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"Masterpiece" is a term that's thrown around pretty often when discussing cinema, but that's not stopped anyone before.... I think that not every film that I rate as **** would classify as a masterpiece, so I'm listing the films that I think do. I've added a chronological listing of my personal masterpieces, including those that I haven't reviewed yet. In no way is this a definitive list and in even fewer ways is it a finalized one.

 

1910s

The Camerman's Revenge [Miest kinooperatora] (Ladislaw Starewicz, 1912)

Daydreams [Gryozy] (Eugeni Bauer, 1915)
Les Vampires (Louis Feuillade, 1915)

1920s

 

Dr. Mabuse, The Gambler [Dr. Mabuse, der Spieler - Ein Bild der Zeit] (Fritz Lang, 1922)

Nosferatu, the Vampire [Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens] (F.W. Murnau, 1922)

Greed (Erich von Stroheim, 1924)
The Adventures of Prince Achmed [Die Abenteuer des Prinzen Achmed] (Lotte Reiniger, 1926)

Ménilmontant (Dimitri Kirsanoff, 1926)
The General (Clyde Bruckman & Buster Keaton, 1927)
Metropolis (Fritz Lang, 1927)
The Passion of Joan of Arc [La Passion de Jeanne d'Arc] (Carl Theodor Dreyer, 1928)

The Wind (Victor Seastrom, 1928)
Un chien andalou (Luis Buñuel, 1929)

1930s

The Blood of a Poet [Le Sang d'un poète] (Jean Cocteau, 1930)

The Blue Angel [Der Blaue Engel] (Josef von Sternberg, 1930)
Bimbo's Initiation (Dave Fleischer, 1931)
M (Fritz Lang, 1931)
Le Million (René Clair, 1931)
¡Que viva Mexico! (Grigory Alexandrov & Sergei Eisenstein, 1932)

Scarface (Howard Hawks, 1932)

Vampyr [Vampyr - Der Traum des Allan Grey] (Carl Th. Dreyer, 1932)

The Bitter Tea of General Yen (Frank Capra, 1933)

Land Without Bread (Luis Buñuel, 1933)
The Scarlet Empress (Josef von Sternberg, 1934)

Twentieth Century (Howard Hawks, 1934)
Bride of Frankenstein (James Whale, 1935)

The Devil is a Woman (Josef von Sternberg, 1935)

Fury (Fritz Lang, 1936)

Modern Times (Charles Chaplin, 1936)

Rose Hobart (Joseph Cornell, 1936)

You Only Live Once (Fritz Lang, 1937)

Bringing Up Baby (Howard Hawks, 1938)
Porky in Wackyland (Robert Clampett, 1938)

Destry Rides Again (George Stevens, 1939)
The Rules of the Game [La Règle du jeu] (Jean Renoir, 1939)

1940s

His Girl Friday (Howard Hawks, 1940)

The Maltese Falcon (John Huston, 1941)
Casablanca (Michael Curtiz, 1942)

The Seventh Victim (Mark Robson, 1943) 
Double Indemnity (Billy Wilder, 1944)

Ivan the Terrible, Part I [Ivan Groznyy I] (Sergei Eisenstein, 1944)

The Woman in the Window (Fritz Lang, 1945)
Notorious (Alfred Hitchcock, 1946)

The Big Sleep (Howard Hawks, 1946)

Gun Crazy (Joseph H. Lewis, 1949)

Late Spring [Banshun] (Yasujiro Ozu, 1949)

1950s

All About Eve (Joseph L. Mankiewicz, 1950)

Un Chant D'amour (Jean Genet, 1950) 
Diary of a Country Priest [Journal d'un curé de campagne] (Robert Bresson, 1951)
Duck Amuck (Chuck Jones, 1953)
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (Howard Hawks, 1953)

The Tell-Tale Heart (Ted Parmelee, 1953)

Rear Window (Alfred Hitchcock, 1954)
A Star Is Born (George Cukor, 1954)
La Strada (Federico Fellini, 1954)

Track of the Cat (William A. Wellman, 1954)
Ordet (Carl Theodor Dreyer, 1955)
Rabbit Rampage (Chuck Jones, 1955)
Bigger Than Life (Nicholas Ray, 1956)

Flowing [Nagareru] (Mikio Naruse, 1956)

A Man Escaped (Robert Bresson, 1956)

The Searchers (John Ford, 1956)
The Bridge on the River Kwai (David Lean, 1957)

Forty Guns (Samuel Fuller, 1957) 
Throne of Blood [Kumonosu jo] (Akira Kurosawa, 1957)
Love in the Afternoon (Billy Wilder, 1957)
The Seventh Seal [Det Sjunde inseglet] (Ingmar Bergman, 1957)
Smultronstället [Wild Strawberries] (Ingmar Bergman, 1957)
Sweet Smell of Success (Alexander Mackendrick, 1957)

