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111 Films of Cinematic Genius

111 Films of Cinematic Genius (For the period 1895-2023)

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111. Diary of a Country Priest (1951) Robert Bresson (France) Spiritual Drama
110. Salt for Svanetia (1930) Mikhail Kalatozov (Georgia/Soviet) Poetic Ethnographic Documentary
109. The City Without Jews (Die Stadt Ohne Jude) (1924) Hans Karl Breslauer (Austria) Political Drama
108. Ikuru (To Live) (1952) Akira Kurosawa (Japan) Socio-Psychological Drama
107. Confucius (2010) Hu Mei (China) Epic Historical Period Drama
106. Gate of Hell (1953) Teinosuke Kinugasa (Japan) Historical Period Drama/Romance
105. L’Armée des Ombres (Army of Shadows)(1969) Jean-Pierre Melville (France) War Drama
104. Nazarin (1959) Luis Buñuel (Spain/Mexico) Spiritual Drama
103. Sult (Hunger) (1966) Hennig Carlsen (Denmark) Socio-Psychological Drama
102. Sin (Il peccato) (2019) Andrei Konchalovsky (Russia) Historical Biographical Period Drama
101. First Man (2018) Damien Chazelle (USA) Historical Biographical Space Drama
100. Platoon (1986) Oliver Stone (USA) War Drama
99. Taxi Driver (1976) Martin Scorsese (USA) Psycho-Social Drama
98. Psycho (1960) Alfred Hitchcock (Britain) Film Noir Psychological Thriller
97. Macbeth (1971) Roman Polanski (Poland) Shakespearean Drama
96. The Cabinet of Dr Caligari (1920) Robert Wiener (Germany) Psychological Horror Drama
95. Pool of London (1951) Basil Dearden (Britain) Film Noir Crime Drama
94. Repulsion (1965) Roman Polanski (Poland) Surrealistic Horror/ Psychological Drama
93. Intolerance (1916) D.W. Griffith (USA) Epic Drama
92. The Naked Island (1960) Kaneto Shindo (Japan) Pastoral Drama
91. The 400 Blows (Les 400 coups) (1959) Francois Truffaut (France) Coming-of-Age Drama
90. Germany Year Zero (1948) Roberto Rossellini (Italy) Post-War Social Drama
89. M (1931) Fritz Lang (Germany) Film Noir Crime Thriller
88. La Notte (The Night) (1961) Michelangelo Antonioni (Italy) Social Drama/Romance
87. Aguirre, the Wrath of God (1972) Werner Herzog (Germany) Allegorical Historical Drama
86. Birdman of Alcatraz (1962) John Frankenheimer (USA) Prison Drama
85. Two Women (1960) (La Ciociara aka “The Woman from Ciociaria”) Vittorio De Sica (Italy) War drama
84. Rocking Horse Winner (1949) Anthony Pelissier (Britain) Film Noir Social Drama
83. Dances with Wolves (1990) Kevin Costner (USA) Western
82. The Deer Hunter (1978) Michael Cimino (USA) War Drama/Romance
81. East of Eden (1955) Elia Kazan (USA) Socio-Psychological Drama
80. Wild Strawberries (1957) Ingmar Bergman (Sweden) Socio-Psychological Drama
79. The Train (1964) John Frankenheimer (USA-France) War Drama
78. The Bicycle Thieves (1948) Vittorio De Sica (Italy) Neo Realism Drama
77. Fear Eats the Soul (Angst essen Seele auf) (1974) Rainer Werner Fassbinder (Germany) Satirical Social Drama/Romance
76. Yellow Sky (1948) William A. Wellman (USA) Western
75. Devi (The Goddess) (1960) Satyajit Ray (India) Satirical Social Drama
74. Three Colours: Blue (Trois couleurs: Bleu) (1994) Krzysztof Kieslowski (Poland) Psychological Drama
73. The Sound of Music (1965) Robert Wise (USA) Musical Drama
72. The End of Summer (1961) Yasujirō Ozu (Japan) Social Drama
71. Quand Tu Liras Cette Lettre (When You Read This Letter)(1953) Jean-Pierre Melville (France) Film Noir Drama
70. Breaking Point (1950) Michael Curtiz (Hungary/USA) Crime Film Noir
69. High Noon (1952) Fred Zinneman (Austria/USA) Western
68. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1945) Elia Kazan (USA) Social Drama
67. The Ascent (1977) Larisa Shepitko (Ukraine/Soviet) War Drama
66. Tokyo Story (1953) Yasujiro Ozu (Japan) Social Drama
65. No Regrets for our Youth (1946) Akira Kurosawa Political Drama
64. Sansho the Bailiff (1954) Kenji Mizoguchi (Japan) Historical Period Drama
63. Black Narcissus (1947) Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger (Britain) Psycho-Social Drama/Fable
62. Khartoum (1966) Basil Dearden (Britain) Historical Drama
61. The End of St Petersburg (1927) Vsevolod Pudovkin (Russia) Political Drama
60. The Hands of Orlac (1924) Robert Weine (Austria) Science Fiction Horror/Romance
59. I am Cuba (1964) Mikhail Kalatozov (Georgia/Soviet) Poetic Political Drama
58. Lawrence of Arabia (1962) David Lean (Britain) Historical Drama
