100 MOST DARING MOVIES
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by Premiere Magazine



100 Most Daring Movies: Instead of quibbling with the American Film Institute's list of the 100 Greatest American Films, Premiere Magazine decided to rethink the point. In its October 1998 newstand issue, it presented "Rebel Cinema" or 100 Movies That Shook the World, celebrating the filmmakers (and their films) who dared to be ridiculous, offensive, or even unpopular, and who still came up with classic films. See also this site's The Most Controversial Films of All-Time (illustrated).

Facts and Commentary About This List:

  • The 100 films on their list, presented in alphabetical order, were chosen by the magazine's editors for their startling ideas and images. Some were from foreign lands or scorned genres; many were made with tiny budgets; but all are great, and none were recognized by the AFI.
  • Foreign-language films in the list included: Otomo's animated Akira (1988), Eisenstein's Battleship Potemkin (1925), Bunuel's Belle de Jour (1967), Melville's Bob Le Flambeur (1955), Godard's Breathless (1959), Bunuel's and Dali's Un Chien Andalou (1929), Bertolucci's The Conformist (1971), Fellini's 8 1/2 (1963), Franju's Eyes Without a Face (1959), Truffaut's The 400 Blows (1959), Truffaut's Jules et Jim (1962), Bertolucci's Last Tango in Paris (1972), Dziga Vertov's Man With a Movie Camera (1929), Fassbinder's The Marriage of Maria Braun (1978), Lang's Metropolis (1927), My Brilliant Career (1979), Leni Riefenstahl's Olympia (1938), Rossellini's Open City (1946), Pabst's Pandora's Box (1928), Bergman's Persona (1966), Kurosawa's Rashomon (1950), Renoir's The Rules of the Game (1939), Kurosawa's The Seven Samurai (1954), Wertmuller's Swept Away By An Unusual Destiny In the Blue Sea of August (1975), and Jean Vigo's Zero For Conduct (1933).
  • Silent films included: Battleship Potemkin (1925), Un Chien Andalou (1928), King Vidor's The Crowd (1928), Dziga Vertov's Man With a Movie Camera (1929), Fritz Lang's Metropolis (1927), Murnau's Nosferatu (1922), Pabst's Pandora's Box (1928), and Buster Keaton's Sherlock, Jr. (1924).
  • Animated films included Akira (1988) and Disney's Dumbo (1941).
  • Independent films, porn films, edgy films, or underground films included: Gerard Damiano's The Devil in Miss Jones (1973), Spike Lee's Do the Right Thing (1989), Gus Van Sant's Drugstore Cowboy (1989), Cassavetes' Faces (1968), Russ Meyer's Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! (1965), Paul Morrissey's Flesh (1968), Lindsay Anderson's If.... (1968), Neil LaBute's In the Company of Men (1997), Robert Aldrich's Kiss Me Deadly (1955), Haskell Wexler's Medium Cool (1969), Michael Powell's Peeping Tom (1960), John Waters' Pink Flamingos (1972), Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs (1992), Gordon Parks' Shaft (1971), Sam Fuller's Shock Corridor (1963), Jim Jarmusch's Stranger Than Paradise (1984), Errol Morris' The Thin Blue Line (1988), and Michael Apted's 28-Up (1985).
  • Comedy films included: Airplane! (1980), The Marx Brothers' Animal Crackers (1930), Woody Allen's Bananas (1971), Mel Brooks' Blazing Saddles (1974), Amy Heckerling's Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982), Frank Tashlin's The Girl Can't Help It (1956), Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1974), the Coens' Raising Arizona (1987), Keaton's Sherlock, Jr. (1924), and Preston Sturges' Sullivan's Travels (1941).
  • Horror films included: Hitchcock's The Birds (1963), James Whale's Bride of Frankenstein (1935), Tourneur's Cat People (1942), Cronenberg's Dead Ringers (1988), Tod Browning's Freaks (1932), John Carpenter's Halloween (1978), Don Siegel's Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956), Romero's Night of the Living Dead (1968), Nosferatu (1922), Polanski's Repulsion (1965), Frankenheimer's Seconds (1966), and Tobe Hooper's The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974).
  • Western films included: Sergio Leone's The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (1966), Nicholas Ray's Johnny Guitar (1954), John Ford's The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962), and Sam Peckinpah's Ride the High Country (1962).
  • Other notable films included: Terence Malick's Badlands (1973), Ridley Scott's Blade Runner (1982), Antonioni's Blow-Up (1966), David Lynch's Blue Velvet (1986), Terry Gilliam's Brazil (1985), Coppola's The Conversation (1974), Woody Allen's Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989), Edgar Ulmer's B-noir Detour (1945), Don Siegel's Dirty Harry (1971), Don't Look Back (1967), Richard Lester's A Hard Day's Night (1965), The Harder They Come (1973), Rossen's The Hustler (1961), John Woo's The Killer (1989), Kubrick's The Killing (1956), Bogdanovich's The Last Picture Show (1971), Scorsese's Mean Streets (1973), Altman's Nashville (1975), Charles Laughton's The Night of the Hunter (1955), Jane Campion's The Piano (1993), The Road Warrior (1981), Howard Hawks' Scarface (1932) and De Palma's Scarface (1983), Mackendrick's Sweet Smell of Success (1957), James Cameron's The Terminator (1984), Orson Welles' Touch Of Evil (1958), Danny Boyle's Trainspotting (1996), and Nicolas Roeg's Walkabout (1971).
Note: The films that are marked with a yellow star are the films that "The Greatest Films" site has selected as the "100 Greatest Films".

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