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an honorary for David Lynch 

"All Lynch [movies] are sacred to me. I still remember going to the theater not long after I first moved to Los Angeles to see this, wondering who this unknown actress was in the lead, and coming out dazed and amazed.- Jordan

"I agree that the overused term 'masterpiece' can be applied properly to this film. It's amazing. Such a sweet balance between compassion and horror, between Hollywood dreams and Hollywood nightmares, between serious fun and serious tragedy. It is a major achievement." -Edward

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Directors (For Sama)
Lulu Wang (The Farewell)
Ritesh Batra (Photograph)
Schmidt & Abrantes (Diamantino)
Jia Zhang-ke (Ash is Purest White)

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Alice (Woody Allen)
Edward Scissorhands (Tim Burton)
Ghost (Jerry Zucker)
The Grifters (Stephen Frears)
Henry & June (Phillip Kauffman)
Longtime Companion (Norman René)
Men Don't Leave (Paul Brickman)
Metropolitan (Whit Stilman)
Postcards from the Edge (Mike Nichols)
Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down a.k.a Atame (Pedro Almodóvar)

note: this list has not been altered since 1990 though affection for The Grifters and Postcards from the Edge has crept up continually over the years. I even still stand by Ghost which is a reliable popcorn (guilty?) pleasure.

Beauty and the Beast (Gary Trousdale and Kirk Wise)
Bugsy (Barry Levinson)
Cape Fear (Martin Scorsese)
Grand Canyon (Lawrence Kasdan)
The Fisher King (Terry Gilliam)
My Own Private Idaho (Gus Van Sant)
Rambling Rose (Martha Coolidge)
The Silence of the Lambs (Jonathan Demme)
Terminator 2: Judgment Day (James Cameron)
Thelma & Louise (Ridley Scott)

note: In earlier versions of this list, Dead Again (Kenneth Branagh) appeared and The Silence of the Lambs did not rank. I resisted its excellence longer than the rest of humanity.

Batman Returns (Tim Burton)
The Crying Game (Neil Jordan)
Death Becomes Her (Robert Zemeckis)
Howards End (James Ivory)
Husbands and Wives (Woody Allen)
Last of the Mohicans (Michael Mann)
A League of Their Own (Penny Marshall)
Lorenzo's Oil (George Miller)
The Player (Robert Altman)
Strictly Ballroom (Baz Luhrmann)


note: I barely remember Lorenzo's Oil so a revisit is likely in order. Does it still belong here? Batman Returns seems much shakier than it once did but Catwoman's status as one of the all time great movie villains / genre performances insures continued affection for the movie. But perhaps not to this top ten level?

Addams Family Values (Barry Sonnenfield)
Much Ado About Nothing (Kenneth Branagh)
Orlando (Sally Potter)
The Piano (James Campion)
Remains of the Day (James Ivory)
Schindler's List (Steven Spielberg)
Six Degrees of Separation (Fred Schepisi)
Three Colors: Blue (Krysztof Kieslowski)
What's Eating Gilbert Grape? (Lasse Halström)

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Bullets Over Broadway (Woody Allen)
Chungking Express (Wong Kar-Wai)
Ed Wood (Tim Burton)
Heavenly Creatures (Peter Jackson)
Nell (Michael Apted)
Pulp Fiction (Quentin Tarantino)
Queen Margot (Patrice Chéreau)
Quiz Show (Robert Redford)
Reality Bites (Ben Stiller)
Trois Coleurs: Rouge (Kryzstof Kieslowski)

Babe (Chris Noonan)
Clueless (Amy Heckerling)
Dead Man Walking (Tim Robbins)
Exotica (Atom Egoyan)
Leaving Las Vegas (Mike Figgis)
Priest (Antonia Bird)
[safe] (Todd Haynes)
Se7en (David Fincher)
Sense and Sensibility (Ang Lee)
Smoke (Wayne Wang)


Bound (The Wachowski Siblings)
Emma (Douglas McGrath)
Everyone Says I Love You (Woody Allen)
Evita (Alan Parker)
Fargo (The Coen Bros)
Flirting With Disaster (David O. Russell)
Swingers (Doug Liman)
Trainspotting (Danny Boyle)
William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet (Baz Luhrmann)

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trivia note: Though I was not yet writing about film in 1996, I was still listing. It's a sickness. The Crucible appeared in the first 1996 top ten list. Having rewatched it a few years back, I can't imagine why. I can't even give it a thumbs up let alone a top ten placement.


Boogie Nights (P.T. Anderson)
Chasing Amy (Kevin Smith)
Contact (Robert Zemeckis)
Lilies (John Greyson)
My Best Friend's Wedding (P.J. Hogan)
Ponette (Jacques Doillon)
The Sweet Hereafter (Atom Egoyan)
Titanic (James Cameron)
Waiting for Guffman (Christopher Guest)
The Wings of the Dove (Iain Softley)

My Best Friend's Wedding was always on this list, a fact of which I am proud. It's proven extremely durable as romantic comedies go and continues to rise up the list. Boogie Nights has never not been in The Film Experience #1 spot and trails only The Piano as the best of the 1990s.

Bulworth (Warren Beatty)
Celebration a.k.a. Festen (Thomas Vinterberg)
Gods and Monsters (Bill Condon)
High Art (Lisa Cholodenko)
The Idiots (Lars Von Trier)
Living Out Loud (Richard LaGravanese)
The Opposite of Sex (Don Roos)
The Thin Red Line (Terence Malick)
The Truman Show (Peter Weir)
Velvet Goldmine (Todd Haynes)


All About My Mother (Pedro Almodóvar)
Being John Malkovich (Spike Jonze)
Boys Don't Cry (Kimberly Pierce)
Election (Alexander Payne)
The End of the Affair (Neil Jordan)
The Insider (Michael Mann)
The Iron Giant (Brad Bird)
Run Lola Run (Tom Tykwer)
The Straight Story (David Lynch)
Three Kings (David O. Russell)

In earlier versions of this list, The Blair Witch Project and Cookie's Fortune appeared. I'm not sure why. Robert Altman fannishness with the latter, I suppose. Contrary to expectations, Magnolia (P.T. Anderson) and American Beauty (Sam Mendes) have never appeared though I love pieces of each with #1 gusto. But as whole films, not as much.