There are movies all you little cinematography neophytes need to see before you take the last train west. We’ve broken down the long list of movies and came up with a Top 10 we feel represents all the various genres. In other words here are 10 movies to see before you die.
10). Enter the Dragon – Martial Arts
Oddly enough this is one of the most oversimplified movies in the martial arts genre. In fact, it might be one of the most oversimplified movies in cinema history. The fight scenes were done “old school” which means a minimum amount of special effects and they are what overshadows the story. It is the story of revenge, honor and Bruce Lee kicking everyone’s ass…. damn, I just did it didn’t I?
9). Monty Python and the Holy Grail – Comedy
This might be one of the most quoted movies of all time. If you haven’t seen this movie you have no doubt been left out of a few inside jokes. If inside jokes can be described as a joke shared by millions of people. Get off your ass and go rent it.
8). Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid – Western
This is one of the best westerns of all time. What’s more, it also represents some of the best work of legends Paul Newman and Robert Redford. The semi-biographical story of a pair of outlaws and their exploits in the old west, this movie stacks up to the best of them.
7). Blade Runner – Realistic Sci-Fi
Gritty, “real” science fiction began with Blade Runner. Does it look a little like The Running Man? The 5th Element? Gamer? Battlestar Galactica?Anything else? Blade Runner set the mood and concept for a lot of movies that came after it. There have not been any substantial improvements on that type of niche because none have been needed. Ridley Scott’s genius of vision has seen to that.
6). Titanic – Romance
I feel like I’ve sold out. But this movie had a major impact on ticket sales all over the world and changed some of the rules as to what a successful movie grosses. The story was (flutter) romantic and the acting was reported to be fantastic. Okay, I haven’t seen it (I won’t either- see the upcoming Top10 Movies Not to Let Your GF Rope You Into) but hey, nine out of ten isn’t bad.
5). Hoosiers – Sports (Basketball)
Inspired by the true story of the Milam, Indiana Indians, this is one of Gene Hackman’s finest performances. Even for non-basketball fans this movie will pull at your heartstrings and put you on the edge of your seats. For Indiana, basketball is king, this movie shows you why.
5A). Friday Night Lights – Sports (Football)
While I’m thinking about must-see sports movies, we have to throw in Friday Night Lights. Being a former Texas High School athlete I can tell you this is a very accurate depiction of the mania that is Texas High School football. The soundtrack is pretty cool too.
4). Gone With The Wind – More Romance
Yeah I know, Titanic was bad enough. Let’s face it though, Rhett Butler is the guy all guys want to be like (even if they don’t know who he is) and Scarlet O’Hara is the woman that all Rhett Butler wannabe’s wish they had a solution for. The characters are complicated, the story takes like 10 years to unfold but the movie is a masterpiece. This one shows a cross section of pre- and post civil war southern culture overlooked by many many movies.
3). Goodfellas – Crime/Gangster
There is no way that Ray Liotta will ever be as great as he was in Goodfellas. For 1990- Liotta was probably the best actor in Hollywood. Goodfellas was not the first gangster movie, but it just might have been the last great one. Naturally, it tops our official best gangster movies countdown.
2). Blazing Saddles – Comedy (Satirical)
Perhaps the best Mel Brooke’s film of all time, Blazing Saddles is deep. Okay, not really, but it is funny and the great-grandfather of all satires to follow. Clevon Little and Gene Wilder were a magnificent pair foiling and riffing off one another in ways that Martin and Lewis used to… perhaps even more effectively because they were both straight-men and the joker.
1). Saving Private Ryan – War
Hailed as one of the most realistic war movies of all time, this is a classic and should not be missed.. period. Hanks is surrounded by a great cast of actors…and Vin Deisel in this epic war movie. Put on your seat belts, turn off the lights and turn the home theater up to 11.