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1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die

elkataselkatas Registered User regular
edited July 2008 in Debate and/or Discourse
I don't usually don't gush about books, but just few days ago I bought book "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die" which was recommended by my friend. When I bought it, I had mostly some cynical thoughts about its quality, as most film guides tend to either dull, poorly written or focus on movies that only teenagers could like. For my great surprise, I was very wrong about "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die" and its quality.

What makes 1001 so great is that the writers haven't always settled for the most obvious and easiest choices. Sure, there is blockbusters like Jurassic Park, Star Wars and The Lion King, and classic masterpieces like Citizen Kane, Ran and Raging Bull, but in addition of these, there is obscure cult movies, documentaries, and chinese art films that you haven't ever heard before. Like the book says in its foreword, book doesn't really try to give you definitive 1001 movies to see, but to motivate you to experiment with new genres, and try movies that you would have never before even considered watching.

The book is organized chronologically with earliest films coming first. Each movie has 150-400 words long summary that is written by renowned film critic and/or professor. In addition of having summary, each film has its original name, country of origin, aspect ratio, language, director, screenplay writer, important actors, and awards listed. In many cases there is also still picture or two from the film, and general quality of writing is great. My main complaint about the book is that it isn't really that easy to browse or carry around. Its physically quite thick and heavy, and indexes have been printed with very small font, making it little tedious to find what you want. Furthermore, I don't really like how in some cases writer actually spoils parts of the movie. But overall I have been very happy with my purchase, and I recommend it to any serious movie buff.

List of all movies featured in the book (courtesy of Listology.com)

P.S. I must say I'm little shamed about how many movies I haven't seen from that list. :(

P.S.S. Wouldn't it be cool if someone would make similar book for comics? :)

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    GoslingGosling Looking Up Soccer In Mongolia Right Now, Probably Watertown, WIRegistered User regular
    edited August 2007
    Many of the movies on the overall list are partials: I've seen parts of them. I made judgment calls as to which I would count as 'seen' (for example, Godfather 1) and which I only saw bits and snippets of and thus can't count as 'seen' (for example, Shaft and Dirty Harry). Many of these, in addition, I've only caught because they were watched in school in lieu of having an actual class. To that end, here's what I've got:
    26. Phantom of the Opera (1925)
    75. Duck Soup (1933)
    122. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
    123. The Wizard of Oz (1939)
    126. Gone With the Wind (1939)
    146. Dumbo (1941)
    195. It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
    315. 12 Angry Men (1957)
    388. To Kill A Mockingbird (1962)
    415. Goldfinger (1964)
    473. The Jungle Book (1967)
    527. Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971)
    550. The Godfather (1972)
    587. The Godather Part II (1974)
    595. Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975) (I actually knocked this one off in the Wii launch line; someone brought the DVD)
    607. Carrie (1976)
    610. Rocky (1976)
    612. Network (1976)
    617. Star Wars (1977)
    663. The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
    667. Airplane! (1980)
    680. E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
    685. Tootsie (1982)
    696. Return of the Jedi (1983)
    716. Ghostbusters (1984)
    721. The Breakfast Club (1985)
    727. Back to the Future (1985)
    764. Good Morning, Vietnam (1987)
    784. The Naked Gun (1988)
    792. Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)
    793. Rain Man (1988)
    855. Groundhog Day (1993)
    860. Jurrasic Park (1993)
    869. Forrest Gump (1994)
    870. The Lion King (1994)
    890. Toy Story (1995)
    926. Titanic (1997)
    937. There's Something About Mary (1998) (only because it had Brett Favre in it)
    953. The Sixth Sense (1999)
    959. Gladiator (2000)
    964. Meet the Parents (2000)
    974. Spirited Away (2001)

    42 films. Considering my age of 22, I wouldn't say that's too bad.

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    elkataselkatas Registered User regular
    edited August 2007
    mtvcdm wrote: »
    42 films. Considering my age of 22, I wouldn't say that's too bad.

    Hmh, I believe that you missed few films, because they are on the list with their original names. I have seen around 100 movies from that list (I'm 24).

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    GoslingGosling Looking Up Soccer In Mongolia Right Now, Probably Watertown, WIRegistered User regular
    edited August 2007
    ...perhaps if I kill you and eat your heart, I will gain your film-going experiences and the lead.

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    SceptreSceptre Registered User regular
    edited August 2007
    I can't believe you guys actually went through the whole list, to see how many you'd seen.

