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

  • Workers for the Good Lord
  • The Yards
  • The Captive
  • Dancer in the Dark
  • Eureka
  • In the Mood for Love
  • La Commune (Paris, 1871)
  • Virgin Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors
  • Me, Myself & Irene
  • The Gleaners and I
  • Werckmeister Harmonies
  • Ginger Snaps
  • Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
  • Bring It On
  • Love Torn in Dreams
  • Snow White
  • Platform
  • From the Notebook of...
  • Yi Yi
  • The House of Mirth
  • Time and Tide
  • Unbreakable
  • Donnie Darko
  • Fat Girl
  • Pulse
  • In Vanda's Room
  • Get Over It
  • La Ciénaga
  • In Praise of Love
  • Mulholland Drive
  • The Fast and the Furious
  • A.I. Artificial Intelligence
  • La Libertad
  • Trouble Every Day
  • Spirited Away
  • My Sassy Girl
  • Millennium Actress
  • Ghosts of Mars
  • Where Does Your Hidden Smile Lie?
  • All About Lily Chou-Chou
  • The Lady and the Duke
  • 'R Xmas
  • Suicide Club
  • To the Left of the Father
  • Millennium Mambo
  • Ocean's Eleven
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
  • Ali
  • My Mother's Smile
  • The Hedge Theater
  • *Corpus Callosum
  • City of God
  • Resident Evil
  • On the Occasion of Remembering the Turning Gate
  • Workers, Peasants
  • Balnearios
  • Tie Xi Qu: West of the Tracks
  • Spider-Man
  • Blissfully Yours
  • Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones
  • The Uncertainty Principle
  • Punch-Drunk Love
  • Demonlover
  • Ten
  • Irreversible
  • Russian Ark
  • Unknown Pleasures
  • The Bourne Identity
  • Minority Report
  • In the Darkness of Time
  • Signs
  • Secret Things
  • Memories of Murder
  • New Blood
  • Femme Fatale
  • Master, a Building in Copacabana
  • House of 1000 Corpses
  • Bowling for Columbine
  • Down with Love
  • Elephant
  • Dogville
  • The Brown Bunny
  • Finding Nemo
  • Come and Go
  • The Room
  • Gozu
  • Goodbye, Dragon Inn
  • Lost in Translation
  • A Talking Picture
  • The Dreamers
  • Los Angeles Plays Itself
  • The Story of Marie and Julien
  • O Signo do Caos
  • Oldboy
  • Kill Bill: Vol. 1
  • Looney Tunes: Back in Action
  • Five Dedicated to Ozu
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
  • Stuck on You
  • November