List Films That Had a Big Influence On You :: FilmListography

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List Films That Had a Big Influence On You
courtesy of Film Listography : Your In Movie Lists

1. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
Written by Charlie Kaufman
Directed by Michel Gondry

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Too many guys think I’m a concept, or I complete them, or I’m gonna make them alive. But I’m just a fucked-up girl who’s lookin’ for my own peace of mind; don’t assign me yours.” ~ Clementine

2. Almost Famous (2000)
Written & Directed by Cameron Crowe

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I always tell the girls, never take it seriously, if ya never take it seriosuly, ya never get hurt, ya never get hurt, ya always have fun, and if you ever get lonely, just go to the record store and visit your friends.” ~ Penny Lane

3. Reality Bites (1994)
Written by Helen Childress
Directed by Ben Stiller

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“You can’t navigate me. I may do mean things, and I may hurt you, and I may run away without your permission, and you may hate me forever, and I know that scares the living shit outta you ’cause you know I’m the only real thing you got.” ~ Troy

4. Chasing Amy (1997)
Written & Directed by Kevin Smith

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You know, I didn’t just heed what I was taught, men and women should be together, it’s the natural way, that kind of thing. I’m not with you because of what family, society, life tried to instill in me from day one. The way the world is, how seldom it is that you meet that one person who just *gets* you – it’s so rare. My parents didn’t really have it. There were no examples set for me in the world of male-female relationships. And to cut oneself off from finding that person, to immediately halve your options by eliminating the possibility of finding that one person within your own gender, that just seemed stupid to me. So I didn’t. But then you came along. You, the one least likely. I mean, you were a guy.” ~ Alyssa

Still am.” ~ Holden

And while I was falling for you I put a ceiling on that, because you *were* a guy. Until I remembered why I opened the door to women in the first place: to not limit the likelihood of finding that one person who’d complement me so completely. So here we are. I was thorough when I looked for you. And I feel justified lying in your arms, ’cause I got here on my own terms, and I have no question there was some place I didn’t look. And for me that makes all the difference.” ~ Alyssa

5. Garden State (2004)
Written & Directed by Zach Braff

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Fuck, this hurts so much.” ~ Andrew

I know it hurts. That’s life. If nothing else, It’s life. It’s real, and sometimes it fuckin’ hurts, but it’s sort of all we have.” ~ Sam

6. All Over Me (1997)
Written by Sylvia Sichel
Directed by Alex Sichel

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Open your eyes...” ~ Claude

7. Lost in Translation (2003)
Written & Directed by Sofia Coppola

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I just don’t know what I’m supposed to be.” ~ Charlotte

You’ll figure that out. The more you know who you are, and what you want, the less you let things upset you.” ~ Bob

8. Take This Waltz (2011)
Written & Directed by Sarah Polley

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Sometimes I’m… walking along the street and a shaft of sunlight falls in a certain way across the pavement and I just wanna cry. And then a second later, it’s over. I decide because I’m an adult, to not succumb to the momentary melancholy; And I thought that sometimes with Tony, she just had a moment like that. A moment of not known how or why, and she just let herself go into and there was nothing anyone could do to make it any better. It was just her and the fact of being alive, colliding.” ~ Margot

9. Before Sunrise (1995)
Written & Directed by Richard Linklater

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“If there’s any kind of magic in this world… it must be in the attempt of understanding someone, sharing something. I know it’s almost impossible to succeed… but who cares, really? The answer must be in the attempt.” ~ Celine

10. Wild at Heart (1990)
Written by Barry Gifford (book) & David Lynch (screenplay)
Directed by David Lynch

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This whole world’s wild at heart and weird on top.” ~ Lula

11. Me Without You (2001)
Written by Sandra Goldbacher & Laurence Coriat
Directed by Sandra Goldbacher

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I talk to you in my head all the time.” ~ Holly

12. Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)
Written by Truman Capote (book) & George Axelrod (screenplay)
Directed by Blake Edwards

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“I’m like cat here, a no-name slob. We belong to nobody, and nobody belongs to us. We don’t even belong to each other.”  ~ Holly Golightly

