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

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 Breathless (1960)
5 Seven Samurai (1954)
6 The Godfather (1972)

I saw this movie in a film class once.

7 Bicycle Thieves (1948)

A sad film ahead of its time

8 Mulholland Drive (2001)


9 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

10 Super Size Me

I saw this in high school once. I don't remember which class it was in, though. The most memorable scene was when Morgan vomited.

What would happen if you ate nothing but McDonald's for 30 days straight? Morgan Spurlock finds out.

Super Size Me is ultimately a film about how food marketing is such a strong influence. I think it's more influential than the likes of Schindler's List.

Health Class and Film school are 2 different things. - 445956

I watched this at health class and it was gross especially when they showed a guy’s surgery.

The Contenders

11 Raging Bull (1980)
12 Trip to the Moon (1902)

It is over a century old, and a big time groundbreaker! :D

13 City Lights (1931)
14 October Sky

Its such an underrated but beautiful movie. - Catacorn

15 Toy Story
16 Jurassic Park

I seen this movie before.

17 The Lion King

Love this movie - 1507563

18 Metropolis
19 Casablanca
20 Shaun of the Dead
21 The Shawshank Redemption

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

22 Star Wars
23 Vertigo (1958)
24 The Graduate (1967)
25 Taxi Driver (1976)
26 The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
27 To Kill a Mockingbird
28 The Rules of the Game (1939)
29 Nosferatu (1922)
30 Titanic
31 Wall-E
32 The Night of the Hunter
33 The Wizard of Oz
34 Man with a Movie Camera
35 Rope

Shows how with one camera you can make a film, going from room to another room, follow the characters etc...

36 Hot Fuzz
37 Born Into Brothels
38 Stand by Me
39 Modern Times
40 The Sound of Music
41 Steamboat Willie
42 Gone with the Wind
43 Back to the Future
44 The Green Mile
45 Lawrence of Arabia
46 Schindler's List
47 Intolerance (1916)
48 The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928)
49 Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (1927)
50 King Kong (1933)
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