I am one big sucker for any lists so I'll probably post some of mine as well as reading LostInTheMovies's list soon. But first to comment on what has been written here, especially in the opening post (a great one, too!):
David Locke wrote:Eyes Wide Shut (1999, Kubrick) -- the most haunting film I've ever seen. Also probably the most visually beautiful.
Never seen it
Btw, it's a good idea for a topic: a list of most important films that one has never seen!
The Passenger (1975, Antonioni) -- has some of the most lush colors and amazing and original camera-work ever (no, i'm not just talking about the famous penultimate shot). An existentially profound and profoundly moving film.
Isn't it called "Proffession: Reporter"? From what you've written about THE shot I'm guessing it is the same? I absolutely loved it after watching for the first time. It used to be in my top five, I remember, but that wasmany years ago
But the next watching was not so satisfactory, don't know why...
Last Year at Marienbad (1961, Resnais)
On the other hand, this one has always worked for me!
Vertigo (1958, Hitchcock)
One of the Lynch-fan favourites, isn't it? I watched it rather late and I liked it, but not as much as I expected. Too much hyped perhaps?
Klute (1971, Pakula) -- needs more appreciation. Gordon Willis does his best work here (which is saying a LOT), as do Sutherland and Fonda. wonderful in every way, the archetypal neo-noir.
That one I saw only once and it was around the time I watched Twin Peaks for the first time, too (deeep history!). I liked it a lot but don't remember much.
Bad Lieutenant (1992, Ferrara) -- masterful meditation on redemption
Blowup (1966, Antonioni) -- where all those "wind blowing through trees" shots in TP come from...
Interesting association. You think so? Anyway, one of my favourite films, no doubt.
Carlito's Way (1993, De Palma) -- unfairly criticized. De Palma's best, and much better than Scarface.
Criticized, really? I think in Poland it was very appreciated. For me far better than Scarface, too.
Three Colors: Red (1994, Kieslowski)
I like this one , too, very much (as opposed to Blue, which is terribly boring), although I preferred Double Life of Veronique.
Don't Look Now (1973, Roeg)
Maddy wrote:I'm a BIG fan of the following:
House Of Flying Daggers.
Memoirs of A Geisha.
Raise The Red Lantern.
Enter The Dragon.
China girl, are you, Maddy?
The top of my list would be:
1. Fiddler on the Roof
2. 8 1/2
Sort of eclectic, innit?
But my experience with lists says that the most representative of one's taste is not the top 10 but the second 10. Because there are usually some very personal aspects of your very favourite things and only those almost-favourites reveal what one really likes.