The 1,000 Greatest Films (1000-901)

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Beginning on this page is TSPDT's detailed look at the 1,000 Greatest Films (in descending ranking order). Each film's current ranking and previous ranking (as well as highest ranking attained) is provided with each entry, along with cast lists, review quotes (with external links to full review), links to IMDB, and a sampling of five critics/filmmakers who voted, at one time or another, for the film in question.
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Subarnarekha

Subarnarekha

The Golden Thread (English title); Golden River (alternative title)
Highest Ranking: 646 (2013)

1965 / India / 143m / BW / Drama
Abhi Bhattacharya, Madhabi Mukherjee, Satindra Bhattacharya, Bijon Bhattacharya, Indrani Chakrabarty, Sriman Tarun, Jahar Ray, Pitambar, Sriman Ashok Bhattacharya, Sita Mukherjee
"Subarnarekha, made in 1962 but released in 1965 is the last in a trilogy examining the socio-economic implications of partition, the other two being Meghe Dhaka Tara (1960) and Komal Ghandhar (1961). It is also perhaps Ritwik Ghatak's most complex film… The film is aided with fine performances from Madhabi Mukherjee and Abhi Bhattacharya and special mention must be made of Bahadur Khan's evocatively haunting musical score. Sadly, like most of Ghatak's films, Subarnarekha was totally rejected by the public. Ironically, today the film is hailed as a classic and as an important landmark in the history of Indian Cinema." - Upperstall
Selected by Tom Charity, Girish Shambu, Raqs Media Collective, Ashim Ahluwalia, Thomas Allenbach.
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The Straight Story

The Straight Story

Highest Ranking: 896 (2016)

1999 / USA-France-UK / 111m / Col / Americana, Road Movie
Richard Farnsworth, Sissy Spacek, Everett McGill, Harry Dean Stanton, John Farley, Kevin Farley, Jane Galloway Heitz, Joseph A. Carpenter, Donald Wiegert, Tracey Maloney
"In 1994 an elderly man named Alvin Straight undertook a long Midwestern journey riding on a lawnmower. It was an arduous feat, but not nearly as daunting as what David Lynch sets out to do in The Straight Story: make a slow-moving, folksy-looking, profoundly spiritual film that can hold an audience in absolute thrall. As the least likely filmmaker on the planet to pull off such a G-rated miracle, Lynch rises to this challenge with exhilarating vigor. Switching gears radically, bravely defying conventional wisdom about what it takes to excite moviegoers, Lynch presents the flip side of Blue Velvet and turns it into a supremely improbable triumph." - Janet Maslin, The New York Times
Selected by Maura McHugh, Fernando Meirelles, Roberto Manassero, Cedric Kahn, Mike Nelson.
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971
A Tale of the Wind

A Tale of the Wind

Une Histoire de vent (original title)
Highest Ranking: 705 (2015)

1988 / France-UK-West Germany-Netherlands / 80m / Col / Culture & Society, Documentary
Joris Ivens, Henxiang Han, Guilian Liu, Zhuang Liu, Hong Wang, Hongyu Liu, Marceline Loridan Ivens
"This poetic masterpiece serves as the crowning testament of Joris Ivens, the great Dutch documentarist and leftist who made this film in collaboration with his companion Marceline Loridan shortly before his death at the age of 90. Neither a documentary nor a fantasy but a sublime fusion of the two, the film deals in multiple ways with the wind, with Ivens’s asthma, with China, with the 20th century (and, more implicitly, with the 19th and the 21st), with magic, and with the cinema… For all its cosmic dimensions, this work is funny and lighthearted rather than pretentious and ponderous. It may even give you some renewed faith in life on this planet." - Jonathan Rosenbaum
Selected by Charles Burnett, Adam Hyman, Fu Hongxing, Kim Ji-Seok, Giovanni Grazzini.
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948
Humanity and Paper Balloons

Humanity and Paper Balloons

Ninjo kami fusen (original title)
Highest Ranking: 882 (2013)

1937 / Japan / 86m / BW / Drama
Chojuro Kawarasaki, Kanemon Nakamura, Sukezo Sukedakaya, Shizue Yamagishi
"Yamanaka, a friend and contemporary of Ozu, was one of the giants of '30s Japanese cinema; this masterpiece marked the end of a six-year career directing period melodramas... A deeply pessimistic view of poverty and crime in feudal society, it was drawn from a 19th century kabuki play, but Yamanaka thought and felt it in strongly cinematic terms. The performances are naturalistic and surprisingly 'modern'; the compositions have great depth of field, linking foreground and background action. And the pathos is distinctly hard-edged: the film stresses that the slum community comes alive only for funerals, and it opens and closes with offscreen suicides." - Tony Rayns, Time Out
Selected by Fran Gayo, Hiroshi Komatsu, Yoshio Yasui, Yoji Yamada, Paulo Ricardo.
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991
Haxan

Häxan

Häxan: Witchcraft Through the Ages (English Title)
Highest Ranking: 897 (2016)

1922 / Sweden / 83m / BW / Supernatural Horror, Documentary
Maren Pedersen, Clara Pontoppidan, Tora Teje, Elith Pio, Oscar Stribolt, John Andersen, Benjamin Christensen, Poul Reumert, Karen Winther, Kate Fabian
"A weird and rather wonderful brew of fiction, documentary and animation based on 15th and 16th century witchcraft trials, Christensen's film has a remarkable visual flair that takes in Bosch, Breughel and Goya (no wonder it was a particular favourite of the Surrealists). The director himself plays Satan, seducing a woman while she is in bed with her husband; another episode follows an accused witch through the tortures of the Inquisition. The film is now most commonly seen in a sound version, running 76 minutes, made in 1967 with a commentary by William Burroughs; a later restoration with tinted sequences is far preferable." - David Thompson, Time Out
Selected by Jon Wengström, Li Yang, Emma Gray Munthe, Mónica Delgado, José Sarmiento Hinojosa.
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982
Yol

Yol

The Road (English title)
Highest Ranking: 617 (2013)

1982 / Turkey-Switzerland-France / 114m / Col / Political Drama, Prison Film
Tarik Akan, Serif Sezer, Halil Ergun, Meral Orhonsay, Necmettin Cobanoglu, Semra Ucar, Hikmet Celik, Sevda Aktolga, Tuncay Akca, Hale Akinli
"In Yilmaz Güney's extraordinary Turkish odyssey (filmed by Gören from his script and detailed instructions while he was in jail), five prisoners are allowed a week's parole to journey home… The film's poetry, its combination of sound and image especially, has an unconscious innocence no longer available to most European and American narratives, and it is inspired by an enormous compassion for the suffering people endure at each other's hands in a world where the strong pick upon the weak, the weak upon the weaker." - Chris Petit, Time Out
Selected by Barbara Wurm, Sadullo Rakhimov, Okajima Hisashi, Hamid Dabashi, Laura Waddington.
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Female Trouble

Female Trouble

Highest Ranking: 911 (2010)

1974 / USA / 95m / Col / Comedy, Trash Film
Divine, David Lochary, Mary Vivian Pearce, Mink Stole, Edith Massey, Cookie Mueller, Susan Walsh, Michael Potter, Ed Peranio, Paul Swift
"This 1975 feature is the best of John Waters's movies prior to Hairspray and his ultimate concerto for the 300-pound transvestite Divine, whose character will do literally anything—including commit mass murder—to become famous. As in all of Waters's early outrages, the technique is cheerfully ramshackle, but Divine's rage and energy make it vibrate like a sustained aria, with a few metaphors about the beauty of crime borrowed from Jean Genet." - Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
Selected by Jim Jarmusch, Ed Halter, Stephen Thrower, George Kuchar, Jeff Krulik.
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968
The Reckless Moment

The Reckless Moment

Highest Ranking: 471 (March 2006)

1949 / USA / 82m / BW / Crime Drama, Film Noir
James Mason, Joan Bennett, Geraldine Brooks, Henry O'Neill, Shepperd Strudwick, David Blair, Roy Roberts, Jessie Arnold, Jack Baker, Pat Barton
"Just as some critics favor Lang's midcentury American noirs over his famous German silent masterpieces, I prefer Ophuls' moment-in-the-sun Hollywood output, particularly his twin femme-noir home-runs of 1949, Caught and The Reckless Moment. The latter of the two may be, in fact, one of its decade's greatest forgotten movies, a stock melodramatic programmer (adapted from a Ladies Home Journal story, yet) that is reconceived and crafted with such deftness and attention to emotional detail that it shutters scores of contemporaneous noirs and dramas out of the memory." - Michael Atkinson, TCM
Selected by Keith Uhlich, Todd Haynes, Robin Wood, Scott McGehee, David Siegel.
See also 1,000 Noir Films.
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Fantomas

Fantômas

Highest Ranking: 968 (2013)

1913 / France / 334m / BW / Master Criminal Film, Police Detective Film
Rene Navarre, Edmund Breon, Georges Melchior, Renee Carl, Jane Faber, Andre Luguet, Fabienne Fabreges, Volbert, Naudier, Maillard
"Feuillade's legendary Fantômas cycle, based on pulp novels by Pierre Souvestre and Marcel Allain, comprises five episodes, each divided into between three and six chapters… All of them concern the unending duel of wits between Inspector Juve of the Sûreté and the protean jewel thief Fantômas, a master of disguise who exults in wrecking a train or dynamiting a villa to eliminate individual enemies. Because Feuillade filmed mostly on the streets of Paris and, melodramatic climaxes aside, got broadly naturalistic performances from his actors, his best work is the only cinema from the 1910s which still feels startlingly immediate and 'real'." - Tony Rayns, Time Out
Selected by Laurence Kardish, Jesús Cortés, Robert Polito, David Robinson, J. Hoberman.
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The Nutty Professor

The Nutty Professor

Highest Ranking: 801 (2008)

1963 / USA / 107m / Col / Comedy, Satire
Jerry Lewis, Stella Stevens, Del Moore, Kathleen Freeman, Med Flory, Norman Alden, Howard Morris, Henry Gibson, Skip Ward, Elvia Allman
"Surreal off-the-wall masterpiece, with Lewis again playing 7-stone cretin, this time a campus chemistry professor who woos his dream girl by inventing a magic potion that turns him (on and off) into a he-man of the Dean Martin school (hip, brylcreemed, offensive). The Technicolor blazes and swirls with manic energy, while the Jekyll-and-Hyde plot hustles its way through a minefield of gags, and sneers eloquently at the joys of the New America (a popular off-limits bar called The Purple Pit). Parody and nostalgia: pure alchemy." - Chris Auty, Time Out
Selected by Steven Shaviro, Philippe Mora, Nicolas Cage, Megan Spencer, Enno Patalas.
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Second Breath

Second Breath

Le Deuxième souffle (original title)
Highest Ranking: 855 (2013)

1966 / France / 144m / BW / Crime Thriller, Caper
Lino Ventura, Paul Meurisse, Raymond Pellegrin, Christine Fabrega, Marcel Bozzuffi, Paul Frankeur, Denis Manuel, Jean Negroni, Michel Constantin, Pierre Zimmer
"Despite its troubled production history—it was shot in two stages in Melville’s studio and various Marseille and Paris locations—it is a masterful work that ultimately brought to a close what Melville himself described as a period of several years “in the wilderness.” Despite the importance of Le deuxième souffle to understanding Melville’s career, it has remained one of his most underrated, and least examined, films... Ultimately, Le deuxième souffle offers one of the richest and starkest portraits of the Melvillean universe." - Adrian Danks, The Criterion Collection
Selected by Mika Kaurismäki, Iain Sinclair, Paul Mayersberg, F.J. Ossang, Geoff Andrew.
See also 1,000 Noir Films.
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969
National Lampoon's Animal House

National Lampoon's Animal House

Animal House (alternative title)
Highest Ranking: 665 (2010)

1978 / USA / 109m / Col / Gross-Out Comedy, Anarchic Comedy
John Belushi, Tim Matheson, John Vernon, Verna Bloom, Tom Hulce, Cesare Danova, Peter Riegert, Donald Sutherland, Mary Louise Weller, Stephen Furst
"Animal House marked a new era in American comedy, bringing together the anarchic Ivy League sensibilities of the Harvard Lampoon and the freewheeling, sketch-driven style of Chicago's legendary Second City improv troupe. It was a match that would come to define and dominate the approach to modern comedy… As a cultural phenomenon, Animal House was one of the first big studio comedies aimed at the teen/college demographic and has the dubious distinction of spawning the toga party and making food fights seem like a venerable American institution… This is likely the only film in the National Film Registry to feature a character imitating a zit with a mouthful of mashed potatoes." - Rob Nixon, TCM
Selected by Bobby Farrelly, Michael Tolkin, Richard Curtis, David Fincher, David Wain.
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965
Zabriskie Point

Zabriskie Point

Highest Ranking: 733 (2014)

