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Leonard Maltin's 151 Best Movies You've Never Seen

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Popular film critic and esteemed cinema historian Leonard Maltin offers a fresh look at underappreciated screen gems in Leonard Maltin’s 151 Best Movies You’ve Never Seen. From the over 17,000 entries in his definitive yearly collection Leonard Maltin’s Movie Guide, Maltin has selected great movies that will appeal to serious film buffs, but that may have fallen through th ...more
Paperback, 326 pages
Published February 9th 2010 by Dey Street Books (first published January 21st 2010)
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Jill Hutchinson
Mar 27, 2015 Jill Hutchinson rated it really liked it
This book made me realize that I am not half the film buff that I think I am!!! Of the 151 films mentioned in this book, I have heard of ten, and seen one. Not a very good percentage for a supposed film maven. Maltin, who has filled the void left by the passing of Roger Ebert, gives a short and often humorous description of the 151 films with not a spoiler in sight. He covers both US and overseas films and makes the reader want to start searching for several of them. I was surprised at the numbe ...more
j_ay
Feb 10, 2016 j_ay rated it liked it
Most of these movies are from the last 25 years...and most most of them are...just not great movies. This says more about the quality of more modern films than it does Maltin's taste. Once the 'certified' "Best" movies are listed, there is pretty much just of bunch of crap to sift through. Which is sad. And this are only getting worse.

I've seen 24 out of the 151 (16%)

1.American Dreamz
2.The Animal Factory
3.Aurora Borealis
4.Baadasssssi
5.The Ballad of Little Joe
6.Better Than Sex
7.The Big Hit
8.Bloo
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Kim B.
May 26, 2016 Kim B. rated it liked it
Leonard Maltin isn't one of my all-time favorite film critics, but I still enjoy his writing on movies every so often; since my taste in movies tends to lean more toward the lesser-known titles and I liked his Reelz channel show Maltin on Movies a decade or so ago, this book seemed right up my alley. While I wouldn't consider this a definitive guide to movies the public might not know about (for one thing, a lot of 'em aren't really too obscure), it's still a neat little pickup. One of my all-ti ...more
Zeljka
Mar 26, 2016 Zeljka rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: movie lovers
I really liked this reference book, mostly because he mentioned in this book some movies I'd liked too. In general our tastes are alike, so I am confident many of those movies would be really worth of my attention. Some might complain there aren't many movies from decades before year 2000, but I do not think this is bad per se - we have many books that cover these decades, while there aren't many that cover this new generation of movies, that is especially vulnerable to marketing biases. I was - ...more
Geri
May 09, 2016 Geri rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorite, recommend, own
Though the book came out in 2010 it still turned me on to some great movies.
Some I've seen (67).
Some I missed on their release.
What surprised me was that several of my favorite movies are in here.
Listed as they are in the book...
1. Bubba Ho-Tep
2. Connie and Carla
3. Driving Lessons
4. Innocent Blood
5. Mirrormask
6. October Sky
7. Off the Map
8. Songcatcher
We seem to have simular tastes in movies so I hope Leonard writes another book like this in the near future.
Since reading this book I've watched
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Emily
Mar 06, 2010 Emily rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, essays
The title is apt - I'd only seen three of the 151 films listed.

Mr. Maltin has selected films across a wide spectrum of genres, including a significant number of foreign films. Each film offers something intriguing or unique or especially touching. While he admits in the introduction to emphasizing films from the last two decades with only a smattering of films representing the 1930s through 1980s, there is an incredible variety in the list. Mr. Maltin manages to make just about all of them sound
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Jenny
Oct 07, 2012 Jenny rated it really liked it
I started watching the movies listed in this book about a year ago and have been seriously working through the list since May. I am halfway through the K's so far. I have been able to find most of the movies on DVD through my library system or from Netflix. There have been some gems, some duds and a few that I am not sure about. Some of the movies are silly but I have also encountered some beautiful photography, great acting by both well known and unknown actors, and clever plots. The selections ...more
Blog on Books
Mar 29, 2010 Blog on Books rated it liked it
With Oscar season upon us, we thought it would be a good time to take a look at some of the movies you won't be hearing about on the telecast. Between all the Avatars and Clooneys of the world, there are a host of smaller movies (or box-office duds) that are well deserving of your time and attention.

Or so says film critic Leonard Maltin, who would probably be a good judge, as he probably sees about a dozen movies a week in his job as a journalist and TV personality. Maltin's latest book singles
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Don
My take on Maltin is the usual for so-called 'Reviewers' of movies and films where sometimes they are completely right-on with their opinions, but most times way out in left field on the likes and dislikes on themes Hollywood releases (or not) onto the general viewing public. The same holds true to the movies listed in this book.

Most of the movie titles Maltin lists may be interesting to read about, yet I do not see myself running around franticly just having to see them.

It's a matter of persona
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Mark
Aug 03, 2010 Mark rated it really liked it
While I was taken aback at how short the review/summary entries were at first, I realized that Mr. Maltin is working very hard to give you a taste of the film in question without giving away its secrets... and once I made that connection, the book was an informative read.

