The 1,000 Best Films of all Times

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8.4 Lars Von Trier: Riget/ Kingdom (1995)
8.2 Emir Kusturica: Underground (1995)
8.2 John Woo: Dip Huet Gai Tau/ Bullet in the Head (1990)
8.0 Bela Tarr: Satantango/ Satan's Tango (1994)
8.0 Quentin Tarantino: Pulp Fiction (1994)
8.0 Jan Svankmajer: Conspirators of Pleasure (1996)
8.0 Majid Majidi: Rang-e Khoda/ Color Of Paradise
8.0 David Lynch: Lost Highway (1997)
8.0 Satoshi Kon: Perfect Blue (1997)
8.0 Krzysztof Kieslowski: Rouge (1994)
8.0 Michael Haneke: Funny Games (1997)
7.9 Kevin Smith: Dogma (1999)
7.8 Lars Von Trier: Zentropa (1991)
7.8 Quentin Tarantino: Reservoir Dogs (1992)
7.8 Jafar Panahi: Ayneh/ The Mirror (1997)
7.8 Hirokazu Kore-eda: Afterlife (1998)
7.8 Mathieu Kassovitz: La Haine/ Hate (1996)
7.8 Spike Jonze: Being John Malkovich (1999)
7.8 Jean-Pierre Jeunet : La Cite` des Enfants Perdus/ City of Lost Children (1995)
7.8 Chang-dong Lee: Bakha Satang/ Peppermint Candy (1999)
7.8 Luc Besson: Leon/ The Professional (1994)
7.8 Theo Angelopoulos: The Suspended Step of the Stork (1991)
7.7 Shohei Imamura: Dr Akagi (1998)
7.7 Pedro Almodovar: Todo Sobre Mi Madre/ All About My Mother (1999)
7.6 John Woo: Face/Off (1997)
7.6 Ming-Liang Tsai: Rebels of the Neon God (1992)
7.6 Raul Ruiz: Trois Vies & Une Seule Mort/ Three Lives and Only One Death (1996)
7.6 Hirokazu Kore-eda: Maborosi (1995)
7.6 Takeshi Kitano: Sonatine (1993)
7.6 Krzysztof Kieslowski: Bleu (1993)
7.6 Manoel DeOliveira: Viagem ao Principio do Mundo/ Journey to the Beginning of the World (1996)
7.6 Joel Coen: Fargo (1996)
7.6 Harmony Korine: Gummo (1997)
7.6 Kar-Wai Wong: Chongqing Senlin/ Chungking Express (1994)
7.5 Krzysztof Kieslowski: La Double Vie de Veronique/ The Double Life of Veronica (1991)
7.5 Chen Kaige: Ba Wang Bie Ji/ Farewell my Concubine (1993)
7.5 Theo Angelopoulos: Eternity And A Day (1998)
7.5 Yimou Zhang : Ju Dou (1990)
7.5 Lars Von Trier: Breaking the Waves (1996)
7.5 Christopher Nolan: Following (1998)
7.5 Emir Kusturica: Black Cat White Cat (1998)
7.5 Takashi Miike: Deddo oa Araibu/ Dead or Alive (1999)
7.5 Abel Ferrara: King of New York (1990)
7.5 Roberto Benigni: La Vita E` Bella (1997)
7.5 Theo Angelopulos: To Vlemma tou Odyssea/ Ulysses' Gaze (1995)
7.5 Abbas Kiarostami : Ta'ame-gilas/ A Taste of Cherry (1997)
7.5 Aki Kaurismaki: I Hired A Contract Killer (1990)
7.4 Jerry Zucker: Ghost (1990)
7.4 Aki Kaurismaki: Kauas Pilvet Karkaavat/ Drifting Clouds (1996)
7.4 Guy Ritchie: Lock Stock And Two Smoking Barrels (1998)
7.4 Robert Zemeckis: Forrest Gump (1994)
7.4 Lee Tamahori: Once Were Warriors (1994)
7.4 Aleksandr Sokurov : Mother and Son/ Mat i Syn (1997)
7.4 Hayao Miyazaki: Mononoke Hime/ Princess Mononoke (1997)
7.4 Sam Mendes: American Beauty (1999)
7.4 Takeshi Kitano: Hana-Bi/ Fireworks (1997)
7.4 Chen Kaige: Bian Zou Bian Chang/ Life on a String (1991)
7.4 Jim Jarmusch: Dead Man (1995)
7.4 Shohei Imamura: The Eel (1997)
7.4 Atom Egoyan: Sweet Hereafter (1997)
