TCM's The Essentials Vol. 2: 52 More Must-See Movies and Why They Matter

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List of the 52 movies from the TCM book, The Essentials Vol. 2: 52 More Must-See Movies and Why They Matter, by Jeremy Arnold.

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    Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans

    1927 — a.k.a. Sunrise, in 36 top lists Check
  2. 2 new

    Steamboat Bill, Jr.

    1928, in 13 top lists Check
  3. 3 new

    Freaks

    1932, in 19 top lists Check
  4. 4 new

    Gold Diggers of 1933

    1933, in 11 top lists Check
  5. 5 new

    Twentieth Century

    1934, in 7 top lists Check
  6. 6 new

    Top Hat

    1935, in 14 top lists Check
  7. 7 new

    Mutiny on the Bounty

    1935, in 6 top lists Check
  8. 8 new

    Dodsworth

    1936, in 9 top lists Check
  9. 9 new

    The Awful Truth

    1937, in 15 top lists Check
  10. 10 new

    The Adventures of Robin Hood

    1938, in 17 top lists Check
  11. 11 new

    Stagecoach

    1939, in 21 top lists Check
  12. 12 new

    The Women

    1939, in 8 top lists Check
  13. 13 new

    The Great Dictator

    1940, in 25 top lists Check
  14. 14 new

    The Philadelphia Story

    1940, in 22 top lists Check
  15. 15 new

    The Maltese Falcon

    1941, in 26 top lists Check
  16. 16 new

    Ball of Fire

    1941, in 6 top lists Check
  17. 17 new

    Sullivan's Travels

    1941, in 24 top lists Check
  18. 18 new

    Yankee Doodle Dandy

    1942, in 12 top lists Check
  19. 19 new

    Cat People

    1942, in 15 top lists Check
  20. 20 new

    Laura

    1944, in 21 top lists Check
  21. 21 new

    Mildred Pierce

    1945, in 17 top lists Check
  22. 22 new

    Brief Encounter

    1945, in 22 top lists Check
  23. 23 new

    Notorious

    1946, in 24 top lists Check
  24. 24 new

    The Ghost and Mrs. Muir

    1947, in 8 top lists Check
  25. 25 new

    The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

    1948, in 25 top lists Check
  26. 26 new

    The Asphalt Jungle

    1950, in 15 top lists Check
  27. 27 new

    Rashômon

    1950 — a.k.a. Rashomon, in 34 top lists Check
  28. 28 new

    A Place in the Sun

    1951, in 13 top lists Check
  29. 29 new

    An American in Paris

    1951, in 18 top lists Check
  30. 30 new

    The Quiet Man

    1952, in 15 top lists Check
  31. 31 new

    High Noon

    1952, in 18 top lists Check
  32. 32 new

    Kiss Me Deadly

    1955, in 20 top lists Check
  33. 33 new

    The Night of the Hunter

    1955, in 34 top lists Check
  34. 34 new

    Pather Panchali

    1955, in 21 top lists Check
  35. 35 new

    Rebel Without a Cause

    1955, in 16 top lists Check
  36. 36 new

    A Face in the Crowd

    1957, in 14 top lists Check
  37. 37 new

    Sweet Smell of Success

    1957, in 20 top lists Check
  38. 38 new

    The Bridge on the River Kwai

    1957, in 32 top lists Check
  39. 39 new

    Vertigo

    1958, in 42 top lists Check
  40. 40 new

    Pillow Talk

    1959, in 6 top lists Check
  41. 41 new

    The Apartment

    1960, in 28 top lists Check
  42. 42 new

    Psycho

    1960, in 39 top lists Check
  43. 43 new

    Ride the High Country

    1962, in 7 top lists Check
  44. 44 new

    La battaglia di Algeri

    1966 — a.k.a. The Battle of Algiers, in 29 top lists Check
  45. 45 new

    The Producers

    1967, in 14 top lists Check
  46. 46 new

    2001: A Space Odyssey

    1968, in 45 top lists Check
  47. 47 new

    The Sting

    1973, in 17 top lists Check
  48. 48 new

    One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

    1975, in 35 top lists Check
  49. 49 new

    Harlan County U.S.A.

    1976, in 11 top lists Check
  50. 50 new

    Network

    1976, in 14 top lists Check
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