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  TSPDT's Recommended Viewing 189 Films You Must-See...  
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  This page contains the 189 films (to date) that we heartily-highly-recommend above all others. They are listed in the Recommended Viewing section as HR (highly recommended) along with 400-odd other films, but these are the ones we return to and cherish most often.  
     
 
Dir Ace in the Hole --- Wilder, Billy (1951; US; 112m ; BW)   Amazon Google
Dir ┬ge d'or, L' --- Bu˝uel, Luis (1930; France; 63m ; BW)   Amazon Google
Dir Ali: Fear Eats the Soul --- Fassbinder, Rainer Werner (1974; Germany; 94m ; Col)   Amazon Google
Dir All About Eve --- Mankiewicz, Joseph L. (1950; US; 138m ; BW)   Amazon Google
Dir All Quiet on the Western Front --- Milestone, Lewis (1930; US; 133m ; BW)   Amazon Google
Dir All That Heaven Allows --- Sirk, Douglas (1955; US; 89m ; Col)   Amazon Google
Dir American Friend, The --- Wenders, Wim (1977; France-Germany-US; 127m ; Col)   Amazon Google
Dir Anatomy of a Murder --- Preminger, Otto (1959; US; 160m ; BW)   Amazon Google
Dir Apocalypse Now --- Coppola, Francis (1979; US; 150m ; Col)   Amazon Google
Dir Argent, L' --- Bresson, Robert (1983; France-Switzerland; 90m ; Col)   Amazon Google
Dir Atalante, L' --- Vigo, Jean (1934; France; 89m ; BW)   Amazon Google
Dir Awful Truth, The --- McCarey, Leo (1937; US; 92m ; BW)   Amazon Google
Dir Badlands --- Malick, Terrence (1973; US; 95m ; Col)   Amazon Google
Dir Band Wagon, The --- Minnelli, Vincente (1953; US; 112m ; Col)   Amazon Google
Dir Barefoot Contessa, The --- Mankiewicz, Joseph L. (1954; US; 128m ; Col)   Amazon Google
Dir Barton Fink --- Coen, Joel and Ethan Coen (1991; US; 117m ; Col)   Amazon Google
Dir Best Years of Our Lives, The --- Wyler, William (1946; US; 172m ; BW)   Amazon Google
Dir Bŕte humaine, La --- Renoir, Jean (1938; France; 99m ; BW)   Amazon Google
Dir Big Combo, The --- Lewis, Joseph H. (1955; US; 89m ; BW)   Amazon Google
Dir Big Heat, The --- Lang, Fritz (1953; US; 90m ; BW)   Amazon Google
Dir Big Sleep, The --- Hawks, Howard (1946; US; 114m ; BW)   Amazon Google
Dir Bigger Than Life --- Ray, Nicholas (1956; US; 95m ; Col)   Amazon Google
Dir Black Narcissus --- Powell, Michael/Emeric Pressburger (1946; UK; 99m ; Col)   Amazon Google
Dir Blade Runner --- Scott, Ridley (1982; US; 118m ; Col)   Amazon Google
Dir Blood Simple --- Coen, Joel and Ethan Coen (1984; US; 97m ; Col)   Amazon Google
Dir Blue Velvet --- Lynch, David (1986; US; 120m ; Col)   Amazon Google
Dir Bob le flambeur --- Melville, Jean-Pierre (1955; France; 102m ; BW)   Amazon Google
Dir Bonheur, Le --- Varda, AgnŔs (1965; France; 79m ; Col)   Amazon Google
Dir Boyfriends and Girlfriends/My Girlfriend's Boyfriend --- Rohmer, Eric (1987; France; 102m ; Col)   Amazon Google
Dir Breathless --- Godard, Jean-Luc (1960; France; 89m ; BW)   Amazon Google
Dir Bride of Frankenstein --- Whale, James (1935; US; 75m ; BW)   Amazon Google
Dir Chinatown --- Polanski, Roman (1974; US; 131m ; Col)   Amazon Google
Dir Citizen Kane --- Welles, Orson (1941; US; 119m ; BW)   Amazon Google
Dir Crime of Monsieur Lange, The --- Renoir, Jean (1936; France; 90m ; BW)   Amazon Google
Dir Criss Cross --- Siodmak, Robert (1949; US; 87m ; BW)   Amazon Google
Dir Crowd, The --- Vidor, King (1928; US; 104m ; BW)   Amazon Google
Dir Day for Night --- Truffaut, Franšois (1973; France; 120m ; Col)   Amazon Google
Dir Days of Heaven --- Malick, Terrence (1978; US; 95m ; Col)   Amazon Google
Dir Dekalog --- Kieslowski, Krszystof (1988; Poland; 550m ; Col)   Amazon Google
Dir Detour --- Ulmer, Edgar G. (1945; US; 69m ; BW)   Amazon Google
Dir Diary of a Country Priest --- Bresson, Robert (1950; France; 120m ; BW)   Amazon Google
Dir Diary of a Mad Housewife --- Perry, Frank (1970; US; 103m ; Col)   Amazon Google
Dir Distant Voices, Still Lives --- Davies, Terence (1988; UK; 85m ; Col)   Amazon Google
Dir Double Indemnity --- Wilder, Billy (1944; US; 106m ; BW)   Amazon Google
Dir Doulos, Le --- Melville, Jean-Pierre (1962; France-Italy; 108m ; BW)   Amazon Google
Dir Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb --- Kubrick, Stanley (1964; UK; 93m ; BW)   Amazon Google
Dir Duck Soup --- McCarey, Leo (1933; US; 70m ; BW)   Amazon Google
Dir Ed Wood --- Burton, Tim (1994; US; 124m ; BW)   Amazon Google
Dir Edvard Munch [TV] --- Watkins, Peter (1974; Sweden-Norway; 210m ; Col)   Amazon Google
Dir El --- Bu˝uel, Luis (1952; Mexico; 91m ; BW)   Amazon Google
Dir Europa '51 --- Rossellini, Roberto (1952; Italy; 110m ; BW)   Amazon Google
Dir Exterminating Angel, The --- Bu˝uel, Luis (1962; Mexico; 95m ; BW)   Amazon Google
Dir Eyes Without a Face --- Franju, Georges (1959; France-Italy; 88m ; BW)   Amazon Google
Dir Fallen Angel --- Preminger, Otto (1945; US; 97m ; BW)   Amazon Google
Dir Far from Heaven --- Haynes, Todd (2002; US-France; 107m ; Col)   Amazon Google
Dir Farewell to Arms, A --- Borzage, Frank (1932; US; 78m ; BW)   Amazon Google
Dir Fargo --- Coen, Joel and Ethan Coen (1996; US; 97m ; Col)   Amazon Google
Dir Femme est une femme, Une --- Godard, Jean-Luc (1961; France; 83m ; Col)   Amazon Google
Dir Forty Guns --- Fuller, Sam (1957; US; 80m ; BW)   Amazon Google
Dir 400 Blows, The --- Truffaut, Franšois (1959; France; 99m ; BW)   Amazon Google
Dir Funny Face --- Donen, Stanley (1957; US; 103m ; Col)   Amazon Google
Dir GoodFellas --- Scorsese, Martin (1990; US; 146m ; Col)   Amazon Google
Dir Grapes of Wrath, The --- Ford, John (1940; US; 129m ; BW)   Amazon Google
Dir Great Dictator, The --- Chaplin, Charles (1940; US; 128m ; BW)   Amazon Google
Dir Greed --- von Stroheim, Erich (1924; US; 140m ; BW)   Amazon Google
Dir Gun Crazy --- Lewis, Joseph H. (1949; US; 86m ; BW)   Amazon Google
Dir Heat --- Mann, Michael (1995; US; 174m ; Col)   Amazon Google
Dir Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer --- McNaughton, John (1986; US; 90m ; Col)   Amazon Google
Dir His Girl Friday --- Hawks, Howard (1940; US; 92m ; BW)   Amazon Google
Dir Hitch-Hiker, The --- Lupino, Ida (1953; US; 71m ; BW)   Amazon Google
Dir Holiday --- Cukor, George (1938; US; 93m ; BW)   Amazon Google
  Hours and Times, The --- Munch, Christopher (1991; US; 60m ; BW)   Amazon Google
Dir House of Strangers --- Mankiewicz, Joseph L. (1949; US; 101m ; BW)   Amazon Google
