PdA's Anti-Canon, 2013 Edition

Favorite films (that are listed on IMDb) with less than 1,500 votes at the time the list was conducted. Roughly in order of preference. Special things like making ofs, stand-up shows, episodes of a series, etc. have largely been excluded, with some notable exceptions.
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1.
¡Mátalo! (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A gang rescues a criminal from the gallows to attach them and rob a stagecoach full of gold. When they get the loot... (89 mins.)
Director: Canevari
 
2.
The Scoundrel (1935)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A ruthless, cynical, hated publisher is killed in a plane crash, and his ghost must wander restlessly unless someone sheds a tear for him. (76 mins.)
 
3.
Crime Without Passion (1934)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Prominent lawyer shoots unfaithful girlfriend during quarrel, has to establish alibi. (70 mins.)
 
4.
Vampire Journals (1997 Video)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
Avenging vampire stalks a king of the vampires in Eastern Europe, slaughters anyone who gets in his way. (82 mins.)
Director: Ted Nicolaou
 
5.
Go West (1923 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
(12 mins.)
Director: Len Powers
 
6.
The Super Cops (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
The true story of two New York City cops. Greenberg & Hantz fought the system, became detectives and were known on the streets as "Batman & Robin". (90 mins.)
Director: Gordon Parks
 
7.
It's Such a Beautiful Day (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
Bill struggles to put together his shattered psyche, in this new feature film version of Don Hertzfeldt's animated short film trilogy. (62 mins.)
Director: Don Hertzfeldt
 
8.
The Blood Spattered Bride (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
A young husband's sexual fantasies frighten his new wife and cause her to seek advice from Carmilla... (100 mins.)
Director: Vicente Aranda
 
9.
This World, Then the Fireworks (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  
Marty Lakewood is a reporter forced to leave Chicago and his family because he had uncovered too much police corruption... (100 mins.)
 
10.
Models (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Four models share their life experience. (118 mins.)
Director: Ulrich Seidl
 
11.
The Intruder (1962)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A man in a gleaming white suit comes to a small Southern town on the eve of integration. He calls himself a social reformer. But what he does is stir up trouble--trouble he soon finds he can't control. (84 mins.)
Director: Roger Corman
 
12.
The Girl on a Motorcycle (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  
A married woman leaves her husband and zooms off on her motorcycle to see her lover. (91 mins.)
Director: Jack Cardiff
 
13.
A Letter to Momo (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Clinging to an unfinished letter written by her recently deceased father, young Momo moves with her... (120 mins.)
Director: Hiroyuki Okiura
 
14.
Cut-Throats Nine (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A wagon load of convicts on their way to prison is being escorted through the mountains by a cavalry troop... (90 mins.)
 
15.
The Professional: Golgo 13 (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
An infamous hit-man becomes the target of a powerful oil tycoon after the former kills the latter's son. (95 mins.)
Director: Osamu Dezaki
 
16.
Reign of Terror (1949)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Robespierrre, a powerful figure in the French revolution, is desperately looking for his black book, a death list of those marked for the guillotine. (89 mins.)
Director: Anthony Mann
 
17.
Mysteries of Lisbon (2011 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
Follows a jealous countess, a wealthy businessman, and a young orphaned boy across Portugal, France, Italy and Brazil where they connect with a variety of mysterious individuals. (60 mins.)
 
18.
The Terrorizers (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A metaphysical mystery about the lives of three couples in Taipei that continually intersect over a span of several weeks. (109 mins.)
Director: Edward Yang
 
19.
Chambre jaune (2002 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
(8 mins.)
 
20.
Sombre (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
A car, following the Tour de France. Children screaming in front of the puppet show. Women, often prostitutes... (112 mins.)
 
21.
Jonah Who Will Be 25 in the Year 2000 (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
The European equivalent of "The Return of the Secaucus 7," this Swiss film looks at the lives of several... (116 mins.)
Director: Alain Tanner
 
22.
Film (1965 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A twenty-minute, almost totally silent film (no dialogue or music one 'shhh!') in which Buster Keaton... (20 mins.)
Director: Alan Schneider
 
23.
The Iron Rose (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
A young couple out for a walk decide to take a stroll through a large cemetery. As darkness begins to fall they realize they can't find their way out, and soon their fears begin to overtake them. (86 mins.)
Director: Jean Rollin
 
24.
Unsere Afrikareise (1966 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Kubelka was asked to do a documentation group of Europe's hunters in Africa, working on it for hours... (13 mins.)
Director: Peter Kubelka
 
25.
Angels Over Broadway (1940)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A cuckolded embezzler on the verge of suicide is helped by a tout, an alcoholic playwright, and a pick-up girl to reimburse the money with a gambling sting. (79 mins.)
 
