Announcing The Greatest Film I’ve Never Seen Blogathon!

Time for a new blogathon!

Recently, there was a Twitter thread asking people what great (or considered “great”) film they had never seen. I thought, what an awesome subject for a blogathon! No matter how much we love films, and no matter how many we have seen, there are always gaps in our film viewing, especially when it comes to the so-called essentials. So I am inviting you to review a film (or films) you’ve never seen before, but felt like you should have seen it by now.

Here are the rules:

I’m going to be extremely flexible when it comes to what falls under the term “greatest.” Sure, you can pick something off of the AFI 100 Greatest American Movies list that you haven’t seen yet, or any other “best of all time” list you like. Critically acclaimed foreign films, art films, avant-garde films, all good. But if there’s a hugely popular film you’ve never seen, or a cult film you’ve missed out on, or you want to finally experience an Ed Wood film to find out why famous filmmakers are so fond of them–any of these topics are acceptable.

I WILL accept duplicate topics, because if there’s more than one person who wants to finally see Citizen Kane or The Shawshank Redemption, or The Big Lebowski, I don’t want them to miss out. I will, however, set a limit of three bloggers per topic.

Don’t feel you have to give a positive review of the film. If it lets you down after all the high expectations, say so. No shaming here!

Any film from any era, any country is eligible. Documentaries and short films are welcome, too!

The blogathon will run Friday, November 16 – Sunday, November 18. You may post any day (or earlier, if you wish).

To claim your topic, please request your choice in the comments section below, or contact me on Twitter (@DebbieVee). Include the name and URL of your blog. Then grab one of the banners below, display it on your blog and link it back to this post.

I am super excited to see what films everyone chooses. I’m sure many of us will be like, REALLY? You’ve never seen THAT film? This should be lots of fun.

Thanks for joining in!


Moon in Gemini: Seven Samurai (1954) and The Hidden Fortress (1958)

The Stop Button: The Apartment (1960)

Caftan Woman: Modern Times (1936)

Voiceover: Tokyo Story (1953)

Cinematic Scribblings: Barry Lyndon (1975)

Fran Laniado: Blade Runner (1982)

Critica Retro: The Rules of the Game (1939)

Realweegiemidget Reviews: Gangs of New York (2002)

dbmoviesblog: Pickpocket (1959)

Taking Up Room: The Red Shoes (1948)

Cinematic Catharsis: Spellbound (1945)

What The Craggus Saw: Young Frankenstein (1974)

Gone With the Pictures: All About Eve (1950)

Poppity Talks Classic Film: Bedazzled (1967)

MovieRob: For a Few Dollars More (1965), Metropolis (1927), The Seventh Seal (1957)

Wolffian Classic Movies Digest: Corridors of Blood (1958)

In The Good Old Days Of Classic Hollywood: Safety Last (1923)

The Wonderful World of Cinema: The Man With the Golden Arm (1955)

4 Star Films: Aguirre, the Wrath of God (1972)

The Midnite Drive-In: 2001: A Space Odyssey

Destroy All Fanboys!: Sleeping Dogs (1977) and Smash Palace (1981)

Oscars and I: E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)

Thoughts All Sorts: The Terminator (1984)

Portraits by Jenni: Titanic (1997)

Pure Entertainment Preservation Society: Gone With the Wind (1939)

Nostalgic Italian: The Third Man (1949)

18 Cinema Lane: The Christmas Card (2006)

Silver Screen Classics: The Philadelphia Story (1940)



104 thoughts on “Announcing The Greatest Film I’ve Never Seen Blogathon!

    1. (Whispers) I haven’t, either. I almost picked it but felt a need to fill in the Kurosawa gap in my film viewing.

      Thanks so much for participating!

  1. This is a sign that I must watch The Rules of the Game (1939) now and check it off my list of shame.
    It was a very nice idea for a blogathon!
    Le from Critica Retro

  2. Can I enter this blogathon with my review of “Les Enfants du Paradis” (Children of Paradise)?
    I am also impressed with one of your banners showing “Ghostbusters”. It means what counts as a great film is wide indeed for this blogathon.

      1. big change – I decided to now do the seventh seal (1957) , for a few dollars more (1965) and metropolis (1927)

        hope this is fine and that all 3 fit the bill.



    1. Does not have to be critically acclaimed. I prefer it not be too obscure, though. Popular or cult films, anything that people might be surprised you have never seen

  3. Believe it or not I have never sat through an entire viewing of 2001: A Space Odyssey. I’ve seen the caveman sequence, and I’ve seen the ending, but I am pretty sure I’ve never watched the middle part. (Unless I did it when I was drunk.)

  4. This is a fantastic idea for a blogathon! It will encourage a lot of us to finally see those films that we keep putting off, too. Count me in! I’ll just get back to you later with my choice. – Constance ( Silver Scenes )

  5. Hi, I was wondering whether I can change my entry of “Children of Paradise” for “Pickpocket” (1959) (if it would qualify as being one of the “greatest” in terms of being so influential?). I thought I would see “Children of Paradise”, but I cannot locate it anywhere, and am determined to participate.

  6. Hoy-hoy! I’m going to post Sleeping Dogs today (well, after your OK) thanks to needing to get some (ugh) medical stuff tackled that *might* put me out of action for a bit (again). I’ll hold off on Smash Palace just to get me motivated to have a project to focus on when I return.

    (the SP review has been started, but the way I’ve been feeling the past 2-3 days seems to suggest I’ll soon be enjoying the company of assorted vampires and other fluid-collecting fiends (who are, btw, very *nice* when they need to collect those fluids).

  7. Hi Debbie, I’d like to participate with this blogathon and write about James Cameron’s Titanic(1997.) I haven’t seen it, have heard nieces gush about it and know they saw it multiple times. 🙂 I’ve seen the british film version and one made in the 1950s with Stanwyck and Clifton Webb. I may mention those other two films for fans of the Cameron film if they want to see another take on the

  8. Hi Debbie. Forgive me for the request but I was certain that I had signed up for this but after checking a few times, it appears that I didn’t! I would love to do a write-up on The Philadelphia Story, which is ‘a greatest film I’ve never seen’. Is that ok? Look forward to your response! Best regards, Paul

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