1001 films that will reward your time: a personal list

As one of those people who appreciates a good list, I was delighted some years back to be given a copy of popular doorstop 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die, edited by Steven Jay Schneider with the help of an international panel of critics – the 2003 revised edition, which closes with Kill Bill Vol 1 (Quentin Tarantino 2003). Immediately reaching for my ticking pencil, I soon discovered I’d seen about 450 of the films included, so clearly had life in me yet. Recently I’ve been deliberately catching up with many of the others in the book, mainly on DVD, and only a little over 50 films remain unticked.

It’s been a generally worthwhile experience – I’ve seen many excellent films and all have been at least interesting. But I’ve also encountered a significant few that in my view don’t quite justify their place on the list when set against the exclusion of more deserving cases. Pondering this, it occurred to me to draw up my own 1001 list based on my own viewing which, although of course much narrower than that of Schneider’s heavyweight panel, is I believe extensive enough for the task.

Lists of this length have an aspiration to objectivity, and the opportunity to give a rounded picture of cinema history and culture – it’s unlikely any one person, including myself, could claim to enjoy wholeheartedly every listed item. But I’m confident each film has something to offer to anyone with at least a passing interest in the moving image beyond its ability merely to entertain. However, I’ve been limited by the breadth of my own viewing, which is inevitably biased towards my own preferences and tastes, so there’s probably more science fiction, horror and film noir represented here than, say, westerns or romcoms. I’ve also tried in some places to avoid the obvious in favour of neglected films or unexpected surprises.

I’ll avoid the customary liberal hand-wringing about the bias towards English language and Western European cinema at this point, but availability is also a factor. One thing I will defend, however, is the strengthened representation of animation, shorts and the avant garde in comparison to Schneider’s list, one of the most egregious features of which is the complete absence of Chuck Jones and Norman McLaren. Likewise the increased allotment to early and silent cinema – in 1001 Movies, the entire two decades plus of cinema history prior to Birth of a Nation (DW Griffith 1915) are represented by a mere two films.

I’ve widened the field to include several additional examples of one-off TV productions and mini-series. The strict division between TV and film has been muddied from the days of cinema serials and TV using celluloid film as a production medium, and in the age of digital production and exhibition, multi-channel broadcasting and straight-to-DVD releasing, it seems to me completely unsustainable. However I’ve stopped short of including single episodes of ongoing series as it’s unfair to treat these as complete works in themselves.

Although it's a list of 1001 films, only 1,000 are listed here -- IMDb won't let me list Super 8½ (Bruce LaBruce 1994), presumably because it's tagged as an adult film.

The list is inevitably subject to updating and is now in its third iteration. I hope you find it interesting and diverting.
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1.
Traffic Crossing Leeds Bridge (1888 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A shot of people walking on The Leeds Bridge.
 
2.
Pauvre Pierrot (1892 Short Film)
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One night, Arlequin come to see his lover Colombine. But then Pierrot knocks at the door and Colombine and Arlequin hide. Pierrot starts singing but Arlequin scares him and the poor man goes away. (4 mins.)
Director: Émile Reynaud
 
3.
Dickson Experimental Sound Film (1894 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
The sound has been found in the form of an old Edisonian recording cylinder. The cylinder was repaired, then Walter Murch ACE MPSE synced the film to the correct music in (I believe) 2002. Total running time is approximately 17 seconds.
 
4.
Tables Turned on the Gardener (1895 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A gardener is watering his flowers, when a mischievous boy sneaks up behind his back, and puts a foot on the water hose... (1 mins.)
Director: Louis Lumière
 
5.
Employees Leaving the Lumière Factory (1895 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A man opens the big gates to the Lumière factory. Through the gateway and a smaller doorway beside it... (1 mins.)
Director: Louis Lumière
 
6.
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.)
 
7.
Four Heads Are Better Than One (1898 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
One of the greatest of black art pictures. The conjurer appears before the audience, with his head in its proper place... (1 mins.)
 
8.
Grandma's Reading Glass (1900 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
A boy looks through glasses at various objects, seen magnified. (2 mins.)
 
