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Be Careful What You Ask For

The other day, on my Facebook page, I bemoaned my lack of knowledge in contemporary culture, most notably film. It seems that for the past 40 years or so, I’ve missed out on a lot of movies that I should have seen, what with having a career that took me all over the world, and raising a kid, and all that. So I posted the following picture of four movies I had just taken out from the library, along with a request for titles of movies I absolutely must see.

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Holy Smokes! I was not expecting the response. Friends gave me the names of their favorite movies from the past 40 years, as well as some from the Golden Age of Hollywood in the mid-1900s. I collected all the titles in a little spiral notebook. Then some friends asked for a copy of the list. Egads, all that typing!!

So, without further ado, I give you my social life for the next year. I have omitted what I’ve already seen, but if you would like to add to my list, please do! (Also, if I’ve screwed up a name, please let me know so I’m not looking for a movie that doesn’t exist. Thanks!)

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8 Seconds
10
16 Candles
The 40-year-old Virgin
A
The Abyss
The African Queen
American Beauty
An Affair to Remember
As Good As It Gets
B
Bachelor Party
Beaches
A Beautiful Life
A Beautiful Mind
Best in Show
Better Off Dead
Big
The Big Chill
Big Fish
Big Trouble in Little China
The Birdcage
Blaze
The Blind Side
The Bone Collector
Borat
The Book of Eli
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
Boyhood
Brave
Braveheart
The Breakfast Club
Bridges of Madison County
Bull Durham
The Burbs
C
Caddyshack
Casablanca
Catch Me If You Can
Chocolat
Clueless
The Count of Monte Cristo
The Cradle Will Rock
Crazy Stupid Love
Crybaby (Johnny Depp)
D
Dead Poets Society
The Devil Wears Prada
Don’t Look Now (we’re being shot at)
Dragonfly
Driving Miss Daisy
The Duff
E
Edward Scissorhands
Elizabeth
Elizabeth I (BBC)
Escape from New York
Event horizon
Ever After
Everything Is Illuminated
F
Fast Times at Ridgemont high
Father of the Bride
A Few Good Men
Field of Dreams
Flight Club
Finding Neverland
Flicka (Tim McGraw)
French Kiss
Friday Night Lights
Fried Green Tomatoes
G
Gandhi
G.I. Jane
The Gift
Goonies
The Great Outdoors
The Green Mile
Grosse Point Blank
H
Hairspray
Harold and Maude
Heart and Soul
Heartburn
High Fidelity
Highlander
The Holiday
Hook
Hope Floats
Howard’s End
The Hunger Games
I
Il Orfanado (Spain)
Indiscreet
Interstellar
Into the West
Invictus
It’s Complicated
J
Jack
Jacobs Ladder
Jerry Maguire
John Q
K
Kung Fury
L
Labor Day
Ladyhawk
Lady Jane
The Lake House
Last Ounce of Courage
The Last Samurai
A League of Their Own
Life Is Beautiful (in Italian)
Like Water for Chocolate
Lonesome Dove
Lord of the Rings
The Lost Boys
Lost in Translation
Love, Actually
Ludwig (Luchino Visconti)
M
Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World
The Maltese Falcon
Man on Fire
A Mighty Wind
Million Dollar Baby
The Mirror Has Two Faces
Mona Lisa Smile
Moonrise Kingdom
Moonstruck
Mr. Holland’s Opus
Mrs. Doubtfire
Must Love Dogs
My Sister’s Keeper
Mystic Pizza
N
The Notebook
Notorious
Now Voyager
Now You See Me
O
O Brother, Where Art Thou
On Golden Pond
P
Pan’s Labyrinth
Patch Adams
Pearl Harbor
The Philadelphia Story (Hepburn, grant)
Phoebe in Wonderland
The Piano
Pirates of the Caribbean
Pitch Perfect
Places in the Heart
The Power of One
Predator 1
Predator 2
The Prince of Tides
The Proposal
The Protector
Pursuit of Happyness
Q
R

Rear Window
Rebecca
Red
Red Violin
Remains of the Day
Remember the Titans
The Right Stuff
Road House
S
Saint Elmo’s Fire
Say aAything
Schindler’s List
Scream (all of them)
Secondhand Lions
Se7en
Seven Years in Tibet
Shaun of the Dead
The Shawshank Redemption
Signs
Simon Birch
Sissi (1953)
Six Pack
Sleepless in Seattle
Sleepy Hollow
Slumdog Millionaire
Smokey and the Bandit
Soft Fruit
Something’s Gotta Give
Somewhere in Time
Spaceballs
Steel Magnolias
Suspicion
Sweet Home Alabama
T
Terms of Endearment
Thin Blue Line
The Thing
To Catch a Thief
Trip to Bountiful
The Tudors
U
Uncle Buck
Under the Tuscan Sun
The Usual Suspects
V
The Village
W
A Walk to Remember
The Water Diviner
Wedding Crashers
What about Bob
What Dreams May Come
What’s Eating Gilbert Grape
When Harry Met Sally
While You Were Sleeping
White Queen
Willow
The Women
X
Y

You’ve Got Mail
Z

Series/Miniseries
Ashes to Ashes
Blue Blood
Breaking Bad
Gettysburg
House of Cards
Law and Order
Life on Mars
Monarch of the Glen (Netflix)
North and South
Power Watch
Roots