Films You Should See Before You Die

** I'm still in the process of reviewing these to see which ones will get bumped to "*****" status. I consider “*****” movies to be especially entertaining or interesting. Enjoy! **

Honorable Mentions

1920s:
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari *****
The Freshman
The General *****
The Gold Rush
Metropolis *****

1930s:
The Adventures of Robin Hood
All Quiet on the Western Front *****
City Lights *****
Dracula
Frankenstein *****
It Happened One Night
M *****
Modern Times
The Public Enemy
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
The Wizard of Oz

1940s:
Brief Encounter
Casablanca *****
Citizen Kane
Double Indemnity *****
Dumbo
Fantasia *****
The Grapes of Wrath *****
The Great Dictator *****
It's a Wonderful Life *****
Laura
The Lost Weekend *****
The Maltese Falcon *****
A Matter of Life and Death
My Darling Clementine
Notorious
Out of the Past *****
The Ox-Bow Incident
The Philadelphia Story
Pinocchio
Rebecca
Red River
The Red Shoes
To Be or Not to Be *****
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
White Heat

1950s:
12 Angry Men *****
Anatomy of a Murder
The Asphalt Jungle
Ben-Hur
The Big Heat *****
The Bridge on the River Kwai *****
The Day the Earth Stood Still
East of Eden
From Here to Eternity
Harvey
High Noon
Ikiru
Invasion of the Body Snatchers
Kiss Me Deadly
The Night of the Hunter *****
North by Northwest *****
On the Waterfront *****
Rashomon
Rear Window *****
Rebel Without a Cause
Sabrina
Sansho the Bailiff
The Searchers
Seven Samurai
The Seventh Seal
Strangers on a Train *****
A Streetcar Named Desire *****
Sunset Boulevard
The Thing from Another World *****
Tokyo Story
The Twilight Zone (TV Show)
Ugetsu
Vertigo *****

1960s:
2001: A Space Odyssey *****
The Apartment
Blow-Up
Bob Dylan: Don't Look Back *****
Bonnie & Clyde
Breathless
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
Closely Watched Trains
Cool Hand Luke
The Dirty Dozen
Doctor Zhivago
Dr. Strangelove
Easy Rider
The Fire Within
Goldfinger
The Good, the Bad & the Ugly
The Graduate
A Hard Day's Night
Hud
The Hustler
In Cold Blood *****
In the Heat of the Night *****
To Kill a Mockingbird *****
Last Year at Marienbad
Lawrence of Arabia *****
The Leopard
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
The Manchurian Candidate
Midnight Cowboy
Night of the Living Dead
Once Upon a Time in the West
Planet of the Apes *****
The Producers
Psycho *****
Rosemary's Baby
Salesman *****
The Sound of Music *****
Star Trek (TV Show)
West Side Story *****
The Wild Bunch
Woman in the Dunes *****
Yojimbo *****

1970s:
Aguirre, the Wrath of God
Alien *****
All the President's Men
American Graffiti
Animal House *****
Annie Hall *****
Apocalypse Now *****
Badlands *****
Barry Lyndon *****
Blazing Saddles
Chinatown *****
A Clockwork Orange *****
Close Encounters of the 3rd Kind
The Conformist
The Conversation *****
The Deer Hunter
Deliverance *****
Dirty Harry
The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie
Dog Day Afternoon *****
The Enigma of Kasper Hauser *****
Eraserhead *****
The Exorcist
Five Easy Pieces
The French Connection *****
The Godfather *****
The Godfather, Pt. 2 *****
Halloween
Jaws *****
The Last Picture Show
Last Tango in Paris *****
The Last Waltz *****
The Last Wave
Manhattan
Mean Streets
Monty Python & the Holy Grail *****
Nashville *****
Network
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest *****
Rocky *****
Scared Straight!
Serpico *****
Solaris
Star Wars: A New Hope *****
The Sting
Taxi Driver *****
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
Walkabout
Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory
A Woman Under the Influence *****
Young Frankenstein

