The Cannes International Film Festival is one of the most famous and respectable in the world. It is held annually in France (usually in May). The Palme d'Or ("Golden Palm") is the highest prize awarded at the Cannes Film Festival for the best film (for some years the first prize was named Grand Prix du Festival International du Film). The following list includes all award winners since the very first festival set up in 1939.
#1 Parasite 2019
Director: Bong Joon Ho. Cast: Song Kang-ho, Lee Sun-kyun, Cho Yeo-jeong, Choi Woo-shik, Park So-dam, Lee Jung-eun, Chang Hyae-jin, Park Myung-hoon, Jung Ji-so, Jung Hyeon-jun, Park Keun-rok, Jung Yi-seo, Jeong Ik-han, Lee Joo-hyung, Lee Ji-hye.
Overview: All unemployed, Ki-taek's family takes peculiar interest in the wealthy and glamorous Parks for their livelihood until they get entangled in an unexpected incident.
Genres: Drama, Thriller, Comedy. Country: South Korea. Runtime: 2h 12m. Rated: R.
#2 Shoplifters 2018
Director: Hirokazu Koreeda. Cast: Lily Franky, Sakura Ando, Mayu Matsuoka, Kirin Kiki, Jyo Kairi, Miyu Sasaki, Sosuke Ikematsu, Chizuru Ikewaki, Akira Emoto, Kengo Kora, Yôko Moriguchi, Yuki Yamada, Moemi Katayama, Naoto Ogata.
Overview: After one of their shoplifting sessions, Osamu and his son come across a little girl in the freezing cold. At first reluctant to shelter the girl, Osamu’s wife agrees to take care of her after learning of the hardships she faces. Although the family is poor, barely making enough money to survive through petty crime, they seem to live happily together until an unforeseen incident reveals hidden secrets, testing the bonds that unite them.
Genres: Drama, Crime. Country: Japan. Runtime: 2h 1m.
#3 The Square 2017
Director: Ruben Östlund. Cast: Claes Bang, Elisabeth Moss, Dominic West, Terry Notary, Christopher Læssø, Lise Stephenson Engström, Lilianne Mardon, Marina Schiptjenko, Annica Liljeblad, Elijandro Edouard, Daniel Hallberg, Martin Sööder, John Nordling, Sofie Hamilton, Robert Hjelm.
Overview: A satirical drama reflecting our times — about the sense of community, moral courage and the affluent person’s need for egocentricity in an increasingly uncertain world.
Genre: Drama. Countries: Denmark, France, Germany, Sweden. Runtime: 2h 31m.
#4 I, Daniel Blake 2016
Director: Ken Loach. Cast: Dave Johns, Hayley Squires, Dylan McKiernan, Briana Shann, Sharon Percy, Natalie Ann Jamieson, Mark Burns, Micky McGregor, Colin Coombs, Harriet Ghost, Bryn Jones, Viktoria Kay, Mick Laffey, Julie Nicholson, John Sumner.
Overview: A middle aged carpenter, who requires state welfare after injuring himself, is joined by a single mother in a similar scenario.
Genre: Drama. Countries: Belgium, France, United Kingdom. Runtime: 1h 40m.
#5 Dheepan 2015
Director: Jacques Audiard. Cast: Jesuthasan Antonythasan, Kalieaswari Srinivasan, Claudine Vinasithamby, Vincent Rottiers, Faouzi Bensaïdi, Marc Zinga, Bass Dhem, Franck Falise, Joséphine de Meaux, Sandra Murugiah.
Overview: Dheepan is the story of a Sri Lankan Tamil warrior who flees to France and ends up working as a caretaker outside Paris.
Genres: Crime, Drama. Country: France. Runtime: 1h 55m.
#6 Winter Sleep 2014
Director: Nuri Bilge Ceylan. Cast: Haluk Bilginer, Melisa Sözen, Demet Akbağ, Ayberk Pekcan, Serhat Mustafa Kiliç, Tamer Levent, Nejat İşler, Nadir Sarıbacak.
Overview: Aydin, a retired actor, owns a small hotel in central Anatolia with his young wife Nihal and his sister Necla, who is coping with her recent divorce. During the winter, snow covers the ground and boredom brings the return of old memories, pushing Aydin to flee…
Genres: Drama, Foreign. Countries: Germany, France, Turkey. Runtime: 3h 16m.
#7 Blue Is the Warmest Color 2013
Director: Abdellatif Kechiche. Cast: Léa Seydoux, Adèle Exarchopoulos, Catherine Salée, Jeremie Laheurte, Aurélien Recoing, Salim Kechiouche, Sandor Funtek, Mona Walravens.
Overview: Adele's life is changed when she meets Emma, a young woman with blue hair, who will allow her to discover desire, to assert herself as a woman and as an adult. In front of others, Adele grows, seeks herself, loses herself, finds herself.
Genres: Drama, Romance. Country: France. Runtime: 2h 59m. Rated: NC-17.
#8 Amour 2012
Director: Michael Haneke. Cast: Emmanuelle Riva, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Isabelle Huppert, William Shimell, Rita Blanco, Dinara Drukarova, Carole Franck, Laurent Capelluto, Damien Jouillerot, Walid Afkir, Ramón Agirre, Jean-Michel Monroc.
Overview: Georges and Anne are in their eighties. They are cultivated, retired music teachers. Their daughter, who is also a musician, lives abroad with her family. One day, Anne has a stroke, and the couple's bond of love is severely tested.
Genres: Drama, Romance. Countries: France, Austria, Germany. Runtime: 2h 7m. Rated: PG-13.
#9 The Tree of Life 2011
Nothing stands still.
Director: Terrence Malick. Cast: Brad Pitt, Sean Penn, Jessica Chastain, Hunter McCracken, Finnegan Williams, Michael Koeth, Laramie Eppler, Tye Sheridan, Kari Matchett, Joanna Going, Michael Showers, Kimberly Whalen, Jackson Hurst, Fiona Shaw, Crystal Mantecon.
Overview: The impressionistic story of a Texas family in the 1950s. The film follows the life journey of the eldest son, Jack, through the innocence of childhood to his disillusioned adult years as he tries to reconcile a complicated relationship with his father. Jack finds himself a lost soul in the modern world, seeking answers to the origins and meaning of life while questioning the existence of faith.
Genres: Drama, Fantasy. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 2h 19m. Rated: PG-13.
#10 Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives 2010
Director: Apichatpong Weerasethakul. Cast: Sakda Kaewbuadee, Jenjira Pongpas, Thanapat Saisaymar, Natthakarn Aphaiwonk.
Overview: Suffering from acute kidney failure, Uncle Boonmee has chosen to spend his final days surrounded by his loved ones in the countryside. Surprisingly, the ghost of his deceased wife appears to care for him, and his long lost son returns home in a non-human form. Contemplating the reasons for his illness, Boonmee treks through the jungle with his family to a mysterious hilltop cave - the birthplace of his first life.
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Foreign. Countries: Germany, Spain, France, United Kingdom, Netherlands, Thailand. Runtime: 1h 54m.
#11 The White Ribbon 2009
Director: Michael Haneke. Cast: Christian Friedel, Leonie Benesch, Ulrich Tukur, Fion Mutert, Levin Henning, Maria-Victoria Dragus, Leonard Proxauf, Thibault Sérié, Johanna Busse, Ursina Lardi.
Overview: Strange events happen in a small village in the north of Germany during the years just before World War I, which seem to be ritual punishment. The abused and suppressed children of the villagers seem to be at the heart of this mystery.
Genres: Crime, Drama, Foreign, Mystery. Countries: Austria, Germany, France, Italy. Runtime: 2h 24m.
