Five Essential Movie Recommendations


I used to find myself in a lot conversations that went something like this:

Friend: “Have you ever seen that movie?”
Me: “No.”
Friend: “What about this one?”
Me: “No.”
Friend: “Oh.” (silence)

In an effort to diversify my lack of movie knowledge, I reached out to my buddies who I believe have good heads on their shoulders and asked for help.

I wanted them to name 5 movies they thought I should see. The didn’t necessarily have to be  favorites, but they certainly could be. I promised to watch every one that was suggested to me (limit 5 per person) up to 100. The only requirements were two: 5 movies only & don’t give me crap to watch.

The process created dozens of great conversations with friends, and has provided me with insight into who my friends are, what they like to watch, and potential for more of that when I finally watch the movies. It’s been a great process so far, and I’m just delving into the list.  Here it is, in no particular order:

1. The Lion in Winter
2. Becket
3. A Man for all Seasons
4. The Night of the Hunter
5. The Innocents
6. Female Trouble
7. Killing of a chinese bookie
8. A ma souer
9. Waking Life
10. DoubleTrouble
11. Into The Wild
12. The Prestige
13. The Big Lebowski
14. Casino
15. Breaking Away
16. Lust Caution
17. Angels in America
18. Sweet Land
19. Tsotsi
20. Chinatown
21. Breakfast at Tiffany’s
22. Sophie Scholl
23. Blazing Saddles
24. Primal Fear
25. Braveheart
26. Trainspotting
27. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and
28. The Sting
29. About a Boy
30. Gangs of New York
31. Babel
32. Good Bye Lenin
33. Death at Funeral
34. Pan’s Labyrinth
35. Wild Strawberries
36. The Naked Prey
37. You Me and Everyone We Know
38. Hang ’em High
39. Unforgiven
40. The Outlaw Josey Wales
41. The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
42. Pale Rider
43. Idiocracy
44. The Red Violin
45. The Road Home
46. City of God
47. Sweet and Low Down
48. I Heart Huckabees
49. Playtime
50. Decalogue
51. Touch of Evil
52. Jules and Jim
53. Barry Lyndon
54. Ratcatcher
55. Down by Law
56. In the Mood for Love
57. Cache
58. Two Lane Blacktop
59. Le Cercle Rouge
60. Oceans 11
61. Eagle Eye
62. The Devil Wears Prada
63. Transformers
64. The Golden Compass
65. Swingers
66. Amelie
67. Rebel without a Cause
68. Rear Window
69. Beetlejuice
70. The Last Waltz
71. Paul Simon Graceland Live
72. Donnie Darko
73. Mask and Anonymous
74. The 400 Blows
75. Casablanca
76. Treasure of Sierra Madre
77. Local Hero
78. The Third Man
79. Children of Men
80. Habla con Ella
81. Annie Hall
82. History of Violence
83. American Pop
84. The Jerk
85. Dr. Strangelove
86. Big Trouble in Little China
87. Band of Outsiders
88. The Illusionist
89. Brazil
90. Bottle Rocket
91. Wet Hot American Summer
92. End of the Century: The Story of the Ramones
93. Fishing with John
94. 3:10 to Yuma
95. Never Ending Story
96. El Labirinto del Fauno
97. Vicky Christina Barcelona
98. Lonesome Dove
99. The Manchurian Candidate (1962)
100. Dan in Real Life

So what are your five movie recommendations?

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  • jamesfurbush February 14, 2009, 11:27 pm

    Thanks Lark! I probably changed my five about 1000 times since you asked me for them. Of those 100 movies, there's about 85 that made my list at some point. It's almost an impossible question, especially, that it's just five movies that you love more than anything. I wanted to add Oldboy, but thought that might freak you out a bit, amongst many others.