The following lists represent the very best feature length films in cinema history, according to this reviewer at least. Firstly, the general all category list that includes the “Best Of The Best”, followed by lists for each major genre, represented with a top 25, 50, 60, 75, 100 or 150 film list, and that are then placed in order of (entirely subjective) merit:


The Top 50 All- time Great Films (All Categories):

1.Citizen Kane (1941)

2.La Règle Du Jeu (The Rules of the Game) (1939)

3.Sunset Boulevard (1950)


4.Shichinin No Samurai (The Seven Samurai) (1954)

5.Viridiana (1961)

6.Les Enfants Du Paradis (The Children Of Paradise) (1944)


7.Vertigo (1958)

8.Paths Of Glory (1957)

9.City Lights (1931)


10.Ran (1985)

11.The Third Man (1949)

12.The Searchers (1956)


13.The Godfather (1972)

14.2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

15.Det Sjunde Inseglet (The Seventh Seal) (1957)


16.Lawrence Of Arabia (1962)

17.M (1931)

18.Once Upon A Time In The West (1968)


19.The Magnificent Ambersons (1942)

20.Fanny And Alexander (1982)

21.Andrei Rublev (1966)


22.El Espíritu De La Colmena (The Spirit Of The Beehive) (1973)

23.La Grande Illusion (The Grand Illusion) (1937)

24.On The Waterfront (1954)


25.Körkarlen (The Phantom Carriage) (1921)

26.Jeder Für Sich Und Gott Gegen Alle (The Enigma Of Kaspar Hauser) (1974)

27.Rashomon (1951)


28. Kind Hearts And Coronets (1949)

29.La Belle Et La Bête (The Beauty And The Beast) (1946)

30.Kwaidan (1964)


31.Kumonosu-jō (Throne Of Blood) (1957)

32.My Darling Clementine (1946)

33.Double Indemnity (1944)


34.Schindler’s List (1993)

35.The Chimes At Midnight (1965)

36.Out Of The Past (1947)


37.Rear Window (1954)

38.Badlands (1973)

39.Smultronstallet (Wild Strawberries) (1957)


40.Sherlock Jr. (1924)

41.Chinatown (1974)

42.Days Of Heaven (1978)  


43.Suna No Onna (The Woman In The Dunes) (1964)

44.Solaris (1972)

45.Sullivan’s Travels (1941)


46.The Night Of The Hunter (1955)

47.Apocalypse Now (1979)

48.The General (1927)


49.Sunrise (1927)

50.Popiół I Diament (Ashes And Diamonds) (1958)


The Next Best 150 All-time Great Films For Honourable Mention:

(in release year order)

Nosferatu, A Symphony Of Terror (1922)

Our Hospitality (1923)

Der Letzte Mann (The Last Laugh) (1924)

The Gold Rush (1925)

The Big Parade (1925)

Faust (1926)

Metropolis (1927)

Docks of New York (1928)

The Crowd (1928)

La Passion de Jeanne D’Arc (The Passion of Joan of Arc) (1928)

Un Chien Andalou (An Andalusian Dog) (1929)

Die Büchse Der Pandora (Pandora’s Box) (1929)

Chelovek S Kinoapparatom (The Man With the Movie Camera) (1929)

Zemlya (Earth) (1930)

All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)

Frankenstein (1931)

Love Me Tonight (1932)

Boudu Sauve des Eaux (Boudu Saved From Drowning) (1932)

Trouble In Paradise (1932)

L’Atalante (The Passing Barge) (1934)

Mutiny On The Bounty (1935)

David Copperfield (1935)

Modern Times (1936)

My Man Godfrey (1936)

Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs (1937)

The Adventures Of Robin Hood (1938)

Gone With The Wind (1939)

The Wizard Of Oz (1939)

Stagecoach (1939)

Midnight (1939)

The Grapes Of Wrath (1940)

Pinocchio (1940)

Rebecca (1940)

How Green Was My Valley (1941)

The Maltese Falcon (1941)

To Be Or Not To Be (1942)

Casablanca (1942)

Vredens Dag (Day Of Wrath) (1943)

Shadow Of A Doubt (1943)

The Life And Death Of Colonel Blimp (1943)

Great Expectations (1946)

Une Partie de Campagne (A Day in the Country) (1946)

Henry V (1946)

Ladri di Biciclette (Bicycle Thief) (1948)

Letter from an Unknown Woman (1948)

Red River (1948)

Asphalt Jungle (1950)

All About Eve (1950)

A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)

Strangers on a Train (1951)

Umberto D (1952)

High Noon (1952)

Jeux Interdits (Forbidden Games) (1952)

Ikiru (To Live) (1952)

The Wages Of Fear (1953)

Earrings Of Madame De… (1953)

Ugetsu (1953)

La Strada (The Road) (1954)

Sansho The Bailiff (1954)

Rififi (1955)

The Ladykillers (1955)

Ordet (1955)

Sommarnattens Leende (Smiles of A Summer Night) (1955)

Le Notti di Cabiria (Nights of Cabiria) (1957)

The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)

Sweet Smell of Success (1957)

Touch of Evil (1958)

Some Like It Hot (1959)

Le Quatre Cent Coups (The 400 Blows) (1959)

North by Northwest (1959)

Psycho (1960)

Spartacus (1960)

Yojimbo (1961)

Ivanovo Detstvo (Ivan’s Childhood) (1962)

Harakiri (1962)

Les Dimanches De Ville D’Avray (Sundays And Cybele) (1962)

Il Gattopardo (The Leopard) (1963)

Dr Strangelove (1964)

Gamlet (Hamlet) (1964)

The Spy Who Came In From The Cold (1965)

Repulsion (1965)

Vonya I Mir (War And Peace) (1966)

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)

Persona (1966)

Battle Of Algiers (1966)

A Man For All Seasons (1966)

Belle de Jour (1967)

Bonnie and Clyde (1967)

The Lion In Winter (1968)

Midnight Cowboy (1969)

Patton (1970)

Il Conformista (The Conformist) (1970)

The Last Picture Show (1971)

Aguirre, The Wrath Of God (1972)

Cries and Whispers (1972)

Don’t Look Now (1973)

Mean Streets (1973)

The Conversation (1973)

Barry Lyndon (1973)

The Godfather, Part II (1974)

Lacombe Lucien (1974)

Dog Day Afternoon (1975)

Zerkalo (Mirror) (1975)

The Day Of The Locust (1975)

One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest (1976)

Being There (1979)

Die Blechtrommel (The Tin Drum) (1979)

Tess (1979)

Manhattan (1979)

Wise Blood (1979)

Atlantic City (1980)

Kagemusha (1980)

The Elephant Man (1980)

Raging Bull (1980)

Mephisto (1981)

Gallipoli (1981)

Reds (1981)

The French Lieutenant’s Woman (1981)

Danton (1983)

1984 (1984)

Once Upon a Time in America (1984)

The Killing Fields (1984)

Paris, Texas (1984)

Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters (1985)

Idi I Smotri (Come And See) (1985)

The Last Emperor (1987)

Au Revoir Les Enfants (Goodbye Children) (1987)

Der Himmel über Berlin (Wings of Desire) (1988)

Crimes And Misdemeanors (1989)

Mountains Of The Moon (1990)

Silence Of The Lambs (1991)

Raise The Red Lantern (1991)

Black Robe (1992)

Farewell My Concubine (1993)

Utomlennye Solntsem (Burnt By The Sun) (1994)

Richard III (1995)

Seven (1995)

The Sweet Hereafter (1997)

The Thin Red Line (1998)

In The Mood For Love (2000)

The Pianist (2002)

Cidade De Deus (City Of God) (2002)

One Hour Photo (2002)

Der Untergang (Downfall) (2003)

El Laberinto Del Fauno (Pan’s Labyrinth) (2006)

Das Leben Der Anderen (The Lives Of Others) (2006)

El Orfanato (The Orphanage) (2007)

El Secreto De Sus Ojos (The Secret In Their Eyes) (2009)

Tree Of Life (2011)

1917 (2019)

The Top 25 All-time Great Westerns:

  1. The Searchers (1956)
  2. Once Upon A Time In The West (1968)
  3. My Darling Clementine (1946)
  4. High Noon (1952)
  5. Stagecoach (1939)
  6. Red River (1948)
  7. The Wild Bunch (1969)
  8. The Good, The Bad And The Ugly (1966)
  9. The Far Country (1954)
  10. A Fistful Of Dollars (1964)
  11. Unforgiven (1992)
  12. El Dorado (1966)
  13. The Gunfighter (1950)
  14. The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford (2007)
  15. Winchester 73 (1950)
  16. Ride The High Country (1962)
  17. Treasure Of The Sierra Madre (1948)
  18. The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962)
  19. The Magnificent Seven (1960)
  20. Hud (1963)
  21. Rio Grande (1950)
  22. For A Few Dollars More (1965)
  23. Tombstone (1993)
  24. The Naked Spur (1953)
  25. The Shootist (1976)


The Top 60 All-time Great Science Fiction Films:

