Summer Movie List

The great thing about the start of every season is the wishful thinking that we can start anew. Each season, I have the urge to start a project: whether for physical self-improvement purposes like a diet or an exercise regime or for self-enrichment like reading novels or textbook or watching classic films. This summer, I plan on watching classic films that have been wilting on my list of things-to-watch for at least 5 years now. How can I profess to being a cinema aficionado, when I’ve seen so little of the movies that are constantly being hailed as some of the greatest? Of the 50 Greatest Films listed by Sight and Sound 2012, I’ve only seen 5 Films, which is quite embarrassing. On top of that, all of them rank highly on my list of favorite films.  So this summer, here’s 100 movies I plan on watching. I made sure that all of these movies are available to me either via Hulu’s Criterion Collection, Netflix, or my school’s library collection.

The first list, is a collection of the Sight and Sound Poll films that I find interesting or really important based on all the things I’ve read.

  1. Vertigo (1958) – dir. Alfred Hitchcock (AU Library)
  2. Citizen Kane (1941) – dir. Orson Welles (AU Library)
  3. The Rules of the Game (1939) dir. Jean Renoir (Hulu+)
  4. Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (1927)dir. FW Murnau (AU Library)
  5. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) – dir. Stanley Kubrick (AU Library)
  6. The Searchers (1956) dir. John Ford (AU Library)
  7. Man with a Movie Camera (1929) dir. Dziga Vertov (Hulu+)
  8.  (1963) – dir. Federico Fellini (AU Library)
  9. Battleship Potemkin (1925) – dir. Sergei Eisenstein (AU Library)
  10. L’Atalante (1934) ­– dir. Jean Vigo (Hulu+)
  11. Breathless (1960) dir. Jean-Luc Godard (Hulu+)
  12. Apocalypse Now (1979) dir. Francis Ford Coppola (AU Library)
  13. Late Spring (1949) – dir. Yasujiro Ozu (Hulu+)
  14. Au Hasard Balthazar (1966) dir. Robert Bresson (Hulu+)
  15. Seven Samurai (1954) – dir. Akira Kurosawa (Hulu+)
  16. Persona (1966) – dir. Ingmar Bergman (Hulu+)
  17. Mirror (1975) dir. Andrei Tarkovsky (AU Library)
  18. L’Avventura (1960) – dir. Michaelangelo Antoinini (Hulu+)
  19. Contempt (1963) dir. Jean-Luc Godard (AU Library)
  20. The Godfather (1972) – dir. Francis Ford Coppola (AU Library)
  21. Ordet (1955) dir. Carl Theodore Dreyer (Hulu+)
  22. Andrei Rublev (1966) – dir. Andrei Tarkovsky (Hulu+)
  23. Mulholland Dr. (2001) – dir. David Lynch (AU Library)
  24. Shoah (1985) ­dir. Claude Lanzmann (AU Library)
  25. The Godfather Part II (1974) dir. Francis Ford Coppola (AU Library)
  26. Taxi Driver (1976) dir. Martin Scorsese (Netflix)
  27. Bicycle Thieves (1948) dir. Vittorio de Sica (Netflix)
  28. The General (1926) dir. Buster Keaton (Hulu+)
  29. Metropolis (1927)dir. Fritz Lang (Hulu+)
  30. Psycho (1960) dir. Alfred Hitchcock (AU Library)
  31. Sátántangó (1994) – dir. Bela Tarr (AU Library)
  32. The 400 Blows (1959) dir. Francois Truffaut (Hulu+)
  33. La Dolce Vita (1960) – dir. Federico Fellini (AU Library)
  34. Journey to Italy (1954) – dir. Roberto Rossellini (AU Library)
  35. Gertrud (1964) – dir. Carl Theodore Dreyer (Hulu+)
  36. Playtime (1967) – dir. Jacques Titi (AU Library)
  37. Close-Up (1990) dir. Abbas Kiarostrami (Hulu+)
  38. The Battle of Algiers (1966) dir. Gillo Pontecorvo (Hulu+)
  39. City Lights (1931) dir. Charlie Chaplin (Hulu+)
  40. Ugetsu Monogatari (1953) – dir. Kenji Mizoguchi (Hulu+)
  41. La Jetée (1962) dir. Chris Marker (Hulu+)

The next list is all the movies that I’ve been really curious about and I have been dying to see for a while now.

