American Silent Film: Silent Films | Silent Comedy
Genres: Westerns | Film Noir and German Expressionism | Musicals
Hollywood Sound Film Classics: Drama | Comedy | RKO & B Movies | Animation | Hollywood's Last Generation of Classical Filmmaking
Foreign Films: French | Italian | Japanese | Chinese | South-East Asia | South Asia | Iran | Arabic | Israel | Scandinavia | Germany | Poland | Eastern Europe | Russian and Soviet | Spain, Portugal and Latin America | Other Foreign Language | The British Isles and Commonwealth
From the Stage: Shakespeare | Stage Plays | Dance Films | Opera | Musicals
Contemporary Hollywood: Musicals | Science Fiction | Fantasy | Gay Films | Comedy | Thrillers and Action | Drama | Teen Films
Experimental Cinema: Experimental Films | Abstract Films
Some caveats: it is very difficult to see many foreign films in the USA. Despite talk of the "Information Superhighway", such works are simply unobtainable. For example, I have been able to see very few pre-1950 Japanese films. The non-distribution of current foreign films is a scandal. For a sample of what we are missing, see Film Comment's poll of the Top 150 Foreign Films of the 1990's Unreleased in the US. I have managed to see only around a dozen of the films on this list. Readers will also want to check out critic Jonathan Rosenbaum's Top 100 American Movies.
A Year by Year version of this list is available: Favorite Films: 1907 - present.
For Television see my lists: Best TV Shows and Best TV Commercials.
See also my lists of Best Science Fiction, Fantasy and High Technology Films, Best Mystery Movies.
From the Submerged (Theodore Wharton, 1912)
The Exploits of Elaine: The Life Current (Louis J. Gasnier, George B. Seitz, Leopold Wharton, Theodore Wharton, 1915)
The Evidence of the Film (Lawrence Marston, Edwin Thanhouser, 1913)
Who Pays?: Toil and Tyranny (Harry Harvey, 1915)
Alias Jimmy Valentine (Maurice Tourneur, 1915) Figures de cire / Wax Figures, The Wishing Ring, A Girl's Folly, The Poor Little Rich Girl, The Blue Bird, The County Fair, Lorna Doone
Hypocrites (Lois Weber, 1915) Suspense, Idle Wives, The Blot
Discontent (Allen G. Siegler, 1916) Scripted by Lois Weber.
A Fool There Was (Frank Powell, 1915)
Young Romance (George Melford, 1915)
The Hazards of Helen: The Escape on the Fast Freight (Helen Holmes, Leo Maloney, 1915)
The Hazards of Helen: Chapter 26 (1915) Engaging episode of a silent serial.
Alice in Wonderland (W.W. Young, 1915)
Intolerance (D.W. Griffith, 1916) Powerful look at the tragedies caused by religious fanatics through the ages. More relevant today than ever, unfortunately.
Way Down East (D.W. Griffith, 1920) America; Corner in Wheat; The Curtain Pole; The Voice of the Violin; The Sealed Room; Ramona; The House With Closed Shutters; The Fugitive; The New York Hat; A Girl and Her Trust; The Musketeers of Pig Alley; The Mothering Heart
Isn't Life Wonderful (D.W. Griffith, 1924): A young couple copes with life in post W.W.I Germany.
The Scarlet Car (Joseph De Grasse, 1917)
Tom Sawyer (William Desmond Taylor, 1917) Nurse Marjorie, The Soul of Youth
The Married Virgin (Joseph Maxwell, 1918)
Daddy-Long-Legs (Marshall Neilan, 1919)
The Grim Game (Irvin Willat, 1919)
Within Our Gates (Oscar Micheaux, 1920)
The Mark of Zorro (Fred Niblo, 1920) The original Zorro movie. Blood and Sand, Ben-Hur, The Temptress, The Mysterious Lady
Miss Lulu Bett (William de Mille, 1921)
Outside the Law (Tod Browning, 1921) London After Midnight (the stills restoration), Dracula
The Ace of Hearts (Wallace Worsley, 1921)
Camille (Ray C. Smallwood, 1921) Love story with Nazimova and Rudolph Valentino; superb avant-garde sets.
Robin Hood (Allan Dwan, 1922) Dwan was at his commercial peak in the 1920's: the party in The Great Gatsby was modeled after one thrown by Dwan.
Woman They Almost Lynched (Allan Dwan, 1953) The Poisoned Flume, The Distant Relative, Cupid Through Padlocks, He Comes Up Smiling (surviving fragment), Chances, Man to Man, Black Sheep, Suez, The Gorilla, Young People, Trail of the Vigilantes, Around the World, Abroad with Two Yanks, Brewster's Millions, Driftwood, Calendar Girl, The Inside Story, Belle Le Grand, Silver Lode, Escape to Burma, Tennessee's Partner, Slightly Scarlet, It's Always Sunday. High Air
The Toll of the Sea (Chester M. Franklin, 1922) Love story set in China, shot in spectacular two-color Technicolor. The first feature film in color.
The Young Rajah (Phil Rosen, 1922) Step by Step
Beau Brummel (Harry Beaumont, 1923) Our Dancing Daughters
Scaramouche (Rex Ingram, 1923) The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse; The Prisoner of Zenda
Greed (Erich von Stroheim, 1924) Blind Husbands, Foolish Wives, The Merry Widow, The Wedding March, Queen Kelly
The Rag Man (Edward F. Cline, 1925)
Labor's Reward (no director credited, 1925)
The Big Parade (King Vidor, 1925)
Show People (King Vidor, 1928) deals with a slapstick comedy actress who forgets her roots after success. La Bohème, Street Scene, The Fountainhead, Lightning Strikes Twice
The Flag (Arthur Maude, 1927)
West Point (Edward Sedgwick, 1927) Spring Fever, Murder in the Fleet
Across to Singapore (William Nigh, 1928) Boy of the Streets
La Course des sergents de ville / The Policemen's Little Run (Ferdinand Zecca, 1906)
Princess Nicotine or The Smoke Fairy (J. Stuart Blackton, 1909) Trick comedy short, full of still entertaining special effects.
The Man in The Silk Hat (Maud Linder) Compilation of delightful scenes from the comedies of Max Linder (mainly 1910 - 1914).
Her Crowning Glory (Laurence Trimble, 1911) Comedy short with John Bunny, and Flora Finch as the sympathetic woman who hopes to marry him. I strongly identified with the heroine, and her disastrous problems made me laugh in ways I hadn't experienced before. A Window on Washington Park.
Algie the Miner (Alice Guy, 1912) Une histoire roulante, L'enfant de la barricade, The Making of an American Citizen, Falling Leaves, The Ocean Waif
Onésime horloger (Jean Durand, 1912)
Tillie's Punctured Romance (Mack Sennett, 1914). Early comedy feature, full of fun. Shorts: The Grocery Clerk's Romance, Barney Oldfield's Race for a Life
The Knockout (Charles Avery, 1914)
Pool Sharks (Edwin Middleton, 1915)
Coney Island (Roscoe Arbuckle, 1917) The Garage, The Red Mill.
Down on the Farm (Ray Grey, F. Richard Jones, Erle C. Kenton, 1920)
Neighbors (1920). Other outstanding Buster Keaton short films: The High Sign, One Week, Hard Luck, Cops, The Haunted House, The Scarecrow, The Frozen North, The Electric House.
Our Hospitality (Buster Keaton, Jack Blystone, 1923).
Sherlock, Jr. (Buster Keaton, 1924). Movie projectionist Buster Keaton falls asleep and dreams his way into the mystery movie he is showing. Keaton's comedies show great visual imagination. The Navigator, Go West, Seven Chances, Battling Butler, The General, College, Steamboat Bill, Jr.
The Gold Rush (Charlie Chaplin, 1925) Chaplin plays a prospector. The scene where a starving Chaplin, trapped in his frozen cabin, boils and eats his shoe is famous. Outstanding short films: Burlesque on Carmen, One A.M., The Pawnshop, The Rink, The Cure, Easy Street, Sunnyside, The Idle Class, Pay Day, The Pilgrim
The Great Dictator (Charlie Chaplin, 1940) Chaplin's anti-Hitler satire, and his first film with dialogue. The Kid, City Lights, Modern Times
Never Weaken (1921) Harold Lloyd made a large number of really good short films. Among the best: Young Mr. Jazz, Captain's Kidd's Kids, From Hand to Mouth, His Royal Slyness, An Eastern Westerner, Number, Please?, Now or Never, Among Those Present
High and Dizzy (1920) Harold Lloyd's chair gets caught up by a crane on a tall building. Other Lloyd films in which he dangles from high buildings: Safety Last, Feet First (the skyscraper finale is a gem, the rest of this film is slow moving)
Girl Shy (Fred Newmeyer, Sam Taylor, 1924) Lloyd plays a naive country boy who finds true love in the city. Has a much imitated chase finale, when he tries to get to church in time to rescue his girlfriend. Other good Lloyd features: The Freshman, For Heaven's Sake, Mad Wednesday
The Kid Brother (Ted Wilde, 1927) Loose Ankles
The Busher (Jerome Storm, 1919)
Souls for Sale (Rupert Hughes, 1923)
Family Life (Robert P. Kerr, 1924) Zany comedy short about a family, and their moves to various homes.
Peg o' the Mounted (Alfred J. Goulding, 1924)
The Clinging Vine (Paul Sloane, 1926)
Hands Up! (Clarence Badger, 1926) Raymond Griffith is a traveling magician out West. Delightful. Also: It.
The Strong Man (Frank Capra, 1926) Harry Langdon plays a veteran who goes to work as a stage Strong Man's assistant.
Play Safe (Joseph Henabery, 1927) Monty Banks comedy, with finale in a factory and on a train. Full of stunts and thrills.
The Battle of the Century (Clyde Bruckman, 1927) Laurel and Hardy short, with a giant pie fight.
The Sergeant (Francis Boggs, 1910)
Mexican Filibusters (Kenean Buel, 1911)
The Better Man (Rollin S. Sturgeon, 1912)
Broncho Billy and the Schoolmistress (Gilbert M. Anderson, 1912)
Salomy Jane (Lucius Henderson, William Nigh, 1914)
Last of the Line (Jay Hunt, 1914)
Ammunition Smuggling on the Mexican Border (no director credited, 1914)
Hell's Hinges (William S. Hart, Charles Swickard, 1916)
Legal Advice (Tom Mix, 1916)
The Covered Wagon (James Cruze, 1923) The Roaring Road, The Mating Call
Tumbleweeds (King Baggott, 1925) Beautifully photographed Western.
3 Bad Men (John Ford, 1926) Bucking Broadway, Just Pals, The Blue Eagle, Four Sons, Hangman's House, Born Reckless, Up the River, Air Mail, Pilgrimage, The Lost Patrol, The Prisoner of Shark Island, Wee Willie Winkie, Stagecoach, Young Mr. Lincoln, The Grapes of Wrath, How Green Was My Valley, They Were Expendable, My Darling Clementine, Fort Apache, She Wore a Yellow Ribbon, Wagon Master, Rio Grande, When Willie Comes Marching Home, The Quiet Man, Mogambo, The Long Gray Line, The Searchers, The Rising of the Moon, The Last Hurrah, The Horse Soldiers, Sergeant Rutledge, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, Donovan's Reef, Cheyenne Autumn, 7 Women
The Great K&A Train Robbery (Lewis Seiler, 1926) Enthusiastic Tom Mix Western, in which he battles a gang of train robbers. Tom Mix had been a real cowboy, and was the best rider of all screen Western stars. Flight Angels, Molly and Me
Massacre (Alan Crosland, 1934)
The Phantom Empire (Otto Brower and B. Reeves Eason, 1935) Western-science fiction serial.
Scarlet River (Otto Brower, 1933) Interesting Western set on a movie location shooting a Western movie.
California Frontier (Elmer Clifton, 1938)
The Naked Spur (Anthony Mann, 1953) The Bamboo Blonde, Desperate, Railroaded!, T-Men, Raw Deal, He Walked By Night, The Black Book/Reign of Terror, Border Incident, Side Street, Winchester 73, Devil's Doorway, The Man from Laramie, The Tin Star, Man of the West, Cimarron, The Heroes of Telemark, A Dandy in Aspic
Seven Men from Now (Budd Boetticher, 1956) One Mysterious Night, Behind Locked Doors, Horizons West, Seminole, The Man From the Alamo, Wings of the Hawk, The Tall T, Decision at Sundown, Buchanan Rides Alone, Ride Lonesome, Westbound, The Rise and Fall of Legs Diamond. Television: Public Defender: Think No Evil, The Count of Monte Cristo: The Affair of the Three Napoleons, Maverick The War of the Silver Kings, Maverick: Point Blank, Maverick: According to Hoyle, The Rifleman: Stopover
They Died With Their Boots On (Raoul Walsh, 1941) Other Walsh adventure films: What Price Glory, The Big Trail, They Drive by Night, Manpower, Desperate Journey, Background to Danger, Silver River, Along the Great Divide, Captain Horatio Hornblower, The World in His Arms, Sea Devils, Gun Fury, A Lion Is in the Streets, Saskatchewan, Battle Cry, The Revolt of Mamie Stover, Band of Angels, The Naked and the Dead, Esther and the King, A Distant Trumpet
Glory Alley (Raoul Walsh, 1952) Other Walsh musicals: Going Hollywood, Every Night at Eight, Artists and Models, College Swing, The Man I Love
Sailor's Luck (Raoul Walsh, 1933) Other Walsh comedies: What Price Glory, Gentleman Jim, The Horn Blows at Midnight, Cheyenne, The Sheriff of Fractured Jaw, Marines, Lets Go!
White Heat (Raoul Walsh, 1949) Other Walsh gangster films: Regeneration, The Roaring Twenties, High Sierra
Reprisal! (George Sherman, 1956) Overland Stage Raiders; Black Bart; Dawn at Socorro; Chief Crazy Horse, Comanche; The Hard Man; Rawhide: Incident of the Dog Days. Crime & mystery films: A Scream in the Dark; Mystery Broadcast; Crime Doctor's Courage; Naked City: Dust Devil on a Quiet Street.
Zorro's Fighting Legion (John English, William Witney, 1939)
Riders in the Sky (John English, 1949) The Virginian: A Killer in Town.
Spoilers of the Plains (William Witney, 1951) Wagon Train: The Stagecoach Story; The Virginian: Big Image... Little Man, A Man of the People.
Wells Fargo Days (Mack V. Wright, 1944)
The Plainsman and the Lady (Joseph Kane, 1946) Public Cowboy No. 1, Gold Mine in the Sky, Colorado, In Old Sacramento, The Last Bandit, Cheyenne: Big Ghost Basin, Laramie: Mountain Men, Among the Missing.
