1001 movies you must see before you die

Once Upon a Time: Fantasy Movies You Must See Before You Die

Article: 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

Article: 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

Article: 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

Article: 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

Article: 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

Article: 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

Article: 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

Article: 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

Article: 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

Article: 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

Article: 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.

The 6 Robert Altman Movies You Must See Before You Die

Article: The 6 Robert Altman Movies You Must See Before You Die

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.

Battle for the Big Screen: The Best Civil War Movies

Article: Battle for the Big Screen: The Best Civil War Movies

The Civil War is a subject that has fascinated filmmakers. Here are eight that qualified for 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die.

It’s Time for the “1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die” Sweeps

Article: It’s Time for the “1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die” Sweeps

Are you a movie fanatic? Want the ultimate must-see checklist? SundanceTV is giving away five copies of "1001 Movies You Have to See Before You Die" to some lucky cinephiles. Find out how to enter.

The 6 Diane Keaton Movies You Must See Before You Die

Article: The 6 Diane Keaton Movies You Must See Before You Die

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.

History Lesson 101: The Top 10 Time-Bending Movies

Article: History Lesson 101: The Top 10 Time-Bending Movies

It would take a lot of time to get through all 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die. Imagine how much easier it would be if you could watch one every day a la Groundhog Day or watch the original screening of each one via the DeLorean in Back to the Future? Sadly, that’s not going to happen. So instead here are the top 10 movies (half of which are from 1001 movies…) that play with our notion of time.

4 Wes Craven Movies You Must See Before You Die

Article: 4 Wes Craven Movies You Must See Before You Die

Horror heavyweight Wes Craven’s career spans from evil violence to laugh-out-loud send-ups, but these four critically acclaimed films, highlighted in 1,001 Movies You Must See Before You Die, are all on our must-see list.

Hooked on Drug Movies: Cool Kids, Creepy Junkies, Crazy Dealers

Article: Hooked on Drug Movies: Cool Kids, Creepy Junkies, Crazy Dealers

Films about drugs are like love songs—there’s an endless supply and many are terrible. The best, however, transport us to another world. Whether it’s a junkie movie, putting us in the mindset of an addict, or a socially conscious drama, capturing the destructive impact of the trade, we’re hooked.

Four Tom Cruise Movies You Must See Before You Die

Article: Four Tom Cruise Movies You Must See Before You Die

Love him or hate him, the world’s most famous Scientologist makes a case for his mega-stardom through roles in these beloved films, highlighted in 1,001 Movies You Must See Before You Die.

The World Keeps Changing but the Importance of “Out of Africa” Does Not

Article: The World Keeps Changing but the Importance of “Out of Africa” Does Not

In one scene, deep into the 1985 adventure romance Out of Africa, Baroness Karen von Blixen (Meryl Streep) has her dear friend Berkeley over for dinner, where he cleverly warns her: “When the old mapmaker’s got to the edge of the world, they used to write, ‘beyond this place, there’ll be dragons.’” It’s a sly warning and a great line, delivered in the setting of Blixen’s deliciously well-appointed living room.

A Cheat Sheet for Decoding “Pan’s Labyrinth”

Article: A Cheat Sheet for Decoding “Pan’s Labyrinth”

Writer/director Guillermo Del Toro’s fantasy film combines elements of Alice in Wonderland, The Wizard of Oz, and Spirited Away to create inventive, multilevel world of wartime horror within an adult fairytale. And just like any fairytale, the richly-layered work is worth coming back to again and again to unwrap all the meanings. Here’s a guide on the symbols, images and themes to look out for.

Daniel Day-Lewis as President, Ed Harris as an Astronaut… American History as Envisioned by Hollywood

Article: Daniel Day-Lewis as President, Ed Harris as an Astronaut… American History as Envisioned by Hollywood

AMC’s TURN has re-sparked an interest in the American Revolutionary War. Who knew George Washington had a team of spies?
But if you’re a history buff who needs more than a single TV show or historic period to stay happy, you’d do well to consult this list of great historical movies.

1. Saving Private Ryan (1998)
Yes, the storyline revolves around the rescue of the last surviving son of a grieving mother. Even so, Steven Spielberg’s real accomplishment is in the first half-hour of the film: perhaps the most powerful and accurate reenactment of the D-Day invasion and subsequent battle ever. It’s a crucial chapter in America’s twentieth-century identity, and Spielberg (who won a Best Director Oscar) does little to glorify the tragedies.

What Does Wes Anderson Owe to “Harold and Maude” and 8 Other Influences?

Article: What Does Wes Anderson Owe to “Harold and Maude” and 8 Other Influences?

Wes Anderson has been making feature films since the ’90s (Bottle Rocket, Rushmore) so needless to say his influences date further back than that. It’s a testament to this auteur’s considerable talent that although he’s supremely nostalgic, he’s by no means derivative. He doesn’t rob his predecessors. He nods to them. So to begin… (Cue the Futura title card bearing the words Chapter 1:)

Now Playing: SYNECDOCHE, THE DEER HUNTER and FROM HELL

Article: Now Playing: SYNECDOCHE, THE DEER HUNTER and FROM HELL

This week, don’t miss Charlie Kaufman’s directorial debut (and one of his most mind-bending films) along with a classic from the Vietnam era and two bonus films that’ll have you reaching for that record button on your DVR remote. See more of what’s in store!

Now Playing: LOST IN TRANSLATION, THE FRENCH CONNECTION and THE PLAYER

Article: Now Playing: LOST IN TRANSLATION, THE FRENCH CONNECTION and THE PLAYER

Never did Sofia Coppola’s signature formula (angst, angst and more angst) feel so genuine and honest as in LOST IN TRANSLATION, one of our featured films this week. It’s the film that helped bring depth and drama to Bill Murray, and put Scarlet Johansson on the map. Now if only there was some way to have fun while stuck in dull and boring Tokyo…

See more of our featured selections this week below!