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Whether they're considered award season darlings or box office smashes, there are a number of 'classic' films I've never actually seen. I tend to find, especially as I get older, I'm much less inclined to watch any film I come across like I would in my youth, and stick to what I know. This is particularly true if the film is an oscar nom/winner as I tend to find them very dry and boring and is an immediate turn off for me.

 

Anyway, some of the bigger films I've never seen include:

 

- The Deer Hunter

- Deliverance

- Citizen Kane

- 12 years a slave

- Gone with the wind

- Dr Strangelove

- Singing in the rain

 

What about you? 

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From that list, The Deer Hunter, Gone With the Wind, Dr Strangelove, Citizen Kane, but ten years ago, I’d barely seen any ‘classic’ films at all as I just wasn’t a film person and it held little interest at all. I’ve been rectifying that since, but there are still loads I haven’t seen.

 

eg, in recent years I’ve seen Psycho and The Shining for the first time. The Matrix. The Big Lebowski. etc.

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That’s cutting it close. You might even say it’s in the danger zone.

 

I used to try and watch the old classics that get a lot of praise - so I have watched Citizen Kane. I found it very boring - I get that in film direction terms it was doing what Jimi Hendrix first did with an electric guitar, but the story was meh. Also all the techniques that were introduced have been used a thousand times since, so it’s not even very remarkable in that way. We watched Dr. Strangelove at school, so I didn’t pay much attention, probably didn’t see all of it, and never went back to watch it again. Gone with the Wind, nope I haven’t seen it but I have no interest in it whatsoever.

 

There are two that I have made vague efforts to watch out of curiosity but still haven’t.

 

Dr. Zhivago. I like the music a lot, so I think I actually downloaded this once but never made it past the first few minutes for some reason.

 

Lawrence of Arabia. The current popularity of Dune might push me to watch this in the near future I guess.

 

 

 

 

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From that list I've not seen 12 Years a Slave, Gone With the Wind or Singing in the Rain (but I've seen Paddington do it, and I can't imagine the original tops it).

 

But otherwise, I've got dozens.

 

I hate musicals with a passion so it's a no to each and every one of them across the ages - Sound of Music to Les Mis. Classic kids films - I've never seen Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Wizard of Oz, Mary Poppins and a whole bunch of others (mostly this is intentional - old kids films are often creepy as hell). I've never seen Home Alone.

 

Loads of Disney Stuff too - Lion King would probably be the big one, but I've seen very little of their animated stuff (again, musical is the problem for most).

 

Classic stuff - Casablanca, Some Like It Hot (loads of films from that era).

 

More blockbustery stuff - I've never seen Titanic or Forrest Gump. I've seen none of the Godfather films, Scarface, Casino, and probably loads of other mob films. That's a turn-off for me, usually. Also, most horror films - I've not seen any Saws, Screams, or anything like them.

 

There are loads more I'm forgetting right now, I think.

 

 

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My big blind spots are horror films, because I am a wuss. A few years ago I started a Letterboxd list that was all about admitting my wimpiness:
https://boxd.it/gXSa


 

As for other genres: Letterboxd's Search > By film popularity > Hide watched films made it easy to put this list together!

 

This list includes the critically acclaimed classics, the stuff that won Oscars but everyone instantly forgot about afterwards (Driving Miss Daisy, Crash), and stuff that isn't necessarily "good" but I really should have seen when I was the right age for it (The Goonies):

 

A Beautiful Mind
A Charlie Brown Christmas (this never really became a Christmas tradition over here like it did in the US, did it?)
A Streetcar Named Desire

All About Eve
American Psycho
Barbarella
Battle Royale
Boogie Nights
Brief Encounter
Chicago
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Clueless
Cool Runnings
Crash (the Oscar winning one)
Crash (the Cronenberg one)

Deliverance
Downfall
Driving Miss Daisy
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
From Here to Eternity
Gangs of New York
Godzilla
Gone with the Wind
Grave of the Fireflies (I think this is the last Ghibli film I have left to watch)
Gremlins
It's a Wonderful Life
Juno
Kes
Labyrinth
Love Actually
Mad Max/The Road Warrior/Beyond Thunderdome
Metropolis
Mean Girls
Natural Born Killers
Now, Voyager
Oldboy
On the Waterfront
Once Upon a Time in America
Out of Africa
Perfect Blue
Pink Floyd's The Wall
Pretty Woman
Rebel Without a Cause
Saturday Night Fever
Scarface

Schindler's List (we watched part of it in history lessons at school, but not all of it)
Secrets and Lies
Se7en
Shane
Slumdog Millionaire
Stagecoach
Starship Troopers
Superbad
The African Queen
The Aviator

The Breakfast Club
The Color Purple
The Color of Money

The Dam Busters

The Dark Crystal
The Devil Wears Prada

The English Patient
The Goonies
The Green Mile
The Karate Kid
The Red Shoes
The Rocky Horror Picture Show
The Seventh Seal
The Sound of Music
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
Thelma and Louise
They Live
Total Recall
Trainspotting
West Side Story
When Harry Met Sally

... and the entire Fast and the Furious series. :lol:

 

But there's a big one I'm missing. One that, on this forum, it's particularly embarrassing to admit I've never seen...

