Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at 7:12 AM

Movies for me at 20

I have a friend who's 20, a guy, like me. I know him through is father, since he was a little boy, and we've always gotten along grandly. He was a really funny kid, but now he's an earnest 20-year-old. But still at his core a really good friend.

Anyway, we've been to two Mets games in the last couple of weeks, happy to report that as a result now the Mets are winning. They seem to be energized by our presence. Love that. But I would still enjoy it if they sucked. That's part of what make the Mets philosophy so robust, rugged and enduring.

The conversation got around to movies, and it turns out this young guy hasn't seen a lot of the movies that at least I think were very basic to forming the culture we now live in, the one he's growing up into. So I started making a list. As it turns out the best way to explain it is these are the movies I would recommend to myself, if I were 20 today. I keep adding items to the list, so there's no way I would claim it's complete.

Here's the list

  • 2001

  • Amadeus

  • Annie Hall

  • Any Given Sunday

  • Apocalypse Now

  • As Good as it Gets

  • Big Lebowski

  • Blade Runner

  • Chinatown

  • Contact

  • Dr Strangelove

  • Fantastic Mr Fox

  • Fargo

  • Fight Club

  • Forrest Gump

  • Ghostbusters

  • Godfather I and II

  • Goodfellas

  • Good Will Hunting

  • Groundhog Day

  • Hannah and Her Sisters

  • Heat

  • Jackie Brown

  • Jaws

  • Kill Bill

  • Lawrence of Arabia

  • Manhattan

  • Moonstruck

  • No Country for Old Men

  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

  • Peggy Sue Got Married

  • Platoon

  • Prizzi's Honor

  • Pulp Fiction

  • Reservoir Dogs

  • Rushmore

  • Scarface

  • Silence of the Lambs

  • Sixth Sense

  • Stand By Me

  • The Excorcist

  • The Departed

  • The Matrix

  • The Royal Tenenbaums

  • The Shining

  • There Will Be Blood

  • Traffic

  • Waynes World

  • When Harry Met Sally

  • Who Framed Roger Rabbit?

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By Dave Winer, Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at 7:12 AM. We don't need no stinkin rock stars.