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02-25-2013, 12:00 AM
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Classic film recommendations for noobs

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)
Sabrina (b/w)
Breakfast At Tiffany's
To Kill A Mockingbird (b/w)
The Longest Day (b/w)
The Great Escape
Charade
Dr. Strangelove (b/w)
Doctor Zhivago
How To Stael A Million
The Graduate
Midnight Cowboy
Patton
Catch 22
The Day of the Jackal
One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest
Slap Shot
Star Wars
Superman
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.


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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

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Any of the Star Wars prequels.

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12 Angry Men,

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Watch anything/everything by Kubrick and anything/everything by Lang, to start.

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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.

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These are my favorite movies at the moment

1. Tokyo Story
2. Dr. Strangelove
3. 8 1/2
4. My Neighbor Totoro
5. Rashomon
6. Days of Being Wild
7. 2001
8. Chungking Express
9. Yojimbo
10. Ponyo


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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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Cant go wrong with any of these

Bogart classics:
Casablanca (often considered the best film ever)
The Maltese Falcon
The African Queen
Treasure Of the Sierra Madre & I love the old

Classic Universal Horror Films
Dracula (Bela Lugosi)
Frankenstein (Boris Karlooff)
The Wolfman (Lon Chaney Jr) & to a lesser degree
Creature From The Black Lagoon
The Mummy
The Invisible Man

& arguably the scariest movie ever, at least for its time, Psycho with Anthony Perkins

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Cant go wrong with any of these

Bogart classics:
Casablanca (often considered the best film ever)
The Maltese Falcon
The African Queen
Treasure Of the Sierra Madre & I love the old

Classic Universal Horror Films
Dracula (Bela Lugosi)
Frankenstein (Boris Karlooff)
The Wolfman (Lon Chaney Jr) & to a lesser degree
Creature From The Black Lagoon
The Mummy
The Invisible Man

& arguably the scariest movie ever, at least for its time, Psycho with Anthony Perkins
Love those old Universal horror movies . That Bogart guy is pretty good too.

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Cant go wrong with any of these

Bogart classics:
Casablanca (often considered the best film ever)
The Maltese Falcon
The African Queen
Treasure Of the Sierra Madre & I love the old

Classic Universal Horror Films
Dracula (Bela Lugosi)
Frankenstein (Boris Karlooff)
The Wolfman (Lon Chaney Jr) & to a lesser degree
Creature From The Black Lagoon
The Mummy
The Invisible Man

& arguably the scariest movie ever, at least for its time, Psycho with Anthony Perkins
I'd add Nosferatu (Max Shrek) to the latter list. It was much better than Dracula in my opinion.

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Nothing beats Bela Lugosi's version of Dracula.

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A Streetcar Named Desire (1951): Brando is a force of nature.

Rebel Without a Cause (1955): James Dean channeling Brando (he idolized him). If it feels too cliched, remember that this film may have actually invented those cliches.

Giant (1956): The weakest of the group, but worth it just to see Dean.

Triumph of the Will (1934): Fascinating, almost frightening. But man, Leni Riefenstahl was brilliant.

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I recommend D.W. Griffith's silent epics; Intolerance (1916) and the infamous The Birth of a Nation (1915). They laid the groundwork for big budget cinema.

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Gone with the Wind. The scale of that movie was great for its time.

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I recommend D.W. Griffith's silent epics; Intolerance (1916) and the infamous The Birth of a Nation (1915). They laid the groundwork for big budget cinema.
both great movies--however--both films are told from the southern perspective and in many states are still banned

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both great movies--however--both films are told from the southern perspective and in many states are still banned
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Triumph of the Will (1934): Fascinating, almost frightening. But man, Leni Riefenstahl was brilliant.

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Thread needs more Blazing Saddles.

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This thread needs more Bridge on the River Kwai, Treasure of the Sierra Madre and Maltese Falcon.

Also,

Chinatown
Alien
Blade Runner (82 but whatever)
2001: A Space Odyssey
Dr Strangelove
Blazing Saddles
The Sound of Music
Wizard of Oz
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Metropolis
The General
Casablanca
The Deer Hunter
Midnight Cowboy
Once Upon a Time in the West


Also they are from the 80s but Prizzis Honor and Amadeus

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