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This list contains the favorite movies of movie critic Jonathan Rosenbaum who writes for the Chicago Reader. The movies span virtually every decade, and include many an obscure movie.

#1 - #1012: original list
#1013 - #1073: 2008 additions
#1074 - #1133: 2016 additions

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  1. 734 -

    The Shining

    1980, in 24 top lists Check
  2. 194 -

    The Wizard of Oz

    1939, in 32 top lists Check
  3. 891 -

    Groundhog Day

    1993, in 18 top lists Check
  4. 469 -

    Psycho

    1960, in 37 top lists Check
  5. 746 -

    Blade Runner

    1982, in 30 top lists Check
  6. 808 -

    Full Metal Jacket

    1987, in 17 top lists Check
  7. 578 -

    2001: A Space Odyssey

    1968, in 41 top lists Check
  8. 200 -

    Pinocchio

    1940, in 15 top lists Check
  9. 715 -

    Apocalypse Now

    1979, in 37 top lists Check
  10. 835 -

    Who Framed Roger Rabbit

    1988, in 15 top lists Check
  11. 424 -

    12 Angry Men

    1957, in 29 top lists Check
  12. 984 +7

    Artificial Intelligence: AI

    2001, in 11 top lists Check
  13. 207 -

    Dumbo

    1941, in 8 top lists Check
  14. 206 -

    Citizen Kane

    1941, in 37 top lists Check
  15. 367 -

    Rear Window

    1954, in 29 top lists Check
  16. 315 -

    Alice in Wonderland

    1951, in 2 top lists Check
  17. 443 -

    Vertigo

    1958, in 41 top lists Check
  18. 302 -

    Cinderella

    1950, in 4 top lists Check
  19. 320 -

    Singin' in the Rain

    1952, in 31 top lists Check
  20. 686 -

    Annie Hall

    1977, in 32 top lists Check
  21. 1052 +7

    Hauru no ugoku shiro

    2004 — a.k.a. Howl's Moving Castle, in 15 top lists Check
  22. 988 +7

    Mulholland Dr.

    2001 — a.k.a. Mulholland Drive, in 26 top lists Check
  23. 447 -

    North by Northwest

    1959, in 27 top lists Check
  24. 572 -

    Rosemary's Baby

    1968, in 21 top lists Check
  25. 960 +7

    Eyes Wide Shut

    1999, in 10 top lists Check
  26. 171 -

    Modern Times

    1936, in 28 top lists Check
  27. 1015 +7

    King Kong

    1933 — a.k.a. The Eighth Wonder, in 27 top lists Check
  28. 58 -

    Metropolis

    1927, in 33 top lists Check
  29. 968 +7

    Rushmore

    1998, in 9 top lists Check
  30. 198 -

    The Great Dictator

    1940, in 25 top lists Check
  31. 312 -

    Sunset Blvd.

    1950 — a.k.a. Sunset Boulevard, in 32 top lists Check
  32. 876 -

    Basic Instinct

    1992, in 7 top lists Check
  33. 913 -

    Before Sunrise

    1995, in 10 top lists Check
  34. 209 -

    The Maltese Falcon

    1941, in 25 top lists Check
  35. 549 -

    Bonnie and Clyde

    1967, in 25 top lists Check
  36. 1056 +7

    A History of Violence

    2005, in 9 top lists Check
  37. 955 +7

    The Thin Red Line

    1998, in 13 top lists Check
  38. 35 -

    Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens

    1922 — a.k.a. Nosferatu, in 26 top lists Check
  39. 472 -

    Spartacus

    1960, in 17 top lists Check
  40. 1048 +7

    Before Sunset

    2004, in 12 top lists Check
  41. 322 -

    A Streetcar Named Desire

    1951, in 15 top lists Check
  42. 298 -

    The Third Man

    1949, in 32 top lists Check
  43. 113 -

    City Lights

    1931, in 28 top lists Check
  44. 270 -

    Ladri di biciclette

    1948 — a.k.a. Bicycle Thieves, in 34 top lists Check
  45. 116 -

    M

    1931, in 34 top lists Check
  46. 232 -

    Double Indemnity

    1944, in 30 top lists Check
  47. 501 -

    1963 — a.k.a. Federico Fellini's 8 1/2, in 33 top lists Check
  48. 877 -

    Dracula

    1992, in 4 top lists Check
  49. 421 -

    Paths of Glory

    1957, in 26 top lists Check
  50. 393 -

    Rebel Without a Cause

    1955, in 16 top lists Check