During this isolation, I would be interested in suggestions of great movies you like.

please suggest films you feel are worth, actually very worthy, of watching now?  Looking for very good and intelligent films.  As far as ones that simply pass the time, that will be for another day.  I may have the most interest in any classics I may have missed.....you know, films like 'Howdy Doody, Man or Myth"...and "Sex and the Single Dentist". 

Sam Rockwell plays Sam Bell portending future Oscar work.

The Cooler
Bill Macy loser/winner

Breaking The Waves
Lars Von Trier

Before The Devil Knows You're Dead
Syd Lumet's last mellow drama.
The Best Science Fiction You Never Saw: Dark City https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PWfC_Bcb0BA

The Cinema of Michael Mann https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iPKXvHjor1g

Classics: Casablanca, An Affair to Remember, The African Queen, The Man Who Would Be King

Westerns: Tombstone, Once Upon a Time in the West, The Outlaw Josey Wales, Unforgiven, Silverado, Hell or High Water

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  • Withnail & I
  • Out of Sight
  • L.A. Confidential
  • Matewan
"Moon" .. terrific film! 

"Harold and Maude". Added bonus .. if you're a Cat Stevens fan you'll love the soundtrack.
Here's what comes to mind-

Live and Die in LA - directed by William Friedkin - Willem Dafoe plays a counterfeiter - great action scenes, music by Wang Chung
Magnolia - directed by Paul Thomas Anderson - Weird, but enjoyable movie with Tom Cruise at his best 
Watchmen - best action hero movie
Thanks for the suggestions so far, gives me plenty to explore.  J
Some of my faves are:

The Usual Suspects

Fight Club

Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels

Reservoir Dogs
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Little Murders

Midnight Cowboy

Last Tango in Paris

The Last Picture Show
jond reminds me: Tarantino. All of em. As good as they all were back in the day, its shocking how well they stand up to viewing decades later. Tarantino is the Master of Meta and if you don't know what that means watch them again you will see.

If you're into long movies nothing beats Peter Jackson's Directors Cuts of The Lord of the Rings. The only movies ever made where the additional time truly adds to and moves the story along. Also the only ones where instead of adding stock music they went back and re-recorded with a live symphony orchestra, same as the original theatrical version.

Then for fun to see how much he's evolved and for the sheer fun of watching what must be the most exuberantly over the top zombie move of all time, Dead Alive (Braindead) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0103873/ 

Then for easily the wittiest, most intelligent zombie movie of all time, Fido https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0457572/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0

The Coen Brothers: The Man Who Wasn’t There. A Serious Man. No Country For Old Men.

David Lynch: Eraserhead. Lost Highway. Mulholland Dr.

Stanley Kubrick: Dr. Strangelove. Full Metal Jacket.

Jim Jarmusch: Down By Law. Mystery Train. Coffee And Cigarettes.

Billy Wilder: Sunset Blvd. The Apartment.

Martin Scorsese: Mean Streets. Taxi Driver.

Christopher Guest: Best In Show. Waiting For Guffman. A Mighty Wind.

Mel Brooks: The Producers (original). Young Frankenstein.

Carl Reiner: Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid.

Francis Ford Coppola: The Conversation.

Peter Bogdanovich: The Last Picture Show.

Alfred Hitchcock: Vertigo.

The Three Faces Of Eve. Sybil.

The American.

Crazy Heart.


The Ghost And Mr. Chicken.

Ghost World.


The Machinist.

Rivers Edge.

Rubin & Ed.

Tender Mercies.

With so many to choose from, how about 2 lists? A and B

Sunrise : A Song of Two Humans
The General
Wuthering Heights (1939)
Citizen Kane
Love is a Many-Splendored Thing
Rebecca (1940)
Three Coins in the Fountain
The Last Picture Show

Gone With the Wind
The Day the Earth Stood Still
A Touch of Evil
2001 A Space Odyssey
Saturday Night Fever
Mad Max 2 (the Road Warrior)
American Graffiti
Once Upon a Time in America
The Damned United (2009)

There’s also Apocalypse Now (any cut), Enter the Dragon, Summertime /Summer Madness (1955), The Dark Knight (2008) etc

Damn it, somehow I forgot Casablanca!

"Sideways," great way to see some wine country in California, before they were destroyed in the present fires. ......."Hard Times ",Depression era  film about fights in the 30s in New Oleans...."The Man who would be King" set in India in 1890s....."The Last Detail" set in early 70s Jack Nicholson goes Navy.
I’ll just try to add some quality comedy to your life...

