“Make a list of movies you believe everyone should see at least once…”

Um… OK. Hey, WP keeps suggesting wildly generic topics like this as potential post subjects, so on a whim (and while waiting for my water to boil – early tea time!) I’m doing this off the top of my head, 100+ films (for now)*, NO “top 100” nonsense (this list is in no particular order despite some directors’ work appearing consecutively) and no links, so you need to do some work here figuring out which versions. No documentaries in this list, as that’s a separate long list I may get to at some random point. CLUE, more often than not, it’s the original version over the remake, dammit. Black and White or silent film won’t kill you and you’d be surprised at how great the majority of older films are when compared to today’s cinema:

* more to come, as I can think of far too many films I can recommend…

Citizen Kane
The Third Man
A Touch of Evil (restored)
Frankenstein
The Bride of Frankenstein
Once Upon a Blue Moon/A Ghost of a Chance
The Miracle of Morgan’s Creek
Rosemary’s Baby
Bedazzled
Putney Swope
The Sword of Doom
Yojimbo
Sanjuro
Scandal
Kiss of Death
High Sierra
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
The Maltese Falcon
Brute Force
White Heat
Shock Corridor
I Was A Fugitive From A Chain Gang
A Clockwork Orange
Chinatown
The Pianist
The Battle of Algiers
King Kong
Mighty Joe Young
DETOUR
Cul-de-Sac
Alphaville
Weekend
One False Move
The 39 Steps
Rope
Saboteur
North By Northwest
Vertigo
Psycho
The Birds
Frenzy
A Face in the Crowd
Bad Day At Black Rock
The Wild Bunch
Stagecoach
Bullitt
Across 110th Street
Jackie Brown
Reservoir Dogs
Pulp Fiction
Dark Passage
The Quiet Man
A Patch of Blue
The Boys From Brazil
Brazil
Time Bandits
Kagemusha
Monty Python & The Holy Grail
Monty Python’s The Life of Brian
Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life
That Obscure Object of Desire
The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie
Repulsion
The Window
Adrenaline Drive
Targets
Sisters
Obsession
The 4th Man
Schindler’s List
Close Encounters of the Third Kind
Duel (long version)
The Sugarland Express
High and Low (or Heaven and Hell)
The Door in the Floor
Swing Girls
Solaris (original version)
Kiss Me Deadly
Gojira
Cape Fear
Rashomon
RAN
From Russia, With Love
Goldfinger
Thunderball
On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
Seven Samurai
The Bad Sleep Well
2001: A Space Odyssey
THX-1138
Star Wars
The Empire Strikes Back
Planet of the Apes
Rabbi Jacob
Metropolis (restored version)
The Killer
Full Metal Jacket
Grand Prix
Le Mans
Never Give A Sucker An Even Break
West Side Story
Singin’ In The Rain
The Pirate
Raiders of the Lost Ark
Gigot
The Godfather Trilogy
The Thief of Bagdad
Point Blank
Barry Lyndon
The Heroic Trio
The Pink Panther
The Hunchback of Notre Dame (no, not the Disney one!)
The Phantom of the Opera (guess which one)
Freaks
Thunderbolt & Lightfoot
Forbidden Planet
The Odd Couple
The Out-of-Towners
Night of the Hunter
The Hurt Locker
Topkapi
Saving Private Ryan
The Day of the Jackal
The Exorcist
The Wages of Fear
Les Diaboliques
Sorcerer
City Lights
The Elephant Man
A Shot in the Dark
The Great Dictator
Paths of Glory
Un Chien Andalou
L’Age d’Or
La Belle et la Bête
Curse of the Demon
Hell’s Angels
The Thing From Another World
The Thing
The Bank Dick
Alien
Alien 3 (assembly cut)
Aliens
Malcolm X
The Battleship Potemkin
The French Connection
The Haunting
The Red Shoes
Peeping Tom
Dead of Night
Once Upon A Time In The West
Duck, You Sucker!
Black Sunday (Mask of The Demon)
Eraserhead
Blue Velvet
Mulholland Dr.
Lost Highway
The Straight Story
The Hidden Fortress
Dersu Uzala
The Holy Mountain
El Topo
The Tin Drum
Nosferatu
Ben-Hur
Angel-A
Roujin-Z
Ghost in the Shell
The Deer Hunter
10
Superman: The Movie/Superman II (Extended version/Donner Cut)
Dead Ringers
The Fly
A History of Violence
Eastern Promises
The Tall Blonde Man With One Black Shoe
Shivers
Kwaidan
The Tree of Life
(more to come…)

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