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Winter's Bone - Jennifer Lawrence
Under Suspicion / Malena - Monica Bellucci
Wind River - Elizabeth Olsen, Jeremy Renner
Last Samurai - Tom Cruise
The Secret Life of Bees - Queen Latifah
Cadillac Records - Adrien Brody, Beyonce
The House of Flying Daggers - Zhang Ziyi
Swimming Pool - Ludivine Sagnier
The Debut - Mostly Filipino cast that I never heard of, fantastic movie
 

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Three Days of the Condor
IMDB 4 of 5 Rotten Tomateos 86%

In this 1975 thriller, Turner is a bookish CIA researcher based in New York City. Sent to pick up lunch, Turner returns to discover that everyone in his tiny office has been murdered. When an attempt is made on his life, he finds himself on the run from both the CIA and the police.
Box office $27M
Director: Sydney Pollack
Writers: James Grady (novel), Lorenzo Semple Jr. (screenplay)
Stars: Robert Redford (Turner), Max von Sydow, Faye Dunaway, Cliff Robertson

I really like Max von Sydow in this movie -- or any movie. Some interesting dialog throughout this movie. For example:

Max von Sydow as Joubert
  • (Max von Sydow) "Well, the fact is, what I do is not a bad occupation. Someone is always willing to pay."
  • (Robert Redford) "I would find it -- tiring."
  • (Max von Sydow) "Oh, no; it's quite restful. It's almost peaceful. No need to believe in either side, or any side. There is no cause.
 
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Have we done this? If so, the mods can delete and I won't be mad (or transfer it to the right place). If not, here are a few I would like to nominate; "Down by Law", a Jim Jamusch film starring Tom Waits. "The Wrong Box", a British farce with Sir Ralph Richardson, Michael Caine. Peter Sellers, Peter Cook and Dudley Moore. "The King of Hearts", Starring Alan Bates. "Bedazzled", the original with Cook and Moore, not the tepid remake. "Rules of the Game", (Criterion dvd version), Jean Renior. Now everyone pile on!
The original "Bedazzled" definitely makes my list. "Rules of the Game" is a certified classic, I would think anyone knowledgable about classic film should be aware of it.

A couple more to check out. "Brigsby Bear", with a great supporting role for Mark Hamill. In my mind, this is a natural offshoot of a role for someone who played Luke Skywalker. Also, "Cold Comfort Farm", directed by John Schlesinger, and starring Kate Beckinsale just before she hit the big time, and Ian McKellen in a very nice supporting role.
 
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“Taking Chance”. Kevin Bacon as a Marine officer escorting a deceased enlisted Marine. Thought he was getting a trip back to his hometown, but it turned out the young man came from way out in the middle of nowhere.
Got a little verklempt.
 

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Max von Sudow was also great as the evil brewmeister in the McKenzie Bros. "Strange Brew", a very silly but very fun movie. Another vsbvf movie was "Waiting for Guffman", with the Second City gang.
 
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Listed movies that I've seen: King of Hearts , The Gods Must Be Crazy, House of the Flying Daggers, Buckaroo Banzai. All great.

Lake Placid - Easily the best "giant killer animal" movie in the last 30 years. Great cast, great script. And great droll humor. Betty White has the best line in the movie. I never cared much for "chomping on bones" movies
but my late girlfriend loved them, and almost every one is as bad as most 50's sci-fi. You have to listen carefully to the witty dialogue which always makes me laugh.
 
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Seven Days in May.- 1964
About an attempted military coup of the U.S. government.
Kirk Douglas. Bert Lancaster, Fredric March, Ava Gardner and Martin Balsam.
Screenplay by Rod Serling (His personal favorite, of the screenplays that he wrote))
In glorious black and white.
Highly recommended.
 
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If you liked Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon or House of Lying Daggers, check out Hero with Jet Li.
The color and cinematography are incredible.

Some other lesser known favorites:
Pi - directed by Darren Aronofsky
Barfly - Mickey Rourke and Faye Dunaway (loosely based on poet Charles Bukowski)
Memento - Guy Pearce and Carrie Ann Moss, directed by Christopher Nolan
For Love of the Game - The Costner baseball movie everyone forgot about. More Rom-Com than sports themed. Good one to watch with your spouse.

Old school:
Stalag 17 with William Holden.
The Russians are Coming with and in the same genre, It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, both with too many big names to list.
 
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I am a lover of movies! I have a collection of movies from 1915 to the present day! As of now at #1604 between Video and DVD's! My surprise movies are:
1. STEALING HOME, 1999, with Mark Harmon, Jodie Foster & Harold Ramis. It follows Harmon's Billy Wyatt, from HS baseball player to adulthood, and Jodie Foster is his friend and mentor with Ramis his best buddy. A coming-of-age movie!
2.. A WALK IN THE SUN, 1945, A WWII movie with G.I's in Italy. Great cast of Dana Andrews, LLoyd Bridges, Richard Conte, George Tyne, John Ireland. A platoon going to try to take a German held farmhouse.
3. SAHARA, 1943, another great cast Humphrey Bogart, Bruce Bennett, J. Carrol Naish. WWII American tank crew with allied soldiers in North Africa.
4. SHENANDOAH, 1965, James Stewart, Doug McClure, Glenn Corbett, About a family in VA during the Civil War.
5. TROUBLE WITH THE CURVE,2012, Clint Eastwood, Amy Adams, Justin Timberlake, Clint is an old-time Baseball Scout in the Braves organization that is losing his sight and his estranged daughter, Adams, goes on his scouting trip, for a stud young outfielder.
6. FORT APACHE 1948, SHE WORE A YELLOW RIBBON, 1949, and RIO GRANDE 1950,,The trilogy of John Wayne/John Ford, Wayne, Henry Fond, Shirley Temple, John Agar, Ward Bond in Fort Apache, Yellow Ribbon, has Wayne, Joanne Dru,John Agar,Ben Johnson, Harry Carey, Jr. and 3rd Rio Grande, has Wayne, Maureen O'Hara, Johnson, Carey, Jr. Takes place in the late 1870's. A U.S.A. cavalry dealing with hostile indians.
Rshermvikes, thank you for including A Walk In The Sun. A little know but great WW2 movie. If you enjoyed that one you might want to check out "The Purple Heart", a fictional account of a trial of some American pilots by a Japanese court during WW2.
 
