Best Films of All Time – Chronological

This list takes my “Best Films of All Time – The Critics’ Picks (Updated)” meta-list (which combines 18 lists and adds additional movies from the “Best Films of All Time – The Critics’ Picks (Original)” that did not make it onto the updated meta-list.  Here are the movies on five or more of the source lists, arranged chronologically.  Movies made in the same year are placed in rank order, with those on the most lists first.  I have used the English-language titles, in most cases, unless the movie is commonly referred to in the US by its non-English title.  For the same list ordered by rank, go here.

1910s

The Birth of a Nation
 (1915) Dir: D.W. Griffith (US)
Les Vampires (1915) Dir: Louis Feuillade (France)
Intolerance (1916) Dir: D.W. Griffith (US)
Broken Blossoms (1919) Dir: D.W. Griffith (US)

1920s
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
 (1920) Dir: Robert Wiene (Germany)

Nosferatu, A Symphony of Horror (1922) Dir: F.W. Murnau (Germany)
Dr. Mabuse, the Gambler (1922) Dir: Fritz Lang (Germany)

Nanook of the North (1922) Dir: Robert J. Flaherty (US)
Häxan: Witchcraft Through the Ages (1922) Dir: Benjamin Christensen (Sweden)
Foolish Wives (1922) Dir: Erich von Stroheim (US)
Safety Last! (1923) Dir: Fred Newmeyer & Sam Taylor (US)
Greed (1924) Dir: Erich von Stroheim (US)

The Last Laugh (1924) Dir: F.W. Murnau (Germany)
Sherlock, Jr. (1924) Dir: Buster Keaton (US)
The Thief of Bagdad (1924) Dir: Raoul Walsh (US)
Battleship Potemkin (1925) Dir: Sergei Eisenstein (USSR)
The Gold Rush (1925) Dir: Charlie Chaplin (US)
The Big Parade (1925) Dir: King Vidor (US)
Strike (1925) Dir: Sergei M. Eisenstein (USSR)
The Phantom of the Opera (1925) Dir: Rupert Julian (US)

The General (1926) Dir: Clyde Bruckman & Buster Keaton (US)
Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (1927) Dir: F.W. Murnau (US)
Metropolis (1927) Dir: Fritz Lang (Germany)
Napoléon (1927) Dir: Abel Gance (France)
October (Ten Days that Shook the World) (1927) Dir: Sergei Eisenstein (USSR)
The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928) Dir: Carl Theodor Dreyer (France)
The Crowd (1928) Dir: Rouben Mamoulian (US)

Un Chien Andalou (1928) Dir: Luis Buñuel & Salvador Dali (France)
Pandora’s Box (1929) Dir: G.W. Pabst (Germany)
Man with a Movie Camera (1929) Dir: Dziga Vertov (USSR)

1930s
L’Âge d’Or (1930) Dir: Luis Buñuel (France)
Earth (1930) Dir: Alexander Dozvenko (USSR)
The Blue Angel
 (1930) Dir:  Josef von Sternberg (Germany)

All Quiet on the Western Front (1930) Dir: Lewis Milestone (US)
M (1931) Dir: Fritz Lang (Germany)
City Lights (1931) Dir: Charlie Chaplin (US)
Frankenstein (1931) Dir: James Whale (US)
The Public Enemy (1931) Dir: William Wellman (US)
Little Caesar (1931) Dir: Mervyn LeRoy
Tabu: A Story of the South Seas (1931) Dir: F.W. Murnau (US)
Dracula (1931) Dir: Tod Browning (US)
La Chienne (1931) Dir: Jean Renoir (France)
Le Million (1931) Dir: René Clair (France)
Trouble in Paradise (1932) Dir: Ernst Lubitsch (US)
Freaks (1932) Dir: Tod Browning (US)
À Nous la Liberté (1932) Dir: Rene Clair (France)
Boudu Saved from Drowning 
(1932) Dir: Jean Renoir (France)
Love Me Tonight 
(1932) Dir: Rouben Mamoulian (US)
Vampyr
(1932) Dir: Carl Theodor Dreyer (Germany/France)
Shanghai Express (1932) Dir: Josef von Sternberg (US)
Scarface (1932) Dir: Howard Hawks & Robert Rosson (US)

Duck Soup (1933) Dir: Leo McCarey (US)
King Kong (1933) Dir: Merian Cooper & Ernest Schoedsack (US)
Zero for Conduct (1933) Dir: Jean Vigo (France)
42nd Street (1933) Dir: Lloyd Bacon & Busby Berkeley (US)
L’Atalante (1934) Dir: Jean Vigo (France)
It Happened One Night (1934) Dir: Frank Capra (US)
The Scarlet Empress (1934) Dir: Josef von Sternberg (US)
Triumph of the Will (1934) Dir: Leni Riefenstahl (Germany)
It’s a Gift (1934) Dir: Norman Z. McLeod (US)
The Thin Man (1934) Dir: W.S. Van Dyke (US)
Bride of Frankenstein (1935) Dir: James Whale (US)
Top Hat (1935) Dir: Mark Sandrich (US)
The 39 Steps
 (1935) Dir: Alfred Hitchcock (UK)
A Night at the Opera
(1935) Dir: Sam Wood (US)
Modern Times (1936) Dir: Charlie Chaplin (US)

Swing Time (1936) Dir: George Stevens (US)
My Man Godfrey (1936) Dir: Gregory La Cava (US)
Fury (1936) Dir: Fritz Lang (US)
Dodsworth (1936) Dir: William Wyler (US)

Une Partie de Campagne (1936) Dir: Jean Renoir (France)
Grand Illusion (1937) Dir: Jean Renoir (France)
Snow White and the Seven Dwarves (1937) Dir: David Hand, et al. (US)
Make Way for Tomorrow (1937) Dir: Leo McCarey (US)
The Awful Truth (1937) Dir: Leo McCarey (US)
Bringing Up Baby (1938) Dir: Howard Hawks (US)
The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938) Dir: Michael Curtiz (US)
Alexander Nevsky (1938) Dir: Sergei Eisenstein (USSR)
The Lady Vanishes (1938) Dir: Alfred Hitchcock (UK)
Olympia 1. Teil: Fest der Völker (1938) Dir: Leni Riefenstahl (Germany)
Olympia 2. Teil: Fest der Schönheit (1938) Dir: Leni Riefenstahl (Germany)
The Wizard of Oz (1939) Dir: Victor Fleming (US)
Gone With the Wind (1939) Dir: Victor Fleming (US)
The Rules of the Game 
(1939) Dir: Jean Renoir (France)
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
 (1939) Dir: Frank Capra (US)
Stagecoach 
(1939) Dir: John Ford (US)
Ninotchka 
(1939) Dir: Ernst Lubitsch (US)
Le jour se lève 
(1939) Dir: Marcel Carné (France)
Only Angels Have Wings
 (1939) Dir: Howard Hawks (US)
Wuthering Heights
(1939) Dir: William Wyler (US)
Gunga Din (1939) Dir: George Stevens (US)
The Story of the Last Chrysanthemum (1939) Dir: Kenji Mizoguchi (Japan)


1940s
The Grapes of Wrath 
(1940) Dir: John Ford (US)
Rebecca
 (1940) Dir: Alfred Hitchcock (US)

His Girl Friday (1940) Dir: Howard Hawks (US)
The Philadelphia Story (1940) Dir: George Cukor (US)
The Great Dictator (1940) Dir: Charlie Chaplin (US)
The Thief of Bagdad (1940) Dir: Michael Powell, et al. (UK)
The Bank Dick (1940) Dir: Edward F. Cline (US)
Fantasia (1940) Dir: Ben Sharpsteen, David Hand, et al. (US)
Pinocchio (1940) Dir: Ben Sharpsteen & Hamilton Luske (US)
The Shop Around the Corner (1940) Dir: Ernst Lubitsch (US)

Citizen Kane (1941) Dir: Orson Welles (US)
The Maltese Falcon (1941) Dir: John Huston (US)
The Lady Eve (1941) Dir: Preston Sturges (US)
Sullivan’s Travels (1941) Dir: Preston Sturges (US)
Dumbo (1941) Dir: Ben Sharpsteen (US)
How Green Was My Valley (1941) Dir: John Ford (US)
Casablanca (1942) Dir: Michael Curtiz (US)
To Be or Not To Be (1942) Dir: Ernst Lubitsch (US)
The Palm Beach Story (1942) Dir: Preston Sturges (US)
Now, Voyager (1942) Dir: Irving Rapper (US)

The Magnificent Ambersons (1942) Dir: Orson Welles (US)
Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942) Dir: Michael Curtiz (US)
Cat People (1942) Dir: Jacques Tourneur (US)
Bambi (1942) Dir: David Hand (US)
The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943) Dir: Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger (UK)
Shadow of a Doubt (1943) Dir: Alfred Hitchcock (US)
Ossessione
 (1943) Dir: Luchino Visconti (Italy)
The Ox-Bow Incident
(1943) Dir: William A. Wellman (US)
I Walked with a Zombie (1943) Dir: Jacques Tourneur (US)

Double Indemnity (1944) Dir: Billy Wilder (US)
Ivan the Terrible, Part I (1944) Dir: Sergei Eisenstein (USSR)
Meet Me in St. Louis (1944) Dir: Vincente Minnelli (US)
Laura (1944) Dir: Otto Preminger (US)
To Have and Have Not (1944) Dir: Howard Hawks (US)
The Miracle of Morgan’s Creek (1944) Dir: Preston Sturges (US) 

Children of Paradise (1945) Dir: Marcel Carné (France)
Brief Encounter (1945) Dir: David Lean (UK)
Rome, Open City (1945) Dir: Roberto Rossellini (Italy)
I Know Where I’m Going! (1945) Dir: Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger (UK)
Detour (1945) Dir: Edgar G. Ulmer (US)
Mildred Pierce (1945) Dir: Michael Curtiz (US)
The Lost Weekend (1945) Dir: Billy Wilder (US)
The Best Years of Our Lives (1946) Dir: William Wyler (US)
It’s a Wonderful Life (1946) Dir: Frank Capra (US)
Notorious (1946) Dir: Alfred Hitchcock (US)
My Darling Clementine (1946) Dir: John Ford (US)
Beauty and the Beast (1946) Dir: Jean Cocteau (France)
The Big Sleep (1946) Dir: Howard Hawks (US)
Great Expectations (1946) Dir: David Lean (UK)
A Matter of Life and Death (Stairway to Heaven) (1946) Dir: Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger (UK)
Paisan (1946) Dir: Roberto Rossellini (Italy)
Gilda (1946) Dir: Charles Vidor (US)
The Killers (1946) Dir: Robert Siodmak (US)
The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946) Dir: Tay Garnett (US)
Out of the Past (1947) Dir: Jacques Tourneur (US)
Odd Man Out (1947) Dir: Carol Reed (UK)
Monsieur Verdoux (1947) Dir: Charlie Chaplin (US)
Black Narcissus (1947) Dir: Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger (UK)
Bicycle Thieves (1948) Dir: Vittorio de Sica (Italy)
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948) Dir: John Huston (US)
The Red Shoes (1948) Dir: Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger (UK)
Red River (1948) Dir: Howard Hawks (US)
La Terra Trema (1948) Dir: Luchino Visconti (Italy)
Letter From an Unknown Woman (1948) Dir: Max Ophüls (US)
Force of Evil (1948) Dir: Abraham Polonsky (US)
Spring in a Small Town (1948) Dir: Mu Fei (China)
The Lady From Shanghai (1948) Dir: Orson Welles (US)
The Third Man (1949) Dir: Carol Reed (UK)
Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949) Dir: Robert Hamer (UK)
White Heat (1949) Dir: Raoul Walsh (US)
Late Spring (1949) Dir: Yasujiro Ozu (Japan)
On the Town (1949) Dir: Gene Kelly & Stanley Donen (US)
Gun Crazy (1949) Dir: Joseph H. Lewis (US)
Adam’s Rib (1949) Dir: George Cukor (US)
She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949) Dir: John Ford (US)
A Letter to Three Wives (1949) Dir: Joseph L. Mankiewicz (US)

1950s
Sunset Blvd.
 (1950) Dir: Billy Wilder (US)

All About Eve (1950) Dir: Joseph Mankiewicz (US)
Rashomon (1950) Dir: Akira Kurosawa (Japan)
Los Olvidados (1950) Dir: Luis Buñuel (Mexico)
Orpheus (1950) Dir: Jean Cocteau (France)
The Asphalt Jungle (1950) Dir: John Huston (US)
In a Lonely Place (1950) Dir: Nicholas Ray (US)
Winchester ’73 (1950) Anthony Mann (US)
Strangers on a Train (1951) Dir: Alfred Hitchcock (US)
Diary of a Country Priest (1951) Dir: Robert Bresson (France)
Ace in the Hole (The Big Carnival) (1951) Dir: Billy Wilder (US)
A Streetcar Named Desire (1951) Dir: Elia Kazan (US)
An American in Paris (1951) Dir: Vincente Minnelli (US)
The African Queen (1951) Dir: John Huston (US)
The River (1951) Dir: Jean Renoir (France)
The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951) Dir: Robert Wise (US)
A Place in the Sun (1951) Dir: George Stevens (US)
The Lavender Hill Mob (1951) Dir: Charles Crichton (UK)
Singin’ in the Rain (1952) Dir: Gene Kelly & Stanley Donen (US)
Ikiru (1952) Dir: Akira Kurosawa (Japan)
High Noon (1952) Dir: Fred Zinnemann (US)
Umberto D (1952) Dir: Vittorio de Sica (Italy)
The Quiet Man (1952) Dir: John Ford (US)
Forbidden Games (1952) Dir: René Clément (France)
Europa ’51 (1952) Dir: Roberto Rossellini (Italy)
Life of Oharu (1952) Dir: Kenzo Mizoguchi (Japan)
The Bad and the Beautiful (1952) Dir: Vincente Minnelli (US)
Tokyo Story (1953) Dir: Yasujiro Ozu (Japan)
Ugetsu Monogatari (1953) Dir: Kenzo Mizoguchi (Japan)
Mr. Hulot’s Holiday (1953) Dir: Jacques Tati (France)
The Wages of Fear (1953) Dir: Henri-Georges Clouzot (France)
The Big Heat (1953) Dir: Fritz Lang (US)
The Band Wagon (1953) Dir: Vincente Minnelli (US)
The Earrings of Madame de… (1953) Dir: Max Ophüls (France)
Shane (1953) Dir: George Stevens (US)
Roman Holiday (1953) Dir: William Wyler (US)
Pickup on South Street (1953) Dir: Samuel Fuller (US)
Viaggio in Italia (1953) Dir: Roberto Rossellini (Italy)
From Here to Eternity (1953) Dir: Fred Zinnemann (US)
The Bad and the Beautiful (1953) Dir: Vincente Minnelli (US)
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953) Dir: Howard Hawks (US)
Seven Samurai (1954) Dir: Akira Kurosawa (Japan)
On the Waterfront (1954) Dir: Elia Kazan (US)
Rear Window (1954) Dir: Alfred Hitchcock (US)
Ugetsu Monogatari (1954) Dir: Kenzo Mizoguchi (Japan)
Sansho the Baliff (1954) Dir: Kenzo Mizoguchi (Japan)
La Strada (1954) Dir: Federico Fellini (Italy)
A Star is Born (1954) Dir: George Cukor (US)
Johnny Guitar (1954) Dir: Nicholas Ray (US)
Senso (The Wanton Contessa) (1954) Dir: Luchino Visconti (Italy)
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954) Dir: Stanley Donen (US)
Kiss Me Deadly (1955) Dir: Robert Aldrich (US)
Smiles of a Summer Night (1955) Dir: Ingmar Bergman (Sweden)
Ordet (1955) Dir: Carl Theodor Dreyer (Denmark)
The Night of the Hunter (1955) Dir: Charles Laughton (US)
Rebel Without a Cause (1955) Dir: Nicholas Ray (US)
Pather Panchali (1955) Dir: Satyajit Ray (India)
East of Eden (1955) Dir: Elia Kazan (US)
Bob le Flambeur (1955) Dir: Jean-Pierre Melville (France)
Bad Day at Black Rock (1955) Dir: John Sturges (US)
Lola Montès (1955) Dir: Max Ophüls (France/West Germany)
The Man with the Golden Arm (1955) Dir: Otto Preminger (US)
All That Heaven Allows (1955) Dir: Douglas Sirk (US)
Marty (1955) Dir: Delbert Mann (US)
Diabolique (1955) Dir: Henri-Georges Clouzot (France)

