1990s

Bad ma ra khahad bord / The Wind Will Carry Us (1999)

1999

TOP TIER:
Beau travail (Claire Denis)
Being John Malkovich (Spike Jonze)
The Blair Witch Project (Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sanchez)
Charisma (Kiyoshi Kurosawa)
Eyes Wide Shut (Stanley Kubrick)
Fight Club (David Fincher)
L’Humanite (Bruno Dumont)
The Insider (Michael Mann)
Magnolia (Paul Thomas Anderson)
The Matrix (Lana and Andy Wachowski)
M/other (Nobuhiro Suwa)
The Ninth Gate (Roman Polanski)
Rosetta (Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne)
A Run for Money (Reha Erdem)
Sisa (Mario O’Hara)
The Third Page (Zeki Demirkubuz)
Time Regained (Raul Ruiz)
Topsy-Turvy (Mike Leigh)
The Wind Will Carry Us (Abbas Kiarostami)

ALSO ESSENTIAL:
The 13th Warrior (John McTiernan)
6ixty9 (Pen-Ek Ratanaruang)
Attack the Gas Station (Sang-Jin Kim)
Audition (Takashi Miike)
Breakfast of Champions (Alan Rudolph)
Bringing Out the Dead (Martin Scorsese)
The Emperor and the Assassin (Chen Kaige)
Every Day Here (Frazer Bradshaw)
eXistenZ (David Cronenberg)
Farewell, Home Sweet Home (Otar Iosseliani)
Flowers From Another World (Iciar Bollain)
Forever Mine (Paul Schrader)
Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai (Jim Jarmusch)
God’s Wedding (João César Monteiro)
Gregory’s Two Girls (Bill Forsyth)
Haut Les Coeurs! (Solveig Anspach)
Human Resources (Laurent Cantet)
Idle Running (Janez Burger)
Journey to the Sun (Yesim Ustaoglu)
Kikujiro (Takeshi Kitano)
Leila (Dariush Mehrjui)
The Letter (Manoel de Oliveira)
Limbo (John Sayles)
The Limey (Steven Soderbergh)
La maladie de Sachs (Michel Deville)
The Minus Man (Hampton Fancher)
The Mission (Johnny To)
Moloch (Aleksandr Sokurov)
Night Wind (Philippe Garrel)
Office Space (Mike Judge)
One More Day (Babak Payami)
Petits Freres (Jacques Doillon)
Pola X (Leos Carax)
La Puce (Emmanuelle Bercot)
Ratcatcher (Lynn Ramsay)
Ravenous (Antonia Bird)
Return of the Idiot (Sasa Gedeon)
Romance (Catherine Breillat)
Sicilia (Jean-Marie Straub and Daniele Huillet)
Silvia Prieto (Martin Rejtman)
Skin of Man, Heart of Beast (Helene Angel)
The Straight Story (David Lynch)
Sweet and Lowdown (Woody Allen)
Taboo (Nagisa Oshima)
The Thomas Crown Affair (John McTiernan)
True Crime (Clint Eastwood)
Tuvalu (Veit Helmer)
Three Kings (David O. Russell)
The Winslow Boy (David Mamet)
Wojaczek (Lech Majewski)

OF INTEREST:
The Color of Paradise (Majid Majidi)
Dick (Andrew Fleming)
Go (Doug Liman)
Holy Smoke (Jane Campion)
Notting Hill (Roger Michell)
Selma, Lord, Selma (Charles Burnett)
Shower (Zhang Yang)
Titus (Julie Taymor)

POSSIBLY OF INTEREST:
10 Things I Hate About You (Gil Junger)
The Big Kahuna (John Swanbeck)
The Lady of the House (Rituparno Ghosh)
Mifune (Søren Kragh-Jacobsen)
Stir of Echoes (David Koepp)
Wonderland (Michael Winterbottom)

1998

TOP TIER:
Autumn Tale (Eric Rohmer)
The Big Lebowski (Joel and Ethan Coen)
Flowers of Shanghai (Hou Hsiao-hsien)
Histoire(s) du Cinema (Jean-Luc Godard)
The Hole (Tsai Ming-liang)
Inquietude (Manoel de Oliveira)
License to Live (Kiyoshi Kurosawa)
New Rose Hotel (Abel Ferrara)
Rushmore (Wes Anderson)
Saving Private Ryan (Steven Spielberg)
The Thin Red Line (Terrence Malick)

