Movies To See Before You Die

My own tribute to the big fat book, although there’s not 1001 (yet).  They’re not all Oscar winners or deep explorations of the human psyche, but they are all great movies that I believe everyone needs to see.  The order is a bit random, since its a bit of a stream of conciousness that’s getting constantly updated, but I’ll highly recommend any of them.  Some of them I’ve already written about somewhere, all of them I could rave about for hours.

  1. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy. My favourite films ever and the reason I got seriously into movies. Watch them all at least once a year.  Also, the inspiration for this blog title!
  2. The Star Wars Trilogy. The prequels aren’t all bad but not up to the standard of the original)
  3. The Matrix (the original, the second two have awesome fight choreography but little else)
  4. Brokeback Mountain
  5. The Rocky Horror Picture Show
  6. Rain Man
  7. Benny and Joon
  8. Moulin Rouge
  9. Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo and Juliet
  10. Die Hard
  11. Speed
  12. Armageddon
  13. Deep Impact
  14. Philadelphia
  15. The Green Mile
  16. The Shawshank Redemption
  17. Braveheart
  18. The Talented Mr Ripley
  19. Dogma
  20. Billy Elliot
  21. Twelve Monkeys
  22. The Truman Show
  23. Reservoir Dogs
  24. Pulp Fiction
  25. Phone Booth
  26. The Pirates of the Caribbean Trilogy (but if you only have time for one, go for the first)
  27. Sweeney Todd
  28. Edward Scissorhands
  29. Dead Poet’s Society
  30. Midnight Cowboy
  31. Good Morning Vietnam
  32. Forrest Gump
  33. Apollo 13
  34. Four Weddings and a Funeral
  35. Notting Hill
  36. Love Actually
  37. Casino Royale
  38. The Dark Knight
  39. X-Men (all of them!)
  40. Spiderman
  41. Donnie Darko
  42. Fight Club
  43. Withnail and I
  44. The Lion King
  45. Toy Story
  46. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
  47. Jurassic Park
  48. The Indiana Jones Trilogy (we’ll ignore fourth one)
  49. Stardust
  50. The Back To The Future Trilogy
  51. The Sixth Sense
  52. Signs
  53. Shrek
  54. ET
  55. O Brother, Where Art Thou?
  56. Juno
  57. Sleepy Hollow
  58. The Blues Brothers
  59. Desperado
  60. Once Upon A Time In Mexico (technically the sequel to the above but made far enough apart to get separate justification)
  61. Happy Feet
  62. The Iron Giant
  63. Grease
  64. What’s Eating Gilbert Grape?
  65. Independence Day
  66. Jumanji
  67. 10 Things I Hate About You
  68. A Knight’s Tale
  69. The Lost Boys
  70. The Usual Suspects
  71. Taxi Driver
  72. Goodfellas
  73. Identity
  74. Donnie Brasco
  75. Titanic
  76. Wall-E
  77. The Polar Express
  78. Gremlins
  79. Findind Neverland
  80. A Scanner Darkly
  81. Watchmen
  82. Walk the Line
  83. The Princess Bride
  84. Star Trek (2009)
  85. Shakespeare in Love
  86. GATTACA
  87. The Prestige
  88. The Importance of Being Earnest (2002)
  89. Pleasantville
  90. Iron Man (after a rethink)
  91. Avatar
  92. Sherlock Holmes and the sequel, A Game of Shadows
  93. Iron Man 2
  94. The Hangover (I know, this one surprised me too!)
  95. Harry Brown
  96. The Pianist
  97. M*A*S*H
  98. A Matter of Life and Death
  99. The Motorcycle Diaries
  100. Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang
  101. High Fidelity
  102. Inception
  103. The King’s Speech
  104. Shadowscan (short film)
  105. District 9
  106. Real Steel
  107. Scott Pilgrim vs. The World
  108. In Bruges
  109. Avengers Assemble. Hell Yeah.
  110. Cloverfield
  111. The Muppet Movie. Just properly fantastic.

I’ll keep adding more as I watch more.

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Hey Katie, this is Billy from Geeky Talk. If you had to choose five out of that list, what five would they be?

Oooh tough question Billy…Maybe…

1. Lord of the Rings (obviously)
2. The Matrix
3. Rain Man
4. Forrest Gump
5. Moulin Rouge

…because that’s sort of 5 very different ones. But picking those 5 was way too difficult!

You said you will add other films on as you see them so here are a few recommendations:

You liked A Scanner Darkly so take a look at some other Richard Linklater films. Waking Life uses the same not quite animated not quite real life style as A Scanner Darkly and is worth a look. Dazed and Confused is a slacker/high school movie (my favourite of his films) and finally Before Sunrise and its sequel Before Sunset.

I notice a lack of foreign language films, on your list so if you don’t mind subtitles have a look at these, they are all from the last ten years and well worth a look:

http://fandangogroovers.wordpress.com/2009/05/06/not-in-the-english-langue/

Also if you haven’t already seen it El Mariachi, the first Robert Rodriguez film that goes before Desperado. If you like it read the book “Rebel Without a Crew” about how he made the film for $7000.

Thanks for the suggestions. Dazed and Confused has been on my need to see list for a while. I heard that El Mariachi wasn’t really worth the time, but I do love the two sequels so I’ll probably end up seeing it someday.

You have so many of my favorite movies on this list.

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