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W. (2008) Dir. Oliver Stone. Josh Brolin, James Cromwell, Elizabeth Banks B–
Seriocomic biopic of notorious U.S. president, from early businesses to the Oval Office

Wag the Dog (1997) Dir. Barry Levinson. Robert De Niro, Dustin Hoffman B+
Satire in which film producers stage fake war to distract public from presidential misdeed

The Wages of Fear (1953/1955) Dir. Henri-Georges Clouzot. Yves Montand A
Suspense film about unlikely crew transporting deadly explosives across difficult terrain

Wait Until Dark (1967) Dir. Terence Young. Audrey Hepburn, Alan Arkin B
Thriller about blind woman terrorized by drug dealers while she's alone in her apartment

Waiting for Guffman (1996/1997) Dir. Christopher Guest. Christopher Guest B
Improv-based ensemble comedy about theater troupe putting on a local-history pageant

Waiting for Happiness (2002/2003) Dir. Abderrahmane Sissako. Makanfing Dabo B+
Gently intertwined stories among residents and transients in a Mauritanian village

Waiting for "Superman" (2010) Dir. Davis Guggenheim. Documentary B–
Inquiry into failing U.S. public school system, including debates over tenure, charter schools

Waiting to Exhale (1995) Dir. Forest Whitaker. Whitney Houston, Angela Bassett C+
Dramedy about four African-American female friends and their travails in life and love

Waitress (2007) Dir. Adrienne Shelly. Keri Russell, Nathan Fillion, Jeremy Sisto F
Romantic comedy-drama about a pregnant baker and café waitress married to abusive man

 Wake Island (1942) Dir. John Farrow. Brian Donlevy, Robert Preston, William Bendix B
Reenacts pivotal Pacific battle, including historical footage and fictionalized storylines

Waking Life (2001) Dir. Richard Linklater. Animated. Voice of Wiley Wiggins B–
Loose series of noodly vignettes rendered in state-of-the-art rotoscope animation

Waking Ned Devine (1998) Dir. Kirk Jones. Ian Bannen, David Kelly, James Nesbitt C+
Comedy about Irish townspeople seeking the winnings from dead man's lottery ticket

Waking the Dead (2000) Dir. Keith Gordon. Billy Crudup, Jennifer Connelly C
Romantic mystery-drama about young politician haunted by his late, leftist wife's ghost

Wałęsa: Man of Hope (2013/–) Dir. Andrzej Wajda. Robert Wieckiewicz B
Boisterous bio of Polish Nobel Prize winner, from labor organizer to national leader

The Walk (2015) Dir. Robert Zemeckis. Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Charlotte Le Bon C
3D drama about French high-wire walker Philippe Petit, who traversed the Twin Towers

Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story (2007) Dir. Jake Kasdan. John C. Reilly D+
Spoof of musical-biography genre, as country-rock singer conquers demons and finds fame

A Walk on the Moon (1999) Dir. Tony Goldwyn. Diane Lane, Anna Paquin B+
Romantic drama about Jewish homemaker's affair during Catskills vacation with her family

 Walk on the Wild Side (1962) Dir. Edward Dmytryk. Laurence Harvey, Capucine A–
Kitsch-inflected drama set in and around a New Orleans brothel run by a steely madame

Walk on Water (2004/2005) Dir. Eytan Fox. Lior Ashkenazi, Knut Berger C
Political drama about undercover Mossad agent investigating the family of a former Nazi

Walk the Line (2005) Dir. James Mangold. Joaquin Phoenix, Reese Witherspoon C
Biopic of Johnny Cash, through promise and purgatory, privileging his bond to his wife

A Walk to Remember (2002) Dir. Adam Shankman. Shane West, Mandy Moore C+
Romance where popular high-school boy falls in love with girl from a conservative family

Walkabout (1971) Dir. Nicolas Roeg. Jenny Agutter, Lucien John, David Gulpilil
Elliptical drama about orphaned brother and sister forced to survive in the Outback

 Walking and Talking (1996) Dir. Nicole Holofcener. Catherine Keener, Anne Heche B+
Comedy about NYC woman's struggle not to resent her best friend's imminent marriage

WALL•E (2008) Dir. Andrew Stanton. Animated. Voices of Ben Burtt, Elissa Knight B+
Semicomic fable about lonely robot on evacuated Earth and his adventures on a spaceship

Wall Street (1987) Dir. Oliver Stone. Charlie Sheen, Michael Douglas, Daryl Hannah C
Moral drama of callow young stock trader under the spell of a sharklike white-collar king

Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005) Dirs. Nick Park, Steve Box C+
Beloved man-and-dog duo investigate the sabotage of a vegetable-growing contest

 Waltz with Bashir (2008) Dir. Ari Folman. Animated. Voice of Ari Folman B
Animated documentary about filmmaker's repressed involvement in massacre of refugees

Wanda (1970/1971) Dir. Barbara Loden. Barbara Loden, Michael Higgins A–
Low-budget drama of small-town woman who becomes bank robber's partner in crime

Wanderlust (2012) Dir. David Wain. Paul Rudd, Jennifer Aniston, Justin Theroux B–
Improv-heavy comedy about bankrupt New Yorkers forced to reside on Georgia commune

War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) Dir. Matt Reeves. Andy Serkis B
Action franchise sequel set in a future where ape/human relations continue to worsen

War Horse (2011) Dir. Steven Spielberg. Jeremy Irvine, Peter Mullan, Emily Watson B+
Stallion's saga from pastoral idyll to battlefront service, spanning years and nations

The War of the Roses (1989) Dir. Danny DeVito. Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner C+
Black comedy about two wealthy homeowners and their increasingly acrimonious divorce

The War of the Worlds (1953) Dir. Byron Haskin. Gene Barry, Les Tremayne B–
Famous adaptation of H.G. Wells's novel about giant aliens arriving to pulverize the planet

War of the Worlds (2005) Dir. Steven Spielberg. Tom Cruise, Dakota Fanning C–
Update of H.G. Wells's classic alien-invasion story, with direct allusions to post-9/11 terror

