1957 • 96 minutes • 1.66:1 • United States
Spine: #591 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray
A behind-closed-doors look at the American legal system that is as riveting as it is spare, this iconic adaptation of Reginald Rose’s teleplay stars Henry Fonda as the dissenting member on a jury of white men ready to pass judgment on a Puerto Rican teenager charged with murdering his father.
Spine: #672 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray
In the late 1940s, the incandescent Hollywood star Ingrid Bergman found herself so stirred by the revolutionary neorealist films of Roberto Rossellini that she sent the director a letter, introducing herself and offering her talents.
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.
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.
1957 • 92 minutes • 1.85:1 • United States
Spine: #657 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray
In this beautifully shot, psychologically complex western, Van Heflin is a mild-mannered cattle rancher who takes on the task of shepherding a captured outlaw (played with cucumber-cool charisma by Glenn Ford) to the train that will deliver him to prison.
1959 • 99 minutes • 2.35:1 • France
Spine: #5 Editions: Dual Format Blu-ray/DVD, DVD, Collector’s Sets, Hulu Plus, iTunes
Told through the eyes of François Truffaut’s cinematic counterpart, Antoine Doinel, The 400 Blows sensitively re-creates the trials of Truffaut’s own childhood, unsentimentally portraying aloof parents, oppressive teachers, and petty crime.
1963 • 138 minutes • 1.85:1 • Italy
Spine: #140 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray, Collector’s Sets
One of the greatest films about film ever made, Federico Fellini’s 8½ (Otto e mezzo) turns one man’s artistic crisis into a grand epic of the cinema.
Robert M. Young
1977 • 96 minutes • 1.66:1 • United States
Spine: #609 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray, Hulu Plus
Vivid and spare where other films about illegal immigration might sentimentalize, Young’s take is equal parts intimate character study and gripping road movie, a political work that never loses sight of the complex man at its center.
1951 • 111 minutes • 1.33:1 • United States
Spine: #396 Edition: Dual Format Blu-ray/DVD
Kirk Douglas gives the fiercest performance of his career as Chuck Tatum, an amoral newspaper reporter who washes up in dead-end Albuquerque, happens upon the scoop of a lifetime, and will do anything to keep getting the lurid headlines.
Rainer Werner Fassbinder
1974 • 93 minutes • 1.37:1 • Germany
Spine: #198 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray, Hulu Plus, iTunes
The wildly prolific German filmmaker Rainer Werner Fassbinder paid homage to his cinematic hero Douglas Sirk with this update of that filmmaker’s 1955 All That Heaven Allows.
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.
1979 • 123 minutes • 1.85:1 • United States
Spine: #724 Editions: Dual Format Blu-ray/DVD, DVD
Assembled with visionary editing that makes dance come alive on-screen as never before, and overflowing with sublime footwork, All That Jazz pushes the musical genre to personal depths and virtuosic aesthetic heights.
1973 • 123 minutes • 1.85:1 • Italy
Spine: #4 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray, Hulu Plus, iTunes
Federico Fellini satirizes his youth in this carnivalesque portrait of provincial Italy in the fascist period. The Academy Award–winning Amarcord remains one of cinema’s enduring treasures.
Like the rest of America, Hollywood was ripe for revolution in the late sixties. Cinema attendance was down; what had once worked seemed broken. Enter Bob Rafelson, Bert Schneider, and Steve Blauner, who would form form BBS Productions, a company that was also a community.
1959 • 161 minutes • 1.85:1 • United States
Spine: #600 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray
This gripping envelope-pusher, the most popular film by Hollywood provocateur Otto Preminger, was groundbreaking for the frankness of its discussion of sex—but more than anything else, it is a striking depiction of the power of words.
2010 • 89 minutes • 1.33:1 • United States
Spine: #617 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray
After the death in 2004 of American theater actor and monologist Spalding Gray, director Steven Soderbergh pieced together a narrative of Gray’s life to create the documentary And Everything Is Going Fine.
Lars von Trier
2009 • 108 minutes • 2.35:1 • Denmark
Spine: #542 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray
In this graphic psychodrama, a grief-stricken man and woman—a searing Willem Dafoe and Cannes best actress winner Charlotte Gainsbourg—retreat to their cabin deep in the woods after the death of their infant son, only to find terror and violence at the hands of nature and, ultimately, each other.
