Fang's List

Savannah's List

This is a list for the pop-culturally challenged of movies every American young adult needs to see, written by a high-school-aged American male for a high-school-aged American female.
[last updated 5/10/2013] 

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Essential Movie List

Action

  1. Star Wars (Original Trilogy, 1-3 optional)
  2. Indiana Jones (Trilogy, 4th optional)
  3. Alien+Aliens, Predators 1+2+Predators, AVP
  4. Jurassic Park
  5. The Matrix (Trilogy optional)
  6. Pirates of the Caribbean (all)
  7. James Bond (As many as possible, especially: Goldfinger, Dr. No, Goldeneye, From Russia with Love, Man with the Golden Gun, Die Another Day, Live and Let Die, Casino Royale)
  8. Terminator *
  9. The Dark Knight (Trilogy)
  10. Xmen (All)
  11. Iron Man (1-3)
  12. Captain America
  13. The Avengers
  14. Men in Black (1-3)
  15. Ocean's Eleven
  16. Superman
  17. Watchmen
  18. Avatar
  19. Harry Potter (all)
  20. Star Trek (all)
  21. Starship Troopers
  22. Lord of the Rings
  23. The Hobbit
  24. Bladerunner
  25. League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
  26. Van Helsing
  27. Kick-Ass
  28. The Mummy
  29. Scott Pilgrim vs. World
  30. Inception
  31. Next
  32. 2012
  33. Day After Tomorrow
War
  1. Saving Private Ryan
  2. Full Metal Jacket (1st Half)
  3. Blackhawk Down *
  4. Band of Brothers
  5. The Pacific
  6. Hunt for Red October *
  7. Top Gun *
  8. Highlander *
Horror/Monster
  1. Anything by Alfred Hitchcock (The Birds
  2. American Psycho
  3. Psycho
  4. The Shining
  5. Cabin Fever
  6. Clockwork Orange
  7. Friday the 13th
  8. Nightmare on Elm Street
  9. Resident Evil
  10. The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)
  11. The Thing
  12. Them
  13. Frankenstein
  14. American Werewolf in London
  15. Creature from the Black Lagoon
  16. Silence of the Lambs
  17. Red Dragon

 Life/Love

  1. Breakfast Club
  2. Ferris Bueller's Day Off
  3. Sixteen Candles
  4. Fight Club
  5. Princess Bride
  6. Field of Dreams
  7. A Christmas Story
  8. Christmas in Connecticut
  9. Miracle on 34th Street (1947)
  10. Dead Poets Society
  11. Forest Gump
  12. Groundhog Day
  13. Back to the Future (Trilogy)
  14. Footloose
  15. Pretty in Pink
  16. Love Actually
  17. Big
  18. Ever After *
  19. Time Traveler's Wife
  20. The Adjustment Bureau
  21. The Bucket List
  22. Pride And Prejudice (1995)
  23. The Social Network
  24. King's Speech
  25. Rainman

 Comedy/Satire

  1. Airplane
  2. Rocky Horror Picture Show
  3. The Birdcage
  4. Ghostbusters
  5. Zombieland
  6. Scary Movie 3
  7. Spaceballs
  8. Galaxy Quest
  9. Hitch
  10. Monty Python (QFTHG, Life of Brian)
  11. Anchorman
  12. Blazing Saddles
  13. The Mask
  14. Young Frankenstein
  15. The Producers (Both)
  16. Bruce Almighty
  17. My Favorite Martian
  18. Sleepless in Seattle *
  19. When Harry Met Sally *
  20. Notting Hill *
  21. You've Got Mail *
  22. Dave
Classics
  1. The Godfather
  2. Titanic
  3. Soylent Green
  4. Wizard of Oz
  5. Close Encounters of the 3rd Kind
  6. Jaws
  7. Phantom of the Opera
  8. Karate Kid (1984) *
  9. The Sixth Sense
  10. Planet of the Apes
  11. Gone with the Wind *
  12. All about Eve *
  13. Fried Green Tomatoes *
  14. Starman
  15. Somewhere in Time *
  16. The Maltese Falcon *

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