Classic movies at second glance

This list contains movies that I have seen at least twice. If you can read Dutch, more extensive descriptions can be found at my website "Filmklassiekersophettweedegezicht.nl".
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1.
Red Beard (1965)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
In 19th century Japan, a rough tempered yet charitable town doctor trains a young intern. (185 mins.)
Director: Akira Kurosawa
“ Movie about the relationship between an old and a young physician. The older one teaches the younger one a lesson about ethics and compassion. ” - frankde-jong
 
2.
Diabolique (1955)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
The wife of a cruel headmaster and his mistress conspire to kill him, but after the murder is committed, his body disappears, and strange events begin to plague the two women. (116 mins.)
Director: H.G. Clouzot
“ An excellent film of the French Hitchcock. Less known then "Wages of fear" but at least as good. One of the most surprising endings I have ever seen. ” - frankde-jong
 
3.
Summer with Monika (1953)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Harry Lund is a nineteen-year-old man who meets Monika, a romantic, reckless and rebellious seventeen-year-old... (96 mins.)
Director: Ingmar Bergman
“ The best early Bergman. ” - frankde-jong
 
4.
The Virgin Spring (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A kind but pampered beautiful young virgin and her family's pregnant and jealous servant set out to deliver candles to church, but only one returns from events that transpire in the woods along the way. (89 mins.)
Director: Ingmar Bergman
“ Film about christianity vs paganism in the early middle ages. ” - frankde-jong
 
5.
The Seventh Seal (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A man seeks answers about life, death, and the existence of God as he plays chess against the Grim Reaper during the Black Plague. (96 mins.)
Director: Ingmar Bergman
“ A knight is engaged in a game of chess against the grim reaper. The film is much more fun than its moralistic image promises. ” - frankde-jong
 
6.
The Phantom Carriage (1921)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
It's New Year's Eve. Three drunkards evoke a legend. The legend tells that the last person to die in a year... (93 mins.)
“ A masterpiece of the forgotten director Sjöström. The use of double exposure was groundbreaking at that time. Also a source of inspiration for Kubrick by the making of "The shining". ” - frankde-jong
 
7.
Ran (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
In Medieval Japan, an elderly warlord retires, handing over his empire to his three sons. However, he vastly underestimates how the new-found power will corrupt them and cause them to turn on each other...and him. (162 mins.)
Director: Akira Kurosawa
“ Made by Kurosawa when he was already 75 years old. His last great film. Based on "King Lear", a play by Shakespeare. Kurosawa made a couple of films based on Shakespeare. ” - frankde-jong
 
8.
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
“ His American period was not a great commercial success for director Sjöström. Nevertheless this is a great film. ” - frankde-jong
 
9.
Dersu Uzala (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
The Russian army sends an explorer on an expedition to the snowy Siberian wilderness where he makes friends with a seasoned local hunter. (144 mins.)
Director: Akira Kurosava
“ Come back film of Kurosawa. Dersu is the name of a nomad man living in Siberia. The film is essentially about his respect for- and the way he treats nature. Beautiful landscape photography. ” - frankde-jong
 
10.
The Match Factory Girl (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Iris has a dead-end job in a match-factory, lives with her dour and forbidding parents, and her social life is a disaster... (68 mins.)
Director: Aki Kaurismäki
“ Moving picture about Iris, a girl to whom life has dealt al losing hand (to quote Roger Ebert). The dialoque in the film is sparse. The more striking is the eloquence that Iris displays in her letter to the father of her unborn child. Still waters run deep. ” - frankde-jong
 
11.
Gabbeh (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
An elderly couple go about their routine of cleaning their gabbeh (a intricately-designed rug), while bickering gently with each other... (75 mins.)
“ Gabbeh is the name of the main character in this film and of a traditional rug in Iran. The film deals with a girl who cannot marry because her older uncle is still single. The film uses bright colors in a very beautiful way. ” - frankde-jong
 
12.
Eyes Without a Face (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A surgeon causes an accident which leaves his daughter disfigured, and goes to extremes to give her a new face. (90 mins.)
Director: Georges Franju
“ About a girl whose face is deformed in a car accident. During the film she therefore wears an expressionless mask. Her father is a surgeon and tries skin graft, thereby using innocent female students as a donor. The film is famous for a very scary operation scene. The film is much more complicated then the average mad physician film. ” - frankde-jong
 
