Movies you are ashamed to admit you have never seen

Seven_Point_Six_FiveSeven_Point_Six_Five Southern California
edited May 16 in General Movies & TV Posts: 1,192
A few days ago, I was going through a list of the greatest films of all time. It turns out many of them I have never seen.

So I figured we can post some of the films that we are guilty about never sitting down to watch and we can all berate each other over our poor choices. That should hopefully provide us with the motivation to finally watch these films.

I have never seen:
The Godfather Parts 1-3
Jaws
Casablanca
Dr Strangelove
Citizen Kane
Lawrence of Arabia
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
12 Angry Men
The Departed
Psycho
Close Encounters of the Third Kind
Rear Window

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  • Posts: 113
    I have never seen any of The Lord of the Rings (although I moved to NZ) .
    No Harry Potters
    No Mission Impossibles
  • BennyBenny Moderator
    Posts: 8,442
    A few days ago, I was going through a list of the greatest films of all time. It turns out many of them I have never seen.

    So I figured we can post some of the films that we are guilty about never sitting down to watch and we can all berate each other over our poor choices. That should hopefully provide us with the motivation to finally wash these films.

    I have never seen:
    The Godfather Parts 1-3
    Jaws
    Casablanca
    Dr Strangelove
    Citizen Kane
    Lawrence of Arabia
    One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

    Jaws
    Lawrence Of Arabia
    Dr. Strangelove
    One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest

    Go see them ASAP. Finish work early. I insist.
    The rest to follow after the above.
  • ThunderfingerThunderfinger Bed of snails
    Posts: 32,123
    We already have this thread.
  • BirdlesonBirdleson San Jose, CAModerator
    edited May 13 Posts: 26,060
    Those on your list (aside from The Godfather Part III) are among the greatest films ever made. It's a poorer life without them. All are in my all-time Top Twenty-FIve, the highlighted ones are in my Top Ten:


    The Godfather
    The Godfather Part II
    (both of them are just a notch behind Casablanca)
    Jaws
    Casablanca (my favorite of all time)
    Dr Strangelove
    Citizen Kane
    (a tick behind the ones that I commented upon above)
    Lawrence of Arabia
    One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
  • Seven_Point_Six_FiveSeven_Point_Six_Five Southern California
    edited May 14 Posts: 1,192
    acidie wrote: »
    I have never seen any of The Lord of the Rings (although I moved to NZ) .
    No Harry Potters
    No Mission Impossibles

    I've seen all of those films and loved just about all of them but the LOTR trilogy is the only one I'd say you should definitely watch someday.
    Birdleson wrote: »
    Those on your list (aside from The Godfather Part III) are among the greatest films ever made. It's a poorer life without them. All are in my all-time Top Twenty-FIve, the highlighted ones are in my Top Ten:


    The Godfather
    The Godfather Part II
    (both of them are just a notch behind Casablanca)
    Jaws
    Casablanca (my favorite of all time)
    Dr Strangelove
    Citizen Kane
    (a tick behind the ones that I commented upon above)
    Lawrence of Arabia
    One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

    The good thing is, as of several days ago, I own all the films on the list. I'm going to try to work my way through it each night.

    Last night I watched Rear Window and absolutely loved it. Its the first Hitchcock film I've ever watched.
  • edited May 14 Posts: 3,804
    The most noticeable ones on my "yet to see list" are Casablanca, North By Northwest and Rear Window. The last two are especially embarrassing as I do consider myself somewhat of a Hitchcock fan...
  • BirdlesonBirdleson San Jose, CAModerator
    edited May 14 Posts: 26,060
    I can't think of any specific films that I haven't seen that I feel that I need to see. I know that there are still a few Bergman out there that have evaded me, same with Ozu; but nothing specific. I spent most of my young adult life absorbing the classics from around the world and eating up the entire oeuvre of the more notable directors. Being a film major at a fairly young age opened up a lot for me (no VHS to speak of until I was almost out of college; finding a screening was the challenge, but my film classes had prints of most of the big ones. Living in LA and outside of NYC also helped a lot in that they both boast plenty of art and revival theatres).
  • edited May 14 Posts: 8,549
    Birdleson wrote: »
    Those on your list (aside from The Godfather Part III) are among the greatest films ever made. It's a poorer life without them. All are in my all-time Top Twenty-FIve, the highlighted ones are in my Top Ten:


    The Godfather
    The Godfather Part II
    (both of them are just a notch behind Casablanca)
    Jaws
    Casablanca (my favorite of all time)
    Dr Strangelove
    Citizen Kane
    (a tick behind the ones that I commented upon above)
    Lawrence of Arabia
    One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

