Spike Lee's Essential Film List

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This is the list that Spike Lee distributes to his graduate students at NYU every year.

Spike says: "I've Been A Professor At The NYU Graduate Film For The Past 15 Years.The 1st Day Of Every Class I Hand Out My List Of Films That I Feel You Must See If You Want To Make Films. Please Look At This List And See What You Might Have Missed. As I Tell My Students If You Want Your Film "Game" To Be Tight You Must Have Seen Great Movies, World Cinema, It Just Can't Be Hollywood Films. Educate Yourself. Learn. Grow. Evolve. Make Great Films.

Peace, Onward And Upward,

Spike Lee."

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    Bad Lieutenant

    1992, in 3 top lists Check
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    Rashômon

    1950 — a.k.a. Rashomon, in 32 top lists Check
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    Yôjinbô

    1961 — a.k.a. Yojimbo, in 17 top lists Check
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    Ran

    1985, in 22 top lists Check
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    Rear Window

    1954, in 29 top lists Check
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    Vertigo

    1958, in 41 top lists Check
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    North by Northwest

    1959, in 27 top lists Check
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    Bonnie and Clyde

    1967, in 25 top lists Check
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    Il conformista

    1970 — a.k.a. The Conformist, in 18 top lists Check
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    Ultimo tango a Parigi

    1972 — a.k.a. Last Tango in Paris, in 15 top lists Check
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    Ace in the Hole

    1951, in 16 top lists Check
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    Some Like It Hot

    1959, in 29 top lists Check
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    Killer of Sheep

    1978, in 11 top lists Check
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    The Night of the Hunter

    1955, in 28 top lists Check
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    Raising Arizona

    1987, in 8 top lists Check
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    The Bridge on the River Kwai

    1957, in 30 top lists Check
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    Lawrence of Arabia

    1962, in 40 top lists Check
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    On the Waterfront

    1954, in 32 top lists Check
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    A Face in the Crowd

    1957, in 12 top lists Check
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    Rue cases nègres

    1983 — a.k.a. Black Shack Alley, in 1 top list Check
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    La strada

    1954 — a.k.a. La Strada, in 19 top lists Check
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    La dolce vita

    1960 — a.k.a. La Dolce Vita, in 21 top lists Check
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    1963 — a.k.a. Federico Fellini's 8 1/2, in 33 top lists Check
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    Cidade de Deus

    2002 — a.k.a. City of God, in 20 top lists Check
  25. 25 -1

    The Godfather

    1972, in 38 top lists Check
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    The Godfather: Part II

    1974, in 27 top lists Check
  27. 27 -1

    Les quatre cents coups

    1959 — a.k.a. The 400 Blows, in 25 top lists Check
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    La nuit américaine

    1973 — a.k.a. Day for Night, in 17 top lists Check
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    Patton

    1970, in 14 top lists Check
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    Mad Max

    1979, in 12 top lists Check
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    Mad Max 2

    1981 — a.k.a. The Road Warrior, in 11 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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    The Last Detail

    1973, in 3 top lists Check
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    The Piano

    1993, in 13 top lists Check
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    À bout de souffle

    1960 — a.k.a. Breathless, in 26 top lists Check
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    West Side Story

    1961, in 21 top lists Check
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    Stranger Than Paradise

    1984, in 11 top lists Check
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    The Train

    1964, in 4 top lists Check
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    The Maltese Falcon

    1941, in 25 top lists Check
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    The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

    1948, in 25 top lists Check
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    Fat City

    1972, in 8 top lists Check
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    Midnight Cowboy

    1969, in 21 top lists Check
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    Marathon Man

    1976, in 4 top lists Check
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    Boyz n the Hood

    1991 — a.k.a. Boys in the Hood, in 5 top lists Check
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    Daughters of the Dust

    1991, in 3 top lists Check
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    The Hurt Locker

    2008, in 10 top lists Check
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    Mimì metallurgico ferito nell'onore

    1972 — a.k.a. The Seduction of Mimi, in 2 top lists Check
  48. 48 new

    Film d'amore e d'anarchia, ovvero 'stamattina...

    1973 — a.k.a. Love and Anarchy, in 3 top lists Check
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    Travolti da un insolito destino nell'azzurro...

    1974 — a.k.a. Swept Away, in 2 top lists Check
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    Pasqualino Settebellezze

    1975 — a.k.a. Seven Beauties, in 3 top lists Check
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