The Must-See 500: The Full List

This will not be a post that you will want to read word for word, start to finish. Despite its length, this will not be a post that tells you much of anything about the films I mention; if I took the time for plot descriptions and comments, I’d be here until January. Besides, I’ll be posting detailed reviews of many of these films as I see them, as I did with In Cold Blood a couple days ago.

What this is, is my list of 500 Must-See Films; a list compiled by comparing a number of various Best Of and Critics’ Choice lists. Is this every great, must-see film ever? Hells no. Do I have much of any reason to justify what got on this list and what didn’t? Beyond personal preference and general consensus, no. Is there any ranking system? No. This is simply a reference tool, a quick guide to the classics of every genre, the most acclaimed, popular, influential and controversial films of all time. The point is, if you have the chance to watch one of these films, you probably should. I use it to further my continued film education; hopefully you’ll use it to get a couple hours of quality entertainment.

One more word, about the modern films: obviously, judging the historical impact of recent films is extremely difficult. It is nearly impossible to say which films will stand the test of time; the ones I have chosen from the 2000’s are, again, tainted somewhat by personal preference, but are also generally those that appeared on the greatest number of Best of the Decade lists.

  1. 3 Women (1977, dir. Robert Altman)
  2. 8 1/2 (1963, Federico Fellini)
  3. 12 Angry Men (1957, Sidney Lumet)
  4. 25th Hour (2002, Spike Lee)
  5. The 39 Steps (1935, Alfred Hitchcock)
  6. 42nd Street (1933, Lloyd Bacon, choreographer Busby Berkeley)
  7. The 400 Blows (1959, François Truffaut)
  8. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968, Stanley Kubrick)
  9. Ace in the Hole (1951, Billy Wilder)
  10. Adam’s Rib (1949, George Cukor)
  11. Adaptation (2002, Spike Jonze)
  12. The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938, Michael Curtiz)
  13. The African Queen (1951, John Huston)
  14. After Dark, My Sweet (1990, James Foley)
  15. After Hours (1985, Martin Scorsese)
  16. The Age of Innocence (1993, Martin Scorsese)
  17. Aguirre, the Wrath of God (1972, Werner Herzog)
  18. Airplane! (1980, Jim Abrahams, David Zucker)
  19. Alexander Nevsky (1938, Sergei Eisenstein)
  20. Alien (1979, Ridley Scott)
  21. Ali: Fear Eats the Soul (1974, Rainer Werner Fassbinder)
  22. All About Eve (1950, Joseph Mankiewicz)
  23. All the King’s Men (1949, Robert Rossen)
  24. All the President’s Men (1976, Alan J. Pakula)
  25. All Quiet on the Western Front (1930, Lewis Milestone)
  26. Amadeus (1984, Milos Forman)
  27. Amarcord (1973, Federico Fellini)
  28. American Beauty (1999, Sam Mendes)
  29. American Graffiti (1973, George Lucas)
  30. An American in Paris (1951, Vincente Minnelli)
  31. Anatomy of a Murder (1959, Otto Preminger)
  32. Andrei Rublev (1966, Andrei Tarkovsky)
  33. Annie Hall (1977, Woody Allen)
  34. The Apartment (1960, Billy Wilder)
  35. Apocalypse Now (1979, Francis Ford Coppola)
  36. The Apu trilogy- Pather Panchali, Aparajito, Apur Sansar (1955, 1956, 1959, Satyajit Ray)
  37. Army of Shadows (1969, Jean-Pierre Melville)
  38. Arsenic and Old Lace (1944, Frank Capra)