The Searchers (1956) Dir: John Ford (US)
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956) Dir: Don Siegel (US)
Written on the Wind (1956) Dir: Douglas Sirk (US)
Aparajito (1956) Dir: Satyajit Ray (India)
Bigger Than Life (1956) Dir: Nicholas Ray (US)
A Man Escaped (1956) Dir: Robert Bresson (France)
Rififi (1956) Dir: Jules Dassin (France)
The Killing (1956) Dir: Stanley Kubrick (US)

The Seventh Seal (1957) Dir: Ingmar Bergman (Sweden)
Sweet Smell of Success (1957) Dir: Alexander Mackendrick (US)
Paths of Glory (1957) Dir: Stanley Kubrick (US)
12 Angry Men (1957) Dir: Sidney Lumet (US)
The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) Dir: David Lean (UK/US)
Nights of Cabiria (1957) Dir: Federico Fellini (Italy)
Wild Strawberries (1957) Dir: Ingmar Bergman (Sweden)
Throne of Blood (1957) Dir: Akira Kurosawa (Japan)
The Cranes are Flying (1957) Dir: Mikhail Kalatozov (USSR)
An Affair to Remember (1957) Dir: Leo McCarey (US)
Vertigo (1958) Dir: Alfred Hitchcock (US)
Touch of Evil
 (1958) Dir: Orson Welles (US)

Ashes and Diamonds (1958) Dir: Andrzej Wajda (Poland)
Mon Oncle (1958) Dir:  Jacques Tati (France)
Ivan the Terrible, Part 2 (1958) Dir: Sergei Eisenstein (USSR)
Gigi (1958) Dir: Vincente Minnelli (US)
Man of the West (1958) Dir: Anthony Mann (US)
Dracula (1958) Dir: Terence Fisher (UK)
Some Like It Hot (1959) Dir: Billy Wilder (US)
The 400 Blows (1959) Dir: François Truffaut (France)
North by Northwest (1959) Dir: Alfred Hitchcock (US)
The World of Apu (1959) Dir: Satyajit Ray (India)
Hiroshima, Mon Amour (1959) Dir: Alain Resnais (France/Japan)
Pickpocket (1959) Dir: Robert Bresson (France)
Ben-Hur (1959) Dir: William Wyler (US)
Rio Bravo (1959) Dir: Howard Hawks (US)
Anatomy of a Murder (1959) Dir: Otto Preminger (US)
Shadows (1959) Dir: John Cassavetes (US)
Floating Weeds (1959) Dir: Yasujiro Ozu (Japan)
Imitation of Life (1959) Dir: Douglas Sirk (US)

1960s
Psycho
 (1960) Dir: Alfred Hitchcock (US)

