102 must-see movies

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Stealing a meme
from Harald,
here is my version of
the list:

✔  “2001: A Space Odyssey” (1968) Stanley Kubrick
“The 400 Blows” (1959) Francois Truffaut
“8 1/2” (1963) Federico Fellini
“Aguirre, the Wrath of God” (1972) Werner Herzog
✔ “Alien” (1979) Ridley Scott
✔ “All About Eve” (1950) Joseph L. Mankiewicz
✔ “Annie Hall” (1977) Woody Allen
✔ “Apocalypse Now” (1979) Francis Ford Coppola*
✔ “Bambi” (1942) Disney
✔ “The Battleship Potemkin” (1925) Sergei Eisenstein
“The Best Years of Our Lives” (1946) William Wyler
“The Big Red One” (1980) Samuel Fuller
✔ “The Bicycle Thief” (1949) Vittorio De Sica
✔ “The Big Sleep” (1946) Howard Hawks
✔ “Blade Runner” (1982) Ridley Scott
“Blowup” (1966) Michelangelo Antonioni
✔ “Blue Velvet” (1986) David Lynch
✔ “Bonnie and Clyde” (1967) Arthur Penn
“Breathless” (1959) Jean-Luc Godard
✔ “Bringing Up Baby” (1938) Howard Hawks
“Carrie” (1975) Brian DePalma
✔ “Casablanca” (1942) Michael Curtiz
“Un Chien Andalou” (1928) Luis Bunuel & Salvador Dali
“Children of Paradise” / “Les Enfants du Paradis” (1945) Marcel Carne
✔ “Chinatown” (1974) Roman Polanski
✔ “Citizen Kane” (1941) Orson Welles
✔ “A Clockwork Orange” (1971) Stanley Kubrick
✔ “The Crying Game” (1992) Neil Jordan
✔ “The Day the Earth Stood Still” (1951) Robert Wise
“Days of Heaven” (1978) Terence Malick
✔ “Dirty Harry” (1971) Don Siegel
“The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie” (1972) Luis Bunuel
✔ “Do the Right Thing” (1989) Spike Lee
“La Dolce Vita” (1960) Federico Fellini
“Double Indemnity” (1944) Billy Wilder
✔ “Dr. Strangelove” (1964) Stanley Kubrick
✔ “Duck Soup” (1933) Leo McCarey
✔ “E.T.—The Extra-Terrestrial” (1982) Steven Spielberg
✔ “Easy Rider” (1969) Dennis Hopper
✔ “The Empire Strikes Back” (1980) Irvin Kershner
“The Exorcist” (1973) William Friedkin
✔ “Fargo” (1995) Joel & Ethan Coen
✔ “Fight Club” (1999) David Fincher
“Frankenstein” (1931) James Whale
“The General” (1927) Buster Keaton & Clyde Bruckman
✔ “The Godfather” and “The Godfather, Part II” (1972, 1974) Francis Ford Coppola
✔ “Gone With the Wind” (1939) Victor Fleming
✔ “GoodFellas” (1990) Martin Scorsese
✔ “The Graduate” (1967) Mike Nichols
“Halloween” (1978) John Carpenter
✔ “A Hard Day’s Night” (1964) Richard Lester
“Intolerance” (1916) D.W. Griffith
“It’s a Gift” (1934) Norman Z. McLeod
✔ “It’s a Wonderful Life” (1946) Frank Capra
✔ “Jaws” (1975) Steven Spielberg
✔ “The Lady Eve” (1941) Preston Sturges
✔ “Lawrence of Arabia” (1962) David Lean
“M” (1931) Fritz Lang
✔ “Mad Max 2” / “The Road Warrior” (1981) George Miller
✔ “The Maltese Falcon” (1941) John Huston
✔ “The Manchurian Candidate” (1962) John Frankenheimer
✔ “Metropolis” (1926) Fritz Lang
✔ “Modern Times” (1936) Charles Chaplin
✔ “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” (1975) Terry Jones & Terry Gilliam
“Nashville” (1975) Robert Altman
“The Night of the Hunter” (1955) Charles Laughton
✔ “Night of the Living Dead” (1968) George Romero
✔ “North by Northwest” (1959) Alfred Hitchcock
✔ “Nosferatu” (1922) F.W. Murnau
✔ “On the Waterfront” (1954) Elia Kazan
✔ “Once Upon a Time in the West” (1968) Sergio Leone
“Out of the Past” (1947) Jacques Tournier
“Persona” (1966) Ingmar Bergman
“Pink Flamingos” (1972) John Waters
✔ “Psycho” (1960) Alfred Hitchcock
✔ “Pulp Fiction” (1994) Quentin Tarantino
✔ “Rashomon” (1950) Akira Kurosawa
✔ “Rear Window” (1954) Alfred Hitchcock
✔ “Rebel Without a Cause” (1955) Nicholas Ray
“Red River” (1948) Howard Hawks
“Repulsion” (1965) Roman Polanski
“The Rules of the Game” (1939) Jean Renoir
✔ “Scarface” (1932) Howard Hawks
“The Scarlet Empress” (1934) Josef von Sternberg
✔ “Schindler’s List” (1993) Steven Spielberg
“The Searchers” (1956) John Ford
✔ “The Seven Samurai” (1954) Akira Kurosawa
✔ “Singin’ in the Rain” (1952) Stanley Donen & Gene Kelly
✔ “Some Like It Hot” (1959) Billy Wilder
✔ “A Star Is Born” (1954) George Cukor
“A Streetcar Named Desire” (1951) Elia Kazan
“Sunset Boulevard” (1950) Billy Wilder
✔ “Taxi Driver” (1976) Martin Scorsese
✔ “The Third Man” (1949) Carol Reed
“Tokyo Story” (1953) Yasujiro Ozu
“Touch of Evil” (1958) Orson Welles
✔ “The Treasure of the Sierra Madre” (1948) John Huston
“Trouble in Paradise” (1932) Ernst Lubitsch
“Vertigo” (1958) Alfred Hitchcock
“West Side Story” (1961) Jerome Robbins/Robert Wise
“The Wild Bunch” (1969) Sam Peckinpah
✔ “The Wizard of Oz” (1939) Victor Fleming

