Empire's 250 Greatest Films You've Never Seen

From the October 2007 edition and also online. As expected from Empire, it's just a couple of well-known but non-mainstream greats scattered in amidst the dreadful and justly-forgotten dreck. You can't help but feel a little embarrassed for a list of great films that includes only twenty-one produced before 1960 -- and sixty-five from the 1980s alone.

Ratings by Sam.

Title Year Rating
Most Dangerous Game, The 1932 5
Old Dark House, The 1932 8
Mystery of the Wax Museum 1933
Atalante, L' 1934 8
The Devil-Doll 1936
Confession 1937
Holiday 1938
Marie Antoinette 1938
Dr. Cyclops 1940
Western Union 1941
I Married a Witch 1942 6
Jungle Book 1942
The Bandit of Sherwood Forest 1946
A Night in Casablanca 1946
Street with No Name, The 1948
5,000 Fingers of Dr. T., The 1953 4
The Black Knight 1954
Diaboliques, Les 1955
This Island Earth 1955
Wrong Man, The 1956
Incredible Shrinking Man, The 1957 6
One-Eyed Jacks 1961
Innocents, The 1961
Carnival of Souls 1962
Music Man, The 1962
Leopard, The 1963
Hush... Hush, Sweet Charlotte 1964
Battle of Algiers, The 1965
Decima vittima, La 1965
Alphaville, une étrange aventure de Lemmy Caution 1965
Week End 1967
The Fixer 1968
Histoires extraordinaires 1968
Andrei Rublev 1969
Kelly's Heroes 1970 7
Red Circle, The 1970 9
Topo, El 1970
Colossus: The Forbin Project 1970 6
Vanishing Point 1971
Orrori del castello di Norimberga, Gli 1972
Silent Running 1972 9
Papillon 1973 5
Lady Snowblood 1973 6
The Crazies 1973
Westworld 1973
Thunderbolt and Lightfoot 1974
Taking of Pelham One Two Three, The 1974 7
Stone 1974
F for Fake 1974
Black Christmas 1974
Dark Star 1974
Shinkansen daibakuha 1975
Profondo rosso 1975
Assault on Precinct 13 1976 7
Pumping Iron 1977
Patrick 1978 7
Long Weekend 1978
Straight Time 1978
Where the Buffalo Roam 1980
Flash Gordon 1980
The Dogs of War 1981
Nighthawks 1981
Roadgames 1981 8
The Decline of Western Civilization 1981
Christiane F. - Wir Kinder vom Bahnhof Zoo 1981
Diva 1981
Blow Out 1981 6
My Favorite Year 1982
Thing, The 1982 7
Tron 1982 7
Man with Two Brains, The 1983
Rumble Fish 1983
Dead Zone, The 1983
Strange Invaders 1983
Videodrome 1983
Red Dawn 1984 4
Streets of Fire 1984
Razorback 1984 4
Top Secret! 1984 5
Times of Harvey Milk, The 1984
Blood Simple. 1984 8
Repo Man 1984 6
Dreamscape 1984
Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension, The 1984
To Live and Die in L.A. 1985
Year of the Dragon 1985 3
Quiet Earth, The 1985
Better Off Dead... 1985
Crime Wave 1985
After Hours 1985 2
Sure Thing, The 1985
Into the Night 1985
Falcon and the Snowman, The 1985
Screamplay 1985
Ladyhawke 1985
Return to Oz 1985
Explorers 1985
Enemy Mine 1985
F/X 1986
Big Trouble in Little China 1986 4
Sherman's March 1986
When the Wind Blows 1986
Manhunter 1986
Extreme Prejudice 1987
Ground Zero 1987
Travelling North 1987
Angel Heart 1987
Best Seller 1987
No Way Out 1987
The Hidden 1987
Navigator: A Mediaeval Odyssey, The 1988
Brain Damage 1988
They Live 1988
Neco z Alenky 1988
The Adventures of Baron Munchausen 1988
Apartment Zero 1988
Miracle Mile 1988