Breathless (1960) Dir: Jean-Luc Godard (France)
L’Avventura (1960) Dir: Michelangelo Antonioni (Italy)
The Apartment (1960) Dir: Billy Wilder (US)
La Dolce Vita (1960) Dir: Federico Fellini (Italy)
Peeping Tom (1960) Dir: Michael Powell (UK)
Rocco and his Brothers (1960) Dir: Luchino Visconti (Italy)
Spartacus (1960) Dir: Stanley Kubrick (US)
Shoot the Piano Player (1960) Dir: François Truffaut (France)
Eyes Without a Face (1960) Dir: Georges Franju (France)
Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (1960) Dir: Karel Reisz (UK)
The Cloud-Capped Star (1960) Dir: Ritwik Ghatak (India)
Viridiana (1961) Dir: Luis Buñuel (Spain)
West Side Story (1961) Dir: Robert Wise & Jerome Robbins (US)
The Hustler (1961) Dir: Robert Rossen (US)
Yojimbo (1961) Dir: Akira Kurosawa (Japan)
Last Year at Marienbad (1961) Dir: Alain Resnais (France)
Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961) Dir: Blake Edwards (US)
Lola (1961) Dir: Jacques Demy (France)
The Misfits (1961) Dir: John Huston (US)
Splendor in the Grass (1961) Dir: Elia Kazan (US)
Lawrence of Arabia (1962) Dir: David Lean (UK)
Jules and Jim (1962) Dir: Francois Truffaut (France)
To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) Dir: Robert Mulligan (US)
The Manchurian Candidate (1962) Dir: John Frankenheimer (US)
The Exterminating Angel (1962) Dir: Luis Buñuel (France)
Viridiana (1962) Dir: Luis Buñuel (Spain)
La Jetée (1962) Dir: Chris Marker (France)
L’Eclisse (1962) Dir: Michelangelo Antonioni (Italy)
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962) Dir: John Ford (US)
Cléo from 5 to 7 (1962) Dir: Agnès Varda (France)
Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962) Dir: Robert Aldrich (US)
An Autumn Afternoon (1962) Dir: Yazujiro Ozu (Japan)
Vivre sa vie (1962) Dir: Jean-Luc Godard (France)
Lolita (1962) Dir: Stanley Kubrick (US/UK)
What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962) Dir: Robert Aldrich (US)
Ride the High Country (1962) Dir: Sam Peckinpah (US)
8 1/2 (1963) Dir: Federico Fellini (Italy)
The Leopard (1963) Dir: Luchino Visconti (Italy)
The Birds (1963) Dir: Alfred Hitchcock (US)
Contempt (1963) Dir: Jean-Luc Godard (France)
Shock Corridor (1963) Dir: Samuel Fuller (US)
The Servant (1963) Dir: Joseph Losey (UK)
Tom Jones (1963) Dir: Tony Richardson (UK)
The Great Escape (1963) Dir: John Sturges (US)
Dr. Strangelove, or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964) Dir: Stanley Kubrick (US/UK)
A Hard Day’s Night (1964) Dir: Richard Lester (UK)
Goldfinger (1964) Dir: Guy Hamilton (UK)
The Gospel According to St. Matthew (1964) Dir: Pier Paolo Pasolini (Italy)
My Fair Lady (1964) Dir: George Cukor (US)
Woman in the Dunes (1964) Dir: Hiroshi Teshigahara (Japan)
The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964) Dir: Jacques Demy (France)
Band of Outsiders (1964) Dir: Jean-Luc Godard (France)
The Red Desert (1964) Dir: Michelangelo Antonioni (Italy)
Black God, White Devil (1964) Dir: Glauber Rocha (Brazil)
Gertrud (1964) Dir: Carl Theodor Dreyer (Denmark)
Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors (1964) Dir: Sergei Parajanov (USSR)
Mary Poppins (1964) Dir: Robert Stevenson (US)
The Battle of Algiers (1965) Dir: Gillo Pontecorvo (Italy/Algeria)
Doctor Zhivago (1965) Dir: David Lean (UK)
The Sound of Music (1965) Dir: Robert Wise (US)
Chimes at Midnight (1965) Dir: Orson Welles (Spain/Switzerland)
Alphaville (1965) Dir: Jean-Luc Godard (France)
Repulsion (1965) Dir: Roman Polanski (UK)
Pierrot le Fou (1965) Dir: Jean-Luc Godard (France)
Loves of a Blonde (1965) Dir: Miloš Forman (Czechoslovakia)
Juliet of the Spirits (1965) Dir: Federico Fellini (Italy)
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (1966) Dir: Sergio Leone (Italy)
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966) Dir: Mike Nichols (US)
Blow-Up (1966) Dir: Michelangelo Antonioni (Italy/UK)
Persona (1966) Dir: Ingmar Bergman (Sweden)
Andrei Rublev (1966) Dir: Andrei Tarkovsky (USSR)
Au Hasard Balthazar (1966) Dir: Robert Bresson (France)
A Man for All Seasons (1966) Dir: Fred Zinnemann (US)
Closely Watched Trains (1966) Dir: Jiří Menzel (Czechoslovakia)
Daisies (1966) Dir: Věra Chytilová (Czechoslovakia)
The Graduate (1967) Dir: Mike Nichols (US)
Belle de Jour (1967) Dir: Luis Buñuel (France)
Bonnie and Clyde (1967) Dir: Arthur Penn (US)
Cool Hand Luke (1967) Dir: Stuart Rosenberg (US)
Weekend (1967) Dir: Jean-Luc Godard (France)
Playtime (1967) Dir: Jacques Tati (France)
Point Blank (1967) Dir: John Boorman (US)
Le Samouraï (1967) Dir: Jean-Pierre Melville (France)
Two or Three Things I Know About Her (1967) Dir: Jean-Luc Godard (France)
In the Heat of the Night (1967) Dir: Norman Jewison (US)
Closely Watched Trains (1967) Dir: Jiri Menzel (Czechoslovakia)
The Young Girls of Rochefort (1967) Dir: Jacques Demy (France)
In Cold Blood (1967) Dir: Richard Brooks (US)
Don’t Look Back (1967) Dir: D.A. Pennebaker (US)

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) Dir: Stanley Kubrick (US/UK)
Faces (1968) Dir: John Cassavetes (US)
The Producers (1968) Dir: Mel Brooks (US)
Rosemary’s Baby (1968) Dir: Roman Polanski (US)
If… (1968) Dir: Lindsay Anderson (UK)
Once Upon a Time in the West (1968) Dir: Sergio Leone (Italy)
Night of the Living Dead (1968) Dir: George Romero (US)
Memories of Underdevelopment (1968) Dir: Tomás Gutiérrez Alea (Cuba)
Planet of the Apes (1968) Dir: Franklin J. Schaffner (US)
The Wild Bunch (1969) Dir: Sam Peckinpah (US)
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) Dir: George Roy Hill (US)
Easy Rider (1969) Dir: Dennis Hopper (US)
Z (1969) Dir: Costa-Gavras (France/Algeria)
Midnight Cowboy (1969) Dir: John Schlesinger (US)
My Night at Maud’s (1969) Dir: Éric Rohmer (France)
Fellini Satyricon (1969) Dir: Federico Fellini (Italy)
Kes (1969) Dir: Ken Loach (UK)
The Sorrow and the Pity (1969) Dir: Marcel Ophüls (France)
The Color of Pomegranates (1969) Dir: Sergei Parajanov (USSR)
Army of Shadows (1969) Dir: Jean-Pierre Melville (France)

1970s
The Conformist (1970) Dir: Bernardo Bertolucci (Italy)

