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What is the 1 film everyone should watch in their lifetime?

163 replies

mrsnobody · 15/02/2007 19:25

I want to make sure I haven't missed anything!


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motherinferior · 21/02/2007 13:56

Some like it hot.

Marina · 21/02/2007 14:05

400 Blows (Quatre Cent Coups) for the closing freeze-frame alone.
Wonderful, thought-provoking, sad film. But there are many other goodies on here too

Tillyboo · 21/02/2007 22:18

Bobsyouruncle - I watched National Velvet as a very little girl not properly understanding it and it had such an impact on me. I wanted to be Elizabeth Taylor ! From that day forward almost 40 years ago I fell in love with horses and it's never left me.
I've been going horse racing since I was 13 and my dd had her first visit when she was just 6 weeks old. She is now nearly 3 and loves coming with me.
What a special, magical family film, I am going to buy it so that my dd can watch it and maybe one day she'll sit with her children and watch it.

I get mad looks too when I talk about it. When International Velvet came out I was just a teenager and I wanted to be Tatum O'~Neil, I learnt to ride after seeing this film - and the music was just so lovely, especially when they were filming Sarah Brown & Pie galloping across the cliff top at the beginning and end of the film.

Oh, I'm waffling now. Apologise to MN's who are not into horses

ArcticRoll · 21/02/2007 22:26

The Apartment
The Godfather
Some Like It Hot
Double Indemnity
Brokeback Mountain

DaveBaggott · 21/02/2007 22:28

Cuckoos Nest
Mississippi Burning
They Shoot Horses Don't They

saadia · 21/02/2007 22:28

I was also very affected by The Sheltering Sky.

wotzsaname · 21/02/2007 22:38

cant sy just 1- sorry, you'll have towatch all of these
Big Fish
Butterfly Effect
Shawshank Redemption
The Life Aquatic
The Island
12 Monkeys
Donnie Darko
The Royal Tenenbaums

old time fav: Blade Runner

Greenblock · 21/02/2007 22:40

cinema paradiso

Eulalia · 21/02/2007 23:17

So many good films.... just a quick look at our DVD shelf....

La Cage Aux Folles (original verson)
Frida (about the artist of the same name)
Cyrano de Bergerac
Driving Miss Daisy
Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe
Thelma and Louise
The Hunger
Pret a Porter
Barry Lyndon
Cape Fear (with Robert De Nero)
The Pink Panther films with Peter Sellers
Your children MUST watch the Miyazaki films - magical.

JanH · 21/02/2007 23:19

To Kill a Mockingbird

draven · 22/02/2007 15:25

An Inconvenient Truth every one should see that film just once.

  • but if I was stuck on a desert Island with nothing to watch for the rest of my days I think I would pick "All the Presidents Men"
    or Independance Day
franke · 22/02/2007 15:29

The Third Man

southeastastra · 22/02/2007 15:30

i don't know something gritty about wars probably, like apocalypse now or platoon or gone with the wind

Waswondering · 22/02/2007 15:31

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bobbiewickham · 22/02/2007 15:32

The Fisher King

cremolaDave · 22/02/2007 15:39

apocolypse now
the piano
gone with the wind
dr zhivago
one flew over the cuckoos nest
the deerhunter
sophie's choice
the way we were
butch cassidy and the sundance kid
schilndler's list
pulp fiction
the wizard of oz
the great escape
godfather 2
the shining

cremolaDave · 22/02/2007 15:40

and breakfast at tiffany's

Pavlovthecat · 22/02/2007 15:43

Fifth Element

Pavlovthecat · 22/02/2007 15:44

Spirited Away

bobsyouruncle · 22/02/2007 15:47

Tillyboo, I must get hold of a copy too. I was horse mad as a child & its my new years resolution every year to take up horse riding again!? One of these years I'll do it... Oh I'm desperate to watch National Velvet again now!

ShowOfHands · 22/02/2007 15:54

Brokeback Mountain- evocative, beautifully shot and the poignancy of two people (regardless of gender) deeply in love has stayed with me ever since.

The Notebook- schmaltzy and trashy in places but a wonderful sketch of true love.

Cyrano de Bergerac- outstanding.

lilstarry1 · 22/02/2007 16:21

City of God.
DP chose it when I was heavily pregnant and I sat and cried in complete despair that I was bringing a baby into such a world, so I'd say it's a must-see movie.

Being a teenage girl just wouldn't have been the same without Clueless.

I'm surprised no one has mentioned American Beauty..

Greensleeves · 22/02/2007 16:24

Kind Hearts and Coronets

DumbledoresGirl · 22/02/2007 16:24

2 that spring immediately to my mind:

Sophie's Choice (but I have not seen Schindler's List so maybe that would be enough Nazi horror for anyone)

Cry Freedom

mishw · 22/02/2007 20:01


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