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Animation

People who added this item 62 Average listal rating (45 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.4
Betty Boop: Essential Collection, Vols. 1 - 4
Directors:
Dave Fleischer
Main Cast: Mae Questel, Margie Hines, Ann Rothschild, Kate Wright, Bonnie Poe, Harriet Lee
Release Dates: August 19, 1930 – December 23, 1938
These four volumes of material are a descent into an absolutely bizarre, hallucinatory, and nightmarish realm combined with barely contained sexuality and white hot jazz scores (courtesy of guest star Cab Calloway, among others). Sure the production code neuters some of the fun, but it’s easy to see why these things found a second-life as head films in the 60s. I just really love how balls-to-the-wall this stuff is.
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Popeye the Sailor, Vols. 1 - 3
Directors:
Dave Fleischer, Dan Gordon, Isadore Sparber, Seymour Kneitel
Main Cast: William “Billy” Costello, Jack Mercer, Bonnie Poe, Mae Questel, Marilyn Schreffer, Margie Hines, William Pennell, Gus Wickie, Jackson Beck
Release Dates: July 14, 1933 – September 3, 1943
Combing anarchic violence, unrestricted, nearly dissociative visual storytelling, and a ribald swing/jazz score, the Fleischer studio created one of the greatest runs for an animated character with these Popeye shorts. They lack the visual polish of other studios, but their inky, rubbery animation is beautiful in its own strange way. Here are 123 cartoons of sustained quality, ingenuity, freewheeling comedic invention, and a cavalcade of lovable supporting players (including a cameo from Betty Boop in the introductory cartoon).
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People who added this item 1818 Average listal rating (1131 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 8.1
Akira (1988)
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Comedy

People who added this item 147 Average listal rating (95 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 6.7
Director: Laurence Olivier
Main Cast: Laurence Olivier, Marilyn Monroe, Sybil Thorndike, Richard Wattis, Jeremy Spenser
Release Date: June 13, 1957
A ribald and surprising battle-of-the-sexes that complicates the central romance well beyond the normal parameters for this kind of story. Marilyn Monroe is (once again) a world-wise actress aware of the affects her sexuality has on men while looking for something deeper, and Laurence Olivier as a blowhard regent fully expecting comely lasses to throw themselves into his bed. Monroe and Olivier spar lively and the entire thing ends up being both playful and a touch melancholic, like many a true life love affair.
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People who added this item 595 Average listal rating (367 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.7
The Producers (1967)
Director: Mel Brooks
Main Cast: Zero Mostel, Gene Wilder, Kenneth Mars, Dick Shawn, Lee Meredith
Release Date: March 18, 1968
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People who added this item 2431 Average listal rating (1533 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 8.1
Director: Rob Reiner
Main Cast: Peter Falk, Fred Savage, Cary Elwes, Robin Wright, Chris Sarandon, Mandy Patinkin, Christopher Guest, André the Giant, Wallace Shawn
Release Date: September 25, 1987
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Drama

People who added this item 55 Average listal rating (26 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 7.8
Queen Kelly (1929)
Director: Erich von Stroheim, et al.
Main Cast: Gloria Swanson, Walter Byron, Seena Owen, Tully Marshall
Release Date: January 1, 1929
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People who added this item 317 Average listal rating (185 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.9
The Quiet Man (1952)
Director: John Ford
Main Cast: John Wayne, Maureen O’Hara, Barry Fitzgerald, Victor McLaglen, Ward Bond, Mildred Natwick, Francis Ford
Release Date: August 14, 1952
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People who added this item 502 Average listal rating (296 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 7.4
Director: Todd Haynes
Main Cast: Julianne Moore, Dennis Quaid, Dennis Haysbert, Patricia Clarkson, Viola Davis, James Rebhorn
Release Date: November 8, 2002
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Foreign

People who added this item 366 Average listal rating (155 ratings) 8.3 IMDB Rating 8.1
Faust (1926)
Director: F.W. Murnau
Main Cast: Emil Jannings, Gösta Ekman, Camilla Horn, Frida Richard, William Dieterle, Yvette Guilbert, Eric Barclay, Hanna Ralph, Werner Fuetterer
Release Date: December 5, 1926
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People who added this item 181 Average listal rating (110 ratings) 8.1 IMDB Rating 8.1
A Special Day (1977)
Director: Ettore Scola
Main Cast: Sophia Loren, Marcello Mastroianni, John Vernon
Release Date: August 12, 1977
At its heart, A Special Day makes the argument that one day, that one brief encounter can profoundly change your life and open your world. The entire film is a two-hander between Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni, the consummate power-duo of Italian cinema of the era, which brings out the best in each other as actors. They create two characters who live and breathe beyond the confines of the film that have enriched each other’s lives and don’t realize just how deeply they have effected each other, or us in the process.
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People who added this item 1041 Average listal rating (573 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.6
Director: Olivier Dahan
Main Cast: Marion Cotillard, Gérard Depardieu, Sylvie Testud, Jean-Pierre Martins, Emmanuelle Seigner, Pascal Greggory, Pauline Burlet
Release Date: February 14, 2007
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From Print to the Screen