    I skimmed it and had seen quite a few of them, but it really felt like a pretty solid list.

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    elkataselkatas Registered User regular
    edited August 2007
    Sceptre wrote: »
    I skimmed it and had seen quite a few of them, but it really felt like a pretty solid list.

    Yeah, and it is pretty much alive. During last three years, over 30 titles have been removed, and added to the list. During first two editions, focus was way too much on last two years movies. In the 4th edition, the list is way more balanced.

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    GimGim a tall glass of water Registered User regular
    edited August 2007
    I used to work with someone who had this book, if we're talking about the same one. Each entry was about half a page long with a picture. I never had a chance to look at it, but it seemed neat.

    Out of that list, I have seen 230 of them. More specifically, these:
    Le Voyage dans la lune (1902)
    The Great Train Robbery (1903)
    The Birth of a Nation (1915)
    Intolerance (1916)
    The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1919)
    Nanook of the North (1922)
    The Battleship Potemkin (1925)
    Metropolis (1927)
    The General (1927)
    The Jazz Singer (1927)
    Un Chien Andalou (1928)
    The Man with the Movie Camera (1929)
    The Blue Angel (1930)
    M (1931)
    Scarface (1932)
    Duck Soup (1933)
    L'Atalante (1934)
    It Happened One Night (1934)
    Snow White and the Seven Dwarves (1937)
    Stagecoach (1939)
    The Wizard of Oz (1939)
    Gone With the Wind (1939)
    Fantasia (1940)
    The Philadelphia Story (1940)
    Pinocchio (1940)
    Citizen Kane (1941)
    The Maltese Falcon (1941)
    Dumbo (1941)
    Casablanca (1942)
    Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)
    Spellbound (1945)
    It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
    Rope (1948)
    Orphée (1949)
    All About Eve (1950)
    Sunset Blvd. (1950)
    Ikiru (1952)
    Wages of Fear (1953)
    Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954)
    Rear Window (1954)
    La Strada (1954)
    The Seven Samurai (1954)
    Salt of the Earth (1954)
    Rebel without a Cause (1955)
    Night and Fog (1955)
    The Night of the Hunter (1955)
    12 Angry Men (1957)
    The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)
    Paths of Glory (1957)
    Touch of Evil (1958)
    Vertigo (1958)
    North by Northwest (1959)
    Some Like It Hot (1959)
    Ben-Hur (1959)
    La Dolce Vita (1960)
    L'Avventura (1960)
    Spartacus (1960)
    Jules et Jim (1961)
    West Side Story (1961)
    Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
    Lolita (1962)
    The Birds (1963)
    8 1/2 (1963)
    Goldfinger (1964)
    Marnie (1964)
    Dr. Strangelove (1964)
    Doctor Zhivago (1965)
    The Battle of Algiers (1965)
    The Sound of Music (1965)
    The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)
    Persona (1966)
    Au Hasard Balthazar (1966)
    The Graduate (1967)
    Week End (1967)
    Cool Hand Luke (1967)
    The Red and the White (1967)
    The Jungle Book (1967)
    Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)
    Planet of the Apes (1968)
    If.... (1968)
    The Producers (1968)
    2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
    Satyricon (1969)
    Z (1969)
    Easy Rider (1969)
    The Color of Pomegranates (1969)
    Woodstock (1970)
    Patton (1970)
    M*A*S*H (1970)
    Performance (1970)
    Gimme Shelter (1970)
    Zabriskie Point (1970)
    A Clockwork Orange (1971)
    Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971)
    Walkabout (1971)
    The French Connection (1971)
    Aguirre, the Wrath of God (1972)
    Solaris (1972)
    The Sting (1973)
    Badlands (1973)
    American Graffiti (1973)
    Mean Streets (1973)
    Young Frankenstein (1974)
    Chinatown (1974)
    Dog Day Afternoon (1975)
    One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)
    Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)
    Barry Lyndon (1975)
    All the President's Men (1976)
    Taxi Driver (1976)
    Network (1976)
    Star Wars (1977)
    Stroszek (1977)
    Saturday Night Fever (1977)
    Eraserhead (1977)
    Grease (1978)
    Days of Heaven (1978)
    Halloween (1978)
    Alien (1979)
    Breaking Away (1979)
    Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)
    Life of Brian (1979)
    Apocalypse Now (1979)
    The Jerk (1979)
    Nosferatu (1979)
    The Shining (1980)
    The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
    The Elephant Man (1980)
    Airplane! (1980)
    Raging Bull (1980)
    Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
    Reds (1981)
    Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1981)
    E.T. The Extra-Terestrial (1982)
    Blade Runner (1982)
    Fitzcarraldo (1982)
    Gandhi (1982)
    A Christmas Story (1983)
    Return of the Jedi (1983)
    Sans Soleil (1983)
    Koyaanisqatsi (1983)
    Scarface (1983)
    Amadeus (1984)
    This Is Spinal Tap (1984)
    Ghostbusters (1984)
    The Breakfast Club (1985)
    Back to the Future (1985)
    Brazil (1985)
    Blue Velvet (1986)
    The Fly (1986)
    Aliens (1986)
    Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)
    Platoon (1986)
    Full Metal Jacket (1987)
    Good Morning, Vietnam (1987)
    The Princess Bride (1987)
    Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (1988)
    A Fish Called Wanda (1988)
    The Naked Gun (1988)
    Big (1988)
    Grave of the Fireflies (1988)
    Die Hard (1988)
    Drowning By Numbers (1988)
    When Harry Met Sally (1989)
    Do the Right Thing (1989)
    Roger & Me (1989)
    Goodfellas (1990)
    Pretty Woman (1990)
    Edward Scissorhands (1990)
    Total Recall (1990)
    Boyz 'n the Hood (1991)
    Raise the Red Lantern (1991)
    Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
    JFK (1991)
    Reservoir Dogs (1992)
    Unforgiven (1992)
    Groundhog Day (1993)
    Jurassic Park (1993)
    Schindler's List (1993)
    Hoop Dreams (1994)
    Forrest Gump (1994)
    The Lion King (1994)
    Clerks (1994)
    Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994)
    Pulp Fiction (1994)
    The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
    Chungking Express (1994)
    Crumb (1994)
    Babe (1995)
    Toy Story (1995)
    Clueless (1995)
    Se7en (1995)
    Underground (1995)
    Dead Man (1995)
    Independence Day (1996)
    Trainspotting (1996)
    Scream (1996)
    Happy Together (1997)
    Funny Games (1997)
    Titanic (1997)
    The Big Lebowski (1998)
    Saving Private Ryan (1998)
    Rushmore (1998)
    Pi (1998)
    Happiness (1998)
    The Thin Red Line (1998)
    There's Something About Mary (1998)
    Magnolia (1999)
    Beau Travail (1999)
    The Blair Witch Project (1999)
    Fight Club (1999)
    Being John Malkovich (1999)
    American Beauty (1999)
    The Matrix (1999)
    The Sixth Sense (1999)
    In the Mood for Love (2000)
    Gladiator (2000)
    Requiem for a Dream (2000)
    Amores Perros (2000)
    Meet the Parents (2000)
    Traffic (2000)
    Memento (2000)
    Mulholland Dr. (2001)
    The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)
    The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)
    Lost in Translation (2003)
    Der Untergang (2004)
    Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004)
    Sideways (2004)
    The Constant Gardener (2005)

