Nosferatu, Eine Symphonie Des Grauens (AKA: Nosferatu, A Symphony of Terror) (1922)

Nosferatu

Nosferatu, Eine Syphonie Des Grauens (AKA: Nosferatu, A Symphony of Terror) – 1922

Director –  F. W. Murnau

Starring – Max Schreck, Greta Schroder, and Gustav van Wangenheim

Of the many different genres of cinema, horror seems to be relegated to the bottom of the list when it comes to perceived importance and impact.  Drama, perhaps, is the category voted the most likely to get recognition and accolades, where as comedy seems to get the people’s choice award, but for my money some of the most effective and memorable films reside firmly in the realm of suspense, tragedy, and horror.  Even films that are billed more as mystery like, Psycho, or science fiction, such as Aliens, have elements directly rooted in the anatomy of the horror film.  Brimming with dark imagery, unsettling characters, and casual situations gone wrong, films such as The Exorcist, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and The Thing are very obviously direct descendants of Nosferatu.  it doesn’t end there either, F.W. Murnau’s silent masterpiece has informed the structure, tone, editing, and atmosphere of movies as a whole, and worked its way into the DNA of the language of modern cinema.

The most striking feature of Nosferatu, is the look of the film (duh…it is a silent movie after all.).  Though not as exaggerated and dramatic in appearance as fellow german expressionist work, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, I found the imagery more immediate and haunting.  Starkly black and white (with only subtle color washes to provide a different feel for outdoor versus indoor scenes), Nosferatu relies on stillness and subtle creeping atmosphere to first un-nerve the viewer, then slowly build the tension of the film to a boiling point.  From the long shadowed gothic architecture of the vampire’s castle to the dilapidated, shell of a building which he inhabits upon his arrival in the fictional coastal town of Wisborg, the set pieces lend to the characters aura of danger, and the looming danger that follow with him.

Borrowing obviously from the Dracula story, originally by author Bram Stoker, Murnau and his lead actor Max Schreck craft a version of the vampire character rooted not so much in sexual charisma and riches, than it is in brute strength and fear.  Count Orlok as this Vampire is known, looks sleep deprived, starved, and ravenous.  There is a ferocity in the portrayal that is far more present and vibrant than almost every other vampire that I’ve ever seen depicted in film.  Orlok looks like a cross between the Tall Man from the Phantasm films, and a burned rat, and frankly seeing him for the first time, silhouetted in the archway of his manor, is more than a little unsettling.  The film even refers to him as the “Bird of Death”, further likening him to the dangerous animal that he is.

His appearance isn’t his only weapon though, throughout the film, the vampire utilizes impressive strength, mind control, power over animals, as well as a peculiar telekinetic ability which allows him to, non-corporally interact with the world (self-moving coffins, and doors opening in a simple, but effective stop-motion animation).  When these qualities are added up in one package, Orlok seems like an unstoppable force and brings a real sense of dread with him as he lurks slowly through the scene.

One of the first examples of a Cult Film, Nosferatu nearly didn’t survive after the estate of Bram Stoker sued for copyright infringement and a court ordered all existing prints of the film burned.  This bankrupted the production company who had neglected to acquire the rights to the Dracula story.  Luckily, copies of the film had already been shipped around the world, and survived destruction, eventually being copied and cultivated by fervent fans and film enthusiasts the world over.

As far as acting goes, the discussion should start and stop with the film’s terrifying lead, Max Schreck.  His gaunt frame and solid performance helped to create one of the most indelible characters ever created.  The rest of the cast does a fine job in their roles, but they only ever really play second fiddle to Schreck/Orlok, causing us to miss him when he leaves the frame and thrill us every time he is back on the screen.  His performance is so legendary, that a number of rumors have built up around both the character as well as the actor, painting him as everything from a true method actor, to a a real life sadist who simply plays himself on-screen.  It is these rumors that inspired a fictionalized telling of the actor’s life during the filming of Nosferatu, in the form of “Shadow of the Vampire” starring John Malkovich as Murnau and Willem Dafoe as Schreck.

From the research I’ve done (readings and such about the making of both Nosferatu as well as Shadow of the Vampire) I can find no evidence that any of that is true.  Instead, it would seem that this rather powerful character has simply had the effect of coloring people’s impression of a rather popular stage character actor.  Like many actors, (ie: Maria Falconetti from Passion of Joan of Arc, Linda Blair of the Exorcist, and Jaye Davidson of The Crying Game), Schreck seems to have used up all of his intensity, charisma and skill to be remembered for one great work of art.  Though he continued acting, it is always Nosferatu that he will be remembered for, and vice versa.

I feel like there is so much more that could be said about this film, including comparisons to other films, and weighing and mapping the influence that ripples even through the films of today, but I feel the best service I can do is simply to tell you to watch it.  Just watch the shit out of it.  I know it’s silent, and sometimes silent films can be boring, but this film is worth it (not that others aren’t worth it, mind you).  To see this film is to see one of the keystones in the history of film, a film that helped to define the rules which are adhered to even today.  So do yourself a favor and watch it, you won’t regret it.

“Nosferatu be needing some veneers!”  –  Ashley

Seven Chances (1925)

Seven Chances – 1925

Director – Buster Keaton

Starring – Buster Keaton, Ruth Dwyer, and T. Roy Barnes

Each and every time I watch a brand new Buster Keaton movie, I go into it remembering the last one I saw.  So far each of them that I have seen, except the first one of course, the extreme level of quality has me continuing to hold the next one to that high standard.  The problem with that, comes in with my memory.  Each and every time I forget that these films start out slowly.  There is the inevitable set-up of the premise, the introduction of all the main characters, and the reveal of the potential love interest for Keaton’s character(it happens in each of them).  As a result I get worried in the first 15 or so minutes, that it’s going to be all slow pace, and cutesy plotting.

The fact that Seven Chances was a movie about a man who desperately needs to get married by 7 o’clock on the same day, only elongates the necessary set-up of the film, and tricked me into believing that this would be the one that would simply be corny and sweet, without the usual jaw-dropping action.  As in each of the others, however, I was not disappointed or let down in the least, it simply took me a little longer to get to the meat of Keaton’s athleticism, derring-do, and stunt-work.

As I mentioned earlier, Seven Chances is about a man who needs to get married on the double in order to gain a huge inheritance, and after doing an inventory of the women in his life, and in the immediate vicinity, he determines that he has seven opportunities to make that happen.  Of course the girl he truly loves misunderstands how he actually feels about her, and thinks he only wants the money.  The real trouble starts when his lawyer, in an effort to expedite the process, explains in the newspaper just what the situation is.  Soon enough a flood of women come out of the woodwork all bent on marrying the rather flustered bachelor cum-millionaire.

As with all of the Keaton films that I’ve seen (Sherlock, Jr., The General, and Steamboat Bill, Jr.), the plot of Seven Chances is a backdrop at best and really ends up being a device through which to deliver the action.  The romance and characterization serves the purpose of setting up the scene and attracting people to the film in the first place, and while there are some fairly funny gags with Three’s Company-like misunderstandings, everyone is really there to see Keaton potentially kill himself.

Once again, the mans sheer physicality is astounding.  Each of the stunts is actually done by him, usually in one-unbroken take, and certainly without our modern-day concern for safety.  The rock-slide sequence in particular is the defining moment of this film.  The capper on a 20 plus minute chase sequence, it’s pretty insane to watch this guy run head first into a stream of rolling and bouncing rocks (I assume they weren’t really rocks, but still, his skill at avoiding all the obstacles in his path is exemplary).

That being said, I don’t think this film was quite as good as any of the others I’ve seen, and I’m not quite sure what aspect or characteristic placed this film on this list in the first place.  Perhaps the compilers of this list felt that Seven Chances had some unique defining quality, or maybe that it was of some great historical import, or perhaps it was simply a personal favorite, I’m not really sure.  I will say that it didn’t seem that there was a real stand-out reason to choose it over something else.  Perhaps there was a quota for a certain number of movies from each year, and without this film, 1925 was looking a little light.  Who knows?

Hopefully, I haven’t given the impression that Seven Chances is a bad film or anything.  The fact that I was excited to watch it, I enjoyed it, and that I will be excited to watch the next Keaton film is a testament to his staying power as an entertainer, one who I would have been completely ignorant of, if it hadn’t been for this list.

Die Buchse Der Pandora (AKA: Pandora’s Box) (1929)

Die Buchse Der Pandora (AKA: Pandora’s Box) – 1929

Director – G. W. Pabst

Starring – Louise Brooks, Francis Lederer, Alice Roberts, and Carl Goetz

There are a whole stable full of directors that you hear about, and see examples from during film school.  You get a bit of a buffet education as it concerns the history of film combined with a bit of the preferences and eccentricities of the person teaching the class. What you don’t get, is a real comprehensive view of any country or movement’s stable of talented directors or actors for any given time period.  Due to a lack of time, and with such a wealth of history packed into the 130 years or so that film has been around, there are bound to be more than a few important names and examples that fall through the cracks.

One such director was G. W. Pabst, a name I had heard on more than one occasion during one or two of my cinema history classes, but nothing that was ever explored in-depth.  As far as Pabst’s rather sizable list of credits, the name that comes up more than any of the others, time and again as one of his best is (surprise, surprise, that’s why I’m writing this review) Pandora’s Box.  So does the most popular film from one of Germany’s greatest directors of the 20’s, 30’s, and 40’s deserve more attention in the eyes of the world?  Absolutely, it does.

