Opening Pandora’s Box: 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die

Not too long ago, I found out about a book called 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die. Per Wikipedia:

1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die (ISBN 9780764161513) is a film reference book compiled by various critics worldwide and edited by Steven Jay Schneider. It is a part of a series from Quintessence Editions Ltd. Each title is accompanied by a brief synopsis and critique, some with pictures. Presented chronologically, the current edition begins with Georges Méliès‘ A Trip to the Moon in 1902 and currently concludes with Quentin Tarantino‘s 2009 film Inglourious Basterds.

As you may recall from the Don’t Watch It, John series, I am not one to back down from a challenge. I think you see where this is going.

However, 1,001 movies is quite an undertaking. I’m not going to tackle this all at once. This is the type of thing where you chip away for years until you finally topple the beast. To date, thanks to subsequent editions, there are now a total of 1,079 films that have appeared in the book. That figure comes from the fine folks at filmsquish.com, who have dedicated themselves to the list. They even have a “1001 Movies You Must See Blog Club”. I’ll certainly be forwarding this entry over to them (mostly to pat them on the back), and I may just try to attain membership. But now it’s time for the really boring stuff. I need to sift through the list and show which films I have seen and which films I have not seen. Brace yourself for entirely too much scrolling. I’ll be nice and list it chronologically.

Films with an asterisk have been in the list at one time or another but are not on the current list. They’re the 78 that make up the difference between 1,001 and 1,079. In some cases these films are known (by me, anyway) by their name in their original language. I’ve tried to list both names when possible. For the record, I’ve seen 459 if my math is right.

I HAVE SEEN:

The Birth of a Nation (1915)

The Phantom Carriage (1921)

Nanook of the North (1922)

Nosferatu (1922)

Haxan (1923)

Our Hospitality (1923)

Sherlock, Jr. (1924)

Seven Chances (1925)

Battleship Potemkin (1925)

The Gold Rush (1925)

Metropolis (1927)

Sunrise (1927)

The General (1927)

October (1927)

Napoleon (1927)

An Andalusian Dog/Un Chien Andalou (1928)

The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928)

Steamboat Bill, Jr. (1928)

L’Age D’Or (1930)

Little Caesar (1930)

À Nous la Liberté (1931)

Le Million (1931)

Dracula (1931)

Frankenstein (1931)

City Lights (1931)

The Public Enemy (1931)

M (1931)

Vampyr (1932)

Boudu Saved from Drowning (1932)

I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang (1932)

Scarface (1932)

Freaks (1932)

Duck Soup (1933)

King Kong (1933)

The Black Cat (1934)

Mutiny on the Bounty (1935)

A Night at the Opera (1935)

The 39 Steps (1935)

Bride of Frankenstein (1935)

Dodsworth (1936)

Modern Times (1936)

Grand Illusion (1937)

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)

Pépé Le Moko (1937)

Angels with Dirty Faces (1938)

The Wizard of Oz (1939)

Gone With the Wind (1939)

Daybreak/Le Jour se Leve (1939)

The Rules of the Game (1939)

Fantasia (1940)

The Grapes of Wrath (1940)

Pinocchio (1940)

Citizen Kane (1941)

The Wolf Man (1941)

The Maltese Falcon (1941)

Sullivan’s Travels (1941)

Casablanca (1942)

Dumbo (1941)

Cat People (1942)

I Walked with a Zombie (1943)

The Ox-Bow Incident (1943)

Shadow of a Doubt (1943)

Double Indemnity (1944)

The Lost Weekend (1945)

Children of Paradise (1945)

The Stranger (1946)

Beauty and the Beast/La Belle et La Bete (1946)

Black Narcissus (1946)

It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)

Monsieur Verdoux (1947)

The Bicycle Thief (1948)

Red River (1948)

Rope (1948)

The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)

White Heat (1949)

The Third Man (1949)

Orpheus (1949)

The Asphalt Jungle (1950)

Rashomon (1950)

Rio Grande (1950)

Sunset Blvd. (1950)

Los Olvidados (1950)

Strangers on a Train (1951)

The African Queen (1951)

Diary of a Country Priest (1951)

The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)

The Quiet Man (1952)

Forbidden Games (1952)

Ikiru (1952)

High Noon (1952)

Umberto D (1952)

Tokyo Story (1953)

Wages of Fear (1953)

M. Hulot’s Holiday (1953)

Ugetsu (1953)

Shane (1953)

On the Waterfront (1954)

