1955 • 106 minutes • 1.66:1 • United States
Spine: #568 Editions: DVD, Blu-ray
Brazen and bleak, Kiss Me Deadly is a film noir masterwork as well as an essential piece of cold war paranoia, and it features as nervy an ending as has ever been seen in American cinema.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2007 • 91 minutes • 2.40:1 • United States
Spine: #540 Editions: DVD, Blu-ray
In director Wes Anderson’s The Darjeeling Limited, three estranged American brothers reunite for a meticulously planned, soul-searching train voyage across India one year after the death of their father.
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 • 117 minutes • 1.85:1 • Italy
Spine: #522 Editions: DVD, Blu-ray, Hulu Plus
Michelangelo Antonioni’s 1960s panoramas of contemporary alienation were decade-defining artistic events. Red Desert, his first color film, is perhaps his most epochal, and confirms Antonioni as cinema’s preeminent poet of the modern age.
1982 • 130 minutes • 1.85:1 • Italy
Spine: #585 Editions: DVD, Blu-ray, Hulu Plus
Michelangelo Antonioni’s Identification of a Woman is a body- and soul-baring voyage into one man’s artistic and erotic consciousness.
2009 • 122 minutes • 1.33:1 • United Kingdom
Spine: #553 Editions: DVD, Blu-ray
British director Andrea Arnold won the Cannes Jury Prize for the intense and invigorating Fish Tank, about a fifteen-year-old girl, Mia (electrifying newcomer Katie Jarvis), who lives with her mother and sister in the housing projects of Essex.
1971 • 91 minutes • 1.85:1 • United States
Spine: #608 Editions: DVD, Blu-ray
With the idiosyncratic American fable Harold and Maude, countercultural director Hal Ashby fashioned what would become the cult classic of its era.
2010 • 339 minutes • 2.35:1 • France
Spine: #582 Editions: DVD, Blu-ray
Carlos, directed by Olivier Assayas, is an epic, intensely detailed account of the life of the infamous international terrorist Ilich Ramírez Sanchez—also known as Carlos the Jackal.
2008 • 99 minutes • 1.85:1 • France
Spine: #513 Editions: DVD, Blu-ray
Three siblings must decide what to do with the country estate and objects they’ve inherited from their mother. From this simple story, Olivier Assayas creates a nuanced, exquisitely made drama about the material of globalized modern living.
1987 • 104 minutes • 1.66:1 • Denmark
Spine: #665 Editions: DVD, Blu-ray, Hulu Plus
At once a rousing paean to artistic creation, a delicate evocation of divine grace, and the ultimate film about food, the Oscar-winning Babette’s Feast is a deeply beloved treasure of cinema.
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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.
1982 • 83 minutes • 1.78:1 • United States
Spine: #625 Editions: DVD, Blu-ray, Hulu Plus, iTunes
A mix of hilarious, anything-goes slapstick and biting satire of me-generation self-indulgence, Eating Raoul marked the end of the sexual revolution with a thwack.
Spine: #261 Editions: DVD, Blu-ray
Ingmar Bergman intended Fanny and Alexander as his swan song, and it is the legendary director’s warmest and most autobiographical film, a four-time Academy Award–winning triumph that combines his trademark melancholy and emotional intensity with immense joy and sensuality.
1951 • 96 minutes • 1.37:1 • Sweden
Spine: #613 Editions: DVD, Blu-ray, Hulu Plus
Touching on many of the themes that would define the rest of his legendary career—isolation, performance, the inescapability of the past—Ingmar Bergman’s tenth film was a gentle drift toward true mastery.
1957 • 96 minutes • 1.33:1 • Sweden
Spine: #11 Editions: DVD, Blu-ray, Collector’s Sets, Hulu Plus, iTunes
Much studied, imitated, even parodied, but never outdone, Bergman’s stunning allegory of man’s search for meaning was one of the benchmark foreign imports of America’s 1950s art house heyday, pushing cinema’s boundaries and ushering in a new era of moviegoing.
1958 • 101 minutes • 1.33:1 • Sweden
Spine: #537 Editions: DVD, Blu-ray, Hulu Plus
Ingmar Bergman’s The Magician (Ansiktet) is an engaging, brilliantly conceived tale of deceit from one of cinema’s premier illusionists, a diabolically clever battle of wits that’s both frightening and funny.
1953 • 97 minutes • 1.37:1 • Sweden
Spine: #614 Editions: DVD, Blu-ray, Hulu Plus, iTunes
Inspired by the earthy eroticism of Harriet Andersson, in the first of her many roles for him, Ingmar Bergman had a major international breakthrough with this sensual and ultimately ravaging tale of young love.
1957 • 92 minutes • 1.33:1 • Sweden
Spine: #139 Editions: DVD, Blu-ray, Collector’s Sets, Hulu Plus
Traveling to accept an honorary degree, Professor Isak Borg—masterfully played by veteran director Victor Sjöström—is forced to face his past, come to terms with his faults, and make peace with the inevitability of his approaching death.
1955 • 108 minutes • 1.33:1 • Sweden
Spine: #237 Editions: DVD, Blu-ray, Collector’s Sets, Hulu Plus
In turn-of-the-century Sweden, four men and four women attempt to navigate the laws of attraction. During a weekend in the country, the women collude to force the men’s hands in matters of the heart.
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.
1994 • 93 minutes • 1.85:1 • United Kingdom
Spine: #616 Editions: DVD, Blu-ray
In Shallow Grave, three self-involved Edinburgh roommates take in a brooding boarder, and when he dies of an overdose, leaving a suitcase full of money, the trio embark on a series of very bad decisions, with extraordinarily grim consequences for all.