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Essential art house films

Fifty essential art house films. This page highlights distinguished art house directors and a selection of their most critically-acclaimed films. The list was compiled using contributions from cinephiles in the group. It will be useful to anyone wishing to expand their knowledge of art house cinema by seeing films that are generally recognised as classics, or as a starting point to sample the best work from a particular director. Most of the films on the list can be found at your local art house specialist or online; please consult the list of useful resources for details.

Michelangelo Antonioni

  • L'Avventura (1960)
  • La Notte (1961)
  • L'Eclisse (1962)

Ingmar Bergman
  • The Seventh Seal (1956)
  • Persona (1966)
  • Fanny and Alexander (1982)

Robert Bresson
  • L'Argent (1983)

Luis Buñuel
  • Un Chien Andalou (1928)

Carl Theodor Dreyer
  • The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928)
  • Ordet (1954)

Sergei Eisenstein
  • Battleship Potemkin (1925)
  • Ivan the Terrible, Parts I & II (1944, 1946)

Federico Fellini
  • La Dolce Vita (1960)
  • 8 ½ (1963)

Jean-Luc Godard
  • À bout de souffle (1960)
  • Le Mépris (1963)

Michael Haneke
  • Caché (2005)

Werner Herzog
  • Aguirre, Wrath of God (1972)

Hou Hsiao-Hsien
  • Three Times (2005)

Wong Kar-wai
  • In the Mood for Love (2000)

Krzysztof Kieslowski
  • Three Colours: Blue (1993)
  • Three Colours: White (1993)
  • Three Colours: Red (1994)

Akira Kurosawa
  • Ikiru (1952)
  • Seven Samurai (1954)

Fritz Lang
  • M (1931)

Chris Marker
  • La Jetée (1962)
  • Sans Soleil (1983)

Kenji Mizoguchi
  • Sansho Dayu (1954)

F. W. Murnau
  • Nosferatu, a Symphony of Terror (1922)
  • Sunrise (1927)

Max Ophüls
  • Lola Montès (1955)

Yasujiro Ozu
  • Tokyo Story (1953)

Alain Resnais
  • Hiroshima mon amour (1959)

Eric Rohmer
  • Claire's Knee (1970)

Roberto Rossellini
  • Rome, Open City (1945)
  • Stromboli (1948)
  • Viaggio in Italia (1953)

Andrei Tarkovsky
  • Andrei Rublev (1969)
  • Solaris (1972)
  • Mirror (1974)
  • Stalker (1979)

François Truffaut
  • The 400 Blows (1959)
  • Jules and Jim (1961)

Agnès Varda
  • Cléo de 5 à 7 (1962)

Luchino Visconti
  • The Leopard (1963)

Orson Welles
  • Citizen Kane (1941)

Wim Wenders
  • Kings of the Road (1976)
  • Paris, Texas (1984)
  • Wings of Desire (1987)

Table of Contents

Page title Most recent update Last edited by
Rules of this Meetup Group January 23, 2016 3:18 PM Richard
List of useful resources October 24, 2010 11:17 PM former member
Essential art house films June 2, 2009 10:00 PM former member
About The Art House Cinema Meetup February 27, 2011 2:06 PM former member

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