The Definitives are my personal canon of films, curated and celebrated on Deep Focus Review. Each critical essay in The Definitives provides an impassioned appreciation and critical analysis, researched from this site’s extensive and ever-growing Bibliography to ensure a detailed understanding of the film through an interdisciplinary lens. I hope The Definitives enhance your viewing experience, whether it’s your first time with the film, you’re rediscovering it, or you’re returning to a longtime favorite for a new perspective.

Brian Eggert
Deep Focus Review

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The Definitives

  1. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
  2. The 400 Blows (1959)
  3. 8 1/2 (1963)
  4. Ace in the Hole (1951)
  5. Adaptation. (2002)
  6. The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)
  7. After Hours (1985)
  8. The Age of Innocence (1993)
  9. Aguirre, the Wrath of God (1972)
  10. A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2011)
  11. Alien (1979)
  12. Aliens (1986)
  13. Amadeus (1984)
  14. Annie Hall (1977)
  15. Army of Shadows (1969)
  16. Bamboozled (2000)
  17. Barry Lyndon (1975)
  18. Barton Fink (1991)
  19. Batman Begins (2005)
  20. Bicycle Thieves (1948)
  21. The Big Heat (1953)
  22. Blade Runner (1982)
  23. Blow Out (1981)
  24. Blue Velvet (1986)
  25. Bob le flambeur (1956)
  26. Brazil (1985)
  27. The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)
  28. Brute Force (1947)
  29. Captain Blood (1935)
  30. Carrie (1976)
  31. Casablanca (1942)
  32. Cat People (1942)
  33. Chinatown (1974)
  34. Citizen Kane (1941)
  35. City Lights (1931)
  36. Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989)
  37. The Crying Game (1992)
  38. The Curse of the Cat People (1944)
  39. The Dark Knight (2008)
  40. The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
  41. Dawn of the Dead (1978)
  42. Diabolique (1955)
  43. Die Hard (1988)
  44. Don’t Look Now (1973)
  45. Double Indemnity (1944)
  46. Drunken Angel (1948)
  47. El laberinto del fauno (2006)
  48. The English Patient (1996)
  49. Escape from New York (1981)
  50. The Exorcist (1973)
  51. Eyes Wide Shut (1999)
  52. Fanny & Alexander (1982)
  53. Finding Nemo (2003)
  54. Fitzcarraldo (1982)
  55. The Fly (1986)
  56. Frances Ha (2013)
  57. Freaks (1932)
  58. Gone with the Wind (1939)
  59. Grand Illusion (1937)
  60. Grizzly Man (2005)
  61. Harakiri (1963)
  62. Heat (1995)
  63. High and Low (1963)
  64. His Girl Friday (1940)
  65. House of Games (1987)
  66. The Ice Storm (1997)
  67. Ikiru (1952)
  68. The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009)
  69. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)
  70. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984)
  71. Inglourious Basterds (2009)
  72. Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)
  73. Jaws (1975)
  74. JFK (1991)
  75. Jurassic Park (1993)
  76. King Kong (1933)
  77. Knife in the Water (1962)
  78. La strada (1954)
  79. The Lady Eve (1941)
  80. Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
  81. Les enfants du paradis (1945)
  82. The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943)
  83. M. Hulot’s Holiday (1953)
  84. Man of the West (1958)
  85. The Man Who Wasn’t There (2001)
  86. The Manchurian Candidate (1962)
  87. A Matter of Life and Death (1946)
  88. Metropolis (1927)
  89. Minority Report (2002)
  90. The Mist (2007)
  91. Modern Times (1936)
  92. Mon oncle (1958)
  93. Mulholland Dr. (2001)
  94. My Darling Clementine (1946)
  95. My Neighbor Totoro (1988)
  96. The Naked Spur (1953)
  97. Nashville (1975)
  98. Network (1976)
  99. Night and the City (1950)
  100. The Night of the Hunter (1955)
  101. Night of the Living Dead (1968)
  102. Ninotchka (1939)
  103. North by Northwest (1959)
  104. Notorious (1946)
  105. Odd Man Out (1947)
  106. Oldboy (2003)
  107. Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)
  108. Paths of Glory (1957)
  109. Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (2006)
  110. Pickup on South Street (1953)
  111. The Player (1992)
  112. PlayTime (1967)
  113. Princess Mononoke (1997)
  114. Pulp Fiction (1994)
  115. The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985)
  116. Raging Bull (1980)
  117. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
  118. Rashomon (1950)
  119. Rebel Without a Cause (1955)
  120. Red River (1948)
  121. The Red Shoes (1946)
  122. Rembrandt (1936)
  123. Rio Bravo (1959)
  124. The Road Warrior (1981)
  125. RoboCop (1987)
  126. Rosemary’s Baby (1968)
  127. The Rules of the Game (1939)
  128. Rushmore (1998)
  129. Sanjuro (1962)
  130. Sansho the Bailiff (1954)
  131. A Scanner Darkly (2006)
  132. The Searchers (1956)
  133. Seconds (1966)
  134. A Serious Man (2009)
  135. Seven Samurai (1954)
  136. The Seventh Seal (1957)
  137. Sexy Beast (2000)
  138. Shadow of a Doubt (1943)
  139. Singin’ in the Rain (1952)
  140. Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (1977)
  141. State and Main (2000)
  142. Sullivan’s Travels (1941)
  143. Sunset Blvd. (1950)
  144. Sweet Smell of Success (1957)
  145. The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)
  146. Taxi Driver (1976)
  147. There Will Be Blood (2007)
  148. They Live (1988)
  149. The Thin Blue Line (1988)
  150. The Thin Man (1934)
  151. The Thin Red Line (1998)
  152. The Thing (1982)
  153. The Third Man (1949)
  154. To Be or Not to Be (1942)
  155. Touch of Evil (1958)
  156. Toy Story (1995)
  157. Trainspotting (1996)
  158. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)
  159. Trouble in Paradise (1932)
  160. Ugetsu (1953)
  161. Umberto D. (1952)
  162. Unfaithfully Yours (1948)
  163. Unforgiven (1992)
  164. The Untouchables (1987)
  165. Vertigo (1958)
  166. Videodrome (1983)
  167. The Wages of Fear (1953)
  168. WALL·E (2008)
  169. White Heat (1949)
  170. The Wild Bunch (1969)
  171. The Wolf Man (1941)
  172. Woman in the Dunes (1964)
  173. Written on the Wind (1956)
  174. Yojimbo (1961)
  175. Zodiac (2007)