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So Many Movies, So Little Time

Here are some movies that one would enjoy seeing if one wanted to be more aware of the scope of movies, what movies can be at their best and worst.  

What are those old-timers ranting about when they say that "They don't make 'em like they used to?"  Not all of these are old, of course.  There are future classics being made today, movies that are really breakthroughs or the peak of their genre, movies that changed the scope of moviedom from that point forward.  Flicks like Raiders of the Lost Ark, Star Wars.  They're here, too.  But many of the breakthroughs -- inventing a new type of movie or setting a new standard for epic scope, vision, violence, ordering, symbolism, evil, humor, slapstick, parody, dystopia, and such -- many breakthroughs happen early in the life of a medium. Sure, new ones are happening now, especially with respect to computer graphics and "photographing" scenes that can't really be seen.  But, well, for example, even the new style of action flicks, where everything goes fast and then blows up, started decades ago with films like Bullitt, which I think invented the insane city car chase, and the early James Bond films that blew up everything.  

And there are a number of cases where the same plot gets recycled into another movie a decade or two later.  And we won't even mention the remakes of older movies, very few of which come near the standard of the originals.  

Please remember that this is not intended as a "best of" list, but as a list of, well, hard to say, sort of milestones, cultural shared experiences, cinemahhhhh vocabulary.  Like Joe Bob's list but with a bigger scope.  And I'm sure I have erred in not including a couple of his choices in there, because he really was going for the milestone-breakthrough-things-can-never-be-the-same-again-who-let-the-nitrate-genie-out-of-the-bottle high spots.  Saturday reaction: "Jesus H!  How could they do that?  In public!"  Monday reaction: "But, C. B., our next project has to leap over that new bar!"

Your help is requested in editing it into a saner format, with perhaps more clear distinction between cinema history and "cultural literacy."  Currently, they are divided into three categories: 

Happy viewing!  


# TitleGenreWhoCommentsRating
  2  2001 A Space Odysseysci fiKeir Dullea, Stanley Kubrick (dir)Book by Arthur C. Clarke. The first realistic sci fi movie. Images you'll never forget. Rated #1 in most best-of sci-fi movies lists. If you want to understand everything about the movie, you really have to read the book, which is terrific. Must see
  3  39 Steps, ThespyRobert Donat, Alfred Hitchcock (dir)Seems like first draft of Saboteur and North by Northwest. Incredibly, this was, seventy years later, made into a very funny play for Broadway. Must see
  11  African Queen, ThedramaHumphrey Bogart, Katharine HepburnGrungy boatman and prissy schoolmarm go down the river through the jungle. They even discover love through hate. Must see
  12  Agony and the Ecstasy, ThebioCharlton Heston, Rex HarrisonMichelangelo paints the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, and paint drips on the Pope.Must see
  13  AirplanecomedyLeslie NielsenEvery possible slapstick device around a thin plot. One of several similar farces by the Zucker brothers. Laugh after laugh. Must see
  15  Aliensci fiSigourney WeaverFirst you eat it, then it eats you. In the future, everything looks dirty. Design by weird German artist Giger. Followed by at least two sequels, similarly gritty. Must see
  16  All That JazzmusicalRoy Scheider, Bob Fosse (dir)Choreographer's fantasy of death. Bob Fosse's sort of story of his own life. Great music and dancing, as you would expect. The guy sitting behind us in in the theater said, when it was over, ''I want my two bucks back.'' I almost punched him out. But being that much a Philistine for the rest of his life seemed to be punishment enough. Must see
  20  Annie HallcomedyWoody Allen, Diane Keaton, Tony RobertsWon the Oscar for best picture. Not just a flippant Woody Allen movie, but a serious exploration of relationships. Must see
  22  Apocalypse NowwarMartin Sheen, Marlon Brando, Francis Ford Coppola (dir)Heart of Darkness (by Joseph Conrad) story retold in Vietnam. The desperate trip up the river to stop the renegade general. Apparently the film was a near-disaster to make, years in the jungles of the Philippines, but what a wonderful result. Must see
  24  ArthurcomedyDudley Moore, Lisa Minelli, John GielgudPoor little rich kid drinks and drinks. Where's the rest of that moose? Dudley Moore's finest hour. Must see
  26  Bad Day at Black RockdramaSpencer TracyAfter World War II, ex-GI (Tracy) comes to small town to find who killed his friend, a Japanese farmer in Arizona. He is not welcomed. Must see
  27  Bad Seed, ThedramaPatty McCormackA little girl likes to get her way, does whatever it takes, ruining and removing people in the process. Horrifying. Must see
  30  Beast from 20,000 Fathoms, Thesci fidunnoDinosaur attacks roller coaster. Classic single-frame animation. Behemoth! BEE-HEE-MOTH! Adapted from the Ray Bradbury story, "The Fog Horn." Single-frame animation by Ray Harryhausen. Must see
  32  BecketdramaRichard Burton, Peter O'TooleHenry II vs St. Thomas Becket. ''Will no one rid me of this meddlesome priest?'' Must see
  34  Bedazzled (old)comedyPeter Cook, Dudley MooreFaust, with a hip Mephistopheles (Cook) and a schlemiel short-order cook (Moore). Watch the little things that Cook does to increase the anger in the world, like making parking meters go red, ripping the last few pages out of Agatha Christie books. Must see
  36  Ben Hurbiblical, RomanCharlton HestonIndy 500 with chariots. One of the great Biblical epics. Must see
  39  Birds, ThehorrorRod Taylor, Tippi Hedrin, Alfred Hitchcock (dir)Hitchcock story about the birds of the world turning on humans. Seagulls' revenge on the beautiful people in Bodega Bay. The advertising posters at the time said simply, "The Birds is Coming!" Must see
  41  Blade Runnersci fiHarrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Ridley Scott (dir)Film version of the Philip K. Dick story, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? A grimy future, but not impossible. Classic. Must see
  42  Blazing SaddlescomedyCleavon Little, Gene Wilder, Mel Brooks (dir), Harvey Korman, Madeline Kahn, Slim PickensMel Brooks makes a Western. Black sheriff outrages town, saves town. Typical Mel Brooks insanity. No, not typical; probably his best. Shatters the fourth wall. Must see
  43  Blob, The (old)sci fiSteve McQueenCrazy goo. It eats you. Angry jello from meteorite absorbs animals and grows. How to stop it? Must see
  44  Blow-upcrimeDavid Hemmings, Vanessa Redgrave, Michelangelo Antonioni (dir)Photographer takes pictures of a couple meeting in a park. Maybe there's something interesting in that picture if you enlarge it enough. But what really did happen? Where's the proof? Must see
  45  Body HeatcrimeKathleen Turner, William HurtSmart woman outsmarts attorney. Scary movie about uppity woman who plans ahead. Must see
  46  Bonnie and ClydecrimeWarren Beatty, Faye DunawayClyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker rob banks all over the midwest. Famous for its ultra-violent ending. Must see
  49  Boys from Brazil, ThedramaLaurence Olivier, Gregory Peck, James MasonNazis in the late 1970s, the SS still plotting to take over. Peck and Mason are really bad bad guys. Wonderful, scary drama. Book by Ira Levin. Must see
  51  Bride of Frankensteinsci fiElsa LanchesterThe monster is lonely, needs a date. ''She's alive! Alive!'' Love the gray lightning bolts in the hair. Must see
  52  Bridge on the River KwaiwarAlec GuinessPrisoners build the Bridge of Death in Burma. Maybe not quite historically accurate but compelling. Must see
  53  Bringing up BabycomedyCary Grant, Katharine HepburnHysterically funny madcap comedy. Supporting roles played by a dinosaur, a dog, and a leopard. Often on top-ten lists of comedies of all time. Must see
  57  CabaretmusicalLisa Minelli, Joel Grey, Bob Fosse (dir)1930s decadence in Berlin during the rise of the Nazis. Watch the kids sing Tomorrow Belongs to Me. Won 8 Oscars.Must see
  59  CasablancadramaHumphrey Bogart, Ingrid BergmanPlay it, Sam. If this boy-loses-girl doesn't choke you up, you have no soul. Must see
  61  ChinatowncrimeJack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, John Huston, Roman Polanski (dir)Nicholson as PI in corrupt thirties LA. Nicholson is tough and bumbling. Huston is wonderfully slimy. Where does LA's water come from?Must see
  62  Citizen KanebioOrson Welles, Joseph CottonWelles's triumphant epic as enfant terrible first-time director. Usually listed as the best movie ever made. Arguable, but certainly possible. Must see
