The 1,000 Greatest Films (600-501)

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Harlan County, U.S.A.

Harlan County, U.S.A.

Highest Ranking: 544 (2016)

1976 / USA / 103m / Col / Social Issues, Documentary
Basil Collins, Carl Horn, Lawrence Jones, Arnold Miller, Florence Reece, Lois Scott, William Simon, Richard Trumka, Billy G. Williams, Nimrod Workman
"Barbara Kopple’s Academy Award–winning Harlan County USA unflinchingly documents a grueling coal miners’ strike in a small Kentucky town. With unprecedented access, Kopple and her crew captured the miners’ sometimes violent struggles with strikebreakers, local police, and company thugs. Featuring a haunting soundtrack—with legendary country and bluegrass artists Hazel Dickens, Merle Travis, Sarah Gunning, and Florence Reece—the film is a heartbreaking record of the thirteen-month struggle between a community fighting to survive and a corporation dedicated to the bottom line." - The Criterion Collection
Selected by Sophie Mayer, Bing Liu, Bart Weiss, Tetê Moraes, R.J. Cutler.
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Raising Arizona

Raising Arizona

Highest Ranking: 460 (2012)

1987 / USA / 92m / Col / Crime Comedy, Domestic Comedy
Nicolas Cage, Holly Hunter, Trey Wilson, John Goodman, William Forsythe, Sam McMurray, Randall 'Tex' Cobb, M. Emmet Walsh, Frances McDormand, T.J. Kuhn
"The superbly labyrinthine plotting of Blood Simple must have been a hard act to follow; praise be, then, to the Brothers Coen for confounding all expectations with this fervently inventive comedy… What makes this hectic farce so fresh and funny is the sheer fertility of the writing, while the lives and times of Hi (Cage), Ed (Hunter) and friends are painted in splendidly seedy colours, turning Arizona into a mythical haven for a memorable gaggle of no-hopers, halfwits and has-beens. Starting from a point of delirious excess, the film leaps into dark and virtually uncharted territory to soar like a comet." - Geoff Andrew, Time Out
Selected by Edgar Wright, Jay Duplass, Lee Unkrich, Trevor Groth, Joe Swanberg.
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Wagon Master

Wagon Master

Wagonmaster (alternative spelling)
Highest Ranking: 448 (2013)

1950 / USA / 86m / BW / Western, Traditional Western
Ben Johnson, Joanne Dru, Harry Carey Jr., Ward Bond, Charles Kemper, Alan Mowbray, Jane Darwell, Russell Simpson, James Arness, Ruth Clifford
"The film that John Ford most often cited as his personal favorite among his westerns, Wagon Master stars Ben Johnson and Harry Carey Jr. as two drifters assigned to lead a Mormon train to the Utah frontier. Ford treats one of his central themes—the birth of a community—through a sweeping visual metaphor of movement. Seldom has the western landscape seemed such a tangible emblem of hope and freedom. A masterpiece beyond question—but a masterpiece that never degenerates into pomposity or self-consciousness. It's American filmmaking at its finest and most eloquent." - Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
Selected by Joseph McBride, Gilberto Perez, Whit Stillman, Santos Zunzunegui, Michael Baute.
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The Ascent

The Ascent

Voskhozhdeniye (original title)
Highest Ranking: Current

1976 / USSR / 111m / BW / War Drama, Resistance Film
Boris Plotnikov, Vladimir Gostyukhin, Sergei Yakovlev, Lyudmila Polyakova, Viktoriya Goldentul, Anatoli Solonitsyn, Mariya Vinogradova, Nikolai Sektimenko
"Shepitko’s emotionally overwhelming final film won the Golden Bear at the 1977 Berlin Film Festival and has been hailed around the world as the finest Soviet film of its decade. Set during World War II’s darkest days, The Ascent follows the path of two peasant soldiers, cut off from their troop, who trudge through the snowy backwoods of Belarus seeking refuge among villagers. Their harrowing trek leads them on a journey of betrayal, heroism, and ultimate transcendence." - The Criterion Collection
Selected by Kelly Reichardt, Kevin MacDonald, Ben Wheatley, Pietro Marcello, Fred Kelemen.
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Salesman

Salesman

Highest Ranking: 432 (2015)

1969 / USA / 85m / BW / Culture & Society, Documentary
Paul Brennan, Charles McDevitt, James Baker, Raymond Martos, Melbourne I. Feltman, Margaret McCarron, Kennie Turner
"A landmark American documentary, Salesman captures in vivid detail the bygone era of the door-to-door salesman. While laboring to sell a gold-embossed version of the Good Book, Paul Brennan and his colleagues target the beleaguered masses—then face the demands of quotas and the frustrations of life on the road. Following Brennan on his daily rounds, the Maysles discover a real-life Willy Loman, walking the line from hype to despair." - The Criterion Collection
Selected by Heather Hendershot, J.M. Tyree, Mike Maggiore, Bart Weiss, Ethan Coen.
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Shock Corridor

Shock Corridor

Highest Ranking: 552 (2020)

1963 / USA / 101m / BW / Drama, Psychological Drama
Peter Breck, Constance Towers, Gene Evans, James Best, Hari Rhodes, Larry Tucker, William Zuckert, Philip Ahn, Neyle Morrow, John Matthews
"In Shock Corridor, the great American writer-director-producer Samuel Fuller masterfully charts the uneasy terrain between sanity and madness. Seeking a Pulitzer Prize, reporter Johnny Barrett (Breck) has himself committed to a mental hospital to investigate a murder. As he closes in on the killer, insanity closes in on him. Constance Towers costars as Johnny’s coolheaded stripper girlfriend. With its startling commentary on racism and other hot-button issues in sixties America and its daring photography by Stanley Cortez, Shock Corridor has had far-reaching influence." - The Criterion Collection
Selected by Amos Gitai, Mika Kaurismäki, Wim Wenders, Mark Duguid, Inácio Araujo.
See also 1,000 Noir Films.
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And Life Goes On...

And Life Goes On...

Zendegi va digar hich (original title); Life and Nothing More… (USA title)
Highest Ranking: 480 (March 2006)

1992 / Iran / 108m / Col / Drama, Docudrama
Farhad Kheradmand, Buba Bayour, Hocine Rifahi, Ferhendeh Feydi, Mahrem Feydi, Bahrovz Aydini, Ziya Babai, Mohamed Hocinerouhi, Hocine Khadem, Maassouma Berouana
"Despite its narrative simplicity, this is more complex than Abbas Kiarostami's earlier film, Where Is My Friend's House? (1987). Learning that the region in which he shot Where Is... has been devastated by an earthquake, the director (played by an actor) leaves Tehran, along with his son, to see whether his actors, especially the boy who played Ahmed, have survived… Straddling the divide between fiction and documentary with graceful ease, this is both a subtle study in the ethics of film-making, and a compassionate (but never mawkish or depressing) portrait of courage and determination in the face of overwhelming grief and hardship." - Geoff Andrew, Time Out
Selected by Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Li Cheuk-to, Heddy Honigmann, Peter von Bagh, Anchalee Chaiworaporn.
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Distant

Distant

Uzak (original title)
Highest Ranking: Current

2002 / Turkey-Netherlands / 110m / Col / Psychological Drama, Urban Drama
Muzaffer Ozdemir, Emin Toprak, Zuhal Gencer, Nazan Kirilmis, Feridun Koc, Fatma Ceylan, Arif Asci, Nazli Aydin, Ahmet Bugay, Ebru Ceylan
"Nuri Bilge Ceylan's mesmerizing Distant needs to be seen in a movie theater, because without the subtle impact of its photography and soundtrack, it wouldn't amount to much of anything. A deadpan comedy/drama that details the chilly relationship between an urbanite loner and his visiting cousin from the sticks, the film recalls the odd-couple dynamic in Jim Jarmusch's Stranger Than Paradise, but with even less incident. In a medium primed for movement and action, it's tough to make ennui register for audiences as something other than outright boredom, but Ceylan sustains a precise, evocative mood that's saturated with melancholy." - Scott Tobias, A.V. Club
Selected by David Stratton, Nick James, Andrew Haigh, Paul Negoescu, Hussain Currimbhoy.
See also The 21st Century's Most Acclaimed Films.
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The Fly

The Fly

Highest Ranking: 567 (2012)

1986 / USA / 100m / Col / Science Fiction, Horror
Jeff Goldblum, Geena Davis, John Getz, Joy Boushel, Les Carlson, George Chuvalo, David Cronenberg, Michael Copeman, Carol Lazare, Shawn Hewitt
"'What am I working on? I'm working on something that will change the world and human life as we know it!' So Seth Brundle (Goldblum) promises in the opening line of Cronenberg's inspired remake… This is a film about fusion. That of man and insect, of course; but also the emotional and physical fusion between man and woman - liberating and painful as that may be. The playful, quirky chemistry between Goldblum and Davis in the first half of the movie ensures that this gothic horror is heartbreaking as well as stomach-churning (the special effects by Chris Walas are still staggering)." - Tom Charity, Time Out
Selected by Neill Blomkamp, Roger Donaldson, Kleber Mendonça Filho, Cüneyt Cebenoyan, Alain Guiraudie.
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Rushmore

Rushmore

Highest Ranking: 568 (2019)

1998 / USA / 93m / Col / Comedy Drama, Coming-of-Age
Bill Murray, Olivia Williams, Jason Schwartzman, Seymour Cassel, Brian Cox, Mason Gamble, Sara Tanaka, Stephen McCole, Luke Wilson, Dipak Pallana
"The dazzling sophomore film from Wes Anderson is equal parts coming-of-age story, French New Wave homage, and screwball comedy. Tenth grader Max Fischer (Schwartzman) is Rushmore Academy’s most extracurricular student—and its least scholarly. He faces expulsion and enters into unlikely friendships with both a lovely first-grade teacher (Williams) and a melancholy self-made millionaire (Murray, in an award-winning performance). Set to a soundtrack of classic British Invasion tunes, Rushmore defies categorization, capturing the pain and exuberance of adolescence with wit, emotional depth, and cinematic panache." - The Criterion Collection
Selected by Heather Graham, William H. Macy, Jemaine Clement, Todd Gilchrist, Félix Viscarret.
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Being There

Being There

Highest Ranking: 447 (2010)

1979 / USA / 130m / Col / Comedy, Satire
Peter Sellers, Shirley MacLaine, Melvyn Douglas, Jack Warden, Richard Dysart, Richard Basehart, Ruth Attaway, David Clennon, Fran Brill, Denise DuBarry
"Most movies don't benefit from an inability to make up their minds, but Being There glides on its own contradictions. Closing out a decade of great, too-often-overlooked work, Hal Ashby directed this 1979 feature with a straight face that could hide a wicked grin, a beatific glow, or both. It ends with what looks like a miracle, but Ashby's ability to make the peculiar story as moving as it is opaque is kind of miraculous in itself. He had help, of course. In his next-to-last role, Peter Sellers plays Chance, a sheltered Washington D.C. gardener who's known only one home since childhood. But when his benefactor dies, he's forced to leave." - Keith Phipps, A.V. Club
Selected by M. Night Shyamalan, Judd Apatow, Gary Tarn, Matthew Vaughn, Brett Ratner.
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Tale of Tales

Tale of Tales

Skazka skazok (original title)
Highest Ranking: 402 (2014)

1979 / USSR / 29m / Col / Avant-garde-Experimental, Animation
Aleksandr Kalyagin
"It’s as if Norshteyn sat with these images all his life, drawing them with such lucidity and palpable depth of feeling, that they make even the untold hours of ingenuity and laborious craft behind Pixar films feel relatively disposable. It summons a concept of the fermented image: a vision that has stayed with a person for as long as they’ve been breathing, and perhaps beyond that, like the wolf that lurks throughout the film, a folkloric figure as old as Russian blood. It’s a vision that nurtures, like the suckling breast that satiates the infant who sees the wolf just as its eyes pull into sleep." - Kevin Lee, Shooting Down Pictures
Selected by Peter Hames, Pietro Marcello, Alexei Popogrebsky, Carolina López Caballero, Clare Kitson.
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La Belle noiseuse

La Belle noiseuse

Highest Ranking: 563 (2020)

1991 / France / 240m / Col / Drama, Psychological Drama
Michel Piccoli, Jane Birkin, Emmanuelle Beart, Marianne Denicourt, David Bursztein, Gilles Arbona, Marie-Claude Roger, Bernard Dufour, Marie Belluc, Leila Remili
"Jacques Rivette's La Belle Noiseuse is the best film I have ever seen about the physical creation of art, and about the painful bond between an artist and his muse. Winner of the Palme d'Or prize at Cannes that year, it ran to a full four hours, and so its theatrical life was limited. Rivette edited a 125-minute version titled Divertimento, but why bother with it? The greatness of La Belle Noiseuse is in the time it spends on the creation of art, and the creation and destruction of passion." - Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
Selected by Adrian Danks, Martha Otte, Paul Buck, M.K. Raghavendra, Cătălin Olaru.
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Rebel Without a Cause