  1. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
  2. Solaris (1972)
  3. Blade Runner (1982)
  4. Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
  5. Alien (1979)
  6. Close Encounters Of The Third Kind (1977)
  7. Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (1977)
  8. Metropolis (1927)
  9. 1984 (1984)
  10. A Clockwork Orange (1971)
  11. Stalker (1979)
  12. Terminator (1984)
  13. Brazil (1985)
  14. Inception (2010)
  15. Planet of the Apes (1968)
  16. Invasion Of The Body Snatchers (1956)
  17. E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
  18. Children of Men (2006)
  19. Aliens (1986)
  20. Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
  21. 12 Monkeys (1998)
  22. Dark City (1998)
  23. Blade Runner 2049 (2017)
  24. Ex Machina (2015)
  25. Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (1982)
  26. Minority Report (2002)
  27. The Martian (2015)
  28. Arrival (2016)
  29. Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (2005)
  30. La Jetée (1962)
  31. The Matrix (1999)
  32. Interstellar (2014)
  33. Robocop (1987)
  34. War Of The Worlds (1953)
  35. Jurassic Park (1993)
  36. Seconds (1966)
  37. Moon (2008)
  38. Avatar (2009)
  39. Colossus: The Forbin Project (1970)
  40. Mad Max (1979)
  41. Star Wars Episode VI: The Return of the Jedi (1983)
  42. Forbidden Planet (1956)
  43. The Quiet Earth (1985)
  44. The Abyss (1988)
  45. Edge of Tomorrow (2014)
  46. AI: Artificial Intelligence (2001)
  47. The Time Machine (1961)
  48. Gattaca (1997)
  49. Back to the Future (1985)
  50. Them! (1952)
  51. The Man Who Fell To Earth (1976)
  52. The Day The Earth Stood Still (1951)
  53. Total Recall (1990)
  54. Robinson Crusoe on Mars (1964)
  55. Altered States (1980) 
  56. Predator (1987)
  57. Escape From New York (1981)
  58. Westworld (1973)
  59. The Thing From Another World (1951) 
  60. Things To Come (1936)

The Top 25 All-time Great Comedy Films:

  1. City Lights (1931)
  2. Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949)
  3. Sherlock Jr. (1924)
  4. Sullivan’s Travels (1941)
  5. Midnight (1939)
  6. My Man Godfrey (1936)
  7. Trouble In Paradise (1932)
  8. Some Like It Hot (1959)
  9. Dr Strangelove (Or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Bomb) (1964)
  10. To Be Or Not To Be (1942)
  11. The Ladykillers (1955)
  12. The Producers (1967)
  13. Bringing Up Baby (1938)
  14. It Happened One Night (1934)
  15. Manhattan (1979)
  16. The General (1926)
  17. Duck Soup (1933)
  18. Modern Times (1936)
  19. Groundhog Day (1993)
  20. His Girl Friday (1940)
  21. The Lady Eve (1941)
  22. The Gold Rush (1925)
  23. Boudu Sauve des Eaux (Boudu Saved From Drowning)(1932)
  24. Our Hospitality (1923)
  25. Life Of Brian (1979) 

The Top 25 All-time Great Animated Films:

  1. Pinocchio (1940)
  2. Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs (1937)
  3. Toy Story (1995)
  4. The Lion King (1994)
  5. Grave Of The Fireflies (1988)
  6. Spirited Away (2001))
  7. Beauty And The Beast (1991)
  8. The Wind Rises (2013)
  9. The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
  10. Wallace and Gromit: The Wrong Trousers (1993)
  11. Toy Story 2 (1999)
  12. Princess Mononoke (1997)
  13. Finding Nemo (2003)
  14. Up (2009)
  15. Wolf Children (2012)
  16. Dumbo (1941)
  17. Howl’s Moving Castle (2004)
  18. Toy Story 3 (2010)
  19. Cinderella (1950)
  20. Akira (1988)
  21. The Iron Giant (1999)
  22. 5 Centimeters Per Second (2007)
  23. Aladdin (1992)
  24. The Jungle Book (1967)
  25. Fantasia (1940)

The Top 25 All-time Great Horror & Ghost Story Films:

  1. Nosferatu: A Symphony Of Terror (1922)
  2. Frankenstein (1931)
  3. Kwaidan (1964)
  4. The Silence Of The Lambs (1991)
  5. Don’t Look Now (1973)
  6. Psycho (1960)
  7. Alien (1979)
  8. The Orphanage (2007)
  9. Jaws (1975)
  10. The Shining (1980)
  11. Repulsion (1965)
  12. Bride Of Frankenstein (1935)
  13. Rosemary’s Baby (1968)
  14. Night Of The Living Dead (1968)
  15. The Innocents (1961)
  16. The Exorcist (1973)
  17. Nosferatu The Vampyre (1979)
  18. The Birds (1963)
  19. Cat People (1942)
  20. Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992)
  21. The Phantom Of The Opera (1925)
  22. Dr Jekyll And Mr. Hyde (1931)
  23. I Walked With A Zombie (1943)
  24. Vampyr (1932)
  25. Whatever Happened To Baby Jane? (1962)


The Top 25 All-time Great War Films:

  1. Paths Of Glory (1957)
  2. La Grande Illusion (1937)
  3. Lawrence Of Arabia (1962)
  4. Schindler’s List (1993)
  5. Apocalypse Now (1979)
  6. Popiół I Diament (Ashes And Diamonds) (1958)
  7. Idi I Smotri (Come And See) (1985)
  8. The Thin Red Line (1998)
  9. Lacombe Lucien (1974)
  10. The Pianist (2002)
  11. Ivan’s Childhood (1962)
  12. The Tin Drum (1979)
  13. The Bridge On The River Kwai (1957)
  14. 1917 (2019)
  15. Downfall (2003)
  16. Das Boot (1981)
  17. Patton (1970)
  18. Glory (1989)
  19. Battle Of Algiers (1966)
  20. Gallipoli (1981)
  21. The Deerhunter (1978)
  22. Soldier Of Orange (1977)
  23. The Bridge (1959)
  24. Army Of Shadows (1969)
  25. All Quiet On The Western Front (1930)

The Top 25 All-time Great Mystery/Suspense Films:

  1. Citizen Kane (1941)
  2. Vertigo (1958)
  3. The Third Man (1949)
  4. Rashomon (1950)
  5. Chinatown (1974)
  6. Rear Window (1954)
  7. Out Of The Past (1947)
  8. Rebecca (1940)
  9. The Maltese Falcon (1941)
  10. Touch of Evil (1958)
  11. The Secret In Their Eyes (2009)
  12. Laura (1944)
  13. Diabolique (1955)
  14. Seven (1995)
  15. The Big Sleep (1946)
  16. The Lady From Shanghai (1948)
  17. North By Northwest (1959)
  18. Tell No One (2006)
  19. Fargo (1996)
  20. The Usual Suspects (1995)
  21. Notorious (1946)
  22. And Then There Were None (1945)
  23. Bad Day At Black Rock (1955)
  24. The Vanishing (1988)
  25. Gosford Park (2001) 

The Top 25 All-time Great Shakespeare Adaptations*:

  1. Ran (Kurosawa, 1985)
  2. Throne Of Blood (Kurosawa, 1957)
  3. Chimes At Midnight (Welles, 1965)
  4. Henry V (Olivier, 1944)
  5. Hamlet (Kozintsev, 1964)
  6. Richard III (Loncraine, 1995)
  7. Henry V (Branagh, 1989)
  8. Othello (Welles, 1952)
  9. King Lear (Kozintsev, 1971)
  10. West Side Story (1961)
  11. Macbeth (Polanski, 1971)
  12. Hamlet (Branagh, 1996)
  13. Macbeth (Welles, 1958)
  14. A Double Life (1947)
  15. The Lion King (1994)
  16. A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Dieterle, 1935)
  17. Hamlet (Olivier, 1948)
  18. Othello (Olivier, 1965)
  19. Romeo And Juliet (Zeffirelli, 1968)
  20. My Own Private Idaho (Van Sant, 1991)
  21. Much Ado About Nothing (Branagh, 1993)
  22. Julius Caesar (Mankewiecz) 1953)
  23. Forbidden Planet (1956)
  24. Richard III (Olivier, 1955)
  25. Merchant Of Venice (Radford, 2004)

* Note, some films in this list include the name of the director or principal actor involved in order to differentiate from those versions of the play with the same or similar titles, or even (with Kozintsev’s and Peter Brook’s films of King Lear in 1971) when two versions of the same play were produced in the very same year.

The Top 50 All-time Great Fantasy Films:

(excluding Horror** and Sci Fi***)

  1. The Seventh Seal (1957)
  2. The Phantom Carriage (1921)
  3. La Belle Et La Bete (1946)
  4. Kwaidan (1964)**
  5. Sherlock Jr. (1924)
  6. Woman In The Dunes (1964)
  7. Wings Of Desire (1988)
  8. Pan’s Labyrinth (2006)
  9. The Wizard Of Oz (1939)
  10. Faust (1926)
  11. Ugestu (1953)
  12. King Kong (1933)
  13. Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring (2001)
  14. Raiders Of The Lost Ark (1981)
  15. The Picture Of Dorian Gray (1944)
  16. It’s A Wonderful Life (1946)
  17. The Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers (2002)
  18. A Matter Of Life And Death (1946)
  19. Excalibur (1981)
  20. Groundhog Day (1993)
  21. Inception (2010) ***
  22. The Truman Show (1998)
  23. The Thief Of Bagdad (1940)
  24. Midnight In Paris (2011)
  25. The City Of Lost Children (1995)
  26. Orpheus (1950)
  27. The Purple Rose Of Cairo (1985)
  28. Lost Horizon (1937)
  29. Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941)
  30. The Dark Knight (2008)
  31. Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban (2003)
  32. Being John Malkovich (1999)
  33. Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Parts 1 &2 (2010)
  34. Heaven Can Wait (1943)
  35. Hugo (2011)
  36. Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory (1971)
  37. Blithe Spirit (1945)
  38. Die Nibelungen: Parts 1 & 2 (1924)
  39. Harry Potter And The Half Blood Prince (2009)
  40. Big (1988)
  41. The Lord Of The Rings: Return Of The King (2003)
  42. The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button (2008)
  43. Forrest Gump (1994)
  44. Edward Scissorhands (1990)
  45. Babe (1995)
  46. Mary Poppins (1964)
  47. Big Fish (2003)
  48. Alice (1988)
  49. Amélie (2001)
  50. Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade (1989)

** Note: Although Kwaidan (1964) is listed also under horror, this Japanese ghost story film has four segments, some of which would be more accurately defined as within the horror genre, while other segments are more in the realm of fantasy, hence its inclusion in both lists (which are otherwise exclusive of each other).

