100 of the Best Films I've seen in order of Discovery! A list By Tom Palminteri

This list is a work in progress and since it's sort of autobiographical I am still working on the order and selection as well as many of the annotations. As time goes on I've noticed that although some things have changed within my taste and knowledge of movies certain films and some televison shows still stand out for me. What it comes down to for me is after I watch a film I ask myself "did this film stick with me?" Is there something to see here? One of the things that I look for in a film is an “atmosphere” Does the filmmaker create an atmosphere and is it palpable?! I feel like that is one of the main criteria for a great movie! Here are the films I've watched that I can say do that and did stick with me. I can honestly tell you that there is something to see here! From time to time I will add to this list. The latest entry to make this list is 2016's La La Land! What a wonderful film that was! Hopefully there will be more good ones to come. So stay tuned and feel free to comment. tp
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The Wizard of Oz (1939)
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Dorothy Gale is swept away from a farm in Kansas to a magical land of Oz in a tornado and embarks on a quest with her new friends to see the Wizard who can help her return home in Kansas and help her friends as well. (102 mins.)
Director: Victor Fleming
“ Ok since I'm going in order of "discovery" I have to start with this one! This was probably the first movie that I became amazed by.
When I was a kid my family didn't have a colored TV so we would drive to my Grandma's house in Ozone Park to see it once a year. It was only on once a year! But that's what made it so special! It was so perfect and people today are still amazed at the music, the B&W into Color....the flying monkeys, the wicked witch of the west and how in the end it was all just a dream. Magic is the only word to describe this movie and when your a kid you love magic I still love it! ” - ericsinla
Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971)
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Charlie receives a golden ticket to a factory, his sweet tooth wants going into the lushing candy, it turns out there's an adventure in everything. (100 mins.)
Director: Mel Stuart
“ We saw this in the movies when I was 9-years old by accident. We were there to see Charlottes Web but Willy Wonka was part of a double feature. To me and my parents happy surprise it was not only hilarious, edgy and suspenseful but also a really great movie. It may have been my first 'big' movie experience! I couldn't stop thinking and talking about it for a long time and I wouldn't see it again until it was on TV years later. The cast including all of the kids were great, but Gene Wilder was perfect! "If you want view paradise simply look around and view it" -Great Songs too! ” - ericsinla
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
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Humanity finds a mysterious, obviously artificial object buried beneath the Lunar surface and, with the intelligent computer H.A.L. 9000, sets off on a quest. (149 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
“ The synopsis on IMDB for 2001: A Space Odyssey doesn’t do the film justice. This is not about plot although there is one in an oblique way. The main thing that makes a Stanley Kubrick film stand out is the atmosphere he creates. This film has so much atmosphere you can poke it. Of course, that wouldn’t be enough to make it a great film. But what also makes it so unique is how open ended its meaning seems to be. What is the Monolith? Is it God? Is it some type of alien intelligence? It looks forward and ask the questions at the same time. Where is this all going? Well in this film, that is so relentlessly ambiguous yet breathtaking at the same time you may even call it a semi-religious experience. Seeing this on the big screen as a 10-year old kid for the 1st time was like that for me.
The music used in this film is also a big part of what makes it so special. Using classical music was an unusual choice for the time ( 1968) . The scenes with the Monolith featured the music of modern classical composer of György Ligeti. Using Ligeti's Requiem was daring and haunting. The first space scenes were set to Johann Strauss’s Blue Danube Waltz which added a much-needed sense of levity to the film. I saw it on a rerelease and I never saw movies in the same way again. It was mysterious, dazzling, puzzling and in some ways down right mystical. To me no other film has been able to match it. If you've never seen this on the big-screen in 70mm you are missing out on one of the great ones! ” - ericsinla
La Strada (1954)
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A care-free girl is sold to a traveling entertainer, consequently enduring physical and emotional pain along the way. (108 mins.)
“ Fellini's first 'hit' and the first foreign film I actually watched as a kid. I still remember how it haunted me. Fellini is a master at creating atmosphere and if you let him his films will take you to another place. It was like all of the sadness and mystery of life was in there in that story. The characters, the story, his use of exaggerated exotic images and of course the music by Nino Rota made it all seem like a dream that I had. ” - ericsinla
Lord of the Flies (1963)
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Lost on an island, young survivors of a plane crash eventually revert to savagery despite the few rational boys' attempts to prevent that. (92 mins.)
