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People who added this item 271  Average listal rating (102 ratings) 8.2  IMDB Rating 7.9 
1. Greed (1924)

Von Stroheim wanted to make McTeague into a film without sacrificing what he saw were necessary plot details, because he wanted to reproduce the book on film, with ambitions probably partially inspired by Griffith. He created a masterpiece, but studio heads decided to cut the film to around two hours.

Von Stroheim said the film he previously worked on, Foolish Wives, became, "only the skeleton of my dead child," and unfortunately Greed suffered the same fate.


Recommended Reading

A blog post about the influence of paintings in Greed.
Jonathan Rosenbaum: Fables of the Reconstruction
Roger Ebert's Review

Original Length: 9 hours (a lost film)
Edited Length: 2 hours, 20 minutes (the only surviving complete copy)
Restored Legnth: 4 hours (film stills or production photos were used to restore the film with the directors' notes).
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People who added this item 206  Average listal rating (88 ratings) 9.2  IMDB Rating 9.2 
2. The Decalogue (1989)

Recommended Reading
Dekalog
Stanley Kubrick's opinion about The Decalogue.
Jonathan Rosenbaum's comparison of The Decalogue to Fargo.
Roger Ebert's review - it's one of his favorite films.
Length: Ten films about one hour each.
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People who added this item 490  Average listal rating (234 ratings) 8.5  IMDB Rating 8.3 
3. Andrei Rublev (1966)

This medieval epic announced the birth of a major talent; it also stuns with the sort of unexpected poetic explosions we've come to expect from Tarkovsky: an early flying episode suggesting Gogol, a stirring climax in color. - Jonathan Rosenbaum


You should watch the blu-ray version (it has English subtitles, but was only released in Russia).
Length: 165 min
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People who added this item 251  Average listal rating (143 ratings) 8  IMDB Rating 7.9 
4. Au Hasard Balthazar (1966)

Bresson is perhaps the only man in the cinema to have achieved the perfect fusion of the finished work with a concept theoretically formulated beforehand. I know of no other artist as consistent as he is in this respect. His guiding principle was the elimination of what is known as expressiveness, in the sense that he wanted to do away with the frontier between the image and actual life; that is, to render life itself graphic and expressive. No special feeding in of material, nothing laboured, nothing that smacks of deliberate generalisation. - Andrei Tarkovsky, Sculpting in Time (taken from TSPDT)

Recommended Reading


Jonathan Rosenbaum's article The Last Filmmaker
Roger Ebert's review
Robert Bresson's Filmography

Length: 95 min
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People who added this item 960  Average listal rating (553 ratings) 8.1  IMDB Rating
5. Breathless (1960)

As a critic, I already thought of myself as a filmmaker. Today I still consider myself a critic, and in a sense, I’m even more of one than before. Instead of criticism, I make a film, but that includes a critical dimension. I consider myself an essayist, producing essays in the form of novels or novels in the form of essays: only instead of writing, I film them. - Jean-Luc Godard, 1962
Recommended Reading
Breathless as Film Criticism by Jonathan Rosenbaum - if you own the Criterion edition of the film, you can watch this as a film essay narrated by somebody else.
Roger Ebert's Review
Length: 90 min
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People who added this item 2283  Average listal rating (1565 ratings) 8.4  IMDB Rating 8.6 
6. Rear Window (1954)

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In the earliest days of cinema, the Russian director Kuleshov performed a famous experiment in which he juxtaposed identical shots of a man's face with other shots. When the man was matched with food, audiences said the man looked hungry, and so on. The shots were neutral. The montage gave them meaning. - Roger Ebert

According to the famous “Kuleshov experiment” in silent Russian cinema, the same close-up of actor Ivan Mozhukhin seen by separate audiences with a bowl of soup, or a coffin, or a little girl automatically conjured up a hungry man, or a mourner, or a pervert. - Jonathan Rosenbaum

Length: 112 min
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People who added this item 1127  Average listal rating (588 ratings) 8.4  IMDB Rating 8.2 
7. Persona (1966)