Les Diaboliques (1954)

Rear Window (1954)

Seven Samurai (1954)

Sansho the Bailiff (1954)

Bad Day at Black Rock (1955)

Ordet (1955)

Bob Le Flambeur (1955)

Rebel without a Cause (1955)

Smiles of a Summer Night (1955)

Night and Fog (1955)

The Night of the Hunter (1955)

Lola Montes (1955)

Forbidden Planet (1956)

The Burmese Harp (1956)

The Searchers (1956)

A Man Escaped (1956)

Smiles of a Summer Night (1955)

Night and Fog (1955)

The Night of the Hunter (1955)

Lola Montes (1955)

Forbidden Planet (1956)

The Burmese Harp (1956)

The Searchers (1956)

A Man Escaped (1956)

The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956)

The Ten Commandments (1956)

12 Angry Men (1957)

The Seventh Seal (1957)

Wild Strawberries (1957)

Throne of Blood (1957)

The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)

Touch of Evil (1958)

Vertigo (1958)

Ashes and Diamonds (1958)

Horror of Dracula (1958)

Mon Oncle (1958)

The 400 Blows (1959)

North by Northwest (1959)

Eyes without a Face (1959)

Shadows (1959)

Breathless (1959)

Hiroshima Mon Amour (1959)

Rio Bravo (1959)

Rocco and His Brothers (1960)

La Dolce Vita (1960)

Shoot the Piano Player (1960)

La Joven/The Young One (1960)

Psycho (1960)

Black Sunday (1960)

Peeping Tom (1960)

Last Year at Marienbad (1961)

Jules and Jim (1961)

Viridiana (1961)

Through a Glass Darkly (1961)

The Hustler (1961)

Lawrence of Arabia (1962)

To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)

The Manchurian Candidate (1962)

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962)

What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)

The Birds (1963)

The Nutty Professor (1963)

8 1/2 (1963)

Contempt (1963)

Winter Light (1963)

The Great Escape (1963)

The Haunting (1963)

Woman in the Dunes (1964)

Dr. Strangelove (1964)

A Hard Day’s Night (1964)

The Shop on Main Street (1965)

The Battle of Algiers (1965) The Sound of Music (1965)

Repulsion (1965)

Pierrot Le Fou (1965)

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)

Daisies (1966)

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)

Persona (1966)

Masculin-Feminin (1966)

Au Hazard Balthazar (1966)

The Graduate (1967)

Playtime (1967)

Belle de Jour (1967)

Week End (1967)

Cool Hand Luke (1967)

Bonnie and Clyde (1967)

The Jungle Book (1967)

The Fireman’s Ball (1967)

Closely Watched Trains (1967)

Planet of the Apes (1968)

Faces (1968)

Rosemary’s Baby (1968)

The Producers (1968)

Shame (1968)

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

Hour of the Wolf (1968)

Night of the Living Dead (1968)

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)

Midnight Cowboy (1969)

The Conformist (1969)

Easy Rider (1969)

Andrei Rublev (1969)

The Wild Bunch (1969)

Tristana (1970)

Five Easy Pieces (1970)

El Topo (1970)

Little Big Man (1970)

Patton (1970)

M*A*S*H (1970)

A Clockwork Orange (1971)

The Sorrow and the Pity (1971)

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971)

McCabe and Mrs. Miller (1971)

Harold and Maude (1971)

The French Connection (1971)

Shaft (1971)

Dirty Harry (1971)

Murmur of the Heart (1971)

Sweet Sweetback’s Baadassss Song (1971)

The Last Picture Show (1971)

Aguirre, the Wrath of God (1972)

High Plains Drifter (1972)

Deliverance (1972)

The Godfather (1972)

Cries and Whispers (1972)

The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972)

Superfly (1972)

The Sting (1973)

Badlands (1973)

American Graffiti (1973)

Papillon (1973)

Mean Streets (1973)

The Wicker Man (1973)

Day for Night (1973)

Don’t Look Now (1973)

Sleeper (1973)

Serpico (1973)

The Exorcist (1973)

The Spirit of the Beehive (1973)

Amarcord (1973)

Pat Garret and Billy the Kid (1973)

Dersu Uzala (1974)

The Conversation (1974)

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)

A Woman under the Influence (1974)

Young Frankenstein (1974)

Chinatown (1974)

Blazing Saddles (1974)

The Godfather Part II (1974)

Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia (1974)

Dog Day Afternoon (1975)

One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)

The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)