1969 • 145 minutes • 1.85:1 • France
Spine: #385 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray, Collector’s Sets
Atmospheric and gripping, Army of Shadows is Melville’s most personal film, featuring Lino Ventura, Paul Meurisse, Jean-Pierre Cassel, and the incomparable Simone Signoret as intrepid underground fighters who must grapple with their conception of honor in their battle against Hitler’s regime.
1987 • 105 minutes • 1.66:1 • France
Spine: #330 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray, Collector’s Sets, Hulu Plus
Based on events from writer-director Louis Malle’s own childhood, Au revoir les enfants tells a heartbreaking story of friendship and devastating loss concerning two boys living in Nazi-occupied France.
1962 • 113 minutes • 1.33:1 • Japan
Spine: #446 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray, Hulu Plus
The final film from Yasujiro Ozu was also his last masterpiece, a gently heartbreaking story about a man’s dignifed resignation to life’s shifting currents and society’s modernization.
1978 • 93 minutes • 1.66:1 • Sweden
Spine: #60 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray, Hulu Plus
Autumn Sonata was the only collaboration between cinema’s two great Bergmans: Ingmar, the iconic director of The Seventh Seal, and Ingrid, the monumental star of Casablanca.
1987 • 104 minutes • 1.66:1 • Denmark
Spine: #665 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray, Hulu Plus, iTunes
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.
1973 • 94 minutes • 1.85:1 • United States
Spine: #651 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray
Badlands announced the arrival of a major talent: Terrence Malick. His impressionistic take on the notorious Charles Starkweather killing spree of the late 1950s uses a serial-killer narrative as a springboard for an oblique teenage romance.
1958 • 98 minutes • 2.35:1 • Japan
Spine: #645 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray, Hulu Plus, iTunes
Filmed almost entirely on cunningly designed studio sets, in brilliant color and widescreen, The Ballad of Narayama is a stylish and vividly formal work from Japan’s cinematic golden age, directed by the dynamic Keisuke Kinoshita.
1964 • 95 minutes • 1.33:1 • France
Spine: #174 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray, Collector’s Sets
Four years after Breathless, Jean-Luc Godard reimagined the gangster film even more radically with Band of Outsiders. In it, two restless young men (Sami Frey and Claude Brasseur) enlist the object of both of their fancies (Anna Karina) to help them commit a robbery—in her own home.
1966 • 121 minutes • 1.85:1 • Italy
Spine: #249 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray, Hulu Plus, iTunes
One of the most influential political films in history, The Battle of Algiers, by Gillo Pontecorvo, vividly re-creates a key year in the tumultuous Algerian struggle for independence from the occupying French in the 1950s.
1958 • 99 minutes • 1.33:1 • France
Spine: #580 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray, Hulu Plus
The remarkable and stark Le beau Serge heralded the arrival of a cinematic titan who would go on to craft provocative, entertaining films for five more decades.
1946 • 93 minutes • 1.33:1 • France
Spine: #6 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray, Collector’s Sets, Hulu Plus, iTunes
The spectacular visions of enchantment, desire, and death in Beauty and the Beast (La Belle et la Bête) have become timeless icons of cinematic wonder.
1999 • 113 minutes • 1.85:1 • United States
Spine: #611 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray
Have you ever wanted to be someone else? Or, more specifically, have you ever wanted to crawl through a portal hidden in an anonymous office building and thereby enter the cerebral cortex of John Malkovich for fifteen minutes, before being spat out on the side of the New Jersey Turnpike?
1967 • 100 minutes • 1.66:1 • France
Spine: #593 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray, Hulu Plus, iTunes
Catherine Deneuve’s porcelain perfection hides a cracked interior in one of the actress’s most iconic roles: Séverine, a Paris housewife who begins secretly spending her afternoon hours working in a bordello.
1983 • 105 minutes • 1.85:1 • United States
Spine: #720 Edition: Dual Format Blu-ray/DVD
After the shocking suicide of their friend, a group of thirtysomethings reunite for his funeral and end up spending the weekend together, reminiscing about their shared past as children of the sixties and confronting the uncertainty of their lives as adults of the eighties.