1970 / USA / 112m / Col / Drama, Road Movie
Mark Frechette, Daria Halprin, Rod Taylor, Paul Fix, G.D. Spradlin, Bill Garaway, Kathleen Cleaver, Harrison Ford, Peter Lake
"Though Michelangelo Antonioni's only American film was very poorly received when it was released in 1969, time has been much kinder to it than to, say, La Notte, which was made a decade earlier. Antonioni's nonrealistic approach to American counterculture myths and his loose and slow approach to narrative may still put some people off—along with the uneven dialogue—but his beautiful handling of 'Scope compositions and moods has many lingering aftereffects, and the grand and beautiful apocalyptic finale is downright spectacular." - Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
Selected by Fernando Meirelles, Dario Oliveira, Ron Peck, Bill Pullman, Tag Gallagher.
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933
Bad Timing

Bad Timing

Bad Timing: A Sensual Obsession (alternative title)
Highest Ranking: 900 (2013)

1980 / UK / 129m / Col / Mystery, Psychological Drama
Art Garfunkel, Theresa Russell, Harvey Keitel, Denholm Elliott, Daniel Massey, Dana Gillespie, William Hootkins, Eugene Lipinski, George Roubicek, Stefan Gryff
"Amid the decaying elegance of cold-war Vienna, psychoanalyst Dr. Alex Linden (Garfunkel) becomes mired in an erotically charged affair with the elusive Milena Flaherty (Russell). When their all-consuming passion takes a life-threatening turn, Inspector Netusil (Keitel) is assigned to piece together the sordid details. Acclaimed for its innovative editing, raw performances, and stirring musical score—featuring Tom Waits, the Who, and Billie Holiday—Nicolas Roeg’s Bad Timing is a masterful, deeply disturbing foray into the dark world of sexual obsession." - The Criterion Collection
Selected by Dominik Graf, Ian Wild, Isabelle Stever, Sam Dunn, Simon Ward.
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On the Town

On the Town

Highest Ranking: 459 (December 2006)

1949 / USA / 98m / Col / Musical, Comedy
Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra, Jules Munshin, Betty Garrett, Ann Miller, Vera-Ellen, Alice Pearce, Florence Bates, George Meader, Bern Hoffman
"A fine, freewheeling musical by Stanley Donen and Gene Kelly, based on the Betty Comden-Adolph Green book, which was in turn based on the Leonard Bernstein ballet Fancy Free. Kelly, Frank Sinatra, and Jules Munshin are three sailors out for a day in New York; Vera-Ellen, Ann Miller, and Betty Garrett are the girls they spend it with. With no structure or pacing to speak of, it's a loopy, anything-goes movie, graced with the freshness of a Hollywood nouvelle vague. Remarkably, it was Donen and Kelly's first directorial effort " - Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
Selected by Linda Ruth Williams, Bruce Ricker, Erik Syngle, Dilys Powell, Cesar Santos Fontenla.
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Exotica

Exotica

Highest Ranking: 803 (2014)

1994 / Canada / 104m / Col / Psychological Drama, Ensemble Film
Don McKellar, Mia Kirshner, Arsinee Khanjian, Bruce Greenwood, Elias Koteas, Sarah Polley, Victor Garber, Calvin Green, David Hemblen, Peter Krantz
"A creative coup for the endlessly challenging writer/director Atom Egoyan, Exotica is a haunting, beautifully rendered tale of obsession and sexual frustration, following six disparate characters whose lives entwine in the most bizarre of ways. Employing overlapping and reverse chronology (a staple of Egoyan's storytelling), the picture builds slowly until its revelations become apparent, and the end result is a hypnotic and moving chronicle of broken lives and loss. The performances are all affecting and first-rate, and despite its key setting (a strip joint), the film is never obscene or concerned with rubbing the viewer's face in excess." - Jason Clark, All Movie
Selected by Emma Wilson, Mike D'Angelo, Ruth Barton, Nicolas Bauche, M.K. Raghavendra.
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The Thing from Another World

The Thing from Another World

The Thing (alternative title)
Highest Ranking: 462 (2011)

1951 / USA / 87m / BW / Science Fiction, Monster Film
Kenneth Tobey, Margaret Sheridan, Robert Cornthwaite, James Arness, Douglas Spencer, Dewey Martin, James R. Young, Robert Nichols, William Self, Eduard Franz
"Though the nominal director is Christian Nyby (who was still toiling away at TV movies in the mid-80s), this 1951 science fiction classic is steeped in the personality of its producer, Howard Hawks. The special effects are largely limited to the rubber suit worn by James Arness in the title role, but the film has more frissons than most of today's mega-budget productions, simply because it has the grace to construct a meaningful situation and coherent characters." - Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
Selected by George A. Romero, Mark Jancovich, George Armitage, Gerard Lefort, Luc Moullet.
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938
Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter… and Spring

Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter... and Spring

Bom yeoreum gaeul gyeoul geurigo bom (original title)
Highest Ranking: 887 (2017)

2003 / South Korea-Germany / 103m / Col / Psychological Drama, Religious Drama
Oh Young-Su, Kim Ki-Duk, Kim Young-Min, Seo Jae-Kyung, Ha Yeo-Jin, Kim Jong-Ho, Kim Jung-Young, Ji Dae-Han, Choi Min, Park Ji-A
"Rarely has a movie this simple moved me this deeply. I feel as if I could review it in a paragraph, or discuss it for hours. The South Korean film Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter … and Spring is Buddhist, but it is also universal. It takes place within and around a small house floating on a small raft on a small lake, and within that compass, it contains life, faith, growth, love, jealousy, hate, cruelty, mystery, redemption … and nature. Also a dog, a rooster, a cat, a bird, a snake, a turtle, a fish and a frog." - Roger Ebert, Roger Ebert.com
Selected by Angelina Nikonova, Anton Bitel, Gulnara Abikeyeva, Tiina Lokk, Uygar Şirin.
See also The 21st Century's Most Acclaimed Films.
982
958
The Adventures of Prince Achmed

The Adventures of Prince Achmed

Die Abenteuer des Prinzen Achmed (original title)
Highest Ranking: 789 (December 2006)

1926 / Germany / 65m / BW / Children's Fantasy, Animation
"The earliest surviving animated feature is also an example of prodigious artistry in a minimal form. Based on tales of the Arabian Nights, Lotte Reiniger’s film uses silhouette figures photographed in stop-motion against voluptuous backgrounds. A gifted designer as well as a spellbinding storyteller, Reiniger creates a cohesive visual universe through which Prince Achmed rides on his magical horse, wooing a fair princess and battling a host of demons. This silent film may seem like an art film, but it has a zest to entrance any children or adults with open eyes and minds." - Richard Corliss, TIME
Selected by Fu Hongxing, Marina Warner, Nina Menkes, Christian McCrea, Aryan Kaganof.
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L'Humanité

Highest Ranking: Current

1999 / France / 141m / Col / Psychological Drama, Police Detective Film
Emmanuel Schotte, Severine Caneele, Philippe Tullier, Ghislain Ghesquere, Ginette Allegre, Daniel Leroux, Arnaud Brejon de la Lavergee, Daniel Petillon, Robert Bunzi, Dominique Pruvost
"If it's possible for a film to convey a physical sensation of the world that is more intense than everyday life, Bruno Dumont's flawed masterpiece, Humanité, does a disquietingly good job. The raw sensory effect this transfixing movie produces might almost be described as psychedelic. Surrendering to its vision feels a little like being exposed to the sun after losing a layer of skin. In its relentlessly biological mind, what we think of as civilization is portrayed as a fragile membrane that barely prevents us from acting on our most brutal instincts." - Stephen Holden, The New York Times
Selected by Antonio Campos, Duane Hopkins, Amat Escalante, Barry Adamson, Bogdan Mustata.
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924
Reds

Reds

Highest Ranking: 379 (March 2006)

1981 / USA / 200m / Col / Epic, Historical Film
Warren Beatty, Diane Keaton, Edward Herrmann, Jerzy Kosinksi, Jack Nicholson, Paul Sorvino, Maureen Stapleton, Nicolas Coster, M. Emmet Walsh, Gene Hackman
"Warren Beatty's shapely 1981 epic, based on the life of radical journalist John Reed, is a stunningly successful application of a novelistic aesthetic—a film that makes full and thoughtful use of its three-and-a-half-hour length to develop characters, ideas, and motifs with a depth seldom seen in movies. Though it deals with historical events—World War I, the growth of the workers' movement in America, the Russian Revolution—history is not used simply as a backdrop; rather, Beatty focuses on the interdependence of personal choices and historical developments, mingling ideology and emotion in a very human whole." - Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
Selected by Neil LaBute, Antonia Quirke, Ethan Hawke, James Toback, Jack Lechner.
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922
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

Highest Ranking: 524 (2007)

1953 / US / 91m / Col / Musical Comedy, Romance
Jane Russell, Marilyn Monroe, Charles Coburn, Elliott Reid, Tommy Noonan, George Winslow, Marcel Dalio, Taylor Holmes, Norma Varden, Howard Wendell
"Howard Hawks's grand, brassy 1953 musical about two girls from Little Rock—Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell—gone gold digging in Paris… The opening shot—Russell and Monroe in sequins standing against a screaming red drape—is enough to knock you out of your seat, and the audacity barely lets up from there, as Russell romances the entire U.S. Olympic team to the tune of “Ain't There Anyone Here for Love?” and Hawks keeps topping perversity with perversity. A landmark encounter in the battle of the sexes." - Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
Selected by Jonathan Rosenbaum, Katja Eichinger, Jean-Marie Straub & Danièle Huillet, Laura Mulvey, Robbie Collin.
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939
Before Sunrise

Before Sunrise

Highest Ranking: 914 (2018)

1995 / USA / 101m / Col / Romance, Comedy Drama
Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy, Andrea Eckert, Hanno Poschl, Erni Mangold, Dominik Castell, Karl Bruckschwaiger, Tex Rubinowitz, Haymon Maria Buttinger, Harold Waiglein
"An American man and a French woman in their early 20s meet on a train heading through Europe. They alight in Vienna, amble around for 14 hours and shoot the breeze. Yes, the plot of Before Sunrise could be written on the back of a Eurail ticket, but it's what Celine (Julie Delpy) and Jesse (Ethan Hawke) say and don't say during their Austrian walkabout that makes the film what it is: a gentle but canny Gen-X fusion of My Dinner with Andre and the Judy Garland shore-leave romance, The Clock." - Ryan Gilbey, The Guardian
Selected by Ji Zhi, Siu Heng, Benjamin Spacek, Anna Duggan, Erik Syngle.
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The Go-Between

The Go-Between

Highest Ranking: 821 (2007)

1971 / UK / 116m / Col / Romantic Drama, Period Film
Julie Christie, Alan Bates, Dominic Guard, Margaret Leighton, Michael Redgrave, Michael Gough, Edward Fox, Richard Gibson, Simon Hume-Kendall, Roger Lloyd Pack
"Nicely frosted by Joseph Losey's cool precision, this 1971 film, based on a novel by L.P. Hartley, is the primal tale of a young boy who becomes the messenger between a proper English lady (Julie Christie) and the farmer with whom she is having an affair (Alan Bates). It's very much in the tradition of the British “well-made” film, with excellent photography, set decoration, and performances (particularly from the boy, Dominic Guard, and Margaret Leighton). High craft like this can sometimes kill a film (cf The French Lieutenant's Woman), but Losey is able to use its repressive implications to highly expressive ends." - Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
Selected by Laurent Vachaud, Henry K. Miller, Neil Sinyard, Pascal Binétruy, Miguel Cane.
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921
Black Orpheus

Black Orpheus

Orfeu Negro (original title)
Highest Ranking: 655 (2015)

1959 / Brazil-France / 103m / Col / Fantasy, Romance
Breno Mello, Marpessa Dawn, Ademar Da Silva, Lourdes de Oliveira, Lea Garcia, Alexandro Constantino, Waldemar De Souza, Jorge Dos Santos, Aurino Cassiano, Maria Alice
"Winner of both the Academy Award for best foreign-language film and the Cannes Film Festival’s Palme d’Or, Marcel Camus’ Black Orpheus brings the ancient Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice to the twentieth-century madness of Carnival in Rio de Janeiro. With its eye-popping photography and ravishing, epochal soundtrack, Black Orpheus was an international cultural event, and it kicked off the bossa nova craze that set hi-fis across America spinning." - The Criterion Collection
Selected by Mario Van Peebles, Karl Markovics, Tibor Bíró, Jonathan Demme, Wanuri Kahiu.
IMDBRanking 976 (921)
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Ludwig

Ludwig

Highest Ranking: 392 (March 2006)