  1. The Philadelphia Story (1940) – dir. George Cukor (AU Library)
  2. The Red Shoes (1948) – dir. Michael Powell & Emeric Pressberger (AU Library)
  3. The Third Man (1949) – dir. Carol Reed (AU Library)
  4. Ikiru (1952) – dir. Akira Kurosawa (Hulu+)
  5. Sansho the Bailiff (1954) – dir. Kenji Mizoguchi (Hulu+)
  6. The Seventh Seal (1957) – dir. Ingmar Bergman (Hulu+)
  7. The Housemaid (1960) – dir. Kim Ki-Young (Hulu+)
  8. Woman in the Dunes (1964) – dir. Hiroshi Teshigahara (Hulu+)
  9. The Good, Bad, and the Ugly (1966) – dir. Sergio Leone (Hulu+)
  10. The Pornographers (1966) – dir. Shohei Imamura (Hulu+)
  11. Enter the Dragon (1973) – dir. Robert Clouse (AU Library)
  12. Chinatown (1974) – dir. Roman Polanski (Netflix)
  13. Jaws (1975) dir. Steven Spielberg (AU Library)
  14. Monthy Python and the Holy Grail (1975) dir. Terry Gilliam (AU Library)
  15. In the Realm of Senses (1976) dir. Nagisa Oshima (Hulu+)
  16. Insiang (1976) – dir. Lino Brocka (Hulu+)
  17. Annie Hall (1977) – dir. Woody Allen (AU Library)
  18. Alien (1979) – dir. Ridley Scott (AU Library)
  19. Manhattan (1979) – dir. Woody Allen (Netflix)
  20. Raging Bull (1980)  dir. Martin Scorsese (Netflix)
  21. Kagemusha (1980) – dir. Akira Kurosawa (Netflix)
  22. The Ballad of Narayama (1983) dir. Shohei Imamura (AU Library)
  23. Back to the Future (1985) – dir. Robert Zemeckis (AU Library)
  24. Blue Velvet (1986) – dir. David Lynch (AU Library)
  25. Akira (1988) – dir. Katsuhiro Otomo (AU Library)
  26. Coming to America (1988) dir. John Landis (Netflix)
  27. When Harry Met Sally (1989) – dir. Rob Reiner (AU Library)
  28. Days of Being Wild (1990) dir. Wong kar-Wai (Netflix)
  29. Edward Scissorhands (1990) – dir. Tim Burton (AU Library)
  30. My Own Private Idaho (1991) – dir. Gus Van Sant (AU Library)
  31. Thelma & Louise (1991) dir. Ridley Scott (Netflix)
  32. Howard’s End (1992) – dir. James Ivory (AU Library)
  33. Schindler’s List (1993) – dir. Steven Spielberg (AU Library)
  34. Three Colors: Blue (1993) dir. Krystof Kieslowski (Hulu+)
  35. What’s Eating Gilbert Grape (1993) dir. Lasse Halstrom (Netflix)
  36. Bullets over Broadway (1994) dir. Woody Allen (AU Library)
  37. Ghost in the Shell (1995) – dir. Mamoru Oshii (Hulu+)
  38. Sense and Sensibility (1995) ­– dir. Ang Lee (Netflix)
  39. Fargo (1996) – dir. Joel & Ethan Coen (Netflix)
  40. Boogie Nights (1997) – dir. Paul Thomas Anderson (AU Library)
  41. Rushmore (1998) – dir. Wes Anderson (AU Library)
  42. Boys Don’t Cry (1999) – dir. Kimberly Pierce (Netflix)
  43. Peppermint Candy (1999) – dir. Lee Chang-dong (Hulu+)
  44. Requiem for a Dream (2000) – dir. Darren Arronofsky (AU Library)
  45. Fat Girl (2001) dir. Catherine Breillat (AU Library)
  46. My Sassy Girl (2001) – dir. Kwak Jaeyoung (Hulu+)
  47. 2046 (2004) – dir. Wong Kar-wai (AU Library)
  48. Before Sunset (2004) – dir. Richard Linklater (AU Library)
  49. Oldboy (2004) dir. Park Chan-wook (Netflix)
  50. Spring, Summer, Winter, Fall…Spring (2004) – dir. Kim Ki-duk (AU Library)
  51. Woman is the Future of Man (2004) dir. Hong Sang Soo (Netflix)
  52. Vera Drake (2004) – dir. Mike Leigh (AU Library)
  53. 3-Iron (2005) dir. Kim ki-duk (AU Library)
  54. 4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days (2007) – dir. Cristian Mungui (Netflix)
  55. Syndromes and a Century (2007) – dir. Apichatpong Weerasethakul (AU Library)
  56. Milk (2008) – dir. Gus van Sant (AU Library)
  57. A Simple Life (2012)  – dir. Ann Hui (Hulu+)
  58. A Touch of Sin (2013) – dir. Jia Zhangke (Netflix)
  59. Frances Ha (2013) – dir. Noah Baumbach (Netflix)

Wish me luck as I embark on this adventure!

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2 thoughts on “Summer Movie List

  1. I know how you feel lol. I have nice long list for myself this summer of movies I need to finally see. From the list of movies you’ve been wanting to see, I’ve got to say Oldboy is easily on my list of top 10 films. There are a lot of incredible movies on that list, actually…Fargo, Boogie Nights, Requiem for a Dream…a lot of greats on the first list as well. Love them. Good luck and enjoy!

    1. Thanks! I’m looking forward to seeing Oldboy since it’s been endlessly referenced to me by my friends. But yes, I’m excited for Boogie Nights the most. I’ve seen three of Paul Thomas Anderson’s films (The Master, There Will Be Blood, Punch Drunk Love) and I loved or at least admired each one of them! Good luck on your list too!

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