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The Night of the Hunter (1955)

stars Robert Mitchum
Director was Charles Laughton
Wow. Thank you for that piece of information Stormsurge. Charles Laughton was a great actor. Is he the same one?
 
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Red River with John Wayne, but I truly believe that without Montgomery Cliff it would have been just another John Wayne western. With him it is a true classic. John Ireland, normally a "B" actor also had an important role as "Cherry Valance", a "gunslinger" and Walter Brennen, possible the greatest character actor ever was great.
 
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Rshermvikes, thank you for including A Walk In The Sun. A little know but great WW2 movie. If you enjoyed that one you might want to check out "The Purple Heart", a fictional account of a trial of some American pilots by a Japanese court during WW2.

Hey Steelerone, YES! That was the one I was searching my 72 year old mind for! A truly excellent movie!
With Sahara, The Purple Heart & A Walk In The Sun makes the perfect WWII trilogy!
 
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Red River with John Wayne, but I truly believe that without Montgomery Cliff it would have been just another John Wayne western. With him it is a true classic. John Ireland, normally a "B" actor also had an important role as "Cherry Valance", a "gunslinger" and Walter Brennen, possible the greatest character actor ever was great.
"Red River" is one of my favorite westerns. It is one of the best films for both John Wayne and by Howard Hawks, who is one of the greatest American film directors, and one of my top three favorite film directors of all time. My own opinion is that anyone who doesn't know of "Red River" probably doesn't have much knowledge of classic films.
 
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The Night of the Hunter (1955)

stars Robert Mitchum
Director was Charles Laughton
I saw Night of the Hunter for the first time several years ago. Great movie, it is another all time classic. It just might be Robert Mitchum's best film performance. Also, a great supporting role for Lillian Gish as well. This just might be the best movie ever by someone who directed only one film. Of course, Charles Laughton had a very notable career as an actor.

Speaking of Laughton, I just thought of one of his films that would fit in very well in this thread. "Ruggles of Red Gap" is a film about a British butler who's aristocratic employer loses his services to an American couple in a poker game. Laughton's butler is then transported from high society Europe to the American West at the beginning of the 20th Century. Talk about a fish out of water. This is an absolutely marvelous comedy, and one that does a nice job at pointing out differences in the class structure of both Britain and America. This film is also notable for the quotation of a classic piece of American political oratory, something that became a staple of Laughton's career when he made personal appearances when not making films.
 
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Not really unknown, but certainly a cult movie: The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai,
Waking Ned Devine
The guy in the next cube loved Buckaroo Banzai, so much so he gave me his VHS tape years ago in attempt to get me to watch it. Didn't work and I thought I might still have it somewhere. I just checked where I thought it might be and it wasn't there. However, there was a VHS of Waking Ned Divine that another person at work loved so much she lent me her copy in a attempt to get me to watch it. I didn't get around to that one either. So what have we learned? The titles of two movies that some love so much they give/loan copies unsolicited because they want to share the love. And don't give me a VHS if you want it back, I forget.
 
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My own nomination is Happy-Go-Lucky by Mike Leigh. I remember leaving the theater feeling good and thinking "I really liked that movie." Sally Hawkins won a Best Actress Golden Globe, she was great. En-Ra-Ha!
 
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Hey Steelerone, YES! That was the one I was searching my 72 year old mind for! A truly excellent movie!
With Sahara, The Purple Heart & A Walk In The Sun makes the perfect WWII trilogy!
Hey Rshermvikes, don't forget "Abbot and Costello In The Navy". Seriously though, there are so many I forgot. One is "This Land Is Mine" with Charles Laughton. One of the finest actor of ours or any time. I checked a list of his movies in Winkipedia and I'm not sure that any actor of any generation has a resume close to him. Just a few - Witness For the Prosecution, Hunchback Of Notre Dame, The Canterville Ghost, Mutiny On The Bounty.
 
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I saw Night of the Hunter for the first time several years ago. Great movie, it is another all time classic. It just might be Robert Mitchum's best film performance. Also, a great supporting role for Lillian Gish as well. This just might be the best movie ever by someone who directed only one film. Of course, Charles Laughton had a very notable career as an actor.

Speaking of Laughton, I just thought of one of his films that would fit in very well in this thread. "Ruggles of Red Gap" is a film about a British butler who's aristocratic employer loses his services to an American couple in a poker game. Laughton's butler is then transported from high society Europe to the American West at the beginning of the 20th Century. Talk about a fish out of water. This is an absolutely marvelous comedy, and one that does a nice job at pointing out differences in the class structure of both Britain and America. This film is also notable for the quotation of a classic piece of American political oratory, something that became a staple of Laughton's career when he made personal appearances when not making films.
Dbmill, I think his last movie appearance was in a very political movie, "Advise and Consent". And, as usual, he was great. If you ever get a chance go to "Calf-Killer", a site for old time radio. You can download just about any program you want anywhere from the thirties on. He was a guest on the Edgar Bergen & Charlie McCarthy show several times and the repartee between he and Charlie is hilarious.
 

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