ALSO ESSENTIAL:
Aberdeen (Kathy Fehl and Ian Teal)
Another Day in Paradise (Larry Clark)
The Apple (Samira Makhmalbaf)
L’Arrière Pays (Jacques Nolot)
Beloved (Jonathan Demme)
Besieged (Bernardo Bertolucci)
Black Cat, White Cat (Emir Kusturica)
The Book of Life (Hal Hartley)
Buffalo ’66 (Vincent Gallo)
Bulworth (Warren Beatty)
The Celebration (Thomas Vinterberg)
Christmas in August (Hur Jin-ho)
A Civil Action (Steve Zaillian)
Confession (Alexandr Sokurov)
Croupier (John Hodges)
Dr. Akagi (Shohei Imamura)
The Dreamlife of Angels (Erick Zonca)
The Emperor and the Assassin (Chen Kaige)
L’ennui (Cedric Kahn)
Eyes of the Spider (Kiyoshi Kurosawa)
The Flight of the Bee (Jamshed Usmonov and Biong Hun Min)
The General (John Boorman)
He Got Game (Spike Lee)
Honeymoon (Dan Sallitt)
The Idiots (Lars Von Trier)
I Stand Alone (Gaspar Noe)
Khrustalyov, My Car! (Otar Iosseliani)
Knock Off (Tsui Hark)
The Last Days of Disco (Whit Stillman)
Last Night (Don McKellar)
The Longest Summer (Fruit Chan)
Mr. Zhao (Lu Yue)
The Newton Boys (Richard Linklater)
Out of Sight (Steven Soderbergh)
Outskirts (Petr Lutsik)
Phantom Beirut (Ghassan Salhab)
Pleasantville (Gary Ross)
The Power of Kangwon Province (Hong Sang-soo)
Praise (John Curran)
Radiation (Michael Galinsky and Suki Hawley)
Return to Paradise (Joseph Ruben)
Ronin (John Frankenheimer)
The School of Flesh (Benoit Jacquot)
Serpent’s Path (Kiyoshi Kurosawa)
Show Me Love (Lukas Moodysson)
The Silence (Mohsen Makhmalbaf)
Small Soldiers (Joe Dante)
Snake Eyes (Brian De Palma)
A Soldier’s Daughter Never Cries (James Ivory)
Tango (Carlos Saura)
Those Who Love Me Can Take the Train (Patrice Chéreau)
Three Businessmen (Alex Cox)
Vampires (John Carpenter)
Velvet Goldmine (Todd Haynes)
Woman on a Tin Roof (Mario O’Hara)
Zero Effect (Jake Kasdan)

OF INTEREST:
Enemy of the State (Tony Scott)
Pecker (John Waters)
Rounders (John Dahl)
Soldier (Paul W.S. Anderson)
Very Bad Things (Peter Berg)

POSSIBLY OF INTEREST:
Apt Pupil (Bryan Singer)
The Boxer (Jim Sheridan)
Divine (Arturo Ripstein)
Fiona (Amos Kollek)
The Impostors (Stanley Tucci)
Kirikou and the Sorceress (Michel Ocelot)
The Land Girls (David Leland)
Next Stop Wonderland (Brad Anderson)
Ringu (Hideo Nakata)
Samurai Fiction (Hiroyuki Nakano)
Slums of Beverly Hills (Tamara Jenkins)

1997

TOP TIER:
Boogie Nights (Paul Thomas Anderson)
Commingled Containers (Stan Brakhage)
Cure (Kiyoshi Kurosawa)
Happy Together (Wong Kar-Wai)
Jackie Brown (Quentin Tarantino)
Kundun (Martin Scorsese)
Lost Highway (David Lynch)
Mother and Son (Aleksandr Sokurov)
Ossos (Pedro Costa)
The River (Tsai Ming-Liang)
Same Old Song (Alain Resnais)
Starship Troopers (Paul Verhoeven)
The Sweet Hereafter (Atom Egoyan)
A Taste of Cherry (Abbas Kiarostami)

