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5 Classic Movies You Should See


Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964) - Stanley Kubrick's satire on nuclear war. An insane general takes over a military base and orders nuclear strikes on the Soviet Union. After discovering what has happened the President and his cabinet of generals are able to recall all bombers except for one, which continues on towards its target. Fearing the plane will finish its attack, America negotiates frantically with the Soviets, and these negotiations are pushed to a new level upon learing that the U.S.S.R. has a doomsday device prepared for retaliation. Although it does not sound like it from this description, this is an incredibly funny movie filled with black humor.

12 Angry Men (1957) - While you would think a movie that takes place entirely in two rooms would be boring, this film proves otherwise. Twelve jurors deliberate on a murder trial with a young defendant from the slums. The film begins with the jury deciding to find the teen guilty 11-1, with Henry Fonda as the lone juror voting not guilty. As the film unwinds, Fonda forces the other jurors to examine the case thoroughly, as well as examine their own prejudices and opinions.

The Graduate (1967) - This is one of my favorite movies of all time. It stars Dustin Hoffman in his breakout role as Benjamin Braddock, a young college graduate who is seduced into an affair with an older married woman, Mrs. Robinson. The situation becomes even more complicated when Benjamin falls in love with Mrs. Robinson's daughter Elaine, and tells her about his affair with her mother. After the fallout, Benjamin must travel thousands of miles to find Elaine and win her back. Along with the excellent acting, the soundtrack, made up of mostly Simon and Garfunkle songs, adds the perfect backdrop to the movie.


The Manchurian Candidate (1962) - Although this movie was remade a few years ago, the original is hard to beat. This movie follows the lives of a group of Korean war veterans who returned to the United States. The group praises Raymond Shaw, a normally unlikeable soldier, for saving them. When all the soldiers have re-occuring nightmares, though, it becomes clear that the group has actually been brainwashed by communists in Korea, and it is up to Captain/Major Bennett Marco (Frank Sinatra) to save them. The plot twists will keep you on the edge of your seat, and the movie has a powerful political message on the dangers of McCarthyism.

On the Waterfront (1954) - A classic Marlon Brando film, Brando plays young hood Terry Malloy, a has been boxer and dock worker. Malloy must take a deep look at himself and his life after being involved in murders ordered by corrupt union bosses. By the end of the movie Malloy redeems himself and takes a stand against the unions that run the city docks. A powerful movie, and one of my favorites. It features the classic line "I coulda been a contenda".

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