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Hello, I am just wondering what films you would include in your essential-to-watch list for someone who is being introduced to the world of film? Thanks
oldfilmsflicker oldfilmsflicker Said:

I think I answered something like this before, but I don’t remember what I put on that list. I’m gonna try to suggest a broad spectrum of films to get you started:

  • The General
  • Sunrise
  • Metropolis
  • Man With A Movie Camera
  • The Passion of Joan of Arc
  • City Lights
  • The Public Enemy
  • Red Dust
  • L’Atalante
  • Freaks
  • The Thin Man
  • It Happened One Night
  • The Grand Illusion
  • The Wizard of Oz
  • Gone With The Wind
  • Stagecoach
  • The Rules of the Game
  • Citizen Kane
  • The Maltese Falcon
  • Casablanca
  • Rome, Open City
  • Double Indemnity
  • It’s A Wonderful Life
  • Bicycle Thieves
  • The Red Shoes
  • The Third Man
  • All About Eve
  • Sunset Blvd.
  • Rashomon
  • Singin’ In The Rain
  • Tokyo Story
  • On The Waterfront
  • Seven Samurai
  • Pather Panchali
  • The Searchers
  • The Seventh Seal
  • Paths of Glory
  • The 400 Blows
  • Vertigo
  • Some Like It Hot
  • Imitation of Life
  • The Apartment
  • Breathless
  • Psycho
  • Lawrence of Arabia
  • To Kill A Mockingbird
  • 8 1/2
  • Dr. Strangelove
  • Band of Outsiders
  • The Good, The Bad and the Ugly
  • Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
  • The Graduate
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • Harold and Maude
  • The Godfather 1 & 2
  • Chinatown
  • A Woman Under the Influence
  • Nashville
  • Barry Lyndon
  • Dog Day Afternoon
  • Jaws
  • Harlan County, USA
  • Network
  • Taxi Driver
  • Star Wars
  • Close Encounters of the Third Kind
  • Annie Hall
  • Eraserhead
  • Apocalypse Now
  • The Elephant Man
  • Raging Bull
  • The Shining
  • Raiders of the Lost Ark
  • Tootsie
  • Blade Runner
  • Amadeus
  • Paris, Texas
  • Hannah and Her Sisters
  • Au Revoir, Les Enfants
  • Wings of Desire
  • Cinema Paradiso
  • Die Hard
  • GoodFellas
  • The Silence of the Lambs
  • Reservoir Dogs
  • Groundhog Day
  • Schindler’s List
  • The Professional
  • Pulp Fiction
  • The Piano
  • Before Sunrise
  • Fargo
  • The English Patient
  • L.A. Confidential
  • Life is Beautiful
  • The Big Lebowski
  • The Thin Red Line
  • In The Mood For Love
  • Mulholland Dr.
  • Traffic
  • Amelie
  • City of God
  • Far From Heaven
  • Talk To Here
  • Lost in Translation
  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
  • There Will Be Blood
  • The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
  • Bright Star

I didn’t add anything from this current decade because everything needs some breathing room. Also this list wound up giant.

Also, also remember these tips:

  • "best" and "canon" lists are good because they give you guidance, but they aren’t the end all and be all
  • go outside of your comfort zone
  • watch everything, not just “essential” films or “important” films; if you think you might like it, give it a shot!

I left off a lot of personal favorites (like Valley Girl) and stuck mostly with universally acclaimed films.

I’ve also got a lot of “film canon” holes, so there’s no Tarkovsky or some other big acclaimed directors on this list. That’s not because I don’t like them, but probably because although I’ve seen about 5,000 movies, I haven’t seen everything and a lot of times I like to watch crap. 

Asker americanfish Asks:
10 movies that I need to see right now because they're just that dang good?
oldfilmsflicker oldfilmsflicker Said:

The first three are ones to seek out in theaters, the next seven are the first seven to pop into my head that made me go WOW as soon as they were over:

  • Boyhood
  • Life Itself
  • We Are The Best!
  • A Streetcar Named Desire
  • Raging Bull
  • The Red Shoes
  • Bright Star
  • Seventh Heaven
  • Children of Paradise
  • The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
Asker eternalness Asks:
top 10 woody allen films?
oldfilmsflicker oldfilmsflicker Said:
  • Hannah and Her Sisters
  • Stardust Memories
  • Annie Hall
  • Manhattan
  • Midnight in Paris
  • Purple Rose of Cairo
  • Broadway Danny Rose
  • Bullets Over Broadway
  • Deconstructing Harry
  • Crimes and Misdemeanors
Asker movienut14 Asks:
Movies/TV shows that will ALWAYS make you cry
oldfilmsflicker oldfilmsflicker Said:

obviously the Jess/Rory part of Gilmore Girls kills me. that part in Grey’s Anatomy when Denny dies. 

as for movies: The English PatientBright StarMoulin Rouge!The Constant GardenerNever Let Me Go, October Sky, Gone With The Wind, Now Voyager, Random Harvest, Days of Wine and Roses, Children of Paradise and I’m sure many more. I’m a big crier. 

Hello, with all the Jess & Rory that was on my dash I'm really in need of a movie where the great couple Actually get together in the end. Maybe something like When Harry Met Sally and 13 going on 30 any recommendations are welcomed though. Thank you
oldfilmsflicker oldfilmsflicker Said:

I’m gonna list you some of my favorite rom coms/romances with great OTPs and also suggest you follow this blog.