Director: Peter Brook
“ This film was shown on PBS when I was a kid and it left a deep impression on me. Peter Brooks version is a haunting metaphor for society and the human dilemma. What makes this version so unique was how Peter Brooks used many non-actors and used an improvisation approach. The music was also very haunting. Not to be confused with the later ( 1990's ) American version. ” - ericsinla
Fantasia (1940)
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A collection of animated interpretations of great works of Western classical music. (125 mins.)
“ For some reason my father dropped me off at the local Cinema to see this by myself ( in those days you could do that ). It was a Disney cartoon with classical music. Although I did find it a bit of a challenge at first the more I took in the images and music the more I found it amazing ” - ericsinla
Yellow Submarine (1968)
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The Beatles agree to accompany Captain Fred in his Yellow Submarine and go to Pepperland to free it from the music hating Blue Meanies. (90 mins.)
Director: George Dunning
“ For some reason they would show this at the Drive-In as a double feature with a Disney Feature back in the early-70's. My sister was 5 or six at the time. I was 8 or nine. The Disney Feature was Swiss Family Robinson which we thought was boring. The Yellow Submarine was shown sometime around midnight. The images combined with The Beatles music were very colorful and exciting in a way that I had not expected. All I can say is my sister and I loved it but my parents' hated it. ” - ericsinla
The Sound of Music (1965)
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A woman leaves an Austrian convent to become a governess to the children of a Naval officer widower. (174 mins.)
Director: Robert Wise
“ What can I say about this classic that hasn't already been said. Probably the best on screen version of a Broadway musical of all time. I was lucky enough to see this in the movies on a re-release in the mid-70's with my mom and grandmother. The gorgeous opening with Maria singing "the Hills are alive with the Sound of Music" in the Swiss Alps was movie history in the making. Amazing! ” - ericsinla
Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)
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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
“ I was 12-years old when I saw this for the first time with my sister and my friends and we were never so dazzled! I remember how Newsday's critic Joseph Gelmis said that it was a movie that referenced the Lord of the Rings, New Testament, Wizard of Oz, the Hidden Fortress and Flash Gordon, all at the same time. To me everything about the movie seemed new! In retrospect, its appeal seemed to be about architypes, the orphan farm boy, the princess, the swashbuckling rouge, the wise old wizard, and of course the Dark Side represented by Darth Vader plus it had a happy ending. Put it all together in Dolby Stereo and 70-millimeter and you have an instant classic! Many prefer Empire Strikes Back or Return of the Jedi but for me it's the first Star Wars movie that made me a fan and believer in the Force! ” - ericsinla
The Graduate (1967)
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A disillusioned college graduate finds himself torn between his older lover and her daughter. (106 mins.)
Director: Mike Nichols
“ It may not have happened to you in this way exactly but in some way every young man is Benjamin Braddock for a brief time in his life. Mike Nichols film strikes me as the first truly ironic American film. By casting Dustin Hoffman in the role as the under confident anti-hero this movie is much more then the sum of its parts. ” - ericsinla
The Rutles: All You Need Is Cash (1978 TV Movie)
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Charts the adventures of the prefab four, possibly the most famous band of all time. (76 mins.)
Director: Eric Idle, Gary Weis
“ Whenever I watch this "TV Special" it brings back such good memories. The first time I saw this I must have been 13 and I had just become a Beatles fan. I was like "what the ...?" I then bought the soundtrack on vinyl ( which I still play ) Its just great to see all those people up there having fun, Neil Innes and Erics Idle are brilliant. ” - ericsinla
Hair (1979)
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Claude Bukowski leaves the family ranch in Oklahoma for New York where he is rapidly embraced into the hippie group of youngsters led by Berger, yet he's already been drafted. He soon falls in love with Sheila Franklin, a rich girl but still a rebel inside. (121 mins.)
Director: Milos Forman
The Kids Are Alright (1979 Documentary)
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From the early black and white days to their colourful hedonistic era, you will Rock! See them at their most creative, and destructive, and experience The Who: Here! (101 mins.)
