1000 movies to shareby sheilabeta | created - 24 May 2012 | updated - 2 weeks ago | Public
Hunting movies and books is my daily task. A friend of mine asked me to make a list before he goes to Berkeley so this is what I came up with. I have a special interest in Indi movies but there might be some guilty-pleasure-ones... a few... (I promise). The films from Latin America included here are great unknown jewels that, because they are unknown, they have poor rates. Still, I used the same criteria of well-thought movies. I also stress on history, micro-history, biographies and new experiences and ideas that films bring, in culture, direction, situations and perspectives. Please notice that some international movies are only appreciated when the culture background is known through books, experience or travels. The goal is to have more than 1000 substantial films. I'll try to point the film's country origin, too.
Other films not found here: 1. Tapia:El Primer Puertorriqueño (Roberto Ramos-Perea) 2. The Tiger and the Monk 3. Pablo Casals llega a Puerto Rico (Jack Delano, 1956) 4. La pintura mural de Rafael Ríos Rey (Casa Paoli) 5. La ruta de los murales (Casa Paoli) 6. Jugando pelota dura (Sistema TV) 7. Archivos (Canal 6) 8. Historia de nuestro cine (TVE) 9. Puertorriqueñísimo (Canal 6) 10. Días de cine con Edgardo Huertas (Canal 6) 11. Puerto Rican Voices (Puerto Rican Studies) 12. Soy de una raza pura: Eleuterio Derkes (Ignacio Peña) 13. En la punta de la lengua 14. Stealing History or Byen som kunne ofres (Ola Flyum and David Hebditch, 2006) 15. Los Figueroa 16. Desarme (Hernán Fernández, 2016) 16. Antonio Paoli 17. Melaverde 18. Dancing in the Light: The Janet Collins Story 19. Caraballo, máscara y carnaval: Las máscaras de vejigantes según Miguel A. Caraballo 20. Escenas cumbres 21. ¿Qué opina la mujer?(Oscar Torres, René Marqués, 1957) 22. Luisa tenía razón (American Cancer Society) 23. El pueblo en acción 24. Belén, la del traje blanco 25. El hombre entre las flores (Homenaje a Agustín Stahl, de la serie Esto pasó aquí, J. Luis Vivas Maldonado, Héctor Suárez 1960) 26. Marta y Cristóbal (Gilo Rivera, Alberto Rodríguez,2008) 27. La cenicienta boricua (Vicente Castro, 2015) 28. 1,2,3 a bailar (José Wheelock, 2016, Nicaragua)
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1. Z (1969)
M/PG | 127 min | Crime, Drama, History
Following the murder of a prominent leftist, an investigator tries to uncover the truth while government officials attempt to cover up their roles.
Votes: 22,833 | Gross: $0.08M
A French film. Based on a true story. It has an original ending. Micro-history from the 1970s strikes in Greece. It's very intense, political and alarming.
2. Harold and Maude (1971)
PG | 91 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
Young, rich, and obsessed with death, Harold finds himself changed forever when he meets lively septuagenarian Maude at a funeral.
USA. The first scene lasts minutes, one single shot (love it). A movie that will make you feel better.
3. A Night at the Opera (1935)
Passed | 96 min | Comedy, Music, Musical
A sly business manager and two wacky friends of two opera singers help them achieve success while humiliating their stuffy and snobbish enemies.
USA. I CRACK UP. An anti-depress, no pills needed. There is an interesting story behind Harpo's sharp harp style.
4. Mulholland Drive (2001)
R | 147 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller
After a car wreck on the winding Mulholland Drive renders a woman amnesiac, she and a perky Hollywood-hopeful search for clues and answers across Los Angeles in a twisting venture beyond dreams and reality.
Votes: 307,552 | Gross: $7.22M
Always ready to blow your mind off. There are three dialogues in here: the one that's in the mind, the reality and the "behind scenes" of the movies gang-lords world. The third one is not that important, but it helps develop the first two, to explain why happened what happened.
