Before You Graduate – Digital Filmmaking students perpetually ask if I have a list of films they should see. Yes I do. This is it. You’ll be a better moviemaker if you have this lexicon of film language in your brain’s back pocket.
AFI’s 100 Years – The American Film Institute celebrated the centennial of motion pictures with several accessible genre-specific lists. If you’re ever stuck for something to enjoy with a pizza and friends, go here.
National Film Registry – The Library of Congress selects 25 movies each year for perpetual preservation.
50 Greatest Cartoons – 1000 professional animators picked these.
Box Office Mojo – This ticket sale tracking website offers a constantly-updated list of top earners, from last weekend’s domestic grosses to all-time international record holders. So much data.
The 100 Greatest Foreign-Language Films – The BBC says you’re not watching enough Akira Kurosawa. Seven Samurai for the win.
The Best-Shot Films of the 20th Century – as chosen by the American Society of Cinematographers. And they ought to know.
The 75 Best Edited Films – according to the Motion Picture Editors Guild