Greatest Movies Through 1960

Best Movies Compiled From Many Sources

* Book: The A List: The National Society of Film Critics’ 100 Essential Films (2002)

This book (The A List) concludes that there are 100  “essential” films.  According to the book, the “society has made its selections based on a film’s intrinsic merits, its role in the development of the motion-picture art, and its impact on culture and society.”  The movies were not ranked. Here is the list alphabetically for movies released through 1960:

  • 42nd Street
  • The 400 Blows
  • All About Eve
  • Aparajito
  • Ashes and Diamonds
  • The Bank Dick
  • The Battleship Potemkin
  • The Birth of a Nation
  • Breathless
  • The Bride of Frankenstein
  • Bringing Up Baby
  • Casablanca
  • Children of Paradise
  • Citizen Kane
  • Dance, Girl, Dance
  • Diary of a Country Priest
  • La Doce Vita
  • Double Indemnity
  • Duck Soup
  • The Entertainer
  • Frankenstein
  • The General
  • Gone With The WInd
  • Greed
  • High Noon
  • The Invasion of the Body Snatchers
  • Jailhouse Rock
  • L’Atalante
  • M
  • The Maltese Falcon
  • The Man With a Movie Camera
  • Metropolis
  • Modern Times
  • Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
  • The Night of the Hunter
  • Nosferatu
  • Los Olvidados
  • On The Waterfront
  • Open City
  • The Palm Beach Story
  • Pandora’s Box
  • The Passion of Joan of Arc
  • Pather Panchali
  • Psycho
  • The Public Enemy
  • Rashomon
  • Rebel Without a Cause
  • The Rules of the Game
  • The Searchers
  • The Seven Samurai
  • The Seventh Seal
  • Singin’ In The Rain
  • La Strada
  • Nights of Cabiria
  • Sunrise
  • Sunset Boulevard
  • The Thief of Bagdad
  • Tokyo Story
  • Top Hat
  • Touch of Evil
  • Trouble in Paradise
  • Ugetsu Monogatori
  • Les Vampires
  • Vertigo
  • Winchester ’73
  • The Wizard of Oz
  • Written on the Wind

This list was a consensus of more than 40 film critics and can be viewed online here: The A List of 100 Essential Films

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