Thursday, September 24, 2015

Movies Spotlight – Ranking the Films of My Favorite Directors – September 2015

These lists have been endlessly done by film fans and critics since the beginning of cinema. But, they are fun and interesting for those who like lists (which seems to be a lot of us). So, I am going to rank the films of ten of my favorite current directors and five of my favorite classic directors. I am only using directors that have made at least five films. (Further rankings: Elite, Good, Weak)


1)      The Dark Knight
2)      Inception
3)      The Dark Knight Rises
4)      Interstellar
5)      The Prestige
6)      Batman Begins
7)      Insomnia
8)      Memento
9)      Following




1)      Rushmore
2)      The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
3)      The Darjeeling Limited
4)      The Royal Tenenbaums
5)      The Grand Budapest Hotel
6)      Moonrise Kingdom
7)      Fantastic Mr. Fox
8)      Bottle Rocket




1)      The Big Lebowski
2)      No Country for Old Men
3)      True Grit
4)      Fargo
5)      The Hudsucker Proxy
6)      Miller’s Crossing
7)      The Man Who Wasn’t There
8)      Inside Llewyn Davis
9)      Burn After Reading
10)   Blood Simple.
11)   A Serious Man
12)   O Brother, Where Art Thou?
13)   Barton Fink
14)   Raising Arizona
15)   Intolerable Cruelty
16)   The Ladykillers




1)      The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
2)      The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
3)      The Social Network
4)      Gone Girl
5)      Se7en
6)      The Game
7)      Fight Club
8)      Zodiac
9)      Panic Room
10)   Alien 3




1)      Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
2)      Children of Men
3)      Y Tu Mama Tambien
4)      Gravity
5)      Love in the Time of Hysteria (Solo con tu pareja)
6)      Great Expecations



I have not seen A Little Princess.

Michael Mann

1)      Heat
2)      The Last of the Mohicans
3)      Blackhat
4)      Miami Vice
5)      Public Enemies
6)      Thief
7)      Collateral
8)      The Insider
9)      Ali
10)   Manhunter



I have not seen The Keep

Steven Spielberg

1)      Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
2)      Raiders of the Lost Ark
3)      Saving Private Ryan
4)      Schindler’s List
5)      Munich
6)      Minority Report
7)      Catch Me If You Can
8)      Lincoln
9)      Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
10)   Jurassic Park
11)   Empire of the Sun
12)   E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
13)   Jaws
14)   Close Encounters of the Third Kind
15)   War Horse
16)   1941
17)   A.I. Artificial Intelligence
18)   Amistad
19)   War of the Worlds
20)   The Adventures of Tintin
21)   The Lost World: Jurassic Park
22)   The Terminal
23)   Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
24)   Hook



I have not seen The Sugarland Express, The Color Purple, and Always.

Quentin Tarantino

1)      Inglourious Basterds
2)      Django Unchained
3)      Pulp Fiction
4)      Reservoir Dogs
5)      Jackie Brown
6)      Kill Bill: Vol. 2
7)      Kill Bill: Vol. 1



Paul Thomas Anderson

1)      There Will Be Blood
2)      The Master
3)      Magnolia
4)      Punch-Drunk Love
5)      Boogie Nights
6)      Hard Eight
7)      Inherent Vice




1)      The Thin Red Line
2)      The New World
3)      Badlands
4)      Days of Heaven
5)      The Tree of Life
6)      To the Wonder


I have not yet seen Knight of Cups.


1)      Rebecca
2)      Notorious
3)      Rear Window
4)      Vertigo
5)      Shadow of a Doubt
6)      North by Northwest
7)      Frenzy
8)      Suspicion
9)      The Lady Vanishes
10)   Dial M for Murder
11)   Marnie
12)   Psycho
13)   The Birds
14)   To Catch a Thief
15)   The 39 Steps
16)   The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956)
17)   Torn Curtain
18)   Strangers on a Train
19)   The Trouble with Harry
20)   Spellbound
21)   Foreign Correspondent
22)   Lifeboat
23)   Rope
24)   The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934)
25)   Saboteur
26)   The Wrong Man
27)   The Paradine Case
28)   Family Plot



Whatever is not on this list, I have not seen.


1)      The Red Shoes
2)      The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp
3)      Black Narcissus
4)      A Matter of Life and Death
5)      The Small Black Room
6)      ‘I Know Where I’m Going!’
7)      A Canterbury Tale
8)      49th Parallel
9)      The Tales of Hoffmann
10)   Pursuit of the Graf Spee



Whatever is not on this list, I have not seen.


1)      Lawrence of Arabia
2)      The Bridge on the River Kwai
3)      Doctor Zhivago
4)      Great Expectations
5)      Brief Encounter
6)      Hobson’s Choice
7)      Oliver Twist
8)      The Passionate Friends
9)      Ryan’s Daughter



Whatever is not on this list, I have not seen.


1)      The Best Years of Our Lives
2)      Ben-Hur
3)      Mrs. Miniver
4)      The Little Foxes
5)      The Big Country
6)      Roman Holiday
7)      The Children’s Hour
8)      How to Steal a Million
9)      The Letter
10)   The Heiress
11)   Wuthering Heights



Whatever is not on this list, I have not seen.

Stanley Kubrick

1)      Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
2)      2001: A Space Odyssey
3)      Paths of Glory
4)      The Killing
5)      Lolita
6)      A Clockwork Orange
7)      The Shining
8)      Spartacus
9)      Barry Lyndon
10)   Full Metal Jacket
11)   Eyes Wide Shut




Let me know if there are any additional directors you want to see.

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