1971 • 100 minutes • 1.78:1 • Australia
Spine: #10 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray, Hulu Plus, iTunes
A young sister and brother are abandoned in the harsh Australian outback and must learn to cope in the natural world, without their usual comforts, in this hypnotic masterpiece from Nicolas Roeg.
1975 • 107 minutes • 1.78:1 • Australia
Spine: #29 Editions: Dual Format Blu-ray/DVD, DVD, Hulu Plus, iTunes
This sensual and striking chronicle of a disappearance and its aftermath put director Peter Weir on the map and helped usher in a new era of Australian cinema.
1991 • 115 minutes • 1.78:1 • Canada
Spine: #220 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray
In this adaptation of William S. Burroughs’s hallucinatory, once-thought-unfilmable novel Naked Lunch, directed by David Cronenberg, a part-time exterminator and full-time drug addict named Bill Lee (Peter Weller) plunges into the nightmarish Interzone.
1983 • 87 minutes • 1.85:1 • Canada
Spine: #248 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray
When Max Renn goes looking for edgy new shows for his sleazy cable TV station, he stumbles across the pirate broadcast of a hyperviolent torture show called Videodrome. This is one of David Cronenberg’s most provocative works, fusing social commentary with shocking sex and violence.
1987 • 160 minutes • 2.00:1 • China
Spine: #422 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray
Bernardo Bertolucci’s The Last Emperor, about the life of Emperor Pu Yi, who took the throne at age three, in 1908, before witnessing decades of cultural and political upheaval, won nine Academy Awards, unexpectedly sweeping every category in which it was nominated.
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 holy Bengal River, around which their daily lives unfold.
1984 • 147 minutes • 1.78:1 • Germany
Spine: #501 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray, Hulu Plus, iTunes
New German Cinema pioneer Wim Wenders (Wings of Desire) brings his keen eye for landscape to the American Southwest in Paris, Texas, a profoundly moving character study written by Pulitzer Prize–winning playwright Sam Shepard.
2001 • 114 minutes • 1.85:1 • India
Spine: #489 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray
Cultures and families clash in Mira Nair’s exuberant Monsoon Wedding, a mix of comedy and chaotic melodrama concerning the preparations for the arranged marriage of a modern upper-middle-class Indian family’s only daughter.
1974 • 118 minutes • 1.85:1 • Italy
Spine: #59 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray, Hulu Plus, iTunes
In this unsettling drama from Italian filmmaker Liliana Cavani, a concentration camp survivor (Charlotte Rampling) discovers her former torturer and lover (Dirk Bogarde) working as a porter at a hotel in postwar Vienna.
1989 • 99 minutes • 1.85:1 • New Zealand
Spine: #356 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray, Hulu Plus, iTunes
Though she went on to create a string of brilliant films, Jane Campion will always be remembered for her stunning debut feature, Sweetie, which focuses on the hazardous relationship between the buttoned-down, superstitious Kay and her rampaging, devil-may-care sister, Sweetie.
1985 • 142 minutes • 1.78:1 • United Kingdom
Spine: #51 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray
In the dystopian masterpiece Brazil, Jonathan Pryce plays a daydreaming everyman who finds himself caught in the soul-crushing gears of a nightmarish bureaucracy.
1993 • 131 minutes • 1.85:1 • United Kingdom
Spine: #307 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray
Leigh’s depiction of England’s underbelly is an amalgam of black comedy and doomsday prophecy that took the best director and best actor prizes at the 1993 Cannes Film Festival.
1981 • 116 minutes • 1.85:1 • United Kingdom
Spine: #37 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray
In this fantastic voyage through time and space from Terry Gilliam, a boy named Kevin (Craig Warnock) escapes his gadget-obsessed parents to join a band of time-traveling dwarfs.
The Red Shoes, the singular fantasia from Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, is cinema’s quintessential backstage drama, as well as one of the most glorious Technicolor feasts ever concocted for the screen.
1935 • 86 minutes • 1.33:1 • United Kingdom
Spine: #56 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray, Collector’s Sets, iTunes
A heart-racing spy story by Alfred Hitchcock, The 39 Steps follows Richard Hannay (Robert Donat) as he stumbles upon a conspiracy that thrusts him into a hectic chase across the Scottish moors.
1949 • 104 minutes • 1.33:1 • United Kingdom
Spine: #64 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray, Collector’s Sets
Pulp novelist Holly Martins travels to shadowy, postwar Vienna, only to find himself investigating the mysterious death of an old friend, black-market opportunist Harry Lime—and thus begins this legendary tale of love, deception, and murder.
