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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.”

10 Female Directors Who Reeled in Sundance Deals

10 Female Directors Who Reeled in Sundance Deals

The Sundance Film Festival is a great place for women–just look at these female directors who went to the fest and wound up bringing home distribution deals for features like “Sleeping with Other People,” “The Diary of a Teenage Girl,” and “The Wolfpack.”

Why You Can’t Miss Michael Fassbender: 10 of His Best Movies

Why You Can’t Miss Michael Fassbender: 10 of His Best Movies

British actor Michael Fassbender has managed a career that doesn’t depend at all on his smoldering good looks. Instead, he’s committed himself to playing hard-to-pin-down characters in movies like “12 Years as a Slave” and “Inglourious Basterds,” that go against the grain.

10 Controversial Movies that Came Out of Sundance

10 Controversial Movies that Came Out of Sundance

The Sundance Film Festival has been an annual haven for some of cinema’s most controversial entries for decades. From “Catfish” to “Kids,” here are the movies that set tongues wagging.

10 Movies That Prove It’s Still Hard Out There for Women

10 Movies That Prove It’s Still Hard Out There for Women

While the topic of women’s rights doesn’t have the box office draw of a bunch of dudes getting wasted at a bachelor party, say, or a bride-to-be getting diarrhea in the middle of the street, there are many excellent movies that cover various aspects of the war on women (either directly or metaphorically)—workplace discrimination, violence against women, restricted access to abortion, sexual harassment, and all that fun stuff.

The Doctor Is In: Thought-Provoking Advice From Movie Therapists

The Doctor Is In: Thought-Provoking Advice From Movie Therapists

Dysfunctional families, abusive relationships, suppressed anger and just plain effed up…we’ve seen it all in movies like Donnie Darko and Antwone Fisher, but which onscreen shrink has helped us get through the toughest of times? Here’s our list ranking 10 movie therapists by the advice they give.

What Movies Got Bought at SXSW 2015

What Movies Got Bought at SXSW 2015

South By Southwest’s annual film festival is an increasingly important presence in the world of indie cinema and this year was no exception. Established distributors and emerging forces alike snapped up everything from docs to comedy over the weekend in Austin.

Growing up ’80s: The Decade with the Greatest Teen Movies

Growing up ’80s: The Decade with the Greatest Teen Movies

In the 1980s that the teen movie really took off. The leading purveyor of adolescent angst and embarrassment was John Hughes, who pretty much dominated the decade with a series of brilliant comedy dramas that explored every aspect of growing up. However, he wasn’t alone. Here are seven titles, from “The Breakfast Club” to “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” (all featured in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die), that offer up a portrait of being young in Reagan’s America.

10 Influential Movies from South By SouthWest

10 Influential Movies from South By SouthWest

South by Southwest Film Festival is known for its mumblecore, raunchy comedies, unique horror films—and in recent years, large world premieres. Here are ten of our favorite movies that premiered at SXSW, including “Bridesmaids,” “The Hurt Locker” and “Knocked Up,” that have gone on to launch careers and interesting collaborations.

Michael Douglas, Sex Symbol: 5 Movies That Suggest as Much

Michael Douglas, Sex Symbol: 5 Movies That Suggest as Much

Michael Douglas has freely admitted that making onscreen love with beautiful women like Kim Basinger in “The Sentinel” isn’t exactly a tough day at the office, but he once observed, “everybody has had sex… everyone has an opinion on how it should be done.” Douglas has always done it his way… many times!

“Holbrook/Twain: An American Odyssey” Gets “Instant Classic” Acclaim Plus Awards

“Holbrook/Twain: An American Odyssey” Gets “Instant Classic” Acclaim Plus Awards

Critics and festival juries alike are applauding Holbrook/Twain: An American Odyssey, the 2014 documentary from RECTIFY writer-director Scott Teems who examines actor Hal Holbrook’s perennially popular 60-year-old one man show about Mark Twain.

Don’t Forget About Them: Remembering the Brat Pack

Don’t Forget About Them: Remembering the Brat Pack

The Brat Pack’s time in the spotlight may have been short lived, but their pop culture impact carries no expiration date. Take a nostalgic trip with us as we reminisce on our all-time favorite Brat Packers–Ally Sheedy, Andrew McCarthy, Anthony Michael Hall, Demi Moore, Emilio Estevez, Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald and Rob Lowe.