…this lovely, moody film, for all its intense emotionalism, makes some tough intellectual demands. For its evident contemplations of a singular…transfer of personality between an older mental patient and her pretty, lonely nurse is rich in poetic intimations of subconscious longings and despairs, and it is likely to move one more deeply as poetry than as thought... - Bosley Crowther, The New York Times

Recommended Reading

Roger Ebert's review
Length: 85 min
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People who added this item 240  Average listal rating (130 ratings) 8.3  IMDB Rating 8.3 
8. Children of Paradise (1945)

Children Of Paradise is the ultimate theater-as-life movie, rich in historical allusions past and present, a landmark production that overcame constant harassment by the Germans and stands as a key testament to the spirit of the French Resistance. But apart from mere dissertation fodder, the film remains an exemplary piece of popular entertainment, full of vibrancy and wit, with unforgettable characters and a delicate, bittersweet tone that considers their emotions in balance. - Scott Tobias, A.V. Club

Recommended Reading

Roger Ebert's review
Length: 163 min
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People who added this item 305  Average listal rating (153 ratings) 7.8  IMDB Rating
9. Intolerance (1916)

He's the Shakespeare of cinema. Period. Watch his films and you'll know instantly. - Werner Herzog, Rotten Tomatoes - 5 Favorite films (Listal)

...the film launched ideas about associative editing that have been essential to the cinema ever since, from Soviet montage classics to recent American experimental films; and for the sheer generating of suspense through crosscutting and action the film’s climax hasn’t been surpassed in 77 years. - Jonathan Rosenbaum

Length: 163 min
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People who added this item 729  Average listal rating (449 ratings) 8.1  IMDB Rating
10. Battleship Potemkin (1925)

Now why should the cinema follow the forms of theater and painting rather than the methodology of language, which allows wholly new concepts of ideas to arise from the combination of two concrete denotations of two concrete objects? - Sergei Eisenstein

Potemkin…has achieved such an unholy eminence that few people any longer dispute its merits. Great as it undoubtedly is, it's not really a likable film; it's amazing, though -- it keeps its freshness and its excitement, even if you resist its cartoon message…[It] looks astonishingly like a newsreel, and the politically naïve have often taken it as a 'documentary.' The more knowing have a graceful euphemism: Eisenstein, they say, 'sacrificed historical facts for dramatic effect.' - Pauline Kael, 5001 Nights at the Movies (1992)

Recommended Reading

Roger Ebert's review
Length: 75min
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People who added this item 162  Average listal rating (83 ratings) 7.6  IMDB Rating 7.8 
11. After Life (1998)
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People who added this item 91  Average listal rating (38 ratings) 8.4  IMDB Rating 8.8 
12. Berlin Alexanderplatz (1980)

To listen to this, and to meditate on it, will be of benefit to many who, like Franz Biberkopf, live in a human skin, and, like this Franz Biberkopf, ask more of life than a piece of bread and butter. - Alfred Döblin, in the preface to the book Berlin Alexanderplatz: The Story of Franz Biberkopf
Recommended Reading
an essay on Criterion

Length: 14 hours, 28 minutes
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People who added this item 455  Average listal rating (242 ratings) 8.5  IMDB Rating 8.4 
13. Chelovek s kino-apparatom (1929)

The film Man with a Movie Camera represents
AN EXPERIMENTATION IN THE CINEMATIC TRANSMISSION
Of visual phenomena
WITHOUT THE USE OF INTERTITLES
(a film without intertitles)
WITHOUT THE HELP OF A SCRIPT
(a film without script)
WITHOUT THE HELP OF A THEATRE
(a film without actors, without sets, etc.)
This new experimentation work by Kino-Eye is directed towards the creation of an authentically international absolute language of cinema – ABSOLUTE KINOGRAPHY – on the basis of its complete separation from the language of theatre and literature. - Dziga Vertov

Recommended Reading


Roger Ebert's review
Length: 68 min
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People who added this item 75  Average listal rating (36 ratings) 8  IMDB Rating 8.6 
14. A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Thro... (1995)

