1961 • 141 minutes • 1.85:1 • United States
Spine: #844 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray
This is a western like no other, combining the mythological scope of that most American of genres with the searing naturalism of a performance by Marlon Brando—all suffused with Freudian overtones and masculine anxiety.
2005 • 81 minutes • 1.85:1 • United States
Spine: #845 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray
Shot in Super 16 mm and featuring a quartet of nuanced, understated performances, this comic and poignant drama, peppered with autobiographical elements, deftly captures the heartache and confusion of a fracturing family.
1960 • 90 minutes • 1.33:1 • France
Spine: #408 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray, 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.
1990 • 120 minutes • 1.85:1 • Japan
Spine: #842 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray
Unfolding in a series of eight mythic vignettes, this late work by Akira Kurosawa was inspired by the beloved director’s own nighttime visions, along with stories from Japanese folklore.
Paul Thomas Anderson
2002 • 95 minutes • 2.39:1 • United States
Spine: #843 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray
This Cannes-award-winning romantic comedy channels the spirit of classic Hollywood and the whimsy of Jacques Tati into an idiosyncratic ode to the delirium of new romance.
Delivering stylish thrills and a body count that defies belief, Lone Wolf and Cub is beloved for its brilliantly choreographed action sequences as well as its tender depiction of the bonds between a parent and a child.
Luis García Berlanga
1963 • 92 minutes • 1.85:1 • Spain
Spine: #840 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray, iTunes
A furiously funny personal attack on capital punishment, The Executioner evaded the state censors who sought to suppress it, and today is regarded as one of the greatest Spanish films of all time.
1993 • 187 minutes • 2.35:1 • United States
Spine: #265 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray
Epic in scale yet meticulously observed, Short Cuts interweaves the stories of twenty-two characters as they struggle to find solace and meaning in contemporary Los Angeles.
Guillermo del Toro
2006 • 119 minutes • 1.85:1 • Spain
Spine: #838 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray, Collector’s Sets
An Academy Award–winning dark fable set five years after the end of the Spanish Civil War, Pan’s Labyrinth encapsulates the rich visual style and genre-defying craft of Guillermo del Toro.
Guillermo del Toro
Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray
Drawing inspiration from a rich variety of sources, from Alfred Hitchcock to Francisco de Goya, these gothic-infused stories collected here—populated by vampires, ghosts, and a fairy-tale princess—make evident why del Toro is considered the master cinematic fabulist of our time.
2014 • 165 minutes • 1.85:1 • United States
Spine: #839 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray
Allowing us to watch people age on film with documentary realism while gripping us in a fictional narrative of exquisite everydayness, Boyhood has a power that only the art of cinema could harness.
1971 • 121 minutes • 2.40:1 • United States
Spine: #827 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray
With its fascinating flawed characters, evocative cinematography by the great Vilmos Zsigmond, innovative overlapping dialogue, and haunting use of Leonard Cohen songs, McCabe & Mrs. Miller brilliantly deglamorized and revitalized the most American of genres.
1975 • 160 minutes • 2.35:1 • United States
Spine: #683 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray
This cornerstone of 1970s American moviemaking from Robert Altman is a panoramic view of the country’s political and cultural landscapes, set in the nation’s music capital.
1970 • 109 minutes • 2.35:1 • United States
Spine: #836 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray
Transgressive and outrageous, this big-studio version of a debaucherous midnight movie is an addictively entertaining romp from one of cinema’s great outsider artists.
1967 • 123 minutes • 2.40:1 • United States
Spine: #835 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray
Cutthroat careerism, wild sex, and fierce female protagonists are all on offer in this adaptation of Jacqueline Susann’s sensational and wildly popular novel.
1988 • 583 minutes • 1.33:1 • Poland
Spine: #837 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray
This masterwork by Krzysztof Kieślowski is one of the twentieth century’s greatest achievements in visual storytelling.
1984 • 95 minutes • 1.85:1 • United States
Spine: #834 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray, iTunes
Blending elements from pulp fiction and low-budget horror flicks, Blood Simple reinvented the film noir for a new generation, marking the arrival of a filmmaking ensemble that would transform the American independent cinema scene.
1942 • 73 minutes • 1.37:1 • United States
Spine: #833 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray
One of RKO Pictures’s most successful movies of the 1940s, Cat People raised the creature feature to new heights of sophistication and mystery.
The colossally popular Zatoichi films make up the longest-running action series in Japanese history and created one of the screen’s great heroes: an itinerant blind masseur who also happens to be a lightning-fast swordsman.
1939 • 143 minutes • 1.37:1 • Japan
Spine: #832 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray, iTunes
This heartrending masterpiece by Kenji Mizoguchi about the give-and-take between life and art marked the first full realization of the hypnotic long takes and eloquent camera movements that would come to define the director’s films.
1940 • 95 minutes • 1.33:1 • United Kingdom
Spine: #523 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray
This captivating, long-overlooked adventure—which features Paul Henreid and a clever screenplay by Frank Launder and Sidney Gilliat, best known for writing Alfred Hitchcock’s The Lady Vanishes—is a deftly concocted spy game that could give the Master of Suspense a run for his money.