1910s (one per director)
Cabiria (1914: Giovanni Pastrone)
Intolerance (1916: D.W. Griffith)
One A.M. (1916: Charles Chaplin)
The Cook (1918: Roscoe Arbuckle)
South (1919: Frank Hurley)
--- (work in progress)1920s (one per director)
Sherlock Jr. (1924: Buster Keaton) – Could be replaced with The General. If I didn't limit this to one per director the whole thing would be Keaton, Chaplin and Lloyd related movies.
Passion of Joan of Arc (1928: Carl Dreyer) -- What's with the glasses?
Battleship Potemkin (1925: Sergei M. Eisenstein) – Have seen several times and always enjoy.
The Freshman (1925: Fred C. Newmeyer, Sam Taylor)
The Gold Rush (1925: Charles Chaplin) – Slightly better the than underrated The Circus
Sunrise (1927: F.W. Murnau)
Speedy (1928: Ted Wilde) -- A bit of a cheat
The Unknown (1927: Tod Browning) – Watch The Penalty (1920) after this
The Man Who Laughs (1928: Paul Leni) – I wasn't laughing
Metropolis (1927: Fritz Lang)
And a couple of others that I also love
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920: Robert Wiene)
Un Chien Andalou (1929: Luis Bunuel)
The Last Command (1928: Josef von Sternberg) 1930s (one per director):
Bride of Frankenstein (1935: James Whale)
Les misérables (1934: Raymond Bernard)
M (1931: Fritz Lang)
Modern Times (1936: Charlie Chaplin)
Grand Illusion (1938: Jean Renoir)
The Lady Vanishes (1938: Alfred Hitchcock)
A Night at the Opera (1935: Sam Wood)
Wizard of Oz (1939: Victor Fleming)
Duck Soup (1933: Leo McCarey)
Public Enemy (1931: William A. Wellman)
A few more:
Borderline (1930: Kenneth MacPherson)
Sang d'un poète, Le (1930: Jean Cocteau)
Mr. Thank You (1936: Hiroshi Shimizu)
Gunga Din (1939: George Stevens)
The Devil is A Woman (1935: Josef Von Sternberg)
The Only Son (1936: Yasuijiro Ozu)
Stagecoach (1939: John Ford) 1940s (one per director):
Maltese Falcon (1941: John Huston)
Le Corbeau (1943: Henri-Georges Clouzot)
Notorious (1946: Alfred Hitchcock)
Late Spring (1949: Yasujiro Ozu)
It's a Wonderful Life (1946: Frank Capra)
The Third Man (1949: Carol Reed)
Bicycle Thieves (1948: Vittorio De Sica)
Les Dames Du Bois De Boulogne (1945: Robert Bresson)
Citizen Kane (1941: Orson Welles)
Casablanca (1942: Michael Curtiz)
A few more (took a couple off here; had too many listed; I like too many 40s films):
Stray Dog (1949: Akira Kurosawa)
Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949: Robert Hamer)
Heaven Can Wait (1943: Ernst Lubitsch)
Orpheus (1949: Jean Cocteau)
Double Indemnity (1944: Billy Wilder)
Laura (1944: Otto Preminger) 1950s (one per director):
Sunset Boulevard (1950: Billy Wilder) -- I love Stalag 17 also
Umberto D. (1952: Vittorio De Sica)
Tokyo Story (1953: Yasujiro Ozu) -- so many great Ozu 50s films
Pickpocket(1959: Robert Bresson)
Ashes and Diamonds(1958: Andrzej Wajda) -- Kanal could have been here
Seventh Seal (1957: Ingmar Bergman)
Ikiru(1952: Akira Kurosawa) -- also hard to pick
M. Hulot's Holiday(1953: Jacques Tati) -- I just watched Mon Oncle and loved that; too recent to put on list
Ben-Hur (1959: Joseph L. Mankiewicz)
A few more (I also had to remove a few from here)
Singing in the Rain (1952 : Stanley Donen) -- one of my favorite musicals
All About Eve(1950: Joseph L. Mankiewicz)
Forbidden Games(1952: René Clément)
Touch of Evil(1958: Orson Welles)
Rear Window (1954 : Alfred Hitchcock)1960s (one per director):
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968: Stanley Kubrick) -- I think I have seen this over 30 times .
I Fidanzati (1962: Ermanno Olmi) -- One of the most poignant stories on long distance relationships when distance was much more of a factor than today.
Lawrence of Arabia (1962: Lean) -- A fascinating epic on the life of TE Lawrence. I would love to see this 70mm film in the theater.
The Good, The Bad and The Ugly (1966: Sergio Leone) -- probably my favorite western of all time.
Mouchette (1967: Robert Bresson) -- Depressing yes, but very well made.
Winter Light (1962: Ingmar Bergman) -- Gunnar Björnstrand gives an intellectual sublime existentialist performance.
8 ½ (1963: Federico Fellini) -- More interesting after watching several times.