  39. The Asphalt Jungle (1950, John Huston)
  40. Atlantic City (1980, Louis Malle)
  41. Au Hasard Balthazar (1966, Robert Bresson)
  42. Au Revoir, les Enfants (1987, Louis Malle)
  43. The Awful Truth (1937, Leo McCarey)
  44. Babe (1995, Chris Noonan)
  45. Babette’s Feast (1987, Gabriel Axel)
  46. Back to the Future (1985, Robert Zemeckis)
  47. Badlands (1973, Terrence Malick)
  48. Bambi (1942, Walt Disney)
  49. The Bank Dick (1940, Edward F. Cline)
  50. Baraka (1992, Ron Fricke)
  51. Barry Lyndon (1975, Stanley Kubrick)
  52. The Battle of Algiers (1966, Gillo Pontecorvo)
  53. Battleship Potemkin (1925, Sergei Eisenstein)
  54. Beauty and the Beast (1991, Gary Trousdale, Kirk Wise)
  55. Before Sunrise (1995, Richard Linklater)
  56. Being There (1979, Hal Ashby)
  57. Belle du Jour (1967, Luis Buñuel)
  58. Ben-Hur (1959, William Wyler)
  59. The Best Years of Our Lives (1946, William Wyler)
  60. Bicycle Thieves (1948, Vittorio de Sica)
  61. The Big Heat (1953, Fritz Lang)
  62. The Big Parade (1925, King Vidor)
  63. The Big Sleep (1946, Howard Hawks)
  64. The Birds (1963, Alfred Hitchcock)
  65. The Birth of a Nation (1915, D.W. Griffith)
  66. Blade Runner (1982, Ridley Scott)
  67. Blazing Saddles (1974, Mel Brooks)
  68. Blowup (1966, Michelangelo Antonioni)
  69. Blue Velvet (1986, David Lynch)
  70. Bob le Flambeur (1956, Jean-Pierre Melville)
  71. Body Heat (1981, Lawrence Kasdan)
  72. Bonnie and Clyde (1967, Arthur Penn)
  73. Boyz n the Hood (1991, John Singleton)
  74. Brazil (1985, Terry Gilliam)
  75. Breathless (1960, Jean-Luc Godard)
  76. Bride of Frankenstein (1935, James Whale)
  77. The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957, David Lean)
  78. Brief Encounter (1945, David Lean)
  79. Bringing Up Baby (1938, Howard Hawks)
  80. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia (1974, Sam Peckinpah)
  81. Broken Blossoms (1919, D.W. Griffith)
  82. Bullitt (1968, Peter Yates)
  83. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969, George Roy Hill)
  84. Cabaret (1972, Bob Fosse)
  85. The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920, Robert Wiene)
  86. Cabiria (1914, Giovanni Pastrone)
  87. Caché (2005, Michael Haneke)
  88. Caddyshack (1980, Harold Ramis)
  89. Camille (1936, George Cukor)
  90. Casablanca (1942, Michael Curtiz)
  91. Cat Ballou (1965, Eliot Silverstein)
  92. Cat People (1942, Jacques Tournear)
  93. Charulata (1964, Satyajit Ray)
  94. Children of Paradise (1945, Marcel Carné)
  95. Chimes at Midnight (1965, Orson Welles)
  96. Chinatown (1974, Roman Polanski)
  97. Citizen Kane (1941, Orson Welles)
  98. City of God (2002, Fernando Meirelles)
  99. City Lights (1931, Charlie Chaplin)
  100. Cleo From 5 to 7 (1962, Agnes Varda)
  101. A Clockwork Orange (1971, Stanley Kubrick)
  102. Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977, Steven Spielberg)
  103. Coming Home (1978, Hal Ashby)
  104. The Conversation (1974, Francis Ford Coppola)
  105. Cool Hand Luke (1967, Stuart Rosenberg)
  106. Cries and Whispers (1972, Ingmar Bergman)
  107. Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989, Woody Allen)
  108. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000, Ang Lee)
  109. The Crowd (1928, King Vidor)
  110. Crumb (1994, Terry Zwigoff)
  111. The Crying Game (1992, Neil Jordan)
