THE MOVIES

 BEST BY GENRE

I consider myself a student of film. I watch a lot of movies. I read about them. As a photographer, I’m always looking at how cinematographers use visual elements as part of the filmmaking. As a writer, I look at how words and the rhythm of dialogue becomes part of a movie. Then I watch them again to see what I missed.

COMEDY
The Big Lebowski
Raising Arizona
It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World
A Hard Day’s Night
The Producers
Take the Money and Run
Sleeper

American Graffiti

The Gold Rush

Modern Times

Young Frankenstein
Life of Brian
National Lampoon's Animal House
Airplane!
A Christmas Story
Lost in America
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
Clerks

Bottle Rocket

The Darjeeling Limited
The Royal Tenenbaums
The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
Napoleon Dynamite
Moonrise Kingdom
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels



MOCKUMENTARY
A Mighty Wind
Waiting for Guffman
This is Spinal Tap



COMEDY-DRAMA
The Sting
American Graffiti
Glengarry Glen Ross
Nebraska

Do the Right Thing
Lost in Translation

The Man Who Would be King

Local Hero
The Paper
48 Hrs
Midnight Run
Diner



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


DARK COMEDY
Trainspotting
American Beauty
Birdman
The King of Comedy
Burn After Reading
Pulp Fiction
Little Miss Sunshine

Melvin & Howard

Leaving Las Vegas
Barton Fink

A Serious Man
The Men Who Stare at Goats
M*A*S*H
An American Werewolf in London

DRAMA
Lifeboat
Of Mice and Men
Grapes of Wrath
The Best Years of Our Lives
All About Eve

To Have and Have Not

The Magnificient Ambersons
A Place in the Sun
12 Angry Men
Doctor Zhivago
Cool Hand Luke
Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner
Easy Rider
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
Midnight Cowboy
Five Easy Pieces
Deliverance
The Paper Chase
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
The Deer Hunter
Breaking Away

Saturday Night Fever

Excalibur
Wall Street
Rain Man
Drugstore Cowboy
The Grifters

A Few Good Men
Philadelphia
The Shawshank Redemption
Leaving Las Vegas
Good Will Hunting
Inside Llewyn Davis

Boyhood
Winter’s Bone
Whiplash
Spotlight



CRIME DRAMA

In the Heat of the Night

The French Connection

Badlands

Serpico

Reservoir Dogs

Little Caesar

The Usual Suspects

No Country for Old Men

Bonnie and Clyde

Dog Day Afternoon

 

 

WAR DRAMA
Sergeant York

Paths of Glory
The Bridge on the River Kwai
The Dirty Dozen
The Great Escape
Patton
Platoon
Saving Private Ryan
The Hurt Locker
Zero Dark Thirty
Full Metal Jacket



HISTORICAL DRAMA
Gone With the Wind
Ben Hur
Lawrence of Arabia
Chariots of Fire
The Right Stuff
The King’s Speech
The Pride of the Yankees

WESTERN

Stagecoach

The Seven Samurai

Rio Bravo

The Magnificent Seven

High Plains Drifter

Treasure of the Sierra Madre

Unforgiven

True Grit

SPORTS
Caddyshack
Brian’s Song
Rocky
Raging Bull
The Natural
Bull Durham
Rollerball
Bad News Bears



SCIENCE FICTION

The Day the Earth Stood Still

The War of the Worlds

Forbidden Planet

Star Wars

The Empire Strikes Back

The Terminator

Her

The Martian

Invasion of the Body Snatchers

MONSTER

Godzilla, King of the Monsters

Godzilla (2015)

The Thing

Frankenstein

Alien

Them!

Creature from the Black Lagoon

 

 

MUSICAL

Singing in the Rain

An American in Paris

West Side Story

The Sound of Music

Chicago

 

 

FANTASY

Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

Rocky Horror Picture Show

 

 

ANIMATED

Fantasia

Chicken Run

Toy Story

Monsters, Inc.

The Incredibles

The Iron Giant

Up

Despicable Me

Shaun the Sheep

Fantastic Mr. Fox

 

 

SILENT

Metropolis

Nosferatu

The Kid

The General

 

 

DOCUMENTARY

The Last Waltz

Roger & Me

Hoop Dreams

FILM NOIR

The Big Clock

The Big Sleep

Key Largo

 

NEO NOIR

Body Heat

LA Confidential

 

 

POLITICAL

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

The Great Dictator

Fail Safe

Nashville

Good Night and Good Luck

Face in the Crowd

The Candidate

Advise and Consent

Wag the Dog

Seven Days in May

 

 

SUSPENSE

Rebecca

Whatever Happened to Baby Jane

The Birds

Duel

The Sixth Sense

Psycho

 

THRILLER

The Lady Vanishes

Gaslight

Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?

The Shining

The Day of the Jackal

Jaws

Taxi Driver

The Silence of the Lambs

 

 

SPY THRILLER
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
The Spy Who Came In from the Cold
Foreign Correspondent
The Hunt for Red October
Goldfinger
From Russia with Love
Notorious
Marathon Man
The 39 Steps
Gorky Park
Argo
The Ipcress File

Bridge of Spies


ACTION THRILLER
Dirty Harry
Die Hard

The Rock

The Warriors
Shaft
Enter the Dragon



ACTION ADVENTURE
Raiders of the Lost Ark
Gladiator
Mad Max
Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior
Iron Man
The Avengers