Before You GraduateDigital 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 YearsThe 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 RegistryThe Library of Congress selects 25 movies each year for perpetual preservation.

50 Greatest Cartoons1000 professional animators picked these.

Box Office MojoThis 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 FilmsThe 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