The 1,000 Greatest Films (300-201)

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Wanda

Highest Ranking: Current

1970 / USA / 105m / Col / Drama, Road Movie
Barbara Loden, Michael Higgins, Dorothy Shupenes, Peter Shupenes, Jerome Thier, Marian Thier, Anthony Rotell, M.L. Kennedy, Charles Dosinan, Frank Jourdano
"One of the most notorious orphans of the American New Wave, Barbara Loden's Wanda is actually a benchmark of the era—in a period of gritty, working-class neo-neorealism, here was a genuine indie (unlike most of the "wave" 's important films) that out-low-classed the competition… Loden wrote, directed, and starred in this fascinating portrait of a dim, soul-beaten woman… Equal parts Cassavetes-style vérité, Actors Studio resolve, and remarkable prophecy of the say-little, know-less, just-watch minimalism of recent Asian cinema, Wanda is also an overwhelming portrait—caught in grainy 16mm—of Middle America in the late '60s. " - Michael Atkinson, The Village Voice
Selected by Antony Fiant, Margarethe von Trotta, Kelly Reichardt, Adrian Martin, Ray Carney.
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Husbands

Husbands

Highest Ranking: 254 (2013)

1970 / USA / 138m / Col / Drama, Buddy Film
Ben Gazzara, Peter Falk, John Cassavetes, Jenny Runacre, Jenny Lee Wright, Noelle Kao, Leola Harlow, Meta Shaw, John Kullers, Delores Delmar
"The term "midlife crisis" became a familiar phrase in the seventies-and in seventies cinema-but when John Cassavetes released Husbands, the term was just being born and the concept just starting to make its way into the movies. Subtitled "A Comedy About Life, Death and Freedom," Husbands follows three middle-aged men (Gazzara, Falk and Cassavetes), long time friends and family men, in the wake of the sudden, premature death of the man who completed their fun-loving group… Husbands is undeniably a personal, provocative and uncompromising vision and a daring journey into the psyche of American men." - Sean Axmaker, TCM
Selected by Yorgos Lanthimos, Richard Brody, Ulrich Seidl, Andrey Zvyagintsev, Athina Rachel Tsangari.
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Crimes and Misdemeanors

Crimes and Misdemeanors

Highest Ranking: 188 (March 2006)

1989 / USA / 104m / Col / Comedy Drama, Ensemble Film
Caroline Aaron, Alan Alda, Woody Allen, Claire Bloom, Mia Farrow, Joanna Gleason, Anjelica Huston, Martin Landau, Jenny Nichols, Jerry Orbach
"The principal characters in Crimes and Misdemeanors, Mr. Allen's most securely serious and funny film to date, have a way of jumping headlong from the specific to the general, trying to place themselves in some larger system of things. So, too, does Mr. Allen, and never before has he made the leap with more self-assurance than in this adventurous dramatic comedy, which is a kind of companion piece to Hannah and Her Sisters. He hits the bull's-eye again." - Vincent Canby, The New York Times
Selected by Patricia Rozema, Jiri Menzel, Terry Jones, Bryan Singer, Nashen Moodley.
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Where is the Friend's Home?

Where is the Friend's Home?

Khane-ye doust kodjast? (original title); Where is My Friend's House? (alternative title)
Highest Ranking: 289 (2019)

1987 / Iran / 85m / Col / Drama, Childhood Drama
Babak Ahmed Poor, Ahmed Ahmed Poor, Kheda Barech Defai, Iran Outari, Ait Ansari, Sadika Taohidi, Biman Mouafi, Ali Djamali, Aziz Babai, Nadir Ghoulami
"It's entirely possible that Abbas Kiarostami, who's been making films in Iran for about three decades, is our greatest living filmmaker… Where Is the Friend's House? is a miniature epic about a schoolboy trying to return a classmate's notebook… This is a sustained meditation on singular landscapes and the way ordinary people live in them; an obsessional quest that takes on the contours of a parable; a concentrated inquiry that raises more questions than it answers; and a comic as well as cosmic poem. It's about making discoveries and cherishing what's in the world—including things that we can't understand." - Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
Selected by Michael Haneke, Nicolas Philibert, Judith Williamson, Tadao Sato, Werner Herzog.
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Videodrome

Videodrome

Highest Ranking: 246 (2013)

1983 / Canada / 90m / Col / Media Satire, Sci-Fi Horror
James Woods, Sonja Smits, Deborah Harry, Peter Dvorsky, Jack Creley, Les Carlson, Lynne Gorman, David Bolt, Lally Cadeau, Harvey Chao
"When Max Renn goes looking for edgy new shows for his sleazy cable TV station, he stumbles across the pirate broadcast of a hyperviolent torture show called Videodrome. As he struggles to unearth the origins of the program, he embarks on a hallucinatory journey… Videodrome is one of writer/director David Cronenberg’s most original and provocative works, fusing social commentary with shocking elements of sex and violence. With groundbreaking special effects makeup by Academy Award®-winner Rick Baker, Videodrome has come to be regarded as one of the most influential and mind-bending science fiction films of the 1980s." - The Criterion Collection
Selected by Alex Ross Perry, Nicolas Rapold, Vladan Petkovic, Edgar Pêra, Roee Rosen.
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Monsieur Verdoux

Monsieur Verdoux

Highest Ranking: 160 (March 2006)

1947 / USA / 123m / BW / Black Comedy, Crime Comedy
Charles Chaplin, Martha Raye, Isobel Elsom, Mady Correll, Marilyn Nash, Irving Bacon, William Frawley, Charles Evans, Allison Roddan, Robert Lewis
"While the descriptive phrase "ahead of its time" is all too often dragged out and tacked on to one marginalized film work after another, in the case of Monsieur Verdoux it is perhaps quite appropriate, given not only the film's lackluster reception in its day, but its surprising formal subtleties. The film's quite hilarious sense of humor, one part slapstick, one part steely wit, works in fluid conjunction with Chaplin's bleaker ruminations, and both are still quite contemporary and relevant even while being bound within very specific contexts. Monsieur Verdoux still matters, and it's still an urgent work of necessary art." - Josh Vasquez, Slant Magazine
Selected by Jean-Marie Straub, Bernard Eisenschitz, Guillermo Cabrera Infante, Dan Fainaru, Andy Rector.
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Underground

Underground

Podzemlje (original title)
Highest Ranking: 239 (2015)

1995 / Yugoslavia-France-Germany-Bulgaria-Czech Republic-Hungary / 192m / Col / Comedy Drama, Political Satire
Miki Manojlovic, Lazar Riztovski, Mirjana Jokovic, Slavko Stimac, Mirjana Karanovic, Srdjan Todorovic, Ernst Stotzner, Milena Pavlovic, Bata Stojkovic, Bora Todorovic
"Emir Kusturica's tragic-farce Underground may be the most important film of the last 25 years, a sweltering, morally inquisitive work of political narrative fiction that laments our propensity for auto-destruction. In a time when supposedly serious journalism fails to illuminate the horrors of the world (pop quiz: what did Milosevic do to his people and why?), films like Underground exist to make amends. "Once upon a time there was a country…" So begins Kusturica's parable of self-annihilation, a deliriously metaphorical, emotionally gut-wrenching and devastatingly funny chronicle of a death foretold." - Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
Selected by Benh Zeitlin, Zhao Liang, Ying Liang, Fernando León de Aranoa, Ed Gonzalez.
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The Music Room

The Music Room

Jalsaghar (original title)
Highest Ranking: 171 (2006)

1958 / India / 95m / BW / Drama, Psychological Drama
Chhabi Biswas, Gangapada Basu, Pinaki Sengupta, Padma Devi, Tulsi Lahiri, Kali Sarkar, Waheed Khan, Roshan Kumari, Sardar Akhtar, Tulshi Chakraborty
"With The Music Room, Satyajit Ray brilliantly evokes the crumbling opulence of the world of a fallen aristocrat (the beloved actor Chhabi Biswas) desperately clinging to a fading way of life. His greatest joy is the music room in which he has hosted lavish concerts over the years—now a shadow of its former vivid self. An incandescent depiction of the clash between tradition and modernity, and a showcase for some of India’s most popular musicians of the day, The Music Room is a defining work by the great Bengali filmmaker." - The Criterion Collection
Selected by Adrien Gombeaud, Alain Masson, Amos Gitai, Derek Malcolm, Nasreen Munni Kabir.
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Daisies

Daisies

Sedmikrasky (original title)
Highest Ranking: 291 (2020)

1966 / Czechoslovakia / 76m / Col-BW / Avant-garde-Experimental, Satire
Jitka Cerhova, Ivana Karbanova, Julius Albert, Marie Ceskova, Jan Klusak, Jirina Myskova, Marcela Brezinova, Dr. Oldrich Hora, Josef Konicek, Jaromir Vomacka
"The extraordinary 1966 film Daisies represents an exhilarating, lesser-known strain of the Czech New Wave. This radically mischievous work was the second feature of the wave’s sole female director, Vera Chytilova. In her visually arresting, capricious film — full of colorful experiments, dazzling collage effects and surrealist antics — two dangerously bored young women have anarchic fun in a series of loosely connected episodes." - Nicola Rapold, The New York Times
Selected by B. Ruby Rich, Agnieszka Holland, Claire Monk, Ariel Schweitzer, Hynek Pallas.
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The Matrix

The Matrix

Highest Ranking: 285 (2020)

1999 / USA-Australia / 136m / Col / Science Fiction, Sci-Fi Action
Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Hugo Weaving, Joe Pantoliano, Gloria Foster, Marcus Chong, Julian Arahanga, Matt Doran, Belinda McClory
"The Matrix is just one big, fat, honking comic book of a sci-fi-martial-arts adventure flick. It goes over the top, comes back around the bottom and then back over the top again. It has stu-freakin'-pendous special effects, hipster sang-froid out the wazoo and a story line that makes only as much sense as it has to… Kudos to production designer Owen Paterson and comic-book artist Geof Darrow for their angular techno-grunge world of black leather, sunglasses after dark and tentacled machines. Mucho kudos to Hong Kong fight coordinator Yuen Wo Ping for his wire-stunt expertise that makes the actors fly through the air like a bunch of angry, buff marionettes." - Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post
Selected by Chad Stahelski, Neill Blomkamp, Joss Whedon, Anjelika Artyukh, Fernando Solorzano.
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Back to th Future

Back to the Future

Highest Ranking: Current

1985 / USA / 116m / Col / Teen Movie, Sci-Fi Comedy
Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Crispin Glover, Thomas F. Wilson, Claudia Wells, Marc McClure, Wendie Jo Sperber, George DiCenzo, James Tolkan
"Back to the Future stands up on its own as a well-oiled, brilliantly-edited example of new-school, Spielberg-cultivated thrill-craft, one that endures even now that its visual effects and haw-haw references to Pepsi Free and reruns seem as dated as full-service gas stations apparently did in 1985. Its schematic organization of what Marty and Doc need to accomplish and its steadily mounting series of mishaps demonstrating how they can go wrong represent probably the most carefully-scripted blockbuster in Hollywood history, but the movie's real coup is in how it subtly mocks the political pretensions of the era—not the 1950s, but rather the 1980s." - Eric Henderson, Slant Magazine
Selected by James Gunn, Anna Smith, Matthew Vaughn, Robbie Collin, Destin Daniel Cretton.
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Pandora's Box

Pandora's Box

Die Büchse der Pandora (original title)
Highest Ranking: 189 (March 2006/2008)

1929 / Germany / 133m / BW / Drama, Melodrama
Louise Brooks, Fritz Kortner, Francis Lederer, Carl Goetz, Alice Roberts, Krafft Raschig, Gustav Diessl, Daisy d'Ora, Michael von Newlinsky, Siegfried Arno
"One of the masters of early German cinema, G. W. Pabst had an innate talent for discovering actresses (including Greta Garbo). And perhaps none of his female stars shone brighter than Kansas native and onetime Ziegfeld girl Louise Brooks, whose legendary persona was defined by Pabst’s lurid, controversial melodrama Pandora’s Box. Sensationally modern, the film follows the downward spiral of the fiery, brash, yet innocent showgirl Lulu, whose sexual vivacity has a devastating effect on everyone she comes in contact with. Daring and stylish, Pandora’s Box is one of silent cinema’s great masterworks and a testament to Brooks’s dazzling individuality." - The Criterion Collection
Selected by Graham Fuller, Noël Burch, Peter Whitehead, Quentin Tarantino, Andrew Birkin.
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An Autumn Afternoon

An Autumn Afternoon

Sanma no aji (original title)
Highest Ranking: 237 (2016)