13.
I Am Cuba (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Four vignettes about the lives of the Cuban people set during the pre-revolutionary era. (108 mins.)
“ Specatacular film famous for the camerawork. The story is Soviet propaganda. ” - frankde-jong
 
14.
Le Corbeau: The Raven (1943)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
French village doctor becomes target of poison-pen letters sent to village leaders, accusing him of affairs and practicing abortion. (92 mins.)
“ Film by Clouzot made during the second Word War. A series of letters containing slander, that is not totally untrue, are causing commotion in a French village. Later Clouzot had some difficulties because of his collaboration with a Germen production company. ” - frankde-jong
 
15.
The Cranes Are Flying (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
Veronica plans a rendezvous with her lover, Boris, at the bank of river, only for him to be drafted into World War II shortly thereafter. (97 mins.)
“ Best known film of Kalatozov. Made during the Chroetsjov years. The film is about the relationship between Boris and Veronika when Boris is at the front. This is not a normal heroic war film. Corruption is dealt with in an unusual explicit way for a Soviet film. ” - frankde-jong
 
16.
Throne of Blood (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A war-hardened general, egged on by his ambitious wife, works to fulfill a prophecy that he would become lord of Spider's Web Castle. (110 mins.)
Director: Akira Kurosawa
“ Again a Kurosawa film of a Shakespeare play (see also "Ran"). This time adapted form the play "MacBeth". In its syle the film uses elements of the traditional Nô theater of Japan. ” - frankde-jong
 
17.
Insomnia (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
In a Norwegian city with a 24-hour daylight cycle a Swedish murder investigator has been brought in on a special case. Sleep deprived, he makes a horrible mistake which is discovered by the killer he has been hunting. (96 mins.)
“ Norwegian original. Later an American remake was made by Christopher Nolan. Detective with a bad consience can't sleep because of the summernights above the polar circle. ” - frankde-jong
 
18.
Nightwatch (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
In order to finance his law studies, Martin starts as a night watchman in a mortuary. When the victims... (107 mins.)
Director: Ole Bornedal
“ Only real "whodonnit" in this list. The film keeps the tension until almost the end. ” - frankde-jong
 
19.
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.)
“ One of the strangest films ever made. Somewhere between a documentary and a horror movie. ” - frankde-jong
 
20.
Touchez Pas au Grisbi (1954)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
An aging, world-weary gangster is double-crossed and forced out of retirement when his best friend is kidnapped and their stash of eight stolen gold bars demanded as ransom. (94 mins.)
Director: Jacques Becker
“ French film noir by Becker. Inspired Bob le Flambeur by Jean Pierre Melville two years later. About an aging criminal and his last job. The film is also about loyalty. ” - frankde-jong
 
21.
Letter Never Sent (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Four geologists search for diamonds in the wilderness of Siberia. (97 mins.)
“ An until recently relatively unknown film by Kalatozov. Since 2012 this film is availble in the Criterion collection. The scenes with the bushfire are spectacular. ” - frankde-jong
 
22.
Bashu, the Little Stranger (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Lost and left behind in a foreign country after running away, a little boy whose family have been killed during the war is saved and trained by a middle-aged woman. (120 mins.)
Director: Bahram Beizai
“ An Iranian movie by vetaran Bahram Beizai. A few years later Iranian movies would become rather popular in the arthouses thanks to Makhalbaf and Kiarostami. About a little boy who flees to norhern Iran during the Iran-Irak war of 1980 - 1988. Susan Taslimi plays a strong female character who adopts the boy in her own family. ” - frankde-jong
 
23.
Le Havre (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
When an African boy arrives by cargo ship in the port city of Le Havre, an aging shoe shiner takes pity on the child and welcomes him into his home. (93 mins.)
Director: Aki Kaurismäki
“ After some years again a movie by Kaurismäki. The film is located outside his beloved Helsinki but is in the good old Kaurismäki style. ” - frankde-jong
 
