Account IconLogin|Sign Up
netflix
amazon_prime
hulu_plus
disney_plus
hbo
& more all in one place. Totally free to use!
Mature
arrow
AllAction & AdventureAnimationBiographyComedyCrimeCultDocumentaryDramaFamilyFantasyFoodHistoryHorrorIndependentLGBTQMusicalMysteryRomanceScience-FictionSportThrillerTravelAbout AfricaAdaptationAlienAnimalApocalypseBaseballBased on BooksBased On True StoryBoxingCarChristmasClassicCollegeComic BookComing of AgeDanceDark ComedyDatingDisasterDoctorDogDrugDystopiaEgyptEscapeFashionFeel-goodFemale DirectorFightingFriendshipFuturisticGangGangsterGeniusGhostGolfGreeceHigh SchoolHolidayHuntingJungleKidnappingMagicMartial ArtsMatureMedievalMilitaryMonsterMusicNew YorkParisParodyPetPolicePoliticalPrincessPrisonPsychologyRacingReligionRevengeRiverRobotRomeRoyaltyScienceSerial KillerShortSingingSpaceSportsSpySupernaturalSurvivalSuspenseTankTeacherTechnologyTeenTime TravelToyTwinsVampireVideo GamesWarWorld War IIWrestlingZombie
arrowarrow
Movies
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
Disney+
Disney+
HBO MAX
HBO MAX
HBO
HBO
fuboTV
fuboTV
Showtime
Showtime
Starz
Starz
CBS All Access
CBS All Access
Epix
Epix
Kanopy
Kanopy
Hoopla
Hoopla
The Criterion Channel
The Criterion Channel
Cinemax
Cinemax
Fandor
Fandor
BET+
BET+
Shudder
Shudder
FX
FX
Syfy
Syfy
TNT
TNT
IFC
IFC
TCM
TCM
arrowarrow
Want to Select more than one service? Add your services to your free Reelgood account to see everything you can watch!

The Best Mature Movies on The Criterion Channel

Finding a good Mature movie 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 Mature movies of all time streaming on The Criterion Channel.

VIEW: best
backdrop
free
netflix
criterion_channel

1. Taxi Driver

IMDB LogoIMDB Star
8.3/10
Reelgood Logo
94/100
Released: 1976Rated: R
Crime, Drama

What it's about: A mentally unstable Vietnam War veteran works as a night-time taxi driver in New York City where the perceived decadence and sleaze feed his urge for violent action, attempting to save a preadolescent prostitute in the process.

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

backdrop
hbo_max
criterion_channel
kanopy

2. The 400 Blows

IMDB LogoIMDB Star
8.1/10
Reelgood Logo
86/100
Released: 1959
Crime, Drama

What it's about: For young Parisian boy Antoine Doinel, life is one difficult situation after another. Surrounded by inconsiderate adults, including his neglectful parents, Antoine spends his days with his best friend, Rene, trying to plan for a better life. When one of their schemes goes awry, Antoine ends up in trouble with the law, leading to even more conflicts with unsympathetic authority figures.

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).

backdrop
netflix
criterion_channel

3. Y Tu Mamá También

IMDB LogoIMDB Star
7.6/10
Reelgood Logo
86/100
Released: 2001Rated: R
Action & Adventure, LGBTQ

What it's about: In Mexico, two teenage boys and an attractive older woman embark on a road trip and learn a thing or two about life, friendship, sex, and each other.

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

backdrop
free
netflix
amazon_prime
+ 2

4. The Squid and the Whale

IMDB LogoIMDB Star
7.3/10
Reelgood Logo
82/100
Released: 2005Rated: R
Comedy, Independent

What it's about: Based on the true childhood experiences of Noah Baumbach and his brother, The Squid and the Whale tells the touching story of two young boys dealing with their parents divorce in Brooklyn in the 1980's.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi), stream on a popular subscription service (Netflix, The Criterion Channel & 1 other) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play, Prime Video & 4 others).