Killer, The 1989
The Siege of Firebase Gloria 1989
Society 1989
Vampire's Kiss 1989
King of New York 1990
Blue Steel 1990
Quick Change 1990
The Exorcist III 1990
Tremors 1990 7
The Witches 1990
Jacob's Ladder 1990
State of Grace 1990
Ricochet 1991
Death in Brunswick 1991
Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse 1991
Raise the Red Lantern 1991
The Rocketeer 1991
Hard Boiled 1992 7
In the Soup 1992
The Panama Deception 1992
Tribulation 99: Alien Anomalies Under America 1992
And the Band Played On 1993
The Secret Adventures of Tom Thumb 1993
Spider & Rose 1994
Crumb 1994
Angel Baby 1995
Palookaville 1995
Kicking and Screaming 1995
Safe 1995
Nixon 1995
The Crossing Guard 1995
Video Fool for Love 1995
A Little Princess 1995
Citizen X 1995
Strange Days 1995
Bottle Rocket 1996
Citizen Ruth 1996
Cannibal: The Musical 1996 5
Sydney 1996 7
The Frighteners 1996
James and the Giant Peach 1996
Breakdown 1997
Thank God He Met Lizzie 1997
Kiss or Kill 1997
Topless Women Talk About Their Lives 1997
In the Company of Men 1997
Henry Fool 1997
Sweet Hereafter, The 1997
Another Day in Paradise 1997
Waco: The Rules of Engagement 1997
Abre los ojos 1997
Carne trémula 1997
Princess Mononoke 1997 6
The Borrowers 1997
Mousehunt 1997
One Eight Seven 1997
Game, The 1997 5
Contact 1997
Interview, The 1998 6
Amy 1998
Praise 1998
BASEketball 1998
Very Bad Things 1998
Babe: Pig in the City 1998 6
Small Soldiers 1998
Antz 1998
Apt Pupil 1998
Following 1998
A Simple Plan 1998 8
Pi 1998 6
Dark City 1998 8
What Becomes of the Broken Hearted? 1999
Bringing Out the Dead 1999 5
Straight Story, The 1999 10
Mio viaggio in Italia, Il 1999
American Movie: The Making of Northwestern 1999 8
Stir of Echoes 1999
Iron Giant, The 1999 8
The Minus Man 1999
The Limey 1999
eXistenZ 1999 6
The Natural History of the Chicken 2000
Harry un ami qui vous veut du bien 2000
Princess and the Warrior, The 2000
Glaneurs et la glaneuse, Les 2000
Nueve reinas 2000
Ginger Snaps 2000 4
Unbreakable 2000 7
Joy Ride 2001
Not Another Teen Movie 2001
Human Nature 2001 5
Sidewalks of New York 2001
Waking Life 2001
Intacto 2001
Devil's Backbone, The 2001 7
Frailty 2001
Session 9 2001
Osmosis Jones 2001
Artificial Intelligence: AI 2001
Quiet American, The 2002
The Weather Underground 2002
Gin gwai 2002
Dark Blue 2002
Cypher 2002
Stander 2003
Alexandra's Project 2003
Station Agent, The 2003 7
Tarnation 2003
My Flesh and Blood 2003
Easy Riders, Raging Bulls: How the Sex, Drugs and Rock 'N' Roll Generation Saved Hollywood 2003
Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara, The 2003
Geschichte vom weinenden Kamel, Die 2003
Holes 2003 5
In My Father's Den 2004
Red Dust 2004
DiG! 2004
Word Wars 2004
Born Into Brothels: Calcutta's Red Light Kids 2004
Maquinista, El 2004
Mean Creek 2004
Primer 2004 8
Proposition, The 2005 9
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang 2005 9
Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, The 2005
New York Doll 2005
Zathura: A Space Adventure 2005 7
Hard Candy 2005
Crank 2006 7
Last Train to Freo 2006
Idiocracy 2006
Rampage 2006
Wordplay 2006 5