The Essentials! Part Deux: This Time It's Personal

Two years ago, I published a list, Ladies and Gentlemen: The Essentials, of which it details the 100 films that I personally deem to be essential viewing. This list marks as a first revision of that list, creating updated rankings and new/deleted entries that represent my current perspective of cinema. This list is not meant to be an objective assembly of the many essential lists that are floating out there, and there will be those who would object to my opinion, but I feel it is important for myself to be honest with this, and I hope to continue in creating further revisions of this list in the future as I go through more discoveries and reassessments.

The notes that accompany each entry are just quotes from Letterboxd reviewers that either show one's admiration for the film or a summation of the film's particular strengths.

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  • Her

    1

  • The Tree of Life

    2

  • Chungking Express

    3

  • Profound Desires of the Gods

    4

  • 2001: A Space Odyssey

    5

  • The Passion of Joan of Arc

    6

  • Make Way for Tomorrow

    7

  • Lost in Translation

    8

  • All That Jazz

    9

  • Blade Runner

    10

  • Sunset Boulevard

    11

  • Metropolis

    12

  • PlayTime

    13

  • World of Tomorrow

    14

  • A Hard Day's Night

    15

  • The Graduate

    16

  • Rear Window

    17

  • The Kid

    18

  • Whisper of the Heart

    19

  • The Tale of the Princess Kaguya

    20

  • Taxi Driver

    21

  • Red Beard

    22

  • The Red Shoes

    23

  • Belle de Jour

    24

  • Tess

    25

  • Volver

    26

  • Modern Times

    27

  • Manhattan

    28

  • The Long Goodbye

    29

  • An Autumn Afternoon

    30

  • Singin' in the Rain

    31

  • Die Nibelungen: Siegfried

    32

  • Die Nibelungen: Kriemhild's Revenge

    33

  • Rashomon

    34

  • Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom

    35

  • The Royal Tenenbaums

    36

  • Persona

    37

  • Picnic at Hanging Rock

    38

  • The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari

    39

  • Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans

    40

  • Sherlock, Jr.

    41

  • Blue Velvet

    42

  • Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse

    43

  • Brief Encounter

    44

  • Pinocchio

    45

  • Gone with the Wind

    46

  • Pather Panchali

    47

  • A Trip to the Moon

    48

  • City Girl

    49

  • Ace in the Hole

    50

  • The Last Temptation of Christ

    51

  • Citizen Kane

    52

  • Roman Holiday

    53

  • The Gang's All Here

    54

  • Rome, Open City

    55

  • A Sun-Tribe Myth from the Bakumatsu Era

    56

  • Harakiri

    57

  • Close Encounters of the Third Kind

    58

  • The Gospel According to Matthew

    59

  • The Shining

    60

  • Psycho

    61

  • ...And God Created Woman

    62

  • Once Upon a Time in America

    63

  • Easy Rider

    64

  • 3 Women

    65

  • Fanny and Alexander

    66

  • Grey Gardens

    67

  • The Thin Red Line

    68

  • Paris, Texas

    69

  • The Conversation

    70

  • It Happened One Night

    71

  • Alien

    72

  • Se7en

    73

  • The Night of the Hunter

    74

  • Hamlet

    75

  • Blue Is the Warmest Color

    76

  • Paths of Glory

    77

  • Do the Right Thing

    78

  • Shame

    79

  • Tangerine

    80

  • Branded to Kill

    81

  • Don't Look Now

    82

  • The Sound of Music

    83

  • The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

    84

  • Mother

    85

  • The Last American Virgin

    86

  • WALL·E

    87

  • Amores Perros

    88

  • Hoop Dreams

    89

  • When Harry Met Sally...

    90

  • Nashville

    91

  • Brazil

    92

  • Time Bandits

    93

  • Spirited Away

    94

  • Dazed and Confused

    95

  • The Breakfast Club

    96

  • Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence

    97

  • Caché

    98

  • Fitzcarraldo

    99

  • Sólo con tu pareja

    100