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I'm aware that I should have much more classical, jazz, blues, folk, funk, rap/hip-hop, world, classic rock, and popular music prior to 1955. It's a work in progress.

"A-wop-bop-a-loo-bop, A-wop-bam-boom!"
- Little Richard

NOTE: After the first 100 or so, there's no real hieracrhy. I just started throwing stuff on there.

1. Blind Willie McTell - Columbia recording artist, Bob Dylan
2. A Day in the Life - the Beatles
3. So What - Miles Davis
4. Johnsburg, Illinois - Tom Waits
5. Fairytale of New York - the Pogues with Kirsty MacColl
6. Visions of Johanna - Bob Dylan
7. I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry - Hank Williams
8. Rock and Roll (whole album, english version) - Mekons
9. In Hammersmith Palais - the Clash
10. Redemption Song - Bob Marley

Special unnumbered Top Ten slot:
The Anthology of American Folk Music, as well as anything that Frank Sinatra, Billie Holiday, Howlin' Wolf, Patsy Cline, Robert Johnson, Nina Simone, and Van Morrison ever sang.
And any other Dylan, Beatles, and Mekons song that isn't on the list.

11. I Want You Back - Jackson 5
12. Like a Rolling Stone - Bob Dylan
13. Rhapsody in Blue - George Gershwin
14. 1952 Vincent Black Lightning - Richard Thompson
15. I've Just Seen a Face - the Beatles
16. London Calling - the Clash
17. Desolation Row - Bob Dylan
18. Lions and Tigers - Sleater-Kinney
19. Chivalry - Mekons
20. Bridge Over Troubled Water (whole album) - Simon & Garfunkel

somewhere in the Top Twenty:

Let the Mystery Be - Iris DeMent
God Only Knows - the Beach Boys
Desperados Under the Eaves - Warren Zevon
Purple Rain (whole album) - Prince
Philadelphia Story - the Wild Colonials
Tomorrow Never Knows - the Beatles
Tomorrow is a Long Time - Bob Dylan

21. Pancho & Lefty - Townes Van Zandt
22. You Can't Always Get What You Want - Rolling Stones
23. Norwegian Wood - the Beatles
24. If You See Her, Say Hello - Bob Dylan
25. Born Under Punches (The Heat Goes On) - Talking Heads
26. Side of the Road - Lucinda Williams
27. Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana
28. It's Alright Ma (I'm Only Bleeding) - Bob Dylan
29. The Wind Cries Mary - Jimi Hendrix
It's 29B, Stuck in a Moment You Can't Get Out Of - U2
30. A Love Supreme (whole album) - John Coltrane
31. The Queen is Dead (whole album) - the Smiths
32. Imagine - John Lennon
33. This Must be the Place (Na´ve Melody) - Talking Heads
34. Two of Us - the Beatles
35. Tangled Up in Blue - Bob Dylan
36. Astral Weeks (whole album) - Van Morrison
37. Hey Jude - the Beatles
38. Car Wheels on a Gravel Road (whole album) - Lucinda Williams
39. Every Grain of Sand - Bob Dylan

before I get to #40 I need to squeeze in:

She Smiled Sweetly - the Rolling Stones
Whiskey in the Jar - Thin Lizzy
These Days - Nico
Suzanne - Leonard Cohen
Heart Attack - Sleater-Kinney
The Kiss - Judee Sill
Jesus Was a Cross Maker - Judee Sill
There She Goes - the La's
Gardenia - Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks
My Old Kentucky Home, Goodnight - John Prine (cover)
Entertain - Sleater-Kinney
Any Road - George Harrison
Fake Plastic Trees - Radiohead
Start Together - Sleater-Kinney
Blue Moon of Kentucky - Elvis Presley
The Frug - Rilo Kiley
Subterranean Homesick Blues - Bob Dylan
Jersey Girl - Tom Waits
Carey - Joni Mitchell
Mineral Wells - Tom Russell
Cattle and Cane - The Go-Betweens
Two - Ryan Adams
Dear Prudence - the Beatles
Ain't No Sunshine - Bill Withers
Anarchy in the UK - Sex Pistols
Sweet is the Melody - Iris DeMent
I am a Scientist - Guided by Voices
Rough Mix (whole album) - Pete Townshend and Ronnie Lane
anything by Lightnin' Hopkins
Words of Love - Buddy Holly
Memo From Turner - Mick Jagger
Surrender - Cheap Trick
Higher and Higher - Jackie Wilson
At San Quentin (whole album) - Johnny Cash
(What's So Funny) 'Bout Peace, Love & Understanding - Elvis Costello
Dark Eyes - Bob Dylan

