Apu's Essential Films (March 18th, 2014)

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I added this list after I had watched my 5000th feature film, House of Games (1987)

The idea behind it was that if I only had the opportunity to pick 10% of all the feature films I've seen in my life (i.e. 500 films) and put them all together into a personal canon, this would be the end result.

Broadly speaking, these are the 500 films I'd want to have with me on a desert island.

The criterion I've used for the inclusion of films are, for a lack of a better world, personal. For example, I haven't factored in any sense of historical importance a film might or might not have. These 500 films are not necessarily the best films I've seen (although it should be very close to it) but the films that fascinate me the most, the films I find most aesthetically pleasing, films that are important to me nostalgically, and films I basically could re-watch at any given time. In my opinion, all films included in this list possess a certain re-watch-value that films not included might lack.

Omissions, of course, are inevitable. I've made an effort to be exhaustive, and if, for instance, none or only a few films from a certain director/wave/movement/period/genre made it into this list, it's because I don't value it as much as others.

Omissions also apply to many of the films I've seen that, for some reason or another, didn't make it, as well as all (acclaimed) films I haven't yet caught up with. However, it may also be that if a certain film is absent, it's absent because I don't value it as much as those I've included.

Riefenstahl's Olympia (1938) is divided into two parts, hence why there are 501 entries instead of 500.

See also my Essential Short Film list: (coming soon).

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    12 Angry Men

    1957, in 29 top lists Check
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    2001: A Space Odyssey

    1968, in 42 top lists Check
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    5 Fingers

    1952, in 1 top list Check
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    The Abominable Dr. Phibes

    1971 — a.k.a. The Curse of Dr. Phibes, in 3 top lists Check
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    Adam's Rib

    1949, in 7 top lists Check
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    The African Queen

    1951, in 10 top lists Check
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    Alias Nick Beal

    1949 — a.k.a. The Contact Man, in 2 top lists Check
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    Alien

    1979, in 27 top lists Check
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    Aliens

    1986, in 20 top lists Check
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    All About Eve

    1950, in 23 top lists Check
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    All the President's Men

    1976, in 21 top lists Check
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    Todo sobre mi madre

    1999 — a.k.a. All About My Mother, in 15 top lists Check
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    Alphaville, une étrange aventure de Lemmy Caution

    1965 — a.k.a. Alphaville, in 14 top lists Check
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    American Beauty

    1999, in 22 top lists Check
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    And Then There Were None

    1945 — a.k.a. Ten Little Niggers, in 2 top lists Check
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    Le deuxième souffle

    1966 — a.k.a. Second Breath, in 6 top lists Check
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    Angels with Dirty Faces

    1938, in 5 top lists Check
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    Angst

    1983, in 3 top lists Check
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    Les rendez-vous d'Anna

    1978 — a.k.a. The Meetings of Anna, in 4 top lists Check
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    Annie Hall

    1977, in 31 top lists Check
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    Aparajito

    1956 — a.k.a. The Unvanquished, in 13 top lists Check
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    The Apartment

    1960, in 26 top lists Check
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    Apocalypse Now

    1979, in 36 top lists Check
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    Apur Sansar

    1959 — a.k.a. The World of Apu, in 18 top lists Check
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    Astenicheskiy sindrom

    1990 — a.k.a. The Asthenic Syndrome, in 4 top lists Check
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    Atlantic City, USA

    1980 — a.k.a. Atlantic City, in 12 top lists Check
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    The Awful Truth

    1937, in 14 top lists Check
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    Bad Boy Bubby

    1993, in 4 top lists Check
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    Bad Day at Black Rock

    1955, in 7 top lists Check
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    Badlands

    1973, in 21 top lists Check
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    Narayama bushikô

    1983 — a.k.a. Ballad of Narayama, in 7 top lists Check
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    Bande à part

    1964 — a.k.a. Band of Outsiders, in 12 top lists Check
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    Banketten

    1948, in 1 top list Check
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    Barry Lyndon

    1975, in 22 top lists Check
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    Tretya meshchanskaya

    1927 — a.k.a. Bed and Sofa, in 6 top lists Check
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    The Best Years of Our Lives

    1946, in 26 top lists Check
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    Beware, My Lovely

    1952, in 1 top list Check
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    The Big Clock

    1948, in 4 top lists Check
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    The Big Red One

    1980, in 10 top lists Check
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    The Big Sleep

    1946, in 19 top lists Check
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    El espíritu de la colmena

    1973 — a.k.a. The Spirit of the Beehive, in 21 top lists Check
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    The Birds

    1963, in 18 top lists Check
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    The Bitter Tea of General Yen

    1933, in 3 top lists Check
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    Blithe Spirit

    1945, in 2 top lists Check
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    Blood Simple.

    1984, in 7 top lists Check
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    The Blues Brothers

    1980, in 8 top lists Check
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    Body and Soul

    1947 — a.k.a. An Affair of the Heart, in 6 top lists Check
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    The Body Snatcher

    1945, in 2 top lists Check
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    Bonjour tristesse

    1958, in 3 top lists Check
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    Le charme discret de la bourgeoisie

    1972 — a.k.a. The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie, in 20 top lists Check