Your Five Films You Can’t Live Without.

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A project to allow Twitter film lovers, to document their ‘Five Films they can’t live without’
You can submit your list directly to me on twitter @dialmformovies  or email me at rhettrospective@gmail.com

@dialmformovies (Rhett Bartlett)

1. Schindlers List
Almost the perfection of cinema.  Beautifully shot, brilliantly acted. Introduced me to a depressing subject matter in a way that film has never touched me before.

2. Jaws
A raw director, overcoming unforseen obstacles (loss of the mechanical shark), to create a horror film that began a whole never type of film making.

3. Sunset Boulevard
The single greatest female acting performance of all time.  A rare moment where an actress, and their role converged to leave a mark on cinema that will never be erased.

4. Duel
Simple, effective road movie, that still is as relevant today as in the 1970’s.  Maintains heartstopping action and interest despite barren landscape and cast.

5. The Last of Sheila
The greatest film no one has ever seen. Written by Anthony Perkins (Psycho) and Stephen Sondheim. The cast of James Mason, James Coburn, Richard Benjamin, Racquel Welsh, Dyan Cannon is unstoppable.

(Worth viewing:  Sweet Hereafter, M , The Station Agent , Opening Night , The Birds , Sweet and Lowdown , 2001 A Space Odyssey, Clue, The Lodger , Seance on a Wet Afternoon , Lawrence of Arabia , Before Night Falls, Four Lions, Fail Safe, Rope, Citizen Kane, The Pledge, Bladerunner, Field of Dreams)

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@dangolding – PhD at Melbourne Uni writing on video games. Occassional lecturer and tutor.

1. Vertigo
2. Empire Strikes Back
3. Jaws
4. The Adventure of Robin Hood
5. The Taking of Pelham 1,2,3 (original)

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@tpjost –  Lover of silent films.

1. Metropolis (1927)
2. Baby Face (1933)
3. Gone with the Wind (1939)
4. The 39 Steps (1935)
5. Intolerance (1916)

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@polkasan

1. 2001: A Space Odyssey
2. Artificial Intelligence
3. The New World
4. Lost Highway
5. Suspiria

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@love_cinema (Lesya)

1. Gone With the Wind (1939)
2. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy
3. Inception
4. The Dark Knight
5. Some Like It Hot

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@girlactor   –  ‘I’m a simple girl when it comes to movies’

1. State and Main
2. Sliding Doors
3.  Pride and Prejudice
4. Undercover Blues
5. Goonies

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@PondsInstitute

1. The Omen
2. Flying High / Airplane
3. Naked Gun 1
4. UHF
5. Reanimator

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@snobbyfilmguy

1. Pulp Fiction
2. Reservoir Dogs
3. Kicking and Screaing (1995)
4. Dazed and Confused
5. There Will Be Blood

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@mrpaulnelson

1. The Godfather
2. Pulp Fiction
3. Seven
4. Annie Hall
5. Die Hard 1

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@thecinemascene

1. Star Wars
2. Empire Strikes Back
3, Return of the Jedi
4. Mad Max 1
5. Mad Max 2

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@swardplay

1. Chinatown
2. Taxi Driver
3. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
4. 28 Days Later
5. Rear Window

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@allflicker

1. Blade Runner
2. The Dark Knight
3. Ed Wood
4. The Last Temptation of Christ
5. The Thin Red Line

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@filmsyncs

1. Chinatown
2. Rear Window
3. Blade Runner
4. The Bourne Identity
5. North by Northwest
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@stalepopcornau

1. All That Jazz
2. Scream
3. Mulholland Drive
4. Moulin Rouge
5. T2: Judgement Day

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@DVDBits

1.  The Godfather
2.  Annie Hall
3. Once Upon a Time in the West
4. Back to the Future
5. Yojimbo

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@the_exploder   (‘In context of films I have re-watched the most times)

1. Back to the Future
2. Die Hard 1
3. Star Wars
4. Top Gun
5. Basic Instinct

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@PezCummings

1. Lost Highway
2. Magnolia
3. The Idiots
4. Pride and Prejudice (1935)
5. The Company (Robert Altman)

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@claybo76 (Clayton Bolger)

1. The Godfather
2. Fight Club
3. MIllers Crossing
4. Pulp Fiction
5. Trainspotting

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@waynesayonara (Maksim S.)

