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50 movies in 50 years

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People who added this item 1130 Average listal rating (687 ratings) 8.3 IMDB Rating 8.1

Directed by François Truffaut.

Truffaut's debut film could not be better. This film earned also award at Cannes from best directing. Young director was now on everybodys lips and not for vain. Antoine Doinel (Jean-Pierre Léaud) is great window into Truffaut's soul. Doinel's charracter bases a little in early ages of Truffaut himself. Léaud's performance is one of the kind. Effect that Truffaut has got from Jean Vigo is clear. The 400 Blows is, of course, extremely good-looking picture. Time won't ever kill this movie.
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Directed by Luchino Visconti.

Giuseppe Rotunno's camerawork is just stunning. There is only few movies when black and white has looked as good as in hands of Rutunno. But this is not only ballet of Rutunno. Visconti's touch as director is something unbeleavible.Each of Parondi's brothers are different and that's what makes each one of them so special. Alain Delon's performance as Rocco is one of my favorites in history of cinema. But not only the performance of Delon: this movie is also one of my favorites of all.
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Directed by Alain Resnais.

This is one of the best surreal dramas I've ever seen and also one of my all time favorites. Visual storytelling is amazing and dialogue works perfetly. Milieu is beautiful with its castle hotel and garden. This film also introduced me to one of my favourite actresses, Delphine Seyrig. Her performance in this film is absolutely brilliant. When talking about Seyrigs performance, I should also remember to mention Giorgio Albertazzi's strong performance.
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Directed by Stefan Uher.

One of the greatest hidden gems of Czech New Wave and therefore whole cinema.
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People who added this item 109 Average listal rating (37 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 7.6
Passenger (1963)

Directed by Andrzej Munk and Witold Lesiewicz.

Director Munk died in car accident while this movie wasn't even ready yet. His friend and colleague, Witold Lesiewicz took a responsibility to make this film complete and he did it quite well (although there wasn't much to do in the end). In my opinion, this is one of the greatest films about the Second World War. Actors in their roles are amazing and the story is even more amazing. Visually adorable.
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People who added this item 214 Average listal rating (96 ratings) 8.4 IMDB Rating 8

Directed by Mikhail Kalatozov.

After this you can call me Cuba. Movie is made in some episodes and each of them shows something very different but still cruel reality. Hand-hold camera in the middle of fighting scenes is amazing and really turns on all the emotions. This on movie from the director of my second favorite movie, The Cranes Are Flying. Soy Cuba did not dissapoint me and I'm sure that it won't you eather.
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People who added this item 986 Average listal rating (533 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 7.8

Directed by Roman Polanski.

Polanski's disturbing horror film and camerawork to show emotions is amazing. Performance of Cathrine Deneuve is one of the kind.
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People who added this item 1296 Average listal rating (695 ratings) 8.4 IMDB Rating 8.1

Directed by Ingmar Bergman.

Mysterious and gorgeous-looking film by Ingmar Bergman! There is a scene that takes only 1/8 second in this movie but still this one scene has went through rough cutting. Next time (or the first time) you see this movie you must be careful to not to miss that! First four or five minutes can be a little confusing but don't let that to let you down if you are annoyed. After that there is quite clear story about confenssions and love. Actors from Liv Ullmann to Bibi Anderson are just so great. Black and white doesn't make these beautiful and talented look worse at all - it just makes them look more beautiful just like whole movie.
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People who added this item 424 Average listal rating (198 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.3

Directed by Jean-Luc Godard.

Jean-Luc Godard had done 15 feature films in 9 years. After breaking up with Anna Karina, darkness descented in Godard's movies and fierce was unleshed. In Week End those are the two dominant powers. Story is full of unfortunate events and surprises, but still it is quite easy to follow and keep up with. What I can say basing on my experiences after quite bunch of films by Jean-Luc Godard, Week End might be even one of the easiest ones to come up with. Actors are all great in their roles and plot is just marvellous. Visually film gives its best and surely hangs in minds forever. Society definitely gets its own part from Godard. 60s is definitely the decade of Godard and Week End might be his most important film.

