Taschen's 100 All-Time Favorite Movies

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1.
A Trip to the Moon (1902 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A group of astronomers go on an expedition to the Moon. (13 mins.)
 
2.
The Assassination of the Duke de Guise (1908 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
Francia, alla fine del Cinquecento. Enrico III ha deciso di eliminare il suo rivale, il duca di Guisa... (15 mins.)
 
3.
Cabiria (1914)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Three centuries before Christus. Young Cabiria is kidnapped by some pirates during one eruption of the Etna... (148 mins.)
 
4.
Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages (1916)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
The story of a poor young woman, separated by prejudice from her husband and baby, is interwoven with tales of intolerance from throughout history. (163 mins.)
Director: D.W. Griffith
 
5.
The Kid (1921)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
The Tramp cares for an abandoned child, but events put that relationship in jeopardy. (68 mins.)
Director: Charlie Chaplin
 
6.
The Gold Rush (1925)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A prospector goes to the Klondike in search of gold and finds it and more. (95 mins.)
Director: Charles Chaplin
 
7.
The General (1926)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
When Union spies steal an engineer's beloved locomotive, he pursues it single-handedly and straight through enemy lines. (67 mins.)
 
8.
Metropolis (1927)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
In a futuristic city sharply divided between the working class and the city planners, the son of the city's mastermind falls in love with a working class prophet who predicts the coming of a savior to mediate their differences. (153 mins.)
Director: Fritz Lang
 
9.
Show People (1928)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A young lady from Georgia goes to Hollywood in the hopes of becoming an actress. (83 mins.)
Director: King Vidor
 
10.
Nosferatu (1922)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Vampire Count Orlok expresses interest in a new residence and real estate agent Hutter's wife. (94 mins.)
Director: F.W. Murnau
 
11.
Robin Hood (1922)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A nobleman becomes the vigilante Robin Hood who protects the oppressed English people from the tyrannical Prince John. (143 mins.)
Director: Allan Dwan
 
12.
Quo Vadis? (1913)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
(120 mins.)
Director: Enrico Guazzoni
 
13.
The Birth of a Nation (1915)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
The American Civil War divides friends and destroys families, but that's nothing compared to the anarchy in the black-ruled South after the war. (165 mins.)
Director: D.W. Griffith
 
14.
Battleship Potemkin (1925)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A dramatized account of a great Russian naval mutiny and a resulting street demonstration which brought on a police massacre. (75 mins.)
Director: S.M. Eisenstein
 
15.
The Arrival of a Train (1896 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A group of people are standing in a straight line along the platform of a railway station, waiting for a train... (1 mins.)
 
16.
Safety Last! (1923)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
When a store clerk organizes a publicity stunt, in which a friend climbs the outside of a tall building, circumstances force him to make the perilous climb himself. (70 mins.)
 
17.
Flesh and the Devil (1926)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Childhood friends are torn apart when one of them marries the woman the other once fiercely loved. (112 mins.)
Director: Clarence Brown
 
18.
Wings (1927)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Two young men, one rich, one middle class, who are in love with the same woman, become fighter pilots in World War I. (144 mins.)
 
19.
The Iron Horse (1924)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
After witnessing the murder of his father by a renegade as a boy, the grown-up Brandon helps to realize his father's dream of a transcontinental railway. (150 mins.)
 
20.
Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (1925)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A Jewish prince seeks to find his family and revenge himself upon his childhood friend who had him wrongly imprisoned. (143 mins.)
Director: Fred Niblo
 
21.
Foolish Wives (1922)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A con artist masquerades a Russian nobility and attempts to seduce the wife of an American diplomat. (117 mins.)
 
22.
The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (1921)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
An extended family split up in France and Germany find themselves on opposing sides of the battlefield during World War I. (150 mins.)
Director: Rex Ingram
 
23.
All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A young soldier faces profound disillusionment in the soul-destroying horror of World War I. (136 mins.)
Director: Lewis Milestone
 
24.
The Outlaw and His Wife (1918)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A stranger comes to work at widow Halla's farm. Halla and the stranger fall in love, but when he is revealed as Eyvind... (136 mins.)
 
