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 Breathless (1960)
6 Seven Samurai (1954)

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

7 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

8 Bicycle Thieves (1948)

A sad film ahead of its time

9 Mulholland Drive (2001)


10 Raging Bull (1980)

The Contenders

11 Trip to the Moon (1902)

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

12 City Lights (1931)
13 Casablanca
14 October Sky

Its such an underrated but beautiful movie. - Catacorn

15 The Shawshank Redemption

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

16 Super Size Me

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.

17 Star Wars
18 Toy Story
19 Jurassic Park

I seen this movie before.

20 The Lion King

Love this movie - 1507563

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

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

35 Nosferatu (1922)
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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Top Remixes (5)

1. October Sky
2. Psycho (1960)
3. Jurassic Park
1. Trip to the Moon (1902)
2. Breathless (1960)
3. Citizen Kane (1941)
1. The Godfather (1972)
2. Citizen Kane (1941)
3. Forrest Gump

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