#12 The Class 2008
Director: Laurent Cantet. Cast: François Bégaudeau, Franck Keïta, Esmeralda Ouertani, Rachel Regulier, Wei Huang, Cherif Bounaïdja Rachedi, Louise Grinberg, Rabah Nait Oufella, Carl Nanor, Jean-Michel Simonet, Henriette Kasaruhanda, Laura Baquela.
Overview: Teacher and novelist François Bégaudeau plays a version of himself as he negotiates a year with his racially mixed students from a tough Parisian neighborhood.
Genres: Drama, Foreign. Country: France. Runtime: 2h 8m.
#13 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days 2007
Director: Cristian Mungiu. Cast: Anamaria Marinca, Laura Vasiliu, Vlad Ivanov, Alexandru Potocean, Luminita Gheorghiu, Adi Carauleanu, Liliana Mocanu, Doru Ana, Ion Sapdaru, Cerasela Iosifescu.
Overview: Gabita is pregnant, abortion is strictly forbidden in Romania during the communist regime. Despite this it is common practice and Gabita wants an abortion. The movie follows her and her friend Otilia during the day she has made the appointment with Mr. Bebe to have the abortion.
Genre: Drama. Countries: Belgium, Romania. Runtime: 1h 53m.
#14 The Wind That Shakes the Barley 2006
Director: Ken Loach. Cast: Cillian Murphy, Pádraic Delaney, Liam Cunningham, Orla Fitzgerald, Gerard Kearney, William Ruane, Roger Allam, Laurence Barry, Sabrina Barry, Kieran Aherne, Scott Peden.
Overview: A wartime drama about the 1920’s Irish revolution against the British. The Irish medical student Damian is about to start his new job in London as he is witness to the mercenary atrocities of the British and decides to join his brother in the resistance group I.R.A to fight for Irish independence.
Genres: War, Drama, History. Countries: Ireland, United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, Spain, France, Belgium, Switzerland. Runtime: 2h 4m. Rated: NR.
#15 The Child 2005
Directors: Luc Dardenne, Jean-Pierre Dardenne. Cast: Jérémie Renier, Déborah François, Jérémie Segard, François Olivier, Stéphane Bissot, Olivier Gourmet, Mireille Bailly.
Overview: Bruno and Sonia, a young couple living off her benefit and the thefts committed by his gang, have a new source of money: their newborn son.
Genres: Drama, Romance, Foreign. Country: Belgium. Runtime: 1h 40m.
#16 Fahrenheit 9/11 2004
Controversy... what controversy?
Director: Michael Moore. Cast: Michael Moore, George W. Bush, Ben Affleck, Stevie Wonder, Al Gore, Saddam Hussein, George H. W. Bush, Ricky Martin, Osama Bin Laden, Larry King, Bill Clinton, Donald Rumsfeld, Condoleezza Rice, Tony Blair, Britney Spears.
Overview: Michael Moore's view on what happened to the United States after September 11; and how the Bush Administration allegedly used the tragic event to push forward its agenda for unjust wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Genre: Documentary. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 2h 2m. Rated: R.
#17 Elephant 2003
An ordinary high school day. Except that it's not.
Director: Gus Van Sant. Cast: Alex Frost, Eric Deulen, John Robinson, Elias McConnell, Jordan Taylor, Carrie Finklea, Nicole George, Brittany Mountain, Alicia Miles, Kristen Hicks, Bennie Dixon, Nathan Tyson, Timothy Bottoms, Matt Malloy, Chantelle Chriestenson Nelson.
Overview: Several ordinary high school students go through their daily routine as two others prepare for something more malevolent. The film chronicles the events surrounding a school shooting.
Genres: Crime, Drama. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 1h 21m. Rated: R.
#18 The Pianist 2002
Music was his passion. Survival was his masterpiece.
Director: Roman Polanski. Cast: Adrien Brody, Thomas Kretschmann, Frank Finlay, Maureen Lipman, Emilia Fox, Ed Stoppard, Julia Rayner, Jessica Kate Meyer, Michal Zebrowski, Wanja Mues, Richard Ridings, Nomi Sharron, Anthony Milner, Lucy Skeaping, Roddy Skeaping.
Overview: The true story of pianist Władysław Szpilman's experiences in Warsaw during the Nazi occupation. When the Jews of the city find themselves forced into a ghetto, Szpilman finds work playing in a café; and when his family is deported in 1942, he stays behind, works for a while as a laborer, and eventually goes into hiding in the ruins of the war-torn city.
Genres: Drama, War. Countries: France, Germany, Poland, United Kingdom. Runtime: 2h 30m. Rated: R.
#19 The Son's Room 2001
Director: Nanni Moretti. Cast: Nanni Moretti, Laura Morante, Jasmine Trinca, Giuseppe Sanfelice, Sofia Vigliar, Renato Scarpa, Roberto Nobile, Paolo De Vita, Roberto De Francesco, Claudio Santamaria, Antonio Petrocelli, Lorenzo Alessandri, Alessandro Infusini, Silvia Bonucci, Marcello Bernacchini.
Overview: A psychoanalyst and his family go through profound emotional trauma when their son dies in a scuba diving accident.
Genre: Drama. Countries: France, Italy. Runtime: 1h 39m. Rated: R.
#20 Dancer in the Dark 2000
You don't need eyes to see.
Director: Lars von Trier. Cast: Björk, Catherine Deneuve, David Morse, Peter Stormare, Joel Grey, Cara Seymour, Vladica Kostic, Jean-Marc Barr, Vincent Paterson, Siobhan Fallon, Zeljko Ivanek, Udo Kier, Jens Albinus, Reathel Bean, Mette Berggreen.
Overview: Dancer in the Dark – With his third film from the series “Heart of Gold Trilogy” Lars von Trier takes us on a passionate music adventure of a poor Czech immigrant who moves to the states with her son. Iceland’s singer Björk plays the main character. The Film uses stylistic techniques from old 1950’s and 60’s American musicals along with the Dogma approach to filming.
Genres: Drama, Crime, Music. Country: Sweden. Runtime: 2h 20m. Rated: R.
#21 Rosetta 1999
Directors: Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne. Cast: Émilie Dequenne, Anne Yernaux, Fabrizio Rongione, Olivier Gourmet.
Overview: Young and impulsive Rosetta lives with her alcoholic mother and, moved by despair, she will do anything to maintain a job.
Genre: Drama. Country: Belgium. Runtime: 1h 35m.
#22 Eternity and a Day 1998
Director: Theo Angelopoulos. Cast: Bruno Ganz, Fabrizio Bentivoglio, Isabelle Renauld, Achileas Skevis, Alexandra Ladikou, Despina Bebedelli, Eleni Gerasimidou, Iris Chatziantoniou, Nikos Kouros, Alekos Oudinotis, Nicolas Kolovos, Mihalis Giannatos, Lazaros Andreou, Petros Fyssoun, Pemi Zouni.
Overview: Alexander, a famous writer, is very ill and has only a few days to live. He meets a little boy on the street, who is an illegal immigrant from Albania. Alexander then takes the boy home.
Genre: Drama. Countries: France, Germany, Greece, Italy. Runtime: 2h 17m.
#23 The Eel 1997
Director: Shôhei Imamura. Cast: Kōji Yakusho, Misa Shimizu, Akira Emoto, Fujio Tokita, Shô Aikawa, Ken Kobayashi, Sabu Kawahara, Etsuko Ichihara, Tomorowo Taguchi, Chiho Terada, Sanshô Shinsui, Kôichi Ueda, Ken Mitsuishi, Hiroyuki Konishi, Shoichi Ozawa.
