Guest "Best Films" List: John Davies

Thanks to John Davies, of Wales, for sending his list of 100 Favorite Films (along with "some near misses"), included below in full. John wrote on December 8, 2003:

"I enjoyed reading your lists in various categories, and like your taste.... Here are my 100 favourite films."

1. Sansho the Bailiff (Mizoguchi, 1954)

2. Andrei Rublev (Tarkovsky, 1969)

3. 2001: A Space Odyssey (Kubrick, 1968)

4. Paris, Texas (Wenders, 1984)

5. Sunrise (Murnau, 1927)

6. North by Northwest (Hitchcock, 1959)

7. Mirror (Tarkovsky, 1974)

8. Alice in the Cities (Wenders, 1974)

9. Maborosi (Kore-eda, 1995)

10. The Green Ray (Rohmer, 1986) [US release title: Summer]

11. Seven Samurai (Kurosawa, 1954)

12. Some Like it Hot (Wilder, 1959)

13. Abraham Valley (Oliveira, 1993)

14. La Regle du Jeu (Renoir, 1939)

15. Story of the Late Chrysanthemums (Mizoguchi, 1939)

16. Tales of the Taira Clan (Mizoguchi, 1955)

17. Letter from an Unknown Woman (Ophuls, 1948)

18. Casablanca (Curtiz, 1943)

19. Tokyo Story (Ozu, 1953)

20. Citizen Kane (Welles, 1941)

21. Vertigo (Hitchcock, 1958)

22. The Band Wagon (Minnelli, 1953)

23. Singin' in the Rain (Donen, Kelly, 1952)

24. Late Spring (Ozu, 1949)

25. Apu trilogy (Ray, 1955-9)

26. Night of the Hunter (Laughton, 1955)

27. The Colour of Pomegranates (Paradjanov, 1969)

28. Celine and Julie Go Boating (Rivette, 1974)

29. The Searchers (Ford, 1956)

30. Metropolis (Lang, 1927)

31. Pakeezah (Amrohi, 1971)

32. L'Atalante (Vigo, 1934)

33. The Shining (Kubrick, 1980)

34. Top Hat (Sandrich, 1935)

35. Pierrot le Fou (Godard, 1965)

36. Eternity and a Day (Angelopoulos, 1998)

37. Aguirre Wrath of God (Herzog, 1973)

38. A Day in the Country (Renoir, 1936)

39. El Cid (A. Mann, 1961)

40. Spirit of the Beehive (Erice, 1973)

41. Apocalypse Now (Coppola, 1979)

42. Ugetsu Monogatari (Mizoguchi, 1953)

43. Mulholland Drive (Lynch, 2001)

44. Kings of the Road (Wenders, 1976)

45. 8 1/2 (Fellini, 1963)

46. Lawrence of Arabia (Lean, 1962)

47. The Age of Innocence (Scorsese, 1993)

48. To Be or Not to Be (Lubitsch, 1942)

49. Orphée (Cocteau, 1949)

50. Alexander Nevsky (Eisenstein, 1938)

51. The Big Sleep (Hawks, 1946)

52. Claire's Knee (Rohmer, 1970)

53. Ordet (Dreyer, 1955)

54. Manhattan (Allen, 1979)

55. Man with a Movie Camera (Vertov, 1929)

56. The Loyal 47 Ronin (Mizoguchi, 1941)

57. Persona (Bergman, 1966)

58. The Life of Oharu (Mizoguchi, 1952)

59. Raging Bull (Scorsese, 1980)

60. The Passion of Joan of Arc (Dreyer, 1928)

61. Kiss Me Deadly (Aldrich, 1955)

62. Les Enfants du Paradis (Carné, 1945)

63. Dr Strangelove (Kubrick, 1964)

64. Brazil (Gilliam, 1985)

65. Once Upon a Time in America (Leone, 1984)

66. The Apartment (Wilder, 1960)

67. It's a Wonderful Life (Capra, 1946)

68. Battleship Potemkin (Eisenstein, 1925)

69. Duck Soup (McCarey, 1933)

70. Stalker (Tarkovsky, 1979)

71. Blue Velvet (Lynch, 1986)

72. Hidden Fortress (Kurosawa, 1958)

73. The Gold Rush (Chaplin, 1925)

74. Rosetta (Dardenne bros, 1999)

75. Senso (Visconti, 1954)

76. Ulysses' Gaze (Angelopoulos, 1995)

77. Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon (Ang Lee, 2000)

78. The Thief of Baghdad (Berger, Powell, Whelan, 1940)

79. The General (Keaton, Bruckman, 1926)

80. La Grande Illusion (Renoir, 1937)

81. Schindler's List (Spielberg, 1993)

82. Miller's Crossing (Coen, 1990)

83. Once Upon a Time in the West (Leone, 1968)

84. Hiroshima mon Amour (Resnais, 1959)

85. The Double Life of Veronique (Kieslowski, 1991)

86. Street of Crocodiles (Quay bros, 1984)

87. My Girlfriend's Boyfriend (Rohmer, 1987)

88. Kind Hearts and Coronets (Hamer, 1949)

89. The Wild Bunch (Peckinpah, 1969)

90. Swing Time (Stevens, 1936)

91. Chungking Express (Wong Kar-wai, 1994)

92. Marnie (Hitchcock, 1964)

93. A Matter of Life and Death (Powell, Pressburger, 1946)

94. Groundhog Day (Ramis, 1993)

95. L'Avventura (Antonioni, 1960)

96. The Maltese Falcon (Huston, 1941)

97. King Kong (Cooper, Schoedsack, 1933)

98. Blade Runner (Scott, 1982)

99. Madame de (Ophuls, 1953) [aka The Earrings of Madame de]

100. The Leopard (Visconti, 1963)

Some near misses: Goodfellas, Rear Window, Silence of the Lambs, Deliverance, The Godfather 1&2, Pulp Fiction, The 39 Steps.

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