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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.

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1. West Side Story

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7.5/10
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74/100
Released: 1961Rated: PG
Musical, Romance

What it's about: In the slums of the upper West Side of Manhattan, New York, a gang of Polish-American teenagers called the Jets compete with a rival gang of recently immigrated Puerto Ricans, the Sharks, to "own" the neighborhood streets. Tensions are high between the gangs but two kids, one from each rival gang, fall in love leading to tragedy.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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2. The Young Girls of Rochefort

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7.7/10
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85/100
Released: 1967Rated: G
Romance, Musical

What it's about: Delphine and Solange are two sisters living in Rochefort. Delphine is a dancing teacher and Solange composes and teaches the piano. Maxence is a poet and a painter. He is doing his military service. Simon owns a music shop, he left Paris once month ago to come back where he fell in love 10 years ago. They are looking for love, looking for each other, without being aware that their ideal partner is very close...

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

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3. A Hard Day's Night

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7.6/10
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71/100
Released: 1964Rated: G
Musical, Comedy

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 popular subscription service (HBO MAX, The Criterion Channel & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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4. Buena Vista Social Club

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7.6/10
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66/100
Released: 1999Rated: G
Documentary, Musical

What it's about: In this fascinating Oscar-nominated documentary, American guitarist Ry Cooder brings together a group of legendary Cuban folk musicians (some in their 90s) to record a Grammy-winning CD in their native city of Havana. The result is a spectacular compilation of concert footage from the group's gigs in Amsterdam and New York City's famed Carnegie Hall, with director Wim Wenders capturing not only the music -- but also the musicians' life stories.

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

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5. The Devil and Daniel Johnston

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7.9/10
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66/100
Released: 2006Rated: PG-13
Musical, Documentary

What it's about: This 2005 documentary film chronicles the life of Daniel Johnston, a manic-depressive genius singer/songwriter/artist, from childhood up to the present, with an emphasis on his mental illness and how it manifested itself in demonic self-obsession.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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6. Bob Dylan - Dont Look Back

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7.9/10
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64/100
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 popular subscription service (HBO MAX & The Criterion Channel) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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7. The Music Room

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8.0/10
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63/100
Released: 1958
Musical, 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 popular subscription service (HBO MAX, The Criterion Channel & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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8. The Double Life of Véronique

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7.8/10
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71/100
Released: 1991Rated: R
Romance, Fantasy

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).

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9. The Umbrellas of Cherbourg

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7.8/10
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70/100
Released: 1964Rated: PG-13
Romance, 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 popular subscription service (HBO MAX, The Criterion Channel & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 3 services (iTunes, Google Play & Prime Video).

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10. Monterey Pop

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8.0/10
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62/100
Released: 1968
Documentary, Musical

What it's about: Featuring performances by popular artists of the 1960s, this concert film highlights the music of the 1967 California festival. Although not all musicians who performed at the Monterey Pop Festival are on film, some of the notable acts include the Mamas and the Papas, Simon & Garfunkel, Jefferson Airplane, the Who, Otis Redding, and the Jimi Hendrix Experience. Hendrix's post-performance antics -- lighting a guitar on fire, breaking it and tossing a part into the audience -- are captured.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX & The Criterion Channel), stream on a TV everywhere service (TCM) & rent or buy from $12.99 on 2 services (iTunes & Google Play).

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11. Quadrophenia

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7.3/10
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67/100
Released: 1979Rated: R
Musical, Drama

What it's about: Based on the 1973 rock opera album of the same name by The Who, this is the story of 60s teenager Jimmy. At work he slaves in a dead-end job. While after, he shops for tailored suits and rides his scooter as part of the London Mod scene.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Plex, Crackle & Shout Factory TV), stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX, Philo, fuboTV & 3 others) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 2 services (iTunes & Prime Video).

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12. Chico & Rita

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7.2/10
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62/100
Released: 2010
Romance, Animation

What it's about: Chico is a young piano player with big dreams. Rita is a beautiful singer with an extraordinary voice. Music and romantic desire unites them, but their journey - in the tradition of the Latin ballad, the bolero - brings heartache and torment.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel, Hoopla & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $1.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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13. The Burmese Harp

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8.1/10
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78/100
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).

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14. Leningrad Cowboys Go America

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7.1/10
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77/100
Released: 1989Rated: PG-13
Musical, Comedy

What it's about: The Leningrad Cowboys, a group of Russian 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).

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15. Black Orpheus

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7.5/10
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64/100
Released: 1959Rated: PG
Romance, Drama

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 popular subscription service (HBO MAX, The Criterion Channel & Kanopy), stream on a TV everywhere service (TCM) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 3 services (iTunes, Prime Video & Vudu).

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16. Only Lovers Left Alive

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7.3/10
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76/100
Released: 2013Rated: R
Romance, Horror

What it's about: A depressed musician reunites with his lover in the desolate streets of Detroit. Though their romance has endured several centuries, it is tested by the arrival of her capricious and unpredictable younger sister.

