Submitted by nielsnable t3_z6ze24 in movies

Looking for 10 films to add to my Film Buff Essentials list! Any suggestions?

Hi. I made this Film Buff Essentials list earlier this year and just updated it today. I'm looking for ten (10) films that I can add even if they don't meet any of the criteria for inclusion, which are the following:

The films I'm gonna add just have to be high-quality, culturally significant, cinematically influential, or incredibly popular, as stated in the list description. The 10 replies with the most upvotes will be added to my list!




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TrickNatural t1_iy4035f wrote

AFI's 100 movies ranking is, for me at least, the ultimate film buff top tier essentials list. All the films in there, which include all eras of cinema, are masterpieces.

If you are doing you own I'd recommend checking that one.


nielsnable OP t1_iy43lwi wrote

Eh... AFI's ranking is very US-centric, not to mention that its last update was 2007.


TrickNatural t1_iy446z5 wrote

And I dont disagree with any of that, but as a non-US citizen myself, I found it to be a very good ranking, because as I said, all those films are fantastic.


remembervideostores t1_iy3whlq wrote


The Phantom Carriage

Sherlock Jr


Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

The Scarlett Empress


Make Way for Tomorrow


The Ghost and Mrs. Muir

The Heiress


S0df t1_iy3zvi9 wrote

The thing?


darthmcchub t1_iy3xpsi wrote

- Terminator 2

- The Big Lebowski

- Ghost in the Shell ('95)

- Blade Runner 2049

- Hard Boiled

- Twin Peaks: The Return

- Videodrome

- Under the Skin

- The Master

- The Piano Teacher


idle_chatter t1_iy44pa4 wrote

Five notable and worthwhile entries in my opinion:

  • Heat (1995)
  • Life Is Beautiful (1997)
  • Memento (2000)
  • No Country for Old Men (2007)
  • There Will Be Blood (2007)

transformerjay t1_iy49qz7 wrote


The Royal Tenenbaums

The Matrix

The Burbs

Last Action Hero

Some Like It Hot

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly



The Secret Life of Walter Mitty


DifferentOpinionHere t1_iy5jaz1 wrote


  1. The Wizard of Oz (1939)
  2. Metropolis (1927)
  3. Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
  4. Un Chien Andalou (1929) - Short film, but still essential
  5. The Night of the Hunter (1955)
  6. Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror (1922)
  7. A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001)
  8. King Kong (1933)
  9. White Heat (1949)
  10. M (1931)

ParkSonWon t1_iy3xpwy wrote

Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace

Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones

Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith

Rogue One

Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope

Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back

Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi

Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens

Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi

Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker