1989 was a wild year in politics thanks to events like the downfall of the Berlin Wall and the deadly pro-democracy rallies in China’s Tiananmen Square. It was also an underrated and exceptional year for movies. Want proof? Here are nine movies from that year that make for essential viewing, all of them featured in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die.
Are graphic novels and comic books responsible for classic fanboy superheroes, and nothing more? Of course not! This rich, literary (yes, literary) genre has inspired a wealth of other cinematic material, from dystopian yarns to biting black comedies, some of which you may not have even guessed.
Even in the golden age of muscled-up testosterone, the ’80s, Cusack found success in offbeat roles in movies like High Fidelity and Grosse Pointe Blank. And each role offers some timeless advice.
Sometimes we all just need to curl up in a ball and let the waterworks flow. So the next time you’re feeling overcome with feelings, try turning on one of these 10 movies (“Brokeback Mountain,” anyone?) that don’t hold back from delivering an emotional wallop. Warning: have a box of tissues ready.
“Aliens,” “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial,” “Ghostbusters”…. Most blockbuster movies, when you get right down to it, are about invasions: otherworldly creatures arriving on our planet uninvited, ghosts taking over society, futuristic cyborg assassins intent on pursuing its targets to the ends of the earth, etc. And while we usually associate invasion movies with destruction and mayhem, some visitors do exhibit more peaceful intentions. Here are 10 of the best-ever invasion flicks that can all be found in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die.
Not all zombies are created equal. From shambling, slow-moving corpses to insectoid alien parasites, the living dead have taken myriad forms while attacking humanity. Here are seven movies, from “Dead Alive” to “World War Z” that offer truly terrifying takes on a zombie apocalypse.
Madman, maverick, adventurer, auteur: There’s no one in cinema quite like Werner Herzog. While “Grizzly Bear” finds the German filmmaker doing what he does best—shining a light on the extremes of human obsession—that’s just one of Herzog’s many explorations into the darker side of human nature. In fact, here are 10 movies that illustrate why Herzog is a moviemaking genius.
Film scholar Carol J. Clover coined the term “Final Girl” to describe the horror genre’s female protagonists like Nancy Thompson in “A Nightmare on Elm Street,” who—through a combination of pluck, luck and relentless common sense—keep their heads about them when everyone else is losing theirs… literally. They’re the last ones standing at the end of of the picture.
A mobster’s favorite means of control? Violence, which is a staple of gangster culture—and, by extension, mob movies. “Bonnie and Clyde,” “The Godfather”…. Here are 10 of the most gruesome scenes you’ll ever see in movies about the Mafia.
It’s the place where we can sing, think, get naughty, and ultimately be ourselves while (hopefully) nobody is watching. The shower has been the site of several memorable movie scenes (Psycho, anyone?), but ’80s cinema can claim some particularly great ones. Here are seven shower scenes from that decade that are steamy in more ways than one.
Horror’s not the only movie genre that boasts horrific body counts (“Saving Private Ryan,” anyone?), but if you’re a fan of scary movies, then you know there’s good, fatal fun to be had in fright flicks. That’s why we’ve compiled our rankings of some of the deadliest movies we’ve ever seen — from “A Nightmare on Elm Street 2″ to “World War Z.”
The zombie subgenre of horror flicks has a rich history of mixing gore with guffaws. In fact, here are 10 bloody funny movies that perfectly illustrate how “zom-coms” are anything but brainless.
Pizza should get its own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. It’s been making cameos in movies like “Do The Right Thing” and “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” for decades. And there are often valuable lessons to be learned from cinema’s most famous ‘za connoisseurs. So order a pie and read on for 10 pizza proverbs.
On the surface, Hollywood is all glitz and glam—but under that shiny surface lurks a seedy underbelly of betrayals, corruption, lies… sometimes even murder. Here are eight movies that profoundly explore the darker side of Tinseltown.
More than just a character actor, Steve Buscemi has that certain… something. His distinctive look and offbeat energy set the tone of a movie like few actors can, and his one-of-a-kind mug makes a big impact onscreen—even when it’s just in a cameo appearance. No wonder Joel and Ethan Coen love casting him in their movies; he’s able to sum up their signature creepy/weird/funny style in just one shot. Here are five movies from the Coen brothers that show how Buscemi is like their cinematic soulmate.
Sometimes uttering the words “I quit” just won’t cut it. If you’re looking to make a less than graceful exit from your job, you need not look any further than movies like “Bad Teacher” and “Waiting” that teach you exactly how. Here are 9 foolproof ways to suck at your job.
Great Britain has a long history of horror movies, but great British zombie films are harder to come by. That said, we’ve dug up this list of Britain’s best movies about the undead — from “28 Days Later” to “Shaun of the Dead.”
The Juilliard-trained, Oscar-winning William Hurt is a consummate actor’s actor, a leading man who isn’t afraid to take on supporting roles. Maybe that’s because—as the following 10 movies from “The Big Chill” to “The Accidental Tourist” prove—he’s one of those electrifying performers who scene-steals every movie he’s in regardless of the part he’s playing.
Martin Scorsese is one of the most inspired movie directors of all time, one who’s managed to reinvent himself from Hollywood enfant terrible to elder statesman of American cinema. Here are the six Scorsese films that have earned a spot in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die.
The upcoming Ghostbusters remake—which features female stars like Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy taking over the roles made famous by the likes of Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd—could be the start of a trend. As long as Hollywood seems ready to remake everything these days, why not cast more women in what used to be men’s roles? (After all, is busting ghosts necessarily a guys-only activity?) Here are our picks for famous films that should be remade with female leads.
Like school, the cinema can teach you important lessons. Unlike the subjects you study in class, though, oftentimes a movie’s main lesson is that things can always be worse. From “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2″ to “Heathers,” here are the nine most horrible school days ever committed to film.
Let’s pay tribute to some of the best big-screen grandparents out there. From Betty White in The Proposal to Gene Hackman in The Royal Tenenbaums, here are 10 amazing onscreen grandmas and grandpas who do a lot more than just knit sweaters.
Blockbuster season has come and gone, so as the summer’s superhero reboots drop out of theaters like so many autumnal leaves, why not check out some of the year’s finest independent offerings on the big screen? Here are 10 indie movies not to miss this fall, from raunchy comedies to groundbreaking dramas to challenging documentaries.
Keanu Reeves has starred in tons of movies, but he’s mostly known for two kinds of characters: the doofy-slacker type he played in “Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure” (and then again in comedies like “Parenthood” and “I Love You to Death”), and the stoic action hero he most memorably portrayed in “The Matrix” (but also in movies like “Speed” and “Point Break”). It’s not fair to put Reeves in a box, though. Here are five times he terrifically played against type.
Every great movie starts a great script, but sometimes the greatest moments in cinema are captured when an actor “goes off book” and conjures a mesmerizing gesture or unforgettable line on the spot. To wit, here are 10 spontaneous bits in “Goodfellas,” “Annie Hall,” and more that have since been emblazoned into filmmaking history.