The movie Casablanca heads a list of 25 classics compiled by Radio Times as a "crash course" for aspiring film buffs.
Ingrid Bergman and Humphrey Bogart starred in Casablanca
The list also includes films as diverse as the Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction and the 1919 German silent movie The Cabinet of Dr Caligari.
It also includes the 1998 blockbuster Armageddon, which starred Bruce Willis and Ben Affleck.
Radio Times film editor Andrew Collins, who compiled the list, said: "Snobbery does not belong to the film buff."
He added: "To understand the 1980s/1990s blockbuster, you must accept producer Jerry Bruckheimer into your life. Armageddon is the pinnacle of Bruckheimer excess."
The film, which sees Willis and Affleck battling to save the world from a giant asteroid, made £500m worldwide, but was derided by critics.
Other films in the list include Rear Window, High Noon and Bonnie and Clyde.
Cary Grant's comedy Bringing Up Baby, Salvador Dali's 16-minute surrealistic film Un Chien Andalou and nine-hour Holocaust documentary Shoah are also included.
And there is also a place for Heaven's Gate, by director Michael Cimino, which cost £40m to make, yet made just £3.4m at the US box office.
The list was compiled to mark this Sunday's relaunch of Film Four as a free-to-air channel.
The full list:
The Cabinet of Dr Caligari (1919)
Blade Runner (1982)
A Matter of Life and Death (1946)
Build My Gallows High (1947)
La Dolce Vita (1960)
High Noon (1952)
Rear Window (1954)
The Hidden Fortress (1958)
Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
Bringing Up Baby (1938)
The Hills Have Eyes (1977)
Un Chien Andalou (1928)
Heaven's Gate (1980)
Annie Hall (1977)
Singin' In The Rain (1952)
Paths of Glory (1957)
Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
The Day The Earth Stood Still (1951)
Pulp Fiction (1994)
Winter Light (1962)