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Guide to Film Movements (History of Art Cinema)

As a result of not being able to find any complete, detailed or concise list of all film movements on Letterboxd, I decided to make one. There are five important works for each film movement and are placed chronologically. Exceptions are some of the bigger waves.


In the summer of 2023, I published a website - CinemaWaves - a digital corner for exploration of film movements and cinema history. Check it out.


*Read notes* is essential for more information about movements, directors and works.


„ A film movement signifies a wave of cinematic works usually, following a particular trend in cinema, shaped by and reflecting the time, people, culture, and political events of the location from which it emerged. These…

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  • Workers Leaving the Lumière Factory
  • The Arrival of a Train at La Ciotat
  • A Trip to the Moon
  • The Great Train Robbery
  • The Dancing Pig
  • The Student of Prague
  • The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
  • Nosferatu
  • Metropolis
  • M
  • J'accuse
  • La Roue
  • Ménilmontant
  • Napoleon
  • The Fall of the House of Usher
  • Battleship Potemkin
  • Strike
  • October (Ten Days that Shook the World)
  • Man with a Movie Camera
  • Earth
  • L'Atalante
  • Grand Illusion
  • Port of Shadows
  • The Rules of the Game
  • Children of Paradise
  • Ossessione
  • Rome, Open City
  • Bicycle Thieves
  • Umberto D.
  • Journey to Italy
  • Pather Panchali
  • The Cloud-Capped Star
  • The Big City
  • Charulata
  • A River Called Titas
  • A Generation
  • Kanal
  • Ashes and Diamonds
  • Mother Joan of the Angels
  • Knife in the Water
  • La Pointe-Courte
  • Elevator to the Gallows
  • The 400 Blows
  • Hiroshima Mon Amour
  • Breathless
  • Jules and Jim
  • Cléo from 5 to 7
  • Pierrot le Fou
  • The Young Girls of Rochefort
  • Le Samouraï
  • Crazed Fruit
  • Pigs and Battleships
  • Woman in the Dunes
  • Pale Flower
  • Onibaba
  • Tokyo Drifter
  • Funeral Parade of Roses
  • Eros + Massacre
  • In the Realm of the Senses
  • Vengeance Is Mine
  • Rio, 100 Degrees F.
  • Barren Lives
  • Black God, White Devil
  • The Guns
  • São Paulo, Incorporated
  • Saturday Night and Sunday Morning
  • The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner
  • This Sporting Life
  • Billy Liar
  • The Servant
  • The Small World of Sammy Lee
  • Seance on a Wet Afternoon
  • Cathy Come Home
  • if....
  • Kes
  • Diamonds of the Night
  • The Shop on Main Street
  • Loves of a Blonde
  • Daisies
  • Closely Watched Trains
  • Three
  • When I Am Dead and White
  • I Even Met Happy Gypsies
  • Early Works
  • WR: Mysteries of the Organism
  • Bonnie and Clyde
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • Easy Rider
  • The Godfather
  • American Graffiti
  • The Long Goodbye
  • A Woman Under the Influence
  • Jaws
  • Taxi Driver
  • Network
  • Days of Heaven
  • The Deer Hunter
  • Big Wednesday
  • All That Jazz
  • Manhattan