1973 / Italy-France-West Germany / 235m / Col / Historical Film, Biography
Helmut Berger, Romy Schneider, Trevor Howard, Silvana Mangano, Gert Frobe, Helmut Griem, Umberto Orsini, Alexander Allerson, Manfred Furst, Mark Burns
"Visconti’s Ludwig is a challenging film not intended for impatient people with short attention spans. Even with all of its flaws, the film offers a fascinating study of an unusual historical figure who’s main strength was in his ability to avoid the world in grand fashion. Visconti’s obsessive attention to detail and melodramatic operatic flair works well for the story of Ludwig. This may not be Visconti’s best film but regardless, it is a serious and complex work that deserves to be appreciated, slow at times but fascinating nonetheless." - Pablo Vargas, The Spinning Image
Selected by Olivier Assayas, Brad Deane, Olivier Père, Bruce Beresford, Wong Shuk-han.
974
920
Get Carter

Get Carter

Highest Ranking: 419 (March 2006)

1971 / UK / 112m / Col / Crime Thriller, Gangster Film
Michael Caine, Britt Ekland, John Osborne, Ian Hendry, Bryan Mosley, Geraldine Moffatt, Dorothy White, Tony Beckley, George Sewell, Rosemarie Dunham
"'This is movie modernism British-style. The occasional stylistic flourishes suggest the imported influence of the New Wave, the brief bursts of sex, violence and soundtrack funk offer a trendsetting '70s take on the gangster movie. But its prime virtue now looks like its depiction of a nation slowly made to face its own moral and physical dilapidation, hope and glory gone way down and out… Mike Hodges' debut offers a tunnel vision of this landscape. He shoots it cold, sparse and ambivalent, the terse, gnomic plotting and dialogue doubtless contributing to the allure of what might otherwise be a relatively plain genre movie." - Nick Bradshaw, Time Out
Selected by Keith Griffiths, John Baldessari, Colin MacCabe, Jonathon Oake, Bettina Thienhaus.
See also 1,000 Noir Films.
973
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Cul-de-sac

Cul-de-sac

Highest Ranking: 710 (2013)

1966 / UK / 111m / BW / Comedy Thriller, Black Comedy
Donald Pleasence, Francoise Dorleac, Lionel Stander, Jack MacGowran, Iain Quarrier, Robert Dorning, Jacqueline Bisset, Geoffrey Sumner, Renee Houston, William Franklyn
"Roman Polanski orchestrates a mental ménage à trois in this slyly absurd tale of paranoia from the director’s golden 1960s period. Donald Pleasence and Françoise Dorléac star as a withdrawn couple whose isolated house is invaded by a rude, burly American gangster on the run, played by Lionel Stander. The three engage in role-playing games of sexual and emotional humiliation. Cul-de-sac is an evocative, claustrophobic, and morbidly funny tale of the modern world in chaos." - The Criterion Collection
Selected by Abel Ferrara, Ray Lawrence, Ian Francis, Pawel Pawlikowski, Paul Buck.
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Pepe le Moko

Pépé le Moko

Highest Ranking: 442 (March 2006)

1937 / France / 94m / BW / Romantic Drama, Gangster Film
Jean Gabin, Mireille Balin, Gabriel Gabrio, Lucas Gridoux, Gilbert Gil, Line Noro, Saturnin Fabre, Fernand Charpin, Marcel Dalio, Charles Granval
"The notorious Pépé le moko (Jean Gabin, in a truly iconic performance) is a wanted man: women long for him, rivals hope to destroy him, and the law is breathing down his neck at every turn. On the lam in the labyrinthine Casbah of Algiers, Pépé is safe from the clutches of the police—until a Parisian playgirl compels him to risk his life and leave its confines once and for all. One of the most influential films of the 20th century and a landmark of French poetic realism." - The Criterion Collection
Selected by Ruth Barton, Ginette Vincendeau, Juzaburo Futaba, Patrice Leconte, Kaneto Shindo.
See also 1,000 Noir Films.
971
914
To Live

To Live

Huozhe (original title)
Highest Ranking: 809 (2015)

1994 / China-Hong Kong / 145m / Col / Family Drama, Political Drama
Ge You, Gong Li, Niu Ben, Guo Tao, Jiang Wu, Ni Dahong, Liu Tianchi, Zhang Lu, Xiao Cong, Dong Fei
"Zhang Yimou's masterful, stirring To Live takes us from the turbulent, treacherous China of the '40s civil war to the brutal Cultural Revolution and beyond through the lives of one couple, who in the course of hardship and tragedy emerge as symbolic of the ordinary Chinese and their capacity to endure and to hope for a better future. Based on Yu Hua's Lifetimes, the superb To Live is fortunately more absorbing than grueling--and it is indeed the latter. It possesses both vast scope and intimacy, humor and sorrow, complex characterizations, richness of incident and an awareness of the quixotic role fate plays in all our destinies." - Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
Selected by Todd Gilchrist, Wayne Wang, Diego Galán, Sterling Van Wagenen, Leste Chen.
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Anatahan

Anatahan

The Saga of Anatahan (alternative title); Ana-ta-han (alternative title)
Highest Ranking: 594 (2007)

1953 / Japan / 90m / BW / Drama, Adventure
Akemi Negishi, Suganume, Ikio Sawamura, Shoji Najayama, Jun Fujikawa, Kondo, Miyashita, Tsuruemon, Kikuji, Kokuriro
"A more extreme degree of stylization is impossible to imagine: the Pacific island setting was re-created entirely in a Japanese studio out of cellophane and paper (Sternberg complained that he was forced to use real water), and the actors who perform this tale of shipwrecked sailors are Kabuki-trained Japanese. Distance is built into every aspect of the production, from the shadowed, filtered images to Sternberg's own voice-over narration, yet the feelings that emerge are incredibly pure and immediate: Sternberg seems to be photographing the absolute essence of human emotion." - Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
Selected by Stephane Delorme, Heinz Emigholz, Patrice Rollet, Ken Mogg, Victor Erice.
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Le Boucher

Le Boucher

The Butcher (English title)
Highest Ranking: 813 (2007)

1970 / France-Italy / 94m / Col / Thriller, Psychological Thriller
Stephane Audran, Jean Yanne, Antonio Passalia, Pascal Ferone, Mario Beccara, William Guerault, Roger Rudel
"Classically simple but relentlessly probing thriller, set in a French village shadowed by the presence of a compulsive killer. Some lovely Hitchcockian games, like the strange ketchup that drips onto a picnic hamburger from a clifftop where the latest victim has been claimed… With this film Chabrol came full circle back to his first, echoing not only the minutely detailed provincial landscape of Le Beau Serge but its theme of redemption." - Tom Milne, Time Out
Selected by Arild Andresen, Louise Dumas, Josefina Molina, Christian Cargnelli, Christian Petzold.
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3 Women

3 Women

Three Women (alternative spelling)
Highest Ranking: 813 (2016)

1977 / USA / 125m / Col / Drama, Psychological Drama
Shelley Duvall, Sissy Spacek, Janice Rule, Robert Fortier, Ruth Nelson, John Cromwell, Sierra Pecheur, Craig Richard Nelson, Maysie Hoy, Belita Moreno
"In a dusty, underpopulated California resort town, a naive southern waif, Pinky Rose (Spacek), idolizes and befriends her fellow nurse, the would-be sophisticate and “thoroughly modern” Millie Lammoreaux (Duvall). When Millie takes Pinky in as her roommate, Pinky’s hero worship evolves into something far stranger and more sinister than either could have anticipated. Featuring brilliant performances from Spacek and Duvall, this dreamlike masterpiece from Robert Altman careens from the humorous to the chilling to the surreal, resulting in one of the most unusual and compelling films of the 1970s." - The Criterion Collection
Selected by Jonathan Caouette, Maura McHugh, Sean Durkin, John Greyson, Richard Combs.
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Babe

Babe

Highest Ranking: 908 (2012)

1995 / Australia / 94m / Col / Animal Picture, Children's Fantasy
James Cromwell, Magda Szubanski, Zoe Burton, Roscoe Lee Browne, Christine Cavanaugh, Paul Goddard, Miriam Margolyes, Ken Takakura, Danny Mann, Hugo Weaving
"Degree of difficulty apart - and difficulty involved making an entire farmyard of real animals talk - the merits of Babe are those of Dick King-Smith's classic, The Sheep-Pig. Piglet Babe beats the slaughterhouse and is adopted by a sheepdog who coaches him in the art of rounding up sheep. Taciturn farmer Hoggett (Cromwell) wonderingly goes along with this apprenticeship, and is gratified when Babe wins the rosette at the trials. Babe's secret is politeness which gets better results than barking, and raises lots of laughs. Charming, eccentric and very amusing." - Brian Case, Time Out
Selected by James Gunn, Josephine Decker, Shion Sono, Trey Parker, Jeffrey Westhoff.
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Floating Weeds

Floating Weeds

Ukikusa (original title)
Highest Ranking: 687 (2014)

1959 / Japan / 119m / Col / Drama, Reunion Film
Ganjiro Nakamura, Machiko Kyo, Ayako Wakao, Hiroshi Kawaguchi, Haruko Sugimura, Hikaru Hoshi, Yosuke Irie, Koji Mitsui, Hitomi Nozoe, Chishu Ryu
"Subtle, lyrical, and delicately bittersweet, Floating Weeds offers an excellent introduction to the cinema of Yasujiro Ozu—one of the greatest of all Japanese filmmakers… From the first shot, comically juxtaposing a lighthouse (background) with a sake bottle (foreground), to the last one of a train swiftly moving over a nighttime landscape, it’s plain we’re in the hands of a filmmaker whose prime concern is understatement and overtone. Rather than rush to the heat of a “big” dramatic moment, Ozu concentrates on the warmth of “small” ones. In scene after scene the way the characters walk, sit, stand, and speak is scrupulously observed." - David Ehrenstein, The Criterion Collection
Selected by José Luis Guerín, Duane Hopkins, Paulino Viota, James Mangold, Matti Ijäs.
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Rope

Rope

Highest Ranking: 744 (2016)

1948 / USA / 80m / Col / Thriller, Psychological Thriller
James Stewart, John Dall, Farley Granger, Joan Chandler, Cedric Hardwicke, Constance Collier, Douglas Dick, Edith Evanson, Dick Hogan, Alfred Hitchcock
"Rope isn't Hitchcock's best film, but it's one of his most audacious. With this movie, the master of suspense turns a nail-biting setpiece into a full-length feature, and shows us the ugly flipside of the violent thrillers that made his name. Murder in the movies is usually more about motive than consequence. The bad guys have it coming, and killers are much more interesting before they start repenting their crimes. But Rope rejects that formula by taking inspiration from a real-life murder, a particularly cold-hearted one, and rubbernecking on its aftermath." - Pamela Hutchinson, The Guardian
Selected by José Mojica Marins, Will Brooker, Michaela Boland, Peter Wollen, Malu De Martino.
See also 1,000 Noir Films.
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Carnival of Souls

Carnival of Souls

Highest Ranking: 954 (2020)

1962 / USA / 80m / BW / Horror, Gothic Film
Candice Hilligoss, Frances Feist, Sidney Berger, Herk Harvey, Stan Levitt, Art Ellison, Tom McGinnis, Dan Palmquist, Steve Boozer, Pamela Ballard
"In 1962, Carnival of Souls came and went with little notice, playing the drive-in circuit to the usual audiences before fading into obscurity. The sole feature film of writer John Clifford and director Harold "Herk" Harvey, Carnival stayed lost only temporarily, its frequent late-night television screenings allowing it to amass a cult following that's only grown over the years… So why has it survived? For one thing, despite readily apparent flaws, it's an effective, deeply unsettling film that looks and feels like virtually nothing else… A fine example of low-budget artistry, a creepy horror film, a bizarre and dreamlike death fable, and a true original, Carnival of Souls thoroughly deserves its unexpected immortality." - Keith Phipps, A.V. Club
Selected by Ekkehard Knörer, Cristina Nord, Luke Thompson, Christian Petzold, Joachim Schätz.
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The Hart of London

The Hart of London

Highest Ranking: 367 (March 2006)

1970 / Canada / 80m / Col-BW / Avant-garde-Experimental
"Jack Chambers's 80-minute The Hart of London is a sprawling, ambitious film that combines newsreel footage of disasters, urban and nature imagery, and footage evoking the cycles of life and death. It is one of those rare films that succeeds precisely because of its sprawl; raw and open-ended almost to the point of anticipating the postmodern rejection of "master narratives," it cannot be reduced to a simple summary, and changes on you from one viewing to the next." - Fred Camper
Selected by Félix García de Villegas Rey, Marcos Ortega, Mark Webber, Philip S. Solomon, Brian Frye.
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Touchez pas au Grisbi

Touchez pas au Grisbi

Grisbi (alternative title)
Highest Ranking: 774 (2013)

