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1001 Movies To See Before You Die

Seems like it is the season for lists. Another list that I came across courtesy Kottke, on the 1001 movies that you have to see before you die. Now, I do find this list a lot more dubious than that on books, because can there be honestly 1001 ‘great’ movies in the short span of time that cinema has been around as a medium? Anyways, the list is here for you to see.

Out of the list I have slogged my way through a grand total of 170, most of this done over the last four years. Now I begin to see where most of my time has been going. The movies I have seen are given below. Some changes were made to the list, and they can be seen here.

The Constant Gardener (2005)

Brokeback Mountain (2005)

Collateral (2004)

The Aviator (2004)

Million Dollar Baby (2004)

Sideways (2004)

Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)

Lost in Translation (2003)

Chicago (2002)

City of God (2002)

Gangs of New York (2002)

A.I.: Artificial Intelligence (2001)

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)

Monsoon Wedding (2001)

Moulin Rouge (2001)

Amelie (2001)

O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000)

Memento (2000)

Traffic (2000)

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)

Requiem for a Dream (2000)

Amores Perros (2000)

Meet the Parents (2000)

Gladiator (2000)

Eyes Wide Shut (1999)

The Sixth Sense (1999)

The Matrix (1999)

Fight Club (1999)

Being John Malkovich (1999)

American Beauty (1999)

Audition (1999)

Three Kings (1999)

The Blair Witch Project (1999)

Ring (1998)

The Big Lebowski (1998)

The Thin Red Line (1998)

Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998)

Run Lola Run (1998)

Saving Private Ryan (1998)

Titanic (1997)

L.A. Confidential (1997)

Trainspotting (1996)

The English Patient (1996)

Independence Day (1996)

Fargo (1996)

The Usual Suspects (1995)

Seven (1995)

Heat (1995)

Clueless (1995)

Braveheart (1995)

Babe (1995)

Toy Story (1995)

Casino (1995)

The Last Seduction (1994)

Pulp Fiction (1994)

The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

Forrest Gump (1994)

Clerks (1994)

Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994)

The Lion King (1994)

Schindler’s List (1993)

Philadelphia (1993)

Jurassic Park (1993)

Reservoir Dogs (1992)

My Own Private Idaho (1991)

Thelma & Louise (1991)

Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)

The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

Total Recall (1990)

Once Upon a Time in China (1991)

Edward Scissorhands (1990)

Pretty Woman (1990)

Dances with Wolves (1990)

Goodfellas (1990)

Batman (1989)

When Harry Met Sally (1989)

Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)

Rain Man (1988)

Die Hard (1988)

A Fish Called Wanda (1988)

The Naked Gun (1988)

Cinema Paradiso (1988)

The Untouchables (1987)

Good Morning, Vietnam (1987)

Top Gun (1986)

Platoon (1986)

Aliens (1986)

Brazil (1985)

Back to the Future (1985)

Out of Africa (1985)

A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

This Is Spinal Tap (1984)

Beverly Hills Cop (1984)

Ghostbusters (1984)

Amadeus (1984)

The Terminator (1984)

The Right Stuff (1983)

Koyaanisqatsi (1983)

Once Upon a Time in America (1983)

Scarface (1983)

Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi (1983)

The Big Chill (1983)

Blade Runner (1982)

The Evil Dead (1982)

Tootsie (1982)

Gandhi (1982)

Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1981)

E.T.: The Extra-Terestrial (1982)

Chariots of Fire (1981)

Airplane! (1980)

Raging Bull (1980)

Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

Manhattan (1979)

Mad Max (1979)

Life of Brian (1979)

Apocalypse Now (1979)

Alien (1979)

Five Deadly Venoms (1978)

Annie Hall (1977)

Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)

Star Wars (1977)

All the President’s Men (1976)

Rocky (1976)

Taxi Driver (1976)

Jaws (1975)

Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)

One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)

The Godfather Part II (1974)

The Exorcist (1973)

Papillon (1973)

Enter the Dragon (1973)

Solaris (1972)

The Godfather (1972)

The French Connection (1971)

Dirty Harry (1971)

A Clockwork Orange (1971)

Patton (1970)

M*A*S*H (1970)

Woodstock (1970)

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

Planet of the Apes (1968)

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (1966)

The Sound of Music (1965)

Dr. Strangelove (1964)

My Fair Lady (1964)

To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)

The Manchurian Candidate (1962)

The Apartment (1960)

Spartacus (1960)

Psycho (1960)

Ben-Hur (1959)

North by Northwest (1959)

Vertigo (1958)

Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957)

The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)

12 Angry Men (1957)

The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956)

Rebel Without a Cause (1955)

The Seven Samurai (1954)

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954)

From Here to Eternity (1953)

Rashomon (1950)

The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)

The Bicycle Thief (1948)

Casablanca (1942)

How Green Was My Valley (1941)

Citizen Kane (1941)

The Grapes of Wrath (1940)

The obligatory links to other lists are below:

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