Yojimbo (1961: Akira Kurosawa) -- one of my favorite action films of all time. Definitely my favorite chambara film.
Andrei Rublev (1969: Andrei Tarkovsky) -- Beautiful enigmatic film.
The Leopard (1963: Luchino Visconti) -- Lancaster's best role.
A few more I love:
Wild Bunch (1969: Sam Peckinpah) -- slightly dated and copied to death, but quite fun.
Harakiri (1962: Kobayashi) -- Tatsuya Nakadai is one of the most underrated of Japanese actors.
My Night at Maude's (1969: Eric Rohmer) -- The Rohmer film I connected with the most. Not sure why .
The Battle of Algiers (1966: Gillo Pontecorvo) -- great editing, great use of "non-actors", great movie.
Woman in the Dunes (1964: Hiroshi Teshigahara)1970s (one per director)
Being There (1979: Hal Ashby): One of Peter Sellers best performances; Ashby did such great work in the 70s.
The Conversation (1974: Francis Ford Coppola): Harry Caul is one of those great tragic figures in cinema. Of course I love Godfather I & II also
Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972: Luis Buñuel): When can I eat?
Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975: Terry Gilliam/Terry Jones): Turned me into a newt.
Aguirre, Wrath of God (1972: Werner Herzog)
The Pink Panther Strikes Again (1976: Blake Edwards): Personally one of my favorite comedies of all time.
Sleeper (1973: Woody Allen): yeah, yeah I should pick Annie Hall, but I have to go with my personal opinion.
Taxi Driver (1976: Martin Scorsese): Clean just like my conscious.
Young Frankenstein (1974: Mel Brooks): This or Blazing Saddles both are great.
Drunken Master (1978: Yuen Woo-ping): The most important Kung Fu comedy in Hong Kong's history. Also some great entertainment.
Others that I love: Cercle rouge, Le (1970), One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975: Milos Forman), 36th Chamber of Shaolin (1978), Spirit of the Beehive (1973), Patton (1970: Franklin J. Schnaffner) -- of course this could go on1980s (one per director)
The Blues Brothers (1980: John Landis): Two of the greatest car chases ever in cinema.
Evil Dead II (1987: Sam Raimi): A farewell to arms.
Platoon (1986: Oliver Stone): Probably my favorite Oliver Stone directed film.
Grave of the Fireflies (1988: Isao Takahata): One of the most moving films.
Ran (1985: Akira Kurosawa): My favorite Shakespeare adaptation.Police Story
(1985: Jackie Chan): Glass Story
The Killer (1989: John Woo): The quintessential example of Heroic Bloodshed from the disciples of Chang Cheh.
Brazil (1985: Terry Gilliam): One of the great anti-bureaucracy tales.
A Christmas Story (1983: Bob Clark): I have seen countless times.
Princess Bride (1987: Rob Reiner): Have fun storming the castle.
Other films that I could interchange with my top 10:
Pee Wee's Big Adventure (1985: Tim Burton), My Dinner With Andre (1981: Louis Malle), Do The Right Thing (1989: Spike Lee), The Big Red One (1980: Samuel Fuller), Star Trek IV (1986: Leonard Nimoy), Angel Heart (1987: Alan Parker), My Neighbor Totoro (1988: Hayao Miyazaki), Three O'Clock High (1987: Phil Joanou), Fitzcarraldo (1982: Werner Herzog)1990s (one per director)
Crumb (1994: Terry Zwigoff): You did what with that string?
Dark City (1998: Alex Proyas): Beautifully directed sci-fi neo-noir.
Farewell my Concubine (1993: Chen Kaige): Leslie Cheung gives one of his best performances.
Fight Club (1999: David Fincher): Tyler Durden became famous.
Hard Boiled (1992: John Woo): The film that got me into HK action cinema.
Hoop Dreams (1994: Steve James): One of my favorite docs of all time.
Raise the Red Lantern (1991: Zhang Yimou) Absolutely stunningly beautiful and moving movie.
The Shawshank Redemption (1994: Frank Darabont):
Army of Darkness (1993: Sam Raimi): Good, bad I'm the one with the gun.
Shower (1999: Zhang Yang): My Review
Other films that I could interchange with my top 10:
Pulp Fiction (1994: Quentin Tarantino), The Mission (1999: Johnnie To), Chungking Express (1994: Wong Kar-wai), Ed Wood (1994: Tim Burton), Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998: Terry Gilliam), King of Masks (1999: Wu Tian-ming), Legend of Drunken Master, The (1994: Liu Chia-liang), Taste of Cherry (1997: Abbas Kiarostami), Princess Mononoke (1997: Hayao Miyazaki), The Odd One Dies (1997: Patrick Yau Tat-chi), Center Stage (1992: Stanley Kwan)
Edited by masterofoneinchpunch, 06 May 2011 - 11:51 AM.
Added one for 1910s