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The Essential 100 by TIFF (expert panel)

Over the course of three months in 2010 five Toronto International Film Festival curators debated more than a century's worth of cinema. They were bound by one rule and one definition. The rule: they could only select one film from each director. The definition: "essential cinema", a phrase that balanced "best" and "most influential".

  • The 400 Blows
  • Aguirre, the Wrath of God
  • Ali: Fear Eats the Soul
  • All About Eve
  • Andrei Rublev
  • Andy Warhol Screen Tests
  • The Arrival of a Train at La Ciotat
  • Bambi
  • The Battle of Algiers
  • Battleship Potemkin
  • Bicycle Thieves
  • The Birth of a Nation
  • Blue Velvet
  • Breaking the Waves
  • Breathless
  • Bringing Up Baby
  • Chinatown
  • Chronicle of a Summer
  • Chronicle of Anna Magdalena Bach
  • Chungking Express
  • Citizen Kane
  • City Lights
  • Cléo from 5 to 7
  • Closely Watched Trains
  • The Conformist
  • Dog Star Man: Part I
  • La Dolce Vita
  • Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
  • Dust in the Wind
  • The Earrings of Madame de...
  • Earth
  • Family Viewing
  • Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner
  • The Godfather
  • Gone with the Wind
  • Grand Illusion
  • Greed
  • The Hour of the Furnaces
  • The Insect Woman
  • Jaws
  • Jeanne Dielman, 23, Quai du Commerce 1080 Bruxelles
  • La Jetée
  • Johnny Guitar
  • L'Atalante
  • L'Avventura
  • Landscape in the Mist
  • Law of Desire
  • Lawrence of Arabia
  • The Leopard
  • The Maltese Falcon
  • Man with a Movie Camera
  • Memories of Underdevelopment
  • Meshes of the Afternoon
  • Metropolis
  • Mother and Son
  • The Mother and the Whore
  • Mother India
  • Napoleon
  • Nashville
  • Night and Fog
  • The Night of the Hunter
  • Black Girl
  • The Palm Beach Story
  • The Passion of Joan of Arc
  • Pather Panchali
  • Persona
  • Pickpocket
  • Platform
  • PlayTime
  • Of Whales, the Moon, and Men
  • Red Sorghum
  • Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom
  • Scorpio Rising
  • The Searchers
  • Sherlock, Jr.
  • Singin' in the Rain
  • Some Like It Hot
  • The Sorrow and the Pity
  • A Streetcar Named Desire
  • Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
  • Sweetie
  • Syndromes and a Century
  • Taxi Driver
  • Through the Olive Trees
  • Tokyo Story
  • A Touch of Zen
  • A Trip to the Moon
  • Triumph of the Will
  • Trouble in Paradise
  • Ugetsu
  • The Umbrellas of Cherbourg
  • Vertigo
  • Videodrome
  • Viridiana
  • Journey to Italy
  • Wavelength
  • What's Opera, Doc?
  • When a Woman Ascends the Stairs
  • The Wizard of Oz
  • Written on the Wind