“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.
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No other European country has been as influential in the world of modern cinema as France, and while French New Wave may have been the most important cinematic movement since WWII, the country’s also given us some great films just over the past 40 or so years—like these 10 French films, all of them found in 1001 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.
Serial killers have been around since the beginning of time, and often serial killer movies are dismissed as little more than exploitation. But the movies like “Peeping Tom” and “Funny Games,” are not just slasher flicks, they make you think about society’s role in creating killers and our own twisted psyches.
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.”
Occasionally a movie comes along that’s as morally shocking as it is artistically profound. Such films often find themselves saddled with an NC-17 rating (or, in olden days, an X). Here are six illicit flicks that became art-house favorites despite their dreaded NC-17 or X ratings.
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.”
Gene Hackman appeared in some of the best movies of the 1970s and produced a body of work over the course of 40 years that few stars’ careers can compare. A number of movies stand out, including “Bonnie and Clyde,” “The French Connection,” “The Conversation” and “Unforgiven,” all of which are included in “1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die.”
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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 Fly, Naked Lunch and Videodrome should all be on your must-see list.
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.
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.
These 10 selections not only premiered at the festival but also made their way into “1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”