Fritz Lang

He was born 126 years ago, before sci-fi films, serial killer movies and film noir were invented. He’d help invent them all.

The key pioneer of German Expressionist cinema, Lang employed an extroadinary mix of imagination and mastery of the film technologies of the time to create indelibly powerful images animated by hightened emotion. Through the passing of time, his extraordinary visions have lost nothing of their impact.

Here's our rundown of ten essential Fritz Lang titles.

And for a more in-depth read, here's a great study of Lang's M in the context of the serial killer movie.