Dir I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang --- LeRoy, Mervyn (1932; US; 93m ; BW)   Amazon Google
Dir Imitation of Life --- Sirk, Douglas (1959; US; 124m ; Col)   Amazon Google
Dir In a Lonely Place --- Ray, Nicholas (1950; US; 91m ; BW)   Amazon Google
Dir In the Mood for Love --- Wong Kar-wai (2000; Hong Kong-France; 97m ; Col)   Amazon Google
Dir Intruder, The --- Corman, Roger (1961; US; 80m ; BW)   Amazon Google
Dir Invasion of the Body Snatchers --- Siegel, Don (1956; US; 80m ; BW)   Amazon Google
Dir It's a Wonderful Life --- Capra, Frank (1946; US; 129m ; BW)   Amazon Google
Dir Johnny Guitar --- Ray, Nicholas (1954; US; 110m ; Col)   Amazon Google
Dir Killers, The --- Siodmak, Robert (1946; US; 105m ; BW)   Amazon Google
Dir Killing, The --- Kubrick, Stanley (1956; US; 83m ; BW)   Amazon Google
Dir Kiss Me Deadly --- Aldrich, Robert (1955; US; 105m ; BW)   Amazon Google
Dir Last Picture Show, The --- Bogdanovich, Peter (1971; US; 118m ; BW)   Amazon Google
Dir Late Spring --- Ozu, Yasujiro (1949; Japan; 108m ; BW)   Amazon Google
Dir Laura --- Preminger, Otto (1944; US; 85m ; BW)   Amazon Google
Dir Leave Her to Heaven --- Stahl, John M. (1945; US; 110m ; Col)   Amazon Google
Dir Letter from an Unknown Woman --- OphŘls, Max (1948; US; 90m ; BW)   Amazon Google
Dir Lone Star --- Sayles, John (1996; US; 135m ; Col)   Amazon Google
Dir Lost Weekend, The --- Wilder, Billy (1945; US; 101m ; BW)   Amazon Google
Dir M --- Lang, Fritz (1931; Germany; 99m ; BW)   Amazon Google
Dir Magnificent Ambersons, The --- Welles, Orson (1942; US; 88m ; BW)   Amazon Google
Dir Magnificent Obsession --- Sirk, Douglas (1954; US; 108m ; Col)   Amazon Google
Dir Man Escaped, A --- Bresson, Robert (1956; France; 102m ; BW)   Amazon Google
Dir Manhattan --- Allen, Woody (1979; US; 96m ; BW)   Amazon Google
Dir Man's Castle --- Borzage, Frank (1933; US; 66m ; BW)   Amazon Google
Dir Matter of Life and Death, A --- Powell, Michael/Emeric Pressburger (1946; UK; 104m ; Col)   Amazon Google
Dir Mean Streets --- Scorsese, Martin (1973; US; 110m ; Col)   Amazon Google
Dir Meshes of the Afternoon --- Deren, Maya (1943; US; 15m ; BW)   Amazon Google
Dir Mildred Pierce --- Curtiz, Michael (1945; US; 109m ; BW)   Amazon Google
Dir Miller's Crossing --- Coen, Joel and Ethan Coen (1990; US; 115m ; Col)   Amazon Google
Dir Modern Times --- Chaplin, Charles (1936; US; 89m ; BW)   Amazon Google
Dir Moment of Innocence, A --- Makhmalbaf, Mohsen (1996; Iran-France; 78m ; Col)   Amazon Google
Dir Mr. Smith Goes to Washington --- Capra, Frank (1939; US; 129m ; BW)   Amazon Google
Dir Muriel --- Resnais, Alain (1963; France-Italy; 115m ; Col)   Amazon Google
Dir My Darling Clementine --- Ford, John (1946; US; 97m ; BW)   Amazon Google
Dir Naked Kiss, The --- Fuller, Sam (1964; US; 93m ; BW)   Amazon Google
Dir Naked Spur, The --- Mann, Anthony (1953; US; 91m ; Col)   Amazon Google
Dir Night of the Hunter, The --- Laughton, Charles (1955; US; 93m ; BW)   Amazon Google
Dir North by Northwest --- Hitchcock, Alfred (1959; US; 136m ; Col)   Amazon Google
Dir Olvidados, Los --- Bu˝uel, Luis (1950; Mexico; 88m ; BW)   Amazon Google
Dir Once Upon a Time in America --- Leone, Sergio (1984; US; 227m ; Col)   Amazon Google
