Top 10 Movies Everyone Watches in Film School

Narratively and visually, these films are the essentials for any self-respecting cinephile.

For this list, we’re focusing on the influential motion pictures that are most often shown by film or media professors when discussing the craft of filmmaking.

The Top Ten

1 Citizen Kane (1941)

This is a very intelligent and high quality list in my opinion. - HeavyDonkeyKong

Amazing list - jack2244

2 Psycho (1960)
3 2001: A Space Odyssey

This movie is revolutionary and was made by one of the best directors of all time as well as ahead of his time. This movie is a perfect example of how to work to perfection not only is this Stanley Kubrick's best movie it's also my favorite movie of all time. - Seventies-Music-Fan

4 The Godfather (1972)
5 Forrest Gump

This movie sneaks up on you. You don't think you're sad, but you find yourself crying as the credits roll. Anybody who watches it comes out a little more knowledgeable about history as a whole.

Forrest Gump is like a life changer. It shows that all people can do all things. - catlinelizabethlaufeyson

6 Breathless (1960)
7 Seven Samurai (1954)

Not just Akira Kurosawa's magnum opus but is the greatest movie of all time - jack2244

8 Mulholland Drive (2001)


9 Bicycle Thieves (1948)

A sad film ahead of its time

10 Raging Bull (1980)

The Contenders

11 City Lights (1931)
12 October Sky

Its such an underrated but beautiful movie. - Catacorn

13 Casablanca
14 The Shawshank Redemption

The depth and substance of this film plus the superb acting make it close to CASABLANCA in my estimation.

15 Toy Story
16 Star Wars
17 Super Size Me
18 Jurassic Park
19 The Lion King

Love this movie - 1507563

20 Metropolis
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