Catch Up with these Classics

Somehow I missed some of these titles until they became classics, others I have yet to see. Still others are here because either my husband or I have seen them, but the other has not. Lastly, regardless of whether we'd seen them, they just belong here. Maybe YOU haven't seen them yet, but you should. Enjoy!
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Spartacus (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
The slave Spartacus leads a violent revolt against the decadent Roman Republic. (197 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
“ Having just finished watching the Spartacus television series, I must now compare and contrast with the original story that we'd never seen. We must see it done. ” - xsarenkax
Fatal Attraction (1987)
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A married man's one-night stand comes back to haunt him when that lover begins to stalk him and his family. (119 mins.)
Director: Adrian Lyne
“ Boiled rabbits? I've been meaning to see this for the longest time. Is it worth the wait?

UPDATE: I watched it and wondered if it was merely some of the weird choices that made this movie memorable for so many. I'm sorry but casting was just odd for a couple of characters, and the boiled rabbit didn't make sense either. It was probably better enjoyed at this late date than it ever could have been at release time. I'm glad I waited. ” - xsarenkax
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
“ Why do I love this movie? There's something about psychotic people that I just cannot resist. The fact that it's based on a real story saddens, but does not deter me from loving it. Husband has yet to see this gem. I can't wait to see it again after so many years. ” - xsarenkax
The Birds (1963)
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A wealthy San Francisco socialite pursues a potential boyfriend to a small Northern California town that slowly takes a turn for the bizarre when birds of all kinds suddenly begin to attack people. (119 mins.)
“ Finally saw this recently. I was disappointed in the lack of a real explanation for the bird encounters, but then quickly admire the indie style of the story. Not my favorite, but I'm glad to have seen it, finally. ” - xsarenkax
The Blues Brothers (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
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
“ I had grown tired of hearing "you've never seen the Blues Brothers movie?! so I sought this out. It was okay, but perhaps people built it up in my mind too much before I saw it. That or maybe I'm the wrong kind of person for this movie. It was a good time, just not as memorable for me. ” - xsarenkax
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
A criminal pleads insanity after getting into trouble again and once in the mental institution rebels against the oppressive nurse and rallies up the scared patients. (133 mins.)
Director: Milos Forman
“ This one's a winner. It'd been on my list for years, but not high enough of a priority until the magic of the Internet and Tivo helped to make it available. I enjoyed this story and setting. ” - xsarenkax
The Graduate (1967)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A disillusioned college graduate finds himself torn between his older lover and her daughter. (106 mins.)
Director: Mike Nichols
“ I think I learned of this movie after pondering the lyrics to the Mrs. Robinson song. I must have looked them up and found my way to this title. What a find! Creepy, crazy, and funny all at the same time. Good times with an awkwardly open ending. ” - xsarenkax
Arthur (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Arthur is a happy drunk with no pretensions at any ambition. He is also the heir to a vast fortune which... (97 mins.)
Director: Steve Gordon
“ We watched the newer version first, then we got curious and watched this one. Both were pretty great. Lots of fun. ” - xsarenkax
10 (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
A Hollywood composer goes through a mid-life crisis and becomes infatuated with a sexy, newly married woman. (122 mins.)
Director: Blake Edwards
“ Bo Derek and braids on a beach. Oh and Dudley. That's about all I know about this. I have to get this sorted out, once and for all.

UPDATE: I finally saw this and laughed at all the dated gags involving phone calls and telescopes. I'm glad the way the movie ended, except for maybe the very, very last bit. I won't ruin anything for you, but it was a fun flick. Oh, and there's quite a bit of nudity in this. Just FYI. ” - xsarenkax
Deliverance (1972)
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Intent on seeing the Cahulawassee River before it's turned into one huge lake, outdoor fanatic Lewis Medlock takes his friends on a river-rafting trip they'll never forget into the dangerous American back-country. (109 mins.)
Director: John Boorman
“ Watched it for "Dueling Banjos" (which is actually played with a banjo and a guitar, but whatever) and came to learn the punchline to all those jokes I never got when people just "bare-na-NARE-nare-nare-nare-nare-nare-NARE"d in the middle of a conversation. Wow. If you haven't seen this yet, I think you must, just to get the jokes. ” - xsarenkax
Sybil (1976 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A young woman whose childhood was so harrowing to her that she developed sixteen different personalities is treated by a doctor. (198 mins.)
“ Again, crazy characters based on real stories - gotta love them. I've seen this one multiple times. ” - xsarenkax
Taxi Driver (1976)
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A mentally unstable Vietnam War veteran works as a night-time taxi driver in New York City where the perceived decadence and sleaze feeds his urge for violent action, while attempting to save a preadolescent prostitute in the process. (113 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
“ I didn't quite get this one. Meh. ” - xsarenkax
Schindler's List (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  
In German-occupied Poland during World War II, Oskar Schindler gradually becomes concerned for his Jewish workforce after witnessing their persecution by the Nazi Germans. (195 mins.)
“ I guess knowing the sad topic of this one kept me away without anyone else just begging to see it with me. I do feel I must catch up and see, especially having visited Oświęcim.