  112. Dancer in the Dark (2000, Lars von Trier)
  113. Dark City (1998, Alex Proyas)
  114. Daughters of the Dust (1991, Julie Dash)
  115. The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951, Robert Wise)
  116. Day for Night (1973, François Truffaut)
  117. Days of Heaven (1978, Terrence Malick)
  118. The Dead (1987, John Huston)
  119. The Decalogue (1989, Krzysztof Kieslowski)
  120. The Deer Hunter (1978, Michael Cimino)
  121. Deliverance (1972, John Boorman)
  122. Detour (1945, Edgar Ulmer)
  123. Dial M for Murder (1954, Alfred Hitchcock)
  124. Die Hard (1988, John McTiernan)
  125. Dirty Harry (1971, Don Siegel)
  126. The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972, Luis Buñuel)
  127. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007, Julian Schnabel)
  128. Don’t Look Back (1967, D.A. Pennebaker)
  129. Don’t Look Now (1973, Nicolas Roeg)
  130. Do the Right Thing (1989, Spike Lee)
  131. Dog Day Afternoon (1975, Sidney Lumet)
  132. Double Indemnity (1944, Billy Wilder)
  133. Dracula (1931, Tod Browning)
  134. Dreams (1990, Akira Kurosawa)
  135. Dr. Strangelove, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964, Stanley Kubrick)
  136. Dr. Zhivago (1965, David Lean)
  137. Duck Soup (1933, Leo McCarey)
  138. E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (1982, Steven Spielberg)
  139. The Earrings of Madame De… (1953, Max Ophüls)
  140. East of Eden (1955, Elia Kazan)
  141. Easy Rider (1969, Dennis Hopper)
  142. Enter the Dragon (1973, Robert Clouse)
  143. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004, Michel Gondry)
  144. The Exorcist (1973, William Friedkin)
  145. The Exterminating Angel (1962, Luis Buñuel)
  146. Fanny and Alexander (1982, Ingmar Bergman)
  147. Fantasia (1940, Walt Disney)
  148. Fargo (1996, Joel Coen)
  149. Faust (1926, F.W. Murnau)
  150. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986, John Hughes)
  151. A Few Good Men (1992, Rob Reiner)
  152. Field of Dreams (1989, Phil Alden Robinson)
  153. Fight Club (1999, David Fincher)
  154. A Fish Called Wanda (1988, Charles Crichton)
  155. Fitzcarraldo (1982, Werner Herzog)
  156. Five Easy Pieces (1970, Bob Rafelson)
  157. Floating Weeds (1959, Yasujiro Ozu)
  158. Forbidden Games (1952, René Clement)
  159. Forrest Gump (1994, Robert Zemeckis)
  160. Freaks (1932, Tod Browning)
  161. The French Connection (1971, William Friedkin)
  162. From Here to Eternity (1953, Fred Zinnemann)
  163. Full Metal Jacket (1987, Stanley Kubrick)
  164. Gates of Heaven (1978, Errol Morris)
  165. The General (1926, Buster Keaton)
  166. Gimme Shelter (1970, Albert and David Maysles)
  167. The Godfather (1972, Francis Ford Coppola)
  168. The Godfather, Part II (1974, Francis Ford Coppola)
  169. Goldfinger (1964, Guy Hamilton)
  170. The Gold Rush (1925, Charlie Chaplin)
  171. The Good, The Bad and the Ugly (1966, Sergio Leone)
  172. Gone with the Wind (1939, Victor Fleming)
  173. GoodFellas (1990, Martin Scorsese)
  174. The Gospel According to St. Matthew (1964, Pier Pasolini)
  175. The Graduate (1967, Mike Nichols)
  176. Grand Illusion (1937, Jean Renoir)
  177. The Grapes of Wrath (1940, John Ford)
  178. Grave of the Fireflies (1988, Isao Takahata)
  179. The Great Dictator (1940, Charlie Chaplin)
  180. Great Expectations (1946, David Lean)
  181. Greed (1924, Erich von Stroheim)
