1964 • 117 minutes • 1.66:1 • France
Spine: #749 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray, Hulu Plus, iTunes
Truffaut made The Soft Skin at a time when he was immersing himself in the work of Alfred Hitchcock, and that master’s influence can be felt throughout this complex, insightful, and underseen French New Wave treasure.
1947 • 101 minutes • 1.37:1 • United States
Spine: #750 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray
With its relentless pace, expressive cinematography by the great Russell Metty, and punchy, clever script by Charles Lederer and Ben Hecht, this is an overlooked treasure from the heyday of 1940s film noir.
Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray
With his trademark mixture of empathy and scrutiny, Errol Morris has changed the face of documentary filmmaking in the United States, and his career began with two remarkable tales of American eccentricity.
1988 • 102 minutes • 1.78:1 • United States
Spine: #753 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray
A work of meticulous journalism and gripping drama, it recounts the disturbing tale of Randall Dale Adams, a drifter who was charged with the murder of a Dallas police officer and sent to death row, despite evidence that he did not commit the crime.
1972 • 91 minutes • 1.66:1 • Sweden
Spine: #101 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray, Hulu Plus, iTunes
An intensely felt film that is one of Bergman’s most striking formal experiments, Cries and Whispers (which won an Oscar for the extraordinary color photography of Sven Nykvist) is a powerful depiction of human behavior in the face of death.
1994 • 172 minutes • 1.33:1 • United States
Spine: #289 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray, Hulu Plus, iTunes
This landmark film, which documents the journeys of two remarkable families, continues to educate and inspire viewers, and it is widely considered one of the great works of American nonfiction cinema.
1941 • 90 minutes • 1.37:1 • United States
Spine: #118 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray
This comic masterpiece by Preston Sturges is among the finest Hollywood satires and a high-water mark in the career of one of the industry’s most revered funnymen.
1947 • 116 minutes • 1.37:1 • United Kingdom
Spine: #754 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray
Taking place largely over the course of one tense night, Carol Reed’s psychological noir, set in an unnamed Belfast, stars James Mason as a revolutionary ex-con leading a robbery that goes horribly wrong.
1951 • 99 minutes • 1.33:1 • France
Spine: #276 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray, Hulu Plus, iTunes
Based on the novel by Rumer Godden, the film eloquently contrasts the growing pains of three young women with the immutability of the Bengal river around which their daily lives unfold.
1973 • 102 minutes • 1.85:1 • United States
Spine: #475 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray
In one of the best performances of his legendary career, Robert Mitchum plays small-time gunrunner Eddie “Fingers” Coyle in an adaptation by Peter Yates of George V. Higgins’s acclaimed novel The Friends of Eddie Coyle.
1949 • 87 minutes • 1.33:1 • France
Spine: #755 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray, Hulu Plus, iTunes
Jean-Pierre Melville began his superb feature filmmaking career with this powerful adaptation of an influential underground novel written during the Nazi occupation of France.
1937 • 92 minutes • 1.33:1 • United States
Spine: #505 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray
Make Way for Tomorrow, by Leo McCarey, is one of the great unsung Hollywood masterpieces, an enormously moving Depression-era depiction of the frustrations of family, aging, and the generation gap.
1952 • 137 minutes • 1.37:1 • United States
Spine: #756 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray, Hulu Plus, iTunes
Charlie Chaplin’s masterful drama about the twilight of a former vaudeville star is among the writer-director’s most touching films. Chaplin plays Calvero, a once beloved musical-comedy performer, now a washed-up alcoholic who lives in a small London flat.
1979 • 134 minutes • 1.85:1 • United States
Spine: #757 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray
Bette Midler exploded onto the screen with her take-no-prisoners performance in this quintessential film about fame and addiction from director Mark Rydell.
1970 • 138 minutes • 1.66:1 • France
Spine: #759 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray, Hulu Plus, iTunes
The master of the political thriller, Costa-Gavras became an instant phenomenon after the mammoth success of Z, and he quickly followed it with the equally riveting The Confession.
Rainer Werner Fassbinder
1971 • 88 minutes • 1.37:1
Spine: #758 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray, Hulu Plus, iTunes
In this anguished yet mordantly funny film, Fassbinder charts the decline of a self-destructive former policeman and war veteran struggling to make ends meet for his family by working as a fruit vendor.
1972 • 121 minutes • 1.66:1 • France
Spine: #760 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray, iTunes
Costa-Gavras puts the United States’ involvement in Latin American politics under the microscope in this arresting thriller.