The Great Films I Haven’t Seen

I’ve set myself a goal this year of completing various lists of acclaimed films. I’ve likely reviewed over a thousand films here (typically in big posts of 20-35 movies each) so it shouldn’t be surprising that I’ve seen most of the obvious choices.

But there’s some stuff I haven’t got to yet. My aim is to take care of it, this year although with nearly a third of the year gone, I haven’t made much progress.

These films come from various books of the best films ever (The A-list, Taschen’s Top 100 films, etc.) as well as major institutions (the AFI Top 100, the Sight & Sound Top 100 from the Directors and Critics Lists) and the IMDB Top 250.

The full list is…

3 Idiots
All About My Mother
The Ascent
Au Hasard Balthazar
Big Wednesday
The Bitter Tears of Petra Von Kant
Black Girl
Breaking the Waves
Brighter Summer Day
Blue Angel
The Celebration
Celine and Julie Go Boating
Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith
Children of Heaven
Cleo from 5 to 7
La Cienaga
Come and See
The Cook, The Thief, The Wife…
Dance, Girl, Dance
Daughters of the Dust
Dead Ringers
Dersu Uzalu
Death in Venice
Diary of a Country Priest
Discreet Charm…
The Dirty Dozen
Face/ Off
Fanny and Alexander
The Fourth Man
The Gleaners and I
Gregory’s Girl
Hachi: A Dog’s Tale
La Haine
The Handmaiden
Histories Du Cinema
Howl’s Moving Castle
The Hunt
Happy Together
Landscape in the Mist
Les Jeux Interdits/ Forbidden Games

The Intouchables
Jailhouse Rock
Jeanne Dielman, 23 quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles
Journey to Italy
Into the Wild
Jao Bhim
Late Spring
Love Exposure
Like Stars on Earth
Madame De
La Mama et la Putain
Mary and Max
Meet Me In St Louis
My Father and My Son
My Brilliant Career
My Neighbor Totoro
La Notte
Oh! Mr Porter
Los Olivados/ The Young and Damned
Paris is Burning
Pat and Mike
Pink Flamingos

A Place In the Sun
Le Samourai
Sans Soleli
Scenes From a Marriage
Secrets & Lies
A Separation
Sex, Lies and Videotape
Spirit of the Beehive
A Star is Born (1954)
Taste of Cherry
Ten Commandments (Silent)
Topsy- Turvy
Tropical Malady
Under the Roofs of Paris
Les Vampires
Waiting for Guffman
Where is the Friends’s House
Wild Things

Written on the Wind
A Woman Under the Influence
Women On the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown
Wuthering Heights
Yi Yi

During this year, I’ve seen Memories of Murder, Meshes of the Afternoon, 42nd Street and Genevieve.

This is an eclectic watchlist. I suspect one factor is that at this point I’ve seen most of the films on multiple lists, which leaves some more oddball choices.


About Thomas Mets

I’m a comic book fan, wannabe writer, politics buff and New Yorker. I don’t actually follow baseball. In the Estonian language, “Mets” simply means forest, or lousy sports team. You can email me at
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