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.
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.
1962 • 78 minutes • 1.37:1 • United States
Spine: #63 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray, Hulu Plus, iTunes
A young woman in a small Kansas town survives a drag race accident, then agrees to take a job as a church organist in Salt Lake City. En route, she is haunted by a bizarre apparition that compels her toward an abandoned lakeside pavilion.
1969 • 95 minutes • 1.85:1 • United States
Spine: #545 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray, Collector’s Sets
The down-and-dirty directorial debut of former clean-cut teen star Dennis Hopper, Easy Rider heralded the arrival of a new voice in film, one pitched angrily against the mainstream.
1945 • 86 minutes • 1.37:1 • United Kingdom
Spine: #76 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray, Collector’s Sets, iTunes
After a chance meeting on a train platform, a married doctor (Trevor Howard) and a suburban housewife (Celia Johnson) begin a muted but passionate, and ultimately doomed, love affair.
1969 • 102 minutes • 1.85:1 • United States
Spine: #494 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray
In a beautifully understated performance, Redford is David Chappellet, a ruthlessly ambitious skier competing for Olympic gold with an underdog American team in Europe, and Gene Hackman provides tough support as the coach who tries to temper the upstart’s narcissistic drive for glory.
2001 • 146 minutes • 1.85:1 • United States
Spine: #779 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray
David Lynch’s seductive and scary vision of Los Angeles’s dream factory is one of the true masterpieces of the new millennium, a tale of love, jealousy, and revenge like no other.
1979 • 92 minutes • 1.78:1 • Canada
Spine: #777 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray, Hulu Plus
With its combination of psychological and body horror, The Brood laid the groundwork for many of the director’s films to come, but it stands on its own as a personal, singularly scary vision.
Gus Van Sant
1991 • 104 minutes • 1.85:1 • United States
Spine: #277 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray
River Phoenix and Keanu Reeves star in this haunting tale from Gus Van Sant about two young street hustlers: Mike Waters, a sensitive narcoleptic who dreams of the mother who abandoned him, and Scott Favor, the wayward son of the mayor of Portland and the object of Mike’s desire.
1969 • 107 minutes • 1.85:1 • United States
Spine: #200 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray, Hulu Plus, iTunes
Based on a shocking true story and shot in documentary-style black and white, The Honeymoon Killers is a stark portrayal of the desperate lengths to which a lonely heart will go to find true love.
1986 • 117 minutes • 1.66:1 • United Kingdom
Spine: #775 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray, Hulu Plus, iTunes
Merchant Ivory Productions, led by director James Ivory and producer Ismail Merchant, became a household name with A Room with a View, the first of their extraordinary adaptations of E. M. Forster novels.
2012 • 94 minutes • 1.85:1 • United States
Spine: #776 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray
An island off the New England coast, summer of 1965. Two twelve-year-olds, Sam and Suzy, fall in love, make a secret pact, and run away together into the wilderness.
1980 • 107 minutes • 1.85:1 • Australia
Spine: #773 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray, Hulu Plus, iTunes
Director Bruce Beresford garnered international acclaim for this riveting drama set during a dark period in his country’s colonial history, and featuring passionate performances by Edward Woodward, Bryan Brown, and Jack Thompson.
1990 • 101 minutes • 1.85:1 • United States
Spine: #774 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray, iTunes
A decade after he broke through with Breaker Morant, Australian director Bruce Beresford made another acclaimed film about the effects of colonialism on the individual.
Brian De Palma
1980 • 105 minutes • 2.35:1 • United States
Spine: #770 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray
Brian De Palma ascended to the highest ranks of American suspense filmmaking with this virtuoso, explicit erotic thriller.
1981 • 123 minutes • 1.85:1 • United Kingdom
Spine: #768 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray
An astounding array of talent came together for the big-screen adaptation of John Fowles’s novel The French Lieutenant’s Woman, a postmodern masterpiece that had been considered unfilmable.
1950 • 95 minutes • 1.33:1 • United States
Spine: #274 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray
Two-bit hustler Harry Fabian (Richard Widmark) longs for “a life of ease and plenty.” Trailed by an inglorious history of go-nowhere schemes, he tries to hatch a lucrative plan with a famous wrestler.
1985 • 98 minutes • 1.66:1 • United Kingdom
Spine: #767 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray
Stephen Frears was at the forefront of the British cinematic revival of the mid-1980s, and the delightfully transgressive My Beautiful Laundrette is his greatest triumph of the period.
1979 • 117 minutes • 1.85:1 • United States
Spine: #765 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray
A wild horse saves a young boy’s life after a terrifying shipwreck and the two become unlikely friends in Carroll Ballard’s cinematic tour de force, adapted from Walter Farley’s classic children’s novel.
1983 • 105 minutes • 1.85:1 • United States
Spine: #720 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray
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.
1970 • 98 minutes • 1.85:1 • United States
Spine: #546 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray, Collector’s Sets
Following Jack Nicholson’s breakout supporting turn in Easy Rider, director Bob Rafelson devised a powerful leading role for the new star in the searing character study Fve Easy Pieces.