  63  Clockwork Orange, Asci fiMalcolm MacDowell, Stanley Kubrick (dir)Anthony Burgess novel about ultra-violence. Lock your door. Very scary and creepy. Must see
  64  Cocoanuts, ThecomedyMarx BrothersThe brothers run a hotel in Florida. The source of the saying, ''Why a duck?'' Must see
  70  D.O.A. (old)noirEdmund O'BrienI want to report a murder. Who's been murdered? Me. Man has been fatally poisoned, has only a couple days to live, tries to find out who and why. Must see
  71  Dark PassagenoirHumphrey Bogart, Lauren BacallInnocent man escapes from San Quentin, then is helped by woman, pursued by everyone else. Beautifully atmospheric shots of forties San Francisco. ''There are a lot of smart people in San Quentin.''Must see
  73  Day of the Jackal, The (old)spyEdward Fox, Derek JacobiThe most exciting spy/crime novel I have ever read, and a pretty good movie, too. Smooth dog sniper is hired to assassinate de Gaulle. Cop hunts him down. Tick. Tick. Tick.Must see
  75  Day the Earth Stood Still, The (old)sci fiMichael RennieFlying saucer lands in D.C. Alien comes bearing and hopeful yet frightening message. Earth reacts with predictable terror. "Klaatu barada nikto," dude. Classic. Must see
  76  Dead of NightdramaEnsemble cast.A sleeper, not well known. Weekend guests at English country house tell weird stories, recurring nightmares. And then some of them come true. Must see
  80  DeliverancedramaBurt Reynolds, John Voight, Ned BeattyOne outdoor fanatic takes his city slicker friends rafting on a Georgia river before it is dammed into a lake. They get into real trouble in the back country with the hillbillies and the moonshiners. Often quoted in other movies and parodies. Must see
  82  Desperate Hours (old), ThecrimeHumphrey Bogart, Fredrick MarchEscaped convicts hold family hostage. The home invasion from hell. Classic.Must see
  85  Dial M for MurdernoirRay Milland, Grace Kelly, Robert Cummings, Alfred Hitchcock (dir)Let's kill her. Oops. That didn't work. Okay, let's frame her. Must see
  87  Dirty HarrycrimeClint EastwoodThe first of five (?) so far, San Francisco cop tough guy films. A follow-on to Bullitt. A lot better than its reputation would lead you to believe. Do you wanna know? Well, do ya, punk?Must see
  92  Dr. Strangeloveblack comedyPeter Sellers, Peter Sellers, Peter Sellers, George C. Scott, Sterling Hayden, Slim Pickens, James Earl Jones, Stanley Kubrick (dir)Subtitle: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb. The blackest of black comedies. You will laugh all the way to the end of the world. (Sellers plays three roles.)Must see
  93  Dracula (old old)horrorBela LugosiFirst talkie vampire flick. Moody, slow paced, black and white. Atmospheric, and scary as hell. Read the book, too, if you never have, which is remarkably scary and waaay better than any recent vampire novels. Must see
  94  Duck SoupcomedyMarx BrothersFunniest Marx Brothers movie. You're accused of not paying your taxes. Hey, I have an uncle who lives in Taxes. No, I mean money, dollars. Yeah, that's where he lives: Dollars, Taxes. Must see
  97  Easy RiderdramaDennis Hopper, Peter Fonda, Choppers and doobies. Must see
  100  Enter the DragonactionBruce Lee, John SaxonThe high-budget kung-fu movie up to its time. Amazing fight scenes. Much copied. With the real Bruce Lee. The scene with the nunchucks is fifteen seconds you have to see. Must see
  102  Exorcist, ThehorrorMax von SydowTruly horrifying flick from the famous novel, much quoted and parodied. Must see
  106  Fail Safesci fiHenry Fonda, Walter MatthauThe not-at-all-funny reality version of Dr. Strangelove. Glitch nukes Moscow. Eeeeeeeeeeeee. How do you stop World War III?Must see
  109  Fantasia (old)animation(Disney)Many short music pieces set to animation, or short cartoons set to classical music. Gotta see the dancing hippos in tutus. Must see
  110  FargocrimeWilliam H. Macy, Steve Buscemi, the Coen brothers (dir)Fake kidnapping by massively incompetent criminals hired by incompetent businessman. Fortunately the cops are competent. Yah. Must see
  115  Five Million Years to Earthsci fiNo one we knowAncient spacecraft dug up in London subway. It's not inert. Strange bodies and threatening technology. Must see
  116  Forbidden Planet, Thesci fiWalter Pidgeon, Anne Francis, Leslie Nielsen, Robby the RobotHighest budget sci fi flick up to its time. Very high production values, and many familiar images. The real Robby the Robot debuted here. Must see
  117  Frankenstein (old old)horrorBoris Karloff, Colin CliveYes, that monster. The original one. Trivia challenge question: Frankenstein was the doctor's name; what was the monster's name? Must see
  118  French Connection, ThecrimeGene Hackman, Roy Scheider, William Friedkin (dir)Two hard-boiled New York cops try to stop a huge heroin shipment from France. Some iconic scenes that are often quoted, such as the horrifying, insane car chase under the elevated subway (for which the director admitted later he did not have permits). Must see
  119  From Russia with LovespySean Connery, Robert Shaw, Lotte LenyaThe first (decent) James Bond movie. Must see
  123  Godfather, ThecrimeMarlon Brando, Al Pacino, Francis Ford Coppola (dir)The beginning of a mob legend and film dynasty. Must see
  125  Godzilla (old)sci fiRaymond Burr and a guy in a rubber suitOriginally a Japanese anti-nuke and anti-American flick. The Burr scenes were shot separately in the US and edited into the Japanese movie. Must see
  126  Gold Rush, ThecomedyCharlie ChaplinChaplin starving in the Yukon. This steak is as tough as leather. Must see
  127  Goldfinger spySean Connery, Robert Shaw, Lotte LenyaThe best early James Bond. Just what you expect, superspy fighting off the bad guys at every turn. Must see
  128  Gone with the WinddramaClark Gable, Vivian LeighCivil War epic. Frankly, I don't give a damn. Must see
  130  Graduate, ThecomedyDustin Hoffman, Anne Bancroft, Mike Nichols (dir)Every boy's dream, then nightmare. Here's to you, Mrs. Robinson. Must see
  132  Grapes of Wrath, ThedramaHenry Fonda, John Ford (dir)Gritty, honest rendering of John Steinbeck novel. Must see
  134  Great Escape, ThewarSteve McQueen, James Garner, Richard AttenboroughEscape from Nazi POW camp. Large ensemble cast. Must see
  138  HarveycomedyJimmie StewartMan with invisible companion. He's not a rabbit, he's a puka. Must see
  140  High NoonwesternGary CooperBad guys coming to town and no one will help the sheriff. Must see
  142  His Girl FridaycomedyCary Grant, Rosalind RussellHysterically funny madcap comedy. Remade several times. Must see
  144  History of the World, Part IcomedyMel Brooks (writer and director, too), Dom DeLuise, Madeline Kahn, Harvey Korman, et al.Insanely funny Mel Brooks romp from Biblical times thru Rome. Sort of Blazing Chariots. Must see
  147  How Green Was My ValleydramaWalter Pidgeon, Maureen O'Hara, Roddy McDowallPoor but noble coal miners in Wales. Must see
  148  How to Succeed in Business without Really TryingmusicalRobert Morse, Rudy ValleeBroadway musical on film. "A Secretary Is Not A Toy!" and "No Coffee!" are classics.Must see
  150  Hustler, ThecrimePaul Newman, Jackie GleasonPool player hits the skids. Must see
  152  I, Claudiushistorical dramaDerek Jacobi, Brian Blessed(TV) Dozen-hour-long BBC production, wonderful, from the also-wonderful Robert Graves novels. Jacobi as Claudius and Blessed as Augustus are riveting. "In nineteen hundred year or near, Claw-Claw-Claudius shall speak clear."Must see
  155  In the Heat of the NightcrimeSidney Poitier, Rod SteigerBlack northern cop in southern town. Must see
  157  Incredible Shrinking Man, Thesci fidunnoRadiation or something makes man shrink in size, to child-size, to doll-house, to matchbox. His battle with the spider is horrible. Must see
  158  Inherit the WindcomedySpencer Tracy, Fredric March, Gene Kelly, Harry MorganStage play about the Scopes "monkey trial" of Clarence Darrow (Tracy) vs William Jennings Bryan (March), with reportage by H. L. Mencken (Kelly). Riveting. Must see
  159  Invasion of the Body Snatchers, The (old)sci fiKevin McCarthyThe original pod people invade California. Small town doctor notices kids complaining, Mommy isn't Mommy anymore. Then they discover the pod. Then the girl falls asleep. Oops. Must see
  160  Invisible Man, The (old)sci fiClaude RainsInvisibility corrupts. Footprints in the snow give him away. Must see
  161  Ipcress File, ThespyMichael CaineUsing psychological stress to break and brainwash. The first film with Caine doing the 'arry Palmah character. Must see
  163  It's a Wonderful LifedramaJimmie StewartHow different would the world be without him? Must see
  164  JawshorrorRoy Scheider, Robert Shaw, Richard Dreyfus, Steven Spielberg (dir)You know what this is about. Don't eat the tourists, please. The shark is too damned smart. Robert Shaw's speech about the USS Indianapolis sinking is gripping, maybe his finest moment. Must see