War Requiem (1989/1990) Dir. Derek Jarman. Nathaniel Parker, Tilda Swinton A–
War-themed mini dramas inspired by Wilfred Owen's poetry and Benjamin Britten's music

The War Room (1993/1994) Dirs. D.A. Pennebaker & Chris Hegedus. Documentary B
Documentary about managers of Bill Clinton's winning 1992 campaign for U.S. presidency

War Witch (2012/2013) Dir. Kim Nguyen. Rachel Mwanza, Serge Kanyinda B+
Magical-realist study of a 12-year-old Central African girl conscripted to serve a rebel army

The War Zone (1999) Dir. Tim Roth. Freddie Cunliffe, Lana Belmont, Ray Winstone B+
Dark drama about a teenager's suspicions that his older sister is sleeping with their father

Warrior (2011) Dir. Gavin O'Connor. Joel Edgerton, Tom Hardy, Nick Nolte B
Melodrama of brothers and their motives for competing in mixed-martial arts tournament

 Washington Square (1997) Dir. Agnieszka Holland. Jennifer Jason Leigh, Albert Finney B
Henry James's tale of a woman and her possibly money-minded suitor in 19C Manhattan

The Waste Land (1995/–) Dir. Deborah Warner. Fiona Shaw B–
One-woman dramatic recitation of T.S. Eliot's landmark modernist poem

Watch on the Rhine (1943) Dir. Herman Shumlin. Bette Davis, Paul Lukas B–
Adaptation of a Lillian Hellman play about antifascist resistance fighters and refugees

Watchmen (2009) Dir. Zack Snyder. Billy Crudup, Jackie Earle Haley, Malin Akerman D+
Retired superheroes reunite to prevent nuclear annihilation in an already-apocalyptic 1985

Water (2005/2006) Dir. Deepa Mehta. Sarala, Lisa Ray, Seema Biswas, John Abraham B–
Melodrama about women and girls living together in a sequestered community of widows

Water Drops on Burning Rocks (2000) Dir. François Ozon. Bernard Giraudeau C+
Campy, semi-farcical sexual polygon among businessman, ex-lover, and young couple

Water Lilies (2007/2008) Dir. Céline Sciamma. Pauline Acquart, Adèle Haenel C+
Queer coming-of-age story of female adolescents on a synchronized swimming team

Water Ritual #1: An Urban Rite of Purification (1979/–) Dir. Barbara McCullough B+
Poetic study of black woman inhabiting eerily beautiful lot on a deserted Los Angeles block

Waterloo Bridge (1940) Dir. Mervyn LeRoy. Vivien Leigh, Robert Taylor, Virginia Field B+
Drama of dancer fired from troupe and forced into prostitution after her lover deploys

Watermelon Man (1970) Dir. Melvin Van Peebles. Godfrey Cheshire, Estelle Parsons C+
Comic farce-cum-allegory about a racist white man who awakes one day with black skin

The Watermelon Woman (1996/1997) Dir. Cheryl Dunye. Cheryl Dunye B+
Mock documentary by black Philadelphia lesbian studying the life of a 30s-era black actress

Waterworld (1995) Dir. Kevin Reynolds. Kevin Costner, Jeanne Tripplehorn B–
Dystopian action film set on flooded Earth, beset by new conflicts and bodily mutations

Wattstax (1973) Dir. Mel Stuart. Documentary about 1972 Los Angeles music festival B+
Documentary about outdoor R&B concert staged as gift to depressed, post-riot areas of LA

Wavelength (1967/–) Dir. Michael Snow. Landmark of so-called "structural cinema" B+
Elliptical drama rendered entirely through a single, sustained zoom inside one room

The Way Back (2010) Dir. Peter Weir. Jim Sturgess, Ed Harris, Dragos Bucur B–
Journey of seven men fleeing WW2 Siberian labor camp, making perilous trek to India

The Way He Looks (2014) Dir. Daniel Ribeiro. Ghilherme Lobo, Fabio Audi B
Coming-of-age comedy about blind, gay Brazilian teen and his male and female best pals

The Way to My Father's Village (1988) Dir. Richard Fung. Documentary B
Idiosyncratic record of Canadian filmmaker's journey to his father's home town in China

 The Way We Were (1973) Dir. Sydney Pollack. Barbra Streisand, Robert Redford B+
Melodrama of odd couple confronting private and public travails in the HUAC era

Ways of the Sea (2010/–) Dir. Sheron Dayoc. John Arcilla, Amalyn Ismael A–
Drama of multiple refugees from southern Philippines seeking new chances in Malaysia

We Are Francesco (2014/–) Dir. Guendalina Zampagni. Mauro Racanati C–
Upbeat drama about college student born without arms, hoping to lose his virginity

We Are the Flesh (2015/2016) Dir. Emiliano Rocha Minter. Noé HernándezB–
Surrealistic, erotically explicit horror drama about youths trapped in an ogre's cave

Westerland (2012/–) Dir. Tim Staffel. Wolfram Schorlemmer, Burak Yigit, Murat Seven C–
Drama of codependent, semisexual bond between young men in a German resort town

We Are What We Are (2013) Dir. Jim Mickle. Ambyr Childers, Julia Garner, Bill Sage C+
Slow-build horror about teen girls forced to live in policed seclusion with their father

We Come As Friends (2014/2015) Dir. Hubert Sauper. Documentary A–
Social cross-section recorded on the eve of a vote to establish South Sudan as a republic

 We Don't Live Here Anymore (2004) Dir. John Curran. Mark Ruffalo, Naomi Watts C–
Adultery drama embroiling two professors and their wives in a small New England college

We Live in Public (2009) Dir. Ondi Timoner. Documentary about Josh Harris B
Profile of experimental, hyper-mediated, underground community in 1990s New York

We Need To Talk About Kevin (2011) Dir. Lynne Ramsay. Tilda Swinton, Ezra Miller B–
Horrific before-and-after study of ambivalent mother whose son commits a mass murder