backdrop
free
shudder
criterion_channel
+ 2

5. Dogtooth

IMDB LogoIMDB Star
7.3/10
Reelgood Logo
82/100
Released: 2009
Drama, Thriller

What it's about: Three teenagers are confined to an isolated country estate that could very well be on another planet. The trio spend their days listening to endless homemade tapes that teach them a whole new vocabulary. Any word that comes from beyond their family abode is instantly assigned a new meaning. Hence 'the sea' refers to a large armchair and 'zombies' are little yellow flowers. Having invented a brother whom they claim to have ostracized for his disobedience, the uber-controlling parents terrorize their offspring into submission.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi), stream on a subscription service (Shudder, The Criterion Channel, Kanopy & 1 other) & rent or buy from $2.00 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

backdrop
hbo_max
criterion_channel
kanopy

6. Belle de Jour

IMDB LogoIMDB Star
7.7/10
Reelgood Logo
81/100
Released: 1967Rated: R
Drama, Romance

What it's about: Beautiful young housewife Séverine Serizy cannot reconcile her masochistic fantasies with her everyday life alongside dutiful husband Pierre. When her lovestruck friend Henri mentions a secretive high-class brothel run by Madame Anais, Séverine begins to work there during the day under the name Belle de Jour. But when one of her clients grows possessive, she must try to go back to her normal life.

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

backdrop
criterion_channel
kanopy

7. Mustang

IMDB LogoIMDB Star
7.6/10
Reelgood Logo
81/100
Released: 2015Rated: PG-13
Drama

What it's about: In a Turkish village, five orphaned sisters live under strict rule while members of their family prepare their arranged marriages.

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
sundancenow
criterion_channel

8. Mysterious Skin

IMDB LogoIMDB Star
7.6/10
Reelgood Logo
80/100
Released: 2004Rated: R
Drama, Independent

What it's about: A teenage hustler and a young man obsessed with alien abductions cross paths, together discovering a horrible, liberating truth.

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

backdrop
criterion_channel

9. Fallen Angels

IMDB LogoIMDB Star
7.7/10
Reelgood Logo
80/100
Released: 1995Rated: R
Crime, Drama

What it's about: In this bifurcated crime narrative, a disillusioned hitman attempts to escape from his violent lifestyle against the wishes of his partner, who is infatuated with him, and an eccentric mute repeatedly encounters, then subsequently falls for a depressed woman looking for the prostitute who supposedly stole her ex-boyfriend's affections.

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

backdrop
hbo_max
criterion_channel
kanopy

10. Vivre Sa Vie

IMDB LogoIMDB Star
8.0/10
Reelgood Logo
79/100
Released: 1962
Drama

What it's about: Twelve episodic tales in the life of a Parisian woman and her slow descent into prostitution.

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

backdrop
criterion_channel

11. 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days

IMDB LogoIMDB Star
7.9/10
Reelgood Logo
79/100
Released: 2007
Drama

What it's about: Two college roommates have 24 hours to make the ultimate choice as they finalize arrangements for a black market abortion.

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 & Vudu).

backdrop
hbo_max
criterion_channel

12. Fantastic Planet

IMDB LogoIMDB Star
7.8/10
Reelgood Logo
79/100
Released: 1973Rated: PG
Animation, Drama

What it's about: On the planet Ygam, the Draags, extremely technologically and spiritually advanced blue humanoids, consider the tiny Oms, human beings descendants of Terra's inhabitants, as ignorant animals. Those who live in slavery are treated as simple pets and used to entertain Draag children; those who live hidden in the hostile wilderness of the planet are periodically hunted and ruthlessly slaughtered as if they were vermin.

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).

backdrop
criterion_channel

13. The Piano Teacher

IMDB LogoIMDB Star
7.5/10
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

14. Sansho the Bailiff

IMDB LogoIMDB Star
8.4/10
Reelgood Logo
79/100
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
hbo_max
criterion_channel

15. Watership Down

IMDB LogoIMDB Star
7.6/10
Reelgood Logo
78/100
Released: 1978Rated: PG
Animation, Cult

What it's about: When the warren belonging to a community of rabbits is threatened, a brave group led by Fiver, Bigwig, Blackberry and Hazel leave their homeland in a search of a safe new haven.

