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How many of Entertainment Weekly's "50 Best Movies You've Never Seen" have you seen?

Jul. 6, 2012by: Alex Maidy

I love lists. Any time there is a ranking of movies I like to see how many of them I know and whether I agree with their order. Plus it is always nice to find new movies that you may not have ever seen before.

Entertainment Weekly recently compiled a list of the 50 Best Movies You've Never Seen. They run the gamut from foreign films to romantic comedies to genre pictures and a couple of box office bombs. Here are ten from the list that I would easily recommend everyone to check out as soon as possible.

24 HOUR PARTY PEOPLE - Steve Coogan stars in this excellent British film about Factory Records, home to Joy Division and the Happy Mondays. A great little movie that will introduce you to some classic 80s music.

BAMBOOZLED - My favorite Spike Lee movie is a satire about blackface in modern entertainment. Damon Wayans and Savion Glover star.

BUBBA HO-TEP - Bruce Campbell. Need I say more? Okay, Elvis, a mummy, and the director of PHANTASM.

DEVIL'S PLAYGROUND - A disturbing documentary about the rite of passage every Amish teen must go through.

GHOST DOG: WAY OF THE SAMURAI - Forrest Whitaker as a samurai hitman taking out mobsters. It sounds utterly ridiculous but is so friggin' awesome. Check out RZA in a nice cameo at the end.

THE IRON GIANT - I highly doubt any of you reading this have not seen this movie. My kids watch it almost weekly. One of the best animated films, ever.

LAYER CAKE - See Daniel Craig pretending to be James Bond before he actually got the role. Plus, the entire "layer cake" monologue at the end is one for the ages.

MEMORIES OF MURDER - This is in many ways the South Korean equivalent to David Fincher's ZODIAC. Chilling and very well made.

THE REF - Kevin Spacey and Denis Leary. If you have not seen this than we cannot be friends. Best line: "Don't eat the penis, its just garnish."

THE RULES OF ATTRACTION - Roger Avary's adaptation of the Bret Easton Ellis novel is both funny and disturbing. The European vacation sequence is one of my all time favorite moments from the last ten years of movies.

Check out the full list here. How many have you seen? List your own recommendations below!

Extra Tidbit: I've only seen 26 of them. Damn, I have some catching up to do.

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10:37PM on 07/06/2012

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But honestly, some cult classics (Bubba HoTep) aside, most of these are art house wannabees. Also, since the article is from EW, it's not like anyone actually would take this list seriously.
But honestly, some cult classics (Bubba HoTep) aside, most of these are art house wannabees. Also, since the article is from EW, it's not like anyone actually would take this list seriously.
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12:59PM on 07/07/2012
I've seen 24 of them. I can't recommend MOON highly enough. LAYER CAKE is also amazing, IRON GIANT is one of the best animated films ever made, and RESCUE DAWN features some of the best performances of recent years, including the best I've ever seen from Steve Zahn.
I want to see PERFECT BLUE again, as I saw it when it first hit VHS and I remember loving it, while being completely disturbed by it (the pizza delivery!).
IDIOCRACY is more brilliant than anyone will ever give it credit
I've seen 24 of them. I can't recommend MOON highly enough. LAYER CAKE is also amazing, IRON GIANT is one of the best animated films ever made, and RESCUE DAWN features some of the best performances of recent years, including the best I've ever seen from Steve Zahn.
I want to see PERFECT BLUE again, as I saw it when it first hit VHS and I remember loving it, while being completely disturbed by it (the pizza delivery!).
IDIOCRACY is more brilliant than anyone will ever give it credit for.
MURDERBALL is one of my favorite documentaries.
And while it's not for everyone, I absolutely love GHOST DOG. It's my favorite Jim Jarmusch film.
Those are my recommendations.
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10:37AM on 07/07/2012
Seen 20....Layer Cake and Ghost Dog being two of my all time faves...Wristcutters is excellent...as is Moon...
Seen 20....Layer Cake and Ghost Dog being two of my all time faves...Wristcutters is excellent...as is Moon...
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9:45AM on 07/07/2012