  • Valley Girl
  • Baby Boom
  • Working Girl
  • It Could Happen To You
  • Only You
  • Moonstruck
  • the Before trilogy 
  • Beginners
  • Ever After
  • Stranger Than Fiction
  • Wicker Park
  • Punch-Drunk Love
  • Sliding Doors
  • As Good As It Gets
  • Inventing the Abbotts
  • While You Were Sleeping
  • Reality Bites
  • Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore
  • What’s Up, Doc?
  • Dirty Dancing
  • Tall Story
  • Picnic
  • The Moon Is Blue
  • Holiday Affair
  • Dear Heart
  • Holiday
  • It Happened One Night
Asker eternalness Asks:
who are your top 10 directors and what is your favorite film from each director?
oldfilmsflicker oldfilmsflicker Said:

oh my god I don’t know if I can answer that! here’s a giant list of directors I love.

I’m going to go with the first ten directors whose work I watch over and over:

  • Terrence Malick - The Thin Red Line
  • Jane Campion - Bright Star
  • Martin Scorsese - After Hours
  • Billy Wilder - Sabrina
  • Orson Welles - Citizen Kane
  • Alfonso Cuarón - Children of Men
  • David Lynch - The Elephant Man
  • Cameron Crowe - Vanilla Sky
  • Pedro Almodóvar - Hable con ella
  • Woody Allen - Stardust Memories
Asker spirited-me Asks:
oldfilmsflicker oldfilmsflicker Said:
  • Jean Cocteau’s La Belle et la Bête
  • Jean Vigo’s L’Atalante
  • Alain Resnais’s L’Année dernière à Marienbad 
  • Albert Lewin’s The Picture of Dorian Gray
  • Mitchel Leisen’s Death Takes A Holiday
  • William Dieterle’s The Devil and Daniel Webster and Portrait of Jennie
  • Joseph L. Mankiewicz’s The Ghost and Mrs. Muir
  • Alexander Hall’s Here Comes Mr. Jordan
  • René Clair’s I Married A Witch
  • Powell and Pressburger’s A Matter of Life and Death
Asker rossbirks Asks:
Who are your favourite filmmakers?
oldfilmsflicker oldfilmsflicker Said:

This is really in no order and totally incomplete:

  • Orson Welles
  • Jane Campion
  • David Lynch
  • Federico Fellini
  • Terrence Malick
  • Jim Jarmusch
  • Pedro Almodovar
  • Francois Truffaut
  • Alfonso Cuaron
  • Martin Scorsese
  • Nicholas Ray
  • Woody Allen
  • Steven Spielberg
  • Wong Kar Wai
  • Susan Seidelman 
  • Noah Baumbach
  • Wes Anderson
  • Wim Wenders
  • Francis Ford Coppola
  • Richard Linklater
  • Spike Jonze
  • John Ford
  • George Cukor
  • Billy Wilder
  • Buster Keaton
  • Gillian Armstrong
  • Steven Soderbergh
  • Sidney Lumet
  • Alfred Hitchcock
  • Otto Preminger
  • Ernst Lubitsch
  • Preston Sturges
  • Baz Luhrmann
  • David Cronenberg
  • Alex Cox
  • Frank Borzage
  • Raoul Walsh
  • Frank Capra
  • Sofia Coppola
  • Julie Delpy
  • Tim Burton
  • the Coen Bros
  • Peter Bogdanovich
  • Cameron Crowe
  • David Fincher
  • Ang Lee
  • Alexander Payne
  • Quentin Tarantino
  • Jason Reitman
  • Steve McQueen
  • Andrea Arnold
  • Nora Ephron
  • Nancy Meyers
  • Anton Corbijn
  • Hal Ashby
  • Herbert Ross
  • Paul Mazursky
  • Roman Polanski
  • Gregory La Cava
  • George Stevens
  • Stanley Kubrick
  • Robert Altman
  • Elia Kazan
  • William Wyler
  • Neil Jordan
  • Stanley Kramer
  • Clint Eastwood
  • Sergio Leone
  • William A. Wellman
  • Arthur Penn
  • Gus Van Sant
  • Josef Von Sternberg
  • Michael Curtiz
  • William Friedkin
  • Mike Nichols
  • King Vidor
  • Paul Schrader
  • Maya Deren
  • Ridley Scott
  • Michelangelo Antonioni
  • Elaine May
  • John Sayles
  • Fritz Lang
  • F. W. Murnau
  • Paul Thomas Anderson
Asker allysouu Asks:
What are your favorite coming of age films? When done well they're one of my favorite types of film to watch.
oldfilmsflicker oldfilmsflicker Said:
  • Stand By Me
  • Adventureland
  • My Girl
  • Kes
  • Harold and Maude
  • This Is England
  • Fish Tank
  • An Education
  • Gregory’s Girl
  • Georgy Girl
  • Running On Empty
  • Vision Quest
  • White Oleander
  • Frances Ha
films that are the most influential to you personally
oldfilmsflicker oldfilmsflicker Said:
  • Little Women (1994)
  • Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion
  • Pretty in Pink
  • G.I. Jane
  • October Sky
  • The Thin Red Line
  • Ever After
  • Adventureland
  • The Punk Singer
  • Bright Star