Tuesday, May 20, 2008

300 Movies You Must See Before You Die

From Maxim.com. What movies would you add?

Comedies

Airplane! 1980

Animal House 1978

American Pie 1999

Anchorman 2004
Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery 1997

Bachelor Party 1984

Bananas 1971

Beverly Hills Cop 1984

The Big Lebowski 1998
Blazing Saddles 1974

Borat 2006
Caddyshack 1980

The Cannonball Run 1981

Clerks 1994

Dazed and Confused 1993

Duck Soup 1933

Dumb & Dumber 1994

Election 1999

The 40-Year-Old Virgin 2005

Ghostbusters 1984

Groundhog Day 1993

Happy Gilmore 1996

Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle 2004

It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World 1963
(Not that funny anymore)
The Jerk 1979

Kingpin 1996
Modern Times 1936
Monty Python & The Holy Grail 1975

The Nutty Professor 1963

Office Space 1999 (YES!)
Old School 2003
The Pink Panther Strikes Again 1976

The Princess Bride 1987

Raising Arizona 1987

Sixteen Candles 1984

Some Like It Hot 1959
This Is Spinal Tap 1984

Trading Places 1983

Vacation 1983

Wedding Crashers 2005

Wet Hot American Summer 2001

Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory 1971

Young Frankenstein 1974

(They forgot: anything by Buster Keaton or Albert Brooks)

Buddy Movies
American Graffiti 1973

The Blues Brothers 1980

Breaking Away 1979

Deliverance 1972 (a great movie forever overshadowed by one unfortunate scene)
Glengarry GlenRoss 1992
(Buddy movie?)
The Goonies 1984

The Last Detail 1973
Lethal Weapon 1987

The Right Stuff 1983

Saturday Night Fever 1977

The Shawshank Redemption 1994

Stand by Me 1986

Stripes 1981
Superbad 2007

Swingers 1996
Top Gun 1986

The Warriors 1979

(They forgot: Thelma & Louise, Midnight Run)

Action
Batman 1989

Batman Begins 2005

Battle Royale 2000
Bourne trilogy 2002-07
Braveheart 1995
Clash of the Titans 1981
Die Hard 1988
Enter the Dragon 1973
Face/Off 1997
First Blood 1982
48 Hrs. 1982
Gladiator 2000
The Incredibles 2004
Kill Bill: Vol.1 & 2 2003-04
The Lord of the Rings trilogy 2001-03

The Matrix 1999
Predator 1987

Raiders of the Lost Ark 1981
The Road Warrior 1981
Rocky I-IV 1976-85

Speed 1994

Spider-Man 2002

(How can you include Clash Of The Titans but still forget: Bond. James Bond. Goldfinger? From Russia With Love? Casino Royale?)

War Movies

Apocalypse Now 1979
(haunted me after I saw it)
Black Hawk Down 2001
The Bridge On The River Kwai 1957 (Such a terrific film)
The Deer Hunter 1978 (haunted me after I saw it)

The Dirty Dozen 1967

Dr. Strangelove 1964
Gallipoli 1981

The Great Escape 1963

M*A*S*H 1970

Platoon 1986
(haunted me after I saw it)
Saving Private Ryan 1998
(Ugh. Just destroyed me.)
(They forgot: The Thin Red Line)

Westerns

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid 1969
The Good, The Bad And The Ugly 1966

High Noon 1952

High Plains Drifter 1973
Jeremiah Johnson 1972
The Searchers 1956

Tombstone 1993

True Grit 1969
(Nah, not that great)
Unforgiven 1992

The Wild Bunch 1969
(didn't love it)
(They forgot: Red River, The Outlaw Josey Wales)

Rebels
Billy Jack 1971
(belongs in comedies; incredibly dumb)
Cool Hand Luke 1967 (the best movie you've never seen)
Dirty Harry 1971

Dirty Mary Crazy Larry 1974
Easy Rider 1969

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off 1986

The Graduate 1967
(you forget how frickin' funny it is)
A History of Violence 2005

The Hustler 1961

The King of Comedy 1983
(Scorcese's forgotten lark)
Network 1976

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest 1975

Raging Bull 1980

Risky Business 1983
Sid & Nancy 1986

Smokey and the Bandit 1977
Taxi Driver 1976

Three Days of the Condor 1975

Trainspotting 1996

(They forgot: Hud)

Cops

Bad Lieutenant 1992
Bullitt 1968
(take away the car chase and it's barely ordinary)
Chinatown 1974
(flawless storytelling; the movie you study in college screenwriting courses)
The Departed 2006

Donnie Brasco 1997

Fargo 1996

The French Connection 1971
Hard Boiled 1992

RoboCop 1987

Se7en 1995

Shaft 1971

The Silence of the Lambs 1991
To Live And Die In L.A. 1985
The Untouchables 1987 (a rare win from Mr. DePalma)
(They forgot: Serpico)

