How do I Criterion?

This is a list of 25 films that effectively represent a different key corner of the Criterion Collection. This is intended for someone who is already familiar with some films in the Collection and has a rough idea of what Criterion is, but is interested in learning more and expanding their focus. Keep in mind, these are not the 25 "best" films on Criterion, just films that give a good overview of what Criterion is about and what types of movies they decide to release.

For this list, I'm focusing on films that are not out of print and are available on blu-ray.

This list was created for the Criterion Considered Facebook group.

Other lists in this guide:

DVD-only Titles Worth Buying
Titles to wait on for upgrades.
100 Must-See Films on FilmStruck
Likely Upcoming Criterion Disc Releases

Read notes
  • M
  • Modern Times
  • The Rules of the Game
  • Sullivan's Travels
  • The Red Shoes
  • Bicycle Thieves
  • Late Spring
  • Seven Samurai
  • Pather Panchali
  • Rififi
  • The 400 Blows
  • Breathless
  • 8½
  • Persona
  • PlayTime
  • Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom
  • Nashville
  • Grey Gardens
  • House
  • Brazil
  • Wings of Desire
  • My Own Private Idaho
  • In the Mood for Love
  • The Royal Tenenbaums
  • Fish Tank