Performance (1970) Dir: Donald Cammell & Nicholas Roeg (UK)
Five Easy Pieces (1970) Dir: Bob Rafelson (US)
Le Boucher (1970) Dir: Claude Chabrol (France)
Tristana (1970) Dir: Luis Buñuel (Spain)
MASH (1970) Dir: Robert Altman (US)
Woodstock (1970) Dir: Michael Wadleigh (US)
Gimme Shelter (1970) Dir: Albert & David Maysles (US)
Little Big Man (1970) Dir: Arthur Penn (US)
Patton (1970) Dir: Franklin J. Schaffner (US)
Zabriskie Point (1970) Dir: Michelangelo Antonioni (US)
Claire’s Knee (1970) Dir: Eric Rohmer (France)
Wanda (1970) Dir: Barbara Loden (US)
The Last Picture Show (1971) Dir: Peter Bogdanovich (US)
A Clockwork Orange (1971) Dir: Stanley Kubrick (UK/US)
McCabe and Mrs. Miller (1971) Dir: Robert Altman (US)
The French Connection (1971) Dir: William Friedkin (US)
Dirty Harry (1971) Dir: Don Siegel (US)
W.R.: Mysteries of the Organism (1971) Dir: Dušan Makavejev (Yugoslavia)
Walkabout (1971) Dir: Nicolas Roeg (Australia/UK)
Harold and Maude (1971) Dir: Hal Ashby (US)
Get Carter (1971) Dir: Mike Hodges (UK)
A Touch of Zen (1971) Dir: King Hu (Taiwan)
The Devils (1971) Dir: Ken Russell (UK)
Klute (1971) Dir: Alan J. Pakula (US)
Sunday, Bloody Sunday (1971) Dir: John Schlesinger (UK)
Two-Lane Blacktop (1971) Dir: Monte Hellman (US)
Straw Dogs (1971) Dir: Sam Peckinpah (US)
The Godfather (1972) Dir: Francis Ford Coppola (US)
Cries and Whispers (1972) Dir: Ingmar Bergman (Sweden)
Aguirre, the Wrath of God (1972) Dir: Werner Herzog (West Germany)
The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972) Dir: Luis Buñuel (France)
Cabaret (1972) Dir: Bob Fosse (US)
Solaris (1972) Dir: Andrei Tarkovsky (USSR)
Last Tango in Paris (1972) Dir: Bernardo Bertolucci (Italy/France)
Deliverance (1972) Dir: John Boorman (US)
Fat City (1972) Dir: John Huston (US)
Mean Streets (1973) Dir: Martin Scorcese (US)
Badlands (1973) Dir: Terence Malick (US)
The Sting (1973) Dir: George Roy Hill (US)
The Long Goodbye (1973) Dir: Robert Altman (US)
Don’t Look Now (1973) Dir: Nicholas Roeg (UK/US)
The Spirit of the Beehive (1973) Dir: Victor Erice (Spain)
The Mother and the Whore (1973) Dir: Jean Eustache (France)
The Exorcist (1973) Dir: William Friedkin (US)
American Graffiti (1973) Dir: George Lucas (US)
Day for Night (1973) Dir: François Truffaut (France)
Amarcord (1973) Dir: Federico Fellini (Italy)
Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid (1973) Dir: Sam Peckinpah (US)
The Wicker Man (1973) Dir: Robin Hardy (UK)
F for Fake (1973) Dir: Orson Welles (France/West Germany/Iran)
Enter the Dragon (1973) Dir: Robert Clouse (Hong Kong/US)
Chinatown (1974) Dir: Roman Polanski (US)
The Godfather, Part II (1974) Dir: Francis Ford Coppola (US)
The Conversation (1974) Dir: Francis Ford Coppola (US)
A Woman Under the Influence (1974) Dir: John Cassavetes (US)
The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974) Dir: Tobe Hooper (US)
Celine and Julie Go Boating (1974) Dir: Jacques Rivette (France)
Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia (1974) Dir: Sam Peckinpah (US)
Blazing Saddles (1974) Dir: Mel Brooks (US)
Young Frankenstein (1974) Dir: Mel Brooks (US)

