TCM's List of the 15 Most Influential Classic Movies
In celebration of their 15th Anniversary, Turner Classic Movies has launched a new website and started a feature called TCM Dailies. I'm admittedly not as well versed in some cinematic classics as I should be, and it's hard to find some good guidance and suggestions (well, in addition to AFI's list). However, this week TCM is featuring the 15 Most Influential Classic Movies (via Rope of Silicon), and I'm enthusiastic about exploring all of the films on this list. I could've just kept this to myself, but I thought it would great to share this with all of you, and if I do find the time to watch a few of these, let you know about what I think.
"This list of movies signifies films that TCM has deemed influential in the arena of film and the culture that produced them. These are not necessarily the most important films, nor representative of 'firsts' in film history—these are the movies that shaped the cinema and the audiences that viewed them."
1. The Birth of a Nation (1915)
2. Battleship Potemkin (1925)
3. Metropolis (1927)
4. 42nd Street (1933)
5. It Happened One Night (1934)
6. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
7. Gone with the Wind (1939)
8. Stagecoach (1939)
9. Citizen Kane (1941)
10. The Bicycle Thief (1947)
11. Rashomon (1950)
12. The Searchers (1956)
13. Breathless (1959)
14. Psycho (1960)
15. Star Wars (1977)
As you might have noticed, these are actually organized by their release date, not particularly by their importance ranked against one another. There are great write-ups from TCM on each of the 15 films on their website, so don't miss out on the full rundown for each of these. I've actually seen 5 of them (I'm not going to say which ones), but there are a few good ones that I still really need to see, like It Happened One Night, Rashomon, and Psycho. In fact, I'm much more excited to go through this list from start to finish than I am to try and tackle all 100 of AFI's selections. Plus, I like TCM's reasoning behind the choices a lot more.