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Core Film List for Film and Media Studies Major

"As a historian I think this is a good thing to do; not to indicate what the timeless masterpieces are, but to give a sense of history for our evaluations. Values are mutable, but that's the point. They change and have power to change."

- Tom Gunning, film historian

Before graduating from St. Mary's College of Maryland, TFMS film and media studies majors should watch the following 100 films, which exemplify a historical, cultural, and aesthetic range in filmmaking. This list will provide a basis for further viewing in these periods and cultures.

The 400 Blows (1959) (dir. Francois Truffaut, France)

Movie audience in 3-D glassesAdaptation (2002, dir. Spike Jonze, United States)

Aguirre, the Wrath of God (1972, dir. Werner Herzog, West Germany/Peru)

Andrey Rublyov (1969, dir. Andrei Tarkovsky, Soviet Union)

Apocalypse Now (1979, dir. Francis Ford Coppola, United States)

The Apu Trilogy (Song of the Road, 1955; The Undefeated, 1956; The World of Apu, 1960; dir. Satyajit Ray, India)

The Ascent (1977) (dir. Larisa Shepitko, Soviet Union)

Ashes and Diamonds (1958, dir. Andrzej Wajda, Poland)

A Trip to the Moon (restored color version) (1902, dir. Georges Méliès, France; see also selections from Marvelous Méliès and More Méliès)

Babe (1995, dir. Chris Noonan, Australia)

The Battle of Algiers (1965, dir. Gillo Pontocorvo, Algeria/Italy)

Battleship Potemkin (1925) or Strike (1925) (dir. Sergei Eisenstein, Soviet Union)

Bicycle Thieves (1948, dir. Vittorio De Sica, Italy)

The Birth of a Nation (1915, dir. D.W. Griffith, United States)

Black Girl (a.k.a. Noire de . . .) (1966), Mandabi (1968), or Ceddo (1977) (dir. Ousmane Sembene, Senegal)

Black God, White Devil (1964, dir. Glauba Rocha, Brazil)

Blood Simple (1984, dir. Joel and Ethan Coen, United States)

Blow-Up (1966, dir. Michaelangelo Antonioni, Italy)

The Blue Angel (1930, dir. Josef von Sternberg, Germany)

Body and Soul (1925) or Within Our Gates (1920) (dir. Oscar Micheaux, United States)

The Body Beautiful (1991, dir. Ngozi Onwurah, Britain)

Breathless (1960) or My Life to Live (1962) (dir. Jean-Luc Godard, France)

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920, dir. Robert Wiene, Germany)

Casablanca (1942, dir. Michael Curtiz, United States)

Un Chien andalou (1930, dir. Luis Bunuel, France)

Chungking Express (1994), Happy Together (1997), or In the Mood for Love (2000) (dir. Wong Kar-wai, Hong Kong)

Citizen Kane (1941, dir. Orson Welles, United States)

City Lights (1931) or Modern Times (1936) (or any early Essanay or Mutual films) (dir. Charlie Chaplin, United States)

Cleo from 5 to 7 (1962) or La Pointe-Courte (1955) (dir. Agnès Varda, France)

Closely Watched Trains (1966, dir. Jiri Menzel, Czechoslovakia)

Daisies (1966, dir. Vera Chytilova, Czechoslovakia)

Daughters of the Dust (1991, dir. Julie Dash, United States)

Dead Ringers (1988) or A History of Violence (2005) (dir. David Cronenberg, Canada/United States)

Do the Right Thing (1989) or Girl 6 (1996) (dir. Spike Lee, United States)

Double Indemnity (1944, dir. Billy Wilder, United States)

The Draughtsman's Contract (1982) or The Pillow Book (1996) (dir. Peter Greenaway, Britain)

Dr. Strangelove; or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964) or 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) (dir. Stanley, Kubrick, United States)

Duck Amuck (1953, dir. Chuck Jones, United States)

Eraserhead (1977, dir. David Lynch, United States)

Fantasia (1940, dir. Walt Disney, United States)

Farewell My Concubine (1993, dir. Kaige Chen, China/Hong Kong)

Festen (The Celebration, Dogme #1, 1998, dir. Thomas Vinterberg, Denmark) or Julien donkey-boy (Dogme #6) (1999, dir. Harmony Korine, United States)

Fire (1996) or Earth (1998) (dir. Deepa Mehta, India)

Fireworks (1997, dir. Takeshi Kitano, Japan)

Five Easy Pieces (1970, dir. Bob Rafelson, United States)

Gap-Toothed Women (1987, dir. Les Blank, United States)

The General (1926) or Sherlock Jr. (1924) (dir. Buster Keaton, United States)

Gold Diggers of 1933 (1933, dir. Mervyn LeRoy, United States)