Cheyenne Takes Over (Ray Taylor, 1947) West to Glory; Stage to Mesa City; The Tioga Kid
The Rough, Tough West (Ray Nazarro, 1952) Hoedown
Target (Stuart Gilmore, 1952)
The Redhead from Wyoming (Lee Sholem, 1953) Many TV episodes.
The Proud Ones (Robert D. Webb, 1956)
Star in the Dust (Charles F. Haas, 1956)
Fury at Gunsight Pass (Fred F. Sears, 1956)
Joe Dakota (Richard Bartlett, 1957) Wagon Train episodes.
Tomahawk Trail (Lesley Selander, 1957) Blackmail (1947).
The Wild and the Innocent (Jack Sher, 1959) Four Girls in Town
Ride the High Country (Sam Peckinpah, 1962) The Westerner: Brown / The Courtship of Libby / The Painting; The Ballad of Cable Hogue, Junior Bonner, The Osterman Weekend
Gunfight at Comanche Creek (Frank McDonald, 1963) Wyatt Earp: Episodes.
Cat Ballou (Elliot Silverstein, 1965)
Ride the Whirlwind (Monte Hellman, 1966) The Beast From Haunted Cave, The Shooting, Two Lane Blacktop
The Ride to Hangman's Tree (Alan Rafkin, 1967)
Support Your Local Gunfighter (Burt Kennedy, 1971) The Money Trap, Hannie Caulder, The Train Robbers
Ishi: The Last of His Tribe (Robert Ellis Miller, 1978) Her Life as a Man
Dances With Wolves (Kevin Costner, 1990)
Unbowed (Nanci Rossov, 1999)
The Big Heat (Fritz Lang, 1953) You and Me, Man Hunt, Ministry of Fear, Woman in the Window, Scarlet Street, Secret Beyond the Door, House by the River, Clash By Night, Rancho Notorious, The Blue Gardenia, Moonfleet, While the City Sleeps, Beyond a Reasonable Doubt, The 1,000 Eyes of Dr. Mabuse
Sunrise (Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau, 1927) Schloss Vogelöd, Nosferatu, Phantom, Der Letzte Mann / The Last Laugh, Tartuffe.
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (Robert Wiene, 1920)
Geheimnisse einer Seele / Secrets of a Soul (Georg Wilhelm Pabst, 1926)
The Bat (Roland West, 1926) The Monster, The Bat Whispers
The Man Who Knew Too Much (Alfred Hitchcock, 1956) The Lodger, Easy Virtue, Champagne, Number 17, The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934), The 39 Steps, Sabotage, Young and Innocent, The Lady Vanishes, Foreign Correspondent, Saboteur, Shadow of a Doubt, Spellbound, Rope, Stage Fright, Strangers on a Train, I Confess, Rear Window, The Trouble With Harry, Vertigo, North By Northwest, Psycho, The Birds, Marnie, Torn Curtain, Topaz, Family Plot. TV shows: Breakdown, Arthur, The Horseplayer.
Citizen Kane (Orson Welles, 1941) Too Much Johnson, The Magnificent Ambersons, The Fountain of Youth
The Lady From Shanghai (Orson Welles, 1948) Other good mysteries by Welles: Journey into Fear, The Stranger, Mr. Arkadin, Touch of Evil
The Immortal Story (Orson Welles, 1969) Perhaps the most beautiful color film ever made. See also below under Shakespeare films. It's All True, Around the World with Orson Welles, Vienna.
The Patient in Room 18 (Bobby Connolly, Crane Wilbur, 1938)
Phantom Lady (Robert Siodmak, 1944) The Spiral Staircase, The Killers, Criss Cross, The File on Thelma Jordon
Detour (Edgar G. Ulmer, 1945) Paranoid classic about a hitchhiker who encounters every sort of terrifying problem. The Black Cat, American Matchmaker, Tomorrow We Live, Girls in Chains, Isle of Forgotten Sins / Monsoon, Jive Junction, Strange Illusion, Her Sister's Secret, Carnegie Hall, Ruthless, The Pirates of Capri, The Man From Planet X, St. Benny the Dip, Murder Is My Beat, Daughter of Dr. Jekyll, Beyond the Time Barrier
The Naked City (Jules Dassin, 1948)
Niagara (Henry Hathaway, 1953) The Dark Corner; Call Northside 777; Diplomatic Courier; 23 Paces to Baker Street; The Bottom of the Bottle
The Street With No Name (William Keighley, 1948) No Time for Comedy
Code Two (Fred M. Wilcox, 1953) Shadow in the Sky, Forbidden Planet
The Night of the Hunter (Charles Laughton, 1955)
China Gate (Samuel Fuller, 1957) I Shot Jesse James, The Baron of Arizona, The Steel Helmet, Park Row, Run of The Arrow, Verboten!, The Crimson Kimono, Underworld U.S.A., Dead Pigeon on Beethoven Street
Shock Corridor (Samuel Fuller, 1963) The Naked Kiss
Bunny Lake Is Missing (Otto Preminger, 1965) Laura, A Royal Scandal, Fallen Angel, Daisy Kenyon, Whirlpool, Where the Sidewalk Ends, River of No Return, The Court-Martial of Billy Mitchell, The Man With the Golden Arm, Advise and Consent, The Cardinal, Such Good Friends
The Phenix City Story (Phil Karlson, 1955) Live Wires, Bowery Bombshell, The Texas Rangers, Scandal Sheet, Kansas City Confidential, 99 River Street, They Rode West, Tight Spot, Gunman's Walk, The Scarface Mob, Hell to Eternity
The Lawless (Joseph Losey, 1950) A Gun in His Hand, Time Without Pity, Boom!, A Doll's House
Crime Wave (André de Toth, 1954) Passport to Suez, Slattery's Hurricane, Man in the Saddle, Carson City, Springfield Rifle, Riding Shotgun, The Two-Headed Spy, Day of the Outlaw
Experiment Perilous (Jacques Tourneur, 1944) Nick Carter, Master Detective; I Walked With a Zombie, Canyon Passage, Out of the Past, Berlin Express, Stars in My Crown, The Flame and the Arrow, Appointment in Honduras, Stranger on Horseback, Wichita, Great Day in the Morning, Nightfall, Night of the Demon; The Fearmakers. Short films: The Magic Alphabet, The Romance of Radium, The Grand Bounce, The Jonker Diamond, Harnessed Rhythm, Killer-Dog. Television: General Electric Theater: Into the Night; Cool and Lam; The Barbara Stanwyck Show: The Miraculous Journey of Tadpole Chan, Dragon by the Tail, Frightened Doll; T.H.E. Cat: The Ring of Anasis.
Private Hell 36 (Don Siegel, 1954) Star in the Night, Riot in Cell Block 11, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Madigan, The Black Windmill, Jinxed. Also: Blues in the Night: montage sequences.
Kiss Me Deadly (Robert Aldrich, 1955) World for Ransom; The Garment Jungle; Hush... Hush, Sweet Charlotte; The Longest Yard; The Frisco Kid
The Big Combo (Joseph H. Lewis, 1955) The Spy Ring, Border Wolves, The Last Stand, Blazing Six Shooters, The Man from Tumbleweeds, The Return of Wild Bill, That Gang of Mine, Pride of the Bowery, Invisible Ghost, The Silver Bullet, Boss of Hangtown Mesa, Bombs Over Burma, The Falcon in San Francisco, My Name is Julia Ross, So Dark the Night, The Swordsman, The Return of October, The Undercover Man, Gun Crazy, A Lady Without Passport, Cry of the Hunted, Man On A Bus, A Lawless Street, The Halliday Brand, Terror in a Texas Town, The Fat Man, The Rifleman: episodes, Daniel Boone: Pompey, The Big Valley: Night of the Wolf
Follow Me Quietly (Richard Fleischer, 1949) This hour long B movie about the hunt for a serial killer is a triumph of direction, photography and storytelling. Much less gruesome than modern serial killer stories. Bodyguard, Armored Car Robbery, The Narrow Margin, Violent Saturday, Fantastic Voyage, Soylent Green.
Homicidal (William Castle, 1961) Truly bizarre little thriller whose plot is always taking unexpected turns. When Strangers Marry / Betrayed; Mark of the Whistler; Voice of the Whistler; Crime Doctor's Warning; Conquest of Cochise; Battle of Rogue River; Masterson of Kansas; House on Haunted Hill; The Night Walker; Straight-Jacket
Seven Keys to Baldpate (Reginald Barker, 1929) The Great Divide
Tear Gas Squad (Terry Morse, 1940) Smashing the Money Ring, A Fugitive from Justice
The Get-Away (Edward Buzzell, 1941)
This Gun for Hire (Frank Tuttle, 1942) The Studio Murder Mystery
The Locket (John Brahm, 1946)
Dead Reckoning (John Cromwell, 1947) Son of Fury, The Racket
Crack-Up (Irving Reis, 1946) Hitler's Children
Shadow of a Woman (Joseph Santley, 1946)
Homicide (Felix Jacoves, 1949)
Panic in the Streets (Elia Kazan, 1950) Gentleman's Agreement, Wild River
Woman on the Run (Norman Foster, 1950) Journey into Fear (with Orson Welles)
The Tattooed Stranger (Edward Montagne, 1950)
Mystery Street (John Sturges, 1950) The Girl in White; The Scarlet Coat; Last Train from Gun Hill
No Questions Asked (Harold F. Kress, 1951)
Tomorrow Is Another Day (Felix E. Feist, 1951) The Man Behind the Gun. Shorts: Take a Cue
The Glass Wall (Maxwell Shane, 1953)
Vice Squad (Arnold Laven, 1953) Down Three Dark Streets, The Rifleman: The Women
City That Never Sleeps (John H. Auer, 1953)
Suddenly (Lewis Allen, 1954)
A Kiss Before Dying (Gerd Oswald, 1956) Oswald directed many of the best episodes of The Outer Limits TV series. Fury at Showdown, 80 Steps to Jonah
Sunset Boulevard (Billy Wilder, 1950) is a drama about a decayed silent movie queen, who lives in a Hollywood mansion with her director-turned-butler Max, played by real life great director Erich von Stroheim. Wilder's sort of thematic sequel, Fedora.
Witness For the Prosecution (Billy Wilder, 1958). The best courtroom drama ever made. Charles Laughton is fabulously articulate and dramatic as the defense attorney; all by itself, the scene where is calls witness Marlene Dietrich a liar is worth the price of admission. Other plays: Stalag 17.
Avanti! (Billy Wilder, 1972). One of the best of the comedies in which Wilder specialized later. Sabrina; One, Two, Three; The Fortune Cookie
42nd Street (Choreographer: Busby Berkeley, 1933) Whoopee!, Golddiggers of 1933, Footlight Parade, Dames, The Gang's All Here, Small Town Girl, Jumbo
The Red Shadow (Roy Mack, 1932) This is a 20 minute version of "The Desert Song". Roy Mack was a prolific director of short musical films in the 1930's. Many are as good as the famous feature length musicals of the era. Artistic Temper, Mirrors.
Diplomaniacs (William A. Seiter, 1933) Why Be Good?, Roberta, Three Blind Mice, You Were Never Lovelier
Old Man Rhythm (Edward Ludwig, 1935)
Swingtime (George Stevens, 1936) The best of all Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers movies. A Damsel in Distress, which has Fred Astaire, George Burns and Gracie Allen, both of whom can really dance, much to my surprise. Has gem of dance sequence at amusement park.
That Girl From Paris (Leigh Jason, 1936)
Something To Sing About (Victor Schertzinger, 1937) He also did the excellent Grace Moore opera film, One Night of Love (1934). Redskin, The Woman Between, The Fleet's In
Carefree (Mark Sandrich, 1938) A Woman Rebels
Alexander's Ragtime Band (Henry King, 1938) Remember the Day, Love Is a Many Splendored Thing
The Wizard of Oz (Victor Fleming, 1939) When the Clouds Roll By: Dream Sequences, The Mollycoddle, Mantrap, The Wet Parade
Little Nellie Kelly (Norman Taurog, 1940) Broadway Melody of 1940; That Midnight Kiss; Rich, Young and Pretty; It Happened at the World's Fair; Palm Springs Weekend
Springtime in the Rockies (Irving Cummings, 1942) The Story of Alexander Graham Bell, Lillian Russell, My Gal Sal
Hello, Frisco, Hello (H. Bruce Humberstone, 1943) The Dragon Murder Case, I Wake Up Screaming, Sun Valley Serenade, She's Working Her Way Through College, The Desert Song
The Jolson Story (Alfred E. Green, 1946) Union Depot.
Something in the Wind (Irving Pichel, 1947) The Man I Married, And Now Tomorrow
It's A Great Feeling (David Butler, 1949) Butler did many "backstage" looks at show business. Sunnyside Up, Pigskin Parade, Playmates, They Got Me Covered, Shine On Harvest Moon, Tea For Two, Calamity Jane
The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T. (Roy Rowland, 1953) Unique fantasy musical, written by Dr. Seuss. Also: Two Weeks With Love.
Call Me Madam (Walter Lang, 1953)
Bells Are Ringing (Vincente Minnelli, 1960) Cabin in the Sky, Meet Me in St. Louis, Ziegfeld Follies, The Clock, Yolanda and the Thief, Undercurrent, The Pirate, Father's Little Dividend, An American in Paris, Lovely to Look At, The Band Wagon, The Long, Long Trailer, Brigadoon, The Cobweb, Tea and Sympathy, Designing Woman, Gigi, The Reluctant Debutante, Some Came Running, Home from the Hill, The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, The Sandpiper, On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, A Matter of Time
The Unsinkable Molly Brown (Charles Walters, 1964) Good News, Easter Parade, The Glass Slipper, Billy Rose's Jumbo
Singin' in the Rain (Gene Kelly, Stanley Donen 1952) is a musical comedy about the transition to talkies. On the Town; It's Always Fair Weather
Deep in My Heart (Stanley Donen, 1954) Funny Face, The Pajama Game, Damn Yankees, Indiscreet, Charade
I Love Melvin (Don Weis, 1953) Just This Once; Billie; Burke's Law episodes
The Benny Goodman Story (Valentine Davies, 1955) Davies also wrote the story for Miracle on 34th Street.
Untamed Youth (Howard W. Koch, 1957)
Merry Andrew (Michael Kidd, 1958)
Thunderbolt (Josef von Sternberg, 1929) Sternberg was the pioneer of the gangster movie, and this emotional drama about a gang leader on death row shows Sternberg's ability to light a slow fire under his audience. Made in the first year of sound films, and one of the best of the early talkies, the film acts as if the world of sound had been discovered for the first time, with brilliant, unusual speech rhythms, unique pacing, and emotion charged black spirituals on the sound track. The Salvation Hunters, Underworld, The Last Command, The Docks of New York, An American Tragedy, The Shanghai Gesture, Macao.
