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The List

Silent Cinema

Rene Clair, Paris Qui Dort [Crazy Ray], Le Million, À nous la liberté

Abel Gance, The Wheel, Napoleon

Luis Buñuel, Un Chien Andalou

Sergei Eisenstein, Strike, Battleship Potemkin, Ivan the Terrible, I, II, Que Viva Mexico, October, The Old and the New, Alexander Nevsky

D.W. Griffith, sample of various Biograph shorts, Birth of a Nation, Broken Blossoms

Lois Weber, The Blot

Fritz Lang, Metropolis

F.W. Murnau, Nosferatu, The Last Laugh, Sunrise, Faust

Oscar Micheux, Body and Soul, Birthright, Within Our Gates

Cecil Hepworth, Rescued By Rover (1902 or so)

Lumiere Brothers, the program of 1895, at least, The Arrival of a Train, Workers Leaving the Factory, Bathing the Baby

Eric von Stroheim, Foolish Wives, Greed

Alexander Dovzhenko, Arsenal, Earth

V. Pudovkin, Storm Over Asia, Deserter

Alexander Kirisinov, Menilmontant

Alice Guy Blanche, various titles

Georges Melies, A Trip To The Moon, various shorts

Buster Keaton, Our Hospitality, Steamboat Bill, Sherlock Jr., The General, various shorts

Charlie Chaplin, City Lights, The Gold Rush, Modern Times, The Kid, various shorts

European Cinema

Luis Buñuel, The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie, Exterminating Angel

Vittorio De Sica, The Bicycle Thief, Umberto D

Julien Duvivier, Pepe Le Moko

Roberto Rosselini, Rome Open City, Paisa, Germany, Year Zero

Carl Dreyer, The Passion of Joan of Arc

Robert Bresson, Pickpocket, A Man Escaped, Diary of a Country Priest, Au hasard Balthazar, Ladies of the Bois du Boulogne, Mouchette, The Trial of Joan of Arc

Rainer Werner Fassbinder, The Marriage of Maria Braun, Mother Kusters Goes to Heaven, Ali: Fear Eats The Soul, In The Year of Thirteen Moons

Clair Denis, Chocolat, Beau Travail

Federico Fellini, 8 1/2, La Strada, La Dolce Vita, I Vitelloni, Nights of Cabiria, Giulietta degli Spiriti, Fellini Satyricon, Fellini’s Roma, Amarcord

Ingmar Bergman, Summer with Monika, The Magician, Persona, Wild Strawberries, Virgin Spring, The Seventh Seal, The Silence, Fanny & Alexander, Cries and Whispers, Winter Light, Through a Glass Darkly

Bernardo Bertolucci, The Conformist, 1900, The Sheltering Sky, Last Tango in Paris, Besieged, The Last Emperor, Stealing Beauty, The Dreamers

Jean-Luc Godard, Pierrot Le Fou, Breathless, Alphaville, Masculin Feminin, Vivre sa vie, Hail Mary, Six Fous Deux, Deux Or Trois Choses Que Je Sais D’Elle, Band à part, Passion, First Name: Carmen, Aria, Une Femme Mariée

Peter Greenaway, The Draughtsman’s Contract, The Pillow Book

Miklos Jansco, The Red and the White, The Round-Up

Dusan Makavejev, WR: Mysteries of the Organism, The Case of the Missing Switchboard Operator

Lindsay Anderson, This Sporting Life, If…

Sally Potter, Thriller

David Lean, Great Expectations, Lawrence of Arabia, The Bridge on the River Kwai

Jean Renoir, La Bete Humaine, The Rules of the Game, The River, Boudu Saved From Drowning, The Grand Illusion

Margareta von Trotta, Sisters, The Lost Honor of Katerina Blum

Andre Tarkovsky, Andrei Rublev, Stalker, Nostalgia, Solaris, Ivan’s Childhood, The Mirror, Nostalghia, The Sacrifice

Francois Truffaut, Shoot the Piano Player, The 400 Blows, Jules et Jim

Jacques Tati, Mon Oncle, Playtime

Marlene Gorris, A Question of Silence

Josef von Sternberg, The Blue Angel

Alain Resnais, Hiroshima Mon Amour, Last Year at Marienbad

Marta Mazaros, Adoption, Diary For My Loves

R. Wiene, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari

Andrzej Wajda, Ashes and Diamonds, Kanal, Man of Marble, Man of Iron, Promised Land