ALSO ESSENTIAL:
Afterglow (Alan Rudolph)
The Apostle (Robert Duvall)
Barbara (Nils Malmros)
Brother (Alexei Balabanov)
Career Girls (Mike Leigh)
The Castle (Michael Haneke)
Contact (Robert Zemeckis)
Cop Land (James Mangold)
Critical Care (Sidney Lumet)
Docteur Chance (François-Jacques Ossang)
Donnie Brasco (Mike Newell)
Double Team (Tsui Hark)
The Eel (Shohei Imamura)
Event Horizon (Paul W.S. Anderson)
Eve’s Bayou (Kasi Lemmons)
The Eye of God (Tim Blake Nelson)
Face/Off (John Woo)
Fast, Cheap, and Out of Control (Errol Morris)
Fireworks (Takeshi Kitano)
The Game (David Fincher)
Gattaca (Andrew Niccol)
Genealogies of a Crime (Raul Ruiz)
Green Fish (Lee Chang-Dong)
Grosse Pointe Blank (George Armitage)
Gummo (Harmony Korine)
Hamsun (Jan Troell)
Henry Fool (Hal Hartley)
Kiss or Kill (Bill Bennett)
Lawn Dogs (John Duigan)
Litle Shots of Happiness (Todd Verow)
Live Flesh (Pedro Almodovar)
Ma Vie en Rose (Alain Berliner)
A Merry War (Robert Bierman)
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (Clint Eastwood)
Nowhere (Gregg Araki)
The Prince of Homburg (Marco Bellochio)
Pronto (Jim McBride)
The Rainmaker (Francis Ford Coppola)
The Revenge – The Scar That Never Fades (Kiyoshi Kurosawa)
The Revenge – A Visit From Fate (Kiyoshi Kurosawa)
Le Septieme Ciel (Benoit Jacquot)
Sue (Amos Kollek)
Suzaku (Naomi Kawase)
Uncle Sam (William Lustig)
La Vie de Jesus (Bruno Dumont)
Washington Square (Agnieszka Holland)
Xiao Wu (Jia Zhang-Ke)

OF INTEREST:
Amistad (Steven Spielberg)
Children of Heaven (Majid Majidi)
My Best Friend’s Wedding (P.J. Hogan)

POSSIBLY OF INTEREST:
Office Killer (Cindy Sherman)
Romy and Michelle’s High School Reunion (David Mirkin)

1996

TOP TIER:
Bottle Rocket (Wes Anderson)
Breaking the Waves (Lars Von Trier)
Crash (David Cronenberg)
Fargo (Joel and Ethan Coen)
Gabbeh (Moshen Makhmalbaf)
Goodbye South, Goodbye (Hou Hsiao-hsien)
Irma Vep (Olivier Assayas)
A Moment of Innocence (Mohsen Makhmalbaf)
My Sex Life or: How I Got Into an Argument (Arnaud Desplechin)
Oriental Elegy (Aleksandr Sokurov)
Parfait amour! (Catherine Breillat)
La Promesse (Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne)
Secrets & Lies (Mike Leigh)
A Summer’s Tale (Eric Rohmer)
Three Lives and Only One Death (Raul Ruiz)
When It Rains (Charles Burnett)

