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I haven't seen like 80% of these movies either, so thanks everybody for the lists.
Given that you're from the Baltimore area, and given that these don't actually include "Ravens" fans since they're both pre-Ravens, here are a couple of my favorite Barry Levinson movies:
Diner (a go-to for "Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon," not to mention a hilarious movie)
Avalon is another good one in that vein
I don't know what you mean, but it had the cadence of a joke.
I avoided this thread for awhile because I knew my head would explode if I read it....It did not disappoint.
You can start here:
You are smart enough to figure out which ones to skip.
I was thinking about making this thread a few weeks ago. I was trying to make a list of "I can't believe you haven't seen that" movies rather than "greatest" movies. Some good recommendations on here. I'll try to post some of it when I get home.
Well, I mean, that’s what it is. I doodoo and then listen to Katy Perry.
I don't even know where to start here, in part because I don't know whether we're just listing classic good movies, or generation-defining movies, or movies by great directors, or what. When I first started collecting for my media server, I went with the following approach for collecting them:
1) All movies by famous directors -- Kubrick and Hitchcock deserve to have all of theirs watched, then Coppola, Scorsese, John Ford, Sergio Leone, and Billy Wilder (90%), then Spielberg (80%). Also 100% for Kurosawa if you don't mind subtitles.
2) All movies that were nominated for best picture from 1940 onwards
3) All movies from the AFI top 100
4) Rotten Tomatoes top 100 documentaries of all time
Eventually, I was able to grab them all, and I've watched almost all of them over the years. Some will pique your interest and cause you to branch out and check out other movies with certain actors and/ or directors. It's a fun multi-year journey.
That movie absolutely scared the shit out of me as a kid.
Let me add
The Magnificent Seven
Once Upon a Time in the West
Oooh, yeah. Want some fun and great dialog - Aliens (the second one). Hudson (Bill Paxton) is great.
I liked The African Queen with Bogart and Hepburn and The Longest Day with just about everyone you can imagine in it - it's moderately accurate except for the complete lack of gore - see Saving Private Ryan for a much more realistic (and humbling) portrayal of Normandy.
I'd also second (or third) Bringing Up Baby, Paths of Glory, Glory.
The iconic A Christmas Carol is the 1951 Alastair Sim version aka "Scrooge". He simply plays the biggest dick of all the Scrooges.
I don't know whether that's an actual movie or not, but BIG MEAT EATER is.
I'll post this in terms of decades. Have to round soon. So I'll post the rest much later.
My recommendations by year:
Gone with the Wind
The Grapes of Wrath
The Philadelphia Story
The Great Dictator
The Maltese Falcon
Shadow of a Doubt
For Whom the Bell Tolls
The Big Sleep
My Darling Clementine
The Bishop's Wife
Mr Blandings builds his dream house
Treasure of the Sierra Madre
Bicycle Thieves (but it's in Italian)
The Third Man
Cripes, how could I forget my hometown?
Pink Flamingoes (or Polyester, if you are unable to find a 300# drag queen eating dog shit entertaining)
I should have just PM'd this to NOD haha. Thanks btw.
Woody Allen can be polarizing but Annie Hall is worth the time if you having seen it.
Skip Troll 1 though.
Nilbog is goblin spelled backwards
Lawrence of Arabia
I almost posted this in my first list but I think the OP is looking for things to watch before bed. LoA is USELESS on a television. ONLY acceptable off a 70mm projector in a ginormous movie theater. Seriously, watching that film on a small screen is like having sex with an infant (except it's legal).
Rashomon (in Japanese)
All the King's Men
The African Queen
Strangers on a Train
A Streetcar Named Desire
Decision before Dawn
Singin' in the Rain
The Wages of Fear (in French)
The Caine Mutiny
Dial M for Murder
Seven Samurai (in Japanese)
On the Waterfornt
To Catch A Thief
The Night of the Hunter
The Trouble with Harry
The Seven Year Itch
The Man who Knew too Much
The Wrong Man
The Ten Commandments
12 Angry Men
Paths of Glory
The Bridge on the River Kwai
Sweet Smell of Success
Witness for the Prosecution
Touch of Evil
North by Northwest
Anatomy of a Murder
Some Like It Hot
The 400 Blows (in French)
Yep. I asked for and got the 50th Anniversary Blu-Ray set for Christmas, but I doubt if I'll ever actually watch the movie in its entirety because it's pointless except in the situation you described. Seeing it at the Senator in 70 mm was astounding.
Damn, '51 and '54 were sick. African Queen, Strangers, Streetcar, Rear Window, Caine Mutiny, Dial M, On the Waterfront.
Nasty, nasty, nasty.
"And I try to har-mo-nize with songs the lonesome sparrow sings...
There are no kings inside the Gates of Eden."
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