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Directed by Sergio Leone.

Charles Bronson couldn't be any cooler than this. I really like Leone's cold touch into westerns like this. Beautiful story about revenge and ambition. Wonderful mr. Leone! Morricone's work with music is again lovely.

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Directed by Sam Peckinpah.

Again western. Peckinpah's western is complitely different from Leone's movies. Peckinpah isn't on anybody's side and he is not creating any heroes in this. Everyone seems to be same shit but from different asshole. Cruel and cool.
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People who added this item 118 Average listal rating (43 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 7.9
The Ear (1970)

Directed by Karel Kachyna.

We have to remember that this movie was made under communist eye. The release year is 1970 but at 1990 people were first time seriously allowed to watch the film. Political message in this film is clear and that is what makes this film so special. Atmosphere is so agonized and special. The Ear is everywhere.
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Directed by Stanley Kubrick.

I did this one mistake: I watched this movie before I read the novel. This isn't the only time that this has happened to me. Sure, I have given 5 stars for the movie but the novel is even better. Malcolm McDowell is truly great and screenplay is good. I believe that points might get little lower after rewatch becouse I haven't seen this again after I read the novel. Violence is revolting and all the characters are complete twats - and that's the way I like it!
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Directed by Werner Herzog.

I'm not quite sure what there really happened between Herzog and Kinski but if the result is this, who really gives a shit? Was it love or hate or love and hate, Kinski's performance is one of the kind and he really is on of the greatest villains (if that is right term to discribe the role) history of cinema has ever seen. Absolutely fantasting pictures from beautyful landscapes and the story is simply awesome.
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People who added this item 353 Average listal rating (202 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 8

Directed by Víctor Erice.

Before I had seen this film, I somehow knew Víctor Erice would be a big fish. And all I got was awesomeness. Slowly going forward and making everything to make viewer comfortable. Well not really. Erice got something more inside this one and viewer won't get easy through the film. Erice handles family relations very well and conflicts in Spain are shown beautifully. One of the greates films ever made in Spain, one of my favorite movies ever. Children in their roles are amazing: Ana Torrent is wonderful and Isabel Tellería isn't much worse than wonderful.
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Directed by Tobe Hooper.

Some say that this is one of the scariest movies ever made. Ok, but not. Still this is so grotesque that this is almost funny at some parts of the movie. You eather hate or love this film. Leatherface as a movie character is quite cool and the atmosphere in the movie is good.
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Directed by Chantal Akerman.

Chantal Akerman gives audience a lot of time to think during and after this film. This one is so called "epic" with its over three-hour length. Delphine Seyrig's performance is her greatest I've seen and definitely one of the greatest ever in the history of cinema. Every day is similar for this lonely woman of bourgeoisie. That cycle seems boring for her but it is everything than boring for audience: it is all done so perfectly and the harmony of the screen is sensible. Camerawork is simply wonderful and everything looks great. Beautiful and great movie, pure masterpiece. Movie experience like no other.
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People who added this item 4539 Average listal rating (2829 ratings) 8.2 IMDB Rating 8.3

Directed by Martin Scorsese.

This movie includes Bob DeNiros greatest performance he has ever done. It is obvious that everything's not OK in his head and the personal touch of DeNiro is amazing. Somebody has to wash the shit out of the streets and well, maybe Mr Bickle isn't the right man for the duty but he seems to be only one who cares. Ambiance that movie creates is almost hypnotic!
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People who added this item 442 Average listal rating (243 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 7.3

Directed by Nobuhiko Obayashi.

I think I've never seen funnier horror movie than House. Visually amazing and syrupy soundtrack fits perfectly in the movie. Character are named by their characteristics as Melody, Kung-fu and many more. Definently deserves its place on this list. This is just crazy.
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Directed by Michael Cimino.

