Martin Scorsese’s Film School: The 85 Films You Need To See To Know Anything About Film

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1.
All That Heaven Allows (1955)
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An upper-class widow falls in love with a much younger, down-to-earth nurseryman, much to the disapproval of her children and criticism of her country club peers. (89 mins.)
Director: Douglas Sirk
 
2.
The Bad and the Beautiful (1952)
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An unscrupulous movie producer uses an actress, a director and a writer to achieve success. (118 mins.)
 
3.
Duel in the Sun (1946)
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Beautiful half-breed Pearl Chavez becomes the ward of her dead father's first love and finds herself torn between her sons, one good and the other bad. (129 mins.)
Director: King Vidor
 
4.
The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (1921)
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An extended family split up in France and Germany find themselves on opposing sides of the battlefield during World War I. (150 mins.)
Director: Rex Ingram
 
5.
Europe '51 (1952)
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Irene Girard is an ambassador's wife and used to living in luxury. After the dramatic death of her son... (118 mins.)
 
6.
The Fall of the Roman Empire (1964)
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The death of Marcus Aurelius leads to a succession crisis, in which the deceased emperor's son, Commodus, demonstrates that he is unwilling to let anything undermine his claim to the Roman Empire. (188 mins.)
Director: Anthony Mann
 
7.
The Flowers of St. Francis (1950)
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The film dramatizes about a dozen vignettes from the life of St. Francis and his early followers - starting... (85 mins.)
 
8.
Force of Evil (1948)
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An unethical lawyer, with an older brother he wants to help, becomes a partner with a client in the numbers racket. (78 mins.)
 
9.
Forty Guns (1957)
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Showdown in Arizona between the Bonnell brothers, U.S.Marshals, and Jessica Drummond, the iron-fist rancher who controls the territory. (80 mins.)
Director: Samuel Fuller
 
10.
Gilda (1946)
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A small-time gambler hired to work in a Buenos Aires casino learns that his ex-lover is married to his employer. (110 mins.)
Director: Charles Vidor
 
11.
HealtH (1980)
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A parody and satire of the U.S. political scene of the time, HealtH is set at a health food convention at a Florida luxury hotel, where a powerful political organization is deciding on a new president. (105 mins.)
Director: Robert Altman
 
12.
How Green Was My Valley (1941)
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At the turn of the century in a Welsh mining village, the Morgans, he stern, she gentle, raise coal-mining sons and hope their youngest will find a better life. (118 mins.)
Director: John Ford
 
13.
I Walk Alone (1947)
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Frankie Madison leaves prison expecting a share from his ex-partner. But Prohibition bootlegging didn't prepare Frankie for Big Business. (97 mins.)
Director: Byron Haskin
 
14.
The Cake-Walk Infernal (1903 Short Film)
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Pluto, having seen the earth, comes back home amazed at the success of that well-known dance, the "cake-walk."... (5 mins.)
 
15.
Jason and the Argonauts (1963)
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The legendary Greek hero leads a team of intrepid adventurers in a perilous quest for the legendary Golden Fleece. (104 mins.)
Director: Don Chaffey
 
16.
Journey to Italy (1954)
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An unhappily married couple attempts to find direction and insight while vacationing in Naples. (85 mins.)
 
17.
Julius Caesar (1953)
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The growing ambition of Julius Caesar is a source of major concern to his close friend Brutus. Cassius persuades him to participate in his plot to assassinate Caesar but they have both sorely underestimated Mark Antony. (120 mins.)
 
18.
Kiss Me Deadly (1955)
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A doomed female hitchhiker pulls Mike Hammer into a deadly whirlpool of intrigue, revolving around a mysterious "great whatsit." (106 mins.)
Director: Robert Aldrich
 
19.
Klute (1971)
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A small-town detective searching for a missing man has only one lead: a connection with a New York prostitute. (114 mins.)
Director: Alan J. Pakula
 
20.
La Terra Trema (1948)
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In rural Sicily, the fishermen live at the mercy of the greedy wholesalers. One family risks everything to buy their own boat and operate independently. (160 mins.)
 