***Note: Inception (2010) is also listed under Sci-Fi (where these elements are subtly implied) but has an overarching fantasy element that makes it difficult to categorise wholly in either genre.

The Top 50 All-time Great Adventure Films:

  1. The Seven Samurai (1954)
  2. Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
  3. Spartacus (1960)
  4. Black Robe (1992)
  5. Aguirre, The Wrath Of God (1972)
  6. Mutiny On The Bounty (1935)
  7. Mountains Of The Moon (1990)
  8. The African Queen (1951)
  9. Yojimbo (1961)
  10. The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)
  11. Deliverance (1972)
  12. The Wages Of Fear (1953)
  13. War and Peace (1966)
  14. Barry Lyndon (1975)
  15. Master And Commander: The Far Side Of The World (2003)
  16. The Man Who Would Be King (1975)
  17. King Kong (1933)
  18. Fitzcarraldo (1982)
  19. Dersu Uzala (1975)
  20. The Duellists (1979)
  21. Captain’s Courageous (1937)
  22. The Sea Hawk (1940)
  23. Excalibur (1981)
  24. The New World (2005)
  25. The Treasure of The Sierra Madre (1948)
  26. To Have and Have Not (1944)
  27. Gladiator (2000)
  28. Braveheart (1995)
  29. Zulu (1964)
  30. Gunga Din (1939)
  31. Sanjuro (1962)
  32. Raiders Of The Lost Ark (1981)
  33. The Black Pirate (1926)
  34. The Last Of The Mohicans (1992)
  35. The Revenant (2015)
  36. Papillon (1973)
  37. Mosquito Coast (1986)
  38. The Right Stuff (1983)
  39. The Mission (1986)
  40. Blood Diamond (2006)
  41. The Bounty (1984)
  42. Moby Dick (1956)
  43. Beau Geste (1939)
  44. The Flight Of The Phoenix (1965)
  45. Moonfleet (1955)
  46. The Four Feathers (1939)
  47. Lives of A Bengal Lancer (1935)
  48. The Perfect Storm (2000)
  49. Kim (1950)
  50. Charge Of The Light Brigade (1936) 

The Top 75 All-time Great Crime/Gangster Films:

  1. The Godfather (1972)
  2. M (1931)
  3. On The Waterfront (1954)
  4. Double Indemnity (1944)
  5. Out Of The Past (1947)
  6. Badlands (1973)
  7. Chinatown (1974)
  8. Touch Of Evil (1958)
  9. Atlantic City (1980)
  10. The Godfather, Part II (1974)
  11. Dog Day Afternoon (1975)
  12. Bonnie And Clyde (1967)
  13. Mean Streets (1973)
  14. Thieves Like Us (1974)
  15. White Heat (1949)
  16. The Asphalt Jungle (1950)
  17. The Big Sleep (1946)
  18. The Silence Of The Lambs (1991)
  19. Rififi (1955)
  20. Taxi Driver (1976)
  21. Once Upon A Time In America (1984)
  22. City Of God (2002)
  23. Miller’s Crossing (1990)
  24. Seven (1995)
  25. Le Doulos (1962)
  26. Fargo (1996)
  27. Witness (1985)
  28. Bob Le Flambeur (1956)
  29. Goodfellas (1990)
  30. High And Low (1963)
  31. The Yakuza (1974)
  32. Night And The City (1950)
  33. Big Heat (1953)
  34. Road To Perdition (2002)
  35. Eastern Promises (2007)
  36. The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
  37. The Friends Of Eddie Coyle (1973)
  38. In The Heat Of The Night (1967)
  39. The Long Good Friday (1980)
  40. Le Samourai (1967)
  41. Manhunter (1986)
  42. The Untouchables (1987)
  43. High Sierra (1941)
  44. Thelma And Louise (1991)
  45. The French Connection (1971)
  46. Reservoir Dogs (1992)
  47. Scarface (1983)
  48. Casino (1995)
  49. Heat (1995)
  50. Anatomy Of A Murder (1959)
  51. L. A. Confidential (1997)
  52. Le Cercle Rouge (1970)
  53. A History Of Violence (2005)
  54. Stray Dog (1949)
  55. Internal Affairs (2002)- Hong Kong
  56. Prizzi’s Honor (1985)
  57. Crossfire (1947)
  58. Charley Varrick (1973)
  59. Pulp Fiction (1994)
  60. The Killing (1956)
  61. Heavenly Creatures (1994)
  62. Public Enemy (1931)
  63. Dirty Harry (1971)
  64. Angels With Dirty Faces (1938)
  65. Sicario (2015)
  66. Mesrine: Public Enemy #1 (2008)
  67. Shoot The Piano Player (1960)
  68. Scarface: The Shame Of The Nation (1932)
  69. Touchez Pas Au Grisbi (1954)
  70. The Testament Of Dr. Mabuse (1933)
  71. The Departed (2006)
  72. The Taking Of Pelham 123 (1974)
  73. Prince Of The City (1981)
  74. I Am A Fugitive From A Chain Gang (1932)
  75. Little Caesar (1930)


The Top 150 All-time Great Historical/Period Drama Films:

(Pre- WW1 excluding Westerns and literal Shakespearean adaptations)

  1. The Seven Samurai (1954)
  2. Les Enfants Du Paradis (The Children Of Paradise) (1945)
  3. Ran (1985)
  4. The Magnificent Ambersons (1942)
  5. Fanny And Alexander (1982)
  6. Andrei Rublev (1966)
  7. The Enigma Of Kaspar Hauser (1974)
  8. Rashomon (1951)
  9. The Leopard (1963)
  10. A Man For All Seasons (1966)
  11. Danton (1983)
  12. Spartacus (1960)
  13. Kagemusha (1980)
  14. Day Of Wrath (1943)
  15. Sansho The Bailiff (1954)
  16. Aguirre, Wrath of God (1972)
  17. The Elephant Man (1980)
  18. Harakiri (1962)
  19. Raise The Red Lantern (1991)
  20. Yojimbo (1961)
  21. Black Robe (1991)
  22. Mountains Of The Moon (1990)
  23. The French Lieutenant’s Woman (1981)
  24. The Adventures Of Robin Hood (1938)
  25. The Lion In Winter (1968)
  26. Great Expectations (1946)
  27. Mutiny On The Bounty (1935)
  28. Wuthering Heights (1939)
  29. The Duellists (1977)
  30. Tess (1979)
  31. Vonya I Mir (War And Peace) (1966)
  32. Barry Lyndon (1975)
  33. Ben Hur (1959)
  34. Ugetsu (1953)
  35. David Copperfield (1935)
  36. Gone With The Wind (1939)
  37. How Green Was My Valley (1941)
  38. There Will Be Blood (2007)
  39. Glory (1989)
  40. The Passion Of The Christ (2004)
  41. Lust For Life (1956)
  42. The Last Temptation Of Christ (1988)
  43. Master And Commander: The Far Side Of The World (2003)
  44. Dangerous Liaisons (1988)
  45. Gladiator (2000)
  46. Alexander Nevsky (1938)
  47. Viva Zapata (1952)
  48. The Prestige (2006)
  49. Oliver Twist (1948)
  50. A Royal Affair (2012)
  51. Becket (1964)
  52. The Heiress (1949)
  53. Breaker Morant (1980)
  54. The New World (2006)
  55. The Man Who Would Be King (1975)
  56. Braveheart (1995)
  57. Earrings Of Madam De… (1953)
  58. Titanic (1997)
  59. San Francisco (1936)
  60. Samurai Rebellion (1967)
  61. Jane Eyre (1943)
  62. Doctor Zhivago (1965)
  63. The Mission (1986)
  64. King Of Kings (1961)
  65. Amadeus (1984)
  66. 1900 (1976)
  67. The Last Of The Mohicans (1992)
  68. Nicholas And Alexandria (1971)
  69. The Patriot (2000)
  70. The Last Samurai (2003)
  71. The Private Life Of Henry VIII (1933)
  72. 12 Years A Slave (2013)
  73. Camille (1936)
  74. Queen Christina (1933)
  75. The Emigrants (1971)
  76. La Ronde (1950) 
  77. Ivan The Terrible Parts 1 & 2 (1944 & 1958)
  78. The Color Purple (1985)
  79. The Illusionist (2006)
  80. The Ten Commandments (1956)
  81. The Fall Of The Roman Empire (1964)
  82. The Age Of Innocence (1993)
  83. A Tale Of Two Cities (1935)
  84. Kundun (1997)
  85. The Piano (1993)
  86. Northwest Passage (1940)
  87. Picnic At Hanging Rock (1975)
  88. The Virgin Spring  (1960)
  89. Sense And Sensibility (1995)
  90. Casque d’Or (1952)
  91. The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965)
  92. Gangs Of New York (2002)
  93. Anna Karenina (1935)
  94. Hero (2002)
  95. Zulu (1964)
  96. Pride and Prejudice (1940)
  97. Young Mr. Lincoln (1939)
  98. Elizabeth (1998)
  99. Mongol (2007)
  100. The Life Of Emile Zola (1937)

Please Note: Silent films such as Dreyer’s “The Passion Of Joan Of Arc” (1928), Abel Gance’s “Napoléon” (1927) and Eisenstein’s “Battleship Potemkin” (1925) were not considered for inclusion in this list, which was limited purely to sound films.