Rebel Without a Cause

Highest Ranking: 293 (2008)

1955 / USA / 111m / Col / Teen Movie, Family Drama
James Dean, Natalie Wood, Sal Mineo, Jim Backus, Ann Doran, Corey Allen, Edward Platt, Dennis Hopper, Nick Adams, William Hopper
"Profoundly romantic and lacerating in its despair, Nicholas Ray's Rebel Without a Cause, a self-contained portrait of three isolated teenagers, is James Dean's best film and best performance (it ranks high in Ray's work as well)… Ray emphasizes the reds and blues in his widescreen frame for an unforgettably neurotic effect, and he showcases savant-like Dean as gently as Jim Stark takes care of Plato (Mineo). Ray seems to understand the self-dramatizations and exaggerated melancholy of adolescence, but he portrays these qualities with deep affection, respect and insight." - Dan Callahan, Slant Magazine
Selected by Robert De Niro, Dennis Hopper, Al Weisel, Erik Syngle, Francisco D'Intino.
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The Age of Innocence

The Age of Innocence

Highest Ranking: 423 (2007)

1993 / USA / 133m / Col / Period Film, Romantic Drama
Daniel Day-Lewis, Michelle Pfeiffer, Winona Ryder, Alexis Smith, Geraldine Chaplin, Richard E. Grant, Alec McCowen, Mary Beth Hurt, Miriam Margolyes, Michael Gough
"The Age of Innocence is one of Scorsese's greatest films, improperly appreciated because, like Kundun (1997), it stands outside the main line of his work. Its story of a man of tradition who spends a lifetime of unrequited love resembles one of Scorsese's favorite films, Michael Powell's The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp... The film ends with a sense of loss, sadness and resignation, reminding me of the elegiac feeling in Orson Welles' The Magnificent Ambersons."- Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
Selected by Arnaud Desplechin, Isabel Coixet, Michel Sineux, Roberta Ciabarra, Heddy Honigmann.
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The Phantom of Liberty

The Phantom of Liberty

Le Fantôme de la liberté (original title)
Highest Ranking: 494 (2016)

1974 / France / 104m / Col / Satire, Black Comedy
Bernard Verley, Jean-Claude Brialy, Monica Vitti, Milena Vukotic, Michel Lonsdale, Michel Piccoli, Jean Rochefort, Claude Pieplu, Julien Bertheau, Adriana Asti
"Bourgeois convention is demolished in Luis Buñuel’s surrealist gem The Phantom of Liberty. Featuring an elegant soiree with guests seated at toilet bowls, poker-playing monks using religious medals as chips, and police officers looking for a missing girl who is right under their noses, this perverse, playfully absurd comedy of non sequiturs deftly compiles many of the themes that preoccupied Buñuel throughout his career—from the hypocrisy of conventional morality to the arbitrariness of social arrangements." - The Criterion Collection
Selected by Michel Gondry, Li Yang, Ben Wheatley, Anton Dolin, Heinz Emigholz.
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The Lady Vanishes

The Lady Vanishes

Highest Ranking: 381 (2010)

1938 / UK / 97m / BW / Spy Film, Thriller
Margaret Lockwood, Michael Redgrave, Paul Lukas, Dame May Whitty, Cecil Parker, Linden Travers, Naunton Wayne, Basil Radford, Mary Clare, Googie Withers
"In Alfred Hitchcock’s most quick-witted and devilish comic thriller, the beautiful Margaret Lockwood, traveling across Europe by train, meets a charming spinster (Whitty), who then seems to disappear into thin air. The younger woman turns investigator and finds herself drawn into a complex web of mystery and high adventure. Also starring Michael Redgrave, The Lady Vanishes remains one of the great filmmaker’s purest delights." - The Criterion Collection
Selected by Charles Barr, Albert Bolduc, J.M. Tyree, Robin Wood, Manuel Antin.
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Young Frankenstein

Highest Ranking: 537 (2016)

1974 / USA / 105m / BW / Parody/Spoof, Horror Comedy
Gene Wilder, Peter Boyle, Marty Feldman, Madeline Kahn, Cloris Leachman, Teri Garr, Kenneth Mars, Gene Hackman, Richard Haydn, Liam Dunn
"Few movies have offered up such satisfying parody and un-self-conscious wit as this Mel Brooks spoof, and all with the scatological flair that only Brooks can provide… Silly but always respectful, Brooks wants to honor the old Frankenstein films rather than skewer them, and as a result he serves up a film that is a cinematic achievement rather than a half-baked knock-off of better efforts. One of the funniest films of the 1970s, Young Frankenstein has lost none of its hilarity to the passing of time, serving as a reminder of how innovative parody can be." - Rebecca Flint Marx, All Movie
Selected by Bobcat Goldthwait, Rob Zombie, David O. Russell, Peter Segal, Trevor Groth.
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Marketa Lazarova

Marketa Lazarová

Highest Ranking: 292 (2013)

1967 / Czechoslovakia / 162m / BW / Epic, Historical Film
Josef Kemr, Magda Vasaryova, Nada Hejna, Jaroslav Moucka, Frantisek Velecky, Karel Vasicek, Ivan Paluch, Martin Mrazek, Vaclev Sloup, Pavla Polaskova
"An epic medieval meditation, filmed at some length from a purportedly unfilmable novel by Vladislav Vancura. Acting out the intrigue, suspicion and bloodlust of 13th century tribal rivalry, the plot, such as it is, is wilfully wayward and often close to impenetrable. As 'pure cinema', though, it's stark, daring and often astoundingly dynamic. Black and white 'Scope camerawork surveys a cruel, desolate landscape of plains, castles and forests populated by scavenging strays, strugglers, tyrants and wolf-men, while an eerily evocative sound design gives the picture a near hallucinatory quality." - Nick Bradshaw, Time Out
Selected by Agnieszka Holland, Garin Nugroho, Peter Hames, Hans-Michael Bock, Karel Och.
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Boudu Saved from Drowning

Boudu Saved from Drowning

Boudu sauvé des eaux (original title)
Highest Ranking: 438 (2013)

1932 / France / 87m / BW / Comedy, Satire
Michel Simon, Charles Granval, Marcelle Hania, Severine Lerczynska, Jean Daste, Max Dalban, Jacques Becker, Jean Gehret, Jane Pierson, Georges St. Saens
"The movie dramatises the old adage about no good deed going unpunished, or perhaps it demonstrates how inscrutable fate may find a way to punish a wrongdoer through his one, atypical, altruistic act. The anarchic Boudu sweeps through this bourgeois home, upsetting and exposing all its complacent arrangements and concealments. There is a startling contrast between the drawing-room comedy of the interior scenes and Renoir's superbly dynamic documentary-style realism in the Paris streets outside: crowded, bustling, cosmopolitan. Almost 80 years on, it still has a superb energy." - Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
Selected by Aki Kaurismäki, Hong Sang-soo, Dina Iordanova, Shinji Aoyama, Glenn Kenny.
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The Red Circle

The Red Circle

Le Cercle rouge (original title)
Highest Ranking: 441 (2015)

1970 / France-Italy / 140m / Col / Crime Thriller, Post-Noir (Modern Noir)
Alain Delon, Andre Bourvil, Yves Montand, Francois Perier, Gian Maria Volonte, Andre Eykan, Pierre Collet, Paul Crauchet, Paul Amiot, Jean-Pierre Posier
"Alain Delon plays a master thief, fresh out of prison, who crosses paths with a notorious escapee (Volonté) and an alcoholic ex-cop (Montand). The unlikely trio plot a heist, against impossible odds, until a relentless inspector and their own pasts seal their fates. Jean-Pierre Melville’s Le cercle rouge combines honorable antiheroes, coolly atmospheric cinematography, and breathtaking set pieces to create a masterpiece of crime cinema." - The Criterion Collection
Selected by Robin Buss, Patrick Keiller, Pedro Almodóvar, Cristina Álvarez López, Ho Yuhang.
See also 1,000 Noir Films.
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Alice in the Cities

Alice in the Cities

Alice in den Städten (original title)
Highest Ranking: 384 (2008)

1974 / West Germany / 110m / BW / Drama, Road Movie
Rudiger Vogler, Yella Rottlander, Lisa Kreuzer, Edda Kochl, Ernest Boehm, Sam Presti, Lois Moran, Didi Petrikat, Hans Hirschmuller, Sibylle Baier
"This bittersweet gem from 1974 delivers an ambling tale of loss and estrangement which rings as true today as it would have more than 30 years ago… The film is full of love/hate relationships, an idea that is physically represented by the prickly bond between Philip (Vogler) and Alice (Rottlander), but who also symbolise Wenders’ own bewilderment (and wide-eyed fascination) with the architecture, advertising, music, photography and inescapable cultural-sprawl of the US." - David Jenkins, Time Out
Selected by Alex Ross Perry, Lodge Kerrigan, Andrés Di Tella, Isabel Stevens, Nick Hasted.
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Scarface (1932)

Scarface

Scarface, the Shame of the Nation (alternative title)
Highest Ranking: 453 (2010)

1932 / USA / 90m / BW / Gangster Film, Crime Drama
Paul Muni, Ann Dvorak, Karen Morley, Osgood Perkins, Boris Karloff, C. Henry Gordon, George Raft, Vince Barnett, Inez Palange, Edwin Maxwell
"With the gangster film ground rules freshly established by Little Caesar and The Public Enemy, producer Howard Hughes, director Howard Hawks and writer Ben Hecht were able to play an operatic variation in this masterpiece. The plot uses the familiar rise-and-fall-of-a-hood scenario, mixing incidental detail from the career of real-life scarface Al Capone with the history of the Borgia Family. It has the tabloid feel of earlier gangster films, but also a streak of extraordinarily black horror comedy… Atmospheric, mesmerising and darkly humourous with a sizzling script and cast. This is a true classic of its genre." - Kim Newman, Empire
Selected by Carlos Manga, Martin Scorsese, Eloísa Solaas, Marc Cerisuelo, John Carpenter.
See also 1,000 Noir Films.
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The Rise to Power of Louis XIV

The Rise to Power of Louis XIV

La Prise de pouvoir par Louis XIV (original title); The Taking of Power by Louis XIV (alternative title)
Highest Ranking: 300 (March 2006)

1966 / France / 100m / Col / Historical Film, Period Film
Jean-Marie Patte, Raymond Jourdan, Silvagni, Katharina Renn, Dominique Vincent, Pierre Barrat, Fernand Fabre, Francoise Ponty, Joelle Laugeois, Maurice Barrier
"Filmmaking legend Roberto Rossellini brings his passion for realism and unerring eye for the everyday to this portrait of the early years of the reign of France’s “Sun King,” and in the process reinvents the costume drama. The death of chief minister Cardinal Mazarin, the construction of the palace at Versailles, the extravagant meals of the royal court: all are recounted with the same meticulous quotidian detail that Rossellini brought to his contemporary portraits of postwar Italy. The Taking of Power by Louis XIV dares to place a larger-than-life figure at the level of mere mortal." - The Criterion Collection
Selected by James Quandt, Daniel V. Villamediana, David Forgacs, Iain Sinclair, Juan Villegas.
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The 39 Steps

The 39 Steps

The Thirty-Nine Steps (alternative spelling)
Highest Ranking: 306 (2007)

1935 / UK / 87m / BW / Thriller, Spy Film
Robert Donat, Madeleine Carroll, Godfrey Tearle, Lucy Mannheim, Peggy Ashcroft, John Laurie, Wylie Watson, Helen Haye, Frank Cellier, Peggy Simpson
"A heart-racing spy story by Alfred Hitchcock, The 39 Steps follows Richard Hannay (Donat) as he stumbles upon a conspiracy that thrusts him into a hectic chase across the Scottish moors—a chase in which he is both the pursuer and the pursued—as well as into an unexpected romance with the cool Pamela (Carroll). Adapted from a novel by John Buchan, this classic wrong-man thriller from the Master of Suspense anticipates the director’s most famous works (especially North by Northwest), and remains one of his cleverest and most entertaining films." - The Criterion Collection
Selected by Ken Russell, Jane Lamacraft, Jacques Lourcelles, John Landis, Paul Bartel.
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La Region centrale

La Région centrale

Highest Ranking: 388 (March 2006)

1971 / Canada / 180m / Col / Avant-garde-Experimental, Drama
"One of the classics of conceptual filmmaking, Michael Snow's three-hour film is a landscape study with a vengeance: a camera, equipped with a remote-controlled zooming and panning device, was set up in a remote area in northern Canada, and made to go through every possible permutation of camera angle and focal length as it probed the surrounding wilderness. The resulting footage finds a strange beauty in the constant tension between the mechanical, mathematically determined operations of the camera and the chance transformations of the landscape as it's raked by the light of the passing day." - Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
Selected by Tom Gunning, Michelangelo Frammartino, Peter Rist, Andréa Picard, José Luis Torres Leiva.
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I Vitelloni

