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Have You Seen These Movies?

07/14/2010 12:57 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

This is the new, improved, always evolving GASP list -- the list of movies that you should have seen if you want to work (produce, write, direct, act) in the entertainment industry.

If you haven't seen them and/or you don't work in the entertainment industry, this is a fun (and growing) list for any movie fan.

Although it is simply not possible (or advisable) to have seen every movie ever made, the criteria for this list is that these are movies that have seminal, iconic or culturally significant performances, writing, direction, or premises. These are the movies that set the bar, raised the standard or innovated something new and oft-imitated.

Caveat: In order to keep this list manageable, foreign films and documentaries are not included. It would be fun to add an ancillary foreign film GASP list. The reason these are not included is that while many foreign films absolutely innovated the medium, I have only included Amelie, a movie that received wide US distribution and was easily accessible to US audiences. Many foreign films are the domain of cinephiles and nerds (like me) because they are not as accessible to the general public. The movies on the GASP list are movies that Jesus-on-a-jet-pack come ON if you haven't seen them. They're available. They are on Netflix, they are televised from time to time, they are at every video store. Do you follow me? For example, Bleu, my favorite of the Kieslowski trilogy, didn't exactly play that the local cineplex. Neither did Betty Blue. Or Toto Los Heroes or Jesus of Montreal or so many others that are near and dear to my heart. I also included La Dolce Vita because come on, I mean, seriously you've probably seen it. And if you haven't -- GASP -- add it to the list on your fridge that you forget to take to the video store. If you go to the video store anymore.

If you have suggestions for the GASP list, I'd love to hear them in the comments section. How many on this list have you seen? What would you add?

40 YEAR-OLD VIRGIN
2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY
AIRPLANE
A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE
ADAM'S RIB
ADAPTATION
AFRICAN QUEEN
ALIEN
ALL ABOUT EVE
AMADEUS
AMELIE
AMERICAN BEAUTY
ANIMAL HOUSE
ANNIE HALL
APOCALYPSE NOW
ARTHUR
AVATAR
BACK TO THE FUTURE
BIG
BLADERUNNER
THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT
BLAZING SADDLES
BLUE VELVET
BORN YESTERDAY
THE BOURNE IDENTITY
BROADCAST NEWS
BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S
THE BREAKFAST CLUB
BRIDGE OVER THE RIVER KWAI
BRINGING UP BABY
BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID
CASABLANCA
CHARIOTS OF FIRE
CHARLIE CHAPLIN (any or all)
CHINATOWN
CITIZEN KANE
CLEOPATRA
A CLOCKWORK ORANGE
CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND
COOL HAND LUKE
CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON
DELIVERANCE
DIE HARD
DIRTY HARRY
DOG DAY AFTERNOON
DO THE RIGHT THING
DOUBLE INDEMNITY
DR. STRANGELOVE
EASY RIDER
ERIN BROCKOVICH
E.T.
THE EXORCIST
FARGO
FATAL ATTRACTION
FERRIS BUELLER'S DAY OFF
FIGHT CLUB
FINDING NEMO
FORREST GUMP
THE FRENCH CONNECTION
FROM HERE TO ETERNITY
GENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDES
GHOST
GLADIATOR
THE GODFATHER
GONE WITH THE WIND
THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY
GOODFELLAS
GOOD WILL HUNTING
GHOSTBUSTERS
THE GRADUATE
GRAND HOTEL
GREASE
GROUNDHOG DAY
GUESS WHO'S COMING TO DINNER?
THE HANGOVER
HARVEY
HIGH NOON
HIS GIRL FRIDAY
IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE
JAMES BOND (any)
JAWS
JERRY MAGUIRE
JUNO
THE KARATE KID (the original)
THE KING AND I
L.A. CONFIDENTIAL
LA DOLCE VITA
LAWRENCE OF ARABIA
LETHAL WEAPON
LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE
MALTESE FALCON
MARATHON MAN
THE MATRIX
MEMENTO
MICHAEL CLAYTON
MIDNIGHT COWBOY
MILDRED PIERCE
MONTY PYTHON (any)
MOONSTRUCK
MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON
NETWORK
AN OFFICER AND A GENTLEMAN
ON THE WATERFRONT
ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST
ORDINARY PEOPLE
PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN
PLANET OF THE APES
PLATOON
THE PLAYER
THE PRINCESS BRIDE
PSYCHO
PULP FICTION
RAGING BULL
RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK
RAMBO
REAR WINDOW
REBECCA
RED RIVER
RISKY BUSINESS
THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW
ROCKY
ROSEMARY'S BABY
SABRINA
SAVING PRIVATE RYAN
SCARFACE
SCHINDLER'S LIST
SCREAM
SEVEN
THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION
THE SHINING
SHREK
SILENCE OF THE LAMBS
SINGIN' IN THE RAIN
THE SIXTH SENSE
SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE
SOME LIKE IT HOT
SOPHIE'S CHOICE
THE SOUND OF MUSIC
STAR WARS
SUNSET BOULEVARD
SUPERMAN
TAXI DRIVER
THE TEN COMMANDMENTS
THE TERMINATOR
TERMS OF ENDEARMENT
THELMA AND LOUISE
TITANIC
TOP GUN
TOOTSIE
TOY STORY
TREASURE OF THE SIERRA MADRE
THE USUAL SUSPECTS
WALL STREET
WHATEVER HAPPENED TO BABY JANE
WHEN HARRY MET SALLY
THE WIZARD OF OZ