The 1,000 Greatest Films (800-701)

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The Red Balloon

The Red Balloon

Le Ballon rouge (original title)
Highest Ranking: 432 (2010)

1956 / France / 34m / Col / Children's/Family, Family-Oriented Adventure
Pascal Lamorisse, Georges Sellier, Vladimir Popov, Paul Perey, Rene Marion, Sabine Lamorisse, Michel Pezin, Renaud, David Sechan
"Albert Lamorisse’s exquisite The Red Balloon remains one of the most beloved children’s films of all time. In this deceptively simple, nearly wordless tale, a young boy discovers a stray balloon, which seems to have a mind of its own, on the streets of Paris. The two become inseparable, yet the world’s harsh realities finally interfere. With its glorious palette and allegorical purity, the Academy Award–winning The Red Balloon has enchanted movie lovers, young and old, for generations." - The Criterion Collection
Selected by Miranda July, Ray Lawrence, Sukhdev Sandhu, Michel Gondry, Walter Carvalho.
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Ossessione

Ossessione

Highest Ranking: 497 (2008)

1943 / Italy / 140m / BW / Drama, Crime
Clara Calamai, Massimo Girotti, Juan deLanda, Elio Marcuzzo, Dhia Cristani, Vittorio Duse, Michele Riccardini, Michele Sakara
"Visconti's stunning feature debut transposes The Postman Always Rings Twice to the endless, empty lowlands of the Po Delta. There, an itinerant labourer (Girotti) stumbles into a tatty roadside trattoria and an emotional quagmire. Seduced by Calamai, he disposes of her fat, doltish husband (De Landa), and the familiar Cain litany - lust, greed, murder, recrimination - begins. Ossessione is often described as the harbinger of neo-realism, but the pictorial beauty (and astute use of music, often ironically) are pure Visconti, while the bleak view of sexual passion poaches on authentic noir territory." - Sheila Johnston, Time Out
Selected by Christoph Hochhäusler, Fred Kelemen, Leonardo Quaresima, Stephen Frears, Vecdi Sayar.
See also 1,000 Noir Films.
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The Princess Bride

The Princess Bride

Highest Ranking: 603 (2007)

1987 / USA / 98m / Col / Adventure Comedy, Fairy Tale
Cary Elwes, Mandy Patinkin, Chris Sarandon, Christopher Guest, Wallace Shawn, Andre the Giant, Robin Wright, Peter Falk, Carol Kane, Peter Cook
"Writer William Goldman's love story of a farm boy-turned-swashbuckling hero, the princess he rescues from an arranged marriage, and the friendships and revenges the two encounter along the way recreates the high-flying milieu of a Fairbanks or Flynn adventure yarn… Reiner's contribution was to cast actors in the lead parts who captured the folkloric ambiance of the script in their performances with similar apparent ease… The result is a film of remarkable forwardness, honesty, and humor, built, like all fairy tales, around one message, summed up late in the script: "True love is the greatest thing in the world." - Arthur Ryel-Lindsey, Slant Magazine
Selected by Wanuri Kahiu, Enrique Dueñas, Geoff LaTulippe, Henry Joost & Ariel Schulman, Benjamin Spacek.
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Le Bonheur

Le Bonheur

Happiness (English title)
Highest Ranking: Current

1965 / France / 79m / Col / Romance, Marriage Drama
Jean-Claude Drouot, Claire Drouot, Sandrine Drouot, Olivier Drouot, Marie-France Boyer, Marcelle Faure Bertin, Manon Lanclos, Sylvie Saurel, Marc Eyraud, Christian Riehl
"A beautiful and disturbing 1965 feature by Agnes Varda about family happiness, full of lingering and creepy ambiguities. A happily married carpenter (Jean-Claude Drouot) with a beautiful wife (Claire Drouot) and two small children (Sandrine and Oliver Drouot) falls in love with a beautiful postal clerk (Boyer), who becomes his mistress… Provocative and lovely to look at, this is one of Varda's best and most interesting features." - Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
Selected by Annette Melville, Chantal Akerman, Kim Young-jin, Ksenia Gapchenko, Agnieszka Holland.
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News from Home

News from Home

Highest Ranking: Current

1976 / France-Belgium-West Germany / 85m / Col / Avant-garde/Experimental, Urban Drama
Chantal Akerman
"Akerman explores the disjunction between European myths about New York - with its monumental cityscapes and cinematic glamour - and the reality, a place of hopeless ghettos and monotonous suburbs. In counterpoint to cinema-photographer Babette Mangolte's powerful images of the city, the soundtrack consists of banal letters from a petit bourgeois Belgian mother to her daughter in New York. A considerable contribution to the hinterland area between narrative cinema and the avant-garde." - Lynda Myles, Time Out
Selected by Ira Sachs, Richard Kwietniowski, Daniel Lopatin, Dominga Sotomayor Castillo, Anna Petrus.
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The Last Detail

The Last Detail

Highest Ranking: 462 (2012)

1973 / USA / 105m / Col / Comedy Drama, Road Movie
Jack Nicholson, Otis Young, Randy Quaid, Clifton James, Michael Moriarty, Carol Kane, Luana Anders, Nancy Allen, Kathleen Miller, Gerry Salsberg
"This Oscar-nominated drama has genuine combustible power as it follows the fortunes of two tough naval petty officers (Nicholson and Young) and the pathetic young criminal (Quaid) that they have to escort to jail. Towne's script consists almost entirely of profanities and justifiably so, considering the characters aren't exactly choirboys. Sometimes hilarious, sometimes poignant, this thoroughly engrossing movie contains one of Nicholson's most memorable roles, which is saying something considering the consistent brilliance of his performances in the early 1970s." - Tom Hutchinson, Radio Times
Selected by Alexander Payne, Nobuhiro Yamashita, Judd Apatow, Wes Anderson, Spike Lee.
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Othello

Othello

Highest Ranking: 526 (2011)

1951 / Italy-France-Morocco-USA / 90m / BW / Drama, Tragedy
Orson Welles, Michael MacLiammoir, Suzanne Cloutier, Robert Coote, Hilton Edwards, Fay Compton, Michael Lawrence, Nicholas Bruce, Jean Davis, Doris Dowling
"Welles' sixth feature was shot in fits and starts over a period of four years, on a dozen locations in Morocco and Italy, often without money. Naturally, Welles turned the limitations into strengths. When the costumes didn't show up, he filmed in a Turkish bath. When an actor couldn't make it, he used a stand-in and changed his camera angle. When challenged to match footage shot in Mogador and Venice, he contrived dazzling webs of montage. This is Shakespeare filmed with love and powerhouse enthusiasm, never with reverence. The visual rhetoric is synchronised with the verbal imagery: they hit sensory overload together. A very great film noir." - Tony Rayns, Time Out
Selected by Jean-Pierre Berthomé, George A. Romero, Ben Walters, Lamia Joreige, Nicolas Geneix.
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Dodes'ka-den

Dodes'ka-den

Dodesukaden (original title)
Highest Ranking: 634 (March 2006)

1970 / Japan / 140m / Col / Ensemble Film, Urban Drama
Yoshitaka Zushi, Kin Sugai, Kazuo Kato, Junzaburo Ban, Kiyoko Tange, Michio Hino, Tatsuhei Shimokawa, Keiji Furuyama, Hisashi Igawa, Hideko Okiyama
"By turns tragic and transcendent, Akira Kurosawa’s film follows the daily lives of a group of people barely scraping by in a slum on the outskirts of Tokyo. Yet as desperate as their circumstances are, each of them—the homeless father and son envisioning their dream house; the young woman abused by her uncle; the boy who imagines himself a trolley conductor—finds reasons to carry on. The unforgettable Dodes’ka-den was made at a tumultuous moment in Kurosawa’s life. And all of his hopes, fears, and artistic passion are on fervent display in this, his gloriously shot first color film." - The Criterion Collection
Selected by Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne, Judith Williamson, Marina Warner, Shion Sono, Louis Skorecki.
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Iracema - Uma Transa Amazônica

Iracema - Uma Transa Amazônica

Iracema (alternative title)
Highest Ranking: 766 (2020)

1975 / Brazil-West Germany-France / 90m / Col / Drama
Paulo César Peréio, Edna de Cássia , Lúcio Dos Santos, Elma Martins, Natal, Fernando Neves, Wilmar Nunes, Sidney Piñon, Rose Rodrigues, Conceição Senna
"Iracema is a jaundiced view of the great Brazilian dream as represented by the trans-Amazon highway and the journey to the junk heap by its title character. Iracema (Edna de Cassia), a buxom little Indian girl who looks somewhat older than her 14 years though she has the face of a brown angel, leaves her home on the Amazon to go to Belem. There, in the land of plenty - portable radios, plastic amulets, street festivals and barrooms and brothels, she acquires short-short shorts, a halter top and high heels to become a prostitute… Though Iracema is a furious film, Mr. Bodanzky expresses his fury indirectly. Iracema has the manner of someone still openminded and never surprised by what he sees. The camera, much like Iracema, sees everything at a distance, as if for the first time. Not until the film's last frame do we realize the full measure of the film maker's concern and sorrow." - Vincent Canby, The New York Times
Selected by Fernando Meirelles, Lisandro Alonso, João Moreira Salles, Aurélio Michiles, Lírio Ferreira.
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An American in Paris

An American in Paris

Highest Ranking: 601 (2008)

1951 / USA / 115m / Col / Musical, Romance
Gene Kelly, Leslie Caron, Oscar Levant, Georges Guetary, Nina Foch, Eugene Borden, Martha Bamattre, Mary Jones, Ann Codee, George Davis
"The great things remain great – Kelly’s effortless grace, Leslie Caron’s extraordinary face, Gershwin’s style-splicing score and Minnelli’s eye-ravishing colour palette. But time has not been wholly kind to An American in Paris: some of the early scenes can be a little self-satisfied and boys’-clubbish, while the love triangle between 39-year-old Kelly, his older rival Georges Guetary and the impossibly youthful 19-year-old Caron feels a mite creepy. It’s all brought together beautifully in that timeless, endlessly inventive fantasy ballet sequence – but even that feels a little cool and calculating compared to its passionate progenitor in Michael Powell’s The Red Shoes. Imperfect, then, but intermittently awe-inspiring." - Tom Huddleston, Time Out
Selected by Lars-Olav Beier, Sue Harris, Sergio Staino, Norifumi Suzuki, Raquel Abad.
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Léon

Léon

The Professional (English title)
Highest Ranking: Current

1994 / France / 119m / Col / Action Thriller, Coming-of-Age
Jean Reno, Gary Oldman, Natalie Portman, Danny Aiello, Peter Appel, Michael Badalucco, Ellen Greene, Elizabeth Regen, Carl J. Matusovich, Randolph Scott
"There are a lot of films you first see as a kid that still loom large for you years later, but upon a re-watch disappoint. Luc Besson’s Leon is not one of them. Uniquely and willfully schizophrenic, it feels either like an eccentric French drama masquerading as a violent action movie or vice versa… Natalie Portman gives an amazingly deft performance aged just 12, and Jean Reno gets the combination of ruthless adult pragmatism and vulnerable immaturity just right in the lead role, but it is Oldman who delivers an unforgettable performance, which most fans’ minds will immediately jump to when the film is brought up…. Leon: The Professional’s influence can be felt in a number of action films that have followed it, but none have replicated its atmosphere of terror and play, melodrama and mundanity quite so well." - Christopher Hooton, The Independent
Selected by Lee Daniels, Ekaterina Shcheglova, Jordan Vogt-Roberts, Ching Siu-Tung, Eugenio Vidal.
See also 1,000 Noir Films.
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We All Loved Each Other So Much

We All Loved Each Other So Much

C'eravamo tanto amati (original title)
Highest Ranking: 634 (December 2006)

1974 / Italy / 124m / Col-BW / Comedy Drama, Romantic Drama
Nino Manfredi, Vittorio Gassman, Stefania Sandrelli, Stefano Satta Flores, Giovanna Ralli, Aldo Fabrizi, Mike Bongiorno, Federico Fellini, Marcello Mastroianni, Nello Meniconi
"We All Loved Each Other So Much is a true gem of a comedy. Ettore Scola has written and directed a film that examines the passage of time and how it affects a trio of men and the woman with whom they intersect. It is very definitely a comedy, often a laugh-out-loud comedy, but also one that is as concerned with emotional impact as it is with setting up the next gag… Scola is blessed with a quartet of lovely performances, none more so than Vittorio Gassman's, as well as a scene stealing turn from Aldo Fabrizi." - Craig Butler, Allmovie
Selected by Edward Zwick, Juan José Campanella, Riccardo Milani, Giovanni Veronesi, Jorge Furtado.
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Million Dollar Baby