Director: Jeff Stein
“ The Who Movie which is an all out Rockumentary of the Who by Jeff Stien! I saw this in the movies for the 1st time when I was about 14 and it made me a Who fan for life! Around that time in 1979 I got see the Who but it was after Keith Moon had died and it wasn't quite the same, but if you see this movie you get a sense of just how amazing they were live, their raw energy and as simple a force in Rock 'n' Roll. ” - ericsinla
Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
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After the rebels are overpowered by the Empire on their newly established base, Luke Skywalker begins Jedi training with Master Yoda. His friends accept shelter from a questionable ally as Darth Vader hunts them in a plan to capture Luke. (124 mins.)
Director: Irvin Kershner
“ The 2nd Star Wars movie and it still feels as fresh today as it did in 1980. ” - ericsinla
History of the World: Part I (1981)
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Mel Brooks brings his one-of-a-kind comic touch to the history of mankind covering events from the Old Testament to the French Revolution in a series of episodic comedy vignettes. (92 mins.)
Director: Mel Brooks
On Golden Pond (1981)
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Norman is a curmudgeon with an estranged relationship with his daughter Chelsea. At Golden Pond, he and his wife nevertheless agree to care for Billy, the son of Chelsea's new boyfriend, and a most unexpected relationship blooms. (109 mins.)
Director: Mark Rydell
Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
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Archaeologist and adventurer Indiana Jones is hired by the U.S. government to find the Ark of the Covenant before the Nazis. (115 mins.)
SCTV Network (1981 TV Series)
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Comedy parody about TV. (90 mins.)
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
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A troubled child summons the courage to help a friendly alien escape Earth and return to his home world. (115 mins.)
The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)
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A newly engaged couple have a breakdown in an isolated area and must pay a call to the bizarre residence of Dr. Frank-N-Furter. (100 mins.)
Director: Jim Sharman
“ What can I say about Rocky Horror that can possibly add to it's legendary cult movie status?! As a movie it may not be "masterpiece" but it certainly has unique place in cinema history. It opened and it floped in 1975 but a few years later amidst the NYC punk/glam scene it found an audience that grew into a international "cult" phenomenon. I must have seen it 12-times at midnight showings it was great fun. Because of it's humorous way this movie seems to tap into something about sexuality and identity that has never been matched. As a teenager in the early-1980's it was amazing to see all kinds of people ( jocks, geeks, burn-outs, brains ) coming and doing the "Time Warp" if you will. To me in 1979-80 that was quite an achievement plus the songs were great! Of course Tim Curry as Frank 'n' Forter was out of this world! So yeah it is really something to see! ” - ericsinla
Some Like It Hot (1959)
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When two male musicians witness a mob hit, they flee the state in an all-female band disguised as women, but further complications set in. (121 mins.)
Director: Billy Wilder
“ I recently got a chance to see Some Like it Hot in the movies on the big screen as part of the TCM’s Fathom Events and what a fun little movie this is! You can really feel that the actors are having a blast. I think I first watched SLIH when I was in my teens and I liked it then but it grew on me after repeated viewings. Over time the film became even more of a classic in the movie world. Billy Wilder crafted something very rare in Some Like it Hot a comedy that gets better over time. If you love movies you have to see this one! It’s an all out romp that is part Marx Brothers meets the gangster movies of the 40’s. When Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon (two out of work musicians) witness a mob shooting they disguise themselves in drag and take a gig in an all-girl band add Marilyn Monroe as the lead singer and you get the one of the best comedies of all time. It is by far Marilyn Monroe's best movie, even though she herself didn't like it very much. It's all very clever and hilarious but to me in the end it's Jack Lemmon and Joe E. Brown the actor who plays Asgood that really steal the show! Enjoy! ” - ericsinla
Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)
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King Arthur and his knights embark on a low-budget search for the Grail, encountering many, very silly obstacles. (91 mins.)
“ One of the funniest/wackiest movies ever! ” - ericsinla
A Clockwork Orange (1971)
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In the future, a sadistic gang leader is imprisoned and volunteers for a conduct-aversion experiment, but it doesn't go as planned. (136 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
“ To me timing can be everything when you discover a film. I saw this when I was 17 on HBO with my one of my best friends, and lets just say we were blown away. Soon after I realized it was the same person who made 2001: A Space Odyssey. I was amazed that this film came from the same person. Like it or not it is one of the most daring, electrifying films you will ever see. To think that Kubrick made this film 3-years after 2001 is in itself astounding. But even though this is a very different kind of film what sticks with me in the end is Kubrick's use of music and visuals, it's like poetry in motion. ” - ericsinla
Hannah and Her Sisters (1986)
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Between two Thanksgivings two years apart, Hannah's husband falls in love with her sister Lee, while her hypochondriac ex-husband rekindles his relationship with her sister Holly. (107 mins.)
