1001 movies you must see before you die

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.

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.

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.

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.”

Film Vs. Fiction: Great Movies That Change the Book’s Ending

Film Vs. Fiction: Great Movies That Change the Book’s Ending

Discussion over a potentially different ending to Gone Girl, David Fincher’s adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s bestseller, had the Internet up in arms for months before the movie’s release. As it turned out, little was changed. But that’s not the case for all novels. Here’s ten movies whose endings are markedly different to their source material.

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.

Rebel Yell: 10 Characters That Go Against the Grain

Rebel Yell: 10 Characters That Go Against the Grain

Paul Newman’s Cool Hand Luke is just one of many rebels in movie history who’ve carved places for themselves in “1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die.” Here are ten movies with rabble-rousers of historic import.

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.”

A Holiday Season For the Rest of Us: Top 5 Unexpected Christmas Movies

A Holiday Season For the Rest of Us: Top 5 Unexpected Christmas Movies

Frank Capra’s It’s a Wonderful Life is probably the best Christmas movie ever made, although it was neglected for decades following its initial release. But what of celebrations around the world, or Christmas movies that buck the trend, offering a different interpretation of the festive season? Here are 5 movies that present Christmastime in a very different light.

Planet Earth Alert: 10 Dystopian Movies That Warn Us About Our Future

Planet Earth Alert: 10 Dystopian Movies That Warn Us About Our Future

One of the most iconic and influential movies of the last 40 years, “Blade Runner” is responsible for changing the way scifi flicks represented our world. Here are 10 dystopian classics from the last decade that continued those themes.

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.

Life on Screen: Movies and the Biopic

Life on Screen: Movies and the Biopic

In John Ford’s “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance,” Carleton Young’s newspaperman tells James Stewart’s senator, “When the legend becomes fact, print the legend.” It’s a statement that could be used to define the biopic–cinema’s attempt to capture the essence of the famous, infamous or individuals who got caught up in a moment that defines an age. Here’s list of movies that take different paths in representing pasts recent and distant.

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.

Strange Bedfellows: Halloween, Horror and the Cult Movie

Strange Bedfellows: Halloween, Horror and the Cult Movie

Of any night of the year, Halloween is the best to watch a cult movies. To get you started on a this year’s binge, we picked 10 of the best cult horror movies to start with–all from the pages of “1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die.”

Heeeere’s Jack … 11 Great Jack Nicholson Movies

Heeeere’s Jack … 11 Great Jack Nicholson Movies

A-list actor Jack Nicholson has racked up Oscar wins and nominations for his anti-hero roles in movies from the 1960s to the 2000s–in fact, he’s the most-nominated male actor in Oscar history. As an added bonus, the 11 movies he starred in below are all in “1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die.” Who’s got the popcorn ready?

Hitting the Right Note: Best Movie Soundtracks, Part 1

Hitting the Right Note: Best Movie Soundtracks, Part 1

For many people songs are like footnotes marking a specific moment in their lives. This is particularly true of songs in movies–take “Saturday Night Fever,” many people will have heard the music, but not seen the movie. The soundtrack album came to define a generation. Here’s a list of movies from “1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die” whose songs are arguably as famous as the movies they appear in.

Growing Pains: Best High School Movies

Growing Pains: Best High School Movies

For some, high school was the greatest moment of their lives. For others, it was hell on earth. Here are nine films that recall the best and the worst of times inside those hallowed halls.

Four Bill Murray Movies You Must See Before You Die

Four Bill Murray Movies You Must See Before You Die

Ah, Bill Murray. He’s a comedian. He’s a dramatist. He might just drop by your party unannounced and hang out with you and your buds. From misfit ghost exterminator to sourpuss weatherman, Murray’s nailed his each and every role and kept audiences roaring since the ‘70s. Add these quintessential Bill Murray movies, all featured in…

In or Out: Making the “1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die” List

In or Out: Making the “1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die” List

For the most recent edition of “1001 Movies to See Before You Die,” the editors took a look back through the list created for the first edition to see what titles could be replaced. Here’s list of some deletions and replacements–and the arguments and justifications for each.

Forget John Wayne for a Second: 7 Great Westerns From the ’70s

Forget John Wayne for a Second: 7 Great Westerns From the ’70s

Seven 1970s westerns made the cut for the book “1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die”–they were a diverse collection, including a stupefying avant-garde cult western, serious movies that deconstructed the genre and a comical western spoof. Get ready to hit the trails.

Another Chance to Win! “1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die” Sweeps

Another Chance to Win! “1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die” Sweeps

Are you a movie fanatic? Want the ultimate must-see checklist? SundanceTV is giving you another chance to win one of five copies of “1001 Movies You Have to See Before You Die.”

Faye Dunaway Hot and Cold: 4 Must-See Performances

Faye Dunaway Hot and Cold: 4 Must-See Performances

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”.

And the Beat Goes On: The Best Movies About the Beatnik Generation

And the Beat Goes On: The Best Movies About the Beatnik Generation

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.