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Note: While we don’t expect changes, this list bears the disclaimer: “Subject to change at any time, and without notice.”

Legend:

Simon indicates films Simon saw prior to the project.

Bennett indicates films Bennett saw prior to the project.

Films we’ve already reviewed will be linked to their respective reviews.

 

Action/Adventure and Epic

Napoleon (1927)
Cleopatra (1934)
The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)
Gone With the Wind (1939) Bennett
The Sea Hawk (1940)
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)
Wages of Fear (1953)
The Seven Samurai (1954)
The Ten Commandments (1956)
War and Peace (1956)
The Vikings (1958)
North by Northwest (1959) Simon
Ben Hur (1959) Simon
Spartacus (1960)
Lawrence of Arabia (1962)Simon
Zulu (1964)
Dr. Zhivago (1965)
The Charge of the Light Brigade (1968)
The Lion In Winter (1968)
Waterloo (1970)
Aguirre, the Wrath of God (1972)
The Poseidon Adventure (1972)
Enter the Dragon (1973)
Papillon (1973)
The Towering Inferno (1974)
Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) Simon Bennett
Fitzcarraldo (1982)
Gandhi (1982) Simon
The Right Stuff (1983)
A Passage To India (1984)
Ran (1985)
The Mission (1986)
Top Gun (1986)Bennett
The Last Emperor (1987)
Die Hard (1988) SimonBennett
Speed (1994) Simon
True Lies (1994)
Braveheart (1995) SimonBennett
The Mummy (1999) SimonBennett
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000) Simon
Gladiator (2000) SimonBennett
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) SimonBennett
Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003) Simon
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003) SimonBennett
Kill Bill: Vol. 1 & Vol. 2 (2003 – 2004)
Troy (2004)Bennett
300 (2006) SimonBennett
Crank (2006)
Iron Man (2008) SimonBennett
Watchmen (2009)

Comedy

Safety Last (1923)
The General (1927)
Duck Soup (1933)
It’s a Gift (1934)
Modern Times (1936)
Nothing Sacred (1937)
Way Out West (1937)
Bringing Up Baby (1938)
His Girl Friday (1940)
Sullivan’s Travels (1941)
To Be Or Not To Be (1942)
Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949) Simon
Born Yesterday (1950)
Les Vacances de M. Hulot (Mr. Hulot’s Holiday) (1953)
Some Like It Hot (1959)
Move Over, Darling (1963)
The Pink Panther (1964)
The Producers (1968)
The Odd Couple (1968)
Harold and Maude (1971)
What’s Up, Doc? (1972)
Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Sex (but Were Afraid To Ask) (1972)
Blazing Saddles (1974)
Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975) SimonBennett
Animal House (1978)
Airplane! (1980) Simon
Tootsie (1982) Simon
Trading Places (1983)
All of Me (1984)
This Is Spinal Tap (1984)
The Breakfast Club (1985)Bennett
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)Bennett
A Fish Called Wanda (1988) Simon
The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad (1988) Simon
Big (1988) Simon
Home Alone (1990)Bennett
Groundhog Day (1993) SimonBennett
Grosse Point Blank (1997)
Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997)
The Big Lebowski (1998) Simon
There’s Something About Mary (1998)
Amelie (2001)
Lost In Translation (2003)
Shaun of The Dead (2004) SimonBennett
Anchorman (2004) Simon
A Cock and Bull Story (2005)
Little Miss Sunshine (2006)
Borat : Cultural Learning of America… (2006) Simon
Juno (2007) Simon
Knocked Up (2007)Bennett

