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Salon.com Presents the 43 Movies Every Film Fan Should See

"What films are essential viewing for anybody who wants to understand, & discuss, the art of movies? Importance, influence, the cultural ripples a certain pebble created after hitting the pond: the guiding principle was that movies that made the list had to simultaneously throw light on the past, present & future. The vast majority of these movies are well-established classics, but in every case they either illuminate some dark corner of the filmic past that need rediscovering, or they provide a crucial key to understanding the traditions & genres we find in movies today and where they may be going. Salon decided to do ~20 films in each of two categories: movies you'd darn well better have seen already (first 21), & movies that you might not get around to without benevolent interference & guidance (last 22 with the Apu Trilogy split out). Whatever you have to say about it is probably right. Still, these are some doggone great movies; watch any of them and you won't be sorry." -Salon
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1
All About Eve (1950)
All About Eve (1950)
2
Battleship Potemkin (1925)
Battleship Potemkin (1925)
3
The Big Sleep (1946)
The Big Sleep (1946)
4
Blade Runner (1982)
Blade Runner (1982)
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5
Blue Velvet (1986)
Blue Velvet (1986)
6
Casablanca (1942)
Casablanca (1942)
7
Chinatown (1974)
Chinatown (1974)
8
Citizen Kane (1941)
Citizen Kane (1941)
9
Dr. Strangelove Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)
Dr. Strangelove Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)
10
The 400 Blows (1959)
The 400 Blows (1959)
11
The Godfather (1972)
The Godfather (1972)
12
The Godfather: Part II (1974)
The Godfather: Part II (1974)
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13
Jaws (1975)
Jaws (1975)
14
Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
15
Nashville (1975)
Nashville (1975)
16
Night of the Living Dead (1968)
Night of the Living Dead (1968)
17
Seven Samurai (1954)
Seven Samurai (1954)
18
Sunset Boulevard (1950)
Sunset Boulevard (1950)
19
Taxi Driver (1976)
Taxi Driver (1976)
20
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
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21
Vertigo (1958)
Vertigo (1958)
22
Andrei Rublev (1966)
Andrei Rublev (1966)
23
Pather Panchali (1955)
Pather Panchali (1955)
24
Aparajito (1956)
Aparajito (1956)
25
The World of Apu (1959)
The World of Apu (1959)
26
Badlands (1973)
Badlands (1973)
27
Bicycle Thieves (1948)
Bicycle Thieves (1948)
28
Breathless (1960)
Breathless (1960)
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29
Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
30
Children of Paradise (1945)
Children of Paradise (1945)
31
The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972)
The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972)
33
A Face in the Crowd (1957)
A Face in the Crowd (1957)
34
Fanny & Alexander (1982)
Fanny & Alexander (1982)
35
Nosferatu (1922)
Nosferatu (1922)
36
The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928)
The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928)
37
Persona (1966)
Persona (1966)
38
The Red Shoes (1948)
The Red Shoes (1948)
39
The Rules of the Game (1939)
The Rules of the Game (1939)
40
The Searchers (1956)
The Searchers (1956)
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