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On a recent thread someone mentioned never having seen The Dark Crystal; a movie I would consider required viewing for my gaming friends.

But it got me to thinking,

As a gamer, what movies do you consider "Must See" movies?

The Dark Crystal A great feat of imagination. Watch the movie on DVD, then watch the totally awesome "Making of" documentary. Rest in Peace Jim Henson.
Conan the Barbarian Should you ever forget, "What is Best", just listen to the wisdom of the Governator.
The Seven Samuraii A true gamers movie. Seven distinct characters who protect a village from bandits. The problem solving, character development, and epic battle scene should strike a chord in any gamer.
Army of Darkness I always appreciate a good sense of humor in my games and the stupid moments in this movie make me laugh from the same place. And also; Claatu, Barrata, Nicto are great command words.
Any version of Tolkien on film Sure, the old animated movies might not measure up nowadays, but who hasn't had that catchy , "Where there's a whip, there's a Way" song stuck in their head at some point?

The Exchange

"Klaatu barada nikto," is the command given to the robot from the old black and white movie "When the Earth Stood Still" (I think - the one with Michael Rennie as the benevolent Martian chap and his considerably less benevolent robot). So a reference within a reference.


Aubrey the Malformed wrote:
"Klaatu barada nikto," is the command given to the robot from the old black and white movie "When the Earth Stood Still" (I think - the one with Michael Rennie as the benevolent Martian chap and his considerably less benevolent robot). So a reference within a reference.

Actually its called The Day the Earth Stood Still. Its one of my favorites (although not necessarily "must see" for the gamer). But I commend you on your spelling. I believe you spelled those totally fictional words correctly! I commend you, laugh at you, and admire you all at the same time!


Let us not forget Monty Python's Quest for the Holy Grail. "No, no, it's much too perilous!"


Lathiira wrote:
Let us not forget Monty Python's Quest for the Holy Grail. "No, no, it's much too perilous!"

Indeed. One of the finest. I'd wager that its the most oft quoted movie in the history of gamerdom.

What rivals it? Star Wars? hmmmm. . . thats another thread. . .

Scarab Sages

Clash of the Titans is one of my favorites. I also like the Harryhausen Sinbad films. Then there is John Boorman's Excalibur, and Ridley Scott's Legend.

The Exchange

Willow
The Princess Bride
The 13th Warrior
Reign of Fire (the best CG dragon on film IMO)
Gladiator (love the arena fight-scenes)
All Conan movies (duh)
Ladyhawke(sp?) had a neat storyline
Relic (great monster, if you ignore the modern day stuff it is a good dungeon crawl movie)
Any "Alien" movie(same reasons as Relic)
Starship Troopers (relic and alien reasons)
The "Riddick" movies also have great D&Dish elements (especially Pitch Black, with the darkvision!)

These are of course IMO.

FH

Scarab Sages

Why, The Gamers, of course! I showed this to my gaming group and we all loved it. Even my friends who have only been gaming for a couple of years thought it was great. I just got the "Director's Cut" on DVD but haven't seen it yet -- and there's Gamers 2: Dorkness Rising coming out soon!


Monty Python & Holy Grail is the only one I consider truly essential viewing, all the others are bonus...

Though it was also fun to watch Alien with gamers, commenting on the errors the characters made and how DM gave them what they deserved. Also large parts of Farscape tv series could be simultaneously narrated using D&D terminology...

And nobody has mentioned Mazes & Monsters? Definitely a must.

Oh, and I rather liked Bakshi's animated LotR (even if it was never finished).


Ack! Don't forget Dragonslayer!!!

Scarab Sages

I'd add
- Sanjuro (like Seven Samuraii a kurosawa classic)
- Serenity/Firefly

Liberty's Edge

Aubrey the Malformed wrote:
"Klaatu barada nikto," is the command given to the robot from the old black and white movie "When the Earth Stood Still" (I think - the one with Michael Rennie as the benevolent Martian chap and his considerably less benevolent robot). So a reference within a reference.

