On Becoming Movie Literate

Jim Emerson says you don’t know movies unless you’ve seen the following 102.

Here’s how I rank.

  • 2001: A Space Odyssey
    Multiple times. Though Kubrick still put me asleep
  • The 400 Blows
  • 8 1/2
    Tried. I think
  • Aguirre, the Wrath of God
  • Alien
  • All About Eve
  • Annie Hall
  • Apocalypse Now
  • Bambi
    Probably.
  • The Battleship Potemkin
  • The Best Years of Our Lives
  • The Big Red One
  • The Bicycle Thief
  • The Big Sleep
  • Blade Runner
    Multiple times. Fantastic.
  • Blowup
    In college. Awful, bad, aimless film.
  • Blue Velvet
  • Bonnie and Clyde
    Multiple times
  • Breathless
  • Bringing Up Baby
  • Carrie
  • Casablanca
  • Un Chien Andalou
  • Children of Paradise / Les Enfants du Paradis
  • Chinatown
  • Citizen Kane
    In college. Pretty good.
  • A Clockwork Orange
    Multiple times, fell asleep multiple times
  • The Crying Game
  • The Day the Earth Stood Still
    Fell asleep.
  • Days of Heaven
  • Dirty Harry
  • The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie
  • Do the Right Thing
  • La Dolce Vita
  • Double Indemnity
  • Dr. Strangelove
    Multiple attempts. Not sure if I ever made it through without falling asleep.
  • Duck Soup
  • E.T. — The Extra-Terrestrial
    Yes.
  • Easy Rider
    Multiple times. Fantastic.
  • The Empire Strikes Back
    Yes.
  • The Exorcist
  • Fargo
    Multiple times.
  • Fight Club
    Yes.
  • Frankenstein
  • The General
  • The Godfather, The Godfather, Part II
    Yes.
  • Gone With the Wind
  • GoodFellas
  • The Graduate
    Yes.
  • Halloween
  • A Hard Day’s Night
  • Intolerance
  • It’s a Gift
  • It’s a Wonderful Life
  • Jaws
  • The Lady Eve
  • Lawrence of Arabia
  • M
    Tried. Couldn’t get into it.
  • Mad Max 2 / The Road Warrior
  • The Maltese Falcon
  • The Manchurian Candidate
  • Metropolis
    Multiple attempts. Fell asleep.
  • Modern Times
  • Monty Python and the Holy Grail
    Multiple times – of course.
  • 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
    Yes.
  • Rashomon
  • Rear Window
    Yes.
  • Rebel Without a Cause
  • Red River
  • Repulsion
  • The Rules of the Game
  • Scarface
  • The Scarlet Empress
  • Schindler’s List
  • The Searchers
  • The Seven Samurai
    Yes. Loved it.
  • Singin’ in the Rain
  • Some Like It Hot
  • A Star Is Born
  • A Streetcar Named Desire
  • Sunset Boulevard
  • Taxi Driver
    Yes. Eh.
  • The Third Man
  • Tokyo Story
  • Touch of Evil
  • The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
  • Trouble in Paradise
  • Vertigo
    Yes.
  • West Side Story
  • The Wild Bunch
  • The Wizard of Oz
    Yes.

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