(Post WW1 excluding Gangster and pure War films)

  1. Spirit Of The Beehive (1973)
  2. Days Of Heaven (1978)
  3. The Killing Fields (1984)
  4. The Grapes Of Wrath (1940)
  5. The Last Emperor (1987)
  6. Farewell My Concubine (1993)
  7. Reds (1981)
  8. Au Revoir Les Enfants (1987)
  9. Mephisto (1981)
  10. Life And Death Of Colonel Blimp (1943)
  11. Battle Of Algiers (1966)
  12. The Last Picture Show (1971)
  13. The Imitation Game (2014)
  14. The Conformist (1970)
  15. The Tin Drum (1979)
  16. Hope And Glory (1987)
  17. Utomlennye Solntsem (Burnt By The Sun) (1994)
  18. Lacombe Lucien (1974)
  19. Jeux Interdits (Forbidden Games) (1952)
  20. Memoirs Of A Geisha (2005)
  21. The Reader (2008)
  22. Hotel Rwanda (2004)
  23. The Aviator (2004)
  24. Red Sorghum (1987)
  25. Europa, Europa (1990)
  26. The Wind That Shakes The Barley (2006)
  27. The Year Of Living Dangerously (1982)
  28. Tucker: A Man And His Dream (1988)
  29. Empire Of The Sun (1987)
  30. Gandhi (1982)
  31. The Remains Of The Day (1993)
  32. Bound For Glory (1976)
  33. Atonement (2007)
  34. Papillon (1973)
  35. The King’s Speech (2010)
  36. The Right Stuff (1983)
  37. Bridge Of Spies (2015)
  38. The Diary Of Ann Frank (1959)
  39. The Chant Of Jimmy Blacksmith (1978)
  40. Sophie’s Choice (1982)
  41. Life Is Beautiful (1988)
  42. Matewan (1987)
  43. Apollo 13 (1995)
  44. JFK (1991)
  45. The Informer (1935)
  46. The Last King Of Scotland (2006)
  47. Ryan’s Daughter (1970)
  48. Out Of Africa (1985)
  49. Chariots Of Fire (1981)
  50. The English Patient (1996)

The Top 25 All-time Great Silent Drama Films:

  1. Sunrise (1927)
  2. The Phantom Carriage (1921)
  3. The Crowd (1928)
  4. Un Chien Andalou (1929)
  5. The Passion Of Joan Of Arc (1928)
  6. Nosferatu, A Symphony Of Terror (1922)
  7. Faust (1926)
  8. The Man With A Movie Camera (1929)
  9. The Big Parade (1925)
  10. Pandora’s Box (1929)
  11. Greed (1924)
  12. The Battleship Potemkin (1925)
  13. Napoleon (1927)
  14. Metropolis (1927)
  15. He Who Gets Slapped (1924)
  16. Diary Of a Lost Girl (1929)
  17. Intolerance (1916)
  18. The Wind (1928)
  19. The Last Command (1928)
  20. Ben Hur (1926)
  21. The Man Who Laughs (1928)
  22. The Last Laugh (1924)
  23. Docks Of New York (1928)
  24. Foolish Wives (1922)
  25. The Cabinet Of Dr. Caligari (1920)

The Top 25 All-time Great Silent Comedy Films:

  1. City Lights (1931)
  2. Sherlock Jr.(1924)
  3. The General (1927)
  4. The Gold Rush (1925)
  5. Our Hospitality (1923)
  6. Safety Last (1923)
  7. Modern Times (1936)
  8. Steamboat Bill, Jr. (1928)
  9. The Scarecrow (1920)
  10. One Week (1920)
  11. The Kid (1921)
  12. Seven Chances (1925)
  13. The Circus (1928)
  14. The Navigator (1924)
  15. The Pilgrim (1923)
  16. The Immigrant (1917)
  17. A Dog’s Life (1918)
  18. The Boat (1921)
  19. The Cameraman (1928)
  20. Shoulder Arms (1918)
  21. Easy Street (1917)
  22. The Adventurer (1917)
  23. Liberty (1929)
  24. The Freshman (1925)
  25. The Paleface (1922)

Quotable Quotes:

The following is a list of selected quotes from some of the most famous films of all time, highlighting not only their quality, but the lost art of scriptwriting that was once the mainstay of cinema’s pretensions to artistic merit:

Sunset Boulevard

“We didn’t need dialogue. We had faces!”

“The stars are ageless, aren’t they?”


Joe Gillis: “You’re Norma Desmond. You used to be in silent pictures. You used to be big.”

Norma Desmond: “I am big. It’s the pictures that got small.”


“They took the idols and smashed them, the Fairbankses, the Gilberts, the Valentinos! And who’ve we got now? Some nobodies!”


“And I promise you I’ll never desert you again because after Salome we’ll make another picture and another picture. You see, this is my life! It always will be! Nothing else! Just us, the cameras, and those wonderful people out there in the dark!”


“All right, Mr. DeMille, I’m ready for my close-up.”

Citizen Kane



“Alone in his never-finished, already decaying pleasure palace, aloof, seldom visited, never photographed, an emperor of new strength continued to direct his failing empire, varyingly attempted to sway as he once did the destinies of a nation that had ceased to listen to him, ceased to trust him. Then last week, as it must to all men, death came to Charles Foster Kane.”


“You know, Mr. Bernstein, if I hadn’t been very rich, I might have been a really great man.”


“A fellow will remember a lot of things you wouldn’t think he’d remember. You take me. One day, back in 1896, I was crossing over to Jersey on the ferry, and as we pulled out, there was another ferry pulling in, and on it there was a girl waiting to get off. A white dress she had on. She was carrying a white parasol. I only saw her for one second. She didn’t see me at all, but I’ll bet a month hasn’t gone by since that I haven’t thought of that girl.”


Female reporter: “If you could’ve found out what Rosebud meant, I bet that would’ve explained everything.”

Thompson: “No, I don’t think so; no. Mr. Kane was a man who got everything he wanted and then lost it. Maybe Rosebud was something he couldn’t get, or something he lost. Anyway, it wouldn’t have explained anything… I don’t think any word can explain a man’s life. No, I guess Rosebud is just a… piece in a jigsaw puzzle… a missing piece.”

The Magnificent Ambersons

The magnificence of the Ambersons began in 1873. Their splendour lasted throughout all the years that saw their midland town spread and darken into a city.


In those days, they had time for everything. Time for sleigh rides, and balls, and assemblies, and cotillions, and open house on New Year’s, and all-day picnics in the woods, and even that prettiest of all vanished customs: the serenade. Of a summer night, young men would bring an orchestra under a pretty girl’s window, and flute, harp, fiddle, cello, cornet, bass viol, would presently release their melodies to the dulcet stars. Against so home-spun a background, the magnificence of the Ambersons was as conspicuous as a brass band at a funeral.

The Magnificent Ambersons 1

“I’m not sure George is wrong about automobiles. With all their speed forward they may be a step backward in civilization. May be that they won’t add to the beauty of the world or the life of the men’s souls, I’m not sure. But automobiles have come and almost all outwards things will be different because of what they bring. They’re going to alter war and they’re going to alter peace. And I think men’s minds are going to be changed in subtle ways because of automobiles.”


“Something had happened. A thing which, years ago, had been the eagerest hope of many, many good citizens of the town, and now it had come at last; George Amberson-Minafer had got his comeuppance. He got it three times filled, and running over. But those who had so longed for it were not there to see it, and they never knew it. Those who were still living had forgotten all about it, and all about him.”


“George Amberson-Minafer walked home through the strange streets of what seemed to be a strange city. For the town was growing… changing… it was heaving up in the middle, incredibly; it was spreading incredibly. And as it heaved and spread, it befouled itself and darkened its skies. This was the last walk home he was ever to take up National Avenue, to Amberson Edition, and the big old house at the foot of Amberson Boulevard. Tomorrow they were to move out. Tomorrow everything would be gone.”

The Third Man

“What did you want me to do? Be reasonable. You didn’t expect me to give myself up…’It’s a far, far better thing that I do.’ The old limelight. The fall of the curtain. Oh, Holly, you and I aren’t heroes. The world doesn’t make any heroes outside of your stories.”


“Death’s at the bottom of everything, Martins. Leave death to the professionals.”


“You know what the fellow said – in Italy, for thirty years under the Borgias, they had warfare, terror, murder and bloodshed, but they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and the Renaissance. In Switzerland, they had brotherly love, they had five hundred years of democracy and peace – and what did that produce? The cuckoo clock!” 


“Victims? Don’t be melodramatic. [gestures to people far below] Tell me. Would you really feel any pity if one of those dots stopped moving forever? If I offered you twenty thousand pounds for every dot that stopped, would you really, old man, tell me to keep my money, or would you calculate how many dots you could afford to spare? Free of income tax, old man. Free of income tax – the only way you can save money nowadays.”


“I am leaving Vienna. I don’t care whether Harry was murdered by Kurtz or Popescu or the third man. Whoever killed him, there was some sort of justice. Maybe I would have killed him myself.”

Les Enfants du Paradis (The Children of Paradise)

I dreamed of impossible things… “but how could they be impossible, since I was dreaming them?”


“Act! Act! You have the wrong place. We are not allowed to act here. We walk on our hands! And you know why? They bully us. If we put on plays, they’d have to close their great, noble theaters! Their public is bored to death by museum pieces, dusty tragedies and declaiming mummies who never move! But the Funambules is full of life, movement! Extravaganzas! Appearances, disappearances, like in real life! And then-boom-the kick in the pants!”


“You are right, Garance. Love is simple.”