I Vitelloni

Highest Ranking: 346 (December 2006)

1953 / Italy / 104m / BW / Drama, Comedy
Franco Interlenghi, Alberto Sordi, Franco Fabrizi, Leopoldo Trieste, Riccardo Fellini, Leonora Ruffo, Lida Baarova, Arlette Sauvage, Jean Brochard, Achille Majeroni
"Five young men linger in a postadolescent limbo, dreaming of adventure and escape from their small seacoast town. They while away their time spending the lira doled out by their indulgent families on drink, women, and nights at the local pool hall. Federico Fellini’s second solo directorial effort is a semiautobiographical masterpiece of sharply drawn character sketches… An international success and recipient of an Academy Award® nomination for Best Original Screenplay, I vitelloni compassionately details a year in the life of a group of small-town layabouts struggling to find meaning in their lives." - The Criterion Collection
Selected by Kevin MacDonald, Francis Ford Coppola, Margaret Brown, Maria Kuvshinova, Mike Newell.
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Hana-Bi

Hana-bi

Fireworks (English title)
Highest Ranking: 555 (2019)

1997 / Japan / 103m / Col / Crime Drama, Road Movie
Takeshi Kitano, Kayoko Kishimoto, Ren Osugi, Susumu Terajima, Tetsu Watanabe, Hakuryu, Yasuei Yakushiji, Taro Itsumi, Kenichi Yajima, Makoto Ashikawa
"Kitano's Venice prize-winner mixes tenderness, violence and droll humour… It's exceptionally assured, imaginative and idiosyncratic: the violence is sudden, brutal and almost all in the editing; the working of Kitano's own delightful paintings into the story is astonishingly resonant; the mise-en-scène as sharp and inventive as in Sonatine… Fans of Melville, Keaton, Hawks and Peckinpah should be especially impressed, but anyone with a modicum of patience, an open mind and a little love in their heart will probably recognise it as a masterpiece." - Geoff Andrew, Time Out
Selected by Gareth Evans, Alexei Popogrebsky, Nashen Moodley, Jia Zhangke, Thomas Allenbach.
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Deliverance

Deliverance

Highest Ranking: 279 (2007)

1972 / USA / 109m / Col / Drama, Adventure Drama
Jon Voight, Burt Reynolds, Ned Beatty, Ronny Cox, Bill McKinney, James Dickey, Herbert "Cowboy"" Coward, Ed Ramey, Billy Redden, Seamon Glass
"Four Atlanta businessmen decide to prove that the frontier spirit is not dead by spending a canoeing weekend shooting the rapids of a river high in the Appalachians. Terrific boy's own adventure stuff with adult ingredients of graphic mutilation and buggery, but Boorman is never content either to leave it at that or to subscribe to the ecological concerns of James Dickey's novel. Instead, he adds a dark twist of his own by suggesting that concern is too late… Signposted by the extraordinary shot of a corpse, surfaced from the water with one arm grotesquely wrapped round its neck and the other pointing nowhere, it's a haunting, nightmarish vision." - Tom Milne, Time Out
Selected by Mike Figgis, David Gordon Green, Chris Chang, Peter Cowie, Robert Rodriguez.
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Secrets & Lies

Secrets & Lies

Highest Ranking: 556 (2017)

1996 / UK / 142m / Col / Drama, Family Drama
Timothy Spall, Brenda Blethyn, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Claire Rushbrook, Phyllis Logan, Elizabeth Berrington, Michele Austin, Lee Ross, Lesley Manville, Ron Cook
"Even as Leigh derives gentle comedy from the plight, aspirations and often pathetic attempts at communication of Cynthia (Blethyn) and her tribe, an immense, unforced sympathy is extended to all involved, a generosity of spirit thoroughly in keeping with the performances. Everyone's superb, Blethyn and Spall in particular. Yes, it's long, visually a little static, and rather narrowly concerned with the everyday experiences of one family, but that depth, focus and intensity of concentration result in a film of extraordinary emotional riches. Spellbinding." - Geoff Andrew, Time Out
Selected by Ahmed Atef, Anna Smith, Marek Hendrykowski, Patricia Rozema, Isabel Coixet.
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Providence

Providence

Highest Ranking: 305 (March 2006)

1977 / France-Switzerland / 110m / Col / Drama, Ensemble Film
John Gielgud, Dirk Bogarde, Ellen Burstyn, David Warner, Elaine Stritch, Cyril Luckham, Denis Lawson, Kathryn Leigh Scott, Milo Sperber, Samson Fainsilber
"Alain Resnais' first feature in English focuses on the imagination, dreams, and memories of an aging British novelist (Gielgud) over one night as he mentally composes and recomposes his last book… Like all of Resnais' best work, this is shot through with purposeful and lyrical enigmas, but the family profile that emerges is warm and penetrating… The superb performances and Miklos Rozsa's sumptuous Hollywood-style score give the film's conceit a moving monumentality and depth, and Resnais' insights into the fiction-making process are mesmerizing and beautiful." - Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
Selected by Jean-Pierre Berthomé, José Carlos Avellar, Michel Ciment, Gunnar Almer, Mingchuam Huang.
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Hatari!

Hatari!

Highest Ranking: 544 (2019)

1962 / USA / 159m / Col / Adventure, Comedy
John Wayne, Elsa Martinelli, Hardy Kruger, Gerard Blain, Red Buttons, Michele Girardon, Bruce Cabot, Valentin de Vargas, Eduard Franz, Eric Rungren
"Marked by the relaxed pace and tone of Hawks' later work, this could easily be seen as Only Angels Have Wings transferred from the Andes to the African bush. There's little plot but plenty of typically Hawksian situations as it follows the travails of a group of safari hunters (preservationists, not killers) working a game reserve… Light, sunny, and effortlessly switching between action and comedy, it also fascinates through its superb footage of the actual capture of the wildlife, in which the danger and the excitement of the chase are beautifully, precisely evoked. All in all, one of those rare films that genuinely constitutes a late masterpiece." - Geoff Andrew, Time Out
Selected by Miguel Marías, Koichi Yamada, Filipe Furtado, Flavia de la Fuente, Nuria Vidal.
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Full Metal Jacket

Full Metal Jacket

Highest Ranking: 377 (2008)

1987 / USA / 116m / Col / Anti-War Film, War Drama
Matthew Modine, Adam Baldwin, Vincent D'Onofrio, R. Lee Ermey, Dorian Harewood, Arliss Howard, Kevyn Major Howard, Ed O'Ross, Jon Stafford, John Terry
"This odd 1987 adaptation of Gustav Hasford's The Short-Timers, with script-writing assistance from Michael Herr as well as Hasford, has more to do with the general theme of colonization (of individuals and countries alike) and the suppression by male soldiers of their female traits than with the specifics of Vietnam or the Tet offensive. Elliptical, full of subtle inner rhymes, and profoundly moving, this is the most tightly crafted Kubrick film since Dr. Strangelove, as well as the most horrific; the first section alone accomplishes most of what The Shining failed to do." - Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
Selected by Silvio Soldini, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Albert Bolduc, Constantin Popescu, David Siegel.
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The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant

The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant

Die Bitteren Tränen der Petra von Kant (original title)
Highest Ranking: 503 (2008)

1972 / West Germany / 124m / Col / Drama, Melodrama
Margit Carstensen, Hanna Schygulla, Irm Hermann, Katrin Schaake, Eva Mattes, Gisela Fackeldey
"Adapted from Fassbinder's own play, the film hardly hides its theatrical origins, turning them instead to its advantage. Rather than camouflage the proscenium, Petra makes it a prison, a gilded cage of suffocating aestheticism… Cinematographer Michael Ballhaus (who went on, of course, to a long career collaborating with Martin Scorsese) composes every frame within an inch of its life, trapping the figures with their own beauty… An incredible confluence of human insight and artistic expression, Petra is Fassbinder at his most over-the-top, but also his most exacting." - Sam Adams, Philadelphia City Paper
Selected by Nicolas Winding Refn, Nick Pinkerton, Richard Woolley, Tim Highsted, Michael Sicinski.
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Rosetta

Rosetta

Highest Ranking: 472 (2014)

1999 / Belgium-France / 94m / Col / Drama, Coming-of-Age
Emilie Dequenne, Fabrizio Rongione, Anne Yernaux, Olivier Gourmet, Bernard Marbaix, Frederic Bodson, Florian Delain, Christiane Dorval, Mireille Bailly, Thomas Gollas
"The Belgian filmmaking team of brothers Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne turned heads with Rosetta, an intense vérité drama that closely follows a poor young woman struggling to hold on to a job to support herself and her alcoholic mother. It’s a swift and simple tale made revelatory by the raw, empathetic way in which the directors render Rosetta’s desperation, keeping the camera nearly perched on her shoulder throughout. Many have copied the Dardennes’ style, but few have equaled it. This ferocious film won big at Cannes, earning the Palme d’Or for the filmmakers and the best actress prize for the indomitable Émilie Dequenne." - The Criterion Collection
Selected by Cyrus Frisch, Kevin Gough-Yates, Lizzie Francke, Pawel Pawlikowski, Olivier De Bruyn.
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The Servant

The Servant

Highest Ranking: 349 (2007)

1963 / UK / 115m / BW / Drama, Psychological Drama
Dirk Bogarde, James Fox, Wendy Craig, Sarah Miles, Catherine Lacey, Richard Vernon, Ann Firbank, Patrick Magee, Harold Pinter, Doris Knox
"Given Losey's abiding interest in relations of class and power it is hardly surprising that he should have been drawn to this story of a servant, Barrett, who is taken on by an effete young Englishman, Tony, and gradually takes over his master's life… Pinter's spare, elliptical dialogue, with its pauses and silences, is the perfect vehicle for expressing the unspoken dynamics of human relationships and for establishing a pervasive sense of menace and unease. More important still, however, is Losey's masterly direction, elaborate yet tightly controlled and never merely decorative." - Julian Petley, Film Reference
Selected by Claire Monk, Andris Feldmanis, Guy Désiré Yameogo, Gore Verbinski, Nanouk Leopold.
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My Own Private Idaho

My Own Private Idaho

Highest Ranking: 553 (2018)

1991 / USA / 102m / Col / Drama, Buddy Film
River Phoenix, Keanu Reeves, James Russo, William Richert, Rodney Harvey, Chiara Caselli, Udo Kier, Grace Zabriskie, Tom Troupe, Michael Parker
"River Phoenix and Keanu Reeves star in Gus Van Sant’s haunting tale of two young street hustlers: Mike Waters, a sensitive narcoleptic who dreams of the mother who abandoned him, and Scott Favor, the wayward son of the mayor of Portland and object of Mike’s desire. Navigating a volatile world of junkies, thieves, and johns, Mike takes Scott on a quest from the grungy streets to the open highways of the Pacific Northwest, in search of an elusive place called home. Visually dazzling and groundbreaking, My Own Private Idaho is a deeply moving look at unrequited love and life at society’s margins." - The Criterion Collection
Selected by Cate Shortland, Gunnar Almer, Sophie Mayer, Xavier Dolan, Amy Berg.
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The Big Heat

The Big Heat

Highest Ranking: 362 (2011)

1953 / USA / 90m / BW / Crime, Film Noir
Glenn Ford, Gloria Grahame, Jocelyn Brando, Alexander Scourby, Lee Marvin, Carolyn Jones, Jeanette Nolan, Peter Whitney, Willis Bouchey, Robert Burton
"Lang strips down William P. McGivern's novel to essentials, giving the story a narrative drive as efficient and powerful as a handgun. The dialogue is functional. Every shot is composed with economy and exactitude, no act gratuitous. The most celebrated scene, where Marvin's psychopathic gangster mutilates his moll Grahame's face with scalding coffee, is remarkable in that you never see him do it; the contract killings are also sex murders, but again unseen." - Wally Hammond, Time Out
Selected by Jean Narboni, Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne, José Luis Borau, José Luis Rebordinos, Lloyd Kaufman.
See also 1,000 Noir Films.
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Top Hat

Top Hat

Highest Ranking: 307 (2008)

1935 / USA / 99m / BW / Musical Romance, Romantic Comedy
Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Edward Everett Horton, Helen Broderick, Erik Rhodes, Eric Blore, Lucille Ball, Leonard Mudie, Donald Meek, Florence Roberts
"The third Astaire-Rogers movie and one of the best, with a superlative Irving Berlin score, and equally superlative Hermes Pan routines which spark a distinct sexual electricity between the pair. Oddly enough, the film is almost slavishly patterned on The Gay Divorcee, with the scene again shifting from London to a resort (Venice in this case), the plot again turning on mistaken identity, and the comedy again reliant on Horton, Blore and Rhodes. The reason you don't really notice this - with Top Hat readily springing to mind as the archetypal Fred'n'Ginger movie - is the booster given by Van Nest Polglase's stunning white Art Deco designs, which were to set the tone for the series." - Tom Milne, Time Out
Selected by Margarethe von Trotta, Andrzej Zulawski, Joshua Clover, Martha P. Nochimson, Catherine A. Surowiec.
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In Vanda's Room