People who added this item 199 Average listal rating (100 ratings) 8.1 IMDB Rating 8.2
The Heiress (1949)
Director: William Wyler
Main Cast: Olivia de Havilland, Montgomery Clift, Ralph Richardson, Miriam Hopkins
Release Date: October 6, 1949
The Heiress is a prime example of the kind of literary adaptations that Hollywood once trafficked in. Films that fashioned intelligent frameworks from great novels allowing for a kind of cinematic poetry between the finely honed performances and staid melodrama, a type of cinematic language that no longer exists. The Heiress is a slow-burning character study, following one woman’s transition from anxious, sweet spinster into a harder persona allowing star Olivia de Havilland to give the greatest performance of her storied career.
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People who added this item 159 Average listal rating (79 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.4
The Dead (1987)
Director: John Huston
Main Cast: Anjelica Huston, Donal McCann, Helena Carroll, Cathleen Delaney, Rachael Dowling, Ingrid Craigie, Dan O’Herlihy, Marie Kean, Donal Donnelly, Sean McClory, Frank Patterson
Release Date: December 18, 1987
John Huston’s career was built upon literary works previously thought unthinkable as films, and The Dead, his swan song and a family affair with son Tony writing the script and daughter Anjelica starring, is a beautiful curtain call to the end of an unparalleled career. Huston finesses James Joyce’s prose into an elegiac portrait of a couple who have spent a lifetime together without really knowing each other. Anjelica Huston’s portrayal is a remarkable feat of sustained sorrow while Donal McGann’s reaction is a moment of shock followed by a besiegement of grace.
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People who added this item 661 Average listal rating (427 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 6.8
The Witches (1990)
Director: Nicolas Roeg
Main Cast: Jasen Fisher, Mai Zetterling, Anjelica Huston, Charlie Potter, Rowan Atkinson, Jane Horrocks, Anne Lambton, Brenda Blethyn, Bill Patterson
Release Date: August 24, 1990
Less of a scary children’s film as it is a horror film for children, The Witches is one of the most successful adaptations of Roald Dahl’s literary works to the big screen. The mundane and grotesque occupy the same space, seemingly unaware of each other until they brush up against each other in visceral impact. Except for the audience tested happy-ending, this is a perfect blend of artistic collaborators (director Roeg, producer Jim Henson, star Anjelica Huston) bringing the best of their gifts to create something truly magical, mordantly hilarious, and completely terrifying.
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Gangsters, Mystery, and Suspense

People who added this item 187 Average listal rating (112 ratings) 8.1 IMDB Rating 7.9
Director: Fritz Lang
Main Cast: Edward G. Robinson, Joan Bennett, Dan Duryea, Jess Barker, Margaret Lindsay, Rosalind Ivan, Samuel S. Hinds
Release Date: December 28, 1945
Artists aren’t always the best judge on what constitutes their best work, but Fritz Lang dubbing Scarlet Street his favorite of his American films is moment of lucidity and accurate appraisal. Lang, Robinson, Bennett, and Duryea had made the prior year’s The Woman in the Window together, and that film feels like a trial run for this one, one of the all-time greatest film noirs. While Robinson and Duryea are dependably great, Joan Bennett’s femme fatale makes the whole thing tick whether she’s making you believe she enjoys the masochistic relationship with Duryea or capable of luring Robinson to his doom.
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People who added this item 365 Average listal rating (222 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 8
The Big Heat (1953)
Director: Fritz Lang
Main Cast: Glenn Ford, Gloria Grahame, Jocelyn Brando, Alexander Scourby, Lee Marvin, Jeannette Nolan
Release Date: December 7, 1953
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People who added this item 320 Average listal rating (198 ratings) 8.1 IMDB Rating 8.2
Director: Alexander Mackendrick
Main Cast: Burt Lancaster, Tony Curtis, Susan Harrison, Marty Milner, Sam Levine, Barbara Nichols, Jeff Donnell, Joe Frisco
Release Date: July 4, 1957
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Musicals and Films About the Arts

