The Dark Knight

The Dark Knight is a superhero film directed, produced and co-written by Christopher Nolan and a sequel to 2005’s Batman Begins. The film is known for its beautiful cinematography and bringing back the dark Knight into Batman as well as for the great performance from the cast including Michael Caine, Gary Oldman, Morgan Freeman and especially Heath Ledger as the “Joker” who unfortunately died shortly after.

Lord of the Rings

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring is a 2001 fantasy film directed by Peter Jackson based on the first volume of J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings. The story is about the young hobbit Frodo Baggins and his eight companions that form the Fellowship of the Ring and their journey to Mount Doom. It was a major box office success, being the second highest-grossing film of 2001 in the U.S.

Fight Club

Fight Club is an American film directed by David Fincher adapted from the novel of the same name and starring Edward Norton and Brad Pitt. The film made poorly at the box office but quickly became one of the most controversial and talked-about films of 1999. It only became a cult film when it was later release on DVD.

Reservoir Dogs

Reservoir Dogs is a American crime film and the debut of director and writer Quentin Tarantino starting Harvey Keitel, Steve Buscemi, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen and Chris Penn. It depicts the events before and after a botched diamond heist, though not the heist itself. The film has become a classic of independent film and a cult hit.

Come and See

Come and See directed by Elem Klimov is a Soviet war movie and psychological horror drama about the Nazi German occupation of the Byelorussian SSR. The film was produced to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Soviet victory in World War II, and was a large box-office hit, with 28,900,000 admissions in the Soviet Union alone.

Paris, Texas

Paris, Texas is a drama film directed by acclaimed European director Wim Wenders. The story is about Travis, who has been lost for four years and is taken in by his brother. He later tries to put his life back together and understand what happened between him, his wife Jane (Nastassja Kinski) and his son Hunter (Hunter Carson).

E.T.

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial is an American science fiction film directed by Steven Spielberg about a lonely boy who befriends an extraterrestrial who is stranded on Earth. The film was huge blockbuster becoming the most financially successful film released to that point. It is a timeless story of friendship and sometimes considered the greatest science fiction film ever made.

Marriage of Maria Braun

The Marriage of Maria Braun is a West German film directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder. The story is about Maria, whose marriage with the soldier Hermann remained unfulfilled due to World War II and his post-war imprisonment. The film is consider one of the more successful works of Fassbinder and known to have shaped the image of the New German Cinema in foreign countries.

Star Wars

Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, originally released as Star Wars is a 1977 American epic space opera film written and directed by George Lucas. It is the first of six films released in the Star Wars saga: two subsequent films complete the original trilogy, while a prequel trilogy completes the six-film saga.

Annie Hall

Annie Hall is a 1977 American romantic comedy directed by Woody Allen from featuring himself and Diane Keaton. It is often considered one of Allen’s most popular and most honoured films, winning four Academy Awards. Known for being the author of zany comedies, the is considered a major turning point in his career.

Nashville

Nashville is an American musical black comedy film directed by Robert Altman and often considered one of his best films. The film takes a snapshot of people involved in the country music and gospel music businesses in Nashville, Tennessee, with no less than 24 main characters, an hour of musical numbers and multiple storylines.

Godfather

The Godfather is a 1972 American gangster film directed by Francis Ford Coppola, based on the 1969 novel by Mario Puzo and starring Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, Robert Duvall, Diane Keaton, and John Cazale. It depicts the Italian-American Corleone crime family and is known as one of the best gangster films of all time.

Easy Rider

Easy Rider is a cult road movie representing America of the 60’s which also became a key piece of New Hollywood filmmaking. It was written by Peter Fonda, directed by Dennis Hopper and have one of the first appearance of Jack Nicholson. It is the story of two bikers (played by Fonda and Hopper) who are travelling across America to reach Louisiana with the plan to retire but discover the real America.

Wild Bunch

The Wild Bunch is a 1969 cult American western film directed by Sam Peckinpah about an aging outlaw gang on the Texas-Mexico border. The film was controversial because of its graphic, bloody violence and its portrayal of the crude men attempting to survive by any available means.

Bonnie and Clyde

Bonnie and Clyde is a 1967 American crime film directed by Arthur Penn and starring Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway as the title characters Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker. It is considered as one of the first films of the New Hollywood era and its success motivated other filmmakers to be more forward about presenting sex and violence in their films.

Chelsea Girls

Chelsea Girls is an experimental underground film directed by Andy Warhol and Paul Morrissey and became the first of Warhol’s major commercial success.  It was shot at the Hotel Chelsea and other locations in New York City, and follows the lives of several of the young women who live there, and stars many of Warhol’s superstars.

Lawrence of Arabia

Lawrence of Arabia is a British film directed by David Lean starring Peter O’Toole as T. E. Lawrence. The film depicts Lawrence’s experiences in Arabia during World War I, including his emotional struggles, his personal identity, and his divided allegiance between his native Britain and its army and his newfound comrades within the Arabian desert tribes. It is widely considered one of the greatest and most influential films in the history of cinema.

