Spooks, secret agents, operatives–by any name, the secret lives and cunning skills of spies makes for great movie-watching. Those that made our list are at the top of their game and star in some of the spy movie genre’s most defining movies, from the campy, swagger-laden ’60s flicks to the more understated action-packed thrillers of today–we even threw in a few parody that’s just as worthy as the genre it’s sending up.
There’s no genre more sentimental than the buddy movie. These films’ cozy pleasures feel as comfortable and familiar as a favorite sweater: the mismatched pair, the harrowing journey, the begrudging admiration. It can be easy to forget how much drama, fun and pure mayhem the best buddy movies unleash. Any one of these ten classics will remind you.
Faye Dunaway burst onto the screen in the ’60s and ’70s in some of the most influential movies of the era. From hot-blooded partner-in-crime to cold, calculating career woman, here are the four must-see Dunaway performances, all featured in “1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die”.
After the Norweigan duo Nico Sereba and Vincent Dery won the world finals at Emergenza Festival in 2011, they went on to rack up hits on the international charts. Their single “Am I Wrong?” has more than 59 million views on YouTube alone. They’ve clearly conquered a global audience, but with their debut U.S. release due to hit this September and a new single in Reese Witherspoon’s latest movie, “The Good Lie,” expect to hear a lot more from the duo. Luckily for us, they took a break from their busy schedules to talk to us about pop music in the movies and how they write songs.
Semi-nude or semi-clothed–are you an optimist or a pessimist? Whatever your view, these 10 movies have mastered the art of the almost-but-not-quite tease.
We’ve pulled together a screening list of the best transgender-themed flicks out there. In order to make our list, the movies in question had to feature a sympathetic portrayal of a transgendered character in a leading role–hence Psycho and Silence of the Lambs did not make the cut. No, the following movies are all thoughtful, moving depictions of people struggling through life–people who are human first, transgendered second.
Geena Davis has been portraying kickass women in movies since Reagan was president. She’s still awesome, but the decade between 1982-1992 brought us some of her most memorable work. Go ahead and take a trip down memory lane.
The Beat Movement not only broke new ground in literature, it was the start of sweeping changes in society. So if you want to “be cool, man”—screen these flicks that run the gamut from faithful adaptations of the now-legendary books to loosely-inspired homages to the era.
Sharks. Cinema’s most enigmatic beast. Leopard, tiger, great white, hammerhead: these vicious finned predators have always had a knack for terrorizing characters and stealing scenes–one even had it’s own ominous tune.
Nothing takes a thriller to the next level like a good conspiracy. We may dismiss wild theories in real life, but in movie-land every loose thread might start unraveling a web of lies. The really creepy part? Some of these stories are true. Put on your tin foil hat and check out our list of the ten best conspiracy flicks ever made!
Aubrey Plaza is the queen of the deadpan delivery, the sarcastic quip, and the awkward… silence. She’s hilarious on social media (Twitter handle: @evilhag), in interviews, and in super-indie shorts, but here are the top 10 times the actress made us laugh out loud.
Robert Altman was a risk-taker and a five-time Academy Award Best Director nominee, but to see the maverick’s very best work, make sure you screen these six gems from 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die.
In theory the juries, critics and distributors are there to ensure that the best movies at any given festival make their way into the marketplace. But films inevitably get lost in the shuffle. Here are 10 movies we’d install in the Sundance canon that were unfairly dismissed, ignored or simply slipped into obscurity.
Sometimes it does take two to make a thing go right. Our picks for the top ten buddy films of all time are all chosen as archetypes of what to do–and in some cases what not to do–when your friend needs some back up.
Long before portraying leather-clad Neo, Keanu Reeves was already a name of note. Surprisingly adventurous, he tried his hand at a variety of genres: big-budget action films, teen comedies, indie dramas, period pieces, grunge, even Shakespeare. Let’s take a trip back in time to his finest moments before The Matrix made him immortal.
The Civil War is a subject that has fascinated filmmakers. Here are eight that qualified for 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die.
You know him for his unique, high-octane comic performances, and even when movies cranks up the drama Robin Williams naturally inhabits characters with such good-natured liveliness he can’t help but make you smile. Or so you thought. Check out these five films to watch the man behind Flubber and Good Will Hunting turn off the charm and go as dark as dark gets in five very different, equally chilling ways.
The complicated history in the Middle East has provided Hollywood with a backdrop for some of the most gripping movies to hit the silver screen. Our list of the tensest movies about the region will have you hanging on the edge of your seat.
Want an excuse to laugh, cry, swoon and eat chocolate? Then go ahead and indulge with these guilty pleasure movies. The women on our list will make you feel things–all of them good.
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There’s nothing like a loud, snarling film to bring out your deviant, inner fist pump. But with so many cliches weighing down the genre, what makes a great sex, drugs and rock-n-roll movie? Here’s our list of seldom-seen, under-appreciated, let-’er-rip films. And rock on.
With over 60 credits to her name, getting through Diane Keaton's oeuvre could take you a while. Luckily for you, 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die narrows the list down to a very doable four. Although if you start with these movies, we guarantee your watch list will be heavy on Keaton for quite some time.
We all have to die sometime, right? Whether pushed out of a plane or pulled down into the murky depths by a sea creature, these characters at least know how to make a memorable exit.
The Sundance Film Festival is famous for being one of the premiere places in the world to find the future stars of independent cinema. From directors to actors to documentarians, the artists involved in the following ten movies came to Park City with big dreams and left with promising careers. After they went to Sundance, their lives–and the world of film–;would never be the same again.
Even today, female film characters often get the short end of the stick, stereotyped, robbed of agency or shunted to supporting roles. There are, of course, women who break the mold… and then there are the ladies who shatter that old thing pieces on their way to get stuff done. Healers or killers, historically based or entirely made-up, the women in these 10 films have one thing in common: a cause worth fighting for.