OFCS Top 100: 100 Best First Films

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October 04, 2010: For movie lovers, there are few things more exciting than the discovery of a bold new filmmaker. Through cinema history, many extraordinary directors immediately made their marks on the industry with their first feature-length films.

The Online Film Critics Society celebrates the innovations and ingenuity of these extraordinary artists by presenting its selection of the 100 Best First Feature Films of All Time. Spanning the cinematic experience from the silent era to the digital age, the OFCS writers pay tribute to the most impressive filmmaking debuts of all time.

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    Citizen Kane

    1941, in 36 top lists Check
  2. 2 new

    Eraserhead

    1977, in 17 top lists Check
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    Night of the Living Dead

    1968, in 19 top lists Check
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    The Maltese Falcon

    1941, in 26 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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    Reservoir Dogs

    1992, in 24 top lists Check
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    The Night of the Hunter

    1955, in 30 top lists Check
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    Blood Simple

    1984, in 8 top lists Check
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    Les quatre cents coups

    1959 — a.k.a. The 400 Blows, in 25 top lists Check
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    12 Angry Men

    1957, in 28 top lists Check
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    L'Atalante

    1934, in 20 top lists Check
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    Toy Story

    1995, in 24 top lists Check
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    Badlands

    1973, in 22 top lists Check
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    Being John Malkovich

    1999, in 12 top lists Check
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    This Is Spinal Tap

    1984, in 22 top lists Check
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    Gates of Heaven

    1978, in 3 top lists Check
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    Hiroshima mon amour

    1959 — a.k.a. Hiroshima, My Love, in 16 top lists Check
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    Airplane!

    1980, in 13 top lists Check
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    Duel

    1971, in 3 top lists Check
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    The Iron Giant

    1999, in 9 top lists Check
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    The Evil Dead

    1981, in 6 top lists Check
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    The Producers

    1967, in 14 top lists Check
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    Nóz w wodzie

    1962 — a.k.a. Knife in the Water, in 13 top lists Check
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    The Shawshank Redemption

    1994, in 21 top lists Check
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    The Kid

    1921, in 14 top lists Check
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    District 9

    2009, in 9 top lists Check
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    Monty Python and the Holy Grail

    1975, in 21 top lists Check
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    Donnie Darko

    2001, in 20 top lists Check
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    L'âge d'or

    1930 — a.k.a. L'Age d'Or, in 15 top lists Check
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    Synecdoche, New York

    2008, in 8 top lists Check
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    Pather Panchali

    1955, in 21 top lists Check
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    Henry V

    1989, in 3 top lists Check
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    Easy Rider

    1969, in 18 top lists Check
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    Clerks

    1994, in 6 top lists Check
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    The Blair Witch Project

    1999, in 12 top lists Check
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    Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

    1966, in 15 top lists Check
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    Gattaca

    1997, in 2 top lists Check
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    Primer

    2004, in 6 top lists Check
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    Pee-wee's Big Adventure

    1985, in 2 top lists Check
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    Brick

    2005, in 7 top lists Check
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    Killer of Sheep

    1978, in 12 top lists Check
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    Sex, Lies, and Videotape

    1989, in 10 top lists Check
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    Mad Max

    1979, in 12 top lists Check
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    Pi

    1998, in 6 top lists Check
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    In Bruges

    2008, in 4 top lists Check
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    Harlan County U.S.A.

    1976, in 8 top lists Check
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    American Beauty

    1999, in 23 top lists Check
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    Boyz n the Hood

    1991, in 6 top lists Check
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    Hedwig and the Angry Inch

    2001, in 9 top lists Check
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    Delicatessen

    1991, in 12 top lists Check
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