24.
A Separation (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
A married couple are faced with a difficult decision - to improve the life of their child by moving to another country or to stay in Iran and look after a deteriorating parent who has Alzheimer's disease. (123 mins.)
Director: Asghar Farhadi
“ Iranian film that gives some food for thought. About a couple who has to choose between emigrating on behalf of the future of their daughter or staying in Iran to care for the demented father of the man. Winner of the Oskar for best foreign language film in 2012. ” - frankde-jong
 
25.
Salt for Svanetia (1930 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Story of distant mountainous region in Georgia that depicts folklore, lifestyle and daily routines of Svani people... (55 mins.)
“ Early film by Kalatozov. About the mountain people of the Svaneten (in the Caucasian mountains of contemporary Georgie) and their lack of salt. Bears some resemblence with "Old and new" by Eisenstein. ” - frankde-jong
 
26.
Casque d'Or (1952)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
In an open-air dance hall, the members of Leca's gang are relaxing with their ladies. One of them, Marie... (96 mins.)
Director: Jacques Becker
“ Film by Becker about a criminal gang in the belle époque in France. Beautiful role of Simone Signoret as the prostitute Marie, who falls in love with George Manda. Because Marie is also the sweetheart of a gangster member pretty soon things are becoming very complicated. A few years later Simone Signoret had her international breaktrough with "Room at the top". ” - frankde-jong
 
27.
The Quiet Man (1952)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A retired American boxer returns to the village of his birth in Ireland, where he finds love. (129 mins.)
Director: John Ford
“ Relationship comedy between two stubborn people. Beautifully photographed in Connemara, Ireland. ” - frankde-jong
 
28.
The Battle of Algiers (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
In the 1950s, fear and violence escalate as the people of Algiers fight for independence from the French government. (121 mins.)
“ Film that looks so much as a documentary that the director had to declare that there was not a single minute of documentary footage in it. Is about the war in Algeria (1954 - 1962) but the story is equally valid for al other guerilla warfare since. ” - frankde-jong
 
29.
Rebecca (1940)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A self-conscious bride is tormented by the memory of her husband's dead first wife. (130 mins.)
“ First American movie from Hitchcock. Star role for Judith Anderson as Mrs Danvers. Just like in Vertigo the second wife is compared in everything she does with the former first wife. ” - frankde-jong
 
30.
Barry Lyndon (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
An Irish rogue wins the heart of a rich widow and assumes her dead husband's aristocratic position in 18th-century England. (184 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
“ Technically stunning film of Kubrick. Seems the ideal rehearsal for the Napoleon movie that Kubrick wished to make. Unfortunately this film was never made. ” - frankde-jong
 
31.
Vertigo (1958)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
A San Francisco detective suffering from acrophobia investigates the strange activities of an old friend's wife, all the while becoming dangerously obsessed with her. (128 mins.)
“ Good film but, in my opinion, not the best Hitchcock and certainly not the best film of all times ” - frankde-jong
 
32.
Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
An insane general triggers a path to nuclear holocaust that a war room full of politicians and generals frantically try to stop. (95 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
“ Very well done to make a comedy about such a serious subject. Only "Life is beautiful" and "The great dictator" come te mind as other films who combined deadly serious subjects with humor in a tasteful way. The film looks not dated although the days of the cold war are long gone. ” - frankde-jong
 
33.
Psycho (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
A Phoenix secretary embezzles $40,000 from her employer's client, goes on the run, and checks into a remote motel run by a young man under the domination of his mother. (109 mins.)
“ Hitchcock most shocking film. more horror than thriller. ” - frankde-jong
 
34.
Eyes Wide Shut (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A New York City doctor, who is married to an art curator, pushes himself on a harrowing and dangerous night-long odyssey of sexual and moral discovery after his wife admits that she once almost cheated on him. (159 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
“ Rather disappointing last film of Kubrick ” - frankde-jong
 
35.
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.)
“ Early Hitchcock. Influence of German expressionism is clearly visible ” - frankde-jong
 
36.
The Leopard (1963)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
The Prince of Salina, a noble aristocrat of impeccable integrity, tries to preserve his family and class amid the tumultuous social upheavals of 1860's Sicily. (187 mins.)
“ Stunning movie. Burt Lancaster was selected as the American star to take care for the box office revenue and played the best role in his life. Also with Claudia Cardinale at the height of her beauty. ” - frankde-jong
 