9.
The India Rubber Head (1901 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A chemist carries out a bizarre experiment with his own head. (3 mins.)
 
10.
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.)
 
11.
The Great Train Robbery (1903 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A group of bandits stage a brazen train hold-up, only to find a determined posse hot on their heels. (11 mins.)
 
12.
Life of an American Fireman (1903 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Porter's sequential continuity editing links several shots to form a narrative of firemen responding to a house fire... (6 mins.)
 
13.
The Music Lover (1903 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
The leader of a marching band demonstrates an unusual way of writing music. (3 mins.)
 
14.
Dog Factory (1904 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
A brief vaudeville-style demonstration of a "Dog Transformator," a machine that instantly turns dogs into sausages, and amazingly, sausages back into dogs. (4 mins.)
 
15.
An Impossible Voyage (1904 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Using every known means of transportation, several savants from the Geographic Society undertake a journey... (24 mins.)
 
16.
Rescued by Rover (1905 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A dog leads its master to his kidnapped baby. (7 mins.)
 
17.
The '?' Motorist (1906 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A British trick film in which a motorist ends up driving around the rings of Saturn. (3 mins.)
Director: Walter R. Booth
 
18.
Dream of a Rarebit Fiend (1906 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
The fiend faces the spectacular mind-bending consequences of his free-wheeling rarebit binge. (7 mins.)
Stars: Jack Brawn
 
19.
The Thieving Hand (1908 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A one-armed man obtains an artificial limb. The man cannot control his new arm, which steals from passers-by. (5 mins.)
 
20.
The Devilish Tenant (1909 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A man rents an apartment and furnishes it in remarkable fashion. (6 mins.)
 
21.
The Lonedale Operator (1911 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
When her father becomes ill, a young woman takes over the telegraph at a lonely western railroad station... (17 mins.)
 
22.
Suspense (1913 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
An isolated house in deserted area is too remote for a servant, who leaves a note, quietly exits the back door... (10 mins.)
 
23.
Gertie the Dinosaur (1914 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
The cartoonist, Winsor McCay, brings the Dinosaurus back to life in the figure of his latest creation, Gertie the Dinosaur. (12 mins.)
Director: Winsor McCay
 
24.
The Birth of a Nation (1915)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
The Stoneman family finds its friendship with the Camerons affected by the Civil War, both fighting in opposite armies. The development of the war in their lives plays through to Lincoln's assassination and the birth of the Ku Klux Klan. (195 mins.)
Director: D.W. Griffith
 
25.
The Tramp (1915 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
The Little Fellow finds the girl of his dreams and work on a family farm. (26 mins.)
 
26.
Les vampires (1915)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
An intrepid reporter and his loyal friend battle a bizarre secret society of criminals known as The Vampires. (421 mins.)
Director: Louis Feuillade
 
27.
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
 
28.
Easy Street (1917 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A reformed tramp becomes a police constable who must fight a huge thug who dominates an inner city street. (24 mins.)
 
29.
The Immigrant (1917 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Charlie is an immigrant who endures a challenging voyage and gets into trouble as soon as he arrives in America. (30 mins.)
Director: Charles Chaplin
 
30.
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
 
31.
The Golem (1920)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
In 16th-century Prague, a rabbi creates the Golem - a giant creature made of clay. Using sorcery, he brings the creature to life in order to protect the Jews of Prague from persecution. (91 mins.)
 
32.
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. (76 mins.)
Director: Robert Wiene
 
33.
Within Our Gates (1920)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Abandoned by her fiancé, an educated black woman with a shocking past dedicates herself to helping a near bankrupt school for impoverished black youths. (79 mins.)
Director: Oscar Micheaux
 
34.
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
 
35.
The Phantom Carriage (1921)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
On New Year's Eve, the driver of a ghostly carriage forces a drunken man to reflect on his selfish, wasted life. (93 mins.)
 
36.
The Smiling Madame Beudet (1923)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
One of the first feminist movies, The Smiling Madame Beudet is the story of an intelligent woman trapped in a loveless marriage... (54 mins.)
Director: Germaine Dulac
 
37.
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
 
38.
Häxan (1922 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Fictionalized documentary showing the evolution of witchcraft, from its pagan roots to its confusion with hysteria in modern Europe. (91 mins.)
 
