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10 Films That Everyone Should See

Updated on September 15, 2008

One of my all time favorite topics! Most of these movies, very few people have seen or heard of, so other in the list are obvious favorites loved by almost every one. Take the time to please tell me what you thought of my list.

The list is ordered at random.

Original Movie Trailer for Dr. Strangelove

Dr. Strangelove or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)

A cult classic, a satire on the cold war and the paranoia of the time. A total spoof of the ultra military mind set of the period by both the U.S.S.R. and the U.S.A. The crazy plot is surpassed by the extreme nature of the characters in the movies. A true comedy masterpiece, there is nothing else like it. Written and directed by Stanley Kubrick, adapted from the novel by Peter George. The movie stars Peter Sellers, George C. Scott, Sterling Hayden, Keenan Wynn, Slim Pickens

Heat Movie Trailer

Heat (1995)

Heat is one of those movies that became an instant classic when it came out. It host an all star cast of actors and the plot surrounds two of the greatest actors of our time Robert De Niro and Al Pacino. De Niro plays a calculating professional criminal who has shut him self of to the world in order to stay focused on task set in front of him. Pacino plays an overly committed to detective who devotes himself completely to his job. This crime saga mixes explosive action sequences, with possibly the best gun fight scene ever made. All of the action is set in the forefront to the backdrop of a down tempo serious dramatic set of sub-plots. There is an all star cast of Robert Di Nero, Al Pacino, Val Kilmer, Jon Voight, Tom Sizemore, Natalie Portman, Ashley Judd and more.

Movie Trailer

Once Upon A Time In The West (1968)

This movie is the masterpiece of Sergio Leone. A classic example of the spaghetti western. Leone displays his timeless style of extreme close up shots while off setting them with long lasting wide screen shots. The movies has a lose plot that is character based. It stats Charles Bronson, Jason Robards, Henry Fonda, and Claudia Cardinale. Written by Leone and Sergio Donati. This movie carries a "larger than life" feel the whole way through, and even through its slowest moment you don't flinch, it inspires anticipation for the next big moment.

Donnie Darko Movie Trailer

Donnie Darko (2001)

Another cult classic psychological thriller film written and directed by Richard Kelly, and starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Jena Malone, and Maggie Gyllenhaal. The film depicts the reality-bending venture of the titular character as he seeks the meaning and significance of his troubling end-of-the-world visions. Donnie who decides to stop taking his anti-psychotics begins to see visions of a man in a bunny suite who claims to be from the future, and directs him to commit a series of deviant deeds.

Scenes from La Dolce Vita

La dolce vita "The Sweet Life" (1960)

Directed by acclaimed film maker Federico Fellini. Fellini is known as a film artist, and devoted him self to his movies like few other directs ever have. The Movie follows a celebrated journalist who spends his days covering the lavish lives of the elite, often indulging in excess at every turn. Marcello Mastroianni plays the journalist. Marcello, also the name of his character is a playboy but lives with a possessive woman. The story is masterful telling of pop culture and it's excessive tendencies and their glorification by the media.

Dumb and Dumber Highlight

Dumb & Dumber (1994)

Need I say more?

Barry Lyndon Movie Trailer

Barry Lyndon (1975)

This is another great film from my all time favorite movie director Stanley Kubrick. Although the movie won 4 academy awards and was nominated for 11 in total, it remains one of his lesser known works.

The story follows Barry Lyndon, a poor Irish man than enlist in the army only to be captured and forced to convert to a member of the Prussian army. The film takes place in mid 18'th century. Lyndon then leaves Prussian and finds his way through Europe. Along his travels he meets a woman he is immediatley infatuated with him. He eventually marries the widow and becomes part of the Aristocracy. The movie remains slow though out but always entertaining, Lyndon is the ever charismatic fellow who is easy to watch.

Pulp Fiction Movie Trailer

Pulp Fiction (1994)

Pulp Fiction was dropped upon us like fat man on Nagasaki, it became the standard for which all the new-wave, avant-garde cinema was to be tested against. Recognized for its melancholy exciting flavor and unfathomable cool. Revolving around a a time warped narrative, composed of three stories, which are impacting in them selves even with out the power lent to them from the actors. Pulp Fiction brings you inside an idea Quentin Tarantino had successfully crafted through a personal vision and ideology of what kind of film he wished to make. The movie starts with an entertaining conversation of tension and wit between two robbers, one being Tim Roth and the other being Amanda Plummer, who kick-start the film with furious energy. This scene is then followed by the infamous conversation of Amsterdam and burgers between the justifiable "cool" of Jules (Samuel L. Jackson) and Vincent (John Travolta). From here on in you have entered a world fueled by greed and missing-morality. There is no other film with carries so much of a cool factor.

Monty Python and The Holy Grail trailer

Monty Python And The Holy Grail (1975)

By far Monty Pythons greatest success. This was their second movie they released. It is a spoof based off of King Authr's quest to find the Holy Grail. The movie has produced some of the most memorable movies quotes in pop culture today and still enjoys a huge amount of success in DVD sales. The plot is hardly worth mentioning, only because of the humor comes form the individual moments and the actual dialog between characters. The humor is based of a irony and frustration felt at every turn in the movie.

Paths to Glory Trailer

Paths of Glory (1957)

Another Kubrick, I know. Hey it's my list that's what I like.

This was Kubricks first big success, he was only 28 when the film was made. It was a low budget film. It set in WWI France on the western front. The film stared Kirk Douglas as a war mongering military leader who lacks regard for the life of his own troops. His inhumanity shown towards his troops is fueled by his own ambitions for success and status. Tight camera work in the trench, and long scenes panning over terrain give this black and white film a stunning look.

How many of these movies made it into your must see list?

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      Ryan Hupfer 

      10 years ago from San Francisco, CA

      Hey man, thanks for answering my request and great list!

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      10 years ago

      I would have included The Godfather, The Shawshank Redemption and The Matrix. Haven't seen all of yours though so can't really comment except I hate Dumb and Dumber! Not a fan of Jim Carrey at all.


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