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FIVE STAR FILMS: The Whole Bloody List ***UPDATED 06/04/2015***

From the earliest days of Graffiti with Punctuation co-founder Cam Williams and I were extremely passionate about celebrating the films universally considered to be the greatest films of all time. Cam’s idea for our ‘Five Star Film’ exploration initially followed the below mantra:

“Welcome to five star films where we shine the spotlight on the greatest films of all time. People have been banging on about these films for years so rather than go over familiar ground we’ve picked the five reasons why they’re worthy of being labelled five star films.”

However as our team grew and our tastes became increasingly eclectic it became far harder to contain gush to five concise reasons, or especially when we were chatting to filmmakers, to expect that they could spout five reasons on a dime. Now our five star films vary from languid essays, desperately trying to articulate that nigh indefinable effect of movies that have an undeniable magic to fleeting proclamations from filmmakers that reach to the first film they think of, or like us, cannot shut up about a definitive influence.

Before we get to the whole list we have to get to the films that deserve the greatest films of all time moniker.

The film that’s received the FIVE STAR treatment the most with three (four including the Blake’s additional entry) separate entries:


Apocalypse Now

Those that have received multiple entries:


The Godfather (two entries)


Taxi Driver (two entries)

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Pulp Fiction (two entries)


And finally Raiders of the Lost Ark was a combined five star entry from four writers on the Graffiti team.




FIVE STAR FILMS #76: Witness for the Prosecution (Billy Wilder – 1957)

FIVE STAR FILMS #75: Yankee Doodle Dandy (Michael Curtiz – 1942)

FIVE STAR FILMS #74: Guys and Dolls (Joseph L. Mankiewicz – 1955)

FIVE STAR FILMS #73: Drive (Nicolas Winding Refn – 2011)

VIDEO INTERVIEW: Edgar Wright (Writer/Director THE WORLD’S END): Raising Arizona

INTERVIEW: Sydney Film Festival Director Nashen Moodley: Rashomon

VIDEO INTERVIEW: Rich Moore Director of Wreck-It Ralph: Star Wars

Trent Reznor’s Five Star Film: Dead Ringers (David Cronenberg – 1988)

Dolph Lundgren’s Five Star Film: Gladiator (Ridley Scott – 2000)

FIVE STAR FILMS #72: The Apartment (Billy Wilder – 1960)

Atticus Ross’ Five Star Film: Taxi Driver (Martin Scorsese – 1976)

Luke Arnold’s Five Star Film: The Big Lebowski (Joel and Ethan Coen – 1998)

FIVE STAR FILMS #71: McCabe and Mrs Miller (Robert Altman – 1971)

FIVE STAR FILMS #70: All About Eve (Joseph L. Mankiewicz – 1950)

REDUX – FIVE STAR FILMS #21: Apocalypse Now (1979)

FIVE STAR FILMS #69: The Women (George Cukor – 1939)

Liam Cunningham’s Five Star Film: Apocalypse Now (Francis Ford Coppola – 1979)

FIVE STAR FILMS #68: KILL BILL Vol. 1 (Quentin Tarantino – 2003)

John Jarratt’s FIVE STAR FILM: Pulp Fiction (Quentin Tarantino – 1994)

FIVE STAR FILMS #67: Midnight in Paris (Woody Allen – 2011)

FIVE STAR FILMS #66: Jesus Christ Superstar (Norman Jewison – 1973)

FIVE STAR FILMS #65: The Man Who Planted Trees (Frederic Back – 1987)

FIVE STAR FILMS #64: A Night at the Opera (Sam Wood – 1935)

Five Star Films with Frozen’s Chris Buck: Pinnochio

FIVE STAR FILMS #63: North by Northwest (Alfred Hitchcock – 1959)

Five Star Films #62: Rio Bravo (Howard Hawks – 1959)

FIVE STAR FILMS #61: Sullivan’s Travels (Preston Sturges – 1941)

Deborah Mailman’s FIVE STAR FILM: The Karate Kid (1984)

Ray J’s FIVE STAR FILM: Coming to America (1988)

FIVE STAR FILMS #60: The Maltese Falcon (John Huston – 1941)

Five Star Films with The Hobbit’s Stephen Hunter: The Godfather

Carmen Carrera’s FIVE STAR FILM: Hocus Pocus

FIVE STAR FILMS #59: His Girl Friday (Howard Hawks – 1940)

Bill Bailey’s FIVE STAR FILM: Bad Boy Bubby (Rolf de Heer – 1993)

Warren Brown’s FIVE STAR FILM (REDACTED): The Abyss

Johnny Knoxville’s FIVE STAR FILM: Blazing Saddles (Mel Brooks – 1974)

