Must-see movies

Now that everything is available all the time, the choices are overwhelming. I fire up Netflix or Amazon Prime and I don’t know where to begin. Reviews and ratings are all but useless when you don’t know who’s doing the recommending. But this little community has never steered me far wrong with gear, music and TV. So please share five of your favourite movies and consider it a service to us decidophobics:

Here are my mildly pretentious suggestions:
Three Colors trilogy (dir. Kieslowski) - I’m cheating from the off by counting this as one movie.
Trainspotting (dir. Boyle)
The Secrets In Their Eyes (dir. Campanella)
City Of God (dir. Lund/Mereilles)
The Lives Of Others (dir. Von Donnersmarck)


Red, white and blue? :grin:

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Sadly, he didn’t make a green, white and gold!

Hmm. I thought there might be more film fans here. Oh well…

It’s very hard on tge spur of the moment to draw up a list. These are the ones that do suggest themselves as “must see” as opposed to just being good films standing out from the crowd - but there are others!

The Unbearable Lightness of Being
Betty Blue
2001: a Space Odyssey
The Exorcist
Kill Bill (vols 1+2)


All must sees as far as I’m concerned

La Grande Illusion – La Regle Du Jeu - La Fleuve – French Can Can (Jean Renoir)

La Passion de Jeanne d’Arc – Ordet – Gretrud (Carl Dreyer)

The Colour Of Pomegranates (Sergo Paradjanov)

The Life & Death Of Colonel Blimp – A Matter Of Life and Death – The Red Shoes – Black Narcissus (Michael Powell & Emeric Pressberger)

Edge Of The World – Peeping Tom (Michael Powell)

Nosferatu – Sunrise (FW Murnau)

Our Little Sister (Hirokazu Koreeda)

Badlands – Days of Heaven (Terrence Malick)

Tokyo Story – Floating Weeds – Late Autumn (Yasujurō Ozu)

Barry Lyndon (Stanley Kubrick)

Blood & Sand (Rouben Mamoulien)

Citizen Kane – Touch of Evil – The Magnificent Ambersons (Orson Welles)

Heat (Michael Mann)

Once Upon A Time In The West (Sergio Leone)

Vertigo – The Lady Vanishes – North By Northwest – The 39 Steps (Alfred Hitchcock)

Mad Max 2 (George Miller)

The Godfather 1 & 2 – The Conversation – Apocalypse Now! (Francis Coppola)

Taxi Driver – King Of Comedy (Martin Scorsese)

Duel (Steven Spielberg)

All About Eve (Joseph L. Mankiewicz)

La Belle et La Bête (Jean Cocteau)

Laura (Otto Preminger)

Wild Strawberries – The Seventh Seal (Ingmar Bergman)

The Adventures of Robin Hood (Michael Curtiz)

Haxan (Benjamin Christensen)

The Life of Oharu (Kenji Mizoguchi)

Pather Panchali (Sayjit Ray)

Battleship Potemkin – Aleksander Nevsky (Sergei Eisenstein)

Rashamon – Throne Of Blood (Akira Kurosawa)

That should be sufficient to be getting on with…


I’ve seen and enjoyed all these apart from Kill Bill 2.

Now that’s a list! There’s a bunch of these I haven’t yet seen, so my must-see list grows.

BTW, who’s the new avatar? Loren, maybe? You seem to have started something with B&W shots of women.

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Yep @bhoyo - it’s Sophia smoking. I like women who smoke. :smiley:

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I’ve watched all these films at least 3 time, some of them more than half a dozen times.

Solaris - Andrei Tarkovsky

Three Colours Blue

Diva - Jean-Jacques Beineix

Cinema Paradiso – Giuseppe Tornatore (Directors Cut)

Life Is Beautiful - Roberto Benigni

Dodes’ka-den - Akira Kurosawa


The Man With Two Brains

Catch 22

Dumb and Dumber

Life Of Brian


Great call on Dodes’ka-den. I saw that on BBC2 about 150 years ago, and it’s stayed with me.

Here’s a huge favourite of mine, which probably strikes a chord with many forumites:

“We want the finest wines available to humanity. And we want them here, and we want them now!”


Both directed by Terence Davies:

  • Distant Voices, Still Lives
  • The Long Day Closes
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Never get tired of watching this film. Wonderful cast just love it.



That’s a good call. Back when the film was released I read all the Delacorta books. Must give it another viewing soon.

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A beautiful film with the equally beautiful Ingrid Thulin


One for all the droogs.




Must-see in the visceral sense of images and in overall handling of two basic similar stories.
Both blowing things up and dispatching of characters in imaginative ways.

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Glorious Film .

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A few of my favourites:

Pan’s Labyrinth
Leon (ideally the Extended version)
The Big Lebowski
Twelve Monkeys
Let the Right one in
The Good the Bad and the Ugly
This is Spinal Tap
Full Metal Jacket
The Machinist
Four Lions