A Year Of Cinema: My 52 Favourite Films

Au hasard Balthazar
A regular feature of Grace & Steel, the podcast I cohost with Kevin Steel, is A Year of Cinema, wherein I discuss one of my 52 favourite films, one for each week of the year. And each week Mr Steel excerpts the movie talk from the podcast and creates a YouTube video for it. They are really quite well done.

What follows below is the complete list of 52 films in chronological order (with its Sight & Sound ranking, if applicable). Titles in bold are those which have been discussed and include links to their videos.

To ensure greater variety, each director is restricted to a single film. Eagle-eyed readers will notice that I broke this rule once.

To be clear, my knowledge of cinema is hardly encyclopedic. And so this is not a list of the “best” films, merely those I like best. Ask me again in a few years, and this list could be rather different.

1927 Sunrise, FW Murnau (Sight & Sound #5)
1931 M, Fritz Lang (Sight & Sound #56)
1937 Make Way For Tomorrow, Leo McCarey
1941 Sullivan’s Travels, Preston Sturges
1943 The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp, Michael Powell (Sight & Sound #93)
1944 Double Indemnity, Billy Wilder
1945 Dead of Night, Cavalcanti, Crichton, Dearden, Hamer
1949 Kind Hearts and Coronets, Robert Hamer (Sight & Sound #=171)
1949 Twelve O’Clock High, Henry King
1952 Ikiru, Akira Kurosawa (Sight & Sound #127)
1955 The Night of the Hunter, Charles Laughton (Sight & Sound #63)
1955 Ordet, Carl Theodor Dreyer (Sight & Sound #24)
1956 Bob le flambeur, Jean-Pierre Melville
1956 The Searchers, John Ford (Sight & Sound #7)
1957 Sweet Smell of Success, Alexander Mackendrick (Sight & Sound #=171)
1958 Vertigo, Alfred Hitchcock (Sight & Sound #1)
1960 The Virgin Spring, Ingmar Bergman
1966 Au hasard Balthazar, Robert Bresson (Sight & Sound #16)
1966 The Battle of Algiers, Gillo Pontecorvo
1966 Blowup, Michelangelo Antonioni (Sight & Sound #144)
1966 Seconds, John Frankenheimer
1970 Deep End, Jerzy Skolimowski
1971 A Clockwork Orange, Stanley Kubrick (Sight & Sound #=235)
1971 Dirty Harry, Don Siegel
1971 Straw Dogs, Sam Peckinpah
1973 The Day of the Jackal, Fred Zinnemann
1973 The Taking of Pelham One Two Three, Joseph Sargent
1975 Barry Lyndon, Stanley Kubrick (Sight & Sound #59)
1978 Pagliacci, Franco Zeffirelli
1979 Nosferatu: Phantom der Nacht, Werner Herzog
1981 The Aviator’s Wife, Éric Rohmer
1981 Excalibur, John Boorman
1983 Star 80, Bob Fosse
1984 Repo Man, Alex Cox
1985 After Hours, Martin Scorsese
1985 Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters, Paul Schrader
1986 Jean de Florette/Manon des Sources, Claude Berri
1987 RoboCop, Paul Verhoeven
1987 Withnail and I, Bruce Robinson
1988 Midnight Run, Martin Brest
1989 The ’Burbs, Joe Dante
1993 Tombstone, George Cosmatos
1994 Barcelona, Whit Stillman
1994 Red, Krzysztof Kieślowski (Sight & Sound #=235)
1999 Election, Alexander Payne
2000 Almost Famous, Cameron Crowe
2000 State and Main, David Mamet
2006 The Science of Sleep, Michel Gondry
2010 Let Me In, Matt Reeves
2010 Senna, Asif Kapadia
2010 The Trip, Michael Winterbottom
2010 True Grit, Coen Brothers