Roeper's "31 movies that changed the face of cinema" list

Robert Roeper lists the 31 movies that he thinks changed cinema.

More to the fact, I think the title should have been “31 movies that changed the business of cinema”. How else can you explain number 24?

I will list each here, along with why it was on the list. Some notable MIA’s from the list include the Matrix & Pulp Fiction. But, that’s the beauty of movies. It takes all kinds.

Onto the list:

  1. Fade In ( 1903 ) – Introduced parallel narratives.
  2. Nosferatru ( 1922 ) – First real villain.
  3. Battleship Potemkin ( 1925 ) – Frame by frame finesse
  4. Stagecoach ( 1939 ) – Introduced Westerns as a viable genre.
  5. The Wizard Of Oz ( 1939 ) – First to use colors as part of story, first female villain, twist ending, pop culture influences
  6. Citizen Kane ( 1941 ) – Overlapping dialogue, low-angle shots, experimental lighting, use of newsreel footage to advance storyline, a subjective camera.
  7. Rashomon ( 1950 ) – Introduced subjective flashback story telling.
  8. Method Man ( 1954 ) – Brando’s Character actor
  9. The 400 Blows ( 1959 ) – Blueprint for disenfranchised youth movies, famous last shot: zoom in frozen shot of main actor.
  10. A Hard Day’s Night ( 1964 ) – Beatles “movie” is first music video.
  11. 2001: A Space Odyssy ( 1968 ) – Brings Sci-Fi into legimate cinema. Similar effect of Stagecoach.
  12. Easy Rider ( 1969 ) – Society’s reflection.
  13. The Godfather I & II ( 1972, 1974 ) – Blueprint organized crime drama.
  14. Deep Throat ( 1972 ) – Introduces Porn into mainstream.
  15. Blazing Saddles ( 1974 ) – First ( some say best ) spoof.
  16. Jaws ( 1975 ) – First “summer blockbuster”, first movie to have “wide release”.
  17. Star Wars ( 1977 ) – Introduces “franchise” tie-in.
  18. Saturday Night Fever ( 1977 ) – Couples soundtrack record release with movie for first time.
  19. Halloween ( 1978 ) – Slasher template.
  20. Tron ( 1982 ) – Greenscreen pioneer.
  21. Blade Runner ( 1982 & 1992 ) – First movie to have a “director’s cut”
  22. 48 Hours ( 1982 ) – Wisecracking, opposites buddy movie template.
  23. Terminator ( 1984 ) – Rental market generating buzz for a movie.
  24. Red Dawn ( 1984 ) – First PG-13 movie.
  25. Little Mermaid ( 1989 ) – Brought Disney back from dead and paved the way for other disney movies.
  26. Clerks ( 1994 ) – Introduction of independent film making.
  27. Toy Story ( 1995 ) – First movie made on computers.
  28. The Blair Witch Project ( 1998 ) – Redefined marketing. First to use Internet as marketing tool.
  29. Bowling For Columbine ( 2003 ) – Documentaries brought into mainstream.
  30. The Passion of the Christ ( 2004 ) – The most stunning financial success in movie history.
  31. The Polar Express ( 2004 ) – Fully digital actors & “performance capture” allowing Tom Hanks to play four widely different characters, including a 4 year old boy.