We Own the Night (2007) Dir. James Gray. Joaquin Phoenix, Mark Wahlberg A–
Thriller-drama about Mafia-linked club owner spying for the cops in his family

 We Were Soldiers (2002) Dir. Randall Wallace. Mel Gibson, Sam Elliott, Barry Pepper C+
Drama about a badly outnumbered U.S. military unit in Vietnam and their wives back home

Weary River (1929) Dir. Frank Lloyd. Richard Barthelmess, Betty Compson B+
Romantic semi-talkie about an imprisoned gangster who becomes a singing sensation

The Weather Underground (2003) Dir. Sam Green. Documentary about 60s radicals A–
Story of antiwar activists forced into hiding after FBI classed them as domestic terrorists

The Wedding Banquet (1993) Dir. Ang Lee. Winston Chao, Mitchell Lichtenstein B–
Comedy about gay Taiwanese man simulating a straight marriage for visiting parents

Wedding Crashers (2005) Dir. David Dobkin. Owen Wilson, Vince Vaughn D+
Comedy about middle-aged boy-men who infiltrate weddings for fun until love, you know...

Wedding in Galilee (1987/1988) Dir. Michel Khleifi. Mohamad Ali El Akili A–
Intense, vibrant story of a wedding between two Palestinians in Israeli-occupied territory

The Wedding Party (1997/–) Dir. Cherie Nowlan. Richard Roxburgh, Frances O'Connor B–
Flashback-driven comedy-drama about groom pining for old flame on his wedding day

 The Wedding Singer (1998) Dir. Frank Coraci. Adam Sandler, Drew Barrymore C
Pop-fueled romantic comedy between spurned wedding singer and effervescent waitress

Week End (1967/1968) Dir. Jean-Luc Godard. Mireille Darc, Jean Yanne, Juliet Berto A–
Surrealist, black-comic, Guignol-inflected allegory of social collapse in near-future France

Le Week-End (2013/2014) Dir. Roger Michell. Jim Broadbent, Lindsay Duncan B
Comedy-drama about long-married, cash-strapped couple on anniversary trip to Paris

Weekend (2011) Dir. Andrew Haigh. Tom Cullen, Chris New, Jonathan Race A–
Tense romance between gay men who connect as one prepares to leave the country

The Weight of Water (2000/2002) Dir. Kathryn Bigelow. Catherine McCormack B–
Two-stranded drama about unsolved 19C murder and a modern woman researching it

Weiner (2016) Dir. Josh Kriegman and Elyse Steinberg. Documentary B
All-access chronicle of scandal-plagued politician's attempted comeback campaign

Welcome to Me (2014/2015) Dir. Shira Piven. Kristen Wiig, Wes Bentley C
Surrealist comedy-drama about a lottery winner who launches a self-focused talk show

Welcome to Sarajevo (1997) Dir. Michael Winterbottom. Stephen Dillane B
True story of war reporters in Bosnia, one of whom tries to adopt an orphaned girl

Welcome to the Dollhouse (1995/1996) Dir. Todd Solondz. Heather Matarazzo B+
Jet-black comedy about suburban New Jersey misfit, ignored at home, menaced at school

 The Well (1997/1998) Dir. Samantha Lang. Pamela Rabe, Miranda Otto, Paul Chubb C–
Gothic Australian drama about a disabled woman, a female drifter, and a concealed murder

The Well (2014/–) Dir. Tom Hammock. Haley Lu Richardson, Booboo Stewart C
Teenage girl fends for herself and a loved one in a parched, post-apocalyptic future

Wendigo (2001/2002) Dir. Larry Fessenden. Erik Per Sullivan, Jake Weber C+
Campfire story about vacationing family in mountain country running afoul of some locals

Wendy and Lucy (2008) Dir. Kelly Reichardt. Michelle Williams, Walter Dalton B
Drama about a young drifter in the Pacific Northwest, with only her dog as company

Werckmeister Harmonies (2000/2001) Dir. Béla Tarr. Lars Rudolph, Peter Fitz A
Kafkaesque drama about town erupting into riots as a strange taxidermist pays a visit

West of Zanzibar (1928) Dir. Tod Browning. Lon Chaney, Lionel Barrymore B+
Macabre drama about cuckolded playwright exacting bizarre revenge in "deepest" Africa

West Side Story (1961) Dirs. Jerome Robbins & Robert Wise. Natalie Wood A–
Cinematic staging of the Bernstein musical, updating Romeo and Juliet to New York City

Westerland (2012/–) Dir. Tim Staffel. Wolfram Schorlemmer, Burak Yigit, Murat Seven C–
Drama of codependent, semisexual bond between young men in a German resort town

The Westerner (1940) Dir. William Wyler. Gary Cooper, Walter Brennan C+
Western standoff between a new arrival in town and a notoriously dictatorial judge

Wet Hot American Summer (2001) Dir. David Wain. Michael Showalter B
Improv-driven farce about residents and counselors at an early-80s summer camp

Wetherby (1985) Dir. David Hare. Vanessa Redgrave, Tim McInnerny, Ian Holm B–
Tacit, unsettling tale of an English woman and a man who shows up twice on her door

Whale Rider (2002/2003) Dir. Niki Caro. Keisha Castle-Hughes, Rawiri Paratene C+
Folkloric story of young Maori girl training for a boy's leadership role in her village

The Whales of August (1987) Dir. Lindsay Anderson. Lillian Gish, Bette Davis D
Quiet drama of elderly sisters in Maine and their eccentric acquaintances

 What Dreams May Come (1998) Dir. Vincent Ward. Robin Williams C
Effects-heavy drama about man's vision of the afterlife and his struggling wife on Earth

What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962) Dir. Robert Aldrich. Bette Davis B+
Grotesque drama about an aging, disabled star, now held captive by her jealous sister

What Happened in the Tunnel (1903) Dir. Edwin S. Porter. Gilbert M. Anderson N/A
Comedy about white woman and black maid playing a prank on an unwanted suitor