40. Steppin' Out - Joe Jackson
41. Louisiana 1927 - Randy Newman
42. Sympathy for the Devil - Rolling Stones
43. Giant Steps - John Coltrane
44. Close to the Edge (whole album) - Yes
45. Train in Vain (Stand by Me) - the Clash
46. Achtung Baby (whole album) - U2
47. Horses (whole album) - Patti Smith
48. Holidays in the Sun - Sex Pistols
49. Across the Universe - the Beatles
50. Sweet Jane - Velvet Underground
51. No Woman No Cry - Bob Marley
52. Georgia on My Mind - Ray Charles
53. My Favorite Things - John Coltrane
54. The Execution of All Things (whole album) - Rilo Kiley
55. Motorcrash, back-to-back with Birthday - Sugarcubes
56. Gimmie Shelter - Rolling Stones
57. Somebody Got Murdered - the Clash
58. Be-Bop-a-Lula - Gene Vincent
59. Karen Revisited - Sonic Youth
60. She's Got You - Patsy Cline

and let's include these into the Top 60:

You're No Rock 'n' Roll Fun - Sleater-Kinney
Dreams - TV on the Radio
The Olde Trip to Jerusalem - The Mekons
Persuasion - Richard Thompson (with Teddy Thompson)
Alex Chilton - The Replacements
Janie Jones - the Clash
Ooh La La - The Faces
Across the Alley from the Alamo - Bob Wills
A Change Gonna Come - Sam Cooke
Une Annee Sans Lumiere - The Arcade Fire
Rabbit Fur Coat (whole album) - Jenny Lewis with the Watson Twins
At Home He's a Tourist - Gang of Four
Rock Me to Sleep - Sally Timms
(cover of Jill Sobule song)
I'm Not There (1956) - Bob Dylan
Love Will Tear Us Apart - Joy Division
The Call Up - the Clash
I Kissed a Girl - Jill Sobule
New Partner - Palace Music (Will Oldham)
Cast No Shadows - Mekons
The Engine Driver - The Decemberists
Victoria - The Kinks
Kool Thing - Sonic Youth
Alone Again Or - Love
Blimps Go 90 - Guided by Voices
Modern Girl - Sleater-Kinney
Cleaning Windows - Van Morrison
Don't Think Twice, It's All Right - Bob Dylan
Cannonball - The Breeders
Layla - Derek and the Dominos
Love Minus Zero / No Limit - Bob Dylan
If She Wants Me - Belle & Sebastian
Nightshift - the Commodores
History Song - The Good, The Bad, and The Queen

