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

  • Steamboat Willie
  • The Docks of New York
  • The Wedding March
  • Man with a Movie Camera
  • Pandora's Box
  • Un Chien Andalou
  • Hallelujah
  • Thunderbolt
  • The Love Parade
  • Rain
  • Bernard-l'hermite
  • The Blue Angel
  • Earth
  • L'Âge d'Or
  • Morocco
  • City Lights
  • Dracula
  • Tabu
  • Dishonored
  • M
  • Limite
  • The Smiling Lieutenant
  • La Chienne
  • The Public Enemy
  • Frankenstein
  • The Broken Lullaby
  • Shanghai Express
  • Freaks
  • Scarface
  • Night at the Crossroads
  • Vampyr
  • I Was Born, But...
  • Love Me Tonight
  • Trouble in Paradise
  • Boudu Saved from Drowning
  • Island of Lost Souls
  • Liebelei
  • The Bitter Tea of General Yen
  • Zero for Conduct
  • The Testament of Dr. Mabuse
  • 42nd Street
  • Gold Diggers of 1933
  • Ganga Bruta
  • King Kong
  • Duck Soup
  • Man's Castle
  • Land Without Bread
  • Design for Living
  • The Goddess
  • It Happened One Night
  • L'Atalante
  • Twentieth Century
  • Judge Priest
  • Our Daily Bread
  • The Merry Widow
  • Toni
  • The Bride of Frankenstein
  • The 39 Steps
  • Top Hat
  • Steamboat Round the Bend
  • A Night at the Opera
  • The Crime of Monsieur Lange
  • Modern Times
  • A Day in the Country
  • Osaka Elegy
  • The Only Son
  • Sisters of the Gion
  • The Lower Depths
  • The Awful Truth
  • You Only Live Once
  • Make Way for Tomorrow
  • Yoshiwara
  • Grand Illusion
  • Angel
  • Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
  • La Marseillaise
  • Bringing Up Baby
  • The Adventures of Robin Hood
  • La Bête Humaine
  • Stagecoach
  • Only Angels Have Wings
  • Le Jour Se Lève
  • The Rules of the Game
  • Young Mr. Lincoln
  • The Wizard of Oz
  • Ninotchka
  • The Story of the Last Chrysanthemum
  • Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
  • Gone with the Wind
  • The Shop Around the Corner
  • His Girl Friday
  • Pinocchio
  • The Grapes of Wrath
  • Rebecca
  • The Great Dictator
  • Fantasia
  • Tarantella
  • The Lady Eve
  • Citizen Kane
  • The Maltese Falcon