39.
Nanook of the North (1922 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
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.)
 
40.
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
 
41.
Our Hospitality (1923)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A man returns to his Appalachian homestead. On the trip, he falls for a young woman. The only problem is her family has vowed to kill every member of his family. (65 mins.)
 
42.
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 (who Sisif rescued from... (273 mins.)
Director: Abel Gance
 
43.
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.)
 
44.
Aelita: Queen of Mars (1924)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A mysterious radio message is beamed around the world, and among the engineers who receive it are Los... (111 mins.)
 
45.
Ballet mécanique (1924 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A pulsing, kaleidoscope of images set to an energetic soundtrack. A young women swings in a garden; a woman's face smiles... (19 mins.)
Director: Fernand Léger
 
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.
Greed (1924)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
The sudden fortune won from a lottery fans such destructive greed that it ruins the lives of the three people involved. (140 mins.)
 
48.
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
 
49.
The Extraordinary Adventures of Mr. West in the Land of the Bolsheviks (1924)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
The film chronicles the adventures of an American, "Mr. West," and his faithful bodyguard and servant Jeddie... (94 mins.)
Director: Lev Kuleshov
 
50.
Sherlock Jr. (1924)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
A film projectionist longs to be a detective, and puts his meagre skills to work when he is framed by a rival for stealing his girlfriend's father's pocketwatch. (45 mins.)
Director: Buster Keaton
 
51.
The Thief of Bagdad (1924)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A recalcitrant thief vies with a duplicitous Mongol ruler for the hand of a beautiful princess. (155 mins.)
Director: Raoul Walsh
 
52.
The Big Parade (1925)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
A young American soldier witnesses the horrors of the Great War. (151 mins.)
Director: King Vidor
 
53.
Battleship Potemkin (1925)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
In the midst of the Russian Revolution of 1905, the crew of the battleship Potemkin mutiny against the brutal, tyrannical regime of the vessel's officers. The resulting street demonstration in Odessa brings on a police massacre. (75 mins.)
Director: S.M. Eisenstein
 
54.
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
 
55.
The Phantom of the Opera (1925)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A mad, disfigured composer seeks love with a lovely young opera singer. (93 mins.)
Director: Rupert Julian
 
56.
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.)
 
57.
The Adventures of Prince Achmed (1926)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A handsome prince rides a flying horse to far-away lands and embarks on magical adventures, which include befriending a witch, meeting Aladdin, battling demons and falling in love with a princess. (81 mins.)
Director: Lotte Reiniger
 
58.
Anemic Cinema (1926 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
A spiral design spins dizzily. It's replaced by a spinning disk. These two continue in perfect alternation until the end: a spiral design... (7 mins.)
Director: Marcel Duchamp
 
59.
Emak-Bakia (1927 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A long series of unrelated images, revolving, often distorted: lights, flowers, nails. A lightboard... (18 mins.)
Director: Man Ray
 
60.
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.)
 
61.
Nothing But Time (1926 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
The life of a great city (Paris) from dawn until dusk, including the beautiful and the ragged, the rich and the poor, with little or no comment (intertitles) from the director, Cavalcanti (whose first film this was). (45 mins.)
 
62.
Berlin: Symphony of a Great City (1927 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
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.)
 
63.
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
 
64.
The Chess Player (1927)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
In 1776, an inventor conceals a Polish nobleman in his chess-playing automaton, a machine whose fame leads it to the court of the Russian empress. (135 mins.)
Director: Raymond Bernard
 
65.
The Lodger (1927)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A landlady suspects her new lodger is the madman killing women in London. (68 mins.)
 
66.
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
 
67.
Napoleon (1927)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A film about the French Field Marshal's youth and early military career. (240 mins.)
Director: Abel Gance
 
68.
October (Ten Days that Shook the World) (1928)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
In documentary style, events in Petrograd are re-enacted from the end of the monarchy in February of... (142 mins.)
 