1954 / France / 94m / BW / Crime, Caper
Jean Gabin, Rene Dary, Paul Frankeur, Lino Ventura, Paul Oettly, Jeanne Moreau, Dora Doll, Daniel Cauchy, Vittorio Sanipoli, Denise Clair
"This model French gangster picture set the rules for the great sequence of underworld movies from Jean-Pierre Melville that followed. An ageing and weary Gabin attempts to retire after one last robbery. Instead he finds himself in a world of moody double-crosses. Becker's film, full of neat angles and delightful little bits of business, is laconic and admirably methodical. If its code of honour and its world of safe houses (and the absence of any police) make it seem like a wartime resistance film, it does also show what other gangster movies often ignore: that the reason for earning money dishonestly is to be able to live in style." - Chris Peachment, Time Out
Selected by Shinji Aoyama, Ginette Vincendeau, Andris Feldmanis, Matti Ijäs, Peter von Bagh.
See also 1,000 Noir Films.
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Red Beard

Red Beard

Akahige (original title)
Highest Ranking: 503 (March 2006)

1965 / Japan / 185m / BW / Period Film, Medical Drama
Toshiro Mifune, Yuzo Kayama, Yoshio Tsuchiya, Tsutomu Yamazaki, Reiko Dan, Miyuki Kuwano, Kyoko Kagawa, Tatsuyoshi Ehara, Teruma Niki, Takashi Shimura
"A testament to the goodness of humankind, Akira Kurosawa’s Red Beard chronicles the tumultuous relationship between an arrogant young doctor and a compassionate clinic director. Toshiro Mifune, in his last role for Kurosawa, gives a powerhouse performance as the dignified yet empathic director who guides his pupil to maturity, teaching the embittered intern to appreciate the lives of his destitute patients. Perfectly capturing the look and feel of 19th-century Japan, Kurosawa weaves a fascinating tapestry of time, place, and emotion." - The Criterion Collection
Selected by Kim Young-Jin, Alexander Payne, Steven Seagal, Chris Wisner, Aki Kaurismäki.
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L'Enfance nue

L'Enfance nue

Naked Childhood (English title)
Highest Ranking: 683 (2014)

1968 / France / 80m / Col / Childhood Drama, Coming-of-Age
Michel Terrazon, Marie-Louise Thierry, Rene Thierry, Raoul Billerey, Maurice Coussonneau, Pierrette Deplanque, Linda Gutemberg, Marie Marc, Henri Puff
"The singular French director Maurice Pialat puts his distinctive stamp on the lost-youth film with this devastating portrait of a damaged foster child. We watch as ten-year-old François (Terrazon) is shuttled from one home to another, his behavior growing increasingly erratic, his bonds with his surrogate parents perennially fraught. In this, his feature debut, Pialat treats that potentially sentimental scenario with astonishing sobriety and stark realism. With its full-throttle mixture of emotionality and clear-eyed skepticism, L’enfance nue was advance notice of one of the most masterful careers in French cinema, and remains one of Pialat’s finest works." - The Criterion Collection
Selected by Valeska Grisebach, Wes Anderson, Girish Shambu, Mimi Brody, Cedric Kahn.
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The End of Summer

The End of Summer

Kohayagawa-ke no aki (original title); Early Autumn (alternative title)
Highest Ranking: 611 (2010)

1961 / Japan / 103m / Col / Drama, Family Drama
Ganjiro Nakamura, Setsuko Hara, Yoko Tsukasa, Michiyo Aratama, Reiko Dan, Keiju Kobayashi, Masahiko Shimazu, Haruko Sugimura, Hisaya Morisighe, Chieko Naniwa
"Modernisation/westernisation shapes everything, from family ethics to fashions in food, drink, work, dance and clothes. As in Floating Weeds, much of the film is funny (notably a stalking sequence and a hide-and-seek scene that make virtuoso play with point of view, and a delightfully 'untimely' fart gag), but towards the end it takes on a dark solemnity unusual even in Ozu's most poignant work. Another gem - and only the atypically emphatic music disappoints." - Geoff Andrew, Time Out
Selected by Wong Kar-wai, Ashim Ahluwalia, Edward Lawrenson, Eugène Green, Grace Mak.
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Broadcast News

Broadcast News

Highest Ranking: 932 (2020)

1987 / USA / 133m / Col / Workplace Comedy, Media Satire
William Hurt, Albert Brooks, Holly Hunter, Robert Prosky, Lois Chiles, Jack Nicholson, Joan Cusack, Peter Hackes, Christina Clemenson, Robert Katims
"Writer/director Brooks is knowing about the wisecracks, back-stabbings, political shifts, and innate decencies of the media game, and underpinning what is a charming, protean love-triangle is a serious statement about the function, value, and direction of television news… Brooks' script has some superb set pieces, crackles with furious one-liners, and mirrors fact. Though a little soft-centred, and closing with a too open-ended postscript, it confirms all the camaraderies and care beyond and behind the pressures and pratfalls, and manages to knock rivals in Yuppie-tography like Wall Street and Fatal Attraction sideways." - Steve Grant, Time Out
Selected by Peter Kosminsky, Josh Radnor, Mike Birbiglia, Rob Hunter, Gina Prince-Bythewood.
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Mildred Pierce

Mildred Pierce

Highest Ranking: 495 (2008)

1945 / USA / 109m / BW / Melodrama, Film Noir
Joan Crawford, Jack Carson, Zachary Scott, Eve Arden, Ann Blyth, Bruce Bennett, George Tobias, Lee Patrick, Moroni Olsen, Jo Ann Marlowe
"James Cain's novel of the treacherous life in Southern California that sets house-wife-turned waitress-turned-successful restauranteur (Crawford) against her own daughter (Blyth) in competition for the love of playboy Zachary Scott, is brought fastidiously and bleakly to life by Curtiz' direction, Ernest Haller's camerawork, and Anton Grot's magnificent sets. Told in flashback from the moment of Scott's murder, the film is a chilling demonstration of the fact that, in a patriarchal society, when a woman steps outside the home the end result may be disastrous." - Phil Hardy, Time Out
Selected by Tim Highsted, Paul Julian Smith, David Oppedisano, Andy Medhurst, Anita Chaudhuri.
See also 1,000 Noir Films.
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The Ten Commandments

The Ten Commandments

Highest Ranking: 719 (December 2006)

1956 / USA / 220m / Col / Religious Epic, Hagiography
Charlton Heston, Yul Brynner, Anne Baxter, Edward G. Robinson, Yvonne De Carlo, John Derek, Vincent Price, Cedric Hardwicke, Debra Paget, H.B. Warner
"With a running time of nearly four hours, Cecil B. De Mille's last feature and most extravagant blockbuster is full of the absurdities and vulgarities one expects, but it isn't boring for a minute. Although it's inferior in some respects to De Mille's 1923 picture of the same title and some of the special effects look less plausible now than they did in 1956, the color is ravishing, and De Mille's form of showmanship, which includes a personal introduction and his own narration, never falters. Simultaneously ludicrous and splendid, this is an epic driven by the sort of personal conviction one almost never finds in more recent Hollywood monoliths." - Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
Selected by Jean-Loup Bourget, José Luis Garci, Jaime Chávarri, Camille Paglia, Laurie Anderson.
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A Better Tomorrow

A Better Tomorrow

Ying hung boon sik (original title)
Highest Ranking: 877 (2015)

1986 / Hong Kong / 95m / Col / Crime, Action Thriller
Chow Yun-Fat, Leslie Cheung, Lung Ti, Emily Chu, Waise Lee, Fui-On Shing, Kenneth Tsang, Tsui Hark, John Woo, Feng Tien
"To understand how this particular John Woo-Chow Yun-fat collaboration captured the imaginations of a generation is perhaps to chart the history of cinephilia in Hong Kong. With a Chinese title that translates as ‘the true nature of heroes’, Woo’s seminal heroic bloodshed movie has indeed combined the best of several (movie) worlds: as a relatively faithful remake of Patrick Lung Kong’s The Story of a Discharged Prisoner (1967), it is further spiced up by the principle of brotherhood and the honourable code of yi stemming from martial arts epics of yesteryears – especially those by his mentor Chang Cheh.” - Edmund Lee, Time Out Hong Kong
Selected by Anupama Chopra, Kazuyoshi Kumakiri, Lee Cheuk-lun, Manfred Wong, Ning Hao.
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Ballad of Narayama

The Ballad of Narayama

Narayama bushiko (original title)
Highest Ranking: 758 (2013)

1983 / Japan / 130m / Col / Rural Drama, Family Drama
Ken Ogata, Sumiko Sakamoto, Takejo Aki, Tonpei Hidari, Seiji Kurasaki, Kaoru Shimamori, Ryutaro Tatsumi, Junko Takada, Nijiko Kiyokawa, Mitsuko Baisho
"This harsh and beautiful 1983 film by Shohei Imamura marks a turning point in his career, away from the violence and confrontationalism of his earlier films and toward an almost Ozu-like acceptance of human fate. The story is set in an impoverished mountain village, where the law of survival requires that every citizen over 70 be put to death to make room for new mouths at the table… Imamura's rough sexual humor is still in evidence, but now it has taken on a dark tone: to make love is to flirt with death." - Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
Selected by Isamu Hirabayashi, Jasper Sharp, Li Yu, Tim Robey, Nick Davis.
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Design for Living

Design for Living

Highest Ranking: 585 (2008)

1933 / USA / 90m / BW / Romance, Sophisticated Comedy
Fredric March, Gary Cooper, Miriam Hopkins, Edward Everett Horton, Franklin Pangborn, Isabel Jewell, Jane Darwell, Wyndham Standing, Lionel Belmore, Thomas Braidon
"Gary Cooper, Fredric March, and Miriam Hopkins play a trio of Americans in Paris who enter into a very adult “gentleman’s agree­ment” in this continental pre-Code comedy, freely adapted by Ben Hecht from a play by Noël Coward and directed by Ernst Lubitsch. A risqué relationship story and a witty take on creative pursuits, the film concerns a commercial artist (Hopkins) unable—or unwilling—to choose between the equally dashing painter (Cooper) and playwright (March) she meets on a train en route to the City of Light. Design for Living is Lubitsch at his sexiest, an entertainment at once debonair and racy, featuring three stars at the height of their allure." - The Criterion Collection
Selected by Frédéric Vitoux, Mariano Llinás, Leos Carax, Peter Buchka, Jorge Gorostiza.
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Deep Red

Deep Red

Profondo rosso (original title)
Highest Ranking: 934 (2020)

1975 / Italy / 98m / Col / Thriller, Giallo
David Hemmings, Daria Nicolodi, Gabriele Lavia, Clara Calamai, Macha Meril, Glauco Mauri, Eros Pagni, Giuliana Calandra, Nicoletta Elmi, Pierro Mazzinghi
"Deep Red was Dario Argento's first full-fledged masterpiece, a riveting thriller whose secrets carefully unravel via a series of carefully calibrated compositions that become not unlike virtual gateways into Freudian pasts. Like Argento's ever-flowing camera, Deep Red's killer is everywhere—the protagonist's claustrophobia becomes a physical response both to the film's oppressive mise-en-scène and Argento's formal framing. Unlike The Cat O' Nine Tails, there's no silly scientific rationale here for the film's murders (indeed, there are no easy answers). Argento delicately grapples with issues feminism and masculinity within Deep Red's meticulously visual exegesis of a troubled psyche." - Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
Selected by Florence Maillard, Rob Hunter, Raquel Abad, Jocelyn Moorhouse, Raphaël Bassan.
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Ride the High Country

Ride the High Country

Highest Ranking: 413 (March 2006)

1962 / USA / 94m / Col / Western, Revisionist Western
Randolph Scott, Joel McCrea, Ronald Starr, Mariette Hartley, R.G. Armstrong, James Drury, Edgar Buchanan, L.Q. Jones, Warren Oates, John Anderson
"Peckinpah's superb second film, a nostalgic lament for the West in its declining years… Affectionately funny as Scott and McCrea, once more hired and temporarily in harness, creak rheumatically while climbing off their horses, turn aside from the trail to bathe aching feet, and sport long woolly combinations for bed. But also achieving an almost biblical grandeur as the two oldtime lawmen, fallen upon hard times and suddenly realising that the world has left them behind, contrive not to fall from grace and self-respect when a tempting gold shipment comes between them. Truly magnificent camerawork from Lucien Ballard." - Tom Milne, Time Out
Selected by Alexander Payne, Makoto Shinozaki, David Edelstein, Edward Buscombe, Philip Kemp.
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Gilda

Gilda

Highest Ranking: 578 (2008)

1946 / USA / 110m / BW / Film Noir, Romantic Mystery
Rita Hayworth, Glenn Ford, George Macready, Joseph Calleia, Steven Geray, Gerald Mohr, Joseph Sawyer, Robert Scott, Ludwig Donath, Don Douglas
"Rita Hayworth’s nightclub queen is at once seductive and innocent, a mix of virgin and whore – the perfect male fantasy. Her striptease scene is erotic to the max – but all she peels off are those long black gloves. No wonder club manager Glenn Ford is obsessed, as is club owner George Macready, her arrival disrupting their borderline gay relationship. Hothouse passions were rarely steamier than in Charles Vidor’s 1946 thriller, and the close-knit triangle set-up plays itself out in classic noir style." - Philip Kemp, Total Film
Selected by Briony Hanson, Constantine Giannaris, Ivan Cardoso, Jake Wilson, Martin Casariego.
See also 1,000 Noir Films.
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Juliet of the Spirits

Juliet of the Spirits

Giulietta degli spiriti (original title)
Highest Ranking: 491 (2012)

1965 / Italy / 148m / Col / Comedy Drama, Marriage Drama
Giulietta Masina, Mario Pisu, Sandra Milo, Valentina Cortese, Valeska Gert, Jose-Luis de Villalonga, Friedrich von Ledebur, Caterina Boratto, Lou Gilbert, Sylva Koscina
"Federico Fellini's phantasmagoric Juliet of the Spirits was the Italian master's first color film. Fellini went deliriously and brilliantly bananas with the color to create a rollicking through-the-looking-glass series of tableaus evoking a woman's troubled psyche. These sequences are a zany, surreal jumble of Freudian, Jungian and pagan symbolism segued into a 145-minute head trip. Although the head being explored is a woman's and the movie has been described as the female counterpart of Fellini's 8 1/2, the fantasies being enacted are still Fellini's sexual obsessions but embellished with feminine frills." - Stephen Holden, The New York Times
Selected by Wes Craven, Mark L. Lester, Chris Berry, Danny Elfman, Nicolas Cage.
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O Lucky Man!

