Tim Dirks

Tim Dirks created the popular Filmsite.org website, aka Greatest Films, in mid-1996, and has been writing about and reviewing films ever since. As of September 2008, the site was acquired by American Movie Classics (AMC) LLC, and then as of July 2011, it became part of a new company called AMC Networks, Inc. Tim continues to manage and add content to Filmsite, and often writes blogs and other film-related articles, including those for SundanceTV's series 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die.

Beyond the Legendary Voice: 4 Must-See James Earl Jones Movies

Beyond the Legendary Voice: 4 Must-See James Earl Jones Movies

James Earl Jones has enjoyed an acting career that’s spanned TV, stage and film for six decades and counting. Ironically, Jones’ difficult upbringing was plagued by a severely debilitating stutter; now he’s most recognizable for his rich, resonating voice. (In case you’ve forgotten: “This is CNN.”) To see his best work, check out these four movies starring James Earl Jones that have been included in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die.

9 Groundbreaking Stanley Kubrick Movies You Must See Before You Die

9 Groundbreaking Stanley Kubrick Movies You Must See Before You Die

Although he’s been both celebrated and (occasionally) reviled by movie buffs, idiosyncratic auteur Stanley Kubrick turned out a collection of groundbreaking feature films over the course of his nearly 50-year directorial career. In fact, the overwhelming majority of his movies have found a place in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die. Here are the nine Kubrick movies — from “Full Metal Jacket” to “A Clockwork Orange” — that made the cut.

5 Oscar-Nominated Meryl Streep Movies You Must See Before You Die

5 Oscar-Nominated Meryl Streep Movies You Must See Before You Die

Meryl Streep has racked up 19 Academy Award nominations. While three of those nods became Oscar wins, it’s still tough to whittle down Streep’s resume to her very best. However, these five—all of them in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die—arguably represent her best.

10 Steven Spielberg Movies You Must See Before You Die

10 Steven Spielberg Movies You Must See Before You Die

Over his long and legendary career, Academy Award-winning filmmaker Steven Spielberg has tackled primeval fears and imaginative fantasy, captured the magic of childhood wonderment and found the human side of stories across almost all genres: literary adaptations, action-adventure, historical films and more. All of that makes whittling down his filmography to only his best nearly impossible, but these 1o movies—all of them found in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die—might be his finest.

10 Movies From 1999 You Must See Before You Die

10 Movies From 1999 You Must See Before You Die

The year 1999 was momentous in the real world—marked by President Clinton’s impeachment trial, the death of JFK Jr. and the debut of the Euro, among other headline-grabbers—and at the movies. Here are 10 films from that year that have earned a spot in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die.

Willkommen! 8 Movies Set (and Filmed) in Berlin

Willkommen! 8 Movies Set (and Filmed) in Berlin

Germany’s capital city of Berlin has long served as rich terrain for filmmakers worldwide, be they Hollywood directors or indie auteurs. The following 10 movies, including “Run Lola Run” and “The Bourne Supremacy,” all shot in the once-divided metropolis, reflect the past and present of “The Grey City,” while showing off the best it has to offer.

Achtung, Baby! 10 German Movies You Must See Before You Die

Achtung, Baby! 10 German Movies You Must See Before You Die

It’s hard to narrow down the best, but these 10 German movies from the past 35 years, including “Das Boot” and “Run Lola Run,” have all earned an entry in “1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die.”

Top 10 Must-See Horror Movies of the Last 25 Years

Top 10 Must-See Horror Movies of the Last 25 Years

In the last 25 years, filmmakers have devised ever more frightening ways to scare audiences into a screaming frenzy. Here are 10 of these terrifying modern-day classics, all of which are found in “1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die.”

Saddle Up! 10 Great Westerns You Must See Before You Die

Saddle Up! 10 Great Westerns You Must See Before You Die

electing from “the good, the bad, and the ugly,” these are ten of the greatest oaters ever made. They range from golden age classics like “High Noon” to recent revisionist dramas by Clint Eastwood like “The Outlaw Josey Wales,” and all are noted in “1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die.”

Top Ten Movies to Watch Just for the Scenery

Top Ten Movies to Watch Just for the Scenery

Sometimes a movie’s scenery and landscapes are so stunning, they make the plot seem secondary. Movies like “Easy Rider” inspired dreams of Route 66 and “Under the Tuscan Sun” had everyone plotting a move to Italy. Here are 10 examples—some of which scored Oscar for Best Cinematography—that inspire world travelers to pack up their bags and head off to some of the prettiest places on the planet.