26.
Johnny Hamlet (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
On his way back from the Civil War, Johnny Hamilton is visited in his sleep by the ghost of his father... (91 mins.)
 
27.
Rockaby (2000 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
An old woman in a rocking chair listens to a disembodied voice (her own) that recounts her life and that of her mother's. When the voice stops, she calls for more. (14 mins.)
Director: Richard Eyre
 
28.
The Dancing Pig (1907 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A girl in a short Belle Epoch chorus outfit stands in a small circus ring with a flat of a fancy entrance way with portieres... (4 mins.)
 
29.
The Man Who Sleeps (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A 25-year-old male student in Paris becomes indifferent to the world around him, and subsequently feels a strong sense of alienation and hopelessness. (77 mins.)
 
30.
Wrony (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A thin child of about 10, nicknamed "Crow" because she mimics the bird, has no friends and rejects a teacher's hug... (66 mins.)
 
31.
A Lost and Found Box of Human Sensation (2010 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
When his father dies unexpectedly, a young man seeking to cope with his grief goes on a powerful emotional journey through time and space. (15 mins.)
 
32.
Hands on a Hard Body: The Documentary (1997 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Twenty-four contestants compete in an endurance/sleep deprivation contest in order to win a brand new Nissan Hardbody truck... (98 mins.)
Director: S.R. Bindler
 
33.
Face to Face (1967)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A history professor has a chance meeting with an infamous outlaw and eventually assumes leadership of his gang, commanding it with efficient, educated ruthlessness. (107 mins.)
Director: Sergio Sollima
 
34.
The End (1995 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
An animator finds himself trying to explain his (lack of) artistic vision to his creations, who just aren't impressed. (6 mins.)
Director: Chris Landreth
 
35.
The Typewriter, the Rifle & the Movie Camera (1996 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
In a documentary about Samuel Fuller, the spectator gets different impressions about the Hollywood director and his films... (55 mins.)
Director: Adam Simon
 
36.
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
 
37.
Inferno (2009 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Henri-Georges Clouzot's unfinished masterpiece, Inferno, is reconstructed in this film which is part drama and part documentary. (102 mins.)
 
38.
Confessions of a Young American Housewife (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
An attractive but conservative mid-30's housewife stays at the house of her sexually open daughter and soon becomes involved in her daughter's swinger lifestyle. (105 mins.)
Director: Joseph W. Sarno
 
39.
More Things That Happened (2007 Video)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
(76 mins.)
Director: David Lynch
 
40.
Flatland (2007 Video)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Flatland is a two-dimensional universe occupied by living geometric figures - squares, triangles, circles... (95 mins.)
 
41.
Fear of Fear (1975 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Margot, who lives in a comfortable middle class apartment, fears that she is losing her mind after having had her second child... (88 mins.)
 
42.
Un lac (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
The story takes place in a country about which we know nothing: a country of snow and dense forests somewhere in the North... (90 mins.)
 
43.
Demons (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
After being robbed by a geisha, a ronin warrior carves a bloody path to seek revenge. (135 mins.)
 
44.
Landläufiger Tod (1990 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
(170 mins.)
 
45.
Post Tenebras Lux (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Juan and his urban family live in the Mexican countryside, where they enjoy and suffer a world apart. And nobody knows if these two worlds are complementary or if they strive to eliminate one another. (115 mins.)
Director: Carlos Reygadas
 
46.
Diably, diably (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A film set in a small Polish village in the '60s that deals with a young girl's awakening sexuality... (86 mins.)
 
47.
Classic Albums (1997 TV Series)
Episode: Nirvana: Nevermind (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
It has sold millions and is responsible for the birth of grunge. This documentary looks at the story...
 
