10 Films you must see before you die...

The universal artform, loved by all, with more choices than you can see in a dozen lifetimes, what are my 10 films you simply cant miss...Where possible, I have wiki linked to give details beyond my brief opinion pieces...
As usual, there in no particular order...
1

The Wages of Fear...1953...

Not to be confused with the risable 70s remake (the sorcerer), this is a nail biting study of tension and relationships centered around a group of desperate truckers trying to transport explosives across 300 miles of hostile jungle...
Subtitled yes, and long on exposition, but this film turned foreign cinimas fortunes and introduced many to the amazing possibilities working outside the hollywood system...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Wages_of_Fear
2

The Incredible Shrinking Man...1957...

Taken from a story by Richard Mattheson, this wonderfully told and brilliantly shot movie was its directors crowning glory...
Wasting no time at 81 minutes, it deals with the diminishing size of central character, Robert Carey, his fight for survival and ultimate acceptance of an impossible life in miniature...
Utter classic, one of the landmark sci fi's of the 20th centuary...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Incredible_Shrinking_Man
3

Night of the Demon...1957...

Jaques Tourniers demon was less convincing than the horror its suggestion invoked...But the story telling and general sense of foreboding is palpable...
I have seen this film a dozen times or more, and still it puts the fear of god in me...Evidence if it were needed, that what you cant see can scare you more than what you can see...
I would put this film in my top 5 of all time, unreservidly....

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Night_of_the_Demon
4

The Day of the Jackel...1973...

Disregard the Bruce Willis / Richard Geere star vehicle...
Seek out Fred Zinnemans treatment of Fredrick Forsythes book...
Terrific casting , locations and pacing make this the most thrilling "killer on the loose" movie of its time (and i would venture to say any other time as well)...
Edward Fox brings a charm and sophistication to the mysterious assassin hired to kill president Charles de Gaulle...Michael Lonsdale is the beliegured police officer put in charge of the case with the clock ticking...Perfect moviemaking, sadly, they dont make them like this anymore...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Day_of_the_Jackal_(film)
5

Miracle Mile...1988...

Wonderfull low budget "what if" movie...Shot for a megre 3.7 million dollars, this film relied on its concept and a likable set of central characters...I cant tell you how much i love this film, Anthony Edwards and Mare Winningham are perfect as the "boy meets girl" combo thrown into a desperate bid to escape a 90 minute window before Los Angeles is hit by an accidental nuclear air strike...
Beautifull as it is terrifying, this film is simply unmisable...Another top 5er for me...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miracle_Mile_(film)
6

Lars and the Real Girl...2007...

Right up to date here, I had no idea what to expect with this film...
There is no end you can do with special effects, Theres nothing you can do without a good story, and this is a fantastic piece of engaging cinema...
A pitch perfect cast give this film a heart that literally beats even the hardest cine sceptic into submission...Truly one of recent cinemas triumphs...and a film that continues to win friends across the the movie loving spectrum...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lars_and_the_Real_Girl
7

Breach...2007...

The true story of american FBI double agent Robert Hannson, told with energy and flair by director Billy Ray (shattered glass ), This film is old school drama / thriller fare, and simply keeps you glued to the screen for its hour and three quater run time...An example of what "Hitch" would have done were he alive today....

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Breach_(film)
8

Withnail & I...1986...

Ok, I confess, this is my favorite movie of all time...
To try and discect it is to do it an injustice, it simply works at a level all by itself...Regarded by many as the most quotable film in history, its followers are legion, and nobody had a clue back in 1986 how much it would become part of the cinimatic collective conscienceness, least of all, Bruce Robinson, writer and director upon whos life the "I" character was based...
Richard E Grant and Paul Mc Gann head up a priceless cast with a horrific story of accidental holidays, gay usery, camberwell carrots, and the finest wines known to humanity...I laugh, I cry, and i watch it again next month...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Withnail_and_I
9

The Fly...1986...

Canadian auter, David Cronenbergs most "mainstream" movie was a remake of the Vincent Price starrer of the late 50s...
What you have here is a beautifull body horror flick that was Cronenbergs "stock in trade", having done "shivers", "scanners" and "videodrome" on the lead up in the 70s through the 80s...
This is NOT easy viewing, but the leads (real life couple) Jeff Goldblum and Geena Davis give the film heart...This is not gratuitous horror, more a fabel in the tradition of "dont f*ck with nature", and it works, my goodness, it works really well...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Fly_(1986_film)
10

Spinal Tap...1984...

The funniest documentary, or rockumentary if you will of all time...
Rob Reiners satire on the "rock n roll" business as seen through the eyes of "fictional band" Spinal Tap...If it looks like the cast are playing there instruments, its because they are...There is room for this film in everyones life, weather you are taking a swipe at the music industry or laughing at the sheer pomposity of rock stars, this film delivers in spades...Sheer brilliance throughout...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spinal_Tap_(movie)

No list, however well intentioned, will ever come close to being representative of the great works available, my list is just a scratch on the surface of an artform that keeps producing wonder upon wonder..
I sincerely hope I have steered you in a direction that will at least prompt you to look outside of the mainstream...
Good luck, and good viewing...

A_B...

