National Society of Film Critics' 100 Essential Films

Taken from the book 'The A List: The National Society of Film Critics' 100 Essential Films', released in 2002. As the book summary states, the list "flags the best of the best as chosen by a consensus of the National Society of Film Critics".

Members include Roger Ebert, Andrew Sarris, Peter Travers, Richard Schickel, Joe Morgenstern, Jonathan Rosenbaum, Armond White, David Denby, Kenneth Turan and Jay Carr, amongst many others.

Films are arranged in alphabetical order. There are also more than 100 films in the list, because some films are grouped together in the original list.

  • 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • 42nd Street
  • The 400 Blows
  • All About Eve
  • Annie Hall
  • Ashes and Diamonds
  • L'Atalante
  • The Bank Dick
  • Battleship Potemkin
  • The Birth of a Nation
  • Blow-Up
  • Bonnie and Clyde
  • Breathless
  • Bringing Up Baby
  • Casablanca
  • The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith
  • Children of Paradise
  • Chinatown
  • Citizen Kane
  • Close Encounters of the Third Kind
  • Closely Watched Trains
  • Close-Up
  • Dance, Girl, Dance
  • Dekalog
  • Diary of a Country Priest
  • Diner
  • Do the Right Thing
  • La Dolce Vita
  • Double Indemnity
  • Duck Soup
  • Easy Rider
  • Enter the Dragon
  • The Entertainer
  • The Exorcist
  • Faces
  • Fargo
  • Frankenstein
  • The Bride of Frankenstein
  • The General
  • The Godfather
  • The Godfather: Part II
  • Gone with the Wind
  • The Gospel According to Matthew
  • The Graduate
  • Greed
  • Happy Together
  • High Noon
  • Invasion of the Body Snatchers
  • Jailhouse Rock
  • Raise the Red Lantern
  • Killer of Sheep
  • L.A. Confidential
  • Landscape in the Mist
  • Lawrence of Arabia
  • M
  • The Maltese Falcon
  • Man with a Movie Camera
  • The Marriage of Maria Braun
  • Metropolis
  • Modern Times
  • Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
  • Nashville
  • The Night of the Hunter
  • Night of the Living Dead
  • Nosferatu
  • The Young and the Damned
  • On the Waterfront
  • Rome, Open City
  • The Palm Beach Story
  • Pandora's Box
  • The Passion of Joan of Arc
  • Pather Panchali
  • Aparajito
  • The World of Apu
  • The Piano
  • Psycho
  • The Public Enemy
  • Pulp Fiction
  • Raging Bull
  • Rashomon
  • Rebel Without a Cause
  • The Rules of the Game
  • Schindler's List
  • The Searchers
  • Seven Samurai
  • The Seventh Seal
  • Singin' in the Rain
  • Star Wars
  • La Strada
  • Nights of Cabiria
  • Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
  • Sunset Boulevard
  • The Thief of Bagdad
  • Tokyo Story
  • Top Hat
  • Touch of Evil
  • Trouble in Paradise
  • Ugetsu
  • Unforgiven
  • Les Vampires