  166  Judgment at Nuremberghistorical dramaSpencer Tracy, Richard Widmark, Maximillian Schell, Montgomery Clift, Burt Lancaster, Marlene Dietrich, William ShattnerThe trials of Nazi judges as war criminals in the late forties. Long, and worth watching every minute. Amazing performances. Must see
  167  Key LargonoirHumphrey Bogart, Lauren BacallBad guys take over resort hotel during a hurricane.Must see
  169  Killing, ThenoirSterling Hayden, Stanley Kubrick (dir)How to rob a race track. Very early crime procedural. Pseudo-documentary style with official-sounding narration in places. Must see
  170  King Kong (old old)sci fiClyde Beatty, Fay WrayOld scratchy black and white. Sure, the animation is less smooth than modern versions, but the film has more soul. 'Twas beauty killed the beast. Must see
  172  L. A. StorycomedySteve Martin, Victoria Tennant, Sarah Jessica ParkerSend-up of Los Angeles craziness, shallowness, narcissism. Few big laughs but constant little ones. Great fun. Must see
  173  L.A. ConfidentialcrimeKevin Spacey, Russell Crowe, Kim Basinger, Danny DeVitoLA cops, corruption and violence, surprise surprise. Powerful movie from Ellroy novel. The reputation for violence plagues LAPD to this day. Must see
  174  La Dolce VitadramaMarcello Mastroianni, Federico Fellini (dir)First of the Italian decadence and ennui movies. Must see
  175  La StradadramaAnthony Quinn, Federico Fellini (dir)Incredibly touching story of circus strong man and mute girl. Must see
  178  Last Seduction, ThecrimeLinda Fiorentino, Bill PullmanIncredibly sexy heartless bitch screws, robs, kills. Great fun. Like Body Heat but nastier. Must see
  182  Little Shop of Horrors, The (old)black comedyJack Nicholson, Roger Corman (dir)Feed me! Hungry plant from space becomes a sensation. Old B&W.Must see
  184  Lodger, The (medium-old)noirGeorge Sanders, Merle Oberon, Cedric HardwickeQuiet and odd man rents the room upstairs. Jack the Ripper, maybe? Must see
  186  Lost Weekend, ThedramaRay MillandAlcoholism long before The Days of Wine And Roses. The bottle in the light fixture is an image you'll never forget. Must see
  187  Love and DeathcomedyWoody Allen, Diane KeatonWoody is drafted into the Russian army to fight Napoleon. ''You don't want your children to grow up eating those rich pastries and cream sauces, do you?'' Becomes an accidental hero. Must see
  188  Loved One, Theblack comedyRobert Morse, Jonathan Winters, Jonathan Winters, Rod Steiger, Robert MorleyHysterical send-up of Hollywood funerals and Forest Lawn. Evelyn Waugh novel. Must see
  191  M.A.S.H.black comedyDonald Sutherland, Elliott Gould, Robert Duvall, Sally Kellerman, Robert Altman (dir)The original M.A.S.H. movie from which the TV show grew. How funny can a hospital in the Korean war zone be? Very. Must see
  193  Magnificent Seven, ThewesternYul Brynner, Eli Wallach, James Coburn, Robert Vaughn, lots of othersAmerican version of the Seven Samurai. One-stop shopping for Western cliches.Must see
  194  Maltese Falcon, ThenoirHumphrey Bogart, Sidney Greenstreet, Peter Lorre, John Huston (dir)Jon Huston's first movie as boy wonder writer and director. Tight, tense, an amazing first effort. Watch it down to the last second. Must see
  195  Man Who Fell to Earth, Thesci fiDavid BowieAlien illegal alien. Must see
  196  Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, ThewesternJimmy Stewart, John Wayne, Lee MarvinFlamboyant story of extremely bad guy, extremely good killing thereof. When the legend is better than the truth, print the legend. Must see
  197  Man for All Seasons, AdramaPaul Scofield, Robert ShawHenry VIII vs Thomas More. Must see
  198  Man in the Glass Booth, ThecoutroomMaximilian SchellMan is kidnapped in Paris and put on trial in Israel as a Nazi war criminal. Reminiscent of Eichmann trial. Gripping trial story. Maximilian Schell's finest hour. Must see
  200  Manchurian Candidate, The (old)spyFrank Sinatra, Angela LansburySoldier brainwashed to be assassin. Lansbury is deliciously evil as the assassin's mother. Sinatra is wonderful as the intelligence officer trying to save him. Re-released after forty years in the vault. Must see
  201  ManhattancomedyWoody Allen (dir), Diane Keaton, Mariel HemingwayB&W Woody Allen with younger woman.Must see
  203  Matrix, Thesci fiKeanu Reeves, Lawrence Fishburn, the Wachowski brothers (dir)Reality is going bye-bye. Computers run the world, using and farming humans. A breakthrough in special effects. The sequels are not so hot. Must see
  206  Midnight CowboydramaJon Voight, Dustin HoffmanCowboy gigolo moves from the country to New York, finds it harder than he thought to make it. Must see
  208  Miracle on 34th StreetcomedyMaureen O'Hara, Edmund GwennYes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. Must see
  209  MiragenoirGregory Peck, Walter MatthauTraumatic amnesia from seeing something horrible. Why is everyone trying to kill me?Must see
  210  Moby Dick (old)dramaGregory PeckHerman Melville would not be unhappy at this film rendering of his novel. Bombastic but effective. Must see
  214  Mr. RobertscomedyHenry Fonda, Jack Lemmon, Jimmy CagneyWW2 merchant marine ship. Tyrannical captain and rebellious crew. Must see
  215  Mr. Smith Goes to WashingtondramaJimmie StewartTrying to do good in D.C.? Filibuster. Must see
  217  Mutiny on the Bounty (old old)dramaCharles Laughton, Clark GableHard captain, soft babes in Tahiti. Must see
  219  My Favorite YearcomedyPeter O'TooleKid is assigned as handler for an old time swashbuckler star. Insane.Must see
  220  My Little ChickadeecomedyMae West, W. C. FieldsQuadruple entendre galore. Must see
  224  NetworkcomedyFay Dunaway, Albert FinneyBackroom insanity in network TV. Must see
  225  Never on SundaydramaMelina MercouriHooker with heart of joy. Must see
  226  Night at the OperacomedyMarx Brothers"You can't fool me. There ain't no sanity clause." Maybe second funniest Marx Bros movie.Must see
  227  Nightmare Before Christmas, TheanimationTim Burton (dir)Ghouls in the nether world discover Christmas, but understand it only perversely. Astonishing animation. Burton and Parks (The Wrong Trousers, q.v.) show what animation is really capable of. Must see
  228  NinotchkacomedyGreta Garbo, Melvyn Douglas, Bela LugosiBolsheviks need to sell czar's old jewelry to fund the government. Hysterically funny.Must see
  231  North by NorthwestspyCary Grant, Eva Marie Saint, James Mason, Martin Landau, Alfred Hitchcock (dir)Innocent man caught in web of spies by mistaken identity. Ends with literal cliffhanger at Mt. Rushmore. Hitchcock did two earlier drafts of this same plot: The 39 Steps and Saboteur. Third time's the charm. Must see
  232  Nosferatu (old)horrorMax SchreckProbably the original vampire flick. Chilling. Hard to find a good copy, but there are some. Must see
  235  Odd Couple, ThecomedyWalter Matthau, Jack LemmonSlob and obsessive-compulsive live together. Want a brown sandwich or a green sandwich? Must see
  236  Of Mice and Men (old old)dramaBurgess Meredith, Lon Chaney, Jr. Wonderful telling of tragic John Steinbeck story. Must see
  237  Oklahoma musicalGordon MacRae, Shirley Jones, Rod SteigerWonderful movie of Hammerstein play. Must see
  239  On the WaterfrontcrimeMarlon Brando, Lee J. Cobb, Karl Malden, Rod SteigerI coulda been a contender. Watch this to understand the context of this famously parodied line. Eight Oscars. Must see
  241  Parallax View, ThespyWarren Beatty, Paula Prentiss, William DanielsPolitical assassination at a fund-raiser. Nothing unusual about that. But a couple years later, almost all the witnesses happen to be dead. Lone reporter, the last witness, tracks down assassins. The most paranoid political thriller flick. Adapted brilliantly from an undistinguished book. Must see
  242  Pat and MikecomedySpencer Tracy, Katharine HepburnWoman athlete and her manager. Must see
  243  Paths of GlorywarKirk Douglas, Adolphe Menjou, Stanley Kubrick (dir)The French general staff finds scapegoats to execute for a failing of the chain of command. Horrifying. Must see
  245  Petrified Forest, ThenoirHumphrey Bogart, Bette Davis, Leslie HowardArch criminal Duke Mantee (played by guess who) hides out in a roadside diner in the desert. The sensitive poet sacrifices himself for the young girl. Beautiful, atmospheric.Must see
  246  Philadelphia Story, ThecomedyKatharine Hepburn, Jimmie Stewart, Cary GrantReporters come to cover society wedding. Must see
  247  Pillow Book, ThedramadunnoA novel written in a unique medium, on the skin of the messengers, one chapter at a time. Must see
  248  Planet of the Apessci fiCharlton HestonMusical chairs for primates. Apes replace Man. Must see
  250  Play It Again, SamcomedyWoody Allen (dir), Diane KeatonThe classic Woody Allen as schlemiel flick. Bogie's ghost gives him tips on getting the girl, but it still doesn't help. Must see
  252  President's Analyst, ThecomedyJames Coburn, Godfrey CambridgeIf you shrink the President, you become a security risk, right? Why is everyone trying to kidnap me? Or kill me? Must see
