Chien Andalou, Un

Director: Luis Buñuel
Year Released: 1928
Rating: 4.0

Landmark surrealist dream-short - film students across the world are forced at gunpoint to watch it, though casual movie fans are strongly encouraged to seek it out as well (yes, it's that important). Salvador Dalí (who would work with Hitchcock later on the hugely disappointing Spellbound) and Luis Buñuel use abstract dream logic (and limited sets and supplies) to create this hugely influential film: its famous images (the eye-slitting scene, the ants coming out of the hand, the cows in the pianos, and so forth) are not only unsettling but beautiful and positively unforgettable. This, my friends, is what genius is. Watch it multiple times for full effect.