 

Spoiler

COMMANDO

 

I know! I'm sorry! :blush:

 

 

 

Some classics that I saw for the first time in the past year:

 

12 Years a Slave
A Mighty Wind
A Night at the Opera
Animal Crackers
Assault on Precinct 13 (original)
Best in Show
Black Narcissus
Blow Out
Born on the Fourth of July
Breathless
Brokeback Mountain
Chaplin
Cool Hand Luke
Danger: Diabolik
F For Fake
Frenzy
Gorillas in the Mist
Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse
La Belle et la Bete
My Darling Clementine

Sanjuro

THX 1138
The Adventures of Robin Hood
The Graduate
The Killing
The Night of the Hunter
The Parallax View
The Taking of Pelham 123
Three Days of the Condor
Touch of Evil
What's Eating Gilbert Grape

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22 minutes ago, MarkN said:

I've never seen Home Alone.

 

Woahhh what

 

22 minutes ago, MarkN said:

Loads of Disney Stuff too - Lion King would probably be the big one, but I've seen very little of their animated stuff (again, musical is the problem for most).

 

also probably what again

 

I hate musicals as well, I endured Les Miserables and started watching Hamilton and within 2 minutes thought this is going to cause me so much pain I'm not doing it.

 

See if you like this !

 

 

 

Most classics I've not seen. I don't want to not get the most out of them. Not sure I'll ever be in the mood for some. Still holding off Apocalypse Now. Citizen Kane I gave up on. Lawrence of Arabia..one day I guess. The Godfather I watched ages ago and there was so much made of a character's development that I thought a TV show would handle it better, I didn't really engage with it. Godfather 2 I think is a must watch because Pacino's performance is phenomenal. There are some classic films where I think..really? You're definitely sure that's completely compelling? Like The Graduate. 

 

I thought the other day..this is not how it should work is it, surely if these films are interesting why would I go another second of life without experiencing them? I should be leaping into them. 

 

Some people watch films and want to enjoy them as a connoisseur, an appreciator when most want to just feel it in their gut, and me personally I resent boredom and get tired easily. My brain is saying 'play play play' too often, not wanting to drop everything, put life on hold to follow some strangers. 

 

The idea of a great story confuses things because maybe stylistically these films don't always have a lot to offer. Tetsuo 2 doesn't have a great story, it's just delirious in its energetic madness, but I can think of it as the film equivalent of punk music, industrial music, genres I like. Like the director's other films like Bullet Ballet and Tokyo Fist it makes me feel alive. 

 

It's all unpredictable and I guess that's the appeal, finding interesting things in uninteresting stories or nothing interesting in what should be interesting stories. You can watch The Elephant Man and love it or watch The Ice Storm, love the cinematography, music, direction, sort of understand its subtlety and depth in how it suggests and paints a picture but also be bored out of your skull and despise every character and think 'yeah they're all cold to eachother aren't they as is the point, is that compelling I'm not sure it is tbh' and read reviews from another perspective that is all 'what is all this middle class problems shite and why are all the kids fucking demented'. 

 

I've also not seen Deliverance and agree Titanic's sinking is brilliantly directed and worth seeing. Even..I think I'd have liked to have seen it in the cinema. 

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8 minutes ago, Nick R said:

My big blind spots are horror films, because I am a wuss. A few years ago I started a Letterboxd list that was all about admitting my wimpiness:
https://boxd.it/gXSa


 

As for other genres: Letterboxd's Search > By film popularity > Hide watched films made it easy to put this list together!

 

This list includes the critically acclaimed classics, the stuff that won Oscars but everyone instantly forgot about afterwards (Driving Miss Daisy, Crash)...