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

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17. The Red Shoes

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8.1/10
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73/100
Released: 1948Rated: G
Musical, 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 popular subscription service (HBO MAX & The Criterion Channel) & rent or buy from $1.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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18. The Third Man

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8.1/10
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78/100
Released: 1949
Mystery, Thriller

What it's about: In postwar Vienna, Austria, Holly Martins, a writer of pulp Westerns, arrives penniless as a guest of his childhood chum Harry Lime, only to learn he has died. Martins develops a conspiracy theory after learning of a "third man" present at the time of Harry's death, running into interference from British officer Major Calloway, and falling head-over-heels for Harry's grief-stricken lover, Anna.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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19. Fear of a Black Hat

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7.2/10
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57/100
Released: 1994Rated: R
Comedy

What it's about: Chronicling the controversial career of bad boys N.W.H. (Niggaz With Hats), this uproarious 'mockumentary' lampoons all of hardcore rap's hot-button issues. This underground laugh riot recounts the rise, fall and resurrection of a clueless bunch of would-be rappers, Ice Cold, Tone-Def & Tasty Taste performing as N.W.H.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi, PlutoTV & Peacock), stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 1 service (Prime Video).

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20. A Woman Is a Woman

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7.5/10
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64/100
Released: 1961
Romance, Comedy

What it's about: Longing for a baby, a stripper pursues another man in order to make her boyfriend jealous.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 4 services (Google Play, Prime Video & 2 others).

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21. The Lure

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6.3/10
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62/100
Released: 2015
Drama, Thriller

What it's about: Two mermaid sisters, who end up performing at a nightclub, face cruel and bloody choices when one of them falls in love with a beautiful young man.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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22. Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla

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6.4/10
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60/100
Released: 1974Rated: G
Horror, Science-Fiction

What it's about: An Okinawan prophecy that foretells the destruction of the Earth is seeming fulfilled when Godzilla emerges to return to his destructive roots. But not all is what it seems after Godzilla breaks his ally Anguirus's jaw. Matters are further complicated when a second Godzilla emerges, revealing the doppelgänger as a mechanical weapon.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX & The Criterion Channel) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 2 services (iTunes & Vudu).

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23. Jubilee

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6.1/10
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71/100
Released: 1978
Comedy, Drama

What it's about: Queen Elizabeth I visits late twentieth-century Britain to find a depressing landscape where life has changed since her time.

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

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24. The 3 Penny Opera

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7.3/10
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73/100
Released: 1931
Musical, Comedy

What it's about: In London at the turn of the century, underworld kingpin Mack the Knife marries Polly Peachum without the knowledge of her father, the equally enterprising 'king of the beggars'.

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

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25. Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster

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6.6/10
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59/100
Released: 1964
Fantasy, Science-Fiction

What it's about: A meteor lands in Kurobe Valley as detective Shindo is assigned to protect Princess Salno from assassination. She emerges under the guise of a Venusian prophetess and catches the attention of journalist Naoko and Mothra's fairies by predicting a powerful space monster's arrival. The infant Mothra must convince Godzilla and Rodan to set aside their hatred of humanity or face the monster alone.

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

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26. Godzilla vs. Hedorah

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6.1/10
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57/100
Released: 1971Rated: G
Horror, Science-Fiction

What it's about: An ever evolving alien life-form arrives on a comet from the Dark Gaseous Nebula and proceeds to consume pollution. Spewing mists of sulfuric acid and corrosive sludge, neither humanity nor Godzilla may be able to defeat this toxic menace.

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

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27. The Housemaid

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7.3/10
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59/100
Released: 1960
Crime, Horror

What it's about: A piano composer's family moves into a new house; when his pregnant wife collapses from working to support the family, he hires a hot housemaid to help with housework.

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

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28. Smithereens

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6.8/10
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56/100
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 popular subscription service (HBO MAX, The Criterion Channel & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 2 services (iTunes & Google Play).

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29. French Cancan

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7.4/10
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59/100
Released: 1955
Comedy, Romance

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).

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30. Godzilla vs. Megalon

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4.9/10
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53/100
Released: 1973Rated: G
Science-Fiction, Action & Adventure

What it's about: Inventor Goro Ibuki creates a humanoid robot named Jet Jaguar. It is soon seized by an undersea race of people called the Seatopians. Using Jet Jaguar as a guide, the Seatopians send Megalon as vengeance for the nuclear tests that have devastated their society.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX & The Criterion Channel) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 2 services (iTunes & Vudu).

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31. Pale Flower

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7.7/10
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76/100
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).

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32. Festival

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7.5/10
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72/100
Released: 1967
Documentary, Musical

What it's about: Black and white footage of performances, interviews, and conversations at the Newport Folk Festival, from 1963 to 1966. The headliners are Peter, Paul and Mary, Joan Baez, Pete Seeger, and Bob Dylan, who's acoustic and electric. Son House and Mike Bloomfield talk about the blues; John Hurt, Howlin' Wolf, and Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee show its range. The Osborne Brothers perform bluegrass. Donovan, Johnny Cash, Judy Collins, Mimi and Dick Farina, and others less well known also perform. Several talk musical philosophy, and there's a running commentary about the nature and appeal of folk music. The crowd looks clean cut.

