Movies I should see

The other day I asked some friends for good films that are cultural icons that I should see. This is what they come up with. Please feel free to add more in the comments and I’ll add them to the list. As I see these movies, I’ll cross them out, I guess. I’m up for movies in English, Hebrew, French and Italian.


Double Indemnity

Sunset Boulevard

Once Upon A Time in America



It’s a Wonderful Life

Some Like It Hot

Hitchcock movies

Four Weddings and a Funeral

James Bond movies with Sean Connery


Life of Brian

Company of Strangers

My American Cousin

The African Queen

Field of Dreams

Harold and Maude

To Kill a Mockingbird

The Full Monty

The Motorcycle Diaries

Priscilla Queen of the Desert


Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?

Kind Hearts and Coronets


Dirty Dancing

Walking Ned

The Princess Bride

Brief Encounter

Bridge over the River Kwai

Land and Freedom

The Commitments

The Naked Civil Servant


Shawshank Redemption

The Graduate


Top Gun

The Breakfast Club

The Year of Living Dangerously

A Clockwork Orange



Les Enfants du paradis

Jules et Jim

La Boum


Le grand bleu

Les Ch’tis

Le Père-Noël est une ordure

Les Bronzés

Les 400 Coups


Les Tribulations d’un Chinois en Chine

La vie est un long fleuve tranquille

Le bonheur est dans le pré

La vie en rose


La guerre des boutons

Jean de Florette

Manon de Source


La Dolce Vita

La vita è bella

Cinema Paradiso

Il Postino


Ikiru (Japanese)

My Life as a Dog (Swedish)

Why Has Bodhi-Dharma Left for the East? (Korean)

Walkabout (Australian)

21 thoughts on “Movies I should see

  1. Brief Encounter (British, black and white)
    Bridge over the River Kwai (British)
    Land and Freedom (British)
    The Commitments (British/Irish)
    The Naked Civil Servant (British)

  2. La guerre des boutons (France, 1961/2. Lovely & charming childrens’ movie from what now seems to be another planet)

    • Many thanks, Skeptic. I saw Walkabout when it came out. I was very, very impressed. If your other suggestions are of that caliber, I am in for a great experience.

  3. Need some new suggestions?

    Much Ado about Nothing (Kenneth Branagh)
    Looking for Richard (Al Pacino)

    Talking about Marcel Pagnol (but please try to watch them in French, just for the sake of the original, genuine accent and the language “trouvailles”): the famous trilogy: Marius, Fanny, César with Raimu ; my cultural roots are all in Marcel Pagnol’s work. 🙂

  4. New ideas, new ideas! 😀
    I just happened to discuss movies with my husband. ^^

    May I suggest: all Coen bros. movies (especially Fargo, the Big Lebowsky — a masterpiece, really — and O’Brother — my favorite).

    La bêtise humaine dans toute sa splendeur. Grandiose. 🙂

  5. Two heavily romantic movies that I could nonetheless see hundred times (although you know that “je n’ai pas la fibre romantique” as we say in French:

    Un coeur en hiver (Claude Sautet, France)
    The Bridges over Madison County (Clint Eastwood)

    Make you crying the good way. 🙂

  6. I can’t believe you haven’t seen some of these movies on your “to see” list. You need to catch up!
    I’ll add a couple of suggestions: French: Amelie (so cute), Ma Vie en Rose (we saw in my French class – not La Vie en Rose-although I enjoyed that as well), The Intouchables, Sarah’s Key, and two personal favorites that no one but me has likely seen or heard of (!) La Moustache, and The Girl from Paris. A great Australian movie based on a true story and so inspiring is Rabbit Proof Fence. Gosh, I could go on but I’ll quit there. Enjoy!

  7. I felt compelled to comment!
    Friendly Persuasion – I’m partial, but so great!
    Out of Africa – a lovely film, beautiful soundtrack and of course there’s Robert Redford.
    The Horse Whisperer
    Immortal Beloved, a film about the composer Beethoven
    Roman Holiday (B&W) Audrey Hepburn / Gregory Peck
    Rosemary’s Baby (iconic) if you don’t mind being freaked out

    Hideous Kinky. Not what is sounds like. Kate Winslet’s 1st film after Titanic. independent film might be hard to find called

  8. Youngest daughter is working/studying in Europe. She just sent me pictures of her weekend trip to Salzburg. Definitely see Sound of Music. It was filmed in Salzburg and the scenery is awesome. (I liked the music, too.)

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