The Wall (1975)

Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)

Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975)

Nashville (1975)

Jaws (1975)

The Killing of a Chinese Bookie (1976)

Carrie (1976)

The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976)

All the President’s Men (1976)

Rocky (1976)

Taxi Driver (1976)

Network (1976)

Star Wars (1977)

Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)

Annie Hall (1977)

Saturday Night Fever (1977)

Suspiria (1977)

The Deer Hunter (1978)

Grease (1978)

Days of Heaven (1978)

Dawn of the Dead (1978)

Up in Smoke (1978)

Halloween (1978)

The Marriage of Maria Braun (1979)

Alien (1979)

Being There (1979)

Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)

Life of Brian (1979)

Apocalypse Now (1979)

The Jerk (1979)

The Muppet Movie (1979)

Manhattan (1979)

Nosferatu The Vampyre (1979)

Atlantic City (1980)

The Last Metro (1980)

The Shining (1980)

The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

The Elephant Man (1980)

Airplane! (1980)

Raging Bull (1980)

Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

An American Werewolf in London (1981)

Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1981)

E.T. The Extra-Terestrial (1982)

The Thing (1982)

Poltergeist (1982)

Blade Runner (1982)

The Evil Dead (1982)

Tootsie (1982)

Diner (1982)

Fanny and Alexander (1982)*

A Christmas Story (1983)

El Norte (1983)

Return of the Jedi (1983)

The Big Chill (1983)

The King of Comedy (1983)

The Right Stuff (1983)

Scarface (1983)

Amadeus (1984)

The Terminator (1984)

A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

This Is Spinal Tap (1984)

Beverly Hills Cop (1984)

Ghostbusters (1984)

Stranger Than Paradise (1984)

The Natural (1984)

The Breakfast Club (1985)

Come and See (1985)

Back to the Future (1985)

Stand By Me (1986)

Blue Velvet (1986)

Aliens (1986)

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)

Down by Law (1986)

Children Of A Lesser God (1986)

Platoon (1986)

Top Gun (1986)

Raising Arizona (1987)

Full Metal Jacket (1987)

Good Morning, Vietnam (1987)

Au Revoir Les Enfants (1987)

The Princess Bride (1987)

The Untouchables (1987)

The Dead (1987)

Fatal Attraction (1987)

The Vanishing (1988)

Bull Durham (1988)

A Fish Called Wanda (1988)

The Naked Gun (1988)

Big (1988)

The Decalogue (1988)

Die Hard (1988)

Rain Man (1988)

Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)

Batman (1989)

When Harry Met Sally… (1989)

Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989)

Drugstore Cowboy (1989)

My Left Foot (1989)

Do the Right Thing (1989)

Roger & Me (1989)

Glory (1989)

Goodfellas (1990)

Jacob’s Ladder (1990)

Dances with Wolves (1990)

Pretty Woman (1990)

Edward Scissorhands (1990)

Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1990)

Delicatessen (1991)

Thelma & Louise (1991)

Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)

The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

JFK (1991)

The Double Life of Veronique (1991)

Reservoir Dogs (1992)

Romper Stomper (1992)

Glengarry Glen Ross (1992)

Unforgiven (1992)

Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992)*

Candy Man (1992)*

Groundhog Day (1993)

Philadelphia (1993)

Jurassic Park (1993)

The Age of Innocence (1993)*

Schindler’s List (1993)

Forrest Gump (1994)

Clerks (1994)

The Lion King (1994)

Natural Born Killers (1994)

Pulp Fiction (1994)

The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

Casino (1995)

Babe (1995)

Toy Story (1995)

Braveheart (1995)

Clueless (1995)

Heat (1995)

Seven (1995)

Dead Man (1995)

The Usual Suspects (1995)

Fargo (1996)

Independence Day (1996)

Scream (1996)

The Ice Storm (1997)

Boogie Nights (1997)

Kundun (1997)

Taste of Cherry (1997)

The Celebration (1998)

Saving Private Ryan (1998)

Run Lola Run (1998)

Rushmore (1998)

Pi (1998)

Happiness (1998)

The Thin Red Line (1998)

There’s Something About Mary (1998)

The Big Lebowski (1998)*

Magnolia (1999)

The Blair Witch Project (1999)

The Audition (1999)

Fight Club (1999)

Being John Malkovich (1999)

American Beauty (1999)

The Sixth Sense (1999)

The Matrix (1999)

Gladiator (2000)

Requiem for a Dream (2000)

Amores Perros (2000)

