The Pendragon Society’s 1000 Greatest Films (2020) 160-141


160. I Am Cuba (1964) Dir. Mikhail Kalatozov, 141 mins.

Hidden away in the Soviet archives for three decades, “I Am Cuba” is a wildly schizophrenic celebration of Communist kitsch, mixing Slavic solemnity with Latin sensuality to create a whirling, feverish dance through both the sensuous decadence of Batista’s Havana and the grinding poverty and oppression of the Cuban people. In four stories of the revolution, Mikhail Kalatov’s astonishingly acrobatic camera takes the viewer on a rapturous roller-coaster ride of bathing beauties, landless peasants, fascist police and student revolutionaries.

159. Nashville (1975) Dir. Robert Altman, 159 mins.

The film takes a snapshot of people involved in the country music and gospel music businesses in Nashville, Tennessee. The characters’ efforts to succeed or hold on to their success are interwoven with the efforts of a political operative and a local businessman to stage a concert rally before the state’s presidential primary for a populist outsider running for President of the United States on the Replacement Party ticket. Watch

158. My Life to Live (1962) Dir. Jean-Luc Godard, 85 mins.

Nana (Anna Karina), a beautiful Parisian in her early twenties, leaves her husband and infant son hoping to become an actress. Without money, beyond what she earns as a shopgirl, and unable to enter acting, she elects to earn better money as a prostitute. Buy

157. Beauty and the Beast (1946) Dir. Jean Cocteau, 96 mins.

The plot of Cocteau’s film revolves around Belle’s father who is sentenced to death for picking a rose from Beast’s garden. Belle offers to go back to the Beast in her father’s place and Beast falls in love with her and proposes marriage on a nightly basis which she refuses. Belle eventually becomes more drawn to Beast, who tests her by letting her return home to her family and telling her that if she doesn’t return to him within a week, he will die of grief.

156. The Turin Horse (2011) Dir. Bela Tarr, Agnes Hranitzky, 146 mins.

It recalls the whipping of a horse in the Italian city of Turin which is rumoured to have caused the mental breakdown of philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche.

155. The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943) Dir. Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger, 163 mins.

General Candy (Roger Livesey), who’s overseeing an English squad in 1943, is a veteran leader who doesn’t have the respect of the men he’s training and is considered out-of-touch with what’s needed to win the war. But it wasn’t always this way. Flashing back to his early career in the Boer War and World War I, we see a dashing young officer whose life has been shaped by three different women (all played by Deborah Kerr), and by a lasting friendship with a German soldier.

154. Contempt (1963) Dir. Jean-Luc Godard, 103 mins.

Contempt is the story of the end of a marriage. Camille (Brigitte Bardot) falls out of love with her husband Paul (Michel Piccoli) while he is rewriting the screenplay Odyssey by American producer Jeremiah Prokosch (Jack Palance). Just as the director of Prokosch’s film, Fritz Lang, says that The Odyssey is the story of individuals confronting their situations in a real world, Contempt itself is an examination of the position of the filmmaker in the commercial cinema.

153. Pierrot le fou (1965) Dir. Jean-Luc Godard, 110 mins.

After abandoning his wife and infant daughter for the new babysitter, a woman he’d loved and lost several years earlier, an errant husband embarks on a haphazard road to tragedy. Right up there with Godard’s best work.

152. The Human Condition III: A Soldier’s Prayer (1961) Dir. Masaki Kobayashi, 190 mins.

After the Japanese defeat to the Russians in the last episode, Kaji, the Japanese soldier and humanist protagonist, leads the last remaining men through Manchuria. Intent on returning to his dear wife and his old life, Kaji faces great odds as he and his fellow men sneak behind enemy lines. It’s an often harrowing drama but still essential viewing.

151. Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019) Dir. Céline Sciamma, 120 mins.

Set in France in the late 18th century, the film tells the story of a forbidden affair between an aristocrat and a painter commissioned to paint her portrait.

150. The Crowd (1928) Dir. King Vidor, 104 mins.

The story concentrates on John Sims, (brilliantly played by James Murray, an extra boosted to stardom by Vidor). Born on the fourth of July in the year 1900, John is convinced that he’s destined to be a man of importance. Twenty Seven years later, however, Sims is merely one of the faceless crowd, an underpaid clerk in a huge New York office building. On a blind date, John meets Mary (Eleanor Boardman), a likeable if not overly attractive young lady (Boardman, the wife of director Vidor, balked at the notion of departing from her usual glamorous roles; Vidor prevailed, and as a result the actress delivered what is now considered her finest performance). John and Mary are eventually married, raising two children in their tiny New York tenement (complete with a balky toilet-the first time that this particular bathroom fixture ever appeared in an American film). As John’s dreams of glory go unfulfilled, he becomes bitter and argumentative, while Mary grows old before her time.

149. Histoire(s) du cinéma (1998) Dir. Jean-Luc Godard, 266 mins.

An 8-part video project begun by Godard in the late 1980s and completed in 1998, Histoire(s) du cinéma is an examination of the history of the concept of cinema and how it relates to the 20th century.

148. Napoleon (1927) Dir. Abel Gance, 330 mins.

The film begins in Brienne-le-Château with youthful Napoleon attending military school where he manages a snowball fight like a military campaign, yet he suffers the insults of other boys. It continues a decade later with scenes of the French Revolution and Napoleon’s presence at the periphery as a young army lieutenant. He returns to visit his family home in Corsica but politics shift against him and put him in mortal danger. He flees, taking his family to France. Serving as an officer of artillery in the Siege of Toulon, Napoleon’s genius for leadership is rewarded with a promotion to brigadier general. Jealous revolutionaries imprison Napoleon but then the political tide turns against the Revolution’s own leaders. Napoleon leaves prison, forming plans to invade Italy. He falls in love with the beautiful Joséphine de Beauharnais. The emergency government charges him with the task of protecting the National Assembly. Succeeding in this he is promoted to Commander-in-Chief of the Army of the Interior, and he marries Joséphine. He takes control of the army which protects the French–Italian border, and propels it to victory in an invasion of Italy. Buy

147. Fargo (1996) Dir. Joel & Ethan Coen, 98 mins.

Featuring some terrific dark humour, Fargo stars Frances McDormand as a pregnant Minnesota police chief investigating roadside homicides that ensue after a desperate car salesman (William H. Macy) hires two criminals (Steve Buscemi and Peter Stormare) to kidnap his wife in order to extort a hefty ransom from his wealthy father-in-law (Harve Presnell).

146. The Story of the Last Chrysanthemum (1939) Dir. Kenji Mizoguchi, 148 mins.

The film follows a male actor specialising in playing female roles in late 19th century Japan. Buy

145. Badlands (1973) Dir. Terrence Malick, 95 mins.

Martin Sheen does his best James Dean as a young man who feeling disenfranchised and having lost his job, takes up with a fifteen year old girl (Sissy Spacek) and they go on a Midwest crime spree in Terrence Malick’s hypnotically assured debut feature, based on the 1950s Starkweather-Fugate murders.

144. The Human Condition I: No Greater Love (1959) Dir. Masaki Kobayashi, 208 mins.

Drawing from his own experiences, Kobayashi weaves the tale of a Japanese pacifist, trying to get by as best he can during World War II. Buy

143. Stop Making Sense (1984) Dir. Jonathan Demme, 88 mins.

Bank rolled by Talking Heads themselves, Jonathan Demme’s concert film was shot over the course of three nights at Hollywood’s Pantages Theater in December 1983, as the American rock band were touring to promote their new album ‘Speaking in Tongues.’ Notable as the first movie made using entirely digital audio techniques, it’s also been lauded for the brilliant direction, editing and the energy and general performance of the band.

142. Close-Up (1990) Dir. Abbas Kiarostami, 90 mins.

The film tells the story of the real-life trial of a man who impersonated film-maker Mohsen Makhmalbaf, conning a family into believing they would star in his new film. Watch

141. Woman in the Dunes (1964) Dir. Hiroshi Teshigahara, 123 mins.

When entomologist Jumpei (Eiji Okada) travels to sand dunes on an expedition, he is met by a group of people who offer him a place to spend the night. They soon lead him to a house at the bottom of a sandpit. Upon climbing into the pit, he finds a young widow (Kyoko Kishida) living alone. Placed there by the villagers, her task is to dig sand out of the pit, not only so that they can avoid getting buried, but so that the locals can use it for construction.


The Pendragon Society’s 1000 Greatest Films (2019) 160-141


160. Inception (2010) Dir. Christopher Nolan, 148 mins.

The film stars Leonardo DiCaprio as a professional thief who steals information by infiltrating the subconscious and is offered a chance to have his criminal history erased as payment for the implantation of another person’s idea into a target’s subconscious. DiCaprio holds the piece together even if Nolan does get frustratingly carried away with the effects in his dream structures. Watch

159. Network (1976) Dir. Sidney Lumet, 121 mins.

Network is a satirical film written by Paddy Chayefsky about a fictional television network, UBS, and its struggle with poor ratings. Watch

158. Sansho the Bailiff (1954) Dir. Kenji Mizoguchi, 124 mins.

Based on a short story of the same name by Mori Ōgai, it follows two aristocratic children who are sold into slavery. Watch

157. Manhattan (1979) Dir. Woody Allen, 96 mins.

Woody Allen’s love letter to cinema, Manhattan sees him co-star as a twice-divorced 42-year-old comedy writer who dates a 17-year-old girl (Mariel Hemingway) but falls in love with his best friend’s mistress (Diane Keaton). Watch

156. Viridiana (1961) Dir. Luis Bunuel, 90 mins.

A woman visits her rich uncle before taking her vows as a nun. When he dies, he leaves his estate to her and his son. She becomes a nun and opens up the estate to house some wretched derelicts. Watch

155. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) Dir. Steven Spielberg, 115 mins.

Spielberg’s marvellously crafted action adventure pits Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) against a group of Nazis who are searching for the Ark of the Covenant, which Adolf Hitler believes will make his army invincible. Watch

154. 12 Monkeys (1995) Dir. Terry Gilliam, 129 mins.

