My must-see movies

Over 50 of my all-time favourite movies - not always obvious or popular classics - taken from all genres and presented in no particular order!
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1.
The Night of the Hunter (1955)
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A religious fanatic marries a gullible widow whose young children are reluctant to tell him where their real daddy hid $10,000 he'd stolen in a robbery. (92 mins.)
“ The impressionistic visuals are fantastic and Mitchum is superb! When I first saw this Iwanted to go out and make my own movie! ” - bobbyandpoppy
 
2.
The Wicker Man (1973)
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A police sergeant is sent to a Scottish island village in search of a missing girl whom the townsfolk claim never existed. Stranger still are the rites that take place there. (88 mins.)
Director: Robin Hardy
“ Alas only ever seen this on TV. Must have been great on the cinema. Fortunately the ending had not been spoiled for me. ” - bobbyandpoppy
 
3.
The Seven-Ups (1973)
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A tough detective who is part of an elite New York City unit is trying to find out who killed his partner, but uncovers a plot to kidnap mobsters for money. (103 mins.)
Director: Philip D'Antoni
“ In my opinion an underrated film. Great car chase in what is for me a very good cop/crime thriller. ” - bobbyandpoppy
 
4.
The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T. (1953)
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The bane of adolescent Bart Collins' existence is the piano lessons he is forced to take under the tutelage of Dr... (89 mins.)
Director: Roy Rowland
“ Totally glorious from start to finish! My kids sawthis when they were young and still love as adults! Quirky, humourous and offbeat - a great antidote to Rogers and Hammerstein! ” - bobbyandpoppy
 
5.
The Vikings (1958)
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A slave and a Viking prince fight for the love of a captive princess. (116 mins.)
“ I can just watch this again and again...worth it for the perfomance of Frank Thring alone!!! ” - bobbyandpoppy
 
6.
The Railway Children (1970)
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After the enforced absence of their father, three children move with their mother to Yorkshire, where during their adventures they attempt to discover the reason for his disappearance. (109 mins.)
Director: Lionel Jeffries
“ Lionel Jefferies first film as director and if he had only ever made this it would be a great legacy! I am a grown man and it just keeps making me cry - I can't help it...! ” - bobbyandpoppy
 
7.
The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (1958)
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When a princess is shrunken by an evil wizard, Sinbad must undertake a quest to an island of monsters to cure her and prevent a war. (88 mins.)
Director: Nathan Juran
“ Ray Harryhausen! hero to any boy of the late 50's and early sixties. Valley of the Gwangi may be more technically accomplished in the effects department but this is still may favourite all-round Harryhausen film with Json and the Argonauts a close second. Torin Thatcher is another of myfavourite screen villains. ” - bobbyandpoppy
 
8.
Strangers on a Train (1951)
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A psychotic socialite confronts a pro tennis star with a theory on how two complete strangers can get away with murder - a theory that he plans to implement. (101 mins.)
“ For me, one of Hitchcosk's best! Great story, nice build up of tension and some dark humourous touches. The bursting of the little boy's balloon is inspired! ” - bobbyandpoppy
 
9.
Road to Perdition (2002)
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Bonds of loyalty are put to the test when a hitman's son witnesses what his father does for a living. (117 mins.)
Director: Sam Mendes
“ Sorry guys - not a Tom Hanks fan - but I love him in this! At last we have got away from Forrest Gump! Great visuals and story - nice to see Paul Newman up there on the big screen! And of course Daniel Craig and more.... ” - bobbyandpoppy
 
10.
Sunset Blvd. (1950)
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A screenwriter is hired to rework a faded silent film star's script only to find himself developing a dangerous relationship. (110 mins.)
Director: Billy Wilder
“ The movies didn't get small with this! Fabulous atmosphere and great acting from all involved in a razor sharp screenplay! ” - bobbyandpoppy
 
11.
Sweet Charity (1969)
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Taxi dancer Charity continues to have Faith in the human race despite apparently endless disappointments at its hands... (149 mins.)
Director: Bob Fosse
“ 1969 and I fell in love with Shirley MacLaine! Another antidote to Rogers and Hammerstein AND the glorious choreography of Bob Fosse. Sexy and funny! ” - bobbyandpoppy
 
