After a year of work and many many MANY drafts of this list, I feel comfortable enough with my choices to release this. If I did this tomorrow, I’d change a few around. If I did it the next day, I’d change it some more. But as of tonight, this is the list that I am satisfied with.
It is important for you to understand how I came up with this list. I’ll explain that this is not a list of my favorite films or the most significant to film history. This list of mine lies somewhere in between. All of these films already have (or I expect to have) some historical significance in regards to film history and are also very enjoyable to watch from a perspective of a modern audience. We have movies from the silent era all the way up to movies from the 2000’s. I must admit, the most controversial ones are the most recent films because it is tough to gauge their historical significance so early. I thought I’d give it a shot.
Anyway, in my opinion, any of these films are a must for learners and lovers of film. This list is a celebration of the art and the various ways films can be entertaining, successful, and impactful. They sure are a huge part of my life and have shaped me to the way I am today. In this list, science fiction can stand next to comedy. Silent films can be with CGI. Epics can be with minimalist films. They all share the common link of being great and significant films. I hope you enjoy the list as much as I’ve enjoyed making it. I also hope you disagree! That’s the fun of this.
NOTE: The sequels to films I counted as one movie. So what… I cheated.Read less