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Top must-see classic movies?
I was talking to to a young man the other day and he didn't understand a famous film quote. It turned out that he had never seen the rather famous classic film from which the quote originated. Furthermore he had not seen many of the classic films which have become icons in our culture.
So in terms of understanding pop culture - American culture in particular, what are the must-see classic films?
Thanks. All good answers. Difficult choice. I came up with a list of 88 films divided into 2 categories: 1. "Landmark" films that are absolutely essential. 2. Just great films.
- 7 years agoFavorite Answer
As a long-time fan of American movies, here are some of my suggestions, starting with the first decade of hit sound films.
Live action films:
1930s: Gone with the Wind, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, The Wizard of Oz (All 1939)
1940s: Citizen Kane, The Maltese Falcon (1941), Casablanca (1942)
1950s: Singin' in the Rain (1952) Rebel Without a Cause (1955) (If you are a fan of science fiction, the 1950s contain many timeless classics, including War of the Worlds (1953) and The Blob (1958)
1960s: Psycho (1960), Dr. Strangelove, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love The Bomb (1964), The Graduate (1967), Cool Hand Luke (1967) 2001 a Space Odyssey (1968).
1970s: The Godfather I and II (1972 and 1974, Respectively) Jaws (1975) Rocky (1976) Star Wars (Renamed Star Wars Episode IV A New Hope) (1977)
1980s: Star Wars Episodes V (The Empire Strikes Back) and VI (Return of the Jedi) (1980 and 1983, respectively) E.T. The Extra Terrestrial (1982) The Indiana Jones Series (Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984), Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)). The Shining (1980) Die Hard (1988)
1990s: Forrest Gump (1994) Titanic (1997), The Matrix (1999) Star Wars I, The Phantom Menace (1999)
2000s: Lord Of The Rings (2001) Pirates Of The Caribbean (2003) Star Wars Episode II Attack of the Clones (2002), Star Wars Episode III Revenge of the Sith (2005).
As far as the 2010s go, I think that it is too recent to reflect on.
Cartoon movies: Some of the best and most popular mainstream cartoon movies in the United States are produced by Disney. Others have been produced by Dreamworks, Universal, and other companies. However, especially in recent years, massive amounts of computer animated movies have been released by a number of companies, and are very poor quality and are produced only to cater to children, such as the Nut Job, Rio, Despicable Me, Turbo, and Free Birds.
These are just some of the iconic American movies. There are many others worthy of watching, so further research into decades of cinema should provide ideas of important films to see.
The Library of Congress lists many American Films in Its National Film Registry, which is posted on Wikipedia here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Film_Registr...
- 7 years ago
Wizard of Oz
Gone With the Wind
It's a Wonderful life
Stand by Me
The Third Man
All About Eve
Adventures of Robin Hood
The Philadelphia Story
The Grapes of Wrath
Miracle on 34th Street
Rebel Without a Cause
Breakfast at Tiffany's
Singing in the Rain
West Side Story
On the Waterfront
To Be or Not to Be
- 7 years ago
Gone with the wind
Street Car Named Desire
Its a wonderful life
The Wizard of Oz
Rebel without a cause
One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest
- 5 years ago
Til the Clouds Roll By starring Judy Garland
The Medicine Man starring Jack Benny
Disorder in the Court starring The Three Stooges
Malice in the Palace starring The Three Stooges
The Brideless Groom starring The Three Stooges
Let's Get Tough starring East Side Kids
The Last Time I Saw Paris starring Elizabeth Taylor
Jane Eyre starring Virginia Bruce
A Star is Born starring Janet Gaynor
The Racketeer starring Carole Lombard
Gulliver's Travels starring Jessica Dragonette
Managed Money starring Shirley Temple
The General starring Buster Keaton
The Kid starring Charlie Chaplin
Long John Silver starring Robert Newton
The Scarlet Letter starring Coleen Moore
The Inspector General starring Danny Kaye
The Paleface starring Buster Keaton
That Gang of Mine starring East Side Kids
Son of Monte Cristo starring Louis Hayward
Captain Kidd starring Charles Laughton
The Time of Your Life starring James Cagney
A Farewell to Arms starring Gary Cooper
The Scarlet Pimpernel starring Leslie Howard
The Black Pirate starring DougSource(s): http://familyclassicsmovie.blogspot.com/