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Jonathan Rosenbaum's Essential Films

1133 movies

This list contains the favorite movies of movie critic Jonathan Rosenbaum who writes for the Chicago Reader. The movies span virtually every decade, and include many an obscure movie.

#1 - #1012: original list
#1013 - #1073: 2008 additions
#1074 - #1133: 2016 additions

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L'arrivée d'un train à La Ciotat (1896)

A.k.a. The Arrival of a Train · 1 min · Directed by Auguste Lumière, Louis Lumière · In 11 official lists

A.k.a. The Arrival of a Train · In 11 official lists Documentary

6.4K 109 31

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La sortie des usines Lumière (1895)

A.k.a. Employees Leaving the Lumière Factory · 1 min · Directed by Louis Lumière · In 9 official lists

A.k.a. Employees Leaving the Lumière Factory · In 9 official lists Documentary

5.3K 76 28

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Fantômas - À l'ombre de la guillotine (1913)

A.k.a. Fantômas: In the Shadow of the Guillotine · 54 min · Directed by Louis Feuillade · In 8 official lists

A.k.a. Fantômas: In the Shadow of the Guillotine · In 8 official lists Crime · Drama

1K 39 8

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Juve contre Fantômas (1913)

A.k.a. Fantômas: Juve versus Fantômas · 61 min · Directed by Louis Feuillade · In 6 official lists

A.k.a. Fantômas: Juve versus Fantômas · In 6 official lists Crime · Drama

720 22 1

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Le mort qui tue (1913)

A.k.a. Fantômas: The Dead Man Who Killed · 90 min · Directed by Louis Feuillade · In 6 official lists

A.k.a. Fantômas: The Dead Man Who Killed · In 6 official lists Crime · Drama · Mystery

594 21 1

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Fantômas contre Fantômas (1914)

A.k.a. Fantômas: Fantômas versus Fantômas · 59 min · Directed by Louis Feuillade · In 5 official lists

A.k.a. Fantômas: Fantômas versus Fantômas · In 5 official lists Drama

657 22 1

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Le faux magistrat (1914)

A.k.a. Fantômas: The False Magistrate · 70 min · Directed by Louis Feuillade · In 6 official lists

A.k.a. Fantômas: The False Magistrate · In 6 official lists Crime · Drama

548 18 3

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Ditya bolshogo goroda (1914)

A.k.a. Child of the Big City · 37 min · Directed by Yevgeni Bauer · In 1 official list

A.k.a. Child of the Big City · In 1 official list Drama · Short

220 4 3

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Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari (1920)

A.k.a. The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari · 76 min · Directed by Robert Wiene · In 26 official lists

A.k.a. The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari · In 26 official lists Horror

14K 1.2K 68

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Die Austernprinzessin (1919)

A.k.a. The Oyster Princess · 58 min · Directed by Ernst Lubitsch · In 8 official lists

A.k.a. The Oyster Princess · In 8 official lists Comedy

724 55 7

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Prästänkan (1920)

A.k.a. The Parson's Widow · 71 min · Directed by Carl Theodor Dreyer · In 4 official lists

A.k.a. The Parson's Widow · In 4 official lists Drama · Comedy · Horror

301 18 1

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Die Puppe (1919)

A.k.a. The Doll · 48 min · Directed by Ernst Lubitsch · In 6 official lists

A.k.a. The Doll · In 6 official lists Comedy · Fantasy

754 84 9

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Dr. Mabuse, der Spieler (1922)

A.k.a. Dr. Mabuse: The Gambler · 242 min · Directed by Fritz Lang · In 12 official lists

A.k.a. Dr. Mabuse: The Gambler · In 12 official lists Crime · Thriller · Mystery

2.1K 179 16

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Raskolnikow (1923)

A.k.a. Crime and Punishment · 135 min · Directed by Robert Wiene · In 2 official lists

A.k.a. Crime and Punishment · In 2 official lists Drama

107 2 2

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La souriante Madame Beudet (1923)

A.k.a. The Smiling Madame Beudet · 54 min · Directed by Germaine Dulac · In 3 official lists

A.k.a. The Smiling Madame Beudet · In 3 official lists Drama

929 39 17

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L'inhumaine (1924)

A.k.a. The Inhuman Woman · 135 min · Directed by Marcel L'Herbier · In 7 official lists

A.k.a. The Inhuman Woman · In 7 official lists Drama · Adventure · Mystery

260 22 1

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Der letzte Mann (1924)

A.k.a. The Last Laugh · 77 min · Directed by F.W. Murnau · In 16 official lists

A.k.a. The Last Laugh · In 16 official lists Drama

3.1K 349 23

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Die Nibelungen: Kriemhilds Rache (1924)

A.k.a. Die Nibelungen: Kriemhild's Revenge · 129 min · Directed by Fritz Lang · In 11 official lists

A.k.a. Die Nibelungen: Kriemhild's Revenge · In 11 official lists Drama · Adventure · Fantasy

993 98 11

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Paris qui dort (1924)

A.k.a. At 3:25 · 35 min · Directed by René Clair · In 4 official lists

A.k.a. At 3:25 · In 4 official lists Sci-Fi · Short

793 40 2