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[In alphabetical order]

  1. 3 Women (Robert Altman) (1977)
  2. 12 Angry Men (Sidney Lumet) (1957)
  3. 2001 A Space Odyssey (Kubrick) (1968)
  4. Aarohan (The Ascent) (Shyam Benegal) (1982)
  5. Angels with Dirty Faces (Michael Curtiz) (1938)
  6. Ajantrik (The Unmechanical) (Ritwik Ghatak) (1958)
  7. Akahige (Kurosawa) (1965)
  8. Akasen Chitai (Red-Light District) (Kenji Mizoguchi) (1956) [1] [2]
  9. Ali G In Da House (Mark Mylod/Sacha Baron Cohen) (2002)
  10. Alice in the Cities (Wim Wenders) (1974)
  11. Alphaville (Godard) (1965)
  12. All or Nothing (Mike Leigh) (2002)
  13. All Quiet On The Western Front (Lewis Milestone) (1930)
  14. All That Heaven Allows (Douglas Sirk) (1955)
  15. A Man Escaped (Bresson) (1956)
  16. Amarcord (Fellini) (1973)
  17. Amen. (Costa Gavras) (2002)
  18. American Beauty (Sam Mendes) (1999)
  19. American History X (Tony Kaye) (1998)
  20. American Psycho (Mary Harron) (2000)
  21. Amores Perros (Iñárritu) (2000)
  22. And Justice for All (Norman Jewison) (1979)
  23. A Night at the Opera (Marx Brothers) (1935)
  24. Annie Hall (Woody Allen) (1977)
  25. Ardh Satya (Half Truth) (Govind Nihalani) (1983)
  26. A Serious Man (Coen) (2010)
  27. A Short Film About Love (Kieslowski) (1988)
  28. A Streetcar Named Desire (Elia Kazan the Squealer) (1951)
  29. At The Circus (Marx Brothers) (1939)
  30. A Woman Under The Influence (Cassavetes) (1974)
  31. Bab el hadid (Cairo Station) (Youssef Chahine) (1958)
  32. Bande á part (Godard) (1964)
  33. Beat the Devil (John Huston) (1953)
  34. Beware of a Holy Whore (Rainer Werner Fassbinder) (1971)
  35. Bigger than Life (Nicholas Ray) (1956)
  36. Bhumika (Shyam Benegal) (1977)
  37. Blade Runner (Ridley Scott) (1982)
  38. Blowup (Antonioni) (1966)
  39. Bolwieser (Rainer Werner Fassbinder) (1977) [1] [2]
  40. Borat (Larry Charles/Sacha Baron Cohen) (2006)
  41. Brazil (Terry Gilliam) (1985)
  42. Burn After Reading (Coen) (2009)
  43. Catch 22 (Mike Nichols) (1971)
  44. Carrie (Brian de Palma) (1976)
  45. Chaplin (Attenborough) (1992)
  46. City Lights (Chaplin) (1931)
  47. Cold Mountain (Anthony Minghella) (2003)
  48. Cries and Whispers (Ingmar Bergman) (1972)
  49. Cul de Sac (Roman Polanski) (1966)
  50. Das Leben Der Anderen (The Lives of Others) (2006)
  51. Dead Poets Society (Weir) (1989)
  52. Dillinger is Dead (Marco Ferreri) (1969)
  53. Der Blaue Engel (The Blue Angel) (Josef von Sternberg) (1930)
  54. Det Sjunde Inseglet (The Seventh Seal) (Bergman) (1957)
  55. Do You Remember Dolly Bell (Emir Kusturica) (1981)
  56. Dr. Strangelove (Kubrick) (1964)
  57. Ekdin Pratidin (And Quiet Rolls the Day) (Mrinal Sen) (1979)
  58. Ek Thi Ladki (Once there was a Girl) (Roop K. Shorey) (1949)
  59. El Verdugo (Berlanga) (1963)
  60. Eraserhead (David Lynch) (1977)
  61. Eyes Wide Shut (Kubrick) (1999)
  62. Fahrenheit 451 (François Truffaut) (1966)
  63. Fanny och Alexander (Ingmar Bergman) (1982)
  64. Gabbeh (Makhmalbaf) (1996)
  65. Garam Hawa (Scorching Winds) (1973)
  66. Glengarry Glen Ross (James Foley) (1992)
  67. Goodfellas (Scorsese)