1962 / Japan / 115m / Col / Family Drama, Romantic Drama
Chishu Ryu, Shima Iwashita, Keiji Sada, Shinichiro Mikami, Mariko Okada, Nobuo Nakamura, Ryuji Kita, Eijiro Tono, Teruo Yoshida, Noriko Maki
"Co-scripted with long-term collaborator Kogo Noda, as is usual with Ozu, plot is reduced to a bare minimum. Though the story revolves around the central axis of Hirayama, a good deal of the film is given over to the other characters, charting the ups and downs of their daily existence the film almost existing entirely in the form of a series of vignettes. This apparent lack of focus and purpose may seem off-putting at first, but by avoiding the contrivances of traditional dramatic narratives whilst sketching out a touching portrait of everyday family life, Ozu creates a world that gives the impression of stretching far beyond the limiting vista of the cinema screen." - Jasper Sharp, Midnight Eye
Selected by Alain Masson, Girish Kasaravalli, Casper Tybjerg, Frédéric Maire, Jean-Claude Rousseau.
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The Wages of Fear

The Wages of Fear

Le Salaire de la peur (original title)
Highest Ranking: 178 (2011)

1953 / France-Italy / 105m / BW / Thriller, Adventure Drama
Yves Montand, Charles Vanel, Peter Van Eyck, Vera Clouzot, Folco Lulli, Dario Moreno, William Tubbs, Jo Dest, Antonio Centa, Louis de Lima
"In a squalid South American oil town, four desperate men sign on for a suicide mission to drive trucks loaded with nitroglycerin over a treacherous mountain route. As they ferry their explosive cargo to a faraway oil fire, each bump and jolt tests their courage, their friendship, and their nerves. The result is one of the greatest thrillers ever committed to celluloid, a white-knuckle ride from France’s legendary master of suspense, Henri-Georges Clouzot." - The Criterion Collection
Selected by Bong Joon-ho, Steve McQueen, Manuel Gutiérrez Aragon, John Sayles, Louis Leterrier.
See also 1,000 Noir Films, .
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Dog Day Afternoon

Dog Day Afternoon

Highest Ranking: 282 (2012)

1975 / USA / 125m / Col / Crime, Urban Drama
Al Pacino, John Cazale, Sully Boyar, Charles Durning, Chris Sarandon, Penelope Allen, Beulah Garrick, Carol Kane, James Broderick, Sandra Kazan
"Al Pacino heads a stellar ensemble cast in Sidney Lumet’s tense, unbearably moving tale of a first-time crook whose plan to rob a Brooklyn bank goes spectacularly awry. Though primarily confined to a single location, the film is filled to brimming with distinctly New York characters… At the center of it all is Pacino’s Sonny Wortzik, who alternates between cocky displays of street-theater bravado (his famous “Attica!” speech) and devastating moments of walls-are-closing-in introspection. You can see the film’s influence in multifaceted heist movies like Reservoir Dogs and Heat (also starring Pacino), but nothing matches Dog Day’s earthy, unsentimental vision." - Keith Uhlich, Time Out New York
Selected by Josh Safdie, Bruce Robinson, Richard Lester, Bong Joon-ho, Niki Caro.
See also 1,000 Noir Films.
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Holy Motors

Holy Motors

Highest Ranking: Current

2012 / France-Germany / 115m / Col / Avant-garde-Experimental, Fantasy
Denis Lavant, Edith Scob, Eva Mendes, Kylie Minogue, Elise Lhomeau, Jeanne Disson, Michel Piccoli, Leos Carax, Nastya Golubeva Carax, Reda Oumouzoune
"Despite or perhaps because of the passage of time, Carax has made a film of an extraordinarily youthful vigor. It’s all the more astonishing in that his subject is age, along with its inevitable frustration, degradation, disappointment, regret, and loss. It’s also a paean to a life in the cinema—not one devoid of sentimentality, but one in which the sentimentality is intensely and precisely motivated, like old war stories, by the price it exacts. It’s a movie that arises after the end of cinema, a phoenix of a new cinema. Few films have dramatized as wisely and as poignantly the art that, like the two reels at each end of the camera and the projector, gives with one hand and takes with the other. And few films give so harrowing a sense of staring death in the face and so exhilarating a sense of coming back to tell the tale with a self-deprecating whimsy." - Richard Brody, The New Yorker
Selected by Josephine Decker, Nadav Lapid, Julia Ducournau, Alex Pintică, Oksana Bychkova.
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Three Colours: Blue

Three Colours: Blue

Trois couleurs: Bleu (original title); Blue (alternative title)
Highest Ranking: 210 (2014)

1993 / France-Poland-Switzerland / 100m / Col / Psychological Drama, Romantic Drama
Juliette Binoche, Benoit Regent, Helene Vincent, Florence Pernel, Emmanuelle Riva, Charlotte Very, Philippe Volter, Hugues Quester, Florence Vignon, Yann Tregouet
"In the devastating first film of the Three Colors trilogy, Juliette Binoche gives a tour de force performance as Julie, a woman reeling from the tragic death of her husband and young daughter. But Blue is more than just a blistering study of grief; it’s also a tale of liberation, as Julie attempts to free herself from the past while confronting truths about the life of her late husband, a composer. Shot in sapphire tones by Sławomir Idziak, and set to an extraordinary operatic score by Zbigniew Preisner, Blue is an overwhelming sensory experience." - The Criterion Collection
Selected by Josué Méndez, Riri Riza, Helena Koder, Andrzej Kolodynski, David Sorfa.
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The Empire Strikes Back

The Empire Strikes Back

Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (alternative title)
Highest Ranking: 237 (2012)

1980 / USA / 124m / Col / Science Fiction, Space Adventure
Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams, Anthony Daniels, David Prowse, Kenny Baker, Alec Guinness, Peter Mayhew, Frank Oz
"The Empire Strikes Back is the best of three Star Wars films, and the most thought-provoking. After the space opera cheerfulness of the original film, this one plunges into darkness and even despair, and surrenders more completely to the underlying mystery of the story. It is because of the emotions stirred in Empire that the entire series takes on a mythic quality that resonates back to the first and ahead to the third. This is the heart." - Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
Selected by Louis Leterrier, Bryan Singer, Ferenc Zalaba, Gyorgy Palfi, Matthew Leyland.
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Peeping Tom

Peeping Tom

Highest Ranking: 203 (2012)

1960 / UK / 109m / Col / Thriller, Psychological Thriller
Karlheinz Bohm, Anna Massey, Maxine Audley, Moira Shearer, Esmond Knight, Michael Goodliffe, Shirley Anne Field, Brenda Bruce, Bartlett Mullins, Martin Miller
"Few films have as strange and tortured a destiny as Peeping Tom. Unanimously savaged by critics at the time of its 1960 release, Michael Powell's sympathetic portrait of a mild-mannered serial killer was pulled from London theaters in less than a week… Today, thanks largely to a 1980 revival engineered by Powell enthusiast and fellow director Martin Scorsese, Peeping Tom is rightly seen as a horror classic and sophisticated psychological journey… Peeping Tom was a bold, subversive risk. Far ahead of its time, it's a study in voyeurism that equates photography and moviemaking with scopophilia, the morbid urge to gaze." - Edward Guthmann, San Francisco Chronicle
Selected by Anurag Kashyap, Gerardo Naranjo, Richard Kwietniowski, Thomas Dawson, Keith Uhlich.
See also 1,000 Noir Films.
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Eyes Wide Shut

Eyes Wide Shut

Highest Ranking: Current

1999 / USA-UK / 159m / Col / Marriage Drama, Psychological Drama
Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, Sydney Pollack, Madison Eginton, Marie Richardson, Rade Serbedzija, Vinessa Shaw, Todd Field, Alan Cumming, LeeLee Sobieski
"Eyes Wide Shut epitomizes Kubrick's commendable and audacious willingness to venture into unexplored territory and risk making a fool of himself. Like Crash and Blue Velvet, two similarly fearless, sexually transgressive but ultimately moralistic films that straddled the fine line between genius and lunacy, Eyes Wide Shut is above all a masterpiece of sustained tone, a tightrope act that pays off in rich and unexpected ways… As deceptively simple as an Aesop fable, and as haunting and enigmatic as a half-remembered dream, Eyes Wide Shut is a towering final achievement from one of cinema's greatest innovators." - Nathan Rabin, A.V. Club
Selected by Michel Cieutat, Adrian Martin, Mia Hansen-Løve, Jonathan Levine, Amy Berg.
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Throne of Blood

Throne of Blood

Kumonosu-jou (original title)
Highest Ranking: 187 (2007)

1957 / Japan / 108m / BW / Drama, Samurai Film
Toshiro Mifune, Isuzu Yamada, Minoru Chiaki, Takashi Shimura, Akira Kubo, Hiroshi Tachikawa, Takamaru Sasaki, Kokuten Kodo, Kichijiro Ueda, Eiko Miyoshi
"One of the most celebrated screen adaptations of Shakespeare into film, Akira Kurosawa’s Throne of Blood reimagines Macbeth in feudal Japan. Starring Kurosawa’s longtime collaborator Toshiro Mifune and the legendary Isuzu Yamada as his ruthless wife, the film tells of a valiant warrior’s savage rise to power and his ignominious fall. With Throne of Blood, Kurosawa fuses one of Shakespeare’s greatest tragedies with the formal elements of Japanese Noh theater to make a Macbeth that is all his own—a classic tale of ambition and duplicity set against a ghostly landscape of fog and inescapable doom." - The Criterion Collection
Selected by Agnieszka Holland, Kevin Gough-Yates, Clare Stewart, Nandini Ramnath, Moinak Biswas.
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City of God

City of God

Cidade de Deus (original title)
Highest Ranking: Current

2002 / Brazil-Germany-France / 129m / Col / Crime Drama, Coming-of-Age
Matheus Nachtergaele, Seu Jorge, Alexandre Rodrigues, Leandro Firmino da Hora, Phellipe Haagensen, Douglas Silva, Jonathan Haagensen, Jefechander Suplino, Alice Braga, Roberta Rodriguez Silvia
"Run, don't walk, to the cinema is all I can say. This electrifying picture is part tender coming-of-age film and part gang-warfare epic from the Brazilian slum, or favela, told from the viewpoint of the children who manage to be both its underclass and its criminal overlords. It's a movie with all the dials cranked up to 11, an overwhelming, intoxicating assault on the senses, and a thriller so tense that you might have the red seat plush in front of you - or even some unfortunate's hair - gripped in both fists." - Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
Selected by José Padilha, James Gunn, Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, Tata Amaral, Ahmed Atef.
See also The 21st Century's Most Acclaimed Films.
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Love Streams

Love Streams

Highest Ranking: 271 (2019)

1984 / USA / 141m / Col / Drama, Psychological Drama
Gena Rowlands, John Cassavetes, Diahnne Abbott, Seymour Cassel, Margaret Abbott, Jakob Shaw, Risa Blewitt, Doe Avedon, Tom Badal, Frank Beetson
"A movie that gets better with each viewing… Love Streams is at once a culmination of the director's obsessions and his most atypical film. It's a movie that gives up its mysteries slowly—flirting with theatricality, inserting dream sequences, concluding on a brazenly surreal enigma… The enormously moving interplay between Cassavetes and Rowlands gets at the heart of the performative spectacle unique to his films: an interaction beyond words and gestures… More explicitly metaphysical than the other great Cassavetes films, it nonetheless shares their view of love as a way of life and a form of madness." - Dennis Lim, The Village Voice
Selected by Dennis Lim, Shinji Aoyama, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Manu Yáñez-Murillo, Alan Pauls.
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Kings of the Road

Kings of the Road

Im Lauf der Zeit (original title)
Highest Ranking: 240 (March 2006)

1976 / West Germany / 175m / BW / Drama, Road Movie
Rudiger Vogler, Hanns Zischler, Lisa Kreuzer, Rudolf Schundler, Marquard Bohm, Dieter Traier, Franziska Stommer, Patric Kreuzer, Wim Wenders, Peter Kaiser
"There's not much moralising or philosophy behind Kings of the Road, and none of the portentous complications with which Wenders has afflicted us of late (Million Dollar Hotel, for instance). Instead he achieves a palpable sense of time, place and atmosphere, and of how everybody is affected by their tiny spot in history. What could have been a dull work, considering its almost three-hour length and lack of drama, looks as good today as it ever did. Robby Müller, one of the world's most eloquent cinematographers, contributes mightily to this. There is an almost hypnotic quality to the film - Europe's most telling example of the American road movie." - Derek Malcolm, The Guardian
Selected by Silvio Soldini, David Stratton, Nick Roddick, Barbara Scharres, Benny Safdie.
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Meshes of the Afternoon

Meshes of the Afternoon

Highest Ranking: 199 (2013-2014)

1943 / USA / 15m / BW / Avant-garde-Experimental, Surrealist Film
Maya Deren, Alexander Hammid
"Meshes of the Afternoon launched the American avant-garde film movement after World War II. Made in collaboration by Maya Deren and her husband Alexander Hammid, the film depicts a woman's imaginative dream and the way it eventually destroys the woman herself… Meshes is a landmark film that has provided an important model, setting the tone and style for other individual efforts over the next decade… The film consequently inspired poetic self-exploratory films by such other filmmakers as Kenneth Anger, Stan Brakhage, and Willard Maas." - Lauren Rabinovitz, Film Reference
Selected by Tom Gunning, Adam Hyman, Carolina López Caballero, David E. James, Ekkehard Knörer.
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Broken Blossoms