61. Going to California - Led Zeppelin
62. Waiting on a Friend - Rolling Stones
63. Girl From the North Country - Bob Dylan
64. Wild and Blue - Mekons
65. Silver Wings - Merle Haggard
66. Ramp of Death - Stephen Malkmus and The Jicks
67. Starfish and Coffee - Prince
68. A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall - Bob Dylan
69. Walk on the Wild Side - Lou Reed
70. Plastic Ono Band (whole album) - John Lennon
71. Waltz #2 - Elliott Smith
72. Someday, Someway - Marshall Crenshaw
73. Straight to Hell - the Clash
74. Jackie Wilson Said - Van Morrison
75. Once in a Lifetime - Talking Heads
76. You Can't Hurry Love - Supremes
77. The Grand Tour - George Jones
78. The Drugs Don't Work - the Verve
79. Here Comes Your Man - Pixies
80. I Will Dare - the Replacements
81. Cornflake Girl - Tori Amos
82. Bleecker Street - Simon & Garfunkel
83. It's Different for Girls - Joe Jackson
84. Losing My Religion - REM
85. Sweet Black Angel - Rolling Stones
86. Master Blaster (Jammin') - Stevie Wonder
87. Roadrunner - Jonathan Richman & the Modern Lovers
88. Ring of Fire - Johnny Cash
89. Wonderful World (not the Louis Armstrong Wonderful World) - Sam Cooke
90. Let it Be - the Beatles
91. Corpus Christi Bay - Robert Earl Keen
92. Pinhead - Ramones
93. Oliver's Army - Elvis Costello
94. A Hard Day's Night - the Beatles
95. Jolene - Dolly Parton
96. Do Right Woman, Do Right Man - Aretha Franklin
97. This Moment - Victoria Williams
98. Miss Misery - Elliott Smith
99. Anchored Down in Anchorage - Michelle Shocked

I've gone through the top 99 without anything from the late great
At the Drive-In. Let's give slot 99.9 to the album Relationship of Command.

100. What's Going On - Marvin Gaye
101. Dazed and Confused - Led Zeppelin
102. Hey Joni - Sonic Youth
103. Coal Miner's Daughter - Loretta Lynn
104. She Said She Said - the Beatles
105. For No One - the Beatles
106. Outskirts (whole album) - Blue Rodeo
107. King of California - Dave Alvin
108. All Tomorrow's Parties - Velvet Underground
109. Wouldn't it be Nice - The Beach Boys
110. Drums Along the Hudson (whole album) - The Bongos
111. Down By the Water - PJ Harvey
112. Achilles Last Stand - Led Zeppelin
113. I'll Be You - the Replacements
114. Beeswing - Richard Thompson
115. My Girl - Temptations
116. The Lucky One - Freedy Johnston
117. Sounds of Silence - Simon & Garfunkel
118. Thirteen b/w In the Street - Big Star
119. If I Needed You - Townes Van Zandt
120. Blue Sky - the Allman Brothers Band
121. Watching the Detectives - Elvis Costello
122. I Heard it Through the Grapevine - Marvin Gaye
123. St. Elmo's Fire - Brian Eno
124. Mind Playin' Tricks on Me - the Geto Boys
125. Ft. Worth Blues - Steve Earle
126. Shoot Out the Lights (whole album) - Richard and Linda Thompson
127. 6' 1" - Liz Phair
128. How Do You Sleep? - John Lennon
129. Heart of Darkness - Pere Ubu
130. And Your Bird Can Sing - the Beatles
131. I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone - Sleater-Kinney
132. Turning Japanese - the Vapors
133. Nine Objects of Desire (whole album) - Suzanne Vega
134. Jambalaya - Hank Williams
135. Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain - Willie Nelson
136. Voodoo Chile (Slight Return) - Jimi Hendrix
137. Romeo Had Juliette - Lou Reed
138. Wires and Waves - Rilo Kiley
139. Jealous Guy - John Lennon
140. Livin' Thing - Electric Light Orchestra
141. Talkin' to the Wino Too - David Lindley
142. I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For (live version from Rattle & Hum) - U2
143. Melissa - the Allman Brothers Band
144. I Feel Fine - the Beatles
145. Stand By Me - Ben E. King
146. Every Little Thing She Does is Magic - the Police
147. Beyond Belief - Elvis Costello
148. The Indestructible Beat of Soweto (whole album) - various artists
149. I Fought the Law - the Clash
150. Call Me - Blondie
151. Listen to What the Man Said - Wings
152. A Man / Me / Then Jim - Rilo Kiley
153. Sexual Healing - Marvin Gaye
154. Money (That's What I Want) - Barrett Strong
155. A Tribute to Jack Johnson (whole album) - Miles Davis
156. Louisiana Woman, Mississippi Man - Loretta Lynn & Conway Twitty
157. I Wish - Stevie Wonder
158. Lady Madonna - the Beatles
159. Tonight I Think I'm Gonna Go Downtown - Jimmie Dale Gilmore
160. Isn't She Lovely - Stevie Wonder
161. The Weight - The Band
162. Little Red Corvette - Prince
163. Wichita Lineman - Glen Campbell
164. More Than This - Roxy Music
165. The King of Carrot Flowers, Part One - Neutral Milk Hotel
166. Heaven and Back - Mekons
167. Waitin' For a Superman - Flaming Lips
168. Reconsider Me - Warren Zevon
169. * Up on Cripple Creek - The Band
170. * Take a Letter, Maria - RB Greaves
171. * Arizona - Mark Lindsay