Traffic (2000)

Memento (2000)

Dancer in the Dark (2000)

O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000)*

Amélie (2001)*

Y Tu Mama Tambien (2001)*

The Piano Teacher (2001)*

Mulholland Drive (2001)*

The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)*

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

A.I.: Artificial Intelligence (2001)*

Gangs of New York (2002)*

The Pianist (2002)

City of God (2002)

Adaptation. (2002)*

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)

Irreversible (2002)

Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)

Oldboy (2003)

The Lord of the Rings: The Return Of The King (2003)

Lost In Translation (2003)*

Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004)

The Aviator (2004)*

Million Dollar Baby (2004)*

Crash (2004)*

Downfall (2004)

Sideways (2004)*

Tsotsi (2005)

Little Miss Sunshine (2006)

The Departed (2006)

Pan’s Labyrinth (2006)

Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (2006)

The Host (2006)*

The Prestige (2006)*

Children of Men (2006)*

Babel (2006)*

No Country For Old Men (2007)

There Will Be Blood (2007)

Paranormal Activity (2007)

Wall-E (2008)*

The Dark Knight (2008)

The Wrestler (2008)

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)*

Gomorra (2008)

Slumdog Millionaire (2008)

Let The Right One In (2009)

The Hurt Locker (2009)

The Hangover (2009)

Inglorious Basterds (2009)

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I HAVE NOT SEEN:

A Trip to the Moon (1902)

The Great Train Robbery (1903)

Les Vampires (1915)

Intolerance (1916)

Broken Blossoms (1919)

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920)

Way Down East (1920)

Within Our Gates (1920)

Orphans of the Storm (1921)

La Souriante Madame Beudet (1922)

Dr. Mabuse Parts 1 and 2 (1922)

Foolish Wives (1922)

The Wheel (1923)

The Thief of Bagdad (1924)

Strike (1924)

Greed (1924)

The Last Laugh (1924)

The Phantom of the Opera (1925)

The Big Parade (1925)

The Unknown (1927)

The Jazz Singer (1927)

The Kid Brother (1927)

The Crowd (1928)

The Docks of New York (1928)

Storm over Asia (1928)

Blackmail (1929)

The Man with the Movie Camera (1929)

Pandora’s Box (1929)

The Blue Angel (1930)

Earth (1930)

All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)

Tabu (1931)

La Chienne (1931)

Love Me Tonight (1932)

Trouble in Paradise (1932)

Shanghai Express (1932)

Me and My Gal (1932)

Zero for Conduct (1933)

42nd Street (1933)

Footlight Parade (1933)

Gold Diggers of 1933 (1933)

She Done Him Wrong (1933)

Queen Christina (1933)

Las Hurdes (1933)

The Bitter Tea of General Yen (1933)

Sons of the Desert (1933)

It’s a Gift (1934)

Triumph of the Will (1934)

L’Atalante (1934)

Judge Priest (1934)

It Happened One Night (1934)

The Thin Man (1934)

Captain Blood (1935)

Top Hat (1935)

A Day in the Country (1936)

Swing Time (1936)

My Man Godfrey (1936)

Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936)

Camille (1936)

Sabotage (1936)

Things to Come (1936)

The Story of a Cheat (1936)

Captains Courageous (1937)

Song At Midnight (1937)

Stella Dallas (1937)

The Life of Emile Zola (1937)

Make Way for Tomorrow (1937)

The Awful Truth (1937)

Jezebel (1938)

The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)

Olympia (1938)

The Baker’s Wife (1938)

Bringing Up Baby (1938)

Stagecoach (1939)

The Story of the Late Chrysanthemums (1939)

Babes in Arms (1939)

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)

Destry Rides Again (1939)

Only Angels Have Wings (1939)

Gunga Din (1939)

Ninotchka (1939)

Wuthering Heights (1939)

His Girl Friday (1940)

Rebecca (1940)

The Philadelphia Story (1940)

Dance, Girl, Dance (1940)

The Mortal Storm (1940)

The Bank Dick (1940)

The Lady Eve (1941)

Sergeant York (1941)

High Sierra (1941)

How Green Was My Valley (1941)

The Palm Beach Story (1942)

Now, Voyager (1942)

To Be or Not to Be (1942)

The Magnificent Ambersons (1942)

Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)

Meshes of the Afternoon (1943)

Fires Were Started (1943)

The Man in Grey (1943)

The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943)

The Seventh Victim (1943)

Ossessione (1943)

Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)

To Have and Have Not (1944)

Laura (1944)

Gaslight (1944)

Henry V (1944)

Ivan the Terrible (1944) Parts 1 and 2

Murder, My Sweet (1944)

The Battle of San Pietro (1945)

Spellbound (1945)

Mildred Pierce (1945)

Open City (1945)

Detour (1945)

I Know Where I’m Going! (1945)

The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)

Brief Encounter (1946)

Paisan (1946)

The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946)

My Darling Clementine (1946)

The Big Sleep (1946)

The Killers (1946)

A Matter of Life and Death (1946)

Great Expectations (1946)

Notorious (1946)

Gilda (1946)

Out of the Past (1947)

The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1947)

Odd Man Out (1947)

Force of Evil (1948)

Letter from an Unknown Woman (1948)

Secret Beyond the Door (1948)

Spring in a Small Town (1948)

The Snake Pit (1948)

The Lady from Shanghai (1948)

Paleface (1948)

The Red Shoes (1948)

Louisiana Story (1948)

The Heiress (1949)

Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949)

Gun Crazy (1949)

Adam’s Rib (1949)

Whiskey Galore! (1949)

The Reckless Moment (1949)

On the Town (1949)

Winchester ‘73 (1950)

All About Eve (1950)

In a Lonely Place (1950)

The Big Carnival (1951)

A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)

The Lavender Hill Mob (1951)

Pandora and the Flying Dutchman (1951)

An American in Paris (1951)

A Place in the Sun (1951)

Angel Face (1952)

Singin’ in the Rain (1952)

Europa ‘51 (1952)

The Bad and the Beautiful (1952)

The Big Sky (1952)

The Golden Coach (1952)

The Bigamist (1953)

The Band Wagon (1953)

The Earrings of Madame De… (1953)

From Here to Eternity (1953)

Roman Holiday (1953)

The Naked Spur (1953)

Pickup on South Street (1953)

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)

The Big Heat (1953)

Voyage in Italy (1953)

Beat the Devil (1953)

Johnny Guitar (1954)

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954)

Animal Farm (1954)

A Star Is Born (1954)

The Barefoot Contessa (1954)

La Strada (1954)

Senso (1954)

Silver Lode (1954)

Carmen Jones (1954)

Salt of the Earth (1954)

Artists and Models (1955)

Guys and Dolls (1955)

Pather Panchali (1955)

The Mad Masters (1955)

Hill 24 Doesn’t Answer (1955)

The Ladykillers (1955)

Marty (1955)

Kiss Me Deadly (1955)

The Man from Laramie (1955)

The Phenix City Story (1955)

Written on the Wind (1956)

Giant (1956)

All That Heaven Allows (1956)

Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)

The Wrong Man (1956)

Bigger Than Life (1956)

High Society (1956)

An Affair to Remember (1957)

The Nights of Cabiria (1957)

The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957)

Aparajito (1957)

Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957)

Mother India (1957)

The Cranes Are Flying (1957)

Paths of Glory (1957)

Sweet Smell of Success (1957)

Man of the West (1958)

Cairo Station (1958)

Gigi (1958)

The Defiant Ones (1958)

The Music Room (1958)

Some Like It Hot (1959)

Anatomy of a Murder (1959)

Ride Lonesome (1959)

Black Orpheus (1959)

The World of Apu (1959)

Ben-Hur (1959)

Pickpocket (1959)

The Hole (1959)

Floating Weeds (1959)

Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (1960)

L’Avventura (1960)

The Cloud-Capped Star (1960)

The Housemaid (1960)

The Apartment (1960)

Spartacus (1960)

Splendor in the Grass (1961)

La Jetee (1961)

One-Eyed Jacks (1961)

Lola (1961)

Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)

La Notte (1961)

The Ladies Man (1961)

Chronicle of a Summer (1961)

West Side Story (1961)

Mondo Cane (1962)

Cleo from 5 to 7 (1962)

Dog Star Man (1962)

An Autumn Afternoon (1962)

L’Eclisse (1962)

Lolita (1962)

Keeper of Promises (1962)

My Life to Live (1962)

Heaven and Earth Magic (1962)

Blonde Cobra (1963)

The Cool World (1963)

Passenger (1963)

Hud (1963)

Flaming Creatures (1963)

Shock Corridor (1963)

The Leopard (1963)

Barren Lives (1963)

Mediteranee (1963)

The House is Black (1963)

An Actor’s Revenge (1963)

The Servant (1963)

