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A guide by Sean Krueger (Indianapolis, IN)
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My 50 Greatest Movies Ever

Just my humble opinion here, but I think this list would be a great "getting started guide" for anyone who is just starting out watching movies. It's a nice mix of old and new classics with many genres represented as well. It is a little "epic heavy," but most epics I have included deserve to be here. Anyway, enjoy and feel free to write me to argue/disagree with my selections!

1. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (Two-Disc Widescreen Theatrical Edition)
2. Star Wars, Episode IV: A New Hope (Widescreen Edition)
3. The Godfather (Widescreen Edition)
4. Band of Brothers
5. From the Earth to the Moon - The Signature Edition
6. Lawrence of Arabia
7. Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark (Special Edition)
8. Rear Window (Universal Legacy Series)
9. The Shawshank Redemption (Two-Disc Special Edition)
10. Braveheart (Two-Disc Special Collector's Edition)
11. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (Two-Disc Widescreen Theatrical Edition)
12. Saving Private Ryan (Two-Disc Special Edition)
13. The Right Stuff (Two-Disc Special Edition)
14. The Sting (Universal Legacy Series)
15. The Good, the Bad & the Ugly (Two-Disc Collector's Edition)
16. 2001 - A Space Odyssey (Two-Disc Special Edition)
17. Gone with the Wind (Four-Disc Collector's Edition)
18. Citizen Kane (Two-Disc Special Edition)
19. The Godfather: Part II
20. Casablanca (Two-Disc Special Edition)
21. Doctor Zhivago (Two-Disc Special Edition)
22. Jaws (Widescreen Anniversary Collector's Edition)
23. North by Northwest (Two-Disc 50th Anniversary Edition)
24. The Graduate (40th Anniversary Collector's Edition)
25. Close Encounters of the Third Kind (Two-Disc Collector's Edition)
26. Vertigo: Special Edition (Universal Legacy Series)
27. The Wizard of Oz (Three-Disc Collector's Edition)
28. It's A Wonderful Life (Two-Disc Collector's Set)
29. The Deer Hunter (Legacy Series)
30. Schindler's List (Widescreen Edition)
31. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
32. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (Two-Disc Collector's Edition)
33. All the President's Men (Two-Disc Special Edition)
34. GoodFellas (Two-Disc Special Edition)
35. The Shining (Two-Disc Special Edition)
36. The Bridge on the River Kwai (Limited Edition)
37. Star Wars, Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (Widescreen Edition)
38. Alien (The Director's Cut)
39. Apocalypse Now: Redux
40. Monty Python and the Holy Grail (Special Edition)
41. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (Widescreen Theatrical Edition)
42. One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest (Two-Disc Special Edition)
43. Cool Hand Luke (Deluxe Edition)
44. Dog Day Afternoon (Two-Disc Special Edition)
45. Hoop Dreams (The Criterion Collection)
46. Chariots of Fire (Two-Disc Special Edition)
47. American Graffiti: Special Edition
48. Goldfinger
49. The Untouchables (Special Collector's Edition)
50. E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (Two-Disc Widescreen Limited Collector's Edition)

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11.  The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (Two-Disc Widescreen Theatrical Edition) [Closed-captioned] [Color] [NTSC] [Subtitled] [Widescreen]  DVD ~ Elijah Wood
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12.  Saving Private Ryan (Two-Disc Special Edition) [AC-3] [Anamorphic] [Closed-captioned] [Color] [Dolby] [Dubbed] [NTSC] [Special Edition] [Subtitled] [Widescreen]  DVD ~ Tom Hanks
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13.  The Right Stuff (Two-Disc Special Edition) [Anamorphic] [Closed-captioned] [Color] [Dolby] [NTSC] [Special Edition] [Subtitled] [Widescreen]  DVD ~ Scott Glenn
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16.  2001 - A Space Odyssey (Two-Disc Special Edition) [AC-3] [Closed-captioned] [Color] [Dolby] [Dubbed] [Original recording remastered] [Special Edition] [Subtitled] [Widescreen] [NTSC]  DVD ~ Keir Dullea
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17.  Gone with the Wind (Four-Disc Collector's Edition) [AC-3] [Box set] [Closed-captioned] [Collector's Edition] [Color] [Dolby] [Original recording remastered] [Subtitled] [NTSC]  DVD ~ Clark Gable
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18.  Citizen Kane (Two-Disc Special Edition) [Black & White] [Closed-captioned] [Dolby] [Subtitled] [NTSC]  DVD ~ Orson Welles
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19.  The Godfather: Part II [NTSC]  DVD ~ Al Pacino
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20.  Casablanca (Two-Disc Special Edition) [Full Screen] [Closed-captioned] [Special Edition] [Subtitled] [NTSC]  DVD ~ Humphrey Bogart
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21.  Doctor Zhivago (Two-Disc Special Edition) [Closed-captioned] [Color] [Dolby] [Widescreen] [NTSC]  DVD ~ Omar Sharif
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23.  North by Northwest (Two-Disc 50th Anniversary Edition) [AC-3] [Color] [Dolby] [NTSC] [Special Edition] [Subtitled] [Widescreen]  DVD ~ Cary Grant
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24.  The Graduate (40th Anniversary Collector's Edition) [AC-3] [Collector's Edition] [Color] [Dolby] [DTS Surround Sound] [Dubbed] [NTSC] [Subtitled] [Widescreen]  DVD ~ Dustin Hoffman
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28.  It's A Wonderful Life (Two-Disc Collector's Set) [Black & White] [Color] [Dolby] [NTSC]  DVD ~ James Stewart
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31.  Mr. Smith Goes to Washington [Black & White] [Closed-captioned] [NTSC]  DVD ~ James Stewart
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34.  GoodFellas (Two-Disc Special Edition) [AC-3] [Anamorphic] [Closed-captioned] [Color] [Dolby] [Dubbed] [NTSC] [Special Edition] [Subtitled] [Widescreen]  DVD ~ Robert De Niro
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35.  The Shining (Two-Disc Special Edition) [AC-3] [Closed-captioned] [Color] [Dolby] [Dubbed] [NTSC] [Special Edition] [Subtitled] [Widescreen]  DVD ~ Jack Nicholson
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40.  Monty Python and the Holy Grail (Special Edition) [Anamorphic] [Closed-captioned] [Color] [NTSC] [Special Edition] [Subtitled] [Widescreen]  DVD ~ Graham Chapman
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