Classics to watch or own... Where do I start?

I was having a great conversation with a friend today. (Thanks Caleb for the discussion.) We were talking about faith, life and film. Seeing how they connect and how we could connect with God and others through film. 

The inevitable question came up, 'What classic films should I watch?' 

Many may groan at the prospect of watching black & white films, films from a by-gone era or where all dialogue seemed to move in slow motion. But for those who love the idea of digging into cinematic history, seeing the films that influenced the future films and enjoying great cinema from the past 100 years. Here is a short list of where you should get started. 

Be forewarned, some you will love and some you will not. Also, this list is far from exhaustive. There are so many great films, but here is a good starting list. 

These are not in order of importance, but do represent different genres. Some will contain mature content and this should be considered prior to viewing. 

  • Citizen Kane
  • The Conversation
  • The French Connection
  • Gone with the Wind
  • Ben Hur
  • Seven Samurai (A nod to Ben McEachen)
  • Psycho
  • The Godfather
  • To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Guess Who's Coming to Dinner
  • Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
  • Alien (The first one)
  • Blade Runner
  • The Magnificent Seven
  • The Great Escape
  • 12 Angry Men
  • Star Wars
  • The Ten Commandments
  • Dr Strangelove
  • Chinatown
Some you will recognise and some you will not, but all worth seeing. I know there are many more you can add. This is just a short list to get you started. Enjoy, write me you thoughts or even you additions. 

Rankings by Russell Matthews @ Russelling Reviews