TV ShowsTV
Popular
Trending TV ShowsNew TV ShowsTV Show RouletteOn Your ServicesOn NetflixOn Prime VideoOn HuluOn HBO
FoodFamilyFantasyIMDB Top RatedLGBTQMysteryRealityScience Fiction
Explore All Categories and Services
Account IconLogin|Sign Up
netflix
hulu_plus
amazon_prime
showtime
hbo
& more all in one place. Totally free to use!
Music
arrow
AllAction & AdventureAnimationBiographyComedyCrimeCultDocumentaryDramaFamilyFantasyFoodHistoryHorrorIndependentLGBTQMusicalMysteryRomanceScience-FictionSportThrillerTravelAbout AfricaAdaptationAlienAnimalApocalypseBaseballBased on BooksBased On True StoryBoxingCarChristmasClassicCollegeComic BookComing of AgeDanceDark ComedyDatingDisasterDoctorDogDrugDystopiaEgyptEscapeFashionFeel-goodFemale DirectorFightingFriendshipFuturisticGangGangsterGeniusGhostGolfGreeceHigh SchoolHolidayHuntingJungleKidnappingMagicMartial ArtsMatureMedicalMedievalMilitaryMonsterMusicNew YorkParisParodyPetPolicePoliticalPrincessPrisonPsychologyRacingReligionRevengeRiverRobotRomeRoyaltyScienceSerial KillerShortSingingSpaceSportsSpySupernaturalSurvivalSuspenseTankTeacherTechnologyTeenTime TravelToyTwinsVampireVideo GamesWarWorld War IIWrestlingZombie
arrowarrow
Movies & TV Shows
arrow
Movies & TV ShowsMovies
Get recommendations and notifications when movies & shows come to your streaming services.
On
The Criterion Channel
arrow
Every Service
Every Service
Free Services
Free Services
Your Services
Your Services
Netflix
Netflix
Hulu
Hulu
Prime Video
Prime Video
HBO
HBO
Showtime
Showtime
Starz
Starz
Disney+
Disney+
Mubi
Mubi
IndieFlix
IndieFlix
Crunchyroll
Crunchyroll
Cinemax
Cinemax
CBS All Access
CBS All Access
Fandor
Fandor
AcornTV
AcornTV
Hallmark Movies Now
Hallmark Movies Now
Shudder
Shudder
Epix
Epix
BritBox
BritBox
Kanopy
Kanopy
The Criterion Channel
The Criterion Channel
ABC
ABC
FX
FX
FOX
FOX
NBC
NBC
Disney
Disney
Adult Swim
Adult Swim
Lifetime
Lifetime
TVLand
TVLand
Sundance
Sundance
Syfy
Syfy
TBS
TBS
TNT
TNT
MTV
MTV
VH1
VH1
IFC
IFC
TCM
TCM
Viceland
Viceland
TruTV
TruTV
arrowarrow
Want to Select more than one service? Add your services to your free Reelgood account to see everything you can watch!

The Best Music Movies and TV Shows on The Criterion Channel

Finding a good Music movie and TV show to watch can be hard, so we've ranked the best ones and included where to watch them. Check out our list of the best Music movies and TV shows of all time streaming on The Criterion Channel.

VIEW: best
backdrop
criterion_channel
kanopy

1. La Haine

IMDB LogoIMDB Star
8.1/10
Rotten Tomatoes Logo100%
Reelgood Logo
87/100
Released: 1995
Crime, Drama

What it's about: Aimlessly whiling away their days in the concrete environs of their dead-end suburbia, Vinz, Hubert, and Said - a Jew, African, and an Arab - give human faces to France's immigrant populations, their bristling resentment at their social marginalization slowly simmering until it reaches a climactic boiling point.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 2 services (iTunes & Prime Video).

