✖ Scarface (1983)
✖ Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010)
✖ Shampoo (1975)
✖ Shrek (2001)
✖ Silk (2007)
✖ Silver Streak (1976)
✖ Simon of the Desert (1965)
✖ Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger (1977)
✖ Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow (2004)
✖ Species (1995)
✖ Spider-Man 3 (2007)
✖ Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over (2003)
✖ Stardust Memories (1980)
✖ Stargate (1994)
✖ Starship Troopers (1997)
✖ Star Trek Generations (1994)
✖ Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984)
✖ Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989)
✖ Star Trek: First Contact (1996)
✖ Star Trek: Insurrection (1998)
✖ Star Trek: Nemesis (2002)
✖ Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979)
✖ Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist (2014)
✖ Stripes (1981)
✖ Suicide Squad (2016)
✖ Terminator 3 (2003)
✖ Thank You for Smoking (2005)
✖ That Obscure Object of Desire (1977)
✖ The 400 Blows (1959)
✖ The American (2010)
✖ The Big Lebowski (1998)
✖ The Black Dahlia (2006)
✖ The Bounty Hunter (2013)
✖ The Brown Bunny (2003)
✖ The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008)
✖ The Dead (1987)
✖ The Dreamers (2003)
✖ The Exception (2016)
✖ The Emperor’s New Groove (2000)
✖ The English Patient (1996)
✖ The Final Countdown (1980)
✖ The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)
✖ The Great Mouse Detective (1986)
✖ The Hateful Eight (2015)
✖ The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)
✖ The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014)
✖ The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013)
✖ The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996)
✖ The Hunger Games (2012)
✖ The Jerk (1979)
✖ The Kentucky Fried Movie (1977)
✖ The Last Action Hero (1993)
✖ The Last Emperor (1987)
✖ The Left Hand of God (1947)
✖ The Lion King (1994)
✖ The Lobster (2015)
✖ The Long Ships (1964)
✖ The Matrix Reloaded (2003)
✖ The Matrix Revolutions (2003)
✖ The Pink Panther (2006)
✖ The Pink Panther Strikes Again (1976)
✖ The Rescuers Down Under (1990)
✖ The Rock (1996)
✖ The Running Man (1987)
✖ The Saint (2009)
✖ The Saint (2017)
✖ The Spiderwick Chronicles (2008)
✖ The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1971)
✖ The Three Caballeros (1944)
✖ The Tourist (2011)
✖ The Towering Inferno (1974)
✖ The Trouble with Harry (1955)
✖ The Wild Bunch (1969)
✖ There’s a Girl in My Soup (1970)
✖ There’s Something About Mary (1998)
✖ Three Amigos (1986)
✖ Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! (1990)
✖ Tin Men (1987)
✖ Tootsie (1982)
✖ Topaz (1969)
✖ Torn Curtain (1966)
✖ Total Recall (1990)
✖ Total Recall (2012)
✖ Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011)
✖ Tropic Thunder (2008)
✖ Treasure Planet (2002)
✖ Tulip Fever (2017)
✖ Twins (1988)
✖ Ultraviolet (2006)
✖ Undercover Grandpa (2016)
✖ Unforgiven (1992)
✖ Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning (2012)
✖ Valley of the Dolls (1967)
✖ Valerian (2017)
✖ Watchmen (2009)
✖ Waterworld (1995)
✖ What’s Up, Tiger Lily? (1966)
✖ Wild Things (1998)
✖ Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? (1957)
✖ Winter Light (1962)
✖ Zardoz (1974)


Notes

Blade Runner (1982). I’ve only seen the original 1982 theatrical version and a 1990s version labeled a ‘director’s cut’ that Ridley Scott did not embrace. I look forward to seeing his 2007 ‘final cut’ version.

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1921). There are many versions of this film, which differ from each other in various ways, including print quality, color washes, title card language, title card font, even the musical score. Some are damaged or missing certain scenes or individual frames. Several restorations have been done over the years. I give the gold medal to the 2014 digital restoration by the Murnau Foundation, distributed by Kino Lorber. Painstakingly remastered from a rare, nearly complete original negative, this version includes optional English subtitles and a choice of two alternative musical scores, one spare, the other richer.

Curse of the Demon (1958). I’ve only seen the 82-minute American release version of this well-made horror flick directed by Jacques Tourneur. There’s also a 95-minute British release version (titled Night of the Demon) that is said to be a bit better.

Dr. Mabuse, The Gambler (1922). Four hours long. I watched the Murnau Foundation restoration distributed by Kino Lorber.

Fanny and Alexander (1982). I’ve only seen the original 188-minute theatrical version. There’s also a 312-minute television miniseries version.

