I'm not much of a movie person, but I do appreciate the art form.
I was wondering which movies should be in every collection so that I may start to become more well rounded.
Just listing the movie is fine, but if you gave a reason as well, I'll give more clout to that.
Thank you again!
some real good ones, gona list some i havent seen here.
Star Trek (new one)
Dragon:the Bruce Lee Story
Nighmare on Elm Street (original)
National Lampoons Vacation
The Big Sleep
Silence of the Lambs
Police Acadamy 1
ill shut up now
well that's kind of a tough question to answer, as not everyone is going to like to watch the same movie. like I have met a few people that thought "Lord of the Rings trilogy" sucked but they loved "transformers: revenge of the fallen" or vice versa. therefore, it's really up to your own personal tastes though. like if you were into anime movies, then I'd recommend films like "Ghost In the Shell" or "Akira" for instance.
Or if you were into crime based films, then I'd recommend "the Godfather trilogy", "Good Fellas", "Gangs of New York" and many others.
therefore, it's kind of hard to say with very little to go on. first tell me, what kind of movies do you usually enjoy when you do watch them? What do you usually look for in a movie? you like stuff that scares you? makes you cry? laugh? or what? please tell me, as it'll help me get a general idea of what kind of films you might like and should add to your collection.
I couldn't agree more with Stevennix here. It depends entirely on the person. I happen to love world cinema so most of the movies I love alot of people wouldn't even bother with 'cos they've got subtitles. I just feel it important to get a grander image of the world we live in rather than just of western society and in particular Hollywood.
If your willing to watch subtitled movies then I'd start with Amelie and then take it from there if I was you
Plus, I'd say I watch at least a movie a day so if you refine your search let me know and I'm sure I can think of something to suit your viewing needs!
I like Lord of the Rings. Great story, some humour here and there, and really beautiful scenery.
THE GODFATHER, I,II and III (Al Pacino, Robert DeNiro)
The first 2 won Best Oscar and the 3rd was nominated and rounded out the story
REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE (James Dean, Natalie Wood)
It's the classic teenage angst story and it was one of only 3 movies Dean was in
ROCKY (Sylvester Stallone)
It surprised everyone by winning Best Picture over TAXI DRIVER
The quintessential underdog movie. Great theme too
TAXI DRIVER (Robert DeNiro, Jodie Foster)
Martin Scorsese's masterpiece and arguably DeNiro's best work.
TRUE GRIT (John Wayne, Glen Campbell)
Forget the remake. This is the one to watch. Wayne got his only Oscar for this
SCHINDLER'S LIST (Liamm Neeson, Ben Kingsley)
Everyone should sit through this once if only to remind ourselves of exactly what humans are capable of. If we don't examine history we are doomed to repeat it !
KRAMER VERSUS KRAMER (Dustin Hoffman, Meryl Streep)
They both won Oscars for this drama of a custody war. You have to have Streep somewhere in your list
TIGERLAND (Colin Farrell)
An Anti-Vietnam movie where they never actually reach Nam and the ending of the main character is left for you to interpret
GLADIATOR (Russell Crowe)
An amazing movie. Crowe was perfect, but the Oscars snubbed Jaoquim Phoenix who was fantastic as the bad Caeser
SEVEN (Morgan Freeman, Brad Pitt)
Introduced us to John Doe as a psychopath unequalled
AVATAR (Sam Worthington)
What can I say about this that you havn't already heard!
DEATH AT A FUNERAL (The U.K. movie)
This was just one of the best laugh out loud movies I've ever been to. The audience was clapping at the end of it. They tried to americanise it but it wasn't the same
SILENCE OF THE LAMBS (Anthony Hopkins, Jodie Foster)
Another unique psychopath playing mindgames with a rookie FBI
agent. Foster and Hopkins both won oscars and we got a lot of great one-liners from it.
Hope that's enough to start you with
A Room with a View
Death in Venice
Everything by Tim Burton
Everything by Peter Greenway
You can begin with those
Wizard of Oz
Psycho (the original Hitchcock version)
Eraserhead (if you like really weird)
2001: A Space Odyssey
A Night at the Opera (Marx Bros.)
The Great Escape
A Hard Day's Night
just to name a few...
Some of my favorites that I have seen are
Behind Enemy Lines
Good choice except, well Ben Affleck Daredevil?
I enjoyed it. Didn't see much of a problem with it.
At first, I didn't think Tobey Maguire was right for Spiderman, either.
Well, I think we missed a lot in that movie,” Affleck told MTV News during the recent Sundance Film Festival, “before they really kind of figured out how to do [superhero movies] right.”
