10. 2001: A Space Oddysey
This movie is pretty slow paced and might bore younger audiences, but anyone with a passion for art design or science fiction needs to see this movie. Kubrick is a master, and this is his masterpiece, and it’s #15 on AFI best films
9. It’s a Wonderful Life
I never liked this movie growing up but in more recent years it’s grown on me. It’s funny and purposeful and it’s #20 on the AFI best films.
8. Please don’t eat the daisies
This one is possibly the only one on here that isn’t an AFI top 100, but it makes me laugh every time I see it. It’s about a wife and her four crazy sons, who worried that her husband, the up-and-coming film critic, is growing too cynical and is going to ruin his career and his relationships.
7. West Side Story
A gangster Romeo and Juliet musical. Honestly. #51 on the AFI top film
6. The original Invasion of the Body Snatchers
Okay, most modern audiences would say that this movie is too dialogue heavy and slow paced, and there isn’t nearly as much gore as the remakes, but it’s a science fiction legend and it’s revered among filmmakers everywhere. #47 on AFI top Thrills
5. Jurassic Park
Is Jurassic Park really a classic? I’m sorry, but yes, it is. And it’s good too! Funny, scary, and revolutionary in it’s special effects, this thriller adventure about dinosaurs is a must-see! #35 on AFI top Thrills
4. The birds
One of Hitchcock’s only horror films and one of his most violent, rivaled only by Psycho, The Birds is a thriller that will keep your heart racing from the beginning till the end. A woman travels to a small town only to be caught in a series of unexplained bird attacks. Although it’s #7 on AFI top thrills, parents shouldn’t be worried; unless you have a very sensitive teen the dated effects aren’t too frightening.
3. Sunset Boulevard
Sunset boulevard is funny, thrilling and completely enticing in every way. It’s about an aging and delusional silent film actress who is convinced a young scriptwriter is her next big break. The whole film has an eerie, dream-like quality to it and Gloria Swanson plays Norma so eccentric and creepily, you’ll be sitting on the edge of your seat the entire thing. #16 on the AFI top films “Mr. DeMille, I’m ready for my close up.”
number 18 on AFI top Thrills, Vertigo is truly spectacular. A mystery, an affair, murder, and revolutionary effects, Hitchcock does it again. A retired San Francisco detective suffering from acrophobia investigates the strange activities of an old friend’s wife, all the while becoming dangerously obsessed with her.
#1: Rebel without a cause
The best angsty teen drama of all time. The first angsty teen drama of all time. It stars James Dean with Natalie Wood and Sal Mineo and it feels remarkably contemporary due to it’s being in color and CinemaScope. All three are remarkable actors, but I especially love to sing the praises of Mineo’s unnerving yet lovable performance and Plato.