- Eyes Wide Shut (1999) .. Stanley Kubrick
- Mulholland Dr. (2001) .. David Lynch
- The Killing (1956) .. Stanley Kubrick
- Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004) .. Michel Gondry
- Shadow of a Doubt (1943) .. Alfred Hitchcock
- In the Mood for Love (2000) .. Wong Kar Wai
- The Thin Red Line (1998) .. Terrence Malick
- Two-Lane Blacktop (1971) .. Monte Hellman
- F for Fake (1974) .. Orson Welles
- Pickup on South Street (1953) .. Samuel Fuller
- The King of Comedy (1982) .. Martin Scorsese
- Groundhog Day (1993) .. Harold Ramis
- Laura (1944) .. Otto Preminger
- Cat People (1942) .. Jacques Tourneur
- The Long Goodbye (1973) .. Robert Altman
- Ace in the Hole (1951) .. Billy Wilder
- Suspiria (1977) .. Dario Argento
- Eraserhead (1977) .. David Lynch
- Punch-Drunk Love (2002) .. Paul Thomas Anderson
- Gun Crazy (1950) .. Joseph H. Lewis
- The Tenant (1976) .. Roman Polanski
- Marnie (1964) .. Alfred Hitchcock
- This Is Spinal Tap (1984) .. Rob Reiner
- Detour (1945) .. Edgar G. Ulmer
- Faust (1926) .. F.W. Murnau
- Eyes Without a Face (1960) .. Georges Franju
- The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser (1974) .. Werner Herzog
- A Hard Day's Night (1964) .. Richard Lester
- Miller's Crossing (1990) .. The Coen Brothers
- Jackie Brown (1997) .. Quentin Tarantino
- Magnolia (1999) .. Paul Thomas Anderson
- Memento (2000) .. Christopher Nolan
- The Green Ray (1986) .. Eric Rohmer
- Werckmeister Harmonies (2000) .. Tarr Béla
- I Know Where I'm Going! (1945) .. Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger
- Faces (1968) .. John Cassavetes
- The Army in the Shadows (1969) .. Jean-Pierre Melville
- The Innocents (1961) .. Jack Clayton
- Hannah and Her Sisters (1986) .. Woody Allen
- All the President's Men (1976) .. Alan J. Pakula
- Ed Wood (1994) .. Tim Burton
- Being John Malkovich (1999) .. Spike Jonze
- Make Way for Tomorrow (1937) .. Leo McCarey
- The Criminal Life of Archibaldo de la Cruz (1955) .. Luis Buñuel
- Alice in the Cities (1974) .. Wim Wenders
- Killer of Sheep (1977) .. Charles Burnett
- A Blonde in Love (1965) .. Milos Forman
- I Walked with a Zombie (1943) .. Jacques Tourneur
- Stranger Than Paradise (1984) .. Jim Jarmusch
- Love and Death (1975) .. Woody Allen
- Dead Ringers (1988) .. David Cronenberg
- Last Tango in Paris (1972) .. Bernardo Bertolucci
- Videodrome (1983) .. David Cronenberg
- Breaking the Waves (1996) .. Lars von Trier
- Grave of the Fireflies (1988) .. Takahata Isao
- Mad Max 2 (1981) .. George Miller
- The Big Lebowski (1998) .. The Coen Brothers
- Edvard Munch (1974) .. Peter Watkins
- When a Woman Ascends the Stairs (1960) .. Naruse Mikio
- The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant (1972) .. Rainer Werner Fassbinder
- Beau Travail (1999) .. Claire Denis
- Branded to Kill (1967) .. Suzuki Seijun
- The Black Cat (1934) .. Edgar G. Ulmer
- Theorem (1968) .. Pier Paolo Pasolini
- Cure (1997) .. Kurosawa Kiyoshi
- The Red Desert (1964) .. Michelangelo Antonioni
- Only Angels Have Wings (1939) .. Howard Hawks
- Nostalgia (1983) .. Andrei Tarkovsky
- Seconds (1966) .. John Frankenheimer
- Monsieur Verdoux (1947) .. Charles Chaplin
- Le Cercle Rouge (1970) .. Jean-Pierre Melville
- Bande à Part (1964) .. Jean-Luc Godard
- High and Low (1963) .. Kurosawa Akira
- The Lady from Shanghai (1947) .. Orson Welles
- Les Diaboliques (1955) .. Henri-Georges Clouzot
- Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966) .. Mike Nichols
- The 39 Steps (1935) .. Alfred Hitchcock
- The Player (1992) .. Robert Altman
- My Neighbour Totoro (1988) .. Miyazaki Hayao
- Rope (1948) .. Alfred Hitchcock
- Talk to Her (2002) .. Pedro Almodóvar
- Before Sunrise (1995) .. Richard Linklater
- Lost Highway (1997) .. David Lynch
- Halloween (1978) .. John Carpenter
- Starship Troopers (1997) .. Paul Verhoeven
- An Autumn Afternoon (1962) .. Ozu Yasujiro
- La Belle Noiseuse (1991) .. Jacques Rivette
- Shock Corridor (1963) .. Samuel Fuller
- Written on the Wind (1956) .. Douglas Sirk
- 3 Women (1977) .. Robert Altman
- The Band Wagon (1953) .. Vincente Minnelli
- Scenes from a Marriage (1973) .. Ingmar Bergman
- The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957) .. Jack Arnold
- Night and Fog (1955) .. Alain Resnais
- Shoot the Pianist (1960) .. François Truffaut
- Point Blank (1967) .. John Boorman
- The Big Heat (1953) .. Fritz Lang
- Top Hat (1935) .. Mark Sandrich
- Walkabout (1971) .. Nicolas Roeg
- Stardust Memories (1980) .. Woody Allen
100 Films Beyond the Canon
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A fairly predictable list but a pretty great one all the same. Congratulations Iain for all the hard work you have put in.
