Harvard University's Suggested Film Viewing List: Narrative Films (2012)

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This list is "an educational resource that offers guidance and encouragement as students seek to find points of orientation within the vast history of film and video." It is not a list of the best films of all time. Rather, it reflects a variety of criteria.

The list is divided into 5 sections:
I. Narrative Films
Hollywood Genres (with an emphasis on the classical studio era)
II. Non-Fiction Films
III. Animated Films
IV. Experimental/Avant-garde/Underground Films
V. Single-channel Video
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1.
The Arrival of a Train (1896 Documentary)
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A group of people are standing in a straight line along the platform of a railway station, waiting for a train... (1 mins.)
 
2.
Employees Leaving the Lumière Factory (1895 Documentary)
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A man opens the big gates to the Lumière factory. Through the gateway and a smaller doorway beside it... (1 mins.)
Director: Louis Lumière
 
3.
Tables Turned on the Gardener (1895 Short Film)
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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
 
4.
Baby's Dinner (1895 Documentary)
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A baby is seated at a table between its cheerful parents, Auguste and Marguerite Lumière. While the father is feeding the baby with a spoon... (1 mins.)
Director: Louis Lumière
 
5.
The Conjuring of a Woman at the House of Robert Houdin (1896 Short Film)
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A woman disappears on stage. (1 mins.)
 
6.
A Trip to the Moon (1902 Short Film)
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A group of astronomers go on an expedition to the Moon. (13 mins.)
 
7.
Fairyland: A Kingdom of Fairies (1903 Short Film)
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At the royal court, a prince is presenting the princess whom he is pledged to marry, when a witch suddenly appears... (16 mins.)
 
8.
The Magic Lantern (1903 Short Film)
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In this brief "trick film" two clowns assemble an enormous magic lantern which first projects moving images, then emits dancing girls. (3 mins.)
 
9.
An Impossible Voyage (1904 Short Film)
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Using every known means of transportation, several savants from the Geographic Society undertake a journey... (24 mins.)
 
10.
Annabelle Serpentine Dance (1895 Documentary)
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Annabelle (Whitford) Moore performs one of her popular dance routines. She uses her dance steps and her long, flowing skirts to create a variety of visual patterns. (1 mins.)
 
11.
The Kiss (1896 Short Film)
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Two people kiss. (1 mins.)
Director: William Heise
 
12.
Mr. Edison at Work in His Chemical Laboratory (1897 Documentary)
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"This film is remarkable in several respects. In the first place, it is full life-size. Secondly, it... (1 mins.)
 
13.
Electrocuting an Elephant (1903 Documentary)
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The execution of Topsy, a female elephant, in a publicity stunt advertising the opening of Luna Park on Coney Island... (1 mins.)
Stars: Topsy
 
14.
The Patchwork Girl of Oz (1914)
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Ojo and Unc Nunkie are out of food, so they decide to journey to the Emerald City where they will never starve... (81 mins.)
 
15.
Terrible Teddy, the Grizzly King (1901 Short Film)
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Theodore Roosevelt merrily kills a mountain lion in Colorado while his press agent and photographer record the event for posterity. (1 mins.)
Director: Edwin S. Porter
 
16.
Circular Panorama of Electric Tower (1901 Documentary)
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A most interesting picture at the Pan-American Exposition. The picture was taken from the north side of the Electric Tower... (1 mins.)
Director: Edwin S. Porter
 
17.
Pan-American Exposition by Night (1901 Documentary)
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A great feature of the Pan-American Exposition, as unanimously conceded by all visitors, was the electric... (1 mins.)
Director: Edwin S. Porter
 
18.
Life of an American Fireman (1903 Short Film)
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Porter's sequential continuity editing links several shots to form a narrative of firemen responding to a house fire... (6 mins.)
 
19.
Uncle Josh at the Moving Picture Show (1902 Short Film)
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Country rube thinks what he sees on the movie screen is real. He jumps out of his seat to try to stop a kissing scene. (2 mins.)
Director: Edwin S. Porter
 
20.
Uncle Tom's Cabin (1903 Short Film)
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Based on the novel by Harriet Beecher Stowe: Eliza, a slave who has a young child, pleads with Tom, another slave... (13 mins.)
 
21.
The Gay Shoe Clerk (1903 Short Film)
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A woman being fitted for shoes exposes her ankle to the shoe clerk, who is intrigued. He kisses her, but her chaperone hits him with her umbrella. (1 mins.)
 
22.
A Romance of the Rail (1903 Short Film)
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An engaged couple, dressed in white, meet each other at a train station. When the train arrives, they get on board... (4 mins.)
 
23.
The Great Train Robbery (1903 Short Film)
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A group of bandits stage a brazen train hold-up, only to find a determined posse hot on their heels. (11 mins.)
 
24.
The 'Teddy' Bears (1907 Short Film)
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Seven toy teddy bears of varying sizes suddenly come to life, getting in all sorts of merry misadventures. (13 mins.)
 
