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.
During his first decade at Shochiku studios, where he dabbled in many genres, Ozu put out a trio of precisely rendered, magnificently shot and edited silent crime films
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Rainer Werner Fassbinder
1971 • 88 minutes • 1.37:1
Spine: #758 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray, Hulu Plus
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
Costa-Gavras puts the United States’ involvement in Latin American politics under the microscope in this arresting thriller.
1970 • 138 minutes • 1.66:1 • France
Spine: #759 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray, Hulu Plus
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.
2014 • 127 minutes • 2.35:1 • United States
Spine: #762 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray, Collector’s Sets
Twenty years after their brilliant cinema-theater experiment Vanya on 42nd Street, Wallace Shawn and André Gregory reunited to produce another idiosyncratic big-screen version of a classic play, this time Henrik Ibsen’s Bygmester Solness.
1981 • 110 minutes • 1.66:1 • United States
Spine: #479 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray, Collector’s Sets, Hulu Plus, iTunes
In Louis Malle’s captivating and philosophical My Dinner with André, actor and playwright Wallace Shawn sits down with friend and theater director André Gregory at an Upper West Side restaurant, and the two proceed into a confessional on love, death, money, and all the superstition in between.
1959 • 103 minutes • 1.37:1 • Germany
Spine: #763 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray
The astonishing The Bridge, by Bernhard Wicki, was the first major antiwar film to come out of Germany after World War II, as well as the nation’s first postwar film to be widely shown internationally, even securing an Oscar nomination.
1991 • 138 minutes • 1.78:1 • United States
Spine: #764 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray
A fairy tale grounded in poignant reality, the magnificent, Manhattan-set The Fisher King, by Terry Gilliam, features Jeff Bridges and Robin Williams in two of their most brilliant roles.
1970 • 76 minutes • 1.37:1 • Czechoslovakia
Spine: #761 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray, Hulu Plus
A girl on the verge of womanhood finds herself in a sensual fantasyland of vampires, witchcraft, and other threats in this eerie and mystical movie daydream.
1970 • 98 minutes • 1.85:1 • United States
Spine: #546 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray, Collector’s Sets
Jack Nicholson plays the now iconic cad Bobby Dupea, a shiftless thirtysomething oil rigger and former piano prodigy immune to any sense of responsibility, who returns to his upper-middle-class childhood home, blue-collar girlfriend (Karen Black, in an Oscar-nominated role) in tow.