5. A Bridge Too Far (1977)
PG | 175 min | Drama, History, War
Operation Market Garden, September 1944: The Allies attempt to capture several strategically important bridges in the Netherlands in the hope of breaking the German lines.
Votes: 49,868 | Gross: $50.80M
It has three settings and languages: Netherlands (Dutch), Germany (German) and England (Monolingual)
6. The Best of Youth (2003)
R | 366 min | Drama, Romance
An Italian epic that follows the lives of two brothers, from the 1960s to the 2000s.
Votes: 19,938 | Gross: $0.25M
An Italian film. A 6 hours movie. Based on true events: the scandal regarding mental patients during the 60's; the Firenze's Flood; the Italian terrorist group Brigate Rosse; la Mafia in Sicilia and the assassination of Giovanni Falcone, the magistrate made a national hero.
7. Even the Rain (2010)
Not Rated | 103 min | Drama, History
As a director and his crew shoot a controversial film about Christopher Columbus in Cochabamba, Bolivia, local people rise up against plans to privatize the water supply.
Votes: 12,363 | Gross: $0.56M
One of the few movies that spots Bolivia, the poorest country in South América and the only one in the hemisphere that doesn't have access to the seas. Supported mainly by it grows on illegal drugs before, now it has found its Dorado in the Quinoa market, bringing an amalgam of relief and new burdens. However, this movie brings up another recent Bolivian story: the fighting to have the right to have water.
8. A Separation (2011)
PG-13 | 123 min | Drama
A married couple are faced with a difficult decision - to improve the life of their child by moving to another country or to stay in Iran and look after a deteriorating parent who has Alzheimer's disease.
Votes: 211,039 | Gross: $7.10M
An Iranian film. Watch other things along with the new's spread from Iran. Be a quick-subtitle-reader, pause if you have to, 'cause the dialogues are key in this one. Learn from the culture.
9. In the Name of the Father (1993)
R | 133 min | Biography, Drama
A man's coerced confession to an I.R.A. bombing he did not commit results in the imprisonment of his father as well. An English lawyer fights to free them.
Votes: 150,175 | Gross: $25.01M
Based on a true story from Ireland.
10. Happiness (1998)
Unrated | 134 min | Comedy, Drama
The lives of several individuals intertwine as they go about their lives in their own unique ways, engaging in acts society as a whole might find disturbing in a desperate search for human connection.
Votes: 64,728 | Gross: $2.81M
IRONY. Pure IRONY.
11. Wag the Dog (1997)
R | 97 min | Comedy, Drama
Shortly before an election, a spin-doctor and a Hollywood producer join efforts to fabricate a war in order to cover up a Presidential sex scandal.
Votes: 77,013 | Gross: $43.02M
Black humor with shades of power. Based on the book "American Hero".
12. The Guns of Navarone (1961)
TV-PG | 158 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
A British team is sent to cross occupied Greek territory and destroy the massive German gun emplacement that commands a key sea channel.
Votes: 44,017 | Gross: $28.90M
Dialogue and acting are flawless.
13. Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
Approved | 228 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama
The story of T.E. Lawrence, the English officer who successfully united and led the diverse, often warring, Arab tribes during World War I in order to fight the Turks.
Votes: 257,499 | Gross: $44.82M
Based on a true story. I never get tired of watching it.
14. Retratos en un mar de mentiras (2010)
91 min | Drama
After their grandfather dies, cousins Jairo and Marina go to Colombia to discover their ancestral land and learn more about their heritage in an attempt to reclaim their grandpa's legacy.
A Colombian film. You think you are seeing some sort of a Colombian natural sceneries and folflore album. This movie is beautiful at its most. It's a shame little is known about it. It won several prizes in a film festival in San Juan, Puerto Rico. We even could watch the movie with its director in the movie theater. He even gave a little speech before the showing. A very pleasant experience.
15. John Rabe (2009)
134 min | Biography, Drama, History
A true-story account of a German businessman who saved more than 200,000 Chinese during the Nanjing massacre in 1937-38.
