THE GOOD MOVIE CLUB LIST


I feel very passionately that no person should ever waste their time watching a bad movie. Or even a mediocre movie. Not when there are so, so many good movies to be seen, (more than can even be watched, I am sure). About three years ago, I realised that many of the movies which we reference in popular culture today were unknown to me. I had watched none of them. So I set about making a list...

And that list grew, and grew, until it reached gigantic proportions. Then I realised that the list needed to be shared. So I started a 'Good Movie Club'. We are still only a few members strong, but we are united in our search for great cinema.

 

We watch movies that are: critically acclaimed, highly influential, or just plain awesome.

 

As the list has grown, so has our understanding of film, of popular references to film, and of history, and life in general. We have become real pros at this cinema-watching thing; and I often get asked to share my list with others.

 

So, now I am sharing my list with you...


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- The Earliest Days-

(1902)    ✔ Le Voyage dans la Lune

(1903)    ✔ The Great Train Robbery

(1918)    The Blue Bird                         

(1919)    Broken Blossoms

 


- THE 1920's-

(1920)    ✔ Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari 

(1920)    ✔ Nosferatu 

(1921)    Orphans of the Storm                   

(1923)    Our Hospitality                                                     

(1924)    ✔ Sherlock Jr. 

(1924)    The Thief of Bagdad       

(1925)    Battleship Potemkin                            

(1925)    The Gold Rush                                       

(1926)    Die Abenteuer des Prinzen Achmed      

(1927)    The General

(1927)    Metropolis                                      

(1929)    ✔ Pandora's Box 

 


- tHE 1930's-

(1930)   Morroco

(1931)    City Lights

(1931)    Tabu

(1931)    Dracula

(1931)    Frankenstein

(1932)    Love Me Tonight

(1932)    Shanghai Express

(1932)    Trouble in Paradise

(1933)    King Kong

(1933)    Footlight Parade

(1933)    ✔ She Done Him Wrong

(1933)    Duck Soup

(1933)    Queen Christina

(1934)    ✔ It Happened One Night

(1934)    ✔ The Thin Man

(1935)    ✔ Top Hat

(1935)    A Night at the Opera

(1935)    The Bride of Frankenstein

(1936)    ✔ Swing Time

(1936)    Modern Times

(1936)    Mr. Deeds Goes to Town

(1937)    Shall we Dance

(1937)    The Awful Truth

(1938)    ✔ Bringing Up Baby

(1938)    The Adventures of Robin Hood

(1938)    Holiday

(1938)    The Lady Vanishes

(1939)    ✔ Ninotchka 

(1939)    ✔ Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz

(1939)    ✔ Gone with the Wind

(1939)    Stagecoach

(1939)    Wuthering Heights

(1939)    Only Angels have Wings

(1939)    Destry Rides Again

 


- THE 1940's-

(1940)    ✔ The Philadelphia Story

(1940)    ✔ The Great Dictator

(1940)    ✔ The Shop Around the Corner

(1940)    The Grapes of Wrath

(1940)    ✔ His Girl Friday

(1940)    ✔ Rebecca

(1940)    The Mortal Storm

(1941)     ✔ The Maltese Falcon

(1941)     The Lady Eve

(1941)     ✔ Citizen Kane

(1941)     High Sierra

(1941)     Sullivan's Travels

(1942)    ✔ Casablanca

(1942)    ✔ Now, Voyager

(1942)    This Gun for Hire

(1942)    The Magnificent Ambersons

(1944)    ✔ Double Indemnity

(1944)    ✔ Going My Way

(1944)    ✔ Meet Me in St Louis

(1944)    ✔ Laura

(1944)    Henry V

(1944)    To Have and to Have Not

(1946)    ✔ Gilda

(1946)    ✔ Great Expectations

(1946)    The Best Years of Our Lives

(1946)    The Postman Always Rings Twice

(1946)    The Big Sleep

(1946)    Notorious

(1946)    Black Narcissus

(1946)    The Harvey Girls

(1946)    The Blue Dahlia

(1948)    ✔ The Red Shoes

(1948)    Easter Parade

(1948)    Letter from an Unknown Woman

(1948)    ✔The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

(1948)    ✔ Rope

(1949)    Adam's Rib

(1949)    Whiskey Galore!