People who added this item 65 Average listal rating (29 ratings) 6.4 IMDB Rating 6.7
Director: Dorothy Arzner
Main Cast: Maureen O’Hara, Lucille Ball, Louis Hayward, Virginia Field, Ralph Bellamy, Mary Carlisle, Katharine Alexander, Edward Brophy, Walter Abel, Harold Auber, Maria Ouspenskaya
Release Date: August 30, 1940
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People who added this item 28 Average listal rating (17 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 6.6
Esther Williams Spotlight Collection, Vols. 1 & 2
Directors:
George Sidney, Richard Thorpe, Edward Buzzell, Robert Alton, Mervyn LeRoy, Charles Walters
Main Cast: Esther Williams, Red Skelton, Van Johnson, Lucille Ball, Ricardo Montalban, Johnnie Johnson, Jimmy Durante, Peter Lawford, Betty Garrett, Howard Keel, Victor Mature, Fernando Lamas, Tony Martin
Release Dates: July 1944 – December 25, 1953
I fully admit it, this entire entry is nothing but an admission of my guiltiest movie-watching pleasures. The world of an Esther Williams aquatic musical is a strange one, populated by a never-ending parade of musical guests, vaudevillian comedic bits, some light romance, and the generous sight of Williams leaping, gliding, and tumbling into and out of the water. The best of the bunch (Million Dollar Mermaid, Neptune’s Daughter, Dangerous When Wet) treat her as America's mermaid-next-door, and the worst (Fiesta, Easy to Wed) are at least fascinating in their extreme miscalculations.
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People who added this item 2467 Average listal rating (1533 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 7.2
Chicago (2002)
Director: Rob Marshall
Main Cast: Renée Zellwegeer, Catherine Zeta- Jones, Richard Gere, Queen Latifah, John C. Reilly, Christine Baranski, Taye Diggs, Colm Feore, Dominic West
Release Date: December 27, 2002
24-karat cynicism at its most entertaining. Chicago is a solid racehorse of a movie musical, and it feels more classic in its presentation than many of its contemporaries. It might skirt some of the deeper thematic material at play, but it gives us, as crooked lawyer Billy Flynn sings, the old razzle dazzle and has us begging for more.
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Science Fiction, Horror, and Fantasy

People who added this item 207 Average listal rating (94 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 7.9
The Douglas Fairbanks Collection
Directors:
Fred Niblo, Allan Dwan, Raoul Walsh, Donald Crisp, Albert Parker
Main Cast: Douglas Fairbanks, Marguerite De La Motte, Leon Bary, Wallace Beery, Snitz Edwards, Mary Astor, Billie Dove
Release Dates: November 27, 1920 – March 8, 1926
If you were to erect a Mount Rushmore of film legends, then Douglas Fairbanks would be an obvious candidate for inclusion, along with other founding titans like Mary Pickford, Charles Chaplin, and Lillian Gish. This five-disc collection captures all of his highest of highs (and throws in Don Q, Son of Zorro as a bonus) as the original swashbuckling, romantic adventure movie star. He introduced the world of cinema to towering figures like Zorro and Robin Hood, and he did all his own stunts too!
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People who added this item 1383 Average listal rating (984 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 8.1
Mad Max Anthology
Directors:
George Miller, George Ogilvie
Main Cast: Mel Gibson, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Vernon Wells, Tina Turner, Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron
Release Dates: April 12, 1979 – May 15, 2015
Society has broken down and in its ashes arises a series of imaginatively outfitted roving band of gangs, and our wandering hero Max, something of a Man with One Name, find himself in the middle of the personal vendettas and skirmishes between the parties. There’s high-octane cinema, and then there’s the ludicrous spirit of daring and adventure that propels these films. George Miller has crafted a vision of the post-apocalyptic future that is both visually compelling and the thinking person’s thrill ride.
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Western and War-Related

People who added this item 244 Average listal rating (142 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 7.9
Hud (1963)
Director: Martin Ritt
Main Cast: Paul Newman, Melvyn Douglas, Patricia Neal, Brandon De Wilde
Release Date: May 29, 1963
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People who added this item 3023 Average listal rating (1901 ratings) 8.6 IMDB Rating 8.9
Director: Sergio Leone
Main Cast: Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef, Eli Wallach
Release Date: December 23, 1966
A tough and stark piece of cinematic art that nearly pulls off the impressive feat of being a piece of purely visual storytelling. There’s no true hero to be found and anyone could die at any minute, so we’re a long way off from the safer waters of a John Wayne-style western. Sergio Leone’s cinematic genius is alternating between populating his film with panoramic shots that knock you out with their beauty and alternating towards close-ups that prove claustrophobic in-between bouts of broad humor, violence, and epic scope.
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