Director: Woody Allen
“ The first Woody Allen film I really got into when I was 20 and I've been hooked ever since. I think Michael Cain said this was Woody Allen's warmest film and I think he's right. It has a great ensemble cast and unlike Annie Hall it weaves together several stories. It also has the sweep of a novel. How one person could have made so many amazing films is beyond me! ” - ericsinla
Annie Hall (1977)
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Neurotic New York comedian Alvy Singer falls in love with the ditzy Annie Hall. (93 mins.)
Director: Woody Allen
“ Even though I did see this at the Drive Inn with my brother when I was 12-years old I didn't really understand how great it was. That's why I put it up further on this list. I was also mad that it beat Star Wars for Best Picture, but as I got a bit older I got the Woody Allen thing. Woody Allen has made too many great movies to pick only one so what I did was put his New York Trilogy together. Of coarse they are all slightly different and sometimes wonderful but Annie Hall is the funniest and the one that started the whole thing. There are so many great lines and moments in the film and it seems to say something about relationships that few films have. And even though it is not exactly a Romantic Comedy this movie seems to have reinvented romantic/comedies for decades to come. ” - ericsinla
Manhattan (1979)
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The life of a divorced television writer dating a teenage girl is further complicated when he falls in love with his best friend's mistress. (96 mins.)
Director: Woody Allen
“ Black and White and Gershwin! How can you beat that?! In Manhattan Woody captures an atmosphere that is simple NYC circa 1979! it's like Annie Hall only different and perhaps better. ” - ericsinla
Amadeus (1984)
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The incredible story of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, told by his peer and secret rival Antonio Salieri - now confined to an insane asylum. (160 mins.)
Director: Milos Forman
“ One of the few movies about classical music to become popular and turned me on to classical music to a certain extent. The acting is as good as it gets with F. Murray Abraham as villainous Saliarri and Tom Holce as the naïve Mozart. In Milos Forman's film we get the man, the myth, the legend of Mozart but we also get the music and the spectacle of epic filmmaking. What I love it that this film seems to have that perfect balance of drama, humor and spectacle that so few movies have been able to combine. ” - ericsinla
Harold and Maude (1971)
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Young, rich, and obsessed with death, Harold finds himself changed forever when he meets lively septuagenarian Maude at a funeral. (91 mins.)
Director: Hal Ashby
Rushmore (1998)
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The extracurricular king of Rushmore preparatory school is put on academic probation. (93 mins.)
Director: Wes Anderson
“ My first and favorite Wes Anderson film! I regret never having seen it in theaters but if you have the Criterion edition on DVD or Blu-Ray your still get a sense of it's beauty. It's a wonderfully strange and ultimately bittersweet coming of age story that sets Wes Anderson on his path to becoming one the most original filmmakers of our time. ” - ericsinla
Broadway Danny Rose (1984)
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In his attempts to reconcile a lounge singer with his mistress, a hapless talent agent is mistaken as her lover by a jealous gangster. (84 mins.)
Director: Woody Allen
“ Touching, funny, sad and not your typical Woody Allen movie. Shot in B&W BDR is a tall tale about a "nebbish" NYC agent who just can't seem to get a break. Made in 1984 and told in flashback the film plays out like a nostalgia fable. Woody and Mia have never been better or more dynamic. Its so good you wish their fate had ended differently. ” - ericsinla
The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985)
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In New Jersey in 1935, a movie character walks off the screen and into the real world. (82 mins.)
Director: Woody Allen
The Seventh Seal (1957)
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A man seeks answers about life, death, and the existence of God as he plays chess against the Grim Reaper during the Black Plague. (96 mins.)
Director: Ingmar Bergman
Midnight Cowboy (1969)
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A naive hustler travels from Texas to New York to seek personal fortune but, in the process, finds himself a new friend. (113 mins.)
Little Big Man (1970)
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Jack Crabb, looking back from extreme old age, tells of his life being raised by Native Americans and fighting with General Custer. (139 mins.)