“Not only are you rich, but you want to be loved as if you are poor.”


“Novelty is as old as the hills.”


“I’m dying of silence, like others die of hunger and thirst.”

La Regle du Jeu (The Rules of the Game)

“I have no choice but to dismiss you. It breaks my heart, but I can’t expose my guests to your firearms. It may be wrong of them, but they value their lives.”


“Love, as it exists in society, is merely the mingling of two whims and the contact of two skins.”


“Friendship with a man? That’s asking for moonlight at midday.”


“The awful thing about life is this: Everybody has their reasons.”


“You have to understand, it’s the plight of all heroes today. In the air, they’re terrific. But when they come back to earth, they’re weak, poor, and helpless.”


“The weeds have taken over the past 20 years… And beyond the second floor, the house is overrun with spiders.”


“Don Jaime liked to watch me skip.”


“To die without eating off such wonderful linen!”


 “Why run from something that might not even happen?”



Children: [singing] “Just you wait, it won’t be long. The man in black will soon be here. With his cleaver’s blade so true. He’ll make mincemeat out of YOU!”


“There are more police on the street tonight than whores.”


“It’s there all the time, driving me out to wander the streets, following me, silently, but I can feel it there. It’s me, pursuing myself! I want to escape, to escape from myself! But it’s impossible. I can’t escape, I have to obey it. I have to run, run… endless streets. I want to escape, to get away! And I’m pursued by ghosts. Ghosts of mothers and of those children… they never leave me.”


“Who are you anyway? Who are you? Criminals? Are you proud of yourselves? Proud of breaking safes or cheating at cards? Things you could just as well keep your fingers off. You wouldn’t need to do all that if you’d learn a proper trade or if you’d work. If you weren’t a bunch of lazy bastards. But I… I can’t help myself! I have no control over this, this evil thing inside of me, the fire, the voices, the torment!”


Paths of Glory

“War began between Germany and France on August 3rd 1914. Five weeks later the German army had smashed its way to within eighteen miles of Paris. There, the battered French miraculously rallied their forces at the Marne River and in a series of unexpected counterattacks drove the Germans back. The front was stabilized then shortly afterwards developed into a continuous line of heavily fortified trenches zigzagging their way five hundred miles from the English Channel to the Swiss frontier. By 1916, after two grizzly years of trench warfare, the battle lines had changed very little. Successful attacks were measured in hundreds of yards, and paid for in lives by hundreds of thousands.”


General Broulard: “It would be a pity to lose your promotion before you get it. A promotion you have so very carefully planned for.”

Colonel Dax: “Sir, would you like me to suggest what you can do with that promotion?”


“See that cockroach? Tomorrow morning, we’ll be dead and it’ll be alive. It’ll have more contact with my wife and child than I will. I’ll be nothing, and it’ll be alive.”

[Ferol smashes the roach]

“Now you got the edge on him.” 


“There are few things more fundamentally encouraging and stimulating than seeing someone else die.”

Gentlemen of the court, there are times that I’m ashamed to be a member of the human race and this is one such occasion.”


“Too much has happened. Someone’s got to be hurt. The only question is who. General Mireau’s assault on the Ant Hill failed. His order to fire on his own troops was refused. But his attempt to murder three innocent men to protect his own reputation will be prevented by the General Staff.”

The Searchers 

“What do you want me to do? Draw you a picture? Spell it out? Don’t ever ask me! Long as you live, don’t ever ask me more.”


Reverend Clayton: “You wanna quit, Ethan?”

Ethan: “That’ll be the day.”


Reverend Clayton: “What good did that do ya?”

Ethan: “By what you preach, none. But what that Comanche believes, ain’t got no eyes, he can’t enter the spirit-land. Has to wander forever between the winds. You get it, Reverend.”


Ben Edwards: “Uncle Ethan, will you tell us about the war?”

Ethan: “Oh, the war ended three years ago, boy.”

Ben Edwards: “It has? Then why didn’t you come home before now?”


Andrei Rublev

“Rejoice, O young man, in thy youth and thy heart cheer thee in the days of thy youth. Walk in the ways of thine heart, and in the sight of thine eyes but know that for all these God will bring thee into judgment. Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth before the difficult days come and the years draw nigh when thou shalt say “I have no pleasure in them.” Remember thy creator before the silver cord be loosed, or the golden bowl be broken or the pitcher shattered at the fountain or the wheel broken at the well. Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it. “Vanity of vanities,” saith the preacher; “All is vanity.””


I am what I am. You couldn’t teach me integrity.”


“You just spoke of Jesus. Perhaps he was born and crucified to reconcile God and man. Jesus came from God, so he is all-powerful. And if He died on the cross it was predetermined and His crucifixion and death were God’s will. That would have aroused hatred not in those that crucified him but in those that loved him if they had been near him at that moment, because they loved him as a man only. But if He, of His own will, left them, He displayed injustice, or even cruelty. Maybe those who crucified him loved him because they helped in this divine plan.”


“The Pharisees were masters of deceit ……. educated. They had studied to gain power, to take advantage of the people’s ignorance. We must remind people more often that they are people. Russians, of the same blood, of the same land.”


Lawrence of Arabia

Sherif Ali: “There is the railway. And that is the desert. From here until we reach the other side, no water but what we carry with us. For the camels, no water at all. If the camels die, we die. And in twenty days they will start to die.”

T.E.Lawrence: “There’s no time to waste, then, is there?”


Sherif Ali:  “Have you no fear, English?”

T.E.Lawrence: “My fear is my concern.


So long as the Arabs fight tribe against tribe, so long will they be a little people, a silly people – greedy, barbarous, and cruel, as you are.


“With Major Lawrence, mercy is a passion. With me, it is merely good manners. You may judge which motive is the more reliable.”

“No prisoners! No prisoners!”


“Yes, it was my privilege to know him and to make him known to the world. He was a poet, a scholar and a mighty warrior.……….He was also the most shameless exhibitionist since Barnum & Bailey.”



“Now I want you to remember that no bastard ever won a war by dying for his country. He won it by making the other poor dumb bastard die for his country.”


“The Carthaginians defending the city were attacked by three Roman legions. The Carthaginians were proud and brave but they couldn’t hold. They were massacred. Arab women stripped them of their tunics and their swords and lances. The soldiers lay naked in the sun. Two thousand years ago. I was here.”


Rommel… you magnificent bastard, I read your book!


Men, all this stuff you’ve heard about America not wanting to fight, wanting to stay out of the war, is a lot of horse dung. Americans traditionally love to fight. All real Americans love the sting of battle. When you were kids, you all admired the champion marble shooter, the fastest runner, big league ball players, the toughest boxers. Americans love a winner and will not tolerate a loser. Americans play to win all the time. I wouldn’t give a hoot in hell for a man who lost and laughed. That’s why Americans have never lost, and will never lose a war… because the very thought of losing is hateful to Americans.


“We’re going to have to fight the Russians eventually anyway. It might as well be now while we’ve already got the army here to do it.”

“The pure warrior… a magnificent anachronism.”

The Thin Red Line

“War don’t ennoble men. It turns them into dogs… poisons the soul.”


“Look at this jungle. Look at those vines, the way they twine around, swallowing everything. Nature’s cruel, Staros.”


“What is this great evil? How did it steal into the world? From what seed, what root did it spring? Who’s doing this? Who’s killing us? Robbing us of light and life. Mocking us with the sight of what we might have known.”


“In this world, a man, himself, is nothing. And there ain’t no world but this one.”


Kumonosu-jo (Throne of Blood)

“A forest inhabited by spirits. In its midst, hidden in a fierce fog, stands a castle. Spider’s Web castle.”


“Ambition is false fame and will fall. Death will reign, man falls in vain.”


You, who would soon rule the world, allow a ghost to frighten you!”


“My lord. You have but two paths ahead. Remain here and patiently wait for our great lord to slay you, or slay him first and become lord of Spider’s Web Castle.”


“Look upon the ruins of the castle of delusion. Haunted only now by the spirits of those who perished, a scene of carnage born of consuming desire.”


“It was a vision of hell. A bandit, a woman, a samurai, and a woodcutter. Four different voices. Four private hells.”


“I am in darkness now. I am suffering in the dark. Cursed be those who cast me into this dark hell.”


“I, for one, have seen hundreds of men dying like animals, but even I’ve never before heard anything as terrible as this. Horrible, it’s horrible! There’s never been anything, anything as terrible as this, never! It’s worse than fires, wars, epidemics, or bandits!”


Priest: “A man’s been murdered.”

Commoner: “So what? Only one? Why, up on top of this gate, there’s always five or six bodies. No one worries about them.


“It’s human to lie. Most of the time we can’t even be honest with ourselves.”


Sanjuro: “You’re all tough, then?”

Gambler: “What? Kill me if you can!”

Sanjuro: “It’ll hurt.”


“I’ll get paid for killing, and this town is full of people who deserve to die.”

“Cooper! Two coffins”……… “No, maybe three.” 


When the fighting gets this bad, they don’t bother with coffins.”


You don’t look like one of the living!


“Now we’ll have some peace and quiet in this town” (as Sanjuro walks away, the street littered with corpses of his adversaries).

Shichinin no Samurai (The Seven Samurai)

Bandit second-in-command: “We’ll take this place next.”

Bandit Chief: “We took it last autumn. They haven’t got anything worth taking yet. Let’s wait.


