The Films I Live In

TheFilmsILive In

Every frame in every film affects us.

This is a list of films that fueled my imagination, changed the way I viewed the world and for better and for worse inspired me to be a filmmaker.  I am strongly influenced by the films I saw in my youth, and still influenced by the films I see today.  Perhaps differently, but not by much. Everything from UN CHIEN ANDALOU by Luis Bunuel which had a profound effect on me and opened my eyes to surrealism.  Or THEY SHOOT HORSES DON’T THEY? by Sydney Pollack where for the first time I understood how cruel humans could really be.  Or FIGHT CLUB by David Fincher, which shouted at me, “Live life like they have a gun to your head!”  Or perhaps…  Well you get the drift.

Absence of Malice
Ace in the Hole (The Big Carnival)
Act of Violence
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Advise & Consent
Affliction
After Hours
The Age of Innocence
Alien
Aliens
Alphavile
All That Jazz
All the President’s Men
Almost Famous
Along for the Ride
The American
American Beauty
The American President
Anatomy of a Murder
The Andromeda Strain
Angel Heart
Animal Crackers
Another Year
An Unmarried Woman
Annie Hall
Anomalisa
Any Given Sunday
Apocalypse Now
Apocalypto
Apollo 13
Arrival
Arrival of a Train at La Ciotat
The Asphalt Jungle
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
Assault on Precinct 13 (1976)
Auto Focus
Autumn Sonata
Babe
Babel
Back to the Future
Bad Day at Black Rock
Barfly
Barry Lyndon
Basic Instinct
The Battle of Chile
Battle Royale
The Battleship Potemkin
Beetlejuice
Being John Malkovich
Belle de Jour
Ben-Hur (1959)
The Best Man (1964)
The Bicycle Thief
Big
Big Night
The Big Chill
The Big Combo
The Big Country
The Big Red One
The Big Sleep
Billy Budd
Birdman
The Birds
Birth
Birth of a Nation
Bitter Moon
Blackboard Jungle
Black Narcissus
Black Orpheus
Blade Runner
Blade Runner 2049
Blaze
Blazing Saddles
Blood of the Beasts
Blood Simple
Blue Collar
Blue Jasmine
Blue Velvet
Bob Roberts
Bobby Deerfield
Body Double
Body Heat
Bonnie & Clyde
Boogie Nights
Book of Eli
Born on the Fourth of July
Bound
The Bourne Identity
Boyz N the Hood
Brainstorm
Braveheart
Breaking Away
Breathless
Bridge Over the River Kwai
Brief Encounter
Bringing Out The Dead
Broadway Danny Rose
Broken Flowers
A Bronx Tale
Brother From Another Planet
El Brute/The Brute
Bugsy
Bull Durham
Bullitt
Bullworth
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
Cabaret
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
Cafe Society
The Cameraman
The Candidate (1972)
Capitalism: A Love Story
Carnal Knowledge
Casablanca
Casino
Cast Away
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
The China Syndrome
Chinatown
The Cider House Rules
Cinemania
City Lights
Citizen Kane
The Circus
A Clockwork Orange
The Cocoanuts
Colorado Territory
Coming Home
Il Conformista (The Conformist)
Contagion
The Contender
The Conversation
The Cooler
Cop Car
Cop Land
The Corporation
The Cowboys
Crash (1996)
Crazy Heart
Cries & Whispers
Crimes and Misdemeanors
The Crimson Kimono
Crisis: Behind a Presidential Commitment
Crumb
Das Boot
Dave
A Day at the Races
Days of Heaven
Dead Man
Dead Man Walking
Dead Pigeon on Beethoven Street
Dead Poets Society
The Dead Zone
Death in the Garden (La Mort en ce Jardin)
Death Trap
The Deer Hunter
The Departed
Detour (1945)
Devil in a Blue Dress
Diabolique (1955)
Diary of a Chambermaid
Die Hard
Diner
The Dirty Dozen
The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie
D.O.A. (1949)
Dr. Strangelove
Do the Right Thing
Dog Day Afternoon
Dog Star Man
The Dogs of War
Donnie Brasco
Don’t Bother to Knock
Dr. Strangelove
Double Indemnity
Duck Soup
Eastern Promises
Easy Rider