Overview: White-collar worker Yamashita finds out that his wife has a lover visiting her when he's away, suddenly returns home and kills her. After eight years in prison, he returns to live in a small village, opens a barber shop (he was trained as a barber in prison) and talks almost to no-one except for the eel he "befriended" in prison. One day he finds the unconscious body of Keiko, who attempted suicide and reminds him of his wife. She starts to work at his shop, but he doesn't let her become close to him.
Genres: Drama, Foreign. Country: Japan. Runtime: 1h 57m.
#24 Taste of Cherry 1997
Searching for the Reason to Live
Director: Abbas Kiarostami. Cast: Homayoun Ershadi, Abdolrahman Bagheri, Afshin Khorshid Bakhtiari, Safar Ali Moradi, Mir Hossein Noori, Ahmad Ansari.
Overview: An Iranian man drives his truck in search of someone who will quietly bury him under a cherry tree after he commits suicide.
Genre: Drama. Countries: Iran, France. Runtime: 1h 35m.
#25 Secrets & Lies 1996
Director: Mike Leigh. Cast: Timothy Spall, Phyllis Logan, Brenda Blethyn, Claire Rushbrook, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Liz Smith, Lesley Manville, Jonny Coyne, Trevor Laird, Elizabeth Berrington, Michele Austin, Lee Ross.
Overview: A middle-aged London factory worker (Blethyn) is shocked when the mixed-race daughter she gave up at birth decides to track her down. At first she denies she is her mother. All family members become emotional, as everyone's secrets are exposed.
Genres: Comedy, Drama. Country: United Kingdom. Runtime: 2h 22m.
#26 Underground 1995
Director: Emir Kusturica. Cast: Predrag Lakovic, Lazar Ristovski, Mirjana Jokovic, Slavko Štimac.
Overview: The story starts with the underground manufacturing of weapons of Belgrado, during WWII, and evolves into surreal situations. The smuggler of the weapons forgets to mention to the workers that the war is over. 50 years later, they become suspicious, and break out of their underground "shelter" --- only to convince themselves that the guy was right: the war is still going on.
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Foreign. Countries: Germany, France, Hungary. Runtime: 2h 50m.
#27 Pulp Fiction 1994
Just because you are a character doesn't mean you have character.
Director: Quentin Tarantino. Cast: John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson, Uma Thurman, Bruce Willis, Maria de Medeiros, Ving Rhames, Harvey Keitel, Eric Stoltz, Tim Roth, Amanda Plummer, Peter Greene, Rosanna Arquette, Duane Whitaker, Paul Calderon, Frank Whaley.
Overview: Pulp Fiction is a cult film by Director Quentin Tarantino with three interwoven plots with lots of violence, absurdity, and great music. The film is Tarantino’s most famous and the film that cemented his name and style in Hollywood.
Genres: Crime, Drama, Indie, Thriller. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 2h 28m. Rated: R.
#28 The Piano 1993
Director: Jane Campion. Cast: Holly Hunter, Harvey Keitel, Sam Neill, Anna Paquin, Tungia Baker, Kerry Walker, Ian Mune, Cliff Curtis, Genevieve Lemon, Pete Smith, Te Whatanui Skipwith.
Overview: One of the most critically acclaimed and highly awarded films of the year, 'The Piano' arouses erotic passions and vengeful jealousies when Ada, a young mute woman (Holly Hunter), is desired by two men — her husband by an arranged marriage (Sam Neill) and the husband's darkly intense neighbor (Harvey Keitel). Violent emotions erupt, but only one man understands that Ada's heart can only be won through her beloved piano.
Genres: Drama, Romance. Country: Australia. Runtime: 2h 1m. Rated: R.
#29 Farewell My Concubine 1993
Director: Kaige Chen. Cast: Fengyi Zhang, Li Gong, Qi Lü, Leslie Cheung.
Overview: The story of two men, who met as apprentices in the Peking Opera, and stayed friends for over 50 years.
Genres: Drama, Foreign, Indie. Countries: China, Hong Kong. Runtime: 2h 51m.
#30 The Best Intentions 1992
Director: Bille August. Cast: Samuel Fröler, Pernilla August, Max von Sydow, Ghita Nørby, Lennart Hjulström, Mona Malm, Lena Endre, Keve Hjelm, Björn Kjellman, Börje Ahlstedt, Hans Alfredson, Lena T. Hansson, Anita Björk, Ernst Günther, Marie Göranzon.
Overview: The story of Ingmar Bergman's parents. In 1909, poor theology student Henrik Bergman falls in love with Anna Åkerbloom, the daughter of a rich family in Uppsala. After their wedding Henrik becomes a priest in the north of Sweden. After a few years Anna can't stand living in the rural county with the uncouth people. She returns to Uppsala, Henrik stays in the north.
Genres: Drama, Romance. Countries: Germany, Denmark, Finland, France, United Kingdom, Iceland, Italy, Norway, Sweden. Runtime: 3h 2m.
#31 Barton Fink 1991
There's only one thing stranger than what's going on inside his head. What's going on outside.
Directors: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen. Cast: John Turturro, John Goodman, Judy Davis, Michael Lerner, John Mahoney, Jon Polito, Steve Buscemi, David Warrilow, Richard Portnow, Christopher Murney, I.M. Hobson, Harry Bugin, Lance Davis.
Overview: A renowned New York playwright is enticed to California to write for the movies and discovers the hellish truth of Hollywood.
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Thriller. Countries: United Kingdom, United States of America. Runtime: 1h 56m. Rated: R.
#32 Wild at Heart 1990
A wild crazy love story.
Director: David Lynch. Cast: Nicolas Cage, Laura Dern, Willem Dafoe, J.E. Freeman, Crispin Glover, Diane Ladd, Calvin Lockhart, Isabella Rossellini, Harry Dean Stanton, Grace Zabriskie, Sherilyn Fenn, Glenn Walker Harris Jr., Sheryl Lee, David Patrick Kelly, William Morgan Sheppard.
Overview: Young lovers Sailor and Lula run from the variety of weirdos that Lula's mom has hired to kill Sailor.
Genres: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Thriller, Romance. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 2h 4m. Rated: R.
#33 Sex, Lies, and Videotape 1989
Director: Steven Soderbergh. Cast: Andie MacDowell, Peter Gallagher, James Spader, Laura San Giacomo, Ron Vawter, Steven Brill, Alexandra Root, Earl T. Taylor, David Foil.
Overview: A sexually repressed woman's husband is having an affair with her sister. The arrival of a visitor with a rather unusual fetish changes everything.
Genre: Drama. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 1h 40m. Rated: R.
#34 Pelle the Conqueror 1987
Director: Bille August. Cast: Pelle Hvenegaard, Max von Sydow, Erik Paaske, Björn Granath, Kristina Törnqvist, Astrid Villaume, Axel Strøbye, Sofie Gråbøl, Troels Asmussen, Karen Wegener, Lars Simonsen, Buster Larsen, John Wittig, Troels Munk, Nis Bank-Mikkelsen.
Overview: The end of the 19th century. A boat filled with Swedish emigrants comes to the Danish island of Bornholm. Among them are Lasse and his son Pelle who move to Denmark to find work. They find employment at a large farm, but are treated as the lowest form of life. Pelle starts to speak Danish but is still harassed as a foreigner. But none of them wants to give up their dream of finding a better life than the life they left in Sweden.
Genres: Drama, Foreign. Countries: Denmark, Sweden. Runtime: 2h 37m.
#35 Under the Sun of Satan 1987
Director: Maurice Pialat. Cast: Gérard Depardieu, Sandrine Bonnaire, Maurice Pialat, Maurice Pialat, Maurice Pialat, Brigitte Legendre.