48.
Nostos: The Return (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
At the end of the war, Odysseus, the wandering hero, with his companions begins his sail back home to the Mediterranean... (85 mins.)
Director: Franco Piavoli
 
49.
Dishonored (1931)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
The Austrian Secret Service sends its most seductive agent to spy on the Russians. (91 mins.)
 
50.
Nuit #1 (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
It starts as a one night stand that evolves in a long discussion with infinite subjects between a québécoise and an immigrant. (91 mins.)
Director: Anne Émond
 
51.
Lulu the Tool (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A conscientious factory worker gets his finger cut off by a machine. Although the physical handicap is not serious, the accident causes him to become more involved in political and revolutionary groups. (125 mins.)
Director: Elio Petri
 
52.
Texas, Adios (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
A Texan sheriff and his younger brother travel across the frontier into Mexico to confront the man who killed their father. (93 mins.)
 
53.
The Story of Film: An Odyssey (2011 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
A comprehensive history of the medium and art of motion pictures. (60 mins.)
 
54.
Industrial Symphony No. 1: The Dream of the Brokenhearted (1990 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
After her boyfriend ends their relationship, the dreamself of a heartbroken woman floats through the... (50 mins.)
Director: David Lynch
 
55.
Cemetery Without Crosses (1969)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Manuel is a leather-clad killer, drawn into a tragic kidnap/murder plot by his former flame Maria Caine. (90 mins.)
Director: Robert Hossein
 
56.
The Deathmaker (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Fritz Haarmann, who has killed at least 27 boys, is questioned by a psychology professor in order to... (110 mins.)
 
57.
Illicit (1931)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
A young couple lives together out of wedlock, but they find that they're ahead of their time. (79 mins.)
Director: Archie Mayo
 
58.
A New Life (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
The story involves a young American who falls obsessively in love with a mysterious courtesan named Melania against the backdrop of a dilapidated Eastern European landscape. (102 mins.)
 
59.
The Hamster Factor and Other Tales of Twelve Monkeys (1996 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A documentary following Terry Gilliam through the creation of "12 Monkeys" (1995) (88 mins.)
 
60.
Crash of Silence (1952)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Mandy Garland was born deaf and has been mute for all of her life. Her parents believe she is able to speak if she can only be taught and enroll her with a special teacher. (93 mins.)
 
61.
Testament of Orpheus (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
The Poet looks back over his life and work, recalling his inspirations and obsessions. (77 mins.)
Director: Jean Cocteau
 
62.
La cartomancienne (1932 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
In a European seaside village, a maiden takes clean sheets down from the clothesline. Carrying her basket of linens home... (12 mins.)
Director: Jerome Hill
 
63.
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
 
64.
Korolevstvo krivykh zerkal (1963)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Olya steps through the mirror into the Kingdom of Crooked Mirrors where Yalo resides. The kingdom, under... (75 mins.)
Director: Aleksandr Rou
 
65.
Return to Reason (1923 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Experimental film, white specks and shapes gyrating over a black background, a light-striped torso, a gyrating eggcrate... (3 mins.)
Director: Man Ray
 
66.
Specter of the Rose (1946)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
Ballet dancer Sanine may have murdered his first wife. A detective thinks so, and he's not the only one... (90 mins.)
Director: Ben Hecht
 
67.
The Forest for the Trees (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
As an awkward idealistic high school teacher begins her first job in the city, things turn out to be much tougher than she had imagined. (81 mins.)
Director: Maren Ade
 
68.
The Bead Game (1977 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
To a percussive soundtrack, a succession of more complex animals forms and is consumed by their successors (all formed from beads). Finally, We reach man, who develops ever more sophisticated forms of war. (6 mins.)
Director: Ishu Patel
 
69.
The Meaning of Life (2005 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
The evolution of humanity, through countless eons. (12 mins.)
Director: Don Hertzfeldt
 
70.
Santos Palace (2006 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
(15 mins.)
 
71.
Busting (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
LA cops Gould and Blake get in over their heads when they don't heed orders from above and go after a big crime boss... (92 mins.)
Director: Peter Hyams
 
72.
Ecstasy (1933)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Eva has just gotten married to an older gentleman, but discovers that he is obsessed with order in his life and doesn't have much room for passion... (82 mins.)
Director: Gustav Machatý
 
73.
The Joke (1969)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
In the 1950's, Ludvik Jahn was expelled from the Communist Party and the University by his fellow students... (80 mins.)
Director: Jaromil Jires
 