Goldfinger (1964)

Scorpio Rising (1964)

The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964)

Marnie (1964)

My Fair Lady (1964)

The Red Desert (1964)

Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors (1964)

The Masque of the Red Death (1964)

Before the Revolution (1964)

Gertrud (1964)

The Gospel According to St. Matthew (1964)

Black God, White Devil (1964)

The Demon (1964)

Vinyl (1965)

Doctor Zhivago (1965)

The War Game (1965)

Tokyo Olympiad (1965)

The Sargossa Manuscript (1965)

Alphaville (1965)

Chimes at Midnight (1965)

Juliet of the Spirits (1965)

Faster, Pussy Cat! Kill! Kill! (1965)

Golden River (1965)

The Man Who Had His Hair Cut Short (1965)

Hold Me While I’m Naked (1966)

Blow-Up (1966)

Come Drink with Me (1966)

Seconds (1966)

In the Heat of the Night (1967)

Two or Three Things I Know About Her (1967)

Report (1967)

Hombre (1967)

The Young Girls of Rochefort (1967)

The Godson (1967)

Point Blank (1967)

Wavelength (1967)

The Red and the White (1967)

Marketta Lazarova (1967)

Earth Entranced (1967)

Vij (1967)

The Cow (1968)

Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)

If… (1968)

Memories of Underdevelopment (1968)

David Holzman’s Diary (1968)

Targets (1968)

My Night at Maud’s (1969)

Lucia (1969)

A Touch of Zen (1969)

Satyricon (1969)

Z (1969)

High School (1969)

In the Year of the Pig (1969)

Le Boucher (1969)

The Color of Pomegranates (1969)

Kes (1969)

Woodstock (1970)

Deep End (1970)

The Spider’s Stratagem (1970)

The Ear (1970)

Performance (1970)

Gimme Shelter (1970)

Zabriskie Point (1970)

The Bird with The Crystal Plumage (1970)

The Garden of the Finzi-Continis (1970)

Wanda (1971)

W.R.: Mysteries of the Organism (1971)

Walkabout (1971)

Klute (1971)

Red Psalm (1971)

Get Carter (1971)

Straw Dogs (1971)

Two-Lane Blacktop (1971)

The Heartbreak Kid (1972)

Cabaret (1972)

Last Tango in Paris (1972)

Sleuth (1972)

Solaris (1972)

Fat City (1972)

The Bitter Tears of Petra Von Kant (1972)

Frenzy (1972)

Pink Flamingos (1972)

The Mother and the Whore (1973)

Enter the Dragon (1973)

The Long Goodbye (1973)

Turkish Delight (1973)

Fantastic Planet (1973)

The Harder They Come (1973)

Mirror (1974)

Celine and Julie Go Boating (1974)

Ali: Fear Eats the Soul (1974)

Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai Du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles (1975)

Barry Lyndon (1975)

Fox and His Friends (1975)

India Song (1975)

Manila in the Claws of Brightness (1975)

Salo, or the 120 Days of Sodom (1975)

Cria! (1975)

The Traveling Players (1975)

Ascent (1976)

In the Realm of the Senses (1976)

1900 (1976)

The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976)

The Last Wave (1977)

Last Chants for a Slow Dance (1977)

Storszek (1977)

Man of Marble (1977)

Killer of Sheep (1977)

Eraserhead (1977)

Ceddo (1977)

The American Friend (1977)

The Hills Have Eyes (1977)

Soldier of Orange (1977)

The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith (1978)

Five Deadly Venoms (1978)

The Tree of Wooden Clogs (1978)

Shaolin Master Killer (1978)

Real Life (1979)

My Brilliant Career (1979)

Stalker (1979)

Breaking Away (1979)

The Tin Drum (1979)

All That Jazz (1979)

Mad Max (1979)

Ordinary People (1980)

The Big Red One (1980)

Loulou (1980)

Das Boot (1981)

Gallipoli (1981)

Chariots of Fire (1981)

Body Heat (1981)

Reds (1981)

Three Brothers (1981)

Man of Iron (1981)

Too Early, Too Late (1981)

Yol (1982)

Fitzcarraldo (1982)

Gandhi (1982)

The Night of the Shooting Stars (1982)

A Question of Silence (1982)

Videodrome (1983)

Sans Soleil (1983)

The Last Battle (1983)

L’Argent (1983)

Utu (1983)

Terms of Endearment (1983)

The Fourth Man (1983)