They were also 3 alien races in Star Wars.

Silver Crusade

Serenity
Dragonslayer
Ladyhawke
Any Conan
Hawk the Slayer
Beastmaster
Excaliber
The sword and the stone-Disney
LOTR
Legend
Firefly

Liberty's Edge

Rashomon's pretty cool.


1. Braveheart - an example of "How to be a Barbarian."
2. Predator - The Indian ranger guy in that is perfect D&D casting.
3. Sniper - How to be the perfect archer.
4. Species - how to hunt a predator.
5. The Name of The Rose - Monks and abbeys.
6. Ju-on - Japanese creep show "how to create a scary ghost story."
7. Kingdom of Heaven - Knighthood, holy wars and nobility.
8. Troy - One of the best ancient war flicks.
9. 300 - great inspirational war flick on mindset and swordplay.
10. Dragonslayer - Good stuff.
11. The Descent and the Cave - excellent cavern adventures.
12. Logan's Run - reminds me of one of those old D&D modules with the spaceship.
13. Where Eagle's Dare - How to storm a castle with a small party.
14. First Blood - woodland survival.
15. Outland - mining encampment with Mr. Connery.
16. Underworld Movies - vampires and Lycans.
17. The Last of the Mohicans and Apocalyto - woodland craft and chase adventures.
18. The Thing, Screamers, the Relic and Mimic - more predator stuff and great atmosphere.
19. The Day after Tomorrow - great frozen survival.
20. The X Files - great inspiration for D&D plots.
21. The Ghost and the Darkness - how to hunt lions.
22. Fallen - a body switching demon.
23. Raiders of the Lost Ark series - great high adventure and religious icons.
24. The Navarone movies - great high adventure with assaults by a small party.
25. Starship Troopers - good military movie on alien life force.
26. Dawn of the Dead and 28 Days Later - Good zombie flicks.
27. Jeepers Creepers - more demon hunting.
28. Beowulf and Grendel - movie sucks but great atmosphere and setting.
29. The Illusionist - great movie and great examples of magic and deception.
30. Grey Owl - good wilderness survival and a great movie to boot.
31. Rob Roy - on nobility and rebellion.


Time Bandits.

El Skootro

Liberty's Edge

Beowulf's coming out with Crispin Glover as Grendel.
I gotta see that.


Heathansson wrote:
Rashomon's pretty cool.

That's not how I remember it.

Liberty's Edge

Sean, Minister of KtSP wrote:
Heathansson wrote:
Rashomon's pretty cool.
That's not how I remember it.

I heard your version of events--you've got it all wrong.

;)


Heathansson wrote:
Sean, Minister of KtSP wrote:
Heathansson wrote:
Rashomon's pretty cool.
That's not how I remember it.

I heard your version of events--you've got it all wrong.

;)

I've seen it and can tell you that you're both wrong.

The Exchange

Paul McCarthy wrote:

