Your 10 Favourite Films of All Time – Contribute to the official World of Film top 10 list here!

It has been among our most popular topics, and now, it’s getting its own official list, made by you!

Please comment with your top 10 films of all time, and for A World of Film, we will comprise a list of the most popular 10 films. Creating the first official “World of Film top 10 list”

You only get 10, so make them count.

Alternatively. you can email us your list to aworldoffilm@outlook.com

To get you inspired, here is the newest version of my list:

10)  Letter from an Unknown Woman – Max Ophuls   

9) Cleo from 5 to 7  –  Agnes Varda

8) Manhattan  –  Woody Allen

7) Rear Window  –  Alfred Hitchcock

6) The Battle of Algiers – Gillo Pontecorvo

5) A Short Film About Killing  –  Krzysztof Kieslowski

4) The Passion of Joan of Arc – Carl Theodor Dreyer

3) Daisies – Vera Chytilova

2) The Night of the Hunter  –  Charles Laughton

1) The Gold Rush  –  Charles Chaplin

Please comment at the bottom of this page, and contribute to our top 10!

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  1. BeleagueredServant says:

    10 – (500) Days of Summer
    9 – La Vita e Bella
    8 – Modern Times
    7 – Radio Days
    6 – Star Wars
    5 – Chariots of Fire
    4 – Citizen Kane
    3 – The Shawshank Redemption
    2 – The Lord of the Rings (counted as one film)
    1 – City Lights

    1. aworldoffilm says:

      This is a great list. I’m happy to see City Lights up there. In my top 20 for sure. Also Citizen Kane. My number 11

      1. BeleagueredServant says:

        To me, the final scene of City Lights is the greatest scene I’ve ever seen on film. It still gets me every time.

      2. aworldoffilm says:

        Ohh I could not agree more! Manhattan has a very similar ending that is not as good, but comes very close. Have you seen it?

      3. BeleagueredServant says:

        Yes, I love that film. What did you think of “Stardust Memories”? I have an odd affection for that movie.

    2. aworldoffilm says:

      Yes, Stardust Memories is great, very Fellini. It’s not very widely appreciated, but I have never understood why.

  2. Great idea 🙂 I haven’t set aside the time or energy to come up with my Top 10 list, but perhaps I should. It’s a bit difficult to remember all of the films I’ve seen!

  3. beetleypete says:

    Good concept Darrell, though I am not sure if I could ever really list a top ten, as it would probably take me all year to argue them into any order! (That argument would be with myself, of course…)
    I think this will be a popular idea, and it is good to see what other readers are placing high up there. I would have to have a top French/Russian/Japanese/English/American, etc etc and it would end up more like a top 40!
    Regards from Norfolk, Pete.

  4. Off the top of my head
    Yojimbo
    Stray Dog
    Traffic
    The Godfather 1 and 2
    The Big Lebowski
    The Big Sleep
    Touch of Evil
    The Misfits
    The Getaway
    The Thomas Crown Affair

    1. aworldoffilm says:

      Great films. Touch of Evil is in my top 20 for sure.

  5. Big Kieslowski fan, huh? Can’t blame you! Here are ten favorites (alphabetical order, not good at ranking), it always changes.. I’m very fickle. I’m going to cheat and count Three Colors as one film, but Red is my favorite as well.
    Blue Velvet
    Citizen Kane
    La Dolce Vita
    Lolita
    Lost in Translation
    Red Desert
    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter… And Spring
    Sunset Blvd.
    Three Colors (Blue, White & Red)
    Wings of Desire

    1. aworldoffilm says:

      I’m so pleased to see Red Desert. So many people dislike that film, saying it is not about anything. But it is a fine character study and uses colour to genius effect.

      Also really like Wings of Desire. I’m not such a fan of Fellini, but La Dolce Vita is interesting.

      1. Nice! Yeah, I’m big on Antonioni L’avventura and L’eclisse are up there as well.

        Why are you not a Fellini fan?

      2. aworldoffilm says:

        Yes. Both great film.

        And I don’t know. I want to like his films more. I just feel that sometimes they are overlong and drawn out. Towards the end of 8 1/2 I really started to lose interest in amongst scene after scene of dialogue that I didn’t feel went anywhere. It’s difficult because I like his style and use of camera. Just not always his plots, stories or characters.

      3. I see, well that makes sense. I think to fully appreciate him (his humor especially) you almost have to Italian, otherwise it takes some getting used to.

  6. 10 – Breathless
    9 – Hidden (Caché)
    8 – Paris, Texas
    7 – The Apartment
    6 – Dr Strangelove
    5 – Once Upon A Time In The West
    4 – Badlands
    3 – M
    2 – City Lights
    1 – Raging Bull

    1. aworldoffilm says:

      Breathless was the film that got me into loving cinema. I glad to see Badlands, and another very high appearance for City Lights.
      Great picks.

