The Film Meme

OK, a quick digression into meme-land. This list should probably – for reasons of alliteration – be called the "Movie Meme", however, if you don’t mind I prefer sticking to "Film". The word "Movie" has an air of cheap cigar about it as far as I’m concerned.
Anyway, here’s a list of 102 films that people who are supposed to be literate about film really ought to have seen. My score is in bold. How did you do?
2001: A Space Odyssey” (1968) Stanley Kubrick
“The 400 Blows” (1959) Francois Truffaut
8 1/2" (1963) Federico Fellini
“Aguirre, the Wrath of God” (1972) Werner Herzog
Alien” (1979) Ridley Scott
All About Eve” (1950) Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Annie Hall” (1977) Woody Allen
Apocalypse Now” (1979) Francis Ford Coppola*
Bambi” (1942) Disney
The Battleship Potemkin” (1925) Sergei Eisenstein
“The Best Years of Our Lives” (1946) William Wyler
“The Big Red One” (1980) Samuel Fuller
The Bicycle Thief” (1949) Vittorio De Sica
“The Big Sleep” (1946) Howard Hawks
Blade Runner” (1982) Ridley Scott
Blowup” (1966) Michelangelo Antonioni
Blue Velvet” (1986) David Lynch
Bonnie and Clyde” (1967) Arthur Penn
“Breathless” (1959 Jean-Luc Godard
Bringing Up Baby” (1938) Howard Hawks
Carrie” (1975) Brian DePalma
Casablanca” (1942) Michael Curtiz
Un Chien Andalou” (1928) Luis Bunuel & Salvador Dali
“Children of Paradise” / “Les Enfants du Paradis” (1945) Marcel Carne
Chinatown” (1974) Roman Polanski
Citizen Kane” (1941) Orson Welles
A Clockwork Orange” (1971) Stanley Kubrick
The Crying Game” (1992) Neil Jordan
The Day the Earth Stood Still” (1951) Robert Wise
Days of Heaven” (1978) Terence Malick
“Dirty Harry” (1971) Don Siegel
The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie” (1972) Luis Bunuel
“Do the Right Thing” (1989 Spike Lee
La Dolce Vita” (1960) Federico Fellini
Double Indemnity” (1944) Billy Wilder
Dr. Strangelove” (1964) Stanley Kubrick
Duck Soup” (1933) Leo McCarey
E.T. — The Extra-Terrestrial” (1982) Steven Spielberg
Easy Rider” (1969) Dennis Hopper
The Empire Strikes Back” (1980) Irvin Kershner
The Exorcist” (1973) William Friedkin
Fargo” (1995) Joel & Ethan Coen
Fight Club” (1999) David Fincher
Frankenstein” (1931) James Whale
“The General” (1927) Buster Keaton & Clyde Bruckman
The Godfather,” “The Godfather, Part II” (1972, 1974) Francis Ford Coppola
Gone With the Wind” (1939) Victor Fleming
GoodFellas” (1990) Martin Scorsese
The Graduate” (1967) Mike Nichols
“Halloween” (1978) John Carpenter
A Hard Day’s Night” (1964) Richard Lester
“Intolerance” (1916) D.W. Griffith
“It’s a Gift” (1934) Norman Z. McLeod
It’s a Wonderful Life” (1946) Frank Capra
Jaws” (1975) Steven Spielberg
“The Lady Eve” (1941) Preston Sturges
Lawrence of Arabia” (1962) David Lean
“M” (1931) Fritz Lang
Mad Max 2" / “The Road Warrior” (1981) George Miller
“The Maltese Falcon” (1941) John Huston
“The Manchurian Candidate” (1962) John Frankenheimer
Metropolis” (1926) Fritz Lang
Modern Times” (1936) Charles Chaplin
Monty Python and the Holy Grail” (1975) Terry Jones & Terry Gilliam
Nashville” (1975) Robert Altman
The Night of the Hunter” (1955) Charles Laughton
“Night of the Living Dead” (1968) George Romero
North by Northwest” (1959) Alfred Hitchcock
“Nosferatu” (1922) F.W. Murnau
On the Waterfront” (1954) Elia Kazan
“Once Upon a Time in the West” (1968) Sergio Leone
“Out of the Past” (1947) Jacques Tournier
“Persona” (1966) Ingmar Bergman
Pink Flamingos” (1972) John Waters
Psycho” (1960) Alfred Hitchcock
“Pulp Fiction” (1994) Quentin Tarantino
Rashomon” (1950) Akira Kurosawa
Rear Window” (1954) Alfred Hitchcock
“Rebel Without a Cause” (1955) Nicholas Ray
“Red River” (1948) Howard Hawks
Repulsion” (1965) Roman Polanski
“The Rules of the Game” (1939) Jean Renoir
“Scarface” (1932) Howard Hawks
“The Scarlet Empress” (1934) Josef von Sternberg
Schindler’s List” (1993) Steven Spielberg
“The Searchers” (1956) John Ford
The Seven Samurai” (1954) Akira Kurosawa
Singin’ in the Rain” (1952) Stanley Donen & Gene Kelly
Some Like It Hot” (1959) Billy Wilder
A Star Is Born” (1954) George Cukor
A Streetcar Named Desire” (1951) Elia Kazan
Sunset Boulevard” (1950) Billy Wilder
“Taxi Driver” (1976) Martin Scorsese
The Third Man” (1949) Carol Reed
“Tokyo Story” (1953) Yasujiro Ozu
Touch of Evil” (1958) Orson Welles
“The Treasure of the Sierra Madre” (1948) John Huston
“Trouble in Paradise” (1932) Ernst Lubitsch
Vertigo” (1958) Alfred Hitchcock
West Side Story” (1961) Jerome Robbins/Robert Wise
“The Wild Bunch” (1969) Sam Peckinpah
The Wizard of Oz” (1939) Victor Fleming

About Geoff Coupe

I'm a British citizen, although I have lived and worked in the Netherlands since 1983. I came here on a three year assignment, but fell in love with the country, and one Dutchman in particular, and so have stayed here ever since. On the 13th December 2006 I also became a Dutch citizen.
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