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1.
Napoleon (1927)
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A film about the French Field Marshal's youth and early military career. (240 mins.)
Director: Abel Gance
 
2.
Kino-pravda no. 1 (1922 Short Film)
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A series of newsreel films from Dziga Vertov, Elizaveta Svilova, and Mikhail Kaufman which document Russian Life in the early 1920s. (10 mins.)
Director: Dziga Vertov
 
3.
The Big Parade (1925)
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A young American soldier witnesses the horrors of the Great War. (151 mins.)
Director: King Vidor
 
4.
Greed (1924)
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The sudden fortune won from a lottery fans such destructive greed that it ruins the lives of the three people involved. (140 mins.)
 
5.
The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928)
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In 1431, Jeanne d'Arc is placed on trial on charges of heresy. The ecclesiastical jurists attempt to force Jeanne to recant her claims of holy visions. (110 mins.)
Director: Carl Th. Dreyer
 
6.
People on Sunday (1930)
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Edwin, a taxi driver, lives with Annie, a neurasthenic model. They plan to spend Sunday at the Nikolassee beach with Wolfgang... (73 mins.)
 
7.
L'Atalante (1934)
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Newly married couple Juliette and a ship captain Jean struggle through marriage as they travel on the L'atalante along with the captain's first mate Le père Jules and a cabin boy. (89 mins.)
Director: Jean Vigo
 
8.
Ossessione (1943)
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Gino, a drifter, begins an affair with inn-owner Giovanna as they plan to get rid of her older husband. (140 mins.)
 
9.
Seven Samurai (1954)
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A poor village under attack by bandits recruits seven unemployed samurai to help them defend themselves. (207 mins.)
Director: Akira Kurosawa
 
10.
Si j'avais quatre dromadaires (1966 Documentary)
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(49 mins.)
Director: Chris Marker
 
11.
2 or 3 Things I Know About Her (1967)
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A day in the life of a Parisian housewife/prostitute, interspersed with musings on the Vietnam War and other contemporary issues. (87 mins.)
Director: Jean-Luc Godard
 
12.
Death by Hanging (1968)
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A Korean man is sentenced to death by hanging, but he survives the execution. For the following two hours, his executioners try to work out how to handle the situation in this black farce. (117 mins.)
Director: Nagisa Ôshima
 
13.
The Blue Angel (1930)
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An elderly professor's ordered life spins dangerously out of control when he falls for a nightclub singer. (106 mins.)
 
14.
Pather Panchali (1955)
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Impoverished priest Harihar Ray, dreaming of a better life for himself and his family, leaves his rural Bengal village in search of work. (125 mins.)
Director: Satyajit Ray
 
15.
Aparajito (1956)
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Following his father's death, a boy leaves home to study in Calcutta, while his mother must face a life alone. (110 mins.)
Director: Satyajit Ray
 
16.
The World of Apu (1959)
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This final installment in Satyajit Ray's Apu Trilogy follows Apu's life as an orphaned adult aspiring to be a writer. (105 mins.)
Director: Satyajit Ray
 
17.
Persona (1966)
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A nurse is put in charge of a mute actress and finds that their personas are melding together. (85 mins.)
Director: Ingmar Bergman
 
18.
L'amour fou (1969)
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During the rehearsals for the production of the tragedy Andromaque, the leading actress and her director... (252 mins.)
Director: Jacques Rivette
 
19.
The Emperor's Naked Army Marches On (1987 Documentary)
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A documentary following Kenzo Okuzaki, a 62-year-old WW2 veteran notorious for his protests against Emperor Hirohito, as he tries to expose the needless executions of two Japanese soldiers during the war. (122 mins.)
Director: Kazuo Hara
 
20.
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
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Humanity finds a mysterious, obviously artificial object buried beneath the Lunar surface and, with the intelligent computer H.A.L. 9000, sets off on a quest. (149 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
 
21.
My Life to Live (1962)
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Twelve episodic tales in the life of a Parisian woman and her slow descent into prostitution. (80 mins.)
Director: Jean-Luc Godard
 
22.
Hitler: A Film from Germany (1977)
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Director Hans-Jurgen Syberberg examines the rise and fall of the Third Reich in this brooding seven-hour masterpiece... (442 mins.)
 
23.
Stalker (1979)
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A guide leads two men through an area known as the Zone to find a room that grants wishes. (162 mins.)
 
24.
Pickpocket (1959)
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Michel is released from jail after serving a sentence for thievery. His mother dies and he resorts to pickpocketing as a means of survival. (76 mins.)
Director: Robert Bresson
 
25.
Godard's Passion (1982)
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On a movie set, in a factory, and at a hotel, Godard explores the nature of work, love and film making... (88 mins.)
Director: Jean-Luc Godard
 
26.
In a Year with 13 Moons (1978)
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This drama follows the last few days in the life of Elvira (formerly Erwin) Weisshaupt. Years before... (124 mins.)
 