* So when I was a kiddie growing up in the sophisticated gulf coast metropolis of jones creek, texas, these three were the first pop songs I was really aware of. My older brother Charles gave me his 45 of Up on Cripple Creek; I used to spin it on my toy Close n' Play phonograph. The other two songs were top of the pops circa 1970 on rock radio KILT-610 in houston. Just thought you might be interested.

172. Frying Pan - Victoria Williams
173. See No Evil - Television
174. I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight - Richard & Linda Thompson
175. Maps - Yeah Yeah Yeahs
176. Mary Anne with the Shakey Hand - the Who
177. Natural's Not In It - Gang of Four
178. While My Guitar Gently Weeps - the Beatles
179. Let Down - Radiohead
180. After Awhile - Jimmie Dale Gilmore
181. The Galway Girl - Steve Earle
182. Brass in Pocket - Pretenders
183. Rock Me to Sleep - Jill Sobule
184. Los Angeles - X
185. Tiny Dancer - Elton John
186. A New England - Kirsty MacColl
187. Man on the Moon - REM
188. Tom Jones Levitation - Jon Langford
189. Factory Girl - Rolling Stones
190. Biloxi - Ted Hawkins
191. Hey Bulldog - the Beatles
192. I Had to Tell You - Poi Dog Pondering (cover of Roky Erickson song)
193. Waiting For Mary - Pere Ubu
194. Van Lear Rose (whole album) - Loretta Lynn
195. True Wheel - Brian Eno
196. Shady Lane - Pavement
197. Cry Baby Cry - the Beatles
198. All Men are Liars - Nick Lowe
199. In a Big Country - Big Country
200. Summer of Drugs - Victoria Williams

Somewhere up there in the 200:

Tam Lin - Fairport Convention
24 Hour Party People - Happy Mondays
Lost in the Supermarket - the Clash
Let My Love Open the Door - Pete Townshend
The Passenger - Iggy Pop
Here Comes the Highstepper - Ini Kamoze
Searching For a Heart - Warren Zevon

201. Good Year for the Roses - George Jones
202. Band on the Run (whole album)
(especially the song Nineteen Hundred and Eighty Five) - Wings
203. Across the Alley from the Alamo - Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys
204. Guns of Brixton - the Clash
205. Tear Drop - Massive Attack
206. Up in Heaven (Not Only Here) - the Clash
207. Venus & Mars (Reprise) - Wings
208. Synchronicity I (and II) - the Police
209. I Fell in Love (whole album) - Carlene Carter
210. This Isn't It - Giant Drag
211. Candy's Room - Bruce Springsteen
212. 15 Years in Indiana - Jack Logan
213. Nightswimming - REM
214. Texas Flood (whole album) - Stevie Ray Vaughan
215. You Wear it Well - Mekons (cover of Rod Stewart song)
216. Don't Stop the Dance - Bryan Ferry
217. Stephanie Says - Velvet Underground
218. Fairytale in the Supermarket - the Raincoats
219. The Way You Look Tonight - Frank Sinatra
220. Good Morning Good Morning - the Beatles
221. Magic Number - De La Soul
222. So I Can Take My Rest - Robert Earl Keen
223. Home Town - Joe Jackson
224. Car Jammin' - the Clash
225. American Tune - Willie Nelson (cover of Paul Simon song)
226. Holland, 1945 - Neutral Milk Hotel
227. Good Things - Sleater-Kinney

"You will find a forture, though it will not be the one you seek."
- the Blind Prophet, "O Brother, Where Art Thou?"

