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What classisc movie are you almost embarrassed to say you haven't seen?

Asked by TitsMcGhee (8252points) April 16th, 2009

I discussed this question with one of my college classes today, and I was surprised to hear answers like Casablanca and Citizen Kane. Are there any classics you have not seen, but feel like you should have?

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bmhit1991's avatar

I’ve never seen Gone With The Wind, and I’ve only watched a little bit of The Sound of Music…. hahaha.

nikipedia's avatar

The Wizard of Oz.

augustlan's avatar

The Graduate

Dog's avatar

Star Wars But I did read the books

Aethelwine's avatar

Gone With The Wind and Casablanca.

KalWest's avatar

Gone with the Wind. I’m so ashamed

LKidKyle1985's avatar

pulp fiction. I know I know its awesome.

Pol_is_aware's avatar

@LKidKyle1985 Dude that movie is awesome.

Until yesterday, I was embarrassed to have never seen Street Fighter the Movie!

forestGeek's avatar

The Godfather and 2001: A Space Odyssey.

I figure since I’ve seen Trapped in a Closet twice, that more than makes up for missing the above two, right?

Bluefreedom's avatar

Gone With the Wind
On the Waterfront
Lawrence of Arabia
Ben Hur
The 10 Commandments
From Here to Eternity
Rebel Without A Cause
The Greatest Story Ever Told
East of Eden
The French Connection
Rear Window
Citizen Kane
Robinson Crusoe
The Sound of Music

RedPowerLady's avatar

It’s a Wonderful Life. (i actually am embarrassed I haven’t seen this one and to be 100% honest I have no desire to see it).

Jeruba's avatar

Tons. Here’s just one: Jaws.

I put David Thomson’s “Have You Seen…?” on my Christmas list to help guide my ongoing remedial Netflix viewery. Of the thousand critiqued in his book, I estimate I’ve seen only about 200. (Of course, he’s clear that they’re not the thousand best, by any measure.) My Netflix history says I’ve rated 2053 movies, but I’ve never seen Deliverance, The Grapes of Wrath. or Schindler’s List, either.

YARNLADY's avatar

-“What we have here is a fail-ure to commu-ni-cate” I’ve never seen Cool Hand Luke

AstroChuck's avatar

I’m ashamed to say i’ve never seen Behind the Green Door.

Staalesen's avatar

Shawnshank Redemption
the Maltesee Falcon

Triiiple's avatar

Cool Hand Luke

Jack79's avatar

I think I’ve seen all of the ones mentioned in this thread (except for a couple that I’ve never even heard of, so I am therefore not embarrassed). I’m pretty sure there are several I’ve missed, including more contemporary stuff (Oscar winners, blockbusters etc), that I simply missed when they were screening and never got around to watching on DVD.

The only one I can remember now though is La Dolce Vita, which according to my (part-time cinematographer) girlfriend is a must. She gave it to me on DVD and I promised to watch it, but didn’t. I think I’m just prejudiced against black&white movies that don’t involve people with hats tripping over each other and car chases with Ford-T Models.

@RedPowerLady, “It’s a Wonderful life” is a very positive and optimistic film that will make you laugh rather than cry. It’s thought-provoking but certainly not depressing. One of the best movies ever made and well worth the effort of hitting “play” (though I do understand your reservations).

mattbrowne's avatar

The Exorcist.

janbb's avatar

The Godfather, Pulp Fiction, the Deer Hunter

asmonet's avatar

@Jeruba: Seriously, watch Schindler’s List. I love that movie.

I have never nor will I ever voluntarily watch Casablanca. It represents everything I hate about old movies. I like em quirky and light-hearted. Not dramatic and epic, full of swooning bitches who need to man the hell up. :)

asmonet's avatar

Oh, an I’ve been told on numerous occasions that Million Dollar Baby is a ‘classic’ and that I’m deficient for having never been interested. I don’t think I’ll ever see that either.

Mr_M's avatar

The Graduate

May2689's avatar

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory… the worst part is that I own it!

bythebay's avatar

The Rocky Horror Picture Show (a classic of a different genre!). I have, however, seen every movie on @Bluefreedoms list, except for Rear Window. @May2689; I hope it’s the original because the remake was just plain wrong. :)

lefteh's avatar

Gone with the Wind
Pulp Fiction
Shawshank Redemption

filmfann's avatar

I think I’ve seen every movie mentioned here, and I love most of them.
I’ve never seen all of Touch of Evil. It nags at me, since I love Orson Welles.
I also never watched Singing In The Rain all the way through. I love Gene Kelly, but that movie is just too cheerful for me. Give me An American In Paris any day!

