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USC Recommended Film List

Something that might be of interest if you’re looking for a random rental…  here’s the recommended film list that USC sent out to incoming graduate film students last year.  No, I’ve not seen a number of these yet:

Narrative Films:

  • 8 1/2
  • 2001 – A Space Odyssey
  • A Hard Day’s Night
  • African Queen
  • Alice in the Cities
  • Alien
  • All About Eve
  • Amadeus
  • American Friend, The
  • American Graffiti
  • Annie Hall
  • Apartment, The
  • Apocalypse Now
  • Apu Trilogy, The
  • Band of Outsiders
  • Band Wagon, The
  • Barton Fink
  • Battle of Algiers
  • Being John Malkovich
  • Bicycle Thief, The
  • Big Lebowski, The
  • Black Orpheus
  • Blade Runner
  • Blow-Up
  • Blue
  • Blue Velvet
  • Bob le Flambeur
  • Bonnie and Clyde
  • Boyz ‘n the Hood
  • Breathless
  • Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
  • Carrie
  • Casablanca
  • Children of Paradise (Les Enfants du Paradis)
  • Chinatown
  • Cinema Paradiso
  • Citizen Kane
  • Clueless
  • Coal Miner’s Daughter
  • Contempt
  • Conversation, The
  • Cool Hand Luke
  • Crimes And Misdemeanors
  • Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
  • D.O.A. (1950)
  • Deep End, The
  • Dekalog
  • Dersu Uzala
  • Diner
  • Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie, The
  • Do The Right Thing
  • Dog Day Afternoon
  • Donnie Darko
  • Double Indemnity
  • Dr. Strangelove
  • Eat, Drink, Man, Woman
  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
  • Exorcist, The
  • Fallen Idol, The
  • Fight Club
  • Fish Called Wanda, A
  • Five Easy Pieces
  • Force of Evil
  • Godfather, The (I & II)
  • Gone With the Wind
  • Graduate, The
  • Grand Illusion
  • High and Low
  • High Noon
  • House of Sand and Fog
  • It Happened One Night
  • Jaws
  • Jules and Jim
  • King of Marvin Gardens, The
  • Kramer Vs. Kramer
  • La Jetée
  • La Strada
  • Lady Eve, The
  • Last Tango in Paris
  • L’Avventura
  • Lawrence of Arabia
  • Le Boucher
  • Le Samouraï
  • Letter from an Unknown Woman
  • Like Water for Chocolate
  • M*A*S*H
  • Man for All Seasons, A
  • Matrix, The
  • Memento
  • Midnight Cowboy
  • Miller’s Crossing
  • Morocco
  • Mother and the Whore, The
  • Mulholland Drive
  • Nashville
  • Network
  • Night Moves
  • Ninotchka
  • Notorious
  • On the Waterfront
  • Once Upon a Time in the West
  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
  • Out of the Past
  • Paths of Glory
  • Patton
  • Point Blank
  • Producers, The
  • Pulp Fiction
  • Raging Bull
  • Ran
  • Rashomon
  • Rear Window
  • Red
  • Red Balloon, The
  • Repo Man
  • Rules of the Game
  • Safe
  • Searchers, The
  • Seven Samurai
  • Seventh Seal, The
  • Shanghai Express
  • Shock Corridor
  • Shoot the Piano Player
  • Silence of the Lambs
  • Stagecoach
  • Star is Born, A (1937)
  • Star Wars
  • Stranger Than Paradise
  • Sullivan’s Travels
  • Sunset Boulevard
  • Talk to Her
  • Thelma and Louise
  • Third Man, The
  • Tin Drum, The
  • Touch of Evil
  • Traffic
  • Trouble in Paradise
  • Umbrellas of Cherbourg, The
  • Unbearable Lightness of Being, The
  • Underworld U.S.A.
  • Unforgiven
  • Verdict, The
  • Vertigo
  • White
  • Wild Strawberries
  • Wizard of Oz, The
  • Woman in the Dunes
  • Written on the Wind
  • You Can Count on Me

Documentaries:

  • Brother’s Keeper
  • Capturing the Friedman’s
  • Control Room
  • Crumb
  • Dogtown and Z Boys
  • Don’t Look Back
  • Fast, Cheap and Out of Control
  • Gimme Shelter
  • Grey Gardens
  • Harlan Country, USA
  • Hoop Dreams
  • My Architect
  • Poto and Cabengo
  • Riding Giants
  • Roger and Me
  • Sans Soleil
  • Sorrow and the Pity, The
  • Spellbound
  • Super Size Me
  • The Celluloid Closet
  • The Kid Stays in the Picture
  • The Thin Blue Line
  • The War Room
  • Thelonious Monk: Straight No Chaser
  • Triumph of the Will
  • What the Bleep do we know?

Television:

  • 24
  • All in the Family
  • Arrested Development
  • Freaks and Geeks
  • Gilmore Girls
  • Good Times
  • MASH
  • Seinfeld
  • Sex and the City
  • Six Feet Under
  • The Office
  • The Shield
  • The Sopranos
  • The Wire
  • The Wonder Years