The Demas Dozen Categories of Favorites

I frequently get the question "What is your favorite film?" Unanswerable. It depends on genre and our mood.  In response we have generated a list of about 50 of our favorite films by genre. This will certainly give you a feel for our tastes.  If your tastes our similar to ours, it may provide you with ideas on what to pick up the next time you are at the rental store or marking up the cable listings for Turner Classic Movies or American Movie Classics.

Hot links will take you to genre. The reviews of most films are available as  hot links. Note that many films transcend more than one genre but are  listed only once so check under other listings if you don't see a film. For example, many Noir/Crime films also fall under Drama or even in one case Sci-Fi.   Films that I have special fondness for are in boldface. However, with so many great films it is  almost impossible to pick out a limited number of favorites. Nevertheless, a few of my absolute top films have an *.

NOIR/CRIME WESTERN ACTION-ADVENTURE-WAR
SCI-FI DOCUDRAMA-FACT REALITY BENT
DRAMA HORROR-SUSPENSE FOREIGN
MUSICAL-FANTASY COMEDY SILENTS

 

NOIR/CRIME

Big Easy, The

Big Sleep, The

Blood Simple

Body Heat

Cape Fear (1962)

Get Carter

Godfather, The

Gun Crazy AKA Deadly Is The Female

Kiss Me Deadly

Maltese Falcon

Manhunter

Murder My Sweet

Naked City, The

Night Falls On Manhattan

Night of the Hunter

Once Upon a Time in America

Panic in the Streets

Prizzi's Honor

Pulp Fiction

Side Street

Silence of the Lambs, The

Simple Plan, A

Touch of Evil

Usual Suspects

WESTERN

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

Giant

High Noon

Lone Star

McCabe and Mrs. Miller

Once Upon a Time in the West

Searchers, The

Silverado

Stagecoach

Unforgiven

Winchester '73

 

ACTION-ADVENTURE-WAR

Adventures of Robin Hood, The

Apocalypse Now

Bridge on the River Kwai

Catch-22*

Die Hard

English Patient, The

Executive Decision

Fugitive, The

Gladiator

King Solomon's Mines

Mask Of Zorro, The

North by Northwest

Pirates Of The Caribbean

Raiders of the Lost Ark*

Road Warrior

Romancing the Stone

Runaway Train

Sea Hawk, The

SCI-FI

Back to the Future

Blade Runner*

Clockwork Orange

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1932)*

Dr. Strangelove*

Five Million Years to Earth

Gattaca

Metropolis

Starwars*

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

2001

War of the Worlds

DOCUDRAMA-FACT

All the President's Men

Apollo 13

I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang

Insider, The

Quiz Show

Raging Bull*

Right Stuff, The

Schindler's List*

Shakespeare In Love

Visions of Light: The Art of Cinematography

REALITY BENT

Game, The

House of Games

Last Wave, The

Manchurian Candidate, The

Memento

Proof

Rashomon

Stuntman, The*

Truman Show, The

DRAMA

African Queen, The

Big Carnival

Casablanca

Citizen Kane*

Conversation, The

Cookies Fortune

Fargo

Front, The

Girl with a Pearl Earring

Network

Primary Colors

Remains of the Day, The

Shawshank Redemption

Sling Blade

Third Man

Witness

HORROR-SUSPENSE

Aliens*

Birds, The

Exorcist, The

Frenzy

Halloween

Haunting, The (1963)

Invasion of the Body Snatchers

Jaws

Night of the Living Dead

Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979)

Psycho

Rear Window*

Rosemary's Baby

Sixth Sense, The

Them!

Thing, The (1982)

39 Steps, The

Vertigo

Wait Until Dark

FOREIGN

Advocate, The

Aguirre

Belle Epoque

Diabolique (1955)

Electra

Enter the Dragon

Flight of the Innocent

Full Monty, The

Gods Must Be Crazy, The

Knack and How to Get It, The

Ladykillers, The

Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels

Picnic at Hanging Rock

Ran*

Red Violin, The

Richard III (1995)

Seven Samurai, The

Seventh Seal, The

Shall We Dance?

Solaris

Stray Dog

Tampopo

To Live

Wages of Fear, The

Walkabout

Yojimbo

MUSICAL-FANTASY

Aladdin

Allegro Non Troppo

Bedazzled

Chicago

Dragon Heart

Fantasia

Jason and the Argonauts

Lord of the Rings Trilogy*

Lilo and Stitch

My Fair Lady

Princess Bride, The

Shrek

Toy Story

Wizard of Oz, The

COMEDY

Ace Ventura Pet Detective

Austin Powers. The Spy Who Shagged Me

Blazing Saddles

Bowfinger

Bringing Up Baby

Bull Durham

Duck Soup

Ed Wood

Graduate, The

Great Chase, The

It Happened One Night

Laurel and Hardy and the Laughing Twenties

Mr. Hulot's Holiday

National Lampoon's Animal House

Office Space

Raising Arizona

Ref, The

Sleeper

Some Like It Hot

When Harry Met Sally

Young Frankenstein

SILENTS

Battleship Potempkin*

Charlie Chaplin at Mutual Studios

Don Juan (1926)

General, The

Gold Rush

Lost World, The

Phantom of the Opera

 

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