36 Films Celebrating Cinema In All Its Glory and Goofiness and Which Should Not Be Forgotten.

These are titles in my collection that I'm especially fond of and, in different ways, delighted or surprised me. Some are great, others are just plain loopy, but they all won me over by their spirit and the dedication of their creators. This is not a "36 best..." list, but a celebration of the diversity of cinema. I've tried to include movies that are not in the public eye. From Schlock to Art to Epic...check them out!
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1.
Seconds (1966)
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An unhappy middle-aged banker agrees to a procedure that will fake his death and give him a completely new look and identity - one that comes with its own price. (106 mins.)
 
2.
Harvey (1950)
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Due to his insistence that he has an invisible six foot-tall rabbit for a best friend, a whimsical middle-aged man is thought by his family to be insane - but he may be wiser than anyone knows. (104 mins.)
Director: Henry Koster
 
3.
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
 
4.
My Beautiful Laundrette (1985)
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An ambitious Pakistani Briton and his white boyfriend strive for success and hope when they open a glamorous laundromat. (97 mins.)
Director: Stephen Frears
 
5.
Darling (1965)
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A beautiful but amoral model sleeps her way to the top of the London fashion scene at the height of the Swinging Sixties. (128 mins.)
 
6.
Alice (1990)
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A spoiled Manhattan housewife re-evaluates her life after visiting a Chinatown healer. (106 mins.)
Director: Woody Allen
 
7.
I Married a Monster from Outer Space (1958)
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Aliens arrive on Earth to possess the bodies of humans. One of their first victims is a young man, whose new wife soon realizes something is wrong with him. (78 mins.)
Director: Gene Fowler Jr.
 
8.
Pickup on South Street (1953)
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A pickpocket unwittingly lifts a message destined for enemy agents and becomes a target for a Communist spy ring. (80 mins.)
Director: Samuel Fuller
 
9.
Rabid (1977)
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A young woman develops a taste for human blood after undergoing experimental plastic surgery, and her victims turn into rabid, blood-thirsty zombies who proceed to infect others, which turns into a city-wide epidemic. (91 mins.)
 
10.
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.)
 
11.
After Hours (1985)
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An ordinary word processor has the worst night of his life after he agrees to visit a girl in Soho whom he met that evening at a coffee shop. (97 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
 
12.
Split Second (1953)
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Two escaped killers take hostages and hide in a Nevada mining ghost town without knowing that an atom bomb is scheduled to be tested there the next morning. (85 mins.)
Director: Dick Powell
 
13.
The Man Who Never Was (1956)
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True story of a British attempt to trick the enemy into weakening Sicily's defenses before the 1943 attack, using a dead man with faked papers. (103 mins.)
Director: Ronald Neame
 
14.
Miracle Mile (1988)
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A young man hears a chance phone call telling him that a nuclear war has started and missiles will hit his city in 70 minutes. (87 mins.)
 
15.
Pennies from Heaven (1981)
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During the Great Depression, a sheet music salesman seeks to escape his dreary life through popular music and a love affair with an innocent school teacher. (108 mins.)
Director: Herbert Ross
 
16.
Topkapi (1964)
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A conman gets mixed up with a group of thieves who plan to rob an Istanbul museum to retrieve a jeweled dagger. (120 mins.)
Director: Jules Dassin
 
17.
Little Fugitive (1953)
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A young boy fears that he shot his older brother, who is only faking. He then runs away to Coney Island, a crowded beach area, and gets money by returning soda bottles for their deposits. (80 mins.)
 
18.
Breaking Away (1979)
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A small-town boy obsessed with the Italian cycling team vies for the affections of a college girl. (101 mins.)
Director: Peter Yates
 
19.
Stars in My Crown (1950)
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In 1865, the small Southern town of Walsburg has become so dangerous that Parson Josiah Doziah Gray gives his sermons while holding a gun. (89 mins.)
 
20.
Thirteen Conversations About One Thing (2001)
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In New York City, the lives of a lawyer, an actuary, a house-cleaner, a professor and the people around them intersect as they ponder order and happiness in the face of life's cold unpredictability. (104 mins.)
Director: Jill Sprecher
 
21.
Dick Tracy (1990)
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The comic strip detective finds his life vastly complicated when Breathless Mahoney makes advances towards him while he is trying to battle Big Boy Caprice's united mob. (105 mins.)
Director: Warren Beatty
 
22.
Blue Velvet (1986)
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The discovery of a severed human ear found in a field leads a young man on an investigation related to a beautiful, mysterious nightclub singer and a group of psychopathic criminals who have kidnapped her child. (120 mins.)
Director: David Lynch
 
23.
The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada (2005)
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Ranch hand Pete Perkins looks to fulfill the promise to his recently deceased best friend by burying him in his hometown in Mexico. (121 mins.)
Director: Tommy Lee Jones
 
24.
America America (1963)
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A young Anatolian Greek, entrusted with his family's fortune, loses it en route to Istanbul and dreams of going to the United States. (174 mins.)
Director: Elia Kazan
 
25.
Ikiru (1952)
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A bureaucrat tries to find a meaning in his life after he discovers he has terminal cancer. (143 mins.)
Director: Akira Kurosawa
 
26.
Empire of the Sun (1987)
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A young English boy struggles to survive under Japanese occupation during World War II. (153 mins.)
 
27.
Brainstorm (1983)
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Brilliant researchers Lillian Reynolds and Michael Brace have developed a system of recording and playing back actual experiences of people... (106 mins.)
 
28.
The Mating Season (1951)
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Ellen McNulty loses her hamburger joint and goes to see her son, who marries a socialite at the same time. Due to her modest background and a case of mistaken identity, Ellen poses as the newlyweds' cook. (101 mins.)
Director: Mitchell Leisen
 
29.
The Rocking Horse Winner (1949)
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A young boy receives a rocking horse for Christmas and soon learns that he is able to pick the winning horse at the races. (91 mins.)
 
30.
The Stunt Man (1980)
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A fugitive stumbles on a movie set just when they need a new stunt man, takes the job as a way to hide out, and falls for the leading lady. (131 mins.)
Director: Richard Rush
 
31.
State Fair (1945)
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The Frake family attends the annual Iowa State Fair; each member of the clan has their own reason for doing so. (100 mins.)
Director: Walter Lang
 
32.
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
 
33.
The Station Agent (2003)
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When his only friend dies, a man born with dwarfism moves to rural New Jersey to live a life of solitude, only to meet a chatty hot dog vendor and a woman dealing with her own personal loss. (89 mins.)
Director: Tom McCarthy
 
34.
Kings Row (1942)
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The dark side and hypocrisy of provincial American life is seen through the eyes of five children as they grow to adulthood at the turn-of-the-century. (127 mins.)
Director: Sam Wood
 
35.
Scarlet Street (1945)
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When a man in mid-life crisis befriends a young woman, her venal fiancé persuades her to con him out of the fortune they mistakenly assume he possesses. (102 mins.)
Director: Fritz Lang
 
36.
Willie Dynamite (1974)
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A social worker tries to get a pimp to change his ways. (102 mins.)
Director: Gilbert Moses