Movies I’ve Never Seen

Shannon at The Movie Moxie inspired me with her list: 101 Films I Can’t Believe I’ve Never Seen.  I wanted to create my own, but didn’t really possess the know how or the drive to create such a list.  Luckily a new friend created the following list as a sort of ‘best of’ throughout film history.  I’ll be working on this list in chronological order until I finish it (obviously).  I can’t put off new releases or other films though (my first Sundance movie is tomorrow!), but hopefully I’ll be able to get through it in three months. This is the first draft, it will be altered slightly as soon as I add some of Bertolucci (no, not The Dreamers) and some other  films that I’ve been told can’t be excluded.  I’ll create a page where you can track my progress, because I know you all care.  Comments?  Suggestions?  Is there a flagship of film history that has been missed?

1. The Birth of a Nation (Griffith; 1915)

2. The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (Weine; 1920)

3. Nosferatu (Murnau; 1922)

4. Nanook of the North (Flaherty; 1922)

5. The Gold Rush (Chaplin; 1925)

6. Battleship Potemkin (Eisenstein; 1925)

7. The Freshman (Lloyd; 1925)

8. Metropolis (Lang; 1925)

9. The General (Keaton; 1927)

10. Sunrise (Murnau; 1927)

11. All Quiet on the Western Front (Milestone; 1929)

12. L’Age d’Or (Buñuel; 1930)

13. The Blue Angel (von Sternberg; 1930)

14. Freaks (Browning; 1932)

15. 42nd Street (Bacon; 1933)

16. L’Atalante (Vigo; 1934)

17. It Happened One Night (Capra; 1934)

18. Top Hat (Sandrich; 1935)

19. The 39 Steps (Hitchcock; 1935)

20. Camille (Cukor; 1936)

21. The Rules of the Game (Renoir; 1939)

22. Stagecoach (Ford; 1939)

23. Bringing Up Baby (Hawks; 1939)

24. Olympia (Riefenstahl; 1940)

25. The Shop on Main Street (Lubitsch; 1940)

26. The Maltese Falcon (Huston; 1941)

27. Citizen Kane (Welles; 1941)

28. Casablanca (Curtiz; 1943)

29. Meet Me in St. Louis (Minnelli; 1944)

30. Open City (Rossellini; 1945)

31. Laura (Preminger; 1945)

32. Children of Paradise (Carné; 1945)

33. The Treasure of Sierra Madre (Huston; 1948)

34. The Heiress (Wyler; 1949)

35. Adam’s Rib (Cukor; 1949)

36. All About Eve (Mankiewicz; 1950)

37. Sunset Boulevard (Wilder; 1950)

38. A Place in the Sun (Stevens; 1951)

39. Strangers on a Train (Hitchcock; 1951)

40. A Streetcar Named Desire (Kazan; 1951)

41. Singin’ in the Rain (Donen; 1952)

42. Pick-up on South Street (Fuller; 1952)

43. High Noon (Zinnemann; 1952)

44. On the Waterfront (Kazan; 1954)

45. Seven Samurai (Kurosawa; 1954)

46. Rear Window (Hitchcock; 1954)

47. Rebel Without a Cause (Ray; 1955)

48. Pather Panchali (Ray; 1955)*

49. The Searchers (Ford; 1956)

50. The Nights of Cabiria (Fellini; 1957)

51. Vertigo (Hitchcock; 1958)

52. Ben-Hur (Wyler; 1959)

53. The Seventh Seal (Bergman; 1959)

54. Breathless (Godard; 1960)

55. Psycho (Hitchcock; 1960)

56. The Hustler (Rossen; 1961)

57. Jules and Jim (Truffaut; 1962)

58. Lawrence of Arabia (Lean; 1962)

59. To Kill a Mockingbird (Mulligan; 1962)

60. This Sporting Life (Anderson; 1963)

61. 8-1/2 (Fellini; 1963)

62. Dr. Strangelove, or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (Kubrick; 1964)

63. Darling (Schlesinger; 1965)

64. Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Nichols; 1966)

65. Bonnie and Clyde (Penn; 1967)

66. The Graduate (Nichols; 1967)

67. In the Heat of the Night (Jewison; 1967)

68. Persona (Bergman; 1967)

69. Weekend (Godard; 1967)

70. Rosemary’s Baby (Polanski; 1968)

71. Faces (Cassavetes; 1968)

72. Night of the Living Dead (Romero; 1968)

73. 2001: A Space Odyssey (Kubrick; 1968)

74. The Producers (Brooks; 1968)

75. Midnight Cowboy (Schlesinger; 1969)

76. Easy Rider (Hopper; 1969)

77. The Wild Bunch (Peckinpah; 1969)

78. My Night at Maud’s (Rohmer; 1969)

79. M*A*S*H (Altman; 1970)

80. Five Easy Pieces (Rafelson; 1970)

81. Woodstock (Wadleigh; 1970)

82. The French Connection (Friedkin; 1971)

83. The Last Picture Show (Bogdanovich; 1971)

84. McCabe and Mrs. Miller (Altman; 1971)

85. Shaft (Parks; 1971)

86. Cabaret (Fosse; 1972)

87. The Godfather (Coppola; 1972)†

88. The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (Buñuel; 1972)

89. Cries and Whispers (Bergman; 1973)

90. Mean Streets (Scorsese; 1973)

91. The Exorcist (Friedkin; 1974)

92. The Conversation (Coppola; 1974)

93. Chinatown (Polanski; 1974)

94. Nashville (Altman; 1975)

95. Shampoo (Ashby; 1975)

96. Taxi Driver (Scorsese; 1976)

97. All the President’s Men (Pakula; 1976)

98. Close Encounters of the Third Kind (Spielberg; 1977)

99. Annie Hall (Allen; 1977)

100. The Deer Hunter (Cimino; 1978)

Comments
6 Responses to “Movies I’ve Never Seen”
  1. BLAKE,
    How have I seen some of these movies and you haven’t? It doesn’t make sense in my mind.
    Anyways, I remember trying to get you to watch Singin’ in the Rain and you denied it. Lame.
    Also, I’m not going to suggest the movie I want, because I know you already know what it is, and you will never watch it.

  2. Mad Hatter says:

    For my money, I’d move Kane, Rain, casablanca, & Godfather to the top of the list. I actually posted a top 5 I’d never seen a month or two back…provided me great amusement to get people’s “WTF?” reactions to the titles I put up there.

    So many thousands of movies out there, you can’t be expected to have seen them all…right?

  3. Mitch says:

    If you want to get into some Bertolucci, pick up “The Conformist” asap. “Last Tango in Paris” gets all of the attention, but “The Conformist” is his masterpiece.

  4. Jessica says:

    Where’s number 101? Come on. You left me hanging.

  5. ben says:

    Yes, that’s a lot of movies. Just think: when you’re done seeing all of these, you will have really deepened the content of your website. People will really respect you.

  6. Amazing list! I love how you included films like Shaft right along side The Maltese Falcon – so awesome.

    I noticed it only goes to the late 70′s, have you seen the bulk of what you want after that point or did you cap out at 101?

    This is inspiring me to get to my next 101 list. It’s a wild experience, you find out so much about film this way.

    And – have fun at Sundance! Me jealous :)

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