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7 Things You Didn’t Know About “Conan the Barbarian”

7 Things You Didn’t Know About “Conan the Barbarian”

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.

Indie Flicks That Scored: The Biggest Sundance Film Festival Box Office Hits

Indie Flicks That Scored: The Biggest Sundance Film Festival Box Office Hits

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’s 10 Creepiest Characters

John Malkovich’s 10 Creepiest Characters

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.

10 Summer Blockbusters You Must See Before You Die

10 Summer Blockbusters You Must See Before You Die

“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.

10 Movies That Peel Back the Layers of Small Town America

10 Movies That Peel Back the Layers of Small Town America

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.

9 Movies From 1976 You Must See Before You Die

9 Movies From 1976 You Must See Before You Die

“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.

Skin for the Win! Top 10 Nude Scenes in Oscar-Winning Movies

Skin for the Win! Top 10 Nude Scenes in Oscar-Winning Movies

The Academy Awards have been around for almost 90 years, but during that time, only about two dozen winning flicks have dared to bare the skin of their highly talented casts. Here are 10 of our favorite nude scenes in Oscar-winning movies, from Blue Sky to Monster’s Ball.

10 Modern-Day French Movies You Must See Before You Die

10 Modern-Day French Movies You Must See Before You Die

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.

Top 10 Unsolved Murders in Movies

Top 10 Unsolved Murders in Movies

The psychodrama, the whodunit tension and the unknown dangers lurking around every corner can make for some riveting set-ups and shocking finales—especially when those finales leave you hanging by not revealing who the killer was all along.

5 Oscar-Nominated Meryl Streep Movies You Must See Before You Die

5 Oscar-Nominated Meryl Streep Movies You Must See Before You Die

Meryl Streep has racked up 19 Academy Award nominations. While three of those nods became Oscar wins, it’s still tough to whittle down Streep’s resume to her very best. However, these five—all of them in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die—arguably represent her best.

Oh, Brother: 10 TV and Movie Siblings You’ll Never Forget

Oh, Brother: 10 TV and Movie Siblings You’ll Never Forget

In honor of the upcoming season of RECTIFY, we’re spotlighting siblings in movies and T.V. From brothers and sisters who make our hearts melt (like Gilbert and Arnie in What’s Eating Gilbert Grape?) to relatives who strengthen their kinship by fighting crime (The Boondock Saints), here are ten of the greatest.

Beyond the Stripper: 5 Serious Channing Tatum Roles

Beyond the Stripper: 5 Serious Channing Tatum Roles

He made us laugh in “21 Jump Street,” showed us his dance moves in “Step Up” and again as sultry Magic Mike, plus he’s the perfect romantic lead. But more than all that, Channing Tatum has showed off some serious acting chops in many of his movies. Here are five of Tatum’s performances you might have missed while watching his (we admit, very compelling) dance routines.

10 Steven Spielberg Movies You Must See Before You Die

10 Steven Spielberg 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.

On Both Sides of the Iron Curtain: 10 Movies About the Cold War

On Both Sides of the Iron Curtain: 10 Movies About the Cold War

The Cold War between the West and Soviet Russia, along with its collection of allies, began after WWII and lasted until the end of Communist rule. The divided state of East and West Germany may have presented the starkest contrast between the two ideologies, but as these 10 movies about the Cold War demonstrate, the whole world was involved. Find out what “From Russia With Love” and “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” had to say about the conflict.

Pride and Prejudice: 10 Gay Icons on the Big Screen

Pride and Prejudice: 10 Gay Icons on the Big Screen

Once relegated to clichéd stereotypes, LGBT characters have moved from the margins of mainstream entertainment into roles that champion and celebrate diversity in modern society, sparking debate and encouraging acceptance. Here are 10 movies–and their iconic gay characters–that have achieved landmark status for the way they represent the LGBT community on the big screen.