backdrop
free
amazon_prime
criterion_channel
+ 1

2. The Conversation

IMDB LogoIMDB Star
7.8/10
Rotten Tomatoes Logo98%
Reelgood Logo
86/100
Released: 1974Rated: PG
Thriller, Drama

What it's about: Surveillance expert Harry Caul is hired by a mysterious client's brusque aide to tail a young couple. Tracking the pair through San Francisco's Union Square, Caul and his associate Stan manage to record a cryptic conversation between them. Tormented by memories of a previous case that ended badly, Caul becomes obsessed with the resulting tape, trying to determine if the couple are in danger.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Vudu), stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video, The Criterion Channel & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

backdrop
criterion_channel
kanopy

3. Tokyo Story

IMDB LogoIMDB Star
8.2/10
Rotten Tomatoes Logo100%
Reelgood Logo
83/100
Released: 1953
Drama

What it's about: The elderly Shukishi and his wife, Tomi, take the long journey from their small seaside village to visit their adult children in Tokyo. Their elder son, Koichi, a doctor, and their daughter, Shige, a hairdresser, don't have much time to spend with their aged parents, and so it falls to Noriko, the widow of their younger son who was killed in the war, to keep her in-laws company.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

backdrop
cont
criterion_channel
kanopy

4. Le Samouraï

IMDB LogoIMDB Star
8.1/10
Rotten Tomatoes Logo100%
Reelgood Logo
82/100
Released: 1967Rated: PG
Crime, Drama

What it's about: In a career-defining performance, Alain Delon plays Jef Costello, a contract killer with samurai instincts. After carrying out a flawlessly planned hit, Jef finds himself caught between a persistent police investigator and a ruthless employer, and not even his armor of fedora and trench coat can protect him. An elegantly stylized masterpiece of cool by maverick director Jean‑Pierre Melville, Le samouraï is a razor-sharp cocktail of 1940s American gangster cinema and 1960s French pop culture—with a liberal dose of Japanese lone-warrior mythology.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (ConTV, The Criterion Channel & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

backdrop
criterion_channel

5. The Red Shoes

IMDB LogoIMDB Star
8.2/10
Rotten Tomatoes Logo96%
Reelgood Logo
81/100
Released: 1948
Drama, Romance

What it's about: In this classic drama, Vicky Page is an aspiring ballerina torn between her dedication to dance and her desire to love. While her imperious instructor, Boris Lermontov, urges to her to forget anything but ballet, Vicky begins to fall for the charming young composer Julian Craster. Eventually Vicky, under great emotional stress, must choose to pursue either her art or her romance, a decision that carries serious consequences.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 3 services (iTunes, Google Play & Prime Video).

backdrop
criterion_channel
kanopy

6. Woman in the Dunes

IMDB LogoIMDB Star
8.5/10
Rotten Tomatoes Logo100%
Reelgood Logo
81/100
Released: 1964
Drama, Thriller

What it's about: An entomologist suffers extreme psychological and sexual torture after being taken captive by the residents of a poor seaside village.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 2 services (iTunes & Prime Video).

backdrop
criterion_channel
kanopy

7. A Hard Day's Night

IMDB LogoIMDB Star
7.6/10
Rotten Tomatoes Logo98%
Reelgood Logo
80/100
Released: 1964Rated: G
Comedy, Cult

What it's about: Capturing John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr in their electrifying element, 'A Hard Day's Night' is a wildly irreverent journey through this pastiche of a day in the life of The Beatles during 1964. The band have to use all their guile and wit to avoid the pursuing fans and press to reach their scheduled television performance, in spite of Paul's troublemaking grandfather and Ringo's arrest.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

backdrop
film
criterion_channel
kanopy

8. The Exterminating Angel

IMDB LogoIMDB Star
8.1/10
Rotten Tomatoes Logo92%
Reelgood Logo
80/100
Released: 1962
Comedy, Drama

What it's about: After a lavish dinner party, the guests find themselves mysteriously unable to leave the room.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (FilmBox, The Criterion Channel & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 2 services (iTunes & Prime Video).

