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Alien (Ridley Scott, 1979)
Aliens (James Cameron, 1986)
All About Eve (Joseph L. Mankiewicz, 1950)
American Beauty (Sam Mendes, 1999)
Annie Hall (Woody Allen, 1977)
The Apartment (Billy Wilder, 1960)
Apocalypse Now (Francis Ford Coppola, 1979)
The Battleship Potemkin (Sergei M. Eisenstein, 1925)
Beauty and the Beast (Jean Cocteau, 1946)
The Bicycle Thief (Vittorio De Sica, 1948)
Blade Runner (Ridley Scott, 1982)
Blue Velvet (David Lynch, 1986)
Bonnie and Clyde (Arthur Penn, 1967)
Brazil (Terry Gilliam, 1985)
Bringing Up Baby (Howard Hawks, 1938)
Casablanca (Michael Curtiz, 1942)
Children of Paradise (Marcel Carné, 1945)
Chinatown (Roman Polanski, 1974)
Citizen Kane (Orson Welles, 1941)
City Lights (Charles Chaplin, 1931)
A Clockwork Orange (Stanley Kubrick, 1971)
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
(Ang Lee, 2000)
Double Indemnity (Billy Wilder, 1944)
Dr. Strangelove (Stanley Kubrick, 1964)
Duck Soup (Leo McCarey, 1933)
8 (Federico Fellini, 1963)
The Empire Strikes Back (Irvin Kershner, 1980)
E.T.: the Extra-Terrestrial (Steven Spielberg, 1982)
Fantasia (Walt Disney, various directors, 1940)
Fargo (Joel Coen, 1996)
Fight Club (David Fincher, 1999)
Forrest Gump (Robert Zemeckis, 1994)
The 400 Blows (François Truffaut, 1959)
The Godfather (Francis Ford Coppola, 1972)
The Godfather, Part II (Francis Ford Coppola, 1974)
Gone With the Wind (Victor Fleming, 1939)
Goodfellas (Martin Scorsese, 1990)
The Graduate (Mike Nichols, 1967)
Grand Illusion (Jean Renoir, 1937)
Greed (Erich von Stroheim, 1925)
Halloween (John Carpenter, 1978)
His Girl Friday (Howard Hawks, 1940)
It Happened One Night (Frank Capra, 1934)
It's a Wonderful Life (Frank Capra, 1946)
Jaws (Steven Spielberg, 1975)
La Jetée (Chris Marker, 1962)
King Kong (Merian C. Cooper & Ernest B. Schoedsack, 1933)
L.A. Confidential (Curtis Hanson, 1997)
Lawrence of Arabia (David Lean, 1962)
Life is Beautiful (Roberto Benigni, 1997)
The Maltese Falcon (John Huston, 1941)
The Man With a Movie Camera (Dziga Vertov, 1929)
The Manchurian Candidate (John Frankenheimer, 1962)
Metropolis (Fritz Lang, 1927)
Modern Times (Charles Chaplin, 1936)
Monty Python and the Holy Grail
(Terry Gilliam & Terry Jones, 1975)
Moulin Rouge (Baz Luhrmann, 2001)
The Night of the Hunter (Charles Laughton, 1955)
North by Northwest (Alfred Hitchcock, 1959)
Nosferatu (F.W. Murnau, 1922)
On the Waterfront (Elia Kazan, 1954)
Once Upon a Time in the West (Sergio Leone, 1969)
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (Milos Forman, 1975)
Pandora's Box (Georg Wilhelm Pabst, 1929)
The Passion of Joan of Arc (Carl Theodor Dreyer, 1928)
Persona (Ingmar Bergman, 1966)
The Philadelphia Story (George Cukor, 1940)
Platoon (Oliver Stone, 1986)
The Princess Bride (Rob Reiner, 1987)
Psycho (Alfred Hitchcock, 1960)
Pulp Fiction (Quentin Tarantino, 1994)
Raging Bull (Martin Scorsese, 1980)
Raiders of the Lost Ark (Steven Spielberg, 1981)
Rear Window (Alfred Hitchcock, 1954)
Rebel Without a Cause (Nicholas Ray, 1955)
Return of the Jedi (Richard Marquand, 1983)
The Rules of the Game (Jean Renoir, 1939)
Schindler's List (Steven Spielberg, 1993)
Seven Samurai (Akira Kurosawa, 1954)
Shadow of a Doubt (Alfred Hitchcock, 1943)
The Shawshank Redemption (Frank Darabont, 1994)
Sherlock Jr. (Buster Keaton, 1924)
The Silence of the Lambs (Jonathan Demme, 1991)
Singin' in the Rain (Stanley Donen & Gene Kelly, 1952)
The Sixth Sense (M. Night Shyamalan, 1999)
Some Like It Hot (Billy Wilder, 1959)
Stagecoach (John Ford, 1939)
Star Wars (George Lucas, 1977)
Sunrise (F.W. Murnau, 1927)
Sunset Boulevard (Billy Wilder, 1950)
Taxi Driver (Martin Scorsese, 1976)
The Third Man (Carol Reed, 1949)
This is Spinal Tap (Rob Reiner, 1984)
To Kill a Mockingbird (Robert Mulligan, 1962)
Touch of Evil (Orson Welles, 1958)
2001: A Space Odyssey (Stanley Kubrick, 1968)
The Usual Suspects (Bryan Singer, 1995)
Vertigo (Alfred Hitchcock, 1958)
The Wizard of Oz (Victor Fleming, 1939)
The Women (George Cukor, 1939)


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Michael Buck
K. Chaffee
Mariana Cirne
Melissa B. Cummings
Chris Dashiell
George Davis
Matthew Davis
Jen Owen Doyle
Richard Doyle
Jess Gill
Ken Gindt
Gianna Grabowski
Paul Greenwood
Martijn ter Haar
Jack Hailey
Bonnie Howard
Lisa Jackson
Doddi Jonsson
John Paul Josey
antony K.
Manny Knowles
John Koryalos
Lisa Larkin
Don Larsson
Ron Leming
Retta Lewis
Nancy Loe
Catherine Lucy
terri mabry
Lovell Mahan-Moutaw
kc mcauley
Kyle McCrary
Laura McDowell
Michael Mechanick
Naughtius Maximus
Mark Netter
Ed Owens
Pat Padua
Michael Parson
Anthony Peniston
Moné Peterson
Les Phillips
Katrina Pipinis
Devin Rambo
Rolando Recometa
Mark Rodgers
Nathaniel Rogers
Shari L. Rosenblum
Robert Roy
Myron Santos
Greg Sorenson
Sasha Stone
Alexander M. Sturtevant
Kristopher Tapley
Ken Thajer
Dave Vermillion
Cathy Welch-Eckey
Patrick Whittle
Drew Wilkerson


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