12.
The Train (1964)
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In 1944, a German colonel loads a train with French art treasures to send to Germany. The Resistance must stop it without damaging the cargo. (133 mins.)
“ Intelligent and gritty war film from Burt Lancaster. Looks great in Black and White - you can feel the oil, soot, coal dust and steam from those locomotives. ” - bobbyandpoppy
 
13.
Curse of the Demon (1957)
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American professor John Holden arrives in London for a parapsychology conference, only to find himself investigating the mysterious actions of Devil-worshiper Julian Karswell. (95 mins.)
“ Just great entertainment from the late 1950's. Niall McGinnis almost steals the film as satanist Carswell but the film is full of great roles and cameos. 'It's coming! It's in the trees!!' ” - bobbyandpoppy
 
14.
What's Up, Doc? (1972)
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The accidental mix-up of four identical plaid overnight bags leads to a series of increasingly wild and wacky situations. (94 mins.)
“ Not a Barbra Streisand or Ryan O'Neal fan - but they are both great in this - only to be outshone by Madeline Kahn! A great Screwball comedy. O'Neal in wrecked hotel room to hotel manager: 'Sorry about the room' Hotel manager: 'That's alright sir - we've got lots of others' ” - bobbyandpoppy
 
15.
Our Man Flint (1966)
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When scientists use eco-terrorism to impose their will on the world by affecting extremes in the weather, Intelligence Chief Cramden calls in top agent Derek Flint. (108 mins.)
Director: Daniel Mann
“ O.K. A bit dated now but still huge fun! Looks a bit like an old T.V. movie - but James Coburn and Lee J Cobb are superb! And I still LOVE Jerry Goldsmiths music!! ” - bobbyandpoppy
 
16.
Once Upon a Time in America (1984)
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A former Prohibition-era Jewish gangster returns to the Lower East Side of Manhattan over thirty years later, where he once again must confront the ghosts and regrets of his old life. (229 mins.)
Director: Sergio Leone
“ What a glorious film!!! I stumbled on this on T.V. and was instantly hooked. Great narrative structure, great story and great performances. Definitely my favourite Sergio Leone film. ” - bobbyandpoppy
 
17.
Oliver! (1968)
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Young Oliver Twist runs away from an orphanage and meets a group of boys trained to be pickpockets by an elderly mentor. (153 mins.)
Director: Carol Reed
“ A fabulous musical from Carol Reed. Lionel Bart's music is brilliant and Oliver Reed gives a superb performance as Bill Sykes. I was dragged by my parents to the cinema to see this - how wise they were! ” - bobbyandpoppy
 
18.
Cape Fear (1962)
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A lawyer's family is stalked by a man he once helped put in jail. (106 mins.)
Director: J. Lee Thompson
“ Forget De Niro's and Scorsese's version - this is without parallel! Bob Mitchum is superb as Max Cady - powerful, cunning, animalistic and brutal. Some great set pieces and a nicely paced build up of tension. Put on the headphones, sit in a dark room and enjoy! ” - bobbyandpoppy
 
19.
Chinatown (1974)
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A private detective hired to expose an adulterer finds himself caught up in a web of deceit, corruption, and murder. (130 mins.)
Director: Roman Polanski
“ Glorious-looking film noir homage by Roman Polanski written by Robert Towne. It looks gorgeous, has a nice line a black humour and a great plot and performances. Nicholson, Dunaway and Huston with a fantastic cameo by Polanski himself. What more could you want? ” - bobbyandpoppy
 
20.
Casino (1995)
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Greed, deception, money, power, and murder occur between two best friends: a mafia underboss and a casino owner, for a trophy wife over a gambling empire. (178 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
“ Scorsese and De Niro on form! Despite what I said about Scorsese and Cape Fear, I do love his films. This is brilliant. Great performances, especially by Sharon Stone and Joe Pesci. Great narrative structure and plot - slightly long - but worth every minute! ” - bobbyandpoppy
 