Overview: Despite the encouragement of Dean Menou-Segrais, Fr. Donissan doubts his vocation. When the young Mouchette, who has killed her lover, turns to him, he condemns her and drives her to suicide. One evening, walking down a country road, he passes a horse dealer in whom he recognizes Satan.
Genre: Drama. Country: France. Runtime: 1h 33m.
#36 The Mission 1986
Director: Roland Joffé. Cast: Robert De Niro, Jeremy Irons, Ray McAnally, Aidan Quinn, Liam Neeson, Cherie Lunghi, Ronald Pickup, Chuck Low, Bercelio Moya, Sigifredo Ismare, Daniel Berrigan.
Overview: Jeremy Irons plays a Spanish Jesuit who goes into the South American wilderness to build a mission in the hope of converting the Indians of the region. Robert DeNiro plays a slave hunter who is converted and joins Irons in his mission. When Spain sells the colony to Portugal, they are forced to defend all they have built against the Portugese aggressors.
Genres: Action, Adventure, Drama, History. Country: United Kingdom. Runtime: 2h 6m. Rated: PG.
#37 When Father Was Away on Business 1985
Director: Emir Kusturica. Cast: Predrag Miki Manojlović, Mirjana Karanović, Mustafa Nadarević, Mira Furlan, Pavle Vuisić, Slobodan Aligrudić, Davor Dujmović, Eva Ras, Zoran Radmilović, Emir Hadžihafizbegović, Moreno D'E Bartolli.
Overview: Tito's break-up with Stalin in 1948 marked the beginning of not only confusing, but also very dangerous years for many hard-core Yugoslav communists. A careless remark about the newspaper cartoon is enough for Mesha to join many arrested unfortunates. His family is now forced to cope with the situation and wait for his release from prison.
Genre: Drama. Country: Bosnia and Herzegovina. Runtime: 2h 16m.
#38 Paris, Texas 1984
A place for dreams. A place for heartbreak. A place to pick up the pieces.
Director: Wim Wenders. Cast: Harry Dean Stanton, Nastassja Kinski, Dean Stockwell, Hunter Carson, Aurore Clément, Bernhard Wicki.
Overview: German director Wim Wenders won the Golden Palme at Cannes for his 1984 film Paris, Texas. The film reflects the landscape and people of the United States from the perspective of European cinema.
Genres: Drama, Indie, Mystery, Romance. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 2h 27m. Rated: R.
#39 The Ballad of Narayama 1983
Director: Shôhei Imamura. Cast: Ken Ogata, Sumiko Sakamoto, Tonpei Hidari, Aki Takejo, Shoichi Ozawa, Fujio Tokita, Sanshô Shinsui, Seiji Kurasaki, Junko Takada, Taiji Tonoyama, Casey Takamine, Nenji Kobayashi, Nijiko Kiyokawa, Akio Yokoyama, Mitsuko Baisho.
Overview: In a small village in a valley everyone who reaches the age of 70 must leave the village and go to a certain mountain top to die. If anyone should refuse he/she would disgrace their family. Old Orin is 69. This winter it is her turn to go to the mountain. But first she must make sure that her eldest son Tatsuhei finds a wife.
Genre: Drama. Country: Japan. Runtime: 2h 10m.
#40 Yol 1982
The story of three families' search for freedom
Directors: Serif Gören, Yilmaz Güney. Cast: Tarık Akan, Halil Ergün, Şerif Sezer, Meral Orhonsay, Necmettin Çobanoğlu, Sevda Aktolga.
Overview: A harsh portrait of Turkey, its people and its authorities, shown through the stories of five prisoners given a week's home leave, and the problems they encounter in adjusting to the world outside.
Genres: Drama, Romance, Foreign. Countries: Switzerland, France, Turkey. Runtime: 2h 4m.
#41 Missing 1982
Director: Costa-Gavras. Cast: Jack Lemmon, Sissy Spacek, John Shea, Melanie Mayron, David Clennon, Janice Rule, Charles Cioffi, Richard Venture, Jerry Hardin, Richard Bradford, Joe Regalbuto, Keith Szarabajka, John Doolittle, Ward Costello, Hansford Rowe.
Overview: Based on the real-life experiences of Ed Horman. A conservative American businessman travels to a South American country to investigate the sudden disappearance of his son after a right-wing military takeover. Accompanied by his son's wife he uncovers a trail of cover-ups that implicate the US State department which supports the right-wing dictatorship.
Genres: Drama, History, Mystery, Thriller. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 2h 2m. Rated: PG.
#42 Man of Iron 1981
Director: Andrzej Wajda. Cast: Jerzy Radziwiłowicz, Krystyna Janda, Marian Opania, Irena Byrska, Wiesława Kosmalska, Franciszek Trzeciak, Andrzej Seweryn, Marek Kondrat, Jerzy Trela, Maja Komorowska, Krystyna Zachwatowicz, Janusz Zaorski, Wojciech Alaborski, Tatiana Sosna Sarno, Bogusław Linda.
Overview: In Warsaw in 1980, the Communist Party sends Winkel, a weak, alcoholic TV hack, to Gdansk to dig up dirt on the shipyard strikers, particularly on Maciek Tomczyk, an articulate worker whose father was killed in the December 1970 protests. Posing as sympathetic, Winkel interviews the people surrounding Tomczyk, including his detained wife, Agnieszka.
Genres: Drama, Foreign, History. Country: Poland. Runtime: 2h 27m.
#43 Kagemusha 1980
Director: Akira Kurosawa. Cast: Tatsuya Nakadai, Tsutomu Yamazaki, Kenichi Hagiwara, Jinpachi Nezu.
Overview: When a warlord dies, a peasant thief is called upon to impersonate him, in order to protect his clan from appearing weak and vulnerable. But he finds himself haunted by the warlord’s spirit as well as his own ambitions.
Genres: Action, Drama, Foreign, History, Indie, War. Country: Japan. Runtime: 2h 59m. Rated: PG.
#44 All That Jazz 1979
Director: Bob Fosse. Cast: Roy Scheider, Jessica Lange, Leland Palmer, Ann Reinking, Ben Vereen.
Overview: Bob Fosse's semi-autobiographical film celebrates show business stripped of glitz or giddy illusions. Joe Gideon (Roy Scheider) is at the top of the heap, one of the most successful directors and choreographers in musical theatre. But he can feel his world slowly collapsing around him--his obsession with work has almost destroyed his personal life, and only his bottles of pills keep him going.
Genres: Drama, Musical. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 2h 3m.
#45 The Tin Drum 1979
Director: Volker Schlöndorff. Cast: Mario Adorf, Angela Winkler, David Bennent, Katharina Thalbach, Daniel Olbrychski, Tina Engel, Berta Drews, Roland Teubner, Tadeusz Kunikowski, Andréa Ferréol, Heinz Bennent, Ilse Pagé, Werner Rehm, Käte Jaenicke, Otto Sander.
Overview: Oskar Matzerath, son of a local dealer, is a most unusual boy. Equipped with full intellect right from his birth he decides at his third birthday not to grow up as he sees the crazy world around him at the eve of World War II. So he refuses the society and his tin drum symbolizes his protest against the middle-class mentality of his family and neighborhood, which stand for all passive people in Nazi Germany at that time. However, (almost) nobody listens to him, so the catastrophe goes on...
Genres: Drama, History, War. Countries: Serbia and Montenegro, Germany, France, Poland. Runtime: 2h 22m. Rated: R.
#46 Apocalypse Now 1979
This is the end...
