John Waters' Favourite Movies

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1.
Baby Doll (1956)
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A steamy tale of two Southern rivals and a sensuous nineteen-year-old virgin. (114 mins.)
Director: Elia Kazan
 
2.
Boom! (1968)
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Explores the confrontation between the woman who has everything, including emptiness, and a penniless poet who has nothing but the ability to fill a wealthy woman's needs. (113 mins.)
Director: Joseph Losey
 
3.
A Cold Wind in August (1961)
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An older woman seduces an impressionable working-class boy who falls deeply in love with her. Disillusionment sets in when the boy discovers that she is a stripper. (80 mins.)
 
4.
Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! (1965)
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Three go-go dancers holding a young girl hostage come across a crippled old man living with his two sons in the desert. After learning he's hiding a sum of cash around, the women start scheming on him. (83 mins.)
Director: Russ Meyer
 
5.
Sins of the Fleshapoids (1966 Short Film)
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The survivors of a nuclear war are taken care of by robots called "fleshapoids." One day one of the fleshapoids runs wild, kills its "mistress," and hides in the home of a human female, for whom it begins to develop feelings. (43 mins.)
Director: Mike Kuchar
 
6.
The Bad Seed (1956)
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A housewife suspects that her seemingly perfect eight year-old daughter is a heartless killer. (129 mins.)
Director: Mervyn LeRoy
 
7.
The Honeymoon Killers (1970)
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An obese, embittered nurse doesn't mind if her toupee-wearing boyfriend romances and fleeces other women, as long as he takes her along on his con jobs. (108 mins.)
Director: Leonard Kastle
 
8.
Crash (1996)
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After getting into a serious car accident, a TV director discovers an underground sub-culture of scarred, omnisexual car-crash victims who use car accidents and the raw sexual energy they produce to try to rejuvenate his sex life with his wife. (100 mins.)
 
9.
Fuego (1969)
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A nymphomaniac can't get satisfaction from any single man or woman. (90 mins.)
Director: Armando Bo
 
10.
Christmas Evil (1980)
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A toy factory worker, mentally scarred as a child upon learning Santa Claus is not real, suffers a nervous breakdown after being belittled at work, and embarks on a Yuletide killing spree. (100 mins.)
Director: Lewis Jackson
 
11.
Porn Theater (2002)
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In a Parisian porn theater, a cashier, a 50-year-old man and a young projectionist are drawn into a complex love affair. (90 mins.)
Director: Jacques Nolot
 
12.
Pink Narcissus (1971)
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An erotic poem set in the fantasies of a young male prostitute. (65 mins.)
Director: Anonymous
 
13.
Mandingo (1975)
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A slave owner in the 1840s trains one of his slaves to be a bare-knuckle fighter. (127 mins.)
 
14.
Beefcake (1998)
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This film looks at the 1950's muscle men's magazines and the representative industry that were popular supposedly as health and fitness magazines... (91 mins.)
Director: Thom Fitzgerald
 
15.
L.I.E. (2001)
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A 15-year-old Long Island boy loses everything and everyone he knows, soon becoming involved in a relationship with a much older man. (97 mins.)
Director: Michael Cuesta
 
16.
Mommie Dearest (1981)
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The abusive and traumatic adoptive upbringing of Christina Crawford at the hands of her mother, screen queen Joan Crawford, is depicted. (129 mins.)
Director: Frank Perry
 
17.
The Tingler (1959)
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An obsessed pathologist discovers and captures a parasitic creature that grows when fear grips its host. (82 mins.)
Director: William Castle
 
18.
Peyton Place (1957)
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A peaceful New England town hides secrets and scandals. (157 mins.)
Director: Mark Robson
 
19.
Showgirls (1995)
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Nomi, a young drifter, arrives in Las Vegas to become a dancer and soon sets about clawing and pushing her way to become the top of the Vegas showgirls. (128 mins.)
Director: Paul Verhoeven
 
20.
Baadasssss! (2003)
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Mario Van Peebles' half-documentary/half-homage to his father Melvin Van Peebles' movie Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song. (109 mins.)
 
21.
Final Destination 3 (2006)
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A student's premonition of a deadly rollercoaster ride saves her life and a lucky few, but not from Death itself, which seeks out those who escaped their fate. (93 mins.)
Director: James Wong
 
22.
The Girl Can't Help It (1956)
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A gangster hires a down-and-out press agent to make his airheaded girlfriend a singing star. (99 mins.)
Director: Frank Tashlin
 
23.
This Property Is Condemned (1966)
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A railroad official, Owen Legate comes to Dodson, Mississippi to shut down much of the town's railway (town's main income)... (110 mins.)
Director: Sydney Pollack
 
24.
Hold Me While I'm Naked (1966 Short Film)
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A independent director is faced with artistic difficulty when he asks his actresses to show nudity. (17 mins.)
Director: George Kuchar
 
25.
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
 
26.
Wanda (1970)
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In the coal mining region of Pennsylvania, Wanda Goronski is constantly drinking to shut out the problems in her life... (102 mins.)
Director: Barbara Loden
 
27.
In a Glass Cage (1986)
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In Spain, the former Nazi doctor Klaus tries to commit suicide jumping off the roof of his manor. However... (110 mins.)
 
28.
Hail Mary (1985)
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In this modern retelling of the Virgin birth, Mary is a student who plays basketball and works at her... (72 mins.)
Director: Jean-Luc Godard
 
29.
Lorna's Silence (2008)
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Sokol and Lorna, two Albanian emigrants in Belgium, dream of leaving their dreary jobs to set up a snack bar... (105 mins.)