UPDATE: I watched this and wow. Definite tear-jerker, but so worth it. It's a very important story. ” - xsarenkax
Apocalypse Now (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
During the Vietnam War, Captain Willard is sent on a dangerous mission into Cambodia to assassinate a renegade colonel who has set himself up as a god among a local tribe. (147 mins.)
Director: Francis Coppola
“ I remember enjoying this, but I cannot remember much of the details. I simply must rewatch! ” - xsarenkax
Citizen Kane (1941)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
Following the death of a publishing tycoon, news reporters scramble to discover the meaning of his final utterance. (119 mins.)
Director: Orson Welles
“ I'd heard good things about this, but have yet to see it.

UPDATE: Finally got around to seeing this. Although that Family Guy episode supposedly spoiled the big reveal at the end for me, it was still an interesting story and an interesting collection of characters, and I knew nothing about the plot going in. ” - xsarenkax
A Clockwork Orange (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
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
“ I think this movie just has balls. It's crazy and it knows it. I like a movie with balls and I found the actual plot interesting to boot, as disturbing as some of the scenes may be. I have seen this multiple times and am always ready to see it again. ” - xsarenkax
Metropolis (1927)
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In a futuristic city sharply divided between the working class and the city planners, the son of the city's mastermind falls in love with a working class prophet who predicts the coming of a savior to mediate their differences. (153 mins.)
Director: Fritz Lang
“ I only recently came to know about this movie and the fact that it was almost lost to the elements. Oddly, I found out about it after songs from a later version's soundtrack popped up in my vast collection of music. Specifically, I really liked the lively "El Bombero", which has nothing to do with the original, carefully restored version of this movie - the one I've seen. (The song is actually from a 2001 anime remake that I have not seen.) The original movie itself was good and I liked seeing the way it was presented for the time and in the style of the time. Also, there were a fair number of special effects that impressed me, especially for the time. Plus, it's an interesting story. ” - xsarenkax
Full Metal Jacket (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
A pragmatic U.S. Marine observes the dehumanizing effects the Vietnam War has on his fellow recruits from their brutal boot camp training to the bloody street fighting in Hue. (116 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
“ "What's your major malfunction?!" and the Rifleman's Creed sparked interest in watching the scenes in context. ” - xsarenkax
The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
After settling his differences with a Japanese PoW camp commander, a British colonel co-operates to oversee his men's construction of a railway bridge for their captors - while oblivious to a plan by the Allies to destroy it. (161 mins.)
Director: David Lean
“ My curiosity puts this one on the list only because of the whistle song. I have yet to see this one. ” - xsarenkax
The Sting (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
In Chicago in September 1936, a young con man seeking revenge for his murdered partner teams up with a master of the big con to win a fortune from a criminal banker. (129 mins.)
Director: George Roy Hill
“ I remember hearing a music box that played the theme song from this movie when I was young. I didn't realize the song was correlated with a movie. Now that I know, I shall have to see this one.

UPDATE: Watched it. What a crazy caper! Now I know why the music box, which was a merry-go-round, played "The Entertainer". ” - xsarenkax
Cool Hand Luke (1967)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A laid back Southern man is sentenced to two years in a rural prison, but refuses to conform. (126 mins.)
“ We've both seen this one, but me, only relatively recently. This is a frequently remembered movie in my household. Whether it's time to eat a lot of eggs, have a cool drink, or do what the boss says, we quote this cute little movie frequently in my house. ” - xsarenkax
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Two Western bank/train robbers flee to Bolivia when the law gets too close. (110 mins.)
Director: George Roy Hill
“ This movie came up in a trivia game the other day. I'd never seen it.

UPDATE: Watched it. Those guys! I didn't realize it was a funny western all these years. Great film. ” - xsarenkax
Gandhi (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Gandhi's character is fully explained as a man of nonviolence. Through his patience, he is able to drive the British out of the subcontinent. And the stubborn nature of Jinnah and his commitment towards Pakistan is portrayed. (191 mins.)
“ How'd this one escape me? I might need to see this, I think. ” - xsarenkax
Dog Day Afternoon (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
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
“ This title is mentioned here and there in movie star interviews, so I felt I should include it here and someday see it. ” - xsarenkax
Harvey (1950)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
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
“ The original "Wilfred" character, you guys. Seriously. ” - xsarenkax
The Exorcist (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
When a girl is possessed by a mysterious entity, her mother seeks the help of two priests to save her daughter. (122 mins.)
“ Back when I used to believe in God and Catholicism, this kind of plot scared the bejesus out of me. Today, it's just silly shenanigans. Twisted, though it remains, thus my inclusion in this list. ” - xsarenkax
The Omen (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Mysterious deaths surround an American ambassador. Could the child that he is raising actually be the Antichrist? The Devil's own son? (111 mins.)
Director: Richard Donner
“ Damien! What a brat, eh? This is the boy's answer to the Exorcist and the other creepy religious-laden terror to spook believers everywhere. I know adults that still get freaked out when their store bill comes to $6.66. ” - xsarenkax
The Amityville Horror (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Newlyweds move into a large house where a mass murder was committed, and experience strange manifestations which drive them away. (117 mins.)
“ I saw this as a kid. I probably should not have. But I did. I remembered for many years afterwards, various scenes, including the "face" of the house, the bees, the blood, the church, the cellar and the dog. I have not rewatched as an adult yet. Should I, or should I live in the past of my memories on this one? ” - xsarenkax
Rosemary's Baby (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A young couple moves in to an apartment only to be surrounded by peculiar neighbors and occurrences. When the wife becomes mysteriously pregnant, paranoia over the safety of her unborn child begins to control her life. (137 mins.)
Director: Roman Polanski
“ Never got around to seeing this one somehow.

