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.
Robert Redford (Quiz Show)
Werner Herzog (Aguirre, the Wrath of God)
Children of Men is a American-British dystopian science fiction film directed by Alfonso Cuarón and starring Clive Owen, Julianne Moore and Michael Caine. The story is set in the United Kingdom of 2027 where two decades of global human infertility have left humanity with less than a century to survive.
Michael Mann (The Last of the Mohicans)
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is an American science fiction film directed by Michel Gondry. The film is about a couple who have each other erased from their memories. It uses elements of science fiction, nonlinear narration and neo-surrealism to explore the nature of memory and romantic love.
George Stevens (The Diary of Anne Frank)
Lost in Translation is an American film directed by Sofia Coppola and starring Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson. The film blends elements of comedy as well as more serious themes common in drama films. It was a major critical success and won for Best Original Screenplay.
David Cronenberg (A History of Violence)
City of God or Cidade de Deus is a Brazilian crime film directed by Fernando Meirelles based on real events. It depicts the growth of organized crime in the Cidade de Deus suburb, a favelas of Rio de Janeiro, between the end of the ’60s and the beginning of the ’80s.
Joseph L. Mankiewicz (Cleopatra)
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.
Andrei Tarkovsky (Solyaris)
Traffic is a 2000 American crime drama film directed by Steven Soderbergh exploring the illegal drug trade from various perspectives including the user, enforcer, politician and a trafficker. The film was critically acclaimed and earned numerous awards.
A Clockwork Orange is one of the biggest cult movies ever. It was directed and produced by famous English director Stanley Kubrick and staring Malcolm McDowell as a charismatic but psychopathic delinquent whose passion is in Beethoven as well as ultra-violence. The film, based on Anthony Burgess’s 1962 novel of the same name was an instant hit with youngsters around the world (but perhaps not with parents and the establishment).
John Schlesinger (Cold Comfort Farm)
First science fiction film
In the Mood for Love is a Hong Kong film directed by master cinematographer Wong Kar-wai nominated for the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 2000. It is part of an informal trilogy, together with the first part Days of Being Wild released in 1991 and the last part 2046 released in 2004.
American silent film directed by D. W. Griffith
Blade Runner is an 1982 American film directed by known director Ridley Scott and starring Harrison Ford. It depicts the dystopian futuristic city of Los Angeles where exist genetically engineered organic robots. Although the film performed poorly at the box office, it has since become a science fiction cult classic.
Clerks was the 1994 film the put director Kevin Smith (who appeared in the film as Silent Bob) on the movie map. It is an independent comedy film shot in black and white costing the author 30K USD of its own money but which manage to gross more than US$3 million at the box office. Clerks enabled Kevin to continue his movie career by authoring films based on the same character including Mallrats, Chasing Amy, Dogma, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, and Clerks II.
One of the greatest horror movies of the silent era
Die Hard is a 1988 American action flick directed by John McTiernan and starring Bruce Willis. It became such a fan hit that it was followed by three sequels including Die Hard 2 in 1990, Die Hard With A Vengeance in 1995, and Live Free or Die Hard in 2007.
German expressionist horror film directed by f.w. murnau
Considered the first feature-length documentary
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.
Oone of the most influential propaganda films of all time
Fight Club is a 1999 American film directed by David Fincher and starring Edward Norton, Brad Pitt and adapted from the 1996 novel of the same name. Upon its release it became one of the most controversial and talked-about films of 1999, however made poorly at the box office. Fight Club only became a cult film when it was later release on DVD.
Freaks is a cult horror film from the 30s directed and produced by Tod Browning who had the brilliant idea to cast real “freaks” carnival performers.
The most expensive silent film ever made
Heavy Metal is a cult animation film produced by Leonard Mogel, the publisher behind the Heavy Metal magazine. The film is an anthology of various science fiction and fantasy stories adapted from the magazine, with lots of graphic violence, nudity, and sexuality.