10 Must-See Movies from Influential Black Directors

10 Must-See Movies from Influential Black Directors

These eight black filmmakers have had a significant impact on cinematic history—from the silent era to the present day. In movies as diverse as “Shaft” to “She’s Gotta Have It,” directors like Oscar Micheaux, Melvin Van Peebles, Gordon Parks (and son Gordon Parks, Jr.), Spike Lee, John Singleton, Lee Daniels and Steve McQueen have told stories of everything from slavery and racial tension to kick-ass cops. The one thing they have in common? They all wound up as selections in “1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die.”

What Made 2008 Great: 10 Movies You Must See Before You Die

What Made 2008 Great: 10 Movies You Must See Before You Die

In 2008, we elected the first black president of the United States, watched an unforgettable opening ceremony at the summer Olympics in Beijing and saw Amy Winehouse pick up 6 Grammys. The year also marked the release of these 10 must-see movies—from “The Hurt Locker,” to “The Dark Knight.”

The Master of Horror on the Big Screen: 4 Must-See Stephen King Movies

The Master of Horror on the Big Screen: 4 Must-See Stephen King Movies

More than 100 films and TV productions have been adapted from, or based on, the published novels and short stories of prolific horror master Stephen King. But four movies, “Carrie,” “The Shining,” “Stand By Me,” and “The Shawshank Redemption,” have the added distinction of also being included in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die.

6 Must-See Morgan Freeman Movies

6 Must-See Morgan Freeman Movies

Morgan Freeman has played an amazing array of characters, including his roles in “Million Dollar Baby” and “The Shawshank Redemption.” Here are many of his best performances, all noted in “1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die.”

Oscar-Worthy: Julianne Moore’s Best Movies

Oscar-Worthy: Julianne Moore’s Best Movies

Julianne Moore remains one of the most versatile and talented actresses in the last twenty years. Whether she works in an ensemble or as the principal star, she pushes boundaries in her performances. With yet another Oscar nomination this year for “Still Alice,” we look back at some of her strongest work, including “Boogie Nights,” “Magnolia”,” and “Far From Heaven.

The Horror! 3 David Cronenberg Movies You Must See Before You Die, Die, Die

The Horror! 3 David Cronenberg Movies You Must See Before You Die, Die, Die

The Fly, Naked Lunch and Videodrome should all be on your must-see list.

He’s Back: Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Must-See Movies

He’s Back: Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Must-See Movies

Former Mr. Universe, seven-time Mr. Olympia and warrior stud in “Conan the Barbarian,” Arnold Schwarzenegger was arguably THE mainstream action hero of the 1980s and 1990s.

Essential Viewing: 10 Sundance Winners You Must See Before You Die

Essential Viewing: 10 Sundance Winners You Must See Before You Die

These 10 selections not only premiered at the festival but also made their way into “1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die.”

5 Robert Redford Movies To Add to Your Watch List Now

5 Robert Redford Movies To Add to Your Watch List Now

Founder of the Sundance Film Festival, SundanceTV, actor, director, producer and environmental activist–all these describe the versatile, talented Robert Redford. He’s also had no less than who five movies selected to be included in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die. Here’s what to add to your watch list.

Three Movies You Must See by That Master of Shtick Mel Brooks

Three Movies You Must See by That Master of Shtick Mel Brooks

Humor master Mel Brooks has helmed some of the best examples of filmmaking, won an Academy Award and had with three of his comedies added to “1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die.” Oh, also, he makes us laugh until we cry. Want to join us? Check out these three picks below.

5 Surprising Things About the Original “Dirty Harry” Movie

5 Surprising Things About the Original “Dirty Harry” Movie

Think you know everything about SFPD’s most famous homicide inspector? Well, we’ve investigated and come up with 5 fun facts that just might surprise you.

Once Upon a Time: Fantasy Movies You Must See Before You Die

Once Upon a Time: Fantasy Movies You Must See Before You Die

Magic, myth, wonder, escapism and the extraordinary–movies often draw inspiration from fairy tales. The thirteen movies below, all from “1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die,” will enchant you.

What a Character! 9 Must-See Dustin Hoffman Movies

What a Character! 9 Must-See Dustin Hoffman Movies

A TV soap-star actress, a crippled con, a single dad and an autistic savant—these are just a few of Dustin Hoffman’s very varied roles. He’s been nominated for an Academy Award seven times and won Best Actor twice–he’s also featured in nine movies in “1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die.”

Laugh Until It Hurts: The Best War Comedies

Laugh Until It Hurts: The Best War Comedies

While it seems like an unlikely mash up, combining war and comedy genres reveals how conflict can often be… funny. These seven war comedies filled with weapons of ‘laugh destruction,’ all found in “1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die” illustrate how war can be hell-arious.