37.
Old and New (1929)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
100.000.000 peasants - illiterate, poor, hungry. There comes a day when one woman decides that she can live old life no longer. Using ways of new Soviet state and industrial progress she changes life and labor of her village. (121 mins.)
“ The last film from the revolutionary period of Eisenstein. Something of a forgotten film who is nevertheless worthwile. Since 2012 availabe on DVD. ” - frankde-jong
 
38.
The Damned (1969)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
The dramatic collapse of a wealthy, industrialist/Junker family during the reign of the Third Reich. (156 mins.)
“ Very sinister film about corruption and power struggles within the Nazi party and within the Essenbeck family. Like "Il gattopardo" the film is about the way the history of a family and the big history get intertwined. ” - frankde-jong
 
39.
Ivan the Terrible, Part I (1945)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
During the early part of his reign, Ivan the Terrible faces betrayal from the aristocracy and even his closest friends as he seeks to unite the Russian people. (103 mins.)
“ Film like a Wagnerian opera. The long takes are in sharp contrast withe the extensive montage in the early films of Eisenstein ” - frankde-jong
 
40.
Ivan the Terrible, Part II (1958)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
As Ivan the Terrible attempts to consolidate his power by establishing a personal army, his political rivals, the Russian boyars, plot to assassinate their Tsar. (88 mins.)
“ Stalin didn't like this film. People might think that the cruelty of Ivan was just an allusion to his own cruelty. ” - frankde-jong
 
41.
La Bête Humaine (1938)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
In this classic adaptation of Emile Zola's novel, a tortured train engineer falls in love with a troubled married woman who has helped her husband commit a murder. (100 mins.)
Director: Jean Renoir
“ In this film it is not so much the story that is compelling as the characterization of the railroad community in the 30th of the previous century. ” - frankde-jong
 
42.
The Rules of the Game (1939)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
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
“ When you see the film for the first time, it is just a comedy. The second time around it is fundamental criticism on a naive and careless French ruling class on the brink of the second world war ” - frankde-jong
 
43.
The Trial (1962)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
An unassuming office worker is arrested and stands trial, but he is never made aware of his charges. (119 mins.)
Director: Orson Welles
“ In my opinion the best film of Welles. The location at Gare d'Orsay is magnificent. ” - frankde-jong
 
44.
Alexander Nevsky (1938)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
The story of how a great Russian prince led a ragtag army to battle an invading force of Teutonic Knights. (112 mins.)
“ Nationalistic and disappointing film. More a rehearsal for "Ivan the terrible". ” - frankde-jong
 
45.
The Magnificent Ambersons (1942)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
The spoiled young heir to the decaying Amberson fortune comes between his widowed mother and the man she has always loved. (88 mins.)
Director: Orson Welles
“ Despite the missing scenes a great film. The story has simmilarities with "Il gattopardo" in its confrontation of old money and new money. The patriarch in Il gattopardo was however a much wiser man than George Minafer in The Ambersons. ” - frankde-jong
 
46.
Le Quattro Volte (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
An old shepherd lives his last days in a quiet medieval village perched high on the hills of Calabria... (88 mins.)
“ Intelligent film, but a little bit too long and too slow. ” - frankde-jong
 
47.
Caché (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A married couple is terrorized by a series of surveillance videotapes left on their front porch. (117 mins.)
Director: Michael Haneke
“ Intelligent film from Haneke. A couple is receiving tapes indicating that someone is watching them. This is creating a sense of fear. In flashbacks one gets a rough (but not precise) idea what al this might be about. ” - frankde-jong
 
48.
Chimes at Midnight (1965)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
The career of Shakespeare's Sir John Falstaff as roistering companion to young Prince Hal, circa 1400-1413. (113 mins.)
Director: Orson Welles
“ Underrated film from Welles. A pitty that there is no decent DVD for this film. ” - frankde-jong
 
49.
Show Me Love (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Two teenage girls in small-town Sweden. Elin is beautiful, popular, and bored with life. Agnes is friendless, sad, and secretly in love with Elin. (89 mins.)
Director: Lukas Moodysson
“ This is a teen comedy where the teens are not stereotypes but real human beings. Wonderfully done. ” - frankde-jong
 
