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100 Movies to See Before You Die

Buzz In: What Movie Should People See Before They Die?


I'm a little bit wary of "watch/read/listen to this before you die" lists, because I don't know if I totally get the point. Movie lists in particular seem to focus on really good, classic movies, but why not have a little fun, too? What about the so-bad-it's-good movies that are worth seeing — like, say, Center Stage? (I love that movie.)

The good folks at Yahoo! are the latest to tackle this challenge, pulling together 100 movies to see before you die, defined as such:

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."

This list is fairly comprehensive and includes a wide range of titles like Citizen Kane, Groundhog Day, and Roman Holiday. There are some titles I'm impressed made it on their list (Terminator 2: Judgment Day) and some omissions that boggle my mind (Wall-E!).

But there are always movies, both big and small, that get overlooked on lists like these, and so I'm wondering: If you could suggest one single movie that people should see before they die, what would it be?

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Allytta Allytta 8 years
Rear Window I guess
wooser35 wooser35 8 years
fight club
LittleMzFit LittleMzFit 8 years
I don't agree with the list, but the Wizard of Oz would be my favorite from the ones listed. I agree w/ the others..why is Gone with the Wind not listed? That's insane!
otaku otaku 8 years
harold and maude
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
Not on the list. Raising Arizona Terms of Endearment Dawn of the Dead (original one) Star Trek Wrath of Khan Annie Eat Drink Man Woman The Joy Luck Club Full Metal Jacket The Thing (original) Goodbye Mr. Chips (original) Journey to the Center of the Earth (original) The Clash of the Titans. Movies that shouldnt be on that list: Princes Mononoke Titanic- WTF is this crap doing on that list.
billyart101 billyart101 8 years
Um, hello, how could Gone With the Wind NOT be on the list! outrageous! Go out and see it, or you'll come back to earth to haunt because you have UNFINISHED BUSINESS!
emalove emalove 8 years
The Wizard of Oz, Casablanca, Breakfast at Tiffany's, Grease, The Shining, Jaws, E.T., The Breakfast Club, The Goonies, Forrest Gump, The Notebook, The Departed...I could go on and on. LOL. I've seen 35 of the movies on that list...I have a ways to go, I guess!
care0531 care0531 8 years
Braveheart should be on there. Gladiator- Grease- Remember the Titans- Tommy Boy-there are so many that you should see that its impossible to leave it at only 100. I agree Gone with the Wind should be on there.
genesisrocks genesisrocks 8 years
It's not the most popular movie but I love Benny and Joon. It's quirky and cute and Johnny Depp looks super hot in it! He's in his 1993 prime.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
Take A Clockwork Orange off my list and put in On The Waterfront. I can never make a decision!
sugarbox sugarbox 8 years
Oh wow. Hm...American Beauty, Eternal Sunshine...
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
Oh, Casablanca and Apocalypse Now would be on my list, as well. And, just to make it a top ten (with my seven from before), I would put A Clockwork Orange on my list. If I had to pick a must-see comedy, I would go with Animal House or When Harry Met Sally.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
If I had to pick only one movie, it would be The Godfather. Raging Bull would be very high on my list as well. Gone With the Wind, The Wizard of Oz, and Schindler's List would probably round out my top five. Shawshank Redemption and In The Heat of the Night would be high on my list, as well. As far as recent (in the past year or so) movies go, I would put Milk and The Wrestler on my list.
starangel82 starangel82 8 years
I've seen 22 of those movies. Hmmm. I will never watch The Exorcist so I guess that's 99 movies I need to see. When Harry Met Sally is one of my all time faves. Holiday Inn is a great black and white that everyone should see.
weffie weffie 8 years
i couldn't live without Moulin Rouge! :cheer: also, Strangers with Candy would be on my list... and a big NO to Titanic!! i know some of you will disagree but i really resented the three hours of my life it wasted with its cornball f'kery :oy:
syako syako 8 years
It's an old Soviet movie, but it's absolutely beautiful. The Cranes are Flying. You will not regret it.
MrsJamesTKirk MrsJamesTKirk 8 years
Ooh, a lot of my faves are on that list! And T-2 is a masterpiece, Buzz. Come on! ;) Anyway, there aren't only 100 movies you have to see before you die. There are probably more like 1000. The one that vexes me the most is when people make these top 100 lists and include Star Wars but not The Empire Strikes Back (my favorite movie ever.) Empire is VASTLY superior to the original IMHO. Also, no Indiana Jones?? Pur-lease!
Desert Desert 8 years
Oh, I've seen 36 of them. :)
Desert Desert 8 years
Definitely Gone with the Wind.
gaucholoco gaucholoco 8 years
68/100. This list is pretty comprehensive and eclectic. Who would have thought 8 1/2, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Die Hard, and In the Mood For Love would be on the same list? But how about a movie from the unrepresented documentary genre, maybe Hoop Dreams or The Fog of War
missvintage missvintage 8 years
Cat Ballou and Paint Your Wagon deserve a spot on on that list and i cant believe Gone with The Wind is not on there.
missvintage missvintage 8 years
That's a good list there's only a few i haven't seen, thank god for the TCM channel. But where's The Goonies and Stand By Me?
lickety-split lickety-split 8 years
i've seen half of these. the bicycle thief, i had to see in college for a film class and, women on the verge of a nervous breakdown, i saw at a friends house who had just broken up with her boyfriend. it was WEIRD! but entertaining.
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