It is no secret that top 10 lists are arbitrary and unjust – they have to be. What follows could be considered 10 out of 100, or even more. They are presented in purely chronological order.

1) Léon Morin, priest (Jean-Pierre Melville, 1961)
2) Once Upon a Time in the West (Sergio Leone, 1968)
3) A Gentle Woman (Robert Bresson, 1969)
4) Céline and Julie go boating – Phantom Ladies Over Paris (Jacques Rivette, 1974)
5) In the Course of Time (Wim Wenders, 1976)
6) Stalker (Andrei Tarkovsky, 1979)
7) Safe (Todd Haynes, 1995)
8) The Piano Teacher (Michael Haneke, 2001)
9) A History of Melancholy (Lewis Klahr, 2003?)
10) Magick Lantern Cycle (Kenneth Anger, 1947-2009)