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All Time Best 100 Movies: Author’s Pick 2016

A Compilation of Favorite Films

2015 turned out to be an exceptional year for A Potpourri of Vestiges. In the BlogAdda Awards 2015, the blog got featured among the Top 5 blogs in the Entertainment niche for the second year in a row. Indian top blogs featured it in its eclectically chosen Directory of Best Indian Blogs for the third consecutive year in May 2015. Baggout featured the blog at the second spot in its list of Top 10 Bollywood blogs. A Potpourri of Vestiges also reached the milestone of 1.8 million hits during the last year. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all our readers for making this possible. 

In my first major blog post of 2016, I bring to you a 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 six years or so). However, I believe that I have just reached the tip of the iceberg. So, just in case you find one or more of your favorite films missing from the list, it's quite likely that I may not have watched the particular film(s) yet. 

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 20152014 and 2013, which are among the most read articles on this blog. 


Ran (1985), Directed by Akira KurosawaStalker (1979), Directed by Andrei TarkovskySolyaris (1972), Directed by Andrei TarkovskyCitizen Kane (1941), Directed by Orson Welles         Dersu Uzala (1975), Directed by Akira Kurosawa2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), Directed by Stanley Kubrick8½ (1963), Directed by Federico FelliniEyes Wide Shut (1999), Directed by Stanley KubrickRashomon (1950), Directed by Akira KurosawaLawrence of Arabia (1962), Directed by David LeanBicycle Thieves (1948), Directed by Vittorio De SicaMetropolis (1927), Directed by Fritz LangBelle de Jour (1967), Directed by Luis BuñuelAndrei Rublev (1966), Directed by Andrei TarkovskyThe Seventh Seal (1957), Directed by Ingmar BergmanAguirre, Wrath of God (1972), Directed by Werner HerzogOnce Upon a Time in America (1984), Directed by Sergio LeoneThe Three Colors Trilogy [Blue (1993), White (1994), Red (1994)], Directed by Krzysztof KieslowskiDekalog (Ten-Episode TV Series, 1988), Directed by Krzysztof KieslowskiThe Hustler (1961), Directed by Robert RossenThe Conversation (1974), Directed by Francis Ford CoppolaMcCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971), Directed by Robert AltmanThe Night of the Hunter (1955), Directed by Charles LaughtonIvan the Terrible [Part I (1944) & Part II (1958)], Directed by Sergei M. EisensteinLe Samouraï (1967), Directed by Jean-Pierre MelvilleDuck, You Sucker (1971), Directed by Sergio LeoneMysteries of Lisbon (2010), Directed by Raúl RuizThe Damned (1969), Directed by Luchino ViscontiTouch of Evil (1958), Directed by Orson WellesNight Moves (1975), Directed by Arthur PennDeath in Venice (1971), Directed by Lucino ViscontiApocalypse Now (1979), Directed by Francis Ford CoppolaAce in the Hole (1948), Directed by Billy WilderGet Carter (1971), Directed by Mike HodgesLast Tango in Paris (1972), Directed by Bernardo BertolucciLe cercle rouge (1970), Directed by Jean-Pierre MelvilleHeat (1995), Directed by Michael MannThe Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966), Directed by Sergio LeoneHarakiri (1962), Directed by Masaki KobayashiA Clockwork Orange (1971), Directed by Stanley KubrickThe Godfather Trilogy [Part I (1972), Part II (1974), Part III (1990)], Directed by Francis Ford CoppolaGone With the Wind (1939), Directed by Victor FlemingYojimbo (1961), Directed by Akira KurosawaNorth By Northwest (1959), Directed by Alfred HitchcockThe Kid (1921), Directed by Charles ChaplinThe Europe Trilogy [The Element of Crime (1984), Epidemic (1987), Europa (1991)], Directed by Lars von TrierThe Turin Horse (2011), Directed by Béla TarrThe Tree of Life (2011), Directed by Terrence MalickPaths of Glory (1957), Directed by Stanley KubrickHigh and Low (1963), Directed by Akira KurosawaKorol Lir (1971), Directed by Grigori KozintsevThe Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962), Directed by John FordKiss Me Deadly (1955), Directed by Robert AldrichQueimada (1969), Directed by Gillo PontecorvoDead Man (1995), Directed by Jim JarmuschViridiana (1961), Directed by Luis BuñuelLa Strada (1954), Directed by Federico FelliniCrouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000), Directed by Ang LeeScarface (1983), Directed by Brian De PalmaHannibal (2001), Directed by Ridley ScottMagic (1978)Directed by Richard AttenboroughAmadeus (1984), Directed by Milos FormanCrash (1996), Directed by David CronenbergMr. Klein (1976), Directed by Joseph LoseyOnce Upon a Time in Anatolia (2011), Directed by Nuri Bilge CeylanThe Return (2003), Directed by Andrey ZvyagintsevLetter from an Unknown Woman (1948), Directed by Max OphülsThe Great Beauty (2013), Directed by Paolo SorrentinoGuide (1965), Directed by Vijay AnandF for Fake (1973), Directed by Orson WellesFrenzy (1972), Directed by Alfred HitchcockBarry Lyndon (1975), Directed by Stanley KubrickShoot the Piano Player (1960), Directed by François TruffautChinatown (1974), Directed by Roman PolanskiSunset Blvd. (1950), Directed by Billy WilderJalsaghar (1958), Directed by Satyajit RayPyaasa (1957), Directed by Guru DuttNayak (1966), Directed by Satyajit RayBlood Simple (1984), Directed by Joel CoenVertigo (1958), Directed by Alfred HitchcockL'Eclisse (1962), Directed by Michelangelo AntonioniThe Duellists (1977), Directed by Ridley ScottBlue Velvet (1986), Directed by David LynchHey Ram (2000), Directed by Kamal HassanMagnolia (1999), Directed by Paul Thomas AndersonThe Wild Bunch (1969), Directed by Sam PeckinpahThere Will Be Blood (2007), Directed by Paul Thomas AndersonA.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001), Directed by Steven SpielbergThe Spy Who Came in from the Cold (1965), Directed by Martin Ritt12 Angry Men (1957), Directed by Sidney LumetThe Last Temptation of Christ (1988), Directed by Martin ScorseseThe Raging Bull (1980), Directed by Martin ScorseseEl (1953), Directed by Luis BuñuelThe Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007), Directed by Andrew DominikJackie Brown (1997), Directed Quentin TarantinoMatch Point (2005), Directed by Woody AllenRipley's Game (2002), Directed by Liliana CavaniYusuf Trilogy [Egg (2007),  Milk (2008), Honey (2010)], Directed by Semih KaplanogluJunoon (1983), Directed by Shyam BenegalP.S. Instead of listing those works which constitute the same polyptych separately, I have tried to feature them as one so as to add variety to my Top 100.


— Murtaza Ali Khan (Author, A POTPOURRI OF VESTIGES)

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