    Why the hell is 'Meet the Parents' on there? And I'll never quite understand the hard-on some people have for 'The Constant Gardener'.

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    GoslingGosling Looking Up Soccer In Mongolia Right Now, Probably Watertown, WIRegistered User regular
    edited August 2007
    ...and my 42 looks crappier and crappier.

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    GimGim a tall glass of water Registered User regular
    edited August 2007
    Well, I'm a film student, so that helps. There are undoubtedly people on here who have seen more.

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    ElendilElendil Registered User regular
    edited August 2007
    mtvcdm wrote: »
    ...and my 42 looks crappier and crappier.
    Yeah, I've seen about 40 of them myself, and I haven't seen anything.

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    elkataselkatas Registered User regular
    edited August 2007
    Gim wrote: »
    I used to work with someone who had this book, if we're talking about the same one. Each entry was about half a page long with a picture.

    Probably same. In 4th edition it depends on movie how long the summary is. For some movies it is ½ pages, for few it is so long as 1½.
    Gim wrote: »
    Why the hell is 'Meet the Parents' on there?

    I haven't ever understood the movie either, but I guess that it is funnier if you are older.

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    GimGim a tall glass of water Registered User regular
    edited August 2007
    elkatas wrote: »
    Gim wrote: »
    Why the hell is 'Meet the Parents' on there?

    I haven't ever understood the movie either, but I guess that it is funnier if you are older.

    I thought it was a good comedy when I saw it, but it isn't that good.