Jeruba's avatar

@asmonet, you have got the wrong idea about Casablanca, I think. Even my then-18-year-old son, who is a good movie critic but has little patience for the style and production of films as old as the fifties and sixties, pronounced that one a great movie.

aprilsimnel's avatar

@asmonet – But she does! Ilsa totally mans up. You have to see it to realize how.

I haven’t seen the vast majority of Martin Scorsese’s classics. And me a film major. I’ve only seen Taxi Driver and The King of New York.

AstroChuck's avatar

I’ve never seen Chinatown nor Raging Bull.

asmonet's avatar

@Jeruba / @aprilsimnel:

At what point in the movie does she man up? Because if it’s at the end, I don’t think I could take it. If it’s middle ish….I could… try.


Jeruba's avatar

Well, it’s at the end, but it’s also before the beginning. And in an odd way this one does end cheerfully. And there’s really no swooning.

But it’s ok, @asmonet, you don’t have to see this one. It is perfectly ok to let some of life’s great experiences trundle by you on a dessert wagon without reaching out and tasting them. No one should feel obliged to sample them all.

arnbev959's avatar

I’m really bad with this. The only movies that I have seen that have been mentioned already are The Wizard of Oz, The Sound of Music, and Deliverance.

aprilsimnel's avatar

OK, is there a more encompassing slang term for “man up”? Let’s create one!

@asmonet – My feeling is that Ilsa’s behavior in the entire picture is indicative of strength, bravery and morality because she does what she does to save others. Some things in life are more important and she embodies that notion. And I agree with @Jeruba; so much in that movie is in the cultural language, you don’t need to see the film. But it’s a great film!

Jeruba's avatar

Psst, @aprilsimnel, that was supposed to be reverse pyschology, telling asmonet of all people that she can afford to just let something delectable pass her by.

aprilsimnel's avatar

Well, @Jeruba, then we’ll just have to keep Casablanca for ourselves!

filmfann's avatar

@Jeruba psst. it’s done like this
You know, it’s been scientifically proven that people who have seen Casablanca have more powerful orgasms.

Jeruba's avatar

Some of them while watching it!

asmonet's avatar

Damn it, Jeruba!

I’ll download it.

But I’m not flippin’ happy about it!

Jeruba's avatar

No, no, no, that’s all right, no need. Actually, don’t. You should probably hold off for about, say, 30 years. You’ll need it much more then.

@augustlan, @jonsblond, @Bluefreedom, and the rest of you holdouts, are you still listening?

Danielzilla's avatar

Much like classic rock I don’t find a lot of classic films to be all that great. I mean yeah, they’re old. They were possibly groundbreaking in their time. But now, now they’re cartoon cliches mostly. I think there are too many movies coming out today to fret over which 50 year old movie you haven’t seen.

On to the actual question, I’ve never been able to finish Eraserhead. I always get bored and cut it short. Also, a surprising number of people have never seen Gojira.

filmfann's avatar

Gojira rocks! And the important thing to remember about Eraserhead is that sometimes the conversation isn’t as interesting as the noises under the sink.

toomuchcoffee911's avatar

I’ve never seem Titanic.

May2689's avatar

@bythebay : yes, its the original

RedPowerLady's avatar

@toomuchcoffee911 I never wanted to see Ttitanic. Eventually, a couple years after it came out, a friend had me over and put it in the TV (i think she was secretly trying to force me to watch it). It was alright for the love story but I would’ve been fine not seeing it.

Jeruba's avatar

I wouldn’t call Titanic a classic anyway. It’s a big movie, but not a great one. And it’s far too recent for classic status.

filmfann's avatar

Titanic will be remembered well. It is kind of a critical backlash at the moment, but 20 years from now, it will be remembered as one of the best.

kevinhardy's avatar

take the money and run

RedPowerLady's avatar

I wouldn’t call Titanic a classic either. Just my two cents. But I’m open to others calling it as such.

Jeruba's avatar

It was a well-made film, and the effects were magnificent. But the central love story was weak. Kate Winslet’s suicide run to the stern was so unexpected and ill-prepared that the first time I saw it, I didn’t even know who was running or why. And the pair was so poorly matched that it was difficult to believe in more than a shipboard fling. Besides, she was two sizes too large for him, just visually, so there was a sense of disproportion from their first scene to their last.. They both had almost no character at all. The reason for keeping and then discarding the jewel was never plain either. It was a contrived romance without any depth. That’s why I say it doesn’t have the stuff of the classics.

