Essential Films

1500 films to see before you die, chronological order. Not a list consisting of my favorite films, but rather the ones that I feel are most essential to a cinephile, be it regarding quality, relevance or even solely popularity. This method results in a list with many films I don't even like, but feel one should give a try if possible. I tried to concile my personal judgement with a more analytical one in most of the choices here, but of course ended up adding many of my favorites too. Obviously there are many essential films I still haven't watched and didn't add - the idea is trying to update this list every one or two years to see how it develops. 01/07/2018

  • Sallie Gardner at a Gallop
  • Roundhay Garden Scene
  • Dickson Experimental Sound Film
  • Workers Leaving the Lumière Factory
  • Boat Leaving the Port
  • Cordeliers' Square in Lyon
  • The Arrival of a Train at La Ciotat
  • Demolition of a Wall
  • Champs-Élysées
  • Panorama du grand Canal pris d'un bateau
  • The Four Troublesome Heads
  • How It Feels to Be Run Over
  • What Is Seen Through a Keyhole
  • The Big Swallow
  • A Trip to the Moon
  • The Great Train Robbery
  • The Impossible Voyage
  • The '?' Motorist
  • Dream of a Rarebit Fiend
  • The Dancing Pig
  • Life of an American Fireman
  • The House of Ghosts
  • A Fantasy
  • The Country Doctor
  • A Corner in Wheat
  • The Unchanging Sea
  • The Automatic Moving Company
  • The Musketeers of Pig Alley
  • The Invaders
  • Suspense
  • Kid Auto Races at Venice
  • Gertie the Dinosaur
  • The Birth of a Nation
  • The Regeneration
  • Carmen
  • Les Vampires
  • Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages
  • Straight Shooting
  • A Modern Musketeer
  • The Outlaw and His Wife
  • The Blue Bird
  • Broken Blossoms
  • The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
  • One Week
  • Way Down East
  • The Last of the Mohicans
  • The Phantom Carriage
  • The Kid
  • The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse
  • Destiny
  • Orphans of the Storm
  • Foolish Wives
  • Cops
  • Nosferatu
  • Dr. Mabuse, the Gambler
  • Nanook of the North
  • Häxan
  • Safety Last!
  • Glumov's Diary
  • A Woman of Paris: A Drama of Fate
  • The Smiling Madame Beudet
  • The Ten Commandments
  • Cœur fidèle
  • The Thief of Bagdad
  • Sherlock, Jr.
  • Ballet mécanique
  • The Navigator
  • He Who Gets Slapped
  • Greed
  • Entr'acte
  • Diagonal Symphony
  • L'Inhumaine
  • The Last Laugh
  • Strike
  • Seven Chances
  • The Gold Rush
  • Tartuffe
  • The Phantom of the Opera
  • Battleship Potemkin
  • By the Law
  • Ménilmontant
  • Anemic Cinema
  • A Page of Madness
  • Faust
  • The General
  • Metropolis
  • The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog
  • Napoleon
  • Wings
  • Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
  • The Jazz Singer
  • October (Ten Days that Shook the World)
  • The Circus
  • Steamboat Bill, Jr.
  • The Crowd
  • Street Angel
  • The Passion of Joan of Arc
  • The Bridge
  • The Wind
  • The Cameraman