1. Braveheart - an example of "How to be a Barbarian."

2. Predator - The Indian ranger guy in that is perfect D&D casting.
3. Sniper - How to be the perfect archer.
4. Species - how to hunt a predator.
5. The Name of The Rose - Monks and abbeys.
6. Ju-on - Japanese creep show "how to create a scary ghost story."
7. Kingdom of Heaven - Knighthood, holy wars and nobility.
8. Troy - One of the best ancient war flicks.
9. 300 - great inspirational war flick on mindset and swordplay.
10. Dragonslayer - Good stuff.
11. The Descent and the Cave - excellent cavern adventures.
12. Logan's Run - reminds me of one of those old D&D modules with the spaceship.
13. Where Eagle's Dare - How to storm a castle with a small party.
14. First Blood - woodland survival.
15. Outland - mining encampment with Mr. Connery.
16. Underworld Movies - vampires and Lycans.
17. The Last of the Mohicans and Apocalyto - woodland craft and chase adventures.
18. The Thing, Screamers, the Relic and Mimic - more predator stuff and great atmosphere.
19. The Day after Tomorrow - great frozen survival.
20. The X Files - great inspiration for D&D plots.
21. The Ghost and the Darkness - how to hunt lions.
22. Fallen - a body switching demon.
23. Raiders of the Lost Ark series - great high adventure and religious icons.
24. The Navarone movies - great high adventure with assaults by a small party.
25. Starship Troopers - good military movie on alien life force.
26. Dawn of the Dead and 28 Days Later - Good zombie flicks.
27. Jeepers Creepers - more demon hunting.
28. Beowulf and Grendel - movie sucks but great atmosphere and setting.
29. The Illusionist - great movie and great examples of magic and deception.
30. Grey Owl - good wilderness survival and a great movie to boot.
31. Rob Roy - on nobility and rebellion.

Meh - we're looking for the one's a gamer shouldn't miss, not simply the ones one gamer has seen.


Gladiator-lots of gamers like at least a taste of having a character fight in an arena at some point, and this is great inspiration.

Liberty's Edge

Black Baron wrote:
Heathansson wrote:
Sean, Minister of KtSP wrote:
Heathansson wrote:
Rashomon's pretty cool.
That's not how I remember it.

I heard your version of events--you've got it all wrong.

;)
I've seen it and can tell you that you're both wrong.

I don't remember either of you being there.

It was just me and Toshiro Mifune being attacked by 47 tengu swordsaints. We didn't need no help--Toshiro played Musashi once, and I'm just snarky death with a sword.

Dark Archive

Adventure Path Charter Subscriber

I agree whole-heartedly with most of the postings here, especially "Excalibur" and "Dragonslayer."

I'd also recommend Dario Argento's "Suspiria". It's got it all - creepy atmosphere, mysterious happenings, witches, revenge - everything a well-done adventure should have.

Another "must see" to me is "Labyrinth." Very underrated gamer's film. It's got David Bowie as the Goblin King. What else do you need?


Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

The High Crusade (1994), based on a novel by Poul Anderson, it's a comedy fantasy/sci-fi film. Very silly and very funny, but one to avoid if you don't like swearing. It stars John Rhys-Davies (Gimli), too!

Liberty's Edge

I think Kill Bill is pretty cool too.


Meh - we're looking for the one's a gamer shouldn't miss, not simply the ones one gamer has seen.

I just beat you to the punch, Aubrey. Friggin' Brits.

The Exchange

Paul McCarthy wrote:
I just beat you to the punch, Aubrey. Friggin' Brits.

<voice a deep, sinister hiss>

Bring it on......

The Exchange

d13 wrote:
[Actually its called The Day the Earth Stood Still. Its one of my favorites (although not necessarily "must see" for the gamer). But I commend you on your spelling. I believe you spelled those totally fictional words correctly! I commend you, laugh at you, and admire you all at the same time!

Thanks you for the clarification. I thank you, am coming after you with a knife, and revel in your kind praise.

Liberty's Edge

My list:

- Army of Darkness
- The Evil Dead
- The Princess Bride
- Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings
- Monty Python and the Holy Grail
- Monty Python's Life of Brian
- Kung-Pow: Enter the Fist
- Dragonheart
- Pitch Black
- The Chronicles of Riddick
- Serenity / Firefly
- Stargate
- Princess Mononoke
- Howl's Moving Castle
- Peter Jackson's King Kong
- Scumdogs of the Universe (a.k.a. the GWAR Movie)
- Resident Evil
- Resident Evil: Apocalypse
- The Fifth Element
- Underworld
- Underworld: Evolution
- Night Watch
- Day Watch
- Dagon
- The Goonies
- Relic
- Earth Versus the Spider
- Batman Begins
- Final Fantasy: the Spirits Within
- Final Fantasy: Advent Children
- Tomb Raider
- The Call of Cthulhu (Sundance version)
- The Time Machine
- The Count of Monte Cristo (the newer version)
- The Matrix (all)
- Brotherhood of the Wolf
- Pirates of the Caribbean (all)
- Mel Gibson's Apocalypto
- Mad Max
- The Road Warrior
- The Road Warrior: Beyond Thunderdome
- Bruce Campbell's Man With A Screaming Brain

