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top ten as of this moment

I created an ordered list of my favorite movies for a web site yesterday, and in the process, I realized I had created my Top Ten Films of All Time List. I might change my mind by the end of the day, but here it is/was:

    1. The Godfather: Part II
    2. The Sorrow and the Pity
    3. The Rules of the Game
    4. The Godfather
    5. Bonnie and Clyde
    6. The Third Man
    7. Grand Illusion
    8. Citizen Kane
    9. Vertigo
    10. Rio Bravo

Nothing later than the early-70s … I’ll need to do one of these for the post-Godfather era. Top Ten Films, 1975-present:

    1. Hard Boiled
    2. Run Lola Run
    3. City of God
    4. Close Encounters of the Third Kind
    5. The Killer
    6. Pan’s Labyrinth
    7. Red Cliff II
    8. The Lives of Others
    9. 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days
    10. Raiders of the Lost Ark

I’ve often questioned my general refusal to give current films the highest ratings, and this second list tells me something. Apparently, it’s easier for me to give 10/10 to a recent foreign film. There are only two English-language movies on that list, both directed by Spielberg, from 1977 and 1981 (i.e. there isn’t been a single American film on either of these lists that was made in the last 30 years). Meanwhile, John Woo shows up three times, which isn’t much of a surprise to me.

So, let me try again. Top Ten English-Language Films, 1982-present:

    1. American Splendor
    2. E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial
    3. The Rapture
    4. The Terminator
    5. Hoop Dreams
    6. Dangerous Liaisons
    7. Stop Making Sense
    8. Deliver Us from Evil
    9. Wit
    10. The Hours