The 100 Movies I’ve Never Seen Project

As a monument to my lack of knowledge when it comes to film classics, a friend of mine created the following list.  It’s a tour, if you will, through the evolution of film.  The list begins in 1915, and ends in 1978.  While I technically started working on the list in January of 2009, I didn’t really start cracking until August or September of the same year.  I will periodically update this list, highlighting the films I’ve finally seen in blue.  Feel free to leave suggestions as to what films to watch next.  Sometimes, I get a little direction-less.

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)

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11 Responses to “The 100 Movies I’ve Never Seen Project”
  1. Alexandra McDonald says:

    12 Angry Men, Days of Wine and Roses, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, Cool Hand Luke, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, The Odd Couple, Thre Faces of Eve, and All That Heaven Allows should also be put on this list in my opinion

  2. Alexandra McDonald says:

    I almost forgot, You have to add these to the list as well. Cape Fear (1962) Lady Eve, Out of the Past, Sabrina (1954), Some Like it Hot, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, and Double Indemnity,

  3. Blake says:

    @ Alexandra – Thanks for all the suggestions! I’ve seen a few of those like 12 Angry Men, Cool Hand Luke and All That Heaven Allows. But I’ll add the others post haste.

  4. EFT3 says:

    Bergman, while represented on this list, should certainly be a stronger presence (Kurosawa as well!)

    I would suggest that you watch the following:

    BERGMAN: Wild Strawberries, The Silence, The Virgin Spring, and FANNY AND ALEXANDER (his true masterpiece)

    KUROSAWA: Ikiru, Highs and Lows, and Rashomon are all must-sees

  5. Blake says:

    @ EFT3 – Great suggestions, man. I would also have put all four of those suggestions on the list. Especially fanny and Alexander, my favorite of all his works besides Cries and Whispers, and Winter Light. While I’ve seen basically everything available on DVD for Bergman, I haven’t seen anything by Kurosawa. Awful, right?

  6. Erik McCurdy says:

    Days of Heaven is a must add. I agree with the Kurosawa comments: Ikiru, Rashomon and Ran (his version of Shakespeare’s King Lear from 1985) are must sees. Need more Kubrick as well: The Killing and Paths of Glory. Oh and Welles lost masterpiece, Touch of Evil (the opening shot, which lasts several minutes, is a thing of beauty). I really enjoyed The Big Clock (remade as No Way Out in the 80s). Lots more, but that should be plenty.


  7. Care says:

    I think you’ll enjoy All About Eve when you get to it. Actually there are very many on this list you’ve yet to see that you will likely admire. I’m surprised your sister hasn’t gotten you to watch Singing in the Rain – wouldn’t that be her style? Such a fun classic. Sure, it’s not dark and edgy…

    You’ve been making a ton of progress since the last time I checked on this list. 🙂

  8. Michelle says:

    One night when I was around 12 years old I was home alone and saw The Blue Angel. It has always haunted me.

  9. BadAntenna says:

    All About Eve and The Seven Samurai are two of my favorites. If you have already, check out Dog Day Afternoon for a slice of Pacino pre-Godfather and Foxy Brown because everyone should see at least one Blaxploitation film.
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  10. Looks like you’ve made quite a dent in the list but I would suggest a return trip to that list of great films from the Twenties. Maybe add “Safety Last” for another Harold Lloyd film along with “The Freshman”. And “Nosferatu” would be a great Halloween pick!

  11. Ulrich says:

    TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD is really a great movie. The intro with the music and the funny objects is so unexpectedly beautiful. The movie is telling the story of a good guy from the view of an extraordinary young girl. I like her perspective very much. Really worth watching, I think☺

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