  7. thomasjford says:

    It is so hard to come up with something like that, but I know I would have The Godfather and Goodfellas in there, definitely Royal Tenenbaums, probably There Will Be Blood too. One of my all time faves is Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. And I love Lost in Translation too! Also, I think I have to include Cars because my son loves it so much and I’ve seen it more than any other movie because of that reason!

  8. It’s tough because I tend to not favorite films because they all have drastically different qualities I either admire or resent, but let’s see, here is a list of 10 I absolutely adore in no particular order:

    City Hall
    Beautiful Girls
    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (The Original Live Action Movie)
    Angus
    Casablanca
    JFK
    It’s a Wonderful Life
    Philadelphia
    Get Shorty

    1. I’m missing one – so let’s add The NeverEnding Story. 🙂

  9. Off the top of my head

    Turkish Delight – Verhoven
    Once Upon a Time in America – Leone
    Ran – Kurosawa
    Suspiria – Argento
    Only God Forgives – Refn
    Vertigo – Hitchcock
    Salo – Pasolin-
    Antiochrist – Von Trier
    Paths of Glory – Kubrick
    The Big Sleep – Hawks

    1. Other add ons that I want to mention

      Fat Girl
      Wild Bunch
      The Goonies
      The Butcher Boy
      Badlands
      The Unbearable Lightness of Being
      The Last Picture Show
      Escape from New York
      The Ice Storm
      Steel Helmet

  10. I’m so glad Daisies made your list! Love that film! Here’s my top 10, in no particular order. I get the feeling I’m forgetting a whole bunch of films too. It’s so difficult to definitively narrow it down!

    1. La Dolce Vita
    2. The Holy Mountain
    3. Rear Window
    4. The Cabinet of Dr Caligari
    5. Life Is Beautiful
    6. Funky Forest: The First Contact
    7. Viridiana
    8. Spirited Away
    9. Last Year At Marienbad
    10. The Seventh Seal

    1. aworldoffilm says:

      Yes Daisies is just so bizarre that how could anyone not like it. On the surface it is the kind of film I would normally not like, but it knows how silly and playful it is so never feels over pretentious.

  11. Jon Harrison says:

    Loving your list! I still need to watch The Gold Rush!!!

    10. Dr. Strangelove
    9. The Lion King
    8. 500 Days of Summer
    7. Pulp Fiction
    6. Children of Men
    5. Drive
    4. It’s A wonderful Life
    3. Boyz N The Hood
    2. The Shining
    1. Rear Window

    I have a whole top 30 on my blog though haha expecting a lot more older classics to invade the top 30 though haha

    1. aworldoffilm says:

      You should see it when you get the chance. So good.
      I like all your list, but your number 1. Hitchcock at his best for sure.

  12. dyssebeia says:

    Went with one per director just so it’s not too monotonous. But otherwise Tarkovsky would have 4, for instance.

    1. Andrei Tarkovsky – The Mirror
    2. Claire Denis – Beau Travail
    3. John Cassavetes – A Woman Under the Influence
    4. Aleksandr Sokurov – Mother and Son
    5. Yasujiro Ozu – Late Spring
    6. Béla Tarr – Werckmeister Harmonies
    7. Wong Kar-Wai – In the Mood for Love
    8. Tom Noonan – The Wife
    9. Wim Wenders – Wings of Desire
    10. Kenji Mizoguchi – Sansho the Bailiff

    1. aworldoffilm says:

      For performances, A Woman Under the Influence would be close to my number 1
      nice list

  13. 10. Gattaca
    9. Giant
    8. Pierrot Le Fou
    7. Streetcar named Desire
    6. Fox and his Friends
    5 . Shadows
    4. 400 Blows
    3. Elevator to the Gallows
    2. Fear of Fear
    1. A place in the sun

    1. Special mention for Kids by Larry Clark

  14. Aaargh I hate it. A top 10 – it surely can never be that static. Your list must change over time and even based on mood. Over the years I have slowly honed, refined, dropped and then put back in countless films. And then ordering them?
    I think that some films would always end up in my top-10 but in variety of order:

    Double Indemnity
    In A Lonely Place
    Oh! What A Lovely War
    Ikiru (it is hilarious that everyone has a different Kurosawa film that makes the grade)
    Nashville
    *Something by Woody Allen from the ‘golden’ period
    All That Jazz

    1. aworldoffilm says:

      I think a list such as this says something about you, and where you stand at different stages of your life. So yes, it should be constantly wanting to change. I think that’s the great thing about it.

