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So, what older films should everybody have seen at least once? Just been thinking about it, and I've come up with these:

All the President's Men

Superb dramatisation of one of the most important political scandals ever (Watergate). Excellent performances from Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman as the rookie reporters who broke the biggest story of our time. Brilliant political intrigue, made all the more so because it's true.

The Italian Job

Just excellent, really. Michael Caine as the coolest robber ever, plus it's got minis showing the Italians how to do things in it. Top thing.

Dog Day Afternoon

Based on a true story - possibly the strangest bank job ever. Early Pacino at his absolute best. Proper surreal stuff.

Loads of others, of course. So let's hear 'em please.

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I'd agree with those three.

Mine would be Elia Kazan's On The Waterfront. Fantastic performances from Marlon Brando, Karl Malden, Rod Steiger, and Eva Marie-Saint. A great, very moving, story. And possibly the greatest scene in any movie ever. The 'could'a been a contender.' bit, if you're wondering.

That and The Maltese Falcon. The bestest crime thriller ever made.

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Those aren't very old.

My contribution:

The 39 Steps (the one with Robert Donat).

They're plenty old. I'm just after any gems from the past, basically.

Why do you like the original 39 steps so much then? It's being remade at the moment, I believe. <shudder>

Your guidelines seem to imply any good films more than 17 or so years old. Yikes. I'll pretend you meant what I thought you did from the topic title, so:

Seven Samurai



The Third Man

Citizen Kane

I could go on, but 5 is enough.

The earliest of them is 28 years old, which is almost as old as me.

Why should people watch the films you've recommended particularly though? Same applies to everyone else.

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The earliest of them is 28 years old, which is almost as old as me.

Oh oops, you're right. Funny how it still feel like the late 90s, and Dog Day Afternoon feels like it was made in the early 80s. Or is that just me?

Why should people watch the films you've recommended particularly  though?  Same applies to everyone else.

Seven Samurai: It's tense. But also funny and romantic in places. Even if it is too long.

Laura: The dialogue is hilarious. Utterly hilarious.

Casablanca: It's exciting.

The Third Man: Orson Welles acts really well. Plus it's funny.

Citizen Kane: It's original.

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Police Sory (1985) Probably the definitive Jackie Chan action film.

American Graffiti (1973) If you like the idea of kids in hotrods hanging out.

Assault on Precinct 13 (1976) Moody, atmospheric, and better than most horror type films...

It's a Wonderful Life (1946) Great story, good acting, makes you feel warm and fuzzy.

The Italian Job (1969) Brit crims lad pick no1.

heathers (1989) Black humour, wit, and the only time Winona Ryder and Christian Slater were ever cool.

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The Seventh Seal


Peeping Tom

3 great psychological explorations, plus


Ice Cold in Alex

The Wages of Fear

all black & white i'm afraid. Being classics that they are I'm assuming you all know about them already but if not I will tell you more

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