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And one of them was Prime. Which was AWFUL. The other 6 were all really great (Iron Giant, Moon, Rescue Dawn, etc.)... but Prime was terrible. I saw it in theaters.
And one of them was Prime. Which was AWFUL. The other 6 were all really great (Iron Giant, Moon, Rescue Dawn, etc.)... but Prime was terrible. I saw it in theaters.
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7:14PM on 07/06/2012
15, but gotta be honest most of those I dont really care to see, and I know its EW, but really should be 50 "modern" movies.
15, but gotta be honest most of those I dont really care to see, and I know its EW, but really should be 50 "modern" movies.
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7:03PM on 07/06/2012
My favorite Ref line was "Your husband ain't dead, lady. He's hiding"
My favorite Ref line was "Your husband ain't dead, lady. He's hiding"
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10:50PM on 07/07/2012

3

The Ref, Fly Away Home and Layer Cake
The Ref, Fly Away Home and Layer Cake
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10:21PM on 07/07/2012

I remember Murderball being awesome to watch...

I've seen a surprisingly small number from this list...need to watch more...
I've seen a surprisingly small number from this list...need to watch more...
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12:55PM on 07/07/2012

I've seen 5.

And I only added 1 to my Netflix queue after looking at that list.
If that says anything about the quality of the list...
And I only added 1 to my Netflix queue after looking at that list.
If that says anything about the quality of the list...
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5:46AM on 07/07/2012

RARE EXPORTS!

I keep forgetting the title of that film and have wanted to see it ever since i saw the trailer two years or so ago. Netflix?
I keep forgetting the title of that film and have wanted to see it ever since i saw the trailer two years or so ago. Netflix?
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8:33AM on 07/07/2012
I do know that Netflix had it as a DVD rental. It was on of the last movies that I rented before the split and my departure.
I do know that Netflix had it as a DVD rental. It was on of the last movies that I rented before the split and my departure.
9:44PM on 07/07/2012
It's currently in my Netflix streaming Q. Go get it . . .!
It's currently in my Netflix streaming Q. Go get it . . .!
3:14AM on 07/07/2012
19. And a fair few of them are not on any "best movies" list now that I've seen them.
19. And a fair few of them are not on any "best movies" list now that I've seen them.
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10:23PM on 07/06/2012
I've got 22 of them but honestly even out of those that I've seen half of them are not that great so I've got to imagine how great some of the ones I haven't seen are.
I've got 22 of them but honestly even out of those that I've seen half of them are not that great so I've got to imagine how great some of the ones I haven't seen are.
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8:58PM on 07/06/2012

Eleven

One of them ends with the Erasure song "Stop!"
One of them ends with the Erasure song "Stop!"
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8:38PM on 07/06/2012
17.

My favorite quote from The Ref and just a favorite quote in general remains:
"Caroline, the day you see anything through to the end, I'll stick my own dick in my ear."

Safe for a handful of great selections the list in general is bullshit.
17.

My favorite quote from The Ref and just a favorite quote in general remains:
"Caroline, the day you see anything through to the end, I'll stick my own dick in my ear."

Safe for a handful of great selections the list in general is bullshit.
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7:25PM on 07/06/2012
15, but gotta be honest most of those I dont really care to see, and I know its EW, but really should be 50 "modern" movies. Ahhhhhh keep doubling posting today, sorry everyone
15, but gotta be honest most of those I dont really care to see, and I know its EW, but really should be 50 "modern" movies. Ahhhhhh keep doubling posting today, sorry everyone
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2:47PM on 07/09/2012

8

Ghost Dog
The Iron Giant
Layer Cake
Moon
Murderball
Primer
The Ref
Rescue Dawn

I saw The Ref so long ago that I don't really remember it, all of the others are excellent though. Very happy that Primer made the list.
Ghost Dog
The Iron Giant
Layer Cake
Moon
Murderball
Primer
The Ref
Rescue Dawn

