Friday, 20 March 2015

Appendix to Top 100 Post-1980 Films

And finally, here is a list of 22 critically-acclaimed post-1980 (in fact, these are all post-1987) films that are among my Top 100 favourite films, but are not found in the previous two lists. They are presented in the order in which they appear on my favourites list.

1. Run Lola Run (1999), Tom Tykwer

2. Good Will Hunting (1997), Gus van Sant

3. As it is in Heaven (2004), Kay Pollack

4. Field of Dreams (1989), Phil Alden Robinson

5. Bulworth (1998), Warren Beatty

6. Pleasantville (1998), Gary Ross

7. Calvary (2014), John Michael McDonagh

8. Crash (2004), Paul Haggis

9. Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004), Michael Moore

10. Bowling for Columbine (2002), Michael Moore

11. Braveheart (1995), Mel Gibson

12. Jesus of Montreal (1989), Denys Arcand

13. Waking Life (2002), Richard Linklater

14. The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1988), Philip Kaufman

15. Hamlet (1996), Kenneth Branagh

16. The Quiet American (2002), Phillip Noyce

17. The Edukators (2004), Hans Weingartner

18. Minority Report (2002), Steven Spielberg

19. And When Did You Last See Your Father? (2007), Anand Tucker

20. Chocolat (2000), Lasse Halstrom

21. O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000), Joel Coen

22. Silent Light (2007), Carlos Reygadas


Ten (almost half) of the above films were made in the first five years of this century. Looking through my favourites list, I discovered that 35 (almost 30%) of my favourite 120 films were made between 1998 and 2004, making that seven-year-span my favourite period in the history of cinema. It’s all the more impressive when you consider that over 50 of my favourite 120 films were made prior to 1980 (it means that half of my 120 favourite films made since 1980, a span of 35 years, were made during that seven-year-period). Since I’m referring to a subjective list, it could conceivably have as much to do with my headspace during that time (98-04) as with the quality of the filmmaking. 

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