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Should you happen to read this post and the thought crosses your mind that someone who has not seen these movies is obviously under-qualified to write a movie blog… keep in mind that I’m only 18-years-old.  I’ve still got time.  This whole list thing is all very embarrassing, so give me kudos for admitting my shortcomings to the world.  It goes something like this:

Movies I haven’t seen (but should have)

30. Alien (1979)

This would be higher on the list, but I have seen a LOT of this movie.  The problem being, I can’t remember if it was Alien or Aliens… all I remember is Sigourney Weaver, violence, and aliens.  Which is basically common knowledge.  So I just need to sit down and watch the whole thing.

29. Bonnie & Clyde (1967)

A bank robbing couple?  I’m there!  Why haven’t I seen this movie again?



28. The Usual Suspects (1995)

Despite my interest in Kevin Spacey, no dice.  I haven’t seen this one either.  Though, I must add, my interest in this film grew after I moved to Tahiti, so I haven’t really had a chance to see it.  See, now I’m making you feel pity, rather than disgust.

27. Harvey (1950)

I’ve seen….. roughly 80% of James Stewart’s movies.  Just not this one.  Ironically enough, I became more interested in seeing this after watching Donnie Darko.  You know, giant rabbits?


26. His Girl Friday (1940)

Basically the same thing as above.  I’m a hard core Cary Grant fan since birth, but I’ve never seen this one.

25. L.A. Confidential (1997)

Kevin Spacey.  Russell Crowe.  Guy Pearce.   David Straithairn.  Why haven’t I seen this yet?



24. The Big Lebowski (1998)

I really haven’t seen that many Jeff Bridges movies, to be honest (and embarrass myself further) so I’m not sure why I’m choosing this one as the “one to see” but I’ve always had this off-hand interest in “The Dude.”

23. Shadowlands (1993)

Despite my love for C.S. Lewis and Anthony Hopkins…



22. Waiting for Guffman (1996)

Oh have I heard so much about this movie.  It’s Christopher Guest, after all, that can mean nothing but good.  It’s my kind of movie, and seems like my kind of humor.  I can’t wait to see it one of these days.

21. Capote (2005)

I’ve been dying to see this movie ever since it was released.  We even rented it, but for some reason I wasn’t able to watch, so my mom saw it by herself.  She raves about it, and I’m still dying to see it.


20. Twelve O’Clock High (1949)

Gregory Peck, how I love you.  I can’t believe I haven’t seen this movie of yours.

19. Spirited Away (2001)

I remember watching  the Oscars when Spirited Away won Best Animated feature.  I thought, (being  eleven) what the heck IS that?   Since then, I’ve heard nothing but critical acclaim and  I am now very anxious to cross this off my list.



18. The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)

Obi-Wan Kenobi’s Best Actor win (classic film fans will hate me for saying that, ha) plus Director, Picture, and Screenplay wins… I should probably see this movie one of these days.  It’s a favorite of my parents.

17. The Hustler (1961)

Ever since I saw Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid for the first time I’ve been in love with Paul Newman.  I’m pretty far behind on his filmography and this is the first on my list to see.  Plus I dig the poster.



16. The Great Dictator (1940)

I grew up with Charlie Chaplin, and Modern Times is one of my all-time favs.  I’ve yet to see this classic, though.

15. The Deer Hunter (1948)

These are getting kind of repetetive aren’t they?  Christopher Walken’s Oscar winning performance, Meryl Streep’s first nomination and Best Picture winner deserves (more likely than not) SEVERAL viewings, and I haven’t even seen it once? WTF?



14. The African Queen (1951)

My mom has raved about this movie, and I love me some Bogart.  Since its recent DVD release, hopefully I can check it off soon.

13. Schindler’s List (1993)

Yeah… like I said.  Don’t shoot me.  I know this is an excellent movie, I’ve seen several scenes in fact.  I know I should see this movie pronto.



12. Dr. Strangelove (1964)

Honestly, I may have heard of this movie ages ago but I didn’t REALLY know about it until just a few years ago.  My interest piqued when I went through my Stanley Kubrick obsession phase and read absolutely anything I could get my hands on about him.

11. Out of Africa (1985)

Meryl Streep.  Robert Redford.  In the same movie.  I promise, I’ve seen SOME movies.


10. Annie Hall (1977)

The ultimate Woody Allen.  Ranked #4 in AFI’s 100 Laughs series.  Won the Oscar for Best Picture, Director, Actress, and Screenplay. This is a bad caption.

9. Sophie’s Choice (1982)

In case I haven’t made this clear, Meryl Streep is my favorite modern actress.  Someday I’ll do a post especially for her because I just love her so (and I’m still pulling for another Oscar!)  Sophie’s Choice won Meryl her Best Actress Academy Award and is, perhaps, her best film to date.  Or so I’m told.



8. Die Hard (1988)

Seriously?  I haven’t seen DIE HARD? Yeah, I know.  I suck.  I lurve Alan Rickman too, so it’s really a shame I haven’t seen it.

