CounterPunch’s 100 Favorite Films

by Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair

The 39 Steps

Alfred Hitchcock

1935

39 steps

The 400 Blows

François Truffaut

1959

the 400 blows

1900

Bernardo Bertolucci

1977

1900

A Man Escaped

Robert Bresson

1956

a man escaped

My Night At Maud’s

Eric Rohmer

1969

my night at mauds

The Agony and The Ecstasy

Carol Reed

1965

the agony and the ecstasy

Aguirre, the Wrath of God

Werner Herzog

1972

aguirre, the wrath of god

Anatomy of a Murder

Otto Preminger

1959

anatomy of a murder

…And God Created Woman

Roger Vadim

1956

and god created woman

Badlands

Terence Malick

1973

badlands

The Bank Dick

Eddie Cline/WC Fields

1940

the bank dick

The Battle of Algiers

Gillo Pontecorvo

1966

the battle of algiers

Battleship Potemkin

Sergei Eisenstein

1925

Battleship Potemkin

Beat the Devil

John Huston

1953

beat the devil

Belle de Jour

Luis Buñuel

1967

Belle de Jour

Behind the Green Door

Artie Mitchell, Jim Mitchell

1972

Behind the Green Door

The Big Sleep

Howard Hawks

1946

The Big Sleep

 

The Birds

Alfred Hitchcock

1963

the birds

Black Orpheus

Marcel Camus

1959

Black Orpheus

The Blue Angel

Josef von Sternberg

1930

The Blue Angel

Blue Velvet

David Lynch

1986

blue velvet

Bob le Flambeur

Jean-Pierre Melville

1955

Bob le Flambeur

Body and Soul

Robert Rossen

1947

Body and Soul

The Bride of Frankenstein

James Whale

1935

The Bride of Frankenstein

Carry on Up the Kyber

Gerald Thomas

1968

Carry On Up the Khyber

Cat People

Jacques Tourneur

1942

Cat People

Celine and Julie Go Boating

Jacques Rivette

1974

Celine and Julie Go Boating

Chinatown

Roman Polanski

1974

chinatown

Closely Watched Trains
Jirí Menzel
1966
Closely Watched Trains

The Conformist

Bernardo Bertolucci

1970

The Conformist

Detour

Edgar Ulmer

1945

Detour

The Devil in Miss Jones

1972

The Devil in Miss Jones

Dr. Strangelove

or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

Stanley Kubrick

1964

Dr. Strangelove

Duck
Soup

Leo McCarey

1933

 

F
For Fake

Orson Welles

1975

 

Floating
Weeds

Yasujiru Ozu

1959

 

Freaks

Todd Browning

1932

 

From
Russia With Love

Terrence Young

1963

 

Fury

Fritz Lang

1936

 
 

Gap-Toothed Women

Les Blank

1987

 

[Not available]

 
 

 

Gold
and Diamond Mines of South Africa

Edison and Company

1917

 

The
Girl Can’t Help It

Frank Tashlin

1956

 
 

Greed

Erich von Stroheim

1924

 

[Not available]

 
 

 

 

Gun Crazy

Joseph L. Lewis

1949

 

[Not available]

 
 

 

Hairspray

John Waters

1988

 

Hamlet

Grigori Kozintsev

1964

 Not Available

High
and Low

Akira Kurosawa

1962

 

History
Is Made At Night

Frank Borzage

1937

 

The
Hustler

Robert Rossen

1961

 

Image
of an Assassination

Abraham Zapruder

1963

 

In
a Lonely Place

Nicholas Ray

1950

 

In
the Garden of the Finzi-Continis

Vitorrio de Sica

1971

 

Jazz
on a Summer Day

Bert Stern

1959

 

Jekyll
and Hyde

Rouben Mamoulian

1932

 

Johnny
Guitar

Nicholas Ray

1954

 

Kanal

Andrei Wadja

1957

 
 

King Lear

Peter Brook

1971

 

[Not available]

 
 

 

Kiss
Me Deadly

Robert Aldrich

1955

 

Kon-Tiki

Thor Heyerdahl

1951

 

The
Lady Eve

Preston Sturges

1941

 

Last
Tango in Paris

Bernardo Bertolucci

1973

 

