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  • SaraR
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    This is similar to the question a few days ago about movies you would show in a film studies course. Instead, let’s say a friend really wanted to get to know more about movies, but more casually. Let’s say the friend has never seen any movies (he’s led a very sheltered life).

    What movies would you recommend to him to get him to really love movies and to learn more about the craft? New classics, old classics, or maybe a little forgotten film that affected you in a big way. Movies that exemplify certain genres (horror, comedy, superhero, biopic, etc.). Movies that have exemplary visual effects, or scripts, or performances. Great movies and bad movies by a certain director. Basically, movies that you believe any person with an appreciation and love for the craft of filmmaking should see at some point in his life.

    What would make your list and why?

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    Beau S.
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    Not necessarily in this order, but…

    1. The Wizard of Oz – everyone knows this one and you’ll be sorry if you don’t know the references

    2. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind – Charlie Kaufman is the best screenwriter in the world!

    3. The Shawshank Redemption – Stephen King’s story is great and incredible use of the camera.

    4. North by Northwest – Alfred Hitchcock’s biggest movie, famous action scenes.

    5. Tootsie – if you’re ever acted, you need to see this.

    6. The Graduate – the definition of an American classic, everyone knows it.

    7. Little Miss Sunshine – intelligently funny and great plot.

    8. Memento – creative by every definition of the word and a killer ending.

    9. Casablanca – you can’t call yourself a film buff until you’ve seen this one.

    10. Taxi Driver – solidified Scorsese and De Niro as two of the best in their respective fields.

    11. On the Waterfront – Marlon Brando redefines film acting.

    12. Psycho – another one that everybody knows.

    13. Schindler’s List – gorgeously filmed and acted, everyone knows Spielberg.

    14. The Usual Suspects – the ending, enough said.

    15. Amelie – French, excellent cinematorgraphy, funny.

    16. The Godfather movies – truly American films that excel in every aspect of filmmaking.

    17. ET – the movie that got me into movies, Spileberg’s direction is great!

    18. Close Encounters of the Third Kind – one of the best sci-fi’s ever!

    19. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest – Jack Nicholson is a staple of American cinema.

    20. The Lord of the Rings Movies – talk about great sci-fi’s, groundbreaking visual effects.

    21. Pan’s Labyrinth – you have to see this to believe it.

    22. Star Wars (early movies) – talk about groundbreaking visual effects, Harrison Ford is the original coolest guy in Hollywood.

    23. Nolan’s Batman movies – you don’t see superhero movies like this a lot, Heath Ledger is reason enough.

    24. Dr. Strangelove – who else but Kubrick?

    25. The Lion King – terrific animation, one of the greatest films ever made.

    26. All Pixar movies – the animation in each one exceeds the quality of the one before it, touching and fun films, great music.

    27. Back to the Future Trilogy – you have to be crazy to not love these films!

    28. Drive – solid direction, great noir film.

    29. Chinatown – perfect definition of auteur theory, another great noir film.

    30. Bonnie and Clyde – ushering in the beginning of New Hollywood.

    31. The Social Network – great way of showing modern American filmmaking.

    32. Far From Heaven – throwback to 1950’s, Douglas Sirk-style film, Julianne Moore is divine.

    33. There Will Be Blood – the chaos that unfolds in a universe filled with flawed/dysfunctional characters.

    34. Annie Hall – a film that survives because of its screenplay and total role commitment of the actors.

    35. Plan 9 from Outer Space – so bad that it’s funny. 

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    nkb325
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    Scream. It’s practically a lesson on the slasher genre while still being legitimately scary

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    vinny
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    I agree with every choice above. I am just going to add 10 more:

    1)”Lincoln” – This movie has the best movie sets I have ever seen on film and its perfect
    2)”The Dark Knight” – Heath Ledger. Enough Said
    3)”The Dark Knight Rises” – Now that is how you make a superhero movie.
    4)”Argo” – Perfection
    5)”Mary Poppins” – Odd choice for some but The best live action children’s movie EVER.
    6)”West Side Story” – It’s perfection
    7)”Pulp Fiction” – It’s a classic
    8)”Gone With The Wind” – The movie of all movies. It really is the one that everyone has seen and is just iconic
    9)”A Nightmare on Elm Street” – The best blend of horror, sarcasm, and overall one of the best horror movies ever.
    10)”Poltergeist”   – It’s that scary.          

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    vinny
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    Sorry just thought of 7 more

    1)My Big Fat Greek Wedding
    2)Beauty and the Beast
    3)Snow White and the Seven Dawarves
    4)Cleopatra
    5)Some Like It Hot
    6)Cat on A Hot Tin Roof
    7)Les Miserables (2012)        

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    allabout oscars
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    From each genre..i would hope that people would watch these films.

    DRAMA
      THE GODFATHER PARTS I AND II
      SCHINDLER’S LIST
      WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF?
      CITIZEN KANE
      ALL ABOUT EVE
    COMEDY
      TOOTSIE
      ANNIE HALL
      THE PRODUCERS
      THE GRADUATE
      SOME LIKE IT HOT
    MUSICALS
      WEST SIDE STORY
      MY FAIR LADY
      SINGIN IN THE RAIN
      THE KING AND I
      THE SOUND OF MUSIC
    FANTASY/SCI-FI
      E.T. THE EXTRA TERRESTRIAL
      DR. STRANGELOVE
      2001; A SPACE ODYSSEY
      CLOSE ENCOUNTERS
      STAR WARS
    WESTERNS
      UNFORGIVEN
      THE SEARCHERS
      STAGECOACH
     AND FINALLY JUST BECAUSE YOU NEED TO

      CITIZEN KANE
      CASABLANCA
      GONE WITH THE WIND
      NETWORK
      VERTIGO
      PSYCHO
      ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST
      REDS
      THE DEER HUNTER
      THE HOURS

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