  15. abekoby says:

    Citizen Kane
    Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
    Ikiru
    Jackie Brown
    Lord of the Rings
    Menace II Society
    Mystic River
    Network
    Once Upon a Time in the West
    Shaun of the Dead

    There’s probably a few others, and that’s off the top of my head.

    1. How did I forget Network?

  16. chryst1ne says:

    Where can I still get all these movies? I mean they are old movies and it’s quite difficult to get them, well, in my country.

    1. aworldoffilm says:

      Most are from a liberty, but I have seen things online and you might be able to get them on Amazon.

  17. sinnerz13 says:

    I have never done a top 10 of film but here goes
    10) The Big country- William Wyler
    9) Moulin Rouge-John Huston
    8)Spartacus
    7) Champion-Mark Robson
    6) Ben Hur
    5) From Here to Eternity
    4) Oliver Twist- David Lean
    3) Great Expectations – David Lean
    2) kind hearts and Coronets
    1)It’s a wonderful life

    1. aworldoffilm says:

      Well thank you for making it here first! It’s a great list, with some big classics there.

  18. Mr. Perfect says:

    Matrix
    Higher Learning
    They Live
    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
    Deep Cover
    Akira
    Malcolm X
    This Boy’s Life
    Strange Days
    Bad Boys

    1. aworldoffilm says:

      That’s the second vote for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

  19. falcon760 says:

    I would probably change this if I were ever to write it on my blog, but these have to be considered for a top 10:

    10. Star Wars
    9. All the President’s Men
    8. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance kid
    7. Bullitt
    6. Psycho
    5. The Godfather part 2
    4. North by Northwest
    3. Ben-Hur
    2. The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
    1. Casablanca

    1. aworldoffilm says:

      I think Casablanca and Ben-Hur may be the most commented here. I want to make a big list of all these comments.

  20. dyssebeia says:

    Not limiting myself to one per director this time

    10. John Cassavetes – Faces
    9. Wong Kar-Wai – In the Mood for Love
    8. Béla Tarr – Werckmeister Harmonies
    7. Yasujiro Ozu – Tokyo Story
    6. John Cassavetes – A Woman Under the Influence
    5. Aleksandr Sokurov – Mother and Son
    4. Andrei Tarkovsky – Stalker
    3. Yasujiro Ozu – Late Spring
    2. Claire Denis – Beau Travail
    1. Andrei Tarkovsky – The Mirror

    1. dyssebeia says:

      I saw this post as a new post in my reader; didn’t realize it was the old post again. Anyway, you can use this list as more accurate than the previous.

      1. aworldoffilm says:

        Yes, I wanted to open it up again to new people. Thank you for this new version of your list. I shall use that one.

  21. My list isn’t anything close to static, either. Here goes nothing.

    Honorable Mentions: The Empire Strikes Back, The Shining, The Truman Show

    10. The Shawshank Redemption
    9. Howl’s Moving Castle
    8. The Dark Knight
    7. 12 Years a Slave
    6. Fight Club
    5. Her
    4. Rock ‘N Rolla
    3. Cosmopolis
    2. There Will Be Blood
    1. 2001: A Space Odyssey

  22. 1. Rashomon
    2. Vertigo
    3. Barry Lyndon
    4. Barton Fink
    5. The Hustler
    6. Cool Hand Luke
    7. Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
    8. Apocalypse Now
    9. Inglourious Basterds
    10. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

  23. beetleypete says:

    Since the last reply Darrell, I have written this; http://curnblog.com/2014/04/15/top-ten-films-mission-impossible/
    Hope you get it! Best wishes, Pete.

    1. aworldoffilm says:

      I like all the points you make there. And, I mostly agree.
      The main reason I like to know top 10’s, and create my own, it’s fun. I know of people that create many lists, such as, 100 male performances, female, supporting, directors. And, they have fun while making these. But more, I think it tells you something about that person and where they currently are in there lives. When I was younger, my favourite film was Toy Story, a little older, it was Tim Burton’s Batman. Then, Godard’s Breathless, and for a while, Woody Allen’s Manhattan. And now, it has become The Gold Rush. I love that is changes and shows a progression as to where I was in my cinematic mindset at certain points.
      And this transcends to polls such as the sight and sound best film list. But with these, instead of it showing how ones independent cinematic mind changes, it reflexes where we are culturally in understanding cinema. I really do think these polls are interesting, in understanding people, and how they change. But, above all, it’s fun it do.

      1. beetleypete says:

        I cannot deny that it can be fun. It is just that it can change at the drop of a hat, and films once thought marvellous, can be seen in a new light. That’s why I contend that ‘top lists’ are virtually impossible to compile, unless you do a new one every few months.
        Thanks for the reply though, and I concede that it is always a popular blog topic!
        Regards, Pete.