50.
Suspicion (1941)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A shy young heiress marries a charming gentleman, and soon begins to suspect he is planning to murder her. (99 mins.)
“ Not Hitchcock best movie. Perhaps best remembered for the glass of milk with the lamp in it. The shiny milk gets a suspicious look and the fact that the main character believes it is poisened is wholly believable. ” - frankde-jong
 
51.
The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
In 15th century France, a gypsy girl is framed for murder by the infatuated Chief Justice, and only the deformed bellringer of Notre Dame Cathedral can save her. (117 mins.)
“ Fabulous role of Charles Laughton ” - frankde-jong
 
52.
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
“ One of the best Lubitsch films. The romance between French bourgeois Leon (Melvyn Douglas) and Russian bureaucrat Ninotchka (Greta Garbo) is at the center of the story. The three Russian apparatchik Iranoff, Buljanoff and Kopalsky are a very comic side kick who reminds me of the Marx brothers ” - frankde-jong
 
53.
Sunset Blvd. (1950)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
A hack screenwriter writes a screenplay for a former silent-film star who has faded into Hollywood obscurity. (110 mins.)
Director: Billy Wilder
“ Twin film with "All about eve" from the same year. Great performance of Gloria Swanson as the aging filmstar who dreams has lost her touch with reality and dreams of having a come back. ” - frankde-jong
 
54.
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
“ The first and still the best Dracula adaptation ” - frankde-jong
 
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
“ This films has a definite relationship with "Sunrise". It also deals with the contrast between city and country side. ” - frankde-jong
 
56.
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
“ This movie is more daring than Fury. In both M and Fury the case is made for a fair trial and against vigilantism by the masses. In M this case is made for a person who is in fact guilty. ” - frankde-jong
 
57.
The Hunt (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
A teacher lives a lonely life, all the while struggling over his son's custody. His life slowly gets better as he finds love and receives good news from his son, but his new luck is about to be brutally shattered by an innocent little lie. (115 mins.)
“ Disturbing film over witchhunt anno 2012. Also a moving father - son story ” - frankde-jong
 
58.
My Dinner with Andre (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Two old friends meet for dinner; as one tells anecdotes detailing his experiences, the other notices their differing worldviews. (110 mins.)
Director: Louis Malle
“ In the conversation between new age André and down to earth Wallace my sympathy is with Wallace. ” - frankde-jong
 
59.
The Loves of a Blonde (1965)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A factory manager in rural Czechoslovakia bargains with the army to send men to the area, to boost the morale of his young female workers... (90 mins.)
Director: Milos Forman
“ The party-scene at the beginning is bitter sweet. In fact it's a bid sad. It made me think of the nightlife of Iris in "The match factory girl". ” - frankde-jong
 
60.
The Ear (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Husband (senior ministry official) and wife find their house is riddled with listening devices put there by his own ministry... (94 mins.)
Director: Karel Kachyna
“ Film is often compared to "Das leben der anderen" (eavesdropping) or "Who's afraid of Virginia Woolf" (marital quarrel). The essence of the film in my opninion is the relation between the two. Seen in this way the best comparison is with "Caché" from Michael Haneke. ” - frankde-jong
 
61.
Le Trou (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
In prison four long-sentence inmates planning an elaborate escape cautiously induct a new inmate to join in their scheme which leads to distrust and uncertainty. (132 mins.)
Director: Jacques Becker
“ Last film of Jacques Becker. Again about loyalty and friendship between criminals who try te break free from prison. The only person who may not be a criminal (the film is vague about that) is also the least trustworthy. ” - frankde-jong
 
62.
Fiorile (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
While travelling to visit their grandfather, two children are told the story of a family curse that has lasted two hundred years... (118 mins.)
“ The last good movie by the Taviani brothers ” - frankde-jong
 
63.
The Hound of the Baskervilles (1939)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson investigate the legend of a supernatural hound, a beast that may be stalking a young heir on the fog-shrouded moorland that makes up his estate. (80 mins.)
Director: Sidney Lanfield
“ The ultimate Holmes film ” - frankde-jong
 
64.
The Ladykillers (1955)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Five diverse oddball criminal types planning a bank robbery rent rooms on a cul-de-sac from an octogenarian widow under the pretext that they are classical musicians. (91 mins.)
“ Still funny after more than 50 years ” - frankde-jong
 
