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Favorite Movies
     and Lesser-Known Movie Lines

  Favorite Movies
Movies I really like for one reason or another, in no particular order. Sure, you've got your Citizen Kane, Casablanca, Gone With the Wind, The Graduate, Taxi Driver, A Clockwork Orange, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, Psycho, The Godfather & Godfather II, The Seven Samurai, Lawrence of Arabia etc. I still need to see, among many others, Donnie Darko, The Shawshank Redemption, Three Colors (Blue, White and Red), 8-1/2, and Fargo. Perhaps these others were overlooked...
  • The Usual Suspects (1995) — This is a work of genius, the way everything comes together in the end. Kevin Spacey is fantastic in this, as are so many of the other actors

  • The Empire Strikes Back (1980) — More serious and involving than Star Wars

  • Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo (1999) — Alright, in addition to the excellent 'man whore' and 'man-gina' jargon, which I think is hilarious, this movie is actually a very heartwarming love story with an excellent moral message

  • Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) — Total classic.

  • The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (1966) — The classic 'Spaghetti Western' with Clint Eastwood

  • Pulp Fiction (1994) — The vignettes tie together well, the acting is great... 'does he look like a bitch?'

  • Unforgiven (1992) — A great revenge movie, along with Gladiator, The Limey, Thief and a number of others

  • Batman Returns (2005) — By far the best of the Batman movies

  • Harold and Maude (1971) — Alright, the romance isn't all that attractive in itself, but the movie is great, especially Harold's mock suicides

  • Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961) — Once I stopped staring at Grace Kelly, I really got into this classic film

  • Léon aka The Professional (1994) — Natalie Portman, back when she was a gamine little girl, rather than a hottie... Jean Reno is fantastic, as always, as is Gary Oldman

  • Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988) — Gotta love the play between Michael Caine and Steve Martin

  • The King and I (1956) — The best combination of musical, touching and grand.

  • Blade Runner (1982) — This sci-fi classic is riveting

  • A Shot in the Dark (1964) — Peter Sellers was a genius, also in The Pink Panther and others

  • The Matrix (1999) — Another immortal sci-fi classic... too bad they went downhill after this one

  • Snatch (2000) — along with Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels

  • The Terminator (1984) — Again, total sci-fi classic, replete with one liners 'I'll be back,' etc.

  • Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971) — Haven't seen the Tim Burton / Johnny Depp remake, and I'm not entirely sure I will... the original was so good, and Gene Wilder's alternately touching and sarcastic performance was perfect

  • Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001) — The music alone makes this incredibly special, but the acting and story-line are first-rate and involving.

  Movie Lines
. . . in no particular order.

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