Kikuchiyo: “What do you think of farmers? You think they’re saints? Hah! They’re foxy beasts! They say, “We’ve got no rice, we’ve no wheat. We’ve got nothing!” But they have! They have everything! Dig under the floors! Or search the barns! You’ll find plenty! Beans, salt, rice, sake! Look in the valleys, they’ve got hidden warehouses! They pose as saints but are full of lies! If they smell a battle, they hunt the defeated! They’re nothing but stingy, greedy, blubbering, foxy, and mean! God damn it all! But then who made them such beasts? You did! You samurai did it! You burn their villages! Destroy their farms! Steal their food! Force them to labour! Take their women! And kill them if they resist! So what should farmers do?” [sits and weeps in the corner]

Kambei Shimada: [after a long pause] “You were the son of a farmer, weren’t you?


“You’re overestimating me. Listen, I’m not a man with any special skill, but I’ve had plenty of experience in battles; losing battles, all of them. In short, that’s all I am. Drop such an idea for your own good.”


“What’s the use of worrying about your beard when your head’s about to be taken?”


“The farmers have won. We have lost.”


Shingen Takeda: “Even with this resemblance, Nobukado, he is so wicked as to be sentenced to crucifixion. How could this scoundrel be my double?”

Kagemusha: “I only stole a few coins. A petty thief. But you’ve killed hundreds and robbed whole domains. Who is wicked, you or I?”


“I am wicked, as you believe. I am a scoundrel. I banished my father and I killed my own son. I will do anything to rule this country. War is everywhere. Unless somebody unifies the nation and reigns over us, we will see more rivers of blood and more mountains of the dead.”


Nobukado: “I know it is difficult. I was for a long time the lord’s double. It was torture. It is not easy to suppress yourself to become another. Often I wanted to be myself and free. But now I think this was selfish of me. The shadow of a man can never desert that man. I was my brother’s shadow. Now that I have lost him, it is as though I am nothing.”


The shadow of a man can never stand up and walk on its own.”


Takemaru: [Reciting the slogan on the Takeda clan’s banner] “Swift as the wind… Quiet as a forest… Fierce as fire… Immovable as a mountain.”

Sohachiro Tsuchiya: “The lord is that mountain. Both in battle and at home, he is steadfast, like a mountain. When his army advances, first the horsemen attack, swift as the wind. Second, the lancers raise a forest of spears, advancing with silent resolve. Third, more horsemen engulf the enemy ranks, as mercilessly as fire. And the lord is always behind them, watching over them, immovable as a mountain. That is why our army, from general to foot soldier, can fight so resolutely… Immovable as a mountain. The lord is that mountain. So we call him “the mountain.”


“Man is born crying. When he has cried enough, he dies.”


The failed mind sees the heart’s failings……


“You spilled an ocean of blood. You showed no mercy, no pity. We too are children of this age… weaned on strife and chaos. We are your sons, yet you count on our fidelity. In my eyes, that makes you a senile old fool.”


Hidetora: “The Great Lord goes nowhere alone.”

Jiro: “You renounced your power. You have no need of an escort.”

Hidetora: “Only the birds and the beasts live in solitude.”


“Why stay with this mad old man? If the rock you stay on starts to roll, jump clean. Or you’ll go with it and be squashed. Only a fool stays aboard.”

Midnight Cowboy

Joe Buck: “I’m brand, spankin’ new in this here town and I was hopin’ to get a look at the Statue of Liberty.

Cass: “It’s up in Central Park, taking a leak. If you hurry, you can catch the supper show.”


Joe Buck: “I like the way I look. Makes me feel good, it does. And women like me, goddammit. Hell, the only one thing I ever been good for is lovin’. Women go crazy for me, that’s a really true fact! Ratso, hell! Crazy Annie they had to send her away!

Ratso Rizzo: “Then, how come you ain’t scored once the whole time you been in New York?”


I’m walking here! I’m walking here!


Ratso Rizzo: (at father’s graveside) “He was even dumber than you. He couldn’t even write his own name. “X,” that’s what it ought to say on that goddamn headstone, one big lousy “X”. Just like our dump. Condemned by order of City Hall.


Ratso Rizzo: “Here I am, goin’ to Florida, my leg hurts, my butt hurts, my chest hurts, my face hurts, and like that ain’t enough, I gotta pee all over myself.”

[Joe Buck laughs]

Ratso Rizzo: “That’s funny? I’m fallin’ apart here!”


Can you believe it? We’re in the middle of a drought, and the water commissioner drowns. Only in L.A.


Yelburton: “My goodness, what happened to your nose?

Jake Gittes: “I cut myself shaving.

Yelburton: “You ought to be more careful. That must really smart.”

Jake Gittes: “Only when I breathe.”


Jake Gittes: “Mulvihill! What are you doing here?”

Mulvihill: “They shut my water off. What’s it to you?

Jake Gittes: “How’d you find out about it? You don’t drink it; you don’t take a bath in it… They wrote you a letter. But then you have to be able to read.


Evelyn Mulwray: “Hollis seems to think you’re an innocent man.

Jake Gittes: “Well, I’ve been accused of a lot of things before, Mrs. Mulwray, but never that.”


 ‘Course I’m respectable. I’m old. Politicians, ugly buildings, and whores all get respectable if they last long enough.” 

“Forget it, Jake. It’s Chinatown.”

Double Indemnity

Barton Keyes: “This Dietrichson business. It’s murder. And murders don’t come any neater. As fancy a piece of homicide as anyone ever ran into. Smart, tricky, almost perfect. But… I think papa has it all figured out. Figured out and wrapped up in tissue paper with… pink ribbons on it.”


Office memorandum. “Walter Neff to Barton Keyes, Claims Manager, Los Angeles, July 16, 1938. Dear Keyes: I suppose you’ll call this a confession when you hear it. Well, I don’t like the word ‘confession.’ I just want to set you right about something you couldn’t see because it was smack up against your nose.”


“You think you’re such a hot potato as a Claims Manager; such a wolf on a phony claim. Maybe you are. But let’s take a look at that Dietrichson claim, Accident and Double Indemnity. You were pretty good in there for a while, Keyes. You said it wasn’t an accident. Check. You said it wasn’t suicide. Check. You said it was murder. Check. You thought you had it cold, didn’t you? All wrapped up in tissue paper with pink ribbons around it. It was perfect – except it wasn’t, because you made one mistake. Just one little mistake. When it came to picking the killer, you picked the wrong guy.”


“You want to know who killed Dietrichson? Hold tight to that cheap cigar of yours, Keyes. I killed Dietrichson – me, Walter Neff, insurance salesman, 35 years old, unmarried, no visible scars… [He glances down at his shoulder wound] – until a while ago, that is.

Yes, I killed him. I killed him for money – and a woman – and I didn’t get the money and I didn’t get the woman. Pretty, isn’t it?”


Walter Neff: “Suddenly it came over me that everything would go wrong. It sounds crazy, Keyes, but it’s true, so help me. I couldn’t hear my own footsteps. It was the walk of a dead man.”


Captain Renault: “What in heaven’s name brought you to Casablanca?”

Rick: “My health. I came to Casablanca for the waters.”

Captain Renault: “The waters? What waters? We’re in the desert.”

Rick: “I was misinformed.”


Of all the gin joints, in all the towns, in all the world, she walks into mine.”

Ilsa: “Play it once, Sam. For old times’ sake.”

Sam: [lying] “I don’t know what you mean, Miss Ilsa.”

Ilsa: “Play it, Sam. Play ‘As Time Goes By’.”


Rick: “You played it for her, you can play it for me!

Sam: [lying] “Well, I don’t think I can remember…..”

Rick: “If she can stand it, I can! Play it!”


Ilsa: “You’re saying this only to make me go.”

Rick: “I’m saying it because it’s true. Inside of us, we both know you belong with Victor. You’re part of his work, the thing that keeps him going. If that plane leaves the ground and you’re not with him, you’ll regret it. Maybe not today. Maybe not tomorrow, but soon and for the rest of your life.”

Ilsa: “But what about us?”

Rick: “We’ll always have Paris. We didn’t have, we, we lost it until you came to Casablanca. We got it back last night.” 

Ilsa: “When I said I would never leave you.”

Rick: “And you never will. But I’ve got a job to do, too. Where I’m going, you can’t follow. What I’ve got to do, you can’t be any part of. Ilsa, I’m no good at being noble, but it doesn’t take much to see that the problems of three little people don’t amount to a hill of beans in this crazy world. Someday you’ll understand that.” 


Here’s looking at you kid.”

Louie, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.

The Maltese Falcon

Sam Spade:”If you kill me, how are you gonna get the bird? And if I know you can’t afford to kill me, how are you gonna scare me into giving it to you?” 

Kasper Gutman: “I couldn’t be fonder of you if you were my own son. But, well, if you lose a son, it’s possible to get another. There’s only one Maltese Falcon.” 


Wilmer Cook: “Keep on riding me and they’re gonna be picking iron out of your liver.”

Sam Spade: “The cheaper the crook, the gaudier the patter.”

“When you’re slapped, you’ll take it and like it.”


Brigid O’Shaughnessy: “Help me.”

Sam Spade: “You won’t need much of anybody’s help. You’re good. Chiefly your eyes, I think, and that throb you get in your voice when you say things like ‘Be generous, Mr. Spade’.”

Brigid O’Shaughnessy: “I deserve that. But the lie was in the way I said it, not at all in what I said. It’s my own fault if you can’t believe me now.”

Sam Spade: “Ah, now you are dangerous.”


“I hope they don’t hang you, precious, by that sweet neck. Yes, angel, I’m gonna send you over. The chances are you’ll get off with life. That means if you’re a good girl, you’ll be out in 20 years. I’ll be waiting for you. If they hang you, I’ll always remember you.”


Det. Tom Polhaus: [picks up the falcon] “Heavy. What is it?”

Sam Spade: “The, uh, stuff that dreams are made of.