Ivan the Terrible, Part II [Ivan Groznyy II: Boyarsky zagovor] (Sergei Eisenstein, 1958)
Touch of Evil (Orson Welles, 1958)
Vertigo (Alfred Hitchcock, 1958)

Anatomy of a Murder (Otto Preminger, 1959)
The Human Condition I [Ningen no joken I] (Masaki Kobayashi, 1959)
The Human Condition II [Ningen no joken II] (Masaki Kobayashi, 1959)

Rio Bravo (Howard Hawks, 1959)
Sleeping Beauty (Clark, Larson, Geronimi & Reithermann, 1959)

1960s


Breathless [À bout de souffle] (Jean-Luc Godard, 1960)
Last Year at Marienbad [L'Année dernière à Marienbad] (Alain Resnais, 1961)
The Human Condition III [Ningen no joken III] (Masaki Kobayashi, 1961)
Viridiana (Luis Buñuel, 1961)

The Eclipse [L'Eclisse] (Michelangelo Antonioni, 1962) 
The Exterminating Angel [El Ángel exterminador] (Luis Buñuel, 1962)
La Jetée (Chris Marker, 1962)

Hatari! (Howard Hawks, 1962)
Lawrence of Arabia (David Lean, 1962)
What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (Robert Aldrich, 1962)

Muriel (Alain Resnais, 1963)

Winter Light (Ingmar Bergman, 1963)
Band of Outsiders [Bande à part] (Jean-Luc Godard, 1964)
Gertrud (Carl Theodor Dreyer, 1964)
Marnie (Alfred Hitchcock, 1964)
Loves of a Blonde [Lásky jedné plavovlásky] (Milos Forman, 1965)
Pierrot le fou (Jean-Luc Godard, 1965)

Balthazar [Au hasard Balthazar] (Robert Bresson, 1966)
Persona (Ingmar Bergman, 1966)
Belle de jour (Luis Buñuel, 1967)
Bonnie and Clyde (Arthur Penn, 1967)
The Young Girls of Rochefort [Les Demoiselles de Rochefort] (Jacques Demy, 1967)
Playtime (Jacques Tati, 1967)
Weekend (Jean-Luc Godard, 1967)
2001: A Space Odyssey (Stanley Kubrick, 1968)
Night of the Living Dead (George Romero, 1968)
Rosemary's Baby (Roman Polanski, 1968)
Shame [Skammen] (Ingmar Bergman, 1968)
L'Amour fou (Jacques Rivette, 1969)

Army of Shadows (Jean-Pierre Melville, 1969) 

Kes (Ken Loach, 1969) 

1970s

The Conformist [Il Conformista] (Bernardo Bertolucci, 1970)
Five Easy Pieces (Bob Rafelson, 1970)

Trash (Paul Morrissey, 1970)
McCabe & Mrs. Miller (Robert Altman, 1971)

Traffic (Jacques Tati, 1971) 
Cries & Whispers [Viskningar och rop] (Ingmar Bergman, 1972)
Aguirre, the Wrath of God [Aguirre, der Zorn Gottes] (Werner Herzog, 1973)
Badlands (Terrence Malick, 1973)
Ali, Fear Eats the Soul (Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1974)

California Split (Robert Altman, 1974)
Chinatown (Roman Polanski, 1974)
Barry Lyndon (Stanley Kubrick, 1975)

Night Moves (Arthur Penn, 1975)
Taxi Driver (Martin Scorsese, 1976)

Desperate Living (John Waters, 1977) 
Days of Heaven (Terrence Malick, 1978)
The Deer Hunter (Michael Cimino, 1978)

In a Year of 13 Moons (Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1978)
Apocalypse Now (Francis Ford Coppola, 1979)
Manhattan (Woody Allen, 1979)
Tess (Roman Polanski, 1979)

1980s

Raging Bull (Martin Scorsese, 1980)
Pixote [Pixote: A Lei do Mais Fraco] (Hector Babenco, 1981)
The Ballad of Narayama [Narayama bushiko] (Shohei Imamura, 1982)

Moonlighting (Jerzy Skolimowski, 1982)

L'Argent (Robert Bresson, 1983)

Never Cry Wolf (Carroll Ballard, 1983)

Paris, Texas (Wim Wenders, 1984)

Contact (Alan Clarke, 1985)
Pee-wee's Big Adventure (Tim Burton, 1985)

Prizzi's Honor (John Huston, 1985)
Vagabond [Sans toit ni loi] (Agnes Varda, 1985)
Aliens (James Cameron, 1986)
Blue Velvet (David Lynch, 1986)
Hannah and Her Sisters (Woody Allen, 1986)

Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (John McNaughton, 1986)

