Cahiers du cinema: 100 films to an ideal film library

At the initiative of Claude-Jean Philippe, with the support of the City of Paris , 78 film critics and historians have come together to form a list of the 100 films to an ideal film library.

  • Citizen Kane

    1

  • The Night of the Hunter

    2

  • The Rules of the Game

    3

  • Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans

    4

  • L'Atalante

    5

  • M

    6

  • Singin' in the Rain

    7

  • Vertigo

    8

  • Children of Paradise

    9

  • The Searchers

    10

  • Greed

    11

  • Rio Bravo

    12

  • To Be or Not To Be

    13

  • Tokyo Story

    14

  • Contempt

    15

  • Ugetsu

    16

  • City Lights

    17

  • The General

    18

  • Nosferatu

    19

  • The Music Room

    20

  • Freaks

    21

  • Johnny Guitar

    22

  • The Mother and the Whore

    23

  • The Great Dictator

    24

  • The Leopard

    25

  • Hiroshima mon amour

    26

  • Pandora's Box

    27

  • North by Northwest

    28

  • Pickpocket

    29

  • Golden Marie

    30

  • The Barefoot Contessa

    31

  • Moonfleet

    32

  • The Earrings of Madame de...

    33

  • Le Plaisir

    34

  • The Deer Hunter

    35

  • L'avventura

    36

  • Battleship Potemkin

    37

  • Notorious

    38

  • Ivan the Terrible, Part I

    39

  • The Godfather

    40

  • Touch of Evil

    41

  • The Wind

    42

  • 2001: A Space Odyssey

    43

  • Fanny & Alexander

    44

  • The Crowd

    45

  • 8½

    46

  • La Jetée

    47

  • Pierrot le Fou

    48

  • Confessions of a Cheat

    49

  • Amarcord

    50

  • Beauty and the Beast

    51

  • Some Like It Hot

    52

  • Some Came Running

    53

  • Gertrud

    54

  • King Kong

    55

  • Laura

    56

  • Seven Samurai

    57

  • The 400 Blows

    58

  • La dolce vita

    59

  • The Dead

    60

  • Trouble in Paradise

    61

  • It's a Wonderful Life

    62

  • Monsieur Verdoux

    63

  • The Passion of Joan of Arc

    64

  • Breathless

    65

  • Apocalypse Now

    66

  • Barry Lyndon

    67

  • Grand Illusion

    68

  • Intolerance

    69

  • A Day in the Country

    70

  • Playtime

    71

  • Rome, Open City

    72

  • Senso

    73

  • Modern Times

    74

  • Van Gogh

    75

  • An Affair to Remember

    76

  • Andrei Rublev

    77

  • The Scarlet Empress

    78

  • Sansho the Bailiff

    79

  • Talk to Her

    80

  • The Party

    81

  • Tabu: A Story of the South Seas

    82

  • The Band Wagon

    83

  • A Star Is Born

    84

  • Monsieur Hulot's Holiday

    85

  • America, America

    86

  • Él

    87

  • Kiss Me Deadly

    88

  • Once Upon a Time in America

    89

  • Daybreak

    90

  • Letter from an Unknown Woman

    91

  • Lola

    92

  • Manhattan

    93

  • Mulholland Drive

    94

  • My Night at Maud's

    95

  • Night and Fog

    96

  • The Gold Rush

    97

  • Scarface

    98

  • Bicycle Thieves

    99

  • Napoleon

    100

7 Comments

  • Great list! Was this in a recent issue?

  • no / this list was released 2007

  • You've got the wrong Bandwagon (#83) - it should be the 1953 musical The Band Wagon.

  • I think the title of this list might be deceptive.

    I first found this list a few years ago on many English language film blogs listed as "Cahiers du Cinéma's 100 Most Beautiful Films In The World" and that's how it's generally reblogged (the list was even called that on iCM originally if memory serves), however I'm fairly certain that the addition of "most beautiful" was simply a fanciful addition by one English language blogger that has unwittingly been copied by other English speakers.

    I can't speak French but Google Translate gives the following:

    At the initiative of Jean-Claude Philippe, with the support of the City of Paris, 78 film critics and historians have come together to form a top 100 films for an ideal film library.

    Find the 100 films during programming "The 100 best movies of cinema history" Reflecting the Medici of 19 November 2008 to July 6, 2009.

    www.cahiersducinema.com/100-FILMS.html

    Can any French speakers confirm that this list isn't actually a list of the "most beautiful" films but simply the "top 100" films as voted by Cahiers du cinéma?

  • you are right the list was originally called "100 films to an ideal film library" the mix-up comes from the "FESTIVAL LES 100 PLUS BEAUX FILMS DE L’HISTOIRE DU CINEMA" which shows these films in its program
    I corrected the title and I also corrected the film "Band Wagon"
    The 100 Most Beautiful films festival
    Thanks for the notice

  • Cool! I did not know that. So I guess the title does make some sense.

    And I've only seen half of these movies so far. Bleh.

  • I think Greed is highest on my list of wants-to-see from this list. And Napoleon.

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