21.
The Deadly Affair (1966)
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A British agent sets out to uncover the hidden facts behind a British government employee's suicide. (115 mins.)
Director: Sidney Lumet
“ Great cold war thriller by John Le Carre and Sydney Lumet. If you like The spy who came in from the cold, or Tinker tailor soldier spy - then this might be for you. The first X rated film I ever saw and I still love this film. James Mason, the great Harry Andrews, Simone Signoret and a simply sublime performance from Roy Kinnear - a brilliant downbeat thriller. ” - bobbyandpoppy
 
22.
Charade (1963)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Romance and suspense ensue in Paris as a woman is pursued by several men who want a fortune her murdered husband had stolen. Who can she trust? (113 mins.)
Director: Stanley Donen
“ Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant - 60's chic or what!!?? Great comedy/action/thriller - with James Coburn to boot! Don't try and work it out - get on the sofa with your dressing gown and favourite snack and just enjoy! ” - bobbyandpoppy
 
23.
The Disorderly Orderly (1964)
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When he flunks out of med school, Jerome Littlefield goes to work as an orderly in a private rest home where he wreaks havoc for everyone concerned... (90 mins.)
Director: Frank Tashlin
“ You either love him or hate him - but for me, Jerry Lewis is the Airplane! school of humour before Airplane! Once you get past the overly sentimental bits - there are some great gags here including the teeth cleaning and the fully bandaged man - if you have seen it - you know what I mean! Still makes me laugh out loud! ” - bobbyandpoppy
 
24.
Dead of Night (1945)
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An architect senses impending doom as his half-remembered recurring dream turns into reality. The guests at the country house encourage him to stay as they take turns telling supernatural tales. (103 mins.)
“ Ealing are justly famous for their comedies - but even their comedies had moments of the grotesque and the unsettling. Here are a set of supernatural or uncomfortable stories some of which still unsettle. Dated now alas, but a few of the stories still give you goosebumps. After watching Michael Redgrave as the ventriloquist those dummies won't seem quite so funny ever again. ” - bobbyandpoppy
 
25.
Emperor of the North (1973)
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In 1933, during the Depression, Shack the brutal conductor of the number 19 train has a personal vendetta against the best train hopping hobo tramp in the Northwest, A No. 1. (118 mins.)
Director: Robert Aldrich
“ Just known as Emperor of the north in Britain. Borgnine is superb as the sadistic train guard on the No.9. Lee Marvin is the hobo determined to ride free all the way to Portland. Carradine has a lot to learn on the way. Robert Altman makes use of great closeups and Borgnine in particular looks great. Absolutely fabulous on the big screen - still good on T.V. if you can get past the worst film opening credits theme music you will ever hear. Sorry Marty Robbins! ” - bobbyandpoppy
 
26.
Forbidden Planet (1956)
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A starship crew goes to investigate the silence of a planet's colony only to find two survivors and a deadly secret that one of them has. (98 mins.)
“ Once again, somewhat dated now - but MGM's production values shine through in what is probably the best sci-fi movie of the 50's. Great story and for the time, great special effects. Great to see Leslie Nielsen in a serious role pre Airplane! and Police Squad! Walter Pigeon is perfectly cast as Morbius. Again, priveliged enough to see this on the cinema in the 50's, so a bit of a nostalgia trip for me. 'Morbius! Something approaches....' ” - bobbyandpoppy
 
27.
Something Wicked This Way Comes (1983)
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In a small American town, a diabolical circus and its demonic proprietor prey on the townsfolk. (95 mins.)
Director: Jack Clayton
“ Disney wanted to get away from its sugar-sweet image so amongst other things, they made this. With a screenplay by Ray Bradbury from his own novel - this is a journey into darkness. Jason Robards and Jonathan Pryce are superb in a film about regret, guilt, unfulfilled hopes and ambitions, jealousy and the price of wishes fulfilled. ” - bobbyandpoppy
 
28.
Goodfellas (1990)
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The story of Henry Hill and his life through the teen years into the years of mafia, covering his relationship with wife Karen Hill and his Mob partners Jimmy Conway and Tommy DeVitto in the Italian-American crime syndicate. (146 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
“ See? I said I liked Scorsese and De Niro! Another great film in this genre. 'Nuff said! ” - bobbyandpoppy
 
