10 Films that changed my life

In some shape or form, these 10 films shaped who I am today.
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1.
Quadrophenia (1979)
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London, 1965: Like many other youths, Jimmy hates the philistine life, especially his parents and his job in a company's mailing division... (120 mins.)
Director: Franc Roddam
“ Jimmy, c'est moi. Teen angst and rockin' tunes, and Sting with frosted hair to boot! ” - scott-leslie
 
2.
Cool Hand Luke (1967)
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A man refuses to conform to life in a rural prison. (126 mins.)
“ quite possibly my favourite film of all time. I had a hockey coach who called me "Cool Hand," I was hooked from there. ” - scott-leslie
 
3.
My Side of the Mountain (1969)
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As young Sam Gribley runs away he learns about nature. (100 mins.)
Director: James B. Clark
“ I saw this film when I was 10, and it stuck in my brain, even though it took 30 years for me to figure out what film it actually was. I still want to run away and live in the woods on my own ” - scott-leslie
 
4.
Over the Edge (1979)
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A group of bored teenagers rebel against authority in the community of New Granada after the death of one of their own. (95 mins.)
Director: Jonathan Kaplan
“ We told you, like 30 years ago, how soul numbing the suburbs and education system you were forcing on us was, but did you listen? ” - scott-leslie
 
5.
One in a Million: The Ron LeFlore Story (1977 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
True story of Ron LeFlore, a troubled Detroit youth who rose from Michigan prisons to star in Major League Baseball. (100 mins.)
“ I think I probably saw this after reading the book - somehow I was allowed to order this from the Scholastic Book order at like 9 years old! But it was the first exposure I had that let me know not every kid grew up in a nice safe suburban neighborhood. ” - scott-leslie
 
6.
A Hero Ain't Nothin' But a Sandwich (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Benjie is a troubled teen in Los Angeles, living with his grandmother, mother, and her new boyfriend... (107 mins.)
Director: Ralph Nelson
“ This and The Ron LeFlore story had similar effects on me - helped me see a world outside of my safe upbringing. ” - scott-leslie
 
7.
Liquid Sky (1982)
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Invisible aliens in a tiny flying saucer come to Earth looking for heroin. They land on top of a New... (112 mins.)
Director: Slava Tsukerman
“ The local video store in the suburb of Montreal I grew up in had a small "cult" section. Where I inexplicably picked out this film (and later "Repo Man") and the rest is history, weird history. ” - scott-leslie
 
8.
All the President's Men (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
"The Washington Post" reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein uncover the details of the Watergate scandal that leads to President Richard Nixon's resignation. (138 mins.)
Director: Alan J. Pakula
“ One of my earliest memories, at the seashore on Cape Cod in 1973, was asking my dad what "Watergate" meant after hearing the word on US radio. And my Dad, lord love him, patiently tried to explain it to me. The film just cemented what became a lifelong mistrust of politicians. ” - scott-leslie
 
9.
WarGames (1983)
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A young man finds a back door into a military central computer in which reality is confused with game-playing, possibly starting World War III. (114 mins.)
Director: John Badham
“ I remember this quite vividly because I was one of the only kids I knew who really appreciated the technology in the film; at that point we had had modems in our basement for nearly 5 years. After the film, I remember typing "thermonuclear war" at every login prompt I could find. ” - scott-leslie
 
10.
Gallipoli (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Two Australian sprinters face the brutal realities of war when they are sent to fight in the Gallipoli campaign in Turkey during World War I. (110 mins.)
Director: Peter Weir
“ We were 12 and hosting the kids from Hanover, New Hampshire on a hockey exchange. It was the only year my younger brother and I played on the same team, so we had two billets. We wanted to go to the movies. I suggested going to see this, not really knowing what it was. The others were bored. I was shaken. No war. ” - scott-leslie
 
11.
Cotton Candy (1978 TV Movie)
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A group of high school friends form a rock band. (97 mins.)
Director: Ron Howard