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    GoslingGosling Looking Up Soccer In Mongolia Right Now, Probably Watertown, WIRegistered User regular
    edited August 2007
    Now, there's one movie on there that I must mention, Duck Soup. I rented it once for a buck, figuring I've got a spare day and a spare buck, how can I go wrong.

    I'm sure it was funny in the 30's. But the thing about humor is that it doesn't age well. Things that are funny in the 1930's are very unlikely to be funny now. Humorous, sure. Likely to elicit a laugh, no. So I can certainly see how Groucho might have killed in his day, but... half the movie I was kind of just scratching my head. There were segments that just didn't make sense in the context of the movie, too much of the movie lost too much relevance to strike a chord.

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    DangerousDangerous Registered User regular
    edited August 2007
    I still think the Marx brothers are funny :(

    Anyway I skimmed the last third or so and had seen about 80 of the movies and it seems balanced. A few of them I wouldn't have put on there, and I would also have added a couple of my own. I'm sure why they're on there makes more sense when you read the little blurb that goes with them in the book.

    Royal Tenenbaums but no Eternal Sunshine of the spotless mind? bah! Also Evil dead but no army of darkness?? Ok I'm starting to change my mind on this.

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    GimGim a tall glass of water Registered User regular
    edited August 2007
    I'd have picked Life Aquatic over Tenenbaums, but that's just me.

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    elkataselkatas Registered User regular
    edited August 2007
    Dangerous wrote: »
    Also Evil dead but no army of darkness??

    Only movie series with two titles on that list is Godfather. It was conscious decision by editor.

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    Target PracticeTarget Practice Registered User regular
    edited August 2007
    Meh. I can't imagine "gushing" over a list book, and I somewhat doubt I'll have seen 1001 movies before I die, let alone these particular 1001.

    And apparently I've seen 50 of these, putting me just a little better than Jadeboy.
    Metropolis (1927)
    All Quiet on the Western Front (1930) (I think -- it was either a colorized version, or I saw the '76 movie)
    Snow White and the Seven Dwarves (1937)
    Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
    The Wizard of Oz (1939)
    Pinocchio (1940)
    The Maltese Falcon (1941)
    Dumbo (1941)
    Casablanca (1942)
    A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)
    The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)
    To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
    Dr. Strangelove (1964)
    The Sound of Music (1965)
    The Jungle Book (1967)
    2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
    M*A*S*H (1970)
    A Clockwork Orange (1971)
    Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971)
    Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)
    Star Wars (1977)
    Life of Brian (1979)
    The Muppet Movie (1979) (I think)
    The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
    Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
    E.T. The Extra-Terestrial (1982)
    El Norte (1983)
    Return of the Jedi (1983)
    Back to the Future (1985)
    Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)
    Full Metal Jacket (1987)
    Big (1988)
    Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)
    Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
    Jurassic Park (1993)
    The Lion King (1994)
    Clerks (1994)
    Babe (1995)
    Toy Story (1995)
    Se7en (1995)
    Independence Day (1996)
    Princess Mononoke (1997)
    Saving Private Ryan (1998)
    Pi (1998)
    There's Something About Mary (1998)
    Being John Malkovich (1999)
    American Beauty (1999)
    The Matrix (1999)
    Traffic (2000)
    Spirited Away (2001)

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    elkataselkatas Registered User regular
    edited August 2007
    Meh. I can't imagine "gushing" over a list book...

    I did find it interesting read. :)

