The Best Films I’ve Seen (Sorted by Theme)

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Why This List? #

As anyone who knows me can tell you, it usually takes me about 10 minutes into a conversation to bring up my love of film. It’s one of the subjects that I can talk about non-stop. Because of this I usually get asked for movie recommendations or lists. This is my attempt to condense the best movies I’ve seen into relevant themes.

The way I recommend approaching this list is to watch the films under each category in a short period of time to see if you can identify the common thread which (in my mind at least) groups them together. I would love to hear your feedback if you are able to finish one theme or even your thoughts on one film in particular.

I plan on constantly updating the list, so feel free to check back every month or so for any new updates!

Epic #

Lawrence of Arabia (1962) dir. David Lean

Interstellar (2014) dir. Christopher Nolan

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) dir. Stanley Kubrick

Fitzcarraldo (1982) dir. Werner Herzog

Life/Death #

Youth (2015) dir. Paolo Sorrentino

Son of Saul (2015) dir. László Nemes

Synecdoche, New York (2008) dir. Charlie Kaufman

Ikiru (1952) dir. Akira Kurosawa

The Tree of Life (2011) dir. Terrence Malick

Identity #

Persona (1966) dir. Ingmar Bergman

Mulholland Drive (2001) dir. David Lynch

Solaris (1971) dir. Andrew Tarkovsky

8 ½ (1963) dir. Federico Fellini

Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) dir. Joel and Ethan Coen

Blade Runner 2049 (2017) dir. Denis Villenueve

Power #

There Will Be Blood (2007) dir. Paul Thomas Anderson

Citizen Kane (1941) dir. Orson Welles

Ran (1985) dir. Akira Kurosawa

The Assassin (2015) dir. Hou Hsiao-hsien

Love #

City Lights (1931) dir. Charlie Chaplin

Chungking Express (1994) dir. Wong Kar-wai

The Lobster (2015) dir. Yorgos Lanthimos

Days of Heaven (1978) dir. Terrence Malick

Politics #

Sorry To Bother You (2018) dir. Boots Riley

The Dark Knight And The Dark Knight Rises dir. Christopher Nolan

Dr. Strangelove (1964) dir. Stanley Kubrick

War #

The Thin Red Line (1998) dir. Terrence Malick

Apocalypse Now (1979) dir. Francis Ford Coppola

Full Metal Jacket (1987) dir. Stanley Kubrick

 
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