  182. Groundhog Day (1993, Harold Ramis)
  183. Gun Crazy (1950, Joseph Lewis)
  184. Halloween (1978, John Carpenter)
  185. Hannah and Her Sisters (1986, Woody Allen)
  186. Harakiri (1962, Masaki Kobayashi)
  187. A Hard Day’s Night (1964, Richard Lester)
  188. Harold and Maude (1971, Hal Ashby)
  189. Harvey (1950, Henry Koster)
  190. Henry V (1944, Laurence Olivier)
  191. High Noon (1952, Fred Zinnemann)
  192. Hiroshima, Mon Amour (1959, Alain Resnais)
  193. His Girl Friday (1940, Howard Hawks)
  194. Hoop Dreams (1994, Steve James)
  195. House of Games (1987, David Mamet)
  196. How Green Was My Valley (1941, John Ford)
  197. The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939, William Dieterle)
  198. The Hustler (1961, Robert Rossen)
  199. I Am a Fugitive From a Chain Gang (1932, Mervyn LeRoy)
  200. Ikiru (1952, Akira Kurosawa)
  201. In Cold Blood (1967, Richard Brooks)
  202. In the Heat of the Night (1967, Norman Jewison)
  203. Inherit the Wind (1960, Stanley Kramer)
  204. In a Lonely Place (1950, Nicholas Ray)
  205. In the Mood for Love (2000, Wong Kar-Wai)
  206. Intolerance (1916, D.W. Griffith)
  207. Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956, Don Siegel)
  208. The Ipcress File (1965, Sidney Furie)
  209. It Happened One Night (1934, Frank Capra)
  210. It’s a Wonderful Life (1946, Frank Capra)
  211. Jaws (1975, Steven Spielberg)
  212. The Jazz Singer (1927, Alan Crosland)
  213. JFK (1991, Oliver Stone)
  214. Johnny Guitar (1954, Nicholas Ray)
  215. Jules and Jim (1962, François Truffaut)
  216. The Killers (1946, Robert Siodmak)
  217. Killer of Sheep (1977, Charles Burnett)
  218. Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949, Robert Hamer)
  219. The King of Comedy (1982, Martin Scorsese)
  220. King Kong (1933, Merian C. Cooper)
  221. Kiss Me Deadly (1955, Robert Aldrich)
  222. Kramer vs. Kramer (1979, Robert Benton)
  223. Kwaidan (1964, Masaki Kobayashi)
  224. L.A. Confidential (1997, Curtis Hanson)
  225. La Dolce Vita (1960, Federico Fellini)
  226. The Lady Eve (1941, Preston Sturges)
  227. The Lady from Shanghai (1947, Orson Welles)
  228. The Last Emperor (1987, Bernardo Bertolucci)
  229. The Last Laugh (1924, F.W. Murnau)
  230. The Last Picture Show (1971, Peter Bogdanovich)
  231. La Strada (1954, Federico Fellini)
  232. Last Tango in Paris (1972, Bernardo Bertolucci)
  233. The Last Temptation of Christ (1988, Martin Scorsese)
  234. Last Year at Marienbad (1961, Alain Resnais)
  235. L’Atlante (1934, Jean Vigo)
  236. L’Avventura (1960, Michelangelo Antonioni)
  237. Laura (1944, Otto Preminger)
  238. Lawrence of Arabia (1962, David Lean)
  239. Leaving Las Vegas (1995, Mike Figgis)
  240. Le Boucher (1970, Claude Chabrol)
  241. Le Samourai (1967, Jean-Pierre Melville)
  242. Leolo (1992, Jean-Claude Lauzon)
  243. Leon Morin, Priest (1961, Jean-Pierre Melville)
  244. The Leopard (1963, Luchino Visconti)
  245. Letter From an Unknown Woman (1948, Max Ophüls)
  246. The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943, Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger)
  247. The Lion in Winter (1968, Anthony Harvey)
  248. Little Caesar (1931, Mervyn LeRoy)
  249. The Little Foxes (1941, William Wyler)
  250. The Lives of Others (2006, Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck)
