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12-14-2015, 12:02 PM
I am in need of a good movie. I personally haven't really watched any good movies (According to my friends), so I am here to hear what you guys would recommend me watching. (I'm not a big fan of horror films) Thanks guys! :)

12-14-2015, 12:06 PM
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Omar Little
12-14-2015, 12:20 PM
Start here: AFI's 100 greatest movies of all time (http://www.afi.com/Docs/100Years/movies100.pdf) (PDF). Once you've made it through them, come back and we'll add to it.

12-14-2015, 12:27 PM
The Princess Bride.
Dr. Strangelove.
Forbidden Planet.
Edward Scissorhands.
Star Wars iV,V.
Star Trek II.
The Man in the White Suit.
Das Boot.

12-14-2015, 12:37 PM
Forbidden Planet
Star Wars
Saving Private Ryan
Raiders of the Lost Ark
Blade Runner
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
The Outlaw Josey Wales
Blazing Saddles
Young Frankenstein
Groundhog Day
Die Hard

teela brown
12-14-2015, 12:43 PM
The Godfather, parts 1 and 2
All About Eve
Sunset Boulevard
2001: A Space Odyssey
A Clockwork Orange
Bridge Over The River Kwai
Lawrence of Arabia
The Searchers
Terminator 2

12-14-2015, 12:46 PM
Beavis and Butthead Do America

12-14-2015, 01:36 PM
The thread title made me think that this was not a run-of-the-mill "movie bucket list" question, but that I'd open it up to learn that you had a terminal disease and were trying to narrow down the last few movies you'd ever watch in your life. Glad that's not the case.

Given that, start with the AFI Top 100, the IMDB Top 250, the Sight & Sound Top Ten List, etc. If there's a movie that you respond to, check out other works by the same director. So if you like Hitchcock's "Vertigo" you might also like "Rear Window" or "North By Northwest."

Roger Ebert's Great Movie series is also a good starting point.


12-14-2015, 01:43 PM
A little film I treasure is the foreign film (Vietnamese language, French production) The Scent of Green Papaya. I saw it when it came out and again very recently. Roger Ebert opined: "I have seen "The Scent of Green Papaya" three times now - the first time in May 1993 at Cannes, where it was named the best film by a first-time director. It is a placid, interior, contemplative film - not plot-driven, but centered on the growth of the young woman. As such, you might think it would seem "slower" on later viewings, but I found that the opposite was true: As I understood better what the movie was, I appreciated it more, because like a piece of music it was made of subtleties that only grew deeper through familiarity. This is a film to cherish."

Boyo Jim
12-14-2015, 02:41 PM
Team America: World Police

12-14-2015, 02:51 PM
Pink Flamingos

12-14-2015, 02:52 PM
Err..Flesh Gordon

12-14-2015, 03:10 PM
I am sorry for your distress. I just thought that I would try to get all the movies I can see before I die. Thanks for the response, btw. :)

Biffy the Elephant Shrew
12-14-2015, 03:15 PM
How long ya got?

12-14-2015, 03:17 PM
Surprisingly, nobody yet has mentioned Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

12-14-2015, 03:19 PM
I am sorry for your distress. I just thought that I would try to get all the movies I can see before I die. Thanks for the response, btw. :)

The problem is that once you get your list compiled, more movies that you want to see will continue to be produced between then and the time you die. There's no catching up.

Count Blucher
12-14-2015, 03:19 PM
Gunga Din

In Name Only

The Philadelphia Story

Mr. Lucky


The Bishop's Wife

The Batchelor & the Bobby-Soxer

Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House

I Was A Male War Bride

Room For One More

To Catch A Thief

North By Northwest

Operation Petticoat

Father Goose

...and of course...

Charade (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oTBun8vRIm4)
"You didn't have to chase me so Hard... That one's done, start on this one...."

12-14-2015, 05:06 PM
What to watch before I die?

Your step.

12-14-2015, 05:14 PM
Stalag 17! It's on YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZKc2GJk2OLQ), darn it!

John Mace
12-14-2015, 05:18 PM
How long ya got?


12-14-2015, 05:44 PM
I prefer the sequel Sons of Beaches.

12-14-2015, 06:17 PM
I prefer the sequel Sons of Beaches.

Ah! This reminds me: Treasure of the Sierra Madre

Full Metal Jacket
Rush (the car racing one)

teela brown
12-14-2015, 07:04 PM
The Shawshank Redemption
Little Caesar
A Tree Grows In Brooklyn
The Little Foxes
The Green Mile
Great Expectations
Hobson's Choice
Night of the Hunter

12-14-2015, 07:24 PM
The Thing (Horror, but well worth it)
The Wizard of Oz
2001: A Space Odyssey
Apocalypse Now

Then anything else doesn't matter you'll have seen the best mankind has to over.

