From the archive:

Last year, I almost slipped during my quest to read more, save wisely and exercise regularly by letting myself consider all the “must-see” movies I’ve never, well, seen.

Instead of letting myself become sidetracked, I parked the idea of catching up on a number of these almost certainly fantastic films, promising myself that I’d get to them in soon.

And a promise is a promise.

So, here’s the list of films I will select from to enjoy soon(ish). A list, I might add, partly crowd-sourced with the help of blog readers and twitter peeps who weren’t backwards in coming forward with their must watch nominations).

But first…

…some quick rules.

  • My aim is to watch all of these “must watch” films below when I can. I am, of course, allowed to watch more if I can find the time to do so without taking my eyes of any of my other goals.
  • I’m also allowed to watch other films and count them towards my target of 26 BUT only if they are pre-2011 flicks and AND there is general consensus the film is a “classic” or “must”.
  • Not a rule as such but I am still open to suggestions. If you think I’ve missed anything blindingly obvious, you could leave a comment below or catch up with me on twitter.

So, here’s the list with links to their respective IMBb entries for your reference (’cause that’s how geeks roll).

The “Must Watch” flicks!

  • The Shawshank Redemption (IMDb)
  • Schindler’s List (IMDb)
  • 12 Angry Men (IMDb) [watched 02/11/2012]
  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (IMDb)
  • City of God (IMDb)
  • Casablanca (IMDb)
  • The Usual Suspects (IMDb) [watched 17/12/2012]
  • It’s a Wonderful Life (IMDb)
  • Forrest Gump (IMDb) [watched 29/02/2012]
  • Memento (IMDb)
  • Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (IMDb)
  • Citizen Kane (IMDb)
  • Senna (IMDb) [watched 23/02/2012]
  • Taxi Driver (IMDb)
  • Lawrence of Arabia (IMDb)
  • The Departed (IMDb)
  • Requiem for a Dream (IMDb)
  • Chinatown (IMDb)
  • The Apartment (IMDb)
  • Downfall (IMDb)
  • On the Waterfront (IMDb)
  • The Elephant Man (IMDb)
  • Cool Hand Luke (IMDb)
  • Strangers on a Train (IMDb) [watched 01/11/2012]
  • The Deer Hunter (IMDb)
  • The Manchurian Candidate (IMDb)
  • Network (IMDb) [watched 24/02/2012]
  • Gone with the Wind (IMDb)
  • Hotel Rwanda (IMDb) [watched 02/11/2012]
  • The Fog of War (IMDb) [watched 20/04/2012]
  • The Sixth Sense (IMDb) [watched 23/12/2012]
  • The Princess Bride (IMDb) [watched 24/02/2012]
  • Waco: The Rules of Engagement (IMDb)
  • Rain Man (IMDb) [watched 02/05/2012]
  • The Breakfast Club (IMDb) [watched 24/02/2012]
  • Lifeboat (IMDb) [watched 30/06/2012]
  • Mysterious Skin (IMDb) [watched 03/05/2012]
  • The Last King of Scotland (IMDb) [watched 23/12/2012]
  • Control Room (IMDb) [watched 06/03/2012]
  • Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (IMDb) [aborted watching after 10 minutes, 02/11/2012]
  • A History of Violence (IMDb)
  • The Black Balloon (IMDb) [watched 23/02/2012]
  • Top Gun (IMDb) [watched 24/02/2012]
  • American Gigolo (IMDb)
  • Fahrenheit 9/11 (IMDb) [watched 10/03/2012]
  • JFK (IMDb) [watched 20/07/2012]
  • The Remains of the Day (IMDb) [watched 22/12/2012]
  • Pretty Woman (IMDb)