Inspired by Chris Marker’s La Jetee, the film follows James Cole (Bruce Willis), a prisoner of the state in the year 2035 who can earn parole if he agrees to travel back in time and thwart a devastating plague. The virus has wiped out most of the Earth’s population and the remainder live underground because the air is poisonous. It’s a cerebral time travelling tale from Gilliam, with Willis at the peak of his powers. Watch

153. Close-Up (1990) Dir. Abbas Kiarostami, 90 mins.

The film tells the story of the real-life trial of a man who impersonated film-maker Mohsen Makhmalbaf, conning a family into believing they would star in his new film. Watch

152. North by Northwest (1959) Dir. Alfred Hitchcock, 136 mins.

North by Northwest is a tale of mistaken identity, with an innocent man (Cary Grant) pursued across the United States by agents of a mysterious organisation trying to prevent him from blocking their plan to smuggle out microfilm that contains government secrets. Watch

151. Pan’s Labyrinth (2006) Dir. Guillermo del Toro, 119 mins.

The film is set in the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War and details the strange journeys of an imaginative young girl who may be the mythical princess of an underground kingdom. Watch

150. The Elephant Man (1980) Dir. David Lynch, 124 mins.

The Elephant Man is a historical drama about Joseph Merrick (whom the script calls John Merrick), a severely deformed man in late 19th century London. Watch

149. Napoleon (1927) Dir. Abel Gance, 330 mins.

The film begins in Brienne-le-Château with youthful Napoleon attending military school where he manages a snowball fight like a military campaign, yet he suffers the insults of other boys. It continues a decade later with scenes of the French Revolution and Napoleon’s presence at the periphery as a young army lieutenant. He returns to visit his family home in Corsica but politics shift against him and put him in mortal danger. He flees, taking his family to France. Serving as an officer of artillery in the Siege of Toulon, Napoleon’s genius for leadership is rewarded with a promotion to brigadier general. Jealous revolutionaries imprison Napoleon but then the political tide turns against the Revolution’s own leaders. Napoleon leaves prison, forming plans to invade Italy. He falls in love with the beautiful Joséphine de Beauharnais. The emergency government charges him with the task of protecting the National Assembly. Succeeding in this he is promoted to Commander-in-Chief of the Army of the Interior, and he marries Joséphine. He takes control of the army which protects the French–Italian border, and propels it to victory in an invasion of Italy. Buy

148. The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeosie (1972) Dir. Luis Bunuel, 102 mins.

The narrative concerns a group of upper middle class people attempting, despite continual interruptions, to dine together. Buy

147. Nashville (1975) Dir. Robert Altman, 159 mins.

The film takes a snapshot of people involved in the country music and gospel music businesses in Nashville, Tennessee. The characters’ efforts to succeed or hold on to their success are interwoven with the efforts of a political operative and a local businessman to stage a concert rally before the state’s presidential primary for a populist outsider running for President of the United States on the Replacement Party ticket. Watch

146. La Strada (1954) Dir. Federico Fellini, 108 mins.

The film that first brought Fellini international fame and began his break with neo-realism, follows a naive young woman, Gelsomina (Giulietta Masina), who is bought from her impoverished mother by a brutish circus strongman, Zampanò (Anthony Quinn) to be his wife and partner. She loyally endures his coldness and foul abusive behaviour while he takes her with him to perform across a bleak Italian countryside. Inspired by the writer/director’s own circus background, the production had many problems, including insecure finance, casting issues, delays and Fellini suffering a nervous breakdown. However, despite this and a harsh critical reaction on release, the film is now recognised for its simple, yet strikingly original narrative, the breakthrough performance of Fellini’s wife and muse, Masina and for its great influence on Italian cinema such as the filmmaker’s own future masterpieces, La Dolce Vita (1960), 8 1/2 (1963) and Amarcord (1974). More…

145. The Wild Bunch (1969) Dir. Sam Peckinpah, 145 mins.

The Wild Bunch is an epic Western about an ageing outlaw gang on the Texas–Mexico border, trying to exist in the changing modern world of 1913. The once controversial violence now seems tame by modern standards. Watch

144. My Life to Live (1962) Dir. Jean-Luc Godard, 85 mins.

Nana (Anna Karina), a beautiful Parisian in her early twenties, leaves her husband and infant son hoping to become an actress. Without money, beyond what she earns as a shopgirl, and unable to enter acting, she elects to earn better money as a prostitute. Buy

143. Le samourai (1967) Dir. Jean-Pierre Melville, 105 mins.

Melville’s stylish crime thriller follows a hitman (Alain Delon), on his last assignment, which leaves him under the surveillance of the police. Learning that his boss now has him marked for death, he must now try to take him out first. Watch

142. The Empire Strikes Back (1980) Dir. Irvin Kershner, 127 mins.

Set three years after Star Wars, the Galactic Empire, under the leadership of the villainous Darth Vader and the Emperor, is in pursuit of Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) and the rest of the Rebel Alliance. While Vader relentlessly pursues Han Solo, Princess Leia Organa, and otheir companions, Luke studies the Force under Jedi Master Yoda preparing to go to aide of his friends. Arguably the best of the Star Wars franchise and featuring one of cinema’s most famous plot twists. Watch

141. The Human Condition I: No Greater Love (1959) Dir. Masaki Kobayashi, 208 mins.

Drawing from his own experiences, Kobayashi weaves the tale of a Japanese pacifist, trying to get by as best he can during World War II. Buy


TIFF’s Essential 100

In 2010, the Toronto International Film Festival released its “Essential 100” list of films, which merged one list of the 100 greatest films of all time as determined by an expert panel of TIFF curators with another list determined by TIFF stakeholders. The list reads like a definitive guide to the best of world cinema.

1 THE PASSION OF JOAN OF ARC (Carl Theodor Dreyer)
2 CITIZEN KANE (Orson Welles)
3 L’AVVENTURA (Michaelangelo Antonioni)
4 THE GODFATHER (Francis Ford Coppola)
5 PICKPOCKET (Robert Bresson)
6 SEVEN SAMURAI (Akira Kurosawa)
7 PATHER PANCHALI (Satyajit Ray)
8 CASABLANCA (Michael Curtiz)
10 BICYCLE THIEVES (Vittorio De Sica)
11 ALI: FEAR EATS THE SOUL (Rainer Werner Fassbinder)
12 8 ½ (Federico Fellini)
13 BATTLESHIP POTEMKIN (Sergei Eisenstein)
14 RASHOMON (Akira Kurosawa)
15 TOKYO STORY (Yasujiro Ozu)
16 THE 400 BLOWS (François Truffaut)
17 UGETSU (Kenji Mizoguchi)
18 BREATHLESS (Jean-Luc Godard)
19 L’ATALANTE (Jean Vigo)
20 CINEMA PARADISO (Giuseppe Tornatore)
23 PERSONA (Ingmar Bergman)
24 GONE WITH THE WIND (Victor Fleming)
25 SUNRISE (F.W. Murnau)
26 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY (Stanley Kubrick)
27 VOYAGE IN ITALY (Roberto Rossellini)
28 AMÉLIE (Jean-Pierre Jeunet)
29 CITY LIGHTS (Charlie Chaplin)
30 STAR WARS (George Lucas)
31 SHERLOCK JR. (Buster Keaton)
32 RULES OF THE GAME (Jean Renoir)
33 THE LEOPARD (Luchino Visconti)
34 LA DOLCE VITA (Federico Fellini)
35 L’ARRIVÉE D’UN TRAIN À LA CIOTAT (Frères LumiereLouis Lumière and Auguste Lumière)
36 THE WIZARD OF OZ (Victor Fleming)
37 LA JETÉE (Chris Marker)
38 VERTIGO (Alfred Hitchcock)
39 NIGHT AND FOG (Alain Resnais)
40 PULP FICTION (Quentin Tarantino)
41 THE SEARCHERS (John Ford)
43 THE CONFORMIST (Bernardo Bertolucci)
44 CITY OF GOD (Fernando Meirelles)
45 TAXI DRIVER (Martin Scorsese)
46 APOCALYPSE NOW (Francis Ford Coppola)
47 SALÓ, OR THE 120 DAYS OF SODOM (Pier Paolo Pasolini)
48 THE SEVENTH SEAL (Ingmar Bergman)
49 LE VOYAGE DANS LA LUNE (Georges Méliès)
50 METROPOLIS (Fritz Lang)

51 THE BATTLE OF ALGIERS (Gillo Pontecorvo)
52 IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE (Wong Kar Wai)
53 VIRIDIANA (Luis Buñuel)
54 LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL (Roberto Benigni)
55 THE SORROW AND THE PITY (Marcel Ophüls)
56 PAN’S LABYRINTH (Guillermo del Toro)
58 BLADE RUNNER (Ridley Scott)
59 THROUGH THE OLIVE TREES (Abbas Kiarostami)
61 BRINGING UP BABY (Howard Hawks)
62 SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN (Stanley Donen)
63 JOHNNY GUITAR (Nicholas Ray)
64 A CLOCKWORK ORANGE (Stanley Kubrick)
66 M (Fritz Lang)
67 SCORPIO RISING (Kenneth Anger)
68 PSYCHO (Alfred Hitchcock)
69 DUST IN THE WIND (Hou Hsiao-Hsien)
70 SCHINDLER’S LIST (Steven Spielberg)
71 NASHVILLE (Robert Altman)
73 WAVELENGTH (Michael Snow)
74 JULES ET JIM (François Truffaut)
75 CHRONIQUE D’UN ÉTÉ (Edgar Morin and Jean Rouch)
76 THE LIVES OF OTHERS (Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck)
77 GREED (Erich von Stroheim)
78 SOME LIKE IT HOT (Billy Wilder)
79 JAWS (Steven Spielberg)
80 ANNIE HALL (Woody Allen)
81 THE BIRTH OF A NATION (D.W. Griffith)
83 LA NOIRE DE… (Ousmane Sembene)
84 RAGING BULL (Martin Scorsese)
86 CHINATOWN (Roman Polanski)
87 ANDREI RUBLEV (Andrei Tarkovsky)
88 WINGS OF DESIRE (Wim Wenders)
89 VIDEODROME (David Cronenberg)
90 WRITTEN ON THE WIND (Douglas Sirk)
91 THE THIRD MAN (Carol Reed)
92 BLUE VELVET (David Lynch)
94 BREAKING THE WAVES (Lars von Trier)
95 A NOS AMOURS (Maurice Pialat)
96 CLEO DE 5 A 7 (Agnès Varda)
97 ALL ABOUT MY MOTHER (Pedro Almodóvar)
98 EARTH (Aleksandr Dovzhenko)
99 OLDBOY (Park Chan-wook)
100 PLAYTIME (Jacques Tati)

The most important and misappreciated American films since the beginning of the cinema

‘The most important and misappreciated American films since the beginning of the cinema’, is a book of 150 pages published by the Royal Film Archive of Belgium (now known as Cinematek) in 1978 and compiled by Jacques Ledoux. The list in the book came from a survey which polled 203 participants (116 Americans and 87 non-Americans) around the world. Each participant compiled two lists, a list of the most important films (limited to 30 titles) and a list of misappreciated films (not limited in number). The final list is sorted by number of votes (including both important and misappreciated votes). The book lists all 2327 films that received at least 1 vote. This list below includes the films that received at least 5 votes. “Misappreciated” was taken by those with a knowledge of the English language as meaning underrated.