21.
The Magic Box (1951)
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A chronicle of the life of William Friese-Greene, a British inventor and early pioneer in cinema. (118 mins.)
Director: John Boulting
 
22.
Macbeth (1948)
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In 11th century Scotland, nobleman Macbeth and his wife plot to murder the king and usurp the throne in order to fulfill an evil prophecy made by three witches. (92 mins.)
Director: Orson Welles
 
23.
Stairway to Heaven (1946)
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A British wartime aviator who cheats death must argue for his life before a celestial court. (104 mins.)
 
24.
Il messia (1975)
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The story of the life of Jesus Christ. (140 mins.)
 
25.
Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters (1985)
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A fictionalized account in four chapters of the life of celebrated Japanese writer Yukio Mishima. (121 mins.)
Director: Paul Schrader
 
26.
One, Two, Three (1961)
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In West Berlin during the Cold War, a Coca-Cola executive is given the task of taking care of his boss' socialite daughter. (115 mins.)
Director: Billy Wilder
 
27.
Othello (1951)
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The Moorish general Othello is manipulated into thinking that his new wife Desdemona has been carrying on an affair with his lieutenant Michael Cassio when in reality it is all part of the scheme of a bitter ensign named Iago. (90 mins.)
Director: Orson Welles
 
28.
Pickup on South Street (1953)
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A pickpocket unwittingly lifts a message destined for enemy agents and becomes a target for a Communist spy ring. (80 mins.)
Director: Samuel Fuller
 
29.
The Power and the Glory (1933)
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A man's life is retold just after his funeral. Beginning as a track walker, Tom Garner rose through all sorts of railroad jobs to head the company... (76 mins.)
 
30.
Raw Deal (1948)
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Joe Sullivan has taken the rap for Rick who double-crosses him with a flawed escape plan and other means intended to get rid of him. (79 mins.)
Director: Anthony Mann
 
31.
The Rise of Louis XIV (1966 TV Movie)
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1661: Cardinal Mazarin dies. In the power vacuum, the young Louis asserts his intention to govern as well as rule... (90 mins.)
 
32.
The Roaring Twenties (1939)
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Three men attempt to make a living in Prohibitionist America after returning home from fighting together in World War I. (106 mins.)
Director: Raoul Walsh
 
33.
Rocco and His Brothers (1960)
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Having recently been uprooted to Milan, Rocco and his four brothers each look for a new way in life when a prostitute comes between Rocco and his brother Simone. (177 mins.)
 
34.
I segreti dell'anima (1912 Short Film)
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(22 mins.)
 
35.
Senso (1954)
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A troubled and neurotic Italian Countess betrays her entire country for a self-destructive love affair with an Austrian Lieutenant. (123 mins.)
 
36.
Stromboli (1950)
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Karen, a young woman from the Baltic countries, marries fisherman Antonio to escape from a prisoners camp. But the life in Antonio's village, Stromboli, threatened by the volcano, is a tough one and Karen cannot get used to it. (107 mins.)
 
37.
T-Men (1947)
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Two US Treasury agents hunt a successful counterfeiting ring. (92 mins.)
Director: Anthony Mann
 
38.
The Trial (1962)
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An unassuming office worker is arrested and stands trial, but he is never made aware of his charges. (119 mins.)
Director: Orson Welles
 
39.
Two Weeks in Another Town (1962)
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After spending three years in an asylum, a washed-up actor views a minor assignment from his old director in Rome as a chance for personal and professional redemption. (107 mins.)
 
40.
Paisan (1946)
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Six vignettes follow the Allied invasion from July 1943 to winter 1944, from Sicily north to Venice... (126 mins.)
 
41.
Germany Year Zero (1948)
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A young German boy faces the problems of the tough life in the immediate post WWII Berlin. (78 mins.)