81 Movies. One Goal

So I’ve read basically all of Get The Picture? The Movie Lovers Guide To Watching The Movies, which I enjoyed. I’ve also seen the TCM series, Moguls and Movie Stars, and I’m currently reading A Short History of The Movies (which I promise ain’t that short…). Among them and through suggestions of friends and colleagues, several films have popped up as THE features that film buffs should check out. So using that, and the general “I gotta see that” list of movies floating around in my head, I’ve come up with this list of 80 movies that I need to see or revisit over the next year or so. I will completely admit that I have not seen most of the titles on this list. Really, like the vast majority of these movies. But, I want to broaden my base of knowledge of films. And I want to sound like a film douche buff at parties.
This list is is not solely the best movies of all time, or the most important. Many of them are the most highly regarded films in the century or so that films have been made. But some of these are also prime examples of excellent character development, tight pacing, high drama, or carefully constructed mise-en-scene, and the like. So take a look, judge me, make suggestions, after the jump, of course…
  1. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
  2. Platoon
  3. Y Tu Mama Tambien
  4. Entre Nous
  5. This Boy’s Life
  6. Little Children
  7. Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels
  8. Grapes of Wrath
  9. Hotel Rwanda
  10. Vera Drake
  11. The Wild Bunch
  12. Mildred Pierce
  13. The Thin Red Line
  14. Secretary
  15. Magnolia
  16. Being John Malkovich
  17. The Queen
  18. Easy Rider
  19. Dr. Strangelove
  20. The Graduate
  21. Silence of The Lambs
  22. Dirty Harry
  23. Letters from Iwo Jima
  24. Flags of Our Fathers
  25. A Beautiful Mind
  26. Far From Heaven
  27. Casablanca
  28. The Godfather: Parts I, II, and III
  29. The Weather Man
  30. Apocalypse Now
  31. Edward Scissorhands
  32. Tootsie
  33. Million Dollar Baby
  34. Election
  35. Taxi Driver
  36. Bonnie & Clyde
  37. Run Lola Run
  38. Citizen Kane
  39. Stagecoach
  40. Saving Private Ryan
  41. Seven Samurai
  42. Young Frankenstein
  43. Schindler’s List
  44. Clerks
  45. The Last Picture Show
  46. The Apartment
  47. Half Nelson
  48. Married to the Mob
  49. The Good German
  50. Fight Club
  51. Blood Diamond
  52. Marie Antoinette
  53. Volver
  54. Raging Bull
  55. Meet John Doe
  56. Vertigo
  57. M*A*S*H
  58. Crimes & Misdemeanors
  59. Munich
  60. Chinatown
  61. Titanic
  62. The Fugitive
  63. The Last King of Scotland
  64. The Hours
  65. Good Night and Good Luck
  66. Born on the Fourth of July
  67. Gone With The Wind
  68. City Lights
  69. All About Eve
  70. Double Indemnity
  71. Intolerance
  72. Duck Soup
  73. Modern Times
  74. Bringing up Baby
  75. Do The Right Thing
  76. It Happened One Night
  77. The Philadelphia Story
  78. The Public Enemy
  79. Home of the Brave
  80. Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf
  81. 42nd Street

Uh, I didn’t repeat anything, right?


About Michelle

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Posted on January 8, 2011, in American Film History, Foundation and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Life is Beautiful (since we already watched the OTHER Holocaust comedy, The Great Dictator).

  2. and let’s add Malcolm X!!

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