25.
The Lonely Villa (1909 Short Film)
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A gang of thieves lure a man out of his home so that they can rob it and threaten his wife and children... (8 mins.)
Director: D.W. Griffith
 
26.
A Corner in Wheat (1909 Short Film)
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A greedy tycoon decides, on a whim, to corner the world market in wheat. This doubles the price of bread... (14 mins.)
Director: D.W. Griffith
 
27.
His Trust: The Faithful Devotion and Self-Sacrifice of an Old Negro Servant (1911 Short Film)
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A Confederate officer is called off to war. He leaves his wife and daughter in the care of George, his faithful Negro servant... (14 mins.)
Director: D.W. Griffith
 
28.
The Lonedale Operator (1911 Short Film)
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When her father becomes ill, a young woman takes over the telegraph at a lonely western railroad station... (17 mins.)
 
29.
The New York Hat (1912 Short Film)
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When Mrs. Harding dies, she leaves a mysterious letter to her pastor. The note tells how her cold, miserly husband worked her to death... (16 mins.)
Director: D.W. Griffith
 
30.
The Musketeers of Pig Alley (1912 Short Film)
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A young wife and her musician husband live in poverty in a New York City tenement. The husband's job requires him to go away for for a number of days... (17 mins.)
Director: D.W. Griffith
 
31.
The Battle of Elderbush Gulch (1913 Short Film)
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The fact that an Indian tribe is eating puppies starts an action packed battle in a western town. (29 mins.)
Director: D.W. Griffith
 
32.
La fée aux choux (1896 Short Film)
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The first film directed by a female director, "The Cabbage Fairy" presents a brief fantasy tale involving... (1 mins.)
Director: Alice Guy
 
33.
A House Divided (1913 Short Film)
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A married couple decide to "live separately together." (13 mins.)
 
34.
Cabiria (1914)
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Three centuries before Christus. Young Cabiria is kidnapped by some pirates during one eruption of the Etna... (148 mins.)
 
35.
Fantômas: In the Shadow of the Guillotine (1913)
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Inspector Juve is tasked to investigate and capture an infamous criminal Fantomas. (54 mins.)
Director: Louis Feuillade
 
36.
The Birth of a Nation (1915)
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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
 
37.
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. (399 mins.)
Director: Louis Feuillade
 
38.
Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages (1916)
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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
 
39.
The Cheat (1915)
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A venal, spoiled stockbroker's wife impulsively embezzles $10,000 from the charity she chairs and desperately turns to a Burmese ivory trader to replace the stolen money. (59 mins.)
 
40.
The Immigrant (1917 Short Film)
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Charlie is an immigrant who endures a challenging voyage and gets into trouble as soon as he arrives in America. (30 mins.)
 
41.
The Outlaw and His Wife (1918)
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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.)
 
42.
Broken Blossoms or The Yellow Man and the Girl (1919)
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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
 
43.
Sunnyside (1919 Short Film)
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Charlie works on a farm from 4am to late at night. He gets his food on the run (milking a cow into his coffee... (41 mins.)
Director: Charlie Chaplin
 
44.
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920)
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Dr. Caligari's somnambulist, Cesare, and his deadly predictions. (78 mins.)
Director: Robert Wiene
 
45.
The Phantom Carriage (1921)
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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.)
 
46.
The Blot (1921)
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The Professor dispenses the wisdom of the ages and does not make a living wage. The sons of the rich and powerful are students lacking any motivation... (80 mins.)
Director: Lois Weber
 
47.
Nosferatu (1922)
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Vampire Count Orlok expresses interest in a new residence and real estate agent Hutter's wife. (94 mins.)
Director: F.W. Murnau
 
48.
Po zakonu (1926)
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A five-person team of gold prospectors in the Yukon has just begun to enjoy great success when one of the members snaps... (80 mins.)
Director: Lev Kuleshov
 
49.
Häxan: Witchcraft Through the Ages (1922 Documentary)
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Fictionalized documentary showing the evolution of witchcraft, from its pagan roots to its confusion with hysteria in modern Europe. (91 mins.)
 
50.
Foolish Wives (1922)
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A con artist masquerades a Russian nobility and attempts to seduce the wife of an American diplomat. (117 mins.)
 
51.
Safety Last! (1923)
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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.)
 
52.
Kino Eye (1924 Documentary)
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This documentary promoting the joys of life in a Soviet village centers around the activities of the Young Pioneers... (78 mins.)
Director: Dziga Vertov
 
53.
The Last Laugh (1924)
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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
 
54.
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.)
 
55.
Sherlock Jr. (1924)
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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
 
56.
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
 
57.
The Inhuman Woman (1924)
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Claire Lescot is a famous prima donna. All men want to be loved by her. Among them is the young scientist Einar Norsen... (135 mins.)
 
58.
The Iron Horse (1924)
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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.)
 
