Must-See Movies

We (Bob, Judy, Susan, and Doug) put together a list of movies -- both good and bad -- that we find ourselves referring to in conversation ... and sometimes in our thinking.

(c) 2004-2012 Douglas McCormick


2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
84 Charing Cross (1986)
Absent-Minded Professor, The (1961)
Adam's Rib (1949)
Affair to Remember, An (1957)
African Queen, The (1951)
Airplane! (1980)
Aladdin (1992)
Alexander Nevsky (1938)
Alien (1979)
Aliens (1986)
All About Eve (1950)
All of Me
All the President's Men (1976)
Amelie (2001)
American Graffiti (1973)
American History X (1998)
American in Paris, An (1951)
American President, The (1995)
Animal House, National Lampoon's (1978)
Annie Hall (1977)
Apartment, The (1960)
Apocalypse Now (1979)
Apollo 13 (1995)
Arsenic and Old Lace (1944)
Arthur (1981)
As Good as it Gets (1997)
Avalon (1991)
Babette's Feast (1987)
Back to the Future (1985)
Bad Day at Black Rock (1954)
Bambi (1942)
Bang the Drum Slowly (1973)
Barefoot in the Park (1967)
Battlefield Earth (2000)
Beauty and the Beast
Being John Malkovich (1999)
Being There (1979)
Bells of St. Mary's, The
Ben-Hur (1959)
Benny Goodman Story, The
Best in Show (2000)
Best Years Of Our Lives, The (1946)
Big (1988)
Big Chill, The (1983)
Big Clock, The (1948)
Big Night, The (1996)
Billy Jack (1971)
Birds, The (1963)
Birth of a Nation, The
Blackboard Jungle
Blade Runner (1982)
Blazing Saddles (1972)
Blue Velvet
Blues Brothers, The (1980)
Body Heat
Born Yesterday
Boys' Town
Braveheart (1995)
Brazil (1985)
Breakfast at Tiffany's
Breakfast Club, The (1985)
Breaking Away
Bridge Over the River Kwai, The
Bringing Up Baby (1938)
Bull Durham
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)
Bye, Bye, Birdie
Cabaret (1972)
Caine Mutiny
Captain Blood (1935)
Captains Corageous
Carmen Jones
Carnal Knowledge (1971)
Carnival of Souls (1962)
Carrie (1976)
Casablanca (1942)
Cat Ballou
China Syndrome, The
Chinatown (1974)
Christmas Carol, A (Simm) (1951)
Christmas Story, A (1984)
Citizen Kane (1941)
City Slickers
Clockwork Orange, A
Close Encounters of the Third Kind
Coal Miner's Daughter
Color Purple, The (1985)
Conan the Barbarian
Cool Hand Luke
Cousin/Cousine (1976)
Cousins (1989)
Crying Game, The
Cyrano de Bergerac (1950)
Daddy Long Legs
Das Boot
Day the Earth Stood Still, The (1951)
Days of Wine and Roses
Dead Again
Death Wish (1974)
Deep Throat
Dial M for Murder
Die Hard (1988)
Dirty Dancing
Dirty Dozen
Dirty Harry (1971)
Do the Right Thing (1989)
DOA (1949)
Dog Day Afternoon
Double Indemnity (1944)
Dr. No
Dr. Strangelove (1964)
Dracula (1931)
Driving Miss Daisy
Drums Along the Mohawk
Duck Soup (1933)
Duellists, The
Dumbo (1941)
E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
Ed Wood (1994)
Educating Rita
Edward Scissorhands
Elmer Gantry
Empire Strikes Back, The (1980)
Excalibur (1981)
Exorcist, The (1973)
Fame (1980)
Fantasia (1940)
Fargo (1996)
Fatal Attraction
Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)
Fiddler on the Roof, The (1971)
Field of Dreams (1989)
Fish Called Wanda, A (1982)
Fistful of Dollars, A (1964)
Five Easy Pieces
Fly, The (1958)
Forbidden Planet (1956)
Forrest Gump (1994)
Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994)
Frankenstein (1931)
Freaks (1932)
French Connection, The
Friendly Persuasion
From Here to Eternity
Funny Girl
General, The (1927)
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)
Gentlemen's Agreement
Ghost and Mrs. Muir, The
Ghost World
Godfather Part II, The (1974)
Godfather, The (1972)
Gods Must Be Crazy, The (1984)
Godzilla (1956)
Gone With The Wind (1939)
Good Will Hunting
Goodbye Girl, The
Goodbye, Columbus
Goodbye, Mr. Chips
Goodfellas (1990)
Graduate, The (1967)