Director: Arthur Penn
My Life as a Dog (1985)
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A boy and his brother don't get along well. In order to let their ill mother rest, they're separated and sent each one with their relatives. (101 mins.)
Time Bandits (1981)
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A young boy accidentally joins a band of time travelling dwarves, as they jump from era to era looking for treasure to steal. (116 mins.)
Director: Terry Gilliam
Mystery Train (1989)
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Three stories are connected by a Memphis hotel and the spirit of Elvis Presley. (110 mins.)
Director: Jim Jarmusch
Gigi (1958)
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Weary of the conventions of Parisian society, a rich playboy and a youthful courtesan-in-training enjoy a platonic friendship, but it may not stay platonic for long. (115 mins.)
“ Perhaps my favorite musical, corny yes I love it. ” - ericsinla
Raging Bull (1980)
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An emotionally self-destructive boxer's journey through life, as the violence and temper that leads him to the top in the ring destroys his life outside it. (129 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
Withnail & I (1987)
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At the end of the 1960's, two substance-abusing, unemployed actors retreat to the countryside for a holiday that proves disastrous. (107 mins.)
Director: Bruce Robinson
“ Two down and out actors sharing a flat in 1969 take a break from looking for work decide to go on holiday in the country and proceed to get stoned and drunk is a synopsis that does this little film justice. Because there is so much more here. Through its few offbeat, misfit characters and scenario’s Bruce Robinson has created an atmosphere that is as hilarious as it is bittersweet. Richard E. Grant gives a tour de force as the title characters enraged, bitter and often drunk thespian. The rest of the small chamber cast are also superb. To me it's the perfect metaphor for the end of an era: the 1960’s! ” - ericsinla
Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989)
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An ophthalmologist's mistress threatens to reveal their affair to his wife while a married documentary filmmaker is infatuated with another woman. (104 mins.)
Director: Woody Allen
Singin' in the Rain (1952)
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A silent film production company and cast make a difficult transition to sound. (103 mins.)
Amarcord (1973)
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A series of comedic and nostalgic vignettes set in a 1930s Italian coastal town. (123 mins.)
Gone with the Wind (1939)
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A manipulative woman and a roguish man conduct a turbulent romance during the American Civil War and Reconstruction periods. (238 mins.)
Director: Victor Fleming
Freaks and Geeks (1999 TV Series)
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A high school mathlete starts hanging out with a group of burnouts while her younger brother navigates his freshman year. (44 mins.)
The King of Comedy (1982)
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Aspiring comic Rupert Pupkin attempts to achieve success in show business by stalking his idol, a late night talk-show host who craves his own privacy. (109 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
Ordinary People (1980)
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The accidental death of the older son of an affluent family deeply strains the relationships among the bitter mother, the good-natured father, and the guilt-ridden younger son. (124 mins.)
Director: Robert Redford
The Jungle Book (1967)
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Bagheera the Panther and Baloo the Bear have a difficult time trying to convince a boy to leave the jungle for human civilization. (78 mins.)
The Red Shoes (1948)
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A young ballet dancer is torn between the man she loves and her pursuit to become a prima ballerina. (134 mins.)
Back to the Future (1985)
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Marty McFly, a 17-year-old high school student, is accidentally sent 30 years into the past in a time-traveling DeLorean invented by his close friend, the maverick scientist Doc Brown. (116 mins.)
Director: Robert Zemeckis
My Fair Lady (1964)
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A misogynistic and snobbish phonetics professor agrees to a wager that he can take a flower girl and make her presentable in high society. (170 mins.)
Director: George Cukor
Becket (1964)
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King Henry II of England comes to terms with his affection for his close friend and confidant Thomas à Becket, who finds his true honor by observing God's divine will rather than the king's. (148 mins.)
Director: Peter Glenville
The Quiet Man (1952)
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A retired American boxer returns to the village of his birth in Ireland, where he finds love. (129 mins.)
Director: John Ford
Fanny and Alexander (1982)
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Two young Swedish children experience the many comedies and tragedies of their family, the Ekdahls. (188 mins.)
Director: Ingmar Bergman
A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965 Short Film)
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Repelled by the commercialism he sees around him, Charlie Brown tries to find the true meaning of Christmas. (25 mins.)
Director: Bill Melendez
The Song of Bernadette (1943)
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In 1858 France, Bernadette, an adolescent peasant girl, has a vision of "a beautiful lady" in the city dump... (156 mins.)