See It Before You Read It: 10 Movies That Are Better Than the Book

See It Before You Read It: 10 Movies That Are Better Than the Book

It’s not often that a movie adapted from a book turns out better than the original material—but when it does happen, the result is akin to cinematic magic. Here are 10 of our favorite movies, from “Brokeback Mountain” to “Mean Girls,” that were even more acclaimed than the books on which they were based.

10 Comedies From the ’80s You Must See Before You Die

10 Comedies From the ’80s You Must See Before You Die

“Airplane!”, “Ghostbusters”, “Tootsie.” Whether they trafficked in juvenile humor, whip-smart social satire, wacky hijinks or all points in between, American movies experienced a comedic heyday during the 1980s. As proof, check these 10 funny films from the decade that have earned a spot in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die.

Alright, Alright, Alright: 10 Pieces of Life Advice from Matthew McConaughey

Alright, Alright, Alright: 10 Pieces of Life Advice from Matthew McConaughey

He’s an Academy Award-winning actor who’s been deemed “Sexiest Man Alive” to boot. Plus, he’s got one mesmerizing voice that spews pearls of wisdom actually worth listening to. From his incredible acceptance speeches to lessons he’s learned over the years, here are 10 pieces of life advice the one and only Matthew McConaughey.

Beyond Mr. Mom: 8 Ways Movies Get Dads Wrong

Beyond Mr. Mom: 8 Ways Movies Get Dads Wrong

Bumbling, overbearing or just plain lame, movie fathers don’t tend to get a lot of credit. From doofus dads (“National Lampoon’s Vacation”) to totalitarian dads (“The Sound of Music”), here are ten myths ripe for busting just in time for Father’s Day

Mole Lotta Love: The 10 Sexiest Spies in the Movies

Mole Lotta Love: The 10 Sexiest Spies in the Movies

Skilled con artists, soldiers on the front lines of national security… and sex symbols? The most famous movie spies tend to wield some seriously seductive elegance in addition to possessing a deadly skills set. Here are the 10 cinematic secret agents you’re most likely to catch us surveilling—and salivating over.

Breaking Down Walls: 10 Movies That Tackle Racism

Breaking Down Walls: 10 Movies That Tackle Racism

Hollywood has never shied away from talking about tough subjects–and movies that take on the big issues are all the better for it. From “Dear White People” to “To Kill a Mockingbird,” here are 10 great movies about race that offer eye-opening insights on diversity, inclusion and acceptance.

10 Movies From 1999 You Must See Before You Die

10 Movies From 1999 You Must See Before You Die

The year 1999 was momentous in the real world—marked by President Clinton’s impeachment trial, the death of JFK Jr. and the debut of the Euro, among other headline-grabbers—and at the movies. Here are 10 films from that year that have earned a spot in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die.

Willkommen! 8 Movies Set (and Filmed) in Berlin

Willkommen! 8 Movies Set (and Filmed) in Berlin

Germany’s capital city of Berlin has long served as rich terrain for filmmakers worldwide, be they Hollywood directors or indie auteurs. The following 10 movies, including “Run Lola Run” and “The Bourne Supremacy,” all shot in the once-divided metropolis, reflect the past and present of “The Grey City,” while showing off the best it has to offer.

Surprise! 10 Totally Unexpected Sex Scenes in the Movies

Surprise! 10 Totally Unexpected Sex Scenes in the Movies

Remember that time you brought your parents/first date/brother or sister to the cineplex not expecting to be embarrassed and all of a sudden–wham, bam, thank you m’am, there’s some crazy action going on on-screen? Us, too. “Black Swan,” “Jackie Brown,” and 8 more times we covered our eyes (in polite company, anyway) in the movies.

Can’t Stop the Music: 10 Movies That Rock

Can’t Stop the Music: 10 Movies That Rock

Rock ‘n’ roll music and Hollywood movies are America’s two great pop-cultural exports—but on rare occasions, the two medium are made even better when a film comes along that captures rock music’s anarchic and creative spirit. The results? Anything but predictable, even when set to a steady beat. Here are our picks for 10 movies that really rock.