The Film Canon

The Film Canon (launched in November 2012) is a series of articles and reviews of older movies that have entered, well, the film canon, for being creatively or culturally important. We plan to cover everything from Citizen Kane to The Breakfast Club to Fargo to Fight Club. We want create a diverse list of essential movies for the young cinephiles to watch, enjoy and discuss. (The index below may look a little empty, but hey! we just started!)

1900s

1910s

1920s

1930s

1931 – City Lights (dir. Charlie Chaplin)

1931 – Frankenstein (dir. James Whale)

1939 – The Wizard of Oz (dir. Victor Fleming)

1940s

1943- Jane Eyre (dir. Robert Stevenson)

1947 – Black Narcissus (dir. Emeric PressburgerMichael Powell)

1948 -Bicycle Thieves (dir. Vittorio de Sicca)

1950s

1950 – Rashomon (dir. Akira Kurosawa)

1952 – Singin’ in the Rain (dir. Gene Kelly, Stanley Donen)

1954 – Godzilla (dir. Ishirō Honda)

1954 – On the Waterfront (dir. Elia Kazan)

1955 -Les Diaboliques (dir. Henri-Georges Clouzot)

1960s

1962 – Jules and Jim (dir. François Truffaut)

1964 – A Hard Day’s Night (dir. Richard Lester)

1967 – Bonnie and Clyde (dir. Arthur Penn)

1967 – The Graduate (dir. Mike Nichols)

1968 – The Producers (dir. Mel Brooks)

1970s

1976 – All the President’s Men (dir. Alan J. Pakula)

1977 – Star Wars (dir. George Lucas)

1977 – The Ascent (dir. Larisa Shepitko)

1980s

1989 – Do The Right Thing (dir. Spike Lee)

1990s

1990 –  Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (dir. Steve Barron)

1991 – Armour of God II: Operation Condor (dir. Jackie Chan)

1991 – The Silence of the Lambs (dir. Jonathan Demme)

1994 – Pulp Fiction (dir. Quentin Tarantino)

1999 – American Beauty (dir. Sam Mendes)

1999 – Go (dir. Doug Liman)