Recommended Directors for Film Enthusiasts

After looking through my Recommendations For A Novice Film Viewer list, I have thought for some time to make a film list that would appeal to those who genuinely appreciate the visionary behind the camera.

I have provided the first three suggestions, and I wanted them to be obvious ones, because I am asking you, the Letterboxd community to provide some suggestions of directors that people should invest their time in and possibly find something of significant value through exploration. It would also be wonderful if quotes from your own or other peoples' reviews that perfectly summarise the director's appeal could be provided. Hopefully the suggestions provided would be diverse.

I will consistently look for quotes when I have spare…

  • Mulholland Drive

    Mulholland Drive

    ★★★★★

    David Lynch

    Notable Films:
    - Mulholland Drive
    - Eraserhead
    - Blue Velvet

    "David Lynch completely captured my attention early on in my film viewing life with his uncanny ability to capture what a dream would feel like and put that feeling into a film medium, and I have yet to find another film maker, or a movie for that matter, that can capture that feeling like he does." - tscarp

    "The horrifying skill that David Lynch manages to employ within his best movies is the ability to seep into your deepest horrors. Neither David or ourselves truly know what they are as they are typically buried so deeply within our subconscious, they are best left dormant. Lynch sculpts his psyche onto our screen in such a way that extracts these god awful emotions, scrambling for piece of mind whilst never quite understanding what we have seen." - Cityzen Kano

    "David Lynch truly understands how to fascinate and immerse the viewer by artistically spanning the medium, as he perfectly creates a spellbinding, atmospheric, evocative and breathtaking neo-noir with Blue Velvet." - Max

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  • The Tree of Life

    The Tree of Life

    ★★★★★

    Terrence Malick

    Notable Films:
    - Tree of Life
    - The Thin Red Line
    - Days of Heaven

    "It is through Malick's use of fragmentation that he manages to capture the essence of memory. He recreates the effect of memories slipping away no matter how hard you try to recall every little detail." - Alice Bishop

    "Over the course of five decades Terrence Malick has become recognised as one of the greatest filmmakers of his, or any other, generation yet his considerable talent is already present in every frame of his haunting debut as if his skill as a visual storyteller emerged effortlessly and fully-formed with this first attempt." - Adam Cook

    "If you look merely at the surface of Malick's films, he may seem to prioritize the beauty of nature over the sterility of society, but in all his work he has been concerned with the "war in the heart of nature," with the idea that there is "no cosmic power, only action of hands upon the world." - ScreeningNotes

    "It's Malick's painstaking work-ethic, his persistence to capture the shot, never compromising and the location he assembles that asserts Days of Heaven as a masterpiece impervious to emulation." - Harry Ridgway

    "Malick's eye for cinematography and shot-framing are in top form, with some of the most gripping visuals this side of Tarkovsky." - Jordan

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  • Gone Girl

    Gone Girl

    ★★★★★

    David Fincher

    Notable Films:
    - Gone Girl
    - Fight Club
    - Se7en

    "David Fincher’s films specialize in the fetishization of filth—he gives life to the notion of beauty as residing in the eye of the beholder." - Aaron

    "David Fincher is a stylist through and through.... The shots are fueled by an unnerving energy, even the slow and empty ones. He finds feeling in the characters' surroundings, be it urgency, terror or complete unnerving terror in even the most minimalistic of ways. His composition is of the classical kind here, despite the showiness that most associate with him and all of his restless cameras." - CinemaClown

    “Fincher’s execution is flawless. He teases with questions and never gives you enough information to satisfy. This effectively keeps you leaning forward on your seat hungering for more.”Jonathan White

    "That's what's so wonderful about Fincher - among other things - is that his films remain effective and compelling - and braingasmic - even after a 100th viewing. It never ceases to amaze me how he can keep making such stunning works that play with your brain each & every time." - Asher

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  • The Royal Tenenbaums

    The Royal Tenenbaums

    ★★★★★

    Wes Anderson

    Notable Films:
    - The Royal Tenenbaums
    - The Grand Budapest Hotel
    - Rushmore

    "The whole thing is pure cinematic bliss, but the comedy and pathos and incredible production design and camera moves (Wes making the zoom cool again like whoa) are all working in service of explaining why Anderson makes his movies his way: to carry forward this lost art in a world that believes it has no place for it." - Matt Singer

    "For many years, Wes Anderson has been celebrated as an offbeat American auteur, with a narrative and visual style all his own - a colourful, melancholic whimsy riven with a biting, black comedic undercurrent." - Tony Black

    "His use of symmetry in virtually every scene can only be applauded and the naturalistic colour palette adds to that distinctive Anderson flavour which makes him so revered." - Anthony

    "Anderson's humor is smug, witty, snappy and most of all, respectful.... It's a playfulness that captures an inexplicable bout of pure joy that is infectious to any of its viewers but also complementary to them." - Gustav

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  • Inside Llewyn Davis

    Inside Llewyn Davis

    ★★★★½

    Joel and Ethan Coen

    Notable Films:
    - No Country For Old Men
    - The Big Lebowski
    - Fargo

    "The Coen Brothers have always stood their ground as one of my favorite directors of all time. They have a way of sliding through genres with ease and putting their own unmistakable auteurist touch on each one. They treat their misfortunate characters with a love and warmth that you can feel through the films, thus creating some of the most lovable and hatable film characters of all time." - tscarp