ALSO ESSENTIAL:
Un air de famille (Cedric Klapisch)
Basquiat (Julian Schnabel)
Beavis and Butt-head Do America (Mike Judge)
Berenice (Michael Gitlin)
Big Night (Stanley Tucci)
Bound (Lana and Andy Wachowski)
Brigands – Chapter VII (Otar Iosseliani)
The Cable Guy (Ben Stiller)
Capitaine Conan (Bertrand Tavernier)
Chronicle of a Disappearance (Elia Suleiman)
Comrades, Almost a Love Story (Peter Chan)
A Couch in New York (Chantal Akerman)
The Day the Pig Fell Into the Well (Hong Sang-soo)
Dead Sure aka The Insurance Agent (Tikoy Aguiluz)
Deep Crimson (Arturo Ripstein)
The Delta (Ira Sachs)
Elective Affinities (Paolo and Vittorio Taviani)
Flirting With Disaster (David O. Russell)
For Ever Mozart (Jean-Luc Godard)
Freeway (Matthew Bright)
The Funeral (Abel Ferrara)
Get on the Bus (Spike Lee)
Hard Core Logo (Bruce McDonald)
Hard Eight (Paul Thomas Anderson)
Kansas City (Robert Altman)
Kids Return (Takeshi Kitano)
Kingpin (Bobby and Peter Farrelly)
Mars Attacks! (Tim Burton)
Matilda (Danny DeVito)
Mission: Impossible (Brian DePalma)
Nénette et Boni (Claire Denis)
Nightjohn (Charles Burnett)
Normal Life (John McNaughton)
Party (Manoel de Oliveira)
Ponette (Jacques Doillon)
The Quiet Room (Rolf de Heer)
A Self-Made Hero (Jacques Audiard)
Temptress Moon (Chen Kaige)
That Thing You Do! (Tom Hanks)
To Have & to Hold (John Hillcoat)
Les voleurs (Andre Techine)
Welcome to the Dollhouse (Todd Solondz)
The Winner (Alex Cox)

OF INTEREST:
Last Man Standing (Walter Hill)
Tin Cup (Ron Shelton)

POSSIBLY OF INTEREST:
Beautiful Thing (Hettie Macdonald)
Encore (Pascal Bonitzer)
Hamsun (Jan Troell)
Mon Homme (Bertrand Blier)
Love Serenade (Shirley Barrett)
The King of Masks (Wu Tian-ming)
Manny & Lo (Lisa Krueger)
Michael Collins (Neil Jordan)
Prisoner of the Mountain (Sergei Bodov)
Ridicule (Patrice Leconte)
The Sunchaser (Michael Cimino)
Walking and Talking (Nicole Holofcener)
The Whole Wide World (Dan Ireland)

1995

TOP TIER:
Casino (Martin Scorsese)
La ceremonie (Claude Chabrol)
Cyclo (Anh Hung Tran)
Dead Man (Jim Jarmusch)
God’s Comedy (João César Monteiro)
Good Men, Good Women (Hou Hsiao-hsien)
Heat (Michael Mann)
JLG/JLG (Jean-Luc Godard)
Kids (Larry Clark)
The Last Wish -(Tikoy Aguiluz)
The Neon Bible (Terence Davies)
Safe (Todd Haynes)
Se7en (David Fincher)
Showgirls (Paul Verhoeven)
Spiritual Voices (Aleksandr Sokurov)
Ulysses Gaze (Theo Angelopoulos)
Underground (Emir Kusturica)

ALSO ESSENTIAL:
2 x 50 Years of French Cinema (Jean-Luc Godard and Anne-Marie Miéville)
The Addiction (Abel Ferrara)
…And the Earth Did Not Swallow Him (Severo Pérez)
L’appat (Bertrand Tavernier)
An Awfully Big Adventure (Mike Newell)
En avoir (ou pas) (Laetitia Masson)
Beyond Rangoon (John Boorman)
The Blade (Tsui Hark)
The Bridges of Madison County (Clint Eastwood)
Le confessionnal (Robert Lepage)
Clockers (Spike Lee)
Clueless (Amy Heckerling)
The Convent (Manoel de Oliveira)
Dadetown (Russ Hexter)
Desolation Angels (Tim McCann)
Devil in a Blue Dress (Carl Franklin)
Die Hard With a Vengeance (John McTiernan)
Don’t Forget You’re Going to Die (Xavier Beauvois)
Fallen Angels (Wong Kar-wai)
Flirt (Hal Hartley)
The Flower of My Secret (Pedro Almodovar)
From the Journals of Jean Seberg (Mark Rappaport)
Le garcu (Maurice Pialat)
Georgia (Ulu Grosbard)
Getting Any? (Takeshi Kitano)
La haine (Mathieu Kassovitz)
Indian Summer ((Saša Gedeon)
Land and Freedom (Ken Loach)
Maborosi (Hirokazu Kore-eda)
Nelly & Monsieur Arnaud (Claude Sautet)
Notes from Underground (Gary Walkow)
On the Beat (Ning Ying))
O Quatrilho (Fabio Barreto)
Rendezvous in Paris (Eric Rohmer)
Salaam Cinema (Mohsen Makhmalbaf)
The Short Life of Fire (Aureaus Solito)
A Single Girl (Benoit Jacquot)
Strange Days (Kathryn Bigelow)
To Die For (Gus Van Sant)
Two Deaths (Nicolas Roeg)
Up, Down, Fragile (Jacques Rivette)
Waati (Souleymane Cisse)
The White Balloon (Jafar Panahi)
The Wife (Tom Noonan)
Wild Bill (Walter Hill)

