This is a continuation of my top 100 list. I have made parts 1 and 2 in August. If you would like to know more of my tastes, please look for those.
79. Elephant (dir. Van Sant)
This movie is probably one of the very few on this list that I haven’t watched multiple times and yet the few times I have watched it, it made a very impactful impression on me. Having grown up in a post-Columbine world where school shootings are a threat that makes national news, this film helped to ground just what it is like to be an ordinary teenager thrust into an extraordinary situation. I also loved the point of view shots and Van Sant’s determination to give as a wide a view on tragic event as possible. This is a great film, but don’t expect to watch it as part of your relaxation routine.
78. American Psycho (dir. Harron)
I don’t know what this says about me, but I find this movie to be immensely watchable. A great interpretation of a sanitized book. Plus you get to see Christian Bale’s amazing butt. Not bad.
77. Black Narcissus (dir. Powell and Pressburger)
Powell and Pressburger are masters of the opulent picture. This impressively beautiful film explores just how crazy you must be to join an order of sisters that has a convent that high up on the mountain range. Deborah Kerr’s performance as the lead nun is easily a master class in reservation and quietly impactful.
76. Oldboy (dir. Park)
Really I recommend his whole Vengeance trilogy along with Thirst. But Oldboy is my favorite movie of the trilogy by far. It is a twisted tale that exacts revenge on someone who has no clue why. And oh boy that hammer fight scene is excellente! Do not watch the Spike Lee version of this tale. Always go with the original.
75. Mystery Train (dir. Jarmusch)
Coffee and Cigarettes will make an appearance higher up in the list, but this is my second favorite Jarmusch movie. It is just so weird and crazy that I can’t help but love it. From the two Japanese tourists arguing about who is the greatest rock god to the bored bellhops, each episode unfolds into a better and more complete picture of Memphis, a weird town full of weird people.
74. Hiroshima Mon Amour (dir. Resnais)
This movie has got to be the most beautiful movie made about the nuclear disasters, Hiroshima and Nagaski, ever made. From the very beginning where Resnais cuts from two lovers exploring each others bodies to pictures of the nuclear disaster museum to the devastating ending, it is just a great film. You should probably watch it if you haven’t already.
73. Vagabond (dir. Varda)
Agnes Varda is my favorite French director. She is able to capture the woman’s experience in such a beautiful way. I feel like she is overlooked for her more famous husband director, Jacques Demy. But she is the one that deserves more of the praise. This movie is a moving portrait of one woman’s desire to be free of all constraints and society’s desire to always be putting her in a box.
72. Out of the Past (dir. Tourneur)
Out of the Past is one of the best film noirs. Robert Mitchum is amazing in this picture of past regrets and reserved passions. Kirk Douglas is beautifully menacing and I think I would have loved him more if he would have taken more roles like this one.
71. Wings of Desire (dir. Wenders)
Wenders’ ability to capture desire and want in a creature that shouldn’t have either is fascinating. I love everything about this movie from the cinematography to the wandering nature of the narrative, to Columbo making an appearance. It is a perfect film that never should have been remade.
70. Monty Python and the Holy Grail (dir. Gilliam and Jones)
The holy grail of comedies. I have probably seen this movie more times than I dare to count. Each joke is known intimately to me and is instantly repeatable. Was there ever any other comedy troupe that was as funny as Monty Python?