100 Movies Everyone Should See Before They Die

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100 Movies Everyone Should See
100 Movies Everyone Should See

Why not the best movies ever made?

Why not call it "Best Movies Ever Made?" There is some overlap in my opinion. I can't believe young people today have never seen the movie Casablanca or even Gone With The Wind . These movies are part of our culture. Hence the title of this Hub. It should be a sin to have not seen Rear Window with Jimmy Stewart.

Get your finger out of the apple pie and get some culture about you.  When people are talking about movies - good movies, how are you going to carry on in the conversation?

100 Movies to See Before You Die

Here is my list:

  1. Gone With The Wind - 1939, Victor Fleming
  2. Casablanca - 1942, Michael Curtiz
  3. Rear Window - 1954, Alfred Hitchcock
  4. Citizen Kane - 1941, Orson Welles
  5. All About Eve - 1950, Joseph L. Mankiewicz
  6. The Big Sleep - 1946, Howard Hawks
  7. The Best Years of Our Lives - 1946, William Wyler
  8. Bringing Up Baby - 1938, Howard Hawks
  9. Double Indemnity - 1944, Billy Wilder
  10. It's a Wonderful Life - 1946, Frank Capra
  11. The Lady Eve - 1941, Preston Sturges
  12. The Maltese Falcon - 1941, John Huston
  13. The Rules of The Game - 1949, Jean Renoir
  14. Red River - 1948, Howard Hawks
  15. Scarface - 1932, Howard Hawks
  16. The Scarlet Empress - 1934, Josef Von Sternberg
  17. The Third Man - 1939, Carol Reed
  18. The Treasure of The Sierra Madre - 1948, John Huston
  19. Trouble in Paradise - 1932, Ernst Lubitsch
  20. The Wizard of Oz - 1939, Victor Fleming
  21. Vertigo - 1958, Alfred Hitchcock
  22. Tokyo Story - 1953, Yasujiro Ozu
  23. Touch of Evil - 1958, Orson Welles
  24. Sunset Boulevard - 1950, Billy Wilder
  25. A Streetcar Named Desire - 1951, Elia Kazan
  26. A Star is Born - 1954, George Cukor
  27. Some Like it Hot - 1959, Billy Wilder
  28. Singing In The Rain - 1952, Stanley Donen & Gene Kelley
  29. Repulsion - 1965, Roman Polanski
  30. Rebel Without a Cause - 1955, Nicholas Ray
  31. Psycho - 1960, Alfred Hitchcock
  32. On The Waterfront - 1954, Elia Kazan
  33. North by Northwest - 1959, Alfred Hitchcock
  34. Breathless - 1959, Jean Luc-Godard
  35. 2001: A Space Odyessy - 1968, Stanley Kubrick
  36. Blowup - 1966, Michaelangelo Antonioni
  37. Bonnie and Clyde - 1967, Arthur Penn
  38. The Day The Earth Stood Still - 1951, Robert Wise
  39. La Dolce Vita - 1960, Fedrico Fellini
  40. Dr. Strangelove - 1964, Stanley Kubrick
  41. Easy Rider - 1969, Dennis Hopper
  42. The Graduate - 1967, Mike Nichols
  43. A Hard Days Night - 1964, Richard Lester
  44. Lawerence of Arabia - 1962, David Lean
  45. Night of The Living Dead - 1968, George Romero
  46. Once Upon a Time in The West - 1968, Sergio Leone
  47. Persona - 1966, Ingmar Bergman
  48. Westside Story - 1961, Jerome Robbins, Robert Wise
  49. The Wild Bunch - 1969, Sam Peckinpah
  50. Pink Flamingos - 1972, John Waters
  51. Nashville - 1975, Robert Altman
  52. Monty Python and The Holy Grail - 1975, Terry Jones and Terry Gilliam
  53. Jaws - 1975, Steven Spielburg
  54. Halloween - 1978, John Carpenter
  55. The Godfather - 1972, Francis Ford Coppola
  56. The Godfather Part II - 1974, Francis Ford Coppola
  57. The Exorcist - 1973, William Friedkin
  58. Dirty Harry - 1971, Don Siegel
  59. Days of Heaven - 1978, Terence Malick
  60. The Discreet Charm of the Burgeoisie - 1972, Luis Bunel
  61. A Clockwork Orange - 1971, Stanley Kubrick
  62. Chinatown - 1974, Roman Polanski
  63. Carrie - 1975, Brian DePalma
  64. Apocolypse Now - 1979, Francis Ford Coppola
  65. Annie Hall - 1977, Woody Allen
  66. Alien - 1979, Ridley Scott
  67. Aquirre, The Wrath of God - 1972, Werner Herzog
  68. The Big Red One - 1980, Samuel Fuller
  69. Blade Runner - 1982, Ridley Scott
  70. Blue Velvet - 1986, David Lynch
  71. The Crying Game - 1992, Neil Jordan
  72. Do The Right Thing - 1989, Spike Lee
  73. E.T. - The Extra-Terrestrial - 1982, Steven Spielberg
  74. Schindler's List - 1993, Steven Spielberg
  75. Pulp Fiction - 1994, Quintin Tarantino
  76. Mad Max 2 - The Road Warrior - 1981, George Miller
  77. Goodfellas - 1990, Martin Scorsese
  78. Fight Club - 1999, David Fincher
  79. Fargo - 1995, Joel and Ethan Coen
  80. A Star is Born - 1976, Frank Pierson
  81. The Purple Rose of Cairo - 1985, Woody Allen
  82. The Last Picture Show - 1971, Peter Bogdanovich
  83. The Shawshank Redemption - 1994, Frank Darabont
  84. One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest - 1975, Milos Forman
  85. Inception - 2010, Christopher Nolan
  86. The Silence of The Lambs - 1991, Jonathon Demme
  87. Seven - 1995, David Fincher
  88. Memento - 2000, Christopher Nolan
  89. Forest Gump - 1994, Robert Zemeckis
  90. Saving Private Ryan - 1998, Steven Spielberg
  91. Reservoir Dogs - 1992, Quentin Tarantino
  92. The Green Mile - 1999, Frank Darabont
  93. Full Metal Jacket - 1987, Stanley Kubrick
  94. Gladiator - 2000, Ridley Scott
  95. The Sixth Sense - 1999, M. Night Shyamlan
  96. Cool Hand Luke - 1967, Stuart Rosenberg
  97. Million Dollar Baby - 2004, Clint Eastwood
  98. Mystic River - 2003, Clint Eastwood
  99. Rainman - 1988, Barry Levinson
  100. Pirates of the Carribean: The Curse of the Black Pearl - 2003, Gore Verbinski
  101. The House of Sand - 2005, Andruchia Waddington
  102. The Fog - 1980, John Carpenter
  103. Water - 1985, Dick Clement