Criminals

Atlantic City 1980

Bad Boys 1983

Bloody Mama 1970 (Huh?)
Bonnie & Clyde 1967

The Boys From Brazil 1978

Boyz N the Hood 1991
(too hard to watch more than once)
Carlito’s Way 1993

Casino 1995

Crimes and Misdemeanors 1989 (Woody's most underrated movie)

Dog Day Afternoon 1975

The Getaway 1972

Get Carter 1971
The Godfather I & II 1972-74
Goodfellas 1990
Heat 1995

A History of Violence 2005

In Cold Blood 1967
(zzzzzzzzzzzz)
The Long Good Friday 1980

Mean Streets 1973

Midnight Express 1978

Natural Born Killers 1994
No Country For Old Men 2007

Pulp Fiction 1994
Reservoir Dogs 1992 (hate it)

River’s Edge 1986

Scarface 1983
(sucks!)
Sexy Beast 2000

Sin City 2005

Super Fly 1972

True Romance 1993

(I can't believe they actually forgot: The Usual Suspects)

Horror

Carrie 1976
(belongs in the nudity category for the opening sequence alone; you could sod a football field with the amount of 70s power-bush in that scene)
Dawn Of The Dead 1978

The Exorcist 1973
The Fly 1986

Halloween 1978

Jaws 1975

A Nightmare on Elm Street 1984
Night Of The Living Dead 1968

Psycho 1960

Rosemary’s Baby 1968

The Shining 1980
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 1974

28 Days Later 2002


Sci-Fi

2001: A Space Odyssey 1968
Alien/Aliens 1979, 1986

Back to the Future 1985

Blade Runner 1982

Children of Men 2006

Close Encounters of the Third Kind 1977
The Empire Strikes Back 1980
E.T. 1982
King Kong 1933

Planet of the Apes 1968
Starship Troopers 1997

Star Wars 1977

Terminator/T2 1984, 1991


Art House

Annie Hall 1977
Badlands 1973

The Bicycle Thief 1948
City Of God 2002

A Clockwork Orange 1971
The Conversation 1974
(Coppola's underrated gem)
Do the Right Thing 1989

Elephant Man 1980

The Last Picture Show 1971 (a favorite of insomniacs everywhere)
Midnight Cowboy 1969

Repo Man 1984

Rushmore 1998

Short Cuts 1993

There Will Be Blood 2007
Withnail And I 1987


Mindbenders

Akira 1988
Beetlejuice 1988

Blue Velvet 1986

Brazil 1985

Donnie Darko 2001

Edward Scissorhands 1990
(Burton at his peak)
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind 2004

Fight Club 1999
The Manchurian Candidate 1962 (YES! Great flick)
Memento 2000

Pink Floyd: The Wall 1982
The Rocky Horror Picture Show 1975


Classics

The Adventures Of Robin Hood 1938
Ben-Hur 1959

Casablanca 1942

Double Indemnity 1944
Kind Hearts And Coronets 1949
Lawrence Of Arabia 1962 (Epic, long, slow at times.. and amazing)

Metropolis 1927

The Night of the Hunter 1955

On the Waterfront 1954

The Third Man 1949

Touch of Evil 1958

Vertigo 1958

White Heat 1949

The Wizard of Oz 1939

(They forgot: Rear Window, All About Eve)

Nudity
Angel Heart 1987

Body Heat 1981

Boogie Nights 1997
Carnal Knowledge 1971

Coffy 1973
Fast Times At Ridgemont High 1982
Jackass: The Movie 2002
McCabe & Mrs. Miller 1971

Mulholland Drive 2001

Poison Ivy: The New Seduction 1997

Revenge of the Nerds 1984

10 1979 (I saw this in the theater at age 14 and remember my loins aching so much I thought I would spontaneously combust)
Wild Things 1998

(They forgot: Porky's, Last Tango In Paris, Swimming Pool)

So Bad They're Good

Airport 1975 1974

Barbarella 1968

Battlefield Earth 2000
(No. Just bad.)
Beyond the Valley of the Dolls 1970

Death Race 2000 1975
Glen Or Glenda? 1953

Phantom of the Paradise 1974

Reefer Madness 1936

Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band 1978
Showgirls 1995
(No. Just bad.)
The Toxic Avenger 1985

(They forgot: Hush Hush Sweet Charlotte)
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Vid Of The Day: Schweddy Balls

Another classic from SNL and my buddy, Mr. Boone.





Junk Mail Of The Day

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Uh, yeah. No thanks. I've awakened that monster before, and it always ends badly for me. And I'm not talking about sex.

80s Music Video Of The Day: Lady

Wow. I had never seen this. It's awesome.

Here's a tip: if you're ever in a park and the Commodores challenge you to a pickup soccer game, SAY YES! In fact, put a big fat wager on it. Why? Because the Commodores are not in it to win. They're in it to sing and dance. You will beat them 47-0, but they'll still think it was fun.

Thanks, Big Lew, for the link.


Children's Books Of The Day

From LOTD's resident WVU Mountaineer, Lynn.

































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