My Essential Films
Good films stand up very well to multiple viewings while poor films are best forgotten as soon as possible.  To make my list, a film would have to be good enough that if I stumbled across it while channel surfing that I would stop right there and watch it again, all the way to the end, no matter where I came in.  So these are my essential films: the ones that have touched me or affected me in some way, the ones that have a place in my heart.  What are yours?

1910s: Intolerance, The Immigrant







1920s: Blackmail, The General, The Gold Rush, Grandma’s Boy, The Lodger, The Kid, Metropolis, The Navigator, Nosferatu, Safety Last, Sunrise, The Ten Commandments, Steamboat Bill Jr., Speedy, Wings




1930s: Beau Geste, Bride of Frankenstein, City Lights, Dark Victory, Dracula, Drums Along The Mohawk, 42nd Street, Footlight Parade, Frankenstein, Gone With The Wind, Hell’s Angels, It Happened One Night, Jezebel, King Kong, Lost Horizon, The Man Who Knew Too Much, Modern Times, Mr. Deeds Goes To Town, Mr. Smith Goes To Washington, The Petrified Forest, Scarface, Stagecoach, The 39 Steps, The Wizard of Oz, Wuthering Heights


1940s: All The King’s Men, Ball of Fire, The Best Years of Our Lives, Casablanca, Citizen Kane, Dark Passage, Double Indemnity, Foreign Correspondent, The Fountainhead, The Grapes of Wrath, High Sierra, It’s A Wonderful Life, Key Largo, The Maltese Falcon, The Letter, Lifeboat, Meet John Doe, My Darling Clementine, Notorious, Red River, Rope, Shadow of a Doubt


1950s: The African Queen, All About Eve, Ben Hur, The Day The Earth Stood Still, The Desperate Hours, Executive Suite, High Noon, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, North by Northwest, On The Waterfront, Paths of Glory, Rear Window, Strangers on a Train, The Searchers, Seven Samurai, Shane, Sunset Boulevard, The Thing from Another Planet, The Third Man, Twelve Angry Men, Vertigo


1960s: 2001 A Space Odyssey, The Birds, Bonnie & Clyde, Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid, Dr. Strangelove, Goldfinger, Night of the Living Dead, Psycho, The Good The Bad and The Ugly, The Magnificent Seven




1970s: Alien, Bronco Billy, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Chinatown, Deliverance, Dog Day Afternoon, Dirty Harry, The Getaway, The Godfather I, II, Jaws, Play Misty for Me, Star Wars, The Outlaw Josey Wales, Patton, Taxi Driver, The Sting, The Verdict, Three Days of the Condor



1980s: Aliens, Back To The Future, Blade Runner, Body Heat, Broadcast News, Chariots of Fire, Crimes & Misdemeanors, The Empire Strikes Back, E.T. The Extraterrestrial, Fatal Attraction, Field of Dreams, Glory, Midnight Run, The Natural, Ordinary People, Pale Rider, Quest For Fire, Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Return of the Jedi, The Road Warrior, RoboCop, The Terminator, Terms of Endearment, The Untouchables, Witness


1990s: Apollo 13, As Good As It Gets, Barton Fink, Beauty and the Beast (Disney), Bullets Over Broadway, Braveheart, The Edge, The Fugitive, Galaxy Quest, The Hunt for Red October, In the Line of Fire, Jurassic Park, Lorenzo’s Oil, Mr. Holland’s Opus, October Sky, Pulp Fiction, Rudy, Schindler’s List, The Shawshank Redemption, Shine, Silence of the Lambs, Sleepless In Seattle, Speed, Titanic, The Truman Show, Unforgiven


2000s: Apocalypto, Gladiator, In America, Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, Master and Commander, Open Range, Pan's Labyrinth, Spider-Man 2, Thank You For Smoking, The Passion of the Christ,  Up, We Are Marshall




2010s: Battle Los Angeles, Frozen, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, Mad Max: Fury Road, Nightcrawler, Room, Saving Mr. Banks, Silver Linings Playbook, War Horse