In Vanda's Room

No Quarto da Vanda (original title)
Highest Ranking: 526 (2018)

2000 / Portugal-Germany-Switzerland-Italy / 170m / Col / Drama
Lena Duarte, Vanda Duarte, Zita Duarte, Pedro Lanban, Antonio Moreno, Paulo Nunes, Fernando Paixao
"For the extraordinarily beautiful second film in his Fontainhas trilogy, Pedro Costa jettisoned his earlier films’ larger crews to burrow even deeper into the Lisbon ghetto and the lives of its desperate inhabitants. With the intimate feel of a documentary and the texture of a Vermeer painting, In Vanda’s Room takes an unflinching, fragmentary look at a handful of self-destructive, marginalized people, but is centered around the heroin-addicted Vanda Duarte… This was Costa’s first use of digital video, and the evocative images he created remain some of the medium’s most astonishing." - The Criterion Collection
Selected by Wang Bing, Volker Pantenburg, Michelangelo Frammartino, Manuel Asín, Eulàlia Iglesias Huix.
See also The 21st Century's Most Acclaimed Films.
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Early Summer

Early Summer

Bakushû (original title)
Highest Ranking: 393 (2006)

1951 / Japan / 135m / BW / Drama, Family Drama
Setsuko Hara, Chishu Ryu, Chikage Awashima, Kuniko Miyake, Ichiro Sugai, Chieko Higashiyama, Haruko Sugimura, Kuniko Ikawa, Kan Nihonyanagi, Shuji Sano
"Yasujiro Ozu's signature low angle camera strikes a delicate, harmonious balance in Early Summer, and echoes the dichotomy of contemporary Japan: tradition versus modernization, selfishness versus altruism, respect for elders versus independence. Compassionate and characteristically reserved, Ozu chronicles the disintegration of the traditional extended family as an accepted process of life, and the film evolves with a sense of appropriate inevitability. The contrast between the elders, usually contemplative and at leisure, and the younger generations - the overworked Koichi and the impatient children (with literal one track minds) - reflect the various stages of life." - Acquarello, Strictly Film School
Selected by Isao Takahata, Hong Sang-soo, Ira Sachs, Albert Serra, David Sterritt.
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Fellini Satyricon

Fellini Satyricon

Satyricon (alternative title); Fellini's Satyricon (alternative title)
Highest Ranking: 312 (March 2006)

1969 / Italy / 129m / Col / Drama, Period Film
Martin Potter, Hiram Keller, Salvo Randone, Max Born, Mario Romagnoli, Magali Noel, Capucine, Alain Cuny, Fanfulla, Lucia Bose
"Satyricon took viewers aback with its sprawling, ambitious, almost expressionistic adaptation of Petronius' Latin prose satire of life under Nero… Fellini clearly spared nothing in translating his vision to film, and the results are visually remarkable… The director captures the timelessness of Petronius' attack, re-creating a Rome rotten at its core but also conveying that the all-too-human sources of its rottenness—greed, lust, narcissism—are eternal. Viewed as a film about the end of the '60s, when the world seemed ready to collapse, or as a companion piece to La Dolce Vita, Satyricon takes on added resonance. But no matter how you interpret it, it demands to be seen." - Keith Phipps, A.V. Club
Selected by Ahmed Atef, Jurgis Krasons, Maja Bogojevic, Rod Stoneman, Shion Sono.
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Limelight

Limelight

Highest Ranking: 259 (March 2006)

1952 / USA / 145m / BW / Comedy Drama, Melodrama
Charles Chaplin, Claire Bloom, Sydney Chaplin, Andre Eglevsky, Melissa Hayden, Nigel Bruce, Buster Keaton, Norman Lloyd, Charles Chaplin Jr., Wheeler Dryden
"Chaplin's final film before his exile in Europe is far and away his most personal: he recreates the London of his boyhood (a world of abject poverty, alcoholism, seedy tenement dwellings, pubs and music halls), and contemplates with supreme narcissism the onset of old age and the decline of his comic instinct. It's also Chaplin's least funny film: tears outweigh titters by several kilos… It's over-long, shapeless, overblown, and... a masterpiece. Few cinema artists have delved into their own lives and emotions with such ruthlessness and with such moving results." - Geoff Brown, Time Out
Selected by José Luis Guerín, Báron György, Jos Oliver, Gilbert Adair, Shu Kei.
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Evil Dead II

Evil Dead II

Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn (alternative title)
Highest Ranking: 386 (2012)

1987 / USA / 85m / Col / Horror, Horror Comedy
Bruce Campbell, Sarah Berry, Dan Hicks, Kassie Wesley, Theodore Raimi, Denise Bixler, Richard Domeier, Lou Hancock, John Peaks, Snowy Winters
"Sam Raimi’s eye-popping sequel to the cult classic original deftly treads the line between frightfest and horror satire. Starring Bruce Campbell, Raimi’s favorite non-actor — or, as Raimi calls him, "the king of acting in reverse" — the film either follows nonsensically on the heels of the first or completely replaces it; it takes place in the same cabin with the same Book of the Dead, as if Ash would simply head on back to try his luck a second time. (He is just about that dim.) Deploying the full range of low-budget effects, Evil Dead II still looks junky, but Raimi’s goofball sense of humor makes the film’s very tawdriness appealing." - Sam Adams, Philadelphia City Paper
Selected by Edgar Wright, Louis Leterrier, Corin Hardy, Koji Shiraishi, Cheryl Dunye.
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Children of Men

Children of Men

Highest Ranking: Current

2006 / USA-UK / 109m / Col / Psychological Sci-Fi, Action Thriller
Clive Owen, Julianne Moore, Michael Caine, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Charlie Hunnam, Claire-Hope Ashitey, Pam Ferris, Danny Huston, Peter Mullan, Oana Pellea
"Alfonso Cuarón's dense, dark, and layered meditation on fertility, technology, immigration, war, love, and life itself may be the movie of the still-young millennium. And I don't just mean it's one of the best movies of the past six years. Children of Men, based on the 1992 novel by P.D. James, is the movie of the millennium because it's about our millennium, with its fractured, fearful politics and random bursts of violence and terror. Though it's set in the London of 2027, Cuarón's film isn't some high-tech, futuristic fantasy. It takes place in a grimly familiar location: the hell we are currently making for ourselves." - Dana Stevens, Slate
Selected by Rupert Wyatt, Marc Webb, Paul Tanter, Gael Garcia Bernal, Yudai Yamaguchi.
See also The 21st Century's Most Acclaimed Films.
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The Devil, Probably

The Devil, Probably

Le Diable probablement (original title)
Highest Ranking: 396 (2013)

1977 / France / 95m / Col / Drama, Psychological Drama
Antoine Monnier, Tina Irissari, Henri de Maublanc, Laetitia Carcano, Nicholas Deguy, Regis Hanrion, Geoffrey Gaussen, Roger Honorat, Vincent Cottrel, Laurence Delannoy
"Constructed as a flashback from news reports of a young man’s suspicious suicide, Robert Bresson’s splenetic 1977 drama puts the post-1968 world on trial and judges it unlivable… Bresson’s chilling visions of daily life suggest its hostility to the passions of youth. The film, however, offers a near-parody of the tamped-down spiritual universe of Bresson’s earlier work: these children of the revolution tremble with uncertainty, and their loose gestures and shambling ways conflict with his precise images. Both the world and Bresson’s cinema are in disarray, and the signs of his inner conflict are deeply troubling and tremendously moving." - Richard Brody, The New Yorker
Selected by Dennis Lim, Gregg Araki, Matías Piñeiro, Brad Deane, Filipe Furtado.
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The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser

The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser

Jeder für sich und Gott gegen alle (original title); Every Man for Himself and God Against All (alternative title)
Highest Ranking: 357 (March 2006)

1974 / West Germany / 110m / Col / Psychological Drama, Biography
Bruno S., Walter Ladengast, Brigitte Mira, Herbert Achternbusch, Wolfgang Bauer, Wilhelm Bayer, Gloria Doer, Willy Semmelrogge, Volker Prechtel, Enno Patalas
"The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser is a poignant, visually exquisite allegory of how civilization breeds despair. Based on a true story similar to the case in François Truffaut's The Wild Child (1970), Herzog's rendering of isolated, preverbal foundling Kaspar Hauser's release into the world as an adult reveals the perverse effects of "rational" thought and culture on natural, soulful innocence… Along with Herzog's odd angles and compositions, former mental patient Bruno S.'s ethereal, evocatively affectless performance as Kaspar makes him both endearing and strange, emphasizing his impossible place in 19th century society." - Lucia Bozzola, All Movie
Selected by Dieter Kosslick, Goran Gocic, Julian Jarrold, Lenny Abrahamson, Michael Dudok de Wit.
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4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days

4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days

4 luni, 3 saptamani si 2 zile (original title)
Highest Ranking: Current

2007 / Romania-Netherlands-France-Germany / 113m / Col / Drama, Slice of Life
Anamaria Marinca, Laura Vasiliu, Vlad Ivanov, Alexandru Potocean, Ion Sapdaru, Teodor Corban, Tania Popa, Cerasela Iosifescu, Luminata Gheorghiu, Adi Carauleanu
"Cristian Mungiu's film is a nightmare of social-realist suspense, a jewel of what it is now considered the Romanian new wave, along with Cristi Puiu's The Death of Mr Lazarescu and Corneliu Porumboiu's 12:08 East of Bucharest. In more general terms, it is part of that emerging 21st-century phenomenon, ordeal cinema: a cinema that with great formal technique makes you live through a horrendous experience in what seems like real time. As a drama, it is superbly observed and telling in every subtle detail; yet it is also simply as exciting, in its stomach-turning way, as any thriller." - Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
Selected by Lukas Moodysson, Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy, Mania Akbari, Jeon Chanil, Ognjen Svilicic.
See also The 21st Century's Most Acclaimed Films.
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Doctor Zhivago

Doctor Zhivago

Highest Ranking: 316 (2012)

1965 / USA / 197m / Col / Romantic Epic, Period Film
Omar Sharif, Julie Christie, Geraldine Chaplin, Tom Courtenay, Alec Guinness, Siobhan McKenna, Rod Steiger, Ralph Richardson, Rita Tushingham, Adrienne Corri
"As a love story played out against the background of a sweeping march of historical events, Doctor Zhivago is comparable to Gone With the Wind. Adapted from a complex novel by Boris Pasternak, Doctor Zhivago follows the tribulations of a Moscow doctor (Sharif) exiled by the Bolsheviks for writing poetry and separated from his true love (Christie). Director David Lean does for snow what he did for sand in his previous epic, Lawrence of Arabia… Overly long at three-hours-plus, it's chock full of terrific images and gorgeous landscapes, to which the story at times becomes secondary." - Michael Betzold, All Movie
Selected by Ching Siu-Tung, Irina-Margareta Nistor, Youngmee Hwang, Floyd Mutrux, Mark L. Lester.
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Les Amants du Pont-Neuf

Les Amants du Pont-Neuf

The Lovers on the Bridge (English title)
Highest Ranking: Current

1991 / France / 126m / Col / Romantic Drama, Urban Drama
Juliette Binoche, Denis Lavant, Klaus-Michael Gruber, Daniel Buain, Marion Statens, Edith Scob, Chrichan Larsson, Paulette Berthonnier, Georges Apperighis, Roger Berthonnier
"Set against the extravagant backdrop of France's bicentennial shenanigans, Carax's tale of amour fou is even bolder than Boy Meets Girl and Mauvais Sang. It's filled with ecstatic imagery which manages not to jar after the gritty realism of the early scenes, and constitutes a heady anthem to abstracted, mad passion: at once a modern fairy tale and a cinephile's folie de grandeur, frequently exhilarating but never wholly free of pretentiousness." - Geoff Andrew, Time Out
Selected by Tetsuya Nakashima, Chris Chang, Duane Hopkins, Pedro Aguilera, Sandi Tan.
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Silent Light

Silent Light

Stellet licht (original title)
Highest Ranking: Current

2007 / Mexico-France-Netherlands / 136m / Col / Psychological Drama, Rural Drama
Cornelio Wall, Miriam Toews, Maria Pankratz, Peter Wall, Elisabeth Wall, Jacobo Klassen, Irma Thiessen, Alfredo Thiessen, Daniel Thiessen, Autghe Loewen
"A fictional story about everyday rapture in an isolated Mennonite community in northern Mexico — and performed by a cast of mostly Mennonite nonprofessionals — the film was written, directed and somehow willed into unlikely existence by the extravagantly talented Carlos Reygadas, whose immersion in this exotic world feels so deep and true that it seems like an act of faith. Mr. Reygadas’s faith may be more rooted in his own gifts than in God, but it’s the sheer intensity of this belief — which he confirms with every camera movement — that invests his film with such feeling." - Manohla Dargis, The New York Times
Selected by Zhao Liang, Lisandro Alonso, Nadav Lapid, Andrzej Kolodynski, Daniel Frampton.
See also The 21st Century's Most Acclaimed Films.
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Trainspotting

