The Best Movies Ever Made (1974)

PopGap #19: The Best of PopGap (plus)

By dorrk, August 1st 2016
The Best of PopGap... so far.

To close July's celebration of Cindependence, during which I allowed no list to rule my life, I'll offer a list of my own: of the 21 best movies I've seen since starting this project 18 months ago. All but two of these movies came from PopGap watchlists; all are excellent and I could not recommend them with any greater enthusiasm. Every one of them is magic. These movies are the reason why I do PopGap, and hopefully, by the end of 2017, I'll have another 21 that I value just as much.

The two movies that made this list from my extracurricular viewing habits are Mustang, my favorite movie from 2015 — which is currently streaming on Netflix — and The Act of Killing, which was assigned to me during a movie exchange with fellow Flickchart user LittleSocrates. Thanks to all of the movie fans, movie podcasts, movie websites, and moviemakers that make exploring new (and old) movies so much fun and challenge me with new ideas every day.

Trailers for the 21 of the best movies ever made.

Beware: Galleries may contain spoilers.
Sanjuro (1962)

Sanjuro (1962)

To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)

To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)

Harakiri (1962)

Harakiri (1962)

Black Narcissus (1947)

Black Narcissus (1947)

Dir.: Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger PopGap Review Ranked: #74 (98%) Trailer Amazon iTunes
Mustang (2015)

Mustang (2015)

Dir.: Deniz Gamze Ergüven Ranked: #100 (97%) Trailer Amazon iTunes
Brief Encounter (1945)

Brief Encounter (1945)

The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964)

The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964)

Das Boot (1981)

Das Boot (1981)

The Human Condition I: No Greater Love (1959)

The Human Condition I: No Greater Love (1959)

Woman in the Dunes (1964)

Woman in the Dunes (1964)

Shoah (1985)

Shoah (1985)

High and Low (1963)

High and Low (1963)

A Separation (2011)

A Separation (2011)

The Act of Killing (2012)

The Act of Killing (2012)

Dir.: Joshua Oppenheimer, Christine Cynn Ranked: #154 (96%) Trailer Amazon iTunes
Boyhood (2014)

Boyhood (2014)

Touch of Evil (1958)

Touch of Evil (1958)

The Maltese Falcon (1941)

The Maltese Falcon (1941)

Army of Shadows (1969)

Army of Shadows (1969)

The Sorrow and the Pity (1969)

The Sorrow and the Pity (1969)

Jean de Florette (1986)

Jean de Florette (1986)

Manon of the Spring (1986)

Manon of the Spring (1986)



More Info:

I'll post reviews for all the movies on this blog, and live-tweet most viewings here:
https://twitter.com/popgap

As movies are added to this list, I'll add them to Letterboxd, here:
https://letterboxd.com/dorrk/list/popgap-2016-07-cinedpendence/

You can keep track of my Flickchart here:
http://www.flickchart.com/Charts.aspx?user=dorrk

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