POSSIBLY OF INTEREST:
Angels and Insects (Philip Haas)
Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh (Bill Condon)
Carrington (Christopher Hampton)
Fluke (Carlo Carlei)
Hideaway (Brett Leonard)
The Horseman on the Roof (Jean-Paul Rappeneau)
Institute Benjamenta, or This Dream That One Calls Human Life (Stephen and Timothy Quay)
Jefferson in Paris (James Ivory)
The Journey of August King (John Duigan)
A Little Princess (Alfonso Cauron)
Persuasion (Roger Michell)
Richard III (Richard Loncraine)
Stuart Saves His Family (Harold Ramis)
Tales from the Hood (Rusty Cundieff)
Two Bits (James Foley)
Underneath (Steven Soderbergh)
The Young Poisoner’s Handbook (Benjamin Ross)

1994

TOP TIER:
Ashes of Time (Wong Kar-wai)
Chungking Express (Wong Kar-wai)
Exotica (Atom Egoyan)
The Glass Shield (Charles Burnett)
In the Mouth of Madness (John Carpenter)
Joan the Maid (Jacques Rivette)
Nadja (Michael Almereyda)
Portrait of a Young Girl at the End of the 1960s in Brussels (Chantal Akerman)
Pulp Fiction (Quentin Tarantino)
Sátántangó (Bela Tarr)
Through the Olive Trees (Abbas Kiarostami)
Vive L’Amour (Tsai Ming-liang)
What Happened Was… (Tom Noonan)
Whispering Pages (Aleksandr Sokurov)

ALSO ESSENTIAL:
71 Fragments of a Chronology of Chance (Michael Haneke)
Amateur (Hal Hartley)
Barcelona (Whit Stillman)
Before the Rain (Milcho Manchevski)
Blush (Li Shaohong)
The Color of Love (Peggy Ahwesh)
Coming To Terms With The Dead (Pascale Ferran)
Crooklyn (Spike Lee)
Death and the Maiden (Roman Polanski)
Forrest Gump (Robert Zemeckis)
Fresh (Boaz Yakin)
I Can’t Sleep (Claire Denis)
L’Enfer (Claude Chabrol)
Faust (Jan Svankmajer)
The Freethinker (Peter Watkins)
I’ll Do Anything (James L. Brooks)
Lamerica (Gianni Amelio)
Little Odessa (James Gray)
Lucky Break (Ben Lewin)
Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle (Alan Rudolph)
NYC 3/94 (Hal Hartley)
Oublie-moi (Noemie Lvovsky)
Oleanna (David Mamet)
Passions (Kira Muratova)
Queen Margot (Patrice Chereau)
Rhythm Thief (Matthew Harrison)
Sirens (John Duigan)
Spanking the Monkey (David O. Russell)
Take Care of Your Scarf, Tatjana (Aki Kaurismäki)
Uncovered (Jim McBride)
The Unforgettable Summer (Lucian Pintilie)
Vanya on 42nd Street (Louis Malle)
Wild Reeds (Andre Techine)

OF INTEREST:
Priest (Antonia Bird)
Shopping (Paul W.S. Anderson)
Wes Craven’s New Nightmare (Wes Craven)

POSSIBLY OF INTEREST:
Blue Chips (William Friedkin)
Fear of a Black Hat (Rusty Cundieff)
Go Fish (Rose Troche)
I Like it Like That (Darnell Martin)
Jamon Jamon (J.J. Bigas Luna)
No Escape (Martin Campbell)
Regarde les hommes tomber (Jacques Audiard)
Speechless (Ron Underwood)