1980s:
Airplane!
Akira *****
Aliens *****
Amadeus *****
Back to the Future *****
Big *****
Blade Runner *****
Blood Simple
Blue Velvet
Brazil *****
The Breakfast Club *****
A Christmas Story
Clue
Crimes & Misdemeanors *****
Das Boot
Die Hard *****
Diner
Do the Right Thing
E.T.
The Evil Dead
The Executioner's Song
Fast Times at Ridgemont High
Ferris Bueller's Day Off *****
Full Metal Jacket *****
Gandhi
Ghostbusters
Glory *****
Grave of the Fireflies *****
Hannah & Her Sisters
Indiana Jones & the Raiders of the Lost Ark
The Killer
Koyaanisqatsi *****
The Last Emperor *****
The Little Mermaid
Moonstruck
My Dinner with Andre
Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind
A Nightmare on Elm Street
Once Upon a Time in America
Platoon *****
The Princess Bride *****
Raging Bull
Raising Arizona
Ran
The Right Stuff *****
The Road Warrior *****
Roger & Me *****
Sex, Lies and Videotape *****
The Shining *****
Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back *****
Star Wars: Return of the Jedi
Stranger Than Paradise
Stop Making Sense
The Terminator *****
Terms of Endearment *****
The Thin Blue Line
This is Spinal Tap *****
The Vanishing *****
Withnail & I

1990s:
After Life
Aladdin
American Beauty
Babe
Barton Fink
Beauty and the Beast
Being John Malkovich *****
The Big Lebowski *****
Boogie Nights *****
Boyz n the Hood
Breaking the Waves
A Brighter Summer Day
Casino *****
Chungking Express *****
Donnie Brasco
Dumb & Dumber *****
Ed Wood *****
Edward Scissorhands
Fargo *****
Fight Club *****
Forrest Gump *****
Gattaca
Good Will Hunting
Goodfellas *****
Groundhog Day *****
Hoop Dreams *****
Howard's End
Kids
La Femme Nikita
La Haine *****
Leon: the Professional
The Lion King
Magnolia
Malcolm X
The Matrix *****
Metropolitan
My Cousin Vinny
The Nightmare Before Christmas
The Piano
Princess Mononoke *****
Pulp Fiction *****
Reservoir Dogs *****
Rounders
Run Lola Run *****
Rushmore *****
Saving Private Ryan *****
Schindler's List *****
The Shawshank Redemption *****
Short Cuts *****
The Silence of the Lambs *****
Slacker *****
Sling Blade *****
The Sopranos (TV Show) *****
Speed
The Talented Mr. Ripley
Terminator 2: Judgement Day *****
Thelma & Louise
Three Kings
Titanic *****
Total Recall
Toy Story *****
Toy Story 2
Tremors *****
The Truman Show
Trainspotting
Twin Peaks (TV Show) *****
Unforgiven *****
The Usual Suspects

2000s:
A.I.
Amelie
American Psycho *****
Band of Brothers (TV Miniseries)
Battle Royale *****
Battlestar Galactica (TV Show)
Before Sunset *****
Borat
Bowling for Columbine
Breaking Bad (TV Show) *****
Brokeback Mountain *****
Broken Flowers
Children of Men
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
The Departed
Dogville
Donnie Darko
Doubt
Downfall
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind *****
Finding Nemo *****
Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood (TV Show)
Gran Torino
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Grizzly Man
Hero *****
High Fidelity
House of Flying Daggers
The Hurt Locker
I Saw the Devil
In the Mood for Love
Inglorious Basterds
Irreversible
Letters from Iwo Jima
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King *****
Lost (TV Show)
Lost in Translation *****
The Machinist
Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World *****
Memento
Mulholland Drive *****
Munich
Mystic River
Napoleon Dynamite *****
The New World
No Country for Old Men
The Office (American TV Show) *****
The Office (British TV Show)
Pan's Labyrinth
Paranormal Activity
Punch-Drunk Love
Requiem for a Dream *****
The Room (So Bad It’s Good)
Shrek
Sideways *****
The Squid and the Whale
Spirited Away *****
There Will Be Blood *****
United 93
Waking Life *****
Wall-E
The Wire (TV Show)
The Wrestler *****
Yi Yi *****
You Can Count On Me
Zodiac *****

2010s:
12 Years a Slave
The Artist
Birdman
Black Swan
Boyhood
Chernobyl (TV Miniseries)
Dark (TV Show)
The Descendants
Dunkirk
Escape from Dannemora (TV Miniseries)
The Fighter
The Florida Project
Green Book
Hustlers
Inside Out
Joker
La La Land
The Lobster
Mad Max: Fury Road
Manchester by the Sea
Midsommar
Moneyball
Parasite
The Raid 2
Richard Jewell
Shutter Island
The Social Network
Steve Jobs
Toy Story 3
The Tree of Life
Whiplash *****
Your Name
Zootopia

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