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

backdrop
criterion_channel
kanopy

16. Tomboy

IMDB LogoIMDB Star
7.4/10
Reelgood Logo
78/100
Released: 2011
Drama, LGBTQ

What it's about: A French family moves to a new neighborhood with during the summer holidays. The story follows a 10-year-old gender non-conforming child, Laure, who experiments with their gender presentation, adopting the name Mikäel.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $1.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

backdrop
criterion_channel
kanopy

17. La Belle Noiseuse

IMDB LogoIMDB Star
7.7/10
Reelgood Logo
78/100
Released: 1991
Drama

What it's about: The former famous painter Frenhofer lives quietly with his wife on his countryside residence in the French Provence. When the young artist Nicolas visits him with his girlfriend Marianne, Frenhofer decides to start again the work on a painting he long ago stopped: La Belle Noiseuse. And he wants Marianne as model. The now starting creative process changes life for everyone. It is a struggle for truth, life and sense, and the question where the limits of arts are or whether art is limitless.

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

backdrop
criterion_channel
kanopy

18. Murmur of the Heart

IMDB LogoIMDB Star
7.7/10
Reelgood Logo
78/100
Released: 1971Rated: R
Drama, Comedy

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
hbo_max
criterion_channel

19. Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me

IMDB LogoIMDB Star
7.3/10
Reelgood Logo
77/100
Released: 1992Rated: R
Horror, Cult

What it's about: In the questionable town of Deer Meadow, Washington, FBI Agent Desmond inexplicably disappears while hunting for the man who murdered a teen girl. The killer is never apprehended, and, after experiencing dark visions and supernatural encounters, Agent Dale Cooper chillingly predicts that the culprit will claim another life. Meanwhile, in the more cozy town of Twin Peaks, hedonistic beauty Laura Palmer hangs with lowlifes and seems destined for a grisly fate.

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).

backdrop
hbo_max
criterion_channel

20. Masculin Féminin

IMDB LogoIMDB Star
7.6/10
Reelgood Logo
77/100
Released: 1966
Drama, LGBTQ

What it's about: With Masculin féminin, ruthless stylist and iconoclast Jean-Luc Godard introduces the world to "the children of Marx and Coca-Cola," through a gang of restless youths engaged in hopeless love affairs with music, revolution, and each other. French new wave icon Jean-Pierre Leaud stars as Paul, an idealistic would-be intellectual struggling to forge a relationship with the adorable pop star Madeleine. Through their tempestuous affair, Godard fashions a candid and wildly funny free-form examination of youth culture in throbbing 1960s Paris, mixing satire and tragedy as only Godard can.

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

backdrop
criterion_channel

21. My Own Private Idaho

IMDB LogoIMDB Star
7.1/10
Reelgood Logo
77/100
Released: 1991Rated: R
Drama, LGBTQ

What it's about: In this loose adaptation of Shakespeare's "Henry IV," Mike Waters is a gay hustler afflicted with narcolepsy. Scott Favor is the rebellious son of a mayor. Together, the two travel from Portland, Oregon to Idaho and finally to the coast of Italy in a quest to find Mike's estranged mother. Along the way they turn tricks for money and drugs, eventually attracting the attention of a wealthy benefactor and sexual deviant.

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

backdrop
watch_tcm
criterion_channel
kanopy

22. Hour of the Wolf

IMDB LogoIMDB Star
7.7/10
Reelgood Logo
77/100
Released: 1968
Drama, Horror

What it's about: An artist in crisis is haunted by nightmares from the past in Ingmar Bergman's only horror film, which takes place on a windy island. During "the hour of the wolf" - between midnight and dawn - he tells his wife about his most painful memories.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel & Kanopy), stream on a TV everywhere service (TCM) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 2 services (iTunes & Vudu).

backdrop
criterion_channel

23. Jeanne Dielman, 23, Quai du Commerce 1080 Bruxelles

IMDB LogoIMDB Star
7.8/10
Reelgood Logo
75/100
Released: 1975
Drama, Independent

What it's about: A lonely widowed housewife does her daily chores, takes care of her apartment where she lives with her teenage son, and turns the occasional trick to make ends meet. Slowly, her ritualized daily routines begin to fall apart.