The Grand Illusion (1937) or The Rules of the Game (1939) (dir. Jean Renoir, France)

Harlan County, USA (1976, dir. Barbara Kopple, United States)

The Hour of the Furnaces (1968) (dir. Octavio Getino and Fernando E. Solanas, Argentina)

Ingeborg Holm (1913) or The Phantom Carriage (aka The Phantom Chariot) (1921) (dir. Victor Sjöström, Sweden)

Jeanne Dielman, 23, Quai du commerce, 1080 Bruxelles (a.k.a. Jeanne Dielman) (1975, dir. Chantal Ackerman, Belgium)

Killer of Sheep (1977, dir. Charles Burnett, United States)

Knife in the Water
(1962, dir. Roman Polanski, Poland)

The Last Laugh (1924) or Sunrise (1927) (dir. F.W. Murnau, Germany)

Film and Media StudiesThe Life and Times of Rosie the Riveter (1980, dir. Connie Field, United States)

The Life of Oharu (1952) or Sansho the Bailiff (1954) (dir. Kenji Mizoguchi, Japan)

Looking for Langston (1988, dir. Isaac Julien, Britain)

The Lumière Brothers' First Films (dir. Antoine and Auguste Lumière, France)

The Man Who Envied Women (1985) or Privilege (1990) (dir. Yvonne Rainer, United States)

The Man with a Movie Camera (1929, dir. Dziga Vertov, Soviet Union)

Matewan (1987, dir. John Sayles, United States)

Meet Me in St. Louis (1944, dir. Vincent Minnelli, United States)

Memories of Underdevelopment (1968) (dir. Tomas Gutierrez Alea, Cuba)

Meshes of the Afternoon (1943, dir. Maya Deren, United States)

Midnight Cowboy (1969, dir. John Schlesinger, United States)

Nanook of the North (1922, dir. Robert J. Flaherty, United States/France)

Nema-ye Nazdik (Close-Up, 1990) or T'am e guilass (A Taste of Cherry, 1997) (dir. Abbas Kiarostami, Iran)

Nothing but a Man
(1964, dir. Michael Roemer, United States)

Paris Is Burning (1990, dir. Jenny Livingston, United States)

The Piano (1993, dir. Jane Campion, Australia)

Pulp Fiction (1994) or Inglourious Basterds (2009) (dir. Quentin Tarantino, United States)

Raging Bull (1980, dir. Martin Scorsese, United States)

Rear Window (1954, dir. Alfred Hitchcock, United States)

Reassemblage (1982) or Surname Viet, Given Name Nam (1989) (dir. T. Minh-ha Trin, United States)

Rebel Without a Cause (1955, dir. Nicholas Ray, United States)

Roger and Me (1989) or Bowling for Columbine (2002) (dir. Michael Moore, United States)

Rome, Open City (1945, dir. Roberto Rossellini, Italy)

The Searchers (1956, dir. John Ford, United States)

The Seventh Seal (1957) or The Virgin Spring (1960) (dir. Ingmar Bergman, Sweden)

Some Like It Hot (1959, dir. Billy Wilder, United States)

Spirited Away (2001, dir. Hayao Miyazaki, Japan)

La Strada (1954) or 8 ½ (1963) (dir. Federico Fellini, Italy)

Sweet Sweetback's Baadassss Song (1971, dir. Melvin van Peebles, United States)

Swept Away (1974) or Seven Beauties (1975) (dir. Lina Wertmuller, Italy)

The Thin Blue Line (1988, dir. Erroll Morris, United States)

The Third Man (1949, dir. Carol Reed, Britain)

Tokyo Story (1953, dir. Yasujiro Ozu, Japan)

Tongues Untied (1990, dir. Marlon Riggs, United States)

Triumph of the Will (1935) or The Olympiad (1938) (dir. Leni Riefenstahl, Germany)

The Way Home (2002, dir. Jeong-hyang Lee, South Korea)

Who Framed Roger Rabbit? (1988, dir. Robert Zemeckis, United States)

Window Water Baby Moving (1962, dir. Stan Brakhage, United States; or any additional Brakhage short films)

Written on the Wind (1957, dir. Douglas Sirk, United States)

Xica da Silva (a.k.a. Xica) (1976, dir. Carlos Diegues, Brazil)

Xiu Xiu: The Sent-Down Girl (1998, dir. Joan Chen, Hong Kong/United States)

Any two of the following: Rashomon (1950), Ikiru (1952), The Seven Samurai (1956), Throne of Blood (1957), Dodes'ka-den (1970), Ran (1985), Dreams (1990) (dir. Akira Kurosawa, Japan)

Compiled by the TFMS department, 5/05
Updated, 6/13

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