  251. Lolita (1962, Stanley Kubrick)
  252. Long Day’s Journey into Night (1962, Sidney Lumet)
  253. The Long Goodbye (1973, Robert Altman)
  254. The Lord of the Rings – The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, The Return of the King (2001, 2002, 2003, Peter Jackson)
  255. Lost in Translation (2003, Sofia Coppola)
  256. The Lost Weekend (1945, Billy Wilder)
  257. M (1931, Fritz Lang)
  258. M*A*S*H (1970, Robert Altman)
  259. The Magnificent Ambersons (1942, Orson Welles)
  260. Magnolia (1999, Paul Thomas Anderson)
  261. The Maltese Falcon (1941, John Huston)
  262. The Manchurian Candidate (1962, John Frankenheimer)
  263. A Man For All Seasons (1966, Fred Zinnemann)
  264. The Man Who Laughs (1928, Paul Leni)
  265. The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962, John Ford)
  266. The Man Who Would Be King (1975, John Huston)
  267. Man with a Movie Camera (1929, Dziga Vertov)
  268. Manhattan (1979, Woody Allen)
  269. The Marriage of Maria Braun (1979, Rainer Werner Fassbinder)
  270. Marty (1955, Delbert Mann)
  271. Mary Poppins (1964, Robert Stevenson)
  272. The Matrix (1999, Andy and Lana Wachowski)
  273. McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971, Robert Altman)
  274. Mean Streets (1973, Martin Scorsese)
  275. Medium Cool (1969, Haskell Wexler)
  276. Meet Me in St. Louis (1944, Vicente Minnelli)
  277. Mephisto (1981, István Szabó)
  278. Metropolis (1927, Fritz Lang)
  279. Me and You and Everyone We Know (2005, Miranda July)
  280. Midnight Cowboy (1969, John Schlesinger)
  281. Mildred Pierce (1945, Michael Curtiz)
  282. Miracle on 34th Street (1947, George Seaton)
  283. Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters (1985, Paul Schrader)
  284. Modern Times (1936, Charlie Chaplin)
  285. Mon Oncle Antoine (1971, Claude Jutra)
  286. Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975, Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones)
  287. Moonstruck (1987, Norman Jewison)
  288. Moulin Rouge! (2001, Baz Luhrmann)
  289. Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936, Frank Capra)
  290. Mr. Hulot’s Holiday (1953, Jacques Tati)
  291. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939, Frank Capra)
  292. Mulholland Dr. (2001, David Lynch)
  293. The Music Room (1958, Satyajit Ray)
  294. Mutiny on the Bounty (1935, Frank Lloyd)
  295. My Darling Clementine (1946, John Ford)
  296. My Dinner with Andre (1981, Louis Malle)
  297. My Fair Lady (1964, George Cukor)
  298. My Man Godfrey (1936, Gregory La Cava)
  299. My Neighbor Totoro (1988, Hayao Miyazaki)
  300. My Night at Maude’s (1969, Eric Rohmer)
  301. Nanook of the North (1922, Robert Flaherty)
  302. Napoleon (1927, Abel Gance)
  303. Nashville (1975, Robert Altman)
  304. The Navigator (1924, Buster Keaton)
  305. Network (1976, Sidney Lumet)
  306. Nights of Cabiria (1957, Federico Fellini)
  307. The Night of the Hunter (1955, Charles Laughton)
  308. The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993, Henry Selick)
  309. A Night at the Opera (1935, Sam Wood)
  310. Night of the Living Dead (1968, George A. Romero)
  311. Ninotchka (1939, Ernst Lubitsch)
  312. No Country for Old Men (2007, Joel and Ethan Coen)
  313. North by Northwest (1959, Alfred Hitchcock)
  314. Nosferatu (1922, F.W. Murnau)
  315. Notorious (1946, Alfred Hitchcock)
