Films to Watch

On this page I’ll list the films I have highest on my personal to-watch lists. Not everything on those lists, mind you, since I have thousands of films I’m hoping to watch at some point in the future. But I’ll keep a running list of the ones I’m intending to watch in the near future, not counting upcoming theatrical releases, which are listed here. I will include sections here for planned festival viewings as well as any marathon or specific viewing I have planned, like when I focus on horror in October. Throughout the year, I’ll strike through things as I see them, then purge those titles at the end of the year and retool the lists as necessary.

2014 Blind Spot List

Films that I should have watched by now but have not.

  • Tokyo Story (1953 – Yasujiro Ozu)
  • Sanjuro (1962 – Akira Kurosawa)
  • Eraserhead (1977 – David Lynch)
  • Days of Heaven (1978 – Terence Malick)
  • Gimme Shelter (1978)
  • Paris, Texas (1984 – Wim Wenders)
  • The Goonies (1985)
  • Predator (1986)
  • Full Metal Jacket (1987 – Stanley Kubrick)
  • Heat (1995)
  • Requiem for a Dream (2000 – Darren Aronofsky)
  • A Separation (2011 – Asghar Farhadi)

Movements

French New Wave

Flickchart progress: 45% – 44/97

  • Night and Fog (1955 – Alain Resnais)
  • Lola (1961 – Jacques Demy)
  • Une femme mariée; (1965 – Jean-Luc Godard)
  • A Man and a Woman (1966 – Claude Lelouch)
  • La Chinoise (1967 – Jean-Luc Godard)
  • La collectioneuse (1967 – Eric Rohmer)
  • The Bride Wore Black (1968 – François Truffaut)
  • Army of Shadows (1969 – Jean-Pierre Melville)
  • Les Biches (1969 – Claude Chabrol)
  • Le boucher (1970 – Claude Chabrol)
  • Murmur of the Heart (1971 – Louis Malle)
  • Le maman et le putain (1973 – Jean Eustache)

New German Cinema

Flickchart progress: 1% – 1/51

  • Ali: Fear Eats the Soul (1974 – Rainer Werner Fassbinder)
  • The Enigma of Kasper Hauser (1975 – Werner Herzog)
  • Stroszek (1977 – Werner Herzog)
  • Marriage of Maria Braun (1979 – Rainer Werner Fassbinder)
  • The Tin Drum (1979 – Victor Schlondorff)
  • Fitzcarraldo (1982 – Werner Herzog)
  • Paris, Texas (1984 – Wim Wenders)

Czechoslovak New Wave

Flickchart progress: 16% – 5/31

  • The Shop on Main Street (1965 – Jan K´d´r)
  • The Fireman’s Ball (1967 – Miloš Forman)
  • Marketa Lazarová (1967 – Frantisek Vlácil)
  • The Joke (1969 – Jaromil Jires)

National Cinemas

France

  • Fantômas (1913-1914 – Louis Feuillade)
  • L’age d’or (1931 – Luis Bunuel)
  • Zero de conduit (1933 – Jean Vigo)
  • L’Atalante (1934 – Jean Vigo)
  • The Testament of Orpheus (1959 – Jean Cocteau)
  • Au hasard Balthazar (1966 – Robert Bresson)
  • Beau Travail (1999 – Claire Denis)
  • The Gleaners and I (2000 – Agnès Varda)
  • Fat Girl (2001 – Catherine Breillat)

Germany

  • Dr. Mabuse: The Gambler (1922 – Fritz Lang)
  • The Last Laugh (1924 – F.W. Murnau)
  • Faust (1926 – F.W. Murnau)
  • Spies (1928 – Fritz Lang)
  • Woman in the Moon (1929 – Fritz Lang)
  • Pandora’s Box (1929 – G.W. Pabst)
  • Diary of a Lost Girl (1929 – G.W. Pabst)
  • Mädchen in Uniform (1931 – Leontine Sagan)

