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‘Must-see’ movies since 1960

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From SFGate’s Mick LaSalle:

The term “must see” is something I’ve done my best to avoid over the years. I was a film critic for nine years before I used it once, and I don’t think I’ve used it more than twice since then, if that. I mean, I may have alluded to the concept, but I don’t think I’ve ever called more than two or three things “must sees.”

However, there must be some movies out there that are must sees, and so I put the question to our readers, and the result was the above gallery.

I purposely didn’t define “must see” but left it for you decide how you define the term. For some, “must see” refers to a standard of quality. To others, a degree of cultural penetration. Sometimes a movie, or something in a movie, becomes so important or culturally pervasive that it almost feels necessary to acquaint yourself with the source.

In the above gallery, I included films that other people suggested that I either agree with or would be willing, possibly, to agree with, or at least consider. If I definitely don’t agree, but think that a lot of people would, I list the film as “by popular demand.” I also included my own choices. The parentheses following each title lists the person who suggested the title. If there is no parenthesis, then that title is my choice. However, I should say that a lot of you chose movies I would have chosen myself.

Finally, we have a big gallery as it stands, so feel free to make your own suggestions for additions, but if you’d like to suggest some subtractions, too, I’ll be taking those into account. We will be fiddling with this one.

Want to go see some earlier must-sees? Check out this gallery:

Categories: General
Jeff Bustraan

2 Responses

  1. dhouse says:

    Pre-1960:
    Rear Window
    The Red Shoes
    Meet John Doe
    Napoléon (Gance)
    Brief Encounter
    Oliver Twist
    The Lavender Hill Mob
    The Ladykillers
    Unfaithfully Yours
    The Palm Beach Story
    The Great McGinty (at least around election time)
    Metropolis
    The General
    Nosferatu
    The Lady Vanishes
    Strangers on a Train
    Pandora’s Box
    Greed

    The Last Hurrah
    His Girl Friday
    Touch of Evil
    All Quiet on the Western Front
    La grande illusion
    Rashomon
    The Seven Samurai

  2. dhouse says:

    Momento
    Being John Malkovitch
    Pan’s Labyrinth
    When Harry Met Sally
    Avatar (too soon?)
    Peeping Tom (Powell)
    Thelma & Louise
    Jules and Jim
    Shoot the Piano Player
    Two for the Road (unappreciated)