13. True Romance (1993)
Written by Quentin Tarantino
Directed by Tony Scott

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Amid the chaos of that day, when all I could hear was the thunder of gunshots, and all I could smell was the violence in the air, I look back and am amazed that my thoughts were so clear and true, that three words went through my mind endlessly, repeating themselves like a broken record: you’re so cool, you’re so cool, you’re so cool. And sometimes Clarence asks me what I would have done if he had died, if that bullet had been two inches more to the left. To this, I always smile, as if I’m not going to satisfy him with a response. But I always do. I tell him of how I would want to die, but that the anguish and the want of death would fade like the stars at dawn, and that things would be much as they are now. Perhaps. Except maybe I wouldn’t have named our son Elvis.” ~ Alabama

14. Pretty in Pink
Written by John Hughes
Directed by Howard Deutch

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I just want them to know that they didn’t break me.” ~ Andie

15. The Anniversary Party (2001)
Written & Directed by Alan Cumming & Jennifer Jason Leigh

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Would you like a lolly? You’re never too old for a lolly.” ~ Joe

16. Desert Blue (1998)
Written & Directed by Morgan J. Freeman

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What’s wrong? We’re okay.” ~ Blue

I know. Just having a fun time dying with you.” ~ Skye

17. Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (2012)
Written & Directed by Lorene Scafaria

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I don’t know, I just… I love records. I mean, they’re not for everyone, you know? You really have to take care of vinyl. It’s very delicate, it can get wrecked so easily. You really have to love it. Do you hear how full it sounds? Now, what you want to buy is a thicker record. They’re more stable. The grooves in them are sort of deeper and wider. You get more detail. I mean, they’re harder to carry around ’cause they’re heavier, but they’re worth it. You know, my parents have this… It’s an amazing turntable. It’s vintage, cherry wood Victor 45. Oh! Perfect tone. All the original parts. I can’t wait to hear it again.” ~ Penny

18. Gas, Food Lodging (1992)
Written by Richard Peck (book) and Allison Anders (screenplay)
Directed by Allison Anders

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“If it weren’t for Elvia Rivero, this story wouldn’t even be worth telling. Whenever Elvia came to this litte town, well, it’s like she woke the place up. My home town, Laramie New Mexico, it came alive. Elvia Rivero was the one who made me laugh when I needed to laugh. She made me cry when no one was looking. But most of all, Elvia was able to put into to words what I was thinking.It was Elvia who first gave me the idea. It was decided then and there, I knew what was missing from my life, a man.” ~ Shade

19. Modern Girls (1986)
Written by Laurie Craig (story & screenplay) & Anita Rosenberg (story)
Directed by Jerry Kramer

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And we never pay for parking. And we never carry cash, it’s bad luck.” ~ CeCe

And we never buy our own drinks.” ~ Margo

Words to live by.” ~ Clifford

And we never wait in line.” ~ Margo

20. Begin Again (2013)
Written & Directed by John Carney

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You know, I wasn’t trying to win you over. I was telling you to fuck off.” ~ Greta

21. The Philadelphia Story (1940)
Written by Philip Barry (play) & Donald Ogden Stewart (screenplay)
Directed by George Cukor

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“My, she was yar…” ~ Tracy

22. On the Edge (2001)
Written by Daniel James & John Carney
Directed by John Carney

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You can never really know what was going through a person’s mind at that exact moment. If they survive, they’ll never tell you. If they succeed, all you can do is spend the rest of your life feeling guilty. You’re only concern can be for the people they leave behind. They’re the ones to look out for.” ~ Jonathan

23. Cabin in the Woods (2012)
Written by Joss Whedon & Drew Goddard
Directed by Drew Goddard

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[incredulous] “Giant evil gods.” ~ Marty

I wish I could have seen them.” ~ Dana

I know. That would have been a fun weekend.” ~ Marty

24. Sid & Nancy (1986)
Written by Alex Cox & Abbe Wool
Directed by Alex Cox

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I’ll never look like Barbie. Barbie doesn’t have bruises.” ~ Nancy

25. Laggies (2014)
Written by Andrea Seigel
Directed by Lynn Shelton

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You can’t keep putting aside what you want for some imaginary future. You’ve gotta suck it up and go with you gut.” ~ Megan