7.4 Joel Coen: Barton Fink (1991)
7.4 Peter Chelsom: Funny Bones (1995)
7.4 Chang-dong Lee: Chorok Mulgogi/ Green Fish (1997)
7.4 Jane Campion: The Piano (1993)
7.4 Martin Scorsese: Casino (1995)
7.4 Arturo Ripstein: Profundo Carmesi/ Deep Crimson (1996)
7.4 John Woo: Lashou Shentan/ Hard Boiled (1992)
7.4 Tim Burton: Mars Attacks (1996)
7.4 Yimou Zhang: Not One Less (1999)
7.4 Remy Belvaux: C'est Arrive' pres de chez Vous/ Man Bites Dog (1992)
7.4 Gus VanSant: To Die For (1995)
7.4 Ming-Liang Tsai: Dong/ The Hole (1998)
7.3 Curtis Hanson: L.A. Confidential (1997)
7.3 Lynne Ramsay: Ratcatcher (1999)
7.3 Takeshi Miike: The Bird People in China (1998)
7.3 Abbas Kiarostami: Namayeh Nazdik/ Close-Up (1990)
7.3 Kar-Wai Wong: Days of Being Wild (1991)
7.3 Jean-Pierre Jeunet : Delicatessen (1991)
7.3 Roberto Benigni: Johnny Stecchino (1992)
7.3 Danny Boyle: Trainspotting (1996)
7.3 Luc Besson: The Fifth Element (1996)
7.3 David Cronenberg: Crash (1996)
7.3 Peter Weir: Truman Show (1998)
7.3 Ming-Liang Tsai: He Liu/ The River (1997)
7.3 John Sayles: Men With Guns
7.3 Walter Salles: Central Station (1998)
7.3 Raul Ruiz: Genealogies d'un Crime/ Genealogies of a Crime
7.3 Raul Ruiz: L'Oil qui Ment/ Dark at Noon (1993)
7.3 Mike Leigh: Secrets and Lies (1995)
7.3 Veit Helmer: Tuvalu (1999)
7.3 Terry Gilliam : Twelve Monkeys (1995)
7.3 Mike Figgis: Leaving Las Vegas (1995)
7.3 Luc Besson: La Femme Nikita (1991)
7.3 Peter Hyams: Stay Tuned (1992)
7.3 Kar-Wai Wong: Fallen Angels (1995)
7.3 Hsiao-Hsien Hou: The Puppetmaster (1993)
7.3 Hsiao-Hsien Hou: Haishang Hua/ Flowers of Shangai (1998)
7.3 Johnnie To: An Zhan/ Hidden War/ Running Out of Time (1999)
7.3 Julie Dash: Daughters of the Dust (1991)
7.2 Goran Paskaljevic: Bure Baruta/ Cabaret Balkan (1998)
7.2 Kar-Wai Wong: Happy Together (1997)
7.2 Bruno Dumont: La Vie de Jesus / The Life of Jesus (1997)
7.2 Yimou Zhang : Huozhe/ To Live (1994)
7.2 Paul Verhoeven: Basic Instinct (1992)
7.2 Istvan Szabo: Edes Emma Draga Bobe - Vazlatok Aktok/ Sweet Emma Dear Bobe - Sketches Nudes (1992)
7.2 Steven Soderbergh: The Limey (1999)
7.2 Tony Scott: Enemy of the State (1998)
7.2 Ridley Scott: Thelma and Louise (1991)
7.2 John Sayles: Lone Star (1996)
7.2 Wolfgang Petersen: In the Line of Fire (1993)
7.2 Manoel DeOliveira: Inquietude/ Anxiety (1998)
7.2 Lee Myung-Se: Nowhere To Hide (1999)
7.2 Majid Majidi: Children of Heaven (1997)
7.2 Jonathan Lynn: My Cousin Vinny (1992)
7.2 Ang Lee: Ice Storm (1997)
7.2 Neil Labute: In the Company of Men (1997)
7.2 Harmony Korine: Julien Donkey Boy (1999)
7.2 Abbas Kiarostami: The Wind Will Carry Us (1999)
7.2 Taylor Hackford: Devil's Advocate (1997)
7.2 Terry Gilliam : Fisher King (1991)
7.2 David Fincher: Game (1997)
7.2 David Fincher: Fight Club (1999)
7.2 Abel Ferrara: Bad Lieutenant (1992)
7.2 Claire Denis: I Can't Sleep (1994)
7.2 Joel Coen: Big Lebowski (1998)
7.2 Kathryn Bigelow: Strange Days (1995)
7.2 Tim Burton: Edward Scissorhands (1990)
7.2 Luc & Jean-Pierre Dardenne: Rosetta (1999)