* The Passion of Joan of Arc (Carl Dreyer, France, 1927)
* Metropolis (Fritz Lang, Germany, 1927)
* M (Fritz Lang, Germany, 1931)
* L'Atalante (Jean Vigo, France, 1934) +++++
* The Rules of the Game (Jean Renoir, France, 1939) +++++
* The Wizard of Oz (Victor Fleming, US, 1939)
* Citizen Kane (Orson Welles, US, 1941)
* To Be or Not to Be (Ernst Lubitsch, US, 1942)
* Casablanca (Michael Curtiz, US, 1943)
* To Have and Have Not (Howard Hawks, US, 1944)
* Children of Paradise (Marcel Carne, France, 1945)
* Notorious (Alfred Hitchcock, US, 1946)
* It's a Wonderful Life (Frank Capra, US, 1946)
* Beauty and the Beast (Jean Cocteau, France, 1946)
* The Third Man (Carol Reed, UK, 1949) +++++
* Rashomon (Akira Kurosawa, Japan, 1951)
* Ikuru (Akira Kurosawa, Japan, 1952)
* Tokyo Story (Yasujiro Ozu, Japan, 1953)
* The Wages of Fear (Henri-Georges Clouzot, France, 1953)
* Rear Window (Alfred Hitchcock, US, 1954) +++++
* Rififi (Jules Dassin, France, 1956)
* The Searchers (John Ford, US, 1956)
* Paths of Glory (Stanley Kubrick, US, 1957)
* A Touch of Evil (Orson Welles, US, 1958)
* Vertigo (Alfred Hitchcock, US, 1958)
* La Dolce Vita (Federico Fellini, Italy, 1959)
* North by Northwest (Alfred Hitchcock, US, 1959)
* Rio Bravo (Howard Hawks, US, 1959)
* L'Avventura (Michelangelo Antonioni, Italy, 1960)
* The Manchurian Candidate (John Frankenheimer, US, 1962)
* An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge (Robert Enrico, France, 1962)
* High and Low (Akira Kurosawa, Japan, 1963)
* Lawrence of Arabia (David Lean, UK, 1963)
* Dr. Strangelove (Stanley Kubrick, US, 1964)
* A Hard Day's Night (Richard Lester, UK, 1964)
* The Battle of Algiers (Gillo Pontecorvo, Italy, 1966)
* Bonnie and Clyde (Arthur Penn, US, 1967)
* Cool Hand Luke (Stuart Rosenberg, US, 1967)
* 2001: A Space Odyssey (Stanley Kubrick, US, 1968)
* Claire's Knee (Eric Rohmer, France, 1970)
* Little Big Man (Arthur Penn, US, 1970)
* M*A*S*H (Robert Altman, US, 1970)
* Patton (Franklin J. Schaffner, US, 1970) ++++++++++
OK, while it may not be an artistic masterpiece of cinema, Patton is still a great freaking movie; I never get tired of watching it.
That is all.
* Dirty Harry (Don Seigel, US, 1971)
* Duel (Steven Spielberg, US, 1971)
* The Last Picture Show (Peter Bogdanovich, US, 1971)
* Les Deux Anglaises (Francois Truffant, France, 1971)
* The Godfather (Francis Ford Coppola, US, 1972) +++++
* Aguirre, the Wrath of God (Werner Herzog, Germany, 1972)
* American Graffiti (George Lucas, US, 1973)
* Paper Moon (Peter Bogdanovich, US, 1973)
* Blazing Saddles (Mel Brooks, US, 1974)
* Chinatown (Roman Polanski, US, 1974) +++++
* The Conversation (Francis Ford Coppola, US, 1974)
* The Godfather Part II (Francis Ford Coppola, US, 1974) +++++
* The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (Joseph Sargent, US, 1974)
* Young Frankenstein (Mel Brooks, US, 1974)
* Barry Lyndon (Stanley Kubrick, UK, 1975)
* Dog Day Afternoon (Sidney Lumet, US, 1975)
* Jaws (Steven Spielberg, US, 1975)
* Monty Python and the Holy Grail (Terry Gilliam & Terry Jones, UK, 1975)
* The Passenger (Michelangelo Antonioni, France-Italy-US-Spain, 1975)
* All the President's Men (Alan J. Pakula, US, 1976)