    "The Coen Brother's comedies are always set in a universe that doesn't feel real. With perhaps A Serious Man being the exception, films like Hudsucker Proxy, Burn After Reading and Intolerable Cruelty all feel like they take place in the same, slightly off beat universe existing parallel to our own. Within it, the Big Lebowski is master of the universe." - DirkH

    "In Coen's cannon they're often using the negotiation as a element capable of structure the human society but it's impossible to negotiate with the unpredictable evil, it's hopeless to run away from it, you just have to learn how to live accepting that not every thing is under your control. Much more than a reconstruction of the western genre, No Country for Old Men is the placement of this arid reality in the entropy of real life, where even the more talented and prevented can fail if they're out of luck." - Walter Andrade

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  • Dazed and Confused

    Dazed and Confused

    ★★★★½

    Richard Linklater

    Notable Films:
    - Before Sunrise
    - Boyhood
    - Dazed and Confused

    "Richard LInklater has taken the world by storm with his recent opus Boyhood, bringing the everyday charm of his films to the minds of the masses. But one can find some beautiful films when digging back further into his filmography. There are few filmmakers that can show their characters in such a human way and make them feel so real." - tscarp

    "Its power comes from what happens after viewing the film, when an audience meditates on what it has seen and understands that Linklater has created a film with quiet truths and drama in a method that has extended the scope of narrative cinema, fostering a film about life, family, and the journey that both bring." - Travis Lytle

    "Linklater conquers the realm of on-screen romance with the passion of a true Renaissance poet. It’s so easy to fall into formula and other tropes of the romantic drama canon, but by sticking to this minimalistic approach, he has created something far better." - Mikael Stånggren

    "Linklater doesn't celebrate, doesn't condemn, and never condescends. And twenty years on, Linklater's most significant gift as a director has become clear: his modesty. It's still so tempting to credit the impeccably cast ensemble for the film's classic status - more than Linklater's script or direction. Dear Future: do not forget Richard Linklater. He's one of the best we've got." - Sam Van Hallgren

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  • Boogie Nights

    Boogie Nights

    ★★★★½

    Paul Thomas Anderson

    Notable Films:
    - There Will Be Blood
    - Magnolia
    - Boogie Nights

    "Paul Thomas Anderson was the director that took my interest in film and turned it into an unbridled love. He cares for his characters more than any other director/writer in the field. Many of them are heavily flawed, but they are handled with a level of respect and humanity than no other director could do. I would recommend Boogie Nights for a first time PTA watcher, as it contains a little bit of everything that makes him my favorite filmmaker, emphasis on a singular character, an amazing ensemble cast, comedy, drama, music, long takes, writing, etc. If you like the comedy I'd reccomend inherent vice or punch drunk love, the ensemble cast then Magnolia, singular character study - punch drunk love or there will be blood, drama - the master or there will be blood, the soundtrack - Inherent Vice. And then watch Hard Eight when you have seen everything else." - Tyrion Lannister

    "PT Anderson's views of the world are constantly evolving. It's easy to see his personal growth process and enlightenment if you follow the films throughout his career. Here, he is basically…

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  • Raging Bull

    Raging Bull

    ★★★★½

    Martin Scorsese

    Notable Films:
    - Taxi Driver
    - Goodfellas
    - Raging Bull

    "Martin Scorsese is another director that is focused on characters. He is a great director to start with if you want to begin to watch older films. Raging Bull and Taxi Driver are two of the best charaxter pieces of all time. He has a wide range but a majority of his films are focused on one character. He created the quintessential anti-hero movie with Taxi Driver, biopic/sports movie with Raging Bull, cringe comedy with King of Comedy, and mob movie with Goodfellas. I would reccomend those 4 to begin with, and then branch of from there. He is very prolific which is great when you can't get enough of his masterpieces" - Tyrion Lannister

    "An impressive DeNiro is steered though this film by a Scorsese at the apex of technical prowess. Very few directors are capable of matching his command when he is engaged. Shots and images aren't seen, they are burned into your brain." - Cinemonster

    " Everything done in the film has purpose behind it driving it home. The freeze frames, the narration, the narration switching to Karen, the soundtrack, ect, ect, ect... Directors have imitated various aspects of GoodFellas through the years because they enjoy the film so much, but a lot of them fail to realize the purpose behind everything." - Mr. Dulac

    "I love the way Scorsese's mind works. It works such unique and creative ways in a wide variety of films. He shows his creativity through the amazing cinematography of this films." - Kyle Metzger

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  • 2001: A Space Odyssey

    2001: A Space Odyssey

    ★★★★★

    Stanley Kubrick

    Notable Films:
    - 2001: A Space Odyssey
    - A Clockwork Orange
    - Eyes Wide Shut

    "I don't know if I have the experience to cover him as there are so many people on Letterboxd who love and know more about this man's films than I do, but Stanley Kubrick. He has done every genre in every way in every style, the only common thing between the films is that he handles them with incredible technique and skill. Unlike the other two directors which I have reccomended, Kubrick never really uses the same actors twice, giving each film a very unique experience. I would reccomend watching full metal jacket or the shining to start with, and then diving into his more cerebral masterpieces like 2001 or Clockwork Orange." - Tyrion Lannister