(1949)    ✔ On the Town 

 


- THE 1950's-

(1950)    ✔ Sunset Boulevard

(1950)    ✔ All About Eve

(1951)     ✔ An American in Paris

(1951)     ✔ The African Queen

(1952)    ✔ Singin' in the Rain

(1952)    High Noon

(1952)    The Importance of Being Earnest

(1953)    ✔ How to Marry a Millionaire

(1953)    ✔ Roman Holiday

(1953)    ✔ Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

(1954)    ✔ Rear Window

(1954)    ✔ Dial 'M' for Murder

(1954)    On the Waterfront

(1954)    ✔ Sabrina

(1955)    Summertime

(1955)    ✔ To Catch a Theif

(1955)    ✔ The Seven Year Itch

(1956)    ✔ The King and I

(1956)    The Searchers

(1957)    Old Yeller

(1957)    ✔ Funny Face

(1959)    ✔ Ben-Hur

(1959)    ✔ Some Like it Hot

(1959)    ✔ North by Northwest

 


- THE 1960's-

(1960)    La Dolce Vita

(1961)     ✔ Breakfast at Tiffany's  

(1961)     ✔ The Misfits 

(1962)    ✔ Lawrence of Arabia

(1962)    To Kill a Mockingbird

(1963)    ✔ Cleopatra

(1963)    ✔ Charade 

(1964)    ✔ Dr. Strangelove, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

(1964)    ✔ My Fair Lady

(1964)    ✔ Paris When it Sizzles

(1964)    ✔ A Hard Day's Night

(1964)    A Fistful of Dollars

(1965)    ✔ The Sound of Music

(1965)    ✔ Dr. Zhivago 

(1966)    Alfie

(1966)    ✔ How to Steal a Million

(1968)    ✔ 2001: A Space Odyssey

(1967)    ✔ The Graduate

(1967)    ✔ Two for the Road

(1969)    Women in Love

(1969)    Midnight Cowboy

 

 


- THE 1970's-

(1970)    ✔ Love Story

(1971)     ✔ Fiddler on the Roof

(1971)     The Last Picture Show

(1972)    ✔Cabaret

(1972)    ✔ The Godfather

(1973)    ✔ The Way We Were

(1974)    ✔ The Great Gatsby

(1975)    ✔ Picnic at Hanging Rock

(1975)    ✔ The Rocky Horror Picture Show

(1976)    ✔ All the President's Men

(1977)    ✔ Saturday Night Fever

(1977)    ✔ Annie Hall

(1978)    ✔ Grease

(1979)    ✔ Manhattan

(1979)    ✔ Mad Max

 


- THE 1980's-

(1981)     Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior

(1981)    ✔ On Golden Pond

(1981)    ✔ Chariots of Fire

(1982)    ✔ E.T.

(1983)    Flashdance

(1983)    ✔ Risky Business

(1984)    ✔ Amadeus

(1984)    Ghostbusters

(1984)    ✔ Sixteen Candles

(1984)    ✔ The Karate Kid

(1984)    ✔ Footloose

(1985)    ✔ Back to the Future

(1985)    ✔ The Breakfast Club

(1985)    The Goonies

(1986)    ✔ Crocodile Dundee

(1986)    ✔ Top Gun

(1986)    ✔ Pretty in Pink

(1987)    The Princess Bride

(1987)    ✔ Dirty Dancing

(1987)    ✔ Moonstruck

(1988)    ✔ Heathers

(1988)    ✔ Working Girl

(1988)    ✔ Who Framed Roger Rabbit?

(1988)    ✔ Die Hard

(1988)    ✔ Rain Man

(1989)    ✔ Hannah and Her Sisters

(1989)    ✔ When Harry Met Sally


- THE 1990'S-

(1990)    ✔ Edward Scissorhands

(1990)    ✔ Pretty Woman

(1991)    ✔ Thelma and Louise

(1991)    ✔ The Addams Family

(1992 )   ✔ Orlando

(1993)    ✔ Dazed and Confused

(1993)    ✔ Sleepless in Seattle

(1994)    ✔ Forrest Gump

(1994)    ✔ Four Weddings and a Funeral

(1995)    ✔ Before Sunrise

(1995)    ✔ Persuasion

(1995)    ✔ Sense and Sensibility

(1995)    The Bridges of Madison County

(1995)    ✔ Braveheart

(1996)    ✔ Jerry Maguire

(1996)    ✔ Emma

(1997)    ✔ Titanic

(1997)    ✔ Good Will Hunting

(1998)    ✔ Shakespeare in Love

(1998)    ✔ You've Got Mail

(1998)    Rushmore

(1998)    Saving Private Ryan

(1999)    ✔ Election

(1999)    ✔ Notting Hill

(1999)    ✔ The Virgin Suicides

 


