Recommendations on Movies

Posted by $ iamfrankblanco 2 weeks, 5 days ago to Movies
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I would love to hear what the Gulch recommends as far as classic movies that have to be watched. I had a pretty frugal upbringing and my family didn't watch movies. As an adult, I know there's a lot of movies I know I should have watched that I haven't.

For example, I've never seen any of the Godfather movies. Any recommendations?


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  • Posted by freedomforall 2 weeks, 3 days ago
    The Fountainhead

    Gone With The Wind, especially the parts after the war, to see what happens to America if Biden/Ho are elected.

    The Wizard of Oz, especially for the allegory on corrupt politics and music

    Bogart at his best:
    Casablanca
    The African Queen
    Treasure of the Sierra Madre
    The Caine Mutiny
    The Maltese Falcon
    Key Largo
    The Big Sleep
    and others worth seeing

    The Manchurian Candidate - the original with Frank Sinatra, which was kept out of circulation for years so as not to insult China

    Lost Horizon

    Wait Until Dark
    Sabrina (both versions)

    Best of James Stewart
    Mr. Smith Goes to Washington - a political fable
    It's a Wonderful Life
    Harvey
    No Highway In The Sky
    Rear Window
    The Man Who Knew Too Much
    The Spirit of St. Louis
    Vertigo
    Anatomy Of A Murder
    The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
    How the West Was Won
    and others

    Best of Alfred Hitchcock
    The Lady Vanishes
    Spellbound
    Notorious
    Strangers On A Train
    Dial M For Murder
    Rear Window (also James Stewart)
    To Catch A Thief (also Cary Grant)
    The Man Who Knew Too Much (also James Stewart)
    Vertigo (also James Stewart)
    North by Northwest (also Cary Grant)
    Psycho
    The Birds
    Marnie (also Sean Connery)
    Torn Curtain (as in the iron curtain)

    Best of Sean Connery
    All his James Bond 007 films
    The Man Who Would Be King
    Time Bandits
    The Name of the Rose
    The Untouchables
    Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
    Hunt For Red October


    Best of Cary Grant
    Topper
    Arsenic and Old Lace
    To Catch A Thief
    An Affair To Remember
    North by Northwest
    Charade

    Musicals
    Guys and Dolls
    My Fair Lady
    The Sound Of Music
    South Pacific
    Oklahoma
    The Music Man (1962)
    Oliver
    Call Me Madam
    Wizard of Oz
    Singin' In The Rain
    The King and I
    Peter Pan (1950 tv movie)
    "1776"
    Carousel
    Neptune's Daughter (just for the hilarious Baby It's Cold Outside sequences)

    Great Science Fiction
    Forbidden Planet (1956)
    The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)
    Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956) and lesser remake (1978)
    Superman and Superman 2 Directed by Richard Donner
    Serenity (but recommend you watch the tv series Firefly first)
    Fantastic Voyage (1966)
    The Andromeda Strain (1971)
    Star Wars Episodes 4,5,6 only
    Logan's Run (1976)
    Soylent Green (1973)
    The War of the Worlds (1953)
    The Time Machine (1960)
    Galaxy Quest
    Total Recall
    Terminator
    Star Trek Movies 2,4,6
    Blade Runner (1982)

    The Sting
    It Happens Every Spring
    From Here to Eternity
    Elmer Gantry
    Birdman of Alcatraz
    Seven Days in May
    Field of Dreams
    Stalag 17
    Executive Suite (1954)
    The Bridge on the River Kwai
    The Hustler
    Giant
    Cool Hand Luke
    The Verdict
    American Graffiti
    Trading Places
    Raiders of the Lost Ark
    Working Girl
    The Fugitive
    Clear and Present Danger
    Sabrina (1995)
    Air Force One



    Clint Eastwood
    "Dirty Harry" series
    For a Few Dollars More (1965)
    The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)
    In the Line of Fire (1993)
    Hang 'Em High (1968)
    Blood Work (2002)
    High Plains Drifter (1973)
    Escape from Alcatraz (1979)
    Absolute Power (1997)
    A Fistful of Dollars (1964)
    Space Cowboys (2000)
    Trouble with the Curve (2012)
    The Eiger Sanction (1975)

    Westerns
    Silverado
    Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)
    High Noon (1952)
    Stagecoach (1939)
    Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
    Rio Bravo (1959)
    Winchester '73 (1950)
    The Magnificent Seven (1960)
    Open Range (2003)
    Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957)
    Tombstone* (1993)



    There are hundreds more.
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    • Posted by DrZarkov99 2 weeks, 3 days ago
      Wow, FFA! There are only a few I would add to that list: Charlton Heston movies
      Ben Hur
      The Omega Man
      Planet of the Apes

      Musicals
      Man of La Mancha
      Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
      Brigadoon

      Disney's Darby O'Gill and the Little People, which was Sean Connery's first big role.
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    • Posted by $ Abaco 2 weeks, 2 days ago
      Yes. Eastwood is an incredible artist in film. Incredible. I love his old westerns.

