Peter Rainer's 129 'Best' Films: Rich, Risky and Enduring

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Peter Rainer, past president of the National Society of Film Critics and a former Los Angeles Times movie critic, reviews for KPCC's "Film Week" and KCET's "Life and Times."
note: from #130 and so on are "Some missing classics"

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    Aguirre, der Zorn Gottes

    1972 — a.k.a. Aguirre, the Wrath of God, in 19 top lists Check
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    A Hard Day's Night

    1964, in 19 top lists Check
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    Aleksandr Nevskiy

    1938 — a.k.a. Alexander Nevsky, in 13 top lists Check
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    Pather Panchali

    1955, in 21 top lists Check
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    Aparajito

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

    1959 — a.k.a. The World of Apu, in 19 top lists Check
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    Krótki film o zabijaniu

    1988 — a.k.a. A Short Film About Killing, in 11 top lists Check
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    A Streetcar Named Desire

    1951, in 15 top lists Check
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    The Band Wagon

    1953, in 14 top lists Check
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    La battaglia di Algeri

    1966 — a.k.a. The Battle of Algiers, in 26 top lists Check
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    La belle et la bête

    1946 — a.k.a. Beauty and the Beast, in 24 top lists Check
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    The Best Years of Our Lives

    1946, in 25 top lists Check
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    Ladri di biciclette

    1948 — a.k.a. Bicycle Thieves, in 35 top lists Check
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    The Big Sleep

    1946, in 21 top lists Check
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    The Birth of a Nation

    1915, in 21 top lists Check
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    Blue Velvet

    1986, in 24 top lists Check
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    Bonnie and Clyde

    1967, in 29 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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    Bringing Up Baby

    1938, in 21 top lists Check
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    Broken Blossoms or The Yellow Man and the Girl

    1919 — a.k.a. Broken Blossoms, in 13 top lists Check
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    Cabaret

    1972, in 22 top lists Check
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    Carrie

    1976, in 8 top lists Check
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    Les enfants du paradis

    1945 — a.k.a. Children of Paradise, in 20 top lists Check
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    Campanadas a medianoche

    1965 — a.k.a. Chimes at Midnight, in 12 top lists Check
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    Chinatown

    1974, in 29 top lists Check
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    Cristo si è fermato a Eboli

    1979 — a.k.a. Christ Stopped at Eboli, in 2 top lists Check
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    City Lights

    1931, in 31 top lists Check
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    Crumb

    1994, in 11 top lists Check
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    Vredens dag

    1943 — a.k.a. Day of Wrath, in 14 top lists Check
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    Dead of Night

    1945, in 8 top lists Check
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    Journal d'un curé de campagne

    1951 — a.k.a. Diary of a Country Priest, in 14 top lists Check
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    Dog Day Afternoon

    1975, in 20 top lists Check
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    Double Indemnity

    1944, in 33 top lists Check
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    Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop...

    1964, in 33 top lists Check
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    Duck Soup

    1933, in 23 top lists Check
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    La ronde

    1950 — a.k.a. La Ronde, in 8 top lists Check
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    Zemlya

    1930 — a.k.a. Earth, in 15 top lists Check
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    1963, in 31 top lists Check
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    Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back

    1980, in 23 top lists Check
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    Enemies: A Love Story

    1989, in 2 top lists Check
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    The Entertainer

    1960, in 1 top list Check
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    E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

    1982, in 27 top lists Check
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    Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex...

    1972, in 2 top lists Check
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    Freaks

    1932, in 16 top lists Check
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    From Here to Eternity

    1953, in 12 top lists Check
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    Funny Girl

    1968, in 8 top lists Check
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    The General

    1926, in 31 top lists Check
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    Préparez vos mouchoirs

    1978 — a.k.a. Get Out Your Handkerchiefs, in 4 top lists Check
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    The Godfather

    1972, in 39 top lists Check
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    The Godfather: Part II

    1974, in 28 top lists Check
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