The A List: The National Society of Film Critics' 100 Essential Films

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"While there are plenty of encyclopedic lists of films, this compulsively readable book of 100 essays—most written expressly for this volume-flags the best of the best as chosen by a consensus of the National Society of Film Critics."

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    2001: A Space Odyssey

    1968, in 42 top lists Check
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    42nd Street

    1933, in 11 top lists Check
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    Les quatre cents coups

    1959 — a.k.a. The 400 Blows, in 26 top lists Check
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    All About Eve

    1950, in 23 top lists Check
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    Annie Hall

    1977, in 31 top lists Check
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    Popiól i diament

    1958 — a.k.a. Ashes and Diamonds, in 16 top lists Check
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    L'Atalante

    1934 — a.k.a. Le chaland qui passe, in 20 top lists Check
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    The Bank Dick

    1940 — a.k.a. The Bank Detective, in 8 top lists Check
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    Bronenosets Potemkin

    1925 — a.k.a. Battleship Potemkin, in 26 top lists Check
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    The Birth of a Nation

    1915, in 21 top lists Check
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    Blowup

    1966 — a.k.a. Blow-Up, in 17 top lists Check
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    Bonnie and Clyde

    1967, in 27 top lists Check
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    À bout de souffle

    1960 — a.k.a. Breathless, in 28 top lists Check
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    Bringing Up Baby

    1938, in 21 top lists Check
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    Casablanca

    1942, in 36 top lists Check
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    The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith

    1978, in 3 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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    Chinatown

    1974, in 28 top lists Check
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    Citizen Kane

    1941, in 36 top lists Check
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    Close Encounters of the Third Kind

    1977, in 22 top lists Check
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    Ostre sledované vlaky

    1966 — a.k.a. Closely Watched Trains, in 14 top lists Check
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    Nema-ye Nazdik

    1990 — a.k.a. Close Up, in 17 top lists Check
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    Dance, Girl, Dance

    1940, in 1 top list Check
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    Dekalog

    1989, in 12 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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    Diner

    1982, in 7 top lists Check
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    Do the Right Thing

    1989, in 20 top lists Check
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    La dolce vita

    1960 — a.k.a. La Dolce Vita, in 20 top lists Check
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    Double Indemnity

    1944, in 31 top lists Check
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    Duck Soup

    1933, in 24 top lists Check
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    Easy Rider

    1969, in 16 top lists Check
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    Enter the Dragon

    1973, in 10 top lists Check
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    The Entertainer

    1960, in 1 top list Check
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    The Exorcist

    1973, in 24 top lists Check
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    Faces

    1968, in 11 top lists Check
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    Fargo

    1996, in 23 top lists Check
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    Frankenstein

    1931, in 18 top lists Check
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    Bride of Frankenstein

    1935, in 18 top lists Check
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    The General

    1926, in 32 top lists Check
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    The Godfather

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

    1974, in 27 top lists Check
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    Gone with the Wind

    1939, in 30 top lists Check
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    Il vangelo secondo Matteo

    1964 — a.k.a. The Gospel According to St. Matthew, in 14 top lists Check
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    The Graduate

    1967, in 25 top lists Check
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    Greed

    1924, in 20 top lists Check
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    Chun gwong cha sit

    1997 — a.k.a. Happy Together, in 11 top lists Check
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    High Noon

    1952, in 18 top lists Check
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    Invasion of the Body Snatchers

    1956 — a.k.a. Sleep No More, in 18 top lists Check
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    Jailhouse Rock

    1957, in 4 top lists Check
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    Ju Dou

    1990, in 6 top lists Check
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