So I have 63/202 (or maybe 64, if Godfather parts 1 & 2 count as two separate movies; ya, I’m too lazy to count them all..)

So what’s the word Andy? Have you seen at least 75 of them?

And I expect Craig has seen more than I have.

Update: Harald posted
another list,
this one is the top 50 book-to-movie adaptations, which he got from
Film of the book: top 50 adaptations revealed
by Mark Brown of
the Guardian.

I’m such a meme follower. Here’s my list. A ‘b’ in front means I’ve read the book, and an ‘m’ means I’ve seen the movie.

b m 1984
m Alice in Wonderland
American Psycho
m Breakfast at Tiffany’s
Brighton Rock
b  m  Catch 22
b m Charlie & the Chocolate Factory
m A Clockwork Orange
Close Range (inc Brokeback Mountain)
b The Day of the Triffids
Devil in a Blue Dress
m Different Seasons (inc The Shawshank Redemption)
m Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (aka Bladerunner)
b m Doctor Zhivago
Empire of the Sun
m The English Patient
m Fight Club
m The French Lieutenant’s Woman
m Get Shorty
m The Godfather
m Goldfinger
m Goodfellas
b m Heart of Darkness (aka Apocalypse Now)
The Hound of the Baskervilles
b m Jaws
m The Jungle Book
A Kestrel for a Knave (aka Kes)
LA Confidential
m Les Liaisons Dangereuses
m Lolita
b m Lord of the Flies
m The Maltese Falcon
b m Oliver Twist
m One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
m The Outsiders
b m Pride and Prejudice
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
b The Railway Children
m Rebecca
m The Remains of the Day
m Schindler’s Ark (aka Schindler’s List)
b m Sin City
m The Spy Who Came in From the Cold
The Talented Mr Ripley
Tess of the D’Urbervilles
b m To Kill a Mockingbird
m Trainspotting
The Vanishing
b m Watership Down
entertainment, friends.

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5 comments on “102 must-see movies

  1. Leslie

    Hah. 83. Peter’s somewhere in the 90s. Squirmy’s score is pretty bad, but he *has* seen the entire 5 year run of Babylon 5.

  2. Jeff K

    I’m about a 50 score on the movie list. Most of those old ones bore me. Anyway, I must say that it is good that One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest is in the book/movie area. Both book and movie are great, *but* the movie largely missed the point, hm so did Alice in Wonderland, and so did …

    Oh ya, as for the old movies, I watched Double Indemnity recently. A total bore. “To have and to Have not” was wildly better. The Bogart/Bacall chemistry was amazing.

  3. Luisa

    I’m at about 50, too, but probably a good deal higher since I often forget movies. I’m excited to see some movies from the 40’s I haven’t seen before. I’ll have to try and find them. Old movies are my very favourite. Well Jeff, I guess we’re not into the same kinds of movies at all.

    Hey, Reid! I don’t see The Matrix in that list. That’s good. Very good. If one more person goes on about how good that movie was, I’ll shoot them.

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