O Lucky Man!

Highest Ranking: 600 (March 2006)

1973 / UK / 173m / Col / Comedy, Satire
Malcolm McDowell, Ralph Richardson, Rachel Roberts, Arthur Lowe, Helen Mirren, Graham Crowden, Peter Jeffrey, Dandy Nichols, Mona Washbourne, Anthony Nicholls
"O Lucky Man! begins as an irreverent capitalist satire before springboarding into issues including class struggle, sexual mores, world politics, and meta-commentary on the medium itself… Though its particular brand of deadpan comedy is unmistakably British, O Lucky Man! has a plainspoken surrealism that owes much to Luis Buñuel; both knew that a sense of detachment was the best way to keep the outrageous goings-on in balance. Perhaps Anderson's most inspired touch was to commission Alan Price, late of The Animals, to perform original songs that tie the vignettes together and act as a sort of Greek chorus that comments on the action." - Scott Tobias, A.V. Club
Selected by Claire Monk, Richard Kuipers, Alex Cox, Richard Linklater, Chuck Rudolph.
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They Live

They Live

Highest Ranking: 882 (2019)

1988 / USA / 93m / Col / Alien Film, Sci-Fi Action
Roddy Piper, Keith David, Meg Foster, George "Buck" Flower, Peter Jason, Raymond St. Jacques, Jason Robards III, John Lawrence, Susan Barnes, Sy Richardson
"They Live, Carpenter's 1988 paranoid freakout, deserves to be thought of as a masterpiece, an artist's defiant last grab at substance before losing the thread. It's a cheesy but lovable movie about a working-class hero (WWF wrestler "Rowdy" Roddy Piper), struggling to find work in a harshly class-riven Los Angeles. He discovers, after slipping on a pair of special sunglasses, that the city’s abundant population of yuppies are aliens. It's that simple: Yuppies are aliens. In interviews, Carpenter often goes further than his screenplay, flatly calling the secret ghouls Republicans." - Joshua Rothkopf, Rolling Stone
Selected by Adam Wingard, Pedro Butcher, Guilherme Martins, Peter Miller, Bong Joon-ho.
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They Were Expendable

They Were Expendable

Highest Ranking: 299 (March 2006)

1945 / USA / 135m / BW / War Drama, Combat Film
Robert Montgomery, John Wayne, Donna Reed, Jack Holt, Ward Bond, Marshall Thompson, Leon Ames, Louis Jean Heydt, Russell Simpson, Cameron Mitchell
"A major work in the career of John Ford, They Were Expendable reflects the great director's love of the U.S. Navy and admiration of the men and women who fought the Second World War. It's a product of wartime, meant to be stirringly patriotic and occasionally saccharine… They Were Expendable offers glimmers of the psychological complexity that marks later Ford films like The Searchers and The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance. It's a classic that hasn't received its proper recognition." - Nick Sambides Jr., Allmovie
Selected by Christian Keathley, Patrick Russell, Karel Reisz, Peter von Bagh, John Milius.
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The Nightmare Before Christmas

The Nightmare Before Christmas

Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas (alternative title)
Highest Ranking: 835 (2016)

1993 / USA / 76m / Col / Fantasy, Animated Musical
Danny Elfman, Chris Sarandon, Catherine O'Hara, William Hickey, Glenn Shadix, Paul Reubens, Ken Page, Ed Ivory, Susan McBride, Debi Durst
"The Nightmare Before Christmas is a Tim Burton film in the sense that the story, its world and its look first took shape in Burton's mind, and he supervised their filming. But the director of the film, a veteran stop-action master named Henry Selick, is the person who has made it all work. And his achievement is enormous. Working with gifted artists and designers, he has made a world here that is as completely new as the worlds we saw for the first time in such films as Metropolis (1927), The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari or Star Wars… The songs by Danny Elfman are fun, too, a couple of them using lyrics so clever they could be updated from Gilbert & Sullivan." - Roger Ebert, Roger Ebert.com
Selected by François Thomas, Isamu Hirabayashi, José Luis Rebordinos, Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Alexandre Tylski.
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La Nuit du carrefour

La Nuit du carrefour

Night at the Crossroads (English title)
Highest Ranking: 649 (December 2006)

1932 / France / 70m / BW / Police Detective Film, Crime Drama
Pierre Renoir, Georges Térof, Winna Winifried, Georges Koudria, Dignimont, G.A. Martin, Michel Duran, Jean Gehret, Boulicot, Max Dalban
"The screen's first Simenon adaptation, a wonderfully impenetrable mystery in which a series of murders and murder attempts gradually unravel a tale of star-crossed love and stolen diamonds, centring on a lonely crossroads, a sleazy garage, and a semi-derelict house harbouring an enigmatic, drug-stupefied femme fatale. Shot almost entirely on location and in direct sound, with most of the action taking place at night or in permanently shrouding mists, the whole film is seen and heard as through a glass, darkly… Weird, hallucinating and oddly poetic, it prefigures the treacherous perspectives of the later film noir." - Tom Milne, Time Out
Selected by Jean-Marie Straub, James Naremore, Louis Skorecki, Cristina Fernandes, Martial Pisani.
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Holiday

Holiday

Highest Ranking: 570 (2007)

1938 / USA / 93m / BW / Comedy, Romance
Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn, Lew Ayres, Doris Nolan, Edward Everett Horton, Henry Kolker, Binnie Barnes, Henry Daniell, Jean Dixon, Charles Trowbridge
"Marvellous 'sophisticated comedy' about a prototype dropout (Grant in one of his best performances) who takes a rich upper class family by storm: arriving engaged to the conventionally snobbish younger daughter (Nolan), stirring up latent doubts and resentments through his carefree disregard for material proprieties and properties, he ends up by showing the yearningly dissatisfied elder sister (Hepburn) the way to a declaration of independence… Often underrated by comparison with The Philadelphia Story (both are based on plays by Philip Barry), but even better because its glitteringly polished surface is undermined by veins of real feeling, it is one of Cukor's best films." - Tom Milne, Time Out
Selected by Tim Robey, Grégory Valens, Andy Medhurst, Stephanie Zacharek, Jim Emerson.
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Odd Man Out

Odd Man Out

Highest Ranking: 321 (March 2006)

1947 / UK / 115m / BW / Drama, Crime
James Mason, Robert Newton, Robert Beatty, Kathleen Ryan, William Hartnell, Cyril Cusack, F.J. McCormick, Fay Compton, Beryl Measor, Dan O'Herlihy
"A wounded Irish revolutionary (James Mason at his near best) on the run in Belfast encounters a cross section of human responses—self-interest, indifference, empathy, and charity—in this arty English thriller directed by Carol Reed and adapted by F.L. Green and R.C. Sherriff from Green's novel. This may be Reed's most pretentious film, but it also happens to be one of his very best, beautifully capturing the poetry of a city at night (with black-and-white cinematography by Robert Krasker that's within hailing distance of Gregg Toland and Stanley Cortez's work with Orson Welles)." - Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
Selected by Agnieszka Holland, Bruce Beresford, Lewis Gilbert, Roman Polanski, Yasuo Furuhata.
See also 1,000 Noir Films.
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carlitosway

Carlito's Way

Highest Ranking: Current

1993 / USA / 144m / Col / Crime Drama, Gangster Film
Al Pacino, Sean Penn, Penelope Ann Miller, John Leguizamo, Ingrid Rogers, Luis Guzman, Viggo Mortensen, Paul Mazursky, James Rebhorn, Joseph Siravo
"Everything about Carlito’s Way is improbable, starting with the fact that it’s a masterpiece. On paper, it sounds like a glossy Nineties Hollywood version of a cheapo B-picture that, 50 years earlier, would have been labeled “a programmer,” and for that reason, its initial reviews tended to be negative or somewhat dismissively positive… Sure enough, though—as invariably happens with Brian De Palma’s movies—audiences grew to admire and ultimately adore Carlito’s Way. They looked past the film’s surfaces and got lost in its depths; within seven years of its release, Cahiers du Cinema named it the best film of the Nineties." - Matt Zoller Seitz, Reverse Shot
Selected by Stephanie Zacharek, Laurent Vachaud, Chow Sze-chung, Leonardo Levis, Claus Philipp.
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Hotel Terminus

Hôtel Terminus

Hotel Terminus: The Life and Times of Klaus Barbie (English title)
Highest Ranking: 395 (March 2006)

1988 / USA / 267m / Col / History, Documentary
Klaus Barbie, Claude Lanzmann, Jeanne Moreau, Marcel Ophüls
"Marcel Ophuls’s fascinating portrait of the Nazi “Butcher of Lyons,” who later went onto work for the U.S. Counterintelligence Corps and pursue a career as a drug and information trafficker in Bolivia, is a worthy successor to Ophuls’s earlier The Sorrow and the Pity. While the format is basically talking-heads interviews with acquaintances and victims of Barbie (as well as other specialists), arranged in order to give a lucid chronological account of his career, Ophuls manages to treat his subject with a great deal of intelligence and irony… This isn’t a work of art in the sense that Shoah is, but it is investigative journalism at its best, solid and penetrating. " - Jonathan Rosenbaum
Selected by Nick James, Radu Jude, Heather Hendershot, James Toback, Pier Marton.
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The Incredible Shrinking Man

The Incredible Shrinking Man

Highest Ranking: 779 (2016)

1957 / USA / 81m / BW / Science Fiction, Psychological Sci-Fi
Grant Williams, Randy Stuart, April Kent, Paul Langton, William Schallert, Billy Curtis, Raymond Bailey, Frank Scannell, Helene Marshall, Diana Darrin
"Not merely the best of Arnold's classic sci-fi movies of the '50s, but one of the finest films ever made in that genre. It's a simple enough story: after being contaminated by what may or may not be nuclear waste, Williams finds himself slowly but steadily shedding the pounds and inches until he reaches truly minuscule proportions. But it is what Richard Matheson's script does with this basic material that makes the film so gripping and intelligent… And finally, to the strains of Joseph Gershenson's impressive score, we arrive at the film's philosophical core: a moving, strangely pantheist assertion of what it really means to be alive. A pulp masterpiece." - Geoff Andrew, Time Out
Selected by Horacio Bernades, Juan Antonio Bayona, Xavier Pérez, Chico Fireman, Gabriel Carneiro.
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Topsy-Turvy

Topsy-Turvy

Highest Ranking: 742 (2013)

1999 / UK-USA / 160m / Col / Comedy Drama, Musical Drama
Jim Broadbent, Allan Corduner, Timothy Spall, Wendy Nottingham, Lesley Manville, Ron Cook, Kevin McKidd, Shirley Henderson, Dorothy Atkinson, Martin Savage
"The world of Gilbert and Sullivan comes to vivid life in director Mike Leigh’s extraordinary dramatization of the staging of the duo’s legendary 1885 comic opera The Mikado. Jim Broadbent and Allan Corduner brilliantly inhabit the roles of the world-famous Victorian librettist and composer… A lushly produced epic about the harsh realities of creative expression, featuring bravura performances and Oscar-winning costume design and makeup, Topsy-Turvy is an unexpected period delight from one of contemporary cinema’s great artists." - The Criterion Collection
Selected by Michal Oleszczyk, Luke McKernan, Christopher Fowler, Peter Wollen, Ken Mogg.
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America, America

America, America

The Anatolian Smile (UK title)
Highest Ranking: 562 (2010)