Drama

Mr. Smith Goes To Washington (1939)
The Grapes of Wrath (1940)
Citizen Kane (1941)
The Lost Weekend (1945)
The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)
Great Expectations (1946)
It’s a Wonderful Life (1946) SimonBennett
The Bicycle Thief (1948)
All About Eve (1950)
Sunset Boulevard (1950)
Ace In the Hole (1951)
On the Waterfront (1954)
Rebel Without a Cause (1955)
12 Angry Men (1957)
The Seventh Seal (1957)
Sweet Smell of Success (1957)
Vertigo (1958) Simon
A bout de Souffle (1960)
To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
8 1/2 (1963)
Belle de Jour (1967)
The Graduate (1967)
Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner (1967)
Easy Rider (1969)
The Last Picture Show (1971)
Nashville (1975)
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)
All the President’s Men (1976)
Rocky (1976)Bennett
Raging Bull (1980)
The King of Comedy (1983)
Dangerous Liaisons (1988)
Rain Man (1988) SimonBennett
Do the Right Thing (1989)
Raise the Red Lantern (1991)
Glengarry Glen Ross (1992)
The Player (1992)
Forrest Gump (1994)Bennett
The Shawshank Redemption (1994) SimonBennett
Shakespeare In Love (1998)
All About My Mother (1999)
American Beauty (1999) Simon
Traffic (2000)
Vera Drake (2004)
The Lives of Others (2006) Simon
Volver (2006)
United 93 (2006)
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007)
Atonement (2007)
The Reader (2008)

Musical

42nd Street (1933)
Gold Diggers of 1933 (1933)
The Gay Divorcee (1934)
Top Hat (1935)
Show Boat (1936)
Alexander’s Ragtime Banda (1938)
The Wizard of Oz (1939) SimonBennett
Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)
The Gang’s All Here (1943)
Meet Me In St. Louis (1944)
The Red Shoes (1948)
On the Town (1949)
An American In Paris (1951)
Singin’ In the Rain (1952)Bennett
The Band Wagon (1953)
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)
Seven Brides For Seven Brothers (1954)Bennett
A Star Is Born (1954)
Oklahoma! (1955)
High Society (1956)
The King and I (1956)Bennett
Funny Face (1957)
Pal Joey (1957)
South Pacific (1958)
West Side Story (1961)Bennett
Viva Las Vegas (1964)
A Hard Day’s Night (1964)
Mary Poppins (1964) SimonBennett
My Fair Lady (1964)Bennett
Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964)
The Sound of Music (1965) SimonBennett
Funny Girl (1968)
Hello, Dolly! (1969)
Woodstock (1970)
Cabaret (1972)
The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)
Saturday Night Fever (1977)
New York, New York (1977)
Grease (1978)Bennett
All That Jazz (1979)
The Blues Brothers (1980)
Fame (1980)
Little Shop of Horrors (1986)
Moulin Rouge! (2001) SimonBennett
Chicago (2002)
Once (2006)
A Prairie Home Companion (2006)
High School Musical 3 : Senior Year (2008) Simon
Sweeney Todd : The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007) SimonBennett
Mamma Mia! (2008)

Romance

Sunrise (1927)
It Happened One Night (1934)
Camille (1936)
Wuthering Heights (1939)
The Shop Around the Corner (1940)
Waterloo Bridge (1940)
The Philadelphia Story (1940)
The Lady Eve (1941)
Casablanca (1942)Bennett
Now, Voyager (1942)
Brief Encounter (1945)
Beauty and the Beast (1946)
The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1947)
Adam’s Rib (1949)
The Quiet Man (1952)
Roman Holiday (1953)
To Catch a Thief (1955)
An Affair To Remember (1957)
The Long, Hot Summer (1958)
Pillow Talk (1959)
The Apartment (1960)
Breakfast At Tiffany’s (1961)
Un Homme Et Une Femme (1966)
Barefoot In the Park (1967)
Love Story (1970)
A New Leaf (1971)
The Way We Were (1973)
Annie Hall (1977)
10 (1979)
The French Lieutenant’s Woman (1981)
An Officer and a Gentleman (1982)
Out of Africa (1985)Bennett
Nine ½ Weeks (1986)
The Princess Bride (1987) SimonBennett
Dirty Dancing (1987)Bennett
When Harry Met Sally… (1989)
Pretty Woman (1990)
Ghost (1990)Bennett
Green Card (1990)
The Age of Innocence (1993)
Sleepless In Seattle (1993)Bennett
Romeo and Juliet (1996)
The English Patient (1996)
Titanic (1997) SimonBennett
As Good As It Gets (1997)
Hua Yang De Nian Hua (2000)
Punch-Drunk Love (2002)
Before Sunset (2004)
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004) Simon
Slumdog Millionaire (2008) SimonBennett

