University of Vermont

The College of Arts and Sciences

Film and Television Studies

100 Top Films

The films listed here are ones that the FTS professors feel every FTS major should have seen by the time they graduate.

Each film is representative of a movement or a director, and we encourage you to see far more than one film in these areas. Each film on this list is equally important to have seen (the first as important as the 100th).

  1. Citizen Kane (Orson Welles, 1941, DVD 1342)
  2. Battleship Potemkin (Sergei Eisenstein, 1925, DVD 5161)
  3. Tokyo Story (Yasujiro Ozu, 1953, DVD 3386)
  4. Bicycle Thieves (Vittorio de Sica, 1948, DVD 684)
  5. Singin’ in the Rain (Stanley Donen/Gene Kelly, 1951, DVD 1834)
  6. The Conversation (Francis Ford Coppola, 1974, DVD 2028)
  7. Last Year at Marienbad (Alain Resnais, 1961, DVD 732)
  8. Do The Right Thing (Spike Lee, 1989, DVD 174)
  9. Seven Samurai (Akira Kurosawa, 1954, DVD 6)
  10. Cleo from 5 to 7 (Angès Varda, 1962, DVD 763)
  11. Time (Ki-Duk Kim, 2006)
  12. City Lights (Charlie Chaplin, 1931, DVD 5690)
  13. Vertigo (Alfred Hitchcock, 1958, DVD 3047)
  14. The Searchers (John Ford, 1956, DVD 4622)
  15. A Taste of Cherry (Abbas Kiarostami, 1997, DVD 692)
  16. Man with a Movie Camera (Dziga Vertov, 1929, DVD 722)
  17. Contempt (Jean-Luc Godard, 1963, DVD 2225)
  18. Nanook of the North (Robert Flaherty, 1922, DVD 325)
  19. The Passion of Joan of Arc (Carl Dreyer, 1927, DVD 38)
  20. L’Avventura (Michelangelo Antonioni, 1960, DVD 1596)
  21. To Be Or Not To Bev (Ernst Lubitsch, 1942, DVD 8663)
  22. Dr. Strangelove (Stanley Kubrick, 1964, DVD 1522)
  23. Breathless (Jean-Luc Godard, 1961, DVD 5333)
  24. Night and Fog (Alain Resnais, 1955, DVD 1802)
  25. Double Indemnity (Billy Wilder, 1948, DVD 4498)
  26. Psycho (Alfred Hitchcock, 1960, DVD 931)
  27. Ali: Fear Eats the Soul (Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1974, DVD 2221)
  28. The General (Buster Keaton, 1927, DVD 924)
  29. All That Heaven Allows (Douglas Sirk, 1955, DVD 1587)
  30. Fitzcarraldo (Werner Herzog, 1982, DVD 1064)
  31. The Rules of the Game (Jean Renoir, 1939, DVD 3351)
  32. Metropolis (Fritz Lang, 1927, DVD 3752)
  33. The Third Man (Carol Reed, 1949, DVD 563)
  34. The Five Obstructions (Lars Von Trier, 2004, DVD 2847)
  35. Sunrise (F. W. Murnau, 1927, DVD 5444)
  36. Touch of Evil (Orson Welles, 1958, DVD 1344)
  37. Code Unknown (Michael Haneke, 2000, DVD 4810)
  38. Sans Soleil (Chris Marker, 1983, DVD 5143)
  39. Ugetsu (Kenji Mizoguchi, 1953, DVD 4696)
  40. Goodfellas (Martin Scorsese, 1990, DVD 3225)
  41. Fargo (Joel and Ethan Coen, 1996, DVD 611)
  42. Mulholland Drive (David Lynch, 2001, DVD 1534)
  43. The Mirror (Andrei Tarkovsky, 1974, DVD 1310)
  44. Ashes of Time (Wong Kar-Wai, 1994, DVD 778)
  45. Olympia (Leni Riefenstahl, 1938, DVD 6287)
  46. Bamboozled (Spike Lee, 2000, DVD 1127)
  47. Band of Outsiders (Jean-Luc Godard, 1964, DVD 1743)
  48. L’Atalante (Jean Vigo, 1934, DVD 1981)