29.
The Grifters (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A small-time conman has torn loyalties between his estranged mother and new girlfriend--both of whom are high-stakes grifters with their own angles to play. (110 mins.)
Director: Stephen Frears
“ Well well! Scorsese again! As producer this time. Stephen Frears directs this dark story by classic american crime writer Jim Thompson. With a screenplay by another classic american crime writer Donald Westlake, Anjelica Huston is mesmerising in this cold hearted story about con artists. ” - bobbyandpoppy
 
30.
Psycho (1960)
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A Phoenix secretary embezzles $40,000 from her employer's client, goes on the run, and checks into a remote motel run by a young man under the domination of his mother. (109 mins.)
“ The black and white imagery and the pace of this film are great, with some beautifully constructed set pieces. Again, fortunate enough to see this on the big screen to get the full impact. One of my favourite moments - after the famous shower scene we cut to a shop with a lady agonising over which insecticide to buy - but insisting 'Man or insect - it MUST be painless!' ” - bobbyandpoppy
 
31.
The Professionals (1966)
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An arrogant Texas millionaire hires four adventurers to rescue his kidnapped wife from a notorious Mexican bandit. (117 mins.)
Director: Richard Brooks
“ A fantastic cast - Burt Lancaster, Lee Marvin, Robert Ryan, Jack Palance and Ralph Bellamy - just go along for the ride! Always goodto see Robert Ryan and Jack Palance! I thought that Palance acted Nicholson off the screen in Batman. ” - bobbyandpoppy
 
32.
The Quiller Memorandum (1966)
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Two British agents are murdered by a mysterious Neonazi organization in West Berlin. The British Secret Service sends agent Quiller to investigate... (104 mins.)
“ George Segal, Alec Guiness and a great role for Max von Sydow. Another downbeat cold war spy thriller, often oozing atmosphere, with a great performance by Segal too! ” - bobbyandpoppy
 
33.
North by Northwest (1959)
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A hapless New York advertising executive is mistaken for a government agent by a group of foreign spies, and is pursued across the country while he looks for a way to survive. (136 mins.)
“ Another great Hitchcock film! A bit dated at times, but the style and humour manages to still overcome the dated technology. As usual, some great set pieces such as the crop dusting plane. Best line: James Mason - 'That's not fair - using real bullets!' ” - bobbyandpoppy
 
34.
It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World (1963)
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The dying words of a thief spark a madcap cross-country rush to find some treasure. (205 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kramer
“ Full of cameo roles from many american comedians and comediennes, I still love this film. Worth watching for Jonathan Winters and Phil Silvers alone! The best sight gag with Ethel Merman is left until the end - but there are plenty of funny moments along the way. ” - bobbyandpoppy
 
35.
Moulin Rouge! (2001)
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A poet falls for a beautiful courtesan whom a jealous duke covets. (127 mins.)
Director: Baz Luhrmann
“ The first thirty minutes of this film are pure cinema - it could not be done in any other medium. Nicole Kidman is gorgeous, Jim Broadbent is superb and for sheer exhuberent style - that first half hour is pretty well unbeatable. Sags a bit in the middle but another great antidote to Rogers and Hammerstien. ” - bobbyandpoppy
 
36.
Moby Dick (1956)
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The sole survivor of a lost whaling ship relates the tale of his captain's self-destructive obsession to hunt the white whale, Moby Dick. (116 mins.)
Director: John Huston
“ Director John Huston almost always told a good story. With a screenplay by Ray Bradbury, Ahab's (Gregory Peck) obsessive quest for the white whale is captured with style. Dated special effects now, but the cast and style of the film more than make up for this. Featuring the saplendid Harry Andrews and smooth voiced Leo Genn. Still unsurpassed for me. 'That ain't no whale - it's a white man's god!' ” - bobbyandpoppy
 
37.
The Medusa Touch (1978)
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Psychological thriller about a novelist, a telekinetic, who causes disasters simply by thinking about them. (105 mins.)
Director: Jack Gold
“ 'I am the man who causes catastrophe!' intones a grave Richard Burton. A great cast (Lee Remick, Harry Andrews, Jeremy Brett, Derek Jacobi, Alan Badel) add weight and gravitas to what is sheer hokum. But it is done with such style and bravado by the actors and director Jack Gold, that the film works splendidly. ” - bobbyandpoppy
 
