THE MOVIES

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ACTION

 

ACTION/ADVENTURE
Gladiator
Master and Commander: The Far Side of theWorld
Raiders of the Lost Ark
The Revenant
The Warriors

ACTION/COMEDY
Thelma and Louise

ACTION/CRIME
Dirty Harry
In the Line of Fire

ACTION/FANTASY
Jurassic Park

ACTION/FUTURISTIC
Mad Max
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Road Warrior

ACTION/MARTIAL ARTS
Kill Bill: Vol. 1

ACTION/SUPERHERO
Black Panther
Captain America: Civil War
Deadpool
Iron Man
The Avengers
The Dark Knight
Wonder Woman

ACTION/THRILLER
Die Hard
First Blood
The Fugitive
The Rock


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ADVENTURE

ADVENTURE/DRAMA
Moby Dick

ADVENTURE/DRAMA
The African Queen
The Adventures of Robin Hood


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ANIMATED
Chicken Run
Despicable Me
Despicable Me 2
Dumbo
Fantasia
Fantastic Mr. Fox
Finding Nemo
Inside Out
Monsters, Inc.
Shaun the Sheep
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
The Incredibles
The Incredibles 2
The Iron Giant
Toy Story
Wall-E


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BIOPIC

BIOPIC/MUSICAL
Bohemian Rhapsody
Rocketman

BIOPIC/SPORTS
The Pride of the Yankees


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COMEDY

COMEDY/CRIME
48 Hrs
A Shot in the Dark
American Hustle
Gross Pointe Blank
The Thin Man

COMEDY/DARK
A Serious Man
After Hours
American Beauty
An American Werewolf in London
Barton Fink
Being John Malkovich
Birdman
Burn After Reading
Desperately Seeking Susan
Django Unchained
Hail, Caesar!
In the Company of Men
Juno
Little Miss Sunshine
Magnolia
Melvin and Howard
Monsieur Verdoux
Moonrise Kingdom
Pulp Fiction
Sexy Beast
Shaun of the Dead
The Americanization of Emily
The Death of Stalin
The Devil Wears PRada
The Graduate
The King of Comedy
The Man Who Wasn’t There
The Men Who Stare at Goats
Trainspotting

COMEDY/DRAMA
Almost Famous
Annie Hall
Boogie Nights
Diner
Do the Right Thing
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Forrest Gump
Glengarry Glen Ross
Hannah and Her Sisters
Harold and Maude
Harry and Tonto
Lady Bird
Local Hero
Manhattan
Midnight Run
Miracle on 34th Street
Mister Roberts
Nebraska
Silver Linings Playbook
The Adventures of Priscilla: Queen of the Desert
The Florida Project
The Informant!
The Man Who Would be King
The Paper
The Sting
The Unbearable Lightness of Being
Tin Men
Woman of the Year
Working Girl

COMEDY/MOCKUMENTARY
A Mighty Wind
Real Life
This is Spinal Tap
Waiting for Guffman


 

COMEDY/POLITICAL
The Great Dictator
Wag the Dog


COMEDY/ROMANTIC
A Fish Called Wanda
Breakfast at Tiffany’s
Four Weddings and a Funeral
It Happened One Night
Love, Actually
Risky Business
Say Anything …
Some Like it Hot
The Apartment


COMEDY/TRADITIONAL
A Christmas Story
A Day at the Races

A Hard Day’s Night
A Night at the Opera
Airplane!
Alfie
Animal Crackers

Animal House
Arsenic and Old Lace
Arthur
Blazing Saddles

Borat
Born Yesterday
Bottle Rocket
Bridesmaids
Bringing Up Baby
Caddyshack
Cedar Rapids
Clerks
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
Down and Out in Beverly Hills
Duck Soup
Ed Wood
Fast Times at Ridgemont High
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
Ghostbusters
Groundhog Day
High Fidelity
His Girl Friday
Horse Feathers
It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World
Lost in America
Modern Times
Monty Python and the Holy Grail
Monty Python’s Life of Brian
Na
poleon Dynamite
National Lampoon’s Animal House
National Lampoon’s Vacation
Ninotchka

Office Space

Old School

Planes, Trains and Automobiles
Raising Arizona
Rushmore
Shampoo
Sleeper

Stripes
Sullivan’s Travels
Superbad
Take the Money and Run
The Bank Dick
The Big Lebowski

The Blues Brothers
The Champ
The Darjeeling Limited
The Gold Rush
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Hangover

The In-Laws
The Jerk
The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

The Odd Couple
The Philadelphia Story
The Producers
The Royal Tenenbaums

The Thin Man
Tootsie

Trading Places

What About Bob?