backdrop
criterion_channel
kanopy

9. A Brighter Summer Day

IMDB LogoIMDB Star
8.4/10
Rotten Tomatoes Logo100%
Reelgood Logo
79/100
Released: 1991
Crime, Drama

What it's about: A boy experiences first love, friendships and injustices growing up in 1960s Taiwan.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

backdrop
criterion_channel
kanopy

10. Jules and Jim

IMDB LogoIMDB Star
7.8/10
Rotten Tomatoes Logo92%
Reelgood Logo
79/100
Released: 1962
Drama, Romance

What it's about: In the carefree days before World War I, introverted Austrian author Jules strikes up a friendship with the exuberant Frenchman Jim. Both men fall for the impulsive and beautiful Catherine, but it's Jules who wins her hand. After the war, Jim visits Jules, Catherine and their daughter in their Austrian home and discovers not only that his feelings for Catherine are unchanged, but also that they're reciprocated.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 2 services (iTunes & Prime Video).

backdrop
criterion_channel

11. The Piano Teacher

IMDB LogoIMDB Star
7.5/10
Rotten Tomatoes Logo74%
Reelgood Logo
79/100
Released: 2001Rated: R
Drama, Romance

What it's about: Erika Kohut, a sexually repressed piano teacher living with her domineering mother, meets a young man who starts romantically pursuing her.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 3 services (iTunes, Google Play & Prime Video).

backdrop
criterion_channel
kanopy

12. Murmur of the Heart

IMDB LogoIMDB Star
7.7/10
Rotten Tomatoes Logo91%
Reelgood Logo
79/100
Released: 1971Rated: R
Drama, Romance

What it's about: This loosely plotted coming-of-age tale follows the life of 15-year-old Laurent Chevalier as he stumbles his way over the burgeoning swell of adolescence in 1950s France. After having his first sexual experience with a prostitute and dodging the lips of a priest, Chevalier contracts a case of scarlet fever. When the fever leaves him with a heart murmur, Chevalier is placed in a sanatorium, along with his over-attentive and adulterous mother.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel & Kanopy).

backdrop
criterion_channel
kanopy

13. The Umbrellas of Cherbourg

IMDB LogoIMDB Star
7.8/10
Rotten Tomatoes Logo98%
Reelgood Logo
78/100
Released: 1964Rated: PG-13
Drama, Musical

What it's about: This simple romantic tragedy begins in 1957. Guy Foucher, a 20-year-old French auto mechanic, has fallen in love with 17-year-old Geneviève Emery, an employee in her widowed mother's chic but financially embattled umbrella shop. On the evening before Guy is to leave for a two-year tour of combat in Algeria, he and Geneviève make love. She becomes pregnant and must choose between waiting for Guy's return or accepting an offer of marriage from a wealthy diamond merchant.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 3 services (iTunes, Google Play & Prime Video).

backdrop
criterion_channel
kanopy

14. The Double Life of Véronique

IMDB LogoIMDB Star
7.8/10
Rotten Tomatoes Logo82%
Reelgood Logo
78/100
Released: 1991Rated: R
Drama, Independent

What it's about: Véronique is a beautiful young French woman who aspires to be a renowned singer; Weronika lives in Poland, has a similar career goal and looks identical to Véronique, though the two are not related. The film follows both women as they contend with the ups and downs of their individual lives, with Véronique embarking on an unusual romance with Alexandre Fabbri, a puppeteer who may be able to help her with her existential issues.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 2 services (iTunes & Prime Video).

backdrop
criterion_channel
kanopy

15. Sansho the Bailiff

IMDB LogoIMDB Star
8.4/10
Rotten Tomatoes Logo100%
Reelgood Logo
78/100
Released: 1954
Drama, Independent

