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

  • Saw
  • Kung Fu Hustle
  • Before Sunset
  • The Passion of the Christ
  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
  • The Prisoner of the Iron Bars
  • Los muertos
  • A Visit to the Louvre
  • Mean Girls
  • Woman Is the Future of Man
  • Tropical Malady
  • Our Music
  • Mysterious Skin
  • Spider-Man 2
  • Ydessa, the Bears and etc.
  • The Village
  • The World
  • The Intruder
  • Disintegration Loop 1.1
  • Evolution of a Filipino Family
  • 13 Lakes
  • The Bridge of Arts
  • Ten Skies
  • Instructions for a Light and Sound Machine
  • The Death of Mr. Lazarescu
  • Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith
  • The Child
  • Tale of Cinema
  • Land of the Dead
  • Linda Linda Linda
  • Regular Lovers
  • Hostel
  • Domino
  • A History of Violence
  • Who's Camus Anyway?
  • Mary
  • Cigarette Burns
  • Destiny
  • The Hills of Disorder
  • Election 2
  • Colossal Youth
  • Miami Vice
  • The Host
  • Woman on the Beach
  • These Encounters of Theirs
  • Paprika
  • After This Our Exile
  • Déjà Vu
  • Private Fears in Public Places
  • Playing
  • Heartbeat Detector
  • The Duchess of Langeais
  • Big Man Japan
  • No Country for Old Men
  • Death Proof
  • Go Go Tales
  • We Own the Night
  • Hostel: Part II
  • Superbad
  • At Sea
  • Diary of the Dead
  • In the City of Sylvia
  • There Will Be Blood
  • RR
  • Fake Blond
  • Shirin
  • Extraordinary Stories
  • Speed Racer
  • Frontier of the Dawn
  • Artemis' Knee
  • The Happening
  • The Idiot
  • 35 Shots of Rum
  • The Hurt Locker
  • The Wrestler
  • Tokyo Sonata
  • Liverpool
  • Love Exposure
  • The Beaches of Agnès
  • Castro
  • Moscow
  • The Hangover
  • Inglourious Basterds
  • Public Enemies
  • Halloween II
  • Avatar
  • Heartbeats
  • Certified Copy
  • Film Socialisme
  • Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives
  • Inception
  • Resident Evil: Afterlife
  • Road to Nowhere
  • Oki's Movie
  • Cry When It Happens
  • Mysteries of Lisbon
  • Hereafter
  • Um Dia na Vida
  • Unstoppable
  • The Strange Case of Angelica