I saw The Ref so long ago that I don't really remember it, all of the others are excellent though. Very happy that Primer made the list.
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11:51AM on 07/08/2012

I'd like to add

KISS KISS BANG BANG. Even with Robert Downey Jr.s comeback a year after this movie came out and the announcement that Shane Black was directing Iron Man 3 a lot of people haven't seen this hilarious neo noire buddy comedy.
KISS KISS BANG BANG. Even with Robert Downey Jr.s comeback a year after this movie came out and the announcement that Shane Black was directing Iron Man 3 a lot of people haven't seen this hilarious neo noire buddy comedy.
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1:43AM on 07/08/2012

I'd like to add

KISS KISS BANG BANG. Even with Robert Downey Jr.s comeback a year after this movie came out and the announcement that Shane Black was directing Iron Man 3 a lot of people haven't seen this hilarious neo noire buddy comedy.
KISS KISS BANG BANG. Even with Robert Downey Jr.s comeback a year after this movie came out and the announcement that Shane Black was directing Iron Man 3 a lot of people haven't seen this hilarious neo noire buddy comedy.
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1:31AM on 07/08/2012

3.5

Layer cake, fly away home, Moon. I have caught rescue dawn halfway started a few times so i havent seen the whole thing
Layer cake, fly away home, Moon. I have caught rescue dawn halfway started a few times so i havent seen the whole thing
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9:45PM on 07/07/2012
Ditto
Ditto
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9:41PM on 07/07/2012
Only 6 for me. Can't believe 'Safe Men' is on there. My buddy never shuts up about how funny he thinks that flick is. It's not bad . . . I want to make recommendations but am not sure if they qualify. I'll only throw out 'Heaven Help Us.' I absolutely love that movie . . .
Only 6 for me. Can't believe 'Safe Men' is on there. My buddy never shuts up about how funny he thinks that flick is. It's not bad . . . I want to make recommendations but am not sure if they qualify. I'll only throw out 'Heaven Help Us.' I absolutely love that movie . . .
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2:38PM on 07/07/2012

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Moon, Iron Giant and the Ref are the standouts on the list for me. I did enjoy Primer a lot, it's a fun time travel movie. Most are good indie movies, but not great.
Moon, Iron Giant and the Ref are the standouts on the list for me. I did enjoy Primer a lot, it's a fun time travel movie. Most are good indie movies, but not great.
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11:03AM on 07/07/2012
16, and I just caught The Ref last Christmas, finally.
16, and I just caught The Ref last Christmas, finally.
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10:16AM on 07/07/2012

12

A good chunk I would either not want to see and others I never even knew about. There are many though that I would like to see however.
A good chunk I would either not want to see and others I never even knew about. There are many though that I would like to see however.
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8:36AM on 07/07/2012
Seen 20, heard of 30, own 15 on DVD.
Seen 20, heard of 30, own 15 on DVD.
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7:39AM on 07/07/2012
6. Can't believe I've only seen 6.
6. Can't believe I've only seen 6.
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7:43PM on 07/06/2012
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4
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7:41PM on 07/06/2012
Only 12, but funny enough, the first and last movies on the list are two of my favorite movies of all time.
Only 12, but funny enough, the first and last movies on the list are two of my favorite movies of all time.
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7:06PM on 07/06/2012
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8
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1:53AM on 07/09/2012
I've only seen three of those movies. And I was in one of them.
I've only seen three of those movies. And I was in one of them.
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4:36AM on 07/07/2012

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Most of the ones I've seen I didn't care to much for, like Lilya 4-Ever, Idiocrazy, Rescue Dawn, Ghost Dog...

Moon and 24 Hour Party People are absolutely great though. Perfect blue I saw for a very long time ago but remember it as really good.
Most of the ones I've seen I didn't care to much for, like Lilya 4-Ever, Idiocrazy, Rescue Dawn, Ghost Dog...

Moon and 24 Hour Party People are absolutely great though. Perfect blue I saw for a very long time ago but remember it as really good.
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