What it's about: In medieval Japan a compassionate governor is sent into exile. His wife and children try to join him, but are separated, and the children grow up amid suffering and oppression.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 2 services (iTunes & Prime Video).

backdrop
criterion_channel
kanopy

16. Autumn Sonata

IMDB LogoIMDB Star
8.3/10
Rotten Tomatoes Logo88%
Reelgood Logo
78/100
Released: 1978Rated: PG
Drama

What it's about: After a seven-year absence, Charlotte Andergast travels to Sweden to reunite with her daughter Eva. The pair have a troubled relationship: Charlotte sacrificed the responsibilities of motherhood for a career as a classical pianist. Over an emotional night, the pair reopen the wounds of the past. Charlotte gets another shock when she finds out that her mentally impaired daughter, Helena, is out of the asylum and living with Eva.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 3 services (iTunes, Google Play & Vudu).

backdrop
free
criterion_channel

17. Five Easy Pieces

IMDB LogoIMDB Star
7.5/10
Rotten Tomatoes Logo88%
Reelgood Logo
77/100
Released: 1970Rated: R
Drama

What it's about: A drop-out from upper-class America picks up work along the way on oil-rigs when his life isn't spent in a squalid succession of bars, motels, and other points of interest.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Sony Crackle), stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

backdrop
criterion_channel

18. Gimme Shelter

IMDB LogoIMDB Star
7.9/10
Rotten Tomatoes Logo100%
Reelgood Logo
77/100
Released: 1970Rated: R
Documentary, Musical

What it's about: The landmark documentary about the tragically ill-fated Rolling Stones free concert at Altamont Speedway on December 6, 1969. Only four months earlier, Woodstock defined the Love Generation; now it lay in ruins on a desolate racetrack six miles outside of San Francisco.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 2 services (Google Play & Prime Video).

backdrop
criterion_channel
kanopy

19. Mystery Train

IMDB LogoIMDB Star
7.6/10
Rotten Tomatoes Logo88%
Reelgood Logo
76/100
Released: 1989Rated: R
Comedy, Crime

What it's about: In Memphis, Tennessee, over the course of a single night, the Arcade Hotel, run by an eccentric night clerk and a clueless bellboy, is visited by a young Japanese couple traveling in search of the roots of rock; an Italian woman in mourning who stumbles upon a fleeing charlatan girl; and a comical trio of accidental thieves looking for a place to hide…

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 1 service (Prime Video).

backdrop
criterion_channel
kanopy

20. Shoot the Piano Player

IMDB LogoIMDB Star
7.5/10
Rotten Tomatoes Logo93%
Reelgood Logo
75/100
Released: 1960
Crime, Drama

What it's about: Charlie is a former classical pianist who has changed his name and now plays jazz in a grimy Paris bar. When Charlie's brothers, Richard and Chico, surface and ask for Charlie's help while on the run from gangsters they have scammed, he aids their escape. Soon Charlie and Lena, a waitress at the same bar, face trouble when the gangsters arrive, looking for his brothers.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 2 services (iTunes & Prime Video).

backdrop
free
amazon_prime
fandor
+ 4

21. Carnival of Souls

IMDB LogoIMDB Star
7.1/10
Rotten Tomatoes Logo86%
Reelgood Logo
75/100
Released: 1962Rated: PG
Horror, Cult

What it's about: Mary Henry ends up the sole survivor of a fatal car accident through mysterious circumstances. Trying to put the incident behind her, she moves to Utah and takes a job as a church organist. But her fresh start is interrupted by visions of a fiendish man. As the visions begin to occur more frequently, Mary finds herself drawn to the deserted carnival on the outskirts of town. The strangely alluring carnival may hold the secret to her tragic past.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (PopcornFlix, SnagFilms & Tubi), stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video, Fandor, The Criterion Channel & 2 others), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Epix) & rent or buy from $2.00 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

backdrop
criterion_channel
kanopy

22. Monsieur Hulot's Holiday

IMDB LogoIMDB Star
7.5/10
Rotten Tomatoes Logo100%
Reelgood Logo
75/100
Released: 1953
Comedy

