beetleypete’s A-Z Film Challenge … The List: A-L

During the Merrie Month of May, I discovered (through friend Felicity Harley’s reblogging of it) a series of posts by a new-to-me UK blogger, beetleypete, titled A-Z Film Challenge. I was late coming into the challenge with my own suggestions (I didn’t begin commenting until around the “L” post, I think), but I was pleased to see that Pete’s series had already attracted a great deal of attention and further recommendations from his blog’s readers that it seemed as though a real online “party” was going on! I also discovered in short time that Pete has an extensive knowledge of World Cinema (which I particularly enjoy) and had many of the same experiences of seeing films for the first time when he was growing up in England as I had growing up in Canada. Turns out we’re just about the same age. While Pete and I mainly agreed on his daily alphabetical choices, I found it fun to search my own memory banks and remember those other films that had meant a lot to me over the decades. I also discovered a few new pals in the comments section who brought even more movie titles and experience to the table. When Pete’s series came to an end, I know I wasn’t the only movie-lover sad to lose this daily reminiscence we’d come to anticipate and enjoy. I asked Pete if he had kept track of all the suggestions made – he hadn’t – and offered to go back over the posts and compile as complete a list as I could. While I haven’t included links to every movie listed (I will leave that to YOU to look them up at IMDB), I have linked back to Pete’s blog posts for each of the Letters, so you have a chance to see Pete’s personal favourite selection and watch the accompanying video he included for each. I’ve divided the complete list into two, just because the number of titles was becoming unwieldy. As well, it has taken me just about a month to compile this first blog post for A-L … so I will post M-Z and Numbers whenever I can get the rest done.

Thanks to Pete Johnson for the original idea of this series, and for his stick-to-it-iveness that kept it going. Also, thanks to Pete’s readers for all their great suggestions!

A

About a Boy
The Abyss
Ace in the Hole
Aces High
Across 110th Street
Across The Universe
The African Queen
The Age of Innocence
Aguirre The Wrath of God
Airplane
Alien (series)
All About Eve
All About My Mother
Almost Famous
Amacord
Amelie
American Beauty
American Graffiti
Annie Hall
Apocalypse Now
The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz
Argo
Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
L’Atalante
Assult on Precinct 13
Atonement
Avengers Assemble
The Aviator

B

Babette’s Feast
Bad Boy Bubby
Bad Day at Black Rock
Bad Lieutenant
Badlands
Bagdad Cafe
Barton Fink
Basic Instinct
Battle of Algiers
Batman (series)
Be Kind Rewind
Beetlejuice
Beasts of the Southern Wild
Bedazzled
The Beguiled
Being There
Betty Blue
The Big Chill
Big Fish
The Big Lebowski
The Birds
Black Cat White Cat
Black Narcissus
Black Swan
Blade Runner
Blazing Saddles
Blue Velvet
The Blues Brothers
Body Heat
Bonnie and Clyde
Das Boot
Braveheart
Brazil
Bringing Up Baby
Bullitt

C

Caberet
Caddyshack
Caligula
Candyman
Cape Fear
Captain Alatriste
Captain America-Civil War
Captain Fantastic
Carlito’s Way
The Carpetbaggers
Carrie
Casablanca
Cat Ballou
Cat People
The Cell
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Chicago
Chimes At Midnight
Chinatown
Chopper
Cincinnati Kid
Citizen Kane
City of God
City of Lost Children
Cliffhanger
A Clockwork Orange
Close Encounters of the Third Kind
Clueless
Conspiracy Theory
Cool Hand Luke
Come and See
Corpse Bride
Cosi
The Craft
Crash
Crimes of Passion
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