Director: Francis Ford Coppola. Cast: Martin Sheen, Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall, Laurence Fishburne, Sam Bottoms, Frederic Forrest, Albert Hall, Harrison Ford, Dennis Hopper, G. D. Spradlin, Jerry Ziesmer, Francis Ford Coppola, Tom Mason, Scott Glenn, Colleen Camp.
Overview: At the height of the Vietnam war, Captain Benjamin Willard is sent on a dangerous mission that, officially, "does not exist, nor will it ever exist." His goal is to locate - and eliminate - a mysterious Green Beret Colonel named Walter Kurtz, who has been leading his personal army on illegal guerrilla missions into enemy territory.
Genres: Action, Drama, War. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 2h 33m. Rated: R.
#47 The Tree of Wooden Clogs 1978
Director: Ermanno Olmi. Cast: Luigi Ornaghi, Francesca Moriggi, Omar Brignoli, Antonio Ferrari, Teresa Brescianini, Giuseppe Brignoli, Carlo Rota, Pasqualina Brolis, Massimo Fratus, Francesca Villa, Maria Grazia Caroli, Battista Trevaini.
Overview: The life inside a farm in Italy at the beginning of the century. Many poor country families live there, and the owner pays them by their productivity. One of the families has a very clever child. They decide to send him to school instead of make him help them, although this represents a great sacrifice. The boy has to wake up very early and walk several miles to get to the school. One day the boy's shoes break when returning home, but they do not have money to buy other. What can they do?
Genres: Drama, History. Country: Italy. Runtime: 3h 6m.
#48 Padre padrone 1977
Directors: Paolo Taviani, Vittorio Taviani. Cast: Omero Antonutti, Saverio Marconi, Marcella Michelangeli, Fabrizio Forte, Marino Cenna, Stanko Molnar, Gavino Ledda, Nanni Moretti.
Overview: The true story of the life of Gavino Ledda, the son of a Sardinian shepherd, and how he managed to escape his harsh, almost barbaric existence by slowly educating himself, despite violent opposition from his brutal father.
Genre: Drama. Country: Italy. Runtime: 1h 54m.
#49 Taxi Driver 1976
On every street in every city, there's a nobody who dreams of being a somebody.
Director: Martin Scorsese. Cast: Robert De Niro, Cybill Shepherd, Harvey Keitel, Jodie Foster, Peter Boyle, Leonard Harris, Albert Brooks, Diahnne Abbott, Frank Adu, Gino Ardito.
Overview: Robert De Niro stars as Travis Bickle in this oppressive psychodrama about a Vietnam veteran who rebels against the decadence and immorality of big city life in New York while working the nightshift as a taxi driver.
Genres: Crime, Drama, Thriller. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 1h 53m. Rated: R.
#50 Chronicle of the Years of Fire 1975
Director: Mohammed Lakhdar-Hamina. Cast: Yorgo Voyagis, Mohammed Lakhdar-Hamina, Leila Shenna, Cheikh Nourredine, François Maistre, Mohamed Hadj Smaïn.
Overview: The beginings of the Algerian Revolution as seen through the eyes of a peasant.
Genre: Drama. Country: Algeria. Runtime: 2h 57m.
#51 The Conversation 1974
Director: Francis Ford Coppola. Cast: Gene Hackman, John Cazale, Frederic Forrest, Cindy Williams, Harrison Ford, Teri Garr, Allen Garfield, Elizabeth MacRae.
Overview: The Conversation is a Francis Ford Coppola thriller from 1974 about a professional surveillance man who is hired to record the conversations between two workers. Yet it looks like he’s gotten into more than he’s getting paid for as information about a murder may have been recorded.
Genres: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Suspense, Thriller. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 1h 53m. Rated: PG.
#52 Scarecrow 1973
The road leads itself to somewhere.
Director: Jerry Schatzberg. Cast: Gene Hackman, Al Pacino, Dorothy Tristan, Ann Wedgeworth, Richard Lynch, Eileen Brennan, Penelope Allen.
Overview: Two drifters bum around, visit earthy women and discuss opening a car wash in Pittsburgh.
Genre: Drama. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 1h 52m. Rated: R.
#53 The Hireling 1973
Director: Alan Bridges. Cast: Robert Shaw, Sarah Miles, Peter Egan, Caroline Mortimer, Elizabeth Sellars, Ian Hogg, Christine Hargreaves, Lyndon Brook, Patricia Lawrence, Petra Markham.
Overview: Based on the novel by L. P. Hartley, The Hireling is a dissection of antiquated but hardly dormant British class distinctions as a lonely socialite and her chauffeur become more than friends.
Genres: Drama, Romance. Country: United Kingdom. Runtime: 1h 48m. Rated: PG.
#54 The Mattei Affair 1972
Director: Francesco Rosi. Cast: Gian Maria Volonté, Luigi Squarzina, Gianfranco Ombuen, Edda Ferronao, Accursio Di Leo, Furio Colombo, Peter Baldwin, Aldo Barberito, Alessio Baume, Arrigo Benedetti, Sennuccio Benelli, Luciano Colitti, Terenzio Cordova, Umberto D'Arrò, Thyraud De Vosjoli.
Overview: Enrico Mattei helped change Italy’s future, first as freedom-fighter against the Nazis, then as an investor in methane gas through a public company, A.G.I.P., and ultimately as the head of ENI, a state body formed for the development of oil resources. October 27, 1962, he died when his private airplane crashed, one minute before it should land at Milan airport. Officially, he died of a flight accident. Actually, many journalists explored other plausible reasons for the untimely landing of the small aircraft.
Genres: Crime, Drama, History, Thriller. Country: Italy. Runtime: 1h 56m.
#55 Lulu the Tool 1971
Director: Elio Petri. Cast: Gian Maria Volonté, Mariangela Melato, Gino Pernice, Salvo Randone, Luigi Diberti.
Overview: A conscientious factory worker gets his finger cut off by a machine. Although the physical handicap is not serious, the accident causes him to become more involved in political and revolutionary groups. (IMDb)
Genre: Drama. Country: Italy. Runtime: 2h 5m.
#56 The Go-Between 1971
Director: Joseph Losey. Cast: Julie Christie, Alan Bates, Margaret Leighton, Michael Redgrave, Dominic Guard, Michael Gough, Edward Fox.
Overview: Tale of torrid and forbidden love between Christie and Bates in the English countryside. Based on L.P. Hartley's novel by the same name, with screenplay by Harold Pinter. Won the Palme d'Or in Cannes and four BAFTA awards. Was nominated for eight more BAFTAs as well as two Oscars.
Genres: Drama, Romance. Country: United Kingdom. Runtime: 1h 58m.
#57 MASH 1970
M*A*S*H Gives A D*A*M*N.
Director: Robert Altman. Cast: Donald Sutherland, Elliott Gould, Tom Skerritt, Sally Kellerman, Robert Duvall, Roger Bowen, Rene Auberjonois, David Arkin, Jo Ann Pflug, Gary Burghoff, Fred Williamson, Michael Murphy.
Overview: One of the world's most acclaimed comedies, MASH focuses on three Korean War Army surgeons brilliantly brought to life by Donald Sutherland, Tom Skerritt and Elliott Gould. Though highly skilled and deeply dedicated, they adopt a hilarious, lunatic lifestyle as an antidote to the tragedies of their Mobile Army Surgical Hospital, and in the process infuriate Army bureaucrats. Robert Duvall, Gary Burghoff and Sally Kellerman co-star as a sanctimonious Major, an other-worldly Corporal, and a self-righteous yet lusty nurse.
Genres: Comedy, Drama, War. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 1h 56m. Rated: PG-13.
#58 If.... 1968
Which side would you be on?
