All Time Best 100 Movies: February 2019 Update

A Compilation of 100 Greatest Films Ever


Film Critic Murtaza Ali Khan picks his All Time Best 100 Movies: February 2019 Update

It's been some time since I last updated my all time top 100 list. So it gives me immense pleasure to bring to you an updated compilation of my all time favorite films (in no particular order) chosen from the thousands of films that I have watched thus far (roughly over the last 8-9 years or so). However, I still feel that I have just reached the tip of the iceberg. So, it's quite possible that I may not have watched one or more of your favorite films and probably that's why they are missing from the list. 

Now, I must tell you that various criteria have been considered before closing in on these these 100 films. First and foremost, considerable importance is given to films which offer some food for thought and have cinematic flair in addition to being socially relevant. Apart from these, various other aspects like direction, screenplay, editing, cinematography, music, and the quality of acting have also been taken into consideration.

I encourage you to share your views/comments in the box below. As always your feedback is highly appreciated!

Note: I had published similar compilations in 201720162015, 2014 and 2013, which are among the most read articles on this blog.
  • Ran (1985), Directed by Akira Kurosawa
  • Stalker (1979), Directed by Andrei Tarkovsky
  • Solyaris (1972), Directed by Andrei Tarkovsky
  • Citizen Kane (1941), Directed by Orson Welles         
  • Dersu Uzala (1975), Directed by Akira Kurosawa
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), Directed by Stanley Kubrick
  • 8½ (1963), Directed by Federico Fellini
  • Eyes Wide Shut (1999), Directed by Stanley Kubrick
  • Rashomon (1950), Directed by Akira Kurosawa
  • Lawrence of Arabia (1962), Directed by David Lean
  • Bicycle Thieves (1948), Directed by Vittorio De Sica
  • Metropolis (1927), Directed by Fritz Lang
  • Belle de Jour (1967), Directed by Luis Buñuel
  • Andrei Rublev (1966), Directed by Andrei Tarkovsky
  • The Seventh Seal (1957), Directed by Ingmar Bergman
  • Aguirre, Wrath of God (1972), Directed by Werner Herzog
  • Once Upon a Time in America (1984), Directed by Sergio Leone
  • The Three Colors Trilogy [Blue (1993), White (1994), Red (1994)], Directed by Krzysztof Kieslowski
  • Dekalog (Ten-Episode TV Series, 1988), Directed by Krzysztof Kieslowski
  • The Hustler (1961), Directed by Robert Rossen
  • The Conversation (1974), Directed by Francis Ford Coppola
  • McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971), Directed by Robert Altman
  • The Night of the Hunter (1955), Directed by Charles Laughton
  • Ivan the Terrible [Part I (1944) & Part II (1958)], Directed by Sergei M. Eisenstein
  • Le Samouraï (1967), Directed by Jean-Pierre Melville
  • Duck, You Sucker (1971), Directed by Sergio Leone
  • Mysteries of Lisbon (2010), Directed by Raúl Ruiz
  • The Damned (1969), Directed by Luchino Visconti
  • Touch of Evil (1958), Directed by Orson Welles
  • Night Moves (1975), Directed by Arthur Penn
  • Death in Venice (1971), Directed by Lucino Visconti
  • Apocalypse Now (1979), Directed by Francis Ford Coppola
  • Ace in the Hole (1951), Directed by Billy Wilder
  • The Third Man (1949), Directed by Carol Reed
  • Last Tango in Paris (1972), Directed by Bernardo Bertolucci
  • Le cercle rouge (1970), Directed by Jean-Pierre Melville
  • Heat (1995), Directed by Michael Mann
  • The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966), Directed by Sergio Leone
  • Harakiri (1962), Directed by Masaki Kobayashi
  • Blade Runner (1982), Directed by Ridley Scott and Blade Runner 2049 (2017), Directed by Denis Villeneuve
  • The Godfather Trilogy [Part I (1972), Part II (1974), Part III (1990)], Directed by Francis Ford Coppola
  • Gone with the Wind (1939), Directed by Victor Fleming
  • Yojimbo (1961), Directed by Akira Kurosawa
  • North By Northwest (1959), Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
  • City Lights (1931), Directed by Charles Chaplin
  • The Europe Trilogy [The Element of Crime (1984), Epidemic (1987), Europa (1991)], Directed by Lars von Trier
  • The Turin Horse (2011), Directed by Béla Tarr
  • The Tree of Life (2011), Directed by Terrence Malick
  • Paths of Glory (1957), Directed by Stanley Kubrick
  • High and Low (1963), Directed by Akira Kurosawa
  • Korol Lir (1971), Directed by Grigori Kozintsev
  • The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962), Directed by John Ford
  • Kiss Me Deadly (1955), Directed by Robert Aldrich
  • Queimada (1969), Directed by Gillo Pontecorvo
  • Dead Man (1995), Directed by Jim Jarmusch
  • Viridiana (1961), Directed by Luis Buñuel
  • La Strada (1954), Directed by Federico Fellini
  • Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000), Directed by Ang Lee
  • Scarface (1983), Directed by Brian De Palma
  • Ace in the Hole (1951), Directed by Billy Wilder
  • Magic (1978)Directed by Richard Attenborough
  • Amadeus (1984), Directed by Milos Forman
  • Crash (1996), Directed by David Cronenberg
  • Mr. Klein (1976), Directed by Joseph Losey
  • Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (2011), Directed by Nuri Bilge Ceylan
  • The Return (2003), Directed by Andrey Zvyagintsev
  • Bhuvan Shome (1969), Directed by Mrinal Sen
  • The Great Beauty (2013), Directed by Paolo Sorrentino
  • Guide (1965), Directed by Vijay Anand
  • F for Fake (1973), Directed by Orson Welles
  • Frenzy (1972), Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
  • Barry Lyndon (1975), Directed by Stanley Kubrick
  • Shoot the Piano Player (1960), Directed by François Truffaut
  • Chinatown (1974), Directed by Roman Polanski
  • Sunset Blvd. (1950), Directed by Billy Wilder
  • Jalsaghar (1958), Directed by Satyajit Ray
  • Kaagaz Ke Phool (1959), Directed by Guru Dutt
  • Nayak (1966), Directed by Satyajit Ray
  • Blood Simple (1984), Directed by Joel Coen
  • Vertigo (1958), Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
  • L'Eclisse (1962), Directed by Michelangelo Antonioni
  • The Duellists (1977), Directed by Ridley Scott
  • Blue Velvet (1986), Directed by David Lynch
  • Hey Ram (2000), Directed by Kamal Hassan
  • Z (1969), Directed by Costa-Gavras
  • The Wild Bunch (1969), Directed by Sam Peckinpah
  • There Will Be Blood (2007), Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson
  • A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001), Directed by Steven Spielberg
  • The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (1965), Directed by Martin Ritt
  • 12 Angry Men (1957), Directed by Sidney Lumet
  • The Last Temptation of Christ (1988), Directed by Martin Scorsese
  • Silence (2016), Directed by Martin Scorsese
  • El (1953), Directed by Luis Buñuel
  • The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007), Directed by Andrew Dominik
  • A Face in the Crowd (1957), Directed by Elia Kazan
  • Embrace of the Serpent (2015), Directed by Ciro Guerra
  • In the Heat of the Night (1967), Directed by Norman Jewison
  • Yusuf Trilogy [Egg (2007),  Milk (2008), Honey (2010)], Directed by Semih Kaplanoglu
  • Junoon (1983), Directed by Shyam Benegal
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