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

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33. Crazed Fruit

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7.3/10
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55/100
Released: 1956
Romance, Drama

What it's about: Two brothers compete for the amorous favors of a young woman during a seaside summer of gambling, boating, and drinking.

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

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34. All Night Long

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7.1/10
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53/100
Released: 1962
Drama

What it's about: Over the course of one eventful evening, the anniversary celebration of the musical and romantic partners Aurelius Rex and Delia Lane, a jealous, ambitious drummer, Johnny Cousin, attempts to tear the interracial couple apart.

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

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35. Butter on the Latch

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5.3/10
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46/100
Released: 2013
Fantasy, Horror

What it's about: Sarah and Isolde share an interest in the traditional music and dance of the Balkans, but it turns out that shared interests don’t always unite them. Their trip, initially a fun bonding experience, takes a southward turn when Sarah becomes interested in handsome fellow camper Steph. A seemingly innocent romantic overture touches off an abrupt shift in the dynamic between the two girlfriends, steering a previously ecstatic camp outing down a psychological rabbit hole.

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

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36. Pitfall

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7.6/10
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76/100
Released: 1962
Crime, Fantasy

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).

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37. Godzilla vs. Gigan

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5.7/10
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54/100
Released: 1972Rated: G
Horror, Action & Adventure

What it's about: Manga artist Gengo Odaka lands a job with the World Children's Land amusement park only to become suspicious of the organization when a garbled message is discovered on tapes. As Gengo and his team investigate, Godzilla and Anguirus quickly decipher the message and begin their own plan of action.

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

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38. Invasion of Astro-Monster

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6.3/10
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56/100
Released: 1965Rated: G
Science-Fiction, Action & Adventure

What it's about: Astronauts Glenn and Fuji investigate Planet X and encounter mysterious aliens known as the Xiliens, who ask Earth's people to help save their world from "Monster Zero". In exchange for borrowing Godzilla and Rodan, the Xiliens offer a cure for cancer. As Glenn investigates, he develops a romance with Miss Namikawa and uncovers the Xilien's true intentions.

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

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39. Sparkle

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6.8/10
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55/100
Released: 1976Rated: PG
Drama

What it's about: The three Williams sisters start out singing in their church choir in Harlem in the late 1950s and become a successful girl group in the 1960s.

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).

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40. Le Million

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7.4/10
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74/100
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).

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41. Intermezzo: A Love Story

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6.7/10
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54/100
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, Hoopla & Kanopy).

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42. Intentions of Murder

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7.7/10
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54/100
Released: 1964
Action & Adventure, Drama

What it's about: Sadako, cursed by generations before her and neglected by her common-law husband, falls prey to a brutal home intruder. But rather than become a victim, she forges a path to her own awakening.

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

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43. The Pornographers

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7.3/10
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55/100
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).

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44. Reckless

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6.4/10
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49/100
Released: 1935
Comedy, Drama

What it's about: A theatrical star, born on the wrong side of the tracks, marries a drunken blue-blood millionaire.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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45. Under the Roofs of Paris

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7.1/10
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70/100
Released: 1930
Comedy, Romance

What it's about: In the tenement slums of Paris between the world wars, impoverished street singer Albert yearns for beautiful Romanian immigrant Pola. Pola's boyfriend, local hoodlum Fred, grows jealous of Albert's constant attention to his woman and frames the hapless musician for one of his own petty crimes. But while Albert is in prison for Fred's misdeed, Pola ends up falling for Albert's faithful best friend, Louis.

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

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46. Pigs and Battleships

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7.5/10
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54/100
Released: 1961
Crime, Comedy

What it's about: In the city of Yokosuka, Kinta and his lover Haruko, both involved with yakuza, brave the post-occupation period with a goal to be together.

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

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47. Young Man with a Horn

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7.2/10
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55/100
Released: 1950
Musical, Romance

What it's about: Legendary trumpeter Art Hazzard teaches young Rick Martin everything he knows about playing, so Rick becomes a star musician, but a troubled marriage and the desire to play pure jazz instead of commercial swing songs cause him problems.

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

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48. To Joy

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7.2/10
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54/100
Released: 1950
Romance, Drama

What it's about: After discovering that his wife has been killed in an accident, Stig looks back on their relationship, beginning with when he and Marta were starting out as violinists together in an orchestra overseen by conductor Sonderby.

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 & Vudu).

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49. Gate of Flesh

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7.4/10
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58/100
Released: 1964
Comedy, Drama

What it's about: In the shady black markets and bombed-out hovels of post–World War II Tokyo, a tough band of prostitutes eke out a dog-eat-dog existence, maintaining tenuous friendships and a semblance of order in a world of chaos. But when a renegade ex-soldier stumbles into their midst, lusts and loyalties clash, with tragic results. With Gate of Flesh, visionary director Seijun Suzuki delivers a whirlwind of social critique and pulp drama, shot through with brilliant colors and raw emotions.

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

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50. The Seventh Veil

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6.7/10
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49/100
Released: 1945
Drama

What it's about: A concert pianist with amnesia fights to regain her memory.

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

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