Impact of the movie is instant. This can be classified as a war film but the emphasis is much more on the dramatic side. Movie starts with creating connection between viewers and characters and suddenly we all get in the middle of hell. Again strong performance by DeNiro but the real star of the movie is Christopher Walken.
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People who added this item 3670 Average listal rating (2195 ratings) 8.2 IMDB Rating 8.5

Directed by Francis Ford Coppola.

If The Deer Hunter isn't counted, maybe Apocalypse Now is my favorite war film. Emphasis of the movie is again on the dramatic side even when the guns are singing. Luckyly there ain't so many scenes when guns are literaly singing..
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Directed by Irvin Kershner.
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Directed by Steven Spielberg.
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People who added this item 383 Average listal rating (217 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.2
Tenebre (1982)

Directed by Dario Argento.

Tenebre is definitely my favourite one from Argento. Colours look breathtaking, atmosphere takes you off on a smooth ride and whole movie rocks. Beauty of the giallo images one of the kind.
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Directed by Shohei Imamura.
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Directed by Hayao Miyazaki.
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People who added this item 992 Average listal rating (518 ratings) 8.2 IMDB Rating 8.2

Directed by Akira Kurosawa.
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People who added this item 420 Average listal rating (185 ratings) 8.2 IMDB Rating 8.1

Directed by Anderei Tarkovksy.
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Directed by Louis Malle.
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Directed by Isao Takahata.
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People who added this item 448 Average listal rating (216 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 7.7

Directed by Alejandro Jodorowsky.
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Directed by Joel and Ethan Coen.
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People who added this item 376 Average listal rating (166 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 7.7
Europa (1991)

Directed by Lars von Trier.
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Directed by Rémy Belvaux and André Bonzel.
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People who added this item 1201 Average listal rating (659 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 8

Directed by Krzyzstof Kieslowski.

Kieslowski might be my favourite director ever and I had some hard time choosing between Blue and The Double Life of Veronique, which one I should include in this list. Visually Blue is pretty blue and beautiful in every way. Themes touches deep inside every sensible viewer and the music is also something quite beautiful. Juliette Binoche is absolutely astonishing in her role and this will be remembered as one od the greatest female leading roles ever.
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People who added this item 880 Average listal rating (519 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 8.1

Directed by Kar Wai Wong.
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People who added this item 6208 Average listal rating (4264 ratings) 8.1 IMDB Rating 8.6

Directed by David Fincher.
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People who added this item 187 Average listal rating (106 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 7.7

Directed by Aki Kaurismäki.
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People who added this item 604 Average listal rating (307 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 7.8

Directed by Takeshi Kitano.
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People who added this item 707 Average listal rating (373 ratings) 8.2 IMDB Rating 8.1

Directed by Thomas Vinterberg.

This is one of my all time favourites ever made. Family relations are shown beautifully and visual style is stunning. Hand-held camera works well and everything looks fantastic. Actors are amazing and whole thing works perfectly. Emotionally very strong and I can tell you that true men cry during The Celebration.
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People who added this item 2721 Average listal rating (1579 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 8

Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson.
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Directed by Béla Tarr.

Béla Tarr is interesting director. I started my journey with him with by this movie and I'm not disapointed at all. Modern touch with black and white is absolutely fantastic and so this is one of the most gorgeous-looking films ever made. Not only the visual side of the movie is beautiful, also the scriptional side of the movie is fantastic. One of the best movies from first decade of year 2000.
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People who added this item 3072 Average listal rating (1825 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 8

Directed by David Lynch.

This is film represents David Lynch and the 2000s the best. This is perfect example of how confusing mix of dreams and so called reality Lynch can create. I think that I've seen this film three times and every time that I've checked it again, I've found something new and loveable that I didn't see or realise at the last time.
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People who added this item 1465 Average listal rating (854 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.4

Directed by Gaspar Noé.