26. Girl, Interrupted (1999)
Written by Susanna Kaysen (book) & James Mangold, Lisa Loomer & Anna Hamilton Phelan (screenplay)
Directed by James Mangold

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“You know, there’s too many buttons in the world. There’s too many buttons and they’re just – There’s way too many just begging to be pressed, they’re just begging to be pressed, you know? They’re just – they’re just begging to be pressed, and it makes me wonder, it really makes me fucking wonder, why doesn’t anyone ever press mine? Why am I so neglected? Why doesn’t anyone reach in and rip out the truth and tell me that I’m a fucking whore, or that my parents wish I were dead?” ~ Lisa

27. My First Mister (2001)
Written by Jill Franklyn
Directed by Christine Lahti

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I’d like to propose a toast to all the special ‘f’ words – to friends, family, fate, forgiveness, and forever.” ~ J

28. Practical Magic (1998)
Written by Alice Hoffman (book) & Robin Swicord, Akiva Goldsman & Adam Brooks (screenplay)
Directed by
Griffin Dunne

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“Sometimes I feel like there’s a hole inside of me, an emptiness that at times seems to burn. I think if you lifted my heart to your ear, you could probably hear the ocean. The moon tonight, there’s a circle around it. Sign of trouble not far behind. I have this dream of being whole. Of not going to sleep each night, wanting. But still sometimes, when the wind is warm or the crickets sing… I dream of a love that even time will lie down and be still for. I just want someone to love me. I want to be seen. I don’t know. Maybe I had my happiness. I don’t want to believe it but, there is no man, Gilly. Only that moon.” ~ Sally

29. Swingers (1996)
Written by Jon Favreau
Directed by Doug Liman

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30. A Place in the Sun (1951)
Written by Theodore Dreiser(novel) & Patrick Kearney (play) & Michael Wilson & Harry Brown (screenplay)
Directed by George Stevens

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” I love you. I’ve loved you since the first moment I saw you. I guess maybe I’ve even loved you before I saw you.” ~ George

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Los Angeles writer, dreamer and gypsy soul who harbors an obsessive love of music and lyrics, and writes about them with passion and insight, as well as sometimes waxing poetic on books, films and travel.

11 thoughts on “List Films That Had a Big Influence On You :: FilmListography

  1. Whatta cool list by a cool girl. I’ve never related to people that don’t love movies. Since Sing Street is out for rental now, I’ve been thinking about On the Edge a lot lately and my heart leapt a little seeing it here. It’s such a comforting movie to me.

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    1. I have YOU to thank for “On the Edge”. You introduced it to me and I love it so much. Its become a comfort movie for me, too, and has inspired some writing, too.

      I miss you, btw. How have you been?

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      1. I’m hanging in, as well. This is the last week of my 3rd quarter at school and looking forward to 3 weeks of no papers, no homework, a road trip and a lot of binge tv/movie time. Hope we can catch up soon!

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      2. Ehhh…I seriously injured my back over a month ago and I’m unfortunately housebound. No plans yet. I’m crossing my fingers I don’t miss October. I can’t drive a car, ride in a car, sit down, bend down or over, stand for longer than a few minutes, had to take a leave of absence for the fall semester and I just started walking without a walker and using stairs. It’s super stupid. I’m sorry you asked😃 I wish I had some extraordinarily fun news. I can live vicariously…tell me where this road trip will take you!

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      3. Oh no!!! What happened? How did you injure your back? I am so so so so sorry that happened to you. I hope you heal and feel better soon!!!

        Road trip to San Francisco, part to see Jenny Lewis play, part to get out of town and have a real break, and part to help a good friend of mine get over a break-up, by taking her on said road trip. I will take lots of pictures.

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      4. The basic version is I threw my back out (in the dumbest way possible so I won’t elaborate)(I’ve had some pesky herniated & bulging disc issues which started it) and then later attempted to walk to the bathroom causing further damage, then more damage when I collapsed from the pain. It is stupid. Pictures will be rad. You’re an amazing friend to do that for her- sounds like something best friends would do in a movie (What’s the name of your movie?) You two go have a blast.

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