Italy

  • Cabiria (1914 – Giovanni Pastrone)
  • Shoeshine (1946 – Vittorio De Sica)
  • Germany Year Zero (1948 – Robert Rossellini)
  • Senso (1954 – Luchino Visconti)
  • La notte (1962 – Michelangelo Antonioni)
  • L’eclisse (1962 – Michelangelo Antonioni)
  • Black Sabbath (1963 – Mario Bava)
  • Red Desert (1964 – Michelangelo Antonioni)
  • Django (1966 – Sergio Corbucci)
  • Il conformisto (1970 – Bernardo Bertolucci)
  • The Night Porter (1974 – Liliana Cavani)
  • Tenebre (1982 – Dario Argento)
  • Once Upon a Time in America (1984 – Sergio Leone)

Scandinavia and Denmark

  • Vamyr (1932 – Carl Theodor Dreyer)
  • Ordet (1955 – Carl Theodor Dreyer)
  • Wild Strawberries (1957 – Ingmar Bergman)
  • The Silence (1963 – Ingmar Bergman)
  • Hour of the Wolf (1968 – Ingmar Bergman)
  • Cries and Whispers (1972 – Ingmar Bergman)
  • Autumn Sonata (1978 – Ingmar Begman)
  • The Match Factory Girl (1990 – Aki Kaurismaki)
  • Valhalla Rising (2009 – Nicholas Winding Refn)

Western Europe

  • Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (1988 – Pedro Almodovar)
  • 71 Fragments of a Chronology of Chance (1994 – Michael Haneke)
  • La promesse (1996 – Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne)
  • The Piano Teacher (2001 – Michael Haneke)
    • Eastern Europe and Russia

      • Mother (1926 – Vsevolod Pudovkin)
      • Earth (1930 – Aleksandr Dovzhenko)
      • I am Cuba (1964 – Mikhail Kalatozov)
      • Andrei Rublev (1966 – Andrei Tarkovsky)
      • Stalker (1979 – Andrei Tarkovsky)
      • The Decalogue (1989-90 – Krzysztof Kieslowski)
      • 12:08 East of Bucharest (2006 – Corneliu Porumboiu)

      United Kingdom

      • The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943 – Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger)
      • Great Expectations (1946 – David Lean)
      • Oliver Twist (1948 – David Lean)
      • The Man in the White Suit (1951 – Alexander Mackendrick)
      • The Mummy (1959 – Terence Fisher)
      • Look Back in Anger (1959 – Tony Richardson)
      • The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner (1962 – Tony Richardson)
      • This Sporting Life (1963 – Lindsay Anderson)
      • The Servant (1963 – Joseph Losey)
      • If… (1968 – Lindsay Anderson)
      • Kes (1969 – Ken Loach)
      • Walkabout (1971 – Nicolas Roeg)
      • Barry Lyndon (1975 – Stanley Kubrick)
      • Ratcatcher (1999 – Lynne Ramsay)
      • Bronson (2008 – Nicholas Winding Refn)
      • Hunger (2009 – Steve McQueen)

      Asia

      Japan

      • Stray Dog (1949 – Akira Kurosawa)
      • Tokyo Story (1953 – Yasujiro Ozu)
      • Ugetsu (1953 – Kenji Mizoguchi)
      • Throne of Blood (1957 – Akira Kurosawa)
      • Floating Weeds (1959 – Yasujiro Ozu)
      • Sanjuro (1961 – Akira Kurosawa)
      • High and Low (1963 – Akira Kurosawa)
      • Pale Flower (1964 – Masahiro Shinoda)
      • Graveyard of Honor (1975 – Kinji Fukasaku)
      • Pulse (2001 – Kiyoshi Kurosawa)
      • Ichi the Killer (2001 – Takashi Miike)

      China, Hong Kong, Taiwan

      • Enter the Dragon (1973 – Robert Clouse; Bruce Lee)
      • Drunken Master (1978 – Jackie Chan)
      • Ju Dou (1990 – Zhang Yimou)
      • Fallen Angels (1995 – Wong Kar Wai)
      • Yi Yi (2000 – Edward Yang)
      • Millennium Mambo (2001 – Hou Hsiou-hsien)
      • 2046 (2004 – Wong Kar Wai)

      South Korea

      • Lady Vengeance (2005 – Park Chan-wook)
      • Oki’s Movie (2010 – Hong Sang-soo)
      • The Chaser (2010)

      South East Asia and India

      • Pather Panchali (1955 – Satyajit Ray)
      • Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (2010 – Apichatpong Weerasthekul)