What it's about: Monsieur Hulot, Jacques Tati’s endearing clown, takes a holiday at a seaside resort, where his presence provokes one catastrophe after another. Tati’s masterpiece of gentle slapstick is a series of effortlessly well-choreographed sight gags involving dogs, boats, and firecrackers; it was the first entry in the Hulot series and the film that launched its maker to international stardom.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 2 services (iTunes & Prime Video).

backdrop
criterion_channel

23. Dont Look Back

IMDB LogoIMDB Star
8.0/10
Rotten Tomatoes Logo100%
Reelgood Logo
75/100
Released: 1967
Documentary, Musical

What it's about: In this wildly entertaining vision of one of the twentieth century’s greatest artists, Bob Dylan is surrounded by teen fans, gets into heated philosophical jousts with journalists, and kicks back with fellow musicians Joan Baez, Donovan, and Alan Price.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

backdrop
criterion_channel

24. Odd Man Out

IMDB LogoIMDB Star
7.7/10
Rotten Tomatoes Logo100%
Reelgood Logo
75/100
Released: 1947
Crime, Cult

What it's about: Belfast police conduct a door-to-door manhunt for an IRA gunman (James Mason) wounded in a daring robbery.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 1 service (Prime Video).

backdrop
criterion_channel

25. The Face of Another

IMDB LogoIMDB Star
8.0/10
Rotten Tomatoes Logo100%
Reelgood Logo
75/100
Released: 1966
Drama, Science-Fiction

What it's about: A businessman with a disfigured face obtains a lifelike mask from his doctor, but the mask starts altering his personality.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel).

backdrop
criterion_channel

26. 45 Years

IMDB LogoIMDB Star
7.1/10
Rotten Tomatoes Logo97%
Reelgood Logo
74/100
Released: 2015Rated: R
Drama, Romance

What it's about: There is just one week until Kate Mercer's 45th wedding anniversary and the planning for the party is going well. But then a letter arrives for her husband. The body of his first love has been discovered, frozen and preserved in the icy glaciers of the Swiss Alps. By the time the party is upon them, five days later, there may not be a marriage left to celebrate.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

backdrop
criterion_channel
kanopy

27. The Young Girls of Rochefort

IMDB LogoIMDB Star
7.6/10
Rotten Tomatoes Logo98%
Reelgood Logo
74/100
Released: 1967Rated: G
Comedy, Drama

What it's about: Delphine and Solange are two sisters living in Rochefort. They are both looking for love, without being aware that their ideal partner is very close...

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 3 services (iTunes, Prime Video & Vudu).

backdrop
criterion_channel
kanopy

28. Black Orpheus

IMDB LogoIMDB Star
7.5/10
Rotten Tomatoes Logo89%
Reelgood Logo
74/100
Released: 1959Rated: PG
Drama, Romance

What it's about: Young lovers Orfeu and Eurydice run through the favelas of Rio during Carnaval, on the lam from a hitman dressed like Death and Orfeu's vengeful fiancée Mira and passing between moments of fantasy and stark reality. This impressionistic retelling of the Greek legend of Orpheus and Eurydice introduced bossa nova to the world with its soundtrack by young Brazilian composers Luiz Bonfá and Antonio Carlos Jobim.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 3 services (iTunes, Prime Video & Vudu).

backdrop
criterion_channel

29. Simon of the Desert

IMDB LogoIMDB Star
7.9/10
Rotten Tomatoes Logo100%
Reelgood Logo
73/100
Released: 1965
Comedy, Drama

What it's about: Simon, a deeply religious man living in the 4th century, wants to be nearer to God so he climbs a column. The Devil wants him come down to Earth and is trying to seduce him.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel).