Amarcord (1974) Dir: Federico Fellini (Italy)
Ali: Fear Eats the Soul (1974) Dir: Rainer Maria Fassbinder (Germany)
The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser (1974) Dir: Werner Herzog (Germany)
Nashville (1975) Dir: Robert Altman (US)
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975) Dir: Milos Forman (US)
Jaws (1975) Dir: Steven Spielberg (US)
Dog Day Afternoon (1975) Dir: Sidney Lumet (US)
Barry Lyndon (1975) Dir: Stanley Kubrick (UK/US)
Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975) Dir: Peter Weir (Australia)
Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975) Dir: Terry Gilliam & Terry Jones (UK)
Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles (1975) Dir: Chantal Akerman (Belgium)
The Mirror (1975) Dir: Andrei Tarkovsky (USSR)
Night Moves (1975) Dir: Arthur Penn (US)
The Travelling Players (1975) Dir: Theodoros Angelopoulos (Greece)
India Song (1975) Dir: Marguerite Duras (France)
Taxi Driver (1976) Dir: Martin Scorcese (US)
Network (1976) Dir: Sidney Lumet (US)
All the President’s Men (1976) Dir: Alan J. Pakula (US)
In the Realm of the Senses (1976) Dir: Nagisa Oshima (Japan)
Rocky (1976) Dir: John G. Avildsen (US)
The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976) Dir: Clint Eastwood (US)
The Killing of a Chinese Bookie (1976) Dir: John Cassavetes (US)
Carrie (1976) Dir: Brian De Palma (US)
Annie Hall (1977) Dir: Woody Allen (US)
Star Wars (1977) Dir: George Lucas (US)
Killer of Sheep (1977) Dir: Charles Burnett (US)
Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) Dir: Steven Spielberg (US)
Saturday Night Fever (1977) Dir: John Badham (US)
1900 (1977) Dir: Bernardo Bertolucci (Italy)
Eraserhead (1977) Dir: David Lynch (US)
Suspiria (1977) Dir: Dario Argento (Italy)
The American Friend (1977) Dir: Wim Wenders (Germany)
Days of Heaven (1978) Dir: Terence Malick (US)
The Deer Hunter (1978) Dir: Michael Cimino (US)
Dawn of the Dead (1978) Dir: George Romero (US)
Halloween (1978) Dir: John Carpenter (US)
National Lampoon’s Animal House (1978) Dir: John Landis (US)
The Tree of Wooden Clogs (1978) Dir: Emanno Olmi (Italy)
Grease (1978) Dir: Randal Kleiser (US)
Apocalypse Now (1979) Dir: Francis Ford Coppola (US)
Being There (1979) Dir: Hal Ashby (US)
Alien (1979) Dir: Ridley Scott (US)
The Marriage of Maria Braun (1979) Dir: Rainer Werner Fassbinder (Germany)
All That Jazz (1979) Dir: Bob Fosse (US)
Manhattan (1979) Dir: Woody Allen (US)
Monty Python’s Life of Brian (1979) Dir: Terry Jones (UK)
Stalker (1979) Dir: Andrei Tarkovsky (USSR)
The Tin Drum (1979) Dir: Volker Schlöndorff (West Germany)

1980s
Raging Bull
 (1980) Dir: Martin Scorcese (US)

The Shining (1980) Dir: Stanley Kubrick (US)
The Elephant Man (1980) Dir: David Lynch (US)
The Big Red One (1980) Dir: Samuel Fuller (US)
Airplane! (1980) Dir: Jim Abrahams, David Zucker & Jerry Zucker (US)
Atlantic City (1980) Dir: Louis Malle (Canada/France)
Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (1980) Dir: Irvin Kershner (US)
Mon Oncle d’Amerique (1980) DIr: Alain Resnais (France)
Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) Dir: Steven Spielberg (US)
An American Werewolf in London (1981) Dir: John Landis (US)
Das Boot (1981) Dir: Wolfgang Petersen (West Germany)
Chariots of Fire (1981) Dir: Hugh Hudson (UK)
Reds (1981) Dir: Warren Beatty (US)
Blow Out (1981) Dir: Brian De Palma (US)
Mephisto (1981) Dir: István Szabó (Hungary)
Pixote (1981) Dir: Hector Babenco (Brazil)

E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (1982) Dir: Steven Spielberg (US)
Blade Runner (1982) Dir: Ridley Scott (US)
Fanny and Alexander (1982) Dir: Ingmar Bergman (Sweden)
Tootsie (1982) Dir: Sydney Pollack (US)
The Year of Living Dangerously (1982) Dir: Peter Weir (Australia)
Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (1982) Dir: George Miller (Australia)
Fitzcarraldo (1982) Dir: Werner Herzog (West Germany)
Diner (1982) Dir: Barry Levinson (US)
Videodrome (1982) Dir: David Cronenberg (Canada)
The King of Comedy (1983) Dir: Martin Scorcese (US)

Scarface (1983) Dir: Brian DePalma (US)
Local Hero (1983) Dir: Bill Forsyth (UK)
L’Argent (1983) Dir: Robert Bresson (France)
The Right Stuff (1983) Dir: Philip Kaufmann (US)
Berlin Alexanderplatz (1983) Dir: Rainer Werner Fassbinder (Germany)

This is Spinal Tap (1984) Dir: Rob Reiner (US)
Amadeus (1984) Dir: Milos Forman (US)
Paris, Texas (1984) Dir: Wim Wenders (US/West Germany)
Stranger than Paradise (1984) Dir: Jim Jarmusch (US)
The Terminator (1984) Dir: James Cameron (US)
A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) Dir: Wes Craven (US)

Ran (1985) Dir: Akira Kurosawa (Japan)
Back to the Future (1985) Dir: Robert Zemeckis (US)
Come and See (1985) Dir: Elem Klimov (USSR)
Brazil (1985) Dir: Terry Gilliam (UK)
Shoah (1985) Dir: Claude Lanzmann (France)
Heimat (1985) Dir: Edgar Reitz (West Germany)
The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985) Dir: Woody Allen (US)
Blue Velvet (1986) Dir: David Lynch (US)
Aliens (1986) Dir: James Cameron (US)
Platoon (1986) Dir: Oliver Stone (US)
Hannah and Her Sisters (1986) Dir: Woody Allen (US)

Wings of Desire (1987) Dir: Wim Wenders (West Germany)
Red Sorghum (1987) Dir: Zhang Yimou (China)
Raising Arizona (1987) Dir: Joel & Ethan Coen (US)
Withnail and I (1987) Dir: Bruce Robinson (UK)

Moonstruck (1987) Dir: Norman Jewison (US)
The Dead (1987) Dir: John Huston (US)

Cinema Paradiso (1988) Dir: Giuseppe Tornatore (Italy)
Who Framed Roger Rabbit? (1988) Dir: Robert Zemeckis (US)
The Decalogue (1988) Dir: Krzysztof Kieślowski (Poland)
Die Hard (1988) Dir: John McTiernan (US)
Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (1988) Dir: Pedro Almodóvar (Spain)
Au Revoir, Les Enfants (1988) Dir: Louis Malle (France)
The Thin Blue Line (1988) Dir: Errol Morris (US)
Dead Ringers (1988) Dir: David Cronenberg (Canada/US)