Scarab Sages

Aubrey the Malformed wrote:
Paul McCarthy wrote:

12. Logan's Run - reminds me of one of those old D&D modules with the spaceship.

Meh - we're looking for the one's a gamer shouldn't miss, not simply the ones one gamer has seen.

Apologies if this has already been mentioned...They are planning to remake Logans Run. That aught to be great, IMO.

Thoth-Amon


The Eldritch Mr. Shiny wrote:

My list:

- Army of Darkness
- The Evil Dead
- The Princess Bride
- Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings
- Monty Python and the Holy Grail
- Monty Python's Life of Brian
- Kung-Pow: Enter the Fist
- Dragonheart
- Pitch Black
- The Chronicles of Riddick
- etc., etc., etc.

OK, if you could pick only 5 of these titles Mr. Shiny, and we could magically include them in a set with the PH and DMG,

Which 5 would you take?


Thoth-Amon the Mindflayerian wrote:


Apologies if this has already been mentioned...They are planning to remake Logans Run. That aught to be great, IMO.

Thoth-Amon

I'm afraid I can muster no such optimism. Remakes terrify me. They often remove all of the subtle elements that comprised the original film's enduring resonance and replace them with a slick Hollywood cookie cutter formula, especially the injection of tonally disconnected one-liners. Planet of the Apes starring Marky Mark and the Furry Bunch?

Liberty's Edge

d13 wrote:
The Eldritch Mr. Shiny wrote:

My list:

- Army of Darkness
- The Evil Dead
- The Princess Bride
- Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings
- Monty Python and the Holy Grail
- Monty Python's Life of Brian
- Kung-Pow: Enter the Fist
- Dragonheart
- Pitch Black
- The Chronicles of Riddick
- etc., etc., etc.

OK, if you could pick only 5 of these titles Mr. Shiny, and we could magically include them in a set with the PH and DMG,

Which 5 would you take?

5ing it for gamers IMHO:

Evil Dead II
Road Warrior
Monty P and the holy G
LOTR (3 for 1, byotch)
Princess Bride


I don't know if I could definitively list movies that all gamers should see. Every generation has different movies that would inspire them, and I know its easy to be an old fogey and cite the things that were popular when I started playing.

That having been said, I will say that Forgotten Realms fans really should see Excallibur, since Ed Greenwood has mentioned several times that it was Merlin from this movie that serves as a template for Elminster, not Gandalf (i.e. quirky, half crazy, easily distracted . . . even the accent matches).

Dark Archive

I am so happy to see that nobody here mentioned Dragonheart. What a heap of dung that one was.

Did I just miss it, or has no one thrown out Highlander yet? If you just focus on the flashbacks, it has some great scenes.

My five, however, if I were limited would be:

The Lord of the Rings Trilogy (three-for-one, as someone posted above)
Conan the Barbarian
Army of Darkness
Gladiator
Excalibur


Is everyone boycotting this one? I can't believe it's not on the list yet.

Star Wars - It still maintains all the story elements of a great adventure, and has the full party of character archetypes.


Many of the named films above certainly qualify.

I'd say that despite there flaws (and they are numerous) the two D&D movies should be on the list of the D&D gamer, especially the second one.

I'd say Sword and the Sorcerer should be on the list.

Clash of the Titans

Jason and the Argonauts

The Lord of the Rings and Star Wars movies without question.

Brotherhood of the Wolf

Cutthroat Island

The Pirates of the Caribbean films, especially the first one.