  316. Now, Voyager (1942, Irving Rapper)
  317. On the Waterfront (1954, Elia Kazan)
  318. Once Upon a Time in the West (1968, Sergio Leone)
  319. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975, Milos Forman)
  320. Ordet (1955, Carl Theodor Dreyer)
  321. Ordinary People (1980, Robert Redford)
  322. Orpheus (1950, Jean Cocteau)
  323. Out of the Past (1947, Jacques Tournear)
  324. The Ox-Bow Incident (1943, William Wellman)
  325. The Palm Beach Story (1942, Preston Sturges)
  326. Pandora’s Box (1929, G.W. Pabst)
  327. Pan’s Labyrinth (2006, Guillermo del Toro)
  328. Paris, Texas (1984, Wim Wenders)
  329. The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928, Carl Theodor Dreyer)
  330. Paths of Glory (1957, Stanley Kubrick)
  331. Patton (1970, Franklin J. Scheffner)
  332. The Pawnbroker (1964, Sidney Lumet)
  333. Peeping Tom (1960, Michael Powell)
  334. Persona (1966, Ingmar Bergman)
  335. The Phantom of the Opera (1925, Rupert Julian)
  336. The Philadelphia Story (1940, George Cukor)
  337. The Piano (1993, Jane Campion)
  338. Pickpocket (1959, Robert Bresson)
  339. Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975, Peter Weir)
  340. Pink Flamingos (1972, John Waters)
  341. Pinocchio (1940, Walt Disney)
  342. A Place in the Sun (1951, George Stevens)
  343. Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987, John Hughes)
  344. Planet of the Apes (1968, Franklin J. Scheffner)
  345. Platoon (1986, Oliver Stone)
  346. The Player (1992, Robert Altman)
  347. Playtime (1967, Jacques Tati)
  348. Poltergeist (1982, Tobe Hooper)
  349. The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946, Tay Garnett)
  350. The Pride of the Yankees (1942, Sam Wood)
  351. The Producers (1968, Mel Brooks)
  352. Psycho (1960, Alfred Hitchcock)
  353. The Public Enemy (1931, William Wellman)
  354. Pulp Fiction (1994, Quentin Tarantino)
  355. The Quiet Man (1952, John Ford)
  356. Raging Bull (1980, Martin Scorsese)
  357. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981, Steven Spielberg)
  358. Raise the Red Lantern (1991, Yimou Zhang)
  359. Ran (1985, Alfred Hitchcock)
  360. Rashomon (1950, Akira Kurosawa)
  361. Rear Window (1954, Alfred Hitchcock)
  362. Rebecca (1940, Alfred Hitchcock)
  363. Rebel Without a Cause (1955, Nicholas Ray)
  364. Red River (1948, Howard Hawks)
  365. Reds (1981, Warren Beatty)
  366. The Red Shoes (1948, Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger)
  367. Repulsion (1965, Roman Polanski)
  368. Reservoir Dogs (1992, Quentin Tarantino)
  369. Rififi (1951, Jules Dassin)
  370. The Right Stuff (1983, Philip Kaufman)
  371. Rio Bravo (1959, Howard Hawks)
  372. Ripley’s Game (2002, Liliana Cavani)
  373. The River (1984, Jean Renoir)
  374. Rocco and His Brothers (1960, Luchino Visconti)
  375. Rocky (1976, John G. Avildsen)
  376. The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975, Jim Sharman)
  377. Roman Holiday (1953, William Wyler)
  378. Rome, Open City (1945, Roberto Rosselini)
  379. Rosemary’s Baby (1968, Roman Polanski)
  380. The Rules of the Game (1939, Jean Renoir)
  381. Safety Last (1923, Fred Newmeyer)
  382. Samurai Rebellion (1967, Masaki Kobayashi)
  383. Sansho the Bailiff (1954, Kenji Mizoguchi)
  384. Sans Soleil (1983, Chris Marker)
  385. Santa Sangre (1989, Alejandro Jodorowsky)