Lina Wertmuller, Swept Away…, Love and Anarchy

Michaelangelo Antonioni, Le Amiche, The Eclipse, L’Avventura, Red Desert, Zabriskie Point, La Notte, The Passenger, Blow-Up, Identificazione di una Donna, The Dangerous Thread of Things

Roman Polanski, Repulsion, Knife in the Water

Chantal Ackerman, Letters From Home, Jeanne Dielman

Classic American Cinema (1928-1975)

Charlie Chaplin, The Great Dictator

Francis Ford Coppola, The Godfather, I, II

Stanley Donen, Singin’ In The Rain [with Gene Kelly], Two For The Road, Royal Wedding, Funny Face, Indiscreet, The Grass Is Greener, Charade

John Ford, Stagecoach, The Searchers, Young Mr. Lincoln, Fort Apache, The Grapes of Wrath, How Green Was My Valley, The Fugitive, 3 Godfathers, She Wore A Yellow Ribbon, Rio Grande, The Quiet Man, Mister Roberts, The Alamo, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, How The West Was Won

William Wyler, The Best Years Of Our Lives, Roman Holiday, Ben-Hur, How To Steal A Million, Funny Girl

Josef von Sternberg, Morocco

Dorothy Arzner, Dance, Girl, Dance; Christopher Strong

Fritz Lang, Beyond A Reasonable Doubt, The Big Heat, M

Alfred Hitchcock, Blackmail, The Man Who Knew Too Much, Young And Innocent, Strangers on a Train, Notorious, Vertigo, Rear Window, Psycho, Marnie, The 39 Steps, The Lady Vanishes, Rebecca, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Suspicion, Lifeboat, Spellbound, Rope, Dial M For Murder, To Catch A Thief, The Trouble With Harry, The Man Who Knew Too Much, North By Northwest, The Birds, Frenzy

Stanley Kubrick, Dr. Strangelove, Paths of Glory, Killer’s Kiss, The Killing, Spartacus, Barry Lyndon, The Shining, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Full Metal Jacket, Eyes Wide Shut

Douglas Sirk, Written on the Wind, All That Heaven Allows

Ernst Lubitsch, The Love Parade, Trouble In Paradise, Heaven Can Wait

Billy Wilder, Sunset Boulevard, Double Indemnity, Some Like It Hot, Ace In The Hole, The Lost Weekend, The Bishop’s Wife, Sabrina, The Seven Year Itch, The Spirit of St. Louis, The Apartment, Avanti!

Orson Welles, CITIZEN KANE, Touch of Evil, F FOR FAKE, The Lady from Shanghai

Sam Fuller, UNDERWORLD U.S.A., RUN OF THE ARROW, NAKED KISS, SHOCK CORRIDOR, PICKUP ON SOUTH STREET

Nicholas Ray, Rebel Without A Cause

Robert Aldrich, KISS ME DEADLY, THE FLIGHT OF THE PHOENIX, THE DIRTY DOZEN, THE FRISCO KID

Howard Hawks, Scarface, RIO BRAVO, THE BIG SLEEP, BRINGING UP BABY, HIS GIRL FRIDAY, ONLY ANGELS HAVE WINGS, SERGEANT YORK, TO HAVE AND HAVE NOT, RED RIVER, I WAS A MALE WAR BRIDE, MONKEY BUSINESS, GENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDES, HATARI!, EL DORADO

Edgard Ulmer, DETOUR

King Vidor, DUEL IN THE SUN, STELLA DALLAS, THE FOUNTAINHEAD

Michael Curtiz, MILDRED PIERCE, CASABLANCA, THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD, THE SEA HAWK, YANKEE DOODLE DANDY, WHITE CHRISTMAS

Joseph Lewis, GUN CRAZY

Abraham Polonsky, FORCE OF EVIL

Walt Disney, STEAMBOAT WILLIE, FANTASIA, BAMBI, SNOW WHITE

Elia Kazan, ON THE WATERFRONT, A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE

Modern American Cinema (1975- )