  24. In chronological order;

    Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954) – Jack Arnold
    Forbidden Planet (1956) – Fred M. Wilcox
    Faster, Pusycat! Kill! Kill! (1965) – Russ Meyer
    Blue Hawaii (1961) – Norman Taurog
    Night of the Living Dead (1968) – George A. Romero
    Conan The Barbarian (1982) – John Milius
    Army of Darkness – Sam Raimi
    Pulp Fiction (1994) – Quentin Tarantino
    Ed Wood (1994) – Tim Burton
    Braveheart (1995) – Mel Gibson

  25. Harry Calnan says:

    1. 2001: A Space Odyssey – Kubrick (1968)
    2. La Strada – Fellini (1954)
    3. The Seven Samurai – Kurosawa (1954)
    4. Day for Night – Traffaut (1973)
    5. Days of Heaven – Malick (1978)
    6. Stranger Than Paradise – Jarmusch (1984)
    7. Casablanca – Curtiz (1942)
    8. North by Northwest – Hitchcock (1959)
    9. Last Year at Marienbad – Renais (1962)
    10. A Hard Day’s Night – Lester (1964)

  26. moviebelle says:

    1) A Beautiful Mind (2001)
    2) What’s Eating Gilbert Grape (1993)
    3) Taxi Driver (1976)
    4) Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (1991)
    5)Thelma and Louise (1991)
    6)Little Miss Sunshine (2006)
    7)Tootsie (1982)
    8) Inglourious Basterds (2009)
    9) Do the Right Thing (1989)
    10) Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (1960)

    1. aworldoffilm says:

      Thanks. Taxi Driver is so close to being in my top 10. It keeps slowly making it’s way towards it.

  27. Bonnie says:

    3 off the top of my head:
    Citizen Kane
    The Godfather Trilogy
    Sling Blade

  28. This isa great idea – some great top 10’s here too. I’m getting around to my top 10 on my own blog at the moment – I am listing my top 50, have put the first two installments up so far (50 – 31) and dont want to give away the surprise for my follower (yes, thats right… follower haha).

  29. I love top 10 lists like these! Although I have tried to watch as many films as I can, at the tender age of 22 I still have yet to watch what some might call classics. So i’ll stick to a top 5.

    5. The Godfather
    4. Pulp Fiction
    3. Inglorious Bastards
    2. Inception
    1. 500 Days of Summer

    I’m sure, like you said in one of your comments, my tastes will change. Here’s to a different top 5 in 5 years! 🙂

  30. Hypersonic55 says:

    That’s hard because I know the first 4 and everything gets a bit hazy from there, but I’ll try! Here goes:

    10. Inception
    9. The Bourne Trilogy (Matt Damon films obviously)
    8. Back To The Future
    7. Crimson Tide
    6. City of God
    5. The Lord of The Rings Trilogy
    4. Terminator 2
    3. One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest
    2. Spider-Man 2
    1. The Shawkshank Redemption

  31. oh crap here we go again. ask me in six months and the order will have changed, and some of the films. Close but no cigar to Goodfellas, Bambi, Citizen Kane, Bringing Up Baby, Top Hat, His Girl Friday, Wings of Desire, Deliverance, Annie Hall, Fargo, Dumbo, Up, The Conversation, The Big Sleep, The 39 Steps, Dr Strangelove, The Shawshank Redemption, Amelie, Jaws, and a hundred others

    10: Excalibur
    9: Blue Velvet
    8: The Big Lebowski
    7: Pulp Fiction
    6: Ran
    5: Godfather 1 and 2
    4: Blade Runner
    3: The Third Man
    2: The Maltese Falcon
    1: Three Colours: Blue

  32. 10. Jaws (Steven Spielberg)
    9. Se7en (David Fincher)
    8. Taxi Driver (Martin Scorsese)
    7. JFK (Oliver Stone)
    6. Fargo (Joel Coen)
    5. Oldboy (Chan-wook Park)
    4. Citizen Kane (Orson Welles)
    3. Goodfellas (Martin Scorsese)
    2. Blade Runner (Ridley Scott)
    1. Blue Velvet (David Lynch)

    … and my list could well be very different tomorrow. Although the top three are pretty much stuck on.

  33. robchristopher says:

    BELLE DE JOUR (1967, dir. Luis Buñuel)
    DAWN OF THE DEAD (1978, dir. George A. Romero)
    DIARY OF A MAD HOUSEWIFE (1970, dir. Frank Perry)
    IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE (1946, dir. Frank Capra)
    LAURA (1944, dir. Otto Preminger)
    LAWRENCE OF ARABIA (1962, dir. David Lean)
    LOST HIGHWAY (1997, dir. David Lynch)
    REAR WINDOW (1954, dir. Alfred Hitchcock)
    3 WOMEN (1977, dir. Robert Altman)
    TRUE STORIES (1986, dir. David Byrne)

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