      Anytime Heartbreak Ridge comes on tv I sit down and watch it...
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  • Posted by $ allosaur 2 weeks, 3 days ago
    Allosaurus meaning "different lizard" wants to be different here, of course What's life without some spice?
    My two favorite samurai flicks are famous Japanese Director Kurosawa's two movie classics: "Yojimbo" (famous Italian Sergio Leone was successfully sued for "A Fistful Of Dollars" following the plot way too closely) and Seven Samurai (The Magnificent Seven got permission for the similar plot, though the very recent remake really stinks).
    The best remake me dino thinks me ever saw was made in 1990 of George Romero's iconic Night Of The Living Dead made during 1968.
    Frank, if I were you, I'd watch Godfather 1 and Godfather 2 (both are great) but do not even touch the Godfather 3 DVD. Please, don't even THINK about watching that. It hurts!
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    • Posted by Lucky 2 weeks, 3 days ago
      Ah yes, anything directed by Kurosawa.
      I saw The Magnificent Seven with Yul Brunner before the Seven Samurai, both are excellent. The tension is high and continuous. This is what movie making should be about. The word in Japanese is The Code, something like Galt's values.
      I am also a fan of Fellini especially La dolce vita. A journalist is looking for something, he does not know what, he explores a range of Rome's cultures, the intellectuals, business class, aristocracy, the vulgar rich, he does not find anything of value, or with values, he sees a young girl on the beach and sees there is still hope.

      If you like a good laugh then see Doctor in the House, only the Brits do comedy in that class.
      Night Of The Living Dead, yes, great scary scifi genre. Good for a laugh as well, but only hours after to break the chills.

      Victory at Sea, music by Richard Rogers, the commentary is fine by me but a bit too formal and patriotic by today's standards, great drama. I understand that it gives accurate accounts of the great WW2 sea battles. There is a UK parallel, Victory in the Air, music by Benjamin Britain, very good but not in the all time great class like Victory at Sea.

      Dr Zhivago. Life under the Tsars was horrid. Life under the Bolsheviks was worse. Maybe, the cruel revolution was essential to make the breakout, is the theme. Life improved, slowly, got a bit better, there is hope, there is a long way to go. A classic love story set against the vast country and and epic history.
      Battleship Potemkin, earlier but a similar theme. A classic movie of the time.

      More modern, Lion. The true story of a 4 or 5-yo boy in India, who got lost, sent to an orphanage, adopted by an Australian couple, challenges and struggles, memories of the family and home now lost. Then as an adult, with vague memories he uses the internet and google maps, searches for years, finds what must be his town, the clue is the rail station and water tank. At 25, goes back to India, a beautiful portrayal of a western tourist who is Indian sort of but nothing like the people around even in body shape. He finds the house, then his mother, and bro and sis. His mother on seeing him after 20 years says 'my happiness is as deep as the ocean'. Yes, see this one.
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    • Posted by $ Commander 2 weeks, 3 days ago
      Dino....Kurosawa? Awesome!
      I was immersed in Seven Samurai well before seeing Mag 7.
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      • Posted by $ allosaur 2 weeks, 3 days ago
        Me dino saw The Magnificent Seven as a kid. Later just after I saw A Fistful Of Dollars I read that its release to the USA was held up a year due to the lawsuit.
        That's the first I've heard of Kurosawa, who did not have to worry about being sued by Shakespeare when he made Throne Of Blood based on Macbeth. I liked watching both.
        Sanjuro is a sequel of Yojimbo. Sanjuro is nothing like the sequel, For A Few Dollars More, which I consider the best of "The Man With No Name" trilogy.
        Man with no name? Bah. He's called Joe in the first, Manco (Manko?) in the second and a brown-haired Blondie in the third.
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  • Posted by $ Commander 2 weeks, 5 days ago
    Be careful what you ask for.....I'm guessing you'll get bombarded in the next day. LOL!
    I'll approach this with question. Genre is important. Do you look for entertainment, philosophical, life metaphor?........
    I'm guessing that you could get over 100 unique recommendations from each of the highly active members here....good luck sorting.
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    • Posted by $ 2 weeks, 5 days ago
      That's what I'm hoping for. I didn't have a lot of time to watch movies between growing a business, starting a family, and passing two bar exams.

