Every great movie starts a great script, but sometimes the greatest moments in cinema are captured when an actor “goes off book” and conjures a mesmerizing gesture or unforgettable line on the spot. To wit, here are 10 spontaneous bits in “Goodfellas,” “Annie Hall,” and more that have since been emblazoned into filmmaking history.
There will be 10 new movies added to the next edition of “1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die.” But what will make it? Here’s a sneak peak at the contenders so far—and a look at what’s coming out later this year could also make the cut.
War, what is it good for? Well, at the movies, war is good for shocking (sometimes even sickening) moviegoers with images that convey just how gritty and unbearable human combat can be. Here are 10 movies that don’t flinch as they show their audiences the grim realities of battle.
As fans of Doc Brown and Marty McFly may remember, the duo’s second adventure in “Back to the Future II” takes them all the way to the distant sci-fi reaches of… 2015. Now that the future has arrived, let’s check in on the 1989 classic’s most memorable predictions.
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.
The “Back to the Future” movies might be one of the best trilogies of all time, but which one really puts out 1.21 gigawatts of power? From meeting Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) to hoverboards, they all have reasons for winning… here’s your chance to decide!
Science-fiction movies are often visually dazzling and intellectually riveting…when they first arrive in theaters, that is. Oftentimes, the problem with the genre is that the cool special effects and futuristic plotlines that seem cutting-edge and state-of-the-art today can look dated and even silly a few years later. That’s why a sci-fi flick that stands the test of time is truly a wonder to behold. Consider “Aliens” and “Bladerunner”–movies that are as thrilling now as they were then.
Maybe “Dirty Dancing” has been your guilty pleasure for the last 28 years–but we’re here to tell you that there’s no reason to feel guilty anymore.
Whether he’s pointing a gun or petting a kitten, Clint is the coolest cat out there.
David Cronenberg’s now-classic remake of “The Fly” paves way for some big questions. However you side in the great genetic manipulation debate, here are seven things “The Fly” has made us ponder over the decades since its release.
No one can vacation quite like the Griswolds. From Rusty (Anthony Michael Hall) and Audrey (Dana Barron) fighting over a dead grandma to Clark’s (Chevy Chase) unwise dalliances, they’ve done it all. So take the following tips from the masters to heart.
From Jared Leto’s Oscar-winning turn in “Dallas Buyers Club” to Felcity Huffman’s Oscar-nominated role in “Transamerica,” it seems like Hollywood is finally taking notice of trans characters. But beyond those cisgendered actors receiving Award show acclaim, we have to recognize these groundbreaking trans actresses who have made a lasting impact on both the big and small screens.
Few directors are guaranteed final cut on their movies these days, which means that even after they painstakingly oversee a film’s production, the movie that ultimately hits theaters may not be the one they really want audiences to see. However, since the arrival of home video, an increasing number of filmmakers have managed to issue original, restored or extended cuts of their work—a boon to movie buffs who love nothing more than seeing an auteur’s vision manifested on film. Here are 10 of the most famous director’s cuts.
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.
A song can make a whole movie–and an amazing title track has the power to change an entire film. From The Bodyguard’s “I Will Always Love You” to Saturday Night Fever’s “How Deep is Your Love,” these are the movie songs that topped the charts.
Back in the early ’90s, Clint Eastwood managed the rare feat of parlaying his movie-star credentials into a successful second career as an esteemed director. Starring in his own projects when he feels like it and staying behind the camera when he doesn’t, the 85-year-old icon seems to rack up greater acclaim and bigger box office returns with every movie he makes. Here are the five Eastwood films–from “American Sniper” to “Unforgiven,” that have brought home the most bacon at the box office.
Some support your rap career, others accept your alcoholism…and some even earn you some quick cash by turning your house into a brothel to earn you some cash. Working girls are more than just streetwalkers in miniskirts and high heels; in fact, at the movies, they often make for some of the most colorful characters onscreen. Here are 10 fictional prostitutes with hearts of gold we’d love to meet someday.
We’ve already talked about ten movies featuring truly disastrous affairs, but it turns out the consequences of extracurricular romance can get even more twisted! They say cheaters never prosper, but the results of infidelity in these ten flicks (“American Beauty” or “Jarhead,” anyone?) go way beyond bad karma.
Six months after this year’s Sundance Film Festival, many of the fest’s most acclaimed entries are arriving in theaters near you! Don’t miss this summer’s Sundance hits, like “Mistress America” and “Tangerine.”
Bringing a high-fantasy epic to the big screen has never been an easy feat, and 1982′s Conan the Barbarian was no exception. But the risk paid off: Conan proved to be legendary screenwriter John Milius’ most successful directorial effort and gave Ah-nuld Schwarzenegger his perfect breakout role. What may shock you is the lengths taken by the creative forces behind the movie to bring it to life. Here are seven things you probably don’t know about the making of Conan the Barbarian.
The Sundance Film Festival is best known as a haven for the sort of risky, low-budget movies that might otherwise fall through the cracks between the latest Hollywood blockbusters… but that doesn’t mean Sundance movies can’t make some serious bank! Here are 10 films that took home a little something more than just awards and acclaim — from “Four Weddings and a Funeral” to “Memento.”
John Malkovich is a multifaceted thespian: versatile, sophisticated and (let’s not forget) as creepy as it gets! While the actor can turn off his more disconcerting qualities to play straightforward roles, his most memorable performances use those ominous eyes and coiled-beast vocal tones to chilling effect. Here are 10 films featuring Malkovich characters we’d least like to run into in a dark alley.
“Jaws,” “Batman,” “Star Wars”….Some of the best over-the-top blockbuster flicks are routinely released when the weather’s at its hottest. Here are 10 summer blockbuster releases, all of them found in “1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die,” that should be on your home-viewing list no matter what time of year it is.
Small-town life is laid bare in RECTIFY. What began as a drama about one man’s wrongful conviction has unfurled into a compelling portrait of a close-knit community whose peace is shattered by the past. Likewise, here are 10 dramatic movies, from “Napoleon Dynamite” tp “Blue Velvet,” that scratch at the surface of daily life in tiny towns, revealing the stark contrast between a community’s image and its reality.
Drug dealers, informers and wiseguys… we love a mob movie. And one of the best mob movies of them all? Undoubtedly, “Goodfellas.” Here are favorite scenes with Tommy, Jimmy, Henery, Karen and more.