Comments (25)

alasateer789
My favorte movie its
1/far from home
2/fever beach
3/the god father
Shinegirl
Lonesome Dove!
golftee
Got to have OPEN RANGE
LONE SURVIVOR
TRAINS PLANES AND AUTOMOBILES
OUTLAW JOSIE WALES
GHOST
GREEN MILE
UNFORGIVEN
QUICK AND THE DEAD




doh doh doh doh doh
tepid
Saw 3 of them. Numbers 2,5,10

Quite surprised to see Miracle Mile on your list.Good movie.
lovecanbereal
"When Ya Commi'n Back Red Ryder" - the cult movie of all cult moviestongue
only american films..there's a world beyond central park !popcorn burger
CapricornDancer
The Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings movies .... so effing long I WANTED to die after 90 minutes frustrated
flintman24
No you got it all wrong 1 the godfather 2 the godfather part 2 3 scarface 4the dark knight 5 the dark knight rises 6 avatar 7 kill bill volume 1 8 kill bill volume 2 9 enter the dragon 10 300
flintman24
No you got it all wrong 1 the godfather 2 the godfather part 2 3 scarface 4the dark knight 5 the dark knight rises 6 avatar 7 kill bill volume 1 8 kill bill volume 2 9 enter the dragon 10 300
Mike03
I remember seeing The Incredible Shrinking Man, when i was a kid, really enjoyed it, oh, yeah, why isn't Halloween(1978) on the list
estrella123
My favorite movie is :THIS TIME FOREVER:also known as:THE VICTORY:.Its a Canadian movie of 1981.
FIAKR
DR.ZHIVAGO'!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The Crow with Brandon Lee is the greatest love story of all time!
kirkkonummipaul
Sorry you got it All wrong.

Lock,stock and 2 smoking barrels
Snatch
Killing Zoe
From Dusk till Dawn
About a boy
True romance
Twin town
Love,honour and obey
The horse whisper
Rocky 4
Stewart_Stardust
In random order. Depends on the mood.

Godfather
Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring
The Princess Bride
Aliens
The Matrix
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
The Dark Knight
The Shawshank Redemption
Robocop
Scarface
aliss4m
to limit it to 10 cuts out a lot of films.
Casablanca
Pay it Forward
Titanic
and many more, should be 100 films to see before you die
freebyrdflying
Scariest Movie?.....definately

The Curse of Joel Delaney....

Could'nt look in a cupboard for weeks!!!! popcorn uh oh yay
freebyrdflying
You DID miss out,the most beautifully moving,well made, all time movie
..DANCES WITH WOLVES....

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UriahXG
funny thing is, the only movie I've seen on this list is Spinal Tap, but it's ok, I'm only 18, I have tons of time
Anjonz102
Come see some of great movies I have. Love the classics!


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About_Blank
@ venere...
Glad you found the list informative, hope all is going well with your project...
Regards...A_B...

@ wilfredo...
Some very good choices there, FMJ has to be one of the defining "nam" films and surely one of the best of Kubericks many fine works...
Which "thing", John Carpenters or Howard Hawkes?...
GF2, what do you think, better than GF1?...
George Romero, NOTLD, kicked of the "zombie appocalypse" movies, did you see Tom Savini's 90s remake with Tony Todd and Patricia Tallman, very good indeed...(Savini was the make up and sfx guy for Romero's "dead" trilogy)...
Warriors, god, now that takes me back, remember enjoying it as a teen, perhaps its time to watch it again after 30 years...

@ NZK...
Funny you should say that, Frank Darabont (director) has had a good working relatioship with Steven King novels, Shawshank being the most often mentioned, for my money, green mile is the best of the bunch...Three hours that pass in the blink of an eye, were I to expand my list to a top 30 im sure it would feature...

@ Orchid...
Indeed, no westerns, really not my "bag", however, I would give mention to "wyatt erp" and "the unforgiven", though thats just because they held my attention long enough...
Jean de Florette and Manon de Source, wonderfull films both...
Snakes on a plane, I remember the viral campaign some years back, the picture of "snake pliskin" and the cover art logo tickled me, film wise, enjoyable popcorn fun...
The Mummy, big spectacle special effects plus the good humour make this a pleasure to watch...John Hannah stole this movie...
Expendables 2, Im waiting, total knuckleheaded fun...
Conan!, Im more T800 myself, Arnie will always be the "man in black", and i dont mean Johnny Cash...

Thank you all for your comments...

Regards...A_B...cheers...
orchid5
what no Westerns?

1) The Searchers John Wayne 1962? revenge is a dish best served cold.
2) Infernal Affairs korean excellent 1,2,3, excellent movies all of them.
3) Abre Los Ojos open your eyes spanish cracker will keep you talking for days.
4) Manon Des Source/Jean De Florette french big Gerard before the umm plane thing.
5)Snakes on a plane does what it says on the tin.

6)The Godfather excellent film

7)The Mummy Brendan Fraser/Rachel Weisz fun, silly and ott.

8)Everafter Drew Barrymore sweet, funny, silly and pretty film.

9)The Expendables silly, macho, brainless fun.

10)Conan Big Arnie before he became a jellyfish
nzkiwigal
Gotta have The Green Mile as well...bouquet
wilfredo66
full metal jacket
the godfather
the godfather 2
scarface
the thing
night of the living dead
coming to america
life
revenge
the warriors
venere08
Thank you for posting all these film reviews, plus the wiki links, About Blank...I didn't know 'The Fly' was a remake of the 50's film...I recall being glued to every scene, and Jeff Goldblum was so good!...the mesage being both disturbing and haunting.

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