The Big Sleep

General Sternwood: “You may smoke, too. I can still enjoy the smell of it. Hum, nice state of affairs when a man has to indulge his vices by proxy. You’re looking, sir, at a very dull survival of a very gaudy life, crippled, paralyzed in both legs, barely I eat and my sleep is so near waking it’s hardly worth a name. I seem to exist largely on heat like a new born spider.”


Vivian: “So you’re a private detective. I didn’t know they existed, except in books, or else they were greasy little men snooping around hotel corridors. My, you’re a mess, aren’t you?”

Philip Marlowe: “I’m not very tall either. Next time I’ll come on stilts wear a white tie and carry a tennis racket.”

Vivian: “I doubt if even that will help.”


Vivian: “I don’t like your manners.”

Marlowe: “And I’m not crazy about yours. I didn’t ask to see you. I don’t mind if you don’t like my manners, I don’t like them myself. They are pretty bad. I grieve over them on long winter evenings.”


Vivian: “You go too far, Marlowe.”

Marlowe: “Those are harsh words to throw at a man, especially when he’s walking out of your bedroom.”


Vivian: “You’ve forgotten one thing – me.”

Marlowe: “What’s wrong with you?”

Vivian: “Nothing you can’t fix.”

The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

“Can you help a fellow American down on his luck?”


“I know what gold does to men’s souls.”

“Nobody puts one over on Fred C. Dobbs.”


Howard: “We’ve wounded this mountain. It’s our duty to close her wounds. It’s the least we can do to show our gratitude for all the wealth she’s given us. If you guys don’t want to help me, I’ll do it alone.”

Bob Curtin: “You talk about that mountain like it was a real woman.”

Fred C. Dobbs: “She’s been a lot better to me than any woman I ever knew. Keep your shirt on, old-timer. Sure, I’ll help ya.”


“Hey, if there was gold in them mountains, how long would it have been there? Millions and millions of years, wouldn’t it? What’s our hurry? A couple of days, more or less, ain’t gonna make a difference.”


“You know, you’ve got to hand it to the Mexicans when if comes to swift justice. Once the Federales get their mitts on a criminal, they know just what to do with him. They hand him a shovel, tell him where to dig, when he’s dug deep enough, they tell him to put the shovel down, smoke a cigarette, and say his prayers. In another five minutes, he’s being covered over with the dirt he dug out.”

The Wages of Fear

When I was a kid, I used to see men go off on this kind of jobs… and not come back. When they did, they were wrecks. Their hair had turned white and their hands were shaking like palsy! You don’t know what fear is. But you’ll see. It’s catching, it’s catching like small pox! And once you get it, it’s for life! So long, boys, and good luck!”


Bill O’Brien: “The Hell with the Union! There’s plenty of tramps in town, all volunteers. I’m not worried. To get that bonus, they’ll carry the entire charge on their backs.”

Bradley: “You mean you’re gonna put those bums to work?”

Bill O’Brien “Yes, Mr. Bradley, because those bums don’t have any union, nor any families. And if they blow up, nobody’ll come around bothering me for any contribution.”


“When someone else is driving, I’m scared.”


“You get to be a hundred in a month…in the right place at the right time.”


Luigi: “Can’t you see he’s the walking dead.

Mario: “We’re any different?”

My Darling Clementine

Wyatt Earp: “Sure is rough-looking country. Ain’t no cow country. Mighty different where I come from. What do they call this place?”

Old Man Clanton: “Just over the rise there. Big town… called Tombstone.”


Old Man Clanton: “Marshalin’? In Tombstone?”


Old Man Clanton: “Well… good luck to ya, Mister…?”

Wyatt Earp: “Earp. Wyatt Earp.”


Wyatt Earp: “I’ve heard a lot about you, too, Doc. You left your mark around in Deadwood, Denver and places. In fact, a man could almost follow your trail goin’ from graveyard to graveyard.”

Doc Holliday: “There’s one here, too… the biggest graveyard west of the Rockies. Marshals and I usually get along much better when we understand that right away.”


“Sure is a hard town for a fella to have a quiet game o’ poker in.”

[At his brother’s grave]

Wyatt Earp: “1864, 1882. 18 years. You didn’t get much of a chance did you James? I wrote to Pa and Cory Sue. They’re gonna be all busted up over it. Cory Sue’s young, but Pa. I guess he’ll never get over it. I’ll be comin’ out to see you regular James. So will Morg and Virg. I’m gonna be around here for a while. Can’t tell. Maybe when we leave this country young kids like you will be able to grow up and live safe.”


Wyatt Earp: “Ma’am, I sure like that name… Clementine.”

Grapes of Wrath

“Seems like the government’s got more interest in a dead man than a live one.”


Tom Joad: “That Casy. He might have been a preacher but he seen things clear. He was like a lantern. He helped me to see things clear.”


Muley Graves: “There ain’t nobody gonna push me of my land! My grandpa took up this land 70 years ago, my pa was born here, we were all born on it. And some of of us was killed on it! …and some of us died on it. That’s what make it our’n, bein’ born on it,…and workin’ on it,…and and dying’ on it! And not no piece of paper with the writin’ on it!”


Al Joad: “Ain’t you gonna look back, Ma? Give the ol’ place a last look?”

Ma Joad: “We’re going’ to California, ain’t we? All right then let’s go to California.”

Al Joad: “That don’t sound like you, Ma. You never was like that before.”

Ma Joad: “I never had my house pushed over before. Never had my family stuck out on the road. Never had to lose everything I had in life.”


“You and me got sense. Them Okies got no sense and no feeling. They ain’t human. Human being wouldn’t live the way they do. Human being couldn’t stand to be so miserable.”

Ma Joad: “Rich fellas come up an’ they die, an’ their kids ain’t no good an’ they die out. But we keep a’comin’. We’re the people that live. They can’t wipe us out; they can’t lick us. We’ll go on forever, Pa, ’cause we’re the people.”

La Grande Illusion

“Frontiers are an invention of men. Nature doesn’t give a hoot.”


Capt. von Rauffenstein: “A ‘Maréchal’ and ‘Rosenthal,’ officers?

Capt. de Boeldieu: “They’re fine soldiers.”

Capt. von Rauffenstein: “A charming legacy of the French Revolution.”


Capt. de Boeldieu: “I think we can do nothing to stop the march of time.”

Capt. von Rauffenstein: “Believe me, I don’t know who is going to win this war, but whatever the outcome will be the end of the Rauffensteins and the Boeldieus.”


“May the earth lie lightly upon our valiant enemy.”


“So you’re digging a hole like the Count of Monte Christo. What a laugh.”

La Belle et La Bete (Beauty and the Beast)

“Children believe what we tell them. They have complete faith in us. They believe that a rose plucked from a garden can plunge a family into conflict. They believe that the hands of a human beast will smoke when he slays a victim, and that this will cause the beast shame when a young maiden takes up residence in his home. They believe a thousand other simple things. I ask of you a little of this childlike simplicity, and, to bring us luck, let me speak four truly magic words, childhood’s open sesame: ‘Once upon a time…’.”


Avenant: “Belle, you weren’t made to be a servant. Even the floor longs to be your mirror! You mustn’t go on slaving day and night for your sisters.”

Belle: “If our father’s ships hadn’t been lost in the storm, then perhaps I could enjoy myself like them. But we’re ruined, Avenant, and I must work.”


La Bete: “So, my dear sir, you steal my roses. You steal my roses, the things I love most in all the world. Your luck has gone from bad to worse. You could have taken anything except my roses. The punishment for this simple theft is death!”

Belle’s Father: “Sir, I didn’t know. I meant no harm. My daughter asked me to bring her a rose.”


La Bete: “Belle, you mustn’t look into my eyes. You needn’t fear. You will never see me, except each evening at 7:00, when you will dine, and I will come to the great hall. And never look into my eyes.”

La Bete:  “Look over there, Belle. You see that pavilion? It’s called the Pavilion of Diana. It’s the only part of my domain where no one may enter. Not even you or I. Everything I possess, I possess by magic powers. But my true riches lie locked in that pavilion. A golden key opens the door. Here it is … (He shows her the key.) Belle, I couldn’t give you greater proof of my faith in you. If you don’t return I shall die. After my death, you risk nothing more and all my riches will be yours. Take this key, Beauty. (He hands it to her.) I have faith in you. The key will be your pledge to return.”


Belle: “You agree to send me home to my father?”

La Bete: “You’ll be there this very morning. My night here is not the same as yours. It is night in my world, but it is morning in yours.(He leads her hack into the room.) Belle, a rose that has already played its part, my mirror, my golden key, my horse and my glove are the five secrets of my power … I surrender them to you. (He removes his glove and gives it to her.) Just put the glove on your right hand, it will carry you wherever you wish.”

2001: A Space Odyssey

Interviewer: “HAL, you have an enormous responsibility on this mission, in many ways perhaps the greatest responsibility of any single mission element. You’re the brain, and central nervous system of the ship, and your responsibilities include watching over the men in hibernation. Does this ever cause you any lack of confidence?”

HAL: “Let me put it this way, Mr. Amor. The 9000 series is the most reliable computer ever made. No 9000 computer has ever made a mistake or distorted information. We are all, by any practical definition of the words, foolproof and incapable of error.”


HAL: “I am putting myself to the fullest possible use, which is all I think that any conscious entity can ever hope to do.”


Dave Bowman: “Hello, HAL. Do you read me, HAL?”

HAL: “Affirmative, Dave. I read you.”

Dave Bowman: “Open the pod bay doors, HAL.”

HAL: “I’m sorry, Dave. I’m afraid I can’t do that.”

Dave Bowman: “What’s the problem?”

HAL: “I think you know what the problem is just as well as I do.”