Broken Blossoms

Broken Blossoms or The Yellow Man and the Girl (alternative title)
Highest Ranking: 100 (2007)

1919 / USA / 90m / BW / Melodrama, Romantic Drama
Lillian Gish, Richard Barthelmess, Donald Crisp, Arthur Howard, Edward Peil Sr., George Andre Beranger, Norman Selby, Ernest Butterworth, Fred Hamer, Wilbur Higby
"One of D.W. Griffith's most beautiful films, about the chaste love of a Chinese man (Barthelmess) for the frail daughter (Gish) of a loutish boxer. It perfectly fuses all the elements of Griffith's style: tender drama played off against scenes of violence; a rich, operatic sense of character and emotion; and a dreamlike acting style, given particular force by the subtlety of Gish's performance and the strength of Barthelmess's. Not to be missed." - Don Druker, Chicago Reader
Selected by Fernando F. Croce, Bahman Motamedian, Erica Gregor, Filipe Furtado, Jesús Piquero.
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In a Lonely Place

In a Lonely Place

Highest Ranking: 250 (2014)

1950 / USA / 91m / BW / Psychological Drama, Film Noir
Humphrey Bogart, Gloria Grahame, Frank Lovejoy, Carl Benton Reid, Robert Warwick, Jeff Donnell, Martha Stewart, Art Smith, Morris Ankrum, William Ching
"The genre trappings of this noir masterpiece—which details the short-lived relationship between live-wire screenwriter Dixon Steele (Bogart) and his goldilocked muse Laurel Gray (Grahame)—don’t matter a whit. There’s a murder and a mystery, but whodunit? is just the punch line to the gut. Director Nicholas Ray is more interested in examining the ways in which people poison themselves and each other, and it’s not a pretty picture." - Keith Uhlich, Time Out New York
Selected by Mike Hodges, Scott Foundas, Stig Bjorkman, Tom Charity, Manu Yáñez-Murillo.
See also 1,000 Noir Films.
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Three Colours: Red

Three Colours: Red

Trois couleurs: Rouge (original title); Red (alternative title)
Highest Ranking: 247 (2017)

1994 / France-Switzerland-Poland / 99m / Col / Psychological Drama, Romantic Drama
Irene Jacob, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Federique Feder, Jean-Pierre Lorit, Samuel Le Bihan, Juliette Binoche, Julie Delpy, Benoit Regent, Zbigniew Zamachowski, Marion Stalens
"Krzysztof Kieślowski closes his Three Colors trilogy in grand fashion, with an incandescent meditation on fate and chance, starring Irène Jacob as a sweet-souled yet somber runway model in Geneva whose life dramatically intersects with that of a bitter retired judge, played by Jean‑Louis Trintignant. Meanwhile, just down the street, a seemingly unrelated story of jealousy and betrayal unfolds. Red is an intimate look at forged connections and a splendid final statement from a remarkable filmmaker at the height of his powers." - The Criterion Collection
Selected by Sarah Polley, Destin Daniel Cretton, Asghar Farhadi, Tim Lucas, Krzysztof Zanussi.
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The Story of the Last Chrysanthemums

The Story of the Last Chrysanthemums

Zangiku monogatari (original title); The Story of the Last Chrysanthemum (alternative title)
Highest Ranking: 168 (March 2006)

1939 / Japan / 143m / BW / Period Film, Romantic Drama
Shotaro Hanayagi, Kokichi Takada, Gonjuro Kawarazaki, Kakuko Mori, Tokusaburo Arashi, Yoko Umemura, Nobuko Fushimi, Kikuko Hanaoka, Kisho Hanayagi, Ryotaro Kawanami
"Not the best known of Kenji Mizoguchi's period masterpieces, but conceivably the greatest. The plot, which oddly resembles that of There's No Business Like Show Business, concerns the rebellious son of a theatrical family devoted to Kabuki who leaves home for many years, perfects his art, aided by a working-class woman who loves him, and eventually returns… Never before nor after (with the possible exception of The 47 Ronin) would Mizoguchi's refusal to use close-ups have more telling effect, and the theme of female sacrifice that informs most of his major works is given a singular resonance and complexity here." - Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
Selected by Julian Graffy, Adriano Aprà, Andrei Ujica, Federico Rossin, Shinji Aoyama.
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Distant Voices, Still Lives

Distant Voices, Still Lives

Highest Ranking: 257 (2013)

1988 / UK / 85m / Col / Family Drama, Biography
Freda Dowie, Pete Postlethwaite, Angela Walsh, Lorraine Ashbourne, Dean William, Sally Davies, Nathan Walsh, Susan Flanagan, Michael Starke, Vincent MaGuire
"Few British film-makers have dared to attempt such a thoroughly poetic treatment of their native land, and Terence Davies is the only one to have succeeded so spectacularly… Davies casts an unapologetically myth-making eye over his own adolescence in wartime Liverpool, forging primal drama out of father-son conflicts, sisterly solidarity and maternal fortitude. But what really sets his film apart is the stunning power of the images Davies conjures up. Long, stately shots combine with impassioned performances to create a visual tour de force unmatched elsewhere in British cinema… This film is a masterpiece." - Andrew Pulver, The Guardian
Selected by Carlos Reygadas, David Stratton, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Mark Cousins, Dave Calhoun.
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Mean Streets

Mean Streets

Highest Ranking: 114 (2012)

1973 / USA / 110m / Col / Crime, Urban Drama
Harvey Keitel, Robert De Niro, David Proval, Amy Robinson, Richard Romanus, Cesare Danova, Robert Carradine, David Carradine, Victor Argo, George Memmoli
"The definitive New York movie, and one of the few to successfully integrate rock music into the structure of film… Mean Streets is also pure Italian-American. Charlie (Keitel), a punk on the fringes of 'respectable' organised crime, ponders his adolescent confusions and loyalties. Beneath the swagger, he's embarrassed by his work, his religion, and by women and his friends, particularly Johnny Boy (De Niro), who owes everyone money. Scorsese directs with a breathless, head-on energy which infuses the performances, the sharp fast talk, the noise, neon and violence with a charge of adrenalin. One of the best American films of the decade." - Chris Petit, Time Out
Selected by Antoine Fuqua, Kathryn Bigelow, Rahul Hamid, Larry Clark, Nicoletta Romeo.
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La Belle et la bete

La Belle et la bête

Beauty and the Beast (English title)
Highest Ranking: 175 (2010)

1946 / France / 95m / BW / Fairy Tale, Romantic Fantasy
Jean Marais, Josette Day, Marcel Andre, Mila Parely, Nane Germon, Michel Auclair, Raoul Marco, Noel Blin, Jean Cocteau, Christian Marquand
"I'm prepared to entertain the argument that Beauty and the Beast is not Cocteau's most "important" film and that it does have some creaky moments. But it is probably his most perfect, because it speaks to so wide an audience with its intensity of vision and the emotions that it inspires in us… Cocteau was almost 60 when he made Beauty and the Beast, his first full-length feature. But the astonishing fact is that this elderly poet had, and still has, a huge influence on the avant-garde of American film. In worshipping the new in Cocteau, some of them had little idea of the traditions from which his art sprang. But he affected them just the same." - Derek Malcolm, The Guardian
Selected by Carrie Rickey, Guillermo Del Toro, Ken Russell, Dennis Doros, Xavier Dolan.
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Eraserhead

Eraserhead

Highest Ranking: 237 (2013)

1977 / USA / 85m / BW / Avant-garde-Experimental, Surrealist Film
Jack Nance, Charlotte Stewart, Allen Joseph, Jeanne Bates, Judith Anna Roberts, Laurel Near, V. Phipps-Wilson, Jack Fisk, Jean Lange, Thomas Coulson
"Watching Eraserhead today, what emerges is the sheer, immersive clarity of David Lynch’s vision, the sense of a world unlike our own and yet inextricably bound to it: a world in which all the light has been sucked out, leaving only horror and isolation, desperation and unattainable dreams. Knowing the struggles Lynch and his crew underwent to complete this wildly uncommercial labour of love, over five years of scratching for every budgetary dollar, the absence of compromise astounds. Eraserhead is a singular work of the imagination, a harrowing, heartbreaking plunge into the darkest recesses of the soul." - Tom Huddleston, Time Out
Selected by Lisandro Alonso, Gaspar Noé, Martha P. Nochimson, Anton Dolin, Anton Bitel.
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Cinema Paradiso

Cinema Paradiso

Nuovo cinema Paradiso (original title)
Highest Ranking: 231 (2011)

1988 / Italy-France / 123m / Col / Drama, Coming-of-Age
Philippe Noiret, Jacques Perrin, Salvatore Cascio, Mario Leonardi, Agnese Nano, Leopoldo Trieste, Nicola Di Pinto, Nino Terzo, Roberta Lena, Pupella Maggio
"There are films as lovely, but none lovelier than Cinema Paradiso, a folkloric salute to the medium itself, flickering with yesterday's innocence and lingering on the mind like bubbles in wine. Born of director Giuseppe Tornatore's childhood memories, this is a magic lantern in a Sicilian boy's hand, its warm light shed on the riches of life in a poor, stone-built land. It is, in a word, exquisite… Cinema Paradiso is cherished regret. Tornatore, who also wrote the film, was inspired by loss, the realization that communal movie-going had become a thing of the past." - Rita Kempley, Washington Post
Selected by Lorene Scafaria, Renny Harlin, Roland Emmerich, Antoine Fuqua, Hind Mezaina.
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Day of Wrath

Day of Wrath

Vredens dag (original title)
Highest Ranking: 231 (December 2006)

1943 / Denmark / 110m / BW / Period Film, Psychological Drama
Thorkild Roose, Lisbeth Movin, Sigrid Neiiendam, Preben Lerdorff, Albert Hoeberg, Anna Svierkier, Olaf Ussing, Sigurd Berg, Harald Holst, Preben Neergaard
"Filmed during the Nazi occupation of Denmark, Carl Dreyer’s Day of Wrath is a harrowing account of individual helplessness in the face of growing social repression and paranoia. Anna, the young second wife of a well-respected but much older pastor, falls in love with her stepson when he returns to their small seventeenth-century village. Stepping outside the bounds of the village’s harsh moral code has disastrous results. Exquisitely photographed and passionately acted, Day of Wrath remains an intense, unforgettable experience." - The Criterion Collection
Selected by Gaspar Noé, Philip Kemp, Pierre Léon, Tom Gunning, François Thomas.
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El Verdugo

El Verdugo

Not on Your Life (English title); Executioner (alternative title)
Highest Ranking: 236 (2018)

1963 / Spain-Italy / 90m / BW / Comedy Drama, Black Comedy
Nino Manfredi, Emma Penella, Jose Isbert, Jose Luis Lopez Vazquez, Angel Alvarez, Guido Alberti, Julia Caba Alba, Maria Luisa Ponte, Maria Isbert, Erasmo Pascual
"Although his projects were often halted and cut by censors during the dictatorship, Berlanga managed to challenge the Franco myth through comedy, ridiculing Spanish foibles with chaotic farces and outlandish sight gags... His finest film, El Verdugo is a somewhat Buñuelian black tragicomedy about a mild-mannered undertaker's assistant who, through a bizarre series of circumstances, becomes a public executioner. Formally Berlanga's most elegant film, it was shot by Pasolini and Leone's cinematographer, the great Tonino Delli Colli. Despite censor cuts, Verdugo remains a powerful condemnation of capital punishment and the Francoist myths of duty and patriotism." - Elliott Stein, The Village Voice
Selected by Juan Antonio Bayona, Carlos Reygadas, Pedro Almodóvar, Pablo Stoll, Nuria Vidal.
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Freaks

Freaks

Highest Ranking: 163 (2012)

1932 / USA / 64m / BW / Melodrama, Psychological Thriller
Harry Earles, Olga Baclanova, Wallace Ford, Leila Hyams, Henry Victor, Daisy Earles, Roscoe Ates, Rose Dione, Daisy Hilton, Violet Hilton
"Freaks uses authentic circus performers and unapologetically exploits their real genetic malformations in a melodramatic masterpiece of black comic horror. A scheming trapeze artist marries a circus midget for his money; his fellow performers welcome her as an honorary "freak" and their chanting ritual - gabba gabba, one of us! - left me gasping… What cultural references are there for this? Poe? David Lynch? Antonin Artaud? Diane Arbus? Maybe. Freaks is filled with poignancy; it offers a premonition of eugenics, as well as a provocative comparison with the alienated condition of women and the freakish nature of all showbiz celebrity. It is a work of genius." - Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
Selected by Guillermo Del Toro, Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy, Werner Herzog, Bálint Szalóky, Norbert Pfaffenbichler.
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The Thin Blue Line

The Thin Blue Line

Highest Ranking: 201 (2016)