The Wild Party (Dorothy Arzner, 1929) Nana
Weary River (Frank Lloyd, 1929) The Divine Lady, Berkeley Square
The Voice of the City (Willard Mack, 1929)
Man's Castle (Frank Borzage, 1932) Borzage was one of the screen's best directors of romances. Little known fact: Borzage and Raoul Walsh were friends when they worked at Fox in the early 30's. The Pitch O'Chance, Until They Get Me, Lazybones, 7th Heaven, Lucky Star, A Farewell to Arms, Stranded, Green Light, History Is Made at Night, Big City, The Shining Hour, The Mortal Storm, Stagedoor Canteen. Screen Director's Playhouse: Day Is Done, The Day I Met Caruso.
Cleopatra (Cecil B. De Mille, 1934) Spectacle film about the famous Egyptian Queen (Claudette Colbert) and her fights with the Roman Empire. Short compared with modern epics (an hour and a half), fast paced, and filled with eye-popping visual detail. People sometimes chortle over De Mille's sugar coating of history, but the fact remains, that if more films like this were made today, Americans would not be so ignorant about history. The Golden Chance, Don't Change Your Husband, Why Change Your Wife?, the silent version of The Ten Commandments, The Buccaneer, The Story of Dr. Wassell.
We Live Again (Rouben Mamoulian, 1934) Love Me Tonight, Golden Boy, The Mark of Zorro, Summer Holiday, Silk Stockings
Parnell (John M. Stahl, 1937) Imitation of Life, Keys of the Kingdom, Leave Her to Heaven
Internes Can't Take Money (Alfred Santell, 1937)
The Hollywood Stadium Mystery (David Howard, 1938) Dude Cowboy
Within the Law (Gustav Machaty, 1939)
Intruder in the Dust (Clarence Brown, 1949) The Eagle, Possessed, Looking Forward, Chained, The Rains Came, Angels in the Outfield, When in Rome
Let Us Be Gay (Robert Z. Leonard, 1930) Leonard's best films seem to be gentle, upbeat combinations of sophisticated comedy and drama. His characters are remarkably refined and genteel. Many of his films seem to involve romantic duels between men and women. His characters also often struggle against injustice, often being victimized by more powerful people. Delicious Little Devil, Dancing Lady, After Office Hours, Piccadilly Jim, Pride and Prejudice, Stand by for Action, In the Good Old Summertime
The Guilty Generation (Rowland V. Lee, 1931)
Shopworn (Nick Grinde, 1932) Public Wedding
A Night To Remember (Richard Wallace, 1943) The Masquerader
Bengal Brigade (Laslo Benedek, 1954) The Wild One
Bigger Than Life (Nicholas Ray, 1956) They Live By Night, Born to be Bad, On Dangerous Ground, Johnny Guitar
Giant (George Stevens, 1956) The Boyfriends, Annie Oakley, The Talk of the Town, The More the Merrier, I Remember Mama. See also under Musicals.
Little Fugitive (Morris Engel, Ruth Orkin, Ray Ashley, 1953)
Elephant Walk (William Dieterle, 1954) The Devil's in Love; From Headquarters
Salt of the Earth (Herbert J. Biberman, 1954)
The Purple Plain (Robert Parrish, 1955) Cry Danger
Storm Center (Daniel Taradash, 1956)
The Young Lions (Edward Dmytryk, 1958) Broken Lance
Bonnie and Clyde (Arthur Penn, 1967) Mickey One, The Chase, Little Big Man, Dead of Winter
Take Me To Town (Douglas Sirk, 1953) A kind hearted saloon singer (Ann Sheridan) marries a preacher in this Western comedy-drama, and brings new liveliness to his family and congregation. Gracefully made, as are most of Sirk's films. A Scandal in Paris; Sleep, My Love; Slightly French; Has Anybody Seen My Gal; Meet Me at the Fair
All I Desire (Douglas Sirk, 1953) Sign of the Pagan, All That Heaven Allows, Tarnished Angels, A Time to Love and a Time to Die
The Conspirators (Jean Negulesco, 1944) Hedy Lamarr stars in this spy story. Most notable for the beauty of its photography (by Arthur Edeson) and production values. You might want to turn off the volume and just watch the succession of beautiful images silent. Woman's World
Dark Victory (Edmund Goulding, 1939) The Great Lie, The Razor's Edge
Now, Voyager (Irving Rapper, 1942)
The Adventures of Don Juan (Vincent Sherman, 1948) The Man Who Talked Too Much, Old Acquaintance, Mr. Skeffington, Backfire
High Wall (Curtis Bernhardt, 1947) Million Dollar Baby, My Reputation
Scaramouche (George Sidney, 1952) Hollywood Hobbies, A Ticklish Affair
Picnic (Joshua Logan, 1955)
Captain Blood (Michael Curtiz, 1935) Female, Dodge City, The Unsuspected, The Man in the Net
Strange Lady in Town (Mervyn LeRoy, 1955) Little Caesar, Heat Lightning, The King and the Chorus Girl, Fools for Scandal, The Devil at 4 O'Clock
The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit (Nunnally Johnson, 1956)
The Nickel Ride (Robert Mulligan, 1974) Fear Strikes Out; The Defender; The Great Impostor; Come September; To Kill a Mockingbird; Love With the Proper Stranger; Baby the Rain Must Fall; Same Time, Next Year; Kiss Me Goodbye; The Man in the Moon
Sunrise at Campobello (Vincent J. Donehue, 1960) Peter Pan
A Raisin in the Sun (Daniel Petrie, 1961)
Lilies of the Field (Ralph Nelson, 1963) Cinderella, Father Goose, Charly
The Shop Around the Corner (Ernst Lubitsch, 1940). The Love Parade, Monte Carlo, The Smiling Lieutenant, Trouble in Paradise, Design For Living, The Merry Widow, Angel, Ninotchka, To Be Or Not To Be
Scarface (Howard Hawks 1932) The Dawn Patrol, The Crowd Roars, Barbary Coast, Come and Get It, Land of the Pharaohs
His Girl Friday (Howard Hawks 1940) Paid to Love, A Girl in Every Port, Twentieth Century, Ball of Fire, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Man's Favorite Sport?
Hatari! (Howard Hawks 1962) Red River, Rio Bravo, El Dorado, Rio Lobo
Bed of Roses (Gregory La Cava, 1932) Womanhandled, Smart Woman, Symphony of Six Million, The Half Naked Truth, What Every Woman Knows, My Man Godfrey, Fifth Avenue Girl, Living In a Big Way
Lady Killer (Roy Del Ruth, 1933) The dynamic James Cagney plays a small time hood who winds up in Hollywood. Packs a vast amount of plot twists in a short running time. Life of the Party, The Maltese Falcon, The Little Giant, Kid Millions, Thanks a Million, On the Avenue, Broadway Melody of 1938, My Lucky Star; Broadway Rhythm; The West Point Story; On Moonlight Bay; Starlift; Stop, You're Killing Me; The Alligator People
The Mystery of Mr. X (Edgar Selwyn, 1934) Turn Back the Clock
The Cocoanuts (Robert Florey, Joseph Santley, 1929)
Horse Feathers (Norman Z. MacLeod, 1932) Monkey Business, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
A Night at the Opera (Sam Wood, 1935) Beyond the Rocks; So This Is College; Huddle; The Devil and Miss Jones
A Night in Casablanca (Archie Mayo, 1946)
Lady For a Day (Frank Capra, 1933) Platinum Blonde, The Miracle Woman, American Madness, Forbidden, It Happened One Night, You Can't Take It With You
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (Frank Capra, 1939) Capra's political film, about an idealistic young senator (Jimmy Stewart) and his fight with a crooked political machine. Meet John Doe, It's a Wonderful Life, Pocketful of Miracles
Hide-Out (W.S. Van Dyke, 1934) The Lady of the Dugout, White Shadows in the South Seas, Penthouse. Nelson Eddy - Jeanette MacDonald movies: Naughty Marietta, Sweethearts and the MacDonald San Francisco
The Good Humor Man (Lloyd Bacon, 1950) Miss Pinkerton, The Irish in Us, Three Cheers for the Irish, Footsteps in the Dark, I Wonder Who's Kissing Her Now, It Happens Every Spring
Search for Beauty (Erle C. Kenton, 1934)
The Traveling Saleslady (Ray Enright, 1935) Sing Me a Love Song, Trail Street
Stand-In (Tay Garnett, 1937) Slave Ship, The Joy Of Living, Seven Sinners, The Valley of Decision, The Postman Always Rings Twice
Double Wedding (Richard Thorpe, 1937) Zany screwball fun with the team of William Powell and Myrna Loy, better known for their Thin Man detective movies. Murder on the Campus; Above Suspicion; Her Highness and the Bellboy; The Great Caruso; The Prisoner of Zenda; Athena
Spring Madness (S. Sylvan Simon, 1938)
Good Girls Go to Paris (Alexander Hall, 1939)
Destry Rides Again (George Marshall, 1939) Life Begins at Forty, Hold That Coed, Valley of the Sun, True To Life, Perils of Pauline, The Mating Game
Q Planes (Tim Whelan, 1939) Higher and Higher
The Invisible Woman (A. Edward Sutherland, 1941) International House; Having Wonderful Crime
Princess O'Rourke (Norman Krasna, 1943)
Travels With My Aunt (George Cukor, 1972) Tarnished Lady, Our Betters, The Philadelphia Story, Gaslight, A Double Life, Pat and Mike, It Should Happen to You, A Star Is Born, Bhowani Junction, Let's Make Love, My Fair Lady, The Blue Bird
Golden Earrings (Mitchell Leisen, 1947) The Eagle and The Hawk, Murder at the Vanities, Artists and Models Abroad, Midnight, The Lady Is Willing, To Each His Own, The Mating Season
Sullivan's Travels (Preston Sturges, 1942) is a comedy about a film director who wants to make a film about the Depression. Sturges was Hollywood's most gifted satirist. The Great McGinty, Christmas in July, The Palm Beach Story, The Great Moment, The Miracle of Morgan's Creek, Hail the Conquering Hero, Mad Wednesday
Going My Way (Leo McCarey, 1944) Duck Soup, Ruggles of Red Gap (1935)
Christmas in Connecticut (Peter Godfrey, 1945)
Good Morning, Miss Dove (Henry Koster, 1955) First Love, It Started With Eve, Music for the Millions
The Law and the Lady (Edwin H. Knopf, 1951)
As Young as You Feel (Harmon Jones, 1951)
Lover Come Back (Delbert Mann, 1961)
Caprice (Frank Tashlin, 1967) Son of Paleface, Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?, The Geisha Boy, Cinderfella, It's Only Money, The Disorderly Orderly, The Glass Bottom Boat. Tashlin also scripted The Good Humor Man.
Pollyanna (David Swift, 1960)
It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World (Stanley Kramer, 1963) Inherit the Wind
The Brass Bottle (Harry Keller, 1964) Tammy Tell Me True
A Shot in the Dark (Blake Edwards, 1964) Return of the Pink Panther, Son of the Pink Panther
What Did You Do in the War, Daddy? (Blake Edwards, 1966) Bring Your Smile Along, High Time, The Great Race, Darling Lili
Victor Victoria (Blake Edwards, 1982) Blind Date, Switch. The semi-autobiographical films: S.O.B., That's Life!
The Trouble With Angels (Ida Lupino, 1966)
Shooting Straight (George Archainbaud, 1930) Framed, The Silver Horde, The Penguin Pool Murder, The Lost Squadron, Three Who Loved, Keep Em Rolling, Hunt the Man Down, Last of the Pony Riders, Gene Autry TV episodes
Lovin' the Ladies (Melville Brown, 1930)
The Runaway Bride (Donald Crisp, 1930)
Hell's Highway (Roland Brown, 1932)
Emergency Call (Edward L. Cahn, 1933) Radio Patrol; Bad Guy; Destination: Murder; Creature with the Atom Brain; It! The Terror from Beyond Space, The Police Dog Story; You Have to Run Fast
Midshipman Jack (Christy Cabanne, 1933) You Can't Beat Love
Bombay Mail (Edward L. Marin, 1934)
The Silver Streak (Thomas Atkins, 1934) A nice early train movie.
Grand Old Girl (John Robertson, 1935) The Phantom of Paris
Murder in the Big House (B. Reeves Eason, 1942)
The Witness Chair (George Nicholls, Jr., 1936)
Wanted: Jane Turner (Edward Killy, 1936)
The Plot Thickens (Ben Holmes, 1936) There Goes My Girl, Maid's Night Out, The Saint in New York
Two in the Dark (Benjamin Stoloff, 1936) Palooka, To Beat the Band, The Lady and the Mob. The Mysterious Doctor
The Man Who Found Himself (Lew Landers, 1937) They Wanted to Marry, Crashing Hollywood, Double Danger, Sky Giant, Conspiracy, Alias Boston Blackie, Murder in Times Square, Cowboy Canteen, The Power of the Whistler, Under the Tonto Rim, The Magic Carpet
Music For Madame (John Blystone, 1937) Opera film with tenor Nino Martini. Blystone was Buster Keaton's codirector on Our Hospitality.
The Mad Miss Manton (Leigh Jason, 1937)
Play Girl (Frank Woodruff, 1940) Lady Scarface
The Falcon's Brother (Stanley Logan, 1942)
The Falcon's Adventure (William Berke, 1946)
Air Hawks (Albert S. Rogell, 1935)
Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase (William Clemens, 1939) Nancy Drew, Reporter
Gallant Sons (George B. Seitz, 1940) The Vanishing American, Shadow of Doubt
The Lone Wolf Strikes (Sidney Salkow, 1940)
The Last Alarm (William West, 1940)
The Case of the Black Parrot (Noel M. Smith, 1941)
Calling Dr. Gillespie (Harold S. Bucquet, 1942)
Detective Kitty O'Day (William Beaudine, 1944)
Dreams of the Rarebit Fiend: The Pet, The Flying House (Winsor McCay, 1921) Gertie the Dinosaur
Mutt and Jeff: On Strike (Charles Bowers, 1920)
Night on Bald Mountain (Alexander Alexeieff, Clare Parker, 1933)
Gulliver's Travels (Dave Fleischer, 1939)
Fantasia (Ben Sharpsteen, 1940)
The Dover Boys at Pimento University (Chuck Jones, 1942) Prest-O, Change-O; Duck Amuck, What's Opera, Doc
Paradise (Ishu Patel, 1984)
Beauty and the Beast (Gary Trousdale, Kirk Wise, 1991)
Pocahontas (Mike Gabriel, Eric Goldberg, 1995)
Shrek (Andew Adamson, Vicky Jenson, 2001)
Classical Baby (Amy Schatz, 2005)
Ratatouille (Brad Bird, Jan Pinkava, 2007)
I Met the Walrus (Josh Raskin, 2007)
Madame Tutli-Putli (Chris Lavis & Maciek Szczerbowski, 2007)
The Numberlys (William Joyce, Brandon Oldenburg, 2013)
The LEGO Movie (Phil Lord, Christopher Miller, 2014)
The Pit and the Pendulum (Roger Corman, 1961) War of the Satellites, The Little Shop of Horrors, The Raven, Von Richthofen and Brown
The Explosive Generation (Buzz Kulik, 1961)
Night Tide (Curtis Harrington, 1960) Queen of Blood, Games. Short films: Picnic, On the Edge, The Assignation, The Wormwood Star, The Four Elements, Usher. Harrington is a major filmmaker with a remarkable visual style.