Director: Lindsay Anderson. Cast: Malcolm McDowell, Richard Warwick, David Wood, Christine Noonan, Rupert Webster, Robert Swann, Hugh Thomas, Michael Cadman, Peter Sproule, Peter Jeffrey.
Overview: In this allegorical story, a revolution lead by pupil Mick Travis takes place at an old established private school in England.
Genre: Drama. Country: United Kingdom. Runtime: 1h 51m.
#59 Blow-Up 1966
Michelangelo Antonioni's first British film
Director: Michelangelo Antonioni. Cast: David Hemmings, Vanessa Redgrave, Sarah Miles, John Castle, Veruschka von Lehndorff, Jane Birkin, Gillian Hills, Peter Bowles, Julian Chagrin, Claude Chagrin.
Overview: A successful mod photographer in London whose world is bounded by fashion, pop music, marijuana, and easy sex, feels his life is boring and despairing. But in the course of a single day he accidentally captures on film the commission of a murder. The fact that he has photographed a murder does not occur to him until he studies and then blows up his negatives, uncovering details, blowing up smaller and smaller elements, and finally putting the puzzle together.
Genres: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller. Country: United Kingdom. Runtime: 1h 51m.
#60 The Birds, the Bees and the Italians 1966
Director: Pietro Germi. Cast: Virna Lisi, Gastone Moschin, Nora Ricci, Alberto Lionello, Olga Villi.
Overview: A citizen of the Veneto in her sixties. Three stories of "love in the country".
Genre: Comedy. Countries: France, Italy. Runtime: 1h 55m.
#61 A Man and a Woman 1966
Director: Claude Lelouch. Cast: Jean-Louis Trintignant, Anouk Aimée, Pierre Barouh, Valérie Lagrange, Simone Paris, Antoine Sire, Souad Amidou, Henri Chemin, Yane Barry, Gérard Sire, Gérard Larrousse, Clive Roberts, Paul Le Person.
Overview: A man and a woman meet by accident on a Sunday evening at their childrens' boarding school. Slowly they reveal themselves to each other, finding that each is a widow/widower. Each is slow to reveal anything personal so that each revelation is hidden by a misperception. They become friends, then close friends, and then she reveals that she can't have a lover because, for her, her husband's memory is still too strong. Much of the film is told wordlessly in action, or through hearing one of their thoughts as they go about their day.
Genres: Drama, Foreign, Romance. Country: France. Runtime: 1h 42m.
#62 The Knack... and How to Get It 1965
Some have it, Some Don't.
Director: Richard Lester. Cast: Rita Tushingham, Michael Crawford, Peter Copley, Jane Birkin, Jacqueline Bisset, Lucille Soong, Charlotte Rampling, Julian Holloway, Donal Donnelly, Ray Brooks.
Overview: In England, the times are a changing: it's mods and rockers. On the day Nancy gets off the London train, cases in hand, looking for the YWCA, Colin has had enough of missing out on the sexual revolution. He begs his smooth (and misogynistic) pal Tolen to teach him 'the knack' - how to score with women. Serendipitously, Colin and his new lodger Tom meet up with Nancy while Colin's buying a bed larger than Tolen's. The three hit it off, but their simple fun ends when Tolen meets Nancy. Colin is jealous but impotent, and Tolen both attracts and repels her. She swoons, wonders what happened, and cries 'rape.' Impish serendipity rubs against unsettling ambiguity.
Genres: Comedy, Romance. Country: United Kingdom. Runtime: 1h 24m.
#63 The Umbrellas of Cherbourg 1964
A film for all the young lovers of the world
Director: Jacques Demy. Cast: Catherine Deneuve, Nino Castelnuovo, Anne Vernon, Mireille Perrey, Marc Michel, Ellen Farner, Jean Champion, Pierre Caden, Jean-Pierre Dorat, Bernard Fradet, Michel Benoist, Philippe Dumat, Dorothée Blanck, Jane Carat, Harald Wolff.
Overview: This simple romantic tragedy begins in 1957. Guy Foucher, a 20-year-old French auto mechanic, has fallen in love with 17-year-old Geneviève Emery, an employee in her widowed mother's chic but financially embattled umbrella shop. On the evening before Guy is to leave for a two-year tour of combat in Algeria, he and Geneviève make love. She becomes pregnant and must choose between waiting for Guy's return or accepting an offer of marriage from a wealthy diamond merchant.
Genres: Drama, Romance. Country: France. Runtime: 1h 31m. Rated: PG-13.
#64 The Leopard 1963
Director: Luchino Visconti. Cast: Burt Lancaster, Alain Delon, Claudia Cardinale, Paolo Stoppa, Rina Morelli, Serge Reggiani, Romolo Valli, Ottavia Piccolo, Giuliano Gemma, Terence Hill, Maurizio Merli.
Overview: One of Luchino Visconti's most ambitious works. Based on the acclaimed novel by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa. In the 1860s, a dying aristocracy struggles to maintain itself against a harsh Sicilian landscape. The film traces with a slow and deliberate rhythm the waning of the noble home of the Prince of Salina and the corresponding rise to eminence of the wealthy peasant Don Calogero Sedara.
Genre: Drama. Countries: France, Italy. Runtime: 3h 5m. Rated: PG.
#65 The Given Word 1962
Director: Anselmo Duarte. Cast: Leonardo Villar, Glória Menezes, Dionísio Azevedo, Geraldo Del Rey, Roberto Ferreira, Othon Bastos, Antônio Pitanga, Gilberto Marques, Norma Bengell, Jurema Penna.
Overview: Zé is a very poor man from the Brazilian countryside. His most prized possession is his donkey. When his donkey falls terminally ill, Zé makes a promise to Saint Bárbara: If his donkey recovers, he will carry a cross - like Jesus - all the way from his city to Saint Bárbara's church in the state capital. Upon the recover of his donkey, Zé leaves on his journey. He makes it to the church, but the priest refuses to accept the cross once he came to know the context of Zé's promise. Written by Manoel Mendonça
Genre: Drama. Country: Brazil. Runtime: 1h 38m.
#66 Viridiana 1961
Directors: Luis Buñuel, Juan Luis Buñuel, José Puyol. Cast: Silvia Pinal, Francisco Rabal, Fernando Rey, José Calvo, Margarita Lozano, Victoria Zinny, Teresa Rabal, Luis Heredia, Joaquín Roa, José Manuel Martín, Lola Gaos, Juan García Tiendra, Sergio Mendizábal.
Overview: Viridiana, a young nun about to take her final vows, pays a visit to her widowed uncle at the request of her Mother Superior.
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Foreign, Indie. Countries: Spain, Mexico. Runtime: 1h 30m.
#67 The Long Absence 1961
Director: Henri Colpi.
Overview: The Long Absence (French: Une aussi longue absence) is a 1961 French film directed by Henri Colpi. It tells the story of Therese (Alida Valli), a café owner mourning the mysterious disappearance of her husband sixteen years earlier. A tramp arrives in the town and she believes him to be her husband. But he is suffering from amnesia and she tries to bring back his memory of earlier times.
Country: France. Runtime: 1h 25m.
#68 La dolce vita 1961
Director: Federico Fellini. Cast: Marcello Mastroianni, Anita Ekberg, Anouk Aimée, Yvonne Furneaux, Magali Noël, Alain Cuny, Annibale Ninchi, Walter Santesso, Valeria Ciangottini, Riccardo Garrone, Ida Galli, Lex Barker, Nadia Gray.
Overview: An episodic romantic film, built up with many stories instead of one main plot, that ponders the voids and decadence of high society. A classic film and upon it’s first night out a scandal. The 1960 film by Federico Fellini is named the film that split up his earlier neo-realist films from the art films he did later in his career.