Million Dollar Baby

Highest Ranking: Current

2004 / USA / 137m / Col / Sports Drama, Melodrama
Clint Eastwood, Hilary Swank, Morgan Freeman, Jay Baruchel, Mike Colter, Lucia Rijker, Brian F. O'Byrne, Anthony Mackie, Margo Martindale, Riki Lindhome
"Clint Eastwood's Million Dollar Baby is a masterpiece, pure and simple, deep and true. It tells the story of an aging fight trainer and a hillbilly girl who thinks she can be a boxer. It is narrated by a former boxer who is the trainer's best friend. But it's not a boxing movie. It is a movie about a boxer. What else it is, all it is, how deep it goes, what emotional power it contains, I cannot suggest in this review, because I will not spoil the experience of following this story into the deepest secrets of life and death." - Roger Ebert, Roger Ebert.com
Selected by Jeon Chanil, Luke Gibbons, Jerome Bimbenet, Rogelio Llanos, Katja Nicodemus.
See also The 21st Century's Most Acclaimed Films.
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Wild at Heart

Wild at Heart

Highest Ranking: 741 (2018)

1990 / USA / 127m / Col / Road Movie, Black Comedy
Nicolas Cage, Laura Dern, Diane Ladd, Willem Dafoe, Isabella Rossellini, Harry Dean Stanton, Crispin Glover, Grace Zabriskie, J.E. Freeman, William Morgan Sheppard
"Imagine The Wizard Of Oz with an oversexed witch, gun-toting Munchkins and love ballads from Elvis Presley, and you'll get some idea of this erotic hellzapoppin from writer-director David Lynch. Lynch's kinky fairy tale is a triumph of startling images and comic invention. In adapting Barry Gifford's book Wild at Heart for the screen, Lynch does more than tinker. Starting with the outrageous and building from there, he ignites a slight love-on-the-run novel, creating a bonfire of a movie that confirms his reputation as the most exciting and innovative filmmaker of his generation." - Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
Selected by Warwick Thornton, Keren Yedaya, Tatsushi Ohmori, Christoph Hochhäusler, Takeshi Kitano.
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Le Sang des betes

Le Sang des bêtes

Blood of the Beasts (English title)
Highest Ranking: 575 (2015)

1949 / France / 20m / BW / Culture & Society, Documentary
Georges Hubert, Nicole Ladmiral
"Despite the grim content, this description of three abbatoirs is no vegetarian tract. What most fascinates Franju is the inflicting of violent death as a matter of banal 9-to-5 routine. We soon pick up the process: the pickaxe through the skull, the throatcutting, the steaming blood (it's winter) spilling across the stone floor, the hacking and dismembering… The slaughterhouses are placed in geographical context, with Kosma's lilting waltz theme accompanying an evocation of the outskirts of post-war Paris: canals, junk markets, scrubby wasteland. It's a gift of a subject for a surrealist like Franju: an everyday nightmare, at once atrocious and outlandishly beautiful." - Bob Baker, Time Out
Selected by Daniel Kasman, Paula Arantzazu Ruiz, Robert Gardner, Tom Vincent, Patrick Keiller.
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Hunger

Hunger

Highest Ranking: 726 (2017)

2008 / UK-Ireland / 96m / Col / Prison Film, Political Drama
Michael Fassbender, Stuart Graham, Helena Bereen, Larry Cowan, Liam Cunningham, Dennis McCambridge, Liam McMahon, Laine Megaw, Brian Milligan, Rory Mullen
"History has lent a new perspective to the story of IRA man Bobby Sands and his 1981 hunger strike in Northern Ireland's Maze prison for political status, recreated here in Hunger, Steve McQueen's explicit, but icily brilliant and superbly acted film. It is a lacerating portrait of an agonised period of British and Irish history… Hunger shows that McQueen is a real film-maker and his background in art has meant a fierce concentration on image, an unflinching attention to what things looked like, moment by moment. There is an avoidance of affect and a repudiation of the traditional liberal-lenient gestures of dialogue, dramatic consensus and narrative resolution. This is a powerful, provocative piece of work." - Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
Selected by Clio Barnard, Akin Omotoso, Noam M. Elcott, Zachary Wigon, Sarah Daggar-Nickson.
See also The 21st Century's Most Acclaimed Films.
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Seven Women

Seven Women

7 Women (alternative spelling)
Highest Ranking: 518 (December 2006)

1966 / USA / 87m / Col / Drama, Period Film
Anne Bancroft, Margaret Leighton, Sue Lyon, Flora Robson, Mildred Dunnock, Betty Field, Anna Lee, Eddie Albert, Mike Mazurki, Woody Strode
"A commercial disaster when it came out in 1966, generally relegated to the lower half of double bills and dismissed by most critics, John Ford's magnificent last feature is surely one of his greatest not merely for its unsentimental distillation of Fordian themes, but for the telegraphic urgency and passion of its style, which is aided rather than handicapped by the stripped-down studio sets. Set in 1935, the film effectively transposes the gender and settings of many of his classic westerns to the apocalyptic last days of a female missionary outpost in China, which is about to be invaded by Mongolian warriors (including Mike Mazurki and Woody Strode)." - Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
Selected by Miguel Marías, Bernard Eisenschitz, Jean Narboni, Fred Camper, Marcos Uzal.
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Pickup on South Street

Highest Ranking: 670 (2012)

1953 / USA / 80m / BW / Thriller, Film Noir
Richard Widmark, Jean Peters, Thelma Ritter, Murvyn Vye, Richard Kiley, Willis Bouchey, Milburn Stone, Henry Slate, Jerry O'Sullivan, Harry Carter
"Petty crook Skip McCoy (Widmark) has his eyes fixed on the big score. When the cocky three-time convict picks the pocketbook of unsuspecting Candy (Peters), he finds a haul bigger than he could have imagined… Tailed by manipulative Feds and the unwitting courier’s Communist puppeteers, Skip and Candy find themselves in a precarious gambit that pits greed against redemption, Right versus Red, and passion against self-preservation. With its dazzling cast and director Samuel Fuller’s signature raw energy and hardboiled repartee, Pickup on South Street is a true film noir classic by one of America’s most passionate cinematic craftsmen." - The Criterion Collection
Selected by Lee Daniels, Antonio Campos, Daniel Calparsoro, Leos Carax, Elric Kane.
See also 1,000 Noir Films.
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Ace in the Hole

Ace in the Hole

The Big Carnival (alternative title)
Highest Ranking: 580 (2007-2008)

1951 / USA / 112m / BW / Drama, Media Satire
Kirk Douglas, Jan Sterling, Robert Arthur, Porter Hall, Frank Cady, Richard Benedict, Ray Teal, Lewis Martin, John Berkes, Frances Dominguez
"One of the most scathing indictments of American culture ever produced by a Hollywood filmmaker, Billy Wilder’s Ace in the Hole is legendary for both its cutting social critique and its status as a hard-to-find cult classic. Kirk Douglas gives the fiercest performance of his career as Chuck Tatum, an amoral newspaper reporter caught in dead-end Albuquerque who happens upon the story of a lifetime—and will do anything to ensure he gets the scoop. Wilder’s follow-up to Sunset Boulevard is an even darker vision, a no-holds-barred exposé that anticipated the rise of the American media circus." - The Criterion Collection
Selected by Mike Hodges, John Dahl, Errol Morris, Griffin Dunne, Elaine Paterson.
See also 1,000 Noir Films.
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Il Posto

Il Posto

The Job (English title); The Sound of Trumpets (alternative title)
Highest Ranking: 712 (2015)

1961 / Italy / 93m / BW / Drama, Psychological Drama
Sandro Panseri, Loredana Detto, Tullio Kezich, Mara Revel
"When young Domenico (Panseri) ventures from the small village of Meda to Milan in search of employment, he finds himself on the bottom rung of the bureaucratic ladder in a huge, faceless company. The prospects are daunting, but Domenico finds reason for hope in the fetching Antonietta (Detto). A tender coming-of-age story and a sharp observation of dehumanizing corporate enterprise, Ermanno Olmi’s Il posto is a touching and hilarious tale of one young man’s stumbling entrance into the perils of modern adulthood." - The Criterion Collection
Selected by Sergey Solovev, Aaron Katz, Susan Oxtoby, Vadim Rizov, Elisabetta Sgarbi.
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Sideways

Sideways

Highest Ranking: 767 (2020)

2004 / USA / 123m / Col / Comedy Drama, Buddy Film
Paul Giamatti, Thomas Haden Church, Virginia Madsen, Sandra Oh, Marylouise Burke, Jessica Hecht, Missy Doty, M.C. Gainey, Alysia Reiner, Shake Tukhmanyan
"New classics of American cinema don't come along that often, so grab this one with both hands. It's an occasion for the singing of hosannas from the roof of every cinema. Director Alexander Payne has already given us two gems with Election and About Schmidt. This glorious, bittersweet comedy of male friendship and midlife crisis is even better. It's something to be compared with John Cassavetes or Hal Ashby or Woody Allen's Annie Hall; a particular kind of freewheeling film-making that hasn't surfaced for decades. Sideways is beautifully written, terrifically acted; it is paced and constructed with such understated mastery that it is a sort of miracle." - Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
Selected by Peter Farrelly, Bryan Singer, Frédéric Mermoud, Jasper Sharp, Mike Birbiglia.
See also The 21st Century's Most Acclaimed Films.
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Z

Z

Highest Ranking: 737 (2013)

1969 / France / 127m / Col / Thriller, Political Thriller
Yves Montand, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Jacques Perrin, Irene Papas, Charles Denner, Francois Perier, Georges Geret, Pierre Dux, Julien Guiomar, Bernard Fresson
"A pulse-pounding political thriller, Greek expatriate director Costa-Gavras’s Z was one of the cinematic sensations of the late sixties, and remains among the most vital dispatches from that hallowed era of filmmaking. This Academy Award winner stars Yves Montand as a prominent politician and doctor whose public murder amid a violent demonstration is covered up by military and government officials… Featuring kinetic, rhythmic editing, Raoul Coutard’s expressive vérité photography, and Mikis Theodorakis’s unforgettable, propulsive score, Z is a technically audacious and emotionally gripping masterpiece." - The Criterion Collection
Selected by Aki Kaurismäki, Paul Greengrass, Stephen Gaghan, Pia Marais, Karim Aïnouz.
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Crumb

Crumb

Highest Ranking: 714 (2015)

1994 / USA / 119m / Col / Documentary, Biography
Robert Crumb, Aline Kominsky, Charles Crumb, Maxon Crumb, Robert Hughes, Martin Muller, Don Donaghue, Dana Crumb, Trina Robbins, Spain Rodriguez
"Crumb, which is one of the most remarkable and haunting documentaries ever made, tells the story of Robert Crumb, his brothers Max and Charles, and an American childhood that looks normal in old family photographs but conceals deep wounds and secrets. It is the kind of film that you watch in disbelief, as layer after layer is peeled away, and you begin to understand the strategies that have kept Crumb alive and made him successful while one of his brothers became a recluse in an upstairs bedroom and the other passes his time literally sitting on a bed of nails." - Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
Selected by Joe Swanberg, Mike Maggiore, Dustin Guy Defa, Nicholas Searle, Volker Hummel.
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Akira

Akira

Highest Ranking: 696 (2016)

1988 / Japan / 124m / Col / Science Fiction, Anime
Mitsuo Iwara, Nozomu Sasaki, Mami Koyama, Taro Ishida, Jimmy Flanders, Drew Thomas, Barbara Larsen, Lewis Lemay, Stanley Gurd Jr., Takeshi Kusao
“In spite of its increasingly daring and experimental visual stylings, the Japanese animation industry has yet to produce a film that truly rivals Katsuhiro Otomo's much-heralded animated film adaptation of his 2,000-page comic book Akira. The 1988 cyberpunk extravaganza—in which a weak, put-upon biker punk named Tetsuo is suddenly endowed with phenomenal psychic powers, and uses them to exact violent retribution on any and all perceived authority figures—certainly has its problems…. But the imagery remains incomparable among animated films… Otomo's masterful and creepy use of sound, music, and silence creates a variety of powerful moods without forcing them.” - Tasha Robinson, A.V. Club
Selected by Taika Waititi, Chris Chang, Bill Plympton, Richard Vine, Céline Sciamma.
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Il Grido

Il Grido

The Cry (English title); The Outcry (alternative English title)
Highest Ranking: 559 (2014)

1957 / Italy / 111m / BW / Drama, Psychological Drama
Steve Cochran, Alida Valli, Dorian Gray, Betsy Blair, Gabriella Pallotta, Lynn Shaw, Mirna Girardi, Pina Boldrini, Guerrino Campanini, Lilia Landi
"Michelangelo Antonioni's The Cry provides a missing link between Italian neorealism and the director's later work. A factory mechanic loses his moorings when the woman he loves abandons him and their daughter; he and the child drift aimlessly through a nearly empty, semi-industrial landscape. The camera's spare, stunning compositions and the tone of loss and disaffection anticipate Antonioni's later, brilliant explorations of bourgeois anomie." - Leslie Camhi, The Village Voice
Selected by Erica Gregor, Firat Yucel, Francesco Pitassio, Fred Kelemen, Götz Spielmann.
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The Thief of Bagdad

The Thief of Bagdad

The Thief of Bagdad: An Arabian Fantasy in Technicolor (alternative title)
Highest Ranking: 306 (2011)