What We Do in the Shadows
Young Frankenstein
Zelig


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CRIME

CRIME/ACTION
Bullitt
Shaft
The French Connection

CRIME/DRAMA
Badlands
Blood Simple
Bonnie and Clyde
Casino
City of God
Dog Day Afternoon
Goodfellas
In the Heat of the Night
Little Caesar
Mean Streets
Miller’s Crossing
On the Waterfront
Reservoir Dogs
Serpico
The Departed
The Untouchables
The Usual Suspects

CRIME/FILM NOIR
Touch of Evil

CRIME/FUTURISTIC
A Clockwork Orange

CRIME/MARTIAL ARTS
Enter the Dragon

 

CRIME/SUSPENSE-THRILLER

Basic Instinct

Gorky Park



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DOCUMENTARY

 

Bowling for Columbine
Farenheit 9/11
Hoop Dreams
Monrovia, Indiana
Roger & Me
The Last Waltz


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DRAMA

DRAMA/ACTION
Escape From Alcatraz

DRAMA/ADVENTURE
Deliverance
Easy Rider
Stand By Me

DRAMA/COMEDY
A Face in the Crowd
American Graffiti
As Good as it Gets
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
Lost in Translation
Network
Roman Holiday

DRAMA/COURTROOM
12 Angry Men
A Few Good Men
Inherit the Wind
Philadelphia

DRAMA/CRIME
Chinatown
Doubt
Mystic River
Spotlight
The Wild One



 

DRAMA/FANTASY
Excalibur
The Fisher King


DRAMA/FOREIGN
Au Revoir Les Enfants
La Dolce Vida
Ran
Roma


DRAMA/HISTORICAL
A Beautiful Mind


DRAMA/MUSICAL
A Star is Born (2018)
I’m Not There
Inside Llewyn Davis
Saturday Night Fever


DRAMA/POLITICAL
The Candidate
Advise and Consent
Fail Safe
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
Nashville
Seven Days in May


DRAMA/SUSPENSE-THRILLER
Eyes Wide Shut
Manchester by the Sea
The Manchurian Candidate
Winter’s Bone


DRAMA/WAR
Coming Home
Lifeboat
The Best Years of Our Lives
The Deer Hunter
The Year of Living Dangerously


DRAMA/WESTERN
Dances with Wolves


DRAMA/TRADITIONAL
A History of Violence
A Place in the Sun
A Raisin in the Sun
A River Runs Through It
A Streetcar Named Desire
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
Akira Kurosawa’s Dreams
All About Eve
America History X
American Psycho
Avalon
Blackboard Jungle
Boyhood
Boys Don’t Cry
Boyz’N the Hood
Brief Encounter
Brokeback Mountain
Brooklyn
Bugsy
Call Me By Your Name
Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Capernum
Captains Courageous
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
Children of Men
Cool Hand Luke
Crumb
Dallas Buyer’s Club
Drugstore Cowboy
Fences
Five Easy Pieces
For Whom the Bell Tolls
Good Will Hunting
Grand Hotel
Grapes of Wrath
Great Expectations
Green Book
Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner
Hope and Glory
Hotel Rwanda
How Green Was My Valley
Hud
In the Name of the Father
Jezebel
Johnny Belinda
Kramer vs Kramer
Leaving Las Vegas
Lolita
Marty
Meet John Doe
Midnight Cowboy
Mildred Pierce
Moonlight
Mrs. Miniver
My Own Private Idaho
Of Mice and Men
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
Ordinary People
Paterson
Places in the Heart
Rain Man
Rashomon
Reversal of Fortune
Sabrina
Sounder
State Fair
Straight Time
Sunset Boulevard
Tender Mercies
The Apostle
The Asphalt Jungle
The Bicycle Thief
The Big Chill
The Color of Money
The Crying Game
The Defiant Ones
The Descendants
The Edge of Seventeen
The Good Earth
ThE Grapes of Wrath
The Greatest Show on Earth
The Grifters
The Help
The Hustler
The Insider
The Kids are All Right
The Lady Eve
The Last Picture Show
The Lion in Winter
The Lost Weekend
The Magnificent Ambersons
The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit
The Ox-Bow Incident
The Paper Chase
The Pianist
The Piano
The Quiet Man
The Red Shoes
The Shawshank Redemption
The Wolf of Wall Street
The Yearling
There Will Be Blood
Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri
To Have and Have Not
To Kill a Mockingbird
Wall Street
Whiplash
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf
Wuthering Heights


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FANTASY

FANTASY/ADVENTURE
Around the World in 80 Days
Lord of the Rings: Return of the King
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

FANTASY/COMEDY
Brazil
Edward Scissorhands
Rocky Horror Picture Show
Scrooged
Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory



 

FANTASY/DRAMA
Black Swan
Her
It’s a Wonderful Life
Pan’s Labyrinth
Scrooge
The Shape of Water
The Invisible Man

FANTASY/MUSICAL
La La Land
The Wizard of Oz

FANTASY/SUSPENSE-THRILLER
Poltergeist


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FILM NOIR

Double Indemnity
Key Largo
The Big Sleep
The Maltese Falcon
Body Heat
L.A. Confidential
The Big Clock
The Third Man