      I'm finally at a point where I can enjoy some 'me' time.
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      • Posted by $ Commander 2 weeks, 5 days ago
        Starting a family....Pixar's Inside Out.
        For fun...the Three Stooges, Laurel and Hardy and any of Bing Crosby/Bob Hope "Road Shows"... Americana
        For introspection: Lions for Lambs, Robert Redford; The Day The Earth Stood Still, Michael Rennie and Patricia Neal; Jean de Floretta and Magnon de Sources, Girard Depardeau in the first and the second is sequel without him.
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        • Posted by mccannon01 2 weeks, 4 days ago
          Have to +1 the original Day The Earth Stood Still. The remake with Keanu Reeves was awful.
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          • Posted by $ Commander 2 weeks, 4 days ago
            I really don't like remakes as a rule. Mr Blandings Builds His Dream House was destroyed by The Money Pit as example. I must say I like both versions of Dune on their respective attempts at a expressing a work that could easily have been 12 hours.
            Best remake ever ever ever...was Mel Gibson in Hamlet....it came alive and personal....I went down the rabbit hole with him.
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  • Posted by $ Flootus5 2 weeks, 2 days ago
    One of my favorites I haven't seen listed here (unless I missed it in the big lists) is Braveheart. Although, and as usual, liberties were taken with actual history, the themes are important. There is a lot in there on how freedom movements can get sold out.

    In general, I like history dramas and there are a lot of them. Cromwell. El Cid. I never tire of the Shootist. I know right where John Wayne and Lauren Bacall pull their buggy beside Washoe Lake. You can see Slide Mt in the background.

    One of the difficulties is overlooking when a Hollywood primadonna gets a starring role as a famous figure. The Aviator is a great topic and I have to bypass my opinion of public idiot #2 Reotardo as Howard Hughes. But he is a good actor, can't knock him on that. And in the latest Midway movie - one of my favorite topics - I am still swallowing Woody Harrelson as Admiral Nimitz. And then remember Alec Baldwin as Jimmy Doolittle? Agh.

    Someone mentioned Dr. Zhivago. That is tops. As is Lawrence of Arabia.

    This can be a huge topic and could go on all day! Thanks for posting.
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  • Posted by AMS48301 2 weeks, 3 days ago
    Great Movies
    This list is not meant to diminish the greatness of movies generally mentioned as being “great” – Gone With the Wind, The Wizard of Oz, Citizen Kane, Casablanca, The Godfather Parts 1 and 2, etc. These are certainly among the best movies ever made, particularly the last 5. However, the movies in the list below are great in all respects and equal or superior to these and others that usually are included in great lists. In chronological order:
    • King Kong (1933) – The greatest monster movie.
    • It’s a Gift (1934) – W. C. Fields – the best of the Fields movies, but another great one is The Bank Dick.
    • A Plumbing We Will Go, Disorder in the Court, Violent is the Word for Curly, Three Little Curs, Three Little Beers, et. al. (1935-40) – These are among the best Three Stooges shorts and there are many others worthy of seeing. The Stooges were among the most popular film acts in their day and the satire in their best work is still current.
    • A Night at the Opera (1935) – The best of the Marx Brothers movies, but several others come very close – A Day at the Races, Duck Soup, etc.
    • Lost Horizons (1937) – A wonderful and meaningful fantasy staring Ronald Coleman and directed by Frank Capra. The movie realization of a story by James Hilton.
    • The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938) – Errol Flynn, Olivia De Haviland, Basil Rathbone, et. al.
    • Goodbye Mr. Chips (1939) – Another James Hilton story brought to film.
    • The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948) – Humphrey Bogart, Walter Huston, et. al. and directed by John Huston. The greatest among many Bogart movie. Others include The Petrified Forrest, Casablanca, High Sierra, Key Largo and The Maltese Falcon.
    • The Quiet Man (1952) – John Wayne, Maureen O’Hara, directed by John Ford and with the rest of the usual players in many John Ford movies (Victor McLaughlin, Ward Bond, etc.) Other great John Wayne movies are Sands of Iwo Jima and True Grit. McLintock! is very entertaining and, in some respects, a western representation of the key theme and the main characters in the Quiet Man.
    • Shane (1953) – The prototype of the mysterious avenger theme starring Alan Ladd, Van Heflin, Jean Arthur and Jack Palance. Clint Eastwood starred in a later movie with the same themes, Pale Rider, which is also worthy of mention.
    • Mon Oncle (1958) – A wonderful and endearing movie by the great French pantomimist, Jacque Tati, playing Mr. Hulot. Other Mr. Hulot movies worth seeing are Playtime, Traffic and Mr. Hulot’s Holiday.
    • Laurence of Arabia (1962) – One of a trilogy of great and spectacular movies directed by David Lean and all featuring Alec Guinness in a major role. The others are Bridge Over the River Kwai and Doctor Zhivago.
    • American Graffiti (1973) – An ensemble cast capturing perfectly the ‘60s rock and roll cruising culture.
    • Lonestar (1996) – A John Sayles movie with an ensemble cast and script touching on major current issues. Watch carefully; many flashbacks.
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  • Posted by thomasadecker 2 weeks, 3 days ago
    My particular favorite is "A Thousand Clowns", a comedy/drama about pleasant, happy (though a bit quirky) people who just want to be left alone. Government bureaucrats can't stop meddling.
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  • Posted by Owlsrayne 2 weeks, 1 day ago
    I'm going to add my own list of movies you could classify as Historical Fiction or Historical Fantasy:
    13th Warrior
    Gladiator
    Master & Commander (I like some seafaring movies)