  253  Producers, The (new)comedyNathan Lane, Uma Thurman, Matthew Broderick, Will FarrellNew, musical version of Mel's masterpiece. Producer and accountant still trying to run the worst play in the world on Broadway. Must see
  254  Producers, The (old)comedyZero Mostel, Gene Wilder, Mel Brooks (dir)The original, non-musical version of Mel's boys trying to produce Springtime for Hitler on Broadway. Insane. Must see
  255  PsychocrimeAnthony Perkins, Alfred Hitchcock (dir)Classic Hatchplot. Mommy made me do it. Showering will be more exciting for a while. Must see
  257  Pulp FictioncrimeJohn Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson, Uma Thurman, Harvey Keitel, Quentin Tarantino (dir)Miracles and weirdness in the life of two hoods. Famous for out-of-sequence presentation and variety of plots that weave together. Must see
  258  Putney SwopecomedyRobert Downey, Sr. (dir)A new take on advertising. Insane art director takes over agency and makes ads that almost wreck the US economy. Must see
  259  PygmalioncomedyLeslie Howard, Wendy HillerGeorge Bernard Shaw play, precursor to My Fair Lady musical. Must see
  261  Raiders of the Lost ArkswashbucklerHarrison FordEvery adventure cliche imaginable. Non-stop and frenetic. Must see
  262  Rear WindowcrimeJimmy Stewart, Alfred Hitchcock (dir)Man recuperating with broken leg gets bored, looks out the window at his neighbors. Odd goings-on. Did he really slice up his wife into little pieces? Must see
  263  RebeccacrimedunnoScary, atmospheric rendering of Daphne DuMaurier novel.Must see
  268  Richard III (Olivier)ShakespeareLaurence Olivier, Cedric Hardwicke, John Gielgud, Ralph RichardsonThe British Gang of Four in one of the best Shakespeare movies. Creepily good. Must see
  270  Road Warrior (Mad Max), Thesci fiMel GibsonThe end of the world with mutants and no gasoline. First of the series. Widely quoted and parodied. Must see
  274  Rocky Horror Picture Show, ThecomedyTim Curry, Susan Sarandon, Barry BosworthLet's do the Time Warp again! Cult flick for midnight shows. This picture has the highest ratio of gross to cost.Must see
  277  Rosemary's BabyhorrorMia Farrow, John CassavetesIra Levin novel of a Devil dad in the Dakota (apartment in NY). Paranoid and chilling. Must see
  280  Run Silent, Run DeepwarClark Gable, Burt LancasterWW2 submarine conflict, outside and inside. Must see
  281  Ruthless PeoplecomedyBette Midler, Danny DeVitoA man (DeVito) wants to get rid of his wife (Midler). She gets kidnapped and he doesn't pay. A plot so complicated, twisted, and insanely funny that it cannot be explained. See it. Must see
  282  SaboteurspyRobert Cummings, Alfred Hitchcock (dir)Innocent man caught in ring of spies by mistaken identity. Nazis in New York and California. The second draft of what became North by Northwest. Unforgettable cliffhanger scene at the Statue of Liberty. Must see
  284  Saturday Night FeverdramaJohn TravoltaDisco fever. Famous dance scenes. Widely parodied. Must see
  286  ScroogedcomedyBill MurrayInsane modern redo of Christmas Carol, and funny as the dickens. Must see
  290  Seven SamuraiwarToshiro MifuneUnemployed samurai save a village. Original version of The Magnificent Seven. Long but worth it. Must see
  292  Seventh Seal, ThedramaMax von Sydow, Ingmar Bergman (dir)Soldier plays chess with Death. Images widely quoted in later flicks. Must see
  294  Shaft (old)crimeRichard Roundtree, Gordon Parks (dir)Black private eye kicks butt, and the babes love him. Theme music by Isaac Hayes won Oscar. Must see
  297  ShanewesternAlan LaddEx-gunfighter saves family.Must see
  298  Shot in the Dark, AcomedyPeter Sellers, Walter PidgeonThe funniest of the Inspector Clouseau flicks. Much funnier than The Pink Panther (old version).Must see
  299  Silence of the Lambs, ThecrimeAnthony Hopkins, Jodie Foster, Scott GlennWonderfully creepy psycho murderers. Imagine a psychotic psychiatrist who's smarter than everyone else.Must see
  301  Sin CitycrimeBruce Willis, Mickey Rourke, Clive OwenStark black and white reproduction of the graphic novels of the same name. Unique, beautiful, noir plots and cartoon violence. Amazing movie. Must see
  302  Singin' in the RainmusicalGene KellyDancin' in the rain. Must see
  304  SleepercomedyWoody AllenMan reawakens in far future, where hot fudge sundaes are health food. Must see
  305  Sleuth (old)crimeLaurence Olivier, Michael CaineTwo-character play about what really happened. Must see
  307  Some Like It HotcomedyJack Lemmon, Tony CurtisHiding from the mob, in drag. Must see
  308  Sound of Music, ThemusicalJulie Andrews, Christopher PlummerAlmost-nun becomes Maria von Trapp. Must see
  309  South PacificmusicalMitzi Gaynor, Rosanno Brazzi, Ray WalstonMovie version of Rodgers and Hammerstein play. WW2 Navy on (Tonkinese) island. Many horny sailors, too few nurses, and racist attitudes toward the natives. Must see
  311  Spartacus (old)biblical, RomanKirk Douglas, Laurence Olivier, Jean Simmons, Charles Laughton, Peter Ustinov, Stanley Kubrick (dir)Huge ensemble cast. Script by Dalton Trumbo, who had been blacklisted. Must see
  313  SpotlightdramaMark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber, Stanley TucciBiopic of the Boston Globe investigation into corruption in the Catholic Church (cover-up of child molestation by priests). Gripping, horrifyingly true. Won best picture, best screenplay. Must see
  314  Stalag 17warWilliam Holden, Gritty Nazi prison camp. Must see
  315  Star Warssci fiHarrison Ford, Alec Guiness, George Lucas (dir)Hard to believe it was done with hand animation, compared with modern computer-generated imagery. Must see
  316  Starmansci fiJeff Bridges, Karen AllenAlien falls to Earth, must come go grips with his surroundings and survive until he can meet his rescue mission. A sensible, adult version of E.T. Best line: ''I observed you very carefully. Red means stop. Green means go. Yellow means go very fast.'' Must see
  320  Sting, ThecrimePaul Newman, Robert Redford, Robert ShawA con game, but the mark can never know that he was conned. Must see
  321  Stranger, ThenoirOrson Welles, Ida Lupino, Edward G. RobinsonEx-Nazi hides in respectable Connecticut. Obscure but dandy. Welles really does evil roles well. Love the alarm clock. Must see
  325  Sunset BoulevarddramaWilliam Holden, Gloria SwansonWriter lives with over-the-hill actress. I'm ready for my close-up now, Mr. DeMille. Must see
  328  Taxi DrivercrimeRobert DeNiro, Harvey Keitel, Jodie Foster, Martin Scorsese (dir)You talkin' to me? Early Scorsese flick, considered a classic. A taxi comes out of the fog. The driver tries to save a teenage hooker. All hell breaks loose. Must see
  330  Ten Commandments, ThebiblicalCharlton Heston, Yul BrynnerCharlton parts the Red Sea. Must see
  331  Terminator, Thesci fiArnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, James Cameron (dir)The first of the Terminator series, one of the best B movies ever made. Must see
  332  Themsci fiJames Whitmore, Edmund GwennMutant ants, caused by atomic testing, eat cities. Giant bugs, dotty old scientist with beautiful daughter, one of the first of its type. Must see
  334  Thin Man, ThecrimeWilliam Powell, Myrna LoyDecadent drunks solve murder. The first of a long series. Must see
  335  Thing (old), Thesci fiJames Arness (remember Sheriff Dillon?)Flying saucer crashes near Arctic army station that is snowed in for the season. They find the body. Oops, it isn"t quite dead. The vegetable bites back. B&W. Must see
  336  Third Man, ThenoirOrson Welles, Joseph CottonWelles's version of Graham Greene novel. Wonderful music. Appears in almost all top-ten best-movies-ever lists. Watch it down to the last second. Must see
  338  Three Days of the CondorspyRobert Redford, Faye Dunaway, Max von Sydow, Cliff Robertson, John Houseman, Sidney Pollack (dir)Accidental amateur spy. Everyone wants to kill him, of course. Fabulous cast. A top-ten political thriller flick on every list. Must see
  342  To Catch a ThiefcrimeCary Grant, Grace Kelly, Alfred Hitchcock (dir)Jewel robberies on the Riviera. When Hitchcock first saw Grace Kelly in the evening gown, he famously quipped, "There's hills in them thar gold."Must see
  343  To Kill a MockingbirddramaGregory PeckLawyer defends black man in the South. Must see
  347  Topkapi caperMelina Mercouri, Peter Ustinov, Maximillian Schell, Robert Morley Heart-stopping museum burglary. Must see
  350  Touch of EvilnoirOrson Welles, Charlton HestonCorrupt cop (Welles) frames another cop's (Heston's) wife. Extremely dark. Must see
  351  Toy StoryanimationPixar Studios, Tom HanksFirst Pixar animated feature film. Must see
  352  Treasure of the Sierra MadrewesternHumphrey Bogart, Walter Huston, John Huston (dir)Bogart is down-on-his-luck American in Mexico, takes up with others as a prospector. Gold fever makes men crazy. "We don't need no stinkin' badges." Must see
