Selection of Must See Films

Please note that some of the movies I present contain violence, vulgarity and/or other types of images that may be shocking. For certain films I add a warning. The the lack of such a warning should not replace official age recommendations if you plan to view these films with children.


Barry Lyndon


A list of great movies has to start with this masterpiece!
Barry Lyndon is a period drama based on the 1844 novel ‘The Memoirs of Barry Lyndon, Esq.’ (later to be renamed ‘The Luck of Barry Lyndon’) by William Makepeace Thackeray.Director Stanley Kubrick


Sunset Boulevard

Many see this as Billy Wilder‘s greatest film and a classic for all time. It stars William Holden as Joe Gillis, an unsuccessful screenwriter, and Gloria Swanson as Norma Desmond, a faded silent film star who draws him into her fantasy world where she dreams of making a triumphant return to the screen, with Erich von Stroheim as Max von Mayerling, her devoted servant.

In the movie, Norma Desmond’s address is 10086 Sunset Boulevard in the film but in reality, the filming location was 641 S. Irving Blvd at the corner of Irving and Wilshire. See the home right before it was demolished in 1957.


Amazing classic Italian neorealism film sharing the contrasts of life (from rich to poor, to beauty and loss of virtue).  Directed by Federico Fellini | See this review in the Guardian.


Apocalypse Now Redux

There are 3 theatrical versions of Apocalypse Now. Without a doubt The REDUX version is the best!

Introduction: Secret ops assassin Captain Willard / Martin Sheen is sent on a mission up a river during the Vietnam War to “terminate with extreme prejudice” the errant Colonel Kurtz / Marlon Brando. Director: Francis Ford Coppola.

If this is the first time you are going to see this AMAZING movie, then, I suggest going out of your way to find a way to see this film on a LARGE MOVIE THEATRE SCREEN!

Warning: film contains extremely shocking scenes.


Radio Days

A nostalgic reminiscence about growing up in 1940s Rockaway, Queens, New York. – Directed by Woody Allen. Features Mia Farrow and Diane Keaton.


Bananas

A simply wonderful comedy.
Director: Woody Allen

The Third Man

Director: Carol Reed


Chinatown

Los Angeles private eye J.J. Gittes (Jack Nicholson) is hired by Evelyn Mulwray to investigate her husband’s activities. An amazing film.

Director: Roman Polanski. (Warning: film contains extremely shocking scenes).


Dekalog | TV Mini-Series 1989–1990

10 films, each based on a BROKEN commandment, set in and around an apartment block in Warsaw, Poland. The stories share the fractured quality of modern family life, its dreams, hopes and sadness; focus on the CHOICES we all make, every day of our lives.

Director: Krzysztof Kieślowski. (Warning: film contains extremely shocking scenes).


Three Days of the Condor

Joe Turner (Robert Redford) is a bookish CIA researcher with the code name Condor.

Director: Sydney Pollack


Mon Oncle

Mon Oncle has to be understood in the context of a world that is being replaced by technology and “progress” that is actually not an improvement.

Director: Jacques Tati


Les Vacances de Monsieur Hulot


At the beach the most surprising things are to happen on Mr. Hulots vacation. This is an all-family-fun movie of great charm!

Director: Jacques Tati


Sleeper

After health-store owner Miles Monroe (Woody Allen) dies during a routine surgery, his family has him cryogenically frozen. He awakens 200 years later, revived by a group of underground radicals who oppose the oppressive regime in power. Once the police arrive to arrest the group, Miles flees, disguised as a robot.

Director: Woody Allen


North By Northwest

Roger O. Thornhill (Cary Grant) is pursued by ruthless spy Phillip Vandamm (James Mason) after Thornhill is strangely mixed up in one of Alfred Hitchcock’s greatest films. Includes: the famed scene on a country road with the dust cropper.

Directed by Alfred Hitchcock


2001 — A Space Odyssey

A contemplation on the nature of humanity in a science fiction masterpiece by Stanley Kubrick. I suggest going out of your way to find a way to see this film on a LARGE MOVIE THEATRE SCREEN!


Scarface

After getting a green card in exchange for assassinating a Cuban government official, Tony Montana (Al Pacino) stakes a claim on the drug trade in Miami. Viciously murdering anyone who stands in his way.