    Chinese Martial Art Historical Fiction Movies:
    Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon
    The Hero
    House of Flying Daggers

    Polish Historical Films-English sub-titles: (my heritage)
    The Deluge
    An Ancient Tale-When the Sun was God
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  • Posted by $ DriveTrain 2 weeks, 2 days ago
    Whoa, freedomforall's list is fantastic! Thanks for posting.

    I have a bunch that I'll need to add once I have time :rolls eyes: to dig through the cobwebby recesses of the Memory Room in my brain, but one that always sticks out in my mind despite its deterministic theme, is one if the best time-travel flicks I've ever seen: "Time Traveller: The Girl Who Leapt Through Time." It used to be on the Anime-heavy streaming service Crunchyroll before they axed most of their live-action drama, but it can be had on Amazon Prime for roughly the price of a latte, included if you already have Amazon Prime:
    https://www.amazon.com/Time-Traveller...

    If you love the time travel concept; if you love the '70s; if you love old, cheesy science fiction movies; if you've ever made your own Super 8 home movies; and if you love a buoyant sense-of-life, this is a must-see. The opening seconds of this movie alone are an homage to science that's positively electrifying and a simple indicator of contemporary Japan's shockingly O-friendly cultural attitudes.

    Something else I should mention is that this movie is maybe The Mother Of All Tear-Jerkers. I've posted this description so many times on Facebrag and elsewhere that it's getting old even for me, but... I don't care if you're the biggest, baddest, WBO / PKKA / MMA dude on the planet, if you're not a sniffling, sobbing sap by the end of this thing you should just start checking for a pulse. It's not a "three-hanky" movie, it's a "Go straight to Costco and buy an industrial-mega-pack of toilet paper and stack the whole thing on your coffee table, because you are going to be blowing snot and tears by the gallon" type of thing.

    And that's in a good way. Just unforgettable, and even after watching it better than a dozen times from start to finish I still get choked up just watching the trailer. Now please nobody tell my H.S. heavy metal buddies I said that, 'cause they'll disown me fer sure.