1940 / UK / 106m / Col / Fantasy, Costume Adventure
Conrad Veidt, Sabu, June Duprez, John Justin, Rex Ingram, Miles Malleson, Mary Morris, Morton Selten, Bruce Winston, Hay Petrie
"Legendary producer Alexander Korda’s marvel The Thief of Bagdad, inspired by The Arabian Nights, is one of the most spectacular fantasy films ever made, an eye-popping effects pioneer brimming with imagination and technical wizardry. When Prince Ahmad (Justin) is blinded and cast out of Bagdad by the nefarious Jaffar (Veidt), he joins forces with the scrappy thief Abu (the incomparable Sabu, in his definitive role) to win back his royal place, as well as the heart of a beautiful princess (Duprez). With its luscious Technicolor, vivid sets, and unprecedented visual wonders, The Thief of Bagdad has charmed viewers of all ages for decades." - The Criterion Collection
Selected by Arnaldo Jabor, Manuel Gutiérrez Aragon, Arturo Ripstein, Peter Hames, Diego Galán.
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The Tin Drum

The Tin Drum

Die Blechtrommel (original title)
Highest Ranking: 539 (2014)

1979 / West Germany-France-Poland-Yugoslavia / 142m / Col / Political Drama, Childhood Drama
David Bennent, Mario Adorf, Angela Winkler, Katharina Thalbach, Daniel Olbrychski, Tina Engel, Berta Drews, Andrea Ferreol, Charles Aznavour, Heinz Bennent
"Oskar is born in Germany in 1924 with an advanced intellect. Repulsed by the hypocrisy of adults and the irresponsibility of society, he refuses to grow older after his third birthday. While the chaotic world around him careers toward the madness and folly of World War II, Oskar pounds incessantly on his beloved tin drum and perfects his uncannily piercing shrieks. The Tin Drum, which earned the Palme d’Or at Cannes and the Academy Award for best foreign-language film, is Volker Schlöndorff’s visionary adaptation of Nobel laureate Günter Grass’s acclaimed novel, characterized by surreal imagery, arresting eroticism, and clear-eyed satire." - The Criterion Collection
Selected by Balazs Vizer, Suzana Amaral, Ksenia Gapchenko, Phan Dang-Di, Tanvir Mokammel.
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Saturday Night and Sunday Morning

Saturday Night and Sunday Morning

Highest Ranking: 409 (2012)

1960 / UK / 89m / BW / Drama, Urban Drama
Albert Finney, Shirley Anne Field, Rachel Roberts, Hylda Baker, Norman Rossington, Bryan Pringle, Robert Cawdron, Edna Morris, Elsie Wagstaff, Frank Pettitt
"While it was hardly the first of the British "Angry Young Man" dramas of the late 1950s/early 1960s (Look Back In Anger beat it to the screen by nearly two years), Saturday Night and Sunday Morning was one of the best, thanks largely to a superb performance by Albert Finney in his first leading film role. Finney's turn as Arthur Seaton practically defined the archetypal working-class yob who is just smart enough to know that his life is going nowhere, but not sharp enough to do anything about it… Saturday Night and Sunday Morning can't escape being a product of its time, but its intelligence and rich store of talent make it powerful and relevant for any generation." - Mark Deming, All Movie
Selected by Andrew Haigh, Jean-Pierre Garcia, Samantha Morton, Les Blair, David Roland.
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The Long Day Closes

The Long Day Closes

Highest Ranking: 754 (2020)

1992 / UK / 83m / Col / Coming-of-Age, Family Drama
Marjorie Yates, Leigh McCormack, Anthony Watson, Nicholas Lamont, Aysee Owens, Tina Malone, Jimmy Wilde, Robin Polley, Peter Ivatts, Joy Blakeman
"Davies' final autobiographical film rings wholly true, due to the richness and the rightness of the allusions he makes through sets, costumes, dialogue, music, radio and cinema itself. Such is Davies' artistry that he shapes his material into a poignant vision of a paradise lost… The stately camera movements; the tableaux-like compositions; the evocative use of music and movie dialogue; the dreamy dissolves and lighting - all make this a movie which takes place in its young protagonist's mind. Beautifully poetic, never contrived or precious, the film dazzles with its stylistic confidence, emotional honesty, terrific wit and all-round audacity." - Geoff Andrew, Time Out
Selected by Bill Horrigan, Michal Oleszczyk, Robin Baker, Ricardo Bedoya, Jaime N. Christley.
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Sauve qui peut (la vie)

Sauve qui peut (la vie)

Every Man for Himself (USA title); Slow Motion (UK title)
Highest Ranking: 497 (December 2006)

1980 / France-Switzerland / 87m / Col / Psychological Drama, Urban Drama
Isabelle Huppert, Jacques Dutronc, Nathalie Baye, Roland Amstutz, Cecile Tanner, Anna Baldaccini, Roger Jendly, Fred Personne, Nicole Jacquet, Dore De Rosa
"Jean-Luc Godard calls this 1980 production his “second first film”—which means both a return to narrative after his brilliant documentary-theoretical work in the 70s and a complete clearing of the decks. You feel him questioning his entire life here, his most basic impulses and ideals, and his honesty is devastating… Of course, the film's substantial artistry belies Godard's self-negation: with his formal, four-part ordering of the narration, the tension he establishes and exploits between sound track and image, and his use of slow motion to analyze and abstract the action, Godard pulls an aesthetic victory from the jaws of utter nihilism." - Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
Selected by Nadav Lapid, Evans Chan, Ewa Mazierska, Richard Kwietniowski, Frédéric Maire.
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Red Sorghum

Red Sorghum

Hong gao liang (original title)
Highest Ranking: 605 (2015)

1987 / China / 91m / Col / Rural Drama, Marriage Drama
Gong Li, Jiang Wen, Teng Rijun, Liu Ji, Cui Cun-hua, Qian Ming, Zhang Yimou
"The stuff of legend, Zhang Yimou's film satisfies both as straight folk tale and as a subversive tribute to the vitality and endurance of Chinese peasant culture… As the film develops, the tone shifts from light to dark, humour giving way to horror and sacrifice with the arrival of Japanese forces. Formerly a cameraman, Zhang fills the 'Scope screen with rich, sensuous images that illuminate and celebrate peasant life (waving sorghum fields, an eclipse of the sun), and uses actors, music and colour in a deeply expressive way. This, his debut as a director, confirms him as one of the finest and most versatile of China's 'Fifth Generation' film-makers." - Wally Hammond, Time Out
Selected by Jean-Michel Frodon, Alexey Medvedev, Han Jie, Fruit Chan, Yiwen Chen.
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All Quiet on the Western Front

All Quiet on the Western Front

Highest Ranking: 274 (2007)

1930 / USA / 133m / BW / War Drama, Anti-War Film
Lew Ayres, Louis Wolheim, John Wray, Slim Summerville, Russell Gleason, Ben Alexander, William Bakewell, Scott Kolk, Walter Rogers, Owen Davis Jr.
"Anti-war statements of the cinema in the subsequent 80 years have occasionally surpassed Milestone's technically and artistically groundbreaking film, but few can match it for relentless despair or elemental fury… Through both the refreshingly unsubtle rendering of its anti-war themes and a pre-Searchers doorway motif that suggests that we view these events as if from naïve, domesticated eyes, Milestone's film eschews the typically visceral nature of on-screen action, instead supplanting it with a sickening monotony that borders on nauseating, the camera often down in the dirt and mud with the men and every thunderous explosion as shuddering and final as the last." - Rob Humanick, Slant Magazine
Selected by Ronald Neame, Fred Zinnemann, Jurandyr Passos Noronha, David Robinson, Vittorio De Seta.
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Claire's Knee

Claire's Knee

Le Genou de Claire (original title)
Highest Ranking: 385 (2010)

1970 / France / 105m / Col / Comedy Drama, Comedy of Manners
Jean-Claude Brialy, Aurora Cornu, Beatrice Romand, Laurence De Monaghan, Michele Montel, Fabrice Luchini, Gerard Falconetti
"The penultimate entry in Eric Rohmer's series of Six Moral Tales, and the loveliest, most crystalline of the lot. With his serenely precise plot structures and camera placements, Rohmer is the greatest logician of the movies; he treats the mysteries of love as if they were math problems, but with such generous concern that he never betrays the humanity of his characters. And so it is appropriate that the hero of his masterpiece is a man who focuses all his learning—cultural, moral, philosophical—on the apparently trivial problem of whether or not to touch the knee of a teenage girl he has met on a vacation." - Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
Selected by Molly Haskell, Neil LaBute, Andris Feldmanis, Ken Mogg, David Robert Mitchell.
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Portrait of Jason

Portrait of Jason

Highest Ranking: 758 (2016)

1967 / USA / 105m / BW / Culture & Society, Documentary
Jason Holliday, Shirley Clarke, Carl Lee
"Shirley Clarke's third feature is almost as straightforward as its title. It picks up the passionate interest in ghetto subcultures that Clarke established in The Connection and The Cool World, but this time without feeling any need to create a fiction: Portrait of Jason is simply a two-hour conversation with a middle-aged, black, homosexual prostitute. The new simplicity of approach reflects the enormous influence of Andy Warhol on independent film-making in the '60s: a new trust in basic film-making techniques, and a new distrust of 'artifice' like editing." - Tony Rayns, Time Out
Selected by Andrew Lampert, Charlotte Cook, Gonzalo de Lucas, Hussain Currimbhoy, Theo Anthony.
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Moulin Rouge!

Moulin Rouge!

Highest Ranking: 709 (2018)

2001 / USA-Australia / 126m / Col / Musical, Romance
Nicole Kidman, Ewan McGregor, John Leguizamo, Jim Broadbent, Richard Roxburgh, Garry McDonald, Jacek Koman, Matthew Whittet, Kerry Walker, Kylie Minogue
"Working with music director Marius DeVries and many of his regular collaborators, he [Luhrmann] has created a wonderful cutting-edge opera. He nods at cinema itself with glimpses of silent movie irising techniques, a beaming man-in-the-moon (straight out of the turn-of-the-century films of Georges Melies), and salutations to great screen divas from Dietrich to Minnelli… It's a wonderful postmodern hug of a movie, and never once do you not know you're watching a movie. But that's the point: Not to lose yourself in the movie, but to be brightly aware of your participation as a viewer. In Luhrmann's vision, that's what the movies are about." - Desson Howe, The Washington Post
Selected by Ahmed Atef, Marwan Hamed, Morgan Freeman, Senem Erdine İşmen, Pam Cook.
See also The 21st Century's Most Acclaimed Films.
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Fort Apache

Fort Apache

Highest Ranking: 714 (2020)

1948 / USA / 127m / BW / Western, Cavalry Film
Henry Fonda, John Wayne, Shirley Temple, Pedro Armendariz, Ward Bond, George O'Brien, Victor McLaglen, Anna Lee, Irene Rich, John Agar
"The first film of John Ford's “cavalry trilogy”, this marked the beginning of his greatest (and most critically obscure) period. Its dual heroes (Henry Fonda as a West Point martinet and John Wayne as a veteran horse soldier) express Ford's growing ambivalence toward the values and practice of leadership. The nonlinear narrative, with its infinite digressions and asides, is designed less to tell a story than to present a world—a world dense in physical detail and fraught with moral challenges. With Fort Apache, Ford finally withdrew from the Oscar race and entered his own individual aesthetic, isolating himself in the glories and eccentricities of a great artist." - Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
Selected by James Gray, Francisco Algarín Navarro, Piers Handling, Ruy Gardnier, Farran Smith Nehme.
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D'est

D'est

From the East (English title); Vent d'est (alternative title)
Highest Ranking: 736 (2020)

1993 / Belgium-France-Portugal / 107m / Col / Culture & Society, Documentary
"Chantal Akerman’s haunting 1993 masterpiece documents without commentary or dialogue her several-months-long trip from east Germany to Moscow… Akerman’s painterly penchant for finding Edward Hopper wherever she goes has never been more obvious; this travelogue seemingly offers vistas any alert tourist could find yet delivers a series of images and sounds that are impossible to shake later… Everyone goes to movies in search of events, but the extraordinary events in Akerman’s sorrowful, intractable film are the shots themselves–the everyday recorded by a powerful artist with an acute eye and ear." - Jonathan Rosenbaum
Selected by Sergei Loznitsa, Gillian Wearing, Javier Packer-Comyn, Kieron Corless, Ulrich Köhler.
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The Navigator

The Navigator

Highest Ranking: 218 (March 2006)

1924 / USA / 59m / BW / Comedy, Slapstick
Buster Keaton, Kathryn McGuire, Frederick Vroom, Clarence Burton, H.N. Clugston, Noble Johnson
"Buster Keaton's 1924 film is about a rich young couple, who have never needed to look out for themselves, cast adrift on a deserted ocean liner. The ordinary difficulties of existence are magnified by the fact that all the facilities are intended not for individual needs but to cater to a thousand people. The situation is perfectly suited to Keaton's natural sense of surrealism—everything is too big, too full, and too much. Keaton and his girlfriend (McGuire) become two innocents lost in a threatening, mechanistic Eden, alone in their oversized world. A masterpiece, and very, very funny." - Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
Selected by Michel Ciment, Götz Spielmann, Patrice Rollet, Terry Jones, Vincent Ward.
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A Short Film About Killing