Top 10 Buzzed About Movies at SXSW

Top 10 Buzzed About Movies at SXSW

2015′s South By Southwest Film Festival kicked off Friday, and this year boasts a long list of buzzed-about features from biographical docs to Judd Apatow’s latest comedy. If you’re anywhere near Austin, don’t miss “Trainwreck,” “Spy,” or “Brand: A Second Coming.”

10 “Alien” Movies That Almost Got Made

10 “Alien” Movies That Almost Got Made

Few sci-fi classics scare the pants off us as much as Alien. And none of them have Ellen Ripley, a kickass heroine who remains one of the greatest characters ever. But since it’s always fun to mess with the classics, what follows are ideas that could’ve, would’ve, maybe should’ve been in the Alien films.

Matthew Weiner’s 10 Must-See Movies That Inspired “Mad Men”

Matthew Weiner’s 10 Must-See Movies That Inspired “Mad Men”

As we’re counting down to the final episodes of Mad Men, Matthew Weiner is letting fans in on some insider info–the movies that inspired the series. From North by North West to Vertigo, find out the movies that made a lasting impression on him–and the crew!

Lights, Camera, Chug: Top 10 Movie Drinking Games (For Adults Only)

Lights, Camera, Chug: Top 10 Movie Drinking Games (For Adults Only)

When it comes to a night in, there’s no better mix than some booze and a classic flick… as long as you’ve got the right one, and the right set of rules to go along with it. Some are hangover-inducing, others stay firmly in the realm of tipsy, but all ten of these time-tested games are guaranteed to take your quoting, cheering and witty banter to the next level.

Whatcha Gonna Do When They Come for You? 10 Bad Boys We Love

Whatcha Gonna Do When They Come for You? 10 Bad Boys We Love

What is it about bad boys that makes them so appealing? It’s that irresistibly alluring combination of devil-may-care attitude, meditative demeanor–and, of course, their smoldering good looks. From Hans Solo in “Star Wars” to Troy Dyer in “Reality Bites,” here are 10 cinematic bad boys we can’t help but love.

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.

10 Great Thrillers That Came Out of Sundance

10 Great Thrillers That Came Out of Sundance

Though the annual Sundance Film Festival has been home to all kinds of movies, the independent film haven has premiered a surprisingly complete roster of the past few decades’ best examples of a genre more often associated with big budgets and Hollywood studios: the thriller. Featuring a young and hungry assortment of the movie world’s biggest stars and most respected filmmakers, these ten wildly original thrill rides launched careers into the realm of superheroes and Oscar wins.

The Many Sides of Gus Van Sant: 4 of the Director’s Best Movies

The Many Sides of Gus Van Sant: 4 of the Director’s Best Movies

One of the most distinctive filmmakers of the last two decades, Gus Van Sant’s movies challenge representations of gender, class and race. He’s also part of a small group of directors to have a number of his movies featured in “1001 Movies to See Before You Die.” From “Drugstore Cowboy” to Good Will Hunting ,” his entries testify to the rich diversity of his talent.

10 Ways to Know When a Crush Has Gone Too Far

10 Ways to Know When a Crush Has Gone Too Far

Love is great–unless it’s the unrequited kind, of course. If you’re wondering whether or not the person who’s been admiring you from afar just has a harmless crush or whether it’s turned into something a little more .. dangerous, here are 10 signs we’ve learned from the movies, from “Misery” to “my Best Friend’s Wedding,” you might want to review.

The Best World War II Movies of the Modern Era

The Best World War II Movies of the Modern Era

What is it about World War II that inspires such disparate filmmakers as Steven Spielberg and Quentin Tarantino to craft some of their finest work? From “Inglourious Basterds” to “Saving Private Ryan,” here are 10 of the best movies to add to your must-see list.

How Weird Were Sex Scenes in Movies 20 Years Ago?

How Weird Were Sex Scenes in Movies 20 Years Ago?

1995 was a weird year. From “To Die For” to “Kids,” major directors and filmmakers made movies about bad sex in all its lurid variations. Here are 10 of those stories.

10 Movies Where Women Fight for What’s Right

10 Movies Where Women Fight for What’s Right

March is Women’s History Month and in honor of that, we’re spotlighting 10 movies that feature some courageous, revolutionary and downright remarkable ladies. From Norma Rae to North Country, these pics are perfect to add to your queue for this month or anytime of the year.

10 Movies Featuring Native Americans to Add to Your Must-See List

10 Movies Featuring Native Americans to Add to Your Must-See List

We know you can’t wait for THE RED ROAD to start, but to help tide you over, we’ve put together this list of Native movies, performances and alternative narratives. From thrillers to documentaries, there’s something here for every movie lover.