65.
The Celebration (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
At Helge's 60th birthday party, some unpleasant family truths are revealed. (105 mins.)
“ The story is 180 degrees different form "Jagten". Its about true accusations relating to a sex crime, but initially nobody believes it. Jagten is about false accusations but everybody believes them. Jagten is more believable ” - frankde-jong
 
66.
Village of the Damned (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
In the English village of Midwich, the blonde-haired, glowing-eyed children of uncertain paternity prove to have frightening powers. (77 mins.)
Director: Wolf Rilla
“ Horrorfilm with children as a source of evil. Just like "The omen". ” - frankde-jong
 
67.
The Haunting (1963)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A scientist doing research on the paranormal invites two women to a haunted mansion. One of the participants soon starts losing her mind. (112 mins.)
Director: Robert Wise
“ The original is often better than the remake. In this case the original is much better than the remake from 1999 ” - frankde-jong
 
68.
Quai des Orfèvres (1947)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Jenny Lamour wants to succeed in music hall. Her husband and accompanist is Maurice Martineau, a nice but jealous guy... (106 mins.)
Director: H. G. Clouzot
“ Policier with only likeable characters. Most sympathetic is inspector Antoine, as a single father with a a half breed son from his time with the foreign legion. ” - frankde-jong
 
69.
Roman Holiday (1953)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A bored and sheltered princess escapes her guardians and falls in love with an American newsman in Rome. (118 mins.)
Director: William Wyler
“ Great romcom by Wyler. Note that the main characters are truly honest to each other only at the end, midst lots of journalists!! ” - frankde-jong
 
70.
Zazie dans le métro (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
This merry farce depicts a satirical view of the French society: Ten-year-old Zazie has to stay two days with her relatives in Paris... (93 mins.)
Director: Louis Malle
“ Looks a bit (to much) like Pippi Langkous. Disappointing film by Malle. ” - frankde-jong
 
71.
The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Three World War II veterans return home to small-town America to discover that they and their families have been irreparably changed. (172 mins.)
Director: William Wyler
“ Magnificent film about problems of WW II veterans with picking up their civil live again. ” - frankde-jong
 
72.
The Dead (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Gabriel Conroy and wife Greta attend an early January dinner with friends at the home of his spinster aunts, an evening which results in an epiphany for both of them. (83 mins.)
Director: John Huston
“ John Hustons last film. He was seriously ill when he made this one. Its's a brilliant film about transcience. ” - frankde-jong
 
73.
Moby Dick (1956)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
The sole survivor of a lost whaling ship relates the tale of his captain's self-destructive obsession to hunt the white whale, Moby Dick. (116 mins.)
Director: John Huston
“ Gregory Peck is not miscast in this film. His Ahab is terrific! ” - frankde-jong
 
74.
Horror of Dracula (1958)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Jonathan Harker begets the ire of Count Dracula after he accepts a job at the vampire's castle under false pretenses. (82 mins.)
Director: Terence Fisher
“ One of the first Hammer adaptations. In comparison with "Nosferatu" (1922) and the Tod Browning version from 1931 the eroticism in this version is striking. His victims are waiting impatiently for the visit of Count Dracula ” - frankde-jong
 
75.
The Devil and Daniel Webster (1941)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A nineteenth-century New Hampshire farmer who makes a compact with Satan for economic success enlists Daniel Webster to extract him from his contract. (107 mins.)
“ Adaptation of the Faust story. There is a relation with two Murnau films (Faust and Sunrise). The similarity with Sunrise is the plot-element of the farmer who leaves his faithful wife for a femme fatale. The role of Daniel Webster and the trial between the devil and Daniel Webster is far fetched. ” - frankde-jong
 
76.
Room at the Top (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
An ambitious young accountant schemes to wed a wealthy factory owner's daughter, despite falling in love with a married older woman. (117 mins.)
Director: Jack Clayton
“ French actress Simone Signoret in a British film caused a sensation at the time. ” - frankde-jong
 
77.
The Innocents (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A young governess for two children becomes convinced that the house and grounds are haunted. (100 mins.)
Director: Jack Clayton
“ Horror film from Jack Clayton that is more refined than the Hammer stuf. About the disturbing effect of childeren behaving more mature than their age. ” - frankde-jong
 
