1959 • 107 minutes • 1.33:1 • France
Spine: #48 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray, Collector’s Sets, 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.
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.
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.
1981 • 123 minutes • 1.66:1 • Poland
Spine: #772 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray, iTunes
Before he stunned the cinematic world with the epic series The Decalogue and the Three Colors trilogy, the great Polish filmmaker Krzysztof Kieślowski made his first work of metaphysical genius, Blind Chance.
Irvin S. Yeaworth Jr.
1958 • 82 minutes • 1.66:1 • United States
Spine: #91 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray, 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.
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.
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.
1966 • 111 minutes • 1.85:1 • United Kingdom
Spine: #865 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray
A countercultural masterpiece about the act of seeing and the art of image making, Blow-Up takes the form of a psychological mystery, starring David Hemmings as a fashion photographer who unknowingly captures a death on film after following two lovers in a park.
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.
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.
1967 • 91 minutes • 2.35:1 • Japan
Spine: #38 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray, 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.
1980 • 107 minutes • 1.85:1 • Australia
Spine: #773 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray, 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.
Lars von Trier
1996 • 159 minutes • 2.35:1 • Denmark
Spine: #705 Editions: Dual Format Blu-ray/DVD, 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: 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.
1959 • 103 minutes • 1.37:1 • Germany
Spine: #763 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray, iTunes
Bernhard Wicki’s astonishing The Bridge 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.
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.
1991 • 84 minutes • 1.85:1 • United States
Spine: #699 Editions: Dual Format Blu-ray/DVD, DVD, 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.
1991 • 237 minutes • 1.85:1 • Taiwan
Spine: #804 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray, iTunes
Among the most praised and sought-after titles in all contemporary film, this singular masterpiece of Taiwanese cinema, directed by Edward Yang, finally comes to home video in the United States.
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.
1979 • 92 minutes • 1.78:1 • Canada
Spine: #777 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray, iTunes
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.
1999 • 105 minutes • United States
Spine: #866 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray
This revelatory documentary is one of the most beloved music documentaries of the 1990s, and an infectious ode to a neglected corner of Cuba’s prerevolutionary heritage.
1983 • 90 minutes • 1.33:1 • United States
Spine: #789 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray, iTunes
Made up of intimate, revelatory footage of the singular author and poet filmed over the course of five years, Howard Brookner’s 1983 documentary about William S. Burroughs was for decades mainly the stuff of legend.