The first film to use handheld cameras and new editing methods
The Big Lebowski is a 1998 cult comedy film written and directed by the famous Coen Brothers and starring Jeff Bridges as the “The Dude” as well as other great actors such as Steve Buscemi, Philip Seymour Hoffman and John Goodman. The film did poorly at the box office and received mixed reviews at the time of its release but later became a cult favourite with fans around the world because of its unique characters, unconventional dialogue and eclectic soundtrack.
A silent surrealist short film by debuting spanish director luis bunuel
The Rocky Horror Picture Show has now became one of the greatest a parody of B-movie. It was released in 1975 based on the British rock musical stage play and was known to be the first film from a major Hollywood studio to be in the midnight movie market. The motion picture has a large international following and is one of the most well known and financially successful midnight movies of all time.
French silent film starring renée jeanne falconetti
Blood Simple is a 1984 neo-noir crime thriller written and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen. The film is derived from the Dashiell Hammett novel Red Harvest, in which “blood simple” is a term to describe the addled, fearful mindset of people after a prolonged immersion in violent situations.
1931 american epic war film directed by lewis milestone
Cape Fear is a cult thriller from the 60s’ which was later remarked in the 1990’s by Martin Scorsese. The film stars Gregory Peck, Robert Mitchum and is the story of an attorney family who is stalked by a criminal just released from jail.
First major german sound film
Deliverance is an 1972 American thriller film based on a novel of the same name produced and directed by John Boorman, starring Jon Voight and Burt Reynolds and.
One of charlie chaplin highest accomplishments of his prolific career
Dirty Harry is a 1971 Clint Eastwood action crime thriller classic, in which he plays a San Francisco Police Department Inspector. The film was directed by Don Siegel and became a huge critical and commercial success and set the style for a whole genre of police films including the four sequels that followed.
American lively backstage musical directed by lloyd bacon
M is a cult 1931 German drama-thriller directed by celebrated moviemaker Fritz Lang and consider by the audience to be its finest work.
Marx brothers anarchic comedy film
Memento is a 2000 American psychological thriller film written and directed by Christopher Nolan, adapted from his younger brother Jonathan’s short story, Memento Mori, about a man who losses the use of his short memory.
Famous gigantic island-dwelling gorilla-like creature
Mildred Pierce is a 1945 cult American film noir thriller about a long-suffering mother and her ungrateful daughter directed by famous Casablanca director Michael Curtiz.
French film directed by jean vigo
The Night of the Hunter is a 1955 American film noir thriller based on the 1953 novel of the same directed by Charles Laughton and starring Robert Mitchum. The film soon became a cult among its audience, and is also known to have inspired later great directors such as David Lynch, Martin Scorsese, Terrence Malick, Jim Jarmusch, the Coen brothers, and Spike Lee.
First full-length cell-animated feature in motion picture history
Straw Dogs is a 1971 cult psychological thriller directed by Sam Peckinpah and starring Dustin Hoffman and Susan George.
First documentary feature film on the olympic games
1940 french film directed by jean renoir
Vertigo is a 1958 cult psychological thriller by famous suspense director Alfred Hitchcock about a retired police detective suffering from acrophobia who is hired as a private investigator to follow the wife of an acquaintance to uncover the mystery of her peculiar behaviour.
All About Eve is a 1950 American cult drama film written and directed by Joseph L. Mickiewicz and starring Bette Davis.
American historical epic film directed by victor fleming
American romantic comedy film directed by george
Amores Perros is a 2000 neorealist Mexican drama directed by Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu, the first of its triptych about death. The film shows three distinct stories which are connected by a car accident in Mexico City, and is often referred to as the “Mexican Pulp Fiction.
Harold and Maude is a 1971 American comedy drama directed by Hal Ashby incorporating elements of dark humour and existentialist drama. The film became a huge hit and had many theatrical adaptations as well as TV version.
American screwball comedy film directed by howard hawks
Black Narcissus is a 1947 is a cult psychological drama authored by the British director-writer team of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger about the emotional tensions within a convent of nuns in an isolated Himalayan valley.
