Top 10s

Marc Maron’s Top 10

Marc Maron’s Top 10

Comedian and expert conversationalist Marc Maron is the creator and star of the IFC series Maron, the host of the twice-weekly podcast WTF with Marc Maron, and the author of the books The Jerusalem Syndrome (2001) and Attempting Normal (2013).

  • The Third Man

    1.
    The Third Man

    Carol Reed

    This is Welles and Cotton at their best. The scene on the Riesenrad Ferris wheel is menacing and genius. Carol Reed’s vision for the darkness of this film that illuminates the thinly veiled chaos of postwar Europe is beautiful. I can watch this film over and over.

  • Short Cuts

    2.
    Short Cuts

    Robert Altman

    Not everyone’s favorite Altman, and maybe not even mine, but I’ve always found it to be a celebration of life. I am alone in this interpretation.

  • 12 Angry Men

    3.
    12 Angry Men

    Sidney Lumet

    Henry Fonda and Lee J. Cobb. Enough said.

  • Straw Dogs

    4.
    Straw Dogs

    Sam Peckinpah

    I love Peckinpah, and this was a unique take for him on the whole male psyche trip. Math wins.

  • Five Easy Pieces

    5.
    Five Easy Pieces

    Bob Rafelson

    This film really put the farce of the cultured and the idea of existentialism on the map for me as an American. Nicholson is really at his best here.

  • The Killing

    6.
    The Killing

    Stanley Kubrick

    Being able to watch Sterling Hayden for this long is spectacular. Kubrick learning is awesome as well.

  • Rosemary’s Baby

    7.
    Rosemary’s Baby

    Roman Polanski

    I love this movie primarily because I like New York in it. Oh, and devil worship. Love devil worship. Oh, and Cassavetes acting is always amazing.

  • Blow Out

    8.
    Blow Out

    Brian De Palma

    “Good scream.”

  • Veronika Voss

    9.
    Veronika Voss

    Rainer Werner Fassbinder

    When I first saw this, I wasn’t sure what was going on, but it moved and disturbed me. I love when she sings.

  • The Big Chill

    10.
    The Big Chill

    Lawrence Kasdan

    I loved this movie when I was a kid. It made boomers cool. That didn’t really last.