1001 films that will reward your time (5th edition 2017)

This list has now been superseded. For the latest version see boxd.it/1FRRk . I'm leaving this on here for reference, though.

This is a long list of personal recommendations which aims to give a rounded view of the rich and diverse heritage of the moving image. You might not wholeheartedly enjoy everything on the list, but if you have at least a passing interest in the cinema beyond its ability merely to entertain, you should at least find each has something to offer in any combination of quality, technical innovation, thoughtfulness or originality. Though you'll find plenty of textbook classics, I make no apologies for allowing my personal taste to influence my choices: there are plenty of other lists extensively…

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  • Traffic Crossing Leeds Bridge

    1

  • Poor Pierrot

    2

  • Dickson Experimental Sound Film

    3

  • Tables Turned on the Gardener

    4

  • Workers Leaving the Lumière Factory

    5

  • The Arrival of a Train at La Ciotat

    6

  • Grandma's Reading Glass

    7

  • The Man with the Rubber Head

    8

  • A Trip to the Moon

    9

  • The Great Train Robbery

    10

  • Life of an American Fireman

    11

  • The Melomaniac

    12

  • Ball Passing Through a Soap Bubble

    13

  • The Impossible Voyage

    14

  • Rescued by Rover

    15

  • The '?' Motorist

    16

  • Humorous Phases of Funny Faces

    17

  • The Consequences of Feminism

    18

  • The Story of the Kelly Gang

    19

  • Moving Picture

    20

  • Madam's Fancies

    21

  • Fantasmagorie

    22

  • The Electric Hotel

    23

  • The Devilish Tenant

    24

  • The Abyss

    25

  • Le peintre néo-impressionniste

    26

  • The Lonedale Operator

    27

  • Falling Leaves

    28

  • How a Mosquito Operates

    29

  • The Cameraman's Revenge

    30

  • The Musketeers of Pig Alley

    31

  • L'Enfant de Paris

    32

  • Fantômas: In the Shadow of the Guillotine

    33

  • Suspense

    34

  • Child of the Big City

    35

  • The Birth of a Nation

    36

  • Feet and Hands

    37

  • The Tramp

    38

  • Les Vampires: Episode One - The Severed Head

    39

  • Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages

    40

  • Easy Street

    41

  • The Immigrant

    42

  • The Sinking of the Lusitania

    43

  • Broken Blossoms

    44

  • The Golem: How He Came Into the World

    45

  • The Man of the Sea

    46

  • The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari

    47

  • One Week

    48

  • Within Our Gates

    49

  • The Kid

    50

  • The Phantom Carriage

    51

  • Destiny

    52

  • Lichtspiel opus I

    53

  • The Play House

    54

  • Lyman H. Howe's Famous Ride on a Runaway Train

    55

  • The Cuckoo's Secret

    56

  • Dr. Mabuse, the Gambler

    57

  • Häxan

    58

  • Nanook of the North

    59

  • Nosferatu

    60

  • Felix in Hollywood

    61

  • Our Hospitality

    62

  • La Roue

    63

  • Safety Last!

    64

  • The Smiling Madame Beudet

    65

  • The Nightingale's Voice

    66

  • Ballet Mécanique

    67

  • Entr'acte

    68

  • The Great White Silence

    69

  • Greed

    70

  • The Last Laugh

    71

  • The Extraordinary Adventures of Mr. West in the Land of the Bolsheviks

    72

  • At 3:25

    73

  • Sherlock, Jr.

    74

  • The Thief of Bagdad

    75

  • The Big Parade

    76

  • Battleship Potemkin

    77

  • The Gold Rush

    78

  • The Phantom of the Opera

    79

  • Strike

    80

  • The Adventures of Prince Achmed

    81

  • Anemic Cinema

    82

  • Faust

    83

  • The General

    84

  • A Page of Madness

    85

  • Mother

    86

  • Nothing But Time

    87

  • Berlin: Symphony of a Great City

    88

  • Emak-Bakia

    89

  • Metropolis

    90

  • Napoleon

    91

  • Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans

    92

  • The Unknown

    93

  • Wings

    94

  • The Cameraman

    95

  • The Italian Straw Hat

    96

  • The Seashell and the Clergyman

    97

  • The Crowd

    98

  • The Docks of New York

    99

  • The Life and Death of 9413, a Hollywood Extra

    100