My Favorite David Lynch Films

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1.   Twin Peaks: The Return (2017)
1a. Episode 1: Part 1
1b. Episode 2: Part 2
1c. Episode 3: Part 3
1d. Episode 4: Part 4
1e. Episode 5: Part 5
1f. Episode 6: Part 6
1g. Episode 7: Part 7
1h. Episode 8: Part 8
1i. Episode 9: Part 9
1j. Episode 10: Part 10
1k. Episode 11: Part 11
1l. Episode 12: Part 12
1m. Episode 13: Part 13
1n. Episode 14: Part 14
1o. Episode 15: Part 15
1p. Episode 16: Part 16
1q. Episode 17: Part 17
1r. Episode 18: Part 18

2.   Inland Empire (2006)

3.   Mulholland Drive (2001)

4.   Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (1992)

5.   Blue Velvet (1986)

6.   Eraserhead (1977)

7.   Twin Peaks: Season 1 (1990)
7a. Episode 1: Pilot (a.k.a. Northwest Passage)
7b. Episode 2: Traces to Nowhere
(Dwayne Dunham directed only)
7c. Episode 3: Zen, or the Skill to Catch a Killer
7d. Episode 4: Rest in Pain
(Tina Rathborne directed only)
7e. Episode 5: The One-Armed Man
(Tim Hunter directed only)
7f. Episode 6: Cooper’s Dreams
(Lesli Linka Glatter directed only)
7g. Episode 7: Realization Time
(Caleb Deschanel directed only)
7h. Episode 8: The Last Evening
(Mark Frost directed only)

8.   The Straight Story (1999)

9.   Twin Peaks: Season 2 (1990-1991)
9a. Episode 1
9b. Episode 2
9c. Episode 3 – Lesli Linka Glatter directed only
9d. Episode 4 – Todd Holland directed only
9e. Episode 5 – Graeme Clifford directed only
9f. Episode 6 – Lesli Linka Glatter directed only
9g. Episode 7
9h. Episode 8 – Caleb Deschanel directed only
9i. Episode 9 – Tim Hunter directed only
9j. Episode 10 – Tina Rathborne directed only
9k. Episode 11 – Duwayne Dunham directed only
9l. Episode 12 – Caleb Deschanel directed only
9m. Episode 13 – Todd Holland directed only
9n. Episode 14 – Uli Edel directed only
9o. Episode 15 – Diane Keaton directed only
9p. Episode 16 – Lesli Linka Glatter directed only
9q. Episode 17 – James Foley directed only
9r. Episode 18 – Duwayne Dunham directed only
9s. Episode 19 – Jonathan Sanger directed only
9t. Episode 20 – Stephen Gyllenhaal directed only
9u. Episode 21 – Tim Hunter directed only
9v. Episode 22

10. Lost Highway (1997)

11. The Elephant Man (1980)

12. Wild at Heart (1990)


16 thoughts on “My Favorite David Lynch Films

  1. I’ve only seen Mulholland Drive of this selection and I really should consider watching it again. It’s one of those films you appreciate more, the more times you’ve seen it, as additional layers are revealed. I find it to be classic Lynch.

  2. Interesting. Is the top section in any sort of order? Cos I’d have the latest TV series up there for suuuure. I really need to see a Straight Story.

  3. Every single one of the 18 episodes of Twin Peaks: The Return is a masterpiece and as always, David Lynch just keeps reinventing the wheel. Anyway, thanks for dropping by 🙂

  4. You really need to check out everything on David Lynch’s resume because he is indeed a unique filmmaker. As with all of his great films, Mulholland Drive is not only a classic Lynch film, but it is also one that you just love more and more with each viewing as you so eloquently imply. Anyway, thanks for dropping by 🙂

  5. For me, all of director David Lynch’s great films are ranked by how rich of an achievement they are and each and every one of them come off as a significant achievement. I. am glad to see that you agree with me about Twin Peaks: The Return. Truly masterful indeed. The Straight Story is actually a gentler David Lynch, but do not be put off by that because it is anything but conventional. Anyway, thanks for dropping by 🙂

  6. David Lynch is quirky and weird. I love that. Eraserhead blew my mind. I loved the television series, well, everything he’s done. My favorite though is Elephant Man. I thought it was exceptionally done.