Ed Wood
Edge of the City
El Bruto (The Brute)
Election
The Electric Horseman
Elevator to the Gallows
End of Watch
Enter the Dragon
Erin Brockovich
Escape From Fort Bravo
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex…
Ex Machina
The Exorcist
The Exterminating Angel (El Angel Exterminador)
Eye of the Needle
The Fabulous Baker Boys
A Face in the Crowd
Fail-Safe
Falstaff (Chimes at Midnight)
Fargo
The Fat & the Lean
Fatal Attraction
Le Femme Nikita
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
Finding Neverland
A Fish Called Wanda
Fight Club
The Final Countdown
Firecreek
Fixed Bayonets!
The Fog of War
Food, Inc.
Forrest Gump
Fort Apache, the Bronx
Forty Guns
Frankenstein (1931)
The French Connection
The Fugitive
Fury (1936)
Fury (2014)
Gandhi
The General
The Getaway (1972)
Get Shorty
Gilda
Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samauri
The Ghost and Mr. Chicken
Glory
The Godfather
The Godfather II
God’s Little Acre
Goldfinger
The Gold Rush
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Goodnight and Good Luck
Go West
The Graduate
Grand Prix
The Grapes of Wrath
The Great Dictator
The Great Escape
Great Expectations (1946)
The Great Santini
Grey Gardens
The Grifters
Grizzly Man
Groundhog Day
Gun Crazy
The Gunfighter
Hannah and Her Sisters
A Hard Day’s Night
The Harder They Fall
The Headless Woman
Heartland
Hearts and Minds
Heat
Heaven’s Gate
Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison
Hearts and Minds
High Noon
High Sierra
The Hill (1965)
A History of Violence
Hoop Dreams
Hoosiers
Horse Feathers
House of Bamboo
Hud
The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939)
Hunger (2008)
The Hurt Locker
The Hustler
The Ice Storm
Ida
The Illustrated Man
The Immigrant (1917)
I’m No Dummy
In a Lonely Place
In Cold Blood
Inception
The Informer
Inherent Vice
Insomnia
Invincible
It’s a Wonderful Life
Irreversible
Jackie
Jackie Brown
Jaws
Jay Johnson: The Two & Only!
Jeanne Dielman, 23 Commerce Quay, 1080 Brussels
Jeremiah Johnson
Johnny Handsome
Jungle Fever
Kalifornia
The Kid (1921)
Killing Me Softly
Killer of Sheep
The Killing
The Killers
The King of Comedy
Kiss of the Spider Woman
Klute
Kramer vs. Kramer
LA Confidential
Lady in the Lake (1947)
The Last Detail
La Cienaga
La Dolce Vida
La Jetee
L’Age d’Or
Land Without Bread
The Last Detail
The Last Emperor
The Last Metro
The Last of the Mohicans
Last Tango in Paris
The Last Temptation of Christ
Last Year at Marienbad
La Strada
Laugh Clown Laugh
Lawrence of Arabia
Lebanon
Legends of the Fall
Lethal Weapon
Leaving Las Vegas
Legends of the Fall
Le Mans
Leon: The Professional
A Lesson in Love
Life of Brian
Lifeboat
Limelight
The Limey
The Little Foxes
Lone Star
Lonely Are the Brave
Looking for Mr. Goodbar
The Lookout
Los Olvidados
M (1931)
Magnolia
Malcolm X
The Maltese Falcon
Man with a Movie Camera
The Man with the Golden Arm
The Man Who Knew Too Much
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
Manhattan
Manhunter
Marathon Man
The Marriage of Maria Braun
The Matrix
Maléna
McCabe and Mrs. Miller
Memento
Metropolis
Michael Clayton
Midnight Cowboy
Midnight Express
Midnight in Paris
Midnight Run
The Milky Way (Bunuel)
Milk
The Missouri Breaks
Mo Better Blues
Moby Dick
Modern Times
Monkey Business
Montery Pop
Monty Python and the Holy Grail
Moon
Most Valuable Players
Moulin Rouge
Mrs. Doubtfire
Muscle Shoals
Mutiny on the Bounty (1935)
The Mummy (1932)
My Darling Clementine
My Own Private Idaho
Mystic River
The Naked Kiss
Natural Born Killers
Nazarin
Nebraska
Network
New York New York
A Night in Casablanca
Night and Fog
A Night at the Opera
The Night of the Hunter
The Night of the Living Dead
Nightcrawler
Norma Rae
North By Northwest