Highlander

Sleepy Hollow

L


GAMERS MUST NOT SEE:

DUNGEONS AND DRAGONS (2000) or
D&D: WRATH OF THE DRAGON GOD (2005)

please, please don't see them.

I'm surprised only Celestial Healer mentioned Ladyhawk (or did I miss it in some of those lists).

I just wanted to mention that one again because some crappier fantasy movies are getting mentioned more often....


Macbeth (1971) Roman Polanski


Musa (2001) English title: "The Warrior"

Now, I'm in China and I've seen a lot of sword (and sorcery) movies--I reckon they are more popular over here than in the west--and I could mention about a dozen titles that I consider must see, but this one captures the gaming ethos so well that you guys have just got to see it. And it has Zhang Ziyi.

Again, if you have not seen this movie, you MUST.


Kruelaid wrote:

Musa (2001) English title: "The Warrior"

Now, I'm in China and I've seen a lot of sword (and sorcery) movies--I reckon they are more popular over here than in the west--and I could mention about a dozen titles that I consider must see, but this one captures the gaming ethos so well that you guys have just got to see it. And it has Zhang Ziyi.

Again, if you have not seen this movie, you MUST.

Be careful you don't see this movie in expectations of see the one Kruel recommended. There is almost no combat.

The Warrior (2001)

Dark Archive

If you are a DM and want to know how to run a great vampire, see Wall Street.


Hmm, no "The Fifth Element"?

Stargate

Highlander

Mean Guns

Event Horizon


Most of the Firefly/Serenity characters are good examples of the personalities of common D&D PCs.

Hayao Miyazaki has a lot of good fantastic inspiration, especially in Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away, and Howl's Moving Castle.

The three Peter Jackson Lord of the Rings movies are the obvious choices for must see gamer movies.

300 was a good representation (for me at least) of how cool mass combat can be. It also gave me lots of ideas for more illustrative attack descriptions.

The second D&D movie is a pretty good investment of time if you just rent it or something. Not the best representation of D&D ever, but it's certainly better than the first D&D movie...

Eragon wasn't a great representation of the book in my opinion, but when I saw it, I thought a lot about long journeys in fantasy...especially when they have a montage of sorts of Brom and Eragon traveling across the country.

Star Wars is another obvious choice, though it isn't so much for direct inspiration as it is for a general overview of a common campaign-type plotline. All of the common twists of a D&D campaign, and all of the basic story elements of fantasy can be found in Star Wars.

And I think that's about it for now...


Kruelaid wrote:

GAMERS MUST NOT SEE:

DUNGEONS AND DRAGONS (2000) or
D&D: WRATH OF THE DRAGON GOD (2005)

please, please don't see them.

I'm surprised only Celestial Healer mentioned Ladyhawk (or did I miss it in some of those lists).

I just wanted to mention that one again because some crappier fantasy movies are getting mentioned more often....

Hey, the second one isn't too bad. I wouldn't recommend purchasing it, but I wouldn't say to not watch it.

The first one, though. That is a nightmare of epic proportions. You are better off watching The Phantom Menace Special Jar-Jar Edit (50% more Jar-Jar!) eighty times in a row than to even touch the first D&D movie.

Oh, and to my knowledge, The Phantom Menace Special Jar-Jar Edit doesn't actually exist. At least I hope not...


Yah, you're right MaxSlasher26, the second D&D movie wasn't that bed. I was disappointed nevertheless, though, probably because I like fantasy gaming, and I am thus a little harsh in my judgment.

Dark Archive

I just saw the second D&D movie for the first time last week. I was expecting it to be horrible, but it was actually much better than the first one. The effects were a little cheesy, but not a bad story. I would even watch it again.


kikai13 wrote:
I just saw the second D&D movie for the first time last week. I was expecting it to be horrible, but it was actually much better than the first one. The effects were a little cheesy, but not a bad story. I would even watch it again.

The DVD has a bunch of cool features as well. :)


star wars.

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