  49. The Godfather, Part I (Francis Ford Coppola, 1972, DVD 1155)
  50. Chocolat (Claire Denis, 2000, DVD 4467)
  51. Sleeping Beauty (Clyde Geronimi, 1959, DVD 2569)
  52. Holy Smokev (Jane Campion, 2000, DVD 1233)
  53. Battle of Algiers (Gillo Pontecorvo, 1966, DVD 2763)
  54. Talk to Her (Pedro Almodovar, 2002, DVD 1829)
  55. What Time Is It There? (Ming-liang Tsai, 2001, DVD 4806)
  56. The Conformist (Bernardo Bertolucci, 1970, DVD 5437)
  57. Seven Beauties (Lina Wertmuller, 1975, DVD 4550)
  58. His Girl Friday (Howard Hawks, 1940, DVD 248)
  59. Le Samourai (Jean-Pierre Melville, 1967, DVD 4572)
  60. 8 1/2 (Federico Fellini, 1963, DVD 1601)
  61. Lawrence of Arabia (David Lean, 1962, DVD 2105)
  62. Raging Bull (Martin Scorsese, 1980, DVD 475)
  63. Rashomon (Akira Kurosawa, 1958, DVD 1684)
  64. It Happened One Night (Frank Capra, 1934, DVD 1854)
  65. Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles (Chantal Akerman, 1975, DVD 6717)
  66. Ten (Abbas Kiarostami, 2002, DVD 3837)
  67. The Gleaners and I (Agnes Varda, 2002, DVD 1448)
  68. 2001: A Space Odyssey (Stanley Kubrick, 1968, DVD 49)
  69. Alien (Ridley Scott, 1979, DVD 40)
  70. Beau Travail (Claire Denis, 1999, DVD 1390)
  71. Spirited Away (Hayao Miyazaki, 2001, DVD 1773)
  72. Memories of Underdevelopment (Tomás Gutiérrez Alea, 1968)
  73. Still Life (Zhang Ke Jia, 2006)
  74. Harlan County U.S.A. (Barbara Kopple, 1976)
  75. Bowling for Columbine (Michale Moore, 2002, DVD 1526)
  76. In a Year of Thirteen Moons (Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1978, DVD 4588)
  77. Germany Year Zero (Roberto Rossellini, 1948, DVD 7234)
  78. Blowup (Michelangelo Antonioni, 1966, DVD 2633)
  79. The Dante Quartet (Stan Brakhage, 1987, DVD 1984)
  80. The Thin Blue Line (Errol Morris, 1988, DVD 3848)
  81. Black Girl (Ousmane Sembène, 1966, DVD 5349)
  82. 71 Fragments of a Chronology of Chance (Michael Haneke, 1994, DVD 5505)
  83. Rio Bravo (Howard Hawks, 1959, DVD 1520)
  84. Strike (Sergei Eisenstein, 1925, DVD 2816)
  85. The Insider (Michael Mann, 1999, DVD 256)
  86. The Piano (Jane Campion, 1993, DVD 524)
  87. When We Were Kings (Leon Gast, 1996, DVD 590)
  88. Sherlock, Jr. (Buster Keaton, 1924, DVD 5277)
  89. Persona (Ingmar Bergman, 1966, DVD 3630)
  90. Romancev (Katherine Breillat, 1999)
  91. Trois Couleurs: Blue (Kieslowski 1993, DVD 2077)
  92. Pather Panchali (Satyajit Ray, 1955, DVD 2724)
  93. Within Our Gates (Oscar Micheaux, 1919, DVD 1266)
  94. Annie Hall (Woody Allen, 1977, DVD 1511)
  95. Fight Club (David Fincher, 1999, DVD 977)
  96. Lost in Translation (Sophia Coppola, 2003, DVD 3004)
  97. Short Cuts (Robert Altman, 1993, DVD 3431)
  98. Wings of Desire (Wim Wenders, 1987, DVD 1785)
  99. Silverlake Life (Tom Joslin, 1993, DVD 2418)
  100. Don’t Look Back (D. A. Pennebaker, 1967, DVD 2117)
  101. Daughters of the Dust (Julie Dash, 1991, DVD 1223)
  102. Birth of a Nation (D. W. Griffith, 1915, DVD 1205)

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