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* Disclaimer ≠ This is NOT meant to be all inclusive. Nor is it meant to be a list of the best movies of all time. That would obviously be subjective. This is simply a list of films that every serious actor should see.

All About Eve

All That Jazz

Apocalypse Now

The Asphalt Jungle

The African Queen

All The Kings Men

An American in Paris


The Bad Seed

Being There

Bonnie & Clyde

The Blackboard Jungle

Bliss (Australian, hard to find but worth the effort)

Das Boot (subtitled)

Born Yesterday

Boy’s Town
The Bridge on the River Kwai

The Caine Mutiny


Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958)

The Champ (1938)


Citizen Kane

The Crimson Pirate

Dark Victory

Dinner At Eight

Dog Day Afternoon

Double Indemnity

East of Eden

Elmer Gantry

The French Connection

From Here to Eternity


The Godfather (all 3)

Gone With the Wind

The Graduate

Grand Hotel

The Grapes of Wrath (1940)

Gunga Din

Hamlet (Olivier)

It Happened One Night

Harold and Maude

The Heiress


High Noon

Inherit The Wind


Kill Bill (Vol. 1&2)


The Last Picture Show

Last Tango in Paris

Lawrence of Arabia

The Maltese Falcon

Midnight Cowboy

My Left Foot



On The Waterfront

The Philadelphia Story

The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946)

Prisoner of 2nd Ave.

The Producers (the original)

The Public Enemy
Ran (subtitled)

Rebel Without a Cause

Repo Man

Reservoir Dogs

Romeo & Juliet (Zeffirelli 1968)

The Seven Samurai

Some Like it Hot

A Streetcar Named Desire

The Sting

The Shining

One Flew Over The Cuckooπs Nest

Mystic River

Monty Python & the Holy Grail

Pulp Fiction Sunset Boulevard

Sweet Bird of Youth

Taxi Driver

To Have and Have Not

The Wild Bunch

Witness For The Prosecution

Wuthering Heights