April 17, 2005

129 'best' films: rich, risky and enduring: One critic's must-see titles won't be yours, but let's start talking. Chaplin, Sturges, Brando, and don't forget "The Man With Two Brains." (Peter Rainer, April 17, 2005, LA Times)

The movie lover's must-haves

Not every important film is available on DVD — see the accompanying list for some we're still waiting for — but here's a collection of discs that deserve room in your library. From Almodóvar to Zinnemann, there's something for everyone.

Aguirre, The Wrath of God
(Werner Herzog, 1972)

A Hard Day's Night
(Richard Lester, 1964)

Alexander Nevsky
(Sergei Eisenstein, 1938)

The Apu trilogy
(Satyajit Ray):
Pather Panchali (1955)
Aparajito (1956)
The World of Apu (1959)

A Short Film About Killing
(Krzysztof Kieslowski, 1988)

A Streetcar Named Desire
(Elia Kazan, 1951)

The Band Wagon
(Vincente Minnelli, 1953)

The Battle of Algiers
(Gillo Pontecorvo, 1965)

Beauty and the Beast
(Jean Cocteau, 1946)

The Best Years of Our Lives
(William Wyler, 1946)

The Bicycle Thief
(Vittorio De Sica, 1947)

The Big Sleep
(Howard Hawks, 1946)

The Birth of a Nation
(D.W. Griffith, 1915)

Blue Velvet
(David Lynch, 1986)

Bonnie and Clyde
(Arthur Penn, 1967)

(Jean-Luc Godard, 1959)

Bringing Up Baby
(Howard Hawks, 1938)

Broken Blossoms
(D.W. Griffith, 1919)

(Bob Fosse, 1972)

(Brian De Palma, 1976)

Children of Paradise
(Marcel Carné, 1945)

Chimes at Midnight/Falstaff
(Orson Welles, 1966)

(Roman Polanski, 1974)

Christ Stopped at Eboli
(Francesco Rosi, 1979)

City Lights
(Charles Chaplin, 1931)

(Terry Zwigoff, 1994)

Day of Wrath
(Carl Dreyer, 1943)

Dead of Night
(Alberto Cavalcanti episode, 1945)

Diary of a Country Priest
(Robert Bresson, 1950)

Dog Day Afternoon
(Sidney Lumet, 1975)

Double Indemnity
(Billy Wilder, 1944)

Dr. Strangelove
(Stanley Kubrick, 1964)

Duck Soup
(Leo McCarey, 1933)

The Earrings of Madame De …
(Max Ophuls, 1953)

(Alexander Dovzhenko, 1930)

8 1/2
(Federico Fellini, 1963)

The Empire Strikes Back (Star Wars — Episode 5)
(Irvin Kerschner, 1980)

Enemies, A Love Story
(Paul Mazursky, 1989)

The Entertainer
(Tony Richardson, 1960)

(Steven Spielberg, 1982)

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex
(Woody Allen, 1972)

(Tod Browning, 1932)

From Here to Eternity
(Fred Zinnemann, 1953)

Funny Girl
(William Wyler, 1968)

The General
(Buster Keaton, Clyde Bruckman, 1927)

Get Out Your Handkerchiefs
(Bertrand Blier, 1978)

The Godfather
(Francis Ford Coppola, 1972)

The Godfather Part II
(Francis Ford Coppola, 1974)

The Gold Rush
(Charles Chaplin, 1925)

Grand Illusion
(Jean Renoir, 1937)

The Great Escape
(John Sturges, 1963)

Great Expectations
(David Lean, 1946)

Henry V
(Laurence Olivier, 1945)

His Girl Friday
(Howard Hawks, 1940)

(Akira Kurosawa, 1952)

(D.W. Griffith, 1916)

Invaders From Mars
(William Cameron Menzies, 1953)

It's a Gift
(Norman Z. McLeod, 1934)

(Steven Spielberg, 1975)

The Lady Eve
(Preston Sturges, 1941)

Lady With a Dog
(Josef Heifitz, 1959)

Last Laugh
(F.W. Murnau, 1924)

La Strada
(Federico Fellini, 1954)

Last Tango in Paris
(Bernardo Bertolucci, 1973)

(Jean Vigo, 1934)

(Michelangelo Antonioni, 1960)

The Leopard
(Luchino Visconti, 1963)

Local Hero
(Bill Forsyth, 1983)

(Stanley Kubrick, 1962)

Long Day's Journey Into Night
(Sidney Lumet, 1962)

The Long Good Friday
(John Mackenzie, 1980)

Lost in America
(Albert Brooks, 1985)

(Fritz Lang, 1931)

The Magic Flute
(Ingmar Bergman, 1974)

The Maltese Falcon
(John Huston, 1941)

The Manchurian Candidate
(John Frankenheimer, 1962)

The Man Who Would Be King
(John Huston, 1975)

The Man With Two Brains
(Carl Reiner, 1983)

(Robert Altman, 1970)

McCabe & Mrs. Miller
(Robert Altman, 1971)

Mean Streets
(Martin Scorsese, 1973)

Modern Times
(Charles Chaplin, 1936)

Monsieur Verdoux
(Charles Chaplin, 1947)

My Left Foot
(Jim Sheridan, 1989)

My Uncle Antoine
(Claude Jutra, 1971)

(Abel Gance, 1927)

The Night of the Hunter
(Charles Laughton, 1955)

North by Northwest
(Alfred Hitchcock, 1959)

(F.W. Murnau, 1922)

The Nun's Story
(Fred Zinnemann, 1959)

On the Waterfront
(Elia Kazan, 1954)

(Jean Cocteau, 1949)

The Palm Beach Story
(Preston Sturges, 1942)

The Passion of Joan of Arc
(Carl Dreyer, 1928)

Pennies From Heaven
(Herbert Ross, 1981)

(Ben Sharpsteen, Hamilton Luske, 1940)

(Alfred Hitchcock, 1960)

The Rules of the Game
(Jean Renoir, 1939)

The Seven Samurai
(Akira Kurosawa, 1954)

Singin' in the Rain
(Stanley Donen, Gene Kelly, 1952)

Smiles of a Summer Night
(Ingmar Bergman, 1955)

Some Like It Hot
(Billy Wilder, 1959)

The Sorrow and the Pity
(Marcel Ophuls, 1970)

(Martin Ritt, 1972)

Spirited Away
(Hayao Miyazaki, 2001)

Steamboat Bill, Jr.
(Charles Riesner, 1928)

The Story of Adele H
(François Truffaut, 1975)

Strangers on a Train
(Alfred Hitchcock, 1951)

Sweet Smell of Success
(Alexander Mackendrick, 1957)

Taxi Driver
(Martin Scorsese, 1976)

The Third Man
(Carol Reed, 1949)

Time Out
(Laurent Cantet, 2001)

To Kill a Mockingbird
(Robert Mulligan, 1962)

Tokyo Story
(Yasujiro Ozu, 1953)

(Mike Leigh, 1999)

The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
(John Huston, 1948)

The Triplets of Belleville
(Sylvain Chomet, 2003)

Triumph of the Will
(Leni Riefenstahl, 1935)

Umberto D
(Vittorio De Sica, 1952)

Vanya on 42nd Street
(Louis Malle, 1994)

(Alfred Hitchcock, 1958)

Waiting for Guffman
(Christopher Guest, 1997)

Way Out West
(James W. Horne, 1937)

The Wild Bunch
(Sam Peckinpah, 1969)

The Wild Child
(François Truffaut, 1970)

The Wizard of Oz
(Victor Fleming, 1939)

Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown
(Pedro Almodóvar, 1988)

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