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Mesa
10-31-2008, 09:39 PM
Thought this might be a cool thread to provide some input on movies that everyone should see at least once because the meaning withstands the test of time.

of course there are such greats as Planet of the Apes and 2001, but maybe this thread coul be reserved for more of the drama/political/life-experience movies.

Something every person (young/old) should see and hopefully appreciate, regardless of when they were born.

Comments more than welcome.


My first two nominations:

NETWORK - 1976
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0074958/


THE GRADUATE - 1967
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0061722/



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Bodie The Cursed
10-31-2008, 09:45 PM
Fast Times at Ridgemount High.. CLassic..

RJMacReady16
10-31-2008, 09:46 PM
Just off the top of my head.

These will always remain relevant...of course until the entire structure of our country is changed by the powers that be.:monkey2

Apocalypse Now 1979

Cool Hand Luke 1967

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest 1975

Mesa
10-31-2008, 09:49 PM
still have yet to see Cool Hand Luke. That's what this thread is for. What have I missed? I just finished Network for 2nd time and it is so applicable to today's political/media fed world.

Batty
10-31-2008, 09:53 PM
Three of my favorite movies of all time-

Lawrence of Arabia - 1962 (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0056172/)

To Kill A Mockingbird - 1962 (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0056592/)

Seven Samurai - 1954 (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0047478/)

Darklord Dave
11-01-2008, 02:52 PM
The Philadelphia Story (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0032904/) 1940

Touch of Evil (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0052311/) 1958

-Super Hans-
11-01-2008, 03:03 PM
cutting it fine to pre 90's but full metal jacket is a good one. captures the crazyness of the vietnam war. 1987

Rogue Trooper
11-01-2008, 03:35 PM
Theres so many that ive have yet to see.

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0060196/)

Sparticus-1960 (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0054331/)

Paths of Glory-1957 (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0050825/)

tomandshell
11-01-2008, 03:42 PM
Three of my favorite movies of all time-

Lawrence of Arabia - 1962 (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0056172/)

To Kill A Mockingbird - 1962 (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0056592/)

Seven Samurai - 1954 (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0047478/)

This is why I like Batty. He has good taste.

I also personally like The Searchers, Bridge on the River Kwai, Vertigo and Ben-Hur, among other classics.

The Boot
11-01-2008, 03:48 PM
The Godfather (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0068646/) How did this not get a mention yet?

The Godfather Part II (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0071562/)

The Great Escape (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0057115/)

Bringing Up Baby (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0029947/)

and, of course...

Major League (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0097815/) Classic. :D




Lawrence of Arabia - 1962 (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0056172/)

Seven Samurai - 1954 (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0047478/)


:lecture :lecture :lecture

Voorhees27
11-01-2008, 04:38 PM
Just some that come to mind:

Godfather
Godfather II
Taxi Driver
Raging Bull
Escape from Alcatraz
One flew over the cuckoo's nest
And justice for all
Dog day afternoon
The Shining
Empire of the sun
Scarface
Rocky

Now imo it doesn't matter about pre 1990's because the absolute best films ever made were done so after 1990.

BeachBum
11-01-2008, 04:54 PM
All of these from my personal collection, none of them have been mentioned so far:

Casablanca 1943
The Killers 1946
Out of the Past 1947
Magnificent Seven 1960
Bullitt 1968

Luchador138
11-01-2008, 05:05 PM
Just one:
Back to the Future
:monkey3

But I am a little biassed towards 8 1/2 :)

The Boot
11-01-2008, 05:07 PM
Out of the Past 1947


The first film mentioned here that I haven't seen. Mitchum and Douglas noir, eh?

I'm off to add this one to the queue... :rock


Just one:
Back to the Future
:monkey3


Quoted for truth. :lecture

Batty
11-01-2008, 05:18 PM
This is why I like Batty. He has good taste.

Why Tom, all this time I thought you liked me just for my looks. :wave

Mesa
11-01-2008, 10:55 PM
I need to rejoin netflix/blockbuster to catch up on all these.

wofford29
11-01-2008, 11:10 PM
Me thinks the meaning of this thread has been confused for good movies and not movies with a message that still holds true in todays day and age. Anywho....


"Glengary, Glen Ross"

It was made in 92 so it just barely misses the cutoff here, but it's too good too not mention.

I'd also like to add the originals of

"12 Angry Men"

"All the Kings Men"

"Mr. Smith goes to Washington"

UTtoyfan
11-02-2008, 11:55 AM
Lots of great movies here. I'll add a personal favorite that hasn't been mentioned yet.

Not an older classic, but I count it as modern day classic: Stand By Me (1986)

Watching it today, I still get emotional towards the end.

-Super Hans-
11-02-2008, 07:42 PM
another war movie: patton:1970 awesome movie

Nacho
11-04-2008, 08:07 PM
I would say
The Warriors 1979
Class of 1984 (early 80's)
GoodFellas (just made it 1990)
and Jaws.

Darth Caedus
11-04-2008, 10:12 PM
One of my all time favorite movies, from 1934

http://zunguzungu.files.wordpress.com/2008/06/it-happened-one-night.jpg

And of course the greatest Action movie of all time from 1988

http://www2.bc.edu/~yanno/Die%20Hard.jpg

Ven
11-04-2008, 10:33 PM
chinatown.

amarcord
11-04-2008, 10:37 PM
http://www.impawards.com/1973/posters/paper_moon.jpg

Alice Adrenochrome
11-05-2008, 04:46 PM
Night of the Hunter.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0048424/

It's a Wonderful Life.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0038650/

The color Purple.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0088939/

The Dear Hunter.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0077416/

The Wanderers.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0080117/

barryo
11-05-2008, 04:59 PM
the great waldo pepper - 1975

butch cassidy & the sundance kid - 1969

the sting - 1973

just a few :D.......there are tons actually


forrest gump......:rock.........:banana

Shatterer of Dreams
11-06-2008, 02:51 PM
Dr. Strangelove
Blue Velvet
and the best comdy of all time.... The Jerk

NASEDO
11-06-2008, 05:13 PM
Night of the Hunter.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0048424/

It's a Wonderful Life.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0038650/

The color Purple.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0088939/

The Dear Hunter.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0077416/

The Wanderers.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0080117/


The Wanderers is one of my favs. Great flick!

NASEDO
11-06-2008, 05:25 PM
One of my all time favorite films now is the Godfather. I only first saw this film about 4 years ago. Last week I finally finished the saga watching all three but 1 is still my fav.

Anyway while watching the 1st Godfather, I said to myself, "Wow, this Michael Corleone is a great actor, who is this guy". Then the credits roll with Al Pacino and I couldn't believe it. I hated him in heat, and his acting style is always the same, almost like in Godfather 3, the scratchy voice and go-tee. In the Godfather he's clean cut, looks more white, soft spoken, and did a killer job acting in the 1st two films. I thought is was funny though.

Batty
11-06-2008, 05:30 PM
One of my all time favorite films now is the Godfather. I only first saw this film about 4 years ago. Last week I finally finished the saga watching all three but 1 is still my fav.

Anyway while watching the 1st Godfather, I said to myself, "Wow, this Michael Corleone is a great actor, who is this guy". Then the credits roll with Al Pacino and I couldn't believe it. I hated him in heat, and his acting style is always the same, almost like in Godfather 3, the scratchy voice and go-tee. In the Godfather he's clean cut, looks more white, soft spoken, and did a killer job acting in the 1st two films. I thought is was funny though.

Have you watched Serpico and Dog Day Afternoon? Those two along with the first two Godfather movies are his best, IMO.

NASEDO
11-06-2008, 06:21 PM
No I havent seen them yet, I'll definetly check them out. I heard Carlitos Way was good to. I liked Pacino in Scarface, just can't get over him in Godfather.

Odin
11-08-2008, 07:31 PM
Kiss me, Kate (1953)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0045963/

If you haven't heard of it, it's like the "original" Ten things I hate about you.

I wish I could think of more, but I have a mental block at the moment... Would I be shunned if I said Gone with the Wind? I don't think anyone else listed that yet, but as far as classics go (and IMO) I'd say it's a must see.

ScaryCreature
11-08-2008, 08:10 PM
The Ten Commandments

TwoFace
11-10-2008, 08:39 PM
Citizen Kane!

Mesa
11-13-2008, 10:43 PM
For some reason, I thought I read someone suggest "Easy Rider," on this list but now I can't find it. Anyway, I picked it up at a swap meet last Sunday for $4.

Well, it's not on this list, as well as it shouldn't. What a piece of crap movie. I'm all about a good stoner flick, but this definitely didn't qualify. The ending was horrible. The trip scene was garbage. Maybe a second viewing is more meaningful, but this movie didn't do much for me at all.

CelticPredator
11-13-2008, 10:49 PM
Goldfinger.

LOTRFan
11-13-2008, 10:56 PM
This is impossible to limit to any real number but a few musts from much earlier than 1990 ---

1) Citizen Kane, but AFTER a cursory reading about Hearst

2) Bride of Frankenstein, after informing yourself about James Whale, radical filmaking

3) King Kong, you have to admire the "special effects"

4) Casablanca, one liners galore!

others: 12 Angry Men, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Longest Day