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.
1981 • 111 minutes • 1.66:1 • United States
Spine: #479 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray, Collector’s Sets, Hulu Plus, iTunes
Actor and playwright Wallace Shawn sits down with his friend the theater director André Gregory at a restaurant on New York’s Upper West Side, and the pair proceed through an alternately whimsical and despairing confessional about love, death, money, and all the superstition in between.
2014 • 127 minutes • 2.35:1 • United States
Spine: #762 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray, Collector’s Sets, iTunes
Brought pristinely to the screen by Jonathan Demme, this compellingly abstract reimagining of Henrik Ibsen’s Bygmester Solness features Shawn (who also wrote the adaptation) as a visionary but tyrannical middle-aged architect haunted by figures from his past,
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
1994 • 172 minutes • 1.33:1 • United States
Spine: #289 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray, Hulu Plus, iTunes
This landmark film, which documents the journeys of two remarkable families, continues to educate and inspire viewers, and it is widely considered one of the great works of American nonfiction cinema.
1988 • 102 minutes • 1.78:1 • United States
Spine: #753 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray
A work of meticulous journalism and gripping drama, it recounts the disturbing tale of Randall Dale Adams, a drifter who was charged with the murder of a Dallas police officer and sent to death row, despite evidence that he did not commit the crime.
1947 • 101 minutes • 1.37:1 • United States
Spine: #750 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray
With its relentless pace, expressive cinematography by the great Russell Metty, and punchy, clever script by Charles Lederer and Ben Hecht, this is an overlooked treasure from the heyday of 1940s film noir.
1978 • 92 minutes • 1.85:1 • United States
Spine: #748 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray, Hulu Plus, iTunes
This is a faithful big-screen adaptation of Richard Adams’s classic British dystopian novel about a community of rabbits under terrible threat from modern forces.
1973 • 110 minutes • 1.85:1 • United Kingdom
Spine: #745 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray
A masterpiece from Nicolas Roeg, Don’t Look Now, adapted from a story by Daphne du Maurier, is a brilliantly disturbing tale of the supernatural.
2007 • 80 minutes • 1.33:1 • Canada
Spine: #741 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray
A work of memory and imagination, the film burrows into what the filmmaker calls “the heart of the heart” of the continent, conjuring a city as delightful as it is fearsome, populated by sleepwalkers and hockey aficionados.
1942 • 88 minutes • 1.37:1 • United States
Spine: #742 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray
A mix of the witty and the utterly absurd, The Palm Beach Story is a high watermark of Sturges’s brand of physical comedy and verbal repartee, featuring sparkling performances.
1982 • 116 minutes • 2.40:1 • United States
Spine: #738 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray
This multilayered comedy from Sydney Pollack follows the elaborate deception of a down-on-his-luck New York actor who poses as a woman to get a soap opera gig.
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.
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.
1995 • 119 minutes • 1.85:1 • United States
Spine: #739 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray
This revelatory drama was named the best film of the 1990s in a Village Voice poll of more than fifty critics.
1984 • 92 minutes • 1.78:1 • United States
Spine: #654 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray
A quintessential cult film of the 1980s, Alex Cox’s singular sci-fi comedy stars the always captivating Harry Dean Stanton as a weathered repo man in a desolate Los Angeles, and Emilio Estevez as the nihilistic middle-class punk he takes under his wing.
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.
1934 • 105 minutes • 1.33:1 • United States
Spine: #736 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray
It Happened One Night is among the most gracefully constructed and edited films of the early sound era, packed with clever situations and gags that have entered the Hollywood comedy pantheon.
1975 • 88 minutes • 1.66:1 • United States
Spine: #288 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray, Hulu Plus, iTunes
Trickery. Deceit. Magic. In F for Fake, a free-form sort-of documentary by Orson Welles, the legendary filmmaker (and self-described charlatan) gleefully reengages with the central preoccupation of his career: the tenuous lines between illusion and truth, art and lies.
1946 • 97 minutes • 1.33:1 • United States
Spine: #732 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray
John Ford takes on the legend of the O.K. Corral shoot-out in this multilayered, exceptionally well-constructed western, one of the director’s very best films.
1971 • 140 minutes • 2.35:1 • United Kingdom
Spine: #726 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray
Roman Polanski imbues his unflinchingly violent adaptation of William Shakespeare’s tragedy of ruthless ambition and murder in medieval Scotland with grit and dramatic intensity.
1961 • 100 minutes • 2.35:1 • United States
Spine: #727 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray
This genuinely frightening, exquisitely made supernatural gothic stars Deborah Kerr as an emotionally fragile governess who comes to suspect that there is something very, very wrong with her precocious new charges.
1977 • 89 minutes • 1.85:1 • United States
Spine: #725 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray, Hulu Plus, iTunes
David Lynch’s 1977 debut feature, Eraserhead, is both a lasting cult sensation and a work of extraordinary craft and beauty.