Ben was disappointed. They want to remake the movie.
Spiderman rules. All the rest are awesome. I just could not get through Daredevil.
Oh I should add the Godfather Trilogy is a movie library must.
However, if you are money motivated and a movie buff, then I would recommend finding/locating a copy of every Disney film ever made.
Lord of the Rings (Special Edition)
Never watched the Godfather Trilogy. Never wanted to. Therefore, it is not in my collection.
Scarface was an excellent movie. I did not care for Goodfellas.
Just like Casino? Did not care for that either.
With digging to American history for a few things I needed to learn about citizenship(personal stuff), then researching the history of currency, which includes drug running, mobs, casinos, printing of money, and other things, it just turned me off to it. Like Prohibition- and what the "black market" was like long time ago, who it was controlled by- mob boss and the like.
It really never interested me.
If you look at it from an artistic perspective you will find some of the best acting in the history of movies.
Since I grew up in a city with an abundance of mob activity I took an interest in organized crime. I actually read the book before I was old enough to see the movie. When I did see the movie I had nightmares about one of the scenes.
Armagedon, lethal weapon,diehard,cool hand luke, the hustler, state property,face off,Any given sunday, the program, major league, con air, the rock,major payne, any john wayne movie, I got the hook up. im gunna stop before i'm here for an hour lol.
Alfred Hitchcock was a cinematic genius; if you want to experience dry wit and excellent direction, try any of his films.
The Silence of the Lambs is perhaps one of the most compelling movies ever made - the chemistry between Anthony Hopkins and Jodi Foster is sizzling; it's a shame she didn't return for the sequel, Hannibal, although that other lady did a good job too
What Dreams May Come is a visually stunning love story on multiple levels that calls to mind Dante's Divine Comedy (I love just about anything with Robin Williams in it)
Anything with Kevin Spacey - he's a consummate actor and he always tackles heart-felt roles.
Tim Burton's films are always immediately identifiable - he creates a new, dark universe and leaves you wanting more.
The Toy (with Richard Pryor) is one of my favorite comedies, if it doesn't make you crack up, you've got no sense of humor.
I could go on and on, but those are just a few off the top of my head.
ETA: Oh yeah....The Stand (which is actually a tv series, although it's been released on DVD) and Misery....Do I REALLY even need to explain those? lol
many already listed:
Saving Private Ryan
The Last Samurai
some of my favorites..
Wow, I also would Say: Shindler's List, Shawshank Redemption, and Body Heat.
In addition I would add:
Like Water for Chocolate,
The Original 'Rear Window',
It's A Wonderful Life,
The Cutting Edge,
Godfathers I and II,
Pride & Prejudice (PBS version)
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
The Best Years of Our Lives
I totally dated myself. I love old movies, ok??!!
Godfather I and II: (Godfather III optional) Riveting movie that isn't just blood and gore. Amazing performances by Al Pacino, Marlon Brando and James Caan.
High Plains Drifter: The definitive Clint Eastwood mystery man cowboy movie
Animal House: Good comedy with John Belushi
Matrix: The first movie raised some interesting questions about the nature of reality
2001: A Space Odyssey: Science fiction without phasers or Death Stars
Hoosiers: Nearly the only movie about sports worth watching
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid: Classic cowboy flick that appeals on a lot of different levels--it is funny and suspenseful and touching
Karate Kid: (only the first movie--forget any sequel...) A touching, feel good movie
Silence of the Lambs: Creepy movie with outstanding performances by Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins
The Hustler: Paul Newman as Fast Eddie Felson and Jackie Gleason in a superb portrayal of Minnesota Fats
Islands in the Stream: (most people find this movie dull... I loved it.) George C. Scott portrays an Ernest Hemingway type character with great sensitivity
Superman: (with Chris Reeves) This movie proved that comics could be adapted to the big screen
Rocky Horror Picture Show: It's hard to explain, but everyone should see this movie
Pulp Fiction: Must be seen several times to appreciate it.
That is my "short" list
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
Meet The Parents
Beverly Hills Cop
Saving Private Ryan
The complete band of brothers collection
Eyes wide shut
All people are different and what fits OP tastes and cultural background most likely will not fit mine. Therefore the question as asked is stupid, as are the answers...
oh misha, it's not stupid if someone wants to hear other peoples opinion of good movies. it may give him ideas of movies he wants to see.
most likely you come on the forums to let us all know what is stupid! what a great service you give from the goodness of your heart!
More stupid is to think others are stupid.
Metopolis by Fritz Lang is my choice.