    " It's often said that Kubrick never made the same film twice, meaning that all his films are very different from each other. When you watch The Shining it becomes apparent why. A film like this could never be recreated. The brilliance lies in the small details, which creates a subtext no other director has ever matched in either quality nor impact." - Hamushy

    "Stanley Kubrick shows his…

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  • Psycho

    Psycho

    ★★★★★

    Alfred Hitchcock

    Notable Films:
    - Psycho
    - North By Northwest
    - The Birds

    "Alfred Hitchcock has made some of the most thrilling films I have ever seen, and he revolutionized the landscape of cinema with his sound experiments in The Birds and Psycho. His films have a special magic to them that is hard to explain and impossible to replicate." - Connor Denney

    "Hitchcock is also rather merciless, both with his audience, and with his characters, which is, if anything else, refreshing. He develops characters well, and when he deems them sufficiently expanded upon, he doesn't seem to mind disposing of them just as quickly as he introduced them. He simply has no remorse. But if anything, this too, was a pleasant surprise, and definitely refreshing, since Hitchock operates seemingly without restriction (unlike most directors nowadays), expanding even more on tension, as each and every one of his characters, is rather expendable." - Victor S. K. P.

    "If we observe his style, Hitchcock's films are more concentrated on characters rather than the plot.... Hitchcock's characters are quite deep and extremely important. And most probably after re-watching Vertigo, I have to admit that Vertigo's characters are much deeper and darker than they initially appear." - Mithil Bhoras

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  • Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans

    Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans

    ★★★★★

    F.W. Murnau

    Notable Films:
    - The Last Laugh
    - Nosferatu
    - Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans

    "F.W. Murnau is my favorite silent-era director. His visual compositions are astounding, and he made some of the most influential films of all time. He plays with light and shadow more successfully than most directors do today with far better technology and precedent." - Connor Denney

    "Murnau combines the classic vampire tale, its universal themes, and chilling images to create a horror film the quickly crawls under the skin of its audience and into the regions that hold what the viewer may fear most. Not only has Murnau made a great horror film, but he has made one that sets a foundation upon which nearly a century of horror films could be built." - Travis Lytle

  • The Child

    The Child

    Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne

    Notable Films:
    - The Child
    - Two Days, One Night
    - The Kid with a Bike

    "The Dardenne brothers make films that are shockingly realistic yet so artfully made. They dig at that extent of human nature that includes our desperation and our weaknesses. I have seen only a few of their films, but what I have seen makes me itch to watch more." - Connor Denney

    "Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne are fairly tough directors, their realistic, grounded stories peer into the depths of human soul and are effective studies of the human condition; the brothers always decide to depict harsh stories and color them with a very sincere, unsettling and tragic ugliness, they're masters at what they do and any cinephile who enjoys powerful [documentary-esque] realism and films that explore the authentic suffering of humanity will love their well-defined voice." - alphonse

    "The Dardenne brothers are among my favorite filmmakers today. They make emotionally powerful films with characters whom you care for." - Cindy T

  • Syndromes and a Century

    Syndromes and a Century

    Apichatpong Weerasethakul

    Notable Films:
    - Syndromes and a Century
    - Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives
    - Tropical Malady

    "The two films of his that I have seen are among my favorites, and they study time and history in a way that I have never seen another director attempt." - Connor Denney

    "Weerasethakul's style seems very subtle and meditative and he shows us the odd events relating to his story in a very naturalistic way; a good comparison would be to magical-realism and the works of Gabriel Garcia Marquez. He works the concept of an intrinsic form of magic into that of nature and links the rural to the pure and natural." - Redfern

    "Apitchatpong Weerasethakul is certainly one of the most fascinating filmmakers of the modern age, creating cinema into as a form of unlogical, sensoral hypnosis." - Madadude

  • The Grapes of Wrath

    The Grapes of Wrath

    John Ford

    Notable Films:
    - The Grapes of Wrath
    - How Green Was My Valley
    - The Searchers

    "Born John Martin Feeney in Cape Elizabeth, Maine in 1894, John Ford was one of Hollywood's most prolific and successful directors. He grew up with the cinema, from silent films to talkies and B&W to color. Among the 145 titles to his credit, there are films of every stripe, including dramas, comedies, documentaries for the Navy Department and, of course, his specialty, Westerns. Ford's work inspired generations of filmmakers like David Lean and George Lucas, Akira Kurosawa and Ingmar Bergman. Nominated for five Best Director Oscars, Ford won four." - TajLV

    "John Ford clearly knows how to make use of gorgeous cinematography to enhance the quality of his film, and even if it's mostly just a desert, it's filmed in such a unique and aesthetically pleasing style that it's hard to take your eyes off of it." - Cael Merlin

    "No director is better at establishing context via landscape, dwarfing his characters while still granting them enough reflected grandeur to feel iconic." - JesseCataldo

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  • Sunset Boulevard

    Sunset Boulevard

    ★★★★½

    Billy Wilder

    Notable Films
    - Sunset Boulevard
    - Double Indemnity
    - Some Like it Hot

    "He's my all-time favourite director for making the above films, as well as classics like Ace in the Hole, The Lost Weekend, Stalag 17, and Sabrina. While hailing from Austria, he is the director who I believe ultimately encapsulates the best facets of American cinema in the middle of the 20th century. He perfectly straddled the line between making films that were commercially loved, yet had some deeper artistic integrity. I believe he got the very best out of the actors he worked with, something that is a seal of quality when it comes to directing. He never relied on using big names like Kirk Douglas or Marilyn Monroe simply for the sake of it. To this day, his films are beautiful to watch, visually and essentially." - Elliot