  68. Götter der Pest (Gods of the Plague) (Rainer Werner Fassbinder) (1970) [1] [2]
  69. Goya’s Ghosts (Miloš Forman) (2006)
  70. Grapes of Wrath (Ford) (1940)
  71. Grave of the Fireflies (Hotaru no Haka) (1988)
  72. Hable Con Ella (Talk to Her) (Almodóvar) (2002)
  73. Hakuchi (The Idiot) (Kurosawa) (1951)
  74. Hazaar Chaurasi Ki Maa (1084’s Mother) (Govind Nihalani) (1998)
  75. Heer Ranjha (Chetan Anand) (1970)
  76. Horse Feathers (Marx Brothers) (1932)
  77. I Vitelloni (Fellini) (1953)
  78. Ikiru (Kurosawa) (1952)
  79. Il Gattopardo (The Leopard) (Luchino Visconti) (1963)
  80. Il Postino (Michael Radford) (1994)
  81. In the Mood For Love (Wong Kar Wai) (2000)
  82. In The Valley of Elah (Paul Haggis) (2007)
  83. Interview (Mrinal Sen) (1971)
  84. In Which Annie Gives It Those Ones (Pradeep Krishen) (1989)
  85. Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron (Just Let It Go, Friends) (Kundan Shah) (1983)
  86. Johnny Guitar (Nicholas Ray) (1954)
  87. Johnny Got His Gun (Dalton Trumbo) (1971)
  88. Ju Dou (Yang Fengliang/Zhang Yimou) (1990)
  89. Jukti, Takko aar Gappo (Reason, Debate and a Story) (Ritwik Ghatak) (1974)
  90. Jules et Jim (François Truffaut) (1962)
  91. Jungfrukällan (The Virgin Spring) (Bergman)
  92. Kaagaz Ke Phool (Paper Flowers) (1959) (Guru Dutt)
  93. Khane-ye doust kodjast? (Where Is the Friend’s Home?) (Abbas Kiarostami) (1987)
  94. Kings of the Road (1976) (Wim Wenders)
  95. Komal Gandhar (E Flat or A Soft Note on a Sharp Scale) (1961) (Ritwik Ghatak)
  96. Kwaidan (Masaki Kobayashi) (1964)
  97. La Dolce Vita (Fellini) (1960)
  98. Le Fantôme de la liberté (The Fantom of Liberty) (Luis Buñuel) (1974)
  99. La Haine (The Hate) (Mathieu Kassovitz) (1995)
  100. La jetée (The Jetty) (Chris Marker) (1962) [1] [2] [3]
  101. La Strada (Fellini) (1954)
  102. L’Avventura (Michelangelo Antonioni) (1960)
  103. Leaves of Grass (Tim Blake Nelson) (2009)
  104. La Grande Illusion (Jean Renoir) (1937)
  105. Le Mépris (Jean Luc Godard) (1963)
  106. Le temps retrouve (Time Regained) (Raoule Ruiz) (1999)
  107. Les Quatre Cents Coups (400 Blows) (Truffaut) (1959)
  108. Lo Straniero (The Stranger) (Luchino Visconti) (1967)
  109. Love is Colder than Death (Rainer Werner Fassbinder) (1969) [1]
  110. M (Fritz Lang) (1931)
  111. Magnolia (Paul Thomas Anderson) (1999)
  112. Malena (Tornatore) (2000)
  113. Mandi (The Marketplace) (Shyam Benegal) (1983)
  114. Maria Full of Grace (Marston) (2004)
  115. Masculin Feminin (Godard) (1966)
  116. Memento (Nolan) (2000)
  117. Metropolis (Fritz Lang) (1927)
  118. Mirch Masala (Chili-Spices) (Ketan Mehta) (1985)
  119. Mirror (Andrei Tarkovsky) (1975)
  120. Mirza Ghalib (Sohrab Modi) (1954)
  121. Monster’s Ball (Marc Forster) (2001)
  122. Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)
  123. Monty Python’s Meaning of Life (1983)
  124. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (Frank Capra) (1939)
  125. Nashville (Robert Altman) (1975)
  126. Neecha Nagar (Lowly City) (Chetan Anand) (1946)
  127. No Man’s Land (Danis Tanovic) (2001)
  128. Nostalghia (Andrei Tarkovsky) (1983)
