Twenty+ Best Films Ever, a very arbitrary list

Winged Migrations

A subjective and very biased list of films that have endured the passage of time, the transition to Netflix, and the ripeness of aging. Give me these  films (in no particular order), a cup of tea, and the company of  dear friends who are also cinema lovers, and I’ll be the happiest person on the planet, for two hours. (Let’s make that three hours because the last film on the list is three hours long, and I saw it twice, in one afternoon, one session after the other.  Six hours of Angelopolous is a lot of film to see, but what a beauty that film!)

Some of these flicks are great; others are but not Citizen-Kane-great; others still don’t belong in a serious list (and you know which ones!), and some have only a touch of greatness, but all good enough many times over!

Rouge (Red), R. Kieslowski

A Separation, A. Farhadi

Un Coeur en Hiver (A Heart in Winter), C. Sautet

Ménk (We), & Tchors Yéghanagnér (Four Seasons), A. Peleshian

Les 400 Coups (400 Blows)/L’Enfant Sauvage (Savage Child), F. Truffaut.

Dr. No, T. Young

Être et avoir (To Be and to Have), N. Philibert

Damage, L. Malle

Vertigo, A. Hitchcock

La battaglia di Algeri (The Battle of Algiers), G. Pontecorvo

The Servant, J. Losey

Le Peuple Migrateur (Winged Migrations), J. Perrin and J. Cluzaud

The Band’s Visit, E. Korilin.  (Remember, A., how much we laughed!)

The Visitor, T. McCarthy

al-Iskandariyah, leh? (Alexandria, Why), Y. Chahine

Any film and every film of Charley Chaplin. (I cheated again!)

Happy Go-Lucky, Mike Leigh

The Pianist, R. Polanski

L’clisse (Eclipse), M. Antonioni

Something’s Gotta Give, N. Myers

Witness for the Prosecution, B. Wilder

L’adri di biciclette (The Bicycle Thief), V. de Sica

Some Like it Hot, B. Wilder

Kedma, A. Gitai

Talk to Her, P. Almodovar

La Dolce Vita, F. Fellini

Vanya on 42nd Street, L. Malle & A. Gregory


Ulysses’ Gaze, T. Angelopoulos

(Woe me, woe me, I left out the Russians and the Nordics and the Iranians and… and !)

Yallah, let’s go to the cinema!


About Taline Voskeritchian

Writing teacher at Boston University; translator (from Arabic and Armenian); prose writer; occasional editor; incurable wanderer.
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5 Responses to Twenty+ Best Films Ever, a very arbitrary list

  1. Adrianne says:

    Hi Taline, what a wonderful blog – beautiful, creative, interesting – just like you! Can we add our favorite films? Mine are probably not as esoteric as yours, but I think it’s an interesting list. Let me know how to do it. XXOO Batchigs, Adrianne

    • Yes, Adrainne, send them and I’ll put them up. That would be fun!
      Thanks for your good words about the blog, and for your participation.
      Next time I am in your town, I’ll come see you.

      • Adrianne says:

        OK, here are my all-time favorites (I’m sure there are more, but I’m having a brain synapse):

        1. Casablanca
        2. The Godfather, Part I and II
        3. Once Upon a Time in America
        4. To Kill a Mockingbird
        5. Baghdad Cafe
        6. Some Like it Hot
        7. Slingblade
        8. Life is Beautiful

      • Thanks, Adrianne! It’s a great list, topped by one of my favorites, which I should have included: Casablanca.

  2. Adrianne says:

    I knew I forgot one and I had to look at ImDB to find out the name – Pan’s Labyrinth, which was nominated for Best Foreign Film in 2006 but didn’t win – much to my disappointment. Very unusual film – sort of a dark Alice in Wonderland, but the reality of the situation is horrifying.

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