Tuesday, 19 April 2011

Top 10 Classics I Should Have Seen

Ever looked at a list of 'classic' films and suddenly felt like all your movie buff credentials have just disappeared down the toilet? I get it anytime I look at a top 100 list of all-time greats. Even now I subscribe to Lovefilm... you'd think there'd be no excuse for missing out!

Unfortunately (or fortunately) Lovefilm let you prioritise the films on your rental list and all the old classics inevitably slither down to 'low priority' status while new films (even forgettable, meaningless shite like the latest Fast and Furious sequel!) float to the high priority section.

So basically I keep right up to date with new films but rarely get round to watching the films I SHOULD be watching (according to critics and movie buffs of the world).

So I guess if I write down the top 10 classics that it really is a crime for me not to have seen, perhaps I will have a manageable goal to achieve.

So... top 10 classics I NEED TO SEE! (With help from the IMDb Top 250)

1. The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (1966)
2. 12 Angry Men (1957)
3. Seven Samurai (1954)
4. Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)
5. It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
6. Sunset Boulevard (1950)
7. Spirited Away (2001)
8. Paths of Glory (1957)
9. Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
10. The Great Dictator (1940)

Anyone else got a list of films they feel slightly ashamed at having not seen?


  1. Firstly that is a great list of films three of my personal favourite’s films in this list, Sunset Boulevard (classic film noir), Spirited Away ( although not my favourite Ghibli film that honour lays with Nausica√§ of the Valley of the Wind) and Paths of Glory (one of the finest war films ever made).
    So my list of ten films I think that I should have seen in no particular order:
    1 Sunrise (1927) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HFJtblnLX1s&feature=related)
    2 Tokyo Story (1953) (http://www.imdb.com/video/screenplay/vi1718880025/)
    3 8 ½ (1963) (http://www.imdb.com/video/screenplay/vi1718880025/)
    4 400 Blows (1959) (http://www.imdb.com/video/screenplay/vi1718880025/)
    5 Barry Lyndon (1975) (http://www.imdb.com/video/screenplay/vi247005465/)
    6 Sherlock Jr. (1924)
    7 The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920) (http://www.archive.org/), this also has the full film so will soon be able to tick that one off.
    8 Dr. Mabuse: The Gambler (1922) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FN9Cnv3M4eU&feature=fvwrel), the full film too, another to soon tick off.
    9 Gandahar (1988) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J3FsASNavdU), found it on you tube.
    10 To stay up to date, The King’s Speech (2010) (http://www.imdb.com/video/imdb/vi806197529/)
    Well that is three films I can watch soon thanks to your blog.

  2. seem to be working bacward son this list. The Great Dictator, Lawrence of Arabia and Paths of Glory done, 7 more to go! Loving Charlie Chaplin, Paths of Glory also excellent, Lawrence has dated... very slow but beautifully lensed and impressive scale for the time.


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