1963 / USA / 168m / BW / Drama, Americana
Stathis Giallelis, Frank Wolff, Harry Davis, Elena Karam, Lou Antonio, John Marley, Estelle Hemsley, Katharine Balfour, Giorgos Foundas, Gregory Rozakis
"America, America has a sweep and heart that transcends its many shortcomings: Over the sprawling runtime, Kazan conveys the grueling scope of Giallelis’ wayward journey, which only moves forward after going sideways and backward first. But the real hero of America, America is cinematographer Haskell Wexler, whose dramatic lighting and striking black-and-white compositions suggest a better movie might have been made without sound. Giallelis’ story is the story of America writ large, and while it isn’t always convincing in its particulars, it’s stirring in sentiment." - Scott Tobias, A.V. Club
Selected by Alice Rohrwacher, Fabio Troncarelli, Pascal Merigeau, Bill Pullman, Christian Ramirez.
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Dog Star Man

Dog Star Man

Highest Ranking: 525 (March 2006)

1964 / USA / 75m / Col / Avant-garde-Experimental, Abstract Film
Stan Brakhage, Jane Brakhage
"Brakhage revitalises the Romantic concept of the artist as heroic protagonist, struggling with Nature, the seasons, life, death, and above all with his own developing consciousness. This work introduced to the '60s avant-garde a new use of visual analogy and metaphor, in a language based on wild camera movement, hand painting, superimposition, and the reconstruction and recapitulation of series of images and whole sequences." - David Curtis, Time Out
Selected by David Sterritt, Bryan Chang, David E. James, Jaime Pena, Carolee Schneemann.
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Le Jour se leve

Le Jour se lève

Daybreak (English title)
Highest Ranking: 518 (2007)

1939 / France / 93m / BW / Crime Drama, Romantic Drama
Jean Gabin, Arletty, Jules Berry, Mady Berry, Rene Genin, Arthur Devere, Rene Bergeron, Bernard Blier, Jacqueline Laurent, Gabrielle Fontan
"Possibly the best of the Carné-Prévert films, certainly their collaboration at its most classically pure, with Gabin a dead man from the outset as his honest foundry worker, hounded into jealousy and murder by a cynical seducer, holes up with a gun in an attic surrounded by police, remembering in flashback how it all started while he waits for the end. Fritz Lang might have given ineluctable fate a sharper edge (less poetry, more doom), but he couldn't have bettered the performances from Gabin, Berry, Arletty, and (as the subject of Gabin's romantic agony) Laurent." - Tom Milne, Time Out
Selected by Alejandro Agresti, Heinz Emigholz, Firat Yücel, Noel King, Claude Lelouch.
See also 1,000 Noir Films.
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Chikamatsu monogatari

Chikamatsu monogatari

The Crucified Lovers (English title)
Highest Ranking: 805 (2016)

1954 / Japan / 100m / BW / Melodrama, Romantic Drama
Kazuo Hasegawa, Kyoko Kagawa, Eitaro Shindo, Eitaro Ozawa, Yoko Minamida, Haruo Tanaka, Chieko Naniwa, Ichiro Sugai, Tatsuya Ishiguro, Hiroshi Mizuno
"A sublime, perfectly modulated story of doomed love between a merchant's wife and a servant, set in 17th-century Japan and drawn from the repertory of Japan's puppet theater, the Bunraku. Kenji Mizoguchi's 1954 film has the most imaginative soundtrack of any of his films, and while the story lacks the awesome power of his Ugetsu and Sansho the Bailiff (both made during the same period), it still remains essential viewing." - Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
Selected by Alain Masson, Ruy Guerra, Daisuke Akasaka, Dominique Martinez, C.S. Venkiteswaran.
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Enter the Dragon

Enter the Dragon

Highest Ranking: 880 (2020)

1973 / USA-Hong Kong / 97m / Col / Action, Martial Arts
Bruce Lee, John Saxon, Kien Shih, Ahna Capri, Angela Mao, Jim Kelly, Robert Wall, Bolo Yeung, Betty Chung, Geoffrey Weeks
"The legend of Enter the Dragon is bigger than the film itself. The first Hollywood-sanctioned kung-fu film, and a worldwide box-office smash, Enter the Dragon is lean and proficient as an actioner, centered around a fighting competition held on a mysterious island owned by Han (Shih Kien), a powerful Shaolin dropout who traffics in drugs and prostitution. Lee (Bruce Lee) proves to be Han’s greatest adversary, a quiet Shaolin master who accepts an invitation to the competition in hopes of helping British Intelligence arrest Han and best Han’s chief bodyguard, O’Hara (Robert Wall), who, coincidentally, had a hand in Lee’s sister’s suicide. It’s a familiar setup, but director Robert Clouse works the material for efficiency and optimum thrill, while providing a buoyant visual style to the action." - Chris Cabin, Slant Magazine
Selected by Takashi Miike, Chris Chang, Hidenori Inoue, Tony Jaa, Nicolas Cage.
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Das Boot

Das Boot

The Boat (English title)
Highest Ranking: 703 (2011)

1981 / West Germany / 149m / Col / War Drama, Sea Adventure
Jurgen Prochnow, Herbert Gronemeyer, Klaus Wennemann, Hubertus Bengsch, Martin Semmelrogge, Bernd Tauber, Erwin Leder, Martin May, Heinz Hoenig, Claude-Oliver Rudolph
"Peterson's film, which stars Jurgen Prochnow as a stoic German U-boat captain, is a visually spectacular film, distinguished by strong performances and brilliant Steadicam photography that snakes through the U-boat as its patrols the North Atlantic during World War II. It's suspenseful when it needs to be and intelligent in its depiction of the horrors of war and the sweaty claustrophobia of submarine life. On occasion, it's even -- pardon the pun -- deep." - Edward Guthmann, San Francisco Chronicle
Selected by Lukas Moodysson, Christopher McQuarrie, Ralph Ziman, Wael Khairy, Kenneth Turan.
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Arabian Nights

Arabian Nights

Il Fiore delle mille e una notte (original title)
Highest Ranking: 560 (2007)

1974 / Italy-France / 130m / Col / Adventure, Romantic Fantasy
Ninetto Davoli, Franco Citti, Tessa Bouche, Margaret Clementi, Ines Pellegrini, Franco Merli, Francelise Noel, Ali Abdulla, Christian Aligny, Jeanne Gauffin Mathieu
"Pier Paolo Pasolini traveled to Africa, Nepal, and the Middle East to realize this ambitious cinematic treatment of a selection of stories from the legendary The Thousand and One Nights. This is not the fairy-tale world of Scheherazade or Aladdin, though. Instead, the director focuses on the book’s more erotic tales, framed by the story of a young man’s quest to reconnect with his beloved slave girl. Full of lustrous sets and costumes and stunning location photography, Arabian Nights is a fierce and joyous exploration of human sexuality." - The Criterion Collection
Selected by Fernando Meirelles, Mia Hansen-Løve, Roger Clarke, Tony Rayns, Sandra Kogut.
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Stand by Me

Stand by Me

Highest Ranking: Current

1986 / USA / 87m / Col / Drama, Coming-of-Age
Wil Wheaton, River Phoenix, Corey Feldman, Jerry O'Connell, Richard Dreyfuss, Kiefer Sutherland, Casey Siemaszko, Gary Riley, Bradley Gregg, Jason Oliver
"In Reiner's superior slice of teen nostalgia, Dreyfuss is the now middle-aged writer, looking back at the dear dead days beyond recall when he and a group of young friends ventured into the local woods where they believed a corpse was buried. Based on an (apparently) semi-autobiographical story by Stephen King, the film covers similar territory to countless other rites-of-passage dramas. The Ben E King theme song and all the imagery of tousled adolescents preening themselves like miniature James Deans rekindle memories of old jeans commercials, but the film is so well-observed and so energetically acted by its young cast that mawkishness is kept at bay." - Geoffrey Macnab, Time Out
Selected by David Gordon Green, Jamie Graham, Simon Rumley, Riccardo Milani, Dave Franco.
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Summer with Monika

Summer with Monika

Sommaren med Monika (original title)
Highest Ranking: Current

1953 / Sweden / 96m / BW / Psychological Drama, Romantic Drama
Harriet Andersson, Lars Ekborg, Dagmar Ebbesen, Ake Fridell, Naemi Briese, Ake Gronberg, Sigge Furst, John Harryson, Gert Fylking, Harry Ahlin
"Summer with Monika remains a film of remarkable freshness and vitality – crossed with a melancholic, even bitter vision. We see better today this consistently split-level construction: how the dream of youthful passion lived out by Monika (Andersson) and Harry (Ekborg), in their brief rejection of a drab Swedish society, is counterpointed at every turn by the practical realities of money, ageing, inevitable disappointment and everyday mundanity. One enduring appeal of the film is perfectly clear in the 21st century: it is a model teen movie, in not only its plot and characters, but also its entire style and mood." - Adrian Martin, Film Critic: Adrian Martin
Selected by Jean A. Gili, Grégory Valens, Van Papadopoulos, Jack Stevenson, Christian Petzold.
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The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner

The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner

Highest Ranking: 676 (March 2006)

1962 / UK / 103m / BW / Psychological Drama, Sports Drama
Tom Courtenay, James Bolam, Avis Bunnage, Michael Redgrave, Alec McCowen, Joe Robinson, Topsy Jane, Julia Foster, James Fox, John Thaw
"As with its French equivalents, much of the British New Wave looks horribly dated in a modern context: all that light jazz, casual romantic disaffection and overeager jump-cutting doesn’t really wash with contemporary audiences. But what’s beyond criticism is the commitment to emotional veracity which fuelled films like The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner… The film is anchored in Tom Courtenay’s remarkable, remorseless performance as the eponymous runner Colin, torn between selfishness and sacrifice, class loyalty and commercial gain, impossible victory and inevitable surrender." - Tom Huddleston, Time Out
Selected by Jean A. Gili, Chus Gutiérrez, Krzysztof Kieslowski, David Roland, Paolo D'Agostini.
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The Outlaw Josey Wales

The Outlaw Josey Wales

Highest Ranking: 556 (2012)

1976 / USA / 135m / Col / Western, Outlaw (Gunfighter) Film
Clint Eastwood, Chief Dan George, Sondra Locke, Bill McKinney, John Vernon, Paula Trueman, Sam Bottoms, Geraldine Keams, Royal Dano, Woodrow Parfrey
"A remarkable film which sets out as a revenge Western: Eastwood sees his family massacred and joins the Confederate guerillas; after the Civil War, he is hunted by Union soldiers while he pursues his family's slayer and a friend apparently turned traitor. But slowly the film changes direction, until through a series of comic interludes it becomes the story of a man who (re)discovers his role as family man… If that seems like a rewrite of Hawks' Red River, visually The Outlaw Josey Wales is closest to Anthony Mann in its breathtaking survey of American landscapes (and seasons)." - Phil Hardy, Time Out
Selected by James Mangold, Keith Griffiths, Steven Galvin, Philip Kemp, Trey Parker.
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Kill Bill Vol. 1

Kill Bill Vol. 1

Highest Ranking: Current

2003 / USA / 111m / Col-BW / Action Thriller, Martial Arts
Uma Thurman, Lucy Liu, Vivica A. Fox, Michael Madsen, Daryl Hannah, David Carradine, Sonny Chiba, Chiaki Kuriyama, Chia Hui Liu, Michael Parks
"Kill Bill, Volume 1 shows Quentin Tarantino so effortlessly and brilliantly in command of his technique that he reminds me of a virtuoso violinist racing through Flight of the Bumble Bee -- or maybe an accordion prodigy setting a speed record for Lady of Spain. I mean that as a sincere compliment. The movie is not about anything at all except the skill and humor of its making. It's kind of brilliant. His story is a distillation of the universe of martial arts movies, elevated to a trancelike mastery of the material… The movie is all storytelling and no story. The motivations have no psychological depth or resonance, but are simply plot markers. The characters consist of their characteristics. Lurking beneath everything, as it did with Pulp Fiction, is the suggestion of a parallel universe in which all of this makes sense in the same way that a superhero's origin story makes sense." - Roger Ebert, RogerEbert.com
Selected by Ekaterina Shcheglova, Emilio Bustamante, Xavier Pérez, Tom Tykwer, Gerard Alonso Cassadó.
See also The 21st Century's Most Acclaimed Films.
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The Return

The Return

Vozvrashchenie (original title)
Highest Ranking: 830 (2018)