1. A bout de souffle
2. Pulp Fiction
3. Det sjunde inseglet
4. The Silence of the Lambs
5. The Stalker

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@leezachariah (from The Bazura Project. Hell is for Hyphenates. Aint It Cool News)

1. The Shawshank Redemption
2. Lost Highway
3. The Limey
4. Singin’ In The Rain
2001: A Space Odyssey

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@ggmg1977 (Glenn Giblett)

1. Ghostbusters
2. Die Hard
3 Aladdin
4. Monty Python’s Holy Grail
5. Stand By Me

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@MeetMeInTheLobby (Norm Schrager)

1. The Godfather Part II
2. Diner
3.Boogie Nights
4. You Can’t Take it With You
5. Shattered Glass

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@wacko_smacko (Minh Ai Nguyen)

1. Babel
2. Tony Takitani
3. In The Mood For Love
4. Happiness
5. Rushmore

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@filmystic (Ryan Adams) 
(In no particular order)

 The Conformist
Chinatown
The Third Man
The Godfather II
 La Dolce Vita

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@LiteraryMinded (Angela Meyer)

1. Ghostbusters
2. Midnight Cowboy
3. Some Like It Hot
4. The Hours
5. Full Metal Jacket

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@darcyfilm (Darcy S McCallum)

1. A Clockwork Orange
2. The Holy Mountain
3. The Children of Paradise
4. Citizen Kane
5. Fight Club
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@happyrhodesfan

1. Brazil
2. Fellowship of the Ring
3. Local Hero
4. Moulin Rouge
5. There Will Be Blood

Honorable Mentions:   The Fall,  Bliss.

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5 comments

  1. Hm, every single one of these films are in the English language (except Metropolis, which is silent and therefore not in any language), and mostly American. That’s so far nine lists of five films.I don’t know about you, but I find that a little scary for so-called “film lovers”, twitter or otherwise.

  2. This is only a top 5 list, I can’t speak for anyone else difenitely, but i have a feeling that a top 10, or a top 25 may have painted a different picture. Well not really for me because I prefer silent films, and as you say they are not really in any language. However if there are prerequisites for being a “film lover”, I’m not sure I want to be known as one. What fun would it be if everyone had identical taste in film? I love foreign launguage films, however none of them rank in my top 5. I have lots of fun talking to other people i consider “film lovers” even though are tastes are completely opposite, and some of them only watch new releases, and consider anything from the 90’s old. So i guess what I’m trying to say is that, I don’t find anything scary about these top 5 lists, because you can’t determine someone’s film taste fully by there top 5 favorites. Also i meant no offense. This is just my opinion, and you know what they say about opinions.

  3. You can’t help the movies you love. Does it make someone who includes Happy Gilmore and Pretty Woman in their top five less of a film lover than someone who cites The Seventh Seal and Rashomon in theirs? I love world cinema as much as the next enthusiast, but when it comes to films I can’t live without, I chose movies that have been burnt into my psyche. I was amazed when I watched Pulp Fiction again for the umpteenth time just how much of the dialogue I use regularly. I’ll chime in on a friend’s love for something with a “I know it, baby; you dig it the most!”, for instance. I have heard that the movies and music you experience as a teenager stay with you for a long time, and I was a 90’s teen living in a country town.

  4. I believe the US/english language bias is down to three factors: 1) Generally, the commenters here are English-speaking, western world educated people who grew up going to our local cinemas, all of whom show principally English-language films, which, culturally, we’re more predisposed to relate to; 2) We’re generally most influenced/moved/impacted by films we saw between the ages of 13 and 25, 3) Our favourite films are, more often than not, ones that have touched us more emotionally or viscerally than intellectually. (At least, that’s the case with me.) Outside of this, I agree with @claybo76: What makes foreign language choices more “valid” than English language choices?

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