The Film Canon

The Film Canon (launched in November 2012) is a series of articles and reviews of older movies that have entered, well, the film canon, for being creatively or culturally important. We plan to cover everything from Citizen Kane to The Breakfast Club to Fargo to Fight Club. We want to create a diverse list of essential movies for young cinephiles to watch, enjoy and discuss. (The index below may look a little empty, but hey! we just started!)

1900s & Earlier

The Collected Works of Alice Guy-Blaché

1910s

1920s

1922 – Häxan: Witchcraft Through the Ages (dir. Benjamin Christensen)

1930s

1931 – City Lights (dir. Charlie Chaplin)

1931 – Frankenstein (dir. James Whale)

1934 – It Happened One Night (dir. Frank Capra)

1936 – Sabotage (dir. Alfred Hitchcock)

1937 – Pépé le Moko (dir. Julien Duvivier)

1939 – The Wizard of Oz (dir. Victor Fleming)

1940s

1942 – Casablanca (dir. Michael Curtiz)

1942 – The Magnificent Ambersons (dir. Orson Welles)

1943- Jane Eyre (dir. Robert Stevenson)

1945 – Rome, Open City (dir. Roberto Rossellini)

1947 – Black Narcissus (dir. Emeric PressburgerMichael Powell)

1948 –Bicycle Thieves (dir. Vittorio de Sicca)

1950s

1950 – Rashomon (dir. Akira Kurosawa)

1952 – Singin’ in the Rain (dir. Gene Kelly, Stanley Donen)

1954 – Godzilla (dir. Ishirō Honda)

1954 – On the Waterfront (dir. Elia Kazan)

1955 –Les Diaboliques (dir. Henri-Georges Clouzot)

1960s

1960 – Psycho (dir. Alfred Hitchcock)

1961 – Breakfast at Tiffany’s (dir. Blake Edwards)

1961 – Pigs and Battleships (dir. Shohei Imamura)

1962 – Jules and Jim (dir. François Truffaut)

1963 – High and Low (dir. Akira Kurosawa)

1964 – A Hard Day’s Night (dir. Richard Lester)

1964 – Black God, White Devil (dir.  Glauber Rocha)

1965 – Pierrot le Fou (dir. Jean-Luc Godard)

1967 – Bonnie and Clyde (dir. Arthur Penn)

1967 – The Graduate (dir. Mike Nichols)

1968 – The Producers (dir. Mel Brooks)

1970s

1970 – El Topo (dir. Alejandro Jodorowsky)

1976 – All the President’s Men (dir. Alan J. Pakula)

1977 – Star Wars (dir. George Lucas)

1977 – The Ascent (dir. Larisa Shepitko)

1977 – Suspiria (dir. Dario Argento)

1980s

1986 – Blue Velvet (dir. David Lynch)

1988 – Alice (dir. Jan Svankmajer)

1989 – Do The Right Thing (dir. Spike Lee)

1989 – The Killer (dir. John Woo)

1990s

1990 –  Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (dir. Steve Barron)

1990 – Total Recall (dir. Paul Verhoeven)

1992 – My Cousin Vinny (dir. Jonathan Lynn) 

1991 – Armour of God II: Operation Condor (dir. Jackie Chan)

1991 – The Silence of the Lambs (dir. Jonathan Demme)

1992 – Batman Returns (dir. Tim Burton)

1994 – Pulp Fiction (dir. Quentin Tarantino)

1995 – Batman Forever (dir. Joel Schumacher)

1995 – Welcome to the Dollhouse (dir. Todd Solondz)

1997 – Princess Mononoke (dir. Hayao Miyazaki)

1998 – Kirikou and the Sorceress (dir. Michel Ocelot)

1998 – The Following (dir. Christopher Nolan)

1999 – American Beauty (dir. Sam Mendes)

1999 – Go (dir. Doug Liman)

1999 – The Insider (dir. Michael Mann)