The Spectator Magazine's 50 Essential Films

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The Spectator magazine's official 50 essential films as chosen by Peter Hoskin and Matthew D'Ancona
(NOTE: The original list groups "Parts 1 & 2" of the Godfather, hence 51 titles where there should be 50)

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  1. 1 -

    The Night of the Hunter

    1955, in 30 top lists Check
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    Apocalypse Now

    1979, in 36 top lists Check
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    Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans

    1927, in 33 top lists Check
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    Black Narcissus

    1947, in 15 top lists Check
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    L'avventura

    1960 — a.k.a. L'Avventura, in 22 top lists Check
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    The Searchers

    1956, in 25 top lists Check
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    The Magnificent Ambersons

    1942, in 13 top lists Check
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    Det sjunde inseglet

    1957 — a.k.a. The Seventh Seal, in 24 top lists Check
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    L'Atalante

    1934, in 20 top lists Check
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    Rio Bravo

    1959, in 18 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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    La passion de Jeanne d'Arc

    1928 — a.k.a. The Passion of Joan of Arc, in 27 top lists Check
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    La grande illusion

    1937 — a.k.a. The Grand Illusion, in 28 top lists Check
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    Citizen Kane

    1941, in 36 top lists Check
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    The Scarlet Empress

    1934, in 11 top lists Check
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    Tôkyô monogatari

    1953 — a.k.a. Tokyo Story, in 25 top lists Check
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    Blade Runner

    1982, in 30 top lists Check
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    Rear Window

    1954, in 29 top lists Check
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    Point Blank

    1967, in 13 top lists Check
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    The Red Shoes

    1948, in 24 top lists Check
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    Madame de...

    1953 — a.k.a. The Earrings of Madame de..., in 12 top lists Check
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    Pickpocket

    1959, in 19 top lists Check
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    Shadows

    1959, in 12 top lists Check
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    Viridiana

    1961, in 23 top lists Check
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    Barry Lyndon

    1975, in 22 top lists Check
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    City Lights

    1931, in 31 top lists Check
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    Pierrot le fou

    1965 — a.k.a. Pierrot le Fou, in 15 top lists Check
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    Sunset Blvd.

    1950 — a.k.a. Sunset Boulevard, in 32 top lists Check
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    Notorious

    1946, in 22 top lists Check
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    M - Eine Stadt sucht einen Mörder

    1931 — a.k.a. M, in 34 top lists Check
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    The Roaring Twenties

    1939, in 6 top lists Check
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    Singin' in the Rain

    1952, in 33 top lists Check
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    The Long Day Closes

    1992, in 8 top lists Check
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    Killer of Sheep

    1978, in 12 top lists Check
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    Gun Crazy

    1950, in 15 top lists Check
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    Andrey Rublev

    1966 — a.k.a. Andrei Rublev, in 28 top lists Check
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    Taxi Driver

    1976, in 32 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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    Pulp Fiction

    1994, in 35 top lists Check
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    Kind Hearts and Coronets

    1949, in 19 top lists Check
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    Faa yeung nin wa

    2000 — a.k.a. In the Mood for Love, in 27 top lists Check
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    Sullivan's Travels

    1941, in 24 top lists Check
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    1963, in 32 top lists Check
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    Pinocchio

    1940, in 15 top lists Check
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    Great Expectations

    1946, in 19 top lists Check
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    Roma città aperta

    1945 — a.k.a. Rome, Open City, in 23 top lists Check
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    Duck Soup

    1933, in 23 top lists Check
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    Jaws

    1975, in 26 top lists Check
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    Manhattan

    1979, in 19 top lists Check
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