25.
Erotikon (1920)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
EROTIKON surely pushed the boundaries of what was acceptable on the screen in 1920: Irene, the bored wife of a distracted entomologist... (106 mins.)
Director: Mauritz Stiller
 
26.
The Saga of Gösta Berling (1924)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Gösta Berling is a young and attractive minister. Because he is an alcoholic and his preaches are far too daring... (183 mins.)
Director: Mauritz Stiller
 
27.
Madame DuBarry (1919)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
The story of Madame DuBarry, the mistress of Louis XV of France, and her loves in the time of the French revolution. (85 mins.)
Director: Ernst Lubitsch
 
28.
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Hypnotist Dr. Caligari uses a somnambulist, Cesare, to commit murders. (78 mins.)
Director: Robert Wiene
 
29.
The Last Laugh (1924)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
An aging doorman, after being fired from his prestigious job at a luxurious Hotel is forced to face the scorn of his friends, neighbours and society. (77 mins.)
Director: F.W. Murnau
 
30.
Faust (1926)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
The demon Mephisto wagers with God that he can corrupt a mortal man's soul. (85 mins.)
Director: F.W. Murnau
 
31.
Sunrise (1927)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
A married farmer falls under the spell of a slatternly woman from the city, who tries to convince him to drown his wife. (94 mins.)
Director: F.W. Murnau
 
32.
The Joyless Street (1925)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Vienna in the biggest depression, directly after WW1. In a slum, Lila Leid, the wife of lawyer Leid is murdered... (125 mins.)
Director: G.W. Pabst
 
33.
Secrets of a Soul (1926)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A scientist is tormented by an irrational fear of knives and the irresistible compulsion to murder his wife. (97 mins.)
 
34.
Westfront 1918 (1930)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A group of German infantrymen of the First World War live out their lives in the trenches of France... (97 mins.)
Director: G.W. Pabst
 
35.
The 3 Penny Opera (1931)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
In London at the turn of the century, the bandit Mack the Knife marries Polly without the knowledge of her father, Peachum, the 'king of the beggars'. (112 mins.)
Director: G.W. Pabst
 
36.
Pandora's Box (1929)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
The rise and inevitable fall of an amoral but naive young woman whose insouciant eroticism inspires lust and violence in those around her. (109 mins.)
 
37.
People on Sunday (1930)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Edwin, a taxi driver, lives with Annie, a neurasthenic model. They plan to spend Sunday at the Nikolassee beach with Wolfgang... (74 mins.)
 
38.
Fantômas: In the Shadow of the Guillotine (1913)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Inspector Juve is tasked to investigate and capture an infamous criminal Fantomas. (54 mins.)
Director: Louis Feuillade
 
39.
Les vampires (1915)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
An intrepid reporter and his loyal friend battle a bizarre secret society of criminals known as The Vampires. (399 mins.)
Director: Louis Feuillade
 
40.
Judex (1916)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
A twelve part serial following the adventures of the masked vigilante Judex as he fights against criminals led by the corrupt banker Favrauxom. (300 mins.)
Director: Louis Feuillade
 
41.
The Wheel (1923)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Sisif, a railwayman, and his son Elie fall in love with the beautiful Norma (whom Sisif rescued from... (273 mins.)
Director: Abel Gance
 
42.
Napoleon (1927)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A film about the French Field Marshal's youth and early military career. (240 mins.)
Director: Abel Gance
 
43.
Un Chien Andalou (1929 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Luis Buñuel and Salvador Dalí present seventeen minutes of bizarre, surreal imagery. (16 mins.)
Director: Louis Bunuel
 
44.
L'Age d'Or (1930)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A surrealist tale of a man and a woman passionately in love with one another, but their attempts to consummate that passion are constantly thwarted by their families, the Church, and bourgeois society. (60 mins.)
Director: Luis Buñuel
 
45.
The Blood of a Poet (1932)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A young artist draws a face at a canvas on his easel. Suddenly the mouth on the drawing comes into life and starts talking... (55 mins.)
Director: Jean Cocteau
 
46.
Entr'acte (1924 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
An absolute dada movie. Somebody gets killed, his coffin gets out of control and after a chase it stops. The person gets out of it and let everybody who followed the coffin dissapear. (22 mins.)
Director: René Clair
 
47.
The Horse Ate the Hat (1928)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
On his way through the woods to his marriage, Fadinard's horse eats the hat of a married lady spending here a few moments with her lover... (60 mins.)
Director: René Clair
 
48.
The End of St. Petersburg (1927)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A peasant comes to St. Petersburg to find work. He unwittingly helps in the arrest of an old village friend who is now a labor leader... (85 mins.)
 