backdrop
criterion_channel
kanopy

30. The Music Room

IMDB LogoIMDB Star
8.0/10
Rotten Tomatoes Logo100%
Reelgood Logo
72/100
Released: 1958
Drama

What it's about: A wealthy landlord who lives a decadent life with his wife and son. His passion - his wife would call it his addiction - is music, and he spends a great deal of his fortune on concerts held for the locals in his magnificent music room. He feels threatened by his neighbour, a commoner who has attained riches through business dealings. His passion for music and quest for social respect are his undoing, as he sacrifices his family and wealth trying to retain it.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

backdrop
criterion_channel
kanopy

31. Tokyo Drifter

IMDB LogoIMDB Star
7.2/10
Rotten Tomatoes Logo100%
Reelgood Logo
72/100
Released: 1966
Action & Adventure, Crime

What it's about: After yakuza boss Kurata dissolves his own criminal empire, a rival kingpin offers a position to Kurata's top operative, Tetsuya "Phoenix Tetsu" Hondo. When the fiercely loyal Tetsu declines, Otsuka taps unstoppable Tatsuzo the "Viper", a ruthless gun-for-hire, to assassinate him. As the Viper trails his target through the countryside, the agile Phoenix Tetsu grows concerned that one of his former associates has betrayed him.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 2 services (iTunes & Prime Video).

backdrop
criterion_channel

32. The Burmese Harp

IMDB LogoIMDB Star
8.1/10
Rotten Tomatoes Logo91%
Reelgood Logo
72/100
Released: 1956
Drama

What it's about: In the War's closing days, when a conscience-driven Japanese soldier fails to get his countrymen to surrender to overwhelming force, he adopts the lifestyle of a Buddhist monk.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel).

backdrop
criterion_channel

33. Pitfall

IMDB LogoIMDB Star
7.6/10
Rotten Tomatoes Logo100%
Reelgood Logo
70/100
Released: 1962
Crime, Drama

What it's about: A man wanders into a seemingly deserted town with his young son in search of work. But after a bit of bad luck, he joins the town's population of lost souls.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel).

backdrop
criterion_channel
kanopy

34. French Cancan

IMDB LogoIMDB Star
7.4/10
Rotten Tomatoes Logo100%
Reelgood Logo
70/100
Released: 1955
Comedy, Musical

What it's about: Nineteenth-century Paris comes vibrantly alive in Jean Renoir’s exhilarating tale of the opening of the world-renowned Moulin Rouge. Jean Gabin plays the wily impresario Danglard, who makes the cancan all the rage while juggling the love of two beautiful women—an Egyptian belly-dancer and a naive working girl turned cancan star.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel & Kanopy).

backdrop
fandor
qell
criterion_channel
+ 1

35. The Harder They Come

IMDB LogoIMDB Star
6.9/10
Rotten Tomatoes Logo91%
Reelgood Logo
70/100
Released: 1972Rated: R
Crime, Drama

What it's about: Ivanhoe Martin arrives in Kingston, Jamaica, looking for work and, after some initial struggles, lands a recording contract as a reggae singer. He records his first song, "The Harder They Come," but after a bitter dispute with a manipulative producer named Hilton, soon finds himself resorting to petty crime in order to pay the bills. He deals marijuana, kills some abusive cops and earns local folk hero status. Meanwhile, his record is topping the charts.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Fandor, Qello Concerts, The Criterion Channel & 1 other) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

backdrop
criterion_channel

36. The Magic Flute

IMDB LogoIMDB Star
7.7/10
Rotten Tomatoes Logo91%
Reelgood Logo
68/100
Released: 1975Rated: G
Comedy, Fantasy

What it's about: The Queen of the Night enlists a handsome prince named Tamino to rescue her beautiful kidnapped daughter, Princess Pamina, in this screen adaptation of the beloved Mozart opera. Aided by the lovelorn bird hunter Papageno and a magical flute that holds the power to change the hearts of men, young Tamino embarks on a quest for true love, leading to the evil Sarastro's temple where Pamina is held captive.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 3 services (Google Play, Prime Video & Vudu).

