Top 10 Movies of All Time (2012 version)

I’m a compulsive. It’s no surprise that my list is full of movies about compulsion. Whether it’s a man who must play God in his relationship, casting his beloved in an image of his design, or a guy who can’t stop working, whoring, and drugging, I find myself drawn to depictions of people trying to find order in chaos. I’ve discovered this has only gotten worse as I’ve gotten older. When I dug up my 2002 list of this type, I shuffled the order and kept eight of the titles. I dropped the most emotional and the most rigorously organized movies, replacing them with films that were twice as organized and emotional. By this rationale, I’ll drop four movies in…

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  • All About Eve

    1

  • Sunset Boulevard

    2

  • Imitation of Life

    3

  • Chinatown

    4

  • Do the Right Thing

    5

  • Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

    6

  • Citizen Kane

    7

  • PlayTime

    8

  • Vertigo

    9

  • All That Jazz

    10