  386. Say Anything (1989, Cameron Crowe)
  387. Saturday Night Fever (1977, John Badham)
  388. Saving Private Ryan (1998, Steven Spielberg)
  389. Scarface (1983, Brian de Palma)
  390. Scarface: The Shame of a Nation (1932, Howard Hawks)
  391. The Scarlet Empress (1934, Josef von Sternberg)
  392. Schindler’s List (1993, Steven Spielberg)
  393. The Searchers (1956, John Ford)
  394. Secrets & Lies (1996, Mike Leigh)
  395. Seven Beauties (Lina Wertmüller)
  396. The Seven Samurai (1954, Akira Kurosawa)
  397. The Seventh Seal (1957, Ingmar Bergman)
  398. Shadow of a Doubt (1943, Alfred Hitchcock)
  399. Shadows (1959, John Cassavetes)
  400. Shane (1953, George Stevens)
  401. The Shawshank Redemption (1994, Frank Darabont)
  402. She Done Him Wrong (1933, Lowell Sherman)
  403. Sherlock Jr. (1924, Buster Keaton)
  404. The Shining (1980, Stanley Kubrick)
  405. The Silence (1963, Ingmar Bergman)
  406. The Silence of the Lambs (1991, Jonathan Demme)
  407. Singin’ In the Rain (1952, Stanley Donan)
  408. The Sixth Sense (1999, M. Night Shyamalan)
  409. Snow White and the Seven Dwarves (1937, Walt Disney)
  410. Solaris (1972, Andrei Tarkovsky)
  411. Some Like It Hot (1959, Billy Wilder)
  412. Sons of the Desert (1933, William Seiter)
  413. Sophie’s Choice (1982, Alan J. Pakula)
  414. The Sorrow and the Pity (1969, Marcel Ophüls)
  415. The Sound of Music (1965, Robert Wise)
  416. Spartacus (1960, Stanley Kubrick)
  417. The Spider’s Stratagem (1970, Bernardo Bertolucci)
  418. Spirited Away (2001, Hayao Miyazaki)
  419. Splendor in the Grass (1961, Elia Kazan)
  420. Stagecoach (1939, John Ford)
  421. A Star Is Born (1954, George Cukor)
  422. Star Wars (1977, George Lucas)
  423. Strangers on a Train (1951, Alfred Hitchcock)
  424. Straw Dogs (1971, Sam Peckinpah)
  425. A Streetcar Named Desire (1951, Elia Kazan)
  426. Stroszek (1977, Werner Herzog)
  427. Sullivan’s Travels (1941, Preston Sturges)
  428. Sunrise (1927, F.W. Murnau)
  429. Sunset Blvd. (1950, Billy Wilder)
  430. Sweet Smell of Success (1957, Alexander Mackendrick)
  431. Swing Time (1936, George Stevens)
  432. A Tale of Winter (1992, Eric Rohmer)
  433. Talk to Her (2002, Pedro Almodóvar)
  434. Taxi Driver (1976, Martin Scorsese)
  435. The Ten Commandments (1956, Cecil B. DeMille)
  436. Tender Mercies (1983, Bruce Beresford)
  437. Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991, James Cameron)
  438. Thelma and Louise (1991, Ridley Scott)
  439. There Will Be Blood (2007, Paul Thomas Anderson)
  440. The Thief of Baghdad (1924, Raoul Walsh)
  441. The Thing (1982, John Carpenter)
  442. The Thin Man (1934, W.S. Van Dyke)
  443. The Thin Red Line (1998, Terrence Malick)
  444. The Third Man (1949, Carol Reed)
  445. This Is Spinal Tap (1984, Rob Reiner)
  446. Three Colors trilogy – Blue, Red, White (1993, 1994, 1994, Krzysztof Kieslowski)
  447. Through a Glass Darkly (1961, Ingmar Bergman)
  448. Titanic (1997, James Cameron)
  449. Titicut Follies (1967, Robert Wiseman)
  450. To Be or Not To Be (1942, Ernst Lubitsch)
  451. To Have and Have Not (1944, Howard Hawks)
  452. To Kill a Mockingbird (1962, Robert Mulligan)
  453. Tokyo Story (1953, Yasujiro Ozu)
  454. Tootsie (1982, Sydney Pollack)
  455. Touch of Evil (1958, Orson Welles)
  456. Touches Pas au Grisbi (1954, Jacques Becker)
  457. Top Hat (1935, Mark Sandrich)