A Short Film About Killing

Krótki film o zabijaniu (original title)
Highest Ranking: 485 (March 2006)

1987 / Poland / 85m / Col / Drama, Crime
Miroslaw Baka, Krzysztof Globisz, Jan Tesarz, Zbigniew Zapasiewicz, Barbara Dziekan, Aleksander Bednarz, Jerzy Zass, Zdzislaw Tobiasz, Artur Barcis, Krystyna Janda
"A remarkable Polish feature, expanded by Krzysztof Kieslowski from an episode in his Decalogue, in which each segment illustrates one of the Ten Commandments; the complete series is one of the key works in contemporary world cinema. A Short Film About Killing might be called terminally Polish in its bleak handling of a brutal murder and the public execution of the murderer; winner of the jury prize at Cannes, it’s possibly the most powerful movie ever made about the death penalty." - Jonathan Rosenbaum
Selected by Malgorzata Szumowska, Cyrus Frisch, Richard Eyre, Khalo Matabane, Marlena Lukasiak.
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The Chronicle of Anna Magdalena Bach

The Chronicle of Anna Magdalena Bach

Chronik der Anna Magdalena Bach (original title)
Highest Ranking: 585 (2013)

1968 / West Germany-Italy / 94m / BW / Drama, Biopic
Gustav Leonhardt, Christiane Lang, Paolo Carlini, Ernst Castelli, Hans-Peter Boye, Joachim Wolff, Rainer Kirchner, Eckart Bruntjen, Walter Peters, Kathrien Leonhard
"Straub's account of Bach is nothing if not lucid: it documents the last 27 years of its subject's life (through the mediating eyes of his wife) principally in terms of his music. The music itself obviates any need for a 'drama' to present Bach; Straub celebrates its range and complexity while showing it always in performance, to emphasise the nature of Bach's work as musician/conductor. A narration (compiled from contemporary sources) sets the man in his economic and social context. With his minimalist's sensitivity to nuance and inflection, Straub eschews pointless cutting and camera movement. The beautiful result has the air of a crystal-clear meditation." - Tony Rayns, Time Out
Selected by Adriano Aprà, Michael Haneke, Andréa Picard, Margaret Deriaz, Sylvie Pierre.
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Edvard Munch

Edvard Munch

Highest Ranking: 490 (2015)

1974 / Sweden-Norway / 210m / Col / Drama, Biopic
Geir Westby, Gro Fraas, Iselin von Hanno Bart, Eric Allum, Amund Berge, Kerstii Allum, Inger-Berit Oland, Susan Troldmyr, Camilla Falk, Peter Watkins
"This 1974 masterpiece—a biopic of the famed Norwegian Expressionist and sickbed child of the Industrial Age's alienation aura—may be Watkins' most accessible film, thanks to the high-art hook… Not only does it convincingly dare to approximate a documentary—narration, direct-camera address, etc.—as Watkins has done from the beginning of his career, but the film also places 19th-century class injustice, including the small matter of pervasive child labor, in the foreground so relentlessly that Munch himself (personified by Eric Allum) often disappears into the social weft." - Michael Atkinson, The Village Voice
Selected by Gareth Evans, Emily Wardill, Craig Keller, Javier Rebollo, Nick Wrigley.
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The Hawks and the Sparrows

The Hawks and the Sparrows

Uccellacci e uccellini (original title); Hawks and Sparrows (alternative title)
Highest Ranking: 526 (December 2006)

1966 / Italy / 91m / BW / Comedy, Satire
Toto, Ninetto Davoli, Femi Benussi, Umberto Bevilacqua, Renato Capogna, Alfredo Leggi, Renato Montalbano, Flaminia Siciliano, Lena Lin Solaro, Giovanni Tarallo
"One of the handful of films that found Pier Paolo Pasolini sustaining a merrier mode of cultural assault, Hawks and Sparrows features Italy’s popular comic actor Totò and Pasolini regular Ninetto Davoli in a picaresque fable that lampoons politics, religion, and the legacy of neorealism... Featuring a score by the legendary Ennio Morricone, Pasolini’s anarchic comedy remains a time-capsule of the giddy tensions torqued by the dawn of the late Sixties." - The Masters of Cinema Series
Selected by Edgardo Cozarinsky, Abel Ferrara, Antonio Rodrigues, Lola Hinojosa, Carlos Diegues.
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Firemen's Ball

The Firemen's Ball

Horí, má panenko (original title); The Fireman's Ball (UK title)
Highest Ranking: 448 (March 2006)

1967 / Czechoslovakia / 73m / Col / Comedy, Satire
Jan Vostrcil, Josef Kolb, Josef Svet, Josef Sebanek, Josef Valnoha, Frantisek Debelka, Jan Stockl, Vratislav Cermak, Josef Rehorek, Vaclav Novotny
"A milestone of the Czech New Wave, Milos Forman’s first color film The Firemen’s Ball is both a dazzling comedy and a provocative political satire. A hilarious saga of good intentions confounded, the story chronicles a firemen’s ball where nothing goes right—from a beauty pageant whose reluctant participants embarrass the organizers to a lottery from which nearly all the prizes are pilfered. Presumed to be a commentary on the floundering Czech leadership, the film was “banned forever” in Czechoslovakia following the Russian invasion and prompted Forman’s move to America." - The Criterion Collection
Selected by Helena Trestíková, Alexander Payne, Jirí Menzel, Pavel Jech, Ken Loach.
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Outskirts

Outskirts

Okraina (original title); Patriots (alternative title)
Highest Ranking: 552 (2010)

1933 / USSR / 98m / BW / War Drama, Period Film
Aleksandr Chistyakov, Sergey Komarov, Yelena Kuzmina, Nikolai Bogolyubov, Nikolai Kryuchkov, Hans Klering, Mikhail Zharov, Vladimir Uralsky, Robert Erdman, Andrei Fajt
"Barnet's seminal film harnessed the expressionistic potential of early Soviet sound technique to conjure a gently comic and affecting anti-war masterpiece. Set in an isolated Russian provincial village during World War I, the film portrays the complex relationship that develops between a German prisoner, Hans Klering, and his (for the most part) benign Russian captors. An inventive, lyrical plea for tolerance, the film's themes of divided loyalty and shared humanity are as relevant today as they were in 1933." - Australian Centre for the Moving Image
Selected by Sergei Loznitsa, Otar Iosseliani, Gleb Panfilov, Arthur Mas, Jacques Rivette.
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Abraham's Valley

Abraham's Valley

Vale Abraão (original title); Abraham Valley (alternative title)
Highest Ranking: 629 (2015)

1993 / Portugal-France-Switzerland / 187m / Col / Psychological Drama
Leonor Silveira, Cecile Sanz de Alba, Luis Miguel Cintra, Ruy de Carvalho, Luis Lima Barreto, Micheline Larpin, Diego Doria, Jose Pinto, Filipe Cochofel, Joao Perry
"This Portuguese adaptation of Madame Bovary - or rather a poetic meditation on the novel by Augustina Bessa-Luis - is encased in a hypnotic atmosphere, both melancholic and tranquil…Subtle, elegant, enigmatic, this movie by the veteran Oliveira exercises a powerful grip. Oliveira's style is hard to categorise (the director began making films in 1931): the timelessness of the modern-day setting, where the Lotuses and Maseratis seem so incongruous, is reminiscent of Resnais, but the languorous acting echoes the satiric irony of late Buñuel and the secretive minimalism of Bresson." - Wally Hammond, Time Out
Selected by Jean Narboni, Haden Guest, Jaime N. Christley, Cid Nader, Frédéric Maire.
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The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

Highest Ranking: 656 (2018)

2001 / USA-New Zealand / 178m / Col / Epic, Fantasy Adventure
Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler, Viggo Mortensen, Sean Astin, Cate Blanchett, John Rhys-Davies, Billy Boyd, Dominic Monaghan, Orlando Bloom
"It's a wonderful movie. Watching it, one can't help but get the impression that everyone involved was steeped in Tolkien's work, loved the book, treasured it and took care not to break a cherished thing in it. Director Peter Jackson has created a film refreshingly free of ego, giving this technically advanced picture an old-fashioned rhythm and gravity… In spite of its stunning special effects and beautiful art direction, the film draws its power mainly from the essence, humanity and skill of its lead actors. Ian McKellen as Gandalf the wizard, Ian Holm as Bilbo Baggins, Elijah Wood as Frodo hit their roles head on, with conviction and purity of heart." - Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
Selected by S.F. Said, Paddy Considine, Werner Peeters, Jeffrey Overstreet, Mark R. Leeper.
See also The 21st Century's Most Acclaimed Films.
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The Killer

The Killer

Dip huet seung hung (original title)
Highest Ranking: 508 (2008)

1989 / Hong Kong / 110m / Col / Crime, Action Thriller
Chow Yun-Fat, Danny Lee, Sally Yeh, Kenneth Tsang, Chu Kong, Lam Chung, Shing Fui-On, Ye Rongzu, Yi Fanwei, Huang Guangliang
"The most dementedly elegiac thriller you've ever seen, distilling a lifetime's enthusiasm for American and French film noir, with little Chinese about it apart from the soundtrack and the looks of the three beautiful leads. It started out as a homage to Martin Scorsese and Jean-Pierre Melville, but the limitless arsenal of guns and rocket-launchers appears somehow to have got in the way… There are half-a-dozen mega-massacres along the way, plus extraordinary spasms of sentimentality, romance and soul searching. The tone is hysterical from start to finish, but Woo's lush visual stylings and taste for baroque detail give the whole thing an improbably serene air of abstraction." - Tony Rayns, Time Out
Selected by Amanda Duthie, Anjelika Artyukh, Jia Zhangke, Graeme Tuckett, J.L. Carrozza.
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A Prophet

A Prophet

Un Prophète (original title)
Highest Ranking: Current

2009 / France-Italy / 155m / Col / Drama, Prison Film
Tahar Rahim, Niels Arestrup, Adel Bencherif, Hichem Yacoubi, Reda Kateb, Jean-Philippe Ricci, Gilles Cohen, Antoine Basler, Pierre Leccia, Foued Nassah
"Genre is powerful, especially in the hands of as gifted a filmmaker as France’s Jacques Audiard… The masterful A Prophet, is an answered prayer for those who believe that revitalizing classic forms with contemporary attitudes makes for the most compelling kind of cinema. Part prison film, part crime story, part intense personal drama, this all-consuming narrative with the power and drive of a Formula One racer has been something of a phenomenon since it took the grand jury prize at Cannes last year… It’s especially gratifying to see how the full arsenal of modern filmmaking -- uncompromisingly gritty characterization, moments of quite graphic violence and sex, unlooked-for surreal elements like ghosts catching fire and eclectic music from the likes of Jimmie Dale Gilmore and Sigur Rós -- significantly up the ante on otherwise familiar proceedings." - Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
Selected by Ryan Coogler, Jean-Marc Vallée, Pam Cook, Francis Lee, Nick Kroll.
See also The 21st Century's Most Acclaimed Films.
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Vive L'Amour

Vive L'Amour

Ai qing wan sui (original title)
Highest Ranking: 627 (2015)

1994 / Taiwan / 118m / Col / Drama, Urban Drama
Chao-Jung Chen, Kang-Sheng Lee, Kuei-Mei Yang
"Tsai Ming-liang’s striking and beautiful second feature, a haunting look at alienation among three young individuals in Taipei–a real estate agent, a street vendor, and a gay and painfully withdrawn burial-plot salesman–won the Golden Lion at the Venice film festival and remains one of the key modernist works of the Taiwanese New Wave. Working principally without dialogue–with a feeling for both modern architecture and contemporary urban despair that often recalls Michelangelo Antonioni–it gathers force slowly but builds to a powerful and devastating finale." - Jonathan Rosenbaum
Selected by Paolo Bertolin, Jane Yu, Pawel Pawlikowski, Cui Zi'en, Andrew Yusu Cheng.
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Ferris Bueller's Day Off

Ferris Bueller's Day Off

Highest Ranking: 430 (2011)

1986 / USA / 103m / Col / Comedy, Teen Movie
Matthew Broderick, Alan Ruck, Mia Sara, Jeffrey Jones, Jennifer Grey, Cindy Pickett, Lyman Ward, Edie McClurg, Charlie Sheen, Ben Stein
"In The Breakfast Club and Pretty in Pink, Hughes portrayed adolescent angst in a fairly realistic light. But from the moment Ferris turns to the camera to address the audience, we know that realism is out. Ferris and his adventures represent a teen's dream of glory: to have, at one's fingertips, the technical skills to sabotage the adult world's machinery of oppression and, at the tip of one's tongue, the perfect squelch for grownups' moralistic blather. Here is a dream as old as adolescence, and it is fun to be reminded of its ageless potency, especially in a movie as good-hearted as this one." - Richard Schickel, TIME Magazine
Selected by Jason Reitman, Henry K. Miller, Marcelo Panozzo, Danny Cannon, Yale Gontijo.
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Grave of the Fireflies