Congrats, Iain! I am very happy to see Malick's THE THIN RED LINE ranking so high. Also, it's kind of reassuring to know I wasn't the *only* freak to champion Resnais' SMOKING / NO SMOKING!
Thanks for all the hard work, Iain. Rankings aside, it's a very nice list. I've seen all but three. There are several films on the list I can't stand but I can see why they're loved by others at least. The one real head scratcher is The Incredible Shrinking Man, which is not a bad movie but I don't know what exactly recommends it either. And there it sits next to The Band Wagon, Scenes from a Marriage, Night and Fog, and Shoot the Piano Player, all solid canon films. I do wonder if these latter films along with High and Low fell so low on the list because some people just assumed they wouldn't count as beyond the canon?
There are many great films here. But as it is the films here are sort of the less talked about films by the most successful and most praised filmmakers. I would have liked to see more from off the beaten path. Such as the films in the 'Further Beyond the Canon' list.
It seems to me if you want to start a real new canon you have to eliminate the most well known filmmakers. I mean Godard, Scorsese, Kubrick, Truffaut and Wilder are all so well known that even their lesser known films still have signs [themes, structures, visual cues] of their other films and therefore the inclusion of their lesser known films doesn't much change our view of film history. Especially if you subscribe to the Auteur theory. Breathless is a landmark film but most anyone can tell that Band of Outsiders is made by the same filmmaker.
I would say films beyond the canon would be covering filmmakers who have no films in the current canon. And therefore opening up whole new filmmaking channels to explore.
Just my 2 cents.
Also note that Rohmer's The Green Ray makes both lists.
Frankly I'm just happy to see the Long Goodbye in the top 20. One of my all time favourites
Thanks Iain for conceiving of and doing the heavy lifting on a real cool project. The results do constitute food for thought about what lies 'beyond' the canon, though for my part (having voted for 'The Killing' and a couple Scoreseses myself) the objection probably lies less with a Kubrick film coming in first than with which Kubrick film. Any misgivings I might have about the predominance of big names is wiped out by the delightful surprise of 'F for Fake' making the top 10, which fills me with warm fuzzies.
Happy to see my two favorite films at #1 Eyes Wide Shut and #7 The Thin Red Line not to mention F For Fake, The Killing, Punch-Drunk Love,Magnolia,Lady From Shanghai etc etc etc!
I like to think of myself a huge movie buff. Eyes wide shut as number one is interesting because of the long single shot around the mansion.
But to exclude fight club from this list seems kind of cheap. When yuo have films lik e The Big Labouski and Momento and Eternal Sunshine it seems like it would have fit into this list somewhere. I mean Groundhog Day is number 12. ( best time travel movie ever, which there lacks)
Sad to see Punch-Drunk Love is better then Fight Club.
Great job, Iain! lotta work put into this.. as usual, I see some I love, some I just don't get.. (Shrinking Man, Punch Drunk Love) - but glad to see Hannah, Eternal Sunshine, Fight Club, Being John, Groundhog Day, Memento, others that did make it..
I've done my own "Top Ranked 1000" films based on all the surveys I could find on the net, incl. the "They SHoot Horses" one.. I weighted lists heavier that included more voters.. the results were predictable (Godfather is #1) but also surprising (Star Wars is #4, Kane #5)..
mine is visible at:
I will try to update it annually as the IMDB 250 changes constantly, one list I used since it includes over 100,000 fan voters. on that list, City of God is very high now (12-15) and Memento (25-30)..
Great stuff.. more films to see!!
Lawrence "Jose" Sinclair
Worlds Best Films dude, also
http://1000dvds.blogspot.com (indiv. film reviews, hoping to get to 1000 one day, around 500 now)
The fact that "The Big Lebowski" didn't make this list and "Starship Troopers" is even included is a travesty. Interesting list with some good picks, but ... this Dude does not abide.
Starship Troopers and Mad Max 2? Seriously? No Fight Club or Big Lebowski? Very sad. Im only giving Halloween the benefit of the doubt because is was a genre changing film but in my personal opinion still pretty lame.
I suppose that none of these films are really beyond the canon.
If I were making my list today, I would make a number of changes.
The Big Lebowski is at #57 for the two knuckleheads that complained it was left off ;o). Great list!!
Well, this is a list of someone who understands about cinema.
Of course, you can't please all tastes. For example, I think this list lacks movies from my favorite director, Akira Kurosawa.
Even so, it's impossible to deny your opinion is very well constructed. Nice work here.
Oh my GOD, thank for putting "Eyes Wide Shut" at #1!! That's my favorite film of all time! My God my god, MY GOD, yes! The other gems in the Top 10: "Mulholland Dr.", "The Killing", "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind", and "The Thin Red Line." I think I see more favorites on this list than I see on most canon lists.
Commendable list. Many of these, while not your typical AFI top 10, are still "Canon"...i wouldn't be surprised to find any of your Hitchcock entires, In the Mood For Love, Memento, or Eternal Sunshine on any "Greatest" list. Perhaps a "New Canon"?
However, on that note, Thank you, THANK YOU for listing these underratted gems:
And if I may offer my own...Wonder Boys (dir. Curtis Hanson)..a film that becomes more personal and truthful for me everyday
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