Introducing: The 50 Movies Project, 2013 Edition

I have been having a blast with these movie projects, so doing a third round was a no-brainer. I started keeping a tally of films I badly needed/wanted to see over the last year, and my initial rough draft included over 100 titles. I begrudgingly whittled it down to 50, tweaked it some more, and eventually came up with this, my final draft. I really tried to add some diversity to this year’s list, allowing myself no more than one film per director. Many of these are directors I am entirely unfamiliar with, so this should be a totally enlightening experience. As always, I would love to hear your thoughts on this year’s project. What are your favorites?

The 50 Movies Project: 2013 Edition

Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans [1927, F.W. Murnau]
The Passion of Joan of Arc [1928, Carl Theodor Dreyer]
Grand Illusion [1937, Jean Renoir]
Gone with the Wind [1939, Victor Fleming]
Stagecoach [1939, John Ford]
His Girl Friday [1940, Howard Hawks]
Rebecca [1940, Alfred Hitchcock]
Sullivan’s Travels [1941, Preston Sturges]
To Be or Not to Be [1942, Ernst Lubitsch]
The Best Years of Our Lives [1946, William Wyler]
Ikiru [1952, Akira Kurosawa]
Mr. Hulot’s Holiday [1953, Jacques Tati]
The Wages of Fear [1953, Henri-Georges Clouzot]
Rebel Without a Cause [1955, Nicholas Ray]
Rififi [1955, Jules Dassin]
The Bridge on the River Kwai [1957, David Lean]
Sweet Smell of Success [1957, Alexander Mackendrick]
The Battle of Algiers [1966, Gillo Pontecorvo]
Belle de Jour [1967, Luis Buñuel]
Rosemary’s Baby [1968, Roman Polanski]
Midnight Cowboy [1969, John Schlesinger]
Two-Lane Blacktop [1971, Monte Hellman]
Solaris [1972, Andrey Tarkovskiy]
Ali: Fear Eats the Soul [1974, Rainer Werner Fassbinder]
The Texas Chain Saw Massacre [1974, Tobe Hooper]
Barry Lyndon [1975, Stanley Kubrick]
Nashville [1975, Robert Altman]
The Rocky Horror Picture Show [1975, Jim Sharman]
Salo, or the 120 Days of Sodom [1975, Pier Paolo Pasolini]
All the President’s Men [1976, Alan J. Pakula]
Carrie [1976, Brian De Palma]
Dawn of the Dead [1978, George Romero]
The Last Waltz [1978, Martin Scorcese]
The Warriors [1979, Walter Hill]
Amadeus [1984, Milos Forman]
Au revoir les enfants [1987, Louis Malle]
Withnail & I [1987, Bruce Robinson]
My Neighbor Totoro [1988, Hayao Miyazaki]
Do the Right Thing [1989, Spike Lee]
Hard Boiled [1992, John Woo]
Three Colors: Blue [1993, Krzysztof Kieślowski]
Three Colors: White [1994, Krzysztof Kieślowski]
Three Colors: Red [1994, Krzysztof Kieślowski]
Leaving Las Vegas [1995, Mike Figgis]
Life is Beautiful [1997, Roberto Benigni]
Amores Perros [2000, Alejandro González Iñárritu]
A Beautiful Mind [2001, Ron Howard]
Y Tu Mamá También [2001, Alfonso Cuarón]
Moon [2009, Duncan Jones]
The Secret in Their Eyes [2009, Juan José Campanella]

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