Do The Right Thing (1989) Dir: Spike Lee (US)
Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989) Dir: Woody Allen (US)
The Killer (1989) Dir: John Woo (Hong Kong)

1990s
Goodfellas
 (1990) Dir: Martin Scorcese (US)

Close-Up (1990) Dir: Abbas Kiarostami (Iran)
Ju Dou (1990) Dir: Zhang Yimou (China)
Miller’s Crossing (1990) Dir: Joel & Ethan Coen (US)
The Silence of the Lambs (1991) Dir: Jonathan Demme (US)

Raise the Red Lantern (1991) Dir: Zhang Yimou (China)
La Belle Noiseuse (1991) Dir: Jacques Rivette (France)
Thelma and Louise (1991) Dir: Ridley Scott (US)
A Brighter Summer Day (1991) Dir: Edward Yang (Taiwan)
JFK (1991) Dir: Oliver Stone (US)
My Own Private Idaho (1991) Dir: Gus Van Sant (US)

Unforgiven (1992) Dir: Clint Eastwood (US)
Reservoir Dogs (1992) Dir: Quentin Tarantino (US)
Howards End (1992) Dir: James Ivory (UK)
The Crying Game (1992) Dir: Neil Jordan (UK)

Schindler’s List (1993) Dir: Steven Spielberg (US)
Groundhog Day (1993) Dir: Harold Ramis (US)
The Piano (1993) Dir: Jane Campion (NZ/Australia/France)
Farewell My Concubine (1993) Dir: Chen Kaige (China)
Three Colors: Blue (1993) Dir: Krzysztof Kieślowski (France/Poland)

Pulp Fiction (1994) Dir: Quentin Tarantino (US)
Three Colors: Red (1994) Dir: Krzysztof Kieślowski (France/Poland)
The Shawshank Redemption (1994) Dir: Frank Darabont (US)
Forrest Gump (1994) Dir: Robert Zemeckis (US)
Chungking Express (1994) Dir: Wong Kar-Wai (China)
Three Colors: White (1994) Dir: Krzysztof Kieślowski (France/Poland)
Wild Reeds (1994) Dir: André Téchiné (France)
Sátántangó (1994) Dir: Béla Tarr (Hungary)

The Usual Suspects (1995) Dir: Bryan Singer (US)
Casino (1995) Dir: Martin Scorcese (US)
Seven (1995) Dir: David Fincher (US)
Toy Story (1995) Dir: John Lasseter (US)
Leaving Las Vegas (1995) Dir: Mike Figgis (US)
Heat (1995) Dir: Michael Mann (US)

Fargo (1996) Dir: Joel & Ethan Coen (US)
Trainspotting (1996) Dir: Danny Boyle (UK)
Lone Star (1996) Dir: John Sayles (US)
Secrets and Lies (1996) Dir: Mike Leigh (UK)
Breaking the Waves (1996) Dir: Lars von Trier (Denmark)
The Fly (1996) Dir: David Cronenberg (US)

L.A. Confidential (1997) Dir: Curtis Hanson (US)
Taste of Cherry (1997) Dir: Abbas Kiarostami (Iran)
Happy Together (1997) Dir: Wong Kar-Wai (China)
The Sweet Hereafter (1997) Dir: Atom Egoyan (Canada)
Boogie Nights (1997) Dir: Paul Thomas Anderson (US)
The Celebration (1998) Dir: Thomas Vinterberg (Denmark)
The Big Lebowski (1998) Dir: Joel & Ethan Coen (US)
Saving Private Ryan (1998) Dir: Steven Spielberg (US)
The Thin Red Line (1998) Dir: Terence Malick (US)
Rushmore (1998) Dir: Wes Anderson (US)
Magnolia (1999) Dir: Paul Thomas Anderson (US)
The Matrix (1999) Dir: The Wachowskis (US)
American Beauty (1999) Dir: Sam Mendes (US)
All About My Mother (1999) Dir: Pedro Almodóvar (Spain)

2000s
In the Mood for Love
 (2000) Dir: Wong Kar-Wai (China)

Memento (2000) Dir: Christopher Nolan (US)
Werckmeister Harmonies (2000) Dir: Béla Tarr & Agnes Hranitzky (Hungary)
Yi Yi (2000) Dir: Edward Yang (Taiwan)
Spirited Away (2001) Dir: Hayao Miyazaki (Japan)
Mulholland Drive (2001) Dir: David Lynch (US)
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) Dir: Peter Jackson (NZ/US/UK)
Amélie (2001) Dir: Jean-Pierre Jeunet (France)
A.I.: Artificial Intelligence (2001) Dir: Steven Spielberg (US)
City of God (2002) Dir: Fernando Meirelles (Brazil)
Talk to Her (2002) Dir: Pedro Almodóvar (Spain)
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) Dir: Peter Jackson (US/New Zealand)
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) Dir: Peter Jackson (US/New Zealand)
Lost in Translation (2003) Dir: Sofia Coppola (US)
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004) Dir: Michel Gondry (US)
Caché (Hidden) (2005) Dir: Michael Haneke (France)
Pan’s Labyrinth (2006) Dir: Guillermo del Toro (Mexico/Spain)
The Lives of Others (2006) Dir: Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck (Germany)

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