Star Wars 4, 5 and 6 - Scifi
Lord of the Rings - Fantasy
Batman Begins - Comics
all the Alice in Wonderlands
Grapes of Wrath
all the Robin Hoods
Breakfast at Tiffany's
My Fair Lady
A Serious Man
There are some good movie picks here and some are telling one's age-(smile) still I want to plug a move that I keep hearing isn't very good and whenever I hear that I keeping what movie were they watch??
The Quick & The Dead with Sharon Stone and Gene Hackman.
I've seen a lot of westerns in my life and I'm not a western person but the drama in this movie is strong and compelling. The actor and actress are first rate. I can't help but be drawed into this movie everytime I view it and that for me is something that rarely happens. Even though I know the out come of the movie I'm still on the edge of my seat.
The Quick & The Dead is and has always been first rate with me.
I liked the movie. I am not drawn into like that, but I have no problem re-watching it.
that one about the little crab and the fishes? Nemo something?
Gone with the Wind
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
To Kill a Mockingbird (black & white version)
Fried Green Tomatoes
Sound of Music
Star Wars (original trio)
Gone With the Wind
however, if your not into any particular genre period, then I guess I can recommend the following in each film category I can think of to get you started.
1. terminator 1 & 2 (the rest suck, so i would just stick with the first two)
2. ORIGINAL star wars trilogy (not the crappy prequels)
6. any of the planet of the apes movies
super hero genre:
1. superman: the movie
2. superman II
3. Spider-Man 1 & 2
4. The Dark Knight and Batman Begins
5. Kick-Ass (still in theaters, but definitely worth adding once it comes out if your into the super hero genre)
6. Iron Man
1. Animal House
2. Trading Places
3. Coming to America
4. Hot Tub Time Machine (still in theaters, but it's worth getting once it comes out on dvd)
5. The Jerk
6. the hangover
7. Caddy Shack 1 & 2
1. Can't buy me love
2. she's out of my league (again still in theaters, but so worth getting)
3. It's a Wonderful Life
4. It happened one night
5. Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (the original and not that piece of s*** remake with Adam Sandler)
1. Any of the Indiana Jones movies
2. true lies
3. rambo: first blood 1 & 2 and the new rambo back in 2008
4. Lethal Weapon
5. Mr. and Mrs. Smith
1. Seven Samurai
3. 8 1/2
5. talk to her
6. city of god
1. Brokeback Mountain (don't laugh as this is actually a damn good love story if your not homophobic)
2. Gone With The Wind
5. eternal sunshine of the spotless mind
1. the lord of the rings trilogy
2. jason and the argonauts
3. the original clash of the titans
1. the hurt locker
3. inglourious basterds
4. saving private ryan
2. fahrenheit 9/11 (avoid if your a republican or bush lover but if you hate the guy and happen to be a democrat, then you'll love this)
3. winged migration
1. Scareface (the al pacino version)
2. Godfather 1 & 2
3. Gangs of New York
4. Pulp Fiction
5. Good Fellas
1. far from heaven
2. forrest gump
3. jerry maguire
4. Rocky I, II, and III. (i would recommend the others, but it kind of goes down hill from there. although "Rocky Balboa" is fairly decent too.)
6. Taxi Driver (controversial yes, but it's really good)
7. Ben Hur
8. Citizen Kane
2. ghost in the shell
3. cowboy bebop the movie
4. spirited away
5. princess mononoke
1. Any classic disney film going all the way to the animated Tarzan movie, as the rest of the films go down hill from there until "Princess and the frog" recaptures the magic of the original films.
2. shrek trilogy
3. toy story 1 & 2
4. the incredibles
1. wizard of oz
2. west side story
3. singing in the rain
4. sound of music
mystery & film noir:
1. shutter island
2. sherlock holmes (2009)
3. china town
4. sunset boulevard
5. l.a. confidential
horror & monster movies:
1. paranormal activity
2. the exorcist
4. the original 1941 king kong and the peter jackson remake is good too.
5. the original nightmare on elm street
films based off real life stories:
1. hotel rwanda
2. schindler's list
1. christmas vacation
2. national lampoons vacation
3. home alone 1 & 2 (the rest stink, so just stick with these two)
4. Uncle Buck
5. Adventures in Babysitting
okay, that's all i can think of right now for each film category i could conceive. although im sure i missed a lot of them, and a few film categories. however, i hope this will be enough to get you started.
wow bravo stevie, u put alot of time into that list and your list is great i must say!
oh and if your into silent movies, then here's a few you can check out.
