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People who added this item 590 Average listal rating (322 ratings) 8.6 IMDB Rating 8.2
Sunrise (1927)


dir. F.W. Murnau

Unlike last year, I didn't watch very many silent films in 2012. But from what I did watch, Murnau's Sunrise is my favorite. Completely captivating, heart-breaking, and heart-warming.
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People who added this item 477 Average listal rating (259 ratings) 8.3 IMDB Rating 8.1


dir. Jean Renoir
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People who added this item 46 Average listal rating (25 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 7.8


dir. Vittorio De Sica

Watching this film has immediately placed it as my favorite De Sica film (replacing The Bicycle Thief). Wonderfully-filmed, and so very tragic.
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People who added this item 263 Average listal rating (137 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 8.1


dir. Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger
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People who added this item 203 Average listal rating (118 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 7.7
Gun Crazy (1950)


dir. Joseph H. Lewis

I've seen quite a few works of film-noir this year, and Gun Crazy may be my favorite. A swift tale of guns and love, it's easy to see how similar "Bonnie and Clyde"-type films were inspired to follow suit.
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People who added this item 356 Average listal rating (205 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 7.6


dir. Roman Polanski

This is tied with Chinatown as my favorite Polanski film. I love its plainly minimalist style and atmosphere, as well as its underlying psychological distress that, for the most part, remains unspoken. Basically, it's the type of film I'd like to make if I ever decided to make movies.
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People who added this item 161 Average listal rating (67 ratings) 8.5 IMDB Rating 8.1


dir. Ján Kadár & Elmar Klos

This film was great. I really need to watch more Czechoslovak films.
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People who added this item 40 Average listal rating (26 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 7.7
Wings (1966)


dir. Larisa Shepitko
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People who added this item 31 Average listal rating (22 ratings) 8.2 IMDB Rating 7.7
Commissar (1967)


dir. Aleksandr Askoldov

My absolute favorite film I've seen in 2012. Compelling in its plots, themes, performances, cinematography, and everything else, it left a bigger mark on me than anything else I've seen all year long. An unfairly forgotten classic in Soviet cinema that everyone should watch.
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People who added this item 1011 Average listal rating (583 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 7.6


dir. Robin Hardy

2012 will always be remembered as the year that I fell in love with horror cinema. I have the British classic The Wicker Man to (partially) thank for that. So absurd, so chilling, so oddly unsettling.
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People who added this item 558 Average listal rating (340 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 7.7
Deep Red (1975)


dir. Dario Argento

Another excellent horror film, this one of the giallo subgenre. Also my personal favorite Argento movie.
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People who added this item 440 Average listal rating (232 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 7.3
House (1977)


dir. Nobuhiko Obayashi

I have never, ever seen another film quite like this one and frankly, I don't think I ever will again. A very strange milestone in Japanese cinema.
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People who added this item 319 Average listal rating (171 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 8
Stroszek (1977)


dir. Werner Herzog

"the chicken is dancing, dancing. he thinks that he will never die."- a brilliant two-sentence review of this film I've read.

My introduction to the cinema of Herzog. I can't wait to watch more.
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People who added this item 778 Average listal rating (381 ratings) 8.2 IMDB Rating 8.1


dir. Ingmar Bergman

Using five hours of my free time to sit down and watch this film is one of the single best decisions I've ever made. Every single shot is total visual magic. Perfect performances, and an even more compelling thematic structure. Bergman's masterpiece.
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People who added this item 815 Average listal rating (480 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 7.8


dir. Martin Scorsese
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People who added this item 2423 Average listal rating (1529 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 8.1


dir. Rob Reiner
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People who added this item 1881 Average listal rating (1074 ratings) 8.3 IMDB Rating 8.5


dir. Isao Takahata

2012 was also the year I started to get more into anime. Grave of the Fireflies was definitely one of the most beautiful, saddest, impacting pictures I've seen all year. When I wasn't in awe over the impressive style of animation, I was sobbing my eyes out.
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People who added this item 446 Average listal rating (206 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 7.7
Santa Sangre (1989)


dir. Alejandro Jodorowsky
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People who added this item 369 Average listal rating (176 ratings) 8.1 IMDB Rating 7.8


dir. Michael Haneke
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People who added this item 359 Average listal rating (183 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.6


dir. Woody Allen

Just when I thought I had seen every single good Woody Allen movie, I get completely blown away by Husbands and Wives. Immediate top ten placement.
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People who added this item 814 Average listal rating (448 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 7.9
Perfect Blue (1997)


dir. Satoshi Kon

Besides becoming enamored with Japanese anime, I have also fallen in love with the director Satoshi Kon. His four feature-lengths are all so very intriguing and imaginative. Sadly, his death at a young age means that there won't be any future works by this brilliant talent. His small body of work, however, is extraordinary in its own respects, Perfect Blue being my personal favorite.
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People who added this item 525 Average listal rating (281 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 7
Bright Star (2009)


dir. Jane Campion
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People who added this item 2385 Average listal rating (1628 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 7.8
Drive (2011)


dir. Nicolas Winding Refn

I have probably rewatched this film more times than any other film I've watched in the past year. It just gets better and better with each viewing.
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People who added this item 414 Average listal rating (251 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.1
Holy Motors (2012)


dir. Leos Carax

My favorite film to come out of 2012, and also one of the most ambitious films I've seen, period. Genuinely absurd cinematic magic.
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My most favorite films I watched for the first time in 2012.

The complete list of these new-to-me films can be found here.

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