First Films

Cinema history is dotted with thunderous works of art that announced their makers’ brilliance right out of the gate.

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980 La vie de Jésus La vie de Jésus Bruno Dumont France, 1997
951 True Stories True Stories David Byrne United States, 1986
941 Smithereens Smithereens ​Susan Seidelman United States, 1982
938 sex, lies, and videotape sex, lies, and videotape Steven Soderbergh United States, 1989
936 Bull Durham Bull Durham Ron Shelton United States, 1988
920 The Virgin Suicides The Virgin Suicides Sofia Coppola United States, 1999
909 Night of the Living Dead Night of the Living Dead George A. Romero United States, 1968
335 Elevator to the Gallows Elevator to the Gallows Louis Malle France, 1958
902 Desert Hearts Desert Hearts Donna Deitch United States, 1985
896 The Lure The Lure Agnieszka Smoczyńska Poland, 2015
5 The 400 Blows The 400 Blows François Truffaut France, 1959
408 Breathless Breathless Jean-Luc Godard France, 1960
834 Blood Simple Blood Simple Joel Coen United States, 1984
545 Easy Rider Easy Rider Dennis Hopper United States, 1969
802 Paris Belongs to Us Paris Belongs to Us Jacques Rivette France, 1961
799 The Kid The Kid Charlie Chaplin United States, 1921
654 Repo Man Repo Man Alex Cox United States, 1984
691 Thief Thief Michael Mann United States, 1981
787 Jellyfish Eyes Jellyfish Eyes Takashi Murakami Japan, 2013
783 Pather Panchali Pather Panchali Satyajit Ray India, 1955
766 Here Is Your Life Here Is Your Life Jan Troell Sweden, 1966
196 Hiroshima mon amour Hiroshima mon amour Alain Resnais France, 1959
743 La Ciénaga La Ciénaga Lucrecia Martel Argentina, 2001
730 Jour de fête Jour de fête Jacques Tati France, 1949
725 Eraserhead Eraserhead David Lynch United States, 1977
152 George Washington George Washington David Gordon Green United States, 2000
Love Is Colder Than Death Love Is Colder Than Death Rainer Werner Fassbinder Germany, 1969
658 Medium Cool Medium Cool Haskell Wexler United States, 1969
The Suitor The Suitor Pierre Etaix France, 1963
651 Badlands Badlands Terrence Malick United States, 1973
638 Following Following Christopher Nolan United Kingdom, 1999
640 Koyaanisqatsi Koyaanisqatsi Godfrey Reggio United States, 1983
Madonna of the Seven Moons Madonna of the Seven Moons Arthur Crabtree United Kingdom, 1945
Wild 90 Wild 90 Norman Mailer United States, 1968
616 Shallow Grave Shallow Grave Danny Boyle United Kingdom, 1994
Babo 73 Babo 73 Robert Downey Sr. United States, 1964
611 Being John Malkovich Being John Malkovich Spike Jonze United States, 1999
604 In Which We Serve In Which We Serve David Lean… United Kingdom, 1942
596 Three Outlaw Samurai Three Outlaw Samurai Hideo Gosha Japan, 1964
597 Tiny Furniture Tiny Furniture Lena Dunham United States, 2010
591 12 Angry Men 12 Angry Men Sidney Lumet United States, 1957
580 Le beau Serge Le beau Serge Claude Chabrol France, 1958
À propos de Nice À propos de Nice Jean Vigo… France, 1930
569 People on Sunday People on Sunday Robert Siodmak… Germany, 1930
551 Cronos Cronos Guillermo del Toro Mexico, 1993
547 Drive, He Said Drive, He Said Jack Nicholson United States, 1970
544 Head Head Bob Rafelson United States, 1968
548 A Safe Place A Safe Place Henry Jaglom United States, 1971
541 The Night of the Hunter The Night of the Hunter Charles Laughton United States, 1955
539 House House Nobuhiko Obayashi Japan, 1977
Warrendale Warrendale Allan King Canada, 1967
Crisis Crisis Ingmar Bergman Sweden, 1946
534 L’enfance nue L’enfance nue Maurice Pialat France, 1968
532 Louie Bluie Louie Bluie Terry Zwigoff United States, 1985
80 The Element of Crime The Element of Crime Lars von Trier Denmark, 1984
41 Henry V Henry V Laurence Olivier United Kingdom, 1944
165 Man Bites Dog Man Bites Dog Rémy Belvaux… France, 1992
162 Ratcatcher Ratcatcher Lynne Ramsay United Kingdom, 1999
Sanshiro Sugata Sanshiro Sugata Akira Kurosawa Japan, 1943
Major Barbara Major Barbara Gabriel Pascal United Kingdom, 1941
504 Hunger Hunger Steve McQueen Ireland, 2008
Hotel Monterey Hotel Monterey Chantal Akerman United States, 1972
Man Is Not a Bird Man Is Not a Bird Dušan Makavejev Yugoslavia, 1965
I Am Waiting I Am Waiting Koreyoshi Kurahara Japan, 1957
450 Bottle Rocket Bottle Rocket Wes Anderson United States, 1996
215 Knife in the Water Knife in the Water Roman Polanski Poland, 1962
436 Before the Rain Before the Rain Milcho Manchevski Macedonia, 1994
Who Are You, Polly Maggoo? Who Are You, Polly Maggoo? William Klein France, 1966
428 Blast of Silence Blast of Silence Allen Baron United States, 1961
419 La Pointe Courte La Pointe Courte Agnès Varda France, 1956
417 This Sporting Life This Sporting Life Lindsay Anderson United Kingdom, 1963
407 Mala Noche Mala Noche Gus Van Sant United States, 1985
875 Mysterious Object at Noon Mysterious Object at Noon Apichatpong Weerasethakul Thailand, 2000
399 House of Games House of Games David Mamet United States, 1987
I Shot Jesse James I Shot Jesse James Samuel Fuller United States, 1949
397 Ivan’s Childhood Ivan’s Childhood Andrei Tarkovsky Soviet Union, 1962
362 Border Radio Border Radio Allison Anders… United States, 1987
360 Symbiopsychotaxiplasm Symbiopsychotaxiplasm William Greaves United States, 1968
356 Sweetie Sweetie Jane Campion New Zealand, 1989
354 Clean, Shaven Clean, Shaven Lodge Kerrigan United States, 1994
353 Sólo con tu pareja Sólo con tu pareja Alfonso Cuarón Mexico, 1991
351 The Spirit of the Beehive The Spirit of the Beehive Víctor Erice Spain, 1973
349 Kicking and Screaming Kicking and Screaming Noah Baumbach United States, 1995
334 Harlan County USA Harlan County USA Barbara Kopple United States, 1976
333 Fists in the Pocket Fists in the Pocket Marco Bellocchio Italy, 1965
326 Metropolitan Metropolitan Whit Stillman United States, 1990
283 A Generation A Generation Andrzej Wajda Poland, 1955
279 Young Törless Young Törless Volker Schlöndorff Germany, 1966
251 Shadows Shadows John Cassavetes United States, 1959
77 And God Created Woman And God Created Woman Roger Vadim France, 1956