Grave of the Fireflies

Hotaru no haka (original title)
Highest Ranking: Current

1988 / Japan / 93m / Col / Anime, War Drama
Tsutomu Tatsumi, Ayani Shiraishi, Yoshiko Shinohara, Akemi Yamaguchi
"A teenage boy and his young sister struggle to survive the Allied assault on Japan in this wrenching antiwar drama, which rivals the films of Hayao Miyazaki in elevating anime to the level of fine art. After their mother dies in a firebombing, the children move in with their paternal aunt, hoping in vain that their father will return from the emperor's navy… Writer-director Isao Takahata, a frequent collaborator of Miyazaki's at Studio Ghibli, adapted a partly autobiographical novel by Akiyuki Nosaka, and his handling of the tragic story is masterfully understated." - J.R. Jones, Chicago Reader
Selected by Gilles Ciment, Carlo Chatrian, Andrew Osmond, Pedro Loureiro, John Young.
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Dirty Harry

Dirty Harry

Highest Ranking: 511 (2012)

1971 / USA / 102m / Col / Crime, Action Thriller
Clint Eastwood, Harry Guardino, Reni Santoni, Andrew Robinson, John Mitchum, John Vernon, John Larch, Mae Mercer, Lyn Edgington, Ruth Kobart
"Dirty Harry may not be Don Siegel's masterpiece—although it is a first-rate policier featuring a career-defining performance by Clint Eastwood. No less than Siegel's Invasion of the Body Snatchers, it offers a fabulous, multifarious political metaphor. (And, as with Body Snatchers, Siegel's own liberal interpretation was trumped by a more forceful hard-right reading)… In its day, the movie was critically and commercially overshadowed by The French Connection, but en route to inspiring four sequels, it became a mainstream cult film." - J. Hoberman, The Village Voice
Selected by Jan Lumholdt, Edgar Wright, Shane Black, Aleksandr Zeldovich, Makoto Shinozaki.
See also 1,000 Noir Films.
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The Man Who Would Be King

The Man Who Would Be King

Highest Ranking: 429 (2011)

1975 / USA / 129m / Col / Adventure, British Empire Film
Sean Connery, Michael Caine, Saeed Jaffrey, Christopher Plummer, Karroum Ben Bouih, Jack May, Shakira Caine, Doghmi Larbi, Mohammad Shamsi, Paul Antrim
"It's pure Huston: an impossible quest, an out-of-reach grail and an ironic twist leading to a supremely glorious failure. More than any other of his seventies films, Huston is able to turn their story into a strange sort of triumph by remaining true to his characters, right down to the riveting conclusion and the haunting coda narrated by Caine. He offers wonderfully old-fashioned storytelling—muscula​r, dramatic, grounded in character and driven by magnificent twists of luck and fate that arise like poetic justice dished out by a wry god—for the modern age." - Sean Axmaker, MSN Entertainment
Selected by Adam McKay, David S. Goyer, Carlos Boyero, Toni Vall, Mike Hodges.
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Foolish Wives

Foolish Wives

Highest Ranking: 370 (2011)

1922 / USA / 117m / BW / Drama
Erich von Stroheim, Maude George, Mae Busch, Rudolph Christians, Miss DuPont, Dale Fuller, Al Edmundsen, Cesare Gravina, Malvina Polo, Louis K. Webb
"At the time of its release, Foolish Wives was the most expensive film ever produced, and though Von Stroheim was widely considered a lavish spendthrift, his films remain triumphs of period detail. The film features the most daring intertitles in the history of silent cinema, and Von Stroheim uses their stream-of-conscious nature to enhance the film's startling aesthetic shifts and to point to the politics at work throughout the narrative… Foolish Wives is a seductive film, but it's also supremely sad because Von Stroheim sees something morally and emotionally debilitating in the way his characters forcibly cling to facades." - Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
Selected by Jesus Franco, Jesús Piquero, Martial Pisani, Carlos Garcia Brusco, Nagaharu Yodogawa.
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When Harry Met Sally...

When Harry Met Sally...

Highest Ranking: 662 (2008)

1989 / USA / 95m / Col / Romance, Comedy
Billy Crystal, Meg Ryan, Carrie Fisher, Bruno Kirby, Steven Ford, Lisa Jane Persky, Michella Nicastro, Harley Jane Kozak, John Arceri, Robert Alan Beuth
"Nora Ephron and Rob Reiner's pitch-perfect romantic comedy never sets a foot wrong. Too often dismissed as the bland, cutesy, cakey-bakey face of the modern romcom, the late Nora Ephron was an unacknowledged genius when it came to screenplay construction – and When Harry Met Sally remains her finest work. This is a film where everything works: Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan’s just-this-side-of-smug central couple, the gorgeous photography of New York through the changing seasons, even Harry Connick Jr’s jazz-lite soundtrack. And it’s all rooted in that flawless script." - Tom Huddleston, Time Out
Selected by Judy Greer, Mike Birbiglia, Michaela Boland, Pernille Rose Gronkjaer, Ailton Monteiro.
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The River (1997)

The River

He liu (original title)
Highest Ranking: 737 (2014)

1997 / Taiwan / 115m / Col / Drama, Family Drama
Chao-Jung Chen, Shiang-chyi Chen, Ann Hui, Kang-Sheng Lee, Shiao-Lin Lu, Yi-Ching Lu, Tien Miao, Kuei-Mei Yang
"As a simple tale of family dysfunction, no one should be congratulated for knowing where it will wind up, even though that inevitability carries with it a distinctly unsettling sense of dread. But what makes the film so mesmerizing is Tsai's command over the vagaries of texture and tone: Through long takes, deliberately somnolent performances, and the careful placement of characters within the frame, he captures the intangible mood of modern alienation... The River is difficult and unpleasant at times, but as a somber metaphor for contaminated lives, it's masterful." - Scott Tobias, A.V. Club
Selected by Stéphane Goudet, Lisandro Alonso, David Pendleton, Nandini Ramnath, Sarah Turner.
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Code Unknown

Code Unknown

Code inconnu: Récit incomplet de divers voyages (original title); Code inconnu (alternative title)
Highest Ranking: 628 (2013)

2000 / France-Germany-Romania / 116m / Col / Ensemble Film, Urban Drama
Juliette Binoche, Thierry Neuvic, Josef Bierbichler, Alexandre Hamidi, Maimouna Helene Diarra, Ona Lu Yenke, Djibril Kouyate, Luminita Gheorghiu, Crenguta Hariton, Bob Nicolaescu
"Austrian director Michael Haneke is a ruthless anthropologist of domestic nihilism, but his first French-language feature, Code Unknown, is also his most humane. It's less eager to implicate the audience in its exhibitions of motiveless savagery—as with the amiable psychopath's to-camera asides in Funny Games—and more inclined to arrange ordinary people not as isolated terrorist cells but as a frail, knotty web held together by selfish interdependence and clashing grievances… Code Unknown is Haneke's most expansive and, oddly, hopeful work—not a gaze into the void, but a fierce attempt to scramble out of it." - Jessica Winter, The Village Voice
Selected by Clio Barnard, Antonio Campos, Ruben Östlund, Robin Wood, Emmanuel Carrère.
See also The 21st Century's Most Acclaimed Films.
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The Seasons

The Seasons

Vremena goda (original title); The Four Seasons (alternative title)
Highest Ranking: 532 (2015)

1975 / USSR / 29m / BW / Documentary
"Vremena goda, Peleshian's first to eschew archival footage in favor of footage shot by his cinematographer Mikhail Vartanov, opens with a shepherd in a raging river, struggling to keep hold of his sheep; the rest of the film continues its downward plunge with more shepherds sliding down cliff faces with more sheep, farmers dragging huge haystacks down alarming inclines, and so on. The sense of hurtling motion, of life unstoppable, of energy and will pulling and shoving forward and down is overwhelming. Peleshian scores the whole thing to Vivaldi's Four Seasons, of course (with additional use of Armenian folk music); I can't imagine anything else will do." - Noel Vera, Critic After Dark
Selected by Pietro Marcello, Edwin Mak, Elena Oroz, Michael Baute, Rhidian Davis.
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The Ladies Man

The Ladies Man

Highest Ranking: 720 (2016)

1961 / USA / 95m / Col / Comedy, Slapstick
Jerry Lewis, Helen Traubel, Kathleen Freeman, Pat Stanley, George Raft, Hope Holiday, Jack Kruschen, Doodles Weaver, Harry James, Marty Ingels
"Jerry Lewis' second film as director is one of his greatest, with its star almost overwhelmed by his one major set, the split-level interior of a Hollywood boarding hotel for aspiring actresses, where one Herbert Heebert, practising misogynist, has been taken on in all innocence as a houseboy. Lewis' camera performs some virtuoso movement around the rooms (Jean-Luc Godard and Julien Temple were to borrow this device), and the ultra-loose plotline allows for some hilarious sequences, and even a touch of surrealism in one entirely white interior. Highlights include Lewis breaking up a television show and dancing a tango with George Raft." - David Thompson, Time Out
Selected by James L. Neibaur, Marc Cerisuelo, Bruce La Bruce, Matías Piñeiro, Violeta Kovacsics.
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Du rififi chez les hommes (original title)
Highest Ranking: 578 (2007)

1955 / France / 115m / BW / Crime Thriller, Caper
Jean Servais, Carl Mohner, Robert Manuel, Jules Dassin, Marie Sabouret, Janine Darcey, Claude Sylvain, Pierre Grasset, Robert Hossein, Magali Noel
"After making such American noir classics as The Naked City and Brute Force, blacklisted director Jules Dassin went to Paris and embarked on his masterpiece: a twisting, turning tale of four ex-cons who hatch one last glorious heist in the City of Lights. At once naturalistic and expressionistic, this melange of suspense, brutality, and dark humor was an international hit and earned Dassin the Best Director prize at the Cannes Film Festival." - The Criterion Collection
Selected by Akin Omotoso, Arnost Lustig, Oscar Hillerstrøm, Ivan Passer, Gao Qunshu.
See also 1,000 Noir Films.
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Thelma & Louise

Thelma & Louise

Highest Ranking: 399 (2010)

1991 / USA / 128m / Col / Road Movie, Buddy Film
Susan Sarandon, Geena Davis, Harvey Keitel, Michael Madsen, Christopher McDonald, Stephen Tobolowsky, Brad Pitt, Timothy Carhart, Lucinda Jenney, Jason Beghe
"As the film plunges toward its lacerating climax, some may have conflicting feelings about Thelma and Louise: Are they feminist martyrs or bitches from hell? Neither is the case. They're flesh-and-blood women out to expose the blight of sexism. Khouri's script isn't about rage or revenge; it's about waste. Director Scott, whose films (Alien, Blade Runner) are noted for their slick surface, cuts to the marrow this time. This wincingly funny, pertinent and heartbreaking road movie means to get under your skin, and it does." - Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
Selected by Anna Smith, Carol J. Clover, Marit Kapla, Yvonne Tasker, Havana Marking.
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Near Dark

Near Dark

Highest Ranking: 730 (2020)

1987 / USA / 95m / Col / Horror, Hybrid Western
Adrian Pasdar, Jenny Wright, Lance Henriksen, Bill Paxton, Jenette Goldstein, Joshua Miller, Tim Thomerson, Marcie Leeds, Kenny Call, Ed Corbett
"Bigelow's track record as a director is spotty, but in 1987 she directed the flat-out classic Near Dark, an enormously influential vampire Western… Vampires have generally symbolized a distinctly European strain of upscale decadence, and Near Dark's key innovation was in stripping the genre of its gothic signifiers and replacing them with unmistakably American ones… Near Dark's vampire-Western fusion has been co-opted by movies like From Dusk Till Dawn and John Carpenter's Vampires, but Bigelow's film has lost none of its freshness or vitality. It's the most quintessentially American vampire movie ever made." - Nathan Rabin, A.V. Club
Selected by Danny Boyle, Christine Dollhofer, Christian Petzold, Andy Medhurst, Lizzie Borden.
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Edward Scissorhands

Edward Scissorhands

Highest Ranking: 468 (2012)

1990 / USA / 100m / Col / Fantasy Comedy, Romance
Johnny Depp, Winona Ryder, Dianne Wiest, Anthony Michael Hall, Kathy Baker, Vincent Price, Alan Arkin, Robert Oliveri, Conchata Ferrell, Caroline Aaron
"The misunderstood outcast is one of the most cherished of Hollywood heroes, and in Edward Scissorhands director Tim Burton shows us why. The story is a touching fable, an old-fashioned parable of love and intolerance -- but with a distinctly Burton-esque spin. The film is proof of just how different the director's visual style is: the fairy-tale suburbia he creates is a perfect example of his astonishing, uniquely Gothic look… Edward Scissorhands is a charming tale, beautifully realized, and, like its protagonist, nothing if not unique." - Matthew Doberman, All Movie
Selected by Destin Daniel Cretton, Giovanni Veronesi, Danny Boyle, Floria Sigismondi, Isabel Coixet.
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The African Queen