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    Irond WillIrond Will WARNING: NO HURTFUL COMMENTS, PLEASE!!!!! Cambridge. MAModerator mod
    edited August 2007
    293. And here I thought I was all edumacated.
    55. Dracula (1931)
    56. Frankenstein (1931)
    59. M (1931)
    78. King Kong (1933)
    92. Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
    98. Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936)
    110. Snow White and the Seven Dwarves (1937)
    114. The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)
    119. Stagecoach (1939)
    122. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
    123. The Wizard of Oz (1939)
    126. Gone With the Wind (1939)
    131. Wuthering Heights (1939)
    132. His Girl Friday (1940)
    133. Rebecca (1940)
    134. Fantasia (1940)
    138. Pinocchio (1940)
    141. Citizen Kane (1941)
    144. The Maltese Falcon (1941)
    146. Dumbo (1941)
    152. Casablanca (1942)
    169. Gaslight (1944)
    185. The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946)
    187. The Stranger (1946)
    189. The Big Sleep (1946)
    190. The Killers (1946)
    192. Great Expectations (1946)
    193. Notorious (1946)
    195. It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
    207. Rope (1948)
    212. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)
    221. The Third Man (1949)
    225. Rashomon (1950)
    233. A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)
    234. Strangers on a Train (1951)
    237. The African Queen (1951)
    241. The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)
    246. Ikiru (1952)
    258. Roman Holiday (1953)
    270. On the Waterfront (1954)
    273. Animal Farm (1954)
    274. Rear Window (1954)
    278. The Seven Samurai (1954)
    296. Rebel without a Cause (1955)
    302. Forbidden Planet (1956)
    307. The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956)
    310. Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)
    314. The Ten Commandments (1956)
    315. 12 Angry Men (1957)
    316. The Seventh Seal (1957)
    320. Throne of Blood (1957)
    324. The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)
    330. Touch of Evil (1958)
    334. Vertigo (1958)
    340. North by Northwest (1959)
    342. Anatomy of a Murder (1959)
    363. Psycho (1960)
    373. Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961)
    380. The Hustler (1961)
    381. West Side Story (1961)
    387. Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
    388. To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
    389. The Manchurian Candidate (1962)
    390. Lolita (1962)
    392. The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962)
    397. The Nutty Professor (1963)
    403. Hud (1963)
    406. The Great Escape (1963)
    415. Goldfinger (1964)
    419. My Fair Lady (1964)
    421. Dr. Strangelove (1964)
    437. The Sound of Music (1965)
    449. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)
    453. In the Heat of the Night (1967)
    454. Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)
    459. The Graduate (1967)
    467. Cool Hand Luke (1967)
    473. The Jungle Book (1967)
    480. Planet of the Apes (1968)
    482. Rosemary's Baby (1968) C
    485. The Producers (1968)
    487. Shame (1968)
    488. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
    491. Night of the Living Dead (1968)
    495. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)
    496. Midnight Cowboy (1969)
    503. The Wild Bunch (1969)
    514. Little Big Man (1970)
    517. M*A*S*H (1970)
    525. A Clockwork Orange (1971)
    527. Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971)
    531. Harold and Maude (1971)
    534. The French Connection (1971)
    535. Shaft (1971)
    539. The Last Picture Show (1971)
    548. Deliverance (1972)
    550. The Godfather (1972)
    558. The Sting (1973)
    561. American Graffiti (1973)
    563. Enter the Dragon (1973)
    566. The Wicker Man (1973)
    571. The Exorcist (1973)
    578. Dersu Uzala (1974)
    579. The Conversation (1974)
    580. The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)
    583. Young Frankenstein (1974)
    584. Chinatown (1974)
    586. Blazing Saddles (1974)
    587. The Godfather Part II (1974)
    590. Dog Day Afternoon (1975)
    593. The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)
    594. The Wall (1975)
    595. Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)
    605. Jaws (1975)
    607. Carrie (1976)
    609. All the President's Men (1976)
    610. Rocky (1976)
    611. Taxi Driver (1976)
    612. Network (1976)
    616. The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976)
    617. Star Wars (1977)
    618. Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
    620. Annie Hall (1977)
    624. Saturday Night Fever (1977)
    626. Eraserhead (1977)
    629. The Hills Have Eyes (1977)
    636. Grease (1978)
    638. Dawn of the Dead (1978)
    641. Halloween (1978)
    646. Alien (1979)
    650. Being There (1979)
    652. Life of Brian (1979)
    653. Apocalypse Now (1979)
    654. The Jerk (1979)