1988 / USA / 96m / Col / Law & Crime, Documentary
Randall Adams, David Harris, Gus Rose, Jackie Johnson, Marshall Touchton, Dale Holt, Sam Kittrell, Edith James, Dennis White, Don Metcalfe
"Errol Morris's The Thin Blue Line is more like a waking nightmare than a docudrama. A true story of murder and justice evidently miscarried, wrapped in the fictional haze of a surrealistic whodunit, it will leave you in a trance for days. Bold and brilliant, some might say reckless, Morris's defense of convicted prisoner Randall Dale Adams might not stand up in a court of law, or a screening room of documentary purists. But it would transfix the lot. Morris takes the hybrid docudrama genre to its outer limits, intercutting newspaper headlines, bullet-wound diagrams and Texas road maps with grade-B film noir fare… The Thin Blue Line shouldn't be missed." - Desson Howe, The Washington Post
Selected by Kevin MacDonald, Amy Berg, Gary Tarn, Bill Nichols, Charles Musser.
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Faces

Faces

Highest Ranking: 217 (2016)

1968 / USA / 130m / BW / Marriage Drama, Psychological Drama
John Marley, Gena Rowlands, Lynn Carlin, Fred Draper, Seymour Cassel, Val Avery, Dorothy Gulliver, Joanne Moore Jordan, Darlene Conley, Gene Darfler
"The disintegration of a marriage is dissected in John Cassavetes’ searing Faces. Shot in high-contrast 16 mm black and white, the film follows the futile attempts of captain of industry Richard (Marley) and his wife, Maria (Carlin), to escape the anguish of their empty marriage in the arms of others. Featuring astonishingly powerful, nervy performances from Marley, Carlin, and Cassavetes regulars Gena Rowlands and Seymour Cassel, Faces confronts suburban alienation and the battle of the sexes with a brutal honesty and compassion rarely matched in cinema." - The Criterion Collection
Selected by Nobuhiro Suwa, Jorge Bodanzky, Corneliu Porumboiu, Ray Carney, Eduardo Coutinho.
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My Night at Maud's

My Night at Maud's

Ma nuit chez Maud (original title); My Night with Maud (alternative title)
Highest Ranking: 246 (2017)

1969 / France / 105m / BW / Comedy of Manners, Romantic Drama
Jean-Louis Trintignant, Francoise Fabian, Marie-Christine Barrault, Antoine Vitez, Leonide Kogan, Anne Dubot, Guy Leger, Marie Becker, Marie-Claude Rauzier
"In the brilliantly accomplished centerpiece of Rohmer’s Moral Tales series, Jean-Louis Trintignant plays Jean-Louis, one of the great conflicted figures of sixties cinema. A pious Catholic engineer in his early thirties, he lives by a strict moral code in order to rationalize his world… After spotting the delicate, blonde Françoise at Mass, he vows to make her his wife, although when he unwittingly spends the night at the apartment of the bold, brunette divorcée Maud, his rigid ethical standards are challenged... A breakout hit in the United States, My Night at Maud’s was one of the most influential and talked-about films of the decade." - The Criterion Collection
Selected by Geoff Andrew, Chris Fujiwara, Corneliu Porumboiu, Patrick Tam, Eugène Green.
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The Life of Oharu

The Life of Oharu

Saikaku ichidai onna (original title)
Highest Ranking: 228 (December 2006/2017)

1952 / Japan / 146m / BW / Drama, Period Film
Kinuyo Tanaka, Tsukie Matsuura, Ichiro Sugai, Toshiro Mifune, Toshiaki Konoe, Kiyoko Tsuji, Hisako Yamane, Jukichi Uno, Eitaro Shindo, Masao Shimizu
"This chronicle of the decline of a woman, from service in the imperial court of 17th-century Japan through exile, concubinage and numerous stages of prostitution, should further enhance Mizoguchi's reputation as the cinema's greatest ever director of women, and one of the most meticulous craftsmen of the period film… It's also an extremely elegant movie whichever way you look at it: tiny details of movement by the actors, beautiful compositions and photography throughout, single fluid takes often serving to state a whole scene." - Rod McShane, Time Out
Selected by Bernard Eisenschitz, David Denby, Joan Mellen, Paolo Mereghetti, Enno Patalas.
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Memories of Underdevelopment

Memories of Underdevelopment

Memorias del subdesarrollo (original title)
Highest Ranking: 216 (2013)

1968 / Cuba / 97m / BW / Psychological Drama, Political Drama
Sergio Corrieri, Daisy Granados, Eslinda Nunez, Omar Valdes, Rene de la Cruz, Yolanda Farr, Ofelia Gonzalez, Jose Gil Abad, Daniel Jordan, Beatriz Ponchora
"Memories of Underdevelopment is a dazzling piece of work, not just for its political bravery and relentlessly challenging outlook. It’s also a sly and witty but still heartfelt character study, with moments of real warmth glittering amid the revolutionary rubble. With the phrase ‘developing country’ now arbitrarily applied to approximately two thirds of the globe, Alea’s clear-sighted examination of what it means to be ‘developed’, both personally and politically, feels more apposite than ever… One of the true greats of radical cinema." - Tom Huddleston, Time Out
Selected by Paulo Antônio Paranaguá, B. Ruby Rich, Michael Chanan, Walter Salles, Abé Mark Nornes.
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The Maltese Falcon

The Maltese Falcon

Highest Ranking: 152 (2012)

1941 / USA / 100m / BW / Mystery, Film Noir
Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor, Sydney Greenstreet, Gladys George, Peter Lorre, Barton MacLane, Elisha Cook Jr., Lee Patrick, Ward Bond, Jerome Cowan
"Huston's first film displays the hallmarks that were to distinguish his later work: the mocking attitude toward human greed; the cavalier insolence with which plot details are treated almost as asides; the delight in bizarre characterisations,… What makes it a prototype film noir is the vein of unease missing from the two earlier versions of Hammett's novel. Filmed almost entirely in interiors, it presents a claustrophobic world animated by betrayal, perversion and pain." - Tom Milne, Time Out
Selected by Kim Newman, Jørgen Leth, Klaus Kreimeier, Manthia Diawara, Jean-Philippe Domecq.
See also 1,000 Noir Films.
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Floating Clouds

Floating Clouds

Ukigumo (original title)
Highest Ranking: 213 (2015)

1955 / Japan / 123m / BW / Drama, Urban Drama
Hideko Takamine, Masayuki Mori, Mariko Okada, Isao Yamagata, Chieko Nakakita, Daisuke Kato, Mayuri Mokusho, Roy H. James, Haruna Kaburagi, Nobuo Kaneko
"Mikio Naruse belongs with Ozu and Mizoguchi in the great classical tradition of Japanese cinema… Floating Clouds, which was a huge popular success in Japan and remains his best-loved film today, tells of a young woman's determined love for a man she knows to be worthless; the film piles betrayal upon betrayal, but her hope is never shaken. Naruse's visual style is austere to the point of invisibility; his meanings are contained in his actors' faces and in his distinctive dovetailing of dramatic incidents, a narrative pattern that allows his characters no rest, but affords a strange peace in its constancy." - Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
Selected by Ann Hui, Chris Fujiwara, Jean Narboni, Adrian Martin, Hirokazu Koreeda.
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Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives

Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives

Loong Boonmee raleuk chat (original title)
Highest Ranking: Current

2010 / Thailand-UK-France-Germany-Spain-Netherlands / 113m / Col / Avant-garde-Experimental, Fantasy Drama
Thanapat Saisaymar, Jenjira Pongpas, Sakda Kaewbuadee, Natthakam Aphaiwonk, Geerasak Kulhong, Kanokporn Tongaram, Matthieu Ly, Vien Pimdee
"Apichatpong Weerasethakul's Thai movie has a cumbersome title, but it is a gloriously worthy winner of the Palme d'Or... This is a visionary film in the director's characteristic style: mysterious, dreamlike, gentle, quiet, magical. It has elements that are at first glance absurd, and at second or third glance, too, come to that. But they are beguiling and beautiful as well: the extended, wordless opening sequence in which a water buffalo appears to break free from its rope and roam the plains and forests of north-east Thailand at dusk is superbly filmed." - Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
Selected by Lisandro Alonso, Nigel Andrews, Valeska Grisebach, Jean-Michel Frodon, Cui Zi'en.
See also The 21st Century's Most Acclaimed Films.
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The Shop Around the Corner

The Shop Around the Corner

Highest Ranking: 196 (2011)

1940 / USA / 97m / BW / Comedy, Romance
James Stewart, Margaret Sullavan, Frank Morgan, Joseph Schildkraut, Sara Haden, Felix Bressart, William Tracy, Inez Courtney, Charles Halton, Charles Smith
"This 1940 film is one of Ernst Lubitsch's finest and most enduring works, a romantic comedy of dazzling range that takes place almost entirely within the four walls of a leather-goods store in prewar Budapest. James Stewart is the earnest, slightly awkward young manager; Margaret Sullavan is the new sales clerk who gets on his nerves… The romance proceeds through Lubitsch's brilliant deployment of point of view, allowing the audience to enter the perceptions of each individual character at exactly the right moment to develop maximum sympathy and suspense." - Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
Selected by David Thomson, Juan José Campanella, Molly Haskell, Scott Foundas, Whit Stillman.
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Tabu

Tabu

Tabu: A Story of the South Seas (original title)
Highest Ranking: 203 (2007)

1931 / USA / 82m / BW / Romance, Docudrama
Anne Chevalier, Matahi, Hitu, Bill Bambridge, Jules, Ah Fong
"Murnau's last film was begun as a collaboration with the documentarist Robert Flaherty, but resolved itself into Murnau's purest and least inhibited celebration of physical sensuality and love. Its plot is a simple Pacific islands folk tale: a young man and woman fall in love, thereby violating a local taboo, and their romance ends in inevitable tragedy. The film is a rhapsody of textures and an exceptionally sensuous play of light, rhythm and composition… Fetishistic to a degree, the film is none the less never patronising to its subject or its actors. It plays as a pre-colonial anachronism, rather like one of Melville's South Seas novels. It's extremely beautiful." - Tony Rayns, Time Out
Selected by Jean-Paul Civeyrac, Miguel Gomes, Miguel Marías, Rudolf Thome, Fred Camper.
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Mr. Hulot's Holiday

Mr. Hulot's Holiday

Les Vacances de Monsieur Hulot (original title); Monsieur Hulot's Holiday (alternative title)
Highest Ranking: 209 (December 2006)

1953 / France / 86m / BW / Comedy, Slapstick
Jacques Tati, Nathalie Pascaud, Michelle Rolla, Louis Perrault, Andre Dubois, Valentine Camax, Suzy Willy, Lucien Fregis, Marguerite Gerard, Rene Lacourt
"The reedy, pipe-smoking Mr. Hulot spends a week's vacation at a slightly battered seaside hotel, where he battles inanimate objects and thinks—long and hard—about flirting with a pretty girl. Jacques Tati's 1953 masterpiece features some of the funniest and loveliest slapstick imaginable, yet it is also a work of impressive formal innovation, casting off the tyranny of a plotline in favor of loosely associated tones, episodes, and images. (Tati would find the visual correlative of this technique in his great 1968 Playtime.) The soundtrack, in which dialogue is subsumed by sound effects, is a masterful piece of musique concrete; Tati rerecorded and embellished it in 1961." - Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
Selected by Antony Fiant, Lorenzo Codelli, Michel Cieutat, Peter Hames, Benny Safdie.
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Magnolia

Magnolia

Highest Ranking: 246 (2018)

1999 / USA / 188m / Col-BW / Drama, Ensemble Film
Tom Cruise, Julianne Moore, Jason Robards, Melinda Dillon, Philip Baker Hall, Philip Seymour Hoffman, William H. Macy, Luis Guzman, Alfred Molina, Michael Murphy
"Magnolia is operatic in its ambition, a great, joyous leap into melodrama and coincidence, with ragged emotions, crimes and punishments, deathbed scenes, romantic dreams, generational turmoil and celestial intervention, all scored to insistent music. It is not a timid film. Paul Thomas Anderson here joins Spike Jonze (Being John Malkovich), David O. Russell (Three Kings) and their master, Martin Scorsese (Bringing Out the Dead), in championing an extroverted self-confidence that rejects the timid post-modernism of the 1990s. These are not movies that apologize for their exuberance, or shield themselves with irony against suspicions of sincerity." - Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
Selected by Gareth Evans, Destin Daniel Cretton, Joss Whedon, David Michôd, Xavier Dolan.
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ivantheterriblepart1

Ivan the Terrible, Part 1

Ivan Groznyy I (original title)
Highest Ranking: 128 (December 2006)

