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The Spectator's 50 Essential Films

"...a selection of the very best that cinema has to offer. This isn't just a celebration of motion pictures, but also a testament to The Spectator's own passion for the medium and respect to the silver screen. We've been guided by this wider legacy, as much as by our present deliberations, in choosing the final 50 films. A premium has been placed on wit, Britishness and intelligence — to distinguish this effort from other film lists. There are some notable absentees from our list: you won't find Casablanca, It's a Wonderful Life or Lawrence of Arabia anywhere; their absence is lamented, though we remain unapologetic. The 50 films that we're left with are a distinguished bunch: high points in modern cultural history and essential viewing. In the end, we hope that we've captured something of the breadth, mystery, intelligence and magic of the movies. As Jean-Luc Godard put it: 'Cinema is the most beautiful fraud in the world.' Now it's time to be deceived — and gladly."
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The Night of the Hunter (1955)
The Night of the Hunter (1955)
2
Apocalypse Now (1979)
Apocalypse Now (1979)
3
Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (1927)
Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (1927)
4
Black Narcissus (1947)
Black Narcissus (1947)
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5
L'avventura (1960)
L'avventura (1960)
6
The Searchers (1956)
The Searchers (1956)
7
The Magnificent Ambersons (1942)
The Magnificent Ambersons (1942)
8
The Seventh Seal (1957)
The Seventh Seal (1957)
9
L'atalante (1934)
L'atalante (1934)
10
Rio Bravo (1959)
Rio Bravo (1959)
11
The Godfather: Part II (1974)
The Godfather: Part II (1974)
12
The Godfather (1972)
The Godfather (1972)
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13
The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928)
The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928)
14
Grand Illusion (1937)
Grand Illusion (1937)
15
Citizen Kane (1941)
Citizen Kane (1941)
16
The Scarlet Empress (1934)
The Scarlet Empress (1934)
17
Tokyo Story (1953)
Tokyo Story (1953)
18
Blade Runner (1982)
Blade Runner (1982)
19
Rear Window (1954)
Rear Window (1954)
20
Point Blank (1967)
Point Blank (1967)
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21
The Red Shoes (1948)
The Red Shoes (1948)
22
The Earrings of Madame De... (1953)
The Earrings of Madame De... (1953)
23
Shadows (1959)
Shadows (1959)
24
Pickpocket (1959)
Pickpocket (1959)
25
Viridiana (1961)
Viridiana (1961)
26
Barry Lyndon (1975)
Barry Lyndon (1975)
27
City Lights (1931)
City Lights (1931)
28
Pierrot Le Fou (1965)
Pierrot Le Fou (1965)
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29
Sunset Boulevard (1950)
Sunset Boulevard (1950)
30
Notorious (1946)
Notorious (1946)
32
The Roaring Twenties (1939)
The Roaring Twenties (1939)
33
Singin' in the Rain (1952)
Singin' in the Rain (1952)
34
The Long Day Closes (1992)
The Long Day Closes (1992)
35
Killer of Sheep (1978)
Killer of Sheep (1978)
36
Gun Crazy (1950)
Gun Crazy (1950)
37
Andrei Rublev (1966)
Andrei Rublev (1966)
38
Taxi Driver (1976)
Taxi Driver (1976)
39
The 400 Blows (1959)
The 400 Blows (1959)
40
Pulp Fiction (1994)
Pulp Fiction (1994)
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