German director Werner Herzog  
The films are in no particular order.
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I started this online list of my favorite films in 1998. I kept the list up until 2011, the year my twins were born. I rebooted the list a couple years later and attempted to add the films I was able to watch and remember. My list does not necessarily include any of the more well-received major releases. I'm trying to aim for a little bit to the side of that kind of best-of list. In addition, streaming multiple seasons of what might once be considered television shows has cut into my movie time. I have not included those programs here, as best as I have been able to keep up with them.

 

Son of Saul (Hungary, 2015; László Nemes)
Everybody Wants Some (2016; Richard Linklater)
White God (Hungary, 2014; Kornél Mundruczó)
The Devil and Daniel Webster (1941; William Dieterle)
Nights of Cabiria (Italy 1957; Federico Fellini)
A River Changes Course (Cambodia, 2013 ; Kalyanee Mam)
La Promesse (Belgium 1996; Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne)
Project Nim (2011; James Marsh)
Paths of Glory (1957; Stanley Kubrick)
In the Pit (Mexico 2005; Juan Carlos Rulfo)
Ten Canoes (Ramingining-Australia 2006; Rolf de Heer)
The Thin Red Line (1998; Terrence Malick)
Last Picture Show (1971; Peter Bogdanovich)
The Straight Story (1999; David Lynch)
Following Sean (2005; Ralph Arlyck)
We Need to Talk about Kevin (2011; Lynne Ramsay)
Life, Above All (2010 South Africa; Oliver Schmitz
The Return (Russia 2003, Andrey Zvyagintsev)
Never Let Me Go (British 2010; Mark Romanek)
Waste Land (2010 Brazil; Lucy Walker)
Under the Skin (2014, Jonathan Glazer)
Japon (Mexico 2002; Carlos Reygadas)
Agora (Spain 2009; Alejandro Amenábar)
Billy Budd (British 1962; Peter Ustinov)
Sophie Scholl: The Last Days (German 2005: Marc Rothemund)
Moonlighting (British-Polish1982; Jerzy Skolimowski)
L'America (Italy 1994; Gianni Amelio)
Color of Paradise (Iran 1997; Majid Majidi)
Tsotsi (UK/South Africa 2006; Gavin Hood)
Edge of the World (British 1937; Michael Powell)
What Maise Knew (2012, Scott McGehee, David Siegel)
The Details (2011, Jacob Aaron Estes)
Ordet (Danish 1954; Carl Dreyer)
A Place in the World (Argentina 1992; Adolfo Aristarain)
Days of Heaven (1978; Terrence Malick)
The Rapture (1991; Michael Tolkin)
Every Man for Himself (German 1975; Werner Herzog)
Matewan (1987; John Sayles)
Seconds (1966; John Frankenheimer)
Hud (1963; Martin Ritt)
I, Vitelloni (Italy 1953; Frederico Fellini)
Before Sunset (2004, Richard Linklater)
Leila (Iran 1996; Dariush Mehrjui)
White Shadow of the South Seas (1928; W.S. Van Dyke)
A Midnight Clear (1992; Keith Gordon)
After the Wedding (Denmark 2006; Susanne Bier)
Harlan County USA (1976; Barbara Kopple)
McCabe and Mrs Miller (1971; Robert Altman)
Up and Down (Czech 2004; Jan Hrebejk)
Ruby in Paradise (1993; Victor Nunez)
Glengarry Glen Ross (1992; Glengarry Glen Ross)
Rashomon (Japan 1951; Akira Kurosawa)
Shame (Sweden 1968; Ingmar Bergman)
Princess Mononoke (Japan, 1997; Hayao Miyazaki)
The Saddest Music in the World (Canada 2003, Guy Maddin)
The Chances of the World Changing (2006; Eric Daniel Metzgar)
Simple Men (1992; Hal Hartley)
Boy A (2008, John Crowley)
Sleepy Time Gal (2001; Christopher Munch)
Fearless (1993; Peter Weir)
Into the Abyss (2011, Werner Herzog)
Children Underground (2000, Edet Belzberg)
The Iron Giant (1999, Brad Bird)
Two Lovers (2008, James Gray)
Water (Canada/India 2005, Deepa Mehta)
Sawdust and Tinsel (Sweden 1953; Ingmar Berman)
L'Atalante (France 1934; Jean Vigo)
Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989; Woody Allen)
Angel at My Table (New Zealand 1990; Jean Campion)
Zorba the Greek (1964; Michael Cacoyannis)
Selfish Giant (2013 Britain, Clio Barnard)
A Face in the Crowd (1957; Elia Kazan)
All the Real Girls (2003; David Gordon Green)
King of Comedy (1982; Martin Scorsese)
Kontroll (Hungary 2003; Nimród Antal)
Knife in the Water (Poland 1962; Roman Polanski)
The Elephant Man (1980; David Lynch)
Sister Helen (2002, Rebecca Cammisa )
Blind Shaft (China 2002, Li Yang)
Rescue Dawn (2006, Werner Herzog)
51 Birch Street (2005, Doug Block)
Mountain Patrol: Kekexili (China 2004: Lu Chuan)
Medium Cool (1969; Haskell Wexler)
The Dreamlife of Angels (France 1999; Erick Zonca)
L'Ennui (France 1998; Cedric Kahn)
Not One Less (China 1998; Zhang Yimou)
Divided We Fall (Czech 2000, Jan Hrebejk)
The Claim (2000, Michael Winterbottom)
The Mirror (Iran 1999; Jafar Panahi)
The Weather Underground (2003, S. Green, B. Siegel)
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter...and Spring ( Korea 2004;Ki-duk Kim)
The Son (Belgium, 2002; Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne)
I Heart Huckabees (2004, David O. Russell)
Moon (2009, Duncan Jones)
Tuplan (Kazakhstan, 2008; Sergei Dvortsevoy)

