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Must See Movies

rogerebert.com lists the following 102 must see movies… I’m really quite surprized by how few of these movies I’ve seen – or even heard of.

  1. saw it “2001: a space odyssey“(1968) Stanley Kubrick – If you haven’t seen this movie – do so. Yes it’s boring and it doesn’t make sense. You just really need to know this movie to keep up with conversations and cultural references.
  2. The 400 Blows” (1959) Francois Truffaut – never even heard of it.
  3. 8 1/2” (1963) Federico Fellini – not familiar with the movie, but Federico Fellini is synonomous with art flick
  4. Aguirre, the Wrath of God” (1972) Werner Herzog – I haven’t seen this movie and I don’t know if I ever will. I’ve had some bad experiences with Wener Herzog – images I will never get out of my head – I can’t stand the sound of his voice either. yeech! gives me the creeps.
  5. saw it “Alien” (1979) Ridley Scott – of course you must see this movie, but the sequel “Aliens” was better. The last one was a waste of time.
  6. All About Eve” (1950) Joseph L. Mankiewicz – it’s on my list
  7. Annie Hall” (1977) Woody Allen – also on my list
  8. saw it “Apocalypse Now” (1979) Francis Ford Coppola – Classic Vietnam war movie – think “I love the smell of Napalm in the morning; it smells like victory” In this movie Marlon Brandow gives us a sneak peek at how creepy he will become.
  9. saw it “Bambi” (1942) Disney – see it
  10. The Battleship Potemkin” (1925) Sergei Eisenstein – on my list.
  11. The Best Years of Our Lives” (1946) William Wyler – haven’t seen it
  12. The Big Red One” (1980) Samuel Fuller – haven’t seen it
  13. The Bicycle Thief” (1949) Vittorio De Sica – haven’t seen it.
  14. The Big Sleep” (1946) Howard Hawks – haven’t seen it
  15. Blade Runner” (1982) Ridley Scott – haven’t seen it
  16. Blowup” (1966) Michelangelo Antonioni – haven’t seen it
  17. saw it “Blue Velvet” (1986) David Lynch – wish I hadn’t seen it – very unfortunate. I love Isabella Roselini and Kyle MacLachlan – but they took me places I didn’t want to go.
  18. Bonnie and Clyde” (1967) Arthur Penn – havent seen it
  19. Breathless” (1959 Jean-Luc Godard – haven’t seen it
  20. Bringing Up Baby” (1938) Howard Hawks – haven’t seen it although I love Katherine Hepburn and intend to see the movie soon.
  21. Carrie” (1975) Brian DePalma – haven’t seen it – really not into horror flicks
  22. saw it “Casablanca” (1942) Michael Curtiz – this is one of those movies I’ve seen a million times. love it.
  23. Un Chien Andalou” (1928) Luis Bunuel & Salvador Dali – Salvador Dali as director – curious – suspect it may take a great deal of patience to watch one of his movies.
  24. Children of Paradise” / “Les Enfants du Paradis” (1945) Marcel Carne – haven’t seen it
  25. Chinatown” (1974) Roman Polanski – haven’t seen it
  26. saw it “Citizen Kane” (1941) Orson Welles – must see. if you have not seen this movie do so right away
  27. saw it “A Clockwork Orange” (1971) Stanley Kubrick – another movie I wish I had not seen. Not just because I’ll never get those 2 hours back, but because I’ll never get those images out of my head.
  28. saw it “The Crying Game” (1992) Neil Jordan – there was a lot of buzz when the movie came out because of the twist at the end and the controversial subject matter. Take away the twist and the controversy and the story doesn’t stand
  29. The Day the Earth Stood Still” (1951) Robert Wise – haven’t seen it
  30. Days of Heaven” (1978) Terence Malick – haven’t seen it
  31. saw it “Dirty Harry” (1971) Don Siegel – I grew up with four brothers – this movie was played many times in my presence, although I don’t think I could tell you the plot because I wasn’t paying all that much attention
  32. The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie” (1972) Luis Bunuel – haven’t seen it
  33. Do the Right Thing” (1989) Spike Lee – haven’t seen it
  34. La Dolce Vita” (1960) Federico Fellini – haven’t seen it
  35. Double Indemnity” (1944) Billy Wilder – haven’t seen it
  36. Dr. Strangelove” (1964) Stanley Kubrick – havent seen it – although I intend to soon.
  37. Duck Soup” (1933) Leo McCarey – haven’t seen it
  38. E.T. — The Extra-Terrestrial” (1982) Steven Spielberg – always wanted to see this one – actually surprizes me that I haven’t managed to accomplish that yet.
  39. Easy Rider” (1969) Dennis Hopper – haven’t seen it – Dennis Hopper was ruined for me in Blue Velvet see #17
  40. saw it “The Empire Strikes Back” (1980) Irvin Kershner – my husband is the world’s biggest Star Wars Geek – of course I’ve seen this one.
  41. The Exorcist” (1973) William Friedkin – haven’t seen it
  42. saw it “Fargo” (1995) Joel & Ethan Coen – funny and disturbing
  43. saw it “Fight Club” (1999) David Fincher – brilliant
  44. Frankenstein” (1931) James Whale – haven’t seen it.
