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!)





1931 – City Lights (dir. Charlie Chaplin)

1931 – Frankenstein (dir. James Whale)

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


1943- Jane Eyre (dir. Robert Stevenson)

1947 – Black Narcissus (dir. Emeric PressburgerMichael Powell)

1948 -Bicycle Thieves (dir. Vittorio de Sicca)


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)


1962 – Jules and Jim (dir. François Truffaut)

1963 – High and Low (dir. Akira Kurosawa)

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)


1970 – El Topo (dir. Alejandro Jodorowsky)

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

1977 – Star Wars (dir. George Lucas)

1977 – The Ascent (dir. Larisa Shepitko)


1986 - Blue Velvet (dir. David Lynch)

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


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)

1997 – Princess Mononoke (dir. Hayao Miyazaki)

1999 – American Beauty (dir. Sam Mendes)

1999 – Go (dir. Doug Liman)