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Foreign. Countries: France, Italy. Runtime: 2h 54m.
#69 Black Orpheus 1959
The film that introduced Bossa Nova to the world...
Director: Marcel Camus. Cast: Breno Mello, Marpessa Dawn, Marcel Camus, Fausto Guerzoni, Lourdes de Oliveira, Léa Garcia, Ademar Da Silva, Alexandro Constantino, Waldemar De Souza, Jorge Dos Santos, Aurino Cassiano.
Overview: In Rio, Orfeo is a trolley conductor and musician, engaged to Mira. During Carnival week, he sees Eurydice, who's fled her village in fear of a stalker; it's love at first sight. Her cousin Sarafina, with whom she stays in Rio, is a friend of Orfeo and Mira, so the star-crossed lovers meet again. Later, during the revels, wearing Sarafina's costume, Eurydice dances a provocative samba with Orfeo. Not only is Mira enraged when her rival is unmasked, but she is being stalked by Death: Eurydice is in danger, pursued through noisy crowds and a morgue. Can Orfeo conduct her to safety? Don't look back.
Genres: Drama, Fantasy, Music, Science Fiction, Romance. Countries: Brazil, France, Italy. Runtime: 1h 40m. Rated: PG.
#70 The Cranes are Flying 1957
Director: Mikhail Kalatozov. Cast: Tatyana Samojlova, Aleksey Batalov, Vasili Merkuryev.
Overview: Veronica plans a rendezvous with her lover, Boris, at the bank of river, only for him to be drafted into World War II shortly thereafter.
Genre: Drama. Country: Russian Federation. Runtime: 1h 37m.
#71 Friendly Persuasion 1956
It Will Pleasure You in a Hundred Ways!
Director: William Wyler. Cast: Gary Cooper, Dorothy McGuire, Anthony Perkins, Richard Eyer, Robert Middleton, Phyllis Love, Peter Mark Richman, Walter Catlett, Richard Hale, Joel Fluellen, Theodore Newton, John Smith, Edna Skinner, Marjorie Durant, Frances Farwell.
Overview: The story of a family of Quakers in Indiana in 1862. Their religious sect is strongly opposed to violence and war. It's not easy for them to meet the rules of their religion in everyday life but when Southern troops pass the area they are in real trouble. Should they fight, despite their peaceful attitude?
Genres: Drama, Western, War. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 2h 17m.
#72 The Silent World 1956
Out of an uncharted universe - comes an experience of unearthly beauty...
Director: Jacques-Yves Cousteau.
Overview: The Silent World (French: Le Monde du silence) is a 1956 French documentary film co-directed by the famed French oceanographer Jacques-Yves Cousteau and a young Louis Malle. The Silent World is noted as one of the first films to use underwater cinematography to show the ocean depths in color. Its title derives from Cousteau's 1953 book The Silent World: A Story of Undersea Discovery and Adventure. The film was shot aboard the ship Calypso. Cousteau and his team of divers shot 25 kilometers of film over two years in the Mediterranean Sea, the Persian Gulf, the Red Sea and the Indian Ocean, of which 2.5 kilometers were included in the finished documentary.
Genre: Documentary. Country: France. Runtime: 1h 26m.
#73 Marty 1955
EVERYBODY'S RAVING ABOUT
Director: Delbert Mann. Cast: Ernest Borgnine, Betsy Blair, Esther Minciotti, Augusta Ciolli, Joe Mantell, Karen Steele, Jerry Paris, James Bell, John Beradino, Charles Cane, Paddy Chayefsky, John Dennis, Walter Kelley, Doris Kemper, John Milford.
Overview: Marty, a butcher who lives in the Bronx with his mother is unmarried at 34. Good-natured but socially awkward he faces constant badgering from family and friends to get married but has reluctantly resigned himself to bachelorhood. Marty meets Clara, an unattractive school teacher, realising their emotional connection, he promises to call but family and friends try to convince him not to.
Genres: Drama, Romance. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 1h 30m. Rated: NR.
#74 Gate of Hell 1953
The Most Honored Screen Import in a Decade!
Director: Teinosuke Kinugasa. Cast: Kazuo Hasegawa, Machiko Kyô, Isao Yamagata, Yataro Kurokawa, Kôtarô Bandô.
Overview: Originally released as Jigokumen, Gate of Hell was one of the most popular Japanese imports of the 1954-55 American film season. Set in 12th-century feudal Japan, the film stars Kazuo Hasegawa as Moritoh, a samurai whose courage in defending his ruler is to be rewarded with anything he desires. He desires the beautiful, aristocratic Lady Kesa Machiko Kyo who happens to be already married to another samurai, Wataru (Isao Yamagata). Moritoh attempts to persuade Kesa to leave her husband but her devotion is unshakeable. The winner of two Academy Awards and a Cannes grand prize, Gate of Hell is perhaps the most dazzling example of Japanese color photography of the 1950s. The film was based on a well-known play by Kan Kikuchi.
Genres: Drama, Romance. Country: Japan. Runtime: 1h 26m.
#75 The Wages of Fear 1953
Dynamic Tremendous Shattering
Director: Henri-Georges Clouzot. Cast: Yves Montand, Charles Vanel, Peter van Eyck, Folco Lulli, Véra Clouzot, Antonio Centa, Luis De Lima, Jo Dest, Darío Moreno, William Tubbs, Grégoire Gromoff, Joseph Palau-Fabre, Darling Légitimus, François Valorbe.
Overview: In the South American jungle, supplies of nitroglycerine are needed at a remote oil field. The oil company pays four men to deliver the supplies in two trucks. A tense rivalry develops between the two sets of drivers on the rough remote roads where the slightest jolt can result in death.
Genres: Drama, Thriller, Adventure. Countries: France, Italy. Runtime: 2h 11m. Rated: PG-13.
#76 Two Cents Worth of Hope 1952
Director: Renato Castellani. Cast: Maria Fiore.
Overview: The film is the third in director Castellani's "young love" trilogy (the first two being Sotto il sole di Roma (1948) and È primavera...(1950)). The story concerns the romance between Carmela (Fiore) and Antonio (Musolino). The ardor is one-sided at first, but Carmela is a determined young woman, willing to scale and conquer any obstacle in pursuing her heart's desire. Once he's "hooked," Antonio scurries from job to job to prove his financial viability. Faced with the hostility of their parents, Carmela and Antonio symbolically shed themselves of all responsibilities to others in a climactic act of stark-naked bravado.
Genre: Comedy. Country: Italy. Runtime: 1h 50m.
#77 The Tragedy of Othello: The Moor of Venice 1952
Director: Orson Welles. Cast: Orson Welles, Micheál MacLiammóir, Robert Coote, Suzanne Cloutier, Hilton Edwards, Nicholas Bruce, Michael Laurence, Fay Compton, Doris Dowling, Joan Fontaine.
Overview: Orson Welles' adaptation of the Shakespeare play.
Genres: Drama, Romance. Countries: France, Italy, Morocco, United States of America. Runtime: 1h 30m.
#78 Miracle in Milan 1951
Director: Vittorio De Sica. Cast: Emma Gramatica, Francesco Golisano, Paolo Stoppa, Guglielmo Barnabò.
Overview: Once upon a time an old woman discovers a baby in her cabbage patch. She brings up the child and, when she dies, the boy, Toto, enters an orphanage. Toto leaves the orphanage a happy young man, and looks for work in post-war Milan. He ends up with the homeless and organizes them to build a shanty town in a vacant lot. The squatters discover oil in the land and Toto sees a vision of the old woman who gives him a magic dove that will grant him anything he wishes.