    "While my personal relationship with film derives primarily from an inborn fondness for so-called “pure cinema,” Wilder is the exception who proves the rule. Movies as an art form tend to be set apart from their closest artistic counterparts (literature and theater) by their visual capabilities—when a filmmaker can tell a story through images, it’s a…

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  • Wild Strawberries

    Wild Strawberries

    ★★★½

    Ingmar Bergman

    Notable Films:
    - Wild Strawberries
    - The Seventh Seal
    - The Virgin Spring

    "I expected Bergman films to be every arthouse cliché but instead they turned out to be immensely moving stories about human frailty and courage; spiritual but never navel-gazing, contemplative but never dull." - VV

    "Swedish cinematic demigod Ingmar Bergman is a legend in both the world cinema sphere, and the rabid arthouse crowd, but you didn't need me to tell you that." - PinHeadLarry145

    "The man creates these worlds that are both abstract and yet real and familiar, like I am constantly walking a tightrope between realism and a chilling nightmare. It is an enlightening tightrope to navigate, although I usually need an Advil and a willingness to accept some extra fatigue the next day." - shanderson88

    "Master of all things meaningful, oeuvre-crafter Ingmar Bergman is no stranger to philosophy. Where the common director goes for the risklessly safe, Bergman takes the audacious route in a prototype vehicle. Every undertaking a challenge. Every tale a crack at the Herculean questions of life and death." - Mikael Stånggren

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  • Brazil

    Brazil

    ★★★

    Terry Gilliam

    Notable Films:
    - Brazil
    - Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
    - 12 Monkeys

    "One of the most important auteurs of the end of the 20th century coming into the 21st, he shaped much of the way sci-fi is viewed now, with his masterwork Brazil, as well as introduced to the world many new actors, while redefining multiple genres throughout his career, including comedy in the Monty Python years." - Josiah Morgan

    "Twelve Monkeys almost feels like the logical conclusion to Terry Gilliam's examination of imagination, it is a dark, twisting narrative in which the mind's attempts to escape the horrors of reality only succeed at falling into more horrid nightmares." - Devon Seltzer

    "Terry Gilliam knows how to deliver the goods when it comes to frenzied paranoia, and deliver them he does. I have previously seen his adaptation of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, a film which brilliantly captured the unease and likely torment of an altered mind, and that brilliance is foreshadowed in this exercise in exhilaration." - Hunter

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  • Melancholia

    Melancholia

    ★½

    Lars von Trier

    Notable Films:
    - Melancholia
    - Breaking the Waves
    - Nymphomaniac

    "Controversial, genius, and a little bit insane are what makes up this underrated and overlooked master of the form. His films have constantly been under scrutinisation and discussion in the arthouse scene, constantly divisive and always popular, I don't see how he wouldn't earn himself a place." - Josiah Morgan

    "Lars Von Trier is a unique filmmaker that has a style that I would describe as eccentric, haunting, yet somewhat beautiful" - Alex

    "Lars von Trier is a provocateur, his films deal with challenging subjects in ways that attempt (and succeed) to generate complex responses from audiences." - Adam Moody

    "There are only a handful of directors I can think, in my opinion, that have this type of consistent track record. A lot of his films tackle the same themes and symbolisms, but yet somehow, he always seems to be reinventing himself. He has a true gift for story telling and i'll always be eternally grateful, that he shares that gift with the rest of us." - Dylan Tyner

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  • Solaris

    Solaris

    ★★★

    Andrei Tarkovsky

    Notable Films:
    - Solaris
    - Stalker
    - Mirror

    "It's no secret that Tarkovsky is demanding, provoking but ultimately nourishing. His ode to cinema is filled with poetic, melodious and metaphoric techniques which modify narrative and structures." - Nick Vass

    "The reason why Andrei Tarkovsky is my all time favourite director is because I consider him the most complete filmmaker in the history of cinema, every single element works perfectly in all of his films as he's definitely the best director of all time balancing the substance with the visual style." - alphonse

    "Tarkovsky really is a hard director to write about. The intentions of a genius can never be fully understood. In his films you can always be certain that every little detail makes up a vital part in the entirety" - Consigliere

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  • Irreversible

    Irreversible

    Gaspar Noé

    Notable Films:
    - Irreversible
    - Enter the Void
    - I Stand Alone

    "Noe is a grotesque existentialist. He is a provocateur that takes pleasure in disturbing his audience, then in the same moment he enlightens or mystifies with beauty." Andrew Willis

    "Gaspar Noe is one of the most daring filmmakers simple a plain, he spits in the face of conventions." - Adam Moody

    "Gaspar Noé is a craftsman of trippy cinema, making it his mission to pierce through the senses in the harshest way possible." - Alice Bishop

  • Jaws

    Jaws

    ★★★★★

    Steven Spielberg

    Notable Films:
    - Jaws
    - E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
    - Jurassic Park

    "Spielberg is one of the most consistently solid American directors in cinema history. In his films there are flashes of a signature style, but mostly it is his craft and skill in the art of filmmaking that speaks louder than any auteur stamp." - Andrew Willis