1 Citizen Kane 1941 Orson Welles
2 Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans 1927 F.W. Murnau
3 Greed 1924 Erich von Stroheim
4 Intolerance: Love’s Struggle Throughout the Ages 1916 D.W. Griffith
5 The Birth of a Nation 1915 D.W. Griffith
6 Singin’ in the Rain 1952 Gene Kelly, Stanley Donen
7 Nanook of the North 1922 Robert J. Flaherty
8 The General 1926 Buster Keaton, Clyde Bruckman
9 The Gold Rush 1925 Charles Chaplin
10 The Crowd 1928 King Vidor
11 The Magnificent Ambersons 1942 Robert Wise, Fred Fleck, Orson Welles
12 The Searchers 1956 John Ford
13 Modern Times 1936 Charles Chaplin
14 The Grapes of Wrath 1940 John Ford
15 Scarface 1932 Richard Rosson, Howard Hawks
16 Trouble in Paradise 1932 Ernst Lubitsch
17 Sunset Blvd. 1950 Billy Wilder
18 Vertigo 1958 Alfred Hitchcock
19 Stagecoach 1939 John Ford
20 2001: A Space Odyssey 1968 Stanley Kubrick
21 King Kong 1933 Ernest B. Schoedsack, Merian C. Cooper
22 Psycho 1960 Alfred Hitchcock
23 City Lights 1931 Charles Chaplin
24 Broken Blossoms or The Yellow Man and the Girl 1919 D.W. Griffith
25 Touch of Evil 1958 Orson Welles
26 Casablanca 1942 Michael Curtiz
27 The Wind 1928 Victor Sjöström
28 Duck Soup 1933 Leo McCarey
29 Sullivan’s Travels 1941 Preston Sturges
30 The Scarlet Empress 1934 Josef von Sternberg
31 The Night of the Hunter 1955 Charles Laughton
32 It Happened One Night 1934 Frank Capra
33 Gone with the Wind 1939 Sam Wood, George Cukor, Victor Fleming
34 Nashville 1975 Robert Altman
35 The Big Sleep 1946 Howard Hawks
36 Sherlock Jr. 1924 Buster Keaton
37 On the Waterfront 1954 Elia Kazan
38 The Maltese Falcon 1941 John Huston
39 Monsieur Verdoux 1947 Charles Chaplin
40 Bonnie and Clyde 1967 Arthur Penn
41 To Be or Not to Be 1942 Ernst Lubitsch
42 Letter from an Unknown Woman 1948 Max Ophüls
43 Rear Window 1954 Alfred Hitchcock
44 Foolish Wives 1922 Erich von Stroheim
45 The Best Years of Our Lives 1946 William Wyler
46 The Wedding March 1928 Erich von Stroheim
47 All Quiet on the Western Front 1930 Lewis Milestone
48 You Only Live Once 1937 Fritz Lang
49 The Wild Bunch 1969 Sam Peckinpah
50 I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang 1932 Mervyn LeRoy

51 The Treasure of the Sierra Madre 1948 John Huston
52 Paths of Glory 1957 Stanley Kubrick
53 Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb 1964 Stanley Kubrick
54 Young Mr. Lincoln 1939 John Ford
55 White Heat 1949 Raoul Walsh
56 Salt of the Earth 1954 Herbert J. Biberman
57 Rio Bravo 1959 Howard Hawks
58 Red River 1948 Arthur Rosson, Howard Hawks
59 My Darling Clementine 1946 John Ford
60 Underworld 1927 Arthur Rosson, Josef von Sternberg
61 The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance 1962 John Ford
62 High Noon 1952 Fred Zinnemann
63 Bringing Up Baby 1938 Howard Hawks
64 The Great Train Robbery 1903 Edwin S. Porter
65 The Band Wagon 1953 Vincente Minnelli
66 All About Eve 1950 Joseph L. Mankiewicz
67 Tabu: A Story of the South Seas 1931 F.W. Murnau
68 Some Like It Hot 1959 Billy Wilder
69 The Navigator 1924 Donald Crisp, Buster Keaton
70 Mr. Deeds Goes to Town 1936 Frank Capra
71 Love Me Tonight 1932 Rouben Mamoulian
72 A Woman of Paris: A Drama of Fate 1923 Charles Chaplin
73 Meshes of the Afternoon 1943 Alexander Hammid, Maya Deren
74 McCabe & Mrs. Miller 1971 Robert Altman
75 Freaks 1932 Tod Browning
76 Chelsea Girls 1966 Andy Warhol, Paul Morrissey
77 The Big Parade 1925 King Vidor, George W. Hill
78 Morocco 1930 Josef von Sternberg
79 Lonesome 1928 Pál Fejös
80 Fury 1936 Fritz Lang
81 Force of Evil 1948 Abraham Polonsky
82 Written on the Wind 1956 Douglas Sirk
83 Tol’able David 1921 Henry King
84 The Tarnished Angels 1957 Douglas Sirk
85 Scorpio Rising 1963 Kenneth Anger
86 Johnny Guitar 1954 Nicholas Ray
87 The Covered Wagon 1923 James Cruze
88 Wavelength 1967 Michael Snow
89 A Star Is Born 1954 George Cukor
90 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs 1937 William Cottrell, David Hand, Ben Sharpsteen, Perce Pearce, Wilfred Jackson, Larry Morey
91 North by Northwest 1959 Alfred Hitchcock
92 Ninotchka 1939 Ernst Lubitsch
93 Meet Me in St. Louis 1944 Vincente Minnelli
94 Invasion of the Body Snatchers 1956 Don Siegel
95 The Informer 1935 John Ford
96 How Green Was My Valley 1941 John Ford
97 Easy Rider 1969 Dennis Hopper
98 The Big Heat 1953 Fritz Lang
99 To Have and Have Not 1944 Howard Hawks
100 Shanghai Express 1932 Josef von Sternberg

101 A Place in the Sun 1951 George Stevens
102 Only Angels Have Wings 1939 Howard Hawks
103 Mr. Smith Goes to Washington 1939 Frank Capra
104 Louisiana Story 1948 Robert J. Flaherty
105 Kiss Me Deadly 1955 Robert Aldrich
106 42nd Street 1933 Lloyd Bacon
107 The Docks of New York 1928 Josef von Sternberg
108 Anatahan 1953 Josef von Sternberg
109 Rebel Without a Cause 1955 Nicholas Ray
110 The Jazz Singer 1927 Alan Crosland
111 It’s a Wonderful Life 1946 Frank Capra
112 The Godfather: Part II 1974 Francis Ford Coppola
113 Sylvia Scarlett 1935 George Cukor
114 Shadow of a Doubt 1943 Alfred Hitchcock
115 Safety Last! 1923 Fred C. Newmeyer, Sam Taylor
116 The River 1938 Pare Lorentz
117 Our Hospitality 1923 John G. Blystone, Buster Keaton
118 Make Way for Tomorrow 1937 Leo McCarey
119 Little Caesar 1931 Mervyn LeRoy
120 Hallelujah 1929 King Vidor
121 The Conversation 1974 Francis Ford Coppola
122 The Bitter Tea of General Yen 1932 Frank Capra
123 The Awful Truth 1937 Leo McCarey
124 The Asphalt Jungle 1950 John Huston
125 The Wizard of Oz 1939 Mervyn LeRoy, King Vidor, George Cukor, Norman Taurog, Victor Fleming
126 Way Down East 1920 D.W. Griffith
127 Swing Time 1936 George Stevens
128 The Southerner 1945 Jean Renoir
129 Seven Chances 1925 Buster Keaton
130 A Night at the Opera 1935 Sam Wood, Edmund Goulding
131 The Merry Widow 1934 Ernst Lubitsch
132 The Kid 1921 Charles Chaplin
133 Five Easy Pieces 1970 Bob Rafelson
134 Faces 1968 John Cassavetes
135 America America 1963 Elia Kazan
136 True Heart Susie 1919 D.W. Griffith
137 Top Hat 1935 Mark Sandrich
138 Strangers on a Train 1951 Alfred Hitchcock
139 Shadows 1958 John Cassavetes
140 Out of the Past 1947 Jacques Tourneur
141 Limelight 1952 Charles Chaplin
142 The Lady from Shanghai 1947 Orson Welles
143 East of Eden 1955 Elia Kazan
144 Double Indemnity 1944 Billy Wilder
145 The Birds 1963 Alfred Hitchcock
146 Wild River 1960 Elia Kazan
147 Twentieth Century 1934 Howard Hawks
148 They Live by Night 1948 Nicholas Ray
149 She Wore a Yellow Ribbon 1949 John Ford
150 7 Women 1966 John Ford

151 The Ox-Bow Incident 1943 William A. Wellman
152 The Nutty Professor 1963 Jerry Lewis
153 Isn’t Life Wonderful 1924 D.W. Griffith
154 Holiday 1938 George Cukor
155 Gold Diggers of 1933 1933 Mervyn LeRoy
156 The Godfather 1972 Francis Ford Coppola
157 Frankenstein 1931 James Whale
158 The Fountainhead 1949 King Vidor
159 Prelude: Dog Star Man 1962 Stan Brakhage
160 Dog Star Man: Part I 1962 Stan Brakhage
161 Dog Star Man: Part II 1963 Stan Brakhage
162 Dog Star Man: Part III 1964 Stan Brakhage
163 Dog Star Man: Part IV 1964 Stan Brakhage
164 Ride the High Country 1962 Sam Peckinpah
165 The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes 1970 Billy Wilder
166 The Pirate 1948 Vincente Minnelli
167 Our Daily Bread 1934 King Vidor
168 One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest 1975 Milos Forman
169 The Marriage Circle 1924 Ernst Lubitsch
170 Marnie 1964 Alfred Hitchcock
171 Laura 1944 Otto Preminger
172 The Lady Eve 1941 Preston Sturges
173 The Hustler 1961 Robert Rossen
174 Heaven Can Wait 1943 Ernst Lubitsch
175 Fantasia 1940 Samuel Armstrong, Ben Sharpsteen, Hamilton Luske, Paul Satterfield, James Algar, Jim Handley, Ford Beebe Jr., David Hand, Wilfred Jackson, T. Hee, Norman Ferguson, Bill Roberts
176 Elmer Gantry 1960 Richard Brooks
177 Dodsworth 1936 William Wyler
178 The Devil Is a Woman 1935 Josef von Sternberg
179 Camille 1936 George Cukor
180 The Cameraman 1928 Buster Keaton, Edward Sedgwick
181 The Apartment 1960 Billy Wilder
182 Wagon Master 1950 John Ford
183 They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? 1969 Sydney Pollack
184 Sweet Smell of Success 1957 Alexander Mackendrick
185 The Struggle 1931 D.W. Griffith
186 Stark Love 1927 Karl Brown
187 Shock Corridor 1963 Samuel Fuller
188 Shane 1953 George Stevens
189 The Public Enemy 1931 William A. Wellman
190 The Philadelphia Story 1940 George Cukor
191 Moonfleet 1955 Fritz Lang
192 The Misfits 1961 John Huston
193 The Manchurian Candidate 1962 John Frankenheimer
194 His Girl Friday 1940 Howard Hawks
195 The Great Dictator 1940 Charles Chaplin
196 The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse 1921 Rex Ingram
197 City Girl 1930 F.W. Murnau
198 The Cheat 1915 Cecil B. DeMille
199 Bride of Frankenstein 1935 James Whale
200 Blonde Venus 1932 Josef von Sternberg

