Harvard University's Suggested Film Viewing List: Hollywood Genres (2012)

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This list is "an educational resource that offers guidance and encouragement as students seek to find points of orientation within the vast history of film and video." It is not a list of the best films of all time. Rather, it reflects a variety of criteria.

The list is divided into 5 sections:
I. Narrative Films
Hollywood Genres (with an emphasis on the classical studio era)
II. Non-Fiction Films
III. Animated Films
IV. Experimental/Avant-garde/Underground Films
V. Single-channel Video

The "Hollywood Genres" section is divided into subsections:
1-12: Comedies
13-25: Epics
26-41: Film Noir
42-55: Gangster Films
56-70: Historical and War Films
71-86: Horror Films
87-101: Melodramas
102-115: Musicals
116-127: Science Fiction Films
128-143: Westerns
144-159: Independent Cinema

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    Trouble in Paradise

    1932, in 15 top lists Check
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    It Happened One Night

    1934, in 26 top lists Check
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    A Night at the Opera

    1935, in 15 top lists Check
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    My Man Godfrey

    1936, in 11 top lists Check
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    The Awful Truth

    1937, in 14 top lists Check
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    Bringing Up Baby

    1938, in 21 top lists Check
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    The Philadelphia Story

    1940, in 19 top lists Check
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    His Girl Friday

    1940, in 19 top lists Check
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    Sullivan's Travels

    1941, in 24 top lists Check
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    The Lady Eve

    1941, in 18 top lists Check
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    Some Like It Hot

    1959, in 32 top lists Check
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    Annie Hall

    1977, in 31 top lists Check
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    Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ

    1925, in 6 top lists Check
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    Cleopatra

    1934, in 5 top lists Check
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    The Good Earth

    1937, in 5 top lists Check
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    Gone with the Wind

    1939, in 30 top lists Check
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    The Robe

    1953, in 4 top lists Check
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    The Ten Commandments

    1956, in 10 top lists Check
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    Giant

    1956, in 9 top lists Check
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    Ben-Hur

    1959, in 23 top lists Check
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    Spartacus

    1960, in 18 top lists Check
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    El Cid

    1961, in 1 top list Check
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    Reds

    1981, in 8 top lists Check
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    Titanic

    1997, in 24 top lists Check
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    Gladiator

    2000, in 23 top lists Check
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    The Maltese Falcon

    1941, in 26 top lists Check
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    Double Indemnity

    1944, in 32 top lists Check
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    Laura

    1944, in 19 top lists Check
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    Phantom Lady

    1944, in 4 top lists Check
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    Detour

    1945, in 15 top lists Check
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    The Big Sleep

    1946, in 19 top lists Check
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    Gun Crazy

    1950, in 15 top lists Check
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    The Big Heat

    1953, in 16 top lists Check
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    Kiss Me Deadly

    1955, in 19 top lists Check
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    Touch of Evil

    1958, in 28 top lists Check
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    Point Blank

    1967, in 13 top lists Check
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    The Long Goodbye

    1973, in 12 top lists Check
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    Chinatown

    1974, in 28 top lists Check
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    The Conversation

    1974, in 21 top lists Check
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    Night Moves

    1975, in 6 top lists Check
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    Pulp Fiction

    1994, in 35 top lists Check
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    Underworld

    1927, in 9 top lists Check
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    Little Caesar

    1931, in 9 top lists Check
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    The Public Enemy

    1931, in 11 top lists Check
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    Scarface

    1932, in 15 top lists Check
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    Angels with Dirty Faces

    1938, in 5 top lists Check
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    The Roaring Twenties

    1939, in 6 top lists Check
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    White Heat

    1949, in 15 top lists Check
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    The Asphalt Jungle

    1950, in 15 top lists Check
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    Bonnie and Clyde

    1967, in 28 top lists Check
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Last updated on Jun 27, 2012; source