Love of The Classics

I love old movies as you can see from my list. I could go on and on. If you have any that you would like to add, please comment back and I will add yours to the list! Don't forge to test your knowledge of the Classics!

Test Your Knowledge of the Classics

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Aley Martin 5 years ago from Sumner, Washington,USA

Nice. I like your list. I teach film classes and agree with your choices. Would add: "The House of Sand and Fog" and "Water" "Mrs. Miniver" and a few others, but you have many of the classics listed. Took a course in Orson Welles and learned so much that it was well worth the cost. He was a master, even though he should have stayed behind the camera. Have you seen "Mr. Arakin?"....another good one. Excellent Hub.


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neakin 5 years ago Author

Thank you very much! Thanks for your NICE additions! I don't think that I have ever seen Mr. Arakin - I will have to check that out. You teach film classes? When I was working on my list, I kept trying to remember Citizen Kane was the first film to ever use the film editing technique? or transitions rather? Maybe you can advise?


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Cogerson 5 years ago from Virginia

Great list....kudos for including movies like Pink Flamingos and The Big Red One....counting your list I have seen 85 of the movies you listed......my all-time favorite movie did not make the list....so sad.......I think a good #104 would be Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid...it would put a western on your list...I know some people consider The Last Picture Show a western....but Butch and Sundance is a real western....voted way up


marellen 5 years ago

I have seen more than half your movies and love the old classics. Jane Eyre is one of my favorites and has been remade several times. I love them all. Thanks for your list. this was a fun read.


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neakin 5 years ago Author

I agree Cogerson! I will add Butch Cassidy to the list! Marellen I LOVE Jane Eyre! Another one that I can't believe I forgot to add is Too Kill A Mockingbird!! I will be adding them all three. Thank you both very much!!


Ken Huges 5 years ago

Very good

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