Dave Bowman: “What are you talking about, HAL?”

HAL: “This mission is too important for me to allow you to jeopardize it.”

Dave Bowman: “I don’t know what you’re talking about, HAL.”

HAL:  “I know that you and Frank were planning to disconnect me, and I’m afraid that’s something I cannot allow to happen.”

Dave Bowman: [feigning ignorance] “Where the hell did you get that idea, HAL?”

HAL: “Dave, although you took very thorough precautions in the pod against my hearing you, I could see your lips move.”

Dave Bowman: “Alright, HAL. I’ll go in through the emergency airlock.”

HAL: “Without your space helmet, Dave? You’re going to find that rather difficult.”

Dave Bowman: “HAL, I won’t argue with you anymore! Open the doors!”

HAL: “Dave, this conversation can serve no purpose anymore. Goodbye.”


[HAL’s shutdown]

HAL: “I’m afraid. I’m afraid, Dave. Dave, my mind is going. I can feel it. I can feel it. My mind is going. There is no question about it. I can feel it. I can feel it. I can feel it. I’m a… fraid. Good afternoon, gentlemen. I am a HAL 9000 computer. I became operational at the H.A.L. plant in Urbana, Illinois on the 12th of January 1992. My instructor was Mr. Langley, and he taught me to sing a song. If you’d like to hear it I can sing it for you.”

Dave Bowman: “Yes, I’d like to hear it, HAL. Sing it for me.”

HAL: It’s called “Daisy.”

[sings while slowing down]

HAL: “Daisy, Daisy, give me your answer do. I’m half crazy all for the love of you. It won’t be a stylish marriage, I can’t afford a carriage. But you’ll look sweet upon the seat of a bicycle built for two.”


[last lines]

Dr. Floyd: [prerecorded message speaking through TV on board Discovery while Bowman looks on] “Good day, gentlemen. This is a prerecorded briefing made prior to your departure and which for security reasons of the highest importance has been known on board during the mission only by your H-A-L 9000 computer. Now that you are in Jupiter’s space and the entire crew is revived it can be told to you. Eighteen months ago the first evidence of intelligent life off the Earth was discovered. It was buried 40 feet below the lunar surface near the crater Tycho. Except for a single very powerful radio emission aimed at Jupiter the four-million year old black monolith has remained completely inert. Its origin and purpose are still a total mystery.”

Raging Bull

[First lines]

Jake La Motta: “I remember those cheers / They still ring in my ears / After years, they remain in my thoughts. / Go to one night / I took off my robe, and what’d I do? I forgot to wear shorts. / I recall every fall / Every hook, every jab / The worst way a guy can get rid of his flab. / As you know, my life wasn’t drab. / Though I’d much… Though I’d rather hear you cheer / When you delve… Though I’d rather hear you cheer / When I delve into Shakespeare / ‘A horse, a horse, my kingdom for a horse’, I haven’t had a winner in six months.”

[lights a cigar]

Though I’m no Olivier / I would much rather… And though I’m no Olivier / If he fought Sugar Ray / He would say / That the thing ain’t the ring, it’s the play. / So give me a… stage / Where this bull here can rage / And though I could fight / I’d much rather recite /… that’s entertainment


Jake La Motta: “I’ve done a lot of bad things, Joey. Maybe it’s comin’ back to me. Who knows? I’m a jinx maybe. Who the hell knows?”


[Sugar Ray Robinson has just battered Jake La Motta half to death, but Jake has stayed on his feet]

Jake La Motta: “You didn’t get me down, Ray.”


Jake La Motta: [talks about Janiro] “I’m gonna open his hole like this. Please excuse my French. I’m gonna make him suffer. I’m gonna make his mother wish she never had him – make him into dog meat… He’s a nice, a nice kid. He’s a pretty kid, too. I mean I don’t know, I gotta problem if I should fuck him or fight him.”

Joey La Motta: “What are ya thinkin’ about? Ya keep lookin’. Where the fuck you going? You’re dead! You’re married! You’re a married man, it’s all over. Leave the young girls for me.”


[Last lines]

Jake La Motta: “Go get ’em, champ!”

[begins shadowboxing]

I’m da boss, I’m da boss, I’m da boss, I’m da boss, I’m da boss……………………………………”

Days of Heaven

Linda: “I’ve been thinking what to do wit’ my future. I could be a mud doctor. Checkin’ out the eart’. Underneat’.”


Your sister keep you warm at night, does she?”

You know how people are. You tell them something, they start talking.”


Linda: “This farmer, he had a big spread, and a lot of money. Whoever was sitting in a chair when he’d come around, why they’d stand up and give it to him.”

Wasn’t no harm in him. You’d give him a flower, he’d keep it forever.”

Days of Heaven 1

Linda: “Nobody’s perfect. There was never a perfect person around. You just have half-angel and half-devil in you.”

Linda: “There were people sufferin’ in pain and hunger. Some people their tongues were hangin’ out of their mouths.”


[Last lines]

Linda: “I was hopin’ things would work out for her. She was a good friend of mine.”


Holly: “One day, while taking a look at some vistas in Dad’s stereopticon, it hit me that I was just this little girl, born in Texas, whose father was a sign painter, who only had just so many years to live. It sent a chill down my spine and I thought where would I be this very moment, if Kit had never met me? Or killed anybody… this very moment… if my mom had never met my dad… if she had never died. And what’s the man I’ll marry gonna look like? What’s he doing right this minute? Is he thinking about me now, by some coincidence, even though he doesn’t know me? Does it show on his face? For days afterwards I lived in dread. Sometimes I wished I could fall asleep and be taken off to some magical land, and this never happened.”


Holly: “At this moment, I didn’t feel shame or fear, but just kind of blah, like when you’re sitting there and all the water’s run out of the bathtub.”


Deputy: [Looking at Kit, in custody in the police car] “You know who that son of a bitch looks like? You know, don’t you?”

Sheriff: “No.”

Deputy: “I’ll kiss your ass if he don’t look like James Dean.”


Kit: “Sir… Where’d you get that hat?”

Trooper: “State.”

Kit: “Boy, I’d like to buy me one of those.”

Trooper: [smiles] “You’re quite an individual, Kit.”

Kit: “Think they’ll take that into consideration?”


Holly: “Kit and I were taken back to South Dakota. They kept him in solitary, so he didn’t have a chance to get acquainted with the other inmates, though he was sure they’d like him, especially the murderers. Myself, I got off with probation and a lot of nasty looks. Later I married the son of the lawyer who defended me. Kit went to sleep in the courtroom while his confession was being read, and he was sentenced to die in the electric chair. On a warm spring night, six months later, after donating his body to science, he did.”

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

“What do you think you are, for Chrissake, crazy or somethin’? Well you’re not! You’re not! You’re no crazier than the average asshole out walkin’ around on the streets and that’s it.”  


“I’m a goddam marvel of modern science”


“Which one of you nuts has got any guts?”


“Goddamn it Chief, you about as big as a damn mountain!”


“They was giving me ten thousand watts a day, you know, and I’m hot to trot! The next woman takes me on’s gonna light up like a pinball machine and pay off in silver dollars!”

The Spy Who Came in from the Cold

“Innocent people die every day. They might as well do so for a reason.”


“She offered me free love. At the time, that was all I could afford.”


“Before, he was evil and my enemy; now, he is evil and my friend.”


Alec Leamus: “Agreement!… You’ve broken the bloody agreement and barring miracles my bloody neck too! The agreement was that I should be interrogated for two weeks in Holland, paid, and allowed to slip quietly back to England without anyone knowing. I’d have been away and nobody would have known if you haven’t broken the story.”

Fiedler: “Just who the hell do you think you are? How dare you come sniffing in here like Napoleon ordering me about? You are a traitor! Does it occur to you? A wanted, spent, dishonest man, the lowest currency of the Cold War? We buy you – we sell you – we lose you – we even can shoot you! Not a bird would stir in the trees outside. Not even a single pheasant would turn his head to see what fell.”

“What the hell do you think spies are? Moral philosophers measuring everything they do against the word of God or Karl Marx? They’re not! They’re just a bunch of seedy, squalid bastards like me: little men, drunkards, queers, hen-pecked husbands, civil servants playing cowboys and Indians to brighten their rotten little lives. Do you think they sit like monks in a cell, balancing right against wrong?”


“I reserve the right to be ignorant. That’s the Western way of life.”

The following is a random collection of images from great films:

Once Upon a Time in the West

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High Noon

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On the Waterfront

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Out of the Past

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The Night of the Hunter


Shadow of a Doubt

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Rear Window

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Asphalt Jungle


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The Godfather

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The Godfather, Part 2

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Schindler’s List

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The Tin Drum

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Popiól i Diament (Ashes and Diamonds)


Jeux Interdits (The Forbidden Games)


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El Espíritu de la Colmena (The Spirit of the Beehive)


Jeder Für Sich und Gott Gegen Alle (The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser)


Aguirre, der Zorn Gottes (Aguirre, Wrath of God)

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Sansho Dayo (Sansho the Bailiff)

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Suna no Onna (Woman of the Dunes)

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Smultronstället (Wild Strawberries)

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Det Sjunde Inseglet (The Seventh Seal)

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Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens (Nosferatu, A Symphony of Terror)


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The General


Sherlock Jnr

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City Lights

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The Gold Rush

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Modern Times

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It Happened One Night

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Sullivan’s Travels

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My Man Godfrey

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Trouble in Paradise

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To Be Or Not To Be

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All About Eve

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Some Like It Hot

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Kind Hearts and Coronets

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Dr Strangelove

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David Copperfield

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A Man for All Seasons

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Fanny and Alexander

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