“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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.”
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
“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.”
The year was 1983. The Police and Michael Jackson ruled the music charts. On the small screen, we said goodbye to M*A*S*H and hello to Fraggle Rock. And at the cineplex, we got to see some of the best movies of our time. In honor of a crazy year with even crazier movies, here’s a list of some of our favorites 1983 films for you to remember.
French filmmakers have been pushing sexual boundaries on the big screen for decades. If you need a lesson in hot French cinema, consider these 10 sultry movies, including “Last Tango in Paris” and “Belle de Jour,” your intro into sexy French cinema. As they say in France, yowza!
In the last 25 years, filmmakers have devised ever more frightening ways to scare audiences into a screaming frenzy. Here are 10 of these terrifying modern-day classics, all of which are found in “1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die.”
Sitting on a throne all day isn’t as easy as it seems and even monarchies are no strangers to drama. From “The Bank Job” to “The Man in the Iron Mask,” Here are 10 juicy movies all about royal scandals and secrets.
Once you start looking for homoerotic subtexts between male characters in movies, you’ll find them everywhere. From “Top Gun” to “Reservoir Dogs,” unintentionally romantic relationships have been percolating in plain sight for decades. Don’t just take our word for it; check out these 10 totally-not-gay movies and see for yourself.
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.