Length: 225 min
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People who added this item 408  Average listal rating (193 ratings) 6.5  IMDB Rating 6.9 
15. The Birth of a Nation (1915)

Erich von Stroheim, one of Griffith's assistants, said that he was the pioneer of filmdom. The first to put beauty and poetry into a cheap and tawdry sort of amusement. - Martin Scorsese, from A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies

Recommended Viewing

Martin Scorsese on Griffith from A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies .
Length: 3 hours, 10 minutes
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People who added this item 10  Average listal rating (3 ratings) 9.3  IMDB Rating 9.1 
16. Hollywood (1980)
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People who added this item 227  Average listal rating (129 ratings) 7.6  IMDB Rating 7.8 
17. F for Fake (1973)

Length: 89min
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People who added this item 516  Average listal rating (290 ratings) 7.7  IMDB Rating 7.8 
18. Contempt (1963)

I would argue that Godard’s eclecticism must be acknowledged and understood before one can genuinely appreciate the film. - Jonathan Rosenbaum

Length:103 min
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People who added this item 267  Average listal rating (139 ratings) 7.7  IMDB Rating 7.7 
19. Taste of Cherry (1997)

Major spoilers: The greatest controversy about the film is Kiarostami's Brechtian decision to show us that we saw was only a film; after the moving shot of the protagonist laying to die, the audience sees Kiarstami filming the movie, and some critics may have found the experience jarring (I did).
Recommend Reading

Jonathan Rosenbaum's essay Shouts and Murmurs, a response to Ebert's criticism
Then along came Angelopoulos from Greece and Kiarostami from Iran, with their fashionably dead films in which shots last forever, and grim middle-aged men with mustaches sit and look and think and smoke and think and look and sit and smoke and shout and drive around and smoke until finally there is a closing shot that lasts forever and has no point. - Roger Ebert
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People who added this item 44  Average listal rating (25 ratings) 8  IMDB Rating 7.7 
20. These Amazing Shadows (2011)
This documentary shows film preservation is important because of the cinematic experience.
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People who added this item 300  Average listal rating (178 ratings) 7.9  IMDB Rating
21. Day for Night (1973)

Films are more harmonious than life, Alphonse, there are no bottlenecks in films, no dead-time, films keeps rolling forward, like trains, you understand, like trains in the night. People like you and me, you know, are only happy in our work, our work in the cinema. - Ferrand, Francois Truffaut's character

Recommend Reading

Godard and Truffaut's letters to each other; they had a fall out over this movie.
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People who added this item 1672  Average listal rating (1019 ratings) 7.5  IMDB Rating 7.6 
22. Hugo (2011)
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People who added this item 229  Average listal rating (150 ratings) 7.8  IMDB Rating 7.7 
23. Johnny Guitar (1954)

Godard said the cinema is Nicholas Ray. Truffaut said people unable to appreciate Johnny Guitar are blind to what cinema has to offer, and should stop going all together (or something to that effect).

People who added this item 684  Average listal rating (335 ratings) 8.3  IMDB Rating 8.2 
24. Fanny and Alexander (1982)

Recommended Reading

Roger Ebert's review
Jonathan Rosenbaum said he didn't see Fanny and Alexander and thought Persona was his best film, despite never seeing the film many crtics consider to be Bergman's masterpiece (source), before writing Scenes From an Overrated Career; Roger Ebert responded with Defending Ingmar Bergman.
Full TV Version: 5 hours, 12 minutes

People who added this item 379  Average listal rating (112 ratings) 8.6  IMDB Rating 8.6 
25. Satantango (1994)

Length: 7 hours, 30 minutes
Read Aftewards

Jonathan Rosenbaum: The Importance of Being Sarcastic and his response to Béla Tarr's request to write for Sátántangó's 15th anniversary.