    More suggestions to come, but as I said... gotta remember them.
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  • Posted by rhfinle 2 weeks, 2 days ago
    Understanding that it's a lot of really left-wing BS, Lost Horizon is one of my two all-time favorite movies. Frank Capra did such a good job on that one, I can put it on and go to sleep watching it any night of the week. The book has a better ending than the movie (there was a spoiler here but I backtracked and deleted it). I would love to see them do a libertarian sequel, though, where the outside world and particularly the Commie Chinese find out about all that gold, and you find out what happens to Socialists when they run out of someone else's (or naturally occurring, non-renewable) money.
    My other favorite is Bladerunner, arguably the best sci-fi movie ever made.
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  • Posted by Lawny 2 weeks, 2 days ago
    Perhaps the greatest achievement in cinematic history. 2001 A Space Odyssey. For that matter anything by Stanley Kubrick. Paths of glory. The Shining. A Clockwork Orange. And so on.
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  • Posted by $ Stormi 2 weeks, 3 days ago
    To be politically incorrect,
    Gone with the Wind
    1984, Richard Burton
    Any Jimmie Stewart, Clark Gable, Cary Grant, gotta love them .
    Thin Man movies, Wm. Powell, Myrna Loy
    Rope, Hitchock with James Stewart
    If you like music, Fred Astaire. class act, movies
    Helt and Hard Days Night, Beatles
    Early Bond movies, Connery or Moore

    In TV DVDs:
    Avengers, 1965, Diana Rigg, Patrick McNee, so good and civilized
    Honeymooners, Jackie Gleason, comedy

    The Manchurian Candidate, Sinatra

    Our daughter and I used to stya up late, watching all the above, which she revisits to this day and can quote dialogue from Rocky, Manchurian Candidate, and Godfather!
    Bullitt, Steve McQueen
    Godfather trilogy, and Rocky movies
    Benny Goodman Story
    Glenn Miller Story
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  • Posted by ycandrea 2 weeks, 3 days ago
    I don't know if you like thrillers, suspense, heartwarming, war films or just plain good acting. Some of my favorites are The Fountainhead-suspense, (based off Ayn Rand's book), the Bourne movies-suspense, (Bourne Identity, Bourne Supremacy, Bourne Ultimatum, Jason Bourne-all Matt Damon), The Color Purple-historical & heartwarming, Gone With The Wind-historical, It's a Wonderful Life-heartwarming, The Hunt for Red October-supense, U571-suspense, A few Good Men-very well acted, etc. I could go on forever!
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  • Posted by term2 2 weeks, 3 days ago
    I like Godfather movies, Avatar 3D, Predator (1 only), 6 days-7 nights, Titanic, X-men, Jurassic Park (1 and 3), thats all I can remember. I dont watch many movies- I prefer documentaries
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  • Posted by ohiocrossroads 2 weeks, 3 days ago
    The Thin Man movies are all fun, light entertainment, and the rapport between William Powell and Myrna Loy is unforgettable.

    Hitchcock: To Catch A Thief, The Man Who Knew Too Much, Rope, The Trouble With Harry, NORTH BY NORTHWEST.

    Musicals: The Band Wagon, Silk Stockings, My Fair Lady, Royal Wedding, Daddy Longlegs.

    John Wayne: Angel and The Badman, Stagecoach, She Wore A Yellow Ribbon, Rio Bravo, The Hellfighters, In Harm's Way, The Quiet Man, Big Jim McClain

    War Movies: Battleground, The Guns of Navarone, Where Eagles Dare, Twelve O'clock High, U-571, Tora! Tora! Tora!, Midway, The First of the Few, The Best Years of Our Lives

    Comedies: It Happened One Night, A Shot In The Dark, Return of The Pink Panther, The More The Merrier
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  • Posted by Tavolino 2 weeks, 3 days ago
    Fuhgeddaboudit. As a suggestion, at no time publicly admit you never saw Godfather I & II, lol. “The Bronx Tale” and “Green Book” are classics with many life lessons. But then again, I’m Italian.
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  • Posted by AmericanWoman 2 weeks, 3 days ago
    Frank, I had not seen any of the Godfather Movies until maybe 10 years ago they being on pay for cable channels....I have now see all three at least 10 times and every time the stations are empty as over the past months...they show again but rarely 3...see all three and come back and tell what you think
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    • Posted by term2 2 weeks, 3 days ago
      I think the godfather movies were pretty good representations of italian immigrant life. Now that I live in Vegas, I can appreciate the CASINO movie.
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  • Posted by $ Abaco 2 weeks, 3 days ago
    That's funny. We were "frugal" when I was a kid, too. But, I remember my dad smuggling my brother and me into drive ins.
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    • Posted by AmericanWoman 2 weeks, 3 days ago
      We had 7 kiddos in our station wagon that was one of vacation adventures...would get a french fry with loads of ketchup (we could not afford them at home) passed them around the car, except for my parents.

      I have never totally watched Good, Bad...I fall asleep...tried at least 5 times.
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