List o’ the Week: Movies I’ve Never Seen — Part 2

City Lights? Never seen it.

Almost five years ago, I posted my first “List o’ the Week” – an idea that came to my while literally sitting for hours waiting for my 17-year-old car to have new brakes installed. My inaugural list covered 20 well-known feature films that I’d never seen.

Since then, I’ve gotten a new car, watched three of the films on my original list (Boys Town, Oklahoma, and Gunga Din), and come up with even more movies that I haven’t seen!

So today’s List o’ the Week identifies a batch of 20 additional blockbusters that cause film buffs to roll their eyes and exclaim, “You’ve never seen THAT?!?!?” Here goes . . .

I’m from Chicago and I’ve never seen this movie.

1.  Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

2.  The Matrix

3.  A Clockwork Orange

4.  Spellbound

5.  Blade Runner

6.  Cabaret

7.  City Lights

8.  Fantasia

9.  High Noon

10. A Room With a View

11. Bambi

12. My Darling Clementine

13. Bull Durham

14. A Man For All Seasons

15. Patton

16. All the President’s Men

17. Atlantic City

18. Top Gun

19. The Swimmer

20. Rocky


There are a number of films on my list that I’m sure I’ll never see (I’ve tried The Swimmer, for instance, but I just don’t get it, and I have no interest whatsoever in Patton or Top Gun), but there are some that maybe I should switch from the “Never Seen” list to “Must See” (I’ve always wanted to see Bull Durham, and as a Chicagoan, I feel completely duty-bound to see Ferris Bueller!)

Let me know what you think – and what are some of the well-known films that your still haven’t seen?


~ by shadowsandsatin on June 30, 2017.

24 Responses to “List o’ the Week: Movies I’ve Never Seen — Part 2”

  1. The two biggies that get me in trouble: CITIZEN KANE and CASABLANCA.

  2. That’s a great topic to discuss. I’m afraid what people would say if I told them that I still haven’t seen Star Wars IV, V, and VI. I only watched A Room with a View last week.

    • LOL — I’ve only seen the first Star Wars! Not even Empire Strikes Back! (Don’t tell my brother. He’d try to have me kicked out of the family.)

      What did you think of A Room With a View?

  3. I have never seen “Gone with The Wind,” the most popular Code film. I’m sure I will watch it someday, but it seems terribly long. I have always tended to like obscure old films and actors more than the most famous ones. I am not surprised by any of the films you haven’t seen; the only films on your list I have seen are “Fantasia” and “Bambi.” Other than those, I have only heard of “City Lights,” “Cabaret,” “High Noon,” and “A Room with the View.” I fancy many of the films on your list are modern ones, so that is why I have never heard of them. Since your are a Chicagoan, have you ever seen some of the famous gangster films set there, like “Public Enemy,” “Little Caesar,” and “The Doorway to Hell?” The last one is not so popular, but I like it. It was the first gangster film in 1930. I wrote about this film in these articles:,, and In brief, I liked your article very much.

    Yours Hopefully,

    Tiffany Brannan

    • I hope you’ll get around to seeing GWTW some day soon, Tiffany — it’s totally worth your time. (I’ll admit that I’m biased — it’s one of my top two favorite films!) I have definitely seen all of the gangster films you mentioned — The Doorway to Hell is a particular favorite. I thought that Lew Ayres did a great job with his part, managing to be both charming and menacing at the same time. Thank you so much for sharing your links!

      • I think I will see it in the near future. After all, a daughter of the Code such as myself who loves the 1930s cannot go through life without seeing the most popular film from the Breen era and the 1930s! Thank you very much for your kind comments about my article and the film “The Doorway to Hell.” Of course, I love the Code, but I can’t help liking some pre-Code films, especially ones with my favorite actor, Lew Ayres. He is so swell as Louie Ricarno that I can’t help liking the picture. Also, I would like to thank you very much for following my column. You are the twentieth follower!

        Yours Hopefully,

        Tiffany Brannan

  4. I don’t get The Swimmer either. In college we went to hear John Cheever read his short story on which the movie is based. Still didn’t get it. You should definitely see Spellbound, My Darling Clementine, and Patton. I’ve never seen High Noon from beginning to end. Don’t really care too either. Bambi is a movie you should see. Saw it again at TCMFF two years ago and enjoyed it. Top Gun was horrible. Don’t understand its appeal at all. The Matrix had me totally confused; I had no idea what was going on. The only thing I remember is “I’m Beginning to See the Light” was playing in the background; only enjoyable moment for me! Not sure I’ve seen City Lights. All Chaplin movies run together; did I just say that?

    • Stephen, your entire comment had me cracking up — and I remember seeing you at TCMFF right after you saw Bambi! I have My Darling Clementine and Spellbound in my collection — I will take your advice and check them out! Thanks so much for your comments! (Still laughing at the Chaplin comment . . .)

  5. One of my sisters love The Matrix. I’ve never seen it. I don’t want to see A Clockwork Orange or Blade Runner (and I’m okay with this) . I saw Top Gun once and thought it was dreadful. I was sitting with my in-laws and they all loved the thing. New hubby looked over at me and silently laughed at my discomfort.

    Bambi is beautiful! Fantasia is intriguing.

    You must rush to High Noon. I just showed it to my daughter and her takeaway was the fascinating character of Helen Ramirez played by Katie Jurado. Forget all the black list allegory stuff, it’s all about Mrs. Ramirez.

    • Do you know I’ve had High Noon in my video collection for more than 25 years, and never watched the whole thing. I’m definitely going to dust off my tape and check it out! I had to laugh at your comments about Top Gun — that is totally one that I never had any interest in. The Matrix kind of intrigues me — my girls’ high school principal used to refer to it sometimes, and I always seemed to be the only one who didn’t know what he was talking about. (I pretended that I did, though, LOL.)

  6. On your list I haven’t seen a Room with a View or Cabaret. Most of these movies are pretty overrated. I recently watched All the President’s Men for the first time since it’s initial run, and thought……this just isn’t very good. Patton has a great performance by George C. Scott but is vastly overrated. Atlantic City and Bull Durham are worth seeing because of Susan Sarandon. High Noon is truly a great movie!
    For me, I’ve never seen Schindler’s List, everyone is always amazed at that.

    • Thanks so much for your comments, Randy — I feel a lot better now about the ones I’ve missed (and am really not interested in, like Patton). I do want to see Atlantic City and Bull Durham though — I’m glad to read that they’re worth it! I must say that Schindler’s List was excellent, BTW.

  7. I’ve seen 12 of your 20 and a few (Top Gun, Patton, Ferris Beuller) I could have lived without. City Lights was a shocker. I wish I had never seen it so I can see it for the first time again. Atlantic City is also well worth your time. I’ve managed to avoid all the Star Wars and Rocky’s so far and will surely continue to do so.

    • Wow, Michael — your lovely comment about City Lights makes me want to track it down this very minute! You can bet I’ll be adding it to my must-see list. I’ve only seen one Chaplin film (The Kid), and I really enjoyed it, so I’m looking forward to City Lights. Atlantic City, too. Thank you for your thoughts! 🙂

  8. Karen, Bull Durham-a must! But no westerns-you have to visit me in Wyoming-you’ll get it. Shane, The Magnificent Seven, Tombstone, Red River, and of course, Rio Bravo. Hope all is well.

  9. High Noon, of course. My fingers work faster than my brain these days-not a good thing!

  10. Whoa, Karen! I’m a little surprised by your list, but I have quite a list, too, such as Silence of the Lambs, Kansas City Confidential, Mulholland Drive, Titanic.

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