Arthur Penn, BONNIE AND CLYDE, THE LEFT-HANDED GUN, FOUR FRIENDS, THE MIRACLE WORKER, Night Moves

Roman Polanski, CHINATOWN, THE PIANIST, Frantic

Bob Rafelson, FIVE EASY PIECES

Steven Spielberg, JAWS, SCHINDLER’S LIST, DUEL, 1941, Raiders of the Lost Ark, E.T., TWILIGHT ZONE THE MOVIE, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, The Color Purple, HOOK, JURASSIC PARK, THE LOST WORLD, SAVING PRIVATE RYAN, CATCH ME IF YOU CAN, MINORITY REPORT, WAR OF THE WORLDS, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

George Lucas, STAR WARS, AMERICAN GRAFFITI, THX 1138

Brian de Palma, GREETINGS, SISTERS, BODY DOUBLE, PHANTOM OF PARADISE, SCARFACE, Blow-Out, THE UNTOUCHABLES, MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE

Ridley Scott, BLADE RUNNER, THELMA AND LOUISE, ALIEN, GLADIATOR, HANNIBAL, MATCHSTICK MEN

Robert Altman, Nashville, MACCABE AND MRS. MILLER, POPEYE, SHORT CUTS, Gosford Park, A PRAIRIE HOME COMPANION, Dr. T. and the Women

Louis Malle, ATLANTIC CITY

Terrence Malick, BADLANDS, DAYS OF HEAVEN, THE THIN RED LINE, The New World, The Tree of Life, To The Wonder

Quentin Tarantino, RESERVOIR DOGS, PULP FICTION, JACKIE BROWN, KILL BILL, Grindhouse: Death Proof, Inglourious Basterds, Django Unchained

Lawrence Kasdan, BODY HEAT

Amy Heckerling, Fast Times At Ridgemont High

Peter Bogdanovich, THE LAST PICTURE SHOW, Runnin’ Down a Dream

Martin Scorsese, RAGING BULL, TAXI DRIVER, Goodfellas, THE LAST WALTZ, GANGS OF NEW YORK, THE AVIATOR, NO DIRECTION HOME, THE DEPARTED

Francis Coppola, THE CONVERSATION, APOCALYPSE NOW, CAPTAIN E.O., THE RAINMAKER, Youth Without Youth, Tetro

Independent American Cinema

Todd Haynes, SAFE, POISON, SUPERSTAR: THE KAREN CARPENTER STORY

Charles Burnett, KILLER OF SHEEP

Coen Brothers, BLOOD SIMPLE, BARTON FINK, RAISING ARIZONA, FARGO, THE BIG LEBOWSKI, O BROTHER WHERE ART THOU?, THE MAN WHO WASN’T THERE, INTOLERABLE CRUELTY, NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN, Burn After Reading, A Serious Man, True Grit

Jim Jarmusch, STRANGER THAN PARADISE, MYSTERY TRAIN, COFFEE AND CIGARETTES, Broken Flowers, The Limits of Control, Dead Man, Ghost Dog: Way of the Samurai

Spike Lee, SHE’S GOTTA HAVE IT, DO THE RIGHT THING

John Cassavetes, SHADOWS, WOMAN UNDER THE INFLUENCE

John Sayles, RETURN OF THE SECAUCUS SEVEN, CITY OF LOVE

Hal Hartley, TRUST, THE UNBELIEVABLE TRUTH

Dennis Hopper, EASY RIDER

Claudia Weil, GIRLFRIENDS

Luis Valdez, ZOOT SUIT, LA BAMBA

Susan Seidelman, DESPERATELY SEEKING SUSAN

John McNaughton, HENRY: PORTRAIT OF A SERIAL KILLER

Steven Soderbergh, SEX, LIES AND VIDEOTAPE, SCHIZOPOLIS, KAFKA, The Limey, FULL FRONTAL, OCEANS…, ERIN BROCKOVICH, TRAFFIC, The Informant!