How Awful About Allan (Curtis Harrington, 1970) The Cat Creature, The Dead Don't Die, Vegas: Kill Dan Tanna, Wonder Woman: A Date with Doomsday, Darkroom: Make-Up, The Twilight Zone: Voices in the Earth
Who Slew Auntie Roo? (Curtis Harrington, 1972) What's the Matter With Helen?, Mata Hari
Sounder (Martin Ritt, 1972) The Long, Hot Summer; The Black Orchid; Norma Rae
In Search of the Castaways (Robert Stevenson, 1962) Mary Poppins, Bedknobs and Broomsticks
The Moon-Spinners (James Neilson, 1964) The Adventures of Bullwhip Griffin; Dr. Syn, Alias the Scarecrow
Hot Rod Girl (Leslie H. Martinson, 1956) For Those Who Think Young, Batman. Many TV episodes.
The Delicate Delinquent (Don McGuire, 1957)
The Nutty Professor (Jerry Lewis, 1963) The Bellboy, The Ladies Man, Three on a Couch
Seven Days in May (John Frankenheimer, 1964)
Doctor, You've Got to be Kidding (Peter Tewksbury, 1967) The Trouble with Girls (And How to Get Into It)
To Sir, With Love (James M. Clavell, 1967)
The Bold Ones: Deadlock (Lamont Johnson, 1969). Call to Danger, That Certain Summer, Fear on Trial, Paul's Case. Have Gun - Will Travel: The Teacher, Gun Shy, The Silver Queen, Deliver the Body, Young Gun. The Twilight Zone: Five Characters in Search of an Exit, Four O'Clock, Hocus-Pocus and Frisby.
The Money Jungle (Francis D. Lyons, 1968)
Eye of the Cat (David Lowell Rich, 1969)
What's Up, Doc? (Peter Bogdanovich, 1972) Paper Moon, At Long Last Love, Illegally Yours
Daisy Miller (Peter Bogdanovich, 1974) Nickelodeon, Saint Jack, To Sir With Love II
Mask (Peter Bogdanovich, 1985) Targets
The Adventures of Nick Carter (Paul Krasny, 1972) TV episodes.
The Sting (George Roy Hill, 1973) Period of Adjustment, Thoroughly Modern Millie
Heat (Paul Morrisey, 1972) Trash
A Woman Under the Influence (John Cassavetes, 1974) Gloria. Johnny Staccato: Murder for Credit, Night of Jeopardy.
La course aux potirons / The Pumpkin Race (Romeo Bosetti, 1908)
L'Enfant de Paris / The Child of Paris (Léonce Perret, 1913) Le mystère des roches de Kador / The Mystery of the Rocks of Kador
La Folie du Docteur Tube (Abel Gance, 1915)
Le Brasier ardent / The Burning Crucible (Ivan Mosjoukine, 1923)
L'Invitation au voyage (Germaine Dulac, 1927) La Souriante Madame Beudet / The Smiling Madame Beudet; La Coquille et le clergyman / The Seashell and the Clergyman
La Glace à trois faces (Jean Epstein, 1927) Le Tempestaire
Le Million (René Clair, 1931) Paris qui dort, Entr'acte, Sous les toits de Paris, à Nous la liberté, I Married a Witch
L'Atalante (Jean Vigo, 1934)
La Kermesse héroique (Jacques Feyder, 1935) Crainquebille, Gribiche, Les Nouveaux messieurs / The New Gentlemen, The Kiss, Anna Christie
Le Ciel est à vous (Jean Grémillon, 1944) Remorques, Lumière d'été
La Nuit fantastique (Marcel L'Herbier, 1942) L'Inhumaine; Feu Mathias Pascal / The Late Mathias Pascal
The Children of Paradise (Marcel Carné, 1945) Drôle de drame, Quai des brumes / Port of Shadows, Le Jour se lève
Beauty and the Beast (Jean Cocteau, 1946) The Blood of a Poet, Orpheus, La Villa Santo-Sospir
Letter From an Unknown Woman (Max Ophuls, 1948) Touching romantic drama about a woman, and her unrequited love for a concert pianist. Shows Ophuls' emotional sensitivity, and his ability to depict feelings of love on screen. Ophuls' constantly moving camera is visually fascinating, as one delicate composition succeeds after another, and the tracking creates a thrilling visual experience. Werther, The Exile, Caught, The Reckless Moment, La Ronde, Madame de..., Lola Montès.
Diary of a Country Priest (Robert Bresson, 1950) Un Condamné à mort s'est échappé / A Man Escaped; Pickpocket; Procès de Jeanne d'Arc / The Trial of Joan of Arc; Une Femme douce; Lancelot du lac
Paris Does Strange Things (Jean Renoir, 1956): A Polish noblewoman delights everyone in 1900 Paris. La Chienne, Boudu sauvé des eaux, Toni, Grand Illusion, The Rules of the Game, Swamp Water, The Southerner, The Woman on the Beach, The River, The Golden Coach, French Can Can, La Caporal épinglé / The Elusive Corporal
Le Trou (Jacques Becker, 1960) Ali Baba
Le Ballon rouge / The Red Balloon (Albert Lamorisse, 1956) Crin blanc: Le cheval sauvage / White Mane
Plein Soleil/Purple Noon (René Clément, 1960)
Monsieur Hulot's Holiday (Jacques Tati, 1953) Family fun at a French resort. Mon Oncle, Playtime, Trafic.
Classe tous risques (Claude Sautet, 1960)
Le Samouraï (Jean-Pierre Melville, 1967) Le Silence de la mer; Deux hommes dans Manhattan / Two Men in Manhattan; Léon Morin, Priest; Le Cercle rouge; Un Flic
Providence (Alain Resnais, 1977) Nuit et brouillard, Toute la mémoire du monde, Le chant du styrène, Hiroshima mon amour, L'Année dernière à Marienbad / Last Year at Marienbad, Muriel, Je t'aime, je t'aime, Stavisky, Mon oncle d'Amérique, Pas sur la bouche / Not on the Lips
Cléo de 5 à 7 (Agnès Varda, 1962) Du côté de la côte; Sans toit ni loi / Vagabond; Jacquot de Nantes; Les Cent et une nuits de Simon Cinéma / The Hundred and One Nights; L'Univers de Jacques Demy / The World of Jacques Demy; Les Glaneurs et la glaneuse / The Gleaners and I; Deux ans après / Two Year Later, Le Lion volatile, Les Plages d'Agnès / The Beaches of Agnès
Les Parapluies de Cherbourg / The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (Jacques Demy, 1964) La Baie des anges / Bay of Angels
Bande à part / Band of Outsiders (Jean-Luc Godard, 1964) Breathless, A Woman Is a Woman, Contempt, Pierrot le fou, Made in U.S.A., Weekend. Shorts: Les plus belles escroqueries du monde: Le grand escroc.
Fahrenheit 451 (François Truffaut, 1966) The Bride Wore Black, La Nuit américaine / Day For Night
Zazie dans le métro (Louis Malle, 1960) L'Ascenseur pour l'échafaud / Elevator to the Gallows; Le Voleur; Au revoir les enfants
Belle de jour (Luis Buñuel, 1967) Las Hurdes / Land Without Bread, Simon of the Desert, The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie
The Champagne Murders (Claude Chabrol, 1967) Ten Days Wonder, Masques. Shorts: Les plus belles escroqueries du monde: L'homme qui vendit la Tour Eiffel.
Z (Constantin Costa-Gavras, 1969) Compartiment tueurs / The Sleeping Car Murders, L'Aveu / The Confession, Missing
Nathalie Granger (Marguerite Duras, 1972)
Le Chagrin et la pitié / The Sorrow and the Pity (Marcel Ophuls, 1971)
La Planète sauvage / Fantastic Planet (René Laloux, 1973)
Tendre poulet / Dear Detective (Philippe De Broca, 1977) L'Homme de Rio / That Man from Rio
Loulou (Maurice Pialat, 1980)
Diva (Jean-Jacques Beineix, 1982) IP5: L'île aux pachydermes
Les Ripoux / My New Partner (Claude Zidi, 1985)
Cyrano de Bergerac (Jean-Paul Rappenau, 1990) Le Hussard sur la toit / The Horseman on the Roof; Bon Voyage
Black Dju (Pol Cruchten, 1996)
Les Voleurs / Thieves (André Téchiné, 1996) Les Roseaux sauvages / Wild Reeds, Alice et Martin
Chacun cherche son chat / When the Cat's Away (Cédric Klapisch, 1996)
Ma Vie en rose (Alain Berliner, 1997) The Wall
Sucre amer / Bitter Sugar (Christian Lara, 1997)
Sicilia! (Jean-Marie Straub, Danièlle Huillet, 1999) Chronicle of Anna Magdalena Bach
Beau Travail (Claire Denis, 1999)
Le Placard / The Closet (Francis Veber, 2000)
Samia (Philippe Faucon, 2000)
Le Fabuleux destin d'Amélie Poulain (Jean-Pierre Jeunet, 2001)
Le Pacte des loups / The Brotherhood of the Wolf (Christophe Gans, 2001)
L'Homme du train / The Man on the Train (Patrice Leconte, 2002) La Veuve de St. Pierre / The Widow of St. Pierre; Mon meilleur ami / My Best Friend
Les Choristes (Christophe Barratier, 2004) Faubourg 36 / Paris 36
Joyeux Noël (Christian Carion, 2005)
L'Inferno (Giuseppe de Liguoro, Francesco Bertolini, Adolfo Padovan, 1911)
La Corona di Ferro / The Iron Crown (Alessandro Blasetti, 1941)
Death in Venice (Luchino Visconti, 1971) Le notte bianchi / White Nights; Il gattopardo / The Leopard; The Damned
The Taking of Power by Louis XIV (Roberto Rossellini, 1966) Rossellini was the father of the neorealism movement. This film shows his logical style. (I would love to see his Blaise Pascal, a biography of the man who built the first calculating machines - note from 1993, since seen!). Paisà, L'amore: Il miracolo, Stromboli, Francesco giullare di Dio, Europe '51, Journey to Italy, India Matri Bhumi, Socrates, The Age of the Medici.
The Clowns (Federico Fellini, 1971) is an exuberant documentary about circus clowns. It shows to the max the spectacular, surrealistic style that is known as Felliniesque. Variety Lights, The White Shiek, La Strada, Il Bidone, 8 1/2, Toby Dammit, Satyricon, Ginger and Fred, Intervista.
L'Avventura (Michelangelo Antonioni, 1960) is a haunting drama about a disappearance. Cronaca di un amore / Story of a Love Affair, I vinti / The Vanquished, Il Grido, La Notte, L'Eclisse / The Eclipse, Il deserto rosso / The Red Desert, Il provino / The Screen Test. Antonioni's English language dramas Blowup, Zabriskie Point, The Passenger. Beyond the Clouds. Documentary shorts: Gente del Po; N.U.; Sette canne, un vestito / Seven Reeds, One Suit; L'amorosa menzogna.
Roma città libera (Marcello Pagliero, 1946)
Bicycle Thieves (Vittorio De Sica, 1948) After the Fox
Big Deal on Madonna Street (Mario Monicelli, 1958) Comedy about some inept crooks. I Compagni / The Organizer: rich film portrait of an 1890 strike.
The Gospel According to St. Matthew (Pier Paolo Pasolini, 1966)
The Tree of Wooden Clogs (Ermanno Olmi, 1978) is a miniseries about poor farmers in 19th Century Lombardy. It is the best film of the 1970's. Il posto, I findanzati.
Divorce - Italian Style (Pietro Germi, 1961)
La decima vittima / The Tenth Victim (Elio Petri, 1965)
The Spider's Stratagem (Bernardo Bertolucci, 1970) is a mystery; its dazzling color photography of the Italian countryside is like taking a trip to Italy. Beseiged.
The Good, the Bad, and The Ugly (Sergio Leone, 1967) is the best Spaghetti Western. A Fistful of Dollars.
Allegro Non Troppo (Bruno Bozzetto, 1976) is an inventively bizarre animated film comedy set to classical music.
La Nuit de Varennes (Ettore Scola, 1982)
Good Morning, Babylon (Taviani Brothers, 1987). Two Italian brothers emigrate to America, where they design the sets for D.W. Griffith's silent movie masterpiece, Intolerance (1916). The Night of the Shooting Stars.
Cinema Paradiso (Giuseppe Tornatore, 1988) is the story of a poor little boy and his love for the movies. It is very touching and emotionally involving. The Star Maker, Malena.
The Station (Sergio Rubini, 1990)
Mediterraneo (Gabriel Salvatores, 1991) is a warm hearted comedy about some Italian soldiers who go native. Some modern Italian films have been big successes in America.
Lamerica (Gianni Amelio, 1994) Grim but well made look at poverty in post-Communist Albania. The Keys of the House.
Life Is Beautiful (Roberto Benigni, 1998) Johnny Stecchino
La Finestra di fronte / Facing Windows (Ferzan Ozpetek, 2003)
Twenty-Four Eyes (Keisuke Kinoshita, 1954): Follows 12 Japanese students and their teacher from first grade to adulthood. Starts out in the 1930's, and moves on to the World War II era. Probably the best "inside" picture of traditional Japanese life on film; recommended for people who want to learn more about that country. Although there are no war scenes in the movie, the film delivers a devastating indictment of Japanese militarism of the era, and war in general. Morning for the Osone Family.
Golden Demon (Koji Shima, 1953) This is not a horror movie; the golden demon of the title is money, excessive love of which almost destroys a young couple's happiness.
