So given that I keep a detailed log of every movie that I see with a rating of each movie on a 5 Star Scale people frequently ask me for a list of my favorite movies.  I am generally resistant to answering this question given that I have never really thought about it beyond what is my favorite movie of all.  However I will frequently comment that such and such movie is a top 10 movie etc.  So my good friend Santiago Martinez convinced me to come up with a list of my top 25 movies.  The list has grown to the top 30.  After much deliberation I present the list as it stands today, 4/5/14.  I have also included a list of movies in no particular order that I considered for the top 30.  Enjoy!  Feel free to disagree.  Also note that there is a heavy Ingmar Bergman presence.

The Top 30 Films of All Time According to Daniel McCabe


The Top 28 Films:

1. The Passion of Anna 1969, Director Ingmar Bergman

2. Winter Light 1963, Director Ingmar Bergman

3. Persona 1966, Director Ingmar Bergman

4. Once Upon a Time in the West 1968, Director Sergio Leone

5. Last Tango in Paris 1972, Director Bernardo Bertolucci

6. Cries and Whispers 1972, Director Ingmar Bergman

7. The Fountain 2006, Director Darren Aronofsky

8. On the Waterfront 1954, Director Elia Kazan

9. Out of Africa 1985, Director Sydney Pollack

10. 8 ½ 1963, Director Federico Fellini

  1. 11.Cat On a Hot Tin Roof 1958, Director Richard Brooks

  2. 12.L’Eclisse 1962, Director Michelangelo Antonioni

  3. 13.Dr. Strangelove 1964, Director Stanley Kubrick

  4. 14.Gone With the Wind 1939, Director Victor Fleming

  5. 15.Death in Venice 1971, Luchino Visconti

  6. 16.Closer 2004, Director Mike Nichols

  7. 17.Shame 2011, Director Steve McQueen

  8. 18.Conversations With Other Women 2006, Director Hans Canosa

  9. 19.Betty Blue 1986, Director Jean-Jacque Benix

20. Paris Texas 1984, Director Wim Wenders

21. Shame 1968, Director Ingmar Bergman

22. The Good The Bad and The Ugly 1966, Director Sergio Leone

23. Blade Runner 1982, Director Ridley Scott

  1. 24.Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? 1966, Director Mike Nichols

  2. 25.12 Years a Slave 2013, Director Steve McQueen

26. Blue 1993, Director Krzysztof Kieslowski

27. The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert 1994,

      Director Stephan Elliott

28. Aliens 1986, Director James Cameron

29. Good Dick 2008, Director Marianna Palka

30. There Will Be Blood 2007, Director Paul Thomas Anderson

The Top Films that didn’t make the cut:

L’Avventura 1960, Director Michelangelo Antonioni

The Last of the Mohicans 1992, Director Michael Mann

Wild Strawberries 1957, Director Ingmar Bergman

Gattaca 1997, Director Andrew Niccol

Jerry Maguire

Glen Garry Glen Ross


The Elephant Man

The Pledge

Planet of the Apes


The Seventh Seal

Pulp Fiction

Barton Fink

The Shining




Sling Blade

Training Day

Breaking the Waves

Total Recall

Donnie Darko


Human Nature

Lost in Translation


House of Sand and Fog



Man on Fire

Aguirre the Wrath of God

In the Heat of the Night


The Hour of the Wolf

Autumn Sonata

A Woman Under the Influence

Scenes From a Marriage

In the Mood for Love


The Silence

Through a Glass Darkly

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valence


The Hustler

My Fair Lady

Broke Back Mountain

A River Runs Through It

Battle in Heaven

Sex and Lucia

3 Women

Ordinary People

Children of Men



The Sacrifice

Band of Outsiders



The Dark Knight

The Terminator

Sawdust and Tinsel

The Reader



Black Swan

A Streetcar Named Desire

The Deer Hunter