78.
The Old Dark House (1932)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Seeking shelter from a storm, five travelers are in for a bizarre and terrifying night when they stumble upon the Femm family estate. (72 mins.)
Director: James Whale
“ Not so famous but still worthwhile film by James Whale. Not only a haunted house horror movie but also a kaleidoscope of the English class society ” - frankde-jong
 
79.
Romeo and Juliet (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
When the now-famous "star-crossed lovers" of two feuding families meet, forbidden love ensues. (138 mins.)
“ Convincing adaptation of the story by Zeffirelli. Young and inexperienced actors of the same age of Romeo and Juliet. Emphasis more on romance than on violence. ” - frankde-jong
 
80.
I Vitelloni (1953)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A character study of five young men at crucial turning points in their lives in a small town in Italy. (107 mins.)
“ Movie about five men in their twenties who refuse to become adults. The story in this respect bears resemblance with "Summer with Monica" from Bergman. There it is the female character who does not want to grow up and take responsibility. ” - frankde-jong
 
81.
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
“ The last film of Murnau's German period, but not its best. Mainly the first quarter is impressive. The story of Gretchen is a little to melodramatic. ” - frankde-jong
 
82.
Amarcord (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A series of comedic and nostalgic vignettes set in a 1930s Italian coastal town. (123 mins.)
“ Twenty years after "I Vitelloni" Fellini pays agian tribute to his hometown Rimini. In this film the tone is more mild than twenty years earlier, probably thanhs to the age of the director. ” - frankde-jong
 
83.
(1963)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A harried movie director retreats into his memories and fantasies. (138 mins.)
“ A film about film but in a very different way than for example "Sunset boulavard" or "All about eve". 8,5 is about art film and the others are about the Hollywood dream factory. ” - frankde-jong
 
84.
Amour (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Georges and Anne are an octogenarian couple. They are cultivated, retired music teachers. Their daughter, also a musician, lives in Britain with her family. One day, Anne has a stroke, and the couple's bond of love is severely tested. (127 mins.)
Director: Michael Haneke
“ Haneke put this project to a halt when "Away from her" from Sarrah Polley was released (2006). Fortunately he took it uo agian, because the film is very different from "Away from her" (which is also good). ” - frankde-jong
 
85.
Un Coeur en Hiver (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Beautiful violin virtuoso Camille has two obsessions: the music of Ravel, and a friend of her husband's who crafts violins... (105 mins.)
Director: Claude Sautet
“ Simple story about a love triangle. The complexity is in the characters ” - frankde-jong
 
86.
Good Bye Lenin! (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
In 1990, to protect his fragile mother from a fatal shock after a long coma, a young man must keep her from learning that her beloved nation of East Germany as she knew it has disappeared. (121 mins.)
Director: Wolfgang Becker
“ Bittersweet comedy. Christiane as a true believer in the DDR can be seen as a weak spot in the storyline. A deeper interpretation is also possible. ” - frankde-jong
 
87.
Queen Margot (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Young Queen Margot finds herself trapped in an arranged marriage amidst a religious war between Catholics and Protestants. She hopes to escape with a new lover, but finds herself imprisoned by her powerful and ruthless family. (159 mins.)
“ The European and the American versions of the movie differ significantly. The European version is more about the horror of the Bartholomeus night. The American version is more about the romance between Margot and la Môle. ” - frankde-jong
 
88.
The Shop Around the Corner (1940)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Two employees at a gift shop can barely stand each other, without realizing that they are falling in love through the post as each other's anonymous pen pal. (99 mins.)
Director: Ernst Lubitsch
“ This film is a worthy rival of "It's a wonderful life" as the ultimate Christmas film! Can't they alternate it in stead of broadcasting last mentioned picture every year? ” - frankde-jong
 
89.
Le Boucher (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
An unlikely friendship between a dour, working class butcher and a repressed schoolteacher coincides with a grisly series of Ripper-type murders in a provincial French town. (93 mins.)
Director: Claude Chabrol
“ Hélène finds out that her lover maybe a serial killer and somehow this knowledge arouses her. ” - frankde-jong
 