Notting Hill
An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge
Of Mice and Men (1939)
Of Mice and Men (1992)
An Officer and a Gentlemen
OJ: Made in America
Oliver Twist (1948)
On Golden Pond
On the Waterfront
Once Upon a Time in the West
One False Move
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
One Hour Photo
Open Range
Ordinary People
Orphans of the Storm
Othello (1952)
Out of the Past (1947)
The Ox-Bow Incident
Panic
Panic in the Streets
Papillion
The Passenger
The Passion of the Christ
The Passion of Jeanne d’Arc (1928)
A Patch of Blue
Paths of Glory
Patton
The Pawnbroker
Pennies From Heaven
Petulia
The Phantom of Liberty
Phenomenon
The Pianist
Pickpocket
Pickup on South Street
Picnic
A Place in the Sun
Planet of the Apes (1968)
Platoon
The Player
The Point
Point Blank (1967)
The Pope of Greenwich Village
The Poseidon Adventure (1972)
Prelude to War
Primary
Prince of the City
The Prince of Tides
Primary Colors
The Producers (1967)
The Professionals
Psycho
Pulp Fiction
Quiz Show
The Red Shoes
Raging Bull
Raising Arizona
The Reader
Rear Window
Red Rock West
Reds
Repulsion
Requiem for a Dream
The Revenant
Ride the High Country
Ride Lonesome
Rififi
The Right Stuff
Rio Bravo
River’s Edge
Road House (1948)
Road to Perdition
Roger & Me
The Rose
Rosemary’s Baby
‘Round Midnight
Rules of the Game
Run Silent, Run Deep
Runaway Train
Sabotage
Sans Soleil
Safety Last
Saturday Night Fever
Saving Private Ryan
Scarface
Scarlet Street
Seance on a Wet Afternoon
The Searchers
The Second Room
Serpico
The Set-Up
Seven
Seven Days in May
The Seven Samurai
The Seventh Seal
Sex and Lucia
Shadow of a Doubt
Shallow Grave
Shampoo
The Shawshank Redemption
She’s Gotta Have It
Shindler’s List
Shock Corridor
The Shock Doctrine
Shoot The Moon
Silence
Silverado
Simon of the Desert
A Simple Plan
Sink the Bismark!
Sliding Doors
Something Wild
Son of Saul
The Sorrow and the Pity
Sounder
Source Code
Space Cowboys
A Special Day
Split Second (1953)
Splendor in the Grass
Stalag 17
Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope
Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back
Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi
Starman
Static (1985)
Steamboat Bill, Jr.
The Steel Helmet
Stop Making Sense
La Strada
The Straight Story
A Streetcar Named Desire
Stripes
Susana
Sweet and Lowdown
The Sweet Smell of Success
The Tall T
Tattoo
Tender Mercies
Terminator
Terminator 2 (T2)
Thank You for Smoking
That Thing You Do!
That Obscure Object of Desire
Thelma & Louise
They Shoot Horses Don’t They?
Thief
Thieves Highway
The Times of Harvey Milk
Three Days of the Condor
Thunderball
To Die For
To Have and Have Not
To Kill a Mockingbird
To Live and Die in LA
Tootsie
Touch of Evil
The Towering Inferno
Trainspotting
The Treasure of Sierra Madre
The Trial
Tristana
Triumph of the Will
True Confessions
True Romance
Ulee’s Gold
Umberto D
Un Chien Andalou
United 93
The Unforgiven
The Unknown (1927)
Up in the Air
The Verdict
Vertigo
Viridiana
Visions of Light
A Visit to Picasso
A Walk in the Sun (1943)
Waltz with Bashir
War of the Roses
The War Room
Watership Down
West World
The Westerner
White Dog
Wild at Heart
The Wild Bunch
Wild Strawberries
Wings (1927)
Witness
The Wizard of Oz
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolf?
The Wolf of Wall Street
Woman Under the Influence
Wonder Boys
Woodstock
Working Girl
World War Z
The Wrong Man (1956)
Y Tu Mamá También
Year of the Dragon
You Kill Me
Young Frankenstein
The Young and the Damned
The Young One
Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession
Zelig
8 1/2
12 Angry Men
36 Hours
99 Homes
2001: A Space Odyssey 

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