Adam Markovitz
December 07, 2007 AT 05:00 AM EST

Jason Reitman’s movie must list

Election (1999)
”For me, Election is kind of the high bar. It’s the mark I’m trying to hit anytime I make a movie.”

Rushmore (1998)
”Two words: Serpico live. There was a sweetness in the humor that made it different.”

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)
”Ferris Bueller is the most charismatic character in cinema history — and who I wanted to be when I was a teenager.”

Spacecamp (1986)
”Anyone who saw Star Wars as a kid and dreamed about going to space got to live it in this movie. It’s perfectly charming.”

A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
”This was the laserdisc my parents didn’t want me to see. And it remains the coolest horror film experience I’ve ever had.”

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