Dir Once Upon a Time in the West --- Leone, Sergio (1968; Italy-US; 165m ; Col)   Amazon Google
Dir Out of the Past --- Tourneur, Jacques (1947; US; 97m ; BW)   Amazon Google
Dir Palm Beach Story, The --- Sturges, Preston (1942; US; 90m ; BW)   Amazon Google
Dir Paths of Glory --- Kubrick, Stanley (1957; US; 86m ; BW)   Amazon Google
Dir Peeping Tom --- Powell, Michael (1960; UK; 109m ; BW)   Amazon Google
Dir Philadelphia Story, The --- Cukor, George (1940; US; 112m ; BW)   Amazon Google
Dir Pickpocket --- Bresson, Robert (1959; France; 75m ; BW)   Amazon Google
Dir Pierrot le fou --- Godard, Jean-Luc (1965; France-Italy; 110m ; Col)   Amazon Google
Dir Player, The --- Altman, Robert (1992; US; 123m ; Col)   Amazon Google
Dir Psycho --- Hitchcock, Alfred (1960; US; 109m ; BW)   Amazon Google
Dir Public Enemy, The --- Wellman, William (1931; US; 84m ; BW)   Amazon Google
Dir Pulp Fiction --- Tarantino, Quentin (1994; US; 154m ; Col)   Amazon Google
Dir Pursued --- Walsh, Raoul (1947; US; 101m ; BW)   Amazon Google
Dir Quiet Man, The --- Ford, John (1952; US; 129m ; Col)   Amazon Google
Dir Raging Bull --- Scorsese, Martin (1980; US; 128m ; BW)   Amazon Google
Dir Raw Deal --- Mann, Anthony (1948; US; 79m ; BW)   Amazon Google
Dir Rear Window --- Hitchcock, Alfred (1954; US; 112m ; Col)   Amazon Google
Dir Rebecca --- Hitchcock, Alfred (1940; US; 130m ; BW)   Amazon Google
Dir Rebel Without a Cause --- Ray, Nicholas (1955; US; 111m ; Col)   Amazon Google
Dir Red Circle, The/Le Cercle Rouge --- Melville, Jean-Pierre (1970; France-Italy; 150m ; Col)   Amazon Google
Dir Red House, The --- Daves, Delmer (1947; US; 100m ; BW)   Amazon Google
Dir Red River --- Hawks, Howard (1948; US; 133m ; BW)   Amazon Google
Dir Red Shoes, The --- Powell, Michael/Emeric Pressburger (1948; UK; 133m ; Col)   Amazon Google
Dir Red Sorghum --- Zhang Yimou (1987; China; 91m ; Col)   Amazon Google
Dir Reservoir Dogs --- Tarantino, Quentin (1992; US; 99m ; Col)   Amazon Google
Dir Rio Bravo --- Hawks, Howard (1959; US; 141m ; Col)   Amazon Google
Dir Rosetta --- Dardenne, Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne (1999; Belgium-France; 94m ; Col)   Amazon Google
Dir Rules of the Game, The --- Renoir, Jean (1939; France; 113m ; BW)   Amazon Google
Dir Sansho the Bailiff --- Mizoguchi, Kenji (1954; Japan; 125m ; BW)   Amazon Google
Dir Scarface --- Hawks, Howard (1932; US; 90m ; BW)   Amazon Google
Dir Scarlet Empress, The --- von Sternberg, Josef (1934; US; 110m ; BW)   Amazon Google
Dir Scarlet Street --- Lang, Fritz (1945; US; 103m ; BW)   Amazon Google
Dir Searchers, The --- Ford, John (1956; US; 119m ; Col)   Amazon Google
Dir Secret Beyond the Door --- Lang, Fritz (1948; US; 98m ; BW)   Amazon Google
Dir Secrets & Lies --- Leigh, Mike (1996; UK; 142m ; Col)   Amazon Google
Dir Senso --- Visconti, Luchino (1954; Italy; 115m ; Col)   Amazon Google
Dir Shadow of a Doubt --- Hitchcock, Alfred (1943; US; 108m ; BW)   Amazon Google
Dir Sherlock Jr. --- Keaton, Buster (1924; US; 44m ; BW)   Amazon Google
Dir Shock Corridor --- Fuller, Sam (1963; US; 101m ; BW)   Amazon Google
Dir Shop Around the Corner, The --- Lubitsch, Ernst (1940; US; 97m ; BW)   Amazon Google
