Essentials

Essential Historical Films by Decade

 

1900

Trip to the Moon (1902)

The Great Train Robbery (1903)

 

1910

Cabria (1914)

Gertie the Dinosaur (1914)

Birth of a Nation (1915)

 

1920

Within Our Gates (1920)

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920)

Battleship Potemkin (1925)

Napoleon (1927)

Metropolis (1927)

The General (1927)

Sunrise (1927)

Un Chien Andalou (1929)

Pandora’s Box (1929)

 

1930

City Lights (1931)

M (1931)

Duck Soup (1933)

Top Hat (1935)

The Grand Illusion (1937)

The Lady Vanishes (1938)

Ninotchka (1939)

 

1940

His Girl Friday (1940)

The Bank Dick (1940)

Citizen Kane (1941)

Sullivan’s Travels (1941)

Meshes of the Afternoon (1943)

Detour (1945)

Rome Open City (1945)

The Big Sleep (1946)

Out of the Past (1947)

Bicycle Thieves (1948)

Red River (1948)

 

1950

Rashomon (1950)

In a Lonely Place (1950)

Sunset Boulevard (1950)

Singin’ In The Rain (1952)

Tokyo Story (1953)

On The Waterfront (1954)

Johnny Guitar (1954)

The Night of the Hunter (1955)

Kiss Me Deadly (1955)

The Searchers (1956)

Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)

The Bridge On The River Kwai (1957)

The Seventh Seal (1957)

Touch Of Evil (1958)

Vertigo (1958)

Anatomy of a Murder (1959)

Hiroshima Mon Amour (1959)

 

1960

Psycho (1960)

The Apartment (1960)

The Manchurian Candidate (1962)

Lawrence of Arabia (1962)

Contempt (1963)

The Nutty Professor (1963)

8 1/2 (1963)

Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)

Blow-Up (1966)

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (1966)

Bonnie And Clyde (1967)

2001: a space odyssey (1968)

Night of the Living Dead (1968)

The Wild Bunch (1969)

Easy Rider (1969)

 

1970

Last Picture Show (1971)

Chinatown (1974)

Jaws (1975)

Nashville (1975)

Network (1976)

Star Wars (1977)

Days of Heaven (1978)

Manhattan (1979)

Apocalypse Now (1979)

Alien (1979)

 

1980

Raging Bull (1980)

Blade Runner (1982)

This is Spinal Tap (1984)

The Breakfast Club (1985)

Brazil (1985)

Blue Velvet (1986)

Do the Right Thing (1989)

Sex, Lies and Videotape (1989)

 

1990

Goodfellas (1990)

Cinema Paradiso (1990)

Raise The Red Lantern (1991)

Dazed and Confused (1993)

Pulp Fiction (1994)

Clerks (1994)

Seven (1995)

Exotica (1995)

Fargo (1996)

Rushmore (1998)

American Movie (1999)

 

2000

In The Mood For Love (2000)

Mulholand Drive (2001)

Lost in Translation (2003)

Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind (2004)

There Will Be Blood (2007)

The Dark Knight (2008)