What Happened, Miss Simone? (2015) Dir. Liz Garbus. Documentary B
Documentary about the troubled life and singular career of the legendary singer

What Happened Was... (1994) Dir. Tom Noonan. Karen Sillas, Tom Noonan B+
Drama of a nervous first date between law-firm employees with writerly aspirations

What Have I Done to Deserve This? (1984/1985) Dir. Pedro Almodóvar B+
Comedy about a frustrated Spanish woman presiding over her zany relations and neighbors

What If? (2013/2014) Dir. Michael Dowse. Daniel Radcliffe, Zoe Kazan, Adam Driver C+
Comedy about young man and woman attracted to each other but tied to other people

 What Lies Beneath (2000) Dir. Robert Zemeckis. Michelle Pfeiffer, Harrison Ford C+
Gothic thriller about a well-to-do woman who senses an evil presence in her house

What Maisie Knew (2012/2013) Dirs. Scott McGehee & David Siegel. Onata Aprile C
Modern take on Henry James' tale about young girl caught between divorcing parents

What Planet Are You From? (2000) Dir. Mike Nichols. Garry Shandling C+
Comedy about a humanoid alien seeking a woman to propagate his species on Earth

What Women Want (2000) Dir. Nancy Meyers. Mel Gibson, Helen Hunt C
High-concept romantic comedy in which a chauvinist can hear women's thoughts

What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993) Dir. Lasse Hallström. Johnny Depp B+
Drama about Iowa teen, his disabled brother, their shut-in mother, and new girl in town

What's Love Got To Do with It? (1993) Dir. Brian Gibson. Angela Bassett B
Biopic about Tina Turner, from her childhood through her famously abusive marriage

 What's Up, Tiger Lily? (1966) Dirs. Woody Allen & Senkichi Taniguchi C–
Comic jape imposing a new story and dialogue over footage of a Z-grade Japanese movie

When Evening Falls on Bucharest (2013/2015) Dir. Corneliu Porumboiu B
Comedy about vain filmmaker, his assistant, and an actress determined to nail a scene

 When Harry Met Sally... (1989) Dir. Rob Reiner. Meg Ryan, Billy Crystal A+
Romantic comedy about college acquaintances who become friends but resist being lovers

When Marnie Was There (2014/2015) Dir. Hiromasa Yonebayashi. Animated B
Studio Ghibli animation about a morose foster child who makes a magical discovery

When My Baby Smiles at Me (1948) Dir. Walter Lang. Betty Grable, Dan Dailey B–
Musical comedy-drama about vaudeville actress and her popular, alcoholic husband

When Night Is Falling (1995) Dir. Patricia Rozema. Pascale Bussières C
Drama about straight female professor at conservative college pursued by a lesbian acrobat

When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts (2006) Dir. Spike Lee B+
Epic documentary about Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans' abject unpreparedness

When the Sea Rises (2004/2006) Dirs. Gilles Porte, Yolande Moreau. Yolande Moreau B
A French clown, touring without her husband or son, grows close to a repeat customer

When the Sky Falls (2000/–) Dir. John Mackenzie. Joan Allen, Patrick Bergin C+
Barely fictionalized tale of Veronica Guerin, Irish journalist attacked by gangs she profiled

Where Angels Fear to Tread (1991/1992) Dir. Charles Sturridge. Rupert Graves C–
Light drama catalyzed by an aging English woman who marries poor, handsome Italian

 Where Is the Friend's Home? (1987/–) Dir. Abbas Kiarostami. Babek Ahmed Poor A
Tender drama of Iranian boy tracking down schoolmate who has forgotten his notebook

Where the Wild Things Are (2009) Dir. Spike Jonze. Max Records, James Gandolfini B
Sendak's classic story of a young boy who becomes king on an island of wild beasts

Where to Invade Next (2015) Dir. Michael Moore. Social-policy documentary D
Moore tours the globe searching for progressive alternatives to U.S. cultural conventions

Where You're Meant to Be (2016/–) Dir. Paul Fegan. Sheila Stewart, Aidan Moffat B–
Documentary about a Scottish balladeer unhappy with how old songs are used today

Where's Poppa? (1970) Dir. Carl Reiner. Ryan O'Neal, Ruth Gordon, Trish Van Devere C
Farce about a man trying to kill off his eccentric mother, and their daft acquaintances

While We're Young (2014/2015) Dir. Noah Baumbach. Ben Stiller, Adam Driver B–
New York comedy about a filmmaking couple enraptured with two bohemian upstarts

While You Were Sleeping (1995) Dir. Jon Turteltaub. Sandra Bullock, Bill Pullman B–
Romantic comedy about a toll collector mistaken for the wife of a stranger she adores

Whip It (2009) Dir. Drew Barrymore. Ellen Page, Alia Shawkat, Marcia Gay Harden B+
Comedy about Texan high-school girl swept up in the competitive world of roller derby

Whiplash (2014) Dir. Damien Chazelle. Miles Teller, J.K. Simmons, Melissa Benoist C
Prize-winning drama about dangerously driven jazz student and his tyrannical teacher

The Whisperers (1967) Dir. Bryan Forbes. Edith Evans, Gerald Sim, Avis Bunnage B
Spooky social-realist yarn about lonely woman menaced by neighbors and dim voices

The Whistleblower (2010/2011) Dir. Larysa Kondracki. Rachel Weisz C
True story of American aid worker who discovers a Bosnian rape camp the UN has ignored

The White Balloon (1995/1996) Dir. Jafar Panahi. Aida Mohammedkhani B+
Kid-driven but tough-minded drama about young Iranian girl eager to own a goldfish

 White Banners (1938) Dir. Edmund Goulding. Claude Rains, Fay Bainter, Jackie Cooper B–
Small-town drama about a scientist, a delinquent boy, and a mysterious housekeeper

The White Countess (2005) Dir. James Ivory. Ralph Fiennes, Natasha Richardson C
Historical romance between blind ex-diplomat and club hostess in 1930s Shanghai