1963 • 135 minutes • 1.33:1 • India
Spine: #668 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray, Hulu Plus, iTunes
The Big City follows the personal triumphs and frustrations of Arati (Madhabi Mukherjee), who decides, despite the initial protests of her bank-clerk husband, to take a job to help support their family.
1956 • 95 minutes • 2.35:1 • United States
Spine: #507 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray
When a suburban teacher and father (James Mason) is prescribed cortisone for a painful, possibly fatal affliction, he grows dangerously addicted to the experimental drug. This Eisenhower-era throat-grabber, shot in expressive CinemaScope, is an excoriating take on the nuclear family.
Rainer Werner Fassbinder
1972 • 125 minutes • 1.37:1 • West Germany
Spine: #740 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray, Hulu Plus
One of the first and best-loved films of this period in his career is The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant, which balances a realistic depiction of tormented romance with staging that remains true to the director’s roots in experimental theater.
1975 • 100 minutes • 1.66:1 • France
Spine: #571 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray, Hulu Plus
This Freudian tale of adolescent sexuality set in a postapocalyptic world of shifting identities and talking animals is one of Malle’s most experimental films and a cinematic daydream like no other.
1959 • 107 minutes • 1.33:1 • France
Spine: #48 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray, Collector’s Sets, Hulu Plus, iTunes
Winner of both the Academy Award for best foreign-language film and the Cannes Film Festival’s Palme d’Or, Marcel Camus’ Black Orpheus (Orfeu negro) brings the ancient Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice to the twentieth-century madness of Carnival in Rio de Janeiro.
563 minutes • 1.33:1 • United States
Spine: #737 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray
Seemingly off-the-cuff yet poetically constructed, these films are humane, sometimes wry, always engaging tributes to music, food, and all sorts of regionally specific delights.
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.
Brian De Palma
1981 • 108 minutes • 2.40:1 • United States
Spine: #562 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray
In the enthralling Blow Out, brilliantly crafted by Brian De Palma, John Travolta gives one of his greatest performances, as a movie sound-effects man who believes he has accidentally recorded a political assassination.
2013 • 179 minutes • 2.35:1 • France
Spine: #695 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray
The colorful, electrifying romance that took the Cannes Film Festival by storm courageously dives into a young woman’s experiences of first love and sexual awakening.
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.
1967 • 91 minutes • 2.35:1 • Japan
Spine: #38 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray, Hulu Plus, iTunes
When Japanese New Wave bad boy Seijun Suzuki delivered this brutal, hilarious, and visually inspired masterpiece to the executives at his studio, he was promptly fired.
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.
Lars von Trier
1996 • 159 minutes • 2.35:1 • Denmark
Spine: #705 Editions: Dual Format Blu-ray/DVD, Hulu Plus, iTunes
Lars von Trier became an international sensation with this galvanizing realist fable about sex and spiritual transcendence.
1960 • 90 minutes • 1.33:1 • France
Spine: #408 Editions: Dual Format Blu-ray/DVD, Hulu Plus, iTunes
With its lack of polish, surplus of attitude, anything-goes crime narrative, and effervescent young stars Jean-Paul Belmondo and Jean Seberg, Breathless helped launch the French New Wave and ensured that cinema would never be the same.
1991 • 84 minutes • 1.85:1 • United States
Spine: #699 Editions: Dual Format Blu-ray/DVD, DVD, Hulu Plus, iTunes
Errol Morris turns his camera on one of the most fascinating men in the world: the pioneering astrophysicist Stephen Hawking, afflicted by a debilitating motor neuron disease that has left him without a voice or the use of his limbs.
James L. Brooks
1987 • 132 minutes • 1.85:1 • United States
Spine: #552 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray
James L. Brooks’s witty, gently prophetic film is a captivating transmission from an era in which ideas on relationships and the media were rapidly changing.
1978 • 96 minutes • 1.66:1 • France
Spine: #671 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray
A breakout art-house smash in America, Edouard Molinaro’s La Cage aux Folles inspired a major Broadway musical and the blockbuster remake The Birdcage. But with its hilarious performances and ahead-of-its-time social message, there’s nothing like the audacious, dazzling original movie.