Trainspotting

Highest Ranking: 447 (2016)

1996 / UK / 95m / Col / Comedy Drama, Addiction Drama
Ewan McGregor, Jonny Lee Miller, Ewen Bremner, Kevin McKidd, Robert Carlyle, Kelly Macdonald, Pauline Lynch, Irvine Welsh, Peter Mullan, James Cosmo
"A shocking, painfully subjective trawl through the Edinburgh heroin culture of the 1980s, Irvine Welsh's cult novel is hardly an obvious choice for the team who made Shallow Grave. Yet the film's a triumph. Audaciously punching up the pitch-black comedy, juggling parallel character strands and juxtaposing image, music and voice-over with a virtuosity worthy of Scorsese on peak form, Trainspotting the movie captures precisely Welsh's insolent, amoral intelligence. Amoral, but not unthinking, and certainly not unfeeling… This may not have the weight of 'Great Art', but it crystallises youthful disaffection with the verve of the best and brightest pop culture. A sensation." - Tom Charity, Time Out
Selected by Guido Bonsaver, Claudia Winkleman, Anurag Kashyap, Fruit Chan, Chow Sze-chung.
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Zodiac

Zodiac

Highest Ranking: Current

2007 / USA / 158m / Col / Mystery, Police Detective Film
Jake Gyllenhaal, Mark Ruffalo, Anthony Edwards, Robert Downey Jr., Brian Cox, John Carroll Lynch, Richmond Arquette, Bob Stephenson, John Lacy, Chloe Sevigny
"David Fincher’s magnificently obsessive film tracks the story of the serial killer who left dead bodies up and down California in the 1960s and possibly the ’70s, and that of the men who tried to stop him. Set when the Age of Aquarius disappeared into the black hole of the Manson family murders, the film is at once sprawling and tightly constructed, opaque and meticulously detailed. It’s part police procedural, part monster movie, a funereal entertainment that is an unexpected repudiation of Mr. Fincher’s most famous movie, the serial-killer fiction Seven, as well as a testament to this cinematic savant’s gifts." - Manohla Dargis, The New York Times
Selected by Bong Joon-ho, Vadim Rizov, Henry K. Miller, Joshua Rothkopf, Florence Maillard.
See also The 21st Century's Most Acclaimed Films.
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East of Eden

East of Eden

Highest Ranking: 490 (2019)

1955 / USA / 115m / Col / Family Drama, Rural Drama
James Dean, Raymond Massey, Julie Harris, Richard Davalos, Burl Ives, Jo Van Fleet, Albert Dekker, Lois Smith, Harold Gordon, Timothy Carey
"It was Kazan's first color film and his first CinemaScope production. He handles both magnificently. He shoots in longer takes, which gives the film the slower pace of an older age and draws the eye to Dean's restlessness and nervous spontaneity, which stands out against the calm and control of the rest of cast. "His body was much more expressive, actually, in free movement, than Brando's it had so much tension to it," observed Kazan. "Dean had a very vivid body; and I did play a lot with it in long shots." - Sean Axmaker, TCM
Selected by Krzysztof Zanussi, Peter Hames, Bruno Barreto, Gulbara Tolomushova, Lone Scherfig.
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Gimme Shelter

Gimme Shelter

Highest Ranking: 410 (2016)

1970 / USA / 91m / Col / Music, Documentary
Mick Jagger, Charlie Watts, Keith Richards, Mick Taylor, Bill Wyman, Marty Balin, Sonny Barger, Melvin Belli, Dick Carter, Jack Casady
"Called the greatest rock film ever made, this landmark documentary follows the Rolling Stones on their notorious 1969 U.S. tour. When three hundred thousand members of the Love Generation collided with a few dozen Hells Angels at San Francisco’s Altamont Speedway, Direct Cinema pioneers David and Albert Maysles and Charlotte Zwerin were there to immortalize on film the bloody slash that transformed a decade’s dreams into disillusionment." - The Criterion Collection
Selected by Derek Cianfrance, José Padilha, John Cameron Mitchell, Todd Phillips, Ally Derks.
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Still Life

Sanxia haoren (original title)
Highest Ranking: Current

2006 / China-Hong Kong / 113m / Col / Drama, Social Problem Film
Tao Zhao, Sanming Han, Hong Wei Wang, Zhou Lan, Yong Huang, Jianlin Peng, Zhubin Li
"There’s politics in every one of cinematographer Yu Likwai’s superbly composed HD frames, but it’s feel that the former is after. And in the half-drowned town of Fengjie – the victim of the Yangtze river Three Gorges Project and capitalism as well as being the new home of rural Shanxi construction worker Han (Han Sanming) – the feeling isn’t good… In Still Life the director’s assurance is such that the barriers between documentary and fictional film are made to seem an irrelevance; you may find his film’s intimations of commonality – what we share as human beings – will surprise and move you in unexpected ways." - Wally Hammond, Time Out
Selected by Walter Salles, Jean-Michel Frodon, Margaret Deriaz, Babak Jalali, Gustavo Pizzi.
See also The 21st Century's Most Acclaimed Films.
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Kagemusha

Kagemusha

Shadow Warrior (alternative title)
Highest Ranking: 406 (2016)

1980 / Japan / 159m / Col / Historical Epic, Samurai Film
Tatsuya Nakadai, Tsutomu Yamazaki, Kenichi Hagiwara, Jinpachi Nezu, Shuji Otaki, Daisuke Ryu, Masayuki Yui, Kaori Momoi, Mitsuko Baisho, Hideo Murota
"When a warlord dies, a peasant thief is called upon to impersonate him, and then finds himself haunted by the warlord’s spirit as well as his own ambitions. In his late, color masterpiece Kagemusha, Akira Kurosawa returns to the samurai film and to a primary theme of his career—the play between illusion and reality. Sumptuously reconstructing the splendor of feudal Japan and the pageantry of war, Kurosawa creates a historical epic that is also a meditation on the nature of power." - The Criterion Collection
Selected by Carlos Saura, David Robinson, José Padilha, Evans Chan, Josué Méndez.
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Casino

Casino

Highest Ranking: 469 (2016)

1995 / USA / 182m / Col / Gangster Film, Crime Drama
Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, Sharon Stone, James Woods, Don Rickles, Alan King, Kevin Pollak, L.Q. Jones, Dick Smothers, Frank Vincent
"In fascinating detail and with dazzling finesse, Casino lays out how the mob controlled and ultimately lost Las Vegas. Martin Scorsese's intimate epic about money, sex and brute force is a grandly conceived study of what happens to goodfellas from the mean streets when they outstrip their wildest dreams and achieve the pinnacle of wealth and power. An extraordinary piece of filmmaking, the picture is rough and unflinching in ways that won't be to all tastes and, from a commercial point of view, it is certainly open to criticism for its great length and unsavory violence." - Todd McCarthy, Variety
Selected by Ben Wheatley, Ian Christie, Dario Oliveira, Marten Blomkvist, Mikel Olaciregui.
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Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid

Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid

Highest Ranking: 488 (2015)

1973 / USA / 122m / Col / Revisionist Western, Outlaw (Gunfighter) Film
James Coburn, Kris Kristofferson, Bob Dylan, Richard Jaeckel, Katy Jurado, Chill Wills, Slim Pickens, Jason Robards, R.G. Armstrong, Luke Askew
"Peckinpah brings the film a deep-dish sense of atmosphere and arid beauty, glorifying in the committed individualism of Billy the Kid while mourning how the passage of time made his attitude seem outdated. It's also worth noting that the beguiling mood Peckinpah weaves here is aided considerably by John Coquillion's lush photography and Bob Dylan's moody song score. The end result is a mythic, personalized Western that could have only been created by the one and only Sam Peckinpah. Thus, Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid is a must for his fans and anyone interested in a good revisionist take on the Old West." - Donald Guarisco, All Movie
Selected by Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Nick Roddick, Constantin Popescu, Ian Penman, Jean-Pierre Garcia.
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Terminator 2: Judgment Day

Terminator 2: Judgment Day

Highest Ranking: 503 (2011)

1991 / USA / 136m / Col / Science Fiction, Sci-Fi Action
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Edward Furlong, Robert Patrick, Earl Boen, Joe Morton, S. Epatha Merkerson, Xander Berkeley, Jenette Goldstein, Castulo Guerra
"James Cameron's Terminator 2: Judgment Day is a lustrous machine, all gleaming steel and burnished gunmetal, with state-of-the-art nuts and bolts. You relate to it the way you might relate to any overpowering machine, a little dispassionately but with a respect bordering on awe. It's a tank of a movie, big, powerful and hard to resist. But it's a tank with lightning treads and jaguar agility. The stunning special effects show something that's rare these days -- technical stunts that evoke a true sense of wonder; it's real jaw-to-the-floor stuff… No one in the movies today can match Cameron's talent for this kind of hyperbolic, big-screen action." - Hal Hinson, The Washington Post
Selected by Tobias Kniebe, Daniel Lopatin, Ildikó Enyedi, Yu Irie, Karsten Meinich.
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The French Connection

The French Connection

Highest Ranking: 521 (2015)

1971 / USA / 104m / Col / Crime, Action Thriller
Gene Hackman, Fernando Rey, Roy Scheider, Tony Lo Bianco, Marcel Bozzuffi, Frederic de Pasquale, Bill Hickman, Ann Rebbot, Harold Gary, Arlene Farber
"Four decades after its initial release, William Friedkin's Oscar-sweeper The French Connection remains an electrifying achievement, drawing its high-voltage forward momentum from the collision of semi-documentary procedural, with its based-on-real-events verisimilitude, and downbeat rogue-cop revisionism. Shooting in actual locations wherever possible, and availing themselves of the featherweight handheld cameras that enabled the development of the Direct Cinema movement, Friedkin and cinematographer Owen Roizman put the grit into "gritty authenticity." - Budd Wilkins, Slant Magazine
Selected by Benny Safdie, Alexander Zeldovich, Baltasar Komákur, David Leland, Tibor Bíró.
See also 1,000 Noir Films.
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Steamboat Bill Jr.

Steamboat Bill, Jr.

Highest Ranking: 246 (March 2006)

1928 / USA / 71m / BW / Adventure Comedy, Slapstick
Buster Keaton, Ernest Torrence, Marion Byron, Tom McGuire, Tom Lewis, Joe Keaton
"A marvellous comedy set in a lazy riverside town in the Deep South, with Buster as the foppish, city-educated boy who returns home to prove a grave disappointment to his father… Hilarious, of course, with both delicately observed jokes and energetically athletic stuntwork coursing through the movie. But what really delights is the detailed depiction of small town life, plus Keaton's comic awareness of his own persona; a sequence in which he and his father are buying a hat to replace his wimpy beret is a model of film comedy, played, remarkably, direct to camera." - Geoff Andrew, Time Out
Selected by Sebastián Lelio, Gregg Araki, Pere Portabella, Agnès Devictor, Peter Scarlet.
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Once Upon a Time in Anatolia

Once Upon a Time in Anatolia

Bir zamanlar Anadolu'da (original title)
Highest Ranking: Current

2011 / Turkey-Bosnia and Herzergovina / 150m / Col / Crime Drama, Psychological Drama
Muhammet Uzuner, Yilmaz Erdogan, Taner Birsel, Ahmet Mumtaz Taylan, Firat Tanis, Ercan Kesal, Ugur Aslanoglu, Murat Kilic, Safak Karali, Emre Sen
"Few films are about simply waiting and talking, but this is one; a film in which, for most of the time, nothing appears to be happening – but, in fact, everything is. Nuri Bilge Ceylan's new film is long and difficult, and perhaps not for everyone, but I can only say it is a kind of masterpiece: audacious, uncompromising and possessed of a mysterious grandeur in its wintry pessimism. Nothing in it reminds me of Sergio Leone, incidentally – unless it is that long, long wait at the beginning of Once Upon a Time in the West, with the keening wind-wheel and sighing desert. Actually, this has something of Antonioni, or Chekhov or even the later stories of Tolstoy." - Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
Selected by Pawel Pawlikowski, Eithne O'Neill, Dan Fainaru, Marc Munden, Nadav Lapid.
See also The 21st Century's Most Acclaimed Films.
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Masculin Feminin

Masculin Feminin

Masculin féminin: 15 faits précis (original title)
Highest Ranking: 222 (December 2006)