1. birth of a nation (although it's highly controversial and i don't agree with it's subject matter and story content. it's interesting to see how far humanity has come from those days, and to see all the new camera techniques that were invented in that film. i know you probably won't like it but if your a movie geek like me that loves learning about it's history, then you'll love it. By the way, im half asian, one quarter hispanic and one quarter native american, so NOBODY here can say im a racist for recommending that film.)
2. Any Charlie Chaplin movie
3. The Shiek
4. Son of the Shiek
anyway, i doubt seriously, you were looking for silent films too. however, i thought i'd mention them just in case you are.
Don't forget Metropolis...A great silent film that also happens to be science fiction
oh yeah, i forgot all about that movie. thanks for reminding me gs. i knew i must've forgot a few other good ones too. thanks again for reminding me my pretty spider friend.
oh by the way, if your looking for western movies then here's a few to consider also.
1. Unforgiven (any other clint eastwood western is good too)
3. any john wayne western is good
Shawshank Redemption... you'll feel good at the end of the movie
Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman
Jane Eyre... the versions of William Hurt and George C. Scott
The Bucket List
Marley and Me
Bridges of Madison County
a few more~
Dead Poets Society
Good Will Hunting
A Beautiful Mind
Out of Africa
Double Indemnity (Fred McMurray, Barbara Stanwick)
Strangers on a Train (Hitchcock)
The Day the Earth Stood Still (original version)
A Christmas Carol (1951 version with Alistair Sim)
Monty Python and the Holy Grail
The Meaning of Life (same bunch)
Blast from the Past (hilarious little movie)
When Harry Met Sally
On The Waterfront
Misery (Kathy Bates, James Caan)
The original post seems to want a list of films that are artistic and are the pride of film making history.
Any film with the genre tag romcom is to be avoided in this case, as are most 'box office' hits. While these can be entertaining, they are garbage nonetheless.
I really do recommend the internet movie database website as a resource to selecting appropriate films because the ratings there are normally about right.
If I was told I could only ever watch three films for the rest of my life I would choose:
1) A Clockwork Orange
2) Twelve Angry Men
3) Witnail and I
Not sure if anyone mentioned this one yet:
A great feel good movie that will make you smile!
oh yeah, here's a few other movies of other genres i forgot to mention sorry.
1. blue chips
2. major league 1 & 2
3. white men can't jump
1. american splendor
2. ghost world
3. an education
6. do the right thing
8. chasing amy
1. airplane 1 & 2
2. any mel brooks parody is pretty good
3. scary movie 1 & 2 (the rest stink from there)
There are so many great movies. There are also 100s if not 1000s of lists of movies out there. Many of the ones mentioned are good calls.
This year so far, I've seen quite a few that I believe to be standouts in their genre.
Double Indemnity is a true hollywood classic
Gilda is also a classic film
Triangle (Dont judge this one by its cover)
Green Street Hooligans
The Hurricane was good up until a certain part.
Titanic with Barbara Stanwyick and James Cameron's
Ned Kelly with Heath Ledger (underrated film)
Children of Men
Sorry, not all were movies I watched this year. Enjoy!
oh and if your into martial arts style movies:
1. Enter the dragon
2. heck any bruce lee film for that matter
4. Meng long guo jiang (retitled in the usa as revenge of the dragon and/or return of the dragon. i highly recommend it as it shows both bruce lee AND chuck norris fighting each other)
5. Rumble in the bronx
6. romeo must die
7. crouching tiger, hidden dragon
Okay I have a couple
1. Imitation Of Life with Lana Turner
2. Gone With The Wind
All the Disney movies
David Copperfield: Illusions
Wizard of Oz
Fantasia (oops, that's a Disney one)
City of Gods
A Beautiful Life
Bill Crosby as Himself
We Are Marshall
The titles are trickling into my head ever so slowly, but here's a couple more:
The Life of Sam Porter
Star Wars Saga
The Horse Whisperer
Hachiko - A Dog's Story (if you're lover of all living creatures)
I suggest the Lord of the Rings Trilogy, aside from the usual wizard thing it has a lot of good things about it. The movie symbolizes with what is happening in our world today. The different races found in the LOTR such as the hobbits, wizards, elves, dwarves, and men symbolizes the different races and religion today. Like those in the LOTR everyone is fighting to get the ring (w/c symbolizes power, fame, wealth) in order to get hold of it and use it either for good or evil. So far that's all i can suggest. i hope i made sense
I must admit, I am excited for the new Karate Kid to come out as well.... As the first one was awesome, I'm looking to see Will Smith's son act in this one.
The Pursuit of Happyness was really, really good. He did a phenomenal job..
Oh, and has anyone said ET yet?
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