Non-SF Films To See

July 2nd, 2008 | by Sqotty |

I am doing a panel at Convergence on what Non-Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror films people should see. It’s a long list, about 80 films, and thought I would share it here as well.

To Have or Have Not(1944)
Casablanca(1942)
The Big Sleep(1945)
The Maltese Falcon(1941)
We’re No Angels(1955)
The Petrified Forest(1936)
The African Queen (1951)
The Searchers(1956)
Stagecoach(1939)
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valence(1962)
The Shootist(1976)
Rio Bravo(1959)
She Wore A Yellow Ribbon(1949)
The Wings of Eagles(1957)
True Grit(1969)
The Quiet Man(1952)
The Naked Spur(1953)
Destry Rides Again(1939)
Winchester ’73(1950)
It’s A Wonderful Life(1946)
Harvey(1950)
Man of the West(1958)
The Magnificent Seven(1960)
Three Violent People(1956)
The Long Riders(1980)
High Noon(1952)
The Hallelujah Trail(1965)
Tombstone(1993)
The Buccaneer (1958)
The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)
Spartacus(1960)
The Three and Four Musketeers (1973/4)
The Three Musketeers (1948)
Ben-Hur(1959)
Gone with the Wind(1939)
The Seven Samurai(1954)
Babettte’s Feast(1987)
Life Is Beautiful(1997)
Das Boot(1981)
We Were Soldiers(2002)
The Longest Day(1962)
The Great Escape(1963)
Kelly’s Heroes(1970)
They Were Expendable(1945)
The Dawn Patrol(1938)
Beau Geste (1939)
Men of Honor(200)
From Here to Eternity(1953)
Captain Blood(1935)
The Sea Hawk(1940)
On The Town(1949)
Singing in the Rain(1952)
The Right Stuff(1983)
1776(1972)
The Sound of Music(1965)
The Gold Rush(1925)
The General(1927)
Beach Party(1963)
North Shore (1987)
Snow Dogs(2002)
Eight Below(2006)
Iron Will(1994)
Mickey Mouse Three Musketeers(2004)
The 13th Warrior(1999)
The President’s Analyst(1967)
Death Wish(1974)
The Sand Pebbles(1966)
55 Days in Peking(1963)
Ocean’s Eleven (1960)
Thunderball(1965)
From Russia With Love(1963)
Lassiter(1984)
Our Man Flint(1966)
Top Secret(1984)
Ronin(1998)
Quigley Down Under (1990)
Yellow Sky(1948)
Zulu(1964)

The films cover quite a span, with the earliest being 1925 and 1927, and running up through about 2006. It also covers a lot of non-SF territory: Westerns, War, Detective, Spy, Musicals, and just about everything else. These are all movies – no TV shows or mini-series. Some have suffered the indignity of remakes and some are remakes that were better than the original (The Buccaneer). Feel free to post additions in the comments section. I’d like to see what others would put on their list.

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