  353  Twelve Angry Men (old)courtroomHenry Fonda, Lee J. CobbEleven guilty votes, one not guilty, hours of argument. Gripping. Must see
  354  Twelve Monkeyssci fiBruce Willis, Andy MacDowell, Brad PittThe world of the future is grim, grim. They have time travel that sorta works, complete with paradoxes. Must see
  357  UnforgivenwesternClint Eastwood, Gene Hackman, Richard Harris, Clint Eastwood (dir)The West, but much closer to the way it actually was. Received Oscars for best picture and director. Must see
  361  Village of the Damned (old) sci fiGeorge SandersPerfect little blond space kids, monsters all, conceived on the same day. Teacher has to take care of the coven before they break out.Must see
  362  Viva ZapatabioMarlon Brando, Anthony QuinnThe zealous peasant leader of the Mexican revolution. Must see
  363  Wait Until DarkcrimeAudrey Hepburn, Alan ArkinBlind woman versus really bad guys. Must see
  364  Waking LifeanimationRichard Linklater, dir. Combination of live action footage, interviews and other scenes, then animated in a style called 'digital rotoscoping' that outlines the figures and flattens the areas of color. Like some of the brokerage ads you've seen lately. Must see
  366  War of the Worlds (old)sci fiGene BarryScary, high budget fifties version of H. G. Wells's very scary story. Much scarier than the remake, which is all special effects and no soul. Must see
  368  West Side Story musicalNatalie Wood, Rita MorenoRomeo and Juliet in New York, by Leonard Bernstein. Arguably the best film version of a musical play. Must see
  371  White HeatnoirJimmy Cagney, Edmund O'BrienClassic Jimmy Cagney gangster flick. Undercover cop brings down brutal, marauding gang. The end is even more violent than Bonnie and Clyde. Top of the world, Ma! Must see
  372  Who Is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe?comedyGeorge Segal, Jaqueline Bisset, Robert MorleyVery obscure but very funny flick. Chefs murdered in the style of their most famous dishes, as advertised. Must see
  373  Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?dramaRichard Burton, Elizabeth Taylor, Mike Nichols (dir)Marital discord from hell. Play by Edward Albee.Must see
  375  Witness for the ProsecutioncomedyCharles Laughton, Tyrone Power, Marlene Dietrich, Elsa Lanchester, Alfred Hitchcock (dir)Man accused of murder. Girlfriend gives him an alibi. Girlfriend is a great actress. Courtroom fun with double jeopardy. Twisty, twisty. Must see
  376  Wizard of Oz, ThemusicalJudy GarlandFollow the yellow brick road. Must see
  377  Wolfman, Thesci fiLon Chaney, Jr.A b&w classic in the old style. Tourist buys an item in an antique shop. A cane ... with a silver handle ... in the shape of a wolf. He has an encounter with a wolf and kills it. Or was it the gypsy? Must see
  378  Wrong Trousers, TheanimationWallace and Gromit, Nick ParkHysterical claymation from the animator of Chicken Run. Wallace, gadget junkie and kludge inventor, and his faithful dog, Gromit, and their adventures with the remote control. Nick Park and Tim Burton (Nightmare Before Christmas, q.v.) show what animation is really capable of. Must see
  5  8-1/2dramaMarcello Mastroianni, Federico Fellini (dir)Second of the Italian decadence and ennui movies, with male mid-life crisis added. Should see
  6  Absolute PowercrimeClint Eastwood, Gene Hackman, Ed Harris, Scott GlennMere burglary turns into major political intrigue. Clint is the best burglar, hiding in the closet when bad things happen. Should see
  8  Act of ViolencenoirRobert Ryan, Van Heflin, Janet LeighSerious noir, classic, beautifully filmed, wonderful location shots. And, shockingly, an almost happy ending. Soldier pursues traitor from WW2 prison camp. Should see
  10  Adventures of Robin Hood, TheswashbucklerErrol FlynnLeaping from tree to tree with bow and arrow!Should see
  14  Alfie (old)dramaMichael CaineLadykiller with no soul. Should see
  17  American History XdramaEdward NortonSkinhead goes to prison, learns about life, how unfair the system really is, and reforms. Should see
  18  Angel FacenoirRobert Mitchum, Jean Simmons, Otto Preminger (dir)Ambulance driver ensnared by beautiful woman, becomes her chauffeur at the mansion on the hill as she kills off various people. Revenge is sweet. Should see
  19  Angel HeartnoirMickey Rourke, Robert De Niro, Charlotte RamplingPrivate detective Harry Angel (Rourke) is hired by Mr. Louis Cyphre (De Niro) to find a person that doesn't want to be found. No, no, you really don't want to find him, believe me.Should see
  21  Apartment, ThecomedyJack LemmonFor company execs to hold afternoon assignations. Should see
  29  Basic InstinctmysterySharon Stone, Michael Douglas, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Paul Verhoeven (dir)High-profile murders in San Francisco. Rich babe involved? Semi-disgraced cop who is a loose cannon tries to detect and get the babe at the same time. Haunting score by Jerry Goldsmith. Should see
  31  Beau GestewarGary Cooper, Ray MillandThree brothers in the Foreign Legion.Should see
  37  Big Easy, ThecrimeDennis Quaid, Ellen Barkin, Ned Beatty, John GoodmanCops brawlin' in Nawlins. Surprisingly good cop flick. Great zydeco music. Real cops in New Orleans hate the story of corruption in the movie. Should see
  38  Big Short, ThedramaChristian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan GoslingThe story of the 2007 Mortgage Crisis Meltdown that crippled the US and world economies. An excellent, accessible explanation of the crazy, complex economics of that crisis, for general audiences. From the book by Michael Lewis. Won best adapted screenplay. Should see
  40  Birth of a Nationdrama1915 silent, D. W. Griffith (dir)The Civil War and the Klan during Reconstruction, unfortunately makes the Klan look heroic and useful. Should see
  47  Boogie NightsbioBurt Reynolds, Mark Wahlberg, Julianne Moore, John C. Reilly, Don Cheadle, William H. Macy, Paul Thomas Anderson (dir)Flashy, sexy, heyday of L.A. before internet porn. Sort of a bio-pic of John Holmes's (porn actor) descent into drug hell. He's just one of many actors to fall into the drug pit. You think this is a pornie? No, it's a dark, violent, anti-drug, anti-cocaine flick. Should see
  54  BullittcrimeSteve McQueenGreat San Francisco hill car chase. One of the first SF crime super-cop movies. Became a cliche. Should see
  55  Bus StopdramaMarilyn MonroeA crime in a storm always goes wrong.Should see
  56  Butch Cassidy and the Sundance KidwesternPaul Newman, Robert RedfordWestern crime duo made pretty. Should see
  58  Captain BloodswashbucklerErrol FlynnLeaping from deck to deck with sword and knife!Should see
  60  CharademysteryCary Grant, Audrey Hepburn, James Coburn, Walter MatthauSort of like Ten Little Indians. Which crook did it? They die off one by one. Should see
  68  Courage Under FirewarDenzel Washington, Meg Ryan, Michael Moriarty, Matt Damon, Lou Diamond PhillipsVery good movie about modern war (first Persian Gulf War), and courage and betrayal. Denzel investigates a nomination for the Medal of Honor while fighting his own demons. Should see
  77  Death WishcrimeCharles BronsonVigilante fighting street crime in New York. The first of its type, followed by many others. Should see
  91  Dr. Ehrlich"s Magic BulletdramaEdward G. RobinsonGreat ealy biopic. German doctor discovers many good things, but is still reviled. Cures syphillis but has to defend himself against early product liability action. Should see
  96  East of EdendramaJames Dean, Julie Harris, Raymond MasseyDysfunctional family before the term was coined. Should see
  99  Eiger Sanction, ThespyClint Eastwood (actor, dir), George Kennedy, Jack Cassidy"Wet work" specialist (Eastwood) tries to retire but must take one last assignment. Climb the mountain (Eiger, north face), find the bad guy, kill him. Oh, and survive yourself, too. Should see
  121  Girl Hunters, ThenoirMickey Spillane, Shirley EatonYes, Spillane himself plays Mike Hammer the way a tough guy should play a tough guy. Should see
  122  Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, ThenoirMichael Nyqvist, Noomi Rapace, novel by Stieg LarssonGripping mystery, where a cold case is revealed bit by bit, despite the best efforts of murderous corporate interests. Should see
  131  Grand Hotel dramaensembleThe first of the many-story ensemble cast movies.Should see
  133  Great Dictator, ThecomedyCharlie ChaplinThe Little Tramp does HitlerShould see
  135  Gunga DinwarCary Grant, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.Kipling story. Should see
  143  History of Violence, AcrimeViggo Mortensen, Ed Harris, William HurtHitman from Boston quits the life, starts over. The old life finds him. He has to fight back to protect his family. Violence ensues. Intense performances. Should see
  145  Horse's Mouth, ThecomedyAlec GuinessBrilliant but nutso artist house-sits to paint his mural. Should see
