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

  • Dumbo
  • How Green Was My Valley
  • To Be or Not to Be
  • The Magnificent Ambersons
  • Bambi
  • The Battle of Midway
  • Gentleman Jim
  • Casablanca
  • Cat People
  • Aniki-Bóbó
  • Meshes of the Afternoon
  • Shadow of a Doubt
  • I Walked with a Zombie
  • This Land Is Mine
  • The Leopard Man
  • Angels of Sin
  • The Seventh Victim
  • Day of Wrath
  • At Land
  • Double Indemnity
  • A Canterbury Tale
  • Laura
  • To Have and Have Not
  • The Woman in the Window
  • Meet Me in St. Louis
  • Ivan the Terrible, Part I
  • Children of Paradise
  • Brewster's Millions
  • The Southerner
  • Dead of Night
  • Rome, Open City
  • Brief Encounter
  • Detour
  • Scarlet Street
  • Gilda
  • The Diary of a Chambermaid
  • Cluny Brown
  • Canyon Passage
  • Notorious
  • The Big Sleep
  • Beauty and the Beast
  • A Matter of Life and Death
  • My Darling Clementine
  • Paisan
  • It's a Wonderful Life
  • Duel in the Sun
  • Black Narcissus
  • Monsieur Verdoux
  • The Woman on the Beach
  • Ride the Pink Horse
  • Forever Amber
  • Body and Soul
  • Le Tempestaire
  • Out of the Past
  • The Lady from Shanghai
  • Fort Apache
  • Letter from an Unknown Woman
  • Berlin Express
  • Raw Deal
  • The Red Shoes
  • They Live by Night
  • Rope
  • Red River
  • A Hen in the Wind
  • The Eagle with Two Heads
  • Bicycle Thieves
  • Germany Year Zero
  • Force of Evil
  • In the Street
  • Act of Violence
  • The Third Man
  • White Heat
  • Under Capricorn
  • Late Spring
  • Reign of Terror
  • She Wore a Yellow Ribbon
  • Adam's Rib
  • Gun Crazy
  • Stromboli
  • Cinderella
  • Orpheus
  • Night and the City
  • The Crime of Oribe
  • Wagon Master
  • Stars in My Crown
  • In a Lonely Place
  • The Asphalt Jungle
  • Where the Sidewalk Ends
  • The Flame and the Arrow
  • Sunset Boulevard
  • La Ronde
  • All About Eve
  • The Young and the Damned
  • Rio Grande
  • Winchester '73
  • The Flowers of St. Francis
  • Rashomon
  • The Steel Helmet
  • Diary of a Country Priest
  • Pandora and the Flying Dutchman