50. The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928)
directed by Carl Theodor Dreyer
Hailed as a masterpiece of silent cinema, The Passion of Joan of Arc is an intimate portrayal of an iconic historical figure. Carl Theodor Dreyer’s use of close-up coupled with Maria Falconetti’s pensive performance draw audiences to identify with Joan’s plight. The thoughtful, sad, intimate tone gives this film a life all its own.