  146  House of GamescrimeLindsay Crouse, Joe Mantegna, Ricky Jay, David Mamet (dir, writer)Famous psychologist tries to help patient with gambling debt. A con game within a con game within a con game. Does not end well for all involved. Tight, tense, twisty, wonderful. Should see
  162  It Happened One NightdramaClark Gable, Claudette ColbertRunaway socialite befriended by reporter. Should see
  177  Last Picture ShowdramaTimothy Bottoms, Jeff Bridges, Cybill ShepherdLarry McMurtry novel. Should see
  179  LauracrimeGene Tierney, Dana Andrews, Vincent Price, Otto Preminger (dir)Murder investigator falls in love with his idea of the victim. Should see
  180  Lawrence of ArabiaepicPeter O'TooleSand epic. 'If he were any prettier, it would have been Florence of Arabia.'Should see
  189  Lust for LifebioKirk Douglas, Anthony QuinnVan Gogh and Gaugin.Should see
  190  McrimePeter LorreCriminals hunt one of their own.Should see
  202  MartydramaErnest BorgnineWhatever it is women want, I ain't got it. Should see
  204  Meet Joe BlackdramaAnthony Hopkins, Brad PittDeath comes for wealthy businessman, takes a few days to understand the man and his world. Many poignant and touching scenes, e.g., visiting with an old Gullah woman in the hospital. Should see
  205  Metropolissci fi1927 silent, Fritz Lang (dir)Class warfare in far future.Should see
  207  Millenniumsci fiKris KristoffersonFrom the story by John Varley. The most plausible time travel story I've ever read or seen, and complicated. "How could you build all those nuclear weapons and think that no one would use them? They've been used eleven times."Should see
  221  Mystic RivercrimeSean Penn, Tim Robbins, Kevin Bacon, Laurence Fishburne, Laura Linney, Marcia Gay Harden, Clint Eastwood (dir)Young girl is killed in East Boston. We know the dummy did it! Only he didn't. Laura Linney gives the most chilling wife-supports-husband speech since Lady Macbeth. Eastwood's best. Should see
  223  NelldramaJodie Foster, Liam Neeson, Natasha RichardsonSeriously touching movie. Amazing performances by Foster and Neeson. Girl grows up isolated, almost "wild-child" in North Carolina hills. "Don't weep for Nell. I have no greater sorrows than you."Should see
  238  Omega Man, Thesci fiCharlton HestonEnd of the world, by virus this time. Remaining man against mutants. Should see
  251  Play Misty for MecrimeClint EastwoodSadistic female stalker flick. Should see
  256  Public Enemy crimeJames CagneyThe bad brother goes really bad. Should see
  264  Rebel without a CausedramaJames Dean, Natalie Wood, Sal MineoNew kid in town proves himself. Others die.Should see
  265  Red RiverwesternJohn WayneCattle drive.Should see
  267  RepulsiondramaCatherine DeneuveWoman goes slowly nuts. You won't believe the rabbit in the purse. Should see
  275  Roman HolidaycomedyGregory Peck, Audrey HepburnRunaway princess befriended by reporter. Should see
  285  Scarlet Pimpernel, ThedramaLeslie HowardBritish aristocrats save French aristocrats from the guillotine during the French revolution. The plot is a lot like Zorro but in Europe. Should see
  288  Searchers, ThewesternJohn Wayne, Natalie WoodSaid to be the best of the tough-guy, Western hero, John Wayne genre. Father searches for daughter taken by indians years ago.Should see
  291  Seven Year Itch, ThecomedyMarilyn MonroeFamily away, sexy neighbor. Should see
  303  Sixth Sense, ThemysteryBruce Willis, Haley Joel Osment, Toni Collette, M. Night Shyamalan (dir, writer)Shrink (Willis) tries to help very troubled boy who sees ghosts. The kid helps others; the shrink helps him. Tense, eerie, very good. Should see
  306  Snake Pit, ThedramaOlivia de HavillandHow did I get into this asylum? I don't belong here!Should see
  312  Spirit of St. LouisdramaJimmie StewartCharles Lindbergh story. Should see
  322  Strangers on a TraincrimeFarley Granger, Ruth Roman, Leo G. CarrollLet's trade murders, then we'll both have alibis. Should see
  327  Tale of Two Cities, AdramadunnoThe Dickens novel of the French Revolution.Should see
  339  ThunderheartcrimeVal Kilmer, Sam Shepard, Graham GreeneMurder on an Indian reservation during something like the Wounded Knee uprising. The FBI sends in an Indian agent to show their sensitivity, ha ha. The locals call him "the Washington Redskin". Should see
  344  To Rome With LovecomedyWoody Allen (dir, writer, actor), Judy Davis, Roberto Benigni, Jesse Eisenberg, Alec Baldwin, Penelope CruzAnother Woody Allen comedy about strange stories in a European city. Wonderful, some really unforgettable scenes and mad scenes. Should see
  355  Twentieth Century, ThecomedyJohn BarrymoreShow biz types on a train ride. A classic. Should see
  356  Two Jakes, ThecrimeJack Nicholson, Harvey Keitel, Jack Nicholson (dir)Sequel to Chinatown. Much better than the average sequel. Should see
  358  Usual Suspects, ThecrimeKevin Spacey, Gabriel Byrne, Chazz Palminteri Five criminals of varying talent are brought together in a line-up for a crime they did not commit. But then they have to work together to satisfy a legendary, maybe mythical, crime lord named Keyser Soze. Wonderful, twisty plot, often referenced. Should see
  4  48 HourscrimeNick Nolte, Eddie MurphyCop-buddy-bad-partner flick. Fun to see
  7  Across the UniverseotherJulie Taymor (dir)If you love the music of the Beatles, you have to see this. A simple love story using the music and images of that generation. Fun to see
  9  Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai, ThecomedyJohn Lithgow, Jeff GoldblumDoc Savage updated for the next generation. Fun to see
  23  Arsenic and Old LacecomedyCary Grant, Raymond Massey, Peter LorreGreat, funny movie of famous play. Cary Grant goes way over the top. Fun to see
  25  Awful Truth, ThecomedyCary Grant, Irene DunneCouple really don't want to get divorced, finally reunite at 11:59. Very funny along the way. Fun to see
  28  Barabbasbiblical, RomanAnthony QuinnFrom the novel by a Nobel prize winner. Portrait of isolation and cluelessness. Best line: You have the privilege to be the property of the Emperor Tiberius. Fun to see
  35  Being John Malkovichblack comedyJohn Cusack, Cameron Diaz, Catherine Keener, John Malkovich, Orson Bean, Spike Jonze (dir)Puppeteer gets a job as file clerk on the 7-1/2 floor of an office building. There is a secret portal that allows you into the mind of John Malkovich for fifteen minutes at a time. And then it gets strange. But riveting. Fun to see
  48  BoundcrimeJennifer Tilly, Gina Gershon, Joe Pantoliano, Wachowski brothers (dir)Laundering money, literally, and then stealing it. Beautiful images and cinematography. Fun to see
  50  BrazilcomedyTerry Gilliam (dir)Hard to classify. A bureaucratic error . . . but we never make mistakes. Kill the people with the evidence. But it's a comedy. Fun to see
  65  Color of NightmysteryBruce Willis, Lesley Ann Warren, Scott BakulaShrink (Willis) has patient commit suicide by jumping out his window. He needs to heal, visits his classmate shrink (Bakula), gets involved with group therapy. One of the group kills the others. Good L.A. sets and characters. Fun to see
  66  Contactsci fiJodie Foster, Matthew McConaughey, James Woods, Tom Skerritt, Robert Zemeckis (dir)Good movie from book by Carl Sagan about first SETI message from the stars. Iconic flick about politics and religion getting in the way of science, not surprisingly. Fun to see
  67  Conversation, ThedramaGene HackmanWho bugs the bugger. Sort of an intro to Enemy of the State.Fun to see
  69  Crying Game, ThecrimeForrest WhitakerIRA kidnapping goes wrong, but that's not the real story. Army buddy promises to take care of dead pal's girlfriend. Fun to see
  72  DavecomedyKevin Kline, Frank Langella, Sigourney Weaver, Ving Rhames, Ben KingsleyU.S. President has a stroke. Advisers don't want to turn over power to the V.P. They find a double. He learns the part all too well. Compare with Moon Over Parador.Fun to see
  78  Deep End, ThecrimeTilda Swinton, Goran VisnjicWoman gets deeper and deeper in trouble trying to save someone who doesn't really need saving. Too pretty to be classified as noir. This is a remake, and a better one, of The Reckless Moment. Capsule review: Only the bad people die. Fun to see
  79  Deja Vusci fiDenzel Washington, Val KilmerTerrorist blows up a ferry full of sailors on leave. Feds use a time viewer to look into the past, before the bombing, to try to find out who planted the bomb. Very complex and entertaining. Fun to see
  81  Demolition Mansci fiSylvester Stallone, Sandra Bullock, Wesley SnipesCops and robbers in a future kinder, gentler, and very campy LA. Many good political-correctness and absurd-future jokes. Fun to see
  83  Devil's Advocate, ThehorrorAl Pacino, Keanu Reeves, Charlize TheronTalented young lawyer (Reeves) with flexible ethics is recruited by boss (Pacino) of hot New York firm. Winning is the only thing that counts. And the boss turns out to be inhumanly demanding. Fun to see