    "Spielberg has a way of creating huge blockbuster movies that don't really feel like any other blockbuster that has been done before, and are usually done in a way that none others before him had done. His strategy in a lot of his works is to wow. His movies all have the potential to be so cheesy and over dramatic and he somehow walks the line so carefully that it almost always works out perfectly.... His movies have a very unique romanticism feel about them, like he's trying to make us all feel like little kids seeing something so cool for the first time." - tscarp

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  • Drive

    Drive

    ★★★★★

    Nicolas Winding Refn

    Notable Films:
    - Drive
    - Only God Forgives
    - Bronson

    "Refn is a master of style and perversion. His films are about motion or momentum. That doesn't mean that they are kinetic; they are not about speed. They are about the image moving through time and space. Then, as they often do, when that image stops moving it is jarring and uncomfortable. Movement is life in a Refn film. Being stagnant means death, and there is a lot of that in his films too." - Andrew Willis

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  • The Day the Earth Stood Still

    The Day the Earth Stood Still

    Robert Wise

    Notable Films:
    - The Day the Earth Stood Still
    - The Sound of Music
    - West Side Story

    "Robert Wise had an ability to bounce from genre to genre and decade to decade without ever sacrificing his artistic integrity. Don't get me wrong, not many people would describe Wise as an "artist". He may not have been Picasso or Rembrandt. He was more like the guy you pay to paint your house, or a handyman. But he was damn fine at it. His films are reliable. They may not be flashy, but they have exactly what they need to have in them." - Andrew Willis

  • In the Mood for Love

    In the Mood for Love

    ★★★★½

    Wong Kar-Wai

    Notable Films:
    - In the Mood for Love
    - Chungking Express
    - 2046

    "Wong Kar-Wai is an unparalleled visual artist unafraid of taking the tropes of genre film and twisting the together to make unconventional new ideas. He defies traditional expectations and will make you think about stories you already know in different ways. He is perfect for film enthusiasts with an expansive knowledge of film because of the way he takes established conventions and turns them on their heads. And he does it in a way which is always beautiful to look at and grounded in real emotional connection. In The Mood for Love is the popular choice, with its engaging romance and gorgeous floral palette, but a more telling entry which reflects the director's style and thematic concerns is Chungking Express." - ScreeningNotes

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  • Videodrome

    Videodrome

    ★★★★

    David Cronenberg

    Notable Films:
    - Videodrome
    - A History of Violence
    - Dead Ringers

    "David Cronenberg is a thoroughly idiosyncratic director. With his early beginnings in low budget, experimental horror films, he's always had anything but mainstream sensibilities. But while his stories are always strange, they are also always grounded in an investigation of some social or psychological question. Much of his filmography is concerned with the nature of human desire, with Dead Ringers being the pinnacle of this theme, but my personal favorite of his has always been Videodrome, with its shocking visual imagery and prescient awareness of the cultural trends of the future." - ScreeningNotes

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  • Pulp Fiction

    Pulp Fiction

    ★★★★★

    Quentin Tarantino

    Notable Films:
    - Pulp Fiction
    - Inglourious Basterds
    - Kill Bill

    "Eschewing traditional film school approaches to film-making, Tarantino as he puts it "didn't go to film school, I went to films." Say what you will about Tarantino as a film maker, whether he be a genius or a plagerist, but the man deserves a place as an ambassador for film. He truly loves the medium and it shows in every second of his movies. Hell, even his scripts pop off the page in a ways few others can attempt to do so. A master of dialogue and can't-breathe-can't-blink tension, Tarantino is most certainly in the upper echelons of quality film makers." - Captain Morgan

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  • Le Samouraï

    Le Samouraï

    Jean-Pierre Melville

    Notable Films:
    - Le Samourai
    - Le Cercle Rougue
    - Un Flic

  • Tristana

    Tristana

    Luis Bunuel

    Notable Films:
    - Tristana
    - Belle de Jour
    - The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeois

    "His widespread filmography, one of which I'm still taking a dip in, is so expansive, it stretches across 6 decades & at least, three different countries throughout various phases of his life in film. An originator & innovator of using dreams to tell some of the most unexplainable stories, his methods of always getting his word out never ceases to amaze. Topical, political, hitting the bourgeois for their flaws, or all of the above, Bunuel makes the most of what little - or lot - he's given by way of resources." - Obfuscation

  • L'Avventura

    L'Avventura

    ★★★½

    Michelangelo Antonioni

    Notable Films:
    - L'avventura
    - La Notte
    - L'eclisse

    "The loosely build "isolation trilogy" is what established Antonioni as a elite filmmaker, and w/good reason. The three films are peppered throughout w/thought provoking, prodding ways of how people of a different class could view & operate in the world. A sea of loneliness while often times surrounded by souls at each turn. What makes a certain class tick? How do they spend their days & what fills their minds? A use of so much around the characters throughout his films is the definitive quality behind his work. How architecture can lead a narrative in L'Avventura is beyond me, yet I saw it take place. A reliance on - what I've dubbed - the Italian Catherine Denueve, his muse, Monica Vitti, proceeds to only add another indefinable x factor among a specific series of his work. Atmosphere was around in the world of film before Antonioni, but he turned it into one of the most beautiful art-forms ever displayed." - Obfuscation

