Top 10: Classic Must See Movies

wmmattler May 12, 2010 20

There are movies all you little cinematography neophytes need to see before you take the last train west. We’ve broken down the long list of movies and came up with a Top10 we feel represents all the various genres. In other words here are 10 movies to see before you die.

10. Enter the Dragon – Martial Arts

Oddly enough this is one of the most oversimplified movies in the martial arts genre. In fact, it might be one of the most oversimplified movies in cinema history. The fight scenes were done “old school” which means a minimum amount of special effects and they are what overshadows the story. It is the story of revenge, honor and Bruce Lee kicking everyone’s ass…. damn, I just did it didn’t I?

9. Monty Python and the Holy Grail – Comedy

This might be one of the most quoted movies of all time. If you haven’t seen this movie you have no doubt been left out of a few inside jokes. If inside jokes can described as a joke shared by millions of people. Get off your ass and go rent it.

8. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid – Western

This is one of the best westerns of all time. What’s more it also represents some of the best work of legends Paul Newman and Robert Redford. The semi-biographical story of a pair of outlaws and their exploits in the old west, this movie stacks up to the best of them.

7. Blade Runner – Realistic Sci-Fi

Gritty, “real” science fiction began with Blade Runner. Does it look a little like The Running Man? The 5th Element? Gamer? Battlestar Galactica?Anything else? Blade Runner set the mood and concept for a lot of movies that came after it. There have not been any substantial improvements on that type of niche because none have been needed. Ridley Scott’s genius of vision has seen to that.

6. Titanic – Romance

I feel like I’ve sold out. But this movie had a major impact on ticket sales all over the world and changed some of the rules as to what a successful movie grosses. The story was (flutter) romantic and the acting was reported to be fantastic. Okay, I haven’t seen it (I won’t either- see the upcoming Top10 Movies Not to Let Your GF Rope You Into) but hey, nine out of ten isn’t bad.

5. Hoosiers – Sports (Basketball)

Inspired by the true story of the Milam, Indiana Indians, this is one of Gene Hackman’s finest performances. Even for non-basketball fans this movie will pull at your heart strings and put you on the edge of your seats. For Indiana, basketball is king, this movie shows you why.

5A. Friday Night Lights – Sports (Football)

While I’m thinking about must see sports movies, we have to throw in Friday Night Lights. Being a former Texas High School athlete I can tell you this is a very accurate depiction of the mania that is Texas High School football. The soundtrack is pretty cool too.

4. Gone With The Wind – More Romance

Yeah I know, Titanic was bad enough. Let’s face it though, Rhett Butler is the guy all guys want to be like (even if they don’t know who he is) and Scarlet O’Hara is the woman that all Rhett Butler wannabe’s wish they had a solution for. The characters are complicated, the story takes like 10 years to unfold but the movie is a masterpiece. This one shows a cross section of pre- and post civil war southern culture overlooked by many many movies.

3. Goodfellas – Crime/Gangster

There is no way that Ray Liotta will ever be as great as he was in Goodfellas. For 1990- Liotta was probably the best actor in Hollywood. Goodfellas was not the first gangster movie, but it just might have been the last great one. Naturally it tops our official best gangster movies countdown.

2. Blazing Saddles – Comedy (Satirical)

Perhaps the best Mel Brooke’s film of all time, Blazing Saddles is deep. Okay, not really, but it is funny and the great grandfather of all satires to follow. Clevon Little and Gene Wilder were a magnificent pair foiling and riffing off one another in ways that Martin and Lewis used to… perhaps even more effectively because they were both straight-men and the joker.

1. Saving Private Ryan – War

Hailed as one of the most realistic war movies of all time, this is a classic and should not be missed.. period. Hanks is surrounded by a great cast of actors…and Vin Deisel in this epic war movie. Put on your seat belts, turn off the lights and turn the home theater up to 11.

**** Did we get it right? Knowing our readers, probably not. Heh. Feel free to add YOUR “Must see” to the list and let’s see if we can get to “100 Must See Movies of All Time!” ****


  1. Tasmanian Devil July 5, 2010 at 8:18 pm -

    Gone With the Wind is an excellent movie but the constant violin playing really started to piss me off. There is literally not a second where there is no music in the background. Sometimes silence is as powerful as any sound effects.

    • K November 21, 2010 at 1:26 pm -

      Tell somebody who cares

      • jahangir February 11, 2011 at 11:13 am -

        Naturally, deaf people like you don’t care…

    • Midknight April 24, 2011 at 10:02 am -

      All of the Star Wars films are exactly the same with the constant music. Once you realize it, it’s incredilbly annoying.

  2. Ritesh July 27, 2010 at 9:19 am -

    Your swipe at Titanic was uncalled for……Titanic was a poetic movie- a perfect blend of romance n tragedy. a masterly way of story-telling

  3. LeTune September 1, 2010 at 12:48 am -

    Ok, LOTR I’ll admit could easily make this list. But Harry Potter? I don’t know.