  84  Devil's Own, ThedramaBrad Pitt, Harrison FordThe IRA, and attendant violence, comes to New York. This is not an American story with a happy ending. Fun to see
  86  Die HardactionBruce WillisEventually, *every*thing blows up. First of at least three movies in the series, all fun.Fun to see
  88  Do the Right ThingcomedySpike Lee (dir)Tough neighborhood to run a business in. Fun to see
  89  DogmacomedyBen Affleck, Matt Damon, Linda Fiorentino, Chris Rock, Alan Rickman, George Carlin, Kevin Smith (dir)Theology can be funny. This is either very funny or blasphemous, pick one. Jay and Silent Bob help save the Universe. And imagine Alanis Morissette as God. Fun to see
  90  Downhill RacerdramaRobert Redford, Gene HackmanRedford at his very prettiest, and much pretty ski footage, too. Downhill ski racer, not a nice person, not a team player, gets a place on the American Olympic ski team. Doesn't become any less thoroughly unlikable along the way.Fun to see
  95  Earth Girls Are EasycomedyJeff Goldblum, Geena Davis, Jim Carrie, Damon WayansSpaceship lands in bimbo's swimming pool. Carrie's and Wayans's first movie exposure. Fun to see
  98  Edge, ThedramaAnthony Hopkins, Alec BaldwinBrilliant billionaire and entourage vacation way up in the Northern wilds. Plane crash strands three of them in real wilderness, which is okay until the bear shows up and wants to eat them. Horrifying even if things do work out. Fun to see
  101  Ex Machinasci fi(no one I knew)Top programmer is asked to perform Turing Test on a new robot: is this robot intelligent, self-aware, apparently alive? Very thoughtful. Fun to see
  103  Eye in the SkywarHelen Mirren, Alan Rickman, Aaron PaulDrone strike on terrorists in the Middle East. British intelligence, American weapons. Tense and way too realistic and uncertain. Fun to see
  104  Eye of the NeedlespyDonald Sutherland, Kate NelliganFrom Ken Follett book of the same name. WW2 German spy almost gets the goods on D-Day. Very tense, tight, scary spy story, down to the last minute. Fun to see
  105  F/X crimeBryan Brown, Brian Dennehy, Jerry OrbachUse Hollywood-style special effects to commit a crime, then try to rub out the f/x guy. Fun to see
  107  FallenmysteryDenzel Washington, John Goodman, Donald SutherlandCop (Washington) is plagued by murders that seem to point to him. Someone or something is trying to make his life miserable, and succeeds. Moody, scary. Fun to see
  108  FamedramaIrene CaraNY high school for the performing arts.Fun to see
  111  Fatal InstinctcomedyArmand Assante, Sherilyn FennParody of Fatal Attraction and Basic Instinct put together.Fun to see
  112  Father GoosecomedyCary Grant, Leslie CaronGoody Two-Shoes and the Filthy Beast meet on WW2 Pacific island. Fun to see
  113  Femme FatalenoirRebecca Romijn, Peter Coyote, Antonio Banderas, Brian De Palma (dir)A crime caper sooo complicated ... not the crime itself, but what happens to the people involved is incredible. A double cross, a double life, a double ending. And beautifully shot. Fun to see
  114  Fish Called Wanda, AcomedyJohn Cleese, Jamie Lee Curtis, Kevin Kline, Michael PalinComplicated crime caper containing many aberrant personalities. Take two Monty Python grads, mix with Kline and Curtis and betrayal and mishaps, and it's very funny. Tense right up to the end. Fun to see
  120  Giant Behemoth, Thesci fidunnoDino eats roller coaster.Fun to see
  129  Good Will HuntingdramaMatt Damon, Robin Williams, Ben Affleck, Minnie DriverVery smart but very damaged kid (Damon) can't connect with real people. Shrink (Williams) helps. Won best screenplay Oscar for Damon and Affleck. Fun to see
  136  HamletShakespeareLaurence Olivier (dir, actor), Jean SimmonsGlorious, moody, black and white Hamlet with Olivier at his prime. Shorter than the Branagh version, but complete enough. Fun to see
  137  Hard Day's Night, AmusicalJohn, Paul, George, and RingoDelightful farce. But if you can't name all four beatles in less than two seconds, you might not care much. Fun to see
  139  Heaven Can WaitdramaWarren Beatty, Jack Warden, Julie Christie, Dyan Cannon, Buck HenryMan accidentally killed before his time, gets another chance. Remake of Heaven Knows, Mr. AllisonFun to see
  141  High SierracrimeHumphrey Bogart Atmospheric crime drama. Fun to see
  149  Hunt for Red OctoberspySean Connery, Alec Baldwin, Scott Glenn, James Earl JonesNew Russian super-silent sub. Captain wants to defect to U.S. to prevent new offensive weapon from starting a war. CIA wants it, Russians want to destroy it. Chase ensues. Many unpredictable plot twists. From the Tom Clancy novel. Fun to see
  151  I'm Gonna Get You, SuckacomedyKeenan Ivory Wayans, Isaac Hayes, Jimmy Brown, Spike Lee (dir)An urban hero needs his own theme music. Black heros go after The Man. Fun to see
  153  I, Robotsci fiWill Smith, Bridget Moynahan, James CromwellPersonal-assistance robots are the new labor-saving appliance. But the new, new generation of them has problems. A cop who hates robots tries to find out why. Loosely based on Asimov 3-Laws robotics series. Fun to see
  154  In the CutmysteryMeg Ryan, Mark Ruffalo, Jane Campion (director and writer)Very dark murder mystery with cop protecting but getting too involved with witness who is also potential next victim. Fun to see
  156  In the Line of FirecrimeClint Eastwood, John Malkovich, Rene RussoEx black ops assassin wants to assassinate the President. Fun to see
  165  Jeremiah JohnsonwesternRobert RedfordFrontier man vs indians, incredible mountain scenery.Fun to see
  168  Kill BillactionUma Thurman, Lucy Liu, David Carradine, Quentin Tarantino (dir)Samurai babes. Thurman on a mission to kill Bill (Carradine). More swordplay than most Japanese flicks. The body count and the hydraulics are perhaps excessive, but the choreography is wonderful. Fun to see
  171  Kiss Me DeadlynoirRalph Meeker, Cloris Leachman, Mickey Spillane (novel)Meeker is too slick as Mike Hammer, but the hard-boiledness comes through. Good, pointless loyalty to the never-actually-was-a-client, and a good MacGuffin. Fun to see
  176  Last Action Herosci fiArnold SchwarzeneggerMovie as reality, reality as movie, great fun. Ian McKellen does an unforgettable cameo as Death.Fun to see
  181  Little Shop of Horrors (new)musicalRick Moranis, Vincent GardeniaFilm version of comic musical play based on the old movie. Surprisingly decent. Fun to see
  183  Lives of Others, ThenoirUlrich Muehe, Sebastian KochChilling tale of the East German secret police (Stasi) spying on their own population. Fun to see
  185  Lodger, The (new)mysteryAlfred Molina, Hope Davis, Simon BakerSomeone in modern L.A. is recreating the crimes of Jack the Ripper. Nutso landlady has a very strange lodger in the carriage house. Decidedly not bad. Fun to see
  192  Ma and Pa KettlecomedydunnoDogpatch slapstick. Whole series. Fun to see
  211  Moon over ParadorcomedyRichard Dreyfus, Raul Julia, Sonia BragaActor (Dreyfus) impersonates dead Latin American dictator for a while. Dave in a banana republic. Terrific cast, wonderful comedy. Fun to see
  212  MoonstruckcomedyCher, Nicholas Cage, Olympia Dukakis, Vincent GardeniaCher as accountant with boring life meets madman Cage for affair.Fun to see
  213  Mr Saturday NightcomedyBilly CrystalOld comic's comic tells several jokes per minute. Try to remember some of the hundred jokes. Fun to see
  216  Murder by DeathcomedyPeter Falk, Alec Guiness, Peter Sellers, Truman Capote, Elsa Lanchester, Maggie SmithSend-up of every detective ever. All the big fictional detectives come to a dinner at a crazy mansion where a murder will happen. It does. They solve it six different ways, all wrong. Very funny. Fun to see
  218  My Fair LadymusicalAudrey Hepburn, Rex HarrisonPygmalion with music. Broadway play. Fun to see
  222  NashvilledramaRobert Altman (dir), Keith Carradine, Karen Black, Henry Gibson Altman overview of the crazy country music business.Fun to see
  229  No Way OutspyKevin Costner, Gene HackmanPolitician accidentally kills his mistress, covers up, blames innocent man. Sorta. Adapted brilliantly from an otherwise boring book. Fun to see
  230  Noises OffcomedyMichael Caine, Carol BurnettLittle-known but hysterically funny play within a play. Fun to see
  233  Notting HillcomedyHugh Grant, Julia RobertsTouching boy-loses-girl story. Grant, lowly book store owner, and Roberts, famous actress pursued by the paparazzi. Can the two worlds meet? Fun to see
  234  Ocean's Eleven (old)caperFrank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr., Peter LawfordOne of the original caper flicks. Steal a ton of money from Las Vegas. Great cast, great fun. Fun to see
  240  Our Man in HavanacomedyAlec GuinessVacuum cleaner salesman becomes reluctant spy, from Graham Greene novel. Fun to see