7. The Graduate (1967)

“Mrs. Robinson you’re trying to seduce me… aren’t you?”  Basically I already love this movie.  And I knoow I love Dustin Hoffman.  But, all I really know of it is Anne  Bancroft’s sexy legs.


6. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)

Jack Nicholson in a mental institution?  1 of 3 movies to take home the big five Oscars?  Man, I gotta get me some of this action.

5. Edward Scissorhands (1990)

One of Johnny Depp’s billions with Tim Burton.  Yeah, I can’t believe I haven’t seen this one either.  It’s totally my kind of movie.


4. The French Connection (1971)

The most famous chase scene of all-time.  One of my favorite actors, Gene Hackman.  Best Picture, Director, Screenplay, and Actor winner.  I cannot describe the anticipation I have to one day see this movie.

3. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

Another Hopkins.  And (like Cuckoo) 1 of 3 to win the big five Oscars.  (In case you’re wondering, the other is It Happened One Night. I’ve seen that one!)


2. Citizen Kane (1941)

Wow, this is really getting embarrassing now.  I’m pretty sure I’ve previously lied to people about this one.  See, my family and I were going through the AFI 100 movies list and we just… didn’t make it that high!   I’ve sort of had this two year hiatus of serious movie-watching through this whole Tahiti excursion, and seeing as I don’t have as much access to what I want, this one has had to wait.

1. The Godfather (1971)

It’s a sin, I know, not to have seen this movie.  Forgive me.  I want nothing more than to repent, and quickly.

Yeah.  I know I suck.  There are many more great movies I haven’t seen (I won’t name them, however, or NO ONE will read this blog!)  but these are just the ones that I, personally, can’t believe I haven’t seen.  Now go ahead.  You may mock me all you want.


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  1. Hey, I’ve only seen… one… of those. (Harvey). If that’s any comfort for you. (Which it probably shouldn’t be. 😉

    Dude, seriously, when you come back can I join in your movie watching occasional?

    Beth Black

    June 24, 2010 at 7:31 am

  2. Bonnie & Clyde is my fave movie ever.

    FRC Ruben

    June 24, 2010 at 10:53 am

  3. @ Beth, HECK YES. You can TOTALLY join me. We’ll have weekend movie parties when we’re not dying from homework. Which may be never in my case. But I don’t really have a movie-friend at home anyway. And you better still be planning on Inception! 🙂

    @ FRC Ruben – I’m dying to see Bonnie & Clyde. It’ll happen soon!


    June 24, 2010 at 3:23 pm

  4. You’d be surprised. The best times to watch movies are when your brain is like: STOP GIVING ME SCHOOL. Which will probably be all of fall for me. Lol. Summer/Spring term was a good thing… but it’s also driving me bonkers.

    Beth Black

    June 24, 2010 at 6:33 pm

    • Lol, yeah.. you probably have a point there. 🙂 I don’t know how you do it man… I’d say you’re insane, but I’m pretty sure you already know that. Ha, I’m just excited for fall.


      June 24, 2010 at 6:47 pm

  5. Hey there! I stumbled upon your post and I would like to say I haven’t seen any of those movies and I can’t believe it either ! Well, except for Sophie’s Choice, and you should definetly see it, it’s heartbreaking, and Meryl Streep.. WOW!


    June 24, 2010 at 11:18 pm

    • Well, thanks for stopping and commenting! I’ve heard nothing but amazing for Sophie’s Choice and look forward to seeing it!


      June 25, 2010 at 1:41 am

  6. We’ve all got classics/essentials we’ve never seen…that’s actually one of the first questions I ask my podcast guests about!

    I won’t shoot you, but there are some capital-E essentials on that list. If I were to get you started, I’d vote you start with the following five…


    I vote you set yourself a mission to start tracking these down and posting about them!

    Mad Hatter

    June 25, 2010 at 1:44 am

    • Those five would be great to start with. As soon as I get back in the United States I will definitely start tracking those down and I’ll post about them! That’s a great idea.


      June 25, 2010 at 11:16 am

      • I’ll co-sign Hatter’s post, as well as mentioning that I don’t think anyone’s gonna give you any guff for not having seen Shadowlands or Capote. I haven’t seen the former, and I sure wouldn’t be embarrassed to say so. Meanwhile, the second is good, but far from essential.

        Being the pariah of the classic movie fan that I am, I was surprised at how much of your list I had seen (though I’ve had more time at 33). I’ve seen 17, and there’s a good 5 or so that I have no interest in seeing whatsoever, classic or not.


        June 29, 2010 at 6:05 am

      • Agreed. Capote and Shadowlands are far from essential – but with the sort of movies that I like to watch, I chose them because I was surprised at myself that I hadn’t seen them, and not because they are the greatest, most celebrated, or popular. I absolutely love C.S. Lewis, so loving him and movies both it’s hard for myself to believe that I haven’t seen it. If that makes sense.

        But in any case, I need to get watching on some of the ones that ARE essentials! Thanks for your comment!


        June 29, 2010 at 11:53 am

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