American Job (1998; Chris Smith)
Safety Not Guaranteed (2012; Colin Trevorrow)
Dark Horse (2012; Todd Solondz)
Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011; Sean Durkin)
One Lucky Elephant (2010; Lisa Leeman)
Last Night at the Alamo (1983; Eagle Pennel)
Hear My Song (British 1991; Peter Chelsom)
Warrior (2011; Gavin O'Connor)
The Chocolate War (1988; Scott Gordon)
Daddy Long Legs (2009; Josh and Benny Safdie)
The Oh in Ohio (2006; Billy Kent)
Laws of Gravity (1992; Nick Gomez)
Wat Do Dem (2009; Ben Chace, Sam Fleischner)
The Visitor (2007; Thomas McCarthy)
Lovely and Amazing (2002; Nicole Holofcener)
Cedar Rapids (2011; Miguel Arteta)
Lantana (Australia 2001; Ray Lawrence)
The Nines (2007, John August)
Fresh (1994; Boaz Yakin)
Half Nelson(2006; Ryan Fleck)

Aberdeen (2002; Hans Petter Moland)

Gummo (1997; Harmony Korine)
A rivetingly absurd, painful, yet hopeful scene from this improvisational if not sometimes exploitative tour of sub-America. Gummo is a grim carnival of human adaptation.

Kabluey (2007, Scott Prendergast)
Exit through the Gift Shop (2010, Banksy)
Monsters (2010; Gareth Edwards)
Me and You and Everyone We Know (2005, Miranda July)
The Outsiders 1983; Francis Ford Coppola)
Love Serenade (1997; Shirley Barrett)
Monsters (2010; Gareth Edwards)
Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench (2009, Damien Chazelle)
To Die For (1995; Gus Van Sant)
The Future (2011, Miranda July)
Election (1999; Alexander Payne)
Smashed (2012, James Ponsoldt)
Happy Endings (2005, Don Roos)
Girls Can't Swim (1999 France, Anne-Sophie Birot)
The Castle (1997 Australia; Rob Sitch)
My Name is Joe (1999 Scotland; Ken Loach)
Igby Goes Down (2002, Burr Steers)
Colma, the Musical (2006, Richard Wong)
OT: Our Town (2002; Scott Hamilton Kennedy
Next Stop Wonderland (1998; Brad Anderson)
The Tao of Steve (2000; Jenniphr Goodman)
Forty Shades of Blue (2005; Ira Sachs)
The Imposter (2012; Bart Layton)
Me Without You (2001, Sandra Goldbacher)
All the Little Animals (1998, Britian; Jeremy Thomas)
Hands on a Hardbody (1998, S. R. Bindler)
The Same River Twice (2003, Robb Moss [documentary])
Cicadas (2000, Kat Candler)
Higher Ground (2011, Vera Farmiga)
Soul in the Hole (2000, Danielle Gardner)
Dark Horse (2011; Todd Solondz)
Games of Love and Chance (2005 France, Abdellatif Kechiche)
Once (2006 Ireland, John Carney)
The Count of Monte Cristo (2002, Kevin Reynolds)
The Tavern (1999, Walter Foote)
The Visit (2001; Jordan Walker-Pearlman)
Virgil Bliss (2001; Joe Maggio)
The Taste of Others (France, 2001; Agnès Jaoui)
Happy Accidents (2000; Brad Anderson)
Man Push Cart (2005, Ramin Bahrani)
Spring Forward (2000, Tom Gilroy)
Spring Breakers (2012, Harmony Korine)
Samson and Delilah (2009, Australia, Warwick Thornton)
Camp (2003, Todd Graff)
River of Grass (1994; Kelly Reichardt)
What Alice Found (2003, A. Dean Bell)
James' Journey to Jerusalem (2004, Ra'anan Alexandrowicz)
Tully (2000, Hilary Birmingham)
Extract (2009, Mike Judge)
The We and the I (2011, Michel Gondry)
51 Birch Street (2005, Doug Block)
Everything Put Together (2000; Marc Forster)
What Alice Found (2003; A. Dean Bell)
Sweet Nothing (1996; Gary Winick)
Lawn Dogs (1997; John Duigan)
Medicine for Melancholy (2008, Barry Jenkins)
Box of Moonlight (1996; Tom Dicillo)
What Happened Was (1994; Tom Noonan)
Desolation Angels (1995; Tim McCann)
What Do Dem (
2009; Ben Chace, Sam Fleischner)
Fat Kid Rules the World (2012; Matthew Lillard)
Caught (1996; Robert M. Young)
Clockwatchers (1998; Jill Sprecher)
La Ciudad (1998; David Riker)
Daytrippers (1996; Greg Mottola)
You Can Count on Me (2000; Kenneth Lonergan)

Pieces of April (2003; Peter Hedges)
The Station Agent (2003; Tom McCarthy)

End of the Century: The Story of the Ramones (2004, Jim Fields)
Mysterious Skin (2004, Gregg Araki)
My Summer of Love (2004, Pawel Pawlikowski)