90.
Au Hasard Balthazar (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
The story of a mistreated donkey and the people around him. A study on saintliness and a sister piece to Bresson's Mouchette. (95 mins.)
Director: Robert Bresson
“ The film is about a donkey but never is it a fable. The donkey is and remains a beast from it's baptising in the beginning through it's dying scene amidst a flock of sheep. ” - frankde-jong
 
91.
Mouchette (1967)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Mouchette is a young girl living in the country. Her mother is dying and her father does not take care of her... (78 mins.)
Director: Robert Bresson
“ A girl whose responsibilities are far beyond her age commits suicide at the end of the film. In the Netherlands in the second half of 2012 two young adults commited suicide because of bullying by their environment. This indicates that the theme of this film is still actual. ” - frankde-jong
 
92.
Tokyo Story (1953)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
An old couple visit their children and grandchildren in the city; but the children have little time for them. (136 mins.)
Director: Yasujirô Ozu
“ A film about the classical Ozu theme of family relations and conflict between generations. This time in the form of children who are to busy to make time for their aging parents. See this film in combination with Leo McCarey's "Make way for tommorow". ” - frankde-jong
 
93.
A Story of Floating Weeds (1934)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A kabuki actor's mistress hatches a jealous plot to bring down her lover's son. (86 mins.)
Director: Yasujirô Ozu
“ Again family relations. This time about a travelling artist who want's to settle down with the mother of his son. Buut ultimately it's not in his character to do so. ” - frankde-jong
 
94.
Floating Weeds (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
The head of a Japanese theatre troupe returns to a small coastal town where he left a son who thinks he is his uncle, and tries to make up for the lost time, but his current mistress grows jealous. (119 mins.)
Director: Yasujirô Ozu
“ Remake of the film of 1934. More or less the same. The greatest difference is in the role of the mother. In the 1934 version she was very much disappointed that the father in the end did not settle down. In the 1959 version she knew better and thus was a little bit more relaxed about it. ” - frankde-jong
 
95.
The Lives of Others (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
In 1984 East Berlin, an agent of the secret police, conducting surveillance on a writer and his lover, finds himself becoming increasingly absorbed by their lives. (137 mins.)
“ With "Goodbye Lenin" THE film about the German re-unification. In my opinion the better film of the two. It shows what a paranoid society the DDR was, in which eveybody has to distrust everybody else. ” - frankde-jong
 
96.
Death of a Cyclist (1955)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A couple having an affair strike a bicyclist with their car and do not offer aid out of fear of their relationship being exposed. (88 mins.)
Director: J.A. Bardem
“ Two lovers don't want to get caught and drive by after a traffic accident with a cyclist. Man and woman handle their guilt in a very different way. ” - frankde-jong
 
97.
The Spirit of the Beehive (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A sensitive seven-year-old girl living in 1940 in a small Spanish village is traumatized after viewing the movie "Frankenstein" and drifts into her own fantasy world. (97 mins.)
Director: Víctor Erice
“ Not so much a political film as well a film about a little girl trying to understand the difficult concepts of live and dead. The trigger that sets her imagination in motion is the Frankenstein movie from 1931. ” - frankde-jong
 
98.
The Others (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A woman who lives in a darkened old house with her two photosensitive children becomes convinced that her family home is haunted. (101 mins.)
“ Haunted house film that derived its insparation from "The innocents" and "The sixth sense" but that, on turn, provides insparation to Guillermo del Toro (Pan's labyrinth) and Juan Antonio Bayona (The orphanage). ” - frankde-jong
 
99.
Belle Epoque (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
In 1931, a young soldier (Fernando) deserts from the army and falls into a country farm, where he is... (109 mins.)
Director: Fernando Trueba
“ Charming film about one guy who stays in a house with a father and his four beautiful daughters. Much sensuality very little explicit sexuality. The theme of one guy and a group of women is also adressed in "The beguiled" (1971). This is however a very different kind of film. Much more dark and less relaxed than this one. ” - frankde-jong
 
100.
Chico & Rita (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Chico is a young piano player with big dreams. Rita is a beautiful singer with an extraordinary voice. Music and romantic desire unites them, but their journey - in the tradition of the Latin ballad, the bolero - brings heartache and torment. (94 mins.)
“ Animation film that has a great jazzy score and Havanna before Castro is beautifully done. The story however is disappointing. ” - frankde-jong