FIVE STAR FILMS: The Sting (with Downton Abbey star Allen Leech)

FIVE STAR FILMS #58: Frances Ha (Noah Baumbach – 2012)

FIVE STAR FILMS #57: Playtime (Jacques Tati, 1967)

FIVE STAR FILMS: Annie Hall (with electronic music titan Moby)

FIVE STAR FILMS #56: Double Indemnity (Billy Wilder – 1944)

FIVE STAR FILMS #55: Eyes Wide Shut (Stanley Kubrick – 1999)

FIVE STAR FILMS #54: The Graduate (1967)

FIVE STAR FILMS: The Place Beyond The Pines (with Top Of The Lake’s Gerard Lee)

FIVE STAR FILMS #53: The Wages of Fear (Henri-Georges Clouzot – 1953)

FIVE STAR FILMS: Lawrence of Arabia (Daniel Kash – Dr. Dreyfuss in Mama and Pvt. Spunkmeyer in Aliens)

FIVE STAR FILMS #52: The Craft (1996)

FIVE STAR FILMS #51: The Master (2012)

FIVE STAR FILMS #50: The Insider (1999)

FIVE STAR FILMS #49: The Descendants (2011)

FIVE STAR FILMS #48: Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

FIVE STAR FILMS #47: The Godfather (1972) by Paul Anthony Nelson

FIVE STAR FILMS #46: Deep Red (1975)

FIVE STAR FILMS #45: Roman Holiday (1953)

FIVE STAR FILMS #44: The Leopard (1963) by Lee Zachariah

FIVE STAR FILMS #43: Singin’ in the Rain (1952)

FIVE STAR FILMS: Kern Saxton (director of Sushi Girl) – Apocalypse Now (1979)

FIVE STAR FILMS: Thomas Keneally (Booker Prize Winning Author) Fargo (1996)

FIVE STAR FILMS #42: Before Sunset (2004)

FIVE STAR FILMS #41: Casablanca (1942)

FIVE STAR FILMS: Tony Krawitz (Director of Dead Europe) – Taxi Driver (1976)

FIVE STAR FILMS #40: Se7en (1995)

FIVE STAR FILMS #39: How She Move (2007)

FIVE STAR FILMS #38: Super (James Gunn, 2010)

FIVE STAR FILMS #37: Mr Smith Goes To Washington (1939) by Lisa Malouf

FIVE STAR FILMS #36: The Last of the Mohicans (1992)

FIVE STAR FILMS #35: Chungking Express (1994)

FIVE STAR FILMS #34: The Frighteners (1996)

FIVE STAR FILMS #33: The King of Kong (2007)

FIVE STAR FILMS #32: Hunger (2008)

FIVE STAR FILMS #31 – Beau Travail (Good Work) (1999)

FIVE STAR FILMS #30: Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987)

FIVE STAR FILMS #29: Clerks (1994)

FIVE STAR FILMS #28: Predator (1987)

FIVE STAR FILMS #27: The Princess and the Frog (2009)

FIVE STAR FILMS #26: Goodfellas (1990)

FIVE STAR FILMS #25: Vertigo (1958) by Lisa Malouf

FIVE STAR FILMS #24: Love Exposure (2008)

FIVE STAR FILMS #23: Trois Couleurs: Rouge (1994)

FIVE STAR FILMS #22: The Blues Brothers

FIVE STAR FILMS #21: Apocalypse Now (1979)

FIVE STAR FILMS #20: Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)

FIVE STAR FILMS #19: Pulp Fiction (1994)

FIVE STAR FILMS #18: Lost in Translation (2003)

FIVE STAR FILMS #17 : The Wicker Man (1973)


FIVE STAR FILMS #15: Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) – joint entry from Blake Howard, Cam Williams, Nick Brodie and Dave Grenfell

FIVE STAR FILMS #14: No Country For Old Men (2007)

FIVE STAR FILMS #13: The Conversation (1974)

FIVE STAR FILMS #12: Brick (2005)

FIVE STAR FILMS #11: Office Space (1999)

FIVE STAR FILMS #10: Paris, Texas (1984)

FIVE STAR FILMS #9: Heathers (1988)

FIVE STAR FILMS #8: The Dark Knight (2008)

FIVE STAR FILMS #7: Mad Monster Party (1967)

FIVE STAR FILMS #6: Enter The Void (2009)

Five Star Films #5: Back to the Future (1985)

FIVE STAR FILMS #4: The Fifth Element (1997)

FIVE STAR FILMS: #3 Heat (1995)

FIVE STAR FILMS: #2 There Will Be Blood (2007)

FIVE STAR FILMS: #1: Inception (2010)

We’ll continue keep this list updated as new entries are added.

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