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Do not watch Bringing Up Baby. Awful, awful movie.
I'm not really a big movie guy either and I just recently saw Shawshank Redemption after a lot of people told me to watch it. Its easily one of the top 3 movies I've ever seen. Its THAT good.
You guys are killing it. Thanks a lot.
Also, someone should do Iconic Boobies or something. I feel weird making a parody of my own thread.
Sparky Still batsignal.
Im ready for aa 5th of vodica to end my feels.
I think Young Frankenstein is funnier, but they're both great.
Also, after watching Young Frankenstein (or before even) watch the 1931 Frankenstein just for comparison sake if nothing else. Also the 1931 Frankenstein is only 70 minutes, it's basically a long episode of TV.
PCU is AWESOME. Jeremy Piven at his best.
Agreed. A great, under-rated movie.
PCU is one of the few I've actually seen. Great movie.
add to my prior list:
Brazil (if I'm only picking one Terry Gilliam this slightly edges The Fisher King)
Horse Feathers (how could I forget the Marx Brothers??? Thanks to whomever mentioned Duck Soup; for my $$ this one's their best though)
Field of Dreams (along with Horse Feathers, the 2 GoaT sports movies)
North By Northwest (if I'm only picking one Hitchcock)
Duck Soup is a Marx Bros. movie. Definitely worth watching almost any of their stuff if you like comedy. It's not just mindless Three Stooges slapstick (although there is plenty of that sort of thing). There's a lot of verbal and ironic humor. I'm 27 and I think a decent amount of it still holds up today as being very funny. A Day at the Races, A Night at the Opera, Animal Crackers, Coconuts and Duck Soup are all classics. Sure I'm forgetting a few as well.
Sticking with comedy, I'll definitely second the Mel Brooks recommendation. Blazing Saddles should be the top priority. History of the World Part I, Young Frankenstein and Spaceballs (assuming you've seen Star Wars) are also up there.
Godfather I & II are probably my favorite movies ever. Part III really isn't that bad, it just pales in comparison to the first two (and Sophia Coppola is pretty terrible).
Few others, sorry if I'm repeating:
Dog Day Afternoon
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
The Great Escape
This is Spinal Tap
Oh, The Sting. That one is great. Also Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid, for Newman and Redford. One of the most iconic endings ever.
Really I should shut up because I could keep throwing stuff out all day.
Some of these might not be iconic, but they are really good and worth watching:
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
If you want to get into Westerns, which you should because it's the greatest genre ever, here are some great ones I haven't seen mentioned yet (and I second all the ones that have):
-The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
-The Wild Bunch
-The Outlaw Josey Wales
-High Plains Drifter
-Dances with Wolves (not really a Western in the traditional sense but it's great and takes place in the West)
-The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada (came out in the past decade but widely overlooked. Great Tommy Lee Jones performance.)
Vertigo is the only Hitchcock I've seen mentioned. You should check that out, along with Rear Window, North By Northwest, Psycho, Notorious, and Rebecca. Really anything by Hitchcock.
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Re: The Deer Hunter
John Cazale's (Fredo) last picture and filmed while he was dying of lung cancer...died shortly after shooting all of his scenes. But what a run before his death....4 absolute classics in the span of 6 years (Godfather I and II, Dog Day Afternoon and The Deer Hunter). Not many actors appear in that many iconic films in such a short time frame.
Also, Last of the Mohicans.
Had an awful English teacher in high school who at one point seemed to just give up and start showing Jimmy Stewart movies periodically....without her I probably never see Liberty Valance and Rear Window. Great, great movies. Thanks, Ms. Wellek!
Seen Great Escape mentioned a few times. That's great, and I'd recommend two other POW films: Bridge on the River Kwai and Stalag 17. Both feature one of my favorite old time actors, William Holden, at his laconic best.
Also, unless I missed it, I can't believe no one has mentioned Citizen Kane. It basically invented large parts of modern film language and to me at least it still holds up remarkably well as an engrossing, watchable story. The Third Man and Touch of Evil are great too, speaking of Orson Welles.
And a comedy: My Favorite Year. Peter O'Toole is hilarious and I think you'd like it a lot based on what I've seen of your sense of humor.
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Great war flick not mentioned - Das Boot
A few I haven't seen listed here yet:
2001: A Space Odyssey
Close Encounters of the Third Kind
1941 (Spielberg WW2 comedy with Belushi, Aykroyd, John Candy)
I don't know what you mean, but it had the cadence of a joke.
There's a docuentary about his life/career that sat in my Netflix queue for a while that sounded interesting but I never got around to it.
John Cazale was in only five films - The Godfather, The Conversation, The Godfather, Part Two, Dog Day Afternoon, and The Deer Hunter - each was nominated for Best Picture. In total, these 5 films earned earned 40 Academy Award nominations, though he never received one.
"Maryland football: Where everybody gets hurt and the starting left tackle has an existential crisis."
Since you like poker
The Cincinnati Kid
The Sting... This one is as good as it gets for movies
If you're really going to watch some classic movies, I think Hitchcock is a great place to start. The guy was so professional as a director, it's incredible. Everything in his movies looks so perfect.
Personal preference....I think it's great, but I'm a fan of the old dialog driven screwball comedies. Similarly, several folks have mentioned The Philadelphia Story (later remade as a musical called High Society with Crosby, Sinatra and Grace Kelly -- also enjoyable). To those two I'd add His Girl Friday and The Thin Man to the list of my favorites from that genre. I understand that they aren't for everyone but I think if you give them a chance and really listen to the dialog many will still find them funny today.
Glad to see The Great Escape getting love. My favorite movie. So many great suggestions already.
Escape From Alcatraz
Cinema Paradiso (Italian)
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