The White Diamond (2004/2005) Dir. Werner Herzog. Documentary C
Documentary about aeronautics expert who tries to fly a zeppelin over the Guyanan jungle

White Fawn's Devotion (1910) Dir. James Young Deer. Red Wing N/A
Short drama about white settler who appears to have killed his Native American wife

White Girl (2016) Dir. Elizabeth Wood. Morgan Saylor, Brian Marc, Justin Bartha B
Drama about a young woman who gets in over her head with new urban acquaintances

White God (2014/2015) Dir. Kornél Mundruczó. Zsófia Psotta, Sándor Zsótér B–
Politically inflected, live-action fable about an uprising of dogs in the Hungarian capital

The White Hell of Pitz Palü (1929/1930) Dirs. Arnold Fanck & G.W. Pabst A–
Most famous of the German "bergfilms," stunt-heavy thrillers about climbers in the Alps

White House Down (2013) Dir. Roland Emmerich. Channing Tatum, Jamie Foxx C–
Comic action film about a terrorist assault on the White House, engendered from within

White Material (2009/2010) Dir. Claire Denis. Isabelle Huppert, Christopher Lambert A–
Drama of civil war in central Africa and a woman who refuses to quit her coffee plantation

White Men Can't Jump (1992) Dir. Ron Shelton. Wesley Snipes, Woody Harrelson B
Comedy about small-time basketball hustlers who unite to pull off bigger, better cons

White Oleander (2002) Dir. Peter Kosminsky. Alison Lohman, Michelle Pfeiffer B–
Drama about young woman passed among foster homes after her mother is jailed

White Palace (1990) Dir. Luis Mandoki. James Spader, Susan Sarandon, Eileen Brennan C
Cross-class romantic drama between rich college student and White Castle cashier

The White Parade (1934) Dir. Irving Cummings. Loretta Young, John Boles C
Romantic drama about students in a nursing school, gradually called to more serious duty

 The White Ribbon (2009) Dir. Michael Haneke. Christian Friedel, Burghart Klaußner B–
Sinister drama of faith, violence, and social repression in a northern-German village

White Squall (1996) Dir. Ridley Scott. Scott Wolf, Jeff Bridges, Ryan Phillippe C–
Taciturn skipper leads eight boys on an ill-fated sailing voyage in the Caribbean

Who Framed Roger Rabbit? (1988) Dir. Robert Zemeckis. Bob Hoskins
Innovative noir comedy about a detective and a cartoon rabbit wanted for murder

Who Is Harry Kellerman, and Why Is He Saying Those Terrible Things About Me?
    (1971) Dir. Ulu Grosbard. Dustin Hoffman, Jack Warden, Barbara Harris D+
Wistful drama of successful but lonely rock troubadour harboring paranoid delusions

The Whole Dam Family and the Dam Dog (1905) Dir. Edwin S. Porter N/A
Silent short about upper-bourgeois family and a pet who disrupts their pretensions

The Whole Wide World (1996) Dir. Dan Ireland. Renée Zellweger, Vincent D'Onofrio C
Biopic about the writer of Conan the Barbarian and the woman who supported him

Who's Afraid of Vagina Wolf? (2013/–) Dir. Anna Margarita Albelo C+
Kitschy comedy about a lesbian performance artist in romantic and artistic knots

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966) Dir. Mike Nichols. Elizabeth Taylor B+
Albee's classic contest among a professor, his boozy wife, and two young marrieds

Who's That Girl? (1987) Dir. James Foley. Madonna, Griffin Dunne, Haviland Morris D
Update of Bringing Up Baby for 80s-era New York, with Madonna as the girl with a leopard

Why Be Good? (1929) Dir. William A. Seiter. Colleen Moore, Neil Hamilton B–
Recently re-discovered comedy about a shopgirl proving her virtue to her upper-class lover

Why We Fight (2005) Dir. Eugene Jarecki. Documentary about U.S. militarism D
Essay linking military tactics and economic interests from World War II to 9/11

The Wicker Man (1973/1975) Dir. Robin Hardy. Edward Woodward, Christopher Lee B
Horror-mystery about prudish detective seeking a missing girl on remote Scottish island

Wide Sargasso Sea (1993) Dir. John Duigan. Karina Lombard, Nathaniel Parker C+
Filming of Jean Rhys' novel, filling in the story of Rochester's "mad" wife in Jane Eyre

Wild (2014) Dir. Jean-Marc Vallée. Reese Witherspoon, Laura Dern, Thomas Sadoski C
Adaptation of Cheryl Strayed's memoir about memory-filled hike up Pacific Coast Trail

 Wild at Heart (1990) Dir. David Lynch. Nicolas Cage, Laura Dern, Diane Ladd C+
Nightmarish fantasia of young lovers and the mother determined to keep them apart

The Wild Bunch (1969) Dir. Sam Peckinpah. William Holden, Ernest Borgnine
Revisionist Western about outlaw gang driven into Mexico as they fight for their lives

The Wild Child (1970) Dir. François Truffaut. Jean-Pierre Cargol, François Truffaut B
True story of feral boy in 18C France and the doctor who tried to socialize him

 Wild Grass (2009/2010) Dir. Alain Resnais. André Dussollier, Sabine Azéma B
Surreal, romantic drama built around a pickpocketed nurse and a crabby older man

Wild in the Streets (1968) Dir. Barry Shear. Christopher Jones, Shelley Winters C+
Darkly comic fantasy about a teenaged takeover of the U.S. after the voting age is set at 15

Wild Iris (2001) Dir. Daniel Petrie. TV Movie. Laura Linney, Gena Rowlands D
Drama about a woman forced after her husband's suicide to move back in with her mother

Wild Is the Wind (1957) Dir. George Cukor. Anna Magnani, Anthony Quinn C+
Italian woman marries her sister's widower in America, only to commence an affair

 Wild Man Blues (1997/1998) Dir. Barbara Kopple. Documentary about Woody Allen B+
Profile of Allen's side-career as a clarinetist, amid his new relation with Soon-Yi Previn