 

A Beautiful Mind
A Charlie Brown Christmas (this never really became a Christmas tradition over here like it did in the US, did it?)
A Streetcar Named Desire

All About Eve
American Psycho
Barbarella
Battle Royale
Boogie Nights
Brief Encounter
Chicago
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Clueless
Cool Runnings
Crash (the Oscar winning one)
Crash (the Cronenberg one)

Deliverance
Downfall
Driving Miss Daisy
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
From Here to Eternity
Gangs of New York
Godzilla
Gone with the Wind
Grave of the Fireflies (I think this is the last Ghibli film I have left to watch)
Gremlins
It's a Wonderful Life
Juno
Kes
Labyrinth
Love Actually
Mad Max/The Road Warrior/Beyond Thunderdome
Metropolis
Mean Girls
Natural Born Killers
Now, Voyager
Oldboy
On the Waterfront
Once Upon a Time in America
Out of Africa
Perfect Blue
Pink Floyd's The Wall
Pretty Woman
Rebel Without a Cause
Saturday Night Fever
Scarface

Schindler's List (we watched part of it in history lessons at school, but not all of it)
Secrets and Lies
Se7en
Shane
Slumdog Millionaire
Stagecoach
Starship Troopers
Superbad
The African Queen
The Aviator

The Breakfast Club
The Color Purple
The Color of Money

The Dam Busters

The Dark Crystal
The Devil Wears Prada

The English Patient
The Goonies
The Green Mile
The Karate Kid
The Red Shoes
The Rocky Horror Picture Show
The Seventh Seal
The Sound of Music
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
Thelma and Louise
They Live
Total Recall
Trainspotting
West Side Story
When Harry Met Sally

... and the entire Fast and the Furious series. :lol:

 

 

I'm maybe 30-40% on that list you haven't watched - and I've probably watched more of the least likely.

 

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and stuff that isn't necessarily "good" but I really should have seen when I was the right age for it (The Goonies):

 

You're never not the right age for The Goonies. It's always worth a watch.

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Home Alone is just one I've missed. I'm not avoiding it. I just happen to have never seen it.

 

6 minutes ago, Loik V credern said:

See if you like this !

 

 

 

That's actually rather good. Thanks. But usually if anyone mentions The Lion King I think of the clips of "I just can't wait to be King" I've seen and think "Jesus Christ NO!".

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I watched Singing in the Rain @Doctor Shark for the first time on Easter Sunday this year, and it was fantastic. 
 

Every line of dialogue crackles, it’s genuinely funny, looks gorgeous in technicolour, and some of the choreography is absurd. 
 

I forced my kids to watch it (11 and 13 at the time) and they both said it was great too. 
 

 

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9 hours ago, Nick R said:

A Beautiful Mind
A Charlie Brown Christmas (this never really became a Christmas tradition over here like it did in the US, did it?)
A Streetcar Named Desire

All About Eve
American Psycho
Barbarella
Battle Royale
Boogie Nights
Brief Encounter
Chicago
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Clueless
Cool Runnings
Crash (the Oscar winning one)
Crash (the Cronenberg one)

Deliverance
Downfall
Driving Miss Daisy
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
From Here to Eternity
Gangs of New York
Godzilla
Gone with the Wind
Grave of the Fireflies (I think this is the last Ghibli film I have left to watch)
Gremlins
It's a Wonderful Life
Juno
Kes
Labyrinth
Love Actually
Mad Max/The Road Warrior/Beyond Thunderdome
Metropolis
Mean Girls
Natural Born Killers
Now, Voyager
Oldboy
On the Waterfront
Once Upon a Time in America
Out of Africa
Perfect Blue
Pink Floyd's The Wall
Pretty Woman
Rebel Without a Cause
Saturday Night Fever
Scarface

Schindler's List (we watched part of it in history lessons at school, but not all of it)
Secrets and Lies
Se7en
Shane
Slumdog Millionaire
Stagecoach
Starship Troopers
Superbad
The African Queen
The Aviator

The Breakfast Club
The Color Purple
The Color of Money

The Dam Busters

The Dark Crystal
The Devil Wears Prada

The English Patient
The Goonies
The Green Mile
The Karate Kid
The Red Shoes
The Rocky Horror Picture Show
The Seventh Seal
The Sound of Music
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
Thelma and Louise
They Live
Total Recall
Trainspotting
West Side Story
When Harry Met Sally

... and the entire Fast and the Furious series. :lol:

 

Some surprising ones in there, Gremlins, The Goonies, The Karate Kid, The Green Mile, Scarface, Se7en, Gangs Of New York, Total Recall, Trainspotting, Labyrinth, Starship Troopers, Oldboy..I used to ask at work if anyone had seen Oldboy and they'd say yeah and given they weren't receptive to anything else I said I'd be like 'really? You heard me right?'. So many watchable films to get through. I've not seen any Fast and the Furious either, and I like car chases, but the bro macho-ness put me off.

 

I suppose one for me that everyone grew up with is Back To The Future, I never saw it as a kid, there's no connection there, but I've seen bits of all three on tv but I guess that doesn't count as seeing them really. Also I think I saw Ghostbusters or 2 when I was younger but there's no vivid memories of it. Not like Labyrinth or Krull. 

