02 April 2011

50 Movies I Should See

Alright, this blog is going to be taking a break next week so I can allocate some time for studying the atrocities that is Shakespeare (apologies Shakespeare fans). Now, lately, I've been watching a lot of movies I've heard good things about but had never seen before, like Ben-Hur [pretty damn good] and Across the Universe [which was rubbish], and want to continue that.

Therefore, that brings us to this: I would like whoever reads this blog to recommend to me 50 movies that I absolutely should see.

Now keep in mind, I am not saying that I want 50 "classics" that I haven't seen nor do I want the typical answers like Casablanca or Citizen Kane. Hit me up with a wide range of flicks - foreign films, cult classics, shitty films, even musicals. I want to expand my viewing horizon, ladies and gents. For example, if it wasn't for Nick's 60 Weeks 60 Movies feature I wouldn't have seen the awesomeness that is The Good, The Bad, and the Weird. If need be, sure, throw a classic I really should see my way, but I sort of want to avoid them.

Below I will have a updated list with all the titles recommended to me.

1. Dark City
2. The Station Agent
3. Network
4. City of God
5. Woman in the Dunes
6. Blow
7. The Special Relationship
8. Sanjuro
9. Days of Heaven
10. Sophie Scholl: The Final Days
11. Bronson
12. Time Crimes
13. Ladyhawke
14. Coffee & Cigarettes
15. Wristcutters
16. La Vie En Rose
17. Memories of Murder
18. Mother
19. A Prophet
20. The Proposition
21. Dead Man's Shoes
22. The Wind That Shakes The Barley
23. Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels
24. Dr Strangelove
25. Cashern
26. Life is Beautiful
27. Dune
28. War of the Buttons
29. After the Wedding
30. This is England
31. Rabbit-Proof Fence
32. The Man Who Wasn't There
33. Blood Simple
34. Tears of the Sun
35. The Fall
36. Better Luck Tomorrow
37. Howl's Moving Castle
38. Return to Me
39. Tortured
40. Ghost Dog
41. Adaptation
42. Black Narcissu
43. The Red Shoes
44. The 400 Blow
45. Blue Velvet
46. Amazing Grace
47. The Painted Veil
48. The Wings of the Dove
49. A Perfect World
50. Blood Simple


Jack L said...

Well if you liked The Good, The Bad and The Weird, I would recommend Sukiyaki Western Django, a film I watched recently which is basically a Japanese Spaghetti Western, I'll probably be posting a review soon...

Anyway, I would also recommend Boon Jong Ho's films, The Host, Memories of Murder and Mother, all very good.

I can't think of much right now, it depends on what kind of films you're looking for, for English films I'd recommend The Full Monty, Looking For Eric... For French, I'd recommend The Mesrine films and A Prophet.
For German, some of Herzog's and Wender's films.
Also, The Proposition, Dead Man's Shoes, The Wind That Shakes The Barley should make for some interesting viewing, and for comedy, well I don't watch much but I'll just recommend Woody Allen's earlier films...

Hope that helps, this was just of the top of my head and I tried to keep it to pretty recent and well known films so they're not to hard to find.

Rachel [ f.g.i. ] said...

I don't know what you've seen/not seen, but here's some random recommendations for you:


There's some kung-fu, sci-fi, horror, thriller, romance, action, drama, and foreign all mixed in there for you!

Fletch said...

"I would like whoever reads this blog to recommend to me 50 movies that I absolutely should see."

Dang - you want me to recommend 50 movies to you?! ;)

Naw, I getcha. Ok, how's this...

I haven't gone through and ranked every movie, so this thing ain't perfect, but if you look at the first 40 or 60 movies or so, you ought to at least get some good ideas: http://www.flickchart.com/Charts.aspx?user=blogcabins

Anonymous said...

Glad you saw Ben Hur, I was going to recommend that one. I don't know what you haven't seen but I'll see if I can come up with 25 movies suggestion for you later today. I hope you don't mind a good period dramas :)

Castor said...

Not sure of what you have seen or haven't seen but here are a few off the top of my head:

- Days of Heaven
- Sanjuro
- Princess Mononoke
- Ip Man
- Sophie Scholl: The Final Days

Andy the Time Lord said...

Updated with some of the recommended titles. I'm actually quite proud that I've seen a bit that has been recommended. Yay me!!!

Keep 'em coming folks!

Weird, foreign, musical, drama, obscure, cult classic, what have you. Throw 'em my way!

And duh Fletch, of COURSE each and every one of y'all was to supply 50 flicks for consideration. That way I'd have plenty of titles to select. :)

Naw, my bad. Darn typin' too fast!

Jack L said...

If you like Coffee and Cigarrettes you may want to check out Dead Man, Ghost Dog, Down By Law.

So, I also recommend Paris,Texas. La Haine, Red Rock West, Run Lola Run, The Player, Adaptation, The Aviator, The Exterminating Angel, If..., Black Narcissus, The Red Shoes, Blue Velvet, The 400 Blows.

You're going to have a weird list of films to watch when this is completed!

Distilled said...

Well.. I'm not sure what you've seen. But these are some of my favourites (in no particular order):

Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels
Dr Strangelove
Battle Royale (all of them!)
Spirited Away
Life is Beautiful
Kung Fu Panda

Mrs. Thuro's Mom said...

(1) War of the Buttons (2) After the Wedding (3) This is England (4)
Rabbit-Proof Fence (5) The Man Who Wasn't There (6) Blood Simple (7) Soapdish (8) All That Jazz (9) Mrs. Brown (10) Pierrepoint (The Last Hangman) (11) The Grey Zone (12) Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day (13) A Perfect World (14) Amazing Grace (15) September Dawn (16) The Painted Veil (17) Munich (18) The Wings of the Dove

Real People said...

Like everyone else, I don't know what you've seen.
1. Tears of the Sun
2. The Fall
3. Better Luck Tomorrow
5. Obsessed
6. Howl's Moving Castle
7. Return to Me
8. Tortured

Hope there's something there you haven't seen!

Andy the Time Lord said...

LIST UPDATED: 04/10/11

Jack - Thank you major loads for your contributions, mate! Haven't heard of some of those, and will definitely be checking 'em out.

Distilled - Thanks for some ideas. When you mean ZATOICHI, you mean the older franchise spawning 20+ flicks or the more recent flick? I will definitely be checking out most of those. Excited for DUNE.

Mrs. Thuro's Mom - Dunno if it's bad on me as a film geek, but there were only four films you listed I actually knew. Blimey. Thank you so much for the suggestions!

Tamara - Been curious about THE FALL, and your recommendation is definitely making me excited to see it. Major amounts of thanks. And you're the second person suggesting a Miyazaki movie. Bugger, guess I'm gonna have to take the plunge (anime not being my thing, really). Also the first person I think who would ever recommend OBSESSED! haha.

Thank you all for your suggestions! Way bigger turn-out than I had expected, frankly.

I will be starting my 50 Film Movie watch probably in June, as I intend to dedicate May to continuing and finishing up my FANTASTIC DINOSAURS project. Again, major thanks ladies and gents!