L’Atalante

Jean Vigo

1932

 

L’Avventura

Michelangelo Antonioni

1962

 

La
Marseillaise

Jean Renoir

1937

 

Le
Samourai

Jean-Pierre Melville

1967

 

Lola
Montes

Max Ophuls

1955

 

Les
Bonnes Femmes

Claude Chabrol

1960

 

Life
of Oharu

Kenji Mizoguchi

1952

 

Lucifier
Rising

Kenneth Anger

1986

 

M

Fritz Lang

1931

 

Man
With a Movie Camera

Dziga Vertov

1929

 

The
Ministry of Fear

Fritz Lang

1944

 

The
Miracle of Morgan’s Creek

Preston Sturges

1944

 

Modern
Times

Charles Chaplin

1936

 

Nanook
of the North

Robert Flaherty

1922

 

Night
and Fog

Alain Resnais

1955

 

Night
of the Hunter

Charles Laughton

1955

 

The
Nutty Professor

Jerry Lewis

1963

 

Oedipus
Rex

Pier Paolo Pasolini

1967

 

Once
Upon a Time in the West

Sergio Leone

1968

 

Ordet

Carl Dreyer

1955

 

Ossessione

Luchino Visconti

1942

 

Pandora’s
Box

G.W. Pabst

1928

 

The
Passion of Joan d’Arc

Carl Dreyer

1928

 

The
Piano

Jane Campion

1993

 

Pickup
on South Street

Samuel Fuller

1953

 

Pierrot
Le Fou

Jean-Luc Godard

1965

 

Point
of Order 

Emile di Antonio

1964

 

The
Producers

Mel Brooks

1968

 

Purple
Noon

René Clement

1960

 

Red
Desert

Michelangelo Antonioni

1964

 

Repo
Man

Alex Cox

1984

 
 

Richard
Pryor Live In Concert 

 

Jeff Margolis / Richard Pryor

1979

 
 

 

Rodney King Beating Videotape

George Halliday

March 3, 1991

 

Rome:
Open City

Roberto Rossellini

1945

 

Rules
of the Game

Jean Renoir

1939

 
 

Safety Last

Sam Taylor / Harold Lloyd

1923

 

[Not available]

 
 

 

 

Salo: The 120 Days of Sodom

Pier Paolo Pasolini

1975

 

[Not available]

 
 

 

Satan’s
Brew

Rainier Werner Fassbinder

1976

 

Stray
Dog

Akira Kurosawa

1964

 
 

Shoeshine

Vittorio de Sica

1947

 

[Not Available]

 
 

 

 

The Silent World

Jacques Cousteau /

Louis Malle

1957

 

[Not Available]

 
 

 

The
Sorrow and the Pity

Marcel Ophuls

1971

 

Spartacus

Stanley Kubrick

1960

 

Strike!

Sergei Eisenstein

1925

 

Summer
With Monika

Ingmar Bergman

1952

 
 

Sunrise

FW Murnau

1927

 

[Not Available]

 
 

 

Sweet
Smell of Success

Alexander Mackendrick

1957

 

Sherlock
Jr.

Buster Keaton

1924

 

Tabu

Robert Flaherty/FW Murnau

1931

 
 

Tomb of Ligeia

Roger Corman

1964

 

 

[Not Available]

 
 

 

Touch of Evil

Orson Welles

1958

 

Trash

Paul Morrisey/Andy Warhol

1970

 

Un
Chien Andalou

Luis Buñuel and Salvador Dali

1928

 

Viridiana

Luis Buñuel

1961

 

Wages
of Fear

Henri-Georges Clouzot

1953

 

Walkabout

Nicholas Roeg

1971

 

Week-End

Jean-Luc Godard

1967

 

White
Heat

Raoul Walsh

1949

 

The
Wild Bunch

Sam Peckinpah

1969

 

Written
on the Wind

Douglas Sirk

1956

 
 

 

Alexander Cockburn’s Guillotined! and A Colossal Wreck are available from CounterPunch. Jeffrey St. Clair is editor of CounterPunch. His new book is Killing Trayvons: an Anthology of American Violence (with JoAnn Wypijewski and Kevin Alexander Gray). He can be reached at: sitka@comcast.net.

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