2003 / Russia / 110m / Col / Psychological Drama, Coming-of-Age
Vladimir Garin, Ivan Dobronravov, Konstantin Lavronenko, Natalia Vdovina, Gailina Popova, Alexej Suknovalov, Lazarj Dubovik, Elizaveta Alexandrova, Ljubovj Kasakova, Andrej Sumin
"The Return is the stunning feature film debut of Andrey Zvyagintsev, a 39-year-old Russian director who here renews the grand tradition of Russian cinematic mysticism epitomized by Andrei Tarkovsky. With a story line at once enigmatic and psychologically acute, The Return draws on biblical motifs to tell a story of Vanya (Ivan Dobronravov) and Andrey (Vladimir Garin), adolescent brothers who have grown up in the care of their mother (Natalia Vdovina) in a small, depressed town, their father having disappeared sometime after Vanya's birth… Mr. Zvyagintsev creates a most moving tension between his archetypal themes and the bristling specificity of his characters. The film is at once highly naturalistic and dreamily abstract, playing out its mythic themes through vibrantly detailed characterizations (and remarkable performances by the entire cast)." - Dave Kehr, The New York Times
Selected by Joe Cornish, Hind Mezaina, Jamie Thraves, John Wrathall, Ali Ulvi Uyanik.
See also The 21st Century's Most Acclaimed Films.
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The Sun Shines Bright

The Sun Shines Bright

Highest Ranking: 595 (2007)

1953 / USA / 90m / BW / Drama, Americana
Charles Winninger, Arleen Whelan, John Russell, Stepin Fetchit, Russell Simpson, Jane Darwell, Grant Withers, Ludwig Stossel, Francis Ford, Paul Hurst
"My favorite John Ford feature was also the director's, and it's one of his cheapest and coziest, made in black and white at Republic Pictures. Vaguely a remake of his 1934 Judge Priest, set in an idyllic Kentucky town at the turn of the century, it features the same alcoholic hero this time played by Charles Winninger and even more transparently a stand-in for Ford. The busy plot, confused by insensitive studio cutting, concerns racial strife, prostitution, prudery, and death and involves the entire community; Ford makes the film a ceremonial elegy and testament to everything that he loves and respects." - Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
Selected by Fred Camper, Shinji Aoyama, Albert Bolduc, Craig Keller, Tom Milne.
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Elevator to the Gallows

Elevator to the Gallows

Ascenseur pour l'échafaud (original title); Lift to the Scaffold (alternative title)
Highest Ranking: 892 (2020)

1958 / France / 92m / BW / Romance, Crime Thriller
Maurice Ronet, Jeanne Moreau, Georges Poujouly, Yori Bertin, Jean Wall, Elga Andersen, Sylviane Aisenstein, Micheline Bona, Lino Ventura, Ivan Petrovich
"Few debuts come punchier, cooler, and more influential than Louis Malle’s 1958 thriller about a Parisian murder plan unravelling, scene by fateful scene. Claude Chabrol’s Le beau serge, released later that year, is generally considered the first film of the French New Wave - why not this? Malle wasn’t in with the Cahiers du cinéma club, and tended to distance himself from their auteurist tenets. But his tight, resourceful, location-shot film, composed superbly with natural light by Henri Decaë, and achieving plenty of contemporary zing with its famous Miles Davis score, is a very clear precursor of the work of Godard and Truffaut… The construction has a mocking fatalism that might have felt oppressive, but Malle and his actors keep you constantly on the edge of your seat, wondering what curse will befall the desperate lovebirds next." - Tim Robey, The Telegraph
Selected by Sebastián Lelio, Jan Lumholdt, Jan Nemec, Helge Schneider, Jaume Balagueró.
See also 1,000 Noir Films.
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The Misfits

The Misfits

Highest Ranking: 517 (March 2006)

1961 / USA / 124m / BW / Drama, Modern Western
Clark Gable, Marilyn Monroe, Montgomery Clift, Thelma Ritter, Eli Wallach, Estelle Winwood, James Barton, Kevin McCarthy, Denis Shaw, Philip Mitchell
"Huston's direction is taut and Russell Metty's elegantly sombre and sparse black and white images provide the feel of a spontaneous and almost documentary-like approach to the material. The Misfits lends itself to readings from numerous critical perspectives but it is perhaps most meaningfully a film concerned with stardom and in particular its complex relation to both the star and her or his audience. As the film illustrates, Monroe hadn't really resolved the split between her being perceived as a sex symbol and as a serious performer. And, the fact that The Misfits is Monroe's and Gable's final film and one of Clift's last efforts, makes it an inescapably sad film." - Richard Lippe, Film Reference
Selected by Amos Gitai, Jan Troell, Mohamed Khan, Mika Kaurismäki, Steven Gaydos.
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Fellini's Casanova

Fellini's Casanova

Il Casanova di Federico Fellini (original title); Casanova (alternative title)
Highest Ranking: 350 (March 2006)

1976 / Italy / 158m / Col / Comedy Drama, Period Film
Donald Sutherland, Tina Aumont, Cicely Browne, Carmen Scarpitta, Clara Algranti, Olimpia Carlisi, Adele Angela Lojodice, Clarissa Mary Roil, Daniel Emilfork, Margaret Clementi
"Vainly seeking wealthy patrons for his scholarly pursuits, Casanova is seen as both an intellectual figure of the Enlightenment and a licentious voluptuary of a corrupt society about to be swept away by the French Revolution... The semi-coherent, death-obsessed narrative reeks of self-disgust and has the clammy atmosphere of an undertaker's embalming room. Made entirely on fabulous Cinecittà sets, it's superbly photographed and magnificently staged and Sutherland (who hated the experience) is a compelling presence." - Philip French, The Observer
Selected by Michel Ciment, Michel Chion, Mike Hodges, Peter Greenaway, Olivier Curchod.
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Seventh Heaven

Seventh Heaven

7th Heaven (alternative spelling)
Highest Ranking: 704 (2013)

1927 / USA / 119m / BW / Romance, Melodrama
Janet Gaynor, Charles Farrell, Ben Bard, Albert Gran, David Butler, Marie Mosquini, Gladys Brockwell, Emile Chautard, Jessie Haslett, George E. Stone
"Seventh Heaven is probably Frank Borzage's most famous film, the one where all his principles of mystical romance come together most distinctively. This exquisite tale of romance between street waif/prostitute Diane (Gaynor) and Montmartre sewage worker Chico (Farrell) stresses the redemptive side of couplehood so persuasively that otherworldly connotations, like the strong ray of light that literally shines down on them after their various trials, seem only fair and natural. Borzage ennobles their poverty-stricken lives to such an extent that even the cruelties of war don't stand a chance when they are working against it together." - Dan Callahan, Slant Magazine
Selected by David Robinson, Catherine Gautier, Isaki Lacuesta, Manuel Asín, Tim Wong.
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Dracula

Dracula

Horror of Dracula (alternative title)
Highest Ranking: 826 (2014)

1958 / UK / 82m / Col / Costume Horror, Gothic Film
Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee, Michael Gough, Melissa Stribling, Carol Marsh, Valerie Gaunt, John Van Eyssen, Miles Malleson, Charles Lloyd Pack, Janina Faye
"This creepy period yarn has retained much of its bite… One shouldn’t be brutal about a film of such noble intent, but as ‘horror’ it doesn’t have the honest-to-goodness scares that modern audiences expect. Still, Christopher Lee’s Dracula is a menacing and complex presence who never lets his fangs and cape dominate. There’s also the canny use of vampirism as an allegory for drug abuse and sexually transmitted disease: is this the camp forerunner to Abel Ferrara’s The Addiction?" - David Jenkins, Time Out
Selected by Nicolas Barbano, Shion Sono, Nacho Vigalondo, Evelyne Caron-Lowins, Shunji Iwai.
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The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes

The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes

Highest Ranking: 693 (2011)

1970 / USA / 125m / Col / Romantic Adventure, Comedy Thriller
Robert Stephens, Colin Blakely, Genevieve Page, Irene Handl, Christopher Lee, Tamara Toumanova, Clive Revill, Mollie Maureen, Stanley Holloway, Catherine Lacey
"A wonderful, cruelly underrated film. Although there are some terrifically funny moments, and on one level the Wilder/Diamond conception of Conan Doyle's hero does tend to debunk the myth of the perfect sleuth, this alternative vision of Holmes sets up a stylish and totally appropriate story as a context in which to explain the reason for Holmes' forsaking of his emotional life to become a thinking machine… With a stunning score by Miklós Rozsa, carefully modulated performances, lush location photography, and perfect sets by Trauner, it is Wilder's least embittered film and by far his most moving." - Geoff Andrew, Time Out
Selected by Jean-Pierre Berthomé, Marc Cerisuelo, Neil Sinyard, Agustin Diaz Yanes, Adrian Turner.
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L'Amour fou

L'Amour fou

Mad Love (English title)
Highest Ranking: 890 (2008)

1968 / France / 252m / BW / Showbiz Drama, Psychological Drama
Bulle Ogier, Jean-Pierre Kalfon, Maddly Bamy, Etienne Becker, Yves Beneyton, Denis Berry, Liliane Bordoni, Celia, Michel Delahaye, Josee Destoop
"Though its four-hour running time might scare some off, Rivette's tale of a deteriorating marriage between a theater director (Kalfon) and his actress wife (Ogier) doesn't start to show its length until its last quarter, when the two hole up in their apartment for one last lunatic binge and the movie's intricate structure dissolves. Rivette blends the couple's struggles with scenes from his rehearsals for a production of Racine's Andromache and 16mm documentary footage of the rehearsals ostensibly shot by a TV crew… The question isn't really whether four hours is too much, but whether you ever wish there was less. The answer is a resounding no." - Sam Adams, Philadelphia City Paper
Selected by Antony Fiant, Dmitry Martov, Violeta Kovacsics, Milton do Prado, Leo Berkeley.
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Moi, un Noir

Moi, un Noir

I, a Negro (English title)
Highest Ranking: 738 (2015)

1958 / France / 70m / Col / Culture & Society, Anthropology
Amadou Demba, Karidyo Faoudou, Gambi, Oumarou Ganda, Seydou Guede, Alassane Maiga, Petit Toure
"Jean Rouch completed this quasi-documentary in 1958, and it still feels ahead of its time. Rather than make his own record of Treichville, a district in the Ivory Coast city Abidjan, Rouch recruited several local men and women to create scenes based on their lives. With this innovative working method, Rouch raises a question implicit in all nonfiction filmmaking: Who’s the genuine auteur, the director or the subjects? And yet the results don’t feel at all cerebral… Jean-Luc Godard praised this as a masterpiece upon first release, and it’s easy to see why; the film introduces aesthetic and even philosophical conceits that would be central to his own work as a director." - Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader
Selected by Antonio Rodrigues, Elena Oroz, Manthia Diawara, Felipe Bragança, Yale Gontijo.
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42nd Street

42nd Street

Highest Ranking: 432 (2007)

1933 / USA / 89m / BW / Backstage Musical, Musical Comedy
Warner Baxter, Ruby Keeler, Bebe Daniels, George Brent, Una Merkel, Dick Powell, Guy Kibbee, Ginger Rogers, George E. Stone, Robert McWade
"Reviving the musical's fortunes in one fell swoop, Bacon and Busby Berkeley's backstage saga set the benchmark for the putting-on-a-show subgenre not by means of plot (a thin and hackneyed affair about a young understudy finding stardom when she covers for the temperamental diva) but through sassy songs and dialogue and dazzling mise-en-scène. A grand cast makes the most of numbers like 'You're Getting to Be a Habit with Me', 'Shuffle Off to Buffalo' and 'Young and Healthy', while Berkeley choreographs chorines and camera with mischievous dexterity." - Geoff Andrew, Time Out
Selected by Bernardo Bertolucci, Carlos Saura, Billy Wilder, Russ Meyer, Juzaburo Futaba.
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The Usual Suspects

The Usual Suspects

Highest Ranking: 644 (2008)

1995 / USA / 105m / Col / Crime, Thriller
Gabriel Byrne, Kevin Spacey, Stephen Baldwin, Chazz Palminteri, Pete Postlethwaite, Giancarlo Esposito, Kevin Pollak, Suzy Amis, Benicio Del Toro, Paul Bartel
"Writer Christopher McQuarrie's original notion was to make a film called The Usual Suspects, in which five criminals meet in a police line-up. He thought it would make a wonderful poster. The poster's O.K. The movie is sensational, a modern-day noir about petty crime, a mythic gangster, loyalty, going straight and double crosses. This movie has everything but Humphrey Bogart, and I'm sure he's sorry he was unavailable… Most of the time I hardly knew what was going on, but I couldn't wait to see what happened next. Singer is not a fancy director, or ostentatious or ornate. The beauty of The Usual Suspects is in its simplicity." - Barbara Shulgasser, San Francisco Chronicle
Selected by Lisa Mullen, Ferenc Zalaba, Philip Kemp, Donato Carrisi, Jurgen Egger.
See also 1,000 Noir Films.
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Saraband

