This list of 10 must-have classic movie DVDs is the beginning of a wonderful collection of the best of cinema. Any cinephile should have some if not all of the films on this list of must-have classic movie DVDs in his or her collection. Whether you're looking for gift ideas for your favorite movie fan or starting a collection for yourself, you can't go wrong with any of the items on this list of must-have classic movie DVDs.

  1. "Citizen Kane" Two-Disc Special Edition - Widely regarded as the best film ever made, prodigy Orson Welles' first film is an essential must-have classic movie DVD. If you're interested in film at all, start here.

  2. "Seven Samurai" Criterion Collection - Akira Kurosawa's samurai epic, remade as the western "The Magnificent Seven", is another great film. It belongs on any list of must-have classic movie DVDs.

  3. "The Searchers" Two-Disc 50th Anniversary Edition - John Ford's grandest western achievement, a dark story featuring an iconic John Wayne performance, is displayed on this must-have classic movie DVD. The opening shot is often-imitated, never duplicated.

  4. "The Seventh Seal" Criterion Collection - Ingmar Bergman's story of death and the black plague is moving, strangely funny, and evocative. The Criterion version restores the beautiful photography to its highest level, making this a perfect choice for our list of must-have classic movie DVDs.

  5. "Beyond the Valley of the Dolls" Cinema Classics Collection - This cult classic is perfect for any fan of kitsch. Russ Meyer's sexy satire features good music, funny dialogue, and lots of nice "scenery."

  6. "Rear Window" Collector's Edition - Hitchcock's best mystery is a must-have classic movie DVD for any collection. Jimmy Stewart and Grace Kelly light up the screen and the suspense in the air is palpable.

  7. "Sunset Boulevard" Special Collector's Edition - Billy Wilder's Hollywood story is a darkly funny film that bears repeat viewings. That's why it's on the list of must-have classic movie DVDs. 

  8. "Notorious" Criterion Collection - Hitchcock's spy story is one of his best. The Criterion restoration of the print has made this classic beautiful on screen again. 

  9. "The Night of the Hunter" Criterion Collection - A story of a left-handed right-hand. A story of love and hate. A terrific film, and a newly released addition to our list of must-have classic movie DVDs.

  10. "Gone With the Wind" Four-Disc Collector's Edition - Any fan of big Hollywood spectacle loves the epic "Gone With the Wind." It closes out our list of 10 must-have classic movie DVDs.


Rear Window on IMDB

Sunset Boulevard on IMDB

Notorious on IMDB

The Night of the Hunter on IMDB

Gone With the Wind on iMDB