Laputa: Castle in the Sky (Hayao Miyazaki, 1986)
Angel Heart (Alan Parker, 1987)
Full Metal Jacket (Stanley Kubrick, 1987)
My Neighbor Totoro [Tonari no Totoro] (Hayao Miyazaki, 1988)
Who Framed Roger Rabbit (Robert Zemeckis, 1988)
My Left Foot (Jim Sheridan, 1989)

1990s

Life Is Sweet (Mike Leigh, 1990)
Trust (Hal Hartley, 1990)
La Belle noiseuse (Jacques Rivette, 1991)
A Brighter Summers Day [Guling jie shaonian sha ren shijian] (Edward Yang, 1991)
JFK (Oliver Stone, 1991)
Life and Nothing More... [Zendegi edame darad] (Abbas Kiarostami, 1991)

Terminator II (James Cameron, 1991)
Husbands and Wives (Woody Allen, 1992)
Lessons of Darkness [Lektionen in Finsternis] (Werner Herzog, 1992)
The Age of Innocence (Martin Scorsese, 1993)
Three Colors: Blue [Trois couleurs: Bleu] (Krzysztof Kieslowski, 1993)
Joan the Maid: The Battles [Jeanne la Pucelle I - Les batailles] (Jacques Rivette, 1994)
Joan the Maid: The Prisons [Jeanne la Pucelle II - Les prisons] (Jacques Rivette, 1994)
Pulp Fiction (Quentin Tarantino, 1994)
Sátántangó (Bela Tarr, 1994)

The Bridges of Madison County (Clint Eastwood, 1995)

La Ceremonie (Claude Chabrol, 1995)
Clueless (Amy Heckerling, 1995)
Safe (Todd Haynes, 1995)

Salaam Cinema (Mohsen Makhmalbaf, 1995)

Strange Days (Kathryn Bigelow, 1995)
Breaking the Waves (Lars von Trier, 1996)
Irma Vep (Oliver Assayas, 1996)
Sling Blade (Billy Bob Thornton, 1996)

Henry Fool (Hal Hartley, 1997)
The Ice Storm (Ang Lee, 1997)
Jackie Brown (Quentin Tarantino, 1997)
Princess Mononoke [Mononoke Hime] (Hayao Miyazaki, 1997)

Train of Shadows (José Luis Guerín, 1997)
The Big Lebowski (Joel Coen, 1998)
The Idiots [Idioterne] (Lars von Trier, 1998)

Out of Sight (Steven Soderbergh, 1998)
The Thin Red Line (Terrence Malick, 1998)
Beau travail (Claire Denis, 1999)
Eyes Wide Shut (Stanley Kubrick, 1999)
Fight Club (David Fincher, 1999)
Magnolia (Paul Thomas Anderson, 1999)
The Talented Mr. Ripley (Anthony Minghella, 1999)

2000s 


Code Unknown [Code inconnu: Récit incomplet de divers voyages] (Michael Haneke, 2000)
Dancer in the Dark (Lars von Trier, 2000)
George Washington (David Gordon Green, 2000)
Werckmeister Harmonies [Werckmeister harmóniák] (Bela Tarr, 2000)
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon [Wo hu cang long] (Ang Lee, 2000)
Waking Life (Richard Linklater, 2001)
Cremaster 3 (Mathew Barney, 2002)
Punch-Drunk Love (Paul Thomas Anderson, 2002)
Spider (David Cronenberg, 2002)

Dogville (Lars von Trier, 2003)

Elephant (Gus Van Sant, 2003) 

Kill Bill, Vol. 1 (Quentin Tarantino, 2003)

Shara [Sharasojyu] (Naomi Kawase, 2003)

2046 (Wong Kar-Wai, 2004)

Before Sunset (Richard Linklater, 2004)

I ♥ Huckabees (David O. Russell, 2004)

Kill Bill, Vol. 2 (Quentin Tarantino, 2004)

Tropical Malady [Sud pralad] (Apichatpong Weerasethakul, 2004)

A History of Violence (David Cronenberg, 2005)

The New World (Terrence Malick, 2005)

Song and Solitude (Nathaniel Dorsky, 2006)

Death Proof (Quentin Tarantino, 2007)

I'm Not There (Todd Haynes, 2007)

There Will Be Blood (Paul Thomas Anderson, 2007)

The Dark Knight (Christopher Nolan, 2008)

Hunger (Steve McQueen, 2008)

Inglourious Basterds (Quentin Tarantino, 2009)

 

2010s

The Social Network (David Fincher, 2010)

A Dangerous Method (David Cronenberg, 2011)

The Return (Nathaniel Dorsky, 2011)

The Tree of Life (Terrence Malick, 2011)

The Turin Horse (Bela Tarr, 2011)



The breakdown is:
10s x 3 20s x 10 30s x 20 40s x 11 50s x 29 60s x 30 70s x 21 80s x 21 90s x 38 00s x 26
10s x 5