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  • The Thing

    The Thing

    ★★★★½

    John Carpenter

    Notable Films:
    - Halloween
    - Assault on Precinct 13
    - The Thing

    "A king of terror, tension, fun, & showing independent films can really tear the house down. From numerous areas. One case & point: The Thing. Mindblowing effects. I'm not even gonna touch his area of expertise when it comes to the score. Elite as elite can be. Carpenter is the MAN." - Obfuscation

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  • Mysteries of Lisbon

    Mysteries of Lisbon

    Raul Ruiz

    Notable Films:
    - Mysteries of Libson
    - Three Lives and Only One Death
    - Night Across the Street

    "Raul Ruiz, the tireless Chilean director has made far too many movies for all of them to be great, but all that I've seen so far shows invention and is huge fun, one of his most easily accessible (in both sense of the word) would be Mysteries of Lisbon, don't be scared by the running time, it is so eventful that the time just flies by." - Usernametoolong

  • Voyage to Cythera

    Voyage to Cythera

    Theo Angelopoulos

    Notable Films:
    - Voyage to Cythera
    - Landscape in the Mist
    - Eternity and a Day

    "Theo Angelopoulos exemplifies the cliché of the European auteur who deals in long takes, few words, and Important Statements, but it works." - Usernametoolong

  • Favourites of the Moon

    Favourites of the Moon

    Otar Iosseliani

    Notable Films:
    - Favourites of the Moon
    - Farewell, Home Sweet Home
    - Lived Once A Song-Thrush

    "Otar Iosseliani spent his entire career praising little things and little pleasures, people who'd rather be happy in their own way than do what society expects of them, doing so in a style that was uniquely his own (occasionally reminiscent of Tati (who should be on there by the way) but with the human taking precedence on its environment). Lived Once A Song-Thrush is a simple distillation of what he's always done, but as far as I'm concerned, Favourites Of The Moon or Adieu Plancher Des Vaches show his style and vision attuned to perfection." - Usernametoolong

  • Certified Copy

    Certified Copy

    ★★★★★

    Abbas Kiarostami

    Notable Films:
    - Certified Copy
    - Close-Up
    - Like Someone In Love

    "The way he approaches storytelling and the fact that no given two of his films are the same make him a director worth exploring." - Diogo Vale

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  • Under the Skin

    Under the Skin

    ★★★★

    Jonathan Glazer

    Notable Films:
    - Under the Skin
    - Sexy Beast
    - Birth

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  • Aguirre, the Wrath of God

    Aguirre, the Wrath of God

    Werner Herzog

    Notable Films:
    - Aguirre: The Wrath of God
    - Grizzly Man
    - Nosferatu

    "He is a madman and a genius. Many of his films are about the struggle between man and nature. He has been places and done things that most other filmmakers wouldn't (or couldn't) do. Because of that, he has shown us things on screen that we have never seen before, and mostly likely will never see again." - Andrew Willis

  • Seven Samurai

    Seven Samurai

    ★★★★

    Akira Kurosawa

    Notable Films:
    - Seven Samurai
    - Yojimbo
    - Ikiru

    "I have to confess I'm primarily basing this on his samurai films, but his bold, dynamic style and the techniques employed are still as distinctive as ever and unrivalled even today." - Ollie

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  • Caché

    Caché

    ★★★★½

    Michael Haneke

    Notable Films:
    - Caché
    - Funny Games (1997)
    - The White Ribbon

    "I never think I want to watch a Haneke film, but upon doing so I'm always utterly captivated. I have yet to see a film of his that I'd describe as average." - Ollie

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  • Requiem for a Dream

    Requiem for a Dream

    Darren Aronofsky

    Notable Films:
    - Requiem for a Dream
    - Black Swan
    - The Wrestler

    "Requiem For A Dream is one of the most visceral film experiences I've ever had. His immersive style can horrify and enthral in equal measure." - Ollie

  • Amélie

    Amélie

    ★★½

    Jean-Pierre Jeunet

    Notable Films:
    - Amelie
    - Delicatessen
    - The City of Lost Children

    "Not for everyone (in a similar way to Wes Anderson he's a bit hit and miss) but he's nothing if not unique." - Ollie

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  • Paris, Texas

    Paris, Texas

    ★★★★

    Wim Wenders

    Notable Films:
    - Paris, Texas
    - Wings of Desire
    - The American Friend

    "A major player in the New German Cinema of the late 60s/70s he started off all long takes, alienated protagonists and open-ended narratives (no bad thing - see his 'Road Movie Trilogy'), slowly becoming influenced more by America resulting in two masterpieces: Paris, Texas and Wings of Desire." - Ollie

  • Harakiri

    Harakiri

    ★★★★½

    Masaki Kobayashi

    Notable Films:
    - Harakiri
    - Kwaidan
    - The Human Condition

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  • The Phantom Carriage

    The Phantom Carriage

    Victor Sjöström

    Notable Films:
    - The Phantom Carriage
    - The Wind
    - He Who Gets Slapped

  • The Passion of Joan of Arc

    The Passion of Joan of Arc

    ★★★★★

    Carl Th. Dreyer

    Notable Films:
    - The Passion of Joan of Arc
    - Vampyr
    - Day of Wrath

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  • Woman in the Dunes

    Woman in the Dunes

    ★★½

    Hiroshi Teshigahara

    Notable Films:
    - Woman in the Dunes
    - The Face of Another
    - The Pitfall

  • The Kid

    The Kid

    ★★★★★

    Charles Chaplin

    Notable Films:
    - The Kid
    - City Lights
    - Modern Times

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  • The General

    The General

    ★★★★

    Buster Keaton

    Notable Films:
    - The General
    - Sherlock Jr.
    - Steamboat Bill Jr.

