Criterion Contenders

A list of films that deserve a physical release, whether they have been under Criterion's consideration (ie - availability on the channel) or not.

This list also follows Criterion's intentions of bringing attention to films that are considerably important to the history of cinema, be it obscure foreign films or misunderstood gems.

A quick reminder that the Criterion Collection is not a monolithic holy grail that is supposed to represent all of art house cinema. It is not the be all end all of art house representation.

The Criterion Collection is and has always been about physical preservation. Requesting them to have something like "Drive" and "Moonlight" in the collection misses the point of the kinds of films they choose to represent, since preserving popular contemporary releases in the digital age actually defeats the purpose of their work.

Edit - Some of these wishes came true. Click read to check them out.

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  • Rapture
  • Pixote
  • The Connection
  • Portrait of Jason
  • Men and Women
  • Lilya 4-ever
  • The Last Black Man in San Francisco
  • Supermarket Woman
  • Love Exposure
  • Why Don't You Play in Hell?
  • Who's Singin' Over There?
  • Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song
  • Watermelon Man
  • The Story of a Three-Day Pass
  • Beasts of No Nation
  • Reality
  • The Firm
  • Elephant
  • House of Tolerance
  • My Brother's Wedding
  • Killer of Sheep
  • The Lovers on the Bridge
  • Regular Lovers
  • Nobody Knows
  • She Spent So Many Hours Under the Sun Lamps
  • Emergency Kisses
  • L'Enfant secret
  • Made in Hong Kong
  • Dim Sum: A Little Bit of Heart
  • Insiang
  • Miracle
  • Evolution of a Filipino Family
  • Manila
  • Melancholia
  • The Happiness of the Katakuris
  • Kamikaze Girls
  • Beginners
  • Babylon
  • In Vanda's Room
  • OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies
  • Don
  • Camille 2000
  • Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro
  • Sweet Movie
  • A City of Sadness
  • Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!
  • Mauvais Sang
  • Boy Meets Girl
  • Good Bye Lenin!
  • Emperor Tomato Ketchup
  • The Mother and the Whore
  • Pastoral: To Die in the Country
  • Throw Away Your Books, Rally in the Streets
  • Falling Down
  • The Wounds
  • Pretty Village, Pretty Flame
  • Weighed But Found Wanting
  • Bagets
  • Batch '81
  • Downtown '81
  • The Education of Sonny Carson
  • How I Was Systematically Destroyed by Idiots
  • The Professional
  • Marina Abramović: The Artist Is Present
  • Wild Style
  • Clerks
  • From What Is Before
  • Dynamite Chicken
  • Fritz the Cat
  • American Pop
  • Tongues Untied
  • Vitalina Varela
  • Buffalo '66
  • Amores Perros
  • Class Relations
  • Kids
  • No
  • Time of the Gypsies
  • Ethnic Notions
  • Black Is … Black Ain’t
  • Small Change
  • The Panic in Needle Park
  • Cooley High
  • Belly
  • The Love Witch
  • The Working Class Goes to Heaven
  • Computer Chess
  • The Bit Player
  • Gozu
  • Europa Europa
  • Losing Ground
  • A New Leaf
  • Morvern Callar
  • Antonia's Line
  • Girlfriends
  • The Decline of Western Civilization
  • Sugar Cane Alley
  • Eve's Bayou
  • Ichi the Killer
  • Cold Fish