Los Angeles Times film critic Kenneth Turan also reviews films for NPR and in general I have found his recommendations to agree with my own tastes. So I was interested to hear a clip that he had published a new book where he recommends 54 films, starting from the 1920s until today, that he thinks that everyone should see. He feels that especially with older films, there are some gems that people today are not aware of.
The list of films and brief descriptions of them can be seen here. I had not seen (or even heard of) most of them. I have seen 14 of ones on his list: Casablanca (1942), Great Expectations (1946), Bicycle Thieves (1948), The Third Man (1949), All About Eve (1950), Sunset Boulevard (1950), Singin’ in the Rain (1952), Seven Samurai (1954), Touch of Evil (1958), Vertigo (1958), The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962), The Godfather (1972), Chinatown (1974), and Unforgiven (1992).
All these were good, making me think that I might like the others he recommends too and I plan to watch many of them in the coming months. I’d be curious to hear from people who have seen any of the other films on the list since prior recommendations from readers have been very helpful to me in finding good films to watch.
A notable omission was Citizen Kane, usually on everyone’s list of best films, although he picks several other Orson Welles films.