The movies you MUST see before you die.

I have, my entire life, LOVED anything that allowed me to be someone else or see something I never would’ve seen otherwise; books, movies, TV shows and plays did this for me. If I had a way to make a living by enjoying these things, I could die happy. So, because of my obsession I am always taking in as much as I can. Recently, I saw a ‘Top 100 movies to see before you die’ list. It was unbelievably pretentious and almost everything predated 1975. This started me on a search for an accurate list; based not simply on critics, income or ratings. I couldn’t find one. So, I’ve made one.
I tried to start by thinking of the list as just what it claims to be – a list of movies that you MUST see before you die. With that in mind, 100 was just not enough. Yes, I know this list is long but in the course of your lifetime if you only got to watch 162 movies – these should be them. There is no pretention here, nothing based on money or ratings. This is NOT a list of the BEST movies ever made. This is a list of the movies that everyone should see at some point in their lifetime. I’m sure many people will disagree because of that; yes, I have to fast-forward through A Space Odyssey but everyone should see the movie at some point, likewise, I love Casablanca but I definitely could’ve lived without it. There is classic and recent, deep and fluff, top-grossing and flop, horror and musical, complex and simple, award winning and overlooked.
Here it is, in no particular order:

1 The Alfred Hitchcock collection
– includes: Psycho, Rear Window, North by Northwest, Vertigo, and Birds
2 Almost Famous
3 Back to the Future
4 The 10 Commandments
5 Citizen Kane
6 Kevin Smith’s New Jersey trilogy
– is inaccurately named, as it is a series of 6 movies: Clerks, Clerks II, Mallrats, Chasing Amy, Dogma, and Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back.
7 Close Encounters of the Third Kind
8 Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
9 Evil Dead (the original)
10 Fargo
11 Fight Club
12 Ghostbusters
13 Gladiator
14 The Godfather
15 Goldfinger
16 Cleopatra
17 Goodfellas
18 Grease
19 The Great Escape
20 Halloween (Rob Zombie)
21 The Indiana Jones collection
– Raiders of the Lost Ark, the Temple of Doom, the Last Crusade, and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (Feel free to skip the last 30min of Crystal Skull, as it is terrible)
22 Jaws
23 The Lord of the Rings trilogy
– The Fellowship Ring, The Two Towers, The Return of the King
24 The Matrix trilogy
– The Matrix, Reloaded, Revolutions
25 Monty Python and the Holy Grail
26 Moulin Rouge!
27 101 Dalmatians (Cartoon)
28 Pulp Fiction
29 Se7en
30 The Blood and Ice Cream trilogy
– Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, The World’s End
31 The Shawshank Redemption
32 Dune (1984)
33 Sin City
34 Niagara
35 The Star Wars trilogy
– A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi
36 Strangers on a Train
37 This is Spinal Tap
38 Toy Story trilogy
– 1, 2, 3
39 True Romance
40 2001: A Space Odyssey
41 The Wizard of Oz
42 The Three Colors Trilogy
– Blue, White, Red
43 Young Frankenstein
44 Forest Gump
45 The Princess Bride
46 Jurassic Park
47 Ferris Bueller’s Day off
48 The Breakfast Club
49 A Christmas story
50 The Goonies
51 Office Space
52 It’s a Wonderful Life
53 Braveheart
54 Full Metal Jacket
55 True Grit (the original(although the remake is good))
56 The Sixth Sense
57 Dead Poets Society
58 The Shining
59 The Dark Knight
60 The Green Mile
61 The Kill Bill movies
– Vol.1, Vol. 2
62 The Blues Brothers
63 Beetlejuice
64 Finding Nemo
65 Dances With Wolves
66 Robin Hood: Men in Tights
67 The Rocky Horror Picture Show
68 Sleepy Hollow (Johnny Depp)
69 Starship Troopers
70 The Hangover
71 Pretty Woman
72 The Nightmare Before Christmas
73 Boondock Saints
74 Big Fish
75 Good Will Hunting
76 The Chocolate Factory movies
– Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
77 The Big Lebowski
78 Beauty and the Beast
79 The Sandlot
80 Love Actually
81 Hard Candy
82 Young Guns
83 Pride and Prejudice
84 A Few Good Men
85 What’s Eating Gilbert Grape
86 Tommy Boy
87 The Bourne Identity
88 Snatch
89 Some Like It Hot
90 Gone with the Wind
91 Ocean’s Eleven (remake)
92 Clue
93 Fear and Loathing In Las Vegas
94 Empire Records
95 Inglourious Basterds (both)
96 The Bridges of Madison County
97 Into the Wild
98 Rent
99 The Birdcage
100 Watchmen
101 Monster
102 Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
103 Seven Years In Tibet
104 For Colored Girls
105 The Way We Were
106 Carrie (the original)
107 The Hannibal Lecter collection
– Red Dragon (Original in 1986 is called Manhunter and worth a see), The Silence of the Lambs, Hannibal, Hannibal Rising
108 The King and I (Deborah Kerr)
109 The Last King of Scotland
110 Lonesome Dove
111 White Oleander
112 Saw
113 Alien
114 Girl, Interrupted
115 Saved!
116 The Untouchables
117 Mysterious Skin
118 The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou
119 Alice In Wonderland (both)
120 Mars Attacks!
121 Little Miss Sunshine
122 Romeo + Juliet (1996)
123 Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
125 Pan’s Labyrinth
126 Apocalypse Now
127 Philadelphia
128 A Streetcar Named Desire
129 Taxi Driver
130 Duck Soup
131 The Last Picture Show
132 3:10 to Yuma
133 Charlie Bartlett
134 Jeremiah Johnson
135 Juno
136 The Lion King
137 Roots
138 Requiem For a Dream
139 Man of Steel
140 Crash
141 Trainspotting
142 Les Misérables
143 American Psycho
144 From Hell
145 GI Jane
146 Wildthings
147 What Dreams May Come
148 The Red Shoes (1948)
149 Sweeny Todd
150 The Cell
151 The Planet of the Apes collection
– Planet of the Apes (1968), Beneath the Planet of the Apes, Escape From the Planet of the Apes, Conquest of the Planet of the Apes, Battle For the Planet of the Apes, Planet of the Apes (2001), Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
152 Gangs of New York
153 Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner (1967)
154 Misery
155 Fried Green Tomatoes
156 A Raisin In the Sun (1961)
157 Legends of the Fall
158 Donnie Darko
159 Malcolm X
160 Gia
161 An Officer and a Gentleman
162 Thelma and Louise

Trust me – if you just read the title of a movie that you’ve never heard of, stop what your doing, and rectify the situation.
Looking forward to your comments!

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