They Shoot Pictures, Don't They?

“I'd rather people feel a film before understanding it.”
Robert Bresson

NEW 2021 TSPDT Poll: 25 Favourite Films
Hello film buffs. TSPDT would like to invite you to take part in its first ever film poll. You have until May 31, 2021 to get your ballot in, and the results will be published thereafter. Please note that you will need to log into Google to participate. Don't be bashful, go ahead and submit your list of 25 favourite films (you will be able to edit your list right up until May 31).
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Doubling the Canon (2021 Update) Doubling the Canon is a yearly project which aims to expand the film canon as crafted by They Shoot Pictures, Don't They? Anyone who loves cinema can participate. Go here.
This edition's highest entrant: First Cow (2019)

The 21st Century's Most Acclaimed Films

NEW 2021 Edition
Updated on February 20, 2021
Based on end-of-year lists (from 2000 to 2020), as well as the same resources used for the 1,000 Greatest Films, this is a collection (comprised of 1,000 films) of the 21st Century's most acclaimed cinema. Also featured is a listing of the 100 most acclaimed film directors of this century, to date. You'll also find a (downloadable) starting list of 8,696 21st Century films.
Toni Erdmann
This edition's highest entrant: Toni Erdmann (2016)

The 1,000 Greatest Films

2021 Edition
Updated on January 27, 2021
Compiled from 12,276 film lists, this is quite possibly the most definitive collection of the 1,000 most critically acclaimed films you will find. Also featured is a list of the 250 most acclaimed film directors, and for the first time, full rankings are revealed for all 20,430 films in the starting list (this can now be viewed online as a sortable table).
Bad Influence
Recent noir addition: Bad Influence (1990)

They Shot Dark Pictures, Didn't They?

A slowly-growing listing of 1,000 Noir Films. This is not a ‘best of’ or ‘greatest’ compilation; it is strictly a listing of, according to TSPDT's research, the most oft-cited noir films. Though most of the films that will ultimately comprise the 1,000 are more than worthwhile (many, of course, are brilliant), there is no hiding from the fact that not all of the 1,000 films are of the highest quality. And that is putting it very nicely. They are here because they are noir, not because they are necessarily classics (though, many invariably are).
"Film noir is not a genre… It is not defined, as are the western and gangster genres, by conventions of setting and conflict, but rather by the more subtle qualities of tone and mood. It is a film "noir," as opposed to the possible variants of film gray and off white." - Paul Schrader, Notes on Film Noir, Film Comment, 1972
François Ozon


Browse 290+ director profiles. Each profile includes quotes from a variety of reference materials, selected filmographies (encompassing rankings from the Greatest Films and 21st Century projects), and more.
The banner image above is from Terrence Malick's Tree of Life (2011), the 4th most acclaimed film of the 21st Century.