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The A List: The National Society Of Film Critics' "100 Essential Films" (2002)

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1. Les Vampires (1915)
2. The Birth of a Nation (1915)
3. Nosferatu (1922)
4. Greed (1924)
5. The Thief of Bagdad (1924)
6. Battleship Potemkin (1925)
7. Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (1927)
8. The General (1927)
9. Metropolis (1927)
10. Pandora's Box (1929)
11. The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928)
12. Man With the Movie Camera (1929)
13. M (1931)
14. The Public Enemy (1931)
15. Trouble In Paradise (1932)
16. 42nd Street (1933)
17. Duck Soup (1933)
18. L'Atalante (1934)
19. Top Hat (1935)
20. Modern Times (1936)
21. Bringing Up Baby (1938)
22. Gone With the Wind (1939)
23. Mr. Smith Goes To Washington (1939)
24. The Wizard of Oz (1939)
25. The Rules of the Game (1939)
26. Dance, Girl, Dance (1940)
27. The Bank Dick (1940)
28. Citizen Kane (1941)
29. The Maltese Falcon (1941)
30. Casablanca (1942)
31. The Palm Beach Story (1942)
32. Double Indemnity (1944)
33. Children of Paradise (1945)
34. Rome, Open City (1945)
35. All About Eve (1950)
36. Sunset Boulevard (1950)
37. Los Olvidados (1950)
38. Rashomon (1950)
39. Winchester '73 (1950)
40. Diary of a Country Priest (1951)
41. High Noon (1952)
42. Singin' In the Rain (1952)
43. Tokyo Story (1953)
44. Ugetsu (1953)
45. On the Waterfront (1954)
46. The Seven Samurai (1954)
47. Rebel Without a Cause (1955)
48. The Night of the Hunter (1955)
49. The Searchers (1956)
50. Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)
51. Written On the Wind (1956)
52. Jailhouse Rock (1957)
53. The Seventh Seal (1957)
54. Touch of Evil (1958)
55. Vertigo (1958)
56. Ashes and Diamonds (1958)
57. La Dolce Vita (1960)
58. The 400 Blows (1959)
59. Psycho (1960)
60. Breathless (1960)
61. The Entertainer (1960)
62. Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
63. The Gospel According To St. Matthew (1964)
64. Blowup (1966)
65. Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
66. The Graduate (1967)
67. Closely Watched Trains (1966)
68. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
69. Faces (1968)
70. Night of the Living Dead (1968)
71. Easy Rider (1969)
72. The Wild Bunch (1969)
73. Enter the Dragon (1973)
74. The Exorcist (1973)
75. Chinatown (1974)
76. Nashville (1975)
77. Annie Hall (1977)
78. Star Wars (1977)
79. Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
80. Killer of Sheep (1978)
81. The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith (1978)
82. The Marriage of Maria Braun (1979)
83. Raging Bull (1980)
84. Diner (1982)
85. Landscape In the Mist (1988)
86. The Decalogue (1989)  (Mini-Series)
87. Do the Right Thing (1989)
88. Close-Up (1990)
89. Unforgiven (1992)
90. Schindler's List (1993)
91. The Piano (1993)
92. Pulp Fiction (1994)
93. Fargo (1996)
94. Buenos Aires Affair (1997)
95. L.A. Confidential (1997)

La Strada / Nights of Cabiria (1954 & 1957)

 
96-1. La Strada (1954)
96-1. Nights of Cabiria (1957)

Frankenstein / Bride of Frankenstein (1931 & 1935)

 
97-1. Frankenstein (1931)
97-1. Bride of Frankenstein (1935)

The Apu Trilogy (1955-59)

 
98-1. Pather Panchali (1955)
98-2. Aparajito (1956)
98-3. The World of Apu (1959)

The Godfather / Godfather 2 (1972 & 1974)

 
99-1. The Godfather (1972)
99-1. The Godfather, Part II (1974)

The Red Trilogy (1987-91)

 
100-1. Red Sorghum (1987)
100-2. Ju Dou (1990)
100-3. Raise the Red Lantern (1991)

 

NOTE 1: "The A List: The National Society of Film Critics' 100 Essential Films". By Jay Carr (editor). Published by Da Capo Press (1st Edition: January 8, 2002).

 

NOTE 2: Provides 100 insightful and provocative essays on 100 Essential Films. The National Society of Film Critics concluded that these were 100 "essential" films for viewing. According to the book's blurb, "the Society has made its selections based on a film's intrinsic merits, its role in the development of the motion-picture art, and its impact on culture and society."

 

NOTE 3: Official list was not in any particular order. List included herein is ranked by year of release, with film series separated out and included at the end.