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The only Star Wars movie I've seen was whichever one had Jar Jar.. and it's not like I wanted to see it.. it was more of a family thing, from what I remember. I'll eventually get around to seeing some of them, but for the most part I try to catch less popular movies.. for some reason.
While I appreciate the sentiment, ultimately making decisions based on popularity (be it one way or the other) means you're going to miss out on good movies. I love obscure and old movies too. I've sat down and watched Kurasawa marathons and tracked down strange foreign films on a whim.
However, throwing popularity out of the window for a moment, what those movies you haven't seen are is important, both culturally and cinematically. They had largescale impacts on American culture and on the people who make movies (both popular and obscure) today.
That's what I don't get. Whether you'll think they warrant the credit they get isn't really the point. It's that you get that reference point on the rest of the film world. And trust me, people aren't blowing smoke up your ass when they say you're missing out. There are some fantastic movies on that list, movies that exemplify what the film experience should be.