201 The Barefoot Contessa 1954 Joseph L. Mankiewicz
202 Badlands 1973 Terrence Malick
203 The Bad and the Beautiful 1952 Vincente Minnelli
204 Applause 1929 Rouben Mamoulian
205 Angel 1937 Ernst Lubitsch
206 All the King’s Men 1949 Robert Rossen
207 West Side Story 1961 Jerome Robbins, Robert Wise
208 A Walk in the Sun 1945 Lewis Milestone
209 Unfaithfully Yours 1948 Preston Sturges
210 12 Angry Men 1957 Sidney Lumet
211 Tom, Tom, the Piper’s Son 1969 Ken Jacobs
212 Some Came Running 1958 Vincente Minnelli
213 Reflections in a Golden Eye 1967 John Huston
214 Pickup on South Street 1953 Samuel Fuller
215 The Palm Beach Story 1942 Preston Sturges
216 Orphans of the Storm 1921 D.W. Griffith
217 Man’s Castle 1933 Frank Borzage
218 The Long Goodbye 1973 Robert Altman
219 The Last Command 1928 Josef von Sternberg
220 It’s a Gift 1934 Norman Z. McLeod
221 Ice 1970 Robert Kramer
222 Her Man 1930 Tay Garnett
223 The Graduate 1967 Mike Nichols
224 The Freshman 1925 Fred C. Newmeyer, Sam Taylor
225 Fireworks 1947 Kenneth Anger
226 Duel in the Sun 1946 Otto Brower, Sidney Franklin, King Vidor, David O. Selznick, William Dieterle, Josef von Sternberg, William Cameron Menzies
227 The Diary of a Chambermaid 1946 Jean Renoir
228 Cat People 1942 Jacques Tourneur
229 Cabaret 1972 Bob Fosse
230 Brewster McCloud 1970 Robert Altman
231 Bigger Than Life 1956 Nicholas Ray
232 Beggars of Life 1928 William A. Wellman
233 The African Queen 1951 John Huston
234 The Adventures of Robin Hood 1938 Michael Curtiz, William Keighley
235 The Thief of Bagdad 1924 Raoul Walsh
236 The Shanghai Gesture 1941 Josef von Sternberg
237 7th Heaven 1927 Frank Borzage
238 The Salvation Hunters 1925 Josef von Sternberg
239 Ruby Gentry 1952 King Vidor
240 The Red Badge of Courage 1951 John Huston
241 The Quiet One 1948 Sidney Meyers
242 One Way Passage 1932 Tay Garnett
243 One-Eyed Jacks 1961 Marlon Brando
244 Notorious 1946 Alfred Hitchcock
245 Mickey One 1965 Arthur Penn
246 Lolita 1962 Stanley Kubrick
247 Leave Her to Heaven 1945 John M. Stahl
248 The Last Picture Show 1971 Peter Bogdanovich
249 Kiss Me, Stupid 1964 Billy Wilder
250 The King of Marvin Gardens 1972 Bob Rafelson

251 I Walked with a Zombie 1943 Jacques Tourneur
252 Hands Up! 1926 Clarence G. Badger
253 Hallelujah the Hills 1963 Adolfas Mekas
254 The Gunfighter 1950 Henry King
255 Gun Crazy 1950 Joseph H. Lewis
256 Fat City 1972 John Huston
257 A Face in the Crowd 1957 Elia Kazan
258 Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde 1931 Rouben Mamoulian
259 A Corner in Wheat 1909 D.W. Griffith
260 The Art of Vision 1965 Stan Brakhage
261 Anticipation of the Night 1958 Stan Brakhage
262 The Woman in the Window 1944 Fritz Lang
263 Wild Boys of the Road 1933 William A. Wellman
264 Twice a Man 1964 Gregory J. Markopoulos
265 The Trouble with Harry 1955 Alfred Hitchcock
266 They Were Expendable 1945 John Ford, Robert Montgomery
267 Suddenly, Last Summer 1959 Joseph L. Mankiewicz
268 Splendor in the Grass 1961 Elia Kazan
269 The Set-Up 1949 Robert Wise
270 Run of the Arrow 1957 Samuel Fuller
271 Ruggles of Red Gap 1935 Leo McCarey
272 Robin Hood 1922 Allan Dwan
273 The Rise and Fall of Legs Diamond 1960 Budd Boetticher
274 Reminiscences of a Journey to Lithuania 1972 Jonas Mekas
275 Queen Kelly 1929 Erich von Stroheim, Richard Boleslawski
276 Queen Christina 1933 Rouben Mamoulian
277 Primary 1960 Robert Drew
278 The Power and the Glory 1933 William K. Howard
279 On the Town 1949 Gene Kelly, Stanley Donen
280 Moonrise 1948 Frank Borzage
281 Miss Lulu Bett 1921 William C. de Mille
282 The Merry Widow 1925 Erich von Stroheim
283 Mean Streets 1973 Martin Scorsese
284 Lost Horizon 1937 Frank Capra
285 The Little Foxes 1941 William Wyler
286 Lilith 1964 Robert Rossen
287 The Last Detail 1973 Hal Ashby
288 The Killing 1956 Stanley Kubrick
289 Johnny Got His Gun 1971 Dalton Trumbo
290 Jeremiah Johnson 1972 Sydney Pollack
291 Imitation of Life 1959 Douglas Sirk
292 Giant 1956 George Stevens
293 The Ghost and Mrs. Muir 1947 Joseph L. Mankiewicz
294 Gentleman Jim 1942 Raoul Walsh
295 Funny Face 1957 Stanley Donen
296 Flesh and the Devil 1926 Clarence Brown
297 Flaming Creatures 1963 Jack Smith
298 Easy Street 1917 Charles Chaplin
299 Crime Without Passion 1934 Lee Garmes, Ben Hecht, Charles MacArthur
300 Mr. Arkadin 1955 Orson Welles

301 The Brig 1964 Jonas Mekas
302 Big Business 1929 Leo McCarey, James W. Horne
303 All That Money Can Buy 1941 William Dieterle
304 Alice’s Restaurant 1969 Arthur Penn
305 Ace in the Hole 1951 Billy Wilder
306 Zorns Lemma 1970 Hollis Frampton
307 Zoo in Budapest 1933 Rowland V. Lee
308 The Unknown 1927 Tod Browning
309 Two-Lane Blacktop 1971 Monte Hellman
310 Trash 1970 Paul Morrissey
311 Thieves Like Us 1974 Robert Altman
312 The Strong Man 1926 Frank Capra
313 A Streetcar Named Desire 1951 Elia Kazan
314 Street Angel 1928 Frank Borzage
315 Stella Dallas 1925 Henry King
316 Steamboat Bill, Jr. 1928 Charles Reisner, Buster Keaton
317 Smouldering Fires 1925 Clarence Brown
318 The Shop Around the Corner 1940 Ernst Lubitsch
319 Scenes from Under Childhood Section #1 1967 Stan Brakhage
320 Scenes from Under Childhood Section #2 1969 Stan Brakhage
321 Scenes from Under Childhood Section #3 1969 Stan Brakhage
322 Scenes from Under Childhood Section #4 1970 Stan Brakhage
323 Scarlet Street 1945 Fritz Lang
324 Rose Hobart 1936 Joseph Cornell
325 The River 1928 Frank Borzage
326 The Rain People 1969 Francis Ford Coppola
327 The Quiet Man 1952 John Ford
328 Puzzle of a Downfall Child 1970 Jerry Schatzberg
329 Pursued 1947 Raoul Walsh
330 Portrait of Jason 1967 Shirley Clarke
331 Point Blank 1967 John Boorman
332 Pinocchio 1940 Jack Kinney, Ben Sharpsteen, Hamilton Luske, Wilfred Jackson, T. Hee, Norman Ferguson, Bill Roberts
333 Peter Ibbetson 1935 Henry Hathaway
334 The Party 1968 Blake Edwards
335 The Old Dark House 1932 James Whale
336 Native Land 1942 Paul Strand, Leo Hurwitz
337 Murder by Contract 1958 Irving Lerner
338 The Mother and the Law 1919 D.W. Griffith
339 The Most Dangerous Game 1932 Irving Pichel, Ernest B. Schoedsack
340 The Miracle of Morgan’s Creek 1943 Preston Sturges
341 Midnight Cowboy 1969 John Schlesinger
342 Meet John Doe 1941 Frank Capra
343 Man, Woman and Sin 1927 Monta Bell
344 Love Affair 1939 Leo McCarey
345 Long Pants 1927 Frank Capra
346 The Lawless 1950 Joseph Losey
347 The Kremlin Letter 1970 John Huston
348 The Iron Horse 1924 John Ford
349 In the Year of the Pig 1968 Emile de Antonio
350 The Honeymoon Killers 1970 Donald Volkman, Leonard Kastle

