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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. 578 -

    2001: A Space Odyssey

    1968, in 42 top lists Check
  2. 443 -

    Vertigo

    1958, in 42 top lists Check
  3. 469 -

    Psycho

    1960, in 37 top lists Check
  4. 715 -

    Apocalypse Now

    1979, in 36 top lists Check
  5. 206 -

    Citizen Kane

    1941, in 36 top lists Check
  6. 270 -

    Ladri di biciclette

    1948 — a.k.a. Bicycle Thieves, in 35 top lists Check
  7. 116 -

    M - Eine Stadt sucht einen Mörder

    1931 — a.k.a. M, in 34 top lists Check
  8. 70 -

    The General

    1926, in 33 top lists Check
  9. 58 -

    Metropolis

    1927, in 33 top lists Check
  10. 320 -

    Singin' in the Rain

    1952, in 33 top lists Check
  11. 76 -

    Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans

    1927, in 33 top lists Check
  12. 298 -

    The Third Man

    1949, in 33 top lists Check
  13. 194 -

    The Wizard of Oz

    1939, in 33 top lists Check
  14. 501 -

    1963, in 32 top lists Check
  15. 232 -

    Double Indemnity

    1944, in 32 top lists Check
  16. 312 -

    Sunset Blvd.

    1950 — a.k.a. Sunset Boulevard, in 32 top lists Check
  17. 686 -

    Annie Hall

    1977, in 31 top lists Check
  18. 113 -

    City Lights

    1931, in 31 top lists Check
  19. 746 -

    Blade Runner

    1982, in 30 top lists Check
  20. 389 -

    The Night of the Hunter

    1955, in 30 top lists Check
  21. 171 -

    Modern Times

    1936, in 29 top lists Check
  22. 367 -

    Rear Window

    1954, in 29 top lists Check
  23. 424 -

    12 Angry Men

    1957, in 28 top lists Check
  24. 533 -

    Andrey Rublev

    1966 — a.k.a. Andrei Rublev, in 28 top lists Check
  25. 549 -

    Bonnie and Clyde

    1967, in 28 top lists Check
  26. 55 -

    The Gold Rush

    1925, in 28 top lists Check
  27. 177 -

    La grande illusion

    1937 — a.k.a. The Grand Illusion, in 28 top lists Check
  28. 442 -

    Touch of Evil

    1958, in 28 top lists Check
  29. 249 -

    The Best Years of Our Lives

    1946, in 27 top lists Check
  30. 453 -

    À bout de souffle

    1960 — a.k.a. Breathless, in 27 top lists Check
  31. 23 -

    Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari

    1920 — a.k.a. The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, in 27 top lists Check
  32. 980 +7

    Faa yeung nin wa

    2000 — a.k.a. In the Mood for Love, in 27 top lists Check
  33. 1015 +7

    King Kong

    1933, in 27 top lists Check
  34. 35 -

    Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens

    1922 — a.k.a. Nosferatu, in 27 top lists Check
  35. 84 -

    La passion de Jeanne d'Arc

    1928 — a.k.a. The Passion of Joan of Arc, in 27 top lists Check
  36. 59 -

    Bronenosets Potemkin

    1925 — a.k.a. Battleship Potemkin, in 26 top lists Check
  37. 198 -

    The Great Dictator

    1940, in 26 top lists Check
  38. 209 -

    The Maltese Falcon

    1941, in 26 top lists Check
  39. 988 +7

    Mulholland Dr.

    2001 — a.k.a. Mulholland Drive, in 26 top lists Check
  40. 447 -

    North by Northwest

    1959, in 26 top lists Check
  41. 734 -

    The Shining

    1980, in 26 top lists Check
  42. 636 -

    Solyaris

    1972 — a.k.a. Solaris, in 26 top lists Check
  43. 421 -

    Paths of Glory

    1957, in 25 top lists Check
  44. 542 -

    Persona

    1966, in 25 top lists Check
  45. 448 -

    Les quatre cents coups

    1959 — a.k.a. The 400 Blows, in 25 top lists Check
  46. 411 -

    The Searchers

    1956, in 25 top lists Check
  47. 359 -

    Tôkyô monogatari

    1953 — a.k.a. Tokyo Story, in 25 top lists Check
  48. 248 -

    La belle et la bête

    1946 — a.k.a. Beauty and the Beast, in 24 top lists Check
  49. 278 -

    The Red Shoes

    1948, in 24 top lists Check
  50. 192 -

    La règle du jeu

    1939 — a.k.a. The Rules of the Game, in 24 top lists Check