ByCraig Alarm, writer at

Even though streaming has taken over physical media, true cinephiles prefer to actually own their favorite films, Blu Ray is still the way to go even with 4K on the horizon, here are 40 classic films (in no particular order) that have not yet been released on Blu Ray but need to be pronto!!!!

1.) True Lies (1994)

In James Cameron's 1994 classic Arnie stars as a secret agent posing as a computer salesman. Not even his wife knows his true identity and since he is always busy she decides to have a little excitement and hooks up with a nitwit posing as a secret agent! In the mean while, in trying to get her back, Arnie gets his family inadvertently pushed into a plot, by terrorists to nuke the USA! Preposterous? Yes! Hilarious? YES!!!.... surprisingly not on Blu Ray!

2.) Private Benjamin (1980)

Nominated for 3 Academy Awards including Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress, Goldie Hawn's Tour De Force has not been released on Blu Ray in fact it has not even seen a widescreen release on DVD, even though through the years there has been talk of a remake starring the likes of Anna Farris and Rebel Wilson!

3.) Time After Time (1979)

Simply the best Jack the Ripper movie ever!...with Malcom MacDowell and Mary Steenburgen giving wonderful performances!

4.) The Bad News Bears (1976)

Walter Matthau gives what I think is his best performance in probably one of the best sports movies ever! It is much better than the toothless 2005 remake starring Billy Bob Thorton, a must see that needs to be on Blu Ray!

5.) Murder By Death (1976)

Neil Simon's parody of who dunnit films did it first way before the 1985 version of "Clue" and in my opinion did it better, with a top notch cast including Peter Sellers, Maggie Smith, Peter Falk, David Niven, Eileen Brennan, Nancy Walker, James Cromwell, Elsa Lancaster, Truman Capote, James Coco and Sir Alec Guinness a year before he played Obie Wan, this film has more quotable lines than any movie I can remember!

6.) Heaven Can Wait (1978)

Nominated for 10 Academy Awards including Best Picture, this charming remake of "Here Comes Mr. Jordan" really should have been on Blu Ray years ago!

7.) Nurse Betty (2000)

Renée Zellweger gave Golden Globe winning performance in this dark comedy from 2000, it also had great supporting performances from Morgan Freeman, Chris Rock, Greg Kinnear, Crispin Glover and Allison Janney.

8.) Foul Play (1978)

This film has it all. with a plot that involves the Pope, Killer Albinos, dwarves, Senior Citizens brawling, X-Rated Scrabble games and a wild ride through the streets of San Francisco Chevy Chase has never been better and Goldie Hawn has never been cuter and they had a magical chemistry together, with great supporting performances by Dudley Moore (who almost steals the movie), Burgess Meredith, Rachel Roberts, Brian Denehey and Billy Barty this film need to be on Blu Ray yesterday!.."Seems LIke Old Times" Goldie and Chevy's 2nd pairing should also be on Blu Ray!

9.) Paper Moon (1973)

Tatum O'Neal won the 1973 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for this wonderful nostalgia themed film from Peter Bogdanovich, hard to believe that his 1975 flop "At Long Last Love" was released on Blu Ray before this classic!

10.) The Shootist (1976)

John Wayne gave a touching performance that echoed real life playing a gunslinger battling cancer, this was his final film before his death from cancer in 1979.

11.) The Out of Towners (1970)

Jack Lemmon and Sandy Dennis were pure comic gold in this edgy dark comedy classic from 1970, plays almost like a horror movie, much better than the 1999 remake!

12.) Bringing Up Baby (1938)

Howard Hawk's Bringing up Baby (1938) is undeniably the screwiest of the screwball comedies. Even Hawks has never equaled the rocketing pace of this demented farce in which Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn spar and bicker better than any couple ever in a comedy, surprising this classic has not been released!

13.) Airport 1975 (1974)

Probably the campiest and most entertaining of the airport films of the 1970's, this all-star disaster film deserves a Blu Ray if only to compare it to "Airplane" which parodies it so perfectly!

14.) The Last of Sheila (1973)

Sheila is killed in a hit-and-run car accident following a party one night. A year later her multi-millionaire husband, Clinton, invites a group of her friends to spend a week on a his yacht. He’s a notorious practical joker and insists his guests play a mystery game where each has been assigned a crime for the others to discover. Each night a series of clues is planted in the local port and the team must solve the identity of the criminal-of-the-day. However, things get out of hand and soon there’s a real crime to solve. great cast and direction from Herbert Ross with a screenplay by Norman Bates himself Anthony Perkins!

15.) Soapdish (1991)

What a Cast!...this parody of Soap Operas still holds up today, with classic performances from Sally Field, Kevin Kline Whoopi Goldberg, Robert Downey Jr. and great bitchy turn from Cathy Moriarty!

16.) We're No Angels (1955)

Humphrey Bogart, Aldo Ray and Peter Ustinov were perfection as Devil's Island convicts that help a shop owner and his family on Christmas Day, dark Humor mixed with real sentiment will make this a true Christmas classic for anyone that sees it!

17.) The Abyss (1989)

Yet another James Cameron classic not yet on Blu Ray, they have been talking about this one coming out for years, maybe soon?

18.) Nine to Five (1980)

Dolly Parton, Lily Tomlin, Jane Fonda and Dabney Coleman in one of the most financially successful comedies of 1980's and yet Fox has not released this on Blu Ray yet, Tomlin and Fonda are co-starring in a Netflix show so maybe this Blu Ray will see the light of day sooner than later!

