Top 20 'Must Own' Films

My list of wants is comprised of 100s of films, but these are the absolute MUST HAVEs that haunt my dreams!! About half of these are incredibly hard to find. The other half not so much, but I just havent had the spare cash to pick them up.

Update: 03/12/11: I just received Thursday on DVD and it was only $10! So, for now there are only 19 films until I add another.
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1.
The American Astronaut (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Samuel Curtis, an interplanetary trader, sets forth through a rustic and remote solar system, unaware that his old friend Professor Hess is trying to kill him. (91 mins.)
Director: Cory McAbee
“ Absolutely absurd and amazing SF/musical/western. The bathroom dance scene is worth the price of admission alone! ” - Bridget
 
2.
Radio Free Albemuth (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
Berkeley record store clerk Nick Brady (Jonathan Scarfe) begins to experience strange visions from an... (111 mins.)
Director: John Alan Simon
“ Its rare that my favorite author's works get adapted well (going off what the critics/"Dickheads" have said about it). So far only 73 votes on here (and at only a 6.0), but its supposed to be a completely faithful rendering of the story. Its waiting for a distribution deal as we speak (12/2010). Got my fingers crossed ” - Bridget
 
3.
Ever Since the World Ended (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  
Twelve years ago, a plague swept through, wiping out most of the population; in San Francisco, only 186 people remain... (78 mins.)
“ Lots of criticism of this film from just about everywhere. I can see the flaws too, but the film is just so meaningful to me and pretty damn realistic. ” - Bridget
 
4.
The Fall of the House of Usher (1928)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Allan has a hard time finding the Usher's house, which is known to be cursed... But he is a personal friend of Roderick Usher... (63 mins.)
Director: Jean Epstein
“ Le Chute De La Mason Usher

Haunting, gothic wonderfulness. Ive never been able to nail down *exactly* what Luis Bunuel was responsible for on this film, but whatever it is, it shows. Exquisite! NOTE: The version pictured is the best and correct one. Don't make the same mistake I did and buy a different version on ebay. ” - Bridget
 
5.
Enduring Love (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Two strangers become dangerously close after witnessing a deadly accident. (100 mins.)
Director: Roger Michell
“ Wonderfully written, filmed, and acted full serving of psychosis. ” - Bridget
 
6.
A Quiet Place in the Country (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A popular painter, plagued by nightmares that he and his lover/sales agent are engaging in bizarre, ritualistic, sadistic sexual acts, seeks to escape the city and rent a house in the country. (106 mins.)
Director: Elio Petri
“ A Quiet Place In The Country

Another one I have yet to see, but every time I read the plot description, I get all tingly. Man slowly going insane...cant separate reality from fantasy...my favorite theme. Its also by Elio Petri whose 10th Victim was amazing so Im about 97% sure this will be a winner...now if I can only find it! ” - Bridget
 
7.
The Man Who Laughs (1928)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
When a proud noble refuses to kiss the hand of the despotic King James in 1690, he is cruelly executed and his son surgically disfigured. (110 mins.)
Director: Paul Leni
 
8.
Black Cat, White Cat (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Matko is a small time hustler, living by the river Danube with his 17 year old son Zare. After a failed... (127 mins.)
Director: Emir Kusturica
“ Crna Macka Beli Macor

Romany/Serbian weirdness at its best brought to you by Emir Kusturica. If you havent seen it, just watch it. Too many wonderfully bizarre scenes for someone *not* to like it. Too bad its only available on DeeViD outside the US. ” - Bridget
 
9.
Fay Grim (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A ten-years-later continuation of Hal Hartley's "Henry Fool", where Fay Grim (Posey) is coerced by a CIA agent (Goldblum) to try and locate notebooks that belonged to her fugitive ex-husband (Ryan). Published in them is information that could compromises the security of the U.S., causing Fay to first head to Paris to fetch them ... (118 mins.)
Director: Hal Hartley
“ Sequel to Henry Fool, and, believe it or not, almost better than its predecessor! Parker Posey really shines in this one as does every other member of the cast in true Hal Hartley style. ” - Bridget
 
10.
Right at Your Door (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
A dirty bomb goes off in Los Angeles, jamming freeways and spreading a toxic cloud. (96 mins.)
Director: Chris Gorak
“ How many films touted as "edge-of-your-seat thrillers" have actually lived up to that much over-used description? I was literally on the edge of my seat and gripping the sides of the bed from about 10 minutes in until well after the credits rolled ” - Bridget
 
11.
Bleeder (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Two stories for the price of one: Lenny works in a video shop and tries to get aquainted with the waitress Lea. Leo beats his pregnant wife, Louise, which is a VERY bad idea, as her brother, Louis, is a violent racist. (98 mins.)
“ Say what you want about Nicolas Winding Refn, but I think he is amazing. I have yet to see this film, but its the only Refn film left on the list to see and Ive only been disappointed once by him so far (Valhalla Rising) ” - Bridget
 
12.
Fear X (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
When his wife is killed in a seemingly random incident Harry (Turturro), prompted by mysterious visions, journeys to discover the true circumstances surrounding her murder. (91 mins.)
“ Oh, I can already hear the boos. Everyone I know *hated* this movie with a passion. And after knowing the director's "secret" I must admit I lost a little bit of respect for his "genius", BUT I still loved this film and would love to give it a home next to my Pusher saga. ” - Bridget
 
13.
The Man from Earth (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
An impromptu goodbye party for Professor John Oldman becomes a mysterious interrogation after the retiring scholar reveals to his colleagues he has a longer and stranger past than they can imagine. (87 mins.)
“ More like a play than a film, but intensely engrossing. I cant wait to own this little gem. ” - Bridget
 
14.
Seance on a Wet Afternoon (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A psychic convinces her weak-willed husband to kidnap the child of a wealthy couple, so she can use her abilities to locate the child and thus achieve fame. (121 mins.)
Director: Bryan Forbes
“ Pure horror goodness. Served up creepy and psychological just the way I like 'em. ” - Bridget
 
15.
Kamikaze Girls (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Momoko, a strange and seemingly emotionless girl obsessed with 18th century France, befriends a Yanki biker and the two experience the ups and downs of their unusual lives in a rural Japanese town. (102 mins.)
“ Shimotsuma monogatari

Stylish, over-the-top, poignant, and quirky. Loves it! ” - Bridget
 
16.
Go, Go, Second Time Virgin (1969)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
After being raped in an unknown rooftop, nineteen year-old girl Poppo meets a mysterious boy, and both share their sexual traumas and fears, with fatal consequences. (65 mins.)
Director: Kôji Wakamatsu
“ Yuke yuke nidome no shojo

60s shocking "new wave" horror/drama from Japan. ” - Bridget
 
17.
Woman in the Dunes (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
An entomologist on vacation is trapped by local villagers into living with a woman whose life task is shoveling sand for them. (123 mins.)
“ Suna No Onna

This is one film that will never leave my memory. The imagery alone is fascinating and surreal. ” - Bridget
 
18.
The Darien Gap (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A young man hitchhikes through Central America until he is faced with crossing an 80-mile gigantic swamp called the Darien Gap. This comedy adventure from Brad Anderson was a Grand Jury Prize nominee at Sundance. (92 mins.)
Director: Brad Anderson
“ Being that Brad is my favorite director, I would really like to see (and own) everything he has done, including this one. ” - Bridget
 
19.
The Conversation (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A paranoid, secretive surveillance expert has a crisis of conscience when he suspects that a couple he is spying on will be murdered. (113 mins.)