38.
Bad Day at Black Rock (1955)
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A one-handed stranger comes to a tiny town possessing a terrible past they want to keep secret, by violent means if necessary. (81 mins.)
Director: John Sturges
“ One armed man Spencer Tracy gets off a train in a town where the train has never stopped before - and gets under the skins of Robert Ryan, Lee Marvin and Ernest Borgnine. Great roles for all these actors in a story stylishly told. ” - bobbyandpoppy
 
39.
Brazil (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A bureaucrat in a retro-future world tries to correct an administrative error and himself becomes an enemy of the state. (132 mins.)
Director: Terry Gilliam
“ I think Gilliam's best film - just getting the edge over the Time Bandits. Jonathan Pryce, Bob Hoskins and Robert de Niro in a 1984-like nightmare of mistaken identity in a totalitarian state. Lots of black humour and very stylish visuals. ” - bobbyandpoppy
 
40.
Blazing Saddles (1974)
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In order to ruin a western town, a corrupt politician appoints a black sheriff, who promptly becomes his most formidable adversary. (93 mins.)
Director: Mel Brooks
“ Mel Brook's films were always uneven - but the good moments are absolutely superb. The great Madeline Kahn gives another great comedic performance as does Harvey Korman. ” - bobbyandpoppy
 
41.
The Blues Brothers (1980)
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Jake Blues, just out from prison, puts together his old band to save the Catholic home where he and brother Elwood were raised. (133 mins.)
Director: John Landis
“ This is just one hell of a feel-good movie! The music is top notch - (love Cab Calloway) - and, for my money - it has one of the best screen comediennes - Kathleen Freeman - as the Penguin aka Sister Mary Stigmata. Freeman was a perfect foil for Jerry Lewis in 'the nutty professor' and the 'disorderly orderly'. The scene early on where she is slapping the Blues Brothers on their heads with a ruler still makes me cry with laughter. ” - bobbyandpoppy
 
42.
The Black Cat (1934)
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American honeymooners in Hungary become trapped in the home of a Satan-worshiping priest when the bride is taken there for medical help following a road accident. (65 mins.)
Director: Edgar G. Ulmer
“ In the early 1930's, European immigrants brought a darkness to the Universal horror films. This film, featuring both Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi is no exception. At only 63 minutes - I suspect that about thirty minutes have been cut out - but if you can overcome the datedness of this film, and get drawn into the dialogue - this goes to some quite dark places. Stylish for its time, I would love to see the uncut version. ” - bobbyandpoppy
 
43.
The Third Man (1949)
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Pulp novelist Holly Martins travels to shadowy, postwar Vienna, only to find himself investigating the mysterious death of an old friend, Harry Lime. (104 mins.)
Director: Carol Reed
“ One of the best, if not THE best British Film ever made. Oozing style and decadent atmosphere with a great performance by Orson Welles this immediate post-second world war thriller is well worth catching. ” - bobbyandpoppy
 
44.
The Kentucky Fried Movie (1977)
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A series of short, highly irreverent, and often tasteless skits. (83 mins.)
Director: John Landis
“ A gloriously un-pc comedy made by the Airplane!/Naked gun team just before Airplane! A bit uneven but the good bits are worth waiting for. The 'getting rid of unwanted smells around the home' sketch is superb! ” - bobbyandpoppy
 
45.
Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow (2004)
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After New York City receives a series of attacks from giant flying robots, a reporter teams up with a pilot in search of their origin, as well as the reason for the disappearances of famous scientists around the world. (106 mins.)
Director: Kerry Conran
“ I just loved this film! The first half hour especially has great style - but I just love the whole thing! I know that not everyone shares my taste on this one - but I really enjoyed it. ” - bobbyandpoppy
 
46.
King of the Rocket Men (1949)
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Jeff King in his experimental rocket suit battles the evil Dr. Vulcan. (167 mins.)
Director: Fred C. Brannon
“ I was priveliged enough to see this on the big screen when I was about ten years old. If you only ever watch one old movie matinee serial (apart from Flash Gordon) then this is the one. Love the music, a good fist fight in every episode and that great climax that inspired 'The day after tomorrow'. ” - bobbyandpoppy
 