7.2 Thomas Vinterberg: Festen/ The Celebration (1998)
7.2 Paul Verhoeven: Total Recall (1990)
7.2 Kevin Reynolds: Waterworld (1995)
7.1 Yimou Zhang : Shanghai Triad (1995)
7.1 Yimou Zhang : Dahong Denglong Gaogao Gua/ Raise of the Red Lantern (1991)
7.1 Edward Yang: A Confucian Confusion (1995)
7.1 Olivier Assayas: Irma Vep (1996)
7.1 Tom Tykwer: Lola Rennt/ Run Lola Run (1998)
7.1 Johnnie To: The Mission (1999)
7.1 Steven Spielberg: Saving Private Ryan (1998)
7.1 Penelope Spheeris: Senseless (1998)
7.1 Bryan Singer: Usual Suspects (1995)
7.1 John Sayles: City of Hope (1991)
7.1 Alex Proyas: Dark City (1998)
7.1 Wolfgang Petersen: Outbreak (1995)
7.1 Manoel DeOliveira: Vale Abraao/ Abraham's Valley (1993)
7.1 Jean-Claude Lauzon: Leolo (1992)
7.1 Takeshi Kitano: Kikujiro (1999)
7.1 Abbas Kiarostami : Zire Darakhatan Zeyton/ Through the Olive Trees (1994)
7.1 Peter Jackson: Heavenly Creatures (1994)
7.1 Hsiao-Hsien Hou: Haonan Haonu/ Good Men Good Women (1995)
7.1 Hsiao-Hsien Hou: Goodbye South Goodbye (1996) (1996)
7.1 Hal Hartley: Amateur (1995)
7.1 Atom Egoyan: Exotica (1994)
7.1 Richard Donner: Conspiracy Theory (1997)
7.1 Darren Aronofsky: Pi (1998)
7.1 Patrice Leconte: Ridicule (1996)
7.1 Ralph Bakshi: Cool World (1992)
7.1 Ratanaruang Pen-ek: Ruang Talok 69/ 6ixtynin9 (1999)
7.1 Lukas Moodysson: Fucking Amal/ Show Me Love (1998)
7.1 Eric Mendelsohn: Judy Berlin
7.1 Claire Denis: Beau Travail (1999)
7.0 Takeshi Miike: Blues Harp (1998)
7.0 Paul Thomas Anderson: Hard Eight (1996)
7.0 Michael Almereyda: Nadja (1994)
7.0 Youssef Chahine: Iskandariya Kaman wa Kaman/ Alexandria Again and Again (1990)
7.0 Yoshifumo Kondo: Mimi Wo Sumasemba/ Whisper Of The Heart (1995)
7.0 Wong Jing: High Risk (1995)
7.0 Wong Jing: City Hunter (1993)
7.0 Wim Wenders: Until the End of the World (1991)
7.0 Wes Anderson: Bottle Rocket (1996)
7.0 Victor Erice: El Sol del Membrillo/ The Quince Tree Sun (1992)
7.0 Tomomi Mochizuki: Ocean Waves (1993)
7.0 Todd Solondz: Happiness (1998)
7.0 Todd Haynes: Safe (1995)
7.0 Takashi Ishii: Gonin/ Five People (1995)
7.0 Stephen Elliott: The Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert (1994)
7.0 Stanley Kwan: Actress (1991)
7.0 Soren Kragh-Jacobsen: Mifune
7.0 Ron Fricke: Baraka (1993)
7.0 Rolf Schubel: Ein Lied von Liebe und Tod/ Gloomy Sunday
7.0 Rolf De Heer: Bad Boy Bubby (1995)
7.0 Rob Reiner: A Few Good Men (1992)
7.0 Richard Linklater: Slacker (1990)
7.0 Richard Linklater: Dazed and Confused (1993)
7.0 Richard Linklater: Before Sunrise (1995)
7.0 Quentin Tarantino: Jackie Brown (1998)
7.0 Philip Ridley: The Passion of Darkly Noon
7.0 Phil Alden Robinson: Sneakers (1992)
7.0 Phil Alden Robinson: Sneakers
7.0 Penny Marshall: Awakenings (1990)
7.0 Penelope Spheeris: Wayne's World
7.0 Patrick Keiller: London (1994)
7.0 Olivier Assayas: Une Nouvelle Vie/ A New Life (1993)
7.0 Olivier Assayas: L'Eau Froid/ Cold Water (1994)
7.0 Nora Ephron: Sleepless in Seattle (1993)
7.0 Noah Baumbach: Kicking And Screaming (1995)
7.0 Ning Ying: On the Beat (1995)