351 Heaven and Earth Magic 1962 Harry Smith
352 The Great McGinty 1940 Preston Sturges
353 Story of G.I. Joe 1945 William A. Wellman
354 From Here to Eternity 1953 Fred Zinnemann
355 David Holzman’s Diary 1967 Jim McBride
356 The Chase 1966 Arthur Penn
357 Caught 1949 Max Ophüls
358 Barry Lyndon 1975 Stanley Kubrick
359 Avanti! 1972 Billy Wilder
360 The Arrangement 1969 Elia Kazan
361 Anatomy of a Murder 1959 Otto Preminger
362 An American in Paris 1951 Vincente Minnelli
363 Adam’s Rib 1949 George Cukor
364 Petulia 1968 Richard Lester
365 The Wrong Man 1956 Alfred Hitchcock
366 Wind Across the Everglades 1958 Budd Schulberg, Nicholas Ray
367 The War Lord 1965 Franklin J. Schaffner
368 Underworld U.S.A. 1961 Samuel Fuller
369 The Ten Commandments 1923 Cecil B. DeMille
370 The Sun Shines Bright 1953 John Ford
371 Song 1 1964 Stan Brakhage
372 The Scarlet Letter 1926 Victor Sjöström
373 Scarecrow 1973 Jerry Schatzberg
374 Rosemary’s Baby 1968 Roman Polanski
375 A Romance of Happy Valley 1919 D.W. Griffith
376 Point of Order! 1964 Emile de Antonio
377 Party Girl 1958 Nicholas Ray
378 Park Row 1952 Samuel Fuller
379 One More River 1934 James Whale
380 The Naked Spur 1953 Anthony Mann
381 The Naked Prey 1965 Cornel Wilde
382 The Naked City 1948 Jules Dassin
383 My Man Godfrey 1936 Gregory La Cava
384 The Musketeers of Pig Alley 1912 D.W. Griffith
385 The Mortal Storm 1940 Frank Borzage
386 Moana 1926 Frances H. Flaherty, Robert J. Flaherty
387 The Marrying Kind 1952 George Cukor
388 Man of the West 1958 Anthony Mann
389 The Love Parade 1929 Ernst Lubitsch
390 The Long Voyage Home 1940 John Ford
391 The Last of the Mohicans 1920 Clarence Brown, Maurice Tourneur
392 Lady Windermere’s Fan 1925 Ernst Lubitsch
393 Judgment at Nuremberg 1961 Stanley Kramer
394 The Italian 1915 Reginald Barker
395 Intruder in the Dust 1949 Clarence Brown
396 The Immigrant 1917 Charles Chaplin
397 I Married a Witch 1942 René Clair
398 Images 1972 Robert Altman
399 He Who Gets Slapped 1924 Victor Sjöström
400 The Haunting 1963 Robert Wise

401 Hatari! 1962 Howard Hawks
402 The Front Page 1931 Lewis Milestone
403 Forty Guns 1957 Samuel Fuller
404 Easter Parade 1948 Charles Walters
405 Diaries Notes and Sketches 1969 Jonas Mekas
406 Design for Living 1933 Ernst Lubitsch
407 The Cool World 1963 Shirley Clarke
408 The Connection 1961 Shirley Clarke
409 Civilization 1915 Thomas H. Ince, Jay Hunt, J. Parker Read Jr., Raymond B. West, Reginald Barker, David Hartford, Walter Edwards
410 City Streets 1931 Rouben Mamoulian
411 The Circus 1928 Charles Chaplin
412 Chinatown 1974 Roman Polanski
413 Campanadas a medianoche 1965 Orson Welles
414 Castro Street 1966 Bruce Baillie
415 Carnal Knowledge 1971 Mike Nichols
416 Boomerang! 1947 Elia Kazan
417 Blood Money 1933 Rowland Brown
418 Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ 1925 Charles Brabin, Christy Cabanne, Rex Ingram, Fred Niblo, J.J. Cohn
419 The Beguiled 1971 Don Siegel
420 Beat the Devil 1953 John Huston
421 San Pietro 1945 John Huston
422 The Ballad of Cable Hogue 1970 Sam Peckinpah
423 An Affair to Remember 1957 Leo McCarey
424 Zabriskie Point 1970 Michelangelo Antonioni
425 Yankee Doodle Dandy 1942 Michael Curtiz
426 Woodstock 1970 Michael Wadleigh
427 The Woman on the Beach 1947 Jean Renoir
428 White Shadows in the South Seas 1928 W.S. Van Dyke, Robert J. Flaherty
429 The White Rose 1923 D.W. Griffith
430 White Gold 1927 William K. Howard
431 Viva Zapata! 1952 Elia Kazan
432 Vanishing Point 1971 Richard C. Sarafian
433 Two for the Road 1967 Stanley Donen
434 Twelve O’Clock High 1949 Henry King
435 Trader Horn 1931 W.S. Van Dyke
436 They Won’t Forget 1937 Mervyn LeRoy
437 Strangers When We Meet 1960 Richard Quine
438 Show Boat 1936 James Whale
439 Shoulder Arms 1918 Charles Chaplin
440 She Done Him Wrong 1933 Lowell Sherman
441 Scaramouche 1952 George Sidney
442 The Savage Eye 1960 Joseph Strick, Sidney Meyers, Ben Maddow
443 Ruthless 1948 Edgar G. Ulmer
444 Ride the Pink Horse 1947 Robert Montgomery
445 Ride Lonesome 1959 Budd Boetticher
446 La région centrale 1971 Michael Snow
447 Rachel, Rachel 1968 Paul Newman
448 Quick Millions 1931 Rowland Brown
449 The Prowler 1951 Joseph Losey
450 The Professionals 1966 Richard Brooks

451 Pretty Poison 1968 Noel Black
452 The Pawnbroker 1964 Sidney Lumet
453 The Patsy 1964 Jerry Lewis
454 The Painted Lady 1912 D.W. Griffith
455 Nothing But a Man 1964 Michael Roemer
456 The Naked Kiss 1964 Samuel Fuller
457 A Movie 1958 Bruce Conner
458 Mother’s Day 1948 James Broughton
459 The Molly Maguires 1970 Martin Ritt
460 The Miracle Worker 1962 Arthur Penn
461 Ministry of Fear 1944 Fritz Lang
462 Midnight 1939 Mitchell Leisen
463 Marty 1955 Delbert Mann
464 Man Hunt 1941 Fritz Lang
465 Life of an American Fireman 1903 Edwin S. Porter, George S. Fleming
466 Laughter 1930 Harry d’Abbadie d’Arrast
467 Land of the Pharaohs 1955 Howard Hawks
468 King-Size Canary 1947 Tex Avery
469 The Kid Brother 1927 Lewis Milestone, Harold Lloyd, J.A. Howe, Ted Wilde
470 It 1927 Clarence G. Badger, Josef von Sternberg
471 High Sierra 1941 Raoul Walsh
472 High School 1969 Frederick Wiseman
473 Heller in Pink Tights 1960 George Cukor
474 The Gypsy Moths 1969 John Frankenheimer
475 Grass: A Nation’s Battle for Life 1925 Ernest B. Schoedsack, Merian C. Cooper
476 The Godless Girl 1929 Cecil B. DeMille
477 The Girl Can’t Help It 1956 Frank Tashlin
478 For Heaven’s Sake 1926 Sam Taylor
479 Footlight Parade 1933 Lloyd Bacon
480 The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T. 1953 Roy Rowland
481 Dirty Harry 1971 Don Siegel
482 Deliverance 1972 John Boorman
483 The Day the Earth Stood Still 1951 Robert Wise
484 Days of Wine and Roses 1962 Blake Edwards
485 Night of the Demon 1957 Jacques Tourneur
486 A Clockwork Orange 1971 Stanley Kubrick
487 The City 1939 Ralph Steiner, Willard Van Dyke
488 California Split 1974 Robert Altman
489 Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia 1974 Sam Peckinpah
490 Bitter Victory 1957 Nicholas Ray
491 The Big Sky 1952 Howard Hawks
492 The Big Combo 1955 Joseph H. Lewis
493 American Madness 1932 Allan Dwan, Roy William Neill, Frank Capra
494 All the President’s Men 1976 Alan J. Pakula
495 All That Heaven Allows 1955 Douglas Sirk
496 Advise & Consent 1962 Otto Preminger


BBC’s 100 Greatest American Films

In July 2015 BBC Culture polled 62 film critics from around the world to determine the 100 greatest American movies ever made. There are some surprising results with Gone With the Wind which placed 6th on AFI’s 2007 list only 97th on the BBC poll. This maybe that AFI list comes from the choices of the US industry rather than foreign critics.

For the purposes of the poll, an American film is defined as any movie that received funding from a US source. The directors of these films did not have to be born in the United States nor did the films have to be shot in the US. Each critic who participated submitted a list of 10 films, with their pick for the greatest film receiving 10 points and their number 10 pick receiving one point. The points were added up to produce the final list. 

The 100 greatest American films

100. Ace in the Hole (Billy Wilder, 1951)
99. 12 Years a Slave (Steve McQueen, 2013)
98. Heaven’s Gate (Michael Cimino, 1980)
97. Gone With the Wind (Victor Fleming, 1939)
96. The Dark Knight (Christopher Nolan, 2008)
95. Duck Soup (Leo McCarey, 1933)
94. 25th Hour (Spike Lee, 2002)
93. Mean Streets (Martin Scorsese, 1973)
92. The Night of the Hunter (Charles Laughton, 1955)
91. ET: The Extra-Terrestrial (Steven Spielberg, 1982)
90. Apocalypse Now (Francis Ford Coppola, 1979)
89. In a Lonely Place (Nicholas Ray, 1950)
88. West Side Story (Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins, 1961)
87. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (Michel Gondry, 2004)
86. The Lion King (Roger Allers and Rob Minkoff, 1994)
85. Night of the Living Dead (George A Romero, 1968)
84. Deliverance (John Boorman, 1972)
83. Bringing Up Baby (Howard Hawks, 1938)
82. Raiders of the Lost Ark (Steven Spielberg, 1981)
81. Thelma & Louise (Ridley Scott, 1991)
80. Meet Me in St Louis (Vincente Minnelli, 1944)
79. The Tree of Life (Terrence Malick, 2011)
78. Schindler’s List (Steven Spielberg, 1993)
77. Stagecoach (John Ford, 1939)
76. The Empire Strikes Back (Irvin Kershner, 1980)
75. Close Encounters of the Third Kind (Steven Spielberg, 1977)
74. Forrest Gump (Robert Zemeckis, 1994)
73. Network (Sidney Lumet, 1976)
72. The Shanghai Gesture (Josef von Sternberg, 1941)
71. Groundhog Day (Harold Ramis, 1993)
70. The Band Wagon (Vincente Minnelli, 1953)
69. Koyaanisqatsi (Godfrey Reggio, 1982)
68. Notorious (Alfred Hitchcock, 1946)
67. Modern Times (Charlie Chaplin, 1936)
66. Red River (Howard Hawks, 1948)
65. The Right Stuff (Philip Kaufman, 1983)
64. Johnny Guitar (Nicholas Ray, 1954)
63. Love Streams (John Cassavetes, 1984)
62. The Shining (Stanley Kubrick, 1980)
61. Eyes Wide Shut (Stanley Kubrick, 1999)
60. Blue Velvet (David Lynch, 1986)
59. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (Miloš Forman, 1975)
58. The Shop Around the Corner (Ernst Lubitsch, 1940)
57. Crimes and Misdemeanors (Woody Allen, 1989)
56. Back to the Future (Robert Zemeckis, 1985)
55. The Graduate (Mike Nichols, 1967)
54. Sunset Boulevard (Billy Wilder, 1950)
53. Grey Gardens (Albert and David Maysles, Ellen Hovde and Muffie Meyer, 1975)
52. The Wild Bunch (Sam Peckinpah, 1969)
51. Touch of Evil (Orson Welles, 1958)