- THE 2000'S-

(2000)   ✔ Chocolat 

(2000)   ✔ The Beach

(2000)   ✔ Erin Brockovich

(2000)   ✔ Almost Famous

(2000)   ✔ Castaway

(2002)   ✔ Frida

(2002)   ✔ The Bourne Identity

(2002)   ✔ About a Boy

(2002)   ✔ The Royal Tenenbaums

(2002)   ✔ Chicago

(2002)   ✔ The Count of Monte Cristo

(2003)   ✔ Lost in Translation

(2003)   ✔ Whale Rider

(2003)   ✔ The Room

(2003)   ✔ Love Actually

(2004)   The Motorcycle Diaries

(2004)   ✔ Before Sunset

(2004)   ✔ Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

(2004)   ✔ Garden State

(2004)   ✔ Napoleon Dynamite

(2005)   ✔ Pride and Prejudice

(2006)   ✔ Marie Antoinette

(2007)   ✔ Atonement

(2007)   ✔ A Map for Saturday

(2007)   ✔The Darjeeling Limited

(2008)   Man on Wire

(2008)   ✔ Slumdog Millionaire

(2009)   ✔ Up in the Air

(2009)   ✔ Coco Before Chanel 

(2010)   ✔ Inception

(2011)    ✔ Midnight in Paris

(2011)    ✔ We Bought a Zoo

(2011)    ✔ The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

(2011)    ✔ The Artist

(2011)    ✔ The Help

(2012)   ✔ Bernie

(2012)   ✔ Frances Ha

(2012)   ✔ Moonrise Kingdom

(2012)   ✔ Anna Karenina

(2013)   ✔ Saving Mr. Banks

(2013)   ✔ Before Midnight

(2013)   ✔ What If...

(2014)   ✔ Wild 

(2014)   ✔ Boyhood

(2014)   ✔ The Grand Budapest Hotel

(2016)   ✔ Everybody Wants Some!!

 


- CHILDHOOD CLASSICS-

(1937)    ✔ Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

(1939)    ✔ Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz

(1940)    Fantasia

(1940)    ✔ Pinocchio

(1941)     ✔ Dumbo

(1950)    ✔ Cinderella

(1952)    ✔ The Story of Robin Hood and his Merrie Men

(1959)    ✔ Sleeping Beauty

(1961)    ✔ 101 Dalmatians

(1964)    ✔ Mary Poppins

(1967)    ✔ The Jungle Book

(1968)    ✔ Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

(1970)    ✔ The Aristocats

(1971)     ✔ Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

(1984)    ✔ The Karate Kid

(1987)    The Princess Bride

(1989)    ✔ The Little Mermaid

(1998)    ✔ Ever After

(1999)    The Iron Giant

(1991)    ✔ Beauty and the Beast

(1992)    ✔ Aladdin

(1994)    ✔ The Lion King

(1995)    ✔ Pocahontas

(1995)    ✔ Toy Story

(1998)    ✔ Mulan

(2000)   ✔ The Road to Eldorado

(2000)   ✔ Chicken Run

(2001)    Spirited Away

(2001)    ✔ Shrek

(2001)    ✔ Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

(2002)    ✔ Ice Age

(2003)    ✔ Finding Nemo

(2004)    ✔Howl's Moving Castle

(2007)    ✔ Enchanted

(2008)    ✔ WALL-E

(2009)    ✔ Fantastic Mr. Fox

(2013)     ✔ Frozen

 


- EXTRA CHEESE (PLEASE)-

(1940)    ✔ The Shop Around the Corner

(1942)    ✔ Casablanca 

(1952)    ✔ Singin' in the Rain

(1953)    ✔ Roman Holiday

(1959)    ✔ Some Like it Hot

(1964)    ✔ My Fair Lady

(1970)    ✔ Love Story

(1973)    ✔ The Way We Were

(1978)    ✔ Grease

(1984)    ✔ Sixteen Candles

(1986)    ✔ Pretty in Pink

(1989)    ✔ When Harry Met Sally

(1990)    ✔ Pretty Woman

(1993)    ✔ Sleepless in Seattle

(1994)    ✔ Four Weddings and a Funeral

(1997)    ✔ My Best Friend's Wedding

(1997)    ✔ Titanic

(1998)    ✔ Shakespeare in Love

(1998)    ✔ You've Got Mail

(1999)    ✔ Notting Hill

(2001)    ✔ The Princess Diaries

(2001)    ✔ Legally Blonde

(2002)   ✔ Bend it like Beckham

(2002)   ✔ Two Weeks Notice

(2002)   ✔ Sweet Home Alabama

(2003)   ✔ Love Actually

(2004)   ✔ The Terminal

(2004)   ✔ Thirteen Going on Thirty

(2007)   ✔ Mr Bean's Holiday

(2008)   ✔ Mamma Mia

 


