The Top Rated Films on this Blog

By Afra Nariman

The Top Rated Films on this Blog

For each film that I analyze and review on this blog, I give an overall rating out of 4 Stars. My ratings are made as objectively as possible based on how the movie was communicated to me during my viewing experience, which is a subjective experience in itself. I take all aspects of the films (story, meaning, writing, acting, cinematography, etc) into account and any of them can dictate or sway my rating. For reference, the style and depth of the story being told has the most impact on how I view films. This is a list of each film that I have rated on this blog. I will update it after each review is posted.

In my rating system, a higher rating (3.5 star or 4 star rating) is more exclusive than the intervals between which scores are designated as say, 3 stars or 2.5 stars. Below is my grading system that explains what my ratings mean and the relative scoring designated to each star rating:


4 Stars: (94-100) / masterpiece / FAVORITE / Perfect

3.5 Stars: (85-93) / Exceptional / transformative / meaningful / Almost-perfect

3 Stars: (75-84) / Great / Entertaining / engaging and captivating / memorable

2.5 Stars: (62-74) / Good / Interesting / HAS INSIGHTFUL MOMENTS / SOLID EXECUTION

2 Stars: (50-61) / mediocre / worthy

1.5 Stars: (40-49) / okay / SLIGHTLY DISAPPOINTING

1 Star: (25-39) / not good / flawed


The List

Rating: 5 out of 4.
  • The Seventh Seal (1957) by Ingmar Bergman
  • Breathless (1960) by Jean-Luc Godard
  • Cleo from 5 to 7 (1962) by Agnès Varda
  • 8 1/2 (1963) by Federico Fellini
  • Le Bonheur (1965) by Agnès Varda
  • My Night at Maud’s (1969) by Èric Rohmer
  • Badlands (1973) by Terrence Malick
  • Taxi Driver (1976) by Martin Scorsese
  • Daguerréotypes (1976) by Agnès Varda
  • Days of Heaven (1978) by Terrence Malick
  • Stranger Than Paradise (1984) by Jim Jarmusch
  • Paris, Texas (1984) by Wim Wenders
  • After Hours (1985) by Martin Scorsese
  • Down by Law (1986) by Jim Jarmusch
  • Wings of Desire (1987) by Wim Wenders
  • Mystery Train (1989) by Jim Jarmusch
  • Close-Up (1990) by Abbas Kiarostami
  • Night on Earth (1991) by Jim Jarmusch
  • Pulp Fiction (1994) by Quinten Tarantino
  • The Shawshank Redemption (1994) by Frank Darabont
  • Dead Man (1995) by Jim Jarmusch
  • La Haine (1995) by Mathieu Kassovitz
  • A Summer’s Tale (1996) by Éric Rohmer
  • Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai (1999) by Jim Jarmusch
  • Y Tu Mamá También (2001) by Alfonso Cuaron
  • Ghost World (2001) by Terry Zwigoff
  • Coffee and Cigarettes (2003) by Jim Jarmusch
  • Lost in Translation (2003) by Sofia Coppola
  • Sideways (2004) by Alexander Payne
  • Old Joy (2006) by Kelly Reichardt
  • Everlasting Moments (2008) by Jan Troell
  • Certified Copy (2010) by Abbas Kiarostami
  • The Tree of Life (2011) by Terrence Malick
  • Frances Ha (2012) by Noah Baumbach
  • Only Lovers Left Alive (2013) by Jim Jarmusch
  • Ida (2013) by Pawel Pawlikowski
  • Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) by The Coen Brothers
  • Patterson (2016) by Jim Jarmusch
  • 24 Frames (2017) by Abbas Kiarostami
  • Phantom Thread (2017) by Paul Thomas Anderson
  • Cold War (2018) by Pawel Pawlikowski
  • Roma (2018) by Alfonso Cuaron
  • Wildlife (2018) by Paul Dano
  • Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood (2019) by Quinten Tarantino
  • Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019) by Céline Sciamma
  • Pain and Glory (2019) by Pedro Almodóvar
  • Little Women (2019) by Greta Gerwig
  • The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019) by Joe Talbot
  • The Lighthouse (2019) by Robert Eggers
  • The Farewell (2019) by Lulu Wang
  • Uncut Gems (2019) by The Safdie Brothers
  • Mother of Chernobyl (2019) by Alexander Shuryepov
  • First Cow (2020) by Kelly Reichardt
  • Da 5 Bloods (2020) by Spike Lee

Rating: 3.5 out of 4.
  • Babylon (1980) by Franco Rosso
  • El Norte (1983) by Gregory Nava
  • 12 Monkeys (1995) by Terry Gilliam
  • Following (1998) by Christopher Nolan
  • The Royal Tenenbaums (2001) by Wes Anderson
  • Insomnia (2002) by Christopher Nolan
  • Ten (2002) by Abbas Kiarostami
  • The Squid and the Whale (2005) by Noah Baumbach
  • Wendy and Lucy (2008) by Kelly Reichardt
  • Meek’s Cutoff (2010) by Kelly Reichardt
  • Midnight in Paris (2011) by Woody Allen
  • Moonrise Kingdom (2012) by Wes Anderson
  • A Coffee in Berlin (2012) by Jan Ole Gerster
  • The Master (2012) by Paul Thomas Anderson
  • The Dead Don’t Die (2019) by Jim Jarmusch
  • 1917 (2019) by Sam Mendes

Rating: 3 out of 4.
  • Léon: The Professional (1994) by Luc Besson
  • Casino (1995) by Martin Scorsese
  • Chi-Raq (2015) by Spike Lee
  • Gifted (2017) by Marc Webb
  • The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind (2019) by Chiwetel Ejiofor

Rating: 2.5 out of 5.
  • Ghost (2020) by Anthony Z. James

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