59.
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
 
60.
The Gold Rush (1925)
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A prospector goes to the Klondike in search of gold and finds it and more. (95 mins.)
Director: Charles Chaplin
 
61.
Body and Soul (1925)
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A minister is malevolent and sinister behind his righteous facade. He consorts with, and later extorts from... (102 mins.)
Director: Oscar Micheaux
 
62.
The Joyless Street (1925)
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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
 
63.
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.)
 
64.
The Lodger (1927)
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A landlady suspects her new lodger is the madman killing women in London. (68 mins.)
 
65.
Mother (1926)
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The Film Version Of Gorki's Great Story Of The 1905 Revolution (89 mins.)
 
66.
A Page of Madness (1926)
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A man takes a job at an asylum with hopes of freeing his imprisoned wife. (70 mins.)
 
67.
Metropolis (1927)
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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
 
68.
The End of St. Petersburg (1927)
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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.)
 
69.
Napoleon (1927)
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A film about the French Field Marshal's youth and early military career. (240 mins.)
Director: Abel Gance
 
70.
Sunrise (1927)
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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
 
71.
The Jazz Singer (1927)
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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
 
72.
October (Ten Days that Shook the World) (1928)
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In documentary style, events in Petrograd are re-enacted from the end of the monarchy in February of... (142 mins.)
 
73.
L'argent (1928)
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The business tycoon Nicolas Saccard is nearly ruined by his rival Gunderman, when he tries to raise capital for his company... (195 mins.)
 
74.
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
 
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.
The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
A chronicle of the trial of Jeanne d'Arc on charges of heresy, and the efforts of her ecclesiastical jurists to force Jeanne to recant her claims of holy visions. (110 mins.)
Director: Carl Th. Dreyer
 
77.
Under the Roofs of Paris (1930)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 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
 
78.
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.)
 
79.
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. (124 mins.)
 
80.
L'Age d'Or (1930)
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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
 
81.
Borderline (1930)
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A negro woman having an adulterous affair with a white man causes his wife to go mad and re-enforces the towns-folk's prejudice against Negroes. (63 mins.)
 
82.
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
 
83.
The Exile (1931)
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A young man named Jean in post-World War I Chicago falls in love with a beautiful girl named Edith. He proposes to her... (93 mins.)
 
84.
I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang (1932)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Wrongly convicted James Allen serves in the intolerable conditions of a southern chain gang, which later comes back to haunt him. (92 mins.)
Director: Mervyn LeRoy
 
85.
Zero for Conduct (1933 Short Film)
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In a repressive boarding school with rigid rules of behavior, four boys decide to rebel against the direction on a celebration day. (44 mins.)
Director: Jean Vigo
 
86.
Christopher Strong (1933)
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A famous female flier and a member of Parliament drift into a potentially disastrous affair. (78 mins.)
Director: Dorothy Arzner
 
87.
Godfather Mendoza (1934)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
During Mexican Revolution, Rosalio Mendoza (Del Diestro) survives by making and winning favors from both factions... (85 mins.)
 
88.
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
 
89.
The Crime of Monsieur Lange (1936)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A man and a woman arrive in a cafe-hotel near the belgian frontier. The customers recognize the man from the police's description... (80 mins.)
Director: Jean Renoir
 
90.
The 39 Steps (1935)
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A man in London tries to help a counterespionage agent. But when the agent is killed and the man stands accused, he must go on the run to both save himself and also stop a spy ring which is trying to steal top secret information. (86 mins.)
 
91.
Modern Times (1936)
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The Tramp struggles to live in modern industrial society with the help of a young homeless woman. (87 mins.)
Director: Charlie Chaplin
 
92.
Sisters of the Gion (1936)
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Two geisha sisters lead a hard life in the Gion district of Kyoto. After one of them feels obliged to support a bankrupt businessman, the other sister sets up various schemes to get rid of him. (69 mins.)
Director: Kenji Mizoguchi
 
93.
La Grande Illusion (1937)
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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
 
94.
Alexander Nevsky (1938)
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The story of how a great Russian prince led a ragtag army to battle an invading force of Teutonic Knights. (112 mins.)
 
95.
Le Jour se Leve (1939)
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After committing a murder, a man locks himself in his apartment and recollects the events the led him to the killing. (93 mins.)
Director: Marcel Carné
 
96.
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
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A naive man is appointed to fill a vacancy in the United States Senate. His plans promptly collide with political corruption, but he doesn't back down. (129 mins.)
Director: Frank Capra
 
97.
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
 
98.
The Thief of Bagdad (1940)
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After being tricked and cast out of Bagdad by the evil Jaffar, King Ahmad joins forces with a thief named Abu to reclaim his throne, the city, and the Princess he loves. (106 mins.)
 
99.
Jud Süß (1940)
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In this notorious Nazi propaganda historical costume melodrama, a conniving, ambitious Jewish businessman... (98 mins.)
Director: Veit Harlan
 
100.
Citizen Kane (1941)
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Following the death of a publishing tycoon, news reporters scramble to discover the meaning of his final utterance. (119 mins.)
Director: Orson Welles