1944 / USSR / 96m / BW / Historical Film, Biography
Nikolai Cherkasov, Lyudmila Tselikovskaya, Serafima Birman, Mikhail Nazvanov, Mikhail Zharov, Amvrosi Buchma, Mikhail Kuznetsov, Pavel Kadochnikov, Andrei Abrikosov, Aleksandr Mgebrov
"Part I takes up the history of Ivan when he is about to take on the trappings of the Byzantine Emperors and the title of Czar (Caesar) instead of the title of his predecessors—Grand Prince of Moscow. The first scene shows his second coronation—that as Czar. This scene also sets the style of the trilogy… Further, the first scene acts as a sort of overture introducing the three main themes of the trilogy: the personal life of Ivan; domestic problems within Russia and foreign problems of war and trade. The interweaving of these themes into a complex tapestry makes Part I one of the supreme masterpieces of cinematic art." - Rodney Farnsworth, Film Reference
Selected by Márta Mészáros, Paul Verhoeven, Joan Mellen, Kristin Thompson, Ian Christie.
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Two or Three Things I Know About Her

Two or Three Things I Know About Her

2 ou 3 choses que je sais d'elle (original title); Deux ou trois choses que je sais d'ellee (original title/alternative spelling)
Highest Ranking: 135 (March 2006)

1966 / France / 87m / Col / Essay Film, Urban Drama
Marina Vlady, Anny Duperey, Roger Montsoret, Joseph Gehrard, Raoul Levy, Jean Narboni, Yves Beneyton, Juliet Berto, Christophe Bourseiller, Marie Bourseiller
"The “her” of Jean-Luc Godard’s 1966 masterpiece is Paris in the throes of redevelopment. It’s also a Parisian housewife (the glowing Marina Vlady) who moonlights (or, rather, daylights) as a prostitute in order to afford the luxuries that come part and parcel with urban living. Less a narrative than a succession of loosely interconnected scenes laced through with Godard’s whispered musings on everything from the origins of language to the war in Vietnam, the film finds one of cinema’s greatest innovators at the height of his playfulness… For anyone who still wonders what “the big deal” was about Godard in the 1960s, this is one ticket you can’t afford to miss." - Scott Foundas, LA Weekly
Selected by Wim Wenders, Amy Taubin, J. Hoberman, James Quandt, Li Cheuk-to.
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The Colour of Pomegranate

The Colour of Pomegranate

Sayat Nova (original title); The Colour of Pomegranates (alternative title)
Highest Ranking: 177 (2013)

1969 / USSR / 73m / Col / Avant-garde-Experimental, Essay Film
Sofico Chiaureli, M. Aleksanian, V. Galstian, G. Gegechkori, O. Minasian, Spartak Bagashvili, Medea Djaparidze, Yuri Amiryan, I. Babayan, Guranda Gabunia
"Paradjanov's extraordinary film traces the life of 18th century Armenian poet Sayat Nova, but with a series of painterly images strung together to form tableaux corresponding to moments of his life rather than any conventional biographic techniques… The result is a stream of religious, poetic and local iconography which has an arcane and astonishing beauty. Much of its meaning must remain essentially specific to the culture from which the film springs, and no one could pretend that it's all readily accessible, but audiences accustomed to the work of Tarkovsky should have little problem." - Chris Peachment, Time Out
Selected by Andrew Kotting, Ronald Bergan, Ulrich Gregor, Alfonso Crespo Cuaresma, Alin Tasciyan.
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The Crowd

The Crowd

Highest Ranking: 150 (2007)

1928 / USA / 104m / BW / Drama, Urban Drama
James Murray, Eleanor Boardman, Bert Roach, Estelle Clark, Daniel G. Tomlinson, Dell Henderson, Lucy Beaumont, Freddie Burke Frederick, Alice Mildred Puter, Sidney Bracey
"King Vidor's 1928 classic, with James Murray as the “average man” picked out of the crowd by Vidor's gliding camera. In his autobiography, Vidor claims he sold the project to Irving Thalberg as a sequel to his hit war film, The Big Parade: “Life is like a battle, isn't it?” Accordingly, the misfortunes that befall Murray are hardly average, but the melodramatic elements are integral to Vidor's vision of individual struggle. The camera style owes something to Murnau, but the sense of space—the vast environments that define and attack his protagonists—is Vidor's own." - Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
Selected by David Sterritt, Pedro Butcher, Antonio Campos, Joseph Fahim, Quim Casas.
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Meet Me in St. Louis

Meet Me in St. Louis

Highest Ranking: 170 (2006)

1944 / USA / 113m / Col / Musical, Family Drama
Judy Garland, Margaret O'Brien, Leon Ames, Mary Astor, Lucille Bremer, June Lockhart, Tom Drake, Marjorie Main, Harry Davenport, Hank Daniels
"Vincente Minnelli created one of his masterpieces with this loosely plotted but tightly structured 1944 story of a middle-class family waiting through spring, summer, and fall for the opening of the Saint Louis World's Fair of 1904. One of the first films to integrate musical numbers into the plot, it explores, without condescension or simplemindedness, the feelings that drive the family members apart and then bring them back together again. And there's the sublime Minnellian spectacle of Judy Garland singing "The Trolley Song," "The Boy Next Door," and "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas." A great film." - Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
Selected by Miguel Gomes, Paul Julian Smith, Philip French, Richard Dyer, Ali Smith.
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Johnny Guitar

Johnny Guitar

Highest Ranking: 209 (2011)

1954 / USA / 110m / Col / Western, Psychological Western
Joan Crawford, Sterling Hayden, Mercedes McCambridge, Scott Brady, Ward Bond, John Carradine, Ernest Borgnine, Ben Cooper, Royal Dano, Frank Ferguson
"Taking a story about two gutsy, gun-totin' matriarchs squabbling over the men they love and the ownership of a gambling saloon, Ray plays havoc with Western conventions… Love and hate, prostitution and frustration, domination and humiliation are woven into a hypnotic Freudian web of shifting relationships, illuminated by the director's precise, symbolic use of colour, and strung together with an unerring sense of pace. The whole thing is weird, hysterical, and quite unlike anything else in the history of the cowboy film." - Geoff Andrew, Time Out
Selected by Shinji Aoyama, Albert Serra, Massimo Causo, Dávid Klág, Christine Molloy.
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F for Fake

F for Fake

Vérités et mensonges (original title)
Highest Ranking: 234 (2016)

1973 / France-Iran-West Germany / 85m / Col / Avant-garde-Experimental, Essay Film
Orson Welles, Oja Kodar, Elmyr de Hory, Joseph Cotten, Francois Reichenbach, Richard Wilson, Paul Stewart, Clifford Irving, Edith Irving, Laurence Harvey
"Orson Welles's underrated 1973 essay film—made from discarded documentary footage by Francois Reichenbach and new material from Welles—forms a kind of dialectic with Welles's never-completed It's All True. The main subjects are art forger Elmyr de Hory, Clifford Irving, Howard Hughes, Pablo Picasso, Welles himself, and the practice and meaning of deception… Alternately superficial and profound, the film also enlists the services of Oja Kodar, Welles's principal collaborator after the late 60s, as actor, erotic spectacle, and cowriter, and briefer appearances by many other Welles cohorts." - Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
Selected by Edgardo Cozarinsky, Richard Combs, Arthur Mas, Ángel Quintana Morraja, Dan Fainaru.
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The Thing

The Thing

Highest Ranking: Current

1982 / USA / 108m / Col / Science Fiction, Horror
Kurt Russell, Wilford Brimley, T.K. Carter, David Clennon, Keith David, Richard Dysart, Charles Hallahan, Peter Maloney, Richard Masur, Donald Moffat
"A flop upon its release (by Universal, two weeks after Spielberg's E.T.), this spatial masterpiece of desolate Arctic vistas at odds with close-quarters claustrophobia has since been hailed as a high totem of modern horror-making. There remains something deeply unnerving about Carpenter's ambiguity as to whether the movie's shape-shifting alien is distorting its hosts' personalities or merely revealing something of their primal selves." - Scott Foundas, The Village Voice
Selected by James Gunn, Wheeler Winston Dixon, Christopher McQuarrie, Ben Wheatley, Edgar Wright.
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Bonnie and Clyde

Bonnie and Clyde

Highest Ranking: 136 (December 2006)

1967 / USA / 111m / Col / Gangster Film, Crime Drama
Warren Beatty, Faye Dunaway, Michael J. Pollard, Gene Hackman, Estelle Parsons, Denver Pyle, Dub Taylor, Gene Wilder, Evans Evans, James Stiver
"Bonnie And Clyde was the Natural Born Killers of the '60s, criticized as too violent, too campy, and above all, too affectionate toward its reprehensible protagonists... It was simultaneously praised as stylish and modern, leading the American charge toward the French New Wave with its swerves between existential angst and comedy, and its pugnacious, fast-cut editing... It now comes across as a little ramshackle in its attempts to merge American and French cinematic innovations into something fresh, but the playful performances haven't aged, and it still finds all the carefree thrills of being young, dumb, in love with life, and ready for death." - Tasha Robinson, A.V. Club
Selected by Mike Figgis, Larry Clark, Lee Daniels, Annemarie Jacir, P.J. Hogan.
See also 1,000 Noir Films.
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Sullivan's Travels

Sullivan's Travels

Highest Ranking: 128 (2010)

1941 / USA / 91m / BW / Comedy, Satire
Joel McCrea, Veronica Lake, Robert Warwick, William Demarest, Franklin Pangborn, Porter Hall, Robert Greig, Eric Blore, Byron Foulger, Maggie Hayes
"The sweetest, most generous-hearted satire of the Hollywood film industry the town has ever produced, Sullivan’s Travels was the fourth of the eight films Preston Sturges made during his astonishingly prolific streak between 1940 and 1944... It has survived its initial mixed critical reception and non-hit status to rank as one of Sturges’ most beloved films. Conceived as a self-justification for the creative path he had chosen, this film evolved into one from the heart, the single picture that moves through all the pratfalls and pranks and witticisms and barbs and in-jokes to achieve a synthesis that is both terribly funny and deeply moving." - Todd McCarthy, The Criterion Collection
Selected by Ben Stiller, Richard Linklater, Bobcat Goldthwait, Kevin Jackson, A.O. Scott.
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Paris, Texas

Paris, Texas

Highest Ranking: 230 (2020)

1984 / USA / 150m / Col / Drama, Road Movie
Harry Dean Stanton, Dean Stockwell, Aurore Clement, Nastassja Kinski, Hunter Carson, Bernhard Wicki, Viva, Socorro Valdez, Tom Farrell, John Lurie
"New German Cinema pioneer Wim Wenders brings his keen eye for landscape to the American Southwest in Paris, Texas, a profoundly moving character study written by Pulitzer Prize–winning playwright Sam Shepard. Paris, Texas follows the mysterious, nearly mute drifter Travis (Stanton) as he tries to reconnect with his young son, living with his brother (Stockwell) in Los Angeles, and his missing wife (Kinski). From this simple setup, Wenders and Shepard produce a powerful statement on codes of masculinity and the myth of the American family, as well as an exquisite visual exploration of a vast, crumbling world of canyons and neon." - The Criterion Collection
Selected by Sebastián Lelio, David Gordon Green, Jaume Balagueró, Kriv Stenders, Dario Oliveira.
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Germany, Year Zero

Germany, Year Zero

Germania anno zero (original title)
Highest Ranking: 206 (March 2006)

1948 / Italy-West Germany / 74m / BW / War Drama, Childhood Drama
Edmund Moeschke, Ernst Pittschau, Barbara Hintz, Ingetraud Hinze, Franz-Otto Kruger, Erich Guhne, Alexandra Manys, Babsi Schultz-Reckewell, Hans Sangen, Hedi Blankner
"Roberto Rossellini followed Open City and Paisan with this film, the final chapter in what's come to be known as his “War Trilogy.” Filmed in the bombed-out Berlin of 1947, it deals with the aftermath of the war, a pervading moral crisis, and the fate of a young German boy. To the critics of the time, it seemed that Rossellini had betrayed the tenets of neorealism by introducing melodrama, an elliptical narrative, and intimations of a Christian consciousness. It now appears as Rossellini's first mature work, pointing to his masterpieces of the 50s." - Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
Selected by Amos Gitai, Jean Narboni, Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne, Michael Haneke, Ariel Schweitzer.
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Cleo from 5 to 7

Cléo from 5 to 7

Cléo de 5 à 7 (original title)
Highest Ranking: Current

1962 / France / 90m / BW / Drama, Psychological Drama
Corinne Marchand, Antoine Bourseiller, Dorothee Blank, Dominique Davray, Michel Legrand, Jose-Luis de Villalonga, Loye Payen, Renee Duchateau, Lucienne Marchand, Serge Korber
"Agnes Varda’s Cléo from 5 to 7, the first fully-achieved feature by the woman who would become the premiere female director of her generation, dazzled when it opened, and looks even more timely today in its tackling of the fashionable subject of female identity as a function of how women see and are seen by the world… Through an arresting use of Paris as both visual centerpiece and reflection of a woman’s inner journey, Varda paints an enduring portrait of a woman’s evolution from a shallow and superstitious child-woman to a person who can feel and express shock and anguish and finally empathy." - Molly Haskell, The Criterion Collection
Selected by Carol Morley, Carrie Rickey, Ginette Vincendeau, Pamela Hutchinson, Ben Russell.
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Zero for Conduct