Aethelwine's avatar

Movie night at my house next Saturday. Can you bring the butterscotch dipped cones from DQ Asmonet? I’ll provide the beer. Looks like we’re watching Casablanca. Blondesjon can provide the commentary (Mystery Science Theater style).

Jeruba's avatar

<Glee> Let us know how it goes!

Aethelwine's avatar

@Jeruba You’re welcome to watch it with us. Blondesjon has seen it already, he’ll enjoy the company. :)

Jeruba's avatar

Thanks! Don’t mind seeing it again even though I’ve lost count. <sigh> We’ll always have Paris.

janbb's avatar

Casablanca is great – can I come? Make it a double feature with African Queen and I’ll bring the brownies!

Aethelwine's avatar

I’m embarrassed to say that I haven’t seen African Queen. Double feature it is!

janbb's avatar

@jonsblond It’s great!

Jeruba's avatar

Two Bogie movies with two world-class costars. What a great evening you have planned! You are going to need one prodigious heap of popcorn.

Triiiple's avatar

I cant believe how many people responded with Pulp Fiction…Go watch.

Jeruba's avatar

I would be just as happy never to have seen Pulp Fiction.

janbb's avatar

@Jeruba Hope you can make it, too (Bogie night, not Pulp Fiction, that is.)

asmonet's avatar

I’ve watched at least 3/4 of Pulp Fiction.

I hate every moment in that movie.

I hate Tarantino.

asmonet's avatar

@jonsblond: Done.

@bythebay: I just saw RHPS last night, for the 101st time last night. If my count is right… Go watch it. Join my wonderful world of boys in fishnets and six inch heels!

Jeruba's avatar

!! I was going to say let’s all agree to a time and watch it together on NetFlix’s “Watch It Now!’ And we could do that with Casablanca. But The African Queen isn’t even out on DVD! How about that! Now what?

bythebay's avatar

@asmonet: I promise I’ll make an effort to see it!

janbb's avatar

@Jeruba Scandalous!

AstroChuck's avatar

@janbb- Is Bogie Night some golfing movie?

MacBean's avatar

@AstroChuck Golf porn. You should see what they can do with an oversize driver.

asmonet's avatar

@bythebay: Awesome.

Rent the DVD, and watch it, the rewatch it with audience participation scenes turned on. :)

Gundark's avatar

Up until a few months ago, The Godfather was my secret hadn’t-seen-it shame. But I rectified that. Now I have only Schindler’s List on my conscience.

Ditto all the negative comments about Titanic—it was mediocre.

@Danielzilla: I’m sorry you are unable to enjoy older films. Some of them are truly amazing. Don’t give up on them—you may find, as many people do, that your tastes change over time.

tiffyandthewall's avatar

i’ve never seen star wars, the godfather, dirty dancing, footloose, gone with the wind, casablanca, or pulp fiction.
i am only really interested in the last 2 and godfather to be honest.
i’m not embarrassed about not seeing any of them though. movies aren’t a big deal to me. besides, most of the people i know think it’s more scandalous that i haven’t seen the latest dumb-comedy-of-the-moment than a classic.

FutureMemory's avatar

Gone with the wind, from here to eternity, some like it hot, a street car named desire, casablanca, the maltese falcon.

I can recite star wars and the godfather line for line.

Ghost_in_the_system's avatar

Its A Wonderful Life

shpadoinkle_sue's avatar

Sleepless In Seattle

Sophief's avatar

Sound of Music. Four Weddings and a Funeral.


Gone With The Wind
It’s a Wonderful Life
The Sting
Die Hard
Pulp Fiction (all)
Kill Bill (all)
Almost all the latest, box office hits like the “Harry Potter” movies, “Toy Story” 1 and 2, “Shrek” 1, 2, and 3, etc.

furball11's avatar

The Godfather. I couldn’t care less.

shpadoinkle_sue's avatar

@furball11 I have seen it and I don’t get it. It’s a dude thing, I guess. Not saying that there aren’t women who don’t enjoy it, just not me.

The Philadelphia Story. Which is a little weird because I’m a Cary Grant fan.

FutureMemory's avatar

@MRSHINYSHOES Pulp Fiction had sequels?

Brian1946's avatar

Jason Takes Manhattan. ;-o


@FutureMemory Oops, I was thinking Kill Bill. Never seen any of them. Couldn’t care less about all these movies.

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