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Top 50 films to see before you die!

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I liked this list from The Sunday Mail, compiled by David Puttnam and others, because it doesn't include the same old films that seem to dominate every other list you see out there. Sure, some of these films have popped up in the AFI list, or various film magazine lists, but it was refreshing to see many titles show up for the first time...

The List:

1 Apocalypse Now

2 The Apartment

3 City of God

4 Chinatown

5 Sexy Beast

6 2001: A Space Odyssey

7 North by Northwest

8 A Bout de Souffle

9 Donnie Darko

10 Manhattan

11 Alien

12 Lost in Translation

13 The Shawshank Redemption

14 Lagaan: Once Upon A Time in India

15 Pulp Fiction

16 Touch of Evil

17 Walkabout

18 Black Narcissus

19 Boyzn the Hood

20 The Player

21 Come and See

22 Heavenly Creatures

23 A Night at the Opera

24 Erin Brockovich

25 Trainspotting

26 The Breakfast Club

27 Hero

28 Fanny and Alexander

29 Pink Flamingos

30 All About Eve

31 Scarface

32 Terminator 2

33 Three Colours: Blue

34 The Royal Tenen-baums

35 The Ladykillers

36 Fight Club

37 The Searchers

38 Mulholland Drive

39 The Ipcress File

40 The King of Comedy

41 Manhunter

42 Dawn of the Dead

43 Princess Mononoke

44 Raising Arizona

45 Cabaret

46 This Sporting Life

47 Brazil

48 Aguirre: The Wrath of God

49 Secrets and Lies

50 Badlands

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Well. I have seen less than five films on that list. ::blush:: But I guess I've got plenty of time.

But Jaws didn't make it. I don't like that.

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I haven't seen 17 of those films. I will die without the slightest regret if I never see 12 of those 17. The five I want to see? City of God, Walkabout, Boyz 'n the Hood, Come and See, and Secrets and Lies.

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Hmmm... Channel 4 did this too. I don't know how much it's involved with the relaunch of the Film Four channel in the UK but I suspect that it's largely influenced by it. I think a large proportion of those films are film four productions, and film four appear to have the terestial screening rights for a number (if not all) of the rest.

I mean - Sexy Beast? Hmmmm...

On a random other note. David Puttnam is my ex's uncle.

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Er, should you see Terminator 2 before the first one? Will T2 still make sense? I haven't seen either.

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I have seen 36 of the 50, and I have to say that it's a pretty bizarre list. I'm thinking that the compilers haven't actually seen that many movies (the majority of films included are post-1950). Are they seriously suggesting that The Breakfast Club, Erin Brockovich and Terminator 2 are more important than anything by Bresson, Kurosawa, Murnau, Renoir, Dreyer, Vigo, etc.?

And where are the films generally regarded as being the pinnacle of cinematic achievement (e.g. Citizen Kane, Le Regle du jeu, Sunrise, etc.)?

Moreover, the list includes Cabaret but not Singin' In The Rain, A Night at the Opera but not Duck Soup, Scarface but not The Godfather Part 2, North by Northwest but not Rear Window, Princess Mononoke but not Spirited Away, Raising Arizona but not Miller's Crossing or Barton Fink, etc.

And who in their right mind would go anywhere near Pink Flamingos? I saw it before I became a Christian, and I tell you this in truth: it is a film that you should avoid like the plague.

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Yeah I think it is the same list, which as Gigi says is a blatant Film Four tie in. It is great news that Film Four is now on Free View in the UK, but the problem is that whilst it's a better list than average, it's kind of strange as well. What exactly does 50 films to watch before you die mean exactly? Is it just a fancy title for top 50 films? If so there are some major omissions. Does it take as read that everyone has seen films like The Godfather? If so why include such popular, but forgettable films such as The Shawshank Redemption? If it is trying to bring lesser known films to a wider audience, why have they stuck with such a high percentage of US films?

And I agree with IM on some of the omissions.

But it was a good programme for someone like me that

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However, I thought I could probably live without watching Pink Flamingos before I die, and IM's thoughts confirms it. Although does anyone think the woman in it must have been partly influential in the creation of VIcky Pollard?

FWIW I've seen 28.

Matt

If I were to itemize the atrocities in Pink Flamingos, Alan would ban me from this board for life lol. Let me just say that much of it is FOR REAL, and that if you would never consider sitting through a hardcore porn video, then you would never sit through this. Oh, and yes, Divine REALLY does what people say he does.

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FWIW, LK is the original

Matt

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From Invisible

Moreover, the list includes Cabaret but not Singin' In The Rain, A Night at the Opera but not Duck Soup, Scarface but not The Godfather Part 2, North by Northwest but not Rear Window, Princess Mononoke but not Spirited Away, Raising Arizona but not Miller's Crossing or Barton Fink, etc.

Oh, yeah. Duck Soup isn't up there. Blast, it should be.

And neither is Lawrence of Arabia, A Man For All Seasons, To Kill a Mockingbird, or heck, Schindler's List. Or Raiders of the Lost Ark, or Jurassic Park, or Fantasia, or... I mean, are these supposed to be movies that not many people see? 'Cause a heck of a lot of people have seen Alien, North by Northwest, and T2.

AND WHAT ABOUT THE MALTESE FALCON?!?!? WASN'T THAT GOOD ENOUGH TO MAKE THE LIST?!?!?

OK, OK. Calm down, Plankton. Stop, Plankton. I think you should lie down and take a stress pill, Plankton. Plankton. Stop, Plankton. :D

But seriously. Can someone help me out here?

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