Jonathan Rosenbaum's 1000 Essential Films

From his book Essential Cinema.

A huge thanks to everyone who added films, helped me find films with alternate titles, or made me aware of films that were added after I first compiled the list. Over two years later, it's finally complete!

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  • (nostalgia)
  • *Corpus Callosum
  • 11 x 14
  • 12 Angry Men
  • 2 or 3 Things I Know About Her
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • 25th Hour
  • 6ixtynin9
  • 7th Heaven
  • 8½
  • 99 River Street
  • A Brighter Summer Day
  • A City of Sadness
  • A Corner in Wheat
  • A Great Day in Harlem
  • A Hard Day's Night
  • A Hen in the Wind
  • A King in New York
  • A Man Escaped
  • A Matter of Life and Death
  • A New Leaf
  • A Page of Madness
  • A Simple Story
  • A Spy in the House that Ruth Built
  • A Star Is Born
  • A Streetcar Named Desire
  • A Tale of the Wind
  • A Time for Dying
  • A Time to Live, a Time to Die
  • A Time to Love and a Time to Die
  • A Western
  • A Wife Confesses
  • A Woman Under the Influence
  • A.I. Artificial Intelligence
  • Accattone
  • Ace in the Hole
  • Adam's Rib
  • Adieu Philippine
  • Adynata
  • Aerograd
  • Aguirre: The Wrath of God
  • Pathetic Fallacy
  • Alexander Nevsky
  • Alice in Wonderland
  • Alice in the Cities
  • All About Eve
  • All Quiet on the Western Front
  • All That Jazz
  • All the World's Memory
  • Autumn Almanac
  • Alone. Life Wastes Andy Hardy
  • Alphaville
  • An Actor's Revenge
  • An Affair to Remember
  • Anatahan
  • Anatomy of a Murder
  • Anatomy of a Relationship
  • Andrei Rublev
  • Angel Face
  • Angele
  • Annie Get Your Gun
  • Annie Hall
  • Anxiety
  • Aparajito
  • Apocalypse Now
  • Archangel
  • Arsenal
  • Artists and Models
  • Ashes and Diamonds
  • Ashes of Time
  • At 3:25
  • At Land
  • Atlantic City
  • Au Hasard Balthazar
  • Avanti!
  • Baby Doll
  • Back and Forth
  • Bad Day at Black Rock
  • Bad Luck Blackie
  • Badlands
  • Ballet Mécanique
  • Band of Outsiders
  • Barrabas
  • Barres
  • Barry Lyndon
  • Basic Instinct
  • Battleship Potemkin
  • Beau Travail
  • Beauty and the Beast
  • Before Sunrise
  • Before the Revolution
  • Begone Dull Care
  • Belle de Jour
  • Bellissima
  • Bells Are Ringing
  • Beneath the Valley of the Ultra-Vixens
  • Benilde or The Virgin Mother
  • Besieged
  • Bhowani Junction
  • Bicycle Thieves