The Classics, Must See movies

These are the classics. These are the keystone movies. The movies on which all others are based on.
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1.
Casablanca (1942)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
In Casablanca, Morocco in December 1941, a cynical American expatriate meets a former lover, with unforeseen complications. (102 mins.)
Director: Michael Curtiz
“ Rick, Ilsa, "We'll always have Paris". "The problems of three small people don't amount to a hill of beans in this world." "This is the beginning of a beautiful friendship." "I am shocked, shocked, to find that gambling is going on in this establishment." ” - sandrasguy
 
2.
Lost Horizon (1937)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A plane crash delivers a group of people to the secluded land of Shangri-La -- but is it the miraculous utopia it appears to be? (97 mins.)
Director: Frank Capra
“ In 1942, when Doolittle's bombers hit Tokyo, this is the movie President Roosevelt quoted as saying that the bombers "had come from our new base in Shangrila." A bit utopian and dated, but a classic nonetheless. ” - sandrasguy
 
3.
The Maltese Falcon (1941)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A private detective takes on a case that involves him with three eccentric criminals, a gorgeous liar, and their quest for a priceless statuette. (100 mins.)
Director: John Huston
“ The keystone of all classic detective movies. Humphrey Bogart is excellent as Sam Spade. Much of this cast reunited to make Casablanca. ” - sandrasguy
 
4.
The Sound of Music (1965)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A woman leaves an Austrian convent to become a governess to the children of a Naval officer widower. (174 mins.)
Director: Robert Wise
“ The Von Trapp family, 1938, Austria, fleeing the oppresive Nazis. ” - sandrasguy
 
5.
How the West Was Won (1962)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A family saga covering several decades of Westward expansion in the nineteenth century--including the Gold Rush, the Civil War, and the building of the railroads. (164 mins.)
“ More stars than you can shake a stick at. The story of America expanding out into the west, starting about 1830, and ending about 1900. ” - sandrasguy
 
6.
The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
An alien lands and tells the people of Earth that they must live peacefully or be destroyed as a danger to other planets. (92 mins.)
Director: Robert Wise
“ It started out as one of those many schlocky sci fi flicks of the 1950's, but overcame itself to become a classic. ” - sandrasguy
 
7.
Meet John Doe (1941)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A man needing money agrees to impersonate a nonexistent person who said he'd be committing suicide as a protest, and a political movement begins. (122 mins.)
Director: Frank Capra
“ A movie as relevant today as in 1941. Think the Tea Party is something new ? Think again. ” - sandrasguy
 
8.
The Longest Day (1962)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
The events of D-Day, told on a grand scale from both the Allied and German points of view. (178 mins.)
“ The true story of the D-Day invasion of 1944 without bogging down in some fictitious contrived romance or rescue movie. Plus, an entire galaxy of stars in this movie. ” - sandrasguy
 
9.
Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A dramatization of the Japanese attack on the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor and the series of American blunders that allowed it to happen. (144 mins.)
“ The trues story of the Pearl Harbor bombing, told without bogging down in some sappy contrived romance. ” - sandrasguy
 
10.
Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
Luke Skywalker joins forces with a Jedi Knight, a cocky pilot, a wookiee and two droids to save the galaxy from the Empire's world-destroying battle-station, while also attempting to rescue Princess Leia from the evil Darth Vader. (121 mins.)
Director: George Lucas
“ This movie changed the movie going experience for all time. Never before had a movie drawn so many movie goers gone to a theater at one time. Movie lines were literally around the block. Because of this movie, theaters went from single screen to multi plexes where you could have three or four showings of the same movie at the same time. A franchise, exiting more than thirty years was launched. It might not be serious drama to you, but the movie and it's characters are often quoted. ” - sandrasguy
 
11.
Wuthering Heights (1939)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A servant in the house of Wuthering Heights tells a traveler the unfortunate tale of lovers Cathy and Heathcliff. (104 mins.)
Director: William Wyler
“ Cathy and Heathcliff in love forever and ever across time. ” - sandrasguy
 
12.
Paradise Now (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Two childhood friends are recruited for a suicide bombing in Tel Aviv. (90 mins.)
Director: Hany Abu-Assad
“ This was a mistake-disregard-it popped up accidentally. ” - sandrasguy