I'd only seen 6 of the movies he listed: Hildago (a good if not great adventure film), Matchstick Men (which I did not like), October Sky (a very good coming-of-age film), The Whole Wide World (an odd biography of Robert E. Howa
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Lize
Jul 03, 2010 Lize rated it liked it
Shelves: 2010
For Mother's Day, my mom wanted Leonard Maltin's Classic Movie Guide, which she'd seen advertised on TCM, so while I was on Amazon I also ordered her his 2010 Movie Guide and this one. I also I picked up a copy for myself. I hadn't ever paid much attention to Leonard Maltin; most often, my movie taste aligns with Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian, but of the 28 on the list that I'd seen (with seven more already on the queue before I picked up the book), two of them were real favorites of mine, so I ...more
Andy
Feb 23, 2013 Andy rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, movies, film, 2013
I love books and discussions that revolve around great (or even good) films you've never seen or films that few people seem to know about. Maltin's book of 151 titles covers many mainstream films that bombed, indie, foreign and just plain odd films. I don't see that many films a year, so I wasn't surprised that I had only seen 9 of the ones presented here.

Maltin's reviews (or synopses) are quite short, usually only slightly over a page. Some of that space is devoted to why the film didn't get m
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Mike Horne
Apr 05, 2012 Mike Horne rated it liked it
Leonard Maltin: I am so cool; I have a list of movies that are great that you have never seen!
Me: No, I am so cool that I have actually seen over 10% of them.

Movies I have seen that you must watch (and Leonard Maltin agrees):
Brick, Following, Taste of Cherry, Tristam Shandy, Word Wars

Movies I have seen that you could watch (again according to Leonard Maltin):
Bubba Ho-Tep, Dick, Driving Lessons, Idiocracy, The Lookout, Marvin's Room, The Mighty, Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont, October Sky, Peter's
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David
Jan 18, 2016 David rated it it was ok
Shelves: film, non-fiction, art
Leonard Maltin's 151 Best Movies You've Never Seen by Leonard Maltin (Harper Collins 2010) (791.4375) should actually be named "151 Best Movies You've Never Seen Or Heard Of." Well, I've seen three of the movies on his list; in fairness to the author, I really liked all three (Matewan (1987), the Maltese Falcon (1931), and October Sky (1999). Of the other 150+/- movies reviewed, I have only heard of two - and am not persuaded by the author’s argument that I should see any more of those under dis ...more
Brent Wilson
Oct 04, 2012 Brent Wilson rated it it was amazing
Shelves: pop-culture
Leonard Maltin is my favorite TV critic-

I go to his Movie Crazy website every once in awhile to see what he's thinking. I've kept his Movie Guides near my TV for 20 years. I really do trust his judgment and perspective, more than other good critics even.

This book was fun because of so many marginalized movies he brought attention back to. I scanned the list of 151 movies for future reference, and checked out a number of DVDs from my local library. I'd like to make a systematic point of viewing e
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Garth Mailman
So I’ve seen 4 of them. This isn’t the kind of book one reads cover to cover but the title made me want to check it out.
Michael
Meh, I like Roger Ebert better
Viktor
Jul 30, 2014 Viktor rated it it was amazing
Well worth my time. I found lots of interesting films to check out. Yeah, some would never have been on my list of "151", but that's here nor there.

It's a terrific reference book anyone looking for films off the beaten track.
Brandi
May 18, 2011 Brandi rated it liked it
Maltin was correct. I had only seen 3 of the films mentioned when I started. I definitely racked up a higher number of movies in my Netflix queue from this reading. I'm looking forward to seeing some less well-known gems this summer.
Chris
May 03, 2015 Chris rated it really liked it
I like to think that I know a lot of obscure, indie-type movies, but I had never heard of most of these movies, much less seen them. There were lots that sound very interesting. I'll have to check them out.
John
Sep 30, 2010 John rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library_books, ebooks
Interesting selection of films - I'd seen three, and read two others as books. Some of them (westerns especially) I wouldn't consider viewing, but I came away with a list of a dozen or so to follow up on.
Joe Faust
Oct 01, 2014 Joe Faust rated it liked it
Maltin is no Ebert, and the reviews are a little too short and are more like recommendations. Nevertheless, there a good number of films here that I want to check out.
Dennis Willingham
Jun 30, 2010 Dennis Willingham rated it liked it
Shelves: 2010, non-fiction
A list of lesser known but good movies. I had seen almost a third of the list but did add about 40 3-1/2 star or better movies to my Netflix queue.
Jonathan
Oct 13, 2010 Jonathan rated it it was ok
A few good suggestions to add to my queue, but mostly this book taught me that I think I don't like Leonard Maltin all that much.
Keith Slade
Feb 02, 2016 Keith Slade rated it it was amazing
List of little-known but mostly quite good films. (I've seen about 30 of them).
annemarie
May 24, 2010 annemarie rated it it was amazing
if you like foreign or independent films, this is the book!
Hope
Mar 24, 2016 Hope rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction, movies, dud
A few gems, but mostly "R"-rated flicks.
Michael Powell
May 30, 2013 Michael Powell rated it it was amazing
some great movies here
Joey King
Joey King rated it really liked it
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Leonard Maltin, is an American film and animated-film critic and historian.

Maltin began his writing career at age fifteen, writing for Classic Images and editing and publishing his own fanzine, Film Fan Monthly, dedicated to films from the golden age of Hollywood. After receiving a journalism degree at New York University, Maltin went on to publish articles in a variety of film journals, national
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