1938 • 96 minutes • 1.33:1 • United Kingdom
Spine: #3 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray, Collector’s Sets, iTunes
In Alfred Hitchcock’s most quick-witted and devilish comic thriller, a young woman finds herself drawn into a complex web of mystery and high adventure while traveling across Europe by train. The Lady Vanishes remains one of the master filmmaker’s purest delights.
1955 • 158 minutes • 1.66:1 • United Kingdom
Spine: #213 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray, Collector’s Sets, Hulu Plus, iTunes
In Richard III, director, producer, and star Laurence Olivier brings Shakespeare’s masterpiece of Machiavellian villainy to ravishing cinematic life
Considered by many to be the finest British film ever made, The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp, by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, is a stirring masterpiece like no other.
1975 • 84 minutes • 1.66:1 • United Kingdom
Spine: #382 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray, Hulu Plus, iTunes
Seamlessly interweaving archival war footage with a fictional narrative, this immersive account of one twenty-year-old’s journey from basic training to the front lines of D-Day brings to life all the terrors and isolation of war with jolting authenticity.
Roy Ward Baker
1958 • 123 minutes • 1.66:1 • United Kingdom
Spine: #7 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray, iTunes
On April 14, 1912, just before midnight, the “unsinkable” Titanic struck an iceberg. In less than three hours, it had plunged to the bottom of the sea. This is cinema’s subtlest and best dramatization of this monumental twentieth-century catastrophe.
1963 • 90 minutes • 1.37:1 • United Kingdom
Spine: #43 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray, Collector’s Sets, Hulu Plus, iTunes
In the hands of the renowned experimental theater director Peter Brook, William Golding’s legendary novel about the primitivism lurking beneath civilization becomes a film as raw and ragged as the lost boys at its center.
1965 • 105 minutes • 1.85:1 • United Kingdom
Spine: #483 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray
Roman Polanski followed up Knife in the Water with this controversial tale of psychosis. Catherine Deneuve is Carol, a fragile, frigid young beauty cracking up in her London flat when left alone by her vacationing sister. Repulsion is one of cinema’s most shocking psychological thrillers.
2008 • 96 minutes • 2.35:1 • United Kingdom
Spine: #504 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray
Featuring an intense performance by Michael Fassbender, Hunger, about IRA member Bobby Sands’s 1981 prison hunger strike, is an unflinching, transcendent depiction of what a human being is willing to endure to be heard.
1968 • 112 minutes • 1.66:1 • United Kingdom
Spine: #391 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray
Before Kubrick made his mischief iconic in A Clockwork Orange, Malcolm McDowell made a hell of an impression as the insouciant Mick Travis, who, along with his school chums, trumps authority at every turn, finally emerging as a violent savior.
1992 • 142 minutes • 2.35:1 • United Kingdom
Spine: #488 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray
The pinnacle of the decades-long collaboration between producer Ismail Merchant and director James Ivory, Howards End is a luminous vision of E. M. Forster’s cutting 1910 novel about class divisions in Edwardian England.
1978 • 94 minutes • 1.77:1 • United States
Spine: #409 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray
A timeless American idyll and a gritty evocation of turn-of-the-century labor, Terrence Malick’s glorious period tragedy Days of Heaven features Oscar-winning cinematography by Nestor Almendros.
1998 • 119 minutes • 2.35:1 • United States
Spine: #175 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray
Director Terry Gilliam and an all-star cast headlined by Johnny Depp and Benicio Del Toro show no mercy in bringing Hunter S. Thompson’s excoriating dissection of the American way of life to the screen, creating a film both hilarious and savage.
1998 • 93 minutes • 2.35:1 • United States
Spine: #65 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray
Tenth grader Max Fischer (Jason Schwartzman) is Rushmore Academy’s most extracurricular student, and its least scholarly, in Wes Anderson’s dazzling sophomore effort—equal parts coming-of-age story, French New Wave homage, and screwball comedy.
1997 • 113 minutes • 1.85:1 • United States
Spine: #426 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray
With clarity, subtlety, and a dose of wicked humor, Academy Award–winning director Ang Lee renders Rick Moody’s acclaimed novel of upper-middle-class American malaise as a trenchant, tragic cinematic portrait of lost souls.
2001 • 110 minutes • 2.35:1 • United States
Spine: #157 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray
Wes Anderson’s hilarious, touching, and brilliantly stylized study of melancholy and redemption centers around a dysfunctional family of geniuses.
1964 • 90 minutes • 1.75:1 • United States
Spine: #18 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray, Hulu Plus, iTunes
The setup is pure pulp: A former prostitute (a crackerjack Constance Towers) relocates to a buttoned-down suburb, determined to fit in with mainstream society.