Slap shot - Paul Newman, comedy, hockey, nuff said. 
Life of Brian - Monty Python’s best IMHO
Best in Show - I generally don’t watch movies with animals, but...

"If", 1968

"King of Hearts", 1966

Both are commentaries on war.

Recently watched "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood" and after not caring for DiCaprio for years I finely liked him in a part.

Also enjoyed the "what if" justice of the film.

"Gunga Din", 1939 - was more entertaining than I recalled (watched it a couple months ago).

This upsets my wife...

I’ve recently been recording Steven Seagal movies off cable and then giving them a try (FF and Delete are my friends in this case).

I had no idea that he made so many (FITB) movies.

Aside from movies I recorded and watched "The Office" TV series in its entirety (in order).

Starting to do the same thing with "Bob’s Burgers" an animated series.

Also recorded 11 seasons of "Midsummers Murders" (British TV series) and am finally starting season 11.

Having trouble recalling the titles of the movies watched since being shut-ins, but there may be a history stored in the cable/satellite box.



"Ford VS Ferrari" was really good, and I'm not a car guy.

A few of my favorites are "Hoosiers" (with Gene Hackman); "The Verdict" (with Paul Newman); and "Jerry Maguire" (with Tom Cruise). I believe you would find many vintage movies you would like on TCM (Turner Classic Movies) channel.
Another thing I do is to pick an actor I like and then search their work on the IMDb database (then search our satellite provider and Netflix for listings).

Recently did this with  Bill Nighy and Bill Pullman (Pullman does odd/enjoyable parts as does Nighy).

The Good Shepherd dir. Robert de Niro (complex thriller, not religious!).
Being John Malkovich (not autobiographical or biographical).
Death in Venice.
This now-retired movie industry guy gives hearty thumbs ups to practically every film mentioned above. Dive in! I'll add "Smiles of a Summer Night," "La Dolce Vita" and "La Strada."
High Fidelity, of course.....
I Saw The Devil 2011
Born Yesterday 1950
The Accountant 2016
The Mechanic (guilty pleasure) 1972
The Medusa Touch (another one) 1978
Sorcerer 1977
The Professionals 1966
Lawman 1971
The Maltese Falcon 1941
A Perfect World 1993
The Bedford Incident 1965
Gandhi 1982
The Seven Ups 1973
Get Carter 1971
The Third Man (my favorite old movie) 1949
The Yakuza (one of my all-time favorites) 1975
Bad Company 1972

....don’t forget Smokey And The Bandit ! 1977
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I though this was for offbeat pix, not faves or best.
The Shooting ('66)
Jack, Monte Hellman and Roger Corman produce Millie Perkins & Warren Oates

MDA anyone?

The Antichrist
"You filthy bastard!"
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I meant off the beaten path, not stuff most of us have seen.

The Independent
Jerry Stiller, Ted Femme & Roger Corman
Music by Ben Vaughn who recommended it at the R&R Hall
Mini-series  The World of the Married (Korean with English subtitles)
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Cockfighter    Another Monte Hellman & Warren Oates, I believe.
Ben Hur - The chariot race will never be equalled

How the West Was Won

Sexy Beast

The Cook , the thief ,His wife and her Lover

The Ipcress File

  • Man Bites Dog.

  • A black comedy (shot in B&W )and requiring English subs the story of a professional  Serial killer. I found it really funny.
  • Ran.
  • An epic Kurosawa. Ran is Japanese filmmaker Akira Kurosawa’s reinterpretation of William Shakespeare’s King Lear. Other films he made including Seven Samurai are well worth investigating.
  • The Game.
  •  An Australian Comedy from the late seventies. An Aussie sense of humour is not required, its funny to all.
  • Fitzcarraldo.
  • Werner Hertzog Dir "The movie is wonderful, but the story behind the making of the movie is practically unbelievable - but it is true. I urge anyone interested in Fitzcarraldo or the hazards of motion picture making in the jungle to also see Burden of Dreams, Les Blanks’ movie about the making of Fitzcarraldo"
  • The Tin Drum. "
  • The Tin Drum is a 1979 film adaptation of the novel of the same name by Günter Grass. It was directed and co-written by Volker Schlöndorff. It was mostly shot in West Germany. "
  • Come and See.
  • Another epic Movie. "After finding an old rifle, a young boy joins the Soviet resistance movement against ruthless German forces and experiences the horrors of World War II."
Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors by Sergei Parajanov
Since it's October,
It Follows
The Innocents
The Haunting  (the original)
The Thing (the original)
Wait Until Dark
Near Dark
Let Me in
Pans Labyrinth
Jacobs Ladder
28 Days later
28 Weeks Later

I left out the ones that everyone knows about and some here are well known but are worth seeing again.

