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TCM's The Essentials Volumes 1 and 2

Beginning in 2001, one of the mainstays of Turner Classic Movies's programming is its Saturday evening offering called "The Essentials". Each week TCM's lead host (first the late Robert Osborne, now Ben Manckiewicz) and a noted authority and/or film lover would introduce, present, and discuss a film that TCM deemed essential viewing for a knowledgeable film buff. In 2016, TCM began publishing companion books to the series written by Jeremy Arnold. So far, there have been two volumes, each presenting 52 "Must See Movies and Why They Are Important!" Here are the 104 movies contained in the two published volumes to date.
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1
Metropolis (1927)
Metropolis (1927)
2
All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)
All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)
3
City Lights (1931)
City Lights (1931)
4
Grand Hotel (1932)
Grand Hotel (1932)
5
King Kong (1933)
King Kong (1933)
6
Duck Soup (1933)
Duck Soup (1933)
7
It Happened One Night (1934)
It Happened One Night (1934)
8
The Thin Man (1934)
The Thin Man (1934)
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9
Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
10
Swing Time (1936)
Swing Time (1936)
11
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
12
Gone With the Wind (1939)
Gone With the Wind (1939)
13
The Lady Eve (1941)
The Lady Eve (1941)
14
Citizen Kane (1941)
Citizen Kane (1941)
15
Now, Voyager (1942)
Now, Voyager (1942)
16
Casablanca (1942)
Casablanca (1942)
17
Double Indemnity (1944)
Double Indemnity (1944)
18
Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)
Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)
19
Leave Her to Heaven (1945)
Leave Her to Heaven (1945)
20
The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)
The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)
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21
Out of the Past (1947)
Out of the Past (1947)
22
The Red Shoes (1948)
The Red Shoes (1948)
23
Bicycle Thieves (1948)
Bicycle Thieves (1948)
24
The Third Man (1949)
The Third Man (1949)
25
White Heat (1949)
White Heat (1949)
26
Adam's Rib (1949)
Adam's Rib (1949)
27
Winchester '73 (1950)
Winchester '73 (1950)
28
Sunset Boulevard (1950)
Sunset Boulevard (1950)
29
Gun Crazy (1950)
Gun Crazy (1950)
30
All About Eve (1950)
All About Eve (1950)
31
Singin' in the Rain (1952)
Singin' in the Rain (1952)
32
Roman Holiday (1953)
Roman Holiday (1953)
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33
Seven Samurai (1954)
Seven Samurai (1954)
34
On the Waterfront (1954)
On the Waterfront (1954)
35
Rear Window (1954)
Rear Window (1954)
36
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)
37
The Searchers (1956)
The Searchers (1956)
38
Some Like It Hot (1959)
Some Like It Hot (1959)
39
North by Northwest (1959)
North by Northwest (1959)
40
Ben-Hur (1959)
Ben-Hur (1959)
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