50. His Girl Friday (Howard Hawks, 1940)
49. Days of Heaven (Terrence Malick, 1978)
48. A Place in the Sun (George Stevens, 1951)
47. Marnie (Alfred Hitchcock, 1964)
46. It’s a Wonderful Life (Frank Capra, 1946)
45. The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (John Ford, 1962)
44. Sherlock Jr (Buster Keaton, 1924)
43. Letter from an Unknown Woman (Max Ophüls, 1948)
42. Dr Strangelove (Stanley Kubrick, 1964)
41. Rio Bravo (Howard Hawks, 1959)
40. Meshes of the Afternoon (Maya Deren and Alexander Hammid, 1943)
39. The Birth of a Nation (DW Griffith, 1915)
38. Jaws (Steven Spielberg, 1975)
37. Imitation of Life (Douglas Sirk, 1959)
36. Star Wars (George Lucas, 1977)
35. Double Indemnity (Billy Wilder, 1944)
34. The Wizard of Oz (Victor Fleming, 1939)
33. The Conversation (Francis Ford Coppola, 1974)
32. The Lady Eve (Preston Sturges, 1941)
31. A Woman Under the Influence (John Cassavetes, 1974)
30. Some Like It Hot (Billy Wilder, 1959)
29. Raging Bull (Martin Scorsese, 1980)
28. Pulp Fiction (Quentin Tarantino, 1994)
27. Barry Lyndon (Stanley Kubrick, 1975)
26. Killer of Sheep (Charles Burnett, 1978)
25. Do the Right Thing (Spike Lee, 1989)
24. The Apartment (Billy Wilder, 1960)
23. Annie Hall (Woody Allen, 1977)
22. Greed (Erich von Stroheim, 1924)
21. Mulholland Drive (David Lynch, 2001)
20. Goodfellas (Martin Scorsese, 1990)
19. Taxi Driver (Martin Scorsese, 1976)
18. City Lights (Charlie Chaplin, 1931)
17. The Gold Rush (Charlie Chaplin, 1925)
16. McCabe & Mrs Miller (Robert Altman, 1971)
15. The Best Years of Our Lives (William Wyler, 1946)
14. Nashville (Robert Altman, 1975)
13. North by Northwest (Alfred Hitchcock, 1959)
12. Chinatown (Roman Polanski, 1974)
11. The Magnificent Ambersons (Orson Welles, 1942)
10. The Godfather Part II (Francis Ford Coppola, 1974)
9. Casablanca (Michael Curtiz, 1942)
8. Psycho (Alfred Hitchcock, 1960)
7. Singin’ in the Rain (Stanley Donen and Gene Kelly, 1952)
6. Sunrise (FW Murnau, 1927)
5. The Searchers (John Ford, 1956)
4. 2001: A Space Odyssey (Stanley Kubrick, 1968)
3. Vertigo (Alfred Hitchcock, 1958)
2. The Godfather (Francis Ford Coppola, 1972)
1. Citizen Kane (Orson Welles, 1941)

Filmsite’s 100 Greatest Films

 A list compiled by editor and film critic Tim Dirks of what he considers to be cinema’s 100 most critically acclaimed English language films. Dirks points out that such a list is extremely subjective although suggests that the films earn their places thanks to their repeated appearances on all-time greatest film lists. The films are listed in alphabetical order.

The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)
The African Queen (1951)
All About Eve (1950)
All Quiet On The Western Front (1930)
An American In Paris (1951)
Annie Hall (1977)
Apocalypse Now (1979)
Ben-Hur (1959)
The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)
The Big Sleep (1946)
The Birth Of A Nation (1915)
Blade Runner (1982)
Bonnie And Clyde (1967)
Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
The Bridge On The River Kwai (1957)
Bringing Up Baby (1938)
Casablanca (1942)
Chinatown (1974)
Citizen Kane (1941)
City Lights (1931)
The Crowd (1928)
Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)
Double Indemnity (1944)
Duck Soup (1933)
The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
E.T. – The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
Easy Rider (1969)
Fantasia (1940)
42nd Street (1933)
The General (1927)
The Godfather (1972)
The Godfather, Part II (1974)
The Gold Rush (1925)
Gone With The Wind (1939)
The Graduate (1967)
The Grapes of Wrath (1940)
Greed (1924)
High Noon (1952)
His Girl Friday (1940)
Intolerance (1916)
It Happened One Night (1934)
It’s A Wonderful Life (1946)
Jaws (1975)
King Kong (1933)
The Lady Eve (1941)
Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
Letter From an Unknown Woman (1948)
The Magnificent Ambersons (1942)
The Maltese Falcon (1941)

Meet Me In St. Louis (1944)
Midnight Cowboy (1969)
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
Modern Times (1936)
My Darling Clementine (1946)
Nashville (1975)
A Night At The Opera (1935)
The Night of the Hunter (1955)
Ninotchka (1939)
North By Northwest (1959)
Notorious (1946)
On The Waterfront (1954)
One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)
Out Of The Past (1947)
Paths of Glory (1957)
The Philadelphia Story (1940)
Psycho (1960)
Pulp Fiction (1994)
The Quiet Man (1952)
Raging Bull (1980)
Rear Window (1954)
Rebecca (1940)
Rebel Without a Cause (1955)
Red River (1948)
Roman Holiday (1953)
Schindler’s List (1993)
The Searchers (1956)
Shane (1953)
The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
Singin’ In The Rain (1952)
Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs (1937)
Some Like It Hot (1959)
Stagecoach (1939)
A Star Is Born (1954)
Star Wars (1977)
A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)
Sunrise (1927)
Sunset Boulevard (1950)
Taxi Driver (1976)
The Third Man (1949)
To Kill A Mockingbird (1962)
Top Hat (1935)
Touch Of Evil (1958)
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)
Trouble in Paradise (1932)
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
Vertigo (1958)
West Side Story (1961)
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)
The Wild Bunch (1969)
The Wizard of Oz (1939)
Wuthering Heights (1939)
Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)

100 Maverick Movies in the Last 100 Years

In 1999 American publication, Rolling Stone Magazine, in their end of the year Millennium issue, and film critic Peter Travers published a list of the 100 best maverick movies of the 20th century. Films made by those who “busted rules to follow their obsessions…in the defiant spirit of rock & roll.”

1. The Godfather Trilogy
The Godfather, Part I (1972), The Godfather, Part II (1974), and The Godfather, Part III (1990), Francis Ford Coppola
2. Vertigo (1958), Alfred Hitchcock
3. The Searchers (1956), John Ford
4. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), Stanley Kubrick
5. Citizen Kane (1941), Orson Welles
6. Raging Bull (1980), Martin Scorsese
7. Chinatown (1974), Roman Polanski
8. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948), John Huston
9. Blue Velvet (1986), David Lynch
10. Pulp Fiction (1994), Quentin Tarantino
11. King Kong (1933), Merian C. Cooper, Ernest B. Schoedsack
12. The Manchurian Candidate (1962), John Frankenheimer
13. Fargo (1996), Joel Coen
14. All About Eve (1950), Joseph L. Mankiewicz
15. Do The Right Thing (1989), Spike Lee
16. The Night of the Hunter (1955), Charles Laughton
17. Sherlock, Jr. (1924), Buster Keaton
18. Some Like It Hot (1959), Billy Wilder
19. Nashville (1975), Robert Altman
20. The Wizard of Oz (1939), Victor Fleming
21. Sweet Smell of Success (1957), Alexander Mackendrick
22. Brazil (1985), Terry Gilliam
23. Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956), Don Siegel
24. Badlands (1973), Terrence Malick
25. Don’t Look Now (1973), Nicolas Roeg
26. Gone With The Wind (1939), produced by David O. Selznick
27. Casablanca (1942), Michael Curtiz
28. It’s a Wonderful Life (1946), Frank Capra
29. Singin’ In The Rain (1952), Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen
30. On The Waterfront (1954), Elia Kazan
31. Jaws (1975), Steven Spielberg
32. One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest (1975), Milos Forman
33. Lawrence of Arabia (1962), David Lean
34. The Silence of the Lambs (1991), Jonathan Demme
35. The Empire Strikes Back (1980), Irvin Kershner
36. Ed Wood (1994), Tim Burton
37. Faces (1968), John Cassavetes
38. Annie Hall (1977), Woody Allen
39. Bonnie and Clyde (1967), Arthur Penn
40. Straw Dogs (1971), Sam Peckinpah
41. The Third Man (1949), Carol Reed
42. All The President’s Men (1976), Alan J. Pakula
43. Bride of Frankenstein (1935), James Whale
44. Rebel Without A Cause (1955), Nicholas Ray
45. Written on the Wind (1956), Douglas Sirk
46. Swing Time (1936), George Stevens
47. The Red Shoes (1948), Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger
48. Network (1976), Sidney Lumet
49. Sullivan’s Travels (1941), Preston Sturges
50. The Graduate (1967), Mike Nichols

51. M (1931), Fritz Lang
52. Zero For Conduct (1933), Jean Vigo
53. Rules of the Game (1939), Jean Renoir
54. Children of Paradise (1945), Marcel Carné
55. The Bicycle Thief (1948), Vittorio De Sica
56. The Earrings of Madame De… (1953), Max Ophuls
57. Tokyo Story (1953), Yasujiro Ozu
58. The Seven Samurai (1954), Akira Kurosawa
59. Pather Panchali (1955), Satyajit Ray
60. Breathless (1959), Jean-Luc Godard
61. The 400 Blows (1959), Francois Truffaut
62. La Dolce Vita (1960), Federico Fellini
63. Viridiana (1961), Luis Bunuel
64. Persona (1966), Ingmar Bergman
65. The Conformist (1971), Bernardo Bertolucci
66. Aguirre: The Wrath of God (1972), Werner Herzog
67. Seven Beauties (1976), Lina Wertmuller
68. Wings of Desire (1988), Wim Wenders
69. Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (1988), Pedro Almodovar
70. The Killer (1989), John Woo
71. City Lights (1931), Charles Chaplin
72. Cabaret (1972), Bob Fosse
73. Quiz Show (1994), Robert Redford
74. A Night at the Opera (1935), Sam Wood
75. The Producers (1967), Mel Brooks
76. Lost in America (1985), Albert Brooks
77. The Terminator (1984), James Cameron
78. White Heat (1949), Raoul Walsh
79. His Girl Friday (1940), Howard Hawks
80. Out of the Past (1947), Jacques Tourneur
81. The Piano (1993), Jane Campion
82. Blow-Up (1966), Michelangelo Antonioni
83. Blow Out (1981), Brian De Palma
84. The Philadelphia Story (1940), George Cukor
85. Bad Day at Black Rock (1955), John Sturges
86. Ninotchka (1939), Ernst Lubitsch
87. Diner (1982), Barry Levinson
88. To Sleep With Anger (1990), Charles Burnett
89. Unforgiven (1992), Clint Eastwood
90. Midnight Cowboy (1969), John Schlesinger
91. Lone Star (1996), John Sayles
92. The Naked Kiss (1964), Samuel Fuller
93. The Crying Game (1992), Neil Jordan
94. Broadcast News (1987), James L. Brooks
95. Dead Ringers (1988), David Cronenberg
96. My Little Chickadee (1940), Edward Cline
97. The Night of the Living Dead (1968), George Romero
98. Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975), Terry Jones
99. Intolerance (1916), D. W. Griffith
100. Freaks (1932), Tod Browning

Peter Travers is an American film critic and journalist, who has written for People and Rolling Stone. Travers also hosts a celebrity interview show called Popcorn for ABC News.