People who added this item 165  Average listal rating (55 ratings) 7.9  IMDB Rating 8.1 
26. The Mother and the Whore (1973)

An obsessive-compulsive filmmaker and clearly a tormented one who wound up dying by his own hand, Eustache was clearly experimenting with his variations as well as goading viewers into examining their own reactions to them. - Jonathan Rosenbaum

Read Aftewards

Roger Ebert's review
Length: 3 hours, 40 minutes

People who added this item 136  Average listal rating (57 ratings) 8.4  IMDB Rating 7.9 
27. Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Br... (1975)

Recommended Reading

Jonathan Rosenbaum's review
Length: 3 hours, 21 minutes


Well over a decade in the making, this eight-part, 264-minute video (1998) is Jean-Luc Godard’s magnum opus, but it’s never been widely seen... - Jonathan Rosenbaum

Recommended Reading

Jonthan Rosenbaum's Essay

People who added this item 73  Average listal rating (29 ratings) 7.8  IMDB Rating 7.6 
29. The Wheel (1923)

Watch Afterwards
A short essay about the film
Length: 4 hours, 33 minutes

People who added this item 152  Average listal rating (67 ratings) 8.1  IMDB Rating 7.3 
30. Napoléon (1927)

Length: 5 hours, 13 minutes

People who added this item 213  Average listal rating (61 ratings) 7.3  IMDB Rating 6.7 
31. Les Vampires (1915)

One of Jonathan Rosenbaum's favorite films.
Feuillade is today arguably a good deal more entertaining than Griffith, and unquestionably much more modern: his mastery of deep-focus mise en scene is astonishing, and its influence on Fritz Lang as well as Luis Buñuel and other Surrealists remains one of his major legacies... I can’t recommend it too highly. - Jonathan Rosenbaum

Read Afterwards

The Birth of a Notion by Jonathan Rosenbaum
Length: 6 hours, 39 minutes
Note: maybe buy the bluray

People who added this item 45  Average listal rating (11 ratings) 9.1  IMDB Rating 8.9 
32. Heimat: A Chronicle of Germany (1984)

A cinematic event...a massive, nearly 16-hour chronicle of life in Germany, from 1919 to 1982, as reflected in the fluctuating fortunes of the members of one family, initially peasant-farmers, in the fictitious village of Schabbach in the Rhineland....In spite of its intimidating length, Heimat is immensely, easily watchable, an extraordinary succession of mostly ordinary events and characters -- history seen from ground level -- vividly acted by a huge cast of both professional and nonprofessional actors. - Vincent Canby, New York Times

One of Stanley Kubrick's favorite TV shows.
Length: 15 hours, 24 minutes

Here's a trailer for the entire Heimat trilogy -

Note: I'm waiting for the restoration.

People who added this item 6  Average listal rating (4 ratings) 9  IMDB Rating 8.9 
33. Heimat II: A Chronicle of a Generation (1992)

Length: 1 day, 1 hour, 32 minutes
Read Afterwards
Stephen Holden's review.


Length: 11 hours, 39 minutes
Read Aftewards
An interview with Edgar Reitz about the Heimat trilogy.

People who added this item 35  Average listal rating (5 ratings) 6.8  IMDB Rating 7.9 
35. Out 1 (1971)

I choose “Out” as the opposite of the vogue word “in”, which had caught in France and which I thought was silly. The action of the film is rather like a serial which could continue through several episodes, so I gave it the number “One”. - Jacques Rivette
Read Afterwards
New York Times review
Length: 12 hours, 9 minutes

People who added this item 40  Average listal rating (7 ratings) 8.6  IMDB Rating 7.8 
36. Mad Love (1969)

Length: 4 hours, 12 minutes

People who added this item 219  Average listal rating (100 ratings) 7.9  IMDB Rating 7.9 
37. Dr. Mabuse: The Gambler (1922)

Length: 4 hours, 30 minutes

People who added this item 112  Average listal rating (40 ratings) 8.1  IMDB Rating 7.9 
38. Eureka (Shooting Gallery) (2000)

Length: 3 hours, 37 minutes

People who added this item 20  Average listal rating (9 ratings) 7.9  IMDB Rating 7.3 
39. Outskirts (1933)

Though many of his films were popular successes when they came out, Barnet is known among cinephiles mainly as the greatest forgotten master of the golden age of Soviet cinema. - Jonathan Rosenbaum

