Essential Classic Films

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1.
Jeanne Dielman, 23 Commerce Quay, 1080 Brussels (1975)
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A lonely widowed housewife does her daily chores, takes care of her apartment where she lives with her teenage son, and turns the occasional trick to make ends meet. However, something happens that changes her safe routine. (201 mins.)
 
2.
Vampyr (1932)
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A drifter obsessed with the supernatural stumbles upon an inn where a severely ill adolescent girl is slowly becoming a vampire. (83 mins.)
Director: Carl Th. Dreyer
 
3.
The Element of Crime (1984)
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A cop in a dystopian Europe investigates a serial killings suspect using controversial methods written by his now disgraced former mentor. (104 mins.)
Director: Lars Von Trier
 
4.
Last Year at Marienbad (1961)
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In a strange and isolated chateau, a man becomes acquainted with a woman and insists that they have met before. (94 mins.)
Director: Alain Resnais
 
5.
F for Fake (1973 Documentary)
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A documentary about fraud and fakery. (89 mins.)
Director: Orson Welles
 
6.
Army of Shadows (1969)
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An account of underground resistance fighters in Nazi-occupied France. (145 mins.)
 
7.
The Man Who Laughs (1928)
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When a proud noble refuses to kiss the hand of the despotic King James in 1690, he is cruelly executed and his son surgically disfigured. (110 mins.)
Director: Paul Leni
 
8.
Man Bites Dog (1992)
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A film crew follows a ruthless thief and heartless killer as he goes about his daily routine. But complications set in when the film crew lose their objectivity and begin lending a hand. (95 mins.)
 
9.
Le Samouraï (1967)
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After Professional hitman Jef Costello is seen by witnesses his efforts to provide himself an alibi drive him further into a corner. (105 mins.)
 
10.
The Third Man (1949)
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Pulp novelist Holly Martins travels to shadowy, postwar Vienna, only to find himself investigating the mysterious death of an old friend, Harry Lime. (104 mins.)
Director: Carol Reed
 
11.
(1963)
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A harried movie director retreats into his memories and fantasies. (138 mins.)
 
12.
Days of Heaven (1978)
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A hot-tempered farm laborer convinces the woman he loves to marry their rich but dying boss so that they can have a claim to his fortune. (94 mins.)
Director: Terrence Malick
 
13.
The Battle of Algiers (1966)
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In the 1950s, fear and violence escalate as the people of Algiers fight for independence from the French government. (121 mins.)
 
14.
The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928)
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In 1431, Jeanne d'Arc is placed on trial on charges of heresy. The ecclesiastical jurists attempt to force Jeanne to recant her claims of holy visions. (110 mins.)
Director: Carl Th. Dreyer
 
15.
Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take One (1968 Documentary)
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Filmmaker William Greaves auditioned acting students for a fictional drama, while simultaneously shooting the behind-the-scenes drama taking place. (75 mins.)
Director: William Greaves
 
16.
The Godfather (1972)
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The aging patriarch of an organized crime dynasty transfers control of his clandestine empire to his reluctant son. (175 mins.)
 
17.
The Godfather: Part II (1974)
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The early life and career of Vito Corleone in 1920s New York City is portrayed, while his son, Michael, expands and tightens his grip on the family crime syndicate. (202 mins.)
 
18.
Psycho (1960)
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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.)
 
19.
Mulholland Dr. (2001)
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After a car wreck on the winding Mulholland Drive renders a woman amnesiac, she and a perky Hollywood-hopeful search for clues and answers across Los Angeles in a twisting venture beyond dreams and reality. (147 mins.)
Director: David Lynch
 
20.
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)
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A bounty hunting scam joins two men in an uneasy alliance against a third in a race to find a fortune in gold buried in a remote cemetery. (161 mins.)
Director: Sergio Leone
 
21.
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
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Humanity finds a mysterious, obviously artificial object buried beneath the Lunar surface and, with the intelligent computer H.A.L. 9000, sets off on a quest. (149 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
 
22.
Le sang des bêtes (1949 Documentary)
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An early example of ultra-realism, this movie contrasts the quiet, bucolic life in the outskirts of Paris with the harsh... (22 mins.)
Director: Georges Franju
 
23.
Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)
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An insane general triggers a path to nuclear holocaust that a war room full of politicians and generals frantically tries to stop. (95 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
 
24.
Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom (1975)
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In World War II Italy, our fascist libertines round up nine adolescent boys and girls and subject them to one hundred and twenty days of physical, mental and sexual torture. (117 mins.)
 
25.
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
 
26.
Raging Bull (1980)
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An emotionally self-destructive boxer's journey through life, as the violence and temper that leads him to the top in the ring destroys his life outside it. (129 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
 
27.
Eraserhead (1977)
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Henry Spencer tries to survive his industrial environment, his angry girlfriend, and the unbearable screams of his newly born mutant child. (89 mins.)
Director: David Lynch
 
28.
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
 
29.
Do the Right Thing (1989)
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On the hottest day of the year on a street in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, everyone's hate and bigotry smolders and builds until it explodes into violence. (120 mins.)
Director: Spike Lee
 
30.
Come and See (1985)
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After finding an old rifle, a young boy joins the Soviet resistance movement against ruthless German forces and experiences the horrors of World War II. (142 mins.)
Director: E. Klimov
 
31.
Sunset Blvd. (1950)
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A screenwriter is hired to rework a faded silent film star's script only to find himself developing a dangerous relationship. (110 mins.)
Director: Billy Wilder
 
32.
Life of Brian (1979)
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Brian is born on the original Christmas, in the stable next door. He spends his life being mistaken for a messiah. (94 mins.)
Director: Terry Jones
 
33.
Autumn Sonata (1978)
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A married daughter who longs for her mother's love is visited by the latter, a successful concert pianist. (99 mins.)
Director: Ingmar Bergman
 
34.
The Sacrifice (1986)
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At the dawn of World War III, a man searches for a way to restore peace to the world and finds he must give something in return. (149 mins.)
 