Pandora’s Box tells the story of the ingenue Lulu, a woman struggling to balance the expectations of the multiple men in her life, while each in turn blames her for all of their shortcomings and misfortunes.  Lulu, the object of each (and presumably every) man’s desire, simultaneously becomes the scapegoat and the solution for each.  It is implied, rather explicitly, that she is a courtesan.  An object to covet, to own, use, and discard as the situation demands.

To Schigolch, the man who turned her out (read: pimp), she is a source of income and security, a commodity to be spent.  To her current keeper, Dr. Schon, she is a trophy to be proudly kept and displayed.  To Alwa, Dr. Schon’s son, she is an innocent to be lusted after and saved.  Each man takes it upon himself to “rescue” Lulu through ineffectual half-measures, later blaming her for their own actions.  Where once she was considered a shining, golden conquest, now she is seen as a home-wrecker, and a burden.

While she doesn’t strictly do anything malicious or wrong per se, Lulu never really learns her lesson and manages to perpetuate the cycle through her own inaction.  She is more than willing to let these people come to her rescue and place her in these gilded cages.  Either unable or unwilling to stand up for herself against her “benefactors”, Lulu continues to spiral downwards into worse and worse situations culminating in selling herself, body and soul.

I have this impression of movies from this day and age as being simply sensational adventures to thrill audiences.  Pandora’s Box, with its contemplation of gender, sexuality, dominance, and castigation, is a different animal all together.  With this film, there is an intelligence and genuine desire to explore different points of view, a challenge to the audience to consider the inequalities facing woman, and illustrating the need for examination and change.  All of this, mind you was taking place in the aftermath of World War I, during the rise of the Nazi party, alongside the economical, and social chaos and turmoil that was Germany in 1929.

Louise Brooks, the American expatriate who plays Lulu, does an exceptional job in the role, embracing the it from her trademark bob-haircut, to her pouty doe-eyed expression.  Many were upset at the casting of an American in what was considered a role meant for a German, but fears were ultimately assuaged and critics were duly mollified upon seeing Brooks’ performance.  Truly, she made the role hers, and she has remained synonymous with the character of Lulu ever since.

Francis Lederer, Alice Roberts, and Carl Goetz provide eye-catching support for Brooks, each turning in roles of a lifetime in their own rights.  Goetz, in particular reeks with a slimy, contestable charm as Lulu’s pimp/father-figure Schigolch, a man who doesn’t think twice about wringing all he can from his young meal-ticket.

The version of the film I saw was the newly remastered version put out by the always fantastic Criterion Collection.  This version was no exception to their rule of providing only the highest quality films, restoration, remastering, and packaging.  If you do get to see this film, I hope it is this version that you decide to watch.  Rent it if you must, and buy it if you can, as the film comes with the usual rogues gallery of special features and a whole book full of essays on the film to boot.

I know very little about the rest of G.W. Pabst’s work, but now I’d really like to know more.  So influential in the world of film was Pabst, that he even gets a shout out, and becomes more than a slight plot point in Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds (a phenomenal film in its own right.  If you haven’t seen it, do yourself a favor and GO SEE THAT SHIT!)  Needless to say, I will be hunting down more of this man’s work, eagerly hoping that Pandora’s Box wasn’t just a one shot wonder, or simply a fluke.  Highly recommended!!

Steamboat Bill, Jr. (1928)

Steamboat Bill, Jr. – 1928

Director – Charles Reisner

Starring – Buster Keaton, Tom McGuire, Ernest Torrence, and Marion Byron

A big debate amongst cinephiles is the merit of a film whose sole intent is entertainment, dispensing of deadweight such as message, stakes, and emotional heft.  Today these types of films are called “Popcorn Films” or “Blockbusters”, and they are designed to appeal to the lowest common denominator, kids, elderly, men, women, people of all shapes, sizes, colors, and creeds.  No one demographic is really ever left out of the mix when talking about the audience for a film like this, with the exception of one…film snobs.  Does it have to be this way?  Are the visual hijinks, daring physical feats, and very basic storyline of something like Steamboat Bill, Jr. enough to make watching it worth while?  You bet!

This time around (just like most of the other times around) Buster Keaton finds himself the subject of scorn by an adult or an authority figure.  Despite this treatment, he remains almost blissfully unaware, and instead focuses his attention on the pretty young girl who has caught his eye.  Some sort of catastrophe occurs necessitating Keaton to spring into action, simultaneously proving the nay-sayers wrong and confirming the young girl’s belief in him.  Keaton invariably does this by demonstrating his physical prowess in an impressive and hilarious way.

Okay, so the story line is pretty much the same in each of his movies, only the setting and some of the plot points change.  One time it’s a train, the next it’s a steamboat.  He want’s to be a detective in one and the next he wants to play the violin.  This really isn’t all that different from other of Keaton’s peers, Chaplin, and the Marx Brothers for example, were basically the same characters in multiple different movies, but does that remove any of their value, or the value of the film?

I submit to you that this is the best of Keaton’s films that I’ve seen so far.  I say this solely on the strength of the last 30 minutes of the film knowing full well that by then the story has almost completely finished.  We watch Keaton twist and contort his body against the force of a hurricane.  He has to dodge and weave, avoiding entire houses as they collapse around him, and in this flurry of activity I lost track of time and stared in wonder watching him go.  Whereas, during the first 45 minutes I found myself feeling restless and a little board, by the end I was on the edge of my seat.  The only disappointing part, was that the film wasn’t a full hour and fifteen minutes of that.

While I know what to expect from the storyline of a Keaton film, I will keep coming back and watching them because I also know what to expect from the sense of action and adventure from a Keaton film too.  This is my favorite of his films so far, and I don’t say that lightly.

“Buster Keaton, the inventor of break dancing.” – Ashley

The Gold Rush (1925)

The Gold Rush – 1925

Director – Charles Chaplin

Starring – Charles Chaplin, Mack Swain, Tom Murray, and Georgia Hale

Charlie Chaplin’s The Gold Rush is essentially the same film as Modern Times, the other of his films that I’ve seen.  That is not to say that it is bad, or that it is poorly done, on the contrary the gags are very well through out and expertly executed.  No, I only mean that The Gold Rush is a venue for Chaplin’s most enduring character, The Tramp, to play out many of the same, or at the very least similar, gags as seen in his other films.  The backdrops in each changes, but he essence of each is the same.

This time around The Tramp is trying his luck in the Alaskan frontier as a gold prospector.  A number of other characters struggle alongside him, most notably is Georgia, the love interest.  He spends the entirety of the movie pining after Georgia, dreaming up clever ways to get her attention, and most of the time failing miserably.  There is some tension between the Tramp and some of his fellow prospectors, but it mostly amounts to a bunch of innocent, slapstick, sight gags.  At no point was I ever convinced that Chaplin was going to fail, or die, or succumb to any of the dangers to which he is subjected throughout the film.  Once all the danger and opportunity for our hero’s failure is stripped away, all that is left are a series of nice, but rather shallow skits that are barely tied together by setting and characters.

The individual gags themselves (a delusional prospector sees the Tramp as a plump chicken, constant walking through doorways into empty space, and playing round-about games of hide and go seek from ones’ pursuers, to name a few) have inspired more than a few Warner Brothers cartoons as well as defining the language of comedy.  The real accomplishment in what Chaplin managed with his films was in the imitation that he inspired.  His gags (and those of his contemporaries) have been used, re-used, and re-imagined so much that they have become a part of our collective knowledge.  The value of his work is measured in how many people know about it, whether or not they know it’s Chaplin’s work doesn’t lessen the impact of its saturation.

Despite the fact that, in my opinion, The Gold Rush isn’t the best of the movies on this list, I recognize it’s importance.  If for no other reason than it’s contribution to the language and history of film, The Gold Rush deserves to be on the 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die.

“Sorry I’m more of a Keaton and Lloyd kind of gal.”  –  Ashley

Un Chien Andalou (AKA: An Andalusian Dog)(1929)

Un Chien Andalou (AKA: An Andalusian Dog) – 1929

Director – Luis Bunuel

Conceived by surrealist auteurs Luis Bunuel and Salvador Dali, Un Chien Andalou is your standard story about a guy, posing as a nun gets hit by a car while a couple watches from a window.  And goes on to tread even more familiar ground when after witnessing the accident, the man spends great amounts of time and energy trying to knead and massage the womans breasts and butt while she tries to fight him off.  Not one to take no for an answer, he starts leaking ants from the hole in his hand, that is, until he loses his arm in their skirmish.  And of course who can forget the  straight razor cutting woman’s eye sequence which even by this point was extremely clichéd.

All joking aside, Bunuel and Dali managed to construct a piece of film that is just as shocking and talked about today as it was back in 1929.  While it is famous for the notoriety of its authors, the film itself is infamous today thanks to the aforementioned eye cutting scene.  My teacher in film school introduced the film, explained the intention, and then had to leave the room before showing it because of the ability of that image to upset.  If you haven’t seen it, it’s worth watching just once, if only to say that you did it.  The fact is, it would be hard to find more indelible imagery throughout the history of film than is found in the 20 minute run time of this one film, and while it has a statement, it is not one that is easy to discern from watching the film.

Strictly speaking, the narrative is meant to confound the brain.  It was conceived, purposefully, to seem fleeting and dream-like.  Dali and Bunuel practiced sleep deprivation in order to prepare themselves for the conception and script-writing phases of the film.  The imagery is meant to horrify while at the same time seem like it should make sense when it doesn’t.  This feeling of connectivity through the course of the film is what ties the images together.  Themes and undertones were the goal, not story and character.

Not shockingly, the film got mixed reception at its release, receiving positive marks from those in the art world, and negative ones from those not familiar with surrealism or (then) modern artistic expression.  Despite the mixed reception, Un Chien Andalou stood out as a masterwork of editing, composition, and pacing.  It is interesting to note, that it stands out as being far creepier and more unsettling than most horror or thriller movies released since.