  129. Nuovo Cinema Paradiso (Tornatore) (1988)
  130. O Brother, Where Art Thou (Coen) (2000)
  131. One Flew over The Cuckoo’s Nest (Miloš Forman) (1975)
  132. Out of the Past (Jacques Tourneur) (1947)
  133. Papillon (Franklin J. Schaffner) (1973)
  134. Paris, Texas (Wim Wenders) (1984)
  135. Paths of Glory (Kubrick) (1957)
  136. Persona (Bergman) (1966)
  137. Pickpocket (Bresson) (1959)
  138. Pulp Fiction (Tarantino) (1994)
  139. Pyaasaa (Thirsty) (Guru Dutt) (1957)
  140. Que la bête meure (The Beast Must Die) (Claude Chabrol) (1969)
  141. Ran (Kurosawa) (1985)
  142. Rancho Notorious (Fritz Lang) (1952)
  143. Rashomon (Kurosawa) (1950)
  144. Riff-Raff (Ken Loach) (1991) [1] [2] [3][-1]
  145. Roma (Fellini) (1972)
  146. Roman Holiday (William Wyler) (1953)
  147. Roozi ke zan shodam (The Day I Became a Woman) (Marzieh Meshkini) (2000)
  148. Rosa Luxemburg (Margarethe Von Trotta) (1986)
  149. Rosetta (Jean-Pierre Dardenne) (1999)
  150. Run Lola Run (Run Lola Run) (1998)
  151. Salvador (Oliver Stone) (1986)
  152. Satan’s Brew (Rainer Werner Fassbinder) (1976) [1] [2]
  153. Seven Samurai (Kurosawa) (1954)
  154. Seema (The Limit) (Amiya Chakrabarty) (1955)
  155. Seemabaddha (Company Limited) (Satyajit Ray) (1971)
  156. Shatranj Ke Khilari (The Chess Players) (Satyajit Ray) (1977)
  157. Shadows (Cassavetes) (1959)
  158. Slaughterhouse Five (George Roy Hill) (1972)
  159. Solyaris (Tarkovsky) (1972)
  160. Spartacus (Kubrick) (1960)
  161. Spirited Away (Hayao Miyazaki) (2001)
  162. Stalker (Tarkovsky) (1979)
  163. Susana (Luis Buñuel) (1951)
  164. Tagebuch einer Verlorenen (Diary of a Lost Girl) (Georg Wilhelm Pabst) (1929)
  165. Take the Money and Run (Woody Allen) (1969)
  166. The Accused (Jonathan Kaplan) (1988) [1] [2] [3] [-1]
    • For centuries of rhetoric, rape has been categorized with pillaging and plundering, the traditional parallelism apparently established among the three because they share aspects of forceful seizure. To pillage or plunder, of course, is generally understood as an appropriation of material wealth or objects, which perhaps explains why even now, rape is most often discussed and understood as a sex crime—as the worst, most degrading form of robbery—but is not sufficiently treated as a crime of real violence. The essence of rape, just as with murder, is in violence and abuse of power. As such, culpability must belong not exclusively to the person committing the sexual assault but also to any accomplices or willful abetters who contribute to the victim’s suffering.

      Sarah’s speeches constantly return in Tom Topor’s screenplay to concepts of fairness. It is not, for example, fair that her “character,” her fondness for alcohol, or a long-past drug-possession bust will be used against in the unrelated matter of trying the rapists. It is not fair that her lawyer, assistant district attorney Katheryn Murphy (Kelly McGillis), agrees to plea-bargain the Rape One charge down to Reckless Endangerment—also a felony, but with an easier shot at parole—so the three guilty parties can go to prison without giving Sarah the chance to confront or expose them in public.

