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.
1001 movies you must see before you die
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.
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.
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.
“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.
“All the President’s Men,” “Carrie,” “Taxi Driver”… The 1970s are widely regarded as the second golden age of American film—a decade marked by a new generation of cutting-edge directors who dominated the cinematic landscape. Need proof? Consider 1976 alone.
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.