While not for everyone, Un Chien Andalou, is definitely an important benchmark of cinema, as well as a springboard into the works of directors as diverse as David Lynch, Orson Welles, Alfred Hitchcock, and Tim Burton.  It definitely deserves it’s place on this list!

“Bitch got her eye cut!” – Ashley

Sherlock, Jr. (1924)

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Sherlock, Jr. – 1924

Directors – Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle, Buster Keaton

Starring – Buster Keaton, Kathryn McGuire, and Joe Keaton

The strength of any Buster Keaton performance is his supreme physicality. The man’s ability to use props, his co-stars, as well as his own body to carry out extremely fun and inventive sight gags and stunts is second to none.

Especially considering the fact that his subject of his derring-do often revolves around moving vehicles (trains and cars are what I’m thinking of specifically), it is made only that much more dangerous, and consequently impressive. The weak area of the Keaton films that I’ve seen thus far (The General, and this), are the parts where he has to carry the parts in between the major stunt set-pieces. While far surpassing a lot of the action sequences in most movie of his day, Keaton is trumped when it comes to the dramatic acting. In that arena he is bested by other comedians like Chaplin, and the Marx Brothers.

Sherlock, Jr. is a short film, lasting only about 35 minutes, which I think works in the film’s favor. If it were too much longer, it would drag, and if it were feature length it would eventually become agonizing! As it is, I was more than entertained by film the entire time, and caught myself checking my watch only because I was watching some food in the oven.

The music for this production, just like in The General, serves the purpose of helping pace the film. During the action sequences, the piano music is peppy and lively. Likewise when the story wants us to dwell on the Keaton’s love interest, the music slows down and we know what’s going to happen. This tendency of using the music this way helps to keep the slower parts interesting, but allows for no surprises in the plot. We know immediately what the tone of the scene is going to be. That being said, I don’t think anyone really watches a Buster Keaton movie wondering if he’ll actually get the girl, they watch to see him do what he does best…perform.

Now I realize that Buster Keaton is a pioneer in the movie industry, but he has so many films in this book of 1001, yet some who have carried on in his name like Jackie Chan and Sammo Hung are not recognized at all in this list.  While I am looking forward to seeing whatever else Mr. Keaton has in store for me in his other films, it seems only right that other performers get recognition too.  So if you liked Sherlock, Jr. check out Dragons Forever, Eastern Condors, or Armor of God (also known as Operation Condor 2: Armor of God).

La Passion De Jeanne D’Arc (AKA: The Passion of Joan of Arc) (1928)

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La Passion De Jeanne D’Arc (AKA: The Passion of Joan of Arc) – 1928

Director – Carl Theodor Dreyer

Starring – Maria Falconetti

Quite possibly Carl Theodor Dreyer’s most influential work, The Passion of Joan of Arc owes a lot of it’s notoriety and it’s impact to it’s lead actress, Maria Falconetti.  The fear, and passion thatFalconetti conjures on camera througout the duration of the trial of Joan,  is not merely some plot point to enhance the story, it IS the story.

Staged almost entirely within the courtroom or her jail cell, the story of Joan of Arc is fairly straight forward, so much so that most people know the jist of it even if they don’t know that they know it.  Joan, the famous saint, and girl warrior, is on trial for her alleged heresy (actually she was only officially tried for wearing in-appropriate men’s clothing).  During this trial, everything from her value structure to her manner of dress is drawn into question.  Evidence is forged, and heavy eccliesiatic persuasion is used.  Through it all Joan held to her beliefs, and was eventually sentenced to death.  This is not a spoiler, it’s too well known to have spoiled anything.

From the opening shots of the courtroom, I was immediately struck by how upclose and invasive the camera work seemed to be.  Not invasive of the actors, but of me.  Shot in striking, uncomfortable close-ups, Joan’s accusers seem warped and distended.  Each face (with the exception of Joan’s) takes on a sinister look, frowning, sneering, and conspiring with a simple furrow of the brow.  Joan on the other hand, seems to have a perpetually wet, upturned gaze, similar to a lot of religious paintings.  She is given more room in the frame and as a result, she serves as a respite for us as viewers when she is on screen.

I tried my damnedest to watch it in it’s original silent state, but after catching myself nodding off a bit, I turned on the optional audio track of accompanying music.  Let me tell you…this helps SO much!  The music serves as a balast not only for the dramatic action happening on screen, but for pacing, dramatic effect, and as an additional means of engaging the audience.

One thing I was surprised about when watching this, was the over-all quality of image that this version (the Criterion Collection edition) offered.  I am used to these older films being so grainy and damaged that they seem almost blurry, so it was quite a surpise to find that the print was clear as a bell, with only a few scratches and flaws in the picture quality.  Another final critique, since this story is based on actual documentation of the court proceedings, the reach of the story seemed lacking.  I would have liked to have heard more about Joan’s deeds before her trial, whether or not they were truthful or distortions put forth by her accusers, it would have helped to liven up the story a bit.

By and large, The Passion of Joan of Arc was a pleasant surprise to me.  The image quality in particular, but also the acting, and pacing managed to avoid the trappings (read: length) that many other silent films fall into.  While there were slow moments, the last scene of the rioting villagers being fought off by palace guards was more than enough to smack me across the face.

Chelovek S Kinoapparatom (AKA: The Man With the Movie Camera) (1929)

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Chelovek S Kinoapparatom (AKA: The Man With the Movie Camera) – 1929

Director – Dziga Vertov

Starring – Mikhail Kaufman

From a history of film point of view, the Russian masterpiece The Man With the Movie Camera, was revolutionary.  One of the first films to truely utilize the power of editing, it helped to form the bedrock of what we know as the modern movie today.  When it is watched without that revolutionary, ground-breaking context, unlike a lot of it’s peer films from the infancy of the artform, The Man With the Movie Camera holds up suprisingly well.

At the beginning of the film, there is a title card (this is a silent film, accompanied only by music) explaining that there is no plot, there are no characters acting out a drama or comedy, this is strictly an exercise in editing, a manipulation of image, rhythm, and pacing.  Despite this warning, however, we are given a throughline from the beginning to the end.  Like the movie’s title explains, we are witness to a man as he goes around with his movie camera, capturing what he sees as he goes through the day.  The imagery is structured to form great arcing patterns, as well as juxtaposing of imagery.  For example, a sleeping woman is paired and intercut with a deserted city scape as it just begins to stir with morning traffic, and the pulsing, pounding gears of a train are mixed and married with still and slowly moving faces of children as they watch something offscreen.  Dziga Vertov, the director, forces us to consider all the connections and similarities contained within a days worth of activity.

The imagery continues to build and wane faster and faster until it seems as though something might break.  And it does…sort of.  We are watching a section of film with a horse drawn carriage bringing a family out and about for the day when it simply stops.  The image is frozen there, and the spell is broken.  At that point, Vertov is drawing our attention to the fact that we are being manipulated.  He is using the imagry on screen to quicken our pulse, or to lull us into a daze, and when it is suddenly forcibly stopped, he begins to manipulate us in a different way.   When the image of the frozen carriage is pulled back a little, we see an editor sitting and cataloging film sections.  There are shelves and shelves of different shots, presumably the shots that we have been watching.  Our editor goes to work splicing sections together and showing us the man behind the curtain, only since this is still being filmed and later on edited, that means there is another curtain with another man behind it.  Our attention is so constantly drawn to the raw elements of this film, from the camera man taking a shot (Mikhail Kaufman, the film’s actual cinematographer), to the editor compiling and re-working footage (the film’s actual editor), that everything is laid bare and hidden in plain sight at the same time.

All the while, when we think we are seeing some really candid segment of the construction of this work, we are infact being led down this path on purpose.  This provides the framework for every piece of visual media that we are accustomed to today, from film, to reality television, to documentary, to stage plays.  There is nothing on display that isn’t supposed to be.

Despite, my obvious appreciation of the content of this film, there are moments where the fact that it is a silent movie takes it’s toll.  With the repetetive nature of it’s construction and this editing trick, at 68 minutes, it still seemed a little long.  The music at times also seemed a little antiquated and simple (not the film’s fault, but still a product of the time that it originated).  By and large, it was a lot of fun to watch, but I was just as happy to finish it as I was to start it.

“Look at all the cool shit you can do with this here camera!”  –  Ashley

1001 Movies – The Complete List

  1. Le Voyage Dans La Lune (AKA: A Trip to the Moon) – 1902
  2. The Great Train Robbery – 1903
  3. Birth of a Nation – 1915
  4. Les Vampires – 1915
  5. Intolerance – 1916
  6. Das Kabinett Des Doktor Caligari (AKA: The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari) – 1919
  7. Broken Blossoms – 1919
  8. Way Down East – 1920
  9. Within Our Gates – 1920
  10. Korkarlen (The Phantom Carriage) – 1921
  11. Orphans of the Storm – 1921
  12. La Souriante Madame Beudet (AKA: The Smiling Madame Beudet) – 1922
  13. Dr. Mabuse, Der Spieler (AKA: Dr. Mabuse, Parts 1 and 2) – 1922
  14. Nanook of the North – 1922
  15. Nosferatu, Eine Symphonie Des Grauens (AKA: Nosferatu, A Symphony of Terror) – 1922
  16. Haxan – 1923
  17. Foolish Wives – 1923
  18. Our Hospitality – 1923
  19. La Roue (AKA: The Wheel) – 1923
  20. The Thief of Bagdad – 1924
  21. Stachka (AKA: Strike) – 1924
  22. Greed – 1924
  23. Sherlock, Jr. – 1924
  24. Der Letzte Mann (AKA: The Last Laugh) – 1924
  25. Seven Chances – 1925
  26. The Phantom of the Opera – 1925
  27. Bronenosets Potyomkin (AKA: The Battleship Potemkin) – 1925
  28. The Gold Rush – 1925
  29. The Big Paradise – 1925
  30. Metropolis – 1927
  31. Sunrise – 1927
  32. The General – 1927
  33. The Unknown – 1927
  34. Oktyabr (AKA: October) – 1927
  35. The Jazz Singer – 1927
  36. Napoleon – 1927
  37. The Kid Brother – 1927
  38. The Crowd – 1928
  39. The Docks of New York – 1928
  40. Un Chien Andalou – 1928
  41. La Passion De Jeanne D’Arc (AKA: The Passion of Joan of Arc) – 1928
  42. Steamboat Bill, Jr. – 1928
  43. Potomok Chingis-Khana (AKA: Storm Over Asia) – 1928
  44. Blackmail – 1929
  45. Chelovek S Kinoapparatom (AKA: The Man With the Movie Camera) – 1929
  46. Die Buchse Der Pandora (AKA: Pandora’s Box) – 1929
  47. Der Blaue Engel (AKA: The Blue Angel) – 1930
  48. L’Age D’Or (AKA: The Age of Gold) – 1930
  49. Zemlya (AKA: Earth) – 1930
  50. Little Caesar – 1930
  51. All Quiet on the Western Front – 1930
  52. A Nous La Liberte (AKA: Freedom For Us) – 1931
  53. Le Million (AKA: The Million) – 1931
  54. Tabu – 1931
  55. Dracula – 1931
  56. Frankenstein – 1931
  57. City Lights – 1931
  58. The Public Enemy – 1931
  59. M – 1931
  60. La Chienne (AKA: The Bitch) – 1931
  61. Vampyr (AKA: The Vampire) – 1932
  62. Love Me Tonight – 1932
  63. Boudu Sauve Des Eaux (AKA: Boudu Saved From Drowning) – 1932
  64. I Am A Fugitive From a Chain Gang – 1932
  65. Trouble in Paradise – 1932
  66. Scarface: The Shame of a Nation – 1932
  67. Shanghai Express – 1932
  68. Freaks – 1932
  69. Me and My Gal – 1932
  70. Zero De Conduite (AKA: Zero for Conduct) – 1933
  71. 42nd Street – 1933
  72. Footlight Parade – 1933
  73. Gold Diggers of 1933 – 1933
  74. She Done Him Wrong – 1933
  75. Duck Soup – 1933
  76. Queen Christina – 1933
  77. Las Hurdes (AKA: Land Without Bread) – 1933
  78. King Kong – 1933
  79. The Bitter Tea of General Yen – 1933
  80. Sons of the Desert – 1933
  81. It’s A Gift – 1934
  82. Triumph Des Willens (AKA: Triumph of the Will) – 1934
  83. L’Atalante – 1934
  84. The Black Cat – 1934
  85. Judge Priest – 1934
  86. It Happened One Night – 1934
  87. The Thin Man – 1934
  88. Captain Blood – 1935
  89. Mutiny on the Bounty – 1935
  90. A Night at the Opera – 1935
  91. The 39 Steps – 1935
  92. Bride of Frankenstein – 1935
  93. Top Hat – 1935
  94. Une Partie De Campagne (AKA: A Day in the Country) – 1936
  95. Modern Times – 1936
  96. Swing Time – 1936
  97. My Man Godfrey – 1936
  98. Mr. Deeds Goes to Town – 1936
  99. Camille – 1936
  100. Sabotage – 1936
  101. Dodsworth – 1936
  102. Things to Come – 1936
  103. Le Roman D’Un Tricheur (AKA: The Story of a Cheat) – 1936
  104. Captains Courageous – 1937
  105. Ye Ban Ge Sheng (AKA: Midnight Song) – 1937
  106. La Grande Illusion (AKA: Grand Illusion) – 1937
  107. Stella Dallas – 1937
  108. The Life of Emile Zola – 1937
  109. Make Way for Tomorrow – 1937
  110. Snow White and the Seven Dwarves – 1937
  111. The Awful Truth – 1937
  112. Pepe Le Moko – 1937
  113. Jezebel – 1938
  114. The Adventures of Robin Hood – 1938
  115. Angels With Dirty Faces – 1938
  116. Olympia (Parts 1 & 2: Festival of the Nations and Festival of Beauty) – 1938
  117. La Femme Du Boulanger (AKA: The Baker’s Wife) – 1938
  118. Bringing Up Baby – 1938
  119. Stagecoach – 1939
  120. Zangiku Monogatari (AKA: The Story of the Late Chrysanthemums) – 1939
  121. Babes in Arms – 1939
  122. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington – 1939
  123. The Wizard of Oz – 1939
  124. Destry Rides Again – 1939
  125. Only Angels Have Wings – 1939
  126. Gone With the Wind – 1939
  127. Le Jour Se Leve (AKA: Daybreak) – 1939
  128. Gunga Din – 1939
  129. Ninotchka – 1939
  130. La Regle Du Jeu (AKA: Rules of the Game) – 1939
  131. Wuthering Heights – 1939
  132. His Girl Friday – 1940
  133. Rebecca – 1940
  134. Fantasia – 1940
  135. The Philadelphia Story – 1940
  136. The Grapes of Wrath – 1940
  137. Dance, Girl, Dance – 1940
  138. Pinocchio – 1940
  139. The Mortal Storm – 1940
  140. The Bank Dick – 1940
  141. Citizen Kane – 1941
  142. The Lady Eve – 1941
  143. The Wolf Man – 1941
  144. The Maltese Falcon – 1941
  145. Sergeant York – 1941
  146. Dumbo – 1941
  147. High Sierra – 1941
  148. Sullivan’s Travels – 1941
  149. How Green Was My Valley – 1941
  150. The Palm Beach Story – 1942
  151. Now, Voyager – 1942
  152. Casablanca – 1942
  153. To Be or Not To Be – 1942
  154. Cat People – 1942
  155. The Magnificent Ambersons – 1942
  156. Yankee Doodle Dandy – 1942
  157. Meshes of the Afternoon – 1943
  158. Fires Were Started – 1943
  159. The Man in Grey – 1943
  160. The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp – 1943
  161. I Walked With A Zombie – 1943
  162. The Seventh Victim – 1943
  163. The Ox-Bow Incident – 1943
  164. Shadow of a Doubt – 1943
  165. Obssessione – 1943
  166. Meet Me In St. Louis – 1944
  167. To Have and Have Not – 1944
  168. Laura – 1944
  169. Gaslight – 1944
  170. Henry V – 1944
  171. Ivan the Terrible, Parts One and Two (AKA: Ivan Groznyj I i II) – 1944
  172. Double Indemnity – 1944
  173. Murder, My Sweet (Farewell My Lovely) – 1944
  174. The Battle of San Pietro – 1945
  175. Spellbound – 1945
  176. Mildred Pierce – 1945
  177. Les Enfants Du Paradis (AKA: The Children of Paradise) – 1945
  178. Roma, Citta Aperta (Open City) – 1945
  179. The Lost Weekend – 1945
  180. Detour – 1945
  181. I Know Where I’m Going! – 1945
  182. The Best Years of Our Lives – 1946
  183. Brief Encounter – 1946
  184. Paisa (AKA: Paisan) – 1946
  185. The Postman Always Rings Twice – 1946
  186. My Darling Clementine – 1946
  187. The Stranger – 1946
  188. La Belle Et La Bete (AKA: Beauty and the Beast) – 1946
  189. The Big Sleep – 1946
  190. The Killers – 1946
  191. A Matter of Life and Death – 1946
  192. Great Expectations – 1946
  193. Notorious – 1946
  194. Black Narcissus – 1946
  195. It’s A Wonderful Life – 1946
  196. Gilda – 1946
  197. Monsieur Verdoux – 1947
  198. Out of the Past – 1947
  199. The Ghost and Mrs. Muir – 1947
  200. Odd Man Out – 1947
  201. Ladri Di Biciclette (AKA: The Bicycle Thief) – 1948
  202. Letter From an Unknown Woman – 1948
  203. Secret Beyond the Door – 1948
  204. Force of Evil – 1948
  205. Xiao Cheng Zhi Chun (AKA: Spring in a Small Town) – 1948
  206. Red River – 1948
  207. Rope – 1948
  208. The Snake Pit – 1948
  209. The Lady From Shanghai – 1948
  210. The Paleface – 1948
  211. The Red Shoes – 1948
  212. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre – 1948