D

Damien: Omen II
Dances With Wolves
Dangerous Beauty
Dark City
Dark Star
Darker Than Amber
Das Boot
Days of Heaven
Dead Man
Dead Poets’ Society
Deadpool
Death Becomes Her
Death in Venice
Deep Red
The Deer Hunter
Deliverance
Delicatessen
Dersu Uzala
The Descent
The Devil’s Advocate
District 9
Django
Do the Right Thing
Doctor Zhivago
Dogville
Donnie Darko
Down By Law
Downfall
Dr. Strangelove
Draughtsman’s Contract
The Dressmaker
Dressed to Kill
Duck Soup
Duel
The Duellists

E

The Eagle Has Landed
East of Eden
Eastern Promises
Easy Rider
Edge of Heaven
Educating Rita
An Education
Edward Scissorhands
Eight Legged Freaks
Electra Glide in Blue
Elephant Man
Elf
Elite Squad
Elizabeth
Ella Enchanted
Elvira, Mistress of the Dark
Emmanuelle – series
Empire of the Sun
Enemy at the Gates
Enemy Mine
The Enigma
Enter the Dragon
Enter the Void
Eraserhead
E.T.
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Event Horizon
Everlasting Moments
Everything is Illuminated
Evil Dead
Ex Machina
Exodus
The Exorcist
Eyes Wide Shut

F

The Fallen Idol
Falling Down
The Fantastic Four (2005)
Fantastic Mr. Fox
Fantastic Voyage
Farewell My Concubine
Fargo
Fatal Attraction
Female Agents
Femme Fatale
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
Fifth Element
Fightclub
Finding Dory
Finding Nemo
Firestarter
A Fist Full of Dollars
Fitzcarraldo
Five Easy Pieces
Flesh & Blood
The Flight of the Phoenix
The Fly
FM
Footloose
For a Few Dollars More
For Your Eyes Only
Forbidden Planet
Foreign Correspondent
The Fountain
Four Weddings and a Funeral
Fox and the Hound
Foxcatcher
Frankenstein
Freaks
The French Connection
Frenzy
Frida
The Friends of Eddie Coyle
From Hell
From Here to Eternity
The Front Page
Frozen
The Fugitive
Full Metal Jacket
The Full Monty
Funny Games
Funny Face
Funny Girl

G

Galaxy Quest
Gallipoli
The Gambler
The Game
Gangs of New York
Gaslight
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
Get Carter
Get Shorty
The Getaway
Ghandi
The Ghost and Mr. Chicken
Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai
Ghost World
Ghostbusters
Giant
Gilda
Girl With a Pearl Earring
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
Gladiator
Glengarry Glen Ross
Goldfinger
Gone With the Wind
Good Morning Vietnam
Good Will Hunting
The Graduate
Gran Torino
The Grand Budapest Hotel
La Grande Illusion
The Great Beauty
The Great Escape
The Grey Zone
The Godfather (series)
The Gods Must Be Crazy
Godzilla
Golden Eye
Good Day to Die Hard
The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly
Goodbye Lenin
Goodfellas
Goya’s Ghost
The Grapes of Wrath
Grease
Gremlins
The Grifters
Groundhog Day
Guardians of the Galaxy
Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?

H

La Haine
The Hairdresser’s Husband
Hairspray
Hallowe’en (series)
The Hangover
Hannah
Hannibal Brooks
Hard Candy
A Hard Day’s Night
Hard Eight
Hardware
Harry and Tonto
Harry Potter (series)
Hart’s War
Harvey
The Haunting
Hacksaw Ridge
He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not
Head On
Heartlands
Heavenly Creatures
Heaven’s Gate
Hellraiser
Hell’s Angels
Help!
The Help
Hero
High Anxiety
High Fidelity
High Noon
His Girl Friday
Histoire d’O
A History of Violence
Hitchcock
Hitch-Hike
The Hobbit
Hollow Man
The Horseman
The Hot Spot
Hotel Rwanda
House of Games
The House of Mirth
House of the Flying Daggers
House of Wax
How the West Was Won
How to Marry a Millionaire
Hurt Locker
Hush…Hush, Sweet Charlotte
Hyde Park on Hudson