* Stroszek (Werner Herzog, Germany, 1977)
* The Last Wave (Peter Weir, Australia, 1977)
* The In-Laws (Arthur Hiller, US, 1979)
* Das Boot (Wolfgang Petersen, West Germany, 1981)
* Blade Runner (Ridley Scott, US, 1982)
* The Verdict (Sidney Lumet, US, 1982)
* Local Hero (William Forsyth, UK, 1983)
* Amadeus (Milos Forman, US, 1984)
* Blood Simple (Joel Coen, US, 1984)
* Brazil (Terry Gilliam, US, 1985)
* Pee-Wee's Big Adventure (Tim Burton, US, 1985)
* Aliens (James Cameron, US, 1986)
* House of Games (David Mamet, US, 1987)
* The Princess Bride (Rob Reiner, US, 1987)
* Do the Right Thing (Spike Lee, US, 1989)
* Drugstore Cowboy (Gus Van Sant, US, 1989)
* Flirting (John Duigan, Australia, 1989)
* Glory (Edward Zwick, US, 1989)
* Ju Dou (Yimou Zhang, China, 1989)
* Sex, Lies, and Videotape (Steven Soderbergh, US, 1989)
* Goodfellas (Martin Scorsese, US, 1990)
* Miller's Crossing (Joel Coen, US, 1990)
* Reversal of Fortune (Barbet Schroeder, US, 1990)
* Damage (Louis Malle, UK & France, 1992)
* Delicatessen (Marc Caro & Jean-Pierre Jeunet, France, 1992)
* Proof (Jocelyn Moorhouse, Australia, 1992)
* Raise the Red Lantern (Yimou Zhang, China, 1992)
* Groundhog Day (Harold Ramis, US, 1993)
* The music videos of Michel Gondry (1990's - present)
* Three Colours: Red (Krszystof Kieslowski, France-Switzerland-Poland, 1994)
* The White Balloon (Jafar Panahi, Iran, 1995)
* Lone Star (John Sayles, US, 1996)
* The Big Lebowski (Joel Coen, US, 1998) ("Where's the money, Lebowski??)
* The Insider (Michael Mann, US, 1999)
* The Matrix (Andy & Larry Wachowski, US, 1999)
* The Straight Story (David Lynch, US, 1999)
* Yi Yi (A One and a Two) (Edward Yang, Taiwan, 1999)
* My Voyage to Italy (Martin Scorsese, US, 1999)
* O Brother, Where Art Thou? (Joel Coen, US, 2000)
* You Can Count on Me (Kenneth Lonergan, US, 2000)
* In the Mood for Love (Wong Kar-Wai, Hong Kong, 2000)
* The Gleaners and I (Agnes Varda, France, 2001)
* Mulholland Drive (David Lynch, US, 2001)
* The Fast Runner (Atanarjuat) (Zacharias Kunuk, Canada, 2001)
* Spirited Away (Hayao Miyazaki, Japan, 2002)
* 24 Hour Party People (Micheal Winterbottom, UK, 2002)
* Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (Peter Weir, US, 2003)
* The Station Agent (Thomas McCarthy, US, 2003)
* Big Fish (Tim Burton, US, 2003)
* Wallace and Gromit in the Curse of the Were-Rabbit (Nick Park & Steve Box, UK, 2005)
* 49 Up (Michael Apted, UK, 2005) - ...and all the past films in the Up Series as well.
* When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts (Spike Lee, US, 2006)
* The Departed (Martin Scorsese, US, 2006)
* Sweet Land (Ali Selim, US, 2006)
* The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (Julian Schnabel, US, 2007)
* Protagonist (Jessica Yu, US, 2007)
* Once (John Carney, Ireland, 2007)
* Goodbye Solo (Ramin Bahrani, US, 2008)
* Man on Wire (James Marsh, UK, 2008)
* Tulpan (Sergey Dvortsevoy, Kazakhstan, 2008)
* Departures (Yojiro Takita, Japan, 2008)
* Wendy and Lucy (Kelly Reichardt, US, 2008)
* Inglourious Basterds (Quentin Tarantino, US, 2009)
* God's Architect's (Zack Godshall, US, 2009)
* Despicable Me (Pierre Coffin & Chris Renaud, US, 2010)