  213. Louisiana Story – 1948
  214. The Heiress – 1949
  215. Kind Hearts and Coronets – 1949
  216. Gun Crazy (AKA Deadly is the Female) – 1949
  217. Adam’s Rib – 1949
  218. Whisky Galore! – 1949
  219. White Heat – 1949
  220. The Reckless Moment – 1949
  221. The Third Man – 1949
  222. On The Town – 1949
  223. Orphee – 1949
  224. The Asphalt Jungle – 1950
  225. Rashomon – 1950
  226. Winchester ’73 – 1950
  227. Rio Grande – 1950
  228. All About Eve – 1950
  229. Sunset Blvd. – 1950
  230. Los Olvidados (AKA: The Young and the Damned) – 1950
  231. In A Lonely Place – 1950
  232. The Big Carnival – 1951
  233. A Streetcar Named Desire – 1951
  234. Strangers On A Train – 1951
  235. The Lavender Hill Mob – 1951
  236. Pandora and the Flying Dutchman – 1951
  237. The African Queen – 1951
  238. Journal D’Un Cure De Campagne (AKA: Diary of a Country Priest) – 1951
  239. An American in Paris – 1951
  240. A Place in the Sun – 1951
  241. The Day the Earth Stood Still – 1951
  242. The Quiet Man – 1952
  243. Jeux Interdits (AKA: Forbidden Games) – 1952
  244. Angel Face – 1952
  245. Singin’ in the Rain – 1952
  246. Ikiru (AKA: To Live) – 1952
  247. Europa ’51 – 1952
  248. The Bad and the Beautiful – 1952
  249. The Big Sky – 1952
  250. High Noon – 1952
  251. Umberto D – 1952
  252. Le Carrosse D’Or (AKA: The Golden Coach) – 1952
  253. The Bigamist – 1953
  254. The Band Wagon – 1953
  255. Madame De… – 1953
  256. From Here to Eternity – 1953
  257. Tokyo Story – 1953
  258. Roman Holiday – 1953
  259. Le Salaire De La Peur (AKA: Wages of Fear) – 1953
  260. The Naked Spur – 1953
  261. Pickup on South Street – 1953
  262. Gentlemen Prefer Blondes – 1953
  263. The Big Heat – 1953
  264. Les Vacances De M. Hulot (M. Hulot’s Holiday) – 1953
  265. Viaggio In Italia (AKA: Voyage in Italy) – 1953
  266. Ugetsu Monogatari (AKA: Tales of Ugetsu) – 1953
  267. Shane – 1953
  268. Beat the Devil – 1953
  269. Johnny Guitar – 1954
  270. On the Waterfront – 1954
  271. Seven Brides for Seven Brothers – 1954
  272. Les Diaboliques – 1954
  273. Animal Farm – 1954
  274. Rear Window – 1954
  275. A Star is Born – 1954
  276. The Barefoot Contessa – 1954
  277. La Strada (AKA: The Road) – 1954
  278. Shichinin No Samurai (AKA: The Seven Samurai) – 1954
  279. Senso (AKA: The Wanton Countess) – 1954
  280. Silver Lode – 1954
  281. Carmen Jones – 1954
  282. Sansho Dayu (AKA: Sansho the Baliff) – 1954
  283. Salt of the Earth – 1954
  284. Artists and Models – 1955
  285. Guys and Dolls – 1955
  286. Pather Panchali – 1955
  287. Bad Day at Black Rock – 1955
  288. Les Maitres Fous (AKA: The Mad Masters) – 1955
  289. Hill 24 Doesn’t Answer – 1955
  290. The Ladykillers – 1955
  291. Marty – 1955
  292. Ordet – 1955
  293. Bob Le Flambeur (AKA: Bob the Gambler) – 1955
  294. Kiss Me Deadly – 1955
  295. The Man From Laramie – 1955
  296. Rebel Without a Cause – 1955
  297. The Phenix City Story – 1955
  298. Sommarnattens Leende (AKA: Smiles of a Summer Night) – 1955
  299. Nuit et Brouillard (AKA: Night and Fog) – 1955
  300. The Night of the Hunter – 1955
  301. Lola Montes (AKA: The Sins of Lola Montes) – 1955
  302. Forbidden Planet – 1956
  303. Biruma No Tategoto (AKA: The Burmese Harp) – 1956
  304. The Searchers – 1956
  305. Un Condamne A Mort S’Est Echappe Ou Le vent Souffle Ou Il Veut (AKA: A Man Escaped) – 1956
  306. Written on the Wind – 1956
  307. The Man Who Knew Too Much – 1956
  308. Giant – 1956
  309. All That Heaven Allows – 1956
  310. Invasion of the Body Snatchers – 1956
  311. The Wrong Man – 1956
  312. Bigger Than Life – 1956
  313. High Society – 1956
  314. The Ten Commandments – 1956
  315. 12 Angry Men – 1957
  316. Det Sjunde Inseglet (AKA: The Seventh Seal) – 1957
  317. An Affair to Remember – 1957
  318. Smultronstallet (AKA: Wild Strawberries) – 1957
  319. Le Notti Di Cabiria (AKA: The Nights of Cabiria) – 1957
  320. Kumonosu Jo (AKA: Throne of Blood) – 1957
  321. The Incredible Shrinking Man – 1957
  322. Aparajito (AKA: The Unvanquished) – 1957
  323. Gun Fight at the OK Corral – 1957
  324. The Bridge on the River Kwai – 1957
  325. Bharat Mata (AKA: Mother India) – 1957
  326. Letjat Zhuravli (AKA: The Cranes Are Flying) – 1957
  327. Paths of Glory – 1957
  328. Sweet Smell of Success – 1957
  329. Man of the West – 1958
  330. Touch of Evil – 1958
  331. Bab El Hadid (AKA: Cairo Station) – 1958
  332. Gigi – 1958
  333. The Defiant Ones – 1958
  334. Vertigo – 1958
  335. Popiol I Diament (AKA: Ashes and Diamonds) – 1958
  336. Dracula – 1958
  337. Mon Oncle (AKA: My Uncle) – 1958
  338. Jalsaghar (AKA: The Music Room) – 1958
  339. Les Quatre Cent Coups (AKA: The 400 Blows) – 1959
  340. North By Northwest – 1959
  341. Some Like It Hot – 1959
  342. Anatomy of a Murder – 1959
  343. Les Yeux Sans Visage (AKA: Eyes Without a Face) – 1959
  344. Ride Lonesome – 1959
  345. Orfeu Negro (AKA: Black Orpheus) – 1959
  346. Shadows – 1959
  347. Apur Sansar (AKA: The World of Apu) – 1959
  348. A Bout De Souffle (AKA: Breathless) – 1959
  349. Ben-Hur – 1959
  350. Pickpocket – 1959
  351. Hiroshima Mon Amour – 1959
  352. Rio Bravo – 1959
  353. Le Trou (AKA: The Hole) – 1959
  354. Ukigusa (AKA: Floating Weeds) – 1959
  355. Rocco E I Suoi Fratelli (AKA: Rocco and His Brothers) – 1960
  356. La Dolce Vita – 1960
  357. Saturday Night and Sunday Morning – 1960
  358. Tirez sur le Pianiste (AKA: Shoot the Piano Player) – 1960
  359. L’Avventura (AKA: The Adventure) – 1960
  360. La Joven (AKA: The Young One) – 1960
  361. Meghe Dhaka Tara (AKA: The Cloud-capped Star) – 1960
  362. Hayno (AKA: The Housemaid) – 1960
  363. Psycho – 1960
  364. La Maschera Del Demonio (AKA: Revenge of the Vampire / Black Sunday) – 1960
  365. Peeping Tom – 1960
  366. The Apartment – 1960
  367. Spartacus – 1960
  368. Splendor in the Grass – 1961
  369. L’Annee Derniere A Marienbad (AKA: Last Year at Marienbad) – 1961
  370. La Jetee (AKA: The Pier) – 1961
  371. One-eyed Jacks – 1961
  372. Lola – 1961
  373. Breakfast at Tiffany’s – 1961
  374. La Notte (AKA: The Night) – 1961
  375. Jules Et Jim (AKA: Jules and Jim) – 1961
  376. Viridiana – 1961
  377. The Ladies Man – 1961
  378. Sasom I En Spegel (AKA: Through a Glass Darkly) – 1961
  379. Chronique D’Un Ete (AKA: Chronicle of a Summer) – 1961
  380. The Hustler – 1961
  381. West Side Story – 1961
  382. Mondo Cane (AKA: A Dog’s Life) – 1962
  383. Cleo De 5 A 7 (AKA: Cleo from 5 to 7) – 1962
  384. Dog Star Man – 1962
  385. Sanma No Aji (AKA: An Autumn Afternoon) – 1962
  386. L’Eclisse (AKA: The Eclipse) – 1962
  387. Lawrence of Arabia – 1962
  388. To Kill a Mockingbird – 1962
  389. The Manchurian Candidate – 1962
  390. Lolita – 1962
  391. O Pagador De Promessas (AKA: Keeper of Promises) – 1962
  392. The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance – 1962
  393. What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? – 1962
  394. Vivre Sa Vie: Film En Douze Tableaux (AKA: My Life to Live) – 1962
  395. Heaven and Earth Magic – 1962
  396. The Birds – 1963
  397. The Nutty Professor – 1963
  398. Blonde Cobra – 1963
  399. The Cool World – 1963
  400. 8 1/2 – 1963
  401. Pasazerka (AKA: Passenger) – 1963
  402. Le Mepris (AKA: Contempt) – 1963
  403. Hud – 1963
  404. Nattvardsgasterna (AKA: Winter Light) – 1963
  405. Flaming Creatures – 1963
  406. The Great Escape – 1963
  407. Shock Corridor – 1963
  408. Il Gattopardo (AKA: The Leopard) – 1963
  409. Vidas Secas (AKA: Barren Lives) – 1963
  410. Mediterranee – 1963
  411. Khaneh Siah Ast (AKA: The House is Black) – 1963
  412. The Haunting – 1963
  413. Yukinojo Henge (AKA: An Actor’s Revenge) – 1963