Saraband

Highest Ranking: Current

2003 / Sweden-Denmark-Norway-Italy-Finland-Germany-Austria / 120m / Col / Psychological Drama, Family Drama
Liv Ullmann, Erland Josephson, Borje Ahlstedt, Julia Dufvenius, Gunnel Fred
"Saraband is a sequel to his [Bergman's] 1973 feature Scenes From a Marriage, in which a couple played by Liv Ullmann and Erland Josephson split up… This film reunites the characters after 30 years… Bergman's sheer intellectual and spiritual seriousness is remarkable. He is often mocked, but at the age of 87, the director is greater than his detractors, with an extraordinary fluency, energy and willingness to draw upon the deepest wellsprings of human suffering. And he has the ability to elicit extraordinarily mature and intelligent performances from an outstanding cast… Nothing in contemporary cinema has quite the same high-mindedness and passionate severity. Its dramatic idiom is not so much dated as isolated. No one else makes films like this." - Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
Selected by Rita Azevedo Gomes, Newton Aduaka, Jose Enrique Monterde, Ángeles González-Sinde, Philippe d'Hugues.
See also The 21st Century's Most Acclaimed Films.
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Simon of the Desert

Simon of the Desert

Simón del desierto (original title)
Highest Ranking: 722 (2015)

1965 / Mexico / 43m / BW / Satire, Religious Comedy
Claudio Brook, Silvia Pinal, Hortensia Santovena, Luis Aceves Castaneda, Enrique Alvarez Felix, Antonio Bravo, Enrique del Castillo, Jesus Fernandez, Enrique Garcia Alvarez, Eduardo MacGregor
"Simon of the Desert is Luis Buñuel’s wicked and wild take on the life of devoted ascetic Saint Simeon Stylites, who waited atop a pillar surrounded by a barren landscape for six years, six months, and six days, in order to prove his devotion to God. Yet the devil, in the figure of the beautiful Silvia Pinal, huddles below, trying to tempt him down. A skeptic’s vision of human conviction, Buñuel’s short and sweet satire is one of the master filmmaker’s most renowned works of surrealism." - The Criterion Collection
Selected by Paulo Antônio Paranaguá, Daniel V. Villamediana, Frances Morgan, Gonçalo Tocha, Haden Guest.
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M*A*S*H

M*A*S*H

MASH (alternative spelling)
Highest Ranking: 573 (2010)

1970 / USA / 116m / Col / Military Comedy, Satire
Donald Sutherland, Elliott Gould, Tom Skerritt, Sally Kellerman, Robert Duvall, Jo Ann Pflug, Rene Auberjonois, Gary Burghoff, Fred Williamson, John Schuck
"Robert Altman's commercial breakthrough after more than 20 years of industrial films and TV work felt like a joyous shout of liberation, not just for its director but for the film industry in general. M*A*S*H was proudly, gleefully, gloriously rude as few previous Hollywood films had dared to be, not just in using four-letter words but also in a hilariously casual disrespect for religion, the military, American foreign policy, and authority as a whole… If you know M*A*S*H as a TV series and not as a film, prepare yourself for a shock; there is nothing warm and fuzzy about this movie, which makes its bitter humor all the more effective." - Mark Deming, All Movie
Selected by Duncan Jones, David Nordmark, Scott Von Doviak, Claude Lelouch, Rokuro Mochizuki.
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Hellzapoppin'

Hellzapoppin'

Highest Ranking: 572 (2008)

1941 / USA / 84m / BW / Anarchic Comedy, Backstage Musical
Ole Olsen, Chic Johnson, Martha Raye, Robert Paige, Jane Frazee, Lewis Howard, Clarence Kolb, Mischa Auer, Elisha Cook Jr., Hugh Herbert
"A genuinely bizarre oddity, this madcap comedy is fascinating not only for its many very funny moments, but also for the way it includes, amid the material taken directly from the original stage revue, various purely cinematic gags which are surprisingly modern in tone and significance… Although lacking the satirical edge of the Marx Brothers, Hellzapoppin' frequently outstrips the works of Groucho and Co in terms of speed, imagination and sheer craziness." - Geoff Andrew, Time Out
Selected by Jonathan Romney, Joe Dante, Thomas Beard, David Robson, Philippe Mora.
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American Graffiti

American Graffiti

Highest Ranking: 401 (2007)

1973 / USA / 110m / Col / Comedy Drama, Teen Movie
Richard Dreyfuss, Candy Clark, Ron Howard, Paul Le Mat, Cindy Williams, Harrison Ford, Charles Martin Smith, Mackenzie Phillips, Wolfman Jack, Bo Hopkins
"Because it's been imitated so often, it's almost impossible to see what an innovative film Graffiti is, from its near-constant rock 'n' roll soundtrack to the closing-credits summation of each protagonist's fate. It's more important, however, to see it as the great film it is, a funny, touching, nearly cliché-free, and thoroughly considered evocation of a time, place, and state of mind. Released just 11 years after the events it depicts (it usually takes about 20 years for nostalgia to set in), the film both captures the enormous societal changes between the early '60s and early '70s and winningly dramatizes the lives of its characters." - Keith Phipps, A.V. Club
Selected by Milos Forman, David Pirie, David Fincher, Kerry Prior, Kiyoshi Sasabe.
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Forbidden Planet

Forbidden Planet

Highest Ranking: 493 (2011)

1956 / USA / 98m / Col / Science Fiction, Space Adventure
Walter Pidgeon, Anne Francis, Leslie Nielsen, Warren Stevens, Jack Kelly, Richard Anderson, Earl Holliman, James Drury, George Wallace, Robert Dix
"By the time Forbidden Planet hit theaters in 1956, aliens, robots, and strange worlds had become commonplace, thanks to B-movies, pulps, and comic books. So how did it become the touchstone science-fiction film of its decade? It thought big. Here was outer space as only the lavish production values of MGM could imagine it, a journey to an alien landscape painted in bold Eastmancolor and stretched across a CinemaScope frame. But it also thought small. Forbidden Planet's characters travel to the far reaches of space to discover boundaries that remain in place no matter where you go. The mind may climb to the stars, but it's hard to shake the beast within." - Keith Phipps, A.V. Club
Selected by Joe Dante, John A. Russo, William Malone, John Carpenter, Enrique Dueñas.
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Bad Lieutenant

Bad Lieutenant

Highest Ranking: 848 (March 2006)

1992 / USA / 98m / Col / Police Drama, Crime Drama
Harvey Keitel, Victor Argo, Paul Calderon, Leonard Thomas, Robin Burrows, Frankie Thorn, Victoria Bastel, Paul Hipp, Brian McElroy, Frankie Acciarito
"Ferrara’s tale of sin and redemption has a raw, unvarnished power that’s embodied by Keitel’s performance, and the years have preserved it as an equally potent street-level look at a city… Though Ferrara has a well-earned reputation as New York’s chief provocateur, his secret weapon is a style that’s surprisingly austere and darkly funny, with a lot of long takes that play out from a set distance. Had Ferrara attempted to complement the behavior onscreen with self-consciously “edgy” technique, Bad Lieutenant would have been distractingly over-the-top, but instead it’s a more studied, serious film than its reputation might suggest." - Scott Tobias, The A.V. Club
Selected by Sean Baker, Park Chan-wook, Frederico Machado, Shane Lyons, Wolfgang Nierlin.
See also 1,000 Noir Films.
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Sholay

Sholay

Highest Ranking: Current

1975 / India / 162m / Col / Action, Adventure Drama
Dharmendra, Sanjeev Kumar, Hema Malini, Amitabh Bachchan, Jaya Bhaduri, Amjad Khan, A.K. Hangal, Satyendra Kapoor, Iftekhar, Leela Mishra
"Sholay (Flames), stars the godfather of Bollywood heroes Amitabh Bachchan at his best and is one of the most successful films of the 70s. Often described as a "curry" western, Sholay became a milestone in Indian cinema with an all-star cast, cult dialogue, stylish cinematography and a soundtrack that's still enjoyable today. It's the perfect entry point for any Bollywood virgins… Fully-rounded characters and a simple narrative make three hours pass fairly quickly… All performances are polished but Amjad Khan's debut as the menacing Gabbar Singh deserves special mention, setting new standards for Bollywood villains. It's a movie that you can watch again and again, and hardcore Bollywood fans do. But even if you just watch Sholay once, you won't be disappointed." - Dharmesh Rajput, BBC
Selected by Naman Ramachandran, Lalitha Gopalan, Suresh Krissna, Anupama Chopra, Anees Bazmee.
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La Chienne

La Chienne

The Bitch (English title)
Highest Ranking: 632 (2011)

1931 / France / 95m / BW / Drama, Psychological Drama
Michel Simon, Janie Marese, Georges Flamant, Roger Gaillard, Romain Bouquet, Pierre Desty, Mlle Doryans, Lucien Mancini, Magdeleine Berubet, Jean Gehret
"Jean Renoir creates an incisive, provocative, and excoriating commentary on human behavior, class structure, and social conduct in La Chienne. Using repeated imagery of mirrors and reflections, Renoir visually underscores the self-entrapping pattern of hypocrisy, treachery, and co-dependency inherent in exploitive human relationships… La Chienne captures the moral ambiguity and underlying inequity of culturally entrenched social customs and rationalized human cruelty." - Acquarello, Strictly Film School
Selected by Jesus Franco, Guillermo del Toro, Andy Rector, Tom Milne, Claire Denis.
See also 1,000 Noir Films.
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Duel

Duel

Highest Ranking: 793 (2008)

1971 / USA / 90m / Col / Thriller, Road Movie
Dennis Weaver, Jacqueline Scott, Eddie Firestone, Lou Frizzell, Tim Herbert, Charles Peel, Lucille Benson, Gene Dynarski, Alexander Lockwood, Carey Loftin
"Spielberg's first film, superbly scripted by Richard Matheson, made for TV but booking its own place on the big screen: an absolute cracker about a salesman driving along the highway who gradually realises that the huge petrol tanker playfully snapping at his heels - apparently driverless - has more sinister designs. There are no explanations and no motivations, except perhaps for a hint of allegory in the script and an intriguing visual suggestion that this is the old, old battle between the shining, prancing, vulnerable knight and the impervious, lumbering dragon. Simply a rivetingly murderous game of cat and mouse that keeps you on the edge of your seat." - Tom Milne, Time Out
Selected by Kim Newman, Ferenc Zalaba, Jurica Pavicic, Jayaraaj, Stephen King.
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Knife in the Water

Knife in the Water

Nóz w wodzie (original title)
Highest Ranking: 815 (2017)

1962 / Poland / 94m / BW / Psychological Drama, Marriage Drama
Leon Niemczyk, Jolanta Umecka, Zygmunt Malanowicz
"Roman Polanski’s first feature is a brilliant psychological thriller that many critics still consider among his greatest work. The story is simple, yet the implications of its characters’ emotions and actions are profound. When a young hitchhiker joins a couple on a weekend yacht trip, psychological warfare breaks out as the two men compete for the woman’s attention. A storm forces the small crew below deck, and tension builds to a violent climax. With stinging dialogue and a mercilessly probing camera, Polanski creates a disturbing study of fear, humiliation, sexuality, and aggression." – The Criterion Collection
Selected by Andris Feldmanis, M.T. Vasudevan Nair, Tina Bastajian, Alfredo de Villa, Mrinal Sen.
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Sicilia!

Sicilia!

Sicily! (English title)
Highest Ranking: 540 (2013)

1999 / Italy-France-Germany / 66m / BW / Family Drama, Political Drama
Gianni Buscarino, Vittorio Vigneri, Angela Nugara, Carmelo Maddio, Ignazio Trombello, Simone Nucatola, Giovanni Interlandi, Giuseppe Bonta, Mario Baschieri, Angela Durantini
"Veteran experimentalists Straub and Huillet offer a compact adaptation of Conversation in Sicily, Elio Vittorini's anti-fascist novel of 1939 which was banned outright by the Italian authorities in 1942… Shot in high contrast b/w, which somehow only emphasises the luminescence of the Sicilian sunshine, it takes the form of static images and exchanges of dialogue… The starkness of the project may alienate many viewers, but there's no doubting the film-makers' committed investment in their subject matter." - Trevor Johnston, Time Out
Selected by Ian Penman, Kieron Corless, Manuel J. Lombardo, Eloísa Solaas, José Luis Torres Leiva.
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The Last Temptation of Christ

The Last Temptation of Christ

Highest Ranking: 537 (December 2006)

1988 / USA / 164m / Col / Religious Drama, Hagiography
Willem Dafoe, Harvey Keitel, Paul Greco, Barbara Hershey, Harry Dean Stanton, David Bowie, Steven Shill, Verna Bloom, Roberts Blossom, Barry Miller
"The Last Temptation of Christ, by Martin Scorsese, is a towering achievement. Though it initially engendered enormous controversy, the film can now be viewed as the remarkable, profoundly personal work of faith that it is. This fifteen-year labor of love, an adaptation of Nikos Kazantzakis’s landmark novel that imagines an alternate fate for Jesus Christ, features outstanding performances by Willem Dafoe, Barbara Hershey, Harvey Keitel, Harry Dean Stanton, and David Bowie; bold cinematography by the great Michael Ballhaus; and a transcendent score by Peter Gabriel." - The Criterion Collection
Selected by Kevin Smith, Norm Wilner, Rob Humanick, Pam Cook, Jane Bartlett.