100 American Masterpieces

The idea for this list (yes, another one) came about sometime shortly before the Fourth Of July.  But various projects and other writings have prevented its completion until now.  It would be easy to claim that this were an objective list, but it is impossible to escape the subjectivity inherent in the author.  To counter this, the following titles are not number nor are they conclusive.  Perhaps some titles were over looked, some forgotten.  Either way, the following is a list of what we here at Zimbo Films consider 100 of America’s greatest films.

-Husbands (1970), directed by John Cassavetes

-The Magnificent Ambersons (1942), directed by Orson Welles

-Sunrise (1927), directed by F.W. Murnau

-Little Fugitive (1952), directed by Morris Engel

-Portrait Of Jason (1967), directed by Shirley Clarke

-Mikey & Nicky (1976), directed by Elaine May

-Fat City (1971), directed by John Huston

-Impostors (1979), directed by Mark Rappaport

-The Hitch-Hiker (1953), directed by Ida Lupino

-Deadman (1995), directed by Jim Jarmusch

-The Treasure Of The Sierra Madre (1948), directed by John Huston

-Orphans Of The Storm (1921), directed by D.W. Griffith

-His Girl Friday (1940), directed by Howard Hawks

-Chelsea Girls (1966), directed by Andy Warhol

-Pick-Up On South Street (1952), directed by Sam Fuller

-Real Life (1979), directed by Albert Brooks

-Barry Lyndon (1975), directed by Stanley Kubrick

-Days Of Heaven (1978), directed by Terrence Malick

-Trust (1990), directed by Hal Hartley

-Morocco (1930), directed by Josef von Sternberg

-An American In Paris (1951), directed by Vincente Minnelli

-Nashville (1975), directed by Robert Altman

-Duck Soup (1933), directed by Leo McCarey

-Sherlock Jr. (1924), directed by Buster Keaton

-The Last Movie (1971), directed by Dennis Hopper

-Cat People (1942), directed by Jacques Tourneur

-Greed (1924), directed by Erich von Stroheim

-The King Of Marvin Gardens (1972), directed by Bob Rafelson

-The Sweet Smell Of Success (1957), directed by Alexander Mackendrick

-Mr. Smith Goes To Washington (1939), directed by Frank Capra

-From Here To Eternity (1953), directed by Fred Zinnemann

-Night Of The Hunter (1955), directed by Charles Laughton

-Mickey One (1965), directed by Arthur Penn

-Freaks (1932), directed by Todd Browning

-Sunset Boulevard (1950), directed by Billy Wilder

-Lot In Sodom (1933), directed by James Sibley Watson & Melville Webber

-Eureka (1982), directed by Nicolas Roeg

-Tabu (1932), directed by F.W. Murnau

-Meshes Of The Afternoon (1943), directed by Maya Deren

-All That Money Can Buy (1941), directed by William Dieterle

-Walden (1969), directed by Jonas Mekas

-Magnificent Obsession (1954), directed by Douglas Sirk

-The Last Detail (1973), directed by Hal Ashby

-Detour (1945), directed by Edgar G. Ulmer

-To Sleep With Anger (1991), directed by Charles Burnett

-The Killing Of A Chinese Bookie (1976), directed by John Cassavetes

-Pittsburgh Trilogy (1971-1972), directed by Stan Brakhage

-The Swimmer (1968), directed by Frank Perry

-In A Lonely Place (1950), directed by Nicholas Ray

-The Last Days Of Disco (1998), directed by Whit Stillman

-Eraserhead (1977), directed by David Lynch

-Seconds (1966), directed by John Frankenheimer

-Wise Blood (1979), directed by John Huston

-Short Cuts (1993), directed by Robert Altman

-Touch Of Evil (1958), directed by Orson Welles

-Shock Corridor (1963), directed by Sam Fuller

-Two Lane Blacktop (1971), directed by Monte Hellman

-The Searchers (1956), directed by John Ford

-A Face In The Crowd (1957), directed by Elia Kazan

-Scarecrow (1973), directed by Jerry Schatzberg

-Dangerous Game (1993), directed by Abel Ferrara

-The Killers (1946), directed by Robert Siodmak

-Broadcast News (1987), directed by James L. Brooks

-Seven Men From Now (1956), directed by Budd Boetticher

-The Living End (1992), directed by Gregg Araki

-Anatomy Of A Murder (1959), directed by Otto Preminger

-George Washington (2000), directed by David Gordon Green

-Vertigo (1958), directed by Alfred Hitchcock

-Killer Of Sheep (1981), directed by Charles Burnett

-Chinatown (1975), directed by Roman Polanski

-The Big Country (1958), directed by William Wyler

-Scarlet Street (1945), directed by Fritz Lang

-Funny Face (1957), directed by Stanley Donen

-Manhattan Love Suicides (1985), directed by Richard Kern

-Flaming Creatures (1963), directed by Jack Smith

-To Have And Have Not (1944), directed by Howard Hawks

-Manhattan (1979), directed by Woody Allen

-Lonely Are The Brave (1962), directed by David Miller

-Immitation Of Life (1959), directed by Douglas Sirk

-Junior Bonner (1972), directed by Sam Peckinpah

-There Will Be Blood (2007), directed by Paul Thomas Anderson

-Compulsion (1959), directed by Richard Fleisher

-The Manchurian Candidate (1963), directed by John Frankenheimer

-The Man From Laramie (1955), directed by Anthony Mann

-Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf? (1966), directed by Mike Nichols

-Apocolypse Now (1979), directed by Francis Ford Coppola

-The World’s Greatest Sinner (1962), directed by Timothy Carey

-The Nutty Professor (1963), directed by Jerry Lewis

-Raging Bull (1980), directed by Martin Scorsese

-Trash (1970), directed by Paul Morrissey

-The Intruder (1960), directed by Roger Corman

-The Heartbreak Kid (1972), directed by Elaine May

-The 5,000 Fingers Of Dr. T (1953), directed by Roy Rowland

-David Holzman’s Diary (1967), directed by Jim McBride

-Kicking And Screaming (1995), directed by Noah Baumbach

-Don’t Look Back (1967), directed by D.A. Pennebacker

-Wanda (1970), directed by Barbara Loden

-The Rough House (1917), directed by Roscoe Arbuckle

-A Woman Under The Influence (1974), directed by John Cassavetes

-Fireworks (1947), directed by Kenneth Anger

-Tex (1982), directed by Tim Hunter

-Schizopolis (1996), directed by Steven Soderbergh

-Gummo (1997), directed by Harmony Korine

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