backdrop
criterion_channel

37. Leningrad Cowboys Go America

IMDB LogoIMDB Star
7.0/10
Rotten Tomatoes Logo100%
Reelgood Logo
68/100
Released: 1989Rated: PG-13
Comedy, Musical

What it's about: The Leningrad Cowboys, a group of Finnish musicians, and their manager, travel to America seeking fame and fortune. As they cross the country, trying to get to a wedding in Mexico, they are followed by the village idiot, who wishes to join the band.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel).

backdrop
criterion_channel
kanopy

38. Bed and Board

IMDB LogoIMDB Star
7.5/10
Rotten Tomatoes Logo78%
Reelgood Logo
68/100
Released: 1970
Comedy, Drama

What it's about: Parisian everyman Antoine Doinel has married his sweetheart Christine Darbon, and the newlyweds have set up a cozy domestic life of selling flowers and giving violin lessons while Antoine fitfully works on his long-gestating novel. As Christine becomes pregnant with the couple's first child, Antoine finds himself enraptured with a young Japanese beauty. The complications change the course of their relationship forever.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel & Kanopy).

backdrop
amazon_prime
criterion_channel

39. Yentl

IMDB LogoIMDB Star
6.5/10
Rotten Tomatoes Logo69%
Reelgood Logo
68/100
Released: 1983Rated: PG
Drama, Musical

What it's about: Rebbe Mendel is a single father who teaches the Talmud, a sacred text of Judaism, to the boys of his small Polish town. Behind closed doors, he also instructs his daughter, Yentl, despite the fact that girls are forbidden to study religious scripture. When Yentl's father dies, she still has a strong desire to learn about her faith -- so she disguises herself as a male, enrolls in a religious school, and unexpectedly finds love along the way.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video & The Criterion Channel) & rent or buy from $0.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

backdrop
criterion_channel
kanopy

40. Le Million

IMDB LogoIMDB Star
7.4/10
Rotten Tomatoes Logo100%
Reelgood Logo
67/100
Released: 1931Rated: PG
Musical, Comedy

What it's about: Debt-ridden painter Michel is overcome with joy at discovering that he has just won 1 million florins in the Dutch lottery, but almost immediately, he discovers that his softhearted girlfriend, Béatrice, has given away his jacket containing the winning ticket to an elderly petty thief. Soon Michel, Beatrice and Michel's artistic rival, Prosper, are hurtling through the streets of Paris on the trail of the missing jacket.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel & Kanopy).

backdrop
criterion_channel
kanopy

41. Pale Flower

IMDB LogoIMDB Star
7.8/10
Rotten Tomatoes Logo86%
Reelgood Logo
67/100
Released: 1964
Crime, Thriller

What it's about: Muraki, a hardboiled Yakuza gangster, has just been released from prison after serving a sentence for murder. Revisiting his old gambling haunts, he meets Saeko, a striking young upper-class woman who is out seeking thrills, and whose presence adds spice to the staid masculine underworld rituals. Muraki becomes her mentor while simultaneously coping with the shifts of power that have affected the gangs while he was interred. When he notices a rogue, drug-addicted young punk hanging around the gambling dens, he realizes that Saeko's insatiable lust for intense pleasures may be leading her to self-destruction.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel & Kanopy).

backdrop
criterion_channel
kanopy

42. Crazed Fruit

IMDB LogoIMDB Star
7.3/10
Rotten Tomatoes Logo100%
Reelgood Logo
67/100
Released: 1956
Drama, Romance

What it's about: Two brothers compete for the amorous favors of a young woman during a seaside summer of gambling, boating, and drinking, in this seminal Sun Tribe film from director Kô Nakahira. Adapted from the controversial novel by Shintarô Ishihara, and critically savaged for its lurid portrayal of the postwar sexual revolution among Japan’s young and privileged, Crazed Fruit is an anarchic outcry against tradition and the older generation.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel & Kanopy).

