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Essential Films

1500 films to see before you die, chronological order. Not a list consisting of my favorite films, but rather the ones that I feel are most essential to a cinephile, be it regarding quality, relevance or even solely popularity. This method results in a list with many films I don't even like, but feel one should give a try if possible. I tried to concile my personal judgement with a more analytical one in most of the choices here, but of course ended up adding many of my favorites too. Obviously there are many essential films I still haven't watched and didn't add - the idea is trying to update this list every one or two years to see how it develops. 01/07/2018

  • Sallie Gardner at a Gallop

    1

  • Roundhay Garden Scene

    2

  • Dickson Experimental Sound Film

    3

  • Workers Leaving the Lumière Factory

    4

  • Boat Leaving the Port

    5

  • Cordeliers' Square in Lyon

    6

  • The Arrival of a Train at La Ciotat

    7

  • Demolition of a Wall

    8

  • Champs-Élysées

    9

  • Panorama du grand Canal pris d'un bateau

    10

  • The Four Troublesome Heads

    11

  • How It Feels to Be Run Over

    12

  • What Is Seen Through a Keyhole

    13

  • The Big Swallow

    14

  • A Trip to the Moon

    15

  • The Great Train Robbery

    16

  • The Impossible Voyage

    17

  • The '?' Motorist

    18

  • Dream of a Rarebit Fiend

    19

  • The Dancing Pig

    20

  • Life of an American Fireman

    21

  • The House of Ghosts

    22

  • Fantasmagoria

    23

  • The Country Doctor

    24

  • A Corner in Wheat

    25

  • The Unchanging Sea

    26

  • The Automatic Moving Company

    27

  • The Musketeers of Pig Alley

    28

  • The Invaders

    29

  • Suspense

    30

  • Kid Auto Races at Venice

    31

  • Gertie the Dinosaur

    32

  • The Birth of a Nation

    33

  • The Regeneration

    34

  • Carmen

    35

  • Les Vampires

    36

  • Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages

    37

  • Straight Shooting

    38

  • A Modern Musketeer

    39

  • The Outlaw and His Wife

    40

  • The Blue Bird

    41

  • Broken Blossoms

    42

  • The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari

    43

  • One Week

    44

  • Way Down East

    45

  • The Last of the Mohicans

    46

  • The Phantom Carriage

    47

  • The Kid

    48

  • The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse

    49

  • Destiny

    50

  • Orphans of the Storm

    51

  • Foolish Wives

    52

  • Cops

    53

  • Nosferatu

    54

  • Dr. Mabuse, the Gambler

    55

  • Nanook of the North

    56

  • Häxan

    57

  • Safety Last!

    58

  • Glumov's Diary

    59

  • A Woman of Paris

    60

  • The Smiling Madame Beudet

    61

  • The Ten Commandments

    62

  • Cœur fidèle

    63

  • The Thief of Bagdad

    64

  • Sherlock, Jr.

    65

  • Ballet mécanique

    66

  • The Navigator

    67

  • He Who Gets Slapped

    68

  • Greed

    69

  • Entr'acte

    70

  • Symphonie diagonale

    71

  • L'Inhumaine

    72

  • The Last Laugh

    73

  • Strike

    74

  • Seven Chances

    75

  • The Gold Rush

    76

  • Tartuffe

    77

  • The Phantom of the Opera

    78

  • Battleship Potemkin

    79

  • By the Law

    80

  • Ménilmontant

    81

  • Anemic Cinema

    82

  • A Page of Madness

    83

  • Faust

    84

  • The General

    85

  • Metropolis

    86

  • The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog

    87

  • Napoleon

    88

  • Wings

    89

  • Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans

    90

  • The Jazz Singer

    91

  • October (Ten Days that Shook the World)

    92

  • The Circus

    93

  • Steamboat Bill, Jr.

    94

  • The Crowd

    95

  • Street Angel

    96

  • The Passion of Joan of Arc

    97

  • The Bridge

    98

  • The Wind

    99

  • The Cameraman

    100