A film recommendation thread for us noobs who weren't around to watch movies from before...let's say 1980 and have no idea of where to start. Here are some I'd mostly recommend with The Great Escape, Breakfast At Tiffany's, and The Day of the Jackal being my 3 favourite from these ones.
On The Waterfront (b/w)
Breakfast At Tiffany's
To Kill A Mockingbird (b/w)
The Longest Day (b/w)
The Great Escape
Dr. Strangelove (b/w)
How To Stael A Million
The Day of the Jackal
One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest
All Quiet On The Western Front (1979 version)
Too many entertaining war films from back then like Von Ryan's Express which I won't mention. They're a blur anyways, it's the other ones that stick out. I put Star Wars on there but in hindsight, it was pretty cheesy and not so great based on today but good at the time I guess.
Underrated mob film
Once Upon a time in America. Get the full 5hour version if you can. THere are four different versions of the movie and the 5 hour one is the closest to the one the director wanted. . Avoid the 2h and 10 minute one like the plague
Good place to start. And you could just follow Cary Grant and Alfred Hitchcock around a bit and see some very good movies that they are involved with. I'd knock off Doctor Zhivago, which is a poor adaptation of a great novel, and substitute with Lawrence of Arabia. Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey and Dr. Strangelove should be on the list, too.
The Third Man was a weird movie that I would recommend. Weird in the sense that the music almost didn't suit the movie, yet fit perfectly at the same time. Offbeat yet on key.
No one mentioned the Godfather yet, so I'll be the one to do that. Part II is also outstanding.
Two movies that I am focusing on right now at university: Blade Runner and A Clockwork Orange. I'm doing a screenwriting project that incorporates several visual and thematic cues from these two films, and I could personally watch these movies non-stop.
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This thread needs more Bridge on the River Kwai, Treasure of the Sierra Madre and Maltese Falcon.
Blade Runner (82 but whatever)
2001: A Space Odyssey
The Sound of Music
Wizard of Oz
The Deer Hunter
Once Upon a Time in the West
Also they are from the 80s but Prizzis Honor and Amadeus