UPDATE: I finally watched this (it's a bit long) and oh boy, what a campy treat it was! It's fun to see how things were done in the 60's (fashion, acting, etc.) and the story is strange and interesting. Also, the theme song is fun to mix into your collection. "La la la laaa la la la la la la la la la....." ” - xsarenkax
The Wizard of Oz (1939)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
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
“ This used to air once a year during my childhood and I made sure I was tuned in every single time. Who hasn't seen this a zillion times? ” - xsarenkax
Planet of the Apes (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
An astronaut crew crash-lands on a planet in the distant future where intelligent talking apes are the dominant species, and humans are the oppressed and enslaved. (112 mins.)
“ I remember seeing this on during my childhood, but I wasn't the one watching it. The ape costumes disturbed me. However, this story makes for a great movie, watching as an adult. Culture differences, race, intelligence and social responsibility are all explored to some degree. There is some element of space travel and time travel to this as well, but don't watch just for that, or you'll be disappointed. ” - xsarenkax
Caddyshack (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
An exclusive golf course has to deal with a brash new member and a destructive dancing gopher. (98 mins.)
Director: Harold Ramis
“ "Be the ball. Na na na na na na na...."
Finally watched this one after being left out of all the jokes and quotes. I also saw the sequel, which was more an excuse to remember '80's fashion. ” - xsarenkax
The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.3/10 X  
Two imprisoned men bond over a number of years, finding solace and eventual redemption through acts of common decency. (142 mins.)
Director: Frank Darabont
“ References to this movie keep coming up, yet it has eluded me. Must see it!

UPDATE: Another Stephen King prison movie (I loved "The Green Mile!"), I enjoyed the clever characters and interesting chain of events. Well done. ” - xsarenkax
The Piano (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A mute woman is sent to 1850s New Zealand along with her young daughter and prized piano for an arranged marriage to a wealthy landowner, but is soon lusted after by a local worker on the plantation. (121 mins.)
Director: Jane Campion
“ I'm not sure if this is a classic, but it's a movie that was talked about for a while - which is probably why I avoided it. I'd like to see what the fuss is (or was) all about.

UPDATE: I watched this on a sick day. It was quite an interesting story - very original setting and plot. Modern screenwriters, take note. Stop rehashing and rebooting stories and find original stories like this to film. ” - xsarenkax
My Left Foot (1989)
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Christy Brown, born with cerebral palsy, learns to paint and write with his only controllable limb - his left foot. (103 mins.)
Director: Jim Sheridan
“ I know very little about this, but remembered hearing of the title when I was younger.

UPDATE: I had no idea what to expect from this movie. One day I finally decided to start watching it, but only had small chunks of time to devote to watching, so I divided it into about 4 or 5 parts over as many days. Wow. It was a lot to take in, so I was glad I had broken it up. It gave me time to let the details soak in and to reflect a bit on what I'd seen thus far. I was very moved by this period piece about a poor, very handicapped kid who faced some serious challenges growing up. It's got a good ending, too, I thought. ” - xsarenkax
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.)
“ I actually saw this one, but I'd never heard of it before seeing it. It was definitely quotable and memorable. ” - xsarenkax
Roots (1977 Mini-Series)
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A dramatization of author Alex Haley's family line from ancestor Kunta Kinte's enslavement to his descendants' liberation. (570 mins.)
“ I was too young to appreciate this when it was on network TV, but finally got a chance to watch it all. It was epic! I recommend you watch Roots and Roots The Next Generations. ” - xsarenkax
Roots: The Next Generations (1979 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
The dramatization of Alex Haley's family line from post Civil War America to the writer's search for his roots. (840 mins.)
“ I was too young to appreciate this when it was on network TV, but finally got a chance to watch it all. It was epic! I recommend you watch Roots and Roots The Next Generation. ” - xsarenkax
The Green Mile (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
The lives of guards on Death Row are affected by one of their charges: a black man accused of child murder and rape, yet who has a mysterious gift. (189 mins.)
Director: Frank Darabont
“ I never knew what this was about until I finally saw it recently. My interested stemmed from the Stephen King connection. It's long, but went at the perfect pace for the mood of the story. I loved it. I really enjoyed the characters as well. If you haven't seen it, you should add it to your list. ” - xsarenkax