Total Nerd If Someone Tells You They've Seen One Of These Classic Movies, They're Probably Lying To You  

Jacob Shelton
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List Rules Vote up the films that are basically impossible to sit through.

In the cinematic canon, there are a few films that routinely make it onto lists of the best movies of all time. While these films are unarguably well made, many of them are also tragically unwatchable. Because of this, many "cinematic masterpieces" have garnered devout followings of people who've never finished watching them. 

Every decade houses a few classic movies people lie about seeing, and many of these films are supposedly highly influential. However, it's totally possible to enjoy the products of a three-hour snoozefest's influence without devoting one eighth of your day to slogging through the source material. 

It's time for cinema buffs to recognize that it’s okay to have not seen all of the most important movies of the last 100 years. Everyone lies about having seen some movies, and that's totally fine. The same can be said about booksvideo games,  and pretty much all other respected art forms. Many of these movies have managed to stay in the public's memory thanks to prolific parodies and particularly memorable lines. If somebody at a party says they'll make you an offer you can't refuse, that doesn't necessarily mean they've sat through The Godfather. 

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8 1/2


8 1/2 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list If Someone Tells You They've Seen One Of These Classic Movies, They're Probably Lying To You
Photo:  8 1/2/Cineriz

You know what type of films everyone pretends to love? Surrealist Italian meta-comedies about directors who don't know how to make movies. 8 1/2 is an easy movie to pretend to have watched, as you'll be hard-pressed to find someone who has sat through it. Come to think of it, has anyone actually ever seen a Fellini movie? Did Fellini even make movies? Is Fellini real?

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Citizen Kane


Citizen Kane is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list If Someone Tells You They've Seen One Of These Classic Movies, They're Probably Lying To You
Photo:  Citizen Kane/Warner Bros.

Citizen Kane is taught in every entry-level film class, yet it's somehow managed to go unwatched by everyone who was born after 1980. When the film was released in 1941, it featured some pretty progressive editing techniques, such as dissolve transitions, but all of its cinematic contribution are now pretty commonplace. 

While the plot is also hailed as amazingly engaging for its time, the film drags on for two hours, and focuses on the uncompelling tribulations of a money-hungry CEO who is arrogant, and frankly rather despicable. To top it off, you've probably already had the final twist spoiled for you, as The Simpsons has parodied the film seven times (just in case you don't remember, this is the movie where Rosebud is the name of the sled). 

Actors: Orson Welles, Alan Ladd, Agnes Moorehead, Joseph Cotten, Arthur O'Connell, + more

Initial Release: 1941

Directed by: Orson Welles

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#25 on The Best Movies of All Time

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#5 on The Best Black and White Movies Ever Made

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Last Year At Marienbad


Last Year At Marienbad is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list If Someone Tells You They've Seen One Of These Classic Movies, They're Probably Lying To You
Photo:  Last Year At Marienbad/Tribeca Shortlist

Last Year At Marienbad is a film school staple that you've probably slept through. The film follows a group of people who are trying to figure out where they know each other from. They assume that they all met a year ago at Marienbad, but it's hard to tell. Sound exciting, right?

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Metropolis


Metropolis is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list If Someone Tells You They've Seen One Of These Classic Movies, They're Probably Lying To You
Photo:  Metropolis/Kino International

No one has seen the 1927 Fritz Lang classic about robot people and a city of subterranean workers or something. At best, cinema nerds might hang a poster of the automaton from the film on their dorm wall, but if you ask them to tell you the narrative arc of the movie, they'll be left speechless. Clocking in at two hours and 33 minutes, the film is silent, black and white, and super hard to follow. 

Actors: Brigitte Helm, Gustav Fröhlich, Theodor Loos, Heinrich George, Rudolf Klein-Rogge, + more

Initial Release: 1927

Directed by: Fritz Lang

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#39 on The Best Black and White Movies Ever Made

#31 on The Best Dystopian and Near Future Movies

#18 on The Greatest Movies in World Cinema History

#16 on The Greatest Classic Sci-Fi Movies

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