  458. Toy Story (1995, John Lasseter)
  459. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948, John Huston)
  460. The Triumph of the Will (1935, Leni Riefenstahl)
  461. Trouble in Paradise (1932, Ernst Lubitsch)
  462. Umberto D. (1952, Vittorio de Sica)
  463. Un Chien Andalou (1929, Luis Buñuel)
  464. United 93 (2006, Paul Greengrass)
  465. Ugetsu (1953, Kenji Mizoguchi)
  466. Unforgiven (1992, Clint Eastwood)
  467. the Up documentaries (every 7 years since 1964, ongoing, Michael Apted)
  468. The Usual Suspects (1995, Bryan Singer)
  469. Vertigo (1958, Alfred Hitchcock)
  470. Videodrome (1983, David Cronenberg)
  471. Walkabout (1971, Nicolas Roeg)
  472. Wall Street (1987, Oliver Stone)
  473. Waking Life (2001, Richard Linklater)
  474. Weekend (1967, Jean-Luc Godard)
  475. Werckmeister Harmonies (2000, Béla Tarr)
  476. West Side Story (1961, Robert Wise)
  477. Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962, Robert Aldrich)
  478. When Harry Met Sally (1989, Rob Reiner)
  479. White Heat (1949, Raoul Walsh)
  480. Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966, Mike Nichols)
  481. Who Framed Roger Rabbit? (1988, Robert Zemeckis)
  482. The Wild Bunch (1969, Sam Peckinpah)
  483. Winchester ’73 (1950, Anthony Mann)
  484. The Wind (1928, Victor Sjöström)
  485. Wings of Desire (1987, Wim Wenders)
  486. Winter Light (1963, Ingmar Bergman)
  487. Withnail & I (1987, Bruce Robinson)
  488. Witness for the Prosecution (1957, Billy Wilder)
  489. Woman in the Dunes (1964, Hiroshi Teshigahara)
  490. A Woman Under the Influence (1974, John Cassavetes)
  491. The Wizard of Oz (1939, Victor Fleming)
  492. Woodstock (1970, Michael Wadleigh)
  493. Written on the Wind (1956, Douglas Sirk)
  494. Wuthering Heights (1939, William Wyler)
  495. Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942, Michael Curtiz)
  496. Yellow Submarine (1968, George Dunning)
  497. Yi Yi (2000, Edward Yang)
  498. Yojimbo (1961, Akira Kurosawa)
  499. Young Frankenstein (1974, Mel Brooks)
  500. Y Tu Mamá También (2001, Alfonso Cuarón)

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6 responses to “The Must-See 500: The Full List

  1. Elaine

    Because I have absolutely no life!

    And I kind of want to print it out and check how many I’ve seen.. I may do this now… I’ll keep you posted.

  2. Elaine

    I counted. 84.

    So many to go! I’ll try to get 100 before the end of the summer?

  3. Elaine

    Wait, 85!

    (Sorry for spamming you.)

  4. Florian

    Oh wow I did TERRIBLY at this–126. I need to take more time to watch all these films!
    a) SO happy to see Bergman get his due! 🙂
    b) Am also really glad to see “There Will Be Blood” on there, as that’s my favorite movie of the past eleven years
    c) YOU ARE A CRAZY/AMAZING CINEMA FIEND, IT SHOULD NOT BE HUMANLY POSSIBLE TO HAVE WATCHED SO MUCH BEFORE THE AGE OF 40

  5. lol, Florian, you realize that I haven’t actually seen all of these either, right? I just compiled this as a sort of priority list of what I need to watch to become a critic. I’m still “only” at 230.

  6. Phil

    i just found this (while procrastinating writing grad school essays, obviously). i’m at 210. which means you have officially surpassed me, as if we didn’t know that already.

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