In my previous introduction to the Ultimate Film List, I explained at length the story behind the list, how it was created, and how the films listed were chosen. To sum it up, I created the Ultimate Film List as a list of “best of” film lists, to discover the world’s best films. In this first stage of films from the list, I give you the best of the best: films that everyone should see, if only to have a good baseline for what a good film actually is.
Many years ago, I set out to watch all of the world’s greatest films. What set me off on this overly ambitious project? Mostly I was tired of people (read: my husband) making pop culture references that went over my head. I wanted to be able to speak that short hand language that only those who truly, really love and know film can speak fluently.