7.0 Nina Menkes: Queen of Diamonds (1991)
7.0 Nicolas Winding Refn: Pusher (1996)
7.0 Nicolas Roeg: The Witches (1990)
7.0 Mohsen Makhmalbaf: Salaam Cinema (1995)
7.0 Michael Mann: The Insider
7.0 Michael Mann: Heat (1995)
7.0 Maurice Pialat: Le Garcu (1995)
7.0 Martin Brest: Scent Of A Woman (1992)
7.0 Lucian Pintilie: Balanta/ The Oak (1992)
7.0 Leos Carax: Les Amants du Pont Neuf/ The Lovers on the Bridge (1991)
7.0 Lawrence Kasdan: Mumford
7.0 Lau Ka Leung: The Legend Of Drunken Master
7.0 Kiyoshi Kurosawa: Cure (1997)
7.0 Kenneth Branagh: Dead Again (1991)
7.0 Josef Rusnak: The Thirteenth Floor
7.0 Johnny To: Dong Fang San Xia/ The Heroic Trio (1993)
7.0 John Smith: The Boys of St Vincent (1993)
7.0 John Singleton: Boyz N the Hood (1991)
7.0 John Sayles: Limbo
7.0 John Lasseter: Toy Story (1995)
7.0 Joao Cesar Monteiro: A Comedia de Deus/ The Comedy of God (1995)
7.0 Jim Sheridan: Boxer (1998)
7.0 Jan Sverak: Kolya (1996)
7.0 James Ivory: Howard's End (1992)
7.0 James Gray: Little Odessa (1994)
7.0 Jacques Rivette: La Belle Noiseuse (1991)
7.0 Howard Franklin: Quick Change (1990)
7.0 Henry Selick: The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
7.0 Heinz Emigholz: Der Zynische Koerper/ The Holy Bunch (1990)
7.0 Gianni Amelio: Porte Aperte/ Open Doors (1990)
7.0 Gary Oldman: Nil by Mouth (1998)
7.0 Gary Burns: The Kitchen Party (1997)
7.0 Fred Schepisi: Six Degrees of Separation (1993)
7.0 Francois Ozon: Les Amants Criminels/ Criminal Lovers
7.0 Don McKellar: Last Night
7.0 David Cronenberg: Crash (1996)
7.0 Dariush Mehrjui: Leila (1996)
7.0 Claude Sautet: Un Coeur en Hiver (1992)
7.0 Claude Chabrol: La Cerimonie (1995)
7.0 Chris Newby: Madagascar Skin
7.0 Chris Columbus: Mrs Doubtfire (1993)
7.0 Chris Columbus: Home Alone (1990)
7.0 Chen: The Emperor And The Assassin
7.0 Charles Burnett: To Sleep with Anger (1990)
7.0 Chantal Akerman: Nuit et Jour (1991)
7.0 Carine Adler: Under The Skin (1998)
7.0 Bruno Dumont: Humanite / Humanity (1999)
7.0 Brian DePalma: Carlito's Way (1993)
7.0 Brett Leonard: The Lawnmower Man (1992)
7.0 Bertrand Tavernier: L'Appat/ Fresh Bait (1994)
7.0 Bertrand Tavernier: Daddy Nostalgia/ These Foolish Things (1990)
7.0 Barry Levinson: Bugsy (1991)
7.0 Barbet Schroeder: Reversal of Fortunes (1990)
7.0 Atom Egoyan: Felicia's Journey
7.0 Arturo Ripstein: The Woman of the Port (1991)
7.0 Arturo Ripstein: Queen of the Night (1994)
7.0 Arthur Hiller: The Babe (1992)
7.0 Arnaud Desplechin: Comment Je me Suis Dispute'... ma Vie Sexuelle/ My Sex Life... or How I Got into an Argument (1996)
7.0 Andre Techine: Ma Saison Preferee/ My Favorite Season (1993)
7.0 Andre Techine: Les Voleurs/ Thieves (1996)
7.0 Andre Techine: Les Roseaux Sauvages/ Wild Reeds (1994)
7.0 Aleksandr Sokurov: Whispering Pages
7.0 Alan Rudolph: Equinox (1992)
7.0 Paul Thomas Anderson: Boogie Nights (1997)
7.0 Yimou Zhang : Shanghai Triad (1995)
7.0 Wayne Wang: Chinese Box
7.0 Wachowski Brothers: Matrix
7.0 Lars von Trier: Idioterne/The Idiots (1998)