Science Fiction / Fantasy

Metropolis (1927) Simon
Lost Horizon (1937)
The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)
The War of the Worlds (1953)
Forbidden Planet (1956)
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)
Jason and the Argonauts (1963)
Dr. Strangelove (1964)
Planet of the Apes (1968)Bennett
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) Simon
A Clockwork Orange (1971)
Silent Running (1972)
Solaris (1972)
Sleeper (1973)
Westworld (1973)
Dark Star (1974)
Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
Star Wars (1977) SimonBennett
Superman (1978) SimonBennett
Alien (1979) Simon
Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (1981)
Scanners (1981)
Time Bandits (1981)
Blade Runner (1982) Simon
E.T., the Extra-Terrestrial (1982) SimonBennett
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982) Simon
Tron (1982)
Ghostbusters (1984)
The Terminator (1984) SimonBennett
Back To the Future (1985) SimonBennett
Brazil (1985)
Aliens (1986) Simon
Robocop (1987)
Batman (1989)
Total Recall (1990) Simon
Naked Lunch (1991)
Jurassic Park (1993) SimonBennett
Twelve Monkeys (1995) Simon
Independence Day (1996)
Men In Black (1997) SimonBennett
The Matrix (1999) SimonBennett
X-Men (2000) SimonBennett
A.I.: Artificial Intelligence (2001) Simon
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (2001) SimonBennett
Spiderman (2002) SimonBennett
Serenity (2005) SimonBennett
Children of Men (2006) DVD Simon
Pan’s Labyrinth (2006) SimonBennett
The Dark Knight (2008) SimonBennett
District 9 (2009)SimonBennett

Mystery / Thriller

Little Caesar (1930)
The Public Enemy (1931)
Rebecca (1940)
The Maltese Falcon (1941)
Double Indemnity (1944)
The Big Sleep (1946)
Kiss of Death (1947)
The Third Man (1949)
Strangers On a Train (1951) Simon
The Big Heat (1953)
Rear Window (1954) Simon
The Night of the Hunter (1955)
Rififi (1955)
The Killing (1956)
Touch of Evil (1958)
Goldfinger (1964)Bennett
Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
In the Heat of the Night (1967)
Point Blank (1967)
Bullitt (1968)
The Italian Job (1969)
Dirty Harry (1971)
The French Connection (1971)
The Godfather (1972)
Mean Streets (1973)
The Sting (1973)
Chinatown (1974)
The Conversation (1974)
Dog Day Afternoon (1975) Simon
Taxi Driver (1976)
Scarface (1983)
Witness (1985)
The Untouchables (1987)
Goodfellas (1990)
Miller’s Crossing (1990)
Basic Instinct (1992)
Reservoir Dogs (1992)
Pulp Fiction (1994)
Léon (1994)
Seven (1995) SimonBennett
The Usual Suspects (1995) Simon
Fargo (1996)
L.A. Confidential (1997)
Memento (2000) SimonBennett
City of God (2002)
Oldboy (2003) Simon
Cache (2005)
Casino Royale (2006)SimonBennett
The Departed (2006)
The Bourne Supremacy (2004) SimonBennett

War

Wings (1927)
All Quiet On the Western Front (1930)
Grand Illusion (1937)
In Which We Serve (1942)
Five Graves To Cairo (1943)
The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943)
Rome, Open City (1945)
They Were Expendable (1945)
Battleground (1949)
Sands of Iwo Jima (1949)
Twelve O’Clock High (1949)
The Desert Fox (1951)
The Red Badge of Courage (1951)
The Cruel Sea (1952)
From Here To Eternity (1953)
Stalag 17 (1953)
Mister Roberts (1955)
Attack! (1956)
The Burmese Harp (1956)
The Bridge On the River Kwai (1957)
Paths of Glory (1957)
Ballad of a Soldier (1959)
The Guns of Navarone (1961)
The Longest Day (1962)
The Great Escape (1963) Simon
The Train (1964)
The Bedford Incident (1965)
Von Ryan’s Express (1965)
The Dirty Dozen (1967)
Hell In the Pacific (1968)
Where Eagles Dare (1968)
Catch-22 (1970)
Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970)
M*A*S*H (1970)
Patton (1970)
Cross of Iron (1977)
The Deer Hunter (1978)
Apocalypse Now (1979)
The Big Red One (1980)
Das Boot (1981)
The Killing Fields (1984)Bennett
Come and See (1985)
Platoon (1986)
Full Metal Jacket (1987)
Good Morning, Vietnam (1987)
Schindler’s List (1993)
Saving Private Ryan (1998) Simon
Downfall (2004)
Letters from Iwo Jima (2006)Bennett
The Hurt Locker (2009) SimonBennett