57. On the Waterfront (1954) Elia Kazan (USA) Socio-Political Drama/Film Noir
56. Charulata (“The Lonely Wife”) (1964) Satyajit Ray (India) Social Drama/Romance
55. The Spirit of St Louis (1957) Billy Wilder (USA) Historical Aviation Drama
54. Brief Encounter (1945) David Lean (Britain) Romance Drama
53. Ran (1985) Akira Kurosawa (Japan) Shakespearean period drama/tragedy
52. Earth (1930) Alexander Dovzhenko (Ukraine/Russia) (1894-1956) Social Drama
51. Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970) Richard Fleischer (USA) War Drama
50. Tokyo Twilight (1957) Yasujirō Ozu Social Drama
49. Manon (1949) Henri-Georges Clouzot (France) Romance Drama
48. Le Amiche (The Girlfriends) (1955) Michelangelo Antonioni (Italy) Social Drama
47. Andrei Rublev (1966) Andrei Tarkovsky (Russia) Historical Drama
46. The Elephant Man (1980) David Lynch (USA) Biographical Social Drama
45. Procès de Jeanne d’Arc (The Trial of Joan of Arc) (1962) Robert Bresson (France) Historical Drama
44. Vivre Sa Vie (My Life to Live) (1962) Jean-Luc Godard (France) Social Drama
43.This Sporting Life (1963) Lindsay Anderson (Britain) Film Noir Social Drama/Romance
42. Cairo Station (1958) Yousef Chahine (Egypt) Social Drama
41. Duel at Ganryu Island (1956) Hiroshi Inagaki (Japan) Historical Samurai Drama
40. Seven Samurai (1954) Akira Kurosawa (Japan) Samurai Drama
39. Hiroshima Mon Amour (1959) Alain Resnais (France) Social Drama/Romance/Arthouse
38. Rashomon (1950) Akira Kurosawa (Japan) Period Drama
37. Au Hasard Balthazar (1966) Robert Bresson (France) Drama/crime/allegory
36. The Burmese Harp (Biruma no tategoto) (1956) Kon Ichikawa (Japan) War Drama
35. Stalker (1979) Andrei Tarkovsky (Russia) Science Fiction/Apocalypse
34. La Strada (The Road) (1954) Frederico Fellini (Italy) Road Movie/Social Drama
33. Mother (1926) Vsevolod Pudovkin (Russia) Social Drama
32. Kameradschaft (Comradeship) (1931) G.W. Pabst (Austria) Disaster Drama
31. Effi Briest (1974) Rainer Werner Fassbinder (Germany) Period Drama/Romance
30. Battleship Potemkin (1925) Sergei Eisenstein (Russia) Political Drama
29. High and Low (1963) Akira Kurosawa (Japan) Crime and Detective Drama
28. The Pianist (2002) Roman Polanski (Poland) War Drama
27. Great Expectations (1946) David Lean (Britain) Social Drama/Romance
26. The Searchers (1956) John Ford (USA) Western
25. Jalsaghar (The Music Room) (1958) Satyajit Ray (India) Social Drama
24. A Streetcar Named Desire (1951) Elia Kazan (USA) Film Noir Social Drama
23. The Bible – In the Beginning (1966) John Houston (USA) Biblical Drama
22. Twelve Angry Men (1957) Sidney Lumet Courtroom Drama
21. Le Silence de la Mer (The Silence of the Sea) (1949) Jean-Pierre Melville (France) War Drama
20. The Sound Barrier (1952) David Lean (Britain) Social Drama
19. Paths of Glory (1957) Stanley Kubrick (USA) War Drama
18. Ivan’s Childhood (1962) Andrei Tarkovsky (Russia) War Drama
17. Mother and Son (1997) Aleksandr Sokurov (Russia) Poetic Drama
16. The Seventh Seal (1957) Ingmar Bergman (Sweden) Allegorical Fantasy/Period Drama
15. The Cranes are Flying (1957) Mikhail Kalatozov (Georgia/Soviet) War Drama
14. The Grapes of Wrath (1940) John Ford (USA) Epic Social Drama
13. Westfront 1918 (1930) G.W. Pabst (Austria) War Drama
12. Letter Never Sent (1959-1960) Mikhail Kalatozov (Georgia/Soviet) Adventure Drama
11. L’Avventura (The Adventure) (1960) Michelangelo Antonioni (Italy) (1912-2007) Social drama/Mystery
10. Drunken Angel (1948) Akira Kurosawa (Japan) Film Noir Crime Drama
9. Curse of the Golden Flower (2006) Zhang Yimou (China) Epic Period Drama
8. Red Desert (Il Deserto Rosso) (1964) Michelangelo Antonioni (Italy) Social Drama
7. Ivan Grozniy (Ivan the Terrible) Part 1 Ivan Grozniy (1944-5) Sergei Eisenstein (Russia)
6. Citizen Kane (1941) Orson Welles (USA) Social Drama
5. Pather Panchali (Song of the Little Road) (1955) (India) Satyajit Ray Social Drama
4. The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928) Carl Dreyer (Denmark) Historical Drama
3. Der Himmel über Berlin (Wings of Desire aka The Heaven/Sky Above Berlin) (1987) Wim Wenders (Germany) Poetic Fantasy
2. Metropolis (1927) Fritz Lang (Germany) Science Fiction/Fantasy
1. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) Stanley Kubrick (USA) Science Fiction Epic

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