1993

TOP TIER:
Abraham’s Valley (Manoel de Oliveira)
The Age of Innocence (Martin Scorsese)
Calendar (Atom Egoyan)
Carlito’s Way (Brian De Palma)
Dottie Gets Spanked (Todd Haynes)
D’Est (Chantal Akerman)
Helas pour moi (Jean-Luc Godard)
The Last Bolshevik (Chris Marker)
Naked (Mike Leigh)
A Perfect World (Clint Eastwood)
The Puppetmaster (Hou Hsiao-hsien)
Schindler’s List (Steven Spielberg)
Short Cuts (Robert Altman)
Smoking/No Smoking (Alain Resnais)
Sonatine (Takeshi Kitano)
The Tree, the Mayor, and the Mediatheque (Eric Rohmer)

ALSO ESSENTIAL:
Arizona Dream (Emir Kusturica)
Bad Behaviour (Les Blair)
The Beginning and the End (Arturo Ripstein)
Being Human (Bill Forsyth)
Bhaji on the Beach (Gurinder Chadha)
Blue (Derek Jarman)
The Blue Kite (Tian Zhuangzhuang)
Body Snatchers (Abel Ferrara)
A Bronx Tale (Robert De Niro)
Caro diario (Nanni Moretti)
Clean, Shaven (Lodge Kerrigan)
The Days (Wang Xiaoshuai)
Diary of a Maniac (Marco Ferreri)
Geronimo: An American Legend (Walter Hill)
Green Snake (Tsui Hark)
Groundhog Day (Harold Ramis)
Les histoires d’amour finissent mal… en général (Anne Fontaine)
King of the Hill (Steven Soderbergh)
Latcho Drom (Tony Gatlif)
Mad Dog and Glory (John McNaughton)
Map of the Human Heart (Vincent Ward)
Matinee (Joe Dante)
M. Butterfly (David Cronenberg)
Moving (Shinji Somai)
The Music of Chance (Philip Haas)
My Favorite Season (Andre Techine)
Raining Stones (Ken Loach)
Rebels of a Neon God (Tsai Ming-liang)
Red Rock West (John Dahl)
Ruby in Paradise (Victor Nunez)
The Sandlot (David M. Evans)
The Scent of Green Papaya (Tran Anh Hung)
Searching for Bobby Fischer (Steve Zaillian)
Strange Weather (Peggy Ahwesh)
Suture (Scott McGehee and David Siegel)
The Thing Called Love (Peter Bogdanovich)
Thirty Two Short Films About Glenn Gould (François Girard)
Tombstone (George P. Cosmatos)
True Romance (Tony Scott)
When Pigs Fly (Sara Driver)
The Wrong Man (Jim McBride)
The Young Werther (Jacques Doillon)

OF INTEREST:
The Vanishing (George Sluizer)

POSSIBLY OF INTEREST:
The Ballad of Little Jo (Maggie Greenwald)
Dave (Ivan Reitman)
Falling Down (Joel Schumacher)
Household Saints (Nancy Savoca)
Stalingrad (Joseph Vilsmaier)
Tai Chi Master (Yuen Woo-ping)

1992

TOP TIER:
Bad Lieutenant (Abel Ferrara)
Bitter Moon (Roman Polanski)
Careful (Guy Maddin)
Glengarry Glen Ross (James Foley)
Interpolations I-V (Stan Brakhage)
The Last of the Mohicans (Michael Mann)
Lessons of Darkness (Werner Herzog)
The Long Day Closes (Terence Davies)
Malcolm X (Spike Lee)
Quince Tree of the Sun (Victor Erice)
Reservoir Dogs (Quentin Tarantino)
Tribulation 99: Alien Anomalies Under America (Craig Baldwin)
Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me (David Lynch)
Unforgiven (Clint Eastwood)
A Winter’s Tale (Eric Rohmer)

