Originally posted by fable:
<STRONG>Adventure: Kurosawa's The Seven Samurai
Mystery: The Maltese Falcon
Adventure/Angst: The Third Man
Good list, Fable. The Maltese Falcon is one of the slickest, coolest movies ever. I think Bogey was the ultimate leading man. The closest thing to him now is (groan) Bruce Willis. Pretty sad.
Repo Man (best movie ever)
Full Metal Jacket (best vietnam movie)
something with Peter Sellers - I'll be silly and say The Magic Christian today.
Hitchcok had the most sustained good career of any director/producer type - you could pick almost ANY movie he made, and he made movies for 50 years! Just for lasting impact I would say Psycho, North by Northwest or Saboteur.
I won't go on cuz I could talk about movies all day, but I would say that something by Buster Keaton or his modern disciple Jackie Chan should be seen by everyone...I liked Steamboat Willie Jr. w/Keaton and Twin Dragons w/Chan.
May you walk on warrrrm sannd....