1966 / France-Sweden / 103m / BW / Urban Drama, Ensemble Film
Jean-Pierre Leaud, Chantal Goya, Catherine-Isabelle Duport, Marlene Jobert, Michel Debord, Eva-Britt Strandberg, Birger Malmsten, Francoise Hardy, Elas Leroy, Brigitte Bardot
"With Masculin féminin, ruthless stylist and iconoclast Jean-Luc Godard introduces the world to “the children of Marx and Coca-Cola,” through a gang of restless youths engaged in hopeless love affairs with music, revolution, and each other. French new wave icon Jean-Pierre Leaud stars as Paul, an idealistic would-be intellectual struggling to forge a relationship with the adorable pop star Madeleine (real-life yé-yé girl Chantal Goya). Through their tempestuous affair, Godard fashions a candid and wildly funny free-form examination of youth culture in throbbing 1960s Paris, mixing satire and tragedy as only Godard can." - The Criterion Collection
Selected by Gregg Araki, John Powers, Manohla Dargis, Paul Schrader, Mehmet Açar.
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The Royal Tenenbaums

The Royal Tenenbaums

Highest Ranking: 526 (2020)

2001 / USA / 109m / Col / Comedy Drama, Comedy of Manners
Gene Hackman, Anjelica Huston, Ben Stiller, Gwyneth Paltrow, Luke Wilson, Owen Wilson, Danny Glover, Bill Murray, Seymour Cassel, Kumar Pallana
"Royal Tenenbaum (Hackman) and his wife, Etheline (Huston), had three children and then they separated. Chas (Stiller) started buying real estate in his early teens… Margot (Paltrow) was a playwright and received a Braverman Grant of $50,000 in the ninth grade. Richie (Luke Wilson) was a junior champion tennis player… Virtually all memory of the brilliance of the young Tenenbaums was subsequently erased by two decades of betrayal, failure, and disaster. The Royal Tenenbaums is a hilarious, touching, and brilliantly stylized study of melancholy and redemption from Wes Anderson." - The Criterion Collection
Selected by Hind Mezaina, Jan Distelmeyer, Laurie Anderson, Atom Burke, Cameron Crowe.
See also The 21st Century's Most Acclaimed Films.
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The Social Network

The Social Network

Highest Ranking: Current

2010 / USA / 120m / Col / Drama, Biopic
Jesse Eisenberg, Justin Timberlake, Andrew Garfield, Brenda Song, Armie Hammer, Joseph Mazzello, Max Minghella, Josh Pence, Rashida Jones, John Getz
The Social Network
rushes through a coruscating series of exhilarations and desolations, triumphs and betrayals, and ends with what feels like darkness closing in on an isolated soul. This brilliantly entertaining and emotionally wrenching movie is built around a melancholy paradox: in 2003, Mark Zuckerberg (Eisenberg), a nineteen-year-old Harvard sophomore, invents Facebook and eventually creates a five-hundred-million-strong network of “friends,” but Zuckerberg is so egotistical, work-obsessed, and withdrawn that he can’t stay close to anyone… The movie is not a conventionally priggish tale of youthful innocence corrupted by riches; nor is it merely a sarcastic arrow shot into the heart of a poor little rich boy. Both themes are there, but the dramatic development of the material pushes beyond simplicities, and the portrait of Zuckerberg is many-sided and ambiguous." - David Denby, The New Yorker
Selected by Jane Lamacraft, Joseph Cedar, Marcelo Panozzo, Domingos Oliveira, Adrien Gombeaud.
See also The 21st Century's Most Acclaimed Films.
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Faust

Faust

Faust - Eine deutsche Volkssage (original title)
Highest Ranking: 387 (2008)

1926 / Germany / 116m / BW / Fantasy, Tragedy
Emil Jannings, Gosta Ekman, Camilla Horn, Eric Barclay, Hans Brausewetter, William Dieterle, Werner Fuetterer, Yvette Guilbert, Lothar Muthel, Frida Richard
"The great F.W. Murnau directed only one real blockbuster in Germany, just before coming to America to make his masterpiece, Sunrise; extravagant in every sense, Faust is laden with references to Dutch, German, and Italian painting and was rivaled only by Fritz Lang's Metropolis in driving the UFA studio toward bankruptcy. Like Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey, this extraordinary piece of artistry and craftsmanship integrates its dazzling special effects so seamlessly that they're indistinguishable from the film's narrative, poetry, and, above all, metaphysics." - Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
Selected by Robert Eggers, Pierre Rissient, Shinji Aoyama, François Thomas, Måns Månsson.
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The Damned

The Damned

La Caduta degli dei (original title)
Highest Ranking: 484 (2019)

1969 / Italy-West Germany / 155m / Col / Political Drama, Family Drama
Dirk Bogarde, Ingrid Thulin, Helmut Griem, Helmut Berger, Renaud Verley, Umberto Orsini, Reinhard Kolldehoff, Albrecht Schoenhals, Florinda Bolkan, Charlotte Rampling
"Like so many of Visconti's films, The Damned is the story of the decline and decomposition of a family, and as in Senso and The Leopard in particular, the fortunes of individuals are linked to wider developments at a climactic moment of history… In short, The Damned , without being one of Visconti's finest films, is still a remarkable work, but it is one which, for its own sake, needs to be rescued from some of the more inflated claims—political, psycho-sexual, and mythological—which have sometimes been made for it, albeit with the best of intentions." - Julian Petley, Film Reference
Selected by Olivier Assayas, Andrei Plakhov, Gleb Panfilov, Andriy Khalpakhchi, Jean-Stephane Sauvaire.
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Alexander Nevsky

Alexander Nevsky

Aleksandr Nevskiy (original title)
Highest Ranking: 174 (March 2006)

1938 / USSR / 107m / BW / Historical Epic, Biography
Nikolai Cherkasov, Nikolai Okhlopkov, Andrei Abrikosov, Dmitri Orlov, Vasili Novikov, Nicolai Arsky, Varvara Massalitinova, Vera Ivashova, Aleksandra Danilova, Vladimir Yershov
"Eisenstein drew on history, Russian folk narratives, and the techniques of Walt Disney to create this broadly painted epic of Russian resilience. This story of Teutonic knights vanquished by Prince Alexander Nevsky’s tactical brilliance resonated deeply with a Soviet Union concerned with the rise of Nazi Germany. Widely imitated—most notably by Laurence Olivier’s Battle of Agincourt re-creation for Henry V—the Battle on the Ice scene remains one of the most famous audio-visual experiments in film history, perfectly blending action with the rousing score of Sergei Prokofiev."- The Criterion Collection
Selected by Béla Tarr, Mariano Llinás, Gary Indiana, Martin Tudor Caranfil, Charles Burnett.
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Inland Empire

Inland Empire

Highest Ranking: 486 (2020)

2006 / USA-France-Poland / 180m / Col / Avant-garde-Experimental, Mystery
Laura Dern, Jeremy Irons, Harry Dean Stanton, Grace Zabriskie, Ian Abercrombie, Peter J. Lucas, Justin Theroux, Terryn Westbrook, Julia Ormond, Diane Ladd
"David Lynch's first digital video is his best and most experimental feature since Eraserhead. Shot piecemeal over at least a year and without a script, this 179-minute meditation builds on Lynch's Mulholland Drive as a sinister and critical portrait of Hollywood. But it resists any narrative paraphrase, with several overlapping premises rather than a single consecutive plot… The visual qualities include impressionistic soft-focus colors, expressionistic lighting, and disquietingly huge close-ups." - Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
Selected by Gillies MacKinnon, Cristina Álvarez López, Ángel Quintana Morraja, Martha P. Nochimson, Stephen Thrower.
See also The 21st Century's Most Acclaimed Films.
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Colossal Youth

Colossal Youth

Juventude Em Marcha (original title)
Highest Ranking: Current

2006 / Portugal-France-Switzerland / 155m / Col / Drama, Slice of Life
Ventura, Vanda Duarte, Beatriz Duarte, Gustavo Sumpta, Cila Cardoso, Isabel Cardoso, Alberto 'Lento' Barros, Antonio Semedo, Paulo Nunes, Jose Maria Pina
"Many of the lost souls of Ossos and In Vanda’s Room return in the spectral landscape of Colossal Youth, which brings to Pedro Costa’s Fontainhas films a new theatrical, tragic grandeur. This time, Costa focuses on Ventura, an elderly immigrant from Cape Verde living in a low-cost housing complex in Lisbon, who has been abandoned by his wife and spends his days visiting his neighbors, whom he considers his “children.” What results is a form of ghost story, a tale of derelict, dispossessed people living in the past and present at the same time, filmed by Costa with empathy and startling radiance." - The Criterion Collection
Selected by Julian Graffy, Cristina Fernandes, Andy Rector, Jesús Piquero, Gonçalo Tocha.
See also The 21st Century's Most Acclaimed Films.
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Songs from the Second Floor

Songs from the Second Floor

Sånger från andra våningen (original title)
Highest Ranking: 510 (2020)

2000 / Sweden-France-Denmark-Norway-Germany / 98m / Col / Surrealist Film, Black Comedy
Lars Nordh, Stefan Larsson, Hanna Eriksson, Bengt C.W. Carlsson, Torbjorn Fahlstrom, Sten Andersson, Rolando Nunez, Lucio Vucina, Peter Roth, Klas-Gosta Olsson
"Swedish director Roy Andersson presents us with loosely connected scenes from the end of the world, in a series of bizarre tableaux unfolding in weirdly lucid dream-landscapes of vast plains, endless corridors and vertiginous perspective lines - each scene filmed in one long take from a static camera... Andersson has something of Woody Allen and Terry Gilliam, but with strains of anarchy and melancholy that are unique. Here is a film to try the patience of the non-believer, but astonish everyone else. Some might find it a curate's egg of strangeness. But it's one of the Fabergé variety." - Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
Selected by Ari Aster, Zhao Liang, Pirjo Honkasalo, Mike Leigh, Lone Scherfig.
See also The 21st Century's Most Acclaimed Films.
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A Night at the Opera

A Night at the Opera

Highest Ranking: 196 (2007)

1935 / USA / 92m / BW / Anarchic Comedy, Farce
Groucho Marx, Chico Marx, Harpo Marx, Kitty Carlisle, Allan Jones, Margaret Dumont, Sig Ruman, Walter Woolf King, Edward Keane, Robert Emmett O'Connor
"The Marx Brothers at the turning point, just before their gradual descent into mediocrity at the hands of MGM, who wanted their comedy to be rationed and rationalised. It's a top budget job, opulent and meticulous, with its fair share of vices: this is the first Marx Brothers film where you really feel like strangling the romantic leads. But it has even more virtues: there's no Zeppo, the script's generally great (Kaufman and Ryskind), Dumont's completely great, and the Brothers get to perform some of their most irresistible routines - the stateroom scene and all." - Geoff Brown, Time Out
Selected by Ken Russell, Aaron Katz, Isabelle Stever, Jack Lechner, Daniel Sánchez Arévalo.
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Hannah and Her Sisters

Hannah and Her Sisters

Highest Ranking: 503 (2014)

1986 / USA / 106m / Col / Comedy Drama, Ensemble Film
Woody Allen, Michael Caine, Mia Farrow, Carrie Fisher, Barbara Hershey, Lloyd Nolan, Maureen O'Sullivan, Daniel Stern, Max von Sydow, Dianne Wiest
"From 1986, when Woody Allen's strike rate was more consistent, this triple Oscar-winner is one of his best. Mia Farrow plays the title role, an acclaimed actress with a seemingly idyllic family life. But husband Michael Caine has the hots for youngest sister Barbara Hershey, while middle sister Dianne Wiest is a recovering drug addict pin-balling from one ill-advised career choice to another. Allen is Hannah’s ex-husband, as neurotic and nebbish as ever. Around these characters the film weaves a rich Chekhovian mix, full of wry insights into the fragility of human emotions." - Philip Kemp, Total Film
Selected by Dave Calhoun, Andreas Dresen, Wes Anderson, Briony Hanson, Aaron Katz.
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Orlando

Orlando

Highest Ranking: 500 (2020)

1992 / UK-Russia-France-Italy-Netherlands / 94m / Col / Drama, Fantasy
Tilda Swinton, Billy Zane, John Wood, Lothaire Bluteau, Charlotte Valandrey, Heathcote Williams, Quentin Crisp, Dudley Sutton, Peter Eyre, Thom Hoffman
"There are lots of intellectual traditions vying for ascendancy in Potter's adaptation of Virginia Woolf's 1928 modernist novel, but the joy is that the film comes over simply: a beautiful historical pageant of 400 years of English history, full of visual and aural pleasures, sly jokes, thought-provoking insights, emotional truths - and romance… The fine, stylised performances from an idiosyncratic international cast are admirably headed by Swinton's magnificent Orlando, who acts as the film's complicitous eyes and ears; and there's little to fault in Alexei Rodionov's cinematography, which renders the scenes with rare sensitivity." - Wally Hammond, Time Out
Selected by David Lowery, B. Ruby Rich, Marit Kapla, Sophie Mayer, Yvonne Tasker.
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La Terra trema

