10 Great Films In Each Of 27 Genres

This is not meant as a “best of” list. The idea is to provide a list of film recommendations that is easy to use. The films are grouped by genre so if you feel like sci fi one night and a rom com the next you can have a list of ten great films in whatever genre you like.

Horror

The Ring

Madre

Hagazussa

The Witch

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

Us

The Blair Witch Project

The Shining

The Babadook

Documentaries

Casting JonBenet

The Six O’Clock News

The Panama Deception

Latcho Drom

Microscosmos

Bowling For Columbine

Capturing The Freedmans

Grey Gardens

Five Broken Cameras

LGBTQ+

Brokeback Mountain

Hedwig and The Angry Inch

The Celluloid Closet

Cat On A Hot Tin Roof

We the Animals

Boys in The Band

Funeral Parade of Roses

Far From Heaven

Tangerine

Animation

How To Train Your Dragon

Coonskin

Fantasia

Toy Story

Twice Upon A Time

Mary and Max

The Secret of Kells

Anime Films

The Case of Hana & Alice

Akira

Cleopatra Queen of Sex

Your Name

My Neighbor Totoro

Romantic Comedies

When Harry Met Sally

A Song is Born

The Philadelphia Story

Gregory’s Girl

Annie Hall

It Happened One night

Love Actually

The Lady Eve

Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!

Science Fiction Films

2001: A Space Odyssey

Star Wars & Empire Strikes Back

The Matrix

Annihilation

Evolution

Dune

Alien & Aliens

Altered States

Blade Runner & Sequel

“So bad they’re good” Films

Meatball Machine

Santo and The Blue Demon vs the Monsters

Oily Maniac

The Creeping Terror

Robo Vampire

Super Infra-man

The Man That Saves The World

The Room

Plan 9 From Outer Space

Kung Fu Films

Fist of Legend

Hero

House of Flying Daggers

Kung fu Hustle

Drunken Master

Five Superfighters

Iron Monkey

Fearless

Ip Man

Comedies

Noises Off

Playtime

Dr. Strangelove

Airplane

Best In Show

Arsenic And Old Lace

Men In Black

Young Frankenstein

Raising Arizona

Bollywood Musicals

Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham

Lagaan

Mohaabatein

Jugnu

Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge

Singham

Bhaktha Prahlada

Naag Panchami

Aadmi Aur Insaan

Period Films

Amadeus

Ran

Remains of The Day

Barry Lyndon

The Favourite

Howard’s End

12 Years a Slave

Boogie Nights

Virgin Spring

Classic Hollywood Films

Cool Hand Luke

A Touch of Evil

Sunset Boulevard

Streetcar Named Desire

Vertigo

All About Eve

Meet John Doe

On The Waterfront

Fury

Heart Warming Films

Princess Bride

Soapdish

Tender Mercies

Cinema Paradiso

Local Hero

My Favorite Year

Sweet Bean

Raising Victor Vargas

King of Masks

Dramas

Coming Home

A Woman Under The Influence

The Color of Paradise

The Dresser

Moonlight

Paris Texas

Sex Lies And Videotape

I Dream In Another Language

The 400 Blows

Japanese films

Rashomon

The Seven Samurai

Floating Weeds

Woman In The Dunes

Sword of Doom

Tampopo

The Ballad Of Narayama

Gate of Hell

Ugetsu Monogatari

War Films

Platoon

Full Metal Jacket

The Deer Hunter

Apocalypse Now

Empire of The Sun

The Killing Fields

Come And See

J’Accuse

Spanish Language Films

Like Water For Chocolate

Women On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown

Spirit of the Beehive

Pans Labarynth

Y Tu Mama También

I Dream in Another Language

The Dance of Reality

The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie

Musicals

Guys and Dolls

The Wizard of Oz

West Side Story

Hedwig and The Angry Inch

Sound of Music

Fame

Grease

The Rocky Horror Picture Show

Tommy

Silent Films

Nosferatu

Battleship Potempkin

The Passion of Joan Of Arc

J’Accuse

Vampyr

Faust

The General

Modern Times

Destiny

Thrillers

Dead Calm

Fargo

Good Time

Rear Window

A Simple Plan

The Usual Suspects

Silence of the Lambs

Peeping Tom

M

Art Films

The Seventh Seal

Eight and a Half

The Exterminating Angel

The Turin Horse

Wings of Desire

Long Day’s Journey into Night

Nostalgia (Tarkovsky)

La Jette

Ivan The Terrible 1 and 2

Westerns

My Darling Clementine

The Revenant

Stage Coach

The Searchers

Unforgiven

Shane

Quirky Films

Small Apartments

Amalie

Delicatessen

Barton Fink

Harold And Maude

Pecker

I Am Not A Witch

Kin-dza-dza!

Air Doll

Challenging Films

Songs From The Second Floor

Holy Motors

November

Mulholland Drive

Werkmeister Harmonies

Horse Money

Rubber

The Dance of Reality

The Mirror

Incredibly Bad Films

Bat Pussy

The Man Who Saves The World

Blackenstein

Invasion of the Love Drones

Anyab

Forbidden Zone

Alien Beasts

War Is Menstrual Envy

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