ALSO ESSENTIAL:
Amoureuse (Jacques Doillon)
Another Girl Another Planet (Michael Almereyda)
As You See (Harun Farocki)
Barjo (Jerome Boivin)
Basic Instinct (Paul Verhoeven)
Benny’s Video (Michael Haneke)
Betty (Claude Chabrol)
Bob Roberts (Tim Robbins)
Border Line (Danièle Dubroux)
The Boys of St. Vincent’s (John N. Smith)
Centre Stage (Stanley Kwan)
Céline (Jean-Claude Brisseau)
Chasing Butterflies (Otar Iosseliani)
Un couer en hiver (Claude Sautet)
Death Becomes Her (Robert Zemeckis)
Deep Cover (Bill Duke)
Embracing (Naomi Kawase)
Equinox (Alan Rudolph)
Guelwaar (Ousmane Sembene)
The Hairdresser’s Husband (Patrice Leconte)
Husbands and Wives (Woody Allen)
Hyenas (Djibril Diop Mambety)
Innocent Blood (John Landis)
In the Soup (Alexandre Rockwell)
Laws of Gravity (Nick Gomez)
The Living End (Gregg Araki)
Lorenzo’s Oil (George Miller)
Loss is to be Expected (Ulrich Seidl)
Rock Hudson’s Home Movies (Mark Rappaport)
Memoirs of an Invisible Man (John Carpenter)
A Midnight Clear (Keith Gordon)
Le mirage (Jean-Claude Guiguet)
The Mystery of the Ferns (Rachid Malikov)
The Oak (Lucian Pintilie)
One False Move (Carl Franklin)
Passages (Yilmaz Arslan)
Passion Fish (John Sayles)
Porco Rosso (Hayao Miyazaki)
Raising Cain (Brian de Palma)
Romper Stomper (Geoffrey Wright)
Savage Nights (Cyril Collard)
The Second Heimat (Edgar Reitz)
La sentinelle (Arnaud Desplechin)
Simple Men (Hal Hartley)
The Stolen Children (Gianni Amelio)
Tito and Me (Goran Markovic)
La Vie de Boheme (Aki Kaurismaki)

OF INTEREST:

Batman Returns (Tim Burton)
The Resurrected (Dan O’Bannon)
Trespass (Walter Hill)

POSSIBLY OF INTEREST:
Damage (Louis Malle)
Housesitter (Frank Oz)
Just Another Girl on the I.R.T. (Leslie Harris)
Leap of Faith (Richard Pearce)
Of Mice and Men (Gary Sinise)
Olivier, Olivier (Agnieszka Holland)
Once Upon a Time in China II (Tsui Hark)
The Public Eye (Howard Franklin)

1991

TOP TIER:
And Life Goes On… (Abbas Kiarostami)
La belle noiseuse (Jacques Rivette)
A Brighter Summer Day (Edward Yang)
The Double Life of Veronique (Krzysztof Kieslowski)
Flirting (John Duigan)
Germany Year 90 Nine Zero (Jean-Luc Godard)
My Own Private Idaho (Gus Van Sant)
The Man in the Moon (Robert Mulligan)
Naked Lunch (David Cronenberg)
Night and Day (Chantal Akerman)
Side/Walk/Shuttle (Ernie Gehr)
Surviving Desire (Hal Hartley)
Van Gogh (Maurice Pialat)

ALSO ESSENTIAL:
Ambition (Hal Hartley)
Blood Ties (Jim McBride)
Bright Angel (Michael Fields)
Cheb (Rachid Bouchereb)
City of Hope (John Sayles)
Close My Eyes (Stephen Poliakoff)
Delicatessen (Marc Caro and Jean-Pierre Jeunet)
Defending Your Life (Albert Brooks)
Edward II (Derek Jarman)
Fly High Run Far (Im Kwon-taek)
Garden of Scorpions (Oleg Kovalov)
Hangin’ With the Homeboys (Joseph B. Vasquez)
Highway 61 (Bruce McDonald)
Highway Patrolman (Alex Cox)
Homicide (David Mamet)
Jacquot de Nantes (Agnes Varda)
J’ entends plus la guitare (Philippe Garrel)
Jungle Fever (Spike Lee)
A Little Stiff (Greg Watkins and Caveh Zahedi)
Lovers (Vicente Aranda)
The Lovers of the Arctic Circle (Leos Carax)
Madame Bovary (Claude Chabrol)
Once Upon a Time in China (Tsui Hark)
Paris Awakens (Olivier Assayas)
Paris Trout (Stephen Gyllenhaal)
Point Break (Kathryn Bigelow)
Proof (Jocelyn Moorhouse)
Rhapsody in August (Akira Kurosawa)
Riff-Raff (Ken Loach)
Sale comme une ange (Catherine Breillat)
The Stranger (Satyajit Ray)
Theory of Achievement (Hal Hartley)
Three Days (Sharunas Bartas)
Truly Madly Deeply (Anthony Minghella)
Until the End of the World (Wim Wenders)
Vacas (Julio Medem)
La vie des morts (Arnaud Desplechin)
What About Bob? (Frank Oz)
Youngsters (Tsai Ming-liang)
Zentropa (Lars Von Trier)