The African Queen

Highest Ranking: 296 (2010-2011)

1951 / USA / 105m / Col / Romance, Adventure
Katharine Hepburn, Humphrey Bogart, Robert Morley, Peter Bull, Theodore Bikel, Walter Gotell, Gerald Onn, Peter Swanwick, Richard Marner, Errol John
"Star vehicles have been a part of the Hollywood assembly line practically since its inception, but few have utilized (and literalized) the concept to such beloved effect as The African Queen. Really, what is the idea behind Huston's adventure-romance other than putting Bogart and Hepburn on a riverboat in Africa and see what happens? ...Its modesty of ambition makes The African Queen among the least complex classics of Hollywood's waning "golden age" (for a movie with a World War I setting and a colonialist context, it offers little interpretive earth to excavate), but leaves plenty of time for Huston and company to lovingly appraise the personae of two Tinseltown darlings." - Matthew Connolly, Slant Magazine
Selected by Billy Bond, Isaac León Frías, Nicholas Meyer, Ronald Neame, Morgan Freeman.
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The Bad and the Beautiful

The Bad and the Beautiful

Highest Ranking: 580 (2010)

1952 / USA / 118m / BW / Drama, Showbiz Drama
Kirk Douglas, Lana Turner, Barry Sullivan, Walter Pidgeon, Dick Powell, Gloria Grahame, Gilbert Roland, Leo G. Carroll, Vanessa Brown, Paul Stewart
"Rivalling Sunset Boulevard for its caustic take on Hollywood, Vincente Minnelli’s rip-roaring 1952 melodrama charts the fall of a ruthless, all-powerful producer (Douglas on top form) via flashbacks recalled by a writer (Powell), an actress (Turner) and a director (Sullivan) – all of whom he made, and who now disown him when he’s down. It’s packed with in-jokes and lightly disguised portraits of real-life Tinseltown figures; Douglas’ character is reckoned to be across between David O.Selznick and Val Lewton. But even without a knowledge of the background, this is sharp, cynical fun." - Philip Kemp, Total Film
Selected by Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Martin Koerber, Nicolas Bauche, Joss Whedon, Adolfo Aristarain.
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Avatar

Avatar

Highest Ranking: 717 (2020)

2009 / USA-UK / 161m / Col / Science Fiction, Sci-Fi Action
Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Michelle Rodriguez, Giovanni Ribisi, Laz Alonso, Wes Studi, Joel Moore, C.C.H. Pounder, Stephen Lang
"Avatar is not simply a sensational entertainment, although it is that. It's a technical breakthrough. It has a flat-out Green and anti-war message. It is predestined to launch a cult. It contains such visual detailing that it would reward repeating viewings. It invents a new language, Na'vi, as Lord of the Rings did, although mercifully I doubt this one can be spoken by humans, even teenage humans. It creates new movie stars. It is an Event, one of those films you feel you must see to keep up with the conversation." - Roger Ebert, Roger Ebert.com
Selected by Cyrus Frisch, Michael Mann, Roger Corman, Ching Siu-Tung, Scott MacDonald.
See also The 21st Century's Most Acclaimed Films.
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O Bandido da Luz Vermelha

O Bandido da Luz Vermelha

The Red Light Bandit (English title)
Highest Ranking: Current

1968 / Brazil / 92m / BW / Biopic
Paulo Villaca, Helena Ignez, Jose Marinho, Pagano Sobrinho, Luiz Linhares, Helio Aguiar, Luis Alberto, Armando Barreto, Lenoir Bittencourt, Sonia Braga, Lola Brah
"Rogerio Sganzerla, a 23-year-old film critic and champion of the Cinema Novo movement, directed this 1968 Brazilian feature about a small-time thug's rise to notoriety, and its strident, absurdist tone is heavily informed by the radicalism of the times. Sganzerla has little regard for dramatic niceties, employing guerrilla-style acting and very little dialogue; he's far more interested in bombarding the viewer with topsy-turvy visuals and neo-Marxist commentary on the sound track. His indictment of all ranks of Brazilian society is nearly incoherent, but the film has a scuzzy lyricism that's oddly engrossing." - Ted Shen, Chicago Reader
Selected by Tata Amaral, Lírio Ferreira, Cid Nader, Lúcia Murat, Fernando Oriente.
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Dumbo

Dumbo

Highest Ranking: 448 (2011)

1941 / USA / 64m / Col / Animated Musical, Children's Fantasy
Edward Brophy, Herman Bing, Sterling Holloway, Verna Felton, Cliff Edwards, Billy Bletcher, Jim Carmichael, Noreen Gamill, Malcolm Hutton, John McLeish
"With Fantasia, Disney explicitly set out to test the technical limits of animation, but with Dumbo, however inadvertently, the studio tested the emotional limits. Though it ultimately provides sweet redemption, Dumbo plunges its hero pretty close to the heart of darkness. Not that its technical achievements should be ignored: From the bizarre, justly famous "Pink Elephants On Parade" sequence to its less show-stopping moments, Dumbo captures Disney feature filmmaking, still near its infancy, at its best." - Keith Phipps, A.V. Club
Selected by Pete Docter, John Lasseter, Pippo Delbono, Stefano Benni, Matthew Modine.
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The Emperor's Naked Army Marches On

The Emperor's Naked Army Marches On

Yuki Yukite shingun (original title)
Highest Ranking: 339 (March 2006)

1987 / Japan / 123m / Col / History, Documentary
Kenzo Okuzaki, Riichi Aikawa, Masaichi Hamaguchi, Toshio Hara, Shichiro Kojima, Masao Koshimizu, Taro Maruyama, Toshiyo Nomura, Shizumi Okuzaki, Eizaburo Oshima
"A documentary portrait of Kenzo Okuzaki, a 62-year-old WWII veteran who acquired a prison record (for killing a man and for firing pachinko balls at the Emperor) in the course of his fanatical campaign to lay the blame for Japan's conduct of the war on the Emperor… Kazuo Hara's fly-on-the-wall documentary fascinates both for its bizarre protagonist, and for its brutally frank portrait of a society constrained by notions of shame rather than guilt. Jigsaw-like in construction, alleviated by mad wit, the film is unlike any other: rough, raw and sometimes surprisingly moving, it's absolutely compelling." - Geoff Andrew, Time Out
Selected by Lizzie Francke, Ally Derks, Dennis Doros, Michael Moore, Sean Jacobs.
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The Circus

The Circus

Highest Ranking: 371 (March 2006)

1928 / USA / 72m / BW / Comedy, Slapstick
Charles Chaplin, Merna Kennedy, Allan Garcia, Harry Crocker, George Davis, Henry Bergman, Stanley "Tiny" Sandford, John Rand, Steve Murphy, Albert Austin
"The Circus may be the film that most definitively silences critics who claim that Charlie Chaplin's movies aren't cinematic. It is Chaplin's great elegy to the lost art of music-hall pantomime and, for that matter, the soon-to-be lost art of silent-film comedy. Production on this most underrated of Chaplin's silent features wrapped three days after the premiere of The Jazz Singer. And yet, though the writing was on the wall that the silent clowns' days were numbered, The Circus never feels maudlin or self-pitying like Chaplin's later Limelight, where he mourns not the end of a particular aesthetic, but the very loss of his audience." - Christian Blauvelt, Slant Magazine
Selected by James L. Neibaur, Ali Smith, Charles Barr, Emily Wardill, Arnost Lustig.
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An American Werewolf in London

An American Werewolf in London

Highest Ranking: Current

1981 / USA / 97m / Col / Horror Comedy, Creature Film
David Naughton, Jenny Agutter, Griffin Dunne, John Woodvine, Brian Glover, Lila Kaye, David Schofield, Paul Kember, Don McKillop, Frank Oz
"Blending horror and comedy is tantamount to walking a tightrope. In the wrong hands, the disparate elements tend to undercut—thereby nullifying—each other. On the heels of the ticklesome trifecta of Kentucky Fried Movie, Animal House, and The Blues Brothers, no one would have doubted that writer-director John Landis could bring the funny. But that he could also terrify audiences with a canny updating of Universal’s 1940s monster movies would be demonstrated definitively by An American Werewolf in London… Though the film’s interspersed with subdued moments of humor, the predominant mood throughout is one of impending doom and lingering melancholy." - Budd Wilkins, Slant Magazine
Selected by Edgar Wright, Joe Bob Briggs, Dan Dunn, Yann Gonzalez, Kleber Mendonça Filho.
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My Life as a Dog

My Life as a Dog

Mitt liv som hund (original title)
Highest Ranking: 387 (December 2006)

1985 / Sweden / 101m / Col / Coming-of-Age, Childhood Drama
Anton Glanzelius, Manfred Serner, Anki Liden, Tomas von Bromssen, Melinda Kinnaman, Ing-mari Carlsson, Kicki Rundgren, Lennart Hjulstrom, Leif Erickson, Christina Carlwind
"My Life as a Dog tells the story of Ingemar, a twelve-year-old from a working-class family sent to live with his uncle in a country village when his mother falls ill. There, with the help of the warmhearted eccentrics who populate the town, the boy finds both refuge from his misfortunes and unexpected adventure. Featuring an incredibly mature and unaffected performance by the young Anton Glanzelius, this film is a beloved and bittersweet evocation of the struggles and joys of childhood from Oscar-nominated director Lasse Hallström." - The Criterion Collection
Selected by José Padilha, Adam Elliot, Roger Donaldson, Robert Gardner, Nick Broomfield.
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Blow Out

Blow Out

Highest Ranking: 452 (2008)

1981 / USA / 107m / Col / Political Thriller, Paranoid Thriller
John Travolta, Nancy Allen, John Lithgow, Dennis Franz, Peter Boyden, John Aquino, Curt May, Ernest McClure, Dave Roberts, Maurice Copeland
"In the enthralling Blow Out, brilliantly crafted by Brian De Palma, John Travolta gives one of his greatest performances, as a movie sound-effects man who believes he has accidentally recorded a political assassination. He enlists the help of a possible eyewitness to the crime (Allen), who may be in danger herself, to uncover the truth. With its jolting stylistic flourishes, intricate plot, profoundly felt characterizations, and gritty evocation of early-1980s Philadelphia, Blow Out is an American paranoia thriller unlike any other, as well as a devilish reflection on moviemaking." - The Criterion Collection
Selected by James Gunn, Quentin Tarantino, Ignatiy Vishnevetsky, Harun Farocki, Chico Fireman.
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W.R.: Mysteries of the Organism

W.R.: Mysteries of the Organism

W.R. - Misterije organizma (original title)
Highest Ranking: 594 (2015)

1971 / Yugoslavia / 84m / Col / Avant-garde-Experimental, Sex Comedy
Milena Dravic, Jagoda Kaloper, Zoran Radmilovic, Miodrag Andric, Jim Buckley, Jackie Curtis, Betty Dodson, Nancy Godfrey, Dragoljub Ivkov, Tuli Kupferberg
"What does the energy harnessed through orgasm have to do with the state of communist Yugoslavia circa 1971? Only counterculture filmmaker extraordinaire Dušan Makavejev has the answers (or the questions). His surreal documentary-fiction collision WR: Mysteries of the Organism begins as an investigation into the life and work of controversial psychologist and philosopher Wilhelm Reich and then explodes into a free-form narrative of a beautiful young Slavic girl’s sexual liberation. Banned upon its release in the director’s homeland, the art-house smash WR is both whimsical and bold in its blending of politics and sexuality." - The Criterion Collection
Selected by Dina Iordanova, Richard Porton, Michal Oleszczyk, Roee Rosen, Robert Gardner.
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L.A. Confidential

L.A. Confidential

Highest Ranking: 431 (2012)

1997 / USA / 137m / Col / Crime, Mystery
Kevin Spacey, Russell Crowe, Guy Pearce, James Cromwell, Kim Basinger, Danny De Vito, David Strathairn, Ron Rifkin, Matt McCoy, Paul Guilfoyle
"Against all odds, L.A. Confidential succeeds brilliantly, right down to Jerry Goldsmith's score, which evokes his haunting theme from Chinatown without being haunted by it… Blazing with action, humor and eroticism, the film is long at 2:16, but it's consistently riveting. The screenplay distills James Ellroy's 1990 novel without losing its crackle and density. Though the film is rich in atmosphere — cinematographer Dante Spinotti lights Ruth Myers' costumes and Jeannine Oppewall's production design to optimum effect — the emphasis is on character and on quality acting." - Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
Selected by Morgan Neville, Peter Howell, Julian Fellowes, Karlheinz Oplustil, Matt Singer.
See also 1,000 Noir Films.
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Spartacus

Spartacus

Highest Ranking: 326 (2008)