Wild Orchid (1989/1990) Dir. Zalman King. Carré Otis, Mickey Rourke, Jacqueline Bisset
Soft-core drama about naïve American lawyer and a man she meets while working in Rio

The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill (2004/2005) Dir. Judy Irving. Documentary B–
Profile of Mark Bittner, semi-drifter and defender of wild birds in San Francisco

The Wild Party (1929) Dir. Dorothy Arzner. Clara Bow, Fredric March, Shirley O'Hara B
Early talkie about male professor at a women's college, drawn to a notably feisty pupil

Wild Reeds (1994/1995) Dir. André Téchiné. Gaël Morel, Stéphane Rideau A
National and sexual politics shape the lives of four French teens in the early 1960s

Wild River (1960) Dir. Elia Kazan. Montgomery Clift, Lee Remick, Jo Van Fleet B+
Drama of a government worker trying to coax old woman off her soon-to-be-flooded land

Wild Side (2004/2005) Dir. Sébastien Lifshitz. Stéphanie Michelini, Edouard Nikitine
Drama of transgendered French prostitute, her life with two men, and her dying mother

Wild Strawberries (1957/1959) Dir. Ingmar Bergman. Victor Sjästräm, Bibi Andersson
Dream-logic drama of an ornery professor on a trip to collect a prestigious award

Wild Tales (2014/2015) Dir. Damián Szifron. Darío Grandinetti, Julieta Zylberberg B
Raucous, multi-segment comedy about private and public standoffs in modern Argentina

 Wild Things (1998) Dir. John McNaughton. Matt Dillon, Neve Campbell, Kevin Bacon D–
Humid mystery framed around a sexual triangle or possible quadrangle in the Deep South

Wild Women Don't Have the Blues (1989/–) Dir. Christine Dall. Documentary
Materialist study of the early-20C origins of the blues and of its pioneering female singers

 Wilde (1997/1998) Dir. Brian Gilbert. Stephen Fry, Jude Law, Jennifer Ehle D+
Story of the "somdomite" writer, stressing his marriage and his love of Alfred, Lord Douglas

Will Penny (1968) Dir. Tom Gries. Charlton Heston, Joan Hackett, Donald Pleasence B
Drama of a wounded gunfighter nursed by a woman and child in the American West

Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow? (2013/2014) Dir. Arvin Chen. Richie Ren B–
Comedy built around a Taiwanese shopowner, his wife, and the man he falls in love with

William S. Burroughs: A Man Within (2010) Dir. Yony Leyser. Documentary B–
Interview-driven documentary about the famous Beat novelist of Naked Lunch and Queer

William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream (1999) Dir. Michael Hoffman C+
Restaging of Shakespeare's comedy about rival fairies, young lovers, and wandering actors

William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet (1996) Dir. Baz Luhrmann. Claire Danes B
Tragic romance restaged around teenage lovers in a heightened version of Miami

Wilson (1944) Dir. Henry King. Alexander Knox, Ruth Nelson, Geraldine Fitzgerald C–
Story of Woodrow Wilson, lured to run for New Jersey governor and then for U.S. President

Win a Date with Tad Hamilton! (2004) Dir. Robert Luketic. Kate Bosworth C
West Virginia girl hits it off on a date with a celebrity, to her best male pal's chagrin

Win Win (2011) Dir. Thomas McCarthy. Paul Giamatti, Alex Shaffer, Amy Ryan C+
Lightly comic drama of a lawyer-cum-wrestling coach who takes in a parentless child

 The Wind (1928) Dir. Victor Sjöström. Lillian Gish, Lars Hanson, Montagu Love A
Drama of a nervous woman on the frontier, plagued by real and imagined sexual threats

The Wind Rises (2013) Dir. Hayao Miyazaki. Animated. Voice of Hideaki Anno B+
Historical drama, love story, and surrealist fantasy about a designer of bomber planes

The Wind that Shakes the Barley (2006/2007) Dir. Ken Loach. Cillian Murphy B
Drama of brothers on different sides of political and military conflict in early-20C Ireland

The Wind Will Carry Us (1999/2000) Dir. Abbas Kiarostami. Behzad Dourani
Drama of three cosmopolitan Iranian men on a journalistic assignment in a Kuridsh village

 Wing and a Prayer (1944) Dir. Henry Hathaway. Don Ameche, William Eythe B+
Drama about clashing U.S. Navy pilots on a Pacific aircraft carrier in World War II

Wings (1927) Dir. William Wellman. Buddy Rogers, Richard Arlen, Clara Bow A–
Action-drama about tightly bonded WWI aviators and the woman they both love

Wings of Desire (1987/1988) Dir. Wim Wenders. Bruno Ganz, Solveig Dommartin A
Poetic meditation centered on an angel in love with a trapeze artist in Berlin

The Wings of the Dove (1997) Dir. Iain Softley. Helena Bonham Carter, Linus Roache B+
James's drama of star-crossed lovers and the dying heiress they meet at the right time

Winnie-the-Pooh (2011) Dirs. Stephen J. Anderson & Don Hall. Animated C+
Eeyore loses a tail; Piglet meets a Heffalump; Christopher Robin goes missing

The Winter Guest (1997) Dir. Alan Rickman. Emma Thompson, Phyllida Law B+
Linked tales of grieving woman, her mother, two boys, two spinsters, and two young lovers

Winter Light (1962/1963) Dir. Ingmar Bergman. Max von Sydow, Ingrid Thulin B–
Drama of agnostic Swedish pastor lashing out at God and at a devoted local woman

Winter Sleep (2014) Dir. Nuri Bilge Ceylan. Haluk Bilginer, Melisa Sözen B+
Cannes champ about actor-turned hotelier resented by family and community members

Winter Soldier (1972/2005) Dirs. Winterfilm Collective. Record of war hearings B+
Belatedly released document of speeches made to Congress by antiwar Vietnam veterans

