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Seen ’em?

Is this a meme yet? Roger Ebert claims that you really need to have seen these 102 films before you can have an informed discussion about movies. I’m listing them below. The ones I’ve seen are starred (for a total of 51). How many have you seen?

* 2001: A Space Odyssey
The 400 Blows
8 1/2
Aguirre, the Wrath of God
* Alien
* All About Eve
* Annie Hall
Apocalypse Now
* Bambi
* The Battleship Potemkin
The Best Years of Our Lives
The Big Red One
* The Bicycle Thief
* The Big Sleep
* Blade Runner
Blowup
* Blue Velvet
Bonnie and Clyde
Breathless
* Bringing Up Baby
* Carrie
* Casablanca
* Un Chien Andalou
Children of Paradise / Les Enfants du Paradis
* Chinatown
* Citizen Kane
A Clockwork Orange
The Crying Game
The Day the Earth Stood Still
Days of Heaven
Dirty Harry
The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie
* Do the Right Thing
La Dolce Vita
Double Indemnity
Dr. Strangelove
* Duck Soup
* E.T. — The Extra-Terrestrial
Easy Rider
* The Empire Strikes Back
The Exorcist
* Fargo
* Fight Club
Frankenstein
The General
* The Godfather, The Godfather, Part II
* Gone With the Wind
* GoodFellas
* The Graduate
Halloween
* A Hard Day’s Night
Intolerance
It’s a Gift
* It’s a Wonderful Life
Jaws
The Lady Eve
* Lawrence of Arabia
M
Mad Max 2 / The Road Warrior
* The Maltese Falcon
The Manchurian Candidate
Metropolis
* Modern Times
* Monty Python and the Holy Grail
Nashville
The Night of the Hunter
* Night of the Living Dead
* North by Northwest
Nosferatu
* On the Waterfront
Once Upon a Time in the West
Out of the Past
Persona
* Pink Flamingos
Psycho
* Pulp Fiction
Rashomon
* Rear Window
* Rebel Without a Cause
Red River
Repulsion
The Rules of the Game
Scarface
The Scarlet Empress
* Schindler’s List
The Searchers
* The Seven Samurai
* Singin’ in the Rain
* Some Like It Hot
* A Star Is Born
* A Streetcar Named Desire
* Sunset Boulevard
* Taxi Driver
* The Third Man
Tokyo Story
Touch of Evil
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
Trouble in Paradise
* Vertigo
* West Side Story
The Wild Bunch
* The Wizard of Oz

{ 18 } Comments

  1. collene | April 26, 2006 at 1:24 pm | Permalink

    I still can’t believe you’ve never seen Jaws. Blasphemy!

  2. Anne | April 26, 2006 at 2:58 pm | Permalink

    I have seen maybe 25% of this, which is sort of shocking in a pop culture kind of way. On the “have not seen list” are both of the Godfather’s movies, which is rather embarrassing. I want to see the horse’s head for myself.

  3. LD | April 26, 2006 at 7:34 pm | Permalink

    I think I’ve only seen about 15 of these.

  4. karen | April 27, 2006 at 8:40 am | Permalink

    wow. i’ve seen a good chunk of these.
    i could probably categorize them by media…

    BETA…A Clockwork Orange

    Video…The Graduate

    DVD…Fargo

  5. Anne | April 27, 2006 at 9:17 am | Permalink

    Beta?! really? 🙂

  6. karen | April 27, 2006 at 9:41 am | Permalink

    for real.
    remember?
    i’m 531 years old.

  7. collene | April 27, 2006 at 10:50 am | Permalink

    aww, beta. I remember beta. it’s back when the microwave was the size of a compact car.

  8. Anne | April 27, 2006 at 11:00 am | Permalink

    And cell phones the size of small children. ::wiping away a tear of nostalgia::

  9. karen | April 27, 2006 at 11:21 am | Permalink

    Remember when you had to get up off the sofa to change the channel?

    it was the “who ever’s closest” rule in our house…

    i really appreciate remote control.

  10. Anne | April 27, 2006 at 11:57 am | Permalink

    Or forcing your little sister to go get the phone cause it was on a cord and you couldn’t bring it with you to the couch.

  11. Miranda | April 27, 2006 at 12:33 pm | Permalink

    I remember my first TV in my first apartment – it was black and white, had no remote, and didn’t even have click channels – you had to turn the knob to tune in the stations like it was a radio. Oh how I hated that thing…

  12. karen | April 27, 2006 at 4:02 pm | Permalink

    yeah, I still have one of those heavy-assed princess phones that mom would always have to replace the shorted out cord cuz I were straining to see the latest episode of Happy Days AND chat with my pals.

    Mandy…that TV aint even old school…
    it OLD country!

    it not even real.

  13. dogprof | April 27, 2006 at 7:45 pm | Permalink

    there weren’t even microwaves back when there were betas!!

    Betas sell big time in Mexico now a days though-if you ever long to experience one?;)

  14. Courtney | April 27, 2006 at 11:07 pm | Permalink

    Nosferatu and Halloween are real winners—we must watch them this coming Halloween. My Mom has never forgiven Robert Mitchum for his character in The Night of the Hunter, so be forewarned!!

  15. collene | April 28, 2006 at 11:07 am | Permalink

    yay! halloweeeen!

  16. tamara | April 28, 2006 at 11:38 am | Permalink

    wow, i’ve seen 40 of them…i thought my number would’ve been higher! i guess it’s time to RENT some!

  17. kittyteef | April 28, 2006 at 2:13 pm | Permalink

    can anyone ‘splain why The Hunger is not on this list? or Citizen Ruth?!!?
    i’m outraged.

  18. karen | April 28, 2006 at 3:05 pm | Permalink

    do you remember my favorite line from Citizen Ruth, Angie…”Bleep” the “bleep” out of my “bleep”, you “bleeper-Bleeper”!….truly one of my favorites.

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