35.
Rabbits (2002 Short Film)
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In a nameless city deluged by continuous rain, three rabbits live with a fearful mystery. (43 mins.)
Director: David Lynch
 
36.
Persona (1966)
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A nurse is put in charge of a mute actress and finds that their personas are melding together. (85 mins.)
Director: Ingmar Bergman
 
37.
DumbLand (2002 Mini-Series)
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A series of 5-minute line animations (drawn in the rough style and with the minimalist plots of David Lynch's The Angriest Dog in the World comic strip) featuring an angry and violent Neanderthal, and his family and neighbors. (35 mins.)
Director: David Lynch
 
38.
Barry Lyndon (1975)
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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
 
39.
Stalker (1979)
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A guide leads two men through an area known as the Zone to find a room that grants wishes. (162 mins.)
 
40.
In the Mood for Love (2000)
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Two neighbors, a woman and a man, form a strong bond after both suspect extramarital activities of their spouses. However, they agree to keep their bond platonic so as not to commit similar wrongs. (98 mins.)
Director: Kar Wai Wong
 
41.
Side/Walk/Shuttle (1992 Short Film)
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An experimental short in which San Francisco is viewed from an elevator moving up and down 24 floors. (41 mins.)
Director: Ernie Gehr
 
42.
Opening the Nineteenth Century: 1896 (1991 Short Film)
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(9 mins.)
Director: Ken Jacobs
 
43.
As Bodas de Deus (1999)
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After receiving a visit from a messenger of God, João de Deus wins his buddy's girlfriend through a roll of the dice. (150 mins.)
 
44.
Killer of Sheep (1978)
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Set in the Watts area of Los Angeles, a slaughterhouse worker must suspend his emotions to continue working at a job he finds repugnant, and then he finds he has little sensitivity for the family he works so hard to support. (80 mins.)
Director: Charles Burnett
 
45.
Alone. Life Wastes Andy Hardy (1998 Short Film)
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Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland are cloned in an experimental backyard musical. The starting point is... (15 mins.)
Director: Martin Arnold
 
46.
Meshes of the Afternoon (1943 Short Film)
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A woman returning home falls asleep and has vivid dreams that may or may not be happening in reality. Through repetitive images and complete mismatching of the objective view of time and space, her dark inner desires play out on-screen. (14 mins.)
 
47.
A Moment of Innocence (1996)
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A semi-autobiographical account of Makmahlbaf's experience as a teenager when, as a 17-year-old, he stabbed a policeman at a protest rally. Two decades later, he tracks down the policeman he injured in an attempt to make amends. (78 mins.)
 
48.
Playtime (1967)
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Monsieur Hulot curiously wanders around a high-tech Paris, paralleling a trip with a group of American tourists. Meanwhile, a nightclub/restaurant prepares its opening night, but it's still under construction. (115 mins.)
Director: Jacques Tati
 
49.
Window Water Baby Moving (1959 Documentary)
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Stan Brakhage films the birth of his first child, Myrrena. (13 mins.)
Director: Stan Brakhage
 
50.
Table (1976 Short Film)
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(16 mins.)
Director: Ernie Gehr
 
51.
Mothlight (1963 Short Film)
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A "found foliage" film composed of insects, leaves, and other detritus sandwiched between two strips of perforated tape. (4 mins.)
Director: Stan Brakhage
 
52.
Flowers of Shanghai (1998)
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In Shanghai in the 1880s there are four elegant brothels (flower houses): each has an auntie (called madam)... (130 mins.)
Director: Hsiao-Hsien Hou
 
53.
Wavelength (1967)
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One of the most unconventional and experimental films ever made, Wavelength is a structural film of a 45-minute long zoom in on a window over a period of a week. (45 mins.)
Director: Michael Snow
 
54.
Puce Moment (1949 Short Film)
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A soundtrack plays folk rock as a woman prepares, at noon, to take her Borzois for a walk. She goes through her dresses... (6 mins.)
Director: Anger
 
55.
Unsere Afrikareise (1966 Short Film)
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Kubelka was asked to do a documentation group of Europe's hunters in Africa, working on it for hours... (13 mins.)
Director: Peter Kubelka
 
56.
Man with a Movie Camera (1929 Documentary)
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A man travels around a city with a camera slung over his shoulder, documenting urban life with dazzling invention. (68 mins.)
Director: Dziga Vertov
 
57.
Passage à l'acte (1993 Short Film)
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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
 
58.
Vagabond (1985)
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A young woman's body is found frozen in a ditch. Through flashbacks and interviews, we see the events that led to her inevitable death. (105 mins.)
Director: Agnès Varda
 
59.
Spring in a Small Town (1948)
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A lonely housewife finds her monotonous life altered when her childhood sweetheart returns to town. (98 mins.)
Director: Mu Fei