Site Loader

Film critic Jim Emerson recently listed 102 movies to see before you are movie “literate.” He explains the list this way:

… [They are] the movies you just kind of figure everybody ought to have seen in order to have any sort of informed discussion about movies. They’re the common cultural currency of our time…”

I’ve reproduced Emerson’s list here and bolded those that I’ve seen.

2001: A Space Odyssey
The 400 Blows
8 1/2
Aguirre, the Wrath of God
All About Eve
Annie Hall
Apocalypse Now
The Battleship Potemkin
The Best Years of Our Lives
The Big Red One
The Bicycle Thief
The Big Sleep
Blade Runner
Blue Velvet
Bonnie and Clyde
Bringing Up Baby
Un Chien Andalou
Children of Paradise / Les Enfants du Paradis
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
Fight Club
The General
The Godfather, The Godfather, Part II
Gone With the Wind
The Graduate
A Hard Day’s Night
It’s a Gift
It’s a Wonderful Life
The Lady Eve
Lawrence of Arabia
Mad Max 2 / The Road Warrior
The Maltese Falcon
The Manchurian Candidate
Modern Times
Monty Python and the Holy Grail
The Night of the Hunter
Night of the Living Dead
North by Northwest
On the Waterfront
Once Upon a Time in the West
Out of the Past
Pink Flamingos
Pulp Fiction
Rear Window
Rebel Without a Cause
Red River
The Rules of the Game
Scarface (I assume this means Cagney’s but I’ve seen both)
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
West Side Story
The Wild Bunch
The Wizard of Oz

67 out of 102. I could be much better, especially on the earlier movies (though I steadfastly refuse to willingly watch a musical). How do you rate? I’m guessing Krista and Senior both outrank that. And which of the ones that I haven’t seen are must sees? Aguirre the Wrath of God is already on my Netflix queue. (via kottke)

NP: “Blue for You” – The Charlatans U.K.

Post Author: flannelenigma

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.