Taxi Driver: A chronicle of loneliness and its effect on its professors' sense of justice. Still fresh. Still extraordinary.
The Tin Drum: Best literal adaptation of a novel for the screen ever. Casting of David Bennent in the lead seems like a once-off.
Eraserhead: With its depth of imagination and creation of unique world, this is my favourite film.
The Changeling: Great subtle ghost story with wonderfully blustery lead performance by George C. Scott.
The Innocents: Another great ghost tale that uses a simple technique to create shivers: the ghosts look like people who should not be where they are.
Peeping Tom: Film about fear and its uses in child rearing. Almost killed it's director's career.
Picnic at Hanging Rock: Little happens. Little needs to happen. Ethereal Euro girls meet the big mysterious wild and get swallowed up by it. Beautiful atmosphere and genuinely creepy.
Halloween: Like a manual for boogieman movies. Almost bloodless it still manages to create a mounting dread. One of the most evocative music scores for the suggestion of menace ever.
Trust: Because of my avowed hatred of Wes Anderson's movies I get called out if I mention this as a favourite. I can see apparent contradiction; both have quirky characters who say weighty things in monotone and a big helping of whimsy. I just think that Hal Hartley at his best cares more about his characters than Wes Anderson. Anyway, I love this strange nonromcom with its wounded characters and motion against the grain.
Woman in the Dunes: Insect collector gets collected. The development of his relationship with his new circumstances and the forces that put him there is both banal and absorbing.