69.
Sunrise (1927)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
An allegorical tale about a man fighting the good and evil within him. Both sides are made flesh - one a sophisticated woman he is attracted to and the other his wife. (94 mins.)
Director: F.W. Murnau
 
70.
The Unknown (1927)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A criminal on the run hides in a circus and seeks to possess the daughter of the ringmaster at any cost. (63 mins.)
Director: Tod Browning
 
71.
The Seashell and the Clergyman (1928 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Obsessed with a general's woman, a clergyman has strange visions of death and lust, struggling against his own eroticism. (28 mins.)
Director: Germaine Dulac
 
72.
The Crowd (1928)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
The life of a man and woman together in a large, impersonal metropolis through their hopes, struggles and downfalls. (98 mins.)
Director: King Vidor
 
73.
The Docks of New York (1928)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A blue-collar worker on New York's depressed waterfront finds his life changed after he saves a woman attempting suicide. (76 mins.)
 
74.
The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
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
 
75.
Storm Over Asia (1928)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
In 1918 a simple Mongolian herdsman escapes to the hills after brawling with a western capitalist fur trader who cheats him... (127 mins.)
 
76.
Speedy (1928)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Harold "Speedy" Swift, a fan of Babe Ruth and the New York Yankees, saves from extinction the city's last horse-drawn trolley, operated by his girlfriend's grandfather. (85 mins.)
Director: Ted Wilde
 
77.
Steamboat Bill, Jr. (1928)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
The effete son of a cantankerous riverboat captain comes to join his father's crew. (70 mins.)
 
78.
Steamboat Willie (1928 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Mickey Mouse, piloting a steamboat, delights his passenger, Minnie, by making musical instruments out of the menagerie on deck. (8 mins.)
Director: Ub Iwerks
 
79.
There It Is (1928 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
When a mysterious figure appears to cause a series of disruptions at the Frisbie Home in New York, word... (19 mins.)
Director: H.L. Muller
 
80.
Ghosts Before Breakfast (1928 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Hans Richter, noted for his abstract shorts, has everyday objects rebelling against their daily routine. (6 mins.)
Director: Hans Richter
 
81.
The Wind (1928)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
A frail young woman from the east moves in with her cousin in the west, where she causes tension within the family and is slowly driven mad. (95 mins.)
Director: Victor Seastrom
 
82.
Blackmail (1929)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
After killing a man in self-defence, a young woman is blackmailed by a witness to the killing. (85 mins.)
 
83.
The Bridge (1929 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Soldiers march a condemned man through a rural area to a bridge high above a stream. While a boy plays a drum... (10 mins.)
Director: Charles Vidor
 
84.
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.)
 
85.
Man with a Movie Camera (1929 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
A man travels around a city with a camera slung over his shoulder, documenting urban life with dazzling invention. (68 mins.)
Director: Dziga Vertov
 
86.
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
 
87.
Drifters (1929 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A silent documentary film by John Grierson telling the story of Britain's North Sea herring fishery. (49 mins.)
Director: John Grierson
 
88.
Redskin (1929)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
(82 mins.)
 
89.
Regen (1929 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Rain falls on a Dutch city. (14 mins.)
 
90.
The Skeleton Dance (1929 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
The clock strikes midnight, the bats fly from the belfry, a dog howls at the full moon, and two black cats fight in the cemetery: a perfect time for four skeletons to come out and dance a bit. (6 mins.)
Director: Walt Disney
 
91.
À Propos de Nice (1930 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
What starts off as a conventional travelogue turns into a satirical portrait of the town of Nice on the French Cote d'Azur, especially its wealthy inhabitants. (25 mins.)
 
92.
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
 
93.
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
 
94.
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. (106 mins.)
 
95.
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.)
 
96.
Earth (1930)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
In the peaceful countryside, Vassily opposes the rich kulaks over the coming of collective farming. (75 mins.)
 
97.
La Chienne (1931)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A woman and her pimp exploit a painter for money. (91 mins.)
Director: Jean Renoir
 
98.
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
 
99.
Frankenstein (1931)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
An obsessed scientist assembles a living being from parts of exhumed corpses. (70 mins.)
Director: James Whale
 
100.
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