- CHRISTMAS CLASSICS-

(1939)    ✔ Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz

(1942)    ✔ Holiday Inn

(1944)    ✔ Going My Way

(1944)    ✔ Meet Me in St Louise 

(1946)    ✔ It's a Wonderful Life

(1947)    ✔ Miracle on 34th Street

(1951)    Scrooge: A Christmas Carol

(1954)    ✔ White Christmas

(1990)    ✔ Home Alone

(1993)    ✔ The Nightmare Before Christmas

(1994)    ✔ The Santa Clause

(2003)   ✔ Elf

(2003)   ✔ Love Actually

 


 - INTERNATIONALLY RENOWNED-

 

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FRENCH CINEMA

(1902)    ✔ Le Voyage dans la Lune

(1938)    The Baker's Wife - La Femme du Boulanger

(1945)    The Children of Paradise - Les Enfants du Paradis

(1946)    The Beauty and the Beast - La Belle et la Bête

(1953)     The Earrings of Madame de... - Madame de...

(1959)    The Four Hundred Blows - Les Quatre Cents Coups

(1960)    Breathless - À Bout de Souffle 

(1964)    A Woman is a Woman - Une Femme est Une Femme

(1969)    The Young Girls of Rochefort - Les Demoiselles de Rochefort

(1986)    Jean de Florette

(1999)    Venus Beauty Institute - Vénus Beauté (Institut)

(2000)   ✔ Happenstance - Le Battement d'ailes du Papillon

(2001)    ✔ Amelie

(2004)    ✔ The Umbrellas of Cherbourg - Les Parapluies de Cherbourg

(2006)    ✔ Priceless - Hors de Prix

(2008)    ✔ Welcome to the Sticks - Bienvenue Chez les Ch'tis

(2011)     The Intouchables - Les Intouchables

 

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DANISH CINEMA

(1987)    ✔ Babette's Feast 

 

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GERMAN CINEMA

(1920)    ✔ Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari 

(1920)    ✔ Nosferatu 

(1926)    The Adventures of Prince Achmed - Die Abenteuer des Prinzen Achmed

(1929)    ✔ Pandora's Box - Die Büsche der Pandora

(2006)   The Lives of Others - Das Leben der Anderen

 

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ITALIAN CINEMA

(1949)    Bicycle Thieves - Ladri di Biciclette

(1960)    La Dolce Vita

(1988)    ✔ Cinema Paradiso

 

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BRITISH CINEMA

(1949)    ✔ Kind Hearts and Coronets

(1951)    The Lavender Hill Mob

(1979)    ✔ Monty Python's Life of Brian

(1997)    ✔ The Full Monty

(1994)    ✔ Four Weddings and a Funeral

(1998)    ✔ A Fish Called Wanda

(1998)    ✔ Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels

(2008)   ✔ In Bruges

(2010)    ✔ The Trip

 

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NEW ZEALAND CINEMA

(1994)    ✔ Once Were Warriors

(2002)   ✔ Whale Rider

(2010)   ✔ Boy

(2014)   ✔ What We Do in the Shadows

(2014)   The Dark Horse

 

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CHINESE CINEMA

(1934)    ✔ The Goddess - Shen Nu

(1954)    Seven Samurai - Shichinin no Samurai

(1973)    ✔ Enter the Dragon

(2001)   ✔ Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

(2004)   House of Flying Daggers

(2014)    ✔ The Monkey King

 

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JAPANESE CINEMA

(1950)    Rashomon

(1999)    Princess Mononoke - Mononoke-hime

(2001)    Spirited Away

(2004)    ✔ Howl's Moving Castle

 

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INDIAN CINEMA

(1957)    Mother India

(1961)    The Emperor of the Mughals - Mughal-e-Azam 

(1972)    Pure - Pakeezah

(2001)   Lagaan: once upon a time in India

 

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MEXICAN CINEMA

(2001)   ✔ Y Tu Mamá También

(2004)   The Motorcycle Diaries

 


- FAMOUS FILM SERIES-

 

 

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THE PINK PANTHER

(1963)    ✔ The Pink Panther

(1964)    ✔ A Shot in the Dark

(1975)    The Return of the Pink Panther

(1976)    The Pink Panther Strikes Again

 

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(the best of) JAMES BOND

(1962)    ✔ Dr. No

(1963)    From Russia, With Love

(1964)    Goldfinger

(1965)    Thunderball

(1967)    You Only Live Twice

(1977)    The Spy Who Loved Me

 

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INDIANA JONES and the...

(1981)     ✔ Raiders of the Lost Ark

(1984)    ✔ The Temple of Doom

(1989)    ✔The Last Crusade

 

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THE LORD OF THE RINGS

(2001)   ✔ The Fellowship of the Ring

(2002)   ✔ The Two Towers

(2003)   ✔ The Return of the King