47.
Jason and the Argonauts (1963)
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The legendary Greek hero leads a team of intrepid adventurers in a perilous quest for the legendary Golden Fleece. (104 mins.)
Director: Don Chaffey
“ A great Ray Harryhausen / Charles Schneer film! In the early sixties, for a young boy - this was as good as fantasy film gets. ” - bobbyandpoppy
 
48.
The Krays (1990)
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This fact-based movie follows the life of the twin crime-lords in London's '60s underworld. (115 mins.)
Director: Peter Medak
“ A great film - actually better if you watch it in black and white!!! - featuring the Kemp brothers as the Krays and Tom Bell - always good to watch. Billie Whitelaw gives the darkest monologue I have ever heard on film (when she returns from a funeral). Just pure class. ” - bobbyandpoppy
 
49.
King Kong (1933)
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A film crew goes to a tropical island for an exotic location shoot and discovers a colossal giant gorilla who takes a shine to their female blonde star. He is then captured and brought back to New York City for public exhibition. (100 mins.)
“ Still a great film after all these years and not quite beaten by Peter Jackson's remake. Obviously dated in terms of effects - it is still superior in terms of style. ” - bobbyandpoppy
 
50.
The Killers (1964)
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Surprised that their contract victim didn't try to run away from them, two professional hit men try to find out who hired them and why. (93 mins.)
Director: Donald Siegel
“ An Ice cold crime thriller. Intended as the first made for TV movie, it was too violent and got cinema release instead. Some dated techniques (back projection) but a good story and cast - Lee Marvin, Clu Gulager, John Cassavetes, Angie Dickinson and....great to see Ronald Reagan in his only bad-guy role. The digitally restored DVD looks pristine! ” - bobbyandpoppy
 
51.
Ice Station Zebra (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
USN nuclear sub USS Tigerfish must rush to the North Pole to rescue the staff of Drift Ice Station Zebra weather station. (148 mins.)
Director: John Sturges
“ The 70mm huge screen was merciless on the polystyrene snow and ice, but, if you can get past that, this is a great cold war spy thriller. Patrick McGoohan, Ernest Borgnine and others make up for the studio ice. ” - bobbyandpoppy
 
52.
Hell Is a City (1960)
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In Britain, a Manchester police inspector becomes obsessed with capturing a criminal who escapes from prison. (98 mins.)
Director: Val Guest
“ One of those great British crime dramas of the 50's/60's. Stanley Baker was always great in this kind of role. There's a lot of crime up north.... ” - bobbyandpoppy
 
53.
Hell Drivers (1957)
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Ex-con trucker tries to expose his boss's rackets. (108 mins.)
“ OK - get over the under-cranked camera on the lorries as they speed down the country roads - this is a great film. And what a cast!!! William (doctor who) Hartnell, Stanley Baker, Sean (007)Connery, Sid (carry on) James, Herbert (pink panther) Lom, Peggy (night of the demon, Gun crazy) Cummins, Patrick (Danger Man, Prisoner) McGoohan. Cy (Zulu) Enfield directs ” - bobbyandpoppy
 
54.
The Godfather: Part II (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.0/10 X  
The early life and career of Vito Corleone in 1920s New York is portrayed while his son, Michael, expands and tightens his grip on the family crime syndicate. (202 mins.)
“ The first two Godfather films are brilliant, but part two just has the edge. Great film! 'Nuff said! ” - bobbyandpoppy
 
55.
Prime Cut (1972)
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A vicious Kansas City slaughterhouse owner and his hick family are having a bloody "beef" with the Chicago crime syndicate over profits from their joint illegal operations. Top enforcer Nick Devlin is sent to straighten things out. (88 mins.)
Director: Michael Ritchie
“ Lee Marvin looks great in this parody of crime drama. And with Sissy Spacek and Gene Hackman this film has style and panache. In turns sexy, violent an funny with some great set pieces - this is an often overlooked film well worth catching ” - bobbyandpoppy