Drama film directed by john ford and based on john steinbeck’s pulitzer prize winning novel
Midnight Cowboy is a 1969 American drama film based on a novel of the same, directed by John Schlesinger, and starring Dustin Hoffman and then-newcomer Jon Voight in the title role. It is known to be the only X rated film ever to win Best Picture.
Considered the greatest movie of all time
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest is a 1975 American drama film directed by famous Czech director Miloš Forman starring Jack Nicholson.
Considered the first major work of the film noir genre
The Outsiders is a 1983 American cult drama film directed by known director Francis Ford Coppola, and known for being the spark to start the Brat Pack genre of the 1980s.
American comedy directed by ernst lubitsch
The Lost Weekend is a 1945 American cult drama film directed by Billy Wilder and starring Ray Milland and Jane Wyman.
Classic example of wartime british cinema through its patriotic imagery of national unity
The Shawshank Redemption is a 1994 American drama film written and directed by Frank Darabont starring Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman and adapted from a Stephen King novel. The film made poorly at the box office reception but later enjoyed a remarkable life on cable television, DVD and Blu-ray.
American romantic drama film directed by michael curtiz
The Swimmer is a 1968 American drama directed by Frank Perry and starring Burt Lancaster, based on a surreal and allegorical short story by John Cheever.
Considered the first italian neorealist film
The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension!, often shortened to Buckaroo Banzai, is an American science fiction action film released in 1984 and directed by W. D. Richter about a physicist, neurosurgeon and rock musician that needs to save the world.
French film by marcel carné, made during the german occupation
Death Race 2000 is a 1975 cult action film directed by Paul Bartel and starring David Carradine, Simone Griffeth and Sylvester Stallone about a dystopian American society in the year 2000, where the murderous Transcontinental Road Race has become a form of national entertainment.
Italian war drama film directed by roberto rossellini
Escape from New York is a cult 1981 American science fiction action film directed and scored by John Carpenter about a future crime-ridden Manhattan Island transformed into a maximum security prison. Since its release it has developed its own cult following, particularly around the anti-hero Plissken.
Romantic fantasy film set during world war ii
First Blood also mostly known as Rambo is an 1982 action thriller film starring Sylvester Stallone as John Rambo, a troubled and misunderstood Vietnam War veteran who goes on a killing spree. It since became a classic in its genre and chosen by Empire magazine as one of The 500 Greatest Movies of All Time.
American comedy/drama film produced and directed by frank capra
Mad Max is a 1979 Australian dystopian action film starring Mel Gibson, about a breakdown of society, love and revenge. It became a top-grossing Australian film and has been credited for further opening up the global market to Australian New Wave films.
Italian neorealist film directed by vittorio de sica
Race with the Devil is a 1975 occult thriller and action film starring Peter Fonda, Warren Oates, Loretta Swit and Lara Parker.
Film directed by max ophüls
The Host which can be translated to Creature is a 2006 South Korean action monster film, which also contains elements of comedy and drama. By the end of its run the film was seen 13 million times, making it the highest grossing South Korean film of all time.
British comedy film directed by henry cornelius
The Warriors is a 1979 American cult action thriller film directed by Walter Hill and based on Sol Yurick’s 1965 novel of the same name. Like the novel, the film borrows elements from the Anabasis by Xenophon.
British film noir directed by carol reed
Cult Films: Cult action films
French film starring jean marais directed by jean cocteau
Yojimbo, which can be translated to bodyguard is a 1961 action packed period drama film directed by Akira Kurosawa about a “ronin”, a masterless samurai, who arrives in a small town where competing crime lords make their money from gambling.
Film that introduced the master and japanese cinema
Badlands is a 1973 American crime drama film written and directed by Terrence Malick (the author behind this year Palmes d’Or winner The Tree of Life) starring Martin Sheen and Sissy Spacek, and loosely based on the real-life of murderer Charles Starkweather and his girlfriend.
One of the best musicals ever made
Dog Day Afternoon is a 1975 drama film directed by Sidney Lumet starring Al Pacino and John Cazale, about a bank robbery going terribly wrong inspired by the “The Boys in the Bank” article based on real facts.
Yasujiro ozu masterpiece