Winter's Bone (2010) Dir. Debra Granik. Jennifer Lawrence, John Hawkes, Dale Dickey B
Appalachian mystery-drama about teen seeking her father before family loses their cabin

Wise Blood (1979/1980) Dir. John Huston. Brad Dourif, Amy Wright, Dan Shor B
Flannery O'Connor's story about agnostic eccentrics and false prophets in the South

The Wise Kids (2011/2012) Dir. Stephen Cone. Molly Kunz, Tyler Ross, Allison Torem B
Drama of teens and adults grappling with sexual identity and social roles in the South

Wisegirls (2002/–) Dir. David Anspaugh. Mira Sorvino, Mariah Carey, Melora Walters C+
Suspense-drama about three waitresses joining forces in a Mob-connected restaurant

Wish You Were Here (1987) Dir. David Leland. Emily Lloyd, Tom Bell B
Comedy-drama about a scrappy young lass figuring out life in post-WW2 England

Wit (2001) Dir. Mike Nichols. TV Movie. Emma Thompson, Jonathan M. Woodward B+
Adaptation of Pulitzer-winning play about a poetry professor stricken with cancer

The Witch (2015/2016) Dir. Robert Eggers. Anya Taylor-Joy, Ralph Ineson C
A farming family in colonial Massachusetts appears to be menaced by occult powers

Witchfinder General (1968) Dir. Michael Reeves. Ian Ogilvy, Vincent Price B
Horror-drama in which a 17C English witch hunter squares off against a young soldier

With a Song in My Heart (1952) Dir. Walter Lang. Susan Hayward, David Wayne C+
Loose biography of Jane Froman, who kept singing for troops even after a major accident

 Within Our Gates (1920) Dir. Oscar Micheaux. Evelyn Preer, Charles D. Lucas A–
Drama of an African American woman fundraising for a school for black children

Withnail & I (1987) Dir. Bruce Robinson. Paul McGann, Richard E. Grant
Dark, cultish comedy about British actors and their misadventures at a third man's home

Without (2011/–) Dir. Mark Jackson. Joslyn Jensen, Ron Carrier, Darren Lenz B–
Tacitly sinister drama about a young woman house-sitting alone in an isolated location

 Without You, I'm Nothing (1990) Dir. John Boskovich. Sandra Bernhard A–
Sandra Bernhard's subversive one-woman comedy/revue show, refashioned for the screen

Witness (1985) Dir. Peter Weir. Harrison Ford, Kelly McGillis, Lukas Haas B
Thriller about a city cop tracking a murder whose sole witness was an Amish boy

Witness for the Prosecution (1957) Dir. Billy Wilder. Charlton Heston, Tyrone Power B
Mystery about an English barrister and a woman testifying against her own husband

The Witnesses (2007/2008) Dir. André Téchiné. Johan Libéreau, Emmanuelle Béart C+
Melodrama among friends, lovers, and acquaintances in the early years of AIDS

Wittgenstein (1993) Dir. Derek Jarman. Karl Johnson, Michael Gough, Clancy Chassay B
Avant-garde, metatheatrical drama about the philosopher of language and culture

The Wizard of Oz (1939) Dir. Victor Fleming. Judy Garland, Ray Bolger, Jack Haley A–
Fable of a Kansan girl whisked by a tornado into a fantasy land ruled by a wizard

Wolf (1994) Dir. Mike Nichols. Jack Nicholson, Michelle Pfeiffer, James Spader
Horror-tinged potboiler about aging New York book editor who becomes a wolf at night

Wolf and Sheep (2016/–) Dir. Shahrbanoo Sadat. Sediqa, Qodrat, Amina, Sahar B+
Enigmatic, quasi-documentary story about Afghani children in a possibly haunted village

Wolf Creek (2005) Dir. Greg McLean. Nathan Phillips, Cassandra Magrath A–
Horror yarn about three college students on ill-fated road trip through the Outback

 The Wolf Man (1941) Dir. George Waggner. Lon Chaney, Jr., Claude Rains B+
Horror drama of a man who becomes a werewolf amid a trip to his family's home in Wales

The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) Dir. Martin Scorsese. Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill D+
Hyperbolic staging of the life of Jordan Belfort, a trader-cum-swindler of the 80s and 90s

The Wolfpack (2015) Dir. Crystal Moselle. Bhagavan Angulo, Govinda Angulo C+
Documentary about movie-mad brothers raised in isolation in the heart of New York

The Wolverine (2013) Dir. James Mangold. Hugh Jackman, Tao Okamoto D+
X-Men spinoff that finds Wolverine facing shadowy enemies in post-Nagasaki Japan

A Woman in Berlin (2008/2009) Dir. Max Fârberböck. Nina Hoss, Yevgeni Sidikhin B–
Staging of the diary of "Anonyma," a woman held as a sexual hostage in WW2 Berlin

Woman in Gold (2015) Dir. Simon Curtis. Helen Mirren, Ryan Reynolds, Daniel Brühl C–
Story of Maria Altmann, who sued the Austrian government to win back a family painting

Woman in the Dunes (1964/1965) Dir. Hiroshi Teshigahara. Eiji Okada, Kyoko Kishida A
Kafkaesque tale of an entomologist imprisoned by a woman at the bottom of a sand pit

The Woman in the Window (1944) Dir. Fritz Lang. Edward G. Robinson, Joan Bennett B+
Film noir about a criminology professor and a femme fatale whose portrait disarms him

A Woman Is a Woman (1961/1965) Dir. Jean-Luc Godard. Anna Karina B+
Musical-inspired New Wave lark about a woman craving a child, torn between two men

Woman Is the Future of Man (2004/2006) Dir. Hong Sang-soo. Kim Tae-woo B
Two long-acquainted professors reminisce about a woman that both men loved

Woman of the Year (1942) Dir. George Stevens. Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn B
Romantic comedy about a political journalist and a sportswriter at the same paper

The Woman on the Beach (1947) Dir. Jean Renoir. Robert Ryan, Joan Bennett B+
Atmospheric drama about a troubled U.S. Coast Guard officer drawn to a blind artist's wife