Director: Brian De Palma. (Warning: film contains extremely shocking scenes).


The Godfather Part II

Of the 3 films — the second is the best.

Director: Francis Ford Coppola. (Warning: film contains extremely shocking scenes).


Dog Day Afternoon

At times darkly comic and touching film. With Al Pacino and John Cazale.

Director: Sidney Lumet.


Dr Strangelove

Peter Sellers taking on several roles in this great classic by Stanley Kubrick.

Main plot: U.S. Air Force General Jack Ripper goes completely insane, and sends his bomber wing to destroy the U.S.S.R. He thinks that the communists are conspiring to pollute the “precious bodily fluids” of the American people.

Director Stanley Kubrick


Fanny and Alexander

Two young children experience the many comedies, tragedies and magic of life.

Director: Ingmar Bergman.

(Theatrical version is 188 minutes long. Director’s cut is 312 minutes long).


City Lights

“City Lights, the most cherished film by Charlie Chaplin, is also his ultimate Little Tramp chronicle. The writer-director-star achieved new levels of grace, in both physical comedy and dramatic poignancy, with this silent tale of a lovable vagrant falling for a young blind woman who sells flowers on the street (a magical Virginia Cherrill) and mistakes him for a millionaire.” More: Source



4.5 STAR MOVIES:

12 Angry Men — 1957

25th Hour — 2002 (Warning: film contains extremely shocking scenes).

A Night at the Opera — 1935

All the President’s Men — 1976

American Psycho — 2000 (Warning: film contains extremely shocking scenes).

Amélie — 2001

Annie Hall — 1977

Argo — 2012

Body of Lies — 2008

Brazil — 1985

Casablanca — 1942

Die Hard 2 — 1990

Heat — 1995

High Noon — 1952

Inglourious Basterds — 2009 (Warning: film contains extremely shocking scenes).

Jarhead — 2005

La Cage Aux Folles — 1979

La La Land — 2016 (I suggest going out of your way to find a way to see this film on a LARGE MOVIE THEATRE SCREEN)!

Manhattan — 1979

Marathon Man — 1976

Matchstick Men — 2003

Midnight in Paris — 2011

Modern Times — 1936

Moonraker — 1979

Munich — 2005

Nikita — 1990 film known also as “La Femme Nikita”. (I suggest going out of your way to find a way to see this film on a LARGE MOVIE THEATRE SCREEN)!

Platoon — 1986

Psycho — 1960

Ran — 1985 (I suggest going out of your way to find a way to see this film on a LARGE MOVIE THEATRE SCREEN)!

Rashomon — 1950

Rear Window — 1954

Return of the Jedi — 1983 (I suggest going out of your way to find a way to see this film on a LARGE MOVIE THEATRE SCREEN)!

Saturday Night Fever — 1977

Seven — 1995

Spartan — 2004

Stalag 17–1953 (Written by Billy Wilder and my grandfather Edwin Blum).

Stranger Than Paradise — 1984

Super 8–2011

Syriana — 2005

The China Syndrome — 1979

The Day of the Jackal — 1973

The Firm — 1993

The Great Dictator — 1940

The Killing of a Chinese Bookie — 1976 (Warning: film contains extremely shocking scenes).

The Little Drummer Girl — 1984

The Passion of Joan of Arc and this link

The Producers — 1967

The Shining — 1980 (Warning: film contains extremely shocking scenes).

The Sum of All Fears — 2002

Tootsie — 1982

Trading Places — 1983

Vanilla Sky — 2001

War Games — 1983

War of the Worlds — 2005

Zero Dark Thirty — 2012 (Warning: contains extremely shocking scenes).



ON NETFLIX:

Fauda

All 3 seasons are great (the second is almost better than the first). Great acting by “Walid” (Shadi Mar’i) and “Shirin” Laëtitia Eïdo. (Warning: contains extremely shocking scenes).


Narcos

All 3 seasons are great. Love the acting of “Navegante” (Juan Sebastián Calero Hernández) and “Chepe” (Pêpê Rapazote). (Warning: film contains extremely shocking scenes).