1960 / USA / 184m / Col / Sword-and-Sandal, Historical Epic
Kirk Douglas, Laurence Olivier, Jean Simmons, Tony Curtis, Charles Laughton, Peter Ustinov, John Gavin, Nina Foch, Woody Strode, John Ireland
"Stanley Kubrick directed a cast of screen legends—including Kirk Douglas as the indomitable gladiator that led a Roman slave revolt—in the sweeping epic that defined a genre and ushered in a new Hollywood era. The assured acting, lush Technicolor cinematography, bold costumes, and visceral fight sequences won Spartacus four Oscars; the blend of politics and sexual suggestion scandalized audiences. Today Kubrick’s controversial classic, the first film to openly defy Hollywood’s blacklist, remains a landmark of cinematic artistry and history." - The Criterion Collection
Selected by José Mojica Marins, Mark Jancovich, Philip Saville, Dolph Lundgren, Tanvir Mokammel.
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Night of the Demon

Night of the Demon

Curse of the Demon (alternative title)
Highest Ranking: 693 (2007)

1957 / UK / 82m / BW / Occult Horror, Gothic Film
Dana Andrews, Peggy Cummins, Niall MacGinnis, Maurice Denham, Athene Seyler, Reginald Beckwith, Liam Redmond, Ewan Roberts, Peter Elliott, Rosamund Greenwood
"A major work in that minor genre, horror movies. Intelligent, delicate, and actually frightening (no kidding), this was directed by Jacques Tourneur, author of many of the best of Val Lewton's famous series of B-budget shockers. A shot or two of a cheesy monster (insisted upon by the producer) are the only violations of the film's sublime allusiveness, through which the unseen acquires a palpitating presence. Tourneur is attempting a rational apprehension of the irrational, examining not so much the supernatural itself but the insecurities it springs from and the uses it may be put to." - Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
Selected by Emmanuel Carrère, Billy Chainsaw, Mark Pilkington, Stephen King, Carlos Helí de Almeida.
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The Tiger of Eschnapur

The Tiger of Eschnapur

Der Tiger von Eschnapur (original title); Tiger of Bengal (alternative title)
Highest Ranking: 455 (2011)

1958 / West Germany-France-Italy / 101m / Col / Adventure Drama, Romantic Drama
Debra Paget, Walther Reyer, Paul Hubschmid, Claus Holm, Luciana Paluzzi, Valery Inkijinoff, Sabine Bethmann, Rene Deltgen, Jochen Brockmann, Victor Francen
"After his long and prolific Hollywood career, Fritz Lang returned to his native Germany at the behest of producer Artur Brauner and embarked on an ambitious two-film project that would eventually become known as his “Indian Epic.”… In the first of the two films, The Tiger of Eschnapur, Lang tells the story of a German architect (Hubschmid) who arrives in India to build a temple for a Maharaja, whereupon the he promptly falls in love with the Maharaja’s intended bride (Paget)… Impeccably directed on a modest budget, en route to a thrilling cliffhanger ending, Lang’s late-career triumph proves the old adage that the enemy of art is the absence of limitations." - Film Society Lincoln Centre
Selected by Miguel Marías, Pierre Rissient, Jesús Franco, Pascal Binétruy, Michel Mourlet.
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The Ghost and Mrs. Muir

The Ghost and Mrs. Muir

Highest Ranking: 581 (2013)

1947 / USA / 104m / BW / Romance, Fantasy
Gene Tierney, Rex Harrison, George Sanders, Edna Best, Vanessa Brown, Anna Lee, Robert Coote, Natalie Wood, Isobel Elsom, Victoria Horne
"A beautifully crafted piece of Hollywood fantasy, The Ghost and Mrs. Muir is a far-fetched but moving fable about a sea captain who haunts a widow… Enormously winning performances from the underrated Gene Tierney and Rex Harrison drive the film, and the direction of veteran Joseph L. Mankiewicz is almost flawless… The Ghost and Mrs. Muir is a superb illustration of how post-World War II Hollywood could deftly handle a romantic fable during an era when the movies could deliver escapism without big-budget pyrotechnics." - Michael Betzold, All Movie
Selected by Vincent Amiel, Anne Billson, Rita Azevedo Gomes, Donald Clarke, Isild Le Besco.
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Les Dames du Bois de Boulogne

Les Dames du Bois de Boulogne

Highest Ranking: 382 (March 2006)

1945 / France / 85m / BW / Psychological Drama, Period Film
Maria Casares, Elina Labourdette, Paul Bernard, Lucianne Bogaert, Blanchette Brunoy, Marguerite De Morlaye, Yvette Etievant, Bernard La Jarrige, Lucy Lancy, Jean Marchat
"This unique love story, based on a novelette by Denis Diderot and with dialogue written by Jean Cocteau, follows the maneuverings of a society lady as she connives to initiate a scandalous affair between her aristocratic ex-lover and a prostitute. With his second feature film, director Robert Bresson was already forging his singularly brilliant filmmaking technique as he created a moving study of the power of revenge and the strength of true love." - The Criterion Collection
Selected by Jean-Marie Straub, Kevin Gough-Yates, Noël Burch, Gilbert Adair, John Powers.
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Jurassic Park

Jurassic Park

Highest Ranking: Current

1993 / USA / 126m / Col / Prehistoric Fantasy, Sci-Fi Action
Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Richard Attenborough, Jeff Goldblum, Bob Peck, Martin Ferrero, B.D. Wong, Joseph Mazzello, Ariana Richards, Samuel L. Jackson
"Jurassic Park is a true movie milestone, presenting awe- and fear-inspiring sights never before seen on the screen. The more spectacular of these involve the fierce, lifelike dinosaurs that stalk through the film with astounding ease… Jurassic Park keeps its viewers on edge while leaving much of its real violence to the imagination. When it's dinosaur feeding time, Mr. Spielberg avoids obvious gore; he gets a greater frisson out of showing farm animals that are left near the hungry beasts and suddenly disappear. To give the velociraptors a suitable introduction, he opens the film with a character whose upper body remains visible while the rest of him is being attacked off camera, a la Jaws. Jurassic Park mixes such horrific touches with sentimental strokes, suspenseful action scenes and occasional droll notes." - Janet Maslin, The New York Times
Selected by Pierre Berthomieu, Adam Wingard, Neil Miller, Sergio Silva, Jackie Chan.
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Gun Crazy

Gun Crazy

Deadly is the Female (original title)
Highest Ranking: 443 (2011)

1950 / USA / 86m / BW / Film Noir, Crime Thriller
Peggy Cummins, John Dall, Berry Kroeger, Morris Carnovsky, Anabel Shaw, Harry Lewis, Nedrick Young, Trevor Bardette, Mickey Little, Russ Tamblyn
"If you had to select a single film to justify the present enthusiasm for film noir and define its allure, few movies could compete with Gun Crazy. The same goes for celebrating the potential of B-movies to achieve grade-A flair, excitement, and artistic intelligence. The picture taps brazenly into a sexual, almost feral energy that makes it unique, even in a school of film known for perverse psychology and smoldering subtexts. And it achieves its ends on an observably limited budget, via two strategies that ought to clash but instead invigorate each other: the bold stylization of expressionistic, verging-on-minimalist settings, and the camera’s embrace of the real world." - Richard T. Jameson, Parallax View
Selected by Jesús Franco, Tapani Maskula, Rafa Cortés, Hirohisa Sasaki, Thomas Caldwell.
See also 1,000 Noir Films.
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Irréversible

Irréversible

Highest Ranking: 705 (2020)

2002 / France / 97m / Col / Crime, Drama
Monica Bellucci, Vincent Cassel, Albert Dupontel, Jo Prestia, Philippe Nahon, Stephane Drouot, Jean-Louis Costes, Michel Gondoin, Mourad Khima, Gaspar Noe
"A rudimentary rape-revenge scenario told in reverse order–progressing from the lower depths of degradation and primitivism to the emerald idyll of civilized humanity–the film concerns the awful taint of experience, and Noé makes sure audience members feel it in their bones… With Irréversible, Noé confirms his reputation as a dangerous talent, a bold provocateur and misanthrope who understands the power of images and isn't afraid to wield it, happily thumbing his nose at the arbiters of good taste. The rape scene may send viewers (understandably) fleeing for the exits, but its sense of wide-eyed terror can't be easily forgotten. For better and worse, Noé's style freezes the blood." - Scott Tobias, A.V. Club
Selected by Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy, Stephen Thrower, Billy Chainsaw, Daniel Frampton, Trey Edward Shults.
See also The 21st Century's Most Acclaimed Films.
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Passion

Passion

Highest Ranking: 360 (March 2006)

1982 / France-Switzerland / 87m / Col / Psychological Drama, Showbiz Drama
Isabelle Huppert, Hanna Schygulla, Jerzy Radziwilowicz, Michel Piccoli, Laszlo Szabo, Jean-Francois Stevenin, Sophie Loucachevski, Patrick Bonnel, Myriem Roussel, Magaly Campos
"Reunited with cameraman Raoul Coutard after 16 years, and with a trio of great actors (Huppert, Schygulla, Piccoli), Godard orchestrates his personal passions for classical music, romantic painting, and the business of film-making around his favourite theme of how life relates to love. In a film studio, a Polish director is recreating in tableaux vivants a series of celebrated paintings by Goya, Ingres, Delacroix, Rembrandt and El Greco, but the backers complain that there's no story… Godard asks you to look everywhere at once, offering sounds and images that astonish the senses and tease the mind. It's a film you'll need - and want - to see several times." - Martyn Auty, Time Out
Selected by Ángel Quintana Morraja, Jan Holmberg, Jean-Claude Rousseau, Rod Stoneman, José María de Orbe.
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The Woman Next Door

The Woman Next Door

La Femme d'à côté (original title)
Highest Ranking: 586 (December 2006)

1981 / France / 106m / Col / Romantic Drama, Psychological Drama
Gerard Depardieu, Fanny Ardant, Henri Garcin, Michele Baumgartner, Roger Van Hool, Veronique Silver, Philippe Morier-Genoud, Nicole Vauthier, Muriel Combe, Olivier Becquaert
"The Woman Next Door is a key film in the final phase of François Truffaut's career… The Woman Next Door has a story line right out of a soap opera. Fortunately, it plays like variations of a half-dozen other intelligent Truffaut films on the vagaries of love. Depardieu and Ardant evince such potent chemistry that it's hard not to root for their characters, Bernard and Mathilde, even as you see them slide toward tragedy... Darker and more compact than his previous film The Last Metro, and more substantial than his follow-up and last film Confidentially Yours, The Woman Next Door may prove the summation of a great career tragically cut short by Truffaut's death in 1984." - Tom Wiener, All Movie
Selected by Mike Figgis, Isabel Coixet, Bruno Barreto, Andreas Kilb, Taylor Hackford.
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Certified Copy

Certified Copy

Copie conforme (original title)
Highest Ranking: Current

2010 / France-Italy-Belgium-Iran / 106m / Col / Drama, Slice of Life
Juliette Binoche, William Shimell, Jean-Claude Carriere, Agathe Natanson, Gianna Giachetti, Adrian Moore, Angelo Barbagallo, Andrea Laurenzi, Filippo Troiano, Manuela Balsimelli
"Abbas Kiarostami’s lovely labyrinth of a film, is best seen without having read reviews that divulge what the director reveals — or hints at — only gradually. The two-hander’s teases and twists carry an electric charge, particularly in the riveting performance of Juliette Binoche, by turns dithery, fevered and open-hearted… The film’s action consists of the day she spends with a British author, James Miller (opera singer William Shimell), whose new book gives the film its title. A sort of middle-aged Before Sunrise unfolds, meandering and talky. But from the get-go these characters’ colloquy is a mutual provocation, not a romantic seduction." - Sheri Linden, Los Angeles Times
Selected by Keith Uhlich, Stojan Pelko, Yale Gontijo, Adrian Martin, Robert Greene.
See also The 21st Century's Most Acclaimed Films.
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They Live by Night

They Live by Night

Highest Ranking: 461 (December 2006)

1948 / USA / 95m / BW / Crime Drama, Film Noir
Farley Granger, Cathy O'Donnell, Howard da Silva, Jay C. Flippen, Helen Craig, Will Wright, Marie Bryant, Ian Wolfe, William Phipps, Harry Harvey
"A key film noir of the 40s, this was Nicholas Ray's first film as a director, and the freshness of his expressionist-documentary style is still apparent and gripping. Farley Granger found one of his few effective roles as the gangly teenager propelled into a life of crime; Cathy O'Donnell is his tough-minded lover, following him across the country through a succession of stolen cars and cramped motel rooms. Much of Wim Wenders's romantic despair can be found here in its original, more extravagant form. The film was drained of its dark poetry when Robert Altman remade it as Thieves Like Us." - Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
Selected by Victor Erice, Rod Stoneman, Ron Peck, Andrew Tracy, Cristián Jiménez.
See also 1,000 Noir Films.
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The Trail

The Trial

Le Procès (original title)
Highest Ranking: 663 (2011)

