Idea shaping moviesby harland-386-439414 | created - 03 Jun 2012 | updated - 28 Aug 2013 | Public
These are films that helped shape my outlook and my sensitivities.
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1. Brazil (1985)
R | 132 min | Drama, Sci-Fi
A bureaucrat, in a retro-future world, tries to correct an administrative error and becomes an enemy of the state.
Votes: 179,930 | Gross: $9.93M
A distopian future with funny and scary scenes intermingled.
2. Steppenwolf (1974)
R | 107 min | Drama
In the bourgeois circles of Europe after the Great War, can anything save the modern man? Harry Haller, a solitary intellectual, has all his life feared his dual nature of being human and ... See full summary »
A surreal movie with Dominique Sanda as a mysterious and sensual muse.
3. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
G | 149 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi
After discovering a mysterious artifact buried beneath the Lunar surface, mankind sets off on a quest to find its origins with help from intelligent supercomputer H.A.L. 9000.
Votes: 567,162 | Gross: $56.95M
The ageless science fiction film. It looks at the question of the meaning of our existence as we start to push the boundaries beyond earth.
4. Annie Hall (1977)
PG | 93 min | Comedy, Romance
Neurotic New York comedian Alvy Singer falls in love with the ditzy Annie Hall.
Votes: 242,417 | Gross: $39.20M
The ultimate 70s movie, with the tortured introspection of that time.
5. Jules and Jim (1962)
Not Rated | 105 min | Drama, Romance
Decades of a love triangle concerning two friends and an impulsive woman.
A creative and iconoclastic look at what it means to be romatically involved<
6. Time of the Gypsies (1988)
R | 142 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
In this luminous tale set in the area around Sarajevo and in Italy, Perhan, an engaging young Romany (gypsy) with telekinetic powers, is seduced by the quick-cash world of petty crime, which threatens to destroy him and those he loves.
Votes: 23,373 | Gross: $0.28M
A journey through the musical and mysterious world of Balkan gypsies.
9. The Harder They Come (1972)
R | 120 min | Crime, Drama, Music
Wishing to become a successful Reggae singer, a young Jamaican man finds himself tied to corrupt record producers and drug pushers.
10. Kiss of the Spider Woman (1985)
R | 120 min | Drama
A gay man and a political prisoner are together in a prison. The gay man narrates the stories of two fake movies and his own life.
Votes: 13,431 | Gross: $17.04M
11. Body Heat (1981)
R | 113 min | Crime, Drama, Romance
In the midst of a searing Florida heat wave, a woman persuades her lover, a small-town lawyer, to murder her rich husband.
Votes: 29,099 | Gross: $24.06M
13. Mistress (1976)
Not Rated | 112 min | Drama, Romance
A common thief (Depardieu) breaks into the house of a professional dominatrix (Ogier), and begins to help her "train" her clients. Though this world is alien to his experience, he finds ... See full summary »
17. Violette (1978)
Not Rated | 124 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
In an interwar France struggling with profound social and political change, 18-year-old Violette Noziere rebels against the constraints of her claustrophobic, working-class (and possibly incestuous) family, with troubling consequences.
18. The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover (1989)
NC-17 | 124 min | Crime, Drama
The wife of an abusive criminal finds solace in the arms of a kind regular guest in her husband's restaurant.
Votes: 32,930 | Gross: $7.72M
19. Man Bites Dog (1992)
NC-17 | 95 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
A film crew follows a ruthless thief and heartless killer as he goes about his daily routine. But complications set in when the film crew lose their objectivity and begin lending a hand.
Votes: 34,459 | Gross: $0.21M
21. The Elephant Man (1980)
PG | 124 min | Biography, Drama
A Victorian surgeon rescues a heavily disfigured man who is mistreated while scraping a living as a side-show freak. Behind his monstrous façade, there is revealed a person of kindness, intelligence and sophistication.
22. Going Places (1974)
R | 117 min | Action, Comedy, Crime
Two whimsical, aimless thugs harass and assault women, steal, murder, and alternately charm, fight, or sprint their way out of trouble. They take whatever the bourgeois characters value: ... See full summary »
23. King of Hearts (1966)
Not Rated | 102 min | Drama, Comedy, War
During World War I, a British private, sent ahead to a French town to scout for enemy presence, is mistaken for a King by the colorful patients of an insane asylum.
Votes: 3,427 | Gross: $0.02M