Movies To See

Film Literacy: Movies that are part of our stream of consciousness:
Forrest Gump
The Wizard of Oz
Dr. Strangelove
True Grit
Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?
Rear Window
It’s a Wonderful Life
Schindler’s List
Gone With the Wind
Citizen Kane
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
The Caine Mutiny
The Maltese Falcon
The Bridge on the River Kwai
Lawrence of Arabia
The African Queen
The Graduate
The Shawshank Redemption
Mutiny on the Bounty

Childhood Movies That Are More :
The Princess Bride
Mary Poppins
Beauty and the Beast
Toy Story
The Incredibles
A Christmas Story

Growing Up:
American Graffiti
Sixteen Candles
Breakfast Club
Stand By Me

Historical Fiction
Saving Private Ryan
All the President’s Men
Dances With Wolves
The Grapes of Wrath
A League of Their Own
The Last Samurai
Master and Commander
Eight Men Out
The Sound of Music (and it’s a musical!)
The Lion in Winter

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
Best in Show
Death at a Funeral (the British version)
When Harry Met Sally
National Lampoon’s Animal House
Raising Arizona
This is Spinal Tap

Star Wars IV, V, VI
Raiders of the Lost Ark
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

The Human Condition/Philosophy:
Groundhog Day (and it’s funny, too!)
To Kill A Mockingbird (racism)
Field of Dreams (reconciliation)
The Natural (perseverance)
The Green Mile (justice)
On Golden Pond (making peace with our pasts)
Cast Away (survival)
12 Angry Men (ethics)
Sophie’s Choice (man’s inhumanity to man)

Modern Takes On Old Classics and Spoofs:
Clueless (remake of Jane Austen’s Emma)
Ten Things I Hate About You (remake of Taming of the Shrew)
Roxanne (remake of Cyrano de Bergerac)
Sense and Sensibility (Jane Austen)
The Lion King (remake of Hamlet)
West Side Story (remake of Romeo and Juliet)
Monty Python and the Holy Grail (spoofing King Arthur movies)
Shawn of the Dead (spoof of Dawn of the Dead)

Science Fiction/Fantasy/Mysticism:
Lord of the Rings series
Blade Runner
Pan’s Labyrinth
Minority Report
Close Encounters of the Third Kind

One response to this post.

  1. I agree with your list. I love the categories. Thanks


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