A Woman under the Influence (1974) Dir. John Cassavetes. Gena Rowlands, Peter Falk A
Drama about unstable housewife committed by her husband, nervously returning home

A Woman's Face (1941) Dir. George Cukor. Joan Crawford, Melvyn Douglas B
Noir-ish mystery about disfigured woman reassessing some choices after plastic surgery

The Women (1939) Dir. George Cukor. Norma Shearer, Joan Crawford
All-female ensemble comedy, as friends rally behind a woman with a cheating husband

Women in Love (1969/1970) Dir. Ken Russell. Glenda Jackson, Jennie Linden
Florid staging of D.H. Lawrence novel about free-spirited sisters and the men they love

Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (1988) Dir. Pedro Almodóvar
Farce propelled by several women whose lives overlap in ways that are gradually revealed

Women Without Men (2009/2010) Dir. Shirin Neshat. Shabnam Toloui C+
Dramas of four Iranian women who cross paths around the time of the 1953 coup

Wonder Woman (2017) Dir. Patty Jenkins. Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, David Thewlis D+
The iconic comic-book heroine enters the human realm and tries to halt World War I

 Wonder Boys (2000) Dir. Curtis Hanson. Michael Douglas, Tobey Maguire B
Comic drama about blocked writer and his moony student at a liberal arts college

The Wonderful, Horrible Life of Leni Riefenstahl (1993/1994) Dir. Ray Müller A–
Epic documentary about Weimar filmmaker who made propaganda for Hitler

Wonderland (1999/2000) Dir. Michael Winterbottom. Gina McKee, Molly Parker B
Wistful, multi-stranded drama about three grown sisters in a contemporary London family

The Wonders (2014/2015) Dir. Alice Rohrwacher. Maria Alexandra Lungu A–
Drama about a beekeeping family in rustic Italy and a near-brush with television

Won't Back Down (2012) Dir. Daniel Barnz. Maggie Gyllenhaal, Viola Davis B
Drama of a working-class mother and a frustrated teacher who unite to reform a school

The Woodsman (2004) Dir. Nicole Kassell. Kevin Bacon, Kyra Sedgwick, Mos Def C–
Drama about a recently released child molester, fighting the pull of his desires

Woodstock (1970) Dir. Michael Wadleigh. Documentary about music festival B+
Survey of the concert from conception to aftermath, including full-length performances

The Word (2014/–) Dir. Anna Kazejak-Dawid. Eliza Rycembel, Mateusz Więcławek B–
Thriller-drama about the revenge a high-school student enacts on straying boyfriend

Word Is Out (1977/1978) Dirs. Mariposa Film Group. Documentary A–
Two dozen LGBT men and women speak about their private lives and social positionings

The Words (2012) Dirs. Brian Klugman & Lee Sternthal. Bradley Cooper, Dennis Quaid C
Mystery-drama about plagiarizing novelist and the love story he pilfers as his own work

The Working Class Goes to Heaven (1971/1975) Dir. Elio Petri. Gian Maria Volonté B–
Stylized drama about a servile factory employee who becomes the leader of a labor strike

Working Girl (1988) Dir. Mike Nichols. Melanie Griffith, Sigourney Weaver B–
Comedy about a corporate secretary and the female boss who steals her best ideas

Working Girls (1931) Dir. Dorothy Arzner. Dorothy Hall, Judith Wood, Paul Lukas B
Two small-town girls get tied up with several potential love-matches in New York City

Working Girls (1986/1987) Dir. Lizzie Borden. Louise Smith, Marusia Zach B+
Coolly observed drama about daily routines among women in a contemporary brothel

The World According to Garp (1982) Dir. George Roy Hill. Robin Williams C+
Winsome study of the life of a writer born to a New England nurse-cum-feminist crusader

World Trade Center (2006) Dir. Oliver Stone. Nicolas Cage, Michael Peña, Maria Bello C
The Twin Towers' collapse, retold as the story of two firemen trapped inside the rubble

 World Traveler (2001/2002) Dir. Bart Freundlich. Billy Crudup, Julianne Moore C+
Character study of a man's encounters on the road after leaving his pregnant wife

World War Z (2013) Dir. Marc Forster. Brad Pitt, Mireille Enos, Fana Mokoena B+
Action-driven horror allegory about a virus turning people around the globe into zombies

World's Greatest Dad (2009) Dir. Bobcat Goldthwait. Robin Williams, Alexie Gilmore C+
Dark satire of a single father embraced by his town after "losing" a son he actually killed

Wreck-It Ralph (2012) Dir. Rich Moore. Animated. Voice of John C. Reilly C–
Thuggish game character, longing for a new path, enters the storylines in nearby consoles

The Wrestler (2008) Dir. Darren Aronofsky. Mickey Rourke, Marisa Tomei A–
Aging wrestler with a heart condition tries to make amends with his estranged daughter

Written on the Wind (1956) Dir. Douglas Sirk. Rock Hudson, Robert Stack A
Melodrama about dissolute oil scion whose father entrusts the company to his best friend

The Wrong Trousers (1993) Dir. Nick Park. Animated. Voice of Peter Sallis A–
Comic short about a mysterious penguin infiltrating the title characters' household

Wuthering Heights (1939) Dir. William Wyler. Laurence Olivier, Merle Oberon B–
Lush restaging of the first generation's doomed love story in Emily Brontë's classic novel

Wuthering Heights (1970) Dir. Robert Fuest. Anna Calder-Marshall, Timothy Dalton C+
Dark romance between northern English girl and the coarse foundling her family takes in

 Wuthering Heights (1992) Dir. Peter Kosminsky. TV Movie. Ralph Fiennes C–
Another filming of Brontë's novel, ceding more time to the younger generation's saga

Wuthering Heights (2011/2012) Dir. Andrea Arnold. Solomon Glave, Shannon Beer B–
Yet another version of Brontë's classic, headlined by nonactors amid natural light



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