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HISTORICAL

HISTORICAL/ALTERNATE
Inglourious Basterds

HISTORICAL/COURTROOM
Judgment at Nuremburg

HISTORICAL/DRAMA
12 Years a Slave
Amadeus
Apollo 13
Bad Day at Black Rock
Blackhawk Down
BlacKkKlansman
Bound for Glory
Braveheart
Chariots of Fire
Dunkirk
First Man
Flags of our Fathers
Frost/Nixon
Gallipoli
Glory
I, Tonya
In Cold Blood
JFK
Juarez
Letters from Iwo Jima
Life is Beautiful
Lincoln
Little Big Man
Lust for Life
Madame Curie
Malcom X
Milk
Mississippi Burning
Mudbound
My Left Foot
Papillon
Quiz Show
Schindler’s List
Selma
The Elephant Man
The Imitation Game
The King’s Speech
The Last Emperor
The Queen
The Right Stuff
The Social Network
The Theory of Everything

HISTORICAL/EPIC
Ben-Hur
Doctor Zhivago
Gone With the Wind
Lawrence of Arabia
Reds

HISTORICAL/MUSICAL
Walk the Line

HISTORICAL/POLITICAL
Good Night and Good Luck


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HORROR

HORROR/FUTURISTIC
28 Days Later

HORROR/MONSTER
Creature from the Black Lagoon
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Dracula
Frankenstein
Godzilla (2015)
Godzilla, King of the Monsters
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
The Thing
Them!

HORROR/SUSPENSE-THRILLER
Get Out
The Birds
Eraserhead
Night of the Living Dead
Rosemary’s Baby


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MUSICAL

An American in Paris
Cabaret
Chicago
Jailhouse Rock
Mary Poppins
Meet Me in St. Louis
My Fair Lady
Oklahoma!
Singin’ in the Rain
Slumdog Millionaire
The King and I
The Sound of Music
West Side Story
Yankee Doodle Dandy


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SCIENCE FICTION

SCI-FI/ACTION
The Terminator

SCI-FI/ADVENTURE
Forbidden Planet
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Star Wars
The Empire Strikes Back

SCI-FI/DRAMA
Interstellar
The Martian

SCI-FI/FANTASY
Close Encounters of the Third Kind
E.T. the Extraterrestrial
The Day the Earth Stood Still
The Time Machine

The War of the Worlds

 

SCI-FI/FUTURISTIC
Blade Runner 2049
Ex Machina
Planet of the Apes
Alien
Aliens
Invasion of the Body Snatchers

SCI-FI/THRILLER
Donnie Darko


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SILENT
 
SILENT/COMEDY
The General
The Kid

SILENT/FUTURISTIC
Metropolis

SILENT/HORROR
Nosferatu


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SPORTS

SPORTS/COMEDY
Bad News Bears
Bull Durham
Slap Shot

SPORTS/DRAMA
Breaking Away
Brian’s Song
Creed
Million Dollar Baby
Moneyball
Raging Bull
Rocky
The Natural

SPORTS/FANTASY
Rollerball


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SUSPENSE-
THRILLER


SUSPENSE/ACTION
Duel
The Day of the Jackal

SUSPENSE/ADVENTURE
Jaws
The 39 Steps

SUSPENSE/CRIME
Dial M for Murder

SUSPENSE/HORROR
Psycho
The Sixth Sense

SUSPENSE/MYSTERY
Anatomy of a Murder
The Lady From Shanghai
The Lady Vanishes

SUSPENSE/PSYCHOLOGICAL
Gaslight
Kiss of the Spider Woman
Memento
Mulholland Drive
Rebecca
Rope
Se7en
Suspicion
Taxi Driver
The Shining
The Silence of the Lambs
The Spellbound
Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?

SUSPENSE/SPY
Argo
Bridge of Spies
From Russia with Love
Goldfinger
Marathon Man
No Way Out
Notorious
The Hunt for Red October
The Ipcress File
The Spy Who Came In from the Cold
Thunderball
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy


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WAR

WAR/COMEDY
Good Morning, Vietnam

WAR/DARK COMEDY
Stalag 17
Catch-22
M*A*S*H

WAR/DRAMA
A Farewell to Arms
Apocalypse Now
Empire of the Sun
From Here to Eternity
Full Metal Jacket
Paths of Glory
Platoon
Saving Private Ryan
Sergeant York
The Bridge on the River Kwai
The Dirty Dozen
The Great Escape
The Hurt Locker
Three Kings
Zero Dark Thirty

WAR/HISTORICAL
Patton
The Longest Day
Thirty Seconds over Tokyo

WAR/SPY
Foreign Correspondent

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WESTERN

High Noon
High Plains Drifter
Rio Bravo
Rio Grande
Seven Samurai
Shane
Stagecoach
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
The Magnificent Seven
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
The Wild Bunch
True Grit
True Grit (2010)
Unforgiven