Grapes Of Wrath, The (1940)
Great Escape, The (1963)
Great Santini, The (1979)
Guess Who's Coming to Dinner
Gunga Din (1939)
Guns of Navarone, The (1961)
Halloween (1978)
Hannah and Her Sisters
Hard Day's Night, A (1964)
Harold and Maude
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)
Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone (2001)
Harvey (1950)
Harvey Girls, The
Haxan/Witchcraft Through the Ages (1922)
Heathers (1989)
Heaven's Gate (1980)
Henry V (1944)
High Noon (1952)
His Girl Friday (1940)
Home Alone (1990)
How Green Was My Valley
Hustler, The (1962)
Ikiru (1952)
Il Postino (1995)
In the Heat of the Night (1967)
Inherit the Wind
Inspector General, The
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)
Invisible Man, The (1933)
Ishtar (1987)
It Happened One Night
It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World
It's A Wonderful Life (1946)
Jane Eyre
Jaws (1975)
Jerry Maguire
Judgment at Nuremberg
Jurassic Park (1993)
Kind Hearts and Coronets
King and I, The
King Kong (1933)
King of Hearts
Kiss Me Kate
La Bamba (1987)
La Cage au Folles (1978)
Lassie Come Home
Last Emperor, The (1987)
Last Man Standing, The (1996)
Last of the Mohicans, The (1992)
Last Picture Show, The
Last Tango in Paris
Laura (1944)
Lavender Hill Mob, The
Lawrence Of Arabia (1962)
League of Their Own, A (1992)
Legally Blonde
Lethal Weapon (1987)
Little Big Man (1970)
Little Mermaid, The
Little Princess, A (1995)
Little Shop of Horrors, The (1986)
Little Women (Hepburn)
Local Hero (1983)
Logan's Run (1976)
Lolita (1962)
Longest Day, The (1962)
Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)
Lost Horizon (1937)
Lost Weekend, The (1945)
Love Bug, The
Love Story
M (1931)
Mad Max (1979)
Madness of King George, The (1995)
Magnificent Seven, The (1960)
Malcolm X (1992)
Maltese Falcon, The (1941)
Man for All Seasons, A (1966)
Man in the Gray Flannel Suit, The
Man in the White Suit, The
Manchurian Candidate, The
Marathon Man (1976)
Mary Poppins (1964)
MASH (1970)
Matewan (1987)
Matilda (1996)
Matrix, The (1999)
McCabe and Mrs. Miller (1971)
Mean Streets (1973)
Meet John Doe (1941)
Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)
Memento (2001)
Men in Black
Midnight Cowboy (1969)
Midway (1976)
Mighty Quinn, The (1989)
Mildred Pierce
Miller's Crossing (1990)
Missing (1982)
Mister Blandings Builds His Dream House (1948)
Mister Roberts (1955)
Monsters' Ball, The
Monsters, Inc. (2001)
Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)
Most Dangerous Game, The (1932)
Moulin Rouge
Mr. Smith Goes To Washington (1939)
Mrs. Minniver
Mummy, The (1932)
Muppet Christmas Carol, A (1992)
Muppet Movie, The (1979)
Muppet Treasure Island (1996)
Muppets Take Manhattan, The (1984)
Muriel's Wedding
Music Man, The (1962)
Mutiny on the Bounty
My Big Fat Greek Wedding
My Fair Lady (1964)
My Favorite Year (1982)
Mystic Pizza
Naked Gun, The (1988)
National Velvet
Natural, The (1984)
Network (1976)
Night at the Opera, A (1935)
Night of the Living Dead (1968)
Night to Remember, A
North by Northwest (1959)
Nosferatu (1922)
Notorious (1946)
Now, Voyager
Of Mice and Men (1992)
Officer and a Gentlemen, An (1982)
Old Yeller (1957)
On Golden Pond
On The Waterfront (1954)
Once Upon a Time in America (1984)
Once Upon a Time in the West (1969)
Once Were Warriors (1995)
One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest (1975)
Out of Africa
Ox-Bow Incident, The (1943)
Pale Rider (1985)
Parent Trap, The
Paths of Glory (1957)
Patton (1970)
Peggy Sue Gets Married
Pepe Le Moko (1937)
Phantom of the Opera, The (1925)
Philadelphia Story, The (1940)
Pianist, The (2002)
Piano, The
Pillow Talk
Pink Panther, The
Pinocchio (1940)
Plan Nine from Outer Space (1956)
