The anthology (also known as an omnibus film, package film, or portmanteau film) is a subgenre of movies where a number of short films are connected together by an interlocking event, a single theme or a common character. Sometimes directed by one single filmmaker, and at other times each short movie within the film is directed by a different filmmaker. This style of storytelling in films can be seen as early as Edmund Golding’s 1932 feature, ‘Grand Hotel’ and If I Had a Million (also 1932), featuring segments directed by a number of directors. Sometimes there is a theme, such as a place (e.g. New York Stories, Paris, je t’aime), a person (e.g. Four Rooms), or a thing (e.g. Twenty Bucks, Coffee and Cigarettes), that is present in each story and serves to bind them together. Now that you know what they are, here is the list of top anthology movies ever — all of them have multiple storylines. You can watch some of these best anthology movies on Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon Prime.
12. Coffee And Cigarettes (2003)
This 2003 anthology by renowned filmmaker Jim Jarmusch is a vignette of 11 short stories connected through a common element-conversations over coffee and cigarettes. The eleven short films are built on one another, giving a cumulative effect at the end. Discussions revolve around medical knowledge, the use and abuse of coffee and cigarettes, and in each of the vignettes, a common motif of black and white tiles can be found in one way or another.
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11. To Each His Own Cinema (2007)
A massive collaborative project, ‘To Each His Own Cinema’ is an anthology of 34 shorts films made by esteemed filmmakers from all over the world. This film was commissioned on the 60th anniversary of the Cannes Film Festival and includes contributions by Abbas Kiarostami, David Lynch, Wong Kar-Wai, Takeshi Kitano, Wim Wenders, Ken Loach and Lars Von Trier among others. Each filmmaker was invited to express “their state of mind of the moment as inspired by the motion picture theatre”.