    655. The Muppet Movie (1979)
    657. Mad Max (1979)
    658. Nosferatu (1979)
    659. Ordinary People (1980)
    662. The Shining (1980)
    663. The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
    664. The Elephant Man (1980)
    667. Airplane! (1980)
    669. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
    672. Chariots of Fire (1981)
    675. An American Werewolf in London (1981)
    680. E.T. The Extra-Terestrial (1982)
    681. The Thing (1982)
    682. Poltergeist (1982)
    683. Blade Runner (1982)
    684. The Evil Dead (1982)
    685. Tootsie (1982)
    687. Diner (1982)
    689. Gandhi (1982)
    693. A Christmas Story (1983)
    695. Videodrome (1983)
    696. Return of the Jedi (1983)
    697. The Big Chill (1983)
    705. The Right Stuff (1983)
    706. Koyaanisqatsi (1983)
    708. Scarface (1983)
    710. Amadeus (1984)
    711. The Terminator (1984)
    713. A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
    714. This Is Spinal Tap (1984)
    715. Beverly Hills Cop (1984)
    716. Ghostbusters (1984)
    718. Stranger Than Paradise (1984)
    721. The Breakfast Club (1985)
    722. Ran (1985)
    727. Back to the Future (1985)
    729. Brazil (1985)
    732. Mishima (1985)
    737. Manhunter (1986)
    738. Stand By Me (1986)
    739. Blue Velvet (1986)
    743. The Fly (1986)
    744. Aliens (1986)
    745. Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)
    746. Down by Law (1986)
    748. Children of a Lesser God (1986)
    749. Platoon (1986)
    754. Top Gun (1986)
    761. Raising Arizona (1987)
    762. Full Metal Jacket (1987)
    764. Good Morning, Vietnam (1987)
    768. The Princess Bride (1987)
    769. Moonstruck (1987)
    770. The Untouchables (1987)
    772. The Dead (1987)
    773. Fatal Attraction (1987)
    776. The Vanishing (1988)
    780. Akira (1988)
    781. Cinema Paradiso (1988)
    783. A Fish Called Wanda (1988)
    784. The Naked Gun (1988)
    785. Big (1988)
    787. Grave of the Fireflies (1988)
    790. Die Hard (1988)
    792. Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)
    793. Rain Man (1988)
    797. Batman (1989)
    798. When Harry Met Sally (1989)
    800. The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover (1989)
    803. The Killer (1989)
    805. Roger & Me (1989)
    806. Glory (1989)
    808. Sex, Lies and Videotape (1989)
    809. Say Anything (1989)
    813. Reversal of Fortune (1990)
    814. Goodfellas (1990)
    815. Jacob's Ladder (1990)
    819. Pretty Woman (1990)
    823. Edward Scissorhands (1990)
    825. Total Recall (1990)
    827. Boyz 'n the Hood (1991)
    828. Raise the Red Lantern (1991)
    829. Delicatessen (1991)
    831. Naked Lunch (1991)
    834. My Own Private Idaho (1991)
    835. Thelma & Louise (1991)
    836. Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
    837. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
    839. Slacker (1991)
    843. Strictly Ballroom (1992)
    844. The Player (1992)
    845. Reservoir Dogs (1992)
    847. Glengarry Glen Ross (1992)
    848. Unforgiven (1992)
    852. Man Bites Dog (1992)
    853. The Crying Game (1992)
    855. Groundhog Day (1993)
    857. Short Cuts (1993)
    858. Philadelphia (1993)
    860. Jurassic Park (1993)
    862. The Piano (1993)
    865. Schindler's List (1993)
    869. Forrest Gump (1994)
    870. The Lion King (1994)
    871. Clerks (1994)
    873. Natural Born Killers (1994)
    875. Pulp Fiction (1994)
    876. The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
    886. Babe (1995)
    888. Braveheart (1995)
    890. Toy Story (1995)
    891. Casino (1995)
    892. Heat (1995)
    895. Smoke (1995)
    897. Se7en (1995)
    898. Underground (1995)
    901. The Usual Suspects (1995)
    902. Dead Man (1995)
    903. Fargo (1996)
    907. Independence Day (1996)
    910. Lone Star (1996)
    911. Trainspotting (1996)
    912. Scream (1996)
    913. The English Patient (1996)
    915. Princess Mononoke (1997)
    916. L.A. Confidential (1997)
    919. Boogie Nights (1997)
    926. Titanic (1997)
    927. The Big Lebowski (1998)
    929. Saving Private Ryan (1998)
    931. Rushmore (1998)
    932. Lola Rennt (1998)
    934. Pi (1998)
    935. Happiness (1998)
    936. The Thin Red Line (1998)
    937. There's Something About Mary (1998)
    939. Ringu (1998)
    941. Magnolia (1999)
    943. The Blair Witch Project (1999)
    944. Three Kings (1999)
    948. Fight Club (1999)
    949. Being John Malkovich (1999)
    950. American Beauty (1999)
    952. The Matrix (1999)
    953. The Sixth Sense (1999)
    959. Gladiator (2000)
    962. Requiem for a Dream (2000)
    964. Meet the Parents (2000)
    966. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)
    967. Traffic (2000)
    969. Memento (2000)
    970. Kandahar (2001)
    974. Spirited Away (2001)
    983. The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)
    988. Oldboy (2003)
    989. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)
    991. Lost in Translation (2003)
    993. A Very Long Engagement (2004)
    994. Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004)

