What are the best movies on The Criterion Channel?

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The Criterion Collection Inc. (or simply referred to as Criterion) is an American home video distribution company that was founded in 1984. The company mainly focuses on licensing and selling important classic and contemporary films. One of their main markets comes from film aficionados or cinephile as some have referred themselves to. Not only that, The Criterion has been recognized on its help and contribution to various works in the film industry. Some notable ones are performing film restorations and the use of the letterbox format for widescreen films. They have also been known to add bonus features and commentary tracks for home videos. As the video industry shifted towards online streaming, so did The Criterion Collection. The company started to offer video-on-demand (VOD) services in partnership with MUBI starting in 2008. That same year, the company also started publishing films in the Blu-ray Disc format.

In 2011, the Criterion and all of its VOD titles exclusively on Hulu Plus. This was then taken over by FilmStruck, a streaming service from Turner Classic Movies back in 2016. This partnership laster until 2018 when the service eventually shut down. The Criterion went on to launch its own standalone streaming service called The Criterion Channel. It's a service that will soon be available on HBO Max as well in 2020. In the meantime, we want to focus our attention on the newly launched streaming service. We've made a list of some of the best movies on The Criterion Channel that's worth checking out. 

  1. 1Persona


    Persona is a 1966 Swedish psychological drama film that was written and directed by Ingmar Bergman. It stars Bibi Andersson and Liv Ullmann and tells the story of a nurse and her famous celebrity patient who has stopped speaking.

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  1. 28 1/2


    ​8 1/2 is a 1963 Italian surrealist comedy-drama film directed by Federico Fellini. The film stars Marcello Mastroianni, Anouk Aimée, and Claudia Cardinale. It tells the story of a famous Italian directed as he suffers from "director's block" as he attempts to direct an epic sci-fi film.

  2. 3Modern Times


    The Tramp struggles to live in a modern industrial society with the help of a young homeless woman. Modern Times is a 1936 comedy film written and directed by Charlie Chaplin.

  1. 4The Thin Blue Line

    The Thin Blue Line is a documentary directed by Errol Morris. It was released in 1988 and revolved around the controversial cop murder case against Randall Adams. The documentary was crucial in proving the innocence of Adams.
  2. 5In the Mood for Love


    In the Mood for Love is a 2000 drama, romance film written, directed and produced by Kar-Wai Wong. It was released on March 9, 2001, and it stars Tony Chiu-Wai Leung, Maggie Cheung, Ping Lam Siu, and more. 


  • #1
    February 24, 2020
    "No talk of classic movies is complete with mentioning one Charlie Chaplain's movies. Modern Times is a great example of his funny but insightful silent films and one of the best movies on Criterion Channel that you catch now."
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  • #2
    February 24, 2020
    "It's one of the best movies on Criterion Channel that I've seen yet. It truly is a classic film with amazing imagery that compliments its tone very well. This one is a must-see."
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1PersonaMovies 20 Paid
28 1/2Movies 15 Paid
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4The Thin Blue LineMovies 2 Paid
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