Richard Linklater, Slacker, School of Rock, A Scanner Darkly

Julie Dash, Daughters of the Dust

Jim McBride, DAVID HOLTZMAN’S DIARY

Bill Sherwood, PARTING GLANCES

David Lynch, ERASERHEAD, THE ELEPHANT MAN, BLUE VELVET, THE STRAIGHT STORY, MULHOLLAND DRIVE

Lizzie Borden, BORN IN FLAMES

Martin Scorsese, MEAN STREETS

Melvin Van Peebles, SWEET SWEETBACK’S BAADASSSS SONG

Wayne Wong, CHAN IS MISSING

Greg Araki, THE LIVING END

Yvonne Rainer, THE MAN WHO ENVIED WOMEN

Asian Cinema

Akira Kurosawa, High and Low, Stray Dog, Yojimbo, Seven Samurai, Ikiru, Rashomon, Sanshiro Sugata, No Regrets For Our Youth, Drunken Angel, Scandal, The Idiot, Throne of Blood, The Lower Depths, The Hidden Fortress, The Bad Sleep Well, Sanjuro, Red Beard, Dodeskaden, Dersu Uzala, Kagemusha, Ran, Dreams, Rhapsody in August

Kon Ichikawa, Fires On The Plain

Kenji Mizoguchi, THE LIFE OF OHARU, UGETSU, Sansho the Bailiff

Nagisa Oshima, DEATH BY HANGING, THE CEREMONY

Yasujiro Ozu, TOKYO STORY, EARLY SPRING, LATE SPRING, EARLY SUMMER

Chen Kaige, YELLOW EARTH, FAREWELL MY CONCUBINE

Hou Hsaio-Hsien, CITY OF SADNESS, GOODBYE SOUTH, GOODBYE

Satyajit Ray, PATHER PANCHALI, MAHANAGAR [BIG CITY], DISTANT THUNDER, CHARULATA

Zhang Yimou, JU DOU, RAISE THE RED LANTERN

Ishiro Honda, GODZILLA [Japanese, 1954, and American, 1956, versions]

Hiroshi Teshigahara, WOMAN OF THE DUNES

Mani Kaul, Uski Roti [Daily Bread]

Mrinal Sen, BHUVAN SHOME, THE RUINS

John Woo, A BETTER TOMORROW, THE KILLER, FACE-OFF, M:I-2

Abbas Kiarostami, WHERE IS THE FRIEND’S HOME, LIFE AND NOTHING MORE, THROUGH THE OLIVE TREES, CLOSEUP, Certified Copy

Mohsen Makhmalbaf, THE PEDDLER, THE CYCLIST, GABBEH

Ebrahim Forouzesh, THE KEY

African and Latin American Cinema

Glauba Rocha, DER LIONE HAS SEPT CABECAS [THE LION HAS SEVEN HEADS]; BLACK GOD, WHITE DEVIL

Tomas Alea, MEMORIES OF UNDERDEVELOPMENT, THE LAST SUPPER

Nelson Pereira dos Santos, HOW TASTY WAS MY LITTLE FRENCHMAN

Jorge Sanjines, THE COURAGE OF THE PEOPLE, BLOOD OF THE CONDOR

Gillo Pontocorvo, THE BATTLE OF ALGIERS

Ousmane Sembene, BLACK GIRL, EMITAI, XALA, CEDDO

Humberto Solas, LUCIA

Miguel Littin, EL CHACAL DE NAHUELTORO, THE PROMISED LAND

Patricio Guzman, THE BATTLE OF CHILE

Hector Babenco, PIXOTE, KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN

Eduardo Coutinho, A MAN MARKED TO DIE [aka TWENTY YEARS AFTER]

Carlos Dieges, QUILOMBO, XICA DA SILVA

Joaquim Pedro de Andrade, MACUNAIMA

Artur Omar, TRISTE TROPICO

Jorge Furtado, ISLE OF FLOWERS (short film)

Luis Bunuel LOS OLVIDADOS

Helvio Soto, BLOODSTAINED NITRATE

Raul Ruiz, TRES TRISTES TIGRES, THE PENAL COLONY

Experimental Cinema

Luis Bunuel, L’AGE D’OR

Stan Brakhage, WINDOW WATER BABY MOVING, MACHINES OF EDEN, DESIST FILM, and any three other films

Peter Kubelka, ARNULF RAINER, UNSERE AFRIKAREISE

Maya Deren, video of all her works, or at least MESHES OF THE AFTERNOON, AT LAND, RITUAL IN TRANSFIGURED TIME