27.
Tokyo Story (1953)
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An old couple visit their children and grandchildren in the city; but the children have little time for them. (136 mins.)
Director: Yasujirô Ozu
 
28.
The Rules of the Game (1939)
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A bourgeois life in France at the onset of World War II, as the rich and their poor servants meet up at a French chateau. (110 mins.)
Director: Jean Renoir
 
29.
Children of Paradise (1945)
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The theatrical life of a beautiful courtesan and the four men who love her. (189 mins.)
Director: Marcel Carné
 
30.
The Earrings of Madame de... (1953)
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The diamond earrings of a French aristocrat, a wedding gift from her husband, cause a series of conflicts as they change hands repeatedly. (105 mins.)
Director: Max Ophüls
 
31.
A Man Escaped (1956)
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A captured French Resistance fighter during WWII engineers a daunting escape from prison. (101 mins.)
Director: Robert Bresson
 
32.
Before the Revolution (1964)
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The study of a youth on the edge of adulthood and his aunt, ten years older. Fabrizio is passionate... (115 mins.)
 
33.
Contempt (1963)
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Screenwriter Paul Javal's marriage to his wife Camille disintegrates during movie production as she spends time with the producer. Layered conflicts between art and business ensue. (103 mins.)
Director: Jean-Luc Godard
 
34.
Europe '51 (1952)
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Irene Girard is an ambassador's wife and used to living in luxury. After the dramatic death of her son... (118 mins.)
 
35.
My Night at Maud's (1969)
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The rigid principles of a devout Catholic man are challenged during a one-night stay with Maud, a divorced woman with an outsize personality. (110 mins.)
Director: Éric Rohmer
 
36.
High and Low (1963)
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An executive of a shoe company becomes a victim of extortion when his chauffeur's son is kidnapped and held for ransom. (143 mins.)
Director: Akira Kurosawa
 
37.
Mélo (1986)
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In Paris in the 1920s, a concert violinist meets and falls in love with a stylish young flapper who's the wife of an old friend... (112 mins.)
Director: Alain Resnais
 
38.
Jeanne Dielman, 23 Commerce Quay, 1080 Brussels (1975)
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A lonely widowed housewife does her daily chores, takes care of her apartment where she lives with her teenage son, and turns the occasional trick to make ends meet. However, something happens that changes her safe routine. (201 mins.)
 
39.
Strike (1925)
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A group of oppressed factory workers go on strike in pre-revolutionary Russia. (82 mins.)
 
40.
Les vampires (1915)
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An intrepid reporter and his loyal friend battle a bizarre secret society of criminals known as The Vampires. (421 mins.)
Director: Louis Feuillade
 
41.
Storm Over Asia (1928)
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In 1918 a simple Mongolian herdsman escapes to the hills after brawling with a western capitalist fur trader who cheats him... (127 mins.)
 
42.
The Thief of Bagdad (1924)
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A recalcitrant thief vies with a duplicitous Mongol ruler for the hand of a beautiful princess. (155 mins.)
Director: Raoul Walsh
 
43.
Nanook of the North (1922 Documentary)
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In this silent predecessor to the modern documentary, film-maker Robert J. Flaherty spends one year following the lives of Nanook and his family, Inuits living in the Arctic Circle. (78 mins.)
 
44.
Berlin: Symphony of a Great City (1927 Documentary)
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This movie shows us one day in Berlin, the rhythm of that time, starting at the earliest morning and ends in the deepest night. (65 mins.)
 
45.
M (1931)
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When the police in a German city are unable to catch a child-murderer, other criminals join in the manhunt. (117 mins.)
Director: Fritz Lang
 
46.
Trouble in Paradise (1932)
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A gentleman thief and a lady pickpocket join forces to con a beautiful perfume company owner. Romantic entanglements and jealousies confuse the scheme. (83 mins.)
Director: Ernst Lubitsch
 
47.
Olympia Part One: Festival of the Nations (1938 Documentary)
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The document of the 1936 Olympics at Berlin. (121 mins.)
 
48.
Olympia Part Two: Festival of Beauty (1938 Documentary)
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The document of the 1936 Olympics at Berlin, orchestrated as Nazi propaganda. (96 mins.)
 
49.
The Silence (1963)
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Two estranged sisters, Ester and Anna, and Anna's 10-year-old son travel to the Central European country on the verge of war. Ester becomes seriously ill and the three of them move into a hotel in a small town called Timoka. (96 mins.)
Director: Ingmar Bergman
 
50.
A Movie (1958 Short Film)
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Clips of atomic explosions, pornography, and B-movies are spliced together to evoke certain emotions. (12 mins.)
Director: Bruce Conner
 
51.
Parsifal (1982)
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Richard Wagner's last opera has remained controversial since its first performance for its unique, and... (255 mins.)
 