Late Chrysanthemums (Mikio Naruse, 1954) Apart From You. While Mikio Naruse made 87 films between 1930 and 1967, his work seems hardly to have made any impression in the Western World. This is to be lamented, for he was clearly a magnificent filmmaker. His subject matter is remote from the tastes of contemporary audiences. Naruse grew up in poverty, and his characters are poor and often aging women struggling to get by in Japan. His stories are completely lacking in violence, action or glamour. What they do have is a marvelous storytelling ability. His visual style alternates between beautifully composed looks at Tokyo streets, to interior scenes where his characters have dramatic encounters with family, loved ones and friends.
Kagemusha (Akira Kurosawa, 1981) Sanshiro Sugata, The Men Who Tread on the Tiger's Tail, Stray Dog, Scandal, The Idiot, Ikiru, The Seven Samurai, High and Low, Dreams, Rhapsody in August
An Autumn Afternoon (Yasujiro Ozu, 1962) Walk Cheerfully, That Night's Wife, I Was Born, But..., There Was a Father, Record of a Tenement Gentleman, Late Spring, Early Summer, Tokyo Story, Equinox Flower
The Masseurs and a Woman (Hiroshi Shimizu, 1938) Ornamental Hairpin
Godzilla (Ishiro Honda, 1954)
I Will Buy You (Masaki Kobayashi, 1956) Kwaidan: The Woman in the Snow
Pale Flower (Shinoda Masahiro, 1964) Double Suicide
Tokyo Drifter (Seijun Suzuki, 1966) Delirious gangster film, with great compositions, color design. Take Aim at the Police Van
A Colt Is My Passport (Takashi Nomura, 1967)
The Makioka Sisters (Kon Ichikawa, 1983)
A Taxing Woman (Juzo Itami, 1987) A female Japanese tax agent fights a "duel" with a crooked businessman. Both the heroine and the villain have remarkable quantities of energy, ingenuity and enthusiasm for their work. Thoroughly satirical look at modern Japanese life, with an enormous amount of inside information about business, government, and crime. The Funeral.
Heaven and Earth (Haruki Kadokawa, 1990) Spectacular drama of medieval battles, choreographed to make ingenious color patterns on the screen.
Only Yesterday (Isao Takahata, 1991)
The Mystery of Rampo (Kazuyoshi Okuyama, 1994) Avant-garde fantasy in the tradition of Cocteau and Resnais' Providence. Beautifully shot.
Village of Dreams (Yoichi Higashi, 1995) Look at two eight year old boys and their childhood in a small village.
Dr. Akagi (Shohei Imamura, 1998) The Eel; Warm Water Under a Red Bridge; September 11: The Snake
Rajio no jikan / Welcome Back, Mr. McDonald (Koki Mitani, 1997)
Fish Story (Yoshihiro Nakamura, 2009)
Your Name (Makoto Shinkai, 2016)
Chungking Express (Wong Kar-wai, 1994) Days of Being Wild, Fallen Angels, In the Mood for Love, 2046, My Blueberry Nights. Avant-garde director in the tradition of France's New Wave of the 1960's. Creative camera work.
East Palace, West Palace (Zhang Yuan, 1996)
The Hole / Last Dance (Tsai Ming-liang, 1997)
Suzhou River (Lou Ye, 2000) Beautifully photographed, New Wave influenced mystery story. Rich cityscapes of Shanghai's river district recall Godard's Le Petit soldat and Varda's Cléo de 5 à 7; the complex storytelling Resnais.
Platform (Jia Zhang-ke, 2000)
Millenium Mambo (Hou Hsiao-Hsien, 2001) The Puppetmaster; Café Lumière
Zhou Yu's Train (Sun Zhou, 2002)
Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress (Dai Sijie, 2002)
Springtime (Erica Liu, 2013)
Tropical Malady (Apichatpong Weerasethakul, 2004) Cemetery of Splendour
Phörpa / The Cup (Khyentse Norbu, 1999)
Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India (Ashutosh Gowariker, 2001) Fine Indian musical, with an idealistic script, good characters and acting, and delightful musical numbers.
Matir Moina / The Clay Bird (Tareque Masud, 2002)
Osama (Siddiq Barmak, 2003)
Krrish (Rajesh Roshan, 2006)
A Time for Drunken Horses (Bahman Ghobadi, 2000) Marooned in Iraq
Offside (Jafar Panahi, 2006)
Gabbeh (Mohsen Makhmalbaf, 1996) Marriage of the Blessed; Once Upon a Time, Cinema; Images of the Khajar Dynasty; A Moment of Innocence; Kandahar
The Apple (Samira Makhmalbaf, 1998) At Five in the Afternoon
The Day I Became a Woman (Marziyeh Meshkini, 2000)
A Summer at La Goulette (Férid Boughedir, 1995)
Caramel (Nadine Labaki, 2007)
Walk on Water (Eytan Fox, 2004)
The Outlaw and His Wife (Victor Sjöström, 1918) The Wind
Erotikon (Mauritz Stiller, 1920) Sir Arne's Treasure
The Passion of Joan of Arc (Carl Theodor Dreyer, 1928) The Parson's Widow, Michael, The Master of the House, Vampyr, Day of Wrath, They Caught the Ferry, Gertrud
Babette's Feast (Gabriel Axel, 1987)
House of Angels (Colin Nutley, 1992)
Elling (Petter Næss, 2001)
Nye scener fra Amerika / New Scenes From America (Jørgen Leth, 2002)
Der er en yndig mand / This Charming Man (Martin Strange-Hansen, 2002)
Reconstruction (Christoffer Boe, 2003)
Casanova (Lasse Hallström, 2005) The Hundred-Foot Journey
Piccadilly (E. A. Dupont, 1929)
Welt am Draht / World on a Wire (Part 1) (Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1973)
Rosalie Goes Shopping (Percy Adlon, 1990) Sugarbaby, Salmonberries, Koenig's Sphere
Maybe, Maybe Not (Sonke Wortmann, 1994)
Lola Rennt / Run, Lola, Run (Tom Tykwer, 1998) Paris, je t'aime
Aimée & Jaguar (Max Färberböck, 1998)
Nirgendwo in Afrika / Nowhere in Africa (Caroline Link, 2001)
Invincible (Werner Herzog, 2001)
Rosenstrasse (Margarethe von Trotta, 2003)
Männer wie wir / Guys and Balls (Sherry Hormann, 2004)
Sophie Scholl: The Last Days (Marc Rothemund, 2005)
The Black Cross (Aleksander Ford, 1960)
Man of Marble (Andrzej Wajda, 1976) In 1950's Poland, a stone worker is cited as a model worker. Man of Iron (1980 sequel) His steel worker son takes part in Solidarity. Shot live during the events it depicts. Ashes and Diamonds. Wajda's work reflects Italian Neorealism.
A Year of the Quiet Sun (Krzysztof Zanussi, 1984)
Torrents of Spring (Jerzy Skolimowski, 1989)
Europa Europa (Agnieska Holland, 1990)
The Big Animal (Jerzy Stuhr, 2000)
Ucho / The Ear (Karel Kachyna, 1970)
WR: Mysteries of the Organism (Dusan Makavejev, 1971) Satirical documentary on the relationship between sex and politics. The funniest anti-Communist film ever made. Man Is Not a Bird, Montenegro, The Coca Cola Kid
Kolya (Jan Sverák, 1995) Dark Blue World
Werckmeister Harmonies (Béla Tarr, 2000) Damnation
Kurpe / The Shoe (Laila Pakalnina, 1998)
Gori vatra / Fuse (Pjer Zalica, 2003)
Kontroll (Nimród Antal, 2003)
The Singing Revolution (James Tusty, Maureen Castle Tusty, 2006)
By the Law (Lev Kuleshov, 1926) The Extraordinary Adventures of Mr. West in the Land of the Bolsheviks
Bed and Sofa (Abram Room, 1927)
The House on Trubnaya (Boris Barnet, 1928)
The Man With a Movie Camera (Dziga Vertov, 1928) Stride, Soviet!
Salt For Svanetia (Mikhail Kalatozov, 1929)
The Color of Pomegranates (Sergei Paradjanov, 1969) Beautiful avant-garde look at Armenian culture. Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors; Hagop Hovnatanian (1965); Ashik Kerib (1988).
Nostalghia (Andrei Tarkovsky, 1983) Solaris
Russian Ark (Alexander Sokurov, 2002) Patience Labor, Father and Son, Alexandra
Sonata for Viola: Dmitri Shostakovich (Semyon Aranovich, Alexander Sokurov, 1981)
The Cuckoo (Alexander Rogozhkin, 2002)
Koktebel / Roads to Koktebel (Boris Khlebnikov, Alexei Popogrebsky, 2003)
The Return (Andrey Zvyagintsev, 2003) Warning: this is a mystery movie without a solution. Well directed.
Stilyagi / Hipsters (Valery Todorovsky, 2008) Lively colorful musical.
Man Facing Southeast (Eliseo Subiela, 1986): an unearthly stranger shows up in Buenos Aires, claiming to be from another planet.
Miss Mary (Maria Luisa Bemberg, 1987)
Ay, Carmela! (Carlos Saura, 1990) Flamenco, Tango, Goya
Law of Desire (Pedro Almodóvar, 1987) Dark Habits, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, High Heels, Volver
The Chambermaid on the Titanic (Bigas Luna, 1997) Brilliant piece of storytelling, with many unexpected developments.
Solas (Benito Zambrano, 1999) Emotionally involving story of a poor woman in Seville, Spain and her problems.
Porto da Minha Infância / Oporto of My Childhood (Manoel de Oliveira, 2001) Douro, Faina Fluvial / Labor on the Douro River, The Strange Case of Angelica
Moolaadé (Ousmane Sembène, 2004) Borom Sarret
Green for Danger (Sidney Gilliat, 1946)
Miranda (Ken Annakin, 1948)
The Red Shoes (Michael Powell, 1948) Contraband, A Matter of Life and Death, Black Narcissus
The Importance of Being Earnest (Anthony Asquith, 1952) The V.I.P.s
Spaceways (Terence Fisher, 1953) Blackout / Murder by Proxy
Trouble in Store (John Paddy Carstairs, 1953)
The Runaway Bus (Val Guest, 1954) Jigsaw
Heat Wave (Ken Hughes, 1954)
The One That Got Away (Roy Ward Baker, 1957)
Carry On Sergeant (Gerald Thomas, 1958)
Hotel Paradiso (Peter Glenville, 1966) Summer and Smoke, The Comedians
Scream of Fear (Seth Holt, 1961)
The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner (Tony Richardson, 1962) Tom Jones
Murder Ahoy (George Pollock, 1964) Murder, She Said
The Wrong Box (Bryan Forbes, 1966) The Stepford Wives
The Bliss of Mrs. Blossom (Joe McGrath, 1968)
Savage Messiah (Ken Russell, 1972) Antonio Gaudi, Elgar, Song of Summer, Women in Love, The Boyfriend, Mahler, Lisztomania, Clouds of Glory
Gumshoe (Stephen Frears, 1972) Dangerous Liaisons, Hero
The Nine Tailors (Raymond Menmuir, 1974)
Picnic at Hanging Rock (Peter Weir, 1975) Four girls mysteriously disappear in the Australian Outback, a disappearance that is never explained by the film. Extraordinarily atmospheric film that hints at supernatural explanations (e.g., the girls have gone away to be the brides of pagan deities).
The Year of Living Dangerously (Peter Weir, 1982) Film about the start of the terrible events in Indonesia in 1965. Extraordinary performances, especially by Linda Hunt as photographer Billy Kwan. One of the best films ever made about the problems of the poor and world hunger. Although nothing supernatural happens in the tale, film has remarkable supernatural atmosphere.
The Man Who Fell to Earth (Nicholas Roeg, 1976)
The 39 Steps (Don Sharp, 1978)
Testament of Youth (Moira Armstrong, 1979)
Breaking Away (Peter Yates, 1979) The Hot Rock, Suspect, The House on Carroll Street, The Year of the Comet
Why Didn't They Ask Evans? (Tony Wharmby, John Davies, 1980)
Flickers (Cyril Coke, 1980) British TV miniseries about the early days of the British film industry, and the attempt of two outsiders, a poor Cockney (Bob Hoskins) and a middle class businesswoman (Frances De La Tour) to run their own production company. Characterizations so rich they seem four dimensional, and brilliant acting by the entire troupe, especially the two leads. Comic, upbeat, and definitely not about the sort of upper class twits that show up on too much British TV. Will Violet ever stop talking? Script by Roy Clarke.
Flash Gordon (Michael Hodges, 1980) Croupier
Heartaches (Don Shebib, 1981)
Chariots of Fire (Hugh Hudson, 1981) Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes
Condorman (Charles Jarrott, 1981) The Boy in Blue
Separate Tables (John Schlesinger, 1983) Cold Comfort Farm
The Draughtsman's Contract (Peter Greenaway, 1982)
The Lords of Discipline (Franc Roddam, 1983)
Repo Man (Alex Cox, 1984)
The Shooting Party (Alan Bridges, 1984)
Top Gun (Tony Scott, 1986)
Nazi Hunter: The Beate Klarsfeld Story (Michael Lindsay-Hogg, 1986)
Ground Zero (Michael Pattinson, Bruce Miles, 1987)
84 Charing Cross Road (David Hugh Jones, 1987)
Earth Girls Are Easy (Julien Temple, 1989) Temple has made many classic music videos.
Memphis Belle (Michael Caton-Jones. 1990)
Hear My Song (Peter Chelsom, 1991) An Irish promoter tries to lure a singer to his club. A gentle film about the power of music. Shall We Dance
Thunderheart (Michael Apted, 1992) Enigma, Amazing Grace
Princess Caraboo (Michael Austin, 1994)
The Shadow (Russell Mulcahy, 1994) Mulcahy is an important music video director.
The Madness of King George (Nicholas Hytner, 1994) The Object of My Affection
Four Weddings and a Funeral (Mike Newell, 1994)
Persuasion (Roger Michell, 1995)
The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill, But Who Came Down A Mountain (Christopher Monger, 1995)
Hackers (Iain Softley, 1995)
The Awakening (George Bloomfield, 1995)
The Disappearance of Kevin Johnson (Francis Megahy, 1996) Livin' the Life / Real Life
The Full Monty (Peter Cattaneo, 1997)
Shakespeare in Love (John Madden, 1998)
Relative Values (Eric Styles, 2000)
Billy Elliot (Stephen Daldry, 2000)
The Heart of the World (Guy Maddin, 2000) The Dead Father; Cowards Bend the Knee; My Dad Is 100 Years Old
The Parole Officer (John Duigan, 2001)
Slings and Arrows: Season One (Peter Wellington, 2003)
Bride and Prejudice (Gurinder Chadha, 2004) Bend It Like Beckham; Paris, je t'aime
Hotel Rwanda (Terry George, 2004)
The 39 Steps (James Hawes, 2008)
Upstairs Downstairs: Season 1 (Euros Lyn, Saul Metzstein, 2010)
King Lear (Peter Brook, Andrew McCullough, 1953) Starring Orson Welles.