    Classic movies. I must admit, though I have YET to enjoy Dr Strangelove.
    Some classics I save for a rainy day. I saved Citizen Kane for years and it was worth the wait.
    Another thing to add as far as classic Hollywood: I try not to pass up a chance to see these films on the big screen with an audience. I can attest Lawrence of Arabia, Casablanca, The Maltese Falcon, Jaws, Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Third Man and countless others are amazing on the big screen and an experience one is unlikely to forget. I'd throw in Adventures of Robin Hood, King Kong (1933), and the Universal horrors in there as well.
  • Fire_and_Ice_ReturnsFire_and_Ice_Returns The Phantom Planet
    Posts: 7,913
    Films I own that I have still not watched fully...
    Paths of Glory
    Munich
    Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Fincher version
    Other movies...
    Magnificent Ambersons
    Drive 2011
    Under Capricorn one of the very few Hitchcock films I have not seen, I own almost all his films.
    Barry Lyndon
    Heavens Gate

    There are alot of modern films that are highly regarded that I have no interest in watching.
  • BirdlesonBirdleson San Jose, CAModerator
    Posts: 26,060
    ToTheRight wrote: »
    Birdleson wrote: »
    Those on your list (aside from The Godfather Part III) are among the greatest films ever made. It's a poorer life without them. All are in my all-time Top Twenty-FIve, the highlighted ones are in my Top Ten:


    The Godfather
    The Godfather Part II
    (both of them are just a notch behind Casablanca)
    Jaws
    Casablanca (my favorite of all time)
    Dr Strangelove
    Citizen Kane
    (a tick behind the ones that I commented upon above)
    Lawrence of Arabia
    One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

    Classic movies. I must admit, though I have YET to enjoy Dr Strangelove.
    Some classics I save for a rainy day. I saved Citizen Kane for years and it was worth the wait.
    Another thing to add as far as classic Hollywood: I try not to pass up a chance to see these films on the big screen with an audience. I can attest Lawrence of Arabia, Casablanca, The Maltese Falcon, Jaws, Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Third Man and countless others are amazing on the big screen and an experience one is unlikely to forget. I'd throw in Adventures of Robin Hood, King Kong (1933), and the Universal horrors in there as well.

    I also have often waited for a big screen showing to watch many of the classics (or to rewatch).
  • Posts: 9,341
    jobo wrote: »
    The most noticeable ones on my "yet to see list" are Casablanca, North By Northwest and Rear Window. The last two are especially embarrassing as I do consider myself somewhat of a Hitchcock fan...

    North By Northwest and Rear Window are my favourite Hitchcock films alongside The Birds and Vertigo. You definitely need to watch these two!

    Re. Hitchcock; I've yet to see Psycho
  • Posts: 3,804
    jobo wrote: »
    The most noticeable ones on my "yet to see list" are Casablanca, North By Northwest and Rear Window. The last two are especially embarrassing as I do consider myself somewhat of a Hitchcock fan...

    North By Northwest and Rear Window are my favourite Hitchcock films alongside The Birds and Vertigo. You definitely need to watch these two!

    Re. Hitchcock; I've yet to see Psycho


    I know, I know... ;)

    Psycho is a must see too, obviously. I am not a fan of horror movies in general, but Psycho is so stylishly made and creative it is a great film on its own, regardless of genre.
  • edited May 15 Posts: 9,341
    jobo wrote: »
    jobo wrote: »
    The most noticeable ones on my "yet to see list" are Casablanca, North By Northwest and Rear Window. The last two are especially embarrassing as I do consider myself somewhat of a Hitchcock fan...

    North By Northwest and Rear Window are my favourite Hitchcock films alongside The Birds and Vertigo. You definitely need to watch these two!

    Re. Hitchcock; I've yet to see Psycho


    I know, I know... ;)

    Psycho is a must see too, obviously. I am not a fan of horror movies in general, but Psycho is so stylishly made and creative it is a great film on its own, regardless of genre.

    Not the biggest horror fan myself either, which is why I've not made much of an effort finding it. Will probably have to give it a watch eventually.
  • Seven_Point_Six_FiveSeven_Point_Six_Five Southern California
    edited May 15 Posts: 1,192
    I watched Dr Strangelove last night and loved it. George C. Scott as Gen. Turgidson was the standout for me, he was hilarious. I may have to add Patton to my list now.

    I think I'm going to watch Citizen Kane tonight though.
    ToTheRight wrote: »
    Another thing to add as far as classic Hollywood: I try not to pass up a chance to see these films on the big screen with an audience.

    That is actually the main reason I have yet to see Jaws. Despite having owned it for quite some time, I've been waiting for one of my local theaters to show it.
  • Posts: 8,549
    I watched Dr Strangelove last night and loved it. George C. Scott as Gen. Turgidson was the standout for me, he was hilarious. I may have to add Patton to my list now.

    I think I'm going to watch Citizen Kane tonight though.
    ToTheRight wrote: »
    Another thing to add as far as classic Hollywood: I try not to pass up a chance to see these films on the big screen with an audience.

    That is actually the main reason I have yet to see Jaws. Despite having owned it for quite some time, I've been waiting for one of my local theaters to show it.