not quite the greatest films of all time, or perhaps nowhere near the greatest, but I like them:

In no particular order:
Goldfinger, Five Million Years to Earth, Yellow Submarine, Mississippi Masala, This is Spinal Tap, Control, Weekend, The Right Stuff, The Cool School, Stranger than Fiction, Night of the Hunter, The War of the Worlds (the original, not the horrible Spielberg remake), Animal House, When We Were Kings, Le Mepris (Contempt), Lantana, Zero Dark Thirty, Beverly Hills Cop, An Education, The Wind WIll Carry Us, The 7 Faces of Dr. Lao, The Visitor, Magnolia, Talladega Nights, The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser (AKA Every Man For Himself and God Against All), Y Tu Mama Tambien, Sergio Leone's "Dollars" trilogy, Office Space, Raising Arizona, Donnie Darko, Monsters, Inc., The Hours, Hot Fuzz, End of the Tour, Persepolis, Rachel Getting Married, McCabe & Mrs. Miller, In Bruges, Ghost World, True Grit (the 2010 Coen Brothers remake), Casino Royale (2006 version), The Best Years of Our Lives, Russian Ark, Moonlighting (not the TV series Moonlighting), Secretariat, Argo, From Russia With Love, Les Diaboliques (the original, not the remake), I'm Not There, Planes, Trains and Automobiles, Inside Man, Forbidden Games, Trading Places, The Five Obstructions, The Motorcycle Diaries, Cat People (the original, not the remake), Tropic Thunder, Amores Perros, 61*, Duck Soup, Ruby in Paradise, Schindler's List, 25th Hour, Masculin-Feminin, Superbad, A Night at the Opera, The Shawshank Redemption, Garden State, The Shining, Breaking Away, The Player, My Architect, L.A. Confidential, John Adams (HBO mini-series), Intolerable Cruelty, Lost in Translation, The French Connection, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Amelie, Stranger Than Paradise, Kundun, Babe (i.e. the one with the talking pig), The Road Warrior, The Birds, Raging Bull, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, My Favorite Year, The Andromeda Strain, To Kill a Mockingbird, SLC Punk, Touchez Pas au Grisbi, Sideways, Airplane, Miracle, Pan's Labyrinth, American Splendour, Toy Story, What's Up, Doc?, A Man Escaped, Sunset Boulevard, A Christmas Story, Annie Hall, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, The Hustler, The Royal Tenenbaums, Hud, I Claudius (made for TV), Malcolm X, Lars and the Real Girl, Performance, Batman Begins, The Incredibles, The Bad News Bears, Eyes Wide Shut (I understand why it drives people nuts, but I think it was one of Kubrick's best), Mystery Train, The African Queen, The Cowboys, Andrei Rublev, Clerks, The Untouchables, Terminator 2, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Alien, The Ice Storm, Go Fish, Shaun of the Dead, The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T, Rainman, Rushmore, Gosford Park, Comfort and Joy, Lonesome Dove (made for TV), Double Indemnity, and I'm a sucker for Good Will Hunting. (And if George Lucas had quit in 1977, I'd have the original Star Wars. Where's Chaplin? I dunno; a genius, yes, but his work could get annoyingly cute at times. Call it the McCartney syndrome.)


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