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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.

Top 10 World-Cinema Movies Of The ’00s

Top 10 World-Cinema Movies Of The ’00s

Some of our favorite non-American movies that received their U.S. premieres at Sundance this past decade, including “Bloody Sunday” and “Up the Yangtze.

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.

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.

10 Gus Van Sant Scenes We Can Never Unsee

10 Gus Van Sant Scenes We Can Never Unsee

A brilliant if sometimes inscrutable filmmaker, Gus Van Sant has given us some truly indelible scenes. From “My Own Private Idaho” to “Drugstore Cowboy,” here are 10 of our favorite Van Sant moments.

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.

Rapper, Pilot, Iron Man’s Bestie: Terrence Howard’s Top 10 Movie Roles

Rapper, Pilot, Iron Man’s Bestie: Terrence Howard’s Top 10 Movie Roles

He’s the actor who brought Three 6 Mafia’s “It’s Hard Out Here For a Pimp” to life in Hustle & Flow, he played Iron Man’s right-hand man and he looks damn good in a uniform. Actor Terrence Howard’s filmography features a slew of different roles, but here are 10 of our faves.

Scare Tactics: The Top Ten Quotes from Horror Movies

Scare Tactics: The Top Ten Quotes from Horror Movies

A good horror movie can scare you in myriad ways, but nothing keeps a person up at night like the perfectly creepy line of dialogue. From “The Shining” to “When a Stranger Calls,” here are our picks for the 10 most chilling movie quotations of all time.

Twelve O’Clock High! The 10 Biggest Midnight Movies

Twelve O’Clock High! The 10 Biggest Midnight Movies

What makes a movie a midnight movie? Usually it’s a deft combination of outrageousness and outsiderness that gives cinematic outcasts a second life after dark. Here are our 10 favorite midnight movies, including “Rock Horror Picture Show” and “Donnie Darko.”

Achtung, Baby! 10 German Movies You Must See Before You Die

Achtung, Baby! 10 German Movies You Must See Before You Die

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 <em>1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die</em>.

So Bad They’re Good! 10 Movies Nominated for Both Oscars and Razzies

So Bad They’re Good! 10 Movies Nominated for Both Oscars and Razzies

Most filmmakers dream of the day they walk on stage, thank their moms and accept their Academy Award – and all dread having to take home a Golden Raspberry instead. But some movies, like Independence Day and Purple Rain, have been “lucky” enough to garner attention from both sides of the spectrum. Here are 10 movies nominated for both Oscars and Razzies.

Pack Your Crossbow! And Other Vacation Tips Learned from the Movies

Pack Your Crossbow! And Other Vacation Tips Learned from the Movies

If movies about blooper-filled vacations have taught us anything, it’s that you can never be too prepared. Don’t get caught without your ABBA costume when you need it most (thanks, “Muriel’s Wedding”). Brush up on these 10 vacation packing tips as learned from the movies.

10 Reasons We Want to Be Melissa McCarthy’s BFF

10 Reasons We Want to Be Melissa McCarthy’s BFF

Melissa McCarthy is an incredibly funny, down-to-earth, all-around great gal–and for obvious reasons, we’re pretty much obsessed with making her our best friend. But in case you’ve somehow missed out on the awesomeness that is McCarthy, here are 10 reasons why she’d be an amazing BFF–from being the perfect wingman on Bridesmaids to intuitively understanding you a la Sookie in “Girlmore Girls.”

Check, Please! 10 Signs It’s Time to Ditch Your Date

Check, Please! 10 Signs It’s Time to Ditch Your Date

Dating can be a hit-or-miss endeavor, but if there’s one thing we’ve learned from movies like “Baby Mama” and “The 40-Year-Old Virgin,” it’s that sometimes dating can really, really be a miss. Here are 10 ways to tell that it’s time to cut your date short.

The 4 Rob Reiner Movies You Must See Before You Die

The 4 Rob Reiner Movies You Must See Before You Die

These days, you might think of Rob Reiner as Jordan Belfort’s foul-mouthed father in The Wolf of Wall Street. But in the 1980s, he directed a series of brilliant movies that have all earned a rightful place in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die. Here are the four Reiner films most worth checking out.

10 Things You Didn’t Know About “Mad Max”

10 Things You Didn’t Know About “Mad Max”

“Mad Max” introduced the world to a young Mel Gibson and putting Australian cinema on the map in 1979. But what you might not realize is just how tirelessly the movie’s cast and crew worked to turn limited resources into groundbreaking cinema. Here are 10 surprising tidbits about the making of “Mad Max.”