Dir Short Film About Love, A --- Kieslowski, Krszystof (1988; Poland; 87m ; Col)   Amazon Google
Dir Silent Light --- Reygadas, Carlos (2007; Mexico-France-Netherlands; 136m ; Col)   Amazon Google
Dir Singin' in the Rain --- Donen, Stanley/Gene Kelly (1952; US; 102m ; Col)   Amazon Google
Dir Some Came Running --- Minnelli, Vincente (1958; US; 136m ; Col)   Amazon Google
Dir Son, The --- Dardenne, Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne (2002; Belgium-France; 103m ; Col)   Amazon Google
Dir Star is Born, A --- Cukor, George (1954; US; 154m ; Col)   Amazon Google
Dir Strangers on a Train --- Hitchcock, Alfred (1951; US; 101m ; BW)   Amazon Google
Dir Sunrise --- Murnau, F.W. (1927; US; 110m ; BW)   Amazon Google
Dir Sunset Blvd. --- Wilder, Billy (1950; US; 110m ; BW)   Amazon Google
Suture --- McGehee, Scott/David Siegel (1993; US; 93m ; Col)   Amazon Google
Dir Sweet Smell of Success --- Mackendrick, Alexander (1957; US; 96m ; BW)   Amazon Google
Dir Taking Off --- Forman, Milos (1971; US; 93m ; Col)   Amazon Google
Dir Tarnished Angels, The --- Sirk, Douglas (1957; US; 91m ; BW)   Amazon Google
Dir Taste of Cherry, A --- Kiarostami, Abbas (1997; Iran; 99m ; Col)   Amazon Google
Dir Taxi Driver --- Scorsese, Martin (1976; US; 113m ; Col)   Amazon Google
Dir There's Always Tomorrow --- Sirk, Douglas (1956; US; 84m ; BW)   Amazon Google
Dir They Live by Night --- Ray, Nicholas (1948; US; 95m ; BW)   Amazon Google
Dir Thin Red Line, The --- Malick, Terrence (1998; US; 170m ; Col)   Amazon Google
Dir Third Man, The --- Reed, Carol (1949; UK; 104m ; BW)   Amazon Google
Dir Three Colours: Red --- Kieslowski, Krszystof (1994; France-Switzerland-Poland; 99m ; Col)   Amazon Google
Dir T-Men --- Mann, Anthony (1947; US; 96m ; BW)   Amazon Google
Dir To Be or Not to Be --- Lubitsch, Ernst (1942; US; 99m ; BW)   Amazon Google
Dir Tokyo Story --- Ozu, Yasujiro (1953; Japan; 134m ; BW)   Amazon Google
Dir Touch of Evil --- Welles, Orson (1958; US; 108m ; BW)   Amazon Google
Dir Touchez pas au Grisbi/Grisbi --- Becker, Jacques (1953; France; 94m ; BW)   Amazon Google
Dir Trou, Le --- Becker, Jacques (1959; France-Italy; 140m ; BW)   Amazon Google
Dir 12 Angry Men --- Lumet, Sidney (1957; US; 95m ; BW)   Amazon Google
Dir 2001: A Space Odyssey --- Kubrick, Stanley (1968; UK; 139m ; Col)   Amazon Google
Ulee's Gold --- Nunez, Victor (1997; US; 111m ; Col)   Amazon Google
Dir Vertigo --- Hitchcock, Alfred (1958; US; 128m ; Col)   Amazon Google
Dir Voyage in Italy --- Rossellini, Roberto (1953; Italy; 97m ; BW)   Amazon Google
Dir Wild Strawberries --- Bergman, Ingmar (1957; Sweden; 90m ; BW)   Amazon Google
Dir Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? --- Tashlin, Frank (1957; US; 94m ; Col)   Amazon Google
Dir Woman in the Window, The --- Lang, Fritz (1944; US; 99m ; BW)   Amazon Google
Dir Written on the Wind --- Sirk, Douglas (1956; US; 99m ; Col)   Amazon Google
Dir You Only Live Once --- Lang, Fritz (1937; US; 86m ; BW)   Amazon Google
Dir Young Girls of Rochefort, The --- Demy, Jacques (1967; France; 124m ; Col)   Amazon Google
Dir Zero for Conduct --- Vigo, Jean (1933; France; 41m ; BW)   Amazon Google
 
     
     
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