49.
The Jazz Singer (1927)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
The son of a Jewish Cantor must defy the traditions of his religious father in order to pursue his dream of becoming a jazz singer. (88 mins.)
Director: Alan Crosland
 
50.
Tabu: A Story of the South Seas (1931)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
On the South Pacific island of Bora Bora, a young couple's love is threatened when the tribal chief declares the girl a sacred virgin. (86 mins.)
Director: F.W. Murnau
 
51.
The Rose of Kentucky (1911 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A farmer takes in a young orphan after her mother's death and sends her off to school. After she's grown... (17 mins.)
Director: D.W. Griffith
 
52.
Broken Blossoms or The Yellow Man and the Girl (1919)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A frail waif, abused by her brutal boxer father in London's seedy Limehouse District, is befriended by a sensitive Chinese immigrant with tragic consequences. (90 mins.)
Director: D.W. Griffith
 
53.
Way Down East (1920)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A naive country girl is tricked into a sham marriage by a wealthy womanizer, then must rebuild her life despite the taint of having borne a child out of wedlock. (145 mins.)
Director: D.W. Griffith
 
54.
4 Devils (1928)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Four orphans, raised by an aging clown, becomes a high wire act in a circus. (100 mins.)
Director: F.W. Murnau
 
55.
City Girl (1930)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A Chicago waitress falls in love with a Minnesota farmer, and decides to face a life in the country. (77 mins.)
Director: F.W. Murnau
 
56.
The Salvation Hunters (1925)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A cowardly young man, a bitter young woman and a helpless child live on the docks, spend their days... (65 mins.)
 
57.
City Lights (1931)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
With the aid of a wealthy erratic tippler, a dewy-eyed tramp who has fallen in love with a sightless flower girl accumulates money to be able to help her medically. (87 mins.)
Director: Charles Chaplin
 
58.
The Lightning Warrior (1931)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
A Rin-Tin-Tin serial presented in 12 episodes. The mysterious Wolf Man is terrorizing settlers in a western town... (250 mins.)
 
59.
Strike (1925)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A group of oppressed factory workers go on strike in pre-revolutionary Russia. (82 mins.)
 
60.
The Untouchables (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Federal Agent Eliot Ness sets out to stop Al Capone; because of rampant corruption, he assembles a small, hand-picked team. (119 mins.)
Director: Brian De Palma
 
61.
Kebab Connection (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
In Hamburg, Ibrahim "Ibo" Secmez, of Turkish descent, wants to direct the first German kung-fu movie... (96 mins.)
Director: Anno Saul
 
62.
Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Mary Shelley reveals the main characters of her novel survived: Dr. Frankenstein, goaded by an even madder scientist, builds his monster a mate. (75 mins.)
Director: James Whale
 
63.
Blade Runner (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A blade runner must pursue and try to terminate four replicants who stole a ship in space and have returned to Earth to find their creator. (117 mins.)
Director: Ridley Scott
 
64.
The Fifth Element (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
In the colorful future, a cab driver unwittingly becomes the central figure in the search for a legendary cosmic weapon to keep Evil and Mr Zorg at bay. (126 mins.)
Director: Luc Besson
 
65.
Die Herrin der Welt 1. Teil - Die Freundin des gelben Mannes (1919)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
Maud Gregaards travels to China in search of a fabled treasure said to have belonged to the Queen of Sheba. Once there, she is taken captive by an evil man and nearly killed in the belief she is a witch.
 
73.
Dr. Mabuse: The Gambler (1922)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Arch-criminal Dr. Mabuse sets out to make a fortune and run Berlin. Detective Wenk sets out to stop him. (242 mins.)
Director: Fritz Lang
 
74.
Die Nibelungen: Siegfried (1924)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Siegfried, son of King Sigmund, hears of the beautiful sister of Gunter, King of Worms, Kriemhild. On his way to Worms... (97 mins.)
Director: Fritz Lang
 
75.
Spies (1928)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
The mastermind behind a ubiquitous spy operation learns of a dangerous romance between a Russian lady in his employ and a dashing agent from the government's secret service. (178 mins.)
Director: Fritz Lang
 
76.
Woman in the Moon (1929)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A tenacious scientist blasts off for the moon in hopes of riches that may be found there. (156 mins.)
Director: Fritz Lang
 
77.
Die Drei von der Tankstelle (1930)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Willy, Kurt and Hans are broke, so they sell their car and open a filling station. Then they all fall in love with the same girl. (99 mins.)
Director: Wilhelm Thiele
 
78.
Jud Süß (1940)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  
In this notorious Nazi propaganda historical costume melodrama, a conniving, ambitious Jewish businessman... (98 mins.)
Director: Veit Harlan
 
79.
Murderers Among Us (1946)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
After returning from a concentration camp, Susanne finds an ex-soldier living in her apartment. Together the two try to move past their experiences during WWII. (85 mins.)
 
80.
The Blue Angel (1930)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
An elderly professor's ordered life spins dangerously out of control when he falls for a nightclub singer. (124 mins.)
 
81.
Under the Roofs of Paris (1930)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Albert is smitten for Pola but ends up wrongly committed in jail, in the meantime her affections are sort after by his friend, and on his release both love and friendship must be tested. (96 mins.)
Director: René Clair
 
82.
M (1931)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
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
 
83.
Duck Soup (1933)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Rufus T. Firefly is named president/dictator of bankrupt Freedonia and declares war on neighboring Sylvania over the love of wealthy Mrs. Teasdale. (68 mins.)
Director: Leo McCarey
 
84.
King Kong (1933)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A film crew goes to a tropical island for an exotic location shoot and discovers a colossal giant gorilla who takes a shine to their female blonde star. Then he's captured and brought back to New York City for public exhibition. (100 mins.)
 
85.
Modern Times (1936)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
The Tramp struggles to live in modern industrial society with the help of a young homeless woman. (87 mins.)
Director: Charlie Chaplin
 
86.
La Grande Illusion (1937)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
During the first World War, two French soldiers are captured and imprisoned in a German P.O.W. camp. Several escape attempts follow until they are sent to a seemingly impenetrable fortress which seems impossible to escape from. (114 mins.)
Director: Jean Renoir
 
87.
Gone with the Wind (1939)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A manipulative Southern belle carries on a turbulent affair with a blockade runner during the American Civil War. (238 mins.)
Director: Victor Fleming
 
88.
Bicycle Thieves (1948)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
Set in Post-WWII Italy, a working class man's bicycle is stolen. He and his son set out to find it. (89 mins.)
 
89.
Grand Hotel (1932)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A group of very different individuals staying at a luxurious hotel in Berlin deal with each of their respective dramas. (112 mins.)
Director: Edmund Goulding
 
90.
Dinner at Eight (1933)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Affluent Millicent and Oliver Jordan throw a dinner for a handful of wealthy and/or well-born acquaintances, each of whom has much to reveal. (111 mins.)
Director: George Cukor
 
91.
Camille (1936)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A Parisian courtesan must choose between the young man who loves her and the callous baron who wants her, even as her own health begins to fail. (109 mins.)
Director: George Cukor
 
92.
Ninotchka (1939)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A stern Russian woman sent to Paris on official business finds herself attracted to a man who represents everything she is supposed to detest. (110 mins.)
Director: Ernst Lubitsch
 
93.
Anna Christie (1930)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A young woman reunites with her estranged father and falls in love with a sailor, but struggles to tell them about her dark past. (85 mins.)
Director: Jacques Feyder
 
94.
Bombshell (1933)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Sexpot film star Lola Burns seeks a new image and tries marrying a marquis, adopting a baby -- all sorts of schemes which go awry. (96 mins.)
 
95.
I'm No Angel (1933)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Circus performer Tira seeks a better life pursuing the company of wealthy New York men with improbable comic complications along the way. (87 mins.)
Director: Wesley Ruggles
 
96.
Shanghai Express (1932)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A loose woman rediscovers a former lover during a dangerous train ride to Shanghai. (82 mins.)
 
97.
The Scarlet Empress (1934)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Young Princess Sophia of Germany is taken to Russia to marry the half-wit Grand Duke Peter, son of the Empress... (104 mins.)
 
98.
Blonde Venus (1932)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A cabaret singer takes up with a millionaire to pay for her gravely ill husband's operation. (93 mins.)
 
99.
Morocco (1930)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A cabaret singer and a Legionnaire fall in love, but their relationship is complicated by the results of his womanizing and due to the appearance of a rich man who wants her for himself. (92 mins.)
 
100.
Cleopatra (1934)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
The man-hungry Queen of Egypt leads Julius Caesar and Marc Antony astray, amid scenes of DeMillean splendor. (100 mins.)