Chris Marker, La Jetée, Sans Soleil

Luis Delluc, FEVER

Germaine Dullac, THE SMILING MADAME BEUDET

Carolee Schneeman, FUSES

Jack Smith, FLAMING CREATURES

Man Ray, complete works (videotape)

Hans Richter, complete works (videotape)

Kenneth Anger, complete works (videotape)

V. Pudovkin, CHESS FEVER

Su Friedrich, THE TIES THAT BIND

Jay Rosenblatt, THE SMELL OF BURNING ANTS, KING OF THE JEWS, HUMAN REMAINS

Rea Tajiri, HISTORY AND MEMORY

Peter Forgacs, FREE FALL, DANUBE EXODUS, THE MAELSTROM

Bruce Conner, A MOVIE, MARILYN X FIVE, COSMIC RAY

Jean Cocteau, BLOOD OF THE POET, ORPHEUS

Andy Warhol, BLOW JOB, FLESH, TRASH

Michael Snow, WAVELENGTH

David Rimmer, VARIATIONS ON A CELLOPHANE WRAPPER, WATCHING FOR THE QUEEN, SURFACING ON THE THAMES

Laura Mulvey and Peter Wollen, RIDDLES OF THE SPHINX

George Kuchar, various shorts

Trinh T. Minh-ha, REASSEMBLAGE, SURNAME VIET GIVEN NAME NAM

Bill Viola, various shorts

Gary Hill, various shorts

Woody and Seina Vasulka, various shorts

Documentary Cinema

Luis Bunuel, LAND WITHOUT BREAD

Les Blank, BURDEN OF DREAMS

Christine Choy and Renee Tajima, WHO KILLED VINCENT CHIN?

Claude Lanzmann, SHOAH

Marcel Ophuls, THE SORROW AND THE PITY, HOTEL TERMINUS: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF KLAUS BARBIE

Errol Morris, THE THIN BLUE LINE; GATES OF HEAVEN; FAST, CHEAP AND OUT OF CONTROL, MR. DEATH: THE RISE AND FALL OF FRED A. LEUCHTER, JR.

Barbara Kopple, HARLAN COUNTY, USA

Jean Rouch, LES MAITRES FOUS, JAGUAR, CHRONICLE OF A SUMMER

Drew Associates, PRIMARY, THE CHAIR

Maysles Brothers (David and Albert), SALESMAN, GIMME SHELTER

Fred Wiseman, HIGH SCHOOL, TITICUT FOLLIES, MODEL

Hara Kazuo, THE EMPEROR’S NAKED ARMY MARCHES ON, EXTREMELY PERSONAL EROS: LOVE SONG

Robert Flaherty, NANOOK OF THE NORTH, LOUISIANA STORY

Mikhail Kalatozov, SALT FOR SVANETIA

Dziga Vertov, MAN WITH A MOVIE CAMERA, THREE SONGS FOR LENIN, SYMPHONY OF THE DON BASIN, KINO-PRAVDA

F. Solanas, THE HOUR OF THE FURNACES

D. Pennebaker, DON’T LOOK BACK, MONTEREY POP, THE WAR ROOM

Connie Field, THE LIFE AND TIMES OF ROSIE THE RIVETER

Emile de Antonio, IN THE YEAR OF THE PIG, POINT OF ORDER, PAINTER’S PAINTING

Joris Ivens, SPANISH EARTH, NEW EARTH, INDONESIA CALLING

Isaac Julien, LOOKING FOR LANGSTON

John Akomfrah, HANDSWORTH SONGS

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4 thoughts on “The List

  1. Awesome list, thanks a lot!

  2. Hi, could you please clarify what exactly this list is: is it a list of your favorite films from these directors or is it a list of films you’ve seen but not necessarily liked?
    Also, what does the red color font used for some films denote?

  3. This list originated from Bill Nichols, a semi-retired film studies scholar at San Francisco State University. This list was sent to graduate students about to embark on the MA program, and I used it to acquaint myself with cinema (I was switching disciplines at the time). Since beginning, I added titles not original to the list directed by the filmmakers listed. I used a red font to denote those titles I had seen, although some were blue on account of hyperlinks. The list is not as comprehensive as it could be, as it omits important directors such as Michael Powell and Krzysztof Kieslowski, and it is obviously auteur-based, thereby missing key films, genres, and audiences.

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