Great Films

Part of this blog is to not only give my thoughts on modern films but also to celebrate the great films of old. I have compiled a list of what I think are movies that have transcended cinema and have become a profound example of art in our culture. They are not only films that are entertaining but are films that have or will help move the art form of film forward. This list started when I was 12 years old but as I watch more films I am sure that this list will continue to grow. I will make new posts for each film that is added to the list and write in detail about why I think the film deserves the title of being a “Great” film.

8½

 (1963)

12 Angry Men

12 Angry Men (1957)

(500) Days of Summer

(500) Days of Summer (2009)

2001: A Space Odyssey

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

About Schmidt

About Schmidt (2002)

Alien

Alien (1979)

Aliens

Aliens (1986)

All Quiet on the Western Front

All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)

Amadeus

Amadeus (1984)

American Beauty

American Beauty (1999)

Apocalypse Now

Apocalypse Now (1979)

Braveheart

Braveheart (1995)

Ladri di biciclette [The Bicycle Thief]

Ladri di biciclette [The Bicycle Thief] (1948)

Blade Runner

Blade Runner (1982)

Casino Royale

Casino Royale (2006)

Chinatown

Chinatown (1974)

Citizen Kane

Citizen Kane (1941)

The Conversation

The Conversation (1974)

The Dark Knight

The Dark Knight (2008)

Donnie Darko

Donnie Darko (2001)

Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)

Easy Rider

Easy Rider (1969)

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)

The Godfather

The Godfather (1972)

The Godfather: Part II

The Godfather: Part II (1974)

The Grapes of Wrath

The Grapes of Wrath (1940)

Il buono, il brutto, il cattivo [The Good, the Bad and the Ugly]

Il buono, il brutto, il cattivo [The Good, the Bad and the Ugly] (1966)

GoodFellas

GoodFellas (1990)

Heat

Heat (1995)

Inception

Inception (2010)

Inglourious Basterds

Inglourious Basterds (2009)

JFK

JFK (1991)

To Kill a Mockingbird

To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)

La dolce vita

La dolce vita (1960)

Lawrence of Arabia

Lawrence of Arabia (1962)

Little Miss Sunshine

Little Miss Sunshine (2006)

Das Leben der Anderen [The Lives of Others]

Das Leben der Anderen [The Lives of Others] (2006)

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)

Magnolia

Magnolia (1999)

Malcolm X

Malcolm X (1992)

Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World

Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003)

The Matrix

The Matrix (1999)

Memento

Memento (2000)

Million Dollar Baby

Million Dollar Baby (2004)

Mulholland Dr.

Mulholland Dr. (2001)

Munich

Munich (2005)

No Country for Old Men

No Country for Old Men (2007)

O Brother, Where Art Thou?

O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000)

On the Waterfront

On the Waterfront (1954)

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)

Platoon

Platoon (1986)

Pulp Fiction

Pulp Fiction (1994)

Raging Bull

Raging Bull (1980)

Rear Window

Rear Window (1954)

Rebel Without a Cause

Rebel Without a Cause (1955)

Requiem for a Dream

Requiem for a Dream (2000)

Rudy

Rudy (1993)

Saving Private Ryan

Saving Private Ryan (1998)

Schindler's List

Schindler’s List (1993)

A Serious Man

A Serious Man (2009)

Se7en [Seven]

Se7en [Seven] (1995)

七人の侍 [Seven Samurai]

七人の侍 [Seven Samurai] (1954)

Det sjunde inseglet [The Seventh Seal]

Det sjunde inseglet [The Seventh Seal] (1957)

The Shawshank Redemption

The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

The Shining

The Shining (1980)

Sideways

Sideways (2004)

Spider-Man 2

Spider-Man 2 (2004)

Star Wars

Star Wars (1977)

The Empire Strikes Back

The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

Synecdoche, New York

Synecdoche, New York (2008)

Taxi Driver

Taxi Driver (1976)

There Will Be Blood

There Will Be Blood (2007)

Unforgiven

Unforgiven (1992)

Up

Up (2009)

The Usual Suspects

The Usual Suspects (1995)

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