  4. Nick September 15, 2010 at 2:42 am -

    Saving Private Ryan is the classic war movie? what about full metal jacket or apocalypse now or platoon or bridge over the river kwai? Saving private ryan is hardly the pinnacle of war cinema.

    Titanic is BS. Reasoning that just because something is popular, it must be good is flawed. Titanic was a weak movie that came out at the right time and was promoted in the right way to the right people. Thats all.

    Not sure about your choices of sport movies, but your other picks are solid. Great comedy and western picks (classic western fans may disagree with your choice).

    You’ve omitted a fair few genres of film. Wheres the classic thriller or horror?

  5. ayanjit September 16, 2010 at 11:28 am -

    i think one of them which should hve been included is To Kill A Mocking Bird.

  6. obi September 28, 2010 at 7:55 am -

    re: Titanic

    I have to try, you know. You SHOULD see this movie. You should go into it without even considering the romantic aspect. The romance between the two leads wasn’t why people like me went to see it over and over again. It was the story of the people on that ship, and the knowledge that this was real, this happened, this wasn’t just something we learned in History class. I’m telling you, you won’t regret the time spent watching it. It honestly changed my life and the way I viewed past events.

  7. surf66 October 15, 2010 at 12:07 pm -

    Saving Private Ryan is NOT….I repeat …NOT realistic in ANY SENSE OF THE WORD.
    ever hear of the word : “uniform” ? No squad wears s different uniform for each man.
    ever hear of “spread out” ? no squad ambles along bunched up talking in a combat zone.
    ever hear of ” cover” its why no unit moves in open terrain
    ever hear of “set up” its what the viewer is for every weird death in the film
    and finally:
    No Skip Holm airshow P-51 drops bombs off non-existant bomb racks….no P-51 ever dropped bombs on anything regardless
    The premise sucked and so did the movie.

    • dude haha December 23, 2010 at 7:34 am -

      dude chill out, dont see you making any box office hits

  8. surf66 October 15, 2010 at 12:27 pm -

    Surf66’s top ten movies:

    Comedy: “Its a Mad Mad Mad Mad World”
    War : ” Battleground”
    War ” Hamburger Hill”
    Romance ” Casablanca”
    Western: ” The Unforgiven”
    Western ” Once Upon a Time in the West”
    Intrigue ” Gorky Park”
    Drama/history “Attonement”
    fantasy ” A I ”
    general “Sixth Sense”

    • MJM November 20, 2010 at 8:58 pm -

      Love your list…Gorky Park what a fantastic choice of films and who could ever forget the comedic antics in Its a Mad Mad Mad Mad World.

    • Midknight April 24, 2011 at 10:04 am -

      A.I.? Really? THAT’S a movie that belongs on a must-see list? That alone makes me question the rest of the films on your list.

  9. RODERICK HAMMOND October 19, 2010 at 5:52 am -

    I realize that this is a subjective listing, but your picks are truly lame….most of the chosen films are mediocre at best.

  10. harry November 25, 2010 at 3:09 pm -

    harry potter… oh c,mon….!! they jst suck.. cnt jst deny the fact that there are better movies that can b included.. take CAST AWAY for an eg. classy movie..

  11. Mike Behnken January 8, 2011 at 3:20 am -

    Lord of the Rings 1-3 for Fantasy are ultimate classics, not to mention star wars.

    • SexuallyDriven January 13, 2011 at 11:53 pm -

      i wish someone who actually knew movies and was seriously dedicated to film would pick movies that were not filmed in the past ten years, with the exception of your comedy pics.

  12. Rick February 10, 2011 at 5:52 am -

    Top 10: (In no particular order).

    1 Comedy: Mel Brook’s History of the World Part 1
    2 Sci-Fi: Star Wars The Empire Strikes Back
    3 Fantasy: Lord of the Ring Trilogy (Included as one movie because thats how Tolkien intended the books to be)
    4 Mafia: Casino
    5 Historical Drama: To Kill a Mockingbird
    6 Mafia: The Godfather
    7 Sports: Remember The Titans
    8 Drama: The Usual Suspects
    9 Comedy/Thriller: Oceans 11
    10: Thriller: SAW (Okay I know people will not agree with this pick, but for what it was i.e. low budget film that made the best of what it had, no other film will ever give the jaw dropping conclusion of this film).

  13. basuperstar February 14, 2011 at 9:13 pm -

    Very hard to confine a list of must see movies down to ten but if you are intent in putting sports movies on the list surely Paul Newman’s classic performance as ‘Fast’ Eddie Felson in “The Hustler” is a must. In my opinion by far the best sports movie of all time and required on a list of must see movies if not solely for the performances of hollywood heavyweights Paul Newman and Jackie Gleeson