Votes: 5,954 | Gross: $0.07M
A German film. WWII in China. It's the only film I have seen that works the theme of WWII in China. In Russia, this war is called "the Great Patriotic War" not "WWII" Interesting, huh?
16. La controverse de Valladolid (1992 TV Movie)
90 min | Drama, History
Spain conquered the seas, found a new world and different realities than the one known in Europe. But a question needed to be answered with what they found in those new territories: do the ... See full summary »
A french film. Human rights film. One of the best movies I have ever seen.
17. 12 Angry Men (1957)
Approved | 96 min | Crime, Drama
A jury holdout attempts to prevent a miscarriage of justice by forcing his colleagues to reconsider the evidence.
Votes: 656,583 | Gross: $4.36M
An oldest version of La controverse de Valladolid; with its interesting differences.
18. The Accused (1988)
R | 111 min | Crime, Drama
After a young woman suffers a brutal gang rape in a bar one night, a prosecutor assists in bringing the perpetrators to justice, including the ones who encouraged and cheered on the attack.
Votes: 30,538 | Gross: $32.07M
It has a scene that will be with you forever.
19. Black Swan (2010)
R | 108 min | Drama, Thriller
A committed dancer struggles to maintain her sanity after winning the lead role in a production of Tchaikovsky's "Swan Lake".
Votes: 679,557 | Gross: $106.95M
One of my favorite movies, along with Muholland Dr, Cloud Atlas, Ararat and The Secret in Their Eyes.
20. The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc (1999)
R | 148 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama
A young girl receives a vision that drives her to rid France of its oppressors.
Votes: 62,916 | Gross: $14.28M
I would say this is a 'human rights' film. I loved her "disturbed girl" acting. Medieval stories are always pleasant.
21. King of Devil's Island (2010)
Not Rated | 116 min | Action, Drama
Norwegian winter, early 20th century. On the boys home Bastoy, a new inmate leads the boys to a violent uprising against a brutal regime. How far is he willing to go to attain freedom?
Votes: 17,220 | Gross: $0.01M
A film from Norway. Welcome to other worlds, off the Americas.
22. Poetry (2010)
TV-PG | 139 min | Drama
A sixty-something woman, faced with the discovery of a heinous family crime and in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease, finds strength and purpose when she enrolls in a poetry class.
Votes: 9,853 | Gross: $0.36M
23. The Iron Giant (1999)
PG | 86 min | Animation, Action, Adventure
A young boy befriends a giant robot from outer space that a paranoid government agent wants to destroy.
Votes: 166,114 | Gross: $23.16M
Not under estimativo cartoon movies.
24. A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)
PG | 122 min | Drama
Disturbed Blanche DuBois moves in with her sister in New Orleans and is tormented by her brutish brother-in-law while her reality crumbles around her.
Votes: 95,846 | Gross: $8.00M
Brandon acting is flawless.
25. Paradise Now (2005)
PG-13 | 91 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
Two childhood friends are recruited for a suicide bombing in Tel Aviv.
Votes: 21,994 | Gross: $1.45M
This film was possible through a multicountry effort: Netherland, Germany, Palestine and Israel. A Palestine holocaust film. The only movie I know that speaks for the Palestine side on why they explode themselves as human bombs without it being a documentary film. The director said once: "The politicians want to see it as black and white, good and evil, and art wants to see it as a human thing."
26. The Thing (1982)
R | 109 min | Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi
A research team in Antarctica is hunted by a shape-shifting alien that assumes the appearance of its victims.
Votes: 354,363 | Gross: $13.78M
The special effects are amazing! You wouldn't believe this is a 1982 movie!
27. Umberto D. (1952)
Not Rated | 89 min | Drama
An elderly man and his dog struggle to survive on his government pension in Rome.
Votes: 21,751 | Gross: $0.07M
28. The Princess Bride (1987)
PG | 98 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy
While home sick in bed, a young boy's grandfather reads him the story of a farmboy-turned-pirate who encounters numerous obstacles, enemies and allies in his quest to be reunited with his true love.