Zero for Conduct

Zéro de conduite (original title)
Highest Ranking: 210 (2013)

1933 / France / 41m / BW / Coming-of-Age, Childhood Drama
Louis Lefevre, Gilbert Pluchon, Gerard de Bedarieux, Jean Daste, Constantine Goldstein-Kehler, Robert Le Flon, le nain Delfin, Louis de Gonzague-Frick, Du Verron, Leon Larive
"So effervescent and charming that one can easily forget its importance in film history, Jean Vigo’s enormously influential portrait of prankish boarding-school students is one of cinema’s great acts of rebellion. Based on the director’s own experiences as a youth, Zéro de conduite presents childhood as a time of unfettered imagination and brazen rule-flouting. It’s a sweet-natured vision of sabotage made vivid by dynamic visual experiments—including the famous, blissful slow-motion pillow fight." - The Criterion Collection
Selected by Abel Ferrara, Guy Maddin, Steve McQueen, Gilberto Perez, James Marsh.
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Night of the Living Dead

Night of the Living Dead

Highest Ranking: 176 (2012)

1968 / USA / 96m / BW / Horror, Creature Film
Judith O'Dea, Duane Jones, Karl Hardman, Russell Streiner, Keith Wayne, Judith Ridley, Marilyn Eastman, Kyra Schon, Bill Heinzman, Charles Craig
"Night of the Living Dead came out of nowhere, or to be more precise, Pittsburgh, and turned into the most influential horror film since Psycho. George Romero's remarkably assured debut, made on a shoestring, about a group of people barricaded inside a farmhouse while an army of flesh-eating zombies roams the countryside, deflates all genre clichés. It traded the expressionistic sets of the traditional fright flick for a neorealistic style—Romero's use of natural locations and grainy black and white gave his gorefest the look and feel of a doc… This was Middle America at war, and the zombie carnage seemed a grotesque echo of the conflict then raging in Vietnam." - Elliott Stein, The Village Voice
Selected by Glenn Kenny, Scott Foundas, Mario Van Peebles, Wes Craven, Pablo Stoll.
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The Treasure of the Sierre Madre

The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

Highest Ranking: 98 (March 2006)

1948 / USA / 124m / BW / Adventure, Drama
Humphrey Bogart, Walter Huston, Tim Holt, Bruce Bennett, Barton MacLane, Alfonso Bedoya, John Huston, Arturo Soto Rangel, Manuel Donde, Jose Torvay
"The Treasure of the Sierra Madre remains one of the most insightful films ever made about greed and the thorny effects of temptation on human nature... Partly realistic, partly poetic (the controlled lighting rarely goes for natural effect, instead waxing poetic on the respective characters' internal struggles), fully moral, this deservingly canonized behemoth is one of the relatively few films that transcends the medium to become a mandatory viewing experience for anyone that identifies themselves as a human being, period." - Rob Humanick, Slant Magazine
Selected by Lawrence Kasdan, Christopher McQuarrie, Sam Raimi, John Sayles, Rian Johnson.
See also 1,000 Noir Films.
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Nanook of the North

Highest Ranking: 169 (2016)

1922 / USA / 79m / BW / Anthropology, Documentary
Nanook, Nyla, Cunayou, Allee, Allegoo
"Nanook of the North stands as a record of the intrepid kind of late 19th century explorer who somewhat romantically but never sentimentally came to love the place he explored. Its people, too. We can forgive him his choice of the harpoon as arising from an impulse to preserve a record of a culture fast vanishing even as he was photographing it. Flaherty had an eye, and often said, as only a man who has traversed it can say, that the Canadian landscape is itself a powerful character. Trail-blazing and, if not ethnographically pure, profoundly human in its ability to empathetically bring us into Inuit life,Nanook of the North remains an amazing film." - Jay Carr, TCM
Selected by Tony Palmer, Aki Kaurismäki, Hong Sang-soo, Les Blank, Jia Zhangke.
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Kind Hearts and Coronets

Kind Hearts and Coronets

Highest Ranking: 137 (March 2006)

1949 / UK / 104m / BW / Black Comedy, Crime Comedy
Dennis Price, Alec Guinness, Joan Greenwood, Valerie Hobson, Audrey Fildes, Miles Malleson, Clive Morton, Hugh Griffith, John Penrose, Cecil Ramage
"Director Robert Hamer’s fiendishly funny Kind Hearts and Coronets stands as one of Ealing Studios’ greatest triumphs, and one of the most wickedly black comedies ever made. Dennis Price is sublime as an embittered young commoner determined to avenge his mother’s unjust disinheritance by ascending to her family’s dukedom. Unfortunately, eight relatives, all played by the incomparable Alec Guinness, must be eliminated before he can do so." - The Criterion Collection
Selected by Peter Bradshaw, Laurence Kardish, Pen-Ek Ratanaruang, Philip French, Terence Davies.
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Diary of a Country Priest

Diary of a Country Priest

Journal d'un curé de campagne (original title)
Highest Ranking: 194 (March 2006)

1951 / France / 120m / BW / Psychological Drama, Religious Drama
Claude Laydu, Marie-Monique Arkell, Andre Guibert, Jean Riveyre, Nicole Maurey, Nicole Ladmiral, Martine Lemaire, Antoine Balpetre, Jean Danet, Gaston Severin
"Rarely have form and content been married as harmoniously as in Robert Bresson's breakthrough Diary of a Country Priest, which honors the piety of a besieged young man of the cloth with the unsparing rigor of a traditional Catholic mass… Historian Peter Cowie contends that no other director has ever matched Bresson's "simplicity of expression"… Nothing in Diary Of A Country Priest happens by accident: The stark images suggest a village bereft of natural and spiritual life, the camera moves only to emphasize key moments, and the soundtrack enforces the title character's isolation from the outside world." - Scott Tobias, A.V. Club
Selected by Hong Sang-soo, Jean-Marie Straub, Michel Gondry, Gavin Smith, Scott Foundas.
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Groundhog Day

Groundhog Day

Highest Ranking: 230 (2018)

1993 / USA / 103m / Col / Fantasy Comedy, Romantic Comedy
Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell, Chris Elliott, Stephen Tobolowsky, Brian Doyle-Murray, Marita Geraghty, Angela Paton, Rick Ducommun, Rick Overton, Robin Duke
"Groundhog Day is a film that finds its note and purpose so precisely that its genius may not be immediately noticeable. It unfolds so inevitably, is so entertaining, so apparently effortless, that you have to stand back and slap yourself before you see how good it really is… The movie, as everyone knows, is about a man who finds himself living the same day over and over and over again… What amazes me about the movie is that Murray and Ramis get away with it. They never lose their nerve. Phil undergoes his transformation but never loses his edge. He becomes a better Phil, not a different Phil. The movie doesn't get all soppy at the end." - Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
Selected by James Gunn, Ryan Gilbey, Terry Jones, David O. Russell, Michel Gondry.
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Wavelength

Wavelength

Highest Ranking: 205 (2017)

1967 / Canada-USA / 45m / Col / Abstract Film
Hollis Frampton, Amy Taubin, Lyne Grossman, Naoto Nakazawa, Roswell Rudd, Joyce Wieland, Amy Yadrin
"The decisiveness with which Snow staked out a territory for investigation, the simplicity and clarity of the film's overall gesture, and the intricacy of its details, were factors in the immediate and continuing attention this film has claimed. Wavelength describes a single zoom movement for three quarters of an hour across an almost empty New York loft, resting eventually with the frame of a black-and-white photograph of waves pinned to the wall of the room… Other avant-garde films have dwelled upon the uniqueness of the cinematic images, but none so systematically as Wavelength." - P. Adams Sitney, Film Reference
Selected by Kent Jones, Laura Mulvey, David Sterritt, Jean-Claude Rousseau, Malcolm le Grice.
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The Band Wagon

The Band Wagon

Highest Ranking: 150 (2011-2012)

1953 / USA / 112m / Col / Musical, Comedy
Fred Astaire, Jack Buchanan, Cyd Charisse, Oscar Levant, Nanette Fabray, James Mitchell, Robert Gist, Thurston Hall, Ava Gardner, LeRoy Daniels
"The Band Wagon is the most frequent rival of Singin' in the Rain for honors as producer Arthur Freed's best musical. In some ways, the pictures are mirror images of each other. Both are about song-and-dance men whose careers are jeopardized. Both feature a production that starts out as a disaster and becomes a hit. And in both films, saving the production and the leading character's career parallels the personal salvation he finds through love. The Band Wagon, however, is the darker of the two films, set on a fading Broadway with a focus on old age and retirement to add to the leading character's professional and personal problems." - Brian Cady and Frank Miller, TCM
Selected by Gilles Ciment, Stuart Klawans, Albert Serra, José Luis Garci, Fernando Mendez-Leite.
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La Notte

La Notte

Highest Ranking: 152 (March 2006)

1961 / Italy-France / 120m / BW / Psychological Drama, Marriage Drama
Jeanne Moreau, Marcello Mastroianni, Monica Vitti, Bernhard Wicki, Rosy Mazzacurati, Maria Puzi Luzi, Guido A. Marsan, Vittorio Bertolini, Vincenzo Corbella, Ugo Fortunati
"An equally stunning follow-up to Michelangelo Antonioni's landmark 1960 film, L'avventura, La Notte explores similar themes of dysfunctional relationships and a seemingly unattainable search for sincere passion. Again, these underlying themes center on a loosely strung, somewhat inconsequential plot, elevated to fascinating heights by the film's meticulous pace and emphasis on visual nuance... Best appreciated when benchmarked against L'avventura's epic qualities and L'eclisse's almost painful austerity, La Notte serves as a perfect medium in terms of both narrative and technique -- engaging and poetic yet simple and direct." - Jason Birchmeier, All Movie
Selected by Sebastián Lelio, Alexander Payne, Márta Mészáros, Nadav Lapid, Girish Kasaravalli.
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Paths of Glory

Paths of Glory

Highest Ranking: 166 (December 2006)

1957 / USA / 86m / BW / Anti-War Film, War Drama
Kirk Douglas, Adolphe Menjou, Ralph Meeker, George Macready, Wayne Morris, Timothy Carey, Joseph Turkel, Richard Anderson, Peter Capell, Suzanne Christian
"Stanley Kubrick’s Paths of Glory is among the most powerful antiwar films ever made. A fiery Kirk Douglas stars as a World War I French colonel who goes head-to-head with the army’s ruthless top brass when his men are accused of cowardice after being unable to carry out an impossible mission. This haunting, exquisitely photographed dissection of the military machine in all its absurdity and capacity for dehumanization (a theme Kubrick would continue to explore throughout his career) is assembled with its legendary director’s customary precision, from its tense trench warfare sequences to its gripping courtroom climax to its ravaging final scene." - The Criterion Collection
Selected by Terry Gilliam, Carlos Diegues, Michael Caton-Jones, Woody Allen, Fernando León de Aranoa.
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My Neighbour Totoro

My Neighbour Totoro

Tonari no Totoro (original title)
Highest Ranking: 223 (2020)

1988 / Japan / 86m / Col / Children's Fantasy, Animation
Hitoshi Takagi, Noriko Hidaka, Chika Sakamoto, Shigesatu Itoi, Sumi Shimamoto, Toshiyuki Amagasa, Tanie Kitabayashi, Yuko Maruyama, Masashi Hirose, Reiko Suzuki
"Here is a children's film made for the world we should live in, rather than the one we occupy. A film with no villains. No fight scenes. No evil adults. No fighting between the two kids. No scary monsters. No darkness before the dawn. A world that is benign. A world where if you meet a strange towering creature in the forest, you curl up on its tummy and have a nap… My Neighbor Totoro has become one of the most beloved of all family films without ever having been much promoted or advertised… The new Anime Encyclopedia calls it the best Japanese animated film ever made. Whenever I watch it, I smile, and smile, and smile." - Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
Selected by Takashi Shimizu, Athina Rachel Tsangari, Pete Docter, Robbie Collin, Manu Yáñez-Murillo.
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Ashes and Diamonds

Ashes and Diamonds

Popiól i diament (original title)
Highest Ranking: 118 (2008)

1958 / Poland / 96m / BW / Political Drama, War Drama
Zbigniew Cybulski, Ewa Krzyzewska, Adam Pawlikowski, Waclaw Zastrzezynski, Bogumil Kobiela, Jan Ciecierski, Stanislaw Milski, Zbigniew Skowronski, Barbara Krafftowna, Irena Orzecka
"On the last day of World War II in a small town somewhere in Poland, Polish exiles of war and the occupying Soviet forces confront the beginning of a new day and a new Poland. In this incendiary environment we find Home Army soldier Maciek Chelmicki (Cybulski), who has been ordered to assassinate an incoming commissar… Gorgeously photographed and brilliantly performed, Ashes and Diamonds masterfully interweaves the fate of a nation with that of one man, resulting in one of the most important Polish films of all time." - The Criterion Collection
Selected by Eldar Ryazanov, Andrei Plakhov, Francis Ford Coppola, Roy Andersson, Nikita Mikhalkov.
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Only Angels Have Wings

