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Favorite non military movie

Discussion in 'Lounge' started by Wayneb, Sep 6, 2022.

  1. harrytheheid A Fixture

    Yeah, not a bad idea...(y)
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  2. harrytheheid A Fixture

    Almost finished.
    Going forward, I shall have a think about starting a thread on favorite military-themed movies.
    As well as one discussing HBO's House of the Dragon.

    The Postman Always Rings Twice (1981) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0082934/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0
    The Princess Bride (1987) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0093779/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0
    The Prisoner of Zenda (1937) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0029442/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0
    The Prisoner of Zenda (1952) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0045053/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0
    The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes (1970) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0066249/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0
    The Right Stuff (1983) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0086197/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0
    The Sand Pebbles (1966) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0060934/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0
    The Searchers (1956) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0049730/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0
    The Seven Year Itch (1955) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0048605/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0
    The Shawshank Redemption (1994) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0111161/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0
    The Sheriff Of Fractured Jaw (1958) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0052191/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0
    The Shining (1980) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0081505/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0
    The Shootist (1976) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0075213/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0
    The Snows of Kilimanjaro (1952) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0045162/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0
    The Spirit of St. Louis (1957) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0051003/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0
    The Stepford Wives (1975) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0073747/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0
    The Stepford Wives (2004) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0327162/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0
    The Sting (1973) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0070735/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0
    The Strange Love of Martha Ivers (1946) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0038988/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0
    The Sum of All Fears (2002) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0164184/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0
  3. bigtodd PlanetFigure Supporter

  4. harrytheheid A Fixture

  5. harrytheheid A Fixture

    Not too many to go now that "T" is just about finished.

    The Ten Commandments (1956) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0049833/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0
    The Third Man (1949) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0041959/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0
    The Tomb of Ligeia (1964) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0059821/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0
    The Untouchables (1987) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0094226/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0
    The White Countess (2005) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0384686/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0
    The Whole Wide World (1996) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0118163/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0
    The Wicker Man (1973) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0070917/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0
    The Wild One (1953) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0047677/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0
    The Wind (2018) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt8426594/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0
    The Winslow Boy (1999) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0155388/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0
    The Witch (2015) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt4263482/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0
    The Wolfman (2010) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0780653/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0
    The Woman in the Window (1944) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0037469/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0
    The Gentlemen (2019) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt8367814/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0
    Their Finest (2016) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1661275/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0
    There Will Be Blood (2007) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0469494/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0
    They Shoot Horses Don't They (1969) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0065088/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0
    Things To Do In Denver When You're Dead (1995) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0114660/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0
    This Is Spinal Tap (1984) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0088258/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0
    Those Magnificent Men In Their Flying Machines (1965) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0059797/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0
  6. cinimod Active Member

    Blazing Saddles, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and the Titfield Thunderbolt to name a few.........dom
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  7. The Riveteer Active Member

    Lots of great titles so far, but for me you can throw them all away as long as you keep Seven Samurai - watched it at least ten times and it impresses me every time - can't fins a single fault. (No it's not military they are ronin).

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  8. The Riveteer Active Member

    And then there's

    Fire walk with me
    The Third Man
    Cyrano De Bergerac (Depardu)
    Princess Mononoke
    End of Evangelion (if you've watched the series first)
    Aguirre Wrath of God
    Whistle down the Wind
    House of Flying Daggers
    The Fountain
    Die Niberlungen
    Million Dollar Baby
    Bride of Frankenstain

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  9. harrytheheid A Fixture

    2nd last list...the big reveal will be in my next one...:cool:

    Thunderbolt And Lightfoot (1974) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0072288/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0
    Time After Time (1979) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0080025/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0
    To Catch A Thief (1955) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0048728/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0
    To Die For (1995) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0114681/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_6
    To Have and Have Not (1944) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0037382/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0
    To Kill a King (2003) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0302436/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0
    To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0056592/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0
    Tombstone (1993) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0108358/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0
    Total Recall (1990) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0100802/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0
    Treasure Island (1950) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0043067/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0
    True Grit (1969) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0065126/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0
    True Grit (2010) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1403865/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0
    True Lies (1994) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0111503/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0
    Tunes of Glory (1960) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0054412/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0
    Twelve Angry Men (1957) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0050083/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0
    Twelve Monkeys (1995) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0114746/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0
    Unforgiven (1992) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0105695/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0
    Union Station (1950) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0043090/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0
    Vertigo (1958) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0052357/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0
    Viva Zapata! (1952) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0045296/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0
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    Walk the Line (2005) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0358273/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0
    Waterloo Bridge (1940) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0033238/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0
    West Side Story (1961) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0055614/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_1
    What Ever Happened To Baby Jane (1962) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0056687/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0
    White Christmas (1954) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0047673/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0
    Without a Clue (1988) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0096454/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0
    Written On The Wind (1956) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0049966/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0
    Wuthering Heights (1939) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0032145/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0
    Wyatt Earp (1994) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0111756/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0
    Young Frankenstein (1974) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0072431/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0
    Zodiac (2007) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0443706/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0