Votes: 379,642 | Gross: $30.86M
USA. The dialogue.
29. The Secret in Their Eyes (2009)
R | 129 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance
A retired legal counselor writes a novel hoping to find closure for one of his past unresolved homicide cases and for his unreciprocated love with his superior - both of which still haunt him decades later.
Votes: 184,657 | Gross: $6.39M
All the movie rests in the dialogue. You can make a book of quotes out of this incredible movie.
30. The Passion of the Christ (2004)
R | 127 min | Drama
Depicts the final twelve hours in the life of Jesus of Nazareth, on the day of his crucifixion in Jerusalem.
Votes: 210,902 | Gross: $370.78M
The film shows a Christ in its human form. This Christ is the most humane, compared to other movies.
31. My Sassy Girl (2001)
Not Rated | 123 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
A young man sees a drunk, cute woman standing too close to the tracks at a metro station in Seoul and pulls her back. She ends up getting him into trouble repeatedly after that, starting on the train.
A Korean film. Sympathetic film that reminds my days when I studied in Korea.
32. Ararat (2002)
R | 115 min | Drama, War
Interrogated by a customs officer, a young man recounts how his life was changed during the making of a film about the Armenian genocide.
Votes: 11,180 | Gross: $1.55M
A Canadian-French film. I have never seen such format in a film.
33. Incendies (2010)
R | 131 min | Drama, Mystery, War
Twins journey to the Middle East to discover their family history and fulfill their mother's last wishes.
Votes: 138,403 | Gross: $6.86M
A Canadian film. The story is original. At least for me.
34. All About My Mother (1999)
R | 101 min | Drama
Young Esteban wants to become a writer and also to discover the identity of his second mother, a trans woman, carefully concealed by his mother Manuela.
Votes: 85,833 | Gross: $8.26M
A Spanish film. I don't know anything from Almodóvar that I don't like.
35. The Crime of Padre Amaro (2002)
R | 118 min | Drama, Romance
Politics and sexual passions threaten to corrupt a young, newly-ordained priest in a small Mexican town.
Votes: 12,639 | Gross: $5.71M
A Mexican film. We should be making more movies about this type of priests.
36. Thesis (1996)
R | 125 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
While doing a thesis about violence, Ángela finds a snuff video where a girl is tortured until death. Soon she discovers that the girl was a former student in her faculty...
A Spanish film. Dense in filming, story-telling quality with a shocking outcome.
37. Sex, Lies, and Videotape (1989)
R | 100 min | Drama
A sexually repressed woman's husband is having an affair with her sister. The arrival of a visitor with a rather unusual fetish changes everything.
Votes: 47,883 | Gross: $24.74M
Dense in filming, story-telling quality not with a shocking outcome but still beautiful.
38. Delicatessen (1991)
R | 99 min | Comedy, Crime
Post-apocalyptic surrealist black comedy about the landlord of an apartment building who occasionally prepares a delicacy for his odd tenants.
Votes: 78,407 | Gross: $1.79M
French film. Funny, but smart.
39. Pan's Labyrinth (2006)
R | 118 min | Drama, Fantasy, War
In the Falangist Spain of 1944, the bookish young stepdaughter of a sadistic army officer escapes into an eerie but captivating fantasy world.
Votes: 600,285 | Gross: $37.63M
A Mexican-Spanish film.
40. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
R | 108 min | Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi
When their relationship turns sour, a couple undergoes a medical procedure to have each other erased from their memories.
Votes: 877,023 | Gross: $34.40M
41. The Way Home (2002)
PG | 80 min | Drama
Seven-year-old Sang-woo is left with his grandmother in a remote village while his mother looks for work. Born and raised in the city, Sang-woo quickly comes into conflict with his ... See full summary »
Votes: 4,831 | Gross: $0.44M
A Korean film. F* up movie but still great.
42. Tenacious D in the Pick of Destiny (2006)
R | 93 min | Adventure, Comedy, Music