  244  Patriot GamesspyHarrison Ford, Anne ArcherInnocent American tourist accidentally breaks up a terrorist attack in London. Earns him the undying hatred of the IRA who were foiled. He goes back to the CIA as an analyst to track them down before they get him. Fun to see
  260  REDactionBruce Willis, Helen Mirren, John Malkovich, Morgan Freeman, Mary-Louise ParkerRetired and Extremely Dangerous ex-spies. They know something that they don't know they know. Someone else wants to hide it. This reduces their life expectancy. Great fun. Fun to see
  266  RepossessedcomedyLeslie NielsenNaked Gun does The Exorcist. Every cliche known to man. Fun to see
  269  Ring, ThehorrorNaomi WattsThis movie should have a warning label for people with weak hearts. Fun to see
  271  Robe, Thebiblical, RomanRichard BurtonAnother biblical epic. Burton driven nuts by touching the robe. Fun to see
  272  Robocopsci fiPeter Weller, Nancy Allen, Paul Verhoeven (dir)In dystopic, crime-ridden Detroit of the future, the police are private industry. One dead cop is turned into a cyborg and really enforces order. Fun to see
  273  Robot & Franksci fiFrank Langella, Susan SarandonOld gentleman with failing health is given a personal health-assistance robot by his children, so he can continue to live independently. He hates it at first, but it changes his life much for the better. Fun to see
  276  Romeo is BleedingcrimeGary Oldman, Lena OlinDirty cop versus the Bitch Queen of Hell. But boy is she gorgeous. Fun to see
  278  RoxannecomedySteve Martin, Daryl HannahModern version of Cyrano de Bergerac. Steve Martin kills. And a happier ending than Cyrano. Fun to see
  279  Run Lola Runsci fi?dunnoWhat if...? Seconds can make a difference when you're really in a hurry. Fun to see
  283  Sabrina (old)dramaHumphrey Bogart, William Holden, Audrey HepburnIndustrialist and the chauffeur's daughter. Better than the modern remake. Fun to see
  287  Sea of LovecrimeAl Pacino, Ellen Barkin, John GoodmanWho is killing off the few remaining straight single men in New York? Fun to see
  289  SevenmysteryMorgan Freeman, Brad Pitt, Kevin Spacey, Gwyneth PaltrowTwo homicide detectives search for killer who is killing people to illustrate the seven deadly sins. They find him and then he finds them, and the result is terrible. Fun to see
  293  Sex, Lies, and VideotapedramaJames Spader, Andie MacDowellEverybody is having an affair with everybody else. Fun to see
  295  Shakespeare in LovedramaGwyneth Paltrow, Ben Affleck, Tom Stoppard (author)Shakespeare has trouble writing the play, but succeeds. Fun to see
  296  ShampoocomedyWarren Beatty, Julie ChristieLadykiller with no soul. Hairdresser who listens to women, understands them to nail them all. Fun to see
  300  Silent Runningsci fiBruce DernTree-hugging in orbit around Saturn. Fun to see
  310  SpaceballscomedyMel Brooks, Bill Pullman, John Candy, Joan RiversMel Brooks send-up of Star Wars characters. Less violently insane than Blazing Saddles but worth your time. Fun to see
  317  State and MaincomedyWilliam H. Macy, Philip Seymour Hoffman, David Mamet (author and director)Very funny Mamet craziness about trying to shoot a movie in a small town. "It's not lying. It's a gift for fiction."Fun to see
  319  Stepford Wives, The (old)sci fiPaula Prentiss, Katharine Ross, Ira Levin (novel), William Goldman (script)Yes, the book was better than the movie, but the movie is still fun. And the expression "Stepford wife" has come into common parlance with just this meaning.Fun to see
  323  Striking DistancemysteryBruce Willis, Sarah Jessica Parker, John Mahoney, Dennis FarinaCop is put into the penalty box for insisting on too much investigation of serial murders. He's assigned to river patrol. The serial murders start again, and they point to him. Fun to see
  324  StripteasecomedyDemi Moore, Burt Reynolds, Armand Assante, Ving RhamesBook by Florida humorist Carl Hiaasen turned into a pretty good movie. Very funny, especially for far-out character portrayals, like Burt Reynolds as the completely degenerate congressman. Usual Hiaasen plot: greed, more greed, money, murder, and corrupt politics. Fun to see
  326  SyrianaspyGeorge Clooney, Matt Damon, Amanda Peet, Christopher Plummer, Chris CooperSpies and loose weapons in the Middle East. Oil money and greed. Good mix for action, bribes, accidents, murder, torture, terrorism.Fun to see
  329  Team America: World PolicecomedyTrey Parker, Matt Stone (writers)The South Park guys make the funniest, crudest, most offensive, animated (puppet) feature ever. Well, most offensive to date, anyway. A special police team goes after terrorists and super-villains, with incredible collateral damage in the process. Great non-PC fun. Fun to see
  333  They Livesci fiMeg FosterGuy finds special sunglasses that let him see the aliens among us and their subliminal messages: ''Obey!'' ''Consume!'' Fun to see
  337  Thousand Clowns, AcomedyJason Robards, Jr. Man hates the insipid, gosh 'n' golly, you betcha. Fun to see
  340  Time Machine, The (old)sci fiRod Taylor, Yvette MimieuxGood version of H. G. Wells's story. British inventor goes to far future, where humanity is split into two very different groups. He tries to rescue one of them. Fun to see
  341  Time to Kill, AcoutroomMatthew McConaughey, Sandra Bullock, Samuel L. Jackson, Kevin SpaceyYoung lawyer (McConaughey) defends a black man in Mississippi who murdered two white men who raped his ten-year-old daughter. The case brings racial tensions and Klan violence back out into the open. The closing argument is McConaughey's finest hour. Fun to see
  345  Tom JonescomedyAlbert Finney, Susannah YorkLadykiller with humor. Fun to see
  346  Top SecretcomedyVal KilmerSort of an early draft of Airplane. Not so polished but funny. Fun to see
  348  Topper comedyCary Grant May the ghosts be with you. Fun to see
  349  Total Recall (old)sci fiArnold Schwarzenegger, Sharon StoneGovernor Arnie Gropehfuehrer version of classic scifi story We Can Remember It for You Wholesale.Fun to see
  359  Victor VictoriacomedyJulie Andrews, James Garner, Alex Karras, Robert Preston, Lesley Ann Warren, Blake Edwards (dir)Talented soprano (Andrews) can't get a job as a woman, so she pretends to be a man who is a female impersonator night club singer. And he/she is really good at it. Complicated enough yet? American gangster (Garner) falls for they guy/girl. Fun to see
  360  VideodromehorrorJames WoodsTV really does warp your mind. Fun to see
  365  Walk Like a MancomedyHowie MandelBoy raised by wolves, returns to society. Insane. Fun to see
  369  Westworldsci fiYul Brynner, Richard Benjamin, James Brolin, Michael Crichton (dir, writer)Amusement park where humans can do anything they want to the android robots. Westworld is shootouts, Romanworld is orgies, Medievalworld is jousting. Until the computer glitch and the robots start to fight back. Oops. Fun to see
  370  Where the Buffalo RoamcomedyBill Murray, Peter BoyleBill Murray does Hunter Thompson (Uncle Duke for you Doonesbury fans) wonderfully. Fun to see
  374  Whole Nine Yards, ThecomedyBruce Willis, Matthew Perry, Natasha Henstridge, Amanda PeetTerrific comedy. Dentist with unhappy marriage. Gangster, hiding from the old mob, moves in next door. Everyone tries to kill everyone else. A top-ten comedy. Fun to see
  379  Young FrankensteincomedyGene Wilder, Madeline Kahn, Peter Boyle, Marty Feldman, Cloris Leachman, Teri Garr, Mel Brooks (dir)Insane Mel Brooks send-up of Frankenstein movies. Beautiful b&w. NY doctor (Wilder) inherits castle from grandfather that he has tried to distance himself from. Discovers granddad's experimental notes. Tries to duplicate. Works out surprisingly well for all concerned. Fun to see
  33  Bedazzled (new)comedyBrendan Fraser, Elizabeth Hurley, Peter Cook (story)Medium-stupid remake of the good old flick. Do not see
  74  Day the Earth Stood Still, The (new remake)sci fiKeanu ReevesSeriously stupid remake of what was a great movie. Do not see
  124  Godzilla (new remake)sci fiMatthew BroderickAnother stupid remake of an old flick. The old one had cheesy special effects but some plot and message. This one is all effects and no clue. Do not see
  199  Manchurian Candidate, The (new)noirDenzel Washington, Liev Schreiber, Meryl StreepNot terrible remake of the wonderful original, but not very good. Watch the B&W with Sinatra instead. Do not see
  249  Planet of the Apes (new remake)sci fiMark WahlbergYet another modern, all-special-effects-no-concept remake. Do not see
  318  Stepford Wives, The (new remake)sci fiNicole Kidman, Bette Midler, Matthew Broderick Terrible, stupid remake of the forty-year-earlier movie that was half-decent. Why do people feel they have to remake -- and ruin -- good, old movies? Do not see
  367  War of the Worlds, The (new remake)sci fiTom Cruise, Steven Spielberg (dir)Really stupid modern action remake of one of the best fifties sci-fi flicks. Do not see

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