    Jaws is a blast on the big screen. I find it more rare these days for theaters to play older movies unless one lives in a town that has a theater with specific classic movie programming. Sometimes there are film festivals that play the older stuff, though.
    I'd love to catch Rebel Without a Cause on the big screen some day.
  • BirdlesonBirdleson San Jose, CAModerator
    Posts: 26,060
    Front row opening night, with absolutely no foreknowledge of anything about it;at 12 years old, JAWS put me through the ringer.
  • LeonardPineLeonardPine The Bar on the Beach
    edited May 16 Posts: 2,174
    Birdleson wrote: »
    Front row opening night, with absolutely no foreknowledge of anything about it;at 12 years old, JAWS put me through the ringer.

    Similar experience myself when i was 9 years old.....although by the time it came to England it's reputation was well known.
  • j_w_pepperj_w_pepper Hamburg, near the Atlantic Hotel
    Posts: 3,768
    I am kind of relieved that except for Rebel Without a Cause, which I have owned on Blu-ray for at least four years or so but haven't chosen to watch, I've seen each and every movie that you people mentioned (and own almost all of them on disk). Now I don't doubt at all that I've missed out on a great many enjoyable and maybe even acclaimed movies so far, but those having appeared in this thread aren't among them.
  • Posts: 251
    Birdleson wrote: »
    Those on your list (aside from The Godfather Part III) are among the greatest films ever made. It's a poorer life without them. All are in my all-time Top Twenty-FIve, the highlighted ones are in my Top Ten:


    The Godfather
    The Godfather Part II
    (both of them are just a notch behind Casablanca)
    Jaws
    Casablanca (my favorite of all time)
    Dr Strangelove
    Citizen Kane
    (a tick behind the ones that I commented upon above)
    Lawrence of Arabia
    One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
    Citizen Kane and Cuckoo’s Nest are vastly overrated. I struggled to get through them. My life is definitely not poorer without them. The others definitely have their place as classics.

  • Posts: 251
    jobo wrote: »
    jobo wrote: »
    The most noticeable ones on my "yet to see list" are Casablanca, North By Northwest and Rear Window. The last two are especially embarrassing as I do consider myself somewhat of a Hitchcock fan...

    North By Northwest and Rear Window are my favourite Hitchcock films alongside The Birds and Vertigo. You definitely need to watch these two!

    Re. Hitchcock; I've yet to see Psycho


    I know, I know... ;)

    Psycho is a must see too, obviously. I am not a fan of horror movies in general, but Psycho is so stylishly made and creative it is a great film on its own, regardless of genre.
    I detest slasher films but PSYCHO is not only Hitchcock’s greatest film but one of the finest films ever made!! Such is the atmosphere and style that the film possesses. It’s unbeatable! The best looking black and white film ever!

  • MajorDSmytheMajorDSmythe S.A.R.A.H.Moderator
    Posts: 10,318
    Psycho isn't a slasher film, I don't even think of it as a horror film.
  • ThunderfingerThunderfinger Bed of snails
    Posts: 32,123
    I have yet to see LAWRENCE OF ARABIA.
  • RichardTheBruceRichardTheBruce I'm motivated by my Duty.
    Posts: 4,715
    I have yet to see LAWRENCE OF ARABIA.
    Worth seeing of course, recommended.

    Working for a few months in Jordan 10+ years ago I actually walked the grounds (and sands) of many of those historical and famous film sites. Aqaba, Wadi Rum, Petra, the King's Highway. A beautifully interesting country.
  • Posts: 251
    Psycho isn't a slasher film, I don't even think of it as a horror film.
    That is true. It’s a much deeper film than a simple slasher film. Which is why I love it so. That said, you have to agree that the modern slasher film (or to be more specific 1978’s HALLOWEEN) has its roots in a film like PSYCHO. An unstable individual becomes possessed and slashes unsuspecting visitors. Let’s face it - prior to PSYCHO we didn’t have anything like this. It was a pretty shocking film for its time. It pretty much invented a whole new genre. In fact critics hated the film at the time. They found it trashy and exploitative and beneath Hitchcock’s talents. Of course today we consider it a masterpiece, a work of art. But it wasn’t seen that way at the time. At the time it was viewed disparagingly, the way we would view a typical exploitation slasher film today. So there is definitely some connection between the slasher genre and PSYCHO.

  • edited May 17 Posts: 2,783
    I think you're overlooking Michael Powell's Peeping Tom which came out the very same year as Psycho, @ringfire211, which is also considered another progenitor of the contemporary slasher film. This "horror" gem was treated extremely harshly by the critics back in 1960. But unlike Hitchcock, the movie had a severely negative impact on Powell's career as a director afterwards. Thankfully, Martin Scorsese has been one of its biggest supporters, and has stated that this film, along with Federico Fellini's 8½, contains all that can be said about directing. A movie that has often been overlooked, has been given a new lease of life thanks to Scorsese's championing of it.
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