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

3.39 of 5 stars 3.39  ·  rating details  ·  93 ratings  ·  22 reviews
What 151 movies have you never seen—but should?

What French film could teach Hollywood how to make a smart, sexy romantic comedy? (page 233)

Where will you find a female-centric Western with a gender-bending protagonist? (page 10)

What film won a Special Jury Prize at Sundance and then fell off the radar? (page 261)

What farcical comedy includes such real-life characters as Ri
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Paperback, 352 pages
Published February 9th 2010 by It Books (first published January 21st 2010)
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Jill Hutchinson
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
Emily
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
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
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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
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 3 of 5 stars
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
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
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 Ward
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
Hope
A few gems, but mostly "R"-rated flicks.
Brent Wilson
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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Viktor
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
List of little-known but mostly quite good films. (I've seen about 30 of them).
annemarie
if you like foreign or independent films, this is the book!
Michael Powell
some great movies here
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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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