      Middle East

      • Close-Up (1990 – Abbas Kiarostami)
      • Taste of Cherry (1997 – Abbas Kiarostami)
      • A Separation (2011 – Asghar Farhadi)

      Latin America

      • Black Orpheus (1959 – Marcel Camus)
      • Viridiana (1961 – Luis Buñuel)
      • El Topo (1970 – Alejandro Jodorowsky)

      North America

      United States

      • The Squaw Man (1914 – Cecil B. DeMille)
      • Orphans of the Storm (1920 – D.W. Griffith)
      • The Mark of Zorro (1920 – Fred Niblo; Douglas Fairbanks)
      • The Big Parade (1925 – King Vidor)
      • The Crowd (1928 – King Vidor)
      • Underworld (1928 – Josef von Sternberg)
      • The Docks of New York (1928 – Josef von Sternberg)
      • Shanghai Express (1932 – Josef von Sternberg)
      • The Mummy (1932 – Karl Freund)
      • Angels with Dirty Faces (1938 – Michael Curtiz)
      • The Roaring Twenties (1939 – Raoul Walsh)
      • Sergeant York (1941 – Howard Hawks)
      • The Wolf Man (1941 – George Waggner)
      • The Strange Love of Martha Ivers (1946 – Lewis Milestone)
      • The Two Mrs. Carrolls (1947 – Peter Godfrey)
      • Fort Apache (1948 – John Ford)
      • The Naked City (1948 – Jules Dassin)
      • The Heiress (1949 – William Wyler)
      • I Confess (1953 – Alfred Hitchcock)
      • Stalag 17 (1953 – Billy Wilder)
      • The Lusty Men (1952 – Nicholas Ray)
      • The Bigamist (1953 – Ida Lupino)
      • Magnificent Obsession (1954 – Douglas Sirk)
      • All That Heaven Allows (1955 – Douglas Sirk)
      • Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958 – Richard Brooks)
      • The Little Shop of Horrors (1960 – Roger Corman)
      • The Tomb of Ligeia (1964 – Roger Corman)
      • Hush…Hush, Sweet Charlotte (1964 – Robert Aldrich)
      • Fail-Safe (1964 – Sidney Lumet)
      • Faces (1968 – John Cassavetes)
      • Straw Dogs (1971 – Sam Peckinpah)
      • The Panic in Needle ParK (1971 – Jerry Schatzberg)
      • Cleopatra Jones (1973 – Jack Starrett)
      • Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid (1973 – Sam Peckinpah)
      • Serpico (1973 – Sidney Lumet)
      • The Sugarland Express (1974 – Steven Spielberg)
      • Thieves Like Us (1974 – Robert Altman)
      • Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore (1974 – Martin Scorsese)
      • Next Stop, Greenwick Village (1976 – Paul Mazursky)
      • New York, New York (1977 – Martin Scorsese)
      • Days of Heaven (1978 – Terence Malick)
      • Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978 – Philip Kaufman)
      • Stardust Memories (1980 – Woody Allen)
      • Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982 – Nicholas Meyer)
      • Stranger Than Paradise (1984 – Jim Jarmusch)
      • Down by Law (1986 – Jim Jarmusch)
      • Big Trouble in Little China (1986 – John Carpenter)
      • Robocop (1987 – Paul Verhoeven)
      • sex, lies, and videotape (1989 – Steven Soderbergh)
      • Husbands and Wives (1992 – Woody Allen)
      • Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me (1992 – David Lynch)
      • Short Cuts (1993 – Robert Altman)
      • The Thin Red Line (1998 – Terence Malick)
      • Eyes Wide Shut (1999 – Stanley Kubrick)
      • Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai (1999 – Jim Jarmusch)
      • Solaris (2002 – Steven Soderbergh)

      Canada

      • Scanners (1981 – David Cronenberg)
      • Videodrome (1983 – David Cronenberg)
      • The Fly (1986 – David Cronenberg)
      • Jesus of Montreal (1989 – Denys Arcand)
      • The Sweet Hereafter (1997 – Atom Egoyan)
      • The Saddest Music in the World (2003 – Guy Maddin
      • Incendies (2011 – Dennis Villaneuve)
      • Stories We Tell (2012 – Sarah Polley)

      Australia/New Zealand/etc

      • Heavenly Creatures (1994 – Peter Jackson)