Topic: Essential Viewing
Okay, cats, here's the deal.
I was raised in a pop cultural wasteland. Circumstance conspired against tiny litomnivore, and, while I may able to drive and vote and drink, I have never seen The Wizard of Oz. Nary a frame. (Okay, two minutes in a doctor's office. But the point remains!) I saw the original Star Wars trilogy last week (theatrical cuts, of course). I've been working backwards from Mystery Science Theater 3000 long enough. The center cannot hold, people. I need guidance.
So, I ask you, kind forum, what movies are, to you, essential viewing for the care and feeding of a budding cinephile? What are movies you are aghast people haven't seen? What is your absolute favorite movie of all time? And, if you care to share and make me feel less uncultured, what piece of essential viewing have you missed out on?
Assume nothing. (Well, I have seen the The Lord of the Rings trilogy roughly eight million times.) I don't care about genre. I don't care about what language it's in. I do care that it is available on DVD, since I don't have access to a VHS player most of the time.
Let's do this!