Only Angels Have Wings

Highest Ranking: 218 (2008)

1939 / USA / 121m / BW / Adventure, Buddy Film
Cary Grant, Jean Arthur, Richard Barthelmess, Rita Hayworth, Thomas Mitchell, Sig Ruman, John Carroll, Allyn Joslyn, Noah Beery Jr., Victor Kilian
"Take Hollywood's idea of a small banana republic in Central America, move in on its bar cum rooming-house cum airstrip, focus on the group of people living and working there, and you've got the basic elements of Hawks' terrific Only Angels Have Wings… Hemmed in by impassable mountains (all the time) and fog and blizzards (most of the time), the personal and work ethics of this little crew become magnified to epic proportions. But it's an epic played out in the confined space of the Dutchman's bar; the more claustrophobic because these men are flyers and need the open sky. If it sounds improbable, it is. Mythical cinema at its best." - Jane Clarke, Time Out
Selected by Geoff Andrew, Wim Wenders, Allan Arkush, Mika Kaurismäki, Mike D'Angelo.
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The Best Years of Our Lives

The Best Years of Our Lives

Highest Ranking: 109 (March 2006)

1946 / US / 172m / BW / Family Drama, Ensemble Film
Fredric March, Myrna Loy, Dana Andrews, Teresa Wright, Virginia Mayo, Harold Russell, Hoagy Carmichael, Cathy O'Donnell, Gladys George, Roman Bohnen
"I’d call this the best American movie about returning soldiers I’ve ever seen — the most moving and the most deeply felt. It bears witness to its times and contemporaries like few other Hollywood features, and Gregg Toland’s deep-focus cinematography is one of the best things he ever did. The rest of the cast — including Dana Andrews, Myrna Loy, Teresa Wright, Fredric March, Cathy O’Donnell, Virginia Mayo, Hoagy Carmichael, and Ray Collins — is strong too." - Jonathan Rosenbaum
Selected by Kent Jones, Steve Buscemi, Bruce La Bruce, Francis Ford Coppola, Genevieve Sellier.
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Schindler's List

Schindler's List

Highest Ranking: 191 (March 2006)

1993 / USA / 195m / Col-BW / War Drama, Biography
Liam Neeson, Ben Kingsley, Ralph Fiennes, Caroline Goodall, Jonathan Sagalle, Embeth Davidtz, Andrzej Seweryn, Norbert Weisser, Elina Lowensohn, Malgoscha Gebel
"What is most amazing about this film is how completely Spielberg serves his story. The movie is brilliantly acted, written, directed and seen. Individual scenes are masterpieces of art direction, cinematography, special effects, crowd control. Yet Spielberg, the stylist whose films often have gloried in shots we are intended to notice and remember, disappears into his work. Neeson, Kingsley and the other actors are devoid of acting flourishes. There is a single-mindedness to the enterprise that is awesome." - Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
Selected by Peter Farrelly, Ching Siu-Tung, Jaume Balagueró, John Dahl, Michael Koresky.
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The Quiet Man

The Quiet Man

Highest Ranking: 148 (2011)

1952 / USA / 129m / Col / Comedy Drama, Romance
John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara, Victor McLaglen, Barry Fitzgerald, Ward Bond, Mildred Natwick, Arthur Shields, Jack MacGowran, Francis Ford, Eileen Crowe
"John Ford's 1952 Oscar winner is a tribute to an Ireland that exists only in the imaginations of songwriters and poets like Ford, a fairy green place where people really do say "faith and begorrah." John Wayne is an Irish-born American boxer who returns to his native village to (1) claim the family homestead, (2) win acceptance from the Abbey Players who populate the area, and (3) win the heart and hand—and dowry—of the local beauty, Maureen O'Hara, by winning over (and ultimately pummeling senseless) her hard-drinking brother, Victor McLaglen. A wonderful film, with a marvelous supporting cast headed by Barry Fitzgerald as Wayne's pixieish helper." - Don Druker, Chicago Reader
Selected by Amos Gitai, Albert Serra, George A. Romero, Carlos Losilla, Ricardo Bedoya.
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Tropical Malady

Tropical Malady

Sud pralad (original title)
Highest Ranking: Current

2004 / France-Thailand-Germany-Italy-Switzerland / 118m / Col / Avant-garde-Experimental, Adventure Drama
Banlop Lomnoi, Sakda Kaewbuadee, Sirivech Jareonchon, Huai Dessom, Udom Promma, Saritpong Boonyadiwon
"Tropical Malady is an experiment, a strange, dreamlike meditation on humanity, our need for love and our inner demons. It is actually two films; the first half describes the tender courtship of a soldier and a country boy who works in an ice-cutting plant, then it switches gears to follow another soldier (or is it the same soldier? Both are played by Sakda Kaewbuadee) into the jungle, where he pursues the ghost of a tiger, which at times transforms itself into a shaman... Tropical Malady is an intriguing emotional and intellectual puzzle that made me feel exhilarated and contemplative. There are far too few films that do that." - G. Allen Johnson, San Francisco Chronicle
Selected by Lisandro Alonso, Robbie Collin, Manu Yáñez-Murillo, Lalitha Gopalan, Ben Rivers.
See also The 21st Century's Most Acclaimed Films.
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Ivan the Terrible, Part 2

Ivan the Terrible, Part 2

Ivan Groznyy II: Boyarsky zagovor (original title)
Highest Ranking: 128 (March 2006)

1946 / USSR / 88m / Col-BW / Historical Film, Biography
Nikolai Cherkasov, Serafima Birman, Mikhail Nazvanov, Pavel Kadochnikov, Mikhail Zharov, Amvrosi Buchma, Vsevolod Pudovkin, Mikhail Kuznetsov, Aleksandr Mgebrov, Andrei Abrikosov
"The follow-up to famed Soviet director Sergei Eisenstein's epic of the first Russian tsar, Ivan the Terrible, Part II continues the saga of Ivan's efforts to consolidate power and unite the divided, feuding Russian empire… Some criticized Ivan as more a Hamlet-style, doubt-plagued hero than a realistic historical figure, but questions of realism or accuracy aside, many agreed that Ivan II was nevertheless a moving and highly ambitious addition to the Eisenstein legend. With his death at 50 of a heart attack, one of the cinema's greatest innovators was gone, leaving behind this and other profound documents of his cinematic genius." - Felicia Feaster, TCM
Selected by Michael Wood, Alexander Zeldovich, Paul Verhoeven, Andrzej Kolodynski, Márta Mészáros.
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Performance

Performance

Highest Ranking: 154 (2013)

1970 / UK / 105m / Col / Psychological Drama, Satire
James Fox, Mick Jagger, Anita Pallenberg, Michele Breton, Ann Sidney, Johnny Shannon, Anthony Valentine, John Burdon, Stanley Meadows, Allan Cuthbertson
"Roeg's debut as a director is a virtuoso juggling act which manipulates its visual and verbal imagery so cunningly that the borderline between reality and fantasy is gradually eliminated. The first half-hour is straight thriller enough to suggest a Kray Bros documentary… the latter half becomes one of Roeg's most complex visual kaleidoscopes as pop star and enforcer coalesce in a marriage of heaven and hell (or underworld and underground) where the common denominator is Big Business." - Tom Milne, Time Out
Selected by Ben Wheatley, Billy Chainsaw, Clio Barnard, Rod Stoneman, Stephen Thrower.
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Wings of Desire

Wings of Desire

Der Himmel über Berlin (original title)
Highest Ranking: 210 (216)

1987 / West Germany-France / 130m / Col-BW / Fantasy, Romantic Fantasy
Bruno Ganz, Solveig Dommartin, Otto Sander, Curt Bois, Peter Falk, Lajos Kovacs, Hans Martin Stier, Elmar Wilms, Sigurd Rachmann, Beatrice Manowski
"Wings of Desire is one of cinema’s loveliest city symphonies. Bruno Ganz is Damiel, an angel perched atop buildings high over Berlin who can hear the thoughts—fears, hopes, dreams—of all the people living below. But when he falls in love with a beautiful trapeze artist, he is willing to give up his immortality and come back to earth to be with her. Made not long before the fall of the Berlin wall, this stunning tapestry of sounds and images, shot in black and white and color by the legendary Henri Alekan, is movie poetry. And it forever made the name Wim Wenders synonymous with film art." - The Criterion Collection
Selected by Carol Morley, Mamoru Hosoda, Paul W.S. Anderson, Scott Derrickson, Borislav Andjelic.
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The Graduate

The Graduate

Highest Ranking: 178 (2012)

1967 / USA / 105m / Col / Comedy, Coming-of-Age
Anne Bancroft, Dustin Hoffman, Katharine Ross, William Daniels, Murray Hamilton, Elizabeth Wilson, Norman Fell, Buck Henry, Brian Avery, Walter Brooke
"Classic 1967 comedy about a recent college grad who drifts into an affair with an older woman, then falls goofily in love with her daughter and scrambles to escape the traps he's fallen into. Dustin Hoffman gives the inspired performance that launched his movie career, and director Mike Nichols shows a gift for social satire that has never glistened quite so brightly since. Anne Bancroft and Katherine Ross head the marvelous supporting cast. Simon & Garfunkel spice up the soundtrack with "The Sound of Silence" and other hits." - David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor
Selected by Taika Waititi, Jay Roach, Gareth Edwards, Joe Swanberg, Marc Webb.
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Cache

Caché

Hidden (English title)
Highest Ranking: 201 (2018)

2005 / France-Austria-Germany-Italy / 117m / Col / Drama, Psychological Thriller
Daniel Auteuil, Juliette Binoche, Maurice Benichou, Annie Girardot, Bernard Lecoq, Walid Afkir, Lester Makedonsky, Daniel Duval, Nathalie Richard, Denis Podalydes
"While Hidden is a gripping thriller, it is almost a moral and political enquiry into colonialism and its aftermath. The acting all around is outstanding, with Auteuil and Binoche working beautifully together as their marriage falls apart, expressing their emotional upheaval through the slight movement of an eye or the flicker of a lip. This is a movie that takes one back to the glory days of art-house films in the 1960s and 70s, when you left the cinema not in need of food and drink, but a sympathetic person to discuss the film with." - Philip French, The Observer
Selected by Philippe Rouyer, Agnieszka Holland, Justin Kurzel, Lenny Abrahamson, Peter Bradshaw.
See also The 21st Century's Most Acclaimed Films.
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Sweet Smell of Success

Sweet Smell of Success

Highest Ranking: 142 (2006)

1957 / USA / 96m / BW / Drama, Media Satire
Burt Lancaster, Tony Curtis, Susan Harrison, Martin Milner, Sam Levene, Barbara Nichols, Emile Meyer, Jeff Donnell, Joseph Leon, Edith Atwater
"In the swift, cynical Sweet Smell of Success, directed by Alexander Mackendrick, Burt Lancaster stars as the vicious Broadway gossip columnist J. J. Hunsecker, and Tony Curtis as Sidney Falco, the unprincipled press agent Hunsecker ropes into smearing the up-and-coming jazz musician romancing his beloved sister. Featuring deliciously unsavory dialogue, in an acid, brilliantly structured script by Clifford Odets and Ernest Lehman, and noirish neon cityscapes from Oscar-winning cinematographer James Wong Howe, Sweet Smell of Success is a cracklingly cruel dispatch from the kill-or-be-killed wilds of 1950s Manhattan." - The Criterion Collection
Selected by James Mangold, Penny Woolcock, Philip Kemp, Mike Hodges, Sacha Gervasi.
See also 1,000 Noir Films.
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Ran

Ran

Highest Ranking: 116 (March 2006/2010-2011)

1985 / France-Japan / 161m / Col / Historical Epic, Samurai Film
Tatsuya Nakadai, Akira Terao, Jinpachi Nezu, Daisuke Ryu, Mieko Harada, Yoshiko Miyazaki, Takashi Nomura, Hisashi Igawa, Peter, Masayuki Yui
"Ran is as close to perfect as filmmaking gets. List any element -- from concept through cinematography, battle action, editing, acting, sound, music, costumes or whatever, right down to makeup -- and Kurosawa's commitment is total. Ran is proof that the spirit can be captured on film. Kurosawa's was. This epic retelling of Shakespeare's King Lear is set in feudal Japan, with the overlord Hidetora as the Lear figure, who starts with everything and ends with nothing… In Ran, the horrors of life are transformed by art into beauty. It is finally so moving that the only appropriate response is silence." - Bob Graham, San Francisco Chronicle
Selected by Abel Ferrara, Fernando Meirelles, Krzysztof Zanussi, Ching Siu-Tung, James Gray.
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Celine and Julie Go Boating

Celine and Julie Go Boating

Céline et Julie vont en bateau (original title)
Highest Ranking: 124 (March 2006)