La Terra trema

La Terra trema: Episodio del mare (original title); The Earth Trembles (alternative title)
Highest Ranking: 409 (2008)

1948 / Italy / 160m / BW / Drama, Docudrama
Luchino Visconti, Antonio Pietrangeli, Maria Micale, Sebastiano Valastro, Antonino Micale, Nelluccia Giammona, Agnes Giammona, Salvatore Vicari, Giuseppe Vicari, Giuseppe Arcidiacono
"Visconti's second feature (five years after Ossessione in 1942) was an improvised drama produced by the Communist Party, filmed with and among Sicilian fishermen in the village of Aci-Trezza. An overwhelmingly stark chronicle of a family which strives but fails to break out of the poverty trap, La Terra Trema‚ stands as a masterpiece of neo-realism, a social conscience cinema of proletarian ways and means. Yet, despite this, it's no less 'operatic' than the director's later decadent melodramas: it surges with great tides of emotion. The film is distinguished by its vivid camerawork, at once poetic and 'documentary'." - Tom Charity, Time Out
Selected by José María de Orbe, Ulrich Gregor, Bryan Chang, Augusto M. Seabra, Ramin Bahrani.
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Amelie

Amélie

Le Fabuleux destin d'Amélie Poulain (original title)
Highest Ranking: Current

2001 / France-Germany / 122m / Col / Romance, Comedy
Audrey Tautou, Mathieu Kassovitz, Rufus, Lorella Cravotta, Serge Merlin, Jamel Debbouze, Claire Maurier, Clotilde Mollet, Yolande Moreau, Flora Guiet
"Basically a faux new-wave romp, Amélie achieves a high-tech remix of the playful narrative digressions in François Truffaut's Shoot the Piano Player and the prolix sight gags of Louis Malle's Zazie Dans le Metro. Jeunet loves nothing better than a pell-mell, wide-angle track into an open screaming mouth. Although there's a surfeit of business—thunderous cuts, convulsive white-outs, split screens, interpolated newsreels, X-ray shots, annotated frames, exaggerated sound effects—much of it is funny. Indeed, the manic pace serves to mitigate the movie's cloying sentimentality." - J. Hoberman, The Village Voice
Selected by Gareth Evans, Jean-Marc Vallée, Rachel Perkins, Hind Mezaina, Richard Woolley.
See also The 21st Century's Most Acclaimed Films.
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Alphaville

Alphaville

Alphaville, une étrange aventure de Lemmy Caution (original title)
Highest Ranking: 391 (2014)

1965 / France / 95m / BW / Psychological Sci-Fi, Tech Noir
Eddie Constantine, Anna Karina, Howard Vernon, Akim Tamiroff, Laszlo Szabo, Jean-Louis Comolli, Michel Delahaye, Jean-Andre Fieschi, Christa Lang, Jean-Pierre Leaud
"Alphaville is science fiction without special effects. Godard couldn’t afford them in 1965 or ever, but he probably wouldn’t have wanted them even if he’d had unlimited financing. His whole theme, imagination versus logic, is consistent with his deployment of Paris as it was in the ’60s—or at least, those portions of Paris which struck Godard as architectural nightmares of impersonality… You don’t have to be French to enjoy Alphaville. But you have to love movies with high-minded seriousness." - Andrew Sarris, The Criterion Collection
Selected by John McNaughton, Lisandro Alonso, Peter Whitehead, Bruce LaBruce, Ken Hollings.
See also 1,000 Noir Films.
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Point Blank

Point Blank

Highest Ranking: 339 (2012)

1967 / USA / 92m / Col / Crime, Thriller
Lee Marvin, Angie Dickinson, Keenan Wynn, Carroll O'Connor, Lloyd Bochner, Michael Strong, John Vernon, Sharon Acker, James B. Sikking, Sandra Warner
"Point Blank has gradually become regarded as one of the seminal films of late 1960s American cinema. It was made at the peak of Lee Marvin’s booming stardom, and is the first of British director John Boorman’s films to survey his common preoccupation with a character (or often set of characters) let loose in an environment – modern or primeval – they can barely comprehend and plainly don’t belong to. It is, in the best sense of the term, a haunted, dream-like film that draws upon the spatial and temporal experiments of modernist European art cinema, most particularly the work of Alain Resnais." - Adrian Danks, Senses of Cinema
Selected by Park Chan-wook, Andrew Haigh, Geoff Dyer, Robert Haller, Neil Young.
See also 1,000 Noir Films.
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Shadow of a Doubt

Shadow of a Doubt

Highest Ranking: 263 (March 2006)

1943 / USA / 108m / BW / Thriller, Psychological Thriller
Joseph Cotten, Teresa Wright, Macdonald Carey, Henry Travers, Patricia Collinge, Hume Cronyn, Wallace Ford, Edna May Wonacott, Irving Bacon, Charles Bates
"One of Hitchcock's finest films of the '40s, with Cotten as the infamous 'Merry Widow' murderer, who takes refuge with the small-town family of his sister (Collinge). Focusing on adoring niece Wright's dawning realisation that her kind, generous and handsome uncle is in fact a cold and cynical killer, the film is not only psychologically intriguing (both niece and uncle are called Charlie, and he arrives in town as if in answer to her prayers for excitement), but a sharp dissection of middle American life, in its own quiet way an ancestor of Blue Velvet... Funny, gripping, and expertly shot by Joe Valentine, it's a small but memorable gem." - Geoff Andrew, Time Out
Selected by Guillermo del Toro, Diane Negra, Noël Burch, James Mangold, Sam Ho.
See also 1,000 Noir Films.
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Les Vampires

Les Vampires

Highest Ranking: 224 (March 2006)

1915 / France / 440m / BW / Master Criminal Film, Crime Thriller
Musidora, Edouard Mathe, Marcel Levesque, Jean Ayme, Fernand Herrmann, Stacia Napierkowska, Edmund Breon, Renee Carl, Miss Edith, Louis Leubas
"Louis Feuillade's extraordinary ten-part silent serial of 1916, running just under eight hours, is one of the supreme delights of film—an account of the exploits of an all-powerful group of criminals called the Vampire Gang, headed by the infamous Irma Vep (Musidora), whose name is an anagram for “vampire.” Filmed mainly in Paris locations, Feuillade's masterpiece combines documentary with fantasy to create a dense world of multiple disguises, secret passageways, poison rings, and evil master plots that assumes an awesome cumulative power." - Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
Selected by Alain Masson, Ed Park, David Meeker, Kevin Lee, Chung Sung-ill.
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12 Angry Men

12 Angry Men

Twelve Angry Men (alternative spelling)
Highest Ranking: 437 (March 2006)

1957 / USA / 95m / BW / Drama, Courtroom Drama
Henry Fonda, Lee J. Cobb, Ed Begley, E.G. Marshall, Jack Warden, Jack Klugman, Martin Balsam, John Fiedler, George Voskovec, Robert Webber
"12 Angry Men, by Sidney Lumet, may be the most radical courtroom drama in cinema history. A behind-closed-doors look at the American legal system that is as riveting as it is spare, this iconic adaptation of Reginald Rose’s teleplay stars Henry Fonda as the dissenting member on a jury of white men ready to pass judgment on a Puerto Rican teenager charged with murdering his father. The result is a saga of epic proportions that plays out over a tense afternoon in one sweltering room. Lumet’s electrifying snapshot of 1950s America on the verge of change is one of the great feature film debuts." - The Criterion Collection
Selected by Tata Amaral, David Leland, Richard Sowada, Akin Omotoso, Antonia Bird.
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Farewell, My Concubine

Farewell, My Concubine

Ba wang bie ji (original title)
Highest Ranking: 453 (2016)

1993 / Hong Kong-China / 155m / Col / Drama, Romantic Epic
Leslie Cheung, Zhang Fengyi, Gong Li, Lu Qi, Ying Da, Ge You, Li Chun, Lei Han, Tong Di, Ma Mingwei
"Chen Kaige's Farewell My Concubine, the Chinese epic that has proved so troublesome to the Communist authorities at home, is one of those very rare film spectacles that deliver just about everything the ads are likely to promise: action, history, exotic color, multitudes in confrontation, broad overviews of social and political landscapes, all intimately rooted in a love story of vicious intensity, the kind that plays best when it goes badly, which is most of the time." - Vincent Canby, The New York Times
Selected by Alain Masson, Pam Cook, Ahmed Atef, Fu Hongxing, Xiaoning Lu.
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Koyaanisqatsi

Koyaanisqatsi

Highest Ranking: 351 (2016)

1982 / USA / 87m / Col / Essay Film, Documentary
"An unconventional work in every way, Godfrey Reggio’s Koyaanisqatsi was nevertheless a sensation when it was released in 1983. This first work of The Qatsi Trilogy wordlessly surveys the rapidly changing environments of the Northern Hemisphere, in an astonishing collage created by the director, cinematographer Ron Fricke, and composer Philip Glass. It shuttles viewers from one jaw-dropping vision to the next, moving from images of untouched nature to others depicting human beings’ increasing dependence on technology Koyaanisqatsi’s heterodox methods (including hypnotic time-lapse photography) make it a look at our world from a truly unique angle." - The Criterion Collection
Selected by Andrey Zvyagintsev, Gary Tarn, Laurie Anderson, Michael Dudok de Wit, Anton Bitel.
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The Wind Will Carry Us

The Wind Will Carry Us

Bad ma ra khahad bord (original title)
Highest Ranking: 395 (2013)

1999 / France-Iran / 118m / Col / Drama, Rural Drama
Behzad Dourani, Farzad Sohrabi, Shahpour Ghobadi, Noghre Asadi, Roushan Karam Elmi, Bahman Ghobadi, Reihan Heidari, Masood Mansouri, Ali Reza Naderi, Masoameh Salimi
"The Wind Will Carry Us... is oblique, evocative and visually stunning. Abbas Kiarostami's views of hillsides, valleys and gnarled, solitary trees seem almost otherworldly in their clarity and depth, and his story, about a morose engineer who has come to a remote Kurdish village on an enigmatic mission, is as simple and mysterious as a folk tale. This is one of those rare movies that completely absorb your attention and demand your concentration while you're watching, and that stay in your thoughts, growing richer and more powerful, for a long time afterward." - A.O. Scott, The New York Times
Selected by Scott Foundas, Jonathan Rosenbaum, Geoff Andrew, Rima Mismar, Richard Peña.
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The Sound of Music

The Sound of Music

Highest Ranking: 353 (December 2006)

1965 / USA / 174m / Col / Musical, Drama
Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, Eleanor Parker, Richard Haydn, Peggy Wood, Charmian Carr, Heather Menzies, Nicholas Hammond, Duane Chase, Angela Cartwright
"It's hard to tune into The Sound of Music these days without being deafened by the noises off; that caterwauling chorus of adoration, ridicule, reverence and contempt that has dogged the film since its release back in 1965. But check your cynicism at the door: Robert Wise's adaptation of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical still has a little soul in its bones, with its reactionary nature tempered by Ernest Lehman's supple screenplay, and its elephantine running-time eased by a set of songs that lodge in your system like hookworms." - Xan Brooks, The Guardian
Selected by Adam McKay, Peter Whitehead, Randy Barbato, Jane Giles, Ole Bornedal.
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Toy Story

Toy Story

Highest Ranking: 403 (2016)

1995 / USA / 80m / Col / Fantasy Comedy, Animation
Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Don Rickles, Jim Varney, Wallace Shawn, John Ratzenberger, Annie Potts, John Morris, Erik von Detten, R. Lee Ermey
"Seeing Toy Story, I felt some of the same exhilaration I felt during Who Framed Roger Rabbit. Both movies take apart the universe of cinematic visuals, and put it back together again, allowing us to see in a new way. Toy Story is not as inventive in its plotting or as clever in its wit as Rabbit or such Disney animated films as Beauty and the Beast… Its best pleasures are for the eyes. But what pleasures they are! Watching the film, I felt I was in at the dawn of a new era of movie animation, which draws on the best of cartoons and reality, creating a world somewhere in between, where space not only bends but snaps, crackles and pops." - Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
Selected by Brad Bird, Tim J. Smith, Paul Wells, Lisa Mullen, Jane Lamacraft.
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Moy drug Ivan Lapshin (original title)
Highest Ranking: Current

1985 / USSR / 100m / Col-BW / Police Drama, Period Film
Andrei Boltnev, Nina Ruslanova, Andrei Mironov, Aleksei Zharkov, Zinaida Adamovich, Aleksandr Filippenko, Yuri Kuznetsov, Valeri Filonov, Anatoli Slivnikov, Andrei Dudarenko
"Gherman's masterly film (his third) is framed as an autobiographical reminiscence of the 1930s, just before the Stalinist terror began to bite. Through the eyes of a nine-year-old we watch episodes from the life of a small town police chief… Gherman's methods are resolutely observational and low key, and his subject is the lull before the storm; the drama emerges as if by accident from a collage of resonant and deeply felt scenes from day-to-day life. Wonderfully vivid performances and amazingly original camerawork (mostly in elegantly faded monochrome) bring a vanished world to life with complete conviction." - Tony Rayns, Time Out
Selected by Vitaliy Manskiy, Aleksei Balabanov, John Powers, Julian Graffy, Radu Jude.
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Short Cuts