Koyaanisqatsi (1983)

Once Upon a Time in America (1983)

The Battle of Narayama (1983)

Paris, Texas (1984)

A Passage to India (1984)

The Killing Fields (1984)

Ran (1985)

The Official Story (1985)

Out of Africa (1985)

The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985)

The Time to Live and the Time to Die (1985)

Brazil (1985)

Kiss of the Spider Woman (1985)

The Quiet Earth (1985)

Mishima (1985)

Prizzi’s Honor (1985)

Vagabond (1985)

Shoah (1985)

The Color Purple (1985)

Manhunter (1986)

Hannah and Her Sisters (1986)

She’s Gotta Have It (1986)

The Decline of the American Empire (1986)

The Fly (1986)

A Room with a View (1986)

Caravaggio (1986)

Tampopo (1986)

Peking Opera Blues (1986)

Salvador (1986)

Sherman’s March (1986)

The Horse Thief (1986)

Yeelen (1987)

Wings of Desire (1987)

Project A, Part II (1987)

Babette’s Feast (1987)

Withnail and I (1987)

Broadcast News (1987)

Housekeeping (1987)

Moonstruck (1987)

Red Sorghum (1987)

A Chinese Ghost Story (1987)

Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (1988)

Ariel (1988)

The Thin Blue Line (1988)

Akira (1988)

Cinema Paradiso (1988)

Hotel Terminus: The Life and Times of Klaus Barbie (1988)

Dangerous Liaisons (1988)

Grave of the Fireflies (1988)

Landscape in the Mist (1988)

A Tale of the Wind (1988)

The Story of Women (1988)

The Accidental Tourist (1988)*

Alice (1988)

Drowning by Numbers (1988)

The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover (1989)

The Killer (1989)

The Asthenic Syndrome (1989)

Sex, Lies & Videotape (1989)

Say Anything… (1989)

The Unbelievable Truth (1989)

A City of Sadness (1989)

No Fear, No Die (1990)

Reversal of Fortune (1990)

King of New York (1990)

Europa Europa (1990)

Archangel (1990)

Trust (1990)

Close-Up (1990)

Total Recall (1990)

Once Upon a Time in China (1991)

Boyz ‘n the Hood (1991)

Raise the Red Lantern (1991)

A Brighter Summer Day (1991)

Naked Lunch (1991)

La Belle Noiseuse (1991)

The Rapture (1991)

My Own Private Idaho (1991)

Slacker (1991)

Tongues Untied (1991)

Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker’s Apocalypse (1991)

Strictly Ballroom (1992)

The Player (1992)

A Tale of Winter (1992)

Aileen Wuornos: The Selling of a Serial Killer (1992)

The Crying Game (1992)

Man Bites Dog (1992)

The Actress (1992)

Farewell My Concubine (1993)

Thirty Two Short Films About Glenn Gould (1993)

Short Cuts (1993)

The Puppetmaster (1993)

Blue (1993)

The Piano (1993)

The Blue Kite (1993)

The Wedding Banquet (1993)

Red (1994)

Hoop Dreams (1994)

Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994)

Satantango (1994)

The Last Seduction (1994)

The Wild Reeds (1994)

Chungking Express (1994)

Crumb (1994)

Heavenly Creatures (1994)

Through the Olive Trees (1994)

Riget (1994)

Dear Diary (1994)

Muriel’s Wedding (1994)

The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994)

Deseret (1995)

Strange Days (1995)*

Safe (1995)

Zero Kelvin (1995)

Smoke (1995)

The White Balloon (1995)

Xixch Lo (1995)

Underground (1995)

The Brave Heart Will Take the Bride (1995)

The Pillow Book (1996)*

Three Lives and Only One Death (1996)

Secrets and Lies (1996)

Breaking the Waves (1996)

The English Patient (1996)

Gabbeh (1996)

Lone Star (1996)

Trainspotting (1996)

Shine (1996)

Deconstructing Harry (1997)*

L.A. Confidential (1997)

Happy Together (1997)

Princess Mononoke (1997)

Fast, Cheap and Out of Control (1997)

The Butcher Boy (1997)

The Sweet Hereafter (1997)

Funny Games (1997)

Open Your Eyes (1997)

Mother and Son (1997)*

Titanic (1997)

Tetsuo (1998)*

Buffalo 66 (1998)

Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998)*

The Idiots (1998)*

Sombre (1998)*

Ringu (1998)

Beau Travail (1999)

Taboo (1999)*

Rosetta (1999)*

All About My Mother (1999)

