I Need You!!

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It occurred to me last night that I have never seen any movie by Alfred Hitchcock. And then, even worse, I realize there are dozens of classic films that I’ve missed out on.

You see, I’m still in high-school. So I kind of wasn’t around back when many ‘classic’ films were released. As such, my childhood movie experiences consisted of Star Wars, The Land Before Time, several dumb animated flicks, and Star Wars (of course).

So while I have more history with older movies than some, I need more. It’s sad, but movies in this day and age, more often than not, lack that certain timeless quality movies of days past do. And I want to be able to experience as much of that classic movie magic as I can, in order to broaden my movie buff status.

And that’s where you, my faithful (or not) followers comes in. I don’t know which movies to add to my in-progress “Classic Movie Bucket List”. I have a few films lined up, but I need more.

What I want you to do, is to think of any movie that you consider a classic. It can be any genre, made by any director, and starring whoever. I just want what you think is a ‘classic’ movie.

There are a few guidelines however, and they are as follows:

1) The movie has to have been released before the year 2000.

2) Nothing earlier than the 50’s.

And that’s it. The rest is up to you. If you have a recommendation, or several, please, please leave them in the comments below. No need for a lengthy comment, but give me the name(s) of your choices, and a few words explaining why you consider that movie, or movies, to be a classic.

And if your movies makes the cut to my list, I’ll advertise your blog (if you have one) on my various social media sites as well as give you a shout-out in my eventual opinion piece about all of this.

My goal is to compile a list of at least ten great, classic films to watch. But I’d love to get more than that, and there is no set limit to how many movies I’ll add to the list.

And remember: any movies, any genre; you just have to love it.

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20 responses to “I Need You!!

  1. Hello 🙂
    I’ve enjoyed reading your posts very much! Psycho and Vertigo are probably the two Hitchcock films I would recommend most. They are hugely intense and very innovative. Other post 1950 films you might enjoy are: Sunset Boulevard, Some Like it Hot, High Noon, and To Kill a Mockingbird; these movies are all quite different.

    • Thanks so much! Those are some great choices, and were two of the three Hitchcock movies I’ve been interested in. Really good choices Rachel, thanks! To Kill a Mockingbird is definitely making the list. 🙂

  2. I’m breaking rule #2 and saying The Wizard of Oz and Citizen Kane. They’re old, but are technically amazing and incredibly influential.

    As you’re a fan of Science Fantasy I also have recommend Forbidden Planet. It’s been years since I watched it, but it was great Sci-Fi/Adventure if I remember correctly.

    The original Night of the Living Dead, and the original Dawn of the Dead are amazing. They’re the definitive slow moving zombie movies.

    The Terminator and Terminator 2. I can’t put into words how amazing these two movies are, and how important they are to me.

    Highlander. A fantastic modern myth that’s also enjoyable to watch on a cheestastic level.

    The Abyss. James Cameron’s first underwater epic was a great piece of science fiction.

    Braveheart. Once my favourite movie of all time, it’s got everything a movie needs. Action, Humour, Drama, blood and gore… Just don’t let Crazy Mel get you down.

    Dazed and Confused. Greatest, arguably most realistic teen movie ever. Also my all time most watched movie.

    Alien & Aliens. I personally recommend Alien 3, but many, many folks disagree. Alien: Resurrection is horrible, but worth watching if you enjoy the franchise.

    The only Hitchcock I’ve watched start to finish was Psycho. It deserves the praise. I’ve seen bits and pieces of Rear Window, The Birds, Vertigo, and North by Northwest, but not enough to recommend any of them personally.

    Also, pretty much everything from Fogs’ MTESS series is worth watching, and falls into your criteria.

    So yeah… long comment again…

    • Yes! Great picks! I’ve seen the first two Terminator movies (so good!), as well as Braveheart (even better!) The Alien movies are deifnitley on my list, and while Oz and Citizen Kane do break a rule, I’ll give them a try for sure. 😀

      Yeah, I’m pretty much adding all your recommendations to my list. Thanks so much!