Western

Union Pacific (1939)
Stagecoach (1939)
The Ox-Bow Incident (1943)
Duel In the Sun (1946)
My Darling Clementine (1946)
Fort Apache (1948)
Red River (1948)
She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949)
The Gunfighter (1950)
Winchester ’73 (1950)
Bend of the River (1952)
High Noon (1952)
The Naked Spur (1953)
Shane (1953)
The Searchers (1956)
The Tall T (1957)
3:10 To Yuma (1957)
Forty Guns (1957)
The Big Country (1958)
Man of the West (1958)
Last Train From Gun Hill (1959)
Rio Bravo (1959)
The Magnificent Seven (1960)
Lonely Are the Brave (1962)
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962)
Ride the High Country (1962)
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (1966)
The Professionals (1966)
Once Upon a Time In the West (1968)
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) Simon
True Grit (1969)
The Wild Bunch (1969)
The Ballad of Cable Hogue (1970)
Little Big Man (1970)
McCabe and Mrs. Miller (1971)
Bad Company (1972)
The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean (1972)
Ulzana’s Raid (1972)
High Plains Drifter (1972)
The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976)
The Shootist (1976)
The Long Riders (1980)
Young Guns (1988)
Dances With Wolves (1990)
Unforgiven (1992) Simon
The Last of the Mohicans (1992)Bennett
Brokeback Mountain (2005)
The Proposition (2005)
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007)
There Will Be Blood (2007) Simon
No Country for Old Men (2007) Simon

Animation

Snow White and the Seven Dwarves (1937) SimonBennett
Pinocchio (1940) SimonBennett
Fantasia (1940)SimonBennett
Bambi (1942) SimonBennett
Dumbo (1942) SimonBennett
Cinderella (1950) SimonBennett
Lady and the Tramp (1955) SimonBennett
Sleeping Beauty (1959) SimonBennett
101 Dalmatians (1961) SimonBennett
The Jungle Book (1967)SimonBennett
Fantastic Planet (1973)
The Rescuers (1977) SimonBennett
The Secret of Nimh (1982) Simon
Barefoot Gen (1981)
Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind (1984) Simon
Castle in the Sky (1986)
Akira (1988)
Grave of the Fireflies (1988)
My Neighbor Totoro (1988) Simon
The Little Mermaid (1989) SimonBennett
Beauty and the Beast (1992) SimonBennett
Aladdin (1992) SimonBennett
The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
Toy Story (1993) SimonBennett
The Lion King (1994) SimonBennett
Ghost in the Shell (1995)
Princess Mononoke (1997) Simon
The Iron Giant (1999) Simon
Chicken Run (2000) SimonBennett
Spirited Away (2001) Simon
Shrek (2001) SimonBennett
The Triplets of Belville (2003) Simon
Tokyo Grandfathers (2003)
Howl’s Moving Castle (2004) Simon
Finding Nemo (2004) SimonBennett
Paprika (2006) Simon
A Scanner Darkly (2006) Simon
Ratatoulie (2007) SimonBennett
Persepolis (2007)
WallE (2008) SimonBennett
Waltz with Bashir (2008)
Up (2009) SimonBennett
Fantastic Mr Fox (2009) Simon
Secret of Kells (2009) Simon
Mary and Max (2009) Simon
How to Train your Dragon (2010) SimonBennett
The Illusionist (2010)
Toy Story 3 (2010) SimonBennett
Rango (2011) Simon