    Edit: two slipped through :P

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    GimGim a tall glass of water Registered User regular
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    You have crushed my honor, Will. We must battle.

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    King KongKing Kong Registered User regular
    edited August 2007
    The 25th Hour is not on this list therefore I declare it null and void.

    Seriously I have seen a shitload of the movies on there from multiple genres...how the fuck can you put Meet the Parents and not The 25th Hour.

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    Target PracticeTarget Practice Registered User regular
    edited August 2007
    Also, there are some pretty conspicuous absences from that list. For instance, where the hell is Blade Runner?

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    GimGim a tall glass of water Registered User regular
    edited August 2007
    Blade Runner is on there. #683

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    elkataselkatas Registered User regular
    edited August 2007
    Also, there are some pretty conspicuous absences from that list. For instance, where the hell is Blade Runner?

    683. Blade Runner (1982)

    Plus many titles are with their original names. For example, most Kurosawa's movies have their japanese names.

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    Target PracticeTarget Practice Registered User regular
    edited August 2007
    elkatas wrote: »
    Also, there are some pretty conspicuous absences from that list. For instance, where the hell is Blade Runner?

    683. Blade Runner (1982)

    Hurm. My bad. Worst part is I looked specifically for it.

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    GimGim a tall glass of water Registered User regular
    edited August 2007
    I'm happy that they had 'Beau travail' on there.

    But I'm upset that they did not have 'Mr. Death' on there.

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    Irond WillIrond Will WARNING: NO HURTFUL COMMENTS, PLEASE!!!!! Cambridge. MAModerator mod
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    Gim wrote: »
    You have crushed my honor, Will. We must battle.

    I once dated a film student, if that's any consolation.

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    Irond WillIrond Will WARNING: NO HURTFUL COMMENTS, PLEASE!!!!! Cambridge. MAModerator mod
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    Gim wrote: »
    I'd have picked Life Aquatic over Tenenbaums, but that's just me.
    Rushmore was better than both, IMO. But yeah.

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    DangerousDangerous Registered User regular
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    elkatas wrote: »
    Dangerous wrote: »
    Also Evil dead but no army of darkness??

    Only movie series with two titles on that list is Godfather. It was conscious decision by editor.

    Terminator 1 and 2 are on there. I don't think I'd have put the first one on there actually. Same with Evil Dead. I'm sure they have a good reason for having it on there but I thought as cheesy horror movies and in general the other 2 were far superior.

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    GimGim a tall glass of water Registered User regular
    edited August 2007
    Irond Will wrote: »
    Gim wrote: »
    You have crushed my honor, Will. We must battle.

    I once dated a film student, if that's any consolation.

    That could have been either pretty good or pretty bad.

    They put Sans Soleil on there but not Mr. Death?
    They put Koyaanisqatsi on there but not Baraka?

    Rabble rabble!

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    elkataselkatas Registered User regular
    edited August 2007
    Dangerous wrote: »
    Same with Evil Dead. I'm sure they have a good reason for having it on there but I thought as cheesy horror movies and in general the other 2 were far superior.

    Mainly for historical reasons. Writer does, however, note that the movie comparable to comedy these days, and that the two sequels, Evil Dead II and Army of Darkness are actually far superior. Writer also describes Evil Dead as ultimate "nerd movie". :P

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    Irond WillIrond Will WARNING: NO HURTFUL COMMENTS, PLEASE!!!!! Cambridge. MAModerator mod
    edited August 2007
    Koyaanisqatsi was 30% entrancing and 70% insufferable bullshit.

    Shawshank Redemption had no place on that list.

    City of Lost Children was a glaring omission. So was 12 Monkeys.

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    deadonthestreetdeadonthestreet Registered User regular
    edited August 2007
    A Charlie Kaufman movie? Seriously?

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    GimGim a tall glass of water Registered User regular
    edited August 2007
    They did put La Jetée on there, though. That almost makes up for no 12 Monkeys.

    Also, Wages of Fear has not dated well at all. The suspense scenes are still pretty good, but my god the dialogue and acting is downright awful. The sexism alone puts me off completely.

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    elkataselkatas Registered User regular
    edited August 2007
    Irond Will wrote: »
    So was 12 Monkeys.

    12 Monkeys was on the list in 3rd edition. Making list like this and keeping it up to date must be daunting task. And someone is always going to complain. :)

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    Target PracticeTarget Practice Registered User regular
    edited August 2007
    Dangerous wrote: »
    elkatas wrote: »
    Dangerous wrote: »
    Also Evil dead but no army of darkness??