52.
Marius (1931)
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Marius is faced with a choice whether to fulfill his passion by sailing the seas or stay and marry the woman he loves. (130 mins.)
Director: Alexandre Korda
 
53.
Fanny (1932)
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After Fanny's boyfriend leaves her and sails away, she finds out she's pregnant. (140 mins.)
Director: Marc Allégret
 
54.
César (1936)
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Honoré Panisse is dying, cheerfully, with friends, wife, and son at his side. He confesses to the priest... (168 mins.)
Director: Marcel Pagnol
 
55.
La Terra Trema (1948)
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In rural Sicily, the fishermen live at the mercy of the greedy wholesalers. One family risks everything to buy their own boat and operate independently. (160 mins.)
 
56.
Ostatni etap (1948)
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Female prisoners of various ethnic background struggle to survive the hardships of Auschwitz Concentration Camp. (105 mins.)
 
57.
Ordet (1955)
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Follows the lives of the Borgen family, as they deal with inner conflict, as well as religious conflict with each other, and the rest of the town. (126 mins.)
 
58.
Le sang des bêtes (1949 Documentary)
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An early example of ultra-realism, this movie contrasts the quiet, bucolic life in the outskirts of Paris with the harsh... (22 mins.)
Director: Georges Franju
 
59.
Scorpio Rising (1963 Short Film)
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An army of gay/nazi bikers make their engines roar and ride the way to pain/pleasure as sexual and sadistic... (28 mins.)
Director: Kenneth Anger
 
60.
Playtime (1967)
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Monsieur Hulot curiously wanders around a high-tech Paris, paralleling a trip with a group of American tourists. Meanwhile, a nightclub/restaurant prepares its opening night, but it's still under construction. (115 mins.)
Director: Jacques Tati
 
61.
Roma (1972)
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A fluid, unconnected and sometimes chaotic procession of scenes detailing the various people and events of life in Italy's capital. (120 mins.)
 
62.
The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant (1972)
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An arrogant fashion designer falls in love with an icy beauty who wants to be a model. (124 mins.)
 
63.
The American Soldier (1970)
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Ricky is a cold-blooded U.S. German contract killer. After serving in Viet Nam, he returns to his home... (80 mins.)
 
64.
The Insect Woman (1963)
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Life story of a woman born in poverty trying to succeed. Through her many schemes, she faces her ups and downs in a cyclical nature, fueled mostly by self-interest. (123 mins.)
Director: Shôhei Imamura
 
65.
Andrei Rublev (1966)
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The life, times and afflictions of the fifteenth-century Russian iconographer. (205 mins.)
 
66.
Journey to Italy (1954)
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An unhappily married couple attempts to find direction and insight while vacationing in Naples. (85 mins.)
 
67.
The Rise of Louis XIV (1966 TV Movie)
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1661: Cardinal Mazarin dies. In the power vacuum, the young Louis asserts his intention to govern as well as rule... (90 mins.)
 
68.
Late Spring (1949)
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Noriko is twenty-seven years old and still living with her widowed father. Everybody tries to talk her into marrying, but Noriko wants to stay at home caring for her father. (108 mins.)
Director: Yasujirô Ozu
 
69.
L'Avventura (1960)
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A woman disappears during a Mediterranean boating trip. During the search, her lover and her best friend become attracted to each other. (143 mins.)
 
70.
Padre Padrone (1977)
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The true story of the life of Gavino Ledda, the son of a Sardinian shepherd, and how he managed to escape his harsh... (114 mins.)
 
71.
My Friend Ivan Lapshin (1985)
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Russian provincial town in the middle of the 1930s Stalin's Great Purge. Ivan Lapshin, the head of the local police, does what he has to do. And he does it well. (100 mins.)
Director: Aleksey German
 
72.
The Travelling Players (1975)
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Greece 1939 - 1952 Fascist, Nazi, Communist conflict as seen through a family of travelling provincial players (230 mins.)
 
73.
The Illumination (1973)
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Tabloid life of a physicist; his work, his love life and his quest for the meaning beyond. (91 mins.)
 
74.
Berlin Alexanderplatz (1980 Mini-Series)
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In late-1920s Berlin, Franz Biberkopf is released from prison and vows to go straight; however he soon finds himself embroiled in the city's criminal underworld. (931 mins.)
 
75.
Heimat: A Chronicle of Germany (1984 Mini-Series)
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The series (11 episodes) tells the story of the village Schabbach, on the Hunsrueck in Germany through the years 1919-1982... (90 mins.)
 
76.
The Stone (1992)
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A caretaker encounters Anton Chekov and spends a lonely night and day in his company. (83 mins.)
 
77.
Damnation (1988)
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A lonely barfly falls in love with a married bar singer. (120 mins.)
Director: Béla Tarr
 
78.
Tretya meshchanskaya (1927)
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A married couple have a small apartment in Moscow. When an old friend of the husband's arrives in the city, he is unable to find lodgings. Kolia, the husband, invites his friend to move in with them. (95 mins.)
Director: Abram Room
 
79.
Applause (1929)
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A burlesque star seeks to keep her convent-raised daughter away from her low-down life and abusive lover/stage manager. (80 mins.)
 
80.
The Touch (1992)
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Henry Kesdi is a silenced classical composer and a survivor of the Holocaust. He is coaxed out from retirement by an inspired musicologist... (96 mins.)