My ESSENTIAL List of Films & Television

I usually don’t like making lists because it lessens the work of other films. These films aren’t necessarily what I consider the GREATEST, but they have influenced, affected, and shaped me as a writer/director.

In Chronological Order (underlined are clickable links which take to you the essay):

  1. A Trip to the Moon (1902) dir. George Melies
  2. Metropolis (1927) dir. Fritz Lang
  3. Un Chien Andalou (1928) dir. Luis Bunuel/Salvador Dali
  4. Shadow of a Doubt (1943) dir. Alfred Hitchcock
  5. Detour (1945) dir. Edgar G. Ulmer
  6. The Red Shoes (1948) dir. Powell + Pressburger
  7. The Third Man (1949) dir. Carol Reed
  8. Los Olvidados (1950) dir. Luis Bunuel
  9. Sunset Boulevard (1950) dir. Billy Wilder
  10. Seven Samurai (1954) dir. Akira Kurosawa
  11. Rear Window (1954) dir. Alfred Hitchcock
  12. Wild Strawberries (1955) dir. Ingmar Bergman
  13. Mon Oncle (1956) dir. Jacques Tati
  14. Vertigo (1958) dir. Alfred Hitchcock
  15. Hiroshima Mon Amour (1959) dir. Alain Resnais
  16. 8 1/2 (1963) dir. Federico Fellini
  17. From Russia with Love (1963) dir. Terence Young
  18. Blow-Up (1966) dir. Michaelangelo Antonioni
  19. Persona (1966) dir. Ingmar Bergman
  20. Belle de Jour (1967) dir. Luis Bunuel
  21. The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly (1967) dir. Sergio Leone
  22. Rosemary’s Baby (1968) dir. Roman Polanski
  23. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) dir. Stanley Kubrick
  24. The Godfather I (1972) dir. Francis Ford Coppola
  25. Last Tango in Paris (1973) dir. Bernardo Bertolucci
  26. The Last Detail (1973) dir. Hal Ashby
  27. The Conversation (1974) dir. Francis Ford Coppola
  28. The Godfather II (1974) dir. Francis Ford Coppola
  29. Chinatown (1974) dir. Roman Polanski
  30. The Passenger (1975) dir. Michaelangelo Antonioni
  31. The Tenant (1976) dir. Roman Polanski
  32. Taxi Driver (1976) dir. Martin Scorsese
  33. Apocalypse Now (1979) dir. Francis Ford Coppola
  34. Manhattan (1979) dir. Woody Allen
  35. Raging Bull (1980) dir. Martin Scorsese
  36. The Shining (1980) dir. Stanley Kubrick
  37. Blow Out (1981) dir. Brian De Palma
  38. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) dir. Steven Spielberg
  39. Back to the Future (1984) dir. Robert Zemeckis
  40. After Hours (1985) dir. Martin Scorsese
  41. Hannah and Her Sisters (1986) dir. Woody Allen
  42. Blue Velvet (1986) dir. David Lynch
  43. Full Metal Jacket (1987) dir. Stanley Kubrick
  44. Spoorloos (1988) dir. George Sluizer
  45. I…Dreaming (1988) dir. Stan Brakhage (short)
  46. Life Lessons (1989) dir. Martin Scorsese (short)
  47. Goodfellas (1990) dir. Martin Scorsese
  48. The Silence of the Lambs (1991) dir. Jonathan Demme
  49. Carlito’s Way (1993) dir. Brian De Palma
  50. The X-Files (1993–2016) // Chris Carter
  51. Pulp Fiction (1994) dir. Quentin Tarantino
  52. Casino (1995) dir. Martin Scorsese
  53. Before Sunrise/Sunset (1995; 2004) dir. Richard Linklater
  54. Heat (1995) dir. Michael Mann
  55. Se7en (1995) dir. David Fincher
  56. Leaving Las Vegas (1996) dir. Mike Figgis
  57. Cure (1997) dir. Kiyoshi Kurosawa
  58. Lost Highway (1997) dir. David Lynch
  59. L.A. Confidential (1997) dir. Curtis Hanson
  60. The Game (1997) dir. David Fincher
  61. Jackie Brown (1997) dir. Quentin Tarantino
  62. Saving Private Ryan (1998) dir. Steven Spielberg
  63. The Ninth Gate (1999) dir. Roman Polanski
  64. Eyes Wide Shut (1999) dir. Stanley Kubrick
  65. Traffic (2000) dir. Steven Soderbergh
  66. Y Tu Mama Tambien (2001) dir. Alfonso Cuaron
  67. Mulholland Drive (2001) dir. David Lynch
  68. Punch-Drunk Love (2002) dir. Paul Thomas Anderson
  69. The Pianist (2002) dir. Roman Polanski
  70. About a Boy (2002) dir. Paul and Chris Weitz
  71. Elephant (2003) dir. Gus Van Sant
  72. Collateral (2004) dir. Michael Mann
  73. Cache (2005) dir. Michael Haneke
  74. Match Point (2005) dir. Woody Allen
  75. Three Times (2005) dir. Hou Hsiao Hsien
  76. The Departed (2006) dir. Martin Scorsese
  77. No Country for Old Men (2007) dir. The Coen Brothers
  78. There Will Be Blood (2007) dir. Paul Thomas Anderson
  79. The Dark Knight (2008) dir. Christopher Nolan
  80. The Ghost Writer (2010) dir. Roman Polanski
  81. Tree of Life (2011) dir. Terrence Malick
  82. Midnight in Paris (2011) dir. Woody Allen
  83. Drive (2011) dir. Nicolas Winding Refn
  84. The Master (2012) dir. Paul Thomas Anderson
  85. True Detective S1 (2014) dir. Cary Fukanaga // writ. Nic Pizzalatto
  86. Interstellar (2014) dir. Christopher Nolan
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