I

I Am Dina
I Am Sam
I, Robot
Ice Cold in Alex
The Ice Harvest
Identity
If …
I’m Not Scared
Imitation of Life
The Impossible
In Bruges
In Cold Blood
In the Heat of the Night
In The Mood For Love
Incendies
Inception
The Incredible Hulk
Independence Day
Infamous
Inglorious Bastards
Indiana Jones
Indochine
Innocent Blood
The Innocents
Inside Llewyn Davis
Interview With The Vampire
Intolerable Cruelty
Intolerance
The Intouchables
Invasion of the Body Snatchers
Iron Man
It Came From Outer Space
It Follows
It Happened One Night
It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World
It’s a Wonderful Life
It’s Alive!
I’ve Loved You For So Long

J

Jackie Brown
Jacob’s Ladder
Jagged Edge
Jane Eyre (1943)
Jason and the Argonauts
Jaws
Jean de Florette
Jeepers Creepers
Jeremiah Johnson
Jesus Christ Superstar
JFK
Jigsaw
Joan of Arc
John Carter
Johnny Mad Dog
Johnny Suede
Journey to the Center of the Earth
Joy Ride
Ju Dou
Julie and Julia
Jumanji
Juno
Ju-On
Jupiter Ascending
Jurassic Park

K

K-Pax
Kagemusha: The Shadow Warrior
Kajaki
Kalifornia
Kansas City
Kaos
The Karate Kid
Katalin Varga
Keetje Tippel
Kes
Key Largo
Keys to the Kingdom
Kick-Ass
Kiki’s Delivery Service
Kill Bill
The Kill List
Killer Joe
Killer Klowns From Outer Space
The Killers
The Killing of Sister George
Kind Hearts and Coronets
The King and I
King Arthur
King Kong
The King of Comedy
King of Hearts
The Kingdom
The King’s Speech
Kingsmen: The Secret Service
Kiss Me Deadly
Kiss Me Kate
Khartoum
Klute
Kong Island
Kontroll

L

L.A. Confidential
La La Land
The Lady from Shanghai
Lady Killer
Lady Vengeance
Langoleir
Lantana
Laser Mission
The Last Detail
The Last of Sheila
The Last Samurai
Laura
Law Abiding Citizen
Lawrence of Arabia
Leave Her to Heaven
Lebanon
Lenny
Leon
Les Miserables
Let the Right One In
Let’s Make Love
Liar, Liar
The Libertine
The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
Life is a Miracle
Life of Brian
The Life of Pi
Lifeforce
Like Water for Chocolate
The Limey
Lion
Little Big Man
The Little Devil
Local Hero
Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels
Logan’s Run
Lolita
The Long Good Friday
The Longest Day
The Longest Yard
Look Both Ways
Lord of the Rings Trilogy
The Losers
The Lost Honour of Katerina Blum
Lost in Translation
Love, Actually
Love and Anarchy
Love and Death
Love Letter
Love Me or Leave Me
Love Seranade
Loved
The Lovers (1958)
Lucy
The Lunchbox

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7 responses

  1. Impressive work, Susan. Loved the series and it’s great to have a reminder. 🙂

  2. Thanks, Susan
    There are so many – 467 so far!
    Will we make the BeetleyPete 1000?

  3. Reblogged this on beetleypete and commented:
    Susan Toy has compiled a complete list of all my recommendations from the recent A-Z Film Challenge. She has also added every film choice from all those who commented, and made a complete list, in two parts. Here’s part one, with my sincere thanks to Susan for her real labour of love.

  4. Found the reblog button!

  5. Thanks for your magnificent effort in compiling this list from my challenge, Susan. It will give any aspiring film buffs a lot to think about, as well as many hours in front of their DVD player! I will share it on Twitter, Linkedin, and Google +. If you add the ‘reblog’ button to the sharing buttons on the post too, I will reblog this on my own site.
    Best wishes from Norfolk. Pete.

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