The rise of studio-free film making in the U.S. is nonetheless subordinate, for me, to auteurs as the prolific Fassbinder, to Tarkovsky, and Bergman, and Varda, and Chantal Akerman, and the cult rise of kung fu films. I don't have anything on the list that I've previous seen, but some of these do appear.
1971: WR: Mysteries of the Organism
1972: Cries and Whispers (need to get some Bergman in here)
1973: F for Fake
1974: Céline et Julie vont en bateau
1975: Mirror (need some Tarkovsky too)
1976: Chinese Roulette (Fassbinder is a must)
1977: One Sings, the Other Doesn’t (Agnès Varda!)
1978: Bandits vs. Samurai Squadron
1979: Camera Buff (ooh and some Kieślowski)
In the 80s, the Coen Brothers get their start, but let's not forget the impact of Jim Jarmusch, Spike Lee, Mike Leigh, David Cronenberg, and different takes on the documentary like the Thin Blue Line's. Kieślowski comes to prominence in the West in the 90s, so I'm gonna look at some of his earlier efforts.
1980: Kagemusha (some late Kurosawa)
1981: Coup de torchon
1982: Identification of a Woman (Antonioni!)
1984: The Funeral
1985: Vagabond (more Varda!)
1986: Down by Law (Jarmusch)
1987: Blind Chance (more Kieślowski)
1988: Chocolat (the Claire Denis one)
1989: Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!
Some of my favorite (Criterion-accessible) directors in the 90s include some of the above, sure, but also Atom Egoyan, Wong Kar-wai and Richard Linklater. But I've seen most or all of their work, so they can't appear on this list.
1992: Man Bites Dog
1993: Madadayo (Kurosawa)
1994: 71 Fragments of a Chronology of Chance
1995: Living in Oblivion
1998: Pickpocket (Jia Zhangke's)
1999: Beau travail
As we head into the 2000s, Criterion's catalog gets slimmer, but they did add some cool anime films recently. Noah Baumbach, Guy Maddin, Lars von Trier, David Fincher, Alejandro Iñárritu, Yorgos Lanthimos, and Miranda July do feature. I ended up using Michael Haneke several times.
2000: Code Unknown
2001: The Piano Teacher (yep, back to back Haneke)
2003: In the Cut (slim pickings)
2004: Throw Down (Johnny To, oh and the short has to be Bong Joon-ho's Influenza!)
2006: Them (Ils)
2008: Che Part 1 and Part 2 (so 51 movies, not 50)
2009: Fish Tank
Here's where it got difficult. While Criterion has recent titles right up to this year, these tend to be on and off the site much more quickly and/or because of rights problems are ON the channel, just not in Canada. For these reasons, I had to change a lot of titles I'd put on my preliminary list, made just a month ago, and I may have to do so again before I reach the end of the project.
2010: Lucky Life
2011: Le Havre
2012: Beyond the Hills
2013: The Rocket
2015: Louder Than Bombs
2017: The Other Side of Hope
2018: The Miseducation of Cameron Post
and 2020: Preparations to Be Together for an Unknown Period of Time
Follow my progress every Sunday on This Week in Geek, or check out the list as posters at Letterboxd.