 

9 hours ago, Nick R said:

But there's a big one I'm missing. One that, on this forum, it's particularly embarrassing to admit I've never seen...

 

Commando

 

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Looking at the imdb top 100 these are the films I've not seen:

 

 Spirited Away
 The Intouchables (never heard of this)
 The Pianist
 The Lion King
 Grave of The Fireflies
 Modern Times
 City Lights
 Hamilton
 Capernaum (don't know this one)
 Your Name (??)
 Avengers Endgame
 Avemgers Infinity war
 3 Idiots (another one I don't know)
 Like Stars on Earth (don't know this)
 Princess Mononoke
 High and Low
 The Great Dictator
 The Hunt
 
 
 A lot of animation and Charlie Chaplin films. And a few films I've never heard of. There's nothing there I feel I want to watch soon. 

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I've seen every single film mentioned in this thread so far except Capernaum. I'm wondering where I have found all that time over the years!

 

I will admit however that I only watched Commando for the first time 6 months ago. (sorry @Loik V credern)

 

My blind spot is definitely the 'famous' Foreign movies, like those from Kurosawa, Fellini, Bergman, et al. I've seen a few of their movies but still not many of their famous ones.

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I haven't seen most of the Marvel films, in fact only one I have seen is the one is the 2nd part of the cliffhanger one, where the dead heroes magically come back to life. (I had to take the kids to that one)

 

Aside from Nolan's Batman trilogy none of the recent DC films either. 

 

 

 

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I've never seen any of the Godfather films. 

I generally just don't really like mafia films and I find the whole culture around it really offputting. I'll probably get around to watching them at some point.

 

I've seen lots of old classics, like Citizen Kane, Casablanca, Gone with the Wind.  Casablanca in partcular is really good because Bogart and Bergman have such great presence.

 

One I couldn't get through was Lawrence of Arabia. I found it really boring and I was really surprised that the famous theme is played about every 30 seconds, becomming incredibly irritating and losing all impact in the process.

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13 hours ago, hollowman said:

You can forget the rest, but you really should watch Deliverance. Absolute gem of a film.

To give a different viewpoint, Deliverance is no more than mediocre, so you can forget that one. But the others are all startlingly good, especially The Deer Hunter, Citizen Kane and Gone With The Wind.

 

Clearly depends on what you like in your films though. I want stuff that's well put together, tells a good story and ideally makes me think. Which, for me, Deliverance totally whiffs on. It's an averagely scripted, shot and acted story whose only message seems to be that people who aren't from cities are depraved and deserve to be killed, and is grimy and distasteful. 

 

Also, Commando is objectively shit. But it's shit in a fun way and is a blast to watch.

 

I've never seen

The Raid or its sequel(s?) 

Any Friday the 13th film

Any Saw film

Titanic

The Italian Job

That football film with Pele and Stallone in it

 

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I've also never seen The Lion King.

 

I always loved Disney animated films, and had most of them on VHS even before we had kids.  Once we had kids we'd get every single one again on DVD as soon as it came out, and my girls would watch them endlessly along with me.


For some reason when The Lion King came out, I took an instant dislike to it.  I think it was the involvement of Elton John somehow. I don't quite get why as I don't especially dislike Elton John, and really like some of his early music.  I didn't really like his position in pop culture at the time (that sort of elder-statesman of British pop music thing), and perhaps there was something in the way Disney promoted his involvement that rubbed me up the wrong way, but for whatever reason we skipped that out of our Disney library.

 

Since it's been turned into what looks like the most dreadful-looking stage musical ever, promoted as if it's mankind's greatest cultural achievement, then a horrible looking live action film, I'm even less inclined than ever watch it now.

 

Funnily enough both my daughters seem to have picked up on my dislike of it, and their having never seen The Lion King has become 'a thing' for them. When people can't believe they've not seen it and try to get them to watch it, they both insist they never will.

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14 hours ago, MarkN said:

Casablanca


This is a good’un. I did go through a short phase of watching special screenings of old movies and saw this, Singing in the Rain, North by Northwest (with orchestral accompaniment) and It’s a Wonderful Life, and I’ve got to say they’re all really, really good. 
 

I’ve never seen A Few Good Men or Natural Born Killers. 

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Of all the older movies that I should have watched but couldn't be arsed, when I got around to it Casablanca definitely stood out as being even better than hyped. 

 

It's the longer films I struggle with. It's hard to line up Lawrence of Arabia (which I just bought) and Gone With The Wind (never going to watch) when you could see two or three fun films (for the seventh time) with that rare evening I have to myself. 

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