  414. The Servant – 1963
  415. Goldfinger – 1963
  416. Scorpio Rising – 1964
  417. Les Parapluies De Cherbourg (AKA: The Umbrellas of Cherbourg) – 1964
  418. Marnie – 1964
  419. My Fair Lady – 1964
  420. Suna No Onna (AKA: Woman in the Dunes) – 1964
  421. Dr. Strangelove (or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb) – 1964
  422. A Hard Day’s Night – 1964
  423. Il Deserto Rosso (AKA: The Red Desert) – 1964
  424. Tini Zabutykh Predkiv (AKA: Shadows of Forgotton Ancestors) – 1964
  425. The Masque of the Red Death – 1964
  426. Prima Della Rivoluzione (AKA: Before the Revolution) – 1964
  427. Gertrud – 1964
  428. Il Vangelo Secondo Matteo (AKA: The Gospel According to St. Matthew) – 1964
  429. Deus E O Diabo Na Terra Do Sol (AKA: Black God, White Devil) – 1964
  430. Onibaba (AKA: The Demon) – 1964
  431. Vinyl – 1965
  432. Obchod Na Korze (AKA: The Shop on Main Street) – 1965
  433. Doctor Zhivago – 1965
  434. The War Game – 1965
  435. Tokyo Orimpikku (AKA: Tokyo Olympiad) – 1965
  436. La Battaglia Di Algeri (AKA: The Battle of Algiers) – 1965
  437. The Sound of Music – 1965
  438. Rekopis Znaleziony W Saragossie (AKA: The Saragossa Manuscript) – 1965
  439. Alphaville, Une Etrange Aventure De Lemmy Caution (AKA: Alphaville) – 1965
  440. Chimes at Midnight (AKA: Campanadas A Medianoche) – 1965
  441. Repulsion – 1965
  442. Juliet of the Spirits (AKA: Giulietta Degli Spiriti) – 1965
  443. Pierrot Le Fou (AKA: Pierrot Goes Wild) – 1965
  444. Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! – 1965
  445. Subarnarekha (AKA: Golden River) – 1965
  446. De Man Die Zijn Haar Kort Liet Knippen (AKA: The Man Who Had His Hair Cut Short) – 1965
  447. Hold Me While I’m Naked – 1966
  448. Blowup – 1966
  449. Il Buono, Il Brutto, Il Cattivo (AKA: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly) – 1966
  450. Sedmikrazky (AKA: Daisies) – 1966
  451. Da Zui Xia (AKA: Come Drink With Me) – 1966
  452. Seconds – 1966
  453. In the Heat of the Night – 1966
  454. Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? – 1966
  455. Persona – 1966
  456. Masculin, Feminin (AKA: Masculine-Feminine) – 1966
  457. Au Hasard Balthazar (AKA: Balthazar) – 1966
  458. 2 Ou 3 Choses Que Je Sais D’Elle (AKA: Two or Three Things I Know About Her) – 1967
  459. The Graduate – 1967
  460. Playtime – 1967
  461. Report – 1967
  462. Hombre – 1967
  463. Belle De Jour – 1967
  464. Les Demoiselles De Rochefort (AKA: The Young Girls of Rochefort) – 1967
  465. Week End – 1967
  466. Le Samourai (AKA: The Godson) – 1967
  467. Cool Hand Luke – 1967
  468. Point Blank – 1967
  469. Wavelength – 1967
  470. Bonnie and Clyde – 1967
  471. Csillagosok, Katonak (AKA: The Red and The White) – 1967
  472. Marketa Lazarova – 1967
  473. The Jungle Book – 1967
  474. Hori, Ma Panenko (AKA: The Fireman’s Ball) – 1967
  475. Terra Em Transe (AKA: Earth Entranced) – 1967
  476. Ostre Sledovane Vlaky (AKA: Closely Watched Trains) – 1967
  477. Vij – 1967
  478. Gaav (AKA: The Cow) – 1968
  479. C’Era Una Volta Il West (AKA: Once Upon a Time In the West) – 1968
  480. Planet of the Apes – 1968
  481. Faces – 1968
  482. Rosemary’s Baby – 1968
  483. If… – 1968
  484. Memorias Del Subdesarrollo (AKA: Memories of Underdevelopment) – 1968
  485. The Producers – 1968
  486. David Holzman’s Diary – 1968
  487. Skammen (AKA: Shame) – 1968
  488. 2001: A Space Odyssey – 1968
  489. Vargtimmen (AKA: Hour of the Wolf) – 1968
  490. Targets – 1968
  491. Night of the Living Dead – 1968
  492. Ma Nuit Chez Maud (AKA: My Night With Maud) – 1969
  493. Lucia – 1969
  494. Hsia Nu (AKA: A Touch of Zen) – 1969
  495. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid – 1969
  496. Midnight Cowboy – 1969
  497. Satyricon – 1969
  498. Z – 1969
  499. Il Conformista (AKA: The Conformist) – 1969
  500. Easy Rider – 1969
  501. High School – 1969
  502. In the Year of the Pig – 1969
  503. The Wild Bunch – 1969
  504. Andrei Rublyov – 1969
  505. Le Boucher (AKA: The Butcher) – 1969
  506. Sayat Nova (AKA: The Color of Pomegranates) – 1969
  507. Kes – 1969
  508. Tristana – 1970
  509. Five Easy Pieces – 1970
  510. El Topo – 1970
  511. Woodstock – 1970
  512. Deep End – 1970
  513. La Strategia Del Ragno (AKA: The Spider’s Stratagem) – 1970
  514. Little Big Man – 1970
  515. Ucho (AKA: The Ear) – 1970
  516. Patton – 1970
  517. M*A*S*H – 1970
  518. Performance – 1970
  519. Gimmie Shelter – 1970
  520. Zabriskie Point – 1970
  521. L’Uccello Dalle Piume Di Cristallo (AKA: The Bird With the Crystal Plumage) – 1970
  522. Il Giardino Dei Finzi-Contini (AKA: The Garden of the Finzi-Continis) – 1970
  523. Wanda – 1971
  524. W.R.: Misterije Organizma (AKA: W.R.: Mysteries of the Organism) – 1971
  525. A Clockwork Orange – 1971
  526. Le Chagrin Et La Pitie (AKA: The Sorrow and the Pity) – 1971
  527. Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory – 1971
  528. McCabe and Mrs. Miller – 1971
  529. Walkabout – 1971
  530. Klute – 1971
  531. Harold and Maude – 1971
  532. Meg Ker A Nep (AKA: Red Psalm) – 1971
  533. Get Carter – 1971
  534. The French Connection – 1971
  535. Shaft – 1971
  536. Dirty Harry – 1971
  537. Le Souffle Au Coeur (AKA: Murmur of the Heart) – 1971
  538. Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song – 1971
  539. The Last Picture Show – 1971
  540. Straw Dogs – 1971
  541. Two-Lane Blacktop – 1971
  542. The Heartbreak Kid – 1972
  543. Aguirre, Der Zorn Gottes (AKA: Aguirre, The Wrath of God) – 1972
  544. Cabaret – 1972
  545. Ultimo Tango A Parigi (AKA: Last Tango in Paris) – 1972
  546. High Plains Drifter – 1972
  547. Sleuth – 1972
  548. Deliverance – 1972
  549. Solyaris (AKA: Solaris) – 1972
  550. The Godfather – 1972
  551. Viskingar Och Rop (AKA: Cries and Whispers) – 1972
  552. Fat City – 1972
  553. Le Charme Discret De La Bourgeoisie (AKA: The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie) – 1972
  554. Die Bitteren Tranen Der Petra Von Kant (AKA: The Bitter Tears of Petra Von Kant) – 1972
  555. Frenzy – 1972
  556. Pink Flamingos – 1972
  557. Super Fly – 1972
  558. The Sting – 1973
  559. La Maman Et La Putain (AKA: The Mother and the Whore) – 1973
  560. Badlands – 1973
  561. American Graffiti – 1973
  562. Papillon – 1973
  563. Enter the Dragon – 1973
  564. Mean Streets – 1973
  565. The Long Goodbye – 1973
  566. The Wicker Man – 1973
  567. La Nuit Americaine (AKA: Day for Night) – 1973
  568. Don’t Look Now – 1973
  569. Sleeper – 1973
  570. Serpico – 1973
  571. The Exorcist – 1973
  572. Turks Fruit (AKA: Turkish Delight) – 1973
  573. El Espiritu De La Colmena (AKA: The Spirit of the Beehive) – 1973
  574. La Planete Sauvage (AKA: Fantastic Planet) – 1973
  575. Amarcord – 1973
  576. The Harder They Come – 1973
  577. Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid – 1973
  578. Dersu Uzala – 1974
  579. The Conversation – 1974
  580. The Texas Chain Saw Massacre – 1974
  581. Zerkalo (AKA: The Mirror) – 1974
  582. A Woman Under the Influence
  583. Young Frankenstein – 1974
  584. Chinatown – 1974
  585. Celine Et Julie Vont En Bateau (AKA: Celine and Julie Go Boating) – 1974
  586. Blazing Saddles – 1974
  587. The Godfather: Part 2 – 1974
  588. Angst Essen Seele Auf (AKA: Ali: Fear Eats the Soul) – 1974
  589. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia – 1974
  590. Dog Day Afternoon – 1975
  591. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest – 1975
  592. Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai Du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles – 1975
  593. Rocky Horror Picture Show – 1975
  594. Deewaar (AKA: The Wall) – 1975
  595. Monty Python and the Holy Grail – 1975
  596. Barry Lyndon – 1975
  597. Faustrecht Der Freiheit (AKA: Fox and His Friends) – 1975
  598. India Song – 1975
  599. Picnic at Hanging Rock – 1975
  600. Maynila: Sa Mga Kuko Ng Liwanag (AKA: Manila in the Claws of Brightness) – 1975
  601. Salo O Le Centoventi Giornate Di Sodoma (AKA: Salo, or the 120 Days of Sodom) – 1974
  602. Nashville – 1975
  603. Cria Cuervos (AKA: Cria!) – 1975
  604. O Thiassos (AKA: The Travelling Players) – 1975
  605. Jaws – 1975
  606. The Killing of a Chinese Bookie – 1976
  607. Carrie – 1976
  608. The Outlaw Josie Wales – 1976
  609. All the President’s Men – 1976
  610. Rocky – 1976
  611. Taxi Driver – 1976
  612. Network – 1976
  613. Voskhozhdenie (AKA: Ascent) – 1976
  614. Ai No Corrida (AKA: In the Realm of the Senses) – 1976
  615. Novocento (AKA: 1900) – 1976
  616. The Man Who Fell to Earth – 1976
  617. Star Wars – 1977
  618. Close Encounters of the Third Kind – 1977
  619. The Last Wave – 1977
  620. Annie Hall – 1977
  621. Last Chants for a Slow Dance – 1977
  622. Stroszek – 1977
  623. Czlowiek Z Marmuru (AKA: Man of Marble) – 1977
  624. Saturday Night Fever – 1977
  625. Killer of Sheep – 1977
  626. Eraserhead – 1977
  627. Ceddo – 1977
  628. Der Amerikanische Freund (AKA: The American Friend) – 1977
  629. The Hills Have Eyes – 1977
  630. Soldaat Van Oranje (AKA: Soldier of Orange) – 1977
  631. Suspiria – 1977
  632. The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith – 1978
  633. Wu Du (AKA: Five Deadly Venoms) – 1978
  634. L’Arbero Degli Zoccoli (AKA: The Tree of Wooden Clogs) – 1978
  635. The Deer Hunter – 1978
  636. Grease – 1978
  637. Days of Heaven – 1978
  638. Dawn of the Dead – 1978
  639. Shao Lin San Shih Liu Fang (AKA: Shaolin Master Killer) – 1978
  640. Up in Smoke – 1978
  641. Halloween – 1978
  642. Die Ehe Der Maria Braun (AKA: The Marriage of Maria Braun) – 1979
  643. Real Life – 1979
  644. My Brilliant Career – 1979
  645. Stalker – 1979
  646. Alien – 1979
  647. Breaking Away – 1979
  648. Die Blechtrommel (AKA: The Tin Drum) – 1979
  649. All That Jazz – 1979
  650. Being There – 1979
  651. Kramer Vs. Kramer – 1979
  652. Life of Brian – 1979
  653. Apocalypse Now – 1979
  654. The Jerk – 1979
  655. The Muppet Movie – 1979
  656. Manhattan – 1979
  657. Mad Max – 1979
  658. Nosferatu: Phantom Der Nacht (AKA: Nosferatu: Phantom of the Night) – 1979
  659. Ordinary People – 1980
  660. Atlantic City – 1980
  661. Le Dernier Metro (AKA: The Last Metro) – 1980
  662. The Shining – 1980
  663. Star Wars – The Empire Strikes Back – 1980
  664. The Elephant Man – 1980
  665. The Big Red One – 1980
  666. Loulou – 1980
  667. Airplane! – 1980
  668. Raging Bull – 1980
  669. Raiders of the Lost Ark – 1980
  670. Das Boot (AKA: The Boat) – 1981
  671. Gallipoli – 1981
  672. Chariots of Fire – 1981
  673. Body Heat – 1981
  674. Reds – 1981
  675. An American Werewolf in London – 1981
  676. Tre Fratelli (AKA: Three Brothers) – 1981
  677. Czlowiek Z Zelaza (AKA: Man of Iron) – 1981
  678. Zu Fruh, Zu Spat (AKA: Too Early, Too Late) – 1981
  679. Fast Times at Ridgemont High – 1981
  680. E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial – 1982
  681. The Thing – 1982
  682. Poltergeist – 1982
  683. Blade Runner – 1982
  684. The Evil Dead – 1982
  685. Tootsie – 1982
  686. Yol – 1982
  687. Diner – 1982
  688. Fitzcarraldo – 1982
  689. Gandhi – 1982
  690. La Notte Di San Lorenzo (AKA: The Night of the Shooting Stars) – 1982
  691. De Stilte Rond Chrsitine M. (AKA: A Question of Silence) – 1982
  692. Fanny Och Alexander (Fanny and Alexander) – 1982
  693. A Christmas Story – 1983
  694. El Norte – 1983
  695. Videodrome – 1983
  696. Star Wars – Return of the Jedi – 1983
  697. The Big Chill – 1983
  698. Sans Soleil (AKA: Sunless) – 1983
  699. Le Dernier Combat (AKA: The Last Battle) – 1983
  700. L’Argent (AKA: Money) – 1983
  701. Utu – 1983
  702. Terms of Endearment – 1983
  703. De Vierde Man (AKA: The Fourth Man) – 1983
  704. The King of Comedy – 1983
  705. The Right Stuff – 1983
  706. Koyaanisquatsi – 1983
  707. Once Upon a Time in America – 1983
  708. Scarface – 1983
  709. Narayama Bushi-Ko (AKA: The Ballad of Narayama) – 1983
  710. Amadeus – 1984
  711. The Terminator – 1984
  712. Paris, Texas – 1984
  713. A Nightmare on Elm Street – 1984
  714. This is Spinal Tap – 1984
  715. Beverly Hills Cop – 1984
  716. Ghost Busters – 1984
  717. A Passage to India – 1984
  718. Stranger Than Paradise – 1984
  719. The Killing Fields – 1984
  720. The Natural – 1984
  721. The Breakfast Club – 1984
  722. Ran – 1985
  723. Idi I Smotri (AKA: Come and See) – 1985
  724. La Historia Oficial (AKA: The Official Story) – 1985
  725. Out of Africa – 1985
  726. The Purple Rose of Cairo – 1985
  727. Back to the Future – 1985
  728. Tong Nien Wang Shi (AKA: The Time to Live and the Time to Die) – 1985
  729. Brazil – 1985
  730. Kiss of the Spider Woman – 1985
  731. The Quiet Earth – 1985
  732. Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters – 1985
  733. Prizzi’s Honor – 1985
  734. Sans Toit Ni Loi (AKA: Vagabond) – 1985
  735. Shoah – 1985
  736. The Color Purple – 1985
  737. Manhunter – 1986
  738. Stand By Me – 1986
  739. Blue Velvet – 1986
  740. Hannah and Her Sisters – 1986
  741. She’s Gotta Have It – 1986
  742. Le Declin De L’Empire Americain – 1986
  743. The Fly – 1986
  744. Aliens – 1986
  745. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off – 1986
  746. Down by Law – 1986
  747. A Room With a View – 1986
  748. Children of a Lesser God – 1986
  749. Platoon – 1986
  750. Caravaggio – 1986
  751. Tampopo – 1986
  752. Do Ma Daan (AKA: Peking Opera Blues) – 1986
  753. Salvador – 1986
  754. Top Gun – 1986
  755. Sherman’s March – 1986
  756. Dao Ma Zei (AKA: The Horse Thief) – 1986
  757. Yeelen (AKA: Brightness) – 1987
  758. Der Himmel Uber Berlin (AKA: Wings of Desire) – 1987
  759. ‘A’ Gai Waak Juk Jaap (AKA: Project A, Part II) – 1987
  760. Babbetes Gaestebud (AKA: Babette’s Feast) – 1987
  761. Raising Arizona – 1987
  762. Full Metal Jacket – 1987
  763. Withnail and I – 1987
  764. Good Morning, Vietnam – 1987
  765. Au Revoir Les Enfants (AKA: Goodbye Children) – 1987
  766. Broadcast News – 1987
  767. Housekeeping – 1987
  768. The Princess Bride – 1987
  769. Moonstruck – 1987
  770. The Untouchables – 1987
  771. Hong Gao Liang (AKA: Red Sorghum) – 1987
  772. The Dead – 1987
  773. Fatal Attraction – 1987
  774. Sinnui Yauman (AKA: A Chinese Ghost Story) – 1987
  775. Mujeres Al Borde De Un Ataque De Nervios (AKA: Woman on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown) – 1988
  776. Spoorloos (AKA: The Vanishing) – 1988
  777. Bull Durham – 1988
  778. Ariel – 1988
  779. The Thin Blue Line – 1988
  780. Akria – 1988
  781. Nuovo Cinema Paradiso (AKA: Cinema Paradiso) – 1988
  782. Hotel Terminus: Klaus Barbie Et Son Temps (AKA: Hotel Terminus: The Life and Times of Klaus Barbie) – 1988
  783. A Fish Called Wanda – 1988
  784. The Naked Gun – 1988
  785. Big – 1988
  786. Dangerous Liaisons – 1988
  787. Hotaru No Haka (AKA: Grave of the Fireflies) – 1988
  788. Topio Stin Omichli (AKA: Landscape in the Mist) – 1988
  789. Dekalog, Jeden (AKA: The Decalogue) – 1988
  790. Die Hard – 1988
  791. Une Histoire De Vent (AKA: A Tale of the Wind) – 1988
  792. Who Framed Roger Rabbit – 1988
  793. Rain Man – 1988
  794. Un Affair De Femmes (AKA: The Story of Women) – 1988
  795. Drowning By Numbers – 1988
  796. Neco Z Alenky (AKA: Alice) – 1988
  797. Batman – 1989
  798. When Harry Met Sally – 1989
  799. Crimes and Misdemeanors – 1989
  800. The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover – 1989
  801. Drugstore Cowboy – 1989
  802. My Left Foot – 1989
  803. Die Xue Shuang Xiong (AKA: The Killer) – 1989
  804. Do the Right Thing – 1989
  805. Roger & Me – 1989
  806. Glory – 1989
  807. Astenicheskij Sindrom (AKA: The Asthenic Syndrome) – 1989
  808. Sex, Lies, and Videotape – 1989
  809. Say Anything – 1989
  810. The Unbelievable Truth – 1989
  811. Beiqing Chengshi (AKA: A City of Sadness) – 1989
  812. S’En Fout La Mort (AKA: No Fear, No Die) – 1990
  813. Reversal of Fortune – 1990
  814. Goodfellas – 1990
  815. Jacob’s Ladder – 1990
  816. King of new York – 1990
  817. Dances With Wolves – 1990
  818. Hitlerjunge Salomon (AKA: Europa Europa) – 1990
  819. Pretty Woman – 1990
  820. Archangel – 1990
  821. Trust – 1990
  822. Nema-Ye Nazdik (AKA: Close-up) – 1990
  823. Edward Scissorhands – 1990
  824. Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer – 1990
  825. Total Recall – 1990
  826. Wong Fei-Hung (AKA: Once Upon a Time In China) – 1991
  827. Boyz ‘N The Hood – 1991
  828. Da Hong Deng Long Gao Gao Gua (AKA: Raise the Red Lantern) – 1991
  829. Delicatessen – 1991
  830. Guling Jie Shaonian Sha Ren Shijian (AKA: A Brighter Summer Day) – 1991
  831. Naked Lunch – 1991
  832. La Belle Noiseuse (AKA: The Beautiful Troublemaker) – 1991
  833. The Rapture – 1991
  834. My Own Private Idaho – 1991
  835. Thelma & Louise – 1991
  836. Terminator 2: Judgment Day – 1991
  837. The Silence of the Lambs – 1991
  838. JFK – 1991
  839. Slacker – 1991
  840. Tongues Untied – 1991
  841. Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker’s Apocalypse – 1991
  842. La Double Vie De Veronique (AKA: The Double Life of Veronique) – 1991
  843. Strictly Ballroom – 1992
  844. The Player – 1992
  845. Reservoir Dogs – 1992
  846. Romper Stomper – 1992
  847. Glengarry Glen Ross – 1992
  848. Unforgiven – 1992
  849. Aileen Wuornos: The Selling of a Serial Killer – 1992
  850. Conte D’Hiver (AKA: A Tale of Winter) – 1992
  851. Yuen Ling-Yuk (AKA: The Actress) – 1992
  852. C’Est Arrive Pres De Chez Vous (AKA: Man Bites Dog) – 1992
  853. The Crying Game – 1992
  854. Ba Wang Bie Ji (AKA: Farewell My Concubine) – 1993
  855. Groundhog Day – 1993
  856. Thirty Two Short Films About Glen Gould – 1993
  857. Short Cuts – 1993
  858. Philadelphia – 1993
  859. Hsimeng Jensheng (AKA: The Puppetmaster) – 1993
  860. Jurassic Park – 1993
  861. Trois Couleurs: Bleu (AKA: Three Colors: Blue) – 1933
  862. The Piano – 1993
  863. Lan Feng Zheng (AKA: The Blue Kite) – 1993
  864. Hsi Yen (AKA: The Wedding Banquet) – 1993
  865. Schindler’s List – 1993
  866. The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert – 1994
  867. Trois Couleurs: Rouge (AKA: Three Colors: Red) – 1994
  868. Hoop Dreams – 1994
  869. Forrest Gump – 1994
  870. The Lion King – 1994
  871. Clerks – 1994
  872. Four Weddings and a Funeral – 1994
  873. Natural Born Killers – 1994
  874. The Last Seduction – 1994
  875. Pulp Fiction – 1994
  876. The Shawshank Redemption – 1994
  877. Les Roseaux Sauvages (AKA: The Wild Reeds) – 1994
  878. Chong Qing Sen Lin (AKA: Chungking Express) – 1994
  879. Crumb – 1994
  880. Satantango – 1994
  881. Zire Darakhatan Zeyton (AKA: Through the Olive Trees) – 1994
  882. Heavenly Creatures – 1994
  883. Caro Diario (AKA: Dear Diary) – 1994
  884. Muriel’s Wedding – 1994
  885. Riget (AKA: The Kingdom) – 1994
  886. Babe – 1994
  887. Deseret – 1995
  888. Braveheart – 1995
  889. Safe – 1995
  890. Toy Story – 1995
  891. Casino – 1995
  892. Heat – 1995
  893. Kjaerlighetens Kjotere (AKA: Zero Kelvin) – 1995
  894. Clueless – 1995
  895. Smoke – 1995
  896. Badkonake Sefid (AKA: The White Balloon) – 1995
  897. Se7en – 1995
  898. Underground – 1995
  899. Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge (AKA: The Brave Heart Will Take the Bride) – 1995
  900. Xich Lo (AKA: Cyclo) – 1995
  901. The Usual Suspects – 1995
  902. Dead Man – 1995
  903. Fargo – 1996
  904. Trois Vies & Une Seule Mort (AKA: Three Lives and Only One Death) – 1996
  905. Shine – 1996
  906. Breaking the Waves – 1996
  907. Independence Day – 1996
  908. Secrets and Lies – 1996
  909. Gabbeh – 1996
  910. Lone Star – 1996
  911. Trainspotting – 1996
  912. Scream – 1996
  913. The English Patient – 1996
  914. Cheun Gwong Tsa Sit (AKA: Happy Together) – 1997
  915. Mononoke Hime (AKA: Princess Mononoke) – 1997
  916. L.A. Confidential – 1997
  917. The Butcher Boy – 1997
  918. The Ice Storm – 1997
  919. Boogie Nights – 1997
  920. Deconstructing Harry – 1997
  921. The Sweet Hereafter – 1997
  922. Funny Games – 1997
  923. Ta’M E Guilass (AKA: Taste of Cherry) – 1997
  924. Abre Los Ojos (AKA: Open Your Eyes) – 1997
  925. Mat I Syn (AKA: Mother and Son) – 1997
  926. Titanic – 1997
  927. Tetsuo – 1998
  928. Festen (AKA: The Celebration) – 1998
  929. Saving Private Ryan – 1998
  930. Buffalo 66 – 1998
  931. Rushmore – 1998
  932. Lola Rennt (AKA: Run Lola Run) – 1998
  933. Idioterne (AKA: The Idiots) – 1998
  934. Pi – 1998
  935. Happiness – 1998
  936. The Thin Red Line – 1998
  937. There’s Something About Mary – 1998
  938. Sombre – 1998
  939. Ring – 1998
  940. Gohatto (AKA: Taboo) – 1998
  941. Magnolia – 1999
  942. Beau Travail – 1999
  943. The Blair Witch Project – 1999
  944. Three Kings – 1999
  945. Rosetta – 1999
  946. Todo Sobre Mi Madre (AKA: All About My Mother) – 1999
  947. Le Temps Retrouve (AKA: Time Regained) – 1999
  948. Fight Club – 1999
  949. Being John Malkovich – 1999
  950. American Beauty – 1999
  951. Bad Ma Ra Khahad Bord (AKA: The Wind Will Carry Us) – 1999
  952. The Matrix – 1999
  953. The Sixth Sense – 1999
  954. Les Glaneurs Et La Glaneuse (AKA: The Gleaners and I) – 1999
  955. Nueve Reinas (AKA: Nine Queens) – 2000
  956. La Captive (AKA: The Captive) – 2000
  957. Dut Yeung Nin Wa (AKA: In the Mood for Love) – 2000
  958. Ali Zaoua, Prince De La Rue (AKA: Ali Zaoua, Prince of the Streets) – 2000
  959. Gladiator – 2000
  960. Kippur – 2000
  961. Yi Yi (AKA: A One and A Two) – 2000
  962. Requiem for a Dream – 2000
  963. Amores Perros – 2000
  964. Meet the Parents – 2000
  965. Signs & Wonders – 2000
  966. Wo Hu Cang Long (AKA: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) – 2000
  967. Traffic – 2000
  968. Dancer in the Dark – 2000
  969. Memento – 2000
  970. Safar E Ghandehar (AKA: Kandahar) – 2001
  971. Ni Neibian Jidian (AKA: What Time is it There?) – 2001
  972. Y Tu Mama Tambien (AKA: And Your Mother Too) – 2001
  973. Le Fabuleux Destin D’Amelie Poulain (AKA: Amelie) – 2001
  974. Sen To Chihiro No Kamikakushi (AKA: Spirited Away) – 2001
  975. La Pianiste (AKA: The Piano Teacher) – 2001
  976. La Stanza Del Figlio (AKA: The Son’s Room) – 2001
  977. No Man’s Land – 2001
  978. Moulin Rouge! – 2001
  979. Monsoon Wedding – 2001
  980. Lantana – 2001
  981. A Ma Soeur (AKA: Fat Girl) – 2001
  982. Mulholland Dr. – 2001
  983. The Royal Tenenbaums – 2001
  984. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring – 2001
  985. The Pianist – 2002
  986. Gangs of New York – 2002
  987. Cidade De Deus (AKA: City of God) – 2002
  988. Hero (AKA: Ying Xiong) – 2002
  989. Habla Con Ella -(Talk to Her) – 2002
  990. Russkij Kovcheg (AKA: Russian Ark) – 2002
  991. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers – 2002
  992. Les Invasions Barbares (AKA: The Barbarian Invasions) – 2003
  993. Oldboy – 2003
  994. Kill Bill: Vol. 1 – 2003
  995. Good Bye Lenin! – 2003
  996. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King – 2003
  997. Fahrenheit 9/11 – 2004
  998. The Passion of the Christ – 2004
  999. Collateral – 2004
  1000. The Aviator – 2004
  1001. Million Dollar Baby – 2004