Julius Caesar (Joseph L. Mankiewicz, 1953) Dragonwyck; Somewhere in the Night; No Way Out; All About Eve; Suddenly, Last Summer; Carol for Another Christmas
Prince of Players (Phillip Dunne, 1955)
Romeo and Juliet (Franco Zeffirelli, 1968) Hamlet (1990). Tea with Mussolini
King Richard the Second (David Giles, 1978)
The Taming of the Shrew (Richard Monette, 1989)
Much Ado About Nothing (Kenneth Branagh, 1993) Henry V, As You Like It
Othello (Oliver Parker, 1995)
Waiting for Godot (Alan Schneider, 1961)
Uncle Vanya (Stuart Burge, 1963)
The Glass Menagerie (Michael Elliott, 1966)
An Enemy of the People (Paul Bogart, 1966)
The Andersonville Trial (George C. Scott, 1970)
Antigone (Don Taylor, 1986)
Suddenly, Last Summer (Richard Eyre, 1992)
Spanish Fiesta (Jean Negulesco, 1942): dance short with the Ballets Russes. The Gay Parisian.
Romeo and Juliet (Paul Czinner, 1966) Prokofiev ballet, danced by Dame Margot Fonteyn and Rudolph Nureyev.
Goddess Dancers of Cambodia (Merrill Brockway, Faubion Bowers, 1971): unforgettably beautiful documentary about the traditional dance troupe.
The Magic of Dance (Patricia Foy, 1979) BBC documentary series, hosted by Dame Margot Fonteyn, that explores the many forms of European classical dance.
The Rite of Spring (Thomas Grimm, Judy Kinberg, 1987)
Le Spectre de la rose (2009) (with Mathias Heymann) Video.
New York City Ballet in Paris / New York City Ballet Symphony in C (Vincent Bataillon, 2016) Four ballets choreographed by George Balanchine.
The Colbys: Deceptions (Curtis Harrington, 1986). This drama has:
L'Incoronazione di Poppea (Peter Hall, 1984)
Julius Caesar (John Michael Phillips, 1984)
The Mikado (Norman Campbell, Brian MacDonald, 1984)
Agrippina (Thomas Olofsson, 1985)
The Makropulos Affair (Lotfi Mansouri, 1989)
Le nozze di Figaro / The Marriage of Figaro (Olivier Mille, Jean-Louis Thamin, 1993)
Street Scene (José Montes-Baquer, 1994)
La Cenerentola (Joan Font, Xavi Bové, 2008) Spectacular, non-realistic staging, with bright color. Act One and Act Two.
Moby-Dick (Frank Zamacona, Leonard Foglia, 2013) A new opera composed by Jake Heggie, libretto by Gene Scheer.
Silent Night (Eric Simonson, 2013) A new opera composed by Kevin Puts, libretto by Mark Campbell.
The Companion (Walker Lewis, 2014) A new opera composed by Robert Paterson, libretto by David Cote. Video.
Kyle Guglielmo clips:
Rossini: La donna del lago (Barbara Willis Sweete, 2015)
Opera Reimagined: Animating The Cunning Little Vixen (Don McClung, Ron Goldfarb, 2017). Documentary about the innovative staging of "The Cunning Little Vixen" mixing animation and live performance.
Annie Get Your Gun (Clark Jones, Jack Sydow, 1967) I saw this superb film as a kid. Currently it is lost, with scholars looking for a print.
The World of Kurt Weill (Marc Daniels, 1967)
Oklahoma! (Terrence Mann, David Stern, Paul Mauceri, 2011) A spectacular recreation of the original 1943 stage version. Act One and Act Two. Some musical numbers are especially good:
Falsettos (James Lapine, Matthew Diamond, 2017)
Anything Goes: Musical Numbers from Stage Versions:
1776 (Peter H. Hunt, 1972) Life on the Mississippi, Bus Stop
Grease 2 (Patricia Birch, 1982)
Eddie and the Cruisers (Martin Davidson, 1983) Long Gone
The Pirates of Penzance (Wilford Leach, 1983)
Streets of Fire (Walter Hill, 1984) 48HRS, Southern Comfort
Footloose (Herbert Ross, 1984) The Secret of My Success
Rappin (Joel Silberg, 1985) Breakin, Lambada
Off Beat (Michael Dinner, 1986) Curse of the Corn People
Back to the Beach (Lyndall Hobbs, 1987)
La Bamba (Luis Valdez, 1987)
Aria (ten directors, 1987)
The In Crowd (Mark Rosenthal, 1988)
Sing (Richard Baskin, 1989) The finale of this film is good; what leads up to it is poor.
Shangri-La Plaza (Nick Castle, 1990) See also: Science Fiction.
Strictly Ballroom (Baz Luhrmann, 1992) La Bohème, Moulin Rouge!, The Great Gatsby
Sister Act (Emile Ardolino, 1992)
That Thing You Do! (Tom Hanks, 1996)
Songcatcher (Maggie Greenwald, 2000)
Rock Star (Steven Herek, 2001)
Camp (Todd Graff, 2003)
De-Lovely (Irwin Winkler, 2004) The Net
Take the Lead (Liz Friedlander, 2006)
High School Musical (Kenny Ortega, 2006)
Dreamgirls (Bill Condon, 2006) See also: Gay Films.
Hairspray (Adam Shankman, 2007)
Christmas Song (Timothy Bond, 2012)
A Capella Science (Tim Blais). Self-made videos mix science with a cappella music:
Things to Come (William Cameron Menzies, 1936)
Batman and Robin: Batman Takes Over (Spencer Gordon Bennet, 1949)
The Day the Earth Stood Still (Robert Wise, 1951) Born to Kill, The Set-Up
Them! (Gordon Douglas, 1954) The Falcon in Hollywood, Dick Tracy vs. Cueball, Sincerely Yours, Yellowstone Kelly
This Island Earth (Joseph M. Newman, 1955) Respect the Law, 711 Ocean Drive, Red Skies of Montana, Dangerous Crossing, The Lawbreakers, The George Raft Story, Twenty Plus Two
The Mole People (Virgil Vogel, 1956)
The Incredible Shrinking Man (Jack Arnold, 1957) 3D versions of: It Came From Outer Space, Revenge of the Creature. High School Confidential!, Bachelor in Paradise
The 27th Day (William Asher, 1957)
Attack of the 50 Foot Woman (Nathan Juran, 1958)
The Time Machine (George Pal, 1960)
The Power (Byron Haskin, 1968) Too Late for Tears; The Naked Jungle; Robinson Crusoe on Mars
Planet of the Apes (Franklin J. Schaffner, 1968) Studio One: Twelve Angry Men, The Best Man
2001: A Space Odyssey (Stanley Kubrick, 1968) Barry Lyndon. Documentary shorts: Day of the Fight, Flying Padre.
The Savage Bees (Bruce Geller, 1976)
Star Wars (George Lucas, 1977) American Graffiti; Star Wars: Episode III - The Revenge of the Sith
Superman (Richard Donner, 1978)
Blade Runner (Ridley Scott, 1982) Someone To Watch Over Me, The Martian
Metalstorm (Charles Band, 1982) Trancers
Tron (Steve Lisberger, 1982)
The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across The Eighth Dimension (W.D. Richter, 1984) Late For Dinner
Dreamscape (Joseph Ruben, 1984) True Believer, The Stepfather, Return to Paradise, The Forgotten
The Last Starfighter (Nick Castle, 1984) See also: Musicals.
Pee Wee's Big Adventure (Tim Burton, 1985) Edward Scissorhands
Twins (Ivan Reitman, 1988) Dave, Kindergarten Cop, Junior, My Super Ex-Girlfriend
Arena (Peter Manoogian, 1988)
Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (Joe Johnston 1989) The Rocketeer
Peacemaker (Kevin S. Tenney, 1990)
Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man (Simon Wincer, 1991) The Girl Who Spelled Freedom
Universal Soldier (Roland Emmerich, 1992) Moon 44, Stargate
Encino Man (Les Mayfield, 1992) A China Odyssey
Wing Commander (Chris Roberts, 1998)
Dark City (Alex Proyas, 1998) I, Robot
Murdercycle (Tom Callaway, 1999)
Paycheck (John Woo, 2003)
Primer (Shane Carruth, 2004)
Homecoming (Joe Dante, 2005)
Fantastic Four (Tim Story, 2005) Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer
The Last Mimzy (Bob Shaye, 2007)
Speed Racer (Andy Wachowski, Larry Wachowski, 2008)
Beautiful Dreamer (David Gaddie, 2016)
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (James Gunn, 2017)
Something Wicked This Way Comes (Jack Clayton, 1983) The Great Gatsby
Murder by the Book (Mel Damski, 1987) Journey Back to Christmas. Psych TV series: episodes.
Mannequin (Michael Gottlieb, 1987)
Field of Dreams (Phil Alden Robinson, 1989) Sneakers
Groundhog Day (Harold Ramis, 1993) Caddyshack
Love Bites (Malcolm Marmorstein, 1993)
The Santa Clause (John Pasquin, 1994) Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous
The Flintstones (Brian Levant, 1994) Jingle All the Way
George of the Jungle (Sam Weisman, 1997)
Pleasantville (Gary Ross, 1998)
Elf (Jon Favreau, 2003)
A Boyfriend for Christmas (Kevin Connor, 2004) Santa Jr.
Ella Enchanted (Tommy O'Haver, 2004)
Charlotte's Web (Gary Winick, 2006)
The Night Before the Night Before Christmas (James Orr, 2010) Mr. Destiny
The Santa Suit (Robert Vaughn. 2010)
Christmas at Cartwright's (Graeme Campbell, 2014)
See also my lists:
An Early Frost (John Erman, 1985)
Parting Glances (Bill Sherwood, 1986)
Maurice (James Ivory, 1987) The Europeans, Heat and Dust, A Room With a View, Jefferson in Paris, A Soldier's Daughter Never Cries, The Golden Bowl, The White Countess
I've Heard the Mermaids Singing (Patricia Rozema, 1987) Mansfield Park
Longtime Companion (Norman René, 1989) Prelude to a Kiss
Scenes From the Class Struggle in Beverly Hills (Paul Bartel, 1989) Eating Raoul
Salmonberries (Percy Adlon, 1991)
The Krays (Peter Medak 1991) Zorro, The Gay Blade; The Seven Dancing Princesses
The Crying Game (Neil Jordan, 1992)
Orlando (Sally Potter, 1993)
M. Butterfly (David Cronenberg, 1993)
Desperate Remedies (Stewart Main, Peter Wells, 1993) The Mighty Civic
A Man of No Importance (Suri Krishnamma, 1994)
The Sum of Us (Kevin Dowling, Geoff Burton, 1995)
To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar (Beeban Kidron, 1995)
Wilde (Brian Gilbert, 1997) Vice Versa
In & Out (Frank Oz, 1997)
Gods and Monsters (Bill Condon, 1998) Kinsey. See also: Musicals.
Boys Don't Cry (Kimberly Peirce, 1999)
Hit and Runway (Christopher Livingston, 1999)
Before Night Falls (Julian Schnabel, 2000)
All Over the Guy (Julie Davis, 2001)
Unconditional Love (P. J. Hogan, 2002)
Far From Heaven (Todd Haynes, 2002)
A Touch of Pink (Ian Iqbal Rashid, 2003)
Prom Queen: The Marc Hall Story (John L'Ecuyer, 2004)
I Like Mike: Jay Spears (Matthew Herrier, 2004) Video.
Adam & Steve (Craig Chester, 2005)
The Dying Gaul (Craig Lucas, 2005)
Recruiting (James Noel Hoban, Bobby Roger Poirer, 2005)
Brokeback Mountain (Ang Lee, 2005) The Wedding Banquet, Sense and Sensibility
Available Men (David Dean Bottrell, 2006)
Howl (Robert Epstein, 2010) See also the section "Civil Rights and Equality: Documentaries".
Museum Hours (Jem Cohen, 2012) See also the section "Experimental Films".
The Normal Heart (Ryan Murphy, 2014)
See also foreign language films also listed in their country sections:
Silent Movie (Mel Brooks, 1976)
The Cheap Detective (Robert Moore, 1978)
The Prizefighter (Michael Preece, 1979)
Melvin and Howard (Jonathan Demme, 1980) Citizen's Band, Who Am I This Time?, Swing Shift, Something Wild, Swimming to Cambodia, Married to the Mob, Philadelphia
Charlie Chan and the Curse of the Dragon Queen (Clive Donner, 1981) Outstanding slapstick film: Jerry Lewis was not the only filmmaker working in slapstick mode. Plus horseback chase scene cut to Herold's "Zampa Overture". Beautiful mise-en-scene and visual style.
Say Yes (Larry Yust, 1982)
My Favorite Year (Richard Benjamin, 1982) Comedy, which like the Dick Van Dyke Show, takes us backstage at the old Sid Caesar - Imogene Coca Your Show of Shows. Among the best of Benjamin's movies are two films whose young protagonists discover themselves, almost by accident, to be living under false pretenses and phony identities: Little Nikita, Mrs. Winterbourne.
Waltz Across Texas (Ernest Day, 1982)
D.C. Cab (Joel Schumacher, 1983) The Client, Batman Forever, A Time To Kill
Johnny Dangerously (Amy Heckerling, 1984) Clueless
American Dreamer (Rick Rosenthal, 1984)
Back To School (Alan Metter, 1986) Girls Just Want To Have Fun.
Police Academy II (Jerry Paris, 1986) The Feminist and the Fuzz
Jumpin' Jack Flash (Penny Marshall, 1986) A League of Their Own
Outrageous Fortune (Arthur Hiller, 1987) Teachers, Taking Care of Business
Heartbreak Hotel (Chris Columbus, 1988) Mrs. Doubtfire
Big Business (Jim Abrahams, 1988) Jane Austen's Mafia!
The Naked Gun (David Zucker, 1988) The Naked Gun 2 1/2
Disorganized Crime (Jim Kouf, 1989)
Major League (David S. Ward, 1989) Major League II. Ward wrote the script for The Sting.
Ask Me Again (Deborah Reinesch, 1989)
Sibling Rivalry (Carl Reiner, 1990) Reiner wrote many of the classic episodes of the original Dick Van Dyke Show. The Jerk; Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid
Honeymoon Academy (Eugene Quintano, 1990) National Lampoon's Loaded Weapon I. Quintano also scripted Making the Grade.