      It is fair, she admits on the witness stand in a later trial, the one she and Katheryn conduct against the cheering bystanders in the bar, to say that because of her drunkenness, the covering of her face, and the extremity of her circumstances, that she may not be a reliable witness to the actual sources of the hoots and encouragements she heard. Sarah believes in justice more than she does in any other principle, even when what is “fair” is not in her interests.Nicholas Davis’ review

  167. The American Soldier (Rainer Werner Fassbinder) (1970)
  168. The Apartment (Billy Wilder) (1960)
  169. The Battleship Potemkin (Sergei Eisenstein) (1925)
  170. The Big Lebowski (Coen) (2001)
  171. The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant (Rainer Werner Fassbinder) (1972)
  172. The Blonde Venus (Josef von Sternberg) (1932)
  173. The Constant Gardener (Fernando Meirelles) (2005)
  174. The English Patient (Anthony Minghella) (1996)
  175. The Great Dictator (Charlie Chaplin) (1940)
  176. The Hunchback Of Notre Dame (William Dieterle) (1939)
  177. The Killing (Stanley Kubrick) (1956)
  178. The Killing Fields (Roland Joffé) (1984)
  179. The King of Comedy (Scorsese) (1982)
  180. The Last Picture Show (Peter Bogdanovich) (1971)
  181. The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner (Tony Richardson) (1962)
  182. The Misfits (John Huston) (1961)
  183. The Magnificent Ambersons (Orson Welles) (1942)
  184. The Man Without a Past (Aki Kaurismäki) (2002)
  185. The Man Who Wasn’t There (Coen) (2001)
  186. The Naked and the Dead (Raoul Walsh) (1958)
  187. The Panic in Needle Park (Jerry Schatzberg) (1971)
  188. The Pianist (Polanski) (2002)
  189. The Quiet American (Phillip Noyce) (2002)
  190. The Science of Sleep (Michel Gondry) (2006)
  191. The Searchers (Ford) (1956)
  192. The Servant (Joseph Losey) (1963) [1] [2] [3] [4] [5]
  193. The Shining (Kubrick) (1980)
  194. The State of Things (Wim Wenders) (1982)
  195. The Testament of Dr. Mabuse (Fritz Lang) (1933)
  196. The Third Man (Carol Reed) (1949)
  197. The Truman Show (Weir) (1998)
  198. The Wind That Shakes the Barley (Ken Loach) (2006)
  199. Three Colours (Kieslowski)
  200. They Live By Night (Nicholas Ray) (1948) [1] [2] [0] [-1]
  201. To Kill a Mockingbird (Robert Mulligan) (1962)
  202. Tom Jones (Tony Richardson) (1963)
  203. Touch of Evil (Orson Welles) (1958)
  204. Traffic (Soderbergh) (2000)
  205. Trainspotting (Danny Boyle) (1996)
  206. Two Women (Vittorio De Sica) (1960)
  207. Tystnaden (The Silence) (Bergman)
  208. Ugetsu Monogatari (Tales of Moonlight and Rain) (Kenji Mizoguchi) (1953)
  209. Umberto D (Vittorio De Sica) (1952)
  210. Underworld U.S.A. (Samuel Fuller) (1961) [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [0]
    • There’ll always be people like us […] as long as we don’t have any records on paper, as long as we run National Projects with legitimate business operations and pay our taxes on legitimate income and donate to charities and run church bazaars, we’ll win the war. We always have.
      – Earl Connors (Robert Emhardt), the “Big Boss” in Underworld U.S.A.
      , quoted in Wheeler Winston Dixon’s review at the Senses of Cinema
  211. Un prophète (A Prophet) (Jacques Audiard) (2009)
  212. Vaghe stelle dell’Orsa (Sandra (Of a Thousand Delights)) (Luchino Visconti) (1965)
  213. Vargtimmen (Hour of the Wolf) (Bergman) (1968)
  214. Wag the Dog (Barry Levinson) (1997)
  215. Waiting for Godot (Michael Lindsay-Hogg) (2001)
  216. War Inc. (Joshua Seftel) (2008)
  217. Weekend (Godard) (1967)
  218. Whity (Rainer Werner Fassbinder) (1970) [1] [-1]
  219. Wild Strawberries (Bergman) (1957)
  220. World on a Wire (Welt am Draht) (Rainer Werner Fassbinder) (1970)
  221. Wrong Move (Wim Wenders) (1975)
  222. Yojimbo (Kurosawa) (1961)
  223. Zardoz (John Boorman) (1973)

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November 18, 2008 at 2:13 pm

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