1963 • 101 minutes • 1.75:1 • United States
Spine: #19 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray, Hulu Plus, iTunes
Seeking a Pulitzer Prize, reporter Johnny Barrett (Peter Breck) has himself committed to a mental hospital to investigate a murder. As he closes in on the killer, insanity closes in on him. Sam Fuller’s Shock Corridor masterfully charts the uneasy terrain between sanity and madness.
1993 • 102 minutes • 1.85:1 • United States
Spine: #336 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray
America, 1976. The last day of school. Bongs blaze, bell-bottoms ring, and rock and roll rocks. Among the best teen films ever made, Richard Linklater’s Dazed and Confused eavesdrops on a group of seniors-to-be and incoming freshmen.
2000 • 147 minutes • 1.78:1 • United States
Spine: #151 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray
With an innovative color-coded cinematic treatment to distinguish his interwoven stories, Steven Soderbergh embroils viewers in the lives of a newly appointed drug czar and his family, a West Coast kingpin’s wife, a key informant, and police officers on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border.
1996 • 91 minutes • 1.85:1 • United States
Spine: #450 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray
Wes Anderson first illustrated his lovingly detailed, slightly surreal cinematic vision (with cowriter Owen Wilson) in this visually witty and warm portrait of three young misfits.
1989 • 79 minutes • 1.33:1 • United States
Spine: #54 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray, Hulu Plus, iTunes
Al Reinert’s visually dazzling documentary For All Mankind is the story of the twenty-four men who traveled to the moon—told in their words, in their voices, using the images of their experiences.
1963 • 113 minutes • 1.85:1 • United States
Spine: #57 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray
In this comedic thriller, a trio of crooks relentlessly pursue a young American, played by Audrey Hepburn in gorgeous Givenchy, through Paris in an attempt to recover the fortune her dead husband stole from them.
Irvin S. Yeaworth Jr.
1958 • 82 minutes • 1.66:1 • United States
Spine: #91 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray, Hulu Plus, iTunes
One of the great cult classics, The Blob melds ’50s schlock sci-fi and teen delinquency pics even as it transcends these genres with strong performances and ingenious special effects. The Blob helped launch the careers of superstud Steve McQueen and composer Burt Bacharach.
1955 • 89 minutes • 1.75:1 • United States
Spine: #95 Edition: Dual Format Blu-ray/DVD
A profoundly felt film about class and conformity in small-town America, All That Heaven Allows is a pinnacle of expressionistic Hollywood melodrama.
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.
Meet Big and Little Edie Beale: mother and daughter, high-society dropouts, and reclusive cousins of Jackie Onassis. The two manage to thrive together amid the decay and disorder of their East Hampton, New York, mansion.
1988 • 163 minutes • 1.85:1 • United States
Spine: #70 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray
The Last Temptation of Christ, by Martin Scorsese, is a towering achievement. Though it initially engendered enormous controversy, the film can now be viewed as the remarkable, profoundly personal work of faith that it is.
David Gordon Green
2000 • 90 minutes • 2.35:1 • United States
Spine: #152 Editions: Dual Format Blu-ray/DVD, Hulu Plus, iTunes
An ambitiously constructed, elegantly photographed meditation on adolescence, the first full-length film by director David Gordon Green features remarkable performances from an award-winning ensemble cast.
1974 • 112 minutes • 1.85:1 • United States
Spine: #156 Editions: Dual Format Blu-ray/DVD, Hulu Plus, iTunes
A startling and courageous film, Peter Davis’s landmark 1974 documentary Hearts and Minds unflinchingly confronted the United States’ involvement in Vietnam at the height of the controversy that surrounded it.
1977 • 124 minutes • 2.35:1 • United States
Spine: #230 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray
In a dusty California resort rown, a naïve Southern waif finds her role model in a fellow nurse, but her hero-worship evolves into something stranger and more sinister than either could have anticipated. Robert Altman’s dreamlike masterpiece careens from the humorous to the chilling to the surreal.
1986 • 107 minutes • 1.78:1 • United States
Spine: #166 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray, Hulu Plus, iTunes
Director Jim Jarmusch followed up his brilliant breakout film Stranger Than Paradise with another, equally beloved portrait of loners and misfits in the American landscape
D. A. Pennebaker
1967 • 78 minutes • 1.33:1 • United States
Spine: #168 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray, Collector’s Sets
In 1967, at the height of the Summer of Love, the first and only Monterey International Pop Festival roared forward, capturing a decade’s spirit and ushering in a new era of rock and roll. Monterey would launch the careers of Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, and Otis Redding, but they were just a few.