    So, bearing in mind that I’ve left out, at the very least, 50% of my video collection from these lists; of those I’ve highlighted, which is my numero uno absolute favorite non-military movie?
    Well, while Casablanca has to be my most re-watched of all time, so far I quite deliberately haven’t mentioned one particular film that I first saw while enjoying a spot of R/R at a company staff-house in Deir-ez-Zor, Syria, and was simply blown away by it. (Oops – have just realized that’s probably a poor choice of words given what’s gone down in that city/area since completing my assignments there in the early-1990’s).

    This is a movie that has everything a film buff could want. Tremendous script and dialogue, and excellent character development – even the minor characters are fully rounded out with real personalities. Good mix of drama and comedy, and great chemistry between all the lead actors.
    Plus, I reckon that keeping the Dublin setting as per the book worked far better than if the same story had been depicted as happening somewhere Stateside, or even in the UK.

    Andrew Strong (b. Nov 1973) has gone on to carve out a successful solo career. Hard to believe he was only 16 when the movie was filmed). I love Linda Ronstadt’s version of the often-covered “Dark End of the Street”, but Andrew simply nails it with this terrific performance.

    Nor can I ignore my favorite Commitment-ette…the gorgeous Maria Doyle Kennedy (b. Sep 1964) giving her all with this old Aretha standard.

    And, of course, I guess I really ought to thank the OP for providing the opportunity to share my listed choices on what has been a rather splendidly entertaining thread.
    Oh yeah – and Elvis definitely “Wasn’t a Cajun”…:eek:...:D
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  11. bigtodd PlanetFigure Supporter

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  13. The Riveteer Active Member


    Three Musketeers and sequel
    The Good the Bad and the Ugly
    Mulholland Drive - (amazing once you figure out what it's all about).
    Martyrs - (heavy going - shook me up)

    I know these have military elements but they chiefly follow civilians or those caught up in war

    Come and See
    Warsaw 44
    The Pianist
    Schindlers list

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  14. harrytheheid A Fixture


    Great picks.
    I've never seen "Martyrs". Must look it up.
  15. Nap A Fixture


    Loved The Pianist and Schlindlers List

    Next on my watch out for is the remake of All Quiet on the Western Front due soon I think

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  16. The Riveteer Active Member

    Now I'm worried. There are two versions, 2008 the French original and a sanitized 2015 American remake which is to be avoided at all costs.
    I can't say I "recommend" this film to anyone.
    I'm a seasoned Horror fan and am used to strong violence but this film is graphically brutal towards young girls. It's not an easy watch, but the final scenes justify what's gone before and it leaves you with some philosophical problems for you to think about. The resolution is also not fully resolved - (similar to John Carpenter's The Thing)
    I can't imagine anyone "enjoying" this film, but, out of pity for the ordeal the lead girl goes through, it remained imprinted on my brain for days after I watched it .

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  17. The Riveteer Active Member

    Yes Nap, I had a thousand war films on my list but left them out, (very difficult to do), due to the original thread question (non military)
    But, as you brought it up, I also love the original 1930 version of AQOTWF.

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  18. harrytheheid A Fixture

    Hmm, sounds like I'll pass on this one after all.
    Besides, I've got Mary Queen Of Scots (1971) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0067402/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0
    lined up for another re-watch tonight. It's in the same league as Braveheart -- a reasonable enough fantasy movie...:D
    Avoid the 2018 effort with Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie. It's awful, in all ways. As is the 2013 version...:wideyed:
  19. bigtodd PlanetFigure Supporter


    So I think you should watch it as it is not so much about the sport but chasing your dream at an older age. Each scene is a work of art, the lighting goes dark around the bad people and is bright in the Scenes of the good people. If you watch it again and again you understand what the director was trying to do with the story. This all came to me afterwards.
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    I've seen it BT.
    Good movie, just not one of my favorites.
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