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Great Movie Essays

An ever-expanding collection, listed alphabetically and cherry-picked at random. Please read my accompanying essay for each movie under the 'notes' section.

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  • 12 Angry Men
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • 8½
  • After Life
  • Aguirre, the Wrath of God
  • Almost Famous
  • The Apartment
  • The Aviator's Wife
  • Babette's Feast
  • Beauty and the Beast
  • Before Sunrise
  • Belle de Jour
  • Bicycle Thieves
  • Bonnie and Clyde
  • Charade
  • Chinatown
  • Cléo from 5 to 7
  • Clerks
  • Contempt
  • The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover
  • Cries and Whispers
  • Crumb
  • Daisies
  • Do the Right Thing
  • Downfall
  • Election
  • The Elephant Man
  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
  • The Exterminating Angel
  • Eyes Wide Shut
  • The Firemen's Ball
  • Gates of Heaven
  • Ghost World
  • Good Morning
  • Groundhog Day
  • Halloween
  • His Girl Friday
  • Hoop Dreams
  • Inglourious Basterds
  • Inherent Vice
  • Inside Llewyn Davis
  • Inside Out
  • It's a Wonderful Life
  • Jurassic Park
  • Kiss Me Deadly
  • Le Cercle Rouge
  • Let the Right One In
  • Life of Brian
  • Lilya 4-ever
  • The Little Mermaid
  • The Lives of Others
  • Lost in Translation
  • M
  • A Man Escaped
  • McCabe & Mrs. Miller
  • Meshes of the Afternoon
  • Midnight Run
  • Mirror
  • Mulholland Drive
  • My Dinner with Andre
  • Nashville
  • No Country for Old Men
  • Notorious
  • Opening Night
  • Parasite
  • Persona
  • The Player
  • The Princess Bride
  • Ran
  • Ratatouille
  • Rear Window
  • The Red Shoes
  • Requiem for a Dream
  • The River
  • Roman Holiday
  • Rosemary's Baby
  • Shame
  • Sherlock, Jr.
  • A Short Film About Love
  • Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring
  • Stalker
  • Still Walking
  • The Straight Story
  • Stroszek
  • Sunset Boulevard
  • Taxi Driver
  • The Thin Blue Line
  • The Turin Horse
  • Under the Skin
  • Unforgiven
  • Vertigo
  • Whiplash
  • Who Framed Roger Rabbit
  • The Wild Child
  • Wild Strawberries
  • The Wind Rises
  • The Wizard of Oz
  • Woman in the Dunes
  • You, the Living
  • Zero Dark Thirty