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 & Vudu).

backdrop
criterion_channel

24. The Phantom of Liberty

IMDB LogoIMDB Star
7.9/10
Reelgood Logo
75/100
Released: 1974Rated: R
Comedy, Drama

What it's about: This Surrealist film, with a title referencing the Communist Manifesto, strings together short incidents based on the life of director Luis Buñuel. Presented as chance encounters, these loosely related, intersecting situations, all without a consistent protagonist, reach from the 19th century to the 1970s. Touching briefly on subjects such as execution, pedophilia, incest, and sex, the film features an array of characters, including a sick father and incompetent police officers.

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

backdrop
criterion_channel
kanopy

25. La Collectionneuse

IMDB LogoIMDB Star
7.5/10
Reelgood Logo
74/100
Released: 1967
Comedy, Drama

What it's about: A bombastic, womanizing art dealer and his painter friend go to a seventeenth-century villa on the Riviera for a relaxing summer getaway. But their idyll is disturbed by the presence of the bohemian Haydée, accused of being a “collector” of men.

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

backdrop
criterion_channel
kanopy

26. Claire's Knee

IMDB LogoIMDB Star
7.7/10
Reelgood Logo
74/100
Released: 1970
Drama, Independent

What it's about: On the eve of his wedding, on holiday on the Lake Annecy shore, a career diplomat visits an old acquaintance, perhaps a former girlfriend. Through her he meets an intense teenager, Laura, and then lusts after her sister, Claire. Whilst Laura attempts to flirt with him, his fantasy becomes focused on wanting to caress Claire's knee.

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

backdrop
hbo_max
criterion_channel
kanopy

27. Love in the Afternoon

IMDB LogoIMDB Star
7.7/10
Reelgood Logo
74/100
Released: 1972Rated: R
Drama, Romance

What it's about: The last of Rohmer's Six Moral Tales. Frederic leads a bourgeois life; he is a partner in a small Paris office and is happily married to Helene, a teacher expecting her second child. In the afternoons, Frederic daydreams about other women, but has no intention of taking any action. One day, Chloe, who had been a mistress of an old friend, begins dropping by his office. They meet as friends, irregularly in the afternoons, till eventually Chloe decides to seduce Frederic, causing him a moral dilemma.

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

backdrop
criterion_channel

28. Me and You and Everyone We Know

IMDB LogoIMDB Star
7.3/10
Reelgood Logo
74/100
Released: 2005Rated: R
Comedy, Independent

What it's about: A lonely shoe salesman and an eccentric performance artist struggle to connect in this unique take on contemporary life.

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

backdrop
criterion_channel

29. Dheepan

IMDB LogoIMDB Star
7.2/10
Reelgood Logo
74/100
Released: 2015Rated: R
Crime, Drama

What it's about: Three people who have lost everything, a soldier tired of fighting, a young woman and a little girl, pose as a family to escape the civil war in Sri Lanka. They emigrate to France and settle in a chaotic neighborhood on the outskirts of Paris, where apparently the law no longer exists; but they, who barely know each other, struggle to survive there, even when the ghosts of war begin to haunt them again.

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
film
criterion_channel

30. The Life of Oharu

IMDB LogoIMDB Star
8.2/10
Reelgood Logo
73/100
Released: 1952
Drama

What it's about: Follows a woman's fight and survival amid the vicissitudes of life and the cruelty of the society.

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

backdrop
criterion_channel

31. Le Corbeau

IMDB LogoIMDB Star
7.9/10
Reelgood Logo
73/100
Released: 1943
Crime, Drama

What it's about: Remy Germain is a doctor in a French town who becomes the focus of a vicious smear campaign, as letters accusing him of having an affair and performing unlawful abortions are mailed to village leaders. The mysterious writer, who signs each letter as "Le Corbeau" (The Raven) soon targets the whole town, exposing everyone's dark secrets. This allegorical film was highly controversial at the time of its release, and was banned in France after the Liberation.

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

backdrop
criterion_channel
kanopy

32. In the Realm of the Senses

IMDB LogoIMDB Star
6.6/10
Reelgood Logo
73/100
Released: 1976Rated: R
Drama, History

What it's about: Based on a true story set in pre-war Japan, a man and one of his servants begin a torrid affair. Their desire becomes a sexual obsession so strong that to intensify their ardor, they forsake all, even life itself.

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
hbo_max
criterion_channel
kanopy

33. Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!