All the best,

Two of my favorite vintage, don't-miss movies are "Random Harvest" and "The Shop Around the Corner." Neither will change your life, but you will remember them for a long time and recommend them to others.
  • Au Lait.I shall have to look out Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors as you obviously have a great knowledge of movies. Thanks.
  • I wish to add The Lives of Others as a must-watch IMHO" In 1984 East Berlin, an agent of the secret police, conducting surveillance on a writer and his lover, finds himself becoming increasingly absorbed by their lives."
  • tonykay -Great idea, really enjoy finding recommended movies I haven't watched. As with all of us here we most probably have seen most of the above mentioned but there's always the gems that slip through the cracks.
  • dpac996- .Lilyhammer.Nice choice.The Miami Steve Van Zandt(or Little Stevie or just Steve Van Zandt, or E Street band legend) shines in what is a hilarious Tv Series set in Norway and available hopefully still on Net flix in collaboration with a Norwegian broadcaster. All 3 series are gems.

And I do have some that people will Po-Po......likely the most Po would come when I admit I like Steve McQueen films.  McQueen and Newman in the "Towering Inferno" is commercial trash....and I have watched a half dozen time...including on release.  And I can still watch Dracula, Frankenstein and others with pleasure.

Perhaps another thread on movies we like and probably shouldn't?

Killing of a sacred deer.
Robin Hood, Sea hawk, Captain Blood
Earl Flynn 
How to murder your wife
Jack lemon 
My blue heaven 
Steve Martin
Guide for the married man
Walter Matthau.
A night to remember 
loretta young 

After giving it some more thought, and staying away from the horror themed, you might wanna check out:
Lonely Are The Brave
Paths of Glory
Jean de Florette & Manon of the Spring
(kind of a part one and two)
Lawrence of Arabia
Dr. Strangelove
Charlie Varrick
The Taking of Pehlam, One, Two, Three (the original)
Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang
American Hustle
Killing Them Softly
In Bruges
Road to Perdition
Arsenic & Old Lace
Public Enemies
Raising Arizona
No Country For Old Men
Winchester ’73,
The Far Country
Rear Window
The Searchers
She Wore a Yellow Ribbon
Donovan’s Reef
Liberty Valance
The Magnificent Seven (the original)
The Naked Spur
Valdez is Coming

That should keep you occupied for awhile

All the best,

Hey whatjd, your mention of classics in relation to what you might be most interested in, brought a few to my mind, that I think you would love -

1. Letter to three wives - Joseph Mankiewicz
2. M - Fritz Lang 
3. Scarlet Street - Lang
4. 5 Fingers - Mankiewicz

Subject matter and narratives as modern as anything you might have seen three days ago : )

In friendship - kevin
Perhaps another thread on movies we like and probably shouldn't?

The Core - completely ridiculous and I've watched it a dozen times and will do so again.
The Fifth Element has it all, ancient aliens, action, comedy, off-world space, high-tech weapons, etc. Good for the whole family!
Josie and the Pussycats, of course!

Also, Ruthless People if only for the sets and Bill Pullman's part...and Bruce's song, as well.

(Someone listed Tender Mercies; a SUPERB film from every variable important in film making.)

@mwatsme There is BRIEF NUDITY in that film!!!  Your family will be incensed, shocked, and apoplectic, no doubt!
Favorite movies with music that sticks with me:
Close Encounters of the Third Kind
Master and Commander
The Deer Hunter
Nice to see that some members share my taste for off-beat foreign dramas! I can highly recommend these mostly esoteric ones:

Western – Directed by Valeska Grisebach

A Separation – Asghar Farhadi

In the Fog – Sergei Loznitsa

Broken Circle Breakdown – Felix van Groeningen

The Kid With a Bike – (or any film by) the Dardenne Brothers

Couscous – Abdellatif Kechiche

Man on Wire – James Marsh

The Lives of Others – Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck