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Growing up I was never really big into old movies. I don't know whether it was because I was always playing basketball and didn't have time or what. A recent conversation among friends about Shawshank Redemption led me to realize that there are a lot of really well known movies I hadn't seen. I started with the Breakfast Club last night and I liked it. Tonight I am going to watch Shawshank Redemption. Please suggest other must see movies that I can download and watch before I go to bed. Thanks.
This post was edited by Canyonerooooo 18 months ago
What decade range are you looking for? When I think of iconic old movies, I don't start with the 80's.
Famous movies from any decade that you would recommend.
If you liked Breakfast Club, you could always go with Sixteen Candles or Say Anything. Then tweet about it and have girls flip out.
A Clockwork Orange
City of God (subtitles, but amazing)
Life of Brian
The Good, The Bad and the Ugly
all over the board there
This post was edited by JDawgBBall9 18 months ago
"Maryland football: Where everybody gets hurt and the starting left tackle has an existential crisis."
The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly and Apocalypse Now are two "classic" movies I saw for the first time in the last few years that both blew me away.
Godfather (Parts I and II)
Pretty in Pink
St. Elmo's Fire
Chariots of Fire
A River Runs Through It
Legends of the Fall
The Great Escape
Enter the Dragon
Ok this is a good start because the only one listed that I've seen so far is Usual Suspects. One of my favorite movies fwiw.
Also, Molly Ringwald was adorable as a teenager. I guess that was kind of the point.
When I hear someone refer to the 80s as "old" I nearly always soil my Depends.
I 2nd the Great Escape
Ringworm: do not want.
Full Metal Jacket
Kentucky Fried Movie
Thanks but the one from 1933 may be a little far down the list. I'm assuming that is a silent film?
Top of my head, in no particular order, and I'm sure I'm leaving out some very important ones:
The Manchurian Candidate (original only plz - the one with Frank Sinatra)
This Is Spinal Tap (if this ever gets remade, the culprits should be castrated)
Animal House (duh)
The Blues Brothers (duh)
Casino Royale (original only plz - the one with Woody Allen and the Bacharach/David soundtrack)
To Have And Have Not
Harold And Maude
Star Wars (episode IV)
The Philadelphia Story (Kate Hepburn version plz... tho I'm pretty sure they changed the title when they remade it with Grace Kelly)
Few of my favorite older flicks that weren't mentioned...or I missed them...
Cool Hand Luke
Im ready for aa 5th of vodica to end my feels.
Sometimes I think TGTB&TU is my favorite movie.
Prolly not. But it's definitely top 10.
I think the boobs in that movie were the first I ever saw that weren't my mom's.
I'd like to echo City of God. Also, Vertigo is one of my all time faves.
There were boobs in The Breakfast Club? Was someone looking at a Playboy magazine or something? I don't remember it
The first time I saw The Breakfast Club I was in high school. I started dating a redhead shortly thereafter. I have no doubt in my mind those two were connected. I loved her younger characters in her 80s movies
Here's a list of some of my favorites over the decades. Obviously this depends on your tolerance for older movies, which can sometimes feel hammy because of the era in which they were made:
The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938). Stars Errol Flynn in his iconic role. I love this movie, just a lot of fun. It was also one of the early color films. Has one of the great sword fight sequences at the end. Fun fact, all the dudes being shot with arrows in this movie were shot with real arrows while wearing padding.
Casablanca (1942). Bogart in his iconic role. Claude Rains is fantastic as the French captain. Movie drags big time during the flashback scenes, but otherwise is very good. Great ending.
The Searchers (1955). Maybe the best western of all time, certainly in the top 5. One of John Ford's best, and he was arguably the best director working during the 30s-early 60s. The best of the old Hollywood westerns.
Already mentioned so if you want the modern western I'd go through Sergio Leone's stuff. All 3 of the Clint Eastwood ones (Good the Bad and the Ugly is the best). Once Upon a Time in the West (1968) is also great.
A coule of personal favorites from the 60s war movie collection areThe Great Escape (1963) and The Dirty Dozen (1967). Almost everyone in them that speaks more than 3 words is famous. Fun movies.
Means Streets (1973) to Taxi Driver (1976) to Raging Bull (1980). Basically the Scorcese-DeNiro intro course. Since he's the best guy of the last 40 years, if you want to get a feel for him this is the way to go. You can probably skip Mean Streets, it's a little rougher/less put together than the others (and a lot smaller), but going through these 3 you can see the development.
Glory (1989). Classic civil war movie. Great Denzel Washington and Morgan Freeman performances. One of the more historically accurate films you will find, meaning that only most of it is made up.
This post was edited by bkmalik 18 months ago
Not necessarily iconic, but movies I like from the 80s/early 90s:
Hunt for Red October
Coming to America
Back to the Future
Stand By Me
Oh and another great war movie- Paths of Glory. Or some dark comedy in Dr. Strangelove
And if you want a young Mel Gibson, Gallipoli- not on the same level as basically every movie mentioned so far, but still good.
Great call on Paths of Glory, and then you can follow it up (if you can find it) with the awesome Tales from the Crypt episode that Kirk Douglas did with one of his other kids that was a riff on it.
Young Frankenstein and Blazing Saddles. Blazing Saddles might be the funniest movie of all times.
Second the nomination of the Philadelphia Story. You can also try Bringing up Baby and Arsenic and Old Lace.
For more recent stuff, PCU is certainly not iconic, but I still think it's a very funny movie and worth watching.
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