7.0 Gus VanSant: My Own Private Idaho (1991)
7.0 Quentin Tarantino: Jackie Brown (1997)
7.0 Aleksandr Sokurov : Kamen/ Stone (1992)
7.0 Erik Skjoldbjaerg: Insomnia (1997)
7.0 Bryan Singer: Usual Suspects (1995)
7.0 Martin Scorsese: Good Fellas (1990)
7.0 John Sayles: Secret of Roan Inish (1994)
7.0 Brett Ratner: Rush Hour (1998)
7.0 Harold Ramis: Analyze This
7.0 Roman Polanski: Bitter Moon (1992)
7.0 Wolfgang Petersen: Outbreak (1994)
7.0 Kimberly Peirce: Boys Don't Cry
7.0 Jafar Panahi: Badkonake Sefid/ White Balloon (1995)
7.0 Manoel DeOliveira: A Divina Comedia/ Divine Comedy
7.0 Tim Blake Nelson: Eye of God (1997)
7.0 Takashi Miike: Shinjuku Triad Society (1995)
7.0 David Lynch: Wild At Heart
7.0 Chia-Liang Liu: The Legend Of Drunken Master (1994)
7.0 Barry Levinson: Wag the Dog
7.0 Mike Leigh: Topsy Turvy
7.0 Mike Leigh: Naked
7.0 Mike Leigh: Life is Sweet (1990)
7.0 Ang Lee: Xiyan/ Wedding Banquet
7.0 Ang Lee: Eat Drink Man Woman (1994)
7.0 Larry Clark: Kids (1995)
7.0 Takeshi Kitano: 3-4x Jugatsu/ Boiling Point (1991)
7.0 Aki Kaurismaki: Pida Huivista Kiinni Tatjana/ Take Care of your Scarf
7.0 Jim Jarmusch: Ghost Dog
7.0 Tran Anh Hung: Scent of Green Papaya (1993)
7.0 Tran Anh Hung: Xich Lo/ Cyclo
7.0 Sang-soo Hong: The Day a Pig Fell into the Well (1996)
7.0 Sang-soo Hong: Kangwon-do Ui Him/ The Power of Kangwon Province (1998)
7.0 Michael Haneke: Benny's Video (1992)
7.0 Peter Greenaway: 8 1/2 Women
7.0 Peter Greenaway: The Pillow Book (1996)
7.0 Vincent Gallo: Buffalo '66 (1998)
7.0 Mike Figgis: The Loss Of Sexual Innocence
7.0 Abel Ferrara: Black Out (1997)
7.0 Abel Ferrara: The Funeral (1996)
7.0 Abel Ferrara: The Addiction (1995)
7.0 Claire Denis: Nenette et Boni (1996)
7.0 Jonathan Demme: The Silence of the Lambs
7.0 Joel Coen: Miller's Crossing
7.0 Lisa Cholodenko: High Art (1998)
7.0 Jane Campion: Angel at my Table (1990)
7.0 Danny Boyle : Shallow Grave
7.0 Kathryn Bigelow: Blue Steel (1990)
7.0 Robert Altman: Short Cuts (1993)
7.0 Pedro Almodovar: Carne Trimula/ Live Flesh (1997)
7.0 Pedro Almodovar: Atame/ Tie Me Up (1990)
7.0 Agnieszka Holland: The Third Miracle
7.0 Agnieszka Holland: Europa Europa (1991)
7.0 Taylor Hackford: Dolores Claiborne (1995)
7.0 David Fincher: Seven (1995)
7.0 Donald Cammell: Wild Side (1995)
7.0 Jacques Rivette: La Belle Noiseuse/ The Beautiful Troublemaker (1991)
7.0 Zhangke Jia: Xiao Wu/ Pickpocket (1997)
7.0 Satyajit Ray: Agantuk/ The Stranger (1991)
7.0 Philippe Garrel: J'Entends plus la Guitare (1991)
7.0 Eric Rohmer: Conte d'Hiver/ A Tale of Winter (1992)
7.0 Andrew Niccol: Gattaca (1997)
7.0 Ardak Armirkulov: Gibel' Otrara/ The Fall of Otrar (1991)
7.0 Paul Verhoeven: Showgirls (1995)
7.0 Patrice Leconte: The Hairdresser's Husband (1990)

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Best films of 1992
Best films of 1993
Best films of 1994
Best films of 1995
Best films of 1996
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Best films of 1998
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