26 Important Movies We Should All See

Film Critic and SVA faculty member Amy Taubin recommends that all incoming students be familiar with the following movies. Taubin explains “These lists are impossible to make but if you see every one of these films, you will have a start at being film literate. I’ve tried to include films that are not only ‘great’ but have been influential on film history. I also have tried to include a range of national cinemas, a few documentaries and a few avant-garde films.”

Maybe it’s time for me to get on Netflix:

1.Rules of the Game (Jean Renoir)

2.Vertigo (Alfred Hitchcock)

3. Au Hasard Balthazar (Robert Bresson)

4. Man With a Movie Camera (Vertov)

5. Two or Three Things I know About Her (Jean-Luc Godard)

6. Jeanne Dielman (Chantal Akerman)

7. Ikiru (Akira Kurosawa)

8. Citizen Kane (Orson Welles)

9. Some Like it Hot (Billy Wilder)

10.Tokyo Story (Ozu)

11.Pather Panchali (S.Ray)

12. Xala (Ousmene Sembene)

13. Voyage in Italy (Roberto Rossellini)

14. The Puppet Master (Hou Hsiao-Hsien)

15. Barry Lyndon (Stanley Kubrick)

16. Shoah (Claude Lanzmann)

17. Taxi Driver (Martin Scorsese)

18. Do the Right Thing (Spike Lee)

19. Flaming Creatures (Jack Smith)

20. Les Vampires (Louis Feuillade)

21. Screentests (Andy Warhol)

22.Videodrome (David Cronenberg)

23. Through the Olive Trees (Abbas Kiarostami)

24. A Woman Under the Influence (John Cassavetes)

25. Vampyr (Carl Dreyer)

26. Sunrise (Murnau)

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6 Responses to 26 Important Movies We Should All See

  1. I think Tarkosky is a prominent miss. Both in terms of subject and cinematography – to my mind its one of the must see.

  2. Simon Biswas says:

    What about?

    Fritz Lang’s Metropolis or M
    François Truffaut’s Day for Night

  3. Leonard says:

    I’d have to suggest the often overlooked Russian film “Cranes are Flying”. Powerful story and amazing cinematography.

  4. Tony Fouhse says:

    Man, any list of movies about the creative process and/or movies themselves that doesn’t contain 8 1/2 (F. Fellini)
    is suspect. I mean…..come on!

  5. Ihappened to catch Videodrome on TV last week as I was processing photos. It was quite possibly one of the worst movies I’ve ever seen, yet somehow intriguing at the same time.

  6. gina martin says:

    interesting list… thanks for sharing james.

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