Genres: Comedy, Fantasy, Science Fiction. Country: Italy. Runtime: 1h 40m.
#79 Miss Julie 1951
Director: Alf Sjöberg. Cast: Anita Björk, Ulf Palme, Märta Dorff, Lissi Alandh, Anders Henrikson, Inga Gill, Max von Sydow, Åke Fridell, Kurt-Olof Sundström, Margaretha Krook, Åke Claesson, Inger Norberg, Jan Hagerman.
Overview: Based on the play by August Strindberg, Miss Julie vividly depicts the battle of the sexes and classes that ensues when Julie, a wealthy businessman's daughter, falls for Jean, her father's bitter servant.
Genres: Drama, Romance. Country: Sweden. Runtime: 1h 30m.
#80 The Third Man 1949
Hunted by men...Sought by WOMEN!
Director: Carol Reed. Cast: Joseph Cotten, Alida Valli, Orson Welles, Trevor Howard, Bernard Lee, Paul Hörbiger, Siegfried Breuer, Wilfrid Hyde-White, Hedwig Bleibtreu, Annie Rosar, Erich Ponto, Ernst Deutsch.
Overview: An American pulp writer arrives in post-WWII Vienna only to find that the friend who waited for him is killed under mysterious circumstances. The ensuing mystery entangles him in his friend's involvement in the black market, with the multinational police, and with his Czech girlfriend.
Genres: Mystery, Thriller, Film Noir. Countries: Austria, United Kingdom. Runtime: 1h 44m. Rated: NR.
#81 Pastoral Symphony 1946
Director: Jean Delannoy. Cast: Michèle Morgan, Pierre Blanchar, Line Noro, Jean Desailly, Andrée Clément.
Overview: A minister falls in love with a blind young woman he sheltered, but so does his son.
Genre: Drama. Country: France. Runtime: 1h 50m.
#82 Neecha Nagar 1946
Director: Chetan Anand. Cast: Rafiq Anwar.
Overview: Neecha Nagar, released in 1946 is a Hindi film directed by Chetan Anand. This film is considered as one of the pioneering efforts in the field of expressionist social realism in Indian Cinema. Written by Khwaja Ahmad Abbas, this film is inspired by Maxim Gorky’s Lower Depths. The film was financed by the Indian People’s Theater Association (IPTA).
Country: India. Runtime: 2h 2m.
#83 Rome, Open City 1946
Director: Roberto Rossellini. Cast: Aldo Fabrizi, Anna Magnani, Francesco Grandjacquet, Marcello Pagliero, Harry Feist, Maria Michi, Vito Annichiarico, Ákos Tolnay, Joop van Hulzen, Carla Rovere, Giovanna Galletti.
Overview: Open City is a landmark in film history. Filmed in secrecy during the Nazi occupation of Italy, the film shows a realistic portrayal of the underground resistance in Italy in 1945. The film has strong impacting imagery with it’s mix of fiction and reality that strengthened Italian Neo-realism and the film industry.
Genres: Drama, Foreign, History. Country: Italy. Runtime: 1h 40m.
#84 Iris and the Lieutenant 1946
Director: Alf Sjöberg.
Overview: The officer Robert Motander is invited to a dinner with his upper-class relatives.
Country: Sweden. Runtime: 1h 26m.
#85 Men Without Wings 1946
Director: František Čáp.
Overview: After an attack against the guard of the Third Reich, Nazi repression intensifies, and the Czechoslovakian resistance's organized sabotage in an aircraft factory leads to Gestapo shootings.
Country: Czech Republic. Runtime: 1h 19m.
#86 The Turning Point 1945
Director: Fridrikh Ermler.
Overview: A Soviet 1945 film directed by Fridrikh Ermler based on a screenplay by Boris Chirskov. The film was one of the Cannes top prize winners of 1946.
Country: Russia. Runtime: 1h 48m.
#87 Red Meadows 1945
Directors: Bodil Ipsen, Lau Lauritzen Jr.. Cast: Poul Reichhardt, Preben Kaas, Lisbeth Movin, Per Buckhøj, Lau Lauritzen Jr., Kjeld Jacobsen, Freddy Koch, Preben Neergaard, Einar Juhl, Preben Lerdorff Rye, Bjørn Watt-Boolsen, Karl Jørgensen, Arne Hersholt, Bjørn Spiro, Mantza Rasmussen.
Overview: A suspense tale revolving around the memories of a Danish saboteur as he awaits his execution in a German war-time prison.
Genres: War, Drama. Country: Denmark. Runtime: 1h 25m.
#88 The Lost Weekend 1945
Director: Billy Wilder. Cast: Ray Milland, Jane Wyman, Phillip Terry, Howard Da Silva, Doris Dowling, Frank Faylen, Mary Young, Anita Sharp-Bolster, Lillian Fontaine, Frank Orth, Lewis L. Russell.
Overview: A writer battles his addiction to alcohol during a hot weekend in New York City
Genre: Drama. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 1h 41m.
#89 Brief Encounter 1945
Director: David Lean. Cast: Celia Johnson, Trevor Howard, Stanley Holloway, Joyce Carey, Cyril Raymond, Everley Gregg, Marjorie Mars, Margaret Barton.
Overview: Brief Encounter is a classic from British director David Lean about two people who fall in love yet face the fact that they are already married and can never be together.
Genres: Drama, Foreign, Romance. Country: United Kingdom. Runtime: 1h 26m. Rated: NR.
#90 The Last Chance 1945
Director: Leopold Lindtberg. Cast: Ewart G. Morrison, John Hoy, Ray Reagan, Luisa Rossi.
Overview: Escaping a Nazi prison train in war-torn Italy, an American and a British soldier set out for the Swiss border and find themselves leading a multi-national party of refugees for the Italian underground.
Genres: Drama, War. Country: Switzerland. Runtime: 1h 44m.
#91 María Candelaria 1944
Una sublime historia de amor
Director: Emilio Fernández. Cast: Dolores del Río, Pedro Armendáriz, Alberto Galán, Margarita Cortés, Miguel Inclán, Beatriz Ramos, Rafael Icardo, Julio Ahuet, Lupe del Castillo, Lupe Inclán, Salvador Quiroz, Nieves, Elda Loza, Lupe Garnica, Alfonso Jiménez.
Overview: A young journalist asks an old artist about the portrait of a naked Indian woman that he has in his study. The artist tells the story of Maria Candelaria (Dolores del Río), a young Indian woman who was rejected by her own people for being the daughter of a prostitute. She is protected by a young Indian man, Lorenzo Rafael (Pedro Armendáriz), who has fallen in love with her.
Genres: Drama, Romance. Country: Mexico. Runtime: 1h 42m.
#92 Union Pacific 1939
Director: Cecil B. DeMille. Cast: Barbara Stanwyck, Joel McCrea, Akim Tamiroff, Robert Preston, Lynne Overman, Brian Donlevy, Robert Barrat, Anthony Quinn, Stanley Ridges, Henry Kolker, Francis McDonald, Willard Robertson, Harold Goodwin, Evelyn Keyes, Richard Lane.
Overview: One of the last bills signed by President Lincoln authorizes pushing the Union Pacific Railroad across the wilderness to California. But financial opportunist Asa Barrows hopes to profit from obstructing it. Chief troubleshooter Jeff Butler has his hands full fighting Barrows' agent, gambler Sid Campeau; Campeau's partner Dick Allen is Jeff's war buddy and rival suitor for engineer's daughter Molly Monahan. Who will survive the effort to push the railroad through at any cost?
Genres: Drama, Western. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 2h 15m.
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