20 Great Movies That Revolutionized Film Editing

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Editing is one of the most important steps in any filmmaking process, and yet, if it is done well, it will often be ignored. Hollywood taught us that a good montage was “invisible,” impossible to notice.

These 20 examples defied the idea of montage as a passive construction and instead developed techniques to make this aspect not only visible, but emotionally impactful. From mastering old techniques to bringing “mistakes” purposely to a scene, editing has developed and enlarged its codes through time. In chronological order, here are 20 revolutionary works in film editing.

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    The Great Train Robbery

    1903, in 11 top lists Check
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    Bronenosets Potemkin

    1925 — a.k.a. Battleship Potemkin, in 26 top lists Check
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    Napoléon vu par Abel Gance

    1927 — a.k.a. Napoleon, in 22 top lists Check
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    Chelovek s kino-apparatom

    1929 — a.k.a. Man with a Movie Camera, in 21 top lists Check
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    Meshes of the Afternoon

    1943, in 9 top lists Check
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    Rope

    1948, in 10 top lists Check
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    Psycho

    1960, in 37 top lists Check
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    À bout de souffle

    1960 — a.k.a. Breathless, in 27 top lists Check
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    Dog Star Man

    1964, in 7 top lists
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    La jetée

    1962 — a.k.a. La Jetée, in 18 top lists Check
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    Jules et Jim

    1962 — a.k.a. Jules and Jim, in 20 top lists Check
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    Il buono, il brutto, il cattivo

    1966 — a.k.a. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, in 24 top lists Check
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    Bonnie and Clyde

    1967, in 28 top lists Check
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    The Wild Bunch

    1969, in 23 top lists Check
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    The Godfather

    1972, in 38 top lists Check
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    F for Fake

    1973, in 10 top lists Check
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    Raging Bull

    1980, in 30 top lists Check
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    Sans soleil

    1983 — a.k.a. Sans Soleil, in 15 top lists Check
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    Se7en

    1995, in 23 top lists Check
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    The Tulse Luper Suitcases, Part 1: The Moab Story

    2003, in 0 top lists Check
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    The Tulse Luper Suitcases, Part 2: Vaux to the Sea

    2004, in 0 top lists Check
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    The Tulse Luper Suitcases, Part 3: From Sark to...

    2004, in 0 top lists Check
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Last updated on Feb 10, 2018; source