• As proven by our monthly newsletters and right here on our website, everyone has their favorite Criterion titles. Now Film.com has released a list of its own, and rather than ten–the number our friends and contributors whittle their selections down to—writer Amanda Mae Meyncke has included twenty titles. With choices ranging from Dreyer to Tarkovsky to Guy Maddin, it’s a fun, eclectic list and nicely representative of the breadth of films in the collection. So if everyone has their favorites, what are yours?

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  • By Jean-Michel Decombe
    August 20, 2009
    04:00 PM

    What an impossible task! Here are twenty favorites, by spine number: - Beauty and the Beast - Andrei Rublev - I Know Where I'm Going - Playtime - Ordet - Tokyo Olympiad - The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp - Salvatore Giuliano - The Battle of Algiers - Eyes Without a Face - La Commare Seca - Heaven Can Wait - The Browning Version - Le Samouraï - Samurai Rebellion - Yi Yi - The Naked City - Days of Heaven - The Lovers - The Age of the Medici
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  • By Michael Koresky
    August 20, 2009
    04:50 PM

    1. Do the Right Thing 2. The Rules of the Game 3. Cria cuervos 4. 8 1/2 5. The Ascent 6. Fanny and Alexander 7. Ran 8. Wild Strawberries 9. Jeanne Dielman, 23... 10. Yi Yi 11. The Red Shoes 12. The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie 13. Equinox Flower 14. Grand Illusion 15. The Passion of Joan of Arc 16. Two-Lane Blacktop 17. Le corbeau 18. Beauty and the Beast 19. Symbiopsychotaxiplasm Take One 20. Breathless
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  • By S. B. Prime
    August 21, 2009
    12:06 PM

    1. Sid & Nancy 2. The Rock 3. Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas 4. Videodrome 5. The Man Who Fell To Earth 6. Equinox 7. The Complete Mr. Arkadin 8. Symbiopsychotaxplasm: Take One / Take Two and a Half 9. Schizopolis 10. My Own Private Idaho
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  • By Ezra Mark
    August 23, 2009
    03:11 AM

    1. L'amour fou 2. Paris Belongs to Us 3. Out 1 4. Duelle 5. Noroit 6. Le Pont du Nord 7. Celine and Julie Go Boating -- when you finally get around to releasing some Rivette! 8. 2 or 3 Things I Know about Her 9. Au Hasard Balthasar 10. Mouchette 11. Sans Soleil 12. In the Mood for Love 13. Six Moral Tales 14. 4 by Varda 15. Jeanne Dielman 16. Tokyo Story 17. Early Summer 18. Late Autumn 19. The BRD Trilogy 20. Lubitsch musicals
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  • By Stephen
    August 25, 2009
    10:01 PM

    1. Army of Shadows 2. The Seventh Seal 3. Rushmore 4. In the Mood for Love 5. Diary of a Country Priest 6. Metropolitan 7. L'Avventura 8. 8 1/2 9. Short Cuts 10. Double Life of Veronique Favorite new release: The Furies (great job on that one!)
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  • By Wolfeman
    August 30, 2009
    11:01 AM

    What fun, always wanted to do this! 1. Ikiru- Tenderness from the original master of the sword 2. 8 1/2- Cinematic magic at its most exuberant 3. Peeping Tom-The greatest Horror film of all time, perfect perversion! 4. Rules of the game/ Grand Illusion- Renoir at his peak, 5. Contempt- Sexy, smart and beautiful. Godard most accesible film! 6. Pickpocket- A dance of celluloid deftness, unmatched in content and style 7. The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie- One word.... Delectable! 8. The Passion of Joan- Perhaps the most interesting DVD in the collection, from its history, content and supplements 9. Good Morning- not my favorite Ozu, but his funnest to behold 10. Le Samurai- Pick a Melville, any Melville
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  • By Daniel Kremer
    December 15, 2009
    03:15 PM

    MY TOP 20 CRITERIONS 1. BERLIN ALEXANDERPLATZ 2. TWO-LANE BLACKTOP 3. THE LIFE AND DEATH OF COLONEL BLIMP 4. THE LEOPARD 5. JEANNE DIELMAN, 23 QUAI DE COMMERCE, 1080 BRUXELLES 6. THE HUMAN CONDITION 7. MY DINNER WITH ANDRE 8. AMARCORD 9. SYMBIOPSYCHOTAXIPLASM 10. 3 WOMEN 11. THE CHILDREN OF PARADISE 12. SCENES FROM A MARRIAGE 13. SULLIVAN'S TRAVELS 14. A WOMAN UNDER THE INFLUENCE 15. MOUCHETTE 16. LE CERCLE ROUGE 17. KAGEMUSHA 18. F FOR FAKE 19. SHORT CUTS 20. IF.... Once Criterion releases some Rivette, all the top notches will be taken over.
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  • By Peter
    February 16, 2010
    06:04 PM

    L’amour fou & Celine and Julie Go Boating are a close tie for me. Rivette needs to be on disc.
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  • By futurestar
    March 10, 2010
    12:02 PM

    here is another list (by release) in no particular order: andrei rublev the third man la strada the double life of veronique m the wages of fear the ascent/wings (larisa shepitko - eclipse) night in the city the burmese harp rashomon mishima: a life in four chapters vampyr hiroshima mon amour paris, texas wings of desire the rossellini war triology pigs, pimps, & prostitutes - imamura triology ace in the hole an autumn afternoon europa
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  • By futurestar
    December 07, 2010
    12:16 AM

    making a top anything list from the criterion collection is a futile effort given the immensity of grand work and terrific titles. to whittle it down to such a few is disconcerting and smacks of some type of commercial conceptualizing. these shoes are way too big and we have all traveled very, very far to be here - at this place now. to be well watched and challenged by what you have viewed. to rethink the improbable and be awed by simplistic beauty. verve, bravado, silent sly gazes, impossible word puzzles, and subtitled epics. we live rich, well, and are very much alive. celluloid to high definition, ours is a cultural celebration of worldly community, forever expressing, retelling the curious, infinite story of us.
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  • By Biberkopf
    June 27, 2011
    08:27 PM

    1. Berlin Alexanderplatz 2. Au hasard Balthazar 3. Il deserto rosso 4. Vredens dag 5. L'atalante 6. Ukigusa 7. Le samourai 8. Andrei Rublev 10. Vivre sa vie 11. Le feu follet
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