20. Métropolis, Fritz Lang
While I'm not fond of the moral undertone the movie sometimes has, there are so many great visual ideas that they are enough for the movie to work. It among many others inspired the excellent Blade Runner.
19. A Separation, Asghar Farhadi
The movie of 2011, the story of two iranians couples opposed by religion and social classes, and their reactions to difficult moral situation. Smart directing, marvelous acting and one of the very best scenario I've seen.
18. Le Plaisir, Max Ophuls
3 stories adapted from Maupassant. Everything about this movie is great, but the camerawork stands out : so much energy, speed, pleasure... The opening scenes of the two first stories in particular are masterpieces.
17. Vertigo, Alfred Hitchcock
For me by far the best Hitchcock movie. Plot, acting and directing all come togethere to bring us a classic. Some famous scenes are unforgettable...
16. The Seventh Seal, Ingmar Bergman
The strange tale of a knight who plays chess against death to avoid it. The depth of this movie is obvious, but acting and directing are on par with the story : the squire, the dance, the stake...
15. Rocco and his brothers, Luciano Visconti
A great painting of Italy in the 1950s through the story of a poor family from the south. Beautiful photo, wonderful actors (Annie Girardot and Alain Delon...) and a compelling story about social condition and destiny.
14. Pépé le Moko, Julien Duvivier
A dashing gangster played by Jean Gabin is hidden in Algiers' casbah, but one day he meets a beautiful girl from Paris...
Dark story about life, love with poetic dialogue and wonderful acting. The casbah is also incredibly well rendered.
13. The Trial, Orson Wells
A masterful adaptation of one of my favorite novel. Worth it only for the parable "Before the law". Crazy camera angles, great acting, Orson Welles, what can you say...
12. Jules and Jim, Francois Truffaut
Two men, one French and one Austrian are very close friends, but they fall in love of the same woman.
A wonderful lively movie about a tragic question. Jeanne Moreau's performance is through the roof, and Truffaut's ideas for storytelling are just amazing.
11. Once upon a time in the West, Sergio Leone
My favorite Leone. So much more than a Western, a lesson of beauty and life. Great villain, incredible music, unforgettable scenes. And Claudia Cardinale...
This takes a long time to write on IPad, I'll finish the rest within two days :-)