essential viewing watchlist

movies to watch to have a good understanding of film

i welcome and appreciate suggestions if you have any! this is a reference for myself so i'm only including movies i haven't seen yet

  • 12 Angry Men
  • 8½
  • A Brighter Summer Day
  • Airplane!
  • Alien
  • All About Eve
  • All That Jazz
  • American Graffiti
  • Badlands
  • Being John Malkovich
  • Blade Runner
  • Blue Velvet
  • Brazil
  • Brief Encounter
  • Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
  • Cabaret
  • Cast Away
  • Charade
  • Children of Men
  • Chinatown
  • Citizen Kane
  • City of God
  • Cries and Whispers
  • Days of Heaven
  • Do the Right Thing
  • Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
  • Eraserhead
  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
  • Fantastic Planet
  • Full Metal Jacket
  • Gangs of New York
  • Gigi
  • Gone with the Wind
  • GoodFellas
  • Groundhog Day
  • His Girl Friday
  • House
  • Ikiru
  • In the Mood for Love
  • It Happened One Night
  • Ivan's Childhood
  • Jaws
  • King Kong
  • La Vie en Rose
  • Last Tango in Paris
  • Lawrence of Arabia
  • Magnolia
  • Metropolis
  • Mirror
  • Mulholland Drive
  • Mystic River
  • North by Northwest
  • Oldboy
  • On the Waterfront
  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
  • Paper Moon
  • Paris, Texas
  • Peeping Tom
  • Persona
  • Picnic at Hanging Rock
  • Psycho
  • Pulp Fiction
  • Raging Bull
  • Ran
  • Rashomon
  • Rear Window
  • Rosemary's Baby
  • Saving Private Ryan
  • Scarface
  • Seven Samurai
  • Some Like It Hot
  • Stalker
  • Sunset Boulevard
  • THX 1138
  • Tampopo
  • The Cider House Rules
  • The Exorcist
  • The Exterminating Angel
  • The Godfather: Part II
  • The Green Mile
  • The Handmaiden
  • The Maltese Falcon
  • The Shawshank Redemption
  • The Shining
  • The Talented Mr. Ripley
  • The Texas Chain Saw Massacre
  • The Year of Living Dangerously
  • Tokyo Story
  • Tootsie
  • Training Day
  • Vertigo
  • Yi Yi