    Only movie series with two titles on that list is Godfather. It was conscious decision by editor.

    Terminator 1 and 2 are on there. I don't think I'd have put the first one on there actually. Same with Evil Dead. I'm sure they have a good reason for having it on there but I thought as cheesy horror movies and in general the other 2 were far superior.

    Not to mention all three Star Wars movies.

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    GimGim a tall glass of water Registered User regular
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    And they added the last of the LOTR movies. You know, the least tolerable of the trilogy.

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    elkataselkatas Registered User regular
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    Gim wrote: »
    And they added the last of the LOTR movies. You know, the least tolerable of the trilogy.

    Last one has been critic's favorite for some reason (at least here at Finland). I don't personally like LOTR trilogy at all.

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    DangerousDangerous Registered User regular
    edited August 2007
    They totally misrepresented Teen sex romps as well. No King Frat, Animal house or even PORKY'S! :( If you're going to sit through Meet the Parents before you die, you owe it to yourself to see that scene where the fat chick grabs the kid's dong through the hole in the locker room wall. :P

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    DiscGraceDiscGrace Registered User regular
    edited August 2007
    I've seen 92 (under the spoiler). And now I am off to add many, many things to the Blockbuster queue.
    40. Un Chien Andalou (1928)
    90. A Night at the Opera (1935)
    110. Snow White and the Seven Dwarves (1937)
    123. The Wizard of Oz (1939)
    134. Fantasia (1940)
    146. Dumbo (1941)
    152. Casablanca (1942)
    195. It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
    233. A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)
    285. Guys and Dolls
    324. The Bridge on the River Kwai
    363. Psycho (1960)
    373. Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)
    381. West Side Story (1961)
    387. Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
    388. To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
    419. My Fair Lady (1964)
    421. Dr. Strangelove (1964)
    473. The Jungle Book (1967)
    488. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
    527. Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971)
    593. The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)
    595. Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)
    605. Jaws (1975)
    607. Carrie (1976)
    617. Star Wars (1977)
    620. Annie Hall (1977)
    636. Grease (1978)
    652. Life of Brian (1979)
    662. The Shining (1980)
    663. The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
    669. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
    680. E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
    683. Blade Runner (1982)
    693. A Christmas Story (1983)
    696. Return of the Jedi (1983)
    702. Terms of Endearment (1983)
    713. A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
    716. Ghostbusters (1984)
    721. The Breakfast Club (1985)
    745. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)
    749. Platoon (1986)
    758. Wings of Desire (1987)
    762. Full Metal Jacket (1987)
    764. Good Morning, Vietnam (1987)
    768. The Princess Bride (1987)
    769. Moonstruck (1987)
    780. Akira (1988)
    783. A Fish Called Wanda (1988)
    785. Big (1988)
    790. Die Hard (1988)
    792. Who Framed Roger Rabbit? (1988)
    797. Batman (1989)
    805. Roger & Me (1989)
    809. Say Anything (1989)
    817. Dances With Wolves (1990)
    837. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
    855. Groundhog Day (1993)
    860. Jurassic Park (1993)
    869. Forrest Gump (1994)
    870. The Lion King (1994)
    875. Pulp Fiction (1994)
    876. The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
    888. Braveheart (1995)
    890. Toy Story (1995)
    897. Se7en (1995)
    901. The Usual Suspects (1995)
    907. Independence Day (1996)
    913. The English Patient (1996)
    915. Princess Mononoke (1997)
    926. Titanic (1997)
    927. The Big Lebowski (1998)
    929. Saving Private Ryan (1998)
    931. Rushmore (1998)
    932. Lola Rennt (1998)
    943. The Blair Witch Project (1999)
    948. Fight Club (1999)
    949. Being John Malkovich (1999)
    950. American Beauty (1999)
    952. The Matrix (1999)
    953. The Sixth Sense (1999)
    959. Gladiator (2000)
    966. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)
    969. Memento (2000)
    974. Spirited Away (2001)
    978. Moulin Rouge (2001)
    983. The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)
    989. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)
    991. Lost in Translation (2003)
    994. Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004)
    995. Sideways (2004)
    999. Brokeback Mountain (2005)

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    elkataselkatas Registered User regular
    edited August 2007
    Dangerous wrote: »
    If you're going to sit through Meet the Parents before you die, you owe it to yourself to see that...

    ...or maybe not? :P

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