1. Andrei Rublev (1966)
    Russian film considered one of the greatest of all time. Andrei Rublev details the life of the iconic 15th-century painter in a time of moral upheaval and testing times that ultimately led to Tsardom in Russia.
  2. Persona (1966)
    Ingmar Bergman was the leading auteur in cinema, which actually meant that what the Swede said, the Swede often saw. But perhaps his greatest vision to be realised on the big screen was that of Persona, his 1966 showpiece in modernist horror which would go on to influence a plethora of contemporary directors, including Woody Allen and DavId Fincher
  3. Raging Bull (1980)
    Considered Martin Scorsese's masterpiece, his 1980 biopic of the former middleweight boxing champion, Jake LaMotta, garnered reviews of the highest orders and in doing so cemented Mardy's status as a true icon in cinematic direction.
  4. Breathless (1960)
    The plot is rather bittersweet and centers around a Humphrey Bogart-obsessed criminal on the run from the police after shooting a policeman. But it's when he's on the run that he falls in love with an aspiring American journalist, and without giving any spoilers away, the film's ending certainly lives up to its name.
  5. Vertigo (1958)
    In fact, it's a film so profoundly admired by critics and movie buffs that even the man himself, in an interview with the respected French film critic, François Truffaut, admitted to it being his favorite movie.
  6. The Godfather (1972)
  7. The Godfather II (1972)
  8. Apocalypse Now (1979)
    After The Godfather had reached critical and commercial success of unprecedented proportions, Brando and Coppola teamed up again for the epic Vietnam war movie, 'Apocalypse Now.' Nihilistic, gritty, raw and ambitious, Apocalypse Now is now rated by many as the greatest war movie of all time.
  9. Tokyo Story (1953)
    Indeed, Tokyo Story is so respected among film critics that the late Roger Ebert- perhaps the 'greatest critic of all time- chronicled Tokyo Story in his famed series of great movies. If that wasn't high praise, the classic also holds a 100% score on Rotten Tomatoes. For those unfamiliar with Ozu's work, the film is like many of his others in that it deals with the themes of family relationships and the changing societies to which each generation adapts their life.
  10. The 400 Blows
    François Truffaut’s first feature is also his most personal. Told through the eyes of Truffaut’s cinematic counterpart, Antoine Doinel (Jean-Pierre Léaud), The 400 Blows sensitively re-creates the trials of Truffaut’s own childhood, unsentimentally portraying aloof parents, oppressive teachers, and petty crime. The film marked Truffaut’s passage from leading critic to trailblazing auteur of the French New Wave.
  11. Rashomon
    A riveting psychological thriller that investigates the nature of truth and the meaning of justice, Rashomon is widely considered one of the greatest films ever made. Four people give different accounts of a man’s murder and the rape of his wife, which director Akira Kurosawa presents with striking imagery and an ingenious use of flashbacks. This revolutionized film language and introduced Japanese cinema.
  12. Seven Samurai
    One of the most thrilling movie epics of all time, Seven Samurai (Shichinin no samurai) tells the story of a sixteenth-century village whose desperate inhabitants hire the eponymous warriors to protect them from invading bandits. This three-hour ride from Akira Kurosawa—featuring legendary actors Toshiro Mifune and Takashi Shimura—seamlessly weaves philosophy and entertainment, delicate human emotions and relentless action, into a rich, evocative, and unforgettable tale of courage and hope.
  13. The Seventh Seal
    Disillusioned and exhausted after a decade of battling in the Crusades, a knight (Max von Sydow) encounters Death on a desolate beach and challenges him to a fateful game of chess. Much studied, imitated, even parodied, but never outdone, Bergman’s stunning allegory of man’s search for meaning, The Seventh Seal (Det sjunde inseglet), was one of the benchmark foreign imports of America’s 1950s art-house heyday, pushing cinema’s boundaries and ushering in a new era of moviegoing.
  14. Sullivan's Travels
    Tired of churning out lightweight comedies, Hollywood director John L. Sullivan (Joel McCrea) decides to make O Brother, Where Art Thou?—a serious, socially responsible film about human suffering. After his producers point out that he knows nothing of hardship, Sullivan hits the road disguised as a hobo. En route to enlightenment, he encounters a lovely but no-nonsense young woman (Veronica Lake)—and more trouble than he ever dreamed of.
  15. Wild Strawberries
    Traveling to accept an honorary degree, Professor Isak Borg—masterfully played by veteran director Victor Sjöström—is forced to face his past, come to terms with his faults, and make peace with the inevitability of his approaching death. Through flashbacks and fantasies, dreams and nightmares, Wild Strawberries dramatizes one man’s remarkable voyage of self-discovery. This richly humane masterpiece, full of iconic imagery, is a treasure from the golden age of art-house cinema.
  16. F for Fake
    Trickery. Deceit. Magic. In F for Fake, a free-form sort-of documentary by Orson Welles, the legendary filmmaker (and self-described charlatan) gleefully reengages with the central preoccupation of his career: the tenuous lines between illusion and truth, art and lies.
  17. The Player
    A Hollywood studio executive with a shaky moral compass (Tim Robbins) finds himself caught up in a criminal situation that would be right at home in one of his movie projects, in this biting industry satire from Robert Altman. Mixing elements of film noir with sly insider comedy,
  18. The Spy Who Came In from the Cold
    The acclaimed, best-selling novel by John le Carré, about a Cold War spy on one final dangerous mission in East Germany, is transmuted by director Martin Ritt into a film every bit as precise and ruthless as the book. Richard Burton is superb as Alec Leamas, whose relationship with the beautiful librarian Nan, played by Claire Bloom, puts his assignment in jeopardy.
  19. Ikiru
    One of the greatest achievements by Akira Kurosawa, Ikiru shows the director at his most compassionate—affirming life through an explora­tion of death. Takashi Shimura beautifully portrays Kanji Watanabe, an aging bureaucrat with stomach cancer who is impelled to find meaning in his final days. Presented in a radically conceived two­part structure and shot with a perceptive, humanistic clarity of vision, Ikiru is a multifaceted look at what it means to be alive.