100 Movies To See Before You Die

This week Yahoo came up with this list of 100 movies to see before you die.  I’m not sure I agree, but it is fun.  I’ve bolded the ones I’ve seen and added my two cents, for what it’s worth.  And two cents isn’t going to go too far these days 🙂  Feel free to join the fun and do your own list.

To choose the titles for the list, we considered factors like historical importance and cultural impact. But we also selected films that we believe are the most thrilling, most dramatic, scariest, and funniest movies of all time.

from Yahoo

 1. 12 Angry Men (1957) – loved it

2. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) – couldn’t wait for it to end.

3. 400 Blows (1959)

4. 8 1/2 (1963)

5. The African Queen (1952) – loved it

6. Alien (1979) – loved it

7. All About Eve (1950) – very good

8. Annie Hall (1977) – liked it.  love Diane Keaton

9. Apocalyse Now (1979) – bizarre

10. The Battle of Algiers (1967)

11. The Bicycle Thief (1948)

12. Blade Runner (1982) – interesting

13. Bllazing Saddles (1974)

14. Blow Up (1966)

15. Blue Velvet (1986)

16. Bonnie and Clyde (1967) – very good

17. Breathless ( 1960)

18. The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) – loved it

19. Bringing Up Baby (1938) – loved it. can’t go wrong w/ Katherine Hepburn & Cary Grant

20. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) – very good

21. Casablanca (1942) – liked it

22. Chinatown (1974) – very good

23. Citizen Kane (1941) – liked it.

24. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000) – cool & different.  liked it.

25. Die Hard (1988) – liked it, but really, what is it doing on this list ?!

26. Do the Right Thing (1989)

27. Double Indemnity (1944) – liked it

28. Dr. Strangelove (1933) – hated it.

29. Duck Soup (1933) – didn’t like it

30. ET the Extra-Terrestrial (1982) – made me cry in 1982

31. Enter the Dragon (1973)

32. The Exorcist (1973)

33. Fast Times At Ridgemont High (1982) – funny

34.  The French Connection (1971) liked it

35. The Godfather (1972) – very good

36. The Godfather, Part II (1974) – still very good

37. Goldfinger (1964)

38. The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (1968)

39. Goodfellas (1990) – not a big fan

40. The Graduate (1967) – loved it

41. Grand Illusion (1938)

42. Groundhog Day (1993) – wanted the day to end, like yesterday.

43. A Hard Day’s Night (1964)

44. In the Mood For Love (2001)

45. It Happened One Night (1934) – one of my absolute favesCover Image

46. It’s a Wonderful Life (1946) – what’s not to love?

47. Jaws (1975) – still don’t like swimming in the ocean

48. King Kong (1933) – okay

49. The Lady Eve (1941)

50. Lawrence of Arabia (1962) – very good

51. The Lord of the Rings (2001) – LOVED it.  Wish I was young enough to have an Aragorn poster i nmy bedroom 🙂Cover Image

52. M (1931)

53. M*A*S*H (1970) – funny

54. The Maltese Falcon (1936) – loved it

55. The Matrix (1999) – very good.  but I could watch Keanu in anything.

56. Modern Times (1936) – good

57. Monty Python & the Holy Grail (1975) – funny

58. National Lampoon’s Animal House (1978)

59. Network (1976) – Hell yes!

60. Nosferatu (1922)

61. On the Waterfront (1954) definitely a contender

62. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975) – funny

63. Paths of Glory (1958)

64. Princess Mononoke (1999)

65. Psycho (1960) – creepy and good

66. Pulp Fiction (1994) – saw it twice.  did not like it either time.

67. Raging Bull (1980) – good

68. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) – it was better in 1981

69. Raise the Red Lantern (1992)

70. Rashomon (1951)

71. Rear Window (1954) – loved Jimmy Stewart. liked the movie

72. Rebel Without a Cause (1955) – I get the James Dean thing, but the movie was just okay for me.

73. Rocky (1976) – I love Rocky and have watched them all (but 5) many times. 

74. Roman Holiday (1953) – LOVE Audrey Hepburn, Gregory Peck and Rome.

75. Saving Private Ryan (1998) – not a fan of war movies or ones that make me cry, but this was really good.

76. Schindler’s List (1993) – hard to watch, but excellent

77. The Searchers (1956) – not a John Wayne fan, but this was okay.

78. Seven Samurai (1954)

79. The Shawshank Redemption (1994) – loved it.

80. The Silence of the Lambs (1991) – creepy and wonderful.  loved it.

81. Singin’ in the Rain (1952) – love musicals.  this was pretty good.

82. Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs (1937) – it’s Snow White, of course it’s great!

83. Some Like It Hot (1959) VERY funny

84. The Sound of Music (1965) – one of my all time favesCover Image

85. Star Wars (1977) – very good in a campy sort of way

86. Sunset Blvd. (1950) very good

87. Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1991) no idea why this is on the list

88. The Third Man (1949) – very good

89. This is Spinal Tap (1984)

90. Titanic (1997) – loved it, but wouldn’t need to see it again

91. To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) – loved it.  named our cat, Scout

92. Toy Story (1995) – okay

93. The Usual Suspects (1995) – good

94. Vertigo (1958) – didn’t really care for it

95. When Harry Met Sally (1989) – love it

96. Wild Strawberries (1957)

97. Wings of Desire (1988)

98. The Wizard of Oz (1939) – love it

99. Women on the Verge of Nervous Breakdown (1988

100. The World of Apu (1959)

I’ve seen 70.  How about you?

3 thoughts on “100 Movies To See Before You Die

  1. bermudaonion says:

    70, wow! I’ve seen 25 of them. I’ve probably seen more movies in the last year and a half then I did in the 10 years before that.

    Well, my husband have worked through the AFI TOP 100 list (only one left) and many of these were on that list too.

  2. fleurfisher says:

    Well you have certainly seen a great range of films! We took 1001 Films To See Before You Die out of the library a while ago but the number was unmanageable – this seems to be a more focused list. Oh and I love It Happened One Night too -definitely in my all time top ten

    I’ve seen the 1001 book and it just seems so crazy. But I am a list person, so I may start working on that some day 🙂

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