backdrop
criterion_channel

43. Benny's Video

IMDB LogoIMDB Star
7.2/10
Rotten Tomatoes Logo64%
Reelgood Logo
67/100
Released: 1993
Crime, Drama

What it's about: A 14-year-old video enthusiast is so caught up in film fantasy that he can no longer relate to the real world, to such an extent that he commits murder and records an on-camera confession for his parents.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel).

backdrop
criterion_channel

44. The Steamroller and the Violin

IMDB LogoIMDB Star
7.4/10
Rotten Tomatoes Logo90%
Reelgood Logo
67/100
Released: 1961Rated: PG
Drama, Family

What it's about: Seven year old Sasha practices violin every day to satisfy the ambition of his parents. Already withdrawn as a result of his routines, Sasha quickly regains confidence when he accidentally meets and befriends worker Sergei, who works on a steamroller in their upscale Moscow neighborhood.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel).

backdrop
criterion_channel

45. Mahler

IMDB LogoIMDB Star
7.0/10
Rotten Tomatoes Logo100%
Reelgood Logo
67/100
Released: 1974Rated: PG
Biography, Drama

What it's about: The film begins on a train journey with Gustav Mahler (Robert Powell) and his wife Alma (Georgina Hale) confronting their failing marriage. The story is then recounted in a series of flashbacks (some of which are surrealistic and nightmarish), taking one through Mahler's childhood, his brother's suicide, his experience with anti-semitism, his conversion from Judaism to Catholicism, his marital problems, and the death of his young daughter. The film also contains a surreal fantasy sequence involving the anti-Semitic Cosima Wagner (Antonia Ellis), widow of Richard Wagner, whose objections to his taking control of the Court Opera were supposedly removed by his conversion to Catholicism. In the process, the film explores Mahler's music and its relationship to his life.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel).

backdrop
criterion_channel

46. The Pornographers

IMDB LogoIMDB Star
7.3/10
Rotten Tomatoes Logo100%
Reelgood Logo
66/100
Released: 1966
Comedy, Drama

What it's about: Subu makes pornographic films. He sees nothing wrong with it. They are an aid to a repressed society, and he uses the money to support his landlady, Haru, and her family. From time to time, Haru shares her bed with Subu, though she believes her dead husband, reincarnated as a carp, disapproves. Director Shohei Imamura has always delighted in the kinky exploits of lowlifes, and in this 1966 classic, he finds subversive humor in the bizarre dynamics of Haru, her Oedipal son, and her daughter, the true object of her pornographer-boyfriend’s obsession. Imamura’s comic treatment of such taboos as voyeurism and incest sparked controversy when the film was released, but The Pornographers has outlasted its critics, and now seems frankly ahead of its time.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel).

backdrop
free
criterion_channel
kanopy

47. Intermezzo: A Love Story

IMDB LogoIMDB Star
6.7/10
Rotten Tomatoes Logo100%
Reelgood Logo
65/100
Released: 1939
Romance, Drama

What it's about: A concert violinist becomes charmed with his daughter's talented piano teacher. When he invites her to go on tour with him, they make beautiful music away from the concert hall as well. He soon leaves his wife so the two can go off together.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi) & stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel & Kanopy).

backdrop
criterion_channel
kanopy

48. Smithereens

IMDB LogoIMDB Star
6.8/10
Rotten Tomatoes Logo100%
Reelgood Logo
63/100
Released: 1982Rated: R
Drama

What it's about: A narcissistic runaway engages in a number of parasitic relationships amongst members of New York's waning punk scene.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $1.99 on 3 services (iTunes, Google Play & Prime Video).

backdrop
criterion_channel

49. Man Is Not a Bird

IMDB LogoIMDB Star
7.2/10