74.
Indiánské léto (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A debut of director Sasa Gedeon unfolding the simple story of an adolescent girl (Klára Issová)... (65 mins.)
Director: Sasa Gedeon
 
75.
Pulp Fiction Art: Cheap Thrills & Painted Nightmares (2005 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
An intimate look at the extraordinary, often ostracized, and now largely forgotten artwork of Pulp Fiction Magazines... (60 mins.)
Director: Jamie McDonald
 
76.
Passage à l'acte (1993 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
An avant-garde sonic and visual reediting of a short clip from the classic 1962 film "To Kill a Mockingbird." (12 mins.)
Director: Martin Arnold
 
77.
The Cutting Edge: The Magic of Movie Editing (2004 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Documentary about the art of film editing. Clips are shown from many groundbreaking films with innovative editing styles. (98 mins.)
Director: Wendy Apple
 
78.
The Story of the Fox (1930)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
In the kingdom of animals, Master Fox is used to trick and fool everyone. So the King, the Lion, receives more and more complaints about him... (65 mins.)
 
79.
Time to Die (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
When the witty old lady Aniela finally gets rid of her last lodger, she thinks it's finally time for her to feel at home in her beautiful old wooden house. But her greedy son and neighbours have other plans. (104 mins.)
 
80.
Shakespeares Sonette (2009 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
(110 mins.)
Director: Robert Wilson
 
81.
Face Like a Frog (1988 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
(5 mins.)
 
82.
Fugue (1998 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A visual art work that borrows the principles of fugue from music. A man, his dreams, a hotel room... (7 mins.)
 
83.
Pride and Vengeance (1967)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
A stalwart Spanish soldier turns to a life of crime to prove his love for a mysterious and promiscuous gypsy woman. (100 mins.)
Director: Luigi Bazzoni
 
84.
Death of a Killer (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
(80 mins.)
Director: Robert Hossein
 
85.
The Stranger (1967)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
In an atmosphere of political tension when the French still control Algiers, an Algerian is killed on... (104 mins.)
 
86.
Angel's Egg (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A mysterious young girl wanders a desolate, otherworldly landscape, carrying a large egg. (71 mins.)
Director: Mamoru Oshii
 
87.
Paradise: Hope (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
The final installment in Ulrich Seidl's Paradise trilogy, 'Paradise: Hope' tells the story of overweight thirteen-year-old Melanie and her first love... (92 mins.)
Director: Ulrich Seidl
 
88.
Beyond the Forest (1949)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Rosa Moline is bored with life in a small town. She loves Chicago industrialist Neil Latimer who has a hunting lodge nearby... (97 mins.)
Director: King Vidor
 
89.
Deanimated (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
The avant-garde filmmaker Martin Arnold subjects a legendary American horror movie of 1941 to radical cinematographic surgery... (60 mins.)
Director: Martin Arnold
 
90.
The Ground (2001 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
(20 mins.)
Director: Robert Beavers
 
91.
L'ange (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
(64 mins.)
 
92.
Pandora and the Flying Dutchman (1951)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A seductive woman falls in love with a mysterious ship's captain. (122 mins.)
Director: Albert Lewin
 
93.
Der Rabe (1951 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
(14 mins.)
 
94.
Mondo cane (1962 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A "shockumentary" consisting of a collection of mostly real archive footage displaying mankind at its most depraved and perverse, displaying bizarre rites, cruel behavior and bestial violence. (108 mins.)
 
95.
Ride the Pink Horse (1947)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
In the bordertown of San Pablo, preparing for an annual 'Mexican Fiesta,' arrives Gagin: tough, mysterious and laconic... (101 mins.)
 
96.
Crime and Punishment (1935)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Man is haunted by a murder he's committed. (88 mins.)
 
97.
Finding Interest (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
An action thriller about an unhappy advertising executive who hires a hit-man to have himself killed. (92 mins.)
 
98.
Two for the Seesaw (1962)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Jerry Ryan is wandering aimlessly around New York, having given up his law career in Nebraska when his wife asked for a divorce... (119 mins.)
Director: Robert Wise
 
99.
Gucia (1985 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
(16 mins.)
 
100.
Snakes and Ladders (1980 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
(30 mins.)
Director: Raoul Ruiz