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Don’t Call Yourself A Film Buff Until You’ve Watched These 100 Movies

Movies Don’t Call Yourself A Film Buff Until You’ve Watched These 100 Movies



Many of us turned into movie fans from a young age, but there’s a difference between watching films and understanding art. We spend years watching the same kind of cinema and never watch anything memorable that will expand our tastes. This could lead us to ignore some of the prized jewels that have been made through this audiovisual experience in the past years.

The Cultura Colectiva+ team has compiled a list of the films they feel are important to start understanding film on a world scale. Some of the directors on this list have more than just one great film. There are films that might be missing from this list that are considered some of greatest. However, they don’t significantly contribute to film history. These are aesthetic, narrative, epic, and even simple. They prove there’s not just one kind of film, vision, or style. In this list you might find some of your favorites. Others, however, can be heavy and, at times, incomprehensible, but are vital to comprehend a context or moment in which cinema shaped the world’s view.

  FILM BUFF ONCE UPON A TIME

 American Beauty (1999) – Sam Mendes 

Incendies (2010) – Denis Villeneuve

Three Colors trilogy (1993) – Krzysztof Kiéslowski

The Tin Drum (1979) – Volker Schölondorff

The 400 Blows (1959) – Francois Truffaut

Citizen Kane (1941) – Orson Welles

The Exorcist (1973) – William Friedkin

Blade Runner (1982) – Ridley Scott

Alien (1979) – Ridley Scott

The Matrix(1999) – The Wachowskis

Interstellar (2014) – Christopher Nolan

Princess Mononoke (1997) – Hayao Miyazaki 

My Own Private Idaho(1991) – Gus Van Sant

Cinema Paradiso (1988) – Giuseppe Tornatore

Casablanca (1942) – Michael Curtiz 


FILM BUFF PERSEPOLIS

Amores Perros (2000) – Alejandro Gonzáles Iñárritu

City of God (2002) – Fernando Meirelles/Kátia Lund

Gone with the Wind (1941) – Victor Fleming

Taxi Driver (1976) – Martin Scorsese

Once Upon a Time in America (1984) – Sergio Leone

Scarface (1983) – Brian De Palma

The Royal Tenenbaums (2001) – Wes Anderson

 Her (2014) – Spike Jonze 

The Master (2012) – Paul Thomas Anderson

I Killed My Mother (2009) – Xavier Dolan
 

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (1966) – Sergio Leone

No Country for Old Men (2007) – Brothers Coen

The Last Temptation of Christ (1988) – Martin Scorsese

The Blue Kite (1993) – Tian Zhuangzhuang

Persepolis (2007) – Marjane Satrapi/ Vincent Paronnaud

FILM BUFF ETERNAL SUNSHINE

M (1931) – Fritz Lang

Dogville (2003)  – Lars von Trier

Jaws (1975) – Steven Spielberg

The Star Wars Trilogy (1977) – George Lucas

The Color Purple (1985) – Steven Spielberg

Life of Brian (1979) – Terry Jones

The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) – Jim Sharman

Saturday Night Fever (1977) – John Baham

Rocky (1976) – John G. Avildsen

Spaceballs (1987) – Mel Brooks

Back to the Future I & II (1985) – Robert Zemeckis


FILM BUFF SPACE BALLS



Let The Right One In (2008) – Tomas Alfredson

The Piano Teacher (2001) – Michael Haneke 

The Lives of Others (2007) – Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck 

 Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) – Steven Spielberg 

Irreversible (2002) – Gaspar Noé

Adaptation (2002) – Spike Jonze 

Synecdoche, New York (2009) – Charlie Kaufman

FILM BUFF PIANIST

Suspiria (1977) – Dario Argento

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004) – Michel Gondry

Alice in Wonderland (1951) – Clyde Geromini/ Hamilton Luske

Japón (2003) – Carlos Reygadas

Last Tango in Paris (1972) – Bernardo Bertolucci 

Akira (1988) – Katsuhiro Otomo

Seven Samurai (1954) – Akira Kurosawa

On the Waterfront (1954) – Elia Kazan

Apocalypse Now (1979) – Francis Ford Coppola

The Godfather I & II (1972) – Francis Ford Coppola

The Great Beauty (2013) – Paolo Sorrentino

The Bycicle Thief (1948) Vittorio de Sica

Wall-E (2008) – Andrew Santon

A Trip To The Moon (1902) – Georgés Méliés 

Un Chien Andalou (1929) – Luis Buñuel/Salvador Dalí

The Exterminating Angel (1966) – Luis Buñuel

Y tu Mamá También (2001) – Alfonso Cuarón

The Triplets of Belleville (2003) – Sylvain Chomet

Donnie Darko (2001) – Richard Kelly

Onibaba (1964) – Kaneto Shindo

Magnolia (2000) – Paul Thomas Anderson

FILM BUFF BICYCLE THIEF

Reservoir Dogs (1992) – Quentin Tarantino

Breathless (1960) – Jean-Luc Godard

Raging Bull (1980) – Martin Scorsese

Nanook of the North (1921) – Robert J. Flaherty

Metropolis (1927) – Fritz Lang

The Birth of a Nation (1915) – W.D. Griffith

Rebecca (1940) – Alfred Hitchcock 

Hunger (2008) – Steve McQueen

Los Olvidados (1950) – Luis Buñuel

The Bricklayers (1976) – Jorge Fons

Cronos (1992) – Guillermo del Toro

Days of Heaven (1978)  -Terrence Mallick

FILM BUFF CRONOS

Knife In The Water (1962) – Roman Polanski

Z (1969) – Costa-Gavras

Paris, Texas (1984) – Wim Wenders

Orlando (1993) – Sally Potter

Fitzcarraldo (1982) – Werner Herzog

Aguirre, The Wrath Of God (1972) – Werner Herzog

Paintings from the Chauvet Cave (2012) – Werner Herzog


Pina (2011) – Wim Wenders

In the Mood for Love (2000) – Wong Kar-Wai  

This list contains the best screenplays, performances, special effects, historical representations, and more. It’s not definitive, which is why we ask you to give us your opinions. What films would you add or take off?

Translated by María Suárez 






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