This was the first film from Gaspar Noé that I saw and after all the others I'm very, very glad that I found this director. Camerawork is definently one of the best parts of the film but that is also one of the greatest job I've seen so far! You eather love or hate this movie because of the rude and agonozing violence but my opinion is clear: one of my all time favourites.
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Directed by Kim Ki-duk.

Kim Ki-duk surely doesn't use dialoque too much. The silence isn't still the only strenght of this movie becouse even silence is ridiculous without stunning pictures. You can see the beauty but you can also feel and touch the beauty of this film. Great performances from actors in leading roles.
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People who added this item 301 Average listal rating (116 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 6.9

Directed by Lucile Hadzihalilovic.

Even when I first time saw pictures about this film, I thought to myself, 'again one of those tales for adults that I must see'. I saw it and fell in love with it. Film set viewers in the same situation as the characters are in the movie and that works more than well. One of the most beautiful movies made on this decade and from the wife of Gaspar Noé (director of Irreversible).
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Directed by David Cronenberg.

I haven't read the comic book but still I can rank this movie as one of the greatest from this decade. Cronenberg's way to handle violence is amazing. Fights aren't made with high choreography but cruelty makes them look so fantastic. Violence seems so real that you can almost feel the pain of everyone who gets hit. Story is also amazing.
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Directed by Györgi Pálfi.

When I heard people warning to not to eat during or before movie, interets could not be bigger. You should take those warnings seriously. I think there is not that many films in the world that made me this sick.
Visual beauty (in this case it's also ugliness)is wonderful. The ending couldn't be any better. Great performances from each actor.
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Directer by Cristian Mungiu.

Cristian Mungiu wanted to show us the chaos himself proved 20 years ago in Romania. Shame about cruel administration gets very clear. Fantastic story!
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People who added this item 370 Average listal rating (176 ratings) 8.4 IMDB Rating 8.1

Directed by Shion Sono.
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This list takes place between 1959 and 2008 and there is one movie per year.
Second rule was that there is only one movie per director.

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Posted: 8 years, 7 months ago at Feb 8 17:03
Pieni asiavirhe. Eli Yojimbon remakehan on siis Fistful of Dollars, eli sarjansa ensimmäinen osa, ei suinkaan For a Few Dollars More.

Jokatapauksessa loistava lista, hienoa, että joku jaksaa rustailla näitä kommenttejakin, itse kun ei perkele tunnu löytävän aikaa ja silloin kun on aikaa niin halua... C'est la vie.
Posted: 8 years, 7 months ago at Feb 8 18:16
^Asia korjattu. En tiedä mikä nyt on, kun moinen virhe on eksynyt. Liekö sitten vieras kieli mennyt solmuun, sillä varsin hyvin itsekkin tiesin asian laidan näin olevan - Dollari-trilogian keskimmäistä osaahan en ole vielä edes nähnyt.
Kiitos kuitenkin kommentista ja äänestä, vaikka toki listalla voisi olla vielä melkein puolta enemmän kommentteja, aina elokuvaa kohti. Lievää laiskuutta ja tai ajan puutetta on liikkeellä.
Edit: 8 years, 7 months ago
Posted: 7 years, 9 months ago at Dec 10 12:42
Third Rule: David Lynch is the exception to the second rule :)

Would you consider 'Aliens' as a 1986 replacement?
Or 'The Devil's Backbone' 'Amelie' or 'Royal Tennenbaums' for 2001?

Anyhow, great list and nice cross-section of world cinema!

Posted: 7 years, 9 months ago at Dec 10 13:21
Oh snap. How did that happen!? But thanks for the vote and bringing that 'third rule' up. I replaced The Mirror with Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles and Blue Velvet with Tarkovsky's The Sacrifice.

So now there is one new master, Chantal Akerman, added.

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