Planet of the Apes
Player, The (1992)
Pleasantville (1998)
Poseidon Adventure, The
Postman Always Rings Twice, The (1946)
Pretty Woman
Pride of the Yankees, The (1942)
Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, The
Princess Bride, The (1987)
Private Benjamin
Producers, The
Professional, The (1994)
Psycho (1960)
Public Enemy, The (1931)
Pulp Fiction (1994)
Quiet Man, The (1952)
Raging Bull (1980)
Raiders Of The Lost Ark (1981)
Rain Man (1988)
Raising Arizona (1974)
Ran (1985)
Rashomon (1950)
Rear Window (1954)
Rebel Without a Cause (1955)
Red Balloon, The (1955)
Red Shoes, The (1948)
Reds (1981)
Reefer Madness (1937)
Remains of the Day
Repo Man (1984)
Right Stuff, The (1983)
Rio Bravo (1959)
Risky Business (1983)
Road Warrior, The (1981)
Robocop (1987)
Rocky (1976)
Rocky Horror Picture Show, The (1975)
Roman Holiday (1953)
Rosemary's Baby (1968)
Rules of the Game, The (1939)
Ruling Class, The
Russians are Coming, The Russians are Coming, The (1966)
Rutles, The (1978)
Saturday Night Fever (1977)
Saving Private Ryan (1998)
Scarface (1932)
Schindler's List (1993)
Sea Hawk, The (1940)
Searchers, The (1956)
Secret Garden, The (1993)
Secret of Roan Inish (1995)
Secrets and Lies
Sergeant York
Serpico (1973)
Seven Days in May (1964)
Seven Samurai, The (1954)
Seven Year Itch, The (1955)
Seventh Seal, The (1957)
Seventh Voyage of Sinbad, The (1958)
Shadowlands (1993)
Shakespeare in Love (1998)
Shane (1953)
She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949)
Shine (1996)
Silence Of The Lambs, The (1991)
Singin' In The Rain (1952)
Sister Act
Sixteen Candles (1984)
Sleeping Beauty (1959)
Sleepless in Seattle
Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs (1937)
Some Like It Hot (1959)
Sophie's Choice (1982)
Sorrow and the Pity, The (1971)
Sound Of Music, The (1965)
Soylent Green (1973)
Spartacus (1960)
Spirited Away (2002)
Stagecoach (1939)
Stand by Me (1986)
Star is Born, A (1954)
Star Wars (1977)
Stepford Wives, The
Sting, The (1973)
Stormy Weather
Strangers on a Train (1951)
Straw Dogs (1971)
Streetcar Named Desire, A (1951)
Strictly Ballroom
Sullivan's Travels (1941)
Sunset Boulevard (1950)
Swept Away
Take the Money and Run (1969)
Tarzan, the Ape Man (1932)
Taxi Driver (1976)
Tea and Sympathy
Terminator, The (1984)
That's Entertainment
The Guru
Them! (1954)
Thin Man, The (1934)
Thing, The (1951)
Third Man, The (1949)
This is Spinal Tap (1984)
Three Days of the Condor (1975)
Three Faces of Eve, The
Throne of Blood (1957)
Time Bandits (1982)
To Be or Not To Be (1942)
To Kill A Mockingbird (1962)
To Sir, With Love (1967)
Tom Jones (1963)
Tootsie (1982)
Top Gun
Top Hat
Touch of Evil (1958)
Towering Inferno, The
Toy Story (1995)
Toy Story 2 (1999)
Traffic (1999)
Treasure Of The Sierra Madre (1948)
Tree Grows in Brooklyn, A
Tremors (1989)
Triumph of the Will
True Grit (1969)
Truman Show, The (1998)
Twelve Angry Men
Two Women
Umbrellas of Cherbourg, The
Unforgiven (1992)
Usual Suspects, The
Victor/Victoria (1982)
Wages of Fear (1952)
Waiting for Guffman (1997)
Waking Ned Devine (1998)
Wall Street (1987)
Way We Were, The
West Side Story (1961)
What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)
When Harry Met Sally (1989)
White Christmas (1954)
White Heat (1949)
Who Framed Roger Rabbit? (1988)
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)
Wild Bunch, The (1969)
Willy Wonka
Wings (1927)
Witches, The (1990)
Witness (1985)
Witness for the Prosecution (1957)
Wizard Of Oz, The (1939)
Wolf Man, The (1941)
Woodstock (1970)
Working Girl
Wuthering Heights (1939)
X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes (1963)
Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)
Yojimbo (1961)
Young Frankenstein (1974)
Z (1969)
Zelig (1983)