Forbidden Planet (1956). I never tire of this gem. There is occasionally talk of a remake, but you cannot remake a gem. That said, I would hope someone, in a future remastered version, would polish it up gently. Here, for what they’re worth, are my recommended tweaks. Eliminate the glaring jump cut in the final scene. Digitally remove the visible zipper on the back of Ann Francis’s body suit in the innocent nude-bathing scene. And get rid of the distracting ‘electronic tonalities’ background music in a few scenes where silence would work better. (This last flaw is an artifact of the decision by MGM executives to skip final edits and rush the rough cut directly to theaters in the wake of positive test screenings.) Also, I’d tighten up a few scenes that feel draggy. And finally, I’d gently update the planet-in-space shots and matte paintings, to make their flaws less obvious. But only gently. Never over-polish a gem.

Lincoln (2012). A great film, and a near-masterpiece. It would be a true masterpiece if it omitted the superfluous hagiographical material at the beginning and end and just began with Lincoln’s dream and ended with his departure for Ford’s Theater.

Metropolis (1927). There has never been anything quite like this unique classic of the silent era, a film at once essential and awful. Fritz Lang’s direction leaves something to be desired, and yet his bold vision is unforgettable and in some ways remains unmatched. A big-budget flop on release, the film has been edited into many different versions, none of them satisfying. But if you view only one, make it the 2010 Murnau restoration distributed by Kino Lorber. It is the first version since 1927 that includes virtually all of the film’s famous lost footage, nearly a quarter of the original running time. Some of the restored footage is in poor condition. But this version is close to Lang’s original, 1927 vision. And what a vision it is!

Night and Fog (1955). Francois Truffaut called this harrowing documentary about the Holocaust ‘the greatest movie ever made.’ He’s right.

Once Upon a Time in America (1984). I have only seen the 229-minute European release version of this long, slow, yet never quite boring film, which some regard as Sergio Leone’s magnum opus and a masterpiece. I can see the greatness in it, but I wouldn’t call it a masterpiece. A film this long should have a lot fewer mysteries and gaps, and at least one likable character. Some say a longer, 269-minute restored version answers better to Leone’s vision for the epic. Maybe so, but I have no desire to see it. Once through Once was enough.

Over the Edge (1979). Actor Matt Dillon’s first film, and my only one. Yes, I appear as an extra in this late-’70s teen-angst flick, filmed mostly in Greeley, Colorado, and my home town of Aurora, a Denver suburb. Weeks of work garnered me a grand 3 seconds of screen time. Check out my unforgettable performance, which, in addition to making the film, also appears in the film’s trailer at about the 36-second mark.

Red River (1948). I am eager to view the original, but now rarely seen, theatrical release version, which in lieu of inter-titles has narration by Walter Brennan.

Song of the South (1946). Zip-a-dee-doo-dah! A charming animated classic that has sadly fallen victim to the PC thought police. The film may be imperfect, but it is by no means racist, and Disney is wrong to suppress it. Viewers should be allowed to judge it for themselves.

Star Wars (1977). Han shot first.

Touch of Evil (1958). I’ve only seen the original 1958 version. I also hope to see the ‘restored’ version, which is based on Welles’s notes. Either way, everyone should see the famous long opening shot.

Some Final Thoughts

I love the great silent films, because they have to tell their stories visually, with a minimum of dialogue.

My favorite directors are Kurosawa, Chaplin, and Renoir. I’m also smitten with Tarkovsky, who is in a class all by himself. But his work is an acquired taste, and probably the reason they invented the fast-forward button.

I’ve also enjoyed films by (in alphabetical order): Altman, Antonioni, Bergman, Capra, Coppola (father and daughter), Daves, Fellini, Ford, Frankenheimer, Friedkin, Hawks, Hill, Hitchcock, Huston, Kubrick, Lang, Lester, Lumet, Melville, Scott, Spielberg, Sturges, Truffaut, Wilder, and Wise. Apologies to the many other fine directors I’ve omitted.

I confess I don’t care much for Orson Welles, Woody Allen, or the Coen Brothers—all overrated, in my opinion, despite some real flashes of genius.

Scorsese does little for me, though I did enjoy Taxi Driver.

Buñuel nearly always makes a Buñuel film, alas.

Von Trier and Tarantino are troubled souls—pray for them!

Regarding sequels, my feeling is good films don’t need them and bad films don’t deserve them. But I did enjoy Godfather II and Empire Strikes Back. I’ve never viewed Godfather III and don’t plan to.

P.S. Prequels are a public nuisance!


Updated: May 25, 2019.

Published: December 27, 2010.

Author: Dean Clancy.

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