Jury Duty (Michael Schultz, 1990) The Spirit
Don't Tell Her It's Me (Malcolm Mowbray, 1990)
Ghost (Jerry Zucker, 1990) Top Secret! (with Jim Abrahams and David Zucker)
Flashback (Franco Amurri, 1990)
True Identity (Charles Lane, 1991)
Jersey Girl (David Burton Morris, 1992) Hometown Boy Makes Good
Brain Donors (Dennis Dugan, 1992) Happy Gilmore, Big Daddy, Karroll's Christmas, I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry
Honeymoon in Vegas (Andrew Bergman, 1992)
The Beverly Hillbillies (Penelope Spheeris, 1993) Wayne's World
Guarding Tess (Hugh Wilson, 1994) Blast From the Past, Dudley Do-Right
Ace Ventura, Pet Detective (Tom Shadyac, 1994)
The Mask (Charles Russell, 1994) Eraser
Dumb and Dumber (Peter Farrelly, 1994) Stuck On You
Tommy Boy (Peter Segal, 1995)
While You Were Sleeping (Jon Turteltaub, 1995)
Emma (Douglas McGrath, 1996)
Trial and Error (Jonathan Lynn, 1997) My Cousin Vinnie
Picture Perfect (Glenn Gordon Caron, 1997)
Merry Christmas, George Bailey (Matthew Diamond, 1997) Undercover Bridesmaid, Falsettos
The Wedding Singer (Frank Coraci, 1998) The Waterboy
Ever After (Andy Tennant, 1998)
Forces of Nature (Bronwen Hughes, 1999) White Collar pilot (84 minute version).
Happy, Texas (Mark Illsley, 1999)
Three to Tango (Damon Santostefano, 1999)
Man of the Century (Adam Abraham, 1999)
Miss Congeniality (Donald Petrie, 2000) Richie Rich; The Associate
Shanghai Noon (Tom Dey, 2000)
Zoolander (Ben Stiller, 2001)
Shanghai Knights (David Dobkin, 2003)
Win a Date With Tad Hamilton! (Robert Luketic, 2004)
I (Heart) Huckabees (David O. Russell, 2004)
The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement (Garry Marshall, 2004)
Guess Who (Kevin Rodney Sullivan, 2005)
Chalk (Mike Akel, 2006)
Firehouse Dog (Todd Holland, 2007)
The Jane Austen Book Club (Robin Swicord, 2007)
Fixing Pete (Michael Grossman, 2011)
Love at the Thanksgiving Day Parade (Ron Oliver, 2012)
The Makeover (John Gray, 2013)
Signed, Sealed, Delivered (Scott Smith, 2013)
Along Came a Nanny (Michael Scott, 2014)
The Grand Budapest Hotel (Wes Anderson, 2014)
Christmas Incorporated (Jonathan Wright, 2015)
With Love, Christmas (Marita Grabiak. 2017)
The Gangster Chronicles (Richard C. Sarafian, 1981)
Nighthawks (Bruce Malmuth, 1981) Hard To Kill
Romancing the Stone (Robert Zemeckis, 1982) Contact
Cloak and Dagger (Richard Franklin, 1984)
Dangerously Close (Albert Pyun, 1986) Radioactive Dreams
Choke Canyon (Chuck Bail, 1986)
Out of Bounds (Richard Tuggle, 1986)
Blue City (Michelle Manning, 1986)
American Ninja 2: The Confrontation (Sam Firstenberg, 1987) Avenging Force
The Rosary Murders (Fred Walton, 1987)
The Untouchables (Brian De Palma, 1987) Get To Know Your Rabbit
Die Hard (John McTiernan, 1988) The Hunt For Red October, The 13th Warrior
Fourth Story (Ivan Passer, 1990)
Born to Ride (Graham Baker, 1991)
Empire City (Mark Rosner, 1991)
The Last of the Mohicans (Michael Mann, 1992) L.A. Takedown
Molly and Gina (Paul Leder, 1993)
Body Shot (Dmitri Logothetis, 1993)
Posse (Mario Van Peebles, 1993) Gang in Blue, Wiseguy: Day One
The Pelican Brief (Alan J. Pakula, 1993)
A Clear and Present Danger (Philip Noyce, 1994)
Speed (Jan DeBont, 1994)
Chameleon (Michael Pavone, 1995)
Fair Game (Andrew Sipes, 1995)
Bullet to Beijing (George Mihalka, 1995)
Tornado! (Noel Nosseck, 1996)
Air Force One (Wolfgang Petersen, 1997)
The Peacemaker (Mimi Leder, 1997)
Red Corner (Jon Avnet, 1997) Fried Green Tomatoes
Psycho (Gus Van Sant, 1998)
The Skulls (Rob Cohen, 2000) The Rat Pack, The Fast and the Furious
Spy Kids (Robert Rodriguez, 2001)
The Elite (Terry Cunningham, 2001)
Daredevil (Mark Steven Johnson, 2003)
Torque (Joseph Kahn, 2004)
Assault on Precinct 13 (Jean-François Richet, 2005)
The Legend of Zorro (Martin Campbell, 2005) Green Lantern
The Illusionist (Neal Burger, 2006)
Captain America: The Winter Soldier (Anthony and Joe Russo, 2014)
Gibbsville: The Turning Point of Jim Malloy (Frank D. Gilroy, 1975)
I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings (Fiedler Cook, 1979)
Three Women (Robert Altman, 1977) MASH, Nashville, Gosford Park, Tanner on Tanner
The Moderns (Alan Rudolph, 1988)
Oxford Blues (Robert Boris, 1984)
Mr. North (Danny Huston, 1988) The Dead
Don't Cry, Its Only Thunder (Peter Werner, 1982) No Man's Land
Tex (Tim Hunter, 1982)
Places in the Heart (Robert Benton, 1984)
Slam Dance (Wayne Wang, 1987) Chan Is Missing, Smoke, Blue in the Face, Maid in Manhattan, Because of Winn-Dixie
Stand and Deliver (Ramon Menendez, 1987)
The Accidental Tourist (Lawrence Kasdan 1988) Silverado
Dream Breakers (Stuart Millar, 1989) When the Legends Die
Platoon (Oliver Stone, 1986) Born on the Fourth of July, The Doors
Gaby (Luis Mandoki, 1987) Born Yesterday
Chameleon Street (Wendell B. Harris Jr., 1989)
Metropolitan (Whit Stillman, 1990)
Boyz n the Hood (John Singleton, 1991)
Daughters of the Dust (Julie Dash, 1991) The Rosa Parks Story. Interview.
Separate But Equal (George Stevens, Jr., 1991) George Stevens: From D-Day to Berlin
Zebrahead (Anthony Drazan, 1992)
Swing Kids (Thomas Carter, 1993)
Foreign Student (Eva Sereny, 1994)
A Walk in the Clouds (Alfonso Arau, 1995)
Living in Oblivion (Tom Di Cillo, 1995). Everything possible goes wrong on the set of an ultra-cheap, low budget art film in this dark comedy.
Ghosts of Mississippi (Rob Reiner, 1996) A Few Good Men, The American President, Alex and Emma
Amistad (Steven Spielberg, 1997) Catch Me If You Can
Dangerous Beauty (Marshall Herskovitz, 1997)
Kundun (Martin Scorsese, 1997)
Cousin Bette (Des McAnuff, 1997)
Great Expectations (Alfonso Cuarón, 1998)
New Rose Hotel (Abel Ferrara, 1998)
The Winslow Boy (David Mamet, 1999)
Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai (Jim Jarmusch, 1999) Mystery Train; Night On Earth; Coffee and Cigarettes; Broken Flowers; Paterson
The Color of Friendship (Kevin Hooks, 2000)
Joe and Max (Steve James, 2002)
Nat Turner: A Troublesome Property (Charles Burnett, 2003) Nightjohn; Selma, Lord, Selma
All the Ships at Sea (Dan Sallitt, 2004)
Bobby Jones: Stroke of Genius (Rowdy Herrington, 2004)
Good Night, and Good Luck (George Clooney, 2005)
Ocean of Pearls (Sarab Neelam, 2008)
Class (David S. Cass, 2010)
The Help (Tate Taylor, 2011)
Second Chances (Ernie Barbarash, 2013)
Best Christmas Party Ever (John Bradshaw, 2014)
Debbie Macomber's Dashing Through the Snow (Kristoffer Tabori, 2015)
The Big Short (Adam McKay, 2015)
Spotlight (Tom McCarthy, 2015)
Hidden Figures (Theodore Melfi, 2016)
Porky's (Bob Clark, 1981) Porky's II
Valley Girl (Martha Coolidge, 1983) Real Genius, pilot for Sledge Hammer, The Prince and Me
Tuff Turf (Fritz Kiersch, 1985) Into The Sun
The Heavenly Kid (Cary Medoway, 1985)
Just One of The Guys (Lisa Gottlieb, 1985)
Vision Quest (Harold Becker, 1985) Malice
Modern Girls (Jerry Kramer, 1986)
Pretty in Pink (Howard Deutch, 1986)
Student Exchange (Mollie Miller, 1987)
Campus Man (Ron Casden, 1987)
Hairspray (John Waters, 1988) Pink Flamingos, Polyester, Crybaby, Pecker, Cecil B. Demented
Johnny Be Good (Bud Smith, 1988)
Shag (Zelda Barron, 1988)
California Casanova (Nathaniel Christian, 1989)
Catch Me If You Can (Stephen Sommers, 1989)
If Looks Could Kill (William Dear, 1991)
Mystery Date (Jonathan Wacks, 1991)
My Date With the President's Daughter (Alex Zamm, 1998) Crown For Christmas
She's All That (Robert Iscove, 1999)
Never Been Kissed (Raja Gosnell, 1999)
The Prince and the Surfer (Gregory Gieras, Arye Gross, 1999)
Chasing Liberty (Andy Cadiff, 2004)
Le Retour à la raison (Man Ray, 1923) Emak-Bakia, L'étoile de mer, Les Mystères du Château du Dé
Ballet méchanique (Fernand Léger, Dudley Murphy, 1924) Murphy made some good Hollywood films: The Night Is Young.
The Love of Zero (Robert Florey, William Cameron Menzies, 1927)
The Life and Death of 9413: A Hollywood Extra (Robert Florey, Slavko Vorkapich, 1928)
The Fall of the House of Usher (Melville Webber, James Sibley Watson, 1928) Lot in Sodom
Autumn Fire (Herman G. Weinberg, 1931)
Le Mort du cerf (Dimitri Kirsanoff, 1951)
Meshes of the Afternoon (Maya Deren, 1943) At Land, A Study in Choreography for Camera
In the Street (Helen Levitt, Helen Loeb, James Agee, 1944)
Visual Variations on Noguchi (Marie Menken, 1945) Glimpse of the Garden
The Potted Psalm (Sidney Peterson, James Broughton, 1946) The Lead Shoes (Peterson, 1949)
House of Cards (Joseph Vogel, 1947)
Fireworks (Kenneth Anger, 1947) Inauguration of the Pleasure Dome, Eaux d'Artifice, Scorpio Rising, Kustom Kar Kommandos
Christmas, USA (Gregory Markopoulos, 1949) Twice a Man
The Uncomfortable Man (Kent Munson, Theodore Huff, 1948)
Image in the Snow (Willard Maas, 1952)
The Wonder Ring (Stan Brakhage, 1955) Desistfilm, Cat's Cradle, Window Water Baby Moving, Dog Star Man, Eye Myth, Deus Ex, The Wold Shadow, The Riddle of Lumen, Commingled Containers. See also "Abstract Films" for Brakhage's work in that category.
Recreation I (Robert Breer, 1957) A Man and His Dog Out for Air, Blazes
Orchard Street (Ken Jacobs, 1956)
The Flower Thief (Ron Rice, 1960) Chumlum
George Dumpson's Place (Ed Emshwiller, 1961 - 1963)
Flaming Creatures (Jack Smith, 1963) Scotch Tape
Sins of the Fleshapoids (Mike Kuchar, 1965) The Secret of Wendel Samson; The Craven Sluck
Snowblind (Hollis Frampton, 1968)
OffOn (Scott Bartlett, 1968)
S:tream:S S:ection S:ection:S S:ectioned (Paul J. Sharits, 1968 - 1970)
Our Lady of the Sphere (Larry Jordan, 1969)
Bleu Shut (Robert Nelson, 1970) Oh Dem Watermelons, The Awful Backlash
Quick Billy (Bruce Baillie, 1971) Here I Am, Castro Street, All My Life
Necrology (Standish Lawder, 1971)
Battery Film (Franklin Backus, Richard Protovin, 1985)
Turner (M. M. Serra, 1987)
Scenes From the Life of Andy Warhol (Jonas Mekas, 1990) Notes on the Circus
Intestinal Fortitude (Colin Barton, 1991)
Lost Book Found (Jem Cohen, 1996) Amber City, Museum Hours. See also the section "Gay Films".
Raw Images from the Optic Cross (Karl Nussbaum, 1998)
Big Monday (Michael T. Rehfield, 1998) Remarkable feature film, shot in one long take, as characters move through streets and buildings of Manhattan. Times Square by 50
In the Mirror of Maya Deren (Martina Kudlacek, 2002)
Der Klang des Meeres (Wolfgang Lehmann, Telemach Wiesinger, 2004)
Free Radicals: A History of Experimental Film (Pip Chodorov, 2012)
Symphonie Diagonale (Viking Eggeling, 1924)
Light Rhythms (Francis Bruguière, Oswell Blakeston, 1930)
Ein Lichtspiel: Schwarz-Weiss-Grau (László Moholy-Nagy, 1930) Unused special effects for Things to Come. See also the Architecture Documentaries section.
A Colour Box (Len Lye, 1935) Rainbow Dance, Trade Tattoo, Colour Flight, Swinging the Lambeth Walk, Free Radicals
Tarantella (Mary Ellen Bute, 1940) Parabola
Composition 1 (Themis) (Dwinell Grant, 1940) Contrathemis
An American March (Oskar Fischinger, 1941) Circles, Komposition in Blau / Composition in Blue, Allegretto / Radio Dynamics, Motion Painting No. 1
1941 (Francis Lee, 1941)
Early Abstractions (Harry Smith, 1946-1957)
Begone Dull Care (Norman McLaren, Evelyn Lambart, 1949)
Come Closer (Hy Hirsch, 1952)
Catalog (John Whitney, 1961) Celery Stalks at Midnight, Permutations, Arabesque
Lapis (James Whitney, 1963-1966) Yantra
Samadhi (Jordan Belson, 1967) Allures, Light, Fountain of Dreams, Epilogue. Belson also made special effects for The Right Stuff.
