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

  • The Turin Horse
  • Twenty Cigarettes
  • The Tree of Life
  • Bernie
  • The Day He Arrives
  • Twixt
  • The Deep Blue Sea
  • House of Tolerance
  • A Burning Hot Summer
  • Crazy Horse
  • Hood Movie: Is the City One Only?
  • Gebo and the Shadow
  • Neighboring Sounds
  • Tabu
  • Project X
  • Barbara
  • Cosmopolis
  • Holy Motors
  • Museum Hours
  • You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet
  • Spring Breakers
  • Dredd
  • Viola
  • The Lords of Salem
  • Resident Evil: Retribution
  • Like Someone in Love
  • Stemple Pass
  • Three Sisters
  • The Girl from Nowhere
  • Nobody's Daughter Haewon
  • The Bling Ring
  • Stranger by the Lake
  • The Immigrant
  • Snowpiercer
  • What Now? Remind Me
  • Stray Dogs
  • 'Til Madness Do Us Part
  • Three Landscapes
  • Gravity
  • Dialogue of Shadows
  • Seventh Code
  • The Tale of the Princess Kaguya
  • Boyhood
  • Journey to the West
  • Pompeii
  • Not My Type
  • It Follows
  • Welcome to New York
  • Bird People
  • Goodbye to Language
  • Necropolis Symphony
  • Horse Money
  • White Nights on the Pier
  • The Gold Bug
  • Communists
  • The Smell of Us
  • Heaven Knows What
  • Pasolini
  • Phoenix
  • John Wick
  • She's Funny That Way
  • Don't Go Breaking My Heart 2
  • American Sniper
  • Jauja
  • Blackhat
  • Forget Me Not
  • Visit, or Memories and Confessions
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • My Golden Days
  • Carol
  • The Assassin
  • Kill Zone 2
  • 88:88
  • No Home Movie
  • Kid
  • Right Now, Wrong Then
  • The Visit
  • Office
  • Journey to the Shore
  • C'est l'amour
  • The Love Witch
  • Ta'ang
  • Toni Erdmann
  • The Death of Louis XIV
  • Three
  • Hinterlands
  • Beduino
  • The Shallows
  • My Only Earth Is in the Moon
  • Sleep Has Her House
  • John Wick: Chapter 2
  • Good Manners
  • On the Beach at Night Alone
  • Lover for a Day
  • Twin Peaks: The Return
  • Good Time
  • Once There Was Brasília
  • Before We Vanish
  • Tempting Devils
  • Westerly Wind