Can you provide me with a list of Chinese classics and contemporary movies only available in China and have English subtitles?
Well, perkizitore, if anybody would try to do this, it would take him/her hours though I admit that it would be great if there was a kind of list of "Chinese movies and Chinese DVD" with comments on the quality of its transfers and subtitles which could be consulted by anybody looking for those informations. I could take part in such a project but I am more interested in minor and marginalised films than in masterpieces, in reception studies than in aesthetics and interpretations and prefer directors of the second, third and sixth generation to those of the fifth so I might not be of help that much.
Anyway, I consider this thread to be one of the most reliable, if not the most reliable source on English-subtitled Chinese discs on the internet; I think you find a whole lot of information on those five pages, especially in Lemmy Caution's and the Norwegian's posts. Apart from that, I recommend you to check GzBeauty's "Follow me in Chinese" line. As far as I know, all of those discs have English subtitles.
But to hint at some problems of your project: I doubt that it is a good idea to grab Chinese discs in many cases. You have to be aware, that the quality of the transfer is often substandard or much worse than the American or European discs. Even worse, the English subtitles are often incomplete, hard to understand or run a bit too fast. So you might prefer to rent a European/American disc in most cases. Btw, as not many people are interested in Chinese movies or don't know any directors beyond Zhang Yimou and Chen Kaige, you often find American or European discs relatively cheap on ebay.
I think it would be more effective to check first which movies/topics/directors you are interested in and ask for specific directors or films. I recommend the following books:
Paul Clark: Chinese Cinema. Culture and Politics since 1949. Cambridge 1987.
It's a rather old book, but Clark doesn't delve in anticommunism but rather offers lots of information on the directors and films which were produced in mainland China between 1930 and the end of the cultural revolution in 1978.
Paul Clark: The Chinese Cultural Revolution. A History. Cambridge 2008.
Essential reading when dealing with the Chinese film culture 1966/78 or looking through Gz Beauty's catalogue. Clark deconstructs the common view that Chinese culture was put on hold or simply destroyed in the 1966-1976 period.
Yingjin Zhang: Chinese National Cinema. 2004
Zhang offers an overview of the film cultures of mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan and lots of information on the development of film studios and film economies.
Zhang Zhen (ed.): The Urban Generation. Chinese Cinema and Societys at the Turn of the Twenty-first Century. Durham 2007.
Anthology of articles dealing with the film politics and film production in China since the early nineties focusing on the directors of the so called sixth generation portraying a postsocialist China in transformation.