1974 / France / 192m / Col / Avant-garde-Experimental, Surrealist Film
Juliet Berto, Dominique Labourier, Bulle Ogier, Marie-France Pisier, Barbet Schroeder, Nathalie Asnar, Marie-Therese Saussure, Philippe Clevenot, Anne Zamire, Jean Douchet
"Don’t let the extended running time dissuade you: This is the rare breezy three-plus hours that manages to explore heady concepts—from the malleability of personality to the fine line separating voyeurism and participation—without once feeling labored. Much of the film’s buoyancy has to do with the indelible onscreen pairing of Berto and Labourier; the further they descend into their virtual wonderland, which Rivette cleverly visualizes with strategically repeated visuals and a minimum of ostentatious effects, the more infectious the duo’s natural enthusiasm becomes… Cinema this alive is a rare bird, indeed." - Keith Uhlich, Time Out New York
Selected by David Thomson, Kim Newman, Michael Atkinson, Quim Casas, Nick Roddick.
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The Big Lebowski

The Big Lebowski

Highest Ranking: Current

1998 / USA-UK / 113m / Col / Crime Comedy, Screwball Comedy
Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Julianne Moore, Steve Buscemi, David Huddleston, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Tara Reid, Peter Stormare, John Turturro, David Thewlis
"Maybe it's the way the Coen brothers tie everything together with bowling that makes this Los Angeles-based tale of burnouts, gun buffs, doobies, tumbleweeds, art, nihilism, porn, pissed-on rugs, severed toes, Saddam Hussein, attack marmots, Teutonic technopop and Bob Dylan — not to mention extortion, kidnapping and death — such a hilarious pop-culture hash. The Big Lebowski is the best movie ever set mostly in a bowling alley." - Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
Selected by Richard Kelly, Sam Raimi, Athina Rachel Tsangari, Nobuhiro Yamashita, Ben Walters.
See also 1,000 Noir Films.
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Red River

Red River

Highest Ranking: 127 (December 2006)

1948 / USA / 133m / BW / Western, Epic Western
John Wayne, Montgomery Clift, Walter Brennan, Joanne Dru, Coleen Gray, John Ireland, Noah Beery Jr., Paul Fix, Harry Carey Jr., Harry Carey
"Hawks' leisurely adaptation of Borden Chase's story about the establishing of the Chisholm Trail by Wayne and Clift's cattle train is a sheer delight that works on many levels. Firstly, it's an examination of Wayne's heroic image, here shown to be needlessly authoritarian and stubborn… Secondly, it's yet another variation on Hawks' perennial concern with the theme of self-respect and professionalism… Finally, it's an intimate epic celebrating the determination to establish civilisation in the wilderness… Immaculately shot by Russell Harlan, perfectly performed by a host of Hawks regulars, and shot through with dark comedy, it's probably the finest Western of the '40s." - Geoff Andrew, Time Out
Selected by Ryusuke Hamaguchi, Kim Young-Jin, Lawrence Kasdan, Rudolf Thome, Wes Craven.
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The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari

Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari (original title)
Highest Ranking: 129 (2007)

1920 / Germany / 69m / BW / Horror, Costume Horror
Werner Krauss, Conrad Veidt, Lil Dagover, Friedrich Feher, Hans Heinrich von Twardowski, Rudolf Lettinger, Rudolf Klein-Rogge, Hans Lanser-Ludolff, Henri Peters-Arnolds, Ludwig Rex
"Undoubtedly one of the most exciting and inspired horror movies ever made. The story is a classic sampling of expressionist paranoia about a hypnotist who uses a somnambulist to do his murders, full of the gloom and fear that prevailed in Germany as it emerged from WWI. There are plenty of extremely boring sociological/critical accounts of the film; best to avoid them and enjoy the film's extraordinary use of painted light and Veidt's marvellous performance." - David Pirie, Time Out
Selected by Sergei Loznitsa, Catharine Des Forges, Domino Renee Perez, Francine Stock, Leonardo Quaresima.
See also 1,000 Noir Films.
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Unforgiven

Unforgiven

Highest Ranking: 200 (2011)

1992 / USA / 127m / Col / Western, Outlaw (Gunfighter) Film
Clint Eastwood, Gene Hackman, Morgan Freeman, Richard Harris, Jaimz Woolvett, Saul Rubinek, Frances Fisher, Anna Thomson, David Mucci, Anthony James
"Unforgiven is a classic Western for the ages. In his 10th excursion into the genre that made him a star more than 25 years ago, Clint Eastwood has crafted a tense, hard-edged, superbly dramatic yarn that is also an exceedingly intelligent meditation on the West, its myths and its heroes. With its grizzled cast of outstanding actors playing outlaws who have survived their primes, this is unapologetically a mature, contemplative film… Eastwood's telling of this grim, compelling tale is at least as impressive as in his best prior outings as a director -- The Outlaw Josey Wales, Bird and White Hunter, Black Heart." - Todd McCarthy, Variety
Selected by James Gray, Ti West, Pablo Trapero, Paul W.S. Anderson, Diego Batlle.
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The Exorcist

The Exorcist

Highest Ranking: 153 (2012)

1973 / USA / 122m / Col / Horror, Religious Drama
Ellen Burstyn, Linda Blair, Max von Sydow, Lee J. Cobb, Jason Miller, Jack MacGowran, Kitty Winn, Barton Heyman, Peter Masterson, Rudolf Schundler
"I've revisited The Exorcist over the years and found it effective every time. Because it's founded on characters, details and a realistic milieu, the shocks don't date; they still seem to grow from the material… The movie is more horrifying because it does not seem to want to be. The horror creeps into the lives of characters preoccupied with their lives: Father Karras (Miller) with his mother and his faith, Father Merrin (von Sydow) with his work and health, Chris MacNeil (Burstyn) with her career and marriage. The movie also gains power because it takes its theology seriously--for a movie, anyway." - Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
Selected by Ben Stiller, M. Night Shyamalan, Mark Kermode, Alex Proyas, Laurent Vachaud.
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Black God, White Devil

Black God, White Devil

Deus e o Diabo na Terra do Sol (original title)
Highest Ranking: Current

1964 / Brazil / 110m / BW / Road Movie, Crime Drama
Yona Magalhaes, Geraldo Del Rey, Othon Bastos, Sonia Dos Humildes, Mauricio do Valle, Joao Gama, Marrom, Antonio Pinto, Milton Rosa, Lidio Silva
"Rocha's first major film introduced most of the methods, themes and even characters that were developed five years later in his Antonio das Mortes. Set in the drought-plagued Brazilian Sertao in 1940, it explores the climate of superstition, physical and spiritual terrorism and fear that gripped the country… Rocha's project is fundamentally political, and completely unambiguous: he faces up to the contradictions of his country in an effort to understand, to crush mystiques, and to improve." - Tony Rayns, Time Out
Selected by Walter Salles, Garin Nugroho, Michael Chanan, Pere Portabella, Arturo Ripstein.
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McCabe & Mrs. Miller

McCabe & Mrs. Miller

Highest Ranking: 120 (2011)

1971 / USA / 121m / Col / Drama, Revisionist Western
Warren Beatty, Julie Christie, Rene Auberjonois, John Schuck, Keith Carradine, Hugh Millais, Shelley Duvall, Michael Murphy, William Devane, Bert Remsen
"Robert Altman has made a dozen films that can be called great in one way or another, but one of them is perfect, and that one is McCabe & Mrs. Miller. This is one of the saddest films I have ever seen, filled with a yearning for love and home that will not ever come -- not for McCabe, not with Mrs. Miller, not in the town of Presbyterian Church, which cowers under a gray sky always heavy with rain or snow. The film is a poem--an elegy for the dead." - Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
Selected by David Lowery, Claire Denis, Ryan Gilbey, A.O. Scott, Athina Rachel Tsangari.
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Salo, or the 120 Days of Sodom

Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom

Salò o le 120 giornate di Sodoma (original title)
Highest Ranking: 170 (2015)

1975 / Italy / 117m / Col / Drama, Sex Horror
Paolo Bonacelli, Giorgio Cataldi, Umberto Paolo Quintavalle, Aldo Valletti, Caterina Boratto, Helene Surgere, Sonia Saviange, Elsa De Giorgi, Ines Pellegrini, Rinaldo Missaglia
"The notorious final film from Pier Paolo Pasolini, Salò, or The 120 Days of Sodom has been called nauseating, shocking, depraved, pornographic... It’s also a masterpiece. The controversial poet, novelist, and filmmaker’s transposition of the Marquis de Sade’s eighteenth-century opus of torture and degradation to Fascist Italy in 1944 remains one of the most passionately debated films of all time, a thought-provoking inquiry into the political, social, and sexual dynamics that define the world we live in." - The Criterion Collection
Selected by Amos Gitai, Gaspar Noé, Michael Haneke, Sergei Loznitsa, Bertrand Bonello.
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The Travelling Players

The Travelling Players

O Thiasos (original title)
Highest Ranking: 155 (2008/2014)

1975 / Greece / 230m / Col / Drama, Political Drama
Eva Kotamanidou, Aliki Georgouli, Stratos Pahis, Maria Vassiliou, Petros Zarkadis, Kiriakos Katrivanos, Yannis Firios, Nina Papazaphiropoulou, Alekos Boubis, Kosta Stiliaris
"Angelopoulos' defiantly subversive film follows a nomadic acting troupe that bears witness to a country ravaged by civil war… For Leftist sympathizer Angelopoulos, the shift from Nazi Occupation to field marshal Marcel Papagos' prevailing dictatorship was virtually indistinguishable… His firm grasp of politics and theater gives The Travelling Players enormous thematic complexity and relevance, however difficult it is to understand at times. But even the most clueless outsider can still soak in the magisterial beauty of Angelopoulos' images, which mournfully depict corroded buildings and emptied streets while celebrating the country's enduring natural beauty." - Scott Tobias, A.V. Club
Selected by David Stratton, Michael Chanan, Simon Louvish, Dan Fainaru, José Carlos Avellar.
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Vampyr

Vampyr

Vampyr - Der Traum des Allan Grey (original title)
Highest Ranking: 169 (2015)

1932 / Germany-France / 73m / BW / Horror, Gothic Film
Julian West, Henriette Gerard, Jan Hieronimko, Maurice Schutz, Rena Mandel, Sybille Schmitz, Albert Bras, N. Babanini, Jane Mora
"With Vampyr, Danish filmmaker Carl Theodor Dreyer’s brilliance at achieving mesmerizing atmosphere and austere, profoundly unsettling imagery (The Passion of Joan of Arc and Day of Wrath) was for once applied to the horror genre. Yet the result—concerning an occult student assailed by various supernatural haunts and local evildoers in a village outside Paris—is nearly unclassifiable, a host of stunning camera and editing tricks and densely layered sounds creating a mood of dreamlike terror. With its roiling fogs, ominous scythes, and foreboding echoes, Vampyr is one of cinema’s great nightmares." - The Criterion Collection
Selected by Pupi Avati, Ben Rivers, Edgardo Cozarinsky, Richard Combs, Jean Narboni.
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Le Samourai

Le Samouraï

Highest Ranking: 187 (2015)

1967 / France / 95m / Col / Crime Thriller, Post-Noir (Modern Noir)
Alain Delon, Nathalie Delon, Francois Perier, Caty Rosier, Jacques Leroy, Jean-Pierre Posier, Catherine Jourdan, Michel Boisrond, Robert Favart, Roger Fradet
"Melville's hombres don't talk a lot, they just move in and out of the shadows, their trenchcoats lined with guilt and their hats hiding their eyes. This is a great movie, an austere masterpiece, with Delon as a cold, enigmatic contract killer who lives by a personal code of bushido. Essentially, the plot is about an alibi, yet Melville turns this into a mythical revenge story, with Cathy Rosier as Delon's black, piano-playing nemesis who might just as easily have stepped from the pages of Cocteau or Sophocles as Vogue. Similarly, if Delon is Death, Périer's cop is a date with Destiny." - Adrian Turner, Time Out
Selected by Ginette Vincendeau, Klaus Kreimeier, John Michael McDonagh, Mike Hodges, Monte Hellman.
See also 1,000 Noir Films.
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Belle de jour

Belle de jour

Highest Ranking: 126 (2007)

1967 / France-Italy / 100m / Col / Satire, Psychological Drama
Catherine Deneuve, Jean Sorel, Michel Piccoli, Genevieve Page, Pierre Clementi, Francisco Rabal, Georges Marchal, Francoise Fabian, Maria Latour, Macha Meril
"Catherine Deneuve’s porcelain perfection hides a cracked interior in one of the actress’s most iconic roles: Séverine, a Paris housewife who begins secretly spending her after­noon hours working in a bordello. This surreal and erotic late-sixties daydream from provocateur for the ages Luis Buñuel is an examination of desire and fetishistic pleasure (its characters’ and its viewers’), as well as a gently absurdist take on contemporary social mores and class divisions. Fantasy and reality commingle in this burst of cinematic transgression, which was one of Buñuel’s biggest hits." - The Criterion Collection
Selected by Paul Verhoeven, José Mojica Marins, Andrew Sarris, Glenn Kenny, Klaus Kreimeier.