  3. I agree with all of Rachel’s picks!!! For good drama and acting, check out A Streetcar Named Desire (1951) with Marlon Brando. One of my husband’s favorite old war films is Von Ryan’s Express (1965) with Frank Sinatra. Two classic comedies we can pretty much quote word for word are Young Frankenstein (1973) and Monty Python’s Quest for the Holy Grail (1974). For suspense and overall creepiness (Besides Psycho), see Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? with Bette Davis and Joan Crawford (1962). In the horror genre, I like the Stephen King movie Dead Zone (1983) with Christopher Walken. In Sci Fi, it would have to be Alien (1979). If you like musicals (some people can’t stand them) then I also recommend Singin’ in the Rain (1952) with Gene Kelly. I saw it at Radio City Music Hall when I was your age and loved it. Those are just a few I can think right off the bat.

    • Monty Python is so great! Good films too, might have to check out A Streetcar Named Desire, and since I just studied Mary Shelley’s original Frankenstein novel, it would be really fun seeing Young Frankenstein. And Dead Zone looks intriguing, especially since I love a good twist on the idea of super-powers. Thanks! 😀

  4. Well, everyone would class different things as classics. I’ll give you a few I would use that term for:

    Raging Bull, Goodfellas, Casino, The Deer Hunter, Rocky, Pulp Fiction, The Godfather I & II, Scarface, The Big Lebowski 🙂

  5. I was totally going to say the Wizard of Oz even though it’s before the 1950 date. It’s a fantastic movie that’s so amazing.

    Lets see…hmmm classics before ’50? There are so many before 1950! Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939), Twelve Angry Men (1957!!!! xD).

    Okay, we’re going to Disney now. But my favorite Disney movies to this day are Robin Hood (1973) lions, and foxes, and bears (oh my!) and all! Atlantis is after the 2000 rule…(2001) but it’s one of my favorite Disney movies. Lastly, I love Pollyanna (1960) with Hayley Mills and it’s more of a classic then the other Disney movies I named. It’s a good movie with a good lesson and everyone should know (or be) a Pollyanna type person :). I haven’t seen the movie in forever but I remember loving it.

    • I’ve probably seen every Disney movie ever made. Even all the really old ones. 🙂 12 Angry Men sounds great!I Definitely want to see that one, and I’ve heard lots of great things about it. Thanks for the suggestions! 😀

  6. How can one resist recommending films? Some classics fresh in my mind include The Manchurian Candidate (1962) Peckinpah’s The Wild Bunch (1969) and The Night of The Hunter (1955). First time visiting your blog and I enjoyed checking it out. If you get a chance return the favor and give our film site a look.

  7. As a film Buff, I think you should be more open minded and not limit yourself to classics post 50’s, and in fact watch the very first movie ever made from 1895, Lumiere Brother’s ‘The Train Arrives’. Of course my favourite movies are from the 60’s & 70’s, ‘Anne of the Thousand Days’, ‘Ryan’s Daughter’, ‘Who’s afraid of Virginia Woolf’, ‘The Godfather – I & II’, ‘One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest’, ‘ Annie Hall’ etc etc.., but when it comes to Hitchcock, I love his work from the 30’s & 40’s, ‘The Lady vanishes’, ‘Rebecca’, ‘Notorious’ etc etc…
    You can check out some of my critiques if you like on IMDB, Just Google out – ‘The late 60’s by nuwansdel_02’ or ‘My 70’s pick by nuwansdel_02’ or Nuwan Sen’s film Sense.
    Cheers
    Nuwan Sen

    • I’ll definitley visiting movies from before the 50’s, but as this is my first foray into much older movies, I wanted to keep it as modern as I could. Why? Well, as much as I love movies I can’t say with confidence that I could appreciate every subtle detail in movies of the 30’s or before, simply because I haven’t had any practice. Thus I’m starting with the 50’s and up, and then I’ll go later at a different time. 🙂

      I will check out your IMDB stuff, always enjoy reading good criticism. Thanks so much for stopping by!

      • If you are looking for a blend of modernity, youthful energy which is yet a classic; I guess 50’s films, set in the 50’s itself, with it’s casual outlook are a good way to go. You might like ‘Rebel without a cause’, ‘Strangers on a Train’, ‘Some Like it hot’ and the French new wave ‘À Bout de Souffle’ to name a few. Glad you found my post.
        Cheers

  8. Please Check you Spam mail buddy,
    I commented on 3 of your posts, Psycho, Rain Man, and this post. And they were not just a few lines.
    I just feel they might have accidentally gone to ‘Spam’ mail.

  9. Umm!! I’ve no idea why it did that. Another Blogger, on whose site I had commented on the same day as yours, mentioned that my comment had gone into his spam queue. Thus I realized the same must have happened to the comments I posted on yours.
    Thanks for ‘approving’ me. Ha!!

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