My ESSENTIAL Favorites list of Films & Television

Matthew Oquendo
May 15, 2016 · 3 min read

These films aren’t necessarily what I consider the GREATEST WORKS (some are), but they have undoubtedly influenced, affected, and shaped me as a filmmaker.

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. Ikiru (1952) dir. Akira Kurosawa
  11. La Strada (1954) dir. Federico Fellini
  12. Seven Samurai (1954) dir. Akira Kurosawa
  13. Rear Window (1954) dir. Alfred Hitchcock
  14. Wild Strawberries (1955) dir. Ingmar Bergman
  15. Mon Oncle (1956) dir. Jacques Tati
  16. Vertigo (1958) dir. Alfred Hitchcock
  17. Hiroshima Mon Amour (1959) dir. Alain Resnais
  18. La Dolce Vita (1960) dir. Federico Fellini
  19. 8 1/2 (1963) dir. Federico Fellini
  20. From Russia with Love (1963) dir. Terence Young
  21. Blow-Up (1966) dir. Michaelangelo Antonioni
  22. Persona (1966) dir. Ingmar Bergman
  23. Belle de Jour (1967) dir. Luis Bunuel
  24. The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly (1967) dir. Sergio Leone
  25. Rosemary’s Baby (1968) dir. Roman Polanski
  26. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) dir. Stanley Kubrick
  27. The Godfather I (1972) dir. Francis Ford Coppola
  28. Last Tango in Paris (1973) dir. Bernardo Bertolucci
  29. The Last Detail (1973) dir. Hal Ashby
  30. The Conversation (1974) dir. Francis Ford Coppola
  31. The Godfather II (1974) dir. Francis Ford Coppola
  32. Chinatown (1974) dir. Roman Polanski
  33. The Passenger (1975) dir. Michaelangelo Antonioni
  34. The Tenant (1976) dir. Roman Polanski
  35. Taxi Driver (1976) dir. Martin Scorsese
  36. Sorcerer (1977) dir. William Friedkin
  37. Apocalypse Now (1979) dir. Francis Ford Coppola
  38. Manhattan (1979) dir. Woody Allen
  39. Raging Bull (1980) dir. Martin Scorsese
  40. The Shining (1980) dir. Stanley Kubrick
  41. Blow Out (1981) dir. Brian De Palma
  42. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) dir. Steven Spielberg
  43. Once Upon a Time in America (1984) dir. Sergio Leone
  44. After Hours (1985) dir. Martin Scorsese
  45. Hannah and Her Sisters (1986) dir. Woody Allen
  46. Blue Velvet (1986) dir. David Lynch
  47. Full Metal Jacket (1987) dir. Stanley Kubrick
  48. Spoorloos (1988) dir. George Sluizer
  49. I…Dreaming (1988) dir. Stan Brakhage (short)
  50. Life Lessons (1989) dir. Martin Scorsese (short)
  51. Goodfellas (1990) dir. Martin Scorsese
  52. The Silence of the Lambs (1991) dir. Jonathan Demme
  53. Carlito’s Way (1993) dir. Brian De Palma
  54. The X-Files (1993–2016) // Chris Carter
  55. Casino (1995) dir. Martin Scorsese
  56. Before Sunrise/Sunset (1995; 2004) dir. Richard Linklater
  57. Heat (1995) dir. Michael Mann
  58. Se7en (1995) dir. David Fincher
  59. Cure (1997) dir. Kiyoshi Kurosawa
  60. Lost Highway (1997) dir. David Lynch
  61. L.A. Confidential (1997) dir. Curtis Hanson
  62. Jackie Brown (1997) dir. Quentin Tarantino
  63. Saving Private Ryan (1998) dir. Steven Spielberg
  64. The Ninth Gate (1999) dir. Roman Polanski
  65. Eyes Wide Shut (1999) dir. Stanley Kubrick
  66. Traffic (2000) dir. Steven Soderbergh
  67. Y Tu Mama Tambien (2001) dir. Alfonso Cuaron
  68. Mulholland Drive (2001) dir. David Lynch
  69. Punch-Drunk Love (2002) dir. Paul Thomas Anderson
  70. The Pianist (2002) dir. Roman Polanski
  71. Elephant (2003) dir. Gus Van Sant
  72. Cache (2005) dir. Michael Haneke
  73. Match Point (2005) dir. Woody Allen
  74. Three Times (2005) dir. Hou Hsiao Hsien
  75. No Country for Old Men (2007) dir. The Coen Brothers
  76. There Will Be Blood (2007) dir. Paul Thomas Anderson
  77. The Dark Knight (2008) dir. Christopher Nolan
  78. The Ghost Writer (2010) dir. Roman Polanski
  79. Tree of Life (2011) dir. Terrence Malick
  80. Midnight in Paris (2011) dir. Woody Allen
  81. The Master (2012) dir. Paul Thomas Anderson
  82. True Detective S1 (2014) dir. Cary Fukanaga // writ. Nic Pizzalatto
  83. Interstellar (2014) dir. Christopher Nolan

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