New Years Resolution: Be a better Cinephile

So…I love films. I love going to the cinema. Like seriously love it. In the UK I had an unlimited card which meant that I paid £15 a month and could go to the cinema as many times as I liked. There were times when I’d go three times a week and I saw amazing films in the four years that I had my card. I loved it!

Now I say I love films, and I really do BUT…I have a confession to make – I haven’t seen any classic’ films. Like any.

Die Hard? Nope. Dirty Dancing? Nope. Star Wars? Nope. Scar Face? Nope. Apocalypse Now?….you guessed it, big fat NOPE.

So my mission for 2017 is to watch 50 of the top ‘classic‘ films. There are multiple top 50’s, 100’s and 250’s out there but I settled on the IMDb top 50 which is….

 

1. The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
2. The Godfather (1972)
3. The Godfather: Part II (1974)
4. The Dark Knight (2008)
5. 12 Angry Men (1957)
6. Schindler’s List (1993)
7. Pulp Fiction (1994)
8. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)
9. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)
10. Fight Club (1999)
11. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
12. Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
13. Forrest Gump (1994)
14. Inception (2010)
15. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)
16. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)
17. Goodfellas (1990)
18. The Matrix (1999)
19. Seven Samurai (1954)
20. Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977)
21. City of God (2002)
22. Se7en (1995)
23. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
24. It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)
25. The Usual Suspects (1995)
26. Life Is Beautiful (1997)
27. La La Land (2016)
28. Léon (1994)
29. Spirited Away (2001)
30. Saving Private Ryan (1998)
31. Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)
32. American History X (1998)
33. Interstellar (2014)
34. Casablanca (1942)
35. Psycho (1960)
36. City Lights (1931)
37. The Green Mile (1999)
38. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
39. Untouchable (2011)
40. Modern Times (1936)
41. Rear Window (1954)
42. The Pianist (2002)
43. The Departed (2006)
44. Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
45. Back to the Future (1985)
46. Whiplash (2014)
47. Gladiator (2000)
48. Memento (2000)
49. Apocalypse Now (1979)
50. The Prestige (2006)

I’ve seen a handful of these films, mainly the ones which were made within the last 10/15 years but I’m determined to see them all! (…well we’ll have a think about all those Lord of the Rings films) You never know I might even up it to the top 100!

What other ‘classics‘ shall I watch?! Please comment below if there are there any that aren’t on this list that you’d recommend?

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