  7. “Quirky and Weird” Lynch may be (as you say eloquently put it), but that is what makes him brilliant. Then again, I think that is exactly what you were trying to say 🙂 HIs feature debut Eraserhead blew my mind as well and just about every other cinema lover, whose always searching for something different. Interesting piece of trivia: although Paramount is the distributor of The Elephant Man, the production company that financed it was Brooksfilms, which was founded by (believe it or not) comedy director/writer Mel Brooks. Anyway, thanks for dropping by 🙂

  8. Directors and artists of just about any stripe who create from a pallet of absurdism and surrealism have a pioneering spirit. They are brave. Eraserhead is one of my husband’s favorite films and he is not what I would call an educated film watcher but he generally recognizes a good film when he sees one. On the other hand, it’s too disturbing for me and that’s my reaction to Lynch overall. That is not to say that I don’t appreciate his genius (and I don’t use that word liberally). Even so, Blue Velvet is my favorite Lynch film. I usually view it about twice a year. It’s a bit too graphic for my personal taste, but it is undeniably a cinematic work of art. I think it’s just about perfect. I really like Mulholland Drive too.

  9. I can’t wait to watch a straight story. And his TV series was just something else. Episode 8 especially was incredible, IMO that episode is about how the red room came about. That’s just me, I need to binge on it again as it is so, so good. I also need to watch Inland Empire sober as I remember it was bonkers – I just didn’t like the camera work,

  10. David Lynch is certainly a great filmmaker who also happens to be not everybody’s cup of tea. I do understand though that you admire (If not adore) his a majority of his works. Nevertheless, I do see that you are a huge Blue Velvet fan with a few reservations and you really like Mulholland Drive. Personally, as each decade goes by, I always find myself ranking his greatest films by some (If not all) of his most recent films as you can see from the list. Anyway, thanks for dropping by 🙂

  11. Episode 8 of Twin Peaks: The Return was indeed spectacular. I mean what else is there to say; the surrealism of it all just wowed me completely. Anyway, thanks for dropping by 🙂

  12. By the way, I watched Blue Velvet again the other night. I love the second half of the movie so much. For me, it’s a white knuckle ride that I’m compelled to bail out of right up to “visiting Ben”. What a great sequence. Dean Stockwell…Wow!…My second favorite sequence is when Jeffery encounters the “yellow man” with his brain oozing out of the bullet wound. The guy’s still on his feet. It’s pure David Lynch. But my favorite thing about Blue Velvet is it’s hopefulness and the assertion that good triumphs over evil. Yes, Blue Velvet is lovely and life affirming among a plethora of other things, but its beauty is what I take away from the film. The ending is profound and perfect.

  13. Great sequence indeed. I wondered how could that guy still be standing, but then again, this is David Lynch and nothing is ordinary. Their actually is hopefulness within Blue Velvet as you mention in terms of the resolution and the reunion between Isabella Rossellini’s character and the son is very poignant as well as expressive. Anyway, thanks for dropping by 🙂

  14. I think the yellow man still standing–the standing dead, if you will–is eerily spot on and falls within the realm of possibility. Hence its potency as an image.
    Yes, the reunion inspires hope but so does the young love of Jeffery and Sandy. Despite all that has happened it is resilient and even innocent.
    Anyway, just a few thoughts on one of your favorite films. It is classic, no doubt.

  15. You are spot-on about everything 🙂 The interesting thing about David Lynch is that each decade, he always turns out a film that ends up topping one from the previous decade as you can observe from my list. After Eraserhead, it was Blue Velvet. After Blue Velvet, it was Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me. After Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me, it was Mulholland Drive and after that, it was Twin Peaks: The Return, even though it was a Cable/Television series. Anyway, thanks for dropping by and keep those comments coming 🙂

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