Three Kings (1999)

The Wind Will Carry Us (1999)*

Time Regained (1999)*

Attack the Gas Station (1999)*

Eyes Wide Shut (1999)*

Nine Queens (2000)*

The Captive (2000)*

In the Mood for Love (2000)

Ali Zaoua, Prince of the Streets (2000)*

Kippur (2000)

Yi Yi (2000)

Meet the Parents (2000)*

Signs & Wonders (2000)*

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)

The Gleaners and I (2000)

What Time Is It There? (2001)*

Kandahar (2001)

Spirited Away (2001)

The Son’s Room (2001)*

No Man’s Land (2001)

Moulin Rouge (2001)

Monsoon Wedding (2001)*

Fat Girl (2001)*

Lantana (2001)*

Talk to Her (2002)

Russian Ark (2002)*

Far From Heaven (2002)*

Chicago (2002)*

Hero (2002)*

Uzak (2002)

Rabbit-Proof Fence (2002)*

Bus 174 (2002)*

The Barbarian Invasions (2003)*

Good Bye Lenin! (2003)

The Best of Youth (2003)

The Passion Of The Christ (2004)*

Collateral (2004)*

Head-On (2004)

3-Iron (2004)*

A Very Long Engagement (2004)

Go, See, and Become (2005)*

Paradise Now (2005)

Brokeback Mountain (2005)

Caché (2005)

The Constant Gardner (2005)*

Apocalypto (2006)*

The Lives of Others (2006)

Once (2006)

The Queen (2006)*

United 93 (2006)*

The Last King Of Scotland (2006)*

Volver (2006)*

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007)

La Vie En Rose (2007)

Into the Wild (2007)*

Atonement (2007)*

Surfwise (2007)*

The Bourne Ultimatum (2007)*

The Good, the Bad, the Weird (2008)

The Class (2008)*

Anvil! The Story of Anvil (2008)

An Education (2009)

Precious: Based on the Novel “Push” by Sapphire (2009)

Avatar (2009)

Fish Tank (2009)

The White Ribbon (2009)



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18 responses to “Opening Pandora’s Box: 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die

  1. Phil

    You need to use icheckmovies.com – I love movie lists and this site works great. (no I’m not involved with it in any way) You can see my profile at http://www.icheckmovies.com/profile/phil2000/

    I’ve seen 590 of the ‘1001 Films You Must See Before You Die’ list, but my “goal” list it the They Shoot Pictures, Don’t They top 1000. I’m over 1/2 way done, and hope to at some point at least see all of the top 250.

  2. Don

    You must be like 200 years old!

  3. Don

    Ulysses was the Man! That’s what we need again, a President that understands the value of a good bender!

  4. Too kind! Too kind! Thanks for the pat. Anyone who devotes themselves to any epic undertaking is doing a thing to help define themselves. My plan is to REVIEW 1001 movies before I croak, and by my calculations it’ll be another 10-11 years. I love where it’s going. enjoy the trip, John.

    • I hadn’t really thought about the time it might take beyond “It won’t be quick”.

      Maybe I should set a goal of New Year’s Day 2016 or something. Five years to tackle the remaining 600, 10 per month. Or… not.

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  6. Kelly

    Good luck with this challenge! I can sense your dislike for Capra from your ‘haven’t seen’ list. Did It’s A Wonderful Life traumatize you too much? I have not seen it, but I really liked It Happened One Night and Arsenic and Old Lace. I find them both hilarious. The former is what started my appreciation for old B&W movies.

    • The beauty is that it ebbs and flows. If you’d asked me 4 years ago about silent movies, they were on my “I don’t like those” list. Now, especially in the case of silent comedies and horrors, they’re some of my favorite films around. I’ve been building up a “Classics” run for awhile now.

      Heh… I just need to not start with Capra.

  7. rtm

    This is quite an endeavor, John. WOW!

    • The easy part is that those movies are really great. I’ve rated almost all of the ones I’ve seen 4 or 5 stars on Netflix.

      So… it’s going to take a while, but there are worse things that watching 600 really great movies.

  8. magnoliaforever

    a few on your have-not-seen list surprised me a lot but then again,i’ve only seen 213

    • There were so many of those that I saw and said to myself, “Crap, I still haven’t seen that yet, have I?”. On the plus side, there are some really obvious/easy ones I can knock out right away.

      I showed the list to one of my friends and he’d racked up 700+, which is kind of amazing.

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