Length: 98 min

People who added this item 139  Average listal rating (54 ratings) 8.4  IMDB Rating 7.9 
40. Kings of the Road (1976)

"Kings of the Road" is a film of great depth and beauty, and its black and white photography is worthy of comparison with John Ford's. But it is rarely played commercially, maybe because of its three-hour length...
[There's] not a moment too long. Wenders needs the time to pace the developing relationship between his two main characters. - Roger Ebert

Length: 3 hours, 15 minutes

People who added this item 114  Average listal rating (41 ratings) 8.4  IMDB Rating 8.4 
41. A Brighter Summer Day (1991)

...A Brighter Summer Day is probably the greatest Taiwanese film ever made... - Jonathan Rosenbaum

Length: 237 min

People who added this item 272  Average listal rating (135 ratings) 7.9  IMDB Rating 8.1 
42. Yi Yi: A One and a Two... (2000)

Read Afterward

Jonathan Rosenbaum's review
Length: 173 min

People who added this item 31  Average listal rating (16 ratings) 8.3  IMDB Rating 8.2 
43. Grin Without a Cat (1977)

Among the subjects addressed are Vietnam, political battles throughout Europe, Asia, and South America, Che Guevara, Nixon, and Eisenstein’s Potemkin; the images are drawn mainly from rarely shown footage shot by others, chiefly outtakes from other documentaries. This is often thoughtful and informative, but it assumes a grasp of political struggles of the period that some American viewers won’t share. Marker’s poetic notations are generally quite effective... - Jonathan Rosenbaum

Length: 4 hours

People who added this item 59  Average listal rating (19 ratings) 8.5  IMDB Rating 8.5 
44. Edvard Munch (1974)

Length: 3 hours, 30 minutes

People who added this item 36  Average listal rating (17 ratings) 8.1  IMDB Rating 7.9 
45. Les Misérables (1934)

Length: 4 hours, 39 minutes

People who added this item 74  Average listal rating (26 ratings) 8.1  IMDB Rating
46. World on a Wire (1973)

Length: 3 hours, 25 minutes

People who added this item 304  Average listal rating (144 ratings) 8.4  IMDB Rating 8.2 
47. Love Exposure (2008)

Length: 4 hours, 56 minutes


 

Film is a disease. When it infects your bloodstream, it takes over as the number one hormone; it bosses the enzymes; directs the pineal gland; plays Iago to your psyche. As with heroin, the antidote to film is more film. - Frank Capra


I stopped updating this list. I made a list of obscure filmsthat aren't on the esoteric chart.

Films for cinema lovers; for time or another reason, they aren't very popular, but are hailed as masterpieces, or they're popular but offer more than meets the eye - I'll add a few metaphorical films about films.

Cinema lovers might enjoy:
Film Canon
They Shoot Pictures Don't They
1,000 Greatest Films (Listal)
250 Greatest Directors (Listal)

Sight & Sound
Greatest Directors
Greatest Films
Time Out

What's Cinema?

Esoteric Films

Robert Bresson's films

Film Documentaries

Rate Your Music: The Longest Films Ever Made

Films that Break the 4th Wall
Jonathan Rosenbaum's essay on the 'abused critical term' Brechtian and the difference between Brechtian practice and Brechtian theory

Jonathan Rosenbaum's reviews and his favorite films.

Interviews between François Truffaut and Alfred Hitchcock


My favorite lists has a films section.

Recommendations are welcome.

Note: I didn't add films just because they were long, like Shoah and Angels in America.

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Comments

Posted: 2 years, 8 months ago at Apr 24 10:25
Great list and suggestions!
Posted: 2 years, 6 months ago at May 25 22:13
I haven't been acquainted with some of these films yet strangely, particularly the bottom half, but some day I'll correct it.

Lol, Ebert gave Rosenbaum a royal spanking for his berating of Bergman. Anymore like that? I recall Rosenbaum dishing out his own brand of punishment when Ebert crucified the works of Theo Angelopoulos and Abbas Kiarostami. Maybe you can make a list out of it.
Edit: 2 years, 6 months ago

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