IMDB LogoIMDB Star
7.0/10
Reelgood Logo
73/100
Released: 1989Rated: R
Comedy, Crime

What it's about: Recently released from a mental hospital, Ricky ties up Marina, a film star he once had sex with and keeps her hostage.

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

backdrop
hbo_max
criterion_channel

34. Lola

IMDB LogoIMDB Star
7.5/10
Reelgood Logo
73/100
Released: 1981Rated: R
Drama, Romance

What it's about: Germany in the autumn of 1957: Lola, a seductive cabaret singer-prostitute exults in her power as a temptress of men, but she wants out—she wants money, property, and love. Pitting a corrupt building contractor against the new straight-arrow building commissioner, Lola launches an outrageous plan to elevate herself in a world where everything, and everyone, is for sale. Shot in childlike candy colors, Fassbinder’s homage to Josef von Sternberg’s classic The Blue Angel stands as a satiric tribute to capitalism.

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

poster
hbo_max
criterion_channel
kanopy
+ 1

35. Pygmalion

IMDB LogoIMDB Star
7.8/10
Reelgood Logo
72/100
Released: 1939
Comedy, Drama

What it's about: When linguistics professor Henry Higgins boasts that he can pass off Cockney flower girl Eliza Doolittle as a princess with only six months' training, Colonel George Pickering takes him up on the bet. Eliza moves into Higgins's home and begins her rigorous training after the professor comes to a financial agreement with her dustman father, Alfred. But the plucky young woman is not the only one undergoing a transformation.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX, The Criterion Channel & 2 others).

poster
criterion_channel

36. Taxi

IMDB LogoIMDB Star
7.3/10
Reelgood Logo
72/100
Released: 2015
Comedy, Drama

What it's about: A yellow cab is driving through the vibrant and colourful streets of Tehran. Very diverse passengers enter the taxi, each candidly expressing their views while being interviewed by the driver who is no one else but the director Jafar Panahi himself. His camera placed on the dashboard of his mobile film studio captures the spirit of Iranian society through this comedic and dramatic drive…

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).

backdrop
criterion_channel

37. Loves of a Blonde

IMDB LogoIMDB Star
7.6/10
Reelgood Logo
72/100
Released: 1965
Comedy, Romance

What it's about: Andula, an innocent Czech girl from a factory town, is desperately in search of love. She believes she's found it when she beds Milda, a charming young musician visiting from Prague. Milda, however, is only looking for a casual encounter, and leaves town assuming he'll never see Andula again. But when Andula doesn't hear from him, she packs up and heads to Prague, to the surprise of Milda and his parents.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel) & rent or buy from $4.99 on 1 service (iTunes).

backdrop
criterion_channel
kanopy

38. Valerie and Her Week of Wonders

IMDB LogoIMDB Star
7.2/10
Reelgood Logo
72/100
Released: 1970
Action & Adventure, Cult

What it's about: Valerie, a Czechoslovakian teenager living with her grandmother, is blossoming into womanhood, but that transformation proves secondary to the effects she experiences when she puts on a pair of magic earrings. Now seeing the world around her in a different light, Valerie must endure her sexual awakening while attempting to discern reality from fantasy as she encounters lecherous priest Gracian, a vampire-like stranger and otherworldly carnival folk.

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

39. When a Woman Ascends the Stairs

IMDB LogoIMDB Star
8.1/10
Reelgood Logo
72/100
Released: 1960
Drama

What it's about: Keiko, whom everyone calls Mama, narrates her story: she's a hostess on the Ginza, 30, a widow. She describes life's vicious cycle: acting cheerful around drunks, dressing and living well to convey confidence, needing money for these expenses and for her demanding mother and brother, and knowing she's growing older. She's of an age when she must choose: to seek marriage (difficult given her tarnished occupation), to be a kept woman, or to borrow money to buy a bar of her own. Each route has dangers, including investors demanding a return on their loans. Keiko has a quiet dignity that attracts men, but are they what they seem? Does she actually have choices?

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

backdrop
hbo_max
criterion_channel
kanopy

40. Daisies

IMDB LogoIMDB Star
7.4/10
Reelgood Logo
72/100
Released: 1966
Comedy, Drama

What it's about: Two teenage girls, both named Marie, decide that since the world is spoiled they will be spoiled as well; accordingly they embark on a series of destructive pranks in which they consume and destroy the world about them. This freewheeling, madcap feminist farce was immediately banned by the government.

