Films that Define Occidental (Western) Culture

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How this Web page came about is a little complicated. I have a friend who grew up in Poland. We were chatting one day, and I happened to make a reference to the film Easy Rider. I was horrified to learn that my friend had never seen this movie. I probed further and discovered that she had not seen lots of films which, I believe, are necessary to understand Occidental (Western) culture. Of course I was then obliged to make a list for her of these defining movies. This is the list I came up with (about ten of the films I list are really important); obviously others will think up different lists.

What I find interesting is that most of my choices fall within a ten year period.

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