19.) The Elephant Man (1980)

He is not a Monster!....but the people at Paramount/Warner are for not releasing this David Lynch masterpiece on Blu Ray yet!

20.) Flirting With Disaster (1996)

David O'Russell's 2nd feature film is probably one of his best, yet few have seen it, boasting career best performances by the likes of Ben Stiller, Tea Leoni, Patricia Arquette, Josh Brolin, Richard Jenkins, Mary Tyler Moore, Alan Alda, George Segal, Celia Weston and Lily Tomlin, this film screams for a Blu Ray Ray release!

21.) After Hours (1985)

Martin Scorsese's underrated 1985 comedy is rarely mentioned these days and that is a shame because it is one of his best!...maybe a Blu Ray release would help it be seen by more people!

22.) Victor/Victoria (1982)

Blake Edward's screwball musical farce about a woman pretending to be a man pretending to a woman is a total delight with academy award nominated performances by Julie Andrews, Robert Preston and Lesley Ann Warren, and support by the great James Garner and Alex Karras, it should be seen in High Def on Blu Ray!

23.) The Stepford Wives (1975)

The original is a cult classic that is out of print on DVD and should be on Blu Ray

24.) My Favorite Year (1982)

Also my favorite Peter O'Toole performance!

25.) Splash (1984)

Tom Hanks at his most charming, Daryl Hannah at her most alluring, John Candy at his most hilarious, this Ron Howard classic really should be on Blu Ray along with 2 other Tom Hanks comedies of the 80's "The Money Pit" and "The Burbs" which is available as a import but will not play on U.S. Blu Ray players!

26.) Ruthless People (1986)

Probably one of the funniest films of the 80's brought to you from the same people that made "Airplane", the top notch comedy cast are at the top their game, the cast includes Danny DeVito, Bette Midler, Judge Reinhold, Anita Morris, Bill Pullman and Helen Slater.

27. The Ref (1994)

Dennis Leary is hysterical in his first starring role, in this dark holiday film costarring Kevin Spacey and Judy Davis as a bickering couple he takes hostage!

28. Gunga Din (1939)

It will come as no surprise for you to hear that Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom is the sequel to a vastly popular adventure film. That film, of course, is the 1939 George Stevens picture, Gunga Din.While Raiders of the Lost Ark united blockbuster titans Steven Spielberg and George Lucas in reverence to olde tyme serial adventures, Temple of Doom isn’t really Raider‘s sequel or in serial style. The second Indy outing owes much more to Cary Grant, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., screwball comedies, and the Thuggee cult elements of Gunga Din.

29. Oh, God! (1977)

One of the most popular movies of 1977 was the surprise smash Oh, God! starring John Denver, Teri Garr and in a career defining role George Burns as God!

30.) The Longest Yard (1974)

Not only is Robert Aldrich's 1974 original film a great prison movie it is also a great sports movie, not easy to pull off, Burt Reynolds shows why he was such a box office draw in the 70's and Eddie Albert and Ed Lauter were evil personified as the villains!

31.) Crimes of Passion (1984)

Ken Russell's psycho-sexual thriller is a must see for Kathleen Turner's award worthy performance and it being one of Anthony Perkins last roles, it is a crime that it has not been released on Blu Ray yet!

32.) Death to Smoochy (2002)

A critical and financial bomb in it's initial release Danny DeVito's very dark comedy has since picked up a considerable cult following in recent years, with comically genuis performances by Robin Williams, Edward Norton and Catherine Keener this would be a must own on Blu Ray.

33.) The In-Laws (1979)

Arthur Hiller's original 1979 comic caper film is a must own on Blu Ray, Peter Falk and Alan Arkin played off each other like the skilled artists they were, the fact that anyone attempted remake this classic is mind boggling!

34,) The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (1982)

Dolly Parton, Burt Reynolds and Charles Durning doing the side step and getting a Academy Award nomination for it, plus Dolly doing her original version of the classic "I Will Always Love You", should make this a must have on Blu Ray!

35.) The Hindenburg (1975)

Robert Wise directed this all-star disaster epic in 1975, would look beautiful on Blu Ray!

36.) One, Two, Three (1961)

Billy Wider's cult classic starring a manic James Cagney and a madcap screenplay is a gem that should be released on Blu Ray!

37.) Xanadu (1980)

The most campiest cheese- tastic movie of the 80's with music by Olivia Newton-John and E.L.O .Plus it spawned a knowingly campy broadway show!

38.) One From the Heart (1982)

This film actually made it's studio go bankrupt, and it's leading Lady (Teri Garr) told a magazine a couple of years ago that it was a piece of crap, that being said Francis Ford Copola made a flawed masterpiece that people either love or hate, count me in the love column!

39.) The Hospital (1971)

George C. Scott gives the performance of his career in this very 70's gritty comedy!

40.) S.O.B. (1981)

Hollywood: The Dream Factory. A place where the movie magic happens, money flows like wine and the stars of the screen hold their champagne glasses to drink their fill. The view of this city, so often seen through rose-tinted glasses is not one that director Blake Edwards shows his audience in S.O.B (1981). The film presents Hollywood in a different light, with more shadows, that satirically exposes the studio movie-making business as one with it’s head office situated in the Twilight Zone!

So what classic films do you think should be released on Blu Ray?

Please let me know in the comment section!


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