Director: Henry King
“ One night in the late-1980's I caught this on the Late Movie on ABC. This is when they still showed movies on non cable TV. Growing up Catholic ( I even go to a church named Our Lady of Lourdes ) I had always been familiar with this story or at least I thought I was. When I finally did watch the film that night I was reduced to tears. What a moving and beautiful story of faith. What I found most moving was Jennifer Jones performance as Bernadette she really captured what a saint might be like. She won an Oscar. Vincent Price is also in it which I was pleasantly surprised by. What a wonderful little movie and it kinda made me happy to be a Catholic. ” - ericsinla
The Three Musketeers (1973)
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A young swordsman comes to Paris and faces villains, romance, adventure and intrigue with three Musketeer friends. (106 mins.)
Director: Richard Lester
Cinema Paradiso (1988)
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A filmmaker recalls his childhood when falling in love with the pictures at the cinema of his home village and forms a deep friendship with the cinema's projectionist. (155 mins.)
Do the Right Thing (1989)
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On the hottest day of the year on a street in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, everyone's hate and bigotry smolders and builds until it explodes into violence. (120 mins.)
Director: Spike Lee
Say Anything... (1989)
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A noble underachiever and a beautiful valedictorian fall in love the summer before she goes off to college. (100 mins.)
Director: Cameron Crowe
Metropolitan (1990)
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A group of young upper-class Manhattanites are blithely passing through the gala debutante season, when an unusual outsider joins them and stirs them up. (98 mins.)
Director: Whit Stillman
Stand by Me (1986)
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After the death of a friend, a writer recounts a boyhood journey to find the body of a missing boy. (89 mins.)
Director: Rob Reiner
Stop Making Sense (1984 Documentary)
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An innovative concert movie for the rock group The Talking Heads. (88 mins.)
Director: Jonathan Demme
Duck Soup (1933)
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Rufus T. Firefly is named president/dictator of bankrupt Freedonia and declares war on neighboring Sylvania over the love of wealthy Mrs. Teasdale. (68 mins.)
Director: Leo McCarey
Casablanca (1942)
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In Casablanca in December 1941, a cynical American expatriate encounters a former lover, with unforeseen complications. (102 mins.)
Director: Michael Curtiz
A Hard Day's Night (1964)
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A "typical" day in the life of The Beatles, including many of their famous songs. (87 mins.)
Director: Richard Lester
Wings of Desire (1987)
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An angel tires of overseeing human activity and wishes to become human when he falls in love with a mortal. (128 mins.)
Director: Wim Wenders
Groundhog Day (1993)
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A weatherman finds himself inexplicably living the same day over and over again. (101 mins.)
Director: Harold Ramis
Muriel's Wedding (1994)
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Muriel finds life in Porpoise Spit, Australia dull and spends her days alone in her room listening to Abba music and dreaming of her wedding day... (106 mins.)
Director: P.J. Hogan
It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
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An angel is sent from Heaven to help a desperately frustrated businessman by showing him what life would have been like if he had never existed. (130 mins.)
Director: Frank Capra
The Producers (1967)
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Producers Max Bialystock and Leo Bloom make money by producing a sure-fire flop. (88 mins.)
Director: Mel Brooks
Young Frankenstein (1974)
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An American grandson of the infamous scientist, struggling to prove that he is not as insane as people believe, is invited to Transylvania, where he discovers the process that reanimates a dead body. (106 mins.)
Director: Mel Brooks
Brother Sun, Sister Moon (1972)
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This is a dramatization of events in the life of St. Francis of Assisi from before his conversion experience through his audience with the pope... (122 mins.)
Much Ado About Nothing (1993)
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Young lovers Hero and Claudio, soon to wed, conspire to get verbal sparring partners and confirmed singles Benedick and Beatrice to wed as well. (111 mins.)
Director: Kenneth Branagh
Dog Day Afternoon (1975)
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A man robs a bank to pay for his lover's operation; it turns into a hostage situation and a media circus. (125 mins.)
Director: Sidney Lumet
The Shining (1980)
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A family heads to an isolated hotel for the winter where an evil and spiritual presence influences the father into violence, while his psychic son sees horrific forebodings from the past and of the future. (146 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
Down by Law (1986)
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Two innocent people are arrested. An interesting third person, with broken English, joins them in their cell. On his idea, they decide to escape from the prison. Their journey is the rest of the movie. (107 mins.)
