UTA Film Professors Compile Must-See List

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During the holiday breaks, many of us make time to curl up on the couch and turn on the television, searching through Netflix or 500 cable channels to find something to watch. This year, faculty in the Department of Art & Art History have some suggestions.

Over the years, UT Arlington film professors have compiled a list of 150 films (give or take a few) they encourage their students to view – popular Hollywood films, obscure European films, blockbusters and cult classics. The list includes films by famous directors like Kubrick, Wilder, Hitchcock, Fellini and Allen. But it also includes contemporary works some professors believe will be considered classics in the decades to come.

“I think what’s most exciting about this list is the mix of canon films like The Godfather and Citizen Kane with more contemporary works by diverse and underrepresented filmmakers such as Todd Haynes, Spike Lee, Pedro Almodovar, Jane Campion and Michael Haneke,” said Lecturer Kyle Smith. “I feel certain these newer films are works that students, professionals and scholars will be talking about decades from now. This is an envelope-pushing list that will hopefully spur lots of thought and scholarly debate.”

Associate Professor Bart Weiss said the list has changed over the years, reflecting the passions of former and current faculty. But the goal, he said, has always been to reflect the artistic approach to the medium that is the foundation of the film and video area.

“This list should serve as a recruiting device,” Weiss said. “But we also think it will spur on debates about what different people value in cinema. We expect many students, academics and media professionals, as well as members of the media, will take issue with some of our selections, but we want to get people talking about the value of cinema.”

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  1. 8 ½ (1963)
  2. 35 Shots of Rum (2008)
  3. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
  4. 2046 (2004)
  5. A Clockwork Orange (1971)
  6. A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)
  7. A Trip to the Moon (Le Voyage dans la lune) (1902)
  8. A Woman Under the Influence (1974)
  9. All About Eve (1950)
  10. All About My Mother (1999)
  11. All That Heaven Allows (1955)
  12. All That Jazz (1979)
  13. Alphaville (1965)
  14. Amacord (1973)
  15. Amelie (2001)
  16. American Graffiti (1973)
  17. Amores Perros (2000)
  18. Annie Hall (1975)
  19. Apocalypse Now (1979)
  20. Badlands (1973)
  21. Battleship Potemkin (1925)
  22. Berlin, Symphony of a Big City (1927)
  23. Birth of Nation (1915)
  24. Black Orpheus (Orfeu Negro) (1959)
  25. Blood Simple (1984)
  26. Blow Up (1966)
  27. Blue Velvet (1985)
  28. Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
  29. Boyz N The Hood (1991)
  30. Brazil (Boxed Set Preferred) (1985)
  31. Breathless (1960)
  32. Burden of Dreams (1982)
  33. Bush Mama (1979)
  34. Casablanca (1942)
  35. Chinatown (1974)
  36. Citizen Kane(1941)
  37. City of God (2002)
  38. Day for Night (La Nuit americaine)(1973)
  39. Do the Right Thing (1989)
  40. Don’t Look Back (1967)
  41. Don’t Look Now (1973)
  42. Double Indemnity (1944)
  43. Duck Soup (1933)
  44. Easy Rider (1969)
  45. Fish Tank (2009)
  46. Fitzcarraldo (1982)
  47. Frankenstein (1931)
  48. Freaks (1932)
  49. Grand Illusion (La Grande illusion) (1937)
  50. Greed (1925)
  51. Grey Gardens (1975)
  52. Harlen County, USA (1976)
  53. He Got Game (1998)
  54. Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker’s Apocalypse (1991)
  55. Hiroshima Mon Amour (1959)
  56. Husbands (1970)
  57. I Can’t Sleep (1994)
  58. Imitation of Life (1959)
  59. In The Mood For Love (2000)
  60. Intolerance (1916)
  61. It Happened One Night (1934)
  62. James’ Journey to Jerusalem (2003)
  63. Knife in the Water (Nóz w wodzie) (1962)
  64. Killer of Sheep (1978)
  65. La Promesse (1996)
  66. Last Year at Marienbad (1961)
  67. Lola Montes (1955)
  68. Lonestar (1996)
  69. M (1931)
  70. Malcolm X (1992)
  71. Man With a Movie Camera (1929)
  72. Manhattan (1979)
  73. Medium Cool (1969)
  74. Metropolis (1927)
  75. Midnight Cowboy (1969)
  76. Modern Times (1936)
  77. My Life as a Dog (Mitt liv som hund) (1985)
  78. Nanook of the North (1922)
  79. Nashville (1975)
  80. Network (1976)
  81. Night and Fog (Nuit et brouillard) (1955)
  82. Night of the Hunter (1955)
  83. North by Northwest (1959)
  84. Nosferatu, A Symphony of Horror (1922)
  85. Oldboy (2003 )
  86. On the Waterfront (1954)
  87. Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)
  88. Pandora’s Box (Die Büchse der Pandora) (1929)
  89. Peeping Tom (1960)
  90. Persona (1966)
  91. Personal Journey…Through American Movies (1995)
  92. Pixote (1981)
  93. Primary (1960)
  94. Rashoman (aka: In the Woods) (1950)
  95. Rear Window (1954)
  96. Rebel Without a Cause (1955)
  97. Red (Trois couleurs: Rouge ) (1994)
  98. Repulsion (1965)
  99. Return of the Secaucus Seven (1980)
  100. Rome, Open City (Roma, città aperta) (1945)
  101. Rope (1948)
  102. Safe (1995)
  103. Salesman (1969)
  104. Salvador (1986)
  105. Seven Samurai (1954)
  106. She’s Gotta Have It (1986)
  107. Singin’ in the Rain (1952)
  108. Slacker (1991)
  109. Stalker (1979)
  110. Sullivan’s Travels (1941)
  111. Sunrise (1927)
  112. Sunset Boulevard (1950)
  113. Taxi Driver (1976)
  114. The 400 Blows (Les Quatre cents coups)(1959)
  115. The Bicycle Thief (Ladri di Biciclette) (1948)
  116. The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920)
  117. The Cameraman (1928)
  118. The Conformist (Il Conformista) (1970)
  119. The Exorcist (1973)
  120. The General (1927)
  121. The Godfather (1972)
  122. The Gold Rush (1925)
  123. The Golem (Der Golem) (1915)
  124. The Great Train Robbery (1903)
  125. The Kid with a Bike (2011)
  126. The Last Picture Show ((1971)
  127. The Manchurian Candidate (1962)
  128. The Marriage of Maria Braun (1979)
  129. The Naked Kiss (1964)
  130. The Pawnbroker (1964)
  131. The Piano (1993)
  132. The Piano Teacher (2001)
  133. The Pillow Book (1996)
  134. The Plow That Broke the Plains (1936)
  135. The Producers (1968)
  136. The Rules of the Game (La Regle de Jeu)(1939)
  137. The Searchers (1956)
  138. The Seventh Seal (1957)
  139. The Thin Blue Line (1988)
  140. The Tin Drum (Die Blechtrommel) (1979)
  141. The Treasue of Sierra the Madre (1948)
  142. The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964)
  143. The White Ribbon (2009)
  144. Tongues Untied (1991)
  145. Triumph of the Will (Triumph des Willens) (1934)
  146. Un Chien Andalou (1929)
  147. Vertigo (1958)
  148. Visions of Light (1992)
  149. Volver (2007)
  150. Wings of Desire (Der Himmel über Berlin) (1987)
  151. Z (1969)

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