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100 Essential Films by The National Society of Film Critics

In 2002 The National Society of Film Critics brought out the book “The A List: The National Society of Film Critics’ 100 Essential Films”, edited by Jay Carr. It features 100 essays on the 100 Films. The essays look at the origins of the films, why the critics love them and their significance within the context of film history. The list is in alphabetical order. Buy – The A List: The National Society Of Film Critics’ 100 Essential Films (book/kindle)


2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
42nd Street (1933)
The 400 Blows (1959, Fr.) (aka Les Quatre Cents Coups)
All About Eve (1950)
Annie Hall (1977)
Ashes and Diamonds (1958, Poland)
L’Atalante (1934, Fr.)
The Bank Dick (1940)
The Battleship Potemkin (1925, Soviet Union)
The Birth Of A Nation (1915)
Blow-Up (1966, UK)
Bonnie And Clyde (1967)
Breathless (1960, Fr.) (aka À Bout de Souffle)
Bringing Up Baby (1938)
Casablanca (1942)
The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith (1978, Australia)
Children of Paradise (1945, Fr.) (aka Les Enfants du Paradis)
Chinatown (1974)
Citizen Kane (1941)
Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
Closely Watched Trains (1966, Czech) (aka Ostre Sledované Vlaky)
Close-up (1990, Iran) (aka Nema-ye Nazdik)
Dance, Girl, Dance (1940)
The Decalogue (1989, Polish)
Diary of a Country Priest (1951, Fr.)
Diner (1982)
Do the Right Thing (1989)
La Dolce Vita (1959, It.)
Double Indemnity (1944)
Duck Soup (1933)
Easy Rider (1969)
Enter the Dragon (1973)
The Entertainer (1960, UK)
The Exorcist (1973)
Faces (1968)
Fargo (1996)
Frankenstein (1931) and The Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
The General (1927)
The Godfather (1972) and The Godfather Part II (1974)
Gone With The Wind (1939)
The Gospel According to St. Matthew (1964, It./Fr.)
The Graduate (1967)
Greed (1924)
Happy Together (1997, HK/Jp./S.Kor.)
High Noon (1952)
The Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)
Jailhouse Rock (1957)
Ju Dou (1990, China/Jp.), Raise the Red Lantern (1991, China/HK), Red Sorghum (1987, China)
Killer of Sheep (1978)
L.A. Confidential (1997)
Landscape in the Mist (1988, Greece)
Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
M (1931, Germ.)
The Maltese Falcon (1941)
The Man With a Movie Camera (1929, Soviet Union)
The Marriage of Maria Braun (1979, W.Germ.)
Metropolis (1927)
Modern Times (1936)
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)

Nashville (1975)
The Night of the Hunter (1955)
Night of the Living Dead (1968)
Nosferatu (1922, Germ.)
Los Olvidados (1950, Mex.)
On The Waterfront (1954)
Rome: Open City (1945, It.) (aka Roma Città Aperta)
The Palm Beach Story (1942)
Pandora’s Box (1929, Germ.)
The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928, Fr.) (aka La passion de Jeanne d’Arc)
Pather Panchali (1955, India), Aparajito (1956, India), The World of Apu (1959, India)
The Piano (1993, NZ)
Psycho (1960)
The Public Enemy (1931)
Pulp Fiction (1994)
Raging Bull (1980)
Rashomon (1950, Jp.)
Rebel Without a Cause (1955)
The Rules of the Game (1939, Fr.) (aka La Règle du Jeu)
Schindler’s List (1993)
The Searchers (1956)
The Seven Samurai (1954, Jp.)
The Seventh Seal (1957, Swe.)
Singin’ In The Rain (1952)
Star Wars (1977)
La Strada (1954, It.) and The Nights of Cabiria (1957, It.)
Sunrise (1927)
Sunset Boulevard (1950)
The Thief of Bagdad (1924)
Tokyo Story (1953, Jp.)
Top Hat (1935)
Touch Of Evil (1958)
Trouble in Paradise (1932)
Ugetsu Monogatari (1953, Jp.)
Unforgiven (1992)
Les Vampires (1915, Fr.)
Vertigo (1958)
The Wild Bunch (1969)
Winchester ’73 (1950)
The Wizard of Oz (1939)
Written on the Wind (1956)

100 Great Movie Moments by Roger Ebert

For the centennial of cinema, Roger Ebert published a list of his 100 great moments from the movies on April 23rd, 1995. The list is in no particular order but if I had to choose Orson Welle’s memorable appearance in The Third Man wouldn’t be far from the top and it’s great to see Fassbinder’s brilliant Fear Eats The Soul get a mention. The descriptions come from Ebert’s website.

  • Clark Gable in “Gone With the Wind”: “Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn.”
  • Buster Keaton standing perfectly still while the wall of a house falls over upon him; he is saved by standing exactly in the location of an open window, in “Steamboat Bill, Jr.”
  • Charlie Chaplin being recognised by the blind girl in “City Lights.”
  • The computer Hal 9000 reading lips, in “2001: A Space Odyssey.”
  • The singing of “La Marseillaise” in “Casablanca.”
  • Snow White kissing Bashful & Dopey on the head in “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.”
  • John Wayne putting the reins in his mouth in “True Grit” and galloping across the mountain meadow, weapons in both hands.
  • Jimmy Stewart in “Vertigo,” approaching Kim Novak across the room, realizing she embodies all of his obsessions – better than he knows.
  • The early film experiment [by Eadweard Muybridge] proving that horses do sometimes have all four hoofs off the ground.
  • Gene Kelly singin’ in the rain in “Singin’ in the Rain.”
  • Samuel L. Jackson and John Travolta discuss what they call Quarter Pounders in France, in “Pulp Fiction.”
  • The Man in the Moon getting a cannon shell in his eye, in the Georges Melies film “A Voyage to the Moon.”
  • Pauline (Pearl White) in peril, tied to the railroad tracks, from the 1914 serial, “The Perils of Pauline.”
  • A boy running joyously to greet his returning father, in “Sounder.”
  • Harold Lloyd hanging from a clock face in “Safety Last.”
  • Orson Welles smiling enigmatically in the doorway in “The Third Man.”
  • An angel looking down sadly over Berlin, in Wim Wenders’ “Wings of Desire.”
  • The Zapruder film of the Kennedy assassination: Over and over again, a moment frozen in time.
  • A homesick North African (Moroccan) man named Ali, sadly telling a barmaid Barbara (posing in a doorway) that what he really wants is not sex but couscous, in Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s “Ali: Fear Eats the Soul.”
  • The Road Runner, suspended in air.
  • Zero Mostel throwing a cup of cold coffee at the hysterical Gene Wilder in Mel Brooks’ “The Producers,” and Wilder screaming: “I’m still hysterical! Plus, now I’m wet!”
  • An old man all alone in his home, faced with the death of his wife and the indifference of his children, in Yasujiro Ozu’s “Tokyo Story.”
  • “Smoking.” Robert Mitchum’s response, holding up his cigarette, when Kirk Douglas offers him a smoke in “Out of the Past.”
  • Marcello Mastroianni and Anita Ekberg wading in the fountain in “La Dolce Vita.”
  • The moment in Akira Kurosawa’s “High and Low” (aka Heaven and Hell, or Tengoku to jigoku) when millionaire Mr. Gondo discovers that it is not his son Jun who has been kidnapped, but his chauffeur Mr. Aiko’s son Shinichi – and then the eyes of the two fathers meet.
  • The distant sight of people appearing over the horizon at the end of “Schindler’s List.”
  • R2D2 and C3PO in “Star Wars.”
  • E.T. and friend riding their bicycle across the face of the moon, in “E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial.”
  • Marlon Brando’s screaming “Stella!” in “A Streetcar Named Desire.”
  • Hannibal Lecter smiling at Clarice in “The Silence of the Lambs.”
  • “Wait a minute! Wait a minute! You ain’t heard nothin’ yet!” The first words heard in the first talkie, “The Jazz Singer,” said by Al Jolson.
  • Jack Nicholson trying to order a chicken salad sandwich in “Five Easy Pieces.”
  • “Nobody’s perfect”: Joe E. Brown’s last line in “Some Like It Hot,” explaining why he plans to marry Jack Lemmon even though he is a man.
  • “Rosebud” in “Citizen Kane.”
  • The shooting party in Renoir’s “Rules of the Game.”
  • The haunted eyes of Antoine Doinel, Truffaut’s autobiographical hero, in the freeze frame that ends “The 400 Blows.”
  • Jean-Paul Belmondo flipping a cigarette into his mouth in Godard’s “Breathless.”
  • The casting (and installation) of the great bell in Andrei Tarkovsky’s “Andrei Rublev.”
  • “What have you done to its eyes?” Dialogue by Mia Farrow in “Rosemary’s Baby.”
  • Moses parting the Red Sea in “The Ten Commandments.”
  • An old man found dead in a child’s swing, his mission completed, at the end of Kurosawa’s “Ikiru.”
  • The haunted eyes of the actress Maria Falconetti in Dreyer’s “The Passion of Joan of Arc.”
  • The children watching the train pass by in Ray’s “Pather Panchali.”
  • The baby carriage bouncing down the steps in Eisenstein’s “Battleship Potemkin.”
  • “Are you lookin’ at me?” Robert De Niro in “Taxi Driver.”
  • “My father made them an offer they couldn’t refuse”: Al Pacino in “The Godfather.”
  • The mysterious body in the photographs in Antonioni’s “Blow-Up.”
  • “One word, Benjamin: plastics.” From “The Graduate.”
  • A man dying in the desert in von Stroheim’s “Greed.”
  • Eva Marie Saint clinging to Cary Grant’s hand on Mount Rushmore in “North by Northwest.”