1962 / France-West Germany-Italy / 118m / BW / Drama, Psychological Drama
Anthony Perkins, Orson Welles, Jeanne Moreau, Romy Schneider, Elsa Martinelli, Akim Tamiroff, Suzanne Flon, Madeleine Robinson, Arnoldo Foa, Fernand Ledoux
"Though debatable as an adaptation of the Franz Kafka novel, Orson Welles's nightmarish, labyrinthine comedy of 1962 remains his creepiest and most disturbing work; it's also a lot more influential than people usually admit. Anthony Perkins gives an adolescent temper to Joseph K, a bureaucrat mysteriously brought to court for an unspecified crime. Among the predatory females who pursue him are Jeanne Moreau, Romy Schneider, and Elsa Martinelli; Welles himself plays the hero's tyrannical lawyer, and Akim Tamiroff is one of his oldest clients. Welles adroitly captures the experience of an unsettling and slightly hysterical dream throughout." - Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
Selected by Jean-Philippe Domecq, Bryan Chang, Robert Haller, Mark Romanek, Mark Fisher.
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Walkabout

Highest Ranking: 389 (2013)

1971 / Australia / 95m / Col / Adventure, Drama
Jenny Agutter, Lucien John, David Gulpilil, John Meillon, Peter Carver, John Illingsworth, Barry Donnelly, Noelene Brown, Carlo Manchini, Robert McDarra
"A young sister and brother are abandoned in the harsh Australian outback and must learn to cope in the natural world, without their usual comforts, in this hypnotic masterpiece from Nicolas Roeg. Along the way, they meet a young aborigine on his “walkabout,” a rite of passage in which adolescent boys are initiated into manhood by journeying into the wilderness alone. Walkabout is a thrilling adventure as well as a provocative rumination on time and civilization." - The Criterion Collection
Selected by J.M. Tyree, Nana Asfour, Mark Cosgrove, Farai Sevenzo, Jeremy Deller.
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Smiles of a Summer Night

Smiles of a Summer Night

Sommarnattens leende (original title)
Highest Ranking: 598 (March 2006)

1955 / Sweden / 108m / BW / Comedy, Ensemble Film
Eva Dahlbeck, Ulla Jacobsson, Harriet Andersson, Margit Carlquist, Gunnar Bjornstrand, Jarl Kulle, Ake Fridell, Bjorn Bjelvenstam, Naima Wifstrand, Bibi Andersson
"After fifteen films that received mostly local acclaim, the 1955 comedy Smiles of a Summer Night at last ushered in an international audience for Ingmar Bergman. In turn-of-the-century Sweden, four men and four women attempt to navigate the laws of attraction. During a weekend in the country, the women collude to force the men’s hands in matters of the heart, exposing their pretensions and insecurities along the way. Chock-full of flirtatious propositions and sharp witticisms delivered by such Swedish screen legends as Gunnar Björnstrand and Harriet Andersson, Smiles of a Summer Night is one of cinema’s great erotic comedies." - The Criterion Collection
Selected by Derek Malcolm, David Stratton, Laurent Jullier, Marc Cerisuelo, Farran Smith Nehme.
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Miller's Crossing

Miller's Crossing

Highest Ranking: 585 (2011)

1990 / USA / 115m / Col / Crime, Gangster Film
Gabriel Byrne, Albert Finney, Marcia Gay Harden, John Turturro, Jon Polito, J.E. Freeman, Mike Starr, Al Mancini, Richard Woods, Steve Buscemi
"Like Blood Simple and Raising Arizona, this works both as a crime thriller and as an ironic commentary on that genre. With fast, sharp, witty dialogue and Byzantine plotting, it charts the gang war between Leo (Finney) and Caspar (Polito) in an American city during Prohibition… It is also a tribute to the crime literature (notably Hammett) and movies of the '30s, artfully poised between 'realism' and a subtle acknowledgment of its own artifice… At times the criss-crossing of abstract motifs recalls the formal complexity of a Greenaway film. It's arguably the US mainstream's first art movie since Days of Heaven; and quite wonderful." - Geoff Andrew, Time Out
Selected by Ferenc Zalaba, Maura McHugh, Sek Kei, Jon Favreau, Matt Zoller Seitz.
See also 1,000 Noir Films.
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Crash

Crash

Highest Ranking: 577 (December 2006)

1996 / Canada / 100m / Col / Erotic Drama, Psychological Drama
James Spader, Holly Hunter, Elias Koteas, Deborah Unger, Rosanna Arquette, Peter MacNeill, Yolande Julian, Cheryl Swarts, Judah Katz, Nicky Guadagni
"Arguably the closest commercial Western cinema has come to Oshima's Ai No Corrida - what 'story' there is consists chiefly of a series of obsessive, claustrophobic, transgressive sex-scenes - Cronenberg's film of JG Ballard's novel is both imaginative and, notwithstanding its 'scandalous' content, strangely 'respectable' (in terms of fidelity and finding appropriate solutions to problems of adaptation)... It's a dark, disturbing, languorous movie, as ludicrous, hermetic and repetitive, perhaps, as Ballard's original, but admirably assured and true to itself." - Geoff Andrew, Time Out
Selected by Nathan Lee, Alejandro German, Eugenio Vidal, Kiichiro Yanasita, Tim Robey.
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The Wild Child

The Wild Child

L'Enfant sauvage (original title)
Highest Ranking: 467 (2007)

1970 / France / 85m / BW / Period Film, Childhood Drama
Jean-Pierre Cargol, Francois Truffaut, Jean Daste, Francoise Seigner, Annie Miller, Claude Miller, Paul Ville, Nathan Miller, Mathieu Schiffman, Jean Gruault
"The story, based on fact, of a late 18th century behavioural scientist's attempts to condition a wild boy found in the woods in the ways of 'civilisation'… Given the semi-documentary treatment and the subject itself, the film could have been excruciatingly dull in lesser hands. In fact it's as lucid and wryly witty a film as you could wish for, uncluttered by superfluous period detail. A beautiful use of simple techniques - black-and-white photography, Vivaldi music, even devices as outmoded as the iris - give it a very refreshing quality… A deeply moving film." - Rod McShane, Time Out
Selected by Amos Gitai, Fernando Trueba, Stanislas Bouvier, Wim Wenders, Josefina Molina.
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Requiem for a Dream

Requiem for a Dream

Highest Ranking: 618 (2018)

2000 / USA / 100m / Col / Addiction Drama, Psychological Drama
Ellen Burstyn, Jared Leto, Jennifer Connelly, Marlon Wayans, Christopher McDonald, Louise Lasser, Keith David, Sean Gullette, Dylan Baker, Hubert Selby Jr.
"Orson Welles is said to have examined Shakespeare plays with the connoisseurship of a huntsman picking up a rifle. The energy, consistency and utter mastery of technique that Darren Aronofsky shows in his adaptation of Requiem for a Dream reminded me of that legendary confidence. His agonising and unflinchingly grim portrait of drug abuse is a formally pleasing piece of work… With spareness and unremitting cruelty, Aronofsky shows his characters' accelerated slide to destruction. It's an almost unbearably bleak view and its lack of any obvious redemptive moral message will revolt some. But without it, Aronofsky's film is chilling, and diamond-hard." - Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
Selected by Patricia Rozema, Paul McGuigan, Pavel Bednarik, Simon Rumley, Arseniy Gonchukov.
See also The 21st Century's Most Acclaimed Films.
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Harakiri

Harakiri

Seppuku (original title)
Highest Ranking: 611 (2015)

1962 / Japan / 133m / BW / Drama, Samurai Film
Tatsuya Nakadai, Rentaro Mikuni, Shima Iwashita, Akira Ishihama, Shichisaburo Amatsu, Yoshio Aoki, Jo Azumi, Hisashi Igawa, Yoshio Inaba, Akiji Kobayashi
"Following the collapse of his clan, an unemployed samurai (Nakadai) arrives at the manor of Lord Iyi, begging to be allowed to commit ritual suicide on the property. Iyi’s clansmen, believing the desperate ronin is merely angling for a new position, try to force his hand and get him to eviscerate himself—but they have underestimated his beliefs and his personal brand of honor. Winner of the Cannes Film Festival’s Special Jury Prize, Harakiri, directed by Masaki Kobayashi is a fierce evocation of individual agency in the face of a corrupt and hypocritical system." - The Criterion Collection
Selected by Philip Kemp, Ruy Guerra, Frances Morgan, Mikhail Iampolski, Robbie Collin.
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Moonfleet

Moonfleet

Highest Ranking: 623 (2013)

1955 / USA / 89m / Col / Costume Adventure, Swashbuckler
Stewart Granger, Jon Whiteley, George Sanders, Joan Greenwood, Viveca Lindfors, Melville Cooper, Jack Elam, Dan Seymour, Ian Wolfe, Liliane Montevecchi
"A boy and a rakish smuggler search for a legendary lost diamond in a wonderfully stylised version of 19th century Cornwall. The characters are linked and haunted by the memory of the boy's dead mother, and their 'romance' is a journey through a dark world of gallows and graveyards. Lang disliked working in CinemaScope, a ratio he described in Le Mépris as 'only good for funerals and snakes', but uses it brilliantly." - Steve Jenkins, Time Out
Selected by Jean-Loup Bourget, Carlos Losilla, Cristina Álvarez López, Javier Rebollo, Jed Rapfogel.
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Yeelen

Yeelen

Brightness (English title)
Highest Ranking: 486 (2013)

1987 / Mali-Burkina Faso-France-West Germany-Japan / 105m / Col / Coming-of-Age, Adventure Drama
Issiaka Kane, Aoua Sangare, Niamanto Sanogo, Balla Moussa Keita, Soumba Traore, Ismaila Sarr, Youssef Tenin Cisse, Koke Sangare, Youssouf Coulibaly, Manzon Coumare
"Souleymane Cisse's extraordinarily beautiful and mesmerizing fantasy is set in the ancient Bambara culture of Mali long before it was invaded by Morocco in the 16th century… Apart from creating a dense and exciting universe that should make George Lucas green with envy, Cisse has shot breathtaking images and accompanies his story with a spare, hypnotic, percussive score. Sublimely mixing the matter-of-fact with the uncanny, this wondrous work provides an ideal introduction to a filmmaker who is, next to Ousmane Sembene, probably Africa's greatest director." - Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
Selected by Peter Hames, Víctor Fowler Calzada, Manthia Diawara, Lizelle Bisschoff, Jean-Pierre Garcia.
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Dazed and Confused

Dazed and Confused

Highest Ranking: 577 (2015)

1993 / USA / 94m / Col / Comedy Drama, Coming-of-Age
Jason London, Joey Lauren Adams, Milla Jovovich, Rory Cochrane, Shawn Andrews, Adam Goldberg, Sasha Jenson, Wiley Wiggins, Michelle Burke, Anthony Rapp
"America, 1976. The last day of school. Bongs blaze, bell-bottoms ring, and rock and roll rocks. Among the best teen films ever made, Richard Linklater’s Dazed and Confused eavesdrops on a group of seniors-to-be and incoming freshmen. A launching pad for a number of future stars, Linklater’s first studio effort also features endlessly quotable dialogue and a blasting, stadium-ready soundtrack. Sidestepping nostalgia, Dazed and Confused is less about “the best years of our lives” than the boredom, angst, and excitement of teenagers waiting… for something to happen." - The Criterion Collection
Selected by Quentin Tarantino, Jon Robertson, David Filipi, Vadim Rizov, Colin Hanks.
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A Place in the Sun

A Place in the Sun

Highest Ranking: 389 (2007)

1951 / USA / 122m / BW / Romantic Drama, Psychological Drama
Montgomery Clift, Elizabeth Taylor, Shelley Winters, Anne Revere, Keefe Brasselle, Raymond Burr, Fred Clark, Herbert Heyes, Shepperd Strudwick, Frieda Inescort
"When producer-director George Stevens made A Place in the Sun, based on the highly successful novel, An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser, he faced the difficult job of turning a popular book into a worthwhile film… Stevens uses montage, close-ups, and very slow scenes to create an almost dream like atmosphere. The plot moves along slowly but with great fluidity… A Place in the Sun is a significant film not only because of excellent performances elicited from Clift and Taylor, but also because of the society it depicts." - A. Pillai, Film Reference
Selected by Laurent Jullier, Tony Krawitz, David Siegel, Jörn Donner, Dennis Hopper.
See also 1,000 Noir Films.
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Ghostbusters

Ghostbusters

Highest Ranking: 674 (2020)

1984 / USA / 107m / Col / Fantasy, Sci-Fi Comedy
Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver, Harold Ramis, Rick Moranis, Annie Potts, William Atherton, Ernie Hudson, David Margulies, Steven Tash
"Thirty years on, bustin’ still makes us feel good. In fact, few movies have the power to make us feel good-er. From pounding drum machine intro to marshmallow apocalypse finale, Ghostbusters is a cavalcade of pure joy. The reasons for this are manifold, but still bear repeating. Bill Murray’s sweetly sardonic performance is a treasure for the ages. The script is literally word-perfect, at once crude, weird and packed with timeless silly-smart one-liners (‘Listen... do you smell something?’). Ivan Reitman’s direction moves at a clip, the animated effects are unearthly and beautiful, and the soundtrack, stuffed with long-forgotten yacht rock also-rans, somehow manages to be awful and perfect at the same time." - Tom Huddleston, Time Out
Selected by Adam Wingard, Taika Waititi, Kevin Pollak, Enrique Dueñas, Seth Rogen.