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  • Last Year at Marienbad

    Last Year at Marienbad

    Alain Resnais

    Notable Films:
    - Last Year at Marienbad
    - Hiroshima Mon Amour
    - Night and Fog

  • Tokyo Story

    Tokyo Story

    ★★★★½

    Yasujiro Ozu

    Notable Films:
    - Tokyo Story
    - An Autumn Afternoon
    - Late Spring

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  • Marketa Lazarová

    Marketa Lazarová

    František Vláčil

    Notable Films:
    - Marketa Lazarova
    - The Valley of the Bees
    - Adelheid

  • In a Better World

    In a Better World

    Susanne Bier

    Notable Films:
    - In A Better World
    - After the Wedding
    - Love Is All You Need

  • Ugetsu

    Ugetsu

    ★★★½

    Kenji Mizoguchi

    Notable Films:
    - Ugetsu
    - Sansho the Bailiff
    - Oharu

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  • The Burmese Harp

    The Burmese Harp

    Kon Ichikawa

    Notable Films:
    - The Burmese Harp
    - Fires on the Plain
    - Tokyo Olympiad

  • On the Waterfront

    On the Waterfront

    ★★★★

    Elia Kazan

    Notable Films:
    - On the Waterfront
    - A Streetcaer Named Desire
    - East of Eden

  • Ashes and Diamonds

    Ashes and Diamonds

    Andrzej Wajda

    Notable Films:
    - Ashes and Diamonds
    - Canal
    - Man of Iron

  • My Winnipeg

    My Winnipeg

    Guy Maddin

    Notable Films:
    - My Winnipeg
    - Brand Upon the Brain!
    - The Saddest Music in the World

  • The Earrings of Madame de...

    The Earrings of Madame de...

    Max Ophuls

    Notable Films:
    - The Earrings of Madame de...
    - Letter from an Unknown Woman
    - Lola Montes

  • Meshes of the Afternoon

    Meshes of the Afternoon

    ★★½

    Maya Deren

    Notable Films:
    - Meshes of the Afternoon
    - At Land
    - Ritual in Transfigured Time

  • 8½

    ★★★★

    Federico Fellini

    Notable Films:
    - 8 1/2
    - La Dolce Vita
    - La Strada

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  • Ali: Fear Eats the Soul

    Ali: Fear Eats the Soul

    Rainer Werner Fassbinder

    Notable Films:
    - Ali: Fear Eats the Soul
    - World on a Wire
    - The Marriage of Maria Braun

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  • Spirited Away

    Spirited Away

    ★★★★

    Hayao Miyazaki

    Notable Films:
    - Spirited Away
    - Princess Mononoke
    - My Neighbor Totoro


    A renowned artist, an acclaimed filmmaker, a great visionary, an esteemed animator, a skilful writer, a gifted storyteller, and above all, an extremely humble human being. Hayao Miyazaki is a legendary figure in the world of film & animation whose extraordinary talents are only rivalled by his equally admirable humility. In a career spanning over 5 decades, he has contributed to the fields of animation, cinema, manga & other media and his influence has been so immense that the art & culture world will forever be indebted to him & his works. - CinemaClown

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  • The Blue Angel

    The Blue Angel

    ★★★½

    Josef Von Sternberg

    Notable Films:
    - The Blue Angel
    - The Scarlett Empress
    - Shanghai Express

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  • Children of Paradise

    Children of Paradise

    ★★★½

    Marcel Carne

    Notable Films:
    - Children of Paradise
    - Port of Shadows
    - Daybreak

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  • Don't Look Now

    Don't Look Now

    ★★★

    Nicolas Roeg

    Notable Films:
    - Don't Look Now
    - Walkabout
    - The Man Who Fell To Earth

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  • Three Colors: Blue

    Three Colors: Blue

    ★★★★½

    Krzysztof Kieślowski

    Notable Films:
    - Three Colors: Blue
    - The Double Life of Veronique
    - Three Colors: Red

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  • The Maltese Falcon

    The Maltese Falcon

    ★★★

    John Huston

    Notable Films:
    - The Maltese Falcon
    - The Treasure of the Sierra Leone
    - The African Queen

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  • Citizen Kane

    Citizen Kane

    ★★★★½

    Orson Welles

    Notable Films:
    - Citizen Kane
    - The Magnificent Ambersons
    - Touch of Evil

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  • 12 Years a Slave

    12 Years a Slave

    ★★★★

    Steve McQueen

    Notable Films:
    - 12 Years A Slave
    - Hunger
    - Shame

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  • The Saragossa Manuscript

    The Saragossa Manuscript

    Wojciech Has

    Notable Films:
    - The Saragossa Manuscript
    - The Hour-Glass Sanatorium
    - The Noose

  • Possession

    Possession

    Andrzej Żuławski

    Notable Films:
    - Possession
    - On the Silver Globe
    - The Third Part of the Night

