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.
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
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.
Apocalypse Now Redux
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.
The Third Man
Director: Carol Reed
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 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
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!
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).
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, 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
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 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).