Horatio Hellpop
12-14-2015, 07:51 PM
Boogie Nights
My Life as a Dog
Kelly's Heroes
The Aristocrats
Crimes and Misdemeanors

12-14-2015, 09:07 PM
The Third Man
Red River
My Darling Clemintine
Singin' in the Rain
The Wild Bunch

Boyo Jim
12-14-2015, 09:22 PM
In the field of Westerns, and not yet noted:
The Big Country
High Noon
Pale Rider
The Ballad of Cable Hogue
The Magnificent Seven
The Professionals

12-14-2015, 09:32 PM
Bringing Up Baby
The Lion in Winter

Boyo Jim
12-14-2015, 09:32 PM
In the field of stoner movies:
Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay
Half Baked
Pineapple Express
Up In Smoke
Reefer Madness (for ironic purposes)
The Big Lebowski

Boyo Jim
12-14-2015, 09:52 PM
The African Queen
Close Encounters of the Third Kind
Once Upon a Time in the West
The Oxbow Incident
The Bedford Incident
12 Angry Men
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
7 Days in May

Boyo Jim
12-14-2015, 09:58 PM
Judgement at Nuremberg
Triumph of the Will
All Quiet on the Western Front
Paths of Glory

Boyo Jim
12-14-2015, 10:06 PM
Passport to Pimlico
Lets Kill Uncle

Boyo Jim
12-14-2015, 10:08 PM
Hope and Glory
Empire of the Sun

12-15-2015, 12:40 AM
Godzilla (actually, watch Godjira, the original edit for Japan, if you can)

The Seven Samurai

12-15-2015, 10:58 AM
How about some classic comedies?

A Night at the Opera
Arsenic and Old Lace
Some Like It Hot
A Shot in the Dark

I remember "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" as being really good, but I haven't seen it in a long time.

12-15-2015, 11:11 AM
Lots of classic movies and "films" listed here. When you want something to just entertain in a wierd offhand way try;

Very Bad Things
A Simple Plan
Feeling Minnesota
One Night At McCool's

None of them will make any top (pick a number) list but they are entertaining.

12-17-2015, 03:45 PM
I think we would be friends IRL, RikWriter. I see a lot of my other favourite movies across genres here, so I will avoid repeating them, but will add (in no particular order):

Pacific Rim
Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings trilogy
Big Trouble in Little China
The Matrix (two sequels optional; may take blue pill if desired)
Oblivion (2013 film with Tom Cruise and Morgan Freeman)
Army of Darkness (viewing of The Evil Dead movies not required for enjoyment)
Starship Troopers
RoboCop (original 1987 version with Peter Weller)
Batman (1989 movie with Michael Keaton and Jack Nicholson)
Superman II (1980 movie starring Christopher Reeve)
Back to the Future (all three movies required viewing)
Flash Gordon (1980 version with Sam J. Jones as Flash and soundtrack by Queen)
Highlander (soundtrack also by Queen; avoid the sequels)
Minority Report
Jurassic Park
Pulp Fiction
Predator and Predator 2
The Road Warrior (aka Mad Max 2)
Escape from New York
Caddyshack (skip the sequel)
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
Better Off Dead
National Lampoon’s Vacation (plus any Chevy Chase/Beverly D’Angelo sequels as time allows)
This is Spinal Tap
Silent Running
Heavy Metal (1981 movie; avoid the sequel)
Wizards (1977 Ralphi Bakshi film)
Conan the Barbarian (1982 version with Arnold as title hero; sequel optional)
Men in Black (there are also two sequels, but the first one is the best)
Nausicaa of the Valley of Wind
Lupin III and the Castle of Cagliostro (its greatness might be lost on you if you're not familiar with the characters (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lupin_III))
The Incredibles

All these are at least worth a rental. Many of them are the kind of movies I could watch over and over again, any time they came on, and so I own them.

I feel like I'm making a list to show to my son as he grows up to make sure he doesn't miss out. For my part, I will have to look into some of these other suggestions.

12-17-2015, 05:39 PM
Incomplete without:
Young Doctor Frankenstein
Blazing Saddles
The Spaghetti Western (Dollars) Trilogy
Dirty Harry
Death Wish - Bronson

Boyo Jim
12-17-2015, 05:44 PM
I see there are a fair number of shitty movies too, and it's reasonable to say you should watch some shitty mover to -- to learn how shitty they can get.

May I suggest the shittiest of the shitty, certainly of this century -- The Wicker Man 2006 remake with Nick Cage.

12-17-2015, 06:37 PM
Here is 10. Some are covered:

No Country For Old Men
Millers Crossing
Godfather I
Godfather II - the greatest movie ever made...you need to see 1 first.
High Fidelity
The Bridge over the River Kwai
Apocalypse Now
Dr Strangelove...