Director: Jim Jarmusch
This Is Spinal Tap (1984)
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Spinal Tap, one of England's loudest bands, is chronicled by film director Marty DiBergi on what proves to be a fateful tour. (82 mins.)
Director: Rob Reiner
Dazed and Confused (1993)
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The adventures of high school and junior high students on the last day of school in May 1976. (102 mins.)
“ Richard Linklater's makes movies that seem like us, about people. It's like that slice of life that you didn't expect to be on the screen but there it is. The 1970's have never been captured better than in this film. The fact that new generations of young people often tell me how much they can relate to this movie always amazes me. ” - ericsinla
Ed Wood (1994)
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Ambitious but troubled movie director, Edward D. Wood Jr, tries his best to fulfill his dream, despite his lack of support. (127 mins.)
Director: Tim Burton
Forrest Gump (1994)
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JFK, LBJ, Vietnam, Watergate, and other history unfold through the perspective of an Alabama man with an IQ of 75. (142 mins.)
Director: Robert Zemeckis
Life Is Beautiful (1997)
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When an open-minded Jewish librarian and his son become victims of the Holocaust, he uses a perfect mixture of will, humor and imagination to protect his son from the dangers around their camp. (116 mins.)
Director: Roberto Benigni
Almost Famous (2000)
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A high-school boy is given the chance to write a story for Rolling Stone Magazine about an up-and-coming rock band as he accompanies them on their concert tour. (122 mins.)
Director: Cameron Crowe
“ A love letter to the music the of the 1970's. Cameron Crowe-has fashioned a movie that seems personal yet is so charming that it feels like you've been invited on a journey. It's characters are rich and full of life. Phillip Seymour Hoffman as the disheveled Rock critic Lester Bangs is hilarious and poignant. Francis McDarment is wonderful as the protective but intellectually progressive mother of a 15-year old son who wants to be a writer for Rolling Stone magazine. It's a Huckleberry Finn-like tale set in a 1973 tour bus of the Rock and Roll world. ” - ericsinla
Amélie (2001)
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Amélie is an innocent and naive girl in Paris with her own sense of justice. She decides to help those around her and, along the way, discovers love. (122 mins.)
Adaptation. (2002)
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A lovelorn screenwriter becomes desperate as he tries and fails to adapt 'The Orchid Thief' by Susan Orlean for the screen. (114 mins.)
Director: Spike Jonze
Concert for George (2003 Documentary)
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George Harrison's friends, family, and bandmates unite for a tribute concert on the one-year anniversary of his death. (146 mins.)
Director: David Leland
A Room with a View (1985)
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When Lucy Honeychurch and chaperone Charlotte Bartlett find themselves in Florence with rooms without views... (117 mins.)
Director: James Ivory
“ This was the first Merchant-Ivory film I really sat down and watched and I was like wow! I think I was tuned off to this sort of thing in my 20's. But sometime in my 30's I had a 2nd look at this film and here we have 19th Century Brits visiting Italy and in what James Ivory creates is an atmosphere of simple beautiful that I found truly intoxicating. If this sounds like a bunch of puffed up artsy fartsy stuff well maybe it is. Merchant/Ivory have created a brand out of such things and this adaptation of E.M. Foresters may be their very best! Sure the pleasure is in the clever conversations and exotic settings but + the music of Puccini and what we are left with = pure magic. ” - ericsinla
Howards End (1992)
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A businessman thwarts his wife's bequest of an estate to another woman. (140 mins.)
Director: James Ivory
“ I love how this list includes films as goofy as the Rocky Horror Picture Show and Napoleon Dynamite as well as others that are downright lofty and profound like this one. It took me a long time to discover this film. I was turned off to this kind of film when I was in my 20's. When I finally did get around to watching it I was absolutely stunned. Howards End is probably the high-watermark of Merchant-Ivory's 22 plus films and is it a lush, layered period piece in a class of its own. Based on the E.M. Forester novel of the same name Howards End is a film that explores the class relationships of its 1915 British Culture in a unique and complex way that still resonates today. Through creating three worlds; rich, middle class and poor we have the perfect metaphor for what could or perhaps has happened to England in Howards End. The performances by Vanessa Redgrave, Emma Thompson and Anthony Hopkins are stellar and brilliantly cast. But what makes this film one of the great films is the script (an Oscar) and the atmosphere Ivory and company create in bringing those three worlds together. E.M. Forester would have been proud. ” - ericsinla
Elf (2003)
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After inadvertently wreaking havoc on the elf community due to his ungainly size, a man raised as an elf at the North Pole is sent to the U.S. in search of his true identity. (97 mins.)
