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  1. Zero Day

    Like Gus Van Sant's Elephant, this 2002 feature presents a fictionalized version of the Columbine massacre with teenage actors using their own…

  2. Police, Adjective

    Romania's boom in sardonic, minimalist social drama (The Death of Mr. Lazarescu, 4 Months, 3 Weeks & 2 Days) continues with this…

  3. OSS 117: Lost in Rio

    The French spy spoof OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies (2006) managed to revive one of the stalest movie genres through sheer…

  4. One, Two, Three

    James Cagney is the whole dynamic show in this hilarious Billy Wilder satire (1961) on Coca-Cola diplomacy in divided Berlin. The plot…

  5. My Man Godfrey

    Gregory La Cava's improvisational style received its highest critical acclaim for this 1936 film, a marginally Marxist exercise in class confusion during…

  6. Meek's Cutoff

    Imagine a collaboration between John Ford and Wallace Stevens and you might get a sense of what Kelly Reichardt (Wendy and Lucy)…

  7. Judge Priest

    Will Rogers stars in John Ford's 1934 portrait of life in a small town in the old south, one of the most…

  8. The Invisible Man

    James Whale's 1933 film plays more like a British folk comedy than a horror movie; it's full of the same deft character…

  9. Hoop Dreams

    This epic, compulsively watchable 170-minute documentary (1994), about two Chicago inner-city basketball whizzes, William Gates and Arthur Agee, striving to land the…

  10. Queen Kelly

    Erich von Stroheim's 1928 film was the last that he would be allowed to sign, yet it, too, survives only in a…

  11. Restrepo

    Since the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan, 42 American soldiers have been killed in the desolate Korangal Valley, which serves as a relay…

  12. Sacco and Vanzetti

    Peter Miller's concise and thoughtful 2005 documentary reexamines the notorious Sacco and Vanzetti case from the perspective of a post-9/11 world, where…

  13. The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill

    Judy Irving's graceful and laid-back 2003 documentary deals with at least three subjects, separately and in conjunction with one another. One is…

  14. White Material

    In a fictional African country, a helicopter hovers over a French coffee plantation, bringing news to the stubborn white owner (Isabelle Huppert)…

  15. Where the Sidewalk Ends

    The last of Otto Preminger's studio pictures at Fox, this 1950 feature has many of the noirish qualities of Laura and Fallen…

  16. Weekend

    Heading home from a party one Friday night, semicloseted Russell (Tom Cullen) stops off at a gay bar, where he picks up…

  17. Terror in a Texas Town

    This bizarre 1958 western was the last film of one of the great low-budget stylists, Joseph H. Lewis (Gun Crazy, My Name…

  18. Summer Hours

    After the lovely Helene (Edith Scob) dies in her mid-70s, her three grown children (Juliette Binoche, Charles Berling, Jeremie Renier) inherit her…

  19. Steamboat Bill, Jr.

    Buster Keaton's beautiful 1928 comedy equates parental rejection with the most violently destructive forces of nature; behind the elegant slapstick is an…

  20. Sex Is Comedy

    This 2002 provocation from director-writer Catherine Breillat is so perversely enjoyable it gives the lie to her image as a serious, politically…

  21. Helvetica

    This fascinating British documentary by Gary Hustwit uses the 50th anniversary of the Swiss typeface Helvetica to consider a half century of…

  22. Happy Together

    A star vehicle, not only because its leads were two of the hottest stars in Hong Kong cinema (Tony Leung and the…

  23. California Dreamin' (Endless)

    The parenthetical of the Romanian title--California Dreamin' (Nesfarsit)--translates not only as “endless” but as “unfinished,” and given the film's history, both meanings…

  24. Bubble

    The first in a projected series of six low-budget HDV features to be released simultaneously in theaters, on cable, and on DVD,…

  25. The Brown Bunny

    I missed the notorious Cannes premiere, when many critics trashed the film. After that, Vincent Gallo cut his highly self-regarding, handcrafted road…

  26. Bright Leaves

    Apart from the groundbreaking Sherman's March (1986), this is the best entry yet in Ross McElwee's ongoing autobiographical saga: it's funny, profound,…

  27. Bob le Flambeur

    This light, breezy 1955 heist film is probably the least characteristic movie Jean-Pierre Melville ever made. It replaces his sternly fatalistic philosophizing…

  28. The Birth of a Nation

    It might as well be titled “The Birth of the Movies.” D.W. Griffith's 1915 Civil War epic was the first commercially successful…

  29. Alphaville

    The unadorned streets of Paris become Alpha 60, Capital of Pain, in Jean-Luc Godard's smoky, acrid 1965 science fiction film. It's the…

  30. The Camden 28

    Anthony Giacchino's dramatic 2006 documentary revisits the 1971 burglary of a draft office in Camden, New Jersey, by Catholic pacifists protesting the…

  31. Un Chien Andalou

    There's no use explaining this film; it's simply something you have to go and look at and look at again. Audiences have…

  32. Don't Bother to Knock

    Unusually seedy and small-scale for a Fox picture of 1952, this black-and-white thriller is set over one evening exclusively inside a middle-class…

  33. Hadewijch

    The title of this 2009 French drama refers to both the 13th-century Catholic mystic and a doleful 21st-century virgin named after her…

  34. The Golem

    Of the four extant versions of this perennial horror classic, Paul Wegener's 1920 version remains the best. Wegener both directed and stars…

  35. Go West

    Not the best of the Buster Keaton comedies, but one that shows him in a rare display of pure pathos. On his…

  36. The Glass Shield

    The fourth feature (1995) by this country's most gifted black filmmaker, Charles Burnett (Killer of Sheep), is his first with a directly…

  37. Frenzy

    This turned out to be Alfred Hitchcock's penultimate film (1972), though there's no sign of the serenity and settledness that generally mark…

  38. 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days

    Winner of the Palme d'Or at Cannes, Cristian Mungiu's masterful chronicle of two young women negotiating for an illegal abortion in 1987…

  39. Fish Tank

    British filmmaker Andrea Arnold made her feature debut with Red Road (2006), an eerie, low-budget suspense story about a woman stalking, seducing,…