OF INTEREST:
The Adjuster (Atom Egoyan)
Let Him Have It (Peter Medak)
Only Yesterday (Isao Takahata)
The Rapture (Michael Tolkin)

POSSIBLY OF INTEREST:
Danzon (María Novaro)
For the Boys (Mark Rydell)
Rush (Lili Fini Zanuck)
A Woman’s Tale (Paul Cox)

1990

TOP TIER:
Close Up (Abbas Kiarostami)
Days of Being Wild (Wong Kar-wai)
GoodFellas (Martin Scorsese)
King of New York (Abel Ferrara)
Life is Sweet (Mike Leigh)
Metropolitan (Whit Stillman)
Miami Blues (George Armitage)
Nouvelle vague (Jean-Luc Godard)
A Tale of Springtime (Eric Rohmer)
To Sleep with Anger (Charles Burnett)
Trust (Hal Hartley)
Twin Peaks (David Lynch)
White Hunter Black Heart (Clint Eastwood)
The Witches (Nicolas Roeg)

ALSO ESSENTIAL:
All the Vermeers in New York (Jon Jost)
Archangel (Guy Maddin)
Boiling Point (Takeshi Kitano)
Cry-Baby (John Waters)
Cyrano de Bergerac (Jean-Paul Rappeneau)
La discrete (Christian Vincent)
The Exorcist III (William Peter Blatty)
Gremlins 2: The New Batch (Joe Dante)
The Hairdresser’s Husband (Patrice Leconte)
Henry & June (Philip Kaufman)
The Hot Spot (Dennis Hopper)
House Party (Reginald Hudlin)
The Hunt for Red October (John McTiernan)
Jacques Rivette – Le veilleur (Claire Denis and Serge Daney)
Joe Versus the Volcano (John Patrick Shanley)
Ju Dou (Zhang Yimou)
Larks on a String (Jiri Menzel)
Love at Large (Alan Rudolph)
The Madonna and the Dragon (Samuel Fuller)
Le mariage blanc (Christine Carriere)
Men Don’t Leave (Paul Brickman)
Mr. and Mrs. Bridge (James Ivory)
The Match Factory Girl (Aki Kaurismaki)
Men Don’t Leave (Paul Brickman)
Le petit criminel (Jacques Doillon)
Pump Up the Volume (Allan Moyle)
Queen of Temple Street (Lawrence Ah Mon)
The Sheltering Sky (Bernardo Bertolucci)
Sink or Swim (Su Friedrich)
Sure Fire (Jon Jost)
Texasville (Peter Bogdanovich)
Total Recall (Paul Verhoeven)
The Unbelievable Truth (Hal Hartley)

OF INTEREST:

Bad Influence (Curtis Hanson)
Days of Thunder (Tony Scott)
Internal Affairs (Mike Figgis)
La Femme Nikita (Luc Besson)
Quick Change (Howard Franklin and Bill Murray)
Where the Heart Is (John Boorman)

POSSIBLY OF INTEREST:
Desperate Hours (Michael Cimino)
Everybody’s Fine (Giuseppe Tornatore)
The Freshman (Andrew Bergman)
The Handmaid’s Tale (Volker Schlondorff)
My Father’s Glory (Yves Robert)
My Mother’s Castle (Yves Robert)
The Nasty Girl (Michael Verhoeven)
Open Doors (Gianni Amelio)
Pacific Heights (John Schlesinger)

Tulitikkutehtaan tyttö / The Match Factory Girl (Aki Kaurismäki)