Director: Jon Favreau
Saint Ralph (2004)
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Saint Ralph is the unlikely story of Ralph Walker, a ninth grader who outran everyone's expectations except his own in his bold quest of trying to win the 1954 Boston Marathon. (98 mins.)
Director: Michael McGowan
“ This little gem of a movie caught my eye when I saw it on the wall at Blockbuster video and it turned out to be one of my favorites from that time period. A charming independent-Canadian film about a Catholic school boy trying to perform a miracle by running the Boston Marathon to get his mother out of a coma. ” - ericsinla
Napoleon Dynamite (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A listless and alienated teenager decides to help his new friend win the class presidency in their small western high school, while he must deal with his bizarre family life back home. (96 mins.)
Director: Jared Hess
The Squid and the Whale (2005)
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Follows two young boys dealing with their parents' divorce in Brooklyn in the 1980s. (81 mins.)
Director: Noah Baumbach
“ Ok here is a one of kind movie about divorce. Doesn’t that make you want to see it now? Well it should. Haha...well let me explain. Through a story based on his own family’s experience Noah Baumbach has fashioned a drama so frank and so real that it sets us up for what seems to be a metaphor for our relationships to our own parents and families. He does this with a great script, some quirkiness and a quartet of amazing actors (Jeff Daniels, Laura Linney, Jesse Eisenberg, and Owen Kline ) who are really able to show us those honest and sometimes painful emotions unlike any film I've seen in recent history. ” - ericsinla
Ratatouille (2007)
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A rat who can cook makes an unusual alliance with a young kitchen worker at a famous restaurant. (111 mins.)
Doubt (2008)
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A Catholic school principal questions a priest's ambiguous relationship with a troubled young student. (104 mins.)
Up (2009)
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Seventy-eight year old Carl Fredricksen travels to Paradise Falls in his home equipped with balloons, inadvertently taking a young stowaway. (96 mins.)
The Kids Are All Right (2010)
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Two children conceived by artificial insemination bring their biological father into their non-traditional family life. (106 mins.)
Director: Lisa Cholodenko
My Week with Marilyn (2011)
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Colin Clark, an employee of Sir Laurence Olivier's, documents the tense interaction between Olivier and Marilyn Monroe during the production of The Prince and the Showgirl. (99 mins.)
Director: Simon Curtis
Midnight in Paris (2011)
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While on a trip to Paris with his fiancée's family, a nostalgic screenwriter finds himself mysteriously going back to the 1920s everyday at midnight. (94 mins.)
Director: Woody Allen
“ What is it about Midnight in Paris that makes it so irresistible? If you like this sort of thing ( and I know there are many who do not ) it resonates in a way that few of Woody Allen's films have in the last decade or so. Is it the music of Cole Porter? Is it the gorgeous still shoots of Paris at the opening of the film? Is it the idea of going back to a place in time when things seem to have more meaning? I'm going to vote for all of the above! ” - ericsinla
Brooklyn (2015)
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An Irish immigrant lands in 1950s Brooklyn, where she quickly falls into a romance with a local. When her past catches up with her, however, she must choose between two countries and the lives that exist within. (117 mins.)
Director: John Crowley
La La Land (2016)
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While waiting for their big breaks, two proper L.A. dreamers, a suavely- charming, soft-spoken jazz pianist and a brilliant, vivacious playwright, attempt to reconcile aspirations and relationship in a magical old-school romance. (128 mins.)
Director: Damien Chazelle
“ The most recent film on this list is a throwback to the days of the MGM musical but it is also something else; it's also a personnel, intimate little movie about dreamers and dreams. I wasn't expecting to be enchanted by this film but at about 10-minutes in I was hooked and not necessarily because of the music ( which I did like ) but because the vision and the atmosphere that Damien Chazelle was able to create. It's a mesmerizing and beautifully told story through images and music that feels old and new at the same time! ” - ericsinla