  • The Holy Mountain

    The Holy Mountain

    Alejandro Jodorowsky

    Notable Films:
    - The Holy Mountain
    - El Topo
    - Santa Sangre

  • Naked

    Naked

    Mike Leigh

    Notable Films:
    - Naked
    - Happy-Go-Lucky
    - Another Year

  • Au Revoir les Enfants

    Au Revoir les Enfants

    Louis Malle

    Notable Films:
    - Au revoir les enfants
    - My Dinner with Andre
    - Elevator to the Gallows

  • The 400 Blows

    The 400 Blows

    ★★★★½

    François Truffaut

    Notable Films:
    - The 400 Blows
    - Shoot the Piano Player
    - Jules and Jim

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  • Tokyo Drifter

    Tokyo Drifter

    ★★½

    Sejuin Suzuki

    Notable Films:
    - Tokyo Drifter
    - Branded to Kill
    - Youth of the Beast

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  • Her

    Her

    ★★★★★

    Spike Jonze

    Notable Films:
    - Her
    - Being John Malkovich
    - Adaptation

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  • Alice

    Alice

    Jan Svankmajer

    Notable Films:
    - Alice
    - Little Otik
    - Darkness, Light, Darkenss

  • Daisies

    Daisies

    Věra Chytilová

    Notable Films:
    - Daisies
    - We Eat the Fruit of the Trees of Paradise
    - Pearls of the Deep

  • Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence

    Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence

    ★★★★½

    Nagisa Oshima

    Notable Films:
    - Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence
    - In the Realm of the Senses
    - Empire of Passion

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  • Céline and Julie Go Boating

    Céline and Julie Go Boating

    Jacques Rivette

    Notable Films:
    - Celine and Julie Go Boating
    - La Belle Noiseuse
    - Out 1

  • Holy Motors

    Holy Motors

    Leos Carax

    Notable Films:
    - Holy Motors
    - The Lovers on the Bridge
    - Mauvais Sang

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  • Tokyo Sonata

    Tokyo Sonata

    ★★★★

    Kiyoshi Kurosawa

    Notable Films:
    - Tokyo Sonata
    - Cure
    - Pulse

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  • Incendies

    Incendies

    ★★★½

    Denis Villeneuve

    Notable Films:
    - Incendies
    - Enemy
    - Maelstrom

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  • WR: Mysteries of the Organism

    WR: Mysteries of the Organism

    Dušan Makavejev

    Notable Films:
    - W.R. - Mysteries of the Organism
    - Sweet Movie
    - Love Affair, or the Case of the Missing Switchboard Operator

  • Beauty and the Beast

    Beauty and the Beast

    ★★★★

    Jean Cocteau

    Notable Films:
    - Beauty and the Beast
    - Orpheus
    - The Blood of a Poet

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  • The Color of Pomegranates

    The Color of Pomegranates

    Sergei Parajanov

    Notable Films:
    - The Color of Pomegranates
    - Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors
    - The Legend of Suram Fortress

  • Breathless

    Breathless

    ★★★★

    Jean Luc Godard

    Notable Films:
    - Breathless
    - Contempt
    - Pierrot Le Fou

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  • Closed Curtain

    Closed Curtain

    Jafar Panahi

    Notable Films:
    - Closed Curtain
    - This is Not a Film
    - The White Balloon

  • A Woman Under the Influence

    A Woman Under the Influence

    ★★★★

    John Cassavetes

    Notable Films:
    - A Woman Under the Influence
    - The Killing of a Chinese Bookies
    - Shadows

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  • Rosemary's Baby

    Rosemary's Baby

    ★★★★

    Roman Polanski

    Notable Films:
    - Rosemary's Baby
    - Chinatown
    - The Pianist

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  • The Leopard

    The Leopard

    ★★★

    Luchino Visconti

    Notable Films:
    - The Leopard
    - Rocco and His Brothers
    - Death in Venice

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  • Apocalypse Now

    Apocalypse Now

    ★★★★★

    Francis Ford Coppola

    Notable Films:
    - Apocalypse Now
    - The Godfather
    - The Conversation

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  • 12 Angry Men

    12 Angry Men

    ★★★★★

    Sidney Lumet

    Notable Films:
    - 12 Angry Men
    - Dog Day Afternoon
    - Network

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  • To Be or Not to Be

    To Be or Not to Be

    Ernst Lubitsch

    Notable Films:
    - To Be or Not To Be
    - The Shop Around the Corner
    - Trouble In Paradise

  • The Rules of the Game

    The Rules of the Game

    Jean Renoir

    Notable Films:
    - The Rules of the Game
    - Grand Illusion
    - The River

  • Pather Panchali

    Pather Panchali

    ★★★★

    Satyajit Ray

    Notable Films:
    - Pather Panchali
    - The Music Room
    - The World of Apu

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  • Once Upon a Time in Anatolia

    Once Upon a Time in Anatolia

    Nuri Bilge Ceylan

    Notable Films:
    - Once Upon a Time in Anatolia
    - Winter Sleep
    - Three Monkeys

  • Camille Claudel, 1915

    Camille Claudel, 1915

    Bruno Dumont

    Notable Films:
    - Camille Claudel 1915
    - Li'l Quinquin
    - Outside Satan

  • Beau Travail

    Beau Travail

    Claire Denis

    Notable Films:
    - Beau Travail
    - Bastards
    - White Material

  • Like Father, Like Son

    Like Father, Like Son

    ★★★★★

    Hirokazu Koreeda

    Notable Films:
    - Like Father, Like Son
    - Still Walking
    - Nobody Knows

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