They Shoot Pictures, Don't They?

“For me, the cinema is not a slice of life, but a piece of cake.” ― Alfred Hitchcock

Tsui Hark


Browse 300+ director profiles. Each profile includes quotes from a variety of reference materials, selected filmographies (encompassing rankings from the Greatest Films and 21st Century projects), and more.
Rusty Knife
Recent noir addition: Rusty Knife (1958)

They Shot Dark Pictures, Didn't They?

A slowly-growing listing of 1,000 Noir Films. This is not a ‘best of’ or ‘greatest’ compilation; it is strictly a listing of, according to TSPDT's research, the most oft-cited noir films. Though most of the films that will ultimately comprise the 1,000 are more than worthwhile (many, of course, are brilliant), there is no hiding from the fact that not all of the 1,000 films are of the highest quality. They are here because they are noir, not because they are necessarily classics (though, many invariably are).
First Cow
This edition's highest entrant: First Cow (2019)

The 21st Century's Most Acclaimed Films

2021 Edition
Updated on February 20, 2021
Based on end-of-year lists (from 2000 to 2020), as well as the same resources used for the 1,000 Greatest Films, this is a collection (comprised of 1,000 films) of the 21st Century's most acclaimed cinema. Also featured is a listing of the 100 most acclaimed film directors of this century, to date. You'll also find a starting list of 8,696 21st Century films (this can now be viewed online as a sortable table).

2022 Updates - On Hold

Unfortunately, due to an ongoing illness on my part (no, not the 'C' one, and no, nothing life-threatening), the annual updates to the 1,000 Greatest Films and 21st Century sections will be delayed, until further notice. Although, in early December, I had made an earnest start to this year's updates, the illness I contracted (at around about the same time) currently prevents me from being able to sit at a desk for prolonged periods of time, and effectively focus on the task at hand. I will absolutely endeavour to get the updates done as soon as I can, however I am unable to set a new timeframe for now. Additionally, apologies for my lack of timely replies to your emails. I appreciate them very much, and I will get to them as soon as I can. Thank you for your ongoing patience, Bill.
The Passion of Joan of Arc
Ranked 19th… The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928)

TSPDT Poll — 1,005 Film Favourites

August 3, 2021
The final results are in for TSPDT's first fair dinkum film poll. Thank you to everyone who participated and correctly submitted their ballots of 25 favourite films. In the end, that ended up being 1,983 of us.
View the 1,005 Film Favourites
Toni Erdmann
This edition's highest entrant: Toni Erdmann (2016)

The 1,000 Greatest Films

2021 Edition
Updated on January 27, 2021
Compiled from 12,276 film lists, this is quite possibly the most definitive collection of the 1,000 most critically acclaimed films you will find. Also featured is a list of the 250 most acclaimed film directors, and for the first time, full rankings are revealed for all 20,430 films in the starting list (this can now be viewed online as a sortable table).
The banner image above is from Tsui Hark's Zu Warriors from the Magic Mountain (1983).