  • Astaire and Rogers dancing. [“Swing Time”, or “Top Hat”]
  • “There ain’t no sanity clause!” Chico to Groucho in “A Night at the Opera.”
  • “They call me Mr. Tibbs.” Sidney Poitier in Norman Jewison’s “In the Heat of the Night.”
  • The sadness of the separated newly-wed lovers (including the vision of the distraught husband Jean imagining his wife Juliette in her bridal gown reflected in the water), in Jean Vigo’s “L’Atalante.
  • The vast expanse of desert, and then tiny figures appearing, in “Lawrence of Arabia.”
  • Jack Nicholson on the back of the motorcycle, wearing a football helmet, in “Easy Rider.”
  • The geometrical choreography of the Busby Berkeley girls. [“Golddiggers of 1933”, “Footlight Parade”]
  • The peacock spreading its tail feathers in the snow, in Fellini’s “Amarcord.”
  • Robert Mitchum in “The Night of the Hunter,” with “LOVE” tattooed on the knuckles of one hand, and “HATE” on the other.
  • Joan Baez singing “Joe Hill” in “Woodstock.”
  • Robert De Niro’s transformation from sleek boxer to paunchy nightclub owner in “Raging Bull.”
  • Bette Davis: “Fasten your seat belts; it’s gonna be a bumpy night!” in “All About Eve.”
  • “There’s a spider in your bathroom the size of a Buick!” Woody Allen in “Annie Hall.”
  • The chariot race in “Ben-Hur.”
  • Barbara Harris singing “It Don’t Worry Me” to calm a panicked crowd in Robert Altman’s “Nashville.”
  • The game of Russian roulette in “The Deer Hunter.”
  • Chase scenes:”The French Connection”
    “Raiders of the Lost Ark”
  • The shadow of the bottle hidden in the light fixture, in “The Lost Weekend.”
  • “I coulda been a contender.” Brando in “On the Waterfront.”
  • George C. Scott’s speech about the enemy in “Patton”: “We’re gonna go through him like crap through a goose.”
  • Rocky Balboa running up the steps and throwing his hands into the air, with all of Philadelphia at his feet, in “Rocky.”
  • Debra Winger saying goodbye to her children in “Terms of Endearment.”
  • The montage of the kissing scenes in “Cinema Paradiso.”
  • The dinner guests who find they somehow cannot leave, in Bunuel’s “The Exterminating Angel.”
  • A knight plays chess with Death, in Bergman’s “The Seventh Seal.”
  • The savage zeal of the Klansmen in Griffith’s “The Birth of a Nation.”
  • The problem of Hulot forgetting to close the seaside hotel’s front door, allowing a tornadic wind to create havoc with a series of small but amusing annoyances, in Jacques Tati’s “Mr. Hulot’s Holiday.”
  • “I am big! It’s the pictures that got small!” Gloria Swanson in “Sunset Boulevard.”
  • “Toto, I have a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore!” Judy Garland in “The Wizard of Oz.”
  • An overhead shot beginning with an entrance hall, and ending with a closeup of a key in Ingrid Bergman’s hand, in Hitchcock’s “Notorious.”
  • “Nicely packed that kid…There’s not much meat on ‘er, but what’s there is cherce.” Spencer Tracy about Katharine Hepburn in “Pat and Mike.”
  • The day’s outing of the mental patients in “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.”
  • “I always look well when I’m near death.” Greta Garbo to Parisian friend in “Camille.”
  • “It took more than one man to change my name to Shanghai Lily.” Marlene Dietrich in “Shanghai Express.”
  • “I’m walkin’ here!” Dustin Hoffman in “Midnight Cowboy.”
  • W. C. Fields flinching as a prop man hurls handfuls of fake snow into his face (after he utters the running gag line: “It ain’t a fit night out for man or beast!”) and opens the door, in “The Fatal Glass of Beer.”
  • “Any time you got nothin’ to do and lots of time to do it, come up.” Mae West in “My Little Chickadee.”
  • “Made it, Ma! Top of the world!” James Cagney in “White Heat.”
  • Richard Burton reacting when Elizabeth Taylor reveals their “secret” in “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”
  • Henry Fonda getting his hair cut in “My Darling Clementine.”
  • “Badges? We ain’t got no badges. We don’t need no badges. I don’t have to show you any stinkin’ badges!” Alfonso Bedoya to Humphrey Bogart in “The Treasure of the Sierra Madre.”
  • “There’s your dog. Your dog’s dead. But where’s the thing that made it move? It had to be something, didn’t it?” Line from Errol Morris’ “Gates of Heaven.”
  • “Don’t touch the suit!” Burt Lancaster in “Atlantic City.”
  • Gena Rowlands arrives at John Cassavetes’ house with a taxicab full of adopted animals, in “Love Streams.”
  • “I want to live again. I want to live again. I want to live again. Please God, let me live again.” Jimmy Stewart to the angel in “It’s a Wonderful Life.”
  • Burt Lancaster and Deborah Kerr embrace on the beach in “From Here to Eternity.”
  • Mookie throws the trash can through the window of Sal’s Pizzeria, in “Do the Right Thing.”
  • “I love the smell of napalm in the morning,” dialogue by Robert Duvall, in “Apocalypse Now.”
  • “Nature, Mr. Allnut, is what we are put in this world to rise above.” Katharine Hepburn to Humphrey Bogart in “The African Queen.”
  • “Mother of mercy. Is this the end of Rico?” Edward G. Robinson in “Little Caesar.”

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Life Itself: A Memoir (book, kindle, audiobook, audio CD)
Awake in the Dark: The Best of Roger Ebert: Second Edition (book)




Leonard Maltin’s 100 Must-See Films of the 20th Century

Published in the 2000 Edition of Maltin’s Movie and Video Guide, the list is in chronological order. The esteemed critic sticks to the classics and includes only includes two films from the 1980s and four from the 1990s. There one or two surprises such as The Freshman but overall it’s a strong list with plenty from world cinema as well the US. Buy – Leonard Maltin’s Movie and Video Guide 2000


The Birth of a Nation (1915, D.W. Griffith)
Intolerance (1916, D.W. Griffith)
Our Hospitality (1923, Buster Keaton)
Greed (1924, Erich von Stroheim)
The Gold Rush (1925, Charles Chaplin)
Battleship Potemkin (1925, Sergei Eisenstein)
The Big Parade (1925, King Vidor)
The Freshman (1925, Sam Taylor & Fred Newmeyer)
Metropolis (1926, Fritz Lang)
The General (1927, Buster Keaton)
Sunrise (1927, F.W. Murnau)
The Crowd (1928, King Vidor)
All Quiet on the Western Front (1930, Lewis Milestone)
City Lights (1931, Charles Chaplin)
M (1931, Fritz Lang)
Dracula (1931, Tod Browning)
Frankenstein (1931, James Whale)
Trouble in Paradise (1932, Ernst Lubitsch)
King Kong (1933, Merian C. Cooper & Ernest B. Schoedsack)
Duck Soup (1933, Leo McCarey)
Sons of the Desert (1933, William A. Seiter)
It Happened One Night (1934, Frank Capra)
It’s a Gift (1934, Norman Z. McLeod)
A Night at the Opera (1935, Sam Wood)
Bride of Frankenstein (1935, James Whale)
The 39 Steps (1935, Alfred Hitchcock)
Swing Time (1936, George Stevens)
Modern Times (1936, Charles Chaplin)
Dodsworth (1936, William Wyler)
Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936, Frank Capra)
Grand Illusion (1937, Jean Renoir)
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937, Ben Sharpsteen)
The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938, Michael Curtiz)
The Lady Vanishes (1938, Alfred Hitchcock)
Stagecoach (1939, John Ford)
Gone With the Wind (1939, Victor Fleming)
The Wizard of Oz (1939, Victor Fleming)
His Girl Friday (1940, Howard Hawks)
The Grapes of Wrath (1940, John Ford)
Fantasia (1940, Ben Sharpsteen–production supervisor)
Sullivan’s Travels (1941, Preston Sturges)
Citizen Kane (1941, Orson Welles)
The Maltese Falcon (1941, John Huston)
The Lady Eve (1941, Preston Sturges)
Casablanca (1942, Michael Curtiz)
The Ox-Bow Incident (1943, William A. Wellman)
The Miracle of Morgan’s Creek (1944, Preston Sturges)
Double Indemnity (1944, Billy Wilder)
My Darling Clementine (1946, John Ford)
It’s a Wonderful Life (1946, Frank Capra)
The Best Years of Our Lives (1946, William Wyler)
Great Expectations (1946, David Lean)
The Bicycle Thief (1948, Vittorio De Sica)
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948, John Huston)
Gun Crazy (1949, Joseph H. Lewis)
All About Eve (1950, Joseph L. Mankiewicz)
Sunset Boulevard (1950, Billy Wilder)
Rashomon (1950, Akira Kurosawa)

Strangers on a Train (1951, Alfred Hitchcock)
Singin’ in the Rain (1952, Stanley Donen & Gene Kelly)
High Noon (1952, Fred Zinnemann)
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954, Stanley Donen)
On the Waterfront (1954, Elia Kazan)
The Seven Samurai (1954, Akira Kurosawa)
The Searchers (1956, John Ford)
Paths of Glory (1957, Stanley Kubrick)
The Seventh Seal (1957, Ingmar Bergman)
Vertigo (1958, Alfred Hitchcock)
North By Northwest (1959, Alfred Hitchcock)
The 400 Blows (1959, Francois Truffaut)
Some Like It Hot (1959, Billy Wilder)
Psycho (1960, Alfred Hitchcock)
La Dolce Vita (1960, Federico Fellini)
Lawrence of Arabia (1962, David Lean)
8 1/2 (1963, Federico Fellini)
Dr. Strangelove (1964, Stanley Kubrick)
Mary Poppins (1964, Robert Stevenson)
Blow Up (1966, Michelangelo Antonioni)
The Graduate (1967, Mike Nichols)
Bonnie and Clyde (1967, Arthur Penn)
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968, Stanley Kubrick)
The Wild Bunch (1969, Sam Peckinpah)
Midnight Cowboy (1969, John Schlesinger)
The Godfather (1972, Francis Ford Coppola)
Mean Streets (1973, Martin Scorsese)
The Godfather Part II (1974, Francis Ford Coppola)
The Conversation (1974, Francis Ford Coppola)
Blazing Saddles (1974, Mel Brooks)
Jaws (1975, Steven Spielberg)
Nashville (1975, Robert Altman)
Annie Hall (1977, Woody Allen)
Star Wars (1977, George Lucas)
The Deer Hunter (1978, Michael Cimino)
Apocalypse Now (1979, Francis Ford Coppola)
Raging Bull (1980, Martin Scorsese)
E.T. – The Extraterrestrial (1982, Steven Spielberg)
GoodFellas (1990, Martin Scorsese)
Schindler’s List (1993, Steven Spielberg)
Pulp Fiction (1994, Quentin Tarantino)
Fargo (1996, Joel Coen)

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