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Sisyphus Productions Half-way Literate List of Films to See

A = Great Acting
2 = You gotta see it twice because the first time you'll probably hate it.
D = Documentary

A Woman Under the Influence (Cassavetes) A2

Life is Sweet (Leigh)

The Ballad of Narayama (Imamura)

Shadows (Cassavetes) A

Aguirre, the Wrath of God (Herzog) 2

Trash (Morrissey) A

Mikey and Nicky (May) A

High Hopes (Leigh)

The Killing of a Chinese Bookie (Cassavetes) A

Opening Night (Cassavetes) A2

Meantime (Leigh) A

Los Olvidados (Bunuel)

Kind Hearts and Coronets (Hamer)

Trees Lounge (Buscemi) A

The Ice Storm (Lee)

Blue Collar (Schrader)

Bring me the Head of Alfredo Garcia (Peckinpah)

Before Sunrise (Linklater) A

Lolita (Kubrick)

Dersu Uzala (Kurasawa)

Pixote (Babenco)

Hard Labor (Leigh) A

The 400 Blows (Truffaut)

La Atlanta (Vigo)

The Bicycle Theif (De Sica)

Interiors (Allen)

Annie Hall (Allen)

Stromboli (Rosellini)

The Conversation (Coppola)

Ran (Kurasawa)

Alice (Svankmajer)

Das Boot

Fantastic Planet

Napoleon (Gance)

Dead Man (Jarmusch)

Mystery Train (Jarmusch)

Fargo (Coens)

Emperor Jones (Murphy, Robeson)

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (Forman)

Paris Texas (Wenders)

The Bride of Frankenstein

Nosferatu (Murnau)

Minnie and Moskowitz (Cassavetes) A

The General (Keaton)

The Bank Dick (Fields)

Breaking Away

Sherlock Junior (Keaton)

Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner


The Life of Brian

Naked (Leigh)

Alphaville (Godard)

Shoah D

Hoop Dreams D

When They were Kings D

Heaven's Gate D

Gap Toothed Women (Blank) D

Burden of Dreams (Blank) D

Dracula (Morrisey)

Thin Blue Line (Morris) D

Fast Cheap and Out of Control (Morris) D

Grey Gardens D

Gummo (Korrine)

Nanook of the North D

Faces (Cassavetes)

Duck Soup (Marx Brothers)

Amadeus (Forman)

Sherlock Jr. (Keaton)

Vampyr (Dreyer)

Psycho (HitchCock)

Mike Tyson Fallen Champ (Kopple) D

Harlan County U.S.A. (Kopple) D

L'Age D'or (Bunuel)

All the Vermeers in New York (Jost)

American Dream (Kopple) D

Taboo (Murnau)

Another Woman (Allen)

Breaking the Waves (von Triers)

Happiness (Solondz)

Time of the Gypsies (Kusturica)

La Promesse

Brother's Keeper D

Children of Paradise (Carne)

Bullets Over Broadway

Clean, Shaven (Kerrigan)

Crumb D

I'm Gonna Get You Sucka

Eddie Murphy's Raw

Down by Law (Jarmusch)

Drugstore Cowboy (Van Sant)


Eight Men Out (Sayles)

El Norte

Equus (Lumet)

Fast Times at Ridgemont High

Gal Young 'un

Fitzcarraldo (Herzog)

Manufacturing Consent D

Mudhoney (Meyer)

Naked Lunch (Cronenberg)

Night and Fog (Resnais) D

Night on Earth (Jarmusch)

Passion of Joan of Arc (Dryer)

Pather Panchali (Ray)

Raging Bull (Scorcese)

Red Balloon (Lamorisse)

Richard Pryor Live in Concert

The River (Renoir)

Rocky (Avildson)

Roger and Me D

Pet Or Meat D

The Ruling Class (Medak)

Safe (Haynes) A

Shakes the Clown (Goldthwait)

The Snapper (Frears)

MacBeth (Polanski)

What Happened Was... (Noonan) A

A Little Stiff (Zahedi)

I Don't Hate Las Vegas Anymore (Zahedi)

Little Big Man

Abigail's Party (Leigh)

Children of Paradise

Gates of Heaven (Morris) D

Treasure of the Sierra Madre

Streetcar Named Desire

Ikiru (Kurasawa)

Seven Samurai (Kurasawa)

You can count on Me (Lonegan)

2001: A Space Odyssey (Kubrick)

Clockwork Orange (Kubrick)

Apocalypse Now (Coppola)

On the Waterfront (Kazan)


Young Frankenstein

My Own Private Idaho (Van Sant)

Drugstore Cowboy (Van Sant)

Elephant (Van Sant)

Graphitti Artist (Bolton)

The Wright Brothers (Lachow)

Sick: The Life and Death of Bob Flanagan, Super-Masochist (Dick)

Midnight Cowboy (Schlesinger)

Send me suggestions, impressions, etc. What do you think of these films? I'm sure there's some I've missed. What are they? I'll check them out. matt@sisyphusproductions.com



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