La Dolce Vita

La Dolce Vita is a comedy-drama film written and directed by the critically acclaimed Italian director Federico Fellini. The film is a story of a passive journalist’s week in Rome and his search for both happiness and love that will never come. The film is generally cited as that one that marks the transition between Fellini’s earlier neo-realist films and his later art films, and is widely considered one of the great achievements in world cinema.

Breathless

Breathless or À bout de soufflé is a French romantic crime drama film directed by Jean-Luc Godard. It was Godard’s first feature film and much acclaimed for the use of bold visual style and the innovative editing use of jump cuts. Along with Truffaut’s 400 Blows and Alain Resnais’s Hiroshima, it brought international acclaim to the nouvelle vague.

400 Blows

The 400 Blows or Les Quatre Cents Coups is a French film directed by François Truffaut considered one of the most defining films of the French New Wave displaying many of the characteristic traits of the movement. The story revolves around Antoine Doinel, an ordinary adolescent in Paris who is thought by his parents and teachers to be a trouble maker.

Night of the Hunter

The Night of the Hunter is an American thriller film directed by Charles Laughton and starring Robert Mitchum. It is based on the true story of Harry Powers hanged in 1932 for the murders of two widows and three children in West Virginia. The film is famous for its lyric and expressionistic style which influenced later directors such as David Lynch and Martin Scorsese.

Pather Panchali

Pather Panchali is a drama film written and directed by Satyajit Ray based on a Bengali novel of the same name. It is the first film of the Apu trilogy which depicts the childhood of the protagonist Apu in the rural countryside of Bengal in the 1920s. It was Rays’ first feature film as well as the first movie from independent India to attract major international critical attention. It is today considered one of the greatest films ever made.

Rashomon

Rashomon is a crime mystery film directed by Akira Kurosawa, famous for being the film that introduced the master the and Japanese cinema to Western audiences. The film won many award including the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival and an Academy Honorary Award.

Casablanca

Casablanca is a American romantic drama film directed by Michael Curtiz and starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman. The story is about a man torn between love and virtue. Indeed he must choose between his love for a woman and helping her and her Czech Resistance leader husband escape from the Vichy-controlled Moroccan city of Casablanca to continue his fight against the Nazis.

In which we serve

In Which We Serve is a British patriotic war film directed by David Lean and Noël Coward, based on the exploits of Captain Lord Louis Mountbatten, commander of the HMS Kelly destroyer which sunk during the Battle of Crete. The film made with the assistance of the Ministry of Information remains a classic example of wartime British cinema through its patriotic imagery of national unity and social cohesion within the context of the Second World War.

Maltese Falcon

The Maltese Falcon is a film written and directed by directorial debut John Huston, based on the novel of the same name by Dashiell Hammett and featuring Humphrey Bogart. The story follows a private detective’s dealings with a jewel-encrusted statuette of a falcon mystery. It is considered the first major work of the film noir genre.

Citizen Kane

Citizen Kane is an American drama film directed by and starring Orson Welles often considered the greatest movie of all time. It is famous for its innovative cinematography, music and narrative structure. The story displays the life and legacy of Charles Foster Kane, a character based upon the American newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst.

Gone with the wind

Gone with the Wind is a American historical epic film directed by Victor Fleming and adapted from Margaret Mitchell’s Pulitzer-winning 1936 novel of the same name. It is the story of the American Civil War and Reconstruction era from a Southern point of view, starring Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh. It is known to be the first major film shot in colour.

Olympia

Olympia is a 1938 film by Leni Riefenstahl documenting the 1936 Summer Games and known to be the first documentary feature film on the Olympic Games ever made. The cinematography techniques employed were groundbreaking and universally admired, however the film remains controversial due to its political context.

Duck Soup

Duck Soup is a 1933 Marx Brothers anarchic comedy film directed by Leo McCarey and featuring the “Four Marx Brothers” including Groucho, Harpo, Chico and Zeppo. Although it wasn’t a really a commercial and critical hit, it since achieved the status of a classic and often considered the Marx Brothers’ finest film.

Metropolis

Metropolis is a science-fiction film following the German expressionist school, directed by Fritz Lang and set in a futuristic urban dystopia, depicting the social crisis between workers and owners. It is famous for being the most expensive silent film ever made, at a cost of about 5 million Reichsmark ($200 million when adjusted for inflation).

Birth of a Nation

The Birth of a Nation is an American silent film directed by D. W. Griffith which chronicles the relationship of two families during the Civil War with key historic scenes such as the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln. The film was a huge commercial success, but was highly controversial due to the depiction of racism, which inspired D.W. Griffith to produce Intolerance the following year.

A trip to the Moon

A Trip to the Moon or Le Voyage dans la lune is a 1902 French movie directed by magician director Georges Méliès, loosely based on two popular Jules Verne novels and known to be the first science fiction film in cinematic history. Indeed it uses innovative animation and special effects such as the famous scene where the spaceship land in the eye of the moon.