Okay, my turn.
  1. Woody Allen - Annie Hall
    I know, I know. Very "basic," as the kids say. But the heart wants what it wants (collective shudder).
  2. The Coen Brothers - Fargo
    Sometime remind me to write a list about how much I actively dislike The Big Lebowski.
  3. Brad Bird - The Iron Giant
    A perfect film. Every time, I openly weep.
  4. Hayao Miyazaki - My Neighbor Totoro
    So many to choose from! This is the one I have revisited the most.
  5. Steven Soderbergh - Magic Mike
    Several could qualify, but if I had to pick one to watch right this second...
  6. Mel Brooks - The Producers
    Blazing Saddles has bigger laughs, but for the best complete film, The Producers is it.
  7. Albert Brooks - Defending Your Life
    This movie is taught in comedy screenwriting courses, right? It really ought to be.
  8. Martin Scorsese - GoodFellas
    With The Wolf of Wall Street at a close second (they're VERY similar).
  9. Wes Anderson - The Royal Tenenbaums
    I saw this movie as an adolescent, and it changed my life. I saw the filmmaking. I had never seen a director's presence before, such a thought had never occurred to me. But when I saw Tenenbaums, something clicked. And it has stayed with me ever since.
  10. Steven Spielberg - Close Encounters of the Third Kind
    My favorite Spielberg film continues to change throughout my evolution as a person. Right now it's this. We'll see what's next.
  11. Robert Zemeckis - Back to the Future
    The greatest "popcorn movie" ever made.
  12. Frank Capra - It's a Wonderful Life
    The most sincerely uplifting film of all time. Manages to prove through the power of cinema that humanity is generally good, and that every single person is important.
  13. Harold Ramis - Groundhog Day
    I could watch this movie every day.
  14. Richard Linklater - Boyhood
    As an adult, I almost never walk out of a new movie thinking, "This is one of the greatest films I have ever or will ever see." But then I saw Boyhood.
  15. Stanley Kubrick - Dr. Strangelove, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
    I saw this movie when I was very young (probably around 8 or 9), and I didn't realize it was a comedy. Seeing it as an older teenager turned out to be a real treat.
  16. Alfred Hitchcock - Vertigo
    Weirdly, not the one I've seen the most. That would be Psycho. But Vertigo has always stuck with me.
  17. Akira Kurosawa - Seven Samurai
    Still thrilling.
  18. John Hughes - Planes, Trains, & Automobiles
    John Candy as Del Griffith is one of the all-time great comedic performances. The PATHOS!
  19. Terrence Malick - Days of Heaven
    Or Badlands. Maybe it's Badlands. Don't make me choose.
  20. Charlie Chaplin - City Lights
    Goddammit, it's perfect.