Peyote Queen (Storm De Hirsch, 1965)
Midweekend (Caroline Avery, 1985)
Untitled (For Marilyn) (Stan Brakhage, 1992) Night Music, The Dante Quartet, Rage Net, Glaze of Cathexis, Stellar, Study in Color and Black and White, From: First Hymn to the Night - Novalis, The Dark Tower, Water for Maya, Lovesong
Zwerk (Bart Vegter, 2004)
We Work Again (no director credited, 1937)
A Time for Burning (William C. Jersey, 1967)
The Times of Harvey Milk (Robert Epstein, 1984)
Before Stonewall (Robert Rosenberg, John Scagliotti, Greta Schiller, 1984)
Eyes on the Prize (Henry Hampton, 1987, 1990)
Paris Is Burning (Jennie Livingston, 1990)
The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg (Aviva Kempner, 2000)
Daddy and Papa (Johnny Symons, 2002)
February One: The Story of the Greensboro Four (Rebecca Cerese, Daniel Blake Smith, 2003)
Paper Clips (Elliot Berlin, Joe Fab, 2004)
For the Bible Tells Me So (Daniel G. Karslake, 2007)
Out in the Silence (Joe Wilson, Dean Hamer, 2009) Kumu Hina
Freedom Riders (Stanley Nelson, 2011) Freedom Summer
First Freedom: The Fight for Religious Liberty (Lee Groberg, 2012)
An American Mosque (David Washburn, 2012)
The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross (Henry Louis Gates Jr, Sabin Streeter, Jamila Wignot, Phil Bertelsen, Leslie Asako Gladsjo, 2013)
The Day it Snowed in Miami (Joe Cardona, 2014) Video.
Spies of Mississippi (Dawn Porter, 2014)
The Caged Bird: The Life and Music of Florence B. Price (James Greeson, 2015)
Children of Giant (Hector Galán, 2015)
Out Run (S. Leo Chiang, Johnny Symons, 2016) Visually striking film with a dynamic use of bright color.
Karamu: 100 Years in the House (Lance K. Shultz, 2017) About the Cleveland theater group.
PBS NewsHour on Refugees:
Mardi Gras: Made in China (David Redmon, 2005)
Triangle Fire (Jamila Wignot, 2011)
Triangle: Remembering the Fire (Daphne Pinkerson, 2011)
Poor Kids (Jezza Neumann, 2012)
Bill Moyers Essay: The United States of Inequality (Julia Conley, Lauren Feeney, Cameron Hickey, 2013) Video.
The Graduates/Los Graduados (Bernardo Ruiz, Pamela Aguilar, Katia Maguire, 2013)
America by the Numbers: Pass or Fail in Cambodia Town (Leslie Asako Gladsjo, 2014)
America by the Numbers: Surviving Year One (Billy Shebar, Charlotte Mangin, 2014) About infant mortality.
Yoopera! (Suzanne Jurva, Erin Smith, 2014)
The Rule (Marylou Tibaldo-Bongiorno, Jerome Bongiorno, 2015)
The Raising of America: The Signature Hour (Christine Herbes-Sommers, 2015) Helping kids in early childhood.
A Hug From Paul Ryan (Don Argott, Sheena M. Joyce, 2016)
Class of '27 (James Rutenbeck, Dustinn Craig, Nina Alvarez, 2016)
PBS NewsHour on Health Care, Medicaid and the U.S. Affordable Care Act:
Shift Change (Melissa Young, Mark Dworkin, 2012) About cooperatives and worker-owned businesses. Video Excerpt.
Say Amen, Somebody (George T. Nierenberg, 1982)
Koyaanisqatsi (Godfrey Reggio, 1983) Anima Mundi
Baraka (Ron Fricke, 1992)
The Asian & Abrahamic Religions: A Divine Encounter in America (Gerald Krell, Meyer Odze, Adam Krell, 2010)
Regen / Rain (Joris Ivens, Mannus Franken, 1929) De Brug / The Bridge
An Aimless Walk (Alexander Hammid, 1930)
Listen to Britain (Humphrey Jennings, Stewart McAllister, 1942)
We Never Sleep (Larry O'Reilly, 1956) Fortune Seekers
Primary (Robert Drew, 1960)
God Respects Us When We Work But Loves Us When We Dance (Les Blank, 1968)
Talking to Americans (Geoff D'Eon, 2001)
Être et avoir / To Be and To Have (Nicholas Philibert, 2002)
Hard Corps (David Malver, 2002) A look at drum corps.
Fahrenheit 9/11 (Michael Moore, 2004) Roger & Me
Uncovered: The War on Iraq (Robert Greenwald, 2004) Iraq For Sale: The War Profiteers
No End in Sight (Charles Ferguson, 2007)
Ron Howard's Call to Action (Jake Szymanski, 2008)
Hot Coffee (Susan Saladoff, 2011)
The Mysterious Lost State of Franklin (Buck Kahler, 2011)
Som Sabadell (no director credited, 2012)
The Tribal Eye (David Attenborough, 1976) See also nature films.
Dale Chihuly: Glass Master (Vicki Dunakin, 1987)
Jasper Johns: Ideas in Paint (Rick Tejada-Flores, 1989)
901: After 45 Years of Working (Eames Demetrios, 1990) About the Office (design studio) of Charles and Ray Eames.
Isamu Noguchi: Stones and Paper (Hiro Narita, 1997)
American Visions (John Bush, Julia Cave, James Kent, Christopher Spencer, David Wilcock, 1997)
The Impressionists (Bruce Alfred, 2001) Biographical film about the French Impressionist painters.
Herb Alpert: Music for Your Eyes (Tom Neff, 2002) A look at musician Herb Alpert's abstract paintings and sculptures.
Frazetta: Painting with Fire (Lance Laspina, 2003) Portrait of the artist Frank Frazetta.
The Saffron Gates (Philip Schopper, 2005)
The Rape of Europa (Richard Berge, Bonni Cohen, Nichole Newnham, 2006)
Virginia Lee Burton: A Sense of Place (Christine Lundberg, Rawn Fulton, 2007)
This Is US: Scott Weaver (John Gregg, 2010)
Herblock: The Black & The White (Michael Stevens, 2013)
Humble Beauty: Skid Row Artists (Letitia Popa Schwartz, Judith Vogelsang, 2013)
Texas Southern University Murals ( 2013)
Detroit Performs: Pete Coe (Jim Graessle, 2014)
The Man Who Saved the Louvre (Jean-Pierre Devillers, Pierre Pochart, 2014)
Dorothea Lange: Grab a Hunk of Lightning (Dyanna Taylor, 2014)
What Was Ours (Mat Hames, 2016)
Jack Taylor of Beverly Hills (Cecile Leroy Beaulieu, 2007)
Iris (Albert Maysles, 2014)
Deschutes Driftwood (Robert C. Bruce, 1916)
Lake Tahoe, Land of the Sky (no director credited, 1916)
Manhatta (Paul Strand, Charles Sheeler, 1921)
Hollywood the Unusual (William Taylor, circa 1927) The zany, exotic architecture of Los Angeles.
The New Architecture and the London Zoo (László Moholy-Nagy, 1936). See also the Abstract Films section.
Antonio Gaudi (Hiroshi Teshigahara, 1985) Documentary about the Barcelona architect.
Frank Lloyd Wright (Ken Burns, Lynn Novick, 1998)
Los Angeles Plays Itself (Thom Andersen, 2003) In depth look at how Los Angeles and its architecture is portrayed in movies.
Loos Ornamental (Heinz Emigholz, 2008) About architect Adolf Loos.
The Olmsted Legacy: America's Urban Parks (Rebecca Messner, 2011)
The Grove (Andy Abrahams Wilson, 2011) About the National AIDS Memorial Grove in San Francisco.
Biophilic Design: The Architecture of Life (Stephen R. Kellert, Bill Finnegan, 2011) Architecture that encourages a love of nature, with many contemporary buildings shown. The film's website has a list of locales.
10 Buildings That Changed America (Dan Protess, 2013) 10 That Changed America (2016). These delightful films are the best place to start to learn about American architecture, parks and city planning. The film's website has a list of locales (scroll to bottom).
Elevated Thinking: The High Line in New York City (Marc Doyle, Chesney Blankenstein Doyle, 2014)
Time Scanners: Machu Picchu (Tom Stubberfield, 2014)
Eero Saarinen: The Architect Who Saw the Future (Peter Rosen, 2016)
Lumière Brothers' First Films (Louis Lumière, 1895 - 1897) Compilation of 85 of the Brothers' best short films, each 50 seconds long.
Rien que les heures (Alberto Cavalcanti, 1926)
The Man With a Movie Camera (Dziga Vertov, 1928) Stride, Soviet!
Hong Kong: "The Hub of the Orient" (James A. FitzPatrick, 1937) Stockholm: Pride of Sweden, Ancient Egypt, Paris on Parade, Cairo, City of Contrast; Glimpses of Argentina, Historic Maryland, West Point on the Hudson, Colorful North Carolina, A Day in Death Valley, Where Time Stands Still, Merida and Campeche, Around the World in California, Glimpses of New Scotland, Night Life in Chicago, Calling on Michigan, Playlands of Michigan, Quebec in Summertime, Mighty Manhattan, New York's Wonder City, Life on the Thames, Egypt Speaks, In the Valley of the Rhine. FitzPatrick did many short travelogues, often in brilliant color.
Okay for Sound (Unknown director, 1946)
Before the Nickelodeon: The Cinema of Edwin S. Porter (Charles Musser, 1982)
Cinema Europe: The Other Hollywood (Kevin Brownlow, David Gill, 1996)
James Dean: Forever Young (Michael J. Sheridan, 2005)
Ernst Lubitsch in Berlin (Robert Fischer, 2006)
Silent Britain (David Thompson, 2006)
House of Harrington (Tyler Hubby, Jeffrey Schwarz, 2008) About the great filmmaker Curtis Harrington.
Sous le nom de Melville / Code Name Melville (Olivier Bohler, 2008) About Jean-Pierre Melville.
Oregon's Animation Magic (2017)
Who Killed the Electric Car? (Chris Paine, 2006)
Search for the Super Battery (Daniel McCabe, 2017) (See also section on Science.)
PBS NewsHour on Climate Change:
When Weather Changed History: Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 (Karl Gustave, 2008)
America's First Forest: Carl Schenck and the Asheville Experiment (Paul Bonesteel, 2015)
H2O (Ralph Steiner, 1929) Mechanical Principles, The City
Auto-Lite on Parade (J. Cullen Landis, 1940) Visually spectacular look at manufacturing machinery, followed by a delightful animated parade of parts.
Give Us the Earth! (Gunther von Fritsch, 1947) This Is the Bowery
Powers of Ten (Charles and Ray Eames, 1968) Blacktop, The Expanding Airport, Toccata for Toy Trains, IBM at the Fair, Babbage, Tops (two films, 1957, 1969), The Black Ships, SX-70, Atlas. Also book: A Computer Perspective.
Turbo-Encabulator (Bud Haggart, Dave Rondot, 1977) Zany spoof of technical films.
Theremin: An Electronic Odyssey (Steven M. Martin, 1993) A look at the great inventor and electronic music pioneer.
Julia Robinson and Hilbert's Tenth Problem (George Paul Csicsery, 2008) Video Excerpt. In-depth look at major woman mathematician. Shows how mathematicians work.
Making Stuff Faster (Michael Bicks, Vincent Liota, Anna Lee Strachan, 2013) Video. Vividly explains mathematical algorithms in ways non-mathematicians can understand. Fun and enlightening.
Making Stuff Wilder (Daniel McCabe, 2013) Innovative robots that imitate nature. (See also section on Climate Change.)
The Great Math Mystery (Daniel McCabe, Richard Reisz, 2015) The long-time debate about whether mathematics is invented or discovered, explained so that non-mathematicians can understand.
Women in Chemistry: Lessons from Life and the Laboratory (Glenn Holsten, 2013) Fascinating look at eight women chemists. Gives a broad look at what chemists actually do, in business, universities and government.
Divine Discontent: Charles Proteus Steinmetz (Paul Frederick, Bruce Carlin, 2014) The major inventor.
ForEveryone.Net (Jessica Yu, 2016) Profile of Tim Berners-Lee, idealistic inventor of the World Wide Web.
The Crowd & The Cloud (Geoff Haines-Stiles, 2017) Web site. About citizen science.
Decade for Decision (Jay Bonafield, 1957) The urban universities of the USA, and the role they play in education, technology and the economy. Fascinating and inspiring.
The Hollywood Librarian: A Look at Librarians Through Film (Ann Seidl, 2007) Vivid account of the huge variety of things librarians do. Plus Hollywood film clips showing libraries.
We Are Still Here (Sterlin Harjo, Matt Leach, 2011) Preserving the Yuchi language. Video.
When Seattle Invented the Future: The 1962 World's Fair (John Gordon Hill, 2012)
Schools That Change Communities (Bob Gliner, 2013)
The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau: The Night of the Squid (1970), Octopus, Octopus (1971), The Incredible March of the Spiny Lobsters (1976).
Otto, Zoo Gorilla (Dugan Rosalini, 1977)
Life on Earth (David Attenborough, 1979)
Fungi: The Rotten World About Us (Barry Paine, 1980) Remarkable look at fungi and mushrooms, made for Oxford Scientific Films.
The Nature of Things: Island of the Moon (Rudolf Kovanic, Nancy Archibald, 1981) Madagascar and its animals, including giant lemurs like the Indri.
The Nature of Things: Professor Bonner and the Slime Molds (John Bonner, 1987)
Out in Nature: Homosexual Behavior in the Animal Kingdom (Stéphane Alexandresco, Bertrand Loyer, Jessica Menendez, 2001)
The Gathering Swarms (John Downer, 2014)
Creatures of Light (Chad Cohen, 2016)
Wild Ways (James Brundige, 2016)
The Story of Cats (Anwar Mamon, 2016)
Aurora - Fackeln am Firmament / Aurora - Fire in the Sky (Ivo Filatsch, 2012) Look at the Aurora in both nature and folk culture.
Deadliest Space Weather: Mars (Gabriel Rotello, 2013)
Deadliest Space Weather: Fastest Winds in the Solar System (Darryl Rehr, 2013) (About winds on Neptune.)
Invisible Universe Revealed (Peter Yost, 2015) About the Hubble telescope.
Chasing Pluto (Terri Randall, 2015) The New Horizon mission, plus scientific research on Pluto and the Kuiper Belt.
Death Dive to Saturn (Terri Randall, 2017) On the Cassini mission.
The Farthest (Emer Reynolds, 2017) On the Voyager mission.