  45. The General” (1927) Buster Keaton & Clyde Bruckman – havent seen it
  46. Saw all three”The Godfather,” “The Godfather, Part II” (1972, 1974) Francis Ford Coppola – but for some reason, I have the hardest time staying awake through them. It’s like a pavolvian response, when the theme song starts playing my eyelids start getting droopy.
  47. Gone With the Wind” (1939) Victor Fleming – still haven’t seen it
  48. saw it “GoodFellas” (1990) Martin Scorsese – this is one of my husband’s all time favorite movies – so yes, I’ve seen this many times.
  49. saw it “The Graduate” (1967) Mike Nichols – classic love triangle with the older lady twist
  50. Halloween” (1978) John Carpenter – have not seen it
  51. A Hard Day’s Night” (1964) Richard Lester – have not seen it
  52. Intolerance” (1916) D.W. Griffith – have not seen it
  53. It’s a Gift” (1934) Norman Z. McLeod – have not seen it
  54. saw it “It’s a Wonderful Life” (1946) Frank Capra – Christmas tradition – every Christmas for as long as I can remember.
  55. saw it “Jaws” (1975) Steven Spielberg – just that da dum sound scares me
  56. The Lady Eve” (1941) Preston Sturges – have not seen it
  57. Lawrence of Arabia” (1962) David Lean – have not seen it
  58. M” (1931) Fritz Lang – have not seen it
  59. Mad Max 2” / “The Road Warrior” (1981) George Miller – have not seen it
  60. The Maltese Falcon” (1941) John Huston – have not seen it
  61. The Manchurian Candidate” (1962) John Frankenheimer – have not seen it – and we have it here at the house, I should take care of that.
  62. Metropolis” (1926) Fritz Lang – have not seen it
  63. Modern Times” (1936) Charles Chaplin – have not seen it
  64. saw it “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” (1975) Terry Jones & Terry Gilliam – if you have a sense of humor you must see this movie. If you do not have a sense of humor stay away from this movie.
  65. Nashville” (1975) Robert Altman – have not seen it
  66. The Night of the Hunter” (1955) Charles Laughton – have not seen it
  67. Night of the Living Dead” (1968) George Romero – have not seen it
  68. North by Northwest” (1959) Alfred Hitchcock – have not seen it
  69. Nosferatu” (1922) F.W. Murnau – have not seen it
  70. On the Waterfront” (1954) Elia Kazan – have not seen it
  71. Once Upon a Time in the West” (1968) Sergio Leone – have not seen it
  72. Out of the Past” (1947) Jacques Tournier – have not seen it
  73. Persona” (1966) Ingmar Bergman – have not seen it
  74. Pink Flamingos” (1972) John Waters – have not seen it
  75. Psycho” (1960) Alfred Hitchcock – have not seen it
  76. saw it “Pulp Fiction” (1994) Quentin Tarantino – this is great movie making – Quentine Tarantino is brilliant behind the camera, I wish he would not insist on getting in front of the camera in all of his movies.
  77. Rashomon” (1950) Akira Kurosawa – have not seen it
  78. Rear Window” (1954) Alfred Hitchcock – have not seen it
  79. Rebel Without a Cause” (1955) Nicholas Ray – have not seen it
  80. Red River” (1948) Howard Hawks – have not seen it
  81. Repulsion” (1965) Roman Polanski – have not seen it
  82. The Rules of the Game” (1939) Jean Renoir – have not seen it
  83. Scarface” (1932) Howard Hawks – have not seen it
  84. The Scarlet Empress” (1934) Josef von Sternberg – have not seen it
  85. saw it “Schindler’s List” (1993) Steven Spielberg – very touching movie – well made, moving, riveting
  86. The Searchers” (1956) John Ford – have not seen it
  87. The Seven Samurai” (1954) Akira Kurosawa – have not seen it
  88. Singin’ in the Rain” (1952) Stanley Donen & Gene Kelly – have not seen it
  89. Some Like It Hot” (1959) Billy Wilder – have not seen it
  90. A Star Is Born” (1954) George Cukor – have not seen it
  91. A Streetcar Named Desire” (1951) Elia Kazan – have not seen it
  92. Sunset Boulevard” (1950) Billy Wilder – have not seen it
  93. Taxi Driver” (1976) Martin Scorsese – have not seen it
  94. The Third Man” (1949) Carol Reed – have not seen it
  95. Tokyo Story” (1953) Yasujiro Ozu – have not seen it
  96. Touch of Evil” (1958) Orson Welles – have not seen it
  97. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre” (1948) John Huston – have not seen it
  98. Trouble in Paradise” (1932) Ernst Lubitsch – have not seen it
  99. Vertigo” (1958) Alfred Hitchcock – have not seen it
  100. West Side Story” (1961) Jerome Robbins/Robert Wise – have not seen it
  101. The Wild Bunch” (1969) Sam Peckinpah – have not seen it
  102. saw it “The Wizard of Oz” (1939) Victor Fleming – I can quote the lines right along with the movie. An American Classic.

22/102 – looks like I’ve got some work to do.

Seattle writer, Judy Schwartz Haley, blogs about raising a toddler while battling cancer, finishing a degree, and fending off ninjas. Also, she needs more coffee.
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