Daniel’s Top 75 “Favorite” Films (after 34 years)


It has been a while since I committed a “favorite” movie list to paper (digitally or physically).  I’ve seen more than the average movie lover, but less than a ton of cinefiles.  I’ve looked high and low for films to impress me; films to get lost in; My list reads as eclectic as I’d expect, yet more “vanilla” than I’d like.  Some picks are obvious.   Some picks are light on plot.  Some picks are heady, labyrinthine, pretentious even.  Then, there are some of the greatest examples of the pinnacles of animation.  This is MY list, and it has it’s obvious weaknesses (horror, foreign film, film noir, documentary).  But this is where I am, where I’ve been, and where I’m going.  This is my “Top 75” favorite films thus far (75, because there is always room for a new 25 to join the party.  Beyond the first 5 picks, these are in no specific order.  Enjoy!     —Daniel


  1. The Empire Strikes Back
  2. Leon: the Professional
  3. Almost Famous
  4. Let the Right One In
  5. Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures
  6. Casablanca
  7. Alien
  8. Raiders of the Lost Ark
  9. Dr. Strangelove or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
  10. Rear Window
  11. Before Sunset
  12. District 9
  13. The Shawshank Redemption
  14. The Dark Knight
  15. Fight Club
  16. 12 Angry Men
  17. Pulp Fiction
  18. Star Wars: Episode IV/A New Hope
  19. The Silence of the Lambs
  20. Se7en
  21. The Prestige
  22. The Lion King
  23. Whiplash
  24. Back to the Future
  25. American Beauty
  26. Up
  27. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
  28. The Third Man
  29. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
  30. Blade Runner
  31. Pan’s Labyrinth
  32. The Wages of Fear
  33. The Wolf of Wall Street
  34. The Last Waltz
  35. Guardians of the Galaxy
  36. Stand by Me
  37. Before Sunrise
  38. Paris, Texas
  39. Mad Max: Fury Road
  40. True Romance
  41. Magnolia
  42. The Lady Vanishes
  43. Brazil
  44. Children of Men
  45. The Goonies
  46. The Lady Killers
  47. Dig!
  48. The Lego Movie
  49. Ex Machina
  50. Who Framed Roger Rabbit
  51. The Little Mermaid
  52. Robin Hood
  53. The Fisher King
  54. The Devil’s Backbone
  55. The Ice Storm
  56. Brick
  57. American Hustle
  58. Gremlins
  59. Mallrats
  60. Too Late
  61. Tex Montana Will Survive
  62. Super 8
  63. Trollhunter
  64. This is the End
  65. Cinema Paradiso
  66. Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead
  67. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
  68. The Thing
  69. Cool Hand Luke
  70. Jurassic Park
  71. Rope
  72. The Devil and Daniel Johnston


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