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

backdrop
criterion_channel

41. À Nos Amours

IMDB LogoIMDB Star
7.3/10
Reelgood Logo
72/100
Released: 1983Rated: R
Drama, Romance

What it's about: A portrait of youth in bloom; a tale of one family's dissolution; a reflection upon the danger and the mystery in living. Sandrine Bonnaire plays Suzanne, a free spirit and the vessel for an almost Brontëan choler. She's 16, and men exist — diverse lovers, an overbearing brother, and the father portrayed by director Maurice Pialat himself in an unforgettable turn that displays the full magnitude of the cinema giant's tenderness, force-of-will, and presence of being.

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

backdrop
criterion_channel

42. Antichrist

IMDB LogoIMDB Star
6.6/10
Reelgood Logo
71/100
Released: 2009
Drama, Horror

What it's about: A grieving couple retreats to their cabin 'Eden' in the woods, hoping to repair their broken hearts and troubled marriage. But nature takes its course and things go from bad to worse.

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 & YouTube).

backdrop
criterion_channel
kanopy

43. Bed and Board

IMDB LogoIMDB Star
7.5/10
Reelgood Logo
71/100
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
criterion_channel

44. Water Lilies

IMDB LogoIMDB Star
6.7/10
Reelgood Logo
70/100
Released: 2007
Drama, LGBTQ

What it's about: Set during a sultry summer in a French suburb, Marie is desperate to join the local pool's synchronized swimming team, but is her interest solely for the sake of sport or for a chance to get close to Floriane, the bad girl of the team? Sciamma, and the two leads, capture the uncertainty of teenage sexuality with a sympathetic eye in this delicate drama of the angst of coming-of-age.

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

backdrop
criterion_channel

45. The Organizer

IMDB LogoIMDB Star
8.0/10
Reelgood Logo
70/100
Released: 1963
Drama, Crime

What it's about: Professor Sinigaglia (Marcello Mastroianni) is the title character in this darkly comedic Italian drama about mistreated factory workers in the city of Turin. Toiling away in appalling conditions in a textile mill, these employees have no one to stand up for them until Sinigaglia puts his academic career on the line by helping them to start a strike. Although the teacher comes under scrutiny by unsympathetic authorities, he maintains his dedication to the workers' cause.

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

backdrop
hbo_max
criterion_channel

46. 2 or 3 Things I Know About Her

IMDB LogoIMDB Star
6.8/10
Reelgood Logo
69/100
Released: 1967
Comedy, Drama

What it's about: As the city of Paris and the French people grow in consumer culture, a housewife living in a high-rise apartment with her husband and two children takes to prostitution to help pay the bills.

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

backdrop
criterion_channel
kanopy

47. Clean, Shaven

IMDB LogoIMDB Star
7.1/10
Reelgood Logo
69/100
Released: 1993Rated: R
Crime, Drama

What it's about: Peter Winter is a young schizophrenic who is desperately trying to get his daughter back from her adoptive family. He attempts to function in a world that, for him, is filled with strange voices, electrical noise, disconcerting images, and jarringly sudden emotional shifts. During his quest, he runs afoul of the law and an ongoing murder investigation.

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

48. The Pornographers

IMDB LogoIMDB Star
7.3/10
Reelgood Logo
68/100
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
criterion_channel

49. Story of Women

IMDB LogoIMDB Star
7.5/10
Reelgood Logo
68/100
Released: 1988
Drama, Romance

What it's about: France, World War II. In order to somehow make ends meet, the mother of two children, Marie Latour, does underground abortions and rents a room to a familiar prostitute. She doesn't pay any attention to her husband, who returned from the war because of his injury and lives her own life. Abortions gradually begin to bring a good income, and boredom can be easily dispelled by starting a young lover ...

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

poster
criterion_channel

50. The Lovers

IMDB LogoIMDB Star
7.2/10
Reelgood Logo
68/100
Released: 1958
Drama, Independent

What it's about: A shallow, provincial wife finds her relationship with her preoccupied husband strained by romantic notions of love, leading her further towards Paris and the country wilderness.

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