They Shoot Pictures, Don't They?

John Sayles


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Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)

21st Century's Most Acclaimed Films

2016 Edition
Uploaded March 8, 2016
Based on end-of-year lists (from 2000 to 2015) and the same lists used for the 1,000 Greatest Films, this is a collection of the 21st Century's most acclaimed cinema. This year’s edition is once again comprised of 1,000 films. Also featured is a listing of the 50 most acclaimed film directors of this century to date.
Projector – Projection and Film Screens

Projector – Projection and Film Screens

    Tokyo Story (2016 Edition)

    The 1,000 Greatest Films

    Next Edition — Jan or Feb 2017
    2016 Edition
    Uploaded February 7, 2016
    Compiled from over 6,700 film lists, this is quite possibly the most definitive collection of critically acclaimed films you will find. Also featured is a list of the 250 most acclaimed film directors, and an alphabetical listing of films that are currently ranked from 1,001 to 2,000.
    1,000 Noir Films

    They Shot Dark Pictures…

    "A motion picture with an often grim urban setting, photographed in somber tones and permeated by a feeling of disillusionment, pessimism, and despair.” –
    A slowly-growing listing of the (eventually) 1,000 films most often referred to as noir. Includes the 100 most cited noir films, links to blu-ray editions, and TSPDT's own recommendations.
    The banner image above is from John Sayles's Lone Star (1996).