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The list is Ebert’s 101 Films You Must See Before You Die. Embolden the ones you’ve seen:

2001: A Space Odyssey(1968) Stanley Kubrick
The 400 Blows (1959) Francois Truffaut
8 1/2 (1963) Federico Fellini
Aguirre, the Wrath of God (1972) Werner Herzog
Alien (1979) Ridley Scott. 
All About Eve (1950) Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Annie Hall (1977) Woody Allen
Bambi (1942) Disney
Battleship Potemkin (1925) Sergei Eisenstein
The Best Years of Our Lives (1946) William Wyler
The Big Red One (1980) Samuel Fuller
The Bicycle Thieves (1949) Vittorio De Sica
The Big Sleep (1946) Howard Hawks
Blade Runner (1982) Ridley Scott
Blowup (1966) Michelangelo Antonioni
Blue Velvet (1986) David Lynch
Bonnie and Clyde(1967) Arthur Penn

À Bout de Souffle (1959 )Jean-Luc Godard
Bringing Up Baby (1938) Howard Hawks
Carrie (1975) Brian DePalma 
Casablanca(1942) Michael Curtiz
Un Chien Andalou (1928) Luis Bunuel & Salvador Dali
Les Enfants du Paradis (1945) Marcel Carne
Chinatown(1974) Roman Polanski
Citizen Kane (1941) Orson Welles
A Clockwork Orange(1971) Stanley Kubrick
The Crying Game (1992) Neil Jordan
The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951) Robert Wise
Days of Heaven (1978) Terence Malick ( beautiful and much under-rated)
Dirty Harry (1971) Don Siegel
The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972) Luis Bunuel
Do the Right Thing (1989) Spike Lee
La Dolce Vita (1960) Federico Fellini
Double Indemnity (1944) Billy Wilder
Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying andLove the Bomb (1964) Stanley Kubrick
Duck Soup (1933) Leo McCarey
ET The Extra-Terrestrial (1982) StevenSpielberg
Easy Rider (1969) Dennis Hopper
The Empire Strikes Back (1980) Irvin Kershner
The Exorcist (1973) William Friedkin
Fargo(1995) Joel & Ethan Coen
Fight Club (1999) David Fincher
Frankenstein (1931) James Whale
The General (1927) Buster Keaton & Clyde Bruckman
The Godfather (1972) Francis Ford Coppola
The Godfather, Part II (1974) Francis Ford Coppola
Gone With the Wind (1939) Victor Fleming
GoodFellas (1990) Martin Scorsese
The Graduate (1967) Mike Nichols

Halloween (1978) John Carpenter
A Hard Day’s Night (1964) Richard Lester
Intolerance (1916) D.W. Griffith
It’s A Gift (1934) Norman Z. McLeod
It’s a Wonderful Life (1946) Frank Capra
Jaws (1975) Steven Spielberg
The Lady Eve (1941) Preston Sturges
Lawrence of Arabia (1962) David Lean
M (1931) Fritz Lang
Mad Max 2 (1981) George Miller
The Maltese Falcon (1941) John Huston

The Manchurian Candidate (1962) John Frankenheimer
Metropolis (1926) Fritz Lang
Modern Times (1936) Charles Chaplin
Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975) Terry Jones & Terry Gilliam
Nashville(1975) Robert Altman
The Night of the Hunter (1955) Charles Laughton
Night of the Living Dead (1968) George Romero
North by Northwest (1959) Alfred Hitchcock
Nosferatu (1922) F.W. Murnau
On the Waterfront (1954) Elia Kazan
Once Upon a Time in the West (1968) Sergio Leone
Out of the Past (1947) Jacques Tournier
Persona (1966) Ingmar Bergman
Pink Flamingos (1972) John Waters
Psycho (1960) Alfred Hitchcock
Pulp Fiction (1994) Quentin Tarantino
Rashomon (1950) Akira Kurosawa
Rear Window (1954) Alfred Hitchcock
Rebel Without a Cause (1955) Nicholas Ray
Red River (1948) Howard Hawks
Repulsion (1965) Roman Polanski
Règle du jeu (1939) Jean Renoir
Scarface (1932) Howard Hawks
The Scarlet Empress (1934) Josef von Sternberg
Schindler’s List (1993) Steven Spielberg

The Searchers (1956) John Ford
The Seven Samurai (1954) Akira Kurosawa
Singin’ in the Rain (1952) Stanley Donen & Gene Kelly
Some Like It Hot (1959) Billy Wilder
A Star Is Born (1954) George Cukor
A Streetcar Named Desire (1951) Elia Kazan

Sunset Boulevard (1950) Billy Wilder
Taxi Driver (1976) Martin Scorsese
The Third Man (1949) Carol Reed
Tokyo Story (1953) Yasujiro Ozu
Touch of Evil (1958) Orson Welles
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948) John Huston
Trouble in Paradise (1932) Ernst Lubitsch
Vertigo (1958) Alfred Hitchcock
West Side Story (1961) Jerome Robbins/Robert Wise
The Wild Bunch (1969) Sam Peckinpah
The Wizard of Oz (1939) Victor Fleming

So i’ve seen 68 out of the 101. The one’s I’ve missed seem ot be some early silents, horror and sheer violence, which I tend to avoid and some classic 50’s and early 60’s arthouse material. Too young for the first time round.
Some strange choices – why Holy Grail and not Life of Brian? Is Fight Club really that good? Where’s “Once Upon a Time in America”?

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