Short Cuts

Highest Ranking: 415 (2016)

1993 / USA / 189m / Col / Ensemble Film, Urban Drama
Tim Robbins, Lily Tomlin, Tom Waits, Matthew Modine, Frances McDormand, Andie MacDowell, Annie Ross, Jack Lemmon, Madeleine Stowe, Peter Gallagher
"The visions of two great American artists merge in Short Cuts, maverick director Robert Altman’s kaleidoscopic adaptation of Raymond Carver short stories. Epic in scale yet meticulously observed, the film interweaves the lives of twenty-two characters struggling to find solace and meaning in contemporary Los Angeles. The extraordinary ensemble cast includes Tim Robbins, Julianne Moore, Robert Downey, Jr., Jack Lemmon, and Jennifer Jason Leigh; all giving fearless performances in one of Altman’s most compassionate creations." - The Criterion Collection
Selected by Destin Daniel Cretton, Beat Glur, Klaus Kreimeier, Mani Haghighi, Matthew Leyland.
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Tootsie

Tootsie

Highest Ranking: 338 (2010)

1982 / USA / 116m / Col / Showbiz Comedy, Romantic Comedy
Dustin Hoffman, Jessica Lange, Teri Garr, Dabney Coleman, Charles Durning, Bill Murray, Sydney Pollack, George Gaynes, Geena Davis, Doris Belack
"The studio system collapsed in the '60s, but every now and then, attentive mainstream filmmakers are able to recreate the creative conditions that produced so many seamless prestige pictures during Hollywood's Golden Age. In many ways, the 1982 comedy Tootsie is a product of its time, from its bustling Dave Grusin score to its "boy, those modern women sure have it tough" theme. But it's also a study in craft, put together by a crew of actors, writers, and technicians at the top of their games. It's that rarest of high-toned Hollywood products: a pointed farce that ticks like a clock and rings like a bell." - Noel Murray, A.V. Club
Selected by Kenneth Branagh, Ray Lawrence, Cameron Crowe, J.J. Abrams, Judd Apatow.
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To Have and Have Not

To Have and Have Not

Highest Ranking: 258 (2011)

1944 / USA / 100m / BW / Drama, Romance
Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Walter Brennan, Dolores Moran, Hoagy Carmichael, Dan Seymour, Marcel Dalio, Walter Molnar, Sheldon Leonard, Walter Sande
"An unassuming masterpiece, nominally based on Hemingway's novel and set in Martinique during World War II, this is Hawks' toughest statement of the necessity of accepting responsibility for others or forfeiting one's self-respect - the sum total of morality for Hawks - and the perfect bridge from the free and open world of Only Angels Have Wings to the claustrophobic one of Rio Bravo… Bogie and Bacall fell in love while making the film, and their scenes reflect this, giving To Have and Have Not a degree of emotional presence that is unusual in the 'bite on the bullet' world of Hawks." - Phil Hardy, Time Out
Selected by Kim Newman, Todd McCarthy, Peter Bogdanovich, Péter Muszatics, Tobias Kniebe.
See also 1,000 Noir Films.
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Pan's Labyrinth

Pan's Labyrinth

El Laberinto del fauno (original title)
Highest Ranking: Current

2006 / Spain-Mexico-USA / 120m / Col / Fantasy, Fairy Tales & Legends
Sergi Lopez, Maribel Verdu, Ivana Baquero, Alex Angulo, Doug Jones, Eusebio Lazaro, Paco Vidal, Federico Luppi, Ariadna Gil, Manolo Solo
"Pan's Labyrinth is a transcendent work of art. Del Toro's gratifying surreal and fantastical instincts now have an unstinting moral eye on the world. Saying a filmmaker has matured suggests that he's forgone what made him so entertaining in the first place. But in evolving with this voluptuously realized film, with its omnipresent dangers, Del Toro has simply refined the deftness of his storytelling. A beautiful film about ugliness, Pan's Labyrinth is still pure del Toro (the insects and slime, for instance, are still here), but he gazes through a grim historical lens." - Wesley Morris, The Boston Globe
Selected by Mark Kermode, David Rooney, Anupama Chopra, David S. Goyer, Ron Perlman.
See also The 21st Century's Most Acclaimed Films.
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Winter Light

Winter Light

Nattvardsgästerna (original title)
Highest Ranking: 414 (December 2006)

1962 / Sweden / 80m / BW / Psychological Drama, Religious Drama
Ingrid Thulin, Gunnar Bjornstrand, Max von Sydow, Gunnel Lindblom, Allan Edwall, Kolbjorn Knudsen, Olof Thunberg, Elsa Ebbesen, Lars-Olof Andersson, Eddie Axberg
"God, why did you desert me?” With Winter Light, master craftsman Ingmar Bergman explores the search for redemption in a meaningless existence. In this stark depiction of spiritual crisis, small-town pastor Tomas Ericsson (Björnstrand) performs his duties mechanically before a dwindling congregation. When he is asked to assist with a troubled parishioner’s (von Sydow) debilitating fear of nuclear annihilation, Tomas is terrified to find that he can provide nothing but his own uncertainty. Beautifully photographed by Sven Nykvist, Winter Light is an unsettling look at the human craving for personal validation in a world seemingly abandoned by God." - The Criterion Collection
Selected by Fernando Mendez-Leite, Robert Beeson, Jan Holmberg, David Cox, Catharine Des Forges.
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Triumph of the Will

Triumph of the Will

Triumph des Willens (original title)
Highest Ranking: 253 (December 2006)

1935 / Germany / 110m / BW / Propaganda Film, Documentary
Adolf Hitler, Max Amann, Martin Bormann, Walter Buch, Walter Darre, Otto Dietrich, Sepp Dietrich, Hans Frank, Josef Goebbels, Hermann Goring
"Triumph of the Will is one of the greatest examples of film propaganda ever made. Commissioned by Hitler, Leni Riefenstahl recorded the 1934 Nuremberg National Socialist Party rally, transforming it through innovative editing, montage, and lighting into a frighteningly impressive work of indoctrination… Its influence on post-war cinema has been long-lasting, and the contemporary advertising industry uses many of the techniques used to such great effect in the film to capture the minds and thoughts of the audience: the repetition of motifs, montage, and a use of emotive and stirring music to manipulate the audience." - A. Pillai, Film Reference
Selected by Amir Emary, Amos Poe, Richard Sowada, Dusan Makavejev, Denys Arcand.
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Mad Max 2

Mad Max 2

The Road Warrior (alternative title)
Highest Ranking: 347 (2010/2012)

1981 / Australia / 94m / Col / Action, Science Fiction
Mel Gibson, Bruce Spence, Vernon Wells, Emil Minty, Mike Preston, Kjell Nilsson, Virginia Hey, Syd Heylen, Moira Claux, David Slingsby
"George Miller's 1981 sequel to his 1980 sleeper, Mad Max. Set in a postapocalyptic Australia, where nomadic tribes battle each other for precious gasoline, it's a highly stylized, roaringly dynamic action film that shuns plot and characterization in favor of a crazy iconographical melange—it's like the work of a western punk trucker de Sade… For pure rhythm and visual panache, Miller has few real competitors; the climactic chase, with its deft variation of tempo and point of view, is a minor masterpiece." - Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
Selected by Michael Koller, Sean Baker, Zack Snyder, Guillermo del Toro, Robert Rodriguez.
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Die Hard

Die Hard

Highest Ranking: Current

1988 / USA / 131m / Col / Action, Action Thriller
Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, Alexander Godunov, Bonnie Bedelia, Reginald VelJohnson, Paul Gleason, William Atherton, James Shigeta, Devoreaux White, Hart Bochner
"It piles every known element of the action genre onto the flimsy story of a New York cop who rescues hostages from a Los Angeles office tower on Christmas Eve. Partly an interracial buddy movie, partly the sentimental tale of a ruptured marriage, the film is largely a special-effects carnival full of machine-gun fire, roaring helicopters and an exploding tank. It also has a villain fresh from the Royal Shakespeare Company, a thug from the Bolshoi Ballet and a hero who carries with him the smirks and wisecracks that helped make Moonlighting a television hit. The strange thing is, it works: Die Hard is exceedingly stupid, but escapist fun." - Caryn James, The New York Times
Selected by Aaron Katz, Hidenori Inoue, Jaume Collet-Serra, Boris Khlebnikov, Christopher McQuarrie.
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Chronicle of a Summer

Chronicle of a Summer

Chronique d'un été (original title)
Highest Ranking: 356 (2015)

1961 / France / 85m / BW / Culture & Society, Documentary
Marceline Loridan Ivens, Marilu Parolini, Jean Rouch, Angelo, Régis Debray, Jacques, Jean-Pierre, Landry, Edgar Morin, Sophie
"A joint effort by French ethnographer-filmmaker Jean Rouch and French sociologist Edgar Morin (The Stars) yielded this remarkable 1961 documentary investigation into what Parisians — regarded as a “strange tribe” — were thinking and feeling during the summer of 1960. This was when the war in Algeria was still a hot issue, although many other topics are discussed as well, private as well as public. At first, everyone is asked, simply, “Are you happy?” More generally, the film catches the shifting emotional tenor of a few lives over a certain period." - Jonathan Rosenbaum
Selected by Charles Musser, Eric Kohn, Martin Brady, Raqs Media Collective, Xie Meng.
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Ninotchka

Ninotchka

Highest Ranking: 229 (March 2006)

1939 / USA / 110m / BW / Romantic Comedy, Sophisticated Comedy
Greta Garbo, Melvyn Douglas, Ina Claire, Sig Ruman, Felix Bressart, Bela Lugosi, Alexander Granach, Gregory Gaye, Richard Carle, Edwin Maxwell
"Directed by Ernst Lubitsch and co-scripted by Billy Wilder, this enduring delight stands at the crossroads of American screen comedy. Studded with instances of the 'Lubitsch Touch' and imbued with the screwball spirit, it contains significant traces of the acerbic satire that would become Wilder's trademark in the less innocent postwar world… Lubitsch managed to relax Garbo to the extent that she was not only very funny, but also more feminine than in any role bar Camille and it's the fact that she comes across as a woman and not an icon that makes this performance so memorable… Iridescent and teaming with vitality, Garbo glows in her penultimate film " - David Parkinson, Empire
Selected by Glenn Kenny, Marc Cerisuelo, Fernando Trueba, Carrie Rickey, Cameron Crowe.
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The Lives of Others

The Lives of Others

Das Leben der Anderen (original title)
Highest Ranking: 466 (2019)

2006 / Germany / 138m / Col / Political Thriller, Period Film
Martina Gedeck, Ulrich Muhe, Sebastian Koch, Ulrich Tukur, Thomas Thieme, Hans-Uwe Bauer, Volkmar Kleinert, Matthias Brenner, Charly Hubner, Herbert Knaup
"In his feature debut as director and screenwriter, von Donnersmarck burrows into the erotic, engrossing and thoroughly nasty business of spying. The place is East Berlin, in 1984, the Wall is still up, glasnost is far off and the Stasi (secret police) don't believe in privacy… The director weaves a complex political thriller that touches an emotional chord. All the performances are top-tier — Sebastian Koch is a star in the making — but it's Ulrich Muhe who leaves the deepest impression… von Donnersmarck has crafted the best kind of movie: one you can't get out of your head." - Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
Selected by Lizelle Bisschoff, Minky Schlesinger, Tibor Bíró, Colin Trevorrow, Josh Radnor.
See also The 21st Century's Most Acclaimed Films.
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Se7en

Se7en

Seven (alternative spelling)
Highest Ranking: Current

1995 / USA / 127m / Col / Police Detective Film, Crime Thriller
Brad Pitt, Morgan Freeman, Gwyneth Paltrow, Richard Roundtree, R. Lee Ermey, Kevin Spacey, John C. McGinley, Julie Araskog, Mark Boone Jr., John Cassini
"Serial killers and mismatched cops overcoming antagonism are seldom fresh, fruitful subjects for movies, but this exceptionally (and impressively) nasty thriller blends genres to grim and gripping effect… The film's world is so shadowy, decaying and intentionally dated that one often wonders whether anyone involved has heard of electricity; at the same time, however, Somerset and Mills' slow voyage from claustrophobic murk into blinding light makes for a vivid dramatic metaphor. Moreover, Fincher handles the violence with sensitivity, announcing its obscenity in spoken analyses and briefly glimpsed post mortem shots, but never showing the murderous acts themselves." - Geoff Andrew, Time Out
Selected by Jaume Balagueró, Donato Carrisi, Nadia Tass, Firat Yücel, Scott Derrickson.
See also 1,000 Noir Films.