This page shows you the list charts. By default, the movies are ordered by how many times they have been marked as a favorite. However, you can also sort by other information, such as the total number of times it has been marked as a dislike.
Some of the best, and most obvious, advice to give anyone trying to get into cinema is to just be patient, and pay attention at all times. It is axiomatic for sure, but this advice is even more prevalent when considering slow, meandering cinema. It can be tempting to wander off and lose focus, but remaining diligent is what is going to provide the best understanding and enjoyment of the content over anything else.
The history of slow cinema runs the gauntlet of auteur legends such as Carl Theodor Dreyer, Ingmar Bergman, Chantal Akerman, Yasujiro Ozu, and Michelangelo Antonioni. Since the infamous boos and jeers directed towards the groundbreaking L’Avventura at Cannes, slow film has always seemed to have an uphill struggle to find a proper home. Now many filmmakers are applauded for such “relentless” pacing.
In fact, from an academic and historical point-of-view, slow film is entirely antithetical to classical style filmmaking. Old (and new) films are dominated by successive cutting, varying of shots/angles, and utilizing the Kuleshov effect to its fullest for easier plotting. Usually classic Hollywood films did this so the editor could cover up any mistakes or discrepancies.
Now it seems as if newer, mainstream films are vying for audience attention with as much visual stimuli as possible. However, many slow films like to have the mise-en-scène at such a minimum to where it seems as if nothing is happening. Some directors have a preference for keeping the camera at a long or medium-long shot to maintain verisimilitude, letting the scene play out in sequence.
There are many fantastic slow films, but these 20 films are emblematic of what the style/technique has to offer.
As part of my dissertation for my film course, I analysed recent documentaries from 1995 - 2013 and discovered that there was no such list on this site.
The ratings are based on the figures from www.the-numbers.com, www.boxofficemojo.com, and www.imdb.com
Number of high IMDb votes (8–10) multiplied by a factor based on the half-decade of the film's release. This weights older films more based on the fewer votes being cast for their movie peers, but serves to highlight movies that are disproportionately watched based on their era. These are the populist greats that stand out among titles from the same time.
This year marks the 120th anniversary of the public projection of cinema. In honor of that, I've compiled the films for each year that have accumulated the most 9 and 10 ratings on IMDb. The result makes for a nice primer on film history: the movies throughout time that modern viewers most love.