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.
So you survived Y2K and then what? Everyone was watching “Saw” and, well, that Nicholas Sparks movie. But who took home the Oscar that year? Find out how much do you remember about what happened in the next decade? Quiz yourself!
Think you’re Iron Man? (Everybody does.) If you don’t watch out though, you might find out you’re more like Julian Wells from “Less Than Zero”! Take the quiz to find out which Robert Downey Jr. character you really are.
From A Match Made in Space (“Back to the Future”) to Misery’s Child (“Misery”), there a slew of books featured in some of our favorite movies and they actually look, well, good. . Here are ten we totally wish we could add to our shelves.
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.”
“Bridesmaids,” “Love, Actually,” “When Harry Met Sally…” Here are 10 movies that expertly capture what a one night stands (or attempts at having them) are really like.
Indigenous peoples’ histories and stories in America have been narrowly defined by the Doctrine of Discovery, Manifest Destiny—or simply Cowboys and Indians. But now Indigenous filmmakers have been telling their own stories and changing that definition. Here are 10 documentaries, from “Trudell” to “LaDonna Harris: Indian 101,” that flip the script.
Shakespeare with robots (“Forbidden Planet”), vampires (“Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Undead), soft-core porn (“Tromeo & Juliet”), and poisoned beer (“Strange Brew”).
James Franco might be one of the beautiful people, but on-screen it’s not all Ivy League educations and art projects. Whether they wear manic smiles or smoldering glares, Franco’s characters tend to get put through the ringer, though never the same way twice. Let’s take a look at “127 Hours,” “Spider-Man,” and “Spring Breakers” … and that’s just a start.
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.”
“Antichrist,” “Buried,” “Dirty Harry” … the characters in these movies all have a terrifying story to delve into – they’ve all been buried alive.
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.”
Femme fatales were a staple in film noir movies of the 1940s and 1950s, but today you can still find many modern examples of wanton women who seduce their way into getting what they want. Just think of Amy Adams in “American Hustle” and Rosamund Pike in “Gone Girl.”
These delicious villains (think Christian Bale in “American Psycho,” Malcom McDowell in “A Clockwork Orange,” Al Pacino in “Scarface” and Michael Douglas in “Wall Street” ) bring a whole new meaning to the term sexy beast.
Is it cheating to celebrate National Poetry Month by watching a movie about poetry? It depends on the movie. Here are ten classics about poets and poetry—from “Dead Poet’s Society” to “Il Postino.”
“Furious 7,” “It Follows” .. and yes, “Fifty Shades of Grey”—these are the sex scenes that have been leaving us all hot and bothered.
While “Parks and Recreation” has been a cult favorite among TV fans throughout its seven-season run, the cast has been busy making quite the impact on the big screen in recent years as well. Running the the gamut from small indie films to mega blockbusters, here are 10 movies featuring Amy Poehler, Chris Pratt and other “Parks” players.
While the topic of women’s rights doesn’t have the box office draw of a bunch of dudes getting wasted at a bachelor party, say, or a bride-to-be getting diarrhea in the middle of the street, there are many excellent movies that cover various aspects of the war on women (either directly or metaphorically)—workplace discrimination, violence against women, restricted access to abortion, sexual harassment, and all that fun stuff.
Dysfunctional families, abusive relationships, suppressed anger and just plain effed up…we’ve seen it all in movies like Donnie Darko and Antwone Fisher, but which onscreen shrink has helped us get through the toughest of times? Here’s our list ranking 10 movie therapists by the advice they give.
South by Southwest Film Festival is known for its mumblecore, raunchy comedies, unique horror films—and in recent years, large world premieres. Here are ten of our favorite movies that premiered at SXSW, including “Bridesmaids,” “The Hurt Locker” and “Knocked Up,” that have gone on to launch careers and interesting collaborations.