Lists by Samurai-Noir

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This list starts off with some obvious -- and perhaps even now cliche, but nevertheless classic choices -- followed by some lesser-known "underrated" titles, and then continuing and ending with movies your parents probably weren't too happy about you watching.
 
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Under 50 credits.
 
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Sorry, but you won't find Tarantino, or Cameron, or Nolan, or Godard (especially Godard) within this list -- although you will find such customaries as Hitchcock, Kubrick, Scorsese, and Lynch. Ridley Scott's exclusion rests upon the debauchery known as 'Prometheus.' Cronenberg hasn't made a decent film since Naked Lunch -- with perhaps the exception of Eastern Promises. There are admirable contemporary directors like Guillermo del Toro, but his filmography could do with fleshing out a bit more, thus not included (Terrence Malick being a listed exception with regards to short filmography). The Coen Brothers, Paul Thomas Anderson, Wes Anderson, and David Fincher have all made good films, but didn't include them, opting for other directors instead.

There are many directors here which are often overlooked or outright ignored. So much so, many of them are not even honored with an IMDb profile picture, which ought to be a capital offense. No picture of Michael Powell, or Nicholas Ray, or Carol Reed, or Jean-Pierre Melville, or Victor Fleming? Every living person, despite not being a Millennial, ought to feel personally insulted.

Admittedly, this list has a bias towards Classical cinema -- but that's merely because film-making from this period was objectively superior. Arthouse cinema also seems to take precedence -- but with no deliberate intent.

Criteria:

-Body of work
-Consistency in quality
-Style & Aesthetics

In order of nationality:
 
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"This film's really weird."
 
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"I've got an idea - lets remake this great movie."
 
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Highly-rated and often praised films; considered to be "masterpieces" but are actually quite challenging, to say the least - ZzzZzzzz...
 
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A recurring list and by no means complete!
 
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Previously-listed titles which are now released by Criterion:

Rosmary's Baby
Badlands
The Devil's Backbone
Nashville
Odd Man Out
 
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"No, Mr. Bond... I expect you to die."
 
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A collection of films in which the primary and central focus is the people -- you know, what movies used to be about.
 
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"Crap" movies that just so happen to be quite enjoyable, incidentally.
 
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Notable films made after World War 1 and prior to the second.
 
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"Well, that was a disappointment " :(
 
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1960s samurai cinema in all its monochromatic splendour.
 
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